Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Dear Vivian

 

Title: Dear Vivian 
Author: Eliza Black
Publisher: Self-Published

Rating: 5 *s

Description: 
What would you do if you felt free to act on your every sexual whim?


I never thought you would find me at a sex club, but embracing my sexual liberation led me places I'd only dreamed of. I promised Vivian that I wouldn't let anything hold me back from living my best life, and I intend to keep that promise. This journal is every dirty detail of my experiences with the people I've met since that tragic day. Nathan, Mark, Keith, Ace, Kendra, the list goes on and on.

Skinny dipping, public sex, BDSM, threesomes, exhibitionism, and more await you in this journal. One thing I never expected? That this would give me the confidence to embrace who I was always meant to be.

Dear Vivian was originally published on Kindle Vella. It is an erotic journal and contains explicit sexual content. It is intended for readers 18+

My Review: Dear Vivian is written as a journal documenting a journey of sexual exploration and healing in its own way. As we read we know our main character is writing to someone and that it is a private journal. It isn't until later in the entries that we find out who she is writing to.

The journal details explicit scenes of sexual exploration. Ranging from public indecency to dabbling into the BDSM community. Each entry gives us her feelings, desires, and the awakening of her desires.

As we get to the final entries the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. I really enjoyed this because at first you think you're just getting a glimpse of some smutty scenes but as you read you realize this is also a journey of pushing boundaries and healing.

This is a great, quick read sure to leave you fanning yourself and needing a cold shower after reading!

Every Other Thursday Night

 

Title: Every Other Thursday Night
Author: Marielle Snow
Publisher: Self-Published

Rating: 4 *s

Description: While Lyza longs to be the brazen, enchanting flirt she was before tragedy struck and she lost her beloved soulmate, she never dreamed that a mischievous match-making friend would drag her out to an epic Valentine's Day event.

Heather hoped to make up for exposing an explicit story Lyza wrote starring her family doctor, Carey Porter.

Little does Lyza know that this steamy event will start a tantalizing journey full of hurt and longing as she attempts to move on from the haunting memory of her devoted husband, Nate. Sparks fly between Carey and Lyza, tossingWhile Lyza longs to be the brazen, enchanting flirt she was before tragedy struck and she lost her beloved soulmate, she never dreamed that a mischievous match-making friend would drag her out to an epic Valentine's Day event.

Heather hoped to make up for exposing an explicit story Lyza wrote starring her family doctor, Carey Porter.

Little does Lyza know that this steamy event will start a tantalizing journey full of hurt and longing as she attempts to move on from the haunting memory of her devoted husband, Nate. Sparks fly between Carey and Lyza, tossing them both into unexpected realms.

Can Lyza leave it at the sultry one-night stand she came out for? Will Dr. Porter allow her to slip away?

With skeletons in their closets, Lyza and Carey are lonely in different ways but old enough to know better than to expose their hearts for mere desire.

But will those walls built up by past hurts keep them from taking a risk on something extraordinary?

If you enjoy passionate and suspenseful books about chasing the hope for lust, passion, and love later in life, then you'll surely enjoy Lyza's wanton journey in this provocative tale.them both into unexpected realms.

Can Lyza leave it at the sultry one-night stand she came out for? Will Dr. Porter allow her to slip away?

With skeletons in their closets, Lyza and Carey are lonely in different ways but old enough to know better than to expose their hearts for mere desire.

But will those walls built up by past hurts keep them from taking a risk on something extraordinary?

If you enjoy passionate and suspenseful books about chasing the hope for lust, passion, and love later in life, then you'll surely enjoy Lyza's wanton journey in this provocative tale.



My Review: Every Other Thursday starts off slow but the build up is so worth it. Lyza's best friend Heather invites her to an exclusive Valentine's Day event. Little does she know her best friend is up to no good and playing match maker.


What unfolds is something that even Lyza didn't see coming. The events to follow throw both her and Carey into a loop that neither saw coming.


Both have their own walls up for their protection. Will those walls prevent them from progressing into their relationship?


I absolutely adored this story. I would love to see a follow up into more of Lyza and Carey's adventures. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Lyza let go and just enjoy herself!

Black Swan

 

Tile: Black Swan
Author: Roxy Leigh
Publisher: Self-Published

Rating: 5 *s

Description: Growing up as the daughter of the renowned Liam Hendrix, I assumed that I was the sole heir to my fathers empire.


Right up until my father ripped the rug out from under my feet and demanded I marry a man of his choosing. A man he sees fit to rule over the Hendrix Mafia.

A role I've always coveted.

Dean Lawson is my childhood best friend, my protector, and the love of my life. After he hurt me when we were younger, I swore never to get too close and give him that chance again.

Now we are being forced to marry.

I refuse to be a broodmare, to marry someone so that they can take everything I've always wanted.

I've got to get away. Start fresh somewhere else.

It won’t be that easy…

It turns out my father isn’t the biggest monster I’ll have to face if I want my chance at freedom.

Octavia and Dean's story is a contemporary mafia Swan Princess retelling. It contains some steamy scenes and some darker themes. Please review the content warnings before proceeding.

My Review: This was a fast paced read! I loved reading Octavia's sorry and seeing the depths that Dean will go to in order to protect Octavia and the seat that rightfully belongs to her. She swears never to get too close to him and to remain focused on her rightful spot as next in line to the throne.

When the seat is taken from under her, she plans to run off and start fresh.

The journey to freedom proves that her father was the least of her worries.

This was a quick read but I loved every page of it. It had the perfect amount of spice and suspense!

Every Beautiful Mile


Title: Every Beautiful Mile
Author: Ashley Manley
Publisher: Wildflower Book LLC
Rating: 5 *s

Description: A widowed bartender, a summer road trip, the detour she never expected.


Penelope ‘Nel’ Crawford is stuck. At least that’s what her family tells her. A year after losing her husband of seventeen years, she’s still so deep in her grief that she’s barely hanging on, let alone living. She hardly recognizes her teenage kids and finds no joy in doing the things she once loved.

Her solution? An attempt to heal herself and the relationship with her kids with a summer road trip. From one destination to the next, Nel not only has to navigate life on the road, but the trials and tribulations of motherhood after loss.

When a detour leads her to a flirtatious restaurant owner she’s been emailing off and on for months, she starts to remember that life—no matter how unpredictable—is made for living. And the heart, even if broken, finds ways to love again.

Every Beautiful Mile will make readers laugh, cry, and remind them of the healing powers of nature, family, and love itself.

My Review: I don't even know where to begin this review. From the description I knew I was in for a heavy read but I didn't realize the depth of what I was reading until I dug in. From the first few pages I was wrecked and wanted more. I couldn't put it down and devoured it in one sitting.

Penelope (Nell) is stuck in grief. It's been over a year but it still feels like yesterday. She wants to move on but it feels wrong. Feels like she's leaving her husband behind. They were married for seventeen years after all. How do you move forward from that?

She decides on a family trip. She doesn't want to continue rotting in her grief. She wants to show up for her kids and find her path to healing. Along the way she builds memories and repairs her bonds with her children.

Reading Nell's story really touched my heart. I cried, laughed, and wept some more. I loved seeing how supportive Nell's children were as she tiptoed into the potential waters of the dating pool. They were many times I wish I could have held Nell in my arms and reassured her that she was going to be okay. 

Manley gives us the perfect blend of healing, spice, and the journey that is moving forward after loss. This is a perfect debut novel and it really excites me to see what Manley will give us next! This will be one of my top reads of the year!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

I See You Charlotte

 

Title: I See You, Charlotte
Author: Coralee Taylor
Publisher: Self-Published

Rating: 5 *s

Description: I thought I had it all. At the end of my junior year, I met the love of my life - the dark boy with the secret notebook who saw me like no one else did.

But as secrets unravel and betrayals mount, my world was shattered.

With a new, mysterious southern boy vying for my heart and my best friend moving far away, I leapt into a downward spiral from which there's no return.

My inner demons have always haunted me, but this time... they may win.

In this gripping tale of love, betrayal, and personal demons, Charlotte's journey takes a dark turn that will leave you breathless.



My Review: I See You, Charlotte breaks you apart, puts you back together, and then breaks you apart again all while healing you. It vocalizes the daily struggle to be enough. I have loved seeing authors place more focus on books dealing with mental health in a relatable way. If I would have had stories like this when I was younger I wouldn't have felt so alone during my school years.


I read this in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I cried for Charlotte and just wanted to wrap her in my arms and tell her it does get better. I See You, Charlotte will forever resonate with me and it is a series that I know I will want to buy physical copies of and have my own daughter read when she's old enough.


I can't wait for book two in this series. Coralee Taylor has gained a forever fan!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Lege et Lacrima

 

Title: Lege at Lacrima
Author: Alina Comsa
Publisher: Malum Canticus Books

Rating: 5*s

Description: My entire life I’ve been dismissed, cast aside, thrown away, whenever something better appeared on the horizon.

Finding my boyfriend in bed with another woman obliterates the last of my confidence, hopes, and dreams.

It’s only fitting I end up in Lost Hope, a small town in the heart of snowy mountains and lush green forests.

My roots spring to life here, the first ones in years. They’re as fragile as I am, anchoring deeper and deeper with every unexpected connection I forge, withering under the unknown threats looming over me.

I’m as hopeless as the town’s name, until a snowstorm brings HIM to my doorstep.

Tall, dark, and impossibly protective, he’s determined to be my knight in shining... tattoos.

My darkness doesn’t deter him, and all my efforts to keep my distance are thwarted by his secret weapons of ice destruction: his ridiculously cute stepsisters.

Between a preteen with a wit so sharp it slices clean through my steel walls and a toddler determined to melt the ice caps around my heart-one snuggle at a time, there’s no escape.

My instincts to run away fade into nothingness with every stolen kiss and possessive touch.

He may have traded the Marines for a guardianship, but his predatory instincts are alive and well.

And his ultimate mission is to slay my demons and make me his.

Lege et Lacrima is the first book in the Lost Hope series of interconnected standalone novels. It’s a strangers-to-lovers romance with a pinch of suspense, complete with HEA, and the tiniest of cliffhangers. This book is intended for readers 18+, with explicit scenes, mature language, touching on sensitive topics, and more.



My Review: Lege et Lacrima is such a beautifully woven story of heartbreak, love, and healing. Lalah comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman and it destroys her confidence, hopes, and dreams. She packs up her life and finds herself in Lost Hope. Could her new life begin here?


In the middle of a snowstorm comes Cole to her doorstep. He's the last person she expects to see let alone sneak his way into her heart. Can she let her walls down and let the possibility of love and family enter into her life?


Lege Et Lacrima is truly one of a kind. Comsa weaves a wonderful story of healing and it drew me in from the first few pages. I found myself engulfed in needing to know what happens next. I am so eager to read the next story in the Lost Hope series! Lege Et Lacrima will definitely be one of my top reads this year!

Return on Love

Title: Return on Love
Author: Elena Laurent
Publisher: Self-Published
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 *s

Description:Working with your nemesis isn’t easy, as Eva Jones realises when she’s given a new deal by her boss in this gripping contemporary enemies-to-lovers workplace rom-com.

I wonder if I should resign from the associate position from my PE firm instead of working on this deal because right there, staring at my face, is the name I’d hoped I would never again see in my life—Ryan Moore. The man I hate with an intensity that would put Princess Leia’s hatred for the Empire to shame.

But with my career on the precipice, I need to nail this deal to get my sweet promotion and to see a look of respect in Dad’s eyes, for once – the look I’ve been craving since childhood but which seems reserved only for my brother.
But are these reasons big enough to deal with Ryan Moore? I don’t know.

I mean, sure, Ryan has this insane charm, brains to boot and brawny arms that’ll make your heart do a happy dance. And sure, he caught me from falling in those same arms like a hero right out of a romance novel. But I’m no damsel in distress and Ryan, well, he’s made his feelings for me pretty clear by ignoring me and my opinions, the opinions for which mind you, his company has hired my firm.

But when I discover that there’s something shady going on in my firm, bigger than this deal, and which can take down a mentor both Ryan and I respect and love, there’s nothing to do but join forces and find out the truth, whatever it takes. All I need is to focus, and not on those beautiful blue eyes and edible lips… if I can.

Review: This was such a cute, fun read! Who wouldn't love a book sprinkled with Star Wars quotes, a Gamer Girl, and sizzling tension between our two main characters?

This made for a nice palette cleanser as an easy to read story. I love how the relationship evolved between Eva and Ryan as they worked together to uncover the truth of what was happening behind the scenes. I truly enjoyed this and quickly realized I was going to devour this in one setting! I can't wait to see what else Laurent has in store for us!