The Elite by Kiera Cass

I absolutely love this series. In case you were wondering, it is the sequel to The Selection. And things just get crazier.

Synopsis

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want— and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

-Via Goodreads

Review

So stuff goes down in this series and this is only the second book. Actually it’s a trilogy so stuff moves pretty quickly.

America and Maxon are getting closed. A few more girls have been eliminated. More attacks from the rebels. A few parties thrown by the royal family. Oh we get to meet Maxon’s aunt. But through all this, there is still a love triangle.

I’m beyond frustrated with America. Like girl make up your mind. And just because you’re upset about something that isn’t Maxon’s fault is no reason for you to go and be a pain. Literally, America was like “oh I want to be with Maxon” and then something would happen between them and she decides she wants to be with Aspen instead.

So, I have a little problem with an event that transpires in the middle of the series. Like why Marlee?!?!?! I really liked her. AHHHHHH!!! Needless to say, it was bad. And what does America do? She throws a tantrum and pushes Maxon away.

Don’t even get me started on the ending! I got to say, King Clarkson is so not my favorite person. OOOOH we are also informally introduced to the northern rebels. And the Italian royal family….plot thickening.

I really love this series. But Kiera Cass, did you really have to make the love triangle such a huge part of this? And why is America behaving this way? It was really irritating and is totally cliche. If this was made into a movie, it definitely wouldn’t pass the Bechdel Test.

This was probably the hardest of the three novels in the series to get through. What kept me going was 1) Maxon, because even if she doesn’t choose him, he’s been so sweet and he will forever be one of my favorite book boyfriends, 2) what are the rebels that are only ransacking the palace after, 3) is this the end for Marlee? What’s going to happen?

Well I’m grateful all the books were published by the time I began reading this series. And while the main character does get a bit on my nerves, it was such a great novel. And honestly, at some point in a series, the main character is going to irritate us at one point or another.

It’s a quick read, there’s another book, and lot’s of drama. What isn’t there to love? I hope you enjoy the story. And check out all my other book reviews for something new to read.

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Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones is seriously becoming one of my favorite authors. Which isn’t something I take lightly. For an author to become a favorite, I have to want to read their other works, otherwise why bother calling them favorites if you only know one of their series or books. And for those following my blog, you know I’ve been reading this author’s other books, some of them being Damage ControlIf I Were YouSanta, Baby, and Hard Rules. I’ve actually read most of her Inside Out series, which If I Were You belongs to, but haven’t had the chance to blog about.

Synopsis

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

Book two: Shameless will be out on July 11th!

(Via Goodreads)

Review

Lisa Renee Jones just has such a way of creating such interesting and entertaining characters. I read little excerpts to my roommates and they laughed at the character’s dialogue. And I had a hard time putting my phone down (I purchased the Nook version of this novel) when I didn’t have a class to go to or couldn’t stay awake to finish. Now before you start thinking that this novel wasn’t entertaining because I fell asleep, let me tell you, THAT WAS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. When I was able to begin reading this novel, I had already been awake for over 12 hours because it was a long school day, yes those exist in college, and was already exhausted. Anyway back to why I recommend this book.

First, let’s talk about the characters. The novel is narrated by both Nick “Tiger” Rogers and Faith Winters. Both have secrets and a past that prevents them from truly trusting each other. Granted they’ve only just met. Literally this whole novel takes place over the course of a few weeks, if not a month. But their chemistry is way off the charts, it’s so much fun to read. Their banter just goes back and forth. Honestly they did have sweet moments, but then there were these moments when you don’t know what is really going on. To this I’m referring to what happened to her mother that she feels guilty? Or why is Nick seeking revenge? Hmmmm…..

On top of that, we get a cameo of Chris and Sara from the Inside Out Series. Add to that other contexts clues, it seems that Nick has bought someone’s “club”. Either way, it was a nice little cameo connecting the series that made me originally fall in love with LRJ’s work.

Okay, so as soon as you open the book, there is a playlist of songs that can be listened to while reading, if that’s your thing, or after. These songs are from different genres and I felt they were the perfect pairing for the events that occur in the novel. If you’d like, I have the playlist on Spotify, just type in the book’s title.

Oh my goodness. There’s a huge mystery surrounding this vineyard mentioned in the synopsis. What is going on?!?!?!? I need Shameless, the second and last book in the White Lies duet. Like, how is Faith more dangerous than her mother? What will happen when Nick tells her his intentions of their first meeting? Will I ever find out what the heck is going on? Stay tuned for the next Lisa Renee Jones novel I read and review.

Links for Purchase:

Amazon (Kindle)

B&N (Nook)

Google Play

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The Queen by Kiera Cass

I love this author! And I’ve previously reviewed one of her books fairly recently. This novella was actually published after the original book but it is actually a prequel. And it’s become one of my favorite series.

Synopsis

Before America Singer’s story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince….

Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This prequel story takes place before the events of The Selection and is told from the point of view of Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly. Discover a whole new Selection with this inside look at how Maxon’s parents met—and how an ordinary girl named Amberly became a beloved queen.

-Via Amazon

Review

It’s actually quite interesting to see how different Amberly was from America Singer. Not only that but it also gives a little background knowledge on Amberly and Clarkson. It’s kind of interesting to see how their story was a huge contrast to their son’s.

Amberly is one of those characters that you just can’t help but to love. She’s so strong for a character that  is seemingly sickly.

While she is a genuine character, I’m not sure if any fan should aspire to what she felt for Clarkson. It felt like it was almost an obsession she had.

And Clarkson is the same as he’s always been. And if you want to confirm this, you should read this series. And while it’s a good idea to read this before reading The Selection. But it could honestly be read anywhere during the series.

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Links for purchasing:

Amazon (Kindle)

B&N (Nook)

This novella is also available in print in Happily Ever After. It is a collection of all the novellas.

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Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

I just read this last night and nearly pulled an all-nighter. Of course, I put it down and slept so that I would be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for classes this morning. But it was so good I couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire?

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all — one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

-Via Goodreads

Review

Oh my dear lord, holy hell!!!!! I don’t even know where to start. This is the part where I normally would put my tweets on here, but I LITERALLY COULD NOT KEEP MY ATTENTION FROM THIS BOOK.

I greatly appreciate Miss Jones giving us a little description of all the characters. Also, it picks up right exactly where the HUGE cliffhanger ended. Which I’m really grateful for because it means we, the readers, don’t lose any time. Which is irritating when an author does that, at least to me.

Remember, in my review for Hard Rules, when I said that Emily was hiding something. Whoa! was she hiding something. No, seriously, it’s huge and if you want to know, well then I guess you’re going to have to get a copy. But can I just say how happy I am now that I know who she really is. Especially since she’s one of the main characters.

So I didn’t mention in the review for Hard Rules that there were a few mysterious characters in a prologue that I was so dang curious about. Those characters and what they have to do with the plot is just…. I have no words. I just can’t believe how many plot twist there were.

And that ending!!!!! Oh my goodness. I can’t believe Brandon Senior did that. But it sucks about what is happening to him. And why would he behave that way?

Can we talk about the nature of Emily and Shane’s relationship? It was seriously lust at first sight but then it evolves into something more. I still think they are still some of my favorite characters.

This series has become one of my favorites, and I hope you consider reading this novel. It’s full of beautiful moments between Emily and Shane, but also there are soooooo many moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, figuratively, of course, since I was laying down while reading. 

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Here are the links for purchasing the novel:

B&N Nook – Damage Control

Google Playbooks – Damage Control

Amazon – Damage Control (Paperback)

Amazon Kindle – Damage Control

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Greek Billionaire’s Blackmailed Bride by Leslie North

I just love romance novels. Don’t get me wrong, they’re total schmut. But for a hopeless romantic, they are the epitome of love and romance. Let’s get to it!

Synopsis

Greek banking heir Antonio Rosso is shocked when his late father leaves the beloved family villa to the one woman he never wanted to see again: Claire Bennett. 

After a hot and heavy fling, things ended abruptly when she was accused of being a gold digger. But now, to hang on to the home that meant so much to his mother, Antonio will not only have to get back into the beautiful American’s good graces, he’ll have to convince her to marry him.

When a job brings her back to Greece, voiceover artist Claire should have guessed Antonio was behind it. With his entitled upbringing, she knows he’s learned to use his money to get his way. After the way she was treated though, she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. He may be even more sinfully handsome than she remembered, but if he thinks she’ll agree to a sham marriage, he has another thing coming.

Claire is determined to prove she can’t be bought or sold, and Antonio needs nothing more than a temporary arrangement. But when their spark reignites, can they ever get past the ugly history between them?

Review

Honestly, most of this book was hilarious. I was literally laughing at how ridiculous every character and situation was. That’s not to say I did not love it, because I really did love it.
It is such a fun read. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

This novel follows several of the characters and is told in third-person omniscient. Meaning that the only I, me and my’s are when the characters are speaking. While the narrator does follow multiple characters, it mostly follows Claire Bennet and Antonio Rosso.

Claire Bennet. An American who how a fling with the son of a Greek billionaire while studying abroad. She is so sassy! I freaking love her. You learn little bits and pieces about what happened between her and Antonio before this whole situation. Honestly, I don’t understand why it’s “Blackmailed Bride.” She wasn’t blackmailed, actually I’d say she was more reluctant.

Antonio Rosso. The Greek billionaire’s heir that Claire had an affair with. He is basically what women want. Sexy, well-educated, FOREIGN. He is so serious half the time, like Tony relax, things will work out. At least that always happens in the novels I read.

The story actually begins years after Antonio and Claire’s whirlwind romance, at a will reading of all places. The terms of the will are actually really funny, and it really sucks for the Rosso family. Particularly Antonio. Like, WHO DOES THAT?!!!! And the family villa going to the woman he insulted, I think that’s fair.

As it would seem, even after all the hurt feelings, the chemistry is totally still there. Like I mean completely there. Although, Antonio tricking Claire into coming back to Greece was kind of lame, but highly entertaining.

I mentioned earlier that it follows multiple characters. It slightly follows Alexandra and Darious for maybe two chapters…I wonder why. Is there going to be more to this story? Are they crushing on each other? I don’t know, but I have my suspicions.

Anyway back to Claire and Antonio! They do end up going through the farce in order to comply with the terms of Antonio’s father’s will, but it doesn’t really seem like a farce to either of them. Oh to be on the Greek Islands at this moment.

While this novel is anything but realistic, it is quite entertaining and lots of fun to read. It’s also a quick read, so it’s a win-win for everyone. I totally recommend this novel!
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Buttons & Hate by Penelope Sky

This book is my everything and I really have become obsessed. Check out my review for Buttons & Lace before checking this one out. Because, let me tell you, the story only gets crazier from there.

Synopsis

I’m working off my buttons.
But I’m also giving them away.
The more I fall for Crow, the more I want him to do the things that I want. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach.
Everything comes at a price, and quickly the hoard of buttons I worked hard to earn are depleted.

Will this go back and forth forever? Or will someone run out of their buttons first?

-Via Amazon

Review

Oh my god, where to start? I honestly don’t know. But hey here are some of the tweets during my reading of this book

I literally only just started #ButtonsandHate and there’s already drama between the main characters. Like its the first page 😂😂

I love that Crow is the one that says he doesn’t want their relationship to end #ButtonsandHate

Lol she knows exactly which buttons to push with Crow 😂😂😂😂. I love it #ButtonsandHate

-via Twitter

So, Pearl now knows why she finds herself in her current situation. Did I mention that I truly don’t like the boyfriend? Yeah that’s why. Anyway, she’s kind of fallen into a depression. Who wouldn’t after discovering something like that. Crow is giving her some space but he’s seriously concerned.

So that deal they made with the buttons back in the first book still stands. Only now it’s a different reason for Pearl wanting the buttons. I actually think her reasoning is sound but it makes me think, is this Stockholm’s? I mean seriously, she is basically his prisoner.

Anyway, there’s the whole Cane and revenge situation. Yeah that is a HUGE problem. Like life-and-death huge. Yet, somehow, Pearl gets over it. I actually find their relationship towards the end of the novel really hilarious. But that is still a very complicated relationship.

And then there’s Crow. He’s so complicated! I mean really, he’s just in denial ALOT! Sure I understand why he feels that way. But doesn’t that mean he should be doing more to protect those he loves. Anyway, I was actually so upset by his reaction to Pearl’s confession. Maybe more so than Pearl, if that’s even possible.

All I know is that when this series end, it better have a wedding because really, why go and complicate things so much and not have a wedding.

In case you don’t know, I have a huge obsession with cliffhangers. I literally live for cliffhangers. And this book’s ending has given me the best cliffhanger I’ve read in a while. Like how is Pearl just going to go ahead and do that but Crow not do anything about it!!!

Needless to say, but I really really NEED Buttons & Pain

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The Temptation Trap by Alexa Wilder

Oh sweet baby Jesus. This novel is beyond insane! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you Alexa Wilder for creating this very crazy world that I’ve come to enjoy very much. And as a warning, I will be cursing on occasion during this post.

Synopsis

 

The Temptation Trap, Alexa Wilder’s long-awaited follow-up to The Wedding Rescue and The Courtship Maneuver, is finally available as a complete series. For the first time you can read all five books in one volume!
Emma Wright is in over her head. Three months ago her life was perfect: amazing job, shiny new MBA, great friends. When her job turns into a nightmare overnight, Emma feels like her life is going down the tubes. The only bright spot is her hot new boyfriend. He’s the man of her wildest dreams; sexy, smart, sweet, and a master of her body between the sheets. He can’t seem to get enough of her full-figured curves, so it’s too bad she’s starting to think he’s keeping dangerous secrets.

Axel Sinclair likes control. At work, at home, in bed. He gets what he wants, and he never loses. Not until he meets Emma Wright, and she turns his well-ordered life upside down. Emma was supposed to be a job – getting his hands all over her luscious body was only a bonus. Before he knows it, Axel is in deep.

Axel is sure Emma’s guilty as hell. Can he do his job and bring her down? Or will he follow his heart and claim her for his own?

EXCERPT:
Emma Wright was becoming a problem. She was supposed to be a job. An easy job. Get close to her, find evidence that she was selling confidential data to a competitor. Get paid a ton of money. How hard could it be? She was the head of Human Resources at a shipping company, not Mata Hari. This kind of thing was the bread and butter of Sinclair Security. I figured I’d take the meeting and pass the case to one of my guys. Then I got a good look at Emma Wright. Fiery red hair, creamy skin, abundant curves, and clear blue eyes with a wicked glint. She was irresistible. Luscious, soft, and more than a handful in all the right places. The moment I saw her picture, I knew I’d be handling her myself. Sleeping with the suspect wasn’t usually my MO, but in this case, I was prepared to make an exception. Normally, my approach was to get the evidence, give it to the client, close the case, and cash the check. Not with Emma. Getting her into bed wasn’t the hard part. Neither was pretending to be her lover. But Emma was tricky. She was smart. Funny. Gorgeous. And surprisingly kinky. Deliciously kinky. I’d never admit it, but it’s possible I was taking my time on the case just to have an excuse to keep her in my bed.

-Via GoodReads

Review

I literally just finished this novel, not even an hour ago and I’m still reeling from how insane this novel was. There was so much that happened. AND IT’S NOT EVEN THAT LONG OF A NOVEL.

So clearly, I’ve missed a book between The Wedding Rescue and The Temptation Trap. There must have been way more drama with the Russian mob from The Wedding Rescue. More on that later… In case you were wondering, this is one of those recently popular erotic novels, although there is a lot, and I mean A LOT of drama.

Between a rogue FBI agent, the leader of the Russian mob, her skeevy boss, and Axel Sinclair, Emma has a HUGE problem on her hands. It’s a legit shitstorm. Emma, I feel, keeps the story going, more so than Axel. Which would make sense since most of the drama is surrounding her life. Who knew being an HR manager could lead to such a crazy week.

There is so much going on it’s difficult for me to focus on one particular thing so forgive me because I will be jumping around with my thoughts.

Axel’s character is upsetting. During his POV, as Adam, he says he has a thing for Emma but then he goes and doesn’t believe her. Like, who TF do you think you are. Hello!! Listen to her explanation. But no. Knowing what Axel does for a living, I guess it’s obvious he’d react a certain way, but that is not okay whatsoever.

And her boss, guy gives everyone the creeps. Even Axel says he felt something was off ever since he took the case. Seriously, who told you not to follow your instincts? I really want to know, because ya screwed up one too many times.

All is forgiven though, because after Axel realizes that he screwed up he tries to fix everything. Not to mention his actions in the end. And that is all I’m saying because I’ll start spoiling things and we really don’t want that.

All in all, I had such a fun time reading this. And the cameos in this book are forever my favorite thing. I highly recommend this novel and Alexa Wilder’s work. And in case you were wondering about The Wedding Rescue, I have review for that as well.

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