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Just Like Heaven by Trilina Pucci–Review

Trilina has a knack for writing insanely well thought out and completely desirable male leads. These men range from businessmen to mafia to even rowers but NEVER has one of these Heroes lived up to all that is Calder Wolfe. Calder…tough, bada@@, sensitive, alpha, and loyal. He is the new gold standard in leading men.

Just Like Heaven is a modern-day re-telling of Romeo and Juliet with Calder Wolfe and Sutton Prescott in those roles. Theoretically, these two should have never met. Their stories should never have even crossed each other’s path, but when two star-crossed lovers are meant to be, there is nothing you can do to stop fate.

I would do anything for love. Anything for someone to love me so much they’d burn the world down.”

I fear by saying, THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING, will not do it justice, but seriously, it is everything wrapped up in a tidy little romance book. Angsty, evocative, heart-wrenching, captivating, breath-taking and passionate is just the beginning of describing Calder and Sutton’s story.

Trilina Pucci is hands down making her name in the romance world with stunning books such as Just Like Heaven. Beware this book is a duet and ends with a cliffy (and what a cliffy it is). I’m going to go out on a ledge and say, Calder and Sutton, have replaced Leonardo and Claire as the best Romeo & Juliet!

“Thank you for the stars.” (Sutton)

“They’re almost as pretty as you.” (Calder)

“How would you even know? You haven’t looked at them yet.” (Sutton)

‘Why would I need to look? When to me, you look just like heaven.” (Calder)

Give Me A Reason by A.L. Jackson–Review

So, what do we have when looking under the cover of Give Me A Reason?

  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Single Dad
  • MC
  • Forbidden Boss
  • Pasts that never die

I was immediate to say ‘yes, please’ at the site of a single dad and MC read. All the other stuff was a bonus, a very good bonus. I adore Ms. Jackson’s lilting writing style. To a former musician/percussionist, this cadence like reading helped to progress the storyline along. Each word, each phrase felt purposely placed which kept this plotline moving. This allowed me as the reader to get sucked in. I felt like I was on a train that kept increasing speed the further along I went.

As mentioned earlier, a part of this book is on the single dad aspect. Trent Lawson has a five-year-old son, Gage, who is his ray of sunshine and “one good thing” in his life. As a secondary character Gage is the best. I could eat up all the adorableness that exuded from Gage.

“He was dressed in jeans, a short-sleeved button up, and his checkered Vans. Looking like the budding bada** that he was.”

Eden Jasmine Murphy appears to be prim, proper, innocent looking. She has a heart the size of Texas and teaches both elementary private school and dance. The only family she has is her father, who happens to be the pastor where Eden works. The thing about Eden is don’t let the external fool you. She may be innocent looking, but when needed, she has the ability to put one in their place.

“Girls like you don’t belong in a place like this. Now go home and lock your door behind you before you regret walking through my door.”

Trent and Eden are nothing short of magical, yet unmagical at the same time. Trent has many demons within him and nipping at his heels, yet when he’s around Eden he’s optimistic. Eden is fighting her own battles, but things seem a little bit brighter with Trent by her side.

What happens when light meets dark? When Eden and Trent cross paths in different settings? I can tell you, Give Me A Reason is what happens. The storyline, plotline, and pacing were well checked and consistently moving. Her characters and their development were hilarious, sexy, scared, and romantical. As the title implies, it’s simply saying, Give Me A Reason why not to read this book.

“One love. One Loyalty. One reason.”

Sancte Diaboli (book 1) by Amo Jones

Sancte Diaboli was ingrained into my brain and I could not wait to read it. This was
Bran Bran’s book with TEKC. He was back in all his quietness, aloofness, and piercing’s.

So, I have a question. How many of you are into puzzles? I’m thinking the 5,000 pieces and maybe higher. Sancte Diaboli is akin to doing a mammoth puzzle with small pieces. Amo is so good at her writing, that she inadvertently will drop those teeny tiny breadcrumbs throughout the whole book. The funny thing is these little nuggets will never directly lead you to the ending but keep you on the path that you need to focus on. She is so good at this that she’s bad😈. It’s wicked torture to keep us on the hook for the next book, but I swear she loves it.

Now, I knew before going in that there was a cliffhanger, so I thought I was semi-prepared. Well, thank goodness I wasn’t betting money over the cliffhanger, because all I could think of was, huh…whoa…OMFG! So much so that I read the ending four times and I was still shook!! That cliffhanger, you will never see coming! I had a SERIOUS BOOK HANGOVER for four days afterward. I was scheduled to start another book, but I couldn’t do it! I kept wandering around and replaying all the scenarios and situations in my head.

Readers have dubbed Amo as ‘Queen’ for a reason. She is a master at her craft. I was amazed, stunned, flabbergasted, and knocked completely off my axis after reading Sancte Diaboli. How does she take such simple individual words, yet meld them together perfectly to form an utterly amazing, multi-layered storyline with specific plot points, timelines, and consistent writing style? I don’t know, but I will gladly step forward to read any book she writes!! Congratulations, Queen Amo! Another book was exceedingly written!

***Side note: Ms. Jones is a dark romance writer!!! So, if this scares you, Sancte Diablo my not be for you, but if you’re up for it, you might learn a thing or two about ladders!***

Riot Hearts by Livy North–Review

Riot Hearts by Livy North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It is hard to imagine that this is Livy’s debut novel. She has been able to incorporate so many feelings and emotions from beginning to almost end. Yep, it ends on a cliffy. A cliffy that left me immediately shook and questioning and creating different conspiracy theories.

There are a lot of moving pieces throughout, including who is the good guy/bad guy, who can you trust, along with what is a nineteen-year-old supposed to do now? Luckily, Livy has written some strong-willed characters. This is a good thing as they will need to be able to handle all the mystery, intrigue, suspense, sexual chemistry, drama and angst.

All I have to say is, Livy, please take pity on your readers and do not leave us hanging forever! 😉❣




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