Review: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering – 4 Stars


WARNING. This book is NOT a love story. This book is not romantic. This book is like a psychological soap opera on paper. And it recounts the toxic relationship between two people who, just like the blurb says, can’t let go even though they know they should.

Watching this story unfold and their ‘relationship’ unravel was a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. And though I hate to admit it, I’ve been Lucy. I’ve dated a Stephen. And reading about this girl fall for this master manipulator but defend their behaviors because of the ‘connection’ they share is something I think will resonate with a lot of people.

Stephen, the male lead, is probably my most hated yet most interesting males I’ve read about. He’s manipulative scum. Yet being in his brain was so fascinating. Everything he said made me want to reach into my kindle and punch his smarmy face. And still, I couldn’t read his chapters fast enough.

I can already see a lot of people not liking either character. I know that statement doesn’t seem like a raving recommendation to read this book, but hear me out. Stephen – for obvious reasons – isn’t a male lead people will swoon over. And Lucy will undoubtedly make people uncomfortable. While it’s easy to disagree with how she handles a lot of things, the author’s portrayal of her issues and insecurities is just down right accurate. ANYONE who has dated someone like Stephen will understand (thought may not like) a lot of things Lucy does.

If you happen to pick this up and are going into it expecting a redeeming love story, don’t. You won’t get that here. But if you do want to dive into the minds of two dysfunctional characters who have no business being in a relationship, then this is for you =)

Tell Me Lies is out now! |


Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young- 4 Stars


Sky In The Deep tells the story of Eelyn who is a part of the Aska clan. She’s spent her whole life being taught to hate the rival Riki clan only to find out her brother who she thought dead for 5 years is very much alive and well. And fighting with the Riki.

Eelyn is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her brother’s “death” and how he came to fight on the enemy’s side.

Eelyn is a B A D A S S. She will not hesitate to cut a throat or throw an axe and take someone down. Side note – Tough heroines tend to sometimes be tough to connect to. But I truly adored her character. She was so fierce in everything she did, everything she thought, and in her love for her family.

And when she tries to speak with her brother after seeing him on the battle field, she winds up getting caught and trapped in the Riki’s village. Where she meets Fiske.


Who is Fiske? Oh he’s just the boy that helps teach Eelyn that maybe the hatred their clans have had throughout their lives isn’t so valid, who shows her how their clans are actually quite similar. He’s the rival boy she’s supposed to hate but who forces her to slowly open her heart.

“I don’t belong to you.” I repeated the words I said to him the night he pulled the stitches from my arm. This time, to lift the weight that pressed down onto him and silence whatever words were whispering in his mind. And because a small part of me still wanted them to be true.
“Yes, you do.” He pulled the hair back out of my face so he could look at me. “Like I belong to you.”

I LOVED FISKE. I LOVED Fiske and Elyn together. The subtle forbidden romance between these two made the book for me. The writing during their moments together was just so so beautifully done.

“And when he kissed me again, the seconds slowed. They stretched out and made more time. I felt his body against mine, unraveling everything else that was between us and my soul unwound, threading itself to his. And I let it. I gave myself to him. Because I was already his.”

So why not 5 stars? While I really did enjoy this, I just need a little more.
More romance.
More dialogue.
More character interactions.
More battles.

I really think if this was dual POV or maybe just a tadddd longer it could have propelled this book to epic for me. But Adrienne Young is definitely someone to look out for and an author I will most certainly read more from!

Sky In The Deep is out now! |

A new TOP Fav: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

❝ Ours is a love that reimagines—that peels back the sky at high noon searching for the stars, collecting them like shells in a bucket. We bathe in stardust, drink from the Milky Way, and dance on the moon. We pierce the firmament, peer into infinity, and tread on time and space. There is no before. There is no after. Now gives birth to forever. This moment may die, but this love never will. Time is not a line. It’s a circle, and we, August and Iris, we stand at the center.❞


Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan – 5 Stars!


As a reviewer, I like to think I make it pretty clear when something works for me and when something doesn’t work for me. When it doesn’t, I’ll honestly lay out why. And when it does, I’ll shout my love from the rooftops.
So this is me.

When I first read Kennedy’s Grip series, I knew this woman’s writing was for me. When I finished Long Shot, I knew this woman cemented herself as a favorite.

Now from the teasers and posts the author has shared, I think most can surmise what this story is about and the tough subject it covers (a little more on that towards the end of this review). I don’t want to go into any specific details because it’ll be pretty hard to talk about the plot without honestly revealing huge spoilers.

Instead, I’m going to let Kennedy’s beautiful prose and her magnificent characters sell this book for me.

Iris, our heroine, is one of THE BEST, one of the strongest and most resilient female characters you will ever read about. It can be tough for a female character who is so strong to not come off as arrogant or obnoxious. Iris was neither. Iris was beauty and strength personified.

❝ And in a smoky room filled with shadows, those parts of me Caleb scattered, I reconvene. All the pieces he splintered, I mend. And everything he stole from me like a petty thief, those things, every single one of them, I repossess.❞


❝ With no escape in sight, I seek the only freedom left to me—my thoughts, my dreams, and my memories. I remember a magical night under the stars, under a streetlight on the eve of greatness. A night filled with laughter and confidences, pregnant with promise. And I see him so clearly, my prince, asking for a kiss. Sometimes, we stand at a juncture on which our path, our very life can turn. A fork in the road. Sometimes the heart speaks in whispers, and by the time we hear, by the time we listen, it’s too late and we don’t know. We don’t know that we should have turned right instead of left. Chosen one instead of the other. But now, in the retreat of my mind, I know. And I kiss him. In my dreams I choose him, my prince, instead of the fraud. In this parallel universe, at this second-chance juncture, I turn right instead of choosing wrong . . . and there, only there, we are together.❞

August, our….*clears throat*
I’m sorry.
I need to stop and just breathe here because HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, WHAT A MAN. Okay okay – back to the review – *ahem*….August, our hero, is possibly the MOST perfect male ever written. There isn’t enough time in the universe for me to thoroughly explain how much I LOVE THIS MAN. How thoughtful and romantic and respectful and caring and persistent he was. His thoughts had me melting quicker than a popsicle on the fourth of July. And ahhhhh there is so much more I want to say but, you know, spoilers.

❝ You can be on my team.”
“Oh.” I lob a smile up at him, much too close to flirting. “And what position will I play on your team?” His smile melts a little around the edges, and his eyes lose some of their humor.
“At the five-spot,” he says softly.
The five-spot? His position is the point guard, or the one-spot. Shooting guard is the two. The three is small forward, and the four is power forward. The five is . . .
“Center,” he says, linking our fingers and toying with the hair hanging on my shoulder. “If you were mine, Iris, there would be no doubt what position you’d hold in my life. You’d be center. I’d play you at the five.❞


❝ And if I never see another woman come, that’s fine with me. If I could just watch this one in the eye of her storm, in this crisis of her pleasure, it would be enough. God, for the rest of my life, it would be enough. The look on her face is wondrous, as if she’s suspended between realities, has wandered into a fantasy and is drowning in this rapture.❞

❝ She’s the most intoxicating champagne. I sip. I drink. I slurp. I gulp her until I can’t remember the taste of another woman—there’s only ever been her scent and her hair and her shape. She is singular, obliterating every kiss that came before her, eliminating the possibility of anyone else ever tasting this good.❞


❝I empty myself of all I was before and take whatever she has to give. There’s a newness when our eyes meet—wonder in the laughter we share while I hold her. We don’t speak, but there’s eloquence in our fingertips, in our hands as we touch and explore. Our bodies commune, confess. I don’t have to say the words. She knows I’m hers.❞

Ok, I need to stop here because I could spend all day re-reading and sharing all the highlights I have of all the delicious things that came from August.

And just one for Lo, because, OMG, I adore her:

❝ There is only one thing I take lying down, and that’s the good dick. Even then I’ll probably end up on top.❞

I know those quotes are enough to make you itch to pick this up. But I URGE you to read it. This is easily making my favorites list.

And I’ll leave it with this:

This book isn’t easy. It’s poignant and painful and will resonate and stay with you for a very long time. I am telling you now it’s going to crush you a little. But even with all the pain, there’s so much beauty. SO MUCH LOVE. August and Iris will enamor you from start to finish.

Simply outstanding and HIGHLY recommended.

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Review: Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

“You know, my heart is in your hand.”


Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 4.5 Stars!


It’s pretty hard to review the third book in a series without spoilers. So I’ll try to keep this as generic as possible. After finishing Alphas Like Us, after all those twists I didn’t see coming and all those sweet moments, my heart IS SO FULL. I am so happy. I am filled with so much love for these characters.

Every. Single. One.

“And you said you wanted an in-your-face, overjoyed kind of love that knocks you backwards.” He takes a beat. “But our love is that and better. Our love is headstrong. It never yields, never dies. And when it knocks you backwards, it pulls you upright again.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it with every book they write – no one writes character dynamics like Krista & Becca Ritchie do. The ensemble casts they create always feel so damn real and always manage to make me crazy trying to pick who my favorite is. Which is pretty much impossible. And every time I finish a book they write, I am salivating for the next. Hungry for it. DYINGGG FOR IT (Seriously, the anticipation for Tangled Like Us is the only thing keeping me going at the moment. Thatcher and Jane are and will be what I LIVE FOR).

“I didn’t grow up seeing love, but I sought that in every relationship, and I thought I met it. But I realize that I never even came close. Then I fell for him. It’s a love that pummels me every time I wake and crave to near him. Every time I see his morality and think, how good you are, and fuck, I’m lucky. It’s a love that beckons me towards him when he’s gone. One that reaches into my core and wraps itself around me. It’s that persistent, unforgettable undetachable love.”

I got asked a few times if this series is a standalone or if the Addicted Series (which this is a spin-off of) needs to be read first.

Technical answer: Yes. You can read the Like Us Series without reading the Addicted Series.

My answer: GIRLLLLLL READ THE ADDICTED SERIES. NOW. I know, I know – there are a lot of books. But you will not regret one minute of it. It remains my all-time favorite series and every time I think about it, I wish that I could spend an eternity with the characters. I cannot stress enough how unique and amazing the writing is, and how it has made me feel these fictional characters were real life people who have buried themselves in my heart. With Krista & Becca’s writing, you feel all of the characters’ pain, the joy, the love; their highest of highs and their lowest of lows.

So yea, read it. And as soon as you’re done, grab this series!

💖Reading order of the Addicted Series💖:

♥️Like Us Series♥️:
Damaged Like Us (Book 1 and currently on SALE! ):
Lovers Like Us (Book 2. This cover still makes me DROOL):
Alphas Like Us (Book 3 – out now!):

Cover Reveal & Giveaway! Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan


Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

Coming March 22!

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“Satisfying and soul-gripping! — Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Lucy Score



Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl?

You don’t.

My fairy tale is upside down.

A happily never after.

I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.

I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.

One of the NBA’s brightest stars.

Fine. Forbidden.

He wants me. I want him.

But my past, my fraudulent prince, won’t let me go.

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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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To Kill A Kingdom By Alexandra Christo – A NEW FAV!

“That was the thing about sirens. They always went straight for the heart.”


To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – 5 Stars!


There’s one thing you should know before I start this review. I have been utterly obsessed with mermaids since I was a kid. The Little Mermaid? I watched it about 378,475 times. My bedroom? Covered in Little Mermaid memorabilia. Every. single. birthday. cake. until I was like 20? (shut up and don’t mock me, I told you I loved mermaids) – Yep, you guessed it. Little Mermaid themed.

So when I heard about this book, a dark re-telling of my most favorite childhood movie? YES PLEASE.


This was everything I hoped it would be. I was BLOWN AWAY by Alexandra’s talent. Her writing does not read like this is a debut novel. It was so lush and wonderful and the way she weaved this tale made it almost impossible to put down. Do you ever read a line in a book and just think “dammmmn that was good. Let me go and read that again.”? This happened so many times. Alexandra- you just got yourself a new stalker. A forever fan. A loyal follower. I can’t WAIT for the next thing this woman writes.

My FAVORITE PART that I read like 9 times (edited slightly to remove spoilers):

“I’ll ask you something instead, then.”
“To keep a secret?”
“To keep a favor.”
Elian nods, and I forget that we’re murderers and enemies and when my identity is revealed, he might very well try to kill me. I think of my human heart, suddenly beating so fast—too fast—and the crease between Elian’s eyebrows as he waits for my answer.
“Are you ever going to kiss me?”
Slowly, Elian says, “That’s not a favor.”
His hand moves from beside mine, and I feel a sudden absence. And then it’s on my cheek, cupping my face, thumb stroking my lip. It feels like the worst thing I’ve ever done and the best thing I could ever do and how strange that the two are suddenly the same. How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.

^OMG. *brb* need to read that part again….

Someone asked me how closely this follows The Little Mermaid. My answer was this:

If Ariel was actually a siren (not to be confused with a mermaid) named Lira who is infamous for ripping out and collecting princes’ hearts by luring them to their death with her siren song and her mother was like Ursula, and ruler of the sea, and Eric is actually a prince called Elian who has no desire to be King and would rather spend his time sailing the seas in search of sirens to kill because of a lifelong feud between humans and sirens and Lira is cursed by her god awful mother and turned human and in order to return to the sea she’s tasked with taking Elian’s heart….then kind of is similar?

BUT. Alexandra’s twist on the tale is beautifully creative and totally unique.

“It’s you.” My eyes shoot upward. The Prince of Midas stares down at us, horrified and awe stricken. His lips tilt a little to the left.
“Look at you,” he whispers. “My monster, come to find me.”


If you like forbidden – enemies to lovers – romance, the slowest of slow burns, pirates, savage heroines, awesome world building, some brutal action, fantasy, and a dash of drama thrown in, READ THIS. I honestly went into this with such high expectations and I was SO pleasantly surprised each one was met.


To Kill A Kingdom releases March 6th! |

Spiders In The Grove by JA Redmerski is finally here and it’s so good!


Spiders In The Grove (In The Company Of Killers #7) by JA Redmerski – 5 STARS!


This series is so hard to fully review, because SO MUCH has happened (I’ve actually taken notes on each book so I can remember all the crazy twists and details) and saying anything on the latest book will pretty much spoil every book that came before it. Soooooo my thoughts on Spiders In The Grove:

1. Everyone is a fucking liar.
2. I CAN’T BELIEVE I trusted any of these liars.
3. Well, ^ that’s a lie. I still trust Niklas. He’s my favorite and always will be. DON’T FIGHT ME ON THIS I ADORE HIM.
4. JA Redmerski must have a notebook the size of Texas which she re-reads each time she writes a new book in this series to keep up with the always growing, crazy ass, intense storyline.
5. The last half of this book = SHOOK.
7. Fredrik and Niklas looking after Izabel is what I live for.
9. That ending.
10. If the next book isn’t Fredrik’s, JA and I will be having some words.
11. The next bullet is kind of a spoiler don’t read it.
14. Do you guys think the next book will be Fredrik’s it has to be right I mean the way his last chapter ended he was ready for it holy shit I am still so creeped out please JA PLEASEEEE we need his book!
15. This is the best damn series.

Phewwww ok got that all out. I’ll now just be not so patiently waiting for The Darkest Half.

Spiders In The Grove is out now!! (this is my FAVORITE dark romance series and HIGHLY recommended!!) |

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NOW LIVE! The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon Review

“Just because it’s meant to be, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be right now.”


The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon – 4 Stars


The Smallest part was such a unique and emotional read that tells the angst filled story of 3 best friends Noah, Mercedes, and Cora. It’s a book about loving and losing and loving again.

I don’t want to say much on the plot, because it feels like one small detail can spoil the entire book. But I’ve been asked multiple times if this story is a love triangle. And to that I will answer no – it is not. But it does involve 3 people whose relationships and lives are so intertwined and that’s written in such a graceful way you can’t help but feel the love and devastation they all go through.

His lips were soft, his breath sweet, and the tips of his fingers were light on her cheeks. But it wasn’t a kiss between friends. It wasn’t a kiss goodbye. It was a desperate hello.

Filled with angst, emotion, some shocking revelations, and some of the SWEETEST yet flawed characters, this book will no doubt be devoured by new and old fans of Amy Harmon.

The Smallest Part is out today!! |

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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

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LOVED The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black – 5 Stars


I’m both angry and happy that I broke my ‘I won’t start a series unless all the books are out’ rule for this one.

Happy because this was so freaking good.

Angry because now I have to wait for the next installment and why why whyyyy do people do this to themselves how can you stand the torture of waiting?!>?! hOW?!?! (No seriously. I need tips. What do you do during the awful wait? Just re-read the book over and over? Stalk the author for updates? TELL ME.)

And you know what. I’m just going to say it. This is what A Court of Thorns and Roses should have been. *ducks and hides from all the Feysand shippers*. I’m sorry but I just loved this one so much more.

Like the Faerie themselves, this book is stunning, irresistible, and rotten to the core. It was dark and deceptive and deviant and Holly Black’s phenomenal writing and storytelling made this so hard to put down. Sometimes in fantasy novels, authors like to write pages and pages describing every last detail of the room or land or the character’s appearance. But Holly had this way of being descriptive enough for the reader to get the picture, but never droned on about insignificant details. She gets right into the story from the prologue and keeps the guessing and intrigue throughout (some may call this “lack of word building.” I call it getting to the freaking point – which when done right, I appreciate so much). I usually give a little summary of the book, especially when the blurb is vague, but this one explains exactly what this is about. And I don’t want to spoil a single thing about this devious little book.

“That’s what comes of hungering for something: You forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down.”

The characters are dysfunctional and unapologetic, the political twists and cunning games kept me on my toes, and THAT FUCKING BOMB OF AN ENDING!! WHAT!!!! I sooooo did not see that coming and can’t even begin to contemplate what a crazy story it will make for book 2. (Still sobbing over the fact I need to *STOMPS FOOT* wait another year for it!!! I’m not cut out for this.)

And because the question I get asked most when I review a book is “what about the romance?”, I’ll say this:

Romance is not the main focus of this story but it is fucking DELICIOUS and the scene that kicks it off is easily my favorite part of the book. I guess you can qualify this as enemies to ‘sort of lovers’ (?— I’m still questioning this because Jude and Cardan are so dysfunctional and complicated I don’t even know if you can call them lovers at this point.

Cardan’s cruel mouth is surprisingly soft, and for a long moment after our lips touch, he’s still as a statue. His eyes close, lashes brushing my cheek. I shudder, as you’re supposed to when someone walks over your grave. Then his hands come up, gentle as they glide over my arms. If I didn’t know better, I’d say his touch was reverent, but I do know better. His hands are moving slowly because he is trying to stop himself. He doesn’t want this.
He doesn’t want to want this.

I can’t explain anymore than that, but if you read this, you’ll see what I mean/why I say this. *winks*) Our cruel prince and savage heroine don’t start off spouting love sonnets. No. They really can’t stand one another. And the realization that there may be something more is agonizingly slow but totally rewarding in the end.

“That’s really why you hate me?” I demand. “Only that? There’s no better reason?”
For a moment, I think he’s ignoring me, but then I realize he’s not answering because he can’t lie and he doesn’t want to tell me the truth.
“Well?” I say, lifting the crossbow again, glad to have a reason to reassert my position as the person in charge. “Tell me!”
He leans in and closes his eyes. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

The fact that there was so little and yet enough to leave me craving and dying for more just goes to show how well it was done. I seriously can’t wait for the next book to see this ship sail. *chants please HOLLY PLEASE.*

Closing thoughts:

✧ Every single character is morally grey and yes. This. Is. What. I live. For. And EVEN BETTER is that the characters could have totally been written as redeemable but they weren’t. They could have used their tragic backstories to excuse their shitty decisions and awful behavior and yet none of this was done. They are who they are and Holly don’t give a damn if you don’t like it.

✧ I don’t consider myself a violent person but you better believe if I ever saw Taryn or Locke I would start swinging.

✧ Jude is actually kind of scary. Okay, not kind of scary. Girl is savage and ruthless and honestly GOOD ON YOU BOO.

✧ Cardan <— asshole done RIGHT.

“Get down on your knees,” Cardan says, looking insufferably pleased with himself. His fury has transmuted into gloating. “Beg. Make it pretty. Flowery. Worthy of me.”

✧ I really need the next book to have chapters in Cardan’s POV. I need this more than I need air.

I think I’m done rambling now. IS IT 2019 YET!?!

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) is out now! |


Review: Seek by Mia Sheridan


Seek by Mia Sheridan – 3 Stars


I haven’t read a Mia Sheridan book in quite some time, and after I heard the premise for Seek I was excited to get to read something from her a little on the grittier side.

While this book isn’t that long and the story is fast paced, to me it just felt like an even quicker read because it was told in a way that was very surface level and lacked any real detail or emotional depth. The plot was already a little far-stretched, but because of the rushed way in which this is told, it just made the overall story and the connection between the two MCs not very believable.

Thomas felt flat and I didn’t really feel anything toward him. Livvy was sweet but very naive and some of their dialogue was so stiff and at times cheesy.

Was it terrible? No. But it just felt like something I’ve read plenty of times before and to be totally honest I’m a little surprised this author wrote this.

Not something I’d go out of my way to recommend, but not totally terrible either.