Ashes To Ashes – Rebecca Norinne

I had it all, or so I thought. Until my husband betrayed me and my entire world came crashing down. I turned to alcohol and sex to numb my pain—a different city each night, a new man in my bed. But I’m sober now, and I’m working my way back up the country music charts. 

But then the death threats started and I needed protection. When my new bodyguard walked in the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the one man from my long spiral down who I never forgot. The one who played my body like a finely tuned instrument.

Now we’re on the run from a madman and all I want is to forget about everything. To pretend this isn’t my life. To lose myself in him.

So I let him take control.

I tried telling myself it was only sex, but I’ve done the unthinkable: I’ve fallen in love with a man who can never love me back. Because Ash has demons of his own—ones he never talks about and never will. I know I should walk away before it’s too late. But I’m an addict, and I need him.

How do you give up the best thing you think you’ve ever had, even when it’s bad for you? How do you walk away from a man like Ash Devereaux?

I’d like to thank Give Me Books promotions for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. This is not my first book by this author and I do love her work so I was excited to jump into this straight away. It did not disappoint, it was such a fantastic an amazing story. It melted my heart and as soon as I began reading I got lost in the story and the characters. This reminded me of why I love her writing.

The story feels very fast paced although this time that is not a bad thing! A lot of time passes in the novel so it’s not like all their relationship happened within a week, it was spread out and it was one of the major things I enjoyed. It actually did feel like time passed in this novel.

I loved Rae’s character, she had a pretty ugly background in a sense, but we see her in the dark place and in a much better place some years later. I really liked enjoying the fact that we did see her in her dark place and in a good place still trying to deal with her past. I loved that in her character. She was a very honest person and yet at the same time she was still being controlled by her ex-husband when she finally decides to tell him to shove it. I really like that we see all the sides and emotions of her, I also loved at times when she gave control to Ash in the bedroom. I’ll get onto that later.

I fell in love with Ash immediately, his dark quiet demonour and I liked it when he did open up, I did chuckle when Ash and Rae met for the 2nd time it was quite funny. You’ll see if you read this book. I really liked his backstory and it was a very interesting backstory as well as like all males seem to blame themselves for shit they have no control over. It was a really good backstory and I did enjoy reading it! I also loved the connection that Ash and Rae had with each other and there was a point in the book where I had to take a break because it was so emotional.

There were quite a few sex scenes in this that didn’t bother me, they were very well written. There is also elements of control and a little kinkiness. Ash ties her up sometimes during the sex and he takes control of her during the sex, but afterwards, he is a total sweetheart and caring. I felt like the sex scenes didn’t take away from the actual content in this book which is also good.

Her ex-husband is an asshole that is the first thing, not even a few chapters in the more I heard about him the more I wanted him to get hit by a bus. There is one thing I wished I knew and that is what has happened with the ex-husband and what happened when he saw the interview Rae made, I’d just love to see his reaction I bet it would be hilarious!

Such great writing, Rebecca Norinne does not disappoint and I am so lucky I got an arc of her books because since reading Trying Sophie I have become addicted to this author and she does not disappoint! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Bailey and The Bad Boy – R. Linda

It’s the last day of school, and everyone is excited for the big summer leading up to our senior year. I was too…until my heart was ripped out of my chest. 

As if getting dumped wasn’t bad enough, I’m forced to endure the humiliation of witnessing my ex-boyfriend flaunt his new girl—who also happens to be my now ex-best friend—all over town. Double whammy. 

Now I’m the pathetic ex-girlfriend left gutted, heartbroken, and nose deep in a bucket of ice cream. I’m doomed to spend the summer sulking over a guy who thought I was predictable and bad in bed. 

So, when I get an offer guaranteeing me some well-deserved payback, of course I’m going to take it. Besides, the plan is simple. Pretend like I’m dating Ryder, the town’s popular bad boy, and make my ex wallow in a pit of jealousy and regret. It’s perfect. 

I mean…what could possibly go wrong?

I’d like to thank Lady Amber’s Tours for sending me an earc of this book, it is greatly appreciated! Also sorry that this isn’t posted on release day like it should be! (OOPS!)

If you didn’t know this about me you are about to learn it, I love love love bad boy stories, they are my guilty pleasure, well I wouldn’t say guilty pleasure because I’d totally admit to it freely. I love these kinds of stories something about them just makes my heart melt. Bad boys are definitely one of my favourite things to read about! This is a debut book from the author and she did not disappoint, this had everything I wanted in it. I will definitely be following this author more and see what she comes out with next!

The story follows Bailey as she is dumped by her very popular boyfriend Chase and how she learns to be happy with herself as well as getting a little revenge which everyone loves. It was a very cliche story but I didn’t mind that as I say I love a good cliche sometimes, there was a twist although I expected it (think I’ve read too many of these tbh) but yes it was a good twist and turn and I really liked the cliche in this. I will definitely reread this story when I feel like I’m in a slump.

I really loved Bailey’s character after Chase broke up with her she kind of went on a road of trying to figure out who she was and who she was comfortable being in front of her school peers and stuff. It was nice to see her come into herself. I really loved her personality shining through and her embracing who she really was.

Ryder he was such a sweetheart, I love how school label these people bad boys just because they have a makeover. Ryder really cared for Bailey and was willing to help her get revenge on him for breaking up with her in front of everyone. We don’t discover why Ryder wants to get revenge on Chase but we do soon learn why!

Chase was a proper doosh bag, I literally wanted someone to like run him over or like hit him hard and hard. I hated him, he was a dick. That’s all about Chase and he turned out to be an even bigger dick than we expected!

I loved how in this book Ryder and Bailey both went against the social hierarchy when it came to Chase and the new girlfriend (can’t remember name) they seemed to not care about sticking to it, and the rest of their peers began to see Chase and the girlfriend for what they were horrible and bullies and it was nice for horrible people to finally get justice.

I really do want to tell you what the reason for his bad boy label was but you should read it and find out, I think you’ll love it! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Faking It With The Boss – Corrin Keller

When her birthday party gets crashed by an ex announcing his engagement to her cousin, Rose Hussey declares she’s bringing her boyfriend to their Christmas wedding—only she doesn’t have one. Her sexy boss offers to fill the position, but at a cost. Faking a relationship could be tricky when her attraction to Logan is real. 

Logan Rhodes has had a thing for his curvy PA since the day she saved him from a pillow beating, but he’s not looking to date her. Logan doesn’t do relationships. A week pretending she’s his girlfriend will get him what he needs and give him a taste of something merry—her. 

When fake starts feeling real, their actions, and attraction, have consequences. But there’s a magic at Christmas that fulfills desires, and what was once not meant to be could be an unexpected gift worth unwrapping. 

I’d like to thank Enticing Journey for sending me an earc of this novel it is very much appreciated!

I really loved Logan and Rose as a couple and people they were sweet and I loved how they built their relationship. Although I loved them both I really didn’t feel like we got to know much about Logan the author basically told us in a sentence rather than letting that conversation happen between the characters, which was really disappointing because we could have seen a different side to him rather than being told about that side of him.

Another thing I didn’t like in this was the way it was written I struggled a bit there’s a line in the book “Rose’s big ass” I feel like that statement would be fair enough if it was in her POV but being that it was 3rd person it felt so out of place, although this character had body confidence issues it felt really out of place. Which is sad as I said sometimes the writing was a bit of a struggle.

I loved the no fraternisation at work contract you just knew it was going to be broken I also loved how it ended in terms of this (I won’t say because of spoilers) but it was so cute and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. The I love you scene was cute.

If you’re looking for a cute romantic xmas story that is easy to read, that is what this novel is. The story was very fast paced and it all happened so fast but it was still a lovely story. I really enjoyed it but for me it needed a bit more substance but for what it was it was it’s good!

I rated this ⭐️⭐️.5

Savage – L.A. Fiore

They call him a monster. 
Pale blue eyes as cold as ice that see right through you. 
He’s hard. 
He’s damaged. 
He’s dangerous. 
He lives in a castle fit for a fairy tale, but he’s no prince. 
He’s savage. 
He’s brutal. 
He’s a killer. 
By an act of fate, our worlds collide. 
They call him a monster, but he is my salvation. 

I’d like to thank The Next Step PR for sending me an earc of this book! If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I absolutely love L.A. Fiore I’d sell my soul just to keep reading more of her books! So this, of course, I had high expectations and L.A. Fiore did not let me down, her writing and world and characters were absolutely fantastic and I fell in love within the first pages of this story!

It was such a gripping story, once I started it, I didn’t want to do anything else I just wanted to read this story! I loved how we got povs from Lizzie and Brochan and the insights to both of these characters. I also liked how we got snippets of the important things in their past!

Brochan aww this poor man, I felt so sorry for him and what he had to endure from his father, from the writing it was like you could physically feel the pain and torment that he must have felt. The sad thing is everything that his father said about him he thought was true. Brochan was a different kind of character he’s not so much a hero but more an anti-hero in the sense that his job isn’t exactly legal and he does take joy in doing it. But regardless of that, I loved Brochan he was such an amazing character so complex.

Lizzie, aww poor her, although she had a different upbringing to Brochan but still slightly terrible her mother didn’t want her and only used her to trap her father but it didn’t work, out of the parents in this story the only redeeming one is Lizzie’s dad! I loved how Lizzie began painting and how art was talked about in this book was amazing and how so many people could feel things from her artwork. It was part of her salvation and I loved that part of this story.

Brochan and Lizzie although he fought to keep her out of his heart and life and the way they both let each other in is so cute and adorable, also how they share their pain of the failure of their parents. Family was such a big thing for both of these characters when Lizzie came to Scotland after her Aunt Brianna died it helped her connect with that side and understand that her mother was just a bad egg. Lizzie does the same for Brochan and begins searching through his mother’s side of the family trying to show him that they weren’t like his father. I loved the fact family was such a big theme through this! The way they both overcome their pasts when it comes to the things they had to endure it was so sweet and it made my heart melt. They both had to endure so much loss so when they found each other it was just adorable and made me cry and gave me all the emotions.

I also loved the fact Lizzie was not bothered about his very much illegal job of being a hitman of sorts it also makes me laugh how so many people know including a police officer know about it. When he says he gives it up for Lizzie and his growing family, the way they react was just funny.

I loved the side characters in this story! Brianna, Cait, Fenella, Finnegan, Mac and his wife, I loved them all, the way they supported the main characters and yet, for the most part, they made a very important impact on the story as a whole. They all had their own stories and was very real. I could totally read stories about all the side characters too! L.A. Fiore does this to me, she makes me care about every one of her characters (obviously not the baddies) but yeah.

I know of a quote that fits this story to the tee as well as L.A. Fiore as a writer and as I was reading this story it came straight into my head.

You create with your heart.

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Riches To Rags – Casey L. Bond

Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.

Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.

When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe. 

In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy. 

Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety. 

Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.

I’d like to thank Lady Amber Tours for sending me an earc of this book to read. Just a small thing, when I first signed up for this book at the time I knew absolutely nothing, didn’t know a title or a synopsis so as it was revealed I was really excited for this and it did not disappoint! I have never read anything from this author so this is also my first book from her and it will definitely not be my last!

This is kind of a Cinderella retelling but it adds a new spin, this story was fantastic, I really enjoyed the beginning especially after Ella’s Kingdom was destroyed that we saw her settle in with the farmers before we have a time jump so I really enjoyed that and how much of a big plus it was for me!

I really enjoyed Ella’s character, all she wanted was a simple life and it showed in everything she did, I really loved how instantly she was hard working and throwing herself into the gardening and farm life. I loved her attitude to it and how much she appreciated the farmers taking in her in and giving her more than a home but a family too. Even with Millie, the daughter, being a bitch.

Asher I loved him, how he was so guarded and then he slowly let Ella into his heart and vice versa I loved how their relationship built. I loved how he made certain gifts for Ella that meant the world to her and I liked how his skills as a blacksmith were used in this novel. It was interesting to read about and how the village all worked together and helped each other out.

I loved the relationship between them and how they did grow to like each other and when they arrived at her kingdom and they were being split apart I loved how they were both fighting against it and for each other, the ending was really sweet and they did end up together which I was glad about. You’ll have to read because I won’t spoil you guys.

I loved the relationship between Matthew, the son, and Ella it was so sweet and how they cared for each other, when Asher was teaching them to sword fight I enjoyed the bond they had. The family that she stayed with I loved how they just accepted her as one of them, I loved the fact even when she had to go back to her throne she wanted to take them with her and have them by her side.

I loved the plot, I was very curious on where it was going to go and I was not disappointed, I really enjoyed how it came together and little bits where dropped that didn’t make sense until later in the novel and I really enjoyed that.

My favourite part in this novel is when Ella returns back to her Palace and enters her room and gets bad memories, the way she storms into that throne room and smashes the last thing of her fathers into pieces. I was like YAS GIRL! It was one of my favourite parts of the whole book!

The writing was amazing when it came to how she felt with her loss I could really rate and feel the pain she was feeling so that was lovely!

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It Only Happens In The Movies – Holly Bourne

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

I read this with a buddy read with Emer, Gabby and Nkisha! I wanted to read this anyway so getting to do it in a buddy read was even more fun! I love Holly Bourne, and this novel was no exception!

This book raises some very important topics and whilst I was reading, I related to it so much and why is this not in schools?! They really need to get it into schools it would educate so many people! So one of the topics that are brought up in this novel is about virginity and in chapter 25 it is brought up and how both Audrey and her friend felt pressured to lose their virginity, and for both of them they had really bad experiences. I thought it was such a good thing to be in books especially as people have an idea about what it’s going to be like and the idea doesn’t match up. If you do lose your virginity or not, either way, you shouldn’t be shamed for either choice, and there is no right time to do it. It’s based on that person not everyone will be the same. We are all different people.

I loved the media stuff in this novel as a media student it was great to read along and actually know what they were talking about and understanding it. I loved the media side. It was definitely a good part of this novel!

The family situation in this story Audrey’s parents were getting a divorce and her mother just kept putting her in the middle trying to make her bargain and her dad was just as bad. In YA we have this thing where authors in stories are afraid of parents or approaching the subject of parents. Which is strange because parents are around us, good, bad and okay parents so I’m not sure why YA steers away from it so much. I feel like we need to have that representation of parents in YA the bad and the good, not just the fact that parents are non-existent in them. The amount of parents that are just non-existent in YA it’s shocking. Like Why? Are parents devils? Like as a teen I didn’t ignore my parents or act like they didn’t exist. So having the detail of Audrey’s home life was really informative especially as the divorce has literally torn her family apart and put her in a really awkward situation.

Holly Bourne has a very amazing way in her writing where she can talk about various issues, like consent, or self-harm or parents etc. without it being preachy. She doesn’t lecture the audience on it, she has this way of turning it into a joke and using metaphors in some circumstances, but they weren’t offensive. The humour doesn’t take away from what is being discussed and how serious some of these topics are in fact you take them in. These topics can be very heavy so the fact it can be done in a slight light humorous way that we can still talk to them is so good!

Audrey had great interactions with her female friends, it was fantastic, it explored the highs and lows of female friendships in an honest and funny fashion. It’s nice to see considering in most YA female friendships are very rare!

This book brings in rape culture and it was bloody fantastic how it is done! It talks about how the predominance of rape culture undermines our romantic relationships.

“Men in films regularly kiss women who don’t want to be kissed. And those are supposed to be the good kind of kisses. Either the woman is taken by surprise, or storming off in a mood, or having a huge go with them, or is engaged to somebody else, or claims she is just plain not interested. And, how do men in movies respond to this clear instruction of “no”? They grab the woman’s face, and kissed her anyway. Roughly. Using their masculine force. And rather than being slapped or even arrested, these movie men are rewarded for their… well… sexual violence. The women “give into” the kiss after a brief moment of fighting it. You see, according to Hollywood, these women wanted to be kissed all along. It was just the male lead’s job to break through the barriers. Barriers like wilful consent.

Outside Hollywood movies, there is a term for being kissed against your will. This term isn’t “spontaneous” or “romantic” or “passionate”. No, it’s called sexual assault. It’s a crime punishable in the UK by up to 10 years in prison.”

Like it’s just such a fantastic quote and if you like that one then you must read this book because this is some of the stuff you get from it. It’s fantastic. I fell in love with this book as well as Holly Bourne all over again! If you are going to pick up a book please make it this one!

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enough – Danielle Norman

Some things in life were inevitable; death, taxes, and lying, whoremongering men.
One woman would never be enough for one man.
So I traded in men for a Harley.
Nothing beats that kind of power between my legs.
Then I blinked.
And he was there.

Some things in life were inevitable; death, taxes, and badge bunnies willing to hop into my bed.
The only problem is I’m a one woman kind of man.
In my line of work, I’ve seen it all.
Nothing bothers me until I find a woman’s wrecked body.
When she blinked,
My world changed.

Forever doesn’t come close to giving me enough of her.

I’d like to thank The Next Step PR for sending me an arc of this book! This is a debut for Danielle Norman and it is out now! So you should check it out! I also found that this was a brilliant debut novel!

I loved the main characters Kayson and Ariel, the story was told in duo point of view and it was definitely nice being able to read from both of them especially as sometimes Ariel was so closed off and it was nice to see how willing Kayson was to get through to her. I enjoyed their relationship and how they did both work at their relationship and the effort they put in. I really enjoyed reading that! Especially because in some novels it seems like none of the characters work to it but both these did and I really loved that.

I loved Kayson’s family and how present they were his mum and dad and his siblings it was so nice to see them interact and how they would wind each other up and yet they were all close and instantly there when they needed to be! I also loved how we saw the Greek heritage in this book! I don’t know much about Greek so it was interesting having it in this novel.

The side characters in this story were golden, Piper, Stella, Leo and Carter I loved them and when Piper, Carter and Kayson was going through the crap at work I really felt for him like I could see how heavily it weighed on them like it starts to weigh on me too. I loved the author’s writing. But yes the side characters were A+.

Brandon and Gigi, they should die. I’m just going to say that. Nothing more.

The plot came together throughout this novel and I loved how it did come together. I loved the end and by the end of the story, I was in love with these characters. Also, the sex scenes were very well written which is always good!

Originally I rated this a 3 star but the more I was writing down my thoughts and thinking about it, I decided it deserved more than a 3 star and raised it to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️