The Darkest Temptation (Made 3) By Danielle Lori

Blurb

A fortune teller once told Mila she’d find a man who would take her breath away. She refrained from telling her it would be literally while Mila ran for her life. Having always done what is expected of her, Mila dresses the part, only dates college boys with exemplary backgrounds, and doesn’t ask questions. Not about her papa’s absences or his refusal to let her set foot in her birthplace—Russia. Suffocated by the rules and unanswered questions, Mila does what she’s always wanted to. She boards a plane to Moscow. She never expected to fall for a man on the way. One with unexplained wealth, tattoos on his hands, and secrets in his eyes. But it doesn’t take long for his caress to become a rough grasp muffling her screams. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Unfortunately, a Russian winter is the coldest of them all, and Mila soon learns the only way to escape intact is to do the impossible and thaw her captor’s heart.

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December 12th 2020

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As I sit here writing this review in a winter wonderland I kinda feel like I may just be in a house outside of Moscow… This was my MOST ANTICIPATED READ of 2020 and boy did it deliver! I was fortunate to somehow get included on the ARC list and I don’t think I can covey in words how happy and honored I was.

Full disclosure I had to kinda turn off reality when reading this because my niece is named Mila, she’s also blonde and blue eyed LOL and in the same age range so it threw me off at first but then I got sucked in to the story and only put it down to sleep for bit. I loved the whole Russia vibe, ya lyublyu tebya ,my bucket list includes visiting Russia. I want to see all the churches built in Gold. I want to see where my ancestors came from. I want to walk where they walked. Reading this book I actually felt like I was standing there and it made me hate the fact that I cant travel right now and that the Covid # is very high there!

I’m not even sure who my favorite couple is in the series anymore! Each book gets better, and the UST and the want gets more delicious.

I loved Mila and Ronan’s relationship. It was not conventional, it was downright wrong in some moments, so damn sexy in others. I finished this book in less than 12 hours and went back and started it all over again so that I can properly review it and it still seems like I can’t get the right words for it. Mila’s loyalty was heart wrenchingly sweet. Ronan’s loyalty to her was even more UGH stab me in the heart!

True, you’re a star in my head
You, no need fi raise war with my friends
True, you’re so bad, we don’t need to pretend
But I don’t want war with you or my friends

You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend
Please stay true but we can part again, yeah, yeah
Because, true, you’re my best friend

All the way ’round, I’m loyal
I got money on me and I’m loyal
I got money in my pocket, I’m loyal, ooh
Pain goes away when I’m tipsy
Pain goes away when you’re with me
Even when troubles all look risky, it’s all under control

Lori has lyrical prose, there is not 1 paragraph in this book that I didn’t sit back on and think damn! Normally I hate starting or reading an incomplete series, I love to binge read cause I have a problem with patience…. we are 3 books down in this series and I think another 2 to go…… but no regrets waiting for each book in this series. They are SOOO worth the wait!

I will patiently wait for Sebastien’s book…. I love that we got the Italian mob, the Russian mob and now we move onto the Cartel! This mafia lover is in HEAVEN!!!!!

Thank you again for a copy of this book! Totally made my 2020!

Mare

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Beach Read By Emily Henry

Blurb

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

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This book= my heart….. Sigh. I have a shelf for Father-Daughter can I even read it. I didn’t know what this whole book entailed when I started it…. this is 1 for the shelf for sure. This is a romance yes, and I loved every slow delicious torturous burn that it gave me. However, January’s feelings…. are me all wrapped up in an ugly depressing bow.

“Jacques didn’t know what to do with this version of me, who stayed in bed and couldn’t write or read without coming apart, who slugged around at home letting laundry pile up and letting ugliness seep into our dreamy….”

I can’t. I weeped when I read this because honestly it is crazy how death hits you and how there is this new version of your self that you don’t even know how to deal with.

“…, but I loved him. Really loved him, so much that just knowing he isn’t on this planet still tears me in half whenever I think about it. Even as I said it, the pain pressed into me, a crushing but familiar weight on every square inch on my body.”

“..and even if it was temporary, it was enough for me to believe that someday I’d be ok again. Maybe not the exact same brand of it I’d been before Dad dies- probably not- but a new kind, nearly as solid and safe.”

I know this review was hardcore depressing and it doesn’t show how much I truly loved this book and the romance that it was. And I did. It was 1 out of 5, five star reads of 2020. I urge you all to read this book. Henry has prose for days and the UST was delicious! You could cut it with a knife. I cannot wait for Emily Henry’s next book. My wish of 2020 is that Netgalley approves me for People We Meet on Vacation. I want that book like I want my next breath!!!!!!!!!

~Mare~

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Love at First by Kate Clayborn

Blurb:

Sixteen years ago, a teenaged Will Sterling saw–or rather, heard–the girl of his dreams. Standing beneath an apartment building balcony, he shared a perfect moment with a lovely, warm-voiced stranger. It’s a memory that’s never faded, though he’s put so much of his past behind him. Now an unexpected inheritance has brought Will back to that same address, where he plans to offload his new property and get back to his regular life as an overworked doctor. Instead, he encounters a woman, two balconies above, who’s uncannily familiar . . .

No matter how surprised Nora Clarke is by her reaction to handsome, curious Will, or the whispered pre-dawn conversations they share, she won’t let his plans ruin her quirky, close-knit building. Bound by her loyalty to her adored grandmother, she sets out to foil his efforts with a little light sabotage. But beneath the surface of their feud is an undeniable connection. A balcony, a star-crossed couple, a fateful meeting–maybe it’s the kind of story that can’t work out in the end. Or maybe, it’s the perfect second chance . . . 

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February 23 2021

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The Golden Hour. I hope some if not most of you dont need the Golden Hour like some of us. I do the Golden hour too. It’s a cross btwn love and hate. I love the peace, the quiet, the aloneness of it. But… I hate the grief that sits in my throat, the absolute change that is me. The old me vs the new me. This book was soooo MUCH the Golden hour. It made me feel all the feels. Hopeful, sad, happy, lustful, excited, scared, I can keep going but I wont.

Clayborn is like fine wine, better and better with each book. You think you can go in and read a few pages and you get sucked in and never want it to end and then you have to put it down just so your body and mind can adjust to all the FEELINGS that are stamping through your body. You have to put it down so that you can truly appreciate the prose that she delivers. She is soooo quietly amazing. Her books are just the fucking cats meow. I want and need more and I cant wait for where she brings me next.

Till the next Golden Hour…..

Mare~

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Brothersong (Green Creek #4), by TJ Klune

 

Blurb:

In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone.

Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity.

But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin.

Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone.

What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin’s history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter’s father, Thomas Bennett.

And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons.

 

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October 13, 2020

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Stupid Carter… 

Readers, I am not an especially gifted reviewer. I read books and I either love them or not, and I write down how they made me feel. It’s my way. With that, even if I had the vocabulary to adequately explain what Brothersong made me feel, what it was to me, I’m not sure I could do it.

As with the other books in the series, there are things that happen, both good and bad, that just can’t be spoiled. It’s wrong to do so, so me telling you how I feel should be easier. It’s not. It’s hard to explain how many times my heart beat out of my chest. It’s impossible to really explain what I was feeling when I was bawling. I mean, what do I do? Do I keep a tally every time I cry or something? Just know that it hurt. But it’s also very hard to explain all the laughing I did, all the smiling and cheering.  Just know that it happened a lot… eventually.

There are many moments during this book where I had to take a breath.  A deep breath. I was so very lonely. It’s hard to read an ARC of a book like this one. While you read it you feel the need to discuss. Like, really discuss what the heck is going on because the feelings are so visceral, so real, that you need an outlet. THANKFULLY, I have a dear friend from another blog who was also reading along at the same time I was. I gotta tell you though, I was faster than she was and so while I could chat here and there, it was so hard because I was finished a day before she was and OMG did I want to talk about it.

There is a moment deep into the book where I wanted to call my friends and get all giddy with excitement because I know that when they get to this part where Jessie is so like Willow, it was the most awesome thing ever. And yes, only Buffy fans will understand that but my dudes, it was epic shit. Tj is so good at writing badass women in this pack. And seriously… Team Human for the win. That includes the people of Green Creek. Those humans. Talk about taking your breath away. What an amazing group of people. I want to live in a town filled with these people. They’re so special and will always hold a place in my heart.

There were moments when I cursed Thomas because of the countless mistakes he made. And then pages later I was praising him for the beauty in his soul. There were times, many of the actually, when I could not get enough of Elizabeth because she is wise beyond her age. She’s such a strong woman, wolf, mother, guide. Elizabeth lays down some serious truths throughout the book that are HUZZAH worthy. I want Elizabeth to be my mom.

So many times, I cheered for Gavin for the strength he had. No matter how scary the choices were before him, he dug in and did the right thing not just for Carter or the pack, but for himself. He’s so strong and I don’t think he understood his own strength, or his worth, for a really long time.

There were times when I could not believe what I was reading because it was some trippy shit happening and yet it was so beautiful I cried continuously. I had huge tears running down my face for pages and pages at a time because of the sacrifice for the sake of packpackpack. Kleenex was always in my had for those pages so I could see.

If readers have paid very close attention to the happenings of all the pack over the previous books, and even in this one, the climatic events that lead to the pack and their HEA are not surprising. They’re actually expected. But that does not take away from watching them really unfold. When things start to come to that point of no return, I felt like I knew what would happen… and I did to an extent. It didn’t matter though. It didn’t make it easier. It didn’t make it less beautiful and wonderful.

The Bennet pack has made many sacrifices. The sins of the fathers and all that. Yes, plural. But it’s not just the fathers. There is so much that they have to contend with, and Carter and Gavin have so much to deal with to get to the end. But all of those sacrifices do pay off, and they pay off beautifully.

I want to say this book was perfect, but it was not. I’m not sure there is a book out there that is. It won’t be for everyone, but it was totally for me. At times I wanted more time with just Carter and Gavin, but then I remembered their love story really started in another book altogether. It’s not Gavin’s fault Carter was Stupid Carter for so long. And I loved the way the story has to build up from this dark and sad beginning because it’s not a happy time at all. I mean, remember where we left off in Heartsong.  I love that it was also not just about Carter and Gavin… as with all the books, this is a story about a pack, a family. All of them play a huge part in the overall ending of the story, so I’m really glad they all get good page time. It was important for me to see everyone there, present and accounted for, doing their part. I would be remiss if I also did not mention that I believe, had it not been for the bond between Carter and Kelly, our wonderful Carter would not have made it. The bond between these two brothers is like no other, and that’s so clearly shown here. I mean, it’s called Brothersong for a reason. It’s enjoyable and beautiful and I loved every minute of my heart breaking and being made whole again.

So, in closing… to Tj if he ever reads this… Thank you. There are books that you read and they stick with you throughout your life. Sometimes it is not just one book, but a series. You can read a series that evolves into more than you ever thought possible, thus sticking to you in a way you can’t even explain. You’re given this gift of a story that lasts years. It’s a series about a family that goes through more than any other family, or person, should have to go through in their lives to find a happy ending. You’re given this gift of a family that becomes part of you and your family. You feel it down to your bones that these people, these wolves, they’d be your family if you could choose them for real. So every joy, every triumph, every happiness they feel, you feel too. But along with that, every trial, every sadness, every loss… you feel that down to your bones right along with them. Reading this series hurts so good. It hurts but it also heals. It’s a journey I’ve taken that I’ll never forget. I’m forever grateful that I was able to read these books and be a part of this family in my own way. This gift… and it is a gift, it’s one of the best blessings I can think of. At the core of the Bennet Pack is love. So much love. Thank you for showing me and the world this love.

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Recommended.

~kristie

 

 

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The Maddest Obsession

(Made #2)

Blurb:

She fears the dark.
He rules it.


Her dresses are too tight, her heels too tall. She laughs too loudly, eats without decorum, and mixes up most sayings in the book. Little do most know it’s just a sparkly disguise, there to hide one panic attack at a time.

Nobody can crack Gianna’s facade . . . no one anyway, until he comes along.

Most see a paragon of morality; a special agent upholding the law. In the New York underworld, others know him as a hustler, a killer, his nature as cold as the heart of ice in his chest. Christian Allister has always followed the life plan he’d envisioned in his youth, beneath the harsh lights of a frigid, damp cell. With a proclivity for order and the number three, he’s never been tempted to veer off course. But perhaps one should never say never . . .

One winter night and their lives intertwine. She hates him—his stone-cold demeanor, his arrogance and too-perceptive eye—but over the years, even as their games consist of insulting each other’s looks and intelligence, she begins to live to play with him.

Nowhere in Christian’s plans had he ever prepared for Gianna. She’s chaos embodied, not his type, and married, but none of that can stop his eyes from following her wherever she goes.

All along, she doesn’t even know that she’s his—his frustration, his fascination.

His maddest obsession. 

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Book 2 of the Made series could not be any different from Book 1 and I truly loved that. It still has all the lust and angst and UST that you could want in a story but the heroines are sooo different!

Gianna is different and makes my heart hurt, I love how brash she is, how out there and then how vulnerable she is. Her panic attacks and anxiety are familiar to me, sad to say.

I regret that I told the world
That you were with me
And I regret how I showed the world
That you were pretty
I never thought I’d learn so much
So much from being lonely
But I guess I didn’t learn enough
‘Cause now you won’t hold me

Christian is that sexy alpha secretive man that you want to pull apart inch by inch. The both of them have so much angst inside that you feel it to the depths of your soul.

Their love story is different but isn’t everyone’s? ❤

These books can be read as standalone’s but why would you do that to yourself????

Oh, baby, oh, baby
Oh, we both feel the same
I’m not gonna give you my name
And I don’t think you want that to change We’re in this together
We don’t know who we are
Even if it’s moving too fast
Maybe we should take it too far It’s too late to run away from it all
It’s too late to get away from it all
I’m done with running so I give it to you This moment has caused a reaction
Resulting in a reattachment
Girl, you take me to Nirvana
I don’t think this will last
‘Cause you’re here in my armsWell, you take me to Nirvana
I don’t think this will last
‘Cause you’re here in my arms

I re-read this series this weekend again in preparation for Book 3 in the made series. Christian’s brother…!!!!

Bring on the Bravta. I’m sooooo ready for it!!!!!

Mare~

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The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

(Made #1)

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She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .

Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.

Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

They say first impressions are everything . . .

In the murky waters of New York’s underworld, Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties. After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome.

She doesn’t like the man or anything he stands for, though that doesn’t stop her heart from pattering like rain against glass when he’s near, nor the shiver that ghosts down her spine at the sound of his voice.

And he’s always near. Telling her what to do. Making her feel hotter than any future brother-in-law should. Elena may be the Sweet Abelli on the outside, but she’s beginning to learn she has a taste for the darkness, for rough hands, cigarettes, and whiskey-colored eyes. Having already escaped one scandal, however, she can hardly afford to be swept up in another.

Besides, even if he were hers, everyone knows you don’t fall in love with a Made Man . . . right?

This is a standalone forbidden romance.

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I have read this book a total of 4 times now.

Truth be told I have a hard on for anything mafia related, I mean my dream growing up was being a mistress to a Don. This book made me realize that I really wish dreams came true LOL.

This book is soooooo sexy, sooo sooo sexy, the lust, the need, the want…. it is just sooo delicious. When I 1st read this book I was new to Danielle Lori…. Now after reading it 4 times I’m not such a newbie anymore but more of an addict. I love books that give me that UST for at least 50% of the book if not more and the author blew it out of the park for me. The writing is good, the flow, the actions, the show not tell. AMAZING.

Elena is that heroine that you route for, she is a breath of fresh air when a lot of the times heroine’s are annoying with their inner monologue. Elena and Nico are truly amazing together.

Baby
You make me crazy
Why’d you have to fill my heart with sorrow?
Save me
Make it all hazy
So I don’t think about you ’til tomorrow

Nico is the man everyone wants but pretends they don’t, the alpha, the made man, the gentle giant when he’s in love. GAH.

The side characters are another special with this book! I loved Tony and Bennito and I loved Nonna. They made me laugh in some bleak instances.

I’ve read this book 4 times now and I’m sure there will be another 4 in the near future. When an author gets it right then it’s worthy of that many reads.

Mare~

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Better Than People, by Roan Parrish

 

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Simon Burke has always preferred animals to people. When the countdown to adopting his own dog is unexpectedly put on hold, Simon turns to the PetShare app to find the fluffy TLC he’s been missing. Meeting a grumpy children’s book illustrator who needs a dog walker isn’t easy for the man whose persistent anxiety has colored his whole life, but Jack Matheson’s menagerie is just what Simon needs.

Four dogs, three cats and counting. Jack’s pack of rescue pets is the only company he needs. But when a bad fall leaves him with a broken leg, Jack is forced to admit he needs help. That the help comes in the form of the most beautiful man he’s ever seen is a complicated, glorious surprise.

Being with Jack—talking, walking, making out—is a game changer for Simon. And Simon’s company certainly…eases the pain of recovery for Jack. But making a real relationship work once Jack’s cast comes off will mean compromise, understanding and lots of love.

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August 25, 2020
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Reading Parrish’s books is like an iced cold glass of water on a scorching hot day. Always refreshing, delicious, wonderfully thirst quenching, and so very welcome. Better Than People was not any different than reading any of her other books. Of course, different people, situations, and circumstances, but something wonderful just like I’ve come to expect from her work.

I loved this story so much. I needed sweet and kind, and this is exactly that. It’s incredibly romantic and heartwarming to read and I could not put it down. I’m sitting here thinking about it and it makes me want to read it again just to have that feeling back. This book made me so happy, and I really needed that. Bonus points for fur babies galore, and super sweet artistic type humans.

Recommended, obviously.

~kristie

 

 

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Digging Deep, by Jay Hogan

 

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Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.

Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.

But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?

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August 6, 2019
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Okay, so I think what attracted me to this story when I read the blurb was the Crohn’s disease. Weird? Maybe. But I see a lot of commercials on TV for all kinds of medications. I’ve heard that it’s a strange thing in kind of specific to America… not sure. Anyway, there is always some new drug commercial that is for people with Crohn’s disease and I wanted to know more about it. But with this book, I really wanted to see how it’s dealt with in the story. And wow! I don’t know if this story really goes into the depth of what it would be like for most people who have Crohn’s disease, but I think it gave me some insight.

The story deals pretty deep into the struggles that Drake goes through every day. Honestly, it’ horrible, and from what I gathered in the story, his is not quite as severe as others, butt still, terrible at times, embarrassing, and uncomfortable. I felt like I learned a lot, but in a way that brought comedy to a life that isn’t fun at all. Drake has a good life, good job he loves, and great friends and family. He’s still lonely though, but getting into a relationship with someone who not only understands him, but his disease as well… Well, it’s a hard combo for him to find. Then all of a sudden, in walks this asshat detective, Caleb, and his life gets turned upside down. It’s not only Drake who has his like turned around either, but Caleb as well. Caleb is a no dating kind of guy. He’s more interested in one night stands than hiss in relationships. He’s never actually even had a relationship at all so when he finds himself wanting to try with Drake, it hits him like a ton of bricks.

This is a slow burn romance that never feels like the burn is too long. It’s sweet and quirky, and the wooing that Caleb does to win over Drake is creative and so funny at times. Caleb is inventive and makes Drake’s Crohn’s disease something they can joke about in a way that is not hurtful or insulting. It’s quite adorable. The struggles they have to break down those solid walls they’ve both built up over the years, and let one another in, felt so real and authentic. It was hard to read at times, and sad, and so very good.

Aside from one very tragic and horrible moment, I really enjoyed this. So much more than I thought I would. If you can get through that trigger warning, I think it is worth the read.

Trigger warnings for a very unfortunate death of a child. It it pretty graphic and as a reader, you are right in the thick of it when Drake, as a midwife, is dealing with this very sad and tragic moment. It is a huge catalyst to movement of the story forward but is very hard to read. I would say that if you’re sensitive to this, you can skip a lot of this part of the story when it starts to happen, but don’t let it stop you from trying this book out.

Recommended.

~kristie

 

 

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World Turned Upside Down, by Elyse Springer

 

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After three winters in Antarctica, Simon Bancroft is an old hand on the ice. The harsh weather and extreme isolation aren’t for everyone, but he enjoys the tight-knit community at McMurdo Station… and lately he’s enjoyed watching the hot new researcher, Asher Delaney, who’s recently arrived to study the aurora. But Simon’s just a janitor. Asher doesn’t even know he exists.

When Simon’s friends propose a wager, he gets a chance to introduce himself to Asher at last. But Asher defies all of Simon’s assumptions, and suddenly he finds himself reevaluating everything he thought he knew about Asher, himself, and falling in love at the bottom of the world.

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August 9, 2019
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This was a sweet, very cute, and interesting story. Despite the predictable moments, I found myself really invested in Simon and Asher. A good portion of the story is informative since I’ve never been to Antartica. I mean, not many people have, right? Knowing that this story is told by someone who’s actually been there and experienced what it is like, it made the story more authentic and interesting.

Asher and Simon were too cute. I found them simply adorable, and while it was clear where the story was headed, I enjoyed the ride the entire way. Simon is sweet and unsure of himself, while Asher is exactly the same, even though you really have no idea until he and Simon start to get to know each other. I loved that the stereotype of the big and burley dude who is a scientist was totally smashed when we meet Asher. He’s a big guy, wicked smart, and 100% sweet and kind, not at all what people might think he’s like. Asher and Simon were really great together. I loved the slow burn and the entire getting-to-know-you part of the story. I loved that it was not rushed, and it felt so real.

Extra points go to Springer for all the cool info I learned about being on the ice. I know it’s just a drop in the bucket, but it was really cool to read about.

Recommended.

~kristie

 

 

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Boys of Brayshaw High (Brayshaw High #1) by Meagan Brandy

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“Girls like you aren’t exactly welcomed at a place like this, so keep your head down and look the other way.”

Those were the exact words of my social worker when she dropped me in my newest hellhole, a place for “troubled teens”.

I didn’t listen, and now I’m on their radar.

They expect me to play along in their games of hierarchy, to fall in line in the social order they’ve deemed me fit.

Too bad for them, I don’t follow rules.
Too bad for me, they’re determined to make sure I do.

Inconceivably attractive and treated like kings…these are the boys of Brayshaw High.
And I’m the girl who got in their way.

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Its been a little over a week since I read this book and I can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t know if I loved it or hated it but I’m veering more towards love if I can’t get it out of my head right?!?! I hear songs and then I picture Raven and Maddoc or Royce or Cap. So once I have a playlist for a book it seems it has to go down as a fav of the year. It has to has too. I only have playlists for books I will read over and over and over again.

Is this YA or NA? Again I’m veering… I say more NA than YA even tho these kids are in high school. I hung out with Brayshaw boyz in my younger years, however, probably not as hot 🙂

Some of the story is over the top I’m not gonna lie, some shit made me roll my eyes but for the life of me I COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. DOWN

I’m over here “patiently” waiting for book 2 that is set to be released on May 28th. Like I wanna beg for an ARC but I’m not going to. I have few books to look forward to in May so I’m gonna practice this. Patience they say is a virtue.

Playlist:

1. With You, Drake & PartyNextDoor

2. Come and See Me PartyNextDoor Ft Drake

3. Playing Games by Storie

4. The Way Life Goes by Lil Uzi Vert, Oh Wonder

5. Controlla by Drake

6. What you Want by Belly FT The Weeknd

I’m sure I’ll add more after book 2.

Mare~

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