Review: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

Drunk Dial
by Penelope Ward

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

 

I’m ugly crying right now while writing this review.  Yes, I do sound crazy because of that, but hear me out.  I can’t simply stop the tears from falling after reading and learning everything about Landon and Rana Banana’s pretty darn exotic and magnificent love story.
 

From drunk dialing to spewing a long time childhood secret; from belly dancing to food truck serving; from nightly phone calls to love notes, to interstate gift exchanges;  from Michigan to California, from the food truck to the hometown garage, from the ocean music box to the wine stopper, from spy cameras to Rubik’s cube, from Shyla to Beverly,  from Beth to Lilith, from Lana to God,  everything everything everything was perfectly magnificent!
 

Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever meet a man like Landon,  he’s just too good to be true!  Lucky Ranoona Banana Saloomi, she’s got him on her palm and never letting go. I think I need to learn belly dancing from her from now on!

Have I already mentioned that their erotic scenes were hot, sexy, smoldering and provocative and titillating that could put Anastasia Steele to shame? You better believe it!
 

This story is beautiful,  from the moment Rana drunk dialed her crush,  to reading his love notes,  I was sold.  Everything that followed after that made me smile,  laugh, gag,  roll my eyes, bite my lips,  hold my breath and cry a thousand rivers. I didn’t realize Penelope Ward will have that effect on me. Great job,  Sassypants!

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Review: Fallen Heir (Royals 4) by Erin Watt

Fallen Heir
(The Royals #4)
by Erin Watt

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

I can’t remember who recommended Paper Princess to me a year ago. Honestly, I thought it was just one of those YA reads that I would soon forget when I get to finish it. But when I finally met the Royals and Ella Harper, I was surprisingly drawn to them and never wanted to let go. For the next two sequels, I became engrossed in their world, entangled in the controversies and scandals of the Royal family and became involved with the students of Astor Park.

I devoured each and every page of Paper Princess, Broken Prince and Twisted Palace. And now, it’s Easton Royal’s turn in the Fallen Heir. And boy, what a rollercoaster ride this had been.

The day I got the ARC for Fallen Heir, it was 5:30 am and I literally fell from my bed when I saw it on my Kindle. I couldn’t stop myself from reading it even though I’ve got tons of paper work and deadlines to attack. When a Royal fell into my lap, I made sure he becomes a priority. And so Easton did.

I finally got inside Easton’s head, the seemingly happy-go-lucky son of Callum Royal, the easy-going brother of Reed and Ella’s super adorable male bestfriend. He had ladies waiting at his beck and call, even teachers couldn’t resist him. But there was one girl who didn’t bat her eyelashes at him. She intrigued him. She wasn’t as gorgeous as his sister Ella, but she definitely got something going on with her. Her name is Hartley Wright, mysterious, studios, upright and uptight; and she might just be the right one Easton had been looking for.

Or so he thought.

The wonder twins were also back, Lauren milking them or getting her fill with the twin Royals. I really hate Lauren here, I wanna throw her outside the mansion. And Felicity Worthington (gosh, I remember her name is similar to Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series) I really really hate that girl. She’s nothing but a tyrant wanting power above all else. And yes, I don’t like my namesake, Claire, too. Ugh.. This girls were even more annoying than Steve and Dinah combined in book 3!

But overall, let me say that This. Is. The Bomb!

I don’t know how to vocalize or express how I feel about this book. It feels like I’m at a losing end of my insanity. But it was really fun reading Easton’s POV, I got to know him better and deeper everytime he opened his mouth. Sure, he was kind of obnoxious and conceited and egotistical, but deep within him was a heart that knew how to care and love.

That ending though! Super unexpected. My mouth was literally hanging open when that explosive cliffhanger careened towards me and crashed!! Nooooooo!!!!!

As much as I want to scream and comfort Easton Royal, I can’t. My emotions are all out of place. I think I’m gonna cry. Erin Watt, why do you do this to me, to us? To Easton? WHY!!! Can’t wait for 2018! I need the freaking next book now!

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

The Air He Breathes (Elements #1)
by Brittainy C. Cherry

I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

Tristan Cole lost everything in a blink of an eye. And he wasn’t even there when it happened. After saying goodbye, he struggled to live, but he never did survive the memories and pain that plagued his heart. Death stole his loved ones. Death stole his life. Death stole his breath.

“the dark days only stayed dark until the sun came up.” 

Elizabeth Bailey and her daughter were barely breathing. A year after her husband died, Elizabeth went back to Meadow’s Creek to start over, but she didn’t really want to move on. Everywhere she looked, she wished Steven was there, to hold her hand, to sleep beside her, to take her into his arms again.

“Her soul was scarred, and mine was burned.” 

An angry Tristan met the lonely Elizabeth in the most awkward moments. A trip to the vet, a lawnmower screaming like banshee, grass clippings, magical library, lumberjack beard and feathers – it was all too much to these two scarred souls. He was the town asshole and she was the topic of gossipers all over the town. People talk behind their backs, but they didn’t have a single clue about the miseries they’d been going through.

He was thunder, I was lightning, and we were seconds away from creating the perfect storm. 

Together they screamed and conquered their demons. Together they worked to live and relive their dead ones’ memories. Together they strive to move on but couldn’t move forward. Together they fell in love, but divided they fell out.

Brittainy Cherry made me cry again. I’ve read some of her previous books and I can’t count the number of times I sobbed and wailed like a child. Now, I cried an ocean for Tristan and Elizabeth and I cried another ocean for darling little Emma. My heart is full of emotions and I don’t know how to sort them out.

You know the feeling when you can’t let go of a book because it captivated you right from the start. The kind of book you can’t seem to put down because you’re afraid to let go of the characters and the emotions running through your heart. The kind of book that makes you forget about your household chores because you can’t pass up the opportunity to smile and wallow with the characters and anticipate what happens next. The kind of book that makes your heart beat faster, eyes sting and water, chest constrict with anguish, despair and hope.

The hardest part about losing someone you love is the fact that you also lose yourself.

This is that kind of book. The Air He Breathes is absolutely beautiful. It has everything I want, all the good, the bad and the ugly. I could spend the next two hours crying all over again but I won’t regret it. Because this was simply, absolutely beautiful. Crazy, heartwarmingly beautiful, scars and all.

“As long as air moves in and out of my lungs … as long as I breathe, I will fight for you. I will fight for us.” 

“You’re beautiful. You’re a beautiful, broken kind of monster.” 

Review: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


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Cocky Bastard
by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

A flat-tired car and a broken down motorcycle led to a convenience store selling Obama bobbleheads and a road trip that Aubrey Bloom would never forget. Meeting a gorgeous cocky bastard named Chance Bateman was the icing to the cake. And boy what a ride they’d been in..

Okay, so this is another collab work by two of my favorites, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and I enjoyed the road trip I’ve just been into. Who wouldn’t fall for a man named Chance with the Aussie accent and darn good looks and kickass motorcyle? Hmmm.

I love love love Aubrey and Chance’s characters respectively. The road trip they were on opened up little hidden desires and loosened up some tight knots within themselves. Both characters’ charismatic factor was adorable and the sexual tension sparked and bursted and exploded like fireworks on the 4th of July. Getting to know each other through Obama’s bobblehead, casual talks in different diners, helping (and adopting!)  a fainted goat and sleeping in a tent, shouting at the top of the Grand Canyon plus a date with a couples massage on the side, what more could I ask for in a road trip? Hmmm… A Las Vegas marriage maybe?

But a detour two years too late opened up the floodgates and brought forth the heartaches of two doomed lovers.

I dunno about you, but I definitely had the time of my life with Aubrey and Chance. Reading their own respective voices made me understand their personalities, but let me tell you, I love being in Chance head better. He was just so impossibly swoon-worthy that I wish he were real and alive in front of me.

If there’s one thing I can always count on Keeland and Ward, that’s their 100% engagingly hot tandem factor. They always lift up my mood after a heavy and tiring day, making my night stress free and exciting and special.

So far, I’ve enjoyed great five days and a couple of years in one sitting. Vi and Penelope never fail to amaze me!

 

 

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Twisted Palace
(The Royals #3)
by Erin Watt

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

Okay, I have to admit, I’ve been really forgetful lately, lots of things have come up and stuffs. Tonight as I was checking my reviews and TBRs, I just noticed that I haven’t written a proper review for this book. I am so freaking ruined by the Royals, that’s true. I blame Easton for making me forget about this. Ugh.

So anyway, as I’ve promised almost a year ago, here’s now my more comprehensive review for Twisted Palace.

Steve O’Halloran, Ella’s dead father happened to be alive and well after almost a year of disappearance. And Callum’s estranged fiance Brooke Davidson may have been killed, but her ghost never left the Royals, especially now that his son Reed had been accused of murdering her. Surprise surprise! Just when you thought you had them all figured out, the explosive truth about their families just got even more shocking and scandalously disturbing.

Yes, Twisted Palace had been totally mind-blowing! In a true Erin Watt’s tradition, the readers always get the surprise of their lives whenever the Royals are concerned. I was absolutely shocked by the turn of events, the betrayal, deceit, all the lies and treachery were overwhelming and heart breaking.

Ella and Reed had been to the moon and back, through heaven and hell since they’d been together. I commend Ella for being the one who changed the Royal family, especially turning Reed from obnoxious to subdued and in control. Yes, she’d been the much-needed anchor in their misery-drowned life, the rainbow that appeared after a raging storm. Reed, on the other hand, had somehow shown the kind of love that had been missing in her life. For all its worth, she’d proven multiple times that she could handle herself. Reed had not only been instrumental in ruining her but also in making her whole again.

The Royals had indeed ruined me, bit I loved all of them just the same.

Review + Giveaway Blitz: Out of Time by Melissa Klein

Title: Out of Time

Author: Melissa Klein

Genre: Contemporary, Military Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Melanie Billings

 Blurb:

Before filming starts on her next movie, America’s sweetheart, Grace Carradine, wants a girls’ night out. As she dons a disguise to evade the paparazzi, her brown hair isn’t the only deception, so is her upcoming marriage to her costar.Naval-pilot-turned-author, Sebastian “Bash” Baron finds his friends are pairing up and starting families. Given his history, he knows that life isn’t for him—even if the period romance he wrote is being made into a movie. Those stories only exist in fiction—or other people’s lives. Tagline: For a man who wrote fiction, Sebastian Baron hated lies, and Grace Carradine was one huge deception.

Bash met Harper Tracy in a bar where his couple friends were celebrating a baby shower. She was running away from someone she didn’t want to talk to and Bash became her knight in shining armor when they collided. Little did both know that they were both nursing secrets about their lives.

Bash was actually Sebastian Baron, a Naval pilot turned author whose latest book was being turned into a movie. Harper Tracy was actually Grace Carradine, a Hollywood actress who’s got issues on her own, engagement ring included.

This book was a delight to read. Bash was sweet and affectionate, Grace was adorably dazed and confused. I loved their chemistry together and the sparks flew right off the bat. The book was easy to read and the characters were very engaging. This is my first book by the author, Melissa Klein, and I’m already loving her. I wish I could read the previous books in the series.

Melissa Klein writes contemporary romance about everyday heroes fighting extraordinary battles. Whether facing the demands of caring for a child with special needs or the struggles of a soldier

returning home, her characters take on the challenges life throws at them with perseverance, courage, and humor. She lives in Atlanta with her family.

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“Stay?”

“For just a while.”

She snuggled into his body. “I wish…”

“My grandmother had a saying about if wishes were horses.”

“I feel so guilty when others would kill to have my life. I’d trade it all for a little house in the suburbs and a family.”

His eyes widened.

Oh, crap. How had she let that slip? He could probably feel the noose tightening. “I didn’t mean I’m expecting something permanent to come from this.”

“Don’t be sorry. You were being honest, something I’ve been trying to get you to do. I was only wondering why you don’t quit acting if that was the life you want.” 

“I won’t have to. One day no one will want me.”

“Anyone who doesn’t see your value is a fool.”

“Women have a short shelf life in Hollywood. I figure I’ve got less than ten years left in my career.”

“What will you do then?”

She shrugged. “Become someone else.”

“You’re very good at that.”

“Will you ever be able to forgive me? Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d go home with a man, much less anticipate that I’d…”

He arched an eyebrow. “Be forced to spend the next six weeks with him.”

“That isn’t what I was going to say. I didn’t think I’d have feelings for anyone again after David.”

Tension radiated from him. “I hate that his secret is hurting you.”

“Why, other than the fact you hate deception?”

“I want you all to myself.”

She’d lie to the world, but she couldn’t lead him on. “I wish things were different too, but that’s not in the cards. I made David a promise and I intend to go through with it.”

Review: FREE (Black Ops) by Riley Edwards

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FREE – A Black Ops Romance
by Riley Edwards

He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.

Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more.

She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.

When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.

Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault Shane was dead.

Until… A terrorist shows up looking for revenge.

I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved reading military romances. When FREE fell on my lap, I knew I had to grab it and devour it. And I wasn’t disappointed. From start to finish, this Black Ops romance by Riley Edwards held my interest and captivated me.

Shane Owings died twelve years ago, and Lilian Nelson’s life had never been the same ever since. They were best friends, joined by the hip, defied their respective parents and had dreamed of a future free from the cruelties of the world. Until Shane was killed in combat and Lilian’s heart shattered like glass.

Year after year, Lilian visited Shane’s grave and narrated how her life has been since his untimely demise. Then two men in black pursued her and attempted to kill her, for reasons she didn’t know. Suddenly, Carter Lennox, her knight in shining armor came to her rescue. Who was this man and what did those men in suits wanted from her?

I tell you, this book is explosive. Carter Lennox is badass and cunning. His comrades, Clark, Levi and Jasper were a group of soldiers who would always protect Lennox no matter what. And Lillian, sweet, loving and confused, had the shock of her life and almost broke down. My heart went out for her and I was amazed at how strong she’d been all throughout the story.

Riley Edwards never fails to amaze me. She gives the readers a wonderful read about hot and gorgeous protective Alpha men and awesome kick-ass women. This may be my first Edwards book but it definitely won’t be the last!

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