Genre: Dark

The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

Posted March 28, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden

So clearly this book is a retelling of a fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, it’s also very timely given the movie just came out, but nevertheless I was looking forward to reading this book because I love modern retellings of fairytales. Obviously in the fairytale the Beast is actually, you know a beast, whereas Nero in this book is just a man, but a man who has some serious baggage that seems to have resulted in some pretty serious agoraphobia. But he does have a similar temperament I would say. So the book starts with Phoebe going to Nero as a job applicant, he has a lot of money, and is super difficult to work for and can’t keep an assistant, so he’s offering a ton of money, and Phoebe needs the cash. First off I noticed the mind games that Nero seems to like to play on anyone who comes into his domain. I wonder almost if he plays the games because it’s really the only contact he has with people, and he doesn’t seem to be very good with people. I didn’t really like how kind of stalkery he is, I mean he watches everyone all the time, from this like secret control room, where of course it turns out the whole house is outfitted with camera, it’s a little creepy. Also for me, Nero was hard to like. I mean I liked Beast in the fairytale, he had moments of being sweet or kind, his shell was […]

Only for You by Naima Simone

Posted December 15, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Only for You by Naima Simone

I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this book, I liked the blurb, the idea behind two people running into each other after a long time apart, separated by more then just time, but also by betrayal. Just works for me. What can I say I am a sucker for the drama, I like when two people have a lot of pain and suffering to work through. Honestly, the reason why this book gets three stars for me is because it’s almost exclusively physical. Yes there are some emotional moments, but most of the emotional turmoil is internal and all happens while naked and heating up the pages. Don’t get me wrong I like some hotness in my books, but I also like there to me more than just physical. Our leading man is Killian (seriously love this name lately) and he’s definitely carrying some serious baggage. He was sent to jail for two years, after the woman he loved basically turned him in and he never heard from her again. He has some serious PTSD like symptoms when it comes to dealing with his experiences in jail, mostly in confined spaces. He’s definitely more guarded, and opposed to letting people in. So when Gabby shows up in his nightclub, its not at all something he was prepared for. I totally understood why he was apprehensive about seeing her, being with her, loving her, etc. It makes total sense. But there is still a lot of heat going on […]

RAW by Belle Aurora

Posted July 26, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
RAW by Belle Aurora

So part of the reason why I like the KU program is that it gives me the chance to try out new authors and books I wouldn’t normally try out. This was my first Belle Aurora book, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The reason why I picked up this book was the whole, I fell in love with my stalker component. I’ve read a lot of books where a stalker is involved, but honestly the stalker always ends up trying to kill the heroine, not the heroine falling in love with the stalker. So this was a new element for me, and I love new stuff. So this book takes place in Australia, once again, making me want to go to Australia. Our heroine is Alexa, and she is basically a social worker, and a pretty good one at that. You can tell she cares about all of the kids who come her way, she really wants to do right by them, especially because it’s something she can identify with, having grown up in a hard household and running away when she was in her teens. The funny thing is she is well aware that she has a stalker, she seems him all the time (so clearly he isn’t very subtle), but she doesn’t say anything to anyone about him, and he doesn’t really frighten her. One day she is attacked, and her stalker comes to her rescue. This was kind of an interesting way to start […]

Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly

Posted July 3, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly

This was one of the books I picked up after putting a list together of mob romances. This one has a very young girl getting married as a part of an arranged marriage between two big mob families. I don’t know how I feel about arranged marriages, but then again, most authors right it pretty well, so I’m always willing to give it a go. So since this is an arranged marriage, it’s not like the two people involved are in love with each other. And without a doubt its obvious that these two people don’t have any feelings for each other they don’t know each other so how could they even like each other. The book is told from Aria’s POV, and man oh man was I feeling bad for her in the beginning of the book. There are more than one uncomfortable scene once the ball starts to get rolling on the marriage. Also, the groom, Luca, his family has some very kind of creepy traditions about seeing the bedsheets the morning after. I mean the way they all kind of rallied around in the living areas to see the sheets, was just super gross. I mean seriously. I felt so bad for Aria. But Luca managed not to be the monster that Aria was expecting. I liked that he didn’t force himself on Aria (that’s a super weird sentence to type btw), and in general he is actually a lot more kind and patient with Aria then […]

Didn’t You Promise by Amber Bardan

Posted June 14, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Didn’t You Promise by Amber Bardan

This is the follow up to the first book in the series, Didn’t I Warn You, and it picks up pretty much where we left off, Angelina being made completely aware of who Haithem is, why is his running, and how dangerous his life is going to be for the foreseeable future. I think the thing that struck me the most when I first started this book is how different these two characters are. In the first book they still had this push and pull dynamic, going from being a captive basically to being two people who fell for each other, so I was more focused on that in the first book. But in this book, I really noticed the striking differences. I mean Angelina is very young, and not just in age, but also in I think maturity as well, her parents are very sheltering and a lot of her life was devoted to her brother who passed away, and she missed out on I think of experiences. On the other side you have Haithem who is older, much more mature, and very comfortable with who he is. He is a very focused man, he is super driven to get this one goal accomplished and he is very fierce in both protecting the woman he has come to love, but also in getting his goal accomplished. To me while their differences really shined through in this book, together they just worked. Haithem gives Angelina a purpose she really didn’t have […]

Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Posted June 7, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 1 Comment
Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

I came into this series not having read any of the other books in the series, but I have been on a serious mafia kick lately so I was really looking forward to reading this book, plus I recognized the authors name so I figured why not, let’s give this book a go. This is one of those books that was actually really hard for me to give a rating to, because for me the book felt like two very different distinct ratings. The beginning of the book lagged for me, big time, I wanted to just give it a pass. But I stuck with it and I was ultimately really glad that I did stick with it, because somewhere around the middle the book picked up and it started working for me. Obviously, this being a mafia book, this two people did not have ordinary upbringings. Clara and Gio start this book off when they are younger, when Clara wants to get close to Gio while at the same time wants to run from the violent life that awaits her and her sister. In the beginning I honestly found there dynamic between them a little blah, maybe it’s because they were young, who knows, but that’s how I felt. But I also understood why it was so important for the girls to get away from the life that awaited them. When the book picks up 8 years later, I was way more interested. Clara is basically living the life […]

Hush by E.K. Blair

Posted May 20, 2016 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Hush by E.K. Blair

So I have been reading this series since the very beginning. And truthfully, I was never really sure what to make of the series overall, I mean it is some serious intense stuff, you almost never know what is going to happen next. I remember after the first book wondering how in the heck this series was going to keep going if everyone kept dying. So here we are at the end of the series, the final book, and I honestly just couldn’t see how this was going to be a happy ending, and honestly I don’t think a happy ending would ever fit in Elizabeth’s world. So this is one of those books where I don’t feel like I can say a whole heck of a lot about the book without ruining everything for you, so I am going to stick with only talking about the stuff that you would have known from book two. So Elizabeth and Declan are basically trying to figure out where to go from here, and there is the matter of the person who got off the plane at the end of book two, so there is a lot of time spent dealing with finding that person and then dealing with it all. And of course because this is Elizabeth and Declan they have a lot of other little smaller things going on that are super dramatic and suspenseful. So here is the reason why I couldn’t really give this book a good rating, […]

Remembering Everly by J.L. Berg

Posted May 16, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Remembering Everly by J.L. Berg

You really should not read this book or this review if you haven’t read the first book, Forgetting August, this book without a doubt can’t be read without reading that book first. I loved Forgetting August, I mean I felt like it was really fresh and original and super interesting, the characters were compelling, and then it ended on like a big “whoa” moment. So naturally the second I finished reading Forgetting August, I preordered for this book, dying to know what was going to happen next. So a little recap is that August and Everly used to be together, August basically has amnesia after an attack. Everly is very affected by this both because he used to be her boyfriend and also because August was without a doubt emotionally abusive, like used to lock her in a room (to keep her safe). In the first book they actually get back together until the someone from August’s past shows back up and Everly leaves August and goes back to her old fiance, Ryan. And then it’s revealed at the end that August knows Everly is the one who hit him causing his coma and amnesia. It was such a set up for like a fantastic next book, I mean what is August going to do, is he going back to him callus ways and maybe blackmail her, or call the police, I mean what is going to happen. Is Everly going to fess up to Ryan what really happened between […]

F*ck Buddy by Scott Hildreth

Posted May 10, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
F*ck Buddy by Scott Hildreth

So I got this book on Kindle Unlimited one night when I was looking for something to read. Honestly, the title appealed to me, I are blunt, I’m a blunt person in real life so this is my kind of title. Plus after reading the blurb I knew I would be on board with two best friends with entering into a friends with benefits relationships, I love those in books. I don’t think I was prepared for the more darker turn the book took, but darker themes never bother me in, part of real life and all that. So Liv and Luke are best friends, and they have one of those great relationships where they are completely comfortable with each other and really have a good understanding of each other. Luke is actually a really interesting character, I think I definitely liked him a lot more then I liked Liv. He’s very much so a free spirit, he basically spends his life surfing but yet never wants to be signed, money is not something that motivates him. He does have a kind of tortured vibe to him, like something happened to him in his past (and it did). In the beginning when the whole friends with benefits thing happened Luke was actually very concerned because he thinks of himself as like something is wrong with the desires he has for the bedroom. The two of them engage in some interesting between the sheets fun, and honestly if you really like […]

Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan

Posted April 22, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan

I like books that have kind of a darker side to them, so this book seemed right up my alley, the cover had a kind of menacing hot guy, the blurb promised that our hero would be the devil keeping our heroine hostage. Sign me up. While I did enjoy the book, I did have an issue or two, but overall, I really did like it, and more than that I want to read the sequel like now. So first off the things that I enjoyed. I liked Angelina, and the thing is she is not normally the kind of character I would like on paper, but within the book I actually really liked her. So Angelina is kind of shelter, or maybe babied is the right word, she has some serious heartache in her past, and because of that her parents and the people in her life hover. So when she runs into a hot dangerous looking guy, she is without a doubt intrigued. But when it comes time to decide if she wants to take him up on his offer of a few weeks away at sea, she backs down. But after a fall she ends up stuck on board the yacht at sea with the dangerous Haithem. I liked how she reacted to the situation, she was actually pretty believable, I mean her reactions ranged from being nice to lure him into trusting her, anger, bargaining, just everything she could think of to get of the yacht. I […]