Weekly Wrap-Up January 27th – February 2nd

There is this thing that people say…something about sooner rather than later, well I’m sorry to disappoint but it’s later.

My weekly wrap-up for January 27th (Monday) – February 2nd (Sunday), a success…mainly because I had to know what happened and I couldn’t help myself from purchasing the next book in the series. (All 14 of them) Que Game of Thrones…”Shame…*ding…Shame.”

Trouble with my Boss

Synopsis:

The only one who knows the secret about my boss, an overly talented sadist by the name of Saeki-san…is me. But why is this successful, hardworking boss of mine so preverted?! The new sensational work love story!!

~Goodreads~

The Devil in Disguise

Synopsis:

Don’t make the devil angry…

Luke Thorne loves having one hell of a good time. As the ruler of every dark creature to walk the earth, he certainly has more than a bit of a bad side. He lives for danger and isn’t the type to lose his heart—mostly because he doesn’t have one. Then she walks into his life.

Mina James is seduction in the flesh, a perfect temptation that the devil himself couldn’t pass up. Too late, Luke realizes he’s let a real siren into his life, a woman who is bent on using his dark powers to free herself from hidden enemies. Since Luke isn’t the type of man to be used, he should walk away from her, but…something about Mina draws him close.

Soon he’s realizing that she isn’t who she appears to be. Not dark and cold, but burning red hot. Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…

There are Bad Things in the world…very, very bad. Are you ready for them?

~Goodreads~

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~

Weekly Wrap-Up

The end of a decent reading week, I was able to get through 2 books, although the last book left me with mixed emotions I think I’m going to read the next book in the series.

Title: Chosen by the Vampire (Book 1)

By: Atlas Rose

Synopsis:

They’re sinful.

Beautiful.

Deadly.

More dangerous than the Wolves who hunt us in the woods.

Three Vampires rule our world.

We call them the Sinful.

And now I find myself in their clutches.

Abducted in the dead of night, I’m taken to a market in another town.

A market where eleven others like me are paraded in front of the Sinful and taken to a castle in the middle of the woods.

They want us to compete for their attention, to be selected for their bed.

Only I came with a secret of my own. They are the monsters I hate…the monsters who killed my family eleven long years go.

And now I want revenge.

~Amazon~

Title: Chosen by the Vampire (Book 2)

By: Atlas Rose

Synopsis:

I’m a pawn in their deadly game.

A toy. A temptation.

They want the one mortal beside them on the thrones…and one in their beds.

Three Vampires played with us, they dress us up and parade us in front of unsuspecting victims.

Men who have come to this place under the guise of a masquerade ball to dance and find love.

Only that’s not why we’re here.

We’re to seduce those men, and obey the fanged monsters in the dark.

Sex is their power.

Lust their weapon of choice.

I need to become a beast like them to win…to survive…and to be chosen.

~Amazon~

What books were you able to read for last week, anything exciting and new or are you trying to get through your tbr list?

Until next time readers, be sure to Read THS!

Weekly Wrap-Up

This past week I was only able to complete 1 of 3 books and I wish I could present more to you all, but here you go.


Title: The Devil in Disguise
By: Cynthia Eden

Synopsis:
Don’t make the devil angry…

Luke Thorne loves having one hell of a good time. As the ruler of every dark creature to walk the earth, he certainly has more than a bit of a bad side. He lives for danger and isn’t the type to lose his heart—mostly because he doesn’t have one. Then she walks into his life.

Mina James is seduction in the flesh, a perfect temptation that the devil himself couldn’t pass up. Too late, Luke realizes he’s let a real siren into his life, a woman who is bent on using his dark powers to free herself from hidden enemies. Since Luke isn’t the type of man to be used, he should walk away from her, but…something about Mina draws him close.

Soon he’s realizing that she isn’t who she appears to be. Not dark and cold, but burning red hot. Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…

There are Bad Things in the world…very, very bad. Are you ready for them?

~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.

Currently Reading

Hello readers, while this last week was a decent reading week for me, I am apparently not pleased with the two books I completed, so I decided, impulsively, to add another book to the two series, I want to finish. Don’t you just love being an emotional reader, always hopping around because your feelings are like meh, but your mind is like “Read a book.”

Here is my emotionally influenced currently reads:

The Devil in Disguise

#1. The Devil in Disguise by Cynthia Eden

Counting Kisses

#2. Counting Kisses by Lexy Timms

Married to the King Fae

#3. Married to the King Fae by Maia Starr

 

What are you guys reading for this week, did you get to squeeze in some reading time this past weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, be sure to…Read THS!

Weekly Wrap Up

Hey readers, here we are at the beginning of our first full week of 2020, how has your reading journey been so far? This previous week I was able to get through the following books.

Completed Readings

#1

Counting on You

Title: Counting on You: Billionaire Workplace Steamy Romance

Author: Lexy Timms

Reading Source: Kindle

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

~Goodreads~

#2

Taken by the Fae

Title: Taken by the Fae (Mated to a Fae)

Author: Maia Starr

Reading Source: Kindle E-book

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!

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!

2020 Bookish Goals

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic closing of 2019, and excited about the start of a new year and decade. When I look back on my previous 2019 goals, I realize I honestly did not give 2019 my all aside from accomplishing my reading goal of 100 books. This year, I want to push myself to stay on top of my blogs, something I really love, pushing out more content so that I may share all of the stories I’ve read and hope to read. So here’s to a new year and a start at something even more magnificent!

Bookish 2020 goals;

  • Read 125 books
  • Read 5 physical books
  • Read 1 History Book
  • Read 1 Business Book
  • Read 5 Mystery/Thrillers
  • Complete series previously started
  • Post book reviews every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Complete all books in my reading tab on Goodreads
  • Write reviews on books already completed and post reviews of books completed in 2020.

Wow, now that is a lot that I am trying to keep up with. Luckily I have a planner that I hope will help me in keeping everything straight. One thing I did not mention was that I am really pushing to be more productive by not procrastinating.

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.

His Mate and Mistress

His Mate and His Mistress

His Mate and Mistress by Irtania Adrien

Release Date: First released in 2017, released on Amazon May 2018

E-book/Audio Books: 558/8hrs. 52 mins.

Purchase Links/Reading Links: Amazon          Dreame          WattPad

Rating:

2 Stars

Summary:

Alpha Demitrey Jackson felt on top of the world. He was Alpha of one of the Largest wolf Packs In North America, he was wealthy, and had a beautiful mistress. Yes, a mistress, not a mate, he never wanted one. No one knew why, yet no one questioned his decision. When a smaller pack was being threatened by rogues, he was asked to help, and so a peace treaty was signed through a marriage between him and the youngest daughter of the alpha of the silent moon pack, but who knew that she was his destined mate?

Adelina Veraso dreamed of the day her mate would sweep her off her feet, take her in his warm embrace, shower her with hugs and kisses, and love her for who she was. But she never expected him to be a cold ass hole who loathed and insulted her, made love to his mistress instead of her, who treated her as though she was some animal, yet treated his mistress as though she was a queen. He allowed no other male to approach her, but his mistress gets to saunter around with whomever she pleases. And she hated the way he played with her heart, toyed with her feelings, and teased her body whenever he felt like degrading her.

Demitrey is stuck with Adelina, but he wants nothing to do with her. So why can’t he take her out of his mind? Why can’t he stay out of her bed at night? Why does he get jealous when another male approach her? And why Oh why can’t he let her go?

Join Adelina as she experiences a roller-coaster of emotions, tears, romance, heartbreak, and maybe love, and join Demitrey as he withstand a battle within himself when it comes to Adelina.

*This book does have a sequel which is posted for FREE on wattpad, and is called “His Mate and His Mistress: The Rise of a Luna”. Thank you for your support!

~Goodreads~

Review:

So, here we go.

I read this book through the Dreama app, where you use coins to continue reading a story. (This is not an advertisement, I was suckered in via Facebook.)

Warning, because I read this book on the dreame app, I may have a later version before any corrections were made, hopefully.

The overall rating is due to the grammatical errors found throughout the book, every page, to be exact. I really do think that the author should go back over everything and read it out loud, or at least request readers that would look for grammatical errors, I would honestly do it for free. The grammatical errors really get in the way of the plot, mixing up some characters in places, and not having the appropriate words becomes very frustrating. So the overall 2/5 star ratings will stand until the book has been edited.

The Storyline

The overall storyline was acceptable. I did continue reading since I wanted to know how the story would turn out. Fair warning, there is a massive cliffhanger at the end of the Grand Cayon sized cliffhanger.

Adelina has so much growing to do when we first meet her, and throughout the story, she slowly, in a snail-like fashion, learns that she does not deserve the treatment she is receiving from her “mate” Demitrey (horrible guy). Adelina appears to be very mature at times, then at others, she seems childlike, complaining about her circumstances rather than fighting to get herself out.

Demitrey has his own demons that he needs to conquer, and I understand that at times, we have shitty upbringings, but what he does to his mate is not called for. I believe he could’ve simply told her he didn’t want her, had her agree and be stalkerish from afar until all problems were solved. We do have chapters reading from Demitrey’s viewpoint. In the beginning, I was bewildered, because he did seem like a complete asshole, of course, the author tried to explain his behavior, but his actions spoke louder than words, sorry no sorry.

Honestly, the entire time Adelina is having her inner turmoil about this guy really pissed me off. I don’t care if he was her mate, being treated like shit because of safety measures is never okay.

Well, as said before, the grammatical errors brought this book down, and Demitrey didn’t help the scoring what-so-ever. I know that the last part is purely due to my feelings, but hey, it is a review.

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.