Monday, November 30, 2020

Audio Review: My Darling Arrow by Saffron A. Kent

 Darling Arrow,

I shouldn’t be writing this. 

It’s not as if I’m ever going to send you this letter and there are a million reasons why.

First of all, I was sent to St. Mary’s School for Troubled Teenagers – an all-girls reform school – as a punishment for a petty, totally inconsequential crime. Not to ogle the principal’s hot son around the campus.

Second of all, you’re a giant jerk. You’re arrogant and moody and so cold. Sometimes I think I shouldn’t even like you.

But strangely your coldness sets me on fire. 

The way your athletic body moves on the soccer field and the way your powerful thighs sprawl across that bike of yours, make me go inappropriately breathless. 

But that’s not the worst part. 

The worst part is that you, Arrow Carlisle, are not only the principal’s hot son. 

You also happen to be the love of my sister’s life. 

And I really shouldn’t be thinking about my sister’s boyfriend or rather fiancĂ© (I overheard a conversation about the ring that I shouldn’t have.)

Now if I can only stop writing you these meaningless letters that I’ll never send and you’ll never read…

Never yours,

Christy's Review: 

Saffron A. Kent always writes angsty books that are completely addicting. My Darling Arrow was just that.

Salem has been in love with Arrow for eight long years. Ever since she was ten and he was fifteen. The problem? Arrow was in a relationship with her older sister. Salem is loyal to a fault and even though her sister never deserved it, Salem would have never ever went there while they were together. Only now, they're not. And Arrow is at her school working as a soccer coach. Her soccer coach.

This book definitely had that forbidden romance troupe in so many ways. My favorite things about this book were 1- the letters Salem wrote to Arrow all those years, and 2- Salem as a heroine and her gal group. I loved the friends she made at St. Mary's. What I didn't love... as much as it pains me to say this, I never loved the hero. Arrow just never clicked with me and as much as I wanted to love him, I never did. I couldn't connect with the romance, but I loved everything else, especially the heroine.

If you're looking for a forbidden and angsty with a lovable heroine, check this one out. I would also highly recommend the audiobook. Jason Clarke and Sarah Puckett did an amazing job with the narration!

Audio book source: Audible ARC
Story Rating: 3.5 stars
Narrators: Jason Clarke and Sarah Puckett
Narration Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 11 hours and 46 minutes

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Blog Tours: Little Lies by H. Hunting

“H. Hunting pens a heartbreaking tale that leaves readers absolutely breathless from beginning to end. One of her best books yet!”
- Stacey Lynn, author

Little Lies, an all-new, angsty and emotional new adult romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting is out now!

I don’t want you.
You mean nothing to me.
I never loved you.
I turned my words into swords.
And I cut her down.
Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.
I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.
Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.
Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.
I used to be the one who saved her.
Over and over again.
But I don’t want to save her anymore.
I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.

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This book was so different than most Helena Hunting books, but in a good way. I loved the emotional and angsty story of Lavender Waters and Kodiak Bowman. If you've read the 'Pucked' series, Lavender is Alex and Violet's daughter, and Kodiak is Rook and Lainey's son from 'A Lie for a Lie'. Though having the parent's background is great and imo adds a lot to the book, this can most definitely be read as a stand alone.

Lavender and Kodiak used to be really close friends. In fact, Kodiak was her savior in a way. Lavender has dealt with intense anxiety and even some ptsd from a childhood trauma, and Kodiak was there for her. He was just a kid himself, but he got her in a way no one else did. When he moved away, everything changed for them.

I used to be the one to save her. Now I’m the reason she falls apart.

Lavender is now starting her sophomore year of college but this year she's not at the community college living at home. This year she's on campus and living with her older brother Maverick and her twin, River. She knew she might run into Kodiak, but she didn't expect him to be at her house all the time. Though maybe she should have, he is Mav's best friend. Things are not copacetic between the two of them. In fact, at times they're down right volatile. But then, things start to shift.

My favorite thing about this book was Lavender and what an amazing and incredibly strong heroine she was. Not only did she slay her own demons, she helped Kody with his in a way. I love that she didn't make things easy for him, that she made him work for it.
“I hope all the suffering was worth it. If you really want me, I guess you’re going to have to find a way to deserve me.”

I really liked Kodiak too, especially towards the end of the book and in the flashbacks. Honestly, it took me a while to really get his character and I think that was the only thing that put me in a bit of a disconnect with the story. Still, I loved both of these characters and the anxiety rep was fantastic.

Another great thing about this book was getting to meet so many of my favorite Helena Hunting characters kids all grown up. The possibilities for books in this world with this group are endless. I would love one about either of Lavender's brothers or BJ. I hope she continues to write them!

If you're looking for a love story that's a bit of a rocky road but will leave you fully satisfied, pick this one up. It's full of angst, emotion, family, friendship, and romance. I loved it!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cover Reveal: Kings of Football Series!




Best-selling authors Meghan Quinn, Adriana Locke, and Ilsa Madden-Mills deliver three stand-alone romances about college football players finding true love while on the verge of losing everything. Read below for all the exciting news, along with release dates and full blurbs for each title! Preorder is available also!    


  THE REVENGE PACT by Ilsa Madden-Mills 
  Release Date: December 3rd 
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  Blurb: #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers an all-new enemies-to-lovers romance that blurs the lines between revenge and love… River Tate is a god on campus. The king of football. A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you. The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair. Anastasia Bailey is a nobody. The queen of nothing. An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin. The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her. But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact. He can’t tell her no. Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.       

  About Ilsa Madden-Mills: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies. Twelve of her Sixteen novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Not My Romeo #1; Dear Ava, Fake FiancĂ©e, I Dare You, and I Promise You #2; I Hate You #5; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4. A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. She's addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.  


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  THE ROMANTIC PACT by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: December 10th 
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  Blurb: I haven't seen her in three years. I haven't talked to her since the kiss. So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany? One word: Pops. My life’s a mess. My possible football career is hanging on by a thread. I'm driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have. And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I've measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her. We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other - never fall in love. And I'm about to break that pact. For good.     

  About Meghan Quinn: USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.


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Release Date: December 17th 
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  Blurb: How hard can it be? That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend. It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all. Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family. She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either. And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be. It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy. Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder. What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?   

  About Adriana: USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.


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