Review: The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian

The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian
The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes
Cat Sebastian
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
Series or Standalone: London Highwaymen #2
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreadsStoryGraph
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Blood; murder; gun violence; Alzheimer’s/dementia

The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes was a delightful surprise of a book. I went into this book with no exceptions, but I came out completely enamored. Something about the romance between Rob and Marian touched a special part of my soul, and this book was so sweet, loving and tender that I feel like I have a dopey smile on my face every time I think about it.

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Review: Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath

Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath
Texas Glory
Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon Books (Topaz originally)
Publication Date: April 1, 1998
Series or Standalone:Texas Trilogy #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Domestic violence (physical abuse); rape; gun violence; torture; miscarriage; infertility; pregnancy; child abuse; forced child prostitution; pedophilia; murder

I mustache you to read this book. Sorry – it had to be done as I cannot believe I fell in love with a character with a MUSTACHE.

Words fail to express how much I adore Dallas Leigh – he made this book for me. And boy, Lorraine Heath takes you on a journey with this book. This book is filled with so much love, yet so much heartache and pain – very typically Lorraine. But it’s so beautifully done that I cannot fault her for the sad bits.

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Review: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Love on the Brain
Ali Hazelwood
Publisher: Berkley Book
Publication Date: August 23, 2022
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads
Rating: 1.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Gun violence; misogyny; cheating

Going into this book, I knew we would likely not be friends. I truly hated The Love Hypothesis, and Love on the Brain follows nearly the exact same formula. So why did I read it, you may ask? 

Well, I’m apparently a sucker for punishment, and I wanted to understand the hype. Plus, I felt like I had to give Ali Hazelwood another chance as she’s still a relatively new author. But I won’t fall for that again as this book 100% confirmed that Hazelwood’s writing and stories just aren’t for me. 

Before diving into everything I didn’t like, I will say that up until around the 90% mark, I liked this marginally more than The Love Hypothesis. I thought it was going to be a 2.5-star read for me. And then the ending happened, and I completely lost all patience for this book (we will get into that below). 

So without further ado, here’s why this book didn’t work for me:

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Review: MacRieve by Kresley Cole

Macrieve by Kresley Cole
MacRieve
Krelsey Cole
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 9, 2013
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #13
Links:
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Rape; child molestation; grooming; trafficking; toxic relationship; kidnapping; emotional abuse; murder; references to suicide, cancer, alcohol abuse, gang rape, depression

After taking a little break from the Immortals After Dark series, MacRieve was the perfect book to welcome me back. Despite the major content warnings (this book tackles some very HEAVY topics which won’t be for everyone), this book was a lot of fun! I had a smile on my face while reading it, yet also found myself constantly going WTF at some of the crazy – so, you know, pretty typical of an IAD book.

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Audiobook Review: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb
Cat Sebastian
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Series or Standalone: London Highwaymen #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars
Performance Rating:4 Stars
Story Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Gun violence; death; blood; homophobia; death of a child; death of a parent

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb was so fun and so unexpected! Not only did I love the romance, but these characters stole a piece of my heart. 

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ARC Review: How the Wallflower Was Won by Eva Leigh

How the Wallflower was Won by Eva Leigh
How the Wallflower Was Won
Eva Leigh
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Series or Standalone: Last Chance Scoundrels #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:2 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexism; ableism; misogyny

Oh boy – I struggled with this book. I had such high hopes for this as I adored Finn, but Tabitha ruined the whole thing for me in the end. I’m still angry at how this story played out. If I could, I would rate the beginning of this story 3 stars, but I’d give the ending zero stars.

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Review: A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera
A Caribbean Heiress in Paris
Adriana Herrera
Publisher:HQN
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Series or Standalone:Las Léonas #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: physical abuse; emotional abuse; racism; misogyny; sexism; references to slavery

This book made me thirsty in more ways than one! All I wanted to do was pour a glass of whisky and find myself a hunky Scotsman after reading this. With a diverse cast of characters, a fantastic romance, and a compelling plot, A Caribbean Heiress in Paris was an engaging, fun read.

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Review: How the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long

How the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long
How the Marquess Was Won
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: bullying; gun violence; sexual assault

This book. THIS BOOK! Unputdownable. Fan-freaking-tastic. This is my favorite thus far of the Pennyroyal Green series. I had actually read this book way back in 2016, but forgot I had read it before, so I loved rediscovering the story as bits and pieces came back to me as I started reading.

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Review: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Forbidden
Beverly Jenkins
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Series or Standalone: Old West #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Slavery; racism; racial slurs; gun violence; death; reference to suicide, rape, war

Forbidden was my first Beverly Jenkins book, but it won’t be my last! I adored Jenkins’ writing style and how all her characters and settings are imbued with such life and personality that they jump off the page.

Forbidden is also my first adult Western romance, a subgenre I am now fully exploring with my reading as I’m fascinated by it, and it’s nice to escape from the ballrooms of Regency England for a change. However, Westerners can be very fraught given the legacy of slavery in this country. I know that not everyone is comfortable reading stories set in that era for that reason.

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Review: What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long

What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
What I Did for a Duke
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

What I Did for a Duke is a delicious historical romance. I don’t think I’ve ever described a book as delicious before, but that’s the perfect word for this one. And with every book I read in the Pennyroyal Green series, the more I fall in love with the characters and series as a whole.

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