#Review “Beyond the Roses” by Monica James

BEYOND THE ROSES by Monica James

Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult (Standalone)


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Sunflower Crowns

Monica James has broken me, and not in a small way, but in a, I couldn’t breathe I was crying so hard way. This book is guaranteed to ruin you in the same way. Monica meticulously grabs the thread of your heart and soul slowly pulling and unwinding it page by page, moment by moment, until you’re just a mass of feelings and emotions barely able to form a coherent sentence. She has written the type of book that lives with you long after you’ve finished, that even days later you’ll think of it and it will cause you to tear up because that’s how strong the feelings are that she elicits, this book is more than memorable, it’s life changing. 

What would you do if you found out that you were going to die? Would you fight until the end? Or would you accept what’s coming and live the last days of your life to the fullest? Lola has decided to live the last days of her life to the fullest by giving her time to the terminally ill children of Strawberry fields. She’s accepted that she will never have the life that she thought she would, and she’s tired of being alone. The people who she thought were her friends left her when she was at her lowest and most lost. Lola wants to be the safe place for others that she did not have. She wants to give and be there for them the way no one was there for her because she understands what they are going through. She had accepted her destiny until the moment that fate intervened and brought the noble Dr. Roman Archibald into her life. And with him fate brought her something she had long since lost-her will to survive. 

Lola and Roman are perfectly tragic and beautifully broken. They’re the type of strong that I could only hope to be if I were in the same situation. These two find in each other what they had accepted was not possible. They found a love that gives them strength and courage. They found a peace in the cards that they had been dealt. This right here, these moments between these two is Monica’s best writing to date. The passion and connection, the love and loss, the acceptance and grief are visceral. These sensations and feelings don’t just pour from the pages, they erupt free overpowering you with the intensity of it all.

This book didn’t just bring tears to my eyes, it tore my walls down and had every emotion I’ve ever had ripped straight from my heart. The kind of crying that I did was the kind that fuels your soul, it’s the kind that cleanses you and shows you what real true love should be like. Monica has proven that she can elicit any kind of feeling from you and to me that shows how phenomenal of a writer she is. You’re probably saying to yourself why on Earth would I voluntarily read a book that will tear me apart? But let me tell you this story may be hard and it will make you cry but it will also leave you with a feeling of peace. The purity of love and loss, of knowing your truth and accepting it, of doing what you know to be right even when it’s hard, these moments, these feelings, are why you should read it. I promise you will not regret it if you do, take the chance of Lola and Roman! 

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#Review “Noble Prince” by Devney Perry

Noble Prince by Devney Perry is now live!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Revenge Crowns

This series just continues to get better and better as it progresses. It seems like every book becomes my favorite until the next one comes out and usurps the one before, and this book is no different. I fell hard and fast for Luke and Scarlett these two were slow burn perfection in this heart stopping romance.

Luke is the quintessential good guy chief of police, he’s steadfast and strong with a solid moral compass and an understanding with the gypsies left in town. I died for Luke every page, every moment with him you could feel his calm and patient demeanor. His inherent goodness is palpable and can be felt throughout. And layered in that you can feel the connection between him and Scarlet grow and mature as you quickly burn through this book. The tension and passion between them become its own entity, expanding, and spilling from the pages covering you in the heat of it until it erupts from the pages.

Scarlett is lost and broken she has been through a lifetime of horrible circumstances that have left her without a sense of self. She doesn’t even know what she want’s because she’s never been able to really think about it for herself. But underneath all that she is strong she is a survivor, living and breathing moving through each moment just to make it to the other side. It’s not until she’s with Luke does she stop and really start to find herself. It’s in his relaxed presence that she can finally take a moment and breathe. He brings her this much needed feeling of safety one that she’s never experienced before.

These two will own you heart and soul, Devney has crafted something so beautiful and passionate with them, so much so that it will leave you breathless and desperate for more. Luke’s tranquil, unwavering loyalty with his protective inclinations and Scarlett’s bravery will live with you long after you’ve finished. Bravo Devney for this delicious read that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions in the best way, I can’t wait to see where you take us next.

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#CoverReveal “Make Me Yours” by Melanie Harlow

Make Me Yours, an all-new sexy single dad rom com from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is coming November 23rd and we have the hot hot hot cover!

Cover Designer: Hang Le | Photographer: Michelle Lancaster @lanefotograf |Cover Model: Heath Hutchins


He’s my brother’s best friend.

The hot single dad next door.

And one accidental sext later, my massive crush on him is no longer a secret.

It’s my own damn fault. I’m thirty years old, for heaven’s sake. I’m a kindergarten teacher and a (reasonably) responsible adult. I should know better than to get tipsy and draft a fake text listing all the dirty things I wish Officer Cole Mitchell would do to me.

I wasn’t supposed to hit send.

He wasn’t supposed to see it.

And he definitely wasn’t supposed to text back telling me to go on . . .

Because after that, things escalate quickly.

Cole is everything I’ve ever wanted. He’s sexy and protective. A devoted father to his little girl. A dedicated cop the whole town adores. The kind of guy you can trust to keep his hands to himself, even when you’re desperately hoping he won’t.

I’m not the girl he thought he’d end up with, but after all this time, I might finally get the chance to say the words I’ve always dreamed of . . . make me yours.

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#SoontoDrop 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!


Noble Prince Book Cover

COMING TUESDAY

Sarah’s Musings…

I am living for this world. I love the Tin Gypsy series, and Devney Perry is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

FULL AUDIO REVIEW TO COME THIS WEEK

Synopsis:

From USA Today Bestselling Author Devney Perry comes a small town, enemies-to-lovers romance.

The night Luke Rosen met Scarlett Marks was the only time he’s regretted becoming chief of police. One horrific night of blood and death, and now she’s living under his roof—all because he swore an oath to serve and protect.

Scarlett is stubborn and infuriating. She has no respect for the order in his structured life, and she never does anything she’s told. Worse, she doesn’t seem to care that the information she has on a motorcycle gang means she might end up dead. But her unwavering strength, her courage and tenacity and beauty, makes it impossible for him to abandon her.

If Luke is going to keep her safe, he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life. He can either honor his values as a cop, knowing Scarlett is unlikely to survive . . . or he can break all the rules and protect the woman who’s invaded his home and his heart.

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#NewReleases for the Week of November 8, 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.


  • 11/8 – Tortured Souls – Nikki J. Summers
  • 11/10 – Jingle Wars – R. Holmes & Veronica Eden
  • 11/10 – Nobel Prince – Devney Perry
  • 11/10 – Bat Boy – Christina Lee
  • 11/10 – Shine with Me – Kristen Proby
  • 11/12 – Reclaim – Aly Martinez
  • 11/12 – Wicked Truths – Jody Ellen Malpas
  • 11/12 – See Me After Class – Meghan Quinn
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#Review “Stroke of Midnight” by K. Webster

Stroke of Midnight by K. Webster – OMGReads

Stroke of Midnight: A Cinderella Novel
by K. Webster
Publication date: October 27th, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Glass Slipper Crowns

Okay I’m going to start this off by saying damn K. Webster you brought the heat with this book. There were multiple times I thought my Kindle was going to spontaneously burst into flames with the level of fire she brings. Winston is a downright dirty man, and I loved every kinky minute of it. If your looking for a quick read that will cause your blood pressure to rise because of the spice than look no further than this right here. K. Webster slayed this erotic romance with her signature prose and taboo ways that make every book of hers and absolute delight to read. 

What can I say about Winston other than Yes Daddy!!! This man brings out a side of you that you would not even think you’d like. But reading his devious way’s definitely pulls you straight out of your comfort zone in the best way. This man will have you submitting so fast your head will spin. With his wicked tongue and vulgar suggestions, you will not be able to say no. But it’s more than that he oozes charm and charisma, and you can tell that even though he wants to hold back with Ash she has him under her spell just as much as she’s under his. It always soothes my twisted soul when the villain falls for the princess.

Ash is a spit fire of a girl who is in way over her head with this man. Her body craves him but her mind rebels against the ideas that he suggests. I love that she has this inner debate about whether or not she should or shouldn’t like what’s happening to her. She does not just jump in an accept everything without having that voice inside her speak and really ask if this is something that she wants. I found I enjoyed that because that shows that even though she is young she has a mind of her own and isn’t going to just fall under Winston’s spell without question. Is she under it to some degree of course how could she not be, but she is strong and smart with plans of her own and dreams of the future.

This book will have you captivated from the start. Winston and Ash are so different but what they bring out in each other is a balance and acceptance that they have not found with others before. This book is littered with taboo moments and deviance of the best kind, but at it’s core it’s a book about finding that person that accepts every part of you even the parts that you keep hidden. I loved watching as both fought against what was happening but, in the end, you knew they would submit. This book is a brilliant retelling of Cinderella that will have you salivating for each wickedly dirty and depraved moment, and then screaming at K. Webster for the cliffy she just casually throws you off of at the end. 

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#Review “Opium Skies” by C.M. Radcliff

Title: Opium Skies

Series: In Vein #1

Author: C.M. Radcliff

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Addictive Crowns

C.M Radcliff completely and meticulously shredded my heart and soul with this book. Ander and Hadley’s journey is an intensely dark and gritty look at the world of addiction and what it does to not only you but the people around you. Their story is like a million tiny paper cuts, each page turned is a new slice until you are slowly bleeding out all your emotions with no way to stop. I physically ached for these characters and the progression of their addiction and how hard they tried to hold on, tried to be better.

Can you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved? Can you love someone through their inability to stop the destructive path they are on? Is love enough? I had these questions and so many more running through my head while reading this. I think that’s a mark of a truly great writer when you are so invested in the characters you catch yourself wondering if they will be okay. If what they are doing is enough, or if tough love would be better? How do you know what you are doing will ultimately help, or if you are unintentionally making it worse? When do you decided to finally let go and move on? Or do you stay and let their darkness infect your soul and drag you into the depths with them?

This is my first book by C.M Radcliff and I was not prepared for the level of angst and the unwavering and raw look into such a sensitive topic she gave us. This book took me by surprise in the best way, Ander and Hadley have infected my mind and soul. You don’t want to miss out of this profound journey and the unfiltered look inside the abyss that is addiction.

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#Excerpt “Reclaim” by Aly Martinez

Reclaim, an all-new second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez is coming November 12th and we have the first sneak peek!


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.

**RECLAIM is a standalone that can be read and enjoyed independently. However, it does contain spoilers for RELEASE**

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#NewReleases for the Week of November 1, 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.


  • 11/1 – Tricked Steel – MJ Fields
  • 11/2 – Wild Child – Audrey Carlan
  • 11/2 – On the Sideline – JB Salsbury
  • 11/4 – The Test – Elena Monroe
  • 11/5 – Date Me Like You Mean It – R.S. Grey
  • 11/5 – Tell Me When It’s Over – B. Celeste
  • 11/6 – Warning Track – Carrie Aarons
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#Review “Reign of a King” by Rina Kent

𝙍𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙆𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙮 𝙍𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙆𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙇𝙄𝙑𝙀!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Daddy Crowns

Oh. My. God. Rina has absolutely outdone herself with Johnathan’s book. I’ve died and this is me writing this review from the grave, that’s how incredible it is. There were a lot of expectations going into daddy Johnathan’s story and let me tell you Rina nailed every single one. Her prose is flawless, her storyline intriguing, and let’s just say Johnathan is one of the top kinkiest character’s that Rina has created and I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. ALL!!!!

So the short story Rule of a Kingdom is actually the beginning of this book, so if you didn’t read it fear not you get it here. The story progresses from there with Johnathan surprised by the sudden reappearance of someone he thought long gone. Just by how you’ve seen Aiden act with his Alpha possessive tendencies towards Elsa you just knew that Johnathan was going to be worse. I mean where did Aiden learn how to be that way, am I right? And let me tell you Johnathan is lusciously dark and depraved. You can feel his aura bleed from the pages and wash over you with this desire to obey him. You can legit feel his presence fill every single crevice of every room he’s in, it expands like a physical entity threatening to suffocate all those in his path. I knew he was going to be a force but I was not prepared for just how impressive that presence was going to be. 

I loved Aurora she’s sassy and fierce trying her best to not bow down to this beast of man. The dynamic amongst the two of them is addicting to watch play out. The balance of power and the push and pull between them is pure fire, burning everything around them to the ground. You knew that it was going to take someone special to go toe to toe with a man like Johnathan and he has found that in Aurora. You want her to gain the upper hand you are in her corner rooting her on, and as the story progresses you become more and more obsessed with them. 

From the instant you open this book you are pulled into the story, absolutely entranced by this world once again. I became lost to Rina’s words from the prologue not coming up for air until the very end. This story went above and beyond anything I could have expected, surpassing any expectation I may of had. Johnathan’s wickedness feeds my dark deviant soul in a way that only he can. I’m like a junky looking for his next fix waiting for the conclusion of this duet, anxious and needy for it. This book is easily one of my TOP READS of the year.   

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#Review “Left for Wild” by Harloe Rae

LEFT FOR WILD by Harlow Rae
Release date: October 22nd


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Boy Scout Crowns

Harloe has crafted a refreshingly unique and captivating romance set in the most unlikely of circumstances. With equal parts heat and suspense this book will have you engrossed from the first page all the way until the very last word. Halder and Blakely are pure romance perfection, their connection instant and undeniable, their journey dangerous but unavoidable, don’t hesitate to get lost in the Wild with them for you are in for quite the ride.  

Halder is a man that was wrongly convicted of a crime and has since spent the last 5 years in prison trying to get out and clear his name. He finally gets the opportunity he’s released from prison and then boom tragedy strikes and he is in a different kind of jail.

Blakely is a social worker who takes on cases from the prison from time to time to help in their rehabilitation and transition back into society. She’s strong and capable and loves her job, but she gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and is thrust into a world she was not prepared for.

This book was so completely different than anything I’ve ever read. The storyline is utterly distinctive and I found myself easily immersed into this world. Halder is the perfect Boy Scout and gentleman while trying to fight his attraction to Blakely so that they can survive. And Blakely is marvelous she takes everything in stride and doesn’t let it bring her to the point of no return. The tension and steam between them is ever present and grows as the story progresses in a very organic way. I loved this book so much, from the characters to the storyline every aspect will hold you captivated. So, if you’re looking for something completely out of the box, look no further, get lost in the Wild!!!

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#Excerpt “Little Lies” by Helena Hunting

“Helena Hunting takes your breath and your heart with equal force in this incredible, important novel. This book is a hug and a lesson, as well as a hell of a ride” — Debra Anastasia, author

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting, comes a beautifully written and emotional new adult romance, Little Lies, November 16th and we have the first peek inside this unforgettable romance.


LittleLies AMAZON (1)

I don’t want you. You mean nothing to me.

I never loved you.

I turned my words into swords.

And I cut her down.

Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.

I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.

Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.

Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.

I used to be the one who saved her. Over and over again.

But I don’t want to save her anymore.

I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.

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#Review “Chasing the Moon” by S.M. Soto

He was the sun, and she was the moon.
A love like theirs was never destined to last.

Chasing the Moon, an all-new intense and consuming romance from author S.M. Soto is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Timeless Crowns

So, I never thought that S.M Soto would write a book that could affect me the way Ache did, but I stand corrected. She completely and utterly decimated me with this timeless, slow-burn, second chance romance that will rip your heart straight from its cavity leaving only a hole where it once stood. I died for Endymion and Selene in a way that I haven’t for characters in such a long time. Their pain was my pain, their love was my love, everything they went through I went through just the same, rendering me a speechless, sobbing mess. This is more than just a book it’s an experience, one that you won’t want to put down. 

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the journey for anyone. But just know that S.M Soto pulls no punches with the emotions she wrenches from you. Her words will wrap around your heart and soul, unyielding and savage pillaging every single thought and feeling you have. But trust me it is so worth the ride. This journey is so much more than a simple love story. This book is about knowing your truth and being open to a real true pure love. It’s about loving someone more than yourself and believing that one day that love will be reciprocated. And it’s about forgiveness and the ability to look past mistakes made and know that the love you have will always be more than those mistakes. This is a definite MUST READ!!! Seriously do not pass this one up, you will not regret it. 

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Sarah’s Musings…

4 Moonlit CROWNS

So, I love S.M. Soto. I have been an avid reader of hers since Scoring the Quarterback. While Chasing the Moon was enjoyable, it was not my favorite. It has the writing I love and follows a loose retelling of the Greek Myth of Selene and Endymion, but ultimately it lacked the magic of Ache, Blood and Chaos, Twin Lies Duet, and Hate Thy Neighbor.

It could very well be that while a retelling of Greek mythology is one of my favorite things to read, the trope of Chasing the Moon is not. I had a lot of mixed feelings related to the heroine. She isn’t really a strong leading lady, and she never really evolves into one. She seems content to go with the flow and to let things happen to her or run her life. The overall lack of evolution of character is what was ultimately problematic for me.

End is a bit different. I liked him, for the most part. I didn’t love him at the beginning. I thought his behavior was abhorrent, and not in the “romance bad boy” way I love. In fact, S.M. Soto has written worse heroes who I loved more. The way their first time goes, as well, seemed very unrealistic to me. I just can’t imagine all things working with the level of toxicity in his system.

The pacing of the story was okay. There are several subplots that run through the story as well, but ultimately some of them were dropped or wrapped up very quickly. Large plot points were downsized to brief mentions and only utilized to push the plot forward when it could have and should have had a bigger impact on the plot and characters. BIG ISSUES, like the conflict between End and Selene, just ended too quickly. There was so much build up and waiting to reveal the big secret, which made me dislike the heroine a bit more, for it to be over with just the snap of a finger. I did enjoy the elements of suspense she wove into the story, as I live for her suspense romances, but, again, I wish it would have been woven in more to the story.

This could very well be a “me” issue, as many reviewers are loving this book. You might even be wondering why I still gave it 4 crowns. Ultimately, some of these issues are mine, reader preference as well as not personally loving this trope. Even though I had issues with the novel, S.M. Soto is still one of my favorite writers, and I will read anything she writes. And although this cover is one of her prettiest and the story does have its good parts, this just happened to be a personal miss for me.

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#CoverReveal “Bet the Farm” by Staci Hart

Staci Hart has a brand new rom-com standalone coming January 26th! Bet the Farm is a heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract!


Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

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#NewReleases for the Week of October 25, 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.


  • 10/26 – Needing Arella – Terri Ann Browning
  • 10/26 – Addictive – KE Osborn
  • 10/27 – Far From Destined – Carrie Ann Ryan
  • 10/27 – Love Your Life – Sophie Kinsella
  • 10/27 – Looking for a Cowboy – Donna Grant
  • 10/27 – Crown of One Hundred Kings – Rachel Higginson
  • 10/27 – Man in Charge – Laurelin Paige
  • 10/27 – Spells – Kristen Proby
  • 10/27 – Code Name: Rook – Sawyer Bennett
  • 10/27 – Crazy Stupid Bromance – Lyssa Kay Adams
  • 10/27 – Buried in Secrets – Denise Grover Swank
  • 10/27 – Blacklisted – Jay Crownover
  • 10/27 – When He’s Dirty – Lisa Renee Jones
  • 10/27 – All the Love in the World – Karina Halle
  • 10/27 – Maybe This Time – Lauren Blakely
  • 10/27 – Stroke of Midnight – K. Webster
  • 10/27 – We Don’t Talk Anymore – Julie Johnson
  • 10/27 – Cruz -Serena Akeroyd
  • 10/28 – Chasing the Moon – S.M. Soto
  • 10/28 – Ruin Me – Claire Raye
  • 10/29 – Reign of a King – Rina Kent
  • 10/29 – The Prince’s Bride – J.J. McAvoy
  • 10/29 – Cross the Line – Becca Steele
  • 10/29 – Her Comeback – Lola West
  • 10/29 – Opium Skies – C.M. Radcliff
  • 10/30 – Blood Crow – V. Domino
  • 10/31 – Kate – Tate James
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#Review “The Bribe” by Willa Nash

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Title: The Bribe
Series: Calamity, Montana (Book 1)
Author: Willa Nash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Devney Perry LLC
Release Date: October 15, 2020


Sarah’s Musings…

5 BRIBE ME CROWNS

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrators really brought this suspense, small town romance to life, and I fell in love with not just the couple but the whole town of Calamity.

Duke is the sheriff of this new fictional town, the every man who people adore, and I don’t blame them. He is absolutely charming, and his protective nature of not just the heroine but also the people of town makes him the quintessential small town hero. But don’t be fooled, Duke had some heat behind the charm and manners. I loved both sides of him.

Lucy is a woman on the run, and I did enjoy how she protected others before herself. It was also refreshing to have a heroine who stood strong in her convictions, who recognized her passion and fought for it. I really enjoyed her as a character overall.

The suspense of the story is what really made this a must read for me. I live for suspense romance, and, honestly, I didn’t see the twist coming. When that part of the audio began, I audibly gasped and was talking to the audiobook trying to figure it all out. That is the sign of a great audiobook. My complete love this book was solidified with the epilogue, and I’m excited for the next standalone in this world.

Willa Nash created a wonderful town full of interesting characters, and a romance that is not only steamy but heartfelt. It is a must read for suspense or small town romance lovers. You won’t be disappointed.

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#Review “Reforming Kent” by Siobhan Davis

Reforming Kent (The Kennedy Boys #10) by Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: New Adult
Release Date: 23 October 2020


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Bittersweet Crowns

Siobhan pulls absolutely zero punches when it comes to the last book in the Kennedy series. Kent’s story will rip you to shreds from the inside out completely and utterly draining you both physically and emotionally, in the best way. Siobhan slowly and methodically cuts you every page until you are slowly bleeding out all your emotions onto the floor and Kent has embedded himself into your soul. His journey, his fights, his struggles are so much more than I ever would have thought. Kent quite literally brought me to my knees and I honestly don’t know how I’ll move on from it. I don’t want to spoil anything because this book needs to be experienced and if you know what happens it will dim that journey, so I’m going to keep my review short. 

I’ve been waiting for Kent since Finding Kyler, and as each book progressed I became more and more intrigued as to why Kent was this way. I had so many questions and no answers, until now. I was ill prepared for the emotional journey that is Kent. I mean I should have seen it coming but I didn’t. This man is so much more than his bad boy, manwhore reputation. It wasn’t until he met Presley that you actually get to see the man behind the mask, and that man is spectacular, that man owns a part of me that I will never get back. 

I knew it was going to take a special kind of woman to infiltrate Kent’s heart and that she is. I adored Presley she is broken in her own ways but it’s as if her broken pieces recognized something in Kent’s and together they helped heal each other. The journey that they take isn’t easy, it’s gritty, raw and real. And heartbreaking but it’s also sweet and lovely making your heart beat faster and your stomach swarm with butterflies. Their connection and passion is beyond what many will ever experience. Its soul consuming and beautiful to see. 

I’m beyond happy that I’ve gotten to read Kent’s story but sad at the same time as I know this is the last in this series. I’ve been through every trial and tribulation with this family from the beginning. I’m emotionally invested in them and each and every book was precious to me in its own way. I think it’s kind of appropriate that Kyler was my first and Kent is my last as both of them have taken a piece of me with them. This world that Siobhan has created is one of soul crushing drama and heart wrenching journeys but it’s also about a family that will do any and everything for each other. It’s about finding that person that will stand beside you no matter what, that will lean on you and you can do the same. It’s about accepting the past and moving on from it so that you can be happy. And it’s about love not just from a lover but of yourself and each other. Bravo Siobhan for this emotionally EPIC conclusion to a much loved series, everyone MUST read it, the Kennedys will own you, body and soul!

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#Review “Happily Letter After” by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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Title: Happily Letter After
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2020


Tricia’s Musings…

5 All I could wish for CROWNS

I had such fun reading Happily Letter After. It’s comical and a bit chaotic (I did roll my eyes at the shenanigans a couple of times), but a real delight.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Was it silly at times? Yes it was, but it genuinely had me laughing out loud. I’m a real sucker for a single dad trope and this was one of the best. It’s a slightly different storyline to others I’ve read before, with a bit of a twist, and I found it hugely entertaining. I would say it’s a slow burn, but not frustratingly so. I thought the pacing was just right and was perfect for the theme of the story. There’s a definite “is it coincidence, or is it fate” kind of vibe going on when it comes to the relationship between all the characters and I loved the way that unfolded.

In amongst the love and laughter there are some poignant moments too which add another layer and made me feel such sympathy for those involved. Again, I felt those instances fitted the storyline and didn’t dwell on the negative.

Happily Letter After is overall a lighthearted, upbeat story, funny, and a bit crazy at times too. It’s touching and sexy, which, with a gorgeous HEA, was just the perfect escape from real life I needed right now. Beautifully and seamlessly written, it’s certainly my favorite co-write from these authors to date.

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Sarah’s Musings…

4 Sweet Crowns

This was a very cute, sweet story with an interesting meet cute. I loved the overall pacing and progression of the romance as well as the heroine’s relationship with Birdie, the hero’s daughter.

While the the meet cute was unique, there is an aspect of that not only requires willing suspension of belief from the reader but also to overlook some unethical practices. Does the heroine ever truly cross the line, no, but as a parent, I would be very uncomfortable with the events that unfolded.

Now, the reader gets to know and love Sadie; therefore, it is very easy to overlook the way she goes about inserting herself into the life of Birdie and her dad. In fact, readers will tend to forget how they met, and they will become enchanted by Birdie and the romance between Sadie and Sebastian.

Of course another major moment of of suspension of belief comes later in the story with a plot twist. Now, is it possible for this twist to be true, it sure is, but the chances of this person finding this person has to be so out of this world. The authors try to center it around the romanticized notion that if two people are meant to find each other and be together then they will be. Because I loved the characters, I was truly willing to let go to some extent the unrealistic connection of it all.

Overall, it truly is an enjoyable to sweet romance, only enhanced by the most adorable little girl. I just wished that these tiny yet foundational pieces of the story would have been tweaked a little bit for my full enjoyment.

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#Review “Fallen” by Mia Sheridan

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Tricia’s Musings…

5 shocking and emotional CROWNS

Fallen is another wonderful book from this extremely talented author. It’s very different to her previous books and like nothing I’ve read before. It’s a little scary, but more so it’s shocking and brutal and heartbreakingly emotional at times. There are small paranormal elements, insofar as there are things that cannot be explained by simple logic, but I certainly would not describe it as a paranormal, or gothic, romance. What it definitely is, however, is real edge of your seat, heart stopping stuff and I absolutely loved it.

The story itself is much bigger, more intriguing and involved than it first seems and is told by way of chapters from the present and from the past. It’s very cleverly executed, as the characters in the present begin to unravel the mystery of the past as we’re also privy, to a certain extent, to those events taking place 13 years prior. A sort of interconnected, interwoven storyline which works perfectly in my opinion (even if I’m not explaining it very well).

I absolutely loved Scarlett, who was the most amazing, understanding parent to her gorgeous daughter Haddie. Haddie saw the world a little differently than those around her and her descriptions of that world were perfect. I wasn’t too sure of Camden at the beginning. His behaviour certainly gave me reason to be suspicious. I held out hope that, as with this story as a whole, things with him were not as they seemed. Was their meeting a coincidence or fate? Aside from the main characters, there are some great, well developed supporting characters too, each with their own unique personalities and important role to play.

Other than the synopsis, I had no idea what this book was about and I couldn’t possibly have guessed how everything would unfold. To say that my jaw dropped on more than one occasion is an understatement. When I wasn’t gasping, I was biting my nails. I don’t want to say too much, for fear of spoiling the story and I would urge you to go in blind, open minded, and experience everything as the author intended it to be experienced. I did and the impact was so much greater for it. However, if you need a trigger warning, then maybe this book is not for you. If not, then prepare yourself for a bumpy ride and allow yourself to feel all the emotions this incredible story will undoubtedly evoke along the way.

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#Review “Torn Apart” by K. Webster & Nikki Ash

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Aundi’s Musings…

4 Who Needs A Label Crowns

So I’m not going to lie when I first started it took me a couple chapters to really submerse myself in the story but once I did there was no coming out until I was done. It begins in a very traditional way for those in love with NA romances, lots of super-hot jocks both hockey and swim (wink wink) best friends who want more and throw in a hot coach to really set this book on fire. 

This could easily be labeled as just a RH, but it turns into something so much more. What I found I liked the most was that everyone was confused and just trying to figure out what they were feeling. I think often times people are so caught up in labels, what they feel others do or don’t fall into. But what happens when you take the labels out of the equation? What happens when you let yourself just feel no matter who you have those feelings for? 

This book centers around 4 main characters. Ashton the cocky swimmer who thrives on sarcasm and sweets. Mia his best friend who is incredibly smart, sassy and overall a sweetheart. Braydon the douche hockey player who actually has a really wonderful side he doesn’t show. And the coach Drew who is battling some internal demons that we’ve yet to learn what they are.  

The realness that both Nikki and K. Webster brought out in these 4 characters was beyond anything I could have anticipated. You could feel the tension and confusion, the lust and need, the hurt and pain bleed from the pages. These characters are just trying to navigate through this time in their lives where they have all these conflicting feelings not really sure where to go or what to do with them. And that spoke to me. I think too often books really miss out on the part in all our lives where we are lost at one point or another for one reason or another, so it was very refreshing to read a book where that happened to not just one character but them all. 

Each one of these characters is so different but at their core so very similar. As the story progresses you can see each and every relationship build and change into something transformed something that may be a little scary but something that each of them needs. I loved the changing dynamics and the emotional bonds that you could feel grow as you move through the book. 

This story started one way for me but then ending with me completely at its mercy not wanting it to end. I can’t believe it’s a duet because I’m dying to see what happens after that cliffhanger that legit shattered my heart for the characters involved. While slowly becoming lost to the story I also became invested and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this.  

Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy

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