Review for The Enchanter’s Flame (The Ellwood Chronicles #1) by Michele Notaro

The Enchanter's Flame (The Ellwood Chronicles #1)The Enchanter’s Flame by Michele Notaro

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“How in the hell did I wind up in my car with an asshole, a cute kitten, and a creepy as fuck snake? That sounded like the beginnings of a bad joke.”

 

I loved this! Full of snark, magic, danger, and a slow-burn romance, this book hit all my buttons. I really loved the characters, Sebastian especially, and the 1st person narration worked perfectly to keep the audience in the dark about magic and supernatural creatures. Seb’s narration allows the reader to make discoveries along with him as he learns about magic and everything Ailin shows him.

Seb was my favorite character and I really enjoyed being in his head. His insecurities were heartbreaking to read but I loved that insight into his character.

The banter between Ailin and Seb is hilarious and I really enjoyed their dynamic as they begin their new partnership. Car rides with them were so entertaining to read, especially when you add Sera and George!

This was a great new series from Michele Notaro and I can’t wait for the next book to come out so we can learn more about the reveals at the end of this book!

5 Stars

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Review for Nothing Ventured (Chosen One #2) by Macy Blake

Nothing Ventured (The Chosen One, #2)Nothing Ventured by Macy Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

Question a lot of things, Sawyer. Question it all if you have to in order to figure out why you were chosen. But don’t question how much we love you. I know it happened fast and without us even thinking about it really, but don’t you think some things are meant to be?

I’m really loving this series. The plot is solid, the world interesting, and the characters endear themselves to the reader from the minute they’re introduced on page. Sawyer and his guardians/mates are so wonderful together and I love their dynamic. The stakes have been upped in this book and I’m really looking forward to seeing how everything plays out.

A new guardian is introduced in this book (bringing the guardian count up to 5 out of 8) and he’s so adorable and sweet! I can’t wait to learn more about him and see how Sawyer helps him to heal. The epilogue introduces yet another guardian whose over-the-top, ridiculous self I am chomping at the bit to get to know. Please let book 3 pick up right where this one ended!

Overall, a great poly romance full of fun characters, an engaging plot, and lots of sexy times!

5 Stars

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Review for All or Nothing (The Chosen One #1) by Macy Blake

All or Nothing (The Chosen One #1)All or Nothing by Macy Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great start to a new series! The plot is rather fast-paced but I didn’t mind that at all. Each character was unique and I loved Sawyer and all the guardians. Their dynamic is so good and I loved seeing them all interacting together, as well as in smaller pairs.

This is definitely a series to look out for and I can’t wait to find out what Blake has in store for these guys next!

4.5 Stars

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Review for True Names (Dragoncrown #2) by Vincent Avis

True Names (Dragoncrown #2)True Names by Vincent Avis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this even more than the first one! Ethan and Samet are now in Ethan’s kingdom where they struggle to stay together and prove that Samet isn’t the enemy. The stakes have been upped in this book and I couldn’t put it down!

I continue to love Ethan and Samet’s relationship and I’m looking forward to continuing this series. I loved seeing Ethan become more playful in his banter with Samet, and more confident in his everyday actions.

Can’t wait for book 3!

4.5 Stars

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Review for Soul Storm (Dragoncrown #1) by Vincent Avis

Soul Storm (Dragoncrown #1)Soul Storm by Vincent Avis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed this so much that I immediately started book two after I was done with this one.

The reader is thrown right into the thick of things as the MC, Prince Ethan, is captured and given to the enemy king as a slave. My heart broke for Ethan who was so courageous and selfless. I really enjoyed reading about his brother, the king, and the other characters from Ethan’s kingdom attempting to rescue him and find ways to win the war while Ethan’s fate hung in the balance.

Seeing Ethan slowly heal and trust again thanks to Samet (the enemy king’s son) was lovely and I’m really looking forward to seeing their relationship grow as Ethan continues to heal.

I would be remiss if I didn’t warn people about some of the content in this book that could be upsetting for readers: torture, rape, non-con, etc. It’s not incredibly explicit but it is there, so if any of those things are triggering for you then maybe this isn’t the book for you.

This was an exciting fantasy with great characters and lovely relationships. I will definitely be continuing this series!

4 Stars

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Review for Fireworks and Stolen Kisses (Lijun #1) by Angel Martinez and Freddy MacKay

Fireworks and Stolen Kisses (Lijun #1)Fireworks and Stolen Kisses by Angel Martinez

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved loved LOVED this! These MCs were so great and my heart broke for both of them as they struggled to deal with their own hardships and choices.

Their marriage, a transaction made through ignorance, has long-lasting consequences for the MCs, and I loved how it all played out…even if it made me cry several times. Tally is beyond ecstatic when he finds the person he believes to be his Em’halafi, or fated one. When Haru is sold to Tally as a bride-son (an arrangement Tally didn’t fully understand he was agreeing to), Haru is devastated that they are now trapped in what they consider a dutiful but loveless marriage. As misunderstandings continue to grow, Tally and Haru grow further and further apart.

This story does not end on a HEA but rather a sort of HFN. Since this is apparently book 1, I really hope that the series continues with this couple and they get to a point where they’re both happy.

This is a wonderfully diverse and heart-wrenching story that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy, shifters, or just plain awesome LGBT, agender, and POC representation.

5 Stars

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Review for Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS 9.5) by Charlie Cochet

Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS, #9.5)Gummy Bears & Grenades by Charlie Cochet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

**HEADS UP FOR SPOILERS**

 

There are two quotes that I think do a fantastic job of summing up the events of this book:


How much trouble could one man get into?
“I think I should wear my work boots. They’re flame resistant.”
Oh dear God.

And


“Oh, no. Dexter, no.” “Oh yes, Dexter, yes.”

In Gummy Bears & Grenades, Dex’s bachelor party goes about how you would expect it to…lots of drinking, plenty of sexytimes, and ridiculous situations that only our favorite, Cheesy Doodle-lovin nut could find himself in.

I don’t want to give anything away but this novella is packed with comedy (seriously, I was crying from laughing so hard), yet still finds time to show heartfelt and romantic moments between the characters.

If you’re a fan of the THIRDS, which I assume you are if you’re diving into this, then prepare for some hilarious shenanigans as our boys go out on the town to celebrate Dex and Sloane’s engagement. I cannot wait for this to be on audio and I’m eagerly awaiting the final THIRDS novel, Tried & True, coming out this November!

I’ll end this review with some of my fav scenes/fan-girl moments…BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

-Drunk Hudson is my favorite! *boop*
-SEXY COWBOY LAP-DANCE!
-Sloane said the word “Bamboozled” after which Tony offered him $10 to say it again…same Tony, same
-Actually, every scene with Sloane and Tony was perfection
-A Hudson and Wolf scene!
-AUSTEN AND ZACH!! I NEED THEIR BOOK ASAP

Just read this book guys…you won’t be disappointed!

5 Stars

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