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Review: Hot as Puck (Bad Motherpuckers #1) by Lili Valente

Tuesday, May 16

My rating:
5 Stars…

Holy shit, this was good! I'm jealous of everyone who still gets to read it for the first time.

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What I loved:
Quote…He's a shark who roams the open sea banging all the sexiest, most beautiful and successful female sharks, and you're a goldfish who's never been out of your bowl.
Lili Valente is an amazing storyteller. I have highlights on almost every page. There's something wonderful unfolding all the time in this book, and I just couldn't tear myself away from it. I wanted to absorb it into my bloodstream or something less weird but equally as graphic.

All the characters are amazing.

Libby is a sweet, little-life-having, humble, kind, insightful, thoughtful, funny, awkward, charming, phenomenal woman. If she was real, I'd trade my BFF in for her, except that crochet still sounds hella boring to me unless there's a naked Justin selfie involved.

Justin is all kinds of hotness. The chemistry between these two is off the charts, but even when they weren't going at each other like rabid Energizer bunnies, I still wanted to know everything. Listen to every conversation. He has real depth, and he's smart, and thoughtful, and takes care of her. Actually, that's probably my favourite thing about this story - they take such good care of each other. And Justin making the unicorn hat?

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Laura, and Brendan, and Chloe, and even Nowiski. I want to learn more about everybody, and I'm already invested in Laura & Brendan's story even though it's not out yet. Normally, this kind of thing chafes my balls. But this time, I'm in so much book love I don't even care.

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Impeccable writing, great banter, fun, humour, lots of sexy times, all the good stuff is in here!

What I didn’t love:

I've got nothing. I hope you read this book ♥

Overall…

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Review: Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Monday, May 15

My rating:
4 Stars…
Quote…I want to hold you," he said quickly. "But I can't because I'm too late."
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What I loved:

The story within a story (and at one point there's an extra within a story thrown in) idea. Very cool, Ms Carlino.

All the way through, this story 110% had my attention. I ate my dinner one handed, with a spoon, and pretty much checked out of my real life for the hours it took me to read this. I was all in from the first chapter of Jase's book.

The past. That story alone would have had me buying this book. Jase & Emi were such a sweet, loyal, beautiful young pair. I wanted a million good things for them.
Quote…I had known he'd only had a few dollars. I had known it was the end. But I had followed his lead anyway.
The end of Jase's story. What? I did not know I would cry so ugly over that ending. Like, I'm a snot rag right now.

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What I didn’t love:

Cheating is lame. I don't like that in my romance reads.

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So how fortuitous that things worked out the way they did, right?

The big reunion between Emi & Jase. What an anti-climax! 12 years and that's the most chemistry they can muster? I was furiously tearing through the pages to get to this point, and then it was like wait, what? That's IT?? I just expected... something. I don't know. Something bigger.
Quote…Next time you're in San Diego, give me a call?"
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Overall…

All The Roads Between was a 5 star read for me. The outer book, not so much. I'm so torn.

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Review: Shock & Awe (Sidewinders #1) by Abigail Roux

Saturday, May 13
My rating:
5 Stars…
Quote…I'm not asking you to buy the milk, O'Flaherty, I just want you to grope the cow."

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What I loved:

I've got a thing for friends to lovers stories right now. Kelly & Nick have the friendship thing down, and how well they know each other is awesome. Zero drama, zero misunderstandings, just a whole bunch of chemistry and loyalty and shameless smut.
Quote…Oh God," Kelly breathed.
"No, you don't say his name when I fuck you. You say mine."
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Also I'm amazed that for such a short book, there is so much depth in there! I haven't read any of the Ty & Zane books...

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...so I have no idea about these characters back story, but I didn't feel lost at all. I want to read those books now, but I don't feel like I'm forced to.

What I didn’t love:

Why is it so short? I could have done with another hundred or so pages, I was just milking every word of this one.

Overall…

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Review: Pagan (The Henchmen MC #8) by Jessica Gadziala

Thursday, May 11


My rating:
5 Stars…

Pagan, honey, you blow my mind.

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What I loved:
Quote…I was already mentally back at home eating store brand ice cream straight from the tub with a soup spoon and a side of five-dollar wine. Yes, five dollars. They, in fact, do make wine that cheap.
I loved Kennedy right away. I admired how hard she worked, how devoted she was to her dreams, and how no matter how crap things got for her she always did the sensible, practical thing. Except, you know, that one time, when she let Pagan finger blast her in an alley. Not that I'm complaining in the least.

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Pagan was a surprise. I knew I'd love him because he was a smoking hot, crazy, violent muhfucka and I likes it like that. But he had so much more going on for himself. I loved that he appreciated family - he knew he was a part of something bigger than himself and he took care of that. It was a huge part of why I adored him.
Quote…For chrissakes, one time after a fight, Penny had been so upset about cleaning up the cuts on my hands that she cleaned them out with her own goddamn tears.
That shit was nice.
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So. I have all these new characters and I want to know them all! Sugar & Virgin. Oh my God, obviously Sugar has to get a book, right? Because Reign never told us how Sugar got his name!! And we've still got Cy's book to come, too. Yes?
Quote…Hey," Cyrus said, small-eyeing them. "I'm the pretty one here, damnit. Don't be going googly eyes because he has those Spanish genes."
"Yes, very pretty," Maze agreed, stroking his arm.
"So pretty," Penny added, patting his other hand.
But yes, so, this is me putting in my request for Sugar.

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Ms Gadziala is growing so much as a writer. I've always loved the attention she pays to her characters, and how they are all so different. You can tell, a lot of the time, who is talking just by the things they say or their mannerisms. I love that. Character development is like crystal meth to me, and her skills with that are growing with every book. I'm so excited to see where she takes us next.

Also, this story sort of took us out of the MC a bit more. It was interesting. I would have lost my shit if we hadn't had our Henchmen quality time and been able to get a glimpse of all the old and gorgeous faces (is that a weird way to phrase that? I feel like it's weird.) but we also went new places. We spent more time at Hex. We spent time with just the two of them away from the compound. And at She's Bean Around, and the salon. I just felt like we got out a lot more in this one, and I enjoyed it.

Um... Ward. What's happening there? I'd very much like to eat him alive read more about him.
Quote…And if you fuck her after your fight, it better the fuck not be on my desk again. Or I will show your ass why the fuck my ass doesn't go in that ring."
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The epilogue. Amazing.

What I didn’t love:

I want more books! I want The Henchmen to still be entertaining us when I'm old and grey!

Overall…

Thank you, Jessica Gadziala. I loved this so hard!
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Review: Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas

Wednesday, May 10

My rating:
4 Stars…and a 1/2
Quote…For the rest of his life, he would feel a stab of dread every time she walked out the door, leaving him there with his heart wide open.
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What I loved:

First off, I loved seeing Sebastian & Evie again. Clearly, when I get attached to a fictional couple, I attach like a paua, but that's ok. Seeing these 2 20-something years on was charming and heartwarming and the perfect start to this story.

Pandora. Peculiar little Pandora, with all her quirks and faults, was a glorious thing. I loved that she was compassionate and kind and openly loving, whilst still maintaining her fierce independence and drive. I'm always harder on the heroine, but I think in this case she was my favourite part of the whole story. Even when confronted with bad situations, she is willing to put herself in the other person's shoes and consider their feelings. That was such a great thing to see in a character.
Quote…I'll admit to being peculiar. But he seems to like that."
Gabriel. He was a strange one for me - I like my hero damaged and kind of cruel, so he has to do some massive grovelling at some point in the story. Don't judge me! But Gabriel was Sebastian and Evie's son, so of course he has had a blessed life, and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about him. Turns out I feel all the good ways about him. He is confident, charming, warm, possessive, protective, and the story about the foxes just summed up his character. I loved him an unhealthy amount.

So of course, the two of them together were near perfect for me.
Quote…You'll be living in an unfamiliar house, with an unfamiliar man - who'll be doing very unfamiliar things to your body."
"Where will you be?" Pandora asked, and barely restrained a yelp as he nipped at her earlobe.
- Gabriel & Pandora
Dragon was awesome. I love me some surly, one-word-answer type guys. The fact that he was also heroic and brave and stubborn was icing on the cake.
Quote…She's hard of hearing in her right ear, and it sometimes causes vertigo, especially in poor lighting when she can't orient herself (...) Now, do you have any questions?"
"Yes. Am I supposed to be a footman or a bloody nanny?"
-Gabriel & Dragon
The Author's Note! I always read those, just because I like the insight you often get into the author's motivations for a story. This one was awesome! I learned so much. And also made Blancmange, which, as it turns out, is disgusting.

What I didn’t love:

I didn't quite follow the drama in the plot. Like, I didn't understand who the baddies were or what they were after very well. The whole mystery of the story was lost on me, so the parts that involved that dragged a little bit and held me up.

Overall…

A wonderful, heartwarming, quirky story told with classic Lisa Kleypas flair and skill. Strong characters, an emotional ride, and excellent smut-tasticness.

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