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Sweet Victory by Alley Ciz–Review

Sweet Victory is the third book in the BTU series. I absolutely, 100% ADORED Tap Out with Gage and Rocky and didn’t think I would be able to find another couple that would excite me as much as ‘The Kraken’ and his therapist. I was wrong. Holly and Vince are a completely unique couple and their relationship is full of ‘the feels’.

Vince is an MMA legend in the making. Rocky from Tap Out is his sister and they both work/train at The Steele Maker. The Steele Maker is run by their father and uncle. Vince is heavily in training for the title fight when he is sent to retrieve some pastry for his sister. It is in this moment that he comes across the quirky, sassy, Christmas loving, baking enthusiast Holly. For Vince it is instant attraction that runs deeper than anything superficial. Vince is a true fighter in every sense of the word. He fights for his family, career, and for Holly.

Holly is desperately trying to restart her life and she hopes she has found it with her long-term childhood friend, Kyle. Kyle is the owner/operator (with his husband) of Espresso Patronum. She has secrets that she is trying to move past and forget about. With the Christmas starved fighter approaching her at every corner, it is almost impossible to fly under the radar.

Vince and Holly are explosive, sweet, a definition of true love, and willing to do anything for the other and their relationship. Even if it has themes of, ‘The Gift of the Magi’ at times. I loved how sweet this massive alpha male was not afraid to have feelings and emote them.

Sweet Victory is also so much more than Holly and Vince. It’s about the secondary characters who are all family, whether by blood or not. The Coven is loud and proud and very much present. They initiate a new member to their clan, which make things very permanent, because once you’re in, you’re in for life. The men of The Steele Maker and Espresso Patronum are not silent either. They throw their thoughts and feelings around, almost as much as the girls.

Some things that I loved about Sweet Victory are the main characters, the frequency EP has played a role in the storyline, The Coven, The Counterfeit Coven Conversations, the love and support of the secondary characters, but my favorite thing was the bonus epilogues. Oh my gosh, that made my heart so happy!! I can’t wait for BTU 4!!

Notable Quotes:
“Do not look at his a@@, Hol. Don’t do it. If you do, you’re getting nothing but coal in your stocking this year. Might be worth it if the back is as good as the front.”

“the bulge behind his zipper, the one she knew was like one of those giant candy canes filled with Hershey’s kisses.” (Never have I wanted one of these candy canes more in my life!! Where’s the Christmas candy?)

“You belong with me and now that I have you, I’m never letting you go.”

In Peace Lies Havoc by Amo Jones–Review

It seems that no matter what I read from Amo, she not only leaves me speechless, but craving more. She is single handedly a one-woman Mistress of Ceremonies in charge of her own little Midnight Mayhem crew.

“Welcome to Midnight Mayhem. We are not a circus, we are not a carnival, and the only thing that you should be afraid of losing tonight, is your sanity…”

I, seriously, thought that nothing could top my epic love of the ‘Elite Kings Club’, but I humbly admit, I was wrong. As much as I loved, Bishop, Nate, Brantley and the crew, the Brothers of Kiznitch have not so nicely pushed them off that trophy. The Brothers (Kingston, Killian, Keaton, and Kyrin) have marched into my heart and taken up residence.

When reading, sit back and enjoy. There are so many layers to this story, that you will still have layers to go through before you would finish pulling off the layers of an onion. IPLH is dark, it’s twisty, it’s shocking, it’s mesmerizing, and it’s so gloriously good, that you’ll question everything you think know about yourself and want more. I know I do!!
King is broody, mysterious, a walking talking dichotomy, that leaves no one unaffected if he crosses their path. He is a mesmerization that can make anybody due anything. What he can’t do is Dove. Just beware that King (and his brothers) will steal your heart and soul and make you wonder if you should start praying to a higher deity for absolution. They are that wickedly good.

Dove is the dark red-haired ballet dancing beauty. She can transform and entice you with her fluidity and ability draw you in while she dances. Dancing is life to her. She can work through anything, if she is able to dance and feel the music. Dove has a long and complicated backstory, which is what draws you in. Amo gives enough flashbacks, moments of déjà vu, and internal gut checks that keep you drawn to Dove wanting to figure her out.

“We’ll be back, Dovey. I’ll hear you when you speak. I’ll see you when you dance. I’ll always be watching you…”

As much as this story is about King and Dove, it also is about the rest of the brothers. Their introduction into your life is tantalizing, mystifying, and perplexing. I was drawn into them and their various personalities, that I want more and loved the strength of the foursome as one unit.

I don’t know how she does it, but Amo wrote IPLH in such a way that you felt you were experiencing the multiple levels of Mayhem as they happen. She starts you off thinking individually. What is happening right now and to whom. She then progresses to thinking grand scheme of the whole thing and who plays what part. Honestly, it’s freaking genius how she writes. You begin to pick up on little nuggets, but only because the MC herself, declares it’s time to reveal a little something. There are so many events and things in this book, that I feel as if I just got off a roller coaster that was also a tilt-a-whirl. Confused, shocked, bewildered, jaw dropping, and a book hangover from hades is me right now. Last point I want to make is, her writing is so crystal clear that I can visually picture what she is talking about. The big tent, the caravans, the acts😏 is incredibly hard to write, but Amo has exceeded my expectations with being able to ‘visually’ take me to these people, places, and things. I can’t wait to see where this storyline progresses.
Overall, In Peace Lies Havoc, is a phenomenal read. It will test your boundaries, question everything you know, and will take you on an incredible journey. IPLH is visually stunning, eloquently written, and sinfully sexy.

**Beware, this is a dark story. There are trigger warnings within the book.**

5 ‘Little Bird’ Stars (if able to give more, I would!)

Favorite quote of the book:

“I wouldn’t recommend this author, though. She drinks too much, procrastinates a lot, and is easily distracted.”

Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina–Release Blitz

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If you haven’t read the first book, Stay With Me, head over to Amazon to get your copy ASAP (available free on KU).

Ollie.
Forget everything you thought you knew. Hell, I don’t even know myself anymore. For seven months I’ve been gone only to come back to be tested in every way possible. They say keep your enemies close, and my demons welcomed me back with open arms. My downfall is a necessary evil. But Mia is my endgame.

Mia.
Seven months ago, Ollie surrendered to the darkness, abandoning me in the process. He stripped me of my walls only to leave me defenseless. Now he’s back, along with fresh new faces and obstacles standing in our way. He says trust no one. Not even him. How am I supposed to be strong for us both when I’m losing my grip?.

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My EWIG Review

Heartless Hero by Mary Catherine Gebhard–Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have mixed emotions on Heartless Hero, and I feel I’m going to be in the minority. Mary Catherine Gebhard is an incredible author who writes with such complexity and depth and Heartless Hero is a true testament to that writing. There was just something with the story that isn’t fully allowing me to dive into 5 stars.

Normally, I don’t have a lot of aversions to different tropes, so a dark bully romance didn’t bother me at all. The two main characters have left me feeling really perplexed. Theo is an emotional assassin, who had me reeling one minute to overly happy and sentimental the next minute. I liked Theo, but I had a hard time handling the split personality he displayed at times. Infuriating one minute and then endearing the next. How is a girl supposed to know what’s real and what isn’t, which leads us to Abigail.

Abigail, poor sweet Abigail. Despite having it all monetarily, she was the one character that needed something more than money could buy. Abigail’s mother, Tansy Crowne, is a narcissist to the core and the least likely person that should be a mother and a role model. Mr. Beryl Crowne is the third richest man in the world and Abigail’s grandfather. Beryl along with Tansy only care about one thing, money! In order to get it, they will do anything they have to in order to sustain the company. Unfortunately, Abi is stuck in the middle of this dysfunctional house. She is a girl with big dreams, never thinking she can obtain them, so she has settled into the role of doormat and black sheep.

The emotional battery of Theo’s whiplash still affects me, and I finished the book a few days ago. In all honesty, if you like dark romance reads with bullies (notice the plural there), Heartless Hero is one you should check out. Mary deserves 5 stars, but because of Theo’s emotional tennis match, I sadly give her 4.25 stars.

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Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina–Review

If you are looking for a book with emotional overload, Nicole Fiorina is your girl. I absolutely adored, Stay with Me. It was impactful, emotional, poignant, and thought-provoking. So, how do you top that? Easy, you let Ms. Fiorina write that second book in the trilogy, Even When I’m Gone. You see, words are just words, but somehow when Nicole gets her hands on them, they turn into thoughts, feelings and emotions. She leaves you reeling for days from her twist and turns and gut-wrenching scenarios.

As I mentioned before, EWIG is the second book in a non-standalone trilogy. It is the bulk of the trilogy, thus far. We start by seeing a different side to Ollie, which was heartbreaking to read, because I LOVE Ollie. In the meantime, we also see a different side to Mia, in response to this. The girl is stronger than the vibranium in Captain America’s shield. She must do something that hurts the two lovebirds now, but she is doing it for the betterment of their future. It is difficult to read about these two during this time, because you can feel the love between these two. They are Ollie and Mia, yet at the same time, they aren’t.

When I read SWM, I had never read anything like it. It was unique and took you on a spin of love and mental illness. EWIG continues this. It is exceptional and extraordinary. She really sucks you into these characters, so you feel as if you are part of the book yourself. There were times where I screamed, I cried, but ultimately, I loved every single thing of this book. Now the ending has me shook. I can not wait (even though I have too) for the conclusion of Ollie and Mia. I have my fingers crossed, holding my breath, and praying for a HEA for these two. Whichever way, Nicole decides to go with it, I know that I will love it, because Ms. Fiorina is an author not to be missed and her writing is out of this world.

Cold Queen by K Webster–Review

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I do believe that the Sinister Fairytales Series if off to a great start. Venom was outstanding and to be followed up by K Webster is literary gold. Cold Queen is a riff off Frozen, but in an oh so delicious adult re-telling. No little kids allowed on this one! 😉😏
Cold Queen starts with Queen Elzira Whitestone of Norta Icelands slowly dying. A powerful Queen who could not defend her kingdom, but had loyal soldiers, the Eyes of the White, that would defend and standby her.
King Ryke Bloodsun of Souta Volcanoes is looking to possibly expand his land but must go through the Norta lands. He comes across Queen Elzira and the rest is history (😉). He sits down with the Volcs at his back with Queen Elzira to discuss moving through her land. Well, next thing you know, Ryke isn’t leaving without a queen.
For a person who isn’t usually very fond of fantasy type stories, Cold Queen drew me in. There are so many different aspects to the storyline that you wouldn’t see coming. There was weakness and strength, fire and ice, merging individual pathways into one, twists and turns, secrets, and of course, romantic sexiness.
As a lover of K Webster’s dark romances, this was an interesting twist on both her writing and on Frozen. I would recommend this, if not for the cover alone. Absolutely stunning!!

The Rest of Me by Ashley Munoz–Review

It’s always a good thing when you walk away from a book thinking, ‘Wow’ (jaw and emotions on the floor). So here I sit and I’m still thinking, ‘wow’, but beyond that I feel like I have no words. So here it goes.

There were so many aspects of this book that I loved, but the characters are a main part. Layla is drowning in grief from the death of her husband. While trying to fake it until she can make it, she is also mom to four incredibly awesome kids. I loved the kids and their personalities in this book. Their presence completely added to the book in every single way. It was fantastic to read an emotional romance book that focused so much on family, even if that put Layla and Reid in some precarious situations. 😉

“Henley says that daddy is your rock and I wanted to give you a rock from me, so I could be your rock too.”

Reid, Reid, Reid. Talk about someone who was practicing a severe case of self-hate. Despite his feelings toward himself, I had the complete opposite feeling towards him. He was gentlemanly, hardworking, sensitive, and an animal lover to boot. Every emotion that he felt towards himself, I had the opposite reaction. He is a gorgeous man, based on his character and personality alone.

‘”When the hurt gets too big, and there’s no one who will understand; I tell them”…”They listen better than anyone and my soul always feels lighter when I’m done.'”

Ashley Munoz, you have created an epically emotion filled book with so many dimensions that it is truly awe-inspiring. The characters are complex while having a simple nature. It is difficult not to fall in love with each one. The story line melded together so easily while experiencing the ups/downs of a good book. Think a lazy river rapids ride, with its sudden drops, tumultuous water, and evening out finally to calm. From beginning to epilogue, I was sucked in and thoroughly loved this book.

“She wasn’t ready for love and I wasn’t ready to lose her.”