Unloved by Katy Regnery

 5 Stars!

Unloved is without a doubt the best book that I have ever read by Katy Regnery. This book captured me from page one and the tears started pretty immediately as well. Being Katy Regnery I expected a HEA but I had no idea how she was going to accomplish it. It seemed a nearly impossible task so I just held on for the ride.

This book has so many absolutely heartbreaking scenes that it makes their love so much sweeter. Cassidy is perfect but believes he is dangerous to society. Brynn is trapped in her past and retreated from the world. They are both so isolated and while Cassidy believes his isolation is necessary, Brynn’s isolation is more an expression of how she grieves. She is still mourning the fiancee she lost in a tragic way 2 years ago. Cassidy and Brynn are broken in their own ways, but obviously perfect for each other.

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The sins of the father. The burden of the son.

Unloved by Katy Regnery is LIVE!

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My name is Cassidy Porter…

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

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The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos (The Adventurers Guild #1)

5 Stars

The Adventurers Guild is SO good and I’m pretty excited that it’s going to be a series. I went into this book looking for a book for my 7 year old to start after he finishes reading Captain Underpants and while it is definitely too advanced for him right now… it has found a fan in this mama.

This book has magic, monsters, and adventure. There are heroes and villains and characters that you’re not quite sure about. This book doesn’t leave you on a cliffhanger, but you definitely want to see what happens next for this unlikely group. I’m buying a copy of this book for our bookshelves and I’ll be first in line for the next one when it comes out.

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Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

4 Stars

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones is an adorably enchanting YA historical-fantasy-mystery all rolled into one. Reading it feels like the beginning of a series, so while I haven’t seen any mention of it being a series…. I’m really hoping for it.

I was actually on the fence with this book. Annis was a character that I really just wasn’t feeling and I quickly got annoyed with her. Fortunately, most of the other women in this book are fierce, intelligent and independent. Eventually, Annis experiences some growth of character and I liked her more by the end of the book. I think this book would have been bumped up a star if it had been a dual POV with Millie (I LOVED HER!)

A little treat within the book is the insertion of characters from other novels set in the era. I haven’t read most of the books, so I didn’t recognize any character except Jacky Faber, but just seeing her brief inclusion made my heart sing. I imagine fans of the other books mentioned had the same feeling when their characters made an appearance. Kelly Jones listed the books + characters at the end of the novel, and it made me want to go pick up a few of them.

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In Too Deep by Lexi Ryan (The Blackhawk Boys #5)

4 Stars

I have been in love with the story of Bailey and Mason since I read Spinning Out at the very beginning of the series. They have been my most anticipated couple and the two people I’ve rooted the hardest for. It should come as no surprise that I absolutely inhaled this book.

In Too Deep felt like it was going to be a bit lighter book at the beginning. It had all the makings of a romantic comedy and I was ready for it. I forgot, that the basis of this series seems to be that no matter how much of an open book someone seems…. everyone has secrets. Each of these books could be read as a standalone and In Too Deep is no exception BUT I also think that part of what makes Bailey and Mason’s story so enjoyable is the buildup that you feel watching the push & pull of this couple on the sidelines of every other book. It helped create a delicious anticipation that made reading their story all the more thrilling.

You can’t go wrong with any of the books in The Blackhawk Boys series. I know this is the last book in the series, but is it wrong of me to be hoping that there will be a spinoff with Owen? Every time he popped up in this book it seemed like he had a story to tell. I can’t wait to see what Lexi Ryan comes up with next!

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Title: In Too Deep
Series: The Blackhawk Boys #5
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2017

 

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New York
Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan brings readers a sexy NFL player who’s
pulled out all the stops for one more chance with the love of his life.
***
I have four
months to make my wife fall in love with me or let her go forever.
I loved
Bailey Green long before she watched her loser ex take his last breaths. I held
her while they lowered his coffin into the ground, stilled her shaking hands
when the nightmares would tear her from sleep. I waited for her through her
grief. But while she was always willing to let me in her bed, she refused to
let me in the one place I longed to be—her heart.
Tired of
playing second string to a dead man, I let her go. I moved to Florida to begin
my NFL career and tried to pretend my perfect life didn’t leave me empty. I’d
almost given up. Until one drunken night in Vegas, we stumbled down the aisle
and said, “I do.
In exchange
for the divorce she wants so badly, she’s agreed to remain my wife until the
end of the year. She has no idea the favors I’ve called in or the lies I’ve
told to get her here, but if I succeed, none of that matters.
My secrets
always seemed justified, but Bailey has her own—secrets that explain why she
always pushed me away, secrets that make me wonder if I should have let her.
Now we’re in too deep and I might lose the only girl I’ve ever loved and the
best friend I’ve ever had.
In Too Deep is a sexy and emotional novel intended for
mature readers. It’s the fifth book in the world of the Blackhawk Boys, but can
be enjoyed as a standalone.

 

 

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2017
“You know,
once you were my friend,” I say. “And maybe that’s what I miss most about us.
Maybe instead of judging me for my decisions, you could try being my friend again.”
He puts his
glass down on the table, his eyes locking on mine before he slowly stalks
toward me.
I lift my
chin, refusing to back down, because dammit,
I shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting Mason’s friendship. Is that so
terrible?
But my
defiant stance doesn’t faze him and he keeps coming, one step at a time, until
he’s finally up against that bubble he prefers to keep between us. He takes
another step and he’s inside it, but still not nearly as close as I want him.
He takes another, and if I had the courage, I could reach out and touch him.
Another step and he’s so close that he has to bend his head down to maintain
eye contact. So close that if I lift onto my toes, I could brush my lips
against his.
I almost
do, if only because fighting with him makes me feel as if there’s something
broken in me, and I want it to be over. I miss the soft stroke of his lips
against mine. I miss the sound of his sweet murmurs as he unbuttoned my pants
and slid my underwear off my hips. I miss the sex, but more than that, I miss
the way he’d hold me after. He held me in a way no one else had ever bothered
to. Not even Nic. Mason would pull me against him, my back to his chest, and
he’d snuggle against me until I could feel the warmth of his breath against my
bare shoulder.
I want all
of that again, and what breaks my heart the most is if I’d known when I took
that deal—if I could have seen into the future and gotten a glimpse of exactly
what I was giving up—I still would have done it. I did what I had to do.
Mason’s
eyes drop to my mouth. “I don’t want to be your friend, Bailey.”
“Yeah,” I
whisper. “You’re making that really clear. All or nothing, am I right?”
His jaw
hardens, and I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but he moves even closer. My
back’s against the sliding glass door, and his body presses into mine. He
shifts until his thigh is between my legs, and then he lifts a hand to my hair,
sliding his thumb up my neck until he’s cupping my jaw. I want to melt because
I’ve missed this so damn much. I’ve missed him
so damn much.
“I’ve never
wanted to be your friend,” he says, shaking his head. And it’s a blow to the
heart I’m not sure I’m strong enough to endure. When I told him we could be
lovers but nothing more, we were friends…best friends. Then he moved down here
and shut me out.
“I’m sorry
my friendship was such a burden.” Fuck, even my sarcasm sounds weak, but this
whole conversation has me vulnerable.
“It wasn’t
a burden. It was a daily reminder of
what I couldn’t have. I thought that if I quit fucking you it wouldn’t hurt so
much that you refused to be mine.” His thumb traces my bottom lip, and I
tremble. “I thought if I could get the memory of your taste out of my head that
maybe I’d be okay with being your buddy.
He sneers the word, his face twisting in disgust, but when the sneer falls
away, it leaves raw need in its wake. “But I was wrong. I don’t want to be your
friend, because that means you’re only giving me part of yourself, and I am the
spoiled bastard you say I am. What was your word? Privileged?”
He dips his
head down and turns his face to the side, sweeping the tip of his nose over the
tip of mine. “I don’t want your friendship unless it comes with your body. And
I don’t want your body unless it comes with your heart.” He dips a little
farther and brushes his lips so softly against mine that I almost wonder if I’m
imagining it. Maybe he isn’t touching me at all. Maybe the sensation is nothing
more than air passing between our mouths.
He’s
chipping at the walls I keep erected around my heart. And what happens when
they’re gone? What happens when he sees me for who I really am?
“You say
you want to be my friend,” he says, “but friends don’t lie to each other. They
don’t hide their pasts.” His hand falls from my hair. I brace myself for his
retreat, but he doesn’t back away. Instead, he finds the hem of my dress and
slides up my thigh, then between my legs until he reaches my cotton panties.
“Is this it, then? Is this all you want from me?”
His
knuckles skim across my center, and I should stop him. Fuck. I should stop him. I know what he’s trying to do, what he’s
trying to say, and how I’ll feel when this is over. But all I can think is how
I feel right now. How it finally feels to have him this close—his heat, his
touch.
All I can
think is that if the rest of my life is going to be some sucky, lonely series
of if-onlys and what-ifs, dragging from one day to the next, I just want this
moment for as long as it can last. Maybe I’ll wrap it up and hold on to it.
Keep it for later when I can untuck it and examine the heat of his breath
against my neck or the gentle graze of his fingertips along the lace edge of my
panties.
He nips at
my ear with his teeth, and I moan. His breath has gone shallow, and I can feel
the tension building in him—that push and pull of wanting and knowing you
shouldn’t want. It’s easy for me to recognize, because I’ve lived in that limbo
for almost four years.
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Macon by Marie James

 3.5 Stars

I’m a Marie James fan, so there was no doubt in my mind that I would be reading Macon. She has a real talent for creating a beautiful love story and she hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Once I started reading, I was quickly drawn into Macon and the characters inhabiting it. This felt like the first book in a series, so I hope that we’ll be seeing more from some of these characters (specifically Carson!). I did get a bit frustrated with the “I like you, but can’t be with you because you’re going to hurt me” thing that was the majority of their relationship. I really wanted Addi to just give Axton a chance and the more she didn’t do that, the more I wanted to throw my kindle.

Ultimately, this was a book that I finished rather quickly and was left wanting just a little bit more. I hope that Carson and/or Mandy get a book.

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Title: Macon
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Blurb
Tossing a middle finger to Macon, Georgia as I made my way
to Nashville was always the dream. Sing country music, go on tour, top the charts—with
my popularity growing every day, I was on my way.
But then a gust of wind blew up your skirt, and those white
cotton panties had me hooked. I didn’t know your name, and you turned down
every attempt I tried to throw your way. But I knew you were different, even
though you told me I was the same.
“Friends” is what you offered, and I played by your rules,
but, Adelaide Hatfield, you have to know, from that day, it was only you.
I just hope I can make you see how much you mean to me
before we both drown in the sorrow of what heartbreak can truly be.

 

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most of her life. With 13 published books under her belt, she has no desire to
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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

3.5 Stars

I loved the feminist vibes Girls Made of Snow and Glass had. It wasn’t what I expected when people kept referring to it as a “feminist fairytale”, but I really enjoyed it.  This book isn’t for someone looking for a steamy f/f romance, but it is for those that want to read about women loving women and going against what is expected of them.  This is a good retelling of Snow White. It stays true enough to the story that you are able to definitely able to relate the two, without feeling like a copy of the original.

I wanted SO MUCH out of the relationship between Lynet and Nadia that I was disappointed when their relationship was more of the slow burn type with little more that handholding. I was placated some when I realized about 2/3 of the way through, that Lynet wasn’t even aware that women could be in relationships with each other. Her life within Whitespring had only shown her men and women marrying and then having children. She wasn’t aware that there was another option. But still, I wanted more.

On the other hand, I did love the relationship Lynet had with Mina. It was refreshing to see a depiction of a stepdaughter/mother relationship that isn’t full of animosity. The evolution of Lynet and Mina’s relationship is probably one of my favorite things about this book.

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Mess With Me by Nicole Helm (A Mile High Romance #2)

 4 Stars

Mess With Me by Nicole Helm is the second book in her Mile High Romance series. It’s the first book I’ve ever read by her and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I stumbled across this book in Buzz Books 2017: Romance which includes excerpts from tons of soon to be released books. The sample from this book hooked me and I couldn’t wait to get my hands it.

With this being the second book in the series I was a little worried that I would be missing something, but this was a great “standalone” within the series. I could see how people that read the first book would love the scenes starring the first books couple, and there was enough tension between the next books couple that I would definitely be interested in checking that out too.

This wasn’t a perfect book, but it was perfect for me right now. I loved the light and fluffy aspects to it, and it was only when it tried to get a bit “deeper” that I wasn’t as impressed with it. I’ll definitely be checking out more books from Nicole Helm.

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