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Book Review: The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentroutt 
Series: Origin, #2
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on October 8th 2019 by Tor Teen
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Contains spoilers for The Darkest Star

Synopsis:

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

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ARC Review: Mail-Order Brides for Christmas by Frankie Love, Hope Ford, Fiona Davenport, Kelli Callahan, S.E. Law and Tracy Lorraine


Mail-Order Brides for Christmas by Frankie Love, Hope Ford, Fiona Davenport, Kelli Callahan, S.E. Law and Tracy Lorraine
Series: Anthology
Genre: Erotica | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Published on November 17th 2020
Frankie Love: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Hope Ford: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Fiona Davenport: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Kelli Callahan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
S.E. Law: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Tracy Lorraine: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The Mistletoe Brothers are ready to save Snow Valley … even if it means marrying complete strangers.

The six women who arrive in this mountainside town all have very different reasons for agreeing to an arranged marriage. And none of them quite know what to make of the six ruggedly handsome brothers who greet them.
But they do know this: there’s no turning back.
It’s Christmas, the season for miracles … but is it also the season for falling in love?

Join six of your favorite romance authors this holiday as they show you around the most romantic town you’ve ever visited. It’s got an ice-skating rink where you can hold hands, hot cocoa to sip by the fire, and plenty of mistletoe that you can kiss under. This collection of all new stories are filled with high heat…because with six brothers, there are plenty of packages to unwrap.

Also included a brand new book: Unexpected Princess

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Book Review: Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 347 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 20th 2017 by EverAfter Romance (first published June 27th 2017)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.


He is certified American royalty.


When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.


Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.


To
gether, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

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Book Review: Deceiving the Corsair by Ruby Dixon

 


Deceiving the Corsair by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Corsairs, #4
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 172 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on August 14th 2018 by Independently published (first published August 12th 2018)
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.

It’s a female.

Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.

He’s determined to find her and claim her, no matter what it takes. But when he does locate her and discovers that she’s been lying to him about who – and what – she is, will he still love her?

Or is the fact that Zoey’s human too much for this blue-skinned male?

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Book Review: Whatever It Takes by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Whatever It Takes by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Bad Reputation Duet, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: My Copy
Published January 21st 2020 by K.B. Ritchie LLC
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
I HAVE A BAD REPUTATION.

Call me what you want: Bad Boy Next Door. Trouble. That Kid Who Can’t Do Anything Right.

When Willow moves into my neighborhood, nothing should have happened. She’s geeky. Shy. A true wallflower.

Willow is a good girl.
Too good for me.

And how the hell was I supposed to know that she’s related to Loren Hale–yeah, that douchebag celebrity that lives on my street. The same guy I’ve been pranking by spray painting vulgar words on his mailbox and worse. Much worse.

Don’t ask me why I do the things I do.
Don’t ask me why it had to be her.

I’m cursed. Simple as that. But here’s the thing about people who are cursed–they break everything they touch.

And yet. . .I still want to touch her.

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Buddy Read: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

 


The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 12th 2012 by Penguin Group
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her. When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

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Book Review: Thrive by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Thrive by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #2.5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 11th 2014 by Krista & Becca Ritchie (first published July 17th 2014)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Two years will change them forever.
When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.

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Book Review: Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder

 


Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder 
Series: Badd Brothers #1
Genre: Romance| Contemporary | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 354 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 28th 2016 by Jasinda Wilder
Jasinda Wilder: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
From New York Times bestseller Jasinda Wilder comes a sexy new romantic comedy.

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, right? That’s what they say, at least. I went into that day hoping I’d get the happiest day of my life. What I got? The worst. I mean, you really can’t get any worse of a day without someone actually dying.

So…I may have gotten just a little drunk, and maybe just a tad impetuous…

And landed myself in a dive bar somewhere in Alaska, alone, still in my wedding dress, half-wasted and heart-broken.

Eight brothers, one bar.

Sounds like the beginning to a bad joke, yeah?

I kinda think so.

Wanna hear another joke? A girl walks into a bar, soaking wet and wearing a wedding dress.

I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. She was hammered, for one thing, and heartbroken for another. I’ve chased enough tail to know better. That kinda thing only leads to clinginess, and a clingy female is the last thing on this earth I need.

I got a bar needs running, and only me to run it—at least until my seven wayward brothers decide to show their asses up…

Then this chick walks in, fine as hell, wearing a soaked wedding dress that leaves little enough to the imagination—and I’ve got a hell of an imagination.

I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. Not so much as a finger, not even innocently.

But I did.

THE BADD BROTHERS is 8 connected but standalone books in a sexy, funny, alpha male family series. Warning: this book contains mature content, and may also make you laugh out loud!***

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Book Review: The Princesses by Alexa Riley

 


The Princesses by Alexa Riley 
Series: The Princess, #1-4
Genre: Erotica | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 308 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 25th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Alexa Riley: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
It’s crowns galore as we give you all the brooding kings your heart can hold. Climb on your throne and adjust your tiara… we’ve got cherries to pop and heirs to make.

Also included a brand new book: Unexpected Princess

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Audio Book Review: The Football Pants Chronicles by Tessa Bailey

 


The Football Pants Chronicles by Tessa Bailey 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Audiobook
Source: Read Me Romance
Published on September 23rd 2019 by Read Me Romance
Tessa Bailey: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
When Lizzy snuck into the players-only area of the stadium, all she wanted was an autograph from all star football player, AJ Lott. She never expected them to have an instant connection. Or for him to track her down, despite her attempts to stay out of the limelight…

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