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.

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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.

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Review: The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe

The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe
The Lady Gets Lucky
Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Fifth Avenue Rebels #2
Links: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Alcoholism; suicide; death of a loved one; emotional abuse

The Lady Gets Lucky was literally *chefs kiss* – fitting as this book features a lady who wants to be a professional chef! Joanna Shupe is the master of the Gilded Age romance and this book is her at her best. Kit and Alice’s romance hits all the right notes, leading to a swoon-worthy, steamy read that I could not put down.

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Review: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2007
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I was excited to dive into the third installment of the Immortals After Dark series as poor Bowen went through the wringer in No Rest for the Wicked. This book ended up being a very weird reading experience for me – I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. The plot was what really threw me and not in a good way. 

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December 2021 TBR

How are we in the last month of 2021?? This year has been a rollercoaster of a ride, but I’m so grateful I’ve been able to get back into the book community! I’ve truly missed it and I feel like I’ve made so many great connections since I relaunched the blog and my Instagram in March.

I’m keeping my TBR pretty small for December as I want to leave room to find some fun holiday romances to read. I need to do some digging for some good holiday romances so if you have some recs, please drop them in the comments!

Here are the four books I hope to definitely get to this month:

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Review: After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long

After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long
After Dark with the Duke
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Palace of Rogues #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexual assualt; sexual harassament 

Once again, Julie Anne Long knocks it out of the park with the fourth installment in The Palace of Rogues series. If you like age gap romances and slow burns that turn super fiery, After Dark with the Duke is for you! I’m usually not an age gap fan, but this one works incredibly well as Long once again manages to write characters with incredible emotional depth and takes you on a journey you can only experience at the Grand Palace on the Thames. 

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Review: I’m Only Wicked with You by Julie Anne Long

I'm Only Wicked with You by Julie Anne Long
I’m Only Wicked with You
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Series or Standalone: <a href="/tag/the-palace-of-rogues/"The Palace of Rogues #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I was a bit nervous going into I’m Only Wicked With You as it is the first book in the Palace of Rogues series that focuses on two guests at the Grand Palace of the Thames who we don’t know super well. However, this book was something extraordinary. Julie Anne Long knocked it out of the park with this one. I swear, each book in the Palace of Rogues series gets better and better. 

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Review: Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long

Angel in a Devil's Arms by Julie Anne Long
Angel in a Devil’s Arms
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Series or Standalone: The Palace of Rogues #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I was incredibly excited to dive into book two in The Palace of Rogues series after Julie Anne Long teased the couple at the end of Lady Derring Takes a Lover. This book built on everything Long established in book one and made it even better. From the romance to the characters to the story, I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. 

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Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Shadowfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Series or Standalone:Fever #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I have been putting off writing my review of Shadowfever for a while now. It’s truly been a struggle to find the right words to capture my feelings on this book. The only way I can sum up this book was that reading it was an EXPERIENCE. I was literally saying ‘Oh my god’ left and right while reading it.

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