Review: Full Measures by @RebeccaYarros

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Totally did not expect this. I really, really, really liked this NA novel. Rebecca Yarros is a new author for me – honestly, I don’t even remember why I even bought this book, but I was in a book schlump, and thought I’d read my TBR backlog, since I wasn’t attracted to any of the new releases this month (yet).

Ms. Yarros, thankfully, kept the boring internal monologues to a minimum, and just kept me chug-chug-chugging along with her characters’ story. December “Ember” Howard and Josh Harris are now embedded in my brain as two of the best book hero and heroine, 4 starsfrom books I’ve read this year, so far. Superbly well-written, relatable, fast-paced, heart-string tugging, and memorable, Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros is one heck of a steal. Def worth it!

Review: Just Like That by @AuthorNRendell

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I’m in love with author Nicola Rendell’s books. I first learned about her when I started seeing plugs and blurbs for her previous book, Hail Mary, e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e back in late November and early December. Loved that one so much that when I saw she had this one, “Just Like That,” coming out in April, I didn’t even read the blurb – I just pre-ordered.

And, I’ve had no regrets. “Just Like That’s” plot is pretty simple. Boy sees girl in airport, gets smitten, girl smiles and talks with boy, girl sees what she thought was her bag from the luggage belt, takes it, and leaves. Boy follows, and they proceed to fall in love following the insta-lust both felt zinging thru their bodies when they had first met. They go thru a series of love challenges, take down the proverbial bad guy, save the girl’s little town, boy moves to her said little town to be with her, and they, finally, live HEA. Not bad, eh? What I especially like, though, are the unexpected parts author Nicola Rendell added to this boy-meets-girl story. Now, I like me my rom-com, but when some smut is added to the mix?

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A-woooooooo indeed.

4 stars

OMG @ReidRomance and Dating-Ish has me with no more brain matter left intact

…’coz my mind’s literally blown away.

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Ms. Reid’s publicist assigned me to (~SOB!~) post my review here on my blog and the subsequent blog tour materials on JUNE 5TH, which is, like 10 gazillion days away. Sniff.

But it’s ayt. I’m just soooooooo thankful I got an ARC to begin with. Now, I only need to bite my nails in anticipation of sharing my 5-star review with y’all. Le sigh.

In the meantime, feed your souls with this blurb and pre-order “Dating-ish” from your fave retailers now. You won’t regret it, I promise you!

Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is coming May 16th!

‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.


There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

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Review: Twisted Palace by @authorerinwatt

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Yes, I’ve skipped reviewing Broken Prince, book 2 in “The Royals” series. Please don’t crucify me. I just got too excited about finding out how Reed Royal and Ella Harper would discover who the real murdering culprit was and how they got to their HEA. Hence, here we are now at the end of book 3, “Twisted Palace.”

Can I tell you something first, though? Thank god I started reading this on Labor Day weekend! I finished all 3 books in 2 days. Yesterday, I spent 10 hours with books 1 to almost the end of book 3, because this girl’s gotta sleep at 2am already. In case you were wondering, let me share that I spent the holiday with my mama. We, unfortunately, did not eat any meals together, and hardly even spoke to one another. She binge-watched The Crown and I binge-read The Royals. Are you sensing a pattern? Granted, both series are completely unrelated, but when I realized what we both did, it was definitely a SMH moment. LOL!

Anyhoo, Twisted Palace is the culmination of Reed and Ella’s story, which was chock-full of sexy times, romance, intrigue, murder, mystery, and teenage angst. In short, it was AWESOMESAUCE. What I completely loved about it is that even though I’ve read almost all of Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy’s individually-published books, I couldn’t “hear” any warring or jarring individual voices in any of The Royals books. D’ya know what I mean? It’s like Ms. Frederick and Ms. Kennedy volted into one being, i.e., Erin Watt, and just wrote a seamless tale. One that I completely lost myself in. One that I adored to bits.

So, why just 4-stars then? I just felt that the ending was a bit rushed. To find out who Brooke’s real murderer was the way that Ella did was a shocker, sure, but I found it to be too…. how do I explain it? Last minute, perhaps? It was at the 97% mark of the e-book. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m glad the author/s found a way to give us the HEA at the end of the book that they promised it would be in. I just thought maybe all the superfluous scenes coulda been edited out (e.g., the Winter Formal). I would have loved an epilogue to Reed and Ella’s story (e.g., after high school, after college, etc.), too. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.

To be clear, however, please note that I’m not complaining. I really, really, really LIKED this, despite the fact that they’re YA books, which if you’ve read my blog before, I’m kinda allergic to. I’m gearing my wallet up and praying to the credit card gods right now, so that I can pre-order Ms. Watt’s next book. It costs 2 bucks more than each of The Royals books, but I’m positive it’ll be great! In the meantime, please excuse me while I torture myself and read Chapter 4 of Gideon and Savannah’s novelette from Ms. Watt’s website.4 stars

Review: Paper Princess by @authorerinwatt

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Thank goodness I waited for all 3 books to come out first before I started reading this. Also, thankful AF that the author, Erin Watt, did not extend the trilogy to quadrilogies or quintologies or even sextologies. Because that would make this series more expensive than it already is (at 6 bucks per e-book, I’m already forgoing 1 hour of air-conditioning for every “The Royals” book, while living in my 40-deg Celsius weather as self-penance).

Gotta confess, though. I read the beginnings and the endings of all 3 books before I went back to reading the minutiae of book 1, “Paper Princess.” It reminds me a helluva lot of (again) that Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers. Except that the bad boy and the good girl live together, and the girl was a parental ward of the guy’s dad. WOAH much? Yes, the story’s premise is THAT good.

As Reed Royal and Ella Harper’s story unfolds from books 1 to 3, we’ll discover how twisted people can be. And how much they’ve redefined the word “dysfunctional.” Then, there’s murder-mystery, the heroine remains a virgin at the end of book 1, and the main characters are both still in high school. Mmm hmm. This is a book smack dab in the middle of the YA genre. And, did I mention the sexy scenes are sizzling hot? And that the girl remains virgin?

Sorry. Did I make you wanna read the 2nd book in the trilogy, too? And, follow Erin Watt 4 starson Wattpad, since that’s where Gideon and Savannah’s story is currently being slooooooooowly released? Yeah. You’re welcome.

Review: Yours by Jasinda Wilder

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Well, this was weirdly wacky and wackily depressing. I really and truly hope that this piece of fiction has never happened and won’t ever happen to any twisted-up real people. The very thought that a grown-ass man with a congenitally defective heart, who has a severe death wish, alcoholic problems, a devil-may-care attitude, no job, but has plenty of money, would immediately have a 180-degree personality change and a permanent woody at the sight of his new heart donor’s widow is, in one word, weird.

Same with the extremely depressed widow. She feels a deep connection with Lock? Okay, I get it, because once she would have found out that he has her dead once-in-a-lifetime love’s heart, then that would be a natural reaction. But, no, in this book, the good surgical nurse finds and fights an immediate emotional tug of the heart as soon as she met Lock. She initiates their first kiss, gets wishy-washy about what she wants with Lock…. and, at this point of their weird tale (I was about 50% in already), I had to stop, because it was all talk, all monotonous internal angst, then the characters’ sexual organs touched, and ta-dah, the end.

I just didn’t feel the story, the characters, the whole enchilada. It was too much, too long. At least, for me.1 star

Review: Sex In The Sticks by @BennettBooks

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If you’ve read this blog before, then I don’t know if you noticed that I’m a bit of a freak for Sawyer Bennett’s books. When Ms. Bennett has a new release, I sit up and take notice. Of course, it helps that I stalk her on her newsletter, on her publicist’s newsletter, her Twitter page, her Facebook page, and in my dreams. I know. It’s scary. I’M kinda scaring myself, I admit it, when it comes to my Bennett obsession. Can’t help it, though, when I already got hooked after reading “Uncivilized.” It’s a healthy obsession, though. Sorta. When I see my credit card bill full of Amazon’s name, that’s when reality bites. LOL!

So, thank goodness that I got selected for an ARC for Ms. Bennett’s latest release, “Sex In The Sticks!” I gotta say my EQ and sense of restraint thoroughly suffered after getting it. When I say “thoroughly suffered,” I meant that my restraint was non-existent. I devoured this one. I can already tell: main characters Valentine French and Logan Burke are going to be as unforgettable to me as Moira Reed and Zach Easton. The sexy factors were through the freaking burning roof. BTW, one caveat: I was listening to Amy Lee’s “Love Exists” when I was reading thru some portions of “Sex In The Sticks.”

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I laughed. I cried. I almost stuck my nose to my e-reader while reading sexy parts. So, maybe Amy helped me visualize Valentine and Logan 1,000% better? Don’t know. But this much I know: THIS. WAS. EVERYTHING. Kudos, Sawyer!!!
A Love Hurts Novel

Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, a city girl rediscovers love and lust in the Alaskan wilderness.

Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.

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