The Queen of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle (Review)

31302860DIVERSE READ: Bisexual MC + PTSD rep.

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotica

Summary: When one of the world’s wildest socialites is paired with a handsome Texan, neither has any idea that their lives are about to change forever in this sexy, sultry romance in the NOLA Night series from New York Times bestselling author Thea de Salle.

Madeline Roussoux has it all: money, a dozen houses, a private jet, a cruise ship, even a tiger. Everyone knows her name. Her every move is watched, absorbed, adored, and abhorred by the public. She’s a dazzling spectacle on the society scene—a beautiful, flamboyant poster child for American privilege and Hollywood celebrity.

And she’s broken.

All the wealth in the world can’t make up for Maddy’s losses. Her father’s suicide and her mother’s ensuing breakdown left her orphaned as a teenager. She survived, but barely. From stints in rehab to a string of failed marriages, her dazzling smile hides deep scars. Finally, losing Sol DuMont, the one person she ever truly loved, has her wondering what is the point of being surrounded by people when you’re perpetually alone?

Enter Darren Sanders. He’s a beautiful Texas boy with a big heart and a bigger smile; the type of man women go crazy for. Literally. When Darren’s ex stalks him and then makes an attempt on his life, circumstances find him off to New Orleans with none other than Maddy Roussoux. He thought he knew everything there was to know about her, but there’s more to the woman whose image graces the covers of magazines worldwide, and Darren finds himself drawn into a world of excess he never imagined possible. 

My thoughts: Thea de Salle is officially one of my favorite new adult authors because she crafts such wonderful and steamy novels that I fall completely in love with. The Queen of Dauphine Street is a spin-off sequel to The King of Bourbon Street following a side character, Maddy, as she is going through her life full of passion and hook ups. And her world turns upside down when she meets small town boy, Darren, who is the only one who pushes against the power Maddy wields over others. This is one adorable and dramatic new adult story mixing both romance, BDSM, and PTSD which stole my heart and became one of my favorite reads of 2017.Read More »

Checkmate: This is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox (Review)

34868899.jpgRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Summary: Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor. 
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him. 
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

My thoughts: Kennedy Fox is one of my favorite New Adult authors because they know how to create an addictive and cute romance story that I can’t get enough of. They are one of the few authors that consistently create books that I can read in one sitting, and that’s what happened with this book as well! I began Checkmate: This is Dangerous at night and finished it the next morning because I could not get enough of Logan and Kayla’s blossoming relationship that was so cute and steamy! Read More »

Blood Guard by Megan Erickson (Review)

1Release Date: Sept. 12th 2017

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Paranormal, Vampire, Romance, Fantasy

Summary: Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

My thoughts: I am a sucker for a good vampire novel (pun intended), and this novel was just what I needed in order to escape reality, for a few hours. It had everything I wanted in a vampire novel: a fast paced plot, a brooding vampire lead, and a steamy romance as well. Blood Guard was the perfect novel to pick up and fall head over heels for because it offered me the nostalgia I craved when reading a paranormal novel. 

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Who Tells Our Stories – Jenna

image1.JPGHere is another installment in my Who Tells Our Stories photo series highlighting diverse readers and books that they identify with! Today I’m interviewing Jenna to ask her all about diversity in literature and how she is represented in the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A full explanation for the photo series is at the bottom of this interview.)

Name: Jenna

Book title: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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Jenna’s Interview

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The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey (Review)

TheFoxe&TheHoundEbookCoverRating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 stars)

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Summary: When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

My thoughts: The Foxe and the Hound is a cute summery romance novel centering around Madeline whose luck is never on her side. From the beginning of the novel, many unlucky circumstances strikes her, forcing her to interact with a veterinarian named Adam who is a new resident of Madeline’s small town. From the start, their relationship is filled with tension because they don’t get off on the right foot at all during their first encounter. As they see each other more and more with each passing day, circumstances force them to play a fake couple at a family party. That ignites a spark between them that fizzles into a heartwarming contemporary romance that I devoured in one sitting.

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Liv’s Book Sale

Liv’s Book Sale

I am a big advocate of unhauling books from my shelves, if I don’t feel the desire to keep them anymore. I tend to get rid of a lot of books on my shelves that I don’t need or want because I’d rather make room for other novels in my life. So, in order to make a little extra money over the summer, I decided to host a book sale on my blog, like my friend Cait did over on her blog. Following Cait’s guidelines, I’m going to do all of this through Paypal where I will receive the payments from you all. I will also provide you with a tracking number for your package if you make a purchase, so you will know where your book is!Read More »