Book Review: My Husband, My Stalker by Jessa Kane

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What’s this about?

One night he sees her on the news. She wants normal. And he can give her that. He can mold himself to become the man she needs. And if done right, she’ll never know he is a hitman…..and her stalker.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

This book was a fucking wild case of instalove.

It’s short. It’s hot. I like Evan a lot.

I mean, I think the whole PTSD –> boning in two point two seconds was odd???? But I didn’t really care bc the book was absurd! In a good way!

This book has a daddy kink which I wasn’t expecting at all. That’s 100% not my kink, but I didn’t hate it here???? Is this just the week where I start reading books with things I usually hate but end up loving instead?!?

If you want something short and steamy, full of instalove and a hot stalker who would do anything for his person…then you’ll love this book! I wish it was longer.

Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: self-harm, panic attack, stalking, mentions of kidnapping.

Book Review: Wall (Steel Bones Motorcycle Club #4.5) by Cate C. Wells

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I miss him, though, and late at night or when I’ve had a glass of wine too many, I wish I’d kept something. A shirt or a baseball cap. I could burn it in a bonfire. Make a fresh start.

Or so I could let myself be weak, just for a moment, and remind myself of how he smells.

What’s this about?

On a drunken night, Wall ruined his marriage. Four years later, Mona needs his help. Wall isn’t willing to let her go a second time.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK HURTS 😭😭😭

I was literally crying the whole time I was reading this book.

Wall and Mona were high school sweethearts. After they got married, they started trying for a baby. Three miscarriages later, Wall gets drunk and cheats on Mona. They split. Four years later their paths cross again.

It happened a long time ago.

But my body thinks it’s happening now.

This book is a rough read. The cheating and miscarriages are talked about in detail. And are the center plot.

I absolutely loved this book. And I usually hate second chance romances and cheating so…..idk why I liked this one but I do! I haven’t read any of the other books in this series (and I don’t think I needed to since this takes place before the first book in the series?). And now I’m curious about the others in the club!

The awful pain that’d gotten dull these past few weeks flashes hot and sharp in my brain. What if it never goes away? What if somehow John and I stay together, and every night he’s a few minutes late, I still feel this way?

I do wish the book was a full length novel. Wall and Mona never had a deep talk about trust. They never really addressed the core issues of their relationship. I also didn’t like how he fucked a bunch of women after cheating on his wife. Idk. I feel like if he was truly remorseful he wouldn’t have sought after the same comforts he did the last time he was hurting. Also who the fuck knows if he even used a condom every time. I’m worried ten years from now some old ONS will show up with his long lost kid and that would fuck Mona up a lot.

I needed Wall to do more to regain Mona’s trust than just text her where he is and give her access to his phone. He didn’t have an affair. He had a ONS after telling his wife exactly where he was going to be. How is he going to prevent it from happening again? Especially when the same temptations are around him all the time. Also he didn’t tell Mona all of the details she wanted about that night. If reconciliation is the goal, he needs to have full transparency.

I hate how John didn’t seem to do anything to truly reestablish her trust. Especially after the final chapter before the epilogue.

The struggles of having a novella sized books instead of a full length novel I supposed 🙄

All in all: if you want to read a book that H U R T S and makes you cry then I highly recommend this one!

Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: cheating, miscarriages, alcohol consumption, mentions of drug use/abuse, violence

ARC Review: We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) by Hafsah Faizal

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

“Do you know where we are?” Zafira asked.
It took him a moment to realize the question was directed at him, icy eyes catching him off guard. Rimaal, he was going soft.
“I don’t know the inside of every home in the Sultan’s Keep,” he said a little too harshly.
“If you did, I would question whether you were the prince of an ambitious housekeeper.”

What’s this about?

The zumra is in pieces: Altair is missing and the Lion is alive. They have four hearts, a book, and determination. But will that be enough to rescue Altair, destory the Lion, bring back magic to Arawiya?

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This book was so good!!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been almost two years since I read WHTF. And I highly recommend rereading the WHTF prior to reading WFTS. It picks up right where the first one left off.

You can tell Hafsah took the extra time between when WHTF came out to when WFTS was released. She wrote so many lines that were beautiful and hurt. I’ve said this before in other reviews, but my favorite quotes aren’t the ones that are put on mugs or notebooks or made into pins, my favorite quotes are the ones that are mundane or simple but strike me as wow that was well written and this book is full of them. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. The world could be remade, but abuse could never be undone.

2. Why was it always the victories that were forever riddled with loss?

3. Sacrifice was nothing but death in a romantic farce.

4. He was watching her in that odd way of his, as if she would be lost among the stars if he looked away. It was reverent, almost. Wishful.

5. Don’t worry, his tone said when his tongue wouldn’t.

6. It was easy to believe anyone who did not speak of suffering did not suffer.

The other quotes like that I love would either a). spoil the plot or b). give away some of the best tension lines.

I love love love how this book shows numerous ways of how people handle grief. There isn’t just one way to grieve, and sometimes you reach a breaking point.

I love the relationship between Zafira and the Jawarat. That was developed in such a cool way!

Also it would be criminal of me to talk about WFTS without mentioning the TENSION between Zafira and Nasir. I loved their dynamic. I loved how tangible their love for each other was. I mean I could seriously feel their love for each other in a way many romance books cannot convince me of.

Now, the reason I’m giving this 4.5/5 stars instead of a solid 5/5 are because of three things:

1. There was a lot of travel. Almost too much travel. And a lot of the times I was reading this I was stuck wondering why they had to travel to so many different locations to have a meeting only to immediately go back to where they just were? I wanted to be like children. get some sleep. stay in one place for more than five seconds. you can come up with ideas when you aren’t so exhausted. Some of these travel scenes logistically I was struggling to follow but that only because I was too lazy to pull out my hardcover WHTF copy to look at the map lol. So have your map ready folks!

2. I did not like the whole i could tell she was a woman who was dressed as a man scene. I don’t recall anything like that happening in WHTF, even though that too has a woman disguised as a man. I had this same issue reading ADDIE. So that was a bit disappointing and took away some of my enjoyment of the book.

3. There is going to be another series set in the same world as this one, and it feels like one romantic arc that I can’t say because of spoilers is getting heavily hinted at in this book to be confirmed in the spin-off and I just struggle with having someone who has lost so much being romantically involved with the person who’s actions are directly responsible for so much of their pain. But that is just 100% a personal preference! I having a feeling most reader are going to ship the ship.

This didn’t contribute to why I’m giving the book 4.5 instead of 5 stars, but I am a bit confused by this one part that I want to keep vague so I don’t spoil things: What was the point of the girl in the yellow shawl? She just went poof. So unless she plays a role in the spin-off, I’m confused by why she made an appearance in this book.

All in all this book was fun. It is action packed from the get-go. The sexual tension is unreal. I loved how Hafsah played around with the allure of power. The book showed that there are numerous ways to handle grief. Nasir and Zafira and Altair and Kifah and Lana all had great character arcs. I loved watching their growth. I love how Kifah falls somewhere on the aro/ace spectrum! Did I mention the tension between Zafira and Nasir yet? Because you are going to be screaming JUST KISS ALREADY a lot lol. There where a few things (like the pacing and travel and the i can tell she was a woman scene) that took away from my enjoyment, but overall, I highly recommend this sequel!

Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: child abuse, parental abuse, grooming, chemical warfare, mentions of starvation/hunger, dubcon (kissing under disguise of being someone else), eye horror, war, violence, murder, gore, imprisonment, mind control,

Book Review: [SPOILERS] Priest by Sierra Simone

Priest by Sierra Simone

What’s this about?

Father Tyler played by the rules for years. Until one day, one of God’s lost flock visits his confessional booth changing everything. Vows will be broken in this taboo erotica romance.

My Rating: 2/5 stars

My Review:

I’m struggling to rate this book because on one hand, the sex scenes were fucking fantastic 🥵

…..but on the other hand there were multiple aspect of the plot I wasn’t a huge fan of.

Can I rate the sex scenes 5/5 stars and the plot 1/5 stars?

This review is going to have major spoilers, so you’ve been warned!

I liked reading Father Bell’s internal struggles. I found them to be pretty realistic. I liked how the holy aspects and blasphemy melded together. (Who knew prayer could be so hot!) but ultimately while we did get a ton of his internal monologue about guilt about want vs religion….I felt like he didn’t struggle enough? Which is odd because I also found those portions to be boring lol. I’m also surprised that he didn’t compare his situation to his sister’s more than that one time Poppy brought it up. Poppy and Lizzie’s situations are not remotely the same, I’m just surprised he didn’t feel like he was taking advantage of woman in need of guidance and have that guilt play a bigger role. Instead he was just like oh, didn’t even think of that. Which….how!?! I mean the whole reason you began a priest was because your sister was “taken advantage of” (i.e., sexually abused) by a priest. How would you not feel like you were “taking advantage” of a lost soul? (Again, not trying to compare Lizzie to Poppy, I just find it odd his mind never went there.)

I liked how Poppy was a sex worker, I just didn’t like the cheating subplot. At all. I don’t mind the cheating catalyst that brought her to the church (I actually loved it. It felt realistic and showed Poppy as being flawed), but the several cheating subplots that happened after. I wish the book was dual POV. I think I wouldn’t be so upset and distrusting of Poppy if it was. Sorry, but if you’re going to out to dinner with your ex-bf who is married/cheated on you/and fucked you a month ago after admitting to blackmailing your current bf, and don’t do the bare minimum of giving your current bf the courtesy to tell him where you are going, then stay the night talking with your ex-bf in his hotel room and then go see your current bf in the clothes you still haven’t changed out of…..I’m not going to like you. I mean seriously. I’m supposed to root for you as the heroine????? It’s called having some common fucking decency. She even knew her ex-bf sent her current bf a picture of the two of them together and decided ‘yeah I’ll let my current bf stew and think I’m cheating on him the whole fucking night rather than send him a text’?!? Are you sure you have three degrees?!? Sorry but this is the woman you all are staning?!? And then she goes on this big ‘I would never cheat, do you really think so low of me’ speech that actually sounded really gaslighty and victim-blaming Tyler for his concerns. Like what the fuck is he supposed to think?! And then SHE DOES CHEAT on him later in the book so where was her logic?????? I honestly don’t trust her not to fuck Sterling the first time her and Tyler have issues when this book ends. I cannot stand Poppy for those reason.

Plus she kinda set out to seduce a priest rather than it happening organically which I would’ve preferred. Girl needs some therapy. She really gave off the vibes of ‘my ex is married and wants me to be his whore so to help my self-esteem I am going to seduce a man of the cloth as one last fuck you to my ex. yay girl power!’ I mean….WTF!?!?

And why tf did she not check in with Tyler after his whole life got blown up? She’s like ‘I broke your heart and lightly cheated to get you so you could keep your job (also why is she always going on about her agency but then takes away his from him and doesn’t see the hypocrisy?!) but that didn’t work so then I decided to ghost you so that way you would lose your job your religion and me’?! What was her logic?!? I cant keep up with heroines who only drink dumb bitch juice!

Ugh her only redeeming quality was that she seemed intuitive of what Tyler needed after she spent the night with her ex-bf and made that happen. But then again….if she actually had two functioning brain cells she wouldn’t have needed to do that because he wouldn’t have had to worry so much. I did like how no one in the book was stupidly jealous for no reason. Tyler had a reason to be concerned and jealous of her literally spending the night talking with her ex-bf in his hotel room. (Also what the fuck did they even have to talk about?!? For a whole fucking night?!? The whole scenario seems like she was keeping Sterling as a backup boyfriend. Sorry, I cant root for her after that happened. Literally not even a fucking phone call?!?). It was refreshing to read Tyler always wanting Poppy choosing who she wanted and not going full caveman and punching Sterling in his pretentious mouth (which he fully deserved). Props to Tyler.

Also this had them falling in love after 6 weeks of meeting. Which….okay???????

I wanted more interactions with Tyler’s family. Especially after the fallout from his job. And I wanted more interactions with Poppy’s family. People now know she is a stripper. Wouldn’t her high class parents want to disown her for the scandal?!

All in all: Loved the sex scenes. Loved the scenes where religion and love met. Just wish a few plot points regarding the cheating/trust issues hadn’t existed.

Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: suicide, mentions of sexual assault, stalking, revenge porn, alcohol consumption, cheating

2020 Spotify Wrapped as Book Recommendations

I have literally written and scheduled this post FIVE TIMES and WordPress keeps saying a). its scheduled and then when the post time comes around, WordPress deletes it (because post = delete, amiright?) b). I go to rewrite the post, hit save, then go to open it at a later date and my post had 90% of it get deleted!?!?! I have no idea what is going on with WordPress. Has anyone else been having issues? I hate that my blog has been so empty lately just because WordPress is full of bugs. *sad face*

Now onto the real post!

I love Spotify. And I especially love the Spotify Wrapped that comes out towards the end of each year. So I am pairing my top five songs I listened to in 2020 with books that I think for the theme of each of those songs!

1. You should be sad by Halsey 
2. Ashley by Halsey
3. In My Mind by Dynoro, Gigi D'Agostino
4. Perfect Place by Lorde
5. Quick Musical Doodles by Two Feet

You should be sad by Halsey

Perfect Addition by chloeoverhere

Lyrics that fit:

No, you’re not half the man you think that you are
And you can’t fill the hole inside of you with money, drugs and cars
I’m so glad I never ever had a baby with you
‘Cause you can’t love nothin’ unless there’s somethin’ in it for you

I am starting this list off with a Wattpad novel because I cannot think of a single published book that fits this song so well. There are even all these minor little details of this song that makes it almost spooky how well they fit together! You should be sad is about getting over an ex. Realizing that while they hurt you, they never deserved you in the first place. Perfect Addition is about a girl getting over her ex through plotting revenge, Actually, Halsey’s whole Manic break up saga (You should be sad, killing boys, I’m Not Mad) fits the narrative arc of this story SO WELL. (I can’t tell which order the break up songs fit the story though). Perfect Addiction is part of a series, but each can be read as a standalone. If you want to see how their relationship began then check out the prequel novella Perfect Ruin.

Ashley by Halsey

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Lyrics that fit:

Think I’m makin’ a mistake, but if I decide to break
Who will fill the empty space? Oh

And now, if I figure this out
Apart from my beatin’ heart
It’s a muscle, but it’s still not strong enough to carry the
Weight of the choices I’ve made

Ashley is a song about introspection. It is a song about trying to see that you are enough. It’s a song about finding yourself. I always interpreted the song as though ‘Ashley’ was talking to herself ‘Halsey’ in the mirror. It’s a song she is singing to another version of herself. AVLEOS is a book about a girl trying to find herself in a difficult situation. Shirin built up walls to perfect herself. And throughout the book she has to look inward, see why she built them in the first place, and find a way to balance being herself and keeping up just enough for her own protection. I absolutely love this book and think it’s the perfect book for a song about self reflection and protection.

In My Mind by Dynoro and Gigi D’Agostino

The Project by Courtney Summers

Lyrics that fit:

In my mind, in my head
This is where we all came from
The dreams we have, the love we share
This is what we’re waiting for

What books pairs perfectly with a song about losing your sanity and not realizing it!?!?! How about a book about a girl getting groomed into a cult?!?! Nailed it! The Project is spooky, creepy, and it will make you angry. The grooming is so obvious as an outsider, but in Lo’s shoes…..it wouldn’t be at all. If you want read about someone slowly “losing their mind” and getting lost in the comfort of a cult, then look no further than The Project!

Perfect Places by Lorde

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Lyrics that fit:

Are you lost enough?
Have another drink, get lost in us
This is how we get notorious, oh

Perfect Places is a song about friendship, found family, about being young, and about searching for things just outside of your reach. TGW is a book about found family, being young, and trying to get back items that are rightfully yours. And yes, there are some party scenes just like in Perfect Places. Idk why both the song and book both give me such strong friendship vibes and the color palates of TGW cover and the Melodrama cover just fit so well!?! It’s the perfect book for the song (see what I did there?).

Quick Musical Doodles by Two Feet

Priceless by Miranda Silver

Lyrics that fit:

You remember
You remember my love
You sold your soul for
You sold your soul for that drug

Quick Musical Doodles makes me think of slow, sensual, steamy things. It also makes me think of sinful things…not necessarily sexual in nature. It gives off being seduced by the devil and crime vibes which also kind of fits the book since it’s not 100% legal. So obviously I had to pick one of the most steamy books I have EVER read to get paired with this song. Priceless is about a college student who needs cash fast. So when the opportunity presents itself to make some money doing some extra-circular activities…who is she to pass it up? This book and song are both steamy and sensual AF so enjoy 😏

What books would you have paired up with these songs?

What songs would you pair with these books?

Book Review: Dirty Talk by Lauren Landish

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What’s This About?

Kat just found out her boyfriend is cheating on her. So she calls in to ask the Love Whisperer, the host of a sex and love podcast, for some advice. Little did she know she was about to get some private off air lessons…

My Rating: 1.75/5 stars

My Review:

The book wasn’t completely horrible but it wasn’t remotely great either. I haven’t been able to finish a book in weeks which is probably the only reason why I didn’t DNF it 20% in.

The dirty talk felt like a rough draft and came across as trying too hard. Dirty talk is a really hard skill to master in fiction, and the author just needs some more practice.

The rest of this review is going to be littered with spoilers so back away now if that’s not your thing.

This book is basically just constantly asking ‘what is timeline’?! I mean seriously?! They were supposed to attend a football game on Saturday but then three weeks passed by and no mention of the game? I thought they were together for a week and they they said a month but then apparently had been swapping I love yous for weeks?!? We missed the first one?!? Huh?? There were so many time jumps that weren’t communicated clearly.

It also had a caricature of a cartoon villain. I mean really?! It was laughably bad. She literally had a villain monologue where she gave her master plan too….What would’ve made the book better was if Kat had to deal with Derek and Suz flirting on set as part of their show and her having to battle with her feelings of trust. For someone who had been cheated on by every boyfriend she has ever had, Kat had zero trust issues when it came to Derek. Not even questioning if he had ever gotten another female caller’s number from the show. Unrealistic.

The book was horribly stereotypical of the tech field. Has the author never spoken with someone in tech before?! Because most can hold conversations and aren’t all obsessed with D&D or Star Wars…. And Kat and Elise’s friendship sounded like two middle schoolers. Not business professionals.

And what was with all the slut shaming and sexual harassment/assault jokes?! I would’ve thought this book was written in 2008 but nope. It even has a scene referencing the #MeToo movement! Wtf?!?! I would ask how the heck an author can make a book that references #MeToo also have sexually harassment/assault jokes without calling them out…..but then again, the author seemed to equate #MeToo with breaking the glass ceiling and not…you know….calling out sexual assault and harassment. So…..do with that info as you will.

I skimmed most of the book. The characters exchanged I love yous wayyyy too quickly imo. I did love how Derek ran a sex advice show but didn’t sleep around. He seemed very non-judgmental about sex. Even if it wasn’t his kink he tried hard to not judge and dish out advice to the best of his ability. Meanwhile Kat was judgey. And never called out.

Ughhh. But Derek wasn’t perfect either. He literally cuts off a female guest who wrote a book on love languages just to put his two sense in and that’s never called out?! Like he literally didn’t let her talk. He was never appreciative of all the hard work Suz did (I mean her revenge porn thing wasn’t cool at all, but I get her level of resentment. She did a lot of hard work for no reward).

This book was either written by a man with a penname or a woman with a lot of internalized misogyny.

This is tedious but the FMC is blonde and the model is brunette that really bothered me for some reason.

All in all: it had potential. But overall needed at least three more rounds of editing.

Content and Trigger Warnings: cheating (not between main couple), alcohol consumption, revenge porn, heart attack, hospitalization

Book Review: Bass-Ackwards by Eris Adderly

Bass-Ackwards by Eris Adderly

What’s this about?

Christina needs a day off. Her asshole boss has a proposition that would be every HR employee’s nightmares. But Christina needs that day off. She wasn’t supposed to enjoy it…or Bill.

My Review:

99% of the time I hate boss employee romances, but every now and then I find an outlier. This book is that outlier.

This book started at 100. I was expecting some more set-up, but nope! The sex scenes were steamy and dirty. They were great (expect for the no condom thing the first time…also I think she should’ve gotten more than a half day for anal lol). I also like how in this book she didn’t cum every time. I get that romance is supposed to be a fantasy, but every damn sex scene in a romance the girl is cumming at least twice. Even in dark romance!

There were a few issues I had with the book. One being that Bill has claimed to be in love with Christina for a year before the incident (not a spoiler, literally his first POV chapter says that). I would’ve rather him fall in love after it started. Because you don’t treat the people you love like that.

I love how this book addressed the power dynamic. I really wasn’t expecting that considering how it started. But loved it. I also love how this took place at a truck/equipment rental office (even though I still am confused about what they actually do?!?) instead of at a law office or something else cliched. It was a working class romance! Plus the two complemented each other really well.

I do wish we had gotten to know how old Bill was. Christina is 24ish, and sometimes the guy felt late 30s and others he felt 50 so I’m just confused. Also I didn’t care about his background at all. It was vague. Either spill the details or don’t bring it up!

I wish we got more closure with what is going on with her grandpa. That was a loose end that kind of stressed me out.

All in all, if you want a dirty boss-employee romance, then I highly recommend this book.

Content Warnings: dubcon, alcohol consumption, hospitalization, hoarding,

Book Review: Prison Planet series by Emmy Chandler

Guardian by Emmy Chandler

I binged this series over a long weekend and decided to just review them all in one place! I do want to forewarn people that these books all deal with dubcon, have multiple sexual assault scenes, human tracking, forced sterilization, and violence. Some books also have drug use and references to domestic abuse, spousal rape, and suicide/suicidal thoughts. Normally I put content warnings at the bottom of my review, but I wanted to put them up top this time since I will periodically be referencing them in my review!

What’s this series about?

Somewhere in a galaxy far far away….there is a government that has a zero tolerance policy for crime. You murder your wife? Get sent to a prison planet. You deal drugs? You’re goin to a prison planet. You steal a loaf of bread? Prison planet.

On these planets, there are several different zones that each hold its own unique brand of torture. All of which are (technically) co-ed.

Guardian is the first book in the series and sets up a lot of the backstory for the series. While each book can be read as a standalone romance, but I highly recommend reading the first as it sets up a lot of subplots in the series.

The zone in this book is like The Hunger Games. Twice a week there are two drops of supplies that prisoners must fight over. The strong prosper while the weak die. The book starts off with Audra getting sent to Rhodon in a zone that trades women to the men of their zone in exchange for not attacking the all of the women. The women exchanged are given to the men until the next batch of women arrive. It could be a few weeks, could be several months. The men do give the women a “choice”: every 30 days they stay there they “get” to pick a different man. Audra has a plan: pick the strongest man. But what happens when he doesn’t want to let her go?

Hunter takes place in a zone where women are sex trafficked and the men who have been sentenced to death are hunted for sport by the rich.

When Callum was sentenced to death on Rhodon he had one plan in mind: kill the fucker hunting him before they kill him first. But when Callum gets his chance in the hunting zone, he finds a half naked girl. Is she the bait or there to be hunted too?

Champion takes place in a zone where men sentenced to death on Rhodon have the chance to fight for there freedom. Or….well….something like it.

Instead of certain death they can fight in a gladiator style death tournament where if they win, they will get to move to a different zone and serve life. When Slyvie is sentenced to death for avenging her sister, she asks to fight in the area. The first woman to ask to go there. What is Slyvie willing to do to survive? This book is one part Gladiator and one part Effie from The Hunger Games.

Hostage takes place on a blimp that crashes in zone 3.

Sebastian has one goal: get his sister off that damn planet. And he has just been handed the most delectable hostage.

Traitor also starts on the blimp that crashes into zone 3.

This book is about a girl who survive domestic abuse and human trafficking who pairs up with a guy who is mute. When Barrett finds out that a girl who was held captive by the same guy who murdered his wife is in his zone, he’ll stop at nothing to get his revenge.

My Review:

Guardian: I liked this book up until the ending. It was pretty abrupt and kind of sad. I didn’t feel like I got the closure I needed for me to consider it a HFN/HEA because I certainly wasn’t happy. Also it felt like a weird time to be saying I love you for the first time.

Hunter: This book gave me the closure I needed. It has some characters from book one in it. But that character’s personality did a complete 180 from how they were in book one. It gave me whiplash. Also I find it creepy when a guy will go on and on about how childlike his love interest look and then two seconds later say how much he wants to bone her. It felt creepy. I love how this book included a language barrier.

Champion: This was my favorite of the series. I loved the tournament. I loved the ending. I loved how the media played a part in the book. And that ending was sooooo good.

Hostage: I did not like this one at all. Kaya was complicit in an environment that profited off of murder. She doesn’t really reconcile that. Everyone forgives her actions in two seconds which doesn’t feel realistic. And she was given a sympathetic background to make her more likeable. I loved how this book had us meeting up with the couples from the other books! But I also don’t think that this book really thought long and hard about how she isn’t sterilized on a prison planet. There were other narrative choices that didn’t make any sense. The plot was hectic. Didn’t enjoy it at all.

Traitor: I can’t tell which book I hate worse: this one or Hostage. Honestly I think it’s gross when a widower is only attracted to someone because of how much that person reminds them of their dead spouse. I also didn’t like how this book felt like all dubcon and no actual consent. Mallory has been trafficked most of her life so she doesn’t even grasp the basic concept of consent. And she came across so childlike that the romance felt creepy. I did like how the book touched on PTSD, sympathizing with your abuser, and sexual assault, but it didn’t really tackle any one topic well. Neither character left the book with beginning to heal. The ending was literally just setting up the spin-off series. Mallory and Barrett felt like secondary characters in their own book!

Overall thoughts: I liked the series as a concept. I wouldn’t recommend the last two books. If you want something with neat world-building, lots of steamy scenes, alpha males, and tons of violence then this is the book series for you! While all of the books are sci-fi, everyone is human. I would’ve liked to see other species in the series. Overall the books were fun guilty pleasure reads. There are definitely world-building inconsistencies throughout the series, but that’s to be expected in a long running romance series. If you have Kindle Unlimited I recommend the first three.

Content Warnings: All off these books all deal with dubcon, have multiple sexual assault scenes, human tracking, forced sterilization, and violence. Some books also have drug use and references to domestic abuse, spousal rape, and suicide/suicidal thoughts.

NOPE! Book Tag

I was tagged by Pilar @ thebookwormshelfblog. Thank you!

This tag was created by Zoe over at All Booked on Youtube.


NOPE! Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

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Ughhhhhh I am still bitter about the ending of One To Watch. He deserved better. And I still vote that Bea ends the book with a coffeshop meet cute instead.

NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius

Aelin however you spell her last name from those Throne of Glass books. I cannot stand her whole I’m a badass but never actually showing us how she is badass? She annoyed me. (side note: anyone else read her name as alien instead of Aelin!?!?!)

NOPE! Pairing: a ‘ship’ you don’t support.

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I can’t narrow it down from these five!! The post is super old but my thoughts remain the same. (Although my hatred of Alien has only grown more and more since my initial post)

NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read.

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I wouldn’t say there is one that I would never read….but the ones I’m least likely to read are: non-fiction (but I do love documentaries), literary (I can’t stand purple prose), and women’s fiction (different from romance).

NOPE! Book Format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

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I don’t have a format that I really hate, but I struggle to listen to audiobooks. I have listened to a few that I have enjoyed (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, White Cat trilogy, The Darkest Part of the Forest, and The Raven Cycle series). I am soooooo picky when it comes to narrators. Also, I haven’t listened to an audiobook in years soooooooooooooooooooooooooo……

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

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I am not a fan of student/teacher, doctor/patient, professor/student, or boss/employee dynamics. Those power dynamics aren’t things I like to read. I also hate age gap romances where a character is underaged, the character was underaged when they met, or where the character is poor/a college student/younger than 24 and the love interest is 10+ years older/rich. The exception to the rule would be if the two could have met while in school (i.e., meet while they were both in HS). I do like age gap romances, I just prefer them to be where characters have similar life goals/experiences. This is going to turn into a rant in a minute so I’ll just stop here lol. Oh! Love triangles. Hate them. There is literally only one love triangle I have read and enjoyed. While I know who I would like if I were in her shoes, I can understand what she finds appealing about each dude. All of the other love triangles I have read are bad.

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refused to read.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Magnus Chase books. I tried reading Percy Jackson once and hated RR’s writing style so much. I have no desire to try his other books. This is one that gets recommend to me all the time.

NOPE! Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Hold Your Breath

Letting out a breath she didn’t know she was holding. Did you really not notice!?!

NOPE! Love Interest: the love interest that is not worthy of being one.

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Peeta. Sorry. I don’t get all the love.

NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed.

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Unpopular opinion time: I hated Wolfsong and wish it never existed. It was boring and had a gross age gap between a guy who was 16 and befriended a 10 year old. Were friends for 7 years than one day was like ‘yeah he’s hawt’. And everyone in the town found it normal and inevitable!?!?!?! ummmm….no thank you.

NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Calix Lehreh

Lehreh from The Fever King series. Ummmmmm….no thank you. The dude is like Homelander from The Boys…..but worse.

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you.

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Ah! This is a spoiler but the one in King of Fools broke me so badly I haven’t even been able to read Queen of Volts yet. I’m still recovering from it a year later.

NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

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Stone Odette wrote a book I hated so much that I will never read another book by that author again.


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Seriously, if you want to do this then you have officially been tagged!! I know sometimes I stumbled across people that do the whole I tage everyone but feel kinda guilty if I hop on that train. This is me yelling at you All aboard! (I am a tad embarrassed by that analogy but I am sticking to it!).

I love tags so this is my official you’ve been tapped message. Have fun!