Review: Wicked Games (Wicked Bay #4) by L.A. Cotton

Title: Wicked Games
Author: L.A. Cotton
Series: Wicked Bay #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The edgy, angsty, addictive YA/NA crossover series from L. A. Cotton continues…

They thought the fight was over…

All Maverick Prince ever wanted was to play basketball in college. So starting for the Steinbeck Scorpions should be a dream come true. But not everyone wants to see him succeed. Just because you’re on the same team, doesn’t mean you play by the same rules.

Lo Stone thought her life was finally on an even keel. As if being a senior and having to think about her future isn’t bad enough, she’s a stranger in her own house. And the longer she goes without seeing Maverick, the harder it is to ignore the little voice of doubt whispering in her ear.

They thought the games were over, but the war is only just beginning…

My Review:
Another amazing addition in this highly addictive series. I just love Lo and Rick. They are right up there with Sam and Mason and Ella and Reed in my opinion. New antagonists combine with familiar ones to add suspense and tension, and Lo has to dig deep to find inner strength and finally overcome her demons, in this latest installment. I’m very intrigued by Macey now and I look forward to her story. Kyle was hysterical as usual. All in all, another fab read.

Thanks to the author for providing an ARC of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.

Review: Reckoning (The Four Horsemen #7) by L.J. Swallow

Title: Reckoning
Author: L.J. Swallow
Series: (The Four Horsemen #7)
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
The gripping conclusion to the bestselling reverse harem urban fantasy series, The Four Horsemen.

The book talks about Truth, Chaos and Order. But what about Love?

Now the shocking truth about Vee’s identity is revealed, the five are forced from to leave the UK in pursuit of the god threatening to end the world.

But Chaos hasn’t finished his games yet. The countdown is on to stop the portals opening and to discover his whereabouts.

The arrival of new allies sends shockwaves through the group when they discover Joss’s theories are true. But with them comes new hope.

And following one more stunning twist about Vee’s identity, and her connection to them, the five discover their place in the world is much bigger than they realised.

In the midst of the storm swirling around them, the five grow closer as emotional barriers breakdown. Is their unshakeable bond enough to save everybody in the final battle with Chaos? Or will they be lost in their struggle to save the world?

The Four Horsemen is an urban fantasy series with a reverse harem twist. Prepare to follow the lives of Vee and the Four Horsemen through addictive books filled with action, supernatural suspense and magic. Start the series with Legacy and discover why readers have fallen in love with the books–and the Horsemen! The series slow burns to steamy scenes, has a kickass heroine and four guys who’ll do anything for the girl who’s the centre of their world.

My Review:
A very fitting ending to the series and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ll miss Vee and my pony boys. This series is up there with my fave reverse harem series and it’s one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Love all the guys, love Vee, love the interesting world building, suspenseful plot, fab writing and spot-on pacing. Definitely worth checking out, especially now the series is complete and you can binge read it in one go!

Review: Ruin (Gods #1) by Samantha Towle

Title: Ruin
Author: Samantha Towle
Series: Gods #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.

And the new heavyweight champion of the world is…

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.

Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.

Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.

After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…

My Review:
4.5 stars. Loved it. Great writing and great characterization. Loved Gigi girl. Spent the first part of the book hating on Zeus and then I fell head over heels. Swoon. Wish there had been more flashbacks to their teen years, when they fell in love, but that’s only a minor complaint.

Review: Just an Illusion – Unplugged (The Illusion #4) by D. Kelly

Title: Just an Illusion – Unplugged
Author: D. Kelly
Series: The Illusion #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sawyer Weston is cocky and arrogant. With his sinful smile and sexy dimples, he’s gotten his way most of his life. Infamous for his one-night stands and moves between the sheets, the lead singer for Bastards and Dangerous has never considered relationships—until he meets her.

With her curvy body, sarcastic mouth, and uncanny ability to put Sawyer in his place, Amelia Greyson has captured his heart. She can see into his soul and knows what he truly wants from life. Sawyer has a problem, though—she’s dating his twin brother Noah.

Although he wants her with every breath he takes, Sawyer and Noah’s complicated history prevents him from making a move on her.

Just an Illusion—Unplugged tells Sawyer’s story. Every thought, every feeling, are yours for the taking. Are you ready?

My Review:
I am so in love with this series. It was amazing getting to read the first part of the story from Sawyer’s perspective, and I love how he loved her all along, and how obvious it is now that I see it through his eyes. Can’t wait for the last book to release. Roll on the summer!

Review: The Illusion Series – Box Set -Side A and The B Side by D. Kelly

Title: The Illusion Series – Box Set -Side A and The B Side
Author: D. Kelly
Series: The Illusion Series #1-2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Worlds collide …
Amelia Greyson, author of The O Factor, has been thrust into the fast-paced life of the music industry as the author commissioned to write the story of Bastards and Dangerous, a famous rock band with sexy twin brothers at the helm. Unbeknownst to them, she’s been here before; it’s not her first rodeo.
Two guys, one girl …
Sawyer and Noah Weston, front men for BAD, have an awful habit of falling for the same girl. When Mel enters their lives, they are spellbound, both vying for her attention. Noah wears his heart on his sleeve, but Sawyer is a master at hiding his feelings—or so he thinks.
All’s fair in love and war …
Between Noah and Sawyer competing for Amelia’s affection, the stalker set on ruining her life, and turmoil affecting the group as a whole, Amelia is forced to make difficult decisions. Will she throw caution to the wind and give in to the magnetic pull Sawyer has on her, or will Amelia release the demons of her past and allow Noah to own her heart?
This box set contains Just an Illusion—Side A and Just and Illusion—The B Side.

My Review:
FLOVED. This was an incredible start to a captivating rock star romance series. I’ve been on a rock star romance bingeathon the last few weeks and I’ve read lots of the bestselling, most-popular series’, and I’ve got to say this series is my ABSOLUTE FAVE. If you like angsty, swoony romance set within the backdrop of a traditional rock star scene, then I think you will ADORE this series.

I love, love, love Noah, and Mel is a great MC. The other guys in the band are equally intriguing as are all the secondary characters. This satisfied my angst-loving drama-loving heart to the max. I knew it was moving toward a key traumatic moment and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through reading – I kept thinking when is it going to happen and what exactly is going to happen? I’m about to find out.

Review: Finding My Way (Beaumont #4) by Heidi McLaughlin

Title: Finding My Way
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Beaumont #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.

Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.

Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.

My Review:
This was a great companion novel and it contained completely new material which was refreshing. I really came to understand Liam’s decision once I saw the backstory. I had read some of the reviews before starting, and was afraid I would hate him after reading this, but I didn’t. I actually really felt for him in the first half.

Mason’s decision was really shitty and while I had been looking forward to meeting him, he wasn’t a very good friend. He was mooning over Katelyn and no one else seemed to matter. I was hugely disappointed in Josie. She had complete blinkers on and she never asked her boyfriend what was wrong or made any effort to understand him. I actually came out of this thinking she doesn’t deserve him.

The second half of the story was difficult to read at times because I didn’t like seeing Liam with other women and I can’t understand how he could be in love with Josie for ten years and still sleep around so much. And he lied when he said in the first book that he had only enjoyed hook ups because he had a relationship with Sam. Hated reading that part and was glad it wasn’t too detailed.

There were a few timeline errors that bugged me, but that’s just a pet peeve of mine, and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. My only disappointment is I would have liked to have seen some of the reunion with Josie (especially the initial scenes and him learning about Noah) from his perspective, but overall it was a fantastic addition to the series.

Review: Frayed Silk by Ella Fields

Title: Frayed Silk
Author: Ella Fields
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Our marriage wasn’t just in trouble—mere threads were all that held it together.
What was once my perfect happily ever after had dissolved right before my eyes.
I can tell you when it started to happen.
What I can’t tell you is why.
And after seven months of watching my husband turn into someone I didn’t recognize, I’d given up hope in finding answers.

So I decided to break his heart
… and he did nothing to stop me.

Trigger warning: This book contains cheating and other sensitive subject matter.

My Review:
Absolutely exceptional storytelling. I spent the first half of the book desperately trying to figure out Leo’s secret, and while I was on the right track, I still could never have guessed that. My heart broke for him, for them, but I loved watching them reconnect and become a team again.

I loved the family theme and the children’s characters and interactions were spot on for their ages.

Not really sure how I feel about Jared. He seemed to care for her but we didn’t really get enough of his backstory to fully understand. I guess I’ll just have to check out his book to discover more.

Wow, what an amazing thought-provoking story, and one that will stay with me for a long time.

Review: Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University #1) by Ella Fields

Title: Suddenly Forbidden
Author: Ella Fields
Series: Gray Springs University #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I thought he’d always be mine,
even when I was forced to say goodbye.

We were never meant to let go,
but it happened anyway.
Too bad I didn’t know someone was waiting to take my place, or I would’ve held on a lot tighter.

Two years later, we were exactly where we’d always planned to be.
I’d kept my promise.
He’d forgotten all about his.
Not only had he moved on, but the person he’d moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart.

I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in, repaired my shattered pieces, and made me smile again.

This isn’t that kind of story.

My heart might have been broken,
but it refused to fall out of love.

WARNING: this book contains cheating.

Each book in the Gray Springs world can be read as a standalone.

My Review:
I floved this book so much I stayed up all night reading it. I tried to put it down at 3am and spent the next two hours tossing and turning as anxiety twisted my stomach into knots. I gave up and picked the book back up again, and finally got to sleep at 7 a.m. I’m totally blaming Ella Fields for my crappy productivity today, lol.

This book completely satisfied my craving for a messy, angsty romance and I lapped it right up. There were plenty of times where I wanted to project myself into the story to throttle the characters, but I had to settle for silently screaming abuse at my Kindle instead. I really hated Quinn for a lot of this book. He professed undying, eternal love and then gave up too quick, and the way he treated Daisy at the start really frustrated me, especially when he allowed that beatch Alexis to crawl all over him in deliberate malicious PDAs. I don’t think I have hated a character as much as I hated Alexis. What a cow. Quinn redeemed himself in the end so I forgave him, but I really wanted to kick Daisy in her ladyparts a few times and tell her to stop mooning over him in such a transparent way. I also really wanted her to rub his nose in it by hooking up with Callum, but she was too nice and too heartbroken to do that.

I adored the flashback scenes and I really felt their connection, hence why I became so involved and felt so much frustration with Quinn.

The writing was superb, the pacing consistent, and we got a fab epilogue and HEA in the end.

In summary, this was a fantastic read and one I would highly recommend to readers who enjoy angsty forbidden romance.

Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

Title: As She Fades
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

My Review:
Absolutely loved this except the end was far too abrupt, and it feels like I don’t have closure. Happy I guessed the twist, and it was genius. The blurb really drew me in and it had the right level of angst and drama to keep this reader happy, just wish the ending was different.

Also, I’m wondering why the end paragraph of the blurb is there as it’s technically not correct. I’m wondering if the story was maybe written like that first, and was later changed. It was actually that part of the blurb that really hooked me. I can’t help thinking of how angsty that would’ve been. Maybe she’ll do a Jessica Sorensen on it and write a different version of the same story with a different Part 2 – would love to read that!

Review: Wicked Lies (Wicked Bay #3) by L.A. Cotton

Title: Wicked Lies
Author: L.A. Cotton
Series: Wicked Bay #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The third book in the bestselling Wicked Bay series from L A Cotton

To the outside world, seventeen-year-old Kyle Stone has it all. A future playing the sport he loves, money and status, and his forever girl by his side. But Kyle’s good at pretending; hiding what he doesn’t want others to see. Because Kyle has secrets, the kind that can change everything.

Pretty, popular, and dating one of Wicked Bay High’s rising football stars, Laurie Davison is living the life most girls only dream about. But behind closed doors, she feels like a fake. Keeping up appearances is exhausting, and the one person she should be able to turn to is the person pushing her away.

They say love conquers all, but lies destroy. And when the truth comes out, hearts don’t only get hurt.

They get ruined.

My Review:
Another fantastic addition to the Wicked Bay series, and a book I devoured in less than twenty-hour hours. I have adored Kyle in this series to date, and I couldn’t wait to read his story. Lianne did not disappoint. I really felt for our boy, and this was an emotional, heartfelt read. He made some silly mistakes, and hiding stuff from those you love is never a good idea but it all came full circle and ended up in a good place. Kyle is such a great character and I loved his banter and his swoony romantic side – a definite addition to my book boyfriend list!

I floved seeing Rick and Lo so much too, and seeing how united they are just warmed my heart, but I’m anxious for what’s coming next with them with Maverick heading to college and Lo having to face Caitlin during senior year by herself. I have a feeling the angst and drama are about to be ramped up, and I cannot wait for Wicked Games.

Another well-written, angsty romance that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. If you are a fan of this series, you will definitely want to read this one, and if you haven’t picked up Wicked Beginnings yet, what are you waiting for??!!