Monday, May 29, 2017

When It's Real by Erin Watt



Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?


When It’s Real is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance by dynamic author duo Erin Watt.  Oakley & Vaughn are just a couple of California kids – who have problems that need solving in their worlds where they’ve had to grow up way to fast.  Who would have guessed that this bad-boy rocker & little miss normal could actually be each other’s perfect solution.

Told in first person, from dual perspectives, this romance is fun, witty, sarcastic, will they, won’t they, sweet, sexy, big -nothing's beyond your reach- dream making magic, all with a Hollywood scandalous twist.  Super heartfelt emotions running throughout, these characters are mature beyond their years in so many ways; I almost forgot how young they really are.  Full of great unfiltered, honest dialog & real life themes of ‘life is hard, but together we can conquer the world’ makes you feel good enough to
want a messy, exciting, happy, sad, emotion-filled, loud life…

I haven’t read YA in a while & I’ve been missing out!  I really enjoyed this real life feel-good, funny, sweet & sexy book! 
Stop being afraid of life. Go out and let love take you on a journey
READ IT!!!! 

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

All of you: Jax and Sky (All of you book 3) by Callie Harper

Night after night, Jax pictures her coming to him. In his dreams, Sky appears in the darkness, ready and wanting. But the night that finally happens, he finds out they’re in the middle of a nightmare.

Sky has nowhere to turn. Only one man can keep her safe, but he’s the most dangerous of them all. Her only choice is to put herself in Jax’s hands. Even if it destroys them both.

Note: “All of You” is a standalone hot contemporary romance. It’s one of four “All In” novels, which can be read in any order, with some crossover characters.

My Review

All of You, one of four "All In" novels, is a HOT contemporary romance & my very first Callie Harper read.  Sky is as sweet as the pies she bakes, but when push comes to shove – literally - a girl can only take so much.  She is nerdy schoolgirl to Jax's football star, all power & confidence, quiet on the outside, badass.  I'm so glad all four of these novels can be read in any order (I hear with some fun crossover characters), because I definitely want to read the others!  

Written in first person, from dual perspectives, this angsty slow-burning page turner - turns hot, hot, hot.  This story of love between two not so opposite after all characters, unravels smoothly, from the passion between the main characters with just enough kink that comes through each page to the fight of good versus evil.  I love the protective, free spirited nature of Jax & the sweet strength of Sky who is afraid to dream to big.  I also enjoyed the wit, wisdom & additional backstory points of view that came from the secondary characters. 

This book has so much: positive life lessons, dream big, don’t let your past define you messages mixed with seductive heat & a bit of mysterious twist, making this so much more than your average romance novel.  “Cramazing

ARC provided by Give Me Books for an honest review.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mistaken Identity by M.C. Jackson

The last time I saw my sister was the day before she vanished from my life. I’ve spent the last five years searching for her, clinging to the hope that one day I will find out what happened to her, but every lead has ended up at a dead end.

Until now.

He took me because he thinks I’m Her.

My instinct is to run. I want to fight my way out of there, but I can’t. This man is my only connection to my sister. I’ll do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Even if it means falling right into the arms of a psychopath.

My Review

Mistaken Identity is a romantic psychological suspense that had me guessing until the end.  Lena is as straight-laced as they come with her twin sister, Anna, the rebel running away from everything that haunts her, they couldn't be more different sisters if they tried.  Jake is as complicated as he is charming, who knows what he is capable of.  These characters relationships intertwine in such a unique way, making this story line especially original.
Told in first person, from the lead characters' perspectives, via memory flashbacks & current day, this was an excruciatingly slow unraveling of backstory & mystery reveal for me.  The story itself is a good one, but I found myself hanging on every word trying to piece it all together - thinking perhaps I'd missed something, when I found the story lacking progress more than three-quarters of the way through. 

Thank you to MC Jackson for spurring readers on with dialogue like
"I can't stop reading.  I'm so close to the end, and certain I'm about to uncover something big." 
"I know all the answers are in here, waiting for me to find them." 

And they were, all is revealed in the end, & although I was very close to giving up, I'm so glad I stuck with it.  Would I have liked more progression earlier on? Yes.  Was it worth the wait? YES.  There is no question from the start "this isn't a god dammed fairy-tale."  And once the twists & turns begin, you will not be disappointed!

ARC provided by Give Me Books for an honest review.

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Lily (A Force Of Nature Fairytale #2) by M.A. Horst



Lily has been born into wealth, and with that comes a certain responsibility. She has been promised to Hail, who has just taken over Royal Industries along with his brothers and cousins. The Royal family screams power and money and they’ll destroy anyone who stands in their way of acquiring more.

Hail is more forceful and unyielding than the preppy son of a greedy bastard Lily took him for. Everything about him is dominant. When his eyes lock with hers sparks fly instantly. Lily belongs to Hail and there’s nothing she can do but honor her grandfather’s promise.

Just one look at Lily and Hail is determined to own her in every way. He doesn’t want her obedience just because she’s honoring a promise. He wants her obedience because she craves to please him.

The force of nature might just be too much for the delicate Lily.

My Review

Lily: A Force of Nature Fairytale, another over the top, insta-love, hot fairytale with a spark of kinkiness. Super-quick read, this fast paced short story featuring Poppy Flowers’ cousin, is over before you know it. Perfect for when you only have a smidgen of downtime & you’re looking for a little bump in that heart rate... you'll have it before it’s done. 

I found this Beauty & the Beast-ish story to flow smoothly & really enjoyed the protective nature of Hail over the delicate, always to be cherished flower, Lily. Another short-story with potential for its gentle giant & the one he worships, to have had more to add to their fairytale.

Although each book in the series is a standalone & about a different couple, this first installment will leave you ready for the next, Rose coming soon.
ARC provided by Give Me Books for an honest review.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Knight (The Stolen Duet #2) by B.B. Reid

The Parties:
Angeles Knight
Mian Ross

The Order:
Angeles Knight orderst the liberation of Mian Ross.
He'll tear down their enemies, forsake his throne, and give his life to keep her safe.
All Mian must do is forgive his betrayal and put her heart on the line.

The Debt:
His legacy
The Bandit:
The Sixth Knight


The Knight, the continuation of Angel & Mian's story...the children of crime lords, will their legacy follow that of their fathers before them?  The mystery continues to unravel, exposing treachery, the truth behind legacies & power, & a love that is "so deep that I feared we'd never find the surface again"...

Told in first person with flashbacks in the same fashion as book one, the author takes you from fighting to protect body, heart & soul, to discovering where loyalties truly lie.  This sexy page turner, is packed full of hostile, possessiveness & desire between two people who "were battle-worn enemies still fighting the need to love each other."  This rollercoaster of a story flowed cleanly from The Bandit & never stopped.  BB Reid did a beautiful job with the final installment of this duet.  

Great sexy, edge of your seat read!

ARC provided by Give Me Books for a honest review.

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Poppy (A Force Of Nature Fairytale #1) by MA Horst



Storm, the eldest son of a heartless businessman is forced to choose a bride. His father wants grandchildren to secure the future of Royal Industries, and he wants them now. 

Forced to choose from a specific list of women that’s been promised to the Royal family, Storm holds a masked ball and invites the six women. 

Poppy has lived a sheltered life. She has been homeschooled by her overprotective mother. Attending the masked ball is an exciting experience for her until she lands in the arms of Storm Royal. Electricity crackles around them.

Poppy’s delicate new love is shattered when she finds out why Storm really wants to marry her. She’s only a means to an end, another piece of property. 

Can Storm win Poppy’s trust while trying to keep his fiery desire for her under control?

This is one force of nature Poppy didn’t see coming.

My Review

Poppy: A Force of Nature Fairytale, true to it’s word, this is an over the top, insta-love, hot fairytale with a kinkiness.  Super-fast hour read, this fast paced short story is over before you know it.  Perfect for in the waiting room or pick up line from school, as long as you don’t mind a little color in your cheeks by the time you’re done. 

I was so intrigued by the blurb, & found this 'hit the ground running' Cinderella story to be delightfully unpredictable.  So good, with so much potential to be great ~ would have loved for there to have been more to the story… maybe someday, it is a fairytale after all. 

Although each book in the series is a standalone & about a different couple, this first installment will leave you ready for the next, Lily coming soon.  

My Review ARC provided by Give Me Books for an honest review.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Bandit (The Stolen Duet #1) B.B. Reid

A missing legacy, a stolen son, and one dangerous secret changed everything for them...


I'll never forget the night I caught her sneaking around my place.  She thought she could steal from me and get away with it, but I have no intention of letting her get away at all.  Mian Ross has a lesson to learn, and I'm going to be the one to teach it to her.


I'll never forget the night I made the second biggest mistake of my life.  It was supposed to be a simple job, but it quickly became so much more--one that cost my freedom and cost my son.  Angel Knight became my worst nightmare... and now, he'll never let us go.

My Review

The Bandit, a Romantic Suspense story of loyalty, power between two of Chicago’s strongest criminals & the legacy they will leave behind.  Full of adventure & twists & turns you’ll never see coming, this ‘when not so opposites attract’ romance had me hitting the ground reading. 

Told in first person with some necessary flashback action, the author takes you from young love & raw animalistic, base need, to fighting for survival of all kinds.  The connection between Mian - a spoiled daddy’s girl who has no choice but to grow into a strong, never say die woman who will do whatever it takes to protect her son.  And Angel – a true devil at work & at play born to follow in his father’s footsteps, he is violent& dominant into manhood. He knows what he wants & will reach far beyond family ties to get it.  Off track at times, this is a hard core sexy page turner, that I simply couldn’t put it down! 
Drawing me in for what turns out to be one wild ride.  I went from saying, what & wow & OMG & really? ending with JUST WOW!  I’m so grateful for author’s like BB Reid who let the story flow even if it means turning a standalone into a duet. 

Can’t wait for the next installment, The Knight coming soon!

ARC provided by Give Me Books for a honest review.

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