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Heart Sick by Monica James (Heart Memory Transfer, book one)–Review

Monica (middle name) James, what have you done to me? Silly me, thinking this was just about an organ transplant. It is, but it is so much more than that. Heart Sick is the first book in the Heart Memory Transfer Duet. In this book, we are introduced to Dutch and Luna but be advised this one does end on a cliffy.

Monica is just one of those authors for me that I can’t wait to scarf up every little word that she writes. Heart Sick was no exclusion to this, except for having to finish another ARC first. Dutch and Luna have claimed my heart like no other. From the first sentence, I was sucked in and completely invested in Luna’s pain. I felt like I had to read faster, so I could finally take a breath after realizing I was holding my breath.

Dutch is another beast and the emotions that were written for him were also all-encompassing. As a fellow music lover/music major/performer, I can completely relate to the music is his life and in his soul concept. He is a complex character with many different facets, which make him the perfect Hero.

Heart Sick is over the top, dark, unethical, insidious, and psychologically twisted. The twists and turns, the storyline, and the need for these two to catch a break are overwhelming. I cannot wait for book two to come. There are so many questions I have that need to be answered. I NEED to find out how Dutch and Luna’s story is resolved. Full disclosure: I’m giving this book 4.5 stars. I loved it, but the ending was a little rushed/off, thus, preventing me from giving 5 stars.

Defensive Hearts by Alley Ciz–Review

Alley Ciz is back with yet another smashing sports romance. Defensive Hearts is all about Gemma and Chance and these two have been bitter enemies since the very beginning. You will experience a story full of grumpy/sunshine interactions, hilarious sarcastic banter, quality naked time😉, friendship/support group that is a ‘gold standard’, baggage (a lot of baggage), and enemies to lovers at its finest.

Gemma has been introduced to us in previous books. She is dubbed the ‘Protein Princess’ and lovingly takes care of those who mean something to her as the cook in the group. This also includes two Great Danes, Pebbles and Bam Bam, who belong to Mr. Grumpy, but leave it to our girl, Gemma has banned Chase from her cooking.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed, loved the Covenette convos, and wanted to shake Chase and Gemma at times. It was incredible to read about ‘the coven’ and their mates and what is presently happening to them. I adore this friendship group and can’t wait for any little nugget I can gobble up. I love the BTU Alumni series and Defensive Hearts is another fantastic read to the series.

PS…for those that know me, they know I’m a huge dog person. It may sound weird, but, Pebbles and Bam Bam were accurately written. These two were complete scene-stealers!

Before Us by Jewel E. Ann–Review

It has been a hot minute since I’ve read a Jewel E. Ann book, but I was desperately craving a book that would hit me in the feels. This author is pretty reliable when it comes to this style of writing.

“I don’t know how to love you and be married to you yet not be your wife.”

Before Us took me by surprise. I was not ready for what I was about to read. Yes, I had heard about how emotionally packed it was, but I still was not ready. I will admit that I didn’t have a full-on ugly cry until the end, but was severely choked up over the course of the book. I mean how could you not? This book embodies all the feelings, the constant fluid motion between these characters, and the need to make sense of what they are feeling. Before Us was true angst between the pages.

“He’s still in the past, and I’m racing toward my future. Living in the present is too hard right now, maybe impossible.”

I highly recommend tissues, solo reading in a dark corner (if you’re an ugly crier😭), and just open up and feel. The story of Zach, Suzie, and Emersyn is just amazing. The love, grief, friendships, healing, maturity, and life lived are what this book is all about. JEA knows how to write, and this book is the perfect example.

                      “Zachary Hays is the unreachable pinnacle for all other men. That sucks for my next husband.”

Brutal Empire by C Lymari–Review

I have been longing for Bastian’s book and it’s FINALLY HERE! I needed to see what made this secretive guy tick.
Brutal Empire is the next book in the Sekten series featuring Bas and Cam. This book is twisted, dark, angsty, and full of precarious situations. Despite having triggers from a lifetime of hell, Cam is refreshing. Her motto and mindset are based on revenge. This is something that she and Bas have in common, however, no matter how charming he is, Bas is full of secrets.
Claudia has written two fantastic characters destined for each other, yet there is this ending where it will blow your mind. I MUST HAVE MORE!!

“She was an angel craving chaos, He was a demon seeking peace.”

The Sculptor by Kristy Marie–Review

I just knew I was going to love The Sculptor, given it was about a Potter brother who also happened to be written by a unicorn author of mine. What I didn’t expect was how much this whole family would steal my heart. Duke and Ramsey not only tore my heart apart, but Kristy Marie eviscerated it one keystroke at a time.

Duke and Ramsey were a little more than childhood sweethearts, they were soulmates, even at the tender age of 18. They had that once-in-a-lifetime, never going to find another, epically strong first love—the kind of love a person could only wish for. Unfortunately, circumstances tore them apart, only to be reunited years later.

What comes next is the whole gamut of emotions. This emotional roller coaster had me fully invested from laughter, tears, immense tears, anger, a couple of snorts, hope, and more. Kristy Marie has some amazing books, but with this series, she has elevated her game, yet again. I am so excited and ready for the last book of this series!