Finished Reads #5

watch This is the fifth edition of my Finished Reads. In these posts I give mini reviews of the last few books that I’ve read; and then give them a star rating from 1 to 5. 5 being the best of the best. This time my mini reviews are going to be even shorter since I’ll be reviewing thirteen books! Okay, I seriously thought that six out of the thirteen were already posted, but they weren’t. Dang it! Hecks, so I’m just going to make this quick. I’ll go back to the regular format in my Finished Reads #6 post.

Priest by Sierra Simone- Priest combined spirituality, religion, and raw sexuality in a read that was anything but easy. However, I definitely enjoyed this novel. 4 Stars

Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower- This was an interesting entry into the mob romance sub-genre that I love the hell out of. I didn’t love Monster In His Eyes, but I really dug it. 3.5 Stars

Garden Of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews- Guttural. Thought-provoking. Heartbreaking. Emotional. G.o.G. will be one of my fav reads of 2017. 5 Fucking Stars

A Bubble Of Time by Pepper Pace- I made a deep connection with the protagonist in this page-turning, sci-fi novel. From the start I couldn’t get enough. 4 Stars

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- A magical and magnetic love story that left me satisfied. 4 Stars

Burned Promises by Willow Winters- A second chance romance that brought the damn heat! The sex scenes slayed!!!!! 4 Stars

Reap: The Irish Mob Chronicles by Kaye Blue- Ms. Blue is an awesome writer and has written some pretty compelling suspense romance stories. I just didn’t really connect with Reap3.5 Stars

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- For two days I didn’t give a damn about eating, or sleeping. This novel was fucking brilliant!!! 5 Massive Stars

After Dark by Haruki Murakami- I was living for this book, but my enthusiasm eventually diminished. 3 Stars

The Gravity Of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry- A beautiful love story. 4 Stars

Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz- This was absolutely and unapologetically terrifying. 4.5 Stars

Table For One by Laura Ashley Laraque- A poetry collection that fed my soul, and inspired my spirit. 5 Bright Stars

All The Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan- The protagonist was relatable af. I felt as if I actually knew her. Great writing, but the side characters made me deduct half a star from the rating. I’m very interested in reading more from this author. 3.5 Stars 

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Finished Reads #4

bookshelfHere are mini reviews for the last eight books I’ve read. Each book is given a star rating on a scale from 1 Star, to 5 Stars. 5 being the best, and 1 star means the book was whack. Ex 4.5/5 Stars

Walk The Line: Kings Of Chaos Book 5 by Shyla Colt- This was an erotic romance that grabbed me by the throat, and didn’t let go. My addiction to MC romances is so consuming, seriously. Walk The Line featured a couple in two completely different places in life. A chance meeting during a night out altered their lives for the better. I loved the passion and chemistry between the couple. The plot was on point. This was a boss read. 4.5 Stars

Forever Is The Longest Time by Camille Pagan- The story is about a disillusioned novelist who falls in love… with his best friend’s girlfriend. Typical plot, but the story goes to some deep places that we’re definitely relatable. Our protagonist goes on a journey of trying to find more out of life, and who isn’t trying to do that these days? 4.5 Stars

Live Free: Lord’s Of Mayhem Book 3 by Shyla Colt- I dug this book more than any other in the series. Evonne and Rocky were a dynamite couple, and I loved how their story unfolded. 3.5 Stars

Wolf Hunt by Jeff Strand- A quirky mix of horror and comedy, Wolf Hunt involved two thugs hired to transport a caged werewolf cross-country. There were moments when I burst into laughter reading this book. And there were also plenty of times that I was blown away by the horror. A few of the chapters slowed the momentum, but the spectacular ending made up for it. 3.5 Stars

Final Ride: Lords Of Mayhem Book 4 by Shyla Colt- Yeah, I know I’m a bit obsessed with this series. LOL. Hilary and Hawk are the featured couple this time around. I must admit that these two weren’t my favs. However, the storyline was interesting enough to keep me entertained. 3.5 Stars

Ghostface Killer by M. Never- Lawd!! I couldn’t stay away from this smart, erotic page-turner. If you’re into assassins, and the mob then this novel is for you. One element of the story I appreciated was the handling of a character with a mental illness. The struggles of the character was done so tastefully. Loved this! 5 Stars

Peaceable Kingdom by Jack Ketchum- Peaceable Kingdom was a collection of thirty short stories. There were a handful of stories that were a bit out there, and I didn’t connect with them at all. And then there were some gems that were totally brilliant, and thought-provoking. 3.5 Stars

Prey by Kaye Blue- I read this before I could do a post on it, so I’m including it here. Prey is the first installment of a new mob/erotic romance series by Ms. Blue. The story had so much potential, but I found myself rushing to finish it. 2.5 Stars

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Finished Reads #3

stacksHere are the mini reviews for the last eight books I’ve read. My rating system goes from a 1 star (horrible), all the way to 5 stars (pure epicness). Let’s get started.

Biker’s Librarian by Shyla Colt- I was fully immersed in the M.C. world that Ms. Colt created. Biker’s Librarian was an emotionally charged, passionate story that had me wishing I were a librarian. Juliette and Shooter were two strong characters, and their romantic connection was undeniable. The story was a bit slow at times, and the ending was rushed, but other than that I dug the book. 3.5 Stars

The Wife Of A Texas Hustler by Mesha Mesh- I was completely entertained by this read. The characters were beyond memorable, and did things that caused a strong reaction out of me. I was so caught up in their shenanigans, and loved every second of it. I thought there were too many time skips in the novel, which was a bit confusing. And there were definitely some grammatical errors that needed to be edited out. Besides that, this was a really fun read. I’m definitely going to check out more of Ms. Mesh’s work. 3.5 Stars

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto- Magical Realism is a genre that takes some getting used to, but, I’m glad Asleep was my gateway drug. Ms. Yoshimoto is a unique writer. This short story collection was delightful, colorful, and imaginative. One story was a bit of a let down, but otherwise this was a dope collection. 3.5 Stars

Outsiders by Tammy Ferebee- Absorbing, complex, and daring perfectly describes this YA/Sci-Fi novel. The story was a refreshing take on diversity done right in a novel. From the start of the novel, to its explosive conclusion, I was hooked. This was Ms. Ferebee’s first novel; she definitely has a promising career ahead of her. 4.5 Stars

Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz- Seriously, I LOVE Mr. Janz’s work. I’m pretty much going to buy everything he puts out. I enjoyed this novel. Witching Hour Theatre was creepy as hell, and I loved the concept of a horror story taking place during a horror movie marathon. The novella had an old-school feel to it, which I dug. 3.5 Stars

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This controversial novel came highly recommended, and I’m glad I read it. From the synopsis we learn the fate of one of the protagonists, Hannah Baker. Even knowing that her demise was imminent, I was still affected when it happened. This novel was almost like a cautionary tale, and I loved it. 4 Stars

My Life So Far by Jane Fonda- Ms. Fonda is a straight up gangsta! Anyone who could be transparent about their flaws, and failures, well I have a ton of respect for them. I know that I’m going to go back and highlight, and make notes. Loved this autobiography. 5 Stars

One Wild Ride: Lords Of Mayhem Book 2 by Shyla Colt- This was the second book in the Lords Of Mayhem series; Biker’s Librarian was the first book. In this book we’re introduced to Joey, and Moose, best friends of the couple from Biker’s Librarian. Joey and Moose were so magnetic. I totally adored their story. They dealt with their fair share of drama, but the ending was a happy- and satisfying, one. 3.5 Stars

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Finished Reads #2

books Here are my mini reviews for the last four books that I’ve read. My rating system goes from 1 Star (the story was fucking horrible) to 5 Stars (the story was pure epicness). Let’s get started.

Ugly Love by Collen Hoover- I’m officially a fan of Ms. Hoover after reading Ugly Love. I was overcome with every emotion imaginable as I read this beautifully complex, and multilayered novel. Tate and Miles started out with just a sexual arrangement, but of course Tate (as I knew she would) developed feelings for Miles. The reasons behind Miles’ resistance to a relationship, goes beyond typical male bs excuses. I couldn’t fault his reasoning for wanting to push Tate away. Loved this book!! 5 Stars

The Rescue by Twyla Turner- Ms. Turner’s work always produces a massive swoon out of me; and this delightful novella was no exception. A woman who believed she was cursed in love, due to being named Valentine “Val” Hart, met Bo Montgomery (a bear of a man with a heart of gold) in the most unlikeliest of circumstances . Passion soon ignited between the two, and it was straight fire from then on! I ate up this novel like it was a slice of double chocolate cake! 5 Stars

VisionSight by Connie Lacy- Combining contemporary fiction and magical realism, this story was about a woman named Jenna who inherited a unique gift- or curse, from her mother. The start of the story pulled me in rather quickly, and I was hooked. It was interesting to see how Jenna dealt with her recently acquired talent, and her new found interactions with loved ones. Midway through the novel seemed to lose steam, which was a disappointment. The ending was satisfactory enough though. 3.5 Stars

A Living Grave by Robert E. Dunn– This was a mystery that started out amazingly. I loved the protagonist (detective Katrina Williams), and the story flowed effortlessly. And then somewhere around the middle I lost interest. I will admit that it was a bit of a struggle to finish. 2.5 Stars

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Finished Reads #1

So far 2017 has been a bossome reading year, and it can only get better from here. This post highlights the books I’ve read and completed.

chasing Chasing Moonlight by Raven St. Pierre- This novel was well written and expertly  researched. It’s obvious that a lot of time and thought went into this book. Historical romances aren’t really my thing, but after reading Chasing Moonlight my mind has been changed. The story is about the undeniable connection and love between Quinn, and Jesse. Being an interracial couple in the forties was understandably problematic, and Ms. St. Pierre definitely exposes the reader to the harshness of that time. The love between Quinn and Jesse was just what I needed to lose myself in, especially because of all the bs going on currently in the world. 5 Stars

prep Prep & Prejudice by Miren B. Flores- I enjoy Ms. Flores’ writing style. Her characters are always so relatable. Andrea- our main protagonist, takes a much needed vacation and runs into someone from her past. What happens next is a totally fun and romantic story. 3 Stars

you-getYou Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski- I adore this poetry collection so much! Mr. Bukowski’s poetry is guttural and addictive. I haven’t had my fill and I’m still wanting more. He had such a fantastic way with words, and seemed like a really cool dude. The man was just so real. No bullshit. No pretenses. Just straight truth and realness. 5 Stars

la Collecting The Pieces by L. A. Fiore- In the tale of a woman finding love twice, Ms. Fiore takes the reader on a trip to “The damn feels” island. This novel had my emotions all over the damn place. After reading certain chapters I felt drained and completely gutted. Ms. Fiore took a set of circumstances that could’ve been translated poorly, and made it believable. I rooted for Sidney- the main protagonist, and I wanted her to overcome and succeed. 4.5 Stars

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