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Overall Review July 2018

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Oh my goodness! July went by SO fast! I reviewed some ARC’s for this month but I also did a lot of re-reading for review which was a complete blast! I’ve read a lot of books before I became a book blogger and I’m glad I found a way to incorporate past books I’ve read and loved into my blog! So without further ado, my overall review for July 2018!
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I started off July with re-reading the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott, reading Lick first! It was so much fun revisiting this series this month! Kylie Scott is a fantastic writer and her Stage Dive series is a staple for any romance book lovers collection! This series means a lot to me personally because the books were published during a very transitional time in my life so I really loved re-reading them for review. The Stage Dive series focuses on a famous rock band with all of the four bandmates falling in love. Under really interesting circumstances might I add!  
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My review of Lick ⇠
My review of Play ⇠
My review of Lead ⇠
My review of Deep ⇠

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About the Author: 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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I had the amazing opportunity to read and review for Jen Frederick which I was SUPER excited for! I’m a big fan of her and this was my first solo book of her I had the chance to review for (I’ve only read her other books Erin Watt wise.) Want You is about two kids growing up and falling in love with each other, which is honestly one of my favorite romance trope books EVER. I am a sucker for them. I just think knowing someone for most of your entire life and later falling in love with them, I think it makes it even more special. Not to mention that some criminal activity is involved in Want You, so it’s not just hand holding and flowers, things get a bit nerve-wracking. I love this book and Want You is definitely one of my favorite reads of the Summer! 
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My review of Want You ⇠

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I also had the opportunity to read and review for some new authors I haven’t read before which was so much fun! His Distraction by Tanya Gallagher was a kinky, fun, adventure read that was a surprise for me. The books where people don’t think they are going to fall in love or don’t want love are always something I enjoy. 
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My review of His Distraction ⇠

About the Author: Tanya Gallagher is the Seattle-based author of contemporary New Adult and Adult romances about smart, strong women and the sexy men who love them. In addition to A Slippery Slope, the X Enterprises series of steamy, funny contemporary romances launches in July 2018. Tanya traded pencil skirts in the boardroom for stories in the bedroom and hasn’t looked back since. You can find her traveling the world in search of beautiful scenery and delicious cake, and at penchantforpleasure.com, where she happens to sell one of the most popular brands of personal lubricant for your naughty bits. True story.

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I also had the opportunity to read and review for ML Sparrow for her college romance book, Flirt. It had been a minute since I had read a college romance story so it was a nice change of pace for me. 
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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I’ve been re-reading a lot of books for review and to celebrate Katy Evan’s upcoming release Playboy part of her Manwhore series, I decided to re-read one of my favorites, Ladies Man. Oh my gosh, I am just in love with Tahoe Roth today as I was in 2016. My love for that man will probably never go away, haha! I love Tahoe and Gina and their slow burning romance is EVERYTHING. Love, love, LOVE this book! 

My review of Ladies Man ⇠

About the Author: 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.

Connect with Katy Evans
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans
Twitter @authorkatyevans

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The Darkest Drae trilogy ended with Black Crown and I was really bummed it was finished! I loved all the books (Blood Oath, Shadow Wings and Black Crown) but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. That aside, this book and the rest of the trilogy is a great mixture of Mature YA, fantasy and romance!

My review of Black Crown

About the Authors: 
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.
Follow Kelly: Website / Twitter

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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And to finish off July with a bang, Playboy by Katy Evans! I love all of Katy’s books very, very much. However Real and Remy have always held the number one spot in my heart…until Playboy and Cullen came along! I love Remy so much but Cullen comes pretty dang close!! 

My review of Playboy ⇠

About the Author: 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.

Connect with Katy Evans
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans
Twitter @authorkatyevans

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That’s it for July! So many good releases this month and so many good reads! It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward for the second half of summer! I’ve also been reading a lot of books on my own too so I’m really excited for August! Thanks for reading! 

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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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Buy Black Crown #3 in the Darkest Drae series:
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My review of Blood Oath <—-

Buy Shadow Wings #2 in the Darkest Drae series:
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My review of Shadow Wings <—

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About the Authors:
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.
Follow Kelly: Website / Twitter

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 out of a love of lists. In January of 2018 we decided it was time to close our doors. Top Ten Tuesday now lives with Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.divider 3

For this Top Ten Tuesday I’m focusing on my top picks for the best books I’ve read so far this year! 

10. Escort by Skye Warren
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Blurb: There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I’m getting lucky. There shouldn’t be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L’Etoile, everything changes.

1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.

2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.

3) Except that . . . she’s a virgin.

I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can’t I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I’m an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction. But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who’s screwed.

My thoughts: This was my first Skye Warren book and I was truly blown away by how talented she is. I loved the story and Escort took a hold of my heart and ran away with it! Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Escort Today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2IBt3We
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/EscortSW
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2FS2JVZ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2FMlq1u
iBooks: https://apple.co/2EvXBKF
Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/2DiPkUS
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2GIKWkU

Check out my Review here <—

#9 Sinner by Sierra Simone
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Blurb: I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be.  I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in?  Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy.  Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.
Sinner.

My thoughts: Sierra Simone is one of the best writers in the romance genre book world period, so it’s no surprise that Sinner makes the list! A mix of enthralling, sexual energy with emotional ties Sinner is definitely one Sierra Simone’s best. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Sinner: 
Amazon: myBook.to/SeanTheSinner
iBooks: sierrasim.one/isinner
Kobo: sierrasim.one/kobosinner
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Goodreads: sierrasim.one/GRsinner
Check out my Review here <—

#8 Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
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Blurb: JORDAN: He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.

PIKE: I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father.  
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

My thoughts: Maybe it’s because there’s an age difference in my marriage but I am complete sucker for age gap romances. Especially forbidden ones too. The plot was super interesting with a touch of drama and of course lots and lots sexual tension. Douglas’ sense of humor is great too. Definitely one of my favorite age gap difference romances ever.  Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Birthday Girl: (Free on Kindle Unlimited)
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Amazon CA—> https://amzn.to/2JQedvr

Amazon UK—> https://amzn.to/2vkEQ8z
Amazon AUS—> https://amzn.to/2H5Hfty
Check out my Review here <—

#7 The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle 
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Blurb:  I never believed in fairy-tales. Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade. Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.

My thoughts: Besides the horrible cover, I really loved The Swedish Prince. I’ve been trying to expand my reading with authors and this was my first Karina Halle book! She’s funny and has a different sense of writing style than what I’m used to that I really liked. Her characters have this crazy, magnetic chemistry that made me fall head over heels for them! Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Read The Swedish Prince Today!
Free with Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2Gg4csH
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2ILuEJe
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2GRktCi
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/theswedishprice
Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2FU5oBC
Check out my Review here <—

#6 Blood Oath by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare
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Blurb: Everything I know is a lie.
I’m an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role…
Me? I’ll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can’t make anything grow. But starvation brews rebellion.
When the king strikes, I’m captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I’m embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I’m not only fighting for my life . . . but a love that could be the key to my freedom. What if the truth means you’re not who — or what — you thought you were?

My thoughts: I’ve been really getting back in YA/Mature YA and thanks to Kindle Unlimited I found Blood Oath and was just blown away! I love romance books so much, but there is nothing better than a good YA/Mature YA, fantasy, romance read! Definitely one of my favorite reads of the two and I loved the second book, Shadow Wings too! Check out the buy links below and links to both of my reviews! 

**Blood Oath & the entire Darkest Drae series is available on Kindle Unlimited**
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Check out my Review of Shadows Wings here <—

#5 A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas 
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Blurb: A companion tale to Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series that takes place several months after the explosive events of A Court of Wings and Ruin Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

My thoughts: There was A LOT of thoughts (both good and bad but mainly bad to be honest) on A Court Of Frost & Starlight but I really loved it. I thought it answered a lot of lingering questions from A Court Of Wings & Ruin, wrapped up things nicely for Rhys and Feyre and set things up for the future books. Also, it was a NOVELLA and just some of the reviews I read were just ridiculous to me, you are going put out that much negativity for a novella? Really? Craziness. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

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Check out my Review here <—

#4 Pestilence The Four Horsemen by Laura Thalassa
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Blurb: They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

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

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

My thoughts: Pestilence was another book I found on Kindle Unlimited and OH MY GOODNESS. Again, I was completely blown away! Apparently 2018 is the year of getting back into science fiction/fantasy books again because Pestilence was EVERYTHING. I seriously need the second book War RIGHT MEOW. In all seriousness though, if you love science fiction, fantasy, post apocalyptic books with romance mixed in, Pestilence is for you. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Pestilence (#1) The Four Horsemen series:
***Available on Kindle Unlimited***
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Check out my Review here <—

#3 Filthy Gods by R. ScarlettFilthy Gods
Blurb: Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them. And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

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

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

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it…and now he has all the power.

My thoughts: Filthy Gods is a novella and the prequel for the Filthy Gods series. This was my first R. Scarlett book and before I heard nothing but good things and dang, she did NOT disappoint. Scarlett is an amazing writer that completely transported me into the world of the Filthy Gods and I am honestly so hyped for the rest of the series! 

Purchase Today for .99 Cents! Free in Kindle Unlimited
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Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2L13DCs
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2k0wuuh
Add to your TBR – https://bit.ly/2GzvnfM

Check out my Review here <—

#2 The Fallen World series by Laura Thalassa
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Blurb: In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

My thoughts: Once I finished Pestilence by Laura Thalassa I needed more of her magical books so I borrowed The entire The Fallen World series through Kindle Unlimited. I was not prepared for how fast and hard I fell for these books. Serenity and Montes are one of the best couples I have ever read about and honestly I don’t think three books were enough to do them justice! Again if you love science fiction, fantasy, post apocalyptic books with romance mixed in, this book series is for you! I haven’t written an official review yet (I want to read them again!) but definitely check them out with the buy links below!

Buy The Queen Of All That Dies:
(The entire Fallen World Series is available on Kindle Unlimited) 
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#1 Mogul by Katy Evans 
mogulBlurb: He’s my most delicious secret. 
The hot Suit I had a one-night stand with one evening. 
I didn’t know anything about him, not even his name. 
Only that we shared a taxi, and he was staying at the hotel where I worked. 
We met in room 1103. Where he commanded not only my body but my soul. 
The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him. 
I could still taste his kisses, feel his demanding touch. 
I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I’d ever find him. 
Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again. 
He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.
Because he has a secret. One that’s a deal breaker for me. 
My Suit has a name.  Ian Ford. And this is our story.
*Mogul contains characters from Tycoon, but is written to be read as a standalone.*

My thoughts: It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that follows this blog that my #1 pick for the Top Ten Books of the year so far is Mogul by Katy Evans. Mogul was just so different from her other books and I really, really loved the change! It was still Katy but just different. Definitely one of my favorite standalones and a book you need to put on your TBR! 

Read today:
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**Review will be posted May 31st**

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Phew! What a list and it’s so strange to look back at all the books I’ve read and reviewed the past 6 months! I mean can you believe that in a few days it’ll be June?! Craziness!! I’m excited for the rest of the year and all the books that I’ll read! What are some of your top books of the year? Tell me and share your favorites! Xo!
katy

 

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Review: Shadow Wings (The Darkest Drae series #2) by Kelly St. Clare & Raye Wagner

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The Cover: I love this cover! The details in it are so eye catching and so beautiful that I honestly just want to keep staring at it.

Basics: Shadow Wings was released on February 8th 2018 and is 383 pages. Genre Wise Shadow Wings belongs to Mature Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance.

Description: I will never be controlled again. A manipulative dragon shifter. A sexy phaetyn prince. Me? I shouldn’t even exist.  

With peace established in Verald, I should be free; Lord Tyrrik is liberated from his blood oath, after all. But the freedom in Verald is an illusion. If I remain, destruction will surely follow.

As soon as I come into my powers, the blood-thirsty emperor of Draecon will know. Even now, he is hunting me.

When a Phaetyn prince arrives promising safety, the solution seems perfect. A little too perfect. But is the objective of our group security or something more? Because everyone is telling me what my goals should be.

Who do you trust when everyone has lied to you?
Should I listen with my head – or my heart?
I might not get a choice.
raye.pngOverall thoughts: Please do not continue reading unless you’ve read Blood Oath before continuing with this review, minor spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned!!

At the end of Blood Oath we left Ryn in a bit of a difficult situation. She was still dealing with the aftermath of being in the castle and dealing with Irrik’s betrayal and lies. It’s a bit of whirlwind when you find out that someone you deeply love not only lied and concealed themselves from you but was also the main reason your home and a lot of the people you lived were destroyed. Oh and she also found out she’s part dragon on top of everything so that’s a problem. 

I really admire Ryn’s tenacity in Shadow Wings because she is one heck of a woman. She’s been kidnapped, abused, tortured, lied to and betrayed, yet she is just determined to keep moving forward. She sets out with Dyter and Tyrrick on a mission for safety but finds something herself pulled back into the mess of her country instead. Not only does she have all that on her plate, she and Tyrrick still have a lot to talk about and it doesn’t look like he’s going to give up on her anytime soon. 

Shadow Wings expands on the amazing story that Blood Oath started and makes me crave even more books in the Darkest Drae series! I am so excited to see what happens next!  

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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5 shells

**Blood Oath & the entire Darkest Drae series is available on Kindle Unlimited**
Buy Blood Oath:
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My review of Blood Oath <—-

Buy Shadow Wings:
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About the Authors: 
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 AccordsThe 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.

Follow Kelly: Website / Twitter 

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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.

Follow Raye: Website / Twitterkaty

review

Review: Blood Oath by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare

blood oath.jpgThe Cover:  I love this cover! It’s very eye catching and beautiful; the fantasy details in are gorgeous and honestly it’s so beautiful I immediately want it on my bookshelf. A+

Basics: Blood Oath was released on November 9th 2017 and is 324 pages long. Genre wise Blood Oath belongs to Mature Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance.

Description: Everything I know is a lie.
I’m an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role…
Me? I’ll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can’t make anything grow. But starvation brews rebellion.
When the king strikes, I’m captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I’m embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I’m not only fighting for my life . . . but a love that could be the key to my freedom. What if the truth means you’re not who — or what — you thought you were?
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Overall thoughts: I found Blood Oath on Kindle Unlimited and I was drawn to it because I’ve been on a Fantasy and Young Adult kick lately. I read the synopsis and as soon as I saw dragons I immediately picked it as one of my top ten kindle unlimited books and was completely blown away! Blood Oath is well written, the plot draws you in and makes you want to continue reading from start to finish. 

Ryn is the heroine of Blood Oath and I adore her. She is funny, stubborn, determined, sassy combined with great sense of humor and she is an amazing character. She gets caught up in a quite mess and finds herself in a horrible situation but she keeps going anyway; which I think many would find inspiring myself included, because honestly with the way the world is right now, it’s nice to be able to read about a character who keeps rallying forward through terrible circumstances. 

Irrik is a very mysterious fellow who has this attractive, bad boy look going on with a ‘I’m not telling you anything’ kind of vibe. No spoilers but I found Irrik very interesting and super, SUPER frustrating by the end of the book but I love him all the same. He and Ryn have a very strange, dynamic and charging relationship that I enjoyed reading about. 

Overall Blood Oath kept me on my toes, curious and craving for more! I devoured this book within a day and immediately got the second book, Shadow Wings on my kindle right away! My review for the second book in The Darkest Drae series will be up soon! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
5 shellsBO3.pngMy Rating: 5/5 Shells
5 shells

**Blood Oath & the entire Darkest Drae series is available on Kindle Unlimited**
Buy Blood Oath:
Amazon Kindle
Paperback 
EPUB

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About the Authors: 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 AccordsThe 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.
Follow Kelly: Website / Twitter 

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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.

Follow Raye: Website / Twitter 

katy