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One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5) by Jill Shalvis (narrated by Karen White)

One Snowy Night - Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night - Jill Shalvis 

 

~ reviewing the audio version~ 
Exactly what I was looking for. Cute, fun novella filled with sexual tension with a tiny, bit of spice thrown in. Rory and Max had been sort of antagonizing each other for a long time up until they are forced to share a ride back home. Trouble arises in the way and fortunately for them, that gives them time to sort things out and get things right. Everything wrapped up too fast but the ending was still satisfying. I definitely recommend if you're looking for a Christmasy, quick read. 

Cael (Mythical Ink #3) by L.S. Anders

Cael: Mythical Ink Series 3 - Anders Hanson

This story started with a bang. It showed us more of the world the other supernaturals creatures come from and what happened after one of the "demons" decided to stay on this realm. So far so good, but then as the story progressed there were some things that kept me shaking my head and made me go Huh? what? and why? Things that weren't congruent with what was previously said in the book and just some attitudes in general by all the characters. I wasn't too happy with the ending either, I felt it wrapped up too nicely.


Overall it was entertaining but not my favorite in the series. I'd give this one 2.5 stars for the things I mentioned above but the world building was different and unique so I'm rounding it to 3 because I think others would like this one more than I did for that alone.

— feeling grin
The things one does for the love of books.
The things one does for the love of books.
A little lopsided but still proud of my pretty Christmas tree 

War (Savage Kings MC Book 4) by Lane Hart & D.B. West

War (Savage Kings MC Book 4) - Lane Hart, D.B. West

Can you see the smoke coming out of my eReader? This series started solid but now it's rock hard awesome <3


So, War has tried to lead two separate lives for as long as he can remember; in one he's the loving caretaker of both his sister and son, in the other he's the sergeant-at-arms of Savage Kings MC. He's been doing his best to keep each life as separate as possible but now his association to the MC may cost him custody of his beloved son, or worse. Nova and him meet in the most random circumstances and what starts as fun sexy times becomes a fight to stop War's live(s) from crumbling down.
These two were fire from the beginning. Their relationship was explosive in and outside the bedroom. Nova was smart, witty, and caring. She knew what she was getting into and owned her decisions. I love heroines that may make mistakes but own up to them so I definitely liked Nova's character. War had some anger issues that made him look terribly menacing but given the circumstances I guess his reactions were somewhat understable. In fact, I think it was that attitude that also made those around him feel protected (I'm not saying anger is ever ok, I'm only stating how I saw this character portrayed). In the end they make everything work out for them, too bad the MC seems to be in even more hot water than ever.

 


If you like explosive romance stories full of action, drama and funny, not to mention delightful sexy moments, then this is a story you will definitely want to read!

 

* I received a copy of this story at no cost to me. This is my honest opinion and in no way influenced by the author or publisher. *

 

 

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Love with a Notorious Rake (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #3) by Karyn Gerrard

Love with a Notorious Rake - Karyn Gerrard

Love with a Notorious Rake - Karyn Gerrard 

 

You now that feeling when you already like an author's work and then you read their newest and you're totally reminded of why you like it? This was a perfect example of it for me. 

With a course hovering over his head, Aidan has spent his entire adult life in debauchery. His last stint lands him in the care of Cristyn's father's sanatorium, where she acts as kind of a physician's aid to her father. He and Cristyn form a friendship that eventually transforms into more but because of Aiden's reservations they end up parting ways.

I loved Cristyn's openness and candor. She still behaved as a proper lady however that never stopped her from acknowledging her feelings, speaking her mind, and demanding the respect she knew she deserved. 
I found Aiden's true feelings touching and the perfect basis for his addictions. There was honesty in what he did and as a character he grew immensely, trying to make up for past mistakes, and by taking up on his family's radical ideas of helping those in need. He was frank about his mistakes and totally owned them. I particularly loved how he handled his association with an old paramour, which in the eyes of his society would have been total ruin, possibly even worse. 

Other characters from previous books make appearances here giving us glimpses of Aidan as part of a loving family. It also provided a sort of epilogue for the other men of Wollstonecraft stories, which I always consider a treat. Overall, I thought it was an endearing, charming, and unique story. I would recommend this series and author to anyone that enjoys history along with their romance.

* I received a copy of this story at no cost to me; this is my honest opinion and in no way was it influenced by the author or publisher. *

Not merry nor funny...

Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris 

 

I was looking for something to listen during the Holidays and this was recommended to me. I tried, I really did but half way in and more than merry this was compendium of bitterness and bad jokes. I know it supposed to be "dark" humor, and believe me, I can appreciate dark humor but this one never hit the mark. Definitely not for me

 

The Leading Lady (Half Moon House #2) by Deb Marlowe

The Leading Lady (Half Moon House Series) - Deb Marlowe

The Leading Lady (Half Moon House Series) - Deb Marlowe 

 

What a pleasure to pick up a book by a new to me author and thoroughly enjoy it! <3 
This is the second book in the series but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first one yet I never felt lost or like I needed to read the first one first. 
I love enemies to lovers stories and this one hit the mark in all the right places. Callie is smart, determined, caring, and knows how to fight against injustices in a world where men set the rules. Although Truitt was at first hesitant of working alongside such woman, he learned to admire her both as a fighter and as a woman. Their romance had the perfect pace and their chemistry, in and outside the bedroom, was perfect as well. They made have made a few mistakes towards the end but overall they made a pretty good team. I think they are one of my favorite couples ever. 


So the romance was wonderful but it was not the only good thing about the book. Not exactly a story about spies it had some its elements. The suspense was engaging from the start and it kept me turning the pages even when it wasn’t about the two main characters, which is always a good thing. Most of the story takes place in France and I loved that the author didn’t use any “accented” dialogue nor used unnecessary situations to remind me where the story was taking place. 
With complex, fun characters; suspense, action, and romance, this is a story I definitely recommend to anyone that enjoys stories outside ballrooms. 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher*

More or Less a Temptress (The Somerset Sisters #3) by Anna Bradley

More or Less a Temptress - Anna Bradley

More or Less a Temptress (The Somerset Sisters #3) - Anna Bradley 

 

Regency romance story with a brooding man and a timid debutante. The mystery aspect kept me wondering until the end but I found it hard to connect with the characters, especially Hyacinth. I don't know if it's because I'm starting to find meek debutants tiresome or it was this heroine in particular that I din't like. Lachlan was ok for the most part but there were instances when I thought his surliness was over the top. I also found the pace a little to slow for my taste and the end was not my favorite either. Overall it was an ok read but unfortunately not the best in the series or by the author. 

* I received a copy of this book at no cost to me. This is my own opinion, not influenced by publisher or author.*

Heart Throb (Hearts of Metal #7) by Brooklyn Ann

Heart Throb  - Brooklyn Ann

Heart Throb (Hearts of Metal #7) - Brooklyn Ann 

 

This series will hook you from the beginning! This is the seventh and unfortunately the final book in the series but it can definitely be read as a standalone.

 

Lexi is well aware of her looks and doesn’t need to be reminded of them every five seconds. At this point in her life she’s more concerned about making a butt-kicking documentary about the metal band Vicious and fulfilling her dream of making a feature horror film. She just needs to stop worrying about (and staring at) the grouch in the band in order to meet her deadline.
Brand, the bassist of the band, is that grouch. He’s had a tough childhood and doesn’t let anyone get close. Letting people into his life means giving them a chance to hurt him and he’s tired of that. Not even the model-look-alike disrupting his life is going to change that.

 

Lexi and Brand were a super cute couple. They both tried to deny their attraction from the beginning and so drama and plenty of laughs ensued when they pretended there was no chemistry between them. Brand might have acted all gruff and indifferent at times but he had some deeps scars that made him act that way. Luckily Lexi saw past that dark exterior and focused more on the man that worried about and cared for her. He made some huge mistakes along the way but he learned his lessons and proved he was capable of love.

 

I don’t want this series to end because I need more from all of the bands! I loved the way each character was not only depicted as skilled at what they did but also as imperfect, vulnerable, normal human beings. I also appreciate how they went through some ordinary, real life situations because that made them even more real. Like when Lexi was having some bad cramping and everyone kept commenting on her looks instead of how she was feeling… yeah, that right there made me want to hug the author! Situations like that happened in all of the books and man, I loved those little bits in each of the books. You can also tell the author loves the metal rock world by the way she describes it and lets us readers be a part of it. I didn’t think I was a fan but after going behind the scenes of the music I know I will give it a try. This was a fabulous read, with well-developed characters and a fascinating setting. I definitely recommend it.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

Finally took the time to watch The Haunting of Hill House, and color me impressed

 

It took me several attempts but thanks to the brilliant and persuasive review of The Haunting of Hill House by Char's Horror Corner, I pushed on through and watched the whole thing and what to you know, I liked it. Like a lot!

 

I wouldn't call it terrifying, exactly, but oh, how much fun it was to just sit there and let the story unravel and try to connect all the pieces together. Horror? Don't think so. It was however edge-of-your-seat suspenseful and an amazing psychological thriller.

 

 

 

The best part though, the family dynamics. The Crains siblings lived a very happy, practically idyllic childhood up until they moved to that old house. I don't know if it's because my family is almost as big as theirs (and we bicker almost as much) or because all of the actors portrayed their characters with such realism that it was nearly impossible not to grieve with them. Or laugh at all their antics for that matter...  

 

(I laughed so hard at that one ↑↑↑) 

 

 

So, in short, if you have doubts about it because you don't do horror or you're scared you're going to be scared witless, you should still give this one a chance. I mean, yeah, there are a few jump scare moments but nothing that's not going to let you sleep at night - I hope *he he*

 

I think once you get a hang of the story there is not much to be scared of because there is nothing to be scared of (sort of). You really just want the family to be happy. To be able to move on with their lives without the pain of the past or fear for their future. 

I think the hours spent watching this show were hours very well spent. 

 

 

 

"I loved you completely. And you loved me the same. That's all. The rest is confetti."

 

 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll go dry up my tears and get me a copy of the book. 

 

 

Have you watched it yet? Have you read about this theory? I did cry... and got upset at myself for not realizing it before o.O

 

And did you catch all the "extras"? It took me a few episodes to realize it but once I did it was impossible not to take notice.

First Earl I See Tonight (Debutantes Diaries #1) by Anna Bennett

First Earl I See Tonight - Anna Bennett

First Earl I See Tonight - Anna Bennett 

 

Fiona seeks out the help of Grey, the Earl of Ravenport, because she can’t forget how he very gracefully “rescued” her after she made a fool of herself by tripping in the middle of a ballroom. In her mind he’s an honorable man that would at least listen to her plight and with any luck she could convince him to marry her. I had some trouble connecting to her in the beginning because more than trying to be in good terms with him (after all, SHE was asking HIM a huge favor) she tended to correct, challenge, and even berate him. And what did he do? He found her attitude “refreshing” ¯_(ツ)_/¯ I don’t know, I’ve never thought rudeness a refreshing trait but what do I know… Fiona was a romantic at heart so I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say that she acted that way because she thought she was going to marry for other reasons than love.


Gray was an honorable man that just happened to be cynical about love, and with good reasons. He was not exactly surly but I wouldn’t call him the life of the party either. His parents left his life and earldom in shambles and the few people he’d come to love and trust ended up betraying him. But even with all that baggage he was still considerate and caring. Once he realized Fiona and he made a good match he took upon himself to make her feel at the very least admired and protected. Of course it didn’t take long for either one of them to admit being in love and once they did I thought Gray did a wonderful job at declaring his love.


As far as the blackmail, I was glad Fiona was smart enough to open up to Gray and that he didn’t act like she had betrayed him as well. I think they both acted accordingly and to the best of their abilities given the situation. I didn’t like much how they took care of the blackmailer because to me his punishment was kind of vague and left me wondering if he’d come back after our couple in later books. All in all it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it for anyone in search of a light read.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

Unmask Me If You Can (The Survivors #4) by Shana Galen

Unmask Me If You Can - Shana Galen

Unmask Me If You Can (The Survivors #4) - Shana Galen 

 

At one point in her life, Olivia didn’t have more worries than to wear pretty gowns and attend the most fashionable balls. Now? Now she has more pressing, more important things to worry about, mainly her full of life and curious five year old son Richard. Jasper may have looked scary with that mask covering half his face but his considerate and honorable behavior was enough to bring down the walls Olivia had erected around her heart. 

 

I have to say that Jasper was not exactly how I imagined him, he was way better! I loved the way he patiently let Olivia trust him with her body and hers and her child’s life. He knew the ordeals she had gone through and so he painstakingly let her take the lead when it came to the intimate moments. That’s basically what I love the most about Jasper. Even though he was reluctant to let her love him at first, once he understood her needs he was more than willing to accommodate her, and not just because of his desire for her, but because he understood her and wanted to give her what she needed. If that’s not love then I may be reading the wrong books. He truly was the perfect lover for Olivia. 
Olivia, although not the smartest of women in my opinion, was resourceful and level-headed. Perhaps at times she didn’t make the right decisions and trusted the wrong people but she always considered all of her options. It made me really upset how the scheming of others affected Jasper, Olivia, and of course little Richard. That poor child had been so happy for the first five years of his life and all of a sudden his life turned upside down. The villains deserved so much worse than what they got but at least they got some kind of punishment. 


To top it all off, we get a little glimpse at the life of Lieutenant-Colonel Benedict Draven! Just as the men he leads, he may appear as a brooding man but if my hunch is correct, just like the other men in his troop, that is just a façade to keep all the feelings from pouring out. In all honesty, I cannot have enough of these men and I cannot wait to read the rest of their stories. 

*I requested and received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher*
 

I guess I expected something different...

Assassins - Mike Bond

Assassins - Mike Bond 

 

So far I can only give it 2 stars since I didn't finish it but as far as I can tell I don't think I'll ever pick it up. 25% in and the story has barely moved forward. I thought it was going to be a thriller but so far it feels more like an attempted lesson of South Asia geography, military artillery, and terrorist groups; not mention it includes a very prejudiced and narrow-minded description of the "Koran." Of course that all may change throughout the book but I guess I'll never find out.

Master of None (Millcastle #2) by Kate Pearce

Master of None (Millcastle #2) - Kate Pearce

Master of None (Millcastle #2) - Kate Pearce 

 

Forced marriage & marriage of convenience are two of my favorite tropes and this story hit all the high marks in what I think these tropes should be. The narrative/voice of this author made the story tangible and the characters jump out of the page. 

Emily has always been a dutiful, obedient daughter so when her father tells her she must marry the manager of one of his mills she reluctantly acquiesces to her father’s wishes. I liked her character a whole lot. She gave the illusion of being a meek woman however she was never afraid to speak up when in disagreement or when someone pushed her limits. 
Adam had this quiet confidence that made him both endearing and appealing, and I think his greatest flaw was his pride because he always thought to be right. On the other hand there were times I felt bad for the poor guy, what with him having to deal with an expanding empire, his new bride, family disputes, and old flames trying to destroy his marriage. But even with all the burdens that were suddenly thrown their way, Emily and Adam managed to create a joyous if not perfect marriage. The chemistry between the two was not exactly “explosive” but it was believable and real, what a real marriage should be like, especially when it started the way it did. 

The suspense, real-life hardships, emotional scenes, and well-defined characters, not to mention a true historical setting feeling, made this story a highly enjoyable read. Oh, and that man on the cover of the book, so-very Adam! 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.*

Halloween reads

I think this is the first year that I'm actually reading some reads in theme with Halloween and in my search to find something different to read I came across this list. 

 

The 10 Greatest Female Monsters In Literature, From Carmilla To The Woman In Black

 

I haven't even heard of Carmilla until I read the list so of course now I want to read it. 

 

 

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-10-greatest-female-monsters-in-literature-from-carmilla-to-the-woman-in-black-12193994?fbclid=IwAR0prnSA7yiB_iorqbWPECgg6DER8PcTJNhWoGWo8yMERH38HnQhnLJzJ_o

Sentinel of Darkness (Darkness Series #8) by Katie Reus

Sentinel of Darkness  - Katie Reus

Sentinel of Darkness (Darkness Series #8) - Katie Reus 

 

Sweet, cute novella and as usual by this author, full of romance, sexy heroes, and shifters shenanigans.

 

Dagen meets Keva in the most imperfect way but the moment he meets her, his dragon knows she is IT for him. The way he protected Keva (and actually all shifters in this series) is sweet and romantic. What I liked the most about the two was how in spite of having both gone through hell (one of them literally) they were still warriors and didn’t shy away from love. I would have loved for this story to be longer and read more about the other members of the pack, and specially that very pregnant shifter. But overall it was an enjoyable read that reminded me how much I like dragon shifters and this series.

 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher*

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