Review: The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister (Max Monroe)

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Question: What do you do when you fall for your best friend’s little sister?

More important question: How long can you keep it a secret before it all goes up in flames?

The Billionaire’s Forbidden Little Sister
Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Theo Cruz, a New York man known for his family’s billion-dollar empire, Cruz Enterprises, has been indicted this afternoon in the Court of Public Opinion on charges of Bro-Code Conspiracy.

Chief counsel for the prosecution, Caplin Hawkins, spoke candidly about the accusation.

“Once thought of as a best friend to many—including myself—Theo Cruz has officially turned his back on human decency. He’s conniving and dishonest, and a habitual offender of Bro-Code Law 676. He’ll rue the day he forgot that you never—under any circumstances—get involved with your best friend’s little sister.”

Fact: I haven’t actually been arrested or indicted.
More important fact: I inadvertently messed up—big-time.

Two strangers in a foreign country, we said hello.
Hello turned into a kiss.
A kiss turned into a rendezvous.
And a rendezvous turned into more than I’d ever imagined.

But her unruly golden curls and beautiful body hid an important detail—She’s my mouthiest billionaire best friend’s forbidden little sister.

Fact: I knew not of my crimes.
More important fact: I know now, but even though I know I’m playing with fire, there’s no way I’m stopping. I can’t leave her alone.

Question: What do you do when you fall for your best friend’s little sister?
More important question: How long can you keep it a secret before it all goes up in flames?


Max Monroe are at it again! They upped the antics in this book and I totally loved it! Want to know why? Here’s a list for you.

  • It’s another younger sister/older brother’s best friend romance in Max Monroe’s Billionaire world. These NEVER get old! This one was so different from the last one of that trope. I love that it didn’t feel like a carbon copy.
  • This book was on FIRE! from the start. The chemistry between Theo and Lena was palpable.
  • Theo was just the right amount of uptight, while Lena was just the right amount of impulsive. It was a winning combination. I loved these two characters.
  • The Italian setting for the first half of the book made me feel like I was on vacation.
  • Cap. I don’t want to exactly say why, but it has everything to do with protecting his baby sister Lena.
  • Max Monroe are always funny, but this is their funniest book in the series. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it.
  • Brogan. You need to read this book just to meet Brogan. He’s a big part of the laughing above.
  • The Billionaire Book Club was going strong in this one. I loved those texts and interactions surrounding it. They guys are such an entertaining group!

I could go on and on about all the things I loved about The Billionaire’s Forbidden Sister. It was so much fun to read. It’s my new favorite in this series.

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Review: Lucky Caller (Emma Mills)

Lucky Caller
Author: Emma Mills
Publication Date: January 14, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval.

Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?


Lucky Caller is one of those books that I just want to scream, “I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!” and be done with the review. The whole thing was just so darn good and I loved everything about it. I mean, you don’t really need to know anything else right? Don’t worry. I won’t do that to you. Instead, I’m going to give you a list of what makes Lucky Caller so freaking fabulous.

What I loved:

  • Once again, Emma Mills’s writing excelled. She made me fall in love with everything about this book.
  • I loved Nina. I could find pieces of my teenage self in her.
  • Nina’s relationship with her family was perfect. It wasn’t all fun times and feel good moments, but it felt like a true family navigating the changes that come with divorce, remarriage, and sisterhood.
  • If you’ve read an Emma Mills’s novel, you know she excels at writing friendship groups. I’m happy to say she didn’t leave us hanging in this aspect. This time, instead of giving us an already established group of friends, she gave us one that developed over the course of the book. It was cool to see the get to know each other and forge friendships.
  • Jamie was someone from Nina’s past and I loved how he worked into her present. I loved how their friendship proved that even when you have a falling out, you can come back together with a little truth and humility.
  • I loved the glimpses of Nina’s dad’s radio persona.
  • Plus, Jamie made for a sweet love story. A really, really, really, really slow burn love story. The slowness may frustrate some, but I loved it. I felt right for the story AND it made the focus more on Nina and her relationships with the entire cast of characters.
  • The radio show was a great idea! I’ve only read a couple of books with a similar setting and they add such a unique way to tell a story. I loved how it tied into the friendships and family relationships. It was so much fun to read about!
  • The ending was PERFECTION! I loved how everything was all tied up in such a pretty, cool bow. (Blink and you might miss why the book is called Lucky Caller.)

The only things that could have made me love Lucky Caller more (if that’s even possible):

  • Frank Sanger. I know, I know. He’s from a completely different Emma Mills’s book, but everything is better with Frank Sanger. 😉 I would have been down with a cameo. Just saying.
  • I love the cover, but I do miss that it doesn’t look like all of Emma Mills’s other covers. Those stand out so much and are so beautiful. They’re hard to top.

If you love YA contemporaries and you haven’t picked up a book by Emma Mills, you’re missing out. BIG TIME. She’s easily established herself as one of my favorite writers in this genre because her words make me happy. She puts so much heart into her stories. I honestly haven’t met an Emma Mills book I haven’t liked, and I’ve read all of them.

YA Mini Reviews: Eyes on Me & I Know You Remember

Eyes on Me
Author: Rachel Harris
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Published: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Bailey’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.

Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at his mom’s dance studio helps, he’ll do it.

When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he’s more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he’s been hiding?

My thoughts:

I have had my eye on Eyes on Me since I read Lenore at Celebrity Reader’s review of it. It just sounded like such a fun and cute read. I am happy to report it totally was! There were so many great things about it. I loved the characters and their story. Lily and Stone were two very different, complex characters. They had issues like anxiety, stress, money problems, and living up to expectations. Despite those tough topics, the story was still able to be light and fun in the way I love YA contemporaries to be. My only little issue with it was that at one point it slowed down a bit for me. No worries, though. It picked right back up for a swoon worthy ending.

I Know You Remember
Author: Jennifer Donaldson
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Jennifer Donaldson is back with another twisted thriller perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Gone Girl.

Zahra Gaines is missing.

After three long years away, Ruthie Hayden arrives in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to this devastating news. Zahra was Ruthie’s best friend–the only person who ever really understood her–and she vows to do whatever it takes to find her.

Zahra vanished from a party just days before Ruthie’s return, but the more people she talks to, the more she realizes that the Zahra she knew disappeared long before that fateful night. Gone is the whimsical, artistic girl who loved books and knew Ruthie’s every secret. In her place is an athlete, a partier, a girl with secrets of her own. Darker still are the rumors that something happened to Zahra while Ruthie was gone, something that changed her forever…

As Ruthie desperately tries to piece together the truth, she falls deeper and deeper into her friend’s new world, circling closer to a dangerous revelation about what Zahra experienced in the days before her disappearance–one that might be better off buried.

In her stunning follow-up to Lies You Never Told Me, Jennifer Donaldson once again delivers a propulsive thriller with a masterful twist, skillfully creating a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

My thoughts:

I loved Jennifer Donaldson’s début novel, Lies You Never Told Me, so I was super excited to read I Know You Remember. I Know You Remember was a great YA thriller. It was complex in the way that an adult thriller would be with twists, turns, and things to make me question if my ideas were right or wrong. Even the suspicions I had that were right still managed to throw me for a loop. Stuff happened that I wasn’t expecting and it was awesome. Overall, it was a great YA thriller.

Review: The Kingmaker (Kennedy Ryan)

The Kingmaker
Series: All the King’s Men Duet, #1
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: October 28, 2019
Publisher: Scribechick Media, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡.

𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗔® 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱𝘆 𝗥𝘆𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and would do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.

𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘐.


The Kingmaker… Wow. Kennedy Ryan has done it again. The blurb pretty much says it all with powerful and passion. The journeys Lennix and Maxim went on… I’m just speechless. Kennedy Ryan is one of the best at mixing social commentary and romance, and she excelled at it in this book. I not only loved reading The Kingmaker, but I felt like I learned something.

What I loved most about The Kingmaker was Lennix. She was strong — so strong. Every part of her story was inspiring and interesting. Maxim was just kind of there when compared to Lennix. I honestly didn’t mind that either. I wanted more of her story than I did his.That’s not to say he wasn’t interesting or important. He was. He just wasn’t quite the force Lennix was.

My only issue with this book is actually in the romance of it. It was a little too insta-lovey for me. The week that tied Lennix and Maxim together wasn’t a long enough time for me to truly believe a lingering connection. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t love them together or how things played out. I just would have liked a little more time to build a lasting connection.

Wait. I lied. That wasn’t my only issue. I’m also angry with Kennedy Ryan for that freaking cliffhanger. It was brutal. One of the most brutal cliffhangers ever and she’s making us wait THREE WEEKS for the next book. At least I’ll have time to recover from everything she put me through in The Kingmaker, I guess.

Review: Getting Played (Emma Chase)

Getting Played
Series: Getting Some, #2
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy.

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together.

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.


I hate to admit this, but I wasn’t in a hurry to read Getting Played. It’s been about a year and a half since the first book in the Getting Some series, Getting Schooled, was released and I had forgotten how much I loved the setting and characters of the series. I’ve been in this mood for romantic comedies lately, saw Getting Played on my TBR, and decided to read it. I’m so, so happy I did because Getting Played was SO MUCH FUN!

What did I love about Getting Played? Everything. I loved the way Lainey and Dean originally met. I loved the way they became re-acquainted — Lainey pregnant and Dean as her teenage son’s math teacher. All of the dynamics between them were so entertaining. Plus, both Dean and Lainey were easy characters to love. Lainey was confident, driven, and self-sufficient. Dean was a little cocky, both a nerd and a jock, and a nice guy. There was just the right amount of humor and sweetness in their love story. Add in Grams, Jason, and the rest of the gang and I couldn’t ask for more.

I loved every minute I spent devouring Getting Played. Emma Chase hit a home run with this book. I really hope there’s more to come in this series and soon!

Mini Reviews: Reign of Brayshaw, I Knead You Tonight, & The Simple Wild

Reign of Brayshaw
Series: Brayshaw, #3
Author: Meagan Brandy
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult?

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Trust only those who earn it.”

A sentiment I follow without direction but holds more consequence than ever before.

One decision, five lives, three futures.
This is what’s at stake.

One night, one choice, four broken Brayshaws.
That is where we’re headed.

Unless I stop it.
I 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 to stop it.

I have to remind him of what he’s chosen to forget.

My town. My choice. 𝘔𝘺 ending.


This is the third book in the Brayshaw Series, and the conclusion of Maddoc and Raven’s story.

My thoughts:

I don’t know, you guys… This series has been a solid 3 star for me the entire way through. Sometimes I love the crazy, over the top drama. Other times, I’m just not into it — it’s too crazy. Reign at Brayshaw straddled the line towards too crazy. There were some great shocking moments. Some of them rubbed me wrong, some made me happy. What it comes down to is that a lot of what happened made me slightly uncomfortable since it takes place in a high school world. None of it was believable or even okay for KIDS who hadn’t even graduated from high school yet. Maybe college, but high school no. Some things were way too romanticized and I would be having a big talk with my teen about some of it if I knew they were reading this book. I do have to say the unraveling of all the mysterious stuff was fascinating, though.


I Knead You Tonight
Series: Slice, #2
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 17, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I hate Drew Woods, and she hates me.

Even so, I’m not the cold jerk most make me out to be, and I have no problem moving the single mom and her baby into my home. I do, however, draw a line when it comes to acting on the way her loose lips make me feel.

Alive.

She’s too mouthy, too prying, and her curves are way too distracting.

I might have lost my way after a nearly fatal car accident, but I’m not stupid. Giving in to Drew would be a short-lived fix for this pain I’m saddled with, and I knead something permanent.

I’d be insane to think what we have could be anything other than temporary…right?

My thoughts:

I freaking loved this I Knead You Tonight. Dare I say that it could possibly be my new favorite Teagan Hunter book? Yes, I would. That’s a big deal because I adored Let’s Get Textual. There was just something about this book, though. The enemies to lovers aspect was spot on. Drew and Winston had some of the best banter. I loved the way they hated each other. 😉 I was completely shocked by Winston’ character. There was definitely more than I thought going on with that dude from the previous book, and he proved himself in some of the best ways. I couldn’t get enough of this romantic comedy, and I need Teagan Hunter to hurry up and release the next book in this series. I need it NOW.


The Simple Wild
Series: Wild, #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

My thoughts:

I’m kicking myself right now because The Simple Wild has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year now. I’ve wanted to read it, but I shied away from actually picking it up. I wish I wouldn’t have. It’s hands down one of my favorite books I have read in 2019. I loved everything about it: the writing, the setting, the characters, the plot, the romance, the emotions…just everything. The Simple Wild was just so dang beautiful. I was sad when it ended because I wanted to be lost in its world for a lot longer.

Review: The Sinclair Heir (Eliot Scott)

The Sinclair Heir
Series: The Feud, #2
Author: Eliot Scott
Publication Date: October 24, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC from WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Everyone knows when a Sinclair boy loves a Wallace girl people die.

The first time JoJo Wallace smiled, she had my heart. When we kissed,
she owned my soul.
And when she gave me her everything, I took it…consuming her when I had
no right.

At first, we were just kids falling in love. We didn’t know about the
generations-old feud between the Wallaces and the Sinclairs. I also
couldn’t imagine Jojo’s destruction had been planned by my father when
we were babies. To Father, the feud came first. I was simply bred to
participate. My love for Jojo became his weapon, and to keep Jojo alive,
I became the perfect son.

* The Feud Series is an adult/coming-of-age, enemies-to-lovers romance and contains mature themes not suitable for readers under 18*


The Sinclair Heir is the continuation of JoJo Wallace and Alex Sinclair’s story which started in The Wallace Girl. If you haven’t read that book, you will need to read it before reading this one for everything to make sense. This review is spoiler free, so you can keep reading to find out what I thought even if you haven’t read The Wallace Girl.

I was so glad I had The Sinclair Heir ready and waiting to read immediately following The Wallace Girl. I really needed to know what was going to be next for JoJo and Alex. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long. Things immediately started happening at lightning speed from page 1. That was actually a surprise considering how slowly revealed and angst filled things were in the first book. I kind of missed that vibe in this book. If The Wallace Girl was all history and build up, The Sinclair Heir was all romantic suspense and action.

A ton of stuff happened in this book. A. Ton. JoJo and Alex were still fighting the forces of evil in their lives. The stakes got even higher and the romance even hotter. There were reveals left and right. Some of those reveals I was shocked by, others I could see coming from the beginning of The Wallace Girl. Whether I knew were coming or not, all created an enthralling tale.

The Sinclair Heir was a great end to what The Wallace Girl started. I really enjoyed what a collaboration between Ginger Scott and Anne Eliot brought to the table. I’m hoping this is just the first of many collaborations between the two authors.

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Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (Bryn Greenwood)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Bryn Greenwood
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.


I won a copy of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things from Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings YEARS ago. Years, people. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t immediately start reading it. To be honest, I was a little scared of it. I had been warned it wasn’t an easy book to stomach, but also told that it was really good. Both of those are correct. This was both a hard and easy book to read. Here’s my thoughts…

All the WONDERFUL things about this book:

  • Bryn Greenwood is a master storyteller. Her words put you right in the story with the characters. Her descriptions and characters are raw and almost too real. She was good at making me question my moral boundaries.
  • The story was told in multiple points of view. That gave more than one opinion and insight into what was going on. In some ways, that eased some of the sting I might have felt otherwise. It made me empathize and sympathize with the characters.
  • The baddest of the bad guys were so well written. I hated all the adults and even some of the kids. I don’t know that I truly liked any of them. Well, except maybe Amy.
  • This book is fascinating like an episode of Dateline is fascinating.

All the UGLY things about this book:

  • I felt uncomfortable the entire time I was reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things because I was captivated by all the things that shouldn’t have been happening. The fact that it’s loosely based on some of the things that happened in Bryn Greenwood’s own childhood made it even more disturbing.
  • I hated where this book went even when it felt true to the characters and their story.
  • At the heart of this book is a love story between a child and a man. Wavy meets Kellan when she’s about 8. He’s 24. Kellan starts out as a protector — sort of friend but almost family. As Wavy gets older and becomes a teenager, their relationship takes a turn it shouldn’t. Their relationship becomes more boyfriend and girlfriend. I couldn’t stomach this.
  • While Greenwood is trying to push boundaries and make people take another look at consent and age, it’s still disturbing. I kept thinking there was something wrong in Wavy and Kellan’s heads.
  • The abuse some of the adults (not Kellan) doled out was horrifying.

All the things I was left thinking about after it was all over:

  • I feel like the author was trying to make the reader understand that in some cases a teenager can be mature enough to consent to a relationship with an adult. I’m just going to have to disagree on that for a lot of reasons.
  • This is not a romance and shouldn’t be categorized as one. Some readers have shipped Wavy and Kellan together. That feels wrong to me. It’s like shipping Mary Kay and Vili together. (If you don’t know who they are, you can Google their story. They’re infamous.)
  • I still can’t decide if I liked the end. It fit the book, but I almost wanted an ending that was even more devastating than the story already was.
  • I am glad I read another one of the author’s books before reading this one because I’m not sure if I would push myself to read another one if I read this one first. It gave me feelings like Tabitha’s Suzuma’s Forbidden gave me feelings. I feel relieved, disturbed, and a little gross after finishing it.

I could probably come up with a bunch more to put under each section, but I need to leave some things for people interested in reading this book. I guess what I would tell people who were interested in reading it would be to go in with an open mind, know your boundaries are going to be pushed, but hang in there for the ride. I probably would have rated All the Ugly and Wonderful Things higher based on the writing and storytelling ability, but I just couldn’t get past the ugliness of some of it.

Review: The Wallace Girl (Eliot Scott)

The Wallace Girl
Series: The Feud, #1
Author: Eliot Scott
Publication Date: October 17, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC provided by WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

A feud that spans generations. A love doomed from its very beginning.

I fell in love with Alex Sinclair when we were kids. Our love was
innocent and it was real. It was also dangerous.

We didn’t know our families were like oil and water, or that the
Wallaces and the Sinclairs hid dark secrets that involved us. We also
didn’t understand how deep the poison ran. When I found out the
truth–when Alex forced me to leave town–I was devastated. Destroyed.
But that was all part of the plan. The Sincliars’ lust for pain and
torture at a Wallace’s expense made it impossible for me to
stay…impossible to save Alex.

Mr. Sinclair is dead now, and Alex is the new heir. I’ve been waiting
for this. It’s why I’ve come back.
I’ve my got own secrets now, and if Mr. Sinclair’s gone, Alex’s heart
and soul are up for grabs.
He and I can end this feud. Because Alex? He’s not one of them. Never
has been. He’s mine. He loves me.

I only need to remind him of that.

* The Feud Series is an adult/coming-of-age, enemies-to-lovers romance and contains mature themes not suitable for readers under 18*


I’m a huge Ginger Scott fan. I’ve read everything she’s published to date. I’ve only read one of Anne Eliot’s books, but I really enjoyed it. I was interested to see how their writing would mesh together. I was very pleased. The collaboration was so smooth. It felt like it was written by one author.

The Wallace Girl story was shrouded in mystery and secrets. The drama and fear surrounding them was palpable. Some secrets were better kept than others, but all were impactful. I don’t always love books that jump back and forth each chapter between past and present, but this one worked for me. There was so much to learn and experience. I enjoyed that part more than I expected.The angst the story produced kept me on edge the entire time I was reading The Wallace Girl.

JoJo Wallace and Alex Sinclair were fascinating character. She was this brave, nice girl who turned into a strong woman willing to fight for Alex. Alex was a man I wanted to hate, but couldn’t because of the boy I got to know. Honestly, I felt sorry for the dude. He was pretty miserable and understandably. I can’t really go into more, but the plot of this story was the reason for Jojo and Alex’s problems was addictive, mysterious, sad, and infuriating. I was fascinated by it all.

The only thing I didn’t love was the Tacoma setting. I live about 20 minutes north of Tacoma. I’ve spent a ton of time there and I hate to say it, but I felt a little lost looking for things I could identify. Some of the older and revamped buildings and the tide flats felt familiar, and yet they didn’t. The Tacoma described in this book almost felt like a small town or city surrounded by wilderness. I kept trying to imagine where that lake would be and came up blank. I mean, I like that they went Tacoma instead of Seattle. I just wish it felt like the Tacoma I know.

When I got to the end of The Wallace Girl, I was extremely glad to have The Sinclair Heir waiting to be read. I had so many questions when I finished, and I can’t wait to get answers. I also can’t wait to see how everything is going to turn out for JoJo and Alex. Bravo to Eliot Scott for creating a duet that has me hungering for more.

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The Feud Series: The Wallace Girl & The Sinclair Heir is a steamy adult romance saga by Eliot Scott. (Eliot Scott is the writing duo of bestselling authors Anne MacFarlane-Eliot and Ginger Scott)
 

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Cover Re-Reveal: Moonlighter (Sarina Bowen)

Today, I have a brand new cover for SARINA BOWEN to share for you. She has changed the cover for her upcoming release MOONLIGHTER. Check out her message and new cover below!

Dear friends and reviewers,
I love cover reveals so much that I decided to have two for the very same book!
Okay, that’s not really what happened. I realized at this late hour that I’d misbranded my new book. And the wonderful Hang Le and Wander Aguiar helped me fix that in a hurry. Thanks so much for taking the time to share the new cover. I’m really grateful!
There are a few assets attached, and some on this page as well. Thank you!
Sincerely,
Sarina

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