30 Apr 2020

Looking to Score | Release day blitz

Title: Looking to Score
Authors: Carrie Gray & Coralee  June
Release date: 30 April 2020

Synopsis

He’s like literally the worst.

Oakley Davis is the star running back at our University, and the reason I’ve broken my vow to avoid the college party scene. Thanks to a mixup with my advisor, I’m now serving my Public Relations internship as a glorified babysitter to the party-hard football players.

Specifically, Oakley.

He’s impossible to manage. His Instagram is full of half-naked, drunk photos and he’d rather attend parties than practice. His brand needs some serious work, and when he’s not driving me insane, he’s sleeping his way through the entire female population.

But I’m determined. I have plans to graduate a semester early and nothing or no one will get in my way. I’m a Virgo, after all. Oakley Davis might be a privileged, cocky, football star, but I’m Amanda Matthews; and I’ll do whatever it takes to get my A.

I have to make sure I don’t end up falling in love with the idiot, first.

Review

This book was provided by the authors through Wildfire Marketing Solutions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Gray, Coralee June and Wildfire Marketing Solutions!

Looking to Score is a Contemporary Sports Romance about Amanda and Oakley.

I’ve never read anything by Carrie Gray before but I loved the Debt of Passion Duet by Coralee June and I just had to read this book. I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read an ARC of Looking to Score because it was such an amazing book and I loved every bit of! It was such an addictive read and I just had to know how the book was going to end.

I really liked Amanda and Oakley together because they’re just perfect for each other. They have these cute nicknames: Problem and Solver… I think Oakley is such a good bookish boyfriend because he changed so much and he’s just so understanding and wants to help Amanda. As for Amanda, she’s such a strong character and I really admire her.

Looking to Score was such a good book, not only because of the romance but because this book was really realistic. I could really relate to Amanda’s problems and I think adding things, like for example her problems, make books more realistic. I really love that. Looking to Score was such an amazing and fast-paced read and I really enjoyed it!

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About the authors
Coralee June is an international bestselling romance writer who enjoys engaging projects and developing real, raw, and relatable characters. She is an English major from Texas State University and has had an intense interest in literature since her youth. She currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys long walks through the ice-cream aisle at her local grocery store.

For more information about her and her upcoming releases, please visit her website at: www.authorcoraleejune.com

I have always loved to read. In kindergarten, I was the weird kid sitting in the reading nook by myself instead of trying to get more snacks. I’m excited to be putting my own voice on the page and watching a story I helped create come to life. I still love to read, but I also really like snacks.

I grew up in Chicago but recently moved back to the Dallas area where I live with my husband and son.

I have my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I spent a year researching chimpanzees and gorillas while I was in Chicago and then I spent another two months on a chimpanzee sanctuary trying to convince headstrong chimps to cooperate. Pro tip - grapes are a pretty hot bargaining tool. They work wonders with my toddler too.

Looking to Score | Review

Title: Looking to Score
Authors: Carrie Gray & Coralee  June
Pages: 250 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 30 April 2020
Rating:★★★★★

Synopsis

He’s like literally the worst.

Oakley Davis is the star running back at our University, and the reason I’ve broken my vow to avoid the college party scene. Thanks to a mixup with my advisor, I’m now serving my Public Relations internship as a glorified babysitter to the party-hard football players.

Specifically, Oakley.

He’s impossible to manage. His Instagram is full of half-naked, drunk photos and he’d rather attend parties than practice. His brand needs some serious work, and when he’s not driving me insane, he’s sleeping his way through the entire female population.

But I’m determined. I have plans to graduate a semester early and nothing or no one will get in my way. I’m a Virgo, after all. Oakley Davis might be a privileged, cocky, football star, but I’m Amanda Matthews; and I’ll do whatever it takes to get my A.

I have to make sure I don’t end up falling in love with the idiot, first.


Review

This book was provided by the authors through Wildfire Marketing Solutions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Gray, Coralee June and Wildfire Marketing Solutions!

Looking to Score is a Contemporary Sports Romance about Amanda and Oakley.

I’ve never read anything by Carrie Gray before but I loved the Debt of Passion Duet by Coralee June and I just had to read this book. I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read an ARC of Looking to Score because it was such an amazing book and I loved every bit of! It was such an addictive read and I just had to know how the book was going to end.

I really liked Amanda and Oakley together because they’re just perfect for each other. They have these cute nicknames: Problem and Solver… I think Oakley is such a good bookish boyfriend because he changed so much and he’s just so understanding and wants to help Amanda. As for Amanda, she’s such a strong character and I really admire her.

Looking to Score was such a good book, not only because of the romance but because this book was really realistic. I could really relate to Amanda’s problems and I think adding things, like for example her problems, make books more realistic. I really love that. Looking to Score was such an amazing and fast-paced read and I really enjoyed it!

No Mercy | Cover reveal

Title: No Mercy
An Everyday Heroes World Novel
Series: Black Ops MMA #1
Author: D.M. Davis
Genre: Contemporary Steamy Romance
Cover Design: D.M. Davis
Release Date: 13 August 2020

Synopsis

When it comes to protecting his angel, he has no mercy.

Gabriel:
The first time I saw her, she made my pulse dance to a rhythm that matched the sway of her hips.
The second time I saw her, she was in the arms of my best friend.
That broken, rusty organ in my chest hasn’t beaten since.
Blood doesn’t run through these veins, it’s pure, unleaded determination.
I’ve fought my whole life. For safety. For Food. For my family.
Five years later, I'm fighting for my position in the MMA world.
No distractions.
Only, my angel needs me, and that tin can behind my ribs found its beat again.

Francesca:
Gabriel “No Mercy” Stone earned his fight-name long before he entered the octagon.
He’s been a thorn in my side for years.
He takes pleasure in proving his nickname to me at every turn.
He’s relentless. He’s heartless.
Until one day he’s not.
It took the worst day of my life for Gabriel to show me mercy.
Broken and afraid, I let him piece me back together.
He offers me everything yet promises nothing.

When a man shows he has no mercy, you should believe him.




Excerpt

I don’t know if you can love someone enough to make what is inherently bad good enough for someone who is inherently good. I think it’s a leap too far to traverse. I may be named after Gabriel the avenging angel, but I am no saint. My mortal form is deficient. I was made for one thing and one thing only. To fight. It’s what I know. It’s what courses through my veins. It’s what keeps my tin can in my chest silent.
I know how to survive.
I know how to fight.
I know how to fuck.
I don’t know how to love an angel.

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About the author
D.M. Davis is a Contemporary and New Adult Romance Author.

She is a Texas native, wife, and mother. Her background is Project Management, technical writing, and application development. D.M. has been a lifelong reader, and wrote poetry in her early life, but has found her true passion in writing about love and the intricate relationships between men and women.

She writes of broken hearts and second chances, of dreamers looking for more than they have and daring to reach for it.

D.M. believes it is never too late to make a change in your own life, to become the person you always wanted to be, but were afraid you were not worth the effort. You are worth it. Take a chance on you. You never know what’s possible if you don’t try. Believe in yourself as you believe in others, and see what life has to offer.

29 Apr 2020

That's the Way I Loved You | Cover reveal

Title: That’s the Way I Loved You
Author: Carrie Aarons
Release date: 14 May 2020

Synopsis

Savannah

This town ain’t big enough for the two of us. Which is why I left.

I was determined never to return to Hale, Texas. But when my new life in the Big Apple throws me a curve ball, I have to go back to tie up loose ends. One of those being him.

Jason Whitney was my first everything. Kiss, love, epic heartbreak. He shattered my world once upon a time, and apparently, he’s not done yet.

With old demons lurking around every corner, hightailing it out of my hometown is at the top of my list. Complete my unfinished business, and I get to leave any memory of my country existence behind.

Only, with each day I spend in it, with each moment I spend with him, I’m turning back into the girl who laid in the tall grass and swam in the creek all those years ago.

And I’m not sure that who I was is ready to let me go again.

Jason

We drew a line down the middle, and neither of us has crossed it. That is, until Savannah Reese blew back into our hometown.

The day my high school sweetheart left, she took my whole heart with her. We promised each other forever, made plans that only teenagers could believe in, and crashed and burned on the grandest of scales.

When Savannah last saw me, I was a disgraced high school athlete. All washed up, I took it out on the only person who loved me. Then her world really fell apart, and I was too selfish to care.

Now she’s back, ready to sell the only remaining thing tying us to each other. I’ve been breaking my back for the last ten years not to think about her, not to be reminded of the love we shared.

But now that she’s right here, it’s impossible to forget how we used to be. Or let go of what we still are.

About the author
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.

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27 Apr 2020

May Bullet Journal set up

I think May’s Bullet Journal theme is one of my favourite themes so far because I’m a Star Wars fan and I just couldn’t not make a Star Wars theme for May. I used some pictures from my Star Wars Pinterest board and a few pens from Kruidvat and Tombow

You can find all my previous Bullet Journal posts here.

The first page is my monthly overview together with my ‘to do’ and ‘to read’ list.


Then we have my weekly spreads. Just like last month, I decided to put a mini habit tracker on my weekly spreads. It’s just really easy, and it saves me a lot of time. I also really like that I can keep track of my weekly things because it’s an easy overview.





And the last page is my monthly wrap up!


I hope you guys liked this Bullet Journal post. If you did, feel free to pin this post on Pinterest!

24 Apr 2020

Killian's Dead | Review

Title: Killian’s Dead
Series: Seekers #0.5
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Pages: 40 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Release date: 4 June 2020
Rating: ★★★.5

Synopsis

Love is for losers.
Jack doesn’t care about anything except music. All she wants to do is find a decent gig, stand by the speakers and let the bass roll through her. It’s the only reason she gets out of bed.
Until she meets Winta. In the space of a second, everything is different. Winta knows what she wants and for one night, what she wants is Jack. It feels like the start of forever.
Then Winta disappears and Jack faces a choice: should she go back to her life, or track down the only girl who can change it beyond recognition?
One things’ certain: Jack has no idea what she’s getting herself into.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Josie Jaffrey!

Killian’s Dead is the prequel novella in the Seekers series and tells the story of Jack.

I really loved the Solis Inviciti series and the Sovereign series by Josie Jaffrey and when I heard she was writing a new series called Seekers, I was really excited!

I really like short stories but I usually like them in between books or when I’ve already read the first book in the series. I think it’s really hard to get an entire story in a short story, so I don’t always like them. I think Josie Jaffrey did a good job with Killian’s Dead because it was really interesting and I want to know more about the world she’s created for the Seekers series.

Something I also really liked was the L/L romance in this book. Josie Jaffrey is such a good author because she uses these kinds of relationships in her books, and not just the usual straight white couple ones. It’s just one of the things that make me like Josie Jaffrey’s writing even more!

I’m really looking forward to reading the first book in the Seekers series!

23 Apr 2020

Make Me Yours | Review

Title: Make Me Yours
Series: Bayshore #3
Author: Ember Leigh
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 19 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

As one of the best matchmakers in the industry, I could find a rotting stump its Prince Charming.

After a bad break-up forces me to uproot and start over, I’m feeling a lot like a rotting stump in need of a spa day. So when I find my dream gig in a new city, this is a chance for me to wipe the slate sparkling clean—professionally and romantically.

But this new gig has a few problems. The biggest one being that the man I have to match off is someone I went to high school with. Not only that, he’s less Prince Charming and more King Asshole.

Varsity baseball star turned rock star cardiologist. One of the hottest guys you’ve ever seen in the flesh. But also one of the most untouchable men ever, because five minutes around this man shows me he stops for nobody.

The holier-than-thou eldest Daly brother, who is only looking for a wife-of-convenience, even though his ice-blue gaze and chiseled jaw could send a woman to the ER. Worse yet? There’s more to King Asshole than I thought. I know his perfect love match … and it looks a lot like me.

Except I’m not falling for the ‘dating in the professional pool’ trick again. So this thing between us? Just once—er, twice … nope, thrice—and done.

Even though the longer this goes on, the more I think Dom is trying to make me his.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ember Leigh!

Make Me Yours is the third book in the Bayshore series and tells the story of London and Dominic. Although this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Make Me Yours was another amazing book in the Bayshore series. I really like this series and learning more about each Daly brother. The story was so fast paced, and I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. I even started laughing out loud and that usually doesn’t happen with books. Make Me Yours was such a good book and I couldn’t get enough of London and Dom!

I really liked London and Dom. I really admire London for trying not to fall for Dom, but who wouldn’t fall for him? Dominic is just so handsome and I loved how much he tried to make London fall for him and the way he described how he was going to seduce her, damn… London and Dom are perfect for each other and I loved reading their story.

Make Me Yours was such an addictive and well-written Romance read! Ember Leigh is such an amazing author and she kills it every time! I really loved Make Me Yours and I cannot wait to read the next book in the Bayshore series, gimme the next Daly brother!!!

20 Apr 2020

Red eyeshadow with gold shimmer | Tutorial

It’s been a while since I did a tutorial but last week I felt like creating a look for my blog, so I played with the red colours from the Makeup Revolution Maxi Reloaded Palette Monster Mattes.

I created this look a little while ago but I have finally time to write everything down for the tutorial. I know it’s not a lot of work but I just keep procrastinating… Oh well, it’s finally up on my blog, so I hope you like this look!

PS: I know that I should’ve blended the inner part with the red a bit better but I’m not a professional and I do makeup for fun. And I’m sorry that some of the pictures don’t have the same lighting. It was cloudy…

Let’s get started with the tutorial!

1. Prime your eyelids and set them with a light eyeshadow.

2. I used 2 different shades of red in the crease and I made a wing-shaped look.

3. For the cut crease, I used my Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer and I set it with this skin-like eyeshadow from the same Makeup Revolution palette I used in the previous step. On top of the cut crease, I used a beautiful shimmer eyeshadow from Nabla.

4. For the lower lash line, I used the Nyx Cosmetics Faux Blacks Eyeliner in OxBlood and blended the liner with the same two red shades. I also cleaned up the wing shape with a makeup wipe.

As you can see I already did my eyebrows and I used the Essence Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil and the Catrice Lash & Brow Designer – Shaping and Conditioning Gel. After the eyeshadow, I used the Essence Lash Princess Mascara in Waterproof and the Catrice Limited Edition Lash! Boom! Bang! False Lashes in C05 WHAAAM! As for highlighter, I used the Essence The Highlighter in 20 Hynoptic. Lastly, we have lips: I used the Suede Matte Lip Liner in Munchies, the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Mannequin and on top the Makeup Revolution Pout Bomb Plumping Lipgloss in Glaze.

And here’s a close-up of the finished look!

17 Apr 2020

How to Quit Your Crush | Review

Title: How to Quit Your Crush
Author: Amy Fellner Dominy
Pages: 150 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 4 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date – something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are – wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?



Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush!

How to Quit Your Crush is an Opposites Attract Young Adult Romance about Mai and Anthony.

I was so excited when Entangled Publishing contacted whether I was interested in reviewing How to Quit Your Crush, because I loved Announcing Trouble. I obviously couldn’t say no and I was so happy that I got to read an ARC copy of How to Quit Your Crush. The story was so fast paced, and I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time.

How to Quit Your Crush is about Mai and Anthony who dated for a little while but broke things off because they were so different. But they can’t get each other out of their heads… I think that this story was so cute and just everything that I needed. I really liked Anthony because he tried to show Mai that it’s okay to want things. And I just loved the effort Mai and Anthony put in their ‘horrible’ dates.

How to Quit Your Crush was such a good read and I didn’t expect anything else from Amy Fellner Dominy. I really liked Announcing Trouble so it was no surprise that I was going to love this book. I really enjoyed reading How to Quit Your Crush and I cannot wait to read some more books by Amy Fellner Dominy!

15 Apr 2020

Kings of Quarantine | Review

Title: Kings of Quarantine
Series: Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep #1
Author: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 19 April 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Cruel. Heartless. Quarantined.
The ruthless boys of Everlake Prep never saw lockdown coming.
But the virus isn’t their number one enemy.

I am.

And as if being confined to a boarding school for the elite wasn’t bad enough, now I’m stuck in isolation with the boys who hate me most too.

Saint, Kyan and Blake. The Night Keepers. Or so they call themselves. They’ve embodied the Native American legend which lives in this valley, taking on the role of the monsters who lurk in the forest. And though they act like beasts, they may also be the most tempting creatures I’ve ever seen.

With the virus escalating and my dad’s name splashed through the news, my entire world is falling apart. What he did has cast a dark shadow over me. And the Night Keepers want to make me pay for his crimes.

Then things went from bad to worse when I touched the sacred rock. A rock which supposedly holds a curse to bind me as the Night Keepers’ slave. And as crazy as it sounds, I decided to play along. Because there are things about me they don’t know. Things my dad has hidden from me for years. All I can be sure of is that I have to find a way to escape this school. But until then, those savage boys are making my life a living hell.

As the virus sweeps through the country and the world twists into something ugly and unknown, the kings of this school become true monarchs. Even the teachers bow to them now. And I’m kinda glad about that ‘stay six feet away from one another’ rule, because without it, I know they’d rip me apart.

At least there’s a silver lining. I’m cosying up to Coach Monroe. My hot as hell, brooding P.E. teacher who has a vendetta of his own against the Night Keepers. And with his help, I may succeed at doing more than escaping the clutches of these heartless fiends. I might even destroy them along the way.

My father taught me how to be strong.

How to prepare for the end of the world.

So this isn’t going to be the end of my world, mark my words.

But if I’m able to use my mind and body to bring these assholes to their knees, it might just be the end of theirs.

This is a high school bully RH series with off the charts angst, dark themes and is not for the faint of heart. Prepare to enrol at Everlake Prep. Bring your hand sanitiser, face masks and toilet paper to barter with, but don’t expect to hold onto them for long. Because it’s time to go into quarantine with the Night Keepers. And everything you own now belongs to them.


Review

This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti!

Kings of Quarantine is the first book in the Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep series and tells the story of Tatum and her four men: Blake, Kyan, Monroe and Saint.

When Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti shared that they were going to write a new series inspired by the current situation (Covid-19) I was so excited! Kings of Quarantine was such a good book and so hard to put down. I just had to know what was going to happen to Tatum and her four men. I think Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti did an amazing job with this book!

I love love love Tatum. She’s such a badass character, and she’s just so strong. I love that she’s amazing at kickbox and that she knows how to fend for herself. As for the guys, I have two favourites. The first one is Monroe. I’ve always been a fan of student/teacher romance (only when the age difference isn’t that big, so it’s not creepy) so reading about Monroe was just perfect. My second favourite is Kyan. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like him, but he and Tatum are somewhat similar and his bullying isn’t as bad as Saint and Blake’s bullying.

Kings of Quarantine was an amazing book, and I didn’t expect anything else. The story is so well written and fast paced, I finished this book in one day, I just had to know how the book was going to end. I still have so many questions about Tatum’s dad and some questions about the things that happened at the end of the book. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Kings of Lockdown, so I can get to read some more about Tatum and her four men.

I also want to share my favourite quote of this book. I’m a Harry Potter fan and when I read this, I couldn’t stop laughing!

"Man, I wish I had a Dumbledore. I suppose Monroe kinda counted. He was like a hot Dumbledore you wanted to Slytherin to bed with and suck his Elder wand."

Deity | Review

Title: Deity
Series: Covenant #3
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 466 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

"History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time."

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday – to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner … and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training" – which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time – she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed … and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

Review

Deity is the third book in the Covenant series and tells the story of Alex, Aiden and Seth.

Sophie from Eyes of Owls, and I buddy read Half-Blood and Pure, so it’s no surprise that we buddy read Deity. She just loves these books as much as I do and I love talking to her after our 6 chapters a day. We even decided to read some more chapters the last day of our buddy read because we just had to know how the book was going to end…

… and I hated how Deity ended. I’m glad that my edition had the #3.5 short story, Elixir, because if I hadn’t had that short story, I don’t know what I would do with my life. So many crazy things happened in Deity and I’m kind of heartbroken at the moment. Even though it’s just a book, I really am invested in the word Jennifer L. Armentrout has created. The Covenant series is just so good and I love the characters!

It’s just kinda sad how much Alex’s been through. She’s such a strong character but one cannot deal with everything that is going on. My heart hurts for her, especially towards the end of the book. I don’t want to spoil anything about Aiden or Seth so I’m just going to say that a lot of things happened romantically between Alex and X and I just loved it. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I read about those two characters! And the necklace part? OMG!

Deity was just another amazing book by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I cannot get this story out of my head. After I finished Deity, I’ve been thinking about the book non-stop. It’s just such a good book and I want to know what is going to happen to the characters. I need Apollyon, the fourth book, asap!

13 Apr 2020

Gilded Ruins | Review

Title: Gilded Ruins
Series: Blinding Night #2
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pages: 295 pages
Version: ARC (Ebook)
Release date: 12 May 2020
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Summer and Darce are summoned by the order of Zeus himself to travel to the home of the Gods: Mount Olympus, where they’re to face even more ancient Gods and Goddesses.

Summer braces to confront her mother again, illuminating secrets about the truth of her tragic pasts, while also persuading Zeus to allow her to stay with the God of the Underworld, her true love – Darce.

Aboard Poseidon’s luxury yacht, Summer meets her mythological family, while also uncovering what exactly happened to her past lives – and the true roles her mother and Darce played.

When Darce and Summer suddenly find themselves separated, Summer must find her inner power and unite them together, before her mortal time runs out.


This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Chantal Gadoury!

Gilded Ruins is the second book in the Blinding Night series and continues the story of Summer and Darce.

I really liked Blinding Night because I’ve never read a retelling of Hades and Persephone’s story before. I don’t know their original story either but I really liked the retelling and Gilded Ruins was such a good sequel! I enjoyed reading about Darce and Summer, and their friends and enemies.

I really like Darce/Hades. He does everything to make sure that Summer is okay and he does everything to save their relationship. He’s truly in love with Summer. Summer’s been through a lot in both books and I think that she became stronger towards the end of the book. And they’re just perfect for each other.

Gilded Ruins was such a good book, and I really liked the ending. Darce and Summer’s story was just so good and I really liked the pop culture references, they made the book even better! Blinding Night and Gilded Ruins were both amazing books and I cannot wait to read more books by Chantal Gadoury!

11 Apr 2020

Dark Kings | Review

Title: Dark Kings
Series: Feathers and Fate #1
Author: Sadie Moss
Pages: 228 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 13 April 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Nobody warned me that the seven sins are hot as hell.


Cast down from Heaven thirty years ago,
I’ve been waiting for my chance to go home, desperate to return to the light.
But when that chance finally comes, there are strings attached.

Seven of them.

According to my angelic superiors,
the only way I can earn redemption for myself
is by redeeming the seven incarnations of sin.

Distractingly gorgeous and overwhelmingly powerful,
these men throw me completely off balance.

I thought I could handle this assignment,
but when a demonic portal appears in the middle of Manhattan,
I suddenly need their help for an entirely new reason.

Now we’re stuck together in a race against an unknown enemy.
And with every day that passes, the darkness in them calls to the light in me.

Tempting me.
Taunting me.
Testing me.

Will I redeem them? Or will I be the one corrupted?

Note: Dark Kings is the first book in the Feathers and Fate series, a reverse harem paranormal romance featuring a feisty angel and seven delicious, devilish men.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sadie Moss!

Dark Kings is the first book in the Feathers and Fate series and tells the story of Trinity and the first four sins we encounter: Beckett (greed), Remington (gluttony), Phoenix (sloth) and Ford (wrath).

When I read the synopsis of Dark Kings I was really intrigued. I wanted to know what Sadie Moss was going to do with this story and how we were going to meet all the sins. I really liked Dark Kings because it’s something that I’ve never read before and I also really liked that we got to meet 4 guys instead of all 7 guys. I think it’s something good, so nothing feels rushed and you are excited to get to know the other sins in the next book.

Trinity is a fallen angel and wants to get back above. To be able to do that she needs to find all 7 sins, but she didn’t expect on getting feelings for them. I really liked Trinity as our main character, she’s kinda funny with all her pop culture references. As for the 4 sins we’ve met in this book, I don’t have a favourite one yet. I just really like all of them but I do have to say that Phoenix is funny and cute, and I also really like Remington because he’s so kind. Beckett and Ford are not the same but I do have the same thoughts about them. I don’t really know how to explain it, but I like all 4 of the sins we’ve met in this book.

Dark Kings was a really good start of an amazing series, and I cannot wait to read the next book. I think that this series is going to be one of my favourites because the story is just so unique and I really like Trinity. She’s so innocent and all 7 sins are going to ruin her, in a good way… I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series and I cannot wait to continue Trinity’s story!

10 Apr 2020

Shift Out of Luck | Review

Title: Shift Out of Luck
Series: Brimstone Inc. #2
Author: Abigail Owen
Pages: 150 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Release date: 20 April 2020
Rating: ★★★★.5

Synopsis

The Montagues and Capulets have nothing on the Canis and Banes wolf packs. The two have been feuding for ages. The brutal murder of the Banes’ alpha only added fuel to the fire. And now there’s only one way to bring peace – the current alphas of each pack, Marrok and Tala, need a mating of convenience.

Tala has her doubts. A thousand of them.

Never mind that Marrok drives her body to levels of desire her vibrator has trouble keeping up with. If she can’t get her inner wolf – or her people – on board, forget peace, because she’ll lose the tenuous control she has over the Canis pack. Her new mate is just so damn alpha. He’d better learn to play nice or Tala will have to show him who’s boss.

But Marrok has plans of his own, and nothing and no one, not even Tala herself, can resist an alpha…

*This novella was previously self published as The Worse for Were but has undergone a complete re-edit. Scenes were added, things were changed, but the kissing still remains! 


Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Amara! 

Shift Out of Luck is the second book in the Brimstone Inc. series and tells the story of Tala and Marrok. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Shift Out of Luck was such a good and fast-paced sequel, I enjoyed every bit of it! It was so nice to finally read some more about Tala and Marrok. You read a few things about them in the first book in the series, and it was so nice that we got their story too!

Tala and Marrok are both alphas which makes it a bit hard for them to be in a relationship. I think that Tala is such an amazing and empowering character. What I also loved about this book was that Abigail Owen wrote about the struggle of being a female alpha, Tala gets questioned a lot and people only see Marrok as an alpha. I also really loved Marrok because he puts a lot of effort in his relationship with Tala and he’s just so cute.

Shift Out of Luck was another amazing book by Abigail Owen and I didn’t expect anything else! She’s an amazing author and I love the worlds she’s created! I’m so excited to read more books set in the Brimstone Inc. series and I hope we’ll get a book about Dahlia!

8 Apr 2020

That's the Way I Loved You | Review

Title: That’s the Way I Loved You
Author: Carrie Aarons
Pages: 250 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 14 May 2020
Rating: ★★★★.5

Synopsis

Savannah

This town ain’t big enough for the two of us. Which is why I left.

I was determined never to return to Hale, Texas. But when my new life in the Big Apple throws me a curve ball, I have to go back to tie up loose ends. One of those being him.

Jason Whitney was my first everything. Kiss, love, epic heartbreak. He shattered my world once upon a time, and apparently, he’s not done yet.

With old demons lurking around every corner, hightailing it out of my hometown is at the top of my list. Complete my unfinished business, and I get to leave any memory of my country existence behind.

Only, with each day I spend in it, with each moment I spend with him, I’m turning back into the girl who laid in the tall grass and swam in the creek all those years ago.

And I’m not sure that who I was is ready to let me go again.

Jason

We drew a line down the middle, and neither of us has crossed it. That is, until Savannah Reese blew back into our hometown.

The day my high school sweetheart left, she took my whole heart with her. We promised each other forever, made plans that only teenagers could believe in, and crashed and burned on the grandest of scales.

When Savannah last saw me, I was a disgraced high school athlete. All washed up, I took it out on the only person who loved me. Then her world really fell apart, and I was too selfish to care.

Now she’s back, ready to sell the only remaining thing tying us to each other. I’ve been breaking my back for the last ten years not to think about her, not to be reminded of the love we shared.

But now that she’s right here, it’s impossible to forget how we used to be. Or let go of what we still are.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons!

That’s the Way I Loved You is a Contemporary second chance Romance about Savannah and Jason.

I’ve read a lot of books by Carrie Aarons and she keeps on writing amazing books! That’s the Way I Loved You was such a good book and I’m a sucker for second chance Romance. The story was really beautiful, it’s not just a love story but it’s also a story about going after your passion and about loss.

I totally get the reason why Savannah left town, it’s been really hard for her and I think she’s a strong character. I love that she fights for what she wants and what she needs. But so does Jason… He’s determined to win Savannah’s heart again and I love that he doesn’t give up. It’s clear that they’re meant for each other but it just wasn’t the right time for them to be together when they were younger.

I think that That’s the Way I Loved You is a beautiful story about finding true love again and it’s also a realistic story. I think a lot of people go through certain things and if you’re really meant to be together you’ll find your way back to each other. I think that this book is another great book by Carrie Aarons and I cannot wait to read some more books by her!

7 Apr 2020

Dear Girl | Review

Title: Dear Girl
Author: Aija Mayrock
Pages: 114 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: ★★★.5

Synopsis

From a poet and celebrated spoken-word performer comes a debut poetry collection that takes readers on an empowering, lyrical journey exploring truth, silence, wounds, healing, and the resilience we all share.

Dear Girl is a journey from girlhood to womanhood through poetry
It is the search for truth in silence
The freeing of the tongue
It is deep wounds and deep healing
And the resilience that lies within us
It is a love letter
To the sisterhood


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

Dear Girl is a debut poetry collection about feminism and about becoming a woman. I think it’s a good debut collection and I really like reading poems about feminism. We, women, need to stand together and fight for equality!

you were not born an ember
you were born the flame

I really liked the poems in Dear Girl because I could relate to them and feel the empowering message behind them. I think a lot of us women struggle with a few of the topics that are mentioned in this collection, which makes it a book for every woman.

I know that if this world harms you,
attempts to break you,
you will rise
broken and bruised.
The world is no match
for that flame in your eyes.

Dear Girl was a good poetry collection only too bad that the poems didn’t have titles. I usually make ‘favourite poems’ lists but I couldn’t make one for this collection. But besides that, I really enjoyed this collection!