Private by Xavier Neal

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Private (Private Series #1) by Xavier Neal

Release Date: December 2016

Genre: Multicultural Romance/Romance Suspense

E-book/Audiobook: 326 pages

Purchase:       Amazon         Barnes n Noble

Rating: 5 star rating

Summary:

Mogul or Monster?

Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?

~Goodreads~

Review:

Oh, how I love Wes and hate him at the same time, the same goes for Brynley. These two are a match made in heaven, they seem to be a perfect match for one another personalty. While Wes is withholding himself from the world, Brynley embarrasses all that she can and works her way through the crappy parts of it. The push and pull of their romance set up the storyline nicely, and Brynleys sass is such a breath of fresh air. I love seeing the two main characters grow and push each other to be better versions of themselves while struggling to keep themselves at a comfortable pace. There are so many times were some books will write characters that demand perfection time and time again when they feel it is necessary, but it was nice to see these two function as humanly as possible. Two thumbs up on the character development.

Wes is the significant other that you love because he’s just so darn sweet, but you hate him because he is so darn sweet. Wes has gone through so much in his short-lived life and I understand his need to control and overreact to situations. At times Wes has a controlling manner that in other situations I would be yelling at the love interest to run for the hills, but I also understand that he functions the way that he does because of the mental, physical and emotional trauma that he has endured. Wes’s nature to hide and protect everything that he loves and holds dear to him is a plus and minus in my book. We often want our significant others to care about our well being and hope and wish that they want the best for us, but oftentimes he takes those moments too far. That brings me to the moments where enough was enough and it was time for Wes to man up. He has a tragic past and trust issues, which are understandable, but jumping to conclusions and automatically reacting instead of thinking the event through like he’s done every aspect of his life, no bueno.

Brynley, she has her own special issues, although her sass is a breath of fresh air it is also a lot to take on at times. Because she is so used to letting her mouth control every situation she finds herself running off at the mouth during moments where silence could’ve been more rewarding. Brynley’s outgoing personality is exactly what Wes needs, and vice versa. Brynley is the right amount of push that gets Wes to open up and begin to attempt to live again, all while Brynley is working hard to make something of herself. Brynley seems to have a strong mentality when it comes to life and the tough situations you find yourself in, but we find out that not every action that Brynley takes is a good step. I loved seeing a moment where the female main character was not left alone to fend for herself in the world, thus leading her to be the strong heroine of this book. We more so than not have a female that has no more family and is broken to the point that the significant other is helping her pick up the pieces. And yes, while that main female character might be brave she still reflects on the loss of her family as to why she’s in many situations. Private is a breath of fresh air in the realm of strong female main characters.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, and I couldn’t wait to jump into the second book, Public. I will let you all know how that goes.

Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

 

Weekly Wrap-Up March 29 – April 4, 2020

Out of the 3 books I set out to complete this week…I completed 1. But, do not fret, I completed 2 more books that I hadn’t planned on reading, what’s new?

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Score

Oh boy. Great-Uncle Wren’s goofer dust really got me good this time.

When Aras sits in my section at Sadie’s BBQ, I don’t know that he’s a hotshot Australian footballer. All I know is that I’ve got a serious reaction to this player down under. His accent. His rugged good looks. His…uh…well, let’s just say he’s got some skills on and off the field.

I’m not the kind of girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, but Aras is definitely the kind of guy who always offers a woman his coat.

Soon, we threw caution to the wind.
And also our clothes.

Love isn’t supposed to happen this fast. Be this intense.
But Aras is a player who’s looking to score.
And he doesn’t just want me for just one night.
When this MVP falls in love, it’s forever.
And he’s not stopping until he’s given me a ring…and a baby.

~Goodreads~

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Private

Mogul or Monster?

Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?

~Goodreads~

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Pandemic

When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses suddenly on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemic. Fearful of a repeat on the one hundredth anniversary of the nightmarish contagion, Jack autopsies the woman within hours of her demise and discovers some striking anomalies: first, that she has had a heart transplant, and second, that, against all odds, her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.

Although the facts don’t add up to influenza, Jack must race against the clock to identify the woman and determine what kind of virus could wreak such havoc–a task made more urgent when two other victims succumb to a similar rapid death. But nothing makes sense until his investigation leads him into the fascinating realm of CRISPR/CAS9, a gene-editing biotechnology that’s captured the imagination of the medical community. . . and the attention of its most unethical members. Drawn into the dark underbelly of the organ transplant market, Jack will come face-to-face with a megalomaniacal businessman willing to risk human lives in order to conquer a lucrative new frontier in medicine–and if Jack’s not careful, the next life lost might be his own.

~Goodreads~

Lock Every Door

Title: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Release Date: July 2019

Genre: Thriller

E-book/Audiobook: 381/10 hrs 26mins

Purchasing Links: https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B07J4719TX&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Lb0tEb7AN7H4C” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Amazon, Amazon Audibles, Google Books, Penguin Random House, and Barnes & Noble

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Summary:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Jules, a strange, strange character. Jules’s life is full of both strange and oddly understandable coincidences.

Side note, I have a confession to make. Besides my love for books, I have an obsession with true crime/murder mysteries. So when I’m not cuddled up with my newest read or panicking over what just happened in a recent read, I am watching ID (Investigation Discovery Channel).

Back to my review.

So when it comes to Jules’s life story, it honestly is not as far fetched, the crazy things that happen to people on a daily basis are eerily similar to her story, minus stumbling upon an ad looking for people desperate for money.

Now, on to the remainder of the storyline, what the actual…heck? I enjoyed the story. But there were moments that no matter how many times I went back over the text, I questioned some moments. The overall mystery of The Bartholomew left me wanting more information the further I got into the book and the awkwardness of the residents left me questioning past statements, the easiness and the eerieness of Jules’s situation.

In the end I truly enjoyed the turn out of events, the creepiness of the residents, and the not so subtle ways that all the mysterious happenings were being glossed over. In total, this book left me wanting to read more thrillers. I would label this book as a psychological thriller as I was more so pondering past events and statements rather than jumping out of my skin at the boogeyman around the corner.

So, have you read Lock Every Door, if so what were your thoughts? If not, would you pick up the book and give it a shot? Let me know in the comments down below and remember to Read THS.

Pride and the Billionaire

Pride and the Billionaire

Pride and the Billionaire by Laurie Gene

Release Date: February 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

E-book/Audiobook: 236 pages

Purchasing Links: Amazon,      Bookbub,     Google Books

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary:

He’s impossible. She’s determined. Together, they’re a tragedy waiting to happen.
Lizzie Bennet’s new boss—the impossible William Darcy—is egotistical, rude, and picky. So when he challenges her to acquire the patronage of the mysterious Bilson for their joint venture, she knows better than to accept. Yet she does, telling herself she’s only done so just to prove she can.

The only good thing about Darcy is his friend, George Bingley, and his obvious interest in Lizzie’s older sister and HR specialist, Jane. Unfortunately, the more time Jane and Bingley spend together, the more time Lizzie is forced to spend with Darcy.

When Bingley suddenly drops Jane with no warning, Lizzie thinks he’s being a typical male…until she learns the truth: Darcy is to blame. Now she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. But when Darcy helps her family out of a scandal, Lizzie must decide if her Pride is worth her heart.

Fans of romantic retellings of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice will fall in love with Laurie Gene’s Pride & the Billionaire.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Pride and Prejudice retelling, and I am here for it!

So, I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but I DO NOT read the synopsis/summaries of books. Synopsis tends to give away so much of the story that I am no longer intrigued by what’s going to happen. With that being said…I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading Pride, and the Billionaire, Darcy, Elizabeth, Jane, Mr. Bingley…the whole gang was there.

I really liked the book, purely because of my love of the original Pride and Prejudice, so I think my thoughts and feelings may be biased.

There were moments when I thought that I was sitting on my couch watching the movie or cuddle up with my run-down copy of the original enjoying the same scenes all over again. Hence the 4-star rating. I now know this was a retelling, but it almost seemed like a full-on contemporary rewrite. I can see how this might get the younger generations to fall in love with some of the classics, but at the same time, there lacked that extra creativity.

Although the story lacked original creativity overall, I still greatly enjoyed the story.

 

*I received a free arc copy for my honest review*

 

Weekly Wrap-Up January 20th – 26th

Weekly wrap up time! So on my last update I was able to finish 2 books, this time around I finished 2 DC graphic novels, and will hopefully be catching up on the series soon.

Synopsis:

Suspected of murder, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] find themselves on the run from the super-hospital called Sanctuary —with each thinking the other one is the real killer! It’s up to Batman to solve this heinous crime, but suspicion falls on him when Superman and Wonder Woman ponder just how much Sanctuary’s A.I. is telling them. Meanwhile, [REDACTED] tries to make a shady deal to hide from the Trinity, while [REDACTED] searches out an old friend to help him out of this mess—and only gets deeper in trouble.

~Goodreads~

Synopsis:

The Man of Steel versus…Booster Gold?! Superman finds out the hard way that Booster can be a formidable opponent when his back’s against the wall. Of course, being the prime suspect in a superhero massacre and exposing a secret trauma hospital for metahumans will do just that. Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash combine their detective skills to investigate what went awry at Sanctuary and uncover a serious glitch in the system—not to mention an explosive, spoiler-ific secret!

~Goodreads~

Counting the Days: Billionaire Office Steamy Romance

Counting the Days

Counting the Days: Billionaire Office Steamy Romance by Lexy Timms

Release Date: October 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Billionaire Romance)

E-book/Audiobook: 195 pages

Purchase Links: Amazon Google

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

“He asked me what my favorite position was. I said CEO.”

Abby and I have been down this road before. Trying to put together a relationship.

But I messed everything up that time.

There’s no sign that things will be any better this time, but we can’t seem to stay away from each other.

If she doesn’t want to be in the public eye, then so be it: we’ll keep our relationship a secret.

How long will that work for? And can we still be there for one another if we’re constantly hiding?

Maybe we need to redefine the terms of this. But if I lose her over this, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Counting the Billions series:
Book 1 – Counting the Days
Book 2 – Counting on You
Book 3 – Counting the Kisses

Note: The author would like to let you know that this is a 3-part series that will end on an HEA.

~Amazon~

Review:

Abby, an intelligent business woman that can’t seem to find satisfaction in any of past jobs. Abby appears to be a wanderer, not staying at any job for longer than 6 months, she finds that work becomes boring and no challenging enough. While Abby is on her quest to find a job that will test her skills, and hold her attention to longer than a 6 month period of time, Daniel the CEO of his late fathers company is in need of a new higher.

Daniel. While Daniel is made out to be this playboy billionaire who doesn’t care about females, it turns out (surprise, surprise) that he is actually very loving and caring. Daniel has set out to prove himself to Abby that he isn’t what the tabloids paint him to be.

The storyline itself was captivating, I did enjoy where the story was going and then of course, a cliffhanger. Not that the cliffhanger itself was that much of a shock, but where the cliffhanger took place was very blah. I found the story to be very repetitive, we know Abby has a history what that history is, we don’t find out in this first book of three. We also know that Abby has believed every word from the tabloids although she says she doesn’t, she immediately judges Daniel on what others have had to say. There were many eyeroll moments for me while Abby continued the battle of being an adult and handling the situation or letting others make her decisions for her.

I’ve realized that I want to see wh ed re this relationship takes Daniel and Abby, hopefully the two of them can become a power couple and run the business together.

Let me know how you feel about the thought of judging someone based on what the internet says. Do you judge other based on the tabloids, or are you more of a judge of character?

Well until next time, be sure to Read THS.

Taken by the Fae by Maia Starr

Taken by the Fae

Taken by the Fae by Maia Starr

Release Date:  October 2019

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

E-book/Audiobook:  158 pages

Purchase Links: Amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

The Fae King has hired me to capture her.
The woman who is my fated mate.

The prophecy tells him that Celeste is a threat.
She’s the human and dragon hybrid that lives on Earth.
Prophecies mean everything in the Fae world.
A world that’s much more magical than the human world.
It wasn’t until I met Celeste that I realized how magical she was.
One touch and I knew she was mine.
Celeste doesn’t know of her power.
She doesn’t know who she truly is.
I have to claim her… to protect her sweet innocence.
Which means cheating the prophecy.
I can’t let the King harm her and drink her blood.
Celeste and I have to become one to defeat him.
We need to fight together.
Can the power of our fated togetherness win back her freedom?

Note: This is Book 1 in the series “Mated To A Fae”. All books in the series can be read as standalones with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

Warning: Adults Only!

~Amazon~

Review:

Celeste and Reagan, an odd couple to say the least. Reagan is our Fae and Celeste is our human, well sort of human but not really. Celeste is a dragon human hybrid shifter, a mouthful I know, although she isn’t aware of her abilities. Celeste has recently graduated college when she is bombarded by this handsome fae, that just so happens to kidnap her, yikes!

Reagan, one of the Scorched Elites, a sort of seal 6 team for the fae, is given a prophecy to locate a human dragon hybrid and bring her to the king. Sounds like a simple in and out task for the top-notched Scorched Elite, right…wrong! Reagan shows up to collect the human at hand when nature itself plays a cruel joke on the assassin and he is shown his fated mate.

This storyline is an instant love story, with all the fated mates’ talk, I only wish there were a little more passion. Everything kind of fell flat for me, but I honestly think its a personal issue. The story had no major structural problems and the grammar was fine.

One other let down for me was the ending, I was hoping for a different turnout, but what I got was a blah sort of let down feeling.

Let me know what you think about this one, I have decided to continue the series so I will let you all know how I feel about the next book.

Rise of a Luna

Rise of Luna

Rise of a Luna by Irtania Adrien

Release Date: February 2019

Genre: Shifter Romance

Purchase Links: Amazon

Ratings:

2 gold stars

Summary:

This is the sequel to His Mate and His Mistress.

In this story, we get an insight on why Adelina is being blamed by her sisters Wilma and Wanda and and her ex best friend Clarissa.

Adelina also learns what it means to be a Luna, a fighter, and to take chances, to open up, as well as make difficult decisions.

This story is filled with redemption, forgiveness, love, and tears.

Its an emotional rollercoaster you don’t want to miss.

~Goodreads~

Review:

After completing the first book of this duology, I wanted to see how the story would end. Similar to His Mate and His Mistress, the grammar issues continued throughout. The grammar being nothing but irritating background noise is not the reason behind the two-star score.

Adelina and Demitrey’s relationship is brought to an end, and I was not thrilled. Although the author tries their best to explain the reasoning behind Demitrey treating his one and only mate the way he had, due to his upbringing, that did not excuse the physical and mental abuse Adelina had to endure. If anything, I was hoping that the outcome would have been a little different, maybe with Adelina saying no and choosing herself over him or perhaps giving the relationship much more time. Although I have no experience in this type of incident, I don’t understand how Adelina could forgive Demitrey for all that he did, granted she did have her own inner battles.

The storyline in this book itself kept me confused, and at times the actions were very eye-roll worthy. There were so many twists and turns, and at every corner, the twists came from there was always one person responsible for the other characters’ reactions, Adelina. After some time, it became very repetitive that every bad guy was after Adelina, looking to kill her because she was who she was, or they wanted to keep her for themselves.

Due to so many unanswered questions in book one, I had to continue the story. I admit that I did get the answers, but the ending left an okay taste in my mouth.

I did initially find this book on the Dreame reading app, and after research, I saw the book was initially on Wattpad. I will say that I am glad the author was able to bring their work to life and offer it up to the reading community, I just wish the author would take another look at the duology and make the necessary adjustments.

 

So, what do you think? Would you give this story a shot, or does the idea of Demitrey and Adelina’s relationship seem like too much? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, be sure to Read THS!

The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden

The Vampire King
The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden

Release Date: February 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance

E-book/Audiobook: 210 pages/ 7hrs 18mins

Purchase Links:Amazon Barnes & Noble Thriftbooks Google Books

Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he’d never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed.

Everything.

Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

Unbeknownst to her, Roman D’Angelo is exactly what he appears to be – a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires.

Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her. To make things more complicated, there’s something very special about Evie. Something not quite human.

Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart, or will destiny betray him, and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?

“Lalura had told him about her vision. Thirteen kings on a chess board – and thirteen queens….”

~Goodreads~

Review:

I wanted to love this book so much.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the book was horrible, I enjoyed the storyline. I only wish Evie and Roman’s relationship would’ve had more time to flourish. I still enjoyed the Vampire King claiming his Queen, and seeing that he had to go through some struggles to get her back. Oh, and the power that Evie has is refreshing; in many ways, she is more potent than Roman, who doesn’t love a strong woman?

Call me a sucker, but I love it when a vampire is written with the primal mate senses. Roman’s instinctual draw to Evie made the book worthwhile. There is a point in which Evie becomes Romans Queen, and I’m all for us ladies being Queens, but it was never explained how or why.

Last but not least, this first book was a lot of information. I understand the need for the preparation of the following books, but at one point, I forgot what book I was reading due to the information being thrown at me. This information dump may be needed for the rest of the series, but I had to reread some parts just to figure out what was going on and why.

Dragon Prince

Dragon Prince by Stella Dawn

Release Date: January 2019

E-book/Audio Book: 207 pages, not available on audiobook

Purchase Links:

Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

I’m a survivor. All of us who were abducted as children from earth are…or at least those of us who are still alive.

When my best friend’s ship crashes into a prehistoric jungle planet, I do what I do best: I survive. And I protect and train the only other survivor from the crash—young half-dragon, half-human child.

For five years, we’ve hunted gigantic beasts and scavenged man-eating plants. Then, an imperial ship crashes, and we’re no longer alone.

This dragon prince warrior is used to women falling at his feet. With a body like that, I can’t blame them, but I have more important things on my mind than getting it on with a huge, muscular, alpha alien. If he thinks there’s going to be anything between us other than a shaky truce until we escape this lethal planet, he’s got another thing coming.

I’ve never worn a collar. I refuse to be any royal dragon’s slave, and I’d rather die than be one of their “mates.” I’m fighting for my freedom, nothing else.

But when a slaver ship crashes, we’re no longer just fighting for our lives. It will take all my strength and guile to fend them off and protect the little girl I’ve come to love as if she were my own daughter.

The dragon prince has sworn to help, but his power comes with a price. He doesn’t want a truce.

He wants me.

~Goodreads~

Review:

Where to begin?

Kara was interesting, her being the human with a halfling as a “daughter” made her character more round. I enjoyed reading about Kara’s past and watching her grow to love Kalador.

Kalador has a very interesting background, I really would like to see where his family tree takes us. Seeing as we were able to watch Kalador’s sister slowly accept his decision, and learn to care for Kara and the halfling as well made his half of the story that much more enjoyable.

Storyline

This book was nothing short of interesting. Dragons, royalty, secret royalty, lust, love, hate all wrapped into one book. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story, it made it very easy to follow along with and a really good book to get you out of any reading slump. There were many parts where Kalador and Kara had sexy moments, but I don’t feel it took anything away from the book. We do learn about little details such as, dragon eggs, Kara’s bloodline and so forth that we don’t receive questions for and that was a little disappointing. The end of the book left me in a weird place, I think it could’ve been wrapped up a little better. Other parts that left me lacking, Kalador’s family being introduced to Kara, I really wanted to see the way that would play out, but alas we did not get that ending.

Overall the storyline was good, there were things missing but those things did not decrease my scoring. I don’t mind reading other stories from the Author, I’m interested in seeing what else she comes up with for this Drajon group.

Redemption of the Heart by Moni Boyce

Redemption of the Heart

 Redemption of the Heart by Moni Boyce

Release Date: January 8, 2019

E-book/Audio Book: 510/ N/A

Purchase Links:    Amazon    Apple    Barnes & Noble      Google Play    Kobo     Universal Purchase Link

Rating:

5 star rating

 

Summary:

After surviving an abusive relationship that landed her in prison, Gemma Peyton, just wants a fresh start once she is released. Her focus is to create a new life for herself and put men and relationships on the back burner so she can rebuild.

Alex Chambers hasn’t felt anything for another woman since his wife died a few years ago. His life is his restaurant until the moment he meets his new waitress. Something stirs within him that’s been dormant for a long time.

Despite the baggage each of them is carrying, neither of them can fight the attraction they feel for one another, even though they try to resist. As they fall harder and deeper in love a shocking incident from their past that they unknowingly share, threatens to tear their newfound love apart.

Once the truth is revealed, will their relationship be able to survive? Or will the revelation shatter the love that’s grown between them?

~Goodreads~

Review:

Alex and Gemma. I am not sure where I want to start this review. I guess I would first like to say that I am in love with these two. Gemma has had a rough life, and it’s great to see a woman not allow her past to ruin her future. Did Gemma have moments of self-doubt, yes, but don’t we all? Gemma was my beacon of hope in this story, I enjoyed seeing the transformation Alex took with his own issues, but Gemma was the star of this story. It is difficult for me not to love a strong-willed woman who doesn’t allow anything, even herself, to stand in the way of what she wants and needs in her life. For that, I have to applaud Gemma for being everything I see myself as, even though we have completely different backgrounds.

Now, on to Alex, our Alex. He is a heartthrob. Masculine, intelligent, hardworking and he loves cooking so much so that he owns his own restaurant? Yes, please! Although Alex is Gemma’s night in shining armor, I always love seeing a man in a vulnerable state where they put their emotions on the line and fight for what and who they love. I would have loved to see a little more of Alex’s history with his ex-wife. I also understand why we didn’t get as much information, it would have maybe left the story lopsided, with only the knowledge or flashbacks of Alex and Sam and little of Gemma and her ex-husband (he who shall not be named).

Some may say the story moved a little quickly, but as adults, we know when we’ve found someone we didn’t even know we were looking for. The pace was good, simple and not next day romance, but something that did build over time. This relationship moved like any other, and I felt as though I was experiencing every emotion with them.

I would love to see where these two end up later down the line. I have an issue with letting go of a storyline when I have fallen so deeply in love with the characters. Moni Boyce was able to capture the humanity in each character written and I am so happy I decided to pick this book out of the thousands in my Kindle library. Moni Boyce has gained a new follower and reader.

Alien Warrior by Sade Carter

Allien Warrior

Alien Warrior by Sade Carter

Published: July 2015

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

E-book pages: 110

Audiobook: Not Available

Purchasing Links:  Apple      Kobo     Nook     Amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary:

Stuck on a military outpost in the middle of nowhere, Zoey had been praying for something to relieve her boredom.
She never dreamed that relief would come in the form of a seven-foot tall, sexy alien. One who claimed she belonged to him.
Delusional.
Except, there was something pulling her to him… a deep, hot attraction she couldn’t deny.
Dexanon Xa’a always thought his mate would be a sweet, obedient female. Instead, the Gods landed him with a maddening, outspoken, outrageous female who didn’t comprehend the honor that had been bestowed on her.
Dex might have a rockin’ body, but his ideas about women needed a total overhaul.
And she was just the woman to do it.

~Goodreads~

Review:

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, it was a quick read and not much to dive into with the number of pages. Zoey is kidnapped from her outpost in space and is immediately deemed the alien prince, Dexanon Xa’a’s soulmate. Zoey being the strong level headed woman she is denied the connection she felt towards Dex and outright refused to be treated like a “princess” if that’s what you want to call it. 

Dex and his peoples’ way of taking care of women is how we see in most hero driven books, they want their mate, soulmate, or chosen to stay behind closed doors being waited on hand and foot as if there is nothing a female can offer to aid the hero in any way. Of course, Zoey is totally against this, and that leads to she and Dex constantly arguing.

I wish a lot more of the issues were resolved in this first book, while Zoey companions kept things interesting, and I did applaud Zoey for standing up for what she wanted and being against the sexism actions taking place, I still found her character lacking.

If you have read any of the books in the series, let me know what you thought.

Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Published: December 2016

Genre: Romance

E-book pages: 121 pages

Audiobook: 2 hrs 7 min

Purchasing Links: Amazon          Kobo          Barnes & Noble
Rating:

3 Stars

Summary:

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email….

Subject: My Boss.

Have I already told you that I hate my boss today? Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch. I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS. All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER.

Your bestie,
Mya

PS – Please tell me your day is going better than mine….

Subject: Re: My Boss.

No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now….

Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.) You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. (Open the door. ) No comment on your “fantasies”, although I highly doubt they’re “long over”.

Your boss,
Michael

PS – Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours….

A steamy office-romance novella from New York Times best-selling author Whitney G.

Review:

Mya is caught between a rock and a hard place. how many of us have either had a boss or worked with someone who was attractive and yet, their asshole-ish tendencies made you want to ring their necks? All of us, some of us, none of you, someones lying. Mya, just like the rest of the world’s population, shares a lot of her life with important people, like her best friend. Now although people are constantly sharing their lives on social media, it is nowhere near the same as when we share our information with our best friends. With bestie, we go all out, and this is what has brought Mya to her predicament. I know I have accidentally text someone a message being meant for someone else. You might have a light panic attack once you hit send and the information is out in the inter-web, whelp that is exactly what happens to Mya, and the turn out is the best results Mya could’ve ever asked for.

Michael, Mya’s boss receives this email from Mya specifically typed up and shared for her best friend. Michael, instead of immediately shutting down the message received from Mya Michael takes the opportunity to make a move that he had believed would never occur.

The storyline was okay, I felt like the buildup was a nice pace. I was also glad to see that the characters didn’t automatically get hot and heavy with each other, the slower build up always makes the first contact steamy. I did find the CEO to a bit of an asshole, he apparently is so wanted that he has a different woman every day, for me that sounds a bit exhausting but if it floats your boat…ride the tide.