Sting by Sandra Brown

An addictive, much anticipated read. Sandra Brown delivered a crafty story that just when I thought I knew where it was heading, **boom** it brought a twist.
I was hooked from the beginning the intensity and characters kept me engrossed till the end.

Synopsis:

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn’t belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.

As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother’s ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.

Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie’s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn’t entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother’s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.

With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.

For Lucy by Jewel. E. Ann


FOR LUCY by Jewel. E. Ann
is the book that I sacrificed sleep for, I was swept into the story from the first page and couldn’t put it down. The characters were spectacular portrayed, this book is more than a second chance romance, it’s a book of lives with the test of love and a sacrifice of family.

My rating  4.5/5
Read it when you have sufficient time because you won’t want to put it down till the end.

Synopsis:”
I’m the wrong guy in the right place the night I steal Tatum Bradshaw from another man. When she mistakes me for her blind date, I decide she deserves a man who shows up on time … like me. Emmett Riley, Mr. Punctual.

Once I confess my true identity and convince her I’m not a creep—just a thief—it’s only a matter of time before my sexy smile and quick wit claim her heart, her hand in marriage, and the perfect life.

Unfortunately, perfection is an illusion, like the promises of our wedding vows. No one can prepare for the unimaginable—the heartbreaking exception to all the rules in life.

When thirty seconds destroys everything, I have to find a new existence and keep my promise to always love our daughter, Lucy, the most.

For Lucy, I will keep a secret, and I will watch my wife drift into the arms of another man.

Given the chance … can I reclaim my wife and the pieces of our life?”

The Prince’s Bride by J. J McAvoy

Synopsis:

He is a spoiled playboy prince whose family is in desperate need of money.

She’s an American heiress who can only get her inheritance through marriage.

According to their families they are a perfect match.
According to each other, arranged marriages have no place in modern times and this could not possibly work.
But Prince Galahad “Gale” of Ersovia is bound by duty to obey the crown anyway.

Odette Wyntor doesn’t give a damn, she doesn’t want to get married.

Can he change her mind?

Can she even handle what it means to be royal, if he did?

Not My Match(the game changers #2) by Ilsa Madden Mills

My rating 4 /5

Giselle Riley is Elena’s sister from “Not My Romeo (the game changers #1). This book follows her story, she’s caring, highly into science and she’s intelligent. She has a past of bad relationships and can’t seem to date a good guy. Her intelligence makes her get stuck in her head a lot of times, which is a cute and quirky element to the story.

An accident brings Giselle and Devon Walsh, the superstar wide receiver and best friend of Jack (from Not my Romeo), he behaves impulsively to bring Giselle to stay with him and sets her up on dates. Devon is a good guy with bad elements that make him a mystery to Giselle and she has an attraction to him,which isn’t one sided but it was refreshing to read the male character whom has issues of his own and refrains from pursuing anything to develop.

I also liked the closure and sisterhood mending since in Not My Romeo, Elena and Giselle had a strained relationship. Reading Not my Romeo, I wasn’t a fan of Giselle but, having to read her story,put a new insight and perspective on her character.

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas book recommendation

Synopsis:

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

About the author 

Penelope Douglas is a romance author who was born in Dubuque, Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in public administration. She went on to earn a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University. She quickly discovered her love for writing and began writing romances. Her title’s include: Hideway, Corrupt, Bully, Until You, and Rival.

TO HAVE AND TO HATE BY R. S GREY BOOKREVIEW

On meeting Walt and Elizabeth and under the circumstances of a marriage of convenience there wasn’t a great deal of zing in chemistry. When I first met Walt, I didn’t like him that much: he’s cold and grumpy and his treatment towards Elizabeth was questionable-yet she’s the sacrificial victim.

When fate has other plans. I liked discovering a new side of Walt and a kinder, accomadating side surfacing. Elizabeth was the fun, Artsy type, but she understood Walt’s guarded and cold side and yet she got him to crack a smile or two.

At the beginning I didn’t anticipate the similarly between the characters and anticipate the build up and romance. It is a slow burn so gradually it is built. It it told in Elizabeth’s POV, it would have been nice if Walt’s POV was included, it would have been easier to understand him and read his thoughts. But, I think not including his POV, the guarded side of his character is well portrayed. Overall, I finished the book in a day and it was an enjoyable read.

Synopsis:

Marry a man I barely know to save my family from ruin.
It might’ve been simple, if my betrothed were anybody else.

On our wedding day, my husband-to-be arrived at the courthouse like a black cloud rolling over Manhattan. Walt didn’t crack smiles or pepper in pleasantries as we exchanged hollow vows in front of the judge.

His disdain for me was so palpable I assumed we’d walk out of that ceremony and resume our regularly scheduled programming. But then fate was like, Hold my beer. I got this.

In desperate need of help and with nowhere else to turn, I had no choice but to ignore a crucial rule in our contract: I shall only contact Mr. Jennings II in case of emergency. But hey, what’s a little fine print between husband and wife?

Turns out, Walt’s a stickler for legalese—I think it might be his love language. Oh, and his attitude at the courthouse wasn’t a put-on. My so-called husband is a jerk. He takes what he wants without giving any consideration to other people—specifically ME, his blushing, contractually-obligated bride!

I knew life with Walt would be no honeymoon, but a marriage of any sort should still come with a few standard guarantees:

To have and to hold.
For richer or poorer.
In sickness and in health.

But after experiencing Walt’s version of wedded bliss, I say let’s forget about all that lovey-dovey crap and just take me straight to death do us part.

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The Devil Wears Black by L. J Shen

A truly consumable read. A standalone, second chance story.

Madison Goldbloom seems to be at a good place in her life :she is a wedding designer and enjoys her job, her small apartment is sufficient for her and is dating a good man. Shock overcomes her when her ex-boyfriend whom broke her hearts, months prior is outside her apartment seeking help. Madison’s good nature and the person she is, makes her accept his offer.

The characters Madison Goldbloom and Chase Black are polar opposite characters. He lives in a ‘structured’ world of blackness, whereas Madison lives in vibrant colors and patterned clothes. Madison is known by her friends not to have a mean bone in her, whereas Chase is rude, unreasonable at times but ultimately both characters are devoted to their families, which are the central point for both characters making the decisions in the book.

I highly enjoyed the banter, their undeniable chemistry. The character build up wherein Chase and Madison represent growth: and both characters become stronger and a better versions of themselves.

I love any book by L. J Shen, and although this book has  lighter themes than the previous of my reads by her. I recommend it to be worth your time and effort. This book reached my top 5 book reads for the month, which I also highly highly anticipated its release.

Nate by Tijan

Nate by Tijan is a highly enjoyable read, it is a standalone but characters are from the Fallon Crest University series. I liked the element of family and friends portrayed in this book. Tijan writes female characters that build up and become stronger for themselves, in this book I liked the bravery and strength that developed within Quincey.
The synopsis doesn’t reveal too much of the plot, which I enjoyed reading the book and discovering much more than I expected in the synopsis.

Synopsis:”Nate Monson was gorgeous, obnoxiously wealthy, and a player.
He was also the person who could destroy my world with a single decision.

I walked into that bar looking for him.
He saw me. I saw him.
The chemistry sizzled between us, but no.

I hated Nate Monson.
I hated him with everything in me, even though my body did not.
It didn’t matter.

Nothing I wanted mattered.
He thought I wanted to get laid.
What I wanted was for him to disappear.

But first, I had to tell him that he had a daughter.”

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The Crush by Penelope Ward

Synopsis:

It’s natural to want the one you can’t have. And for as long as I could remember, I’d secretly wanted my brother’s best friend, Jace.

He was six years older and always treated me like the sister he never had.

Fast forward a decade.

We were all in our twenties now. Jace had moved in with my brother, Nathan, and me to help us make ends meet after our parents died.

It was just the three of us—an odd family dynamic.

Living under our roof, Jace was as bossy and protective as ever.

But he certainly didn’t look at me like a sister anymore. That was what made things so complicated.

I was pretty much hot and bothered twenty-four-seven.

And he was torn.

The signs were subtle, at first. Like on movie night, I’d casually rest my leg against his, and he wouldn’t exactly shift away.

Still, I assumed he would never…go there.

Nathan would kill us.

The knowledge of that wasn’t enough to stop the inevitable, though.

Eventually our slow burn exploded.

But more than the physical attraction, we’d developed a strong connection.

We just couldn’t get caught, right?

That sounded simple.

Until it wasn’t.

This is a story of forbidden love, broken trust, and an unexpected second chance.

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Tempted by Ava Harrison

QOTD: What latest read  surpassed your expectation?

***trigger warning, the themes of addiction is explored in this book***

The story develops quickly and the relationship of Bailey and Drew’s attraction is quickly explored. So, I thought and didn’t have much expectation from where the story can be leading from there BUT, I was swept into the story over the next +- 100 pages, the book delved into a serious turn of events which is the main theme of the book. These pages are gripping, created intensity and played on my emotions.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5. This book surpassed my expectations I had when I began reading.

Harrison’s writing style in this genre  is eloquent, in creating intensity, meaning, emotions it was different to my previous  reads of dark romance in ‘tarnished empire’ and ‘corrupt kingdom’. The change in genre and writing style is worthy of mention.