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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.
👍👍👍👍 and ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Moixcha. Is that what he said? Troy called me “forever love”. 

5 stars

Cheeky King by Nana Malone–Review

Before we go any further, if you HAVEN’T read Cheeky Royal…STOP! Cheeky King picks up right where Cheeky Royal ends, so you will need to read that one before this one.

In Cheeky King, we are now back in the Winston Isles where Sebastian is preparing for his coronation. There is one slight issue. He can’t seem to get past his time with Penny. He is hyper aware of his feelings for her, but also is having trouble acknowledging and addressing the fact that she deceived him.

Penny is also back home in the Isles, but her life is different from Sebastian’s. While he knows what is in store for his future, Penny is lost. She has always felt like she hasn’t fit in with the royal guard, but this has been her family’s calling for generations. She is torn between serving her country, even though she may not be happy or becoming an artist. What she does know is that it is torture having to see Sebastian on a semi-regular basis. Sebastian and Penny know that they could never happen, due to some archaic royal laws. However, Sebastian is king. He could change that, couldn’t he?

While there is suffering going on, there is also a good amount of mystery involved with many twist and turns. It may appear as our two lovebirds have more to worry about than their burgeoning and floundering love life. There is a grander ‘chess game’ scheme going on that makes it impertinent that this mystery gets solved quickly.

I enjoyed this book duet. Penny and Sebastian had insane chemistry that was palpable through the pages. It was well written and fast paced.

Regretfully Yours by Sunniva Dee–Review

I am so in awe of this author and the outstanding work of art she created, I am honestly having a hard time getting started with this. I have a million thoughts zooming through my brain, I can’t grasp just one, so I’m just going to start.

Sunniva Dee is the ‘Queen’ of the unconventional! She has mastered the taboo and has made it ok, while you might be thinking ‘oh no’ or ‘no way’. She writes with such fluidity and makes every single word of hers count for something. Her books are more than ‘just reading’, they are thought provoking through her purposely placed analogies. With Regretfully Yours, Sunniva SLAYED it, just absolutely SLAYED it! Her official name should be, Sunniva ‘Slayed it’ Dee.

Regretfully Yours is about Gioele and Salvina. Gioele is the younger brother to Isaias from, ‘Indirections of a God’. Their father is Il Lince, the mafia boss of the Nascimbeni family. After his older brother abdicated from the mafia, this makes Gioele the next heir to his crime family. Oh yeah, did I mention that Isaias runs a very prominent adult entertainment company? Well, he does and one day while the brothers are fighting, Gioele exclaimed in anger that he was going to audition for the rival company, Harmony Femme. After all, he is currently studying law, but is bored with it and wants to make his own way. No matter what, though, there is one person that always brings him comfort, Salvina.

Salvina is a 21-year-old biology major, trying to make a name for herself, away from her family. Sounds like any other typical college student correct? Well, let me tell you something. Salvina’s father is Cosmio. Cosmio has a brother named Evodio. (still nothing??) Ok, how about this. Evodio is otherwise known as, Il Lince. Did you make the connection yet? Yep, Gioele and Salvina are cousins. (gasp, right) They are very close in age and have grown up together, playing innocently among other things. Currently, Salvina had moved away from her home to San Francisco to avoid temptation (otherwise known as, Gioele). Gioele couldn’t handle being apart from his heart, so he moved right along with her. The family had preached to them, the virtues of not being able to love each other more than a familial sense. So, Gioele has been resolved to stolen hugs and being OVERLY protective of her.

‘She’s been saying the same thing for weeks now: “Gioele, per favore. Since we can’t be together, let’s live our lives. We need to find our person in other places. We just have to look a bit wider–there are awesome people out there for us.”‘

‘I love her. There’s no one in the entire damn world like her.’

There is SO MUCH content to this story, that it is hard to reduce it to a few paragraphs. Let me just say that, Regretfully Yours, is beautiful, innocent perfection written in its finest form.  It is salaciously and wickedly good! The twists and turns will make you gasp, laugh and cry. There is an ending that you will not see coming, but will finally allow you to breathe again. You will be hit hard, torn up, chewed up, spit out and finally stitched back together, only to want more. Seriously, do yourself a favor and check this and any of Sunniva’s books. You won’t be sorry!

‘”You’re mine, now. You know?” Celestially blue, his gaze floats to my face and rests there. “Say it.” “I’m yours.” Regretfully yours.’

Rating: 5 ‘Regretfully Yours’ stars

Hothead by Stella Rhys–Review

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Evie has had a recent run of bad times. Five weeks prior she was happy, engaged and looking forward to moving into a glorious apartment that she picked out for her and her fiancée. Now, she is continuously leaking tears, calling her ex just to hear his voice and find out what went wrong, and inquiring if they could get back together. Leave it to her ex, Mike, to give her false hope on that topic.

‘We could get back together, Evie. I mean that’s the plan. We’re soul mates. But I need some time apart first.’

Let me just preface this by saying, Mike is a total scumbag (as you will soon see when you read the book). There, now we can move on to the next topic.

Drew, Drew, Drew. (insert sigh) Drew is the cocky a-hole that you love to hate AND hate to love. Oh man, he was one delicious character and written so well. Drew is a pitcher in the MLB and in recent years, hasn’t had the best reputation. There is only one person that knows what makes him tick and what went on when certain names/topics are brought up and that is his agent, Iain. It is only recently that Drew finds out that the word ‘trade’ has been linked with him. He is upset and furious, because his best friend, Emmett is his agent’s partner and younger brother of the owner of his team. Iain has told him that he needs to clean up his act.

Drew ends up at a bar, where he is sitting in the corner sulking about this recent news. While sitting there he overhears a woman on the phone crying and begging to talk to whomever was on the other end (Evie was leaving a message for Mike). He interrupts her and they get into a heated argument which ends in a kiss. This very public scene turns into the latest headlines, ‘Drew Maddox publicly grovels with girlfriend.’ This turns into a plan initiated by his agent, to restore Drew’s wild ways and party lifestyle. Insert Evie. The plan is for her to play the part of girlfriend to fiancée who moves in with Drew, to give off the appearance of a solid, steady and stable relationship.

I loved Evie and Drew together. Each displayed their own character tics, but what was pleasant to read was the many layers to each character. Evie may have appeared to be a whiny, sniveling doormat, but she truly had an enormous amount of inner strength and eventually a positive self-esteem. As I said earlier, Drew was cocky and an a-hole on the surface, but when pulling those layers back, he was a big teddy bear.

This couple experiences ups and downs, rough times, good times, emotional times, but where does this lead to? Do they get their happily ever after? I completely recommend this book!

Mr. So Wrong by R.C. Stephens–Review

Mr. So Wrong is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. We first meet Al in Mr. All Wrong, which is about his friend, Colton.

Albert Walsh the Third sounds like such a pretentious name, but truth is he’s just Al. Al is a guy who gave up that wealthy, snobby, privileged life a decade ago. The only remaining person that he talks to is his younger sister. Mr. So Wrong picks up where book one left off. His best friend has found love and is moving on, while Al is happy for him, this makes him unemployed and slightly lost. With nothing in sight, he plans a trip to spend Christmas with his younger sister at the family cabin in Colorado. Let’s just say his Porsche is not equipped for near blizzard like conditions and ends up in the ditch.

Samantha Belmont is a little girl who is lost and running away from life, despite, never leaving her hometown. Sam had made a promise to her mother when she was nine years old to make it out of their small town and find a good man to love. Here we are present day, where Sam is twenty-three and working side by side with her father on the ranch. Sam is coming home during the middle of the snowstorm and finds Al in the ditch. He is unconscious and freezing cold, so she takes him home (the home she shares with her father). It is the quintessential story of country girl and city boy.

Mr. So Wrong is a perfect balance of second chance romance among two damaged people, emotionally intense histories, new love/beginnings and breaking down the emotional barriers. Ms. Stephens wrote a book that was gripping, astonishing and outright beautiful. The plot and storyline was well done, as was the dual POV (past/present). The only negative I have is with the epilogue. If you are an epilogue whore, like myself, I was just plain wanting more. I felt that it was kind of lacking. Other than that, I truly do recommend this book.

“Even great men fall. I made fun of my best friend as he was falling hopelessly in love with his girlfriend. It was a jackass move I know. I’d been in love before but love was for fools. I promised myself I’d never fall in love again which means right now with Sam I’m totally screwed.”

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Escort by Skye Warren–Review

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I don’t know where to start on this one really. I am very conflicted, while I normally LOVE Skye Warren’s writing, Escort was a little different for me.

I loved the characters, Hugo and Bea, especially Bea. Bea is the sheltered, agoraphobic virgin who hires Hugo to de-flower her, because of a specific reason. However, upon meeting Bea, Hugo is hooked from her looks to her sweet, pure and innocent soul. She is a phenomenal pianist who has the ability to take any song and make it her own. For someone who is afraid to go outside, she has a YouTube channel with millions of followers where she showcases her music.

Hugo (as you can guess) is an escort. He appears to have it all, with wealth, looks, charm and the ability to make any women feel good. What he is lacking though is his sense of self-worth. He is used to feeling empty and alone. What he isn’t used to is this sweet and charming individual to be able to read him like a book. He soon finds himself falling hard.

“They aren’t asking about Hugo Bellmont, the man. They want the persona. That’s all I have to give them, anyway.”

Hugo and Bea are falling hard for each other, doing things that neither thought they could do and have a true and genuine connection. I loved their easygoing nature and witty banter between them. It was easy to root for them as a couple.

Now, I’m going to preface this next part by saying, I was experiencing a migraine while reading some of this story and don’t know how much it influenced some of my feelings. I felt slightly disconnected with certain aspects of the story. When it was just Bea and Hugo…5 stars excellent. When additional characters were brought in, I’m not sure I understood the need for them and the storyline they presented. I have to say, I’m iffy when it comes to this aspect.

That aside, Skye Warren, did a great job of bringing her main characters to life, full of emotion! Normally, I love her stories and writing, but something just seemed amiss. 🤷‍♀️

Glam Squad & Groomsmen by Samantha Chase–Review

 

Glam Squad & Groomsmen is the fourth book in the Enchanted Bridal series.  This is the first book that I have read in the series and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, because I didn’t read the others.

This is about Penny and Spencer. I have to admit when I read the blurb, I was picturing all sorts of drama or salacious history. That wasn’t part of the story, but that was ok. What I got was so much better.

“He had always been her ideal man. Sandy brown hair, clear blue eyes and he still wore those wire-rimmed glasses that just totally worked for him.”

Penny and Spencer have a long history with each other. Penny’s longtime friend, Eva, also happens to be the sister to Spencer (Penny’s ex-boyfriend). They have gone out and due to wrong time and immaturity, they have broken up twice.

“It was during one of those games of dress up that Spencer had first kissed her. She was six, he was eight and Eva had conned him into being the groom for their pretend wedding game. And ever since then, she’d been hooked. On Spencer, not playing dress up.”

Spencer and Penny have had an on again/off again type relationship over the years and haven’t seen each other for a while. Currently, Penny is working at Enchanted Bridal as an assistant manager during the week and on Friday nights, she models bridal gowns for them. On one such Friday night, this is where she is caught by one of her bosses trying to escape, because Eva and Spencer are there for the fashion show. Eva is getting married and Spencer drew the short end of the straw when it came to be tagging along.

Spencer Buchanan is living life in Atlanta as an in-demand and up and coming architect. His father has an architect design firm in Raleigh (where Penny and Enchanted Bridal are located). Spencer’s dad has been aggressively trying to get Spencer to take over the company, but he has other plans.

Penny has plans for her life as well. She loves working at Enchanted, but she wants more out of life. She has a business plan drawn up for her Glam Squad. Penny is a certified cosmetologist that allows her to do hair and makeup. She wants to make this her permanent business, she currently helps in this fashion for the Friday night bridal shows, but desperately wants her own business.

Penny and Spencer have obviously matured since their college days, but has time put enough distance between that history and now? Will old hurts and feelings prevent them from making another run at a relationship? Penny and Spencer are great together, but they have many issues and hurdles to get over, before they can see their HEA.

“Spencer Buchanan was the one who got away. They just weren’t meant to be.”

Glam Squad & Groomsmen will take you on a journey that includes friendship, love, a love that includes distance, as well as highs and difficult lows.