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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.”

The Bonds We Break by Becca Steele–Review

Becca Steele has done it again. The Four, along with their significant others, made this book. A part of that group is Cassius and Jessa. Their storyline is emotional, temperamental, loving, and downright steamy, so don’t forget your fan! The Bonds We Break is full of everything. Mystery, intrigue, fear, anxiety, tenuous love to unbreakable bonds. A five-star read!!

As much as we know that Cass is the true lead in this book, I believe we need to take a step back and look at Jessa. If you have read the previous books, you know what I’m talking about. If not, that’s ok, here is your little cheat sheet on Jessa De Witt.

“I am Jessa De Witt, the girl that everyone wanted to be.”

Jessa has only ever known what it’s like to be a Queen B. First at Alstone High and then Alstone College. She wants to be top dog. To have everyone want to be her and will do what she can to maintain this status. Prior to Winter (Cade’s girlfriend), Cassius and Cade, consecutively, had one-night stands with her with no commitment involved, which worked for them at that time. Due to a miscommunication, Jessa is kidnapped (in place of Winter) and goes through some traumatizing experiences. Cassius is one of her rescuers from this horrifying situation. Flash to the present, Jessa is continuing to have some personal issues and when she needs help, the one person she can contact is Cassius.

Cass is just one of the guys that stood out to me from the beginning. Granted, I could safely say that statement about all the guys, but Cass is someone special. His character is fun, flirty, the ‘playboy’ of the group and the joker to lighten the situation/atmosphere. The thing is this is not all that Cassius Drummond is. It is extremely gratifying as a reader to get to see his layers being peeled back to see him, the real Cassius. Due to Jessa’s recent flare up of nightmares and anxiety over past circumstances, Cassius is rising to the Protector mode. A mode that suits him well. He will not let anyone hurt her again.

“Jessa, I’m not going anywhere, okay? You’re safe now. Safe with me.”

So, how do you take a hated enemy into a loved and accepted part of ‘The Four’ family? Simple, have Becca Steele write the story. The Evolution that Cassius and Jessa have gone through is magical and inspiring. The same can be said about Jessa and the rest of ‘The Four’ family. Cassius and Jessa are steamy, pure fire together, yet caring and affectionate. Jessa is the perfect counterpart to Cass.

“You’re important to Cass, and that means that you’re important to the rest of us.”

I can safely say that Jessa De Witt pleasantly surprised me. Her priorities shifted and a case of growing, maturing, and evolving into the strong and confident, non-judgmental, values friendships, and truly learn how to love has taken place. Jessa De Witt is a true reason to not judge a book by it’s cover.

Ruthless Noble by Alley Ciz–Review

Alley Ciz did not disappoint, nor hold back. Ruthless Noble was everything I wanted, expected, and needed.

This ending for Savvy and Jasper was not an easy one. It was full of twists and turns, shock, disbelief, the deeper insight of love between Savvy and Jasper and many ‘no way’ coming from my mouth.

I fell in love with BFF Tessa. Her character was rip roaring hilarious! She may be tiny, but Tessa be fierce!! Alley’s story writing was amazing as she entwined Savvy and Jasper with the Royals and UofJ characters! I highly recommend the Savage Queen/Ruthless Noble duet. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

**Hey Alley…feel free to write a follow up book for these three books, maybe a Christmas book. **

Ask An Author and New Release: Ruthless Noble by Alley Ciz

In case you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you may not have heard about the newest release to hit the book world! LRuthless Noble by Alley Ciz is book 2 in a duet about Savvy King and Jasper Noble. **See my review at the end.**

Now, onto the lady of the hour, Alley Ciz.

In honor of Alley Ciz and her newest release, Ruthless Noble, she was generous enough to do a little Q & A

𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗲 (𝟭) 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 (𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼) 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝘆.⁣

I would just want to live in a Rebecca Jenshak book to hang out with all her characters⁣

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴?⁣

I love music. All my books have playlists to them. Sometimes I need to listen to a certain song when working on a scene, but usually it’s all kinds of random stuff. But sometimes that backfires—like when I start to dance party on my couch to Britney⁣

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻? 𝗜𝗳 𝘀𝗼, 𝘄𝗵𝗼? 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹.⁣

I have a few that are my favorites, so it’s hard to pick just one so let’s just go with my most recent Savvy. She’s so fierce and sarcastic, I loved how she didn’t back down from anything. I like to write strong heroines, but she might be my most badass—and that’s saying something.⁣

𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲?⁣

There’s no way I would be able to contain myself to just 3 questions, I know me lol. I would sit there with a gel pen and one of my five-million notebooks and just ramble them out until they were like “get this crazy person away from me”⁣

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆?⁣

When the rest of the house goes to sleep and it’s just me and Buke up while I write.⁣

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱?⁣

Yes. My brain is filled with too many people that don’t know how to stay in their lane.⁣

𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲⁣

There is no perfect hero/heroine that’s what makes character driven stories so addicting. I love a wide range too, the crazy possessive alphas to the swoony cinnamon rolls. I like them all⁣

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 +/𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆?⁣

Bahahaha, I can’t even take this seriously⁣

𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻:⁣
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂.⁣

That I can be the shyest, most awkward people person ever

A ps and just ramble them out until they were like “get this crazy person away from me”⁣

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆?⁣

When the rest of the house goes to sleep and it’s just me and Buke up while I write.⁣

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱?⁣

Yes. My brain is filled with too many people that don’t know how to stay in their lane.⁣

𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲⁣

There is no perfect hero/heroine that’s what makes character driven stories so addicting. I love a wide range too, the crazy possessive alphas to the swoony cinnamon rolls. I like them all⁣

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 +/𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆?⁣

Bahahaha, I can’t even take this seriously⁣

𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻:⁣
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂.⁣

That I can be the shyest, most awkward people person ever

         MY REVIEW

Thank you Alley for your time!!