Book Review: Playette – T. L. Smith

Vengeance has a name, and her name is mine.
My role is to take action against the darkest men I’ve ever come across.
To kill them one at a time.
Until my list is complete.
And in doing so, I’m going to use my most powerful weapon—my body.
They ruined my life, and now it’s my turn to destroy theirs.
Even if it means a death sentence for me, each drop of blood will be deserving.
Each kill will be worthy of the price I may need to pay.
My name is Isadora, and my target is the Moretti Mafia.


Playette is a book best suited for readers who´re just getting into the dark romance niché. A beginner’s dark romance, if you will. A mafia romance for readers who just like the idea of a badass Heroine. Basically, anyone who isn´t me can read this book.

The story is, to my dismay, pretty much all over the place compared to other dark romances. There are parts of the story that deliver but as the story continues things take a nosedive. That, for me as a reader, is exhausting to deal with.

What´s also exhausting is when the Heroine, Isadora ( who spoke to me through the synopsis ) doesn´t live up to the “ I´m a woman seeking vengeance” theme: A woman on a mission should be On. A. Mission. All I encountered was a character with an attitude who just so happened to kill on the side. It´s much like a “Here´s my shit. Deal with it.” style of book with characters who´re desperately trying to be badasses ( because… the Mafia, you know? )

Still, I´m not going to shit all over this book because to tell you the truth- It wasn´t God-awful. Playette is not for me ( because I´m picky and have high standards ) but I can definitely see why many others would love this book.


The Cover – 3 Stars:  The cover is much darker than the story is.

The Story – 3 Stars:  Oooh, how promising the story felt but in the end, it was just another romance with a few deaths.

The Characters- 2 Stars: A no from me. I didn´t like any of them, especially the Heroine.

My emotional state after finishing this read – * sigh * I´m okay.

 

Playette is a standalone and can be purchased online here.

Book Review: My Way To You – Catherine Bybee

A woman’s journey through tragedy leads to the discovery of love in a novel about hope and survival by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.

Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.

As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new.

 


 

**Because of the very informative book description there will be no need for me to add my own version of a description or include other story details.** 

 

I LOVED My Way To You ( Canyon Creek #1 ) by author Catherine Bybee. I loved it so much that I´m not able to find the right words to explain why.

A feel-good romance that´ll have you smiling for days!

A romance reader gets the full bookish package with this one- A well-balanced story with

great dialogue. Lovable characters. A conflict and a resolution. My bookish needs were satisfied. My book standards were met. I can´t really ask for more.

Roll on July 2020… I need myself the second book, Home To Me ( Canyon Creek #2 )


Would I recommend this book? Yes! My Way To You is an emotional romance that pulls at heartstrings. It´s a story you never knew you needed to have on your bookshelf!

Would I reread this book? Without a doubt, yes!


The Cover – 4 Stars:  I like it. It´s neutral and friendly. Easy on the eye but still an eye-catcher.

The Story – 5 Stars:  Well told! Well written.

The Characters – 5 Stars: I loved Parker and Colin as individuals but also adored them as a couple. They worked so beautifully together as a team, conquering their struggles as their relationship developed.

My emotional state after finishing this read – In love.

 

`My Way To You`( Canyon Creek #1 ) by author Catherine Bybee is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

`Home To Me` ( Canyon Creek #2 ) is available for pre-order on Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Filthy Rich Boys – C. M. Stunich

Break the new girl.
That should be easy, right?
Trash like her doesn’t belong at Burberry Prep.
No, Marnye Reed is going down, and we plan to make a spectacle out of it.
Let’s see who can make her fall in love first.
Bet’s on. Any takers?

***

Take on the filthy rich boys.
They’re the idols of the school, veritable gods on earth.
Old Money. New money. A rising star.
These guys are nothing like the ones at my old school.
I might come from nothing, but I’m determined to be someone, and I won’t let them get in my way.
They say they’ll make my life a living hell; I think they mean to keep that promise.

***FILTHY RICH BOYS is a 97,000 word reverse harem/mature high school bully romance novel. This is book one of four in the series. Contains foul language and sexual scenes; any sex featured is consensual.


Ooookay. So, this book was a little like Stephen King´s Carrie and Cruel Intentions in one book.

A school filled with vicious little cunts who all bow down to 3 majestic cunts referred to as the Idols. Insert a normal young girl who has actual life goals. Majestic cunts feel bothered by the normal girl. Then all hell breaks loose. This pretty much sums the story up. Was it good? In a way, yeah. But then again, I had such a hard time wrapping my head around a few things.

 

First off- The author´s note. 

 

 

  1. This author´s note/warning is a little late. I already bought the book.
  2.  Why does this feel like an apology?
  3. Why does this feel like the author is trying to avoid negativity?
  4. The author spoiled her own book before it even started. I don´t mind but I can already hear half the romance community throwing a shit fit. If not from the author´s note then definitely when they read the prologue ( You´re welcome )

Since when do readers need such a detailed explanation about a story before having read the damn thing? I understand that this is a kind gesture but is it really necessary? I think not. Or is the reading world unable to handle the unknown?

But on a positive note- The map that´s inlcuded does give this book a nice touch.

 

Burberry Preparatory Academy a.k.a Cunt-Ville

 

Filthy Rich Boys by C. M. Stunich is a high school bully, reverse harem romance that´ll render any rational thinking person speechless.

Personally, I thought everything was okay except for the characters. I wasn´t able to warm up to them. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that these elite kids were 15. The shit they pulled off was just too bogus for their age and my taste. They were too intelligent for their own good.

The reverse harem bit… Weeeell, if you ask me I´d say this book doesn´t need that label because a girl having a fling with more than one guy isn´t worthy of a label ( unless there´s some real harem business going on in the next books ).

All in all not a terrible read. I can definitely see why many romance readers would love this type of book. It´s filled with drama and heartbreak.


Would I recommend this book? To bookish nitpickers- No. But I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who can´t get enough of rich asshole bad boys. I promise- In this book, they come in threes!

Would I reread this book? Who knows what the future brings.

Will I continue the series? I´m currently not rushing to Amazon to buy book #2. I really didn´t feel enough vibes to want to continue with the story.

 


 

The Cover – 4 Stars: White, gray and gold. Elegant color combo. I like, I like.

The Story – 3 Stars: Well written. Well though out. At times cringe worthy. But that´s what a reader gets when reading a bully romance.

The Characters – 2 Stars: The Heroine could´ve been better. The asshole trio needed an enema they´d never forget. Everyone needed to be older than 15 because I wasn´t convinced.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Enlightened.

 

This book can be purchased online.

 

Book Review: The Life That Mattered ( Book #1 ) – Jewel E. Ann

Sex isn’t love.
Love isn’t sex.
And friendship is neither.

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure.

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love.

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.
When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same.

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love.

 


I’m in this weird place where I’m not sure if I liked what I read or not.  The Life That Mattered ( The Life Series #1 ) by Jewel E. Ann was definitely an interesting read but it didn´t grab my attention the way I hoped it would.

A slow-burn romance with an unknown promise

 

The feeling you get when someone promises you a basket full of chocolates but you never get it and you end up questioning if there ever was a basket with chocolates, to begin with? That´s how this story felt for me. I kept waiting for something to happen but was left with a feeling that nothing ever would…. until the ugly cliffhanger happened.

Still, I´m convinced this story has something great to offer. I might not know what but I can sense something big happening in book 2, which is why I´m going to continue with the story.


The Cover:  3 Stars – Not my cup of tea. The blue with the red font irritates me a little.

The Story:  3 Stars –  The details were appreciated but still… things dragged.

The Characters:  3 Stars – I loved Evelyn and found Ronin a tad transparent.

My emotional state after finishing this read:  Mixed feelings with a dash of hope that book 2 will knock me out of my socks.

 

You can purchase `The Life That Mattered` by Jewel E. Ann at Amazon.com.

Book Review: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

“I used to be a lesbian.”

In Gay Girl, Good God , author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless, experienced gender confusion, and embraced both masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?

At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel.

Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

 

 

 

When I usually read books written by strong religious people I kind of know what I´m getting myself into. There are always parts I find utterly ridiculous. Interesting, but still nothing to take too serious. Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry is not one of those books I´d consider light or easy to digest. This isn´t a petty guide on how to be the super Christian or how to live your life the ridiculously God-honoring way. This book is a memoir about a woman who was once a lesbian until she was made new. Ergo- until she turned into a heterosexual by the likes of religion.

I´m at a loss for words. And I don´t think I´ll ever find the right words to describe my feelings for this memoir.

I´m not here to force my atheist agenda on anyone but this book is far from a pleasurable read. The author made some bold statements I just don´t agree with.

While written rather well, I also wasn´t able to understand the true purpose of her story. It was clear the author wanted to share her experiences and views but with what goal? To give others who´re struggling with sexual identity/life hope that if they´d turn their attention to God they´d be fine? Poof! You´re cured of homosexuality? Because that´s the message I got from reading this book. A life with God is a good life. Sure. I can float with that. But the indirect message- Nope.

Most important, though.. Do I want to pass this message forward? Do I want to direct struggling individuals towards God? I don´t think I want to. Which is why I won´t recommend this book. Gay Girl. Good God is an interesting and slightly disturbing memoir.

 

 

For those who still want to give this book a go… You can click here and get a copy on Amazon.com.