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Friday, August 26, 2016


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

***Please note,  ARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

This was exactly the kind of read I needed. Come at me with a Houston boy, southern drawl and all and you are GOLDEN! Brownie points right out the gate! One night stands that turn into a great big love story typically bores me to death. Simply because it has literally been done, you guessed it, to. death. Perfect Stranger however slaps the reader with a heavy dose of reality that strips away any preconceived notion of 'fluff'. It ain't all rainbows and unicorns ladies!

The first half of this book was perfect and that's not something I say lightly. Jordan, Kate, their meeting, their chemistry, everything just fit so perfectly. All the while, another side story began brewing that had my full attention as well. I found myself fully invested in each and every character and how they were all connected in some way, shape of form.

The twist, however, created a shift for me. It wasn't the twist itself, or the fact that I saw it coming a mile away. It was the character reaction to the twist that caught me off guard. Jordan didn't quite make sense and Kate all but floored me. It felt a bit out of character for both, given what I had come to learn of them up to that point. Once I got over that aspect of things, I was able to go back to drooling over Jordan. Poor, stupid, he's no idea what he's doing, Jordan. God love him. Heavy swooning occurred, not to mention some teary eyes...

The side story that I mentioned above was that of Rob, Jenny and Cade. I was extremely disappointed that the rest of their story played out off screen. When the ending came and all the storylines were wrapped up with a pretty bow on top, I felt cheated. That trio deserved their own book. Even though I know how things ended, I would still go back and read their journey. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 21, 2016


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Symbol of Redemption is book #2 in the Symbols Duet series by Nataly Orekhov and is a continuation of Alice's story and struggles. Just as with book #1, Symbol of Treason, the story telling is very vivid and imaginative. In most cases, this is a great quality but with this installment, the lyrical writing style confused me a bit by not only making it hard to know who was talking but also what era they were in. Logan comes across as ancient. I could easily see his character in say, a historical romance or even paranormal where the gorgeous twenty-somethings are actually hundreds or thousands of years old. He and Alice both, their way of speaking is just too similar to one another. It would have been nice to have the chapters labeled so I knew whose POV was about to take place. In some cases, it was noted but not always. It should be noted that I received the PDF copy so the final cut may perhaps take care of this issue. Even so, the two leads way of speaking is just too similar for my taste. Something else that would have been beneficial? A recap of book #1. Most of what took away from the story was my inability to 'keep up'. This series has multiple characters and without some type of backstory refresher, I found myself almost halfway through before things really started to click.

It was also at around the 50% mark that things really picked up and carried the type of pacing I'm most fond of. A lot was happening all at once yet the author managed to keep it clear and concise. The ultimate 'showdown' was nicely done. I'm not the biggest fan of Alice I'm afraid or maybe it's her interactions with Logan. I much preferred her scenes with everyone else. I liked the dynamic between she and Lex , not to mention, Gabe. Speaking of Gabe, the reserved, brooding, machine. He's easily my standout character and while I do hope he gets his own book in the future, I'm a bit nervous about that as well. For me, don't go there unless you're willing to go. there. What has so far been revealed about his past is dark, disturbing and brutal. Symbol of Redemption has violence, sex, etc but on a limited exposure basis. Not quite fade to black but it's more of a PG13 approach to an R rated situation. A scene or two is fine but when the entire series and character(s) background is dark, you gotta be willing to show that darkness.

At the end of the day, Ms. Orekhov is a talent with a vivid imagination and fluid storytelling. For me, I saw growth and a bit more grit in this installment and if Gabe is next (and I do hope he is!), please, rip open the hearts of your readers. Go. there.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"How about this: we're a couple because we fuck like freight trains, and there ain't nobody else around can handle us."~Isaac

^ This.

Hells bells did I enjoy this book! It was recommended to me a long time ago and I'm now kicking myself in the ass for waiting so long to get around to it. I only have 4, yes, FOUR lines of notes on this one. Not that there wasn't PLENTY to note. It's simply because I couldn't be bothered by pausing long enough to pick up a pen. I do love me some MC romance but this, this was in a league all its own!

Right out the gate, such an emotional prologue. It truly set the tone for our heroine, Lilli's, background and personality. She is bold, badass and you had best stay out of her damn way. Thankfully, Isaac likes it rough, and so it goes...

I'm just gonna blabber on for a few minutes so please bare with me. I LOVE how the cliché's are kicked to the curb here. Isaac is the EPITOME of alpha male. He's dark, gritty, crass and passionate almost, ALMOST to a fault. He has no manners, LOL and to be honest, you just cant take him anywhere! Not that you would even want to leave the house but I digress. He's not some slick, bare chested 20 something on a bike. While I'm not really a fan of hairy men, I have to applaud the author for all that is Isaac. GASP!  A man who doesn't wax or shave his chest? No real man-scaping to note? And what do you mean he's 39 years old?!


Both of these characters are questionable at best and extremely rough around the edges. Neither trust easily, for good reason, yet someway, somehow, they manage to look beyond all the grey matter. I can't even address my favorite scenes as it would require a basic copy/paste of a good 3/4 of the book! When they love, they love hard. When they fight, duck! Isaac is delicious and Lilli, as bat shit crazy as she can be, is one of my favorite heroines to date! This isn't your typical love story. It's dark, raw and touches on subject matters that may generate triggers in some readers. It isn't all roses and unicorns jumping rainbows. You will laugh, cry and blush a few times over. Bottom line, read this book. In fact, I'll give ONE away right now! Kindle version...who wants it?


My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

***Please note, review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

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I wanted to love this book, like really REALLY love this book. Dante was a stand out for me in book 1 of the Guardian Archives series and I couldn't wait to see how his story would unfold. Unfortunately, his appeal didn't carry over.

The intro was stunning. Loved every single word of it. It wasn't Dante though, it featured the prince and his queen and it was perfection. I settled in and couldn't wait to dive further. Then there was reference where Dante viewed another particular character as a 'little sister'. Gut. Punched. Even having finished this installment, I still say a HUGE opportunity was blown here.

Having said that, it wasn't the cause for my chosen rating. Firstly, I didn't like Dante. For me, his appeal was all but gone at the word go and it never really recovered. His constant gushing was annoying and so syrupy sweet that I needed him to just stop talking. He fell to the background and took Gio with him. I didn't care for her either. Then there was Maddox, who was basically a cartoon. Granted, it's hard to invest in a book where you're not fond of the main couple. Thing is, it didn't really feel like it was their book. Yes, there is a part 2 but if it's Dante's book, I need him to shine throughout. On a side note, barebackin' it with some dude you know zilch about, simply taking his word for it? No. The excessive use of the term 'feed' when it comes to sex was just entirely too much, overkill.

Speaking of sex, the backstory of the Gods and the descendants was fascinating. I wanted to know more and more and more but omg, the sex was endless. I mean literally at every turn to the point where I had to start skimming. Unfortunately, it helped kill the story for me. The supporting cast, did however, have my full attention. Ki and Thia? YES PLEASE.  Resiayanna and Sabrael? YES PLEASE. Christoff and Jade? YES PLEASE and I have to say, Zaqar and Myrrine were EVERYTHING!!! Alas, there was simply too much going on yet not enough of what really mattered. Not turned off to the point of tossing the series, yet not intrigued enough to jump straight into the next installment. I'll pick up Dante Part 2 sometime down the road.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Tell me to stop," he chokes out. "Tell me not to touch you."~Ronan

Hells bells. A, Zavarelli is KILLING ME and I'm loving every minute of it. This is a new to me author,  that I already gave the first installment, Crow, 5 stars (you can read my review HERE and now yet ANOTHER 5 stars for book 2? That just doesn't happen.

We met the tall, brooding question mark of a man in book 1. Ronan, aka Reaper, is...gah, I feel like broken isn't exactly the right word to describe him. He's a machine and has been since he was very young. What he knows, he knows well, everything else though,...basic, simple, human emotions and interactions are completely lost on him.  He's always dressed to the nines and his child like brown eyes shine through black rimmed glasses. And then...he blushes. Done. I was totally and completely done for.

He's nicknamed Reaper for a reason and again, what he does, he does well but it's brutal and mindless and in the back of his mind, he thinks that maybe, just maybe, he's worth more, ready to come out of the basement. And of course, there's a girl. The love story that plays out is stunning, raw and beautiful. The development was flawless and the chemistry is off the charts. White hot sex scenes that will both break and melt your heart simultaneously. While really impressive, it's his relationships with other characters that earned 5 stars from me.

Lachlan, aka Crow, from book 1 is his brother, in every way that matters. He can get through to Ronan in a way that no one else can. Crow has a good handle on how to keep Ronan level without robbing him of his pride. I love their interactions, each and every time. The backstory on how Crow and his mother came across Ronan...sigh, have your Kleenex ready.

Then we have Ronan's very reluctant friendship with Mack. This is where I fan-girl'ed the hardest. These two couldn't be more opposite. She's like a hyper little Chihuahua biting at his ankle but one that he doesn't have the heart to take to the pound. She annoys the ever living shit out of him and yet she has a soft spot for him and even though she doesn't know his background, she wants to help him find his happiness and in many ways, his child like interactions with her are heartbreaking yet you'll have a giant smile on your face the entire time.

Sigh...I just love this series, this author, can't wait for more!

*This is a dark read that may be difficult for some readers, various 'triggers' throughout.



I have never read a book about Astral projection and I loved every minute of the world K.J. McPike has created. I've read many paranormal books and this was a breath of minty freshness! 
I need the sequel, and I needed it yesterday. I was skeptical, sad, shocked, angry, annoyed, with a few laughs in between......let's just say if you ever find yourself able to astral project, don't flap your wings like a chicken to fly around! LOL

Lali is your typical teenager living in a rural town, except her loving mother suddenly just left her, her 4 siblings and father dumbfounded. Just a few weeks before Lali's 16th birthday too. Now they're all trying to navigate their lives while trying to live with the fact that their mother is just gone. 

Midnight on Lali's 16th birthday is when her life was twisted even further upside down....and suddenly Lali is having some crazy "dreams".

Enter Kai. I wasn't sure how to feel about Kai, initially I felt his story was a little too coincidence for him to show up and need Lali's help..I was quite skeptical but Lali was too blinded by the promises he made...eventually he had me hooked and damn it, I needed them to kiss already! But alas, technically this is a YA book and no hanky panky. He had me, oh he had me with his chiseled muscles and his relentlessness for find someone he loves, he lost me for a bit and I wanted him to burn but in the end I just wanted to cry for him. 

There is 1 scene that get's Lali into quite the pickle.....and as she's building up to this I'm just screaming noooooo
Lali's sibilings, oh goodness, those are some characters! I cannot wait to see what is in store for them. 

The 2 characters I didn't much care for, were Lali's best friends at school. They were pretty much terrible friends and I felt like they weren't much needed in the story at all. It felt almost like they were secondly written in. I couldn't stand Paisley or her shadow twin chick. Nelson was a weiny. lol.

The cliffhanger! Ugh.....not the worst cliffhanger I've ever had but damn it......WHERE'S THAT SEQUEL?!

Monday, August 8, 2016



James Stonewoll is an Elite Assassin for the Under Realm Syndicate - an expert hunter and merciless killer. As a former Pirate, he thrives on danger, the more perilous the mission, the better and he can't resist his newest contract: eliminate a rebel shape-shifting magic thief that stalks the border of the Under Realm kidnapping and murdering innocent Others. But never did the centuries old vampire anticipate playing hero to a mythical temptress with luscious curves, tantalizing lips, and hypnotic eyes.
Captured and held prisoner, Katya Moro was trapped in a seemingly endless loop of unimaginable agony as her magic was slowly being torn from her soul. A gasp away from death, she is rescued by a sinful kiss and awakens in the strong arms of a powerful warrior whose roguish smile, sharp fangs, and intense strength unlock the dormant Succubus instincts within her – an all-consuming madness that demands complete surrender.
Gazing down at her, James knew he had to kill her. Dark Magic Wielders, like the beautiful female he’d found, were a grave threat to human society and were not permitted to roam the mortal world. But Katya’s smoky voice and sweet kisses stir a fierce hunger inside him. She is unpredictable, uncontrollable and… wickedly seductive – his perfect kind of dangerous. To keep her safe, James will protect her from the magic thieves that hunt her and his fellow assassins until he can find a way to return Katya to her home in the Under Realm.
Will Katya’s passion be able to conquer the darkness within his soul or will James let her go?
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Friday, July 29, 2016


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Ye must've been chewing on four leaf clovers all along...I'm completely mad for you, sweetheart." ~Lachlan Crow

This new to me author/series came as a complete surprise! I'll admit, I grabbed it because at the time, it was free and lets be honest, the cover is eye catching. I had no idea I would end up enjoying it as much I did.

I love the use of music in this book. Various song titles are mentioned throughout, which brought more life to the story that was being told. The play list is on. point.,  90's Alternative Rock! On to the book itself...

Wow. First we have a headstrong, kick ass heroine in Mackenzie, aka Mack. She's young but has seen a lot, lost even more and had to grow up way too fast. She's determined to find answers, even if it could ultimately cost her her life. Enter Lachlan Crow...

My face hurt from all the grinning, the swooning and the OMG!!!!'ing LOL Crow is everything I could possibly want in a male lead. He is the epitome of grey character. He'll melt and break your heart as easily as he'll put a hole in it. He's lethal, deadly and with that Irish accent...I was done for.

Crow is an action packed, emotional roller coaster of a ride that features an unlikely pairing who is my EXACT BRAND OF DARK DYSFUNCTION. Envelopes were pushed and with power comes struggle and with defiance comes submission. I cannot stress it enough, READ THIS BOOK! Next up...REAPER!

P.S.-Chapter 35.

*Warning-contains scenes that may be difficult for some readers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016



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Book Title: Perfect Rage (Unyielding, #3) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Romance 
Release Date: July 26th 
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This is Connor's story.

Consumed by perfect rage.
I was fighting who I’d become and what I’d done.

There was nothing I cared about except her.
She was mine.
But I’d forgotten her—my shutterbug.
And I lost her.

Until now.

I’d do anything to possess her again.
Anything to keep her safe.
Protect her against my biggest opponent.

The monster.


Full-length novel: 93,000 words
Must be read in order:
Perfect Chaos (Unyielding, #1)
Perfect Ruin (Unyielding, #2)
Perfect Rage (Unyielding, #3)


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Portrait of sexual woman, bent in bed

Portrait of sexual woman, bent in bed

Portrait of sexual woman, bent in bed

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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Don't give up on me, Alina."~Connor

*Please note, ARC copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Twenty questions...oh the feels!!! This book is EVERYTHING. I've been a fan of Ms. Rose for quite some time but I'll be honest and say that I haven't LOVED every single book I've read of hers. Perfect Rage however, is just. that. good. I've patiently (or, not so much) waiting for Connor's story and it absolutely delivered, and then some!

I'm not one for insta-love but leave it to this author to lay it out perfectly! Connor is every bit the leading man with all his pros, his cons, his light and his oh so dark moments. He is a broken man who will offend you and pull at your heart strings all at the same time. Alina didn't piss me off, though she rode a fine line for a min or two! Their chemistry though, was so spot on! They weren't written as some picture perfect couple, nor did she just the pretty girl. There's grit, angst and questionable decision making. On a more shallow note, that cover...YES!!!

Perfect Rage is an emotional roller coaster that I would LOVED to have been able to just sit and read in one sitting. Unfortunately, life gets in the way sometime but the first night, I stayed up until 3a.m. and only gave up once my eyes started to cross. Pacing is so incredibly important to me and this book never slowed down, yet managed to fully lay out the story and build the characters along the way. There's romance, suspense, action, the sweetest of bro-mances to boot! Perfect Rage is my FAVORITE of 2016, to date, hands down!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016


My rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

She'd earned alpha, but, as a woman, she found she had to earn it again every day.

*Please note, review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First up...lets talk cover. I don't like what I tend to call 'cartoon covers'. It's a pet peeve of mine, no stars were lost, I'm just not a fan and truth be told, if I were scanning Amazon, I would passed right over it. I know, I know, you can't judge a book by...yeah well, that's just me. It is what it is.

This is a story of two alphas, Tala and Marrok (great names btw!) who are forced into a marriage of convenience. I struggled with this one early on, for a couple reasons. Paranormal romance, with two alpha shifters no less, has no room for, what felt to me, as juvenile terms. Coming across words like butt, boobs and the cringe worthy orgasmic goo is a HUGE kill joy for me. I also dislike it when a character seems to do a flip flop before I really get to know said character. On one hand, our heroine, Tala, seemed to be reluctant, standoffish even to this marriage. Sure, she found him hot but she seemed resentful to be put in the position she found herself in. Two seconds later, he provides some water and green pillows and boom! Blow job time. None of it made sense to me and so it didn't deliver any intimacy or romance.

With all of the above being said, I pressed on and I'm glad that I did. The beginning of the turn around for me was two stand out side characters, Leia and Castor. I was, however, pissed that most of their story took place off screen. They need their own book. Hopefully that's the plan for down the road. Also, while the sex scenes in this book didn't work for me, the true intimacy that developed truly delivered! I enjoyed the battle for dominance, the joint effort against the enemy and the time out taken to get to know their new mate. Those three scenes were my absolute favorite and provided the sex appeal that the act itself didn't quite provide. Will I continue with this series? Yes, the supporting cast have stories that definitely need to be told and I'm looking forward to it.

Meet the author

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. After spending ten years in Northern California, she now resides in Austin with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

**Please note, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Had real life not gotten in the way, I probably would have read this book in record time. It's been a while since I've visited this world created by author Melissa Snark but it's great to be back!

As always, I struggle with books that are light on or completely void of romance. That's not say that there isn't any tension here because there definitely is (TEAM SAWYER!!!). What this installment lacks in heat it makes up with action, intrigue and mystery. While I tend to enjoy books featuring multiple characters, I typically only really get attached to one or two characters. Wolf's Cross has a fantastic ensemble who take turns stealing the spotlight. Each and every one could have their own book and in many cases (Jake's teen sons for example) I hope that to be the plan moving forward.

If pressed to pick faves, however, I would have to say Jake and Sawyer and Loki of course with a heaping dose of fangirling for the bromance that is Jake and Loki. At about the midway mark, the pacing was interrupted a bit, possibly due to lack of Sawyer and Jake. That, along with my wanting just a tad bit more on the romance side, even just a hint is how I came to the 4 star conclusion verses 5. There is SO MUCH going on in this story but the author did a great job in keeping it clear and easy to follow. Often times, too much can turn into a giant mess that leaves more questions than answers and not in a good way. I am a teensy bit bitter about where the story leaves off and will be stalking Ms. Snark's updates for the next release date!

Jake's strong presence, Victoria's determination and Arik's sly arrogance, is challenged only by Logan's boyish charm, Sawyer's dominance and ALL THAT IS LOKI (no, really, this character is FANTASTIC)!!! Good luck in finding a favorite here. Wolf's Cross delivers, and then some.

Saturday, June 18, 2016


My rating: 2.5 out of 5

"This is not the end for us Ratha of Westmeath. This is but the beginning of our journey." ~Daleigh

***Please note, review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

When it was good, it was oh so good, everything I've come to expect from this author. When it was bad, however, I skimmed and skimmed some more. The opening was fantastic. It had all the key elements that I believe are needed to hook a reader at 'go'. There was action, mystery and intrigue. I had many questions and couldn't wait to dive right in to get my answers. Unfortunately, they made their way to the cottage and it went to hell from there.

Sex. To  me, it is an absolute MUST in romance, ESPECIALLY paranormal because there's that powerful, otherworldly element to these creature/characters. However, I do feel like there is such a thing as too much. Plus, it's very off putting when there is too much dialog. I prefer an author to show me, not tell me and never ever attempt to do both.  It clutters up the scene and that's when I begin to skim. Tick tock, I got shit to do...and can I just say, using the term 'juices'

Back to the good...Aeon. I hope to know more about this character as I continue with this series. I can't quite call him a standout, only because there wasn't quite enough of him. He was definitely a highlight though and his relationship with Ratha added depth, as did the scenes between Ratha and Logan. There is a significant element of loss in this story and IMO, this is where the author truly shines, as well as creating unique relationships outside of the romantic leads. Unfortunately, it was the endless sex scenes that pulled my rating down and left me pretty much torn right down the middle. Dante will be next and since he's a character I've already fallen in love with, I'm excited to learn his story.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Kept From You (Tear Asunder #4) by Nashoda Rose

Kept From You (Tear Asunder #4) by Nashoda Rose

Book Title: Kept from You (Book 4: Tear Asunder) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.

When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.
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