The Deal – Elle Kennedy

The Deal – Elle Kennedy

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

I read this book for A Book Nirvana monthly read-a-long, I really wanted to read this story I got told multiple times by so many people this is the New Adult thing to read. Now I’ve read a lot of New Adult so I had very high expectations and it didn’t disappoint although I had some slight problems with the book, which really disappointed me.

So one of the problems I had with this book is the slut shaming! In the story we are told that Hannah was raped and this follows Hannah regaining her sexual intimacy and feeling that is okay for her to have sex again and let someone in again. I thought all that was great, Hannah was not slut shamed at all, my problem was Hannah was so quick to judge and slut shame other girls yet they couldn’t be as sexually liberated as she was. I get that we all sometimes are quick to judge, I feel like for Hannah a girl who has been raped would understand that girls can be sexually liberated and not be sluts. Just the topic in this book it wasn’t necessary to slut shame the other females in this book.

My other problem with this book, not really a problem but I felt like should have maybe been done in this book is Hannah fighting the demons of her hometown, we see Garret facing his. Sure Hannah did face hers but it would have been nice if she could have gone home to her family with her head held up high saying that she was innocent. Especially as so many times in society, the girls are seen as criminals and in this story, she was seen as an innocent to everyone at the college. I just wish that she had a chance to go to her hometown and face the demons. Not so much bad but more something that I wish was included.

Now onto the good things.

I loved Hannah other than the slut shaming, I loved the fact she was so willing to let Garret help her when it came to her sexual dysfunction as she called it in this book. I thought she was very judgemental when it came to Garret she brushed him with a man whore brush without giving a chance to really help him or tutor him. Luckily Garret was very persistent. A few times I found her to be very stuck up but I was very happy that she did have flaws and she wasn’t seen as some perfect woman because she wasn’t. She had her flaws and I loved that.

Garret. My baby. I fell in love with him almost immediately. I loved his humour and the flirty. I had to say I jumped to conclusions with him and I felt terrible. It was after Hannah and Garret got together and everything was great and you always know like most NA books something is going to happen. I assumed it was going to be Garret’s fault immediately and I felt so terrible when it wasn’t him that did it. If you’ve read you know what I mean but damn did I feel bad. Anyway, I loved his character, his background, I really enjoyed his character.

I loved the chemistry that Garret and Hannah have for stories the chemistry is always so important for me. I fell in love with their relationship so fast and I just loved them both so much they gave me all the feels. I have to say the sex scenes were written very well and although I’ve had conversations with my friends Gabby and Emer about the frequency of sex in this book and for me I didn’t think it was a lot and there was a fine amount and it didn’t bother me. I know both Gabby and Emer felt at times it was too frequent and pretty much straight after each other but I had no problem and I loved it!

I loved the side characters, Dean should learn to knock! There’s a certain place in this book where I literally wanted to scream at Dean for not locking or actually Garret for not having a lock on his door! I loved Beau, I really enjoyed this chapter. To be honest I loved all the side characters which is why I know for a fact I will be reading the other books in this series and I can’t wait until I get to dive in and read them!

As you can tell I really enjoyed this book and I shall be reading the others in the off-campus series! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Impact – Danielle Norman

Impact – Danielle Norman

IMPACTThey always say that two wrongs don’t make a right…

Well, she was wrong for breaking into a house that didn’t belong to her; even if she and her daughter had nowhere else to go.

And, I was wrong for watching her on the surveillance camera as she moved through the house and climbed into bed.

So I offered her a job and a home. 

Her smile…
Her curves…
Wrong has never felt so right.

Now, I want to make the biggest impact yet…
I want to make her mine.

I’d like to thank L. Woods PR for sending me an e-arc of this, I have loved Danielle Norman’s books Enough and Almost which both have reviews so you can read them, I loved both of these backs so I had very high expectations for Impact. It did not disappoint!

I loved Damon’s character I vaguely remember him popping up in the other books and I loved all of the siblings in it so I knew this character would be no different. I loved him, he was so protective of his family and friends, I loved the interaction with his family especially as he was forced by his little nieces to build them a tree house, I loved the fact he always had time for his family. I think it showed when it came to interacting with Bee (Katy’s daughter). The only thing I can really complain of is that we don’t really know much of his past, the moment he meets Katy that’s all he is, I would have loved to know more about that.

Katy, I really liked her. I loved that she was willing to do whatever it took to keep Bee safe. Although they were squatting in houses she still taught her that it was wrong and that you had to work hard to get anywhere in life. I loved Bee. My problem with Katy is that anyone who tried to help her she was very suspicious of everyone, I get she was running from her past but she overreacted so many times when it came to somebody tried to help her. I also thought she was passing along some really terrible traits for Bee in terms of depriving her of people who love her and having that trust net to fall back on. Especially when Katy pulled her away from Damon when she found out he had a camera in his show home. I just didn’t agree with that when Katy did it. Also the fact that when things did begin to get romantic with Damon she didn’t try to tell him about her squatting in his show home. I know that sounds more bad about Katy but I loved how hard working she was and even when she got pregnant at 17 she refused to take the easy way out and support herself and her daughter.

I didn’t like Katy’s parents or how fast she seemed to forgive them for how they treated her. It didn’t sit well with me, I feel like there should have been more grovelling in that aspect.

The kidnap plot really wasn’t that well executed it kind of got lost in amongst the Damon and Katy love drama, it would have been better if it was more expended on. Other than that I loved the plot of Damon and Katy and I was on the side of my seat wondering when they were going to confess this secret to each other.

I love the big Greek family. I think this is one of my favourite things about these stories is that we see that big Greek family aspect!

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

February Wrap Up (2018)

February Wrap Up (2018)

This story was a sleeping beauty retelling and I loved what Casey L. Bond did to this, she brought a new and entirely different spin on the story and I loved every moment of it. Both Luna and Aura were unreliable narrators, I loved the story and I honestly can’t wait to read more of her work. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Irish Kiss is a slow-burning romance and it is told in dual point of view switching between past to when she was 13, to present to when she is now 17. I loved the relationship between both Saoirse and Diarmuid and how it built between them. I really enjoyed the story and plot as well as the characters. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

As you all know I absolutely love Rebecca Norinne and this novel was no different, her writing was brilliant and I fell in love with both Liam and Lachlan, this story was MxM although that did not affect how I felt about this book. I loved it and fell in love with both of these characters and I loved the plot and I felt Rebecca Norinne put some real-life fear of coming out into this novel. It was fantastic I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was fantastic I loved the banter between Aurora and Tristan, this story was kind of enemy-lover and I loved that. It didn’t feel insta lovey at all and you could see both of these characters growing their relationship and I loved that. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Very good 2nd book in the Wolf Hollow Shifters series, in this book you still feel the effects of what happened in the first book and I loved that. I was glad that it just wasn’t forgotten like sometimes in other books. I loved Jordan and Raider in a lot of ways they reminded me of Sasha and Tabor! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book destroyed me. Still not over it. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I liked Quinn’s character and enjoyed reading him, I liked Emily but I sometimes thought some of the things she did was so dumb and annoyed me a few times. I liked the plot although I had a few problems with it, the story overall was good. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Hero – Lauren Rowe

Hero – Lauren Rowe

A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. 

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling. 

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me. 

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know… what I couldn’t possibly know… was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

I’d like to thank Social Butterfly PR for sending me an earc of this book, it is very much appreciated. The description completely and utterly steered me to this book and I was so excited to start it.

This book lived up to my expectations I fell in love with Lydia the moment she was introduced to us when she found out about her husband being killed in the line of duty and her reaction it was so heart wrenching and the emotion was real and I really loved that. I loved how protective she was of her children and wasn’t willing to cause them any extra pain. I enjoyed her personality, the humour and most importantly I loved that we got to see her doing her job and how much she cared about. I also liked how her healing process included helping Colby heal physically.

Colby he was intense, that first scene in the fire I was on the edge of my seat wondering if he was going to make it out alive. Then the scene where he is first in hospital high as a kite on drugs that is one of my favourite scenes out of the whole book and I loved the fact that what happened between them at the hospital is mentioned again later in the book. I don’t want to say what it was because of spoilers. I loved his personality and how much he loved his family and how the whole Morgan Clan cared for each other. It’s one of my favourite family relationships that I have read.

One of the aspects I really enjoyed in this novel was that we got to see Colby in his physical therapy recovery as well as watching Lydia learn to live with her grief and find love and happiness again. I felt although these two stories different were also the same. I also love that the author did her research on the first responders and made the story feel as realistic as possible which was amazing plus one for me.

The only thing I really had a problem with was Lydia’s in-laws, her first husband’s parents (I really can’t remember his name). They made Lydia feel terrible if she was happy or trying to be happy for the children. I really didn’t like the mother but other than the trip to Disney land we don’t see them again in the novel and it would have been nice Lydia telling them that she was moving on and she was going to let his memory live but be happy. I’m kind of disappointed that didn’t happen.

I loved the Morgan clan, the way they all tease each other and are loving yet always supportive. I love when in stories there is a massive family aspect especially when that family is big. I liked how they just accepted Lydia’s children, Theo, Izzy and Bea into the family when they finally met them and I loved it. I loved the bond that they all created with each other.

This was such a good story and I loved the plot and the characters, the writing was also amazing, I didn’t have a problem with the writing or struggled to get into it. The story gave me the feels and I fell in love with it all. I am so going to end up reading the other books in the Morgan Brothers series because I’ve fallen in love with them all.

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Finding Rhiannon (Lilith’s Army MC #2) – Ker Dukey & D.H. Sidebottom

Finding Rhiannon (Lilith’s Army MC #2) – Ker Dukey & D.H. Sidebottom

When you live your life for Brotherhood, the betrayal of your flesh and blood brother is even more devastating. 
While the fate of the Lilith’s Army princesses relies on that of a traitor, emotions are triggered, and secrets kept locked away spill free, adding fuel to an already raging fire. 
No one is safe with enemies hiding in every dark corner, waiting to pounce. 
Who will survive the chaos as everything comes to a head? Leaving a trail of broken hearts, blood, and carnage its wake.

I’d like to thank Ker Dukey, D.H. Sidebottom and Terrie (Ker’s PA) for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. I have been wanting to read this book since I read the first book and I had such high expectations and they were achieved.

Even weeks later after reading this book, it is still hard for me to make coherent thoughts but we still have to try! And I am going to try and make coherent thoughts of what I feel for this book. Let’s start it bloody destroyed me. Killed me. Any feelings I had was murdered and stomped on and they’ll be that way until the third book comes out because it was left on a cliffhanger and I really want this third book.

This book followed Rhiannon and Scorch as well as Slade and Avery, it was nice seeing all the four point of views especially when certain things happened in the novel and more so when Rhiannon was kidnapped we saw what she was going through. I loved that in this. I also liked how we saw how Scorch was feeling when it came to Rhiannon although his attraction to her was secret. How helpless Slade felt that he couldn’t protect his sister. As you can tell there is a lot I loved. I wonder if this just a gush rather than a review? Doesn’t really matter.

I didn’t know where this story was going it kept me hooked, and every page I was reading as fast as I could to find out what happened. Brennan is a sick fuck. If you’ve read this you know why, if you haven’t I can’t tell you because of spoilers. Loads of twists and turns and I had no idea how this story was going to go.

Slade and Avery got my heart going all the time, I was on the edge of my seat watching their relationship play out. Just like the first book, this one felt more like Slade and Avery rather than Scorch and Rhiannon but I also know that this book was paving the way for another book about Scorch and Rhiannon which we are going to get, so I’m happy about that. I’m also sad they didn’t get their happy ending but I hope it’s coming in the third book whenever that is released. I actually can’t wait for it!

I loved the plot and I loved the romance. I loved the characters. I want to say so much more but I don’t want to spoil you! So honestly read this story and then message me I want to be able to suffer with people. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Break Down – Rebecca Norinne

Break Down – Rebecca Norinne

He knows his place on the pitch, but in life, it’s a whole other game.
All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. Could he? Would he? And then, finally, he did. But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh comes along, Liam jumps at the offer, knowing it could be his best opportunity to start fresh and get back to the man he once was. But one look at Chef Lachlan MacLeod-his knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms-and Liam’s wondering all over again. Can he? Will he? His heart says no, but his body says yes. Too bad love is never that simple.

He’s conquered his own demons; can he help another man do the same?
Out and proud Chef Lachlan MacLeod has no problem with who he is, except he has a history of hooking up with bi-curious straight men. He’s vowed never to go down that path again, but when Liam Donnelly shows up in his restaurant, his eyes filled with heat and secret longing, Lachlan can’t help himself. He knows the closeted rugby player is a terrible idea, but the man calls to him in a way no one ever has before. What started as a safe way for Liam to explore his sexuality quickly morphs into something much deeper, and now Lachlan wants more. But can his heart reconcile what his head already knows-that loving the gorgeous, broken athlete might actually mean letting him go?

I’d like to thank Rebecca Norinne and Forever Valentine PR for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. This is the 4th book in the Dublin Rugby series it can be read as a standalone, but if like me you like to read them in order: Trying Sophie, Ruck Me, Scrumptious and then finally Break Down. I have loved each and every one of them and had high expectations for this 4th book and no surprise Rebecca Norinne exceeded them!

To start with it was an M/M if that isn’t your thing I don’t advise reading it, but if you’ve never read one then I would definitely say that you should give this book a chance. I felt like the representation was pretty much spot on in the Rugby setting.

I loved Liam, he made me laugh so much and I loved his personality, I did think at times he could be a little cocky and self-centred which as always comes back to bite him in the ass. It was part of his charm and I loved it. I really liked Lachlan, I loved how he spoke about food and how confident he was in the kitchen and with cooking. I really liked the scenes where they were at the restaurant.

Lachlan refused to go back into the closet and I really loved that about him, that he was willing to lose somebody he loved just so he could be happy with himself. I was really glad that he wasn’t willing to go back into the closet just to make Liam feel more comfortable with hiding his sexuality from people.

That being when it came to Liam dealing with his sexuality Rebecca Norinne it showed the confusion for what he felt and it was showed amazing! I felt she represented it correctly and right that when you are in that situation it is the things that are thought about. Lachlan does really well on trying to be supportive whilst Liam figures things out.

I loved seeing Declan in this story, as well as some of the other boys from the other novels. In the other books, we had the team aspect where they all knew each other where in this story Liam is getting used to a new team and at first he feels very uncomfortable and thinks they have a problem with him, although that’s just a misunderstanding. It was nice to see them come together as a team and even accept him for being gay.

What I thought was great about this novel was the fact that the discussion of gay rugby men, especially because there have been so many cases where people have been in the news saying that they didn’t feel comfortable enough to come out and that they have been maybe ostracised from the team because of their sexual orientation. Although as of recent years it has become more accepted and embraced but that doesn’t mean it made it any easier for Liam to accept it into his life. The book manages to perfectly represent the kind of confusion that Liam went for in terms of accepting his sexuality and how that would impact his life.

Rebecca Norinne’s writing was flawless, it made me feel their pain and heartbreak and happiness all at the same time. Her writing just makes me feel things and it was amazing. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mating Games (Wolf Hollow Shifters #2) – Nikki Jefford

Mating Games (Wolf Hollow Shifters #2) – Nikki Jefford


Hot-tempered, agile, and jaded, Jordan spurns the match her father is pushing between her and the swaggering mammoth, Raider. She’d happily let one of her fawning sisters have him, but her packmates are taking bets on who Raider will ultimately claim. Jordan wants nothing to do with the insufferable beast . . . until he saves her life.


All brawn and no brains, that’s what most male shifters think when they see Raider. The females treat him as a strong, attractive prize they want to sink their claws into. Only one female avoids him, which is fine with him until they are paired up for patrol. The hot-blooded she-wolf doesn’t have to like him, but she’ll have to find a way to perform her duties.


When Jordan’s life is threatened, along with several packmates, the mating games take a dangerous turn.

Something sinister is happening in Wolf Hollow and outside forces threaten the impassioned bond forming between two shifters fated to be together.

I’d like to thank The Next Step PR and Nikki Jefford for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated! This is the 2nd book in the Wolf Hollow shifters series, I read and reviewed the first book Wolf Hollow and I loved that! So I was really excited to dive into this one especially how Wolf Hollow left out with the arrival of Tabor’s sister.

I think it’s important to say that the events that happened in Wolf Hollow aren’t forgotten they ripple throughout this book and it’s not just forgotten. It has a ripple effect and all the other characters feel it too.

I loved Jordan and Raider’s characters, they both reminded me so much, Sasha and Tabor and I think that would be my only compliant, that these characters reminded me so much of Sasha and Tabor in the sense of both sets wanted to escape the elders, Raider was kind of like Tabor and Jordan was like Sasha. Although it made laugh the fact that sometimes Sasha and Jordan did butt heads through this story, which was also slightly amusing.

I really liked their relationship it kind of went from dislike to lovers, although at first, it was just about sex between them that eventually turned into something else between them which I liked how we saw the change.

Throughout the pack, Jordan was known as a bit of a slag due to the fact she was regularly having sex with two of the other pack members, although the author didn’t represent her like that which was good. It was just a few pack members that recognised her like that, it was nice that the author just represented her as someone who was sexually liberated and was in control of their own body which I thought was good.

I loved the plot, it relates much more to family in this book, we see Jordan in different relationships with her sister ranging from hating them to loving them, but she always aims to be there for them and tries to take care of them. We see Jordan’s much caring side when one of her sister’s get sick, I did not guess who was hurting her or her sister, I did not see that twist coming and it was an absolutely brilliant twist. I did not see that coming at all, so bravo Nikki Jefford on that twist. Jordan’s father was a dick the way he treated her was disgusting especially when trying to dictate who she should choose as a mate.

There was some betting that went on, I love how Jordan’s sister one of them that I can’t remember the name of, took part in a bet that included her, it makes me chuckle so many times. I love it when people place bets on stuff happening that involves them. It’s one of my favourite things in a story.

I liked how we saw Elise (Tabor’s sister) and that she was still so willing to help people when they were hurt or trying to locate people. Only with Tabor’s permission though as she didn’t want to jeopardise anything for the pack which I loved. I can’t help but feel that Elise is holding something back, whether that will come up later in some of the other books. Who knows with that one.

I love the writing in this book there is something about her writing that I really like and it keeps me hooked and wanting to read on! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️