Ok. Hi everybody. Helloo. Welcome, welcome. I know it has been about a dang near CENTURY since I have posted ANYTHING on this blasted blog so I am happy to say I finally managed to carve out a little hole of cheese in my time cloth for some blog posts this month after many moons of holing away working, traveling, and essentially mentally living in bookish lands *waves hello*. 

That being said I thought I’d kick start my belated blog by finishing up this wrap up post thats been stuck in my drafts like honey for far too long *claps hand together* and catch y’all up with what I’ve read/ been reading and what unrealistic bookish thoughts have been crowing my sleep deprived brain!

lets get to it shall we:


Hi again all. Since I feel like I didn’t read a lot during March (a month that seems liked a wicked long time ago) – no to mention March was a COMPLETE bucket full of madness and craziness – I decided I would just lump Marches reads into this little delightful MEGA wrap up here. 

Its safe to also say school did not let up on the gas petal and I am so glad that May is on the horizon because I am ready to DIE during finals and than LIVE during summer. Summer I am ready… please TAKE ME AWAY (preferably to some place tropical please and thank you with fruity umbrella drinks). 

That being said I did do some READING??! I’m actually really surprised with how many books I’ve been loving lately and think its safe to say I finally pulled myself out of my reading slump *thumbs up* 

What I read in March:

The Devil Wears Black by LJ Shen – 4 stars

Another LJ shen book for the win! I really loved Chase Black and Maddie – they were so good together and the chemistry was great. I did feel like this book was a little more watered down than LJ Shen’s other books in the sense that it was a lot less grungy, there was a lot less swearing, angst, and dark stuff  thrown in… in that sense I was almost hoping for more from this book. This one simply read more like a “rom com… but I still really loved it and all the classic LJ Shen elements in this book! Def recommend if your just starting out with her books! 

After We Fell by Anna Todd – 5 stars

Another great Anna Todd installment that was chalk full of all the DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA I have come to expect from her books. This book monster was over 800 pages but damn if I didn’t love every second of it. I am so attached to Tessa and Hardin as characters and that ENDING!! No one does cliff hangers like Anna Todd and I cant wait to get my hands on the next book!!

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn – 4 stars

This is my second favorite so far in the Bridgerton series!! I love love loved Benedict and Sophies story!! Honestly the two of them meeting was one of the best scenes I have ever read in a historical romance to date – and this was just such a cute and perfect historical romance! 

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Mass – 5 stars – (my review) 

AHHHH THE ANTICIPATED WAIT WAS SO WORTH IT!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK WITH MY WHOLE HEART AND WOULD DIE FOR NESTA AND CASSIAN. Did not expect to relate so much to Nesta’s character and can honestly say reading some parts of this book was painful for me but also healing – and the romance was fire kindling in the tissues of my heart – I was on fire in only a way SJM can set me aflame and I LOVED this book!! Off to go die waiting for book 5…

 

What I read in April:

Me forgetting everything I read in April and having to check Goodreads aka my memory:

that being said I just checked Goodreads and it looks like I did a shit ton of reading in April *thumbs up* I mean hey, go me I guess? April be out here making my June and July wrap ups looking like shallow kitty pools. 

 

 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo – 4 stars – 

Well this book was a lovely little snack of a surprise. Seriously guy this book was dang good. Not to mention *ahem* Thomas Cresswell just may have well stolen my heart the cheeky little fictional ass that he is 😉 I mean if you adore a good murder mystery, sherlock holmes flavored book croissant than I highly recommend this little darling filled with just the right texture of mystery, action, and just a hint of slow burn give me MORE romance!! (already read the second book and this series is turning out FAB!)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – 4 stars

HOLY SHIT THAT ENDING. Like thats it thats the review. Because this book was looking a whole lot like a 3 star until the last 100 pages or so gave me whip lash from how quickly it all turned around, backwards, and upside-down. This book was surprising to say the least and I loved the twelve dancing princess elements (the childhood Barbie lover in me was crying), dark mystery elements, and a surprisingly really good romance??! I can see what all the hype about this one was y’all. So good. 

A Game of Fate by Scarlett St.Clair – 5 stars

Is this the same book as A touch of darkness but Hades POV? yes. Did I still read it anyways? Also yes. No surprise I loved this one here, adored seeing everything from Hades POV and it just goes to show how much I loved the plot line in A Touch of Darkness that I was willing to re-read it again in Hades head/POV. This series is so amazing and I ADORE ADORE Hades and Persephone!! 

The Duke Heist by Erica Ridley – 2 stars

UGH. Ok so I hardly rate books 2 stars but this one just hit me wrong like a bad plate of sushi from the gas station. Like UGHHH I just hated how the guy keep saying she wasn’t good enough for him like the whole book and then all the sudden decides its ok for him to have treated her that way THE WHOLE time because he decides on a whim “oh wait i’m actually an idiot and want to marry you” …. like um excuse me no. just no. 

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe – 4 stars –

MY FAITH IN THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE GENRE HAS BEEN RESTORED. I actually really liked this book from Joanna Shupe (my first read of hers). The characters were great. The romance was steamy. The plot line engaging (although not wow worthy). Overall really liked this one and of course immediately had to continue the series!!

The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe – 5 (6) stars

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK WAS A SLICE OF HEAVEN Y’ALL. It was like the author looked into my mind and created the PERFECT characters for this one. Like seriously I loved it!!! If you love the dynamics between a casino owner and the mysterious woman who turns his head for reasons he simply cannot fathom than you will LOVE this book!! I also love how Clayton adores Florence and doesn’t stomp out her fire but rather kindles her reckless flames and lets him in to his dark world… just so AMAZING and so FRESH for a historical! Love!

Bully by Penelope Douglas – 5 stars

OMG THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. Simply amazing. As my first Penelope Douglas its safe to say this book did no disappoint. The emotions in this one were so raw, the storyline so gripping, and omg my heart was just on fire the whole time and I could not put this book down. Cannot wait to continue with the rest of this series. 

The Wreckage of Us by Brittainy Cherry – 3 stars

Eh. This book was ok. The plot line was sweet but I was expecting more complex characters and the book to be sexier… and it just really didn’t deliver on those fronts?? However this book is really good if you like family focused plot lines and soft angst rather than heart bleeding books (which I seem to favor … love that for me!!) overall it was an ok read and I think I actually already gave this book away lol. 


What I Watched:

The Originals – Season 1 and 2 – 

yes I’m rewatching one of my favorite shows of all time. Yes it is the third time I am rewatching it. #noshame.

One Tree Hill – Season 1 and 2 – 

Another rewatch (if anyones watching anything new and loving it please let your girl know bc she needs some RECS!). Of course still amazing. I love one tree hill and Nathan has my HEART and you cannot change my mind!!

 

In all… 

Looking back I read some FIRE books in March and April along with a couple bad apples and flavorless pies but hey you cant win them all I suppose. But enough of all that what is everybody else reading at the moment? Anything good? Anything fabulous? Read any of the books above? Please tell me your thoughts!! I need to know!!

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Hello and welcome to “I am addicted to Enemies to Lovers books anonymous.” 

My name is Jamie and I am addicted to reading Enemies to Lovers books.” 

Over my reading lifetime I have come to learn about myself that I am a sucker for a good romance… ESPECIALLY an Enemies to Lovers romance. I mean the banter. The angst. The wanting to kill each other one moment and than wanting to destroy whoever dares threatens them the next… just ahshddh *my heart yearns* 

That being said… as a through lover and enjoyer of “Enemies to lovers” books it was a STRUGGLE to narrow this list down to just *10 books* as there are soooo many I could rant about for days and throw in your face while saying “read this pleaseeee and thank youuu” so I just decided I would rant about the first books that came to mind that I love with my whole book filled SOUL!! 

 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Ah Cardan and Jude… will I ever stop ranting about this fabulous bookish pairing?? I think not. They are one of my original favorite enemies to lovers couples and honestly one of my FAVORITE book couples of all time!!! I love this book so much and recommend it to literally the WORLD it is fabulous. 

 

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame 

I feel like no one talks about this series?? but I love it?!? A girl moves to Santa Monica and has to move in with her new step family after her parent remarries and lets just say some very much unexpected sparks fly between her… and her new step bro?!? I know its crazy but honestly its so good and the enemies to lovers in this is SO GOOD OMG! love. 

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

The Caraval series is one of my favorite series of all time and I must say the second book is MY FAV – omg I’m not gonna reveal too much about my fav couple here (because *ahem* spoilers) but so so soooo good!! I love this series with my whole heart! 

 

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin 

AHHH this book!! Omg omg I love love love Reid and Loui they took me by surprised with how attached I got to the both of them but omg I loved them in this book and the witch and witch hunter aspects and dynamic of their relationship was *perfection*. I haven’t read the second book because I’ve heard mixed things??! – but hope to get to it soon!

 

Cruel Intentions by Sibohan Davis

No I will not shut up about this book. No I will not stop talking about this series until everyone reads it!! Because I love it SO flipping much!! The enemies to lovers in this is INSANE and omg honestly this whole book is a twisted wicked mess and I loved the whole series!!

 

The Hating Game by Sally Throne

No surprise this one made the list. I love Lucy and Josh and this is the enemies to lover office romance you need in your life. Its almost a bit of a mix between the “enemies to lovers” trope and the “it’s always been you” trope and I love it so much!!

 

Daughter of a Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 

Oh snap this book was good. Like I loved it. The pirates. The banter. The unabashed snakiness and wickedness between the two love interests?!? Yes please!! This book was not entirely what I expected but in the best of ways and the Pirates of the Caribbean lover in me was screaming in rejoice while reading this!! Loved it!

 

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really loved this book. If bodyguards are your weakness than you will love this book. Especially if you love tense, flirty banter, and shameless flirting – than yes you will love this one. Still not over that ending tho – O.M.G. need book two ughhhh!!

Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

Ok so we all know it wouldn’t be a post by your truly if I didn’t include an LJ Shen book. She is one of my FAVVV romance authors #queen and this one is one of her best “Enemies to lovers” in terms of plot line. The boy absolutely hates the girl and everything she stands for and vows to destroy her and her life… but things get complicated as feelings start to entangle in the mess between them…. and yup I loved it! Honestly this whole series is a GEM!

 

The Wraith and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 

 

This book. I loved it. One of my favorite retellings. Khalid does horrible things. He is a monster. Shahrzad is supposed to hate him. She does hate him…. or does she?? SO FREAKIN GOOD omg if you love slow burn and enemies to lovers than you will love this. 

 

So what do you all think?? Read any of the above? Have any good enemies to lovers book recs?? LMK in the comments below!!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

By: Kerri Maniscalco 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

 


Review:

Well this book was like a breath of fresh air in a spring meadow. 

Seriously guys – I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did and now here I am two days later – suffering from a massive book hangover and in desperate need of two Advil, a glass of water, and some must needed rest. 

This book was a whirlwind tornado of mystery, murder, shameless flirty boys (or shall I say a certain flirtatious blond in particular 😉 ), and lots and lots of blood, blood, BLOOD. Like seriously if you are a fan of my boy: Sherlock Holmes – than this book is the perfect little snack for you to take a bit of.

Not to mention this book read QUICK! The writing was very well done for a debut release – and I flew through this at an unmentionable speed (hence the hangover after said binge reading *sigh*) and am now desperately pleased my library has the next book! (small miracles *welcome here*). 

The book follows Audrey Rose – an incredibly bright, brilliant, glows like a ray of sun, seventeen year old girl with a rather unusual (but fabulous) interest in the scientific fields and all things cadavers and dead bodies (she’s not your average teen that for sure – but that why we love her of course). She’s currently studying all things revolving around said “dead bodies” with her crazy Uncle — of course since it is the 1800s her dad disproves (but we love a good rebel origin story nevertheless) and so of course I was 100% on board with all the sneaking out, disobeying, and sleuthing in this book. 100% ON BOARD.

And than theres Thomas. Oh Thomas my new little fictional love where have you been all my life?? Seriously any boy (fictional or not) who is fluent in the language of shameless flirting can have my heart *rips out heart and gives it to boys of the like of Thomas Cresswell*. Thomas Cresswell is a brilliant science brained GEM in this book and honestly is one of the reasons this books pages flew out of my hands and into my mind. He was a fabulous little snarky thing and I LIVED for him and Audreys banter throughout this entire thing. #partnersincrimearethebest 

I mean honestly who doesn’t love flirty banter amongst solving a deadly murder mystery? Makes everything all the more fun don’t you think? 

That being said I didn’t predict the ending until the very last few pages and my heart nearly stopped from the SHOCK of it!! Usually I am quite good at predicting things but this book had me riveted and second guessing my very own thoughts as if they were not my own to begin with!

A lovely little murder mystery snack that I recommend to all those looking for a good quick read that will keep them riveted with lovely likable characters – a dash of murder – and a bit of romance swirled in 😉 

4 stars

What do you all think? Willing to give this one a read? Already read it? Well than we must chat in the comments below!!

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4)

By Sarah J Maas

Rating: 5/5 stars!!!

Summary: 

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms


My Review:

Ok ok so after the long longggg 4 YEAR WAIT this book has finally appeared in my hands and you bet I devoured this baby like a starved lion who has been waiting patiently for more of this fabulous sexy little dangerous world that is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series!!!!

But wow. Like wow. This BOOK.

Ok so contrary to most opinions I actually didn’t hate Nesta going into this. I understood her and why she was so angry and why she lashed out. So I actually looking forward to seeing more of her journey 😉 . And OMG you all know I am IN LOVE with Cassian – he is just ahahdhakhad sexy and yummy all in one (love him 😉 ) so I OF COURSE I COULD NOT WAIT for him and Nesta’s story!!! (was literally on pins and needles and am glad my nerves could be put in time out the moment this gem was released). 

 

That being said I’m PLEASED to announce that the agonizing (hair pulling) 4 YEAR wait WAS WORTH IT.

 

Because guys this book was so good. 

Like so so so good.

 

Sarah J Mass truly knows how to write characters that just make me FEEL. MY heart was constantly under a hammer this whole book and being squished and reshaped and reborn. Because this book had no rules and no regulations – in fact it pretty much burned the safety manual to the ground in regards to how much it broke me

 

I related to Nesta so much as a character. The way she felt so broken and undeserving of love had me tearing up and shredded like cheese on a grader. I loved how she was this starved wolf who lashed out and tore into people with her sharp words and at the same time devoted erotic romance novels at the same rate she did chocolate cake (who said you could be two complete polar opposite things shoved into one character? Like RELATE to the crazy contrast that is Nesta). But most of all I related to how much lack of self love she could have and how that affected her relationships and pushing people away. #relate #Nesta-is-ME.

“So Nesta had become a wolf. Armed herself with invisible teeth and claws, and learned to strike faster, deeper, more lethally. Had relished it. But when the time came to put away the wolf, she’d found it had devoured her too.”

She was such a multilayered cake of a character and I just wanted to scream at anyone who didn’t see the golden gem of who she truly was hidden underneath her wolfish exterior (ahem I’m looking at you Amren and Rhys) because she was struggling so much and needed more than just Cassian to reach out their hands. 

“Keep reaching out your hand.”

I also just love how Sarah J Maas gave us bread crumbs of progress and than brutley ripped them away. Like I was DYING. The angst in this books is off the CHARTS and my HEARt was purely SUFFERING because of it. (but only SJM can make me suffer this much because her books are pure golden tiaras that I will wear even if they give me a killer headache because they are beautiful and pretty and the way she masterfully desvolpes a story – JUST YES 100% yes.) #iaminpain 

And than there was CASSIAN. (who yes deserves his own paragraph bc he is Cassian. Enough said.) Sarah J Maas did not come to play no games when it came to my lovely Cassian because he was FLAME and FIRE and the hand we all need to reach out to us when we are broken and trying to heal. I absolutly adored my brutey general solider winged man. He was so good. SO much fire and passion within him and yet he was vulnerable and unyielding when Nesta needed him to be. He was always in her corner and never ceased to fight for her – even when she could not find the strength to fight for herself. And thats all you really want. Someone who will stand by you even when you push them away (especially then) and make you see the strength within yourself – make you believe it was there all along – so that you could get up and heal yourself. So that you could learn to love yourself again. Learn to love the world again. Cassian was a hero wrapped in wings and a devils smile and I loved him and Nesta endlessly

“Rhys lifted his head. “This is a bad idea.”

Cassian winked.

“That should be written on the Night Court crest.”

 

Not to mention to CHEMISTRY between the two had me SIZZLING!!! Like the romance and the smut in this was too good!!!?! Omg I was panting after each interaction they had with one another. And how SJM weaved in all their interactions with their layered history from the past books – just omg slap me and snap me back into reality because this book just makes me want to dissolve into this WORLD. OMG so so good I cannot stop thinking about those twos CHEMISTRY and fire and love and addahdss amazing. Thats all I have to say about that.

“Az chuckled, the wind shifting the strands of his dark hair. “You two need a chaperone up here?” Yes. No. Yes. “I thought you were the chaperone.” Az threw him a wicked smile. “I’m not entirely sure I’m enough.”

That being said this book just keep getting better. I loved the magical house Nesta lived in (like magic house – I want one!!) and the female friendships absolutely SHINED in this book. I loved Gwyn and Emmerie with my whole dang flipping heart (if we don’t see them more in the next books I will die)(also how they would swap romance novels made me want to be friends w them ASAP).

…..and all the danger and quests and fight scenes and training scenes and multi layered political interactions in this book?!?? SO. GOOD. I’m also forwarding my hospital bill to SJM for the shear HEART ATTACK she gave me with those plot twists in the end. Like I lucky I’m still alive because the shock factor alone was enough to kill me. Only SJM would try and kill me and than revive me in the next page – hot damn these books are everything. 

“Welcome back to the Night Court, Nesta Archeron.”

This book was a pure golden gem and I loved it. This series will always hold a place in my heart. I read the books in high school in a time when I needed them more than anything and therefore these books will always have an imprint on my soul. So heres to the countdown for BOOK 5 everybody. Lets hope it isn’t another 4 year wait 😉

5 Golden Glittering Stars 

 

What do you guys think? Adding this one to your TBR? Already read it? LMK your thoughts in the comments below!

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Hey all! So as many of you know romance is my weakness in books – if the book has a good romance you can bet I will be reading it. *please give me all the romantic rip your heart out or smother me in fluff situations* 

That being said I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fantasy romances that I just cannot get enough of!! Some of these are even favorite series of mine that I guiltlessly binge read one after the other….

 

The Winners Curse Series by Marie Rutkoski 

Honestly such a good slow burn romance. I read these years ago and still remember the angst. This series is too good and cannot recommend it enough! 

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 

Read this whole series last year and LOVED it! Book 3 is my fav in the series and I need to read more from this author asap (if you like A Court of Mist and Fury you will like these books 😉 )

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen 

I still need to read book 2 in this series but omg this romance hit my in the gut and tore up my insides?!? The ending destroyed me and this slow burn romance is devastating in the best of ways. So good. 

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab 

One of my favorite series of all time. Kell and Liliah are so beautifully written and I love this fantasy world! Its been years and I still cant get this book out of my head. 

 

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St.Clair 

A Hades and Persephone retelling that I adored!! This book made me feel so many things and I loved it. One of my favorite fantasy romances of all time!!!

 

What about you all? Have you read any of these? Have any on your TBR? Read any good fantasy romances lately? LMK in the comments below!!

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Hey everybody – how are we doing? Are we doing groovy? Did we read anything spicy this month? 

I surprising did read some things while simultaneously getting my butt kicked by school and the shock that was this tiny short month being over??

February: Starts

Me: *blinks*

February: Over 

So that about sums up this month and all that happened. Valentines day was equally uneventful this month and I am so happy to finally be done with most of my midterms (I think I have one left??). 

But enough about me – on to what were are all here for – THE BOOKS *claps hands together*

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars

Ughh this series!! I love love love!! But Severin you crazy bastard!! That ending left me breathlessly frustrated but the cover for book 3 is GORGEOUS and I can’t waittt. 

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt – 5 stars

Oh my god. Oh my god. One of the best (maybe the best?? ahh) historical romances I have ever read. Asa Makepeace is hands down my favorite man I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading in a historical and omg can he just appear in real life and marry me please?!? Like I’m waiting. 

A Rogue of Ones Own by Evie Dunmore – 4 stars – 

Another breath of fresh air historical romance. Loved how this one felt fresh and modern but also had some fabulous historical flavor to it. Tristan is amazing and I loved the whole “It was always you” aspect to the romance between him and Lucie. Will def be wanting to read the other books from this author. 

After by Anna Todd – 4 stars

I surprisingly didn’t hate this??? But omg that ending ran my heart over with a truck!!! Way to get me invested and than have me crushed all in the span of a breath!! But also *hello* *waves hands* I need more of this toxic trash. 

After We Collided by Anna Todd – 5 stars – 

Wow. This book is a rollercoaster. I went from loving to hating this – to love hating this on multiple occasions. Somehow the petals I picked off the flower while reading this ended up on love?! Maybe I’m crazy, but I love my two idiots Hardin and Tessa and am now attached to these characters. 

In all…

I am happy to say that I am pretty satisfied with how my reading month turned out (especially because a couple of the books I read were over 600 pages (I’m looking at you AFTER and AFTER WE COLLIDED smh) ….but do wish I had gotten around to reading SJM’s new book, A Court of Silver Flames and am hoping I pick it up this MONTH because I JUST HAVE TO OK. 

What I watched:

The Bachelor (current season) – Waiting on the season finale over here. But….. I don’t think Matt is going to pick who I want to safe to say I’m bumming and also disappointed with the male species once again. Sigh. 

Well that its my lovely reader friends! I hope you all had an equally successful reading month and that you read some excellent books during March! Best of luck with the reading goals and go pick up that book!!

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Hey my lovely readers! First things first Happy Valentines day!

In honor of the lovely heart celebrating love filled holiday I thought I would highlight all the fictional men that have complete and UTTERLY stole my heart and gave me very much unreasonable HIGH expectations for men in real life…. because lets face it:

 Fictional men >>>> real men any day. All day. 

That being said my list of Book Boyfriends in INSANe.

Like so many different shades of potential boyfriend material here – all I need is one of them to jump off the page and DATE ME PLEASE.

And since I will never stop ranting about my fictional loves I thought I’d compose a neat little list of 15 of my TOP favorite Fictional Men that have ruined me for all others (and why yes there is more than 15 fictional men I swoon over but these are TOP TIER in terms of literature men *thumbs up* *winks*):

(This list is also in random order- not ranked by whose my fav – you cant ask me to choose between my babies I love them all

 

Josh (The Hating Game by Sally Thorne)

Ugh top tier office romance. Need a Josh in real life.

Tristian Ballentine (A Rogue of Ones Own by Evie Dunmore)

Did not expect to swoon this much for Tristian. But this dirty minded rogue is everything I didn’t know I needed. 

Kai (Cruel Intentions by Siobhan Davis)

HOT. Just so adjhfsfh. 

Asa Makepeace (Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt)

Literally in love with him. Thats all I have to say about that. 

Hades (A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St.Clair)

My new bae. If you all read my review you know my love for the god of the underworld is endless. 

RHYSAND (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas)

END GAME. My first book love and my last. I now uphold all men to Rhysand. Consider my standards impossibly raised. 

Adrian (Bloodlines/Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead)

I LOVE Adrian. Omg his banter. His snarkiness. Just ahhh love him!

Devon (Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean)

So another dark crime lord to add my list of fictional husbands. (if you watched peaky blinders Devon is literally Thomas Shelby and I am here for it). 

Kaidan Rowe (Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins)

SO sexy. I love love love Kaidan!!

Daemon (Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

One of my first book bfs. He’s an a-hole with snarky banter for DAYS. Love me a sarcastic boy. 

Alex Fuentes (Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles)

Swoon love. The classic bad boy we all wanted to fall for in high school. YEs please. 

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

AHHHH my book BF for life!! Another top tier crime lord and example of “I will burn the world down for you” love love love!!

Severin (The Gilded Wolves)

Severin took me by surprise and I am so here for it! Another angsty masterminded treasure hunter I didn’t know I signed up to give my heart to.

Cillian (The Villain by LJ Shen) 

Ughhhhhh Cillian can TAKE ME AWAY please. Just that MAN.

Alex Winslow (Midnight Blue by LJ Shen) 

Alex is one funny mother F-er. Like his internal monologue. The banter. The way he is just straight up crazy rockstar. I’m sorry I fell. 

What do you guys think? Have you read any of the books above? Any of the fictional men above make your list of book bfs? Lets chat swoon in the comments!!

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A Touch of Darkness

By Scarlett St.Clair

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary

A Modern Hades and Persephone Retelling

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

 

My Review:

Wow. Just put out a “wanted” sign for my heart and emotional sanity and am offering anyone who can find it my eternal gratitude as well as some “sprinkles of motivation” to get offline and READ A DAMN BOOK. 

Now that we got that out of the way – this book DESTROYED ME.

My – heart and soul – we don’t know them anymore because they have been taken and converted into a PDF file of this book. Oh my god. Oh my flipping goodness gracious this book. THIS BOOK. wow. Just gotta collect myself for a minute here because this book was spicer and quicker to devour than a packet of minute microwave spicy Mexican rice

If you know me at all (or even just a tiny tinsey bit) than you know I am an absolute trash can for anything to do with greek gods or greek god retellings. That being said this book took my expectations lit them on fire and tossed them into the ocean to be reborn. 

Yes it was that good and as you all know HADES and PERSEPHONE is one of my all time FAVORITE retellings too so you know I was about to dive into this ready for some top tier fabulousness and *thank god* this book did not disappoint. 

“Take her, and I will destroy this world. Take her, and I will destroy you. Take her, and I will end us all.”

Don’t get me wrong – this is a DEBUT book so the writing wasn’t a tasty dense cup of chocolate pudding – but that being said I still enjoyed this and binge read it faster than I would have devoured said pudding cups. 

Like guys the TENSION, the back and forth banter, the seductive sultry spicy tingly tongue flavor this book gave me!!! ajfhhfkshfk please its a miracle my eyebrows are still resting comfortably over my eyes and that they were not burned off from the level of  sheer FLAME that was this book.

“Oh, darling.”

The chemistry between Persephone and Hades is one of my favorite things ever. I love a couple in which the guy is super dark and powerful and has a bad reputation but would literally drop everything and burn the world down for their girl simply because they “felt like it”. 

“They say Hades is protective of his realm, and while that is true, it isn’t about power. He cares for his people, protects them, and he takes it personally if anyone is harmed. If you belong to him, he will tear the world apart to save you.”

Not to mention Persephone is a literal fairy gum drop who is super innocent and sweet but also slightly sassy strong and doesn’t put up with Hades jazz and actually challenges him in the BEST WAY *snaps*. Like yesss we love love love matches in which both MC’s CHALLENGE THE HELL out of one another (in the best way) and one second are like “you drive me insane I want to kill you” but their inner dialogue is like “are we about to kiss right now”… just yes freaking yes *claps approvingly* 

And SAFE TO SAY I AM A HAPPY CAMPER BECAUSE we got all of that and more in this book!! Hades and Persephone were literally destined for each other and I loved that. I also loved how this retelling took place in a modern city version of “Olympus” and how each of the Gods had a night club themed after them. Aphrodite had her own nightclub, Hades had Nevernight, and even Apollo had his own club. Hot night clubs are a 10/10 for me. Really liked that a lot. 

Overall this book is a 10/10 for fabulousness, romantic tension, greek gods, and TOP TIER smut, smut, smut!!! Like a book with an addicting as heck plot line and amazing smoochy scenes give it all to me!!! I mean this book made me FEEL things. So. Many. Emotions. and the ending had me in absolute stitches. Ugh please book just take my heart and STOMP on it – run it over with a truck if you must. 

Soooo in short if your looking for a book to suck away all your time and make you an sugary smut addicted reader in which your butt is literally glued to your couch (unless your taking a snack break in which you can promptly unglue your butt from said couch) (I approve of snack breaks) (snack breaks are good)  than you NEED this book in your life and you need it NOW. 

Loved every second of this and it is now a new Forever Favorite. Can’t get my hands on the other books in the series fast enough – five cherry sauce dripping romantic STARS!!!

5 stars 

What about you all? Have you read this book? Like greek god retellings? Add this one to your tbr! And please lmk your thoughts in the comments below – is this one making the TBR? Lmk!!

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Hey there my bookmark hoarding friends! I hope 2021 isn’t treating you too terribly so far… but most of all I hope your TBR’s are exploding and your ability to consume fabulous books is on point 😉

Since I wasn’t able to post a wrap up for last month (time just slipped through my fingers like sand. Honestly couldn’t tell you what even occurred in December) I decided to just do a MEGA wrap up post and include all the book goodies I was able to complete (miraculously) this past December and January. 

So lets get to it! 

What did I actually read in December?? Well I’m glad you asked. By some miracle of the bookish gods I was able to complete a whopping 5 books! (honestly: I can’t believe it myself) 

While I was hoping to read more last month (and was honestly a bit shocked I had read such a small puddles worth of reading material) I did enjoy the books I read which has to go to count for something right??

Books I Read in December: 

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn – 3 stars

Ok so yes, after binging the first 3 episodes of the Bridgerton series on Netflix I immediately found myself seeking out copies of the books…so  when I found this one at a local bookshop I picked it up ASAP ASAP!! There was one scene in this book that appalled me, but other than that it was a great start in terms of world building and characters. So much so that I immediately found myself reaching for book 2. I 100% recommend starting this series if your a fan of the show!!

The Villain by L.J. Shen – 5 stars – 

Another FABULOUS, PERFECT, HEART INFECTING, SOULD CRUSHING favorite from on of my favorite romance authors of all time: L.J. Shen. Cillian just very well might be one of my favorite male characters she has ever written (safe to say I now have a new book BF to add the the ever growing collection) (seriously it is getting out of hand). This was everything I love from LJ Shen and more!! A new forever favorite. 

Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands – 3.75 stars

As a newbie to the ever growing mountain that is historical romance I liked this highlander read very much. It was cute and romantic. However the plot just fell a little flat in terms of pacing at some points for me?? That being said I will definitely still be picking up more Lynsay Sands books because I heard she is one of the top authors to read when it comes to historicals. 

One to Watch by Kate Stacyman-London – 5 stars

WOW. This book took me by surprise. The straight up EMOTIONS I felt while reading this and how much I just utterly connected with the characters in this shocked me. I felt like I was reading about a real person – it felt that real to me. If you love reality tv, the bachelor, or just rom-com, romancy plots in general READ THIS. You will not be disappointed. 

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones – 3 stars – 

There wasn’t anything bad about this book. I liked this book. The whole concept of Bone Houses was fascinating and I loved the writing and pacing in this book. However for some reason it just fell a bit flat for me overall??! I liked it but I wasn’t blown away by it. A solid 3 star read. 

Books I Read in January: 

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – 5 stars

By far my favorite in the Brigerton series so FAR!! Anthony is the brooding older brother I did not know I NEEDED ughh and Kate is absolutely his perfect match in every way possible. I also loved the family dynamics in this one – can’t wait for season 2 of this beautifulness after I’ve completed the series!! (My Review

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn – 3 stars

This book was cute. It was Penelope’s story with Colin and I enjoyed it. There just wasn’t much of a wow factor for me, overall it was just “cute”, 3 stars. 

To Sir Phillip with Love by Julia Quinn – 4 stars

This one took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it and I’ve come to realize that in historicals the broodier the male the more likely I am to fall in love with the book – this was no exception. I loved Eloises story and how Sir Phillip was just trying his hardest to be a better father for his kids. Def my second favorite book in the series so far!

Saga Vol 44 stars

Read the fourth segment in this graphic novel series and enjoyed it! Although I was not a fan of that one GIRL who was trying to get with her husband?!? Like a no from me sweetie. Other than that will probs pick up Vol 5 sometime in the future. 

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt – 4 stars

My FIRST Elizabeth Hoyt book and I must say I was not disappointed!! Dare I even say I’ve found a new author to love?? This book was fabulous because it follows a London socialite (who is the sister of a duke) and who also happens to be blind – which was super interesting – and a dashing ex solider who is HIRED to be her body guard and assist her with her blindness. SO DANG FLIPPIN GOOD!! 4 stars. 

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 5 stars

One word: KAL KAL KAL (did I say Kal?) (aka my new book BF)

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St.Clair – 5 stars

OMG OMG OMG this book made me FEEL things. Like I don’t even know why I was so drawn in (I mean besides the obvious which is loving Hades and Persephone retellings #greekgods) but danggg this book made me so emotional and destroyed me. A new forever favorite – my gosh dang it I love this book and still can’t stop thinking about it. 

A Touch of Ruin by Scarlett St.Clair – 4 stars

Ok so this sequel only made me more attached to my newest loveliest OTP and now I have to wait until MAYYY to get my hands on book 3?? Excuse me while I go hide under the covers until this book is released.

What I watched:

Bridgerton (season 1) –

LOVED LOVED LOVED this show!! Season 2 cannot arrive fast enough and if you are a fan of period dramas (think pride and prejudice or Emma) than you simply need to watch this show – like yesterday. 

Blacklist (season 3/4) –

Really loving this dark crime FBI type of show. You know me the darker the show the more likely I am to loveee it. Give me all the drama please. Also that season ending for season 3 *jaw drops* is the show trying to kill me with heart stopping plot twists?? Because it damn well is working. 

The Bachelor (current season) –

OMG the DRAMA in this. Poor Matt his sensibilities are just to delicate for all these crazy chicks. Praying he ends up with Michelle at this point because my boy needs some normal in his life right about now. Plus they are just meant to be. I said what I said. 

 

In all I’m really happy with my reading over the past two months! January took me by surprise with a whopping total of 8 books?? Don’t even want to know where that time came from. Any who heres to hoping February is just as successful for all of you readers out there… and for those of you who need to here this “GET OFF TWITTER/GOODREADS AND GO READ AN ACTUAL DANG BOOK”

Have a lovely rest of your day my bookish bunnies!!

-BubblyBooks

Hey fellow book charms!! If you have been following my posts you know I recently binge watched Brigderton and am now fully obsessed and throughly invested in the guilty pleasure reading world that is: Historical Romance

That being said after I stumbled upon this reading challenge on PeaceLoveBooksxoYoutube channel, I asked myself: why the heck not?

I’m already reading more Historicals than is heathy… mine as well take the obsession to the next level *thumbs up*

While I’ve never participated in a readathon before (I’ve always been too much of a mood reader to ever stick to the goals/guidelines) this one only lasts a week (starting tomorrow, January 15) which I figured was a safe amount of time for me to commit to considering this will be my first readathon of all time

The Details: 

While my TBR is a little AMBITIOUS and OVERREACHING I am keeping in mind that I am trying to AIM HIGH here in the hopes that while my TBR may be exploding, the stack of books nearly toppling over will give me the encouragement I actually need to finish something (that something being some juicy addicting Historical Romances)

On to the TBR! 

The bookish stash I have accumulated – here to hoping it doesn’t topple over aha!

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe

Challenges: New to You Author, Blue on the Cover, Different Social classes, Joanna Shupe, Used book 

When Beauty Meets the Beast by Eloisa James

Challenges: Stepback, Recommended to You, Damaged Hero, Used book

While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

Challenges: New to You Author, Different Social Classes, Stepback

Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean

Challenges: Stepback

Rebellious Desire by Julie Garwood

Challenges: New to you author, Published before 2000, Used book

The Seduction of an English Scoundrel by Jillian Hunter

Challenges: New to you Author, Stepback, Shirtless man on stepback/cover, Used book

Temptation and Surrender by Stephanie Laurens 

Challenges: New to you Author, Stepback, Ripped bodice on cover/stepback, Shirtless man on stepback/cover, Used books

— I may also read the third Brigderton book An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn but for simplicity sakes left it off the tbr —

Well thats all I’ve planned out for this weeks readathon! Have you read any of the above books? Heard of any of the authors? Have you ever participated in a readathon? Lets chat in the comments below!

-BubblyBooks