Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1) by Sarah MacLean -book review

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6584134A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 3,8/5

Smexy Times?– YES

OVERALL – 3,9/5 STARS

My first historical romance of the year! And it was pretty good...long, but good(and very quotable ) I read it in one sitting. The story was interesting, I liked Callie and Gabriel together (they did have amazing chemistry, so well done). Some parts did feel a little forced, but it didn’t spoil the story. Overall would recommend it if you love historical steamy romance.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

”Of course, one might argue that lurking in the darkness isn’t exactly ladylike.”
“Ah. There you have it wrong. I am not lurking in the darkness. I am hiding in it. Quite a different thing, altogether.”
❤“I shall endeavor to remember tea first, milk second. I should hate to cause another war between Britain and the Continent.”
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“You look quite lovely tonight.” Oxford leaned in, and his smile broadened. Was it possible that the man had more than the usual number of teeth?
❤“You forget one of the most important tenets of London society.”
“Which is?”
“Wealthy, unmarried marquesses are always welcome back into the light.”
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“Are you quoting the Bible to me?”
“Indeed,” she said primly, the portrait of piousness.
“While gambling.”
“What better location to attempt to reform one such as you?”
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“Never doubt how beautiful you are, Callie. For your beauty has quite ruined me for all others. And, frankly, I rather wish I’d found you years ago.”
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“Dear Lord,” Callie breathed.
“I’ve tried prayer myself,” Benedick said genially. “It doesn’t seem to work with her. I believe she’s made a deal with the Maker.”
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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas- book review

 

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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

*My review on first and second books*

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The story– 3,5/5

Setting of the book– 4/5

Main Hero– 4/5

Smexy Times?– Yes!

OVERALL – 4/5 STARS

4 stars

 

I read it as a buddy read with the lovely Nishtha from wheresmystory blog. We had so much fun reading and discussing it. So what did I think? Overall I liked it,it was much better then I expected. To be honest, I did read a lot of spoilers about the plot, but I still was surprised about almost everything. The writing style was amazing, easy to follow. I expected Nesta to be a bigger bitch, but she wasn’t and I was surprised. Still love Lucien and Cassian (will protect them forever). Overall it’s a great book, wasn’t really happy with the ending but you can’t have it all.


FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

He’d tied his hair up, a few strands of it falling into his face as he swooped down again and threw a second trout onto the sandy bank where I’d been trying to find a substitute for fishing twine.


“Why should I be scared of an oversized bat who likes to throw temper tantrums?”

Viviane’s sapphire eyes flared as if struck by lightning. “If this war goes poorly, we’ll be bleeding out right alongside you, so I think we damn well get a say in things.”

“That bastard,” Nesta said with utter coolness, though her eyes began to burn, “may wind up being the only person standing in the way of Hybern’s forces and your people.”

 

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The Most Eligible Lord in London by Ella Quinn – book review

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So because the only thing I can do for like 2 weeks now is to read, here you have another book review! Enjoy!

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45437704In this captivating new Regency trilogy, bestselling author Ella Quinn picks up where her beloved Worthingtons series left off, as three Lords of London discover true love at last…

Handsome, rakish, incorrigibly flirtatious—Fredrick, Lord Littleton, is notorious. Lady Adeline Wivenly is resolved to keep him at arm’s length during her first Season—until she overhears another woman’s plot to trick him into marriage. Even a rogue is undeserving of such deception, and Adeline feels obliged to warn him—only to find herself perilously attracted…

In the past, Littleton’s charm nearly got him leg-shackled to the wrong woman. Now he’s positive he’s found the right one, for Adeline is everything he wants and needs in a wife. Her sense of justice is so strong she agrees to help him despite her mistrust. But can the ton’s most elusive lord convince the lady he is finally serious about marriage—as long as she will be his bride?

 

 

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The story– 4,5/5

Setting of the book– 3,5/5

Main Hero– 5/5

Smexy Times?– Yes

Overall – 4/5 stars

4 stars

Littleton and Adeline’s story was beautifully written, yes it’s started a little bit slower than I would like, but it didn’t ruin the story. I liked the family dynamic we got to see (the matrons were the best). This is a sweeter story than I anticipated. Littleton is very kind and charming, very sweet and considerate. Nothing “rake” about him at all. The whole story we get to see from three points of view- Miss Adelaide,Lord Littleton, and Lord Anglesley. It was a really big surprise for me, but it did give the story another interesting layer. So basically we get a love triangle, but regency style.

If you want something sweet, to read before bed and really be transported to the regency era than this is for you!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

 

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

Then a dimple appeared on his left cheek. It was a shame he was ineligible; he really was the most handsome man she had ever seen.

You look like you are making a study of the mating behavior of an unknown civilization

If you ask me, he shoulda paid more mind to what she was saying early on. Took him too long to make out that she weren’t the right lid for his pot.”


We.

She had used the word “we.”


I need to find a gentleman to dangle in front of Miss Hanson. He should have a title.”

Nothing like sacrificing your fellow man,” Turley said with feeling.


“He has no desire to marry. Her tone was sharp and bitter. “But he will make a lady think she is his sun, moon, and stars.”

In other words, a rake.


I wonder if she will have to wait to be asked, or if the fact that she is a duchess enables her to propose to the gentleman,” Miss Hanson said.

Lady Bellamny quickly put an end to that speculation. “The only lady allowed to propose to a gentleman is a queen or a princess.”


 

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The Fae Hunter’s Daughter (Whims of Witches #1) by Nissa Leder -Book review

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When Eden discovers she has magic, she’s thrown into the middle of a supernatural world she never knew existed.

Everything was normal in Eden Brooks’ life until two weeks ago, when in a moment of frustration, she threw a remote across the living room at her twin sister—with her mind. But that’s not all. Somehow, she can make water boil and start a fire without a match.

At first, Eden keeps her newfound abilities a secret. Until she meets Nox at the park near her house. He’s mysterious, witty, and not bad to look at. But more than that, he has magic of his own.

But as Eden gets to know him, she learns his powers aren’t the same as hers and that his motives aren’t as selfless as he pretends. When her dad sees the two of them together, he forbids her from seeing him ever again.

Soon, she learns truths about her father she never thought possible, leading Eden to question everything she knows.

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 3/5

Main Hero– We get multiple points of view, so it’s hard to tell anything about it.

Smexy Times?– Non

Overall – 3,5/5 stars

This is the first book I have read from this particular author. My main reason for getting this ebook was the cover😍(and of course the title, who doesn’t love some fea in they’re life). I loved the writing style, the story was interesting and easy to follow. This story is told from multiple points of view, I don’t like books like that, but in this case, it worked, mainly because you could really tell the difference between our heroes. Overall a great easy and fast read, have already gotten the next book and can’t wait to see where this story is going

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

 

The show on TV was about a bunch of girls competing to win some modeling contract. Two of the contestants were arguing about who deserved to win the show.
Silver’s eyebrow curved. “This is what humans spend their time fighting over?”
Vito sipped his wine. “Wonderful, isn’t it?”

“Lipstick is a tricky thing.” Eden shut Fiona’s door and using the button on the keys, made sure she was locked. “One wrong move of the lips before it’s dry and bad things can happen.”

“My friend seems to have a case of love-at-first-sight,” the girl said. “Which isn’t like him.”
“Ahh, good ol’ love-at-first-sight. So fairytale-esque.”

“Fae Hunters, huh?” Kaelem leaned back. “Like Buffy but they hunt us not vampires. Interesting.”

“I’ve been dreaming of you,” Stella said. “Not in a creepy way, but I’m a clairvoyant.
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“Fair Weather Enemies” by Sawyer North – Book review

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The Hancocks and Ashfords have had a long-standing feud between their families long before Miss Jane Hancock couldn’t stand the sight of gentleman farmer Adam Ashford. But after both families fall on hard times and an unscrupulous creditor forces Jane and Adam to sign a devil’s bargain, they’ll finally understand the true meaning of keeping your enemies close at hand.

The terms of this bargain? Locate a lost treasure shrouded in deception and mystery.

The catch? Only one can claim it to win…the loser is left to ruin.

As Jane and Adam embark on a trek throughout England they plan to hate their adversary, no matter how attractive, generous, and kind they are.

Sometimes, plans change…

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 3,5/5

Main Hero– 4,5/5

Overall – 4/5 stars

This was an epic treasure hunt! The treasure hunt was even better than the romance(and the romance in this book was GOOD). I loved the bickering between our main couple (Jane and Adam) it was well written and the tension was sooo real! The writing style was phenomenal, can’t wait to read more from this author.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK 

“We do so well to avoid one another back home. A chance meeting in London can only be considered a bad omen.”
“Clearly,” he said. “I would have consulted a witch, had I known. However, as you were here, Oxfordshire was short of witches.”

She flashed a smile meant to slice. “If suitors are all of your species, sir, then I prefer a dog. At least they possess the good sense to cease howling from time to time.”

“But we shall never be friends.”
“Of course. Our dearly departed ancestors would never forgive such betrayal.

“I believe Mrs. Byrd should have the seat. She is quite above rubbing elbows with pigs.
Aunt Hester stood straight and lifted her chin. “Nonsense, sir. As a member of polite society, I rub elbows with pigs regularly. My lovely niece should take the seat.”

“Beelzebub. Prince of demons. Perfect. At least we are not required to ride him. Otherwise, he might carry us straight through the gates of Hell.”

I will walk barefoot as did my distant ancestors. If bare feet were good enough for them, then bare feet are good enough for me.”
“You forget one important fact.”
“And that is?”
“They are all dead. Perhaps their lack of suitable footwear was to blame.”
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“Truce? Hating Elijah Monroe” by Amelia Kingston – This book Made me Cry……(book review)

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A small town enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy.

Harper Delaney is a newly certified elementary school teacher with the mountain of student loan debt to prove it. Moving back to her claustrophobically small hometown is about as tempting as two-week-old sushi, but the allure of free rent and a guaranteed summer teaching job are undeniable.

On the hunt for her dream job in San Francisco, Harper just needs to survive the summer without murdering Elijah Monroe. He may have grown into a scorchingly hot fireman, but he’s still her nemesis. Harper gave Elijah her heart when she was sixteen, and never forgave the jerk for not wanting it. Probably for the best, since he’s also her stepbrother.

Elijah still makes Harper’s blood boil and heart race. And he knows it. She’ll wipe that smug smirk off his gorgeous face before leaving town. The only question is if she wants to do it with a kiss or a slap.

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The story– 4,5/5

Setting of the book– 4/5

Main Hero– 4/5

Smexy Times?– Yes

Overall – 5/5 stars

5 stars

Another 5star read?! Am I in book heaven?! This book was amazing…and hella short! I loved how clueless was Harper with the whole Elijah situation, the sexual tension in this book was INSANE and those sweet moments were just adorable. And it made me cry, this book made me cry ugly tears in the middle of the night. You know why? Because of the sweet ending…

Why isn’t it longer??? I need more, much more! Give me more!

Overall an amazing book, would recommend.

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

Despite using my cheery teacher voice, my pep talk’s still not working. I’m better with optimistic six-year-olds.


No matter what I say, the sun will always rise and set on Elijah in his mother’s eyes. He could murder a puppy while setting an elementary school on fire and she’d still sing his praises. That’s what mothers do.


“I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m a strong, independent woman. Who’s going to go eat a pint of ice cream in your honor.”


I know it’s been too long since I’ve had a date when my first thought at seeing a firetruck pull up outside the school isn’t Oh, no. Where’s the fire? but Oh, yes. Where are the firemen!


“Shut up. He’s always the one who starts it. Don’t take his side.”
“Not taking sides, darling. I’m just saying he’s not the only one with a razor-sharp tongue. You can hold your own.”


Bethany places her hand on her heart and smiles wide. “How fun. Those little ones are sweet, but they must be exhausting. I don’t know how you have the patience.”
“Easy. I’ve lived with Elijah Monroe. There’s no better practice for dealing with immaturity.


“But, it’s at Elijah’s fire station and I really need you to run interference.”
She cocks her head to the side and asks, “Interference?”
“Yeah, in case he starts in with the snide comments and I try to kill him.”
You know my favorite thing about you? Your emotional maturity. I’m so glad you’re state-certified to teach the future of America.”

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DYRC20 book pick for February- The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams

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The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

 

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The story– 5 /5

Setting of the book–  4,5/5

Main Hero– 4 /5

Smexy Times?– Yes

Overall – 5/5 stars

5 stars

This was my pick for the DYRC20 reading challenge for February. I can say just one thing…I LOVED IT AND I WANT MORE! Give me more!!! It’s such a unique spin of the classic “romance” rom-com genre, Gavin and the guys in the “bromance book club” were hilarious and I loved how they tried to help Gavin to get his wife back. The relationship between Gavin and Thea was so real and raw. I can already say it’s one of my favorite books of 2020. Can’t wait to read the next book!

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

“Como es el?”
How is he? Gavin understood that. Holy shit, he could speak Spanish when he was drunk.
Del shook his head. “He’s about one shot away from listening to Ed Sheeran.”
Gavin hiccupped. “No me gusta Ed Sheeran.”
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The man tugged on his suspenders. “Whatcha knockin’ down?”
“Patriarchal power structures.”
He blinked.
“A wall.”
“Make sure it’s not load-bearing first.”
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Del turned around. “Everyone here?”
“Yeah,” Mack said. “In the basement. Is he ready for his initiation? I have to get that sheep back to the farm by midnight.”
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“Men are idiots. We complain that women are so mysterious and shit, and we never know what they want. We fuck up our relationships because we convince ourselves that it’s too hard to figure them out. But the real problem is with us. We think we’re not supposed to feel things and cry and express ourselves. We expect women to do all the emotional labor in a relationship and then act confused when they give up on us.”
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Don’t be ashamed for liking them. The backlash against the PSL is a perfect example of how toxic masculinity permeates even the most mundane things in life. If masses of women like something, our society automatically begins to mock them. Just like romance novels. If women like them, they must be a joke, right?”
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“A woman remembers every time a man winks at her, because we love winking. It’s like catnip. Wink at us, and we roll over and start purring. You haven’t winked at me in a long time.”
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“Why are we running?” Mack yelled.
They were all running.
Mack. Del. Yan. The Russian. Gavin. Running up a crooked sidewalk in Atlanta toward the giant church in the distance.
“Because this is grand gesture,” the Russian panted. “You always run for grand gesture.”
“And because you parked seven blocks away!” Gavin yelled.
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The Wild One (Corisi Billionaires #2) by Ruth Cardello – Book review

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She wants to go wild. A billionaire decides to go with her. For two Americans in Paris, love wasn’t in the plans in New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello’s sexy high-stakes romance.

After years of choosing safe over satisfying, a weeklong Paris fling sounds perfect to Wren Heath. And who better to have it with than Mauricio Romano, a billionaire with a reputation as a first-class heartbreaker. A few days. Fun, then done. What happens on vacation stays on vacation, right?

Paris was Mauricio’s playground, and love was never part of the game. Lust? Toujours. Then he meets a sweet woman who wants to be a sex kitten. He knows how to give her the wildest five days and nights of her life. No commitments. No strings. But the hotter it gets, the harder it is to remember his own rules.

What do you do when what happens in Paris stays in your heart and then shows up at home?

Are these two destined to clash or destined for love?

 

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Trigger warning – mentions of  PTSD 

The story– 4 /5

Setting of the book–  3,5/5( we are in Paris for the most part)

Main Hero– 4 /5

Smexy Times?– Yes

Overall – 4 /5 stars

4 stars

 

To be fair it started a little bit slow for me, but after the first 3 chapters, it started picking up. The story was interesting, very funny in some places, great writing(will definitely check other books by this author). We get the whole story from a dual point of view(Mauricio and Wren), I usually don’t like that but in this book, it worked amazingly.  This was an instant-love story(more like instant lust to love ), so if you don’t like those better skip this one. The only thing I was confused about was the first and last chapter, we get the main hero from the first book in this series and his “point of view” and I was confused why is it there? Like it didn’t add to the story, and because I haven’t read the first book in this series I was lost…So I advise you to read it before you read this one. Overall a great book would recommend!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK 

Loyalty made almost any sin pardonable

Except fucking bunny ears


“There is nothing shameful about the human form”

“I agree” I did. In theory. I justs couldn’t help that I’d been raised with closed doors and fully dressed parents 


Mauricio would sell me a fantasy, then forget my name

His fantasy.

Not mine.


My father looked to Sebastian.”He’s the pretty one, but has he always been this slow? In a minute I’m going to walk away, wait for one of you to slap some sense into him: then and only then will I come back and try this conversation again”

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Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson-Book Review

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“As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me. . . .”

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

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The story– 5/5

Setting of the book– 4/5

Main Hero– 5/5(I really liked Christine)

Smexy Times?– In flashbacks Yes

Overall – 4,9/5 stars

This is something to celebrate! I finally read one of my never ending physical TBR pile books. And it was very good! I haven’t read any books in Latvian for such a long time and I’m so happy I did that. So what can I say about this book? It was an amazing concept, waking up every day without remembering who you are and why you are here is an amazing situation to put in a thriller kind of setting. And it works! I was so sucked in the story that I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it. Great book, the great main hero and the “twist” was well executed. Would definitely recommend for you to check it out if you like thrillers, mysteries, and detective stories , you will definitely enjoy it!

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK 

I cannot imagine how I will cope when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it. No treasure house of collection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”


This is dying everyday. Over and over.”


It’s not life, it’s just an existence, jumping from one moment to the next with no idea of the past, and no plan for the future.”


“I am sliding, down,down. Toward blackness, I must not sleep. I must not sleep.I.Must.Not.Sleep.


 

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“Us,Again” by Elle Maxwell – Spoiler Free review

Us, Again

by Elle Maxwell

47952877._SY475_About the book: It’s really him. The former love of my life. The man I gave everything to, who broke me so badly the pieces never healed back together properly.”

Graham Wyatt might be 6’2” of irresistible muscled, tattooed, angsty Alpha male (and don’t forget the man bun)—but sorry, ladies! He’s a one-woman man. Specifically, Mackenzie Thatcher, the love of his life whose heart he broke 5 years ago. Now that he’s out of prison (yes, prison…it’s a long story) he’s determined to redeem himself and prove he’s reformed his bad-boy ways so she’ll give him a second chance.

Mackenzie, on the other hand, has vowed off love forever. She’s already experienced excruciating heartbreak, and she has no intention of ever getting near that particular fire again…especially with the very man who burned her in the first place. She’s perfectly happy being a badass independent woman, thank you very much. That is, until seeing Graham again stirs up feelings she doesn’t know what to do with (besides a little quality time with her B.O.B.).

She’s not going to give in easily, but he isn’t afraid to play a little dirty. (Like that time he showed up to her yoga class and took off his shirt…) Graham is determined to do whatever it takes to win her back, even when some drug-dealing demons from his past show up and threaten the progress he’s starting to make.

Can Graham keep from repeating his past mistakes and find redemption with the woman he loves?

This contemporary second chance romance from debut author Elle Maxwell is a full length novel that is a standalone with no cliffhanger.

 

MY THOUGHTS

Trigger warning: depression, drugs 

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 3,5/5

Main Hero– 4/5

Smexy Times?– Yes

Overall – 4/5 stars

4 stars

This was a cover buy for me! Looking at the cover I expected a light contemporary romance mostly told from the girl’s point of view, but it was the opposite. I didn’t expect it at all. Was it good? Yes! Did I enjoy it? Totaly!Great book about a second chance romance.

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK 

I’m looking for companionship and compatibility, not passion. Passion is nothing but a temporary high that eats your brain cells.”

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The sight of her hits me, and I am suddenly afflicted with every single romantic cliché.
Heart racing? Check.
Breath taken away? Check.
Vision narrowing until I only see her? Check.
Weak knees? Check
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I turn my attention to my new nemesis, AKA the lucky bastard she wore that outfit for.
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(My resume is going to be stellar … short and sweet, a line for “MA State Prison Inmate, Accessory to Murder” followed by “Mackenzie Thatcher’s Stalker.” Who wouldn’t hire me?)
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When a woman orders you to do something while bawling her eyes out, you do the damn thing. I suppose I’m lucky she didn’t tell me to jump off a bridge or wear a tutu, because at the moment I’d do anything if it had a chance of calming her down.
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“Twenty minutes,” Shaina consents with a look and tone that screams ‘mom’ that I’ve seen countless times from my own mother. Perhaps it’s part of some standard hormonal programming that’s automatically downloaded into women when they give birth.
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#LifeHack: Need to get past a power-hungry bridge troll? Wave something shiny in her face.

 

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