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ARC Review: Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett

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The Cover: This cover is EVERYTHING.  It is seriously one of the best covers I have ever seen; it’s pleasing to the eye, the black and gold font is gorgeous and honestly I just love it.

Basics: Filthy Gods was released on May 15th, 2018 and is 168 pages long. Genre wise Filthy Gods belongs to novella, contemporary romance and standalone.

Description: Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them. And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it…and now he has all the power.
Filthy Gods.jpgOverall thoughts: Filthy Gods was my first R. Scarlett experience and oh my GOSH. I was completely blown away and R. Scarlett has one of the best romance books of 2018. Yes, I went there, I was THAT impressed. One of my favorite tropes when it comes to reading and especially in the romance world is the whole enemy to lovers to something more and Filthy Gods is basically centered around that trope, but delivers and then some.

Filthy Gods is actually a prequel novella and is a teaser for what the rest of the Filthy Gods series so it was really interesting to read. It talks about these four men who are basically Gods that rule this society. Juliette is just trying to keep her life together and her college career in tact. She may attending one of the best colleges in the world and holds one of the top GPAs but she’s not what she seems. Much to Juliette’s chagrin, Nathaniel (one of the members of the Gods) is pretty much hellbent on ruining her life. First it was in class, now in her social and work life. They strike up a deal between them for the summer and although they may seem like they absolutely hate one another, the chemistry they create is off the freaking charts.

Filthy Gods was sexy, well written, with heartfelt characters and intriguing plot that just made me gobble it down. I didn’t want to stop reading and when I finished I was very, very sad because I didn’t want it to end! R. Scarlett is an author to be on the lookout for because this book and the rest of this series has the possibility of burning down the whole romance genre book world. Look out world, here come the Filthy Gods.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Women don’t distract me. You distract me, Juliette, and I need to remedy that as soon as possible.” -Nathaniel

“You were supposed to be my enemy.”
“You were never my enemy, Juliette. Maybe that’s why.”
-Juliette & Nathaniel.

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
5 shells

About R. Scarlett: Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.  From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel.

When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

 Follow R. Scarlett: 
Author website: https://www.authorrscarlett.com/
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Pre-order Blast: Cocktales Anthology

Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th!
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Each story was specifically written for this anthology. 
The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio). Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

Pre-order your copy today:
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Contributing Authors Include:
Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’
Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’
Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’
Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’
Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

*ALL* net profits will be donated to: Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund. *Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds. For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com

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Review: Pestilence The Four Horsemen by Laura Thalassa

pestilience.jpgThe Cover: I was skimming through kindle unlimited when I saw this cover and it immediately caught my eye. This cover is beautiful and I absolutely LOVE how it shows Pestilence and Sara; not a lot of books do that or their covers don’t match their books and I am so happy that the cover of Pestilence does this. It will probably be one of my favorite covers of 2018, A+. 

Basics: Pestilence was released on March 20th 2018 and is 383 pages long. Genre wise Pestilence belongs to fantasy, romance, new adult, science fiction and fantasy.

Description: They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.
Pestilence.jpgOverall thoughts: So when I found this book I was scrolling through the Kindle Unlimited section and I saw the cover and it immediately caught my eye. I am one of those people who are drawn to books by their cover, cliche and wrong I know but it’s how I’ve found some of the most wonderful books. I borrowed Pestilence from the Kindle Unlimited program and started to read. Honestly I had my doubts, it’s a fantasy book based on a woman falling in love with one of the four horsemen that are supposed to help end our world for crying out loud. But man…I was SO WRONG. Pestilence is one of the best romance, Mature YA, fantasy, new adult, science fiction and fantasy books of all year, if not of all time. Yes, I went there.

The world is ending and everyone is trying to find a way to stop it, which unfortunately means killing the being responsible for spreading the plague around the world. Sara Burns is a firefighter and just wants to help people in any way she can which leads her to staying behind to try and kill the Horseman as he travels into town. However when she tries to kill Pestilence, not everything goes to plan and Sara finds her a prisoner of one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse instead. But is there more to this harbinger than meets the eye? Sara is hell bent on finding out, willinging to do whatever it takes to save mankind and her family. 

Pestilence and Sara start off as a bit irritating to read about because of their situation but as the book continues you just can’t help but swoon and root for them and their slow burning relationship. Sara is smart, is definitely not a damsel and has a sass that could knock the socks off anyone who tries to cut her down. Pestilence is frustratingly gorgeous and otherworldly, but I really loved watching transform from this conqueror and bringer of plague/hater of humans into this person growing into something wonderful but questioning everything around him. In a sense being a human being because lord knows our emotions make us question everything. As a couple I love Pestilence and Sara together and their attraction sizzles off the page. 

Laura Thalassa is an amazing writer, she is funny and just has this beautiful way of transporting you into her book so effortlessly. Pestilence was enthralling from start to finish and I am super excited for the future books in this series! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I’m riding with one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Holy shit. I’ve now got front row seats to the end of the world.” -Sara

“Anyone who tries to get close to us is doomed. You are safe Sara.” 
“But I’m not. Not from him, and not from my own heart.” -Pestilence and Sara

“When you ignore me, I burn with restlessness; it feels as though  the sun has turned its back on the world. And when you smile at me–when you gaze at me like you can see my soul—I feel–I feel like I am lit on fire, like you have been called by God to raze my world.” -Pestilence. 
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Buy Pestilence (#1) The Four Horsemen series:
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About the Author: Laura Thalassa Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods. …or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Release Blitz: Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett

Filthy Gods (American Gods 0.5), an all-new Sexy Romance by is NOW AVAILABLE!! Prelude in the American Gods series.
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Synopsis: Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them. And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it…and now he has all the power.
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Purchase Today for .99 Cents! Free in Kindle Unlimited
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About R. Scarlett: 
Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.  From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. 

When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City. 

 Follow R. Scarlett: 
Author website: https://www.authorrscarlett.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorrscarlett/
Readers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/307251726295370/
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KhZ6vl
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Release Blitz: Good Girl By Jana Aston

JAGoodGirlBookCover525x8_HIGH.jpgBlurb: I’ve always been a good girl.
I work hard, I follow the rules, and I always achieve my goals.
But sometimes good girls want things that aren’t good for them.
Or someone who isn’t good for them.  Like their new boss.
And sometimes they do very bad things to get his attention.
Like sell their virginity in an auction.
Who knew he’d be so very, very mad?
Maybe this was not my best laid plan…
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Excerpt: He pulls me to my feet and he kisses me and he tastes like me and it’s dirty and shocking and sorta oddly thrilling and primal. He unsnaps my bra. The straps slip down my arms until it falls to the floor and then I’m naked. I’m naked with Rhys. This is the best day of my life. Except he’s not naked.

“You’re still dressed. Am I supposed to”—I gesture to his shirt—”am I supposed to or are you supposed to? Or do you like to keep your clothes on when you have sex?”

He laughs, his eyes dancing in amusement as he unbuttons his shirt and shrugs it off. “No, I’m not going to fuck you with my clothes on, Lydia.”

“Oh, thank goodness. I’ve really been wanting to see you naked. For a long time. Like weeks. Since the bar. The first time at the bar, not the second time. Can I take off your pants?” My fingers hover at his waistband, poised to unbutton and unzip but needing the nudge of permission.

“Please,” he says and then my fingers are in motion, unbuckling, unbuttoning, unzipping. It’s harder to do this in reverse, removing someone else’s pants instead of your own, but I manage. I’d manage even if it was a thousand-piece puzzle instead of just a zipper and a button because I want his pants off pretty badly.

When I’ve got the pants undone they drop to the floor and then the only thing separating me from sex is a pair of briefs, so I make short work of those.

He’s beautiful. Head to toe. I could spend all night looking at him, all month, forever. But I don’t have forever or even all night since Rhys is worried about his schedule so I take in as much as I can as fast as I can. Because oh, holy crap, I know what Rhys Dalton looks like naked. The smattering of hair across his chest. His toned abs and flat stomach and the trail of hair from his belly button to his cock. The birthmark on his left hip and the definition of the lines that form on his abs. I send a silent prayer to baby Jesus that I’ll get a good look at his butt before this is over because I need to know exactly what it looks like under those suit pants. Then too soon, he’s moving me onto the bed because this is it. This is the sex.
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NOW AVAILABLE
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About the Author: Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she’s ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.  

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My TBR List

Happy Friday friends! April and May have been super busy for me ARC wise so it’s been a bit difficult to read and review books I’ve picked out on my own. It’s such a privilege to get ARC’s but my TBR list is crazy long at this point! I’m hoping to tackle more books off my TBR list at the end of May and June so I thought I would share some of those books with you guys! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Blurb: A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA… 
Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl? 
You don’t. 
My fairy tale is upside down.  A happily never after. 
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. 
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold. 
Now there’s a new player in the game, August West. 
One of the NBA’s brightest stars. 
Fine. Forbidden.  He wants me. I want him. 
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.
Add Long Shot to your Goodreads here <—

38521288.jpgI Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Blurb: Badass Athlete: I dare you to…Delaney Shaw: Who is this?
The late night text is random, but “Badass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…
Delaney Shaw: Good girl, lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars. Curious.
His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is. She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.
Maverick Monroe: Bad boy, the most talented football player in the country. Just ask him.
Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.
But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders. 
Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?
Add I Dare You to your your Goodreads here <—

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Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Blurb: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Add to Six Of Crows to your Goodreads here <—

38598301.jpgThe Power To Break by Lisa Suzanne
Blurb: As the bad boy drummer for the multi-platinum band Vail, Ethan Fuller thinks he’s invincible. He acts on impulse and has committed to the stereotypes of the rock star life with no regard for consequences. The one girl who had the power to tame him is just a distant memory. 

Now that she has landed the opening gig on Vail’s next tour, Maci Dane is on the path to everything she always wanted. Fame, success, and money are trivial compared to her real objective: to break the heart of the one who broke hers.

When they meet face to face for the first time in nearly two decades, Ethan is reminded of the one who got away while Maci works tirelessly to hide her past. As she attempts to even the score, feelings from the past are rekindled. Will she give into love or use her power to break him?
Add The Power To Break to your Goodreads here <—

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Blurb: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Add Wicked to your Goodreads here <—

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So many good books out there, so little time! Is your TBR list crazy long? These are just SOME of the titles I want to read but honestly we are only at the tip of the iceberg haha! What is on your TBR? Happy reading friends! 

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ARC Review: Bane by LJ Shen

BANE_AVAILABLE NOWThe Cover: I really do not like this cover, at all. I don’t know why I don’t like it and honestly I’m disappointed that I don’t like it. The font and color are nice though, it’s not just my taste.

Basics: Bane was released on May 6th 2018 and is part of the Sinners of Saints series but can be read as a standalone. Genre wise Bane belongs to contemporary romance and standalone romance. 

Description: Bane: Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.
Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter: Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time. She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.
More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.
1I'm not afraidOverall thoughts: Bane was an emotional, heart-wrenching, up and down, curvy rollercoaster. It was downright hard to read sometimes and throughout most of the book, I’m a very empathic person and my heart just went out to Jesse for everything she went through. LJ Shen certainly loves to lure her readers in and rip our hearts out suddenly with her books. Bane was the worst and best one yet in that sense because the curveballs Shen kept throwing had my eyes bugging out of my head in confusion and shock.

Jesse has had some of the most traumatic things done to her and she’s just trying to heal from her past, she has her way of doing things and doesn’t want to change any of that. Bane ever the businessman and scoundrel (I call him scoundrel lovingly by the way) is the perfect man to shake up Jesse’s world. When he is given an opportunity to further his business and a young woman, he doesn’t think twice. Besides Jesse and Bane have more in common than you think, in several different ways. Again, Shen loves torturing her readers. 

I enjoyed Bane, I didn’t think it would be such the angsty, roller coaster ride that it was but I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite read mainly the fact that A LOT of traumatic things are discussed in the book and I would of appreciated a warning at the beginning of the book to prepare me for what I was about to read, but besides that Bane is without a doubt LJ Shen’s best book yet. If you can handle some dramatic and angsty romance, Bane is the pick for you.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Jesse Carter was going to be mine before she even knew me. Before I even knew her.” -Bane 

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
4 stars
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About the Author:
 L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Review: A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

168119631x.jpgThe Cover: I love ALL the covers that are part of the A Court Of Thorns & Roses series but the cover of A Court Of Frost & Starlight is so BEAUTIFUL. It’s probably my favorite to be honest! Feyre looks AMAZING and all the little details on the cover just makes me want to hug it! So pretty! A+

Basics: A Court Of Frost & Starlight was released on May 1st 2018, published by Bloomsbury YA and is 272 pages. A Court Of Frost & Starlight is a novella focusing on the events that occurred after A Court Of Wings & Ruin (book #3 in the series.) Genre wise A Court Of Frost & Starlight belong to Fantasy, Mature Young Adult, Standalone/novella and Romance.

Description: A companion tale to Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series that takes place several months after the explosive events of A Court of Wings and Ruin Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
A Court Of Frost & Starlight.jpgOverall thoughts: I loved A Court Of Frost & Starlight so much! I wish it had been a full length book to be honest, but it was perfect as novella. It wrapped up some questions that were left behind in A Court Of Wings and Ruin and also got me curious for the next book! Feyre and Rhysand are everything and I could probably read ten or five million more books based on them alone. Besides the growing tensions in other courts and the aftermath of the war with Hybern, it was refreshing to just read about the lives of the Night Court. Feyre and Rhys could just be together and it was a nice change of pace. 

I also liked the fact that several chapters were based on other character’s points of view. Although when it came to reading other character’s POV it brought more questions which was a bit annoying, but it set things up for the next book. Which brings me up to the next part of this review: Nesta and Cassian. Man…these two are probably the most angsty couple I have ever read about and they really aren’t a couple yet! No spoilers, but the majority of this book focused on how every character was dealing with the aftermath of the war and all the changes that occurred. It was very hard to read Nesta’s POV, my heart goes out to her and also to Cassian. They are both broken people that I just wished would come together so they could finally heal and be happy, maybe in the next set of books? Which brings up another big question, Sarah J. Maas said that it would be pretty clear what characters the next set of books would focus on when it came A Court Of Frost & Starlight; but she had several characters point of views in A Court Of Frost & Starlight. minus Feyre and Rhysand it seemed to me that the next set of books would focus on the Inner circle which could mean: Nesta, Cassian, Elain, Lucien, Mor and Amren. Question is, will the next book focus on one POV or two? Or even more than two? I’m excited for the future but I wished we didn’t have to wait so long!

A Court Of Frost & Starlight was a light, happy read showcasing the aftermath events of A Court Of Frost & Starlight. Clearly not everyone was happy but if all the characters weren’t happy, more books wouldn’t be published. I really liked the back and forth of POV’s between Feyre and Rhysand, I actually wish we could get the whole entire series from Rhy’s point of view. I also really enjoyed how their was more of a romance element in A Court Of Frost & Starlight too, after everything Feyre and Rhys have been through they NEEDED some happy in the lives desperately. 

I am so looking forward to the future of this series and the expansion beyond the Night Court. A Court Of Frost & Starlight will definitely be high on my list of best 2018 books at the end of the year. Till next time Court lovers: to the stars who listen and to the dreams that are answered!
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Favorite Quotes: “We’re spending Solstice together. All of us.” -Rhys 

“You were born on the longest night of the year. You were meant to be my side from the very beginning.” -Rhys

“To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.” -Feyre

“Eons would never be enough for all I wanted to, see with him. For all I wanted to love him.” -Feyre

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Release Blitz: Bane by LJ Shen

BANE_AVAILABLE NOW.jpgBlurb: Bane: Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.
Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter: Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time. She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.

More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.

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ARC Review, Blog Tour & Excerpt: His Pawn by Emily Snow

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The Cover: I love this cover! The model is exactly how I pictured how Graham to be and I love how the blue font matches his tie, it all works together very well. A+

Basics: His Pawn was released on May 3rd, 2018 and published by HEA Press. Genre wise His Pawn is contemporary romance and standalone. 

Description: That’s what he said when he discovered that, with five months of college left, I was cut off. Young, wickedly handsome, and politically incorrect, he was unlike any man I ever met. And his proposition to cover my tuition in exchange for a semester of “anything goes” was offensive and thrilling.

If you’re wondering if I told him off—if the night ended with me slapping that delicious smirk right off his face—that didn’t happen. Instead, I decided to be practical.

My name is Eleanor Courtney, and I’m the first to admit my mistakes. Agreeing to crawl into bed with the devil in a designer suit might be my biggest ever. Because he said something else to me that night:

“I don’t want to sleep with you, Elle, that would be too easy. I want to possess you.”
And Senator Graham Delaney—well, he always gets exactly what he wants.

*Disclaimer: A small portion of this 85,000 word standalone was previously published as Maya St James.
31880890_2094287577517901_3663977888014663680_n.jpgExcerpt: 
“You know, you talk about sex so much it makes me question if you’re one of those all talk, lame action situations.”

“May I?” He extends his hand, gesturing for mine. Warily, I place my fingers in his and release a yelp when he pulls it under the table, pressing my palm against his zipper. He closes my fingers, one by one, around the unquestionable—and admittedly very, very impressive—bulge.

Wow. “That’s not hard either,” he informs me in a low voice, “but if you’re doubtful of my ability to make you forget your fucking name, how to walk, how to eat—and everything else but yes, please, and more—it won’t take long for you to get me there.”

“So that’s why you invited me to dinner, huh?” I snatch my fingers back and grab a handful of my dress to ease the electricity under my skin. It doesn’t help, and I’ve got a feeling I’ll be undone for the rest of the night all thanks to what’s hidden under Graham’s zipper. “To screw me? I guess I had you all wrong.”

“If I wanted only to fuck you, Elle, it wouldn’t have mattered where I took you for dinner—or if I fed you at all.” He whips the plate cover off my food. “Hope you like steak.”
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Overall thoughts: All I can say is WOW! His Pawn by Emily Snow was my first book that I’ve read for her and just WOW. Snow can write and her alpha males are apparently dirty, dirty, dirty! And by dirty I mean: “Wow! I can’t believe I just read that! Did he really just say that? Is he really doing that? Wow I need a fan” kind of dirty. The story is simple enough, the leading lady is dealing with an issue and the alpha male has a solution to that issue and they fall for each other. Add some age differences and forbidden-ness in the mix and you have a great contemporary romance book. 

Elle is trying to finish college on her own terms because her father has decided to cut her off for selfish reasons. But being the independent woman she is, Elle is focused on supporting herself to finish her degree. Meanwhile Graham has a past with her father and not a pretty one; when he sees Elle estranged with her father and in need of help he comes up with a plan to not only help Elle but profit from it too. What could possibly go wrong? 

I really enjoyed The Pawn, I liked the forbidden romance and I thought the story was well written even though the trope is overly used in the romance book world, I still enjoyed it. Emily Snow is a fantastic writer and has a great way of putting this wonderful vision of her story in your head as you read. I gave His Pawn four of five shells for my overall review because I thought the ending felt rushed and could of elaborated more, it just didn’t feel finished when the book ended. Other than that His Pawn was a great, steamy read of forbidden romance. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 4/5 Shells
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About the Author:  Emily Snow is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotic, new adult, and contemporary romance. She loves books, sexy bad boys, and really loud rock music, so naturally, she writes stories about all three. She lives in Virginia with her husband, children, and one very energetic Yorkie-Poo.

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