End Game by Lisa Renee Jones

Oh my gosh! I loved this series so much and am now sad that it’s over. I can’t wait until Poison Kisses comes out. But let’s begin shall we.

Synopsis

How deep can you love?

Passion and danger collide in the explosive finale to Emily and Shane’s story.

After tragedy strikes, Shane hovers on the edge of being consumed by darkness. He will fight for the woman he loves. He will destroy his enemy. He will not back down. As shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before.

Every thread weaves a dangerous web. Emily and Derek. Brandon Senior. Maggie and her affair. The leader of the dangerous cartel who’s wedged itself inside the Brandon Empire. It all comes to a head in the shattering conclusion to the Dirty Money series.

via Goodreads

Review

It has now been over a week since I read this novel. And let me tell you…. IT WAS PERFECT!!! It was also kind of all over the place, in a good way.

There was lies (obviously), deals and all kind of crazy games being played. And, if you’ve been following the Dirty Money Series, this is to be expected. Oh my goodness, they way Emily and Shane read each other is the greatest thing honestly.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s start from the beginning.

This last novel picks up just moments after the ending of Bad Deeds. And let me tell you, the aftermath is kind of insane. Several people dead, after all we were dealing with the Martina Cartel, one person in critical condition, and another in a coma. Oh my, that’s a lot to take in. And how can we forget the involuntary involvement of Shane’s doctor friend. Damn that cartel.

Then there’s a death and two people survive. Honestly, that death really hurt. I was just starting to like him…

Anyway, them plot twists were really great, and you all know how ambivalent I am to plot twists.

I just love Seth, and Jessica. Honestly though, were would Shane be without those two. As for Emily, well she is one of our main characters and not many authors are brave enough to kill of a main character. And when they do, in my opinion, it was a total mistake (I’m looking at you Divergent and Veronica Roth).

And no that was not a spoiler, at least not for this series. Come on now, y’all know I wouldn’t do that to you.

So yeah, things are mostly good with Shane and Emily. And I say mostly because I don’t know how many times those two were at their wits end with one another. Oh hey, Emily’s business idea was brought to life, so there is that. And that issue with her brother finally gets resolved. How?, you may ask yourself, but you know what I’m going to say: Go read the book!!!

As for the ending, how else would it end? It was a happily ever after, as most of LRJ’s works are. And I quite enjoyed it. Especially that one unexpected news. It was absolutely perfect.

And to how the books was broken up. The first half of the novel was narrated by Shane and the second half by Emily. It threw me for a bit but once I was reading, I realized what was going on. But that’s besides the point.

Either way, I hope you enjoy this novel and ending to this series! I know I did.

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A Night To Forget by Jessica Wood

The first time I read this novel was back in 2016. So as you can tell I’m way behind and read so much I forget about which books I need to review. That being said, let’s begin!

Synopsis

A Night to Forget is the first book in the two-book series, Emma’s Story. The second book in this series, The Day to Remember was released in August 2013.

What happens in Cancun doesn’t always stay in Cancun.

When Emma Anderson and her friends decided to spend their senior year Spring Break in Cancun, she expected some crazy memories to end their final college days. What Emma didn’t expect was to meet Brandon Fisher. Tall and sexy, with dimples that would make any girl swoon, Brandon Fisher was literally the man of Emma’s dreams. She couldn’t quite believe that this stranger, who seduced her every night in her dreams, actually existed.

After serendipitously bumping into each other, Emma could not resist Brandon’s pull and spent an unforgettable night with him. Passing it off as a spring break fling, Emma never expected to see Brandon again. But when she started her first day at her new job a few months later, there he was. The only problem was, Brandon didn’t even remember her.

via Goodreads

Review

I enjoyed this novel so much. I kind of wished that I had remembered I had them sooner. And this is my favorite thing because of my hopeless romantic heart.

The beginning of the novel was kind of Emma dreaming of the future. And you know what, she wasn’t that far off. I have actually had feelings that something was going to happen. So Emma having these dreams was kind of refreshing. Not many novels or series do this. I very much enjoyed it.

This novel also happened to skip chunks of time. But fortunately, not much does occur during those chunks of time. She’s a college senior in her final semester. So you can bet that the only thing happening in that time is Emma taking her finals, graduating, and moving to San Francisco. (It is a long drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.)

The whole it being a coincidence that she ends up working with Brandon is kind of overdone. I get it, it sells, A LOT. But still got to point these things out. And I’m pretty sure there was way more going on with Brandon than what Emma was giving him credit for. Sure this led to some hilarious moments, but all this could have been fixed if they had talked.

Honestly the whole situation was kind of hilarious. But this book did strongly portray a good friendship between four independent women who have their own personalities and career goals but all still care about each other and the other’s safety. Which is, you know, #GOALS.

Okay, that ending. It was kind of out of the blue. And, as much as I HATE to say this, Emma, girl you overreacted and didn’t give him a chance to explain. As I am learning, there are three sides to every story: person A’s side, person B’s side, and the truth. And she really did go and only listen to ONLY ONE SIDE. This was the thing that bothered me the most…kinda. It did make for an excellent cliffhanger. Which as we all know, I live for.

I really don’t have many complaints about this book. It’s a super quick read, as well as it’s sequel. I was able to get through both in a few hours. I hope you enjoy the novel

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Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Okay, I am so beyond late with my review for this book. I’ve had a hard time with school and my personal life, on top of not being able to purchase the book. But hey, it looks like things are starting to look up.

As you all know, I love Richelle Mead’s young adult novels and series. They’re amazing! Fairly recently, the cover for the third and final book in the series was released (yes it is as amazing as the cover for this book as well as The Glittering Court In case you are wondering, this isn’t a sequel to Glittering CourtMidnight Jewel recounts what was happening in Mira’s life, from her point of view, at the same time it was happening to Adelaide, i.e. Elizabeth Whitmore.

So here we go

Synopsis

In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.

via Goodreads

Review

Oh my goodness, I had such a blast reading this novel. Things were kind of crazy to say the least.

Mirabel “Mira”, is absolutely one of my favorite characters. She compares to Rose so much it was great to read. Basically she isn’t one to back down from a fight if she believes in the cause.

Grant and Mira are hilarious, and infuriating. Half the time when those two interacted I was laughing like crazy or was frustrated because those two were being frustrating. As to what their relationship is, that’s for you to discover when you read the novel.

We learn about Mira’s past and her secrets. My friends, her secrets are dark af. We also learn where she was disappearing off to all the time. It was impressive that she didn’t get caught…often. The drama wasn’t as intense as it had been in Glittering Court, but there was some.

The things Mira got involved in were different. I think Richelle’s work is becoming more and more complex, and I am here for it!!!!

Seriously, there’s feminism (although with RIchelle that’s expected), it also briefly covered the LGBT+ community. Let’s not forget espionage, the thievery, etc., etc..

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this novel. I kind of wanted to learn more about Grant or Aiana, but hey the book was about Mira, so I’m okay.  There was a few comedic moments and such and the ending made me so happy. Mira is hilarious and so strong, considering what she’s been through. I highly recommend this novel and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Dirty Rich One Night Stand by Lisa Renee Jones

Y’all already know the LRJ has become one of my favorite authors. This literally was just released this morning. And I will be doing something different with new books. Hope you enjoy this new format

Synopsis

DIRTY, RICH ONE NIGHT STAND.
That’s all it was supposed to be. Her. Him. Pleasure. And then a fast goodbye. He’s a stranger. And yet, he’s not. She knows him even though he doesn’t know her.
He’s the powerful attorney, now world-renowned after coming off the trial of a century which was publicized across the country. And I’m one of the reporters that sat in his courtroom.
I watched him, studied him, got to know him from afar which isn’t hard since I know his exact brand of confidence, arrogance, and wealth.
I know his type. I’ve dated his type. Which is why when I happen to come face to face with him, when sparks fly and heat simmers between us, I know what happens if I say “yes” to Reese Summer.
I know he’ll taste like sin and sex, even before he kisses me.
I know he’ll feel like pleasure and passion, even before he touches me.
I know he’ll demand more than I wants to give, and yet, because I dare to give myself to him, the result will be deliciously hot.
I know that I will not leave his bed without being utterly, completely sated.
And I know that I will leave the next morning anyway.
And so, I do.
And so, he follows.
And as the chase begins my question becomes: Is Reese Summer THE one or is he really just a dirty, arrogant lie that should have stayed a one night stand?

-via Goodreads

Reading Commentary

Oct. 18, 2017, 7am (pst)

So I literally just started this and I am already obsessed!!! I love that it’s going into both their point of views. And it’s also hilarious. Their whole interaction is hilarious!

I have not yet read L. Walker’s story yet, but now I’m intrigued.

11am

Im only a quarter of the way through the book and these characters are hilarious. Like get your acts together. They’re entire exchange between that meeting and his place is seriously the most infuriating thing ever.

They’ve both been hurt, but stop comparing each other to the person that hurt you!!

Review

I am officially obsessed! The main characters were super witty and hilarious. There was so much sass. I love that there was an interaction with other characters.

I honestly want to know more about the Walker Brothers because they have been mentioned in several of LRJ’s series. Some of which include Inside Out and Careless Whispers.

I’m not entirely sure of the timeline of this book, but it moves super quickly. I was totally shocked as to who the killer was, like damn I didn’t expect that but kind of did. And the whole situation with her family, INSANE. I really couldn’t handle all the plot twists. I really really enjoyed it. It’s literally taken me an entire week to write this because of how long it took to process.

Lisa Renee Jones’ writing is seriously one of my favorite things.

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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I’ve mentioned this series about 50 or 60 posts earlier in Pawn. Now I get to write a post on it! YAY!

Synopsis

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review

You guys, I really love Greek Mythology mixed in with fiction. One of those examples is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. But that’s a post for later.

This story is basically something that happens after Persephone decides that she is done being Queen of the Underworld. But the premise for this story is a bit different. It’s set in the present, close to the deadline Hades, i.e. Henry, gave the other gods to find a new queen.

This whole series is focused on Katherine “Kate” Winters. She’s really the only hope Diana, her mother, has to make sure Henry doesn’t fade. This is because she feels guilty about the whole Persephone thing. Kate, in turn, is a little hurt and resentful because she feels like she’s someone’s replacement and not her own person. I get it actually.

Okay there’s a reason it’s called Test. Kate has to do a series of tests, as mentioned in the synopsis. Does it really take six months to do seven tests?  Really? Nope. They literally could have tested Kate in like 2 months realistically. But that wouldn’t have been as entertaining and wouldn’t have allowed for the romance between Kate and Henry.

Speaking of which. Let’s discuss Henry. He’s kind of mysterious and very melancholy. As Kate gets to know more of Henry, we, the readers, do as well. I honestly LOVE Henry! He’s so sweet.

You know who really surprised me though? James and Calliope. Those two are definitely something else. There’s a betrayal and it turns out one of them is the one that’s been killing the other girls. Geez someone lost their marbles. Honestly, I really wasn’t expecting it.

I have a love-hate relationship with the ending. Sure, it ends how you’d expect, but the fact that James kinda takes over her 6 free months, i.e. The Goddess Hunt, makes me a little upset because of the whole betrayal thing I mentioned earlier.

It’s been awhile since I last read this novel. And it’s honestly still one of my favorites. I really, truly, do hope you enjoy this novel.

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Conquer Me (Royals #2) by Geneva Lee

So this is the sequel to Command Me, book 2 of 7 in the series. Let’s begin.

Synopsis

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Book

Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart.
I should stay away from him. I should run. But I’m addicted to him…to the pleasure and the pain.
He warned me about his dark side…about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we’ll conquer our demons…if we don’t destroy each other first.
Love doesn’t always conquer all, but it can Conquer Me.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, this picks up a bit after the ending of Command Me. We get a little bit more of Aunt Jane and definitely more Clara and Alexander.

Belle, while her intentions were in the good place, actually ends up hurting Clara. Clara is still in love with Alexander. (After all, this is a romance novel-slash-series.) Okay, I didn’t really have an accent for Alexander in my mind because I haven’t really been around English people. But listening to the audiobook, his voice is definitely not how I pictured it, maybe a little bit like Matthew Macfadyen in the 2007 version of Pride & Prejudice.

I kind of wish there was more of the letters actually written out in the novel. But damn! Alexander had it just as bad, if not worse, than Clara. Those two are something special, that’s for sure.

You guys, there’s so much drama in this novel! There’s the Belle and Clara drama at the beginning. There’s the whole Daniel thing. Clara’s parents and their issues. I almost forgot about Edward and Clara’s sister. I’m glad things work out for some of these characters. At least partially.

There’s a whole conspiracy going on, I really can’t handle it. Thank goodness Alexander finally figured out what happened that night. But wow, this was kind of unexpected. Clara is kind of a baddie. So is Belle, I’m really glad those two have one another. Especially after the whole Phillip thing, although I didn’t really like him to begin with.

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Command Me by Geneva Lee

So this is like the third time I’ve actually read the book. And things are pretty intense. There are 3 books in Clara and X’s story, 3 in Belle and Smith’s and 1 that kind of follows Alexander.

Synopsis

When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn’t until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.

Prince Alexander of Cambridge.

Royal bad boy.

Exiled heir to the throne.

He isn’t Prince Charming. He’s controlling. He’s demanding. He’s dangerous. And I can’t say no to him.

We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I’m willing to go for King and Country.

For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.

Formerly titled For King and Country

-via Goodreads

Review

I originally found this series on Facebook. Damned Amazon ads. But I’m glad for it because it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Okay, obviously this is a romance novel and the series follows Clara Bishop. Recent college grad who gets involved with the Crown Prince of England, Alexander. Hmmm, I see some Fifty Shades parallels.

Well only with Clara and Alexander’s relationship. Her family is kind of high-maintenance and his family just sucks. But seriously though. The only person in his family that you actually like, other than him obviously, is his younger brother Edward. Gaah, why aren’t these guys actual people? Oh well, I still love them.

Oh dang, paparazzi are a pain in the butt. Like, really? Why y’all gotta go and reveal personal info?

Okay back to the character. Clara is actually fighting a lot of her demons in this book. One of which is an eating disorder, and a previous relationship that was abusive. The fact that she was able to recover and become a survivor is kind of amazing.

Then again, if she weren’t this strong, she wouldn’t be an entertaining character. Can we talk about how sassy she is when confronting Pepper and all the other members of the “Royal Brat Pack.” She’s absolutely witty.

Alexander is actually an uber complex character. Even though we only get Clara’s point of view, we learn through her that X is actually really traumatized. Which is understandable, considering that he isn’t entirely sure what happened that night.

That mystery, along with what will happen between Clara and Alexander will forever keep me entertained and I will keep coming back to this series. Almost exactly like I keep going back to Vampire Academy.

Needless to say, this book was really good, but the ending…oh that ending. Yeah, can’t really talk about it. BUUUUUT it was both great and sad.

Happy reading!!

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