Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan!


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“We never get lost
When I wake
I fear that our love will never be
This was my first book by Sarah and Brain I was quickly blown away by them. I’ll admit, I was intimidated by this book as soon as I found out that it was written in verse. I’ve never read a book like this and honestly, it was way out of my comfort zone. I always feel like I won’t understand what the authors are trying to tell me but I’m glad this wasn’t the case here. I finally made up my mind to binge read this before I fell asleep yesterday and I ended up reading it in less than 2 hours. Because of that, I have officially fallen in love with verse books and I can’t wait to get my hands on more like it. I loved that the writing worked completely in its favor. It didn’t impede the message of the book to get lost in translation and it made me feel just as much as any regular written book ever has.
This book is dual POV and it was separated into 3 parts. It follows Nicu, an emigrated Romanian and Jess, as their lives entwine when they are both sent to the same place after getting arrested for stealing.
My heart was completely stolen by Nicu from the very beginning and it’s not just because he was the male lead. The way he expressed himself quickly told me that he had one of the sweetest and purest of hearts that I’ve ever come across. His verses were written in poor English which helped bring the story, and his background, to life even more beautifully than it already was. I loved seeing how carefully he chose his words and they were never, ever without a deep meaning. His humor made me smile until it hurt every single time and I just couldn’t get enough of him. I saw him as a little brother and I wanted to reach into the pages to comfort him at every turn. I was also really impressed by how Sarah and Brian didn’t need to tell us which POV we were reading. Jess and Nicu had their own unique voices that were easily distinguishable.
This story deal with a lot of racism, abuse, and mostly everything in between. It tore my heart out whenever anyone so much as thought something negative towards Nicu and it made me tear up more times than I could count.
The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5/5 was because I didn’t care much for Jess. Don’t get me wrong, I sympathized with her situation a lot but I feel like her character wasn’t as interesting as Nicu. I really liked her relationship with Nicu but I feel like she disappointed me more than not. They both had ugly lives at home and it had my stomach turning with a bad feeling in my stomach throughout it all.
With that said, I absolutely despised every other character in this story. I won’t go into detail but let’s just say that I went into a murderous rage every time anybody besides Nicu and Jess were being mentioned.
Now that I have read this from cover to cover, that title is killing me inside. I will always cry and die a little bit every time I hear/see it from now on. Thank you, Sarah and Brian, for writing a book that will stay with me forever. Also, one more comment…. SEQUEL?!?!??!
“And I dreaming of you last night,
But my eyes don’t close for sleeping,
And it raining in my stomach,
And it storming in my heart.”
4.5/5 stars!

4.5/5 stars!

Review: Breaking by Danielle Rollins!


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This was my first book by Danielle and I am abso-freaking-lutely a fan of hers now! As soon as I read that this was a suspense/thriller type of book, I was all for it. No questions asked. The dark undertone that it seemed to ooze with every page made me too giddy for words and I wanted it to last a lifetime.
Going in, I knew NOTHING about this world and I just found out that I read the ‘second’ book in the series. They actually seem to follow different characters so I don’t feel like I’ve spoiled myself too much. No harm done! This news made me really happy because I’m dying to know more about this world and now I can read a ‘prequel’ as I hope for a continuation to this one. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on it!! I feel like my prayers have been answered and I don’t have to wait for a release.
This book follows Charlotte as she tries to dig through the aftermath of the suicides of her two best friends. We get to witness as her world is torn from under her feet and she starts to question everything she thought was true. I have never read a story like this one and Charlotte was a unique main character, in my opinion. I loved seeing how she reacted to everything around her and she made me proud at times.
There were quite a few characters that I did not like but I won’t name them in order to keep myself from spoiling anything. But I will say that I really liked Zoe and the dynamic she had with Charlotte. It took me a while to actually get to that point but I am glad I did.
This entire story made me feel like I was walking through a field of landmines where the only way to get answers was to step on each of them . It ripped out many tears from me because there were some brutal events that I couldn’t stop envisioning. They were horrendous and it took a while for me to collect myself before forcing myself to continue with the story.
With that said, there was also a lot of badassery and savagery that I didn’t know I was in store for. A lot of other things caught me by surprise, and I am glad I didn’t know about them, because I would’ve been too intimidated to read this if I had. I really hope I can read more books as dark -and darker- as this one.
The only critical comment I have for this novel was that a few things were anticlimactic when it was built up like crazy. I still liked the story a lot but I would’ve loved for some secrets to have had more ‘unf’ to them in order to make the story a true 5 star read. Besides that, this is a story that I deeply cherish because it appealed to my dark side and I can’t wait for the next one!

4.5/5 stars

(Belated) Release Blitz & Review: Enforcer by Katana Collins!

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Title: Enforcer

Series: Harrison Street Crew #3

Author: Katana Collins

Genre: Gritty Erotic Romance Standalone

Release Date: June 6, 2017


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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Ryan Gallagher is the one who does the dirty work. The brute force in the Harrison Street Crew, he lives to have the club all for his own one day. But the one thing he can’t have is Megan Mahoney—the one woman he’s loved since she was a teenager who needed saving.

Megan never forgot the all-consuming passion she felt for Ryan, her larger-than-life, wild teenage love. But coming from a hard, shocking past has left her broken and scared—and untrusting of the Harrison Street Crew. Ten years later, she’s back in Ryan’s world to claim a promise he made to her years ago. And even though she knows she shouldn’t fall for him, Ryan still has an explosive, sensual pull on her that she can’t ignore.

Ryan’s powerful love for Megan is the only thing that could ever soothe the tempestuous beast that roars in his soul. And when she comes back to him to aid her in a dangerous quest—a deadly revenge plot he swore he would be a part of years ago—Ryan can’t say no. He lives to protect this woman. He will die loving this woman. And as the stakes get higher, the love that they have kept hidden all these years explodes and goes further and deeper than either of them expected. But with a dark threat from Megan’s past thrust headlong into their lives, can their love win out?

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I already lost count of how many reviews I’ve written for Katana but all I know is that this won’t be my last. Enforcer is the third installment in one of my favorite series ever. Each installment follows a different romantic duo in the lives of the Harrison Street Crew (run by the sexiest men ever), while at the same time, delving deeper into one of the most suspenseful and intricate plots I’ve ever stumbled upon.
I was already shredded to the core soon after reading the beautiful dedication for this book. It hit deep and I had to take a moment to compose myself before continuing on. I want to take a moment to say that this book touches upon some dark and twisted subjects so I classify this as a TRIGGER WARNING.
This book follows Ryan, a dark, sexy, lethal crew member, and Megan, the daughter of his father figure. Megan has officially become one of my favorite female characters of ALL time. Her childhood was the worst thing you could possibly imagine, yet she didn’t let that break her. She made life her b**** and there wasn’t an ounce of her that was sorry about it. I loved seeing her journey in becoming a woman and her relationship with Ryan develop. They both have some character developments that left me fulfilled and proud.
One of my favorite things to witness in this series is how all of these characters are tied together. Sometimes I can never see their connections coming and I live for the ultimate reveal. I know this is something we all do with every book we read but I feel like Katana brings it out of me the most. I usually only care about the 2 main characters but in this series, EVERY single side character has a major role to play and, excluding the bad guys, I found myself treasuring each and every one. The magic of Katana is that if I ever find a character I am not passionate about, she completely changes my mind about them in the next installment. I love it when an author changes my mind or proves me wrong so thank you, Katana!
Collins is a mastermind when it comes to creating delicious men and plots to drool over. This wonderful novel tore massive laughs out of me while the sexual tension drove me off the wall. It lifted me up more than it tore me down so it’s a close 5 star!
The only negative comment I have was that I saw most of the things coming at the end. Either way, it didn’t steal away from the deep affection I have for every single character Katana chooses to explore and share with us. I can’t choose a favorite couple or novel of Katana’s so I won’t even try to. Also, the very last chapter was the most perfect thing I’ve ever read and it made me feel warm and bubbly inside as I melted with jealousy that it didn’t happen to me. I can’t wait for the next HSC novel!

4.8/5 stars


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Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe…the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

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Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

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When Katana Collins was younger and stole her mother’s Harlequins to read beneath the covers with a flashlight, she wanted to read about the tough as nails heroine. The perfectly imperfect girl with quirks and attitude and sass. And the anti-heroes who were anything but “Prince Charming.” Forget the knight on a white horse… she wanted the bad boy on a motorcycle.

So, now, she writes those romance novels she craved to see on the shelves all those years ago—the sassy heroines. The badass heroes. She penned her first romance novel back in 2012 and now, a few years later, she is an international author with 15 published books, in a wide range of contemporary romance genres (Paranormal, New Adult, Small town, Erotic Suspense… you name it!).

She lives in Portland, Maine, with an ever-growing brood of rescue animals: a kind of mean cat, a very mellow chihuahua, and a very not mellow lab puppy… oh yeah, there’s a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.

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Release Day Blitz, Giveaway, & Review: Detour by Kacey Shea!

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Title: Detour

Series: Off Track Records #1

Author: Kacey Shea

Cover Design & Photography: Marisa Shor, Cover Me Darling

Cover Model: Haley Loan

Release Date: June 1, 2017



Trent Donavan is the golden boy of the rock world. As lead singer of Three Ugly Guys, he’s every fangirl’s dream, and with his newfound fame the women flow as readily as alcohol and drugs. There’s no doubt women are Trent’s preferred indulgence after a successful show.

That is, until the feisty little blonde joins the tour.

Lexi Marx loves music. It runs in her blood and flows through her soul. As the -illegitimate daughter of a rock legend, she’s determined to make it in the music industry on talent alone. So when her agent scores her the opening act gig for the next 3UG tour it seems her hard work, hopes, and dreams have finally come to fruition.

Until she spends time with the band. More accurately, Trent Donovan. She’d feel better if that arrogant manwhore of a lead singer would stop hitting on her with his dreamy eyes, witty comebacks, and voice that melts the most jagged of hearts.

But Trent is determined to prove to Lexi he’s not such a bad guy, and as music binds their friendship, Lexi’s left with the most confusing of emotions. Could this be love or an uninvited distraction? She can still have it all, if only her heart doesn’t lead her off track.


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“She’s my world your, my greatest award, better than any bestselling album or performance.”
This was my 4th book by Kacey and I loved it just as much as every other one of hers. I have to admit, I thought this was going to be completely separate from the Uncovering Love series but I was super excited to find out that I was dead wrong! I couldn’t contain my excitement when I found out that this book follows a hunk that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the other books. I didn’t want to let the characters from UL go and now I don’t have to. This new series is giving me so much hope! Kacey has given me something I didn’t know I was yearning for and hopefully that shows just how much I love her work.
This is a rock star romance and it was like none other I’ve ever read. It’s a dual POV so it also follows Lexi, an up and coming singer/songwriter. These two meet right before they go on tour together and they both stole my heart right away. As individuals, they are hilarious and as real as you and me. But as a duo, they are that plus so much more. I loved how Trent showed his fierce, caring side right from the start. He was so perfect for Lexi and vice versa. They both tell it how it is and the way they worked through their problems was nothing short than awe-mazing. I wish I meet my own Trent soon because this book gave me all the feels that I didn’t want to stop experiencing.. I’m a bit obsessed with Trent, in case it isn’t obvious.
The only criticism I have for this book was that a few things were more than a bit predictable. I saw some things coming and yes, it put a bit of a damper on my mood, but I just shrugged it off and kept going.
Kacey is a mastermind when it comes to writing. Her novels always feel lighthearted and epic until you get slapped by a sudden depth that you can’t crawl out of. The rawness that Kacey includes in her books brings you to the ground while at the same time, everything else keeps you soaring. This is exactly what this novel was and I loved it even more because of it.
The ending was beyond beautiful and it had me bawling like a baby. I can’t tell you how many times I went back to reread it because I didn’t want to let go. I can’t wait for Sean’s story next!
“When life gets off track, sometimes a little detour is all it takes to set things right.”
Not recommended for readers under 18.

4/5 stars!


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Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and indie author who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

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Enjoy this excerpt from lead singer of Three Ugly Guys, Trent Donavan from Kacey Shea’s rock star romance, Detour:

The dive is actually charming inside, with its retro fifties décor and twenty-four-seven breakfast menu. The crowd is popping for a weekday lunch, and with its location in the heart of downtown I take that as a sign the food will be good.

A no-nonsense waitress leads us to an empty booth near the back.

“This okay?” Her tone dares us to suggest it’s not . . . and end up with spit in our meal.

“Perfect. Thanks.” Lexi slides into the seat across from me. The waitress points to where the menus are nestled between the table and a dish of creamer, sugar packs, and other condiments.

“What can I get you to drink?”

“I’ll have a glass of orange juice,” Lexi says and then glances at me. “And I don’t need to see the menu. I’m ready to order. If you are?”

“Yeah.” I’m surprised, since most people scan the menu before deciding on their meal.

“A stack of plain pancakes. Please,” she says.

“You want the half or the full?” our server asks without looking up from her notepad.

“Full, please.” Lexi smiles.

The waitress pauses to glance at Lexi and raise her brows. “Mmm’kay. And for you?” She nods my direction more than asks.

“Same. Except coffee for me.”

“’Kay.” She turns and leaves without a backward glance.

“I don’t know how you do that,” I say.

“What? I can eat a lot of food. Especially pancakes. Don’t judge me by my size.”

I grin. “Not that. I’m talking about ordering orange juice.”

“You don’t like OJ?” she asks as if I’m the crazy one.

“I do. But you have no idea the pulp situation. Does it have none, or extra? How can you order a glass without knowing the level of pulp?”

She laughs and at that moment our server comes back to set down our drinks. “Pancakes’ll be up shortly.”

“I take it you’re not a fan of pulp.” Lexi observes and takes a sip from her drink.

I eye her from over the brim of my mug. “That obvious?”

She laughs and sets down her glass. “You’ll be happy to know there’s a low pulp situation going on. We’re safe here.”

“Thank God!” I bug my eyes and delight in the way her lips lift in a comfortable smile. Not forced or guarded. I like this Lexi. “Hey, there’s something I’ve been wanting to ask you since we met.”

Her shoulders straighten just the slightest and I can’t help but kick myself for chasing away some of her ease. “You don’t have to answer, if you don’t want. Just call me curious.”

“Fine.” She rolls her eyes but her lips twitch up with the trace of a smile. “Shoot.”

“Why Marx?” The words leave my mouth and I instantly regret the question.

Her eyes drop and her jaw hardens with her frown. She studies the patterned Formica table and traces her fingertips along the silver plated fork and spoon atop her paper napkin. Fuck. She was just starting to open up. Talk to me. Now she’s like ice. I should apologize. Or make a joke. An inappropriate one about her luscious breasts. Yes, then she’ll get angry. Angry I can do.

“Don’t laugh,” she warns.

My gaze snaps up to watch her still playing with the silverware. “Okay.”

“Swear it.”

I reach my hand across the table and set my fingers next to the napkin. “Pinky promise.” I wiggle my finger and her lips soften as though she wants to smile. “I won’t tell a soul.”

Her pinky slides along mine, and the soft brush of her tiny finger against my much bigger one kicks up my pulse. Her hands are so delicate and skilled, and fuck if my dick isn’t already making my tight jeans irritably uncomfortable. She squeezes her finger and I barely lock mine with hers before she pulls her hands back into her lap.

“I was a child. I can’t be held responsible.” She glances around the room before her gaze settles back to me. “But I had a major crush on Richard Marx.”

“The singer?” I press my lips together because I’m certain there’s a smile stretching across my face.

Lexi’s glare confirms my suspicion. “Not a word. You promised.”

“I won’t. It’s cute. What were you, like five?”

“More like twelve.”

“But you’re only twenty-three, right? Wasn’t Marx big in the late eighties, early nineties?”

“Yeah, well, my mom loved his music so we listened to it a lot.”

“You’re telling me your stage name is a shout out to the guy who romanced millions of women with his piano and soft rock ballads, all from a little childhood crush?”

“Don’t judge, okay. I was a kid.” Even she can’t hold back a laugh.

“Not judging, just finding the connection rather shallow for a woman who does everything with great meaning.”

Her eyes narrow. “I’m not sure if you’re trying to compliment or insult me.”

I wink. “Compliment. Go with the positive.”

“You’re delusional.” She throws up her hands.

“Says the Marx diehard fan!”

“Look. It’s more than that,” she grumbles and when I tilt my head she shakes hers, her next words leaving her lips in a rush. “God, I can’t believe I’m telling you this . . . When I was a young girl I had this ridiculously famous rock star dad. One who was a horrible father. One who never remembered to call or visit, and who made my mom cry herself to sleep. One who made her waste her entire youth devoted to a man who didn’t give two shits about us.

When I listened to “Right Here Waiting,” I used to pretend that my dad wasn’t Richie Sands. That my mom had gotten it all wrong. I imagined my father was Richard Marx and he was singing that song to us—my mom and me. That he loved us.” She gave a short pause. “So as soon as I turned eighteen, I legally changed my last name to Marx.”

“Two big stacks.” Our server interrupts by setting down our plates with a clatter. “Refills?”

“Yes, please,” Lexi answers. However, I can’t seem to move my gaze from her eyes. The green shines a little too brightly under the florescent lights while she pours way too much syrup on her pancakes. She continues with her meal as if she hadn’t just shared something completely intimate and personal.

“Syrup?” Lexi holds the jug over my stack and I quickly grab it from her hands.

“I’ve got it, Sugar Tits! You’ll give me diabetes if I let you pour.”

“What? I like syrup with my pancakes!”

“I can see that.” I grin and douse my stack with a conservative amount before cutting a few bites with the side of my fork. “So, when you’re not basking in pancake griddle heaven, what other food do you enjoy this much?”

“Chinese, Thai, Sushi. I love them all. But there’s nothing like a stack of pancakes.” Lexi shovels in another mouthful. A groan of pleasure escapes from where her lips lock around the fork. Fork me. What I wouldn’t give to be a piece of cutlery.

“And don’t think I didn’t notice the sugar tits comment, either. That nickname ends here.” She points the fork in my direction before taking another bite.

My lips pull up with a big ass grin. “I don’t know . . . ’Cause that I didn’t promise.” I pop in a mouthful of pancakes.

She shakes her head, rolls those eyes, and takes a sip of juice. “Hey, Trent.” She glances down at her plate, using her fork to push around the sopping mess she’s made of a perfectly delicious breakfast.


“I never said thank you.” She lifts her gaze and those eyes pierce me with their sincerity. “Thank you.”

I lick my lips and take a big gulp of coffee. “You’re welcome. For what exactly?”

She smiles and taps her fork against the plate. “Why did you bring me on your bus in Oklahoma?”

That night fills me with sadness and I rub my hands through my hair. “To keep you safe.”

“That’s it? No ulterior motives?”

“Lexi, that night, I . . . There was no way I was letting you sleep in Big Betty. Not after what happened. What could have happened. No. I just needed to keep you safe. The best way to do that was in our bus. Simple.”

She scoops up her drenched pancake and brings it to her lips. Oh, those damn lips. “Well, then, thank you,” she whispers before the food goes inside her mouth and she does the groan again.

It’s all I can do to not pounce over the table, claim those lips, and join her in the sound.

“And thanks for not trying to get in my pants.” She grins, wider now, and I feel as though she’s playing some kind of mindfuck game. She’s gotta be on to me, inside my head, knowing I’ve been thinking unprofessional thoughts throughout this entire breakfast.

“Who says I’m not trying to do that?” I go with humor, always my best defense, and it works when she laughs aloud.

“You’re such a manwhore.”

“You got me.” I join in her laugher and pray my little obsession with her mouth dissipates the further into this tour we go. Lexi is a cool chick, more down to earth than I ever imagined, and she deserves the best. More than I could ever give, that much is true.

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Release Day Blitz & Review: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins!

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Title: Somebody Else’s Sky

Series: Something in the Way #2

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 22, 2017 



Book two in the Something in the Way series, an epic, 3-book saga of forbidden love…

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on. 

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else. 




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“… I was in love with someone who might never be mine.”
As soon as I found out that ARC’s were being sent out for this book, I kept refreshing and refreshing the content on my Kindle for mine to show up. I couldn’t contain my excitement of finally knowing how my poor Lake was faring after the MAJOR cliffhanger that was SITW. . So the moment I saw this ARC pop up in my Kindle, I dropped everything and immediately started reading it, which is what always happens when Jessica comes out with a new book.
This was my most anticipated sequel for Something in the Way and I’m beyond wary of what I have to do in order to continue with this review… I have to put myself back into the vulnerable state that I was in as I was reading it and it won’t be pretty. Only for you, Jessica, do I torture myself like this.
This sequel starts over a year after SITW and if you’ve read my review for that one, then you already know how personal this trilogy is to me. I won’t go into much detail but let’s just say that I completely relate to Lake’s situation because I went through something 97.9% similar at an even younger age than hers. Not only can I sympathize with Lake as a character but I also see myself in her, and as much as I hated it, Jessica reopened old wounds that were better left well alone. Not only did she reopen them but she also added fresh ones and didn’t let me forget about it. Of course, I already knew this would happen. I mean, how can it not, when the main character is going through THE SAME situation I went through that completely changed who I was, and not necessarily in the best way either.
Anyway, all of this didn’t deter me from inhaling Jessica’s words either way. Another book is coming our way from this series and I am not ready. I can only hope that my reopened wounds are healed enough to take on the torturous beating that I KNOW MTS (Move the Stars) has in store for me.
My heart and soul went out to Lake and I just wish I could jump into books so I could be a shoulder for her to cry and rely on. It was something I desperately needed, but never got, and I would hate for her to go through that as well. Her character development was amazing to witness. I was able to see what a year had done to her maturity level but I loved how she still has ways to go; it felt real. It wasn’t instantaneous and I can’t wait to see as she grows up even more inside. Her pain and suffering tore me up inside and opened up a flood gate out of me.
Which is more than I can say for Manning. Don’t get me wrong, I love that man with all of my heart, and I want to chase his fears away the more we dig into his past, but this book has made me double think my fierce want of him ending up with Lake. He did and said so many things that have shattered all of my hope for a reconciliation. Whatever happens after this, my heart won’t be into it. Like I said before, this is personal to me, and what I read with my own eyes was something that I wouldn’t accept for myself so I don’t expect Lake to do so either. She deserves so much better and I only care about HER happiness at this point. Just kidding, I care about Manning’s as well. Let’s just say I want them to be happy in the end, but as individuals, not as a couple. We’ll see what happens but either way, I will treasure this trilogy forever.
Also, my deep hatred for Tiffany the Hag has only multiplied a thousand times from book 1 and again, I won’t go into detail because she doesn’t deserve it.
Every single word out of Jessica’s hands felt like dagger after dagger was being thrown precisely at every part of me until I was covered in irreparable damage. I kept asking myself why I kept on reading and torturing myself but I couldn’t make myself look away. I had to stop at constant intervals because I would absolutely lose it in the middle of a sentence; I couldn’t read/take anymore until I had cried myself dry enough to be able to see clearly again. This happened at every turn of the page and it left me an exhausted hollow shell at the end of it all. I cried myself to sleep after finishing it and I couldn’t stop crying for days after. I closed myself up as I was forced to relive my own mistakes and heartbreak along with Lake’s. I had to watch my life fall apart all over again and I just hope Lake’s ending is better than mine.
Only an author of Jessica’s grand caliber is able to bring that out of her readers and I continue to be amazed by her ability to do so with such flair. I am her pawn and I just hope she knows how much pain she’s responsible for inflicting because I can’t even begin to explain it all.
….Also, is it October yet?
“She was taking forever from me.”

6.5/5 stars.



Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.



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Blog Tour/ Read-a-long + Giveaway: The Alchemists of Loom ‘Bonus Content’ by Elise Kova!


I’ve been waiting for my stop on this read-a-long for what feels like weeks now because I have a special treat for all of you! As you all know, Elise Kova is my Queen and I can’t- won’t- stop talking about her for the rest of my days. She is a woman of many, many, many, talents, and among them is her absolutely incredible ability to build a world out of scratch and make it seem as if it has always existed. In her Loom series, we are introduced to the Dragon lands (Nova) and ‘Earth’ which is Loom. In the process of world building, Elise had to come up with a calendar year and this is what her process looked like:

From Elise:

Believe it or not, the calendar of Loom and Nova was actually quite difficult to come up with given the logistics of the two worlds developing completely independent of each other.

Loom is located on the earth and Nova is in the sky with a layer of clouds constantly separating them. Days and nights were simple enough, the sky would brighten and darken. Even the number of days in a given month could be explained simply: the moon. Those on Loom would experience nights of darkness, new moons, that would signify the beginning and end of a month.

So I knew Loom and Nova, without any communication, could reasonably develop a similar number of days in the month, and number of hours in the day… But what about years?

For the sake of developing a more simple timeline, I wanted to have their years be the same number of months. But how would two cultures decide something so arbitrary identically?

To answer that, I ended up speaking with a PhD candidate in astrophysics and we worked out a few hypotheticals. Eventually, we came to the possibility of an orbiting celestial body that would cross the sky once per year and light up an entire 24 hours. Doing this, gave a beginning and end for the year calendars that could be seen on Nova and experienced (via the light filtering) on Loom.


One year is composed of 20 months, with 30 days in one month. On Loom, the months are numbered simply. On Nova each month is assigned a divine patron from the Dragon Pantheon. Dates are written as: Day.Month.Year

Therefore, “1.10.1400” is the first day of the tenth month, year one-thousand four-hundred.


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Blog Tour: Dominion by J. Kowallis- Would You Rather Game!


I want to wish a very Happy Release Day to one of my favorite women of all time, J. Kowallis!!! I have had the pleasure of devouring her book from the very beginning and I can’t wait to continue with Dominion. I have yet to read it but I know it will be the end of me as we know it haha. So much can go wrong, and I know it will, that I hope I’m ready for.


Without further ado, I decided to do something a little different for this interview and turned it into a Would You Rather game. Some are my own questions and some came from other sources, they will be linked on top of their question:

Book related questions:
From Jacqueline E. Smith on Facebook:
-Would you rather have coffee with your main character or have your favorite author read your book?
Duh! Sit down with my main character!
From Manon over on Instagram:
-Would you rather only write sci-fi for the rest of your life or fantasy?
Interestingly enough, I’d pick fantasy. 
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have a book be a best-seller or meet and co-write a book with your favorite author?
I’d rather have a best-seller:)
-Would you rather never be able to reread your own books but be able to read other new books or never be able to read new books but be able to reread your books?
As tough as it would be, I’d rather read new books! I mean, my books are fun and awesome and I love them, but I need the new stuff!
-Would you rather write a spin-off or a novella?
Oooo. That’s a toughie. Probably a spin off!
-Would you rather never be able to torture the hell out of your readers, but be able to meet them, or never be able to meet them but be able to torture them?
Meet them. No, torture them. Meet them. NO! I want…i want to look in their eyes and torture them with my stories! 
-Would you rather only read 1 book a month and be able to memorize it word for word or be able to read more than one, but immediately forget about them?
Oh no! That last option made me gasp. Um, so I’d totally choose one book that I memorize.
About her books: 
-Would you rather be able to duplicate or control minds?
Oooooo……duplicate. Totally.
-Would you rather have to fight Roy or Nate?
Roy. And then I’d tackle him… and then maybe his pants come down a little bit. #FRIENDSquote
-Would you rather be able to control fire or be able to see visions?
Visions. I feel that would help displace a lit of self-inflicted anxiety:)
-Would you rather be raised in a lab or in the fighting rink?
Fighting ring. For sure!
Personal questions:
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have cake or ice cream?
-Would you rather never post on Facebook or on Instagram?
Oh, easy. Facebook!
-Would you rather watch one show for the rest of your life or only eat one meal for the rest of your life?
Eeek! I hate this! Okay, um…one show!
-Would you rather live in a different state every other year or be able to live in a different city every other month?
Different state every other year:) I’ve gotta have a little stability. 
-Would you rather only own a never-ending shoe closet or a never-ending closet of clothes?
Clothes closet!!!!!! 

18403293_1872424653028307_1298683039846867746_nAnd there you have it guys! Do you agree with her answers? How would you have answered differently? Feel free to comment and as always thank you J. Kowallis for always being a pleasure to interview!
If you haven’t read any of her works, please do so immediately! Her world and characters are to die for!

About the author:

J. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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