American Prince by Sierra Simone

Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: American Prince
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: New Camelot Series
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.

But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.




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Meet My Book Boyfriend: Colton Reed

Welcome to a new series where I’ll be introducing you to one of my (many) book boyfriends.


Introducing… Colton Reed from With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe


Colton Reed is the intense, blue-eyed Shibari expert who works at The Lair, a high-class lifestyle club owned by his brother, Julian.

The most intriguing thing about Colton is his talent with rope known as Shibari.

Shibari is a unique bondage art form that I learned about from his book, With Visions of Red.

Shibari style rigging creates geometric patterns and shapes with rope that contrast beautifully with the human body’s natural curves. The ropes and their texture provide contrast to smooth skin and curves. In Shibari, the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the rope artist.

Art of Contemporary Shibari

Photo Credit: Jose Pablo Porras Monge


Why I Love Colton

Colton had me from Chapter Two of the first book in the With Visions of Red series, when he is introduced.

His obsession with Sadie, aside from being much deserved because Sadie is such an awesome character herself, is swoon-worthy.

In real life, of course, if a man actually spoke to me the way that Colton speaks to Sadie, I’d probably be super creeped out no matter how gorgeous he is, however, in a well-written novel? I’m all for it.

Colton’s singular focus on Sadie is that much more appealing because of the level of constraint he imparts on himself when it comes to her. Sadie has a lot of inner turmoil, and because he has observed her from afar for so long (and because he can read her so well), he has an acute understanding of her need to be in control.

He fully understands what she needs.

Colton is big on consent. He doesn’t even touch Sadie until she specifically asks when they first meet.

This could easily make him seem like a puppy dog, particularly since he refers to Sadie as his “goddess,” however, Colton is very much a dominant. He is the one with the rope, after all. But, like he says, it’s a power exchange.

Colton worships Sadie with a whip in his hand.

He is the perfect amount of darkness, lust, obsession, talent, and masculenity.

It also helps that, in the audiobook, his voice is narrated by Christian Fox.



My favorite Colton Quotes

I’m so tempted to give chase and beg her to welcome me into her darkness.

I’ve marveled at her, studied her, imagining how I would bind and shape her. What patterns I’d create, how I could fashion this lovely, wounded creature into a masterpiece.

There’s nothing wrong with you, goddess. Just the absolute tragedy that I didn’t make you mine first.

I help free you, and you allow me to worship you.

I want to touch you…everywhere. Taste you all over. Devour you and consume you. And trust that this is merely a weak form of expression compared to what I’m feeling.

When you finally understand everything, you’ll know just how much power you truly have over me.

That’s all I wanted, goddess. Just to show you how beautiful you are; how I see you. If I’ve done that much, then whatever penance I have to suffer is worth it.

Here, with her, I’m the man who loves her. Who worships her. Who will save her right back.

I’ll storm heaven and hell if you don’t come back to me.

{Review by Kayla} Matched by Ally Condie

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.




For a while now, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. Although at first, it was a little confusing, I finally understood what was happening and it was so intense I couldn’t stop reading!

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Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.



This is a series that I constantly ask myself why it is taking me so long to read. I’ve read 3 books from this series and really enjoyed every one of them, but I’ve also waited months between each book.

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Favorite YA Series {Part One}

This week has been the perfect week to curl up with a book by the window and read all day. It’s been raining nonstop and it doesn’t look like it’ll subside any time soon.

Unfortunately, I have to work all week, but luckily I have a gorgeous view of the lake in my office, so at least I can enjoy that much.

Today I’m recommending my favorite young adult series. These recommendations are those that I’ve read at least two of the books in the series. There are several series in which I’ve only read one book that I love so far, but I’ll wait to recommend those series once I’ve read at least one more book.

I’m more of a new adult/contemporary romance reader, so my YA favorites aren’t vast, however, I do love a great YA series every now and then.

My reason for this post is two-fold: First, I’m recommending every series listed here and second, I’d love it if you could recommend YA series that you’d think I’d like based on these.

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How I Met My Book: How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo

How I Met My Book is a series in which you introduce your readers to a book on your shelf and share all about how it came to be there. I first discovered this series on The Book Dutchesses and decided to incorporate it here on my blog.


The story of how I discovered How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo is one of the my interesting tales.

It all began with an obsession with a band called Ours and their lead singer, Jimmy Gnecco.

My sister introduced me to Ours well over a decade ago.

You see, Ours isn’t the type of band that has fans. They have followers. Worshippers.

Jimmy lays his soul out for the plucking in every single song. The way he uses his voice to convey emotion is breathtaking.

As most of you may know, my two sisters and I are huge readers thanks to my mom’s obsession with books. We are constantly sharing music and books.

This all came together when my sister excitedly told me that she discovered that an author had written a book in which the main character was based on Jimmy.

She was reading a news site for the band and the book was mentioned in an article.

Of course, we both immediately bought the book.

Little did we know we’d soon discover our all-time favorite author.

Tiffanie DeBartolo seemed to be the only person on the entire planet that could put into words what Ours followers feel when they listen to Jimmy’s voice put to music.

Even the way she describes Paul is how I’d describe Jimmy. The description of “flashlight eyes” that she uses for Paul is Jimmy through and through.

How to Kill a Rockstar

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy a couple of times and I swear, when he looks at you, the world stops. His deep-set eyes seem to glow in the dark like a cat.

Jimmy’s flashlight eyes on full display even through a camera lens

I will forever be jealous of my sister for this experience, but during an Ours concert that she attended (one of the few she went to without me!) she brought a copy of How to Kill a Rockstar, and when she met Jimmy after the concert, she asked him to sign the book. He agreed and said, “Why don’t you have Tiffanie sign it, too?”

According to my sister, she began freaking out more about meeting Tiffanie than she had about meeting him. She clutched Jimmy’s arm in excitement as he led her over to Tiffanie.

Tiffanie turned out to be absolutely amazing. She and my sister became good friends and a few months later I was able to meet her as well.

We met in a small diner where the two of us interrogated her about her books, writing, and music… then we went to see her brother-in-law’s band together. It was such a surreal experience.

She and my sister still keep in touch to this day, and I talk to her occasionally.

I’ve read How to Kill a Rockstar about a million and a half times. So much so that the book is literally in pieces, has my underlines and scribbles all throughout, and Tiffanie’s signature on the front. I destroy the books I love and this book is the most destroyed out of all the books I own.


Have you read this book? How did you meet your most recent read?

The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag

Good morning and happy Mother’s Day!

Just a quick tag post today because I plan on spending the day in my reading chair devouring books while watching my girls play nearby. It’s essentially what I did last year for Mother’s Day and my birthday and it’s absolutely perfect.

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Bree & Kayla Q&A Podcast


Kayla, my niece and teen reader here on the blog decided that once a month we’re going to do a mostly bookish Q&A podcast.

This is our first one (we recorded it a while ago, but I’m just now finally uploading it!) and we hope there will be many more. We had so much fun recording this together.

Note: There are a few spoilers for Caraval in this podcast!

Happy listening!