Review: Don’t Cry Over Spilled MILF (Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov)

Don’t Cry Over Spilled MILF
Series: The G.D. Taylors, #4
Authors: Willow Aster, Laura Pavlov

Publication Date: November 18, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


𝐀 𝐡𝐨𝐭, 𝐬𝐞𝐱𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐦.

𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐞 𝐮𝐩, 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐡 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐨𝐧. 𝐆𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐍𝐨 𝐩𝐮𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝.

I make my living writing romance.
I prefer my heroes to remain fictional.
But Gus Taylor is better than anything I could have dreamed up.
Sexy and funny and dauntingly handsome.
My little girl and I have been on our own for a long time and that’s the way I want to keep it.
But Gus Taylor makes me question everything I believe.

I’m a good-time guy.
I’ve always worn the title with pride.
But from the moment Susannah Brighton moves next door, I’m a goner.
And she’s got a little girl.
In the beginning, I think she’s just a mom I’d like to—forget about it.
All that’s changed now that I know Susannah and her angelic daughter.
I’ll do whatever it takes to win her over.
Because when you know, you know.
And I plan on writing myself into her happily ever after. 

Get ready for a gushing review because I am in love with Don’t Cry Over Spilled MILF. This single mom falling for her neighbor romance was adorable sweet and so, so funny.

Gus was HILARIOUS. I mean, the guy is innately cocky, yet also has this sense of humor to balance him out. He comes across as immature at first, but it’s just his sense of humor and his enjoyment of life. He has brought the funny to this series so many times, and it only gets better in his own book. With every book in this series, I have a new favorite Taylor and I think Gus is the ultimate Taylor brother. I loved how he inserted himself into Susannah and Olive’s lives and what a sweet man he was to them.

Susannah was a tough cookie. She had to be with what she had been through. She was a single mother raising a five year old daughter while writing romance novels and making Netflix deals. Her reactions to Gus cracked me up as well as made me swoon. He brought some joy to her life that she was missing.

Olive, Susannah’s daughter, was exactly what I like kids to be in books. She was ADORABLE and funny and doing exactly what kids her age would do. The way she instantly bonded with Gus and made him her friend was cute and funny. Those two were quite the pair. There were so many great moments involving their friendship. If you’ve read this book, you know how funny it is that her name is Olive, too. It was really perfect.

I don’t want to give too much away, but Gus wooing Susannah was one of the most entertaining, fun, hilarious, sweet, and somehow sexy courting displays in books I’ve ever read. He reads her romance novels, people. He uses them as inspiration to woo her. I won’t say more because it’s something a romance reader will want to experience for themselves.

I laughed and smiled so hard while reading this book. It filled me with joy. There were a couple of sadder parts, but overall was uplifting and a good time. This series has gotten better and better with each book, and that was quite the feet because I loved each and every one of these books. I’m kind of sad there’s only one book left, the Taylor sister’s, because I don’t want this series to end. I love these characters so much.

Review: Puck Shy (Teagan Hunter)

Puck Shy
Series: Carolina Comets, #1
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 28, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


I’m having the definition of a bad year.

Game Six loss costing my team the Cup? Check.
Getting arrested and ruining my image? Check.
Almost getting run over after my car breaks down? Oh, look—a hat trick.

My contract is up with the Carolina Comets this year, and I need to get it together if I want to stay with the team.

I need relaxation, not a relationship.

But when I’m scrolling on a dating app and stumble across the pretty girl who almost ran me over, I know I can’t let her walk away this time.

Harper is funny, smart, and doesn’t care about hockey.

I’m not supposed to be focusing on anything other than my career, yet I can’t get Harper off my mind.

I know I shouldn’t fall for her…but I think I already have.

Puck Shy was what I’ve come to expect from author Teagan Hunter. It was a fast-paced romance filled with fun. Here are some things I loved about her first sports romance:

  • There was a hilarious meet cute
  • Collin was a hockey player with a chip of his shoulder and Harper was a self-employed artist with a unique twist
  • There were several hockey scenes
  • Fun side characters like Collin’s teammates and Harper’s best friend
  • There was even cameos of a couple of beloved previous Hunter characters
  • Some fun horror movies stuff (Perfect for this time of year!)
  • Teagan Hunter’s trademark humor
  • Low angst
  • Online and text communication
  • More entertaining situations than I could count
  • Not to mention — a sweet love story

That’s a lot to love, right? There were only a couple of things that nagged at me:

  • Collin’s multiple lies of omission. I’m not a big fan of lies of omission or romances built on lies in general.
  • I wanted to know how Harper reacted when she learned something Collin heard. I felt like that was a big part of this story and I didn’t get it. It was mentioned away quickly.

Puck Shy was a great start to what is sure to be a fun Carolina Comets series. I’m already eagerly awaiting the next book.

Review: The Pact (Max Monroe)

The Pact
Series: Winslow Brothers, #2
Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: November 13, 2021
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 


“I need a ride,” I said to a sexy stranger on a Harley.

Three hours later? A six-foot-tall Marilyn Monroe was officiating our Vegas wedding at the Happy Chapel.

But it’s not love—it’s business—a marriage pact made out of desperation so my career doesn’t go up in flames.

Sure, Flynn Winslow is a hot, broody, mysterious man that women all over the globe would sell their souls to land for real, but I have my eyes on the prize and our marriage arrangement will end in three months with no strings attached.


Or will it all go out the window when I have to move in with Mr. Mysterious and our fake marriage starts to feel remarkably real?

I wish it were as easy as telling myself, Do not fall in love with your fake husband, Daisy, but apparently, when feelings get involved, not everything that happens in Vegas knows how to stay in Vegas.

Max Monroe + Married in Vegas to a stranger + Fake relationship = An entertaining and totally swoon worthy romance

Is that enough for a review? Because I feel like it is. Just in case it’s not…

Flynn Winslow is my new favorite Winslow brother. We’ve really only got Jude so far, so I can’t be say whether this will hold up over the course of the series, but I’m betting it will. His silent, stoic nature made him a mystery to many of those around him, and it made me a big fan. I loved his quiet ways. Daisy, on the other hand, was a talker. She was a person who wore her emotions on her sleeve and had a little bit of a nervous energy swirling around her. I loved Flynn’s ability to know what Daisy needed emotionally before even she did and how to quiet her mind. Daisy, in return, knew how to get Flynn talking. They balanced each other out very nicely. Plus, their chemistry was insane. I adored them as a couple. The Pact shows once again why Max Monroe romantic comedies are some of the best.

Series Review: Here’s To (Teagan Hunter)

If you’re like me, you found Teagan Hunter’s books starting with Let’s Get Textual and read from there. I had wanted to go back and read through her backlist, but just hadn’t had time. I finally found the time, and I am so happy I did! Here are mini reviews for each book in her Here’s To NA contemporary romance series.

Here’s to Tomorrow
Series: Here’s To, #1
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I flew through Here’s to Tomorrow. It was exactly what I would expect from a NA romance written in 2015. It was sweet and made me fall in love with the characters and their romance, but there was also an intense climax that hit the heart strings. I loved Rae and Hudson. Hudson’s daughter, Joey, was exactly the type of little kid I enjoy reading about. I also loved Rae and Hudson’s friends. There were so many funny moments and pop culture nods to entertain me. I gave this book 5 stars because I had such a great time reading it, and because I know I would have had I read it at release.

Here’s to Yesterday
Series: Here’s To, #2
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I’m not one for books where someone falls in love with their ex’s sibling, but this one worked for me. I have to credit Hunter because she set up Tanner in such a way that I didn’t like him and gave such a good look at Maura’s thoughts that I was rooting for Maura and Tucker. I’m happy about that because Maura and Tucker had chemistry and an emotional connection I loved. Plus, I loved both of these characters, especially Tucker. I also loved the way the dual POV were set up in this one. It was unique and fun.

Note: You might notice that I reviewed book 2 before book 1.5. I did that because that was how they were place and I read them in the box set for this series.

Here’s to Forever
Series: Here’s To, #1.5
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: February 18, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

This novella was so angsty! Rae and Hudson go through some heavier stuff and it made me sad that had to happen, but it also led to some sweet moments. I ended up loving how it wrapped up.

Here’s to Now
Series: Here’s To, #3
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: November 11, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I loved Gaige. I loved his backstory, which I didn’t pick up on in the previous books. It was interesting only having his POV and how that made the story play out. It worked for me with the exception of one thing: the 6 months. You’ll know what I mean if you read this one. Gaige and Haley’s friendship/relationship started out in a cool way and I enjoyed how it progressed. I loved everything about the book with the exception of those 6 months. I still feel like I missing them.

Overall thoughts on this series:

I went into this series not really knowing what to expect. Sometimes backlist series show the evolution of an author’s skills and they aren’t as good as the newer stuff the author is writing. That is not the case with this series. I was very impressed with it. It’s classic new adult romance, which I love. I enjoyed every minute binging this series. I’m a little sad Perry isn’t likely to get a book, but even without it, this series went out on a good note. I would recommend it.

Review: A Not So Meet Cute (Meghan Quinn)

A Not So Meet Cute
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


How did you two meet?

The quintessential question asked to every couple. And the answer is usually some bubbly, lovey dovey tale of being struck in the bum by Cupid’s arrow.

My meet cute (well not so meet cute) is slightly different. I was trolling a wealthy neighborhood in Beverly Hills, searching for someone to take me as their bride, you know, to make my arch nemesis jealous who consequently just fired me.

He was stomping around the block like some sort of gorgeous ogre, mumbling about a business deal gone wrong and attempting to finagle his way out of it.

And that’s when we bumped into each other.

There were no sparks.

Not even a hint of blossoming love.

But next thing I knew, I was scarfing down free chips and guac, listening to this man lay out all of his problems which led to his big ask . . . he wanted me to be his Vivian Ward, you know, from Pretty Woman–minus the frisky behavior.

We’re talking about living in a mansion, intimate double dates, and pretending we were head over heels in love . . . and engaged. Can you imagine?

The absolute audacity.

But people do crazy things when they’re desperate. And I reeked of desperation. So, I struck up a deal.

My one big mistake, though . . . big . . . HUGE? I accidentally fell for the incomparable Huxley Cane.

I’ve said this with every new release from Meghan Quinn this year, but she is on fire with her books. I don’t know how she keeps managing to release such unique, amazing romances one right after the other, but I’m here for it! I have loved every one I’ve read this year and that includes A Not So Meet Cute.

A Not So Meet Cute had so much going for it. The meet cute was perfect in a not so perfect way. Lottie and Huxley’s relationship was a billionaire romance, but it wasn’t confined to the boardroom or bedroom. It was a fake relationship full of humorous moments.  Lottie and Huxley had the best interactions and banter. Their distaste for each other mixed with their chemistry was entertaining in the best of ways. I couldn’t wait for them to give into their attraction, but also didn’t care how long they continued to antagonize each other because it was so much fun. Add in some great side characters and several hilariously awkward situations and I couldn’t ask for more. I had so much fun with this book that I didn’t want it to end.

Review: Wild Love (Rebecca Jenshak)

Wild Love
Series: Campus Nights, #4
Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, New Adult

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Johnny Maverick is a lot of things.
Great hockey player
Loyal friend
Rule breaker
Always up for a good time
And now, he’s my new roommate.

It’s only for a few weeks while I intern for the Wildcats – his new NHL team.
And there are some pros to living with my hot and ridiculous friend (or is that ridiculously hot?).
He’s fun and unexpectedly sweet, and he reminds me not to take myself too seriously.
I had no intention of breaking the one rule given to me on my first day on the job: no sleeping with the players.
And if I had, I never dreamed that player would be Johnny Maverick.

Wild Love was fantastic conclusion to the Campus Nights series. I’ve been waiting a long time for Maverick and Dakota’s romance, and I couldn’t have asked for a better story for them. 

Going in, I knew Maverick was a big ladies man. I was worried that I wouldn’t understand how Dakota would be able to look past his hook up filled past. I was also a little concerned that Maverick would have trouble leaving his conquests behind. Luckily, neither of these things were a problem. Maverick and Dakota were perfect for each other and clicked in all the ways they needed to. There was already a strong friendship and attraction between them. Acting on the attraction led to a passion and love that was beyond what I expected for them. Their banter was priceless. Maverick and Dakota were perfect for each other and I didn’t want their story to end.

Another thing I didn’t want to end was this series because I am going to miss the characters so much! I loved getting to see them all again, supporting Maverick and Dakota. The friendships they share are ones I know would stand the test of time — if they were real people. I also loved the new friends that were made in Maverick’s hockey world. We’re getting a new series for this world and I couldn’t be happier about that if I have to give up this series.

Wild Love was an incredible sports romance. I loved the friends to more trope and how it was woven into new life transitions for both Maverick and Dakota. It was a fun, sweet read that warmed my heart. 


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Mini Review: The Legacy (Elle Kennedy)

The Legacy
Series: Off-Campus, #5
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 


The international bestselling Off-Campus series returns with a collection of four novellas by New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy! This brand-new installment provides the much-anticipated answer to the question: where are they now?

My thoughts:

The Off-Campus series is one of my favorite NA sports romance series of all time. When I heard Elle Kennedy was giving us a “Where are they now?” novel, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

The Legacy was four parts, one for each couple. The first part was Logan and Grace’s and they need some spontaneity dedicated time together. (You might be familiar with a large part of this one because Kennedy released it as a novella.) The second part is all about Dean and Allie and a possible engagement. The third part is a much needed vacation alone and big decisions for parents Tucker and Sabrina. The fourth and final part is about a secret Hannah is keeping from Garrett. All four parts include hilarious moments between the guys (and the girls), a creepy and possibly haunted doll, and sweet moments between our couples. We get to find out what they’re all doing and where their relationships are headed, but Kennedy leaves it open enough that she could write more in the future.

It was fun to be back with the gang. I laughed and smiled a lot.  Fans of the series will love The Legacy simply because they get to be back with some of their favorite characters.

Review: Kiss and Don’t Tell (Meghan Quinn)

Kiss and Don’t Tell
Authors: Meghan Quinn

Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½


From USA Today bestselling author and the author of The Highland Fling, comes a brand new hockey romance about a wayward traveler falling in love with her ex-boyfriend’s half-brother. Steamy and unapologetically witty.

Five hockey players, a cabin in the woods . . . and little old me, Winnie Berlin.

Sounds like the start of a fantasy, right? But it’s not. It’s my reality.

It all started when I got lost in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. A wicked thunderstorm sent my car mud sliding into a ditch and for a girl whose survival skills involve finding the nearest Starbucks, I was in deep trouble.

Forced to abandon my car in search of help, I stumbled upon a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Soaking wet, irritated, and in desperate need of a hot shower, I knocked on the door for help only to be greeted by five boisterous, burly, and insanely attractive men.

Not just men.

Professional hockey players.

I hit the motherload of fantasies, right? Wrong.

Because as it turns out, one of them is my ex-boyfriend’s half-brother. And when I end up crashing in their spare bedroom for the night, things take a very unexpected turn.

I’m not sure any amount of survival skills can protect my heart from Vancouver Agitators star goalie, Pacey Lawes. But as long as we kiss and don’t tell, maybe everything will be okay . . .

Every time I go to write a review for one of Meghan Quinn’s books I want to gush about her writing in general. Her books are my happy place. I honestly don’t know how she’s able to write so many books so quickly without them starting to feel redundant, but she manages to create unique characters and romances that make me laugh and swoon each time. I’ve been especially impressed with her new releases this year. I’ve always enjoyed her writing, but I feel like it’s gotten even better — if that’s even possible. But anyways. What I’m really here to do is review her newest release, Kiss and Don’t Tell.

Kiss and Don’t Tell was a beautiful beginning for what’s bound to be an amazing hockey romance series. Pacey and Winnie were adorable. I could feel the instant connection between them from the moment Winnie randomly showed up on the “cabin” doorstep. I loved how their relationship built and gave us a little bit of a slow burn feel. What could have easily felt like an instant love romance based on their strong chemistry and attraction was filled with moments of fun, sometimes awkward, getting to know each other. I loved getting to know Pacey and Winnie right along with them. I know readers are going to swoon over Pacey wooing Winnie.

In the blurb, you might have noticed that Winnie shows up to the cabin where Pacey and his 4 teammates are. Well, readers are also going to love the goalie extraordinaire’s teammates/buddies. Every single one of those guys better be getting a book! They all had such fun personalities and their interactions were hilarious. I loved how they weren’t just teammates or friends, but family really.

Pacey wasn’t the only one with great friends. Winnie’s besties Max and Katherine were great characters. Max was the fun one and Katherine…well, she was intense. I loved how the three of them balanced each other out. I really hope Katherine gets matched with one of Pacey’s friends at some point…

I do have to admit that there was one part of this book that made me slightly uncomfortable. I am not a fan of romances where the hero or heroine has been involved with their match’s sibling. Winnie’s ex-boyfriend, Josh, was Pacey’s half-sibling. There is some stuff that goes along with the relationship between Pacey and Josh that made this story work for me better than it might have otherwise, but how Pacey deals with part of it sat in the back of my mind bugging me a bit. It wasn’t a huge deal and it didn’t ruin this book at all, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Overall, I adored Kiss and Don’t Tell. Winnie and Pacey’s romance made me heart happy. I wouldn’t have minded reading even more about them. I guess I’ll just have to hope we get to see them again in future books.


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Review: Another Motherfaker (Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov)

Another Motherfaker
Series: The G.D. Taylors, #3 
Authors: Willow Aster, Laura Pavlov

Publication Date: September 9, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


𝐀 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫, 𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐠𝐨𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐞—𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭? 𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐤𝐞, 𝐲𝐞𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥.

It’s time for a fresh start.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Except none of it is real.
Or it isn’t supposed to be.
My fake boyfriend happens to be the best relationship I’ve ever had.
And don’t even get me started on his dark eyes that I swear can see straight into my soul.
The way he makes me feel … everything about Caden Taylor is unexpected.

I steer clear of relationships.
Especially the messy ones.
I keep things simple, and it works for me.
Until I agree to help out Cosette Dubois by pretending to date her.
The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
Kind and sweet and smart and talented.
Fake boyfriend … no problem.
I’m a giver that way.
Throw in a crazy ex, a Botox-injected mother who hates me, a snaggletoothed dog who can turn on a dime, and a woman I can’t stop thinking about.
Messy has never looked better. 

How does this series keep getting better and better? Aster and Pavlov keep upping the fun, the funny, the cuteness, the everything. I have given the past two books in this series 5 stars, I gave this book 5 stars, and I will keep giving this series 5 stars if it they keep doing what they’re doing. I laughed so many times I lost track.

If you like fake dating, this book has a great romance surrounding this trope. Caden has been smitten with Cosette since their companies started working together. He jumps on the chance to play fake boyfriend to her when she needs a buffer against her ex-boyfriend. The attraction and chemistry between Caden and Cosette was palpable, but what was even more pleasing was their emotional connection and the sweetness between them. I was there for every minute of it.

While Cosette and Caden’s relationship shined, I hate to admit they were upstaged a little by Louie. That dog was something. I don’t want to give his part away, but he was hilarious. Louie combined with Cosette’s villainous mom was something special. He might be my new favorite pet in a book.

Another Motherfaker didn’t stiff me on moments with the rest of the G.D. Taylors either. There were plenty of moments for them to be involved with. Even Maya’s mom made an appearance. I loved how they all contributed to Cosette and Caden’s story.

This was just one of those entertaining reads that made me feel happy. I couldn’t get enough of Cosette and Caden, the Taylor family, and little Louie. As far as third books in a series go, this one kept things rolling and made me excited that there are still two more books to come. I can’t get them in my grabby hands soon enough.

Mini Reviews: Sterling Shore Series, Books 9-12

Hi, all. I’m back with more Sterling Shores mini reviews. I reviewed books 2-6 here, if you’re curious. I skipped books 7 & 8 based on the reviews I read. I am thinking I might go back at some point and read the books I skipped even though I wasn’t into the blurbs just to get some of the characters’ stories I missed out on. We’ll see… But now for the last four books in the series.

Perfectly Toxic
Series: Sterling Shores, #9

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genre:Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I was there for the Bella and Ethan match up. It was so much fun! These two played well off each other and great chemistry. Both were strong characters with tough things in their pasts. I might have raised my rating on Perfectly Toxic if it had stood out a little more from all of the other books in this series. It had a lot of the same tropes I’ve seen in the earlier books, so it didn’t stand out quite as much as I wanted it to. That being said, totally worth the read. I flew through it because of how much I loved Bella and Ethan together.

Make Me
Series: Sterling Shores, #10

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: January 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Make Me was a fun read that had me laughing several times. Dale and Harley had such an interesting history. I loved that Dale wasn’t quite as suave as the rest of the Sterlings despite having the same good looks and last name. It was also cool that Harley was such a boss. I loved how strong she was and the way she ran her company. Her quest for revenge was entertaining. There were a couple of times I cringed during reading this book, though. There was a mix up and some poor choices by Dale that rubbed me wrong. Overall, it was another good addition to this series.

Taming a Maverick
Series: Sterling Shores, #11
Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 8, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Maverick is and has always been a ladies man throughout this entire series. I have loved his cocky personality and his friendships, especially with Bella. He kept all those fun things in this book, but also became a more decent human being with Salem around. Their becoming step-siblings in their 20’s was an interesting angle with Salem’s family being what it was. I loved all of the interactions between Mav and Salem and her brothers. It was so much fun!

Talk Nerdy to Me
Series: Sterling Shores, #12
Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I loved Talk Nerdy to Me. Britt and Base were an odd pairing, but it worked for me. Britt is one of those characters I have loved since I first met her, and I was happy she was finally getting her own book. I liked how Base tried to push Britt out of her comfort zone in a comfortable way and liked her differences. This book felt perfect to me until the big conflict came about. It was then that I realized I wasn’t seeing the hidden issues they had. Once they were laid out, I completely agreed with the actions that took place. That didn’t mean I still didn’t love Britt and Base. And I ended up loving how everything was worked out in the end. The conflict just made me rethink how I viewed their relationship from the start.

Final thoughts:

I’m really sad this is the end to this series. I felt like each book got better and I wanted more. I know this isn’t possible with Owens’ passing, and it makes me even sadder. Overall, this was a great series of interconnected characters.