Review: Love Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #4) by Jillian Dodd

Title: Love Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My mom says that you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself.
So even though Vincent is getting more and more scary.
Even though he’s doing a nationwide search for me.
I’m going to learn to love myself.

Well, I’m going to try.
Mostly, I want a boy to love me.
But which one?

Dawson – The gorgeous boy who made a mistake, but whose molten lava kisses and steaminess I can’t freaking resist.
or
Aiden – The God of all Hotties, who is practically infused with love potion. Who I thought liked me, but now says he wants to be my friend.
or
Brooklyn – The boy that first stole my heart. Who has always loved me. Well, until the whole cabana incident.

I mean, it was bad enough when there was sort of a love triangle, but now that I’m talking to B again, it’s like I’m in a love rectangle, or a rhombus, or something.

Oh, and did I mention Cooper Steele?
The new soccer coaching, health teaching, tattooed hunk?
Who Garrett sent to school to guard my body.
I mean, be my bodyguard.

But back to loving me.
I should forget about boys and worry about me.
Love me.
Like, eventually.

My Review:
I had a love-hate relationship with this book and I have a severe case of literary whiplash after reading it. Keatyn really frustrated me with her indecisiveness in this book and her inability to choose between Dawson and Aiden. I mean, it was totally obvious she should pick Aiden but it took her forever to get to that place. I felt so bad for Aiden – he was doing everything right and still having to watch her run from his arms to Dawson’s. I totally get that you can be crushing on more than one boy at a time, and I don’t have an issue with that, but I did have an issue with her kissing one and sleeping with another at the same time. Then B comes back into the mix and it got even more tangled. Despite my frustration with Keatyn, there is no denying this book was full of angsty drama and swoony romance and it’s annoyingly addictive. I’m totally rooting for Aiden now and I hope she ends up with him.

Again, the stalker plot is not really doing it for me but there are indications that she’s going to try and take back control of her life in the next book so I’m hoping this aspect of the story gets the development it needs as the series progresses.

Now, onto Adore Me.

Review: The Keatyn Chronicles: Books 1-3 by Jillian Dodd

Title: The Keatyn Chronicles: Books 1-3
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #1-3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Keatyn’s crazy life comes together in one perfect script in this special combined addition of the first three books in The Keatyn Chronicles.

Book 1 – Stalk Me Keatyn’s life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. But she’s thinking about giving it all up to date an adorable surfer. So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Book 2 – Kiss Me Keatyn’s always written scripts for her perfect life. But she never would have scripted this. She’s now at a boarding school, where she has new challenges to face. Like tutoring a hottie god that tortures her with his smile. And having the most popular girl hate her because of a guy. So she’s decided to stop trying to script her life and just live it. Because who knows how long she has left.

Book 3 – Date Me Keatyn’s giving up scripting her life. Sort of. She’s done with the God of all Hotties. She’s going to give her heart to the boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava and who asked her to Homecoming in a big, crazy way. Because there’s so much to look forward to. Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY. But things aren’t as perfect as they seem. She knows he’s still out there and getting more desperate. And even though she wants to pretend she’ll never see him again, she knows she will. And she’s afraid that this time, she might not get away.

My Review:
Book one finished – actual rating 3.5 stars. This book was hugely entertaining and it had me laughing out loud at the absurdity of it. I had literary whiplash keeping up with Keatyn’s changing feelings over the boys, but, you know what, I think it captured those teenage hormonally-fueled decisions and the enormous indecision as you are struggling to find your identity and your place in the world. It’s over the top drama and sexualization and all the conversations with her parents and their friends were totally unrealistic but I just laughed my ass off because I think the author wants you to take it tongue-in-cheek, so I did. Cush was great until he acted like an asshole, but, I forgave him. I blew hot and cold on Brooklyn – I did want them together at the start, and part of me is still hoping he’s her forever love, but he frustrated the hell out of me in this one because he did string her along and it wasn’t fair. Ultimately, I feel he’s too mature for Keatyn, and also not ready for a committed relationship. She’s still got a lot of growing up to do, and her behavior and inner monologue had me tearing my hair out at times. The writing is decent and the little scripts were fun. The reason this isn’t rated higher is because the plot was so weak and there were holes and it took all of two seconds to figure out who the stalker was. For a movie star’s daughter, Keatyn was ridiculously naive and quite juvenile at time. Loved the change of scenery at the end and new hot boys to drool over (I’m totally shallow like that.) Despite my issues with the plot, it was a hoot reading this book and I’m glad I bought this box set so I can get stuck into the next book. Overall, a decent start to a fun, light-hearted, entertaining series.

Book 2 – Loved the change of scenery in this one and the introduction to Dawson, Riley, Dallas, and the God of all hotties, Aidan. Keatyn is very indecisive at the start and it wasn’t cool that she was dancing and flirting wtih Aidan while having sex with Dawes. I totally buy the fact that you can have feelings for different boys at the same time, especially as a teenager, but acting on those feelings is another matter entirely. And, B is majorly in my bad books now – how could he do that to her? I wanted to strangle him. I thought he was going to end up her forever love and now I’m hoping he doesn’t cos he’s a total jackass. Loving her and Dawson and hoping they last the difference even though Aidan is totally swoon worthy. 4 stars

Book 3 – I was glad when Keatyn made a decision, drew a line on what was and wasn’t appropriate, and became a couple with Dawes. I was really loving how amazing he was for her until the end – WTF? I wanted to jump into my Kindle and throttle him and give her a big hug. The stalker plotline is weak and very much secondary and I wish it was better developed because I don’t feel the fear or tension. Character development was good in this one, especially with Keatyn and Aidan, and I love how she’s besties with Dallas and Riley – they are a great team. I’m invested in this series because of the romance. I love that there are several love interests once it doesn’t cross a line. And I loved that ending. Seriously, Keatyn is so dense that she didn’t realize that. Really hoping she ditches D and starts dating Aidan in the next book. Dawson doesn’t deserve to be forgiven. 4 stars.

Review: The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1) by Abbi Glines

Title: The Vincent Boys
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: The Vincent Boys #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….

My Review:
This was everything my angsty-romance loving heart desired. Three besties and one messy love triangle. Hated that they cheated but, as the story unraveled we discover that Sawyer pretty much cheated both of them too. Beau is to die for – no wonder Ash couldn’t keep her hands off him! He was so protective of her, and I was completely swooning. The writing and pacing is great and it was a relatively quick read. Interested in reading Sawyer and Lana’s story as I want to see him get his HEA even if he was an ass to Ash in school during that week of hell. He was hurting, so it’s understandable.

Review: Did I Mention I Need You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #2) by Estelle Maskame

Title: Did I Mention I Need You?
Author: Estelle Maskame
Series: The DIMILY Trilogy #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
It’s been a year since eighteen-year-old Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother…and her secret love. Although they called time on their forbidden relationship for the sake of their family, Eden can’t help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

Anyway, Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and surely Tyler has moved on too. But as they spend a long, hot summer in the excitement of the city that never sleeps, it soon becomes obvious that they aren’t over each other. But can they resist temptation?

In Did I Mention I Need You?, the second volume of Estelle Maskame’s phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, Tyler and Eden must face up to their feelings and decide what to do next. Is their love strong enough to face the challenges that lie ahead?

My Review:
Fair warning – if you haven’t read book one this review contains minor spoilers.

It’s been two years since Tyler and Eden ended things romantically, and both are really looking forward to her spending six weeks with Tyler in New York. Tyler has been on an event tour talking about the abuse he suffered at his father’s hands. It’s been therapeutic for him and it’s helped him turn his life around. But, has he really dealt with his demons? Is everything a product of his past?

Eden has been dating Tyler’s best friend Dean and she loves him. He is head over heels for her and has no clue that she still loves Tyler and that they used to be more than just step-siblings. I was so surprised that Tiffani kept that secret but later on we understand why.

As soon as Eden steps foot in NY, she realizes she still loves him and begins to see that she made a mistake pushing him away. As Tyler gives her the guided tour of NY, she falls more deeply in love and soon they are acting on their joint feelings, despite their guilt over Dean.

Tyler won a lot of brownie points in this instalment (except for the end where he lost a few but more on that) but Eden lost a lot of ground with me. I found her character development to be a little lacking and she grated on my nerves a fair bit. She seemed to want to have her cake and eat it and her actions were unfair on both guys. I also don’t understand how she could date Tyler’s best friend knowing she still loved Tyler. I get that she was trying to move on, but, seriously, girl, pick an unknown boyfriend would ya? Her choices were extremely selfish when it came to the two guys. However, the biggest gripe I have about her is her reaction and action when Tiffani made an appearance. It was 2am in the morning and I had to swallow my screams of frustration. I slammed my Kindle down in disgust, inwardly yelling at Eden for her complete idiocy. I’m really glad Estelle didn’t drag that out because I might have just given up on this book if she had.

Eden’s dad is still being an ass -part of me can understand because he had to live with Tyler for years when he was in the height of his self-destructive mode and I get why he wouldn’t want his daughter to be with him – but it was his failure to address the shortcomings in his relationship with Eden that really angered me. He was a terrible father-figure.

I was happy with the decision they made at the end of the book and I felt their anguish when their news wasn’t well received. Maybe I’m very liberal, but if I was the parent in that situation I really wouldn’t give a monkeys about the step-sibling relationship. They are not blood relatives and they didn’t grow up as brother and sister so what’s the big deal? I want my kids to be happy and I will always support their choices once I know they have given them due consideration. They may not always make the choices I would, but they are their own person, and I’d like to think that when they come of age I will respect that fact.

I was totally shell-shocked at that ending, and felt let-down by Tyler. I couldn’t believe it and I had to immediately download the next book to find out what was going on. Having read the third book at this stage, I can say that all will become obvious and make total sense, so if you are frustrated at the ending of this book, don’t give up. The explanation is worth it.

In summary, this was another great read crammed with more angst and drama which I loved.

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: This book almost destroyed me. Heartbreaking.

Full Review:
Forbidden was very thought-provoking and I found myself, at times, both disgusted and sympathetic in equal measure. Having reflected on it for a few days, it is hard to look at the love between Lochan and Maya as wrong even if that is how society categorizes it.

Their family situation is completely dysfunctional. They were quasi-parents to their younger siblings, and they never really had a traditional brother and sister relationship. I couldn’t help wondering if they’d had a normal upbringing would they have fallen in love or were they always destined for one another irrespective of their environment and their circumstances? It’s an interesting question and one that’s had me thinking about this book several days after I finished it.

Modern society has a genuine reason for saying no to incest – proven birth defects in any children born of incestuous relationships. And I get that, but my mind was contemplating all kinds of scenarios whereby it could be permitted – what if it was allowed and both parties agreed to sterilization, then the risk is eliminated. Of course, that wouldn’t solve the stigma or the myriad of other issues, and I’m not saying every government should rush out and change their laws because it’s a hugely sensitive complex issue, but I would genuinely feel for any couple like Lochie and Maya and believe it’s wrong that society says they can’t be together.

Characterization was superb in this book, with emotional depth and plenty of substance. I felt both of their pain as they struggled with their feelings for one another – as they tried valiantly to fight their attraction and burning need for one another. The irony is that the family unit was actually stronger when they were together – it made sense.

Their parents should be strung up for their neglect and I wanted to hurl my Kindle a few times, such was my loathing for both mum and dad.

I knew this wasn’t going to end well but that finale still KILLED me – I was sobbing my heart out for ages and I felt an actual pain in my heart. It was horrific but compelling.

I applaud the author for her ability to tackle such a complex subject with sensitivity and grit. It was never glorified or ridiculed.

The writing was breathtaking if a little over descriptive at times – I did skim a bit.

In summary, this book had a deep impact on me and I love books that challenge my thinking and challenge social norms. This one will definitely stay with me for a long time.

Review: Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross

Title: Chasing Truth
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

My Review:
Chasing Truth was an exhilarating read chock-full of action, suspense, intrigue, and a smattering of swoon-worthy romance. I loved every intense, pulse-pounding, heart-clenching second of it!

Jason Bourne has met his match in sharp, feisty Eleanor Ames. What a fantastic leading lady! Ellie is a superb heroine; struggling to be good, she really wants to do the right thing, to be a good person, even though it’s often hard to let go of her past. She isn’t opposed to cutting corners or breaking rules but it’s all in the interests of uncovering the truth and she would do everything and anything to protect those she loves. It has to be said, she isn’t always likeable – she is dishonest and she tells lies a lot, but her heart is in the right place so I was able to forgive her. I actually found her character to be refreshingly different from the norm.

Miles was an immediate addition to my very-very long book boyfriend list. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling the story, but he had all the qualities I admire and covet in a man. He was the perfect match for our heroine.

Voice and characterization were superb in this book, and I also loved the witty banter between our couple. But what really stood out for me was the whole mystery and intrigue and it had a real “whodunnit” vibe. I constantly changed my mind over the guilty party and I ADORE when books have me second guessing myself. The plot was well thought out and executed.

The last quarter of the book had me on the edge of my chair, frantically biting my nails, and gasping for air (okay, I’m being overly dramatic but you get the gist) – it was intense with a capital I. I would have challenged anyone to pry my Kindle from me at that stage – there was no way I was parting with that sucker until I had devoured the rest of the book. It didn’t disappoint.

The romance, while well-written, was a little on the light side for my liking, but it isn’t a major complaint. The story was mainly resolved in this book but there are elements left hanging. I’m totally invested in this couple now, and I eagerly anticipate the next instalment.

In summary, this is a superb read and I highly recommend it.

Actual rating 4.5 stars. Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Release Day: The Secret Heir


Today is the release day for The Secret Heir! The Secret Heir is the second book in my Alinthia series, an enthralling paranormal reverse harem romance, and I am so excited to share the next part of Alinthia and the boy’s journey with you. You can purchase a copy for only $2.99 right now, but the price is increasing to $3.99 in a few days, so don’t miss out, grab a copy while it’s discounted! You can also read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. I’m running a special release week giveaway over on my Facebook page so make sure to stop by at some stage and join in the fun!

About the book

The Secret HeirThe Secret Heir (Alinthia #2)
by Siobhan Davis

Is it her destiny to save them … or destroy them?

Now that Tori finally understands who she is and what’s expected of her, she’s in full-on freak-out mode. How will she save the galaxy from General Arantu’s clutches when she can’t even control her powers?

Add that to the lack of retaliation by enemy alien forces, and everyone is on edge. Especially when they uncover evidence of a strange alien symbol with possible links to humans, and the mystery deepens, along with their frustration.

But that’s not the only thing keeping Tori awake at night.

Confused over the horrific vision she experienced the night of the Herassan attack, Tori is terrified of revealing details of her protectors’ supposed fate, so she says nothing. Keeping stuff hidden never ends well, and as evil forces conspire against Tori and her four protectors, secrets and lies threaten to destroy everything they hope to achieve. While Tori grows closer to Coop, Maddox, and Beck, Dane remains distant, creating more tension and jeopardizing their bond.

Then an unexpected newcomer arrives, casting suspicion over everything they believe they know.

When Tori finally figures out what’s going on, will she have time to warn the guys? Or is their fate already sealed?

The second book in the captivating Alinthia series is intended for readers aged seventeen and older. This is upper YA/NA crossover reverse harem paranormal romance which gets steamier as the series develops. This book ends with a cliffhanger and cannot be read as a standalone. 92,000 word full-length novel.

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Teasers!

Check out these awesome March releases

There are lots of awesome books being released this March, and I wanted to share a few with you today. Click on the cover to be taken to the Amazon page.

“They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. ”

The Four Horsemen, romance, and fantasy all in one book?! I cannot wait to get stuck in, especially with all the glowing reviews it’s receiving so far.

“She thought magic didn’t exist. She was so, so wrong.

Raven Danvers is a typical college student… until she’s attacked by a demon on the night of her twenty-first birthday. Luckily, she’s saved by Noah—a mysterious, sexy wolf shifter who appears and disappears in the blink of an eye.”

I have read Michelle’s Elementals series and really enjoyed it, but I haven’t gotten around to her Dark World series’ yet; however, it’s definitely on my to-read list as it sounds amazing!

“Ryn Tyler finally found her home—and demons are out to destroy it.

After a lifetime of searching for where she belongs, Ryn knows it’s in Eagle Valley… but war threatens to take that all away. Attending an angels-only high school should help her master her magical abilities, but stopping the upcoming battle is more important.”

This is the second book in Alicia Rades Divine Fate series and I was immediately sold once I heard angels, demons, and magic! Have the first book locked and loaded on my Kindle and I look forward to diving into it soon.

“Can she find the strength to say goodbye?

Karina Lang hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. And who can blame her? Life hasn’t been easy the last few months, and it is only going to get rougher. As a royal Kitsune, Karina must gain nine tails in order to save a world she’s never seen.”

This sounds like a unique shifter series and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

“The battle was won, but the war isn’t over.

He is Tatum.

But he has never felt more helpless in his life. ”

I have heard so many amazing things about Kelly’s Tainted Accords series, and it’s definitely on my TBR list. This month she released a novella that takes place after the events of the main series. I love novellas that offer additional insight to secondary/side characters, as it adds so much depth to the series.

And don’t miss my book The Secret Heir, which is releasing on 31 March! Available to preorder now.

Review: The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Prophecy
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….

My Review:
SO AMAZING but I’m heartbroken. I NEED MORE.

What an amazing end to an incredible series. It felt like I was waiting for this book forever but it was definitely worth the wait. I tried so hard to savor it but it sucked me in instantly and I struggled to put it down. I bawled like a baby at the 80% mark. Like serious ugly crying, which was ridiculous because I trust JLA and I knew she wouldn’t let me down. The end was so perfect and I cried again, but it was happy tears this time. I’m so sad this series is over. I love Covenant and Titan and I’m hopeful there will be more as the possibilities are endless. I could happily continue reading about these characters and this world for eternity. I am a massive fan of this author’s work but these two series are my favorite (and I don’t say that lightly because she has written so many amazing books/series.) I’m not ready to say goodbye to Seth, Josie, Alex, Aiden, and co yet so I’ve started binge re-reading both series from the very start. I cannot recommend this book or this series more highly. Well done, Jennifer, another absolute triumph.