Sunday, March 24, 2024

The Proximity Factor by Jennifer Peel



So . . . I signed up for something. Not a gym or Costco membership, which probably would have been wiser. Oh no, I signed up for a social experiment. You heard me right. I, Lanie Davenport, am going to be the subject of a scientific study. Do I know what this study is for? Not exactly. But I know it means I have to live with a stranger for twelve weeks and do a video diary once a week, answering the researchers’ questions. The bright side is that I’m getting paid, like a lot of money. The downside is that my roommate isn’t a woman like I supposed. I thought I would get a new BFF, but in her place is one Parker Remington. Mr. broody-leave-the-toilet-seat-up-don’t-talk-to-me-or-organize-my-Pop-Tarts-in-the-pantry. You get the picture.

But this I can’t have. I don’t know what this experiment is about, but I’m going to save it and make a difference in the world. And whether Parker likes it or not, he’s going to help me. Well, maybe. He’s a tough nut to crack, and I should probably leave well enough alone. But there’s just something about my gorgeous, older, genius-level roommate that makes me want to find out what makes him tick. I have a feeling if he would let me into his world, it would change mine.

But experimenting with the heart is the most dangerous research around. You never know what the outcome will be.

My Review: 5 Stars!

Y'all. I know I say this all the time when it comes to books I ADORE but...

Oh. My. Heart! You guys! Where do I even begin to tell you how much I absolutely LOVED this book! Once I started, I could NOT put it down and I did NOT want it to end! The saying by Jane Austen is absolutely true for this book... "If a book is well written, I always find it too short." Y'all... I definitely wanted MORE! Perfection! Absolute perfection!

I am seriously SO in love with Lanie and Parker! These two will forever hold a special place in my heart! I just could not get enough of them! Both of them have past hurts that they have struggled to come to terms with. But one of the things I loved most about watching their relationship develop was seeing them help each other to see themselves through the others eyes. It was such a beautiful thing to behold. The awe and wonder I pictured on their faces when they finally realized it felt magical and had me letting out all the dreamy little sighs. The feels are most definitely real in this one and I loved every single minute of it!

And can we please just take a minute to recognize how amazing all the toe curling kisses are?! WOWZERS! I do have to say that, for a girl who loves kisses to happen sooner rather than later in books, their first kiss was definitely worth the wait! I seriously love how Ms. Peel does not shy away from nor is she stingy with all those kisses. They always seem to turn me into a big ol' pile of ooey gooey deliciousness. I have three words for you... hot... hot... HOT!

If you have ever wondered why Ms. Peel is one of my favorite authors, this book is a prime example. Just when I think her books can't get any better, she releases another one. She's one of the authors that I have to remind myself that writing takes time. But that doesn't mean I don't stalk her constantly, waiting her for next release. If you haven't read anything by her before, you are most definitely missing out! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!
Saturday, February 17, 2024

From Tortured Fates by Anna Hawke



No one is safe from the monster inside their head.

Abducted by an organization that’s pledged to eradicate all immortals, Lucius is robbed of more than just his freedom. Tortured and blinded, the volatile predator within him surfaces, bringing with it a wave of bloodlust. After an eternity of torment, he’s given up on being rescued—given up on staying sane.

Though she’s young, Circe’s unique tracking ability allows her to find the vampire elder when all hope had been lost. But finding him isn’t the hard part—it’s keeping him alive. As Circe heals his devastating wounds, her soul stirs, drawing them together with a fated mate bond she never saw coming.

His abductors stalk the shadows behind them, determined to recapture him. As Lucius begins to succumb to the poison in his veins, the starving predator within becomes more ravenous—and it’s her blood that calls to him.

After all, a starving vampire is a dangerous one.

My Review: 5 Stars

Oh my heart! Y'all. This book has wrecked me for the foreseeable future. I just can't with how much I loved this book! I know I'm not finished with the series yet but this is by far my favorite! I honestly don't see any other one topping it. 

Circe and Lucius will forever hold a special place in my heart. The traumatic turn their story took literally broke my heart into a million pieces. The depths of emotions this book evoked in me was palpable. So much heartache, anguish, and fear had me on the edge of my seat unable to put the book down. I found myself needing to see the light come back into their eyes, needing the love they both so desperately yearned for seep deep into their souls, needing to see them happy and whole. Their story was so heartachingly beautiful. I loved every single minute of it. If ever two people needed a happily ever after, it was Circe and Lucius.  

If you haven't guessed already, I am seriously loving this series. It feels like it's been forever since a series has completely captivated me. The world Ms. Hawke has created is unique and intriguing. From beginning to end, I feel like I have been transported to wherever her beloved characters are, living life right there by their sides. I can already tell this is a series that I will be reading over and over again. 

If you haven't read anything by Ms. Hawke yet, I highly recommend you give her books a try. She has officially been added to be favorite authors/auto-buy list. I have loved everything I have read of hers so far and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next! 

I know I say this all the time when it comes to my casting but... I am seriously loving these two! *dreamy sigh*

Friday, February 16, 2024

Within Immortal Beasts by Anna Hawke



There’s something wrong with the werewolves.

Turning rogue without rhyme or reason, immortal predators are stalking human prey. If the outbreak of violence continues, their hidden society risks exposure to humankind.

As the original werewolf, Aidan has a responsibility to stop the carnage. But as an alpha without a pack to ground him, his near-feral wolf borders on becoming the very thing he’s attempting to eradicate. Finding Lucy—his fated mate—working with their enemy might prove the tipping point.

A newly awakened Elemental, Lucy is thrust into the war between the immortals and an organization that wants them dead. When the ties to her past thwart the promise of her future, she must choose between her lingering loyalty to Citizens or the man she’s fallen for.

Neither can deny the fiery desire that burns between them, but will it be enough to save Aidan—and his wolves—from disaster?

My Review: 5 Stars

Y'all. Where in the world do I even begin with this one?! More and more information is coming in as the series progresses and it's making me not want to review at all. Reviewing takes too long and my mind goes blank when all I want to do is dive into the next book. Gah! The problems of a Book Dragon! 

Lucy and Aidan were perfectly matched. The Yin to the others Yang. They balanced each other out, were fiercely protective of each other, and were always there when they needed each other the most. So many sweet and tender moments between these two had me letting out all the little dreamy sighs. And don't even get me started on their swoony kisses! YOWZERS! Chemistry aplenty between these two! 

I'm not going to lie, I was a bit nervous reading this one. There were twists that literally gave me anxiety because I didn't know what was going to happen when certain pieces of information were given. Obviously I knew it was going to work out but the unknown until then was killing me. Add into that the suspense, the heartbreak, the swooniness, the love. The feels are strong in this one! All I can say is sit back, buckle up, and hold on tight. Y'all are in for another amazing adventure!

Ms. Hawke has hit another one out of the park! I'm seriously loving this unique world she has created. She's keeping me hooked and on my toes. Adulting this week has been hard. Who wants to work when you have books to read?! Not me. But, alas, adult I must. 

And you know my review wouldn't be complete without my casting. *dreamy sigh* I'm loving these two! 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Against Immortal Sins by Anna Hawke


No matter how deeply it’s buried, the past always resurfaces.

Jaded forever by the viciousness of one vampire, Gideon’s trust in them is tenuous at best. While they—and the other immortals at the summit—promise peace, his priority remains his people: the Elementals. If the secret he harbors is unearthed, it would forever change the landscape of supernatural society.

When a plot against the vampires is uncovered with Gideon at its center, inviting Rona to the Elemental haven simultaneously solidifies their truce while risking everything.

Rona, a vampire councilwoman, is driven by one goal: to ensure vampires survive. If she fails to convince Gideon of their benevolence, their fragile truce will shatter. Yet, if she opens herself to the smoldering desire between them, it risks reviving the predator she buried long ago.

As danger lurks upon the horizon, Gideon and Rona must resist the rising passion between them, or it could threaten everything they’ve worked for. For if they fall too deeply for one another, they’ll stumble upon the bones of the past, and be forced to choose where their loyalties lie.

My Review: 5 Stars

Gah! You guys! If I wasn't already hooked on this series from book 1, I'd definitely be hooked now! So much so that I don't even want to write a review... I just want to dive into book 3. But alas, a review is a must for this amazing piece of the story!

We pick up 3 months later at a summit for the Immortals where more characters and nations are introduced. Gideon, an Elemental, is captivated by Rona, a vampire. His past experiences clouds his judgement of all vampires, and rightfully so, but he can't help but feel drawn to her.

Rona also has a past and secrets and refuses to put herself in any situation that may lead to history repeating itself. Falling for Gideon is a big no go for her. But Fate and the heart will always triumph over stubbornness.

Y'all. I absolutely adore Rona and Gideon! These two are seriously the best! I loved watching their relationship develop and seeing them learn to open their hearts for a chance at love. These two started out as enemies, but became the others fiercest protector. Swoony doesn't even begin to describe what these two have!

I am seriously loving this series! While each book in this series features a different couple (which I LOVE), there's an on going story from beginning to end. I highly suggest reading these books in order. You don't want to miss a moment of the adventures!

Ms. Hawke is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. She's giving me what I want, when I want it, and doesn't shy away from all those swoony kisses and sweet moments I love to see in books. I'm only on book 2 and I have already one-clicked the rest of this series! Now. If I could find a way to get out of adulting so I can binge this series, life would be perfect! 

And of course I can't forget my casting. I seriously love these two! What do you think? 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Beneath Fated Bonds by Anna Hawke



Cold. Remote. Vengeful.

When she looked at him, Nova saw a man devoid of empathy. Kane, a known antagonist during the war, had instigated the bitter, centuries long conflict between their nations. As a rare female alpha, her blood ran cold with aggression, but the wolf beneath her skin was far more enticed by him than enraged.

Once her mortal enemy, the leader of the vampire council had approached the werewolves with offers of peace. On the very night their truce would’ve been secured, an attack on the vampire nation throws their treaty into question.

When Nova and Kane are forced to work together to eliminate a threat to the immortal societies, passion ignites in the most unlikely of places. As desire builds and the stakes rise, their fates intertwine, and they must overcome their animosity—and their trauma—to defeat the threat against their nations.

My Review: 5 Stars!

Have you ever just craved reading a specific genre, a specific trope but every search you do for it, you come up empty handed? That has been me whenever it comes to urban fantasy, werewolves, and vampire romance. 

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across all three in one book. Y'all all my fingers and toes were crossed that this would be that book. And it was. 

From the very beginning I was sucked into the chaos, the danger, into a world where vampires and werewolves attempt to work together to find peace between their nations, all while trying to locate and defeat an unknown enemy. 

Nova and Kane quickly became favorites of mine. There was chemistry aplenty between these two. Between the sass, sarcasm, witty banter, the fight for dominance, and all the swoony kisses, you can't help but root for them. In true enemies-to-lovers style, all I can say is sit down, buckle up, and enjoy the rollercoaster ride called Nova and Kane. Y'all. I loved every single minute of it! 

Intrigued and invested in this series after only one book hasn't happened to me in a while. I love when I find a new to me author that can sweep me off my feet and give me that much needed break from reality. And Ms. Hawke did just that. I found myself reading late into the night, only stopping when my kindle kept hitting me in the face, and woke up extra early because I just had to know what happened next! I can't wait to see what adventures the rest of the series will take us on! 

As for my casting *dreamy sigh*. Y'all. I'm in love! What do you think? 

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Death Wish by Rebecca Deel



Computer programmer Simone Kent's life is finally on the right track. After escaping a traumatic past, she has a job with an elite security company, good friends, and a new assignment with a man who fascinates her. Simone's former life, however, won't stay buried. When an old enemy targets Simone, one man stands between her and certain death.

Fortress Security operative Jesse Phelps is tasked with protecting a sassy computer programmer during an undercover assignment. Although he's playing the role of her boyfriend, his growing feelings for Simone are all too real. After an attempt on their lives, the line between fantasy and reality blurs. Jesse vows to keep Simone safe from harm, no matter the cost to himself. This time, though, Jesse's medical skills and battle readiness might not be enough to save the woman he loves.

My Review: 5 Stars

I'm going to be straight up honest with you guys. I was terrified to start this book. Jesse has been my absolute favorite of the Texas Team since they were introduced way back when. The last several books by Ms. Deel have fallen flat for me and I was picturing this one going the same way. Y'all. I have never been happier to announce how wrong I was! 

What can I say about Jesse and Simone?! I adore these two! From the very beginning they were thrown together for a very dangerous undercover assignment. Jesse didn't want Simone anywhere near the operation, but he knew he couldn't keep her away. He would just have to work extra hard to protect her all the while winning her heart with sweet gestures and swoony kisses. Y'all. These two were absolutely perfect for each other. And it was refreshing to see them working together and watching their relationship develop without any outside interference from his meddling teammates and their wives. IYKYK.

I loved the action-packed, fast pace of this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had me reading late into the night. It's been awhile since a book has done that to me. I also loved seeing Sawyer again and getting a glimpse into Artemis. I'm intrigued.  

Death Wish felt more like her older books and reminded me just how much I love them! There are certain books that I reread regularly and this will be one that gets added into the mix. It was good to see that most of the issues that I've had with the newer books were pretty much non-existent, which was a huge relief. I was able to immerse myself in the story and just get lost in all things Jesse and Simone.

However, there were some discrepancies. Jake Davenport is not the medic for Wolf Pack, he's the medic for Phantom. Teagan states from the very beginning that she doesn't drink coffee, only hot chocolate and tea. But later in the book she just has to have coffee strong enough to peel paint. Why are beta readers/editors/proofreaders not catching these? Another thing that bugged me was names. Either names that are being repeated throughout the series (i.e. Sophie, Martin, Coleman), or names that have changed from one book to the next. With the billions of names out there, why are so many of them being repeated across all three series?

But those issues didn't stop me from loving this book! It's so different from what Ms. Deel has been releasing lately and I love that! I'm crossing my fingers that we'll get more of this kind of writing with Sawyer's book. I didn't realize how much I've missed it until I started reading this one. 

And of course I can't forget my casting. I love these two! What do you think? 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Heidi Lucy Loses Her Mind by Gracie Ruth Mitchell



Heidi Lucy has a secret—a big one. A scary, dangerous, ugly one.

There’s just one problem: thanks to a mysterious head wound, she can’t seem to remember what that secret is.

In order to regain her lost memories, Heidi sets out to retrace her steps—followed grudgingly by Soren, a faithful patron of her little bookshop and the less-than-thrilled recipient of the cryptic voicemail she can’t remember leaving.

But her journey gets derailed when one of Heidi’s customers drops dead in the middle of her shop, and it isn’t long before both Heidi and Soren come under suspicion. Something fishy is going on in Sunshine Springs, and if they want to find the truth, they’re going to have to hunt for it themselves.

Who killed the woman in Heidi’s bookshop? What secret has Heidi forgotten? And, maybe the most crucial question of all: Who gave Soren permission to look so good in a man bun?

My Review: 5 Stars

Have you ever picked up a book and within a very short time of reading it, you just knew it was going to be one of your favorites? Well, that's what happened to me the moment I started reading how Heidi and Soren met. Y'all this was probably one of my most favorite cute-meets ever! I literally felt all the emotions that Heidi and Soren were feeling and I just couldn't help but laugh so hard! It was just so stinkin' cute! And yes, I had to go back and reread it as soon as I finished it. Gah! It. Was. The. Best! 

And things only got better from there. Heidi and Soren quickly became favorites of mine and will forever hold a special place in my heart. I can't even begin to tell you how many swoony moments these two had. And no, it wasn't just the toe curling kisses these two shared that turned me into an ooey gooey pile of deliciousness! It was more about the way Soren saw Heidi. The way he was so good to her and for her. The way he loved her. He knew just what she needed and was that person for her. Always. Their relationship was so endearing and sweet. I just couldn't get enough of it. Talk about all the little dreamy sighs. Oh! And did I mention those swoony kisses?! WOWZERS! All I can say is... salted caramel ice cream anyone?! 

The mystery aspect of the book was masterfully done. My mind was going crazy right along with Heidi and Soren's trying to figure out who did it and why. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, PLOT TWIST! I finally just gave up and went with the flow. I do have to say that I was just as shocked as Heidi and Soren was when all was said and done. I love it when a book can do that to me!

I seriously loved every single thing about this book. It was so satisfying and it had every aspect that I have come to love in the books I read. It was so much more than just a romance, so much more than just a mystery, so much more than just self discovery, so much more than just a relationship. It had all of that and more tied up with most perfect bow you can imagine on your most cherished present. Ms. Mitchell has made a fan for life. I can't wait to see what she has planned next! 

As for my casting, I know he was a given, but I still love these two! What do you think?!

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Forgettable in Every Way by Jennifer Peel


All it takes is one person to remember you.


A word of advice: never fall in love with an Englishman in New York. If you do, chances are that he’ll captivate your soul and never let you go. Take me, for instance. For the last thirteen years, I’ve heard “So This Is Love” on repeat every time I think of Simon Harrison. If this is love, it kind of sucks. Especially given that Simon only ever saw me as his friend before proceeding to marry my supposed best friend. The worst part is that I thought for once in my life someone saw me. That he saw me. But I was wrong. So wrong.

Or was I?


Thirteen years ago, I made a colossal mistake without even knowing it when I let Jules Carmichael disappear from my life. I had no idea the woman I always thought of as my best mate could have been so much more if I’d only opened my eyes to see what was right in front of me. But now that I find myself divorced and face-to-face with the lovely creature again, she wants nothing to do with me, and it’s driving me mad. If she could only see that I’m not the daft younger man who let her slip away, I have a feeling we could have something unforgettable.

My Review: 5+ Stars!

Y'all. I can't even with this book! I. Can't. Even! Where do I begin to tell you how much I absolutely ADORED this book?! From the moment I picked it up and started reading, I instantly knew I was going to have the hardest time putting it down! The world around me ceased to exist and I was immersed in all things Jules, Simon, and Jack! I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved these three! 

Jules and Simon have a bit of history together. It all started in New York when Simon forgot his wallet and Jules ended up buying him a cup of coffee. What happened next was the best 9 months of Jules' life... until dear sweet, sweet little Penelope (read in the most sarcastic voice possible) pushed her way into Simon's life and Jules became a distant memory. 

But a chance meeting on the beach ten years later has Cinderella and Joan Jett battling it out in Jules' head, Simon opening his eyes to see what could have been, little Jack going on endless adventures to help Princess Jewels remember the Daft Prince, and Fate taking control of it all to make sure the long awaited happily ever after finally happens. All I can say is sit down, buckle up, and enjoy the rollercoaster ride called Forgettable in Every Way!

Gah! You guys! I NEED a THOUSAND more pages of Jules, Simon, and Jack! I never wanted this book to end! Definitely one that I will be reading over and over and over and did I mention over again?! *dreamy sigh* Absolute PERFECTION! 

And it would be remise of me not to mention Calista. Y'all. I love her! She's the perfect best friend! We all need a Calista and Jules in our lives! #FriendshipGoals! 

Just when I think I have found my new favorite book by Ms. Peel, she releases another one that blows me away, has me swooning like a school girl, and turning me into a big ol' pile of goo. Gah! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! 

As for my casting... *dreamy sigh* Oh how I love these two! They are perfect! Wouldn't you agree?! 

One Enchanted Evening by Trish LeBaron



Was Thea mad over Mason’s unannounced reappearance?
Furious that she’d fainted at the sight of him?
Angry that she’d swooned over him when she came to?
The answer was obvious. D: All of the above.

Thea Halliwell has resigned herself to singledom. She lives with two cats, runs a small-town bookstore by day, and has only book boyfriends to keep her warm at night. The daily hum-drum has Thea looking for a little magic in her life—literally. Magic is part of the makeup of her island hometown and when she signs up for a six week course to explore her magical potential, the new adventure has her bubbling over with anticipation. That is, until Mason Bleeping Tuttle arrives at orientation. Okay, so that’s not really her ex’s middle name, but it should be.

Mason Tuttle hasn’t stepped foot on home turf in ten years. When he’s enlisted to oversee the fall session of magical boot camp, he doesn't expect to run into his old flame, Thea, or to see so much hurt behind her not-so-discreet glances. And he knows why she’s hurt—he feels it too. Their teenage romance ended in tragedy and Mason being sent to the midwest to finish high school. Now, seeing the woman she’s become has his heart pounding like he’s seventeen again. But there’s just one problem—she’s made it clear they have no reason to get reacquainted.

Is Mason grown up and good looking? Yes. Is Thea peeking over the pages of her novel to check him out? Oh, yes. But it’s more than just a painful past keeping these two apart. Someone in their present is meddling with their second chance at having a future.

My Review: 5 Stars

Moonrise Cove! Oh how I have missed you! I was so excited to get my hands on this baby! From the very first page, I was transported to one of my favorite places were I quickly fell in love with all things Thea and Mason! Y'all! Talk about all the feels, heart eyes, and dreamy sighs. 

Thea and Mason have been friends forever. Somewhere along the way it turned into something more. At the age of seventeen a life changing event happened and instead of it bringing them closer together, outside forces used it to tear them apart. But 10 years later the magic of Moonrise Cove brings them back together. 

The journey back to each other is definitely a rough one for Thea and Mason. There's a lot of heartbreak and hurt that they have to wade through. But the love they have for each other gives them the courage and that little push they need to face the hard things and find their happily ever after. Their story was so heartachingly beautiful and I loved every minute I spent with them. 

If you guys haven't read any of the books set in Moonrise Cove, I highly recommend checking them out! I have loved every single minute I've spent there. Oh how I wish I could live there! It's enchanting and magical and just a fun place to be! 

Ms. LeBaron has done it again! She never ceases to amaze me. I am in awe of her talent. She has a way of capturing the reader and not letting them go until the very end. There's a reason why she's one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

And of course I can't forget my casting! I love these two! What do you think? 

Monday, January 1, 2024

2024 Genre/Trope Reading Challenge

Happy New Year my fellow Book Dragons! Welcome to my 5th Annual Genre/Trope Reading Challenge!

1. Single Parent: 
2. RomCom: 
3. Second Chance: One Enchanted Evening by Trish LeBaron
4. Suspense: Death Wish by Rebecca Deel
5. Sports: 
6. Food Fiction: 
7. Contemporary: 
8. Small Town: The Mistletoe Bluff by Emily Schneider 
9. Fairytale Retelling: 
10. Best Friend's Brother/Sister: 

If you're a fan of any or all of these genre/tropes, feel free to join me! If you do a blog post, make sure you share the link in the comments so I can add it to my post.

2024 Genre/Trope Challenge Participants:

Happy reading my fellow Book Dragons!

2024 Reading Challenge

Happy New Year my fellow Book Dragons! Welcome to my 8th Annual Reading Challenge!

1. A book that made you laugh:
2. Reread a favorite series: Never Say Never by Remi Carrington
3. A book by a new-to-you author: Beneath Fated Bonds by Anna Hawke
4. A book with your favorite color on the cover:
5. A book with 150 pages or less:
6. A book with 300 pages or more: Heidi Lucy Loses Her Mind by Gracie Ruth Mitchell
7. A book published in your birthday month:
8. A book chosen because of the cover:
9. A book you haven't read by an author you love:
10. A book with a heart on the cover: Forgettable in Every Way by Jennifer Peel

Does this challenge sound like one you would love to try to accomplish? If so, feel free to join me! If you do a blog post, make sure you share the link in the comments so I can add it to my post.

2024 Reading Challenge Participants:

Happy reading my fellow Book Dragons!