Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 25, 2010
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #8
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:2.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Rape; sexual assault; violence 

Y’all, I don’t think the Lykae books in the Immortals After Dark series are for me. I’ve been putting off writing this review for almost two months, and my feelings on it have really sunk in now. I did not like this book at all, and it is currently my least favorite in the entire series. The plot and the romance were incredibly lackluster and the only thing that I liked was the epilogue. 

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ARC Review: The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy

The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy
The Marquess Makes His Move
Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Series or Standalone: Clandestine Affairs #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: cheating; pregnancy; gun violence; racism; depression

Since we first met the mysterious Marquess of Brandon in Her Night with the Duke, I’ve been dying to get his story and learn more about him! Diana Quincy delivered with The Marquess Makes His Move. It’s a bit of a wild ride, but it was a ride I enjoyed being on.

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Review: Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
Hook, Line, and Sinker
Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
Series or Standalone: Bellinger Sisters #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

After not liking It Happened One Summer, I went into this book with slightly lower expectations. And I’ve got to be honest – my feelings on this are a bit mixed. I liked the beginning and the build-up in Fox and Hannah’s relationship (something sorely lacking in Piper and Brendan’s relationship), but the final act of this novel is where the story lost me and made me a bit iffy on my overall feelings on it. 

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5 Book Series to Read While You Wait for Season 2 of Bridgerton

Happy Bridgerton month! We’re officially a few weeks away from the premiere of season 2 of Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton, and I am so excited.

And I’m even more excited for season 2 as The Viscount Who Loved Me is tied with When He Was Wicked as my favorite book from the series.

If you’ve already read all the Bridgerton books and are looking for some other historical romances to check out, here are a few series centered on a central family (or two!) that might hit the spot:

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Review: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
It Happened One Summer
Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Series or Standalone: Bellinger Sisters #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:2 Stars

MY REVIEW

When it comes to Tessa Bailey’s books, they’re incredibly hit or miss for me. And this one was a big ole miss. 

I know this book is incredibly popular, but it did not work for me. I found the characters to be unlikeable, the romance underdeveloped, and the writing awkward. Some of the choices also made me angry as the central conflict is based on a failure to communicate.

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February 2022 Reading Recap

Got to be honest, I feel really weird posting regular content right now given the state of the world. Russia’s invasion and attack on Ukraine is hitting me hard. You might have noticed a bit of a lull in content recently, and it’s because I just have not had the brain space to devote to reading or reviews.

The last week has been incredibly hard for me mentally so I’ve been giving myself the space to rest and refresh, even if that means putting things I enjoy on the backburner.

I’m not going away, but posts might be a little bit sporadic. I’m hoping to get at least one review up this week, but make no promises.

Anyways, let’s get to my February recap. I definitely slowed down on my reading in the last week of the month, but I still had a pretty successful month reading 8 books. Quite impressive considering I read two 800+ page books.

Here’s the books I read:

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ARC Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh

The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes
Evan Leigh
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Series or Standalone: Last Chance Scoundrels #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been trying to sort out my feelings on The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes for about a month. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it and liked the story, but I also found it not all that memorable in the long run. I feel like it was missing that special something to make it stand out. All that to say is I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I loved it. 

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Spoiler-Free Review: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
House of Sky and Breath
Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Crescent City #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 2.5 Stars

MY REVIEW *NO SPOILERS*

This review will be a little different as I had zero intentions of reviewing this book as I wanted to read it for fun. 

First off, I want to say I am a Sarah J. Maas fan. I have been since I got to read an ARC of Throne of Glass way back in 2012. I’m not a die-hard stan, but I overall really enjoy her stories. Second, I adored the first book in the Crescent City series. I have not reviewed House of Earth and Blood, but it’s one of my favorite Sarah J. Maas books. Yes, it does take a second for the world-building to click, but I love its exploration of friendship, love and grief. That book really shines in those areas, and it packs a heavy emotional punch. I cry every time I read the last 20% of the book, given the sacrifices people make for those they love.

If you’re a hard-core Sarah J. Maas fan, I think you’re going to love House of Sky and Breath book. However, if Crescent City is the only series you’ve read of hers or you’ve been on the fence about this series, I’m not sure this book will be for you. 

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Review: Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Hunt the Stars
Jessie Mihalik
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Series or Standalone: Starlight’s Shadow #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

When I saw the announcement for Jessie Mihalik’s new series last summer, I immediately had to add it to my TBR as I was a huge fan of her Consortium Rebellion series. And then I saw it was a bounty hunter, slow burn, enemies-to-lovers novel and it made its way to the list of most anticipated reads of 2022. This book DELIVERED! There are seriously not enough space opera romances and I crave more books like Hunt the Stars.

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Review: Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long
Like No Other Lover
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I had to wait weeks for my library hold of Like No Other Lover to come in, and let me tell you, I dropped everything else I was reading to dive into book two of the Pennyroyal Green series. While I enjoyed The Perils of Pleasure, I absolutely adored this one! 

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