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Review: Four for the Road by K.J. Reilly

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets The End of the F***ing World in this dark young adult comedy about four unlikely friends dealing with the messy side of grief who embark on a road trip to Graceland.

Asher Hunting wants revenge.

Specifically, he wants revenge on the drunk driver who killed his mom and got off on a technicality. No one seems to think this is healthy, though, which is how he ends up in a bereavement group (well, bereavement groups. He goes to several.) It’s there he makes some unexpected friends: There’s Sloane, who lost her dad to cancer; Will, who lost his little brother to a different kind of cancer; and eighty-year-old Henry, who was married to his wife for fifty years until she decided to die on her own terms. And it’s these three who Asher invites on a road trip from New Jersey to Graceland. Asher doesn’t tell them that he’s planning to steal his dad’s car, or the real reason that he wants to go to Tennessee (spoiler alert: it’s revenge)—but then again, the others don’t share their reasons for going, either.

Complete with unexpected revelations, lots of chicken Caesar salads at roadside restaurants, a stolen motorcycle, and an epic kiss at a rest stop minimart, what begins as the road trip to revenge might just turn into a path towards forgiveness.

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MY REVIEW

Four for the Road is a dark and intriguing novel about four unlikely friends dealing with the messy side of grief. This book is a far cry from what I normally read, but I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the premise of this story. And don’t let the fact that this is a young adult book fool you. This book wasn’t afraid to pack a punch and definitely had me wanting to see what would happen next.

Four for the Road is quite the book to experience. It’s a messy, dark tale of grief with romance and humor sprinkled along the way. And while the writing was a bit all over the place, I couldn’t help but think how well the chaotic flow worked for this type of book and how it perfectly echoed the tone. There’s beauty to be found in a book like this and while the story is heartbreaking and certainly not for everyone, I’m glad to have stepped out of my norm and check this book out.

*I received an ARC copy of this book via the publisher, Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review*

Cover Reveal: Throne of a Thousand Lies by Rachel Higginson

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Cover Reveal: Throne of a Thousand Lies by Rachel Higginson

An heir to the throne . . .

Tessana Allisand might have proven that she’s the oldest living daughter of the dead king of Elysia, and that she’s the rightful heir to the Seat of Power, but that doesn’t mean she gets to be queen . . . yet. Forced to wait until her twenty-first birthday, Tess is supposed to be learning how to navigate court life and all the ways she will one day rule the realm. But circumstances and her nefarious uncle keep getting in the way of her education.

A kingdom in turmoil . . .

While Tess is pampered with the luxuries of castle life, the rest of the kingdom suffers under the oppressive thumb of the Ring of Shadows. And while no other ruler seems all that concerned with the evil rebels intent on destroying everyone and everything, Tess alone must find a way to stand up to the dark magic threatening to choke the life from her precious kingdom.

A love shaken by distance . . .

Tessana and Taelon found each other in the depths of the Blood Woods. And just like when they were children, their affection for each other saved the realm. But now, with separate kingdoms to fight for and royal duties to attend to, life is pushing them in impossibly opposite directions. Tess wants nothing more than for Taelon to be at her side. And yet, she will never ask him to leave his own kingdom for hers. Fate seems determined to keep them apart. But it was love that brought them back together. And love that will defy titles, crowns, and destiny.

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Excerpt

The swooshing noise fired in the distance. Swoop. Swoop. Swoop. I was only mildly adept with a bow, but I recognized the release of an arrow. But never had I heard so many at one time.

“You’re under attack,” Caspian snarled at my ear.

I lifted my head and looked around at the chaos bursting into action around us. Guards scrambled to dive out of the way of incoming arrows. But too many were slicing through the air and coming too fast. Wave after wave of ill-fated projectiles. I watched a young man who had only just been promoted from page to my protective service get hit in the chest and fall over the balcony’s edge, his scream of pain and panic renting the air as he plunged to his death.

I clung to Caspian’s tunic, terrified and shocked. Another body fell behind me. I did not have to look to know it would be another of my guards.

“Where are they coming from?” I gasped as an arrow crashed and toppled just feet from where we lay. We were high above the castle grounds, and there weren’t buildings or other structures anywhere near this side of the castle. It was all gardens and rolling hills. And miles away, the sheer façade of the Diamond Mountains.

“The turrets.” He ducked his face into my neck as another arrow came whizzing by. It was the most intimate I had ever been with a man. Even Taelon had never pressed his face against my bare skin like this.

Obviously, now was not the time to be thinking of such things. Both of us could die in the next instant. Probably should be more focused on surviving than the way Caspian’s rough jaw scraped against my throat, or the way his chin dipped and brushed my bosom.

But then he inhaled deeply. I felt the breath move through him, down the length of his taut body.

He lifted his head again and smirked. “You smell of oranges and honey.”

There was such an intimate knowledge of me in his voice that I nearly forgot about the arrows completely. Caspian wasn’t like Taelon at all. That had been true since the first moment he spoke to me. But in this way especially. Taelon was nothing but a gentleman, proper, sweet, respectable. Yes, he was roguish and playful too. Clever. Calculating. Wise. But with me, there was always an invisible boundary of regard. Capsian was the opposite. His eyes glinted with carnal things, his hands flexing on my body where he held me—one hand on my outstretched wrist, the other at my hip. His voice was smoke and sandpaper. His skin hot against mine. And still, the arrows zipped by, miraculously missing us. But barely.

“We need to get inside,” I reminded him.

He refocused and looked to the right and to the left. The ballroom and its balcony were set into the castle, nestled between two gradually extending walls that ended in towering turrets. The design gave the ballroom privacy, tucking it away with only a view of the gardens. While I could see nothing but Caspian’s profile and long neck, the bowmen must be set up in the guest rooms and using the windows to get a line of sight on their targets.

Swoop. Then a sick crunching sound made my stomach beat against my spine.

Caspian growled in pain, his body contracting from the impact.

“Caspian!” I shrieked as he became limp over me, crushing me beneath his surprisingly substantial weight. He did not answer. “Caspian, please!” He still did not answer. “Dragon’s blood, Caspian, do not die on top of me!” Still, he did not answer.

I clutched his shoulders, my fingers brushing the hilt of an arrow on his right side. I breathed a small sigh of relief that it didn’t seem to have gone through his heart. I stilled long enough to feel a shallow breath move his chest up and down. Shaking him gently, I tried to rouse him while the party inside finally realized what was going on.

Women screamed, glasses shattered, and guards began moving outside. But as soon as someone stepped onto the patio, they were felled by a barrage of arrows.

I heard someone shouting about the princess and wondered if they could even see me beneath Caspian’s unconscious body.

“Caspian, please,” I begged, shaking him again. “I promise, I will give you a fair shot at being my consort if you will just wake up!”

I knew he hadn’t heard me, not really. But he did suck in a deep breath and make a pained growl against the pain.

His head jerked upward, and his gaze found mine almost instantly. “I’ve been shot.”

It was inappropriate to laugh at a time like this. But was he serious? “I realize.” 

Review: These Twisted Bonds (These Hollow Vows #2) by Lexi Ryan

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Review: These Twisted Bonds (These Hollow Vows #2) by Lexi Ryan

In this thrilling conclusion to These Hollow Vows—the sexy, action-packed fantasy by New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan that started it all—Brie finds herself caught between two princes and two destinies while the future of the fae realm hangs in the balance.

After Abriella’s sister was sold to the fae, she thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when she suddenly finds herself caught in a web of lies of her own making ­- loving two princes and trusting neither – things are not quite as clear as she once thought.

As civil war wages in the Court of Darkness, Brie finds herself unable to choose a side. How can she know where she stands when she doesn’t even know herself anymore? In this darkly romantic thrill ride, the more Faerie is torn apart from the inside, the clearer it becomes that prophecies don’t lie and Brie has a role to play in the fate of this magical realm – whether she likes it or not. 

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My Review

“Once upon a time, there was a little girl with blazing red hair who was destined to save a kingdom.”

These Twisted Bonds is the heart-pounding and thrilling conclusion to These Hollow Vows. Picking up right where These Hollow Vows left off, These Twisted Bonds will take you on a thrilling and unforgettable journey that will keep you on your toes right until the very end.

These Twisted Bonds captivated me from the very first page. I was completely obsessed and consumed by this story. I had to know what would happen next, how things would play out in the Fae realm, and who would finally win Abriella’s heart.

Now, I will say, I’m not usually the biggest fan of love triangles but found myself hopelessly obsessed with this one. Just when I thought I had chosen a side, something would happen to leave me wondering if the person I picked was the right one, and let me tell you, I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

The only issue I had with this book was that I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed. Everything seemed to wrap up really quickly and after everything these characters endured, I would have liked to have the conflict/fight play out a little bit longer. Like really make these characters earn their happily ever after. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved this story and the characters, the ending just left me needing more.

Overall, I thought These Twisted Bonds was a fantastic read. This story completely consumed me and wild horses couldn’t make me put it down. I loved the world this author has created and all of the characters we met along the way. I loved getting swept up in Finn, Abriella, and Sebastian. The twists and turns kept me on my toes and I had the best time trying to figure out what would happen next.

These Twisted Bonds is a story of love, friendships, and the bonds that tie us together. It’s a story of duty and loyalty. A story about making hard decisions and sacrifices. A story that will tie you up in knots and keep you begging for more.

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

Review: This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

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Review: This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!

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MY REVIEW

Three weddings and three funerals-Alessa’s gift is supposed to save the world but ends up killing every suitor she touches. With only weeks left to save her island home, time is running out for Alessa to not only find a suitor but stop the invasion. Alessa’s task is anything but easy, and when a powerful priest casts doubt among the faithful, Alessa quickly discovers that not everyone is on her side. Desperate to survive, Alessa seeks help from Dante, an outcast who has been marked as a killer. Will Dante be able to help Alessa or will his secrets destroy everything? There’s only one way to find out….

What an exciting ride! This Vicious Grace is a little slow to start, but don’t let that discourage you. This book has fantastic world-building and a plot that will leave you on your toes.

Alessa is strong, yet determined to live up to the expectations the gods have set before her. Her mission: find an acceptable suitor, harness his power, and save their island community. Sounds easy enough, except everyone she touches ends up dead. After an attempt on her life, Alessa doesn’t know who she can trust, and that’s how she finds herself with the mysterious Dante. Dante could care less about Alessa’s agenda, but for reasons he can’t quite understand, he takes Alessa up on her offer. Together, these two make quite the unexpected pairing. Their chemistry leaped off the pages and had me dying to know what would happen next.

This Vicious Grace is a heart-pounding and refreshing fantasy novel that will keep you glued to the pages. This story is filled with magic, mystery, and intrigue. At times, I wondered how this could possibly be a debut novel, as the words just flew off the pages and consumed me. I fell in love with the characters and am absolutely dying to find out what happens next. This story took me by surprise in the best way and I look forward to checking out more from this author in the future.

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

Release Blitz: Crown of Crimson by Karina Halle

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Crown of Crimson, an enthralling dark fantasy romance in the Underworld Gods Series from New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle, is now available!

All Hanna Heikkinen wants is to be reunited with her father again. After all, that’s why she ventured into the dark and dangerous fantasy world of Tuonela, the Land of the Dead, in order to save his life. But this time her devotion to her father comes at a cost—her growing relationship with Tuoni, the God of Death himself, who held Hanna captive in exchange for her father’s life. The last thing she expects is to feel remorse at leaving Death at his castle of Shadow’s End without even saying goodbye, and yet he’s all she can think about.

Death has always prided himself on never trusting the living, but Hanna’s apparent betrayal has left a scar fathom’s deep. Vowing revenge on his future bride, and making sure she upholds her end of the bargain, Death sets out across his realm to steal Hanna back, which only fans the flames between them. But Death and Hanna aren’t just fighting each other—malevolent Old Gods are rising to power within the realm, magic is being poisoned, and buried secrets are brought to light, secrets that may cause Hanna to lose everyone she loves dear once again.

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Meet Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Review: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

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Review: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.

They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.

Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.

For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.

When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever. 

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My Review

Every Summer After is a fantastic debut novel filled with all the mistakes of young love, forgiveness, and second chances.

It took six summers and one unforgettable weekend to change Persephone’s life forever. No matter how hard she tried, she never got over her first big love. When tragedy strikes, Persephone finds herself returning to the place she never thought she’d step foot in again. Suddenly Persephone is forced to confront the ghosts of her past…

Every Summer After is a beautiful story of young love and the mistakes we make trying to find our way. I fell instantly in love with Persephone and Sam. Their story hit me with all the feels and left me hanging on each and every word. The road to happily ever after for these two is not an easy one. It’s filled with longing and regret. It’s filled with mistakes and betrayal. It’s filled with hope and second chances. Persephone and Sam’s story took me on one heck of an emotional journey. I loved the push and pull, the will they/won’t they moments. And I just loved every second of it.

Every Summer After is well-written, engaging, and will easily consume your afternoon. This book gave me all the feels and checked off all the boxes for this reader. I’m blown away by the fact that this is Carley Fortune’s debut novel and can not wait to read more from this author in the future.

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

Review: Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli

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Can love survive the dark?

No matter how far she runs, the forest of Edgewood always comes for Emeline Lark. The scent of damp earth curls into her nose when she sings and moss creeps across the stage. It’s as if the woods of her childhood, shrouded in folklore and tall tales, are trying to reclaim her. But Emeline has no patience for silly superstitions.

When her grandfather disappears, leaving only a mysterious orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. She enters the forest she has spent years trying to escape, only to have Hawthorne Fell, a handsome and brooding tithe collector, try to dissuade her from searching.

Refusing to be deterred, Emeline finds herself drawn to the court of the fabled Wood King himself. She makes a deal—her voice for her grandfather’s freedom. Little does she know, she’s stumbled into the middle of a curse much bigger than herself, one that threatens the existence of this eerie world she’s trapped in, along with the devastating boy who feels so familiar.

With the help of Hawthorne—an enemy turned reluctant ally who she grows closer to each day—Emeline sets out to not only save her grandfather’s life, but to right past wrongs, and in the process, discover her true voice.

Haunting and romantic, Kristen Ciccarelli’s Edgewood is an exciting novel from a bold, unforgettable voice in fantasy.

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MY REVIEW

Edgewood is a truly unique young adult, fantasy novel.

Edgewood is a well-written and intriguing story that spins quite the web of mystery. I enjoyed the mysterious woods and all of the secrets they held. I loved trying to figure out who you could trust or not. This book does dive into some pretty tough issues such as memory loss and I think the author did a really great job with the way she not only handled them, but the creative spin she put on them.

My only complaint about this book is that I wish the pacing had been a little more on point. There were some parts where the story seemed to drag a bit. And I do wish that the romance between Emeline and Hawthorne had been fleshed out a little more. Yes, their romance was definitely a slow-burning one, but they really left me wanting more.

Even though I did have a couple of issues with this book, I did find it to be an enjoyable read. I really liked all of the fantasy elements and the world this author created. I thought the author was really creative with the way the tough issues were handled.

This is my first book by this author and I would definitely be interested in checking out more from her in the future.

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

Blog Tour with Review: Screams in Symphony by Kelsey Clayton

Blog Tour with Review: Screams in Symphony by Kelsey Clayton

Screams in Symphony, the jaw-dropping conclusion to The Malvagio Mafia Duet from USA Today bestselling author Kelsey Clayton, is available now!

​​From USA Today bestselling author Kelsey Clayton comes a dark mafia romance filled with pain, betrayal, devastation, revenge, and a mindblowing ending that will have you questioning everything.

There once was a girl,
tarnished and ruined by the actions of others.
Some are born plagued by darkness,
but she was doused in it by those she trusted.

Like Lucifer himself,
she fell from the heavens and landed amongst the flames.
Now she wears her crown black,
with diamonds coated in the blood of her enemies.

This isn’t the story of a girl who saved the villain.
This is the story of a girl who became something much worse,
and the man who loved her for it.

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MY REVIEW

“Pain is a dangerous thing. It can make people crazy. Turn them into something they swore they’d never become. And once you give into the pain, there’s no guarantee you’ll ever come back from it.”

“There in the middle of destruction, I kiss her like she’s breathing the life back into me. Like we’re breathing the life back into each other. It’s an intoxicating dose of serotonin straight to my system, until the pain comes back in.”

Screams in Symphony is the deliciously disturbing, most anticipated conclusion to the Malvagio Mafia Duet. This book pulls out all the stops. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It’s all-consuming. Screams in Symphony will keep you on the edge of your seat and will leave you devouring each and every word.

Screams in Symphony picks up right where Suffer in Silence left off and completely hits the ground running. This story is dark and ruthless. It’s a twisted tale of love and revenge that will take these characters to unexpected places. Filled with lots of twists and turns, this book had my heart-pounding and left me hanging on every word.

Screams in Symphony lived up to its name and delivered on all fronts. This book was intense, with some parts that were hard for me to read. Even with all that, this book still left me with my mind-blown. For all my of my dark romance-loving friends, this is a book/duet you won’t want to miss. So, run and grab the Malvagio Mafia Duet today. You won’t be disappointed….

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

Excerpt

“I’ll see you later, S.”

I nod. “Yeah, sure.”

The second she’s out the door, Kage is already heading toward me. “What the fuck was that, S?”

It takes everything in my power to hold back my smile, amused with how possessive he is. “I don’t know. She’s determined to become my friend.”

“And you’re okay with that?”

I shrug half-heartedly. “She’s…tolerable. And besides, it’s not like I can go out and find new friends, being dead and all.”

He stares back at me before shaking his head. “No. Nope. I don’t like it.”

Giggling, I stand up and walk toward him, dipping my fingers into his pockets. “I can’t spend the rest of my life with just you and Beni.”

He cocks a single brow at me. “Who the fuck said Beni is invited?”

“Kage,” I laugh. “I need other friends.”

“Why?”

Arching up on my tippy-toes, I press a kiss over his heart. “Because they keep me from wanting to kill you in your sleep.”

His hands land on my arms, and he moves me away from him so he can look down at me. “How many times have you considered doing that exactly?”

“Four…”

“Oh,” he says, relieved.

“…teen.”

Sputtering on air, his jaw drops. “Fourteen?”

I tilt my head side to side. “Give or take a few.”

“Saxon!” he groans, his amusement slipping through.

“What?” I ask innocently. “You’re a little insufferable sometimes.”

The corners of his mouth raise as he stares down at me. “Mm-hm. Great. I’m sleeping in the panic room from now on.”

A laugh bubbles out of me as I press my lips to his. “That’s probably smart.”

Meet Kelsey

Kelsey Clayton is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance novels. She lives in a small town in Delaware with her husband, two kids, and dog.

She is an avid reader of fall hard romance. She believes that books are the best escape you can find, and that if you feel a range of emotions while reading her stories – she succeeded. She loves writing and is only getting started on this life long journey.

Kelsey likes to keep things in her life simple. Her ideal night is one with sweatpants, a fluffy blanket, cheese fries, and wine. She holds her friends and family close to her heart and would do just about anything to make them happy.

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Release Blitz with Review: Juniper Hill by Devney Perry

Release Blitz with Review: Juniper Hill by Devney Perry

Juniper Hill by Devney Perry is now live!

Memphis Ward arrives in Quincy, Montana, on the fifth worst day of her life. She needs a shower. She needs a snack. She needs some sanity. Because moving across the country with her newborn baby is by far the craziest thing she’s ever done.

But maybe it takes a little crazy to build a good life. If putting the past behind her requires a thousand miles and a new town, she’ll do it if it means a better future for her son. Even if it requires setting aside the glamour of her former life. Even if it requires working as a housekeeper at The Eloise Inn and living in an apartment above a garage.

It’s there, on the fifth worst day of her life, that she meets the handsomest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Knox Eden is a beautiful, sinful dream, a chef and her temporary landlord. With his sharp, stubbled jaw and tattooed arms, he’s raw and rugged and everything she’s never had—and never will. Because after the first worst day of her life, Memphis learned a good life requires giving up on her dreams too. And a man like Knox Eden will only ever be a dream.

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My Review

“That was the problem with that line. Every time he was around, I wanted to cross it.”

“Knox was a good man. He was as reliable as the sunrise. As breathtaking as the Montana sunsets. He was the type of person I wanted Drake to become.”

“Let me make it clear. You are mine. Drake is mine. For all of your todays and each of your tomorrows. Mine.”

The latest addition to the Edens Series is here and I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s no secret that I absolutely loved Indigo Ridge, so when I heard about Juniper Hill the bar was set high. And let me tell you, Deveny Perry obliterated the bar and gave me one heck of read to start off 2022 with.

From the moment I picked up Juniper Hill I was hooked. Memphis had the weight of the world on her shoulders and was looking for a much-needed fresh start with her baby boy. What she didn’t plan for was Knox. Knox is the ultimate book boyfriend. Sure Knox had his fair share of heartbreak, enjoyed his solitude, and wasn’t looking for love, but the moment he laid eyes on Memphis, it was like someone had flipped a switch, and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

Juniper Hill delivered on every front. The characters are real and perfectly flawed. The moment you meet them, you can’t help but want to know more. I loved all of the good moments and all of the hard ones too. I loved the ease of the relationship between Memphis and Knox, and the way Knox treated Memphis’s little boy just tugged on my heartstrings. They took their time getting to know each other, building a solid foundation. Both of them trying to move past the pain and disappointment of the past.

And just when I think I couldn’t possibly love the Eden family more, they had to go and prove me wrong. The Eden family took Memphis in and gave her the fresh start she needed. They showed her what a real family should be and what it was like to have someone in your corner with no strings attached. The Eden family is the real deal.

As you can tell, there is just so much to love about Juniper Hill. Devney Perry has once again delivered an unforgettable, swoon-worthy small-town romance. This must-read romance will leave readers utterly captivated and unable to put down. It’s a story of second chances that left with stars in my eyes one minute and tears the next. I laughed. I swooned. I was on the edge of my seat. In the end, I was taken on one heck of a ride and left with all the feels.

I loved everything about Juniper Hill from beginning to end and can not wait to get my hands on the next book in the Edens Series!

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

Meet Devney
Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her family. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.

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Year in Review: 2021 Reading Challenge!

Year in Review: 2021 Reading Challenge!

Each year, I try to create a reading challenge that’s not only fun and challenging but also realistic. This year, I set the bar pretty high, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve read over 128 books for this challenge, 113 of those being books that have sat on my kindle for far too long. I’ve discovered a lot of new authors and exciting books in 2021 and can not wait to see what next years challenge will bring.

Here are the books that made my 2021 Reading Challenge a success:

CategoryBook Title
Re-Read a favorite bookCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
A book by an author new to meCrashing East by Aly Stiles
A ContemporaryBlame It On The Champagne by Fiona Cole
A New Adult ReadThese Monsterous Ties by K.V. Rose
A Biker NovelTounge by K.L. Savage
A Paranormal/FantasyA Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
A Sports RomanceThe Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen
A Romantic ComedyBet Me by Lila Monroe
A book chosen for its coverOne Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
Accidental PregnancySay Yes To Love by Anne Williams
Older Brother’s Best FriendFalling For My Brother’s Best Friend by Piper Rayne
Holiday Romance (any holiday)Holidate by Monica Murphy
ForbiddenSweet Dandelion by Micalea Smeltzer
BillionaireClose Quarters by Kandi Steiner
Bad BoySkater Boy by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Workplace RomanceBossy Nights by Liv Morris
Fake RelationshipThe Trouble With The Fake Boyfriend by Holly Renee
Marriage of ConvenienceDon’t Kiss The Bride by Carian Cole
Favorite tropeSancte Diaboli: Part One by Amo Jones
A book with a red coverThe Life You Stole by Jewel E Ann
4 books on your TBRThe Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb
The Saint by Kelsey Clayton
Corrupt My Mind by Kelsey Clayton
Savage by Caitlyn Dare
2 New ReleasesDestructive King by RVD
The Invitation by Vi Keeland
A trope you haven’t read in 12 monthsThe Dead List by Jennifer Armentrout
A Rock Star RomanceGone For You by Jayne Frost
A Non-Romance bookBecoming by Michelle Obama
A ClassicI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A book picked by a friendThe Kiss by M. Robinson
Dark/TabooFable of Happiness, Book One by Pepper Winters
Historical RomanceThe Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon
Fairy Tale Re-TellingThe Love Hack by Lauren Helms
A YA BookThe Problem With Forever by JLA
Enemies to Lovers tropeA Vow of Hate by Lylah James
A book that will make you Ugly CryBared Souls by Ellie Wade
A book with an Age Gap tropeDead Man Walking by Giana Darling
A book with Friends to Lovers tropeFor Keeps. For Always. by Haley Jenner
A book with a blue coverThe Life That Mattered by Jewel E Ann
4 books on your TBRShow Me How by Molly McAdams
Alpha’s Claim by Amelia Hutchins
Crossed Fates by Lexi Foss & Elle Christensen
Lost Souls by Emma Creed
2 New ReleasesUnderboss by Kristen Proby
One More Time by Aurora Rose Reynolds
1 DuetLove and Lies Duet by Stacey Lynn
MafiaRuthless Monarch by Ava Harrison
A NovellaForevermore by Alex Grayson
Sweet RomanceThe Bloom Girls by Amy Pine
Romantic SuspenseBroken Sparrow by Chelle Bliss
A book with a Cowboy on the coverTrue Love Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
A book, where the main character is/, was in the militaryLove So Irresistible by Marquita Valentine
Small Town romanceSouthern Heart by Natasha Madison
First Responder (Police Officer/Firefighter/EMT)Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey
Second Chance RomanceRise by Cassandra Robbins
Dystopian/Science FictionRunner by Evie Mitchell
A book with a yellow coverEternally North by Tillie Cole
2 books on your TBRUnforgettable by Melanie Harlow
Beneath the Stars by Emily McIntire
2 New ReleasesBroken French by Tasha Boyd
Strict Confidence by Skye Warren
Insta-loveDistraction by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Bearded Man On CoverSide Hustle by Emily Goodwin
A Fighter/MMA BookFighting For Irish by Gina Maxwell
A TrilogyCruel Summer Series by Rachel Van Dyken
Finish A Series I StartedA Line of Duty Series by Tessa Bailey
Bully RomanceThe Bet by JL Beck & C. Hallman
2 DuetsThe Pawn Duet by TM Frazier
The Retake Duet by Ella Fox
2 NovellasBeautiful Nightmare by Giana Darling
Fallen King by Giana Darling
2 Sweet RomanceAnything But Sweet by Candis Terry
Kissing Her Crush by Ophelia London
A Suspense or Romantic Suspense NovelThe Au Pair by Emma Rous
Read 1 SeriesThe Baraginer Series by Laura Thalassa
2 Box Sets of BooksDark Legacy: The Complete Collection by Jaymin Eve Bleeding Hearts: The Complete Duet by A. Zavarelli
Small Town RomanceFragile Hearts by Amber Kelly
A Stand-alone NovelThe Love Interest by Kayley Loring
A Beach ReadAin’t He Precious by Sawyer Bennett
4 Books I Already Own Per Month
JanHere Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright
Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan
Even If It Hurts by Marni Mann
Focused by Karla Sorensen
FebWreck by Cora Brent
Treachery by Lily White
Not What I Expected by Jewel E Ann
The Dare by Elle Kennedy
MarchCrazy for Loving You by Pippa Grant
The Sinner by Kelsey Clayton
Guilty Pleasure by Jessica Prince
Never Gonna Happen by Cynthia Eden
AprilWhat Are The Chances by Ashley Munoz & Brittany Taylor
Callous Prince by Brecker Gray
Bad Alibi by Jessica Prince
Wrong Text Right Love by Claudia Burgoa
MayTempt Me by Kally Ash
From Our First by Carrie Ann Ryan
Bad Liar by Lauren Rowe
The Legacy by Dylan Allen
JuneFaking Ms.Right by Claire Kingsley
Aggro by Coralee June & Carrie Gray
Love At First Fight by Carrie Aarons
Rich Prick by Tijan
JulyHawk by Kat Savage
Protecting You by Claire Kingsley
My Besties Ex by Piper Rayne
Waiting On The Rain by Claudia Connor
AugFlame by Chelle Bliss
Falling For My Enemy by Claire Kingsley
Cruel Temptation by Kelli Callahan
Gods & Monsters by Saffron Kent
SeptOff the Cuff by KI Lynn
My One Week Husband by Lauren Blakely
Dotted Lines by Devney Perry
Hold the Forevers by KA Linde
OctPretty Little Savage by Lucy Smoke
Reckless Memories by Catherine Cowles
The Lies We Tell by Becca Steele
Wreck & Ruin by Emma Slate
NovRuthless Stranger by Maggie Cole
Royal Line by Carrie Ann Ryan & Nana Malone
The Fall We Fell by Victoria Denault
Wicked Rule by KI Lynn
DecDevious Lies by Parker S. Huntington
Keeper by Harloe Rae
Saint & Sinner by Georgia LeCarre
Only One Night by Natasha Madison