Review: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Dark Desires After Dusk
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: March 20, 2008
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #5
Links:
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Mental illness (OCD); pregnancy; non-consenual kissing; violence

I was looking forward to getting Cadeon’s story after being teased that he was in love with a human in Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this. Something about it failed to click with me, making reading it slow going. In many ways, this book reminded me of A Hunger Like No Other since we also get a road trip, but I found this a bit more enjoyable and less problematic.

Read More »

Review: A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill

A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
A Swift and Savage Tide
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After reading The Bright and Breaking Sea, did you want more romance, swashbuckling, magic, and intrigue? Well, Chloe Neill delivered in its sequel A Swift and Savage Tide! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Neill takes the readers on an unforgettable adventure, and I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. 

Read More »

Review: A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
A Wallflower Christmas
Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #4.5
Links:AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:2 Stars

MY REVIEW

Yes, I know it’s no longer Christmastime, but I ended up reading A Wallflower Christmas a few days after Christmas, so my first review of the year is a Christmas book. I love the Wallflowers series and was greatly looking forward to this novella. However, I did not like this book. I was disappointed with the romance and some secondary storylines involving the OG Wallflowers. 

Read More »

Top Reads of 2021

I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for days now as I truly hate picking favorites, especially when it comes to the books I read.

2021 was a great reading year and I truly read so many books that I adored. However, I do think one book stands out in my mind as being my top favorite this year. I accidentally added it twice to my list while I was pulling this together so I take that as a sign that it deserves special recognition.

With the exception of the first book on this list, the rest of the list is in no particular order. 

Most, if not all, of these books were 5-star reads, but not all of my 5 star reads made it onto my favorites. I was pulling this list together I was thinking of the books that stuck with me the most and that I tend to recommend frequently as must-reads. If you follow me on Instagram, I don’t think any of these will come as a major shock.

Okay, enough babbling! Here’s my top 10 reads of 2021:

Read More »

2021 Reading Year in Review

I’ve been procrastinating writing any 2021 recap posts as I always hate narrowing everything down. This will be my first in a series, as I want to highlight my favorite reads in a separate post.

2021 Milestones

First off, 2021 was a milestone year for me as I reentered the book community. I relaunched this blog back in March 2021 and joined Instagram as I truly missed the book community. It’s been such a joy to return to the book community and I’ve had such a blast getting to know more people and finding so many great reads.

Read More »

December 2021 Reading Recap

And just like that…December and 2021 are over! I’m going to focus this post solely on December as I plan to do a separate post for a 2021 year in review.

December was not the best reading month for me, which I expected as it has my birthday and the holidays, plus I was traveling and spending time with my family and that means less reading time. In December, I managed to read 7 books, which is more than I thought!

Let’s dive into what the last reads of the year were!

Read More »

ARC Review: Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

The Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle
Duke Gone Rogue
Christy Carlyle
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Love on Holiday #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Duke Gone Rogue is a charming start to Christy Carlyle’s new Love on Holiday series! The romance between Maddie and Will, the Duke of Ashmore, was sweet with relatively no angst. While lower on the sexy scale, I still found myself really enjoying this one as it was just so stinking cute how much these two characters came to care for each other.

Read More »

Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
The Bright and Breaking Sea
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Looking for a great fantasy read with some swashbuckling adventures and a hint of romance? Look no further than The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill. With a diverse world and cast of characters, I couldn’t put this book down! And it only gets better upon rereading as the world-building is exquisite and I picked up on more nuances in the plots, characters and magic. 

Read More »

Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
An Ex for Christmas
Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Series or Standalone: Love Unexpectedly #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Childhood cancer; death of sibling from cancer

I’m not a big fan of holiday-themed romances, but I am a big fan of Lauren Layne and An Ex for Christmas is such a cute, quick holiday read. An Ex for Christmas feels like a Hallmark movie in book form with a hint of a rom-com like What’s Your Number mixed in. You go in knowing exactly how it will end, but it’s fun to see how Layne will get our two lead characters together.

Read More »

Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: April 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars


MY REVIEW

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge might be the most bonkers entry in the Immortals After Dark series thus far. And yet, I somehow loved every minute of it? This story shouldn’t work – it’s a romance where a blood-thirsty vampire falls in love with a ghost for Pete’s sake. But somehow, Kresley Cole executes this crazy premise beautifully and the story works.

Read More »