September Reads (and yeah… how did this happen?)

This was a good reading month! I ended up reading 14 books and 9 novellas, and that’s mostly because I fell into a big trap…

Now, a few years ago, I remember a friend at work telling me about a great smut series to speed read through, and how addicting those books were. I took one look at the cover of the first one and said “yeah… no thank you”. Four years later, and it happened. After reading the ACOTAR series I needed some smut, something fast paced, romantic, with a lot of action. TikTok seemed to think so too, so I kept seeing videos with Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon on it. The first book was available on Scribd, and yeah, 12 books later and 9 novellas and I CANNOT STOP!

I don’t understand what it is… are the books brilliant? Nope. Is the world building fantastic? Meh. Is the romance super good? Depends on the books, but in general, average. Does it have a trope I absolutely hate? Yes it does. Am I still consuming them like they’re Ferrero Rocher’s? YYYYYEEEEEESSSSS!

You can find the info on the series here. I will drop a few spoilers for the whole series and below just a very quick thoughts on the books.

As an overall, all the books have this in common: human girls land on an Ice Planet, the planet has one humanoid tribe, the Sa-Khui, full of males, and only 4 females, girls need to assimilate a parasite to be able to survive on the planet, and this parasite has the function of making them healthy, and species propagation. So the cootie decides who is mate with whom, and from that point on the goal is: have sex until there’s a baby. Yeah, so, I’m not crazy at all about the whole breeding trope. The Sa-Khui males, from the moment they resonate, have one purpose only: make their mates happy, and I think all of them say the following in their books: “I’m the luckiest of males” :D. There are also ridges, everywhere… and a spur, which you only learn what is for on book 11… The writing is a bit repetitive to be honest, but also, I didn’t even care.

Ice Planet Barbarians (IPB #1): Vektal and Georgie story and major worldbuilding. Everything happens TOO fast, but somehow, very satisfying. I wasn’t a huge fan of the whole sex thing even prior to them speaking the same language, but again, this book was SPICY! – 3.5 / 5 Stars

Ice Planet Honeymoon: Vektal and Georgie (IPB #1.5): Cute short story, heavy on the emotion and cementing the bond between the couple – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian Alien (IPB #2): Raahosh & Liz book. Probably my favourite girl in all the series. Liz is a badass, and Raahosh is just as great. These two had great banter, and while I don’t condone how it started, I really liked how the story progressed and the connection these 2 had. – 4.0 / 5 Stars

Ice Planet Honeymoon: Raahosh & Liz (IPB #2.5): Short and unnecessary. But again, great couple. Raahosh has issues 😀 – 3.5 / 5 Stars

Barbarian Lover (IPB #3): I really liked Aehako & Kira. Kira was a bit negative at times, but had plenty of reason. Aehako was super funny. I liked the free will (to a degree), and that this one had a bit more plot. – 4.0 / 5 Stars

Ice Planet Honeymoon: Aehako & Kira (IPB #3.5): Funny and sweet!!!! – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian Mine (IPB #4): Rukh & Harlow’s story. This one is completely different, but Rukh gave me some Raahosh vibes (rightly so). The fact that most of the book is away from everyone else, allowed for a deeper connection between the couple. Good development, but a bit slow, and while I love Harlow, especially in books to come, she was too “go with the flow” in some parts here… – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Ice Planet Honeymoon: Rukh & Harlow (IPB #4.5): different than the other novella, as it takes place DURING the previous book. Sweet! – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Ice Planet Holiday (IPB #5): Long novella about holiday celebrations, a glimpse at past couples and some babies, and a new couple, Claire and Ereven. Could have done with a little less Georgie, she was not a happy camper. – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Prize (IPB #6): Tiffanny and Salukh’s story. Not my favourite, but I liked Salukh, thought the whole “she’s mine, she just doesn’t know it yet” and “let me pretend I’m only her friend” got a bit old. But the guy was sweet and he did his best. Somehow, I think from this book onwards the series changes a lot. I mean, it’s still smutty alien romance, but this was a slow burn, and from this point onwards, the sexy times get less and less, and while I do enjoy the character development, I really really liked the high amount of smut… – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Mate (IPB #7): Finally we get to Josie and Haeden!!! And this I was expecting to be a enemies to lovers romance, and though it was to some degree, I needed the following: Haeden to give a bit more fight (he went from “I hate you” to “You’re my heart” way too fast!), and for Josie to be a little less selfish for the first half of the book. Seriously, the second part for me was easily a 4.5, but the start, it was slow and painful and I just wanted to slap Josie for how much she was hurting her mate. – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Having the Barbarian’s Baby (IPB #7.1): It took me ages to pass the mid part of this book because Megan was so annoying… not worth it. – 2.0 / 5 Stars

Ice Ice Babies (IPB #7.2): Nora struggling to take care of her babies and reconnect with her baby daddy (that is scared out of his mind about his family). Sweet, but they needed to communicate more. What ruins this book for me in hindsight, is the inconsistencies it has regarding some following books. – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Touch (IPB #8): Super slow burn between Rokan and a new member of the human family in Non-Hoth, Lila. Look, I understand that they had some communication barriers between them, but so did Vektal and Georgie, and the first time they see each other, sexy stuff happens. Rokan and Lila wait until the end of the book. They’re sweet, super strong development, I like that Lila wants to be independent and learn, finally, but yeah, no… – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Calm (IPB #8.5): Ended up reading this one after book 9, so the Calm before the storm was ruined for me 😀 – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Taming (IPB #9): I went into this one scared… Maddie was not nice on the previous book, and Hassan had tried to kidnap her sister to force resonance, so yeah, I was a bit scared. But WTF, this was fantastic! Good banter, great communication, Maddie learning how to be independent. In this series, assholes make the best characters! Super worth it, and at a moment I was in a rut with the slowness of the past books, this one picked it up again. Awesome. – 4.0 / 5 Stars

Aftershocks (IPB #9.5): This was an emotional read. No happy scenes here, just a few fav characters trying to deal with a world altering event… – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Heart (IPB #10): Stacy and Pashov get a second change romance… this is a bit sad, because for most of the book is Stacy dealing with the loss of her mate, while trying to take care of her child and moving, while Pashov is trying to understand the gaps in his memory and how his mate fits into his life. I was not crazy about these 2, but the story was sweet, and I likes how they learned that they were still enough and still loved each other. – 3.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Hope (IPB #11): This book changes completely the perspective of this series so far. This is a second chance romance for mated couple Asha and Hemalo – both Sa-Khui (no humans allowed on this coupling). I loved their story, how the events of losing their first child broke them as a couple, both misunderstanding what the other want needed or wanted. But they grow a lot and they communicate! I like Claire, but I did not think her POV was essential for this story. I think it was an attempt for us readers to connect, as neither of the main characters had any Earthly connections, but it just distracted a lot of the times. I loved her friendship with Asha though, and remember how in 7.2 I said there were a lot of inconsistencies with later books… this is mostly related to Asha. Timelines don’t match, Nora befriended her on 7.2 and then didn’t continue to get to know her? Weren’t Asha and Maylak cousins on 7.2? Now they were only ever enemies? This bugged me. But the story… I loved it! ❤ – 4.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Choice (IPB #12): Another fully blue couple! By now we’ve known Farli for years and watched her grow, and now she gets her mate on a foreigner Mardok. This book answers SOME questions related to the origin of the Sa-Khui, and gets them in contact with a very advanced civilization again. This was fun. This book was super sweet and funny, and I was a bit worried until the last chapter, but I was happy they made the right choices. Slow burn on the sexy times… – 4.0 / 5 Stars

Barbarian’s Redemption (IPB #13): Once again, the hero of this book is an asshole on previous books, and for part of this one as well… Bek. In a nutshell, he manages to “buy” 5 human slaves, with the intent that they would resonate to the last 5 single members of his tribe. and it takes him a LONG time understanding what is wrong in this scenario. Ellie has been a slave for half of her life, so it takes awhile for her to come out of her shell. We end up getting a lot of character growth and a super sweet relationship. This one I enjoyed a lot, though of course, has issues. – 3.5 / 5 Stars

35298670-1Now, I did end up finishing a couple more books during the month that were not blue alien p**n, eheh. First I read Sapiens, A Brief History of Human Kind by Yuval Noah Harari. My boss decided to form a book club at work, and sent his team a copy of this one to start with. I ended up listening to it instead of getting to the physical copy, but this brought me back. When I was younger these were the types of books I strived for, and it was such an informative read, and gives a great integration of a series of historical/prehistorical events into how they play into current society. Loved it! This one was a hit for me, but as the “book club” does not have a defined theme yet, I’m a bit scared of what the next book will be about :D.

24920901Finally I went back to one of my favs. With the The Legacy by Elle Kennedy coming out this month, I decided I wanted to reread the Off-Campus series prior to reading the nee book, so I was able to finish The Deal.

Garrett and Hannah’s story still made me smile like crazy on this 3rd time reading this one. ❤ I’m now re-reading The Mistake, and I plan to finish the full series within the next few days. I also still have pending the last book from Briar U, so I might get to it as well.

So, now you tell me. Have you read any of these books? If you also fell into the IPB world, pls let me know :D.

The Chase (Elle Kennedy)

Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

I’m so happy to be able to able to visit the Briar University world again! ❤

I missed Elle Kennedy and her writing, and the amazing group of friends that she created on the Off Campus series, and I’m very glad that most of them made an appearance in this book. And I really loved the 2 new characters that she gave us on this first book of this new series.

I really liked Fitzy, though sometimes I wanted to smack him for his stupidity. The character definitly had layers and I understood his reasonings, but nevertheless, he’s one of the reasons I’m not giving this book 5 stars, because Fitz’s character development is SO SLOW!

Summer, however, I LOVE! This girl is all kinds of amazing, and it’s so rare for me to like a girl MC more than the guy, but Summer stole the show. I loved her internal dialogs, I loved how Elle Kennedy represented Summer’s wandering mind, I loved how protective she was of the people she loved, and how she fought for what was right. But mostly, I loved that even though she didn’t have it easy, she didn’t confirm and she always tried to be better.

I loved the romance between these 2, they had such different personalities and ways of living their lives, but they just fit! But mostly, I loved he development of their relationship. I’m happy that they took their time, and went through all the ups and downs when they did.

However, I was not a fan of the love triangle thing. It was clear that Hunter never stood a change, but I didn’t appreciate that he was lead on for so long. It put a damp on my enjoyment of this book, and it’s the other reason why this is not getting 5 stars from me.

Elle Kennedy writes amazing romances, but she also writes amazing friendships, and I’m so happy for the connection between Summer and Brenna. I love Brenna! And while on the Off Campus series I always felt like the guys shone more than the girls, I think Briar U might go the opposite way, and that makes me excited for the prospect.

Guys, this is yet another amazing book by this author. If you’ve read and loved the Off Campus series, get this book now!


“Dance with me?”

I want to say no.

But I also want to say yes.

I call this the Summer Dilemma—the frustrating, polar reactions this green-eyed, golden-haired goddess sparks in me.

Fuck yes and hell no.

Get naked with her. Run far, far away from her.

“Thanks, but I don’t like to dance.” I’m not lying. Dancing’s the worst.

Besides, when it comes to Summer Di Laurentis, my flight instinct always wins out.

“You’re no fun, Fitzy.” She makes a tsking noise, drawing my gaze to her lips. Full, pink, and glossy, with a tiny mole above the left side of her mouth.

It’s an extremely hot mouth.

Hell, everything about Summer is hot. She’s hands down the best-looking girl in the bar, and every dude in our vicinity is either staring enviously or glowering at me for being with her.

Not that I’m with her. We’re not together. I’m just standing next to her, with two feet of space between us. Which Summer keeps trying to bridge by leaning closer to me.

In her defense, she practically has to scream in my ear for me to hear her over the electronic dance music blasting through the room. I hate EDM, and I don’t like these kinds of bars, the ones with a dance floor and deafening music. Why the subterfuge? Just call your establishment a nightclub, if that’s what you want it to be. The owner of Gunner’s Pub should’ve called this place Gunner’s Club. Then I could’ve turned right around when I saw the sign and spared myself the shattered eardrums.

Not for the first time tonight, I curse my friends for dragging me to Brooklyn for New Year’s Eve. I’d way rather be at home, drinking a beer or two and watching the ball drop on TV. I’m low-key like that.

“You know, they warned me you were a curmudgeon, but I didn’t believe it until now.”

“Who’s they?” I ask suspiciously. “And hey, wait. I’m not a curmudgeon.”

“Hmmm, you’re right—the term is kind of dated. Let’s go with Groucho.”

“Let’s not.”

“No-Fun Police? Is that better?” Her expression is pure innocence. “Seriously, Fitz, what do you have against fun?”

An unwitting smile breaks free. “Got nothing against fun.”

“All right. Then what do you have against me?” she challenges. “Because every time I try talking to you, you run away.”

My smile fades. I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s calling me out in public. We’ve had a whopping total of two encounters, but that’s plenty of time for me to know she’s the type who thrives on drama.

I hate drama.

“Got nothing against you, either.” With a shrug, I ease away from the bar, prepared to do what she’s just accused me of—run.

A frustrated gleam fills her eyes. They’re big and green, the same shade as her older brother Dean’s eyes. And Dean’s the reason I force myself to stay put. He’s a good friend of mine. I can’t be a jackass to his sister, both out of respect for him, and for fear of my well-being. I’ve been on the ice when Dean’s gloves come off. He’s got a mean right hook.

“I mean it,” I say roughly. “I have nothing against you. We’re cool.”

“What? I didn’t hear the last part,” she says over the music.

I dip my mouth toward her ear, and I’m surprised that I barely have to bend my neck. She’s taller than the average chick, five-nine or ten, and since I’m six-two and used to towering over women, I find this refreshing.

“I said we’re cool,” I repeat, but I misjudged the distance between my lips and Summer’s ear. The two collide, and I feel a shiver run up her frame.

I shiver too, because my mouth is way too close to hers. She smells like heaven, some fascinating combo of flowers and jasmine and vanilla and—sandalwood, maybe? A man could get high on that fragrance. And don’t get me started on her dress. White, strapless, short. So short it barely grazes her lower thighs.

God fucking help me.

One Small Thing (Erin Watt)

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make — follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Hmmmm, I’m not really sure how to review this book. First of all, it was complete surprise to receive this ARC, and it’s always awesome to get review copies from a favorite author. However, this book was not what I expected. And unfortunately, I didn’t really like it.

There is too much drama on this book, and it kind of felt like Erin Watt was trying to recreate the level of drama on The Royals, but it just didn’t work here.

I had a problem right off the bat with Beth, because I felt like the issue she had with her name was silly. She felt like Lizzi was too juvenile? Juvenile was making everyone change the way they’ve always addressed you just because. If the name change had been something related to her sister, fine, I would have gone with it. As it was, it made no sense!

I didn’t like Beth. At all. She was so dramatic. And I couldn’t understand her reasonings and her feelings. But worse than her were her parents and friends. Her friends were all terrible. Her parents couldn’t deal. This girl lost her phone, car and room door several times during the book… I lost count. It was making me so mad! 

To be honest, I only liked one person in this book, and it was Chase! I felt sorry for the guy, because he was surrounded by awful people. And he lived with the weight and guilt of taking someone’s live, and no one was able to support him and make him see that it wasn’t all his fault. But he had such a good heart, and it pissed me off that he was being bullied all the time, and had no support at all.

The writing was engaging, and that is the reason I always end up coming back for more of Erin Watt, but I hated the excess drama, the terrible people and actions. And the romance didn’t make much sense. I don’t know, I didn’t feel it at all. I wasn’t sure if Chase really liked Beth, or if she pressured him so much, and given that she was the only person talking to him, he just kind of went with it?! That’s a terrible thought to have while reading a romance book…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Did you like it? Or was the drama too much for you too?

Fallen Heir (Erin Watt)

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

So… I have to admit, I was expecting to absolutely love this book, but unfortunately I didn’t. Easton was my favorite Royal for the first 3 books of this series, I loved his relationship with Ella, and his sense of humour. He was a delight! Easton in Fallen Heir? Not my Easton… He seemed more like the Easton of Paper Princess, before any character development that happened throughout the series so far.

One thing has to be said. Erin Watt, aka Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, still have the gift of sucking us in within the story. This book was addicting, like all the others. That, the drama and the cliffhanger, were the only things I saw in common with the other books though.

I’m going to have to drop some minor SPOILERS. Sorry guys, but I have to, because I need to speak about some stuff.

While I truly liked the characters, Ella and the Royals, on the first trilogy, I’m not feeling that warm towards the characters on this book. Especially Easton Royal. My dear Easton… Yeah, I’m not a fan at the moment. Easton seemed to have gone back 1000 steps, I was expecting him to be self-destructive, but I was also expecting him to “THINK” better than the things he said and did, if that makes any sense. Let me explain…

Easton always acted like a little jerk, it was a call for help, that was established early on on this series. But Fallen Heir is told exclusively through Easton’s POV, so even though Easton has some deep deep issues he needs to work on, for the most part he doesn’t just act like a jerk… HE IS A JERK! And this felt like a kick in the gut.

Easton brags about how he’s God’s gift to women, he spends most of his time thinking how much money he has and how much he can spend on stupid things, how no woman can resist him, how he had Ella first. And this one is just WOW (-_-)’. “Oh poor baby me, I don’t have any real friends”. I mean, are you freaking kidding me? Didn’t we spend 3 books where it was established that Easton and Ella were GREAT FRIENDS?! And suddenly, here, he’s always hurting her on purpose, and he actually thinks and believes all the shit he tells her. Like how she has Reed’s balls, how she should be worried about Reed cheating on her, you know… good and friendly stuff. Then there’s the entitlement, the fact that he believes he has some sort of right to her, because he kissed her first. Why is this even being mentioned here? This is a girl he technically sees as a sister, who is dating his brother, and is one of his closest friends.

Why does he says so many times he doesn’t have any friends? He doesn’t even try to talk to people. Look, I get it, he feels completely lost and without a place, I get it. But Easton spends the whole book feeling something, making the same mistakes, and going around in circles. And this was maddening. There was no character growth AT ALL. There was just Easton feeling sad, drinking himself to sleep, messing up, feeling sad, drinking, …, do you see the cycle? Yeah, the whole book was like this!

Easton did something wrong, he got mad at the people he hurt, like it wasn’t his fault at all, then he went and made it worst, and repeat.

Also… Easton says all he wants is to fly again, his dad says all he has to do is get his act together and don’t drink, and he’ll allow him to get back on the planes. What does Easton do? Yeah… he drinks every chance he gets. Oh brother…

Ok, we’ll get back to Easton in a bit. But what about Hartley Wright? So, I kind of liked her at first. I liked how she didn’t give a f*ck about who Easton was, and how hard she worked for herself and her place. I liked how mature she seemed, and the contrast to how immature East is. But I just didn’t buy it. The whole situation surrounding her, is just not believable at all. Her dad is a hot shot district attorney, he runned for mayor, and his middle child lives a few minutes away from them, in a bad area, has to work to be able to eat, and no one has caught wind of the situation? Especially at school? Hmmm, no. I mean, no no no.

Now, I did enjoy parts of the romance. I liked that Easton gave a real shot at the friendship thing, and opened up to Hartley, and seemed to have her best interest at heart. I liked their banter too. But I didn’t like how on the back of his mind he was always trying for more, even when she explained why she couldn’t. I also hated how she threw on his face everything he did “wrong”, when she allowed him in her life and wasn’t fighting for herself.

But I’m gonna say again, because this really really bothered me: Easton had friends. He kept telling he didn’t, but he did. Reed tried to speak with him, Ella was supportive, even Val. But no… “I have no friends…”

Let me tell you about the villain and the drama. Ari called Felicity Jordan 2.0, and she is. But I didn’t get the whole situation to be honest, I felt everything was so darn stupid. She wants to be the queen and take out Ella, or be with Easton for appearances, whatever. But he agrees to the fake relationship to make Hartley jealous, then he tells Hartley right away – points for Easton here – but he’s still not capable to put Felicity on the line and make sure the truth is known? Aren’t Ella and him ruling the school now? What was the difficulty of actually setting things straight?!

I just thought it was so stupid… sorry, but it was. It had no real weight. It could have been handled with easily. Bahhh…

There’s obviously a major cliffhanger by the end of the book, and while I did see one of the things coming, I didn’t see the other at all, and I’m curious as to how it’s going to be solved.

As you can see, it wasn’t my favorite book, but I still have high hopes for this series and the last book. I need Easton to open his eyes to the amazing life he has, seek the help he needs and appreciate his family and friends. I need his relationship with Ella to go back to normal. I need the twins to cut Lauren loose, because she’s toxic. I need Callum to be more present again, because just replacing your booze whenever your middle child drinks the whole stock is enabling him. I need to know why Ella’s not eating, because why wouldn’t she? I need to know what the deal is with the new QB, if he’s trouble or if he’s coupling with Val (maybe?!). I need Hartley to open her eyes and fight for what she wants. I want Easton to grow up again. I need Reed a bit more present.

I really hope the last book blows my mind, and that everything I disliked on this one is explained and solved. However, a lot of people seems to have liked this one, and it is full of stellar reviews. It really didn’t work for me though, but I’m not giving up on Easton, and I have my fingers crossed for the next book.

Paper Princess | Broken Prince | Twisted Palace

Stay (Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy)

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch — an anonymous virtual assistant service — is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog soon to read her review of this book.

Guys, Sarina and Elle have done it again! This was yet another amazing book from this duo, they can do no wrong in my eyes, eheh. So, needless to say, but I’m gonna say it anyway, that the writing is absolutely fantastic again. I loved the dual POV and how different the voices were. Super awesome.

Then I absolutely loved the characters too. It’s not everyday that we get a book about 2 divorcees, so I loved that about this book, that both Matt and Hailey had had a lasting and loving relationships before they met, and that the book showed two completely different types of divorces. I loved Matt’s fierceness, and determination, and I loved Hailey’s self assurance, even in those silly moments when she lost all capacity of speech, lol. Also, she’s the most awesome hockey fan ever!

These 2 were so amazing and cute together. And HOT! I loved their connection, and how well they came to know each other, and how the relationship developed slowly but surely. And I really liked how supportive they were of each other. The romance was great, and so swoon worthy, and this just made me so happy.

Seeing the WAGs again was great, I just needed a little bit more of Wesmie, and maybe even more of Blake, because there can never be too much Blake. And the plot was perfect, I was a bit scared that it would maybe have a little bit too much drama, because of the exes and so on, but nope, super light on the drama front, and the conflict was understandable and easily resolved. WELL DONE!

So, guys, go read this series. NOW!

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Bookish Mom


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Mother’s Day is on a few days… Choose a book with your favorite bookish mom”. I’m going with Good Boy by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen, the first book in the new WAGs series, because it has 2 amazing moms in it. Jess’ mom is awesome, but she’s a Canning, so we already knew she was awesome, but Mama Riley is just as great, and always super supportive of her wonderful boy.

Original (and only) COver:

At first I was a bit reticent about the covers for the new series, but now I really really like it. It fits well with the mood of the story.

Blurb Reveal: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Guys, are you excited yet?! I for one can’t wait to get my hands on Stay, the second book of the WAGs series, written by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, but for now, here is the blurb!

Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch–an anonymous virtual assistant service — is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam! 

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

Twisted Palace (Erin Watt)

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

Oh wow, this review is so long overdue… let’s see if I can still recall everything I wanted to talk about.

Like I said in my previous reviews of Paper Princess and Broken Prince, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick created something unique and highly addictive with this series. The writing is, once again, highly addictive, and just like the previous book, this book is told in dual POV, in Ella and Reed’s perspectives.

I was somewhat expecting more of this book, so while I truly loved it, I was kind of hoping for some more intrigue and intricacies on the plot.

The book starts off right where Broken Prince left off, and it is a wild ride for awhile. But then the plot kind of slows too much in the middle of the book, and nothing significant happens for a long time, apart from some pretty great Reed and Ella moments. This piece of the book felt kind of repetitive and way too slow.

There seemed to also be a little regression in Ella’s development in that middle portion of the book, and again, I wasn’t a fan of that.

Now, there’s a new character in this book, and I knew I was gonna hate him, but in the end, I thought he was too tame?! I thought they would stretch his character’s malice a little bit more.

Slight SPOILER ahead, be warned!!!

A lot of people say a lot how this character “likes them young”, and considering how uneasy Ella felt when she was around him, I truly thought the authors would go there. Overall I thought that if it wasn’t going to be relevant for THIS story, why mention that so many damn times?

Also, such a missed opportunity with Brooke’s baby daddy drama! I was not happy with who it turned out to be. 

End of spoiler!

In the end I was expecting more of my questions to be answered. A little more complexity to this story. Instead, this book veers more towards a pure romance than either of the previous books, and while reading the Reed and Ella love fest was awesome, it still felt like something was missing.

I do hope Easton’s book answers some of my questions, because I was not completely satisfied by the end of Twisted Palace

Have you read The Royals? What did you think of this end for this series?

Broken Prince (Erin Watt)


These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all — looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely — keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.  

Warning: This book ends in a cliffhanger.

OMG! This series is awesome! You can check my review for Paper Princess here, but while I loved book 1, this one, Broken Prince, definitly won my heart. I’ll keep this review short, because I don’t think I should talk about the story… I don’t want to spoil anything.

To start the writing is still highly addictive, maybe even more so, because on this book we have dual POV. Yeah guys, dual POV!!! We finally get to see what goes on in Reed’s head, and I loved it.

It was great to see Ella stick to her guns, even if I just wanted her to listen to Reed and for them to be happy. I needed my babies together. But it was so worth it. The angst and the confrontations and the fights… all worth it.

I also loved to see the guys bonding with Ella even more, even if the relationship between them was strained… my poor Reed… he did deserve it though. I really loved the fact that there was a lot more Callum in this book, because I love him and I liked to see him more involved in everyone’s lives.

The drama! Oh my… the drama in this series is unbelievable and so exciting!!!

I don’t know what else to say. Except that I fell for this series and the characters. So good.

Paper Princess (Erin Watt)


From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor — a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Oh My GOD! I don’t know why I waited this long to finally pick up this series, but I’m glad I did, because it would have sucked to wait for the next book to come out.

Also, guys, I’m so sorry, but I have no clue how to review this book =/.

I will start by saying that even though this book fits into the Young Adult category, it is mature YA, it has explicit use of drugs, alcohol and sex. And very strong language. So beware that this book is not your run of the mill contemporary YA, and it might not be your cup of tea.

Erin Watt is actually a combination of two authors, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, and you guys know I’m a huge fan of Elle Kennedy, so I was excited about this one. The writing is wonderful! I was engaged right from the start and this book was highly addicting. Seriously guys, this is addicting!!!

And on a side note… I saw a few bad reviews on goodreads that dismissed this book and its writing because the author (or authors) are erotica writers. And I ask, what the fuck is wrong with being an erotica writer? Is it because you think the genre is beneath you? Do you not like it? Have you tried it? No? Then why are you judging a genre you know nothing about? One of the most beautifully written and lyric books I’ve read last year was an erotica novel. Erotica does not equal trashy writing or abuse or violence. So don’t be judgmental on that front! You might not like the book or the story or the writing, that’s entirely your prerogative. But don’t diss a whole genre based on preconceived notions that are not true.

But also, don’t confuse ROMANCE with EROTICA, because just because a book has explicit sex in it, doesn’t make it an erotica novel!

Back to the review…

This series definitly has an interesting set of characters, and they’re all pretty complex and I can’t even begin describing them. But they are truly complicated and fun and hurting, but I found it worth it to read them.

There’s Ella, and she’s strong, so so strong. But the Royals are the true color of this series. Reed, Easton, Sebastian, Sawyer and Gideon are all mysterious, and so so messed up… all of them. And while they can be asses sometimes, especially Reed and Easton who do and say some pretty bad stuff at the beginning of the book, I can’t help but love them, even with all their faults. Especially Easton, I love easton.

The story is also kind of hard to explain. This book is mostly Ella’s adaptation to her new life, and finding herself in love with Reed, and how they navigate their growing connection. But there’s so much drama! And it’s like soap opera drama, you know? That if it was not well written, it would be boring and way too much. But it works here. It keeps the book interesting and it kept me on my toes. I was never quite sure what to expect.

It was certainly a super entertaining read and I was never bored, not even a little bit.

I couldn’t rate the book higher though, because of some issues in the book. There are a few insinuations of sexual assault, there’s a lot of “slut shaming”, and the boys are very crass towards Ella throughout a good portion of the book. And even though I love them and the book, those are moments I can’t just overlook.

So, if you think you might enjoy this one, proceed!!! But if you have doubts, think long and hard about it, because it might be just a little too out of your liking.

So, guys, have you read Paper Princess? What are your thoughts?