BROKEN PRINCE by Erin Watt ❤

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Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt – 4 Stars

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As you all probably already know, those of us who were lucky to get advanced copies of Broken Prince have been sworn to secrecy and asked not to reveal a single thing that happens. So this review will mainly consist of cursing, non-spoilery rants, reactions, and will depict my urge to simultaneously strangle and hug the authors for DOING THIS TO ME AGAIN.

We’ll start with my reactions while reading Broken Prince:

3% I FUCKINGGGGGG KNEWWWWWW ITTTTTTTT!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAH

54% EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW GIDEON WHY WHY WHY?!?!??!

57% Awwww, Reed. UGH NO WAIT WHY ARE YOU SUCH AN ASS I still want to slap you stop being sweet I’m supposed to hate you.

89% WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!

99% I. Fucking. Knew. It. Why didn’t I bet money on this ending???? WHY?

I feel like Erin Watt has turned me into an FBI agent. Everything said is suspicious, every character introduced is shady, and I TRUST NO ONE.

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Do we get answers? OH YES. Do we get even more freaking questions? YES! And I’m sure you’ve guessed it. We get another cliffhanger straight from the fiery pits of HELL. Pretty sure the citizens of China heard me screeching and screaming “I CALLED IT!!” when I hit the last page. I really wish I can say more but I don’t want to give anything away. What I can say is that you can expect to read from two POVs and expect even MORE secrets about the Royals. I feel like I’ll never get enough of this crazy family and those delectable Royal boys. And my mind is now reeling with crazy conspiracy theories (AGAIN).

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Erin Watt has delivered another deliciously entertaining story, and a great follow up to Paper Princess. I am once again anxiously counting down the days for the next release, Twisted Palace.

Broken Prince is out July 25th!

SNEAK PEEK OF BROKEN PRINCE

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Surprise Release! Poesy (a Low Novella) by Mary Elizabeth ❤

 POESY IS LIVE! Everyone’s favorite criminal and his girl are back and now you can read their story from the beginning. To read my review for Low, click here.

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Title: Poesy
Series: A Low Novella
 Author: Mary Elizabeth
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: By Hang Le 
 Release Date: June 19, 2016
Blurb
Living on the right side of the tracks can be cruel.

Poesy Ashby lives a dysfunctional life to prove it. Determined not to turn out like her parents, she’s gives up seeking their approval and focuses on breaking free. But abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood.

Before Poesy Ashby becomes a renegade on the run, she is a girl from the suburbs who finds acceptance for the first time in the most unexpected place: between rose petals and thorns.

Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.

 

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 Author Bio


Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets.

Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.

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Friday Favs : The Mara Dyer Trilogy

On Fridays, I share my Favs ❤

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

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There are few series that I love so much, that it’s actually hard for me to re-read quotes or even talk about them because I immediately become emotional and have to stop myself from re-reading the books for the 375th time.

The Mara Dyer Trilogy is one of those series. Lately I’ve seen book friends branching out and reading different genres, which makes me so freaking happy. And for those looking to give something else a try, THIS SERIES IS IT. The writing is incredible. The dialogue is witty. And while this is YA, the romance in here is probably one of the best romances I have ever read. It’s equally creepy, suspenseful, and romantic.

READ IT. Read it and when you do let me know so we can swoon and cry together 😉

To read my reviews for each book, click here, here, and here.

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay ❤️ The most perfect book there ever was

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – *the most amount of stars I can give

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This…This right here…This is the kind of story that makes you appreciate words. Makes you appreciate when nouns and verbs and adjectives are strung together to form these magical little sentences that touch your heart and you don’t even know they’re doing it until you’re so sucked into the story you can’t put it down and 4 hours have gone by and you haven’t eaten or moved or even blinked because you couldn’t possibly stop.

That’s what this book did. It makes you feel it all. Every word. Every character. Every scene. Every heartbreak. Every SINGLE THING.

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It was captivating, heartbreaking, haunting, romantic, hypnotizing, ballsy, antsy, broken, and now a definite new favorite of mine. The characters were probably the most realistic I have ever come across and in the course of some 400 odd pages broke my heart and put it back together again.

“When you look at her what do you feel?… Joy, fear, frustration, longing, friendship, anger, need, despair, love, lust?”
“Yes.”
“Yes, what?”
“All of it.”

I was utterly swept away by its power and there was not one rushed moment, not one wasted scene. The slow build of the story just contributed to such a powerful, amazing ending. And it had quite possibly THE MOST AMAZING ENDING TO A STORY I HAVE EVER READ. The two words it ended on? The pure epitome of brilliance. Perfection.

I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. ANYONE AND EVERYONE needs to pick up this book. I cannot stress enough how much I LOVED IT and what a beautiful tale about forgiveness, love, and second chances it was.


The Sea Of Tranquility is currently on sale for $1.99! GET IT NOW if you haven’t! ❤️

Review ❤ All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – 5 Stars

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I honestly had no idea how to rate this book. After sitting on it and thinking about it, I was surprisingly blown away by this story.

It was SO wildly inappropriate, extremely taboo, and just downright crazy.

I am going to say this; this book is going to piss a lot of people off. And I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who has issues with morally reprehensible themes. The things you will read in here will probably shock you. I myself kept going back and forth with being appalled and then defending what was happening. This book for sure will play with your emotions.

The story is told in multiple POVs but focuses mainly on two characters – Wavy and Kellen. Wavy is an interesting character. She comes from a deplorable and manic family. Her parents are meth-head criminals, and her mother’s erratic behavior has caused Wavy to be wary of everything around her. She doesn’t speak, doesn’t like to be touched, won’t eat in front of people, is petrified of germs, steals… I mean the list goes on and on. But even so, she is an intelligent girl whose innocent and young eyes have seen things a child should never see and have forced her to grow up way too fast.

Her father’s associate Kellen takes on the responsibility of taking care of Wavy when she is around 5 years old. Kellen is the true meaning of a person with a heart of gold. Wavy begins to trust Kellen and he becomes the only person she is comfortable around. Kellen’s love for Wavy starts as a love a person would have for a relative, but it eventually turns to ..more. Much more. I should mention Kellen is way older than Wavy. (I believe it’s mentioned when Wavy is 12 Kellen is 24.)

The story starts when Wavy is around the age of 5, and follows her life and the progression of her “relationship” with Kellen. As I said, there are some WILDLY inappropriate things that happen in this book that I am still not sure how I feel about. I can honestly say my jaw has never dropped so much while reading before. The author does a really amazing job at walking a fine line between despicable and beautiful. Like I said, I still don’t know how I feel about a lot of things that happened.

But I think what I appreciated SO MUCH is how the author tells the story in such an unapologetic yet non-manipulative way. It is what it is. What happened, happened. Wavy is Wavy and Kellen is Kellen. And their story is theirs. She allows you to feel whatever you may feel, whether its anger, sorrow, disgust, or happiness. And she allows the reader to draw their own conclusions by SHOWING us each of the painful, dark, and captivating layers of their story.

In the end, the title is so fitting. It was ugly and wonderful all at once. It was beautiful and unconventionally romantic. And though I wasn’t sure where it was going or how I would feel when I started it, the author’s talented writing sucked me in and I am SO glad I took a chance on this story. I have been saying lately how I want to read books that are “different.” Expand my horizons so to speak. Well this right here was it!


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is out August 9th:

Backfire by Keri Lake is LIVE!

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Backfire by Keri Lake is here! I LOVED the first book in this series (to read my review for Ricochet click here.)

No matter how unbreakable he may seem, every man has a weakness.

A year ago, my home became a bloodstained crime scene. That night marked the beginning of my hell—the same night I was tortured by my enemies and tossed into an underground prison to die.

They failed. I survived.

Now that I’m free, only one motive burns in my soul: revenge.

Lucky for me, they think Jase Hawkins is dead. Maybe I am. I’ve got nothing but a cold, merciless rage, and Black Betty, the sharp steel blade that never leaves my side.

Then she drifts into my life.

Lucia wants answers—so much so, she’s willing to fall into the darkness where my enemies lie in wait, to kill her for what she knows.

Or to take her for the depraved fantasies her body alone can rouse in a man’s mind.

Me? I want her for the fire in her touch that feeds my addiction, forces me to feel what has become numb, but my appetite for bloodshed runs deeper than flesh.

For my own sanity, I’ve vowed to stay away from her. Because she’s my only weakness, an obsession that leaves me craving more—one that could make even the most steadfast plan backfire.

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things. 


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Idol by Kristen Callihan is here! Review & Excerpt ❤

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Idol (VIP #1) By Kristen Callihan – 4 Stars

Some people may not know this, but I’m not into rocker romances. I think the first one I read scarred me for life and I’ve avoided them ever since. But after reading Kristen Callihan’s Game On Series, I fell head over heels for her writing and knew I had to give this one a try. I mean, the woman created Drew freaking Baylor. And I am so glad I did! Kristen’s writing is filled with humor, angst, and romance and they were all present in Idol.

Libby is a hermit. She lives at home, works from home, and basically never leaves home unless she absolutely has to. One night, a drunken man crashes onto her lawn and leaves Libby no choice but to help him sober up. After realizing that man is Killian James, lead singer of a extremely popular band called Kill John, Libby and Killian form a bond over music. They spend time together in her small town before she sets out on tour with Kill John after Killian discovers Libby’s amazing voice.

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Not surprisingly, Killian our hero was just perfection. When Libby finds him sprawled out on her lawn, it’s clear Killian isn’t himself and has been going through something. And even though Libby is pretty wary of him, his sweet charm just wins her over.

Killian’s expression goes soft, his gaze running over my face. His smile grows.

“What?” I ask, thrown by the gleam in his eyes. It makes my breath catch.

“You’re pretty.”

He says it so matter of fact I snort. “You sound surprised.”

Killian leans in just a little, “Truth? I am. You’ve been scowling at me so much…Ah there it is again. Glaring hate-fire at me.”

The calloused tip of his finger traces the top of my cheek, and my lower belly clenches in shock. His voice grows thoughtful, “But when you smile? You kind of glow.”

I loved loved his personality, their banter, and everything about them together.

“Tell me you want this too, baby doll.”

“Want what?” I can’t think, my head is heavy, my limbs fumbling.

His dark eyes meet mine. “Everything.”

And GOD DAMN is Killian sexy.

“You’ve been teasing me all day with this thin excuse for a top,” he murmurs, his voice dark and rough…

Dark eyes roam. His breath gusts over my skin, his mouth so close to my aching nipple. “Barely covers those sweet little tits. You gonna show them to me now, Libby?”

God his voice. It’s heated toffee, sticky and rich, coating my skin. It’s black magic, taking command of my body. I sway a bit, wanting to press myself against him, fighting for just a little longer because anticipation aches so sweet.

“You like me looking at you Libby?”

I can only make a strangled sound.

“Yeah, I think you do. Lower your top, baby doll. Show me what I’ve been dreaming about for weeks.”

This story was overall low on the drama and high on the sweet romance. The MCs and the rest of the cast were just amazing characters.

I think my only critique would be I would have liked a bit more time with them getting to know each other before the story switched gears and Libby and Killian go on tour together. The months they spend getting to know one another was kind of skirted over. I loved their relationship, but I really wish there was more of their story before they jumped into such a big commitment with one another.

Overall, I would MOST DEFINITELY recommend this for fans of Kristen’s and those who just want a great romance. We also get a glimpse into the next book in the series, and HOLY HELL AM I EXCITED FOR THAT. I just know Scottie is going to be one of those delicious alpha assholes with a heart of gold (my favorite kind.) That glimpse into his book was hysterical and it doesn’t hurt that he’s described as a David Gandy lookalike. 😉

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Idol is out now!


EXCERPT:

“You know,” I say conversationally, as I kick back, “I want to fuck you right now.”

Libby jerks as if pinched and sits a little straighter, before getting a hold of herself and slouching as if she’s completely chill. Cute.

She gives me a smirk and sips her water before drawling, “And what? Mark your territory? Assert your manly dominance?”

“Yep.” I slide my gaze to hers. “But mostly I just want to fuck you all the time.”

God, I love the way her lips part and body flushes with heat. So subtle, but there all the same. It makes me hard as steel, my balls squeezing tight. I don’t look at her but pretend I’m observing the room. The lights are dimming for the movie now, the empty chairs in front of us obscuring our lower halves.

Slowly my hand falls to space between us and smooths along her hip. She delicately shivers as my fingers trace down her thigh.

“What about you,” I murmur, lightly toying with her skirt in the darkening room. “You want to fuck me, baby doll?”

“Right now, I want to kick you,” she gets out between clenched teeth. “Keep your hands to yourself. There are nosy ass people everywhere.”

“They’re all watching the movie. Not us.” Focusing on the screen, I keep my expression neutral as I ease my hand under her skirt. Her skin is smooth and warm. The movie starts in a blast of music and the familiar old logo as I trace over her knee and up her soft thigh. “And that wasn’t a ‘no.’”

She makes a cute growl in the back of her throat, but her legs part just enough to give me room to delve between them. Her inner thighs are hot and damp, and my cock twitches.

The storyline rolls along, my touch idly roams. Libby remains utterly still but I can practically feel the tension vibrating within her. When the tip of my finger skims the crease where her thigh meets her hip, her breath catches, legs parting wider.

“Have I mentioned how much I appreciated this new skirt-filled wardrobe?” I whisper, lightly drawing circles along her skin.

“Brenna’s idea.” Her hips shift just a bit, following my touch. “Right now, I’m missing my shorts.”

I smile, my eyes on the screen, my fingers drifting to the edge of her panties. “Later, you can put them on and we’ll play ‘Fuck the Farmer’s Daughter.’”

She grunts, a stifled laugh, which turns to a strangled whimper when I pluck her panties. Her voice turns breathy. “I’m trying to watch the damn movie. I’m not interested in fooling around.” She moves a tiny fraction, nudging against my finger.

In the dark, I grin, heat and lust pulling my abs tight. “I’m sorry,” I say, not sorry at all, “But I don’t believe you. I’m gonna have to check.”


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About Kristen Callihan:

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice award. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz: STILL NOT OVER this story.

“And bourbon’s like the truth, you know? The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it’s the only thing you want in your mouth.”

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The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz – 5 Stars 

After I finished reading this, a friend asked me how it was.
Was there a happy ending? She asked.
Was it dark?
What genre is it?

I had no idea how to answer any of those questions.

Was it a happy ending? Yes. No. Sort of?

Was it dark? Yes. No. Sort of? I wouldn’t call it dark. But scandalous. And sometimes disturbing. And some things that happened were just plain outright wrong and I asked myself what the fuck was wrong with me since I was enjoying it. Especially after that last bomb Tiffany dropped. I am STILL not over that.

What I do know is Tiffany Reisz can weave one hell of a story and this had shock after shock after SHOCK. I couldn’t put it down, even though some may call it slow placed. I was obsessed with the banter of the hero and heroine and while some may not consider any of this humorus because of the dark and vengeful underlying tone of the plot, I did laugh multiple times at the quick witted dialogue between the two MCs.

The premise of the book revolves around a long lost bourbon company, Red Thread, that was originally founded and owned by the Maddox family for generations. Many years after Red Thread’s demise, a woman named Paris tracks down the last remaining bottle and tries to reclaim it by telling the sordid tale of the company’s origins and how it all eventually fell apart. From here the story unravels and as I mentioned above, a lot of insane and disturbing things occur.

“Perfection is for heaven, and when you tried to bring perfection to earth, you paid a heavy price.”

There were so many elements to this story, and I was extremely impressed with how the author pulled them all together. Throughout the book there was this anxious, heavy feeling that I couldn’t shake, so I was waiting for that inevitable shoe to drop. And when it dropped, HOLY SHIT DID IT DROP.

This is not your typical love story. This is not your typical drama. It was right and wrong and mysterious and delightful and tragic all at the same time. I also found it extremely interesting this story was inspired by true events and the author was able to conjure such a wicked tale from them. I would most definitely recommend it to those who aren’t afraid to read something that is outside of the box and a little outside of their comfort zone.

*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


The Bouron Thief is out June 28th and available for preorder: