Sunday, January 29, 2017

{Book Review} It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole

It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tillie Cole
Published: April 26th, 2014
Series: Hades Hangman #1
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 466

Sinning never felt so good…
A fortuitous encounter.
A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Once in a while you read a book that is soul-crushing, mind-shatteringly amazing that you fear that you will not be able to enjoy another book once you turn the last page of it and this book was that for me!  It was nothing I could have imagined and I was not prepared for how much I would absolutely fall in love with Cole’s words, the damaged characters, the intricate plot and all the feels!  It is only the first month of the year, but I am almost positive that this will be my favorite read from 2017!

I was first introduced to Cole’s writing in A Veil of Vines and was completely captivated by it.  It was beautiful, raw and addictive.  Although It Ain’t Me, Babe has a completely different vibe, the writing was the same and I can now say that Cole is one of my favorite authors!  I loved how unique and dynamic the plot was, but I have to admit that at times, reality would have to be suspended to get the most from the story.  It was full of drama, angst and the pacing was on point.  I was addicted from page one and had a hard time putting this book down!

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the characters.  They were all dynamic, complex and damaged.  When I began this book, I never thought that I could fall in love with the violent, destructive heathens that are the members of the Hades Hangman, but slowly as their softer sides began to be revealed, they inched their way into my heart.  This is a group of characters that you will either absolutely love or absolutely loath.  Each member of the Hades Hangman was completely different, but they still felt like a cohesive group of individuals.  I cannot wait to read each and every one of their books!

The romance in this book was defiantly a guilty pleasure of mine!  I loved it, but I did have to suspend reality to really enjoy it.  Styx (leader of the Hades Hangman) and Mae (commune escapee) are complete opposites.  He is controlling, demanding and brutal, while Mae is innocent, naïve and dependent.  Styx was very possessive over Mae, demanding that she did exactly as he wanted.  I would classify this as an unhealthy relationship, but I got sucked into their story and enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s strange because I would never condone this behavior, but in this book, it worked for the story. 

I did have a slight issue with Mae’s characterization because at times, it just did not seem plausible for someone so innocent and naïve to completely change their beliefs so drastically in such a short amount of time.  Although Mae questioned the society she was raised in, I don’t think that it would be so easy to fit in to a society that is the complete opposite.  However, I still really loved her character.  I enjoyed seeing her develop and evolve.  I am excited to see how much more she progresses in the future books.

I LOVED this book!  I recommend it to all readers who like dark, angsty reads with a unique, taboo plot.  I am VERY excited to see where this series goes and am defiantly planning on continuing on.  I am going to try to drag out reading these because I do not want it to end!  After finishing this book, I literally felt depressed because I just wanted to read more!  Tillie Cole has quickly became one of my favorite authors and I am excited to dive into her other books!


“Though he looked like Satan himself, he was quite simply the most beautiful man I had ever seen: ruggedly handsome and the most commanding man I have ever encountered.”

“Because if Styx was damned to hell, so was I.  I would follow him into the fire.”

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

{Book Review} Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Published: April 4th, 2016 by Timeout LLC
Series: The Royals #1
Source: Won
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA
Pages: 370

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. 

Readers have been going absolutely CRAZY over how amazing this series is and now I can too!  I fell in love with this book.  Having a full time job and being a mom to a three year old, I don’t get much time to read so it is pretty unheard of me reading a book in one day, but this one I did.  I could not put it down!  The only thing that makes me thankful that I was late to The Royals obsession is that I did not have to wait to jump right into the second book.  If you do not read any more of this review, at least know this, I was literally depressed when I finished this book because I knew that there were only three books and that I was going to experience the biggest book hangover after I devoured all of them!  GET THESE BOOKS NOW!

This book is written by two authors, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, under the name of Erin Watt.  Their writing was so cohesive that the book flowed effortlessly.  It was addictive, captivating and so very good!  I have only read The Deal by Elle Kennedy and loved it, but this was my first book by Jen Frederick, but hopefully not my last.  One of the strongest aspects of this book was the dialogue.  It flowed seamlessly, made the characters very relatable and at times, was absolutely hilarious!  I am very much looking forward to future books written by these authors under the pseudonym of Erin Watt.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is the amazing characters!  Ella is one of my most favorite female protagonists.  She was strong, self-assured, independent, sassy and the list goes on and on.  She was also very relatable and I loved her character development.  Then there are the Royals….Reed, Easton, Sebastian, Sawyer, Gideon and Callum.  Reed was one of those characters you absolutely hate, but then you absolutely love.  He was the epitome of the mysterious, alpha male.  Easton was so adorable and provided a lot of hilarious one-liners.  He might be my favorite character in this book and I can’t wait to see more of him in Broken Prince!  Sebastian, Sawyer and Gideon did not have as much character development as Reed or Easton.  I really hope their characters become more fleshed out in the future books.

The romance in this book was SO slow-burning and angsty, it absolutely blew my mind!  I have not been this obsessed about a book couple since Travis and Abby from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.  With Ella and Reed both being damaged with dark pasts, they understood one another.  Their connection was steamy and felt very genuine.  The romance was probably my favorite aspect of this book, but it is hard to tell since EVERYTHING was phenomenal!

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book!  However, make sure that you have the entire series before you start reading it because the first book leaves off on a HUGE cliffhanger and you WILL want to start the second book immediately!  I honestly had a hard time sleeping until I started reading the sequel because I could not stop thinking about it.  Pick up this book on a Friday because you will want to read it from start to finish once you start.

“It’s not always good stuff, but I haven’t been alone, and until now, in this moment of solitude, I realize I don’t like being alone.  It’s nice to have friends and family around, even if the family is super dysfunctional.”

Monday, January 23, 2017

{FREE} Vein of Love by R. Scarlett

Title: Vein Of Love (The Blackest Gold, #1)
Author: R. Scarlett
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2016


Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss...or to kill.

Free for a limited time!


Before Molly sat down, she rolled off her trench coat, and he groaned when he saw her dress. The black satin hugged her curves, flaring mid-thigh, and the sweetheart neckline plunged dangerously low, exposing her supple breasts; she was a walking threat to his every fucking cell. 

He painfully cleared his throat, begging himself for composure, and angrily sat down, fingers restlessly tapping against his thigh. He readjusted himself beneath his pants.
Keep your distance. You’re dangerous to me. 

All he had to do was remember his brother’s vicious face and heavy fist from years ago, all caused by that human seductress, and he collected any softness, any kindness in him and replaced it with an icy detachment.

About The Author

R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance. 

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. When she's not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

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