Release Day Review: Raw: Rebirth (RAW Family #3) by Belle Aurora

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It had been six years since my world was turned upside down.
He exposed me to the darker side of life and I could never go back to the person I was.
I had been through more things the average person couldn’t even relate to.

If I had the chance to go back and do things differently though?
Not a chance.

I’d pick him a thousand times. A million times. For eternity.

I guess not much has changed.

My name is Alexa Ballentine, and I am still in love with my stalker.

Who else here saw Raw: Rebirth was coming this year and immediately freaked out because you couldn't wait and wanted it yesterday? I know I did. I saw it pop up on my timeline and was just like must read now!! What a way to start of 2019!
Because it has been a while since I read the prior two books, Raw and Dirty, I spent the last part of 2018 frantically trying to read them so I was ready to go with Raw: Rebirth. I read something beforehand that said you have to rea…

Best of 2018

It is that time of year again - time to reflect on all the amazing books I read this past year. It is always difficult to choose only 20 books, but this year I feel like I cheated more than normal and have more series as I don't know how I am supposed to choose just one of some authors books as my favorite! I am not a favorite person in general, I always have a hard time picking a favorite anything (unless there are only 2 things and one of them is not good). 
This year was interesting in that a lot of my favorite reads were non-romance! If you look at past years there might be one or two that aren't romance, but the majority are. It is great as I love the diversity. I am not sure if I read more non-romance books this year or if I just found better ones, but either way I read a lot of great books! 
Now without further ado my list of top 20 reads in 2018 in no particular order:

Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
This was one of my cheats, but I loved this trilogy. I reme…

Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

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“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes…

Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.


Release Day Review: Conor (Boston Underworld Book 6) by A. Zavarelli

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When I stumbled into a mafia-run club seeking a job, I was looking for protection.

Little did I know I’d need protection from him.

Conor O’ Callahan was exactly the kind of danger I was trying to avoid. He was gorgeous as sin with an accent hotter than Hades, but that’s where the charm ended. He was also cynical, cold, and downright cranky.

So, you could imagine my surprise when he gave me a proposition. Marry him or lose my life.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve learned to do what’s necessary to survive in this world, and that includes marrying a mobster. Regardless of what he might say, it’s only temporary.

It’s not like I’m going to fall for him.

Because that would be stupid, right?

Conor was a fun, quick read. If you have read the prior books in the Boston Underworld series and enjoyed them then this will be a great addition. If not, they can be read in any order so go ahead and jump right on in. 

Review: Ready Player One (Ready Player One #1) by Ernest Cline

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In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


Ready Player One was such a fun read! I loved this adventure story filled with 80's nostalgia. It was all win win win for me.

Our main character, Wade, lives in the trailer stacks and doesn't have much. He scrounges computer parts and…

Review: Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1) by Tessa Bailey

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When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever.

Too Hot to Handle was a weird read for me. The writing style did not fit with the storyline at all and it was...strange. I kept thinking what is this??