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Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer Armentrout

Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.   

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot. 

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

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Sera’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold a desperate deal her ancestors struck, Sera must become the consort to the Primal of Death. She may not be a well protected Maiden, but rather an assassin with one important mission. Make the Primal of Death fall in love with her, become his ultimate weakness, and end him. If she fails her mission, her kingdom will be doomed…

When we first meet up with Sera, we discover that she’s never been treated like a member of the family. She’s just a means to an end that had no choice but to fulfil her destiny. Nothing she did was ever good enough and when things don’t go as planned, life gets progressively worse for Sera. That is until a mysterious man enters her life. Immediately drawn to one another, their explosive chemistry will leave readers dying for more.

Sera is one awesome heroine. She takes no prisoners and isn’t a damsel in distress. She’s loyal to a fault and while trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes, she’s doing the best she can with all that life has thrown at her. Then we have Nyktos AKA the Primal of Death AKA Ash. Not only is he a God, but he plays a pretty heavy roll in Sera’s destiny. He is one tough character with the alpha tendencies we’ve come to know and love from this author. Together these two have terrific banter and a slow burning romance. And if you follow my reviews regularly, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of slow burns, but JLA, sure made it work with this book.

A Shadow in the Ember is an intriguing read from beginning to end. With addictive writing and a compelling storyline, A Shadow in the Ember will keep readers on the edge of their seat and keep them guessing the entire time. This story has wonderful characters that pull you into their story instantly and leave you desperate to learn more. There’s romance, intrigue, and fate. There’s lots of world building and questions for the reader. There’s a ton of action and betrayal lurking around the corner. I loved all the twists and turns. It seemed like there were a ton of surprises just lurking around the corner. And just when I thought I had a handle on things, the carpet was pulled out from under me and I was left with one thrilling cliffhanger.

A Shadow in the Ember is an excellent companion novel to the Blood and Ash Series. This story left me spellbound and utterly captivated. I have a ton of questions and can not wait to find out all of the answers. JLA has pulled out all of the stops with this book. And in the end, all I can say is “Hold on readers! You are in for one heck of a ride.”

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: A Stormy and Sultry Sea (Witches of the Island #2) by Katie McGarry

A witch and a Fae aren’t supposed to fall in love, nonetheless be soulmates…

New witch and midwife Cassie Strega helped a human mother through the tumultuous birth of the queen of the demons, and now Cassie and the baby have been kidnapped by one of the four demon princes fighting each other to lay claim to their new queen. Cassie hopes she can appeal to the human side of the child in order to save humanity, but as the child feeds upon her soul, Cassie must also battle the four demon-prince-uncles who intend for the infant to fulfill her dark destiny.

The love of Cassie’s life, the sultry Fae warrior and heir to the Fae kingdom, Orion, is still searching for the Fae queen he’s been tasked to find, but he is also desperate to save Cassie from his archenemies. He is torn between his heart and his duty, but if he doesn’t save Cassie by Beltane, the blood bond that connects Cassie to Orion will forever be severed and she will be marked as an enemy to the Fae—one he is sworn by oath to kill.

Fate was cruel when it linked Cassie and Orion together. Their attraction to each other is undeniable, their love assured, but these fated lovers are doomed by a curse that threatens to keep them apart. Every touch during every shared dream, every kiss during every cherished moment together is driving them closer to what will either be a victory of humanity or an end no mortal will be able to survive. Will love, in the end, truly conquer all or will it destroy them all?

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MY REVIEW

“You know my heart. You and I are connected. Beyond space, beyond time. You are the heart that beats in my chest. My role in the universe’s plan is to save you. Our relationship is not a curse. We’re fate.”

“I leave if she tells me to leave. I stay if she tells me to stay. I hold her when she doesn’t want to be alone. I fight for her when she is in danger. I am at her mercy. I am her husband. That is the amans oath I made to her, whether she remembers it or not.”

“I now understood how fully he was mine, and we were meant to be together. There was no together forever. Forever didn’t exist. Forever implied time, and Orion and I–we defied time. We defied space. We defied all.”

A Stormy and Sultry Sea picks up right where A Wicked and Beautiful Garden left off and completely hits the ground running. When we meet up with Cassie and Wren, they are dealing with the fallout of not only the baby Cassie delivered, but also being kidnapped. You see, the demon princes want the baby Cassie helped delivered, as they believe her to be their queen. But, Cassie made a promise to the baby’s mother; that she would protect this innocent life. Cassie hopes that maybe just maybe she can appeal to the baby’s human side and change the destiny that has been foreseen…Meanwhile, the love of Cassie’s life, Orion is riddled with worry and is desperate to find Cassie. While he might be torn between his duty and his love for Cassie, there is anything he wouldn’t do for the woman he loves….

My heart is still racing after finishing A Stormy and Sultry Sea. Once again, I was easily swept up in Cassie and Orion’s story. Their struggles so real and palpable. Both of them wanting to do the right thing and wanting to change fate. They endured obstacle after obstacle this time around and their faith and devotion towards one another never waned. I loved seeing this power couple together. You know that they are destined for great things and are just left on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next.

There is sooooo much I’d love to tell you, but you’re just going to have to pick this one up and read it for yourself. Here’s what I can tell you. A Stormy and Sultry Sea is the perfect second book to this trilogy. It bridges the gap from book one and leaves you breathless waiting for what you know will be an epic conclusion. This story is filled with friendship and romance. It’s filled with love and fate. It’s filled with hope, action, and suspense. It has magic and quite a few unexpected twists and turns. If there’s one thing this story has taught me, it’s that not everything is how it seems…

Katie McGarry has delivered an unforgettable, thrilling yet romantic story that sucked me in from the first page and has left me dying for more. One thing is for certain I am absolutely hooked on this story and can not wait to see how it will all come together in the end…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Decisions We Make After Midnight by Rachel Higginson

Lola Ellis has a picture-perfect life. Until she doesn’t.

Successful, engaged to the man of her dreams, and focused. Until suddenly she’s questioning her position in the family company, her fiancé’s fidelity, and everything she thought she knew about life.

On her way to Florida to open a new branch of the family business and meet her fiancé Owen, she unexpectedly detours to visit her best friend in Durham, North Carolina. What was meant to be a week of rest and relaxation as she gets her mind right stretches into a permanent TBD. She can’t face the future waiting for her in Destin, Florida. And the longer she stays in Durham, the less she wants to.

Will English is an uptight, arrogant bartender who keeps scaring away waitresses. Too busy micromanaging his co-owning siblings, his patience is thin when it comes to the rest of the business. When Lola takes a job at his bar to fill her time while she decides what to do about the mess her life has suddenly become, he decides not to engage with the clearly underqualified new waitress. She’s clumsy, clueless, and costing him too much money every time she gives away another round of drinks because she’s messed up again. And yet… there’s something about her that keeps him from dismissing her.

Together, after the bar closes every night, they forge a friendship that doesn’t fit into either of their lives. Lola’s stay in Durham is only temporary. And Will’s roots in the city are deeply established. A relationship doesn’t make sense. But sometime after midnight one night… they decide they don’t care.  

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“All I wanted to do was hold his again. And again. And maybe keep holding it until my world was right side up again. Because somehow, I knew, I just knew, that he would be the one to help me get everything in order again if I let him.”

“It was like I’d been frolicking along this sidewalk of easy and fun, totally carefree. And then this black hole had just opened in front of me, and I’d fallen in without missing a step. Suddenly I was swallowed whole by emotions that were so much bigger. So much grater than I was ready for.”

Decisions We Make After Midnight is the exciting new release from author Rachel Higginson. I don’t know about you guys, but I have been anxiously waiting for something new from this author, and she does not disappoint!

Set in Durham, North Carolina, Decisions We Make After Midnight follows the story of Lola and Will. Lola lived the picture perfect life until one day it all came crashing down. Now she finds herself questioning her family’s motives and her life decisions. Unsure of her next move, Lola seeks refuge with her bestie in North Carolina. Lola had hoped that her last minute detour would provide her with some much needed clarity and a handle on her future. But what Lola hadn’t planned on was Will….

Decisions We Make After Midnight pulled me in from the very first page. I felt an instant connection with Lola and was excited to see where her story would go. You see, when we first meet up with Lola, she’s in a bit of a personal crisis. Her life has been turned upside down and the only thing she knows is that she needs time before making any big decisions. Her trip to North Carolina ended up being more than just a soul searching journey for her and I enjoyed every moment of it. Lola grew a lot as a character and learned to stand up for herself, but to live the life she wants to live. I enjoyed her banter with Will and how she didn’t put up with his broodiness. Speaking of Will, I knew he was going to be amazing right from the get go. He was broody and seemed like one mean dude. But there was so much more to him than meets the eye. Will has a heart of gold, he just need the right person to bring it out.

The tension and banter between Will and Lola was off the charts. I loved how they took things slow and really got to know one another. I appreciated how Will didn’t try to rush Lola into anything or make any life altering decisions. They met at the absolute wrong time in Lola’s life, but I loved how Will opened her eyes to a world of possibilities and made her see didn’t need perfect to live a happily life. Will and Lola were an undeniable force and I was definitely rooting for them to get their happily ever after.

The Decisions We Make After Midnight is an enjoyable read from beginning to end. Will and Lola captivated my heart from page one and I couldn’t help but devour their story. The Decisions We Make After Midnight is well written and entertaining. It’s filled with love and second chances. It’s got a sweet, slow burning romance. It’s got just the right amount of drama. And is a story of finding oneself, learning to stand up for yourself, and recognizing real love when you find it. I fell in love with every aspect of this story and am so excited to dive further into this series. This book checked off all of my boxes and all I can say is “Give Me More!!”.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour with Review: Ruined Sinner by Becker Gray

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RUINED SINNER (Hellfire Club #4) by Becker Gray

Release Date: August 24th

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It’s no secret that I hate Phineas Yates, but what most people don’t know is that I have a very good reason why. One hot summer, he broke my heart in the worst way, and I promised myself then and there that I would never fall prey to the sinner of Pembroke Prep again. Even if it meant re-inventing myself into a girl I barely recognized.

There is a fine line between duty and desire.

I’m not just any girl, I’m a princess. When my family begs me to get engaged to save the family name, I’m trapped with no way out. In a panic, I blurt out the ultimate lie and create myself a fake boyfriend. Which means I need someone to foot the bill immediately.

The problem? The only person willing to help me is the one person I never want to see again: the careless, heartless, hot-as-Hellfire playboy himself.

Phineas Yates.

The even bigger problem? His help doesn’t come for free. And this sinner won’t be satisfied with anything less than my absolute ruin.

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MY REVIEW

There’s a thin line between love and hate and truer words have never been spoken with it comes to Aurora and Phineas. You see, once upon a time, Aurora thought that maybe Phin could be the one. But then reality slapped her in the face and a single moment turned her world upside down. Unfortunately for Aurora, she’s got bigger issues to worry about. You see, in order to save her family, she needs to get married to the one person who creeps her out. Aurora has no idea how she can’t get out of it until the last person she expects offers to help her out….

Ruined Sinner was a quick yet captivating read. From the moment I picked this book up I knew I was in for a treat and man was I not disappointed. This book hooked me instantly and I LOVED the banter between Aurora and Phin. I lived for their moments together. And I’ve gotta tell you, you can’t go wrong with the fake relationship trope. These two characters knocked it out of the park and reminded me why I love enemies to lovers and fake relationship romances.

Ruined Sinner gave me just the read I was hoping for. I loved the storyline and the characters. I loved the romance and tension. I didn’t even mind the drama. My only complaint was that Aurora and Phin’s story had to come to an end…

If you’re a fan of the Hellfire Club Series or you love enemies to lovers/fake relationship romances, you won’t want want to miss Ruined Sinner.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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Becker Gray is the brainchild of two best friends who love rich boys in peacoats. The Hellfire Club is their first series together.

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Release Blitz with Review: Alpha CEO by M. Robinson

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ALPHA CEO

M. Robinson

Release Date: August 31

From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author M. Robinson comes a best friend’s baby sister, second chance billionaire romance.

I came from nothing and made something of myself. I’ve only ever loved two things. Cars and her.

I took that passion and built an empire. 

Now I’m the CEO.

The alpha.

On top of the world.

I’m not the carefree man she once knew.

That was the problem with being one of the richest men in the world—everyone thinks they know me, but they only know what I want them to.

I’m demanding. 

Arrogant. 

Controlling. 

My company thinks they can change me.  Soften my image. Make me more appealing to the public.

Little do they know, the woman they hired was my best friend’s little sister, and the last time I saw her…

I broke her heart.

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MY REVIEW

“Our emotions were running wild, fighting a battle I knew I could never win.”

“Our memories became nightmare. My love that became hate. It. Ruined. Me. He ruined me.”

“I’m standing in front of you, hoping you’ll stand with me.”

Julian only ever loved two things, cars and Autumn. He took that passion and created an empire. Known as the ruthless alpha CEO, Julian has no choice but to soften his image before his company goes public. Julian could care less about his image, but when he sees who his company has hired to help him out, he’ll do anything to make her stay…..

Alpha CEO is a must-read angst filled romance. From the moment I picked up Autumn and Julian’s story I was hooked. I was completely, 100% addicted. This story took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and I never wanted it to end.

From the first encounter with our 2 main characters, you can just tell that their story is going to be epic. Julian was the love of Autumn’s life and she was most certain that he felt the same way until one day he broke her heart. It will be 10 years before these two are reunited and gone is the girl that Julian used to know. Autumn is harder and her walls are sky high. And while on the outside, Julian lives up to the name of ‘Alpha CEO’, there is more to this man than meets the eye. Once you understand his reasoning for breaking Autumn’s heart, you understand that hurting her is his biggest mistake. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for the woman he loves and now that fate has put them on the same path, he’ll do anything to win her back…

The road to happily ever after was definitely not an easy one for this. Their journey is filled with lots of ups and down, so much push and pull, and one heck of a twist. So many frustrating moments where I just wanted to shake Autumn and Julian and make them figure things out. But, I got to tell you, their story is worth it. Their journey is worth each and every moment. In the end, all you can do is just sit back and enjoy this angst filled ride.

Alpha CEO exceed my expectations and took me on one unforgettable journey. The characters and their story captured my heart from the very first page and I never wanted their story to end. I loved every second of this story and can not wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Meet M. Robinson:

M. Robinson is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author crowned as the “Queen of Angst” by readers around the world. Dive into her visionary world that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you wanting more. She writes everything from contemporary to suspense romance and is best known for her novel, El Diablo.

When M isn’t in the cave writing her next epic love story, you will find her shopping and living on a boat in Florida with her real life pirate, her lobster, her husband Bossman. Sipping on Starbucks and hanging out with their two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a gordito Wheaten Terrier reading a good book. Or spending time with her family, who she is extremely close with.

Above all, M loves her readers more than anything and loves to connect with them! She is on all social media platforms but you will find her in her happy place the most. Her VIP Reader Group on Facebook or her second favorite happy place, Instagram.


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Release Blitz with Review: Here With Me by Samantha Young

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Here With Me by Samantha Young is now live!

Settled in the tranquil remoteness of the Scottish Highlands, Ardnoch Estate caters to the rich and famous. It is as unattainable and as mysterious as its owner —ex-Hollywood leading man Lachlan Adair—and it’s poised on the edge of a dark scandal.

After narrowly escaping death, police officer Robyn Penhaligon leaves behind her life in Boston in search of some answers. Starting with Mac Galbraith, the Scottish father who abandoned her to pursue his career in private security. To re-connect with Mac, Robyn will finally meet a man she’s long resented. Lachlan Adair. Hostility instantly brews between Robyn and Lachlan. She thinks the head of the Adair family is high-handed and self-important. And finding closure with Mac is proving more difficult than she ever imagined. Robyn would sooner leave Ardnoch, but when she discovers Mac is embroiled in a threat against the Adairs and the exclusive members of the estate, she finds she’s not yet ready to give up on her father.

Determined to ensure Mac’s safety, Robyn investigates the disturbing crimes at Ardnoch, forcing her and Lachlan to spend time together. Soon it becomes clear a searing attraction exists beneath their animosity, and temptation leads them down a perilous path.

While they discover they are connected by something far more addictive than passion, Lachlan cannot let go of his grip on a painful past: a past that will destroy his future … if the insidious presence of an enemy lurking in the shadows of Ardnoch doesn’t do the job first.

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MY REVIEW

I fell in love with Samantha Young’s writing many years ago. Her words always captivating and stories made me fall in love with a country I’ve never been to. So, when I heard about Here With Me, and that we’d be returning to Scotland, of course, I had to get my hands on this book.

Here With Me follows the story of Robyn and Lachlan. After a close call, Robyn leaves her life as a police officer behind and finds herself in Scotland in hopes of reconnecting with her father and finding the answers she desperately needs. However, Robyn reconnecting with her father means coming face to face with the man who kept him away. There’s no love lost between Robyn and Lachlan and some terrible assumptions have been made. But, when tragedy strikes, these two enemies will be forced to become unlikely allies. The quest for the truth puts Lachlan and Robyn closer together. Their hate quickly turns to sizzling passion. Will Robyn find the answers she’s seeking? Will Lachlan and Robyn get rid of the threat before it’s too late? And will Robyn and Lachlan give in to the scorching hot chemistry between them? There’s only one way to find out….

Here With Me is a fantastic enemies to lovers romance. Filled with angst, passion, frustrating moments, and exciting twists and turns, Here With Me will take readers on one thrilling ride.

Here With Me had me hooked from the very first page and I was completely intrigued by Lachlan Adair. I loved how fiercely protective he was of those in his close circle. He was broody and harsh and came off like a jerk most of the time. But there is so much more to this man than meets the eye. Sure he’s frustrating and I wanted to shake him at times, but he had a big heart and a lot of fears he has yet to overcome. He wasn’t prepared for a woman like Robyn. Robyn is tough and can take care of herself. She isn’t easily intimated and isn’t afraid to the right thing, no matter how hard it might be.

When you put Lachlan and Robyn together, all bets are off. These two were the best of enemies. I loved their banter and couldn’t wait for their next interaction. I mean, all that hate had to lead to some explosive chemistry, right?! The road to happily ever after was not an easy one for Lachlan and Robyn. They had so many things going against them, so many reasons to stay away, but I’ll be darned if I wasn’t rooting for these two. Their romance was a slow burn that just left you aching and dying for more. The push and pull was unbelievable. I couldn’t get enough. And the angst! We can’t forget the angst. The angst was absolutely delicious.

Here With Me was everything I wanted, needed, and hoped for. Here With Me is a story of forgiveness and second chances. It’s about enemies who become more than they ever dreamed. It’s a story written and filled with emotion and angst. There’s an excellent mystery whose suspense will keep you on your toes. The twists and turns will consume you. It will keep you guessing, and trying your hardest to figure it all out.

In the end, this story checked off all of my boxes and has me excited to see where the Adair Family Series will take us next.

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Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 28 languages in 30 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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Review: People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

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Review: People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

With one week to win back the best friend she might just be in love with, a travel writer plans the trip of a lifetime in this sparkling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart–she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown–but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together–lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

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People We Meet On Vacation is a smartly written, feel-good, friends-to-lovers romance that will knock you off your feet and leave your heart full of joy. This is my first book by this author and most certainly will not be my last…

People We Meet On Vacation follows the story of Poppy and Alex. Poppy and Alex are complete opposites in every way. She’s the wild child and he loves the status quo. She wants to explore all that life has to give and he’d be happy staying out home with a good book. But, ever since their fateful meeting in college, these two have become the best of friends. Despite being miles apart, they spend every summer vacation together….that is until one fateful summer two years ago. Now everything has changed and Poppy and Alex no longer speak to one another. Poppy hasn’t been the same since and will do anything to make things right…..

I absolutely adored People We Meet On Vacation. It was a unique and refreshing read that left me utterly captivated. The characters are real and easy to connect with. I felt like I was right alongside them as they went on their journey. I loved the way the author told the story in both past and present tenses. We got to experience Poppy and Alex’s vacations and see their friendship grow and change over the years.

Poppy is a force to be reckoned with. She’s bold, a total risk-taker, and lives for her next big adventure. Alex is more chill and set in his ways. These two shouldn’t work, but somehow they did. Their banter was intoxicating and had me yearning for each moment they shared. The romance between them was a long and I mean long time coming and was the ultimate slow burn. It should come as no surprise that I loved every second of it.

People We Meet On Vacation was an extraordinary read. I felt right at home with these characters and enjoyed every minute of their journey. This story was sweet, swoon-worthy, and had just the right amount of drama. This is the kind of story that leaves your heart full and a big smile on your face. It’s one that you just never want to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can not wait to check out more books from this author. She has definitely made a fan out of me!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit.

Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another.

But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career.

Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming. 

MY REVIEW

“Gran used to say she saw the characters as fully fleshed-out people with complicated pasts, set on a collision course. She saw their flaws as something to overcome.”

Just when you think you have a grasp on the kind of love story a Rebecca Yarros novel can give you, she has to go and deliver The Things We Leave Unfinished. The Things We Leave Unfinished is a unique and intriguing romance that operates on two alternating timelines. The Things We Leave Unfinished is an unforgettable love story that will mesmerize readers right until the very end…

The Things We Leave Unfinished starts off in the present time with Georgia and Noah. Noah has been brought in to finish her great-grandmother’s last book. Georgia isn’t too thrilled about the idea but allows to let Noah work on it as long as he gives it the ending she wants. Naturally, the two of them butt heads over this, and Noah will try his hardest to get Georgia to see things his way….Timeline #2 is Scarlett’s real-life romance told through the pages of her manuscript and letters from her love…

Overall, I thought this was a truly beautiful and unique story. The story flowed well and sucks you in instantly. The characters are real, flawed, and perfectly imperfect. I will be the first to admit that it took some time for me to get used to the alternating timelines/stories, but once I got into it, I was hooked! I loved all the little touches and the love letters. It made this story feel real and like the readers are a part of it.

The Things We Leave Unfinished is a love story that transcends time and pages. It’s a story about the risks we’re willing to take for love. It’s a story about secrets hidden in the past and the mess that’s left behind. It’s a story about thinking you know all of the pieces to it, but finding yourself completely wrong. Most of all, it’s a story of love and second chances.

At the end of the day, this story that Rebecca Yarros has given us will take you on one incredible journey that is sure to deliver all the feels.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the Publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Strong Enough (Meet Me In Montana #4) by Kelly Elliott

Review: Strong Enough (Meet Me In Montana #4) by Kelly Elliott

The fourth and final novel in New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott’s Meet Me in Montana series fires up the passion in a story about forgiveness and finding your soul mate.

Dirk Littlewood had the world at his feet and a life he claimed to love. He was a world-champion bull rider with plenty of women to keep his nights busy and make his inner loneliness nothing but a delusion.

Dirk’s life was exactly how he wanted it.

Until it wasn’t.

The moment Merit Eden showed back up in Hamilton, Montana, everything was turned upside down. Life changed immediately and then tragedy struck.

Merit was the only woman who could bring Dirk to his knees—and the only woman who could heal his broken past. If only he’d let her in, they could heal each other in the process.

The only thing left for Dirk to do was figure out how to not only forgive himself, but accept forgiveness from the only woman he had ever truly loved…if only he was strong enough to withstand the heartbreak.

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My Review

“The only thing I’ve ever wanted from you was you. This. Us.”

Holy Angst Alert!!! If you’re looking for a book filled with tension and all kinds of delicious angst, then look no further. Strong Enough is just the book you are looking for.

Strong Enough is the 4th book in the Meet Me In Montana Series and it is sure to take your heart and emotions on one heck of a ride. Strong Enough follows the story of Dirk and Merit. Dirk is on top of the world. He’s got a job he loves and is good at and women who just drop at his feet. But the status quo isn’t living up to the hype for him anymore. He’s tired and looking for a change. So, when Merit blows back into town, you can bet, she turned his whole world upside down. You see, Merit is the only woman who could bring Dirk to his knees. Only, when it comes to Merit, Dirk can’t stop making mistakes. He is the pure definition of “foot-in-mouth”. Will Dirk come to his senses and win over the girl of his dreams? There’s only one way to find out…..

Strong Enough is a fantastic read from beginning to end. Dirk and Merit gave my heart a run for its money and had my feels all over the place. Yes, these two made me absolutely batty at times. Many years ago, Dirk broke Merit’s heart and Merit has never been able to move past it. When fate reunites these two, the tension, chemistry, and love is still there. But, being able to forgive and forget, is a whole other story. The road to happily ever after isn’t an easy one for Merit and Dirk. In fact, Dirk is going to frustrate you so much, you’re going to wonder how he’s ever going to redeem himself??

Strong Enough is the kind of story that is going to capture your heart from the very beginning and will leave you hanging on each and every word. It is a story about first love and heartbreak. A story of pain and moving on. A story of love, loss, and forgiveness. Merit and Dirk’s story will take readers on an unforgettable ride and in the end, leave a satisfying smile on their faces…..

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour with Review: Still Standing (Wild West MC #1) by Kristen Ashley

Blog Tour with Review: Still Standing (Wild West MC #1) by Kristen Ashley

“Kristen Ashley captivates.” Publisher’s Weekly

Still Standing, an all-new emotional and fiery MC romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!

When Clara Delany walks into the Aces High Motorcycle Club’s hangout, she’s hit rock bottom. She’s hiding her car from the repo man, she has less than two dollars in her bank account and the only employment she can get is delivering messages for a criminal.

All because of a man. Therefore, she’s sworn off them.

And then she meets West “Buck” Hardy, president of the Aces High MC.

Buck also meets her, and the minute he does, he makes it clear (to everyone but Clara) that they’re starting something. Since Clara doesn’t get that message, she decides to leave Buck and sort out her life in order to come back to him clean.

She’s not gone but hours before life hits Clara with another blow. Which means Buck and his boys have to ride in and save the day. After that, Buck makes no bones about where they stand.

But does he?

Welcome to the first novel in the Wild West MC series which will tell the stories of the brothers of the Aces High MC, the Resurrection MC, and the Chaos MC…and the women who love them.

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MY REVIEW

“You stake a claim, you stake it because you want what you’re claimin’. Then you keep hold, no matter what you gotta do to keep it. I claimed you and I’m keeping hold.”

“We can’t do anything about those pages that were already written, baby. But we’re past those. Now we’re writing it new. You with me?”

4.5, You With Me, Stars!

Still Standing is the exciting first book in the Wild West MC Series from Kristen Ashely and it follows the story of Buck and Clara. Clara’s life has been anything but wonderful and when she thought she finally had something good, her world got turned upside down. Her current situation is anything but a dream and she finds herself living in the bad part of town, delivering messages for the wrong kind of man. And that’s how she finds herself tanged up Buck. You see, Clara is supposed to deliver a message to Buck, but once these two meet, all bets are off and Buck isn’t about to let Clara walk out of his life….

Still Standing was a thrilling and exciting read. I was hooked on Clara and Buck from their first interaction and couldn’t help but just devour this book. I loved Clara’s innocence, yet how brave she could be when she needed to. She was a terrific friend and had a big heart. Sure she didn’t always make the best decisions, but she’d give you the shirt off her back if she could. And then you’ve got Buck. Buck is the rough, tough president of the Aces High MC. His family and his brothers mean everything to him. He’s rough around the edges and doesn’t play games. He’s got a unique sweetness to him and isn’t the kind of man to give up easily. Buck and Clara are about as opposite as they could possibly be but are the couple you can’t help but find yourself rooting for.

Still Standing was a lot of fun to read and get swept up in. It definitely was rocking some serious Motorcycle Man vibes. From the awesome crew that was the Aces High MC, to badass biker babe makeovers and all kinds of drama, this book hit all the marks I was looking for in a KA novel. Yes, there were some frustrating moments and communication issues, but they always found a way to work past it and fight for what they wanted.

Still Standing kicks off the Wild West Series to one heck of a start. I’m already addicted to the players in this series and can not wait for more.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

“Babe,” he growled.

A warning.

Definitely.

I’d gone too far.

I also didn’t care.

“Okay, so then does Tia have to sleep with one, or, say, all of your boys?”

“Don’t do that shit. You know that’s not what I’m talkin’ about.”

“So maybe you’ll explain what you’re talking about.”

“I would, you shut your trap.”

I shut my trap and stared at his shadowed head.

He stared at mine.

Then he muttered, “Christ, need my head examined.”

“You could get off me,” I reminded him.

“Is this shuttin’ your trap?”

I shut my trap again.

“You take of care my house and my business as well as me.”

“What does that mean?”

“That means you move outta the apartment before they kick your ass out. You move into my house. You keep it clean. You keep me fed, that is, when I’m not feedin’ you, and I like to cook, so mostly, I’ll be feedin’ you. You come to work with me and take care of the office, and you go home with me.”

Wow.

Was he serious?

That sounded like…it sounded like…

My God, it didn’t sound like a sex-for-safety arrangement.

It sounded like a relationship.

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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