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Monday, August 14, 2023

Something Like Normal by Monica James is LIVE

 Something Like Normal by Monica James is LIVE! Check out my spoiler-free review. **Something Like Normal was first published in 2014. It's been revamped, re-edited, and re-covered!**

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Something like Normal: Book One

Genre: Dark New Adult Romance

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Release date: August 14, 2023


I have a secret…

And I’ve kept this secret hidden since I was eight years old. But I’ll no longer allow my past to define me.

A fateful decision has left me a fugitive on the run. I should be afraid, yet I’ve never felt more alive.

My name is Mia Lee, but that person died the night I spilled blood and didn’t feel a thing.

I’m on a Greyhound bus, ready to start a new life. A life that includes finding my mother, who left without a word when I was three.

But I end up meeting four people who change my life forever. And one person, in particular, shakes things up beyond repair.

Quinn Berkeley.

He’s just as damaged as I am. And harbors secrets just as dark as mine. But he gives me hope that living a normal life is within reach.

However, the blood on my hands has forever stained my soul.

No one can outrun their past.

Especially one filled with bitter memories that refuse to remain…dead.

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Something like Normal (Something like Normal, #1)Something Like Normal by Monica James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Something Like Normal by Monica James was first published in 2014. This updated version has been re-edited and has a gorgeous new cover. I remember reading this book in 2014 and equally enjoyed the latest version. Something Like Normal is a new adult romantic suspense. Mia is a young girl who escaped from her drug addict-turned-pimp father. She settles in a new place far away from her tumultuous past. After building a new life, her dark and deadly past comes back to haunt her. This book ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger. The second book in this series will release in October.

Title: Something Like Normal (Book #1)
Author: Monica James
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Rating: 4.5 – 5.00 stars
Cliffhanger: Yes
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A review copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mia’s life sucks. She has been a drug trafficker for her father and his dealer since she was eight years old. Her father’s drug addiction and money issues have spiraled out of control. He tells Mia that he is going to pimp her to his dealer to cover his debts. After making a split second decision to kill her drug addict dad, she goes on the run. Mia goes MIA (Missing In Action). She boards a bus to a random place and hopes to land on her feet and locate her mom. Mia assumes a new identity and calls herself Paige.

She lands two legitimate jobs and the hearts of two brothers. Quinn has his own share of issues and isn’t quick to share them with Paige. She starts to fall for Quinn and everything seems to be normal…but life has a way of being anything by normal for these two misfits. Can they hide in plain site from their pasts and their feelings for each other?

I am a huge fan of Monica James and LOVE her first two books in the Surrender series. This book is different from her other books but equally as good. I have to say that I did not fully get into this story until about 35% of the way in. I thought I had these characters and the plot figured out, and I was so wrong. Especially Paige…she is a badass with a heart of gold. SLN is not your typical romance story and has a nice mix of suspense, drama, and tension. I love the way Monica crafted these characters. They are banged up from life, and their story is raw and full of emotional obstacles. There is nothing about Quinn and Paige that is predictable in any way. Paige and Quinn are both two lost souls, who are broken and flawed in many ways from their pasts…but maybe they will one day have a normal life…or Something Like Normal. There is a clifffreakinhanger of an ending. Arghhhh….what an ending!!!! I would be a little perturbed if it weren't for the fact that Monica’s books are worth the wait, and she has not disappointed me yet! One-click this one.

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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Review: Right Guy, Wrong Word by Jewel E. Ann is LIVE

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Do books have souls?

Anna Black has the perfect novel choice for her book club. She also has a sexy new neighbor who jumps at the opportunity to join fellow bookworms in discussing her pick for their summer read.

It’s lust at first sight and the marriage of two literary souls.

The charismatic owner of a new T-shirt store in Des Moines’s East Village, Eric Steinmann, has a confident air and an irresistible “mating dance.” He’s almost perfect … until he says the wrong word. 

Will Anna and Eric write their own story? Or will their chemistry die when fiction turns into reality?

**Right Guy, Wrong Word was originally written as a short story, The Last Person. It’s been revised with significant changes to the original content and extended into a full-length novel.

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Right Guy, Wrong WordRight Guy, Wrong Word by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

4.5 Right Guy, Wrong Word by Jewel E. Ann is a second-chance insta-attraction romance between two bookworms. Anna and Eric are neighbors and are in the same book club. Eric dislikes Anna’s book club choice, and she takes it personally. Unlike Eric, it took me a while to warm up to Anna. I couldn’t comprehend why she didn’t like Eric. He was too perfect and a real book boyfriend that she read about in her books. Anna irritated me UNTIL there was a huge plot twist! This quirky couple finally got their hard-earned HEA!

Meet  Jewel E. Ann
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Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance. 


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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Review: The One I Want by Siobhan Davis is LIVE!

The One I Want, an all-new emotional, angst-filled new adult stand-alone romance from USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!  Check out my spoiler-free review below and get ready to one click this emotion-packed romance using Kindle Unlimited! 

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We thought we were forever, but fate had other plans…

I never intended to fall in love.

This girl had goals and guys were an unwelcome distraction.

Until I met Garrick, my sophomore year of college, and he blasted through the walls I kept around my heart, tearing them down.

He knew what he wanted, and he wanted me.

Falling hard and fast, I experienced the rollercoaster highs and lows of first love.

Until life threw us a curveball, and everything flipped overnight.

Stuck in a limbo state, I was falling apart while trying to be strong for my boyfriend.

Then he entered my life. The hot, slightly older guy who looked like a cross between a tatted biker and a billionaire businessman.

Beck understood me, and our situation, in a way no one else could.

As a friend, he held me together and helped to piece back the shredded fragments of my heart.

I didn’t mean to fall in love with him—it just happened.

No one understands, least of all me.

Now my heart is split in two, and I don’t know what to do.

Is my first love my one true love? Or do I belong with the man who brought me to life?

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The One I WantThe One I Want by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The One I Want by Siobhan Davis is an absolute must-read that will seize your heart and soul from the very first page. This all-consuming book of passion, love, and heartbreak is not to be missed. I couldn’t put this book down if I tried.  And did try! I found myself awake at 3:00 am, binge-reading this book. It was worth losing sleep over. Make sure you have a box of tissues on hand, and be prepared for an emotional, soul-sucking rollercoaster ride of the feels! The One I Want is five star Kindle Crack. Go in blind and avoid any reviews with spoilers! Best of 2023.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

Kindle Book Review: On the Shore by Laura Pavlov

On the Shore by Laura Pavlov is now live! Check out my spoiler-free review below.  Get ready to one-click your new favorite small-town romance. You can read this book for free using Kindle Unlimited! 

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He’s the GOAT of the NFL. She’s a hot-headed reporter who despises him. They’re in the same small town for the summer. What could possibly go wrong?


I'm more than aware of the responsibilities that come with being a quarterback in the NFL.

The upside—I get to do what I love every day, which is play football.

And I make more money than I know what to do with.

The downside—everyone wants a piece of me, and the press stalks me ruthlessly. 

And one reporter in particular, Brinkley Reynolds, has crossed a line.

She takes things too far.

So yeah, I have her escorted out of the press conference.

Imagine my surprise when the same woman walks into the coffee shop in the small town where I’ve gone to get some privacy for the summer.

I accuse her of stalking me.

She calls me every name in the book before proceeding to make me feel very unwelcome in Cottonwood Cove.

Her hometown.

The place where she tucked tail and ran after I’d unknowingly gotten her fired.

So now I’m enemy number one.

That’s fine with me. 

I’m not the biggest fan of her either.

She’s equal parts stubborn and aggravating.

But she happens to be the sexiest woman I’ve ever laid eyes on.

So I try to make amends.

I’m not the devil after all.

But she won’t give me the time of day unless I agree to give her my story.

One I’ve fought hard to protect since the day I started playing professional ball.

I don’t owe Brinkley Reynolds anything.

So why am I considering giving her everything?

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On the Shore (Cottonwood Cove #3)On the Shore by Laura Pavlov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

On the Shore by Laura Pavlov is the third installment in the Cottonwood Cove series. On the Shore focuses on Brinkley Reynolds and Lincoln Hendrix. Brinkley is a sports reporter who lands an interview of a lifetime with Lincoln Hendrix, the NFL's GOAT quarterback and the one man she can't stand.

I absolutely loved Brinkley and her sassy attitude. She reminded me so much of Dylan (Dilly), one of my all-time favorite characters from Laura's Honey Mountain series. The Cottonwood series of interconnected series of standalones is addictive. I've said it before, but it bears repeating, this series is small-town romance lovers gold. I adore the Reynolds family and can't wait to return to Cottonwood Cove and read Before the Sunset (Cottonwood Cove #4) when it releases on September 21st. One-click worthy!

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Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to one temperamental yorkie and one wild bernedoodle. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after. Be sure to sign up for updates on new releases. Laura loves to hear from readers!


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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Kindle Romance Review: Cor Amare by Pepper Winters

Cor Amare by Pepper Winters is now live, and the Luna Duet is complete.  Check out my spoiler-free review below.  You can read this book for free using Kindle Unlimited

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I made the worst mistake of my life when I was twenty-two.

I let love and fear destroy everything I ever wanted, and now I have a choice to make.

Run and hide, or stay and face the consequences.

I'd always known I wasn't allowed to love her.

I'd always accepted that I wasn't allowed to keep her.

But that didn't stop me.

I broke every rule and choked on every secret to have her.

The only problem is, those secrets aren't just hunting me anymore, they've found me.

I can't run.

I can't hide.

For a moment, I had it all. I had all my dreams and the girl I would kill for.

But now, I have to pay the price.

I have to pay...

And I won't survive.

A true coming-of-age story that spans a lifetime. This book deals with heavy subjects and is advised you check the Content Warnings on the Author's website.


Cor Amare (Luna Duet, #2)Cor Amare by Pepper Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading Cor Amare (Luna Duet # 2), I have one question:  Pepper Winters, what did you do to my heart? I have been sitting here for a few weeks agonizing over writing my review, thinking about how I can do it justice when I'm still grappling with an emotional book hangover? Cor Amare was breathtaking. I'm lost in a sea of emotions after reading the conclusion of Aslan and Neri's dark and beautiful journey. Pepper's writing is nothing short of extraordinary, and I'm in awe of her skillful storytelling. The elegance of her prose and the finesse with which she weaves intricate emotions into the narrative deserve nothing less than a chef's kiss of admiration. Breathtaking, haunting, and profound, Cor Amare and Lunamare are on my Best of 2023 list. 

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Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She's an multiple #1 Apple Books bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Romance Thriller.

Pepper currently has close to 40 books released in nine languages. She's hit best-seller lists almost 40 times, is a self-confessed hermit, yoga convert, has a house rabbit, six horses, and a long suffering husband.

To learn more about Pepper please visit: where she regularly posts videos of behind the scenes writing, horses, books, and more.


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