Big Stick by R.E. Stephens

*copy provided in exchange of honest review*

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Book Synopsis

Hockey is my life. And it’s a great one. There’s an endless line of women, and I get to hang with my best friend Oli. Everything is perfect until she shows up. Oli’s twin sister, Flynn…hates my guts. I don’t blame her. I’m part of one of the worst nights of her life.

Now she’s next door and seeing her every day is killing me slowly. I wonder if we can ever get back to being friends. The way she looks at me sometimes, well, let’s just say my hockey stick isn’t the only thing that’s feeling hard these days.

But if she finds out the secrets I’m keeping, forgiveness will be the last thing on her mind..

My thoughts:

Y’all. Ok. I got a confession. *eye roll* Yes, another one. Just let me great ok?! Anywayssssss, I got s confession. I freaking love hockey. It’s legit my favorite sport. And that’s saying a lot cause I’m not a sport person. I mean really, I’m not. I don’t understand most sports things. But hockey? Hockey I fucking get. Where else do you get to see hot guys, in tight pants who get to legitimately beat up the opposing team and only get sent to a penalty box for a few moments?! You can go out there was a grudge and break people’s knee caps and your team will just say good effort!! So yeah ya girl is allll over that! So when I saw this was a hockey book and his ass plays for the Chicago Blackhawks I was like SCORE! They are my favorite team! And Jonathon Toews is my favorite player which is why I may have been using him to imagine Myles. *shrugs* What can I say? He’s cute.

*clears throat* Okay I’m done being a total fan girl. Well maybe not but I’m gonna try to at least be slightly professional here. I chose this book on netgalley mainly cause it was a hockey book. And I’m happy that I did cause if I’d gone by the rest of the Synopsis I probably would have passed. I’m not a huge fan of friends becoming lovers. Yes the idea is great: one day these people who for years finally notice that the other friend is hot and the other one does the same. But 9 times out of 10 that person really ends up in the friend zone dying a painful death. Yeah no thanks, I’ll pass. I embarrass myself enough in real life that I don’t need that in my literary world.

But I really liked this book. I loved the relationships the most if I’m honest. Flynn, Oli, and Myles had been friends for years when something bad happened to rip them apart. If wasn’t until Flynn has to move in with her twin brother, Oliver, that she realizes that the feeling she had for Myles, Oli’s best friend and neighbor, are still there. And Myles is the perfect book boyfriend. Like for real. When dude decided to up his game up he did that!

So if you’re looking for a cute, sexy book about hockey players and lost loves, this is definitely one to check out. This is my first book by Stephens but I don’t think it will be my last. BTW, can I put in an order for a Sloane\Oli book, please?!?!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars


Bend The Rules by Susan Amanda Kelly

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Book Synopsis:

Everyone deserves a second chance and Mary Holmes, accountant extraordinaire, is determined to make the most of hers. Sure, she’d love to get her old life back – she used to be thin, well-dressed, engaged-to-be-married, on the corporate ladder and regularly bought three kinds of lettuce. Back then, she could afford the hair products needed to keep her hair sleek. But one unused wedding cake, a regrettable public safety incident and a teensy prison record later, her life goals have shrunk to being able to afford to eat regularly. To do that, she needs to make a success of her second chance… an accounting job with Vitruvius Security.

Everything is proceeding according to Mary’s detailed, color-coded, new-life plan until Vitruvius Security hires a specialist, Crash Coolidge, to work undercover to smash a truck cargo heist ring. Crash is sexy, insolent, sexy, disheveled, sexy and scarily relaxed about the prospect of killing people. Even in a tough-guy company like Vitruvius Security, Crash is the equivalent of a Rottweiler surrounded by Chihuahuas. After Mary is assigned to his team, her life-plan rapidly derails. She is targeted by the sinister and mysterious head of the heist gang and only Crash stands between her and an undignified death.

Mary finds herself doing things that most definitely were not in her employment contract like stripping the shoes from a corpse; adopting a deaf, rank-smelling guard dog; clue-hunting with Crash’s crazy, supermodel sister and lurking in a biker bar to locate a specific tattoo artist. All because Mary ends up wanting a second chance for Crash Coolidge as much as she wants one for herself. And she must find the sinister and mysterious head of the heist gang before Crash does. Because she doesn’t want Crash to do something reckless that lands him in prison or worse. Not when he has become a vital part of her detailed, color-coded, new new-life plan.

A high-octane cocktail of romance, crime and humor. Some steam and strong language.

This full-length novel is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

My thoughts:

I thought this book was an interesting concept. What immediately drew me was the fact that Mary was a curvy woman. While I’m aware that ‘curvy’ could be interpreted as a ‘few extra pounds’ in this case I took it as plus size. And as a plus size lady it’s kinda hard out there for a playa, ya know, so I grab those books up with Golem-hands.

It was a humorous read and I really enjoyed the sassiness between Mary and Crash. Sexy biker dude was sexy. I did find some continuity issues but I tend to ignore those if the story line is good. And this one was good. I did think that while the synopsis said that this was a standalone, while I agree partly, it would have been better to read the first one to see why Minnie was so into Big Mike. *rolls eyes* Also can I just rant about the names? I am sure that the author used the names as a tongue in cheek way to poke fun at the not so common names most authors use for romance novels. However, Mike and Minnie, Mary and Marvin? Come on. Too much.

Still, the story was solid and I enjoyed the characters. I also now want to adopt a deaf dog and I am not a dog person.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology

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Book Synopsis:

In Greek myths, extraordinary men and women are distinguished from other mortals: they are the heroes. Sometimes helped by the gods and sometimes hindered, they perform extraordinary exploits of strength, bravery, or intelligence. Jason, Theseus, Helen, Achilles, and Atalanta are among these mythical figures. The stories of the Greek mortals and immortals, and their legendary exploits, tower as tall now as they have for thousands of years! Alternately rivals or allies, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes, Artemis, Apollo, and Dionysus form a restless family, which Zeus sometimes has trouble appeasing. But the king of the gods is far from irreproachable himself! Join these twelve gods at the top of Olympus, where they will give you all their secrets, even the most incredible ones. Never have these classic stories of Greek gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, been so sumptuously illustrated. All your favorites are here, but this beautiful art and design will make you want to learn their stories all over again.

My thoughts:

I love the Greek Gods myths. I can remember being 10 years old and begging my mama to let me check the myths out from the library and her saying I was too young to read such things. So I waited. I waited until the next time I was there by myself and I checked them out then. And then I fell into the world of the Gods where I haven’t wanted to leave ever since. Side note: I actually thought about getting a Classic degree in college but decided against it cause I wasn’t sure I wanted to teach and there isn’t a lot else to do with it other than that. Yeah that’s how much I love these myths.

I’ve read A LOT of different myth stories in my years. Some were dry, some were colorful in language and some were just plain fluff. This book was colorful in pictures and I really enjoyed it! The illustrations were whimsical yet had ties to original Greek art. The stories were lukewarm in content meaning that while Zeus was a horndog as always, he wasn’t the rapist bastard that he always is. I did have one complaint but it’s kinda minor. Hades only made a brief appearance and of course it was because of Persephone and Demeter, the poster children of codependent personalities. I don’t know if it’s cause I love this myth or cause I am salty that they left Hades out of the lineup but I didn’t really like Demeter’s section of the book. I will swear until the cows come home that that girl loves the 6 months she spends away from her mama in the underworld. It’s probably the only peace she gets from her harpy of a mother. Plus he’s dark and broody and I love those men.

So. Yeah. This was a cute book. I’m thinking of adding it to my Amazon wishlist that I’ve created for my nieces. These are books that I’ve read and loved and so I want to introduce them to my loves once they are older.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars:

The Protege by Brianna Hale


**Arc generously provides in exchange for honest review **

Book Synopsis:

He’s always protected me since I was eight years old, the neglected girl he took off the street and raised as his own. Laszlo can feel what music needs instinctively. He can tell what I need.

My world shattered the night of my eighteenth birthday and he still hasn’t forgiven me for what I did. I’m not asking him to love me, touch me, take me to bed. What I want goes deeper than that and I have to say this out loud because it’s one thing that music won’t be able to tell him.

I want what only Laszlo can give me. I want to be his protégé again. And this time, I’m going to be so good for him.

My thoughts:

AHHHHHHHH. *flaps arms uncontrollable, hyperventilating* You guys!!! I got a free ARC. That in itself is amazing. BUT I GOT AN ARC FROM BRIANNA HALE AND MY FUCKING LIFE IS COMPLETE. *takes deep breath and tries to pretend to be professional* Ok, I can totally do this. Oh who am I kidding?!?! I am such a fangirl for her.

Ahem. Okay. This is a book review for The Protege from Brianna Hale. If you haven’t read anything by her, have you been living under a rock?? And you need to change that immediately because her work is fucking amazing and I wish I had just a small amount of her talent.

I did a review for Midnight Hunter by Brianna Hale a few months ago and I LOVED it. The Protege is a slight change from that book as it was more mainstream. However, the Protege is a return to the daddykink that we all know and love from Ms. Hale. And let me tell you, my ovaries were down for it. Lazlo is so everything I needed in a hero and more. This book was beautiful and I’m not just talking about how the characters were in love. While this book may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think that because it is so well written, even if you don’t really like that particular kink, you can still enjoy the story. Lazlo and Isabeau had a love story that transcends age and convention. I recommend it so much along with everything else that Ms. Hale writes. And yes, I am bias but who cares? Just read them!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars

My Brother’s Bad Best Friend by B.B. Hamel

Book Synopsis:

My brother’s best friend is a bastard.

But I ran away from home, and he said he’ll take me in.

Now I’m living with the gorgeous a**hole. And I should be afraid.

Instead, I’m letting him undress me in the kitchen…

I think I just completely lost my mind.

Thug. Criminal. Bastard.

Jonas Larsen is my brother’s best friend, and he’s as bad as they come.

When I run away from my abusive stepfather, Jonas agrees to take me in.

Everything seems like it might be okay, until I realize my brother’s addicted to drugs and Jonas is the only thing holding it all together.

Now I’m living with the cocky jerk, and he says he’s watching out for me.

Really, he’s just watching me, and his eyes are hungry.

Gorgeous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

He’s everything I’m supposed to hate.

But I keep glimpsing something bright beneath that handsome and tattooed exterior.

I’m supposed to stay away from Jonas Larson.

But he can’t seem to keep his hands off me.

And I don’t think I can resist him much longer.

My thoughts:

At this point, y’all know I got a damn type. And that type is Jonas. You know him. He’s the cocky asshole who rides a skateboard, smokes weed, and will fuck you up if you mess with him. Jonas is my husband 20 years old. Too smart for his own good, with a mouth to match, gets into trouble when he’s bored which is often. But you don’t see that underneath that he’s a good guy, loyal to his friends even when they are assholes and he’d give you the shirt off his back. Doesn’t mean he won’t fuck you up before that but you, can’t win them all. Also I wanna note that Jonas is a drug dealer. And no not just weed. So if your kinda judgy about that, might wanna skip this one

So yeah, I liked him. Lizzie was a trial for me though. Shit I get it, she’s been thru some stuff. But ya know what? So has everyone else. I tried to be sympathetic but I guess my give-a-damn was busted cause every time she talked about herself I caught myself saying “wah wah wah”. Still I overlooked it cause of hot skater dude. What?? *shrugs* I like them, leave me alone.

3.5 stars out of 5

Yeah about that

The last few days have been pretty good. I mean, yes, I’ve read…well tried to read three separate books and it’s been a clusterfuck. As I’ve said previous, if I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it but I won’t mention it by name on here either. Yes, I get the reason behind bad reviews, really, I do. However being a writer, I know how soul killing it can be to read a bad review, even if it’s a fair. I also know that just because I didn’t like something doesn’t mean that someone else loved it. So yeah I will not do that.

Which leaves me nothing to write here, unfortunately. Because I haven’t enjoyed what I’ve read, I’ve been scrambling to find anything to fill the time. So I’ve caught up on my Netflix queue and DVR full of Masterpiece Mystery episodes. And I’ve been exercising cause the mornings here aren’t terrible cause you can actually breathe without the hotter than the devil’s asshole heat.

But I wanted to check in and hopefully I’ll find something good to read soon. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I may get desperate enough that I’ll read the latest book in the Throne of Glass series along with my book club. Y’all know my feelings on Chaol so I’ve been ignoring it, not unlike most characters in the series did him. 😬😬

The Player by Claire Contreras

Book Synopsis:

New York Times bestseller Claire Contreras brings you a sexy sports romance…

I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.

Every man wants to be me and every woman wants to tame me. Until Camila.

The moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm’s length.

I want her naked in my bed.

She thinks our worlds are too different.

All I want her to think about is screaming my name.

She says I’m bad news.

I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

My thoughts:

This is the first book that I’ve had the pleasure of reading by Ms. Contreras but I don’t think it will be the last. I throughly enjoyed Warren and Camila. I have a soft spot for fiesta Hispanic women and Camila was everything I needed.

Lately I’ve been reading books that were dark and while I’ve really enjoyed them, I have been missing one of those sweet love stories where boy meets girl, is instantly taken with her and uses his charm to lure her in. The ones I was reading before were boy meets girl, instantly is taken by her, then crawls in her window one night with a good amount of rope and then carries her off to use however he wants. *shrugs* The thoughts still the same I guess in the long run.

But anyway if I had one word for this book it would be: sweet. But don’t let that confuse you. Warren is definitely not a beta in his demeanor. I just think it was sweet that way he let her ensnare her. But yeah, Warren could put it down too. He also had a dirty mouth which I loved! Also in a side note, I would love for Charlie or Johnny to get their own stories! Charlie needs a feisty Latina for himself! And Johnny just needs someone to make him keep his mouth shot for a while.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

Summer Loving by B.B. Hamel

**ARC generously provided in exchange for fair and honest review**

Book Synopsis:

He says he wants to save me.

I think he wants to own me.

My hands behind my back. My face in a pillow.

I was sick, broken. My life was going to end.

Until Julian pulled me back from the edge.

Muscular chest. Defined abs. Gorgeous, bright eyes.

Julian’s a beacon and a black hole. Every move screams sex.

He gave me new purpose, new meaning.

But he’s dangerous. Dark.

There’s something terrifying inside of him.

I can’t look away, but I’m too scared to reach out for his touch.

I crave him. I’m afraid of him.

He’s the only thing standing between me and the people that want to hurt me.

But I don’t think he’s much better.

I should run.

Except I’m tied to the bed, and he’ll be back soon…

And when that door opens, I know I’m in for a punishment.

The only problem is, I can’t wait.

My thoughts:

Julian can get it. It’s as simple as that. This book is straight smut to me. I don’t know if y’all have noticed but I’ve got a type. He’s handsome, he’s a bad boy, he has tattoos, and he’s dominate. So. Yeah Julian did it for me.

Kaylin is a character I enjoyed completely. She broken, and yet still strong. She’s full of problems, the main being that she’s a heroin addict. But I believed in her and I thought Julian was amazing with her, even if he did kinda kidnap her. Now for the questions I’m sure you are gonna ask yourself when you read it. Did I think this book was realistic? Fuck no. I don’t care how good he is in bed, Julian is NOT gonna be able to fuck the addiction from her. Do I think that as soon as they had a fight, she’d shoot up? Oh hell yeah cause I don’t care how good the D is, from one addict to another, she is always gonna have those cravings. Did I think she was dickmatized? Lord yes. But I ain’t mad at it cause we all have been at one time or another.

Seriously though, this book was solid and a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is into dark romances. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

El Malo by K. Webster

Book Synopsis:

Javier Estrada is the king of Mexico.

Evil. Twisted. Psychopathic.

A cruel madman with a killer smile.

And he is my boss.

My duty is to blend in, clean his home, and not make a peep.

I’ve done my job well for years.

Imbedded myself so deep in his world, he’s never going to get me out.

But I am this king’s worst nightmare.

Bad men like him took everything away from me.

I will never forget.

He will pay for the sins of many.

I’ll just bide my time—watching, waiting, calculating—until the time is right.

When I strike, he won’t know what hit him.

The monster who rules Mexico with an iron fist may not bow to anyone…

But I’m not just anyone.

He will bow to me.

My thoughts:

Lord where do I start??. This book had me fucked up. I mean legit fucked up. I’ll give you an example shall I? I was reading at lunch and my alarm went off telling me it was time to go back. What? Don’t judge me about my alarm, ok, cause if I didn’t have it I wouldn’t get back to work on time. Anywayssss, as I was saying, I was headed back from lunch and I was in the middle of a really good part. So I decided I’d take the elevator so I’d get just a few more pages in. Well, somehow while I’ve got my head in Acapulco with Javier and Rosa, I put my ass on the elevator and push the wrong floor. Then to make things worse I don’t realize I’m on the wrong floor until I was already out and then I had to sneak back down to my floor hoping that no one noticed.

So. Yeah. Javier had me fucked up. Javier aka ‘Javi if you nasty’ is a bad man. He is the ultimate bad guy. He doesn’t try to be good. He fucks the world up around him and could care less if people like it. He’s El Malo, and you either do what he says or you die. Simple as that. Rosa is the head maid at his mansion who is not who she seems. She is a CIA agent hell bent on bringing Javier and his evil band of minions down. The victim of a horrible circumstance when she was younger, she has made it her mission to rid the world of “baddies”. And Javier is the best of the bad.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I like the bad boys. I like the ones who have hearts of gold, the ones who beat people up because the other people aware the real villains and I discovered from this book, I like them even if they are truly truly bad. Javier is the head of a Mexican cartel. And as I’m sure you’ve figured out, the cartel isn’t exactly sweetness and light. They are brutal men who live in a brutal world and I. LOVED. IT. Can I just say that this man was hot? Like muy caliente, papi.

I do want to warn that this is a dark romance. There are parts of this book that is could be possibly triggering for some people, even me. But I think it is worth taking the chance if you like dirty-talking bad boys who know what they want and do everything in their power to get it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

The Mad Tatter by J.M. darhower

Book Synopsis:

Reece Hatfield has just one rule when it comes to falling in love: don’t fucking do it. There’s no room in his life for another person. He can barely keep a handle on things as it is. A shadow of the man he used to be, Reece spends his days tattooing, the artist inside of him longing for the chance to do something different. Avery Moore is all dance, all the time. Ballet is all she’s ever known, and she’s damn good at it. Her body is her art, a living canvas that captivates Reece the first time he lays his eyes on her. He yearns to leave his mark on her body… in more ways than one. The tattooed degenerate with a shady past. The beautiful ballerina with a bright future. They live in different worlds, yet somehow, they fit. But just because they fit doesn’t mean they belong together. Cracks sometimes form. Two pieces don’t always make a whole. The course of love never did run smoothly. Things get messy. And Reece doesn’t do messy. Not anymore.

My Thoughts:

I’ve been on a bit of a book hangover the last few days. Well. That’s kinda not true. I’ve just been stuck in my own head and it’s been hard to get out off. But. I did read an okay book today. At this point you may be seeing a bit of a pattern with me. I, I love dudes with ink. The more tats the better in my opinion so Reece was right up my alley. I mean, how the hell do you NOT be turned on by a man who is hot, makes art, has a felony and is on probation, and spoiler alert, has a kid.

Yeah the last one normally isn’t my cup of tea. I mean yes it’s great when a guy takes care of his kid, but uh baby you not getting an award for taking care of your fucking responsibilities. Sorry, that trope doesn’t get to me cause I know where there’s a baby daddy, there is an assload of baby mama drama and I just ain’t got time for bitter women cause they all are for some reason. By the way, can I get a story with a single dad that has a baby mama who is alive and they co-parent in peace please?? Cause I’m so tired of authors who make the baby mama all mad and just trying to suck the life out of a so-called ‘good man’. I mean yes I get it, there are plenty of women out there like Reece’s baby mama but there are also women who are just fine with their baby daddy’s having a life as long as he’s in the child’s life. Yes, he is a bad boy, yes, he can lay it down like a pimp but obviously there is a reason they didn’t make it. And that’s ok too cause not everyone stays together.

*rolls eyes* Sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now. Reece is a cool guy if not a little angsty for me. I know he’s an artist and while I am aware they can be moody as fuck since I’ve been married to one for over 12 years, Reece was a little much for me. And I may have sighed a few times during his inner monologues and whispered ‘nut up’ a few times but I did enjoy this story. I kinda felt like the romance was an after thought here tho. Yes he was in Avery but it didn’t really read like a Darhower normal book. Still it was a solid 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️s for me