Review: Canary (Tijan)

Canary
Author: Tijan

Publication Date: October 4, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

We were on the front lines in that world, the mafia world.

There was nothing soft or glamorous about it.

Who you were before no longer mattered. Names didn’t exist.

I joined anyway. I had no other choice because they took my sister.

Join. Find her. Try and make it out alive.

Then he won me in a poker game.

I hated him instantly, thinking he was like my other bosses before him.

He wasn’t. He was worse.

He wasn’t just cold. He was dead inside.

It didn’t matter that he was gorgeous.

He was the most lethal thing I’d ever met.

He was also the only person who could keep me alive, if he didn’t kill me himself.

A/N This is a 102k mafia/cartel standalone.

This is the most violent book Tijan has ever written.

Trigger warning: references to sexual violence

“Canaries sing to save lives. I sing and people die.”


Canary was a wild ride. If I had to pick one word to describe it, I would probably pick “extra”. It was like other mafia romances by Tijan, but it was extra: extra violent, extra mysterious, extra addicting. While some may find those extras too much, I enjoyed them.

I was sucked into Canary from the very beginning. Our main character was a shell of herself. She had entered the mafia world to save her older sister, and had taken on new identities and roles. Her most recent role was “Girl” along side Raize. Girl had a very interesting job in Raize’s organization.  That role was cool. I would have loved to have seen it explored more. It was fun to discover more about Girl and her mission as the story went on.

Raize was a man with a violent job and no hesitation. He was the best at what he did and I could understand why. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a Tijan hero that I would swoon over because of his nature, but I did love how he took care of her. Maybe I just feel that way because Canary had a romance, but didn’t really feel like a romance for most of the book. A good 50% of it was just being in her head while living the mafia life. I wasn’t surprised when Girl and Raize turned their working relationship into a romantic one, but I also was. I think part of that was not getting Raize’s POV until later on.

As with all of her books, Tijan is great at creating a cast of characters you want to root for. I loved Girl, liked Raize, and thought Cavers and Jake were fun. Even the bad guys added entertainment to the story.

I thought the reason this book was titled Canary was cool. Tijan said this was her most violent book so far and she wasn’t wrong. While it was violent with all the killing, it wasn’t gory. It was a fast paced, multidimensional mafia romance. I devoured it from beginning to end.

CW: violence, murder, drugs, mentions of sex trafficking and rape

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Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new series from north Minnesota where she lives with an English Cocker she adores.

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Mini Reviews: Sterling Shores Series, Books 2-6 (C.M. Owens)

After reading S.T. Abby’s Mindf*ck series, I knew I had to read more of her books. Luckily for me she had written under a couple different names. After hearing praise for the Sterling Shores series, I decided to give it a try. I started with book 2 because book 1 wasn’t in KU. I don’t know how much I missed, but I’m guessing some set up for the families and setting. Here’s what I thought of what I have read so far.

Tagged & Ashed
Series: Sterling Shores, #2

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: June 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This is my first Sterling Shore book. I enjoyed it. Ash and Tag were really cute together. The suspense plot was a little crazy, but worked. I guess the only thing that bugged me was one of the big surprises and how secretive Ash was. I got why the author went there, but I wish the communication would have been there at the beginning.

Note: After reading Tagged & Ashed, I have to admit I was curious what drew people to keep reading this series. I liked what I read in this book, but I might not have continued if I hadn’t already read this author before. I knew there had to somewhere in this series that it really started to take off. I went and read a bunch of reviews for upcoming books in the series. Those reviews led me to skip The Sterling Boys, book 3. I skipped ahead to book 4. 

Loving War
Series: Sterling Shores, #4

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: December 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I skipped the third book in this series because of the reviews I read for it. I still haven’t decided if that was a bad decision or not. I had a little catching up to do with the history between Kode, Tria, Rain, and Dane. Once I knew what was up, it was easier to follow. I liked the relationship between Kode and Tria. Their enemies to lovers romance was fun. Kode was kind of a bully, but once they got things worked out he was a sweetheart. If you like jealous, alpha males you would probably like this book.

Breaking Even
Series: Sterling Shores, #5

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: January 3, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

This was my favorite book in this series so far! It was so much fun! I liked the opposites attract thing going on and all of the pranks. I laughed so hard that my husband asked me what was so funny. Rye and Brin were adorable! THIS is what I was looking for and why I kept reading this series when I had my doubts after book 2.

A Redo
Series: Sterling Shores, #6

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 25, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Okay, so this is one of those books you have to read after reading previous books because there is a little set up in the drama between Wren, his ex-wife, and his brother. Those books helped set up this story a bit. Wren and Allie’s romance wasn’t quite a second chance, but almost. It was a sweet story about a one night stand that resulted in a child turning into more. I loved Wren and Allie together. Their daughter Angel was adorable and made me like Wren way more than I had in past books. This book was a good addition to the series.

So those are the books I’ve read so far in the Sterling Shores series. I’m excited to read more. I’m going to cherry pick which ones to read after reading reviews. I plan to another series review similar to this one in the future.

Review: Lord of London Town (Tillie Cole)

Lord of London Town
Series: Adley Firm, #1

Author: Tillie Cole
Publication Date: October 10, 2020
Genre: Dark Romanc

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite ⁣
awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to ⁣comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness. ⁣

When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world ⁣who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves. ⁣

Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London. ⁣

Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become even more ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.⁣

But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball. She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help.⁣

Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ⁣ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?⁣

The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.⁣
 


Normally I’m all about the sweet contemporary romances, but every once in a while I get burnt out on those and want something different. That’s when I reach for a thriller or a dark romance. I was feeling this way recently, but couldn’t find books that wanted to read. My ex-blogger friend, Ari, recommended Lord of London Town to me and I’m happy she did. It got me out of the book funk I was in. Here are my thoughts on it:

  • Lord of London Town started out a little slow, but it was setting the stage for what was to come.
  • Arthur was a violent guy. By the time I met him, it seemed like it was more nature than nurture, but as the story goes on I got to learn where his rage and punishment came from.
  • I didn’t exactly like all the violence and gore in this book, but it fit the story so I could roll with it. I definitely said “ew” a bunch of times.
  • Cheska was Arthur’s goodness and also the light of the book. She might have had a posh upbringing and clean upbringing, but she could easily hang with Arthur and his family. I loved her thoughts on everything.
  • Cheska and Arthur’s relationship was full of ups and downs that spanned years. Their time together wasn’t all tender love story. There was a lot of dark moments between the sweet ones. Despite that (or maybe because of it) they made a couple I could root for.
  • Arthur’s family was a great cast of characters. I enjoyed them all, but had a big soft spot for Vinnie. His relationship with Pearl made me both happy and sad. He’s the one I am most curious about what’s going to happen to in the next book.
  • The climax in this book was so good! There were lots of twist. Some I saw coming, others surprised me. Overall, it was a great read.

Review: Tarnished Soul (Beth Flynn)

Tarnished Soul
Series: A Nine Minutes Spin-Off Novel, #4

Author: Beth Flynn
Publication Date: May 21, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒆, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒘𝒊𝒄𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒚.

Ex-con and ruthless biker, Jonas Brooks is stunned when he encounters the selfless angel who saved his life six years ago. With his massive size and alarming tattoos, Jonas terrifies people on sight. But the beautiful, kind, and intelligent Lucy Renquest sees beyond his frightening exterior the moment she lays eyes on him.

Despite being an outcast with an extremely high IQ, Lucy’s confidence and courage propels her to success. Finding the good in people is her biggest strength—and greatest weakness. When Jonas cleverly deceives her into accompanying him to a secluded cabin in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades, she’s beyond furious—until her anger fades and their passion ignites.

When Jonas and Lucy return to their normal lives, he discovers that she’s in danger. Now, it’s up to Jonas to save the woman who saved him.

Can a criminal with a tarnished soul protect his angel and find the truth before it’s too late? 


Every new Nine Minutes related book from Beth Flynn feels like a gift. I could not wait to read Tarnished Soul. Brooks and Lucy’s relationship has been hinted at in two of the previous books in this series, and I was dying to know more about them. Brooks is Anthony Bear’s right hand man, if that helps anyone trying to place him from previous books. I wish Beth Flynn would give us a “family” tree because I had to refresh my memory to remind me which biker gang he was related to. 

Tarnished Soul was exactly what I would expect from Beth Flynn. It was a journey through Brooks and Lucy’s relationship. We get to find out how a studious and somewhat geeky woman attracted a devilish brute like Brooks and vice versa. (When I say devilish, I’m not talking devilishly handsome like some romance novels. I’m talking brute force with no conscience, so be prepared for some stomach turning scenes that you would probably expect in a dark romance.) Their love story was unconventional and sweet. I would never condone what Brooks does, but I did love his love for Lucy and desire to protect her from the world. 

One of my favorite things about Nine Minutes books is the way they are all woven together through characters, setting, and plots. Each new book puts a piece in place and makes the entire series better. This book had some fun cameos and pieces of the puzzle. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was a major revelation about Brooks that came toward the end. It caught me off guard and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. What the revelation was didn’t bother me, but more that it was one. I should have seen it coming. There were some major hints and I admit one had me thinking back to something, but I guess I thought I just missed that it was foreshadowing. I don’t know how to explain it without giving it away. I just thought it was an interesting direction to go.

Anyways. Tarnished Soul was another fantastic addition to the Nine Minutes Spin-Off series. I loved getting the story behind Brooks and Lucy’s romance. I loved getting more time with everyone. I am only sad I finished this book because now I want another from Ms. Flynn. 

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Mini Reviews: I Promise You, The Bribe, & Take A Number

Today, I’m sharing with you three mini reviews for new releases I’ve read recently.

I Promise You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: October 12, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

This is the last book in Madden-Mills’ sports romances set at Waylon University. This time it’s newly starting quarterback Dillon McQueen’s turn to shine. His character was so much fun. He started off with a cocky flare, but I liked what was layered beneath. Dillon was a good dude who seemed to be a little misunderstood. I liked his pairing with Serena. She also had some great layers to unravel. She had an ex to move on from and insecurities to deal with. Their love story and characters might have felt a a little cliche at times, but it was the romance was entertaining. I especially loved that first scene. It was a good way to finish up the series.

The Bribe
Series: Calamity Montana, #1
Author: Willa Nash
Publication Date: October 15, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

I’ve been waiting for this book since I read a preview of it in the One More Step Anthology. It was just as good as I was expecting. I loved the small town vibe and all the characters. Lucy and Duke were adorable together. I even enjoyed the suspense aspect that managed to surprise me. The Bribe was everything I’ve come to expect from Devney Perry — or I guess I should say Willa Nash. I wish she would have kept it branded Devney Perry because it didn’t seem like a departure from her regular romance brand.

Take A Number
Series: Wait With Me, #4
Author: Amy Daws
Publication Date: October 15, 2020
Publisher: Stars Hollow Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

I binged the first three books in this series about a month ago. I was so excited to see this fourth book coming so soon. I have to admit that Dean has not been my favorite character in this series, but I looked forward to getting to know him better. He proved himself to be not as arrogantly disgusting as I expected. His romance with Norah was actually a really great fake relationship. It was everything I liked about the trope. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was Norah being described as OCD at the beginning. It sounded like she had some traits of OCD, but then it kind of just got put off as being controlling after that. I needed some clarification. Otherwise, this book was a lot of fun.

Review: Blacklisted (Jay Crownover)

Blacklisted
Series: Loveless, Texas, #3
Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a doctor who plays by the rules and the outlaw who breaks them in order to protect her.

Dr. Presley Baskin has always lived a quiet, calm life. Unfortunately, nothing about her life in Loveless, Texas—especially not the wild, rowdy, and impossibly close-knit Lawton family who’ve claimed her—is quiet or calm. Which is how loner Presley finds herself roped into patching up local bad boy Shot Caldwell against her better judgment. Presley wants nothing to do with the dangerous, brooding leader of the local outlaw motorcycle club. But when someone starts stalking her, Shot is the only person she trusts to help. Plus he owes her one…

Palmer ‘Shot’ Caldwell has always known his life isn’t made for relationships. At least until shy, secretive, Presley reluctantly pulled a bullet out of him. He’s oddly protective of the pretty doctor, so when she comes to him for help, hard-hearted Shot suddenly realizes there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to keep her safe.


Blacklisted picked up right where Unforgiven left off in the Loveless, Texas series. I loved where things picked up with Presley and Shot. They were such an interesting couple. Plus, I was really excited to find out where everything was going since the entire series had been building up to this point.

I hate to say it, but this books had some ups and downs for me. I wanted to love it so badly, but ended up just liking it in the end. I’m normally a fan of Crownover’s writing style, but it didn’t work well for me in Blacklisted. It was too wordy. That might sound weird since books are made up of words and the book itself wasn’t too long. There was just too much description and not enough dialog. I was being told too many things instead of experiencing them. It bogged the book down for me. I thought it might have been my mood, so I put the book aside for a few days. Things were a little better when I picked it back up, but I am attributing that more to being at about 50% where the action finally started to pick up and I started enjoying the book a lot more.

What about the ups? Well, the ups were great. I loved Presley and Shot. They had such different personalities and jobs. It was truly a case of opposites attract for them. I loved their chemistry and the way their relationship built. I would have loved to spend more time with them as a couple with a lesser suspense plot. Which is feels funny to say because I actually enjoyed the suspense plot in this book.

Another thing I enjoyed was the Lawton family and how they supported Presley. They showed up for her not only when she needed it, but in general. It was fun to see where they were in life and how Presley fit in. I also liked Shot’s right hand man, Top. He was interesting. I can only imagine what a book with him as the main character would be like.

In the end I truly ended up liking this book. Like I said before, I started enjoying it more once it hit that 50% mark. The characters’ relationship went placed I loved. The suspense plot came together in a way that fit the series and made for a good ending to it. I’m sad to say goodbye to these characters, but I’m excited to find out what’s next from Jay Crownover.

Review: Dirty Empire (Nina West)

From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker, writing as Nina West, comes the dark and sexy Dirty Empire series.

Dirty Empire
Series: Dirty Empire, #3
Author: Nina West
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Mercy Wheeler and Gabriel Easton’s sordid tale continues in Dirty Empire as Mercy finds her loyalties tested and Gabriel’s attempt to break free of his family’s legacy comes with unexpected consequences.

Dirty Empire is the third book in the Dirty Empire series and should be read after Sweet Mercy and Gabriel Fallen.


One word for Dirty Empire: EXPLOSIVE.

Why explosive? If I gave away Gideon’s secrets he would kill me, so this review is going to be a little sparse. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Things started where they left off. The drama and suspense continued and actually heightened in this third book.
  • Gideon and Mercy’s relationship went next level and got hotter, if that was possible.
  • There were some revelations I guessed but still managed to be a little shocked by.
  • Dirty Empire was supposed to be the end of Gideon and Mercy’s story, but IT’S NOT!!! There was another crazy cliffhanger and there will be a FOURTH book. I can’t decide if I love or hate that.
  • Dirty Empire was a fabulous addition to this series and I can’t wait for the fourth book!
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 Nina West is the author of the sinfully sexy and highly addictive The Wolf Hotel series and Dirty Empire series. She lives in the city but spends her summers in the wilderness.

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Mini Reviews: Until Her/Him Series (Aurora Rose Reynolds)

Over the past couple of years, I’ve randomly read some of the Until Her/Him series books by Aurora Rose Reynolds. I decided to finish up the series and give you mini reviews for each book in this series. You will notice that reviews for Until July (#1) and Until June (#3) are sparse. Those are books I listened to and reviewed on Goodreads in the past. Also… One thing to know is that this series is related to the Until series. That original series is also good, and I would recommend reading it first because it’s the parents of these characters. There’s a lot of history and good stuff.

Until July
Series: Until Her/Him, #21
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was my first Aurora Rose Reynolds book. I really enjoyed it! I also enjoyed the narrator. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

Until Jax
Series: Until Her/Him, #2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Jax was the alpha sweetheart I knew he would be. Ellie was sweet and slightly naive despite growing up in a tough situation. Her daughter, Hope, was adorable. The three of them were great together. I think things just started out bumpy for me since it had been a long time since I read book #1. I felt like the story started off as a continuation of that first book, which it kind of was, and I was a little lost. Once I caught up, it was easier for me to understand their instant love.

Until June
Series: Until Her/Him, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was really fun to listen to. I liked it even more than the first book in the series. I loved the second chance romance aspect of it. June and Ethan were a great couple and I loved their chemistry.

Until Ashlyn
Series: Until Her/Him, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I loved this book from the start. Things that start in Vegas are always fun, and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved the sort of enemies to more romance. I think what made it stand out amidst this series is that Ashlyn had a strong personality. She didn’t come across as weak at any point. She was just as alpha as Dillon. What was great about Dillon was that he had that alpha thing going, but it didn’t feel as over the top as some of the other guys. I think it was that both characters were the strong type. Anyways. The drama was slightly crazy, but the romance was on point.

Until Sage
Series: Until Her/Him, #5
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one going in. I didn’t have the best impression of Sage from Until Jax and I thought Kim might deserve a better person. Sage impressed me, though. He was willing to admit when he was wrong, and was there for Kim every time she needed his support. Their love story was the least dramatic of all of the ones I’ve read, and I liked that. I was also a big fan of how they were both adoptees and the differences in their stories.

Until Harmony
Series: Until Her/Him, #6
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This series is on a roll for me! I loved Harmony and Harlen’s story. Harlen seemed to have an alpha side, but he was more reserved. I liked that. Harmony was sweet and they made a great match. I also liked that the drama in this one felt underplayed compared to the love story.

Until Cobi
Series: Until Her/Him, #7
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Until Cobi could have easily been another five star for me in this series. There were a couple things keeping that from me. I’m used to their being a lot of drama in these books, but this one surpassed the others by far. Crazy, bad stuff kept happening to Hadley. So many things that it become not only unbelievable, but took away from the romance going on here. Also, I know all the Mayson men are domineering, but Cobi went about it in a way that actually bothered me in the beginning. He didn’t take no for an answer. His reasoning was that he could “read” Hadley. He was pretty much always right, but at the same time “go away” should mean “go away” no matter what you’re reading off a person.

Until December
Series: Until Her/Him, #8
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I really loved this addition to the series. December and Gareth were adorable together. I loved what a “plain” and “normal” person December was. I loved Gareth and his relationship with his kids. How their lives tied together was so sweet. The only thing was how FAST this couple got together. I mean, all of these books have insta-love, but this one felt especially fast even though I loved it.

Until Talon
Series: Until Her/Him, #9
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: August 24, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Is it crazy that I don’t ever get tired of this series? I love the formula Aurora Rose Reynolds uses for it. It’s just plain fun. Talon and Mia were adorable together. I especially enjoyed that this one was lighter on the drama — but don’t let that fool you! I didn’t see the twist coming. I only had it half right! I also loved Mia’s sister and her girls. I am super curious about what will be next for her sister and Winston, but I also really want a book about Bax. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.

Overall comments about this series:

This was a fun series to binge on. It’s definitely heavy on instant love and alpha male characters. If either of those things bother you, skip this series. (There is a combined thread regarding the instant love that ties each book together in a way. It’s called “the BOOM” and it made the instant love more acceptable to me.) Otherwise, they are quick reads (all under 300 pages each) that have sweet romances with a hint of suspense added in. Also, the women in the Mayson family were probably my favorite in this series. That felt so different since the first Until series focused on the original Mayson brothers.

Review: Creole Kingpin (Meghan March)

Creole Kingpin
Series: Magnolia Duet, #1
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Meghan March goes back to New Orleans and the world of Lachlan Mount with a dangerous and bold new anti-hero.

The thing about ghosts is they’re supposed to stay dead.

That’s exactly what I am, but I can’t stay away from Magnolia Marie Maison for one more day, let alone another year.

We’ve already got fifteen of those between us.

As it stands, she’ll want to kill me as soon as she lays eyes on me. And knowing her, she’s completely up to the task.

But I’m a man on a mission, and I’ve got everything riding on this.

So, here I come, Magnolia. This ghost is ready for whatever you got.

After all, there’s only one way I want this to end—’til death do us part.


I don’t know how Meghan March does it. Each book and series better than the last. From beginning to end, Creole Kingpin had me transfixed. I loved being back in March’s New Orleans setting with Magnolia, I character who has intrigued me from the minute I learned her name. Add in Moses, the villain from the Legend Trilogy who I wasn’t exactly a fan of, and things were crazy good.

Magnolia had a rough and not exactly lawful past life. She is ready to leave it all behind. Her navigation out of that world and the resurrection of Moses in her life was so much fun to read about. Add in a little dangerous mystery, and Creole Kingpin was the best kind of ride.

I would leave my review at that, but I HAVE to mention Moses some more. I didn’t think I could love him based on his relationship with Legend. I did, though… His relationship with Magnolia made me see him in a completely new way. I loved it.

So… This is a duet. You know what that means in a Meghan March book, right? CLIFFHANGER. This one went a direction I wasn’t expecting. It left me more curious than shocked, and I’m dying to know what’s going to be revealed in Madam Temptress.

Creole Kingpin is the first book in the Magnolia Duet. Magnolia’s story concludes in Madam Temptress releasing April 14, 2020.

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About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Mini Review: Queen of Lies (Whitney G.)

Queen of Lies
Series: Empire of Lies, #2
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Book 2 in the Empire of Lies trilogy.
The twists and turns in Michael & Meredith’s story continue…

The woman I fell in love with is a walking contradiction…
She’s sexy as hell, yet infuriating. Hopelessly in love with me, but carefully plotting to get the hell away.
She honestly thinks that I’m the ‘king of lies’?
Well, she f-cking fooled you…
She’s the queen.


The surprises that began in King of Lies kept coming in Queen of Lies. I don’t know what to say other than I wasn’t expecting some of the twists and the ending left me wondering what could possibly come next. Meredith and Michael’s story is crazy, epic, and I love it! I CANNOT wait for the final installment of this trilogy!