Breaking Him

Breaking Him by RK Lilley

5 stars!

“Love is never satisfied with half-measures. It won’t take parts of you. It will own all of you, every single, longing piece. Love will make you its slave. It will ruin you. Grind you under its heel until you don’t recognize what’s left. Love will take your soul.”

 photo breaking him casting.png

This book fucking WRECKED ME. R.K. Lilley is pure magic! Not that I am surprised, the Tristan and Danika series is one of my all time favorites, but after The Wild Side books I had drawn away from Lilley for a bit. But after my girlie Jasmine from Reading Escapade told me she loved this and that it was super angsty, I had to read it! And I read it in 5 hours. Stayed up until 2:30 AM and everything. This is R. K. Lilley at her best!

Scarlett and Dante were childhood loves. Now they hate each others guts. With the benefit of an occasional hate fuck. But Dante comes in search of Scarlett with news of a family friend and Scarlett finds herself traveling back to her hometown and to Dante. That’s all I can really say without spoiling anything for you, it’s best if you go into this book knowing less.

 photo breaking him 2.png

Scarlett and Dante ruined each other, and it only got worse over the years. Both cannot find it within them to forgive the other, but neither one of them have gotten over each other either. The plot is a big mystery to the reader with little tidbits being revealed in the present, and through flashbacks interspersed throughout the book.

This book was so beyond angsty and I ate it all up! Lilley is the master of angst, so many points in the book where I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest and I loved every minute of it!

My favorite part?:

“Tell me you don’t miss this.”
“I don’t miss this.”
“Liar.”
“No. No. No. I’m not the liar. You know why I don’t miss this? Because it’s a lie….. It was always a lie.”

All I gotta say is RK Lilley better have that second book written or I am going to lose my shit!

The Hidden Library

The Hidden Library (Collector’s Society #2) by Heather Lyons

4.5 stars!

“Someone should write a book about how Alice Liddell from Wonderland falls in love with Huckleberry Finn. I might rather want to read that book.”

 photo hidden library.png

Heather Lyons has done it again in a unique and beautifully written story surrounding our beloved literary characters. The Hidden Library is the second book in the series The Collector’s Society and must be read after reading the first book. This book picks up after the events at the end of the first book, with Finn running The Society. He and Alice are working to get answers out of their prisoners who had been tormenting The Society in the previous book.

Alice and Finn are on the hunt for the elusive big bad who has been destroying timelines and ending countless lives, but the further they get, the more questions they have. Finn and Alice also face old demons, enemies and threats along the way, hindering their search greatly.

 photo hidden library 2.png

This book began a little bit slow for me, but that’s my fault because I waited so long to read this, I forgot some of the details. But it picked up very quickly before turning into an action packed novel with lots of plot twists and surprises. I love when the characters would venture into different timelines; I was enraptured by Finn’s hometown and riveted by the trip back into Wonderland. The author has such a vivid imagination, and reading this book was like stepping into real and new worlds.

I have to say I was kept guessing while reading this book, I never knew where it was going to go next. The plot is so beyond intricate with character dynamics, settings, and more, it’s a story that keeps you on your toes. I cannot wait to see what comes with the next book as this one was even better than the first.

My one teeny tiny little bit that wasn’t perfect: my heart bleeds for the White King. I still feel his connection for Alice is incredibly strong. I’m hoping he gets a love interest soon because I just feel so damn for the bad guy that I am ready to be on his team (or keep him for myself. I may do that instead). Otherwise, I loved this book!

“True love does not have limits or restrictions. True love allows a person to love deeply and unconditionally. True love does not ask you to let go of life. True love encourages you to live.”

The Offer

The Offer by Karina Halle

5 No regrets stars!

“People like to hold onto their ideas of what you are and who you are. They put you in a box and no matter how hard you try to show them what you’re really like, they can’t wrap their heads around it. They won’t. They only want you to be a certain way, the way they see you.”

 photo the offer collage.png

Talk about a book that sneaks up on you and pulls at your heartstrings! The Offer is a standalone follow up to the bookThe Pact and centers on Bram and Nicola. Nicola is Steph’s best friend and Bram is Linden’s brother. At Linden and Steph’s wedding, the two have a moment but it’s lost the minute Bram realizes Nicola has responsibilities.

Later Nicola falls on some hard times personally and financially. Looking to turn over a new leaf in life, Bram makes Nicola and offer she cannot refuse, a free place to live for her and her daughter in his apartment building. Despite this act of kindness, Nicola is still untrusting of Bram and his wild boy ways. But soon, Bram worms his way into her life, her daughter’s life, and both of their hearts.

 photo pagebreak.png

I’m not normally a fan of the single mother romance, normally there is too much cheese present in those kinds of plots. This wasn’t an issue with this book, with Karina Halle reminding me yet again why she is one of my favorite authors. Nicola was a strong mother who was full of pride, she never took handouts unless absolutely necessary to her daughter’s’ well being.

I loved Bram, and to be honest I didn’t think I would. Yes, he’s a cocky manwhore but he really did change for the better in this book. I cannot imagine how he felt to never be taken seriously when he was making the effort, not by friends and most hurtful of all, his family. Nicola seemed to be the only one who really saw the changes he was making, despite keeping herself at a distance for as long as she could.

“Sometimes I feel life is just one episode after another of trying to find another way. I wonder what happens when you discover there is no other way this time.”

So let’s just say Bram lives up to his hype…. in bed.

All of the Bram-ism’s were hysterical, most of all Ava’s little Bram song. Every time she sang it I was cracking up.

I loved the romance between these two unlikely characters, the slow build of their relationship, the trust and love that developed between them. No instalove, nothing cheesy, and just the right amount of angst. Everything I look for in my romance novels.

I cannot wait to read the next book The Play!

“Sometimes it’s the easiest, most simple things in life that bring you the most joy. The good, pure kind of joy that just makes you feel human and proud of it.”

The Fifteenth Minute

The Fifteenth Minute (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen

5 stars!

“The only time I feel like myself is when I am with you.”

 photo the fifteenth minute.png

First off, a HUGE thank you to Wendy who helped get me this arc. You ended my suffering!! Muah!

The fifth book in the Ivy Years series, this book can techincally be read as a standalone, but so many of the characters from the first four books appear that I highly recommend reading them in order. Plus they’re awesome so you should read them anyway.

The Fifteenth Minute is the story of Lianne and DJ. We met Lianne in the previous book, she is the Hollywood star roommate to Bella who spends most of her college life in class or shut in her dorm room playing video games. DJ is the well, DJ for the hockey team and brother of one of the players. The two have always had a mutual attraction between them, but Lianne is nowhere near brave enough to act on it.

After being together for many hockey team events, DJ finally asks out Lianne. But DJ has mistakes from his past coming back to haunt his future, and his days at Harkness are limited. Lianne is dealing with the agent from hell promoting her to due nude scenes and more uncomfortable things, but not supporting her endeavors to break out into new roles. Can these two break past their issues and come together?

 photo page break 2.png

I am so beyond thrilled that Lianne got her own book! The previous book she was so closed off from everyone around her, I’m glad she was able to make new friends and experience new things. DJ was the perfect guy for her, he was sweet without being cheesy, and he genuinely like Lianne for her as a person and not who she was on screen.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will say my heart went out to DJ in this book for the struggle he went through. It wasn’t an easy or fair situation that he was in but he handled it to the best of his abilities.

Lianne and DJ together were magic, low angst, no bullshit (at least in my opinion) and a huge helping of romance cheese free (my favorite!!). They supported each other the way couples should, they accepted the other for who they were and kept the drama to the minimum… what more could you want from an NA college romance?

Anyways, I adore Sarina Bowen and will read anything she writes. The Ivy Years series is one of the most addictive I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Dirty cover reveal

Untitled

Blurb
The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and
cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

 

About the Author:

Kylie Scott

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.
Stalk Kylie Scott: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Child Star Pt. 1

Child Star Part 1 by JJ McAvoy

4.5 stars!

“Even after all of these years, Amelia London was still my kryptonite, and she still didn’t know it.”

Well I am stumped. I’ve never read a book by JJ McAvoy and I am filled with regret and shame for not having done so.

Child Star Pt. 1 is the first in a 3 part novella series and as far as I know the whole series is written, so wait times for releases shouldn’t be too horrible. This book is the story of Amelia London and Noah Sloane, both grew up as child actors on the same show and when they hit their teens they were boyfriend and girlfriend.

Noah was Amelia’s first everything: first kiss, first time and first love, until he ruined it all by publicly cheating on her. Since then Amelia has become America’s sweetheart and Noah has become the famous bad boy. Both of their careers are not where they wanted them to be by their mid twenties, and when they are both offered roles in a new movie titled Sinners Like Us.

For Noah, the role is a shoe-in. He’s already proved himself as a Hollywood playboy, just getting out of rehab and screwing receptionists in hotel bathrooms. For Amelia, this role is a stretch. She’s the good girl and playing a vixen is a role she has yet to conquer. But the mutual hatred for each other fuels the actors into delivering an explosive performance, and old feelings come back to the surface.

“I’m so broken I don’t even know where to begin to piece myself together. So how do I look at you, let alone love you, when I can’t even love myself?”

I gotta say this one blew me away. I’m not normally a huge fan of the novella format but JJ McAvoy packed a lot into only 95 pages. I was hooked from the first page! Sneaking peeks in the bathroom at work, waiting in the checkout line in the grocery store, pretty much any spare minute I got. (At a friend’s birthday dinner too but let’s not go there).

I love second chance romances, the idea that feelings for another person can remain true over the years despite other life experiences getting in the way. I’m not normally a fan of men who have done wrong by the heroine in the past, but reading from Noah’s perspective and feeling what he felt convinced me that he is the perfect guy for Amelia, even if he himself is not so perfect.

I loved Amelia and how for her this movie was a chance to prove herself, to step outside of her comfort zone and to deliver an amazing performance. I felt like this journey for her was a growing experience and opened her eyes to what she is capable of. And as for her and Noah I think she’s the perfect girl to fight for what she wants and needs.

I will agree that the ending escalated quite fast, but I am willing to see where this goes. Oh, and that sex scene tho? How DAMN. That’s all I’ll say. I am dying to read the next book already!!!

“One day I was going to wake up, look at myself in the mirror and see a decent guy… just not today.”

Arc kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Nuts

Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton

4.15 bee sting stars
 photo nuts.png

Alice Clayton is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. So when I heard about this book and saw this cover, I knew I had to read it! Alice Clayton brings her unique sense of humor to the table in another one of her books and I was smiling like an idiot through the whole thing.

Roxie is a self-employed chef that caters to Los Angeles rich and elite. One night Roxie’s freestyle living mom calls with news that she has been selected to participate in the reality tv series The Amazing Race and asked Roxie to come home to the east coast to watch over her diner for the summer while she’s gone. Out of prospects, Roxie returns to her hometown with the intent of returning to Los Angeles to relaunch her career the second her mother gets back.

It’s at her mother’s diner where Roxie meets Leo, the nuts guy. And the two find themselves entangled (literally) quite often in a very small town. The attraction is immediate, and the two of them embark on a sexual journey almost right away. Roxie has always kept men at an arm’s length away, and her summer fling with Leo starts out as just a fling. But as the summer goes on, the term “summer lovin” takes on a much more relevant meaning, emphasis on the word “love”, and Roxie must choose between life in a small town with a hot farmer or being a chef in the big city.

 photo pagebreak.png

Before I say anything else, do not start this book hungry! Oh my gosh how I want to make black walnut cake and eat it. I’ve never even had it and I’m craving it after reading this book. I always figured Clayton had a love for food based on it being a small recurring theme in her books, but man this book was the written equivalent of watching the movie Chef (which you also cannot watch hungry). Basically this book made me really want to bake, like all the time.

Also true to Clayton trademarks, I was laughing throughout the entire book. I love this author’s sense of humor and she has a way of taking everyday situations and turning them into a realistic meet-cute. Lots and lots of food themed dirty jokes where present and it was hilarious reading all of the innuendos. I’m sure she had lots of fun thinking of different foods and how to make them sound sexual.

I really liked Roxie and Leo as a couple. Sure there was a lot of instalust starting off the book, normally I prefer more getting to know you bits before the couple launches into something, but it fit with the feel of the book. Leo and Roxie started out as a summer fling and most flings don’t involve a lot of background information. But as the book went on we got the character development I was longing for. Leo at first was just a hot guy, but became so much more as the book went along. Proof that you don’t need an alpha male to have a strong, attractive male lead. Roxie is a heroine the reader can empathize with because her motivations for her choices were understandable: after a lifetime of her mother losing it over every guy, Roxie chose a career over love. The career had stability and love was way more unpredictable.

So, if you need a laugh, a smile, or just something to brighten up your day this is the book for you. A sexy ride that I didn’t want to end it’s a book that I feel everyone could enjoy. Low angst for those of you allergic to it out there! I would personally have preferred a bit more angst but Clayton made up for it with feels.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review

Friends Without Benefits

Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid

4.5 Italian stars

“Nothing is more frustrating than being attracted to someone who is a complete jerk – except for maybe also caring about that person despite continued abuses. I was such an idiot.”

 photo friends without benefits.png

Penny Reid just gets better and better with every book I read by her! After finishing a book that didn’t work for me, I needed to dive into something I knew I would love, so I turned to my spirit animal Penny Reid. Yes you read that right, Penny Reid is my spirit animal. Go and find your own!

Friends Without Benefits is the story of Elizabeth and Nico. The two of them grew up together, and Nico was a bit of a bully to Elizabeth when they were younger. The loss of a mutual friend in high school leads to emotions Elizabeth didn’t expect so she bailed and never contacted Nico again. Now, ten years later, he and his mother walk into the hospital she works at to get Nico’s niece on a clinical trial that will help her.

The two have an attraction which Elizabeth fights. But will childhood love prevail? Or will Nico lose the girl he was meant to be with?

 photo fwb 2.png

It’s obvious I love Penny Reid and her books. Some I like more than others and this one fits that description. I love the idea that Nico was a lovestruck kid for most of their lives and knew from an early age who his soulmate was. Elizabeth is a tough nut to crack but once someone is in her heart, they are there forever.

Elizabeth is dealing with a bit of loneliness now that her best friend and roommate Janie has found the love of her life. Considering her options lovers wise she is thrown for a loop when Nico reappears. It was perfect timing that he came back into her life because she ended up focusing more on him and his family.

“I wasn’t a hypocrite — well, everyone is a hypocrite, but I was trying hard to be less of one.”

I loved Nico, I loved Elizabeth, Angelica, Rose and more. The angst was deliciously sweet and knitted carefully into the story <— see what I did there? 😛 If you are looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh and believe in the power of true love, this is the book for you.

“You can’t tell me that I don’t know you. I see you. I see you better than you see yourself. And everything about you is beautiful.”