April 6, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Admission by Julie Buxbaum

ADMISSION is a fictional story about the very real college admissions scandal that sparked outrage and passionate debate across the country. With sensitivity and grace, Julie Buxbaum has woven a tale about the forces that perpetuate elitism and white privilege and the destruction those forces leave in their wake. 




Chloe Berringer is living the good life in sunny, southern California. Well... she was before the FBI showed up on her doorstep with their guns drawn and a warrant for her mother's arrest. 

Before the FBI came knocking on her door, Chloe lived the most uneventful life that ever existed. Nothing bad ever happened to her, and her senior year was quickly becoming the best one yet. Not only was she recently accepted into the college of her dreams, despite her mediocre grade point average and the school's highly competitive acceptance policy, but her lifelong crush has also just invited her to Prom. However, Chloe's life dramatically changes after her mother's arrest. She can't go back to school, her best friend is MIA, and she's forced to ask herself some really tough questions.


MY TAKE


I was truly captivated by Chloe's story. Indeed, I read ADMISSION from start to finish without putting the book down. There are a few minor plot holes that involve secondary characters, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book overall. I also think it's an important and relevant story worth telling.  Ignorance may be bliss, but it can be irresponsible and dangerous too. 

OVERALL STARS: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ
STORY LINE: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ

Scheduled Publish Date: December 1, 2020
*A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

February 28, 2020

COVER REVEAL: The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane

From USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane comes a sexy, edgy new standalone in the Nashville Neighborhood series.

An all-new standalone erotic romance by Nikki Sloane is coming July 14, 2020!

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Cover Designer: Shady Creek Designs

THE POOL BOY


Nothing says happy birthday like catching your husband in a compromising position with his boss. 

His male boss.

Why, hello, midlife crisis. I'm starting over, but this time I'm doing it right.
Or at least I'm doing what I want.

Taking the day off from work to hang out poolside? Yup.
Do I leave the swimsuit in my house? Sure.

Does my very hot, twenty-something pool boy happen to catch me naked? Oh, yeah, he does.
And he likes what he sees... a lot.

My best friend keeps telling me to have a fling and get back out there.
But I'm not so sure she meant for me to do it with her son.


PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!





ABOUT NIKKI


USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers' as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA© Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.


CONNECT WITH NIKKI


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January 24, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn


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Racer is a total man's man.

He builds houses.
He works hard for his money.
And he has a hot body to show for it.

(If you've read My Best Friend's Ex, you might remember Racer as Tucker's friend with the Little Debbie snacks obsession.)

While Racer is rough around the edges, Georgiana is the opposite. She's polished and refined like fine china (but delicate she is not). Despite living a life of wealth and privilege, G has dreams of finding her own way by owning her own bridal boutique. Armed with a business degree from Columbia and a solid business plan, the only thing standing in G's way is Daddy Dearest. He has other ideas about the role a woman should play in a "man's world" and is willing to do whatever it takes to thwart her dream.


After Georgiana's father uses his clout in the construction industry to blackball his own daughter, G desperately needs help from Racer to complete the remodel on her storefront. As for Racer, he risks losing the house he built with his deceased father if he refuses G's job offer. The partnership seems like a no-brainer because it's mutually beneficial to both parties. However, a previous encounter that ended in a shouting match left them both with a negative impression of the other. Forced into a volatile situation out of sheer desperation, Racer & Georgiana must learn how to work together without killing each other or, something equally stupid, falling in love.

As always, the shenanigans Quinn dreams up will have you laughing out loud. The crazy pranks Racer and G pull on one another are hilarious, and my heart melted into goo at Racer's sweetness.


"He believes in you, G. Straight-up, that man is a keeper. I know you're guarded, and you have every reason to be. But Racer? Even though you've never looked for or needed a knight in shining armor, that is what he is. Not as a rescuer, but as a believer. In you. He is completely and unashamedly there for and with you." 

My Rating


OVERALL: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ
STORY LINE: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ
STEAM FACTOR: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ

November 15, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

(Book 3 of the White Monarch Series)


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MY REVIEW


Violent Triumphs is an action-packed, evocative, gripping, heart-wrenching, tragic, beautifully written, and highly original piece of work. 

You should all be well-aware of my love for Jessica Hawkins and the White Monarch series by now. I am utterly obsessed and there's never been another book I've been more impatient to read than I was this one. (For the record--it was worth the wait.) 

"Sometimes, if you want to learn to be ruthless, you have to start by ripping out your own heart."

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The White Monarch is an three-part series about the daughter of one of the most powerful cartel kingpins in all of Mexico.You can read my review for the first two books in this series here and here.

"I wouldn't be allowed in Heaven, but I swear on all that's holy--I'd rattle the gates until they let me have you."

The thing I love most about this series is that it's unique. The story hasn't already been done a million times--which makes it interesting, and powerful, and suspenseful, and thrilling. 

Violent Triumphs is about ---
Love and war.
Betrayal and sacrifice.  
Triumph and defeat. 
Death and rebirth.
A metamorphosis. 

It's impossible for me to share more about this story without spoiling it for you. So, you'll just have to trust me when I say this entire series is truly superb and you need to read it...
LIKE NOW.


Learn more >>> author's website

"Bienvenido al inferno.
Welcome to Hell, my friends.
It happens to look and feel quite a lot like heaven." 

FINAL RATING: ðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œðŸ’œ

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My self-curated White Monarch Playlist
Unfoolish - Ashanti
Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars
Tragic Endings - Eminem (feat. Skylar Grey)
Let Me (Acoustic) - Belle Mt
Electric - Alina Baraz (feat. Khalid)
Hate to Love You - The Revivalists
Never Let Me Go - Florence + the Machine
Sail - AWOLNATION
Live or Die - Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan
Hold On - Chord Overstreet
Judas - Cage the Elephant
I Know Places - Taylor Swift
Wreak Havoc - Skylar Grey
Take Me to Church - Hozier
Ember - Katherine McNamara
Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
Bad Girls - M.I.A.
Santeria - Sublime
Glycerine - Bush
I Have Questions - Camila Cabello


 *An ARC of this book was provided to me by the author. The thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of the blog owner (me) and have been written in my own words.


November 12, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ - Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER!


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VIOLENT TRIUMPHS

WHITE MONARCH SERIES - Book #3

BY JESSICA HAWKINS


Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019


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The highly anticipated conclusion to the “emotional, steamy, and dangerous” USA Today bestselling White Monarch series.

I’ve become a queen to the forsaken, a leader to thieves, and the wife of a man who instills fear in all who cross his path. He was the husband I didn’t want. Now, I can’t fathom life without my king.

I should’ve been ready for anything. Like the caterpillar that feeds on poison during metamorphosis, I was raised in the dangerous world of cartel crime. But nothing could’ve prepared me for Cristiano de la Rosa, his brother’s poison, or the Calavera cartel.

This is still a story about a love strong enough to topple households, unite enemies, and divide brothers. Resilient enough to bring down those who would try to destroy it . . . and selfless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But I was warned, and so were you. Death’s day always comes. This time, it will find what was once a caterpillar is now a butterfly—and hell hath no fury like the White Monarch. 

Violent Triumphs is not a standalone and must be read after Violent Ends and Violent Delights.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



about the author jessica hawkins

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her "emotionally gripping" and "off-the-charts hot" romance. Dubbed "queen of angst" by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she's garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart...and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

November 7, 2019

BOOK TEASER -- Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

I have been (not so) patiently waiting for Jessica Hawkins to release the third and final book of the White Monarch series--VIOLENT TRIUMPHS. I'm not ashamed to say that I've been so obsessed obsessed with this series! The second book was released back in July and ended with a killer cliffhanger. After an agonizingly long four months, and re-reading the first two books twice, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

ONLY FIVE MORE DAYS!
PLUS -- Jessica Hawkins has released a new juicy teaser today. 

Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

VIOLENT TRIUMPHS
blurb + cover 

Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

Release Date: November 12, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The highly anticipated conclusion to the "emotional, steamy, and dangerous" USA Today bestselling White Monarch series.

I'v become a queen to the forsaken, a leader to thieves, and the wife of a man who instills fear in all who cross his path. He was the husband I didn't want. Now, I can't fathom life without my king.

I should've been ready for anything. Like the caterpillar that feeds on poison during metamorphosis, I was raised in the dangerous world of cartel crime. But nothing could have prepared me for Cristiano de la Rosa, his brother's poison, or the Calavera cartel.

This is still a story about a love strong enough to topple households, unite enemies, and divide brothers. Resilient enough to bring down those who would try to destroy it . . . and selfless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

But I was warned, and so were you. Death's day always comes. This time, it will find what was once a caterpillar is now a butterfly--and hell hath no fury like the White Monarch.



Reviews of the first two books in this series are listed below:
Violent Delights  <<< BOOK ONE
Violent Ends   <<< BOOK TWO 




October 17, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

First of all, I am 100% dumbfounded by the 12,000+ people who have given this book a 5-star rating.

Appalled.
Aghast.
Bewildered.
Dismayed.
Flabbergasted.
Floored.
Mystified.
Stunned.

I am without speech.

Like...WTF?

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Honestly, this book is so problematic that I don't even know where to begin. The ONLY reason it gets two stars from me is because I reserve one-star ratings for the few, rare books that I don't finish.

I'm going to be very blunt with you. There will be no sugarcoating here.

1. Every plot point in this story has been overdone. 

2. There are multiple time jumps. The transitions aren't smooth, and they occur without explanation.

3. The dialog is choppy, juvenile, boring, and unoriginal.

4. The main characters are nothing more than standard issue, carbon copies of an archetype. Zero depth, zero growth.

Examples: Cassidy is the beautiful, innocent virgin and damsel in distress. She makes a mean sandwich, enjoys watching sports, and even understands how the game is played (shocking, I know)! Every guy she meets wants her for himself, and she's constantly subjected to their unwanted sexual advances. Tyler is the sweet and handsome BFF and boy next door. He's secretly in love with Cassidy and morphs into the devil in disguise when she shows interest elsewhere. Gage is the hotter than sin cousin of Tyler. He's wealthy, yet generous. He's protective but not possessive. He has the sexual prowess of a Greek god and is perfect in every other way imaginable.

Cue eye roll.

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There was a lot of this.

5. The secondary characters add absolutely nothing to the story, and the author failed to provide any context about them. On more than one occasion, I thought I'd missed something because I didn't understand how a specific character played into the story. (That's because they didn't.)

6. There are entire subplots that serve no other purpose than to showcase the desirability of the protagonist (for the umpteenth time...) and/or the hero's wealthiness and generosity. They added nothing to the story and were a complete waste of time.

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I'm honestly getting annoyed thinking about how dumb this book really is... so I'll just leave it at that.

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OVERALL: ðŸ’œðŸ’œ
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: ðŸ’œ
STORY LINE: ðŸ’œ
STEAM FACTOR: ðŸ’œ

September 26, 2019

COVER REVEAL: Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

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cover and blurb reveal


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Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Cover Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

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VIOLENT TRIUMPHS | release date 11.12.19


The highly anticipated conclusion to the “emotional, steamy, and dangerous” USA Today bestselling White Monarch series


I've become a queen to the forsaken, a leader to thieves, and the wife of a man who instills fear in all who cross his path. He was the husband I didn't want. Now, I can't fathom life without my king.

I should've been ready for anything. Like the caterpillar that feeds on poison during metamorphosis, I was raised in the dangerous world of cartel crime. But nothing could've prepared me for Cristiano de la Rosa, his brother's poison, or the Calavera cartel.

This is still a story about a love strong enough to topple households, unite enemies, and divide brothers. Resilient enough to bring down those who would try to destroy it. . . and selfless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But I was warned, and so were you. Death's day always comes. This time, it will find what was once a caterpillar is now a butterfly--and hell hath no fury like the White Monarch.

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Confession: I've been patiently awaiting the release of Violent Triumphs from the moment that I finished Violent Ends. November cannot get here fast enough, but the small glimpse this blurb has provided is better than nothing. Only now... I'm even more excited to learn how the story ends (while also wishing it didn't have to end at all). 

White Monarch is easily my favorite series of all time. If you haven't read the first two books of this series already, you need to get on that PRONTO! You really have no idea what you're missing.


CHOP, CHOP!
(Or should I say... BANG, BANG?)



Violent Triumphs is not a standalone

and must be read after Violent Ends and Violent Delights



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