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Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli–Review

Remember as a child, being told stories of different fairytales. One in particular (if you’re a girl) is the story of Cinderella. From that animated Disney movie to movies aimed at high schoolers taking a different take but was Cinderella all the same.

Stealing Cinderella may have ‘her’ (Cinderella’s) name in the title, but this is by no means that Disney version. Ella has not had an easy life. After her father’s death, she is forced to become the character that must do all the grunt work in the house. Her stepmother and stepsisters have no allegiance to Ella and in fact enjoy making her life miserable every chance they can.

 

Now there are no mice or pumpkins in this story, but the fairy godmother comes in the form of Ella’s best friend, Charlotte. Charlotte is unable to attend the ball, which will be hosting many of the world’s Princes’. One in attendance is Thorson, who is there very reluctantly. Through a series of mishaps Ella and Thorson meet. For once, Thorson feels something in that cold, dead and black heart of his. The adventure begins when he must find her after the ball.

Now keep in mind, the stepmother/sisters are vicious and vile people. They have no morals and will slither in wherever the most profitable advantage is for them. So, between sweet Ella and the vile steps, who is going to slide right into the Princes’ arms?
Thorson is a completely lovable hero, however, dark his needs and fantasies are. Major trauma happened to him when he was a child and he has had to carry that burden into his early adulthood. As damaged and complex as he is, he is feeling a certain way towards Ella and doesn’t know how to make sense of it. Thorson is the new dark and unsettled hero.

I did end up really liking this book, but I must admit that there were some cringe worthy moments. My reaction was similar to nails on a chalkboard. Now, in reading, this analogy may sound negative, but it’s not meant to be that way. There are scenes you may not like or disagree with, but that is what makes Stealing Cinderella such a good dark romance. You should be uncomfortable, questioning yourself and thinking, ‘oh no, they didn’t’. For this I applaud A. Zavarelli. This is a wonderful dark re-telling of Cinderella that has captured my mind despite having read it a few days ago.

A Royal Mistake by Piper Rayne–Review

Secret Indulgence of mine is reading anything in the royal romance trope. This genre can also be hit or miss, from awesome to cheesy in a hot second. Piper Rayne did a good job with keeping it realistic and romantic in a fun and light atmosphere.


I didn’t read the first book, so I was unfamiliar with Sierra’s personality previously, but in this book, you could tell that she was learning and growing. Sierra did not have the best past, but in getting to know that portion of her life, it was nice to see her open up and grow up. Sierra is a huge Prince Adrian fan and wins a date with him. When she went to meet him, she was not expecting the cheese covered, t-shirt stained and sweatpants wearing slob. Little did she know this was a test for her.

Adrian is burdened with the having to take up the mantle of King. Despite having an older sister, Adrian is next in line. I really loved Prince Adrian. He is sweet, romantic and provided comfort for each other when they needed it. This Prince was a gem!

Kudos to Piper Rayne for writing a sweet romance with heat, funny characters and funny moments, with friends from The Rooftop Crew. This is the perfect Piper Rayne royal romance read.

Filthy Little Pretties by Trilina Pucci–Review

I am always amazed when an author I love is able to switch categories seamlessly as if they have been doing it their whole life.  Welcome, Ms. Pucci to the world of NA! Trilina, who is known for her more dark and sexy reads, stepped up to the challenge and hit it out of the park.

Filthy Little Pretties is full of an overabundance of teenage angst, drama, rebelliousness, the uber notorious teenage cliques and every bad decision a teenager could make. FLP has it all and then some.

“The reality is, this school is a snapshot of the world, and McCallister is my crown, even if it’s heavy on my head.”

What we have is a cross between Gossip Girl and Cruel Intentions. These kids are privileged, they have money and are the upper echelon of society. While they may appear prim and proper (😂), there is also the sexy, seductive and manipulative side to them. Wickedly delicious!

Donovan, Grey and Liam are a part of this society, except they have been friends for years. However, something comes between them and one has to leave when they are twelve years old. The two remaining will always have a hole in them from Donovan leaving, but they go on as any kid would. That is until Van makes a reappearance at their high school. Watch out world, the three besties are back together.

Three friends in frot of a sea

“Welcome back, Cherry.”

The love they have for each other was delicious and incredible to see, yet don’t let this love fool you. Van, Grey and Liam love to push each other’s button and boundaries. Yet, somehow, with this threesome it works.

The world that you are sucked into in Filthy Little Pretties is perfection. I love every friendship, enemy, drama and angst that was written. Trilina Pucci wrote a book that is beautiful and raw, unpredictable, excessive angst that just jumps of the page sucking you in and is amazing! Trilina you slayed me with the telling of this NA romance and I’m crossing fingers and toes for more!!

“First. Last. And only”

 

Catfish by Hazel Grace–Review

Hazel Grace is venturing into new and unchartered territory, Political Romance. I don’t get to read political romances (PR) often, but I will whole heartedly when I find one I like. Catfish is that type of book.

Our main characters are Wade and Reagan. Wade currently is the governor with aspirations of landing in the White House. As you can imagine for any guy in his 30’s, he has a great deal of pressure from everyone (parents, siblings, his constituents, other political members.) The only people who seem to truly have his back is his PA, Emmy, and best friend, Chase.

Raegan is another strong-willed character who knows that everything she does is for her family. She loves and adores her mother and brother immensely, but sometimes she gets overwhelmed and that pressure gets to her. She is feisty, sharp witted, and knows how to handle wayward politicians. She is a great character and counterpoint to Wade.

Wade and Reagan met through an online dating service and they soon find themselves desperate and longing for the next text message. Wade and Reagan are just cute perfection together! I loved this happy little couple until Hazel Grace decided to shake up everyone’s world and pull the rug out from underneath me with that cliffhanger! So, I didn’t expect to see that one. After picking my jaw off the floor and a slight outbreak of ‘you didn’t, no way, and what are you doing?’ could be heard throughout my house, I regained my senses and am now counting down the days to book 2. I HAVE to know where this story goes from here.

 

Creole Kingpin by Meghan March–Review

So, it’s been a little bit of a hot minute since I read a Meghan March book and all I have to say is, ‘why did it take me so long to read another one of her books?’ I was intrigued and shook by all that was happening in this book. I was sucked in and engrossed from beginning to end.

Creole Kingpin is set in good ole NOLA. The sights and sounds that describe within brought me right back to my time in New Orleans. Psst…Meghan, thanks for the memories! 😉😉 Our main characters are, Magnolia and Moses. To say these two had a past is a wee bit of an understatement. It may not have been long in time frame but it was intense.

“A beautiful woman who plays chess like a master. I never guessed that’d be so damn sexy or my greatest weakness.”

Fast forward fifteen years and these once former pals are meeting again. Him intentionally, her unintentionally and ready to clean out the trash and memories.
Magnolia is intense, fierce, tough, determined, gorgeous and strongly independent. She was simply power poured into a pencil skirt and a stunning exterior. Magnolia has not had an easy life, but everything she did, she did for a greater purpose. Magnolia is one of my favorite heroines that I’ve read in a while. I may have a wee lady boner for her.

“Magnolia Marie Maison. No Man owns me. No man controls me.”

Moses is this cool guy who appears to be very laid back as if nothing will touch him, until he has fully reunited with Magnolia. He is also very determined and exudes this intense cool cat exterior. Behind closed doors or with his friends, he breaks character a little bit. Once you read about these two together it’s clear that they are undeniably made for each other, but Mags is more tentative.

“That’s what I want, Moby. I want a partner. I want someone to stand by me while we weather the storms. Because my life seems to be filled with fucking storms.”

Creole Kingpin is epic. It has a little bit of everything from mystery, drama, romance and sexy! I was full on sucked in from the beginning. It was intoxicating, intense, suspenseful and mysterious. Meghan’s writing was fabulous and had every component one looks for in a book. The characters are will written, they are intense and show growth from beginning to end and her storyline and plot was spot on. I am so excited for book two, because that cliffhanger, girl had me reeling and wanting more!!

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In Fury Lies Mischief by Amo Jones–Review

HO-LY CRAP!!!! Not to quote Alicia Key’s here, but ‘this girl is on fire’!! She has slayed me yet again with an all-consuming and gritty work of art! Time has come to write another review for an Amo Jones book and I genuinely say after each book, ‘I don’t know how she can top herself’. Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you to the world of Mayhem and The Brothers of Kiznitch. In Peace Lies Havoc we were introduced to the brothers, King, Killian, Keaton and Kyrin, with King and Dove being center stage.

In Fury Lies Mayhem is Killian’s book with Saskia and straight up and honest here, HER BEST BOOK YET!! It’s been a few days since I finished, and I CAN’T GET KILLIAN AND SASKIA OUT OF MY HEAD!! Major book hangover!! I have said this before, and I’m going to say this again. Amo creates worlds with such clarity, from the overall generalized setting, i.e. location, down to the description of a tiny button on a pair of pants. It is impossible to not imagine what she is talking about. Her plotlines and storylines are ALWAYS on point, character descriptions are never lacking, and they always show growth from beginning to end.
I’m sure I’m not going to be the only one that says this, but Killian, good God, Killian was killing it. He’s completely and utterly addictive. You can NEVER have enough of him. He has turned into my favorite Hero that Amo has ever written. He’s everything a member of Mayhem should be. He’s smoking hot, wicked, determined, mischievous, a badass and a straight up trickster. He has the face and the body to get a person to do whatever they want, even without his special ‘powers’ of telekinesis, hypnosis and coercive persuasion. As much as I loved him in the beginning, by the end, that love had deepened, simply because we got to see different aspects of his character that are not readily seen.

“I’ll f*cking wait for you for as long as I need to, because time doesn’t tick unless you’re in my arms.

Saskia, mmm, girl, she is a match waiting to go up in flames. If gasoline was Kill and Sass is the match, they are one wickedly combustive inferno. She is perfectly ‘match’ed for Killian. She not only stands up to him and fights him, but she deviously plays the Trickster with his games. Killian has never met someone like her.

“There’s sexy, beautiful, hot, banging, and then there’s Saskia, whose beauty trumps all the mundane adjectives that the Oxford Dictionary can generate.”

In Fury Lies Mischief has consumed me and left me in a cyclone of emotions. I adored seeing this rough and hardened couple come together and show us all sides to their relationship and individual character. Amo is an epically gifted author/writer and I feel blessed to be able to read her books. Due to her incredible writing skills, I can still feel Mayhem swirling through me. Amo Jones, you are the Queen and I humbly bow down at your feet, screaming ‘I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy’.

Stolen Soulmate by Mary Catherine Gebhard–Review

Stolen Soulmate is such an appropriate title. MCG not only stole my soul but eviscerated it to smithereens. I am amazed at her writing. Mary Catherine Gebhard appears so sweet, but don’t let that fool you. She wrote a fabulous book that has left me gutted. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful with a twist of cruel perfection.

Grayson ‘Gray’ Crowne is the Hero in this bully romance. I have an incredible love-hate relationship with him. When he was in the light, he was cruel, demanding and inhumane. Let’s just say, the ‘Playboy Prince’ treated the staff like dogs, especially Storybook Hale. In the dark, Story saw another side to Gray, his true side.

“Grayson Crowne is the cruelest person in the world, and I’m hopelessly in love with him, but his love only bloomed in the dark.”

Story is ‘the help’ and therefore, has many rules she needs to follow, yet somehow has trouble with one. Do not look a Crowne in the eyes. Story has no problem challenging and standing up to Gray. As Gray is almost two sided, so is Story. She is meek and submissive, yet this sassy woman has a fiery side. In each other, Gray and Story find their equal, their soulmate.

“Because for this moment I’m Story, and you’re Gray, and right now it’s okay.”

Gray and Story’s story is romantic and easy to fall in love with them. Yet this romantic relationship is also tragic and grippingly emotional. MCG had me crying, yelling, drinking, stupefied and dumbfounded. I am still reeling internally when thinking about this doomed couple. I am thoroughly addicted and need more of the Crowne Point world.

”When you look at a Crowne, they ruin your life. When you cross a Crowne…they make sure you wish you’d never been born.”