One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title & Author: One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 10 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: Dreamscape Media, LLC

BLURB: In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly? Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥♥
Narration by Julia Whenlan: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥♥
OVERALL RATING: five-stars
Wow. This book was so full of emotion and angst, that I had to keep fighting myself not to go straight to the end to see the end. It wasn’t the ending I predicted but it was the right ending and it felt good.

Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts and were two peas in a pod. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Jesse’s plane crashed. After an exhaustive research, Jesse is declared dead and Emma’s world is shattered.

Fast forward, three years and Emma is engaged to be married to a wonderful guy and two months until her wedding, when she got a phone call that Jesse has been rescued. OMG, Emma has a fiancee and her “dead” husband is back.

I applaud this author because she didn’t make this choice easy. Normally, authors make the choice obvious by having one guy that is a jerk or selfish. I liked both men for different reasons. They were good men, good husbands and fulfilled different things for Emma. Who will best fit into the future Emma envisions for herself?It was well written and heartfelt.

I had to grappled with my personal beliefs on issues like Can you believe in love with two men? Is there such a thing as soul mates? Is your second or adult relationship better/stronger than your childhood/first love?

Whatever your thoughts on the subject are, you will be moved by this story. It was intense, touching and endearing. I couldn’t put this book down even though my heart was beating like crazy.
I love these kinds of books because I find myself talking about it to other people. What an awesome book. The ending was just right. Bravo


Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 2) by Layla Reyne

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Title: Cask Strength by Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 2
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Format: Audiobook (6 hrs and 58 mins)
Genre: Romance
Published By: Carina Press

Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Tristan James: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥

This audiobook was as entertaining as the first book and maybe even more.

The agents Aiden Talley (Irish) and Jameson Walker (Whiskey) are still partners after five months but their “relationship” has hit a snag. Aiden still wants to keep things casual but Jamie wants to be exclusive.
On top of that Jamie is continuing the secret investigation into the death of Aiden’s husband Gabe and his partner Tom.

When the Irish and Whiskey are sent undercover to investigate a college team’s online betting ring, past issues resurface for Jamie. He has to make decisions whether to fall back into old familiar routines or to chart new courses both in his professional life and his personal life.

This book was entertaining and the plot was both interesting and easy to follow. This author’s writing flowed really well and the narrator did an awesome job with the voices. This story was suspenseful and I didn’t know who the villains were until the end. There was a good mix of romance with mystery and I was rooting for Irish and Whiskey the whole time.

I am ready for book 3 because this series is quite promising. I have been waiting for one like this since Cut and Run finished.

About Layla Reyne

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs.

Audio Review: Tap Left by A. Zavarelli

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Title: Tap Left by A.Zavarelli
Release Date: November 1st 2017
Format: Audiobook (7 hrs and 53 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: A.Zavarelli

Lola Bell could easily bring an army of men to their knees… as long as she never opened her mouth.

She’s soft in too many ways. A people pleaser who goes the extra mile. Some might call her an easy target. In short, she has all of the qualities that I despise. But when it comes to me, she doesn’t hesitate to fling her poison arrows my way. She has every right to her feelings. Over the years, I’ve given her plenty of ammo.
Yeah, I hate Lola. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her too. When she makes me a proposition I can’t refuse, there’s just one problem. She tastes so f*cking sweet. So f*cking good. So f*cking mine.

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Tracy Marks & Aaron Shedlock: ♥♥♥½
Plot: ♥♥♥½
Writing: ♥♥♥½

This book wasn’t what it appeared but I enjoyed it. At first glance, I thought it was story featuring a rich douchebag named Adrian Daire and a sweet poor young woman named Lola Bell. They shared a past that included a loss of someone that connected them. It became increasingly obvious that Daire’s feigned indifference was nothing but a ruse to cover up his attraction and affection for Lola.

The author wove a story where the reader had to dig past the surface to truly see these broken characters and their pain. As their past unravels, Daire and Lola are forced to deal with what has been between them, the secrets, the pain and the lies. The journey isn’t a smooth or straight one. However, in it’s darkness of this story, there was always an undercurrent of hope. I didn’t know how or in what way, but I knew that love would conquer all here.

I really liked Daire because he wasn’t the jerk I thought he was and he sacrificed much. I also liked Lola because she was compassionate and not the airhead that I she appeared.
I would have loved it if the author gave us a little more depth regarding the person that connected Lola and Daire. What inspired such loyalty and sense of protection from all? I didn’t understand why everyone risked all and continued to preserve the memory.

The story was different and the characters were seriously flawed but I found them likeable. I found myself engaged to their plight. The love scenes were steamy and their chemistry was undeniable. Still the thread that bound them together didn’t make sense to me. I do love the fact that the characters grew and evolved as the plot developed. The ending was the best part of the story. It was the culmination of the journey.

Michael’s Wings by Tiffany Reisz

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Michael’s Wings: by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #6.3
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 253 • Format: eARC
Published By: 8th Circle Press
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Griffin has just popped the question—yes, that question—and Michael doesn’t have an answer. He flees town for New Orleans to see his confidante and sometime-Domme, Mistress Nora. Will a weekend of beignets and beatings help him untangle his knotted-up heart?

Thus begins Michael’s Wings, the eponymous novella that kicks off the latest entry in Tiffany Reisz’s LAMBDA Literary Award-winning* Original Sinners series.

This companion collection to fan-favorite The Angel also contains six previously-published stories starring Mistress Nora’s favorite angel and Griffin—his master, his true love, and the sexy-as-hell bane of Michael’s existence.




This book was everything. I loved every minute of it. Reisz’s writing is super top notch. Reading anything by her feels like some a big comfort. Its such a comfort level with reading her books, and re-falling in love with her characters. While most of the story is previously released, it was still a breath of fresh air to read them in succession to the newest short. I really enjoyed seeing the Sinners at different intervals of their lives. Michael & Griffin were beautifully done. I loved re-reading some of the stories, and getting to fall in love with Michael & Griffin.

This story shows the realistic feeling to Michael & Griffin to their relationship. It shows their ups and downs. Their disagreements, spats, and the love that they have for one another. We get to see the them grow close and fall in love with one another again. I liked seeing my favorites in Nora, and Soren. I wanted to see some Soren & Kinglsey together but I understand it wasn’t their story to tell. I’m looking forward to that in the next couple of weeks.

This is such a good continuation to this series. Fans of this series will fawn over these two. I totally loved it.



About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, The Siren, won the RT Book Reviews Editor’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Oregon with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer.

Release Blitz: Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

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MIDNIGHT LABYRINTH is the first book in an all new contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter,  author of the Elemental Mysteries and the Irin Chronicles.

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He’s one human caught in a tangled maze of theft, politics,
magic, and blood. In other words, it’s just another night.
Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the
protection and training of one of the Elemental world’s most feared vampire
assassins. He’s traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.
But everyone has to go home sometime.
New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his
vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their
antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben
is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at
the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him
in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.
Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid
eyes on it, but she can’t deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean
little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush
of taking what isn’t hers.
But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the
story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their
lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth.



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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

Cover Reveal: MAN HANDS by Sarina Bowen & Tonya Eby



At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home, post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it. Literally.


All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.


Standalone Sunday: We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!
Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is: We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.

BLURB: In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.


I chose this book because I love Gabrielle Union aka Miss Mary Jane. She seems to be a down to earth person and a straight shooter. My husband said it was an interesting look into her life and views. I believe I will enjoy it because she keeps it real.

Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) by Lara Adrian

Narrator: Hillary Huber

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Title: Midnight Unbound by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #14.6
Release Date: March 11th, 2017
Format: Audiobook (3 hrs and 53 mins)
Genre: PNR, UF, Fantasy, Romance
Published By: Lara Adrian, LLC
Narrator: Hilary Huber

A lethal Breed warrior is called upon by his brethren in the Order to bodyguard a beautiful young widow he’s craved from afar, in this new novella in the “steamy and intense” (Publishers Weekly) Midnight Breed vampire romance series from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian.

As a former Hunter bred to be a killing machine in the hell of Dragos’s lab, Scythe is a dangerous loner whose heart has been steeled by decades of torment and violence. He has no room in his world for love or desire–especially when it comes in the form of a vulnerable, yet courageous, Breedmate in need of protection. Scythe has loved–and lost–once before, and paid a hefty price for the weakness of his emotions. He’s not about to put himself in those chains again, no matter how deeply he hungers for lovely Chiara.

For Chiara Genova, a widow and mother with a young Breed son, the last thing she needs is to put her fate and that of her child in the hands of a lethal male like Scythe. But when she’s targeted by a hidden enemy, the obsidian-eyed assassin is her best hope for survival . . . even at the risk of her heart.


I loved this book even though I normally prefer full stories to novellas.

Somehow the author made this short story feel familiar so the pace was pretty fast. As I was reading this story, I was wondering, who is Trigg, Savage and Bella and what book were they in. I was able to follow the action well though.

Scythe is a Gen One Warrior created by Dragos back in Deeper than Midnight to be his assassins/hunters. He gets a request from the Order to protect a widow Chiara Genova and her 3 yr old son Pietro, and this loner hunter is forced to interact with the woman he can’t get out of his head for the past few months. Their journey to discover who was after Chiara gave them the opportunity to really get to know each other in an isolated environment, which also created more intimacy.

The way the story was written was so smooth and the author kept the tension and chemistry between Scythe and Chiara so palpable. The narrator had a foreign accent that made the characters extra sexy. The anticipation of them getting to get together kept me reading just as much as the mystery of the stalker’s identity. I was able to deduce that I didn’t read the novella prior to this one and that’s where they were introduced. Scythe and Chiara were a pleasurable couple to read and I am amazed that Lara Adrian keeps this series so engaging.

This couple is one of my favorites in these new Gen One hunter stories. They just fit and this story hit the spot for me.


The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Release Date: August 25th, 2017
Format: Kindle edition (400 pages); Audiobook (9 hrs and 38 mins)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, New Adult
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire; Audiobook: Recorded Books
Hawthorn wasn’t trying to insert herself into a missing person’s investigation. Or maybe she was. But that’s only because Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don’t happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she’ll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her-or did he?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself
I decided to join the Big Library Read and frankly, the cover and blurb looked appealing. I realize the author was trying to shine a light on high school/teenager angst but I don’t think the author did a good job.

It was completely unnecessary to make Hawthorn so out of touch with reality and with everyone around her in order to drive home the message.
It was hard getting a sense of who Hawthorn was because she literally spent most of her time thinking about Lizzie Lovett. The inner musings of Hawthorn reveal a very self absorbed, self-centered individual. It disturbs me that a girl who is getting ready for college kept advancing a werewolf theory when a girl was missing. This was really a problem for me. In addition, it would have been much more effective if the author introduced Lizzie to the readers from a perspective of someone who actually knew her as well as from Hawthorn’s view.

I was hoping the author would have really used Hawthorn’s best friend, her brother and his friend Connor to mature and change the Hawthorn but it was done in such a minuscule way that it didn’t affect the story that much. I felt bad for her “best friend” Emily because I saw no evidence of a friendship there. I found Connor and Hawthorn’s connection with Enzo to be more effective in getting Hawthorn to think about herself. It was the time with these two that Hawthorn voice things she wanted to do or how she wanted to be treated. In these moments, I connected with teenager and got glimpses of a girl who wanted to be seen.

This story could have been much better but it fell way short of my expectations. The title was misleading and the author didn’t craft characters that the readers could relate to and care about. I kept reading to confirm my suspicions about Lizzie. This theme is an important one but the story wasn’t constructed well enough to make an impact.

I now need to know how OverDrive and the libraries across the United States chose this book to make a national read.

I have lost trust and faith in them and I am curious to know why they pushed this book to the public.


Audiobook Review: Drawn That Way by Bronwyn Green

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Title: Drawn That Way by Bronwyn Green
Series: Bound #2
Release Date: April 9th, 2015
Format: Kindle edition (168 pages)
Genre: Contemporary romance, BDSM
Published By: Bronwyn Green
When video games evolve into sex games, she has no idea what she’s risking

Tristan Weaver, accountant for a successful video game company, is in way over her head. Honestly answering a company-wide survey and criticizing the sexist stereotypes used in the company’s games was enough to catch her boss’ attention. But speculating on his sex life within his earshot has unexpected consequences when her hot, but nerdy, boss invites her to model for him.

Owner, artist and lead developer of Brecken Games, Rory Brecken, has a strict no fraternizing with employees rule. However, when he overhears Tristan’s conversation with her friend about his rumored kinks and begins to suspect her curiosity in the submissive side of sex, he’s more than a little tempted. When her interest is undeniably confirmed, he suggests a onetime only, colleagues with benefits hook-up.

Though neither want a relationship, once isn’t enough for either one of them. As their encounters become more intense, Rory makes a huge mistake that may cost him the woman he’s coming to love.


I enjoyed this audiobook more than I expected. The narrator, Tatiana Sokolov, did an impressive job with this office romance. It was light and fluffy with a very surface emphasis on BDSM. The story flowed very well and entertained from beginning to the end.

Rory Brecken, CEO of a videon gaming company named Brecken Games, sent out an office survey in hopes of improving employee relations as well as find out new ways to improve the video games he offers. When he overhears his accountant Tristan Weavers discussing the one dimensional characterization in the video games as well as the rumors about the CEO’s sex life, Rory decides to indulge Tristan’s curiosity. The rest is a journey of mutual exploration and personal growth as Rory and Tristan have to deal with their perceptions about sex and relationships.

The author did a great job in telling the story in a snapshot of moment style. There wasn’t a lot of character building or development as to who they were. Instead, the narrative is a present accounting of the Tristan and Rory in the workplace and who they are right now. I enjoyed their banter, their trysts, and their discovering of their own personal desires in and out of bed.

This author is new to me, but I will be reading this author again because I found the writing style kept me interested and engaged. The narrator did a great job with the various voices and I listened to the entire audiobook within two days. I docked it half a star because of the very little character development. I had wanted a little more information to truly understand why the characters were unfulfilled and hesitant in asking for what they truly wanted. Still, it was a good read.