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Friday, September 3, 2021

ARC Review: The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward


Penelope Ward has been one of my go-to authors for a long time, and at this point I don’t even read blurbs for her new books because whatever she writes I will read. She never disappoints with her solo or co-authored books, and The Aristocrat is no exception! I was hooked from page one, and I couldn’t put this book down. This book in my opinion is best experienced blind, and I’m so glad I didn’t spoil it for myself. 

I loved the characters here so much. Leo and Felicity were everything, and I enjoyed seeing how they met and the friendship and relationship that formed between them. They had such a great connection and chemistry, and it was so genuine and believable. Their circumstances provided so many obstacles for them, yet they knew that what they felt was real. I also really loved the supporting characters here as well, and they made this story so much more rich and developed. Sig was fantastic and I honestly would love to get a book for him as well. 

I won’t go into the details on this one or how it ends, but this journey is definitely worth the read and I highly recommend it! The Aristocrat is another fantastic read from Penelope and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with her next release!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Friday, July 16, 2021

ARC Review: The Spark by Vi Keeland

Another great read from Vi Keeland! The Spark was everything I had hoped for and more. From start to finish I enjoyed this one and didn’t want to put it down. Fans of Vi’s will love Autumn and Donovan, and new readers will as well.

Autumn and Donovan have something between them right away that was undeniable.. Their chemistry is off the charts and their connection even stronger. I loved them both and felt like they were so real and genuine. They were perfect for one another and so right together, in a way they couldn’t be with anyone else. I enjoyed seeing their vulnerabilities and how they were there for one another. Also, Donovan just might be the sweetest hero ever and I couldn’t get enough of him!

I highly recommend this one, just like all of Vi’s books! She never disappoints and this one is not to be missed!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

ARC Review: Before Us...There Was Him by Lou Stock

This was the first book I’ve read from Lou Stock and I really enjoyed it! Before Us...There Was Him had me from the first page, and I didn’t want to put this one down! Besides real life interruptions, I didn’t stop reading. Lucas and Riley were impossible not to fall for and I honestly can’t wait to read this one again.

Lucas and Riley’s story had it’s ups and downs, but their connection was what kept me captivated. Their chemistry was off the charts, and it was clear that these two shared something unique and special. Each one had their issues and vulnerabilities, but together it was clear that they clicked right from the start and helped to make each other better.

I am really looking forward to reading more from Lou Stock, and I think readers will love this one like I did. This book was different and fresh, and I highly recommend it. If you are new to Lou Stock like I was, I think this is one worth taking the chance on. If you are already a fan, I’m sure you’ll also love this one. (Feel free to drop some more recommendations for me in the comments on what I should read next from Lou!)

**ARC Provided by Bare Naked Words**

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Feature and Giveaway: The Texan's Secret Son by Kit Hawthorne

Can she forgive… The man who walked away?

Eight years ago, Marcos Ramirez met and married Nina Walker in the space of a day. The next morning, a family tragedy had him hightailing it back to his family’s Texas ranch. After annulling the marriage and redeploying with the marines, Marcos never thought he’d see Nina again. But now she’s moved to his hometown, with a secret that will change this rancher’s life forever…

Saturday, June 12, 2021

ARC Review: Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas

I don’t typically read a lot of F/F stories, but knowing it was Penelope Douglas and seeing this gorgeous cover I knew I had to give it a shot! I absolutely loved Clay and Liv’s story and I think this book will be one that a lot of readers enjoy. 

Liv and Clay on the surface have little in common except the school they attend. I really enjoyed getting to know each of them as individuals and as they circled one another. There was so much tension and attraction between them. I also really loved that this wasn’t your typical bully NA read. This one was unique and original in a way that only Penelope Douglas can deliver. Clay and Liv had their own insecurities and vulnerabilities, and seeing them grow and change over the course of this book kept me turning pages and unable to put this one down. 

I also fell in love with Liv’s brothers while reading! I loved how fierce and protective they were. The loyalty their family had to one another is something I couldn’t get enough of and I honestly hope that Penelope will give us their stories someday as well. 

If you are on the fence about this one, I highly recommend giving it a shot. It was good, fresh and original. While I know F/F isn’t everyone’s jam (typically not mine either!), the story here is worth the read and I think readers will love it like I did.

**ARC Provided by The Next Step PR**

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

ARC Review: Mr. Garcia by TL Swan


I have become a huge fan of TL Swan’s this year! After binge reading her entire backlist, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Seb’s story. Mr. Garcia definitely didn’t disappoint and I honestly think Seb is right up there with Cameron & Nathan for my favorite heroes of hers now! (although don’t ask me to pick, because they are all honestly amazing!)

Seb and April’s story grabbed my attention right away and I couldn’t put their book down. I loved Seb and April’s connection and attraction, and the chemistry between them was beyond smoking! These two were so perfect for one another, but their journey was anything but easy. These two each had their own issues and insecurities, and I really felt for both of them. Seeing their vulnerabilities and struggles made them relatable, and it was easy to see how they each reacted the way they did at times even while frustrating each other. 

I honestly cannot recommend TL Swan’s books enough, and Mr. Garcia is at the top of that list! While this book is connected to Mr. Masters and Mr. Spencer, (both of which were fantastic!) this is easily read as a standalone. I highly recommend checking out Tee’s books if you haven’t read anything by her yet, trust me you won’t be disappointed! If you are already a fan, Mr. Garcia is everything you know and love from her while on a whole new level! I can’t wait for more from her and will be rereading this one and all her other’s while I wait for her next release, The Casanova!

**ARC Provided by Foreword PR**

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Friday, April 16, 2021

ARC Review: Not Pretending Anymore by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


I’ve been in a book funk lately and Not Pretending Anymore by two of my favorite authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland was exactly the book I needed to pull me out! This book was excellent from start to finish and I couldn’t put it down! These two never disappoint, but honestly Declan and Molly’s story could very well be my favorite from them ever!

Declan and Molly meet when Molly is looking for a roommate. She reluctantly agrees to let him take the room she is trying to rent out, though originally she wanted a woman roommate. These two quickly become friends and agree to help each other with their crushes by pretending to be in a relationship. Of course things soon change when they both start questioning where the line is between pretend and real as their feelings for one another begin to grow.

Declan was fantastic! I loved him so much. His sense of humor and his caring personality mixed with his vulnerability and sexiness made him impossible to resist. He was so charming and I couldn’t help but fall right along with Molly. Molly was sweet and funny and her personality fit so perfectly with Declan’s. These two had a strong bond right from the beginning that just continued to grow with each page. They also had crazy chemistry that jumped right off the page and you could tell just how hot they would be if they gave in to things for real.

Overall, this one was everything I was hoping for and more and I can’t recommend it enough. Vi and Penelope knocked this one out of the park and I can’t wait to reread it for more Declan and Molly as I am not ready to leave them behind. Can’t wait for more from Vi and Penelope as always!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

ARC Review: Fighter's Best Friend by A. Rivers


This was my first book by A. Rivers, but it won’t be my last! I really enjoyed it and was drawn in from the very first page. While this is the second book in the series, you aren’t missing anything  by not having read the first book. I will say that even though I was able to read and enjoy this one as a standalone, I am anxious to read the first book in the series though. 

Gabe and Sydney were great. I could see how close they were and the special bond they shared, yet also the struggles that each of them faced. They were vulnerable and genuine, the kind of characters that make you believe their story is real and keep you from being able to put their book down.

Overall, great story and characters. Tons of chemistry and connection, everything I look for in a good romance. I definitely recommend Fighter’s Best Friend and can’t wait for more from A. Rivers!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Friday, March 12, 2021

ARC Review: Wild Wind by Kristen Ashley


Out of all the books and series I have ever read, the Chaos MC series by Kristen Ashley has to be in my top 5! I adore these protective alpha men and their strong and unique females! I have been waiting to get Jagger’s story since I got more of him with Dutch’s book. It did not disappoint, and he is definitely up there on my favorite brothers list! Wild Wind is a standalone novella within the Chaos world, but for full enjoyment and some amazing books I recommend reading the entire series!

J and A had both been through so much and I really felt for both of them. Though the circumstances of their meeting were terrible (at a cemetery while he was visiting his dad’s grave and she was attending her mom’s funeral), their connection was clear and felt genuine. Their interactions over the years had me sucked into their story right away, and I loved seeing where they would pop up and run into one another. The chemistry between them was super hot and I couldn’t get enough of them. These two were made for one another, that was obvious right from the start. Jagger had so much to him, and my heart broke for all that he had been holding in and hadn’t dealt with. A pulled was exactly what he needed to tackle his issues and I loved her for standing by his side through it all.

This one was great and I honestly could have had a full length novel of these two, though this story was completely satisfying! I just loved them both so much that I would have loved even more. J and A were unique and perfect in their own ways, and I loved that they were so apologetically themselves. I can’t wait to go back and read Chaos from start to finish and experience the club and brothers all over again, especially Jagger! Highly recommend this one and all the Chaos books. You can never go wrong with a Kristen Ashley book!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Friday, February 26, 2021

ARC Review: The Crush by Penelope Ward


I can always count on Penelope Ward to deliver a solid contemporary romance read with each new release, but I couldn’t wait to read The Crush! Best friend’s sister is always one of my go-to tropes, and I really enjoyed Farrah and Jace’s story!

Penelope Ward had me hooked from page one and I didn’t want to put it down. Farrah and Jace had a great connection and I loved seeing them figure things out. I really felt for both of them and the situation. I understood why a lot of things were done, and yet I couldn’t help but be frustrated that sometimes things went certain ways. I knew these two were perfect for one another though, and I had every faith that things would work out for them as Penelope has never let me down yet!

While this one had a few predictable moments, I had a great time reading it and I think fans of Penelope’s books are going to really enjoy Farrah and Jace. The characters are likable and easy to relate to. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, Penelope Ward is an author that you don’t want to miss! I definitely recommend checking out The Crush as well as anything else with Penelope’s name on it!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Friday, January 22, 2021

ARC Review: The Invitation by Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland delivers another fantastic contemporary romance with The Invitation. I couldn’t put this one down! From start to finish, I had a great time reading this book. I have loved Vi’s books since I first read one, and she has never let me down.

Hudson and Stella were great characters. I was invested in both of them right away. The way they met had me hooked from the very first page, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. They were so good together, and I loved seeing how things grew and changed for them. They had such strong chemistry and seeing their connection grow was what kept me captivated. I adored Hudson’s daughter too. His love and commitment to being a good dad to her was so natural and sweet that you couldn’t help but fall for him right along with Stella. 

Overall, I highly recommend this one! It was exactly the escape I was looking for with all the crazy going on in the world and I think readers are going to love this one just as much as I did. If you are already a fan of Vi’s this is another must read, and if you are new to her this is definitely worth taking the chance on!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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