Review: Deal with the Devil (Meghan March)

Deal with the Devil
Series: Forge Trilogy, #1
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Red Dress Press
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“You can put that man in a suit, but he’ll never be tame.”
One look at Jericho Forge and I knew the rumors were true. He was a predator, and he had set his sights on me.
I knew better than to bet more than I could afford to lose that night. I knew better than to bet myself. But desperation leads to bad decisions, and I thought there was no way I could lose.
I was wrong.
Now I have no choice but to make a deal with the devil.


The review for this book is going to be kind of lame. I’m truly sorry about that, BUT I CANNOT TELL YOU ANYTHING ABOUT THIS STORY OR I WILL RUIN IT FOR YOU! Can you tell how frustrated I am by that? Because all I want to do is TELL YOU ALL THE THINGS! It’s so unfair, but completely necessary.

What can I tell you then? I wasn’t expecting the setting or the nature of the story or the characters or anything. (I loved all of those things!!!) The only thing I was expecting was Jericho Forge to be some rich alpha male. He was totally that, but of course there is more to him than those two details (which I can’t tell you anything about…). His life is fascinating  and so is the woman who steals his heart. Their story is fabulous and I cannot wait to find out what’s next for them because Ms. March left us with what might just be her most shocking cliffhanger yet! (I’m still not over it.)

Meghan March upped her game with Deal with the Devil — just like she does with each book she releases. She made me fall in love with a fascinating and exciting world of new characters. I’m so frustrated that I have to wait a month to find of what’s next for Jericho Forge.

WWW Wednesday: January 16, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I read Two Can Keep a Secret, I Want You Back (Need You, #5), and If I Only Knew.

Currently Reading

I’m reading an ARC of Hollywood Playboy (Hollywood Royalty, #1).

Reading Next

I have a bunch of choices, so I’m not sure what I’m going to read next.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018. Here are some of my new favorite authors I met last year.


1. Helen Hoang

2. Sally Thorne

3. Katie McGarry

4. Maya Hughes

5. Meghan March

6. Christina Lauren

7. Teagan Hunter

8. Cora Carmack

9. Leisa Rayven

10. Alexa Martin

11. Anne Eliot

12. Katherine Center

13. Rebecca Yarros

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret (Karen M. McManus)

Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.


Two Can Keep a Secret was one of the 2019 releases that I was most excited to get my hands on. I absolutely loved Karen M. McManus’ debut novel, One of Us is Lying. I was excited to see what her second book had in store.

Karen M. McManus’ writing is utterly addictive. I was sucked into the story from the minute I started reading. I loved the characters and the plot kept me guessing. I had my (correct) suspicions as to who the murderer was, but twists and turns had me all over the place. I truly had no clue where the story was headed half the time. It was so engrossing that I didn’t want to put Two Can Keep a Secret down. I needed to know what was going to happen next!

I’m so happy that I loved this book. It had the same exciting mysterious feel that One of Us is Lying had, but was completely different. Karen M. McManus has now cemented her spot in my mind as one of my go-to mystery authors. This book just came out, but I can’t wait to see what’s next from her.

Review: On Thin Ice (Julie Cross)

On Thin Ice
Series: Juniper Falls, #3
Author: Julie Cross
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Brooke Parker never expected to find herself in the tiny town of Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Of course, she also never expected to lose her dad. Or for her mom to lose herself. Brooke feels like she’s losing it…until she finds Juniper Falls hockey. Juniper Falls girls’ hockey, that is.

Jake Hammond, current prince of Juniper Falls, captain of the hockey team, and player with the best chance of scoring it big, is on top of the world. Until one hazing ritual gone wrong lands him injured, sitting on the sidelines, and―shocking even to him―finding himself enjoying his “punishment” as assistant coach for the girls’ team.

As Jake and Brooke grow closer, he finds the quiet new girl is hiding a persona full of life, ideas, and experiences bigger and broader than anything he’s ever known. But to Jake, hockey’s never just been a game. It’s his whole life. And leveraging the game for a shot at their future might be more than he can give.


Can I just start by saying how disappointed I am in myself for not reading a book by Julie Cross until now? I have seen several rave reviews for her Juniper Falls series in the past. I always wanted to read one of those books, but never did. Shame on me! I absolutely adored On Thin Ice. On Thin Ice is one of those young adult novels that digs deep, but leaves you feeling all happy and bubbly inside. Or at least that is how it  made me feel.

Brooke is a quiet sophomore new to Juniper Falls. She’s had a rough couple of years, and she longs to take back her life in a new town. On a calculated whim, she joins the new high school girls’ hockey team. Joining the team puts Brooke in direct contact with the boys’ teams hockey star, Jake. Being around the cute and charismatic senior is tough enough as it is, but the two share a secret. The more the two get to know each other, the harder it is to stay away from each other and the truths they have to deal with.

Brooke and Jake were characters I couldn’t help but love. Brooke was intense and sweet. She was also a mess. Jake was strong and had the best of intentions, but he was also a mess. Somehow their individuals messes faded when they were together. They were the support system the other needed to make the big, important changes in their lives. I loved them as a couple and as individuals.

I greatly respected where Julie Cross took this story when it came to the hazing incident. There have been so many gone wrong in the news in the past couple of years, and it’s never close to home until it is. On Thin Ice tackled it in a way that gave young readers options to look at if they ever encounter a similar situation. I liked that it wasn’t a quick and easy decision or fix for the characters.

I have a feeling Julie Cross is going to be joining my list of go-to YA authors like Kasie West, Katie McGarry, Emery Lord, and Morgan Matson (just to name a few). I am so excited to go back and read the rest of the Juniper Falls series.

Text Me Baby One More Time Cover Reveal

Today we are so excited to be sharing the cover for Teagan Hunter’s next standalone romcom. Text Me Baby One More Time will be released on February 11th, and you’re not going to want to miss this one!

About Text Me Baby One More Time

I love you, he said. Forever, he said. Turns out, he lied.

When he leaves me high and dry after a cross-country move, I push him out of my life as much as I can, which is hard to do when the guy who broke your heart also happens to be the most famous dude in town.

After a disastrous year, he’s aiming to rehab his reputation, and I just so happen to be aiming for a promotion at the paper.

So, we strike a deal, and it’s a win-win all around.

Besides, what’s the harm in a few dates to charity galas anyway?

He’s arrogant, a total jerk. There’s no way I’ll fall for him…again.

I used to love him. Now I hate him…I think.

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About TEAGAN HUNTER

TEAGAN HUNTER is a Missouri-raised gal, but currently lives in North Carolina with her US Marine husband, where she spends her days begging him for a cat. She survives off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. She enjoys cold weather, buys more paperbacks than she’ll ever read, and never says no to brownies. For more information, please visit www.teaganhunterwrites.com.

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WWW Wednesday: January 9, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I read ARCs of The Kiss Thief, Only a Breath Apart, Heartless (Episodes 1-3), On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls, #3), and Off the Ice (Juniper Falls, #1).


I also finished listening to Broken and Screwed (Broken & Screwed, #1), and Broken and Screwed 2 (Broken & Screwed, #2). These were fun “re-reads” for me.

Currently ReadIng

I’m reading Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls, #2).

Reading Next

Next, I’m going to read Two Can Keep a Secret.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. Here are some of the reads I am most looking forward to.


1. 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne

2. Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen McManus

3. Famous in a Small Town
Author: Emma Mills

4. Only a Breath Apart
Author: Katie McGarry

5. The Risk
Author: Elle Kennedy

6. Deal with the Devil
Author: Meghan March

7. Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

8. Wolfhunter River
Author: Rachel Caine

9. The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang

10. Fumbled
Author: Alexa Martin

Review: The Kiss Thief (L.J. Shen)

   The Kiss Thief
Author: L.J. Shen
Publication Date: January 9, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.


When I decided to read The Kiss Thief I hadn’t read the synopsis. I just saw that gorgeous cover with L.J. Shen’s name on it. I have been a fan of her writing for while now, and I was content to pick up anything she writes. That being said, I might have hesitated more had I realized there was a love triangle aspect to this one. I am not really a fan of that trope, but I’ll come back to that more later. Anyway. I went into this one blind, for the most part, and I am glad I did. I ended up enjoying The Kiss Thief. I might have missed out on reading it had I read the blurb first.

The Kiss Thief is the story of an arranged marriage between a mobster’s daughter and a senator. It’s not that simple, though. Said daughter was supposed to marry someone entirely different until the senator barges into the picture. The daughter is not thrilled with the change, nor is the original suitor. The betrothal of the daughter and senator starts a series of events that will change the three lives involved forever. (Pretty much what the blurb says, yeah?)

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the arranged marriage part of The Kiss Thief. Francesca and Wolfe started out at odds and I loved seeing their resolve slowly melt away. Francesca was young and a little delusional when it came to how life works, but I could forgive her that based on how she was brought up. It allowed for her to be filled with wonder at the perfect times in the story. Wolfe was an alpha jerk. He had his reasons, but he was hard to stomach at times. What else would you expect from L.J. Shen, though? Francesca would become the one crack in his armor, and I loved the way she chipped away at it. I only had one problem with their relationship. That problem is a spoiler, so I’ll just say there was a scene I couldn’t forgive Wolfe for. It made me mad and uncomfortable.

But wait, you say. Isn’t this a love triangle? Yep. Like I said before, I’m not a fan of love triangles. I wouldn’t say this one read like a true triangle, but close enough to irritate me at times. Mostly because I wasn’t an Angelo fan. Angelo is the man Francesca should have married. He’s the man she’s loved, the man willing to put everything on the line for her. There is a tenderness between them that Francesca doesn’t have with Wolfe. Angelo is everything Francesca has wanted. He causes problems for her with her husband to be, and makes Francesca question who she should be with despite what her father has arranged. I liked what Angelo added to the story, but I cringed a lot when he was involved. I just wanted him to go away so I could get back to Francesca and Wolfe. I picked my hero early despite his disposition.

The mob aspect of this love story added some interesting fun and even more intensity to this story. I loved how Wolfe became involved with Francesca’s father. It was entertaining to see how it all played out.

Overall, I found The Kiss Thief to be an addicting, dark romance. It is exactly what I have to come to expect from L.J. Shen. She manages to make me fall in love with characters I should hate.

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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Review: The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister (Meghan Quinn)

The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: January 3, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

How do you date your best friend’s sister? Easy.

Step one: Pretend you want her to set you up with someone else. That will bring the two of you closer.

Step two: Go on date with lots of random women, proceed to get stupid drunk and talk about your best friend’s sister, thus gaining the courage to finally make a move.

Step three: Randomly show up at her apartment and confess your love. Women love that, right?

It all seemed so simple. A fool-proof three-step process that will guarantee the love of you life to fall madly in love with you.

At least–that’s what I thought was going to happen. But my attempts to win over Julia Westin backfired in more ways than I can count. The thing about Julia? She’s smart–really smart–and her wicked gaze cuts through all the charm I’ve tried slinging her way. She’s not interested in games, my gifts, or my stories. She might want me too; but she’s not giving in that easy…


Meghan Quinn is starting 2019 off right with her newest release The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister. This book was all kinds of fun. It combined falling in love with the best friend’s sister, friends to lovers, and romantic comedy all in one great package.

Bram and Julia met back in college when Bram and Julia’s brother became best friends. Bram had always carried a torch for Julia, but Julia was unattainable as Rath’s younger sister. Now that the two (or three) are all grown up and successful in their careers, Bram has decided it’s time to go after the woman he has wanted for the past ten years. It’s time for him to pull out his secret plan to date his best friend’s sister.

I loved how this book was set up. It goes back and forth in time between Bram and Julia’s college years and the present. (Those college flashbacks were some of my favorite parts!) Both Bram and Julia get their own points of view in both timelines. Their takes on what they thought the other person was thinking and feeling were entertaining. I don’t want to give much away, but this book almost felt like it had three different parts. I thought it was very smart how Meghan Quinn had the story and character’s relationship evolve.

As for the characters, they were a good match. Julia had this ultra serious, intelligent thing going on while Bram was a cross between an overgrown frat boy and a stealthy businessman. Their personalities complimented each other in the best way. The more I read about them, the more I loved them. The only itty-bitty problem I had with either of them was with Julia. Sometimes she grated on me. Her character had moments where she was stiff and oblivious to social ques. Those times didn’t always feel particularly right to me. I can’t put a finger on why, but it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Bram and Julia’s relationship might have been overshadowed a bit by another dynamic duo. Bram and Julia’s brother Rath had a major bromance going on. I honestly could have read an entire book on their friendship. They also had this friend Roarke who was amazing. I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get a book for both of those guys.

So, yeah. I loved reading The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister. It was a good time in the way that only Meghan Quinn romances can be. If you’re a fan of hers, you’ll be a fan of this book. I was.

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