Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review: Caution to the Wind by Giana Darling

Caution to the Wind (The Fallen Men, #7)Caution to the Wind by Giana Darling

4.25 stars

Caution to the Wind has been my most anticipated read for so long so when it hit my kindle, I started it right away. I was so happy to be back into ‘The Fallen’ world and read Mei and Axe-Man’s story.

Mei and Henning (Axe-Man) meet when Mei is young. She’s Cleo’s best friend, and Henning is Cleo’s stepdad. Cleo and Mei have always been close friends, but when Cleo loses her mom, the trauma of that bonds the three of them forever. Then, something else big happens that tears them apart when Cleo and Mei are 17.

Fast forward 8 years later, and though Mei and Cleo have remained as close as they can from afar, Mei and Henning reconnect for the first time. It’s not pleasant, and even though he wants nothing to do with Mei, for Cleo’s sake he endures. I think he was a little too hard on Mei for her past. She was a teen and knew her parents and that situation and I’m guessing he could have figured out the why if he really thought about it, but either way the 8 years has past and now they are in each others lives for good.

I love a good age gap romance and the last 20ish percent was an epic love story. I think the only reason for me personally it’s not a 5 star read is because I wanted more romance throughout the book. My favorite part of this story wasn’t Axe-Man and Mei’s romance, it was Mei and Cleo’s relationship and bond. Found family is everything and theirs was top tier.

Overall this book was fantastic. Giana’s writing is always captivating and her characters and stories are so engaging. After finishing this I’m craving even more Fallen books. I don’t even care who the next one is about, you know I’ll be reading it the moment it releases!

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Review: After the Storm by Laura Pavlov


After the Storm (Cottonwood Cove, #5)After the Storm by Laura Pavlov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the Storm was THE BOOK in this series I was waiting for. I mean, a grumpy single dad who's a vet and loves his daughter more than anything? Sign me up! I'm happy to report this one didn't disappoint. I loved it so much!

Cage has had one focus since the moment he found out he was going to be a dad. His daughter, Gracie. He hasn't been interested in relationships, that is, until the one that got away, Presley Duncan, comes back into town.

Presley and Cage were so in love when they were younger, but time and distance made things complicated between them and they ended up going their separate ways. But their love never died. The longing of this second chance romance... sigh. I adored these two together.

My favorite thing about this series is the Reynolds family bond, banter, and text thread. I had so much fun any time any of these scenes came up. Cage always makes me laugh the hardest. I loved that even though this book was emotional at times, it felt light too.

Though Georgia and Maddox's book still can't be topped for me, this one was a close second. Cage and Presley belong together and Gracie is the absolute sweetest. I loved her relationship with Presley. This entire series has been such a win for me. I can't recommend these books enough!
Audio book source: Book Funnel (ALC)
Story Rating: 5 stars
Narrators: Emma Wilder & Jacob Morgan
Narration Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 8h 40m

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

I'm Your Guy by Sarina Bowen: Audio Review



The furniture district is my personal hell. I don’t know my ass from an ottoman. But when a hot designer comes to my rescue, I realize my problems are bigger than the house I’m trying to furnish.

A scorching kiss over fabric samples makes me question all my choices. But is it too late to change my entire life to get more of them?


I need this gig, but my cocky new client leaves out a couple crucial details:
He doesn’t mention that he's a famous hockey player. And he doesn’t own up to the way he’s always trying to undress me with his dark, broody eyes.

The man throws out more mixed signals than a broken traffic light. I've never been more sexually frustrated in my entire life. I need to back away before I do something stupid, like lose my heart.

Oops. Too late.


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I love Sarina Bowen’s hockey books and I’m really enjoying her ‘Hockey Guys’ series.

We are back in Colorado with the Cougars, this time with defenseman T0mmaso DiCosta. Tom has recently bought a new place and it needs to be furnished and decorated, and quickly. With his mom visiting for the holidays he wants it to be perfect for her. Here enters Carter Flynn.

Carter is down on his luck after getting burned on a bad business deal as well as a bad breakup. When he gets this job working on Tom’s home it feels almost too good to be true but Tom hates shopping and really needs his house together. Carter is bound and determined to do a good job and get things back on track.

What neither one of them expects is for there to be sparks between the two of them. These two seem like they don’t have much in common, but they actually are more alike than one would think. I loved them both and seeing them fall in love was beautiful.

This was a lovely slow burn romance that was heartwarming and fun. If you’re a sports romance fan I highly recommend!
Audio book source: Soundwise (arc)
Story Rating: 4.5 stars
Narrators: Teddy Hamilton & Jacob Morgan
Narration Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 9h 55m

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