Treasure Of The Abyss (The Kraken #1) by Tiffany Roberts ⁣

4-stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Title: Treasure Of The Abyss

Author: Tiffany Roberts ⁣

Series: The Kraken #1

Format: eBook borrowed Kindle Unlimited

GOODREADS


♡ Alien romance
♡ Enemies to lovers
♡ Caretaking

Review

I fully expected this to be a 5 star read for me on the level of the Ice Planet Barbarians and it totally would have if I could’ve gotten past the tentacles. This is totally a personal thing for me, but I’m so skeeved out by all things ocean creatures and it was REALLY hard to get past it despite this acutally being a really good romance.

Ice Planet Barbarians have tales and horns and I’m like, “Let’s do this,” but apparently I hit my limit when it comes to tentacles.

I just kept picturing my trips to the FL Aquarium: how it smells, how the sting rays feel when you pet them, the octopus and their suction cup tentacles and I just…. had a hard time.

Overall, though, again, I really liked the story, but maybe I need to stay away from sea creature romances in the future LOL

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah


Bookshelf Placement: Nope


Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars

3-stars

 

 

 

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New Covers for The Grace trilogy!

Titles: Desolate ~ Disgraceful ~ Absolution

Series: Grace Trilogy
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Mature YA/Coming of Age Romance
Release Date: Available NOW
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Absolution Photographer: Lindee Robinson Photography




Good and bad. Dark and light. Right and wrong. Everything blurs together in the war that rages inside my head.

I had it all figured out: finish high school, attend seminary, and finally answer my calling. Becoming a priest was all I ever wanted.

Until I wanted her.

Grace Miller.

The girl who was always out of my reach. The one who still steals my breath with just a look. I didn’t know she would become my temptation and vice, and quite possibly, my ruin.

With a crossroads before me and my head a battlefield, can I choose sides without losing a part of who I am?






I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway. I fell for him.

Hard.

His half smiles and those blue eyes that pulled me deeper, threatening to drown me. But he was never mine to keep. Like all good and rare things, it came to an end. And I erected a wall around my heart to prevent suffering that pain again.

Dimples and gray eyes changed all that. He smashed through my defenses and stole what was left of my heart.

Until my past returns.

Now my heart is a war zone, past and present battling for my forever.

They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. I have the burns to prove that isn’t true.

Who knew falling in love could hurt so much?




We made mistakes and betrayed our hearts. And in the end, everything went up in flames. Walking away from the devastation isn’t an option.

Not when I’m at the center of it all.

Three hearts hang in the balance. A choice must be made. Keep one and let one go.

No matter what I decide, someone is getting burned. There’s no winning this battle. No one ever said love is easy. But I never knew it would be this hard.

Love can be a poison, and sometimes, it’s the only thing that can save us.



Autumn Grey is a hopeless romantic and loves stories with HEA. She is the author of the Havoc series (Havoc, Obliterate, Mend), Fall Back Skyward and Breaking Gravity. And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.



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The Takeover (The Miles High Club #2) by  T.L. Swan 

5-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: The Takeover

Author: T.L. Swan 

Series: The Miles High Club #2

Format: Audiobook

GOODREADS


♡ Office Romance
♡ Enemies-to-lovers
♡ Single mom/widow
♡ Great banter

Review

This is another situation where if I read the synopsis, I probably would’ve skipped this book because I’m not a huge fan of single moms. Especially single moms of multiple (kind of annoying) kids. Also reading “He was powerful, arrogant, and infuriatingly gorgeous” about a hero usually is cause to make me skip the book, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Similar to the first book, I appreciated that the heroine didn’t just roll over and take it when the hero was a jerk, she gave it right back and their banter was amazing.

Though I raised my eyebrows at some of the choices Tristan made when it came to Claire’s kids, I also really appreciated the fact that he wasn’t immediately The Perfect New Dad. He was annoyed by the kids (because they were annoying) and they scared him away (with good reason). But he also had a great comeback in that regard.

I also thought that Claire, despite having a spicy attitude with Tristan, needed to use some of that strength when it came to parenting (I still have so many questions when it comes to a lot of her choices – and this is why I don’t love romance novels with kids, because I get a little nit-picky at parenting choices). I think Tristan balanced her out pretty well, if he did overstep boundaries a lot, and I especially loved how things turned out with her oldest son and Tristan.


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

5-stars


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Need!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

The Stopover (The Miles High Club #1) by  T.L. Swan 

5-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: The Stopover

Author: T.L. Swan 

Series: The Miles High Club #1

Format: Audiobook borrowed from Scribd

GOODREADS


♡ Workplace romance⁣
♡ One Night Stand ⁣
♡ Sassy heroine⁣
♡ Great banter⁣

Review

I’m actually glad I didn’t read the synopsis for this book before picking it up because a surefire way to get me to skip a book is to read the word “billionaire” in the description. I’m so over billionaire romances, however, I really, really liked this one.

It’s my first by TL Swan, but I’m thinking this author can likely pull off billionaire romances for me simply because her heroines aren’t these naive, meek women who bend to the hero’s every whim. Where there could’ve easily been an uncomfortable power imbalance, the fact that her heroines can give as much as they take made me love this book.

Yes, there was a lot of drama and back and forth, but the banter was so on point, I was absolutely living for it every second of the way.

I don’t think I even mentioned what this is about, and the premise is actually really great. The heroine, while on her way to a dream job interview, gets upgraded to first-class and ends up sitting next to a guy she otherwise never would have batted an eye at, yet ends up spending one super-steamy night with him and not seeing him again… for a year. When that year is up, it turns out he owns the company in which she is newly employed.

I found that there were a lot of things I’m usually annoyed with that happened in this book, yet I didn’t mind. The hero is pushy, but the heroine pushes back and I think that was kind of the same throughout.


Audiobook Performance: 4 stars

4-stars


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Yes


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

The Black Fox (The Dirty Heroes Collection #1) by  Brianna Hale 

3-stars

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Title: The Black Fox

Author: Brianna Hale

Series: The Dirty Heroes Collection #1

Format: eBook borrowed from Kindle Unlimited

GOODREADS


♡ Forbidden romance
♡ Age gap
♡ Zorro retelling
♡ Taboo

Review

A Zorro retelling plus Temecka’s favorite Brianna Hale book? I knew I had to read it.

Warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. It’s very taboo and deals with a relationship between a step-father and his step-daughter (who he just met.)

Somehow, I get why a bunch of people told me they hated this book, but I also get why Temecka loved it. Brianna Hale has pulled off some messed up, taboo stuff in her books and I didn’t hate it… and I didn’t hate this one either, but I also wasn’t blown away. I actually liked and appreciate the twist in this book, but it was also kind of the reason why I couldn’t fully get on board with the relationship.

I definitely plan on reading more by this author!


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
nonconsent, dubious consent, toxic relationship, abuse of power


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah


Bookshelf Placement: Nah


Book Boyfriend Rating: 2 stars

2-stars

 

 

 

Slammer by Tabatha Vargo 

4-stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Title: Slammer

Author: Tabatha Vargo

Format: eBook borrowed from Kindle Unlimited

GOODREADS


♡ Dark & Gritty⁣
♡ Forbidden⁣
♡ Not a romance (no HEA)⁣
♡ Captivating⁣

Review

I… don’t know where to begin with this book. Perhaps with the fact that this is not a romance novel. There is no HEA. Maybe it’s more of a thriller? I’m not sure. Either way, this book is not for those looking for an HEA or HFN or anyone with triggers… like… alllll the triggers. This book is super dark.

But also… I liked it?

I can’t even remember why I added this to my TBR aside from the fact that it is on KU. I think I may have been intrigued by the synopsis and it’s by the author of a book I really liked (Black Sheep). Its’ about a nurse who works in a prison who falls for an inmate who is a violent killer. I mean… we all know if this were realistic it wouldn’t end well, but when you’re going into it thinking it’s a romance like her other book, you are waiting for how it will all be resolved…. and yet…


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
abuse, non-consent, assault, blood, serious injury, death


Re-read Worthiness: Nah


Bookshelf Placement: Maybe

 

 

 

Husky by Jessa Kane⁣

5-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: Husky

Author: Jessa Kane⁣

Format: eBook borrowed from Kindle Unlimited

GOODREADS


♡ Short & super-steamy⁣
♡ Big Cinnamon roll Hero⁣

Review

Yes to everything about this novel. ⁣

Parker, the heroine, is a fashion designer who just got her big break, but is feeling uninspired by the stereotypical male models she’s surrounded by, so when she needs inspiration for her line of mens clothing she needs to debut, she decides to wander around the city. She ends up at a pub where she meets the attractive, husky bartender who suddenly gets her creative juices flowing.⁣

This book was like the more mature version of Hefty by this author only in that the hero doesn’t think he’s good enough or deserving of the heroine – which I LIVE for. There are so many swoony, steamy moments between them because of this.⁣

It was short and steamy and perfect for Smutathon.


Representation

Characters: Plus size hero


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Maybe


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars

 

 

 

The Initiation (Filthy Rich Americans #1) by Nikki Sloane *FAVORITE*

5-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: The Initiation

Author: Nikki Sloane

Series: Filthy Rich Americans #1

Format: Physical Book Received in Hello Lovely Box

GOODREADS


♡ Obsessive love interest
♡ Love triangle
♡ Reality TV show level drama
♡ Taboo
♡ Bingeable
♡ Surprising

Review

I feel as though I was not appropriately warned about this book. First, for how intense it is and, second, for how I would be forced to ignore my entire readathon TBR to read the ENTIRE REST OF THE SERIES.

I RARELY binge series anymore. I have so many books that I want to read, and binging series is time consuming, especially in the middle of a readathon, however… I was given no choice.

This book and certainly this entire series is absolutely 100% NOT FOR EVERYONE. It’s extremely taboo, there are toxic people and toxic relationships, but man, can Nikki Sloane pull it off.

There are some books that have extremely realistic settings with realistic characters and everyday relationships that I have absolutely no buy-in with… then there are books like this that are so over-the-top and crazy that I’m completely invested in. I can’t put my finger on what exactly the difference is, other than the storytelling.

Nikki Sloane made me love so many things that I normally roll my eyes at in books: entitled and over-privileged stupid rich characters, American royalty, super alpha heroes, toxic relationships, and so much drama… Normally these are all reasons for me to skip a book entire, but instead I couldn’t stop reading them.

There were so many moments in all of these books where I had to stop and question myself. Why am I OK with this? Why can’t I stop reading? And it wasn’t in the way I read After, where it was an absolutely dumpster fire, but I had to know what would happen… I couldn’t stop reading this series because I actually liked all these extremely problematic and flawed characters. I was invested in these relationships and what was going to happen to them.

I just… there are no words.

And let me just say… the moment I found out what the “initiation” actually was AND the fact that I was OK with it… definitely had me questioning my own morals.


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Dubious consent, Nonconsent, taboo, bullying, cult, cheating, toxic relationship, misogyny, sexual assault


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

5-stars


Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Absolutely


Bookshelf Placement: Already there!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars

 

 

 

New Release! A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen

4-stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Title: A Taste for Love

Author: Jennifer Yen

Format: ARC received in exchange for an honest review

GOODREADS


♡ YA Contemporary Romance
♡ The Great British Baking Show
♡ Pride and Prejudice reimagining
♡ Yummy recipes

Review

This book was exactly what I needed to get me out of a reading slump. It was light and fun and super cute. And it made me CRAVE boba tea like crazy!

This is a very loose Pride and Prejudice retelling without trying too hard to be exactly like it. The main character has dreams of becoming a baker, but her parents who own a bakery and restaurant want more for her than the grueling hours they work. Her mother also insists that she date a very particular kind of boy (Chinese, pre-med, tall), while her father is a bit more understanding.

I absolutely LOVED her father, by the way. I feel like my grandfather was so similar to his personality, especially the dynamics between him and his wife – it was like my grandmother and grandfather, which warmed me up to both of them. My grandmother always wanted more and my grandfather would do everything he could to give it to her.

If you are a fan of The Great British Baking Show, I have a feeling you’ll love this as the entire contest is based off of this show and there are a lot of references to it. Speaking of references, I loved all the romance novel references in this! It was like a little nod to romance readers since the main character is a romance reader herself.

I’m not a great baker, though I love to cook, and I love seeing step by step instructions within a book, like this one. I could practically smell the scents from the bakery and taste the confections. And what I wouldn’t do to taste some of her dad’s multi-course meals!

I did feel like the conflict at the end got a little convoluted and overdramatic, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

Overall, this book was immersive, it made me hungry, it got me over my slump, and all of the relationships in this book were so sweet.


Representation

Characters: Asian cast
Author: OWNvoices Asian rep


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Racism, toxic relationship


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Maybe!


Bookshelf Placement: Already there!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

His Beauty by Jack Harbon

5-starsOverall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: His Beauty

Author: Jack Harbon

Format: eBook Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited

GOODREADS


Beauty and the Beast retelling
Short & steamy
Taboo
New favorite

Review

I am such a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and when I saw that Jack Harbon wrote one, a novella no less, I knew I had to read it for Smutathon.

It did not disappoint.

This book stood apart from all the other retellings I’ve read. It was short and steamy and graphic and even brutal sometimes, and I loved every second of it.

Did I mention that The Beast was never a human in this book? Nope. He was full beast the entire time. We love a good taboo Beauty and the Beast retelling that somehow works. Perhaps my favorite part of the book was when Jack thanked Katee Robert in the acknowledgments for giving him the inspiration to write and publish a novel that tapped into his dark and taboo side.

Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
blood, death, taboo, kidnapping, toxic relationship, imprisonment


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: YES


Bookshelf Placement: NEED


Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars

3-stars