Review: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies by Paullina Nichols

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Series: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies

Author: Paullina Nichols

Publication Date: January 1, 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Nurse Morgan Jacobs is ordered to tend to the wounds of an injured detective, Francis Wyatt (Wyatt), she is taken aback by his arrogance, yet undeniably attracted to the beautiful man conceitedly pursuing her. Morgan tries fighting her overwhelming feelings for Wyatt in an effort to keep her secret past hidden. With Wyatt refusing to take no for an answer, he chases her until she finally breaks and lets him into her world. He’s astounded by Morgan’s secret, but agrees to keep it and protect her at all cost.

Morgan has never been in love before and she can’t explain her feelings for this man that she knows she is forbidden to be with. Unable to stay away from him any longer she gives into her new found freedom and risks it all as she knows her past and present colliding could mean the end of everything.

Morgan turns Wyatt’s life upside down and shines light on secrets he didn’t know he had. Their affair was dangerous, but that didn’t stop them. They agreed that the ecstasy they shared when they were together was worth dying for.


3 / 5 Stars


Paranormal romance isn’t the romance genre I normally reach for. I’m a realistic fiction reader, so getting into Sex Lies & Fruit Flies took me a while. I had to get used to the mermaid aspect of the story, which was more interesting than I expected it to be (to me). It was a really creative and well thought out storyline.

Morgan and Wyatt had a very strong connection. Morgan instantly trusted Wyatt to protect her and her secrets. They also had a very sensual relationship reminiscent of big tits videos on porn sites. If you like big tits you can try visiting on www.tubev.sex – both in human and mermaid form. I have to be honest. The mermaid-human sex creeped me out a little. Their other sexual encounters were hot like you’d expect to see on fuckedtube xxx.

Another little thing that bugged me at the beginning of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies was Morgan’s first person point of view. I think it might have been the way she was explaining her life up until that point to the reader rather than just delving into what was happening now. I was also a little surprised when I got a couple of chapter’s with Wyatt’s point of view toward the end.

My favorite part of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies was the last fourth of the book when there’s a big twist and a lot of suspense. How the story ended really intrigued me and had me wondering what was going to happen next.

Oh, and I can’t leave out the fact that the cover and title are a perfect match for the story!

If you’re a paranormal romance reader who loves mermaid tales filled with erotic and suspenseful scenes, you should pick up Sex Lies & Fruit Flies.

**I received an electronic copy of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: More Happy Than Not

19542841Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Publisher: SoHo Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBQT

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


4.5 / 5 Stars


Adam Silver is a brilliant storyteller. I loved the way the story was set up and flowed in More Happy Than Not. It was creative and not what I was expecting at all. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. It was amazing how seamlessly many different issues were woven into the story.

Not only was the way the story unfolded different and interesting, but so were the characters. The main character, Aaron, could have been very annoying and frustrating to readers because of the way he complained about the hardships and unhappiness in his life. Instead, Aaron was easy to relate to. I could empathize with him and liked him. I wanted him to achieve his ultimate happy ending. I rooted for him the entire time.

The other characters were whipped cream on top of the Aaron sundae. Thomas had a maturity about him, even if he was lost in life. You couldn’t ask for a better girlfriend than Genevieve. She stood by Aaron through it all, no matter what happened. I have to admit my favorite character was Me-Crazy, even if he was a horrible person. The fact that he gave himself that nickname was perfect. He had me laughing most of the time.

 

The only thing missing for me in More Happy Than Not was more information about what came next for Aaron. I kind of felt like I was left hanging a bit. I needed an epilogue or something. I’m dying for more!

More Happy Than Not is a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come. It’s definitely a book I would recommend.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: I Love You/I Hate You

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. I’m going to split the topic into 5 for each this time.


Five Characters I Love But Others Hate

1. Jacob Black, The Twilight Saga

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He may not have ended up with the girl, but it doesn’t matter to me. For some reason, New Moon endeared him to me. Plus, he’s LIVING.

2. Garrett Graham, The Deal

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Joey explained to me all of the reasons Garrett is a horrible love interest and I have to admit he’s kind of onto something, but I can’t help it. I love me some Garrett Graham!

3. Miles Archer, Ugly Love

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Miles can be a complete douchebag. I’m willing to look past it because of the reasons behind his douchebaggery.

4. Amy Dunne, Gone Girl

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She was an evil bitch, but dang she was crafty!

5. Ridge & Sidney, Maybe Someday

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I combined these two because you wouldn’t hate them if it wasn’t for their relationship with each other. I don’t condone what they did, but I still love them together.


Five Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t Get

1. Edward, Twilight

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Edward is DEAD. He literally sucks the life out of people. I wouldn’t want him for my boyfriend. I don’t hate him or anything, but I don’t love him. (Sorry, Jesse! I know I said I’d leave your bae alone, but I had a hard time thinking of characters to pick. Please forgive me! 😉 )

2. Four, Divergent

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I don’t know. I just didn’t connect with Four. There’s nothing especially bad or good about him to me. He’s just kind of blah.

3. Cricket, Lola and the Boy Next Door

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I loved Lola, but I thought Cricket was kind of lame.

4. Peeta and/or Gale, The Hunger Games

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I never rooted for either of these guys. Peeta just seemed too bland compared to Katniss and she never truly saw Gale as more than a friend. There’s no reason to be Team Gale or Team Peeta.

5. Étienne St. Clair, Anna and the French Kiss

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I don’t get why everyone is so gaga over St. Clair. I don’t want to spoil it for those people who haven’t read it, but I didn’t think he was a stand up guy. Maybe it would have helped if some of his point of view would have been included. Probably not.

Release Day Blitz & Review: Redemptive by Jay McLean

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ

Title: Redemptive (Combative Trilogy #2)

Author: Jay McLean

Release Day: March 8, 2016

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It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.
It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.
Clearly, mine was not.
The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.
The blast of the gun as it went off.
The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.
And then darkness.
This replayed over and over.
When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,
hear, were those few seconds.
Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.
Gunshot, breath, darkness.
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  Review


5 / 5 Stars


Holy crap. 

That’s how I’d sum up Redemptive in two words.

A couple weeks ago I reviewed Jay McLean’s Combative. (You can find my review here.) It ended with one of those cliffhangers that had me pounding my fists demanding the next book. I needed more. There were so many unanswered questions.

While I still feel like I’m in the dark on most things, what I did learn BLEW MY MIND. It completely changed everything I thought I knew from Combative. I wanted to know more about Nate DeLuca. Jay McLean answered.

Nate wasn’t who I thought he was. Well he was, but he wasn’t. I can’t even begin to explain it to you. I was wary of the Nate I met in Combative. I just knew he was going to cause problems. The Nate I met in Redemptive was someone I adored. It confused the heck out of me! I didn’t know what to do with the two versions of him in my head.

And Bailey. I don’t even know what to say about Bailey. I felt for the poor girl.

Jay McLean has done an amazing job of messing with my head with this series. And I’m not complaining at all. I LOVED it. I can’t wait for the third book. I can’t even imagine what’s in store for everyone next.

**I received an ARC of Redemptive in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Author: Tabitha Suzuma

Publication Date: May 27, 2010

Publisher: Definitions

Genre:New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.


Forbidden is probably the hardest book I have ever reviewed. I wish I could say I loved this book, but I can’t. The subject matter was just too disturbing and taboo to be enjoyable to read. What I can say is that it was beautifully written. Only an exceptionally talented writer could deliver a story so brutally wrong and still have you empathizing with its characters.

I felt sympathy for every character in this book. My heart went out to them. Despite their flaws, I loved them. There were so many wrongs committed to each of them on so many levels. I wanted happy endings for them all. Mostly, I wanted to be able to forgive Maya and Lochan their actions, but I couldn’t. It was frustrating and devastating because there could never be a happy ending for them. There could never be an ending that would be completely satisfying to me. What I was left with at the end of Forbidden was a deep sadness. It’s a book that will stick with me for a very long time to come.

You probably noticed there are no stars on this review. I honestly couldn’t come up with a rating. How do you rate a story which makes you super uncomfortable, but love the characters? I haven’t been able to figure it out. Would I suggest reading it? That depends entirely on the reader.

 

 

 

ARC Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

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Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #1

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .


4.5 / 5 Stars


Fans of Jill Shalvis are going to love her new Heartbreaker Bay series. Sweet Little Lies, the first book in the series, is filled with fun, quirky characters. They’re all friends and take care of each other. The friends who are the focus of Sweet Little Lies are Pru and Finn.

Pru is the newest member of the group. She’s recently moved into their apartment building. Pru’s made it her mission to put some fun back into Finn’s life. Finn spends all his time keeping his family bar afloat. All Pru wants for him is to step out of his comfort zone and find love. She’s going to do everything she can to make it happen — including throwing a coin into a fountain to wish for love for him.

Pru’s plan seems to be working, with one exception. Finn seems to be falling for her…and she’s falling for him. Except she can’t do that…Pru’s keeping a really big secret from Finn.

I had a blast reading this book. It was filled with Jill Shalvis’ trademark humor and a very sweet love story. It was just so much fun to read! My only little complaint about Sweet Little Lies was the predictability of the story. It was all laid out for the reader, so there weren’t any surprises. Besides being able to foresee what was going to  happen, it was still a great contemporary romance read. I loved it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

**I received an ARC from HarperCollins and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Review: Rapturous by M.S. Force

26801170Title: Rapturous

Series: Quantum, #4

Author: M.S. Force (Marie Force)

Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Publisher: HTJB, Inc.

Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance, BDSM

Goodreads Synopsis:

The story begun in the initial Quantum Trilogy picks up on Oscar night after Academy Award-winning director Hayden Roth kisses the woman he desires above all others, even though he knows she can never be his. Addison York craves her boss’s best friend, Hayden, but he has never given her an ounce of encouragement—until tonight when he kissed her after winning the Oscar. Was that kiss the start of something or another in a long line of frustrations where Hayden is concerned? Something is keeping him from acting on the attraction that simmers between them, and Addie is determined to find out what it is. But when she stumbles upon the secret that Hayden, Flynn and her other close friends have kept from her, will she allow hurt feelings to get in the way of true love? When Hayden won’t share his BDSM lifestyle with her, Addie decides to conduct her own research. Will she be intrigued or repulsed? And what will Hayden do when he finds out how she’s been spending her evenings?


4.5 / 5 Stars


First thing I’m going to say is that this cover makes Rapturous look like a vampire love story. It’s not. Lol.

I hadn’t planned on reading Rapturous. The main characters from the first three books, Natalie and Flynn, annoyed me most of the time. I was kind of over them and their BDSM lifestyle that you could learn more about from websites similar to https://www.cartoonporno.xxx/. Then, I was looking for a quick and easy romance to read. Rapturous popped up in my Amazon recommendations and I thought why not give this series another chance with different main characters? The characters made all the difference.

Rapturous may have been an erotic BDSM novel, but it was more than just that. There was a really sweet romance between two people, Addie and Hayden, who have always been in love with each other but would never admit it. Addie wouldn’t admit it because he was her boss’ best friend and co-worker. Hayden didn’t want Addie to know about his extracurricular activities.

When a kiss at the Oscars gives Addie the push she needs to seduce Hayden, she has no idea what’s in store for her. She’s willing to give anything a try to have a shot with Hayden. Hayden wants Addie, but he’s not willing to sacrifice their friendship or his lifestyle to start a relationship with her. He thinks it’s best they walk away from each other. Their differences in opinion creates a sexy push pull. Websites similar to hdpornvideoxxx have content that also demonstrate this sexy push and pull.

I’m not really into reading BDSM novels. I admit I read Fifty Shades of Grey out of curiosity and then read the first three books in this series because I was a Marie Force fan, but it’s not something I go searching for. I felt like it was very well done in Rapturous. It wasn’t sensationalized or done in an uncomfortable way. Addie took an investigative approach toward learning about Hayden’s lifestyle and I felt like I was learning right along with her.

The BDSM lifestyle you can see on websites similar to fucked gay (see this), was not the main focus of the story, either. The main focus was the love and support Addie and Hayden had for each other. It was a very sweet love story. Oh, and I can’t forget steamy. 😉

Rapturous was definitely my favorite book in the Quantum series. Now, I’m looking forward to reading the fifth book in the series.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood To “Score”

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X. Since there’s so many great sports romances out there, I decided to make it Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood To “Score”. Or, Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Sexy Athletes. I’m also not just stopping at books. I’m including series. And there may be a lot few more than ten…


HOCKEY PLAYERS

1.The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

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2. The Ivy Years Series by Sarina Bowen

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3. Him Series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy 

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4. Chinooks Hockey Team Series by Rachel Gibson

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5. Roommates by Erin Leigh

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FOOTBALL PLAYERS

6. Waiting on the Sidelines Series by Ginger Scott

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7. Bad Boys of Football Series by Bella Andre

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8. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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BASEBALL PLAYERS

9. Let Me Be The One (Sullivans #6) by Bella Andre

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10. This is Falling by Ginger Scott

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11. Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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12. Pacific Heat Series by Jill Shalvis

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FIGHTERS

13. The Hurricane Series by R.J. Prescott

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14. 5th Street Series by Elizabeth Reyes 

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15. Knockout Love Series by Kelley R. Martin 

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16. Wayward Fighters Series by J.C. Valentine

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17. Maybe This Time by Chantel Fernando

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VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS

18. Blocked by Jennifer Lane

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BASKETBALL PLAYERS

19.Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

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SKIERS/SNOWBOARDERS

20. Gravity Series by Sarina Bowen

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SOCCER PLAYERS

21. S.O.B. by J.C. Valentine

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SKATEBOARDERS

22. Kick Push by Jay McLean

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MOTOCROSS RIDERS

23. Blindness by Ginger Scott

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