Reviews and Recommendations

Review Roundup – September 14th to 28th

I've been on vacation, but that don't mean I've stopped reading.

I’ve been on vacation recently, so I have to apologize for the sparsity of my posts. Lord knows I have some posts that are beyond late at this point, but I got a lot going on in my life, and I’m trying my best to get it together.

In any case, here’s all the novels I’ve read or listened to in the last two weeks.

Ruined by S.K. Lessly

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Maxine Shaw met the man of her dreams in Mason West, but he left her heartbroken. Now, when her life is threatened, he dives back in to save her. But will Maxine give Mason another chance?

Because I have read book 2 before book 1, I can tell you that this series definitely gets better. Mistakes abound, but nothing too jarring. I forgot what it’s called when an author does a certain random thing in every book, but S K Lessly does it and I don’t think it was necessary.

Mason was weirdly rough, but I guess we’ll have to blame that on the military. Maxine, however, had too much shit happen to her, and I wonder why Lessly felt that extra trauma was necessary. It’s ok to have regular heroines with regular lives sometimes.

Still, I read the book and I didn’t hate it. So that counts for something. Two stars though, because three seems too generous.

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Heart and Hand by Rebel Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Julie Baptiste is a New York debutante that is tired of New York, so she answers an ad for a mail order bride. Except this bride is not getting one husband, but two.

This was surprisingly good. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. The emotional insecurity of the relationship really made the read worth it.

I do wish that the author had delved more into the emotional intimacy of the two males in the triad. I felt like that part was left wanting.

Still, a good read, and I recommend it to anyone getting into triad books

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Hunger by Milana Jacks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


When Anna took a job as the Hordesman Prince’s personal assistant, she didn’t expect it to be so personal. Hunger definitely didn’t expect to find an unregistered omega, but here we are.

This book ended up being surprisingly good. I don’t know what I thought ABO books to be like when they crossed into published fiction, but I’m glad not too much has changed.

Some mistakes, but they’re VERY minor. The writing feels a bit weird in the beginning but you get used to it fairly quickly.

I recommend this to the girls who like Sci-Fi Romance with a good bit of smut.

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Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Reggie was fine, but desperately in need of some sleep and the only person who could give that to her was Gus. Except Gus hasn’t spoken to her in years and is basically a stranger. However, when things start coming together, Reggie learns that she’s not fine at all.

This was a cute story that I found to be a good and quick read. No grammatical issues, no questions about the writing. It’s definitely a recommendable read.

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A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nya Jerami has spent her life being a wallflower, always hidden behind her father’s machinations and never quite allowed to be herself. When even her escape to New York seems like a let down, Nya finds herself in a “fake fiancee'” plot with Johan Von Braunstein, the bad boy prince of Lichtenbourg. Except, even that doesn’t go the way that Nya expected.

You know? I like the fake fiancee’ plot. It always goes exactly how you want it to go; I’ve never seen anybody have the two people involved NOT get back together. That’s a musing for another time though.

That being said, I thought that this was a cute read, especially after having read the novella that preceded it. I think that Alyssa Cole has a range that can reach many a reader.

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Dear Olivia by Bella Fontaine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sam and Olivia were a love story for the ages. Right up until Olivia’s brother died, and Sam left because he felt responsible. But now, Sam’s back and he’s looking for a second chance, but can Olivia bear to get her heartbroken again?

I’m gonna go ahead and agree with everyone who is saying that this book didn’t need to have a sequel or a cliffhanger. There is nothing wrong with writing a big book. I personally like them.

I can’t remember having any issues with grammatical issues, so I will say that this book is definitely an easy read. Olivia is a relatively understandable character in this book, but, I’m only a few pages into the sequel, and homegirl gets annoying really quickly. It’s actually pretty sad how quickly you realize how unprofessional her behavior is.

Yet and still, I can say I mostly enjoyed this novel. I would have loved to now more about Coop’s decision to become a druggie, but he’s dead and I’m not here to question the author’s decisions.

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