Deep

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Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

4 stars!

These books are hands down my favorite rock star series! I’m so bummed it’s over.

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This last installment (cries) is the story of the Stage Dive bass player Ben and Mal’s sister-in-law Lizzy. Lizzy is a young college student who worked hard to get where she is at, along with her sister Anne’s help. When Anne and Mal began seeing each other, Lizzy met Ben and developed an immediate crush on him. Ben has been warned away from Lizzy by Mal, but this doesn’t stop Lizzy from pursuing Ben on her own. Obtaining his cell phone number, Lizzy and Ben strike up a friendly rapport, with sexual tension in the subtext, but Ben insists that they must remain friends. Over time, feelings develop and grow stronger until one night between them changes everything.

This book begins with Lizzy discovering she is pregnant, and shows us their story in flashbacks. Once Ben discovers he is about to be a father he completely freaks out, claiming that he never expected to have a family and that he was too ingrained in the rock and roll lifestyle to be a good father. Lizzy, having chased him around for months doesn’t expect much from Ben, but hopes that he can open himself up to her. Ben invites Lizzy on tour with him so she can be near while she’s pregnant, but it leads to uncomfortable situations for everyone.

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I love the Stage Dive series. Kylie Scott has done an amazing job as an author delivering to us original, unique stories with different plot lines in each installment. Lick was very serious and angsty, Play was funny and playful, Lead was about fighting your demons, and Deep is about accepting what comes to you and knowing you deserve to be loved.

I honestly love the books the most in the order in which they were released. First book is my favorite and so on, making Deep my least favorite of the series, but still a fantastic ending for these characters. I guess the reason I didn’t love it as much as the others was I had a difficult time with Ben and where he was coming from. There was so much frickin whiplash from him towards Lizzy and there were times I wanted to reach in the book, smack him and tell him to wake up and see the amazing woman he landed! Lizzy is what saved their romance for me because she saw Ben for who he was, and she never wanted to change him. She just wanted a spot in his life and to love him for him.

I loved that we got a taste of all of the couple in this one, like Jimmy and Lena and a glimpse at their future. Anne being the sister meant that we got a bit more Mal in this book (yay!!!), and a little bit of Eve and David too. There was a surprise plot bomb dropped in this book was Martha, and I’d really like to get some answers on that! Maybe a novella or a spin off book please? I also wished this book was longer than it was. But maybe I’m just selfish.

**Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review**

Fuel the Fire Blog Tour!

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Title: Fuel the Fire

Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Series: Calloway Sisters #3

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2015

 

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SUMMARY

Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices.

For the first time in his life.

 

Fuel the Fire – Excerpt #1 – Connor’s POV

A marble chess set rests on our bed between us. Charcoal and ivory kings, queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and pawns line each side in correct order, the pieces like battlements and soldiers in combat.

Playing with Rose always seems like warfare. We never bring out board games to pass time. We play with stakes, so the loss feels like a loss and the win feels like a win. We play to achieve something greater.

Tonight is no different. If our pieces are captured, we have to remove an article of clothing or tell a truth.

I plan to have her naked.

She plans to have me stripped bare in other ways.

 

AUTHOR BIOS

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

 

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

 

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Consequences

Consequences by Aleatha Romig

4 stars!

Consequences is one of those books that has been sitting on my kindle for years, and I always meant to read it but you know how it is. I see another book and I’m like:

Anyways after my girlie Jasmine told me about her love for it, and after meeting this lovely author 3 times, and now that I’m not as afraid of dark books anymore (that’s a lie I’m still scared), I decided to crack this one open. And you know what? I could not put this book back down! No kidding, I pretty much read straight through, sneaking peeks on my kindle app while at a theme park, reading in the passenger seat of a car, sneaking more peeks at the app while I was supposed to be visiting my grandmother (sorry grandma!). I honestly didn’t stop until I was done.

Let me give you some of the plot. Claire wakes up in a strange, luxurious bedroom with fuzzy memories as to how she got there. Once the fog clears, she realizes she was abducted and brought here, and the man who did so has already done horrible things. Claire has entered into a contract with Anthony Rawlings, in which he will clear her debt and in return she will do anything he wants.

I don’t want to give much away in terms of plot, this really is one of those books where the less you know the better. I will say at 45% in, this was me:

The rest of the time you couldn’t get the book out of my hands or get my undivided attention. I was enraptured by this story and these complicated characters.

My only complaint was from about 60-80% marks in the book, there seemed to be excessive descriptions of things, almost like a Kristen Ashley novel, you know with the clothing and furniture? But I am going to assume maybe all of that will become important later? It didn’t bug me that much, but it’s probably why I can’t give this book a 5 star rating.

Here are all of my reactions to the ending, pretty much in this order:

And then I just picture nice, sweet Aleatha Romig making this face when finishing the book:

Deep Pre-release Blitz!!

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Excerpt:

“Where have you been?” My sister rushed forward, catching me up in a tight hug. “I’ve been trying to call you all day. We checked everywhere and couldn’t find you.”

“Sorry. I just needed some alone time.” I squeezed her back, unable to stop from smiling. The thought of Anne turning her back on me had scared me more than I liked to admit.

“Well, I get you might want that.” She stepped back. “But you could have told someone.”

“You can’t just disappear like that.” And Ben kept right on frowning. “Shit, Liz, you’re pregnant.”

“Don’t upset her,” snapped Anne.

Ben ignored her. “I don’t know what the hell’s going on in your head. But you need to let me know where you are.”

My eyebrows went up and my mouth opened, ready to rip him a new one.

“She doesn’t answer to you. She’ll let you know if and when she decides to let you know,” said Mal, laying down the law to his bandmate before turning my way. “You will text your sister next time you decide to go wandering for a day, understood?”

My mouth, it still hung open.

“Christ, man.” Over and over, Ben’s hands rolled into tight fists before releasing again. “Can you cut the shit and get off my back for a fucking minute?”

“Don’t swear at him.” My usually sensible and staid sister poked a finger dead center in Ben’s broad chest. “You’re the one that caused this mess, thank you very much. She might still be a little young and naive, but you’re definitely old enough to know better.”

“That’s right.” Standing about as tall as a skyscraper, despite only coming up to Ben’s nose, Mal stared him down. Or up. Whatever. “This is a family matter. You can leave, thanks.”

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Blurb

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

 

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. 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. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

Stage Dive Series Reading Order

Lick (Book One)

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Play (Book Two)

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Lead (Book Three)

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Deep (Book Four)

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About the Author:

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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

 

Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.

 

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One Love

One Love (Gypsy Brothers #7) by Lili St. Germain

***Note: This is a review for the ENTIRE Gypsy Brothers series, minor spoilers ahead for those who have not read them yet and I will not be tagging them. So don’t read this review if you don’t want to be spoiled.***

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Wow, this series was quite the journey. There were moments like this:

And then moments like this:

But overall, this was me while reading all of the books:

When Julz was fifteen years old, she was betrayed by a man she thought was family and his sons. They raped her and almost killed her, and she only escaped with the help of a young cop who faked her death. Six years later, Julz decides it’s time for revenge, and heads out of the country for plastic surgery to look like a new girl.

She heads back to the Gypsy Sons compound where she auditions with the man who ruined her life, Dornan. Very quickly Dornan becomes obsessed with Julz, who he knows as Sammi, and Julz finds herself in too deep. Julz also faces another problem, Dornan’s younger son Jase, her childhood love is also in the compound, and his presence ignites old feelings once buried.

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I found this series to be thrilling, shocking and enthralling. There is nothing quite like a revenge tale, and I loved reading about Julz killing off a bunch of the men who raped her. She is such a strong and believable character, mostly because even though she constantly has doubts about what she’s doing, she follows through with getting it done. I would have liked a bit more backstory on her relationship with Eliott and Jase, a little more on the connection and history she shared with them would have made it easier to see why they fought so hard to help her and keep her alive, but St. Germain did a good job of making the reader believe the romance without a lot of backstory (or to clarify, as much as I would like).

Dornan was fucking crazy. Just when I thought he couldn’t get more demented, he brought out more of his inner psycho. Like stabbing a girl in the leg while giving her oral sex? Then all of the torture scenes in book 5? I seriously thought I was going to ralph when I read the parts about knives making sucking noises in chests. Ugh. But you know what? He made a fantastic villain was the guy you love to hate.

I don’t really have a strong opinion on Jase or Elliot, to me they were background for the plot, but I love that Julz got some version of a happy ending with one of them at the end of the journey.

Thank you to Lili St. Germain, you are the author that made me enjoy dark and twisted books. Until now I haven’t really cared for them, but now I’m willing to broaden my reading horizons.

Series rating a 4.28 stars after averaging the ratings from all 7 books

The Virgin

The Virgin (The Original Sinners: The White Years #3) by Tiffany Reisz

4.5 stars rounded up

This is the book we were all waiting for.

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This is the missing year, the one always mentioned but never described in detail. The book begins in a Scottish castle, the night before a wedding, and an obsession with kilts…

Tiffany Reisz is an author who knows how to suck her readers into a story. We start with the story of how Nora left Soren, but without the reason why. Heartbroken, she turns to her mother and the convent in which she resides, and the nuns take her in. There, she meets a young nun in training Kyrie, and the two form a friendship.

Meanwhile, Kingsley is in Haiti where he meets the bewitching Juliette and learns about her tragic life. The two embark on a love affair but there are too many obstacles to stay together.

I honestly preferred Nora’s parts more, not really the scenes between her and Kyrie, but the flashbacks with her and Soren. They were my favorite part of this book, the good memories and the bad ones. Their love for each other is beautiful, and both would go to great lengths to do what they think is best for the other.

The story of Nora and Kyrie’s romance was very sweet. There are F/F scenes in this book, which didn’t bother me, but if it’s not your thing these parts of the books may not be for you. Their romance was doomed from the start but it served a greater purpose: it showed Nora her calling.

“You’re not a real king. And I’m not a princess in a tower. He’s not a dragon. We’re real people and a sword’s not going to solve this problem.”

I’m in the minority in my next opinion; I didn’t care much for the Kingsley and Juliette story. Maybe because I am team Kingsley/Soren? I honestly did not see any real connection that bonded K & J other than desire for each other. I did love how their relationship made King a better man, but I could take or leave Juliette in any of the books.

It’s amazing to me how the journey of these characters through these 7 books has changed my perspective of them. In The Siren, I didn’t like Soren. Now, I can’t get enough of the guy and wish there was more of him in this book. We got Nora’s side to the year apart, and now I really wish we could get Soren’s point of view. I want to know his thoughts and why he did what he did.

Overall I adored this book. Was so glad to finally get some answers to questions we’ve all been asking since book 1. Cannot wait for the final one!

Thanks to Jasmine and Allison for the wonderful buddy read!!

***ARC courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Seven Sons

Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers #1) by Lili St. Germain

4 Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ stars!

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So, I’m not normally a big fan of dark romance. To be honest, I’m a giant chicken and it scares the shit out of me the majority of the time. But today I stood in line for twenty minutes to meet this author and listened to so many people gush about how amazing this series was. Having seen it floating around Goodreads peeps as well, I decided to give it a shot. And I am so glad I did! (PS: Sorry to Jasmine and Allison for cheating on the buddy read! Couldn’t help it this was awesome!)

At a very young ago, Julz endured a form of torture that would break most people, and it almost broke her beyond repair. Six years later she is looking for revenge, against the man who wronged her and all of his sons who helped in. Changing her appearance and her identity, she infiltrates the compound where they live. But pretty soon, Julz realizes she may be over her head, but it’s too late to turn back now.

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As I said before, dark is not my usual genre but I could not put this book down! I was hooked from the first page. For a 100+ page book, there was some great character development involved that is normally missing from shorter books. Many horrifying things occurred in this book so if you are easily offended this is not the book for you. I was surprised to find it didn’t bother me so much because I was reading along thinking to myself “Get your revenge Julz!!” like a total nerd.

The only thing I had a teeny tiny issue with was how quickly Dornan became obsessed with “Sammi”. It seemed to happen really quickly, but since he’s fuckin crazy it also makes sense.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series and kind of want a redo on meeting Lili St. Germain so I can fangirl properly this time.

Soaring

Soaring (Magdalene #2) by Kristen Ashley

4.25 Soaring stars! 
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Heiress Amelia Hathaway has recently moved to Maine after following her ex husband, her children, and their new stepmom there. You see, Amelia’s husband left her after almost twenty years of happy marriage for the woman he was cheating on her with. And Amelia? Well, she:
LOST
HER
SHIT.

But wouldn’t you? After all those years of happiness thrown away by a woman 15 years younger than you? Well unfortunately, Amelia lost her shit and dragged her kids into it, which then turned them against her. Now, Amelia is working on getting herself back together, and getting her kids back.

Mickey is Amelia’s new neighbor. He’s a volunteer fireman and works in construction. Divorced with 2 kids (like Amelia), he’s for lack of a better word, hot. And its because of this that Amelia wants Mickey to learn nothing of her past horrible behavior and does her best to stay away from him. But we all know this book wouldn’t be 600+ pages if that were the case.

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I really, really enjoyed this book. Kristen Ashley is one of those authors where 9 times out of 10 I end up loving or enjoying her book, even if there are way too many descriptions of furniture and clothing (yes it’s in this one too, deal with it the book is great).

There wasn’t a lot of romantically based angst, but there was a bit when Amelia was trying to win her kids back and I just felt so damn bad for the woman. She was in the wrong, and yes she behaved badly, but damn she got shut out cold for her bad behavior. I wanted to smack her kids at a few points! Amelia and her journey of finding herself is really what made this book as good as it is.

Mickey, while he is good, he’s not the most memorable of the Kristen Ashley alpha males. He fits the mold of the KA hero but wasn’t very distinct on his own. I did love his kids, and the story line with his daughter and her struggles at school really pulled on my heartstrings. Plus I now need to find a way to watch this movie Dogfight and see what all of the fuss is about.

Is this the best Kristen Ashley book? No. But honestly, it’s still pretty damn good so if you’re hesitating to read this one, stop right now and pick up this book! But read The Will first. Not that you need to, I’m just a stickler for reading series in order 😉

Neanderthal Seeks Human

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid

3.75 really cute stars!!!

“She said I owned the clothes of a radiologist and the shoes of an OBGYN; which is like the medical doctor equivalent of saying that I dressed like a librarian with a propensity of fuckmeboots.”

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This is my second Penny Reid book and it was a lot of fun! I had originally only read The Hooker and the Hermit, and now it’s very clear to me who wrote what in that book now that I’ve read books by both authors.

Neanderthal Seeks Human is about Janie who just broke up with her boyfriend, spilled coffee on herself, broke her shoes and got fired from her job. She is escorted out of her office building by a security guard also know to her (privately) as McHotPants. Janie is a bit socially awkward, she has a tendency to spew out random facts at the drop of a hat. But Janie is really smart, and a bit aloof as to how pretty she is. A series of chance meetings with McHotPants aka Quinn, lands Janie a new job. And that’s all I will say for now…

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I really liked Quinn as a hero. He wasn’t the most decisive guy, but he seemed to really like Janie for who she was and was genuinely interested in all of her random factoids. It also took him forever to show Janie he liked her, but to be fair, she was oblivious to many things throughout the book. And I liked that about Janie, because quite honestly, it made her relatable (to me, because I am super oblivious quite a bit of the time as well).

“I decided, as I succumbed to sleep, that men should come with manuals, subtitles, and reset buttons.”

This book had fairly low angst and no over the top drama, which many of you enjoy. The one thing it really needed though was a little bit more steam and a little less fade to black.

At times I found myself laughing out loud in places I shouldn’t have. There is a very funny knitting group meeting near the end that I could not stop laughing at and had to set my kindle down before I dropped it. I also spent a lot of time reading this when I should have been doing grad work, so it’s highly addictive too.

Give it a chance! It’s a great read for when you don’t know what to read next 🙂

Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

4 stars!

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I’m actually kind of bewildered that this book isn’t more popular. It’s a new adult gem!

Last Will and Testament is about college student Lizzie who just found out that her parents both died in a tragic accident leaving her as the guardian over her two little brothers. Lizzie moves her brothers up to college with her, but finds she is falling behind in her classes and asks her history TA to help tutor her. Thus, romance! Just kidding, but the two fall into a friendship and very soon feelings spark up.

I really liked the banter between Lizzie and Connor. He was the perfect “nerdy” good guy that Lizzie needed and Lizzie seemed to be Connor’s dream girl and self confidence booster. There was a little bit of whiplash on his end from not being able to make up his mind about dating Lizzie, but when he made up his mind, he stuck to his guns.

The best part of this book was watching Lizzie get her shit together, stepping up and becoming an adult for her younger brothers, despite being only eighteen. Not many people would have done this and Lizzie gets mad respect for stepping up to the plate and committing to taking care of her brothers.

My problems with this book include Lizzie’s lack of grief. I mean, maybe we didn’t really see her process it enough, but at times I felt it was glossed over. There were also a few moments like this (I exaggerate in the pic) but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book:

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Plus, the two brothers weren’t developed very well at all. There’s so much more to that part of the story that wasn’t included. And the ending wrapped up a bit too fast and nice to be realistic but oh well, it is fiction after all.

Overall a very fun new adult book that many will enjoy.

Losers Weepers

Losers Weepers (Lost and Found #4) by Nicole Williams

4.5 Black stars!

I friggin love this series! If you haven’t picked it up yet, please do so now!!!
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Losers Weepers is the follow up book to Finders Keepers, in which Garth and Josie have really begun to make a good life for themselves. Garth is making good money on the bull riding competition circuit, he and Josie have bought a house together, and their relationship is progressing to the next step. Things are absolutely perfect, until a tragic accident has everyone crashing to the ground.

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Garth gets slapped in the face with a life changing predicament, and it makes him reassess his own value. His past demons come back to haunt him and his self confidence has taken a huge blow. Garth has never felt like he was good enough to be with Josie, and he finds himself pushing her away again, telling himself it’s the best decision for her. But Josie isn’t one to back down, and she’s going to put up a fight, even if Garth won’t.

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Nicole Williams definitely brought all of the feels in this book, and pretty darn early on. I liked the element she added of how people need to learn to make the hard choices and not give in to the easy ones. Garth had fought so hard for so long that when he was presented with a tragedy, he fell back into his old ways and started making the easy choices. I loved Josie’s determination and love for her man, she’s a strong woman and deserves a gigantic trophy labeled BEST GIRLFRIEND EVER.

It also amazes me that Nicole Williams writes fairly clean romance and I still love it! She’s an amazing writer with tugging at the reader’s emotions and this series is outstanding work on her part. I can’t wait until the 5th book!

I Was Here

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

4.5 stars

Suicide is a very popular topic in the young adult genre, and normally a topic I stay away from. But when I saw this book with the pretty cover I couldn’t resist.

Cody is astonished when she discovers her friend Meg has committed suicide. Meg’s parents ask Cody to go to Meg’s school and pack up her thing, which is where Cody discovers Meg held a very different life than the one she told Cody. Due to a weird phrasing in Meg’s suicide note, Cody investigates the circumstances of Meg’s death and discovers she was involved in a chat room where the participants support other users in taking their own lives. Cody becomes obsessed with one user in particular, and thinks they may hold the answers to her friend’s death.

I think the thing I loved most about this book was how it is set in the first year after high school. There are so few books like this out there, I can really only name one or two others, and they don’t address the issues that come after graduation. For many teenagers, just getting into college is the endgame and they don’t consider what’s next. Life doesn’t always turn out how we expect, and I felt that was a small theme of this book. But the important thing is to embrace the change and either accept our path or change it ourselves. I liked the fact that Forman’s main character attended community college, because many teens choose to do this over a four year university. Cody was an intelligent young woman, but if everyone who was intelligent was able to go to college we would all be living in a different world.

I’m going to get a little bit personal here, but I want to put it out there. My first year of college was tough, really tough for me. I went to a school 7 hours away from home and only one other kid from my high school went there and he dropped out. I had an easy start making friends, but I soon learned that not everyone is as nice or actually cares about you as much as you think they do. I remember feeling so alone that first year, and it really didn’t get better for me until my freshman year was almost over. My friends from home had their own things they were dealing with at home or at their own colleges and it became hard to stay connected with them. So, in a small way I can relate to Meg, in that I felt incredibly lonely in a place where I was surrounded by people all the time. I’m very different from Meg in that I never, NEVER contemplated suicide. But my experience reminds me that it’s easy for young college students to become vulnerable in a new place with people they don’t feel connected to. And that’s where the predators can strike.

Basically, I really connected with this book and loved it. I realize this book might not be for everyone, but as I always say about books, you never know until you try.

Some people who reach out for help sometimes reach to the wrong person or place, and it’s important to remember that suicide is not the answer. It gets better, it did for me, it will for you. No matter how you feel, there are people who care about you, whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not.

And if you do know someone, or loved someone who took their own lives, it’s not your fault.

The Return

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Apollyon stars!

“You’re just…you’re just Seth.”
“And you…you’re just my salvation.”

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***First off, I just want to note that you must finish reading The Covenant series before reading this book. The Return is a new adult spinoff of the young adult series, the first book titled Half Blood and it’s a serious I rated 5 stars across the board so I highly recommend reading it.

The Return is about Seth, the Apollyon who aided in several unforgivable crimes a few years before. In order to atone for all of his actions, Seth agrees to be the bidding boy of the Greek Gods. This changes when Apollo tasks Seth with protecting someone at all costs.

Josie is a college student who is worried about her next test and her unwell mother back home. Upon meeting Seth she is whisked into a new world, one containing Greek gods, demigods, sentinels, titans, furies, daimons and more. After shit hits the fan at her college, Seth must escort Josie to a safe location but they face many obstacles along the way.

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I love that Seth got his own book. There were so many times when reading The Covenant series that I wished we as the readers knew his motivations or his side of things, so I was very grateful to get his perspective in this book. Seth’s main focus is toatone for all of the horrible things he’s done in the past, and the horrible tragedies that his actions ultimately led to. There is an undeniable attraction between Seth and Josie, but Seth cannot believe he would deserve a girl like her, and believes he would not be the man she deserved. Based on all of his baggage, I can see where he is coming from with that.

I really liked Josie as a new character, she had a lot of spunk but wasn’t at all reckless. Her goal was to survive to live another day. I look forward to seeing her development in the next book. I feel like we just scratched the surface with her.

I loved the character cameos we got to see in this book, mostly Apollo, Luke and Deacon. Deacon always seems to put a smile on my face and I hope he’s around a lot more. I would have liked more cameos but hopefully they will come later.

Overall, I really liked this book, but because of some unresolved plot points at the end I can’t say I loved it.

Oh and I’m not normally mean about this, but who the f*** chose this cover?? It is AWFUL! That guy looks like he’s high and he looks nothing like Seth. If you’ve seen the original cover (in my updates below) you can see what I mean, and I strongly wish they had stuck with the old cover. It was much better.

Ravishing the Heiress

Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas

4.5 stars
HELL HAS FROZEN OVER

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I found a historical romance book that I LOVED!!! And it’s allDidi’s fault because of this spectacular review she wrote.

I have a long history of loathing with historical romance. As a history major in college I get nitpicky about the details and often end up screaming things at the book such as “why are you not pregnant yet?!” or “why are you talking like a millennial!”. <—Neither of these two things were an issue with this book.

Ravishing the Heiress (with a title that has nothing to do with the book) is about a young girl named Millie who meets her intended fiance and falls in love with him on sight. The problem is Fitz is in love with another girl but he must marry Millie for money. Cue eight years of Fitz’s anguish over losing the love of his life, and eight years of Millie anguishing over a husband who could never love her back. Through these eight years the two become best friends and have an unconventional marriage in which they aren’t together initmately but only put on a show for propiety. Fitz also remains unaware of Millie’s feelings for him.

This was the perfect angsty read to get me out of my reading funk, and it definitely made me rethink my historical romance ban. As long as it’s angsty and historically accurate. For those who are maybe interested in reading this, it reminded me quite a bit of Natasha Anders’ The Unwanted Wife, which I also loved.