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March 30, 2021





SERIES:  Blood and Ash, Book 2

AUTHOR:  Jennifer L. Armentrout

MY RATING:  5 Hearts


A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late. 



This review is not going to be as long and detailed as my review for the first book because of spoilers.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up literally right where From Blood and Ash ended.  Poppy has been lied to her whole life and betrayed by pretty much everyone she knows.  The Dark One has succeeded in kidnapping her and now she is coming to terms with everything that has happened.  She does not know what the truth is anymore and what are lies.  She is conflicted by her feelings for The Dark One, Prince Casteel Da’Neer and is constantly battling herself and him.


This book does move at a slower pace than the first, but it is worth it to stick with it and keep reading!  It still has all the action, adventure, violence, gore, romance, betrayal, mystery and LOTS more secrets!  Some have been revealed and some are still a mystery.


The ending of the book is insane, and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the third book, The Crown of Gilded Bones.  If that book were released already, I would have devoured it as well.  This is one of my new favorite series! 

I give this book 5 Hearts!

BOOK REVIEW: FROM BLOOD AND ASH by Jennifer L. Armentrout


BOOK:  From Blood and Ash

SERIES:  Blood and Ash, #1

AUTHOR:  Jennifer L/ Armentrout



A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.


The first book/series I read by Jennifer L. Armentrout was Wicked and I quickly became a fangirl.  I devoured all 3 books in 3 days, and it is one of my all-time favorite series now.  I was hesitant to read From Blood and Ash because it is a High Fantasy novel and I am more into the Romance genre than Fantasy, but, with all the hype I decided to give a try and HOLY HELL!  I am OBSESSED now!  This also being the first High Fantasy book Jennifer L. Armentrout has written is extremely impressive!

We start off meeting the heroine, Penellaphe (also known as Poppy) at the Red Pearl, a bar/brothel.  Poppy is there because she feels suffocated, longs for any kind of connection and is curious about what normal people get to do.  She is known as the Maiden or Chosen.  It is forbidden for her to be looked upon (she has to wear a veil that covers all of her face except for her lips and chin), spoken to, touched or have any kind of interaction with people or engage in any kind or normal everyday activities. She is pretty much kept in her room in solitude most of the day. Her destiny is to Ascend to her place with the Gods on her nineteenth birthday, which is less than a year away.  The only people Poppy is not forbidden to interact with is her Ladies Maid Tawney, her Royal Guard, her guardians, the Duke and Duchess and a select few others.  The Maiden is supposed to be a demure and timid female and Poppy is the complete opposite. Poppy is strong, smart, independent, inquisitive and at times defiant, even if she knows she will be punished for it.  Vicktor, the head of her Royal Guard is also like a father figure to her (both her parents were killed when she was young, and her older brother has already Ascended and she hasn’t seen him since).  Vicktor has been secretly training her since her 16th birthday to fight with weapons and hand to hand combat.  While she is at the Red Pearl, Vicktor walks in and she goes into a room upstairs to hide until he leaves.  While hiding in this room she encounters Hawke Flynn, a Rise Guard that everyone knows of and talks about.  She knows who is, but he thinks she is someone else because she “borrowed” one of the maid’s cloaks and is wearing it.  He ends up kissing Poppy and she experiences her first kiss and feeling of pleasure.

Hawke, the hero, is extremely hard NOT to fall in love with.  He is smart, charming, charismatic, funny, sexy and says all the right things.  He ends up becoming one of Poppy’s Royal Guards, when one of them is killed in an attack.  He gains Poppy’s trust because he is the only person that treats her like a person and not a thing.  He teaches her how to live for herself, for Poppy and not the Maiden.  Whenever they are together the chemistry between them was sizzling off the pages.


From Blood and Ash is a suspenseful fantasy, that at times, in the beginning, can be a little slow, as there is a lot world-building with Gods, Cravens, Vamprye, Descenders, The Price (also known as The Dark One), Atlantians and Wolven but it picks up quickly.  Then you have the whole mystery of what happens during the actual Ascension when she is given to the Gods?  There is SO much to this story.  It has action, adventure, violence, gore, romance, betrayal, mystery and LOTS Of secrets. I just could not get enough!  I read this book and the second book within 3 days.  All the side characters were just as interesting and likeable.  The end of the book was fast paced, and had some crazy events that broke my heart into a million pieces.  I cannot give this book a high enough review!  I absolutely love it!! 

I give this book 5 Hearts!







SERIES: Iron Kings MC, #1

AUTHOR:  Franca Storm



A loyal brotherhood of badass, protective bikers.

They ride wild and love hard.

I’m a ghost, living off the grid, never getting involved.
Until the President of the Iron Kings MC comes calling.
My oldest friend. My brother-in-arms.
I’m pulled back in to protect his daughter.
But the mission quickly turns personal.
She tempts me, drawing me too close.
I need to stay away.
I’m a dangerous monster.
I’ll ruin her.

But I’m drawn further into the world of the Iron Kings MC.
The promise of brotherhood and a fresh start seems too good to pass up.
She can’t stay away and neither can I.
Her light cuts through my dark.
She’s everything I didn’t know I’d been looking for.
But, can a damaged bastard like me really find peace?



Franca Storms Wraith is Book 1 in her Iron Kings Motorcycle Club Romance series. This is Wraith (Finn) & Ashley's story!  The book cover caught my attention and as soon as I read the blurb I knew this one was for me! 

Finn is ex-military, one of the deadliest black ops there is.  After being betrayed by his team and critically injured he was taken in by his old friend, Scott (Spartan) Tate, the President of the Iron Kings MC.  He protected him and provided medical care for him.  While Finn was recovering, Scott’s daughter Ashley helped take care of Finn and their attraction started from there.  Finn is the silent but deadly type LOL.  Once he lets the monster out it is hard to reign himself in and that scares him.  After recovering, Finn started a new life living off the grid.    Scott comes to Finn and asks for his help protecting his daughter Ashley.  The Rogues, a rival gang that killed Scott’s wife years go is now going after Ashley. 

Ashley, the Club Princess hates the MC lifestyle. She is a strong woman with a big heart that always tries to do the right thing. She moved away from home because her father constantly suffocated her and didn’t allow her any freedom.  She now works at a Tattoo Parlor in another city and has worked hard to build a new life of her own and loves her freedom.  When Finn shows up at her tattoo parlor, the Rogues are already there and trying to kidnap Ashley.  Finn stops it and takes Ashley into hiding.  I like that Ashely didn’t fight Finn or act like a spoiled “princess”.  She knew that her father’s lifestyle would end up messing up her life again eventually and she is resigned to that. 


You can feel the chemistry between Finn and Ashely.  Ashley has had feelings for Finn since she was helping to care for him.  Finn did as well but since that is his friend’s daughter, he tries to avoid his feelings, which is hard when he is protecting her 24/7 and she is living with him.  He is also significantly older than she is.  I really like that the indecision of should he, shouldn’t he be with her wasn’t drawn out too much.  Once Finn realized he didn’t want to ever be without Ashley, he gave in to feelings.


This book has everything!  Action, violence, revenge, angst and some seriously steamy romance! I highly recommend you check out the Iron Kings MC Series!!  

I give Wraith 5 Hearts!


March 29, 2021




Monica James


Monsters are real…and that monster is my father.

Ten years ago, I surrendered. I thought I was doing the right thing. But lies and greed have once again destroyed my life, leaving me to deal with the aftermath.

This life has always been a curse, but the world as I know it has changed. Belfast isn’t what it used to be.

Alliances are broken. Kingdoms have fallen. But those who remain loyal see me as their rightful king.

With secrets unraveled, my need for vengeance grows stronger every day. However, ten years is a long time. People have changed. I have changed. But the one thing that remains untouched is my love for Babydoll—I love her…even if she doesn’t feel the same.

I will take back what’s mine.

My kingdom.

My name.

And my girl.

Every monster is scared of somethin’…and that somethin’ is me.

No more hiding in the shadows because I’m huntin’ you…Father.

Run, wee monsters, run.



Into Temptation

Series: Book II: Deliver Us from Evil Trilogy

Genre: Dark Romance

Cover Model: Lochie Carey @lochie_carey

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster @lanefotograf

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Release date: April 28th




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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Grand Opening Event Day 29 - Lisa Ladew Promo & Giveaway!

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Shifter's Sacrifice

(One True Mate #1)

An all wolf-shifter police force has been the only thing between humans and an unknown evil for centuries, but the pack is in danger of dying if they don't find their promised mates soon.

Trevor Burbank is a shifter cop in a world of humans who don't know the evil that wants them dead. If he does his job well, the humans will never need to know, but he feels like he's working against the clock, because his pack is about to die. The females have all been killed, and the half-breeds they make when they mate with humans aren't usually skilled or strong enough to fight.

Gabriela Carmi has lost almost everything that means anything to her way too fast and now she feels like she’s losing her mind too. On a quest to find something that won't reveal itself to her, she feels as if she’s pining for someone who may not exist. So when an evil presence begins to follow her, she isn't sure if her mind is slowly falling apart, or if the impossible is actually coming true. And when an instant attraction sparks between her and the dangerously sexy police officer sent to help her, it makes matters worse and better at the same time.

It's a race against time to find the angel/human hybrid One True Mates that the pack's spiritual leaders say truly exist. Saving the all the shifter clans is on everyone's mind, except for the chosen, the One True Mates, most of whom don’t even know who or what they really are, or why they seem to be slowly losing their minds.




One True Mate 2: Dragon's Heat

(One True Mate #2)

Dragon love burns bright, can she survive the flames?

Graeme made his way to Serenity for one very specific, hopefully-deadly reason, but a few friendly wolf shifters on the Serenity Police Department almost made him reconsider his centuries-old death wish. His body, however, remembers it well, acting upon it when he is unable.

Heather Herrin has just received news that threatens to change everything for her, but when she sees a half-naked beast of a man in a hospital bed, he takes center stage in her thoughts, giving her some relief. Until he runs hot then cold so often she almost gives up on him, having no way of knowing he's someone that will make her entire life make sense.

Are Graeme's reasons for turning down what he thought he'd never be blessed to have enough to keep them apart? Or will Heather manage to break through his walls in time to save them both?




Shifter's Dream

(One True Mate #9)

Troy was a man trapped in a wolf’s body for three decades, until a nap changed his life forever. Now that he’s a wolf trapped in a man’s body, he’s not going back. Food? Good. Partying? Better. Women? Best. With one brother missing, one brother overwhelmed by parenting twin engels, and only distracted Mac to keep him straight, Troy is fulfilling his every desire, never sleeping, rarely working, refusing to reel it in.

Until he sees her.

Reed has many rules, but the biggest one might be, never date a cop. There’s also never kiss on the first date. Never tell anyone your business. Never go in the forest. Never-

But then that cop walked into her bar. The one with the wild eyes and the chiseled jaw. The one who devoured her every time he stared at her.

Don’t go in the forest, Reed. Never go in the forest.

That’s where the wolves live.





Shifter's Homecoming

(One True Mate #10)

Trent Burbank is a wolf shifter who has never shifted into a man. He’s on a mission—send the beast home. He’s given his word that the beast will be coming home, and Trent always keeps his word.

After a devastating trauma, his plans are interrupted. Trent is yanked away from the life he knows and charged with a critical task that only he can complete.

Now his vow has changed.

But when he discovers keeping his word could mean losing his mate, Trent prepares to fight... 







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March 28, 2021

Grand Opening Event Day 28 - Tia Louise Promo & Giveaway!

Happy Sunday and welcome back to Day 28 of my Grand Opening Event!  Today we have Tia Louise for a Promo & Giveaway so scroll down and enter to win a SIGNE PAPERBACK of THIS MUCH IS TRUE and a Postcard.  (US ONLY) 




(Taking Chances #1)

A smart and sexy romance about a grumpy single dad on a mission of revenge, and the girl he can’t leave behind by USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.


I blame the alcohol.
I lost my restaurant business, was forced to sell my dad’s cherished 1967 Chevy Impala, and I got a little drunk.
Now I’m waking up with the hottest, angriest guy I’ve ever seen, speeding down the highway like a bat out of hell.
Ice-blue eyes hit mine with stomach-clenching force…
And he swerves onto the shoulder, ready to kick me out.
Needless to say, our romance doesn’t start out sweet.


Two years ago, I hugged my little boy goodbye and told him I’d be right back.
Next thing I knew, I was arrested and sent to prison for a crime I didn’t commit.
Until they let me out early…

Now I’m headed home to confront the man who put me away.
A lie put me behind bars, and I’m ready to find the truth.
I don’t have time for a sexy girl with pale blonde hair and bright blue eyes stowed away on the backseat of my new car.
My mission is to get my son back and clear my name.
Love is not on the agenda.
It never is, though, is it?

(THIS MUCH IS TRUE is a single-dad, opposites attract, stand-alone romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)


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Twist of Fate

(Taking Chances #2)

A friends-to-lovers, second-chance, stand-alone romance by USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.

To be “just friends” with a guy, you’ve got to follow The Rules:
Don’t touch him unnecessarily.
Don’t share your intimate dreams with him (even if he asks).
Don’t kiss him, and definitely don’t sleep with him.

Scout Dunne and I have been “just friends” since childhood.
He’s everything you could want—sexy, charming, confident—every girl’s wet dream.
Until we broke The Rules.

We broke them in the ocean, in my aunt’s bathroom, in my bed…
It was the hottest week of my life.
I’m one of the few people who knows the first-round NFL draft pick wants more than a life of sports.
Because we’re friends, right?
Not anymore.

Now he’s gone, and I’m trying to get my career back on track.
Mamma said a guy would never put your dreams ahead of his.
But the twist of fate?
It’s something you never see coming.

(TWIST OF FATE is a STAND-ALONE friends-to-lovers, accidental pregnancy romance. No cheating. No cliffhanger.)



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Tia Louise is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of super hot and sexy romance novels. Whether billionaires, Marines, fighters, cowboys, single dads, and/or CEOs, all her heroes are alphas with hearts of gold, and all her heroines are strong, sassy ladies.

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March 27, 2021

Grand Opening Event day 27 - Ivy Smoak Promo & Giveaway!

Good Morning and happy Saturday!!  Today is Day 27 of my Grand Opening Event and we have Ivy Smoak for a promo and giveaway!  Scroll down and enter to win an eBook of your choice from Ivy’s backlist (Open Internationally).






The Hunted Series, Book 1


Shy student Penny Taylor always follows the rules. At least, that’s how it appears to her classmates. But she has one illicit secret – she’s fallen hard for her professor. And she’s pretty sure he’s fallen for her too.

Everyone loves Professor Hunter. He’s tall, dark, and handsome. And completely unobtainable. But it’s the secrets hiding behind his deep brown eyes that allures Penny. Secrets darker than she could ever imagine.

James Hunter gave up his billionaire lifestyle in NYC last year to become a professor. The easiest new rule to follow: don’t fraternize with the students. It’s easy to follow because he’s become quite the recluse in his new town – the only way he knows how to keep his secrets buried.

But he never expected to be teaching such a beautiful student. He has to resist her. He needs to walk away. Penny deserves better than a man with his demons. But she’s daring him to cross the line. And he’s never been one to resist temptation.




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Empire High, Book 1

Now a Top 10 Amazon Bestseller

Matthew Caldwell is the definition of NYC’s elite.


That’s what everyone calls him and his friends - the Untouchables. The nickname probably comes from the fact that they’re ridiculously wealthy. Or maybe the name just refers to the fact that they’re so beautiful it’s almost hard to look at them.

No matter the reason for their nickname, it’s an ironic one, because I really want to touch. I just don’t know whether I want to slap him or kiss him. Because one minute he’s my tormentor, and the next he acts like my savior in this new city I don’t belong in.

Yeah, I’m definitely going to slap him right after he kisses me senseless. Screw you, Matthew freaking Caldwell.




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Ivy Smoak is the international bestselling author of The Hunted Series. Her books have sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and her latest release, Empire High Betrayal, hit #4 in the entire Kindle store.

When she's not writing, you can find Ivy binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her husband in Delaware.


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