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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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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Hero (Morgan Brothers #3) by Lauren Rowe

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Hero
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Morgan Brothers #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know… what I couldn’t possibly know… was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

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Review

Hero was a love at first sight romance that I absolutely didn’t mind.

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Though this book took a little while for me to get in to, once I finally got over the hump, I was thrown into another one of Laini Taylor’s beautiful fantasies and loving every second of it.

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Broken Ties (Prequel, The Mentalist Series) by Kenechi Udogu

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Broken Ties (Prequel Novella)
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series
Format: eBook provided in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever.

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

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Review

First thing’s first, I was so intrigued when I found out that the book was in Paul and Nora’s point of view!

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Keepers (The Mentalist Series Book 3) by Kenechi Udogu {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Keepers (The Mentalist Series Book 3) by Kenechi Udogu

The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thing is certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

The moment I found out that this was told in Gemma and Russ’s point of view I got so excited!

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I vaguely remember SJM saying that this book was supposed to be a novella and, after reading it, I have no idea why she ever would’ve thought she could tell this story in so few pages.

I think part of the “issue” (and it’s not really an issue because I love this about SJM) is that it seems like every single one of the characters, no matter how briefly mentioned, in all of her books seem to have elaborate and interesting back stories.

I find that I want to know so much more about every freaking character that walks by! That’s how interesting she makes them and that is how well thought-out her novels are.

Speaking of which, I would love to see/hear how SJM maps out stories, because there are always so many bits and pieces that link together no matter how insignificant or far away it may seem in a previous book, somehow these things come up again later.

Like all of the books in this series, it took a little while for me to get into. But, I understand this going into it and I always end up really enjoying her books after giving it a chance, so I stuck it out and wasn’t disappointed.

If I’m being honest, I had no interest in Chaol’s story. I loved him in the beginning of the series, then I hated him, then I felt bad for him, but still thought he was being a jerk, and when I found out an entire giant novel was going to be about him, I wasn’t excited about it. Granted, I bought the audiobook as soon as it was available, but it also sat in my library for a really long time before I finally read it.

Partly because I wasn’t interested in hearing his story, but also because I hadn’t been in the mood for fantasy, and enjoying a book is a lot about timing for me.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars
Elizabeth Evans has been the narrator for (I believe) all of the Throne of Glass books and I’ve always enjoyed her performances.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars
There were so many little love stories happening in this one, but romance wasn’t really a huge part of this book. Not coming from a romance reader like me, anyway.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

I’m not sure… I have entertained the idea of re-reading the entire series and I just might when it’s finished, but until then…

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I definitely plan on collecting the entire series for my bookshelf. Right now I only have one (signed) hard copy of Queen of Shadows (my favorite book in the series so far).

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars
There were so many potential book boyfriends in this one, but if i had to give them an overall rating, it’d be 4 stars. Chaol, actually, being one of the lowest-rated ones of them all. Sartaq is actually my fav book boyfriend in this book.

 

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A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti: Book One) by Josie Jaffrey

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti: Book One)

[Paperback Received from Author]

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This book was an absolute whirlwind of butterflies and emotion and confusion and disbelief for me.

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The Reclamation (The Club #2) by Lauren Rowe

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

The Reclamation (The Club #2) by Lauren Rowe

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Sarah: “My entire life has spiraled into chaos—and yet, all I can think about is my raging, thumping, insatiable addiction to Jonas’ magical touch. He’s unleashed an all-consuming hunger inside me that can only be satisfied when Jonas finally surrenders to me the same way I’ve surrendered to him—mind, body and soul.”

Jonas and Sarah’s addictive love story picks up right where the first book left off, hurtling to a heart-stopping conclusion that will leave readers breathless and screaming for the unforgettable final installment of The Club Trilogy.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I dove head first into this book after reading the first, and since I read Captain and Ball Peen Hammer before The Club series, I expected (and hoped) this book would be more about Josh’s story, yet still continue with the storyline, if that makes sense. Obviously, I didn’t read the synopsis.

While I didn’t mind hearing more about Jonas and Sarah in this book, the thrill of falling in love has already taken place at this point, so that dimmed this book a bit for me. Luckily, I really enjoyed the story and the drama, which kept me reading.

I will say, I don’t know that this needed to be a series. I’m pretty sure the first two books in this story could have been edited down to one book. I haven’t had the urge to pick up the third book despite the cliffhanger in this one and I think it’s because I worry that I am going to get burnt out on Jonas and Sarah. That could also be because I already love Josh thanks to Captain and I want to hear more about him!

Anyway, LR continues to be one of my new favorite authors with her ability to artfully mix humor and steam. I will (eventually) read the third book, but I’m taking a short break for now.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars
You know the drill here, LR reads her own books and is once again paired beautifully with John Lane.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars
Very few butterflies in this one, guys. I believe it’s as I said before, the thrill of falling in love has passed and it’s those times that are always ripe with butterflies.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

We’ll see how the rest of the series pans out. If I love the next two books there is a good chance I’ll want to reread the entire thing!

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Probably gonna need all of LR’s books on my shelf.

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars
I’ve already rated Jonas in the previous book and my rating hasn’t changed. I adore him!

 

”Free” Reading Availability

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(As of 02.16.18)

 

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn’t, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love – again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.
Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she’s opening up again, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn’t. But when she’s offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Ripple was an enjoyable book that kept me guessing until the end and surprised me with some plot twists.

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