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Review: Muse by Katy Evans

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The Cover: I was so sure about Muse’s cover at first but after reading the book it embodies Noah perfectly and I love it! 

Basics: Muse was released on September 14th 2018 and is 221 pages long. Genre wise it belongs to standalone, romance, complementary romance. 

Description: It was supposed to just be a quick trip to Manhattan.
My best friend was heartbroken. She needed support, and I needed inspiration.
I hoped to love the city. Bustling. Crazy. Inspiring New York.

But I ended up at the airport, heading home in the same condition that I arrived. In a rut. Add to all that, missing my flight and losing my laptop—the laptop, where the Best Love Story Ever sat on my hard drive.

Enter Noah Steele. Eerily familiar. Movie star. Heartthrob. Sultry romeo with bedroom eyes. (But we’re not going there.) He missed his flight too. Noah is so smoldering, lip-bitingly hot, he’s not taken seriously as an actor, and is struggling to launch his career in New York.

He’s only ever had superficial girlfriends, so he’s having trouble showing true passion in his acting—the same challenge I’m having with this book. When we met, we didn’t know that our connection would bring us the change we’d been craving. 

That we’d be the very thing the other needed and didn’t know. Each other’s muse.

*This book is a complete standalone and no previous reading is necessary to enjoy.*
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Overall thoughts: Katy Evans does it again! Muse was everything I wanted and more! Great funny and relatable characters, swoon worthy romance and overall a very loving and heartwarming story. Becka is an aspiring romance author currently trying to dish out her latest book, unfortunately her muse doesn’t seem to want to cooperate. New York City isn’t what she thought it would be and she’s ready to go back home, that is until she loses her laptop which holds all of her writing. Did I mention she loses her laptop at an airport?! 

Noah is an actor who is trying to catch his big break but is struggling. When he misses his flight and sees Becka having a panic attack after losing her laptop, he thinks he’s found the perfect distraction from the frustrations of his acting career. And the rest? I’ll let you get Muse and figure out on your own because it is magical! I know for some readers it is annoying and unrealistic when couples hit it off right away but for me I find it beautifully romantic. Becka and Noah fall for each other this way and I just love them! They are definitely my new favorite couple and I know that I won’t be getting over them any time soon! 

Muse is one of the best romance reads of the year! It is fast paced, laugh out loud funny and filled with steamy toe curling romantic goodness! A must read and another classic to add to your romance book collection! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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Review: My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

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The Cover: I love how the cover model is looking at the reader with smolder eyes, it’s very mesmerizing. 

Basics: My Best Friend’s Ex was released on June 1st 2017 and is 407 pages long. Genre wise My Best Friend’s Ex belongs to contemporary romance, romance, family and drama. 

Description: When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal since Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong. Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs. But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language. 

Overall thoughts: I LOVED My Best Friend’s Ex! It is now my favorite book of Meghan Quinn’s and I seriously want Tucker and Emma’s relationship to last forever. This book was steamy, had the perfect amount of humor and sexual tension. But most of all, My Best Friend’s Ex focuses on real life issues and Meghan Quinn has a gift for writing such heart wrenching, wonderful, contemporary romances. She sucks you in the the main couple bickering one chapter and the next chapter you’ll be hugging onto your kindle and crying. Which for me is great but I read to escape the daily stresses of everyday life but at the same time…sometimes you just need to feel things and cry! And Meghan Quinn is my go to author for this because she makes me cry and feel good because everything truly does work out one way or another. My Best Friend’s Ex is in the running to be one of my favorite and best reads of 2017. Highly recommend!

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Favorite Quotes: “Is this new a rule? Must meet roommate at door?” Yes because you came home to me. -Emma & Tucker

Our souls connect in this moment. It’s as though we’re making a silent vow to one another that our friendship will never be the same, but what resides in our near future has the promise of parallel serendipity beyond anything we’ve ever experienced. -Tucker

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: A BLONDE AT HEART: Meghan Quinn was born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. 

​Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Review & Release Blitz: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

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The Cover: I don’t know but I literally have seen dozens of book covers this summer with shirtless models, not that I’m complaining or find them unattractive, BUT why are there so many?! Seriously? This cover is gorgeous but it doesn’t say Asher to me! Especially considering through Kiss My Ash he seventeen to eighteen years old.

Basics: Kiss My Ash was released on August 9th 2018, published by Leddy Harper and is 288 pages long. Genre wise Kiss My Ash belongs to contemporary romance and age gap romance. 

Description: Ash Jenkins was the typical boy next door. Wait, who am I kidding? There was nothing typical about that boy.

He was tall, ripped, and had the voice of a man twice his age. Intelligent, sexy as sin, and barely legal. Sent to live with his dad after getting in some trouble with the law, he was definitely someone I needed to stay away from.

But he had his sights set on me, and he didn’t try to hide it.
Did it still make me a cougar if I was the prey?
Kiss My Ash.jpgOverall thoughts: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper is the embodiment of forbidden romance with a modern twist. There has been a lot of age gap/difference romances I’ve been reading lately but Harper really pushed the envelope with Kiss My Ash. I am open to reading about all sorts of different relationships and romances because one, it gets a bit repetitive if  I’m reading the same song and dance over and over; and two I really like diversity when it comes to reading. Again, I’ve read age gap romances before but nothing has been so risky since I finished with Kiss My Ash

Kristy just moved into a new home and neighborhood, she’s setting down roots so her daughter can finish out her high school career in peace. While moving into her house all by herself, she gets help from one of her next door neighbors. A very hot, young look man who is equally attracted to her as she is to him. Problem is, Asher doesn’t turn eighteen for several months. He’s always been into the older crowd than his peers, so naturally he would be attracted to an older woman. Kristy thinks he’s in his twenties and Asher? Well…he just goes with it. They have this incredible connection and chemistry, surely telling her he’s eighteen in a few months wouldn’t ruin everything. There’s no touching and he’s being careful as their relationship grows….until everything blows up.

I love Kristy and Asher! Their attraction and love for each other is very heartwarming and endearing. They want to be together but are dealing with this horrible age gap between them, Asher doesn’t care and poor Kristy is horrified to see hear daughter’s reaction. Did I mention Asher and Kristy’s daughter go to school together? It wouldn’t be a good romance book if it didn’t have drama in it! 

I loved Kiss My Ash and Kristy and Asher melted my heart. I also love the risk Leddy Harper takes in each and every one of her books and it is definitely a classic for any forbidden romance lover fan. 

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Favorite Quotes: “It may have been his birthday, but it sure as hell felt like mine.” -Kristy

“Despite everything, I can’t deny how I feel about you. I love you, and no matter what I do, I can’t make it go away.” -Kristy

“This is what you really want?”
“No. You are what I really want.” Asher & Kristy

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters. She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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Review & Excerpt: It Seemed Like A Good Idea A The Time by Kylie Scott

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The Cover: I really like It Seemed Like A Good Idea A The Time and it’s very aesthetically pleasing with the background, font and cover model. However I do wish there was more of Pete in it and more of his essence and not just his abs.

Basics:  It Seemed Like A Good Idea A The Time was released on August 7th 2018 and is 316 pages long. Genre wise It Seemed Like A Good Idea A The Time belongs to contemporary romance and age gap romance.

Description: Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings. Sometimes first loves are the truest.
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Excerpt: It was meant to be a soft kiss. A chaste one, even.

The minute my lips touched his, however, everything changed. Callused hands grabbed the sides of my face and my mouth opened on a gasp. His tongue swept inside, taking me over. Holy hell. Shoes and purse hit the floor, forgotten. Nothing about this kiss was slow or easy. The man devoured me. Every ounce of emotion poured into that kiss, all of the anger and frustration between us. His tongue was teasing and tasting, driving me wild. Then he drew back to suck and nip at my bottom lip. One hand slid around the back of my neck, the other over my hip to grab at my ass. His hold was firm, a little rough even. He treated my body like it belonged to him and I wasn’t gentle either.

Apparently experience mattered. Because all I could do was try and keep up.

I held on tight to his open shirt, straining against him, trying to get closer. I’d have crawled inside the man if I could. Turned out that under certain circumstances, the taste of scotch worked for me in a big way. Against my hip, his cock hardened, digging into me. And oh my God, I’d done that to him. Me. How amazing! Meanwhile, my body felt liquid, core aching and empty. I needed him inside of me and it seemed like I’d already been waiting forever.

“Pete. Please.”

“Fuck,” he muttered, breath hot against my ear.

I fumbled at the remaining buttons on his shirt. My damn fingers didn’t seem to be working. Easier to just push the whole thing upward. Luckily, the man decided to help, tearing the shirt off over his head. More skin was good. And he was so hot and smooth, a thrill to the touch. The solid flesh of his pecs and the flat plane of his stomach.

He tore at the zipper on the back of my dress, dragging fabric down over my shoulders. A growl came from the back of his throat, a noise of frustration, impatience. I’m reasonably certain I heard the silk rip. I didn’t care. His hands and mouth seemed to cover every bit of skin revealed, touching and tasting me everywhere. The dress got stuck on my hips. Out of the way enough for now.

He didn’t even bother undoing my bra, simply peeling down one of the lace cups to free my flesh. My breast filled his hot palm as it took the weight. Fingers plumped me, his thumb flicking over my hard nipple. The sting of pain followed by the heat of his kiss made my head spin and my body ache. There was no room for thought as he fed me deep, wet kisses. Slowly, he took us to the floor. No time for anything else. Just the urgent need to have him inside me.

The hardness of the polished wood was cool against my back. My legs were spread, his body between them. And with his broad chest above me, his weight taken on one arm, he was all I could see. I swear even the insides of my thighs were wet, I was so ready. It would have been embarrassing with anybody else. But this man, he had to know, he had to understand. It had always been him.

“Pete, I need—”

“I know,” he said, voice harsh and low.

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time Overall thoughts: It Seemed Like A Good Idea A The Time by Kylie Scott is one of the best reads of the Summer! One of my favorite genres of romance to read about is age gap/difference romance and honestly? It’s a breath of fresh air because every relationship is different and these two, Adele and Pete have heck of a backstory and connection.

Adele is back home visiting her father for his upcoming wedding, trouble is she hasn’t visited for a very long time due to the incident. Yes…THE incident. No spoilers but the pure teenage angst, love and overall feel of the incident was such a teenager thing to do that I am still laughing about it weeks later. Adele is a precious cinnamon roll and I adore her. 

Pete and Adele have a complicated history and complicated relationship with mountains and mountains of desire for each other and it’s one heck of a mess to sort through. Overall I really loved Adele and Pete as a couple, I think the whole age gap issue isn’t a big deal considering I myself am married to another man and I also found it refreshing because it’s not written about much. Lately age gap romance is becoming more popular yes, but before? Not so much.

The only issue I had with It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time was PETE. I have a love-hate relationship with the man! Oh my goodness! He drove me NUTS. In a good and bad way! But the angst and self hate thing he deals with because he wants Adele and the fact  she is younger and he feels bad about it drove me BANANAS. You are attracted to her, you were close with her and share a connection…accept it already! If it’s legal…who cares! But also reading about him struggling for his feelings with Adele and wanting/loving her made me swoon too, so I can’t complain too much!

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time will definitely one of my favorite reads of the summer! Adele and Pete have one of the best static age gap romances I have ever read about and I adore them!  

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from
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Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino

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The Cover: I really love this cover especially for a retelling according to the villain’s side of the story. Everyone knows The Little Mermaid and Ursula is one of the most iconic villains ever and I really like this cover. What I also really loved about Poor Unfortunate Soul was the fact that when you remove the cover sleeve, the cover becomes Ursula’s human counterpart, Vanessa. 

Basics: Poor Unfortunate Soul was released on July 26th 2016, published by Disney Press and is 208 pages long. It is the the third book in the Villans trilogy. Genre wise Poor Unfortunate Soul belongs to Young Adult and Fantasy. 

Description: The third novel in Serena Valentino’s (Fairest of All, Beast Within) “VILLAINS” trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.
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Overall thoughts: I am a huge Disney fan! Since I was little I loved everything Disney and it’s no surprise that I adore The Little Mermaid! Considering the basis of this blog’s design is based off beachy style! I was in Barnes & Nobles several months ago when I saw on one of the display shelves that Disney Published and author Serena Valentino teamed up to write books based off Disney villain’s points of views. I immediately grabbed Ursula’s book, Poor Unfortunate Soul. I just finished reading it recently and I was completely blown away! 

I’ve read a lot of difference versions of retellings of fairy-tales but not like this! I like reading from different types of perspectives: good guy, bad guy, etc. There’s always two sides to a story and Poor Unfortunate Soul definitely tells you Ursula’s side of the story and then some! Valentino adds some other interesting details in Poor Unfortunate Soul that literally had me pausing my reading and saying, “Wait…what?!” 

Ursula is still herself in this book and she is definitely evil too, but Valentino adds more depth to the sea witch and she actually made me feel bad for her. Seriously. Overall Poor Unfortunate Soul is any fantasy, fairy tale, Disney lover’s dream. It is part of Valentino’s Villain’s trilogy series and can be read as a standalone but I feel like the reader would understand the book and series better if they had read the other books in the series, which I plan on doing very soon! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her best selling Disney Villain Novels which have earned her critical acclaim for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female protagonists.

Her Disney Villain novel series would be best enjoyed if read in this order: Fairest of All: The Story of the Wicked Queen,  The Beast Within: The Story of Belle’s Prince, Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch,  and Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy. Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch will be released in August 2018, and the Odd Sisters book will be released in Summer 2019.

Serena lives in New Orleans with her dog Gozer, and a very tiny kitty named Momma.

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Review & Release Blitz: Playboy by Katy Evans

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The Cover: I think the cover for Playboy is gorgeous and the yellow with the greyscale is gorgeous but this is seriously like the millionth shirtless book cover I have seen this year! I mean probably not the millionth cover, but it certainly feels like it! That being said it definitely reminds me of Cullen and has calm, cocky, sexy attitude and I love it. 

Basics: Playboy was released on July 29th 2018, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and is 338 pages long. Genre wise Playboy is contemporary romance and standalone. 

Description: It started as a game. We flirted. We played. Most importantly—we won.
Then I discovered who he was: Gambler. Famous playboy. Silver-eyed player who never plays to lose…and my best friend’s soon-to-be brother in law, Cullen Carmichael.

He needed a good luck charm, I needed a distraction.
So we made a gamble and set off for Vegas—but pretty soon—I was in too deep.
My heart, soul, and body weren’t supposed to be part of the deal.
But somewhere between big wins and long nights, my house of cards started to tumble.
What was this devil with those piercing eyes doing to me?
I’d given up on love, but the wicked, all-in Cullen Carmichael was upping the ante and wouldn’t stop until he’d won it all.
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Overall thoughts: Wow! Woooooow! WOW!! I was completely and utterly blown away and destroyed by Playboy! As many of you know, I am the biggest Katy Evans fangirl EVER and Remy from her first book, Real is my hero. But Cullen gives Remy one heck of a run for number one guy! I fell SO hard for Cullen, oh my goodness! What a character, what a man! 

Playboy is part of the Manwhore series universal but definitely can be read a standalone. I definitely loved how all the other characters were included in Cullen and Wynn’s story, everyone is married and riding off into the sunset it seems…except for gallery owner and hopeless romantic Wynn. She is getting over a bad, bad break up and is determined to leave her loser ex in the dust behind her. I don’t blame the girl either, her ex was HORRIBLE. Horrible to the point where Wynn suddenly swears off men…until she meets the Playboy that is. 

Meeting Cullen changes everything; Wynn is attracted to him, intrigued and when he offers an escape to Vegas she takes it and their trip changes everything between them. I love and I mean LOVE these two together. They are such a special couple and Evans does a fantastic job with them, they leap off the pages of Playboy and dive deep into your heart making a home there. 

No spoilers, but one of the many specials things about Katy Evans as a writer is how she makes each book and couple so relatable. Wynn and Cullen deal with something that 44% American couples face every day and I am really glad and thankful that Katy included this in their love story. I loved Playboy so much, it will definitely be one of my favorite books of the summer and the year! 
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Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “This guy us more illegal than this gambling establishment.” -Wynn

“I weep because I’m happy for them, and sad for me.” -Wynn

“Am I playing the player or has he just played me?” -Wynn

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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 Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

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Review: Flirt by ML Sparrow

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The Cover: I really love this cover! I think it’s a strong image and it embodies Riley perfectly. 

Basics: Flirt was released on July 27th 2018 and is 266 pages long. Genre wise Flirt belongs to contemporary romance. 

Description: Flirting never hurt… 
Forced to give up her promising gymnastics career due to a devastating injury, Riley Murphy decides to join her twin sister at St Joseph’s University in Texas. Finding a best friend in her roommate, Chloe, she nonetheless finds herself going off the rails as she indulges in drugs, alcohol and boys. However, playing quickly turns into something she can’t control… Too ashamed to confide in her friends or family, and with a boyfriend who does nothing but feed her addictions, the person she turns to is Cameron Lucas, someone she knew as a child. 

Cam’s loved Riley since he used to go to work with his mama at the Murphy estate, but she was always so far out of his league. Now he’s beginning to realize that he never really knew her in the first place… However, that realization only deepens his feelings. But the question is, how far is he willing to go to help someone who won’t help them self? And can he discover the demons driving her to self-destruct? 
*Contains scenes of drug and alcohol abuse.*

Overall thoughts: Flirt is a book about a college student struggling to find her way; I think it’s super hard when something changes your life forever, especially when you can’t continue what you thought you would do. In this case  Riley Murphy gymnastics career is over, which personally I think is one of the hardest sporting events in history. It takes YEARS to do what men and women when it comes to gymnastics. So learning that you suddenly can’t do it anymore is truly devastating. 

So what does every college student tend to do when their dream suddenly ends? Make bad decisions. I certainly didn’t enjoy that aspect of Flirt, I felt like it was a important component of Riley’s story and I get why it was included, but I really didn’t enjoy reading about it. However to ease that uncomfortableness comes in the form of Riley’s childhood friend Cameron Lucas. Things get interesting to stay the least, especially when suddenly you see someone you grew up with in a different light and immediately things change between them. Things get super interesting once this occurs. 

If you like college romances with angsty drama, Flirt is the read for you. I liked it a lot, however the writing and pace didn’t always hold my attention. But I feel like this issue will improve with each book ML Sparrow continues and I look forward to her future releases. 

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
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About the Author: M L Sparrow is currently the author of several full length novels, three novellas and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. Her novella, A Tangled Web, was a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards. Another novella, Red Days, was a winner in the Book Excellence Awards, Current Events category.

She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!

As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and is currently living in Tokyo. Her travels are a constant source of inspiration and she has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

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Review: Ladies Man by Katy Evans

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The Cover: Ladies Man got a new cover this year (2018) and while it’s super attractive and great to look at, I am SO mourning the old cover! I loved the old cover because I truly believed it showed Tahoe’s spirit and I just think it’s gorgeous! The new cover is nice but I prefer the old one.

Basics: Ladies Man was released on April 26th 2016, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, is 290 pages long and is part of the Manwhore series. Genre wise Ladies Man belongs to contemporary romance and standalone.

Description: He’s not the guy you date. He’s the one night stand.

You’d think the man who sends hot looks my way, who called me succulent, would want to strip me to my skin and spread me out on his bed like every other woman in Chicago.

Except he passed on my offer…. Just like I once did on his.He’s wary, like I am. He’s broken, like I am. And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.

So I try to distract myself. I’m back to dating.Tahoe and I are strictly friends. He doesn’t think my new beau is good enough, but to him, no man is good enough for me. Especially Tahoe himself. But the more time Tahoe and I spend around each other, the more confused I feel.

I’m trying to open myself to love. But I’m quickly realizing that the only man I want is stubborn, cocky, unattainable playboy Tahoe Roth.

The one your mother warned you about.
The one my body craves.
The only one who will surely break my heart.
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Overall thoughts: Ladies Man is one my favorite books ever and of Katy Evan’s. Tahoe Roth is such a gorgeous, sexy, complex character. Whereas Gina is the beautiful, strong, stubborn woman trying to find her way in this complicated world we have. She is very independent and although she has good friends, tends to find herself riding solo not just with her social life but also when to family and relationships. Tahoe and Gina have been dancing around each other for awhile, both of their friends fell in love and got married…their social circles forever intertwined.  They start off as “friends” but start to change and grow into something that both surprises and terrifies them. Did I mention how much I love this book?! 

Gina and Tahoe have such a wonderful love story. Ladies Man is one of the best slow burning romance books I have ever read. Don’t get me wrong, it drove me nuts because I just wanted them to be together already, but these two are definitely worth the wait and angst. Their attraction and need for each other go so much deeper than lust and the love they have for each other is so heartwarming. I seriously love them. I wish Katy had written ten more books about them honestly. 

Ladies Man is part of the Manwhore series but can be read as a standalone. You don’t have to know what’s going on in the other Manwhore books but I feel like if you have read the other Manwhore books it makes reading Ladies Man much more special. Again Ladies Man is one of my favorite books ever, it’s been two years and I am still obsessed with Tahoe and Gina. I probably will be for the rest of my life and I can guarantee you’ll love them too! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Love should make you feel good about yourself and about the person you are when you’re with the one you love. Love should make you feel accepted a you are.” -Gina

“I love every part of you. I could be a thousand miles away from you, stay away from you my whole life, put an ocean between us, take a million other women in my arms, and you’re still the one I want, the only woman on my mind.” -Tahoe

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Review: Black Crown by Rayne Wager & Kelly St. Clare

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The CoverBlack Crown‘s cover is so gorgeous! I love how Ryn is front and center, beautiful, deadly and strong. But my other favorite part of this cover is all the other details about it! There’s so many intricate details and the color scheme is just mesmerizing, I love this book cover! 

Basics: Black Crown was released on June 30th 2018, is the third book of the Darkest Drae series and is 389 pages. Genre wise Black Crown belongs to Mature Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance. 

Description: I will not be ruled by fear. A depraved emperor. A wasted realm. A dying race. With Tyrrik by my side, I’ll lead the charge to remedy it all.

After discovering the rightful heir to the Phaetyn, an alliance with the healers should be easy as pancakes. But while the armies of Verald and Gemond march to the border for war, the emperor delivers a crushing blow that threatens to put everything at risk.

As I fight my father’s staggering power, I’m compelled to face evil on his terms. A twisted darkness worse than anything I’ve experienced.

Nothing could’ve prepared me for this. How far would you go to defeat a merciless sovereign? I’ll lie to the liars. I’ll betray the betrayers. I’ll kill the killers.
I will conquer my fear.
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Overall thoughts: I can’t believe the Darkest Drae series is over! What a complete ride this series has been! I stumbled upon it on Kindle Unlimited and I am so glad I did! Black Crown starts right after the events of Shadow Wings, with Ryn finally accepting Tyrrick as her mate! Squee! However before anything can happen with that, Ryn, Tyrrick and the rest of the gang have to face the ensuing war that is literally about to overtake them and everyone else! 

No spoilers but Black Crown wraps up everything that goes on in this series. The war to Ryn and Tyrrick’s complicated relationship and even her horrible Father himself. Wagner and Clare do a great job and tying up loose ends, however I had a few issues with Black Crown. One, I feel like the ending was very confusing outside of the epilogue; I actually had to go back and re-read the chapter to realize what was going on. I understand where they were coming from and what imagery they were trying to produce, but it was just confusing. Two, throughout the series dragon lairs were talked about A LOT so when I got a hold of Black Crown I was super excited because as the last book in the series, surely they were going to include a description or chapter of such lair right? Slight spoiler so skip the next few sentences if you don’t want to be spoiled but no such thing happened! That was SO disappointing! Tyrrick teased Ryn over and over about how amazing and grand his lair was, that he took YEARS filling it with jewels and wondrous treasures for her…but we never got to see it! Missed opportunity! 

However…those were my only struggles with Black Crown, other than that…what a wonderful way to end the series! Action, fantasy, so much romance! Black Crown delivered and then some! One of my favorite parts of this book was how Wagner and Clare didn’t skip out on Ryn and Tyrrick’s relationship. With so many YA books nowadays, a lot of them skip out on the intimate moments between characters. Black Crown did not do this, they showed a bit of our two favorite dragon’s intimate moments without it turning into PG13 and beyond read. It was tastefully done and Tyrrick is just so swoon worthy! 

Overall if you love a good fantasy, mature YA and romance book and series, Black Crown and the Darkest Drae series is for you! Beautiful detailed descriptions, exciting plot with strong, depth filled characters Black Crown delivers. I look forward to reading what these two authors dish out next! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Kelly St. Clare: Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unraveling this mystery and began writing. Her works include The Tainted Accords, The After Trilogy, and The Darkest Drae. A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her ginger-bearded husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.
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Raye Wagner: As one of eight children, I learned to love reading as a means of escaping the chaos that comes with being a part of a large family. When I was a teenager, I read Leon Uris’s Exodus, and fell in love with the character, Kitty Fremont. Not only was I in love with Ari Ben Canaan (my first introduction to an alpha male), but I felt a connection with her, so much so that I pursued a career in nursing. I continued to collect books and read through college, and even as I established my career. Years later, I read the Twilight saga, my first introduction to YA literature as an adult. I was in Half-Price Books and picked up a middle-grade novel with a boy and a lightning bolt on the cover. I read the first page, and bought the first four Percy Jackson books. Isn’t this series fantastic? After that I was hooked, and YA literature became my genre of choice.

I live in Middle Tennessee with my husband and three children. My favorite things include trips to the beach, baking sweets (and eating them), Tae Kwon Do, and doing puzzles and Legos with my family.
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Review: Deep by Kylie Scott

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The CoverI love this cover! I picture Ben with more of a beard but besides that, it truly shows Ben’s spirit and I love it. I also think it’s one of the most colorful book covers I have ever seen too, there’s just something about the color scheme of the tattoos and the bass that just make it lovely to look at.

Basics: Deep was released on March 31st 2015, published by St. Martin’s Griffin, book #4 in the Stage Dive series and is 273 pages long. Genre wise Deep belongs to contemporary romance, music romance and new adult.

Description: One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.
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Overall thoughts: I can’t believe I’m on my last review for the Stage Dive series! I read these books starting WAY back in 2013 and gah! I LOVE them! It’s one of the series where I wish there were ten more books! We’ve all read about how each of the Stage Dive members fell in love, starting with hurting, emotional talented David, to crazy, manic, funny Mal followed by troubled, brooding, sexy as sin Jimmy. All that’s left is Ben, the bass player. This review is going to get very interesting because I have a love-hate relationship with dear old Benny boy. But first…let’s discuss some background for Deep!

Ben is the last single man standing of Stage Dive, he’s not looking for a relationship and he’s definitely not interested in love. He’s happy for his bandmates but definitely doesn’t want to catch the lovebug that apparently has boarded the Stage Dive bus. Lizzie is the younger sister of Anne, who recently got together with Mal (from book two, Play and is the drummer of Stage Dive) and is about to get married to him. 

Ben and Lizzie met each other while hanging out with the other Stage Dive members and eventually became friends, chatting, even exchanging numbers and texting. This is where the trouble starts. They instantly have a connection, one that goes beyond being “friends” and eventually that connection caves into them having a one night stand together while in Vegas. Both of them were attending Mal and Anne’s wedding. Of course this leads to drum roll please….! A pregnancy. 

Anne is super young, going to college for psychology young and finds herself an expectant mother. Sure it changes her plans for going to school and such, but she wants to keep the baby and be the mother she never had. Ben wants to make things right also, inviting her to come on tour with them and honestly…mayhem ensues. They may of made a baby together but that doesn’t mean they are together, especially with Ben’s commitment issues. No one said falling in love with a rockstar was easy! 

Deep is interesting because each member has their own set of issues which I thought were valid, sincere issues that I felt for. However…when it comes to Ben’s “issue” which in this case is commitment…it literally made me want to throw the book! Ben is the sexy rocker, yes…but as soon as he started this whole nonsense of not wanting to be with Lizzie, but I’ll help with the baby stuff? I wanted to throw the book. The rocky waters between them settle eventually, but it was too little too late for me in the book and definitely for Ben.

THAT being said, I loved Deep even though Ben drove me crazy. Lizzie and his relationship is a genuine one that I’m sure many couples face today and I’m really glad it was brought up. I wish it was a little longer because it is the last book in this series but overall I’m happy with the ending and how Deep included the other bandmates and their relationships as well. I love the Stage Dive series so much and if you love a music romance genre kind of story, this book and series is definitely for you! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Why are you here? Ben?”
“Because apparently I’m shit at staying away from you.”
“Then I guess we have a problem.” 
“That’s putting it fucking mildly.” -Lizzie & Ben

“I don’t want to take your freedom. I just want a place in your world. An important one.”  -Lizzie

“You can have my time, and you can have my attention. Sweetheart, you can have whatever the fuck you want, I promise. Whatever you need. No more holding back, no more fear. And if you still feel you have to get on that plane tonight, then we’re doing it together.” -Ben 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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 Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. Contact her at info@kyliescott.com or: PO Box 13, Fernvale QLD 4306 Australia.

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