Snowflakes & Fire escapes by JM Darhower


Snowflakes & Fire escapes by JM Darhower –  5 STARS!


“I may not have seen any stars that night, but this couldn’t really be Hell, I thought… not when I looked at him and swore I could see Heaven.”

I kind of want to punch myself for not reading this sooner. Like anything this woman writes, this story was freaking incredible! NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE, can cause such angst and pull so much emotion from the stories she creates.

“You can break people apart, but you can’t rob them of what’s them. You’ll never be without me, because I’ll always be part of you, just like you’re in me, Gracie. You’re my soul, love.”

This perfect little magnificent novella carried more love, more emotion, and more feelings in it than some full length novels I have read. This right here is why JM Darhower is my favorite author! Everything she writes is brilliant and this was no exception.

💙❄️ Snowflakes & Fire Escapes is the perfect snowy day read ❄️💙




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I am SO SO SO excited for Amy’s newest book! & that blurb! 😲😱

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Release date: February 13, 2018



“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.

“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”

If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.

This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Cover design: By Hang Le –


About the author:

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 eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, 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 next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

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Roomies by Christina Lauren is here!! Review & PB giveaway!

“Mo stóirín, I fear I’ll like you too much.”


Roomies by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars!


Reading a book by Christina Lauren is ALWAYS a treat and a guaranteed awesome read. Light, fun, touching, and with their signature humor, Roomies was no exception.

First things first. From here on out, I only want to be referred to as ‘“Mo stóirín.” Because Irish speaking musicians is my new favorite thing.

Roomies tells the story of Holland Bakker (told primarily in her POV), whom I would like to point out is hysterical. I lived for her dry humor. Holland works in theater thanks to her well known uncle. In fact, most things Holland has are in thanks to her uncles. She’s perhaps just a little spoiled, but NEVER unappreciative. So when the opportunity to help her uncle comes in the form of marrying a virtual stranger, she jumps at the chance because 1.) she’s a little bored with her life and 2.) it doesn’t hurt that she’s been pining for her soon to be husband from afar for months as she’s been listening to him perform street music.

Holland convinces Calvin to go along with a fake marriage (don’t want to give too many specifics as to why 😉 ).

“He blinks, and a beat of silence passes between us where I think he’s asking, Well? Are we doing this? His fingers rub my waist gently, as if to remind me there’s no pressure.
I swallow, giving him a smile that says: Fuck yes we are.
Calvin turns back to Devon. “Dev, this is my fiancée, Holland. Holls, this is Devon.”
And I die.”

There’s something about the “marriage of convenience” trope I LOVE. And reading about Holland and Calvin go from trying to figure out how to navigate a fake marriage to falling in love while also trying to chase their own dreams was just so damn adorable.

“But he kisses me like it’s love, and as he pushes faster into me, he sounds like a man overcome with love, and when he rolls so I’m on top of him, he watches me with something that looks a lot like love in his eyes.”

I already pointed out how much I adored Holland. But Calvin..he was something else. Christina Lauren has written a range of heroes in the past: Asshole, player, comic book nerd, smooth talking lover. But Calvin was just …just a GOOD guy. A genuinely sweet, good, caring, patient amazing guy.

“I think you might be the best girl there ever was.” .

I loved Holland and Calvin together. Loved the humor. Loved the side characters. Roomies was a super fun and entertaining read and something fans of Christina Lauren will no doubt enjoy!

 💙 Roomies is out TODAY! | 💙


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Review: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward


Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward – 4 Stars


Keeping my review for Dark Lover short and sweet because, well, I have like 16 freaking books in this series to get through!&&!((@! If you are one of the only people left on the planet who hasn’t read this series, it’s about vampires. Big, alpha, leather wearing, crazy vampires and their women.

I hate hate hate insta-love. Over the years I’ve started to kind of hate alpha males. I hate cheesy lines. If I read the phrase “you’re mine”, my eye starts twitching.

Did this book have all of that? Yep.

Did I care? Nope. Given this was written in 2005, I’m letting it slide.

I’m like stupid intrigued with the rest of the brothers, when I found out Butch gets his own book I did a little happy dance (I already have such a soft spot for that meathead) and this just seems like a series that gets better as it goes on. We shall see.

It did take me until like 60% to really get into the story and it wasn’t as intense as I was expecting or would have liked it to be, but it was still entertaining and I’m excited to get to book 2! I have a feeling Rhage is going to be my fav 😉

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Unpopular Opinion Alert: Review of A Promise Of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

 A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Bouchet – 2.5 Stars

I relatively liked this. Enough to read the other books? Still not sure.

 I liked the way Greek mythology was incorporated into the story. BUT the world the author created was not very gracefully presented. The names of countries and even the people were too similar, a map in the beginning would have been helpful, and the modern language (mainly from Cat) that was used was mismatched with the setting. I think it was an interesting premise, but it just felt badly executed. Was there a plot other than the romance? Not really. Between Cat basically having every power there was and Griffin being a mountain of a man who could kill anyone, it got boring that they never faced any real, non-convenient challenges or worthy opponents. And after about 30% all we get is sexual tension and argumentative banter and the ‘fantasy’ plot just kind of fades.

 I kept forgetting this wasn’t YA and I think it was because to me Cat came off as childish, contradictive, whiny, and a little immature. She’s basically a woman-child who is as stubborn as she is inconstant. And holy shit was she inconstant. I know a lot of people liked her but her personality just felt a little forced. She almost felt like a parody or imitation of a snarky character and her aggression towards Griffin and attitude got on my nerves. I really could have done without all the “Gahs!” in her inner thoughts, too. They just came across as so juvenile.

 I really did like the other characters but would have liked a little more depth and attention on them. Not much was given, and being solely in Cat’s head gave the reader very little information on them.

 Despite my annoyances, I think this series definitely shows promise, but I just don’t know if I want to eventually continue with it.

A Promise Of Fire is only 55 CENTS right now on Amazon.  So if you want to give it a shot, now would be the time to buy it. Who knows, you may like it way more than I did *shrugs* 🙂  ➜

Fav: Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher

I’ve read most of Tarryn Fisher’s books, but her Love Me With Lies series still remains my absolute favorite. And even though I read it years ago, the quotes still give me chills   The first 2 books are also currently on sale, so if you love some angsty romance, now is the time to grab it!  Scroll down to read my view for book 1. To read my reviews for book 2 and 3, click here and here.

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies Book 1) ➜

Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies Book 2) ➜

Thief (Love Me With Lies Book 3) — MY FAV ➜

“You are the only woman I know how to love. The only woman I want to love.”


I would like to start my review with a question: Why is everyone in this book such an asshole?

My next question: Why did I love them anyway? Does loving a bunch of assholes make me an asshole?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before where I hated every single main character. Yes, you read that right. I hate them all. Including Caleb. BUT (before you kill me) I will say I also have never read a book where as much hate as I had, I LOVED them just as much. So yes…. I hated them. I loved them. And I hated myself for loving them.

“You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

And even though I didn’t understand the majority of the decisions any of these lunatics made, I still found myself COMPLETELY intrigued and invested in this story and was not able to put it down.

I still found myself gasping, and screaming, and getting that giddy feeling in my chest whenever Caleb said something sweet or romantic:

“Can I be your favorite girl?”
“You already are, Duchess.”

UGHH that nickname.

“And my personal favorite, your lips.” He smiled as a pink flush crept up my neck. “Full and sensual, puckered, and always turned down at the corners. They kind of make me want to kiss them until they smile.”

And I was pleasantly surprised with how funny this was. All of Olivia’s inner thoughts, especially when it came to Leah, were hysterical.

“She is the devil’s spawn, evil, with red hair and motives as big as Ursula the sea witch’s ass.” –that quote right there had me laughing so hard I almost choked on my drink.

I fell in love with Tarry Fisher’s writing and I just love books that are so different than what I have read in the past. Books that frustrate and anger you, and make you sigh and then want to weep and then laugh all at the same time. Books like this one.

“Caleb was like a hurricane that swept through my life, stirring up things inside of me that I never knew existed.
He is a longing I will never cure.”

I am so enraptured with these characters and this story. Brilliantly and flawlessly written.

Other favorite quotes:

“I didn’t choose her,” his voice breaks. “Love is illogical. You fall into it like a manhole. Then you’re just stuck. You die in love more than you live in love.”

“I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood.”

“Let me carry you out. I’ll never let you touch the ground. I was made to carry you, Olivia. You’re fucking heavy with all of your guilt and self-loathing. But, I can do it. Because I love you.”

“I wanted it — that was the surprising part. Selfish, self-centered Caleb Drake loved a girl so much he could already feel himself changing to accommodate her needs. I fell. Hard. For the rest of this life and probably the next. I wanted her — every last inch of her stubborn, combative, catty heart.”


The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin: SO. GOOD.


The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1) by Michelle Hodkin – 5 Stars!


**May contain some slight spoilers from the Mara Dyer Trilogy

*I can’t really say much on the plot without majorly spoiling the previous books, so a few things I’d like to point out:

1) You absolutely should not read this if you haven’t read the Mara Dyer trilogy first. (To read about my undying love for this trilogy, click here. I cannot recommend this series enough.) It will make zero sense. You should also not read this if you have read the Mara Dyer trilogy but haven’t at least brushed up and refreshed your memory on what occurred in those books. Though this is technically a different series, it starts where The Retribution of Mara Dyer leaves off. I was scrolling through reviews on Goodreads and noticed some people took off stars because they couldn’t remember what happened in the first 3 books. Umm…What? Personally, the second I heard we’d be blessed with more Noah Shaw in our lives I carved out time to re-read the Mara Dyer books. Because a.) more Noah (duh), and b.) because SO much happens in those books I knew there was no way I could dive back into this world and remember everything that occurred. And honestly, bless Michelle for not reiterating every fact that was laid out in the first 3 books. If I wanted to read all that again, I would have re-read them. Which I did. 😉 I am glad she didn’t include too many info dumps.

2) This is a completely and totally different tone from Mara Dyer’s POV. It’s still creepy and sarcastic, but it’s also haunting and morose and a little sad. Just like our boy Noah. And Noah’s voice is SO distinct. What an undeniable talent Michelle has. This story remains completely original. It’s taken turns I did not expect AT ALL.

3) Mara has always been a little bit crazy. I don’t think anyone can deny that. But home girl has kind of gone full on psycho in this and you know what? I am here for it. (Which brings me back to point 1. If this bothers you, maybe you need to recall the prophecy that was discussed in book 3. It pretty much SAYS THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.) And back to point 2. I LOVE how their relationship isn’t all sunshine and roses. It could never be. It would never be. All the circumstances surrounding them, the past, the secrets, all the unknowns, and that god damn prophecy- all of this has combined and is working against Noah and Mara. And I for one CAN NOT WAIT to see what will happen.

4) SO many things happen in this book. (If you need me to point them out, I will.) The last 10% had my heart in my throat. Was everything answered? No. Does that mean nothing happened? Also no. There were so many subtle things that were occurring that Michelle just slyly slipped in without drawing too much attention to them. Why is she so amazing? We got new characters, the reappearance of old characters (!!!!holyshit!!!!), deaths, mystery, and that FREAKING ENDING. WTF WAS THAT ENDING.

5.) “I want her to split me open, to dig her fingers in and pry open my ribs, lick my heart and my blood and my bones. Pick open my bones and suck out the marrow. I want to be devoured by her. And she wants to devour me just as badly. It’s in every look, every movement, every smile.”

“If I believed in God I would pray, beg, anything to stop time, to live in this moment with her forever. Tonight is a perfect thing in a broken world, and she is the queen of it. Her pleasure, searing white, arrows through mine, and I would let the Earth ice over to keep the sun from rising, but after hours of her, it rises anyway, sunlight staining our sheets, our skin.”

^THIS reads like fan fic? HA..HAH…AHHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Please, someone show me a fanfic that’s written with the same amount of intellect, snark, and distinction that’s in Michelle’s writing.

Michelle’s writing is just ridiculously good and her story telling ability is just insane. Bravo for delivering something that was so different and totally not what I was expecting. I thought we got most answers in The Retribution of Mara Dyer, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. I honestly do not know how I’ll be able to wait for the second installment.

T H I S W A S J U S T S O G O O D!!!!!!!!!! The Mara Dyer Trilogy remains a top of mine, and these characters will ALWAYS be my favorite. If you want something out of the box, READ THESE BOOKS!

The Becoming of Noah Shaw |

*Should be read first*:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer |
The Evolution of Mara Dyer |
The Retribution of Mara Dyer |

💚Review: Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ricthie💚


Lovers Like Us (Like Us #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie – 4.5 Stars


NEVER have I ever loved a cast of characters as much as I love these.

I am going to try to review this without major spoilers and without fangirling like a fucking loon. But I make no promises (about the fan-girling part.)


This book was EVERYTHING. The deepening of Maximoff and Farrow’s relationship.

“I don’t have the answers,” I say seriously. “I just listen to my body.”
“And what does it say?” His voice is a graveled whisper.
I rake a hand through my hair. “Need. Want…You.”

The family dynamics. The HYSTERCIAL moments. (I will never hear or read the word “SEPARATE” without thinking of Thatcher and cracking the hell up.)

And this gem:

“God, could you even imagine? What would I say? Hello Mr. Moretti, I’m in need of some oral assistance. Would you be so kind to spread my knees?”

That scene had me laughing for about 4 minutes straight.


I love how much I laughed while reading this. If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would just be FUN.


Each character is so distinguished (Charlie, my emotional baby I LOVE YOU. Kinney is just gold. Donnelly is the most amazing loyal hysterical muffin and I want to eat him up. Thatcher, mannnnn I can’t wait to see you crack) each moment just stands out (side note – I can honestly read moments of Lo and Rose bickering and never ever EVER tire of it), and every book just makes me so much more excited for the next. (*chants* THANE THANE THANE!!!!)


I honestly can’t wait for more books on this whole gang. NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE writes ensemble casts like Krista & Becca and never have I read a series where the world that’s been created feels SO REAL. Like I could walk around Philly and pass a Super Heroes and Scones or see one of them walking down the street. I adore every single character they’ve created and their books remain my most anticipated and favorite reads!

💚Lovers Like Us is out now! | 💚

💚 Book 1: Damaged Like Us (must be read before Lovers Like Us) | 💚

Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie is LIVE!!!! Excerpt and Signed PB Giveaway!

Lovers Like Us

by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Like Us Series #2
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 *SHOUTS FOR ETERNITY* I AM SO EXCITED FOR LOVERS LIKE US!!! To read my 5 STAR review for Book 1, Damaged Like Us, click here.  

Keep scrolling for an EXCERPT of LLU and a GIVEAWAY! 

Purchase: Amazon | iBooks

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene lives by his actions, and his actions say he’s the best at whatever he does. As a 24/7 bodyguard and the new boyfriend to Maximoff Hale, protecting the headstrong, alpha billionaire has never been more complicated. And one rule can’t be bent:

Keep your relationship secret from the public.

Farrow is confident he’s the best man for the job. But a twist in Maximoff’s fast-paced life sticks them with the rest of Security Force Omega and their clients.

On the road.
In a sleeper tour bus.
For four rocky months.

Sexual frustrations, check. Road trip drama, check. Awkward bonding, check.

But Farrow couldn’t have accounted for a high-risk threat (identity: unknown) that targets Maximoff before the ignition even turns. And it hits Farrow — someone has it out for the guy he loves.

Every day, Maximoff & Farrow’s feelings grow stronger, and together, they’ll either sink or swim.

Damaged Like Us

by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Like Us #1
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon | iBooks

Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.
Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.


Proactively waiting isn’t my thing. I can admit that. So when Farrow unwraps a piece of gum and tugs open the fridge, I ask him, “Need help?”

He chews his gum slowly and glances at me in a way that reminds me he’s twenty-seven. I’m twenty-two, and he’s more than capable to do shit himself.

Farrow starts to smile. “It’s cute that you think I need help getting eggs.” He grabs a carton and kicks the fridge closed.

“You could’ve dropped the fucking eggs.” I’m fighting a stupid battle. And I grimace-smile which makes me want to poke my own eyes out.

Farrow pops his gum. “You mean you would’ve dropped the eggs.”

“Did I? Pretty sure I meant you could’ve.”

Farrow sets the carton by the sink. “I have steadier hands than you.” He leans close and whispers huskily, “You’re not beating me at this.”

I shake my head on instinct. When it comes to Farrow, boyfriend or not, I don’t want to concede that fast. “It’s not proven yet.”

He rolls his eyes into a smile. “Hold out your hand.”

I extend my hand, palm-down. Wondering how he can discern any shake just by sight.

Farrow rotates my wrist. “Like this.” And then he smashes an egg right in my palm.

Don’t smile at him. Don’t smile at him. “Thanks for that,” I say sarcastically, hand dripping in broken eggshell and yolk.  

“Anytime.” He laughs, and I act quickly and wipe the runny egg onto his black V-neck, feeling the ridges of his six-pack beneath.

Farrow props his elbows on the sink and actually lets me use his shirt as a towel, even while he’s wearing the thing. Christ.

He’s a Grade A sexy asshole.



About Krista & Becca Ritchie


Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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A million stars for Still by Kennedy Ryan

“Anything that ended would never be enough for a love like ours. A love like ours is only satisfied by forever.”

STILL (Grip #2) by Kennedy Ryan – 5 STARS



I’m not going to speak on the storyline with this review. I don’t want to give anything away, especially since I’ve been recommending this series to everyone and threatening bodily harm if they don’t read it. 🙂


But like I said in my review for book 1, Grip, I want to bow at Kennedy’s feet. This woman was born to write.

“Ask me in a million seconds, ask me in a billion years,
Do you love me? And I will say still.
Ask me when we toil, when we rest,
when we fuss and fight.
With the taste of anger burning my lips, I will say still.”

THIS is what a romance should be. THIS is the type of romance I imagine every person on the freaking planet aspires to have. What romance authors aspire to WRITE.

“I will worship you.
My eyes will never stray.
My heart will never wander,
gladly leashed to you all my days.
I am fixed on you.”

Do you hear that? Oh, that’s just the sound of my heart ripping out of my chest and throwing itself at Grip. That’s just the sound of my sniffling the MILLION TEARS I shed while reading this epic story.

“And when the years have passed,
and we have watched a thousand sunsets,
and we are bent, our bodies crooked with age ask me again.
In the twilight, in the shadow of the life we have shared,
ask me if I love you, and my heart will answer before my lips can part.”

This book is magic.
It’s despair.
It’s love.
It’s passion.

“My love, my life, my heart never left your hands.
Always, evermore, even after.

I cannot recommend it enough.

🎼🎙️💜 Flow (prequel and FREE!) |
🎼🎙️💜 Grip (Book 1) |
🎼🎙️💜 Still (Book 2)|