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Darling Dmitri by Rose Croft–Review

My Darling Dmitri,

You have snuck in under my radar and confiscated my heart, soul, and being. Your filthy words, unwanted touch, and overall aggressive and protective nature are almost too much (Hint: almost, but not entirely. I will not be throwing out my safe word!)

I wholeheartedly approve of grey sweatpants, no shirts (yours, not mine), working out, hot saunas and having your guy friends over. But this is getting ahead of myself. Do you remember the days when Daddy Arty told you to, ‘Make her feel welcome. Safe. Protected. You are now like her older brother.’ Yep, me neither. Good, now that that is settled, let’s get back to us!

Talk soon, my grumpy, grouchy, alpha Russian!
Checkmate,
Sue (the original zaychik)
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Rose Croft has elevated her writing to a whole other level with Darling Dmitri. This is the third book in the Boys on the Hill series. Let me just say, I fell for Roman and his growly nature, while Nicholas sucked me in with all the feels, but it is Dmitri who has put me under a spell.

This book introduces us to Dmitri and Sorina. It is full of angst, it is forbidden, taboo, and has an alpha who will put ALL OTHER ALPHAS to shame. Sorina is a strong and feisty character who can give as good as she gets. Dmitri is Dmitri. A completely unapologetic, grumpy, Russian male, who excels in football.

The interaction between the two of them is explosive, electric, and spicy. There is witty banter, needling between friends, immense angst, and emotions on overload. It is safe to say that Dmitri and Sorina are my new favorite couple and Rose’s best book yet. I am so excited to read about Axel and his troubles. I have a feeling it is going to be good!!

Beautiful Graves by LJ Shen–Review

One woman with two different kinds of love. Which would you choose if you had to choose? Your soulmate or the love of your life? Enter Everlynne, Joe, and Dom.

LJ has written a two-part love triangle evolving around these three with Ever being the primary catalyst. Beautiful Graves is exquisitely written, excruciatingly gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and full of angst, Angst, and ANGST!

“I loved you, Ever Lawson. But I want you to know, you’re the worst thing that’s ever f*g happened to me.”

There was so much heaviness and feelings of sorrow that was prevalent throughout, mainly from Ever herself. She is the girl with unique dreams and loves that doesn’t quite fit in. To counterbalance her morose being are a couple great secondary characters that fill the book and situations with moments of levity.

What have we learned? Love is messy and life isn’t perfect. Yet, through these three we find the normalcy of insecurities and growing pains of teenagers through their mid-twenties. It was raw, passion-filled, mistake driven, and yet through it all imperfectly perfect.

No Place Like Home by C. Lymari–Review

So, let’s see how many fingers you can put down with this review.

  1. Have been waiting very patiently for Quincy Hardwell’s story?
  2. Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong anywhere? Just like Jessamine.
  3. Have you ever had to take on too much responsibility and deal with it?
  4. Did you ever have a secret crush? Were you able to talk to your secret crush about it?
  5. Lastly, have you ever encountered a lion and lived to talk about it? Do not worry, Simba is all ‘fluff’ and no bite.

Quincy and Jess’ story was sheer perfection. The trials and tribulations that each had to go through in their lives was heartbreaking. I absolutely adored Q. He was the ‘it’ guy in high school but was able to penetrate Jessamine’s walls. Meanwhile, Jess had a life that no teenager should have to deal with, making her the invisible outcast. My heart broke for her.

No Place Like Home had me invested and emotional. I was laughing and in the next breath crying and in shock. Ms. Lymari has an innate ability to merge different writing styles. Her emotionally intense and shocking moments sprinkled with dark elements is *chef’s kiss*. So, grab a tissue, your favorite comforting drink, and expect to stay up awhile, because you too will get sucked into everything that is No Place Like Home.

Last on the List (Wait with Me #5) by Amy Daws–Review

Recently, I am loving the boss/nanny relationships and Max and Cozy were a joy to read about. The true scene-stealer, though, was Everly. Everly is Max’s eleven-year-old daughter. She is bright, inquisitive, sweet, charming, and a downright matchmaker. Love, love, loved Everly.

Max is a workaholic, who has the privilege of having his daughter to himself for the whole summer. He is longing for more time with her, yet is closing on a huge deal for his company, hence where the need for the nanny comes into play.

Enter Cozy (and what an entrance she makes😉). Cozy is a plus-size girl who is adapting to a new outlook on life, ‘why do more when you can do less.’ She appears to be a very confident woman, yet, at the same time also experiences insecurities about her body, which I found very relatable.

There were some things I loved and some things that just did not work for me. I adored how Cozy and Max each tried to push each other out of their safe space. While doing this they were able to learn a little bit more about the other. Everly. I loved the relationship between her and Max, and equally loved the relationship between her and Cozy. The tight bonds between them were evident.

Now, the thing that bothered me to the high heavens. Zaddy! I could really not hear that word again and I would be a happy camper. Zaddy was mentioned a lot! Otherwise, this was a cute story!

Slashes in the Snow (book 1 in the Baum Squad Series) by M. Never–Review

4 ‘Slashes in the Snow’ Stars

I was in a book funk and asked a friend for a recommendation and she suggested Slashes in the Snow. I’m happy that she did because I enjoyed it. It had a little bit of everything, MC setting, hate-to-love, step-siblings (although when the person is an adult, I have a hard time calling them step-siblings), and a grumpy a-hole.
I went into this book blind without reading the prequel, Snowfall (book 0.5 in the Baum Squad Series), and maybe that’s why some things didn’t quite make sense, such as Gerard’s storyline with Kristen. I wish there were a little more lead-up between Kira and Ky during their 4 weeks together instead of feeling rushed in the last week.
Overall, I enjoyed this. It got me out of my funk and was a pleasant read.