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All around book lover and all things book related. Lover of documentaries, podcasts, and Broadway (Hamilton, I'm looking at you!). Wife and mom to 4 fur-babies.

Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

I’m pretty sure my Sarina Bowen love is established for all here in the blog so I won’t bother reiterating it and boring all of you yet again…but I love her writing. Brooklynaire is loosely attached to her Brooklyn Bruiser series – in that it’s connected to the series and those who’ve read the previous books have been wanting this book BUT if you picked this book up cold, never having read the earlier ones you would be completely fine. I think that is incredibly smart and must have been so hard to do! This couple wasn’t so established that fans were dying for them, but just teased enough that we wondered. I love that a new reader could pick this up and not really be missing anything. I know that is a constant question, at least in the romance community, and here is a deft way to answer that. Continue reading “Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen”

Cover Reveal: Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha

I’m a huge fan of Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. It’s incredibly sex positive, feminist, and, of course, so well written! So I’m really excited to help the authors – who consist of the wonderful team of Bree Bridges and Donna Herren – reveal the re-branded cover of novella #5.5, Beyond Possession. Without further ado – here it is!

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Book Review: Whiskey Sharp – Unraveled by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane is one prolific author. She’s one of those writers that if you’re looking for a trope you can find it. Witches? Diablo Lake. Shifters? Diablo Lake and Cascadia Wolves. Rockers? Hurley Boys. Small Town? Petal Georgia. Menage? Err, there’s a few actually but I’ll go with Brown Family. My point is that she writes across genres and tropes and writes them all really well. I’ve read almost all of her works and I’d say about 90% of them worked for me and when an author has as much out there as Lauren Dan that’s a really impressive stat! Continue reading “Book Review: Whiskey Sharp – Unraveled by Lauren Dane”

Book Review: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Tijan is the queen of what I would consider New Adult drama and her newest is no different! I define NA by what the characters are going through and dealing with so while the main character in question here may be in high school I felt like everything taken into consideration meant this has a more NA than Young Adult feel to it. Continue reading “Book Review: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan”

Book Related Podcasts I love

I listen to a ridiculous amount of podcast; I mean a *ridiculous* amount. Considering I also listen to audiobooks I seriously have no idea how I find the time to listen to everything that I do. My tastes in them are just as wide ranging as my tastes in genres in books – I listen to everything from true crime to pop culture to political but some of my favorites are the ones that talk about (and I’m betting you guessed it) BOOKS! I mean, put books and podcasts together and you have the best of EVERYTHING in my opinion. And then throw in some convo about Broadway…it’s like I’ve died and gone to some kind of introvert geek girl heaven.

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Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

I loved this book. This is the next in the Barons series by Santino Hassell and Illegal Contact was a hard act to follow but Simeon and Adrian were up for it I’d say. I don’t know where this author finds the time to sleep, much less write his 5 bazillion books he seems to have coming out every year. You’d think the work would suffer but in my opinion it definitely has not! Continue reading “Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell”

Book Review: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

On Davis Row is a really well-written book with themes about getting a second chance at life and overcoming societal expectations as well as your own.

 

Noah begins his role as a Parole Office almost as Suzy Sunshine wanting to make a difference in all of his parolee’s lives. He believes in what he’s doing and that people can turn their lives around. When he meets CJ Davis, a parolee who is coming up on the end of his parole time Noah wants to do everything he can to have him make more of his life in the future. But CJ is incredibly resistant…his entire family is in prison, he can barely read, and no one believes he can do anything with his life. Least of all himself.

Every time I hugged him, he held on for dear life. I loved it, truly I did, but it tugged at my heartstrings, reminding me of all the things he’d missed. Of all the things he’s been deprived of.

What I loved so much about this book is that the angst level is what I would consider medium. I don’t always love high angst, I have to really be in the mood for that kind of book. My heart can’t always take the drama that comes along angst, but this level was perfect for me. It definitely had some and I wouldn’t ever say it was a smooth – sailing relationship type of book by any means but the angst level was just right. Most of the angst comes from CJ and his family. The tension slowly builds throughout the book in such a slow burning way that by the time it came to a head I was more than ready for it to happen.

Fierce, strong, safe, and everything — everything — I needed. I melted against him and could literally feel him mending the broken pieces of my heart, putting me back together again.
I didn’t ever want to let him go.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: On Davis Row

Author: NR Walker

Release Date: November 27, 2017

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Book Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai followed up her seriously amazing first book in the Forbidden Hearts series with another stunner here. When I say this series is not to be missed I am not exaggerating! I am always recommending it. It has everything from star crosses lovers to forbidden lovers to some crazy good family drama. Drop everything. DO IT.  Continue reading “Book Review: Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai”

Book Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

I really love this book! It seems like such a departure from her other books on the surface. Her other books have been solidly contemporary and NA, and while this is kind of sort of NA it’s also kind of sort of fairy tale-ish. While it’s hard to describe I REALLY enjoyed it! Also – completely in love with that cover, wow! Continue reading “Book Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes”

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