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Aphrodite in Bloom by Anonymous [arc review]

Aphrodite in Bloom by  @glimpses_of_my_books I find it really hard to review books that are a collection of stories or novellas, some are always going to be great while others are not going to be exactly to my taste. That is definitely the case here. There are some amazing novellas in this book that could easily be turned into full books, there are others that I could have done without. That being said, I was impressed, most of them were actually really good. The other difficult thing with reviewing novellas is saying why you liked it without giving away the story. So I apologize in advance if this review will come across vague. Before we get to it, here is the blurb, which I find 100% accurate :) This erotic anthology has something for everyone and caters to many different tastes and proclivities. Discover what interests or excites you. Explore which is your perfect story. Return to it again and again. We dare you. A virgin receives an especially satisfying gift at a masked ball... A

Witches Get Stitches (Stay a Spell #3) by Juliette Cross [arc review]

Witches Get Stitches by Juliette Cross I don't think Juliette Cross has the power to disappoint me. And that sunnies, is a great thing. There is nothing better than going into a book knowing with absolute certainty that you will love it.  Book 3 in the Stay a Spell  series was just as charming, mesmerizing, romantic, and steamy as the previous books. Is it my favorite of the 3? Close, very close, but no. Mateo my man still tops the cake. And his appearances in this book just fermented that. I loved how many glimpses we got of him and the grims. Their books cannot come soon enough. I know you are all waiting for Jules' book. Well, I'm waiting for my grims, and I sure hope they have a darker edge to them. All that being said, if you are new to this series go ahead! This can easily be read as a stand alone. I would recommend you read them all, but I am obsessed with Juliette Cross... Violet was...interesting. During the first 40% of the book I wanted to bring her out of the pa

Raphael and Jegudiel by Tillie Cole

Let's start off by saying that both these books need to come with heavy trigger warnings. If you have problems with just about anything that can be seen as 'wrong' or 'off putting', and I do mean anything  walk away. These books are not for you. Tillie Cole does not shy away from the dark and disturbing. Specially in the first book. She was a new author to me with Raphael  and I absolutely loved the book. I have already purchased an older title by her. I have been very much into dark romance lately and to find one that is so dark it can be uncomfortable to read, intense, creative, and yet also heartwarming and touching is not easy. Raphael has more darkness and intensity than Jegudiel, not the character, but the book as a whole. Overall I liked Raphael a smidge more, but that is not to say Diel's book wasn't great, it was. This series is about brothers by pain and hate. These man have been through hell and back and there is no way you are not going to feel f

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry I was not going to write a review for this one, but I would like to think I am fair with my reviews. And in order to be fair, one needs to share reviews for books they did not love as well as reviews for books they loved.  Although I will forever rave about Emily Henry's previous book,  Beach Read - it was amazing! I cannot tell you that I loved or even liked People We Meet on Vocation . I think the book has a great premise and it was written well, but it just didn't feel like a romance book to me. And the slow burn was so slow I got bored... It reads more like women lit and that is just not my thing although I know it is a favorite subgenre for many. I also thought that once some romance finally happened it didn't work. These two main characters are best friends, true best friends. They feel more like siblings than lovers. The chemistry was there but not in a romantic way. So again, more women lit than romance. This could have been

Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren [ALC review]

It is always nice when a book surprises you. Yes & I Love You was more than the title suggests. Yes, it is certainly a romance novel, but it also deals with things most of us don't think about when talking inclusion in books. The main female character, Hollyn, has tourette syndrome and suffers panic attacks. The disease affected the character's daily life but didn't define who she was. The author, Roni Loren,  holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, and it is clear her experiences helped her here. She represented the illness well and did a great job at demonstrating how anxiety and other daily things we take for granted made things harder for Hollyn.   Hollyn is very successful in her field. She runs a popular blog and her word is the law. If she recommends your business or entertainment it is certain it will be successful. But because of her tourettes she hides behind the screen and no one knows what the popular reviewer &qu

Quickies, April 2021

I read a good amount of older releases this past two months. I will not write long individual reviews for every single one of them but here are is a little bit about each one of them:  - Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh It's unlikely I will ever dislike something Nalini writes. She is a master of her craft. This is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and it is just as good as the first. Shy and isolated Faith is plagued by visions of blood and murder. She has questions and needs help but can't ask those around her. She turns to the changelings and the only Psy she knows that has defied her race (first book in the series). Vaughn is more cat than human but has to control his instincts not to scare Faith away. This was a fabulous paranormal romance read but you really must read the first book first! 4 stars from me :)  - Desperate Measures by Katee Robert Desperate Measures is the story of Jafar and Jasmine. But if you read Katee before you know it is not that simple at

A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone #1) by Scarlett St. Clair

I knew very little going into this book except that it had my current favorite bad boy in it: Hades! Seriously though, I have a "hades tbr" at the moment, it's a thing. And if you know any good Hades based romances do tell me. Always and forever looking for more. Hades, the God of the Dead was phenomenal. I have ZERO complaints about his character. There was more to the underworld than known by other gods and humans, and the same is true about the man that runs the place. He is to the point and although not always up front and straight forward he is always honest and true. He has built a gambling empire but his bets are not always monetary and they are known for being impossible.  Persephone was very much still learning who she really was. Up until meeting Hades and for some time after she has no power of her own. Plants die at her touch and that is that. She is also known as the goddess of spring, but that is not because of who she is but rather because of who her mother

The Last Tiara by M.J. Rose

The Last Tiara  by M.J. Rose is inspired by a real missing Russian Crown Jewel. She explains in an article to The Adventurine  how she stumbled upon an NPR article about the disappearance of missing Russian Crown Jewels that to date, have not been found. Captivated by it and how such amazing items could simply disappear she decides her new novel will tell the story of the lost tiara.  It is apparent throughout the book that M.J. Rose researched well the Romanov Jewels, the Russian Evolution, and especially the impact it had on the Russian people. Although she never goes into details, the poverty and difficulties the people experienced at the time are carefully and respectfully mentioned.  The book is told from two different perspectives, that of mother and daughter. The alternating chapters reveal Sofiya's life in Russia from 1915 through 1922, and Isobelle's in 1948 Manhattan, US. First we have Isabelle, an young architect in post World War II Manhattan . While renovating her

Custom Made (Fast & Fury #2) by Chantal Fernando [arc review]

Custom Made, Chantal Fernando I thoroughly enjoy everything Chantal Fernando writes. All her books have some intrigue but are also very sweet. They truly are the perfect late night read. Blurb: Cameron Davies has the job she’s always wanted—designing custom motorcycles at Fast & Fury. No way is she going to screw this up. But when her wild, sexy one-night stand ends up being the shop’s new VIP client, her life is suddenly turned on its head. Orion Stenton radiates power, danger and, most of all, sex. His lavish lifestyle is fraught with dangers for Cam—and a far too intimate link to her past. She has to keep things professional, but it’s impossible to forget the feel of him or the way he whispers her name. The connection between them demands far more than a quick fling. But when Cam’s past puts Orion in danger, she must face her demons if she’s going to save them both. Although I loved this one I will start by saying you really should read the other book first. Part of the reason I

Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola [arc review]

This book is being pushed hard. After I agreed to post it on Instagram I also got a copy from work in two different formats. It has a great cover, an enticing title, and the premise - mythical tales retold - grabbed my attention instantly. Blurb: A high-born Nigerian goddess, who has been beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover, longs to be truly seen. A young businesswoman attempts a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life. A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether she should uphold her family’s politics or be true to her heart. In her debut collection, internationally acclaimed writer Bolu Babalola retells the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology with incredible new detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased places. With an eye towards decolonizing tropes inherent in our favo

Convict (Unfit Hero #1) by Hayley Faiman

Convict, Hayley Faiman This was my very first read by Hayley Faiman and it will most certainly not be the last. I am actually happy to say I own two more of her books already and can get started on it straight away. The book was 100% not what I was expecting. I knew little of her writing style or the series going into it besides the cover and the blurb. Both of which, to me, make Convict  sounds like a dark romance. That is not what this is at all. It is passionate, suspenseful, and the main characters backgrounds is a little dark. But it is not a dark romance. It is really really sweet. Rylan and Channing are perfect for each other in every way.  Blurb: Guilty. ExCon. Felon. Prisoner. Criminal. Words that now represent me. Words that keep any decent person away from me. I never gave much thought to words before now. Slut. Hussy. Whore. Homewrecker. Jezebel. Words that now reflect me. Words that will stay indefinitely. The evidence of those words grow inside of me. Those Words make the

Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young

Trader. Fighter. Survivor. With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems. As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found. The Review: 4 Stars I enjoyed Namesake  a lot more than I enjoyed the first book in the series, Fable.  Overall the book had a much better pacing. I remember complaining that although I liked Fable  it lagged at times, but that really wasn't an issue here. There was a twist coming or something about to happen at all times, and because of

Wilde Child (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #6) by Eloisa James [ALC Review]

He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes! Blurb: Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother’s infidelity, Lady Joan can’t seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she’s determined to perform the title role of a prince—in breeches, naturally. She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her. Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course. For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he’s horrified when he grasps the danger Joan’s putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he’ll keep her safe. He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father’s castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable. Not including him, of course. The Review: 4.5 Stars This is only my second book by Eloisa James and I am h

How to Catch a Duke (Rogues to Riches #6) by Grace Burrowes [ALC review]

How to Catch a Duke, Grace Burrowes I've been waiting for this book for sometime. Lord Stephen Wentworth's past was mentioned many times in previous books and I was hoping Grace Burrowes would give him a happy ending. After everything he went through in life he most certainly deserved it.  As book opening goes, the one to How to Catch a Duke  had me dying of curiosity instantly: "I have come to ask you to kill me, my lord." Miss Abigail Abbott is no damsel in distress, but she also knows when she can't handle an enemy on her own. She believes the only solution to her problems is to disappear and she trusts Lord Stephen will help her. Lord Stephen is a juxtaposition... charming and brutish, sad and happy, caring and ruthless, the most intelligent and most clueless... Although you don't have to have read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy this one, I would advise you to do so. I think Stephen's personality traits and past will be more touching

Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1) by Katee Robert [arc review]

I absolutely adore Katee's Roberts books. She has a lot of books out so I can't say I read them all, but I've read plenty and I am yet to not like one. So, needless to say, the second I saw the arc available for Neon Gods  I just had to have it. Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca for feeding my Katee Robert addiction! Blurb: Society darling Persephone Dimitriou wants nothing to do with her mother's ambitions. She's biding her time until she's able to leave the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start her doctorate degree. The one thing she never planned on? Her mother ambushing her with an engagement to Zeus—a man with more than a few dead wives in his past. Persephone will do anything to escape that fate...even flee the sparkling upper city and make a devil's bargain with a man she once believed was a myth. Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. Not even for the woman who flees into his territory as if the

"Quickies" March 2021

It has been some time since I've had to write one of these. I've read a lot of books these last two months and haven't really had the time to sit and write a long review on every single on of them. So I hope the few short lines bellow help you some.  Thanks for reading!  Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4) by Karen Marie Moning, 5 Stars & The Immortal Highlander (Highlander #6) by Karen Marie Moning, 4 Stars This series is an easy "go-to" for me when I want to read something I know I will like and that won't take me forever to finish. Kiss of the Highlander  has some humor while being romantic and sexy. Drustan has been "sleeping" for nearly five centuries when Gwen, literally, falls on top of him. From than on is a matter of him convincing her he is not mad and her deciding if she trusts and believes on him or not. As for The Immortal Highlander , I wouldn't recommend reading this one without having read the previous books. Adam Black is

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle [ALC Review]

  In Five Years by Rebecca Serle was easily one of my favorite reads last year and I was very excited to read this book by her. I am not 100% sure what the exactly release date was but I think the print book was released in 2014 and Simon and Schuster picked up in audio format this year. It was released (re-released?) February 2nd. I listened to this beauty on libro.fm pretty much in one sitting.  The Blurb: Sorrow can be seductive—but can hope triumph over heartbreak? A dark and searing novel from the  New York Times  bestselling author of   In Five Years . Caggie never wanted to be a hero, but some things are decided for us. Growing up among Manhattan’s social elite, Caggie always had everything a girl could want, including a storied last name. But after saving a girl from the brink of suicide, Caggie becomes infamous, and now all she wants is to be left alone. After all, she’s still reeling from the recent death of her younger sister, the subsequent destruction of her relationship

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

There was a time where I loved nothing more than a good YA fantasy. I guess that time is passed... either that or the quality of YA books coming out has fallen. This wasn't a bad book, it just was underwhelming . It has a very good concept, a good start, a good climax point, but everything else felt flat. Deka leaves in fear of the Blood Ceremony Day- the day she finds out if her blood runs pure (red) or if she has gold blood, which is met with a death sentence. Needless to say, her blood runs gold. She is killed again and again just to wake, limbs reattaching themselves... It is a gory and interesting start. I was intrigued as to what she was and where this was going.  Someone from the capital comes an offers her a deal: fight for the emperor with other girls like her or stay at the village being killed until someone figures out how to give her her true death. Let's face it, it is an easy choice.  The book celebrates female friendships, sisterhood! Families from circumstance a