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Review: Maverick by Lora Leigh

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The Cover: What I love about the Elite Ops series is that there are different versions of the covers. I personally love the versions I own, but I think it’s cool to have options. I really like Maverick‘s cover because I think it matches Micah’s essence perfectly.

Basics: Maverick was released on March 3rd 2009, is book #2 in the Elite Ops series, published by St. Martins and is 368 pages long. Genre wise Maverick belongs to: contemporary romance, new adult, military romance and erotica.

Description: Micah Sloane knows almost everything there is to know about Risa Clay, including the vicious betrayal she endured years ago and the distrust she’s harbored ever since. The only way for the Elite Ops agent to uncover an assassin―and banish the ghosts of his own dark past―is to use Risa as bait. But nothing has prepared him for her disarming blend of innocence and sensuality, or for his overwhelming need to protect her…

Risa has spent six years rebuilding her life. And now, to save it, she must pose as Micah’s lover and draw a killer into the open. It’s a risky plan―especially with a man as powerfully seductive as Micah. But, as their charade becomes reality, Risa realizes the greatest danger may lie in losing her heart forever…
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Overall thoughts: So I’ve been re-reading the Elite Ops series by Lora Leigh and I can’t believe I FORGOT how amazing these books are! Oh my gosh! Each book focuses on a different remember of the team: Wild Card focused on an ex navy seal and Maverick focuses on Micah, the ex Mossad agent. The secret team composed of different ex military personnel from around the world are tasked by the government (this was never really confirmed, I’m just assuming!) to hunt down the worst of the worst and also seem to specialize in rescues.

Each book in the Elite Ops series can be read as a standalone but if you don’t want to feel lost, I would suggest reading them in order OR at least reading Wild Card first THEN Maverick. That being said, I love Maverick! It’s hard to chose a favorite in this series because they are all so good, but I really have a soft spot in my heart for Micah and Risa. Their love story is one about healing and overcoming the past and I think that although their experiences might directly not relate to you, as a reader you will be able to relate to them in some shape or form. 

The chemistry between Micah and Risa is static, oh my goodness. They completely enthrall and enamor their way into your heart as you read through their story in Maverick. There is some action and some tense moments in this book, but I can guarantee the only thing you’ll care about and focus on is Micah and Risa’s relationship. I love Maverick so much and again if you’re into military style romances with touches of erotica, the Elite Ops series and Maverick is for you! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes:
“You are a light that will always guide me, a whisper I’ll always strain to hear.” -Micah

“Do you know, every time I’ve seen you you’ve been like the Grim Reaper of goodwill and cheer. You should find another profession.” -Risa

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Lora Leigh dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters’ intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora’s family and her writing life coexist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora finds her life filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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Review: Wild Card by Lora Leigh

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The Cover: Wild Card‘s cover is perfect for the story and I really like the fact that the dog tags represent Noah. I also really like the colors of the this cover and everything just looks good and works together well. 

Basics: Wild Card was released on August 26th 2008, published by  St. Martin’s Paperbacks and is 430 pages long. Genre wise Wild Card belongs to romance, contemporary romance, erotica and military romance. 

Description: It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombia drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong…and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home. 

Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years. But she has no idea he’s still alive. Forced to assume a new identity, the man Nathan was is now dead. If he can get back to his wife, can he keep the secret of who he really is…even as desire threatens to consume them? And as danger threatens to tear Bella from Nathan’s arms once more?
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Overall thoughts: I found Wild Card on a beach trip in 2013 and I’ve been a follower of Lora Leigh ever since. I’ve read Wild Card so many times (especially at the beach) that the pages have water marks on them. Which was funny because originally I wasn’t too keen on Wild Card at first because as a military wife it can be a bit difficult reading anything military related, especially a military romance. Some authors do a lot of research beforehand, some don’t but many fail to capture the essence of someone in the military and their relationship. Lora Leigh is one of the authors that actually does a very good job of describing the hardships of being in the military and being married/with someone in the military and for that I am very grateful.

But enough about me! Wild Card is about Nathan and Sabella Malone, a happily married and deeply in love one another couple who are part of the Navy Seals. Nathan takes a mission that he doesn’t think anything of, quick and easy. However a week later, Sabella’s door rings and she answers to only be told that her husband is dead. Devastated Sabella mourns her husband but is determined to keep the tattered remains of their marriage together: keeping their house and continuing to run Nathan’s beloved car garage. 

What she doesn’t know is that Nathan survived, but without consequences or scars. He is offered another role on another team, but he still has to remain dead. Deciding that Sabella would be better off and happier without him, Nathan Malone dies and Noah Blake is born. Six years later, Noah (Nathan) is still serving on the special ops team and finds out that his wife is suddenly in trouble. Torn to protect her but also wanting to stay away, Noah makes a choice to go back to Sabella without telling her who truly is. Yet when he returns home, he isn’t quite sure who his wife is either. 

Wild Card is a story about heartbreak, acceptance, resilience and second chance love. Sabella and Noah are one of my top favorite couples EVER. Their chemistry is so static that it leaps off the pages and into your heart and soul; and their chemistry is hot, hot hot! Lora Leigh is VERY talented when it comes to writing erotica, oh my goodness!  Sabella and Noah’s story is also one of my favorites because unlike a lot of military marriages, they had a second chance and I think second chance romance is so beautiful. But with Wild Card it is even more beautiful because of the story and the couple. I love this book and the Elite Ops series so much! Stayed tuned for more reviews on this series and you definitely need to add Wild Card to your TBR! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Bella. You were always my soul.” -Noah

“And there, tucked in his soul, was the love he felt for Sabella since the moment he had seen her.” -Noah 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author:
Lora Leigh dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters’ intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora’s family and her writing life coexist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora finds her life filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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Era of Undying by Emilie Knight

51SgdUnrWWL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_The Cover: I think cover for the Era of Undying is super cool and is the perfect cover for a fantasy book. It really irks me when a book cover has nothing to do with it’s story and characters but that is NOT the case for the cover of Era of Undying and I love it! 

Basics: Era of Undying was released on March 6th 2018, published by Createspace and is 200 pages long. Genre wise Era of Undying belongs to fantasy and adventure. 

Description: There hasn’t been a Blood Warrior for decades. Everyone assumed they were extinct and couldn’t return. Turns out they were just in hiding. Pen chose to revert back to her nomadic life after the death of her family. Life was always safer that way, away from people. Now she’s been caught and odd occurrences have been happening in Ichorisis. People are surviving horrible injuries and illnesses that they shouldn’t be. Now that Pen is under custody of one of the several kings she’s been sent to fix the problem. Whether she wants to or not.

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Overall thoughts:
Era of Undying was the perfect fantasy, epic adventure read! Knight created an amazing story filled with a compelling story line, epic heroine and overall a great read for any adventure and fantasy genre lover. I always enjoy books with fantastical elements but I’ve never read a book that included a different type of magic, blood magic.  

In the world of Era of Undying there are a group of warriors who use the very blood in their veins as a weapon. With a simple cut, the warriors are able to compel their blood to take form into any shape they like and fight with it. How cool is that?! However these heroic Blood Warriors have seemed to disappeared and are only whispered as legends. Pen our heroine happens to be one of the the Blood Warriors, apparently the only one left. After losing her family, she chooses to live solitude and wants to stay under the radar. But when she is thrust back into the daily lives of the Kingdom and forced into custody of the Kings, things get messy and Pan has a number of hard choices to make. 

I loved this book! Although it was a short read, I devoured it and immediately fell in love with Pen and the wonderful world of Era of Undying! If you’re a fantasy and magic book lover, this book is definitely for you! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Emilie Knight may be a new author but she has plenty of experience constantly writing. The voices in her head basically won’t let her stop creating new written works (unless she wants to go mad). Era of Undying may be the first official novel but there will be more to come.

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Review: Only You by Marie Landry

41578092.jpgThe Cover: I think the cover of Only You is very pretty and I like the differences in font, however I wish we could see more of the couple’s face.

Basics: Only You was released on November 13th 2018 and is available for FREE through the Kindle Unlimited program. Genre wise Only You belongs to contemporary romance. 

Description: Ivy’s new boss is sexy, Scottish…and comes with an expiration date.

When Ivy reluctantly takes a new part-time job, it’s a means to an end. Doing this favor for her pain-in-the-neck roommate means Ivy can have her apartment to herself again much sooner. The last thing she expects is Hugh—the hot Scot who just happens to be her new boss—asking her out on a date. And then another. And another.

Something about Hugh makes Ivy want to let her guard down and open up, which would be perfect if he wasn’t possibly returning to Scotland in a matter of weeks. But maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe Ivy can learn to live in the moment and have a little fun, even if it means setting herself up for heartache later.

ONLY YOU is a standalone contemporary romance about taking chances, unexpected friendships, and holding on to the things—and people—that matter most.
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Overall thoughts: Only You was a very heart-warming, contemporary romance read. A nice book to curl up with as the temperatures go down and the holidays start to creep upon us for sure. Ivy is currently in an okay job but is stable and somewhat happy about her life, except for the distraction of her roommate who keeps getting fired from each and every job. She tries to help Celia the best she can, but it’s hard when you’re basically mothering a younger woman down on luck.

The holiday season is fast approaching in Only You and Celia finds a job working at Christmas village. Snow, Elves, Santa, twinkle lights and hot cocoa…the works. However Celia only somehow gets Ivy hired working at thee Christmas village too…as an elf. Annoyed at first but wanting to help support her friend, Ivy starts working at the Christmas village and finds out that she actually enjoy it. Meanwhile she’s trying to ignore the sudden interest in her fellow co-worker who plays Santa; however, he isn’t just a co-worker or Santa, he’s the boss of the Christmas village. Hugh and Ivy start to hang out and get to know each other, with each passing day getting closer. However just like Christmas, nothing can last forever and Ivy isn’t sure if she can keep her sexy, Scottish boss.

I really enjoyed Only You, but I did struggle a bit with it for a few reasons. One, while I enjoy contemporary romance and slice of life romance books, I honestly felt like the first half of the book was SO slow. So slow. While the story took awhile to get into it was good, but just so slow at first and I really, really struggled with that. My other issue and I honestly cannot believe I am writing this right now, was that I feel like there wasn’t enough intimate moments between Ivy and Hugh. I’m reading a romance book, I want romance and a lot of it!

Besides that Only You was a great curl up on a quiet day kind of read, perfect for the time of year and Landry shows great promise as a romance author.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 4/5 Shells
4 stars

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About the Author: Marie Landry’s life revolves around books; when she’s not writing them, she’s reading them, taking pictures of them for bookstagram, or blogging about them. An avid reader from a young age, she loves getting lost in characters’ worlds, whether they’re of her own making or someone else’s. She particularly loves coming-of-age stories with as much of an emphasis on self-discovery as on romance…but don’t leave out the romance!

When not doing bookish things, Marie can be found daydreaming (in general, but often about traveling through Europe), binge-watching shows on Netflix, and taking photographs. She lives in a cozy apartment in Ontario, Canada with the best roommate ever, and only sometimes imagines it’s actually a flat in London.

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Blog Tour & Review: Misadventures with a Professor by Sierra Simone

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The Cover: This is my first misadventures book and I’m not sure if all their books are like this but I really like how simple it is. I also like the quill, purple coloring and how part of the cover looks like parchment.

Basics: Misadventures with a Professor was released on November 6th 2018 and is 208 pages long. Genre wise Misadventures with a Professor belongs to contemporary romance and standalones.

Description: Zandy Lynch never planned on going to grad school a virgin. So when her professor father finds her a job abroad as a research assistant the summer before she starts her master’s program, she sees her chance. She’s got one night in London to lose her V-card to a Mr. Darcy lookalike before she has to join some ancient professor in the country…

Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.
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Overall thoughts: Misadventures with a Professor is my first Misadventures book so I honestly had no idea what to expect. I am a big fan of Sierra Simone and have read all of her books so I knew writing well, just not the concept of misadventures. According to their website: (https://misadventures.com/about) “Misadventures is a romantic series comprised of standalone novels, each written or co-written by authors selectively chosen by Waterhouse’s founder, #1 New York Times bestselling romance author Meredith Wild, based on works she’s read and loved.” If you’re interested in more of the background of misadventures or want to know more about other misadventures books, you can check them out here <—

Back to Misadventures with a Professor though! This book was a lot like Sierra’s past books but it also wasn’t if that makes sense. Misadventures with a Professor included all of Sierra’s amazing composition, with her signature sexy scenes and characters. The plot was interesting, a student visiting and studying a Professor for the Summer meet one another but before they figure out who the other person is…they sleep with each other. Only to reunite again with shock and eager temptation to come together again. But a professor and student shouldn’t have a relationship like that, right? RIGHT?! Sierra Simone loves a forbidden romance couple, that’s for sure!

I liked  Misadventures with a Professor a lot, but after finishing The New Camelot series and especially American King I found this book to be a little bit too tame for me. Her other books have this intensity to them and while I liked  Misadventures with a Professor much it was lacking that intensity that I fell so hard for with her other books. This book is still a great forbidden romance read though, and I’m curious to see what Sierra Simone does next.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I’m going to eviscerate her for this. I’m going to make her regret ever setting foot in my private space and making friends with my cat. I don’t care how ridiculous that sounds. It’s still forbidden.” -Oliver

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author:
 Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio). She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily.

Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1908-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order.

She lives in the Kansas City area with her hot cop husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they’re so naughty we don’t talk about them.) The social media she cares about the most are Spotify and (her very very NSFW) Tumblr. Following her in those places is a true love language, indeed.

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Review: Filthy English by Ilsa Madden Mills

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The Cover: I really like how Filthy English’s cover is similar to Dirty English. Same background, same font style but the model is facing forward. I like how both match and go together. 

Basics: Filthy English was released on July 9th 2016, published by Little Dove and is 258 pages long. Genre wise Filthy English belongs to contemporary romance, new adult and college romance. 

Description: A smokin’ hot British player…A jilted girl…One night of mistaken identity…

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn’t plan on attending a masquerade party. She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London. But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.
*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*
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Overall thoughts: As soon as I finished Dirty English I immediately grabbed Filthy English. Delcan was an amazing alpha hero but I was SUPER excited to read about his no good, trouble making twin Dax. Filthy English focuses on a modern Romeo and Juliet love story which I was a bit concerned with at first because the ending of that Shakespeare love story didn’t end so well, but I can promise you that the ending of ending of Filthy English is nothing like that! Phew! 

Dax is the campus playboy, no really people dubbed him the sex lord he’s been around so much. He is the most outgoing, playful twin who is always getting into some sort of trouble. But deep down he knows he hasn’t found the one and while his brother recently found love and happiness, Dax is more lost than ever. Meanwhile Remi just got dumped several days before her wedding and instead of mopping about it decides to take her friend and on her planned honeymoon to England. 

While out on the town, she meets and falls (literally) into a gorgeous stranger’s arms. Taken by his attractive looks and silly charismatic wit and smile, she kisses him wanting him to help her forget being dumped at the altar. However when they do, Remi realizes she’s kissing Dax, THEE DAX and is immediately reminded of their together before. They both know each other and she puts him on blast, wanting nothing to do with him. Confused but not wanting to give up on Remi; Dax sets out to figure out why she can’t stand him so much and in the meantime both of them start to fall for one another again. These two’s story is anything but a Shakespeare tragedy, it’s so much more. 

I loved Filthy English and while I really also loved Dirty English, I definitely prefer Dax over Delcan. Plus I’m a Romeo and Juliet fan girl at heart so that helps too! I liked everything about this book, from start to finish it was a must read for me and I just loved this book! No negatives whatsoever. Dax and Remi are one of those couples that I don’t think I will get over anything soon and I think I am going to be obsessed and re-reading Dirty English and Filthy English for quite awhile! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I don’t hate you. I could never in a million years could I hate you.”
“Yeah? Well you have a funny way of showing it.”
“You can’t hate the first boy you ever loved.” -Remi & Dax

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances. 

A former high school English teacher and elementary librarian, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. She loves unicorns, frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring sword-wielding females. 

Email her at ilsamaddenmills.gmail.com

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Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden Mills

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The Cover:
I really like the cover of Dirty English because there is so much to look at. The model at the front, the British flag as the background and the text all go together very well. However I am a bit annoyed there aren’t really any scar marks on the model’s back and if he supposed to look like Declan, he doesn’t because Declan has scars on his back. I still really like this cover but details matter. 

Basics: Dirty English was released on October 10th 2015, published by Little Dove and is 272 pages long. Genre wise Dirty English belongs to contemporary romance, new adult, college romance and standalone. 

Description: A scarred fighter. A girl with rules. One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end. But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.  With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever. One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*
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Overall thoughts: Oh. My. Gosh. Dear Ilsa Madden Mills where have you been my entire life?! How in the world did I miss this book?! I’ve been reading her latest releases I Bet You and I Dare You and when I finished with those I decided I want to look her up on my kindle and I saw that ALL her books are on Kindle Unlimited. I don’t know about you, but Kindle Unlimited is a godsend. You pay $10 a month to Amazon and you get your pick of ten free books that (as long as you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription) you get to keep the books on your kindle as long as you want! 

ANYWAY back to Ilsa Madden Mills and her amazing books! I really enjoyed and was super impressed when I finished I Bet You and I Dare You books so I wanted to see what else she had. I picked Dirty English and I. am. COMPLETELY. blown. away. I LOVED Dirty English! I couldn’t put it down! A modern romance story based off Pride and Prejudice? BRILLIANT. One of my favorite parts of this book was going through it and seeing all the references to Pride and Prejudice, I swooned so many times!

Elizabeth Bennett is on a mission to succeed in school and in her life. She lives by a very strict set of rules and doesn’t believe in relationships, only in one night stands. Declan is the campus bad boy, a notorious fighter but has a heart of gold under his tough exterior. Both Elizabeth and Declan have painful pasts but when the two finally come together and meet for the first time, sparks fly. Both might hold what the other needs, but Elizabeth’s past and Declan’s stubbornness threat their budding relationship. Among other things.

Again, I am completely blown away by Dirty English! I LOVED Elizabeth and Declan, their chemistry is firecracker hot and I just adored how they fell for each other. I couldn’t put this book down from start to finish and I immediately got a hold of the next standalone in the series Filthy English featuring Declan’s twin brother, Dax.  Even though Dirty English came out a few years ago, it is one of the highlight reads of the year for me! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “She was my queen and I wanted to be her king. I wanted to sit at the throne of her body and love her forever.” -Declan 

“This. You. Me. I want it forever.” -Declan 

“I’m the guy who’s going to take you up against this wall. I’m going to bury my cock in you and own your body and you’re going to love it. But I’m not going to hurt you. Ever.”  -Declan

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances. 

A former high school English teacher and elementary librarian, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. She loves unicorns, frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring sword-wielding females. 

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Review: Long Road Home by Stacey Lynn

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The Cover: I think this cover is very sweet, intimate and loving. I really love the color scheme of it and couple book covers really make me happy because they are rare so I love this cover!

Basics: Long Road Home was released on November 5th and is 275 pages long. Genre wise Long Road Home belongs to complementary romance, second chance romance and standalone.

Description: I left home ten years ago, promising myself I’d never return to the place where I had never been accepted. I was despised and ridiculed for circumstances completely beyond my control.

But when my grandmother passes away, I’m forced to return to Kansas. I will have to face everyone who hated me. But they’re not who I’m most afraid of.

My biggest fear? Facing him. Jordan Marx. The boy I once loved more than life itself. The boy who defended me from them. The boy I’d disappeared on, leaving him nothing more than a horrible nasty lie and hastily scribbled note.

When Jordan finds out the secret I have carried for so long, I’m in for the battle of my life. Or so I thought. I might have wandered for years on a path riddled with thorns but with Jordan by my side, taking the long road home means more than reuniting with the only man I’ve ever loved. It might just mean finding myself, and the family I never thought I could ever have along the way.
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Overall thoughts: Long Road Home was a low key second chance romance soap opera. Oh my gosh, I was literally cringing through at least 60% of the book because in the description Destiny describes facing Jordan and her secret. Oh Man does she have a secret. Girlfriend made a huge decision years ago and now she’s paying for it. 

Long Road Home was just one of those books where you just want to make some popcorn and munch through it because it literally reminded me of a Spanish soap opera. This book started fast and it really didn’t stop; like that is the main reason it reminded me of a Spanish soap opera because one thing happened and then something would immediately happen a few pages later. 

No spoilers but Long Road Home is the ultimate second chance romance love story. I also think it’s important to point out that when people are young, they tend to make mistakes I personally feel like one of those instances was showcased very well in this book. Destiny and Jordan sizzle as a couple and they definitely tug at your heartstrings. Long Road Home was super dramatic for me but one of the best second chance romances I’ve read in a long time. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

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Review: Royally Yours by Emma Chase

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The Cover: I adore this cover! It is my favorite cover out of the entire Royally series and the cover model is exactly how I pictured Edward to look like in my head, I love it! 

Basics: Royally Yours was released on October 28th 2018, is 215 pages long and is part of the Royally Series. Genre wise Royally Yours belong to romance and historical romance. 

Description: Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.
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Overall thoughts: I honestly believe that Royally Yours is the best book of the entire Royally series. I never thought I would say that because I adored and loved Royally Screwed and Royally Endowed, but Royally Yours just captured my entire heart. It was so well written that I would read a few sentences and just melt over how beautiful they were. I swooned over this book so much and that is exactly what a book is supposed to do, make you fall in love with the story, characters and writing. Royally Yours did that with me and so much more. 

I think one of the main reasons Royally Yours touched me so was how Lenora felt; losing people in her life that meant so much to her, losing people that were supposed to help guide and support her as she came into her own as Queen…that really hit home. I lost my Father a year ago and I was thrust truly into adulthood and it has been so hard. Reading someone who has felt the same as I do, lonely, confused and unsure it really hit home.

However I believe more than anything how love can really fix and heal all wounds and Lenora truly flourishes as a woman and as a Queen when she finds her match in Edward. Unlike the rest of the Royally series which is set in modern times, Royally Yours is basically a prequel to the entire series. Which I found so interesting because as history has shown us, many people did like not having women in power. Let’s be honest here, they still don’t and its 2018. Becoming Queen means Lenora has to get married, because apparently you can’t rule a country unless you have a man by your side right? 

Not only does she have to navigate becoming Queen, ruling as Queen all on her own without the help of her parents but now she has to get married due to the pressure she’s receiving from government officials. Enter Edward. They met under sad circumstances but their love story is so wonderful and compelling, definitely one of my favorites of 2018 if not ever.  I love this story and I am in love with Lenora and Edward. If you love a good old fashioned royal story with sizzling chemistry Royally Yours is the book for you. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “No woman is born a queen, no matter the title attached to her name at birth. Kings are crowned. But queens…queens rise.” -Lenora 

“Won’t you miss it? Won’t you miss the freedom, the adventure?”
“Making a life with you will be my greatest adventure, Lenora.” -Lenora & Edward

“I may not be a king, but here now–she makes me feel like one.” -Edward 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Review: The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster

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The Cover: The Lord of Stariel has a whimsical and magical cover which I really adore because it matches the mood of the book and characters. It’s simple and bright, overall a great cover to look at or to put on your bookshelf. 

Basics: The Lord of Stariel was released on November 1st 2018, is 318 pages long and is part of the Kindle Unlimited program. Genre wise The Lord of Stariel belongs to fantasy, young adult, fae world and romance.

DescriptionThe Lord of Stariel is dead. Long live the Lord of Stariel. Whoever that is. 

Everyone knows who the magical estate will choose for its next ruler. Or do they?  Will it be the lord’s eldest son, who he despised?  His favourite nephew, with the strongest magical land-sense?  His scandalous daughter, who ran away from home years ago to study illusion? 

Hetta knows it won’t be her, and she’s glad of it. Returning home for her father’s funeral, all Hetta has to do is survive the family drama and avoid entanglements with irritatingly attractive local men until the Choosing. Then she can leave.  But whoever Stariel chooses will have bigger problems than eccentric relatives to deal with. 

Winged, beautifully deadly problems.  For the first time in centuries, the fae are returning to the Mortal Realm, and only the Lord of Stariel can keep the estate safe. In theory.  The Lord of Stariel is the first book in the Stariel series. If you like your fantasy mixed with romance, served with a side of mystery, and garnished with statistically improbable quantities of attractive people, you’ve come to the right place!
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Overall thoughts:  The Lord of Stariel, A.J. Lancaster’s debut novel, I believe she went above and beyond my expectations. She paints a beautifully well done opening book to a series, with an engaging plot and kick butt characters that immediately grabbed my attention. As a fantasy book lover I was very impressed and I think any fantasy or fae book lover would really enjoy reading The Lord of Stariel. 

Hetta is a great leading lady: strong, smart and has a great sense of humor. She is someone that every little girl would read about and look up to, but also aim to be like. The story was very interesting and honestly my own issue with the entire book was that it was a little slow in the beginning but overall very enjoyable. 

Hetta has been gone from home for quite awhile and when the death of a family member happens, she comes home and everything changes. She embarks on quite a journey, surviving her distant family and the sudden arrival of fae to the mortal realm. 

A.J. Lancaster should be very proud of her debut novel and I look whatever to her future works, especially the next book in this series! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author:
 A.J. Lancaster is fantasy writer of the whimsical rather than grimdark variety. She wrote her first novel some years ago at the age of 13* and still hasn’t managed to kick the habit. Her favourite authors include Terry Pratchett, Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Georgette Heyer, and Naomi Novik.

She lives in windy Wellington, New Zealand, with two ridiculous cats and many novelty mugs. She is new to indie publishing – but is working on publishing books. She is currently working on a fantasy quartet (the Stariel Series), which plan to be published in 2018.

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