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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

The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls #2) by Joanna Shupe

Another masterpiece by Jonna Shupe! I loved every second of this book and I am already a third into the next book in the Uptown Girls  series. The Greene sisters are a hoot and the man they fall for can do nothing but be at their mercy.  Blurb: In the second novel in Joanna Shupe's the Uptown Girl series, a ruthless casino owner bent on revenge finds his plans upended by a beautiful woman who proves to be more determined than he is—and too irresistible to deny. Powerful casino owner. Ruthless mastermind. Destroyer of men. He lives in the shadows... As the owner of the city's most exclusive casino, Clayton Madden holds the fortunes of prominent families in the palms of his hands every night. There is one particular family he burns to ruin, however, one that has escaped his grasp... until now. She is society's darling... Florence Greene is no one's fool. She knows Clayton Madden is using her to ruin her prestigious family... and she's using him right back. She plans t

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh

I started this series somewhat backwards.  Silver Silence   is the first book in a spin-off series for Psy- Changeling  and was the first book I've read. But, being a spin-off, it is also book 16 in the series! It was also my first book by Nalini Singh, who has since than become one of my all time favorite paranormal romance writers. I've been meaning to go and read her older books it is been a while, but you readers know how it goes: the TBR is never ending. It took 2 years but here we are. I own almost the whole series and I will eventually get through them. To start, this book very much reminded me of Silver Silence . A psy and a shifter. But as the story progressed it took a life of its own. My favorite thing about it is that Nalini somehow managed to create a whole new world without making the book unnecessarily long. Rather often the first book in a new paranormal/fantasy series is long in order to explain the new world created. I felt she did that nicely and timely throu

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls #1) by Joanna Shupe

The Rogue of fifth Avenue truly was a delightful read. I was entertained and captivated by it from begining to end. Often historical romances feel rather long and can get a tad boring in the middle. This one was actually a rather fast read. Frank Tripp worked hard to get where he is in his life.Someone from his background (which the keeps hidden at all costs) does not become a lawyer for the upper class easily. Duncan Greene, one of his most powerful clients could destroy him easily. So it is in his best interest to Keep Duncan's daughter safe as he finds her in male stablishments only (such as casinos) way past a ladies bedtime. Again and again he has to escort Miss Greene back home. He doesn't tell her father of her excursions though... he rather likes sparing with her. Mamie is a spitfire of a lady. She does what she wants, when she wants, and Frank Tripp is not going to get in the way- either by protecting her when she does not need protection, or by telling her

Back in the Texan's Bed by Naima Simone [arc review]

Will they ever learn… that giving in to desire is playing with fire?After discovering he has a secret son, oil heir Ross Edmond isn’t letting Charlotte Jarrett walk away again. He proposes they move in together—to share their son…and a bed. But Charlotte has secrets, and Ross doesn’t know the real reason his family’s former chef left town three years ago—and they  still  have a powerful enemy who could bring them both down… I am at a loss for words. I have no idea how to review this one... do you have a trope you hate?! I do- babies/kids in romance books. There is NOTHING romantic about them. Nada. Maybe if you've never been a mum?! Anyways, I know thats a trope many of you love, just ain't for me. BUT, its Naima... and she writes gold. She also makes this non book crier cry every f***ing time. So I was pretty sure I wouldn't love this one but it would be good. And most importantly,  it wouldn't get me teary... Famous last words 😅🤣 Go read it. And when you

The Warrior King (Inferno Rising #3) by Abigail Owen [arc review]

I absolutely adore this series. Any time anyone asks for a paranormal/dragon shifter recommendation this series comes to mind.  Books in the Series so far and reviews: -  The Rogue King -  The Blood King Blurb for The Warrior King : Meira Amon is the most reserved of the phoenixes, finding computers easier to deal with than people and their messy emotions. But she wants revenge against the Rotting King Pytheios for the murder of her parents just as much as her sisters. Offering herself as a queen for their ally, dragon shifter King Gorgon of the Black Clan, only makes sense. Just one problem… Samael Veles worked his lowborn ass off to become the fiercest warrior of the Black Clan. He has pledged his life to protect his king at all costs. Yet somehow, in the middle of war, he took one look at a woman in a reflection and gave up his heart. When that woman turns out to be the phoenix promised to mate his king and help bring peace to their kind, he has no choice but to accept it. Until her

Someday My Duke Will Come (Isle of Synne #2) by Christina Britton [arc review]

How good was this book you ask? Good enough that I am ordering the first book in the series immediately. Hello Christina Britton, nice to meet you, and welcome to my 'must read everything she writes' list. It's a short list, specially for historical romances. Although I enjoy the stories, I also often find them tedious to read and it takes me a week or two to get through one book. Which to some is normal, to me it is not. I like taking about 3 days per book. How along did it take me to read this one? 2 glorious days. And so, 5 glorious stars to Someday My Duke Will Come ! Blurb: A fake engagement becomes the real thing in the next book in the series New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes calls "first-rate Regency fun!" Lady Clara Ashford's world changed fifteen years ago at the hands of a rogue who took her innocence. Determined never to give into temptation again, she settles into a life as caregiver for her family. With her younger sister recently

Happy Singles Day by Ann Marie Walker [arc review]

How do you feel about holiday reads? or small town/seaside novels? Happy Singles Day  reminds me of the easy to read novels that came out every Christmas and of small town seaside novels.  Paige, a Certified Professional Organizer in Chicago has everything in her life in order. After one very bad experience with her ex and her old boss she started her own company and is very successful. But, she is in desperate need of a holiday. The perfect opportunity appears after she clicks on an ad for Happy Singles Day.  What better time to go away? Because who needs  a man? Certainly not Paige.  Once Paige arrives at the small sea side town in the middle of nowhere she soon realizes things are not as they appeared on the website. For starters, there are no cars in town. She needs to get on a bike to get to the B&B. Once she does get to the B&B it looks like someone's house, with crap all over and definitely not set for the peaceful holiday week she was looking for. On top of that, th

The Fallen Angel Trilogy by Kim Loraine

Waking the Watcher Denying the Watcher Releasing the Watcher This serieswas a fun paranormal and erotica trilogy. Each book focuses on a different couple but the background story on the first two books gets resolved in book 3, and as such, the series should not be read out of order. The background story is Sariel’s, an angel who fell from heaven when he chose to stay on earth with the woman he fell in love with instead of being a ‘watcher’ for God. His job was to watch, not to interact and interfere. When he fell, so did hundreds of others hoping to find the same kind of love that he did. Some did, some are now under the influence of Lucifer. Sariel’s love died not long after he fell -during the flood- and he has spent thousands of years dormant with no body of his own inside the mind of others. On book one he wakes up. He believes that the vampire whose body he is inhabiting has found the reincarnation of his mate. But is she his mate, or is she the vampire’s mate and he

Bane's Choice (Vampire Motorcycle Club #1) by Alyssa Day

My reading year has definitely started well. Another great book to the list! This was my first read by Alyssa Day and it will not  be the last.  The blurb: Vampires are back for a reason! Meet the sexy, dark hero Bane in New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day's smokin'-hot romance. Bane lost his humanity ages ago. Nothing is more important than protecting his Vampire Motorcycle Club from the death magic invading his territory. The most ancient of vampires, he seeks cold, unfeeling, bloody vengeance...until a frustratingly sexy human doctor is thrust into his path. She tempts Bane to distraction. And distraction is deadly in his world. Buttoned-up and meticulous Dr. Ryan St. Cloud never thought she’d find herself in the mix of a motorcycle club, let alone one full of terrifyingly badass vampires. Or how intrigued she is by their dark and enigmatic leader, who seems balanced on the knife’s edge of killing her...or claiming her. But Bane’s choice is harder than it seems, bec

Love in the Wild by Emma Castle [arc review]

Love in the Wild  was everything you would expect from a retelling that tries to stay as close and true as possible to the original tale while at the same time giving the reader a whole new story.  The are many familiar elements. The jungle,  the boy who grew up with gorillas, the girl... but there are alsonew enticing bits to keep it fresh and interesting.   Tarzan, or Thorne, was taken into the care of a gorilla mama at a very young age.  His connection with the jungle and with the animals was beautifully portrayed. This book is definitely for the animal lover.  There will be many moments of Thorne with the animals that will make you smile. He knows the jungle better than anyone and has carved out a place for himself.  Jane,  or here Eden, is a photographer at the wrong place at the wrong time. Thorne saves her life and tries to claim her as his mate. His animalistic instincts are strong and although Eden knows she should take it slow with him she finds hard to resist his