#Review “The Devil’s Crown Part 2” by Monica James

THE DEVIL’S CROWN PART 2 by Monica James is LIVE!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 New World Crowns

I bow to the Queen of darkness; this book is liquid fire licking across your skin in a decadent caress igniting your soul in flames. Monica has taken all notions you may have had and thrown them straight out the window delivering this EPIC and transcendent conclusion to Alek and Ella’s story. This book is guaranteed to bring you to your knees with each new twist and turn gripping you by the throat and holding you utterly captivated.

I thought I was in love with Alek in the first book, but that does not hold a candle to how I feel about him now. Watching him as he ascends his throne callously taking out anyone in his way and admiring his work as the world they once knew is burned to the ground and a new dynasty arises was enthralling. The man you once knew is no more and the one that stands in his place is heart-stoppingly dangerous and devious with a salacious appetite that I would kill to be the recipient of. But it’s the direction that he’s turned all that deviant behavior that really sets your heart on fire, the man that he’s become is so much more than you could ever have thought and I am here for every single minute of it! 

Ella won a special place in my heart, her undying loyalty and drive to protect those she cares about is heroic. She doesn’t even hesitate to put her life on the line to try and help even though she has not lived in this world and she doesn’t truly know how to take care of herself that doesn’t stop her from trying. It takes a strong capable woman to bring thee Aleskei Popov to his knees and he has found that in her. She is his equal in all ways that matter, and their connection is enough to set your Kindle on fire. The pure heat that burns between them whenever they are in the same room is so visceral you can feel it pulsating from the pages, expanding, and growing until all you can feel is them. You may need a few minutes once your done reading those parts, because they are HOT!!!

Monica has crafted a dark and gritty world that you can’t help but become entranced with. I fell easily into this book, blowing through page after page needing desperately to know what was going to happen. Every moment, every triumph, every failure can be felt from these pages consuming your mind and body until your living and breathing this world. Monica has created more than just a story she has created an experience that will leave you breathless and desperate for more. 

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#CoverReveal “Reclaim” by Aly Martinez

Reclaim, an all-new emotional and gripping second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez is coming November 12th and we have the beautiful cover!

Cover Designer: Hang Le | Photographer: Wander Aguiar


Choices. Everyone makes them. From mundane to unimaginable, one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life.

My mother’s choice was to abandon us with our abusive father.
My brother’s choice was to go to prison for killing the boy who assaulted his soulmate.
Camden Cole’s choice was to fall in love with a shattered girl who had absolutely nothing to offer him but heartbreak.

It was one summer beneath the trees, but with Camden, I had a place where I belonged.
A friend who was always waiting for me.
A boy who I caught staring at me more often than not.

He was mine, but when the world closed in and secrets exploded all around us, it was my choice to let him go.

Choices. Everyone makes them.
But mine would ruin us all.

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#CoverReveal “Lord of London Town” by Tillie Cole

Release Date: October 13th. 

Cover Design: Murphy Rae Designs.

Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography.

Model: Andrew Biernat.


Synopsis

Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness.

When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves.

Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London.

Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become evenmore ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.

But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball.She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help.

Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?

The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.

Dark contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence and sensitive subjects that some may find triggering.

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#NewRelease “Perfect Wreckage” by Catherine Cowles

“Catherine Cowles creates a world you’ll want to stay in forever.”
– Grahame Claire, USA Today bestselling author

Perfect Wreckage, an all-new, emotional and unforgettable small-town romance from Catherine Cowles is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

5 With Everything I Am CROWNS

Perfect Wreckless is the epitome of what contemporary romance should be. I swooned, I sighed, and I laughed. I was swept away by the romance and completely entertained by the plot. It was the perfect book to get me out of my slump.

Crosby was utterly dreamy. The man who doesn’t want to settle down, but unlike the playboy hero we tend to meet often in romance, Crosby had legitimate reasons for his need to be single. He couldn’t hide his heart of gold, though, and I’m a sucker for an adventurer, live-in-the-moment, love you right kind of man.

Kenna was such a fabulous heroine. I love the outright alpha heroines, but there is something to be said for the quiet ones with subtle strength. They are more relatable; you can see yourself in them. I absolutely loved that she said what she needed and what she wanted, and she worked for it. She had a dream and wouldn’t let anyone deter her.

The story was engaging. I’m a fan of outside conflict, and while Crosby and Kenna has their issues to work through, I love the suspense element the outside conflict provided. I loved how it affect and changed each character, and the overall themes that developed. It was truly an wonderful read.

This is my second book by Catherine Cowles and it won’t be my last. I love this little town she has created, and I’ve enjoyed each story. These standalones have it all. The romance, the steam and a touch of suspense to keep the story interesting. Definitely a must read for me!

***If you love audiobooks, oneclick this one. Both narrators were fantastic. They really brought the characters and story to life, and I found myself talking to my audiobook when big events happened. A must listen for sure.

EARLY AUDIO REVIEW

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#NewRelease “Falling into You” by A.L. Jackson

A Falling Stars stand-alone romance from A.L. Jackson is available Now on Amazon and Free with Kindle Unlimited


Synopsis

Richard Ramsey is the guitarist for the world’s hottest new band.
Gifted. Charismatic. Hot as sin.
Lend your ear, and he’ll steal your heart.
Nah, you can’t have his considering he left it in his hometown years ago.

He knows better than going back. But it’s his younger sister’s wedding, and there’s no way he can say no to that.

He should have known she would be there, invading his senses and making him thirst and hunger for what he wants most.

Violet Marin hates him for what he’s done. He left her emptyhanded with their wreckage strewn all around. She’s picked up the pieces and is living her life the best way that she can.

But their connection is fierce.

Their attraction unending.

It only takes one glance for their worlds to collide.

One touch to set them on fire.

But she doesn’t know the dark secrets he keeps. If he had understood the true price of fame, he would have known he’d sold his soul and this debt is something he cannot repay.

Letting her go is impossible, but will loving her cost it all?

A sensuous, captivating contemporary stand-alone romance in the Falling Stars series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

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#NewRelease “Adoring Keaton” by Siobhan Davis

A friends-to-lovers new adult romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with HEA and no cliffhanger.


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Acceptance Crowns

Siobhan has just shredded my heart with this beautifully written friends to lover’s romance that is sure to bring you to your knees. I have been waiting for what feels like forever for Keaton’s book. I knew he was something special when I was first introduced to him in Finding Kyler, and I was not wrong. His story is a heartwarming look at accepting ones true authentic self and the pure happiness that can bring once you allow yourself to be who you were always meant to be. 

Keaton was always the sensitive one putting everyone’s needs above his own and essentially hiding who he is because of the world and who is family is to the media in general. Even when he was with Melissa you could tell he wasn’t happy, you could feel him just going to through the motions, and doing what he thought was expected of him. But as the story goes on and you get to see him really blossom and be in love for real for the first time, it makes your heart swoon. I legit had a smile on my face through most of this book as I watched Keaton come to terms with who he is and really strive to be happy and to show the world who he is, not in shame but in confidence. I was right there cheering him on wanting that for him…

Austen is absolutely perfect for Keaton, you could feel the connection between them from the moment they meet. And as they slowly start to open up about their feelings for each other and really show the other who they are you can feel their happiness shine from the pages. I loved watching them as a couple building their relationship and really breaking down the walls they have both built around them for the sake of their safety. I hate that they had to hide who they are to the world around them because people just don’t know how to be accepting. And it broke my heart to watch as the go through some serious struggles and dejection after a truly appalling thing happens, really bringing to light where they are in their lives and how much more they still have to grow.  

I’m not going to lie Siobhan broke me with this book, I cried for them and what they lost and the situations that arose due to hateful people and cruel words. But the way that Siobhan presented their relationship with this unyielding grace and authenticity is like a balm to your heart and soul. I died for them and their love, Kyler and Faye have always been one of my favorite couples of Siobhan’s but I think Austen and Keaton just ousted them out of the top spot. This book will tear through your emotions leaving you utterly drained but completely sated in the best way. Bravo Siobhan if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would because they deserve all the Stars and more. Thank you for bringing us on this emotional journey that I don’t know how I ever lived without. 

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#SoontoDrop Most Anticipated Reads

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!


LIVE EARLY

Sarah’s Musings…

A.L. Jackson always delivers an emotional read. I have a particular love of her rockstar romances. It is where I found her books, and I love her broken rockers so much. Can’t wait to listen to this on audiobook.

FULL REVIEW TO COME THIS WEEK

Synopsis

Richard Ramsey is the guitarist for the world’s hottest new band.
Gifted. Charismatic. Hot as sin.
Lend your ear, and he’ll steal your heart.
Nah, you can’t have his considering he left it in his hometown years ago.

He knows better than going back. But it’s his younger sister’s wedding, and there’s no way he can say no to that.

He should have known she would be there, invading his senses and making him thirst and hunger for what he wants most.

Violet Marin hates him for what he’s done. He left her emptyhanded with their wreckage strewn all around. She’s picked up the pieces and is living her life the best way that she can.

But their connection is fierce.

Their attraction unending.

It only takes one glance for their worlds to collide.

One touch to set them on fire.

But she doesn’t know the dark secrets he keeps. If he had understood the true price of fame, he would have known he’d sold his soul and this debt is something he cannot repay.

Letting her go is impossible, but will loving her cost it all?

A sensuous, captivating contemporary stand-alone romance in the Falling Stars series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

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#NewReleases for the Week of September 20, 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.


  • 9/20 – The One that Got Away – Karina Halle
  • 9/21 – Falling into You – A.L. Jackson (LIVE EARLY)
  • 9/21 – The Devil’s Crown Part 2 – Monica James
  • 9/22 – Perfect Wrekcage – Catherine Cowles
  • 9/22 – Lies and Lullabies – Sarina Bowen
  • 9/22 – Tools of Engagement – Tessa Bailey
  • 9/22 – Wild Fire (1001 Dark Nights Novella) – Kristen Ashley
  • 9/22 – Scandalous Prince – Rachel Van Dyken
  • 9/22 – Well Played – Jean DeLuca
  • 9/22 – Jonah – Brenda Rothert
  • 9/22 – When You Kiss Me – Bella Andre
  • 9/22 – A Sinful Encore – Lisa Renee Jones
  • 9/22 – Any Luck at All – A.R. Casella & Denise Grover Swank
  • 9/22 – Stories of September – Anthology
  • 9/22 – Backlash – Geneva Lee
  • 9/22 – Shaken – Charity Farrell
  • 9/22 – Sweeter than Sin – Amelia Wilde
  • 9/22 – Gods of Monsters – Keri Lake
  • 9/23 – Dark Hearts – Ella James
  • 9/23 – Naughty Neighbor – Jeannine Colette & Lauren Runow
  • 9/23 – Breaking South – Alyson Santos
  • 9/24 – The Right Player – Kandi Steiner
  • 9/24 – Ryder – Prescott Lane
  • 9/24 – Master of Control – Sienna Snow
  • 9/24 – Trouble with the Fake Boyfriend – Holly Renee
  • 9/24 – Restorations – Nicole Dykes
  • 9/25 – Not Just Friends – T. Gephart
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#Review “The Wreckage of Us” by Brittainy Cherry

The Wreckage of Us, a standalone romance that will leave you wrecked and wanting more from Brittainy C. Cherry is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

4 WRECKED CROWNS

I did enjoy this newest release from Brittainy Cherry. Well written with a tale of overcoming tragedies, The Wrekcage of Us is story of love and friendship and chosen family.

Hazel and Ian both have had rough pasta, which results in a tumultuous beginning for them. Throughout the story, though, they overcome these hurdles through their love music. Their relationship seemed natural, but I didn’t ever really feel the chemistry between them. It was believable but not something I felt.

The story is filled with a host of secondary characters, and I loved the essence of family they bring to the story.

Additionally, the story is paced well and filled with a good story line. There wasn’t anything really unexpected in the plot, which maybe is why I didn’t feel affected by the story. It was good, solid writing, but it didn’t make me feel, which is unusual for me and a Cherry novel.

While this one didn’t knock my socks off, I did enjoy it and would recommend to readers who love a small dose of enemies to lovers, rock star romances, and characters with troubled pasts.

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#Review “Diamonds Are Forever” by Charmaine Pauls

Title: Diamonds are Forever
A Diamond Magnate Novel
Series: Diamonds are Forever Trilogy #3
Author: Charmaine Pauls

Genre: Dark Romance


5 love is nothing but an obsession CROWNS

After reading and loving the previous two books in this trilogy, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Zoe and Maxime in the conclusion to their epic tale. The story picks up immediately after the events at the end of Diamonds in the Rough and let me tell you, Maxime, in true form, does not rest on his laurels. Initially fearful for Zoe’s safety, he wastes no time in getting his house in order and setting off on what can only be described as a retrieval mission. Of course this is Maxime we’re talking about and you can bet your life he won’t play fair.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot itself, as it would be very easy to spoil the whole story. Whilst reading these books I’ve had many feelings when it comes to Maxime, anger, frustration, outrage, but one thing I didn’t think I’d ever feel was sympathy for him. Don’t get me wrong, I still could’ve throttled him on occasion. However, by letting us into his mind and thoughts, this author did a fantastic job of showing him evolve as a person, trying to come to terms with surprising new emotions in the only way he knew how. I did feel bad for him when despite his efforts, he didn’t seem to be making much headway. Change for him was difficult, feelings an unknown experience due to his nature, and his confusion at times was palpable. I did see him trying to make sense of his feelings though, attempting in his own, albeit somewhat warped, way to be what Zoe needed, something I never thought he’d willingly do. In order to manipulate her and keep her compliant, yes, absolutely, but never before in a way which allowed her to have any power. I wasn’t at all sure he’d be successful, whether he was even capable of being that person for her.

“Love is nothing but an obsession. Obsession is love.”

Without complete control over her, Maxime needs Zoe’s cooperation and agreement for things to change, and she’s not willing to give that easily. He’s hurt her and she doesn’t completely trust him, or herself for that matter, when it comes to her heart. She’s changing too, becoming stronger, and this makes him very unsettled. This more vulnerable, restrained Maxime is not something we’ve witnessed before and I was hugely intrigued by the direction the story was taking. I will say, however, if you’re expecting him to grovel, don’t hold your breath.

“If only we could pretend our love was naked and raw and real, and not a plastic mannequin in an elegant dress”

Unexpected and unpredictable, this story has been a fantastic rollercoaster ride and I’ve loved every moment of it. I was not prepared for the change of direction in this final book, which took me completely by surprise. In fact, this book, this trilogy as a whole, was nothing I expected it to be and everything I loved. Fantastic!

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#CoverReveal “Tarnished Empire” by Ava Harrison

Tarnished Empire by Ava Harrison is releasing October 13, 2020!


My plan was simple.
Get invited onto his yacht.
Find information to destroy him.

But I wasn’t prepared for Alaric Prince.
Dangerous and seductive, he trapped me in his gilded cage.

He calls me Dove.
Easily preyed on.
Easily broken.

A man that ruthless only wants to crush me.
I must resist the temptation to let him.

He’s my father’s enemy.
At war with my family.
A danger to me.

Falling for him would be my demise.
But if my plan works, it will be his. 

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#Review “Until the Last Breath” by Shanora Williams

New Release: Until The Last Breath by Shanora Williams – Adventures in  Literature

Until the Last Breath is LIVE and FREE with Kindle Unlimited! This is an emotional, angsty must read love story!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Heart wrenching Crowns

I finished this book days ago and I am still thinking about it. The journey that these characters take is an emotionally touching and inspiring descent into the power of love and all the forms that it comes in. Shanora has created something that will live with you long after you’ve finished; Shannon, Max and John prove that people are adept at so much more than we realize and that sometimes love and sacrifice are interchangeable. 

Shanora completely and utterly wrecked me with this story. I was an absolute blubbery mess during and hours after reading it. Everything I thought I knew about this I was wrong and the direction that Shanora takes the story was not one that I could have anticipated but was one that blew everything out of the water. I cannot give this book enough praise, the characters, the emotions, the journey EVERY single thing about this book is perfection. If you like your stories with a deeper more angsty storyline than this is that book for you. Definitely a MUST READ of 2020. But be prepared to have your heart and soul ripped from your chest and to literally cry your eyes out. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any tears left!

***I don’t like to post spoilers so I am not going to say much, but I do want to point out that this is not a book about cheating. I know that is a hard line for people and I don’t want them to pass up this remarkable story because they think that it involves that.***

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#CoverReveal “Mafia Casanova” by M. Robinson and Rachel Van Dyken

From Bestselling Authors M. Robinson & Rachel Van Dyken comes a full length, standalone romantic suspense novel. 

Authors Rachel Van Dyken and M. Robinson  have revealed the cover for Mafia Casanova!

 Releasing: November 17, 2020

Cover Designer: Masque of the Red Pen | Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography | Model: Lucas Loyola


Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?

Can you get anymore cliche? I’d heard that damn phrase my entire life.

Most of the time, it was when a woman was mid-orgasm—or, when I was about to take someone’s life.

You see, we all have our demons.

Apparently, my name was mine. Though it didn’t help me get my answers any faster.

I nodded when I was supposed to.

I smirked when I needed to.

I complimented when the timing was right.

Then… I’d send them to hell after giving them nothing but heaven.

I should’ve felt guilt.

I didn’t.

Because I was good at what I did.

Making people believe what I wanted them to was an art I perfected. In a world where nothing mattered but staying at the top, I made sure no one slipped through my fingers.

Except for her

She was gorgeous.

One might say she was the female version of me.

I lost her once.

I wouldn’t lose twice.

Now was the time…

To let the games begin. 

MAFIA CASANOVA: Full length Standalone Romantic Suspense Novel

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#NewRelease “Playing with Fire” by L.J. Shen

“Clear off a top spot on your Best of 2020 list. Playing with Fire is coming in HOT!” –Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author

Playing With Fire, an all-new intense and all consuming small town standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

5+ I RISE CROWNS

Sometimes a book finds you when you don’t even know you needed. Sometimes the theme developed is something you needed to hear when the world feels like it weighs a ton on your shoulders. Playing with Fire by LJ Shen was the book I didn’t even know I needed.

Grace is a heroine unlike any who have come before her. The strength she has to endure, the evolution of her character, and the girl she is at the end are astounding. I was so proud of her and her journey. Proud of the demands she made, the sacrifices she endured. Grace epitomizes the essence of not letting life beat you down, and although she has a tough exterior in the beginning, seeing her set it ablaze and transform into a new woman comfortable in who she is and who knows her worth was a phenomenal experience. She is a force.

West, oh boy, West owns my heart. I’m sorry, but HE IS MY TOP HERO. He had so many layers and depth. Like most of her heroes, he is broken, but he is a bit more surly than the average Shen alpha. And although this demeanor may by similar to previous heroes, he is NOTHING like them. His complexity and layers are many, and the transformation to open his heart had me falling for him. West shows a woman how a man should court a woman and love her fully.

The love between Grace and West is, although at times difficult, transformative. Shen brought us REAL ROMANCE, the ugly, passionate, sweet, hurtful, and kind love. My heart was breaking when it was over because I never wanted to let them go. I wanted one million epilogues. Alas, a reread is what I will have to do, and I’m not mad about it.

Poignantly written, this book showcases the indomitable human spirit. It encapsulates the strength one individual can possess, and it holds so many lessons about letting go, moving on, being happy, and living fully. It is without a doubt one of my favorite reads of 2020 and will be a reread for years to come.

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Aundi’s Musings…

5 The Phoenix Has Risen Crowns

So, I finished this book yesterday and I had to take the night to really ruminate on what I read. Every time I read one of LJ’s books I always think; “Damn, this is amazing how is she going to top this book?” And then boom her next book comes out and it slays everything that came before it. But this book, this one hit me differently. These characters are not the typical ones that we’ve come to read, they are broken and scarred in ways that really resonated with me on a deeper and more intense level. Grace and West are more than their pasts, they’re more than their demons, they’re more than they’ve settled for and the way in which LJ brought them to life will live in a part of me forever. 

Grace is pure resilience and strength, this woman has literally been to hell and back but she survived, she is a survivor! She has lived her life in two separate stages, one was before the incident and then after the incident. She is not who she was before and she will never be that girl again. But that’s okay, she doesn’t need to be her, she is a tougher person. Does she have walls up the size of the Great Wall? Yes. But can you blame her? No. Her character spoke to the person inside us all, the one that doesn’t feel good enough, or pretty enough. The innocent naïve girl that doesn’t know how terrible people can be until you witness it first hand and it’s directed at you, and that small piece of innocence dies. But in its place is a rebirth, it’s a determination not to let others dictate how you see yourself and how you live your life. 

West has his own demons to battle and come to terms with. But underneath that aloof façade he flashes around, is the soul of someone who’s dying on the inside. His life experiences and his trauma is so dark and painful that it is slowly and meticulously eating him alive from the inside out. But, it’s his raw determination with Grace that really sets him apart. He sets out to breakdown her walls and get inside to the person within, not realizing that she too was breaking down his walls until they are both exposed and vulnerable in ways they never thought they would be. 

LJ effortlessly reached inside and touched my heart and soul with this book. These characters are so different but so very real and raw that you can’t help but form an intense connection with them. Every moment, every memory, every single thing about them has embedded itself inside my very marrow. Grace and West are my absolute, without a single doubt, favorite of LJ’s characters. I was not prepared for the journey that LJ took me on but I am so glad that I went on it. I don’t know how I lived before these two came into my life, but I know I will reread them over and over again! If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would because they deserve all the stars and more, so if you read 1 book this year let it be this, you will not be disappointed!!! 

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#NewRelease “Flirting with 40” by K. Bromberg

An all new flirty, lighthearted, standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg guaranteed to make you swoon.


Sarah’s Musings…

4 Sweet CROWNS

This was a really sweet book with a bit of steam. I loved the overall growth of the heroine, and I loved the hero and how he supported and encouraged her.

While I enjoyed them as a couple, I didn’t feel that electric chemistry. They are compatible and go together, but I didn’t feel it between them.

The plot and the writing are done well, but the conflict was expected and the resolution was resolved very quickly. I also would have liked that if the evolution and independence of the heroine was more driven by her than the hero, which is maybe why I’m torn over the book. I wanted a really strong heroine who showed 40 is amazing. While she does that, that hero is responsible for showing her. I wanted a more woman empowered story.

I did enjoy the narrators. They are some of my favorites. It was produced well, and I think added a bit to the story.

Overall, an enjoyable read. If you like low angst, cute couples, swoony heroes, this is for you.

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#Review “An Uphill Battle” by LK Farlow

Title: An Uphill Battle (A Southern Roots Standalone)

Author: LK Farlow

Genre: New AdultRelease

Date: January 18, 2018


Aundi’s Musings…

3 Miscommunication Crowns

I’m going to start this by saying I love LK, her books are great quick reads that pull you in and leave you with a smile on your face. She has a wonderful writing style and her books are always beautifully written even if I don’t agree with the characters. But this book just didn’t do it for me. 

I think the part that I could not get over was the complete lack of communication between the characters to the point that I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall. I’m all about angst and push and pull I think it can really bring some differing layers to storylines. But for me with Azalea and Drake it felt more like they literally just did not speak to each other. 

So much of this story is based on the fact that completely innocent things happened but were misconstrued and instead of explaining the situation Azalea would get mad and Drake would stay silent. I get that for an enemies to lovers there needs to be some mishaps along the way to have that level of angst. But I just got so mad that there was more communication between the friends than between them as the focus of the story. 

I also didn’t feel a connection between them. For a couple that’s known each other for years I just didn’t get that. I understand that for most of that time they were fighting, but I still wanted to feel that there was something between them to fight for and I was not getting that. 

LK has an ease with which she writes that has you enamored with her stories and the world that she has created. I will definitely continue to read her books, even though this one just missed the mark for me. 

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#ComingSoon Most 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…

Poignantly written, this book showcases the indomitable human spirit. It encapsulates the strength one individual can possess, and it holds so many lessons about letting go, moving on, being happy, and living fully. It is without a doubt one of my favorite reads of 2020 and will be a reread for years to come.

FULL REVIEW ON GOODREADS

Blurb:

A broken boy on the path to destruction.

A scarred girl without direction.

A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.

She is the strange girl from the food truck.

He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.

She is invisible to the world.

He is the town’s beloved bad boy.

She is a reject.He is trouble.

When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.

But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.

Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this: She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.

And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.

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#NewReleases for the Week of September 13, 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.


  • 9/15 – My Fallen Saint – J. Kenner
  • 9/15 – Unwritten – Alex Rosa
  • 9/15 – Playing with Fire – L.J. Shen
  • 9/15 – Naughty Brits – Anthology with Various Authors
  • 9/15 – Dirty Empire – Nina West
  • 9/15 – Semi-Sweet on You – Erin Nicholas
  • 9/15 – Flirting with 40 – K. Bromberg
  • 9/15 – Kane – Sawyer Bennett
  • 9/15 – Gold Mine – Skye Warren
  • 9/15 – Watch Me – Stacey Kennedy
  • 9/16 – Didn’t Expect You – Claudia Burgoa
  • 9/16 – The Beat Match – Kelly Siskand
  • 9/16 – Thanks for Last Night – Lauren Blakely
  • 9/18 – Love at First Fight – Carrie Aarons
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#Review “The Setup” by Meghan Quinn

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THE SETUP by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: September 10th

Genre: Romantic Comedy


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Friends with Benefits Crowns

Meghan has hit a home run with this slow burn, friends to lover’s romance that will hit you with a line drive straight in the feels. The boys of Brentwood are back in a big way and I am loving every minute of it. Indie and Lincoln are spectacular with a chemistry that is sizzles whenever they are together and a connection that is strong you can feel it burn from the pages.

This all started because of two meddling moms, and I have to say I died for this. Lincoln’s moms are amazing and the perfect amount of funny and embarrassing that any child can fully appreciate. They want their son to be happy and to them that means a girlfriend. Indie’s mom is the same, thinking that the only way she will be happy is if she finds a man. Enter the awkward first meeting that turns into a soul deep friendship that the two of them didn’t even know they needed.

Lincoln and Indie are similar in so many ways. They are both driven and athletic with strong goals in mind for their futures. They are headed in different directions so they know that whatever comes of their friendship won’t last after Lincoln gets drafted and Indie ends up wherever she does for soccer. But the strength of their bond and their deep rooted desire for each other will not be silenced and they inevitable fall into a friends with benefit’s type situation.

Meghan has captured my heart and soul with this book. Watching as Indie goes through her experiences and finds the strength that she needs in Lincoln will tear your heart wide open. I was consumed from the minute I opened this book until the very last page. You can tell from the start that these two are meant for each other they just needed to get their lives together for that to happen. And seeing some of the old school guys come through was a highlight for me, I miss Maddox something fierce. This book was an absolute delight to read, the dynamics between the characters and the flawless way the Meghan writes will keep you utterly entertained. Without a doubt Lincoln and Indie are a top Meghan couple for me!!!

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#Review “El Diablo II” by M. Robinson

El Diablo by M. Robinson is available now!


Tricia’s Musings…

4 devilish CROWNS

Not for nothing is this writer called the queen of angst. The anxiety levels are high almost from the start, as a dramatic event at the beginning of the book sets the tone for the majority of the story. His father’s attempts to shield him from the lifestyle he turned his back on all come to nothing when Cruz is sent down a path he never imagined he would follow, plunged head first into a tale of revenge and redemption.

Although I liked Cruz, I’m not sure I really got a handle on his character, one minute brotherly protector, albeit with a controlling streak a mile wide inherited from his father, the next a ruthless killer. He was a bit of an enigma in my opinion and for me didn’t quite have the charisma of his father. Having said that, I loved his attraction to Sienna and his tenacity where she’s concerned is reminiscent of his parents’ relationship. These Martinez men know what they want and don’t stop till they get it. I particularly enjoyed the chapters from Cruz’s point of view, which were darker in content compared with those from Sienna. Even though Sienna came across as a brat quite often, I actually liked her strength and feistiness and the push and pull between the pair of them. When the basis for her actions, her fears, were revealed, I understood why she reacted as she did when her plans for the future were ripped away from her in quite a dramatic fashion.

The story on the whole was a slow burn, both in respect of the relationship and plot progression, and because of this it did take me some time to get into it. It’s definitely more story line focused and therefore is not as steamy as I was expecting. I particularly loved the action at the end of the book, when a big old plot twist I absolutely did not see coming was revealed. All in all an enjoyable and entertaining story. I can’t wait to read more from this world of mafia.

ARC review

3.5 Principessa Crowns

This is the first book that I have read from M. Robinson and even though this is technically a Standalone I feel like I would have had more of a connection to the characters had I read El Diablo first. Having said that, M. Robinson delivers an intensely dangerous and gritty romance that is filled to the brim with edge of your seat violence and destruction Mafia style.

Crucifixio aka Cruz Martinez is the son of Alejandro Martinez who has tried his best to keep him out of this lifestyle. He never wanted either of his children brought into this world. But as the story unfolds and things happen there’s no holding the devil back from his return. Crucifixio is beyond ruthless, he takes out all enemies with swift precision and no mercy. Anyone he perceives as a threat or does not give him the answers he is looking for ends up dead in the most brutal ways. Since I didn’t read El Diablo I have no idea if he is worse or better than his father. Either way his brutal proficiency takes out many on his path to his sister. Despite his callousness he meets and immediately wants Sienna Luciano princess to the Italian Mafia. His attraction to her is fierce and intense, there is no escape for this princess once you are in the sights of the devil himself. His interactions with Sienna show you the more human side to Crucifixio, you can tell he really does care for her and would give her anything her heart desires. She isn’t just a possession to him, but the light in his dark world. Which had me falling in love with him, both sides to this man are so intense and filled with so much emotion you can’t help but fall for him.

Sienna for me fell a little flat. I couldn’t tell if she really cared for him at all, especially since she spent 90% of the book fighting with him. I needed to feel that bond between them to make this feel like a romance and not just an arranged marriage with no passion. Sienna also made some seriously poor choices that irritated me to no end. I get that this wasn’t the life that she wanted but she grew up in this world and either she is so naïve she didn’t think bad things would happen, which isn’t possible because she stated multiple times that the violence and danger is why she wanted out or she’s just impulsive and does not think things through. Either way it bothered me to no end. She’s the main reason I couldn’t give this book more stars. I just could not get over how she was, and ultimately the connection that I crave in my romances just was not there.

M. Robinson has crafted a devilishly dark and gritty book that takes you into the underbelly of the Mafia, which is filled with violence and anger. Crucifixio is magnificent in his role as the new El Diablo but it’s the side that he shows Sienna that really tugs at your heart and makes you fall in love with him.

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