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Ruffles and Beaus by Carina Adams–Review

Love triangles can be a tricky subject to write. Some people don’t care for ‘cheating’, some don’t understand the dynamics of a love triangle and sometimes it’s just plain hard to fathom depending on the writing. Carina Adams has written Ruffles and Beaus perfectly. I will not say ‘how’ this is a triangle, but if they’re not your thing, you should give it a read. Dynamically it was written differently and done well.
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Now, let’s get into the fun stuff. Our leads are Cady, Reid and Roman. I loved Cady. She was not your stereotypical model like lead, but more of a true to size real life woman. She was feisty, tough, incredibly snarky, yet had insecurities about herself. Reid and Roman have been friends forever and own a burlesque club. Due to a shortage of cash and an inability to not get fired, Cady finds herself in need of a job and quickly. Everyone, let me introduce you to Ruffles McGee (aka Cady). She not only makes the best of a bad situation but excels at it. It was wonderful to read about her transformation.

‘Good girls bend at the knees, bad girls bend at the waist.’

Without giving too much away, I will say, that Roman and Reid are interesting co-leads. They are the ying to the others yang. Where one in dark, the other is light. Where one is friendly and smiley, the other appears to be an insufferable prick. It was hard not to be drawn in and enthralled by their characters though. They were enduring and lovable in their own way.

Ruffles and Beaus was such an enjoyable read. I was sucked in from the beginning. The pacing and storyline was well developed and had no lags. Carina wrote an enjoyable story with many dynamics to keep you engrossed in the book. I loved this book so much, that I really wish there was more to read about. I, highly recommend Ruffles and Beaus, but please don’t get hung up on the ‘love triangle’. It really was written well.

‘It’s love. It doesn’t fit in a neat little box. It doesn’t have rules that we all have to follow. Nothing about it will ever make sense. It isn’t perfect. And it hurts like hell.’

5 stars

Hot Heir by Pippa Grant–Review

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Hot Heir is the story about Peach, Papaya (Peach’s sister) and Viktor. Peach and Viktor have an irritate each other to hate relationship. It was so fun to read about their antics with each other. It reminded me of a twelve-year-old boy who pulls the pigtails on the girl that he likes. Such a comedic romance book.

Viktor is currently the head bodyguard for Manning (the royal hockey player from Royally Pucked). Peach has a best friend, Joey, that she co-owns, Weightless, a flight adventure company with. Joey is from ‘The Pilot and the Puck-Up.

Peach finds herself in a precarious position, that just happens to include Viktor. Peach is trying to obtain legal guardianship of her sister, but the judge has ordered that Peach must marry first before this can happen. Consequently, Viktor finds himself in a position he never thought he’d be in. He just found out that he is king of Amoria (a small country that his grandfather was dethroned from). However, life as a royal may not be so ‘peachy’ (ha-ha, see what I did there😉). For Viktor to become king he needs to have a wife. Hilarity ensues as these two work to solve each other’s problems.

Hot Heir is a hilariously, well written book that is full of heat, chemistry, craziness, mishaps and love. Ms. Grant wrote another book that can be swung out of the park. It was a wonderful read!!

High School Lover by Rose Croft–Review

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Rose Croft is a debut author and High School Lover is her debut book. I was unsure of what I was going to experience prior to reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had surmised that it was a ‘friends to lovers’ type of setting, but it is so much more.

Andrew and Loren are good friends but are also friends with Mike. Loren and Andrew’s relationship eventually transitions into a love relationship, however, not all are happy with their new pairing. Because of this, they are forced to breakup and eventually lose touch with each other. An unforeseen and unexpected moment happens in their life that brings them back together.

Now you need to read this book to see what happens up to this point and after their reunion. Rose wrote a well-written book that takes you on the journey of these two main characters from high school to adult. Many hard-hitting topics were discussed and written well. I believe that we all could be transported in time from our own high school self through adulthood. I, truly, felt for Loren and Andrew. There were many times that I was screaming in frustration (at both these two characters and Ms. Croft) for the quest that she had created.

Besides, teenager angst and adults that had communication issues. She touched upon the stereotypical ‘norms’ that unfortunately are present in modern society. The concept of ‘judging a book by its cover’ is well covered throughout. It made me stop and think about this concept in real life.

High School Lover is well written with good topics. The ending is phenomenal!! The pacing and flow of the book was consistent, except for a small portion of the middle. The progress was still forward, just at a slower pace than the rest of the book. As I mentioned though, the ending was spectacular and made it all worth it!!

Congrats Rose on a job well done!! PS…you will fall in love with John, Andrews brother. I can’t wait to read his story!

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New Release with Review: Seven Minutes ’till Midnight by Sunniva Dee

**(Mind Blown) ** Please give me a few moments to re-assemble my thoughts within my brain.  (1, 2, 3…10).
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Ok, I think I’m good now. Have you ever experienced that feeling of complete weightlessness, like every bit of air in your lungs has left them leaving you suspended in time? That feeling of floating, not knowing where your next breath is coming from and all time stands still? Yep, I didn’t think I’d ever experience that in my lifetime either, however, following Seven Minutes ‘till Midnight that’s how I felt. I, very cautiously put my kindle down (despite me wanting to throw it repeatedly) and just absorbed everything I have read. OMG, y’all, this book is EVERYTHING!!

I never knew that I needed a ‘Troy’ in my life, but I immediately want to put my order in for one of my very own. From his tri-colored dreads to his passion in playing the drums, I need everything about this man! (🙋🏻‍♀️Have you seen the cover model? Anybody have a name for that man with gorgeous eyes?👀)

Troy Armstrong is a mountain of man. He is tortured yet is epically sweet with a beautiful soul. There is so much understanding and love behind the intensity of those safari green eyes. Eyes that are luminescent and make a person feel as if he is probing your soul. Troy is kind and dedicated about his endeavors. One of which is his drumming.
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Aishe Xodyar is a mid-20’s gypsy girl, who was the ‘merch girl’ for Clown Irruption the previous summer and has made friends with the band and their wives/girlfriends. She is a spitfire and will dole out the verbal lashings and comebacks before you can blink. Despite being this outgoing girl with a fiery personality, she isn’t very keen on having the attention on her. Aishe has left her gypsy family to come to America. She believes in her gypsy heritage and customs immensely and hopes that she has outrun some of them in the US. (This becomes an important concept between Aishe and Troy).

‘Troy is the air I breathe and the godd*amn devil I want to stomp out like a cigarette under my shoe.’

I am always in awe at the worlds and storylines that Sunniva creates. She has a way of creating deeply thought out fictional stories that suck you in. I don’t know how she does it, but it is a breath of fresh air. Her ability to create characters that are rich, full-bodied and in tune with multiple cultural/social/ethnic diversities is stunning and completely out of this world. I always leave learning a little bit more about our world!

“‘Drago Fuoc.” I breathe my people’s fear out in a shudder. “Different clans have different names for it, but this is ours. It’s our Romani name for the love fire.'”

“‘What you call ‘love fire’ I would call ‘heartbreak'”.

Here’s the difference between a Sunniva book and others. A good book sucks you into that fantasy world, making you a part of it instead of a spectator. An excellent book not only sucks you into the story and makes you a part of this experience, it also leaves you learning a thing or two and truly thinking about sociological issues with society.  Ms. Dee has taken this concept and upped it by 20 times. Her storylines are that good!!

Sunniva is not only a ‘thinking’ author with storylines to match, but her technical writing is on point. Throughout her books, she fully embraces her characters and their back story. She is completely thorough, and it shows that she has researched whatever character has as a job, beliefs or customs, both national and internationally. As a former percussionist, I appreciated reading about flam-taps to triplets to single and double paradiddles! It brings back my playing days and I fully drummed along with Troy and I could empathize with his need to drum along his thigh, table or chair. That was me too. It still is. Y’all should see me driving while drumming my fingers.

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Now, without a doubt, hands down, do yourself a favor and pick up any of Sunniva Dee’s books, especially ‘Seven Minutes ‘till Midnight’. She will leave you aching, blown away and yearning for more. Sunniva is a Mistress of Words and a genius with her writing. She is a profound, technical professional in assembling these thoughts, concept and beliefs into an extraordinarily well-read book.
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‘Moixcha. Is that what he said? Troy called me “forever love”. 

5 stars

Flip Trick by Amo Jones–Review

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Amo Jones is the master at dark romance and I love her for that. With, ‘Flip Trick’, she is expanding into the contemporary romance genre. So, color me intrigued when I found out about this.

Flip trick is about Amethyst and Maddox. Amethyst is the kind of heroine that you love to read about. She is quirky, spunky, sassy and oh, so fierce. She is a very strong female. Then you have Maddox. I believe some will either love him or hate him, but he is just a male lead that is slow to show himself. He has so many wonderful layers, it just may take you awhile to get his full character. However, once you reach that inner core, you will see how hard it will be to get him out of your head. I loved Maddox and it was easy to see that he and Ame belonged together.

Now, does this sound like a sweet and nice little book that will be easy to read? I’m here to tell you, heck no. There were so many twists and turns just like Hang Time roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm and ups and down like Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point. She continues to live up to her moniker as the ‘Mistress of the Mind F@ck.’

Flip Trick is a work of literary genius from such a linguistical master. She has such a knack to create an imaginary world that will suck you in. Her characters are complex with multiple layers just like her story lines. She has the uncanny ability to create a multitude of emotions and feelings that are pulled from the reader. There were many times I was cursing out her name, exalted in joy, pulled at my hair yelling, ‘What the f@ck’. If I had an endless supply of Kindle’s, I would’ve been throwing them left and right at the emotional upheaval she was writing about. Despite all this, Ms. Jones, wrote an incredibly wonderful tale of hopes, dreams, love, loss and the importance of family.

Flip Trick (contemporary romance) is a wonderful departure from her norm (dark romance). I will be looking forward to reading what she comes out with next. Well played, Ms. Jones, well played!!

I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills–Blog Tour

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU coming April 30th!

Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa–Review

My Own Regret is a book that will stay with you for a very long time. I am still reeling over it and don’t know if I can do it justice with my review!

Here is a sample of some feelings/thoughts I felt while reading My One Regret: Hate, Love, Shock, Anger, Surprise, Hope, Soul crushing sadness, vengeance, deception and true, deep and soulful angst. Claudia was able to take me on an emotional roller coaster that had me feeling everything and pulled me in as if I was a background actor in the lives of Kaden and Sadie. My One Regret is told from dual POV’s, as well as past and present scenes. Be prepared to have tissues handy, because she holds back no punches. She rocks the foundation of your world from the prologue and doesn’t seem to put you back on sturdy footing until the last word.

‘What can I say? I believe that souls come in pairs.’…’I’d give anything to find mine.’

Kaden Hades is a Rockstar for Killing Hades, who along with his buddy/bandmate is playing at a local coffee shop. Kaden’s friend immediately notices the blonde and calls ‘dibs’, while Kaden is completely enamored with the auburn-haired girl with purple and pink streaks in her hair. He notices through the whole concert that she is singing along, while maintaining strong eye contact with Kaden. After the show, Kaden tries to keep an eye on her, but loses her in the crowd. Have no fear, Sadie, marches right up to him and strikes up a conversation. The rest is history, however, bumpy and time consuming it may be.

‘You’re made of sunshine, rainbows, and happiness.’…’Your bright light is a magnet to my darkness.’

Sadie is a local florist with her own shop, which is about one year old. She has worked hard to have what she does and she loves creating memories for people. Her store is more than flowers, it also includes party favors, jewelry, toys, etc. She is truly trying to cater to everyone that may walk in. Sadie is a very sweet, kind and caring individual. She didn’t have the best childhood, despite her dad having a lot of money. Her mother is on a continual rotation with rehab for alcoholism and pill popping. Somehow, Sadie is the one that usually ends up taking care of her.

I absolutely adored the storytelling of Kaden and Sadie. Unlike some books, where the H and h jump into a relationship right away, these two truly started off as friends. They got to know each other; their hopes, dreams and thoughts for a future.

Unfortunately, something happens in Kaden’s life, that causes him to lose his focus and he forced to make an ‘on the spot’ decision regarding his relationship with Sadie. Kaden has two daughters that he absolutely adores and would do anything for. The negative side to those two daughters is a very manipulative and self-centered ex-wife. Kaden tries to stay amicable with her for the sake of his daughters, but there is absolutely no relationship and if he didn’t have to talk to her about the girls, he wouldn’t talk to her.

The story of Sadie and Kaden is an emotional one. It will rip out your heart and gut you, but you will eventually get put back together and feel contented of these two scarred souls! PS…I, ABSOLUTELY, loved the interaction between Kaden and Sadie when it came to nicknames for each other. Truly the best comedic spot highlight in an emotionally heavy book!

‘Nothing is guaranteed or permanent. Life is ever changing, nothing set in stone or promised to us. The world doesn’t owe you anything, nor you to the world. To receive, you have to give, but yet never expect. You have to find your own path and change it as many times as needed. Adapting, accepting, and learning that you aren’t guaranteed happiness or love. But the more love and happiness you give, the more will come back to you. Trust the journey. Always trust your heart.’

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