Review ❤ Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen

Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen -★★★


In Front of God and Everyone tells the story of Josh and Caleb. They have spent majority of their lives living on a polygamist compound. When Josh is kicked out, Caleb also escapes and together they build a life on the outside, all the while trying to cope with this ‘new’ world they need to adjust to and dealing with their feelings for one another after being told most of their lives being gay is a sin.

Overall, this was an extremely sweet friends to lover romance and hopeful story with two very lovable characters.

So why not a higher rating? I was kind of looking forward to getting more detail about the cult they grew up in and would have liked more time spent on that aspect. Only maybe 2 chapters cover their life in the cult, and even in those chapters and the rest of the time it is brought up only very minor detail is given. Any real detail or serious topics- like their life leading up to them leaving, their transition after they leave, the inner turmoil they must have felt having grown up in a cult that taught them being gay was wrong, the lead up to admitting their love for one another and dealing with the feelings of falling for their best friend, life for others in the cult – were just skirted over.

I would have preferred a little more drama, a little more angst, and little more something to bring this to the next level. I just felt like there was so much untapped potential locked within this story and the author didn’t do much to let it out.

It was romantic and enjoyable as I mentioned above, but to ME, the blurb reads like this was going to be a more serious, emotional and angsty read, which I didn’t find it to be.

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side with an M/M romance, I would say this book is for you!

*This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone. For more about its previous publication, you can read this blog post.*

Dirty Souls (Sins Duet, #2) by Karina Halle ❤

“This isn’t just young love. This is mad love. The kind that’s incurable.”


Dirty Souls (Sins Duet, #2) by Karina Halle – 4 / 4.5 Stars


“Once upon a time, a sensitive young soul fell in love with a man she shouldn’t have. Where she was soft edges and feathers and dappled light through green leaves, he was hard lines and knives and dirty smoke rising from the ground.”


It’s been a while I’ve read a dark read that I didn’t totally hate. But I ate this story up. There was never a dull moment, was action packed, and I am in love with Violet and Vincente’s love. In all honesty, I wasn’t quite sure I believed it in book 1, but Karina totally sold me in this second installment.

“I love you to the point of danger. Danger because where you go, I will go. Because I will do everything and anything to keep you with me. This isn’t the end of us. There will never be an end of us. Ever.”

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“I love her. Period. Full stop. I love her with my dark and dangerous heart. I love her with my wicked and dirty soul. I love her enough to raze the world around me to the very ground, just so we can be together.”

I am so happy we got some more background information on their parents as well. For someone like me who hasn’t read the Sins & Needles and Dirty Angels series, the information on the past helped put some of the puzzle pieces together.

I don’t really want to go into plot details, but there was SO much action. I’m talking murder and kidnappings and shootings and if that makes me crazy, so be it, but I love stories like this. ESPECIALLY stories where the action and drama isn’t compromised because everything turns out to be so convenient. Not this book!

The ONLY reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because the very last part of this and epilogue were a tad rushed. It felt like Violet and Vincente’s HEA was quickly tied up with not much explanation. I REALLY would have liked more information on Vincente’s new role in the cartel and how Violet fit into it all. A novella or even an extended epilogue actually would have worked well here. *here’s hoping Karina possibly writes one!*

“I can’t stop loving him now that I’ve started. My heart doesn’t know any other way and it no longer belongs to me. It’s in his hands. Hands that maim and kill but hands I know will fight to keep me.”

Overall this book kept me hooked from page one. And it’s been quite a while since a book has managed to do that. I most definitely recommend this duet for lovers of darker stories!


Cover Reveal! The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan ❤

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I NEED THIS BOOK. NOW! Absolutely adore this series! Kristen creates the BEST heroes and I can’t wait to read about her newest one! ❤

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?


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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 awards. 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.


Review ❤ Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) by Karina Halle

“Didn’t your father ever teach you that love is what gets you killed?”


Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) by Karina Halle – ★★★★


So I haven’t read Karina Halle’s Artist’s Trilogy and Dirty Angels Series (which I understand Black Hearts is a spin off of). But after reading Black Hearts this is what I’ve gathered:

1. Vincente is the son of Javier – who runs a drug cartel in Mexico – and is next in line to take over. Vincente and Javier don’t really get along and Vincente wants to separate himself from his father and his ways. He wants to be free to run the cartel as he pleases.

2. Violet is the daughter of Ellie and Camden. Ellie had a relationship with Javier in the past which apparently did not end well.

3. Vincente sets out to find Ellie once he discovers her past relationship with his father as a way to gain information and an advantage over him. This is when he meets Violet and is immediately attracted to her. He knows she can’t know who he really is. He knows he should stay away from her. But as hard as he tries (and okay he doesn’t try THAT hard) he just can’t resist.

4. Vincente and Violet begin to date, even though she has know idea who he truly is, or how he’s connected to her parents.

5. Vincente and Violet have a lot of hot sex.

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6. Vincente is fucking delicious and I must have something seriously wrong with me because all I kept wishing while I was reading this was that some drug cartel prince would come and corrupt me.

“I want to ravage her, fuck her, screw her, keep doing this until all these feelings go away.
I’m angry. I’m so fucking angry that my heart feels something for her.
That she’s getting under my skin.
That she’s making me question who I am.”

7. Vincente can get it. (Sorry had to throw that in there). Really though. That boy is YUM. And for those who don’t know what “he can get it” means, let me clarify. It means I’d very much like for Vincente to put his hands ALL UP ON ME.

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“I want to devour her until there’s nothing left. I want to make her scream and squirm and moan into oblivion. I want to be all there is for her.”

I really enjoyed this read. I was hooked from start to finish and I can’t wait to see how this concludes! I’m hoping the next book has a bit of action and gore (this installment had very little). And of course, more Vincente doing very very bad and naughty things.

A few minor things that kept me from rating this 5 stars:

-I wish we got a little MORE background information on the past of the parents. Since their past is what set this whole plot in motion, I would have liked to have gotten more info on what caused the drama and why Javier is so hellbent on revenge and Ellie is so petrified of him, or even what Vincente’s true motives are. I’m still not clear on that. I know this is tied to the Artists and Dirty Angels series but it IS being marketed as a standalone. I realize it’s a risk to mention things that were already brought up in those other series and come across as repetitive to those who have already read them. But for a new reader, I feel like it would have been nice to have a little more insight on what went down. But maybe we’ll get that info in the next book?

-I kind of wish Vincente wasn’t claiming to be in love after only two weeks of knowing Violet. To me that just seems a little quick. In lust? Okay. In love? Nah. Too soon.

-There were a few minor spelling and grammatical errors but nothing too bad.

Overall, I REALLY liked this book, loved the writing, and can’t wait for the conclusion to this duet, Dirty Souls (which is out March 19th, and available for pre-order for only .99$!)

Harry Potter Book Tag ❤

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Saw this tag on ❤ I tag anyone who wants to participate!


A book where you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu. I can’t for the life of me understand how this book was nominated for so many awards. The writing was robotic, monotone, and had ZERO emotion. I was excited for the forbidden love premise, but just couldn’t get into this series.


The first book in a series that got you hooked

That’s easy! Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo. THIS BOOK! This is how you write the first book of a series. There was action, romance, mystery, suspense, and intrigue. I loved it from the first page and LOVE this whole series.


A book you wish you could have right now

Ummm.. I can’t name just one: The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1) by Michelle Hodkin, Ravensong by TJ Klune (review for book 1, Wolsong, here 🙂 ), Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie…. OK I’m going to stop here or this list will go on for days!


A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like

I’m going to take this in the literal sense, and will of course name MY MOST FAVORITE CONTRACT KILLER SERIES – In the Company of Killers Series by J.A. Redmerski. This series is FANTASTIC and gets better and better with each book.


A book that you found really confusing

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. When I started this book, I was lost for like the first 30%. But then when 50% came around, I COULDN’T. FREAKING. STOP. The beginning was confusing because the author just kind of throws you into the story with zero background or knowledge of what’s going on. But as the story goes on, little hints and clues and these crazy coincidences start to appear and the whole time you’re like holy shit didn’t this happen before? Wait, is she that girl? OMG IT IS! What does this mean??!? 


Your spirit animal book

Sempre by JM Darhower. Besides the fact that I feel like I’m the female version of my beloved Carmine, I don’t think I’ve ever connected to a story like I did with this one ❤


A dark twisted book

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1) by C.J. Roberts. This was my first official “dark read”. It was twisted and awful and emotional and I ATE THAT SHIT UP.


A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is

The Hating Game By Sally Thorne and The Hook Up  by Kristen Callihan. I didn’t expect either to live up to all the hype they were getting, but I ADORED these books. Also, I know I mentioned this book above, but Wolfsong by TJ Klune BLEW ME AWAY. Seriously, if you haven’t read it, stop what you’re doing and make this your next read!


*thanks for reading!*

Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige Excerpt!


Dirty Filthy Rich Men, an all-new contemporary romance from NYT Bestseller Laurelin Paige is coming March 27th!


Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige
Publication Date: March 27th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.

When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn’t know he was filthy. Truth be told, I was only trying to get his best friend to notice me.

I knew poor scholarship girls like me didn’t stand a chance against guys like Weston King and Donovan Kincaid, but I was in love with his world, their world, of parties and sex and power. I knew what I wanted—I knew who I wanted—until one night, their world tried to bite me back and Donovan saved me. He saved me, and then Weston finally noticed me, and I finally learned what it was to be in their world.

And then what it was like to lose it.

Ten years later, I’ve found my way back. Back to their world. Back to him.

This time, I’m ready. I’ve been down this road before, and I know all the dirty, filthy ways Donovan will try and wreck me.

But it’s hard to resist. Especially when I know how much I’ll like it.


After she was gone, I walked over to the windows and drank in the scene. The Town Center was high enough that it had an unblocked view of downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond.

Giddiness surged through me, starting like a pinprick at my center and moving out through my veins in all directions until even my fingers and toes felt warm.

I was really here.

I made it.

It wasn’t the way I thought it would be, but in the end, it still came out of my time at Harvard. I’d always known that connections made the difference in a career, and here I was. Finally. At the top of the world, looking out.

I couldn’t stop grinning.

“It’s incredible, isn’t it?” a male voice came from behind me.

Still smiling, I glanced up and caught his reflection in the window.

And everything disappeared.

The world that had buzzed below, the beautiful scene, the excitement that had unfurled through my body—all of it evaporated and all that existed in its place was a pale, hollow shell of myself and the man in the perfectly tailored suit behind me.

I turned to look at him directly. Our gazes smashed together, and my legs nearly fell out from under me.

“Donovan,” I rasped. It was a miracle that I managed to find enough voice to say that much.

And there was so much more that had to be said. So much more that I hadn’t prepared for. Which was ridiculous since I’d talked to him so many times in my head over the years, practiced so many conversations, but never did he show up out of the blue looking so dastardly handsome in a dark gray three-piece suit, his face rugged with scruff, his eyes hazel and earnest despite the playful smirk on his lips.

I opened my mouth to say something, but nothing came out. I wasn’t even sure how to breathe anymore.

He broke our gaze to nod out the window at the skyline, walking toward me as he said, “I’m sure you found the Empire.”

Though his focus was now on the scenery, I didn’t take my eyes off him as he approached. He didn’t stop until he was right beside me. So close our shoulders would touch if I coughed. Tension ran off him like foam spilling over from a mug of beer. Good tension. Bad tension. I wasn’t sure if there was a difference when it came to Donovan.

Which was why I was screwed if he was here.

Why the hell was he here?

“I thought you were in Tokyo.” I couldn’t stop staring at him. He’d gotten more refined with age, and rougher at the same time. His hair was short and his curls gone, giving him a polished look he lacked before. The lines by his eyes were more defined and his expression seemed harder than I’d remembered. It made him sexier.

As if he was a man who needed to be sexier than the one I knew.

“I came back two months ago,” he said offhandedly. “That’s it right there.” He leaned his face in close to mine as he pointed to the famous structure. “Do you see it?”

Fuck if I cared about the Empire. I was in Donovan Kincaid’s orbit. What else was there in the world?



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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.


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