“We were perfect together. Until we met.”


I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.


He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

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Dear Penelope,

You were right when you said we are harder on our heroines than on our heroes. Ryen being the mean, popular girl was not easy to identify with. Though Ryen the quiet rebel geek was. Often we are more than what we show the world, hiding our true self out of fear of being rejected. That I could definitely identify with. 

Misha never tried to hide himself. Quite the opposite, his voice was a hard one to ignore. I do admire characters, and people like that. Those who seem without fear. Though even Misha is human, and prone to make mistakes.

My heart hurt for him. How could it not? Though I had no idea what he was up to until the very end. Him facing his biggest fear, and rejection. That was a whammy. 

I did not like the way Misha and Ryen lashed out to each other. Yes, I understood where they were coming from, though that doesn’t make it any less hard to see them hurt the person they love the most. ‘Cause that’s really what it comes down to, doesn’t it? They love each other. 

Betrayal. Friendship. Lies. Fear. Heartbreak. Sex. Music. Love. Rejection. Yes, you take us on quite a roller coaster ride, and I do love my thrills.

You should be proud of Punk 57. I feel proud for you. A story that can make me feel so much, is one to always remember, and reread often. Misha and Ryen’s story isn’t an easy one, but it actually makes it easier for me to fall in love with it.

Thank you for writing such an amazing novel.

Proud member of the Punk 57 tribe, 

Total Book Geek

P.S. Awesome lyrics! Don’t let your husband tell you otherwise 🙂 It would be so cool though if someone could actually put them to music. Just an idea.

4.5 stars


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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

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I just realised this is actually the first book by Kami Garcia I’ve read. Shame on me, I know! I obviously have some serious catching up to do. For most The Lovely Reckless will be something completely different by Kami Garcia, but for me it was just an excellent young adult novel.

Starting over at a new school for Frankie is both good, and bad. Good that she can get away from everyone feeling sorry for her, expecting her to be the same girl before her boyfriend got killed. Bad, ’cause the new school is not immediately filled with the friendliest of people, and the neighbourhood is rather risky.

Marco might just be the most riskiest Frankie can get at the moment. Student by day, street racer by night, and something we can not even mention. Obviously she’s drawn to him, and to be fair the bad boy is not as bad as he’d like people to believe. Marco has a big heart, and a soft soul when it comes to Frankie.

While these two grow closer together, everyone around them is not exactly a fan. And when Frankie discovers Marco’s big secret, things get even more complicated. Loyalties will be tested, feelings will get hurt, and these two kids will have to risk it all to make it safely on the other side.

The Lovely Reckless was quite a thrilling, though smooth read. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more and more. Twists and surprises coming from all sides, I very much enjoyed it all.

4 stars

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Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one front and center.

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I was fully prepared to meet the devil. In the previous books it was Nassir who screamed to be the most dangerous one. While I won’t deny that the guy has a certain brutality to him, it’s not violence without cause. He’s a business man first, and his motivation to hurt people pretty much always comes from that point of view.

Though to be honest now that we finally got to meet the real Nassir, he’s a lot less scary than I was imagining. I mean, I wouldn’t want to cross the guy in any way, but I found him less the monster he wanted people to believe he was.

Maybe this was more Honor a.k.a. Key’s influenceHer love for him, made him seem a bit softer. Nassir is still a man who has control over all parts of his life, but her. She is his weak spot, though she makes him stronger as well. To finally be able to hold her in his arms, it’s the first time in his life he has allowed himself to feel happy.

Honor was very well written, and I really liked the story. Though honestly, compared to the rest of the books in this series, I was expecting this one to be a lot darker. Nassir and Key are both fascinating characters. I loved Key’s confidence in her sexuality, and body, and how she went head to toe with the Point’s devil. I will be reading the rest of the series, as the characters are what makes it all so interesting.

3.5 stars

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*Honor is the first book in the spin-off series, and can be read as a standalone*

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Better When He’s BoldMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Better When He’s Brave: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK


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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t even find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

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To give you an idea of how much I liked this book: I finished it at 3:30 AM, and reread it completely the next day! Oh yeah, I fell hard for this one. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with Mariana Zapata’s work, so I was expecting a pretty light, steamy, and kind of predictable sports romance. Well hello shocker, do I love surprises.

The first thing I noticed about The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me, was the pace of the story. As the book is over five hundred pages long, Aiden and Vanessa take their time. While maybe a bit too slow for some, I very much liked this realistic pace. There is no instant love, lust, and maybe even like. Aiden and Vanessa are two people in a peculiar situation, who take the time to really get to know each other. It’s a clear partnership, evolving into a tentative friendship, before they might realize “hey perhaps I’m actually be falling in love here.”

Aiden isn’t your typical hero. I would even dare to say most women won’t like him very much. A football player who knows exactly what he wants, controls every aspect of his life, and his emotional range is limited. While handsome, and incredibly clever, charming or even just friendly he’s not. Though he isn’t unreasonable, he’s just the type of guy who lives so much in his own head, and world, everyone else just isn’t on his radar. Still there is a certain appeal you get to understand due time. It did made me wonder if he became this way of his youth.

Vanessa never could say she enjoyed working for The Wall Of Winnipeg. It’s not that she hated it, but the lack of personal friendliness was hard to endure. Now that she has the change to explore her own dream, she, and nobody, expected Aiden to come begging for her. I liked how well these two characters complemented each other. Mostly it was these little things Aiden said or did, that made you realize what an impact Vanessa has on him.

I would definitely recommend The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me to anyone looking for a sports romance with layers, depth, and a realistic pace. Two sensible characters who’ll you slowly fall in love with. It was definitely a top read for me. Not quite what I was expecting, thus making it even better. It certainly won’t be the last time I’ve reread The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me!

4.5 stars

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beard & science

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need? 

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

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It’s been a long wait for Beard Science, but it was well worth the wait. Over 400 pages of Cletus goodness, I easily devoured.

I find Cletus a fascinating character. Sure he might be attractive, though he very much tries to downplay that, it’s his intelligence and wickedness that will draw you in.

The same happened for Jennifer. While her mom likes to constantly put her in the limelight, Jennifer is an observer. She keeps her mouth shut, and her eyes and ears open. Cletus might have most people fooled, Jennifer sees his true colours.

Cletus never paid much attention to the Banana Cake Queen, until she actually blackmails him, taking him completely by surprise. Now Cletus doesn’t like surprises, but the more he helps Jennifer, the more he realises that he had her pegged all wrong.

I just loved the dynamic between these two. Watching Jennifer come out of her shell, standing up to her parents, becoming her own person, I was rooting for her from the start. Cletus meeting his match was hilarious. The ever in control Cletus completely lost it when it came to Jennifer.

It’s definitely no instant love between them, so I really liked how that connection blossomed open between Jennifer and Cletus. They had these perceived notions about each other, though through spending that time together, they got see this other side, and really see the person before them.

I fully recommend reading Beard Science! I just know you’ll love Cletus and Jennifer, on their own, and as a couple. It’s my favourite book in the series so far, and after finishing it I just want to reread their story!

Now two things will happen when you finish this book. One: you will want a slice of banana cake or other deliciously baked goods. Two: you won’t be able to stop smiling. Beard Science is one of those gems of a book that ticks of all the right boxes for a romantic comedy novel.

5 stars

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We’re celebrating the release of THIEF OF HEARTS by L.H. Cosway! Check out the review and giveaway below!


Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

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I’ve so been looking forward to Thief Of Hearts’ release! Last year I devoured the entire series, and already reread them a couple of times. So without a doubt I fully recommend every single book.

Now I have to be honest, Stu was not my favourite character in the series. He might have been the oldest brother, but it was mostly Lee who took care of everyone. Though I do believe everyone deserves their chance at redemption.

Just released from prison, it may look like Stu is on the right track. He’s going back to school, trying to find work, fall for a solid girl. The truth is not that nice though.

Andrea is such a sweet woman. She teaches adults, and I love her commitment to her students. She is one of those persons who always sees the best in everyone, and wants to help them reach their potential. This also includes Stu, no matter how much he can get on her nerves, or how uncomfortably attracted she is to him.

Stu from the get go makes it clear how much he wants the sweet teacher. It takes a while to convince her that he’s honest in his attempts, and slowly she falls for him. It’s when that ugly truth comes out, that everything might crumble down.

I really liked the slow build up between Stu and Andie. How she tries to keep him at a distance, almost afraid of how he makes her feel, though he doesn’t give up. That connection between them feels real.

The other drama, aka the truth makes for an interesting plot twist, and I loved the role Andie’s cousin played in this. Definitely that ending was a nice, and pleasant surprise. A great addition to the series, and now I just want read Hearts On Air!

3.5 stars

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Fuck me recklessly
Kiss me harder.
Take me again and again… 

He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.

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Holy hotness! Saying I loved Turbulence is putting it mildly. It’s been quite a while since I read a captivating story like this, and I missed it.

Jake is not just arrogant, he’s pretty much an obnoxious jerk. Except there is something about him. Not just the fact that he’s a God in bed, there is a secret hidden behind those walls you want to find out. An oh what a secret it is. Scandal alert!

Then there is Gillian. Her big New York dreams shattered a couple of years ago, and now she’s working as a flight attendant. And somehow ends up sleeping with the number one pilot of the company, over and over again.

Even she can not get a handle on Jake. They’ve set up rules, though Gillian pushes at them every chance she gets. Maybe very slowly she’s actually reaching beyond his walls.

Besides the amazingly hot sex scenes, there is that constant intrigue of trying to figure out Jake’s secret, that keeps you turning the pages. A man betrayed by everyone has quite the trouble to trust, to let people get close, let alone inside.

It’s a back and forth play that can only end in heartbreak or bliss.

Towards the end there are a couple of unexpected twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

I definitely recommend Turbulence to anyone looking for an amazing adult romance story, likes cocky pilots, rambling flight attendants, and hot action.

This was my first book by Whitney G., but it won’t be my last.

4 stars

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Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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I love it whenever I get to discover more about myth and legends. So a story about brujas in Brooklyn seemed right up my ally. The premise was definitely there, the start of the story is strong, and the ideas were there, though there were also a lot of undeveloped parts for me.

Alex is a good character, and Nova is definitely intriguing. Their dynamic was well-developed, and kept me guessing when something would happen between these two. Except the author took the romance in this story in a whole other direction I did not see coming. I didn’t know up front that the main character is bisexual, and I honestly don’t care if they prefer boys or girls. Unfortunately I never fully felt the romantic connection between Alex and Rishi. I felt the author drew the attraction towards Nova, maybe purposely, and with Rishi there was only friendship.

As for the world building of Los Lagos, it really is as weird as Alice in Wonderland. Some parts were really good, other parts again underdeveloped. Throughout the whole story this kept going up and down. Well fleshed out parts, and then other parts are skimmed over. This just put a bit of a damper on the reading, and broke up the flow.

In the end I liked Labyrinth Lost. The story was good, some parts could have just been more developed. I just wasn’t as wowed as I wanted it to be.

3 stars

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The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.
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In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… 

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

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I feel by now Sarina Bowen could write IKEA instruction manuals, and I would still read it. With every book I fall more and more in love with her writing.

Her writing style flows so easy, making it impossible to put the book down. Rookie Move was once again finished in one go. I do try to savour it more, but it’s always a toss-up between wanting more, and never wanting it to end.

For those familiar with the Ivy Year series might remember Trevi from Fifteenth Minute. He’s DJ’s older brother, and hot-shot hockey player. Just being traded to the majors, this is his chance to prove himself, to see his dream come true. The last person he expected to see there was his ex, Georgia.

She broke up with him at the end of high school, and only months after a tragic event. Though Trevi never got over her. He loved her so much, and still does. Seeing this as an intervention of fate, he will not let Georgia go this time.

When will these girls learn that giving up, and quitting is not in an athlete’s vocabulary. Trevi calls Georgia the love of his life, and it’s simply adorable how much he cares about her.

Georgia was not prepared for Trevi either. She forgot how much he affected her. Though hooking up with the rookie of the team you’re the PR rep for, is not a good idea. At least that’s what she tries to tell herself.

Seeing each other again after all this times gives them the opportunity to clear the air. Mostly seeing these two grow back to each other was wonderful, and I enjoyed every second of it.

Not to mention plenty of sexy times (so hot), swoon worthy moments, and a healthy dose of humor, Sarina Bowen has another win on her hands. Trevi is your next book boyfriend, you’ll be rooting for him from the start. I could not get enough of this book.

The chance of me rereading Rookie Movie within the month? 100%

4.5 stars

Brooklyn Bruisers – Reading order and purchase links

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too wild to tame

Sometimes you just can’t resist playing with fire . . . 

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron’s presence reminds her of a past she’d rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it’s the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it’s because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .

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The security guard at the rear entrance came into view, his familiar hawk eyes zeroing in on Grace. Then Aaron. Exasperation moved over the guard’s features before he hid it by adjusting his earpiece. Activity swarmed on the front side of the building, the media, the shouted questions, the general scrape and hum of movement audible, even where they walked along the backside of the school.

Knowing once they were inside, she wouldn’t see Aaron again, Grace smiled up at him, noticing he didn’t look quite as confident as he had a moment before. “It was nice meeting you,” she whispered. “Thanks for not ratting me out.”

“I…” He smoothed a hand down the front of his ruby-colored tie. “I won’t see you…around again?”

Grace’s hands itched with the urge to burrow into her hair, latch on to the braids she’d completed this morning while waiting for Aaron to show. “Probably not. Why would you?”

Why was he frowning at her? She couldn’t ask him why, since they were within earshot of the guard and the walk had ended way too soon. With a final memorization of his furrowed brow, she transferred her focus. “Hey, Marcus.”

“Grace.” Marcus dipped his chin at Aaron. “Who’s this?”

Her neck grew stiff. “This is my handler for today. He’s new.”

Marcus split a look between her and Aaron, before consulting his clipboard. “No one ran a change in staff by me.”

Grace could feel Aaron’s sharp scrutiny and ignored it, attempting to breeze past Marcus with a casual smile. “I understand. I’ll just go grab my dad, so he can clear it up—”

“No. That’s okay.” As predicted, a harried Marcus blocked her path. “Your father is busy. Just…” He gave Aaron another once-over, lowering his voice to a conspiratorial whisper between men, as if Grace couldn’t hear every word. “You know the approved areas? Be sure to keep her within them.”

“Yes.” She was impressed when Aaron gave a brisk nod. “Will do.”

Aaron took her elbow and moved them into the back hallway, past the kitchen, where the local Boy Scouts were rushing to mix pancakes and pour them on the oversized, industrial griddle. Once they turned a corner and Marcus was no longer in view, Grace reluctantly tugged her elbow out of Aaron’s grip, rubbing the spot to keep the warmth alive awhile longer. “This is where we part ways.”

Aaron’s way too handsome face was the picture of bafflement. “Who are you, hippie?” The low, intense vibration of his voice made her shiver. “Why do you need a handler?”

She reached back and curled her fingers around the metal staircase handle. The one she knew was there—and where it led—thanks to last night’s expedition. Her intent was to slip away without answering, but after ignoring so many compulsions that morning already, she couldn’t deny the final one.

With a thready apology, Grace shot forward and up, locking her mouth with Aaron’s, memorizing the way his stiffness melted in one big deluge. The way he gave a rough exhale through his nose. That gruff sound that drummed from his throat, a split second before his lips opened, tongue teasing in to taste hers. Just some. The most perfect, slick greeting. The two of them hung there, mouths open, lips wet and fitted together, breath racing, kitchen clamoring behind them.

Two ends of a silk rope pulled taut beneath her belly button, a tempting lick of his tongue clenching muscles she’d never acquainted herself with, nor could she point them out on a diagram. Whoa Nelly. And with her heart slamming against her ribs like a wrecking ball, Grace cut out that snippet of time—so shimmering and unmarred—tucked it into her pocket, and stole down the staircase, wondering how long the memory of Aaron’s kiss would stay with her. Praying the answer was forever.

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Aaron’s life has been about manipulating, solving other people’s problems, and succeeding. Life in politics isn’t for everyone. After getting fired for sleeping with his boss’ daughter, joining the senator of Iowa is his last chance.

Excerpt there is Grace, the senator’s daughter. A temptation, and enigma all rolled into one. She prefers not to join her family in the campaign, and they like it that way. Misunderstood by them, they don’t quite know what to do with her.

From the first moment these two meet, the attraction is undeniable. Though they could not be more opposite. Grace makes Aaron see that he isn’t as bad as he makes himself out to be. But it’s an easy way to keep everyone at a distance.

While Aaron makes Grace see that she’s strong, and a force to be reckoned with. It’s a whirlwind, but sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact.

There are many reasons why these two together shouldn’t happen. Except it’s matters of the heart, and reason has no ground here.

Too Wild To Tame is a great second book in the Romancing The Clarksons series. Aaron’s dirty mouth is a serious turn on, and Grace’s eagerness plays well into that. I always find it interesting how other people can make you see your own worth. Couple that with love, and I’m sold. Looking forward to the upcoming stories in the series.

 3.5 stars

Romancing The Clarksons – Reading order and purchase links

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The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

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I’ve really come to enjoy Vi Keeland’s stories. With each tale I find that her writing improves, and it becomes easier to fall in love with her characters.

While there is always a certain predictability to a love story, I always enjoy seeing where the characters will take us. Though it may seem that falling for your boss has been done a million times, Vi Keeland has managed to put her own twist to it in Bossman.

It’s definitely the characters that make Bossman. Mostly I loved how unapologetic Chase was when it came to his attraction to Reese. Being cocky is only part of his personality, he’s actually quite funny, and charming as well. This all without stepping into a-hole territory.

Reese is more reluctant about her feelings towards Chase. Hooking up with your new boss is never a good idea. Company policy, rumours, possible heartbreak are on her mind. Though Chase is nothing but persistent, and if she’s honest he is pretty irresistible.

Of course not everything can go as smooth as they want it to be. Though the drama comes from an unexpected corner. Demon’s from the past are hard to let go.

Bossman was a solid story, with terrific characters, charming humor, and enough depth to keep things interesting. I certainly recommend Bossman if you’re looking for an entertaining, and relaxing time.

4 stars

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ravage tillie cole

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Zoya Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Zoya lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Zoya that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Zoya risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Zoya is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

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Tillie Cole has become a master at toeing that fine line between darkness, and acceptable savage. A woman who thought she lost everything, and a man who believed there was no hope.

When Zaal takes Zoya he has no idea what he’s in for. All his life he’s been thought that Georgians are the enemy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get his answers. Though he did not count on Zoya actually making him feel, emotions he has long-buried. Feelings he’s unfamiliar with, and she draws them out.

Zaal will never be a gentle soul, too much has happened for that. Tragedy clouds Zoya’s past, and while she’s been alive all these years, she has never lived. Now forced together with this brute, she will have to steel herself against the physical pain he will throw upon her. Though in time she can see behind the drugged up eyes of Zaal, see the torture and pain that he hides.

In this extreme situation, these two broken souls slowly grow together. Cut off from the outside world they explore this connection. I do have to say that at times it felt a bit Stockholm Syndrome to me, though in the end I still feel very content over their happiness.

By now I do feel a bit of a repeat in these stories, as in a lot of the same elements come back again, and again. Still I very much enjoyed reading Zaal and Zoya’s story, I was completely caught up in it, and had trouble putting it down.

3.5 stars

Scarred Souls – Reading order and purchase links

raze  Reap Scarred Souls #2 by Tillie Cole  ravage tillie cole

RazeAmazon US – Amazon UK

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MIDNIGHT SOUL is coming! Being released on August 15th, this amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect. MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series!


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Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

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“So she’s your type,” Cora said, taking him back into their conversation, “But you’re not gonna go there.”

Noc shook his head. “She’s from here, I’m from home. I’m going home. But it isn’t even about that, babe. Tor got you back. Frey got Finnie back. Won’t go on because you were there, you know. Franka didn’t get her man back.”

“Don’t say that in front of Apollo,” She whispered. “Maddie suggested that and it pisses him off. He thinks she’s incapable of any emotion, much less love.”

“You four couples aren’t the only ones who’ve known love, Cora,” he returned. “Not bein’ a dick, but that’s the way it is. And she’s stone cold on the outside, babe, but inside the woman is in some serious pain. She’s capable of emotion, just like you and me, and I know that because I saw it.”

What he didn’t share was that Franka Drakkar might be capable of more of it, with the pain he saw in her eyes, the guilt that seemed to visibly weigh on her at what she’d done.

She just, for some reason, wouldn’t allow herself to let it show, even maybe fully feel it.

That reason was a mystery and Noc was a cop. Cops were big on mysteries. Solving them, to be precise.


Another reason he had to steer clear of Franka Drakkar.

Cora nodded. “I think your perception of her is right, at least the way she is with you, for whatever reason she gave you that particular Franka. What concerns me, honey, is that it seems to mean so much to you.”

That was what concerned him too.

“Woman’s in pain, she gave me that, she gave me time,” he tried to explain it. “Tomorrow, she’ll be gone and eventually she’ll be just another memory of this place. But you spend hours with a woman drinking whiskey and watching her face light up, the pain she’s trying to hide clearing clean away because she’s never seen a phone before. We’ll just say that’ll be a memory I won’t forget.”

“I’ll bet,” Cora replied, the concern shifting out of her expression, understanding replacing it.

Noc grabbed his knife and started cutting into the tender, moist, perfectly-cooked steak on his plate.

Cora changed the subject.

“I can’t wait to show you my world, Noc. It’s gonna be awesome. You’re gonna love it.”

He looked to her, meat in his mouth and chewing and smiling he said, “Can’t wait either, babe.”

Her face lit up too.

And seeing it, Noc knew that’d be another memory he wouldn’t forget that he’d take home from this crazy world.

There it was.

They were having dinner and Franka wasn’t invited.

Tomorrow morning, she’d be leaving.

So she was a memory of this world.

A mysterious one.

A sad one.

But just a memory.

And Noc had to live with that.

What he wouldn’t admit was that he didn’t like it.

Fantasyland – Reading order and purchase links

wildest dreams kristen ashley  golden dynasty kristen ashley

Wildest Dreams: Amazon USAmazon UK

The Golden DynastyAmazon USAmazon UK

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it ends with us colleen hoover

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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Colleen Hoover, you are a heartbreaker. I’m fully convinced you enjoy bathing in the tears of your readers.

I don’t know how you do it, but time and time again you write the most consuming stories. Stories about people, and life, all the good, and all the bad.

It Ends With Us might start off as an almost sweet love story, though it doesn’t take too long to see the ugly side of that love.

Falling in love is easy, breaking the cycle isn’t. As they said in the book “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” But when that someone is the person you love, things are a lot more complicated.

What happens in Lily’s story breaks my heart. Though I love that Colleen Hoover wrote it, that it’s told. In the author’s note she explains how personal this book is, and I applaud here for daring to share this one with us.

There is always one moment in her stories that I just can’t hold back the tears. In It Ends With Us it’s sad to see how love isn’t always enough, how easy it is to use love as an anchor, though in the end the tough decision needs to be made. To be clear, the story does have a happy ending, just maybe not the one you were expecting.

5 stars

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hard count

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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Apparently I have about five books marked as to-read by Ginger Scott, so it was high time I actually read one of those. The Hard Count was an amazing introduction for me to her writing and storytelling, and I will definitely be reading more of her books.

Where to even begin with this one though. There are just so many layers to these characters, and the story. Too many to count up, but to make clear, it’s not just about sports. While it certainly has a bit of that Friday Night Lights feeling to it, the surrounding social themes make it far more interesting, and mostly the feelings Ginger Scott is able to evoke is marvellous.

I would not even consider this a classic love story. Yes, there might be something between Nico and Reagan, though once again, what is going on is so much bigger than them. A boy genius, on and off the field, from the wrong side of the track, is the only hope the school’s football team has. In a school where football is everything, many don’t want him there, but they need him. The pressure is on, and Nico gladly accepts it. He wants to be there, he wants to prove himself, and he wants to prevail.

Reagan looks in from the outside. Hidden behind her camera she sees it all. The people vying for her father’s job, how a family has to endure that pressure to succeed, how people will hurt them when they fail, and mostly she sees Nico. He is her answer, and while getting to know him better, she realises there is always more than meets the eye.

The Hard Count was an amazing story about family, love, hope, friendship, heart, football, and being the exception. Showing us the heart of the sport, the dedication of the people, the love and the hate that the game brings, and how you should never give up. I loved every second of The Hard Count, and highly recommend it!

4 stars

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until harry

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.

He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

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Until Harry is probably L.A. Casey’s best work to date. I feel this is definitely her most mature work, and proof that she truly is a talented writer. Completely different from her Slater Brother series, and simply better than Frozen, Until Harry hits you right in the heart. All the feels that this story brings with it, I loved it.

I admit I didn’t read the synopsis before buying, and reading Until Harry. Just that cover alone made me one click. Still I was warned that it was a rather emotional story, though not quite prepared in what way.

Lane, an unhappy girl, who thought she ran away from the pain by moving to New York. Though being away from the people she loves turns out not to be the best solution. Now she’s back, her uncle died, and she has to face all the people she left behind, including Kale.

I loved how the story switched from present to past, that we got to see all that happened between Lane, and Kale. They pretty much know each other from birth, and while to us it’s clear these two belong together, their stories runs quite differently.

There was one part near the end that really hit close to home, and if I wasn’t reading in public tears would have shed. While the setup of the story is quite sad, you never give up hope, and it really is a tale of second chances for family, friends, and love.

4.5 stars

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