Review: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

Dear Jane

Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

3 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This story is about high school sweethearts who drifted apart only to be back in each other’s lives ten years later. Jane works for a professional football team as an assistant manager. Her father also happens to be the head coach for the same team, the Hawks. Football is very important to this family and they all care deeply for the sport. Jane’s ex, Weston Chase, was her first and only long term boyfriend. Weston is joining the Hawks as their new quarterback. Things didn’t exact end well for these two so it’s quite awkward to be back in each other’s lives after such a long time.

On a positive note, I really like the characters and the plot. I love sports romances, especially football ones so that didn’t disappoint me. What did disappoint me was how we were hyped from the get go about this major resentment and hard feelings the main characters had towards each other…only for their issues to resolve in mere seconds. Everything felt too easily fixed. One quick apology and ten years of hatred merely disappears within seconds. It was just a little too fast for my tastes.

Jane was a great character but had some flaws to her. She was able to feel things so intensely but she easily forgave within a moment’s notice. It’s like she had an on and off switch for her emotions. I don’t know about you, but if I held onto something for ten years, it would be really hard to just move on because of one conversation. Weston was also quite fickle with his feelings and emotions. He would constantly battle himself over whether or not he should be with Jane. It was really hard to see him constantly toying with Jane’s emotions.

The side character Alex really stole the show for me. I kept wanting him to pop back up in the story just to learn more about him. His friendship with Jane was the sweetest. At several points throughout the story, I was rooting for those two to get together.

In the end, I’m happy with how the book wrapped up. It was a good story overall but I just didn’t love it like I did this author’s other stories.

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Review: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t care for the main guy Caleb whatsoever. I get he had his own baggage but still. He always threw such low blows! He wanted to cut you down and drive you away at whatever cost to protect himself. I felt it was his way or the highway. Caleb wanted a benefits only relationship without any sort of emotional attachment. Ava, the other main character, thought that was something she wanted as well. But, of course, feelings developed as the story continued. I honestly didn’t feel the chemistry between these two. I felt it was literally just a way to fix a sexual need for them and that’s it.

Another thing that bugged me was there was always some new drama or some jaw dropping event/back story around every corner. It began to feel like too much just for dramatic flare. One of the more major dramas was everyone blaming Ava for a certain situation. That felt off to me because I don’t think anyone would’ve truly blamed her for that scenario in real life.

I will say, the last third or so of the book was so much better than the rest. I loved the addition of Caleb’s brother Jamie. He really added a lot to the story and I truly hope he gets his own story.

Overall, I just didn’t love this book. I think my issue was mainly Caleb. I wasn’t attracted to him and didn’t care for his personality whatsoever. He made it really difficult for me to enjoy this. I think I’d like other books from this author if it featured a different couple. Halloween signature

Review: The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

The Hardest Fall

The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Wow!! This was such a great story!!! I’m not usually a fan of slow burn romances but this one really did it for me. This was my first book by this author and I cannot wait to read more by her. She did such an amazing job with this one.

You guys, Dylan was THE book boyfriend. Man, I wish I could take Zoe’s place in this one haha!!! He was so swoon worthy. I loved how strong and hard working he was. Dylan had a heart of gold and it was amazing to read about the man he was. Dylan was a star athlete at this college but you wouldn’t know it by talking to him. He never let his status go to his head. He was just your everyday, average good guy. I swooned SO HARD for him. It’s rare to find this all around amazing guy so he definitely made it to the top of my book boyfriends list.

Zoe was this shy, quirky girl. I loved how she was embarrassed so easily and super shy. Usually shy characters break out of this within the first few chapters but Zoe was truly shy to her core. I loved that about her though. She was another great character in this story, although her love for pizza and m&m’s scared me at times, lol jk.

I love how throughout this book I thought I could predict what was going on or about to happen…..but that wasn’t the case. There was plenty of plot twists and turns to keep me completely engrossed into the story. I’ll admit, the slow burn romance really got to me at times. I just kept yelling to “just kiss already!!!!!!” several times while reading. But when the romance did finally happen, it was THE BEST.

Without giving anything away, the ending of this book was what really made it over the top for me. I truly enjoyed it and wish I had 5 more books with this couple. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

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Review: Redemption by T.K. Leigh

Redemption (Redemption, # 2)

Redemption by T.K. Leigh

4 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This is book two in the Redemption series. You must read book one, Commitment, first. I also highly recommend reading the prequel, Promise, because it adds a lot to the series.

At the beginning of the book I struggled to root for Brooklyn to be with either Wes or Drew. There was always the promise of something great between either couple but there were so many obstacles in the way. I just got tired of the back and forth. Should she be with Wes or should she be with Drew? It felt like Brooklyn never had a moment to just pause and truly THINK about what she wanted. I feel she didn’t want to take the time to figure things out because then she would have to confront her feelings. She just wasn’t ready to do that for most of this book.

When I started reading the book, I felt like the trust would never be there with Drew for Brooklyn. She would never fully be able to move on from their past. Every time he’s late for whatever reason, I felt like she would jump to the wrong conclusion. Is it meant to be if it’s THAT difficult to be together?? How hard do you fight for someone who doesn’t seem to be fighting for you in return?

I don’t think Drew was necessarily a bad person. I just think that when you have people like Brooklyn in your life, people who give all of themselves fully, you start to take them for granted. You forget that they need the same love and dedication in return. I think that’s what happened to Drew. He cared for Brooklyn deeply but forgot to continue showing her how he felt. He forgot to continually be there for her, to be the one to hold her up and not just be the one always being lifted up.

Wes had his ups and downs as well. While he was consistent in his feelings for Brooklyn, he also had other priorities in his life. Work was a major part of Wes’s life. He had a pretty significant weight on his shoulders while trying to balance taking over his father’s company, dealing with his horrid mother, and his relationship with Brooklyn. I did think Wes was a great man and he deserved happiness too. I think he also took Brooklyn for granted at times.

The second half of this book blew my mind. This book brought me to tears on more than one occasion. I adore the author’s writing and her ability to bring out such strong emotions in me. The speech one of the guys makes at the end was EPIC. I swooned SUPER hard while reading it. I highly recommend giving this series a try, you’re bound to love it just as much as I did.

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Review: Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

Leading the Witness (Conflict of Interest, #4)

Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Sadly, this wasn’t the book for me. Hunter, the main guy in the story, came off way too aggressive. He was just too into Riley, the main female character. It was almost like he was in love with her without even being in a relationship with her yet. He just came off weirdly, I can’t exactly explain it. I had issues connecting with Hunter pretty much throughout the entire story.

On the other hand, I liked Riley. She was a strong, independent woman who could take care of herself. She didn’t want more than her share of things and didn’t want anyone else handing her anything that she didn’t earn herself. I could admire that in her character. Although at times she was quite stubborn but I think that’s just her personality to only rely on herself to not burden others.

I also loved Riley’s group of friends and bar employees. They all meshed very well together and were such a well rounded group of friends. I love their interactions with each other and wished for more scenes with them together.

As far as my rating goes….I had some issues with this story. For one, it did a few too many fast forwarded moments. I had trouble keeping up with the time jumps. I found myself having to go backwards and see where they mentioned a time jump to see why things were the way they were. I also didn’t care for the plot twists. Some you could see from miles away, while others felt very unnecessary.

Overall, it wasn’t that bad. The conversations between Riley and her bar mates were awesome. I loved all the bar scenes in general, they were my favorite. The romance side…..I didn’t care for sadly. It just didn’t flow very well.

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Review: A Nordic King by Karina Halle

A Nordic King

A Nordic King by Karina Halle

3  Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

I had a bit of trouble enjoying this book sadly. The King, Aksel, was so off-putting that it was hard to fall for him. He was in a constant foul mood. I get he had reasons but it just made it hard for me to like him. Aurora was easier to like. She had her issues as well but was able to still put one foot in front of the other and try her best to move on from her past.

I enjoyed the basis of the story: A single dad who loves his kids so very much and a love story with the nanny. Those are my favorite stories to read here lately. The side characters really stole the show in this book. I love Aksel’s children, Freja and Clara. They went through so much as children but they had such a strong support system to help them get through it all. I also loved the King’s family and staff members. They really added to the story overall and you could just feel how much they cared for Aksel and his family.

Overall, I did like the story but I just didn’t have the swoons that I was hoping for. For the first half of the story, Aksel and Aurora have so much animosity towards each other. I didn’t see them ever getting together. THEN the second half is a total 180. I think it was too quick to change their emotions completely. It was too rushed at one point for being a slow burn on the first half of the book. I guess I just wasn’t at the pace that Aksel and Aurora were.

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Review: On the Line by Liz Lincoln

On the Line (Milwaukee Dragons, #1)

On the Line by Liz Lincoln

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

WOW!! Loved this steamy love story!! Seth is a professional football player for the Milwaukee Dragons. He’s also a single father to a 12 year old daughter named Madison, aka Maddie. Seth needed to find a nanny to take care of his daughter while he was at games, traveling, etc. Enter Carrie. Carrie was a Science teacher who couldn’t find a job in time for the new school year. She decided to take the job as a nanny to get her bearings and figure out her next step. Whew is all I can say. I absolutely loved this story and the romance between Seth and Carrie. These two had an instant connection and could hardly keep their hands off each other.

Can I just say….I absolutely loved how Carrie was into science and comics. I think this was the first romance I’ve read with the female main character being into these things. It was beyond refreshing and I’m ALL for it in future reads. Carrie loved dressing up in cosplay and going to comic con. I loved getting to know her and her interests. I lived for the comic and Walking Dead references. They were just icing on this already amazing cake.

Seth on the other hand was your typical swoon worthy single dad. I loved seeing him care for his daughter. It was so beautiful to see a man step up and take care of his child no matter what. Seth would’ve done anything and everything for his child. Maddie’s mother wasn’t in the picture because she didn’t want to be. Seth stepped up and became both parents without hesitation. There is nothing more attractive than a present father let me tell you.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m all for having two or three more books with this group. This is the first time I’ve read this author but it will not be the last.

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Review: Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Freshmen

Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

1 Star

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

YIKES! I truly wanted to love this book. I think the cover is amazing, the synopsis sounded great, etc. I was really excited to read this one but it just did not work for me. The synopsis had me thinking the book would go this way but it ended up going another, if that makes any sense. I also struggled with the amount of people in this book. I literally could not keep up with who was who, who was with who, etc. I eventually stopped trying. Also the drama was a bit too much. It seemed like there was ALWAYS something going on. It was just too much for me. I did struggle with connecting with the main characters. I just didn’t care one way or the other about them. I never felt invested in their lives. I will say, I enjoyed the friendship between Phoebe, Frankie and Negin (I hope that’s the three who had the epic friendship anyway). I loved how they were always there for each other, even through some very embarrassing times. If you’ve read the book, you know which scene I’m referring to. That’s true friendship right there.

I think the biggest issue was Phoebe being in love with Luke. The same guy she went to school with but only spoke to him 5 times in 7 years. She was very much in love/obsessed with him. Turns out it was just the idea of Luke that she was in love with. I mean, how else could you love someone you don’t know and have barely spoken to? Luke Taylor wasn’t someone I wanted Phoebe with anyway. He was this self centered, constantly wavering jerk. He didn’t know what he wanted but wanted to keep everyone on standby just in case he decided to lean towards them for THAT day. I’m not sure if we were supposed to root for Phoebe and Luke but I definitely didn’t.

There was one thing that I really enjoyed in this book. Abbey and Luke trading random greeting cards with each other on special occasions was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely something I want to start doing haha.

Overall, I truly wanted to love and enjoy this book. I tried my hardest to look at the positive side of things but it just didn’t work out.

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Review: The Chief by Monica McCarty

The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)

The Chief by Monica McCarty

5 Stars

The Chief such a fast paced thrilling ride!!! There was so much action!! It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. My jaw dropped on more than one occasion while reading this. It had so many scenes where I couldn’t turn the page fast enough!! It also slowed down when it needed to for those feels to set in, which I appreciated. I’m so glad I found this author and this series by chance. I love me some historical romance but hardly ever pick them up for some reason. This book changed all that because this series currently has 12 books in it!!! I love longer series because it allows me to stay in that world with those characters for a longer period of time. I cannot wait to read the rest in this series and hope they are just as great as this one was.

I learned fairly quickly that this was a book that I needed to jot things down for. I get overwhelmed quite easily when there are several characters in a book. I like to write down characters and other interesting facts as I’m reading just in case I need to go back over it later on. This is by no means necessary to understand the book, it’s just something that I like to do personally. When starting a new series, especially a longer one, the tend to give you a ton of information in book one. I don’t want to miss out on or forget things as I progress in the series so notes are my way of keeping track and organizing everything.

Tormad MacLeod was your typical alpha male. Stubborn to the bone but willing to do anything for his clan and his wife. I loved the protectiveness of Tor. He was this beacon of strength for everyone around him. I also liked how there was more to him than meets the eye but I’ll leave that for you to discover.

Christina Fraser was all very protective of those she cared about. She didn’t have the easiest life but she has this fierceness about her that no one could break. I really enjoyed her character and how she loved with everything she had. We really saw her grow into this amazing woman who anyone would be proud to know and have at their side.

Overall this book had everything you could want in a story. We had a romance but we also had plenty of action scenes to keep us on our toes. I don’t want to go too deep into the story because I want you to experience everything for yourself. I’m more than happy that I discovered not just an amazing historical romance series but also an amazing writer. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

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Review: Blood Match by K.A. Linde

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

Blood Match by K.A. Linde

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

WOW!!!!!! That ending BLEW me away!!! I don’t have words….I wish the entire book was on the level the ending was on. I’m going to start this review with the things I didn’t like about this book and then work my way up to the things I enjoyed. Just to end it on a positive note.

The thing I didn’t care for the most in this story was it started to have this BDSM feel to it. Beckham became this domineering/dominate guy and Reyna was the submissive partner. It was really strange and not something that I enjoy reading in my romances. Beckham would make commands and Reyna would snap to it without much thought. Reyna would end up with bruises and feeling pain but thought it was okay/worth it. I just didn’t like that aspect at all. Reyna also had blinders on when it came to Beckham. No matter what he did now or previously was going to change her mind about him. Reyna had this image of who she thoughts Beckham was, her Becks, and nothing was going to sway her from that.

Also, there was a lot of science talk in this one. We had so much going on and trying to understand blood matches and blood types that it just became way too much. I also wasn’t a fan of Beckham in this sequel. He became a totally different guy from the one we met in the first book. It’s like we mainly saw Beckham….but not so much Becks anymore. The side he usually let come out around Rayna. The more human side if you will.

On the more positive side of things, I loved this story at its core. My jaw fell to the floor several times throughout this book. I loved the twists and turns. I was constantly on the edge of my seat when the story was upfront wondering where things would go. I think this story has so much potential but sadly veered off course too far for me to enjoy it. I did love the first book so very much and look forward to reading more from this author. Sadly, this just didn’t work for me.

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