Review – Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland 

Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland 

Vi Keeland NEVER disappoints. EVER. Everything she writes is pure gold. Everything she writes is incredible. Sex, Not Love was just the perfect romance. I devoured this book whole in a matter of hours, I couldn’t put it down. There was nothing about this book that I did not like, nothing I would ever think needed to change. It’s PERFECT.

Vi  is a go to author for me. She’s the author who’s books I read when I want a solid contemporary romance that brings the heat, the feels and is as sexy as it is sweet. Sex, Not Love, fitted that to a t. From start to finish we are delivered magic in the form of Hunter who’s as delicious as he is dirty, sexy as he is sweet. I felt RUINED by this man. His cocky arrogance was HOT! And mannn did I swoon? *nods enthusiastically*. I swooned harrrrrrd! Nat was also a brilliant, captivating heroine. So easy to connect with and understand. She was written with flair and sass and her vulnerability was clear to see but I saw her as a character I would love to be friends with. She was just FANTASTIC. 

Together Hunter and Nat are explosive. Their chemistry all consuming. I loved the sizzle and burn of their build up and everything inbetween. Everything about them together just worked. Vi also worked in the perfect amount of emotion and feeling that 100% tugged on my heart strings. Together the emotions and the sexiness balanced flawlessly. 

If you’re looking for a read that will make you smile, swoon and get a little hot under the collar, a read that makes you feel then this book is the one you need! Vi Keeland has kicked off 2018 in tremendous fashion!! And as always I can’t wait to see what she does next!

From #1 New York Times Bestseller Vi Keeland, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…


Review – Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown


Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If there is one constant in reading for me it’s the giddy delight I get when meeting a new or new-to-me author’s words. That rush during that initial read is off-the-charts incredible! I just popped my Stacey Marie Brown book cherry with BURIED ALIVE that was more of an explosion because HOLY HEADY, HOT, and HEART-HITTING READ!!! From the very first page, Buried Alive was my FIX and I could not get enough!!! Life was on hold as I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down!

A broken hero and heroine drawn are together.

Broken sees broken.

His eyes drifted over my head, a scary blankness in his eyes. I recognized that expression. It was one I saw in the mirror every day. Vacant. Numb.

Darkness sees darkness.

”We both live in the darkness.”

Like sees like.

The longer I was around her, the lighter I became.

Rhys and Hannah are HERO AND HEROINE PERFECTION!!! Rhys is one hot, heartfelt, intense, dark, and super star snowboarder—the ULTIMATE ALPHA! Hannah is stunning and strong—a pillar of strength! Hannah and Rhys’ humorous and heated banter was INTOXICATING!!! I loved these kindred spirits so much who MELTED ME with their darkness mixed with light! These two imperfectly perfect and shattered souls made each other whole.

All I could do was hold on as he consumed me. Breathing me in whole.

Like a shard of glass, Buried Alive glitters and shines, then cuts deep. Humming with adrenaline-inducing action and paralyzing with emotional intensity, this story of two broken souls fused by fate will sear itself into your memory long after the last page. This story SLAYS demons and souls. This story is healing after heartbreak. This story is life and living. This story is ALL THE FEELS!!! THIS STORY IS EVERYTHING!!!

He was here to destroy me.

Amusing. Arousing. Adrenaline-filled. Addicting. Awe-inspiring. An electrifying and emotionally-rich roller coaster of a sports romance, Buried Alive is an ADRENALINE RUSH OF FEELS until the end!!! It twists and turns like pro snowboarder, Rhys, conquering the slopes. My feels were free-falling through this story. I felt every word I read in Buried Alive. This romance is HARD-FOUGHT LOVE at its best!!! Buried Alive is still BEGUILING ME!!! This heart-pounding and heartwarming romance still holds my heart.

”You made me feel alive again.”

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ’buried itself into my heart’ stars

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Nine years after a tragic accident, Hannah “Brennley” Evans has returned home to the snowy mountains of Whistler, Canada. This is the very place that destroyed her, where her whole world ended, and the reason she now goes by Hannah Jennings.

Struggling with his own tragic past, Rhys Axton, an infamous sexy snowboarding champion, wants nothing more than to be the next Olympic hopeful. Sex, snowboarding, and working out are all he cares about, which helps shut off the demons that haunt him and the family who rejected him.

The moment Hannah walks into his room, he knows something is different about her. Drawn to her, he can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious, guarded girl. They are two heartbroken souls who both understand the darkness.

Little does he know she lives in lies and carries secrets that will bring his universe to its knees and secrets that will bury them both alive.





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Review – The Thing About Love by Kim Karr

The Thing About Love by Kim Karr 

“He was the Ying to my crazy Yang. He was my perfect. He was my soulmate.”

The Thing About Love is a beautiful, HOT, enemies to lovers, romance between two incredibly charismatic characters that are just MADE FOR EACH OTHER. 

Jake & Juliette have a sizzling connection. From the start these two start a fire and only burn hotter as the book progresses. Their whole story is brilliantly paced and believable. It is also emotional in some places, adding in a beautiful aspect that just makes this story what it is. 

I am forever a fan of Kim Karr. Her males are always spot on and so, so easy to fall in love with. Her females always have the perfect balance of sass and insecurity that make them real and connectable. Kim is most definitely kicking of 2018 with a great book and I urge everyone to read it!

An emotional and unforgettable new romance from New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr.

The whole stethoscope-and-white coat thing isn’t my cup of tea. 

I prefer a man with an artistic vein in his body. 9 – 5 hours. And I can definitely do without the half-lidded, sleepy bedroom eyes. (Okay, so those are kind of sexy.)

Tall, dark, and handsome doesn’t change the fact that he’s arrogant, cocky, and rude.

Not that I care, but he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with a quirky girl like me, which is why he said no.

Turns out no isn’t an option.

I have a quickie wedding to plan, and Dr. Jake Kissinger doesn’t have a choice. He looks at our situation like he’s stuck with me, but in reality I’m stuck with him. Stuck with his pouty mouth. His long, lean body. And stuck with those loose, low riding scrub pants. (Okay, so the doctor thing is growing on me.)

When spending time together turns into more than it should, I know I’m in trouble.

He isn’t supposed to make my heart pound.

I’m not supposed to make him look twice.

And we aren’t supposed to spend the night together. (Okay, so he has more than one artistic vein in his body, and other places.)

Falling for him is definitely a mistake.

Here’s the thing…

Jake is unavailable, and I know it.

Just not in the way you might think.

I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

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Review – The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde

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The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bossy girls are strong. Bossy girls take over the world. Bossy is a compliment. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

K.A. Linde continues to engulf e-readers in flames while making hearts jump with joy in the masterful Wright series. THE WRIGHT SECRET is as strong and sassy as it is sexy and sweet. It’s HEART meets HEAT. It’s pure ANGST ADDICTION!!! I felt the ANGST bleed through me, and it was one HEADY HIGH!!! I was BREATHLESS. This book BUZZES with a thrill felt everywhere!

We were standing here, on the precipice. All we had to do was lean, and we’d free fall right off the cliff.

I want to be Morgan when I grow up. I loved Morgan and saw bits of myself in her: the sass, the strength, the sarcasm, and the vulnerability. She is a stunning, sassy, smart and sarcastic spitfire and I ADORED her. Morgan is just perfect. Patrick, her brother’s best friend and childhood crush, was perfect for her. He is one hot hero with a huge heart. K. A. Linde writes characters you can’t help but wholeheartedly love.

”I see you. All of you.”

The Wright Secret is SIMPLY DELICIOUS, a SLOW BURN, a MELT-WORTHY LOVE STORY!!! A friends-to-lovers tale that’s sassy, smoldering, tender, twisty, and full of sexual tension, The Wright Secret has all the elements of a PERFECT ROMANCE. This Wright is UNEQUIVOCALLY RIGHT.


”You’re not my dirty little secret.”

“No, I’m your Wright secret.”

💋💋💋💋💋 smoldering and sweet stolen kisses


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new brother’s-best-friend stand alone romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I was just his best friend’s little sister.

But he was always more than that to me.

After twelve years of pining over Patrick’s easy smile, baby blues, and captivating charm, I decide to take matters into my own hands—and completely blow my chance.

Who knew a self-proclaimed manwhore would decide to be a gentleman the first time I’m naked in his bed? Definitely, not me. But when I land there again, neither of us has any intention of stopping.

There’s only one problem: nobody can know. Especially not my three older brothers. If they found out, all hell would break loose.

So I’m willing to keep our secret. Because I want him Wright here, right now.

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Review – Dirty Deeds by Stella Rhys

Dirty Deeds by Stella Rhys 

This year I promised myself that I would start reading some new authors, and in all honesty I’ve have had my eye on Stella for a while and thought NOW IS THE TIME I’M GOING IN. I mean after seeing that cover how could you NOT want to read this book! The cover is perfection and now that I’ve read the book, I realise it’s even more perfect! And so my first foray into Stella Rhys was Dirty Deeds and it will not be my last! 

From the very start this book was addicting. Hotter than hot. And just SO FREAKING GOOD! 

I think this is one of the hottest books I’ve read in a while. The connection and tension was HOT. The foreplay and build up was HOT. Everything was HOT. But this book also has lots of hidden depth, lots of emotion and feeling. I fell in love with Emmett. He was just ugh, a loveable, cocky, dirty, hot asshole with the sweetest, most caring side to him that made me swoon & melt. Just everything he did and does is just pure magic and sweet and sexy and just WOW. 

Aly was a great female character with sass and wit and passion. My only one problem with Aly was, I felt she was sometimes too in her head and so quick to blame Emmett. My feeling towards Aly may be stricter because of how much I loved Emmett. He clouded my vision. Stella writes her hero’s SO WELL. LOL.  

I am thrilled I picked Stella as my first new author of 2018. I cannot wait to read more of her work, I’ve even gone back and clicked some of her older work!

4.5 dirty but so, so good stars! 

Growing up, we hated each other.

Now, we’re f**kin’ roommates for the summer.

It’s been twelve years since I’ve seen him, but loathing Emmett Hoult still runs in my blood. Thanks to the hell he wreaked on my teenaged life, I’ve avoided the prick like the plague. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and after a fire destroys my apartment during the most important week of my life, I’m suddenly as desperate as they come.

Hence the roommate situation.

It’s his summer home. His family said he wouldn’t be around. They said I’d never run into him.

But oh, did I run into Emmett Hoult.

And in the worst way possible.

I didn’t expect to see her ever again, let alone the way that I did.

But now that she’s back in my life, I’m not screwing things up. She still hates me — I know that — but it won’t stop me from chasing the only two goals I’ve made for this summer.

Making things right.

And making her mine.




BBB’s Best Books of 2017


2017 was ONE BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL BOOK YEAR! Sophie, Keeana, Crystal, Tina, Vicki, and I at Bookalicious Babes Blog (BBB) were busy bookworms where we read 1000s of books!!! Do you know how hard it was for each of us to pick our top reads for BBB’s best books for this year?!? This year was PHENOMENAL and our BEST BOOK YEAR EVER!!!

We read ALL THE ROMANCE at BBB! Our romance elections vary from contemporary to dark to sports to young adult to M/M and more! Authors in our top picks range from New York Times and USA Today best sellers to brand new Indies, and authors whose books we’ve read for years. BBB is so grateful to promote our wonderful writers’ work … books that give us all the feels … books that we both lose and find ourselves in … books that become our world. Authors, we are humbled and happy that you’re in our world!!! YOU take readers like us on a virtual vacation, making them feel all the feels, as you pour your hearts and souls into books that steal our hearts and souls.

We at BBB are truly blessed to be bloggers and bookworms! These authors aren’t just names and numbers. They are kind, compassionate, funny, and all-around amazing women and men who we’ve gotten to know throughout this beautiful book world, and many of whom we consider friends. Thank you to all the awesome authors, and the publishers and promotions/PR companies behind them for taking this ride of book bliss with us. CHEERS TO ALL THE AMAZING AUTHORS WHO ROCKED OUR BOOK WORLD IN 2017! Cheers to another beautiful book year! We can’t wait to spend 2018 with you!

Love from Karen, Sophie, Keeana, Crystal, Tina, and Vicki

BBB’s Best Books of 2017

DA DA DA!!! Below are our picks from this epic great year of books. Each of the six bloggers selected our #1 stories, 6 or countless stars shown in the center row, and the rest of our 5.5 to 6-star stories are listed in no particular order.

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Following are BBB’s BEST BOOKS OF THIS YEAR selected by each blogger with REVIEWS found on this blog:

Karen’s Best Books of 2017


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#1 BOOK OF 2017: Stand by A.L. Jackson

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Sophie’s Best Books of 2017


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#1 BOOK OF 2017: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

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Keeana’s Best Books of 2017


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#1 BOOK OF 2017: The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane


Crystal’s Best Books of 2017


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#1 BOOK OF 2017: American King by Sierra Simone

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Tina’s Best Books of 2017


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#1 BOOK OF 2017: Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes

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Vicki’s Best Books of 2017


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#1 BOOK OF 2017: The Line by Amie Knight






Review – The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

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The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women by Anna Todd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

”Never, ever, let anyone take your strength. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than whole, and if they try, show them who you are.”

A CHARMING and COMPELLING coming-of-age saga that paints a vivid picture of sisterhood and the strong family bond, The Spring Girls grabs you and never lets go. This Little Women-inspired read is so RIVETING and RELATABLE. The setting of New Orleans and Germany were places I’ve lived or heavily frequented. I instantly related to the mother, Meredith, an Army wife of four children like me. I saw some of myself in each of the Spring girls. Each sister is so UNIQUE and CHARISMATIC that you’ll be pressed to choose a favorite Spring girl. I LOVED EVERYTHING about this spellbinding story of sisters.

We were a force of nature, the four of us Spring girls.

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The Spring Girls is a POWERFUL and PASSIONATE story of love, acceptance, and identity discovery. This tale is brilliantly told with multiple heroine viewpoints that flawlessly flow into the overarching family saga. The Spring Girls is fresh, fun, and full of feels. I couldn’t put this book down. What an ENTHRALLING and EVOCATIVE journey!!! My only problem is that I NEED MORE!!!

I loved the plot twist. I loved the entire idea that people were never who we thought they were.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 strong ‘sisterhood’ stars




Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.

The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.

The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.

Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.

Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.

And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.

With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.


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Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” Jo declared from her spot on the rug.

She sat at the feet of her oldest sister, Meg. Jo’s long brown hair was unruly, as it always was. She was my strong girl. She was the only one of my girls who didn’t hog the bathroom. Her delicate fingers, the black polish on their nails chipped, picked at the frayed edges of the Afghan rug under her folded legs.

The hand-woven black-and-red textile had once been bright and beautiful, and I remembered when my husband had sent it to our house back in Texas from his former post in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In my head, Denise’s scratchy voice reminds me to use proper military lingo: my husband’s FOB in Kandahar. The biggest forward operating base in Afghanistan, she would also necessarily add. Denise was always on my case. Come to think of it, she even had comments about the rug when I got it. She said he could have sent it to the base and paid no fee.

None of that mattered to my girls. From the moment it arrived, they loved that rug as much as I did. When I ripped open the package from their dad, who had been living across the world for the past eight months, the girls—particularly Jo—were excited to own such a beautiful, culture-filled treasure from the other side of the world.

Meg loved that we now had a lavish handcrafted object in our simple home. She was my most materialistic daughter, but I always knew that if I tried to teach her right, she would use her love of shiny things to do something magical and worthwhile with her life.

Amy was too young to really care about the rug, and of course Beth knew it was coming because her daddy knew that she was the only Spring Girl who could be trusted to keep the secret. Plus, on a more practical level, since Beth was basically homeschooled, Frank knew she could watch out for it.

Later, he explained to me that he wanted to mail the package straight home so that we could be treated with the rug as a surprise on our doorstep, rather than as a pickup chore on the base. I’m not sure if I told Denise that she would understand.

Of late, our beautiful rug wasn’t as beautiful anymore. Dirty shoes and heavy bodies had worn it down, and the colors blended into a mud brown that I tried my best to clean, but the color just wouldn’t come back. We loved it not one bit less.


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Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.

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Review – Shelter by Jay Crownover


Shelter by Jay Crownover

My rating: 6 of 5 stars

“We’ve been on a collision course from day one. We were always going to crash into one another.”

I love the authors who ditch the ordinary for the extraordinary, who take risks in their writing, who deliver the different to readers. Every time I open a book by Jay Crownover, I know it’s going to be a voyage into unchartered territory. Just like all of Jay Crownover’s other out-of-the box books, Shelter is UNIQUE, UNPREDICTABLE, and UTTERLY BRILLIANT. The Getaway series continues to be one INCREDIBLY INTENSE ADVENTURE!!!

Shelter is tale of tough love but also a story of survival, second chances, and strength. Shelter is a roller coaster ride of an adventure with twists and turns, and ups and downs—one that takes the senses for a spin. Shelter is a fierce and fiery flame of a love story that burns all over. Shelter is a fusion of feels where no emotion is left untouched. Shelter is UNPUTDOWNABLE. Shelter is EVERYTHING!!!!

Jay Crownover has truly outdone herself with this masterful, intensely mesmerizing portrait of a broken hero and heroine who fight the hardest of battles to become whole. Emerys and Suttons’ life-altering journey continues in Shelter. A hero and heroine, both strong and stubborn, may learn that the best way to heal and put their broken pieces together may be to come together as one.

”All his broken pieces made mine seem less jagged.”

Like older brother, Warner, Sutton is a man’s man. Tall. Rugged. Handsome. Brooding. Stubborn. Tough. Tender. Sutton is my favorite Warner brother and near the top of all of Jay Crownover’s complex and tough but tender heroes.

”Even when I didn’t want to want you, I did.”

Emerys is a tall beauty who sees the light in others’ dark. She is the perfect complement to Sutton: the soft to his hard. Emerys is as bold as she is beautiful, and one of the strongest heroines I’ve encountered.

”I like all your pieces, Sutton…You keep dropping them and I keep picking them up.”

Sutton and Emerys are on fire together!!! Their chemistry is COMBUSTIBLE! This hero and heroine are imperfectly perfect but so perfect for each other in every way. It’s as if Sutton and Enerys were forged together by fate, calming each others’ storms.

”You feel like fire wrapped up in silk.”

I LOVED THIS HEART-POUNDING ROMANCE!!! My heart pounded out of my chest where I forgot to breathe. Tears streamed down my face as Shelter—this mix of SORROW, SWEETNESS and SOUL—struck me hard, igniting every emotion. Shelter struck me everywhere!!! I was so lost in this story that I didn’t want to be found.

Humming with rich descriptions, deep emotions, and razor-sharp intensity, Shelter tears at the heartstrings in a journey felt all over. What a RUSH!!! Twists and turns. Fire and ice. Dark and light. Love and loss. Chase and calm. This book BUZZES WITH EXCITEMENT!!!

Shelter is a heart-clenching thriller of a tale of love wrapped in heroism, heartbreak, hope, and healing that strikes straight to the core. Shelter is the BEST EMOTIONAL CHAOS!!! Like a shard of glass, Shelter shines and then cuts deep. An ADRENALINE RUSH spiked with HEAT and HEART, Shelter is an ADVENTURE lived and a story loved long after the last page.

”What do you get out of any of this, Em?”

“I get you.”

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 heart-striking and soul-shining stars

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His life is chaos and confusion. It’s a storm of uncertainty and raging emotion.
Sutton Warner is a mess. Everything in his life feels like it’s unraveling.
He’s let a lot of people down lately, including his daughter. Sutton always promised his little girl he would never disappoint her and that he would always be there when she needed him. Until he wasn’t.

The truth is, he’s used to disappointing the women in his life. First was his mother who couldn’t find a reason to stick around when he was growing up. Then there’s his ex. The woman who takes unbridled delight in making his life incredibly complicated. Luckily, his daughter is still young enough to believe her old man is some kind of hero. But, he knows the day is coming when she realizes the truth, which is, he’s just a man with some serious flaws and a list of ever-growing weaknesses.

Finally, there’s the woman he’s desperately trying to forget with every shot tossed back and each pill popped.

He more than disappointed Emrys…he almost got her killed.

Her love is steady and sure. It’s a shelter shaped by conviction and silent assurance.
Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.

She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move. For once, there is no easy way out of the tangled web of emotions she’s caught up in, and right now, she recognizes that all roads lead back to Wyoming…and back to Sutton.
The man she nearly got killed.

Shelter is a standalone novel, the second book in the Getaway series, which features the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women who dare to love them. These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.




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Review – Nightshade by Molly McAdams


Nightshade by Molly McAdams

My rating: 6 of 5 stars

”What if it all went wrong so you could find what’s been waiting for you?”

Here I sit days after reading, unable to read another book as this story STRUCK ME SO HARD!!! Hours and days after reading, just thinking of this story leaves tears that stay etched in my eyes. I am still STUNNED SPEECHLESS from Nightshade by Molly McAdams, a STUNNING STORY that stole, stripped, and shattered both my heart and soul. Captivating … chaotic … dark … dangerous … and devastatingly beautiful, Nightshade is the PERFECT STORM … MY perfect storm.

Happiness. That word would never touch my life again. Happiness wasn’t meant for girls like me.

Nightshade GRIPPED ME immediately, chasing my heart and soul like a fierce fire where I fell to the flames. This firestorm of feels was a fight I would not—did not—want to win. Nightshade both lit me up with life while casting my soul into the dark. Every breath matched every breathtakingly beautiful word. Light to light. Dark to dark. Beauty to beauty. Feel to feel. I FELT NIGHTSHADE EVERYWHERE.

One page and I was ENSNARED in the trap called Nightshade.
One page and I BROKE for the heroine.
One page and I knew Nightshade would break me … and that it did!

I wasn’t scared for my life. I was scared for my soul.

From the moment I met the intensely dark knight, Kieran, in Firefly, the story that precedes Nightshade, I LOVED HIM. Long blond hair. Piercing green eyes. Tall and muscular. Fierce. Deadly. A man who would lay down his life for those he loves. A man battling darkness but is still a dark hero. Kieran, AKA, Nightshade, is the ULTIMATE HERO—-my Robin Hood! Kieran is PERFECTION!!!

He was terrifying. And he was beautiful.

Nightshade has met his match in Jessica. Beautiful. Broken. Bold. Brave. Jessica is as evasive and lethal as Kieran.

”Chaos. Everything you make me feel. Everything you are. Chaos.”

Chaos and calm collide and what an EXPLOSION Nightshade is … a heart-pounding HIGH!!!
The banter spiked with hate and heat…
The angst that burned like a constant flame…
The chemistry that could not be stopped…


”I hate that I want you.”

Jessica has led a life of hell and no man will ever control her. No man until Kieran…

”Because I’ve never wanted to give up control as much as I do with you.”

These sweet and soulful words MELTED ME!!! Kieran and Jessica were EXPLOSIVE together … a union of fire and ice. Their chemistry was on FIRE!!! I felt their POWERFUL PULL pull me.

There was something inside her that called to me.

The INTENSITY?!? I felt it EVERYWHERE!!! Nightshade had me on EDGE, my heart not beating but THRASHING out of my chest!!! Twisted. Tortuous. Tender. Tough. These words sliced through me like a knife, cutting me open. This story SHATTERED ME into many pieces. Each piece of this poignant tale took and was a part of me. My heart bled and beat for this book, a book that BROKE ME IN THE BEST WAY!!!

”What if I was made for you and you were made for me?”

When you begin and end a story in TEARS, one so full of PASSION, PROMISE, and POIGNANCY, where every FEEL IS FELT, that story is one that you’ll FEEL FOREVER!!! I SURRENDERED my body, breath, heart, soul, and every emotion to Nightshade. I was so LOST in this story that I didn’t want to be found. Fire and ice. Dark and light. Love and loss. Holy RUSH!!! Nightshade is the BEST EMOTIONAL CHAOS!!! This soul-shattering story is one not only read but FELT long after the last page.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 soul-shattering stars

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The heart-stopping final installment in New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams’s Redemption series.

My life has never been my own. From the time I could walk, I was trained to be the mob’s hardened assassin. To be a monster. I’ve been told what to do, when to kill, and who to love. The minute I strayed, I lost everything.

Then I met Jessica.

She swept into my life like a storm of heartache, seduction, and intrigue. She’s everything I hate, but with one look, I can’t stay away. With one touch, she ignites a craving unlike anything I’ve ever known.

But her secrets threaten to destroy everything closest to me. Including her…

Together we’re poison. A destructive combination of darkness and chaos. And I want to savor every drop in my veins.

***The Redemption series is a series of interconnected romantic suspense standalones***


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Review – If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan

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If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

”Act the way you want everyone to see you, no matter how you’re really feeling.”

Sometimes you read a book that BLASTS through you like countless cannons catapulting your heart, a heart that pounds out of your chest, where you want to scream it—it being If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan—to the world!!! I want to scream about this story that struck me hard. My mind is still stuck in this story, wrapped up in this mastery of words that OWNED ME. If I’d Known still OWNS every ounce of me.

Trust, Kindness and Boldness. They sound like the best characteristics to possess. Except they’re the reason for just about everything that’s ever gone wrong.

If I’d Known, this fast-paced young adult romantic thriller, is UNIQUE and UNPUTDOWNABLE. It’s CYNICAL and CRUEL at times. It has moments that are just CREEPY. Yet I found myself WHOLEHEARTEDLY BEGUILED, so BEWITCHED with this GOOSE-BUMP INDUCING BOOK, where I DEVOURED every word as if it were my air to breathe. This tale ENAMORED ME where I couldn’t stop reading.

Thrilling and tragically flawed, If I’d Known is a novel so compelling and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as young adults. If I’d Known details the life of a troubled teen girl highly attuned to virtues, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending. The cast of strong characters in this spellbinding saga are simply striking—so full of life—that you can’t help but fall under their spell.

Sassy, smart, and beautiful, the heroine, Lana, is charming without trying at all. She has survived several forms of hell, her young life full of obstacles that would set back most teen girls. However, this teen is wise beyond her years. I LOVED that she’s refreshingly real, brutally honest with sarcasm that is humorous. I admired her honesty and loved her spirit.

I’ve come to accept that, regardless of how honest or silent I am, the truth is fated to destroy my life.

Lana forges a strong bond, a connection full of chemistry, with gorgeous but rebellious Joey during the most unusual of adventures. This heroine and hero MELT together. Their MAGNETIC PULL is unstoppable.

I can’t breathe, but I don’t want to. I grip the front of his shirt, needing to get closer. Needing him. His arm tightened around my waist. I am lost in him, in this kiss.

One night out with friends was fun until it wasn’t.
One night and monsters surfaced from the shadows.
One night possibly altered their lives’ paths.
One night almost resulted in their end.
One night would burn in their memories forever.

This is one BANG-UP BOOK!!! If I’d Known is a HEART-POUNDING RUSH, a raw and riveting roller coaster of a romantic toe-curling thriller. I was BREATHLESS from this book that buzzes with excitement and emotion. Intense. Intriguing. Intoxicating. Irresistible. This story stimulates until the end.

If I’d Known is an aspiring young adult novel with an engaging voice, believable characters, clever plot and some sensational writing. Rebecca Donovan pulls you into the story with a PARALYZING INTENSITY where you can’t stop devouring the words until the last page. If I’d Known whets the appetite where you’re left hungry for MORE. Electrifying, emotionally complex, and blisteringly smart, If I’d Known is UTTERLY UNFORGETTABLE.

”Don’t lose yourself to anyone.”

💋💋💋💋💋 honest kisses


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IF I’D KNOWN, the surprise first installment in a new, edgy contemporary YA series from Rebecca Donovan, the bestselling author of the Breathing Series is available now!

“What better way to amplify the anticipation than a surprise release—especially for a series filled with suspense and mystery.” – Rebecca Donovan

“We’re all cursed—every single one of us.”

Lana Peri isn’t afraid of telling anyone exactly what she thinks, even if it gets her into trouble—which it usually does. But the thing is, she can’t lie. Her unfiltered honesty doesn’t exactly make her many friends, although it does get her kicked out of class regularly. Lana knows the truth will eventually be her undoing. If only she’d known it would begin today.

It’s meant to be a night Lana and her best friends will never forget. And it is… for all the wrong reasons. Lana witnesses not just one, but two violent crimes committed by the same person. Except she can’t say a word. Not if she wants to protect her friends.

Lana’s silence will implicate her and inadvertently cover for him. But it’s not like she has a choice. He is powerful. Connected. Untouchable. And a friend of Joey Harrison—the guy Lana is uncharacteristically drawn to the moment they meet. Joey’s also the only one who is told the truth.

His lies will ruin her. Her silence will keep them safe. The truth won’t save any of them.




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Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what’s supposed to happen… will! In that regard, I don’t know how to give up; it’s not part of my biological make up.

I’m a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I’d like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed. 

I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it. 

The path I’m on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way…

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