Review: Fallen Crest Novella Reviews

As you probably know, I’ve been binge reading Tijan’s Fallen Crest High series over the past couple of weeks. I have read the books in order (with the except of the first prequel novella), and have finally made it to the novellas in the middle of the series. Rather than do separate reviews for each Fallen Crest High novella, I am going to do mini reviews for all of them in one post. This includes the first prequel novella as well.


Mason
Series: Fallen Crest High, #0.5

Author: Tijan
Publication Date: June 16, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Mason Kade is not known to be nice. He is ruthless, manipulative, and unforgiving. Most will say that he is an a**hole and he is to those that cross him or cross his loved ones. However, he does not want to be who he is. He does not enjoy hurting others, but there is no limit to the lengths he will go to protect himself and his brother.

This is the story of how he came to be and this is why so many love Mason Kade.

My review:

This novella is a prequel to the entire Fallen Crest High series. I didn’t read it prior to starting the series. I’m kind of glad I didn’t. It might have taken away from some of the surprises I got, especially in Fallen Crest Public. Plus, Mason was so angry in this book. I’m happy I got to know him through Sam before reading Mason. I enjoyed the look back at what Mason and what he went through prior to meeting Sam. My favorite part was toward the end when he describes seeing her first the first time. Mason isn’t a novella Mason fans would want to miss.


Fallen Crest Christmas
Series: Fallen Crest High, #5.25
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

This is a very very short novella consisting of one scene that has three parts, and an additional bonus scene. This was written to be a FREE gift to any Fallen Crest readers! And with that said, Happy Holidays from Tijan.

My review:

This really was a VERY short novella. It was perfect, though. It spotlighted two Christmases for Sam. The first was after Fallen Crest University. Sam has to deal with her mother reappearing and wanting to spend Christmas with her. It was a fun read. My favorite part of this novella, though, was the short scene of the previous Christmas in Boston before Fallen Crest University. I had always wondered about that time for Sam. It was nice to get a glimpse of it.


Logan Kade
Series: Fallen Crest High, #5.5
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: March 28, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

People think that just because they know my name, my reputation, and my family that they know me. They don’t.

They say I’m a manwhore, but who wouldn’t be with my face and body? They say I’m a partier, and that’s not going to change. They say I’m a fighter, and hell yes I am. F*ck with mine, and I’ll f*ck you back ten times worse.

So, yes. Maybe what they say is true, but that’s not all of me.

I’m loyal to a damned fault. If you earn it, I’ll never leave your side. And when I love, I love hard, but there’s another side to me where it’s dark and painful. That side’s been kept hidden, until her. Taylor saw inside of me, and the second she was there, she owned me.

People think they know me…

…but only she can see me

My review:

Fallen Crest University treated me to Logan Kade’s point of view for a brief moment, and I wanted more. Thank goodness Tijan decided to write this novella about him. Logan Kade was everything I expected him to be. Taylor was a great match for him. I immediately understood why he fell for her, and I loved their dynamic. I could read many more books about their relationship.

My only tiny complaint about this novella was the over the top drama with Jason. I could have done without that story line. Logan and Taylor had enough drama besides of their own. They didn’t need that crazy turn of events.

If you’re a Logan Kade fan club member, you are going to swoon over Logan Kade.

Review: I See You by Ginger Scott

I See You
Anthology: Love Happens
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
Note: I received an ARC of this short story from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In this must-have short-story collection, Melanie Moreland introduces us to Ethan Thomas in When Love Blooms. Melanie Harlow shares her novel, Some Kind of Love. Molly McLain and Rhonda James share Luke and Mia’s no strings weekend that could lead to love. Claudia Burgoa visits New York City in How We Met. Leap with Dylan Allen to London where we meet Cara’s dream man. Emery Jacobs revisits the Beautiful Torture Duet. Go on vacation with the beloved characters of the Unspoken Series by Gabbie Duran. I See You is based on secondary characters in Ginger Scott’s How We Deal With Gravity. Fall in love with Jeanne McDonald’s Shadow Kingsley in All Of Me. Lisa Kamps takes us to the ice arena with First Shot At Love (A Baltimore Banners Story). Bad girl Delilah meets Lance, her total opposite, in Wild Pumpkin by Martha Sweeney. Mia Kayla brings us Kent and Beth from Marry Me for Money, a couple with different views in All Work And No Play. In Love on The Edge, Molly Lee’s Dash and Blake from the Edge of Chaos spend their honeymoon chasing storms. Rockstar Silas Palmer finds love on the side of the road in Hitch by S.M. West.

Fifteen authors come together to celebrate Autism Awareness month with proceeds benefitting SARRC and Myles-A-Part.

Love Happens features stories about finding love, falling in love and being in love.


The Love Happens anthology is a bunch of short stories by favorite authors put together to support Myles-A-Part and SARRC. SARRC is an autism organization that Ginger Scott volunteers for. The money made from this anthology will go to do some amazing things for families and research. (Pre-order it HERE!)

I had the pleasure of reading Ginger Scott’s short story, I See You, from this anthology. I See You is based on secondary characters from How We Deal With Gravity. If you loved How We Deal With Gravity, you are going to love catching up with Claire and Cole in I See You. (You’ll also love seeing where Avery, Mason and Max are now!)

It had been a while since I had read the original book, but I immediately remembered Claire. She was always so supportive of Avery and her son, Max. I was so excited for someone so special to find her someone special. I loved every minute of the tension between Claire and Cole. Their attraction sizzled.

I See You was a fun, explosive short romance. Fans of How We Deal With Gravity and Ginger Scott’s writing are going to love this short story. It’s an amazing way to support a great cause.

Review: Sweeter Than Ever by Bella Andre

Sweeter Than Ever
Series: The Sullivans, #16.5
Author: Bella Andre
Publication Date: April 5, 2017
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with The Sullivans—especially Smith Sullivan, the movie star with the heart of gold.

Get ready to join Smith and his new wife Valentina in the novella SWEETER THAN EVER as they embark on their life together with the sweetest, sexiest, most surprising honeymoon ever. Seven days and seven nights of just-wedded bliss that will sizzle, make you laugh out loud…and tug on your heartstrings. After all, true love—and family—are what the Sullivans do best!


The Sullivans were one of the first contemporary romance families (and series!) I fell in love with. Each sibling’s story was special in a magical way. I especially loved Smith and Valentina’s romance in Come A Little Bit Closer. I was so excited to find out they were getting an extended epilogue in this novella.

Sweeter Than Ever was fun update on Smith and Valentina’s relationship. They’ve just been married and have escaped to the wilderness to hide out from the press. Smith and Valentina have love-making on their mind, but surprises pop up frequently keeping them busier than they intended. All of the things they encounter on their honeymoon also have them entertaining the idea of adding to their family.

I really enjoyed this addition to The Sullivans series. Smith and Valentina’s relationship was as sweet and spicy as ever. Their physical and mental connection shined in this short novella. It was the perfect addition to their story.

Sweeter Than Ever is a book Bella Andre fans will not want to miss.

Review: Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

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Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: December 15, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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…


Naughty Boss is a delightfully sexy novella about a woman who accidentally tells her incredibly hot boss via email that he drives her insane in more ways than one. The story is filled with hilarious emails, texts and super tense up close and personal moments. I loved absolutely every minute of Mya and Michael’s struggle to keep things professional.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading a book by Whitney G. — you’re missing out. Her writing is sexy, witty, erotic and oh so fun. The only thing I could possibly complain about is that I never want her novellas to be novellas. I love her characters and stories so much that I want them all to last for hundreds of pages. I highly recommend Naughty Boss and any of her other books to readers who crave well-written, super sexy stories.

Review: Where We Belong by J. Daniels

26131139Where We Belong
Series: Alabama Summer, #3.5
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.
Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much-needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.

Parenthood.

With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.

Who said anything about keeping things legal?

Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.

**Author’s Note: This book should be read after When I Fall to avoid any spoilers.


Where We Belong was a really fun novella. It brought back Ben and Mia from Where I Belong (along with their friends) and updated us on their lives.

Ben and Mia’s boys are a little older now and keeping them busy — busy meaning keeping them from enjoying time alone together. Mia and Ben are determined to get some alone time, but things keep getting in their way. (Wonder what happened to Angie? You’ll find out!) The pair is ready and willing to do anything they need to fulfill their needs for each other.

This novella was short and sweet, but also sinful and sexy. I truly loved being back into Ben and Mia’s relationship. It was also fun to see what their friends were up to. Reading it made me very excited for the next book in the series.

Review: The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

22832474The Hazards of Mistletoe
Series: Hazards, #3.5
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publication Date: November 20, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Holiday, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.


It’s been a while since I read a book from the Hazards series. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading them and what a great job Alyssa Rose Ivy does creating interesting characters and crazy-fun situations. I’m so glad I requested this holiday novella from NetGalley. It was a good way to get into the holiday spirit.

The Hazards of Mistletoe started out strong. I loved the best friends to more aspect of this short story. Savannah and Glen’s attraction for each other was super cute. I thought for sure things were going to go one way.  Then, the story took a turn I wasn’t quite expecting. Things didn’t play out the way I expected, but that wasn’t a bad thing. The twist I wasn’t expecting added a whole new dimension to the story. What it did to Savannah and Glen’s relationship added a lot of depth. It showed how well Savannah and Glen fit together.

My one complaint is that I wish this story hadn’t been a novella. The shortness gave this story an insta-love feel when it was really a relationship that developed over time. I also would have loved to read about that year of time the story jumped. I felt like it would have given me a better understanding of Savannah’s attitude when she returned to Colorado. It also would have added more time to Glen’s mission and made everything more believable.

The Hazards of Mistletoe has me wanting to reach for the next book in the series that I still haven’t read. It was such a fun, quick read. I’m really hoping I’ll get to see more of Savannah and Glen in the next book.

Review: The Layover by Whitney G.

The Layover
Author: Whitney G.

Publication Date: January 27, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I don’t care which city. I don’t care which flight. I just need to get the hell out of here… Paris Weston is tired of all the broken promises her boyfriend has given her over the years. Instead of showing up to their ‘secret’ engagement party, she shows up to the airport—ready and willing to go wherever the next flight is bound. Determined to get away and start again, she’s certain that a week or two away will solve all of her problems. Until she never makes it to her final destination. Until the sexy, dirty-mouthed stranger who sits next to her on the plane changes everything. Until the unintended layover leaves her never wanting to go back home.


This novella by Whitney G. couldn’t have been more perfect! It was delightfully funny, sexy and sweet. I loves Paris and Blake. Things between them were more slow-burn than I expected, but still incredibly hot. And the dialog between them was so witty!

I absolutely loved this novella. The only thing wrong with it was that it ended. 🙁 I wish it would have been a full length novel instead of a novella. I needed more! I want to know what happened next! Can someone please convince Whitney G. to either make this into a full length novel or write a Part 2? I would totally buy it.