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Lake by Michelle Heard–Review

I can’t believe I have to say this, but it’s over. I loved this series so much and although I loved Falcon and Mason, Lake and Lee’s story really stole my heart.

Going into Lake, I was curious as to how, Ms. Heard, would pull off the arranged marriage. Some stories that center around this can either go one of two ways…good or bad. Luckily, Lake was on the good side.

Despite their inauspicious beginning, Lake and Lee are perfectly matched and are true love epitomized. Lee is surrounded by heartache, impersonal, prison like living conditions, yet, has a spirit that is yearning to soar free. Lake, as we know, may be quiet, but he is as keen as a hawk on a hunt. He is gentlemanly, attentive, and above all, a protector.

Michelle wrote a wonderful book filled with high’s, low’s, and, roadblocks that challenged this young couple. Will Lake and Lee, two people from differing backgrounds, become a loving couple and prosper despite their adversities?

‘I don’t know why they call it falling in love. It doesn’t feel like I’m falling at all. It feels like I’ve finally found the other half of me…”

 

Forever My Saint by Monica James–Review

I finished reading four days ago and I’m still speechless. Every time I think about Saint and Willow, I replay everything in my brain and end up gob smacked and sighing. Monica James, what have you truly done to me?Excuse Me GIF - Carrie SexAndTheCity Shocked GIFs

It is such a bittersweet moment to have reached ‘The End’. Through the course of the trilogy, I had fallen in love with some of the characters and absolutely, despised others. In either case, though, the words printed evoked such an incredibly strong feeling, it was hard not to feel sucked into their world. Ms. James displayed such a strong character development throughout the series, it was beautiful to see on our main and some of our secondary characters.

In FMS, we see a role reversal between Willow and Saint. This time around, Saint needs a strong and protective savior.

📢Savior, party of one. Calling Willow, party of one for a savior position? 📢

Willow stepped up big time. She was such a bad@ss, digging deep and displaying such strength and determination to do whatever she needed to do. She was put into situations, that made her question herself, but with a newfound fortitude, she was able to work through it and still show compassion.

‘This isn’t a man’s world; this is my world.’

Saint. I love Saint. In books one and two, he was this larger than life beast who is fiercely protective of Willow. While doing this, he also showed us a ‘softer’ side. Now, as I mentioned, they had a role reversal of sorts. This time, Saint is the one who needs saving. Instead of this unbeatable beast, he is put into a situation that displays a less alpha side only through the use of drugs and other ‘means’.

Now that I’ve had time to digest this story, I’ve realized it has vague themes of, ‘The Gift of the Magi’, in it. If you are not familiar with this story, it talks about a couple who doesn’t have money for gifts, so they sell their most prized possession to pay for a gift to the other. In Forever My Saint, we’re not talking about jewels, riches or fortunes. Willow and Saint are each other’s most prized possession and because of this, they do what they can (or must) to save the other. In such a dark and emotionally horrendous book, it was beautiful to see.

‘When I think about losing Saint, my entire world crumbles, giving way to perpetual darkness.’

As I mentioned, writing this now is such a bittersweet moment. It means, we’re done. There is no more, but that’s ok. Don’t dwell on that. Think about all the incredible things that happen throughout the book. Monica will keep you on the edge of your seat with whatever may rise up next. Twists and turns are abundant and there is no way you can predict what the next move will be. Saint and Willow will always have a piece of my heart and I couldn’t be happier with the conclusion this couple achieved.

Tap Out by Alley Ciz–Review

You know when you just have to read a book. Tap Out was that book for me. Firstly, it was because of Power Play. (If you haven’t read it, you must). It’s through that book that I got a good sense of her writing style. She’s sarcastic, her heroines are feisty, and some of the best use of ingenious jesting I have seen in a book, thus far. I laughed, cried (happy tears), had a spit take or two (Thank you, Alley😉), and just overall swooned. Secondly, I’ve been blessed in life to be able to work with athletes and Alley, truly, brought me back to that time. Her accuracy with styles of fighting, taping procedures, the overall fighting program/routine, and of course, equipment (uh-hum, wreck bag. 🤣🤣🤣) was completely true to life.

Gage is more than a man, he’s a mountain at 6’7”, 260 lbs., with corded, sinewy muscles…um, yes, please! 🙋. However, besides, his external physicality, he is sweet, family oriented, protective, and alpha protective to the core, with a true love for his MMA job. Straight up, Gage is a catch.

“She swallowed–hard–at the arm porn perfection now inches from her face.”

Rocky Steele. I must admit that I have a slight crush on her, because I want to be her. She is a Physical Therapist with many credentials behind her, hence, why she is ‘Alphabet Soup’. She comes from an MMA family and knows how to take care of herself. She is fierce, passionate about life and career, beautiful, and fit. She is not afraid to not only stand her ground but push you off of it and out of your comfort zone. The girl has mad skills. There is one small thing that is her weakness. Her childhood crush on Gage James.

“Just so you know…I have every intention of making you mine.”

Rocky and Gage are so passionate and hot, but they are truly the key to each other’s lock. I loved this couple so much. There are so many ‘goals’ in this book, that it was easy to fall in love with Tap Out. #RelationshipGoals #FriendshipGoals #FamilyGoals #WhoWantsToBeInACoven (goals).

Alley Ciz wrote with absolute perfection. Her timing, plot line, story line, topic accuracy, and pacing were all on point. The ability she had to absolutely swarm and encase me, completely making me feel as if I was the one sitting on the couch next to any member of the group, or ringside was outstanding. Tap Out, remember to put that on your TBR right now!! You won’t want to miss it!!

“The math totally adds up.”

“‘What math?’ she asked, already regretting the decision. ‘That you should bang.'”

“‘All I’m saying is P plus V equals O. As in orgasms,’ she whispered the last. ‘See…math.'”

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Mason (Trinity Academy, book 2) by Michelle Heard–Review

Ms. Heard is beginning to grab my attention, and I like it!! In my little world, she is soon becoming the queen of one-page cliffhangers. Cliffie’s that I never saw coming and, literally, took my breath away. Wow, Michelle, really??

Trinity Academy is an interconnected series, with each book focused on a different couple. This one is about Mason Chargrill and Kingsley Hunt. In the last book, we read about Falcon Reyes and Layla Shepard and they are also featured throughout the book. YES, we get more of Falcon and Layla. We also get to know Lake a little more, as well as Preston, the universal PA.

I, literally, could not put this down. I was so sucked into every word, dialogue, scene, and situation. ENTHRALLED!! Mason starts out where Falcon ends and from the get-go, there is nothing but, full steam ahead. Remember, these guys are like the Three Musketeers, ‘All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.’ Falcon, Mason, and Lake take this saying true to heart. No matter what is going on in their world’s, they have each other’s back to form a united front. This is completely evident during some of the trying times throughout the book.

Mason…❤❤❤! In Falcon, I was thoroughly about him, yet there was just something about Mason that had me so intrigued with him and his story. So, need less to say, when I got the book, I absolutely fell in love and absolutely adored him. He is such a broody MF, with no cares left to give, drowning in an overabundance of negative emotions. Despite all this, I couldn’t help but fall for this a@@hole.

Kingsley is Layla’s roommate and by default, in the boy’s group, where others know not to mess with her. Over the course of many tragic and eye-opening events, Mason and Kingsley both need to re-assess their ‘Fuck Frenemies’ relationship.

Despite some, ‘Aww, hell’ and ‘No way’ moments. I was utterly in love, sucked in, and swept along with the story. Despite heavy and shocking moments, there were many laugh out loud/snort moments. I ended this book with a few runaway tears. Now, were they from the emotional overload or sadness, I don’t know. I do know, I anxiously await Lake’s book now. If for any reason, that cliffhanger, Michelle!!

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Falcon by Michelle Heard–Review

When I started to see all the teasers and blurbs, I thought Trinity Academy would be following the newest trend, high school/college bully romance with a touch of Reverse Harem. Interestingly enough, Ms. Heard took Falcon in a different direction and I can’t say that I’m all that upset over it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, HS/College, bully romance, reverse harem, and slightly dark is my jam. So, I am thoroughly enjoying the trend now. With that said, I was slightly let down, because I was used to so much drama, but I can now correct myself in saying that while it wasn’t overly dramatic, it was a chock-full storyline with issues, character growth and finding oneself, which is just as good.

One thing I absolutely adored, was the camaraderie of Falcon, Lake and Mason. They were so tight, that they formed their own little family. In this case, the family you choose is stronger than blood. Some of the sacrifices they made for each other, as well as, having another’s back even if it didn’t involve them, was spectacular.

Falcon was not a story, just about Falcon, but included snippets of what we could expect in Mason and Lake’s stories. Their personalities jumped of the page and I can’t wait to read about each one.

Besides, the above misconception, I also thought I would be reading all about greed, wealth, and the power that comes with it. That wasn’t the full focus. Were these guys obscenely wealthy? Um, yep. Were there two different aspects of power (parental generation vs. the boys)? Heck yeah, but Michelle Heard somehow made it more than the superficial stuff. She dug deep and that’s when we got to see hopes, dreams, and, personalities.

Layla. I LOVED Layla! Her mother is the PA to Falcon’s father and gets a spot in Trinity Academy where she’s a freshman. She is the opposite of any of her peers and is afraid that her ‘secret’ will come out. Layla is spunky, feisty, unafraid to curb her tongue around these upper crust students. She gives as good as she gets. She develops a strong friendship with Kingsley Hunt and together they are two peas in a pod.

The other thing for me to make it a 4⭐read, is the pace at which some of the ‘drama/issues’ are resolved. I will say, Falcon, was a quick read and am not sure if that had something to do with it. Did this truly effect my experience while reading this book? Not really, I just couldn’t make it a 5⭐, because of it.

I, truly, enjoyed this read and am looking forward to reading Mason’s book. There’s something about a brooding, bitter guy.

Twisted Betrayal by Siobhan Davis–Blog Tour and Review

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In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees…

Twisted Betrayal, the next story in the dark, bully romance Rydeville High Elite Series from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!

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He thinks he’s broken me. That I’m finally under his complete control. But I’m biding my time, gathering intel, making plans, and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. So, when an unexpected savior appears—offering me a way out—I grasp it with both hands.

But the man I love refuses to let me go, and he’s hell-bent on protecting me at all costs.

Except he’s far too late.

Kaiden’s betrayal fuels the anger flowing through my veins, and now our roles are reversed—I’m the hunter, and he’s my prey. I enjoy torturing him, lying to him, and letting him believe in false truths that were never our reality.

Until the stakes are raised, and I’m forced into playing their game again. Only this time, it’s not just my life hanging in the balance.

I thought he’d done his worst. That he didn’t have the power to hurt me anymore.

But I was wrong.

His depravity knows no bounds, and now, he’s taken everything from me.

This time, it means war, and I’m taking no prisoners.

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 Twisted Betrayal by Siobhan Davis–Review

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He shoots me a shit-eating grin Jackson would be proud of as he locks the door and stalks toward me. “What the fuck does it look like?”

“Like you’re crazy as shit and have a death wish,” I say, backing away from him.

His eyes are thick with lust, his body cloaked in anger, and he wears it proudly like body armor.

I scramble around desks as I avoid capture. All the while he advances. Like this menacing form hell-bent on punishing me.

Liquid lust races through me, and my core pulses with a desperate need.

I love it when he’s like this.

Looking at me like he wants to fuck me so hard I’ll bleed.

My body purrs in anticipation as my back slams against a solid obstacle.

I know I’m sick and twisted, but I think that’s why we’re so well matched.

He wants to punish me, and I want to be punished.

About Siobhan

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Twisted Betrayal by Siobhan Davis–Review

😲😮Sweet Lemony Snickets! Heavens to Betsy!! Well, smack my a@@ and call me Sally!! What in tarnation, did I just read?!😮😲

Siobhan Davis, you never fail to astound me with your writing. Twisted Betrayal is everything the title implies. I thought at the end of Cruel Intentions, this couldn’t get any better. I was riding such a high, that when I started TB, I felt like that high would continue. In fact, I really had to settle myself back down, because the high at the end of Twisted Betrayal was nowhere near the ending in Cruel Intentions. This could be my fault, because I read them back to back, but nonetheless, both were freaking incredible. I am straining my brain trying to figure out how this could possibly end with a happily ever after, because right now, I am gutted.

There is so much tension, betrayal, deceit, drama, suspense, I could feel these characters drowning in all the emotions being thrown around with no end in sight. Just when you think you are going down with them, there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel and you think Abby and Kai are going to get some sort of happiness. But no, Siobhan must say in her head, ‘Oh no, let’s throw them through the ringer again and see what happens’!! I think I have bruises from how many times my jaw hit the floor. What I do know is the my TMJ hurt like the dickens, because of said action. Siobhan Davis…you slay me!!

Some basic principles in this world are we are all born, and will all die, there are people who will always love and protect us, our parents (theoretically), and you can live in three different time dimensions; the past, the present and the future. Abby and Kai experience all these principles, but for them, they aren’t necessarily given.

If you wanted to meet the devil/Lucifer/Satan, all you have to do is read Twisted Betrayal and search ‘Michael Hearst’. Abigail is the unfortunate recipient of having him as a father. He is a vile, maniacal, psychopath with illusions of grandeur topped off with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I despise, Michael Hearst with a passion and as you read, you will begin to understand why. My heart bled for Drew and Abby to have to grow up with this character as a ‘father’ (and I use the term loosely).

I was thoroughly sucked in and invested. Twisted Betrayal grabbed me by the heart and didn’t let go, even long after reading it. It’s been a few days since I read this and I’m still in emotional book hangover. Simply put, if you love emotional reads laden with lots of drama, deceit, and the inability to guess what’s going to happen next, Twisted Betrayal is for you.

*Keep in mind, this is a harsh book, that may not be easy for all to read, but if this kind of stuff doesn’t bother, MUST READ!!*