Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book #Review: Beyond Pain (Beyond 3) by Kit Rocha

Book Title: Beyond Pain (Beyond 3)
Author:  Kit Rocha|WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Genre: Erotica
Series/Standalone: Series Book 3
Format: ebook
Cost: $4.99
Pages: 350
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Amazon Print | Audible
Publication Date: August 2013
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Synopsis:
A woman with no future…

Live fast, die young–anything else is a fantasy for Six. She’s endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They’re completely open about everything, including their sexuality–but she hasn’t survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.

A man without a past…

Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.

In Bren’s arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they’ve forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human–her love.
This is the third book in the series and it advances the story and shows us more of the world that we got in book two.  I loved the story of Bren and Six blooming and learning what it means to become a couple instead of two broken individuals.   I'm glad we're getting to the see the fall out from events from book two and the coming together of the gang to help rebuild Sector Three.  I'm sure we're going to get some awesome stories from that sector especially if it helps build the gang up more.  I'm glad the cleanup is happening .

I loved that Six was strong, had a good idea of who she was before she became stuck on the wrong man.  She talked about how she went from that to the shadow she as when she first came to the Sector. Even though she was learning to trust again she still kept some of who she was back because she had learnt the hard lessons and wanted to make sure she wasn't making the same mistake twice.  I loved the comparison between her and Lex and how she's learning to move with it, how they differ and how their choices in Kings made a difference in their outcomes.

It took a while for Six to grow on me, but as the story progressed she did, *and I'm just now understanding that this could be how the author wanted it to go, because as Six grew as a person, she opened up more making her someone you could relate to instead of being too hidden that you didn't know her at all*.  She as a bit different that the other women in the sector, both in where she started and how she ended up in Four.  She also had layers none of us could guess at until she began to let us in and share more secrets as she learned to trust not just Bren but the women of the sector and Dallas as well.  Six has had to change, she's gone from being strong and woman with a reputation strong enough to inspire a leader to want to join together, and yet we know it went bad instead of making her another Lex.  She'd been beaten down and is learnig how to trust her own instincts, her own feelings and once again moving back into her strength and standing on her own feet.

I loved that like Lex she pushed boundaries for the the gang, while learning what she would or wouldn't accept from herself or her leaders.  She learned how to like the simple things again and how to explore with Bren and I loved the joining of these two.

Bren had his own complicated reasons for ending up in the Sectors and particularly with Dallas. Some of these reasons led to him having several dumb moments. In his own way he had been just as abused as Six.  It came in extremely different way , yet similar in it's outcomes.  Bren's motivations and reasons played true to his character we had been introduced to,e ven as he grew and learned ot let go of some of them, they still held sway even though he thought he was done with them.

I found that I was both happy about the progression of the story and the over arcing story and saddened about how dumb the men could and would be.  That stupidness would get tempered really quickly because they learnt their women weren't afraid to walk away or hold them accountable for their actions, and that Dallas owned up to his mistake and hopefully learned from it.

Because this is a post apocalyptic world, Kit doesn't really include cities or landmarks beyond naming Eden, so you can imagine it anywhere that this could work and that is kind of throwing me off, because I'm not sure where to land it so that the climate, the landscape, the wildlife would work in this world.  It's making it weird and strange to me because I can't imagine the fauna the outdoors or the climate, but at the same time these things don't really matter to the story because those are part of the life outside the sectors.  Which I hope we get to explore soon.

I love the story for the open accepting exploration of sexuality, and sensuality.  I'm glad they knew their own boundaries and were willing to explore where they ended and began.  I'm glad that Six learnt that the gang isn't just about being someone's property, and that it truly is about everyone and not just what works for Dallas.

I loved reading about the gang's growth and seeing old characters again.  This series is very sex positive, and extremely erotic.
 ★★★★☆
What my ratings Mean:
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ~ This is awesome!! It's an add to your TBR Pile, asap.

Erotica Stars:
★ ★ ★ ★  ~ Extra Steamy: great story excellent plot, amazing sex scenes

If you love romance with an edge, that is raunchy and open to ho it is explored then this is going to be right up your alley.  

Happy Reading my loves, 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Monthly Reading List: June


My goal for this year was 365 books. It's June and I started the year off right then the past few weeks I've been in a bit of a reading slump.  I'm hoping to kick that int he butt this month.

These are a few of the books I'm plnning to read this month:
  • Christine Feehan Book
  • Non Fiction Book
  • J. D. Robb 
  • Nora Roberts
  • Erotica Challenge book
  • Lora Leigh Book Challenge
  • Book from my shelves
  • YA Challenge book
  • Paranormal Challenge book
  • New Adult Challenge Book Crave Me Cece Robson
  • Book from 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
  • Ebook Challenge Books Feel Me Cece Robson
  • Brenda Jackson Challenge Book
  • Randomly Selected Book from previous monthly list
This is the basic list, and I will add on more as I go.  If you can think of one I should read first definetly let me know.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2017 Monthly Wrap Up: May

Wait, how can it already be the end of the month??? That's so crazy. The month is already gone, y'all gone!! Well since it's gone here are the books I have read, the reviews I have written and a recap of all the awesomeness that came my way.
Stats:

Yearly Goal: 350   
Monthly Count:   30
Balance:  
Books Read This Month: 




Book Hauls

Reviews on the Blog This Month:

Book Reviews To Look Forward to Next Month:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Book #Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter @Aimee_Carter

Book Title: The Goddess Legacy (The Goddess Test 2.5) 

Author:  Aimee Carter|WebsiteTwitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Paranormal , Mythology Retelling
Series/Standalone: Series Novellas
Format: ebook, Paperback
Cost: $ 9.99
Pages: 395
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 2012
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Synopsis:
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows. Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness.... Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal.... Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another.... James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others - but never knew true loss before.... Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope.... Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages. Contents: The Goddess Queen The Lovestruck Goddess Goddess of the Underworld God of Thieves God of Darkness

I have been wanting to read this for a while. i marathoned the series a few years ago and told myself I didn't need the novellas, and nope I really need the novellas for my own peace of mind, so I finally treated myself with a copy recently.  I'm always happy with this series so I'm excited to share my thoughts on each of the novellas enclosed.

There are several stories, each of them building the world that Kate falls into and giving us the back story of each of the characters.  Had I read this while reading the series, I might have felt differently about certain events.  I still don't accept the villain's reasons for doing what was done, in fact when you read this and see how long they have been doing damage to others you realize the villain is just as trash as the person who turned them so.

By time these stories ended Henry/ Hades was one of the few Gods left who hadn't done anything worth me hating them for.  Each of the Gods were just a petty, childish, churlish and dumb as their origin stories make them out to be.  I get that they are just as fallible as we humans are but y'all are supposed to be better, they really made me angry as I read them especially Zeus, I was never a fan of this God and this origin story here doesn't paint him any better, he's just a terrible and trashy as his father.

I vented at this book, demanding that certain characters talk, just communicate however I saw what others weren't willing to see and what they hadn't seen well before they did.  There is a moment in the later stories where Henry almost catches on but he refuses to see it as well.  And when we see how hard everyone starts to work just to get Henry to hang on. I'm so annoyed at the villain for doing to him what they had done.

I loved the story that told us why they gained modern names and why they had to change, I mean I got that well before they did and I was not at all surprised but it did make me sad the way it ended.   I did love the little story and how something so small could make a difference in the perspective of even a God.  It's got to suck watching the world pass by and you never change.  That way leads to madness if you ask me.

I'm still hoping that Aimee does a series based on the ending from the final book and we get to visit these characters all again.  Hopefully they grew somewhat.  having read this I re-read the final book and it just made so much more sense now, and I'm still mad a the depth of the betrayal. You can't hurt me this deeply then call it love.  I know I'm being vague on each of the stories but that's because each of the them builds the world and their actions here help to lay the foundation for the other books in the series, discussing too much might spoil something.
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 ★★★★☆
Let me know what you thought of the series over all and of course 
Happy Reading

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Monthly Reading List: May



We know the goal is 365. We also know I have completed:   And so far it's been a great reading year.  I've enjoyed the books I've read so far this year and I''m hoping to keep on that roll.

Here are a few more of the books I plan to read this month
TBR List:
  • Christine Feehan Book
  • Non Fiction Book
  • J. D. Robb 
  • Nora Roberts
  • Erotica Challenge book
  • Book from my shelves
  • YA Challenge book
  • Paranormal Challenge book
  • New Adult Challenge Book
  • Book from 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
  • Ebook Challenge Books
  • Brenda Jackson Challenge
  • ARC Challenge: 3 this month
  • Lora Leigh Challenge
  • Randomly Selected Book from previous monthly list:
  • ARC from 2017
  • Newly Released Novel 2017
Young Adult Books I want to Complete:
  • Rogue Gina Damico
  • Simone Ekleses Series
  • Suzanne Colasanti Unread Books 
  • Sarah Dessen unread owned books
  • 4 Unread ARCS from previous BEA
  • 2017 ARC

And that's it so far, what are you planning on reading this month??  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Series To Complete in 2017

Hi my loves

It's my goal to read more books from my shelves this year than from any other source *I'm trying not to purchase but it isn't always working**.  With that goal in mind, I'm looking at the following series that need to be checked off the TBR Pile soon.

Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry.  I'm kinda scared to catch up because I see nothing listed as coming soon and I'm terrified of having no more awesome books from Katie on my shelves, but I kinda also want to dive back into the world and explore.

The Submissive Series by Tara Sue Me.  I thought this series was a trilogy and that it was done, however they have added on quite a few new books and I desperately need to catch up. I mean since I own them all and everything...

Nettle King by Katherine Harbour.  I raved about this series once I heard about Thorn Jack even before I actually read it.  It was my must get book at BEA a few years ago and I was so damn glad I did get it because it was awesome and totally worth my hype.  I haven't heard anything about new books coming out and I'm terrified to finish this and have nothing else left to read by Katherine, but I need to read the rest like now.

Julie Garwood's Buchanan-Renard crime fighting romantic suspense series.  I have read from book18 forward and I'm current with the most recent book being in my shopping cart, but I want to read books 1-18 especially because I have most of them on my shelves so  yeah about that...

Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry Series.  Read the first book, started the second and moved onto another read and forgot to come back to this.  I wanted to be in the mood for young adult and now that it's spring I will definitely be enjoying this one.

Wicked Lovers series by Shayla Black,  I have most of these books stacked on my shelves.  I have read the erotica stories featuring my favorite kinds of romance Polyamory/multiple partners and kinda skipped the "normal" ones.  But I want to catch up and be able to pick up that latest ones but I made myself a bargain that I have to finish the ones I own first.

This next one is going to shock you because I've said I was going to finish this about a year maybe two ago and yet still...  Rogue by Gina Damico.  I'm all about hanging on to series for as long as possible.  I don't want this to end but at the same time I want to learn everything that is happening in the story and I want to know how it ends.  Good Gods what a quandary.

And of course my two perpetual reading authors that I need to catch up on are In Death series by JD Robb and The Game series by Christine Feehan.

What about y'all?? Any series you're trying to complete this year?? Share in the comments down below if you have read these or if they are on your lists so that we can have a discussion about them.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading.




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month TBR

Hi my loves,

We are still on the topic of April being sexual assault awareness month and I wanted to pick these books up and share with you my journey through them.  I got most of my list from The Teen Librarian Toolbox's list of books about Consent, Sex and our teens.

These are the books from my shelves dealing with this month's awareness topic: Sexual Assault and Consent.

I have read a few from the list over the years and you can find the links here:


  • Easy Tamara Webber
  • Live Through This Mindi Scott
  • One Weekend Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy
  • Wait For You by J Lynn
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • And these are the ones on my shelves that I want to get read for the month:

    • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
    • What happens next by Colleen Clayton
    • What we saw by Aaron Hatlzer
    • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    • A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • A Natural History of Rape by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer  ** This wasn't recommended but I recently picked it up at the local library book sale right before the month started and thought this is perfect.**

    That's it, those are the books on my radar for this topic and these are the ones I own, there are plenty more out there and if you have read any please feel free to share in the comments down below and we can talk about them.  Thanks so much for stopping by and

    Have a great reading week


    Monday, April 3, 2017

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Hi my loves, today isn't just going to be about books, nope today is going to be a serious discussion we should be having, with our friends, partners, family and mostly importantly our children.

    It's been a while since I've had one of these discussion and recommendation posts;  so excuse me if I ramble.  This is going to be my attempt at collecting all the resources I use and like to share when it comes to the important discussion of consent.  Here's why it matters ( Taken ffrom SAAM's website)

    In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. 
    Sexual violence is a major public healthhuman rights and social justice issue. We need everyone’s help to end it. Thank you for getting involved and for supporting SAAM efforts. 
    Since 2001, NSVRC supports SAAM organizers with resources, tools, and training. You can ask us questions about sexual violence, prevention, or planning a campaign.  
    Now we all should be discerning for ourselves our ideas about consent and what that means, discussing it, reasearching, learning new thoughts and ideas while also honoring the *good*ideas we have.  One of the ways in which we can teach about life and the things that affects it is through books (I mean we all know that, it's why we love reading) 
    Recommendations for Books:

    My favourite resource for book recommendations dealing with Sex, Consent and Sexual Assault is The Teen Librarian Toolbox.  This blog is so informative, well organized and has clear cut labels and wonderful discussions of how to talk to teens about sex, and consent, as well as always sharing great book recommendations.

    My favorite fiction books dealing with consent that I have read in the last few years are: ( Ihave reviews linked on each book)


    Non Fiction Books:  These I haven't read, but they are on the TBR Pile they come highly recommend by just about everybody who has read them and especially by Book Riot (who have several lists with these books on the,)

    1. Missola by Jon Krakauer
    2. Surviving the Silence, Black Women's Stories of Rape by Charlotte Baker
    3. Voices of Rape by Jane Bode
    4. Men Explain things to Me by Rebecca Solnik
    5. Against Our Will by Susan Brownmiller
    6. At the Dark end of the street by Danielle Mcguire
    7. Rape is Rape by Jody Raphael
    8. Asking For It by Kate Harding
    9. Transforming A Rape Culture by Emilie Buchwala
    10. Redefining Rape by Estelle Freedman
    11. Rape, Sexual Violence and History by Joanna Burke

    Regular resources: who have links to local resources, classes and ways in which you can help.
    RAINN: Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network
    DVSAC: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition

    A few years ago the concept of consent as being discussed all over Youtube and book tube and I as so proud to see some of my favorites taking the time to talk about consent and push the envelope on discussing what was acceptable and what wasn't    I'm sure if you look you can find a ton of videos about it.  But here are my fave videos about what consent is and what it isn't.

    Sexual Abuse, Consent and Culture by Hank Green

    Sex & Consent by Charlieissocoolike

    One of my favorite Youtubers is a young man who is hopefully going to continue shining for the next few years Nathan Zed *who was 17 at the times of this video*  always has something good to say from the time he called Nash Grier out (to be honest I still don't know who Nash is and I'm not invested enough after seeing the reaction videos to him to find out) Nash Grier Rant to his video calling out youtubers who were accused of being rapist and their bad behaviors.


    If you type in Consent in the Youtube search bar the following lists come up, I can't vouch for all the videos but a few of them are really good.


    I recently sobbed my way through the Netflix original Audrie & Daisy.  This made me furious, it made me so sad and so damn tired.  We are failing our kids so badly in every way when these stories come out and then no one is punished.  We need change and we need justice.

    You can read survivor's stories on campus like the Breaking Out Campaign run by students on the Duke University campus.

    I'm sure there are tons of others we can discuss, these are just a few of the ones that I know of.  And that's it, share in the comments down below if you have any recommendations for books about consent that you think I should be reading and I'll see you tomorrow.

    Happy Reading

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    2017 Monthly Reading List: April



    My goal for this year was 365 books. It's April, I've done well so far this year and I wish to keep the momemtum going. With that in mind

    These are a few of the books Im planning to read this month:


    • Christine Feehan Book
    • Non Fiction Book
    • J. D. Robb 
    • Nora Roberts
    • Erotica Challenge book
    • Book from my shelves
    • YA Challenge book
    • Paranormal Challenge book
    • New Adult Challenge Book
    • Book from 42 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
    • Ebook Challenge Books
    • Brenda Jackson Challe 
    • Left Over Books from Jan- March 2017
    • Lora Leigh Challenge Book
    • 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
    • ARCs 3 Challenge Books
    • Random.org Pick: Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks (book 1)
    • Newly Published in 2017
    Complete These Books Left Over From Last Month:

    • "Wicked Cowboy Charm" Carolyn Brown ARC 
    •  "A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful" Eric Lindstrom ARC 
    • "Cole's Red Hot Pursuit" Brenda Jackson
    •  "Lock & Key" Sarah Dessen
    • "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri
     Having complete close to 20 books last month, I'm sure, with knowing that I have a  few days off in the next month; I can definetly knock these all off the TBR Pile.

    What are you reading this month?? Also this month is VEDA (Vlog Everyday in April) and I'm aiming to film and record and share everyday in April. I'm hoping to share all of my vlogs on the blog as well.  Let me know if you will be participating and we can cheer each other on.

    Happy Reading and Welcome the New Month.  It's another fresh start !!!

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Book Tour #Review: The Hard Truth Of Sunshine by @BennettBooks

    Book Title: The Hard Truth About Sunshine
    Author: Sawyer Bennett |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
    Genre: New Adult Romance
    Series/Standalone: Standalone
    Format: Ebook
    Cost: $4.99 & $14.99
    Pages: 226
    How I got it: Blog Tour
    Purchase: Amazon | Amazon Paperback |B&N|
    Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
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    Synopsis:
    Despite having narrowly escaped death’s clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It’s only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.

    What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again… can he learn to love again?

    He’s about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can’t decide whether she wants to live or die.

    Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.

    The hard truth about sunshine…

    Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

    TRIGGER WARNING *****I will point out that there are open and frank discussions about suicide, about sexual abuse, and about death.  If any of these are triggers for you please take the time to think about if you can handle this before going in.  *****

    I went into this one completely blind, it's Sawyer's book so yes, I will gladly take it.  I hadn't read one of her books in a while and seeing this one ( a non series book) made me happy.  Then I started reading it, the epigraph was so vague and made me want to know just what she was talking about.   I knew I loved this story when I was reading the first chapter and Christopher made the comment about the feeling in his chest, asking himself if that was hope, and stating it better not be.  His humour and his sarcastic and sometimes caustic voice made this a great read.

    I dived into this book and I absolutely loved it, especially as the story progressed and we learned more from each character.  Told from the perspective of the male character, as he opens up and learns more about the members of the group so too do we learn more about the characters.  His obsession with one of the members made me laugh and his inner monologue was so good and really felt like the thoughts of a guy his age.

    Christopher was an angry man, a very disillusioned military vet who had joined up to escape working in the coal mines of West Virginia, it was his family's legacy and he didn't want it for himself.  Joining the military was his way to escape and he was almost home when a small error in driving changed everything for him.  Reading that scene when he relived it made me ill.  Sawyer sure can write the hell out of scene.  Christopher is struggling with his new identity, he's no longer a military man, no longer a man with a girlfriend waiting for him and he had no one who could understand his life.  This accident stripped him of everything he knew, changed his body, amde me wonder how his life would have been different if he could change some moments.  He was angry at the world for having survived his accident and angry at the world for taking even more from him as he 'healed'.

    I loved the perspective of reading from a military veteran.  I cried reading this book. I didn't expect that, I went in thinking this was going to be a fluffy new adult read and got so much more. I want to tell you so much more but don't want to spoil it for you.  The fun is in the discovery of each character and their issues, from Dead Kid to Goth Chick, to Sunshine.  Learning about each character and their reason for being at the group was so heartbreaking at times.

    The adventure though was so good. I loved that this was a first a way for Dead Kid to get his bucket list checked off and as it went along everyone got at least one item checked off.  I really connected to Sunshine, not at first because I really couldn't believe she was really that okay with her diagnosis, hell I've had mine for years and every time there is a change at the doctors I once again go through the stages of grief.  I kept telling the book that like "whatever girl,  you ain't the Dali Lama, you're holding it all in", and then something happens that makes her really face it and I was so happy the way Sawyer handled that scene and the emotions of it.

    I also loved the way the romance in this one developed at first I was wondering if it was going to be Christopher and another character; because he was such an asshat to everyone I couldn't really see him and the love interest at first.  Then I realized it made perfect sense since she saw him for more than he was willing to see in himself; she challenged him and that made him come out of his shell even more.  Her push back, and the others in the group talking to him & treating him not like a broken man but like another of their group really pushed his boundaries and made him start to look at things differently.

    Now I have said this before I work in health care ( I don't like saying my position because then if anything happens people might try to say hey I read it on her blog and she's a ... nope not looking for trouble there).  This is my field and normally books that delve into my field have two reactions, I'm either raging at the books because of all the errors and putting it down because it's so wrong, i.e  The chance by Nicholas sparks (I HATED THAT BOOK UGHH). Or it's a research book so it gets it right..Lolol no sometimes authors get it right by swerving on sharing too many details  which I highly appreciate.  This was perfect blend of sharing some medical information but staying far away from too much information or incorrect information.   However I found with this one had me so engrossed in the story that I only thought about the medical information once I put the book down.  I would thing about my own reactions to my diagnosis and wonder why Sunshine was so calm, I would think about what I know about Dead Kid's diagnosis and what I know should have been done for Goth Girl only after I was away from the book and thinking about it.  This made me love the book even more because normally my real life makes reading a bit tough, because my cynicism and knowledge will cut in and say "nope you know that's not how it works " and that kills the vibe of the book for me.

    I really enjoyed how the book was written, going back and forth between current events and events that lead up to each moment.  This book took me on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, understanding his anger, seeing his despair; reading the shame and rage the other character has, the fears they all have.  It makes me wonder how many of the vets struggling with PTSD really don't want our thanks, they don't want to be seen as heroes, they're just men & women struggling to bring all of themselves back from wherever they served.

    I'm glad I got to read this, I didn't want to put it down, I was reading it on three different devices, my ipad at home, my kindle for traveling and my cell for when I had brief moments alone at work.  I loved this and I really can't wait for others to read it and love it as well.

    Definitely a good read, I highly recommend it.
     ★★★
    Happy Reading my loves, 


    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    2017 Monthly Wrap Up: March

    Another month has come and gone and these are the books I have had the pleasure or displeasure of reading.  I tried to stick close to the monthly reading list. I think I did well. And of course I wanted you to see the hauls & linked down below are a few of my favorite videos from the channel this month.
    Stats
    Yearly Goal: 365          Monthly Goal:  30            Books Read This Month: 17

    Yearly Balance: 319

    Monthly Reading Prompts:

    • Christine Feehan Book
    • Non Fiction Book
    • J. D. Robb 
    • Nora Roberts Challenge
    • Erotica Challenge book Beyond Temptation by Kit Rocha
    • Book from my shelves Hot For The Holidays by Lora Leigh
    • ARC Challenge The Hard Truth of Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett
    • YA Challenge book Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
    • Paranormal Challenge book
    • New Adult Challenge Book
    • Book from 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
    • Ebook Challenge Books:  Beyond Jealousy, Beyond Ruin, Beyond Ecstasy, Beyond Surender, Beyond Addiction, Beyond Possession, Beyond Innocence, Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha
    • Brenda Jackson Challenge Hot Westmoreland Nights
    • Lora Leigh Challenge Jacob's Faith, Aiden's Charity, Beyond the Dark
    • Randomly Selected Book from previous monthly list "the namesake" jhumpa lahiri
    • Published in 2017 Ashwin (Gideon's Riders 1) by Kit Rocha
    The following five books from my previous months:
    • "Wicked Cowboy Charm" Carolyn Brown ARC
    • "A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful" Eric Lindstrom ARC
    • "Cole's Red Hot Pursuit" Brenda Jackson
    • "Jacob's Faith " Lora Leigh
    • "Lock & Key" Sarah Dessen Read About 100 pages
    Book Hauls
    Stacking the Shelves: My First Ollie's Trip

    Reviews on the Blog This Month:


    Book Reviews To Look Forward to Next Month:

    Next Month is May and I will be featuring Young Adult books on the blog.  I can't wait to share some of my favorites and all the new lovelies I'm picking up.

    That's it!! What have you read, share in the comments down below.  It's always best to begin as you mean to go on.


    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Stacking The Shelves () My First Trip to Ollie's


    Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


    I finally went to Ollie's in my state, it opened up last year and having watched so many videos by Jen over at Today In Jen's Library.  I haven't ever been to one and finally was going to be near the town it's in so I picked up the following:

    Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy.  This is my second time trying to get a physical copy. I read this a few years ago and loved it, it's one of my favorite books by Monica and I needed it on my shelves.

    Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac  which is about Navajo Servicemen in the Marines during WII.  I have always been fascinated by the Navajo tribe as it was one of the tribes I had focused on it in college.  

    So Much Closer by Suzanne Colasanti  I picked this one up because it's Suzanne and because it was 0.49c yes you read that right it was forty nine cents.  


    Shadow Woman by Linda Howard  I read this several years ago when it was coming out and I loved Linda.  

    Rise by Daniel Rodriguez  I heard about this book from a few military wives that are my friends.  We like to exchange books every now and then & this one came across the suggestion list. I can't wait to read it.  

    And that's it, that was my first trip to Ollie's.  Other than the book section I wasn't really impressed.  The store was a mid western version of Big Lots/ Odd Job, and we have plenty of those here in the Northeast.  I will travel up once in a while to check out their book section though because that was epic.

    Let me know if you have every been to an Ollie's, share in the comments down below what you've gotten and we can chat about it.  

    Thanks so much for stopping by
    and as always 

    Happy Reading my loves


    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Book #Review: Megan's Mark (Breeds 7) by Lora Leigh

    Book Title: Megan's Mark (Breeds Book 7)
    Author:  Lora Leigh |WebsiteFacebook|
    Publisher: Berkley
    Genre: Erotic Paranormal romance
    Series/Standalone:  Series
    Format: ebook, mass market
    Cost: $7.99
    Pages: 295
    How I got it: Purchased from Thriftbooks
    Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audio Version
    Publication Date: May 2006
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    Synopsis:
    In the first book of her erotic new series, Lora Leigh invites you to an intriguing world where genetically altered Breeds and the humans who created them commingle—and sometimes cross the boundaries of desire…Cursed with the extraordinary power to feel other peoples’ emotions, Megan Fields has tucked herself away in a remote corner of New Mexico, working as a small-town sheriff’s deputy. She finds solace in the silence and heat of the desert. But when Breeds begin dying on her watch, Megan realizes that the secrets from her past can’t stay buried forever. Someone is out for blood—her blood.

    An arrogant Feline Breed, Braden Arness broods with feral intensity. His mission to solve the mysterious murders brings him to Megan, a woman who accosts his senses like no other. Only with him can she let down her guard—and surrender to the insatiable hunger that wracks her body. But as they team up to hunt the elusive killers, Braden and Megan find themselves becoming the prey…
    This story was fast paced, a very quick read, & had good character development with good pacing, which allowed the mystery to unfold well.  Megan is one of my new favorite characters from the series.   I love how much she gave and how much she pushed despite her fears.

    An empath who is not blocked or protected is very vulnerable and yet she pushed to become her dream job.  She tried to make her dreams reality and when she realized her dream came at a price she alone wouldn't pay, then she made the sacrifice to back off.  I loved how adventurous she as and who she wouldn't be coddled by her family, friends, her mate and certainly not by Jonas, no matter how much they tried

    *Sidebar*  I can't wait to read the story of Jonas's mating, because that woman is going to have to be one hell of a badass.  I can't wait for him to be the one floundering and not sure, it's going to be awesome.

    I loved Megan's partner and mate because he was just as wild, just as adventurous as she was. They were a great pairing.  I loved that he pushed her boundaries and made her face her fears while doing his best to protect her as well.

    We didn't get much from Braden about his time in the labs but what we do know is terrible and he refused to let it break him and hold him back.  He's a great character to read, as he knows he wants his mate even before the power of the  mating is revealed.  I loved how he wanted to learn more about her fears, how he was willing to go wherever she needed to help her understand her gift and yet he didn't let her hide behind her fear or failures.  Braden was funny, and quick witted and his desire to banter with her made the story flow pretty quickly.

    How sad these tales because they paint science so badly and yet mother nature still kicked up a fuss and played a bigger role than even the scientist could anticipate.  The sad part of all of this is knowing there are areas within our world where people are being experimented on especially where the growing needs of the black organ market.  It makers you wonder at the kind of people who would work in these labs.  Just so depraved.

    I can't wait to see more from this couple as they grow and begin to influence more of the breeds around them.  I'm sure Megan's only going to get more powerful now that she and her mate are together.
     ★★★★☆
    What my ratings mean: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ~ This is awesome!! It's an add to your TBR Pile, asap.

    Happy Reading my loves, 


    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Book #Review: Baby Be Mine by Emily Mckay

    Book Title: Baby Be Mne
    Author:  Emily McKay|Website| TwitterFacebook|
    Publisher: Harlequin
    Genre: Romance
    Series/Standalone: Stand alone
    Format: Mass Market
    Cost: $4.25
    Pages: 218
    How I got it: Harleqin Reader Service
    Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
    Publication Date: January 2003
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    Synopsis:
    SHE'S HAVING WHOSE BABY?

    Radio celebrity Tabitha Talbot never dreamed she'd find herself dumped…and pregnant! And now, to make matters worse, her station manager has come up with the perfect way to help her mend her broken heart—a love-letter contest. But the only lover Tabitha's crazy hormones are pointing to is her sexy cohost, confirmed bachelor Sam Stevens. And he's definitely not daddy material. Or is he…?

    Sam Stevens can't quite believe it himself. One minute he's teasing Tabitha on the air, the next he's got her up against the wall, making mad passionate love to her. What's even more surprising is the fact that he wants to keep her there, for good. Only, Tabitha isn't buying his "let's be a family" act. Lucky for Sam, he knows of one sure way to convince her….
    Would you believe that I have had this book on my shelf since it came out??Yes since it came out my loves and I'm only just now reading it.  It's been over a decade; I got this when I was just finishing up my first college degree and holy cow. this has been sitting on my shelf gathering dust.  When I made my new years resolution to read more of my books I had this and 4 other books that I have had since high school and college on my mind and it's crucial now that I read them; this is embarrassing.

    Anyway onto the review.  This is a romance with a female character who is repressed because she had to grow up fast when she was a child to help take care of her sibling and herself due to her mother being an immature woman.  Her father split when she was young and she vowed she would only deal with stable men, because you know it's not like some people are single because of life it's because they choose bad partners. (sarcasm)   This was the first thing that bothered me about her, hell it bothered her friends and family.   And they would call her on it too, but she's too stubborn to hear them.

    She's had a life plan and she's following it, because she doesn't want to end up like her mother but when her 'stable' boyfriend that comes from money finds out she's pregnant he splits and she's right where she said she would never be.  *so much for that plan*  The whole time she was dating she had a crush on Sam but she takes his on air personality to heart and decided he's not the guy she needs. I felt she didn't look beyond the surface at him at all.  She never gave him a chance to be more than the on air jockey and I loved how he would use that against her several times to let her know she's a bit self centered and things she knows it all.   When we find out Sam's back story we realize they both has similar circumstances and his reaction was to never settle down because he no longer wanted responsibilities.

    The story had it's moments like when she started to learn to let go, and she would have fun with Sam.  She had good friendships with her sister, but her friend Jaz went past the boundaries sometimes and she never set her straight.  I loved the miscommunication that led her to fall in like with a letter writer;  funny how she was willing to accept that part of the man but never expect it to come from who it really was .  I loved how Sam loved her, he's way better than she deserves in my opinion.  He knew her way better than she knew him.  He knew she was more complex than her personality was shown on their show;  he knew her favorite things and he went out of his way to make her feel at ease.

    Their romantic moments were sweet and Sam's desperate plan on her date night was hilarious.  I enjoyed the story mostly because of him.  Tabitha sometimes just didn't do it for me and I happen to love that name so it was a bummer.  I know her past made her a little cautious but she would make comments in her head at times that made me give her the side eye.  Yes her mother sucked, but her immaturity in dealing with her own pregnancy and acting as if it wasn't real, her stupid plans and her ideas about relationships weren't fully formed or mature.  Considering she was all about plans she should have had back up and contingency plans and to act as if she was better than those other women really made me sneer.  I get she was scared and didn't want to deal with it, it wasn't in her plan but anybody who is in a serious relationship should know that no matter the 'baby proofing' you've done NOTHING IS A HUNDRED PERCENT.

    It's still a cute story, I would have liked it better if she wasn't so hell bent on being right all the time and a whole lot judgmental.  It was funny when Sam turned that one her by making his point on air and their audience called and let her have it.
     ★★★
    If you're in the mood for a romance centered around music and the morning DJs definitely check this out.  Just know Tabitha takes a while to get used to.  And of course, 
    Happy Reading my loves, 


    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    Book #Review: Talk Cowboy To Me (Lucky Cowboys 1) by Carolyn Brown

    Book Title: Talk Cowboy To Me ( Lucky Cowboys 1)
    Author: Carolyn Brown |Website| Twitter| Facebook|
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
    Genre: Romance
    Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
    Format: ebook, MM Paperback
    Cost: $7.99
    Pages: 384
    How I got it: Netgalley
    Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
    Publication Date: March 14, 2017
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    Synopsis:
    One cowboy.
    One cowgirl.
    One ranch.
    Who will win the Double Deuce by the Fourth of July?

    Adele O'Donnell knew that Double Deuce Ranch had to be hers the second she walked onto the property. Freshly divorced, she sees it as the perfect spot for her and the kids to start a new life. Remington Luckadeau was always a carefree playboy...until his suddenly orphaned nephews became his responsibility. The Double Deuce Ranch would be the perfect place to raise two boys. But some fiery woman is fighting him for it, and Remington is not sharing-no matter how the sparks fly when he and Adele are together.
    This story brings together a few of the other series that Carolyn writes, taking family members and bringing them together for this story, while making the towns all a part of the same world. I loved this story, I think the kids made this story, they had such strong personalities that I can't wait to see if she writes them love stories as well.

    I went into this not knowing the premise or anything really, it's how I love reading my books and I just fell in love with the town, the families, the children and eventually the couple.  Given the opportunity to own a piece of land matters to both the parents for different reasons and they have over a month to figure out who is going to win this bet.  I loved how they worked separately and had strong spirits of competition, neither was going to let the other get their ranch.

    Separately they each brought their own expertise to the ranch and each of their children has their own reason for loving the ranch.  This romance was so down to earth, the way the couple was so simple and normal.  Sometimes in romance you can forget that it isn't about the glamour but the everyday journey towards being better than you were yesterday that really makes a romance.  I love that Carolyn writes these stories, everyday families with good strong beliefs as their backbone working towards their common goals.  They aren't dirt poor but they aren't the Gates either and that's ok, they still get it done, they still build, create, work and enjoy life.

    Remy & Adele learning to work together even though they were competing was fun to read. Adele could easily fit into my family, a strong capable woman who is trying make sure her children don't pay for her mistakes.  She's hell bent on making a home for her girls and making them strong women so they don't ever feel like they aren't everything to her, and yet she's trying to navigate getting past her one mistake of trying to change to fit someone else's idea of who she should have been.

    Her choices aren't easy and yet she makes them with the respect to her girls wishes.  I loved that she put her children first and that she loved them so fiercely.  I loved her and Remy coming together, it was sweet romantic and all kinds of cute the way they floundered around trying to move from competitors to friends and to a couple.

    Remy grew up fast when his life changed and he got the boys, still close with his family he knew he had to strike out on his own to help the boys adjust and I loved that he wanted a home for them as well.  He came to the realization that he wanted more first and yet he followed Adele's lead and let her set the tone and I loved him for that.

    A sweet romance that allowed us to revisit favorite characters, while setting up more for the future and I can't wait to see how the kids turn out in the future.  The girls at least will be a spitfires.
     ★★★1/2
    I hope you enjoy this cowboy romance my loves and as always
    Happy Reading