ARC Review: The Bride Goes Rogue by Joanna Shupe

The Bride Goes Rogue by Joanna Shupe
The Bride Goes Rogue
Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
Series or Standalone: The Fifth Avenue Rebels
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Joanna Shupe hit it out of the park with her third installment in the Fifth Avenue Rebels series. The Bride Goes Rogue is, quite possibly, the hottest book Shupe has ever written. Shupe perfectly balances the steaminess with compelling characters and a charming romance that gave me all the emotions. I already know this book will be one of my top favorites of the year, as I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time while reading it. 

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Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole
Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #10
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Torture; murder; suicidal thoughts; death; violence; substance abuse and addiction; kidnapping

I was very nervous going into this book knowing what had happened to Regin on Torture Island and that her mate was the head honcho on the island. I didn’t think that Cole would be able to redeem Declan Chase as that was an incredibly tall order. But somehow, she did, and this book is one of my favorites in the Immortals After Dark series.

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Review: Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott

Famous in a Small Town by Kylie Scott
Famous in a Small Town
Kylie Scott
Publisher: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: April 7, 2022
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 2 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Grief; anxiety; pregnancy; home invasion

It pains me so much that I didn’t like this book. I was greatly looking forward to it as I adored Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series and was excited for her to write another musician hero. However, this book fell flat. This book was a bit of a nebulous meh. 

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Audiobook Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
One Last Stop
Casey McQuiston
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Performance Rating: 5 Stars
Story Rating:3.5 Stars

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

CW: Homophobia; racism

I went into this book with zero knowledge of the plot as silly old me didn’t read the synopsis. Color me surprised that there was time travel in this book! Once the suspension of disbelief kicked in, I liked this book despite some of its flaws.

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ARC Review: All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden

All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden
All the Duke I Need
Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Series or Standalone: Desperately Seeking Duke #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

All the Duke I Need took me by surprise in the best way! I went into this book with no expectations but found it so cute and ended up loving it by the end. The romance was adorable, and I loved how Caroline Linden brought all the pieces together to solve for the lost heir to the Carlyle dukedom that has been central to the plot of the Desperately Seeking Duke series.

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Review: Electric Idol by Katee Robert

Electric Idol by Katee Robert
Electric Idol
Katee Robert
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Series or Standalone:Dark Olympus #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Fatphobia; fat-shaming/body shaming; violence; emotional abuse

After being let down by Neon Gods, I went into book two of the Dark Olympus series with tempered expectations. But color me surprised as I ended up really liking this one! While I might have been expecting a bit more spice and a few more sex scenes than we got, the central romance between Eros and Psyche was incredibly sweet and had me invested!

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Review: Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

Demon From the Dark by Kresley Cole
Demon From the Dark
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #9
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Slavery; sexual abuse; rape; violence; torture; kidnapping; murder

I will fully admit, it’s been a few months since I read this, as I’m still playing catch up on some reviews, so this might not be as detailed as usual. 

Demon From the Dark is book nine in the Immortals After Dark series and kicks off a bit of a dark phase on what has been dubbed in the book community “Torture Island.” I enjoyed this one while reading it as it starts with a bang and continues to take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance, heartache, torture, and so much more.

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Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Love Hypothesis
Ali Hazelwood
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: Amazon – Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:1 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: sexual harassament/assualt

Did I read the same book as everyone else? Because this book was a big fat NO from me. I know a lot of people love The Love Hypothesis, but everything about it – from the writing to the characters, to the plot and even the romance – did not work for me. If this wasn’t a hyped book, I would have put it down after the first chapter and marked it as Did Not Finish.

I honestly don’t know where to start with this review.

To try to make this digestible, I’m going to structure this a little bit differently than my normal review with sections: 

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Review: I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

I Kissed An Earl
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Slavery; racism; violence; pregnancy

Who thought peeling a potato could be so fraught with sexual tension? Seriously. 

I adored I Kissed An Earl, the fourth book in Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series. This book had a little bit of everything. You have forced proximity, pirates, enemies-to-lovers, adventures on the high sea and sexy potato peeling. What is not to like?

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Review: Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long

Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long
Since the Surrender
Julie Anne Long
Publisher:Avon
Publication Date: January 29, 2008
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Kidnapping; infidelity/cheating; sex trafficking

Who would have guessed that this book would have so many puppets in it and that the puppets would actually be so important to the story? I certainly didn’t expect that going in, but somehow Julie Anne Long has a way of making the unexpected work. I’ll be honest – this one felt like a little bit of a letdown after how amazing Like No Other Lover was. That’s not to say this is a bad book. I still really enjoyed this one, but it felt like it was missing that special something to make it truly shine. 

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