For Lucy By Jewel E. Ann

“It only takes one good reason to keep going. To live. To feel necessary. Lucy is my one.

Trigger warning! Cheating, Death, Loss , and Grief.

This is only my second book by Jewel E Ann and it is as amazing as the first book I ever read from her.

For Lucy is an equal part heartbreaking and equal part heartwarming, powerful story.

This is a really strong and well written second chance story. The story is well written and the pace is easy to follow. I also feel that anyone reading this book is able to feel every single emotion the author is trying to convey.

I will admit this book took me a lot longer to get through then most of my usual reads, but that’s only because I kept on stopping to cry.

As I’ve never been married or divorced, I can’t say that I understand what people who have been divorced go through and most of the times when reading a second-chance romance book, its very easy to be able to think to myself “I would never do that”.

However to me the way this book was written, I actually understood how Emmett and Tatum felt. That’s not to say I agreed with it, but I could understand the reasoning behind most of the events taking place in the book. As an objective person, we may never understand why someone in love makes the decisions that they do, but Love is Love and it is flawed just as human beings are.

In the end I was so glad to have finished the book, because even with all the angst I truly did love this love story.

I want to thank Valentine PR and author Jewel E. Ann for, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.

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Sweet Collateral by L.P. Lovell

“She’s a favor. A pretty slave. Sweet collateral.

Before I can begin telling you all the reasons why I loved this book, I just want to let you know the trigger warnings associated with this book, such as rape and sexual slavery. This is a dark romance and not everyone’s cup of tea so be very careful if you do decide to read this book.

This is was my first every book by L.P. Lovell and I had no idea what I was getting myself into, it is intense, tragic and so beautiful. This story is about Anna, who has been a sexual salve since she was thirteen. The story starts when Rafael D’Cruze, leader of the Juarez Cartel, is asked to keep Anna, the collateral, safe for Nero Verdi, the Italian mob boss.

After being freed from slavery, Anna is still adjusting to no longer being a whore, no longer having to service men. But after years of captivity, she doesn’t know who else to be if not the whore. Yet with Rafael’s help she blossoms. Even though in the beginning Rafael wanted nothing to do with baby sitting the collateral, once he lays eyes on Anna, he’s determined to make her realize that she is finally free.

I know you’re not supposed to fall in love with a bad man, but the way Rafael is with Anna, it just melts your heart. Rafael is not a good man in any sense of the word, but the way he protects and cherishes Anna makes you fall in love with him. Anna’s struggle to become a new, free person is beautiful yet heartbreaking to witness, and finally we get to see her become a strong, resilient, and empowered woman.

This book does feature Anna’s sister Una (from the Kiss of Death Trilogy), so you might want to read that story first. However even though I had not read Kiss of Death Trilogy, I feel this book can be read as stand alone and I did not feel as if I was missing out on some important information.

Note: SWEET COLLATERAL was originally released as a three book Collateral Trilogy (Hate Me, Hold Me, Have Me) and now you can get all three books for the price of one

I want to thank CandiKanePR and author L.P. Lovell for, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.

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Like A Boss by Anne Harper

“Since the day I met you, I can say with absolute confidence that you, Antonella Bennett, are nothing like I was expecting

There are so many people out there today who want to become viral. But what if you became viral for all the wrong reasons? Being known as the crazy lady who had an epic meltdown on Valentines Days? Not the way most people want to their claim to fame, but that’s exactly what happens to Antonella “Nell” Bennett.

I really enjoyed reading the second book in the Accidentally Viral series by Anne Harper, even though this was my ever book by this author. I love reading about small town romances cause everybody is in everybody’s business. I’m sure I won’t like having others in my business but it makes for amazing drama.

Nell is a one of a kind of women. The way she talks and acts is honestly insane – absolutely no impulse control. Quinn Hannigan on the other hand is a very serious grump, starting over in a new town to give his son a more stable life after the break down of his marriage. His attraction to Nell is unsettling not only because she’s almost a decade younger than him, but also the boss abhors workplace romance.

I really enjoyed the shenanigans the characters get in to, the shock Quinn gets every time Nell talks him in to doing something totally out of the ordinary and crazy. Nell is unpredictable and its exactly what Quinn needs, its the balance of yin and yang.

The only thing I did not enjoy was the long drawn out sentences. In fact Nell’s sentences often start at one point and end at a totally different you-didn’t-think-they’d-be-related kind of point. However after reading a couple of chapters I realized that this is done on purpose by the author, its supposed to be a charming character point about Nell. However it did make the book a bit more difficult to follow for me. Still it was a good and enjoy reading experience.

Also bonus for those of you wondering this book is a clean-ish romance.

I want to Thank Grey’s Promotions and author Anne Harper, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.

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Bad Crush By Rebecca Jenshak

“My crush is out of control. I’ve built him up so much over the years; no one can compare

The second book in the Campus Nights series follows the story of Reagan and Adam. Reagan has been in love with her best friend’s brother and neighbor since the day she met him. She is crazy about him the only problem is he’s a serial dater.

When the opportunity arises to go on a date with Adam, Reagan grabs with it both hands offering to be his date for the night, and somehow accidentally declares herself his fiance to his whole faculty.

The story truly develops from there as Reagan and Adam embark on the relationship journey of a lifetime. They’ve both got their hangups but they are willing to make things work.

What I loved most about this story is that unlike similar fake fiance romances, Rebeca Jenshak doesn’t drag the plot.Yes Reagan and Adam start off as fake fiances but true feelings are quickly revealed within 30% of the start of the book. For me it can be very frustrating to read a book, the whole time thinking “just tell him how much you love him already” so I was glad that the author didn’t waste time dragging it out.

The side characters are also just super amazing! Funny and ridiculous, making the book a fun experience for the reader.

As this was my first book by Rebeca Jenshak ever, I will definitely be going back to read the 1st book in the Campus Night series.

Have you read this book or any others by this author? If you have, let me know what you thought and which book should I try next.

I want to Thank Grey’s Promotions and author Rebeca Jenshak, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.

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A Substitute Wife for the Prizefighter By Alice Coldbreath

“Tell me you wanted me all along

A Victorian romance that’s not centered around a Duke or an Earl. You may not believe it but in all the years since I’ve been reading romance novels, I had not read a single historical romance novel that wasn’t centered around a couple from the higher part of the society.

I have a lot Dukes, Earls and Heiresses in repertoire. But I’ve never read a historical romance where at least one of the charters wasn’t rich or from high society. So I was very surprised when I stumbled upon this book about prizefighters also known as professional boxers.

I have to say I was very surprised to read about a prize fighter sitting in polite company.

In addition to the excitement of reading a new sub-genre, I was also intrigued with the story line right from the start. Author Alice Coldbreath captures your attention by creating mutual animosity between the main characters right from the start.

There are a lot of reasons why I feel in love with Benedict Toomes, the prizefighter, but one major reason is that he is an excellent communicator. Seriously the man does not let things lie, does not simply believe in the word “fine”. He is always initiating conversation, making sure that he and his wife are both on the same page and that there are no misunderstandings.

After having read so many books where the hero and heroin get separated and go through so much strife due a lack of communication, Benedict Toomes was a balm to my soul.

The story truly is about Benedict and Lizzy and although there are some amazing and hilarious supporting characters, Coldbreath has written the story in such an amazing way that the supporting characters don’t overshadow the main characters. The supporting characters support the hero, heroine and help the plot progress but Benedict and Lizzy are always at the forefront of the readers’ mind.

I honestly fell in love with Benedict and Lizzy, and I think I have a new favorite book boyfriend.

Have you read this book or any others by this author? If you have, let me know what you thought and which book should I try next.

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Spotlight: Regency Matchmaker

“she always makes her match.

Happy Pub Day to author Celeste Jones on the release of her complete collection of Regency Matchmaker.

Its available right now on Kindle Unlimited!

Lady Ambrosia Anaconda Algonquin, matchmaker to London’s most discerning citizens. Part fairy godmother, part sorting hat, her methods might be unusual, but she always makes her match.

In this collection of four stand alone novels, Lady Ambrosia’s matchmaking skills are put to the test.

His Tempestuous Bride features a heroine who wants to get away from an unhappy home and a hero looking for an heir. What happens when this marriage of convenience becomes a love match?

His Mischievous Bride tells a tale of second chance love. Many years have passed since a misunderstanding separated William and Calliope, but they are determined to make up for lost time.

Lessons For His Bride is the story of Seraphina Moon, a girl who didn’t have the best start in life, but once she’s matched with Dr. Lucas Spencer, the future looks very bright. Except for that one little secret from her past.

His Bargained For Bride A widow who has sworn off men. A lord who’s finished with women. So why can’t they keep their hands off each other?

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Spotlight: My Sinful Valentine

“I made her voice hoarse and body sensitive to my touch, and yet, she challenges me. Bad girl.

I know Valentine’s Day is already long gone, but I do love reading about love. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, there’s always time for romance.

If you haven’t read the Beautiful Sinner series by author Elena M. Reyes yet, I definitely recommend you check the series out. Especially since this novella is all about the couple featured in each of the books.

If you have read the books in the series, you’ll enjoy reading this novella since not only do you get to see all the couples from each of the books, but you also get a lot of sexy times.

I really enjoyed the fact that unlike other novellas which feature multiple couples, My Sinful Valentine devotes numerous chapters to each of the couples. We even get a little sneak peak for Callum’s story, which I’m really excited for.

My Sinful Valentine is out on February 18th, 2021.

I want to thank author Elena M. Reyes and Enticing Journey Book Promotions, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.

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Properly Spanked? Or Properly Spanked Legacy?

Do you ever wonder what happens after the Happily Ever After? Because I do, which is why short epilogues are so disappointing because you learn so much about the characters through out the story, about how they get together, it’s really a shame that authors don’t go even a little bit in depth as to what happens after they got married.

Author Annabel Joseph’s Properly Spanked series was one in which all the characters are featured into each other’s books.

So even after the book ends, after the epilogue, you are still able to check in on the couple from the previous books to see how they are doing. And now she’s come out with a spin-off series Properly Spanked Legacy, which features the children of the characters from Properly Spanked series.

The first book in the Properly Spanked Legacy series follows the story of the Marquess of Wescott, son of the Duke of Arlington from Under the Duke’s Hand, the fourth book in the Properly Spanked series.

Basically starting from where the original series left off.

While so far there are only two books in the legacy series, I felt that the first book in the legacy series, Rival Desires was not as angst-y as Under the Duke’s Hand, which was bursting with emotion. The book Rival Desires, I felt like did not live up to its predecessor.

The second book in the legacy series, by comparison was a lot better of a read for me. Lord Townsend’s story followed a lot more closely to his parents’ story. We even got to see the rest of the family remembers of the Townsend family for an extended period of the book. Whereas the Arlington parents only made a very shirt appearance in the book.

Still, I’m looking forward to reading the other two upcoming books in the legacy series, because the legacy series has a lot more steamy times right from the start, which is always the best part of a romance novel.

If you’ve read the books, let me know your thoughts!

Lets Talk Book Boyfriends

Do you know what’s the best thing about reading romance, well aside from the cheesy romance stuff. Book Boyfriends!

Fictional men that make real man look disappointing. Book boyfriends come is all shapes, sizes, and attitudes.

They can be sweet and caring, shy and nerdy, or bossy and possessive. I honestly don’t even know what makes these fictional men so attractive, but a good book boyfriend makes the book fun to read and keeps the reader interested.

I read a lot of romance, so I have a lot of fictional boyfriends, too many to count honestly. But today I want to share with you my all time favorite book boyfriends.

Alex, Lord Brooke is a surly, brooding man. It makes sense that he is perpetually wearing a dark look, since his wife left for no apparent reason, and even though he is still in love with her, she refuses to even be in the same room as him.

We first meet Alex in the 2nd book of Golden Angle’s Domestic Discipline series, and I was immediately hooked on Alex’s story, wanting to know why his wife left him, what he plans on doing about it and I could not wait for the last book in the series.

And Alex, definitely did not disappoint. He is the kind of hero who showed us that actions truly do mean more than words. If you want to know what I mean, you will have to read the story and find out. I am sure that like he did for me, Alex, Lord Brooke, will become one of your favorite book boyfriend (or book husband).

Ryan Kingston, better known as King, is the ultimate good boy. The only drink he drinks is milk, he wears preppy clothes, and has impeccable manners. He would also be a giant nerd, if it wasn’t for the fact that he is a professional hockey player.

He’s chivalrous and respectful of women, but get him naked and he is the dirty talking bad boy. You know the saying ” a lady in the street but a freak in the bed”? Well Ryan is that but the male version.

Going through an identity crisis would destroy the strongest man in the world, but Ryan even handles that like a champ. There’s literally nothing you could throw at him that would faze him. Seriously, there is just too much to love about this man and nothing to hate (in my opinion).

Branson, Knight, is a billionaire but that has nothing to do with why the man in one of my most favorite book boyfriends. He’s earned his place on this list, because he doesn’t let anything stop him from living life.

Even being blind, the man can do everything that all other men can do, and most likely would be able to do it better than those with sight. He’s build an empire, and donates to charity, he’s physically active and independent despite his handicap.

I mean the man round-house kicked another person just based on sound!

The drive to live life to the fullest is a quality to be admired. Branson Kinght is a daredevil and a charming and caring partner. For those of you who like a their book boyfriends to be “exciting”, I definitely recommend you read Branson’s story

Tristan Miles, the handsome, billionaire who’s got everything going for him. You may wonder, Alaia, why is he on your list, there’s nothing special about him? Well my dear friends, Tristan is on this list because he is handsome, rich (duh) and he goes after what he wants.

Most romantic hero’s shy away from love, and usually the heroin comes and forces them to realize that love is a possibility, but when he meets Claire, he already knows she’s special, and he goes after what he wants.

I love a man who is open to love and the vulnerability that comes with loving someone.

He never gives up on Claire or her brood, even at times when she had clearly given up on them, he keeps pushing, hoping to get them to their Happy Ever After. and you know what? What Tristan Miles wants, Tristan Miles gets.

Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent is a rake. The worst kind of rake in fact as he stoops to kidnapping a lady. But as we read his story and get to know him, we realize that he is just a man misunderstood.

He is bored, has no purpose in life and a manipulative personality which he has never had a chance to explore in a proper avenue and so he does stupid things. Marrying a shy wallflower gives him a purpose in life. Finally he has in his life someone that makes him want to be better.

The transformation from rake to devoted husband is amazing, and one that should not be missed.

He works hard to become someone that his wife and child will be proud to call theirs’ and although he changes a lot of his wicked ways to suite to being a married man now, in the bedroom he is still a devil. Seriously who does love reformed rakes? There’s a reason why so many historical romances are based on rakishly wicked heroes.

Well those are just a few of my favorite book boyfriends, comment if you agree with my list and share with me some of your book boyfriends. because when it comes to fictional men, you can never have too many, am I right?

2020 Recap

I honestly still cannot believe that 2020 is over. I seriously still sometimes write the date as 2020 instead of 2021 (does anybody still do that as well?).

At the start of 2020 I was reading a book per day, I thought I was going to be able to continue reading a book per day throughout the year. But unfortunately as the year progressed, I fell behind in my goal 😔

Still I had some great reads in 2020. I rated these as 5 stars on Goodreads, but to be honest they were off the charts good. Lets do a recap of the year 2020.

Anything But Easy By Susie Tate

The Viscount Who Loved Me By Julia Quinn

Truly By Carmerl Rhodes

Corrupt By Elena M. Reyes

Her Wicked Marquess By Lisa Torquay

The Takeover By T. L. Swan

I enjoyed these books so much, they were the highlight on my year. Its hard to even try to rank these in order they were all so amazing. Have you read of these or plan to read these? Leave a comment below.