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WEEKEND SALES UPDATES!! The giant sales list has TONS of new book. Scroll down to see them! The sales list is just below “my latest favorites” — you can’t miss it. It’s a giant block of awesome deals :D

BREAKING NEWS:

  • Here’s To Falling by Christine Zolendz was just released!! It sounds so good!! –Every girl has that one guy…that one guy who steals her heart and never gives it back.
  • Marrow by Tarryn Fisher went live early!! I’m intrigued! — She lives in a derelict neighborhood… It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor that things begin to change.
  • The Mistake by Elle Kennedy just went up for pre-order and it’ll be released in less than 2 weeks!! This is the second standalone in the series following The Deal (which I looooooved) and it tells Logan’s story!!! I’m SO excited!!! These are some of one of the best college romances I’ve read!!

Next, a few highlights… two of my top favorite recommendations, Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven (second chance bad boy romance), and Tangled by Emma Chase (hilarious enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy) are on super sale (they’re both usually $7.99, so these are big discounts). Next, I’m now hooked on The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Reisz! They’re erotic, captivating, non-traditional and have fantastic writing. I’ve just finished The Siren (my review), The Angel (my review), The Prince (my review), and The Mistress (My Review). Read them all back-to-back. LOVED ‘em!! Oh, and just scroll down for new books and remember to check your latest Audiobook discounts right here. Happy reading :D

*** LATEST NEW RELEASES RECAP *** All these books are now LIVE!! More details below.

Also, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty is on sale! I’ve loved 2 books by this author and they’re usually $10-12, and its being made into a MOVIE!! — The heroine is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child… Until she wakes up on the floor, is whisked off to a hospital and discovers that she has amnesia. She’s actually 39, getting divorced, and has three kids. To reconstruct her life, she has to go back over the events of a lost decade and piece things back together… — Sounds good!

Oh AND the hardcover of one of my new 5-star favorites, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (My Review) is on sale for about 30% OFF!! If you’re a fan of The Bronze Horseman, you should definitely grab a copy!!

*** WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING ***

 
HOLY WOW!!! So, I’ve finally worked up the courage to read this series — THE ORIGINAL SINNERS by Tiffany Reisz — that I’ve literally had on my reading list since mid-2012. I was equally curious about and yet kinda scared of it… but I’m glad I read it because OMG… it was GOOD!!! The writing was absolutely AMAZING! The story though was verrryyy different than a lot of what I read. It’s an erotic BDSM world and while there was definitely very deep, all-consuming LOVE, it was NOT a traditional romance. It was taboo and shocking at times, raw but extremely honest, very intricate and complex… It took me WAY the hell out of my usual “reading comfort zone” but the characters, the WRITING, and the DEPTH of the story hooked me on the series! I binge-read the first 4 books back-to-back! Purchase links and reviews below :D


*** MY NEWEST FAVORITES ***

 
My newest TOP recommendations are Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec because seriously EVERYONE needs to read this book!! Everyone. Also Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty which is actually fiction, not romance, but I read it to try something different than my usual and was blown away by the writing and story!!!! And Here With Me and Choose Me by Heidi McLaughlin — an awesome UNIQUE 2-book second chance military romance story with a very unique set-up! Oh and I’ve also recently loved Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton and Where One Goes by BN Toler. And finally, my list of Best Books of 2015 has been updated!

*** CURRENT SALES & PRICE DROPS ***

Note: Sales are updated daily! And are limited time only!
Sale pricing may not be consistent internationally and may change at any time.
Books with a star (★) are ones I’ve read and loved.
The newest additions to the list are near the top.


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*** THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES ***

 

Here’s To Falling by Christine ZolendzNew Release!!

Ooooh, SURPRISE NEW RELEASE!!! This standalone sounds amazing!!

“Every girl has that one guy… that one guy who steals her heart and never gives it back. We were friends…until we weren’t. We depended on each other…until we couldn’t. We were in love…until we were ripped apart. We moved on…even when we didn’t want to let go. This is our love story.”

 

Marrow by Tarryn FisherSurprise New Release!!

OMG. This was released early as a surprise!! I’m intrigued

“In the Bone there is a house. In the house there is a girl. In the girl there is a darkness. She’s not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor that things begin to change…”

 

Until July by Aurora Rose ReynoldsNew Release!!

BAD BOY ALERT!!! This is a standalone spin-off of the Until series — a very popular, highly rated series sexy Alpha male romance standalones!!

This bad boy hero’s world is turned upside down by a quirky blonde he meets and “every moment with her makes him more determined to protect her…”

(Until series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4)

 

Beautiful Secret by Christina LaurenNew Release!!

When the heroine’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside — and staying in a hotel with — her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, she’s certain he barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

 

Crushed by Lauren LayneNew Release!!

I loooved the first standalone in this series Broken (My Review) and am excited to try this new standalone!

This is a novel “about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.” …. After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

 

Intercepted by Emma HartNew Release!!

Ahh, the hero is a single dad AND a pro football player!! — Being a father at nineteen wasn’t how he imagined his life going, but when his ex-girlfriend tricked him into parenthood, he accepted it. Now, he’s holding onto full custody of his seven year old son. Between that and football, he has no time left for dating… until his best friend comes back into his life. She never knew he loved her. She left before he could tell her. But now she’s back in front of him, and he’s not letting go… :D (can be read as a standalone)

 

The Shameless Hour by Sarina BowenNew Release!!

Hockey player alert!! This standalone is about what happens when the girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one. — She’s the care-free student manager of the men’s hockey team and sex is a second language to her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. What she doesn’t know is he’s a strict Catholic who is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup… Too bad, the undeniable spark between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.

 

Forever Red by Carina AdamsNew Release!!

Rock star fans!! The hero has made a name as the ultimate tattooed bad boy country star. Every guy wants to be him, every girl just wants him. Except the heroine. She just wants to know that the boy she once loved is happy and that she didn’t break his heart in vain. But when she comes face-to-face with him again… “My body wasn’t supposed to react to him the way it did. And, he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to look at me the way he used to. Can someone you loved as a teenager really have a hold on your heart twelve years later? I’m about to find out…”

 

For The Love Of Raindrops by Beth MicheleNew Release!!

I missed this “childhood friends to lovers” standalone last week but it sounds really good so I’m including it here! — “I fell in love with her when I was just a boy. And then I never fell out of love. I just fell deeper. But she has everything. And I have nothing to offer her. Except my heart. Sometimes the guy gets the girl, and they live happily ever after. I wanted to be that guy… I can’t imagine ever loving anyone else. Right after I work up the courage to tell her, my world gets torn apart. I wish I had told her sooner. But most of all… I wish it would rain again.”

 

The Headmaster by Tiffany ReiszNew Release!!

This is a standalone and it sounds so different!! — The heroine is given a position as a teacher at a gothic boarding school. She’s charmed by the lovely buildings, bewitched by the eager students…and utterly seduced by the headmaster. He’s noble, handsome and infuriatingly proper… concealing a raw sensual power that she longs to unleash… It’s thrilling to be the only woman on campus – save one other. An eerie white-clad figure roams the grounds by night. She never speaks. She leaves no trace. And she’s the key to the Academy’s mysterious allure…

 

The Light at the End of the Road by Ginny BairdNew Release!!

Oh, this is described as a “spine-tingling mystery-romance”.

Icy rain has caused highway closings along Sam’s precipitous mountain route, and she’s forced to take treacherous back roads. When her car hits black ice and skids into a ditch, Sam fears for her survival. Then a stranger appears on the scene to offer her a hand. Only, after a while, Sam starts to fear this handsome mystery man is leading her in the wrong direction…

 

Ropes and Revenge by Jessie EvansNew Release!!

Cowboy alert!! This is the last standalone in this series! All these books have super high ratings and each one is a different type of romance. This is a romantic suspense. — The hero lost his wife eight months prior to a tragic accident. Except he doesn’t think it was an accident. All his time is devoted to caring for their two sons… until the heroine shows up at his ranch…

Series (standalones): Book #1, Book #2, Book #3, Book #4, Book #5, Book #6.

 

The Nines by Dakota MadisonNew Release!!

Ok, I’m intrigued by this!! It’s a romantic suspense about a secret fraternity at a prestigious university who believe they can get away with murder, but one group of antiheroes are out to stop them. — “Vengeance is mine. It’s what I breathe for. It’s what I’m still living for. It’s been two years. Two long and difficult years, but my plan is nearly complete. I’m meticulous, so I’ll never get caught. Just one thing stands in my way: The mysterious young woman without a past who desperately wants to be part of my future. I just need to figure out why…”

 

Unrequited by Jen FrederickNew Release!!

Eeep, this heroine is falling for her sister’s ex-boyfriend!!

“She’s spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time… Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.”

Full series (books are standalones): Book 1, Novella 1.5, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4.

 

Only For Us by Cristin HarberNew Release!!

This is the third part of a series and the blurb made my heart squeeze!!! — “I didn’t know you were killing yourself with work. I didn’t know you’re raising our daughter. So help me God, had I known, there is no military force on earth that would’ve kept me from you… I love you.”

Reading order: Book #1, Book #2, Book #3.

 

The Story of Son by JR WardNew Release!!

This is a dark vampire paranormal romance by the author of the amazingly addictive and hugely popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series. — Held captive by a dark, seductive vampire with an unworldly hunger, the beautiful Claire Stroughton fears her life as a lawyer has irrevocably taken a turn for the worse. But when this deeply sensual-and highly dangerous-vampire convinces Claire that his desire for her is stronger than his lust for blood, she is compelled to give everything up to him, body and soul…

*** AUDIOBOOK UPGRADES!! ***

 
For fans of AUDIOBOOKS (or if you want to try them out), Amazon has a great program that searches YOUR Kindle library and finds you discounted audio upgrades for the books you already own. This means you’ll be able to switch seamlessly between reading and listening. If you’re curious, just click the link below… Everyone will see something different because it’s custom-tailored to YOUR personal books!

*** FEATURE SALES: 2 TOP FAVORITES ***

 

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven (Read my Review)– On Sale!!

SQUEE!!! For a limited time only, Bad Romeo is on sale for only $2.99 (reg. $7.99). I loooved this book!! It was a delicious blend of everything I adore reading about: a second chance romance, INTENSE sexual tension, a moody bad boy hero, and an epic love story with this SPARK that made my heart race!! 5 STARS!!! — Also the sequel and conclusion to the story, Broken Juliet, will be out in a few days.

I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend getting this!!!

 

Tangled by Emma Chase (Read my Review)– On Sale!!

OMG. This is honestly one of the most HILARIOUS romantic comedies I’ve ever read and it’s currently ON SALE for $1.99 (reg. $7.99) for a limited time.

This book is rarely ever is discounted! If you’re looking for laugh-out-loud story you HAVE to get this!! It’s an enemies-to-lovers romance and IT. IS. FUN!!

It can be read as a standalone!

*** FIFTY SHADES NEWS***

Here’s some clarifying info regarding the various versions of the DVD/Blu-ray that are going to be available. I asked the ‪#‎OfficialFifty‬ team personally and this is what they told me:

There are 2 available options:

✦ The Blu-ray™ and Digital HD combo pack (DVD included) will include the Theatrical version AND an exclusive Unrated version with a never-before-seen alternate ending, along with almost 2 hours of all-new behind the scenes Bonus Features (interviews, featurettes etc). Pre-order here!

✦ The single-disc DVD is an alternate product that only includes the Theatrical version in case you want to just have what you saw in theaters. Pre-order here!

*** UPCOMING BOOKS: PRE-ORDER NOW ***

Note: You are NOT charged for pre-orders until the book is released.


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*** UPDATED LIST: BEST BOOKS OF 2015 ***

 
I’ve recently posted my list of Top 10 Best Books of 2015 so far. If you’re looking for a great new recommendation, be sure to check them out!! All of those books are favorites! Just click here!

Here are a few of my most recent favorite books and recommendations:

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Book Review — The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4) by Tiffany Reisz

Book Review — The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4) by Tiffany Reisz

“Why do you love me so much…?”
He smiled down at her.

“Because I met you.”

WHAT. A. BOOK!!!

First before anything…. I have to say: #TeamSøren 

Omg, so completely, utterly, and irrevocably #TeamSøren.
(Lol, apparently I’m a switch. Hehe. Get it? ;) )
Gah. My poor heart!!! But just… #TEAMSOREN 

ALL. THE. WAY!!!!

My feels have been toyed with, my mind has been fucked with, my emotions are now so tangled up that I went from being a 100% solid #TeamWesley gal, to being so completely on #TeamSøren that it’s hard for me to accept that I was ever not on his team. I honestly didn’t believe this would happen. I kept seeing everyone all in love with Søren while I was just eyeing his warily but NOW I GET IT!!! I really do!!

Please be sure to read the first 3 books in the series (or at least my reviews of them) before reading this because… this book isn’t a standalone and I think you should have least the tiniest bit of context. So first check out The Siren (my review), The Angel (my review), and The Prince (my review), m’kay?

OK. On to the review.

First things first: THE. WRITING. IS. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! Literally some of the best I’ve ever read.

BRILLIANT.
BRILLIANT.
BRILLIANT.
Just absolutely fucking amazing!

The story is the most boundary-pushing one I’ve ever read. You have to understand that I went into this series completely blind (by choice). And by that, I mean that I literally did not know anything!!! I didn’t even read the blurbs. Usually when I read a book, I know who ends up with who and the general direction of the storyline (I’m not a fan of surprises) but with this series, because it was already so far outside the box, I decided to just accept whatever it dished out and try to remain as open minded as possible.

So this book starts off right after the giant freaking heart-stopping cliffhanger that the previous book left us on that threw the world around Nora into full-out crisis mode. It was so powerful to see the way all these characters that we’d gotten to know over the course of the series come together in this desperate time to work together to help Nora. ALL THE FEELS, I tell you. All the feels.

I’m not going to go into detail on what this crisis is that they’re facing but just trust me that it’s about as dire, dangerous, and deadly as you can imagine. Everyone’s worst nightmare coming to pass.

I started this book rooting for Nora and Wes (as I had been feeling at the end of the previous book), but I have to say that that little part of me that had started warming up to Søren in The Prince was beginning to grow with every page I read. There was just no denying that Nora and Søren had this kind of soulmate forever-til-the-day-I-die love for each other. But my heart still broke for Kingsley and his unrequited love for Søren. What a heart breaking emotional tangle it was.

There was such a intricate web of characters, all bound together by some degree of sexual separation (which alone is fascinating if you think about it), but also bound together by varying and differing measures of the deepest love you can imagine. This is the first time ever that a series has presented and used the concept of people genuinely being in love with (and I mean romantically) more than one person in a way that I not only accepted, but also began to believe and understand.

Oddly enough, some of my favorite scenes in the whole book were Søren’s chats with Grace. Grace is the wife of Nora’s editor and one of Nora’s few female friends it seemed so she was there to help as best she could. The thing is that everyone, other than Nora and Kingsley, was in some way or another terrified of Søren… so I feel like that naturally meant that it was harder to get to know him as a character. But Grace has this kind of calmness to her that just allowed Søren to be himself around her. I almost feel like the way she was around him turned him into a real person if that makes sense. He never treated her with the dominance of the Underground world because she wasn’t a part of that, he never had reason to intimidate her because she posed no threat, he didn’t have to cause her pain or humiliation because he wasn’t trying to sleep with her, she was happily married so there wasn’t really any sexual awkwardness between them… and with the thing he held dearest to him in dire jeopardy, he already had everything on the line and she was trustworthy so he genuinely had no reason to hide, there was just no real reason for his walls to be up. So we got to see him. It was the purest form of him as a person that I feel that we’d ever seen so far in the series. No masks or pretences or games. And I loved it. If I had to pin-point the moment that I joined #TeamSøren, that was it. That’s when I fell for him, and when I most truly understood his love for Nora.

At first I hated myself for moving to #TeamSøren. I felt all kinds of weird guilt. Like I was betraying my own emotions. Ohhh, my poor mind was so thoroughly fucked with. No, it wasn’t even a mind fuck, it was an emotion fuck. A total feel-tangle. Up became down, everything I thought I felt went right out the window and was replaced with this overpowering knowledge that Søren and Nora belonged together.

I feel like I want to go back to my previous reviews and erase everything and just replace it with #TeamSøren #TeamSøren #TeamSøren #TeamSøren #TeamSøren  but… that wouldn’t be honest. The truth is that reading this series was a journey of discovery. Along the way, I felt different things based on what I knew, what I thought I knew, and the things I thought I wanted for these characters.

I think I get it though… these characters have so many layers to their histories that as you’re reading the series, you can only form opinions on what you know. And up until this point, what I knew led me to be #TeamWesley… but after learning everything that this book showed me, there left no doubt in my mind — not even a little — that #TeamSøren was the only team.

I feel like I’ve definitely come away from this series with a much deeper understanding and respect for the psychology behind BDSM. I mean, I understood it mechanically and very basically from other books I’d read prior to this… but this series opened my eyes to it in a much different way. For these characters, it wasn’t just a game, it was a lifestyle. I just feel like I really understood where they were coming from and what fuelled their desires so much more.

And OMG. The way the story built up to the climax was so intense!! My heart was racing!! There were a few moment that I even broke right down crying with the sheer beauty of it. I took deep calming breaths. Even took a tiny break but only a little one because I just COULD NOT STOP READING!!!!

Gahhhhh!! Them in that corner at the end. Just wow. There’s just no choice there. No teams. Just them.

Ok now at this point in my review, I’ve covered the book up until the 85% mark. In the book, this is the conclusion to a big “section” of the book. It has a resolved ending and truly if I had stopped reading at this point, my rating would be a very easy 5+++++ STARS!!!!!!

But the book went on… and honestly, I had several strong issues with a lot of the things that happened after this point so I feel like I need to separate the book’s rating up into 3 parts.

0 – 85% in the book: 5+++ STARS
85 – 98% in the book: 3 stars
98 – 100% in the book: I’m just going to pretend this didn’t happen

Ok, there are HUGE SPOILERS in this next part of the review, so I’ve hidden them. You have to click to open them. If you have not yet read this book, I do not recommend you read them. I’ve written them more for the other people who have already read these books because I kinda just needed to get my feelings out. If you have not read this book or series yet, I still highly recommend that you DO try it. Enjoy the first 3 books and the first 85% of this one with all your hearts, and take the rest of it with an optional grain of salt, but don’t allow my feelings on it to stop you from reading this book because it truly is AMAZING!

Ok here goes… click the spoiler below to read more…

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Regardless of anything in that spoiler though, the fantastic thing is that 0 — 85% of this book is a whole, solid story (it even ends in such a way and is long enough that you could argue that it feels like a complete book) so I would still whole-heartedly recommend this series as a TOP FAVORITE!!!

This series really makes you think. It’s thrilling, erotic, and this book had the ultimate emotional mindfuck. This is one of those books you just can’t put down. I hung on to each word, drinking in every new secret and revelation. I was in awe of how this author wove so many intersecting storylines together and kept me on the edge of my seat always desperate to turn the next page the whole way through.

The Mistress wraps up The Red Years part of this series. The next four books are called The White Years and they essentially are prequels to The Red Years even though they should be read after. Right now, I’m going to take a little reading break from this series (possibly even waiting until the final book is out in November) and then I’ll likely binge-read the last four books together the same as I did with these first four. But I will be back. FOR SURE!!! I love these characters, I love the writing, I love the series, and I absolutely recommend them for anyone who wants something fantastically well written, intensely erotic, and that doesn’t play by any of the rules. But rather, it makes it’s own… and it comes out on top.

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New Review — The Prince (The Original Sinners #3) by Tiffany Reisz

New Review — The Prince (The Original Sinners #3) by Tiffany Reisz

It’s safer to be feared than loved.
At least where I’m concerned.

**** GASPPP!!!!! **** Holyyyyyy SHIT!!! OMG. Ahhh!!! The ending of this book made my heart STOP!!!! I am so freaking glad that the next book is already out because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! Gah. This series is putting me through the wringer but I totally love it and I can’t stop reading!!

Note: This is the third book in a series that must be read in order. This review is pretty safe for anyone, but you should read The Siren (My review) and The Angel (My review) before this book.

If you’ve already read the first two books, you’ll naturally have a ton of questions stored up about all the various character and (thankfully) this is a book of answers. There’s a lot of back story mixed in with two present day storylines that together fill in so many blanks. I’m really in awe of how multi-layered this story is. Between that and the incredible writing, it’s really a series that is hard to put down.

The story in this book is split into three interconnected parts: Søren & Kingsley’s past thirty years ago in the Jesuit school they both attended, Søren & Kingsley’s present day activities as they search for the elusive thief that is threatening them, and Nora & Wesley in present day time together down in Kentucky.

I really feel like, even though I’ve liked Søren up until this point, I’ve also been a little wary of him. He’s a sadist — a man who can only be sexually aroused by causing pain or humiliation to his lover. That freaks me out a little. What keeps him a good man is that he has a conscience. Everything he engages in is consensual so he’s not a monster. But it just makes me uncomfortable… That being said, there’s also a lot more to him than just his sexual preferences. And that was what we learned in this book.

This man had given up everything he had to God, except the part of his heart that would always belong to Eleanor. He’s such an enigma. He inspires love from his congregation, respect merely by his nature from anyone who meets him, and abject fear (and awe) from the Underground. But learning about his past really did help me to understand that despite his need for sexual sadism, undearneath that was a very, very good man (as Nora has told us so many times). He’s kind, selfless, and caring. But he’s also like the eye of a storm — borderline lethal and deadly calm. A sadist with a conscience and a good heart.

And we finally get to learn oh-so-much more about Kingsley. This man — King of the Underground, top Dom only below Søren — had a whole other side to him that few people knew about. His tale is honestly rather heartbreaking (even to where it’s at now) — the ultimate unrequited love… almost tragically so.

I loved seeing the way the layers of their histories come together through their shared mutual bond, desires, and close connection at such an early age. Best friends and mortal enemies — the deepest of love mixed with the deepest of hate. It was honestly fascinating to see the two most dominant men of the Underground world show such private vulnerabilities with regards to each other — something they’d kept  hidden from those around them. Over thirty years of shared history and yet so many unresolved feelings.

For the first time I began to see Søren in a different light — and appreciate how isolating his way of being was, and the incredible lengths he went through to protect those around him from himself.

Meanwhile, miles away, Nora returns home with Wesley to him home in Kentucky. Sweet, sweet Wesley — so in love with her, and the only man to ever love her without hurting her first. I love them together so much!!!! Everything about them just fills my heart to bursting with FEELS. Even though they’re complete opposites, they just feel so right to me. And the WAY he loves he just breaks my heart. — “When Søren hurts you, I die inside.” — Gah!!!!! I loved they way they were both fumbling around in new waters together even though their situations were vastly different — her, a world-reknown dominatrix who’d never had vanilla sex without kink, and him, a virgin who was saving himself for the woman he loved. They were so cute! Ahhh, her learning to cuddle. *clutches heart* Not going to lie though, I am worried as to whether or not they’ll genuinely be able to make it work. I do worry. Even though I am rooting for them.

Although, I admittedly have warmed up to Søren enough that I am now just a teensy bit torn. But like, what kind of future could he offer her? I feel like he was an integral part of her past… and will probably always be a part of her for the rest of her life… but I also feel like Wesley is her future. Is it horrible of me to kinda want her to end up with Wesley but maybe have him be okay with her going to be with Søren every now and again?? Hehe. Ok. Yeah, maybe that’s too far. *sigh* Maybe after reading three of these books, I’m adopting the whole “no boundaries” outlook of this world a little too much. Don’t judge.

I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO BE HAPPY!!! *flails*

I have to say I’m beyond impressed with the way this author kept these three storylines going at the same time without ever making it confusing and simultaneously making you feel invested in all of them.

This series has the ability to be incredibly intense one moment, then keep you on the edge of your seat with the dangerous tension, then be scandalously kinky, incredibly romantic and tender, and then have you laugh out loud the next. There’s witty banter, deep theology, complex plotlines, and heart-wrenching emotions.

I really have come to love and respect/understand the way there’s just no limitations to the “who” or “how” of the love in this series. It’s just love. Plain and simple. The circumstances and details are irrelevant. Love can happen anywhere and in so many different forms. Only the love itself matters.

This entire series has a kind of storytelling that is one of my favorites where not only is there one big story arc, but each chapter has it’s own smaller, but equally profound arc, such that the last words of each chapter always hold great meaning. They have *ooooomph*, y’know? Meaning. Power. I love it!

So yeah, #TeamSøren people… for the first time in this series, I’m actually starting to feel a little torn. Not that I want her to be with Søren, but I get why she’s so attached to him. I really do. Honestly it was the ‘100 ways’ and ‘spider’ things that made me warm up to him the most. I guess also by seeing his past, it’s a little easier for me to separate his sadism from who he is as a person. But it just really does bother me that he cannot get aroused without causing pain to his lover. I’m sorry, but as good a man as he is, that bothers me. So, I’m #TeamSøren in the sense that I like his character and I want him to be happy…. but if I had to pick Nora’s HEA, I’m #TeamWesley. I just love the way he loves her. So much. *sniff*

For new readers, please note that this is an erotic series, but it’s not a romance even though there is very deep, strong, and true LOVE within the story. Overall, it’s very boundary pushing and non-traditional, so it might not be the series for everyone (it took me years to work up to reading them), but I would suggest giving them a try because even though they’re almost the complete opposite of what I normally would think I’d want to read, I am totally LOVING this series! Loving it!

Oh, and that ending??? HUGE REVEAL!!!! Huuuuuuuuge!!!!

On to the next book!! :D

Rating: 4.5 stars. Contemporary erotica.

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Book Review — The Angel (The Original Sinners #2) by Tiffany Reisz

Book Review — The Angel (The Original Sinners #2) by Tiffany Reisz

“I want to own you.”
“You already do.”

OMG. OMG!!! So, I read this book right after The Siren and and holyyy hell, it was fucking BRILLIANT!!! Gah. Wow. Ok, I did love the first book but now I seriously GET why so many of you absolutely L.O.V.E. this series. I get it. The feels. THE FEELS!!! Holy intensity!!!! I have tears in my eyes, my heart is racing and full to bursting. Ahhhh!! Yes, a few scenes definitely had me going WhatTheFuckDidIJustRead?! but that’s all part of the thrill. This may not be a romance series, but my gosh is there ever LOVE on such a strong level. And LAYERS. Layers upon layers to this intricate story. I’m in pure awe. This is 5 STARS!!!

Note: this is not a standalone. You must read The Siren (my review) first. I’m going to keep this review pretty much spoiler-free so anyone can read it but naturally it’ll make more sense after reading The Siren.

The first page of this book alone hooked me right into the story! Ha!! This book is just so bold and I love it!! I have so many quotes highlighted (they’re all at the bottom of the review though).

I’d spent most of the first book eyeing Søren warily, but I did really start to warm up to him in the beginning of this book especially. Sadist or no, there was no doubt that he genuinely loved Nora. But juuuuuuust when I started to think that maybe I could join #TeamSøren, he did something to her that, in his defence, she totally was okay with, but made my insides shrivel up into a little ball while my poor mind was just like WTFJustHappened?! Did I really read that?!  So… that put me back on the fence with him. Ish. The thing is that I do really like him. He’s an infinitely complex character that I truly believe is one of the good guys… but, I’m still rooting for Wesley (and I have from the start). Gah, I’m so rooting for Wesley even though a part of me fears it could never work out between him and Nora. Still, I harbor a secret hope!

There’s a very fine line in my opinion between being a monster and being a sadist. Søren is a sadist — he becomes sexually aroused by causing pain to others. Soren doesn’t ever take what isn’t willingly given to him, and he’s extraordinarily careful to stay within the boundaries of his submissive’s wishes. That is what separates him… but that damn line is just so fine that the whole thing relies purely on trust and even though I like him, it does make me uncomfortable that he has to cause pain to get aroused.

The story in this book begins with Søren’s position at the church coming under scrutiny as he’s considered for a promotion and so, to avoid any questioning, he sends Nora away to the countryside to spend time at Griffin’s mansion. And he also sends Michael with her (a young, troubled sub who we met in The Siren and who was such an amazing character!) to train him over the summer months.

I find the whole lack of jealousy between Søren and Nora fascinating. He’ll literally tell her to go  sleep with someone else, but it won’t bother him at all because he knows full well that she belongs to him and his heart belongs to her. It’s this incredibly strong commitment mixed with equally strong detachment.

Haha I definitely went through a lot of ups and downs and conflicting emotions and questioning the characters and myself and how I felt about various things but ultimately I just LOVED the story!

Griffin was totally awesome! I liked him from the first book even though we’d just seen him briefly but he really shone here! I totally fell for his playful, informal nature. He was the charming, kinky bad boy of the Underground and the whole storyline with Michael totally made me swoooooon!! What intensity and beauty there was there!! And that scene at the end where Griffin had that big confrontation and all those things to you know who…. OMG!! Bad ass!!! I highlighted endlessly! It was GOLD.

This book had a ton of reveals about Nora and Søren’s pasts. Holy crap is Søren history ever messed up. Like… shockingly, disturbingly, heart-breakingly so.  But learning it has made me understand him more. Oh and we got to see more of Kingsley (YAY!) and the little bits that we’ve seen have me desperate to know more about him. Like, the wrist thing? Ahhh, I can’t wait for more of his character!

And you know I’ve been rooting for  Wes from the start but after that scene at 75%, I just…. OMG. Oh. Em. Gee. Gah. I know, I know, I know that Søren loves Nora too but the way Wesley loves her just tugs each and every one of my heart strings!!!!! I’m sorry #TeamSoren, I get that you all love him (and I like him too, I really do) but I’m #TeamWesley all the way!!! Especially after that scene. THAT SCENE!!!!! I mean really…. First — PURE FUCKING AMAZING WRITING!!! Second — holy intensity!!! Third — I seriously can’t handle those feels. I can’t. Dammit. SO MANY FEELS!!!!! And just… I LOVE WESLEY!!!!!! *sob*

And I just want to point out that Wes is the only guy that Nora has actually shown real jealousy for. No one else in their world (including her) seems to even have the jealousy gene (heh) but even the mere suggestion of Wes being with someone else  made her heart hurt. There’s something there, people!!

That being said, I’m kind of rooting for everyone honestly. I don’t think there’s a single character I’ve met yet that I didn’t like so … I’m rooting for everyone to find their happy ending :)

I want to note that I’m generally very wary of religion in books because so often it feels a little “preachy”, but I really want to applaud this author for the way she has incorporated this huge religious aspect into this series in a way that only ever seems like she’s showing us what the characters’ beliefs are and that’s it. I think she’s handled it very tastefully and it’s something I’ve been really impressed with overall.

This is such a richly layered story. Yes, it’s extremely erotic but the beauty of it is that each sex scene only serves to support the story or drive it forward. And not only are these extremely graphic and sensual scenes extremely well written, but they always serve a purpose. In my opinion, this is erotica done right.

And I stand by what I said earlier that this is not a romance series but oh my holy heavens is there ever some of the deepest, strongest, most intense LOVE I’ve ever read. It’s just gorgeous!

In so many ways this series is literally the opposite of what I’d usually read or even recommend on my blog but this seems to be the exception to every one of my rules because I am absolutely LOVING this story. If you have any worries holding you back from starting it, I’d honestly suggest not overthinking it. Just dive right in and let the story show you what it is. It might not be for you, but if you remain very open minded and accepting, you might fall in love with it too! I’d say it’s definitely worth a shot!

I, for one, am beyond addicted to this series and will be starting the next book right away!

Rating: 5 STARS!! Contemporary erotica.

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Book Review — The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz

Book Review — The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz

Romance is sex plus love.
Erotica is sex plus fear.

WOW!!! So, I finally worked up the courage to read this book that I have literally owned since mid-2012. I’ve been equally curious about and yet kinda scared to read it this whole time, unsure if it was something I’d like… but I’m honestly so glad that I read it because OMG… it was GOOD!!! The writing was amazing! The story though was very, verrryyy different than a lot of what I read. It’s an erotic BDSM world and while there was definitely strong love, it was NOT at all a traditional romance. It was taboo and shocking at times, raw but extremely honest, very intricate and complex… It took me waaaay the hell out of my usual “reading comfort zone” but the characters, the writing, and the depth of the story have all hooked on this series and I will be starting the second book after writing this review because I NEED MORE!!! :D

The story is infinitely complex but it begins with Zach, an editor at a major publishing house, who is given almost no choice but to work with a mysterious woman named Nora Sutherlin, an erotica writer whose books have been outselling his prize winning literary fiction novels. He’s beyond reluctant to have anything to do with her. What she writes is the furthest thing from the kind of books he’s passionate about and he wants nothing to do with her until he reads the first words of her book…

“I don’t want to write this book any more than you want to read it.”

And he’s hooked… and so was I. And the story began to unfold. At this point, I’m torn. It would be hugely misleading to tell you that this is “what the story is about” and yet if I told you much more detail, it would take the thrill out of the story. Suffice it to say that there’s a large cast of male characters around Nora.

There’s Wesley — her nineteen-year-old virgin intern who cares so deeply for this woman who is in almost every way his complete opposite. (Gah! I loved him so much!! *whispers* I think he’s my favorite!) To be honest, I think the hottest sex scenes were the ones that happened-but-didn’t-happen with him.

There’s Søren — the oh-so-mysterious, lethally Dominant priest who has been in Nora’s life since she was fifteen. I find him both scary and fascinating… for me (at this point), I feel like he represents “too far” in this world. I know that so many of you are on #TeamSøren but I’m still kinda eyeing him warily. I like him but he kinda scares me a little because he’s just so extreme!!! I’m drawn to the strength of his character though and to the power that he almost intrinsically commands… I think I’ll warm up to him as I read.

(hehe, I’d pay good money to watch Barrons and Søren duke it out. Just sayin’ ;) #AlphaShowdown)

There’s Kingsley — Søren’s best friend, who runs the Club. We didn’t see that much about him this book but we saw enough to intrigue me and I know he becomes a major player in the later books…

And of course there’s Zach — the editor whose life is turned upside down after meeting Nora, who is still hopelessly in love with his estranged wife… and who is also hiding a secret from his past.

Oh and there’s Griffin — he’s another Dominant who we only saw briefly but I really like him!

Nora is the heart of the story though and is, without a doubt, one of the most intriguing female characters I’ve ever read. An erotica writer and a Dominant, who was once a submissive. She’s mysterious and yet forthcoming, so very clever, funny and charming, but sultry and dangerous, and yet also vulnerable. I love the strength of her character and I can’t wait to learn more about her as the series goes on.

There’s a lot of depth to the themes in the book. I don’t want to spoil anything by even hinting at it but I’ll just say that this is a lot more than an erotic novel. I found the beliefs and values held by the characters were very eye opening and would love to learn more about them in the books to come.

The story is erotic. Intensely sexual. There’s strong love, but no romance. It’s amazing the way the author separates these elements. Most books easily separate sex from romance. But separating love from romance while sex is still in the mix is a whole other level of intricacy. — If you’re a romance reader and planning to read this book, you’ll have to throw all the “rules” and expectations out the window. It’s just so wildly different that you can’t put it into that box. You just have to accept it as it is because….

This book doesn’t play by the rules, it makes it own.

I find the BDSM world really intriguing. The author did such an amazing job of educating the reader by “showing rather than telling” an understanding of the way that world works through the scenes.

You should know that Nora does have sex with multiple people during the course of this book. They are not random sexcapades and always served some sort of purpose. It kind of goes against what I usually like to read about but I found that once I just opened my mind and accepted the world, I was fine with it.

There are a lot of layers to the story that you have to really be paying attention to so that you don’t miss — like the way the scenes Nora writes in her manuscript but then deletes are ones that really happened in her past with Søren. It was so clever and secretive — hiding these secrets of her past in plain sight.

For an erotic book, it’s also surprisingly tasteful. Never gratuitous. The writing is just PURE GOLD. In fact, I’d say this is one of my most highlighted books ever — 72 favorites quotes selected!

I strongly recommend reading these books in order. There’s a real beauty, polish, and purpose to the way the story is unfolding. I usually am the kind of reader who wants to know the answers to certain things in advance but I’ve decided to just accept whatever comes and I’m reading these completely blind!

I want to stress that I do not consider these books “dark” really… there is nothing non-consensual in them. Even the most brutal, shocking, or extreme things that happen, do so because of choice, not force. There’s a huge difference between someone tying some random person up and beating them, and someone willing submitting trust to someone else to give them the beating that they want. The sub has all the power — they have a safe word they can use at anytime. While I most certainly understand that this world and this type of story won’t be for everyone, I also want to assure you that it’s definitely not random brutality.

I’m really glad that I have 7/8 of the books in the series already available. It’s such a rare treat to be able to really binge on a series so finding one that is this well written is just a bookworm’s dream!

On to book #2!!

Rating: This is just the start of the series so I’m going to hold off on rating it until I’ve read a bit more. But right now, I have the feeling that this will end up being a 5-star series for me!

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SIGNED GIVEAWAY — THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

SIGNED GIVEAWAY — THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

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I recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and was absolutely blown away by the emotional depth and epic scope of this beautiful story! This book owned my heart. The ending was so powerful that I read the last 10 pages with tears pouring down my face and days after finishing my read, I still couldn’t stop thinking about it. This was definitely a 5 STAR favorite!! You can read my Review to find out more!

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In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

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Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

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