Review: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this story because it has a trope that I try to stay away from (Infidelity). This was recommended to me and I am so glad that I decided to give it a chance read for myself because this book really surprised me. 

Layla is a college student that is trying to start over. She hurt her family in the worst way which caused her mom to resent her and give her the ultimatum of leaving home with nothing or going to school far from where she lives with financial support. She distanced herself from everyone because she believes that her past will come to the surface and they will leave her like those that she loves. Layla then meets a guy that she feels drawn to. She feels as if he is just like her. Lonely, depressed, and needing something to feel alive. She follows him on campus for a few days and then discovers that he is actually her poetry professor. Thomas is a poet that is struggling with his marriage. He moved to the small town and took a teaching job just so he could save his marriage. He knows that things are bad and his wife is fading from him but he is willing to give up everything including his writing.

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Review: The Lying Game by Mickey Miller

Reviewed by Ericka

Best friends turned enemies then back to semi friends? I had moments of feeling like I was on a roller coaster with this one. There was so much angst and tension until it felt like a knife could cut right through it.

Carter and Lacy grew up together as best friends. Both of their moms were best friends so it was a given that Lacy and Carter would be too. They each grew up in a single parent household and there was a lot that both families struggled with financially. Lacy accidentally found out a secret about Carter and his mom by overhearing her mom talking to Carter’s mom. Lacy felt like she should tell Carter the secret and that it was wrong to keep something very important from him. Her mom convinced her that it wasn’t Lacy’s place to tell and that in time Carter’s mom will eventually come clean. After a while the secret comes to the surface and Carter finds out that Lacy knew all along. They break up and the friendship ends. Years later Lacy needs a place to stay for the summer while she attends a dance school and Carter’s mom convinces him to let Lacy stay since Lacy’s living arrangements didn’t work out. Now the friends turned enemies have a lot of pent up anger and unfinished business that neither one of them wants to have to deal with.

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Review: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Reviewed by Ericka

“Always the bridesmaid and never the bride” phrase seems to fit Emma’s lifestyle. She feels as if she is cursed especially with her last name being Loveless. She is constantly being set up on blind dates by her matchmaker mom. Emma swears off relationships until her mom feels like she truly has found the “one” for Emma.

Emma gets a text from an unknown number and thinking that it is her best friend messing with her she says things that are definitely embarrassing. She then realized that it wasn’t her best friend texting her but her so called “the one” that her mom tried to set her up with. To make matters worse, it was the love of her life that she claimed a long time ago when they were in school. Emma’s life starts to unravel in a good and bad way.

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Blood Oath by Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare

Reviewed by Ericka

I loved this book more that I thought I would. It is labeled as Y.A. but not once did I think that I was reading a Y.A. book. It was dark, gritty, and on much deeper level than you would expect.

Ryn is a peasant that is lives in a kingdom that is under the rule of a ruthless king that has the people living in harsh and devastating situations. Irrik is the King’s Drae (dragon)and was bound to the King years before. His only duty is to carry out whatever ruthless order that the king gives without giving any thought to it. Ryn gets caught up and is mistaken as a rebel. Irrik notices Ryn and sees something special in her. Something that makes him question everything he was sworn to destroy.

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Review: Big Stick by R.C. Stephens

Reviewed by Ericka

This is a second chance and friends to lovers romance that I absolutely loved! It has hockey too :).

Myles and Flynn grew up together as best friends with Flynn’s twin brother Oli. They each pegged themselves as the Lost Boys and later Flynn became Myles’s Tinkerbell (Tink). Tragedy happens and it creates a rift in the friendship with Myles and Flynn. They finally reconnect after seven years when Flynn moves in with Oli after she catches her boyfriend cheating and later finding out that Myles is living next door.

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Review: Hate You Less by Aubrey Wright

Reviewed by Ericka

I probably should have paid attention to the ratings for this book but I really wanted to give it the benefit of doubt. The synopsis was vague and good, but it all was a good click-bait.

Rick and Anne were high school sweethearts that everyone thought would stay together long after high school, including Anne. After Rick pulled a really dick move by taking her virginity and leaving suddenly, Anne feels devastated and is left with a broken heart. Years later, Anne and Rick are back in town for Rick’s little sister wedding which is also Anne’s best friend.

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Review: Until Trevor by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Reviewed by Ericka

I really have no idea as to why I read this second installment, especially because I didn’t like the first book (Until November). Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one slightly more than the first one. The female lead, Liz, was so much more likable than November. I didn’t find myself eye rolling the characters as much as I did in the first installment.

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Review: Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Reviewed by Ericka

I had mixed feelings about this book. I have read my fair share of dominant alpha males but this one was disappointing and frustrating.

November moved from New York to Tennessee to live with her father following a brutal attack. Her father owns a strip club and offers her a job working with the bookkeeping and financials during closing hours. The one time she is there during operating hours, she is confronted by the security guard Asher Mayson. When she first meets Asher he is rude, mean, and has some out of line assumptions.

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Review: The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

Reviewed by Ericka

I have read LJ Shen’s previous series called the Sinners of Saints series but this one is my favorite out of all the others she has written. For one it has the mafia and I love anything dealing with the mafia.

Francesca is the daughter of a powerful mafia leader. She has been groomed her whole life that after graduating high school her main concern and focus is to get married and produce heirs to the family business. On the night of the masquerade (which everyone is dressed as gods and goddesses) she feels like fate is going to bring her and her childhood love together but things take a turn for the worst and her fate as she would have it is stolen from her.

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Review: Bartender With Benefits by Mickey Miller

Reviewed by Ericka

This is the fourth installment in the Blackwell After Dark Series. Out of all of them, this one is my favorite. One of my favorite tropes is when childhood friends become lovers.

Clarissa Hanks has returned home from Harvard to be with her mother after she was diagnosed with cancer. She is also they younger sister of Cole who was the main character in book one, Professor with Benefits. Clarissa doesn’t really know exactly what she wants in life or which direction to start. Mason is Cole’s best friend. He has always had feelings for Clarissa but for the sake of his friendship with Cole he doesn’t act on those feelings. Mason has always wanted to open his own bar. When he goes through the process of getting a business loan they are mistaken as a couple and as business partners and the only way to secure the loan they have to proceed with the fake relationship.

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