Book Review: Pumpkins and Party Themes by Roxanne Rhoads

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50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life

By Roxanne Rhoads
Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse

Release Date: August 11, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Book Description:

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let’s get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!

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My Review

I love DIY projects and, if you are a constant on my blog, you already know about my sewing projects. Roxanne’s book has all the elements to encourage you to start your own DIY decorations.

Whether you are a party planner, you want to impress someone with your skills or simply you’re a Halloween fan, this book is a must for your shelves. With many colorful projects, many party themes that vary in terms of the color scheme and very good instructions, “Pumpkins and Party Themes” is amazing.

The writing is friendly, funny and clear in the areas where instructions are given. There are many designs to choose from, for every level of skills in carving. My personal favorite is the Cheshire Cat 😊 I love the idea, I love the pictures and I cannot wait to carve my own pumpkin next Halloween!

Until next time, happy carving! Ups, Reading! I meant Reading!

5 stars

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About the Author:auth

Roxanne Rhoads is an author, book publicist, mixed media crafter, and lover of all things spooky.

Her books include the Amazon Bestseller Haunted Flint and Pumpkins and Party Themes : 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life.

She is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours, a virtual book tour and social media marketing company. She operates a Halloween blog- A Bewitching Guide to Halloween and sells handcrafted jewelry, art, and home decor through her Etsy store The Bewitching Cauldron.

When not reading or writing, Roxanne loves to craft, plan Halloween adventures, and search for unique vintage finds.

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Book Review: Hard Knox

Hard Knox
Amber Malloy
(Perfect Stats, #2)
Publication date: June 16th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

FROM POPULAR ROMANCE AUTHOR AMBER MALLOY

Book two in the Perfect Stats series

Everything comes easy to quarterback Gavin Knox—women, football, even money. However, the only thing he truly wants but can’t win is the beauty of his dreams, Remy Bell.

A simple favor to save the girl turns into the quarterback losing his heart.

As beautiful as she is fun, Remy Bell has only one problem—a psychotic killer with political power wants her dead. Always a ‘two steps ahead’ type of gal, she plans to outrun the maniac. Marriage and a sweet life in the football star’s hometown in Canada would give her the cover she needs, but Remy doesn’t stick around long enough to find out. She travels all over the world, photographing the most beautiful and devastating events, but her now-husband’s tabloid activities lead her to the one place she should avoid…back home.

Superstar Gavin Knox wins at everything. However, once he scores the girl of his dreams, he’s suddenly in danger of losing the one thing he has always needed. Before she can slip through his fingers, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse—marry him for Canadian citizenship, which will protect her, and after five years, they can divorce. Knox is positive that she will fall head over heels in love with him, but it doesn’t happen. After six years of marriage, two playoff titles and a third on the way, Knox is forced to contend with a successful wife almost more famous than he is.

Determined to get exactly what he wants, which includes having Remy and a family, he devises a stupid scheme that puts everything he’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

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My Review

This was such an entertaining book. It pushed me right in the middle of the action and it kept me there until the end. This is both a good and a bad thing – I will get immediately into the details.

Let me first apologize to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for not being able to keep the deadline of my review. Many things have happened lately and I slipped little too far from my book reviewing habits. I apologize again!

Ok, “Hard Knox” tells the story of Gavin and Remi, who have been secretly married for some time now but have not had a real marriage experience. He is a famous football player and she is now a renowned photographer. Gavin decided to marry Remi so she can keep her Canadian citizenship, with the promise off a divorce in five years. Little did she expect to see a change in his intentions. Because our boy has no plans of letting her go, especially with the threats that she’s been dealing with lately.

As I was mentioning, I was pulled into the action right from the beginning, as the story stars six years after the marriage, with Gavin trying to gain Remi’s attention. As the blurb is mentioning, his plan is a dangerous one that can push Remi farther away, instead of making her fall far his charm. I really loved his determination and even if his method was childish, I see the good intentions there.

Speaking of determination, both characters are very much invested in their careers and this is something I respect as well. With all their messy personal lives, professionally speaking, they are the best versions of themselves. And give all to the jobs they have.

When it comes to the negative aspects, this way of going directly to the point in the book made me doubt a little weather this was a standalone or not. In the beginning I had no idea what the deal was between our main characters and for a god part I did not understand if these two actually had any feelings beyond sexual attraction. At some point, I felt that he was forcing himself onto fer (it was not the case, everything is consensual in this book), or at least forcing a pregnancy with the hope of it tying her to him.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and the author’s writing style. The series has received a lot of love so far from the readers and I cannot wait to read the other books by Amber Malloy.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

3.5 stars

 

Author Bio:

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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Book Review: Heir of Arcadia by Deborah Adams & Kimberley Perkins

Heir of Arcadia
Deborah Adams, Kimberley Perkins
Publication date: July 24th 2020
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Science Fiction

Can Collins and Quinn call a truce long enough to survive?

Quinn’s hectic job as a special agent keeps her busy, but never busy enough to tamp out her inconvenient attraction to CEO billionaire Julian Collins. He is usually the biggest pain in her side, but he can also be recklessly charming. When Collins asks her to open a secret investigation into his company, she worries that extra time alone with him might test her resolve to stay away.

Julian Collins always dreamed of being on Arcadia, a fictional world from his favorite video game. But lately, he’s been seeing things from the game in real life. He feels like he’s losing his mind, and now is not the time to go crazy. His company is going to be split into a dozen pieces if he can’t discover the secrets hidden in the Special Projects division.

After three years of quasi-friendship, Collins and Quinn have honed arguing into a true art form. As far as he’s concerned, she’s off-limits, but also quick-witted and sexy as hell. She’s the perfect person for the job.

As Quinn and Collins delve deeper into their investigation, secrets will lead them to things no one on earth can explain. Will they discover that searing hot kisses can be even more fun than well-placed insults when a whole new universe is spread before them?

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 My Review

Yup, I’m hooked! This is what I thought after getting a bit more into the action of this book. We have a very interesting plot, we have friends-to-lovers and we have Sci-Fi! For me, it is a very sensitive combination, but our dear authors did an amazing job!

You already know a lot from the blurb, as it tells you enough to realize this is a good, interesting book. But that’s not enough. What we have here is actually a very entertaining story, a real page-turner, with many, many twists. It kept me reading and reading and I could barely put it down to sleep.

Politics mix with romance. When Julian enlists the help of his long time best friend Quinn to investigate some aspects of the firm for which he is a CEO, they come to spend more time together and discover each other as more than friends. But when things start to become dangerous and they find out too much, that’s when the action really becomes intense!

Probably the most interesting part is to see how the lines between the video-game and real life are blurred and how Julian struggles at some point between the two worlds. Living in his head and outside of it becomes difficult. Thoughts about one world distract him from the other.

All in all, I really enjoyed the story and I cannot wait to read the next installment. The ending leaves room for a continuation and I cannot wait to read it. It was a bit slow in the beginning, which is why I am decreasing one star, but other than this, it was a fantastic read!
Enjoy!

4 stars

Author Bio:

DEBORAH ADAMS and KIMBERLEY PERKINS are authors of the Award-Winning Waypoint series. They are friends and coworkers sharing a love of coffee, literature, and teenagers saving the world. Both live in Huntsville, Alabama, working by day for a contractor supporting the Department of Defense, and by night writing spectacular adventures. For more information about Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins go to http://www.adamsperkins.com.

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Book Review: Calypso’s Heart: An Orion’s Order Novel by M.C. Solaris

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Genre: Paranormal RomanceInsta

Publisher: M.C. Solaris LLC

Date of Publication: Print Book 5/15/20

Date of Publication: eBook 7/20/20

ISBN: 978-1-952655-00-5 Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-952655-01-2 E-book

ISBN: 978-1-952655-02-9 Hardcover

Number of pages: 665

Word Count: 180,000

Cover Artist: Mayhem Cover Creations

Tagline: Sexy Shifters. Hot Vampires. Intriguing Immortals.

Book Description:


If you enjoy Psy-Changeling and Black Dagger Brotherhood, this new series is right up your alley!

Sexy shifters. Hot vampires. Intriguing immortals. Strong heroine. Sizzling romance. Page-turning plot full of emotion and excitement. Modern and fresh take on fated mates.

Caly

Do you dream of ridiculously hot men? Okay, maybe you do. (And yes, I’m well aware I should lay off the romance books before bed.) But do you actually ever meet those men you dream about in real life? I didn’t think so. That’s probably a good thing though because I have… And these men from my dreams have done nothing but pull the rug of reality out from under me… which was how I fell and ended up in a world that I thought only existed in romance books.

My name is Caly (AKA Callie) and I’m just an ordinary single woman living the LA dream… paycheck to paycheck. Except whose dream is it? I’m not really sure… but it’s not my dream. Especially because I have really weird dreams… like really weird. Then again, everyone has weird dreams, right?

Blake

I am an alpha wolf shifter and leader of Orion’s Order, a pack of… well, not wolves. We’re an unconventional pack of highly skilled specian hunters that do one thing: hunt the evil in our world. And we were hired by SILE (Species Investigative Law Enforcement) to hunt a bloodthirsty criminal who is infamously untraceable. That was until an irresistible female brought an unexpected twist to our hunt and set things in motion… a motion that has left my pack and our world forever changed.

Welcome to The Order and a secret world of magic and mystery, where a pack of unlikely friends find love and fight against an ancient evil force.

Devour this addictive series at your own risk…

+ Happily Ever After

+ Steamy Paranormal Shifter Romance

+ Multiple POV

+ Mature Content

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CALYPSO’S HEART is an adult paranormal wolf shifter romance. If you like swoon-worthy males, heroines with feminine strength, an engaging plot, satisfying relationships, steamy love stories, happy ever afters, and getting sucked into a supernatural story, then you’ll want to immerse yourself in the world of species! 

You’ll feel right at home if you’re a JR Ward, Nalini Singh, and Dannika Dark fan.

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This book is a challenge! While I was absorbed by the plot, I felt tired from time to time and the need to put it down, temporarily. A mix of supernatural creatures, each with a certain goal, and a human thrown into the eye of the action are the base for a great story.

Blake and Caly are great together. We have an insta-love here, but it’s quickly forgotten, with the amount of hotness between these two. Their connection is deep, is consuming and burning like the strongest of flames! I loved these two together and I love how each change next to the other. But it’s not only the romance that makes this book good, we have an engaging plot that will keep you tuning pages. I loved the world building as well and how the author brought these different species together.

There are some aspects I did not quite enjoy. I did not like all the POVs, as the characters sounded a bit the same. There is quite a lot of repetition and from time to time the actions drags. But I got used to the style and I did not mind that much. I was too preoccupied with our couple and the action.

According Goodreads, this book has 665 pages, but it definitely did not seem this long. The time spent reading it was enjoyable, which made me give it a 3.5 star rating, despite the negative aspects I was mentioning. So if you enjoy a good romance, with a lot of intimate moments, wolves and bad vampires, this is your book!

Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

M.C. Solaris’s life took an unexpected turn during the super blood moon eclipse on January 20, 2019. She woke up and began writing bios for her imaginary friends that she met that day. As soon as the pen hit the paper (or fingertips to the iPhone), she couldn’t stop. It was kind of like one of those fire hydrants, spewing copious amounts of water all over the place. The characters and their stories just flowed out of her. She is honored to be the scribe, getting to share her friends’ stories. You can read all about her gifted friends in the Orion’s Order series (Book 1 is Calypso’s Heart).

On a personal note, M.C. Solaris is actually the pseudonym of Marina Schroeder, women’s health enthusiast and lover of all things paranormal romance (PNR) and happily ever after (HEA). When she is not curled up on the sofa with her partner’s oversized hoodie, a PNR novel, peppermint tea, and one of her three cats, you will find her either at the ocean with her toes in the sand or in a forest hugging a tree. Well truthfully? There is one more place you might find her: trolling the aisles of Whole Foods for a satisfying combination of salty and sweet while hiding in her partner’s hoodie… like any proper PNR-writing introvert.

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Book Review: Hard Knox by Amber Malloy

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 A simple favor to save the girl turns into the quarterback losing his heart.

As beautiful as she is fun, Remy Bell has only one problem—a psychotic killer with political power wants her dead. Always a ‘two steps ahead’ type of gal, she plans to outrun the maniac. Marriage and a sweet life in the football star’s hometown in Canada would give her the cover she needs, but Remy doesn’t stick around long enough to find out. She travels all over the world, photographing the most beautiful and devastating events, but her now-husband’s tabloid activities lead her to the one place she should avoid…back home.

Superstar Gavin Knox wins at everything. However, once he scores the girl of his dreams, he’s suddenly in danger of losing the one thing he has always needed. Before she can slip through his fingers, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse—marry him for Canadian citizenship, which will protect her, and after five years, they can divorce. Knox is positive that she will fall head over heels in love with him, but it doesn’t happen. After six years of marriage, two playoff titles and a third on the way, Knox is forced to contend with a successful wife almost more famous than he is.

Determined to get exactly what he wants, which includes having Remy and a family, he devises a stupid scheme that puts everything he’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

 My Review

 

This was such an entertaining book. It pushed me right in the middle of the action and it kept me there until the end. This is both a good and a bad thing – I will get immediately into the details.

Let me first apologize to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for not being able to keep the deadline of my review. Many things have happened lately and I slipped little too far from my book reviewing habits. I apologize again!

Ok, “Hard Knox” tells the story of Gavin and Remi, who have been secretly married for some time now but have not had a real marriage experience. He is a famous football player and she is now a renowned photographer. Gavin decided to marry Remi so she can keep her Canadian citizenship, with the promise off a divorce in five years. Little did she expect to see a change in his intentions. Because our boy has no plans of letting her go, especially with the threats that she’s been dealing with lately.

As I was mentioning, I was pulled into the action right from the beginning, as the story stars six years after the marriage, with Gavin trying to gain Remi’s attention. As the blurb is mentioning, his plan is a dangerous one that can push Remi farther away, instead of making her fall far his charm. I really loved his determination and even if his method was childish, I see the good intentions there.

Speaking of determination, both characters are very much invested in their careers and this is something I respect as well. With all their messy personal lives, professionally speaking, they are the best versions of themselves. And give all to the jobs they have.

When it comes to the negative aspects, this way of going directly to the point in the book made me doubt a little weather this was a standalone or not. In the beginning I had no idea what the deal was between our main characters and for a god part I did not understand if these two actually had any feelings beyond sexual attraction. At some point, I felt that he was forcing himself onto fer (it was not the case, everything is consensual in this book), or at least forcing a pregnancy with the hope of it tying her to him.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and the author’s writing style. The series has received a lot of love so far from the readers and I cannot wait to read the other books by Amber Malloy.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

3.5 stars

 

 

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Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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Book Review: Fast Beat by Wren Valentino

Fast Beat
Wren ValentinoGenre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Blue Dasher Press
Date of Publication: May 29, 2020
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Word Count: 15,000
Cover Artist: James at GoOnWrite.com

Book Description:

After her long-time dance partner Tony is injured, Cassidy Downs has only a matter of weeks to find a new partner to remain eligible to compete in the All City Dance Off.
When she discovers Giovanni, a talented and classically trained member of a dance conservatory, Cassidy convinces him to become her new partner despite his reluctance to do so.
As the competition nears, neither Cassidy nor Giovanni can deny the strong attraction building between them.

My Review

After quite some time of absence, I am happy to be back with a book review. Well, not quite a book, but a small novella – 56 pages of sparks, attraction, dance and music! Well, call me intrigued!

I loved this story and I loved how the relationship is presented professionally and personally. We have Cassidy and Giovanni getting to know each other as dance partners and as a little bit more, maybe. There is little I can say without spoiling the events, but I can tell you that you won’t regret reading this. It’s a quick story, with a good plot.

The only downside is that it’s so short! And there is so much to explore. I wanted to see this chemistry put into light and I wanted to feel their rhythm combined with their relationship. So 4 stars on my end, but with an extra twinkle 🙂 Happy reading!

4 stars

About the Author:
Wren Valentino is an author,  playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He writes in multiple genres, primarily contemporary romance with an international setting. Wren graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a member of Gothic Romance Writers and  romance Writers of America. He loves film noir, white chocolate, classic cartoons, koalas, Julie London records, Nancy Drew, the Peanuts gang, Disney villains, all things Tiki, Italy, and everything written by Jane Austen.
 

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Book Review: Fast & Wild by Kat Ransom

About the book:Fast & Wild

Title: Fast & Wild (The Fast Series #4)

Author: Kat Ransom

Published: April 24th 2020
Source: Received from the Author via BookSierns in exchange for an honest review (and also owned! )

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

A meaningless tryst with a younger man. A one night stand on the anniversary of a tragedy. That’s all he was supposed to be.

I needed him to make me forget. He asked me to give him everything.

I’m 38. He’s 26. That’s the least of our problems.

The ruthless personal assistant of a top team on the grid, I’m as Type-A as they come. I make the world go ‘round for my athletes. Then I blow off steam dancing my ass off at London punk shows. There was no problem a fierce attitude and big, black boots couldn’t solve, until I met Brodie.

Icelandic driver, Brodie Lusk, skated through life for a broke F1 team with no chance of winning. Packed with potential—but holding no interest in fame, power, or money—he needed different motivation. He should have been simple, casual. Safe.

Sometimes, the safest options turn out to be the most dangerous.

Our passion could not be ignored.

My past would not stay buried.

All I wanted was one hot night with a sexy younger man.

I didn’t sign up for what came next.

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My Review

“Fast & Wild” consumed me. It consumed all my emotions, took away my love for Dante (from “Fast & Hot” and replaced it with a melting fire in my heart for Brodie. He and Mila are like a tornado to each other and like a hurricane for my soul.

Words can be ghosts, too.

Since its release, I’ve read this book twice. It released on March 20th and we are now in May 24th. Why ? Because I just could not get enough and because I found this book my medicine in a time of long hours at the office with stress over excel files and statistics. Mila and Brodie were my escape and also my motivation. Together with them, Kat Ransom took my breath away and gave it back 10 times fresher!

I want your goddamn heart so intrecately fused with mine that they can’t even beat without each other. I. Want. Everything.

Mila is a workaholic. She lives through her work, her best friends are at work, her entire life revolves around F1 and F1 life. Her past stays right where it’s supposed to, but its scars are so deep she has no way of ever escaping them. Brodie gives her one night full of passion that’s supposed to be a onetime thing. But the kid (because he is too young for her) does not give up. They have a lot to figure out, they have obstacles they need to face and they have a past they need to own. But they are amazing!

Some things are ment to end before you’re ready, Princess. Sometimes good people don’t stay that way. Get the fuck out.

The romance is great, the passion between the main characters burs the pages in this book. But what I also loved was the way each character changes to meet the other’s expectations. Mila and Brodie couldn’t be more different. She comes from a crazy rich world and prefers the noise of the city. He wants a quiet life, earning enough to have a decent life. He drives with his heart for a man that gave him a future, not for the money, and he also loves the quiet life of the mountains.  Both our main characters were so well thought and so well built and nothing is left at random.

I read that death ends a life, not a relationship. That love doesn’t have a finite capacity, it can continue expanding endlessly.

I cannot get enough of this book. I’ve read it twice now and I am sure I will read it again soon. It’s one of the very few books that made me miss the characters a couple of days after finishing it and it’s one of the very few books that gave me the same feelings after rereading it. What can I say?! I’m addicted! Thank Kat Ransom, I bow my head to you!

You don’t pick who you fall in love with, and you don’t just stop loving them becasue it gets hard or inconvenient.

Cover review: I love it! I imagine Brodie as Charles LeClerc … (daydreaming now)

Favorite quote: I will pass on that, as I’ve quoted many in my review already. I cannot choose one quote that I like more than the rest! I love this book too much.

5 stars

About the AuthorKat Ransom

Kat Ransom writes steamy romances filled with strong, sassy men and women who bring them to their knees. She lives in Cowboy Country in the Southern US with her husband and two janky rescue cats. When she isn’t writing, she’s exploring isolated corners of the world or curled up with a wool blanket and a stiff whiskey trying to warm up her perpetually cold toes.

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Book Review: Rebel Heir (Rush Duet #1) by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

About the book:Rebel Heir

Title: Rebel Heir (Rush Duet #1)

Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Published: April 7th 2018
Source: Owned

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss. Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town. Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark. That was sort of how it all started with Rush. And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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My Review

The entire Rush Duet is a complete question mark for me. As I am writing this review, I am still debating my rating for both book 1 and 2 from the series. I have heard a lot of great things about both authors and the books they write together and my hopes were very high going into the series. Unfortunately, not all expectations were met 100%. More like … 60%? 65%?

Book 1 centers on how Gia and Rush meet. She needs a job and he happens to have one available for her. A funny coincidence in which she insults him unintentionally and he is so pissed (and impressed) that he decides to blackmail her into accepting a host position at his bar. From here, they start a beautiful friendship. He knows she is off limits and all he can do for her are tiny favors. Something in Gia is easily cracking Rush’s walls.

It’s great seeing the two interact and is great seeing rush slowly melting his heart to Gia’s determination. He is her boss and he respects that until he can no longer. Gia is a writer and it was beautiful understanding her struggles and the pressure she is under. As a reader, it made me think twice about asking for the next book in a series sooner! I fully understand. I have said it many times before: if I struggle putting 200 words together in a review, I cannot imagine how writing 10,000 would feel like. Rush is there for her all the way. He is supportive, understanding and her motivation and muse. In exchange, Gia is his light and a reason to settle.

Now, on the negative front, I did not like Rush’s “voice” in the book. I could not feel his masculine side very well. He did not have the masculine “voice” I would have expected. Everybody at his club thought of him as this demonic figure, but he did not feel that way to me. I wanted more substance in his character. Some of his actions were naïve, at best, like how he considers Gia off limits because she is his employee and he wants to have some dignity at work. But driving her every night home wouldn’t raise suspicion?

Well, now that all facts are out there, I cannot give more than 3.5 stars. I loved the tension between Gia and Rush, I loved how their relationship is built, but I did not feel very comfortable with Rush, as a character. Most of his personality was built on hearsay. On to book 2….

Cover review: I like the Rush on the cover, I do not like the background. Yes, he is part of a rich family and has to deal with meetings, but the armchair behind is too stylish for Rush’s way of life. Also, makes me think of royalty, not just rich people. The contrast between the title colors and the white is nicely executed.

Favorite quote: “She writes romance novels, Oak. Fucking fairytales. That means, deep down, she wants the fairytale for herself. And I’m not the fairytale. I’m the horror story.”

3.5 stars

Book Review: Imperfect Princess by Sonya Jesus 

 

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Imperfect hearts never fall apart in IMPERFECT PRINCESS by Sonya Jesus. This emotional fairytale retelling about an imperfect girl and her scars will chill you in this modern version of The Snow Queen. Fans of the friends to lovers trope will devour this coming of age, new adult romance. The first book in the Modern Princess Collection is now LIVE! 

 

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It started with fire.

 

 

Not the kind that burns inside you and melts your heart into a mess of happy feelings. A real one. One that rips through wood and disintegrates brick and bone, leaving ashes and orphans in its wake.

Death would have saved me from a rocky family life. There would be no cigarette burns on the soles of my feet, no vicious words engraved in my mind, and no Kai Madison. The friend who saw past the scars and offered me pennies for my secrets. The guy who stole my heart with a single kiss in the middle of a rose garden on a snowy winter.

Nothing would have been easier to leave behind—to vanish from—but for the past four years, I’ve been isolated from the world, living in a hospital room and helping the Feds build a case against my foster-dad. Now I’m free and willing to risk my life to see him again.

There’s only one problem. I’m no longer imperfect. I have the same heart, but a different face.

 

My Review

The Modern Princess Collection has such a great start! I loved “Imperfect Princess” was a GREAT story. We have strong characters, emotion, a solid plot, so it’s a recipe for success according to my standards.

Life has not been kind to Thorn. Having to wear her scars, she hides away, missing her best friend, the only person that showed her a glimpse into what love and friendship should be. Kai, on the other hand, has been missing his best friend and mourned her loss. Still, sometimes all good things come together, and someone has other plans for them.

 The writing style is beautiful! It is my first book by Sonya Jesus and I can say I like her style very much, She managed to bring out the best in our main characters, without overstepping – creating the perfect boy and the perfect girl. Thorn’s emotional state is fragile, Kai’s regrets of not being able to admit his feelings, their struggles, everything is so well described.

Keeping this short, I do advise you check it out and I hope you will enjoy it at least as much as I did. I have discovered a new author, a new favorite story and I cannot wait to continue with the series.

Until next time, happy reading!

5 stars

About Sonya

Sonya’s a nerd—a cool nerd—who loves science, books, make-up and unicorns. She even has unicorn slippers and unicorn plushes adorn her office. It’s not obsession (or so she says), it’s simply an ode to her imaginative side. 

She believes in fairytales and in the beautiful things a mind can conjure. She’s a firm believer of empowering the crazy fictional ideas, putting them down on paper (figurative paper because she’s not a fan of writing in notebooks), and letting them flourish into a story. Sometimes that story is about psychos and murders.

Don’t believe me? Ask her in any of her social media. She’s all about those connections.

“There’s so much potential in a dream, not exploring it seems like such a waste of something absolutely beautiful.”

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Once upon a kiss, a modern romance becomes a fairytale.

The prestigious Camelot University comes fully equipped with elitist guys, a castle, and a Glass Ball, but these self-proclaimed princesses don’t need crowns to prove their worth. They’ve taken love and life into their own hands and written their own fairytale. 

Follow seven of your favorite fairytale heroines as they find their happily ever after, in these standalone, contemporary romance novels. The ladies of Cam U are a dangerous combination of cute and badass, full of attitude and imperfections, and an innocence only fairytales can convey.

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Book Review: Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends by Melanie A. Smith

Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends
Melanie A. Smith
(Life Lessons, #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

From best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.

Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…

Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?

That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.

Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.

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My Review

Before proceeding with this review, let’s take a moment to admire what is underneath the leather jacket (…) Ok, now we can start.

This was such a quick and relaxing read. If you are looking for an easy book, with a strong female character who knows exactly her value and won’t take crap from any man this is your book. There is mystery surrounding the male character as well that will be revealed in the end and that you will not see coming and lots of gossip.

Becca has not had such good male models growing up and this is why she is cataloguing new-comer Vincent DeMarco as a bad boy. But they work together and have the same circle of friends, so it’s impossible not to spend time together. But what happens when the ice is broken and the bad boy does not seem so bad after all? Becca needs to decide if she is ready for a serious relationship and Vincent… Let’s say he has more on his plate!

I loved these two and I loved how they start to know each other. Their relationship starts with uncertainties and they take time to reveal them. She has family baggage that prevents her to fully commit, so it would be a big step. For both, but this is something we learn in the end. I loved Becca’s friends and how they play a role in her decisions at some point. Her support system is great.

We see things through Becca’s perspective, so Vincent remains a mystery until the end.  I would have liked to see alternative chapters here, as Vincent has a complicated story to tell. But on the good side, the lack of knowledge regarding his background remains until the end. Speaking of background, I would have liked to learn more about Becca and her family. I feel we know little about her and what determines her to act the way she does. Also, you should probably read the first book as well. Even if the romance is not related, the abundance of office drama (between nurses, medical assistants, doctors and whatnot) can be overwhelming. There is reference to the events happening in book 1, so if you don’t want to feel like an outsider in some discussions, go ahead and start reading in order!

All in all, I liked the book, it was a great, fun and quick read. Because of the items detailed above, I am giving it 4 stars and I cannot wait to read the next story. Until next time, happy reading!

Author Bio:

Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.

A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.

After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.

Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

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