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Love and Lists by Tara Sivec

Love and Lists - Tara Sivec

It’s no doubt that Tara Sivec can put a smile on my face while reading. The whole time I was giggling or laughing out loud.


Love and Lists is the spin off series where we get to revisit all the characters that we loved in the Chocolate Lovers series.
I was thrilled to see Gavin all grown up and sexy yet still obsessed with his penis. LOL.



However, as much as I was laughing, I didn’t quite feel the connection between Gavin & Charlotte as I did with Tara’s past characters. I don’t know if it was because this was a shorter book but if you're looking for a good funny read, this is definitely one to pick up.

Carter Reed by Tijan
Carter Reed by Tijan

I'm so excited to start this.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Iced (Fever, #6; Dani O'Malley, #1) - Karen Marie Moning

BR with Raquel & Danielle

It’s common knowledge that the Fever series is one of my all time favorite series. I pimp out the series to anyone and anywhere I can, seriously it’s that good. When the series ended, I was completely devastated and in a state of a major book hangover.

So when the news of Iced came about, I should have been elated, right? Well, I was until I heard from the grapevine that it was told completely in Dani’s POV. As a Barrons & Mac fan, I wasn’t that thrilled. I mean, the Fever series revolved around Barrons & Mac. In addition, Dani had her POV in a section of the series and quite honestly, I wasn’t a fan. Therefore, Iced remained shelved in my tbr for quite a long time.

Now, I’m kicking myself for not reading this sooner. How could I have doubted that KMM would have delivered once again an amazing story with Dani? Iced continues right were Shadowfever ends, and although it’s mainly told from Dani’s POV there are also other POVs such as Kat’s & Christian’s. So, without giving anything away, let me just say that this book is definitely worth the time and money to read. I’m highly anticipating 2014 for Burned to come out. I’m excited to see how everything all pans out.

Jagged by Kristen Ashley

Jagged - Kristen Ashley

Review to be added closer to release date

ARC provided by Net Galley

Close to You: A Downside Ghosts Story (A Heroes and Heartbreakers Original) - Stacia Kane Wishing there was a Chapter 5 ...

City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #3) - Stacia Kane

Hands down, my favorite in the series so far.

Tattered Love by Lola Stark

Tattered Love (Needle's Kiss, #1) - Lola Stark

Starting the book I was totally

25% in and I was

after that ... the whole time I was either


I think it's safe to say, I won't be continuing this series. It just didn't work out for me.

Reckless - Skye Jordan a sweet read

review to follow

Nocturne by Andrea Randall & Charles Sheehan-Miles

Nocturne - Andrea Randall, Charles Sheehan-Miles

Nocturne is an emotional yet engaging story about forbidden love between Gregory & Savannah written by Andrea Randall & Charles Sheehan-Miles. Sometimes when authors collaborate their writing style don’t always gel together. This is not the case for Nocturne. For a story written by two authors, the writing was seamless and flowed effortlessly.

For writing style alone, I would give Nocturne “5 musical stars”

But plot wise, I couldn't give it more than 3 stars. Gregory’s constant indecisiveness & lack of strength to fight for what he wants made me question his age and maturity time and time again. For me, this book was 90-95% filled with angst ending with little resolution. Quite honestly, after all that, I felt a little cheated in the end.

Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn

Craving Constellations (The Aces, #1) - Nicole Jacquelyn

This is one of the main reasons why I LOVE Goodreads.

A fellow GR friend, Suzanne, recommended craving Constellations! Thanks BTW.

This book totally took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to be totally consumed and blown away by it. Story wise, there wasn’t anything new here but it did captivate me enough to point where I needed to know how everything ends. This definitely looks like a promising series. I can’t wait to know more about the Aces.

Freefall - Tess Oliver All I can say is CLIFFHANGER ALERT!
Price of a Kiss - Linda Kage


Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Shooting Scars - 'Karina Halle'

Shooting Scars picks up right where S&N ends. Right from the get go, you immediately find yourself completely engrossed into the story until you realized it's actually over, that's how intense and engaging it is.

Now, it's never been a secret that I'm a Javier fan; he completely intrigued me the moment he was mentioned in S&N & totally captured my heart in OES. But going into Shooting Scars, I jumped into this one with an open mind towards Camden, that maybe, just maybe he might be able to sway me to his side. Was he able to pull it off? Honestly, for me, he didn't. Now, now -- Camden fans, please don't exile me for that statement. I get his appeal, truly I do. He definitely changed and although at times I felt he was weak, he also stepped up to the plate when needed. Who knew he had it in him to be all badass? Through his POV, I ached for him. Poor guy, he’s been through so much pain and heartache. He sees the good in Ellie and loves her for all that she is, and I can't fault anyone who's rooting for him. However, for me, I just didn't feel the chemistry between him & Ellie. Who knows, maybe that'll change in the future.

As for Javier, he's no saint and never portrayed himself as such and I probably shouldn't forgive him as easily as I do. He's broken my heart twice already (once in OES & again in SS) but despite all that, I feel how deeply he cares and loves Ellie. Sure, he has a crazy way of showing it, but he's never been one to follow the 'norm'. Their chemistry is clearly apparent, that’s never been in question. As for the whole cheating incident, it gets revealed that he slept with that girl multiple times (*heartbreak) out of revenge. How could he, right? But in his defense, Ellie did the same exact thing; the only difference was that she fell for her mark. I can see how people view him as heartless, but how can someone supposedly so heartless care so much about his family & Ellie? He may not always show his emotions, but once in awhile, there are glimpses of his vulnerability and pain. Being left by Ellie wounded Javier more than he lets on. Overall, he may have gotten worse, he kills with no regard but is that really any surprise? Ellie knew who Javier was & what he did when she fell in love with him in OES. I know it sounds demented, maybe I have Stockholm Syndrome, but I definitely found myself liking him even more. Oh, how I would just kill for Javier’s POV.

As for Travis, Gus and the Watt family, there's definitely a lot more to the story that K. Halle let's on. Gus definitely has a bigger role to this series than I originally perceived. I’ve been left with more questions than answers to. I have my speculations but I guess I'll just have to wait until Bold Tricks

Bravo! Karina Halle.

Once again, you've completely blown me out of the water and left me with an ocean of conflicting emotions. I can't think of any other person who can make me a sobbing mess one minute and then turn me into a squealing fan girl with just a flick of a page. October can't come here fast enough.

Undressed - Avery Aster 3.5/5
No One's Angel - Kelly  Walker 3.5/5

Review to follow

Stripped by Jasinda Wilder

Stripped - Jasinda Wilder

WARNING: may contain spoilers

Virgin pastor daughter turned stripper falls in love with a super hot actor and they live HEA. That’s the gist of it.

The story started off a bit slow. A lot of the romance part felt forced and for the most part, cheesy. There was no connection between the characters and I often found myself bored. I'm surprised I finished it at all, I kept hoping it was going to get better, sadly it didn't work out for me.

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