Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

4-stars
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Title: Better When He’s Bad
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book by Jay Crownover and this book reminded me why I love her books so much.

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With Visions of Red Series by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: With Visions of Red
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: With Visions of Red Books 1-3
Format: Kindle eBooks purchased from Amazon (Audiobook Purchased from Audible)

Synopsis:
Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

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Review

Excuse me while I pass out from the intensity of this series.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Format: Hard copy purchased from Amazon
Synopsis:
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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First of all… I need to thank Peachy over at Book Dragon Lair for introducing me to this book because… OMG I loved it SO MUCH!

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The Redemption (The Club #3) by Lauren Rowe

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: The Redemption
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: The Club
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
“There’s never been a love like ours and there never will be again. We’re the greatest love story ever told. Our love is so pure and true, we’re the amazement of the gods.” – Jonas Faraday

In this heart-racing installment of THE CLUB SERIES Jonas Faraday continues his quest to overcome his demons. But is he fated for a lifetime of heartbreak and tragedy—or will he finally find his redemption?

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Review

This is the first of Lauren Rowe’s books that wasn’t a win for me. It was bound to happen at some point, right? And, you know what? That’s ok.

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Born, Madly (Darkly, Madly Duet #2) by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Madly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon

Synopsis:
Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

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Review

This was a twisted, dark, beautiful, and satisfying ending to this duology.

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Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly Duet #1) by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Darkly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
 
Synopsis:

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other…to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

 

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Review

Whew… that was intense. And twisted. And dark. And somehow… beautiful. Grayson and London’s relationship has definite Joker/Harley Quinn vibes… if The Joker was a cross between Dexter and Hannibal.

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Misadventures of a College Girl (Misadventures #9) by Lauren Rowe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Misadventures of a College Girl
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Misadventures #9
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Straitlaced freshman Zooey Cartwright has arrived at UCLA determined to have a heck of a lot more fun in college than she did in high school. What’s the first item on Zooey’s agenda before classes start in two days? Losing her pesky V card. She’s definitely not looking for a boyfriend, so where can Zooey find the right guy to do the deed and move along without a backward glance? At a party thrown by a bunch of football players, of course.

Enter Tyler Caldwell. A beast on the field and off, cocky as heck, and often wearing T-shirts with sayings like “God’s Gift to Womankind,” Tyler is most definitely not boyfriend material.

After a make-out session with Tyler leaves Zooey entirely unsatisfied, she is determined never to see him again. But her schedule lands her in not one but two of his classes, and it doesn’t take long before Tyler is giving Zooey exactly what she wants—and a whole lot more she never bargained for. Can Zooey surrender her body to this bad boy without giving him her heart, too?

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Review

It’s official. I have a new favorite Lauren Rowe book.

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Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Lick
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

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Review

Anytime I read a 3-star book, I always question myself.

It makes me wonder if maybe I’m not fully paying attention or if the timing was wrong… sometimes those things play a part, I’m sure.

For this particular book, it just didn’t do it for me and I don’t think it was timing.

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Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled Book 1
Format: Audiobook Purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

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Review

Drew is a total a**hole. He was exactly the arrogant, close-minded, self-important jerk that I’ve unfortunately had the displeasure of interacting with both in social and business settings, so to say I did not like his character is a gross understatement.

In fact, the first chunk of this book made me so uncomfortable because of how accurately the author portrayed this kind of man.

That being said… you saw the rating. Now, why would I give 4 stars to a book in which the narrator is so unlikeable? Because… he wasn’t. God help me, I actually found him hilarious after I groaned and rolled my eyes and “ugh-ed” my way through the first few chapters.

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Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Four Letter Word
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds Book 1
Format: Audiobook Purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

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Review

I find that less and less I pick up books based on synopsis alone – without recommendations from Goodreads friends and fellow book bloggers, but the premise of this book definitely caught my attention. Even though I hadn’t heard any buzz about this book, when I saw it was on sale on Audible, I decided to give it a try. (It also helped that SebYo was one of the audiobook readers!)

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