#Review “Cruelest Stranger” by Winter Renshaw

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The Cruelest Stranger by Winter Renshaw


Tricia’s Musings…

4 opposites attract CROWNS

They say opposites attract and you’d be struggling to find two people more opposite in almost every way than Bennett and Astaire.

In the beginning we see Bennett behaving in the most callus of ways towards pretty much everyone. He really is very arrogant and conceited and I genuinely wanted to slap him. He seems to have a very jaded view of life in general and women in particular and I was curious as to the reason why. Was he really that cruel by nature, or just lonely and misunderstood. A product of his upbringing maybe?

Astaire is a gentle woman, kind and caring but although I found her a little naïve, she certainly is no pushover. A little pushy maybe, but her heart’s in the right place and she stays true to her personality throughout. Once Bennett stopped trying to publicly humiliate her, I really enjoyed the push and pull and snarky moments between them.

The Cruelest Stranger is quite fast paced both in story arc and relationship development and, for me, a little predictable. I would’ve preferred the progress of their relationship to have been a little slower and for there to have been a touch more conflict over a longer period. Nevertheless, it’s a sweet romance, with some angst, steamy moments and a smattering of humor. It’s an interesting story overall and I enjoyed it.

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#Review “Ruthless Knight” by A. Jade

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RUTHLESS KNIGHT (Royal Hearts Academy #2) by Ashley Jade
Release Date: January 23rd


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Lucky Number 7 Crowns

This is book 2 in the RHA series, it can be read as a standalone but you will see all the character’s from book 1 so if you don’t want any spoilers I’d read Cruel Prince first. 

PSA: I could see people taking this story and internalizing it in many different ways. Therefore I am going to preface this review by saying, I feel it’s super important you go into it blind and make your own opinion on its content.  

This book ended up being so much more than I had anticipated. It took me some time to actually formulate a review because there are so many emotions and feelings brought forth from this book. Ashley has slayed this emotionally charged love story filled with heartbreaking angst and ultimately the power of forgiveness/acceptance. 

 “Bible Thumper?” Despite the nickname, I respond. “Yeah?” The agony swirling in his eyes is unmistakable. “How come lies are so beautiful and the truth is always so fucking ugly?”

We first met Sawyer in Cruel Prince and I instantly loved her. Sawyer has a sassy way of looking at the world and she has no qualms about telling you how it is, she is a breath of fresh air. We get to see more of who she is in this story and I couldn’t love her more. Ashley wrote her with so many layers that made her feel so real. All her emotions, all her feelings of inadequacies, the way people treat her, reminds you of the reality that was High School, and how truly cruel people can be. You forget about how it felt back then and how you were just trying to come to terms with your body and who you are as a person and who you want to be as an adult. There are so many complex feelings associated with adolescence as you get older you just forget, or you stuff it in that box we all have titled “things I never want to think about again.” Her reality in this story may not have been yours verbatim but you feel a kinship with her because you can draw correlation between her story and ultimately yours. 

Something tells me he wouldn’t appreciate me informing him that I have every intention of fucking his daughter so good she’s going to start calling me daddy soon.  

Cole has the exact opposite high school experience but of course he would he’s the “QB golden boy”. Cole is exactly what the title of the story states he is ruthless. But what you come to learn about him is what makes you fall in love with this seriously broken boy. Cole has a myriad of issues that he needs to work through, but that’s really not surprising considering what he has gone through. As you watch him self-destruct you want nothing more than to be able to go to him and help him through it. And while reading this story and slowly peeling back his layers you’ll see piece after broken piece come to light, and inevitably Cole will take a piece of you with him. This boy will shatter your heart and soul but you won’t care because he is worth the devastation. 

It’s the kind of kiss that makes it clear there’s no point in putting up a fight..because I’ve already lost the battle between sinner and saint. 

Ashley has this way with her words that has them, wrapping around your heart and slowly squeezing it until you can’t breathe, leaving you desperately waiting to see what’s going to happen next. I could not put down this book, utterly consumed with what was happening and completely lost to the pages. Cole and Sawyer’s story will have you feeling Every. Single. Emotion and more. Their story is more than just a love story, it’s a story of forgiveness and acceptance not just of other’s but ultimately of yourself. 

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#CoverReveal “Unbreakable” by Melanie Harlow

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Unbreakable, an all new sexy and swoon-worthy friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is coming February 10th, and we have the gorgeous cover!

Photography by: Lauren Perry, Perrywinkle Photography

Cover Designed by Hang Le


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Synopsis:

In hindsight, I should not have had that fifth mimosa at Breakfast with Santa.

Or the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

But my shame over the public meltdown that resulted was nothing compared to being abandoned by my husband of fifteen years for a much younger woman—and did I mention she’s pregnant?

For the sake of my children and my pride, I pack up and head for my childhood home and the small town where I grew up. Cloverleigh Farms would be the perfect place for a fresh start.

Falling for Henry DeSantis wasn’t part of the plan.

Sure, he’s easy on the eyes and hard in the bedroom (also the hallway, the bathtub, and on top of his desk), but he’s newly divorced too, and things between us are moving so fast I’m afraid neither one of us has had enough time to heal. Not to mention the fact that I’m a single mom now—my kids have to come first.

But Henry makes me feel beautiful and sexy and wanted and strong—things I haven’t felt in years. We understand each other, and when I’m in his arms, I’m tempted to trust again. To love again. To let myself be loved without fear.

But deep down, I’m terrified.

Is this all too much, too soon? Or am I a fool to let a second chance at happily ever after pass me by?

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#CoverReveal “Stolen Soulmate” by Mary Catherine Gebhard

STOLEN SOULMATE by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Release Date: February 27th

Cover Designer: Hang Le


Synopsis:

There’s a rule in Crowne Hall: never look a Crowne in the eyes.It protects us more than them.I broke it once, the night Grayson Crowne mistook me for his true love and stole my first kiss. I’ve regretted it every day since.He hates me.He torments me.He won’t let me go, because that night he whispered a secret against my lips not meant for me. Grayson Crowne, heir to the Crowne empire and notorious playboy prince is… a virgin.I signed a contract in my heart’s blood as much as ink: help him get back his love, repair what I broke. Give him my body, my soul, my heart, let him use all of me, so when the time comes to marry her, he won’t need me.I shouldn’t need him.But he’s my stolen soulmate, and I’m at his mercy.

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#Review “Boss Man Bridegroom” by Meghan Quinn

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BOSS MAN BRIDEGROOM by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: January 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Bag of Dicks Crowns

There should be a warning on this book. “Do Not Read At Work!” I about died laughing out loud during this entire story. Meghan has created such a creatively funny and heartwarming story that will make your cheeks hurt with how much you smile and laugh. I devoured this cover to cover in one sitting and every character/every moment was written with such precision and care making this story flow seamlessly. 

I fired her yesterday, right? That’s what happened. I told her to leave….So why is she here looking like Miss Frizzle and acting like we’re at freshman orientation?

 I could not get enough of the characters in this story. You see some from her previous books and they slide in and out of the story effortlessly. I missed Bram’s and Raths relationship. I freaking love these two, they are bromance to the nth degree, and their relationship is legitimately the best thing to read!!! 

Linus, the light of my life,” Bram says, opening the door. If I wasn’t so enraptured in looking for his plus-one, I’d be mildly insulted that Bram called another man the light of his life. 

Rath is so stoic and stubborn but it’s the side you see outside of his work environment that really hit’s you in the feels. This man is definitely two different people depending on where he’s at. I loved the dichotomy between the two different sides of himself. But what I really enjoyed seeing was his relationship with Charlee and how she slowly and meticulously broke down his walls and got him to loosen up and relax even at work. Their banter from the start is off the charts fantastic and I could not get enough of these two together. 

One way to piss off the future wife….get caught up in a fucking her fantasy and not paying attention to what she’s saying. Noted. 

I absolutely without a doubt love Charlee, this girl is quirky and fun. But at the same time she stands up for herself and doesn’t take crap from anyone. This girl is amazing and I fell in love with her immediately. She is exactly what Rath needs. She’s light and fun and he’s grumpy and dark. She opens up his world to an array of colors that he didn’t even know existed. And the chemistry between them is palpable, oh lord, every time they are in a room together you could feel the tension pour from the pages and filling up every room they’re in until they can’t breathe. I had to fan myself from the amount of heat coming from this book. 

I can’t fucking sleep without you. Nothing tastes the same. My apartment feels empty. I’m so goddamn angry, upset….sad. I only have myself to blame, I realize this

Meghan has once again Slayed her story. This book will brighten up your day and simultaneously make your heart ache. I was so enraptured with every word and moment in this story I did not want it to end. These two hold a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to see what Meghan has up her sleeve next. Because I. Am. Here. For. It. All!!!!! 

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#SoontoDrop Anticipated Reads of the Week

My most anticipated releases of the week are here!  Make sure you check them out, add them to your TBR, and pre-order as soon as possible.  They are the books I am dying to read or the books I am raving about!


COMING TUESDAY

Sarah’s Musings…

I absolutely love Sara Ney’s comedies. Super low angst and witty, I am always charmed by her heroes and enjoy the couple’s journey to their HEA.

FULL REVIEW COMING THIS WEEK

Synopsis:

What is the Bastard Bachelor Society? It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have. Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified. We’re ineligible bachelors; bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually  We’re so committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest. Rules are involved. Prizes. Laugh it up, but I’m no loser.  Enemy number one to my single status? My irresistible neighbor, Abbott Margolis. She with her evil cat Desdemona, and Sexy AF pencil skirts. She’s kind and beautiful and hilarious. We can’t get involved, no matter how much her meddling grandmother pushes us together. But if I was going to loose this bet for anyone? It would for Abbott.  Let’s face facts: I’m a bastard, unwilling to settle down. Especially when there’s a bet to win.

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#NewReleases for the Week of January 26, 2020

Another week is upon us and that means another list of new releases in romance.  Make sure you also check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Don’t forget about the three e-book opportunities that happen every week:

1. Go to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

2. Comment on any post on this website throughout the week in order to enter to win an ebook from your own TBR ($5.99 Limit). Each comment is an entry, so make sure to comment multiple times throughout the week.

3. Join my reader group to enter the third and final new release e-book giveaway.


  • 1/26 – Unexpectedly Yours – Rebecca Shea
  • 1/26 – Julian – Michelle Heard
  • 1/27 – Must Love Forever – Leigh Lennon
  • 1/28 – Insatiable – Helen Hardt
  • 1/28 – Heartland – Sarina Bowen
  • 1/28 – A Favor for a Favor – Helena Hunting
  • 1/28 – The Wild One – Ruth Cardello
  • 1/28 – Rules of Engagement – JT Geissinger
  • 1/28 – Frenemies – Emma Hart
  • 1/28 – Battle Hearts – Nina Levine
  • 1/28 – Marriage on Madison Avenue – Lauren Layne
  • 1/28 – Bastard Bachelor Society – Sara Ney
  • 1/28 – Even If It Hurts – Marni Mann
  • 1/28 – Wherever You Are – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  • 1/28 – Fashion Jungle – Kathy Ireland & Rachel Van Dyken
  • 1/28 – Feisty – Julia Kent
  • 1/28 – And Then One Day – Samantha Chase
  • 1/28 – The Romeo Effect – Lila Monroe
  • 1/28 – Firecracker – Kelly Jamieson
  • 1/28 – Darker than Love – Anna Zaires & Charmaine Pauls
  • 1/28 – Taken With You (1001 Dark Nights Novella) – Carrie Ann Ryan
  • 1/28 – King of Shadows – Amelia Wilde
  • 1/29 – Dirty Girls – Lily White
  • 1/30 – Something in the Air – L.H. Cosway
  • 1/30 – Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel – Ginger Scott
  • 1/30 – Hot Shot – Robin Bielman
  • 1/30 – King of Lies – Whitney G.
  • 1/30 – Red Rocket – Raine Miller writing as Britt DeMille
  • 1/30 – Dying for Rain – BB Easton
  • 1/30 – Penny – Liz Meldon
  • 1/30 – The Third Best Thing – Maya Hughes
  • 1/31 – Love at the Bluebird – Aurora Rose Reynolds & Jessica Marin
  • 1/31 – Resurrection – Siobhan Davis
  • 1/31 – Hurting You – J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
  • 1/31 – Dirty Sweet Valentine – Laurelin Paige
  • 1/31 – Crazy in Love – Emily Snow
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#Review “Inappropriate” by Vi Keeland

INAPPROPRIATE IS LIVE!

A Standalone Contemporary Romance

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland


Sarah’s Musings…

5 RAIN AND FLOWER CROWNS

I truly could not have loved this book more. I laughed, I swooned, and I felt uninhibited joy watching these two fall in love. It was a book that I felt in every single way.

Grant and Ireland are just magic. Their chemistry permeates each page, their banter was entertaining. I just found myself loving every minute they were together. They are the epitome of what a romance couple should be.

The story is really what sealed the deal for me. Inappropriate is so much more than I ever thought it was going to be, and, honestly, it is the reason I will always read Vi Keeland’s books. Readers get every single thing readers expect in a romance, but they also get a story about forgiveness and healing. It is a journey of self reflection and happiness. It is the truest form of a happily ever after, and my heart soared for these two.

This is a must read!! One of my favorite books EVER from Vi Keeland. Her books are always good. But this book. This book is magic.

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Aundi’s Musings…

5 Heartbreaking Crowns

This book, let me tell you, it took me a couple day’s to get my head straight after reading it. It’s been a minute since a book hit me in the feels quite like this one did, and I was a complete wreck once I finished. But this book is so freaking worth it, Vi takes you on an epically emotional journey that you won’t be able to put down.

His smirk turned into a full-blown grin, yet there was still something very cocky about it. “Did anyone ever tell you that you have an arrogant smile?”

I instantly fell in love with Grant. His whole personality just did it for me. He was self-assured and cocky but at the same time he wasn’t. Grant has a whole boat load of issues he’s carrying around with him, but I think that’s one of the things I liked most. He was honest almost to a fault and in that honesty you could feel that he really is a genuinely good guy. He always put out there to every one of his “relationships” that he’s not a relationship guy, the woman just disregarded what he was saying.

“Your turn. Tell me something about you I don’t know.” He looked at my lips. “I want to devour your mouth.”

Queue Ireland. I loved their banter, immediately you could feel their connection it wasn’t forced or faked, it just felt natural and real. They both are sarcastic assholes and it just works for them. The evolution of their relationship was seamless, Ireland slowly and meticulously knocked down each and every brick that Grant had put up. And, I loved watching as their relationship grew in such an organic way.

“Wow.” I’d been kissed before, kissed really well even, but no one had ever kissed the shit out of me. My mind was in a fog from it.

I loved Ireland she was feisty and smart with a take no prisoner’s attitude. I about died that she would find what annoyed you and use that as a tactic to piss you off, it spoke to my soul! She was the perfect match for Grant they just meshed so well to together right off the bat and as their relationship progressed and she learn more and more about him she just accepted it. She didn’t push anything and try to get more than he could give her at those moments, she melted my heart with her understanding and empathy.

“Don’t gloat, sweetheart. You’re putty in my hands as much as I am in yours. I just don’t lord it over you.”

Vi tore my heart out with this story, she pulled zero punches and it was like a swift kick to the vagina. But I loved every single second of it. Vi’s writing is completely flawless and pulls you straight into the story from the start. The character development and transition of their relationship has you literally all up in your feels! I’m telling you, you need this story in your life, but be prepared, you are going to need tissues and your heart is going to physically ache throughout, but don’t worry Vi will put you back together again!

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#Review “Score” by Elle Kennedy

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The Score by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off Campus, #3
Romance Contemporary/NA
January 11, 2016


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Crowns

I have loved every one of the stories in this Series and this one is no different. Dean Sebastian Kendrick Heyward Di Laurentis owns me body and soul. Even his name screams sexy, you know your getting something special with a name like that and Elle does not disappoint. With Elle’s specific brand of laugh out loud comedy mixed with swoon worthy moments, and heart wrenching feels, this book deserves all the stars. 

Apparently, Miss Allie didn’t just kill the mood, she scorched the fuckin’ Earth and covered it with salt to prevent horniness from ever growing back.

Allie and Dean are kind of thrown together through extenuating circumstances. But the immediate chemistry between these two is off the charts. Granted its Dean and this boy screams orgasms and bad decisions it doesn’t detract from their individual chemistry. I loved watching the banter between Dean and Allie it is freaking fantastic and so funny! This girl knows how to put this horny boy in his place and it’s oh so satisfying to see. 

“Sure, you are. Seriously, just find yourself a rebound.” Dean whips up his arm. “I volunteer as tribute.”

I loved Allie since we first met her in The Deal. She’s a theatre major and is overall a happy person with a freaky side that you didn’t know she had. She is a people pleaser, so she genuinely wants everyone to be happy. Allie goes through a breakup with her long-time boyfriend Sean and is struggling to keep her distance and be strong with her convictions. She knows that they aren’t good together anymore, but Sean has this way of convincing her of all the good times and ignoring the problems. Allie is 100% a relationship girl that’s all she’s ever had; she doesn’t do one-night stands or casual. Her one night with Dean has her all kinds of mixed up and confused.  

Not only did I seduce him, but I tied him up and rode him like he was my own personal amusement park ride. 

Since the first book we’ve seen Dean as the ultimate playboy, different girls every night, public sex the whole nine yards. I loved that in this book we get to see a different side to him a side that even his friends have seen. Dean is so much more than he seems from the outside. He has this huge heart and a passion that you wouldn’t even realize which makes you swoon. I loved being able to see all these different sides to him. And the way him and Allie are together, I did not picture them together but honestly they are perfection. 

Sweet Lord. His gaze contains so much raw, palpable heat it startles a gasp out of me. The next thing I know, Dean’s mouth crashes over mine again, and there’s nothing exploratory about this kiss. It’s pure hunger.

I utterly adore this entire series, every book, every couple, grabs a piece of my heart. Elle has created a completely addicting read that will grab you from the first page and hold you captivated until the last page. These boys will make you swoon nonstop and these sassy ladies will make you smile with their witty banter. Elle has Slayed this hockey series and I can’t wait to continue to the next story. 

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#Excerpt “Dear Ava” by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Dear Ava, an all-new full-length, enemies-to-lovers, high school standalone romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is coming February 2nd, and we have the smoking hot cover!

Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs ♦ Photographer: Corey Thomas ♦ Model: Christian Hogue


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Synopsis:

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until one of them destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer: Knox, the scarred quarterback and their leader, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the ex who dumped me…

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.

That’s stupid.

What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.

I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.

I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.

I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

The truth is, I wanted you back then—but you had him.

And then everything fell apart that night.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.

I just want to make you mine.

Still.

An excerpt of Dear Ava appeared in the anthology Team Player 2 in 2019. (No longer available.) This full-length version is 100,000 words.

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#CoverReveal “Hate You (Not)” by Ella James

HATE YOU (NOT) by Ella James

Release Date: February 12th


Blurb:

I didn’t know I was that person. You know—the one who gets the kids. But that’s what the will said. June Lawler: Legal Guardian.My niece and nephew are 6 and 9, and all they’ve ever known is San Francisco. I arrive the day after the wreck, pack up my sister’s mansion, and fly them back to Georgia.The small-town farm where their mom and I grew up isn’t what it once was, but it’s home. That’s all they really need.*I was courting an investor when it happened. Tromped all up and down the Himalayas, and he didn’t even buy in. It was a week before I found out what I’d lost. My little brother meant the world to me. Now even his kids are gone.Spirited away to Heat Springs, Georgia—population 298.They’re living on a farm that’s half a breath from bank foreclosure with a 26-year-old who didn’t finish high school. Nowhereville is not the place for little Mastersons. But I’ll get them back. It’s the money she must want, and I’ve got lots of that.“June Bug” Lawler is poorer than that red dirt she comes from. I can make her dreams come true—and do one last thing for my brother.

I hate him.

She makes me crazy.

He thinks he can buy me off! I’ve never met a man so arrogant.

There’s no woman anywhere more stubborn.

I wish I had never met him.

But that’s not the story.

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#CoverReveal “Resurrection” by Siobhan Davis

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Resurrection, the first in the all-new dark, high school reverse harem series, The Sainthood-Boys of Lowell High, from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is coming January 31st and we have the smoking hot cover and an exclusive sneak peek!


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A new dark romance from the USA Today bestselling author of the Rydeville Elite series.

Everything changed the night my dad died.

The night I met Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo.

Those manipulative a-holes set out to ruin me after our hot night together, but they didn’t realize you can’t destroy something that’s already broken. And it only works if the victim cares.

Which I don’t.

Because I’ve been in hell for years, and nothing penetrates the steel walls I’ve erected.

Until The Sainthood decides I belong to them and cracks appear in my veneer. Their cruel games, harsh words, and rough touch awakens something inside me, and now, I’m in trouble.

They draw me deeper into their dangerous world, until I’m in the middle of all the violence and gang warfare, tangled up in all the secrets and lies, and there’s no turning back.

Because they own me.

And nothing has ever felt so right.

I’m exactly where I should be.

But with enemies on all sides, survival becomes a deadly game with no guarantees.

And, sometimes, saints become sinners.

Due to mature content, this book is recommended to readers aged eighteen and over. This is a full-length reverse harem dark romance novel with enemies-to-lovers/bullying themes. Cannot be read as a standalone and ends with a cliffhanger. Book 1 of 3.

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#NewRelease “Descent” by Natasha Knight

DESCENT by Natasha Knight

Release Date: January 20th


Aundi’s Musings…

4.5 Hades to Her Persephone Crowns

Natasha has delivered a dark and twisted read full of gritty tension and melt your Kindle heat!!! Her writing is flawless throughout grabbing ahold of you and drawing you deep into this world she’s created. This story will leave you on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what’s going to happen next.

“Persephone.” One word. My name. I shudder. I haven’t heart his low rumbling voice in years, and I’ve forgotten what it does to me.

Hayden “Hades” is Alpha to the extreme, his possessiveness towards Persephone is beyond sexy and every time he calls her “mine” it’s guaranteed to make you shiver. He has marked her and claimed her as his and no one is going to get in the way of that. I fell so freaking hard for his possessive side, it was the biggest turn on to see him exert his dominance in every situation. And the chemistry between them is Pure Freaking Fire!!! You could feel the tension commanding the room from their very first encounter. And every one thereafter was enough to make anyone combust.

Her heels click delicately, and I don’t miss how the eyes of every man in here slide over her lithe body. Hell, I don’t blame them, but the predator inside me is rattled. Mine.

I love Persephone, she is strong and even though her world is slowly crumbling she doesn’t cave lightly. She tries to stand her ground even though she doesn’t really have any ground to stand on, I loved the strength that showed. I respect the decisions she had to make and the sacrifices she willing did to help her family. She put their needs above her own and even though she made some concessions, you don’t think any less of her, you see the steel in her veins with every decision. Persephone never bent to Hade’s either, she always pushed as much as she could throughout the whole of the story. Did she win? No. But watching her not give up was refreshing.

“Hayden—“I shake my head. “Hades.” I hear myself, how I sound. My voice is lower, hoarse. “When it’s us, like this, you call me Hades.” It’s who we are. Hades the monster. Persephone the innocent.

I loved this story, Natasha laid it all out there holding nothing back. The twists and turns kept you guessing throughout and the undeniable chemistry between Hades and Persephone was incendiary. The only thing that this lacked was a little more of the romantic connection between Persephone and Hades. The chemistry is there in spades, but I didn’t feel the connection beyond that and I would have liked to see it. Even so you definitely need to read this!

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#Review “Code of Silence” by Shantel Tessier

CODE OF SILENCE by Shantel Tessier Release Date: January 13th

Genre: Mafia/Arranged Marriage Romance

Cover Designer: Angelica Maria Quintero


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Mafia Crowns

I absolutely love Mafia stories I am all about the dirty gritty drama that comes with them. And Shantel is a master at writing thoroughly addictive reads that you can’t help but fall in love with. Having said that, this book was a quick easy read, I blew through it in a couple hours and I was entertained but it was just lacking a little bit in the development for me.

We meet Luca and Haven immediately, they are together from the start of the story, and they have known each other their whole lives pretty much. But even with that history you don’t really feel the connection between them. I wanted to feel their kinship jump off the pages and slap me in the face! I wanted it to burn from the pages so fiercely you can’t deny what is between them. 

And I am all about a strong assertive woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Haven for me lacked that strength, she just kind of went with it and didn’t really fight back. She would kind of start too and then it would fizzle. I want to see her push back, I wanted to see her stand up to Luca and be his equal in measure, and it just didn’t feel that way for me. 

Luca is dark and demanding, I loved that about him. He’s grown up in the Mafia, so he has expectations thrust on him from the word go. Very early on in his life his father makes it abundantly clear that he will kill anyone including family once you’ve lost your importance, so he works tirelessly to never become expendable. Luca’s Alpha ways are incredibly sexy, but also the way he handles Haven, his overtly possessive side towards her is HOT!!! You can tell he cares; I just wish I could feel a little bit more of that come from the story. 

Shantel is amazing at crafting these worlds that you just lose yourself in. Even though there were some facets of this story that I wish had a little bit more to them, I really enjoyed it. As I said before, I blew through this in a couple hours and honestly, I can’t wait for the rest of the stories in this series. I love Shantel’s words, her writing style is enticing and keeps you hooked, I will greedily read any and all that come my way. 

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#CoverReveal “The IT Guy” by Andi Burns

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Title: The IT Guy
Author: Andi Burns
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: ME Kusel, Steamy Designs
Release Date: February 7, 2020


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BLURB

Elaine

I love my job, I love my house, and I love my cat. What else do I need out of life? Hmmm…maybe the hot new IT guy from work. Those dimples…And don’t get me started on his forearms.
But he’s way too young. Plus, office romance is never a good idea. Besides, my relationship track record is pitiful and the last thing I need is to get my heart broken again. So Simon Walker can take his charm, his Star Wars sheets, and his genius IQ and sweet talk some sweet young thing. 

Simon

Elaine Madigan is easily the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. Hilarious. Sexy. Smart. And unfortunately, she’s also convinced herself that I’m way too young for, so she’s friend-zoned me. 

Somehow I need to show her how grown up I really am. I need her to see that I’m ready to settle down–with her. It’s no easy task, but that doesn’t scare me. After all, I’m a techie, and cracking codes is what I do. No matter what it takes, I’ll hack the code to her heart. 

The IT Guy by Andi Burns is a dual POV standalone work romance with a younger hero, office hijinks, lots of laughs, and plenty of steam.

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#NewReleases for the Week of January 19, 2020

Another week is upon us and that means another list of new releases in romance.  Make sure you also check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Don’t forget about the three e-book opportunities that happen every week:

1. Go to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

2. Comment on any post on this website throughout the week in order to enter to win an ebook from your own TBR ($5.99 Limit). Each comment is an entry, so make sure to comment multiple times throughout the week.

3. Join my reader group to enter the third and final new release e-book giveaway.


  • 1/20 – Crossing the Line – Kendall Ryan
  • 1/20 – Inappropriate – Vi Keeland
  • 1/20 – Face the Music – JB Salsbury
  • 1/20 – Headliners – Lucy Parker
  • 1/20 – Power Play – Kennedy Mitchell
  • 1/21 – Country Hearts – Cindi Madsen
  • 1/21 – Toxic Vengeance – Kaylea Cross
  • 1/21 – Riven Knight – Devney Perry
  • 1/21 – Dream with Me – Kristen Proby
  • 1/21 – Whatever It Takes – Krista and Becca Ritchie
  • 1/21 – Almost Just Friends – Jill Shalvis
  • 1/21 – Where Love Lies – K. Street
  • 1/21 – Koyn – K. Webster
  • 1/22 – The Cruelest Stranger – Winter Renshaw
  • 1/22 – Reality’s Illusion – Stephie Walls
  • 1/23 – Boss Man Bridegroom – Meghan Quinn
  • 1/23 – Rock star, Unbroken – S.M. Shade
  • 1/23 – Where Love Lies – Vivian Wood
  • 1/23 – Rebel Soul – L.K. Farlow
  • 1/23 – Over the Top – Dr. Rebecca Sharp
  • 1/23 – Silver Player – L.B. Dunbar
  • 1/23 – Ruthless Knight – A. Jade
  • 1/23 – All the Letters I’ve Never Read – Ace Gray
  • 1/24 – The Forever Crew – C.M. Stunich
  • 1/24 – About Last Night – J.S. Cooper
  • 1/24 – Crazy in Love – Emily Snow
  • 1/24 – Intercepted Hearts – Mika Jolie
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#Review “The Fight for Forever” by Meghan March

Release Day Blitz: The Fight for Forever (Legend Trilogy #3) by Meghan March


Sarah’s Musings…

3.5 CROWNS

This story overall lacked that Meghan March quality – the edge of my seat suspense, alpha hero goodness, and the cliffhangers they kill me in the best way.

The character evolution kind of lags in this book. The growth that happened in book two becomes stagnant. The Fight for Forever is really just Legend and Scarlett working together for their HEA.

In terms of conflict, you had the outside sources present in the first two books, but there isn’t much conflict in terms of their relationship. And even the outside conflicts kind of fizzled out for me, the main one being a tad unrealistic based on the fact that the whole motivation behind much of the action in this book is centered around this antagonist. There are also some random conflicts thrown in and resolved and some never getting true resolutions.

Overall, this hasn’t been my favorite Meghan March trilogy. It lacked the zing and pop, the I can’t put this down, give me more feel. I truly felt like she took one book and just divided into three books, versus there being a need for three book. I honestly NEVER feel this way about her books. Her trilogies and duets always felt like they needed to be that way. They always left me in the edge of my seat. I always immersed myself in her world, but I just couldn’t with this one.

So you might be wondering why a 3.5…

It was still written well in terms of syntax and diction but over all this trilogy was a miss for me, but I do have high hopes for what is to come next.

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#Review “Falcon” by Michelle Heard

Falcon(Trinity Academy #1) by Michelle Heard

Release Date: September 2, 2019


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Never Ending Moment’s 

This is book 1 in the Trinity Academy series. This series follows three of the Elite: Falcon, Mason, and Lake and the women who bring them to their knees. Michelle has created a wonderfully quick addictive read that gives you everything you are looking for; a little suspense, drama, romance, and intrigue woven into a delectable tale. I devoured this story in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Falcon and Layla are the perfect combination of Alpha Elite and the girl next door. 

“Careful, Falcon. If you fly too close to the sun, you’ll end up burning your wings.” 

Falcon is an Alpha all the way. He has grown up with the best of everything. But at the same time hasn’t received any real love or connection with his family. They use money as a means to show their feelings as opposed to real affection. This broke my heart for him, you can feel that he just wants to find someone who wants him just for being him and not what his connections or money can bring. Michelle did a great job of showcasing the ultimate loneliness that Falcon feels and what money can’t fix. I loved watching as his character grew from the cold closed off asshole to someone with real warmth and affection, and not just for Mason and Lake. You can really see how finding someone can truly change who you are and bring light to your life. 

He’s a god, and I a mere mortal. 

Layla is amazing, she doesn’t take anyone’s crap and that includes Falcon’s. He’s so used to people doing anything he wants, and here comes Layla who could care less. She doesn’t want anyone to know that she’s there, she doesn’t want anything from him, and this confuses him I loved her sass and her fighting spirit. She knows what she wants and who she is and doesn’t want to change for anyone. It’s always so amazing to see these strong woman who refuse to back down and change for their men. It could be so easy to be swept up in the money and what society expects, but it takes true strength of character to not bend. 

I fell for him when he kissed me as if he was poisoned, and I was his only cure.

Michelle has created another intriguing series that will take you on an epic journey of self-discovery and everlasting love. Falcon and Layla are Perfection as the try to navigate their way through life and the unexpected presence of first love. I enjoyed this story and all the feelings it conjured. I blew through it quickly and couldn’t wait to jump into the next to see what happens. Also, because Michelle leaves you on the edge of your seat with a cliffy that you do not see coming. 

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#CoverReveal “Fake It ‘Til You Break It” by Meagan Brandy

From USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Meagan Brandy comes a new standalone, fake relationship romance with a twist! 

Releasing: February 5th

Genre: New Adult Romance

Cover Designer: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art | Cover Model: Chase A Mattson |Photographer: Michelle Lancaster, @lanefotograf 


Synopsis: 

Fake.

That’s what we are.

That’s what we agreed to be.

I thought it would be harder, convincing everyone our school’s star receiver was mine and mine alone, but we played our parts well.

So well, the lines between us began to blur until they disappeared completely.

The thing about pretending, though, someone’s always better at it, and by the time I realized my mistake, there was no going back.

I fell for our lie.

And then everything fell apart.

It turned out, he and I were never playing the same game. 

He didn’t have to break me to win. 

But he did it anyway.  

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#CoverReveal “Dirty Sweet Valentine” by Laurelin Paige

DIRTY SWEET VALENTINE: AND OTHER FILTHY TALES OF LOVE by Laurelin Paige

Release Date: January 31st


Blurb:

A hero who forgets Valentine’s Day.A hero who remembers.A hero with a Valentine’s surprise.And a hero with a holiday declaration.Dirty Filthy Valentine – When Donovan forgets Valentine’s Day, Sabrina spends the evening at the office, working. Until she realizes she’s not alone.Filthy Valentine Fix – Trish loves parties at The Open Door, even on Valentine’s Day. What she doesn’t love is some of the customs associated with the holiday. Will her boyfriend ignore them like she wants him to? Or will he force her to enjoy the day in ways she never knew she could?Dirty Sweet Valentine – Like her boss, Amy has a reason for being a Scrooge about love. As far as she’s concerned, that stupid holiday with all the hearts and flowers is just another day. Then a surprise shows up on her doorstep, and her evening takes a sudden turn.Plus one more story featuring a virgin with a secret and the boy who wants to expose it.These four standalone romances can be found in this steaming hot holiday collection, from the author of the Fixed Trilogy and Dirty Filthy Rich Men.

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