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Weekly Wrap Up (July 22nd through July 28th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Middleman

Grace and Fury

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

Incubation (The Incubation Trilogy, #1)

Eye Bleach

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page)

Missing: The Morris Mysteries (review here)

Missing: The Morris Mysteries #1

The Third Step (review here)

The Third Step

Immortals’ Requiem (review here)

Immortals' Requiem

Rough Ride – review here

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Believe Me – review here

Believe Me

Everytime You Go Away – review here

Every Time You Go Away

Dark Alpha’s Hunger (review coming August 7th, 2018)

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Rough & Ready (Lightning)

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

**No review for Eye Bleach

**No review for Incubation

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Rough Ride (True Brothers MC: Book 4) by Gillian Archer

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: July 24, 2018

Genre: Romance

Series: True Brothers MC

Ruthless – Book 1

Rebellious – Book 2 (review here)

Resilient – Book 3 (review here)

Rough Ride – Book 4

Where you can find Rough Ride: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Hang on tight. When it comes to love, this loyal soldier plays rough.

Amber: 
Two years ago I would’ve made a play for a guy like “Bam” in a heartbeat. That was before my father died in a puddle of blood in the middle of a parking lot, before I swore off his fellow bikers and their stupid “business.” But I still need answers about what happened to my dad, which is why I’m poking around at a nightclub owned by the Russian mafia. And that’s where I run into Bam, who carries me out of the club in his ridiculously strong arms like I was True Brothers property.

Bam: 
Motorcycle club princess Amber Bennett is the last person I’d expect to see at a club like Howl. She’s flirting with some dangerous people, and it’s my duty to step in and protect her before she gets in over her head. Like I don’t have enough on my mind without cleaning up Amber’s drama. Besides, she’s the definition of off-limits. If only she weren’t so f***ing hot. And determined to take care of everything herself. And oddly vulnerable. Because when we cross the line, I’m forced to choose between my true family — or my true feelings.

Look for all of Gillian Archer’s smoldering True Brothers MC romances:
RUTHLESS | REBELLIOUS | RESILIENT | ROUGH RIDE

My review:

I was excited to read Rough Ride. I have read the True Brother’s MC series from book 2. This series has captivated me. I love reading about bad boys who find their true loves with good girls. I have loved reading this series and Rough Ride was no exception.

What I liked about this book was how relatable Amber and Bam were. I also liked the chemistry between Amber and Bam. Even when they were in denial about their feelings for each other, it was still there. What I also liked was that both of them were not afraid to stand up to people. Bam stood up to his MC family for his relationship with Amber. And Amber, well she stood up to the son of the head of the region’s Russian mafia.

There were also things I didn’t like about the book. I didn’t like how Tank acted for 90% of the book. I get that he felt guilty about what happened with Stitch but still. He acted like a jerk when he began to suspect that Bam had feelings for Amber. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought Tank had feelings for her. I also didn’t like Bam’s mother. She was a vile woman. That whole scene in the casino turned my stomach. The last thing I didn’t like about the book was how Amber’s mother acted the entire book. I get that she was destroyed when Stitch was murdered. That would have destroyed me too. But she wallowed in it. Kept drinking and forced Amber to take over paying the mortgage and all the house bills. She did redeem herself halfway through the book but still, the damage was done. I couldn’t look at her the same way I did when Brittany was introduced in Rebellious.

I liked the plot of Rough Ride. It takes place a year after Stitch was murdered. We find Bam is a full member of the book, despite what happened in Resilient. Amber is struggling to take care of her mother and keep the bills paid while going to school. She also needs closure with her father’s death. So she decides to go to the Russian Mafia owned club and demand answers. She gets them and she gets the unwanted attention of Ruslan, the son of the head of region’s Russian Mafia. When the Brothers’ find out that Ruslan is stalking Amber, Bam is put on duty to watch her and keep her safe. Which Amber resents and fights against. But soon they start to develop feelings for each other. Can their love survive? Or is it destined to be a failed love story?

Ok, let’s talk about the cover. While I like it and think the model is hot, he does not look like what I expected Bam to look like. Bam was described by Amber as looking like a Viking. I was expecting a cover model who looked like a biker viking. Like:

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That is what I thought Bam should look like. Not, the cover model on the cover. Just saying.

I liked how Bam and Amber’s romance was slow going. Bam didn’t want to be attracted to her. She was off-limits to him and here he was fighting his attraction to her. But once he kissed her, the romance took off. Of course, it wasn’t easy-going.

The chemistry between Bam and Amber was insane. The author took her time having them do the dirty but when they did, it was insane. As was every other sex scene that they had together. I do have one question, which wasn’t answered in the book. Was Bam pierced like Reb and Tank? Author didn’t mention it and inquiring minds want to know…lol.

The end of the Rough Ride had me in tears. I agreed with Amber about why she did what she did. But, I also agreed with Maverick. She shouldn’t have run. I loved the epilogue. Loved, loved, loved it!!!

What I liked about Rough Ride:

A) How relatable Amber and Bam were

B) The chemistry between Amber and Bam

C) How they weren’t afraid not to stand up to people

What I disliked about Rough Ride:

A) Tank and how he acted for 90% of the book.

B) Bam’s mother. What a vile, vile woman

C) Amber’s mother.

I would give Rough Ride an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is violence. There is language. I would suggest that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Rough Ride. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Rough Ride.

All opinions stated in this review of Rough Ride are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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Weekly Wrap Up (July 8th through July 14th)

Books I’ve Read:

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

Snow (The Black Ice Trilogy, #1)

Project Prometheus (Assassin Fall, #2)

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, #3)

The Remnant

Hot & Heavy (Lightning, #2)

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty, #3)

Books I’ve Reviewed:

Rough Ride (review coming July 24th, 2018)

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Inconclusive Evidence—review here

Inconclusive Evidence (McAllister Justice Series #3)

 

Jilliand—review here

Jilliand

Set the Night on Fire (review coming July 31st, 2018)

Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom, #6)

I Think I Love You—review here

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

The Dream Daughter (review coming October 2nd, 2018)

The Dream Daughter

The Subway Girls—review here

The Subway Girls

Moon Blood (Book 2) by Carol McKibben—review here

Moon Blood (Book 2)

 

Lies by T.M. Logan (review coming September 11th, 2018)

Lies

NetGalley Haul:

I Do Not Trust You

The Ancient Nine

Limits

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

I Hate You, I Love You

Swagger (Milwaukee Dragons, #2)

The Hangman's Secret

Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2)

Drawn to the Marquess (Imperfect Lords, #2)

Email Request:

Worldwielder

Strange Circumstances

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

book review

Weekly Wrap Up (6-24-18 to 7-1-18)

Books I’ve Read

The Dream Daughter

I Think I Love You (Oxford, #5)

Jilliand

Inconclusive Evidence

Rough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)

Books I’ve Reviewed

The Sweetest Oblivion

The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1)

Every Time You Go Away (review coming July 25th, 2018)

Every Time You Go Away

Broken Promise

Broken Promise (Sons of Broad #3)

Visionaries

Visionaries (Mud, Rocks and Trees, #5)

Before and Again

Before and Again

One for the Rogue

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)

Malevolent Sadness

Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense Thriller

NetGalley Haul

Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3)

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo (Victorian Rebels, #6)

Email Requests

None

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

book review

WWW Wednesday June 27th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

I know that I skipped last week’s WWW Wednesday. We went on vacation. Camping. Which ended up being a bust. Why? Because Miss R ended up getting heat exhaustion (it was in the 90’s and humid). Then Mr. Z started getting sick from the heat. Then BK. So, we decided to leave the campground and go home. So, yeah. A huge waste of money and a lesson learned. Do not go camping in NC in the summer.

This week has been all about VBS for Mr. Z and Miss R. The church that we are planning on attending has an excellent VBS program. Mr. Z has been loving it. Monday, they went to the Salvation Army and sorted food. Tuesday, they went to CCM (Cooperative Christian Ministries) and helped weed/take care of the grounds. Today, they are going to a horse farm and will be doing chores there. Tomorrow, they will be filling backpacks full of food for the Backpack Program (click here for a better explanation)

Miss R has been doing crafts and she has also been watching the older kids put on skits that explain God’s will on a level that they can understand. She has been having a blast.

Miss B has been home. If I had known that she could have volunteered as a counselor for VBS, I would have sent her. But, I didn’t but I will be doing it next summer. She has been spending quality time playing SIMS 4 on her XBox 1 and watching YouTube. Tomorrow, she gets her retainer back. She is not happy with me about that…lol.

Enough about me. Here’s what I have been up to reading-wise this past week:

What I am currently reading:

Jilliand

“Bruised, bloody, and barely dressed, she knew it was over. She had no doubt the Vikings would search for her if she tried to run—especially now, with their companion lying dead. It would be dark soon, and she had no idea where she could go or hide. Jilliand knew they would come for her. The Vikings were not likely to let this go—especially it being an attack by a woman. She was defeated. Weak and shaking, she stared at the man’s body. I think tonight I die. 

I started reading this book last night. It’s interesting but I am not sure if I like it or not. I’ll save my thoughts on it for the review.


What I finished reading:

Set the Night on Fire (Cottonbloom, #6)

Cottonbloom is the perfect place for starting over, finding your way back home–and falling head over heels. . .

Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes–and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot.

Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcee who shows up to the garage in stilettos–and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key.

I liked this book but I wish I had read at least one book in the series before I read this one. There is so much backstory that you need to read the previous books. This book will not be published until July 31st, 2018. So be on the lookout for the review!!!


What I am reading next:

Inconclusive EvidenceRough Ride (True Brothers MC, #4)Deep Cover (Love Over Duty, #3)

Inconclusive Evidence: This is one of many books in my backlog of author requests. I was very interested in the blurb. I am looking forward to reading this book. Review should be up fairly soon.

Rough Ride: I had been on the lookout for this book. I have reviewed the last 2 books (didn’t review book 1) and liked them. Review will be up by the end of July.

Deep Cover: I was approached by the publisher to review this book. I am not a huge fan of Army/Navy/Marine/Airforce romances but the blurb caught my attention on this one. Review will be up by the end of July.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

ARC · book review · Loveswept · NetGalley · Random House Publishing Group

Reluctantly Royal (HRH: Book 1) by Gillian Archer

Reluctantly Royal (HRH, #1)

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: January 16, 2016

Genre: Romance, Humor

Number of pages: 250

POV: 1st person

Series: HRH

Reluctantly Royal – Book 1

Where you can find Reluctantly Royal: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A bad-boy prince is tamed by a vivacious American beauty in this charming love story.

Officially, the world knows me as His Royal Highness Prince Lucien of Monaco, but you can call me Luc. A long time ago, I vowed never to let my heritage stand in the way of a good time. Now the party’s over.

With the death of my father and my twin brother, I’ve lost a part of my soul—and my freedom. My heartless older brother tells me that not only do I have to settle down, I need to marry a girl with the right bloodlines. AKA, a princess. Yeah, I’ll get right on that . . . after one last trip to Vegas.

That’s where I meet Hannah. Not only is she gorgeous and down-to-earth, she reminds me what it’s like to live completely in the moment. Plus she has no idea who I really am. Hanging out with the locals, I feel like I can just be myself again. Besides, our chemistry is undeniable—especially after we take things to the next level.

What happens in Vegas is special, and I don’t want it to stay there. But I’ve been keeping a secret that will tear us apart. The last thing I expect, though? Hannah’s been keeping a secret of her own . . . one that might just bring us together.

Trigger Warning: None

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Resilient (True Brothers MC: Book 3) by Gillian Archer

Resilient (True Brothers MC, #3)

Title: Resilient

Author: Gillian Archer

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: July 11th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Number of pages: Unknown

POV:

Series: True Brothers MC

Ruthless – Book 1

Rebellious – Book 2 (review here)

Resilient – Book 3

Where you can find Resilient: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Every loner needs a family—and a heart to call home. The bad-boy bikers of the True Brothers MC make good as a strong, silent type shows the right woman that he can speak the language of love.

With her lowlife father in prison for manslaughter, Nicole Walker keeps her distance from the biker scene—until she meets the stud running security at her best friend’s wedding. “Tank” is big, mean, and trouble from every direction. Yet Nicole can’t take her eyes off his chiseled body, or deny the pure electricity she feels when he returns her gaze. Guys like Tank are supposed to be a one-way ride to heartbreak. So why, after a scorching night in his bed, does Nicole only want more?
 
From his tour in the Marines to his sister’s disastrous marriage, Tank has seen the worst that life has to offer. Ever since his father’s death, Tank’s been fiercely protective of his family—and the True Brothers have always had his back. But nothing could prepare him for a woman like Nicole, who’s determined to break down the walls around his heart. When violence strikes, placing Nicole in harm’s way, Tank digs deep to find the courage to keep her safe—and the strength to love without limits.

My review:

**Trigger alert: Child abuse, spousal abuse**

I was looking forward to reading  Resilient ever since I read Rebellious.  I fell in love with the men of the True Brothers MC and couldn’t wait to read more about them. With Resilient, I got a treat. I got Tank, who fascinated me in Rebellious, and Nicole’s story. And I will say, it was a sexy read with plenty of drama.

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