I Promise to Obey…Nothing -by- Kelly Moore and Shannyn Leah (CRD #7)

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My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating 18+

Season Finale!!!  I Promise to Obey…Nothing (The CRD Series Book 7) written by Kelly Moore and Shannyn Leah is a laugh out loud, series of books that will keep you guessing to the very page. This series should be read in the order in which it is written, so if you are reading this review and have not read the previous books, I suggest you go back and start this series from the beginning. 

There is so much going on in this episode, my head was spinning, in the best possible way.  We are introduced to “Your Worst Nightmare”…. Be afraid, very afraid!  And of course there is a “new guy” in town, Sawyer, who is he and where did he come from and what is he up to???  We find out who Frankie is and he/she reveals some interesting details. Troy…Cash…Troy…Cash, who will be walking down the aisle with Lucy, I think I know, but these two ladies have fooled me before, so nothing is for sure when it comes to the Davenports.   Oh, did you want me to tell you, so sorry you will have to read it for yourself? 

This episode will keep you on your toes with all the crazy from Yaya, the evilness from Daniel and Elizabeth and the cutenesses from Bets. Oh, I almost forgot, seems like Bets may be getting a new friend thanks to Frankie. Reader beware this episode ends with a big BANG…literally!

I am looking forward to season two in this out of control series. 

*** I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest opinion and unsolicited review. ***

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The Last Letter — by– Rebecca Yarros

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My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating 18+

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros will take you on an emotional ride you will not soon forget. Few books will touch your soul like this book will. I unquestionably and completely fell in love with this book and at the same time struggled with it. It will pull at your heart until it is completely shattered and then put it back together. I will remember The Last Letter for a very long time, and it may be one of the few books that I would read more than once.  

The Last Letter is very well written in such a unique way. The story is told from a dual point of view, but what makes this book stand out is the letters.  The two main characters, Beckett and Ella, write letters to each other and those letters are flawlessly woven into the story thus becoming the heart and soul of the book.  The Last Letter would be categorized as a romance, but it is so much more than that. Of course, it has an incredibly strong and silent type alpha male, who I completely fell for — and I have a feeling you will too.  Beckett is broken, but watching him transform into an amazing man is a sight to behold. The best way I can describe Beckett is, he is a man who fears a life with love and family and longs for it at the same time.  

Ella, our heroine, is an independent, and beautiful but also broken. She has been dealt with some tough losses in her life, but she is also blessed with her twins, Maisie and Colt. Her whole world revolves around making a life for her twins, keeping the family business afloat, and the letters from Chaos. These letters are just for her.  And through these letters, Chaos works his way into her heart, and at the same time, her letters work their way into his heart. Until tragedy strikes. It’s best for me to stop there, no spoilers for this review. 

I found it very hard to review this book, I feel that I just don’t have the words to do it justice. The range of emotions I experienced while reading this book went from happy and joyful to sobbing with big fat tears rolling down my face. The author takes us on a journey from the harsh and cruel battlefields of Afghanistan to the beautiful town of Telluride Colorado. The main themes of family, unconditional love and forgiveness are so very beautifully intertwined throughout this book. The incredible pilgrimage the author takes these two lost, broken souls on decimated me to my very soul, but the faith and love they were able to find in each other, in turn, left me with a sense of hope.  When I finished this book and stopped sobbing, I felt an overwhelming need to hug both my boys and never let go. Ms. Yarros is an incredible storyteller. I highly recommend this book, but be forewarned you will definitely need a box of tissues, and maybe some comfort food nearby. 

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .**

Daughter of Moloka’i – by Alan Brennert

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My rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Content Rating 18+
Daughter of Moloka’i is a lovely written novel by Alan Brennert and is the companion book to Moloka’i. Although I did not read the first book, I was able to jump right into this book. I do plan to go back and read the first book.
This book is a sweeping historical fiction that follows the life of Ruth Utagawa. She was born in 1917 on the leper colony, Kalaupapa, on the island of Moloka’i and is taken from her parents and brought to Kapi’olani orphanage on Honolulu, where she lives until a Japanese couple adopts her. The family then moves to California and life becomes difficult for Ruth’s family. I enjoyed the twists and turned that Ruth’s life takes and how the author interweaves history throughout the book. Mr. Brennert does an outstanding job with character development. I especially loved the relationship that develops between Ruth and her adoptive parents, Etsuko, Taizo and their three sons, and later in the book the relationship she develops with her birth mother. 
 This book was very well researched. I enjoyed the in-depth description of Hawaiian and Japanese culture. Mr. Brennert majestically captures the raw beauty of Hawaii in his storytelling, to where I could feel the warm trade winds like I was in Hawaii. Also, he almost entirely, in my opinion, delves into a dark period of American history where Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps during WWII. There was one small problem that I had, and that was the comparison between what Japanese Americans experienced and what the Jews experienced at the hands of the Nazis.
Overall this was an exceptional book, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to read it. I would recommend this book if you enjoy reading about one women’s struggles and the joy she discovers in spite of them — happy Reading.
***I kindly received an ARC of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review my honest opinion .***

The Wrong Gentleman– by– Louise Bay

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My Rating 3.5 Stars
Content Rating 18+

The Wrong Gentleman is the first book I have read by Louise Bay. This hot international romance hit all my must-haves for a page-turning, slow-burning, sizzling romance book. The book is well written, and the characters are entirely developed and grow throughout the book.

The author takes us from Ohio to the South of France and then to one of my favorite cities in the world London. I enjoyed the storyline and loved the whole idea of the rich yachting microcosm where people seem to get whatever they want, but I would have appreciated a little bit more of this in the book. Some twists come at the end, and I did like that, but I just wanted more of the undercover theme, the danger, and the suspense this plot-line could have delivered.

The book in written in a dual point of view going between the two main characters Skylar and Landon. And although I do like internal dialogue from characters, at times it was a bit overdone. I would have enjoyed more interaction between Landon and Skylar. Landon is retired special forces and has a successful security business, which he just sold, so he is taking some time off to relax when a friend asks him to do some undercover work on a luxury yacht. And, did I mention he is broodingly HOT and British? Which of course makes him all the hotter. Can you imagine how the audio of this book will sound? Landon doesn’t do relationships…ever, so when he meets the hot blond, Skylar, he goes for the one night stand. Skyler has had a difficult life, and definitely has trust issues when it comes to men, but not in the usual way. She is solely focusing on maintaining her independence and moving forward with her career as a head steward in the luxury yacht circuit. At the beginning of the book, I liked the way the author portrayed Skylar to be superficial and a bit of a gold digger, but we soon found out there was so much more to her character. Skylar and Landon are two very lonely people and believe they are happy. They have some darkness in their pasts and have built up walls to keep them from ever getting hurt. It was fun watching those walls crumble.

So what could one little indulgence hurt?? This story is about when a one night stand is just not enough. Landon and Skylar’s story was an enjoyable read, and I do look forward to reading more from Louise Bay.

***ARC kindly provided by the author/publisher, this is my honest review.***

Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls —COVER REVEAL—

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Six years ago, Harold Dalton framed me for theft and sent me to jail to steal my diamond discovery. He gave his daughter to Jack Clarke in exchange for the excavation rights. Today, I’m free, and I’m coming for him with a vengeance. Six years of cruelty make beasts out of men. I’m going to take back what he stole from me, and more. I’m not interested in his properties or shares. I don’t want his small change. I want his biggest asset. Beautiful, mentally unstable, Angelina Dalton-Clarke. Worth billions, she’s the wealthiest widow in the country, and also the craziest. Her self-harming tendencies had Jack declare her incompetent before he put a gun to his head and blew out his brains. Lina isn’t allowed to touch a cent of her riches. Her father manages her finances. He has all the signing power. As her husband, that chore will fall to me. But if she thinks I only want her for her money, she’s sadly mistaken.

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Tumble (Dogwood Lane #1) – by, Adriana Locke

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My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Review 18+

Tumble (Dogwood Lane #1) written by Adriana Locke is a second chance romance that will capture your heart from the first page to the last.  I have a few of this author’s books on my want to read list but for some reason have not gotten around to reading one of them. So when this book became available on NetGalley, I figured now was a great time to read one of Ms. Locke’s books, and I am happy that I did. 

Tumble is an emotional, romantic ride that will warm your heart and had me cheering on the two main characters, Neely and Dane. The story is told from the first person point of view going between the two main characters with both characters imparting their versions of the past. And that past holds a ton of drama, but unfortunately for you, I will not be discussing that past in my review as I consider that a spoiler.  I love the storyline of second chance love. This book is well written and the storyline utterly believable even though it was a bit predictable, but sometimes it’s not about whether you are able to figure out what is going to happen in a book but the journey the books takes you on while you are reading it. 

 Neely comes home to Dogwood Lane, Tennessee, after living and building a career as a journalist in New York City where she was overlooked for her dream job. She comes home to regroup and center herself. Dane a hunky country boy on the one hand and on the other side a single father who is unconditionally devoted to his daughter Mia, but he has never forgotten what he had with Neely, and so the country version of seduction begins. 

Tumble is a small town romance that hit all of my country girl buttons, and I thoroughly enjoy this book.  Tumble has amazing support characters, and I look forward to reading their stories. This is an excellent start to, and I look forward to the next book. 

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

Cover Reveal: THE WRONG GENTLEMAN

Blurb:

I’m an all-or-nothing man—100 percent focused on whatever has my attention.

First, it was serving my country in the Special Forces. Then it was building my business. Right now it’s the hot blonde at the bar who’s about to become another notch on my bedpost.

But women never keep my attention for more than a night.

Until I peel off Skylar Anderson’s clothes and her mask starts to crumble, showing me glimpses of the girl she’s hiding. She’s funny, sexy and vulnerable and throws me out of bed before I can catch my breath and suggest breakfast.

When I start my last undercover job on a yacht, turns out, she’s one of the crew. I try, but I can’t look away.

Her high ponytail shows off her kissable neck that tastes like summer.

Her short uniform reveals the killer legs that were wrapped around me last night.

And her provocative smile? I know what that mouth is capable of.

I want to explore her body, discover her secrets and sail off into the sunset with her.

I might want to go all in for Skylar, but she should stay away from me. I’ve got secrets of my own and they can only bring her trouble.

This is a stand-alone novel.

 

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