Review of Unraveled by Aubrey Bondurant

“Not a chance in hell.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 303 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Unraveled:
To become undone.
To take apart.
To destroy.

I thought I had it all with my well-respected job, Hollywood boyfriend, and glamorous lifestyle. Until the truth revealed a different story. In one day, after a single word, my carefully constructed life was obliterated.

But it’s only the beginning of my spiral. There’s much further to fall.

Then I meet him. He’s the perfect man at the most imperfect time. It’s only meant to be a one night stand. A last fling before my new reality sets in. But he has different ideas. Because he doesn’t know the truth. Once he finds out, I’m convinced he’ll realize this is too much for a new relationship. He’s sure to cut and run. It’s for the best really.

After all, how can I possibly fall in love when I’m falling apart?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

First of all let me give a mascara warning: you’ll need tissues!

Layla is an amazing woman. When they say bad things come in threes they mean it. She has one thing right after the other happen and yet she remains determined. That is until she received a text from her brother to play a fake girlfriend to his best friend and then everything changes.

Kellan just wanted to hang out and do a little fantasy football with his friends. He never expected to see his ex there, but much to his surprise he had a fake girlfriend there for the rescue. And damn did she knock his socks off.

“You keep crying every time I kiss you, and I’m likely to develop a complex.”

A fake display ended up a one night stand which ended up a whole lot more.

Unraveled is an emotional journey for the hopeless romantic. Layla goes through cancer treatments and all the side effects. Kellan tries to be everything she needs to make things easier for her. It’s sweet! And oh my goodness what the family does to be supportive…let me say it again…TISSUES!

“… Did I mention there ma be a direct linage between the number of orgasms you’ll receive and the number of crackers you eat?”

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Review of Moon Kissed (The Outlier Prophecies #8) by Tina Gower

“That’s where I went wrong.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 240 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

A sinister crime. A careless coverup. An impossible secret. Will Kate and Ian solve the case before they become the next victims?

Kate Hale would rather remain an invisible pencil pusher, but that’s been impossible since she broke the biggest insider predictions scandal in history. Time away on a case with her pack seems like the perfect solution, however, she can’t work the investigation if she’s served a restraining order on arrival.

The team rushes to find a loophole in their time-sensitive case to unravel an underground werewolf blood market. Are the members of the local Texas wolf pack innocent victims or are they in on the job?

In the midst of mounting evidence against their new pack allies, Kate and Detective Ian Becker receive news that will turn their pack upside down. If they don’t act quickly, they will forever be shunned from werewolf society.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

It’s been awhile since I read the last Outlier book and I worried I’d forget who everyone was, but Tina does a wonderful job at recapping just enough so you remember exactly who everyone was.

Kate is the alpha of their abnormal pack. It’s not exactly something she’d planned on, but she wants to be with Ian and with him being a wolf, pack life comes with him. Although to make it a true pack and for them to be true mates in the eyes of other packs then they have to have a traditional mating ceremony and boy is that interesting.

I enjoyed following the Angel’s Peak Pack as they actually became more of a pack. They’re learning to work together in their new roles and everything is coming together for them. They may not be a traditional pack, but they’re slowly earning the respect of other packs.

Moon Kissed is another great book in the Outlier Prophecy Series. With Kate, Ian, Ali, Goya, Dalia, Abbott, and the baby there is never a dull moment in this suspenseful journey of discovering who the culprits are. And there is a little twist that I didn’t expect, which made it all the better.

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Review of The Aussie Next Door (Patterson’s Bluff #1) by Stefanie London

“Bad Thoughts. Retreat!”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 350 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot and funny as her next-door neighbor…

Jace Walters has never wanted much—except a bathroom he didn’t have to share. The last cookie all to himself. And solitude. But when you grow up in a family of seven, you can kiss those things goodbye. He’s finally living alone and working on his syndicated comic strip in privacy. Sure, his American neighbor is distractingly sexy and annoyingly nosy, but she’ll be gone in a few months…

Except now she’s determined to find her perfect match by checking out every eligible male in the town, and her choices are even more distracting. So why does it suddenly feel like he—and his obnoxious tight-knit family, and even these two wayward dogs—could be exactly what she needs?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.*

Jace is a different kind of leading man than I’m used to. He speaks his mind with lack of a filter, he doesn’t handle change well, and likes to be alone. Then Angie moves into his small rental house (behind his own) and his mother basically guilt trips into having house guests. Poor Jace just doesn’t know how to handle all the change.

Angie’s visa is set to expire and she’d do anything to not have to go back to America. Even when someone puts the crazy idea of marriage into her head she goes for it, but on her own terms. She can’t just marry anyone…she needs love. And she’s hoping to find it quickly, or at least get the man she wants, aka her landlord Jace, to notice her. However, until then he decides to help her with her shenanigans.

He’s been it for her since the moment she met him. Although he has a past that has made him reluctant to ever get involved with anyone else again. I mean who wants a man with that many routines…beside Angie that is.

The Aussie Next Door brings two wounded hearts together. Sometimes just because someone else doesn’t like everything about you, doesn’t mean someone else won’t.

I enjoyed the development of the characters and the storyline. It wrapped me up in the world of Jace and Angie and those crazy dogs. I look forward to what will happen next in Patterson’s Bluff.

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Review of The Scarlet Heron (Healer Series #4) by Sharilyn Skye

“Pride Goeth before Destruction…” 

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 123 Pages

POV:  First Person

Description:

Pride Goeth before Destruction and a Haughty Spirit Before the Fall. Aedan has fallen into the hands of his once most trusted ally and is slowly being drained of life while Cold Iron chains suppress his magic and steal his strength once more. As he struggles to stay sane, he relives memories of his long life and clings to thoughts of the only woman he has ever really loved. Someone from his House will come, he believes this, but will they come in time and can he resist the urge to drain them dry when they do? Think you know The Flame Keeper? Think again.

*The Scarlet Heron is a 43,000 word Novella in the Healer Series and should be read after the 3rd book, House of Fire.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The Scarlet Heron is all from Aedan’s point of view. It’s basically everything in the series from his the very beginning all from his memory. He’s trying to keep his sanity as he’s been tortured and drained. The only way he knows to do that is to think of Lara. His love.

You learn a few things you didn’t know like all the details from the night she was attacked. That put an entirely new spin on my perception of Lara.

“I regret that she will not know what I felt for her.”

It also goes into more details of Aedan’s past. You learn a lot from him in this novella as it’s basically the thoughts in a dying man’s head who’s trying to hold on.

It does finally catch up to where House of Fire left off, but not until the end. Bring on book five of the Healer Series. Time for a little revenge!

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Review of Healer (Healer Series #2) by Sharilyn Skye

“He makes my tummy itchy.” 

 

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Length: 246 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

Surviving the transition from human to supernatural life is looking like a walk in the park compared to what happens when your Faerie Grandmother finally catches up to you.

Wild magic and displays of raw power have brought the Tuatha de Dannan to Lara Hennessey’s door. They want to explore the extent of her power and aren’t taking no for an answer. So she runs to the only place she has ever felt safe; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Only safe is relative. With an angry neighbor, a maybe best friend, a rogue vampire, and your Faerie Grandmother hunting you, peace on the island is fleeting. Throw in the fact that you are the only thing standing in the way of death for a set of twin boys and the stakes get higher. When the dust settles she is left with one truth….families are complicated.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The beginning of this book starts with a little taste of Lara’s newfound healing powers. Nothing like starting with a slightly startling moment to draw you in.

And draw me in it did.

I have to say that nothing major happens, with the exception of Daniel. Otherwise it’s filled with small victories. Whether it’s Lara deciding her own future, or her standing up to someone for something that is right, or finally realizing that family isn’t always blood and that the family who is might just be a little terrifying.

“I can hear your heartbeat, I can smell your feelings.”

I found that Healer is about Lara discovering a little more about herself and about the world around her. There’s still plenty she doesn’t know and at times I felt just as lost as she did with what was going on around her. I’m sure her and I both will soon understand as the series continues. Until then, I’m left wondering what else out there may be seeking her powers. And what exactly is going on between her and Aedan.

“I thought I had lost you. It…frightened me. I am quite unaccustomed to being frightened.”

Even after learning a little more about the mysterious Aedan I still don’t know what to make of him. I want to be all Team Aedan, and yet there’s still something I’m not quite sure about. I keep waiting for him to either betray her or rock her world…not sure which I want to see more though.

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Review of Torn Apart (Convergence #1) by J.M. Riddles

“We smell like sex, don’t we?” 

 

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Length: 232 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

As a priestess in the service of the dragon goddess, Halea must roam the land hunting demons and sealing tears caused by the Chaos Dimension that seeks to converge with their world. She has sworn an oath to devote herself only to her goddess, and if necessary, will even die for her mission.

One day she discovers that her beloved childhood friend, Varg, has survived the devastation of the last convergence and has since risen to become the alpha of his people, the lycans. Together they battle the forces of Chaos, but when Varg wants Halea to be his mate, she is torn between her oath and her desire to be with the Wolf King who loves her. Only a blood sacrifice can stop the coming of the next convergence, and with Halea’s life on the line, Varg will do anything to save her.

*Warning: Mature content and language not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Halea was born to be a priestess. It was what she’d spent her life training for. But normal humans were scared of her. Her strength. Her speed. He was not. Varg was a lycan and he just didn’t like puny humans…until her.

“I’ve missed you so much. I’m greedy, and I don’t care. I want every moment I can have with you.”

Halea is dedicated to her cause, to her people, and to her heart. Just as much as Varg. Only problem she had was that a priestess couldn’t have attachments. She couldn’t mate with him. She had a job to do first and foremost.

Varg goes from a scrappy cub to a fierce alpha and Wolf King. He tries to be the best leader he can, but he’d sacrifice all for her. He’d lost her once, he was never losing her again.

“”Varg, if you do this the world will be destroyed. There is no other way!”

“Then let the world be damned,” he said as he walked away.”

Their love and dedication to each other develops over the years, moving from friendship to more, especially after they both thought each other lost.

Torn Apart is a non-stop, what’s going to happen next?, oh my goodness did they just do that? kind of book. However, you spend half the book getting back to where it began, which is probably why I couldn’t put it down because honestly the first half is a little slow, but then it gets even more addicting.

I do have to say that it felt complete, until the last two sentences!

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Review of Hot Mess (Players #1) by Jaine Diamond

“Unicorn…” 

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 610 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Fate. Destiny. Karma… She’s mine.

It all started with a broken heart.
And a breakup party.
Rock stars. Circus freaks. And a bachelorette party.
Too. Much. Booze.
An embarrassing tattoo.
And a twist of fate.

Her name was Danny.

I thought she was The One.
But then I lost her.
And I never thought I’d see her again.
Now… I’m a mess.
I’ve had my heart broken—more than once.
And my band’s broken up.
I’ve sworn to myself that I’ll never fall in love again.
Time to focus on new music and my new band.

As soon as I sober up from my latest breakup party…

But then there she is.
Standing in the rain, looking at me.
My dream girl.
My destiny…
Danny.
I missed my chance with her once.
Maybe this time… I’ll get it right.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Danica knew Ashley thought she was her sister. She’d heard all about her make out session with him years before. But she couldn’t help wishing he’d really been interested in her.

“Me: I have faith in you. You brought me six pennies. Just do your thing”

If you’ve read the Dirty series you know who Ash is . He’s wound his woes throughout the books…and his dirty little tattoo secret that everyone found out about. He acted like he didn’t know who Danny was, but he knew. And he’d been looking for her for four years. Until one day while completely drunk in the rain he’d found her. Although to his dismay it wasn’t her. It was her twin.

Sober Ashley likes Danica way better than her twin sister, he just doesn’t want to get his heart broke again so he plays it cool. But he’s a bad liar.

Danica will remodel his home and freshen up his heart.

“… Come on. Be a man and show me the pink flower between your legs.”

Hot Mess described Ashely perfectly and in this book we get to see the nitty gritty version we’ve been waiting for. All his issues laid bare for everyone to read.

“”… Did you know he’s into dudes?”

“No,” she said, looking right pissed off. “But why should I be surprised? You make straight men bend over.””

I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book. I’d had high hopes for Ash and was expecting it to be as good as the Dirty series, but this one wasn’t. Maybe it was that Ashley carried way more issues than I was expecting or maybe it was Danica’s too lenient attitude, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Don’t get me wrong it’s still a great read and I look forward to the next Players novel. Although it looks like Xander is going to be entirely too far over his head.

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