The Other Brother: A Billionaire Romance (Beta Brothers: Book 4) by Hazel Kelly

The Other Brother: A Billionaire Romance (Beta Brothers #4) by [Kelly, Hazel]

4 Stars

Publisher:

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Beta Brothers

My Best Friend’s Ex—Book 1

Friends with Benefits—Book 2 (Review Here)

Professor with Benefits—Book 3 (Review Here)

The Other Brother—Book 4

Where you can find The Other Brother: Amazon | BookBub

Book synopsis:

I never imagined I’d hit rock bottom. 

To be honest, the only thing I expected less was him. 

From the moment our eyes met across the zucchini, something woke in me and started dusting away the cobwebs I’d let gather around my heart

Not that there was anything loveable about the guy. He was gentle as a scorpion when I met him, and his venomous words stung me more than once. Which was fine. Really. Detesting him made it easier to do my job. Easier to sleep at night. 

But it was all a front, a costume, a lie. He’d simply been a beast for so long he didn’t know how to stop stomping around his castle, his grudges clanging behind him like a rusted ball and chain. 

Yet even the most hardened men can change. Even the most stubborn can learn to admit when they’re wrong. 

Not that Ash was wrong very often. At least, not when it came to me. 

And now I feel hopeful again. Beautiful. Enchanted. 

All because of a beast. 


First Line:

I’d never felt less beautiful.

The Other Brother by Hazel Kelly

My Review:

The Other Brother was the last book in a weeklong romance binge. Yes, I binge-read a ton of romance novels over the past week. I thought that The Other Brother would be the perfect end for this marathon. And it was. I enjoyed reading it.

The Other Brother’s plot was simple. Piper is a chef who is down on her luck. Forced to drop out of culinary school, she works two jobs. One at a sleazy diner and the other for a catering service. Due to circumstance beyond her control, she is forced to live with her ex-fling, who is the diner owners son. He abuses Piper. Piper meets Ash at an upscale grocery store she goes to unwind/escape. After that humorous encounter, Piper meets Ash at an event she’s catering for. Ash makes Piper a job offer that she can’t refuse: Become his live-in chef. What both Piper and Ash don’t expect is them falling for each other. Can their love overcome everything that life throws at them?

I liked Piper. She was trying her best to go forward in her chosen career, but it seemed life was determined to keep her down. She endured so much in those first few chapters. She was working horrific hours to pay bills and keep herself fed. Her roommate emotionally and physically abused her. She was starving. So I was glad when she remet Ash at the function, and he offered her a job. I was thrilled that she had a safe place to live and she could eat!! I liked that she wasn’t afraid to tell Ash where to go. I was surprised at specific things that were revealed about her, later in the book. My heart broke for her.

Ash was a grump the entire book. At first, I was put off, but as the book went on, I found out that there was a reason for his grumpiness. Ash had been hurt by his ex-fiance and best friend. He figured the best way to deal with his pain was to shut everyone out, which worked fine until he met Piper. His grumpiness, which did bother me at the beginning of the book, became an endearing character flaw.

Piper was Ash’s chef. He tried his hardest not to blur the lines. I loved watching him fall for her. The deal was sealed when he came to her aid at the supermarket. That was when I knew he had fallen for her. Piper falling for Ash was as impressive. Like Ash, she tried her hardest not to blur the employee/employer lines. She didn’t want to lose her job if things fell apart.

Ash and Piper had major sexual chemistry. From the moment they first met, it was crackling between them. So, I wasn’t surprised when that chemistry translated into hot sex scenes. I had to put my Kindle down a couple of times; they were that hot!!

The Other Brother can be read as a stand-alone book. The author does have the characters from the other books make an appearance in this one. But, and this is important, she doesn’t have those characters overwhelm the book. Instead, they make small cameos and then leave. I loved it!!!

The end of The Other Billionaire was great. I loved that Piper was able to achieve her dream and Ash was able to let the past go. It was the perfect ending for the book.


I would give The Other Brother an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Other Brother I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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WWW Wednesday: July 17th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

Miss R: Nothing too much going on with her. She’s enjoying her swimming lessons and swimming in the new pool. She also is enjoying our new addition to the family….a guinea pig named Twix.

Mr. Z: Nothing too much going on with him either. He’s enjoying swimming lessons too. He does protest going but once he’s there, he’s all good. He’s been pretty active this summer. Riding his bike, going over his friends and swimming in the new pool.

Miss B: She start her Youth Academy camp next week, is super nervous and is taking it out on us. The camp runs 730-8am to 4pm and they are doing a ton of stuff. Everything from how a cadet trains to DWI stops to forensics to K-9 demonstrations.

Me: We picked up a new pool on Friday. Its smaller than the one we had but it works. BK and I laid tarps down underneath it and leveled it out with soil bags. So far, so good. On Sunday, we got a 1 month old guinea pig from PetSmart. Not something I wanted to get…sigh. Don’t get me wrong, I love guinea pigs but we have two cats. And they have been looking at him like he is a tasty snack. We get him home and I find out, they need to be in pairs. WTF. So, we’re going back next week to get another one. He is a cute little thing and happy too. Still. Didn’t want another animal to take care of.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

Reading: My streak continues. Woot!! Woot!! Still knocking books off of NetGalley. I have also added books from there too. Which ended my self imposed NetGalley ban. There were a couple of books that I needed to read!!!

Reviews: I am still behind on writing reviews. But its all good. I have a blog tour review that I need to get written for Saturday. Other than that, I am going with the flow, man…lol. I have accepted a ton of blog tour/cover reveals..etc. Still making sure that they don’t overlap. Having 5 published on one day was a lot.


Blog: I finally fixed the MailChimp issue that I was having. I also noticed that WordPress wasn’t sharing to my Facebook page, so I fixed that. I am slowly going through my older posts and updating them. Checking links, updating covers/blurbs (from Amazon), removing posts where the book has been removed from Amazon/Goodreads (there are a bunch), updating book information (in some case, changing titles/authors) and editing the posts also. I have only got a handful done.


What I am currently reading:

Campusland by Scott Johnston

A tumultuous and often hilarious first novel about one year of insanity at the Ivy-like Devon University, a blissful bubble of elite students and the adults at their mercy.

Eph Russell is an English professor up for tenure. He may look and sound privileged, but Eph is right out of gun-rack, Bible-thumping rural Alabama. His beloved Devon, though, has become a place of warring tribes, and there are landmines waiting for Eph that he is unequipped to see. The cultural rules are changing fast.

Lulu Harris is an entitled freshman—er, firstyear—from Manhattan. Her singular ambition is to be a prominent socialite – an “It Girl.” While most would kill for a place at Devon, to her college is a dreary impediment. She is pleasantly surprised to find some people she can tolerate in the Fellingham Society, a group of self-professed campus monarchists. When things become socially difficult, Lulu is forced to re-channel her ambition in a most unexpected way – as a militant feminist. In the process, she and Eph will find their fates at odds.

Also in the mix is Red Wheeler, who is in his seventh year at Devon, and is carefully managing his credits to stay longer. As the alpha dog atop Devon’s progressive hierarchy, Red is the most “woke” guy on campus. But when his position is threatened, he must take measures.

All paths collide in a riotous climax. Campusland is a timely and gleeful skewering of the modern American campus and its tribal culture.

I am not sure what to think of this book. The first couple of chapters were funny but I felt disconnected from the book. I’m hoping because I was tired and that I will enjoy the book.

Campusland is currently on pre-order. Its expected date of publication is August 13th, 2019. Look for my review on or after that date.


I recently finished reading:

In It to Win It (Wynn Hockey: Book 2) by Kelly Jamieson

Wynn family bonds bend but never break. . . .

“Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips

JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice.
Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo.
I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. 
But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision.

A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless . . . until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me.
And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé. 

Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy.
Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye.
Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him.
And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction.
But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them. 
Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around. . . .

And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life. 

I liked this book. I didn’t have to think about the plotline, which was wonderful!! Also, I thought that Taylor and JP made a cute couple.

In It to Win It is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is July 23rd, 2019.


What books I think I’ll read next?

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of psychological suspense.

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?

All Boy by Mia Kerick

Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s “to-do” list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.

With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.

From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition.

Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister.

Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future.

Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket.
As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place. 

To beat the system, you have to be inside it

Every Love by Jann Doe

Love can be wholesome,
Healthy and pure.
It can also be deadly,
Of this I am sure.
I’ve experienced many,
I’ve opened my door.
Of all the love that I’ve held
There’s one thing I know,
Ain’t no one has loved
Quite like me… Jann Doe.

EVERY LOVE is a collection of poetry covering my own experiences in love. From abuse, to affair, to healthy commitment, I’ve shared many love lifes… even suicide has played a part. The name ‘Jann Doe’ is to protect myself and my family from my own mistakes and history, given the parts of me that love has touched.


Home Field Advantage (Milwaukee Dragons: Book 3) by Liz Lincoln

Home Field Advantage: A Milwaukee Dragons Novel by [Lincoln, Liz]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: July 16th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Milwaukee Dragons

On the Line—Book 1 (review here)

Swagger—Book 2 (review here)

Home Field Advantage—Book 3

Where you can find Home Field Advantage: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

Is the Dragons’ new wide receiver: A) a fallen NFL star looking for a comeback, B) the sexy player your boss wants you to write an exposé on, or C) the former love of your life?

For Milwaukee Dragons beat reporter Natalie Griffith, he’s clearly D) all of the above. Three years ago, Natalie’s bombshell report on her ex-boyfriend’s off-the-field scandals landed her the job she loves, but she still feels guilty about destroying his career. Now Quinn Lowry’s back, and he’s taking over her locker room, flashing his charming smile and reminding her exactly how hot they were together.

After two years out of the league, Quinn is sober and on the field again. He’s worked his ass off and he’s not going to blow his second chance, not even for the woman who broke his heart—twice. Having Natalie around is the last thing Quinn needs while he’s trying to prove he deserves to stay on the team.

Maybe one final night together will give them both some much-needed closure. But with Natalie’s boss pressuring her for another headline-grabbing scoop, can she admit to herself that she’s falling for Quinn all over again?


My Review:

First Line:

Even in a locker room full of professional athletes with bodies sculpted to perfection, only one would accurately describe Quinn Lowry’s shirtless torso: lickable.

Home Field Advantage—Liz Lincoln

I enjoy second chance romances. I also enjoy a character that has issues (be it an addiction or otherwise). So when I read the blurb for Home Field Advantage, I wanted to read it. I am glad that I did because this book was a great read.

When I first started reading Home Field Advantage, I didn’t get a good vibe from it. Natalie was too focused on Quinn for me to get any sense of who she was. Quinn came across as a bitter jerk who was aloof when it came to his teammates. But, as I continued to read the book, a miracle happened. The characters that I thought I had pegged changed. I loved it!!

The author did a fantastic job of showing how hard it was for Quinn to stay sober. Instead of glossing it over and making his recovery easy, the author threw obstacles in his way. I also liked that his recovery was linked with therapy. He could discuss what was happening that week with his therapist and feel better about it.

I wasn’t a fan of Natalie at the beginning of the book. But as I continued to read the book, I started to understand her. I understood why she ghosted Quinn after being together a year. She was terrified of being with someone like her father. It doesn’t excuse the article, though. I thought that was low. I also didn’t understand why she didn’t tell her boss to take a flying leap earlier in the book. It would have saved a whole lot of heartache and misunderstanding.

I liked Quinn. He captured my heart right from the get-go. His pain and anger at Natalie weren’t an over exaggeration. He had every right to be upset with her. He was slow to trust her, which again, I didn’t blame him for. I also didn’t blame him for flipping out when he saw her email. If I had the background that those two did, I would have done the same thing.

The romance angle of the book was right on. Quinn and Natalie’s feelings for each other never went away. That became clear when they started hanging out together. Their feelings went to a whole different level, the more connected they became.

Quinn and Natalie also had insane sexual tension. It radiated off them whenever they were near each other. That tension grew and grew until it exploded into one of the hottest sex scenes I have read to date. What impressed me was that the author was able to keep that sexual tension present throughout the rest of the book.

The end of Home Field Advantage was typical for this genre. Everyone got their HEA. I am wondering who the next book will be about? Matt and Cee? Oh man, I hope so because my heart was broken for both of them in this book!!!


I would give Home Field Advantage an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I reread Home Field Advantage.  I recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Red Dawn Rising (The Four: Book 4) by Margaret Watson

Red Dawn Rising (The Four Book 4) by [Watson, Margaret]

4 Stars

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: July 9th, 2019

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Series: The Four

The Third Eye—Book 1: review here

An Indigo Wind—Book 2: review here

Dark Matter—Book 3: review here

Red Dawn Rising—Book 4

Where you can find Red Dawn Rising: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

Musician Cassidy Drake has no idea who she really is until a brutal attack on her mother reveals truths she never could have imagined. Finn Brody, the mysterious man she meets at the hospital, suspects Cassidy’s true nature when magic erupts around them. 

Cassidy and Finn are drawn into a battle neither of them want. But they are essential in the quest to stop the evil fae queen from conquering the human world. Joined with the rest of The Four, can they defeat an entity with vast, unimaginable power? Or will they be the first casualties in the coming epic battle for survival? 


First Line:

Niamh stood over Brody’s body, holding her blade.

Red Dawn Rising (The Four: Book 4) by Margaret Watson

My Review:

Red Dawn Rising was at the top of my must-read books for the second half of 2019. I was anticipating this book. I had so many questions from the previous books, and I was hoping that they would be answered in this one. Oh, boy, were they!!

The plotline of Red Dawn Rising was fast paced and engaging. It answered every single question that I had from the previous books, including who Finn was. There was zero lagging of the plot and no dropped storylines. I loved it!!!

Finn’s backstory was heartbreaking and surprising. I would have never figured out that he was a Fae prince. I also wouldn’t have figured out that he was Niamh’s nephew. Which made what happened at the beginning of the book even more heartbreaking. I loved how patient he was with Cassidy (she wasn’t easy to deal with). I loved him.

I wasn’t a fan of Cassidy for a considerable part of the book. Something about her rubbed me the wrong way. She left a bad taste in my mouth during the first few chapters of the book. She kept denying what was right in front of her face. Until she came face to face with Sloan. After that, she became more likable but still. I wanted to shake her and say, “Listen, girlfriend, these people have been through stuff and know things. Listen to them.” By the end of the book, though, she came through. More than came through!!

Finn and Cassidy had intense sexual chemistry and attraction. The author kept them at such a high-level of sexual attraction/chemistry that I was almost expecting them to combust when they finally had sex. Then she amped it back up. I loved that she made them wait until halfway through the book to have intercourse. The reason why it was interesting. Finn and Cassidy were melded. Let’s say that it was intense and magical. Of course, Niamh feels it, and of course, she sends out her assassin to deal with it.

Naimh was someone that I wouldn’t mess with in real life. She was scary. I mean, she killed her FAMILY because she felt that she was the rightful ruler. She was unhinged by the end of the book. I did feel bad that things had to go down the way they did. But it was the only way to stop her. She was insane.

The end of Red Dawn Rising was intense. The whole battle scene with Niamh was intense. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. There was a death that I didn’t see coming. Talking about breaking my heart!! The epilogue was bittersweet. But it was fitting for the series.


I would give Red Dawn Rising an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Red Dawn Rising  I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Weekly Wrap Up: July 7th through July 13th, 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

Clicking on links under Giveaways I’ve Entered will take you to that giveaway

Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.


Books I’ve Read:

Nocturne in Ashes

The Other Brother

Bending the Rules

Red Dawn Rising

Twenty-one Truths About Love

Letters From Angels


Books with pending reviews:

Twenty-one Truths About Love—review coming November 19th, 2019

Magic Heist—review coming July 10th, 2019

An Unorthodox Match—review coming September 24th, 2019


Books with published reviews:

Magic Heist-–review here

Bethlehem—review here

Letters From Angels—review here

The Stories You Tell—review here


NetGalley Haul:

I Wanna Sext You Up

This Earl of Mine


Email Haul:

The Other Brother


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Stx and Stone—Cover Reveal

Magic Heist—Blog Tour

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Life is Short and The You Die—Goodreads Giveaway

A Song for a New Day—Read It Forward

Project Duchess—Kensington Publishing

Lisa Jackson Bundle—Kensington Publishing


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

WWW Wednesday: July 10th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

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


Personal:

Miss R: She started swim lessons the beginning of the week. I resigned her up for the next two weeks on Monday. I also signed her up for Bumble Bee soccer for the fall. She also attended a few events at the library with Mr. Z.

Mr. Z: He is still reading the books from last week. With Miss R, he attended the same events at the library. He’s excited for Harry Potter Jeopardy that is happening in the next couple of weeks. He also started swim lesson on Monday and I resigned him up for more lessons.

Miss B: Out of my three, she is the only kid who hasn’t had anything scheduled last week. She is content sitting at home and riding her bike. She did attend the craft event at the library on Monday.

Me: Well, the patch didn’t work in the pool. BK filled it up Saturday and by Sunday afternoon, it was leaking again. More money out the window…sigh. We are getting a new pool this weekend. Hopefully, it won’t tear.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

Reading: This is the 3rd or 4th week where I finished reading the books on last weeks “What do you think you’ll read next” section. I’m hoping to keep up the streak for next week!! I am still knocking books off of my NetGalley backlog.

Reviews: I am behind on writing reviews. I am 2 books behind. Which isn’t bad. I don’t have any blog tour reviews to write for next week. Which is awesome. I am liking my new system of writing down blog tours/cover reveals/book blitzes on a calendar. That way, I don’t double or triple book stuff on the same day (which is happening on the 15th, unfortunately)

Blog: I haven’t gotten around to fixing my issues from last week. I am making that a priority this week.


What I am currently reading:

The Woman He Knows by Margaret Watson

Darcy Gordon is hiding, watching for her past to catch up with her. So when her boss is injured in a suspicious accident, she’s certain it was meant for her. But instead of fleeing, as every instinct screams, guilt forces her to stay and help her boss’s brother run the restaurant where she works. 

There’s just one problem – Patrick Devereux is an FBI agent. His too-sharp eyes threaten to reveal all her secrets. Expose her for who she really is. She wants to lower her guard and let Patrick know her. But when he learns the truth, will he understand? Or will he arrest her? 

I just started The Woman He Knows last night. I read 2 paragraphs before I fell asleep. So, I don’t have an impression of the book yet.

The Woman He Knows is currently available for purchase. Look for my review within the next week.


I recently finished reading:

Red Dawn Rising by Margaret Watson

Musician Cassidy Drake has no idea who she really is until a brutal attack on her mother reveals truths she never could have imagined. Finn Brody, the mysterious man she meets at the hospital, suspects Cassidy’s true nature when magic erupts around them. 

Cassidy and Finn are drawn into a battle neither of them want. But they are essential in the quest to stop the evil fae queen from conquering the human world. Joined with the rest of The Four, can they defeat an entity with vast, unimaginable power? Or will they be the first casualties in the coming epic battle for survival?

I loved this book. It was a fantastic ending to a fantastic series. So many questions were answered. Including the ones I had about Finn.

Red Dawn Rising is currently available for purchase. Look for my review within the coming week.


What books I think I’ll read next?

Bending the Rules by Margaret Watson

The hardest thing is doing what’s right. Nathan Devereux’s parenting days are over. He raised his siblings, and now he’s ready to start living a life free of responsibility. After the year he’s had, he deserves it. But when the daughter he never knew existed and her way too tempting guardian, Emma Sloan, show up, his plans go out the window.

Nathan can’t ignore his daughter…or Emma. Yet having a relationship with them means giving up what he’s worked for. Worse, his past is sneaking up behind him and could threaten them all. He faces a choice he’s not sure he can make—or even wants to. Turn his back on Emma and his daughter? Or bend the rules to protect them? Either way, their future is at stake.

As you can probably tell, I am on a Margaret Watson kick. I enjoy her books and I am hoping to enjoy this one.

Bending the Rules is currently available for purchase. Look for my review within the coming week.

The Other Brother by Hazel Kelly

I never imagined I’d hit rock bottom. 

To be honest, the only thing I expected less was him

From the moment our eyes met across the zucchini, something woke in me and started dusting away the cobwebs I’d let gather around my heart. 

Not that there was anything loveable about the guy. He was gentle as a scorpion when I met him, and his venomous words stung me more than once. Which was fine. Really. Detesting him made it easier to do my job. Easier to sleep at night. 

But it was all a front, a costume, a lie. He’d simply been a beast for so long he didn’t know how to stop stomping around his castle, his grudges clanging behind him like a rusted ball and chain. 

Yet even the most hardened men can change. Even the most stubborn can learn to admit when they’re wrong. 

Not that Ash was wrong very often. At least, not when it came to me. 

And now I feel hopeful again. Beautiful. Enchanted. 

All because of a beast. 

I can’t wait to read The Other Brother. I am getting a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast vibe from the blurb. Here’s to hoping that the book lives up to the blurb!!

The Other Brother is currently available for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review within the next week.

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .

For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother’s passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama’s presence.

But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man’s been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama’s spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

I won Southern Sass and Killer Cravings from Goodreads and I put off reading it. Well, kinda. I read the first 4 chapters. I then realized that I was way behind on my ARC’s and put it down. So, I am picking it back up this week. I hope that it will be good. What I read was great.

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings is currently available for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review within the next week.

Blog Tour: Magic Heist ( Fairy Trafficking: Book 2) by Mary Karlik

Magic Heist (Fairy Trafficking Book 2) by [Karlik, Mary]

4 Stars

Publisher: InScribe Digital, Ink Monster, LLC

Date of publication: July 9th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Fairy Trafficking

Magic Harvest—Book 1

Magic Heist—Book 2

Where you can find Magic Heist: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play


Giveaway—end July 25th, 2019:

5 signed copies of Magic Heist with the dragon book marks

5 ebooks of Magic Heist

5 key chains

1 set of both Magic Harvest and Magic Heist signed with a pair of fairy earrings

1 twenty-five dollar Amazon gift card

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Author Bio:

Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore. 

You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”
She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.

She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse. 

Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention. 

Author Links:

https://www.marykarlik.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MaryKarlikAuthorPage

https://twitter.com/MaryKarlik

https://www.instagram.com/marykarlik/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13725528.Mary_Karlik

Blog Tour Stops (don’t forget to visit!!)

July 8th
Smada’s Book Smack >> Excerpt
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
The Not So Public Library >> Excerpt
Set a Spell >> Interview

July 9th
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
Cover2CoverBlog >> Excerpt
J.L. Hendricks Blog >> Top 10 List
Character Madness and Musings >> Interview

July 10th
Read with Me >> Review
The Moon Who Listens >> Guest post
Don’t Judge, Read >> Review
Adventures Thru Wonderland >>Excerpt
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm >> Excerpt

July 11th
T’s Stuff >> Excerpt
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Excerpt
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
Angel Leya >> Top 10 List

July 12th
Sophril Reads >> Excerpt
A L’ouest >> Review
Urban Fantasy Investigations  >> Top 10 List
Bookish Looks >> Excerpt

July 15th
Wishful Endings >> Top 10 List
Ilovebooksandstuffblog >> Excerpt
The Avid Reader >> Interview
The Magic of Wor(l)ds  >> Guest post

July 16th
Rockin’ Book Reviews >> Review
❧Defining Ways❧ >> Guest post
Jrsbookreviews >> Review
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July 17th
Julius Thompson Writer  >> Excerpt
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July 18th
4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ >> Guest post
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review
My Books-My World >> Excerpt
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Review

July 19th
My Life Loves and Passion >> Review
I’m Into Books >> Excerpt
Abooktropolis >> Review


First Line:

The dragon-spirit within Ian stirred, and a wave of nausea swept over him.

Magic Heist (Fair Trafficking: Book 2) by Mary Karlik

My review:

I was excited to read Magic Heist. I wanted to read a book that had fairies, elves, trolls, Red Caps, and dragons. Heck, I needed to read a book like that. Lately, I have been reading books that were heavy on the drama, and I needed a break from that. I got that with Magic Heist.

Now, onto the complaint. If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know how much I dislike starting a series mid-series. 9 out of 10 times, the books are not standalone. I am left wondering what the heck happened in the first book, which was the case in Magic Heist. It took me until the middle of the book to figure out what happened in the first book. And even then, there were some areas that I was still fuzzy on. But that is on me. I shouldn’t have accepted the review without vetting the book first. In plain words, this is NOT a STANDALONE book. You need to read book 1 to understand what is going on in book 2.

Other than that, I enjoyed Magic Heist. It had well-written characters and fast-paced plotlines.

I enjoyed Layla’s character. Even though the fairies from her village mistreated her, she was still willing to go and rescue them. She was ready to find a portal and transport them home, regardless of what was going on. She even risked her life and went to find the fairies who were being sold on the black market. For a 19-year-old, she was one of the more mature characters in the book. I can’t wait to see what other powers she has!!

I liked Ian. He showed terrific strength in fighting the dragon spirit. I wish that I had read the scene where he got infected with the dragon’s poison/spirit. I thought he was terrific when it came to dealing with Finn and the elves. I also thought he was fantastic when he dealt with the troll. I can’t wait to see what he is going to do in the next book!!

Let’s talk about Layla and Ian’s semi-romance. I say semi-romance because while they acknowledged that they had feelings for each other, but they couldn’t do anything about it. They had to concentrate on getting the fairies back to where they came from and rescuing the rest of the fairies who had been kidnapped.

I loved the secondary characters. Finn, Amelia, Andy, Buzzard, and the others added a much-needed depth to the book. I do think that there is more to Buzzard than what is being shown. I liked that the author had that one fairy be a jerk to Layla. I liked it because it showed what she was up against growing up. I will say that I didn’t feel bad for that fairy, and I do think that he got what he deserved.

The end of Magic Heist left me with more questions. It also left me a little angry. I couldn’t believe what happened to Layla!! I wanted to cry for her. I also was surprised at who the golden fairy was and how he was tied to Ian. Of course, something else happened that made me grin from ear to ear. And what was revealed about the staff? I was surprised by that too!! I can’t wait to read book 3.


I would give Magic Heist an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is mild language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Magic Heist  I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**