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Bullseye by Monica James–Review

Bullseye is dark, gritty, raw and passionate. Some would say, Bull is disturbed, vicious and maniacal. Bullseye can also be described as emotional, soul touching and enlightening.

From the beginning of chapter one, you are automatically sucked into the reality of Bullseye.

“A pair of motorcycle boots, size thirteen, A Harley-Davidson T-shirt. A pair blue jeans ripped in both knees. A black hoodie. A leather wallet containing eighty-five dollars. And a silver necklace with a St. Christopher medallion.”

Reader, welcome to the world of Bullseye. Yes, he is being released from prison after serving time. I should warn you though this is not your traditional love story. You know, boy meets girl, they fall in love, and that love can conquer all. This is a gritty story of revenge, violence, rage, hate and lust.  While trying to keep his nose clean for his PO, he is busy plotting, planning and waiting to execute his revenge. Something he didn’t plan on, is meeting Tigerlily. She puts a big stumbling block in Bull’s plan.

Tigerlily (Lily) is a hard-working mom. What she wasn’t planning on was laying eyes on the newest bouncer at the club and falling for him. Lily is fierce with a bold and saucy personality. She is perfect for Bull because of this nature. However deep down below she really is a fragile human being trying to do right by her and her son.

I loved Bull, despite whatever flaws he may think he has and lack of future. I won’t say the reason he went to prison, but upon learning what it is, this humanizes Bull a little. Is this book a dark romance? Yes, Monica wasn’t playing around when she said this is dark, but the marvelous, monumental writing of Ms. James, allows you to have a very minute glimmer of hope for these two.

Monica James wrote a beautifully flawed story for two heartwarmingly flawed individuals. In writing this, she is showing there is beauty in the flawed and dark. Sometimes, you just have to dig deep past any barriers to find this beautiful individual. Now, am I saying that Bull is a good guy? Nope, but he is surrounded with emotions and it is impossible not to be drawn into him and feel for the guy. He has gotten a rough hand in life and is learning how to deal with it the best he can.

Bullseye, through the eyes and mind of Monica, just sucks you in. The words, emotions, situations just pour out of the story. I’m not sure what this means for me, but I fell in love with Bullseye and the book. I think I will always be slightly changed with the stain of Bull on my heart. Excellent writing, extremely descriptive scenarios and characters that jump off the screen. Bull is my imperfectly perfect Prince Charming.

“This is me. A coldhearted bastard. A depraved animal. My story doesn’t end with Prince Charming saving the princess and living happily ever after with her because…I killed the f*n prince.”

 

Angry God by LJ Shen–Review

Whoa. Wow. Ok. Where do I even start with this one.

First and foremost, I appreciate Leigh’s candidness regarding trigger warnings in her books. By putting a warning on a book, you are immediately on edge knowing something is going to happen. As a reader, you anticipate the storyline a little bit without reading and enjoying in the present. With that said, all I can reiterate is whoa, wow, ok!

I have conflicting angel and devil on my shoulders regarding Angry God. Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is a formidable man, which made me super excited to read about Vaughn. Was Vicious Junior as bad as his father or did he exceed him? I think it’s safe to say in this standpoint, ‘like father, like son’.

Vaughn is highly complicated and for the first half of the book you could tell that the boy had issues. The only relationship not complicated was with Vaughn and Emilia. He was a momma’s boy and it was sweet to see this relationship. Vaughn also had a good relationship with his father, since they were of the same temperament.

Lenora (Len/Lenny) was a unique character. She always wanted to be the person that didn’t stand out. She wanted to simply fade into the walls and hope people would forget her. Too bad that wasn’t going to be the case after meeting Vaughn. In the beginning of the book, Len was a little mousy for me. She hadn’t had an easy childhood either, but I wasn’t extremely fond of her. When she went back to Carlisle Prep, she emerged as a different person. I loved it. She stood her ground and didn’t let anyone push her around. She had found her voice!

Despite being told in dual POV, I feel like it mostly is Vaughn’s book and journey to redemption and revenge. Can baby Vicious rebuild a heart that is black and rotten to its core? Can Len heal not only herself, but that wasteland where feelings should be in Vaughn? I recommend this book but will also say it may not be for everyone. So, if you’re feeling adventurous and have your mind and heart open to a wide array of feelings and emotions, then this book is for you.

Siren by Hazel Grace–Review

“You might want to keep your distance, Blood,”…’It’s not a smart idea for you to get too close to me.”

Siren is a fantastic, enchanting and dark re-telling of The Little Mermaid. Take everything you know about Ariel and chuck it out the window. Davina, she is the star of this book, along with her sisters, Dagen, and Tobias. I am addicted and want more!!!

There were so many incredible moments in this book. The relationship and banter between Davina and the other Princesses of Lacuna is so funny and a completely sister thing to do. The other characters are written so well, they pop off the screen and it’s easy to visualize what is happening as you read it.

Hazel Grace continues to surprise me with her books. She makes me long for more and I don’t know how she does it, but she does. She has made me laugh, cry, flat out swoon, and had complete emotional annihilation. Yet, I still come back for more.

Pick up Siren and continue with the rest of the ‘Sinister Fairytale Collections’ series. You won’t be disappointed!!

Insolent by Cynthia A. Rodriguez–New release

Title: Insolent
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Cynthia A. Rodriguez
Genre: Dark Romance Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: December 9, 2019
There’s a girl screaming at the top of a hill,
Burdened by a duty she was born to fulfill.

 

There’s a quiet killer lurking nearby,
Watching as she wishes only to die.
She’s tasked by her mother to marry a man,
Until the demon from hell puts a wrench in the plan.
Their fates will twine in inconceivable ways.
But where one goes, the other cannot stay.
How could she fall for such a man, you ask?
For the girl with no heart, it was the easiest task.

 
 
 

 
Cynthia hates writing her own bio. In her down-time, you can find her watching movies, ranging anywhere from classic to action flicks (she has a weakness for Marvel adaptations), and reading any novel she can get her hands on.
 

 

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Interpreter (Commandeer in Briefs series #4) by Kristy Marie

Interpreter is part of Kristy’s, Commandeer in Briefs series, about Timaeus Lambros. I didn’t fully understand how addicting, emotional, love bubble absorbing, and fulfilling Tim’s story was going to be.

Kristy writes with such force that you are emotionally driven while reading. These emotions can range from all out comedy, drowning in tears or an overall feeling of satisfaction. It is hot, spicy, and heartwarming. Interpreter hits on all these points and then some.

When reading any book from the CIB series, you just get this feeling like you are returning home. The boys and girls are written so that you feel that you are part of this wonderfully inclusive club, where no one is biologically related, but every single one of these characters is your brother or sister. Tim is no exception.

Timaeus is one of the Marine veterans that Anniston had picked up in Commandeer in Briefs. He has always been somewhat reserved and in Interpreter, we find out why. When Tim is going through an upheaval in every aspect of his life, his ‘family’ is there for him, including Aspen (who is ABSOLUTELY adorable throughout this book). Aspen is the one thing to help Tim begin to accept what is going on in his life. With the rest of his family, he begins to step out into the real world again and it is through this that he meets Milah.

Milah is a delight. She is feisty, driven, adorable, quirky, and in a bind. She is completely lovable with all her idiosyncrasies. Milah is family oriented, has a certain affinity to a little boy named Oliver, and a deeper appreciation for the hearing impaired and ASL speaking community. Through all her Costa Rican feistiness, she is truly a teddy bear inside, albeit a feisty teddy bear.

I’ve already alluded to some secondary characters in this book but haven’t touched on all of them. Milah’s best friend, Felipe, is a character. He is there to help her, whether that be with fashion tips, men, or reality checks. I think everyone should have a friend like Felipe! The boys of the foundation, along with there significant others are hysterical. They bring so much comedy, it’s nice to revisit with them and their usual banter.

Kristy brought her all when she wrote Interpreter. Interpreter is without a doubt, hands down my favorite book. I still love Cade and his story, Gorgeous, but Tim is magical. She has totally hit it out of the park with Interpreter. I fully believe that this is her best book yet. You will be in for a treat!!

Chasing the Butterflies by Monica James– Review

 

”An epic love story of two broken people who battled against all odds and found love…”

We all read books for different reasons. Humor to decrease the gravity of a bad day. Psychological thriller to scare you, Drama, because sometimes it’s always nice to read about somebody else’s drama rather than your own in real life. But what happens if you read a book and have no idea why you’re reading it, yet it fills you up so completely that you didn’t know you were missing something? Chasing the Butterflies is that kind of book for me. I really didn’t know what I was getting into when reading it, but I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued.

What happens when four little words changes your whole life? Victoria (Tori) gets to experience the joy of hearing her boyfriend say, ‘Will you marry me’. For both parties, it is an extremely emotional experience, however, this feeling is overshadowed by a horribly tragic event in her life. Through this event, Tori meets Jude and there is an instant connection, a tethering of two souls to each other. The roller coaster ride that Tori and Jude take you on is utterly magical. This power couple will always have a piece of my heart.

I’m writing this review the next morning and I am still overwhelmed with emotions. CTB is unlike anything I have ever read. I cried (a lot) while reading and even through the end of the day yesterday. CTB was a cleansing experience. There are twists and turns that will not only come out of nowhere but will make you go back a little and re-read to make sure you read it right.

Monica James is a wizard when it comes to words and her writing. Chasing the Butterflies was ethereal and hauntingly beautiful. She will make you believe in true love and soulmates. The plot line is enormously devastating, yet you will believe that love wins in the end. I wish that I could completely express how much I loved this book, but I fear I could never truly do it justice. I will say one thing I learned was, if you stay true to who you are and what you believe in, love will always win.

“Don’t hide who you are, butterfly.” “Why butterfly?” “Because I can’t wait to watch you spread your wings and fly.”

Tori and Jude are the main characters in this story, but by mentioning how great they are, I need to do a little nod to the secondary characters. Particularly Angus and Charley. Angus, oh my heavens, Angus. Adorable, charming, scene stealer, sweetheart and completely loveable. You will love reading about this little man. Charley is the perfect sidekick with some much-needed comedy relief.

Ms. James left me sobbing, wrecked, emotionally drained, slightly off kilter and completely and totally in love with her and her book. A true ‘Best of 2019’ book that deserves a lot more than 5 stars. If you have never read a Monica James book, truly, do yourself a favor and read this one. It will be a life altering read.

“It’s been said the simple flutter of a butterfly’s wing can cause chaos halfway across the world.”

Honorable Mention Quotes:

“The butterflies.” “I know you felt them…because I felt them, too.”

“I want you to know that. No one has ever fought for me. I was never someone’s reason to live. Thank you for making me yours.”

“He doesn’t make me feel different—he makes me feel special.”

Primitivo by Rose Croft–Review

44317147._SY475_We first saw Emilio in his brother’s book, Cabezon. While we did get a nice introduction to him and the Mendoza family, it wasn’t until I read Primitivo that I was seriously hooked on Emilio. I loved Dani and Vince in Cabezon, but Primitivo just drove the nail home with how much I love the whole entire Mendoza-Garcia family.

It’s safe to say that the Mendoza clan have not had an easy start in life. They have had to endure more by the age of 18 than most of us in all our lives.

In reading Cabezon, I thought I had read my favorite male character, Vince. I was wrong. I still love Vince (& Dani), but I adore Emilio. Is it the ovaries bursting, because your reading about a hot dad and his son? It doesn’t hurt, but I don’t know. Is it the love that he evokes so much with the care that he has for his family? Could be. Is it the fact that he is completely alpha and is willing to protect and stand up for those he loves? Sure, doesn’t hurt, but if you combine all these, you have one incredibly lovable Hero.

Sofia. Sofi’s story is gut-wrenching and heart twisting, knowing that many people go through what she had to endure. Despite how she initially handled things, she is completely 100% dedicated to her family. Sofi proves that sometimes you need to leave the ones you love, in order to protect them. My heart bled for her.

There is one other character that needs to be talked about, because this is as much his story as it is Emilio and Sofia’s. Eric, Emilio and Sofia’s son. Eric is a joy to read about. He is super intuitive, incredibly heartwarming, make you go gaga with one word and a reaction. He is truly an amalgamation of his mother and father.

I have read every book of Rose’s since High School Lover with Andrew and Loren. As her writing progresses you can feel the heart, soul, and passion that she puts into every single one of her characters. It is shown all throughout Primitivo and through that passion I, as the reader, get to receive the benefits of that. That being the incredible writing, the passion from every character, and the love of an incredible book.

father and baby