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Review: Custom Built (Fast & Fury #1) by Chantal Fernando

Review: Custom Built (Fast & Fury #1) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando brings you Fast & Fury: A sexy new series fully loaded with intense emotions and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

After losing her job, saying goodbye to a lifelong dream and having an all-around cruddy year, Bronte Pierce needs a break. A job at Fast & Fury might be just the thing to reset her life, even though she knows nothing about custom motorcycles. But taking a job isn’t the same as keeping it, and her fresh start quickly turns into a fresh nightmare.

Starting with her boss. Crow is hardheaded, stubborn and brutally honest. He may be easy on the eyes, but he runs with an MC and he’s anything but friendly to Bronte. She suspects he has a softer side—just not for her.

Her whole life, Bronte has known that the only person she can truly count on to save the day is herself. But when a single murder turns into a conspiracy and the threat to her life is more than she can handle alone, it’s Crow who comes through—and her newfound family might just become her greatest strength.

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MY REVIEW

Custom Built is the first book in the all new Fast & Fury Series by Chantal Fernando and it follows the story of Bronte and Crow. Bronte has been having the toughest year. Her health hasn’t been doing well and she’s just lost her job. She could really use some good news. So, when her uncle has the in on a new job for her, she can’t help but jump on it. Little did she know that this opportunity was going to turn her whole world upside down….

Overall, I thought this book was a solid read. I thought the plot was entertaining and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I really liked Bronte and Crow together. Their banter was fun and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. While they might have butted heads in the beginning, it quickly changed into something more. The chemistry was instant and just oozed off the pages.

I did have some issues with this story. At times, it felt like there was a lot going on. While there certainly wasn’t a dull moment, it felt like it was too much. Also, I feel like I need to mention the drama. Now, I like drama as much as the next person, but in this book, I’m sorry to say it was over the top. Some of it made sense, but the other instances were just drama for the sake of dram and it just didn’t work for me.

Custom Built is fast-paced and entertaining read. The characters draw you into their story and leave readers wanting to know what will happen next. There were some things that I didn’t like about this story, but in the end, I think this was a solid read and I’m glad to have checked it out.

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

Review: Forgetting You by L.A. Casey

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In this fiery new romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L.A. Casey, can she unlock her memories—and find true love?

When Noah Ainsley wakes up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she got there, all she knows is that she needs to see Elliot, the love of her life. Then she learns the horrifying truth: her short-term memory has been destroyed by a car accident. She and Elliot broke up five years ago. And now she’s married to Anderson, a man she doesn’t even recognise.

In an instant, Noah’s world is turned on its head. All she wants is Elliot by her side, but it’s clear Anderson is hurt by her rejection. Can she really have fallen in love with this stranger? Nothing makes sense—and when even Elliot refuses to answer her questions, Noah is left feeling all alone.

But as her memories slowly return, Noah begins to wonder if she’s been wrong to shut Anderson out—and wrong to put all her trust in Elliot. The ex she loves and the husband she doesn’t remember hold the keys to her past. And when the truth is finally revealed, which future will Noah’s heart choose?

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MY REVIEW

Forgetting You is the lastest second chance romance from author L.A. Casey and it follows the story of Noah and Elliott. When Noah wakes up in a hospital room, she has no idea what happened to her or how she got there. Her brain seems to be stuck 5 years in the past. Noah is horrified to learn that Elliott is no longer hers and that she’s married to someone else. Even though Noah is married to someone else, she can’t deny the pull she feels towards Elliott. Elliott brings Noah calm in an otherwise chaotic world. Noah has a million questions and unfortunately no answers. When the truth finally comes out, Noah must decide which path is right for her….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I feel in love with the cover and synopsis immediately. I loved the idea of the story and couldn’t wait to dive in. Noah’s story intrigued me and kept me coming back for more. What was she doing that night? Why was she with Elliott’s sister? How did Elliott and Noah break up? And who the heck is Anderson??

However, there were quite a few things that just didn’t add in this story for me. First of all, I wanted more of a connection and chemistry with Noah and Elliott. Yes, we saw some flashbacks of their past, but I needed more. I needed to see how Elliott was struggling without Noah; how he still held onto his feelings for her despite her being married to someone else. Speaking of being married to someone else, we didn’t really get a lot of answers when it comes to Anderson. I feel like this story could have benefited from a chapter or two from Anderson’s point of view just so the reader could get a feel for him and see his connection to Noah. One of the biggest issues I had was Noah pursuing her feelings for Elliott even though she was technically with Anderson. I understand that she went through major trauma, but it just didn’t make sense. It frustrated me that Elliott went along with it and that is just a big no-no for me. I also felt like the story resolved itself far too quickly. All this build-up and climax and then the story was just over.

I wanted to love this book so much, but in the end, it just left me feeling meh. I guess you could say I had quite the love-hate relationship with this book. I think this is a book that may work for some and leave others hanging. I do think this book had some good things going for it, it just wasn’t a 100% hit for me. That being said, I’m still glad to have checked this book out.

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

Review: All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know #2) by Kerrigan Byrne

They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London’s most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.

IN THIS GAME OF LOVE, THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips…Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women…and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

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MY REVIEW

All Scot and Bothered is the second book in the Devil You Know Series and it follows the story of Cecilia and Ramsay. Ramsay is known for his ruthless cunning. He can turn on the charm at a moment’s notice and likes to be number one in all things. As the Chief Justice of the High Court, he never expected that his next mission would turn his world upside down….Cecilia’s life has been anything but easy. Her future looked dire until a secret benefactor came into the picture. Suddenly Cecilia finds herself in a life she never expected. She’s is forced to live two lives: one as a proper, respectable lady, and the other as the owner of a gaming establishment. She’s intrigued by Lord Ramsay but doesn’t know how long she keeps up with her two lives. Only time will tell what will happen when truths and secrets are revealed…

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read. I will be the first to admit that it did take me some time to get into the plot, but once I did, I was hooked. The plot of this story is complex and has a lot of moving pieces. I really enjoyed Cecilia and Ramsay together. They were total opposites and rocked the perfect enemies to lovers’ vibe. They kept me intrigued and coming back for more. I wasn’t sure if I was going to love Ramsay, but what can I say, I have a thing for the “anti” hero of the story.

All Scot and Bothered thrilled me and intrigued me. This story was everything I was looking for and had just the right amount of danger and romance with some delicious angst and twists that I didn’t see coming. The only complaint I have about this story is that I found the ending somewhat lacking. It felt a bit abrupt and wishing that we were given just a little more.

When it’s all said and done, All Scot and Bothered was a terrific read to spend my evening getting swept up in. I easily finished this book in a single sitting and I look forward to seeing what adventure lies ahead for us readers in the next book!

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

Review: Follow Me Darkly by Helen Hardt

I’ve been a control freak all my life. Yet he makes me want to give up control…

Working for a hotel heiress and social media influencer may not be my dream job, but at least it allows me time to do what I really love—take photographs. Pretty good for a wholesome farm girl from Kansas trying to make it in Boston. Life may not be easy working for a diva, but at least I know what to expect.

Until blue-collar billionaire Braden Black strides into the office. He’s beyond handsome and sexy, but also domineering with a definite hard edge. I’m not sure why he’s interested in me, but within a few weeks, he’s showing me a world I never knew existed.

He’s opened up a side of me I can only face in the dark, and it’s quickly becoming an obsession. How can I give up something this addictive—even if his secrets could ultimately destroy me?

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Follow Me Darkly is the first book in the brand new Follow Me Series by author Helen Hardt. Follow Me Darkly follows the story of Braden and Skye. Skye wants more from her life, and working for a social media influencer isn’t exactly the path she envisioned for herself. But, Skye is no stranger to hard work and knows that her hard work will one day land her the job she’s been hoping for. All is going well for Skye, that is until Braden Black turns her world upside down. Not only is Braden a sexy billionaire, but he’s got an air of mystery that surrounds him. He’s not afraid to go after what he wants and what he wants is Skye….

Follow Me Darkly was a rather quick read for me. I thought this story had a very promising and intriguing start. I loved the sexiness of the story and the edge of darkness. Braden was quite mysterious and I really wanted to know more about his motivations. He doesn’t do relationships, but can’t seem to drag himself away from Skye. As much as I was intrigued by Braden, I found myself constantly frustrated by him. His desire for control made him play far too many games. I know I wouldn’t have stuck around for him. Skye was the first woman to really challenge him and fight him for his control. Together these two shared a frustrating, yet all-consuming relationship. I found myself rooting for them and hating them at the same time.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. This story had more drama and game playing than I would have liked. While I enjoyed the mystery around Braden, I would have liked a little more clues as to what the “big” mystery was. I can say with a 100% certainty that Follow Me Darkly has some serious 50 Shades of Grey vibes going on. All in all, this book wasn’t a 100% hit for me, but it wasn’t necessarily a miss either. I’m invested enough that I would like to know what is in store for our characters next and after the way this story ended, I definitely am going to need some answers….

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

Review: Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux & Tara Sheets

In one century she loved him madly, and in another she wants nothing to do with him

In 1844 Ireland, Liam O’Connor, a rogue and a thief, fell madly in love with a squire’s daughter and unwittingly altered the future. Shy and naive Cora McLeod thought Liam was the answer to her prayers. But the angels disagreed and they’ve been waiting for the right moment in time to step in.

Now Liam finds himself reunited with his beloved Cora in Providence Falls, North Carolina. The angels have given Liam a task. He must make sure Cora falls in love with another man—the one she was supposed to marry before Liam interfered. But this Cora is very different from the innocent girl who fell for Liam in the past. She’s a cop and has a confidence and independence he wasn’t expecting. She doesn’t remember Liam or their past lives, nor is she impressed with his attempts to guide her in any way.

Liam wants Cora for himself, but with his soul hanging in the balance, he must choose between a stolen moment in time or an eternity of damnation.

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MY REVIEW

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book, so just bear with me.

When I first came across this book, I instantly fell in the love with the cover and the synopsis. The cover was just so stunning and the synopsis just pulled at me, pretty much begging for me to read it.

For me, this book started off pretty promising. I liked the idea of the story and found it to be unique and refreshing. I loved the way Liam and Cora fell in love in 1844 and the tragedy of it. However, as the story went on, I felt like it lost some of its spark. I didn’t feel the connection with Liam and Cora in modern times. I didn’t get those feels and those moments of undeniable chemistry. Somewhere along the way, I lost my connection to this story and struggled to get it back. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me, but this story didn’t work for me at all.

Chance of a Lifetime sounded promising, but in the end it just didn’t work for me. While this book wasn’t a hit for me, I’m still glad to have checked it out and given it a chance.

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

Review Tour: The Wreckage of Us by Brittainy Cherry

Title – The Wreckage of Us

Author – Brittainy Cherry

Release Date – September 8, 2020

Publisher – Montlake

Never in a million years did I think it would be Ian Parker who saved me…

I know I should stay away from Ian Parker.

But when my drug-dealing stepdad kicks me out, I have nowhere to go. Squatting in an abandoned shed on Ian’s grandpa’s farm seems like as good a plan as any.

Ian finds me there, of course, and he insists on me moving into his spare room. I should say no, but the appeal of a roof and a warm bed is too much. Not to mention Ian’s brown eyes and strong arms.

We’re nothing alike, but the spark between us is undeniable. My life is finally looking up.

Until I call the cops on my stepdad and unintentionally get my pregnant mom arrested.

Now I have to sacrifice my dreams to take care of my mom’s baby. She’s the only family I have left. Meanwhile, Ian’s band is taking off; his dreams are coming true.

Ian is my one chance at love. I just hope he doesn’t become the one chance that got away.

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“The music felt realer with her help, it felt authentic. It felt as if Hazel Stone was the missing piece to my dream coming true. She was the muse I’d been praying for, and I hoped she’d keep helping me co-write songs that would change my life.”

“I’d give you every lyric that was inside of me to make your dreams come true, Ian.”

“I’m fighting for you whether you like it or not, Hazel Stone. Our love song isn’t over. We’re just getting to the chours, and I’m going to sing for you, for us, until forever.”

“He was it for me. He was the hook, the bridge, and the melody.”

4.5, You are my melody, Stars!!

Brittainy C. Cherry has done it again!! She’s brought beauty and passion to another unforgettable romance! There is seriously nothing this author can’t write that I won’t pick up. The Wreckage of Us takes you on an unforgettable journey of love and sacrifice. It’s a story that will be staying with readers long after it ends….

The Wreckage of Us captivates you from the very first page. From the moment I met Hazel, my heart broke for this poor misunderstood girl. Life has been anything but kind to her and she’s doing all she can to keep her head above water. She just needs one person to take a chance, even if that means she has to work with her enemy. On the outside, Ian’s life looks perfect. He’s got a great job, the perfect setup and he’s part of a band. But, when Hazel shows up to work on his family’s farm, he’s not having it. Hazel represents all the bad in his life that he tries to keep at bay. He’s tough on Hazel but quickly realizes that everything isn’t as it seems and that maybe, just maybe he’s misjudged, Hazel. Life has a funny way of putting people together when they need them the most. Hazel and Ian have a lot more in common than either one of them could have imagined. Will Hazel and Ian’s friendship turn into more? When life throws more curveballs at them than anyone should have to handle, will they make it out on the other side? Or will their lives be turned into wreckage? There’s only one way to find out….

The Wreckage of Us is a fantastic read from beginning to end. As I previously stated, I was sucked into Hazel and Ian’s story instantly. These two characters were so alike. Life had dealt both of them some pretty crappy cards and it was up to them to make the most of it. One of the things I loved was the slow-burning connection between Ian and Hazel. I am not gonna lie, I was not a fan of Ian in the beginning. He was such a jerk, and even knowing that he had his reasons for his actions. I’m happy to say, he did win me over in the end. And Hazel…How could you not fall in love with Hazel? She had the biggest, most beautiful heart. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do or sacrifice for the ones she loved. Together, Hazel and Ian were the absolute perfect match. She was the missing piece he was searching for. His muse. His everything. They were made for each other. Two lost and kindred souls that had finally found their way home and would stop at nothing to find their happily ever after.

The road to happily ever after wasn’t an easy one for Hazel and Ian, but it was so worth the journey. I loved every bump in the road. Every sacrifice. Every moment that ripped out my heart and each moment that left me begging for more. Brittainy C. Cherry has a way with words unlike any other author I’ve come across in all the years I’ve been reading. Her words are everything and The Wreckage of Us is just the latest example of just how amazing her words are.

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

EXCERPT

A typical Eres Saturday night.

I wandered the ranch with a notebook and pen in my hand. I kept scribbling down lyrics and crossing them out before trying again to create something better, stronger—realer. I kept drumming my fingers against each other, trying to unlock the pieces that I was missing. As I paced back and forth, a voice broke me away from my mind.

“It’s the words.”

I looked up to see Hazel sitting in the rocking chair that Big Paw built for my mother years ago. I used to sit in Mom’s lap as she’d read me stories before bedtime all those years back.

There’d been times I thought about getting rid of the chair in order to forget that memory, but I hadn’t found the strength to let go just yet.

“What do you mean it’s the words?” I asked, walking up the steps of the porch. I leaned against the railing facing her.

She blinked and tilted her head in my direction. “Your words are trash.”

“What?”

“The lyrics to your songs, they are complete garbage, filled with clichés and bubblegum. Don’t get me wrong, the music style and tempos are brilliant. And even though it pains me to admit, your voice is so solid and soulful that you could be a star in a heartbeat. But your lyrics? They are pig shit.”

“I think the saying is horseshit.”

“After spending weeks in a pig pen, pig shit seems to truly sum up my feelings about your music. But my gosh, your voice. It’s a good voice.”

I tried to push off her insult, and tried to ignore her compliment, too. But it was hard. I had an ego that was easy to bruise, and Hazel was swinging her punches while also speaking words of praise. It was as if every bruise she made, she quickly covered with a Bandaid.

Insult, compliment, insult, compliment. Wash, rinse, repeat.

“Everyone else seemed to enjoy it,” I replied, tense with my words.

“Yeah, well, everyone else are morons who are drunk off their minds.”

“Oh? And you think you could do better?”

She laughed. “Without a doubt.” “Okay, Hazel Stone, master of lyrics, give me something to go with.”

She gestured toward the other rocker beside her—the one Dad used to sit in.

I sat down.

She pressed her lips together. “Okay. Give me one of your songs. One that you know is crap but are pretending isn’t crap.”

“They aren’t—”

“Lying isn’t going to get us far tonight, Ian.”

I narrowed my eyes and murmured a curse word before I began flipping through my notebook to find a song for Hazel to magically make better. “Fine. We can do Possibilities.”

“Hmm… What is it about?”

“A new relationship forming. I want to showcase those beginning feelings, you know? The fears and excitements. The nerves. The unknown. The—”

“First chapters of love,” she finished my thoughts.

“Yes, that.”

She took the pencil from behind my ear and took the notebook from my grip. “May I?”

“Please. Go for it.”

She began scribbling, crossing things out, adding things in, doing whatever came to her mind. She worked like a manwoman, falling into a world of creativity that I didn’t think she’d held inside of her. The only thing I knew about Hazel Stone was where she came from, and the clothes she wore. I hadn’t known anything else, but now she was pouring herself out on the page, and I couldn’t wait to see what the hell she was scribbling.

She took a breath and handed the notebook back to me. “If you hate it, no harm, no foul,” she said.

My eyes darted over the words. “It’s possible this is forever ours. It’s possible we’ll reach the stars. We’ll fight for this, we’ll make it real. Is it possible, possible, to show you how I feel?

“Shit.” I blew out a breath of air. “Hazel…that’s… It’s like you crawled into my head and read the thoughts I couldn’t decipher. That’s the chorus. That’s it.”

Interview with Brittiany Cherry

The Wreckage of Us takes place in the inauspicious town of Eres, Nebraska. Not exactly a place where happily-ever-afters are made. What made you choose this setting?

I wanted to tell a story about a small town that was overlooked by the world as a whole. Most people would overlook a town like Eres, Nebraska, but there are still people who are living, who are loving, and who are struggling in these small towns. I wanted to show their stories, and how even though the rest of the world may not see them, that they still matter. They deserve their happily ever afters just as much as the rest of the world.

Hazel, your heroine, is newly eighteen when her criminal step-father throws her out of the house. She literally has nothing when the story begins—not even her mother’s support. What choices does Hazel make? Do you agree with them?

Hazel chooses to find a job in order to help her mother from a distance. I think she acts on impulse, not exactly thinking things through. She doesn’t get the opportunity to think far into the future, she only has right in that moment. Second by second. I do agree with her choices in a way, since she isn’t harming anyone with these choices. She is just doing her best to make it to the next day.

Forget about healing, Hazel is in survival mode. What keeps her going?

Her twisted love and care for her mother is keeping her going—along with her unborn sister. She knew what it was like to grow up in her household, and she wouldn’t want her little sister to go through those same kind of struggles. So, that pushes Hazel to keep moving forward and fighting for her family.

Your hero is a very interesting mix of both the town’s “golden boy” as well as the town’s “bad boy”. Ian is…complicated. How did you get to know him? How does Hazel get to know him?

I believe Hazel and I both got to know Ian the same way—piece by piece. He has a wall of protection up from the world due to the trauma he experienced as a child. Being abandoned by his parents really did a number on Ian’s trust. Yet, the beautiful thing about Ian is when he loves, he loves fully. He does everything he can to make sure those he loves are taken care of. Once his pieces are discovered, he makes a beautiful complete puzzle.

Music is Ian’s whole life. He sees it as his escape, a way out of the stifling Eres, Nebraska. However, he struggles with his emotions and allowing himself to really feel the music he is making. What needs to change for him? 

He needs to tap into his darkest struggles. He has to go to the edge of his anger, his hurts, and express those feelings on the page in front of him. Ian holds so much in that it becomes a creative block in a way. Once he starts breaking those walls down—with the help of Hazel—he discovers his real creativity. He finds his voice, he finds his songs. He finds himself.

Hazel and Ian are an unlikely pair. They really get on each other’s nerves and they want different things out of life. Yet despite their differences, they find a connection. What is the spark that brings them together?

I think it’s loneliness. They grew up without having the true love of their parents. And in the town of Eres, drugs are a big issue. Those drugs affected both of their parents lives in different ways, but it’s a connecting factor for them both. They are able to connect with one another because they both know what it’s like to hurt so deeply and dream of a parent’s love.

The theme of “impossible love” runs through your novels. Two people that can’t possibly make it work realize that they don’t want anyone else but each other. What excites you about these types of stories.

I think there’s something so exciting about a love worth fighting for. When the passion is given from not only one side of the equation, but both the hero and heroine know the feelings they have run deep. Sure, there are struggles, like there are in everyday life, but they know they wouldn’t want to struggle with anyone else in the world. They fight for their happily ever after, no matter what. And that, in my mind, is what makes the impossible love become possible and true. That’s what gives us the happily ever afters that we as readers crave.

Currently our country and the world are going through unprecedented crisis. The arts have become so important for people to feel a sense of normalcy. As a writer, how do you hope your story affects your readers?

I hope my stories give my readers hope. I hope it reminds them that even throughout the storms, the sun will always shine once the clouds move to the side. There’s beauty in the storms, too, if you are willing to look hard enough. There are lessons of self that can be learned, and I think my characters discover that from time to time. I just hope to showcase that this is still a time to believe in happily ever afters, and that the world’s story as a whole, is far from over. We still have so much beauty to still discover. We still have so much light to find. And those facts alone, give me hope, and I hope my stories do the same for readers. I hope I give them light.

How has our current situation affected projects you are working on now? (Any spoilers you can tell us about what is up next for you?)

I’m finding myself more forgiving of my writing pace! I fell off for a while, and found it hard to be creative, but now that I am in a groove, I am finding writing fun again. It’s my great escape from the issues around me. Words save me day in and day out, and I’m thankful for that. Up next for me is my second book in my Compass series, which is entitled Eastern Lights. It’s my first ever romantic comedy, that is filled with so much heart. I think readers are going to love getting to know Connor and Aaliyah’s story!

About the Author

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and a minor in creative writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly, of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in. Cherry lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.

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Review: The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn

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Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…

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The Wedding Date Disaster is a refreshing and fun take on the enemies to lovers / fake relationship troupe. This is my first book by this author and it certainly won’t be my last!

The Wedding Date Disaster follow the story of Hadley and Will. Will thinks he knows what kind of girl his brother’s best friend, but he couldn’t be further from the truth. His assumptions are way off base, but try telling an alpha type that he’s wrong! He won’t believe you. Will tries to get his brother Web to see the light, but Web isn’t having and neither is fate. You see, Web is supposed to accompany Hadley to her sister’s wedding back home in Nebraska. Only, Web ends up really sick, so Will takes his place. Now, Hadley and Will are stuck pretending they are a couple and trying desperately to not kill each other. But you know what they say, those who fight the most have the greatest passion. The passion and tension between Hadley and Will is off the charts. Will these two give into their unexpected feelings or will Will’s assumptions come back to bite him? There’s only one way to find out….

Overall, I thought this book was a really fun read. I found the author’s take on this troupe to be fun and refreshing. Enemies to Lovers and Fake Relationships are my jam! And I couldn’t get enough of this one. I mean, Will and Hadley had tension in spades. Their chemistry burning off the pages. I will be the first to admit that Will drove me a little crazy with his hangups on Hadley, and I for one could not wait for him to get his head out of his butt. His heart was in the right place, and had been burned in the past. Hadley was easy to relate to. She loves her family even though they make her crazy. I loved seeing Hadley come into her true self and not be afraid to be the person she was always meant to be.

The Wedding Date Disaster is the kind of book that you can easily read in a single sitting. The characters and supporting cast are fun and entertaining. This book more than delivered in the enemies to lovers story line. I loved the drama and pull. I loved the angst and family moments. In the end, this book hit all the marks I was looking for and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Hadley and Will’s story come full circle.

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

Review: Hidden (The Texas Murder Files #1) by Lauren Griffin

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When a woman is found brutally murdered on Austin’s lakeside hike-and-bike trail, investigative reporter Bailey Rhoads turns up on the scene demanding access and answers. She tries to pry information out of the lead detective, Jacob Merritt. But this case is unlike any he’s ever seen, and nothing adds up.

Bailey has a hunch the victim wasn’t who she claimed to be and believes this mugging-turned-murder could have been a targeted hit. When she digs deeper, the trail leads her to a high-tech fortress on the outskirts of Austin where researchers are pushing the boundaries of a cutting-edge technology that could be deadly in the wrong hands.

As a ruthless hit man’s mission becomes clear, Bailey and Jacob must embark on a desperate search to locate the next target before the clock ticks down on this lethal game of hide and seek.

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MY REVIEW

Hidden is an exciting and fast paced thriller that is sure to keep readers on their toes….

One of the first things that drew me into this book was the cover. It was absolutely stunning. I loved the colors and style. I certainly wanted to find out more. Hidden is my first book by Laura Griffin and it most certainly won’t be my last.

Hidden follows the story of Bailey and Jacob. From the moment I picked up this book, I was completely and totally sucked in. I was pretty annoyed that I had things to do and couldn’t sit and devour this book like I had wanted. That being said, I took advantage of every free minute I had and couldn’t help but get lost in this story.

Bailey is an investigative reporter, who turns up at a crime scene looking for answers. She looks to the lead detective Jacob, hoping that he can shine some light on the case. However, this murder is unlike anything he’s dealt with before. Bailey isn’t afraid to follow her instincts to uncover the truth, even if that means putting herself in harms way. In the end, Jacob and Bailey find themselves searching for a ruthless killer. Will they find their suspect before it’s too late??? There’s only one way to find out…

Hidden was a fantastic read from beginning to end. I loved the mystery and suspense of the story. There was never a dull moment and I was kept on the edge of my seat. The game of cat and mouse kept me totally engrossed in this story and I couldn’t wait to see how all the pieces would come together in the end. I really enjoyed the chemistry and romantic moments between Bailey and Jacob. I think it added a lot to the story and gave some much needed relief to the suspenseful plot.

All in all, I’m glad to have checked this book out. It had my heart racing the entire time and I’m excited to check more out from this author in the future.

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

Review: Vitality by Crysta Levere

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She’s fighting for life. He’s fighting for death.

What does it take to live? What does it take to love?

To Ava, love is about as real as fairy tales. But it might be that fairy tales, myths, and magic have some truth to them after all — as well as the monsters that lie in the shadows. Or she could just be completely out of her mind.

After a mental breakdown and a move to a new town, everything changes when Ava clashes with a stranger with eyes as black as midnight and a terrifying sinister air. Her wishes to feel something again become granted. But Ava soon learns that not only is he as cold as he is beautiful, but he brings something out of her, stronger than ever, like fuel to fire — something she’s desperate to bury. He haunts her dreams and waking life, and staying away becomes harder than she could have ever imagined, risking her life, her humanity, and the people that she cares about. Not to mention the fate of the world.

A violent passion. A dangerous bond. A nightmare that will change everything.

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MY REVIEW

Vitality is the promising debut novel from author Crysta Levere. Vitality follows the story of Ava and Layton.  After suffering a mental breakdown, Ava decides she needs to move and have a fresh start. She instantly becomes friends with her roommate Dalilah. Dalilah brings Ava into her circle and gives her the friendship that Ava hopes will help her move on. Everything changes for Ava when she meets a mysterious stranger named Layton. He’s beautiful yet cold. He brings out a side in Ava that she didn’t know existed. Layton is everywhere, even her dreams and staying away is proving harder than Ava thought….

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I found the plot to be promising and original. I liked the darker tone that this book gave off. I thought this story was written well and I liked that it wasn’t your typical vampire romance. I thought the characters were interesting and they definitely left you wanting more. I also appreciated the way the author dealt with the heavier subjects and the plot did hook me from the beginning.

However, there were some things that bothered me about this book. While I felt that the story was written well, there were times where I was left utterly confused. I didn’t really know what was going on and that felt a bit distracting to me. Now, being left in the dark, isn’t always a bad thing, but there is a big difference with being left in the dark and feeling utterly confused. My other issue, and to some, it might seem like a silly one, was that Ava kept going to her locker. Now, if she was in high school, this wouldn’t even be an issue, but she’s in college–there are no lockers in college. And that little aspect just drove me nuts. My last issue was that when it came to the characters, I wanted more. Don’t get me wrong, I found all of the characters enjoyable and I liked what we got from them, I just wanted a little more depth and connection, especially with Ava and Layton.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It wasn’t a hit or miss for me, just somewhere in between. I think that this book wasn’t bad for a debut novel and I do feel that the author has a ton of potential. Vitality is an intriguing story with a different twist on vampire romance. While I did find some aspects of the story confusing, I will say that Vitality does deliver with the unexpected twists and turns, and an ending that I certainly didn’t see coming. So, even though this book wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I will say that the ending left me intrigued enough that I’d like to see what happens in the next book.

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

Review: Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles

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In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

MY REVIEW

Where Dreams Descend is the debut novel from author Janella Angeles. With a unique and intriguing plot, readers are sure to devour this book in just a single sitting.

When I first stumbled upon Where Dreams Descend, I was immediately intrigued by the cover. It was really unique and had me wanting to know more. So, of course, when I read the synopsis for this story, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Where Dreams Descend is a promising debut fantasy novel. It’s well written and I really liked the world this author created. I found the characters to be interesting, and I definitely wanted to know more. This story had a ton of fun elements to it. I loved the intrigue, the magic and the darkness of the characters past. For the most part, the story was paced well and the fact that the chapters were pretty short, led me to devour this book rather quickly.

What can I say about Where Dreams Descend? The characters are strong and their world is fascinating. There is a love triangle, which of course kept things interesting. The Phantom of The Opera & Moulin Rouge vibe was a definite hit for me. There’s magic and intrigue. Moments that will keep you guessing and leave you with a million and one questions.  And of course,  an ending that will leave you dying to know what happens next.

If you’re a fan of YA Fantasy and are looking for something a little different, this book is for you. This series has a ton of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will all come together in the end.

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