Review – The Arrogant Architect by LK Collins

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I am such a fan of LK Collins. Her work is stunning. Her words bring her worlds to life. In the time that I have read her works, she has touched on some topics. PTSD, drug abuse, suicide… the death of a loved one. I was sure that The Arrogant Architect would be one of her steamy sexy tales. But this story… King and Ever? This was crazy love, an instant hate, heartbreaking loss, a struggle to move on… a struggle to understand.

Ever has had a tough six years after losing her beloved mother. Nothing has been the same for her and her father. The loss has been staggering and she has no clear plan to let her mother go. Her work as a chef has been her salvation. Her apartment has been her sanctuary. All of that is thrown into disarray by one brilliant, beautiful man – Kingsley Lennox. Instant hate for Ever. Instant attraction and need for King.

King is an architectual genius. Highly sought after. Richly awarded. A pioneer in his field. But no matter how hard he tries and how many other people adore him, the one person who he wants doesn’t want to be anywhere near him. With dogged determination, he pursues Ever. He won’t stop until her wins her over. One date. That’s all. He doesn’t have time for love but he has time for ONE DATE.

Their interactions put me on edge. Ever hates him, refuses to give him a chance – to the point that I found her and her actions mean and petty. Kingsley moved and moved faster and faster. Trying everything, everything. Until it happens. Ever gives in and then nothing between the couple is the same. Their relationship swings up and down… just as their lives swing up and down. The angst continues to build. The feeling that something just isn’t right. Just when it seems too much for Ever to understand and to accept, the answer is there.

This amazing story won’t let me go. Even after having finished their love story a few days ago, Kingsley won’t leave my thoughts. Everly won’t slip away so easily. I laughed at their antics. I cried for their losses. I cried for man needing to come to grips with his needs and his limitations. I grieved for a young woman who just wanted one more minute with her mother. I celebrated with them as they worked their way toward a happily ever after – or at least for right now.

Beautiful words. Amazing story. Job well done, LK. All hail the King.

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Kingsley Lennox, AKA King, has been dubbed a genius of the architectural world. Anything he touches turns to gold, and being as successful as he is, his work is his number one priority. He doesn’t have time to date or deal with the slew of women that gawk at him just because of his perfect face and chiseled body. Plus, no one has interested him enough to give a shit, until the smart mouthed Everly Adams, AKA Ever, wakes to the noise of him restoring the building next door to hers.

Ever, like King, doesn’t have the time or the desire to date, she’s been through so much. So when she meets King, she can’t help but want nothing at all to do with the arrogant asshole. For one, they share nothing in common. For another, he’s pompous, cocky, and throws his money around as if that will win her heart. Did I mention he’s fucking crazy and very controlling? No, thank you!

But when King sets his mind to something, he accomplishes it…always has, always will. Ever is the biggest challenge he’s faced, but will she be the only person he can’t impress?

Can King win her over, all while hiding the truth about who he really is?

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Review – Sacred Serenity by Audrey Carlan


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After I finished reading Resisting Roots, book 1 in the Lotus House series, I couldn’t wait for more! I anxiously waiting for the release of Sacred Serenity! Mrs. Carlan has never disappointed and she still hasn’t this book was EVERYTHING! From sweet and caring to hot and steamy to sex personified! Amber and Dash’s story will leave you panting and swooning. The angst was raw. It was real! I felt for the characters so much throughout the story. This beautiful book grabbed me by the heart and wouldn’t let go for days after I finished.

So what’s better than Yoga? Why Tantric Yoga of course! I have never in my life wanted to jump right in and say….I’M READY TO TRY SOME TANTRIC!….like I do now. Who am I kidding? I’ve never known what Tantric Yoga really was until reading this book! I was hooked from page one. It sucked me in as I turned page after page never wanting it to end!

Dash and Amber come together is an explosion of sexual frustration. Inexplicably drawn to one another, both try to resist, but it’s no use when you’re soul mates. Or so Dash thinks.

“There will be no part of you untouched or untasted. I’m going to consume you, little bird, until there is no more of you and me. Only us.”

I was super excited that we got to see characters from Resisting Roots again! I loved how Mrs. Carlan allowed us to have glimpses into their lives and how they have been playing out. I still love Genevieve and Trent and his overprotective alpha man self!

I can’t get enough of this series or Mrs. Carlan’s books period. She is a phenomenal author who conjures up beautiful words for a timeless story! I can’t wait to see what she dreams up next!

“Flying is easy. Staying grounded is more challenging. Are you ready to walk our path?”


5 Soul Searing Stars!!!

Twenty-two-year-old Amber St. James’s focus is on her education. Her plan is clear―finish the elite San Francisco/Berkeley Medical School program early and become a pediatrician. She hasn’t given much thought to dating or to men in general, until she enrolls in the required human sexuality course…a subject foreign to her for religious and personal reasons.

Tantric yoga practitioner Dash Alexander is Lotus House Yoga’s most sought after sensual teacher. Women flock to him for his unique teaching style, calm nature, and wicked hot body. When he hears of Amber’s plight, he offers to help. The condition? Amber must assist in his couples’ Tantra yoga class as his partner. The sizzling attraction between the two of them is beyond anything Dash has ever experienced…spiritually or otherwise.

Through his teachings, Dash makes love to Amber’s mind and merges with her soul. Physically there’s only one problem, a secret that’s sacred. Amber St. James is a virgin…by choice.



Review tour- Lucky Star by Rebecca Caudill

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Lucky Star Synopsis:

What happens when two best friends who are secretly in love with each other hookup after one too many shots of tequila? For Sarah Travers and Cameron Scott, their friendship is quickly overshadowed by the uncertainty that comes with crossing the line from friends to lovers. Their problems are compounded when Cameron is cast as the lead in a major Hollywood blockbuster and he must decide what’s more important: sticking by the woman he’s loved since the moment they met or the bright lights and temptation of superstardom.



When I met Cameron we hit it off like macaroni and cheese. Now we’re practically inseparable but I’ve been hiding the fact that I’m in love with him. Truly, madly, deeply. He finally figured it out and everything changed between us forever. That’s not my biggest problem though. You see, Cameron just landed the role of a lifetime and, despite how he feels about me, I’m worried I’m about to play second fiddle to the bright lights and temptations of Hollywood.



I think I’ve loved Sarah since the first moment I laid eyes on her. It goes without saying she’s funny, smart, and has curves for days, but it’s more than that. She’s my light in this cynical, messed up world called Hollywood. I’d do anything to be with her, but I keep screwing up what should be easy. Now the studio is pressuring me to date my new co-star as part of a PR campaign and all I can think is maybe Sarah and I weren’t meant to be.


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Rebecca has always loved writing stories. When she won a writing contest in third grade (a 1000-word epic tale about her teddy bear, Max), she announced she would someday become an author. When she wasn’t writing her own stories, she was sneaking copies of her mom’s paperback romances to read late into the night. (Which, thinking back, was probably notappropriate.) After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 with a degree in Journalism, she embarked on a career in technology public relations in Silicon Valley, working for some of the country’s hottest start-ups and publicly-traded companies. In 2014 she retired from corporate drudgery to write full time.


Rebecca lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband. When not writing, she is exploring her new city and traveling across Europe searching for inspiration for her next story. (Hint: it involves travel and rugby.)



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Bookalicious Babes Blog is proud to present this exclusive cover reveal for Fire In You by the amazing Jennifer Armentrout that releases on November 28! 


Some are born with fire in them.

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Let the FIRE IN YOU burn and preorder your copy today!

Photography and Cover Design by Sara Eirew of Sara Eirew Photography

The gorgeous cover models on this stunning cover are BT Urruela and Solene Ollivier.  

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About FIRE IN YOU (Standalone Contemporary Romance Releasing November 28, 2016):

From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



Review – Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Riding a race bike is an art—a thing that you do because you feel something inside.” ~Valentino Rossi

Have you ever been to a NASCAR, Formula One, motocross, or other race where you’ve felt that power surge on the track…that buzz in the air? Have you ever raced a car or motorcycle on the track or road where you’ve felt that power gush behind the wheel? Have you been to or watched a race where your senses were heightened as they came to life?

Racing is the most sensory-driven sport where ALL of the senses come to life. You hear, see, smell, taste, and feel it ALL. You feel that flow of adrenaline course through your veins from that rush that racing elicits. You smell the fumes of the engines preparing to go into battle where you watch them whirl around the track so fast that your head is spinning in the best way. Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens is a racing romance that comes to life—one where you can’t help but FEEL EVERYTHING.

After falling head-over-heels in love with Kellan Kyle in S.C. Stephens’ famous Thoughtless series, I was excited to meet the racing romance called Furious Rush and Hayden Hayes, who I knew would capture my heart…and that he did. I dove into Furious Rush with a fervor, eager to feel this story and oh did I feel each word I read. I FELT EVERYTHING. Furious Rush consumed and claimed me from the very first page where I was ALL IN. Heart pumping with adrenaline. Body shaking with bated breathing in anticipation. Eyes tearing from the intense emotions that overcame me. I was in awe. I was in anguish. I was amused. I was on an adventure. I WAS ALIVE.

Beautiful and brave motorcycle racer, McKenzie ‘Kenzie’ Cox, lives and breathes racing; it’s in her blood. Her famous father was a racing legend. Now, her legendary father is her boss and racing team owner, and one hard act to follow. Riding a motorcycle around that track or on the road fast and furiously is Kenzie’s haven…her passion. Winning a race is her dream.

“I want to make my father proud, honor the legacy he started.”

I LOVED Kenzie with her strong will, determination, beauty and brains—a lethal combination and a force to be reckoned with on and off the track. Kenzie lives for racing and adheres to routine on the race track and in life. Life is not always predictable and sometimes a wrench or a hot distraction messes up the best laid plans like hot and humorous Hayden Hayes who races for the opposing team, Benneti, Cox Racing Team’s enemy from an owners’ feud stemming decades.

“He was smokin’, someone-hold-on-to-my-ovaries-before-they-explode hot.”

Hayden’s looks are as fire-hot as his racing with light green eyes, blond hair, and a tall and muscular body made for much more than racing. Cocky and captivating, Hayden is one tantalizing temptation Kenzie can’t afford to partake in, despite her panties jumping to participate.

“I could help you thaw out, Ice Queen.”

Part of me did not want to like the cocky and sometimes cruel Hayden but I did; I could not help it. I FELL IN MAD LOVE WITH HAYDEN HAYES along with his Aussie kissing skills. Hayden is broken and beautiful. Helpless to Hayden’s spell, I swooned at this gorgeous guy hiding pain beneath a mask of humor who quickly stole my heart.

“Why was he staring at me like I was the starting line, like I was the prize?”

Hayden is as desperate to win a race as is Kenzie, both armed in battle where the stakes are high. Kenzie has caught Hayden’s eye and more. The stunning and smart spitfire is one challenge he wants to conquer like the race.

“I hated to admit it, but chasing him gave me a rush.”

Like Kenzie, Hayden feels that furious rush too that burns on and off the track between them like fireworks waiting to go boom.

“Race me or chase me, Kenzie.”

Racing each other fuels the fire on and off the track. It’s a high for both and Hayden and Kenzie who are better battling side-by-side on the track than apart.

“Did you…did you feel it today…while we were racing? We’re magic together, Twenty-Two.”

Magic are what Kenzie and Hayden are on that track as they soar together, trying to catch the other while desire paves its own destination. From enemies to friends, Kenzie and Hayden hover into the forbidden territory of more.

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“Just like when we were racing, I suddenly had tunnel vision, and he was all I could see.”

These beautiful words grabbed my soul, as I hoped this captivating couple would find more as they are perfect together on and off the track.

“Racing you gives me a high, but you make me feel alive.”

Oh Hayden. I’m SMITTEN with this hero. Hayden’s tongue is pure magic as are his wondrous words. I was smitten by this man of many layers who is pure perfection. A Romeo so right for his Juliet; if only their blooming love was not forbidden.

“As his tongue slid through my lips, flicking, then caressing, my mind self-destructed in an explosion of lust. F**k the future, I just want to feel alive right now. And no one made me feel more alive than Hayden.”

Kenzie and Hayden are each other’s air. Each other’s heart. Each other’s hope. Each other’s salvation. Kenzie and Hayden are enemies on the track, forbidden from contact, the fight for romance a losing battle. Stakes are high during the final race when secrets are exposed, the past brings smoke, and they veer off course, possibly sending them into a collision both on and off the track.

My heart was cut in half as it lay bleeding in the aftermath with hope hanging by a thread for happiness. The feels flowed as did my tears—fast and furiously— like laps around the track.

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“I wanted to pretend nothing had changed, even though everything had.”

Explosive and enthralling, Furious Rush is a tale of guts and glory that bleeds angst, hitting your heart hard and stealing your soul in a romance where you can’t help but explode in emotions. I WAS FLOATING IN FEELS THE WHOLE STORY. This touching and turbulent tale tugged my heart every step of the way, stomping on it and then stitching it back together several times.

Furious Rush ruined me. Rescued me. Branded me. Breathed life into me. Became me. My heart pounded with every page, beating with a surge that soared straight to my soul, which this story stole.

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Oh did my heart race as it pounded with every page of this spellbinding story. I’m still chasing this roller coaster of a romance that I did not want to end. My heart is still hanging out at the race track, stuck in Furious Rush. That rush? I still feel it coursing through my veins, long after this story first captivated and caught me.

S.C. Stephens placed a new soul-searing story in my heart with Furious Rush, a new perfectly imperfect and breathtakingly beautiful book boyfriend in my head with Hayden Hayes, and a new hangover for me to nurse in an adventure that has forever claimed me. A flawless, fierce and furious rush. A rush I’ll keep chasing forever.


5 flawless, furious and fierce stars

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For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she’s determined to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin and she can’t help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense – and strictly forbidden – attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can’t.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren’t their only obstacles . . .



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Review – Wait by AL Jackson


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Wait by A.L. Jackson


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The truth is, I gave my heart away a long time ago. My whole heart. And I never really got it back.” ~Sweet Home Alabama

Have you ever read a story that has stolen your soul? Has a book broken your heart, hitting it so hard, that even after it’s mended, its pieces are still stuck in the story? I gave my heart to Wait where it still remains long after I turned the last page. I gave my soul to this story—as if I had a choice—for it to be sucked in like a song, dragging me in, pulling me under, like a big wave. Wait is the newest roller coaster of a rock star romance from AL Jackson’s Bleeding Stars series, and oh did my heart bleed.

I devoured Wait in small doses to give my heart time to slow its beating, my body time to slow its breathing, and my brain time to process all of the feelings floating around in my head. I did not want to put Wait down, yet I had to calm my emotions from this story’s sensory storm.

By just the second page of the book—the Prologue—my emotions engulfed me, soaring like soldiers ready for battle. This battle was one of feels; a fight I would not win. A fight I did not want to win. I knew this story starring Baz’s little brother, Austin, a broken boy who is now a broken man would break me. I just did not know that Edie, an equally broken girl and now a wounded woman, would break me just as hard.

“I trusted this broken boy. So I whispered my secret. Offered it up to him. To hold it. Protect it. Until the day he crushed it in his hands.”

Baz’s little brother, Austin, left four years ago at age 17 to treat the wounds that were embedded so deep into him, making him bleed for the past that held him prisoner. One where he still feels unworthy. Tall, muscular, inked, brown-haired and grey-green eyes, Austin could be older brother Baz’s twin. While not the lead singer for Sunder like Baz, he could easily be Sunder’s front man, but plays in smaller venues on the West Coast.

“I felt that fragmented piece inside stretching out its fingers. Searching for all that had been lost. For that piece I could never reclaim.”

Damn if Baz’s little brother didn’t burrow right next to Baz in my heart.

Just one chapter in and my heart was breaking. WAIT…I had to catch my breath as my lungs breathed in every wondrous and wielding word. The words quickly became flames, lighting me up. A fire that burned me inside, guiding me to its flames, to the light that I needed to see. Needed to feel when darkness tried to hijack my head and heart.

“His voice…that unforgettable voice that washed over me exactly the way it once had. With comfort and joy and an aching hope. I hadn’t seen him since the night this broken boy had crushed the fragile piece of myself I’d given to him. Only Austin Stone was no longer a boy.”

The past collides with the present when beautiful blonde and aqua-eyed Edie Evans, Ash’s little sister, and Austin’s best friend and love of his life stumbles into the bar where he is playing one night after four years apart. Secrets and lies destroyed them but each has always held the other’s heart.

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“He’d been my safety. My haven. Until he dragged me right back into hell.”

Two chapters in and I broke as I bled for both the hero and the heroine. Two broken souls who should be one. WAIT…I had to catch my tears as I willed them not to fall. Tears that teased the dam of waterworks waiting to burst from the words that clutched my soul, extracting every emotion. Beckoning me. Binding me. Becoming me.

“The girl was the only one who shed a light strong enough to pull me from the dark…that girl had given me air. A reprieve from the unending storm.”

Austin is rough around the edges but light lingers through that dark exterior, ready to burst and break free. Edie is the angel who saves him from the dark. Austin is the comfort in Edie’s raging storm. Two broken souls who have been through hell find their way back to each other, hoping for redemption. A second-chance. One where their hearts will resume beating as one.

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“Because I’d known it since the moment he’d crawled into my bed and whispered his ease. Since the moment his spirit had sank into my soul.”

These broken beauties need to be together. Austin and Edie’s pain is mine and only they can pick up each other’s shattered pieces.

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“He was anchored to me so deeply I could feel him pulling at me from every angle. We were magnets in opposition. Trembling lures.”

I swooned so much. My heart was hit so hard, it spun right into my soul. This broken boy and this broken girl…they broke me. Again and again.

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“This girl was the only thing I could see…Did she get it yet? Did she know she was always going to belong to me?”

I could not help but smile a grin filled with hope as I was sucked into a wave of passion, one of soul mates, one of love as deep as the ocean. 

“I should have known it would always be him.”

One third into this soul-searing story and the tears trickled, harder and harder, as that dam of waterworks started to break. Permanent tears became etched into my eyes. I sighed. Wait filled my lungs, words filtering into my very core. WAIT…I had to catch my heart that this story so forcefully claimed.

“He kissed me…as if I was the center of his world. And I knew without a doubt, this boy was the eye of the storm. The eye of my storm.”

Their chemistry is passion. Their chemistry is pure. Austin and Edie are perfect together, dark mixed with light with a love that has never died. Oh do I LOVE THEM so!

“She kissed me so deep I was sure this girl managed to touch my soul.”

An angel, Edie is Austin’s light. Like he needs her, she needs her dark knight, the one who has rescued her from hell as she has pulled him from the darkness.

Three-fourths into the book and I was broken … gutted … unglued. Wait pulled me into the dark; I was drowning in tears mixed with hope and heartbreak. My soul screamed for mercy, so lost it may never be found. WAIT…I had to take another breath as this book buried itself so deep into my soul that it may never leave.

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“How do you both break my heart and heal it at the same time?”

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“I don’t want to break you.”

“You broke me a long time ago.”

Wait, oh did it break me. This book…it’s EVERYTHING!!! An intense, intoxicating, and incredible story of epic love, Wait hit my heart hard and fast like lightning, scorching my soul while my emotions poured like a rain storm.

I felt every word I read in Wait where I was left gasping for air, drowning to breathe in a sea of emotions so deep that they stole every feel and every thought in a book that owned every piece of me. I lived Wait. I breathed Wait. I was bound to Wait. I became Wait.

AL Jackson writes from the heart and you can tell her heart is poured into every beautiful and brilliant word. Her heartfelt writing hits my heart hard like a hurricane in every single story of this Bleeding Stars series. EVERY WORD MATTERS. Meaningful. Mesmerizing. Magnificent.

Everything AL Jackson pens is paint to a canvas, so vivid and valuable. Stories that steal your soul and stay with you forever. Oh did Wait sing to my soul so very much in a beautifully broken story of epic love that was so worth the wait.


5 but should be 10 beautiful, broken, brilliant, and imperfectly perfect stars

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Edie Evans is gorgeous.
She’s also the definition of off-limits.
But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.
But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.
The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.
Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

Austin Stone is dangerous.
He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.
It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.
Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.

She is my hope.
He is my weakness.
We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.






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Review – Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward 

Man oh man! Where on earth do I start? If you could see my now then you’d honestly see a crazy loon of a bookworm sitting with the biggest smile on her face, with a heart that is POUNDING, skin COVERED in goosebumps, tingling from SO MANY EMOTIONS and I’m HOT, like burning up from the pure epicness that is Neighbor Dearest. 

Captivating. Neighbor Dearest is captivating. From the prologue I was dragged into this story, and held hostage by words that held so much emotion I couldn’t escape, I didn’t want to escape. 

I feel I have to admit now, before I go any further that my nerves were shot going into this, I mean Elec WAS my top Penelope guy and I was nervous as to what may happen, but at 33% when those butterflies began flapping deep in my stomach I was no longer nervous. I was hyper, floating on an extreme buzz that built and built and built with each page read. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times my whole body EXPLODED with different feels while reading. Neighbor Dearest gave me an emotional high that I’ll never forget. 

Led from Chelsea’s POV, Neighbor Dearest is a read that I’m ADDICTED too. In four hours I have fallen head over heels in love with EVERYTHING about this book. From the pure intensity of the connection between Chelsea and Damien to the soul searing love that BURNED every fibre of me.

Not only did the story burn me, but so did Damien. This man is EVERYTHING. There is SO MUCH to him, from his deep, moody intensity, to his delicious dirty words to the swoony, romantic man that destroys the heart in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY, is just perfection. So much so that I sit here now asking “Elec who?!?” Yep that’s right you heard me. Prepare to wave goodbye to Elec because Damien Hennessey is going to BLOW YOUR MIND while ROCKING YOUR WORLD leaving you in a sticky gooey mess of pure sated bliss. 

If there is one thing I have to say about Neighbor Dearest it’s that it’s a sublime story. From start to finish there isn’t any time where I wanted to put this book down, where I wanted to stop and the further I got in the more overpowering the feeling got. I can’t honestly say I devoured this book because this book devoured ME! 

Penelope Ward is an artist, how she builds up her words is astounding. The words flow into breathtaking sentences that make up chapter after chapter of beautiful perfection. I feel as though I want to hang up EVERY SINGLE page from this book and marvel at them forever. Penelope OWNED it with this book. OWNED me with this book. 

From the very first sparks  to the rip roaring flame and burning heat that emits from this book and it’s characters, Neighbor Dearest is Penelope’s best book yet. It’s a firestarter that takes over everything. And in no way would I ever change a thing about this story.

A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book. 

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters. 

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec. Damien was a hotter version of my ex. The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking. He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall. Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist. The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities. We got to talking. He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup. He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more. Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie. I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien. I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good. 

Author’s note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. 





Review – Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

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Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Sometimes when you least expect it, love throws a curveball your way. It sneaks up on you and steals your heart and soul, brandishing you to its power with a force as strong as the sun. Books are like love; we get lost in them. We feel them. We experience them. We are under their spell. Stories seize us unpredictably as love does, becoming much more. Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan stole my heart and soul like the power of love, crashing into me with a force I never saw coming, but one that made me splendidly succumb to this story over and over again.

From the first few pages, Anti-Stepbrother intoxicated me where I was immersed into the college world. These charismatic characters quickly became my classmates and my friends. As my college days flashed before my eyes, I was thrusted back to a care-free time of university life with classes, books, frat parties, and first time love. I lived and breathed this book as Anti-Stepbrother seeped into me, extracting every emotion, stealing every piece of me.

The story started out slow but a burn built that beckoned me right into the flames as my heart caught fire, a slow burn seeping into my soul. My emotions were heightened, swirling around in my head like a hurricane, waiting to hit where they would flood…all over me.

Beautiful Summer Stoltz has lusted after her stepbrother, Kevin, ever since her father married his mother and they moved into his house. One of the most popular guys on campus, Kevin filtered through girlfriends like water. Summer chased Kevin to college, hoping to be his permanent princess. Instead, Kevin’s enemy, a tough and gorgeous guy who was more popular on campus than Kevin, caught her eye and Summer could not stop looking at the beautiful distraction named Caden Banks.

“I’d always had Kevin on a pedestal, and for the first time, he looked less than. He now stood against a guy who seemed more male in almost every way.”

I LOVE CADEN! Caden Banks is all man. Tall, tattooed, muscular, genuine, and intense in every way that people stay out of his way.

Summer doesn’t like the cocky Caden at first though can’t dislike him either as her emotions run rampant.

“I hated him. No. I only wish I did.”

Somehow, in harmony over what a douche Summer’s stepbrother Kevin is, an odd alliance and friendship form between the lower-classman, Summer, and the upper-classman, Caden. One is shy, inexperienced and awkward. The other is confident and candid. Together…they work.

“I’d come to this event a nobody, but suddenly, with the acknowledgment that Caden Banks knew me, I knew I wouldn’t be a nobody for long.”

I wanted to scoop Summer up into a hug as her self-confidence needed a big boost. Cayden and Summer become fast friends, hanging out together all the time and sparking interest on campus. Suddenly, Summer is significant.

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Summer is more reserved at first and appears meek, but Caden is the sun that makes her sprout, helping Summer growing from lamb to lioness. As Summer and Caden become closer, their friendship walks the line of love, confusing what they are…what they can be. That attraction brewing between them is building into something bigger.

“I looked at him and knew my emotions were shining through. If he’d glanced back at me, he would’ve seen everything I felt.”

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Chemistry charges like a bull, hitting Summer and Caden with a sudden urge, forcing them out of the friend zone. 

“I don’t know who started it, but it didn’t matter because we were kissing. His mouth was on mine. I was underneath him. I wanted to be more than underneath. I wanted to be with all of him…I just wanted to take his hurt away.”

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These beautiful and bare words cut straight into me like a knife. My emotions were scattered all over the pages.

“She calmed me. She quieted me. She made the anger go away.”

Caden is broken but Summer is the glue helping repair his shattered soul.

“I wasn’t the sun. I was just reprieve in the darkness.”

As Summer and Caden get closer, the past strikes hard like lightning, threatening their new-found friendship and budding love.

“He delivered a bomb to me and stepped back as it detonated. I felt wrecked, but could only nod, because in that moment, I would’ve have given him anything.”

The wreckage ruined me; my heart shattered as I hoped for healing and happiness. Hoping for Summer and Caden to heal each other. Praying that the dark knight and his princess would ride off into the sunset together.

“I broke for someone who couldn’t break.”

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Anti-Stepbrother broke me with a heavy hit to my heart where my tears bled onto the pages. Happy tears. Heartbreaking tears. Hopeful tears. The beauty in these words warmed my body and soul; I felt every word I read. Words that reached inside and grabbed my heart hard, tugging it the whole way where it stayed stuck in this story.

Tijan RUINED ME with Anti-Stepbrother in THE BEST WAY!!! Caden has my heart…THIS MAN IS EVERYTHING. THIS STORY IS EVERYTHING. My head was full of swoony sensations and so much goodness! I had not read a college romance that hit me that hard since Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster.

I did not expect to fall in insta-love with Anti-Stepbrother but I did. I did not expect this sweet and swoony story, Anti-Stepbrother, to shoot stars into my eyes and daggers in my heart but oh it did. I did not expect much of anything but got everything. Every tear. Every smile. Every laugh. Every gasp. Every beat of my heart. Anti-Stepbrother stole them all.

Anti-Stepbrother dug itself into my heart, penetrating it profusely and poignantly. I fell in love with this soul-searing story over and over again. I did not want to be done with my Anti-Stepbrother in a story I felt had only begun, one where the feels will remain long after the last page.


5 devastatingly beautiful stars 

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He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?


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Review – The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas 

Move aside Jesse Ward. Jake Sharp is here to steal your alpha crown! 

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas is a phenomenal romance that has left me pretty much useless ALL DAY! 

From the opening pages of the prologue, I was absolutely done for. From the prologue the spike in adrenaline started to slowly build higher and higher through each page read. It continued to build stronger, more intense as the book went on. I had butterflies throughout the whole book, that flapped with different levels of power and intensity as the story progressed. 

Suspense thrilled me from head to toe, firing up my heart on so many occasions, that at times it felt like it may blast from my chest. The angst was crazy good and wholly addicting. I honestly couldn’t get enough of that deep tug that burned all the way through The Protector. 

Sensuality, sizzles through the story, through captivating, character connections and hot scenes that pulled me back and forth, a tug of war that my heart played willingly. 

As we know Jodi can write the most sensational alphas going. And Jake Sharp IS NOT TO BE IGNORED. He is EVERYTHING you need in an alpha. Raw, oozing, sexy, powerful. I could go on. I want to go on but nothing I say will fully express him. He’s brutal to the heart and soul. Absolutely mind blowing!

Camille Logan was THE PERFECT character to pair with Jake, I was apprehensive to read this book as I expected to not like her. But I found that Camille is a super strong, sexy, sassy lead female character, easy to connect to, easy to like. Her teasing, sultry nature was empowering to read. And reading her ability to bring Jake to his knees was utter bookworm bliss. 

Reading The Protector was a pleasure, never once did I want to leave the world Jodi pens so brilliantly. So beautifully. So breathtakingly. It’s my favourite book of Jodi’s. As a Brit, the connection I felt to the book was already really strong and it only emphasised with the further in I got. It’s been a long awaited read, one that has excited me and after finally reading has not let me down!

5 powerful protective stars.


People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

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Review – Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller


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This was unbelievably hot. This was one of the sexiest reads I have had my hands on this year. One thing is for sure….

I will never look at the Prime Minister the same way again. If Gavin is running the country, I’m ready – MORE THAN READY – to move me and all my worldly possessions to Canada. This book left me stunned and so happy. I missed Gavin and Ellie once the I was done with the story. Their love story is so complex. While he may be the leader of Canada, Gavin is like any other man. He has the same wants, the same needs. Except his comes with a little bit of a kink. He’s smart, determined to make his country better. And when he meets Ellie – an graduate intern in his office – his life is never the same. He’s drawn to her mind, her heart, and yes. He wants her. But he tries so hard to fight what he’s feeling. She’s 25. He’s in his late thirties. He has certain sexual needs. He has to be in control. He doesn’t want to scare her, but he doesn’t want to be without her either.

Ellie is smart and determined to be the best. She has a plan for her life but there’s one problem. She’s hot for her boss. She can’t stop what she feels and she knows that her boss feels the same way about her. She’s fine with his kinks. She likes giving over control. She just wants him. But she doesn’t want to come between him and his job. He’s more than her boss – he’s the leader of the nation and she won’t be the reason he fails.

These two have the hottest sex scenes. Scorching hot! Gavin is such a strong dominant man and demands so much from Ellie, but don’t think Ellie doesn’t give as good as she gets. There’s a certain scene between Gavin, Ellie and a third party that left me stunned, shaky and mightily turned on. Their relationship is lusty and explosive in the bedroom but respectful and sweet outside of it. Their love story may be unconventional and some may think a bit unrealistic, but it made for a totally fantastic read that I could not turn away from for very long. A hot doctor for a best friend, a seriously sexy bodyguard and a hockey player who’s going to be a whole lot of naughty make this story one divine page turner!

Ainsley and Sadie have started something oh so worthwhile with the Frisky Beaver series. I laughed so much my sides hurt. I sighed and swooned so hard over Gavin. I cheered for Ellie because she is some woman! I’m excited to return to Canada and get the rest of the series! Oh, Canada!

Fantastic, Ainsley and Sadie!

5 So Frisky Stars!


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Now a USA Today Bestselling novel!
A kinky Prime Minister, a vanilla intern, and a scandal that shouldn’t feel so right or cost so much.

Ellie Montague is smart, sensitive, and so gorgeous it hurts to look at her. She’s also an intern in my office. The office of the Prime Minister of Canada.*
That’s me. The PM.
She calls me that because when she calls me Sir, I get hard and she gets flustered, and as long as she’s my intern, I can’t twist my hands in her strawberry-blonde hair and show her what else I’d like her to do with that pretty pink mouth.**

How much I like the PM varies on a daily basis. He’s intense, controlling, and a perfectionist in every way—and he demands the same of his staff.
How much I want him never wavers.
There’s something about him that tugs at me deep inside, and makes me wish that just once he’d cross the line in a late night work session. I’d take that secret to the grave if it meant I got a taste of the barely restrained beast inside him.***
* This is a fictional erotic romance. No prime ministers or interns were harmed in the making of this book.
** Except it’s a BDSM romance, so they were hurt a little.
*** Spoiler alert: she gets more than a taste. And she likes it.

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