Review for Backstage by Jacqueline E. Smith!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
I have been waiting for this sequel for months and it goes without saying that I devoured it in one sitting as soon as I had time. Boy Band ended with a cliffhanger I never saw coming. It was explosive and terrifying.
I went into this book with a horrible feeling in my stomach, waiting for the shoe to drop. There is a huge secret being harbored by a couple people that could destroy everything the guys and girls have worked for. It could even destroy the relationships they have with each other.
I have grown emotionally attached to the characters ever since book one, especially Sam and Mel, and it hurt to see so many things tearing them apart. I am so scared to read what is going to happen next with the boys but I will hold on to the little hope I have. My heart goes out to every single one, since to me, they feel as if they were my very own set of best friends. They made me tear up and laugh just like any friend would.
Sam and Mel are one of the most adorable couples I have read about. I am a sucker for a best-friend-turned-boyfriend relationships and they never failed to make me incredibly happy inside.
This book was little cliche but did I mind it? Heck no! I seriously loved how Jacqueline incorporated lyrics from songs by TKOS on top of every chapter. It gave it a wonderfully realistic feel and they always touched my heart.
This book was full of drama and beautiful romantic moments. It was full of betrayal and loyalty. It was hilarious and heart-breaking. I think this is one of the rare moments where I am in love with a cliffhanger!! Ahh! I loved it so much that I am willing to wait forever for whatever happens next. The happiness I feel over that ending will keep me floating until the next book comes out, no doubt!

5/5 stars!

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Review for Collision by K.A. Sterritt!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
“I reveled in the inevitability of my own demise.”
This was the first book I have read by K.A. and I have found a new couple to obsess over!
This book follows Juliette and Leo and we get to read from both of their POV’s. YES!!
Juliette is a daughter who lives in her mother’s terms by day and an adrenaline junkie by night. This story shows how much she grows as a person and how much she still has yet to grow. She infuriated me some times when her backbone was nonexistent but I loved where she left off in the story. I loved how she wasn’t the typical goodie character I see floating around a lot. She has a crazy side that lets her temporarily blow off the weight on her shoulders. My heart went out to her a lot due to the fact that there are some disgusting human beings in her life. They will go through great lengths to manipulate her happiness and it was torture not being able to do anything about it.
Leo is the man with a dark past that is eating him up inside. He is a bartender by day and an illegal cage fighter by night. He has a heart of gold with a body to match. His pains and struggles were so raw and heart-breaking. Whenever he opened up to Jules, I couldn’t be any more giddier.
They are a couple of the most flawed characters I have read about but they are so perfect together! At least in my opinion. This was a slight case of insta-love but I didn’t mind it since they were quick to make me forget about it.
I saw a lot of the twists coming but that cliffhanger at the end completely caught me by surprise. It was cliche at moments but it didn’t stop me from devouring the story any slower. Also, it got a little too coincidental at times.
There were some secrets unraveled in this book but there are still so many more to go. I read this book in one sitting since I couldn’t put it down for anything. I couldn’t get enough and now I am anxiously anticipating what happens next!! Oh, boy. With that cliffhanger, it can NOT be good. What a bombshell!! I need to know more about Leo!

4/5 stars!

Review for Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

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“… and this is how the world runs, pulling us apart over and over again.”
I really loved the first book in this series so I was really excited to dive back into this world! I loved how the article in the beginning sums up some stuff that happened in the first book. I really needed that since I read Seraphina over a year ago and forgot most of it. I also liked that I didn’t feel the size of this book. But there were many, many things that made my experience not so enjoyable.
It wasn’t until the end that it dawned on me why I wasn’t liking it.
Mainly, I didn’t like it because of the lack of romance. Now, keep in mind this is strictly my opinion. Some people love this BECAUSE of the lack of romance but romance is my drug and I NEED a good one in order to enjoy the plot. I love how romance conflicts the decisions a heroine must make but yeah, this lacked that factor and made me struggle with keeping up with the story.
Another aspect I didn’t enjoy was all the political talk. I couldn’t follow with it so I gave up midway.
I also didn’t seem to connect to Seraphina in any way. I wasn’t feeling her emotions as my own and I felt a wall between me and her. I hated, absolutely hated, the actions she took. Or didn’t take. She wasn’t the type of character I enjoy and it dampened my mood. She annoyed me more than anything else.
The names of places and people were also a little… ridiculous? Sadly, I couldn’t take them seriously and I also gave up trying to remember what was what. Surprisingly, I could follow the characters a little better than the places.
The only character I love out of these two books is Lucien. If this series were told in his perspective, I would have loved it so much more! But it’s not and I had to really work for sightings of him.
This book had an immensely slow pace for me. It didn’t get fascinating until the last 30 pages, hence the half star. It was really subtly entertaining. I mean, I wasn’t hating it but I also wasn’t liking it. This world is incredibly unique and the ending was bittersweet. I felt a pang in my chest for the way things were resolved but nothing to lose sleep over.

3.5/4 stars.

Review for Down to the Liar & Trust Me, I’m Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

I missed Julep so much!! I am so glad I read this before the second book (it’s book 1.5) since it caught me up with what had happened in the first book.

Julep takes a con where she must help a friend in need and keep her from getting harassed any longer.

This was deliciously unpredictable and suspenseful. I missed these characters so much, it was amazing to come back to them. Although circumstances are now a little bit different which keeps breaking my heart. I thought I knew who was behind the harassing but Mary slapped me with a plot twist I never saw coming.

I loved it and I am even more glad the story isn’t over yet!

4/5 stars!


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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

“If I could give fledgling con artists one piece of advice, it would be this: tacos.”

SOLD! (Tacos are my ultimate food weakness) I am now a fledgling con artist, right?

Anyway, that is just a sneak peek of how amazing Mary’s writing is. I am obsessed with her story telling skills. Her characters are incredibly realistic and her plots are mind racking.

This book was hilarious, suspenseful, action-packed and heart-breaking.

I am still in mourning over one of my favorite characters from book 1. Every time Mary mentioned their name, I felt it like a blow to my chest. Just like it felt for Jupep, I am sure. I cried so much over it, it wasn’t pretty. I felt the weight on her shoulders on mine as well.

I loved the diverse romance in this story. It was beautiful and heart-warming.

I got a little mad at Mary while reading this. Only because I kept promising myself I would go to sleep after I finished a chapter, and if you know how she ends her chapters, it was impossible. So, I had to resort to going to sleep in the middle of a chapter.

I guessed who was behind the contract on Julep immediately and the other shady characters. I think I guessed the other characters because Mary succeeded in making me double-guess everybody. And I mean EVERYBODY.

Also, that cliffhanger is killing me. I need the next book in my hands soon!

“Ghosts don’t haunt people. Guilt does.”

5/5 stars!

Review for Him & Her by Carey Heywood

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This was the first book I have read by Carey and I fell in love with her characters right away.

This books follows Sarah, a woman who is her own boss and is about to go home for her brother’s wedding. This is also the first time she will be seeing her family in 7 years. Then comes in Will, her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend. I loved these two together so much! They are such dorks that they kept me smiling and laughing at their antics.

Sarah’s family is absolutely amazing, especially her brother! They are so loving and loyal, it was hard not to admire them.

This is told alternatively in the present and the past. Both were incredibly intriguing, I didn’t know which timeline I loved best. The past made me insane with giddiness and the present made me nervous because I needed to know what happened to them!!

I found a lot of things to be repetitive and got in the way of my appreciation for the plot line. Also, one of my worst pet peeves as a reader is when a character sticks out their tongue at others. Who does that!? Especially when she is supposed to be an adult, a 25 year old. I couldn’t get over it and it happened more than a couple times. I definitely wasn’t a fan that Sarah cried A LOT either, hence the 3 stars.

3/5 stars.


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This is the sequel to Him by Carey and I was ecstatic when I saw it was in Will’s POV. His side of the story made me appreciate the relationship between him and Sarah way more than she was able to.

This book starts in the past and continues on until the present. A little bit different than the first book but I didn’t mind it at all.

We read about memories that weren’t mentioned in the first book as well as some that were. I didn’t give this 5 stars because once it reached to the scenes I was already aware of, there wasn’t much difference so I was reading the same thing all over again. But. As soon as I go to the last part, I was smitten all over again.

I am seriously obsessed with Will!! Not in a I-want-to-steal-him-from-Sarah sort of way but in the he-is-such-a-wonderful-character way. He is hilarious, dorky, cute, and his love for those closest to him made my heart swell. He is plainly adorable and I loved how we read about what happens after the ending in Him. I was rooting for those two so much!

I need the next book so bad!! I NEED to know what happens to them, especially to Will because he is now one of my favorite male characters ever!

4/5 stars!

A Godless Love by Brenda Thornlow

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

This book follows Cherise and Aaron, a married couple with a strong sexual appetite. This is a problem for them since their religion is strict on all aspects of their sexual lives and more.

Sadly, this book didn’t really do it for me. It had an intriguing concept but I felt like the dialogue was incredibly juvenile for them being adults and every conversation was 99% about sex. I would’ve liked so much more depth to the characters than just their sexuality. There were unnecessary POV’s, at least in my opinion, that just made the story hard to get through. Only because I wasn’t interested in them.

This book was so blunt and straight-forward that scenes were cut short and ended begun.

2/5 stars.

COVER REVEAL: Uncovering Hope by Kacey Shea!

Release Date: March 22, 2016

Cover Model: Robin Bornsinner

Photographer: TheIrishWolf

Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creative Covers

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Synopsis:

Carly Reynolds doesn’t have much faith in men. She no longer trusts her heart to lead—not after doing her so wrong. Raising her sons alone, Carly must learn to stand on her own. But she’s stronger now, wiser, and determined to move forward.

Derek Taylor, the sexy tatted drummer for Three Ugly Guys, doesn’t have much time for women, except to hook up and get off. He’d rather focus on writing music and living the career he’s always dreamed. Fate may have other plans.

Dr. Garrett Brooks is the talk of Children’s Hospital. As the new surgical resident, he is young, charming, and attractive. He takes an immediate interest in Carly but his demanding work schedule and her single mom status don’t leave much opportunity for dating.

Between love interests, two boys to raise, and a full time nursing job, Carly’s ability to stand strong is put to the test. And when strange things start to transpire Carly must face the reality that her past has come back to haunt. Can the woman she’s become dare to hope for love again? And which man will win her heart?

Uncovering Hope is the third and final book in the Uncovering Love series, but can also be read as a standalone.


Author Bio:

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Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and part-time bookkeeper 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 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.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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My reviews for Kacey Shea: [Uncovering Love][Uncovering Desire]