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Smoke & Mirrors - Charlie Cochet

I'm so happy right now.

 

I loved and adored this.

 

Will review soon.

Te Quiero - Suki Fleet

 

I really liked this!

 

 

Suki Fleet is one of those authors I noticed around for a while, but never really got around to reading her bools. So I decided I was going to try something of hers and a friend suggested this would be the best place to start.

 

She was right.

 

This short was exactly what I needed to read right now. It worked for me in the moment and has left me with a hopeful smile on my face.

 

 

 

The book only spans a couple of days. But those two days are all it took for me to invest in Ally and Levi's story. It has left me wanting more. Much more. I'll be eagerly awaiting more of their story and I'm excited to see where they go.

 

Oh, and I really want Rob to suffer the consequences of his actions.

 

 

Te quiero might be the first book I've read from this author, but I promise it won't be my last.

Broken - Nicola Haken

Wow.

 

I'm trying to process my thoughts on this as I type but I keep coming back to wow. This book was a journey. An emotional, trying and sometimes painful journey. But it was so worth it.

 

This is one of those books I devour in one sitting and can't stop thinking about a long time after I finish.

 

I loved Broken. I loved how it dealt with mental illness and how real it felt to me. James's struggle was so very real to me. It felt like I was being sucked in every time his POV came up. It was hard for me to read his internal struggles and to see how distant he felt from everyone.

 

I loved him. Yes, he was arrogant and cocky, but there was something about him that I found likable. I also loved Theo. They were the perfect match and it was enjoyable to see their relationship grow. It was a bit of fun in what was really a heavy book. 

 

The secondary characters were great. I especially loved James and Theo's brothers. I also really liked Theo's mum and best friend, Tess.

 

One of the characters I hated? James's mum.

 

There aren't enough words to describe my hatred for that woman. I could not stand her and felt my blood boil every time she appeared on page. I'm so glad she wasn't in this a lot, because I couldn't have taken it. And I'm not sure how James and Max could stand her being around. Yes, she was their mum, but God. That woman.

 

This isn't going to be the book for everyone. There are triggers in this and some will find it very hard to read. But if you like emotional books that deal with serious issues, then this will be the book for you.

A Mended Man

A Mended Man - Jaime Reese I'm still processing everything.

Review to follow!

A Hundred Thousand Words

A Hundred Thousand Words - Nyrae Dawn This was a really nice read!

I've been wanting to read something from this author for a while now. This one has been on my tbr for a while and I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for, so I picked this one up.

The writing was so good. The characters were solid. I loved Toby and Levi. I also loved Chris ( Levi's brother and Toby's best friend, who I wanted more of) and Elaine (Levi and Chris' mom). She was awesome. I wanted to shake both dads on a couple of occasions in this.

Toby's issues felt very real to me. He not only had to deal with his mom walking out, but his dads emotional distance after her leaving. The lack of communication between the two made it all worse. Toby wants his dad to show more of an interest, but his dad is depressed and closes himself off.

Levi was amazing, too. I understood his struggle a lot. It was easy to see he was struggling a lot, even though we didn't get his POV. It was easy to see, at least for me, why he worried so much about telling his parents, mainly his dad, the truth about his uncertainty.

I didn't really love the big reveal and how all that went down. I didn't hate it exactly, but I wasn't totally happy with it either. The ending itself was nice and had a solidly happy, so I was happy overall with how things worked out. I'm especially glad that Toby and his dad are working through things.

I'll definitely be reading more from this author in the future!

Close to You

Close to You - Skylar M. Cates BR with Cristina!

This book.

OMG. This book is amazing!

I'm SO glad Tomas and Marc finally got their story.

A Gentleman's Position

A Gentleman's Position - K.J. Charles

This book was a little bit of a surprise for me. I know I've loved the other books in this series and everything from K.J. Charles that I read before, but Richard is not my favourite character, so I was a little unsure about this one.

A Gentleman's Position was just as amazing as all of K.J. Charles other books. I loved it pretty much straight away and I got caught up in Richard and Cyprian's story.

I love Cyprian. He's always been a character I wanted to find out more about and I'm delighted I had the chance. He's one of my three favourite characters in this series (Harry and Cyrus being the other two). He helped me fall in love with this book and is part of the reason, as well as the authors fantastic writing, I have softened towards Richard.

I'm never going to be a Richard super fan. But I like him a lot more now than I have in previous books. His past, as well as getting his thoughts and feelings, really helped me understand him more and I came to like him more and more, after some struggles along the way.

This book had me in stitches. I wasn't expecting it to be so funny. But thanks to Cyrpian's brilliant plan, which I did see coming, I couldn't hold back my laughter. That scene is a standout for me in this whole series and cemented this book as one of my favourites.

I'm sad to see the series end. But I'm glad these characters have found their own happy endings and I really hope we get to catch up with them from time to time.

Out of Frame

Out of Frame - Megan Erickson Review to follow!

Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy

Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy - C.S. Pacat OMG. I finally read it!

And it was amazing!

And perfect!

And now I'm going to die from happiness.

Strong Signal (Cyberlove Book 1)

Strong Signal - Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell BR with Cristina!

I think I've died and gone to book heaven.

It’s not every book that makes me fall in love so hard. I can probably count the number of authors who’ve achieved this on one hand.

This book was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. I knew I’d like it. Friends had promised me I would. But I didn’t just like it or love it, I absolutely adored it. I wish I could cuddle this book it really is that good.

Garrett and Kai were the perfect MCs. I fell for both of them so hard. And I loved their connection. From the very beginning, I was dying for these two to get together. That only grew the more I got to know these characters.

I loved everything about these two. I became a hardcore fangirl of them while I was reading this and I was grinning so hard when they were being cute and loved when they got sexy together. The balance between steam and cuteness was perfection. I can’t complain about either, really.

Garrett’s mom and sister were another huge bonus for this book. I loved them. They were supportive and loving and definitely added to this book.

This book wasn’t all cuteness and light. There were really tough times where I wanted to hug these characters and make everything better for them. It was tough to watch them go through their demons and issues. Especially Kai. He hadn’t had an easy time of it and really just needed someone to be there while he came to the realization that he needed help.

This is the first book in the Cyberlove series, which makes me deliriously happy. I want more from these two authors and I think it would be nice to get glimpses of Garrett and Kai again, because I really have fallen head over heels in love with this couple.

I don’t really think anything I write can do this book justice. But what I can say is if you’re a fan of m/m or a fan of romance, you should definitely read this book. You will not be sorry you did.

Beyond the Surface

Beyond the Surface - Felice Stevens This book was everything I wanted it to be!

It was on my tbr for a while, but I never got around to it. I was looking for a good hurt/comfort and then I saw this and it ticked all my boxes.

I loved watching Julian and Nick reconnect after years apart. I was glad these two were able to work through their differences because I was rooting for them as a couple. They were hot together and also sweet at times.

Marcus and Zach were great friends. And I can't wait to read their books. Zach's especially because he was such a likable character.

Catch a Tiger by the Tail

Catch a Tiger by the Tail - Charlie Cochet Oh this book. This book is amazing. I honestly can’t say it enough, but this book really is something. Most people will probably know that I love and adore the THIRDS series. It’s a series that took me by surprised a couple of years ago and ever since, I haven’t been able to get enough of these characters.

Book 6, Catch a Tiger By The Tail, is Cobb’s (aka Calvin and Hobbs) book. We’ve known both these characters since the very first book, but it’s only over the last three books that we’ve been getting hints about their story and the feelings that might not have been so obvious before.

I love Hobbs. He’s such a sweetheart and has gone through so much. After the last book, I wanted to give him a really big hug and tell him to ignore his asshole brother, Rafe. In this book, being inside his head and getting to see how much he struggles, it was so hard to read. It was painful, but also kind of beautiful, because we also get to see how lovely his relationship with Calvin is. I also love Calvin. His loyalty to Hobbs is amazing. I felt the pain he felt when Hobbs was having a bad day and his urge to protect Hobbs felt so real.

I love best friends to lovers stories. There’s something about them that I always seem to gravitate to. But the friendship between Calvin and Hobbs has to be one of my favourites to date. The two of them have gone through a lot of emotional times together, but their friendship has never wavered, even when things were tough and feelings changed. They were always there for each other. And I love that.

This series is incredibly funny as is this book. It lured me into a false sense of security because I laughed quite a lot and then there was pain, followed by more pain, followed by some humour and then some more pain. I’m not complaining. I can admit now that I do love angsty and emotional books. But what I adore about this series is it waves angsty/emotional stuff with humour so well that it’s like my own personal crack.

Seeing the rest of the team through Cobbs eyes was interesting and fun. I love the friendship between Dex and Hobbs. There was one scene in particular where I almost died laughing and it left me grinning for quite a while after it.

One thing that really surprised me about this book was Rafe. I had seen Charlie mention him and she told us that we’d feel sorry for him. I didn’t really believe it, because he’s been on my shit list since the last book and I had given him a permanent place there. But. I should have known Charlie would be right. While I don’t excuse the things he’s said and done, I do understand where he was coming from and yes, I feel bad for him. Surprised? Me too!

The sex in this book was hot! And I loved it!

The ending is…well…The one thing I can say about the ending without giving everything away is it killed me. Literally. I think I died a little inside when I realized that it was how this was all ending. Smoke & Mirrors can’t come soon enough, in my opinion. I don’t know how impatient people like me are supposed to wait. The only thing I’m sure of is I’ll be jumping on that one the second it’s released. I might even stay up all night or just wake up extremely early just so I can read it.

Spoiler for the ending:
“I hope your team is ready, Sloane,” Sparks said as she headed for the door. “You’re going to have to be if you want to get Dex back alive.”

If you’re a fan of this series or even these two guys, this is definitely a must read. The Cobbs relationship in this is beautiful and will leave you feeling so happy inside.

Prince's Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two

Prince's Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two - C.S. Pacat BR reread with Sonia before King's Rising is released!

Even better than the first time! Ugh. I wish I had book 3 to read right now!

Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue

Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue - Charlie Cochet This book surprised me. I thought I knew what was going on, but there was still an extra twist that I hadn't expected while reading this. Loved that!

Captive Prince

Captive Prince - C.S. Pacat BR with Sonia!

In preparation for book 3 we're rereading the first two. Loved this one as much as I did the first time. Also, this cover is gorgeous.

Overexposed

Overexposed - Megan Erickson OMG.

OMG.

OMG.

Another Megan Erickson?

YES!