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Book review: Well… THAT was Awkward

| Gifted | romcom |

Rating: 5 out of 5.

At Solomons island, in a small village, an unique antique shop owner lives a quiet life until love strikes unexpectedly! This romantic comedy was super fast paced and hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud! Emerson is a young and smart woman, who at first isn’t really worried about her image as she dresses as a rebel teenager. John is a handsome pilot, smart and polished.

They bump into each other at a park, and I found myself blushing with second-hand embarrassment! He confuses her with a HOMELESS woman, while she is completely stunned by his perfect bod. She is both in shock by his handsome and sexy appearance and humiliated by his confusion. I found myself wondering how this awkward moment could be the start of a love story.

The author astounds me with an incredibly funny and intelligent writing style, which takes us into an amazing romance story between a young, beautiful and unique woman and a handsome man, who is very humble and with an open heart. I found it super inspiring to see this strong female character with such an authentic form of presentation, discovering herself as a sexy and loving woman, altogether with her growth as a young entrepreneur. I loved how she could see her true self and find a path to keep growing, all while enjoying life and love. Handling the adversities in her life without losing her inner magic as a woman. This book is truly inspiring, fun, romantic, and just overall an incredibly uplifting novel!

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: Gisela’s Passion

| Gifted | NA retelling |

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I went into the novel knowing it was retelling of a Slavic folk tale most known as the French ballet Giselle, and thus it is a tragic-romantic tale of a ballerina and a nobleman. Gisela has a fierce passion for dance, and the stage is the only place where her body and soul feel complete and free. I enjoyed the authors description of her feelings combined with her love for dance, which are full of magic and grace, and in our minds we can visualize her dancing in moments of pure sublime beauty, almost unaware to boundaries of space and time.

She is involved in a love triangle, one of my guilty-pleasure tropes, between a man who she considers only a friend, and a disguised nobleman that shows up to her village during the time of her preparation for her big dance performance.

Both men are presented in unique manner; one noble, handsome and futile, aspiring to learn about life outside his palace; and the other peasant poor and ignorant, who only attends to his needs and feelings. The characters deeply believe in legends of dragons and ghosts, which makes the story filled with these magical moments.

The drama unravels itself throughout the story, as the romance between the ballerina and the nobleman Vincent blooms in parallel to the envious peasant Hilarion. By trying to prove her talent to her family and people from the village it shows a good representation of the woman’s way of life in previous times; always destined only for family and nothing else. This ballerina tale is a beautiful and tragic retelling that brought me to a world of fantasy, love, magic and drama

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: The Glass boxes in which we live, by B. Sylvie

| Gifted | romance |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A beautiful and emotional romance, very relevant and updated with recent world issues and which really brings out important elements of family, race and cultural diversity. The story is told in alternating timelines between the present and the past, which gives us a deeper insight to the backstory of the two main characters.

I like Alienor’s point of views the most, I was able to relate to her even though there is a big age difference between us, I went through similar experiences in my life (not only the fact I am also divorced) while moving around between America and Europe throughout my life.  I found it hilarious her comments of the cultural differences and difficulties she encountered. Alienor has these two kids, Alex & Ben, that were funny and adorable. I really admire Alienor’s character, being a single (recently divorced) mom of two moving to a different country alone with her children takes a lot of courage, and you can see that she puts her family first always. 

I love the romance between her and Wesley, and how these two are so different yet their dialogues were so captivating. Wesley is able to make his way into my heart, just by the way he loves her family. I was rooting the entire time for these two to end up together.

My favorite quote: ” YOU have all the colors of love. You have the colors of our love” 

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: The Straight Crimes, by M. Juhl

| Gifted | romance suspense |

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This novel reads like a romance suspense, and it follows the life of Harper and Nik; 2 teenagers that as soon as Harper arrived in town they immediately fall in love, high school sweethearts. Now the twist to this novel is the society, which has as a way of life homosexual relationships. Therefore, the straight romance between Nik and Harper opposes the norm.

This was a very enlightening read, where the author brings to the surface this alternate reality in a way that we can place ourselves in someone else’s shoes, to better understand and comprehend their experience. This novel has touched me deeply, it is such an eye-opener. I could feel immensely the love between the two characters and all the difficulties they had to endure, and most importantly I was able to visualize the pressure from society and understand their struggle to fight just to be together.

The plot is amplified with crime and suspense all alongside the romance, where society fights to destroy their love at all costs, thus the amazing title: The Straight Crimes. It is a fast-paced book, where you will find yourself rooting for these two lovers who must go against society to fight for their love. The story has a bitter-sweet realistic touch. I was heartbroken at certain moments, which portray masterfully a devastating emotional effect. I really congratulate the author for this brilliant heartbreaking work. Love is love.

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: Winterly, by Jeanine Croft

| Gifted | gothic romance |

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was hesitant at first due to the sheer size of this novel, but the pages will fly in your hands, trust me. The writing is eloquent and beautiful and takes you into the Victorian Era. A gothic romance that will pull you in! I love Emma’s character. She is a clever woman with witty remarks, determined to uncover the truth. I love her friendship with her sister, they bicker and laugh together, and are very protective of each other.

“I see you are trying to make out my character,” he said.
“Yes, but it is hard to do so in the dark.”
“Some things are best done in the dark, Miss Rose.”
“That is just what a wicked monk would say.”

Once they meet Lord Winterly and his family, they are both fascinated by them. The dialogues are amazing, specially between Emma and Lord Winterly. Emma senses something dark within the Winterly family, but like calls to like and she can’t seem to pull away from them. Lord Winterly is seductive, charming, dark and mysterious. Their romance is amazingly done and I was rooting for them from the start. I am in love with how Jeanine Croft writes and absolutely need to check out more books from this author!

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: A Bradford Academy Novel, by Rowdy Rooksy

| Gifted | academy romance|

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I went into this novel blindly, so when I discovered while reading that this was a super sexy and sizzling hot read I was so excited! This reads more like a reverse harem but filled with mystery and intrigue about the Bradford Elite. The Bradford academy is one of the most exclusive and rich private academies. Only billionaires and powerful families attend. It is like a completely different reality, in a way it reminds me of gossip girl. We follow the story of teenage heirs to this immense heritage, who act like they own the world, spending thousands and thousands on superfluous things, and family name is the most important thing.

A Bradford Academy Novel

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The two best things about this novel are the characters and the chemistry. If you enjoyed Gossip Girl, you will understand what I’m talking about. Everyone is hot, charming, seductive, the characters all have an amazing backstory, they all have motives and desires. Just like Fallon, our main character, I was completely hooked to these glorious human beings. This novel reads like a game of seduction and power. Fallon is new to the academy and has not lived this life of fortune, since she only recently discovered to be the heir of one of the richest families. We dive into this world with Fallon and fall for all these gorgeously charming and sexy academy boys. I am so so eager for book 2!

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: Oil & Water, by Lara Ann Dominick

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | paranormal |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oil and water is a paranormal adult romance that also has thriller and suspense elements mixed in to the plot. The world-building of the vampire society was amazing, I really enjoyed reading about the entire levels of hierarchy between vampires and their rules. It follows the story of two women; Opal, a seductive and dangerous vampire who also happens to be one of the strongest vampires alive, and Elsie, a ordinary human girl who loves reading about vampires. The story has some strong elements such as mentions of sexual abuse, profanity, gory deaths, which for me was very well portrayed in the plot.

I love this cover!

I enjoy a darker and more intense adult read and was satisfied with how the plot highlights issues in society. The novel has elements of female empowerment, which delighted me, characterized by strong female leads fighting against abuse and rape. The plot twists in the novel are incredible. It was very well planned out throughout the story and giving you hints there and there. The author definitely knows how to build-up suspense and keep the reader intrigued. I will keep an eye out for future novels from this author!

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You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: Under the Surface, by Sonya Blake

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | Paranormal romance |

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Under the Surface was a delightful surprise, and it sucked me into the pages in minutes. The story starts with Kaia, who has moved to a new town after she has lost both her job and boyfriend. The book starts out as dual POV (there will be a third later on), and Kaia soon meets Sam, a fisherman. I found myself rooting for them from the beginning. There was a spark between them right away, and the chemistry was on point (you guys know how much I love chemistry!).

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One night they are caught in a storm while on Sam’s ship, and they both end up in the sea, threatening to drown. Kaia manages to save him and brings him to an alcove. There, she discovers her legs have disappeared; in its place is a scaled tail. From this point on, both Sam and Kaia undergo a whirlwind of activities, and my heart pounded throughout the book for them. I enjoyed the writing style, and how the characters struggle and grow into finding their beliefs and norms. Their adventure was gripping, and I enjoyed every second of it!

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You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: Lakota Honor, by Kat Flannery

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | historical paranormal romance |

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Lakota Honor was a delightful historical surprise; a beautiful and heartfelt romance with setting in the old west. The story is told in two points-of-view; by Otakatay, a hired witch-killer, and by Nora, a healer hiding in the shadows. Their life’s end up complicatedly intertwined in a rough path where making a living is so hard for many, specially for these two holding special abilities. Nora is a gifted young woman, pure and joyful, who is struggling to find herself and just longs for a normal life.

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She moves with her father from place to place, running from a destiny she didn’t ask for, but still striving to do her best. While the killer, a proud young man, with different roots, an outcast, is trying to survive and save the ones he left behind. The connection between these two made me fly through the chapters, the novel is short and reads very fast. The story starts off with an enemies-to-lovers feel (which you guys know is one of my favorite tropes). It definitely was not love at first sight, with their first encounter being an angry and wild experience, and I found myself cheering for both of them to overcome the obstacles and find love.

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I really enjoyed reading about their adventure together and how the author describes their force as individuals, showcasing their true beliefs and the good nature one must have in order to fulfill their destiny and fight against injustice. 
 You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: The Amicable Pact, by Ana K. Anderson

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | Romance |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Amicable Pact delivers a extremely addictive comical romance with sizzling sexual tension between Dawn and Quinn. Dawn is a beautiful hardworking Scottish red-head that has an arranged marriage with Quinn’s 91 year old grandfather (yes, ninety-one years old!). Quinn is a handsome Scottish man (gives me all the Jamie Fraser feels) who works as CEO to the MacFayden family business, and is VERY AGAINST this absurd marriage (which he and everyone else agrees is nothing but a gold-digging scam).

I laughed so many times while reading this hilarious romance. It delivers enemies-to-lovers trope on point! Quinn can’t allow this fortune hunter to steal the families wealth, and while that, Dawn has her own secret reasons for going through with this.

The cover is so cute!

Dawn Fleming is a witch and she has cast a spell on me, as well as on my aged grandfather

It tells the story in alternating point-of-views between Quinn and Dawn, so we get to see inside the head of both of them. I loved Quinn’s POV the most, he is very masculine, hilarious and determined to bring this wedding to a stop, he will stop at nothing to make Dawn run back to Edinburgh. However, he can’t control the crazy attraction that he feels for Dawn! It has some triggers (suicide, cancer) however it is very light. The first half of the book is super fast paced and you fall head-first into this battle filled with sexual tension between Quinn and Dawn, the second half slows down a bit once the family comes into focus more.

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Behind the obvious animosity between us, a twisted game of seduction has begun...”

 I recommend this book if you are looking for a summer read, funny, super sexy, with very emotional and beautiful family moments. You can check out more about the book and the author here.