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Review: Looking for You by Kelly Elliott

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Review: Looking for You by Kelly Elliott

The last person I would ever expect to be waiting on the front porch for me in the middle of the night was Everly Higgins. To say I was both surprised and thrilled to see her would be an understatement. I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her since we met last fall when my sister, Greer, fell in love with Everly’s brother, Hudson.

When I see her bruised up face, I instantly want to hurt someone. The problem is, Everly won’t tell me who hurt her or who she’s running from. The only thing she’ll tell me is that she needs a safe place to stay where no one can find her.

Being a cop, I have the urge to unravel this mystery, but the other side of me simply wants to protect Everly from whatever it is she’s running from.

But as the people she is hiding from catch up with her, I quickly discover there is nothing I wouldn’t do for Everly Higgins.

I’d even die for her.

Looking for You is book six in the Boggy Creek Valley series. It can be read as a stand alone, but for a better reading experience it is recommended to read the books in order.

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MY REVIEW

Talk about a story that hits you with all of the feels. Looking for You is a suspenseful romance that will keep you on your toes and leave you breathless for more.

When we first meet up with Kyle and Everly, the sparks between them are instant. But due to Everly’s challenging job, she knows she can’t pursue anything with Kyle. A year has passed and for Kyle, Everly is the one that got away. So, when Kyle finds Everly on his porch one night, he was both surprised and thrilled to see her. That is until he discovers that someone has hurt Everly. Now, Kyle will do everything in his power to keep Everly safe and bring the people that hurt her to justice….

Looking for You took me by surprise in the best possible way. Kyle is the ultimate catch. I’m talking seriously swoon-worthy book boyfriend here. I mean, he is absolute perfection. All he wants to do is protect Everly, no matter the cost. This brings us to Everly. She has the biggest heart ever. She’s tough and independent. She doesn’t want to bring trouble around her family but knows that she can trust Kyle. Kyle was just what Everly needed in her life and I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together.

Looking for You had quite a different feel from the other books in the Boggy Creek Valley Series. I loved how suspenseful this book was. Kelly Elliott weaved quite the web of mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat, dying to know more. I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns and once you add in a steamy, hot romance, you just can’t go wrong.

Looking for You had everything I was looking for and then some. I was completely lost in Everly and Kyle’s story. I loved their connection, the chemistry, the sparks. As much as I wanted to savor it, I couldn’t help but devour their story. If you’re looking for a romantic suspense that will keep you on your toes but also swooning, Looking for You is just the book you’re looking for.

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

Blog Tour with Review: A London Villain by Catherine Wiltcher

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Blog Tour with Review: A London Villain by Catherine Wiltcher

“He was coming back for me, and the whole of London was going to burn because of it.”

A London Villain, all-new second chance standalone romance by USA Today bestselling author Catherine Wiltcher is now live!

It started with a dare:
Steal a kiss from the pretty, green-eyed girl with the Irish mobster father.
Turns out, Ada O’Sullivan was a much better thief than me.
In the span of one night, I lost my head, my senses, my loyalty to my own crime family…

At nineteen, she was the only thing worth fighting for.
Dying for.
Loving.
But I was a boy playing a man’s game.
In the end, they drove me from this city, while Ada was driven straight to hell.

Now, I’m back—an avenging devil—with red hands and loaded bullets.
Irish. Mafia. Bratva. British.
Everyone who tore her from my arms, everyone who has ever hurt her, will suffer the consequences.

But time bleeds secrets.
Secrets open old wounds.
Ada isn’t the same sweet girl I knew before they ripped her innocence apart.
And that boy?
I’ve turned him into a villain who will stop at nothing to make her mine again.

A London Villain is a heart-stopping, second chance romance with NO cliff-hanger and a guaranteed HEA.

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MY REVIEW

“How can you love someone with just one glance? How do you know they’re right for you before a single word is shared? I can’t explain what we are, or what’s passed between us that first day in the library. I just know there are some connections that fly without definition, ones that are strong enough to last a thousand lifetimes and break a million rules.”

“Patience is a virtue, but I was born a sinner.”

A London Villain was an unexpected read in the best possible way. It was dark. It was consuming. It kept me on the edge of my seat, with twists I never saw coming.

A London Villain is an action-packed, dark mafia romance. The characters are damaged and all-consuming. Their story will tug on your heartstrings and leave you wanting vengeance for them. Ada and Frankie were a force to be reckoned with. Their connection was instant and the romance between them burned up the pages. Their journey to happily ever after was anything but easy. They endure so much and their love will be tested in ways they never anticipated. Readers will be left wondering when the hits will stop coming and if these characters will ever find a way to happily ever after…

A London Villain ticked off all of my boxes and left me dying for more. This book totally blew me away and I can’t wait to check out more from this author in the future. If you’re a fan of dark mafia romances, you won’t want to miss A London Villain!

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

Excerpt

PROLOGUE

ADA

           They told me he was dead, and I believed them.

           Two weeks later, the first book arrived.

           There was no postmark, no return address, but I knew it was from him. I’d been holding a copy the day he set fire to my soul in a stolen car on the edge of darkness. When for twelve hours the world had sparked with light and colour before they’d shrouded it in black again.

           After that, they appeared once a month, and it was always the same book, just different versions. Some had discreet covers. Others were straight-up classics. French, German, Italian, Arabic… Every translation you could think of.

           Most were torn with age, but a few had been newly reprinted that year. No two copies were identical, but the story never changed because it was our story now. They’d turned him into the villain, and me into a footnote: framed for a crime we didn’t commit, and then punished and kept apart for years because of it. 

           One was so rare it had been auctioned off for a huge amount of money—the highest anyone had paid for a first edition. The buyer was anonymous, of course. I read about him in a newspaper someone had left behind in a coffee shop. According to the by-line, the final bid had come in from Monaco. 

           Monaco.

           I remember thinking then how sad and strange it was that for all the blood money we had, we were both still bankrupt in all the ways it mattered.

           Then, five months ago, the books stopped arriving. 

           I figured he was dead now for sure, and my grief was so great it felt like every chamber of my heart was being pierced by a bullet. 

           I waited weeks for my Bratva bastard of a husband to show up and taunt me with the news, but he never came.

           That’s when I knew the truth:

           Our chains had finally broken. 

           The war was finally here.  

           Frankie was coming back for me, and the whole of London was going to burn because of it.

Meet Catherine

Catherine Wiltcher is a USA Today and Amazon Top 15 bestselling dark romance author. A stage 4 cancer thriver and a former TV Producer, she writes flawed characters who always fall hard and deep for one another, whatever the cost.

She lives in the UK with her husband and their two young daughters.

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Release Blitz with Review: The Bully by Willa Nash

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The Bully by Willa Nash is now live!

Nellie Rivera is trading traffic for tranquility. When the quiet streets of small-town Montana beckon, she leaves Denver behind and moves to Calamity. It would be the perfect adventure if not for Cal Stark.

When her archnemesis dares to show his face one Saturday morning, declaring he is moving there too, she vows to make his life a misery. The town isn’t big enough for the both of them and besides . . .

She was here first.

Cal has been a thorn in her side since high school. He might have bullied her back then, but she’s not a modest teenager anymore and has learned a few plays of her own. If all goes to plan, she’ll run the former pro quarterback out of town within a month.

There’s only one problem. Cal has the same plan. He wants Calamity bad enough to pull out all the stops. And after one kiss, she realizes that he doesn’t play fair.

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MY REVIEW

“This was us. Push and pull. Cold or hot. Off to on. We were magnets, one flip and we’d repulse each other. But turned the other way, there was no ripping us apart.”

“He looked like a man who needed to sleep for a decade but had been waiting to find the right place to rest and had finally found it in my bed. He looked like he belonged there.”

“Life’s not about what most people think. Life’s about finding the right people. The ones who will take you at your worst, so you can give them your best.”

Talk about push and pull! Cal and Nellie had it in spades. They hated each other, but boy did they want each other! You see, Cal and Nellie have been at odds since she was 14. They say time heals all wounds, but for Nellie, Cal is just a thorn in her side that won’t go away. Nellie can’t seem to escape Cal no matter how hard she tries and when Cal blows into Calamity, Montana, it turns Nellie’s world upside down.

I absolutely adored Cal and Nellie. I was invested in the two of them right from the start. Cal and Nellie had me all twisted up in knots and begging for more at the same time. The banter and chemistry between them was off the charts and just oozed off of the pages. That being said, the road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one, but watching Cal and Nellie navigate their way through all the ups and downs, and mistakes of the past was everything this reader could hope for.

To say Cal and Nellie are complicated is a complete understatement. Cal and Nellie are the kind of couple that will drive you crazy one minute and rooting for them the next.

The Bully is a terrific addition to the Calamity Montana Series and I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for this small-town, enemies to lovers romance. Willa Nash definitely knocked it out of the park with this one!

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

Meet Willa


Willa Nash is USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Devney Perry’s alter ego, writing contemporary romance stories for Kindle Unlimited. Lover of Swedish Fish, hater of laundry, she lives in Washington State with her husband and two sons. She was born and raised in Montana and has a passion for writing books in the state she calls home.

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Review: Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter

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Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into a thrilling anonymous relationship in this hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.

Bad luck has always followed Olivia Marshall…or maybe she’s just the screw-up her family thinks she is. But when a “What are you wearing?” text from a random wrong number turns into the hottest, most entertaining—albeit anonymous—relationship of her life, she thinks things might be on the upswing….

Colin Beck has always considered Olivia his best friend’s annoying little sister, but when she moves in with them after one of her worst runs of luck, he realizes she’s turned into an altogether different and sexier distraction. He’s sure he can keep his distance, until the moment he discovers she’s the irresistible Miss Misdial he’s been sort of sexting for weeks—and now he has to decide whether to turn the heat up or ghost her before things get messy.

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MY REVIEW

“You’re aren’t a hot mess at all, Livie. You’re just this…this…human tornado who is so alive, so filled with the energy of the moment, that there occasionally is a little collateral damage.”

Mr. Wrong Number was an absolute joy to read! This book was smart, funny, and kept this reader hooked from start to finish.

Bad luck follows Olivia everywhere she goes. She is the definition of a hot mess and is pretty much labeled the family screw-up. But, when Olivia receives a random text from a wrong number, her luck might just be starting to change…To Colin, he’s only ever seen Olivia as his best friend’s annoying little sister. But when Olivia has to crash with Colin and her brother, he suddenly starts seeing her in a different light. He’s trying his best to keep things status quo, but that all goes out the window when he discovers the identity of his misdialed text….

Mr. Wrong Number is a fun read from beginning to end. Olivia is a total hot mess, but I found her so relatable. She doesn’t have her stuff all together and is doing her best to figure it all out. I loved how she owned the mistakes she made and remained true to herself. And then there is Colin. Colin is the complete opposite of Olivia. He’s successful and has all of his ducks in a row. Colin and Olivia couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, but once you get these two together, the sparks are unable to be denied.

Olivia and Colin’s story hit so many of my favorite tropes: romantic comedy, enemies to lovers, and older brother’s best friend. I loved the banter between Olivia and Colin. They both dished it out as well as they took it. They were real with one another and the chemistry between them was off the charts. I loved all of the slow-burning moments, wrong number texts, and of course, the will they/won’t they moments. I honestly couldn’t get enough of Olivia and Colin and never wanted their story to end.

Mr. Wrong Number is my first book by Lynn Painter and it certainly won’t be my last. This book knocked it out of the park and checked off each one of this romance lover’s boxes. I hope you’ll pick up Mr. Wrong Number and fall head over heels for Colin and Olivia as I have.

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

Review: Surrender to Me by Kelly Elliott

Arabella Adams was the one woman I would have laid my life down for, no matter the circumstance, because that’s what you would do for your soulmate. But when she broke up with me our senior year of college—for no reason or explanation at all—my world as I knew it fell completely apart. My heart was instantly ripped from my chest…and it was a pain I felt in my very soul, and one I never truly recovered from.

Now, here I am, ten years later, and I’ve finally learned the real reason Bella pushed me away. So, I must prove to her that anything that happened in her past—our past—doesn’t change the way I feel about her. After all, soulmates never stop loving each other, and even a decade later, I will make her see that I will protect her until the day I die.

Because you see, we promised one another we wouldn’t keep secrets, wouldn’t hide parts of ourselves that the other wouldn’t understand. Except, well, I lied. Because the moment I find the person who took Bella from me all those years ago, I’m going to make him pay for every lost moment of the past ten years, and nothing—not even the fact I’m a cop—will stop me from inflicting the same level of pain on him that Arabella and me endured all this time.

Note to readers: Arabella endures trauma no woman should have to suffer. Respectfully, the author invites you to emotionally and mentally prepare before experiencing this book on your own terms, should you choose to do so.

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MY REVIEW

The Boggy Creek Series just keeps getting better and better.

Surrender to Me is the latest installment in the Boggy Creek Series and follows the story of Arabella and Hunter. Arabella and Hunter had the kind of relationship and connection that people could only hope to find. They were so sure of the love they shared for one another and had no idea that one simple twist of fate would turn their entire worlds upside down….

Surrender to Me is a beautiful and heartwarming second chance romance. It is the kind of story that will tug on your heartstrings and leave you feeling a buffet of emotions. Hunter is the kind of guy that every girl wishes for. He loves fiercely and hard. He’ll do anything to protect those who are important to him. And despite the odds and how hurt he was losing Arabella, he never gave up hope. That brings up to Arabella. Arabella has the biggest heart and just lights up the room when you’re around her. She too loves fiercely and loves hard. But when her life gets turned upside down, she finds herself in a neverending loop of pain and confusion. The last thing she wants to do is hurt the man she loves….

Surrender to Me is a truly beautiful story. I was swept up in Arabella and Hunter’s story instantly and couldn’t wait for them to find their way back to each other. Their story isn’t an easy one and deals with some tough subject matter. Author Kelly Elliott did an amazing job with this subject matter and made it very easy to connect with the characters.

Hunter and Arabella’s story is a beautiful love story that will make you swoon, rage, fall in love, and believe in second chances. Kelly Elliott fans, you won’t want to miss this heartwarming love story.

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

Release Blitz with Review: Beautiful Nightmare by Gianna Darling

Release Blitz with Review: Beautiful Nightmare by Gianna Darling

Beautiful Nightmare by Giana Darling is now live! 

Bianca has finally found her rightful place amid the powerful Constantines. But all is not what it seems in this glittering new world. And Tiernan Morelli refuses to give her up…

BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE is the final book in the Dark Dream duet by USA Today bestselling author Giana Darling.

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MY REVIEW

“All I ever wanted was acceptance and unity. All I’d ever been was alone and a tool of chaos.”

“That was the problem for people who created monsters, it was only a matter of time before they turned on their creators.”

“This madness I have for you.” “It’s in my blood.”

Beautiful Nightmare is the heart-pounding and thrilling conclusion to the Dark Dream Series.

Beautiful Nightmare picks up right where Dangerous Temptation left off and once again, hits the ground running. With nothing left to lose, Tiernan will stop at nothing until Bianca is back in his arms. No matter the price, no matter what he has to do, Tiernan is a man with a mission. So, buckle up and get prepared for another wild and crazy ride that only Giana Darling can deliver…

Beautiful Nightmare was everything I was hoping it would be. Filled with secrets, lies, and a quest for revenge, this book leaves no stone unturned. You will be kept on the edge of your seat dying to know what will happen next. The stakes for Bianca and Tiernan are higher than ever, but that doesn’t stop these two from steaming up the pages.

Once again, I was captivated and utterly swept up in the pages of Bianca and Tiernan’s story. Wild horses couldn’t stop me from finishing this book, even if that meant I would devour this book quickly. I was hooked and had to see how things would play out. All I can say is that Giana Darling does not disappoint.

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Meet Giana


Giana Darling is a USA Today and Top 40 Amazon best selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat, Persephone, and Golden Retriever puppy, Romeo. She’s a lifetime athlete, playing and coaching basketball, soccer, field hockey, and softball, so she comes by her competitive spirit naturally. A born reader and self-proclaimed geek, she is enamored with mythology, history and all kinds of literature. Before becoming a romance novelist, she was a food journalist, a food blogger, a coach, a French tutor and the owner of a pie company. For the last few years she has been living all over Europe, mostly in her second home France, but she’s finally settled with the Love of Her Life in her hometown on an island off of Vancouver. 

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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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MY REVIEW

“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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