Friday, June 29, 2018

REVIEW - Royal Rogue - Jessica Peterson


Title: Royal Rogue

Author: Jessica Peterson


About Royal Rogue:

Dear Jane,

You’re a princess. I’m a thief. This isn’t a Disney movie. We never had a chance in hell of a happy ending. But I still wish I could have given you one.

When we met, I had you pegged as a snob. All polo and private jets. But you turned out to be the exact opposite. I fell for you the first day we met.

I lied to you about a lot of things. I don’t expect or deserve your forgiveness. You’re too good for me. But I was always honest about my feelings for you.

I hope you’ll find true happiness one day. That’s the only way I’ll ever be happy—knowing you’re okay.

I’m sorry—


PS—don’t let your blackjack game go to crap. Practice it every day, all right?

Our Review:

“The princess and the thief, 3 stars”

Royal Rogue is probably my favorite story in the whole series. It has a Rapunzel theme to it. Peterson took what should have been a plain and boring character and made her come alive. If you’ve read any of the other books in the series, then you get a little bit of them and the meddling queen. You also get to meet a few new characters as well.

Jane’s done love. Or at least what she thought was love until it went wrong. Right now, though she’s just trying to figure out who she is and what she likes, she doesn’t need a man. But if the Queen has her way, she will find her one. Then she meets Charlie. Will he be the one to change her mind?

Charlie is a thief. He didn’t set out to be, he just kind of fell into it out of desperation. He’s ready to be out of the game, but he has one job left. What he didn’t expect was Princess Jane. She’s everything he didn’t know someone of her stature could be. Next thing he knows he’s feeling things for Jane that he has never felt before. Will he be able to pull off this one last job or will love trump all?

The reason for the three is because for me it didn’t hold my attention. I didn’t get sucked in like I wanted, but with that said I know some people will be able to.

Star Ratings:
Writing style-3/5

REVIEW - Kissing Jenna - Kristen Proby


Title: Kissing Jenna

Author: Kristen Proby


About Kissing Jenna:

From New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes the newest instalment in her beloved Big Sky Series… 

Jenna Hull owns and manages vacation rentals in her hometown of Cunningham Falls, Montana. She’s just completed the construction of her most exhausting project, the one she’s put her heart and soul into. The inviting, opulent Snow Wolf Cottages are the first ski in/ski out tree houses in the world. 
Her biggest dream is about to come true, and she can’t let anything distract her. 

Christian Wolfe is Hollywood’s it actor. If the magazines are to be believed, he’s the sexiest man on earth. He’s preparing for the biggest movie role of his life, and his agent has booked him in a hot new ski lodge in Montana, tucked away from crazy fans. He can’t wait for the break. 

But what Christian isn’t prepared for is Jenna. With a face that could easily co-star with him in a movie and her ambition to put her stamp on Cunningham Falls, he can’t stay away. But even more intriguing than her beauty is the fact that she’s not at all impressed with his celebrity status, only turned on by the man behind the fame. 

The love they’ve found is perfect—but time is running out before real life intrudes. Can they survive with both their dreams—and hearts—intact? 

Our Review:

“Finding your happy, 5 stars"

I floved Kissing Jenna. I love the small-town aspect of the story and to top it off I got a sneak peak at the couple who started my love for Proby. Kissing Jenna had a lot of growing as a person themes and finding one’s self. If you’ve ever read a Proby book it still has the strong family influence, we have all grown to expect and love. I fell into the story easily and pouted when it was over. I can’t wait to see what she does with the rest of the series.

Christian is an anomaly. He started as a child actor and has kept out it, unlike most of his fellow kid actors he has his act together, aside from that one slip up. When our favorite director urges him to get out of town to prepare for a role he does just that. what he didn’t expect was to find Jenna or fall in love with her little tourist town. Will he be able to find a balance between his chaotic life and hers?

Jenna has always known that she belongs in her town. She loves it down deep in her bones and knows there’s no other place for her. That’s why she’s doing everything she can to bring people in and make them fall in love with it too. The rich and famous have never done anything for her, so when she meets Christian for the first time she sees him as a man not a famous actor. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with him. Will she be able to keep her life, or will she finally have to loosen the reins?

These two fell seamlessly into love and didn’t want to leave. They found something in each other that they didn’t know they were missing and it was awesome. Like all of Proby’s books, you wont regret one-clicking, so go get it done!

Star Ratings:
Writing style-5/5

REVIEW - The Downside of Love - Meghan Quinn


Title: The Downside of Love

Author: Meghan Quinn


About The Downside of Love:

This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved. 

This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would. 
This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself. 

No, this is my story.

A story about sacrifice. 
A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl. 
A story I wish I never had to tell. 

This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.

Our Review:

“Sometimes falling in love isn’t all its cracked up to be, 5 stars”

I won’t lie after the first book in this series I ha a book hangover like a mother trucker, and now I feel complete. The story ended up being so much more than I expected. Quinn took a turn I wasn’t expecting and even though it left me a little pouty I still enjoyed it from start to end. Quinn set up little signs in book one that I never saw until they were pointed out in book two and it was brilliant. I can’t wait to see if she does anything else with this series.

Sometimes falling in love isn’t all its cracked up to be, or at least in Stryder’s case it wasn’t. See he did the unthinkable, he fell for Rory. Sweet, sweet Rory who is off limits to him. Then things start to change between the two of them. Will he be able to act on his feeling or will his guilt get the better of him?

Rory has been in love and in the end, it hurt. She did the right thing letting the man she loved go, but that didn’t make it any less painful. Now she’s picking up the pieces and when an old friend needs her help she acts. Rory is a fixer by nature, but what happens if helping a friend out turns into something much more?

I think what I loved most about this series is it was big on if you love someone be willing to let them go if its what’s best for them. The series as a whole shows different kinds of love and how it evolves over time and it was refreshing. You for sure need to read this series, you won’t regret it.

Star Ratings:
Writing style-5/5

REVIEW - Knuckle Down - Chantal Fernando


Title: Knuckle Down

Author: Chantal Fernando

About Knuckle Down:

A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.

As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.

But what he'll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold his heart forever. That is, until he meets the cousin of another biker’s old lady.

Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, dresses well, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.

But when a scandal at her newspaper breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles, will she walk away for good? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?

Our Review:

Knuckle Down is the 2nd book in The Cursed Ravens MC series, this book is amazing and takes you on a journey of love, trust and just a little bit of drama.

Knuckles is not what Celina thought, Sergeant at Arms, loving Father, loyal and her cousin’s bestie. Celina is an accomplished journalist, her career and dogs are priority, falling for Knuckles was not part of her plan. When a party at the clubhouse brings her face to face with a story that could get her onto page 1 she makes a choice which leads to ramifications regardless of what decision she made.

Knuckles is devoted to his 2 daughters and his club, he hasn’t found anyone to share his bed long term, when he met Celina everything changed and Knuckles bought his A game which turns out to be just him. Celina is an independent woman who has is driven and has everything she ever wanted in her sights. Will her relationship with Knuckles bring her down, or will they stand tall together?

From the moment that Celina and Knuckles met, it was on. Celina stayed in denial about how she felt but deep down she knew that the allure of Knuckles and his swoon worthy moments; which let face it was always, they would have a fast and furious relationship. Together they burned up the pages leaving me hanging on every moment.

Chantal absolutely smashed this book out of the park. I fell in love the Chantal’s writing while reading Ace of Hearts and couldn’t wait to read Knuckle Down. Chantal made you feel like you were there living within the book and making you wish that Knuckles was your man.

I personally couldn’t put this book down, I was counting down till this book came out and It will be the same until Going Rogue hits my Kindle. Chantal has cemented a spot in my top Authors and I can’t wait to see where she takes this series.

Star Ratings;
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

REVIEW - Consume - Jessica Prince


Title: Consume

Author: Jessica Prince


About Consume:

Killian Everett is condescending, egotistical, and a complete jerk.

When I started as the new assistant for the famous rock band Civil Corruption, I thought I’d hit the career jackpot...
but I was wrong.

With his attitude, bad behavior, and stupid good looks, Killian has made my life a living hell since my very first day.
We may fight constantly, but that doesn’t make me want him any less.
And now I know he wants me too.

He wants to seduce me.
He wants to own me.
He wants to consume me.

And if I’m not careful...
I just might let him.

Our Review:

“Completing each other, 5 stars”

Gina doesn’t need a man. Her life is crazy and she’s on the verge of losing it. When she cuts loose for a night with an acquaintance she didn’t expect it to blow up the way it has. But Gina has too much going on to get sucked back into Killian’s orbit. Sometimes though being sucked in is exactly what you need. Will she give Killian a chance or will his bad boy demeanour put her off for good?
All his life Killian has heard how woman basically suck. His mom walked out when he was young, and his ex was a gold digger. He believes his buddies have found love, but he is adamant it’s not for him. Killian has been interested in Gina for month’s and one night they both cave. What he didn’t expect was for that night to set off the domino effect. Gina is under his skin and he can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing. Will the bad boy rocker give the good girl a chance or will he judge her without actually knowing her?
These two go at each other’s throats often but find themselves doing the horizontal tango. They suck at communication, but they know how to speak with their bodies. Will they be able to find the words, or will they push each other away?
I really did enjoy these two. Consume is a very fitting title that’s for sure and I absolutely consumed this story and I know you will too. I cannot wait for the last book in the series.

Star Ratings:
Writing style-5/5

REVIEW - Refuse to Lose - Alison Mello


Title: Refuse to Lose

Author: Alison Mello


About Refuse to Lose:

I thought I was helping a friend, but instead I only managed to get myself in a heap of trouble which left me with two options. Coach little league as part of community service…or face jail time. 

So here I am…coaching little league, a project I wasn’t looking forward to—that’s until I see Stella at the field with her son. Unfortunately for me it takes a lot longer than I’d hoped for her to give me the time of day.

Yet, now that I’ve caught her attention, things are much more complicated than I thought. Who knew juggling a struggling friend, community service, a team bully and a girlfriend would be this hard?

But I won’t let it get me down. Someone once told me the secret to success, and come hell or high water I’ll show everyone around me that I…

…refuse to lose.

Our Review:

Refuse to Lose is the first book in the Coach’s Love series, this wasn’t just a 2nd chance love story it told a story of loss, friendships and how working together as team can make you stronger.

Trystan made a choice, the lesser of 2 evils and paid the price. Being told he had to become the Baseball coach for a bunch of 11-year-old boys was not what he had in mind but going to jail wasn’t either. Stella made a choice for herself and for her son, she needed to feel safe and make a life for the 2 of them, she pointed her car in West Virginia’s direction and everything else just fell into place.

Stella is a strong independent woman who hasn’t given up, packing up her life as she knew it and moving away with only a few possessions, in my mind makes her strong and courageous. She continued her strength through out the book making it known she wasn’t a push over. Trystan is a loyal friend putting others first even though it will hurt him in the long run. He stands by his motto ‘Refuse to Lose’.

For months they smiled and had a mutual attraction, then finally after being brought together they never parted. Their chemistry was undeniable and they had an easy flow relationship which made you want to add them to your #relationshipgoals board.

This was my first Alison Mello novel and she hit it out of the park. Refuse to Lose was written with so much thought, it brought up issues that are very current that as a parent you struggle to deal with. The easy flow between Stella and Trystan’s point of view was on point and made me feel like I was part of the ‘mom squad’.

I personally loved this book, I cannot wait to read the next book in the series Hustle and Heart, which I can only assume is picking up the story of one of Trystan’s friends/work colleagues. I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

Star Ratings;
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

REVIEW - House of Imperial - Jaymin Eve


Title: House of Imperial

Author: Jaymin Eve


About House of Imperial:

Callie has spent her life moving towns every four months in a bid to “stay off the grid." Her only family is a paranoid mother who believes there’s a race of supernatural beings out there actively searching for Callie. A race who could destroy Earth if they get their hands on her. Callie’s never seen one thing to suggest there’s any truth to mom’s insane ramblings, and at the age of eighteen now, she’s grown numb to her reality – she’s never going to have a normal life.

That is, until they move to New Orleans. The moment Callie steps foot into the Quarter, hears the jazz music, feels the soul of the city, the cold shell she’s built to protect herself starts to thaw.

Then they come for her. 

Turns out her mom’s stories are quite real, and whatever happens, Callie’s empty world will never be the same again.

Our Review:

More? Please? Now? Those were my thoughts when I finished House of Imperial. I enjoyed the first book, but this one really took the cake for me. I think it was because I already knew about the world so I was able to embrace it a bit more. Or maybe it was just because I had a thing for Daniel. Either way, this book was on fire. Pun intended.
I really thought this book would be much the same as the first. The underlying plot was the same, while the major plot was progressing. With that being said, this book was not just a repeat of the first. The author was able to change up the structure and really make this book new and interesting, while still sticking to the main plot of the series.
Callie is a bad chick. I love her attitude and fight. She is truly a strong character. I totally look up to her. Daniel is hot as ever. I love that he is all broody and hardcore. He is a strong character as well, but not only physically. His mental strength is just as amazing as his physical. I love that we were able to get to know him more in this book.
Oh my goodness. The heat in this book. Get me a fan. These two don’t have the best beginnings, but it helped add to tension in the book. This lead to some hard-core resistance, but also some amazingly sweet scenes that add a certain sizzle. Now this book has a more muted heat that you normally find in borderline YA/NA books.
The writing style in this book is good. The pace is steady. I got my lunch scene I wanted so thank you for that. We were able to see some of the characters from the first book as well. This book gives us more of Overworld as well. The author really created a whole world that makes me want to jump in and embrace it.
Overall, this was an amazing book. I am already jonesing for the next one. I want to know more about the girl who is going to wreak havoc for our calm, cool, collected Chase. I also can’t wait for the last book. While I know the action will continue to build, I am really invested in these characters and their love story. If we have any luck, the author will give us an epic epilogue that tells us how each character is doing.
Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

REVIEW - Ain't Doin' It - Lani Lynn Vale


Title: Ain't Doin' It

Author: Lani Lynn Vale


About Ain't Doin' It:

Coke Solomon has lived a full life.

He’s a retired army drill sergeant, so he is more than used to getting his way.

And if he can’t have it his way? Well, let’s just say that’s never happened before…

At least not until Cora Maldonado walks into his life, demanding he fall in line, or she’ll find a way to make his life hell.

He finds out fast that Cora marches to the beat of her own drum, and a lot of times that drum takes her farther away rather than closer to where he feels she needs to be.

He can’t stand it.

He wants her, and he has to have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s twenty years younger than him, and has a father that would rather see him dead than have his baby girl anywhere near him. Nor does it matter that his ex-wife is highly offended that she’s been replaced with a much younger woman.

Despite the odds stacking against them, he’ll fight for what he wants.

His ex-wife, her father, and their age difference be damned.

Our Review:

“Finding the one, 5 stars”

Coke thought at one point he knew what love was, but he was way off base. So off base that when his teenage daughter encouraged him to divorce his wife he did just that. So, the only love he’s ever known has been directed to his daughter. Then he meets Cora, sweet sweet Cora who is different. She says she’s crazy, but he’s had crazy and she’s anything but. Will he be able to get her and keep her?
Cora is an introvert to the extreme, until she meets Coke. He pulls her out of her shell but also challenges her. Will she be able to handle the craziness that is his life? Will it be weird where she’s closer in age to his daughter than him? Cora is strong, there is no doubt about it, but is she strong enough?
If you’ve been following the Simple Man Series than you get both new and old characters. These two go through some serious stuff and a whole lot of crazy. The way Cora handles it is simply amazing. Then these two fall into each other along the way and its awesome.
The Simple Man Series mostly revolves around older guys and younger girls getting together and Ain’t Doin’ It is just that. Coke challenges Cora in a way that she needs, and she reminds him how to be happy. It’s a love story with a whole lot of what is about to happen.

Star Ratings:

Writing style-5/5

Release Blitz & Review - Scripted Love - Karen Frances

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Scripted Love
By Karen Frances
Book 2 in the Scripted Series
Release day: 28th June 2018

Do happy-ever-afters exist outside of a movie script?
 For Scottish actress Ella McGregor, this was a serious question. Left broken-hearted by a betrayal of trust, she is determined to pick up the pieces and move forward with her life. The problem is, her ex, Donovan Bell didn’t get the memo about her plans.
 Connor Andrews is a man in love, and he wants the whole world to know. The problem with declarations is that they have consequences that place him right in the spotlight, and a long-held secret threatens to rip his idyllic life apart.
 In this stunning conclusion to Ella and Connor’s story, can their love survive the challenges they face? Strap yourself in and find out if life is better when you go off script.

Also available in the series:
Scripted Reality
Book 1 of the Scripted Series:

Scripted Reality Review
I just binge read this book in about 2 hours. A masterful work of human emotion, bringing the reader skill fully into the lives of the characters! With a cliff hangar ending that has me waiting figuring out how to neglect my family more so I can read the next book!

Ella MacGregor is a Scottish actress on the top of her game when life takes a decidedly down turn. Her boyfriend/agent betrays her and she has to figure out how to regain her security, trust, and joy for life. Luckily, she has a loving family and friends she can rely on to help her right life's wrongs. Ella has to reclaim her life and find herself. Reading her struggle and accomplishments was a joy. “There is always something good, even in a bad situation. It's just about looking in the right places.”

I loved all the characters. Ella's struggles were real and honest and her emotions were so true and heartbreaking. Connor Andrews loved Ella from the sidelines, as her boyfriend's best friend. So when Donovan betrays Ella, Connor is ready to step up to show not only his love, but how to treat a lady. Ella's father makes me want to call my dad; like any good father, he just wants to feed his girl and make sure she's happy. The village of friends and family surrounding Ella and Connor are so fantastic!

Poor Connor loving Ella for over five years, always being near and not being the man in her life. But he waits her out, and is there for her when she needs him most. He does his best to show her that he can treat her right and the chemistry is there, without being forced or trite. They build their relationship on friendship, “we have that so we can build on it.”

Karen Frances weaves an arresting tale of glittering movie stars who deal with the same emotions and issues as the rest of us. The way she has weaves details and humanity into Ella have me enamoured of her diligence to keep her humble, struggling, proud and strong. I love how the idea of betrayal, in this case by an agent to a star actress, is one that is many things: pulled from headlines, a mostly out of reach idea, and yet, at its base, a concept we all have had to deal with in some way. The book deals with the betrayal in a gripping “Law & Order” sort of way, keeping you rooting for the heroine and waiting with bated breath to see how the criminal will reveal himself.

I'm up in arms about the cliffhanger. I don't like them! I like a good happy ending. I am sad that Ella and Connor don't get one in this book. I have high hopes that all will wrap up nicely in Scripted Love. But no matter what, I can honestly say I was engrossed in this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5 
Characters = 5/5 
Heat = 4/5 
Writing Style = 5/5 
Overall Rating = 5/5

Scripted Love Review

This was an emotional conclusion to the Scripted Reality. I binge read this after doing the same to the first book, and thoroughly enjoyed the roller-coaster this book provided! This book provides the awe-inspiring conclusion to her first book.

This book starts with Ella facing her betrayer, and having to continually face his passive threats and resulting jabs at her life, love and livelihood. It was fantastic to see how Ella took her situation and crisis, and grew and found strength and a purpose. She takes Donovan's betrayal and her family's love and trust and turns it into a second purpose in her life. “My life has taken a completely different path and I can't help but smile at how happy I am.”

Scripted Love follows Ella and her love Connor. Their the same great characters from the last book, but they face additional struggles as they try to work through their lives. But along the way they meet new friends, keep up with old friends, and rely on their family. All these characters are well detailed, give a needed depth and base to the story.

Connor and Ella's relationship is put to the test in this book. Despite the challenges they face, their love stayed strong and true. No matter the situation, their love shone through and they had plenty of steamy moments to get them through the tough spots. None of them felt forced, it was all true and heartfelt emotional connection, romance, and sex! “Love is so hard to describe, but when you have it in your life, you find yourself grinning from ear to ear.”

Once again Karen Frances created an well written story that drew me in. The devastating details of not only Ella and Connor, but their families and new pieces of their lives make you root for them and wonder what you can be doing better. “I've realised lately that I have to make time for the things that matter to me...” I think that quote is something that everyone should take to heart. We all need to prioritise the things that are important. And this book reminds us that even fictional people have struggles, loves, and changing priorities.

I am so glad Connor and Ella were able to get their happy ending after the cliffhanger of the previous book. I love that their lives wrapped up nicely, but not too quickly and neatly. Life isn't neat and tidy. The plot line and characters worked well through their troubles and life experiences and grew. “My life has taken a completely different path and I can't help but smile at how happy I am.” I hope each and every reader has the ability and opportunity to be happy and content in their lives.

Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5 
Characters = 5/5 
Heat = 5/5 
Writing Style = 5/5 
Overall Rating = 5/5

Author Information:

Karen Frances lives in Scotland with her husband of seventeen years and their five children. Her busy days include helping her husband manage their family business while coordinating their children’s sports and academic endeavours. She finds escape from the chaos of everyday life in good books, particularly stories of passionate romantic relationships. Her appreciation and passion for romance novels led her to write He’s Captured My Heart, a tale of contemporary erotic romance set in Scotland.

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