Wednesday, February 26, 2020

REVIEW: Disavow by Karina Halle


I must admit that I was skeptical that Pascal could be redeemed in Disavow because Karina Halle did such a great job of making him a really unlikeable character in the previous two novels in this series. But Karina did what she does best--she made a believer out of me. She somehow turned him from the absolute worst to a sympathetic character and I'm going to say that creating a character like Gabrielle to transform him was crucial to me liking him. I honestly cannot even believe I'm writing the words "like him" when it comes to Pascal but here I am, writing it (I think the ending really helped get me there). The addition of a strong, albeit maybe a little delusional (only because what she thought she was capable seemed so unreasonable) Gabrielle kept Pascal on his toes and managed to soften him from most hated to actually understandable or at the very least, less horrible, in relation to his terrible past.



From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a seductive novel of riches, romance, and redemption.
In the Dumont fashion empire, no heir has a reputation as decadent, arrogant, and ruthless as that of Pascal Dumont. Every transgression, an indecent pleasure. Every woman, a conquest. And none is more challenging than his new personal assistant, Gabrielle Caron. She’s defiant, alluring, and a mystery Pascal can’t wait to solve.
A former family servant and daughter of the head maid, Gabrielle’s returned as suddenly as she left eight years ago. No longer an awkward teen, the ethereal young beauty has amassed a wealth of resolve. She’ll need it. In hire to the devilishly charming scion, she’s come back for one reason only. And she dare not whisper why.
But as the nights grow more intimate at the Dumont maison, Gabrielle realizes that the last man she believed in is the one man she can trust with her secrets. For Pascal, falling in love means more than his own redemption. It could mean saving Gabrielle’s very life as they confront a dark and scandalous past…together.

Disavow was a really great way to end this over the top, soap opera-ish series. It demonized the right person and brought closure to this messed up family and their significant others. I thoroughly enjoyed this escape into this world and am eager to see where Karina Halle takes us next.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

REVIEW: Revenge by Laurelin Paige

REVENGE (Slay #3) by Laurelin Paige 
Release Date: February 25th   



***It occurred to me part way through read Revenge that there may indeed be people who shouldn't be reading this novel due to some of the traumatic issues that it confronts and if I neglected to say so in a prior review, please accept my apology and also do some research before you read (if you have some abuse triggers).

Boy oh boy did I have some thoughts when I was reading Revenge. I think I was instantly lulled into a sense of happiness that Celia and Edward seemed to be on the same page--they were getting along (as well as they can) and the relationship they were forging seemed to be working. As the novel progressed though, I became more and more proud of the person Celia was striving to become and more disenchanted with Edward. She seemed to be growing and trying and working on becoming who she needed and wanted to be and he seemed to be so caught up in his control and his plans and his ego that even when he showed how much he loved her, I wasn't satisfied. I wanted him to take ten steps back and look at her, truly see who she was striving to be and who she needed him to be but nooooo. Nope. Not yet, though I see a glimmer of promise and willingness to perhaps try to take it down a notch or two. I suspect that he's going to get worse before he gets better...especially because of how the novel ended...and I also suspect Celia may dig in her heels a little too, in the next book in this series.

All told, this novel was just as addictive to read as the other three in this series and I'm eager to see what happens next with this entire cast of characters.

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  Blurb: Their relationship changes again when Celia learns the devil takes care of his own. Edward Fasbender is my savior. From the ashes of who I once was, he is helping me to rise. He has a list of people who have wronged him. And now he's adding names to that list. Names that I gave him. And we will have our revenge.

  Excerpt: Inside the windowed room, I set one of the glasses on a table next to the loveseat then dimmed the overhead before taking the other glass to the armchair across from it. The string of lights that had been put up outside for the party were still lit, creating a romantic mood. Not exactly what I was going for, but it would do. In my experience, the darker setting made confessions easier. I stretched my neck, easing the knots there as I looked out over the yard. The day had been busy and full, and the party had been, by all accounts, successful, but I’d spent the entire time preoccupied with Edward. Even when entertaining strangers or running around trying to find Ilsa to tell her we were out of toilet paper, I’d been aware of my husband. He was a magnetic force, always pulling my thoughts and my body in his direction. Like gravity holding me in his orbit. I’d never felt that way about anyone before. Not just that in love but also that attached. I was still reeling from the newness of it, eighteen months after we’d wed. I was also still adjusting to the way he affected me. How he’d brought me peace yet could stir up levels of jealousy within me that I’d never thought possible. His trip to the garden with Marion was innocent—it had to be considering the way he grinned at me when he’d returned. The devil himself wouldn’t flaunt his discretions so openly. Would he?

  About the Author: With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or Letterkenny, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

REVIEW: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

I'm a huge fan of Tarryn Fisher. I love her fierceness and that she embraces the ugly and pretty, equally. I love that she's devoted to empowering women and that she pushes us all to empower ourselves and those around us. I love what she stands for and that it seeps into everything she does. I see her personality wink at us in various places in all of her novels and it's something I've come to look forward to when I read her work.

In The Wives I swear I saw little bits and pieces of the fierce author and the fierce author persona as her character, Thursday, contemplates what exactly is happening to her and how in the hell she ended up in the situation she finds herself in. Many times, though, I saw a character who seemed so opposite of what I think of when I think of Fisher's strong heroines--she sometimes seemed so lost, so unclear of her purpose, out of control. And it was this disarray of personality traits that I think were a little jarring. Thursday, the character, seemed so self contained and then so completely unraveled. She seemed to be at the mercy of those around her and less making those around her bow to her will. There were times I was so confounded by her narrative and other times I was completely absorbed.

To say that I was kept on my toes, would be an understatement but I'm not sure what to make of it.

I felt both disconnected and connected to Thursday and what was happening to her, with her, and around her. There were times I didn't understand her and how she got into the situation she was in...I still don't know if I understand that, to be honest. Then there were times when I truly felt her fear and her drive to find answers and felt attuned to her.

I don't know. I don't know what to do with this novel and my thoughts. Parts really worked for me--parts of the pacing and dialogue and meditations on life and people really worked. Then there were parts that felt flat, underdeveloped, and needing more time and space to let me know these characters more, better.

So I'm leaving you as I was left: conflicted.



Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

COVER REVEAL: One Big Mistake by Whitney Barbetti

Cover Reveal for One Big Mistake
One Big Mistake by Whitney Barbetti
Release Date: February 27, 2020
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
A friends to lovers romcom
One night together could ruin everything...
Keane Colburn was my best friend. Ever since childhood, we could always count on each other to be there no matter what—though when I confessed my love to him, things didn’t turn out as planned. Thankfully, my little crush didn’t ruin our friendship. I shoved those feelings to the back of my mind, watching him chase after other girls and silently wishing it was me. I resigned us to friendship—that was more important than anything else. But a drunken one-night stand changed everything. Because even though we vowed to forget about it, I couldn’t get it out of my head. And as old memories began to rise to the surface, our lives collided in ways we had never imagined.
Available in Kindle Unlimited on February 27, 2020.

Monday, February 10, 2020

COVER REVEAL: Crowne of Lies by C.D. Reiss

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“CD Reiss is beyond brilliant..."

-- Sawyer Bennett, New York Times Bestselling Author

Crowne of Lies, an all-new sexy as sin marriage of convenience standalone by New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is coming February 28th, and we have the gorgeous cover!


Logan Crowne needs one year from Ella.
Twelve months living in his house, holding his hand, wearing his ring on her finger, and in exchange, she’ll get her father’s company in the divorce settlement.
They have one year to convince his skeptical parents that they’re happily in love, and he’s settled enough to run Crowne Industries.
Ella wants the company badly enough to live with a man who will never love her. She’ll sleep in his room and kiss him for show.
Her heart may melt whenever he’s around, and his touch may ignite a fire inside her, but surrender will break her heart.
She’s sure she can last a year without giving him her body.
She’s wrong.

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I’ve come to understand that I’ll always find her. She’s my north star, my sense of direction. In her, I’ve found my home. She tells me I saved her. But the truth is, she saved me.

But nothing good can ever last. Andra’s keeping secrets. She’s holding something back. I’m trying, desperately, to anchor her. To let me in, to let me help.

But will all my efforts end up with a ghost of a girl I love?

I'm used to disappearing. Vanishing into thin air, without a trace of who I've been or where I've gone.

But it’s so much harder to do with a broken heart and no hope for a happy ending. Sometimes the only people who can put all the pieces of us back together are the ones we least expect to. That's what Julian did for me.

Julian found me. But now, all Six wants is to keep me locked up, away from the world, away from the Monster. I can't live like that. It's not living at all. Because I still have unfinished business.

And I'm going to make sure the Monster gets what’s coming to him.

Published December 18th 2014 (first published 2014

OUR REVIEW: (ETA: These review got lost in our drafts folder and are finally seeing the light of day!)

Shel: First things FIRST. You have to read He Found Me before you read He Saved Me (which is probably evident because of
the way we posted it...but just wanted to warn you. This novel picks up not too shortly after book #1 and it actually starts with 
Julian's perspective. We don't get much of his POV but I was happy to have what we did.

As with book 1, book 2 also has that slow burn. Rather than move quickly from one plot point to the next, we live with Andra 
as she works through how she will get rid of the Monster and get her life back. We get to see her anger and love develop as 
we watch her seek vengeance and fall deeper in love with's an interesting journey. Add in Six and Mira and things get 
infinitely more interesting and intriguing.

By the end of He Saved Me we definitely get more answers to the questions we had about Andra's life before Julian and yet
I still had questions..not in a bad way, in a curious one. I'm hopeful that when Six and Mira's book comes out I'll have more
intel about these interesting characters and who they are and how they ended up where they did. I'd love to know what
Andra and Julian are doing now...

In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying.
Published August 28th 2014 (first published July 25th 2014)


Shel: If you are a cryer in emotional reads..YOU WILL CRY WHEN YOU READ THIS. Unless you're me. I don't cry very often when I's a flaw I'm working on?

Gosh. This is a hard review to write because I don't want to spoil anything and yet I don't want to re-write what the synopsis says. Hmm. I guess I'll just do this: 


  • Both Everett and Parker have issues. They are flawed. Parker has the most obvious flaws but Everett has them just takes longer for them to be revealed.
  • As with Whitney's other novels, this one is more focused on an emotional journey of the characters, the action of the plot takes a backseat to that. There IS action and there IS a plot, but the purpose is more less about that and more about what these characters learn about themselves and each other. 
  • You get a little Mira/Six/Andra crossover. YAY!
  • This novel feels different than He Found Me and He Saved Me. As I said before there is a plot and action but instead of wondering about a character like the Monster, you're wondering about the two characters you spend the most time with: Everett and Parker. You feel like you know how the story will end, so it's not so much a mystery to be solved but just figuring out the hows and the whys and the whats.
I think out of all three novels, this one really grabbed me the most. I felt for Parker and Everett and I wanted them to be happy and alive and content.

The one note I'd offer, if it's not too presumptuous, is that I'd love more background about her characters and more motive or answers about the subplots. I find them all so very interesting and often want them to be more developed rather than just a cursory part of the characters' stories. Without a doubt, though, I've found myself very curious about Whitney's characters and am eager to see what she does with Six and Mira's story. 


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

COVER REVEAL: The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott

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The Rich Boy, an all-new, not-to-be missed standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott is releasing March 9th, and we have the stunning and drop-dead sexy cover!

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I’m the type of girl who’s given up on fairy tales. So when Beck – the hot new busboy at work – starts flirting with me, I know better than to get my hopes up. Happily ever afters aren’t for the average. I learned that the hard way.
But how can I be expected to resist a man who can quote Austen, loves making me laugh, and seems to be everything hot and good in this world?
Only there’s so much more to him than that.
Billionaire playboy? Check. Troubled soul? Check. The owner of my heart, the man I’ve moved halfway across the country to be with, who’s laying the world at my feet in order to convince me to never leave? Check. Check. Check.
But nobody does complicated like the one percent.
This is not your everyday rags-to-riches, knight-in-shining armor whisking the poor girl off her feet kind of story. No, this is much messier.
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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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