Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Summary:

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Review:

AN ARDENT AND SCORCHING ROMANCE NOVEL WITH A DEEP, RELATABLE AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE. 

Penelope Douglas delivers a poignant story about life, love, family and friendship, infused with her signature angst, wit and steam. I am a fan of the author’s previous works but I admit I was surprised by how much this book affected me. Punk 57 was so much more than the typical romance novel I expected. It’s a story that will urge you to self-reflect, analyze and strongly empathize with the characters’ journey. It’s like I suddenly became a philosopher myself when I finished and thought about it. Don’t lie! You’d probably had that moment in your reading experience too. 😉 It’s the best kind. It’s like you’ve discovered something exceptional that moved you while everyone is oblivious. Anyway, I digress. lol sorry. Let’s move on… Continue reading

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Review: A Bloody Kingdom (Ruthless People #4) by J.J. McAvoy

Summary:

It has been eight years since the Callahans defeated Avian Doers and conquered Chicago. Melody is now the Governor and public face of the family, while Liam rises as the Ceann na Conairte of both the Irish and Italians.

Their reach is limitless; their power endless…but is it possible to have too much power? Can Liam and Melody raise a family, a city, and an empire?

Only a fool would try to stop them now….

Review:

First of all, I have to start this ‘review’ by screaming from the top of my lungs – THIS BOOK WRECKED ME!!! There, now I can be more composed. Sort of. Well, ok fine who am I kidding I am still reeling from this book. I have been warned that this is going to be painfully gut wrenching but holy shit did it felt like I have been hit my truck. I’m not complaining though because this book was BLOODY BRILLIANT. An epic emotional roller coaster that I’m more than willing to go through multiple times.

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A Bloody Kingdom is the last installment in the Ruthless People series. It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of JJ McAvoy and this series is my ultimate favorite. Romantic suspense doesn’t cover it. SPELLBINDING, THRILLING, INTENSE, PASSIONATE, WITTY, BOLD, AND INTRIGUING. These are just some of the words I have to describe this series. Every book was like watching an action-packed movie with intoxicating storyline and compelling characters and the author delivered the finale with a bang!  As expected there was action, mystery, danger, dark humor, romance and steamy moments, and of course it is not a JJ McAvoy book without a mind blowing twist. I was on the edge of my seat and my heart was beating so wildly from all the suspense! And OMG the last few chapters broke me!! I was literally sobbing so hard because I am totally invested with these characters. The underlying sense of danger and the flow of the actions are effortless. A Bloody Kingdom is really a devious, smart and well-written book that will keep you captive until the very last page. Continue reading

Review: Collared by Nicole Williams

Summary:

When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

Review:

I’m totally blown away. I’m a fan of Nicole Williams, and even though I have loved what I have read from her, I have never imagined that this book could be so much more. It completely gutted me.

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There are so many underlying circumstances that it’s hard to review this book . But let me tell you that this is story about Jade Childs’ recovery following ten years of captivity. No, it doesn’t focuses on her captivity instead to her healing. It doesn’t try to heal her trauma with romance or sex. In fact, it’s not descriptively steamy. It acknowledges that victims are irrevocably changed but has the power to move on and not let their harrow experience define them. So you see, it’s not just a beautiful love story, it’s a story that will have you experience emotions as you go through the journey with the characters. This is a book that will make you feel and think about things like not giving up and finding the strength to choose to embrace life rather than escape it.

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” 

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Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

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Summary:

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter — protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and — worst of all — confronting some ugly secrets.

Review: 

What an incredible story! An unforgettable friendship between two girls, both looking for a different kind of freedom.

No matter what happens from here, I’m with her.

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The Anatomy of Jane (WJM #1) by Amelia Lefay

SUMMARY:

Jane
I’ve always been on my own. My life used to consist of nothing but work, keeping Allen out of trouble, and if I had time, sleep. Then I became their maid.

Max
Every day more than half a million people tune in to watch my show. They trust me. I know it’s because I’m the only son of the prominent Emerson family. However, I like to believe it because I’m honest no matter what story I report on. I’m honest about everything but the man I’ve been f**king for the last four years… and now her.

Wesley
I want three things: First, Maxwell Emerson and Jane Chapman both in my bed. Second, to be the best bloody chef in the country. Third, to figure out how to simultaneously get the first and second things I want without any of us getting hurt.

THREE PEOPLE.
ONE LOVE STORY….

REVIEW:

This book didn’t meet my expectations.  It blew right past them.

The author has absolutely stunned me with this addictive, enjoyable yet intense, deep and steamy romance. I was a little apprehensive reading this because ménage doesn’t appeal to me at all. I don’t believe you can love two people equally. Therefore, I LOATHE love triangles, sharing or whatsoever. But I’m a fan of Ms. McAvoy aka Amelia Lefay so I sucked it up and dived in. Best. Decision. Ever.

I’ll keep this review short because I don’t want to give anything away.

You’ve read the blurb:
THREE PEOPLE.
ONE LOVE STORY….

So I was expecting it to be a hot read. What I was not expecting was for it to have a poignant story and characters with depth. Honestly, there were so many layers to this story and these characters. Continue reading

Review: Shameless by Lex Martin

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Summary:

Brady…

What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing.

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me.

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

Review:

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There’s something about Lex Martin’s books that just works for me every single time! It might be the great writing? The remarkable characters? Or maybe it’s the stories packed with heart and steam? I can’t say but I know is that each time I pick up one of her book the story ensnares me and she did it again with Shameless. Continue reading

Review: That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy


Summary:

Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…

Review:

***5 ‘Dr. Asshole and Con Artist’ STARS***

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J.J. McAvoy is one of my all time favorite authors. If you still haven’t read any of her books then I suggest you to rectify that soon, because let me tell you, I’ve read all of her books to date and I have yet to be disappointed. I love her unique, intense and bold writing style. That Thing Between Eli & Gwen is a little different from her extreme books; I would say it’s more lighthearted, yet at the same time, I got everything I loved from it because it still follows in the footsteps of her previous works as a highly addictive, smart and well written romance.

Another thing I love about J.J. McAvoy is the diversity in her book. Most of her heroines are POC and I appreciate that a lot since such representation is something we do not get often in contemporary romance. I’m happy that That Thing Between Eli &  Gwen is not an exception. I fell invested with the characters immediately. They are original, authentic, charming and memorable. I love them. Continue reading

Review: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood#14) by JR Ward


Summary:

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…

Review:

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I am a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but I got to admit that there have been few books in this series that made me want to throw my kindle across the room. Why? Because JR Ward has a way of making a reader’s heart full and happy then ripping it, stomping on it and returning it back. Obviously that’s an exaggeration (or is it?) but you get what I’m saying. I fell in love with the Brothers and their shellans. I love their HEAs so I’m usually a bit pissed everytime their HEAs were messed with because well, this series is long so of course now and then we get to revisit the original couples. Example is Vishous and Jane’s in Lover Unleashed, Yes, I’m still bitter about that and it actually ruined my opinion about V’s love to Jane permanently. But I digress. Now, you see why I’m nervous about this one. This is a continuation of Rhage and Mary’s story. I feel protective because their story in Lover Eternal is probably my second favorite book next to Lover Awakened. But I am glad to say that my worry was for naught. In fact, The Beast brought back my love for this series!

It has a swoony romance, gripping plot, awesome action and a twist that will blow your mind! Plus, it’s Rhage’s book so you can bet your ass it’s humorous! I think the BDB that I loved is back. The last few releases in this series had been full of angst and drama so I’m glad that this one is positively amazing but still has an emotional depth on it. Hopefully, JR Ward will stay on this track.

“You are, and will always remain, the most perfect mate on earth, and the single best thing that ever happened to me.”

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Review: The Bad Ones by Stylo Fantome

Summary:

Love isn’t always bright and shiny.

Sometimes, it’s dirty and wrong, buried six feet deep in a secret place where only wild things dare to go. Hidden behind a big black curtain that covers things no one should ever see.

Sometimes it happens between two people who should never be allowed to come together. One who is a match, and the other who just happens to be gasoline.

One strike is all it takes to burn the whole world down, and that’s exactly what they plan on doing.

Even if it kills them.

Review:

HOLY SHIT!

My throat is in knots, my heart feels heavy, my mind is blown… wtf did I just read?!

I didn’t know what to think of this book but I ended up being sucked up into the story!

It was nothing like I have read before. Words to describe it? EXTREMELY DISTURBING, SUSPENSEFUL, DEPRAVED, SMART, DEADLY, CRAZY AND INTENSE. I can’t explain it but it was also downright SCARY.

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Review: One With You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day

Review:

Wow! What a journey this entire series has been. When I first picked Bared To You in 2012, I didn’t have any expectation and I never thought it would meant so much to me. But from just reading a few chapters, Gideon and Eva have found a special place in my heart and now Sylvia Day gave them the most beautiful, healing, loving, amazing ending. one with you

If you’re one of those people that have read the first three books and have reservations of it becoming a series, I am telling you now that this finale made it all worth it. Any doubts I had about Gideon and Eva were completely assuaged in One With You. All of the ups and downs that they’ve been through throughout the 4 books made them better. It all culminated in this wonderful conclusion of their story.

In this book, Gideon and Eva are stronger than ever. Fighting not with each other but for each other. They’re now truly a team. A powerful couple who love, support and trust each other completely and unconditionally. They’re a force to be reckoned with. And that was such a refreshing thing to read. Most of the time, the hero and heroine go through a lot of dramas that would cause problem between their relationships but eventually would be resolved.Not in this case. In One With You, Gideon and Eva’s relationship are unbreakable and they’ve fought the looming dangers and threats together.

“It’s not just Gideon Cross anymore. It’s not even Gideon Cross and wife. We are Gideon and Eva Cross.”

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