Review: See Me by Michele Arris

See Me by Michele Arris

Release Date: May 2020
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Multicultural Romance, Interracial Romance, Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book
Length: 299 pages

Review:

Emotional!

While the storyline revolved around Trenton and Kennedi I was more drawn to the backstory of Kennedi and her father. So many tears were shed while reading, the constant ups and downs, drama, and the many parties that continued to poke their heads into the storyline kept me hooked.

Kennedi Avery Chase gave me so many frustrating moments, from the immediate jumping to conclusions, to the moments of being closed off, to purposefully choosing not to listen but just be heard. I saw myself wanting to understand Kennedi’s thoughts but also finding myself annoyed that she allowed her friends to constantly persuade her of what she was feeling. We as humans know our wants, and gut instincts, so why continue to allow the negative narrative to be spread? It may not have helped the fact that she would provide information without any backing, and allow small moments to become a big argument. Not saying that Trenton was an angel nor in the right at all times, but the characteristics of the two made this storyline a bit more believable. How many times do we see our friends or ourselves going through the motions of a relationship, where the highs are high and the lows are low but you still hold out for the sake of truly carrying for a person? I was happy to see the growth the Kennedi made, but I felt there could’ve been so much more, I’m hoping to hear about some of it in the next installment.

Trenton…dear old Trenton. I don’t want to say that drama follows him wherever he goes, but sir, every time we turned our heads someone was coming out from his side to shake things up. While many of the situations could’ve been avoided by simply speaking his truth, at times I understood his reservations. Mr. Man needed to mN up and take the plunge all of the way. Yes, he did more than enough to reassure Kennedi and showed her time and time again that he was there for her and not just the sexy times. Should he have been completely open from the beginning, more than likely, but who opens up about their mistakes right away? And once he was ready to have those conversations, life for them kept happening, are these excuses no, but just fruit for thought. In the end, it was nice to see the openness Trenton provided, while he never hid his feelings towards Kennedi he did have to step outside of himself and his situation to think of their future.

Now, let’s talk about the ending…checking my page number and feeling so many things were left to be completed gave me a slight panic. While I’m glad things were wrapped up, I feel like we could’ve used more pages just to have a smoother landing. There could’ve been a whole chapter around the discussion of the baby, and his ex being a complete asshole. I would’ve liked to hear the discussion between the two after the counseling sessions, maybe Trenton could’ve learned something that could help him and Kennedi in the future, or even show his growth in moving past the infidelity. Either way, I would’ve liked to see more insight into these required counseling sessions…at the end of the day, I am nosey.

I am interested to see how the next two installments carry on the relationships that are built and building. I am assuming that the remaining characters are all going to hook up in some way, let’s see how this goes.

On to the next, be sure to READ THS!

Review: Flight 171 by Amy Christine Parker

Flight 171 by Amy Christine Parker

Release Date: October 2022
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Horror/Fiction/Thriller/Fantasy/
Paranormal/Teen
Form: Audiobook
Length: 7:40:58

Description:

Devon Marsh is haunted by secrets. Like the identity of the person who killed her twin sister, Emily, in a hit and run accident last Halloween, which Devon has vowed to uncover. Like the things Devon said to Emily just before she died.

But she’s determined to start fresh when she boards a four-hour flight along with her classmates for their senior class ski trip. Devon never could have guessed those secrets would surface in the most terrifying way when a supernatural creature hijacks their flight and gives the students a deadly ultimatum:

Choose one among them to sacrifice before the end of the flight. Or the plane will crash.

As the clock ticks down, the creature slowly unearths the passengers’ deepest, darkest secrets—and reveals that one of the teens on the plane is responsible for Emily’s death. The students must agree on a sacrifice, or there won’t be any survivors. But can Devon find a way to stop the creature, or will she give in to her anger and let revenge take control?

Review:

Captivating!

Reading this two days before I jump on a plane might not have been the smartest move, but I am happy that I picked it up.

The creepy eerie idea that someone has to sacrifice themselves for others, is typical but the way that the students go about making those decisions gives off a Lord of the Flies type of societal stance. While in the beginning, everyone tried to do, “what was right,” it turned into releasing everyone’s secrets upon their peers causing the students to turn on one another in spite, hate, fear, disgust and shock.

While one part of my mind wished the students were capable of admitting their imperfections, while many of the students made poor decisions, a lot of the things done could have been avoided, but because we are viewing young adults (seniors) they took their best approach…to judge and vote amongst themselves despite the high level of emotions rolling throughout the passengers.

Surprisingly, the students reactions are not far from reactions that we’ve seen, whether it be real life or films such as, The Belko Experiment. The human race seems to be too incapable of logical thinking and removing their emotions from situations, would I be able to remove my emotions from the situation?

Isn’t it always frustrating how the evil/dark spirit or person latches onto secrets that we believe are most sacred, and yet had we told the truth a large percentage of reactions and affects could be avoided? The overall concept of truth and lies, murder, love, hate, and destruction that we as humans use to create or protect relationships are always very fragile.

The title, Flight 171 gave me a feeling of being trapped, I could only imagine what these characters were going through emotionally. I do appreciate that the, “game,” took place in an area in which the characters could not run from their problems, this of course got us to the answers we were searching for and in the fashion of many horror books the resolution of the evil.

While the ending seemed to be tidied up answering questions and saving lives, there’s always that last thought…did good really prevail? And there lies the unanswered question…does good really trump evil?

On to the next, be sure to READ THS!

Review: Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King

Release Date: January 1974
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Horror/Fiction/Thriller/Fantasy/Paranormal
Form: Audiobook
Length: 7:24:12

Description:

A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction — Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time.

Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is…Carrie …

Review

I prefer the book to the movie, hands down 100%.

There’s something I find oddly special about this book. While I cringed at the embarrassing and horrific moments that Carrie endured, I was happy to know that this was fiction, but recalling Stephen King’s opening comments brings to light the reality that sometimes people aren’t nice.

Overall, I really enjoyed the storyline. It brought up the vivid images of the onscreen characters, but oh how I wish Hollywood would have created Carrie as the book was written. So many people could have possibly been taught a lesson of some sort, be kind to others, don’t let religion rule your life, there’s life after high school any kind of lesson.

Speaking of the obvious religious dialect and symbolism makes me feel sorry for those who allow religion to fully control their lives. While I am religious, I remember that I am a human and I have the right and capacity to make my own decisions. The level of fear that I felt when Margaret White would use her religious versus to combat anything rational gave me flashbacks to my own experiences and questions. Having a mother so intouch with her her religious beliefs and then forcing them upon her daughter while failing to teach her about her humanity was the downfall of Carrie.

All in all, I enjoyed Carrie and will definitely read again to see what I missed in this review.

On to the next, be sure to READ THS!

LIFT 4 Autism Auction

LIFT 4 Autism Auction!

Bidding is open NOW!
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Since 2015, LIFT 4 Autism has raised approximately $140,000 to benefit ASD families. All proceeds go to non-profit organizations serving the autism community. Now more than ever, we as a global community are uniting, even as we stay apart to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Auction organizers authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan, along with Kulture City, this year’s charitable partner, wanted to respond to the real needs of autism families during this incredibly challenging time. Kulture City will direct proceeds from the 2020 auction to a scholarship program for autism families struggling during COVID-19.

The online auction features signed paperbacks, hardcovers, full series sets, out-of-print covers, foreign editions, personal one-on-one Skype calls with some of your favorites . . . and MORE, all donated by authors, publishers, bloggers, readers. Just people who wanted to be a part of something to help autism families. In the past, some of our highest bidding items were tickets to sold-out author signings and in-demand book events. Of course, with social distancing, those have all been cancelled. To possibly compensate, several amazing authors, narrators and publishing professionals are auctioning off virtual chats! We’re hoping many readers will be enticed to bid on virtual chats with authors like LJ Shen, Tarryn Fisher, Beverly Jenkins, and Kristen Ashley, to name a few. To chat with all-star narrators like Zachary Webber, Shane East, Erin Mallon and more. Not to mention critiques and video chats with agents and editors. These are just a few items up for bid. We are incredibly grateful for every single item donated.

You can bid here NOW: charityauction.bid/Lift4Autism2020
Bidding closes Friday, May 1 at 5pm EST.

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Winning bidders will be emailed with payment instructions.

Private by Xavier Neal

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Private (Private Series #1) by Xavier Neal

Release Date: December 2016

Genre: Multicultural Romance/Romance Suspense

E-book/Audiobook: 326 pages

Purchase:       Amazon         Barnes n Noble

Rating: 5 star rating

Summary:

Mogul or Monster?

Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?

~Goodreads~

Review:

Oh, how I love Wes and hate him at the same time, the same goes for Brynley. These two are a match made in heaven, they seem to be a perfect match for one another personalty. While Wes is withholding himself from the world, Brynley embarrasses all that she can and works her way through the crappy parts of it. The push and pull of their romance set up the storyline nicely, and Brynleys sass is such a breath of fresh air. I love seeing the two main characters grow and push each other to be better versions of themselves while struggling to keep themselves at a comfortable pace. There are so many times were some books will write characters that demand perfection time and time again when they feel it is necessary, but it was nice to see these two function as humanly as possible. Two thumbs up on the character development.

Wes is the significant other that you love because he’s just so darn sweet, but you hate him because he is so darn sweet. Wes has gone through so much in his short-lived life and I understand his need to control and overreact to situations. At times Wes has a controlling manner that in other situations I would be yelling at the love interest to run for the hills, but I also understand that he functions the way that he does because of the mental, physical and emotional trauma that he has endured. Wes’s nature to hide and protect everything that he loves and holds dear to him is a plus and minus in my book. We often want our significant others to care about our well being and hope and wish that they want the best for us, but oftentimes he takes those moments too far. That brings me to the moments where enough was enough and it was time for Wes to man up. He has a tragic past and trust issues, which are understandable, but jumping to conclusions and automatically reacting instead of thinking the event through like he’s done every aspect of his life, no bueno.

Brynley, she has her own special issues, although her sass is a breath of fresh air it is also a lot to take on at times. Because she is so used to letting her mouth control every situation she finds herself running off at the mouth during moments where silence could’ve been more rewarding. Brynley’s outgoing personality is exactly what Wes needs, and vice versa. Brynley is the right amount of push that gets Wes to open up and begin to attempt to live again, all while Brynley is working hard to make something of herself. Brynley seems to have a strong mentality when it comes to life and the tough situations you find yourself in, but we find out that not every action that Brynley takes is a good step. I loved seeing a moment where the female main character was not left alone to fend for herself in the world, thus leading her to be the strong heroine of this book. We more so than not have a female that has no more family and is broken to the point that the significant other is helping her pick up the pieces. And yes, while that main female character might be brave she still reflects on the loss of her family as to why she’s in many situations. Private is a breath of fresh air in the realm of strong female main characters.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, and I couldn’t wait to jump into the second book, Public. I will let you all know how that goes.

Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

 

Chatting with a Vampire

Title: Chatting with a Vampire by Thayer King

Release Date: October 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Physical Book/E-book/Audio: 83 pages

Purchase Links: Amazon

Rating:

Summary:

A stray e-mail introduces Alaya Hendricks to Alexander Hennessey, III. What she thinks will be a fling, turns out to be much more.

From the first, Alex knows that Alaya is his destiny. He’s a vampire. And Alaya is his mate.

PLEASE NOTE: Chatting with a Vampire was previously published in the Just Vamps Anthology. It has been lengthened from its original form.

~Goodreads ~

 

Review:

I really enjoyed this storyline. The book was short and sweet, but what I really enjoyed was how relatable the characters were depicted.

Alexander being a vampire has already lived a good life, but now he wants his mate, only taking what he needs from others he abstains from any other sexual activity until he finds his one truly love and soulmate. King wrote Alexander perfectly, he was the perfect gentleman, and for him to go so far as to abstain from random sex was a nice touch. Often times when you read paranormal romances the paranormal partner is oh so experienced to where the non-paranormal partner is left worrying that they will be enough. Alexander appeared more human when that little detail was thrown in, a true romantic.

Alaya a strong, independent woman is not really up for finding her one true love, and this whole relationship starts with a simple incident. While Alaya’s character alone was good, I was so happy to read that her parents were still alive. There are so many times that you read that the main characters have lost their parents, and now they only have the love of their partner holding them together. It was so refreshing to see Alaya have her parents and her sibling, and have their unconditional love for Alaya enhanced her character.

While I loved the book, I would have liked to have seen some text threads. I even imagined the book written completely in email or text format. Besides the title mentioning, chatting, I didn’t find anything else that bothered me.

Lock Every Door

Title: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Release Date: July 2019

Genre: Thriller

E-book/Audiobook: 381/10 hrs 26mins

Purchasing Links: https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B07J4719TX&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Lb0tEb7AN7H4C” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Amazon, Amazon Audibles, Google Books, Penguin Random House, and Barnes & Noble

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Summary:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Jules, a strange, strange character. Jules’s life is full of both strange and oddly understandable coincidences.

Side note, I have a confession to make. Besides my love for books, I have an obsession with true crime/murder mysteries. So when I’m not cuddled up with my newest read or panicking over what just happened in a recent read, I am watching ID (Investigation Discovery Channel).

Back to my review.

So when it comes to Jules’s life story, it honestly is not as far fetched, the crazy things that happen to people on a daily basis are eerily similar to her story, minus stumbling upon an ad looking for people desperate for money.

Now, on to the remainder of the storyline, what the actual…heck? I enjoyed the story. But there were moments that no matter how many times I went back over the text, I questioned some moments. The overall mystery of The Bartholomew left me wanting more information the further I got into the book and the awkwardness of the residents left me questioning past statements, the easiness and the eerieness of Jules’s situation.

In the end I truly enjoyed the turn out of events, the creepiness of the residents, and the not so subtle ways that all the mysterious happenings were being glossed over. In total, this book left me wanting to read more thrillers. I would label this book as a psychological thriller as I was more so pondering past events and statements rather than jumping out of my skin at the boogeyman around the corner.

So, have you read Lock Every Door, if so what were your thoughts? If not, would you pick up the book and give it a shot? Let me know in the comments down below and remember to Read THS.

Pride and the Billionaire

Pride and the Billionaire

Pride and the Billionaire by Laurie Gene

Release Date: February 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

E-book/Audiobook: 236 pages

Purchasing Links: Amazon,      Bookbub,     Google Books

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary:

He’s impossible. She’s determined. Together, they’re a tragedy waiting to happen.
Lizzie Bennet’s new boss—the impossible William Darcy—is egotistical, rude, and picky. So when he challenges her to acquire the patronage of the mysterious Bilson for their joint venture, she knows better than to accept. Yet she does, telling herself she’s only done so just to prove she can.

The only good thing about Darcy is his friend, George Bingley, and his obvious interest in Lizzie’s older sister and HR specialist, Jane. Unfortunately, the more time Jane and Bingley spend together, the more time Lizzie is forced to spend with Darcy.

When Bingley suddenly drops Jane with no warning, Lizzie thinks he’s being a typical male…until she learns the truth: Darcy is to blame. Now she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. But when Darcy helps her family out of a scandal, Lizzie must decide if her Pride is worth her heart.

Fans of romantic retellings of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice will fall in love with Laurie Gene’s Pride & the Billionaire.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Pride and Prejudice retelling, and I am here for it!

So, I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but I DO NOT read the synopsis/summaries of books. Synopsis tends to give away so much of the story that I am no longer intrigued by what’s going to happen. With that being said…I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading Pride, and the Billionaire, Darcy, Elizabeth, Jane, Mr. Bingley…the whole gang was there.

I really liked the book, purely because of my love of the original Pride and Prejudice, so I think my thoughts and feelings may be biased.

There were moments when I thought that I was sitting on my couch watching the movie or cuddle up with my run-down copy of the original enjoying the same scenes all over again. Hence the 4-star rating. I now know this was a retelling, but it almost seemed like a full-on contemporary rewrite. I can see how this might get the younger generations to fall in love with some of the classics, but at the same time, there lacked that extra creativity.

Although the story lacked original creativity overall, I still greatly enjoyed the story.

 

*I received a free arc copy for my honest review*

 

Weekly Wrap-Up

This past week I was only able to complete 1 of 3 books and I wish I could present more to you all, but here you go.


Title: The Devil in Disguise
By: Cynthia Eden

Synopsis:
Don’t make the devil angry…

Luke Thorne loves having one hell of a good time. As the ruler of every dark creature to walk the earth, he certainly has more than a bit of a bad side. He lives for danger and isn’t the type to lose his heart—mostly because he doesn’t have one. Then she walks into his life.

Mina James is seduction in the flesh, a perfect temptation that the devil himself couldn’t pass up. Too late, Luke realizes he’s let a real siren into his life, a woman who is bent on using his dark powers to free herself from hidden enemies. Since Luke isn’t the type of man to be used, he should walk away from her, but…something about Mina draws him close.

Soon he’s realizing that she isn’t who she appears to be. Not dark and cold, but burning red hot. Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…

There are Bad Things in the world…very, very bad. Are you ready for them?

~Goodreads~

Counting the Days: Billionaire Office Steamy Romance

Counting the Days

Counting the Days: Billionaire Office Steamy Romance by Lexy Timms

Release Date: October 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Billionaire Romance)

E-book/Audiobook: 195 pages

Purchase Links: Amazon Google

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

“He asked me what my favorite position was. I said CEO.”

Abby and I have been down this road before. Trying to put together a relationship.

But I messed everything up that time.

There’s no sign that things will be any better this time, but we can’t seem to stay away from each other.

If she doesn’t want to be in the public eye, then so be it: we’ll keep our relationship a secret.

How long will that work for? And can we still be there for one another if we’re constantly hiding?

Maybe we need to redefine the terms of this. But if I lose her over this, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Counting the Billions series:
Book 1 – Counting the Days
Book 2 – Counting on You
Book 3 – Counting the Kisses

Note: The author would like to let you know that this is a 3-part series that will end on an HEA.

~Amazon~

Review:

Abby, an intelligent business woman that can’t seem to find satisfaction in any of past jobs. Abby appears to be a wanderer, not staying at any job for longer than 6 months, she finds that work becomes boring and no challenging enough. While Abby is on her quest to find a job that will test her skills, and hold her attention to longer than a 6 month period of time, Daniel the CEO of his late fathers company is in need of a new higher.

Daniel. While Daniel is made out to be this playboy billionaire who doesn’t care about females, it turns out (surprise, surprise) that he is actually very loving and caring. Daniel has set out to prove himself to Abby that he isn’t what the tabloids paint him to be.

The storyline itself was captivating, I did enjoy where the story was going and then of course, a cliffhanger. Not that the cliffhanger itself was that much of a shock, but where the cliffhanger took place was very blah. I found the story to be very repetitive, we know Abby has a history what that history is, we don’t find out in this first book of three. We also know that Abby has believed every word from the tabloids although she says she doesn’t, she immediately judges Daniel on what others have had to say. There were many eyeroll moments for me while Abby continued the battle of being an adult and handling the situation or letting others make her decisions for her.

I’ve realized that I want to see wh ed re this relationship takes Daniel and Abby, hopefully the two of them can become a power couple and run the business together.

Let me know how you feel about the thought of judging someone based on what the internet says. Do you judge other based on the tabloids, or are you more of a judge of character?

Well until next time, be sure to Read THS.

Taken by the Fae by Maia Starr

Taken by the Fae

Taken by the Fae by Maia Starr

Release Date:  October 2019

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

E-book/Audiobook:  158 pages

Purchase Links: Amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

The Fae King has hired me to capture her.
The woman who is my fated mate.

The prophecy tells him that Celeste is a threat.
She’s the human and dragon hybrid that lives on Earth.
Prophecies mean everything in the Fae world.
A world that’s much more magical than the human world.
It wasn’t until I met Celeste that I realized how magical she was.
One touch and I knew she was mine.
Celeste doesn’t know of her power.
She doesn’t know who she truly is.
I have to claim her… to protect her sweet innocence.
Which means cheating the prophecy.
I can’t let the King harm her and drink her blood.
Celeste and I have to become one to defeat him.
We need to fight together.
Can the power of our fated togetherness win back her freedom?

Note: This is Book 1 in the series “Mated To A Fae”. All books in the series can be read as standalones with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

Warning: Adults Only!

~Amazon~

Review:

Celeste and Reagan, an odd couple to say the least. Reagan is our Fae and Celeste is our human, well sort of human but not really. Celeste is a dragon human hybrid shifter, a mouthful I know, although she isn’t aware of her abilities. Celeste has recently graduated college when she is bombarded by this handsome fae, that just so happens to kidnap her, yikes!

Reagan, one of the Scorched Elites, a sort of seal 6 team for the fae, is given a prophecy to locate a human dragon hybrid and bring her to the king. Sounds like a simple in and out task for the top-notched Scorched Elite, right…wrong! Reagan shows up to collect the human at hand when nature itself plays a cruel joke on the assassin and he is shown his fated mate.

This storyline is an instant love story, with all the fated mates’ talk, I only wish there were a little more passion. Everything kind of fell flat for me, but I honestly think its a personal issue. The story had no major structural problems and the grammar was fine.

One other let down for me was the ending, I was hoping for a different turnout, but what I got was a blah sort of let down feeling.

Let me know what you think about this one, I have decided to continue the series so I will let you all know how I feel about the next book.

Weekly Wrap Up

Hey readers, here we are at the beginning of our first full week of 2020, how has your reading journey been so far? This previous week I was able to get through the following books.

Completed Readings

#1

Counting on You

Title: Counting on You: Billionaire Workplace Steamy Romance

Author: Lexy Timms

Reading Source: Kindle

Synopsis:

“He asked me what my favorite position was. I said CEO.”

Abby and I have been down this road before. Trying to put together a relationship.

But I messed everything up that time.

There’s no sign that things will be any better this time, but we can’t seem to stay away from each other.

If she doesn’t want to be in the public eye, then so be it: we’ll keep our relationship a secret.

How long will that work for? And can we still be there for one another if we’re constantly hiding?

Maybe we need to redefine the terms of this. But if I lose her over this, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Counting the Billions series:
Book 1 – Counting the Days
Book 2 – Counting on You
Book 3 – Counting the Kisses

~Goodreads~

#2

Taken by the Fae

Title: Taken by the Fae (Mated to a Fae)

Author: Maia Starr

Reading Source: Kindle E-book

Synopsis:

The Fae King has hired me to capture her.
The woman who is my fated mate.

The prophecy tells him that Celeste is a threat.
She’s the human and dragon hybrid that lives on Earth.
Prophecies mean everything in the Fae world.
A world that’s much more magical than the human world.
It wasn’t until I met Celeste that I realized how magical she was.
One touch and I knew she was mine.
Celeste doesn’t know of her power.
She doesn’t know who she truly is.
I have to claim her… to protect her sweet innocence.
Which means cheating the prophecy.
I can’t let the King harm her and drink her blood.
Celeste and I have to become one to defeat him.
We need to fight together.
Can the power of our fated togetherness win back her freedom?

Note: This is Book 1 in the series “Mated To A Fae”. All books in the series can be read as standalones with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

Warning: Adults Only!

Rise of a Luna

Rise of Luna

Rise of a Luna by Irtania Adrien

Release Date: February 2019

Genre: Shifter Romance

Purchase Links: Amazon

Ratings:

2 gold stars

Summary:

This is the sequel to His Mate and His Mistress.

In this story, we get an insight on why Adelina is being blamed by her sisters Wilma and Wanda and and her ex best friend Clarissa.

Adelina also learns what it means to be a Luna, a fighter, and to take chances, to open up, as well as make difficult decisions.

This story is filled with redemption, forgiveness, love, and tears.

Its an emotional rollercoaster you don’t want to miss.

~Goodreads~

Review:

After completing the first book of this duology, I wanted to see how the story would end. Similar to His Mate and His Mistress, the grammar issues continued throughout. The grammar being nothing but irritating background noise is not the reason behind the two-star score.

Adelina and Demitrey’s relationship is brought to an end, and I was not thrilled. Although the author tries their best to explain the reasoning behind Demitrey treating his one and only mate the way he had, due to his upbringing, that did not excuse the physical and mental abuse Adelina had to endure. If anything, I was hoping that the outcome would have been a little different, maybe with Adelina saying no and choosing herself over him or perhaps giving the relationship much more time. Although I have no experience in this type of incident, I don’t understand how Adelina could forgive Demitrey for all that he did, granted she did have her own inner battles.

The storyline in this book itself kept me confused, and at times the actions were very eye-roll worthy. There were so many twists and turns, and at every corner, the twists came from there was always one person responsible for the other characters’ reactions, Adelina. After some time, it became very repetitive that every bad guy was after Adelina, looking to kill her because she was who she was, or they wanted to keep her for themselves.

Due to so many unanswered questions in book one, I had to continue the story. I admit that I did get the answers, but the ending left an okay taste in my mouth.

I did initially find this book on the Dreame reading app, and after research, I saw the book was initially on Wattpad. I will say that I am glad the author was able to bring their work to life and offer it up to the reading community, I just wish the author would take another look at the duology and make the necessary adjustments.

 

So, what do you think? Would you give this story a shot, or does the idea of Demitrey and Adelina’s relationship seem like too much? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden

The Vampire King
The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden

Release Date: February 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance

E-book/Audiobook: 210 pages/ 7hrs 18mins

Purchase Links:Amazon Barnes & Noble Thriftbooks Google Books

Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he’d never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed.

Everything.

Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

Unbeknownst to her, Roman D’Angelo is exactly what he appears to be – a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires.

Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her. To make things more complicated, there’s something very special about Evie. Something not quite human.

Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart, or will destiny betray him, and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?

“Lalura had told him about her vision. Thirteen kings on a chess board – and thirteen queens….”

~Goodreads~

Review:

I wanted to love this book so much.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the book was horrible, I enjoyed the storyline. I only wish Evie and Roman’s relationship would’ve had more time to flourish. I still enjoyed the Vampire King claiming his Queen, and seeing that he had to go through some struggles to get her back. Oh, and the power that Evie has is refreshing; in many ways, she is more potent than Roman, who doesn’t love a strong woman?

Call me a sucker, but I love it when a vampire is written with the primal mate senses. Roman’s instinctual draw to Evie made the book worthwhile. There is a point in which Evie becomes Romans Queen, and I’m all for us ladies being Queens, but it was never explained how or why.

Last but not least, this first book was a lot of information. I understand the need for the preparation of the following books, but at one point, I forgot what book I was reading due to the information being thrown at me. This information dump may be needed for the rest of the series, but I had to reread some parts just to figure out what was going on and why.

Dragon Prince

Dragon Prince by Stella Dawn

Release Date: January 2019

E-book/Audio Book: 207 pages, not available on audiobook

Purchase Links:

Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

I’m a survivor. All of us who were abducted as children from earth are…or at least those of us who are still alive.

When my best friend’s ship crashes into a prehistoric jungle planet, I do what I do best: I survive. And I protect and train the only other survivor from the crash—young half-dragon, half-human child.

For five years, we’ve hunted gigantic beasts and scavenged man-eating plants. Then, an imperial ship crashes, and we’re no longer alone.

This dragon prince warrior is used to women falling at his feet. With a body like that, I can’t blame them, but I have more important things on my mind than getting it on with a huge, muscular, alpha alien. If he thinks there’s going to be anything between us other than a shaky truce until we escape this lethal planet, he’s got another thing coming.

I’ve never worn a collar. I refuse to be any royal dragon’s slave, and I’d rather die than be one of their “mates.” I’m fighting for my freedom, nothing else.

But when a slaver ship crashes, we’re no longer just fighting for our lives. It will take all my strength and guile to fend them off and protect the little girl I’ve come to love as if she were my own daughter.

The dragon prince has sworn to help, but his power comes with a price. He doesn’t want a truce.

He wants me.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Where to begin?

Kara was interesting, her being the human with a halfling as a “daughter” made her character more round. I enjoyed reading about Kara’s past and watching her grow to love Kalador.

Kalador has a very interesting background, I really would like to see where his family tree takes us. Seeing as we were able to watch Kalador’s sister slowly accept his decision, and learn to care for Kara and the halfling as well made his half of the story that much more enjoyable.

Storyline

This book was nothing short of interesting. Dragons, royalty, secret royalty, lust, love, hate all wrapped into one book. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story, it made it very easy to follow along with and a really good book to get you out of any reading slump. There were many parts where Kalador and Kara had sexy moments, but I don’t feel it took anything away from the book. We do learn about little details such as, dragon eggs, Kara’s bloodline and so forth that we don’t receive questions for and that was a little disappointing. The end of the book left me in a weird place, I think it could’ve been wrapped up a little better. Other parts that left me lacking, Kalador’s family being introduced to Kara, I really wanted to see the way that would play out, but alas we did not get that ending.

Overall the storyline was good, there were things missing but those things did not decrease my scoring. I don’t mind reading other stories from the Author, I’m interested in seeing what else she comes up with for this Drajon group.