Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: More Than Comics


More Than Comics
More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I really liked this story. I related to the main character Tara. She was unable to see her love and devotion to a man who obviously controlled her every thought and desire. And I really like Hector. He was over the moon for Tara but ultimately wanted nothing but the best for Tara even if it meant not having him in her life. Her ex Andy was irritating as exes should be. I also liked the supporting members of the story - the bandmates. Very intriguing- cannot wait to read more about them. And then their is the HOTNESS of their romantic interludes. WOW!! Definitely worth the read. A very quick enjoyable read!


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Night In Close Exposure - Book Blog Blitz Fun

Ok, so more of these book blog blitz's are coming my way, so I decided it gave me a variety of books to review so why not?













About ONE NIGHT IN CLOSE EXPOSURE:

 Series: Snapshots #2

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: February 23, 2015

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Beth, in another life, was a top student and had nothing but visions of a successful career in her head. That was until one night with Sterling Johnson, the sexy and deceitful swim champion next door, who changed her entire future. Now, because of that night from her past, Beth’s path as a photographer is forever changed. Gone is the young women she used to be as she struggles to keep a secret hidden.

 Sterling Johnson, on the other hand, has quickly become America’s favorite Olympic athlete. Constantly followed and stalked by the press and the father he has turned his back on, Sterling craves someone who isn’t interested in his celebrity.

When a publicity stunt takes him back to a wild college campus and Beth, who turns out to be the media photographer assigned to his story, the flame he thought was dead rekindles. Will Beth prove to be the only girl not interested in his celebrity status? Or are her own twisted secrets and lies about to bring both their worlds down?



My review:
So, I read the first in this storyline called "One Night In Heated Snapshots".  I posted the reveal a bit ago.  But I was excited to continue this storyline to see how it would resolve itself.  And did it ever.  Of course there had to be drama involved with the conclusion, but it would not be a good story if it didn't.  I liked to see the growth of the characters.  Beth and Sterling needed to come outside of themselves and realize that they were not the only ones involved in their lives and with this storyline.  I had wished that Ari's character was a bit more revealed as opposed to be being the bystander in this whole ordeal.

Over all, I like the growth of characters, the setting for the storyline (I mean reading about FL in the middle of winter is not a bad thing!), and the outcome.  We all are aware that I like a happy ending.  And this did not disappoint.  I think this also proved how manipulative some people can be and how not everyone is as they appear.

I would give this a 3 star rating out of 5.  There was nothing truly wrong with the book, but I just do not see me gushing abut it to my friends.  I liked it but was not frantically reading it and was ok to stop and restart this one.

Author:











Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.. In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fortune' Horizon - Book Blog Blitz Day!



Synopsis: 

She risks everything to deliver gold to the Confederacy.

Lillie Coulbourne marks time in Paris while the Civil War rages back home. While translating dispatches from the Confederacy for the French Finance Ministry, she accepts a spy mission through the Union blockade. When the captain of the only blockade runner headed back to a Southern port won’t deal with women, or spies, she sneaks aboard as his cabin boy.

He refuses to risk his ship, or his heart.

Blockade runner Captain Jack Roberts has never been caught and he’s not about to let a spoiled American heiress ruin his perfect record. After he discovers her deception, he fails miserably at keeping her at arm’s length and vows to send her packing on the first mail ship back to England.

When she surprises him with her skill as a seaman and navigator, he grudgingly allows her to finish the run. But ultimately, he has to choose what is closer to his heart – Lillie or his ship.

My Review:

This book was a contradiction for me. There were many aspects I applauded but a major one (at least for me) that I was disappointed in.

I love historical fiction when there is a romantic twist and there is a sea-twist to it. And to have these characters based off of real life people, was just amazing. Really it was. I particularly liked that real life connection. For what ever reason, in my mind, I felt that it made it even more realistic even if they properly were a bit embellished.

But the romance. Umm, I am still waiting to be hit by their connection. I truly did not feel it at all. And in my opinion, there is really nothing more frustrating when you are settling in for a historical fiction/romance, then no romance.

Overall, I would give this one 3 out of 5 stars.


Author:

Daddy was a trucker, Momma was an artist, and I'm a scribbler. The stories just spilled out—the pony escaped, the window magically shattered. Not my fault.

Twenty years as a journalist couldn't stifle the yarns. Yacht delivery up and down the Caribbean only increased the flow. Now those tales celebrate romance on the high seas.

I am a professional captain living in the Rocky Mountains, just about 15 minutes from the Continental Divide. I spent the last 12 summers teaching sailing on awesome Lake Dillon at 9,017 feet in Summit County, Colorado. I also captained tours for my business, Sails in the Sunset.




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Review: Fix You


Fix You
Fix You by Beck Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I liked this story as it was engrossing but I felt it was very drawn out for what was all involved in the story. I liked the develpment of their relationship but felt that it was a bit belabored at times. I also liked Andrew's relationship with Kelly's kids - something that would be very important to a single mom for sure. Her friend Tessa irritated me but I suppose that could be just her personality. Overall, I gave this three stars out of five. A cute story but not truly a lose yourself in it kind of book.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Broken Honor












Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team’s hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno—the curve of her lips, the feel of her body...and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago. 


Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. But before Travis can fully process the news, Mara is kidnapped by his enemies and plunged into the violent, merciless world of human trafficking. They want Travis—and the information locked within his damaged memory—no matter the cost. And now Travis’s enemies have discovered his only weakness...Mara.

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My review:

There was so much action and suspense; I could not put the book down!!  I mean, it is amazing to me how suspenseful a book could be.  I have not read one like that in a long time.

And now to go along with that can we discuss the chemistry and just plain hotness of the couple.  Wow!!  It had me totally a mess. 

Finally the topics of the story – human trafficking, surprise pregnancy.  Just not exactly the things that are first and foremost in your mind when you start to read a book.  And to be honest, I was a bit skeptical about it.  I mean come on – those are a bit farfetched when you think about it.  But boy did it work out for this story.  And that is because of the author for sure!!

 I honestly feel that you should begin with book one with this series, but even if you don’t, you will not be disappointed in any way!!

 I gave this book 5 stars as it just hit the right spot with the romance/chemistry/suspense/action combo for me!
  

About Tonya Burrows

 

 


Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in 8th grade and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she’s currently soaking up the sun as a Florida girl. She suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, her two dogs and ginormous cat are excellent travel buddies.

When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can be found at a bookstore or the dog park. She also enjoys painting, watching movies, and her daily barre workouts. A geek at heart, she pledges her TV fandom to Supernatural and Dr. Who.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review: One Night in Heated Snapshots


One Night in Heated Snapshots
One Night in Heated Snapshots by Ashley C. Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I found this quick read by chance and glad that I did. I found this story to be a total escape from what I was supposed to be reading. I liked the plot - she gets to escape to FL to be able to participate in a magazine contest for her photography. I liked the characters. She had many characteristics that I could find in many people I know and Sterling was an idiot that was starting to sound like the epitome of the dumb jock. But then the depth given to him made the story really good. I loved the romance which you could tell was there but just hidden under wraps. Overall I would give this a 3 star rating. It was quick but good and definitely left you wanting a lot more and I for sure am waiting til I can read the next installment in this story.



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Prove Me Wrong


Prove Me Wrong
Prove Me Wrong by Tessa Marie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This was a cute book. Not mind altering but cute. Hailey and Luke are an adorable couple that is not immediately one that your mind would put together. She has her issues of being a 17 year old mom. He has his issues of being a 17 year old bad boy. And can you guess the plotline? Yes, but there are a few things that may not happen quite as you expect. One of things I like is how both of their moms are in the picture and actually quite actively too. That is surprising and refreshing!

I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. It is cute and a quick read which sometimes you really want.

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Review: Outside The Ropes


Outside The Ropes
Outside The Ropes by Ashley Claudy

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I wish that this book didn't irritate me as much as it did. I felt that this book rambled on and on and she repeated her problems again and again. There was no redeeming quality in Reagan that I could find. She was all over the sleazy cop when it suited her and met her needs. And yet she came up unfulfilled - go figure! And I really was moreso just irritated with the fighters she was trying to form bonds with.

I would only give this a 2 star rating because I was just left feeling like I had wasted my time in this book. I did receive this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: War Brides


War Brides
War Brides by Helen Bryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Ok, so I have had this on my to read list for a while and for Chirstmas, I received this as my Secret Santa present. So, after re-starting our book club this tear, we wanted a different book than we had been reading. Well, this will definitely be a talked about book for sure.
Let me first say that I was confused for most of the book as to who was who and from which point of view it was being told from. With 5 main characters, that is too many to be switching pov's. If it hadn't been for this being a book club book, I probably would have given up.
Also it took so long for any of the back stories to get interesting and I spent about the first 3/4 of the books frustrated with it all. The last 1/4 of the book was finally the interesting part. But it was also a very rushed part of the book. I feel it should have been the opposite way - the first 1/4 could have been a rushed synopsis of the backstories and the last 3/4 could have been the interesting portions and current day. And that current day section was ridiculously thrown together. I was still left with a lot of "what happened to "'s. And that is very frustrating when you know it is not set up for a sequel.
The one thing I really liked was the diverseness of the characters and the dynamic personalities. I loved the idea of these brides marrying for different reasons and bonding over the war. I just wish I was not as distracted by the way it was put together.



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: The Return


The Return
The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I am always worried that Jennifer Armentrout will not live up to my expectations. And I always shake my head at myself for doubting that I could love another start of a series as much as I loved the others.

And this book does not disappoint me. I am always amazed at the depth of her characters and their true hotness!! I mean we had Daemon and Kat. Roth and Zayne and Layla. And now we have Josie and Seth! WOW!!!

Not only do they have to overcome some major issue as in any good book they do, but their attraction and pull to each other is palpable as you read. I was literally screaming at the book as I read because I felt the pull and wanted to smack each of them just a bit.

I admit that Apollo vs. Apollyon confused me at times. But it was easy to correct in my brain. I was perturbed at her ineptness at some of the tasks at hand but applauded the breakdowns and vulnerability she showed.

I gave this a 5 star rating. I am now counting down the days until I am able to get the next one!!



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The Return by Jennifer Armentrout

I am so excited.  I was offered this blitz/reveal for Jennifer Armentrout.  And anyone who knows me, knows how much I love this author.  And I had hoped to have the book finished by today, but unfortunately, I am still 2/3 of the way through it.
So, Jennifer Armentrout has written a new book - "The Return".    And I have to say I love the cover!!!!  Be prepared for some hotness:
 
 
You see?!  I did not steer you wrong.  Drink in the hotness !!!
 
 
THE RETURN Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off...

It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

 
And to me, that is hotness.  And allow me to say that the tension thus far between these two is intense in my opinion.  

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
 
 
 

 
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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THE RETURN Excerpt:

Shaking my head, I pivoted around and walked down the long hall to my dorm room. As I reached the door, the shiver was at the base of my spine again, dancing its way up until it traveled across my shoulders. My heart turned over heavily and I closed my eyes.

Twice in one day.
Oh God.
I’d never felt this more than once in any span of several days.

Swallowing hard, I wrapped my fingers around the doorknob, battling the urge to turn and scan the hall, because I knew no one would be there.

Dragging in a deep breath, I opened the door and stepped inside the room. My brows flew up, and I forgot about the feeling as I closed the door behind me.
Erin was sprawled on the floor, palms pressed down on a mat, her spandex-covered behind jutting up toward the sky. She turned her head, peering at me from under her armpit.

Her armpit.

“How in the world do you get your neck to bend like that without killing yourself?” I asked.

“Skills, yo.”

Erin did yoga and meditation religiously, saying it helped merge her yin and yang together or something. She’d once told me she had a hell of a mean streak, and contorting herself into painful-looking positions helped keep “good vibrations” around her. Which was strange, because I’d never seen Erin lose her temper in the two years I’d known her.

Erin unfolded herself from some kind of downward dog or upward pony and grinned at me. “Check under the bed.”

Curious, I dropped my bag and stepped over her legs. Bending down, I lifted the bedspread and my eyes grew to the size of saucers when I spotted the bottle. I snatched it up and clutched it to my chest as I whipped toward her. “José!”

Her grin spread into a smile. “The best boyfriend ever.”

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Can't Walk Away


Can't Walk Away
Can't Walk Away by Molly McLain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



You know it is a hot book when I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it and pick up my ereader to finish it. Where to begin. Okay, so I thought that it would be cliche in the that Ally would fall for the Sheriff (Mark) but then screw things up with the firefighter. But that never happened and I was so happy it didn't!!! Instead this book showed the ups and downs of a relationship even the ones we all never really want to happen. And the relationship was a hot one for sure. They were totally invested into each other but yet they were very cautious and sel-preserving. I think it was a fast read and for me it was very hard to put down. I really enjoyed all the little sidetrips that happened along the way and was very happy with the ending. I gave this a 4 star rating as it was one that I really (obviously) enjoyed reading.


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Lines - A Blog Tour and a giveaway

So, I was approached again to participate in a blog tour by Barclay Publishing.  And I really wasn't sure if I should keep doing these.  But then I saw that it was a mash-up between "Cruel Intentions"/"Romeo and Juliet"/high school with drugs, sex, and alcohol.  How could I say no, right? I also tried to include the giveaway with this one.  Let me know if it doesn't work (first time funtime!)



About the book(s): 

Grace was only dating bad boy Danny Cross to get her father’s attention. Danny was only dating Grace to help his friend get revenge. But when Jessie, the new kid, comes to town and brings hidden secrets about Grace’s family with him, suddenly everyone’s plans turn upside down. As secrets are brought to the surface, Grace finds herself sinking deeper into Danny’s world of drugs and partying, uncovering truths that could destroy them all.   Enter the world of high school, blackmail, racism, and drugs, a world where there is no escape from crossing the LINES.

My review:

So, I started this book and was immediately drawn in.  I found it a bit cheesy at first.  I mean, the good girl gets hooked by the bad boy?  Very cliche and no one would deny that.  But the twists and turns that occur, kept my interest.  Grace was a likable very flawed character that one could very easily relate to.  Danny was the boy that everyone secretly wants to date and "fix" but no one really rarely ever does.  
Now, I do not condone underage drinking or drug use of any kind.  But I felt that this was part of the story that could not be erased or deleted in any way.  I felt that without that aspect, you would not have any story whatsoever.  Storm is a very messed up character that is the epitome of evil in this story.  And the side story of the bi-racial brother was a bit random but in relation to the rest of the plot, it fit perfectly.  I have to say that I was left wanting just a bit more.  
Now I thought long and hard about the rating on this one.  I am not normally a fan of novellas unless they are a side jaunt from a true novel.  (I.E. #0.5 in a 4 book series - giving you just a teaser or side story to the main plot) But with three novellas released together to form a complete novel is a bit different. I am giving this a 3.5 star rating but Goodreads and such only do whole numbers so I will round it up to a 4.  

Author:



Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.. In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: The Alliance


The Alliance
The Alliance by Shannon Stoker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




What an ending to this series!!!

I was intrigued to finish this series because I was unsure how it would unfold. I was thrilled to learn more of the backstories to some of these supporting characters. It made the connection between myself and these characters enhanced and I genuinely started to care for them some.

Mia stayed true to her original character which surprised me a bit. Yes, she grew some, but she truly did not waver in who she was from the get go. Grant was still as creepy and bothersome as he was in the beginning. Perhaps he was even more. I was grossed out by him in so many ways that it made him an amazingly complex character.

I felt that this story evolved well and was not as cheesy as it could have become. I gave this story a 4 out of 5 stars. And I was thrilled that this completed the story with the hint that it could go on if she so chose but could end here very happily. I am very excited to see where this author goes onto from here.



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Review: What If I'm an Atheist?: A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion


What If I'm an Atheist?: A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion
What If I'm an Atheist?: A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion by David Seidman

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



I was disappointed in this book from the get go. As someone who has struggled with my religious beliefs both as an adult and as a youth, I was hoping to see a true conversation if you will about religion. I was hoping to encourage the youth of today to read this book to be able to make their own informed decisions about their religious life. But this was such a disappointment, I cannot reccomend this to anyone really. I was disappointed that they kept labeling people as athists as opposed to agnostic. And it really did not give a good definition of the two and their differences. And let me tell you that athists and agnostics are not the same. But this seemed to lump anyone who did not prescribe to a labeled religion (Catholic/Muslim/Christian/Jewish/Etc) then they were atheist. When in fact the way they described Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain and many celebrities, one could tell they were not atheist at all, but were agnostic or just not defining their religious distinctions. Just because one does not attend a certain church does not mean they are not religious.
Therefore, I give this book a 1 star rating. I was disappointed by the overall book because in my opinion this was not a "guide for teens to explore a life without religion" as the cover stated



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Review: The Earl's Defiant Wallflower


The Earl's Defiant Wallflower
The Earl's Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I had not read a period romance in quite a while. I had missed the rules of proper interaction between the opposite sexes. This story I thought was going to be a boy finds his earldom in a bad state and needs to marry money to keep it alive and well. And girl needs to marry for title and money as she is getting older and more un-marriable. But this was not the typical story and it's happy ending was not one that I truly saw coming. I thought for sure that it would be a silly twist that would bring it about not true love. And that is exactly what I needed to rad on Valentine's Day.



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Friday, February 13, 2015

To Re-read or not to re-read? Or do I need Help?

So, I read the last book I reviewed on here and was deeply reminded of another book.  And in fact that series is a fave of mine at the present.  I think because that particular character is forever ingrained in my brain as an ultimate hottie.  I mean the way he melts the pages and just the way he speaks is enough to make me smile.

I opened up my email today to find that the author of that series I loved so much wrote a blurb on WattPad involving these characters and the continuation of their story.  And after I devoured it, I was left reliving bits and pieces of the story that I adored.  And the thought crept into my mind -

Should I forgo my very large "to read list" and re-read this series or should I continue on my current reading list?

And whereas some may not feel this is a quandry of any sort, to me it is a very real one.  I mean , I read abunch as we all know.  And I am known to re-read books over and over again - "Into The Wilderness", "Outlander" just to name off a couple.  But this is a series - 4 books worth.

So should I pick up Obsidian again or shall I just keep trying to minimize my to read list?  Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Review: Grounded


Grounded
Grounded by G.P. Ching

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I was able to meet this author recently. I was intrigued as she described this book. I mean an Amish girl who has paranormal abilities in an altered future. Hmm, definitely intrigued.

So I started it and as I got sucked in, I was pleasantly enveloped totally. But then I kept reading and realized that I was reading something very similar to another book series that I truly love. So, I kept reading and whereas they are a bit different, I have to say that the comparables in them had me loving this story.

The characters were complex and interesting. The setting was vague and definitely worked in this book. I loved the romance and the relationships.

I would give this one a solid 3 out of 5 stars. If it didn't feel so similar to Jennifer Armentrout's series with aliens, I might have given it more.



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