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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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Review: Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa

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The Cover: I love Dark Harmony‘s cover, I think it fits in well with the other covers and embodies the book perfectly. I really have loved all of these covers because they are different because usually there are cover models on book covers but The Bargainer series book covers are really something special and different. 

Basics: Dark Harmony was released on October 28th 2018, published by Lavabrook Publishing Group and is 369 pages long. It is the third book in the Bargainer series and is part of the Kindle Unlimited program. Genre wise Dark Harmony belongs to paranormal romance, fantasy, new adult and romance. 

Description: There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.

For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it. 

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place. 

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.
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Overall thoughts: What a wonderful ending to The Bargainer series Dark Harmony was! I loved this book and on the edge of my seat the entire time!  Dark Harmony worked through all the questions I had while reading Rhapsodic and A Strange Hymn. While other series usually have a decent first book, an excellent middle book and a little of a let down for the third book, but Dark Harmony along with the entire Bargainer series is not your typical trilogy. 

Rhapsodic opened up with Callie and Desmond’s relationship completely broken but brought them together because Des needed help. As they grew closer together once more, he brought her into the fae world trying to figure out what was going on with subjects. No spoilers, but what happens Rhapsodic completely tangles Callie in Desmond’s world. A Strange Hymn raises further eyebrows with more questions but no answers and Dark Harmony answers all the questions from the past two books and them some. 

I literally have no issues with this book, at all; it was the perfect end to a great series and honestly if anything I wish there were more books because I love Callie and Desmond so much. Their bond and relationship is super special because of their past history, all the struggles they endured through this series and I just loved reading their love story. Not to mention the fact that Desmond freaking Flynn is HOT. That man is literally the definition of sin and them some. So, so hot! 

I am so bummed out that The Bargainer series is over but I am so glad I found this series and Laura Thalassa should be so proud because this book is truly a masterpiece. Till darkness dies Dark Harmony, till darkness dies. 
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Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I will be there when the last of your mortal friends draws their last breath. I will be there through it all, and I will tease you and infuriate you, and lavish you with whatever it is your heart desires because the only thing mine desires is you.”
-Des

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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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 & Review: The Day The Jerk Started Falling by Max Monroe

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The Cover: I love a cover where it showcases the leading lady, they are rare and far in between and this one of the best covers I have seen in a long time. I love the model and the look on her face, the font and coloring all go so well together. It’s perfect! 

Basics: The Day The Jerk Started Falling was released on October 25th 2018, is part of the Kindle Unlimited program and is the second book in the Jerk Duet. Genre wise The Day The Jerk Started Falling belongs to contemporary romance and romcom. 

Description: My name is Oliver Arsen, but my mates call me Ollie. I live hard and love harder, and it’s love that usually gets me in the most trouble.  According to the greater population, I’m the ultimate jerk.

My affection tends to be short-lived—a quality I’ve been assured multiple times by the fairer sex isn’t becoming—and the leaving part of loving and leaving has always come natural. At least, it used to. Until her. Luciana Wright.

She’s an American bombshell and my sister’s best friend—a woman so wrong for me, it’s written in the waves. And she’s the reason we’re all here. The reason I have to go back to explain how it all went wrong. To the day the jerk started falling.

Overall thoughts: I feel like there is a certain recipe when it comes to writing a great duet and depending on the genre of book it’s really not that hard. Yet there are some authors that attempt to do duets and completely miss the mark. Max Monroe are not those authors. 

The romcom continues between Luciana and Ollie in The Day The Jerk Started Falling! But this time the point of view (POV) is from Ollie, his side of the story; which I found to very refreshing but in romance books we always don’t get to hear from the male perspective and since this was a duet I thought it was perfect. One book from the woman’s POV and the second from the male’s POV. Brilliant! 

The Day The Jerk Started Falling is laugh out loud funny and honestly Passionflix needs to get a hold of the rights for these books ASAP because they would make the PERFECT romcom movie that rivals How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days or He’s Just Not That Into You. No seriously this book is that good and hilarious! Despite the humor I really think any twenty something person and even older can relate to the sort of situation in this duet and enjoy it immensely. The Day The Jerk Started Falling is definitely one of the funniest romcom books of the years and I’m really grateful I had the chance to review it! 

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Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Review: A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

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The Cover: As I stated in my other review of the first book Rhapsodic, A Strange Hymn‘s cover is very similar to the first of the series. You can’t exactly tell what the cover is unless you really focus on it, but when you do my immediate thought was OK…what is that? And again it has the red robe that looks a lot like blood, so interesting but most of all eye catching! Exactly what a book cover should be!

Basics: A Strange Hymn was released on May 26th 2017, published by Lavabrook Publishing Group and is 385 pages long. Genre wise A Strange Hymn belongs to paranormal romance and fantasy.

Description: Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there. 

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues. 

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret. 

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.
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Overall thoughts: Rhapsodic ended with a lot of questions and A Strange Hymn comes back with a lot of answers that literally come out of nowhere. There were several things that were explained or discovered as I was reading and I was really taken aback at points because it was one thing after another. 

Callie is finally together with best friend and soulmate Desmond Flynn, AKA King of Night but she is still trying to heal from the horrors she faced from escaping the Mad King, Karnon from the first book. Not only was getting back together with Des a bit stressful, but Callie is pushed even more forward in the Fae Otherworld. Not to mention the fact that the women in coffins still won’t wake up and more fae warriors are missing each day. PLUS Callie thinks Des is keeping things from her, with everything going on around them it seems like their fate is to come back together to only get torn apart again.

A Strange Hymn is A LOT more fast paced compared to Rhapsodic, I found it easier to get into and was hooked from start to finish! Callie and Desmond leap off right the pages and into your heart, I ship them so hard that I genuinely worry about their safety and relationship so much that I found myself on pins and needles while reading. Des is that perfect bad boy, attractive, super sexy guy that most women dream about and I know he may be fictional but Callie is one lucky woman. 

I loved this book so much and the ending was so heart pounding explosive that I had goosebumps as I finished A Strange Hymn. I am super pumped for Dark Harmony because where Rhapsodic may of been the first act, A Strange Hymn set the stage perfectly for the finale of The Bargainer series and you are NOT going to want to miss it! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I would steal the stars from the sky for you.  Anything to hear you laugh like that.” -Des 

“This love between us is bigger than him, bigger than me.” -Callie 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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 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. 
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Review: Rhapsodic (#1 The Bargainer series) by Laura Thalassa

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The Cover: So when I first saw the cover for Rhapsodic I was a bit taken aback because I couldn’t tell what it was! Then I zoomed in and saw that it was a bat wing and was IMMEDIATELY interested. (I have a big love for bats and anything with fae wings.) Another thing I found interesting was the red cloth/robe? I actually thought it was blood but then with the second glance noticed it wasn’t. So in conclusion the Rhapsodic cover is your typical book cover but it DEFINITELY catches your attention and makes you interested. 

Basics: Rhapsodic was released on November 15th 2016, published Lavabrook Publishing Group and is 423 pages long. Genre wise Rhapsodic belongs to paranormal romance, new adult and romance. 

Description: Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one. 
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Overall thoughts: I fell in love with Laura Thalassa with Pestilence, that love continued with I dived through The Fallen World books and I had high hopes for the start of  The Bargainer series, Rhapsodic. I’ve read it twice now and to be honest I wasn’t quite what to think the first time I read it; I thought the first time through was slow placed but interesting. Thalassa has a huge talent for creating enthralling worlds and making you question and wonder about them, she also mixes different things together (in this case fae and sirens) and somehow makes them work well together even when you didn’t think they would. 

Callie is a Siren who has an ocean long list of problems. Not only does she hunt down people for a living in exchange, a bargain. Literally she has an arm full of black beads promising her of what she owes and they won’t disappear until all commitments are filled. She is dealing with that but she also has a bigger problem heading her way: The Night King, AKA Desmond Flynn. These two have a complicated past together tied with some really strange occurrences happening in the Otherworld, a lot can happen. 

The first time I read Rhapsodic I wasn’t sure what to think, I liked it but I honestly just didn’t know what to think! When Thalassa announced that the third book in The Bargainer series, Dark Harmony was coming out I wanted to give it another try. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed Rhapsodic the second time around and really fell in love with it. Desmond and Callie could melt polar ice caps with their chemistry and their past together makes their relationship even sweeter. I love them! The Siren and The Night King. 

My only complaint that Rhapsodic was a bit slow burning at first but I think reading it more than once definitely helped and I really loved this book. It’s a fae based, paranormal romance book but it’s darker and I welcome that immensely. Definitely looking forward to re-reading A Strange Hymn

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I love you. I’ve loved you from the beginning. And I will love you long after the last stars dies. I will love you until the end of darkness itself.” -Des

“I couldn’t stay away, I could barely resist you at all, but I didn’t want to push you into something. Not when you’d just escaped a man that took and took. I didn’t want you to think that was all men were good for.”  Des

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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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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Blog Tour & Review: The Necromancer’s Bride by Brianna Hale

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The Cover: I think this cover embodies The Necromancer’s Bride perfectly and it is exactly how I pictured Rhonda in my head. 

Basics: The Necromancer’s Bride was released on October 21st 2018 and is novella/66 pages long. Genre wise The Necromancer’s Bride belongs to standalone, novella, dark romance and dark fantasy romance. 

Description: When I was a child he brought me back from the brink of death. Since that day I have borne his mark, a black star in the center of my left palm. The villagers say it brands me as evil. I think it means something far worse. It marks me as his.

The disease that nearly killed me has returned to the village and children are dying. I’m the only one who dares to climb the mountain and learn his secrets. In exchange I’m to clean his house and help with his strange experiments, but Meremon wants more. He wants me. And it isn’t long before I discover that his demands are as twisted as his experiments.

Warning: This story is a dark fantasy romance with scenes of non-consent and dubious consent. Additionally, Meremon is a necromancer and enjoys unusual things. Some sex scenes might be strange or creepy for some readers. As always with Brianna Hale books, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily ever after. THE NECROMANCER’S BRIDE is a novella of 16,000 words.
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Overall thoughts: Oh. My. Gosh! The Necromancer’s Bride by Brianna Hale was everything I wanted in a dark fantasy romance or spooky read! Hale created one of the best openings I have read that immediately had me hooked and wanting to know what the heck was going on. “It’s all right, Mama. I’m not afraid to die.” IMMEDIATELY hooked.

Rhona was very sick as a child, in fact everyone is apparently from mysterious illnesses due to people dumping horrible things in the river that has direct ties to their crops.  Everyone who gets sick dies, but not Rhonda. Her Father went up the mountain near the village where Meremon lives, the Necromancer. He saves her life but also marks her with an odd star on her hand. Years later, Rhonda is older and healthy but people in village are still dying. She only lived because her Father brought the Necromancer down the mountain, no one has ever visited him or asked for his help since.

Determined to save her siblings and other villagers, Rhona goes up the mountain for help and also for herself…why did Meremon the Necromancer mark her all those years ago? The answer she finds isn’t exactly what she’s been looking for but she can’t help the growing attraction between her the Necromancer.

The Necromancer’s Bride isn’t your typical dark fantasy romance because it does contain things that could be considered a bit off putting, but honestly I feel like a lot of elements in dark romances are off putting so for me I didn’t mind at all. The only issue I had with this book was that it was a novella and not a full book! I wanted more of Rhona and Meremon’s love story. Besides that I loved this book,  The Necromancer’s Bride is a great Halloween, October/spooky, dark fantasy read and if any of those genres are up your alley, I highly suggest you pick up it ASAP! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “The necromancer has branded me with his kiss, and while my body bears his mark I know it goes deeper than that. My soul bears it, too.” -Rhona

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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: There’s nothing Brianna Hale likes more than a large, stern alpha male with a super-protective and caring streak, and when she’s not writing about them she can usually be found with a book, a cocktail, planning her next trip to a beautiful location or attending the theatre. She believes that pink and empowerment aren’t mutually exclusive, and everyday adventures are possible. Brianna lives in London.

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Release Blitz & Review: The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks by Max Monroe

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The Cover: I think this cover is okay, the model is attractive and all but there’s nothing super wow about it and his expression is a bit strange. Overall it’s a nice cover but it’s not a cover that makes me want to buy the actual book but stick with owning the Kindle version instead.

Basics: The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks was released on October 18th 2018 and is 328 pages long. Genre wise The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks belongs to contemporary romance and rom com.

Description: I’m Luciana Wright. Everyone calls me Lucky, but when it comes to love, I’m anything but. I have a long history of dating the wrong men. You know the ones I’m talking about. The beautiful, charming guys who are quite literally too good to be true. The ones who are impulsive in love and prefer short flings over long-term relationships.

I’m talking about the jerks. The guys who taste so good, but are so very bad. After going through the most ridiculous breakup in the history of breakups, I thought I’d learned my lesson. I officially put myself into jerk rehab and committed to changing my ways.

But, let’s be real here, love is never that easy. Especially when an arrogant, charming, he-devil of a sexy alpha man gets involved. Aussie accent. Tanned skin. Muscular, surfer bod. Gorgeous brown eyes. And the kind of sexy smile that brings women to their knees.

Oh, did I mention that he’s also my best friend’s brother? Yeah. This story, my story, it’s a real doozy you guys. The day I stopped falling for jerks, I met Oliver Arsen—the biggest jerk of all.

Overall thoughts: This was my first Max Monroe and it did not disappoint! I was really intrigued by the premise of this book and the introduction of The Day I Stopped Falling For Jerks caught my full attention. The authors explained that they were inspired by “jerks” they had encountered when they were younger and everything clicked.

Of course during some point of our lives we all have that one crush OR that one person that is so mean to you, but in reality is acting like a jerk because they like you. Doesn’t really add up and it’s completely counter productive but hey, that’s how human brains work unfortunately. (Hence the reason why I wish I was a cat instead most days.)

Luciana is one heck of a relatable character that will in some shape or form I personally feel like the reader will connect with. She’s funny, strong willed and again so relatable, I’m really looking forward to the next book The Day The Jerk Started Falling

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author:
 Over two years ago, a dynamic duo of romance authors teamed up under the pseudonym Max Monroe, and, well, the rest is history…

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook news-feed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far. ​

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Release Blitz, Excerpt & Review: Cards of Love: The Moon by Sierra Simone

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The Cover: I. LOVE. THIS. COVER. Oh my gosh! The coloring of it, the lines and style..it just screams tarot and it is very sensual and beautiful. It fits Nimue and Merlin perfectly, I love it and I need it on my bookshelf ASAP. 

Basics: Cards of Love: The Moon was released on October 5th 2018 and is 100 pages long. It is a novella that ties in with The New Camelot series. Genre wise The Moon belongs to novella and contemporary romance. 

Description: She’s angry that I left.  I’m angry that I died.  It’s the trouble with our two lives: we don’t only have one past to work through, but two.  Double the pain, twice the betrayal.  A million times the tragedy.

***The Moon is the story of Merlin and Nimue from the New Camelot trilogy.  It’s recommended that you read the trilogy first, as there are American King spoilers in The Moon.***

(Cards of Love is a massive multi-author project, a series of love letters to the mysterious and inspirational world of tarot cards.  These can be read in any order, as the only thing the Cards of Love books share is their common inspiration from the world of tarot.)
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Overall thoughts: I love and adore Sierra Simone; she is one my favorite authors ever but I did not enjoy The Moon. Let me explain, it wasn’t because of the story or characters it was honestly because I had this idea of Merlin in my head and clearly Sierra has her version and they just didn’t add up. First of all, The Moon is a companion novella to The New Camelot series, so I would definitely recommend reading the trilogy first before reading The Moon. My main issue with this novella was just the fact that I viewed Merlin to be something he isn’t and I just didn’t enjoy it as usual because again, my idea of Merlin was completely different from Sierra’s. Which is my issue. As readers you aren’t always going to like how a character is portrayed and this was one of those times. 

Besides that, The Moon was beautifully written. I love a well written point of view from the male perspective and Sierra delivered that and more. Merlin and Nimue’s story is beautifully tragic with an attraction that is so static you feel it in your bones as you are reading. That is definitely a gift of Sierra’s, she writes in a way that makes you feel so connected to her characters that you feel everything they are feeling. Overall The Moon was a great addition to the New Camelot series and great novella, if you are a fan of The New Camelot series or Simone’s work in general I highly suggest you read it.  

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Excerpt: A hiss in the darkness, then a flame, bright and dancing and unwelcome.

 A match, I think, and then I think, whyAnd then: where am I?

 “You’re awake,” says a voice like water.  A voice I love.  It still doesn’t help me figure out where I am.

 “Am I?” I ask.  “Awake?”

 Like I said earlier, I don’t dream as such, but when I close my eyes, the memories and visions are there, dogging my sleep.  And I think maybe—yes, there is also a memory like this.  A memory of a dark-haired girl and a cave sparkling with light, the night air heavy with the ecstatic cries we fed it.

 “You are awake, Merlin.”  The flame moves, calves another flame, and then is blown out.  A candle now glows softly against the face of a woman standing at the end of the bed I’m on.

 Dark brows arch high over clear blue eyes and a long nose curves gracefully down the woman’s oval face, framed by a high forehead and cheekbones, and a beautiful, if narrow, jaw.  Her lips are on the thin side, but perfectly sculpted, giving her an expressive, fascinating mouth.  Coffee-dark hair hangs in glossy sheets around her face and down her back.

 She’s haunting.  Haunting even as a girl, but now even more so as a woman.

“Nimue,” I say, and for the first time I notice how thirsty I am.  I make to sit up—and realize my hands are tied to the bed. Nimue sets the candle down on an end table, and it illuminates the space enough to show me that I’m indeed in a room and not in the damp mouth of a cave. It means it’s now and not then, which I suppose I should be grateful for.

 After all, I died then. A silver key glints from just below the smile of her clavicle, the bottom tip of it pointing to the sweet valley between her breasts I used to know so well.  They are small and pert—her body still the lithe dancer’s body she had as a girl—and my flesh responds to the sight of those little handfuls, the memory of them.  The fantasy of her dusky nipples dragging along the underside of my aching cock is enough to have my body warming, and that’s when I really become aware that I’m not only tied to the bed, but I’m also dressed in a pair of black boxer briefs and nothing else.

 Well, nothing else except for the padded cuff around my ankle. Nimue leans forward to untie my wrist, which leaves the front of her swishy dress gaping forward enough that I can see those nipples now, dark rose and erect.

I’d tasted them frequently once upon a time. Once upon a time, twice. In another life, I’d known the feel of her breasts against my lips and tongue better than I’d known almost anything else.

 With one of my wrists freed, Nimue straightens and nods at the other.  “You can untie yourself.  You’ll find that the chain allows you more than enough length to do everything you need.  I’m obviously trusting you not to do anything self-destructive, but should the need arise, I can take away this particular freedom.”  She says it cheerfully, almost as if the idea of taking away my freedom delights her.

 The key on her chest glints as she steps back, and I understand that it’s the key that unlocks my cuff—the same cuff that is connected to a ring in the floor by a length of slender chain.

Anger comes. And with it shame. And with that, fear. I died once this way, and I’d rather not do it again. I lunge for my other wrist to untie it, needing to be free, needing to reach for Nimue to kiss her or kill her—but by the time I untie myself, she’s out the door with it shut and locked behind her.
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My Rating: 3/3 Shells
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About the Author: Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City

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Review: Reagandoodle & Little Buddy by Sandi Swiridoff

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Basics: Adventures of Reagandoodle and Little Buddy was released on October 2nd, 2018, published by Harvest House Publishers and is 192 pages long. 

Description: The moment Reagandoodle first set eyes on Little Buddy, he knew his world was about to change. What he didn’t know, was that they’d brighten hearts all over the world.

Told with warmth and a touch of humor by Reagan himself, fans of Reagandoodle and Little Buddy hear the true story of how one adopted dog and an eleven-month-old foster child develop an unforgettable friendship. To all the fans of @Reagandoodle and Little Buddy . . . the book is finally here!

An uplifting tail of friendship, foster care, adoption, and hope. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to help support foster care families.
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Adventures of Reagandoodle and Little Buddy is a wonderful story that tells the tell of adoption and foster care and what can happen if you support both of these wonderful causes. I wanted to read and review this book because I have been following their wonderful Instagram account (@Reagandoodle) and it just shows more of their wonderful love story. Plus a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to help support foster care families. 

The book is full of fantastic, cute pictures of the dynamic duo. If you want to a feel good read with an uplifting story that will make you smile, Adventures of Reagandoodle and Little Buddy is for you! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Sandi Swiridoff is a registered nurse, wife, grandmother, and a passionate photographer who loves to bring joy to others through her photos. Finding balance behind the camera lens, Sandi’s focus in life changed when foster children entered her life. And thus began her Reagandoodle story.

Wendy Dunham is an award winning author of two middle-grade novels, My Name Is River, and its sequel, Hope Girl. She also has a series of four early-readers forthcoming titled, The Tales of Buttercup Grove. When she’s not writing, Wendy works as a registered therapist with children who have special needs. Reagandoodle and Little Buddy: The True Story of a Labradoodle and His Toddler Best Friend, is Wendy’s first experience with ghost writing; she found great joy in being the voice of Reagandoodle. 

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Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Cover: The Cruel Prince’s cover is beautiful but besides the crown (and I guess the thorns?) I don’t think there is anything special about this cover. It’s pretty and simple but that’s it. 

Basics: The Cruel Prince was released on January 2nd, 2018, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and is 385 pages long. Genre wise The Cruel Prince belongs to Fantasy, Young Adult and Romance. 

Description: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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Overall thoughts: So this is my second time reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I had heard about the book in early January 2018 and right as I was about purchase a copy, I received The Cruel Prince from my January 2018 Owlcrate subscription! I was so excited because it was like the universe was on my side and leading me to a new great book! Or so I thought. 

I hated The Cruel Prince the first time I read it, severely. Nine months later, I wanted to give it another try. Here are some of the reasons I had issues with The Cruel Prince in the first place: One, the whole trope where the leading male bullies and is mean to the heroine but somehow they fall for each other drives me up the WALL. Bullying is a very, very sore subject for me because I was bullied throughout High School and experienced it first hand. So I’m sure that you can understand why I think it is absolutely ridiculous that Cardan bullied Jude horribly and in awful ways and halfway through the book he is apparently in love with her. It would make sense if Cardan and Jude were under the age of ten, but they are not and I just find their whole relationship is ridiculous and super unrealistic.  

My other issue I struggled with was the pace of the book and how the book ended. A few chapters in everything was at a slow pace, in the middle things picked up and while reading the end of the book everything happened so fast I thought my head was spinning! It actually reminded me of when Oprah used to hand out gifts, “You get a car! And you get a card!” but for The Cruel Prince it was like “and you find out this piece of information! With this big plot twist! And add another plot twist!” My head was literally spinning with information, information overload basically. Those issues aside, the second time reading it I found that I liked The Cruel Prince a lot better. 

The story is very compelling and whimsical, with enough twists and turns of the plot to keep you interested. You might need to make a list of everything going on to tie everything together at the end but it’s still good nonetheless. I still don’t really like or understand Cardan and Jude’s relationship but maybe that could change in the next book when it comes out in January 2019. Overall I think I’m just too picky sometimes when it comes to books and with The Cruel Prince I have learned that each book deserves a second chance. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 3/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”  -Jude

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.” 
-Cardan 

“Father, I am what you made me. I’ve become your daughter after all.” -Jude

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
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About the Author: Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. 

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