Bad Mommy

Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

3.5 stars!

“How can you love someone who, in their essence, was a miserable, destructive wretch? We love ourselves, don’t we? We’re obsessed with ourselves, in fact. No? What you hate you also value.”

This is the second book I’ve read by Tarryn Fisher (if I don’t include Never Never) and it was quite the thought provoking read!

Bad Mommy is the story of Fig, a woman who believes that the soul of her miscarried child is in the body of the daughter of Jolene. Fig begins to fixate on Jolene and her family, even moving next door. At first it’s the daughter she wants, but as time goes by Fig turns her attention to Jolene’s husband Darius as well.

I think this was a very compelling read, one of those books where I read it straight through and was sneaking it in real life situations where you aren’t supposed to read. A part of me was wondering if there were people out there in the world that were really this fucked up, but I also believed it. All three main characters were an enigma, and it was hard to pin them down because their perspective and what they thought of each other were obviously unreliable sources.

Anyways, I really did like this book. Is it my normal go to kind of read? No. But I am still glad I read it. I know Fisher’s style is unique, and I went in not expecting rainbows and happiness. But at the end of the day I want finality with the books I read, I want closure. I want my questions to be answered instead of left open. And ultimately I didn’t get that from this book. But you know what? That’s on me. I’m sure there are so many people who will love this book and if you are curious about it, give it a shot! You may love it.

“She toyed with his loyalty to me by siding with him and painting me as the big, bad wolf. I was starting to wonder who was in control of our lives at this point. It most certainly didn’t feel like us.”

Steelheart

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

4 stars!

Steelheart is about a boy named David who watched his father murdered by the Epic named Steelheart. Epics are advanced beings that came to earth and took over, like super villains instead of superheroes. Now ten years later Steelheart rules Newcago and the city remains in a constant state of darkness. David has thought of nothing but revenge for the last decade and needs the help of a group named the Reckoners to carry out his plan.

David is tentatively accepted by the Reckoners, but he must convince them that he is useful to their group.

“Sometimes, son,” my father said, prying my fingers free, “you have to help the heroes along.”

I really enjoyed this book, the prologue was just phenomenal and mind blowing. Reading that I knew this would be a good book. To me this book had a very Watchmen feel to it, but instead of the Epics being the center storyline it’s the humans fighting super villains. I definitely want to know more about how the Epics came to be and see more shades of gray in that area.

The only reason I didn’t love this book and simply really enjoyed it, was there were some information overload moments that went a bot beyond my comprehension. I know it all had meaning to the plot and I was definitely wowed by the end with how some things came together. But those parts I kind of set down the book and walked away for a bit.

Anyways, the end of this book just left me wanting more, so I am off to start the next one!!! Yay!

“I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us. There are no good Epics. None of them protect us. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Tru Smoke

Tru Smoke by Edie Danford

4 stars!

I needed a good M/M rec so I went to two of my GR friends, J and Mirjana who are the queens of M/M as far as I am concerned. J recommended this gem and it was wonderful!

Tru Smoke is the story of a billionaire ranch owner Tru and his younger employee Jones. The two have been friends for years, but Tru doesn’t want to take advantage of Jones. After an amazing hookup gone wrong, Jones doesn’t return home for 3 years until a wedding brings him back. Tru regrets how things went but still cannot make any promises. Jones now knows better than expect more. But both feel the attraction and it grows stronger every day.

This was a semi angsty read (which I loved) and I devoured it, stayed up until 2 am to finish it. I’m not normally a fan of the older man/younger man trope but it really worked with this couple, they had been friends so long there wasn’t a creepy factor and they knew just what the other person wanted or needed. This is a book I am super surprised is not more popular, I think it really has a good place in the genre of MM romance and I hope more people check out this book. BONUS, it’s on kindle unlimited for all of you KU users!!!! Woohoo!

Best Books of 2016

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Best books of 2016!

Here’s my list of my 15 favorite books that I read in 2016! Not all of these were published this year, but it’s the year I read them and I won’t overlook greatness for something as silly as a publication date. Without further ado:

Wolfsong by TJ Klune!!!!

If you would have told me that my all time favorite book of 2016 would be a gay shifter romance, I would have thought you were on crack. But Wolfsong touches your heart and just brings out every feel you have, and then finds more and brings them out too. Beautiful writing, a breathtaking story and a stunning romance, this is one I won’t ever forget. Plus the main character Ox is up there with the likes of Elizabeth Bennett, he’s one of my all time favorite characters.

Beard Science by Penny Reid

I’ve yet to find a Penny Reid book I haven’t liked, this woman is like nerd girl magic! Beard Science is my favorite Winston Brothers book (so far, I have a feeling Billy will be everything) and Cletus. Oh Cletus, I want to find a shrink ray, use it on him and make him the tiny devil on my shoulder. That man, sigh. There are no words. Instead, read the damn book already, will ya?

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

I have to say Paper Princess was a book that slapped me in the face with it’s amazingness. I feel like it came out of nowhere but now that it’s here, everyone has become obsessed with The Royals (myself included). The best YA/NA series I’ve read since Fallen Crest by Tijan, there is no doubt in my mind these Royals will ruin you. I also equally loved the second book Broken Prince, and enjoyed the third. I want more from this author duo!

Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

Quite simply, the ANGSTIEST book of 2016 and I loved every bit of it! I learned to never doubt the dirty girl book friend who recommended this to me, and I discovered an amazing new author. Military family, regret and angst? Not for the faint of heart and it gets worse before it gets better. But in the end you get a beautiful story. The second book Change of Heart, a standalone was equally as amazing as this one.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I took a chance on a new author with this one and I am so glad I did! Bryn Greenwood is an evil genius and leaves the reader with so much to ponder. This is the kind of book that makes you reflect on yourself and how your perception of others can affect their life. It also portrays that just because something seems a certain way, doesn’t mean it is. Bravo Greenwood! I cannot wait to read more from you in the future.

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

An MM romance between a graduate student and a quiet man who lives in a cabin in his new town. Both have issues when it comes to love that they must overcome, but this book was the journey to both of them healing one another. Roan Parrish became a favorite author and a go-to author with this book, I love her writing style and her complex and realistic characters. The second book Out of Nowhere is a fantastic read as well.

Painted Faces

An unconventional romance between a straight drag queen and a curvy Irish girl. This is one of those books I was so skeptical about going into it and came out the other end of the book in awe. My favorite Cosway book to date, she did an amazing job with these two characters. It’s a very special novel.

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Veiled

It happened. THIS BOOK HAPPENED!!! This is a spin off of the Experiment in Terror series BUT it can be read as a standalone novel!!! Veiled is about a young girl named Ada who slowly discovers demons and other beings around her. Add in a sexy ginger guide as the romantic interest and I was thrilled! Everything I had hoped it would be. But like I said you can read and enjoy it as a standalone.

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Lingus

Romance with a porn star, sounds raunchy? It’s not! Sweet wonderful slow burn romance between two people who genuinely care for each other. I loved every second of this novel!! Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn romances!

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Swear on this Life

This is one of those books that hits you with emotion like a friggin mac truck. A journey of self healing and discovery, this also has an unforgettable love story. I ended up bursting into tears on an airplane while reading this book, and I don’t cry in public EVER.

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Black Swan Affair

An angsty love story that centers on a love triangle between two brothers and the woman they both love. I know what you’re thinking, that you hate love triangles. Trust me, let that part go and enjoy the ride. I was blown away by this book and so so happy when I got to the end! Nothing is what you think it is, remember that.

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The Bourbon Thief

A beautiful love story in the 70’s between a young rich girl in the South and the stable hand who is forbidden from her. A family full of secrets, this romance is almost haunting and beautiful at the same time. Proof that Tiffany Reisz can write an amazing book not centered on BDSM or sex.

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Wicked Heart

A second chance romance between a movie star and a stage director. Liam broke Elissa’s heart years ago and she never fully recovered. Now years later they are working on the same stage production and old feelings come back. But Liam is engaged to his costar and Elissa knows falling for him again would be a tragedy. I loved the Bad Romeo books and this is my favorite of the bunch. Is a standalone read with only connected characters.

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The Mind

Kate Stewart is possibly the most underrated indie author out there, this woman writes pure romantic genius!! The Heart is probably one of the few novellas I have ever loved, and I fell in love with Grant and Rose immediately. This is a prequel to The Heart and may not have an HEA in this book, but does in the next one (I promise). I sobbed big ugly tears when reading this and kind of wanted to kill Kate (I didn’t, obviously) but this is proof of how amazing Kate is.

Wait For It

Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

4 stars!

“You can’t always wait for someone else to do the right thing when you can do it yourself.”

Mariana Zapata is the queen of the slow burn!

Wait For It is the story of Diana, a young aunt who is raising her two nephews after the death of her brother and his wife. Moving into a new neighborhood, Diana meets her neighbor when she rescues his brother from being beaten up. From this point, their lives mix between family and friends and little league games.

Dallas is a grumpy guy across the street, and while he warms up to her nephews, he doesn’t seem to like Diana very much. Over time the two reach a friendly agreement, and then become friends. But Dallas is married, pursuing a divorce, and Diana may want more, but she won’t go after it.

“Only thing cover model about Dallas was his resting bitch face that was too aggressive to be on the cover of anything other than a survival guide magazine.”

The moment I saw this puppy was live early, I one-clicked it so fast! I love this author, her slow burn romances are exactly what I needed in a world of instalove and women accidentally falling on men on page 2. I loved how much this book was about daily family life and Diana raising the kids more then it was about romance.

The slow burn, it’s more glacial than slow in this book but I honestly didn’t mind. But for those who you who want stuff to happen, we don’t even really get to know the hero until after 39% into the book. BUT like I said, I really enjoyed the daily life of Diana with the boys. I’m not a parent but I was laughing so hard at moments like Diana’s dread at hosting a sleepover and stress eating pop tarts. This book actually made me crave pop tarts and I don’t even eat them!

Dallas was a great hero, he was supportive and understanding and once he got to know Diana and her intentions he was good to her and her boys. This book made me like the strong and silent type.

“Because no one else was as kind or selfless, as giving or as patient, as loving in all the little and the big ways, as he was. I’d never really known what I wanted most of my life, but this—him—was it.”

Marking Time

Marking Time by April White

4 stars!

“I loved history, any kind of history, and even better if it was hidden, secret, or underground.”

You know you enjoyed a book when you made an entire pinterest board inspired by it. And I don’t even use pinterest very often, so there.

Marking Time is a book my friend Wendy told me to read AGES ago and I always meant to. Then my friend Cyndi told me to read it. Then I met April herself (who is lovely). Then Penny Reid also recommended it. And yet I waited:

SO I FINALLY READ IT!!!! Thanks for the recs ladies!!! And it was wonderful!

Marking Time is about a teenage girl named Saira who discovers she has the ability to travel through time when she time travels to London in the time of Jack the Ripper. Thus begins a race to find her mother and save her before it’s too late. Along the way Saira meets the enchanting Archer, a student, who explains the Immortal families to her and Saira discovers some shocking truths about who she really is.

“Then my rescuer turned to look at me and I felt his eyes reach right down into my guts and tangle them up in knots. With that look I knew I’d jumped straight from the kettle into the fire.”

My undergraduate degree is in general history and something that bugs me a lot of the time in books with historical aspects is when facts are not correct (even though I don’t really use that degree anymore). So I was blown away by the amount of research White must have done for this book because there was not one single moment where I thought to myself “this would have never happened”. NOT ONCE. I mean, it is a fantasy book so of course not everything is realistic. But on the historical details she nailed it.

I really enjoyed this book, it was so refreshing to read something unique and original. It’s not quite a YA book despite being a young adult, and it’s not quite a romance novel despite there being a sweet romantic storyline that made me smile. What you get is an action packed adventure story that you won’t ever forget. I also love the potential this series has and cannot wait to pick up the other books and read them.

I think taking forever to read this book worked out in my favor a bit as the fifth book releases soon so I can read them all at once. It’s another reason YOU should pick up this book. AND this book is FREE on amazon. So what are you waiting for?

“’Perhaps your friendship with your mother is just shifting to something more… adult.’ That felt like a huge responsibility. If I forgave my mother for hiding the truth from me, then I had to totally own my part in our relationship. I couldn’t play the little girl anymore. I couldn’t hide behind her authority and rules and then get mad when they didn’t fit. I’d have to make my own choices and take charge of my own well-being. It’s one thing to say ‘I’m old enough to make my own rules’ and it’s a totally different thing to make the right ones. And live by them.”

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Title: HIT THE SPOT

Author: J. Daniels

Series: Dirty Deeds, #2

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Is this love or just a game?

 

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

 

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him—hell, most women do—but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

 

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?

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Tori slapped the counter and gained everyone’s attention when she started yelling, “I did not run you over, Jamie! Jesus Christ! Quit spreading lies about me!”

“It ain’t lies if it’s true!” I yelled back, glaring at her.

A laugh bubbled in her throat. She tilted her head and stuck her hand on her hip. “Please. I’m sure you’re still able to bang everything with a pulse, as usual, which means you’re fine. Get over it, and grow some balls. I cried less when I watched Bambi the first time.”

“Who’s hungry?” Syd asked nonchalantly, moving behind her friend to round the island and stand near the stove.

I ignored her question because, what the fuck? Grow some balls?

“I gotta pair, babe,” I told Legs, reaching down and palming my shit. “You should know since you’ve been all up on ’em the past nine months.”

She rolled her eyes. “You’re disgusting.”

I felt my mouth twitch.

And that was when, for some fucked up reason, I reverted back to my old ways with Tori Rivera, forgetting all about how much I fucking hated her and instead going full-on, hell-bent determined to get an admission out of that smart-ass mouth.

“You want it,” I countered, tipping my chin up.

She wasn’t expecting that. No more than I was. It threw her off.

Her shoulders pulled back and her lips parted.

Then, maybe to cover her tell, or maybe she didn’t have control over what was flying out of her mouth either, I didn’t know, but she brought her other hand to her hip, glared at me with heat flashing in her eyes, tipped forward, and shot back with attitude, “You want it.”

Well shit. This was new. Legs was challenging me and she was doing it flirting. There was no doubt in my mind.

“Sorry, babe,” I said, keeping the smirk and letting go of my junk. “Not interested. I told you yesterday, I’m done waitin’ around. But you?” I pointed my beer at her. “You’ll be beggin’ for it before the month is up. Just watch.”

“Fat chance,” she snapped. “I wouldn’t sleep with you if my life depended on it.”

“Wanna bet?”

“Bet what?”

“What’s going on right now?” Syd called out, but I wasn’t pausing to answer her.

I smiled at Tori, then gestured between us, explaining, “First one to break and come crawling to the other person for sex, loses.”

“Are you serious?” She laughed, not in amusement but in disbelief.

“Yeah, I’m serious,” I answered.

“You want to bet me that I’ll want to have sex with you before you try and have sex with me?” she questioned, moving her finger between us. “You, the guy who has been hitting on me for nine straight months and has been rejected for nine straight months? You seriously think I’ll not only want to have sex with you, but I’ll beg you for it? Is that what I just heard?”

I nodded slowly. I had this in the bag. “A rule. No fuckin’ anyone unless it’s each other.”

Her eyes bugged.

“And no masturbating either,” I added, raising my beer and using it to gesture. “Since we both know when you do it you’re thinkin’ about me, and if you’re that fuckin’ horny you need to rub one out or you’ll fuckin’ explode, you can come to me, Legs, beg, and I’ll put that fire out for you.”

 

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The Bird and the Sword

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

4.5 stars!

“Swallow Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ’til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ’til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.”

Amy Harmon just has this way with words, she infuses beauty into them. She takes words and gives them substance, she makes them pretty.

The Bird and the Sword is a high fantasy novel following a young woman named Lark. When she was a child her mother died to protect her, taking the fall for an ability Lark has so that Lark would not be killed. Now grown, Lark has not spoken since the day her mother died and she is heavily protected by her father. When King Tiras comes and takes Lark as collateral, Lark is swept away to a new place, one where she learns more than she ever could before.

Words are her power, and the knowledge of words was kept from her until now. And Tiras becomes aware of Lark’s power and needs it to help save everyone’s lives. But can Lark save Tiras from his own curse?

“You glow, Lark.” His hand climbed back up again and swept over my unbound hair. I swallowed, suddenly close to tears. Then why does no one see me? “I see you,” he said.”

I loved this book. Plain and simple. Harmon’s work can be a hit or a miss for me, before this book it was about a 50/50 split on the 4 books I had already read. I am a huge fantasy fan so despite my reservations I was intrigued. On top of that so many people have recommended this book and I basically waved them off, putting it off even longer.

As of late I have have trouble finding a romance novel that is worth my time, that doesn’t sound like everything else out there. THIS is that book, the one that is so uniquely special it blows all other books out of the water. Harmon’s magical writing style, not once did I skim, not once did I want to put the book down and I stayed up until 2 am finishing this novel. For a woman who normally writes contemporary, she nailed the world building required for a high fantasy novel. The imagery was stunning, I felt as if I was in this world myself.

So if you are hesitant to read this book for any reason, I say let your reservations go and try it anyway. That’s what I did, and it worked out wonderfully for me.

“I think I will keep you.”

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

3.75 stars!

“Just because you’re strong doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for help sometimes. Remember that.”

This book is the straight version of Simon Vs. the Homo-sapiens Agenda, and while they are very similar, it actually didn’t bother me that much. I enjoyed each book for different reasons.

Tell Me Three Things is about a girl named Jessie whose mother died a couple years ago and now her father has found new love. This means selling her childhood home and moving to LA to live with her new stepmother and stepbrother and leaving everything she knows behind. A few days into her new school and Jessie gets an anonymous message, reaching out to her to help her, but never divulging their identity.

Jessie begins to rely more and more on SN, and as time goes by adjusting to her new school gets easier.

“Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they’re only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.”

I think this is a book a lot of teens (and adults) can relate to because it’s all about coping in new environments and feeling like you’re alone. Jessie is a very relatable character, trying to navigate a new school and a whole new family when she feels no one is on her side.

I will say I guessed who SN was fairly easily, I won’t tell you how because spoilers. But even pretty much knowing who it was I enjoyed the book. I wish more had been developed in this book, like Jessie’s relationship with her dad and her new family, I felt a lot of that was brushed over or quickly wrapped up. It was a huge part of her life and it seemed second to her issues in high school (which were just as bad, but still).

A quick read if you want to read something cute with a good ending.

“Other people can’t make you feel stupid. Only you can.”

Fire in You

Fire in You by J Lynn

4 stars!

“Scars, whether physical or emotional, could be not just a representation of survival but also a story of hope.”

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Reading a J Lynn book always feels like coming home.

The sixth book in this series, Fire In You, follows the characters Jillian and Brock. When Jillian was younger she was in love with Brock, following him around everywhere like a puppy dog. But one night of tragedy changed that, and Jillian hasn’t been the same since. Now, about six years later, Jillian has agreed to go to work for her dad, and Brock enters her life once again. But Jillian has changed, immensely, and she refuses to go back to the way things were between them while Brock is insistent on being in her life again.

“What in the actual hell of all nine circles of Hell was this?”

There isn’t a book in this series I haven’t enjoyed or loved. This one started out very strong, I like how JLA develops her heroines so we get a sense of who they are before we get more of the story. I could totally see where Jillian was coming from, her insecurities and bewilderment at Brock’s sudden interest in her. But I think his big brotherly feelings did develop into something more, I just wish we saw more of his journey than hers.

I devoured this book beginning to end. I’ve been in a romance slump lately and was wary of reading this, but JLA delivered a story that sucked me in and wasn’t the same as everything else. There’s a reason she’s one of my favorite authors, she almost never lets you down. If you’re in the mood for a romance to make you smile, this is the book for you.

“I love you because you have this fire in you that you don’t even recognise, but I do. You’re strong and you’re a survivor.”