Review ~ I Pucking Love You by Pippa Grant

I Pucking Love You (The Copper Valley Thrusters #5)I Pucking Love You by Pippa Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I Pucking Love You was a fun and quirky read. Muffy was such an interesting character and her antics made me laugh. I really liked Tyler, he was just the guy that Muffy needed as her fake date. He wanted to be there for Muffy and wanted to rekindle the moment that they had before.

This was the 5th book in The Copper Valley Thrusters series, and although it was a good read I would've enjoyed it more if I had read the other books. The other stories would've fleshed this read out better for me. It was still a good read and only made me want more!


Title: I Pucking Love You
Author: Pippa Grant
Series: The Copper Valley Thrusters #5
Genre: Sports Romance
Published: April 8, 2021

A hockey/fake date/not-quite-a-virgin very wrong romantic comedy

You know those stories where an adorably misunderstood clumsy girl needs a fake date to a wedding so she asks her brother’s best friend and they accidentally fall in love?

I wish that was the kind of life I lead, but it’s not.

I don’t need a date to a wedding. I need a date to a funeral.
Clumsy sometimes fits, but then, that’s true for all of us, right? But adorable? No. Misunderstood? Nope again. I’m just your average girl, standing in front of a funeral invitation, asking it to be a winning lottery ticket instead.

And I don’t have a brother, or a best friend with a brother available, which means I’m stuck with Tyler Jaeger.

Sure, he’s a professional hockey player who also knows advanced calculus, but let’s say we’re not compatible and leave it at that. I should know. I am a matchmaker.

Not a very good one, but that’s beside the point.

I know a mismatch when I see one.

Still, Tyler’s what I’ve got, and I am not going to this funeral solo, so he’s what I’ll take.

After all—what could go wrong at a funeral?

I Pucking Love You is a hilariously wrong romantic comedy about the world’s worst matchmaker, a hockey player with a problem he doesn’t want to talk about, and an awkward date-of-convenience that everyone would prefer to forget. It comes complete with a cat working his way through his nine lives, all the sexy times, fish and chips, and a swoony happily-ever-after.

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Review ~ Out of Love by Jewel E. Ann

Out of LoveOut of Love by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This read was certainly different from what I thought it would be, and I couldn't help but to devour it! Both Livy and Slade were strong characters that I enjoyed getting to know. I liked the way that Livy pushed Slade, and was able to get under his skin with her curious nature. I liked the connection and passion that Slade and Livy had, and the relationship with Jericho.

There were several twists and suspense filled moments that had me on edge, that I didn’t see coming. Out of Love was a captivating read that I didn’t want it to end. I know I need to read more in the series.


Title: Out of Love
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Genre: New Adult Romance
Published: September 27, 2020

Conspiracies. Corruption. Serial killers.

You name it—I'm fascinated by it. My mom always blamed my overly curious and highly suspicious mind on my dad.

My incredibly overbearing dad.

Mr. No One Is Good Enough For My Daughter has been terrifying my dates since I turned fifteen.

College is my chance to be free from his control and date any guy I want.

I'm absolutely certain he would hate Slade Wylder—almost as certain as I am that I do too.

Since when have I shied away from trouble?

Slade fascinates me. He lives in a house I'm certain is haunted. His dog is trained as well as any guard I've ever seen. Rumor on campus is that he deals drugs. It would explain a lot.

But it doesn't explain why he saves me from my darkest moment.

It doesn't explain why I can't stop thinking about him.

And the explanation I finally discover is far more dangerous than any rumor.

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Review ~ Suddenly Forbidden Ella Fields

Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University, #1)Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Suddenly Forbidden was a good introduction to the world, the characters and the series. The beginning was insightful and it was interesting to see both Daisy and Quinn’s past and to see the connection they both shared. It was sad to see them part ways and to see how they struggled to find their way.

In the present it was hard, both Daisy and Quinn had some complications to overcome and some difficult choices to be made. There was a moment that I was unhappy with, but it was part of their story. I enjoyed meeting the secondary characters and the impact they had on Daisy and Quinn. I look forward to their stories in this series.

Title: Suddenly Forbidden
Author: Ella Fields
Series: Gray Springs University #1
Genre: New Adult Romance
Published: January 24, 2018

I thought he'd always be mine,
even when I was forced to say goodbye.

We were never meant to let go,
but it happened anyway.
Too bad I didn’t know someone was waiting to take my place, or I would've held on a lot tighter.

Two years later, we were exactly where we'd always planned to be.
I'd kept my promise.
He'd forgotten all about his.
Not only had he moved on, but the person he'd moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart.

I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in, repaired my shattered pieces, and made me smile again.

This isn't that kind of story.

My heart might have been broken,
but it refused to fall out of love.

WARNING: this book contains cheating.

Each book in the Gray Springs world can be read as a standalone.

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Review ~ Lie to Me by Molly McAdams

Lie to MeLie to Me by Molly McAdams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Life wasn’t easy for Emma and she was so closed off due to her upbringing and the recent incident that led her back to Grandmother. I liked the way Reed pushed her bit by bit, getting under her skin and getting her to open up. I liked the small community and Reeds closest friends, how they were like family. I felt some parts were rushed, and I was confused by one moment in particular. But overall it was quite the enjoyable read.



Title: Lie to Me
Author: Molly McAdams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 23, 2021

If my childhood taught me anything, it was to survive.
Now I have a deep-rooted mistrust of people and a wall of steel and ice surrounding my heart.

So, when Reed Ryan steps into my life, I know I need to keep him far away.
He’s everything I grew up hating. Fighting. Fleeing.
Devastatingly handsome, he looks like a drunken regret and has heartbreak written over every inch of his body—literally. He’s the quintessential bad boy . . . and he’s a cop.

But the man is my undoing.
When I push, he stands firm.
When I fight, he battles for us.
When he touches me, my traitorous body and heart respond.

Little does Reed know, every lie I feed him is laced with truth.
I have demons that refuse to let me go. Now one of them is threatening to destroy us both.

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Review ~ Not What I Expected by Jewel E. Ann

Not What I ExpectedNot What I Expected by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Not What I Expected. It was such a good read, and anyone who has ended a long term relationship can relate to it. Not knowing who you are after being with the one person for so long and having to find your own feet again can be quite challenging

I liked Elsie's honesty and finally having the confidence to make change. The chemistry between Elsie and Kael was off the charts and it was amusing to see her take a chance with him. I liked the way he pushed her to face her insecurities, to find herself and - hopefully - the happiness that she needed, despite her family’s thoughts.

Title: Not What I Expected
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 6, 2020

Are humans meant to mate for life?

After four kids and an unfortunate but fateful end to her twenty-two-year marriage, Elsie Smith meets the new guy in town.

Kael Hendricks is … a little younger, a lot sexy, and too confident for his own good. He also doesn’t believe in marriage and all that goes with it.

And …

He’s just opened a new business that threatens the livelihood of Elsie’s family’s store—just in time for the holidays.

The problem?

There’s an undeniable attraction that leads to out of control situations, a loss of inhibitions, and a lot of small town gossip.

As Elsie tries to redefine herself and convince her family she isn’t having a midlife crisis, she’s forced to answer the biggest question of all …

Can she love an enemy who will never surrender?

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Review ~ Gleam by Raven Kennedy

Gleam (The Plated Prisoner, #3)Gleam by Raven Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG!! There is going to be another book! I was not prepared for this series to continue, and it is going to be a long time before I get the fourth book :(

Gleam was such an exciting read and I loved watching Auren become a better woman. She learnt so much more about herself and the people around her. Some twists were revealed and I liked the change in some relationships.

King Midas is such an evil person and I hoped that he would meet his maker. I still love the characters from the fourth army and how they have helped Auren become a better person. The ending was exciting and I am on edge waiting for more!


Title: Gleam
Author: Raven Kennedy
Series: The Plated Prisoner #3
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published: May 31, 2021

King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out... Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, It’ll be me setting the trap... I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.


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Review ~ Glint by Raven Kennedy

Glint (The Plated Prisoner, #2)Glint by Raven Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked watching Auren grow throughout this read. She spent a lot of time travelling and being herself outside of a cage. After seeing some instances where she was mistreated, it was good to see her develop some different relationships.

I was intrigued by the characters in Fourths army - Judd, Lu, Osrik, Keg and Rip - and how loyal they were to King Ravinger. I liked the way they all challenged Auren and the connection that was developing between her and Rip. There were a few twists, and I had some suspicions, but I was kept on my toes till the end. There wasn't as much action as the first book, but there was plenty of story building which kept me hooked until the end! You know I jumped into the third book immediately!

Title: Glint
Author: Raven Kennedy
Series: The Plated Prisoner #2
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published: January 11, 2021

For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.

Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.

At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip.

Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.

Fae.

The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.

When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.

I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?

This is the captivating second book of The Plated Prisoner series. It’s an adult epic fantasy story blending romance, intrigue, and beautiful imagery. Return to the seductive story of magic inspired by the myth of King Midas, and get caught up in the world of Orea.


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Review ~ Gild by Raven Kennedy

Gild (The Plated Prisoner, #1)Gild by Raven Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series; I was constantly on edge wondering what would happen next. My heart ached for Auren, as she was kept alone and didn’t get to interact with anyone. She was a trophy, not able to roam free. She appreciated the small things, like fresh air and she was also kind. I liked that she made some friendships, but it wasn’t going to be easy.

I really did not like King Midas, he was cold and cunning and was using Auren for his own purpose. He was possessive of her and didn't allow her any freedoms.

There were plenty of twists and turns and each one kept me hooked. I devoured this read and jumped into the second book immediately!


Title: Gild
Author: Raven Kennedy
Series: The Plated Prisoner #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published: October 16, 2020

The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.

Gold.

Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.

Even me.

King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.

Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.

Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.

Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.

The myth of King Midas reimagined. This compelling adult fantasy series is as addictive as it is unexpected. With romance, intrigue, and danger, the gilded world of Orea will grip you from the very first page.



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Review ~ Replay by Amy Daws

ReplayReplay by Amy Daws
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although this book is suggested that it can be read as a standalone, I felt a little lost while reading it. There are other characters in this read who have obviously already have their own books and I was a little overwhelmed by them and how their stories impacted this read. I believe that if you read those books first it would make this stroy easier to follow. The end of the book leaves it open for the next book in the series too, hinting on another relationship that is developing.

With that said, this was still a good read. We jump right into seeing Santonio and Tilly, five years since they last met. They didn't part on great terms, and it was shown with the bitterness and banter between them. It was obvious that they still had chemistry and it wasn't long before they crossed those lines again.


Title: Replay
Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Sports Romance
Published: April 8, 2021

Not all players deserve a second chance… no matter how hot their first chance was.

Football club lawyer, Santino Rossi is known in the locker room as the two-month chump. For years he’s been on a mission to find someone he can share his basil plant with and cure him of his former playboy ways.

Tilly Logan is a fiery, Scottish lass who didn’t bat an eye five years ago when a smoldering Italian pulled her into a nightclub bathroom. He was dark, dangerous, and exactly the good time Tilly was looking for—even if he worked for her over-protective brother’s team.

But a lot has changed and when Tilly returns to London five years later only to find herself trapped in an elevator with the smoldering Italian, it isn’t a happy reunion. Especially because her brother blames Santino for her high tailing it back to Scotland in the first place.

Tilly doesn’t want a replay of past mistakes and reconnecting with Santino is playing with fire.

But if they keep their relationship a secret, it could be worth the burn.



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Review ~ For Lucy by Jewel E. Ann

For LucyFor Lucy by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG! This book was fantastic! It really took my emotions on a ride as I got to know Emmett, and what happened between him and Tatum - both in the past and in the present. I loved seeing them fall for one another as I slowly got to find out how they were torn apart. Their daughter Lucy was a beautiful soul and I loved how influential she was in their lives. It was heartbreaking, but beautiful as they faced their past. I LOVED this book, and I know I will read it again!


Title: For Lucy
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 23, 2021

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann comes a novel so heartfelt and real it redefines the meaning of love.

I’m the wrong guy in the right place the night I steal Tatum Bradshaw from another man. When she mistakes me for her blind date, I decide she deserves a man who shows up on time … like me. Emmett Riley, Mr. Punctual.

Once I confess my true identity and convince her I’m not a creep—just a thief—it’s only a matter of time before my sexy smile and quick wit claim her heart, her hand in marriage, and the perfect life.

Unfortunately, perfection is an illusion, like the promises of our wedding vows. No one can prepare for the unimaginable—the heartbreaking exception to all the rules in life.

When thirty seconds destroys everything, I have to find a new existence and keep my promise to always love our daughter, Lucy, the most.

For Lucy, I will keep a secret, and I will watch my wife drift into the arms of another man.

Given the chance … can I reclaim my wife and the pieces of our life?

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Review ~ Bloodstained Beauty by Ella Fields

Bloodstained BeautyBloodstained Beauty by Ella Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was swept away with this read! I was on edge the whole time, knowing there was going to be a twist, and wondering how it would all unfold. And boy... were there twists! I liked getting to know Jemima and seeing her be a strong and confident woman when betrayed. I was curious about both men in her life and how they would win her heart. It was interesting to see how open minded she was and how she reacted when she got to know the truth.

This read was quite the page turner and I enjoyed all aspects of it. It had twists and turns, suspense and intensity and sweet moments that I love! It was a fantastic read that I enjoyed until that final page!!


Title: Bloodstained Beauty
Author: Ella Fields
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Published: November 5, 2018

Fresh out of college and headed straight for my dream job, I didn’t think things could get any better.
Then I met my dream man.

In an instant, my happy ever after had begun.
The life I’d stumbled into was beautiful, and the man I loved was perfect.
But perfection comes at a cost, and I’d slumbered through all the alarms.

Then I met my nightmare.
The man whose bright eyes held untamed darkness.
The man who disarmed me with his peculiar behavior.
The man whose cold, merciless hands shook me awake.
In an instant, questions started to dismantle my happy ever after.

But whoever said the truth would set you free was wrong.
It wasn’t going to repair the cracks in my naive heart.
It wasn’t going to caress my face with comforting hands and reassure me it was all just a dream.
No, the truth shoved me down a rabbit hole, and I landed in the lair of a real-life monster.

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Review ~ Like You Love Me Adriana Locke

Like You Love Me (Honey Creek, #1)Like You Love Me by Adriana Locke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't listened to a book in a long time, and I stumbled on this one and decided to give it a try! I really enjoyed listening to this story - the narrators were fantastic and really kept me hooked to the story.

I liked that both Sophie and Holden had history before crossing paths once again. It was amusing watching them get hitched to get Sophie out of a hard situation and that Holden could land his dream job because of the arrangement. The chemistry between them grew, and I hoped that they would be able to find a new path together.

I enjoyed meeting the secondary characters that impacted their lives. They were big influences and really shaped them into the amazing people they were.


Title: Like You Love Me
Author: Adriana Locke
Series: Honey Creek #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 16, 2021

Two childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in this sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution.

He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other. It’s as simple as saying “I do.” But the off-the-cuff wedding has all of Honey Creek talking—and Sophie and Holden realizing that their perfect arrangement is working too well. If they’re not careful, this marriage could turn into a love story.

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Review ~ Serenading Heartbreak by Ella Fields

Serenading HeartbreakSerenading Heartbreak by Ella Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was quite an enjoyable read, watching Stevie grow and fall in love. She had her first love - Everett - and her second love - Aiden - and she had to force her heart to make a decision once Everett came back into her life. There were many times that she struggled with her love for both men and making the decision became very difficult for her.

Learning throughout the years helped Stevie grow strong and at times I was annoyed with some of the decisions that she made. Both men were polar opposites, but there was no denying that they wanted to be there for her. I knew who I wanted her to choose, but it wasn't up to me! Stevie had great support around her, and the right people to rely on through the hard times. I’m curious about some of the other characters that we met, and I can tell you that I want more from this world!


Title: Serenading Heartbreak
Author: Ella Fields
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 24, 2019

“Things don’t change just because we want them to, Clover. Why can’t you see that?”
“Because all I see is you.” His chest heaved, and so did mine, and then our lips collided.
My first love was my brother’s best friend.
A lead singer in their band.
A picture of rugged perfection.
And a drunk soul mate who couldn’t commit.

My second love was an arrogant baseball player.
A player in every sense of the word.
A smooth-talking, reliable best friend.
And a chance at something beautiful and true.

The problem with having a first and second love?
That would be loving them at the same time.
My story isn’t some sexy triangle.
It’s exquisite agony.
Fate gave me two men to love, but none of us knew which one I could keep.


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