Arrow’s Hell by Chantal Fernando
This is another case of liking the story but not so much the couple. More specifically, the main guy Arrow. I think you can be an alpha and still be respectful and loving to your significant other. An alpha to me is protective, sometimes too much, but he’s not a jerk to his other half. I ran into issues with Arrow thinking he could do whatever he wants but Anna, his love interest, was on a short leash. To give you a bit of background, Arrow is a member of the Wind Dragons motorcycle club. Another member of the club is Rake. Rake’s sister, Anna, moves back to the area and falls for Arrow quite quickly. It almost felt like insta-love, maybe more so insta-lust. Their attraction was immediate but because of Anna having a brother in the club and Arrow having some major issues, they tried to fight their feelings.
What I enjoyed most was the club. I loved their closeness and how they always had each other’s back. I appreciated their self made family. It was also nice seeing the first couple from book one. It always great seeing how other couples are doing in future books within a series.
It was also fun getting a look into the rival motorcycle club. I’d love for them to get a book series as well. What can I say…I love motorcycle romances.
While I don’t agree with everything that went on in the book, I feel that’s pretty typical for stereotypical bikers and their relationships. Most women don’t take much of a role within except for the domesticated parts. I hated how Arrow didn’t trust Anna with some things. I get the club is involved in dangerous things so he doesn’t have to say very many details but come on, give her something to go with. Also Arrow had a habit of having women all over him or on his lap and he had “no idea” they were even there……seriously? I just didn’t buy it.
Overall, I liked having another couple added to the MC family but they just weren’t my favorite. I’ve mentioned my issues with Arrow and as far as Anna goes, she took some really stupid, unnecessary risks. I couldn’t believe half the mess she did. You’d think she would stop and think but nope….
I am excited to continue with this series and finally get to Tracker’s book. I’m hoping someone can tame him because he’s all over the place lol. Same goes for Rake, Anna’s brother. They both need their happily ever after.
Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.
First off let me start by saying 3 stars is a solid rating. I know 3 stars gets a bad reputation but honestly, it’s still a great rating. For me 3 stars means that I liked it. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. It was still a nice read but it just didn’t blow me away like the others I’ve read by this author. When I read R.S. Grey I anticipate a romantic comedy with plenty of steam. Hotshot was different from her usual writing that I’ve come to know and love. While it’s totally fine for the author to switch things up, I found myself missing those moments where I would laugh so hard that I had to close the book and regain composure. Or those moments when the book gets super steamy and you have that sly grin on your face hoping no one is looking at you.
For the first half of the book not much went on. I kept wanting to flip through the pages to get the story going. I also struggled with Dr. Russell aka Matt. He just didn’t do it for me. I kept wanting Bailey to move on and find someone else to connect with. Quick heads up:this is a slow burn romance. We really take our time getting to know the two main characters and learning about their lives before they dive into anything romantic. Once we got deeper into the story, I started to sympathize more with Matt. I realized why he was the way he was BUT I still wasn’t swooning over him. I just think he wasn’t the man for me sadly.
I loved Bailey, the other main character. She was such a sweetheart!! I loved how she put everyone else before her. It spoke so much to her character that she would raise her little sister and make sure she had everything she needed before even thinking about something for herself. I also felt bad for her at times because we all need someone to look after us from time to time too. It’s hard to always be the strong one or the one always making sacrifices.
The star of the book for me was Josie. Josie was Bailey’s little sister who loved to read and was desperate for her sister to find her happily ever after. I loved all the nosey questions she would rapid fire at Bailey and Matt. It was just plain adorable. I could also appreciate her love for Grey’s Anatomy. I would totally hang out with Josie any day!
Overall, I liked this story. The last portion of the book was the best part in my opinion. All these walls were broken down, we got to see the characters for who they truly were instead of who they felt they had to be. I would’ve liked to have seen more humor and steam but that’s just my opinion. Otherwise, it’s a great read that I think you will enjoy.
Jock Row by Sara Ney
This was the least dramatic college romance that I’ve read in a long time. Everything just flowed so smoothly for this couple. Rowdy and Scarlett felt like soul mates. Like they were meant to find each other no matter what. Typically in romances you have the couple get together then this huge dramatic event happens and they eventually make up as the book ends. This wasn’t the case for Jock Row. Once these two got together, there was no breaking them up. I will say this was a SLOW build. Man, oh man did I hate waiting for their romance to get started. This author took her time and made us wait but it was 100% worth it.
Rowdy was this secret hopeless romantic. No one saw that side of him because he hadn’t met anyone worthy enough to show it to. Rowdy is a very talented baseball player and with that comes everyone wanting to either be his bestie or his girl. It was hard for him to tell who wanted to be around him for who he was and who just wanted a slice of the fame. I loved how vulnerable Rowdy was with Scarlett. How he didn’t hold back or try to play games with her. He meant what he said. I could truly appreciate that because these days it’s so rare.
As far as Scarlett goes, I wasn’t too sure about her in the beginning. I really didn’t know if I would click with her character but after the first chapter, I had no doubts about loving who she was. Scarlett was also a no nonsense type of girl. What you see is what you get. She wore baggy, comfy sweaters to an infamous athlete party just because she wanted to be comfortable. She didn’t care what anyone else thought of her. Rowdy and Scarlett were very similar in that way. They never pretended to be someone they weren’t.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The only negative thing I didn’t like was the amount of cussing. I don’t mind cussing whatsoever in books but this felt like overkill. I felt it was in such random places at times. I learned to just overlook it and enjoy the story though. This is probably just something that annoyed me and no one else but that’s why I didn’t give this one 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more by this author, especially book two Jock Rule.
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
I just finished reading this and have no idea how I feel lol. I think I envisioned the series ending a certain way and it didn’t…so I’m completely thrown off. I felt the ending was also too open-ended for my tastes. I won’t go into more details because spoilers but yeah. It almost feels like we need a novella to tie everything up. I prefer clean cut endings. I don’t like it when they end and I have to imagine different scenarios…..It’s just not my cup of tea. I’ve heard we are getting some novellas set in this world so I hope the author gives me a true wrap up to one of my all time favorite series.
One of the things I enjoyed most in this book was the longing between two characters. Actually, there was quite a bit of longing between several characters BUT I’m specifically referring to a certain couple. ((Don’t you just love it when you are trying to write up a review and keep it spoiler free? lol!!)) The moments between this specific couple were just the best. I craved more and more from these two throughout the entire book.
I truly loved how the Scarlet Guard kept fighting for what was right. It wasn’t easy and it went against everything that everyone knew up until that point. But still, they kept pushing and fighting for justice. I admired their perseverance.
The characters throughout this series are such memorable ones. I can’t help but picture where they are now and how their lives have changed. That’s another reason I’m hoping for more post War Storm novellas. Tell me all my faves are living their best lives ever!!
Overall, this book was a mammoth. I think it could’ve been shorter realistically. I also didn’t care for the pacing in the first half. I needed more push to the plot, more drive to get me invested in this finale. The second half was very dramatic/action packed as expected. However, I wish it would’ve slowed down just a bit to let the moments we’ve been building up to for several books last longer. I’m a huge fan of this series and still highly recommend it to everyone. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to read what this author comes up with next.
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson
This is going to be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written. It was just SO GOOD. What do I say?! How do I tell you about the awesomeness of this story and its series?? How do I convey this story’s magic without spoiling the surprises for you?
First off, this group of characters just blew me away. I loved the good guys as well as the bad guys. They each made such a lasting impression on me. I felt like I knew them personally. The author truly brought these characters to life and I’m forever grateful to have “met” them.
I loved watching our main character Lia grow and find herself. You could see from book to book the woman she was becoming….the leader she was becoming. I rooted so hard for this girl. I wanted her to succeed in everything she put her mind to. Lia had a heart of gold. She just wanted everyone to be treated properly and to have a fair shot at life. Man, isn’t that the ultimate dream right there? I loved watching her stand up for those without a voice, for those who needed a champion to fight for them. It was truly something special to behold.
This book held so much within its 679 pages. We saw hardships, love, sacrifice, friendships, and everything in between. The camaraderie of this group is something I can’t stress enough. They truly became family. One I desperately wanted to join in on haha!!
Overall, this series is something you will enjoy. I have no doubt in that! I will not hesitate to pick up anything this author writes. I hope she writes 800 spin offs for this particular series. I could read an entire book on any one of the characters from this series. I just need more time with them and this world. I never want it to end.
I have so much more I want to say but I do not want to spoil this book/series for you. Pick it up and fall in love just like I did.
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
“To stand in front of a person who is your whole world and be told you are not enough. You are not the choice. You are a shadow to the person who is your sun.”
“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.”
“Now I’m in a king’s cage. But so is he. My chains are Silent Stone. His is the crown.”
“As you enter, you pray to leave. As you leave, you pray to never return.”
If you know me, you know I love the Red Queen series. However, I didn’t enjoy this one that much. The first half was immensely boring. I wasn’t enjoying it whatsoever but when I reached the second half I realized why we had that first portion. There would’ve been so many what if scenarios had that situation not happened. So while I wasn’t a huge fan, I got its purpose. There was a meaning behind it.
It’s really hard to mention names or what’s going on without spoiling things. I’ll just say the first half had very little action. I felt we were constantly in this one person’s thoughts and literally nothing was going on. It just drug on for what seemed like half the book. The second half made up for the first part by far.
Overall, I just didn’t vibe with this book. I felt there was too much time spent in someone’s thoughts. There was also too much time describing the surroundings and giving background information to things I felt weren’t necessary. I really wanted to love this book but sadly it fell flat for me. I also struggled with a certain character and their actions. I won’t go into details but it was very frustrating. I will say I loved the quotes in this book. So many great lines were sprinkled throughout the book, especially towards the end. I have higher hopes for the final book, War Storm.
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson
WOW!!! The second half of this book was truly epic! I loved every minute of it! It had so much action, plotting, scheming, etc. Such an interesting read. I will say, the first half dragged a bit for me. I felt we spent too much time describing things, in a character’s head playing out too many different random things, etc. I kept wanting to skim over parts just to get to the “good stuff”. It wasn’t terrible by any means, just a bit too slow paced for me in the beginning.
The characters blew me away in this one. They had so much depth to them. I loved the villains as much as the heroes. The author has an impeccable talent for creating such great characters good or bad. I also loved how we were never quite sure about the intentions of each person. They had a way of making you believe they were both good and bad at the same time.
As far as the two men go….without spoiling anything…..I love them both!! Gahhhh, can’t we just have separate conclusions where she ends up with both? Lol! I literally went back and forth with who I liked more for Lia. For myself, I’m Team Kaden *googly eyes*, but for Lia….I can’t decide. You’ll have to read the book/series to decide what you think and to see how it all ends! I highly recommend it!
Overall, there’s so much I want to say BUT I do not want to spoil anyone. This is a can’t miss series. It’s so good and will leave you wanting the next book asap!!
What He Always Knew by Kandi Steiner
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.
I’m so glad I decided to try this author!!! I fell in love with this duet and the author’s writing. This definitely won’t be the last book I read by Kandi Steiner.
I just want to say that I was Team Cameron. I loved that man so much!! I connected with him early on in book one of this duet. I could feel how he wanted to express his thoughts and feelings but just didn’t know how to do so verbally. Cameron showed his love in his actions. It wasn’t that he was trying to buy Charlie’s love, it’s just the way he expresses himself.
This book was hard in the sense that I felt Charlie’s division between the two men. I could feel her being torn in half. I felt her trying to make the best decision and to not hurt anyone even though it was inevitable. Charlie was such an amazing character. I truly enjoyed the times we spent in her POV. It made me appreciate her more and more.
I won’t get into spoilers or tell you what the end result was. I will say to me, it felt like Reese saw Charlie as a price to be won. It wasn’t so much his deep love for her as it was he wanted her and someone else had her. It felt very surface level, puppy love if you will. I just didn’t connect with Reese as well as I did Cameron. I truly felt the bond with Cameron and Charlie. Their road trip together was one of my favorite scenes.
At the end, Charlie’s message to both of the guys was spot on. I got emotional as she was talking to them because you just got this overwhelming sense of emotion. It was like being there in that moment watching it happen as if you were a fly on the wall. I very much enjoyed this series. I hope you all enjoy it too.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
“No heart can ever be truly understood. Not even your own.”
“I am a weapon made of flesh, a sword covered in skin.”
“While they stand with me, there’s no one beside me. Even with an army at my back, I am still alone.”
This book had me on the edge of my seat for literally every single page!! I’m not even kidding. It was so much more than I expected from a sequel. I tend to have a lot of problems with book two in a series. It seems they’re simply there as a filler book and serve no purpose. That definitely wasn’t the case for Glass Sword. This book involved a LOT. We had so many character developments and changes to the overall movement from the Scarlet Guard.
It’s really hard to talk about a sequel without spoiling things that happened in book one. I will say it was action packed. We also got to meet a ton of new characters. One of my favorite newbies was someone named Nanny. I won’t give anything about her away, but let’s just say she’s a great addition. While we met some new faces, we also got to keep some of the older ones. Red Queen really did a number on those who survived though. I just wanted to reach into the book and bear hug every single one of them.
May I just add, the villains in this book….BLEW ME AWAY. They were awesome. I could feel the hatred rolling off of the characters. Trust me, I was feeling their anger as well. It was so easy to immerse yourself in this story and go through all the emotions the characters were. Overall, I adore this series. I cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens next. After the ending to this one…..I’m not sure if I’m ready for it….EEK!
What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.
This is the first book I’ve read by the author, Kandi Steiner. I’m very impressed by her writing. She had this way of making you love a character, then hate them, only to fall back in love with them later on. I was all about that roller coaster ride and look forward to more books by her.
This story is about a married couple, Cameron and Charlie. Charlie’s childhood friend, Reese, moves back into town after having moved away several years ago. Their connection has always been strong, ever since they were younger. They were always drawn to each other but a 5 year age gap kept them apart. How will this work now that Charlie is married? You’ll have to read the book to see!!!
Where to begin…I love Charlie. I felt so much for her throughout this book. I was right there with every emotion she was dealing with. Most girls dream of the happily ever after, not so much the struggles of marriage. Charlie was dealing with some major life experiences. I won’t go into details because spoilers but….I understood what she was going through. I didn’t always like her decisions but part of me understood why she did the things she did. I kept seeing myself in Charlie. Wanting to have the whole white picket fence life and then not having things turn out like you thought they would. As much as we plan how we would like our lives to be….sometimes life has other ideas for us. Deep down I saw Charlie as a good person who just wanted to be happy. We see her struggle with trying to find what path she’s meant to be on….and with who….
Time for guy talk….I wasn’t the biggest fan of Reese. I can’t really go into detail without spoiling things but I just didn’t vibe with him. It felt like his life didn’t go as he planned so he wanted to revert back to when he was last happy. Don’t get me wrong….I felt for Reese, I really did. He’s been through some things that…..I can’t even imagine. See there’s that thing I was talking about earlier…..Kandi Steiner making me feel all sorts of emotions for these characters.
Let’s get to Cameron, the husband. I think I felt the most sympathy for him out of the two guys. Cameron didn’t know how to use his words to convey his feelings. He didn’t know the right words to say or the right way to say them…so it sometimes felt that he didn’t care…but I feel like that wasn’t the case. He was no saint, I’ll say that. Cameron had his fair share of shortcomings and mistakes for sure. He definitely dropped the ball in his marriage. I just think it was a situation where you don’t realize what you have until it’s too late.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It pulled at my emotions just like I liked and made me engrossed in the characters. Can’t wait to see where book two in this duet takes us.