Review + $150 Giveaway: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins!


Title: Something in the Way

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Forbidden

Cover Design: RBA Designs : Romantic Book Affairs
Photography: Perrywinkle Photography

Release Date: February 27, 2017



It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.


I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.



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“My world had been so dark before her. It worried me how far I’d go to keep that light in my life.”
As soon as I had this ARC in my possession, I dropped everything I was doing in order to start it. It had already overtaken my entire being as soon as the synopsis dropped. Who cares if I was dealing with a headache and needed to go to sleep in order to go to work in a few hours. My heart and mind didn’t care, so I started it immediately and it was the best decision I ever made… for the most part. Since I cried myself to sleep after the last page it was a bittersweet decision more than anything.
This story is a dual POV that follows Lake at age 16, and Manning at age 23. Lake has become one of the most adorable characters I’ve ever read about. She had me laughing so hard and admiring her mind from the very first few pages and that opinion never went away. Her humor alone made me fall in love with her right off the bat and had me invested in her feelings 100%.
Manning stole my heart from the first moment I saw him as well. His tragic background tore at me with all its might and I just wanted to take his pain away so he could smile his sexy smile, and laugh his sexy laugh more often. Their souls were just so beautiful and perfect for each other that I was rooting for them to get together at every turn of the page.
Also, I hate Lake’s sister. I won’t even name her because she doesn’t deserve it. So these sentences are all she’s getting in my review.
I had an immense disliking for myself throughout this story since as I kept reading, I was getting myself that much closer to the end… but I just couldn’t stop. The way Jessica brought their emotions and thoughts to life was staggering. Her writing is so addicting, it pulls at every fiber of your being until you’re entirely consumed and turned into a puppet. The characters have invaded my mind and soul and they’will never get out; They’ve made their home in there and I don’t have the strength to kick them out. I had an anxious, turning-of-the-stomach feeling for the most part of the story. Even though I was giddy with excitement in some moments, the bad feeling never went away. I was completely terrified of whatever Jessica threw their way and it was more than justified. I was NOT ready for that ending and every word kept ripping me apart until I couldn’t take it anymore. I am still in denial about it all. HOW COULD THAT HAVE HAPPENED!?!?! My mind is reeling with theories when usually a book just has it on pause until the second book releases. The theories I have in my mind are killing me and I need to know if they’ll come to light!!
This story was not only a masterpiece because of the flawless execution but because it resonated with me in the most personal way. I grew up in love with an older man and I was transported to the past from the very first word. I was 15 when I started to fall for the guy and that was only a year younger than Lake. Because of our similar experiences, I just wanted to step into the pages and give Lake some advice. I saw that her age and innocence poured into her every action and I wanted to help her grasp the situation more firmly. With that said, she also showed a maturity that’s to be admired.
This is going to be a trilogy and as I am already dying with the first one, I’m immensely terrified of what the other 2 have in store for me. But at the same time, I want them in my hands asap! Jessica has rocked my world and I can’t wait until May 22 for ‘Somebody Else’s Sky’ to come out. That title alone has me shaking my head at all the pain that it is to come my way.
“You can’t move the stars. Manning and I were inevitable.”

6/5 stars!






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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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Cover Reveal & $50 giveaway: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins!


I’ve been fawning over this book ever since Jessica announced that it was in the works. Not only is she tackling my most favorite story line of all time, but it is JESSICA. FREAKING. HAWKINS.

As soon as ARC’s were open for request, I jumped on that bandwagon so hard that, if it were literal, I would’ve fallen right out of it. The good news  is that yes, I was approved and received an ARC 2 days ago. But the bad news is… I finished it at midnight last night and I. Am. Profoundly devastated. Let’s just say I cried myself to sleep… This wasn’t pretty when I had to get up 4 hours later to go to the bay  but that’s what happens when you trust Jessica with your heart. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Jessica knows what she’s doing.

Anyway, this is isn’t a review, that will come in release day. Take a look down below so you can get a taste of why I hold this masterpiece so close to my heart.

Plus, LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS SPECIMEN OF A WOMAN ON THE COVER. I have a severe crush on her and I am not ashamed to admit it.


Coming February 27th:

Something in the Way (Book 1 in a trilogy of forbidden love.)

Photographed by [Perrywinkle Photography ]

Designed by [R.B.A. Designs]


It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.



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Jessica Hawkins is an Amazon bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in California and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.



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My second Q&A!!


Questions taken from Instagram:


*What is your favorite genre to read?

My favorite genre to read is romance! I am a sucker for it and I will 99.9% pick up a book if the synopsis hints towards a romance happening amidst the plot.

*What is your least favorite genre to read?

My least favorite genre to read is non-fiction. I have only ever read 2 books that have been non-fiction, and although I enjoyed both, (one was romance, the other was about a serial killer) I will not actively seek them out.

If we’re talking about genres under the fiction branch, I would have to go with historical, especially war times. I have no interest whatsoever when it comes to books that are set in historical/war times. I did enjoy the Gemma Doyle trilogy though, which is historical but I won’t actively seek this genre out to save my life either.

I’d also like to add that Sci-fi intimidates me to no end. My mind will most likely NOT understand it, no matter how hard I try. But I have enjoyed some Sci-Fi in the past from  J. Kowallis and Theresa Kay but I’m still intimidated when I first open their pages.



*What were some of your favorite books from last year?

Some of my favorite books of last year have to be the following. Keep in mind, I gave all of these over 5 stars and they might have been released earlier than last year.

(No particular order)

-A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

-Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

-Roseblood by A.G. Howard

-Earth’s End, Water’s Wrath, & The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

-The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

-Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

-We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun

-The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

*What advice do you have for bookstagrammers wanting to have more creative posts?

My advice would be: Invest in props. Lots of props.

Props are everything when it comes to more creative posts, at least it is for me. Anything, and I mean ANYthing, can be a prop if you use it right. I usually dedicate a day where I go and search for all the props I can find (Halloween related, in my case) and it pays off for as long as I want them to last. I’ve been using the same props in my feed since for over a year now and I have yet to grow tired of them. I do place them differently to add some distinction, so that could be another thing I recommend. Also, I love to make use of all the space that I have. I don’t do simple. If I see a clear spot, I find a way to fill it up and make it look not-so-out-of-place. That could come in handy when you’re trying to be more creative as well. Just make sure you have enough props to fill in those gaps and you’re golden.



*What’s your least favorite story line?

Oh my goodness. This is such a good question! I am SO over the story line where a sibling goes missing and the main character has to go find them. I don’t know, I just have had enough. Once in a blue moon there will come an author that gives it a fresh twist that has me begging for more (Caraval by Stephanie Garber) but other than that, I will roll my eyes and not enjoy the story whatsoever. If I were in their shoes, of course I would go save my sibling but it’s a story line that is used waaaaay too often, that it makes me want to shake the author and tell them to do something else.

*What is your favorite story line?

My favorite story line… hmmm. I’ve never flat out admitted this- it’s been hinted in my reviews before- but my favorite story line has to b: forbidden love. All the angst that those two words encompass on their own is so addicting that I will ALWAYS pick up a book with a forbidden romance in it. I will never, ever, say no to it. Be it teacher/student, step siblings, older man, affairs/someone else’s man, etc. I will dive in with absolute giddy excitement. Call me weird, doesn’t matter, but that is what I enjoy the most. I love experiencing the different ways that the authors resolve these issues and I hope to one day try my hand in one.



How do you choose which books you would like to read? Like your personal preference or cover/author, etc.?

I judge the book by its cover, 100%. I will never apologize for it since it’s the first thing I see whenever I pick up a book and that first impression is what I will always trust. If the cover is not pretty, I will not give it a second chance unless the synopsis blows me away. I have yet to see it happen but I won’t rule it out either.

As for authors, I don’t really pay attention to the author when I’m considering a book. More often than not, I can’t even tell you who wrote the book. But my auto buy authors are, and will always be, Sarah J. Maas and Elise Kova. All the covers that both of them have are always phenomenal so I know I will always buy them because of that. But I will also buy them because they are my Queens and I want everything that they create.

Question taken from Facebook:

Jacqueline E. Smith

Are you going to write a book?

YES!! I have been working on my own series since I was a sophomore in high school (2009/2010) and I’ve been creating, editing, and re-editing since. I won’t say much about it, but it will be an Urban Fantasy saga! I think I’ll be going the indie route though since I want full control over my covers and everything in between. I already have things in mind for all of the books and I can’t wait to see them come to life! Also, my characters have been hounding me every single day and I’m absolutely obsessed with them. I seriously can’t wait for everyone to meet them and fall in love with them as well! I am not writing ‘seriously’ right now, just notes here and there, since I’m waiting until I have my own personal computer. Only then will I dive into my world and write like there’s no tomorrow.

I do want to say though that this won’t see the light until years, and years to come. I want to start my author career with romance novels since that is the audience I want to target. I will mainly be writing romance novels so fantasy might not be what I always write., but who knows, may I’ll surprise myself.

Thank you so much guys for all of the questions and I hope to do this again soon!

I would love for you to show some love to everyone mentioned in this post!



Review: The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova!


I was lucky enough to Beta read this story for Elise a few moths ago but I decided to wait until after it was published so I could review it more fairly. I spent all of today rereading it and refreshing my memory so I could finally upload this, so here we go!
This is the first installment in the prequel trilogy that focuses on the Golden Guard that we originally meet in the Air Awakens series. This story is dual POV and follows our beloved Jax and his good friend, Erion. Jax is the flirty male character with a super dark past while Erion is battling his own guilt over his role in his friendship with the Crown.
This novella was a highly welcome breath of fresh air into my life. I rarely get to read a novel/novella that is told in only male perspectives so I ate it all up like there was no tomorrow. We follow these two main characters along with our wonderful Baldair as they get into trouble that always seems to follow them wherever they go. I was completely intrigued to say the least by their dynamic and the weight of their loyalty for each other. It seemed to seep into their every word and their every action. Also, I will never turn down the chance to get a deeper look into the side characters that made the Air Awakens series as unforgettable as it was. I even enjoyed the cameo of a certain Crown Prince that I can’t, and will never, get out of my head (and heart).
Elise Kova has done what she does best yet again. She sucks you in from the very first word, forcing you to forget entirely about reality. She reopened old wounds while also creating new ones with every flip of the page. The humor in this book was so perfectly woven in that I was in tears from laughing so hard. This story was deliciously suspenseful and arose so many more questions that have yet to be answered. I need to get my hands on the second book because I’m dying to know more about this setting. We are introduced to new places in the continent that we didn’t get to see in the original series and Kova seamlessly managed to explain it all with such vivid detail that I felt like I was in the middle of all the action. Speaking of action, we get it throughout the book almost nonstop, but the end was the best. It was more than intense and it had my heart almost hammering out of my chest.
The book itself is absolutely gorgeous, just like the others. The interior design is as breathtaking as the exterior which does immense justice to the story within. We also have a couple new maps to drool over in order to follow the story even better. If you love murder mysteries and pirates, I highly recommend this novella for you! I also hope you read the original series because there are so many emotions running rampant through me right now as I revisited this world that I’m sure will hit you as well.

5/5 stars!

Review: Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins!


*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
“… I might forget how it feels to lose what was never mine to begin with.”
I’ve been waiting for this book for so long that it still hasn’t dawned on me that I have finished it. I always mention that I would love a sequel written in a particular male’s perspective and this time Jessica granted my wish! I couldn’t be any more thankful to her!
This book follows Finn and the aftermath that took place in Slip of the Tongue. I won’t go into much detail since it will spoil both of the books for you. But if you read the synopsis, then you might have already spoiled yourself anyway.
As soon as I met Finn in SOTT, I was a complete goner. I grew obsessed and wanted an entire book (maybe even a library) with his story, which is where this book comes in. It was so much more than I expected and I couldn’t handle it all. I thought I was ready but I soon found out that I wasn’t. I was blown away by the perfection that is Jessica’s mind. She flawlessly captures your heart and soul so you feel everything the characters are feeling down to your core. This book more than surpassed intense and sexy and is on a whole new level in its own. It broke my heart time and time again since I took Finn’s pain personally. The angst!!! Jessica knows how to turn up the heat with every word and get your heart palpitating out of your chest until you just give in. It’s addicting and you won’t want to do anything else but devour and savor every single word.
I absolutely loved our female protagonist. My heart went out to her and my respect for her grew to immense proportions. I loved what these two brought out of each other. They understood one other even before one uttered a word, and that is the epitome of a perfect pairing. They came into each other’s lives at the perfect moment and they were each different to what they were used to. The perfection of it all ripped ugly sobs from me and the raw feelings are still so intense, it feels like I just finished reading this minutes ago.
Anyway, I loved how this story captured the reality of how the internet changes our lives, even relationships, nowadays. Not only could I fully understand the heart of the characters, but also the world around them.
This book brought me out of an intense slump and I love Jessica even more for doing so. I could go on for years about how precious story this was to me but I’ll cut it short. If you haven’t read anything by Jessica, please start asap. I gave her my heart in a platter as soon as SOTT made it into my hands and I’m letting her keep it. You will do the same, I know it.

5/5 stars!

Release Day Blitz: Ex-Con serial by Katana Collins!


~BOOK 1~


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.

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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~BOOK 2~


Charlize “Charlie” Wakeman fixes cars and doesn’t suffer fools. But when the hot as hell ex-convict Shane McGill enters her mechanic shop, she can’t resist one wild night with him. It was just meant to be a fling…the wildest, most thrilling fling of her life. But Shane’s too ruthless, too bad to ignore, and Charlie can’t stop herself from coming back for more.



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~BOOK 3~


Shane McGill learned one thing from prison—if you get a second chance, don’t screw it up. Shane doesn’t regret a single second of his life once he’s found Charlie. She’s the happiest, hottest, most important thing to happen to him. But as tensions rise in the Harrison Street Crew, his relationship with Charlie takes on a new level of heat, and danger…



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Katana Collins grew up in a lot of different places. She has called PA, NC, GA, FL and NY all her home. Pretty much in that order, too. Her dream was to always be an author. A photographer. A teacher. A veterinarian. A dolphin trainer. A ballerina. And an actress. She’s proud to say that a few of these even came true.

Katana attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she took only one writing class–but it was the class that changed the course of her life forever. One amazing professor and one semester later, she emerged with a new set of skills and was finally able to develop what was always a passion into that of a career. Or in Katana’s case, one of many careers. She showed up her first day of undergrad in overalls and flip flops…and graduated in a strapless silk dress and a pair of Manolos. She has never since worn overalls. Though, she does admit to the occasional flip flop.

Katana’s “double life” entails photographing portraits (boudoir and glamour portraits, pet portraits and baby/kids/family photographs). Katana currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a newlywed with her husband and two rescue dogs…one mastiff and one chihuahua.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Obsidian Sky by Amy Braun!