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Seducing Cinderella (Fighting for Love #1) by Gina L. Maxwell

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Today we are stepping back in time a little and reviewing an older book; Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell was published back in 2012. I only discovered this amazing author at the beginning of this year (her book Merciless was published this past May and I somehow got it). That means I am still discovering her stuff. Seducing Cinderella was ADORABLE! I already ordered the next books in the series on amazon. Gimme Gimme Gimme!

Rock Rebel (Nothing But Trouble #3) by Tara Leigh [arc review]

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I have a soft spot for Rock Star Romances. Stage Dive by Kylie Scott and Sixth Street Band Series by Jayne Frost are some of my favorite contemporary romances. So needless to say when the author Tara Leigh told me I could sign up to read this arc I jumped at the opportunity. And now I have another Rock Star Romance book to love... Rock Rebel is the third book in the series, and although I have not yet read the other two it didn't impact the story in a bad way. Much the contrary, I am dying of curiosity about the other boys and must read the previous books!

Cover Reveal: Pan by Gina L. Maxwell

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I never do Cover Reveal outside my Instagram Stories... but... special people call for special posts! :) Love this author so very much! She is the reason you will find taboo romances on my feed. So you know... send her your thanks and add her upcoming book to your TBR. New York Times bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell introduces Pan, a sexy contemporary romance retelling of Peter Pan, and the first book in her brand new Neverland series.
Synopsis:
Once upon a time, in Neverland, North Carolina—I fell in love. I was twelve when Peter first climbed up to my balcony. Thirteen when I sneaked out to see him at the School for Lost Boys. Seventeen when his touch made me fly,

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas

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That was a beast of a book! I don't even remember last time it took me a week to finish a book (or last time I touched a book that long). Did I love Kingdom of Ash? Yes, I did! But was it without fault? Not at all. There were a lot of things that annoyed me. It was a good ending, but it won't be the book I will remember from the series in a few years time. It was a well written book while at the same time being forgetful... anyway... lets get on with this blurb and review shall we?

Tales of a Tomboy: Britain (Tales of a Tomboy, #1) by Evan Grace [arc review]

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*adult content*

The Story of Us by Tara Sivec [arc review]

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Hello Hello Sunnies!
Two amazing books coming out today. The review for the first went up yesterday, and today we will talk about The Story of Us by Tara Sivec!

Tiger's Claim (Shifter Rogues #2) by Celia Kyle [arc review]

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Another day another wonderful book provided by Read Forever! They just have the best stuff. And of-course, the PNR obsessed here thought this was FaBuLoUs! Now I need to go and read the first book and every other PNR book Celia Kyle has ever written!

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri [ARC Review]

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Empire Of Sand was a wonderful surprise. It reminded me of Renee Ahdieh and Rin Chupeco's writing styles. There is this almost poetic flow to it that I absolutely love. 
Tasha Suri's Empire of Sand managed to be richly descriptive while at the same time a fast paced story.
I cannot recommend this enough to all YA Fantasy lovers out there!

Do You Feel It Too? by Nicola Rendell [arc review]

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Any fans of Nicola Rendell here? I really liked Shimmy Bang Sparkle so when I saw this on NetGalley I had to have it. Nicola Rendell has this ability to write absurd romance stories that you can't help but love. Or at least that is how I feel about them. While I read Do You Feel it Too? I rolled my eyes while at the same falling head over hills for the characters 💙 *Adult Content*

Sin and Ink (Sweetest Taboo #1) by Naima Simone

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*adult content*

My Defender (Bewitched and Bewildered #8) by Alanea Alder

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I have not been writing a review here on the blog for every single one of the Bewitched and Bewildered books, but I just have to for this one! My Defender, together with the very first book, My Commander, are my favorites in the series.  I have never laughed so hard in my life with a book as I have with these two books. They are great romances, great PNR stories and also absolutely hilarious!

Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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I have so many conflicting emotions right now... I loved the first book in the Liars, Inc. series, Dirty Exes. So much so that I want to reread it right now. And because of that I had high expectations for Dangerous Exes. Did I like it? I think I did... but not all of it... there were great moments but overall it wasn't all that.

ARCtober Reading Challenge- The Results!

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Hello Sunnies :)

I had the pleasure of joining Kim's 2018 ARCtober Reading Challenge this year. There were a few older ARCs I wanted to get through. In the picture are all the ARCs I did get through, an in addiction to that there were two books that I DFN after 50 or so pages- Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah Dawson humour/retelling) and Annex by Rich Larson (YA sci-fi). These two ARCs I got at BookCon this past June and they have been sitting on my shelf since. Sadly I really did not like them. 

I try my best to read my ARCs as I get them so I didn't have many lying around, but it was fun to get through the few that I did and of-course the new ones that were released in October. I will certainly be joining Kim again Next year if I happen to have ARCs around again. I also read an insane amount of romance this month, of the 16 ARCs I had set aside for ARCtober only 6 were YA. And sadly, only 1 I actually liked: Twice Dead. I still prefer Young Adult fantasy to any Contemporary Ro…

The Bastard's Bargain (The O'Malleys #6) by Katee Robert [arc review]

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I have two weaknesses when it comes to romance books: pnr and mafia romance. So obviously I was very excited when I got this and could not wait to read it. Thank you Forever Romance for my copy!

All I Need by Jennifer Van Wyk [arc review]

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All I Need was a fantastic read. Funny, sweet, touching, and very romantic! My first by Jennifer Van Wyk but definitely not the last.

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter [arc review]

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Holly Mother of PNR! I think I found a new favorite PNR writer to love!  I have the best book friends in the world and they know me well! Why do I say that? because a few of them recommended that I read Gena Showalter. Because I trust them I bought the whole Lords of the Underworld series. I haven't started yet because I want to start at a time I know I will be able to binge on it. But that is not the point here... The point is, because I trust them, I decided to request and read Shadow and Ice, it is only one book at the moment after all... And now that I have finished the book... when is the next one????? I NEED IT!!! I'm hooked. This was FAB!

The blurb: Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king…

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

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Hello Sunnies! I have finally joined you all in reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I got the arc for the third book at BookCon this year and decided I was going to give the series a go as part of the Arctober Challenge hosted by the lovely Kimberley Faye Reads! If you like crime fiction , historical fiction, and YA this is definitely a book for you.

Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson [arc review]

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I love Rachel's writing! I discovered her at an author event a few months back and have been hooked since. I might have squealed in excitement when I got this arc... just maybe... hehe On that note, thanks for the arc!  This book was amazing guys! I was a ball of tears within the first few pages though... consider yourself warned. 

Waking the Dragon (Vale of Stars #1) by Juliette Cross [arc review]

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Hello Sunnies! I have missed my paranormal romance books, so this was a fabulous change of pace. Two days of bliss!  Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross was fabulous read and I cannot recommend it enough. There is action, there is romance, there are hot dragon-hybrid males....What is not to love? 😍

Frost Burn (Fire and Ice #1) by Erica Stevens

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Frost Burn was the book picked for this month's PNR Book Club held by PNR Book Lover Reviews blog. I did not dislike this book, but sadly I can't say I loved it either....

A Case of Serendipity by K.J. Farnham

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Hello sunnies! The lovely K.J Farnham send me a copy of this book and I dove into it as soon as I could. Funny story: I had to google serendipity before hand! 😉 In case I am not alone: "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way" I gotta say...clever title!

Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl by Karen Booth [arc review]

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This was a sweet read about the beautiful bond between sisters!

Betting On Him (A Wilde Love Novel) by Kelly Collins [arc review]

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I have a soft spot for Mafia Romances, so I had to read this one. It was an interesting and sexy marriage of convenience story. The plot made sense and the main characters were easy to like.

All My Life by Prescott Lane [arc review]

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I am speechless!  Everything about this book was pure perfection. It was sweet, charming, had just enough angst, it was touching... There is not one single thing about it that I did not love. Not one.  This was my first book by Prescott Lane, and needless to say, it will not be the last!

Marriage Lessons (Off Guard #3) by Katie Allen [arc review]

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! Every single one of the Off Guard books is amazingly well written. Katie Allen (known by many of you as Katie Ruggle) has done an astonishing job. I finished the book less than one hour ago and I am seriously considering re-reading the three books now....

Fresh Ink: An Anthology, by Nicola Yoon and others [arc review]

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Another day, another book... sadly I cannot say that I loved it.

Click Date Repeat (Click Date Repeat #1) by K.J. Farnham

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Hi sunnies! I have to write two reviews today for books that didn't quite work for me. I am not a big fun of those, but honesty is key right?
That being said, let me first say that I think K.J. Farnham is a great writer. Click Date Repeat is not a small book and she wrote it well. The story may not have worked for me, but that is not due to her writing skills.

Strong (Stage Dive #4.5) by Kylie Scott

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The problem with novellas? THEY ARE TOO SHORT I LOVE the Stage Dive boys, and if you do too you absolutely must read this. They all make an appearance and will make your heart swoon. But be ready to be left wanting for more. It was beautiful and way way to short. I need More!!! 

Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song #1) by Caitlin Seal [arc review]

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This was such a refreshing Young Adult read. I haven't been reading much YA lately because I got tired of the same story been told again and again, so when I read the blurb for Twice Dead a few months ago I was excited. And it did not disappoint! 

Lead Security (Rogue Security and Investigation #3) by Evan Grace [arc review]

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This series was my very first read by Evan Grace and I am so so very glad that I joined the band wagon. This romance had everything. A little suspense, a little drama, it was intense, had plenty of chemistry and swoon worthy moments. All the things you want on a good book!

Nightbloom (Nightwing #3) by Juliette Cross [arc review]

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I cannot choose a favorite male character in the Nightwing series, all of them are equally amazing. But I can, and easily, choose my favorite female character: Ella was adorable!

Crew (Crew #1) by Tijan

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Another Day another Tijan Book! Do you all have an auto-buy author? Tijan is mine. If I don't get the arc, I buy it! So... let's talk about Crew...

Whiskey Dick and Whiskey Chick (Whiskey Dick #1-2) by Ryan Ringbloom [arc review]

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These two short books were a perfect combination of romance and humour.  The perfect companions for a late night in with a book :) 
RomCom at its best!

The Chef by Xavier Neal [arc review]

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Hello sunnies :) I have been reading so much romance lately! Its cray cray Can't stop - won't stop though. I'm loving it. And that brings us to The Chef by Xavier Neal. I always ALWAYS read romance books with chefs. Having been one myself for 13 years I love seeing how original and accurate the authors can be.

Windburn (Nightwing #2) by Juliette Cross [arc review]

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Hello sunnies! Another day another beautiful book by Juliette Cross. Have you guys started reading her books yet? why not? If you are a PNR fan you certainly should. Windburn was great! Sorcha is one of those characters you either love or hate. She was a firecracker for sure. And our Morgan man in this book was just as amazing as his brother in Soulfire.

Into the Darkest Night (The Chaos Theory Duet Book 1) by Cassandra Giovanni [arc review]

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Hello Sunnies! I just finished this glorious romantic suspense and I am sitting here questioning myself on why I don't read them more often. I really them but for some reason they do not make into my house as often as all other romance sub-genres. Anyway... this was fab! I knew nothing about the author going in and now I want to know everything! hehe

Soulfire (Nightwing #1) by Juliette Cross

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Every now and than we all discover new authors that we can't help but love. Juliette Cross has been this author for me this year. I have absolutely loved everything I have read from her so far. This was no different!

Decidedly With Mistletoe (By The Bay #4) by Stina Lindenblatt [arc review]

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I don't read Christmas books... but it is September... so surely that is ok right?! LOL Or at least that was what I told myself when I read the blurb for this book and felt the urge to read it. It was everything I hoped it would be: sweet, charming, captivating 💓 I dare you not to have a smile from ear to ear at the end!


Kick and The Line Below (Spark Sisters Novels) by Ali Dean [arc review]

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Hello Sunnies! Have you read anything by Ali Dean before?  These two books were lovely. I would happily read them again. I don't often read sports romance but Ali Dean converted me at least for the time being. Great New Adult Romance stories!

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven [arc review]

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This was nice and well done fantasy romance. It was my first time reading anything by Grace Draven and I enjoyed it. The romance takes a little while to get going but it is worth it when it does!

But First, Coffee by Sarah Darlington [arc review]

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My first book by Sarah Darlington and most definitely NOT the last. I am officially a fan! All characters had charm and were original. There was plenty of chemistry, charm, drama and unexpected moments to keep you on your toes.  Loved It!

Nightblood by Elly Blake

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Today is a bitter sweet day... I couldn't wait for this book, and now that I have finished reading it I am undoubtedly sad it is over. It was an awesome ride!  Ruby, Arcus, and Kai together with the secondary characters were all amazing and it is sad this is the end of their journey. Kai deserves a story of his own for sure. This series has a special place in my heart and will definitely be worth a reread someday.

Down to You (Sixth Street Bands #5) by Jayne Frost [arc review]

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Holly Mother of Romance!  Jayne Frost just blew my socks off. Down to You is no shadow of doubt my favorite book in the Sixth Street Bands series. I knew I would love it, I knew my crash for Logan alone would do it, but I did not expect to be on pins and needles the whole time. This was as good as a contemporary romance can get. I cannot recommend this series and this book specially enough. Go Read!

The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick [arc review]

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A Race across the Desert An unimaginable Prize

Counting on You (Amarillo Sour #1) by Laura Chapman [arc review]

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Adorable on Steroids!  That's the best way to describe this cutesy romance. It was an endearing, heart warming, engaging, and clean romance that made me smile from beginning to end.

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab [arc review]

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This was utterly adorable! I rarely read Middle Grade books, but I knew this had promise since Schwab is such an amazing writer. I was not wrong, I don't care what age is the target audience for this, I LOVED it and I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

Blood Cure by K.A.Linde [arc review]

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The perfect ending to a perfect paranormal trilogy! The conclusion was everything I hoped for and more. This will be worth a yearly reread for sure. Loved it!

Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell [arc review]

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I read this book in one sitting while on the plane making my way back home from a Romance Author Event in the Twin Cities. Loved it! It was funny, sweet, romantic, steamy, completely utterly unrealistic but in a fun heart warming kind of way... 
Here is the Blurb: To catch a thief…or fall for one? All Nick Norton wants is to stay on the straight and narrow…and never get caught stealing again. Then he lays eyes on her: Stella Peretti—100 percent sexy and absolutely irresistible. Especially when he sees her smooth moves lifting a two-karat diamond. Nick realizes he’s found the sparkling woman of his dreams—one so perfect for him it’s almost criminal. The Shimmy Shimmy Bangs are master jewel thieves who are planning the heist of the century. And Shimmy leader, Stella, isn’t about to let anyone—even if he is a hunky, tatted-up studmuffin—get in her way. But when two of her girls are put out of commission, Stella realizes that Nick isn’t just a red-hot distraction. He might be the answer to …

From Here to You by Jamie McGuire [arc review]

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From here to you is the newest book by Jamie McGuire. It is a second chance at love romance that will have your undivided attention from the very first few pages. 

Darkest Heart by Juliette Cross- 5+ Stars [arc review]

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This is my favorite work by Juliette Cross so far. Dommiel was a hard demon not to fall in love with... Are you looking for a great paranormal romance? You have found it! Darkest Heart may be a romance story, but it is also a lot more than that. It is a story of redemption and forgiveness. We all make mistakes, and we can all bounce back. In this case, starting with our demon Dommiel.

Roomies by Christina Lauren

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I know I am a little late to the party but better late than never right? I love Christina Lauren and this did not disappoint. It was a wonderful read and I really didn't want it to end... I find that I never want anything Christina Lauren writes to end... I mean, can we have another Beautiful Bastard book please? hehe Seriously amazing talent there! Loved it!

Vein of Love by R. Scarlett

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Hello Sunnies! Hope you are having a blast today. Vein of love was a great debut novel and the author certainly deserves praise for it. Her concept of demons was really interesting and well executed. If you like paranormal you will likely enjoy this read.

Unconscious Hearts (Hearts of Vegas #1) by Harper Sloan

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I loved this book. I did not like this book. This was one of those reads that falls right dab in the middle between amazing and catastrophic. I will explain...

Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) by Chloe Neill [arc review]

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Wild Hunger was a fabulous urban fantasy story with a dash of the paranormal! As a paranormal lover I was impressed, it was well written and well executed. It was also fast paced (always a bonus), had a great story-line, and lovable relatable characters!

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James

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Tarnished City was even more intense than Gilded Cage. It was darker and more heart-wrenching too. There were plot twits and new information being thrown at you at every turn, which left you constantly at the edge of your seat. If you liked the first book there is no way you are not going to like this one too.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott [arc review]

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Hello Hello Sunnies! Another day, another beauty by Kylie Scott. It does not reach Stage Dive and Dive Bar status' of epicness (not sure many books can 🤔) but it was good. It is all about a forbidden romance, a young girl who fell in love with her father's friend/worker, and their paths inevitably crossing once again when she is older.

Seafire by Natalie C Parker [arc review]

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Sisterhood is Survival Seafire follows the captain of an all female ship put together after a tragic incident. Those fierce and loyal girls want nothing more than to take down the vicious warlord's fleet who has destroyed so many lives.

My Commander by Alanea Alder- 5 billion stars!!!!!!

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So far, my favorite read of the year! The latest book in this series came out this past April and I have been dying to start it. Immediately after I finished the first book I went online and ordered the rest. This book was phenomenal. I could not stop laughing from beginning to end. It had the utmost perfect balance between humor and romance. The perfect pnr!

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting [arc review]

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This was the usual Feel Good Romance that Helena Hunting writes so well! It is no secret that I love
her books and The Good Luck Charm did not disappoint.
"I was trying to be logical, because God knows nothing about the way I loved you was rational..."

Opposites Attract series by Rachel Higginson - 5 Stars

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I had the opportunity to meet this amazing human being at an author even this June and I got the first book in the series while there. It sounded way to good to be  left behind and it did not disappoint. I sat on my couch and read for 6 hours straight all the while either smiling or laughing. It was fabulous! More so, the books that followed were just as good.

The Traitor's Ruin by Erin Beaty - 4.5 Stars

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This was as lovely as The Traitor's Kiss. If you liked the first book you will like this one just as much. It had a beautiful romance, it was full of the same witty and clever scenes, the same beloved characters, and it had some new ones you won't be able not to fall in love with.

A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale- 3 Stars [arc review]

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When was the last time you read a book and just didn't know what to say? I am a little lost here. The parts of the book that were good were not just good, they were perfect. And the parts that weren't good truly bored me. My emotions and opinions in this book are all over the place and I am struggling to settle on a score... That being said, one thing is certain: have you seen the book cover? I love it!

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard - 2 Stars (Red Queen #4)

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Holly Mother of Pearl... this was LONG! This book is a beast, my wrists hurt from holding this massive thing.  There were a few good things about it but sadly the book felt short, specially the ending. I loved The Red Queen and King's Cage , but Glass Sword and War Storm let the series down big time.

Sixth Street Bands books 1-4 by Jayne Frost

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Think you can read four books in four days? With this series it is easy, these books have a natural flow to them. It is an easy and pleasurable read.
The boys from the Sixth Street Bands Series all have very different and unforgettable personalities. They are all lovable on their own way. And of-course, they are all drop dead gorgeous. It reminded of my all time favorite, The Stage Dive Boys by Kylie Scott! And since there is another book coming out soon... Get on with it Sunnies 🌞

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann - 2.5 Stars

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This pains me more than it pains you. Trust me on that.
I LOVED Illuminae and Gemina. Could not stop raving about it! Obsidio however? nope. Can't say I loved it. The book was predictable from beginning to end and more than once I considered putting it aside and reading something else. Why did I carry on? Because I still love Kady, Hannah, Nik, Ezra, and Ella. Because I needed to know how their stories ended. It was worth it, but gosh it was painful at times!

One Wild Night by Rebecca Shea and A.L. Jackson - 4 stars

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I love everything Rebecca Shea writes and this was no different. It is a very short little book but it packed plenty. It was fun to read, fast paced, sweet and sexy...  If you are looking for a short read one of these nights, definitely give this little beauty a try.

Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars #2) by Juliette Cross

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Hello Sunnies! I have missed my paranormal romance books, so this was a fabulous change of pace. Two days of bliss!  Waking the Dragon & Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross were fabulous reads and I cannot recommend it enough. There is action, there is romance, there are hot dragon-hybrid males....What is not to love? 😍

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller -5 Stars

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I am late to the party I know... but it is hard to get so many books read at once. I am sure all of you book fanatics understand that :) Daughter of the Siren Queen is the conclusion to Daughter of the Pirate King. If you liked the first book there is no way you are not going to love this one too!

Heart of Glass by Nicole Jacquelyn - 4 Stars [arc review]

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Heart of Glass was a really sweet read. Trevor's and Morgan's story was touching and memorable.

Bad for You by J. Daniels - A Masterpiece

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Holly Mother of Romance!!!!
If you are not on the verge of tears by page 5... well, that won't happen. And it gets more emotional, more touching, and more wonderful as the story progresses. This was a Masterpiece!

Dare Me by Rebecca Shea- Is a million Stars possible?

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WOW!!! What just happened? The Romance Gods have spoken:  Rebecca Shea's Dare Me must be read by every romance reader in the nation! Go Go Go

Book Sacrifice Tags

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I saw this in Story and Somnomancy's blogand I thought it was epic. Not that I am ever critical...  (don't laugh...) PS- I am only using as option books that I have the physical copies for 🙂⚔




1. A Least Favorite Book

Situation: Apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

Acofas that would for sure be my answer! But since I don't... Ever the Hunted? Acowar? I didn't hate these book but I will never read them again either... I considered Night Circus, I liked that book less than these two. But it has such a pretty cover! hehe


2. An Over-Hyped Book



Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies’ only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked so you start chucking at the zombies?


The Hate you Give. The rant on this book is long and I am not going to bore you al…

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh- 3 stars

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Smoke in the Sun is the conclusion to Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Although I liked it, it was not -sadly- her best work.
Synopsis: After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice—to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. 
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.
This is not an ea…