Ya’ll… I suck. It’s been so long since I’ve posted what I’ve been reading. Yikes. To keep this post from being too long, I’m just going to include the one book in a series if I wound up reading more than one of em. I’ll indicate if I read all the books or not.
Side note: I also listened to some books that I’ve already featured in one of these posts. I listened to Plier: Ironside Academy, Book 1. It was a great audiobook, and I just saw book two released earlier this. month on Audible, so I went ahead and used one of my credits for it. I also re-listened to Unconventional by Reecca Royce. I wanted to give em a shout out. 🙂
Be well, and happy reading!
P.S. Some of these I read so long ago, that I can’t remember it all. I’ve done my best.
P.P.S. All images and descriptions are from Amazon, links are affiliate links. You know the spiel. 🙂
In the latest sports romance novel by bestselling author Sunny Hart, writing under her new contemporary pen name Maddi Hart, readers will be taken on an exciting journey with the football team of Grandview University. Meet Lexi, a talented quarterback who has faced many challenges both on and off the field. Despite her success, she can’t shake the memories of a traumatic event that occurred years ago, leaving her wary of getting too close to anyone.
But when her best friends and teammates suggest a friends with benefits arrangement for their senior year, Lexi starts to see her guys in a new light. As they work together to lead their team to victory, the lines between friendshzip and something more start to blur. However, with her past still haunting her, Lexi is hesitant to take things further.
Can her guys break through the walls she’s built around her heart and convince her that they’re worth the risk? Find out in “Avoiding the Sack,” a heartwarming and exhilarating story about the power of friendship, the thrill of competition, and the courage it takes to open yourself up to love. Fans of sports romance and friends-to-lovers tropes won’t be able to put this book down!
This is a MMMMMF why-choose HEA where the female main character won’t have to choose between any of the guys and it will end in a happily ever after!
Prospect: I'll read more by this author
Positives: I liked the female QB angle
Problems: It's super hard to say a RH isn't believable, but in this case it was a little unbelievable.
P.S. I liked the huddles and sports aspect, author did a nice job.
Four vampires. Four Rock stars. All hers.
Raised by my cold, controlling stepmother, I’m finally close to freedom. A few more weeks, and I will have my law degree. But first, I get to see my favorite rock band play.
The Timeless Chains band is famous for their sinfully good looks and for the mystery surrounding them. Anyone staying past midnight at their afterparties forgets the night.
One stolen kiss from the bassist shows me why. They’re vampires, and I’d just become their new favorite snack.
Hart and Blister want me dead. Roan and Golden want me in their beds. They all think I belong to them.
I’ll show them who belongs to whom.
As long as I survive the secrets hidden in my forgotten past.
Bite of Cinder is book one in the paranormal reverse harem series featuring vampires, werewolves, dragon shifters, fae, witches, warlocks, and more.
In this fairy tale retelling romance you can expect bbw curvy strong heroine as Cinderella, enemies to lovers and instalove why choose with humor and a touch of darkness. Urban fantasy setting. Heroes covered in tattoos. Royalty. And a mystery that needs solving.
Prospect: Reading book 2
Positives: I like the play on the cinderella fairy tale, but so far it seems quite loosely inspired.
Problems: I'm not quite connecting to the characters, but I have picked up book two... I'm connecting enough 🙂
P.S. This is a kindle Vella book, but I didn't feel like it was too episodic reading.
I ran away from my clan thinking I’d keep out of trouble, but trouble finds me not long after.
I killed Dan’s father. He has every right to want revenge, but I won’t roll over for him. One bite. That’s all it takes for me to ruin his life and turn him into one of us.
Yeah, he’s not happy about that, but he has no time to pay me back for what I did
A ghost from my past, someone I thought dead, drags Dan and me into the shadow realm. Golden, Roan, Hart, and Blister follow, unwilling to let me face my fate alone.
I’m grateful to my gorgeous vampires for postponing all their concerts and rushing to help, but this can only get us all killed. The task ahead is impossible.
I am to become the vampire queen, but to do that, I first have to survive.
Progress: Currently reading ~70%
Prospect: Will continue the series
Positives: It's a fun read, not too heavy.
Problems: I think it could be heavier. Could go either way, but I'm still struggling to totally connect to the characters. It's a bit easy to figure out what is going on, but I'm just over here nit-picking.
I’m tired.I’m tired of running, tired of hiding, tired of always looking over my shoulder.
Now my guys must endure this too.
The clock is still ticking in my head.
I feel him circling, getting closer and closer.
The fear I carry is nearly suffocating. Not for me, but for my guys. I know what it’s like to have your family taken from you in the most brutal of ways. I won’t lose my family again. I will do whatever it takes to protect them. Even if that means I must face the monster who has haunted my nightmares and reality and kill him myself.
Please forgive me, my Stone boys.
I must do this to free you. And…to free me.
***Free Me is the final book in the WITSEC series.***
Prospect: Worth the wait
This is the final book in a series. I'm not pro enough at writing my thoughts without spoilers, so all I'll say is it was worth the wait, and I liked the series.
I’m chaotic power and charmed trouble,
Like a hell-broth that boils and bubbles…
Sharp metal digs into my flesh as the man I love, the man who saved me countless times, locks me away in a prison cell, cutting me off from my magic, the source of all that defines me. He could at least look me in the eyes as the bars slam shut with a finality that clamors in my soul.
My angel doesn’t.
Alone and isolated, all I’m left to do is think and simmer in my anger, perhaps imagine my revenge. Yet with one visit from an old friend, I remember just who I am.
One chaotic witch with the power of the universe at her fingertips.
What happens when a chaos witch is backed into a corner? She comes out swinging. And if I deck a few of my mates along the way, so be it. They had it coming, and they have no one to blame but themselves.
As we work through our issues and bond the way that fate planned, an unexpected twist threatens to rip everything apart. At this point, what even is happily ever after?
More like chaos ever after.
Pompous is Book 3 in a 5 Book seriesfull of magic, chaos and one witch who refuses to choose between all the demons vying for her attention (contains MMFMM). This book ends on a cliffhanger. This series contains darker elements than my normal books, please see my website below for TW’s.
ElleLincoln (dot) com
Progress: Finished the entire series
Prospect: Will read more by this author
Positives: I would up re-reading book two, because I waited until the series was completed to delve into this. I read all the books, and I don't want to say anything to risk spoiling it. I liked this series.
To be a successful pack, you must have an Omega. Alpha and Beta shifters can become feral when congregated in large numbers without an Omega’s calming influence.
Eighteen years ago, I was kidnapped with my mother. They wrongly assumed she was an Omega.
For ten years, I watched them break her, beat her, abuse her in every way. They promised my fate would be the same when I came of age.
They were wrong.
I escaped. Taking my two young brothers with me. We’ve avoided all other shifters for eight years.
Now a new pack has moved in, and they seem to have an interest in my brothers. In me.
I will not become someone’s toy.
I will not repeat my mother’s fate.
The shifter world seems to think all Omegas are docile and submissive.
They are wrong.
They’ll underestimate me, not knowing I’m more than just a shifter.
I’m more than just an Omega.
I am a Therian. I can be any mammal.
So let them try and take me.
Shifting Their Ideals is the first book in The Lost Therian Omega series as such, it will end on a cliffhanger. This is a paranormal why-choose romance, meaning the main character will not have to choose between love interests. This book is suitable for readers 18+ due to content including but not limited to explicit language, sexual scenes, MM. Trigger Warnings include kidnapping, mentions of past trauma, including rape of a third party character. Your mental health is essential a full list of triggers will be at the front of the book, please read these first.
Progress: Finished the series
Prospect: Will read more by this author
Positives: I actually tried to read the first book a bit ago, and couldn't finish it. I'm glad I picked it up again. There is a lot going not throughout this series. I can't say too much without ruining anything, but our girl isn't a pushover.
Problems: Which sorta leads me to the problem - It's really hard to have a problem without a spoiler! So I'll just say in the second book (I think( - things happen and there were so many questions I was left with, about why, it never really got addressed. Perhaps there is a sister series. IDK. It didn't impact my enjoyment of the series.
I might be a cowboy, but I’m no gentleman.
Ten years ago I crossed the line with my younger brother’s best friend. I knew she was in love with me, and I couldn’t resist her. River Adams gave me her innocence on her eighteenth birthday. I broke her in return and made her hate me. I thought walking away from her would be easy, but I never expected to come face to face with everything I gave up.
Thanks to a stipulation in my dad’s will, she’s back and we have to live together.
My brother Walker, who has carried a torch for her since they were kids.
And, how could I forget, Bishop? The ranch hand who can’t keep his eyes off her.
The years between us may not matter anymore, but the secrets and lies always will. My family has blood on its hands, no one more so than me. If she finds out the truth about Twisted Cross Ranch she’ll never forgive me.
I was born to be the villain, but when she looks at me, I wish I could be her hero.
For fans of Yellowstone, USA Today Bestselling Authors K. Loraine & Meg Anne bring you a new dark cowboy mafia why-choose series. Red-hot, gritty, suspenseful, and loaded with angst, Twisted Cross Ranch is the escape you didn’t know you needed. Hang on tight, darlin’, these ain’t your mama’s cowboys.
Please check the authors’ website for a full list of content and trigger warnings.
Prospect: will read book 2
Positives: I love a mystery, and this book is chalk full of it.
Problems: I'm confused about who is who, this was a fast read though and I can't remember it fully now. I marked it that I liked it, so I'll likely have to at least re-read the end before reading book 2.
My worst nightmare awaits—one portal awayBlackwood is under siege
And it’s all my fault
My conscience won’t let me rest until I’ve made sure the outcasts living here are safe. No harm will come to them because of my actions. And, since the Lords are out of commission—also my fault—they can’t stop me.
But it also means they can’t bail me out. I have to figure this out on my own, or I’ll never find closure on Em’s murder.
So I’ll step through that portal
I’ll face my fears and desires alike.
Because Blackwood is in danger.
And no one messes with my city.
Prospect: Will read more by this author
Positives: What a twist
Problems: I need more! 🙂
P.S. I can't say anything, I don't want to give it away.
Sloane has been on the run from her emotionally abusive ex-fiancée for months. Now she finds herself attending college in California, in hopes that her FBI agent ex won’t be able to locate her. She’s done her best to stay away from everyone, trying not to get attached in case she has to disappear again.
…Because Sloane would die rather than let Pierce lay another finger on her.
To support herself she works as a teller at a local bank and on an ordinary day at work, her life will change forever when she gets kidnapped at gunpoint by four masked bank robbers.
But what happens when she realizes that she knows those four men from college? Suddenly, Sloane fears for her life because she’s now a liability, bound to get them identified and caught. Especially when Pierce catches up with them and a wild chase across three states begins.
But things get complicated when her kidnappers turn into her protectors… when Sloane can’t help but feel safe with the brothers Royce and Blaine, with the intense and gorgeous Kaden and even with dangerous and crazy River.
Their futures, their hearts, and their lives hang in the balance when she realizes that each man was robbing banks for a reason.
* TRIGGER WARNING *
Please be advised this action flick, heist romance duet contains darker themes such as PTSD, swearing, and violence. Additionally, sexual themes are suitable for mature audiences 18+. Cliffhanger warning for duet.
Prospect: Great Duet
Positives: I could almost feel our FMCs emotions through the pages, along with her men. Fantastic writing.
Problems: It doesn't seem believable, but I absolutely no nothing about the specific arc I'm referencing that it didn't bother me. You'll know what I'm talking about when you read it. Had no impact on my impact enjoying the heck out of these two books.
They say that first loves never last, but in Holiday Hollow there’s always time for a second chance.
The mark on my neck signifies that I’m a bonded omega, but I haven’t seen my mate or his new pack in years. All of that changes when the secret I’ve been keeping is desperate to come to light and sends me back home to where it all started.
I never thought I could put the pieces of my life back together, but as flames reignite, it’s clear that this pack isn’t going to let me push them away.
Sparks are flying this summer in Holiday Hollow, and there’s sure to be plenty of heat.
The Holiday Hollow Omegaverse features standalone stories that are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with a happily ever after guaranteed!
Prospect: I've liked Janice James before, this was my first by Chloe Gunter. I'd read books by either of them.
Positives: This was a definitely more emotional book. Not in a bad way, an a literary growth of characters way. It was definitely outside of my paranormal binge I've seemed to be on. Not quite Hallmark sweet, more like a Lifetime movie, but without, you know, everyone dying.
They intended to punish me. But their protective natures wanted so much more.
It was supposed to be an easy job. My last heist for the Crescent Coven that would finally release me from their service. But they neglected to tell me I was stealing from The House of Shadows. And from the most ruthless vampire in the city.
Caught by Roman’s crew, I am terrified that I traded one lifelong debt for another. Between the arrogant wolf, the mysterious dragon, and the irritating fae assassin, the men of The House of Shadows have monsters brewing inside. They’re ruthless, frustrated, and angry that Roman dragged me into their world.
They seem to hate me, and despite the intense attraction, I don’t trust myself around them. After all, I have a deadly secret of my own. But when my life is threatened and the truth is revealed, the monsters must choose to return me to the coven or become my protectors forever.
The Blood Game is the first book in a steamy, medium-burn paranormal reverse harem romance series featuring dark secrets, wicked magic, and dangerous mates. For mature readers only.
Progress: finished book 1 and 2
Prospect: Will likely read the next book
Ponderings: These are short books, and end on cliff-hangers. I'm wondering if they were published first in Kindle Vella? At any rate, I did read them both. I'n bot sure I felt a huge connection to any of the characters, but I'm intrigued enough to want to know what the heck is going on.
The picturesque town of Haven may offer sanctuary for all, but the irony is getting harder to miss: monsters are vanishing.
Aline knows better than to meddle. The runaway Princess of Faere learned the hard way what happens when others see what her magic can do.
No, it’s far better to focus on her own problems like running The Monster’s Den and staying off the paranormal council’s radar.
Tragedy strikes Haven as things are finally starting to come together for the lonely fae, and Aline has no choice but to intervene.
The blows keep coming when the paranormal council initiates a full-scale inquiry into why monsters vanish from Haven.
It seems her house of cards is about to tumble.
Can she trust the ghosts of her past and the unhinged monsters desperate to be a part of her future to help keep her safe?
Will they even want to when they see what she’s capable of?
This is book is set in the same world as The Monster’s Den. It’s an interconnected standalone that features a new female main character, but it was designed so that you can jump in here if you prefer.
Prospect: Love it, will read more in this universe
Positives: I was super cautious starting this book. The timeline is concurrent to parts of The Monsters Den. I wasn't sure how that would work, but I quite enjoyed it. The author says it's a standalone and you can jump in, but I'm not sure you'd enjoy it quite as much if you haven't read Monster's Den.
Problems: It has one of my least favorite tropes, but it didn't ruin the book for me, shockingly. Maybe I'm mellowing out?
I expected the guys to assist me in solving the Thornwood Academy murders, not add a new victim to the body count.
Following events at the lodge and my unfortunate encounter with the fence post, I’ve no choice but to turn to my father for help. Of course, my blood-covered entourage of guys don’t exactly receive a warm welcome, but at least Grayson walks away in one piece.
With suspects galore, I can’t stay on the edge if I want to find the truth, so I’m forced to insert myself further into the Thornwood Academy social scene. But even a seemingly harmless date in town turns into chaos, wild accusations, and a trip to the hospital. As if that’s not enough, I stumble on my roommate’s secret, which leads to painful compromises.
The closer I grow to Rowan, Grayson, and Leif, the more our lives entangle. After spending my life avoiding a world I don’t understand, I’m grappling with unhelpful feelings for my bonded witch and his powerful magic, the vampire whose blood entices me, and the half-shifter who gifts me strange things. Not to mention attempting to control my dark and deadly side, which presents its own problems.
I can’t decide what’s more challenging—clearing my name of murder charges or understanding this strange new version of myself emerging. And I don’t mean the throat-ripping one.
With two dead and at least one undead, time’s running out before the killers’ next target dies. My enemies might play their strongest hand when I’m least expecting, but they won’t beat a Blackwood. At the end of the day, I’ll wear the crown.
Mystery, secrets, and betrayals abound as I navigate a world filled with danger and shadows while trying to keep those I care about safe. Who knew Thornwood Academy would offer me so much more than my dark heart could ever hope for?
For Dear Life is the third book in a new YA supernatural academy series from LJ Swallow. The Thornwood Academy series is a murder mystery set at a magic school where humans mix with vampires and witches. This slow burn paranormal romance features a girl who’s smart, sarcastic, and slightly unhinged, plus the three guys she’d like to keep alive.
Books 1 and 2 must be read first.
Prospect: Will read the next one
Positives: This is an action packed book, and you better be paying attention!
Problems: I didn't read the series about Violet's parents. I feel like I need to. I also wound up re-reading book 2 so that I could catch up. This may be a series to binge all at once, rather than reading piecemeal.
I owe my sister big time, but seriously, isn’t there any other way I can repay her?
My identical twin sister is currently dominating the “Champion of the World” leaderboard, a year-long TV reality show that spans the globe. But now, she’s broken her leg and needs me to become Brooke ‘Action’ Jackson for one installment of the program.
But while she’s all about CrossFit, I’m more of a cross stitch girl.
And here I am, heading off to a tropical island for a week of mental and physical challenges. And right from the start Brooke is giving me extra problems. Seems she conveniently “forgot” to mention her steamy affair with the show’s host, and her escapades with the sound guy.
So when I’m marooned on a deserted island one day later with five (exceedingly hot) men and a nine-year old girl, I guess it’s time to tell everyone my name is not Brooke Action Jackson, I don’t have a ton of survival skills and…
…I’m just Daisy. The children’s librarian.
♥Fans of Lily Gold and Emily Rath are sure to love this wild reverse harem adventure filled with titillating turns and suspenseful twists.♥
Prospect: Pre-ordered book 2
Positives: Shipwrecked on an island, yes please!!! I love survival books, and this one is so good! There is a ton going on here, between secrets, psychological and physical trauma, fear, hope....ahhhh so so good. If you tend to like the books I do, I highly recommend this one.
Problems: There is a LOT of stuff happening, book 2 is going to have a heck of a lot to unpack. Hopefully it's going to be okay as a duet!