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ARC Review: How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder

How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder
How to Fake It in Hollywood
Ava Wilder
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: June 14, 2022
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Alcoholism; drug use; death of a friend; grief; references to cheating (not the main couple); references to physical abuse

Don’t be fooled by the illustrated cover and fun-sounding premise, How to Fake It in Hollywood tackles some heavy topics, most prominently alcoholism and grief, but Ava Wilder managed to write a story that perfectly balances the romance with the heaviness. This book felt like something magical, real and raw, and I cannot recommend it enough.

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Audiobook Review: Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly
Love & Other Disasters
By Anita Kelly
Narrator: Lindsey Dorcus
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

Performance Rating: 5 Stars

Story Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Misgendering; enbyphobia; divorce; strained parental relationships

I had seen a handful of folks gushing over Love & Other Disasters on IG back when it was published, and fate would have my audiobook come in on the first day of Pride month! This delightful cooking show romance was a beautiful story of queer love. 

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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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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: 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: 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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Review: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole

Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
Kiss of a Demon King
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 20, 2009
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Edging; sexual torture; incest; violence; dubious consent

You know when you get a snippet of a couple who will be the center of a future book and you think, “that’s a book I will love!” Well, that was me with Sabine and Rydstrom. I think I’ve found my new favorite book in the Immortals After Dark series. After being introduced to them in Dark Desires After Dusk, I could not wait to get their story. And boy, did their story live up to my wildest expectations.

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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. 

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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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