Review – I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genres: New Adult, Sports
Release Date: August 19, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

I want you . . . even when I hate you.

Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.

She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of all her friends.
At her own party.

So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class. He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please. She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.
Brainy girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.

So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life?

Review

Ilsa Madden-Mills manages to beautifully illustrate the true meaning of love…from the hurt and pain to the good times surrounded with happiness. Blaze and Charisma’s story sure had its fair share of ups and downs, and the angst sent my heart into complete overdrive as I was wholeheartedly captivated by every moment of their complicated journey. These two take readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that left me wanting to reach through the screen of my kindle to give them each a big hug as they are both imperfectly broken from experiences of the past.

Charisma is a smart, sweet and sassy gal and Blaze is not your not so typical jock who is confident on the outside, but if you look a little deeper you see the pain he has suffered from and tries to hide. Reader can instantly see the undeniable chemistry between them, but both have been hurt before and sometimes it’s hard to open yourself up to someone who could be your other half because the thought of losing them is unbearable. I hated how stubborn they were at times and just when I think things are FINALLY starting falling in place, something unexpected happens. They slow burn romance kind of feeling definitely melted my heart time and time again!

Charisma and Blaze were definitely one of my favorite couples and I am so glad this phenomenal author finally decided to give us their story…oh and also managed to perfectly intertwine glimpse back into past characters…Ryker, Penelope and let’s not forget my favorite smarta** bird, Vampire Bill!

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About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Todaybest-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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Review – Cruel Prince (Royal Hearts Academy #1) by Ashley Jade

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Cruel Prince by Ashley Jade
Series: Royal Hearts Academy #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Welcome to their kingdom…

I never thought I’d step foot in Royal Manor again.
But four years later, here I am…back to finish my senior year at Royal Hearts Academy.

And forced to face Jace Covington.
My first friend. First crush. First kiss.
The one I left behind.

Only—he isn’t the same boy I gave my heart to.

This new Jace is as cruel as he is gorgeous.
And he’s determined to make my life a living hell.
Along with the rest of his glorified family and crew of tyrants.

They expect me to worship the ground they walk on like everyone else, but I’d rather eat dirt.

If Jace Covington wants me gone…he’ll have to try harder.
Because I’ve never been the kind of girl to play by the rules.

WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. This series is recommended for mature readers due to graphic language and sexual content.

Review

CALLING ALL ANGST WH*RES! I REPEAT…CALLING ALL ANGST WH*RES! You need to get your hands on this story…like RIGHT NOW! YES I MEAN IT, RIGHT NOW…DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND PICK UP A COPY!

Cruel Prince is the first book in Ashley Jade’s addictively captivating Royal Hearts Academy series and oh my freaking goodness what the PERFECT introduction to this brand new series! Let’s just say that the angst level in this story is turned WAY up high and you will without a doubt fall head over heels in in love with every single moment of this tale from the characters to this unique storyline. Although I have read several bully romances recently, nothing has quite compared to this phenomenal story and I think I might have just discovered my all-time favorite one!

Dylan and Jace’s story is a gut-wrenching friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat second guessing every twist and turn! Their story took me on a rollercoaster of emotions that left me laughing, swooning and crying from one second to the next. Just when I thought I had things all figured out, suddenly that author threw me for a loop and I found myself completely shocked by the outcome. I thought that author did an incredible job showing readers both the past and present of these characters so effortlessly that it had me hook, line, and sinker right from the very beginning. Their journey is not the easiest one, but it was the one that they were always meant to be on. Life will constantly throw obstacles in a person’s way and sometimes you have to fight for the one you love!

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About Ashley Jade

Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including:  contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance.

Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them.

She’s a die-hard lover of oxford commas, em dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought provoking…except for math.

Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series.

It was the best decision she ever made.

If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life.

Check out her amazon page and Facebook page for future novels.

She recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find her there, too.

She loves connecting with her readers—they make her world go round’.

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Review – Broken Knight (All Saints High #2) by L.J. Shen

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Broken Knight by L.J. Shen
Series: All Saints High #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.

Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.

Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.

This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.

But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.

When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.

Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

Review

Broken Knight is the kind of story that will wholeheartedly destroy every piece of your heart, leaving you completely breathless as you struggle to regain control over your emotions. Tears will without a doubt be shed time and time again while inhaling this emotionally captivating story, so I legit recommend keeping a box of tissues close by and clearing your entire day before diving into THE BEST BOOK OF 2019!

L.J. Shen has perfectly crafted a unique tale that is unlike anything I have ever read before and had be falling even more in love with Knight and Luna. Their story is not an easy one to endure and the twists and turns will test your emotions in every way possible, but the pain is always worth it in the end. The level of angst in this story pulled on every single on of my heartstrings and brought tears to my eyes too many times to count. This story was absolutely unexpected and totally blew past everyone of my expectations. It was BEYOND EVERYTHING I could have ever imagined and I don’t think I will ever be the same again. These two have forever changed me and I hope they manage to do the same for you as well.

Are you ready to discover the true meaning of Knight and Luna’s RIDE OR DIE? Make sure to pick up your copy of Broken Knight as soon as possible and discover everything their incredible story has to offer!

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About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Review – Girl By Any Other Name by MK Schiller

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Girl By Any Other Name by MK Schiller
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

Synopsis

I fell in love with her. Then she died. But that’s not the end of our story.

I met Sylvie Cranston when I was ten years old. Back then, she was the annoying, weird girl who had moved next door and got me in trouble. But by twelve, we became friends when I taught her how to bait a fishing line and she showed me the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, she owned my heart.

At seventeen, she died.

Or so I was told. But I don’t believe it. Sylvie is part of my soul. I would know if she was no more. I searched and prayed for her to come back to me. Finally, I just waited for her.

Ten years later, she strolled into the English lit course I taught. Only this girlclaimed her name was Sophie Becker and she had no idea who I was. But I’m not giving up. I’m going to get the girl I love back and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.

My name is Caleb Tanner and this is our story.

Review

Girl By Any Other Name is the first book that I have read from M.K. Schiller and I must say that I am so freaking glad that I gave this story a chance! The moment I saw this cover and read the blurb I was hooked, but I never could have anticipated all the twists and turns that would leave me completely surprised around every new corner. This author packs an emotional punch with this story that will hit you right where it hurts…deep inside your soul.

Caleb and Sylvie story is a slow burning romance that will completely engulf your heart, pulling on every single one of your heartstrings. Their journey isn’t an easy one and they have both been tested by an unexpected nightmare, neither one of them saw coming. Caleb never believed Sylvie was gone so when she suddenly resurfaced a few years later as Sophie Becker…with no recollection of what they had or who she really was. Dive into this story today to find out how these two find their way back to each other!

This story is definitely one of those reads that you want to go into blind and experience without any spoilers. Based on this story, I will definitely be checking out some more books from this author!

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About MK Schiller

Not knowing a word of English, MK Schiller came to America at the age of four from India. Since then, all she’s done is collect words. After receiving the best gift ever from her parents–her very own library card–she began reading everything she could get her greedy hands on. At sixteen, a friend asked her to make up a story featuring the popular bad boy at school. This wasn’t fan fiction…it was friend fiction. From that day on, she’s known she wanted to be a writer. With the goal of making her readers both laugh and cry, MK Schiller has penned more than a dozen books, each one filled with misfit characters overcoming obstacles and finding true love.

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Review – Hush, Hush by Lucia Franco

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Hush, Hush by Lucia Franco
Genres: New Adult, For bidden
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

A new, seductive forbidden romance that caters to Manhattan’s elite…

I knew the rules:

Never reveal my true identity.
Play the game, give the illusion.
Don’t get close to the clients.

The dark and glamorous lifestyle of the rich and shameless open my eyes to a lavish world of sin and wealth, and a man I can’t have.

A man I desperately want—James Riviera.

We’re treading a fine line as we live the ultimate double life until we make a startling discovery that tests both our loyalties.

I only had to follow the rules, but rules are meant to be broken.

Review

Hush, Hush was an insanely sexy and scandalous forbidden romance that had my heart beating out of my chest in overdrive as I inhaled every breathtakingly beautiful word from this phenomenally captivating story that Lucia Franco has so perfectly structured. When she first announced this book, I was extremely curious to get my hands on the story that had her distracted from releasing the next book in the Off Balance series, and OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS I am so glad she took this new direction, because I think I might have just discovered a new set of favorite characters! This author sure knows how to keep her readers wholeheartedly entertained with a unique storyline full of angsty moments. Oh, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one with my fingers crossed hoping we might just get Natalie’s story too?! PRETTY PLEASE???

ANYWAY…Let’s get back to our main lady, Aubrey…holy freaking sh*t I absolutely loved this girl right from the very beginning. She was the kind of leading lady that readers (at least in my opinion) will instantly connect with. She is a strong and independent lady who is just doing what she needs to do to provide for her and her sweet grandmother (who I freaking loved by the way). Living a double life can be hard…college student by day and a gal that caters to Manhattan’s elite at night! She is just going through the motions until she meets the sexy and confident silver fox, James Riviera. He totally turns her world completely upside down and when something unexpected happens, she has to choose a side.

Since I don’t want to ruin the shock-factor of this story, I won’t give away anymore except this…GO AND BUY THIS STORY RIGHT NOW!!! Aubrey and James will totally melt your heart and have your panties flying off with all the hot and heavy moments!

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About Lucia Franco

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

Find out more about Lucia at authorluciafranco.com. Make sure to join her newsletter to receive exclusive updates and more!

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Review – Inhale, Exhale (Hollow Ridge #1) by C.L. Matthews

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Inhale, Exhale by C.L. Matthews
Series: Hollow Ridge #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

“I do.”
Two words woven in love.
In sickness and in health.
For better or for worse.
Til death do us part.
And death dragged us apart.
We both said these vows.
But neither of us kept them.
This is not one of those happy stories.
Life isn’t made of simple choices and happily ever afters.
It’s a dark place.
It’s not easy.
It’s full of mistakes and lessons.
It hurts.
And in the end, those two words said in love, are the same ones said in hate.
“You want a divorce?”
“I do.”

Review

Words could never perfectly describe the abundance of emotions that took complete control over my body, mind, and soul while inhaling (pun totally intended) this breathtakingly captivating and heart shattering story. It’s been days since I have had the ability to read anything else and I am still attempting to catch my breath because this story totally sucked the life right out of me. I think this author might have just ruined me for all other books (okay so we all know that’s not completely true because I could never give up books, but let’s just say this story will ALWAYS hold a special place deep inside my heart). C.L. Matthews brilliantly constructed a unique tale so unlike anything I have ever read before…and probably unlike anything I will ever be fortunate enough to read again for as long as I live. This story gave me all the feels and it’s nearly impossible to accurately comprehend everything I experienced and the pain my heartstrings are enduring right now.

Inhale, Exhale shows the true side of human nature…the dark side we all try to hide because we don’t want others to see and judge. The author’s words were poetic and the storyline gripped my heart. These characters are beautifully flawed and you see that intertwined throughout the pages of this story. You will never be the same after reading this story and I cannot wait for you all to dive in!!!

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About C.L. Matthews

C.L. Matthews resides in Utah, the state with the best snow on earth. She is not a fan of the snow but loves her state just the same. She is known for her swag business and creative pieces. C.L. Matthews is a swag maker, book nerd, and new author, it isn’t an easy task but she wants to succeed in many things. Her hobbies consist of crafting, drinking coffee until she can’t consume any more, and reading until she falls asleep with books in her lap. C.L. Matthews is married to her childhood best friend, she got her happily ever after.

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Review – Truly Mine: Mason & Sophie #1 (The Roommate Duet #3) by Kennedy Fox

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Truly Mine: Mason & Sophie #1 by Kennedy Fox
Series: The Roommate Duet #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

The night we met in the dimly lit bar, she looked like a brunette bombshell, and I wanted to learn her deepest secrets. With sun-kissed skin and soulful bedroom eyes, she was pure temptation, and I was mesmerized.

As one drink led to two, I craved more of her playful banter and taunting lips. Resisting her wasn’t an option, and we quickly became a desperate mess of tangled limbs and hot kisses. She tasted like the sweetest sin, but I was no saint.

Once we caught our breaths, and it became obvious that meeting her wasn’t a coincidence, everything changed. Now I must deny her at all costs.

Friends. It’s all we can ever be.

After years of lying to myself and keeping her at a distance, I want to pull her close. Sophie’s on my mind more than ever as my instincts to protect her take over. Regardless of my attempts to help, she pushes me away and makes it clear she doesn’t need me.

I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, to show her I’m the good guy, but one night takes a tragic turn for the worse when her boyfriend and I start throwing punches.

And ends when I’m arrested for his murder.

Review

This dynamic duo has once again ruined me with this perfectly crafted slow burn and angsty romance that was filled with suspense and drama around every corner! Truly Mine introduces us to the complicated love story that is slowly and painfully unfolding between Mason and Sophie…and let’s just say that it really brings on ALL THE FEELS!

Although we previously met them in Hunter and Lennon’s Duet (Baby Mine & Baby Yours), this story helps to fill in some of the missing pieces, like their first encounter, which was so FREAKING hot! The chemistry between these two set my heart on FIRE and their banter sent butterflies all throughout my body. Having the chance to get their backstory really opened my eyes and had me falling head over heels in love with this couple. Throughout the first book in their duet, they are struggling to push their feelings aside and holy moly the amount of twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat time and time again.

This surprising cliffhanger ending has me counting down the days and eagerly anticipating getting my hands on, Truly Yours! I cannot freaking wait until we can see all that Mason and Sophie’s story has to offer!

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About Kennedy Fox

Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, quirky, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! They’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

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