Friday, March 20, 2020

REVIEW~ DEAR AVA by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Dear Ava: Enemies-to-Lovers Standalone Romance Kindle Edition


The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me. 

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?

Knox, the scarred quarterback.
Dane, his twin brother.
Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . . 

Dear Ava,
Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Wait. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.
I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.

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Wow. Ilsa definitely knocked this one out of the park. 
Ava. Loved her. She’s such a badass bitch. Only if I had half the strength she had. Everything that came her way she endured. There was nothing that could have gotten in her way. One incident changed her life in the blink of an eye. She didn’t let that stop her. She couldn’t let her enemies see how it affected her. She put her head up high and carried on like nothing ever happened. She is fierce AF! 

There is a whole group of football boys who are well known with the school, the head honcho being Knox the quarterback. Chance dated Ava, who left her for someone else. Dane, who is Knox’s brother. One way or another, every single one of the boys hurt her. 

Ava and Knox come from two completely different sides of the track. He has it all, while she needs to work for everything. Heck, she is a scholarship kid. Ava is doing the best she can to stay afloat and to be the best she can for her and her brother. She is all he has. Knox. Swoon. I should have seen it coming. He is not the big tough guy that he makes out to be. He sounds all high and mighty around everyone but he does have a soft side. A side that only Ava sees. He tries with all high might to push Ava away. Even says some not so nice things to her. But that only makes her want to know more about him. There’s more to him than football. He has a past that no one but Dane knows about. He harbors a lot, which has affected him in such a big way. Ava doesn’t fall for it. She knows there is more to him and is intrigued by him. She pushes and pushes until she slowly peels away his barriers. Being from two different sides of the track means nothing when you both are broken. These two broken people try to find the missing pieces together. All it takes is one person to see who you truly are inside and help you become a better person. That is what they are doing for one another. Walls are broken down and they see that they’re more alike than they thought. They just need to fight the world together. 

The connection that they have is off the charts. You can find a mile away. They just couldn’t stay away. But what happens when love isn’t enough and the past comes back with a vengeance? Will they realize that two people from opposite worlds can’t coexist? Could it be the end to what just started? Or will it be something that will set them free? Sacrifices need to be made, but at what cost? 

My heart did drop a bit at the end like WTF is happening. But I slowly recovered. They came full circle. Everything they did was for a reason. And I agreed with their choices. It was definitely needed. They needed to find themselves in order for anything between them to work. It will only make them so much stronger. The book ended. I definitely loved its but I don’t know how I feel about it. I’m going to be suffering a bad hangover. This book definitely gave me all the feels. Such a raw and emotional book that will grasp you from the beginning. By far a book that I will be thinking of for a long time. 

Ilsa Madden-Mills


Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake FiancĂ©e and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4. 

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. 

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Friday, February 28, 2020

REVIEW~ JUST ONE YEAR by Penelope Ward


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start.
On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude in a campus bathroom.
(The ladies’ room was out of order. So, I used the men’s room. Don’t judge.)
I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat.
So, the spare room went to someone else: Caleb—the British guy from the men’s room.
And so it began…my love-hate story with Caleb Yates. Or was it hate-love in that order?

The guy knew how to push every one of my buttons.
Sometimes I’d email him to express my aggravation and disdain.
He’d actually rewrite my own words and send them back to me.
That was the type of infuriating person Caleb was.
So frustrating.
Sometimes incredibly funny and endearingly sweet.
And hot.

He eventually grew on me, and Caleb soon became one of my best friends that year.
Too bad he was headed back to England soon, so nothing could happen between us—for so many reasons.
I definitely couldn't fall in love with him, especially since all we had was just one year.

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This was a quick and easy read for me. Definitely a slow burn, but it is well worth the read. Two college kids, throw in a British exchange student, first meeting in a smelly men’s bathroom. Caleb comes to America as a college exchange student who ends up staying at Teagan’s home for the semester. With their previous embarrassing encounter, Teagan tries to avoid Caleb at all costs. But of course Caleb won’t let that happen. He was amused by how easily it was to push all her buttons. 

Caleb and Teagan start a friendship that will slowly evolve into something more than what they could have imagined. Teagan is such a smart person when Caleb gets wind of that, he asks her for help studying. During their studies they get to know one another. Caleb lets Teagan realize that she takes advantage of little things in life, such as the love she gets from her family. Teagan lacks a relationship with her family and Caleb doesn’t understand why she seems to distance herself from them. He does sympathize with her reasoning. When his own secrets are revealed, it helps us understand why he sometimes shuts down. That was a twist I did not see coming. Caleb comes to America to escape some of his issues. And boy does he have some issues. Caleb and Teagan are both damaged but yet helping one another get through it all. My heart does break for the both of them. They’re just two lost kids trying to find their way. I absolutely loved the friendship that started to build between them. And the relationship that Caleb had with Teagan’s family. They treated Caleb like he was a part of them. I loved how they were able to encourage each other to put down some of the walls that were put up.

I didn’t like the fact that Caleb was seeing someone who wasn’t Teagan. But I get why it had to happen that way. If they jumped into it head on, I don’t think they would have turned out as strong that they did. They both had such a special connection. You could feel it when the two of them are together. Crossing that line was something they both could not take lightly. Teagan’s family was letting Caleb stay in their home and he was leaving at the end of the semester. But their connection was too strong, they just could not stay away. The lines needed to be crossed. And holy hell were they crossed! Explosion I tell you! 

Both Caleb and Teagan have both gone through a lot in their lives. In order to fully move on, they must get through their past issues. They must go through this without one another. Thankfully, they have their family not hep them get through it. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. In this case, they needed to test that theory. Will it work? Can they work out their own issues on their own before starting something together? Can what they feel for one another be strong enough to endure anything? It’s one you will have to find out on your own. Find out about Caleb and Teagan. Believe me, you won’t believe the twists and turns that come your way. I thought I was able to pinpoint what would happen next, that was definitely not the case here. Don’t delay, pick up the book today.  
I received an advanced copy for my honest review.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Review Tour - ANGRY GOD by L.J. Shen

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“Once again, L.J. Shen has blown me away with a hauntingly beautiful, angst-driven, emotionally charged romance that will stay with me long after the last page. A must read for 2020.”
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Angry God, an all-new beautiful and dark new adult romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!

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Vaughn Spencer.
They call him an angry god.
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.
A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.
They say this place is haunted, and it is.
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.



WOW. Where do I even begin? L.J. Shen sure does know how to take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I NEVER saw where this book was going. Lenora and Vaughn were young when they first met. Lenora was great at keeping secrets, but Vaughn made sure he did everything in his power to make sure he did.  Vaughn is conniving just like his father and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Whether it be an internship, or ...... Lenora.

If I could give 10 stars, ANGRY GOD would receive them. This book rocked me to my core. I absolutely adored Vaughn.

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“How good are you at keeping secrets, Lenora Astalis?” His voice wrapped around my neck like a noose. I wanted to cough. I needed to cough. He terrified me. I hated him with the heat and passion of a thousand blazing suns. He made me feel like a scaredy cat and a snitch. “Oh, yes. If you’re coward enough to pretend you’re asleep, you’re good enough to keep a secret. That’s the thing about you, Astalis. I can smash you into dust and watch your grains dance at my feet. My little circus monkey.” I might’ve hated Vaughn, but I hated myself more for not standing up to him. For not opening my eyes and spitting in his face. Clawing his unnaturally blue eyes out. Taunting him back for all the times he’d taunted all of us at Carlisle Prep. “By the way, your eyelids are moving,” he said drily, chuckling. He straightened up, his finger making a brief stop at the base of my spine. He snapped his fingers, making a breaking sound, and I nearly jumped out of my skin, letting out a gasp. I squeezed my eyes tighter, still pretending to sleep. He laughed. The bastard laughed. Was he sparing me for the time being? Was he going to check in on me from now on? Retaliate if I opened my mouth? He was so unpredictable. I wasn’t sure what my life would look like in the morning.     

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