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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

5-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: Xeni

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Series: (Loose Ends #2)

Format: Audiobook

GOODREADS


♡ Marriage of convenience
♡ Scottish hero
♡ Friends-to-Lovers
♡ Can be read as standalone
♡ Interracial Romance
♡ Bisexual main characters
♡ Black author
♡ 🥕

Review

This was on my list of books that I wanted to read by the end of the year. I read Rafe a few months ago and only thought it was ok, but this? This book was SO good. It’s my favorite by Rebekah Weatherspoon so far.

In order for Xeni to claim her inheritance, she has to marry Mason, who she has just met at the funeral. This book was all things marriage of convenience to friends to lovers deliciousness with a big teddy bear of a Scottish hero. The chemistry between these two was on fire. I loved Xeni and Mason and most importantly, I loved them together.


Representation

Characters: Black heroine
Author: Black Author


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Death of a loved one, family drama


Audiobook Performance: 4 stars

4-stars


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: I NEED IT!

This cover is so gorgeous!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars

 

 

 

Unloved by Katy Regnery

4-stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Title: Unloved

Author: Katy Regnery

Format: Audiobook

GOODREADS


♡ Wild hero⁣
♡ Wildnerness setting⁣
♡ Loner hero⁣
♡ Broken hero⁣
♡ Romantic suspense⁣

Review

This book had the makings for everything I love in a romance: a wild, broken hero and… ok, well, that’s it. So, I probably should have loved it and though I really did like it, there was something lacking for me and I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly it was.⁣⁣
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It wasn’t really the fact that there was a pretty brutal attack scene in it (trigger warnings for that!), but maybe it had something to do with the chemistry between Brynn and Cassidy or lack thereof. It wasn’t BAD at all, it just wasn’t as earth-shattering as I expected it to be.⁣⁣
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Also I’m not usually a huge fan of survival stories because they give me anxiety, but that’s 100% a me thing.⁣⁣
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Anyway, the premise is SO good. A hero who has locked himself away in the wilderness because he’s afraid of becoming like his serial killer father and a girl who stumbles into his path needing him to take care of her. ⁣⁣
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I’m not sure how I feel about the ending and the whole nature vs. nurture discussion, but overall I liked this book, I just didn’t love it.⁣


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
abuse, blood, death, trauma, loss of a loved one, assault, mass shooting, serious injury


Audiobook Performance: 4 stars

4-stars


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Nah


Bookshelf Placement: Nah


Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars

3-stars

 

 

 

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare

#-stars

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Title: Romancing the Duke

Author: Tessa Dare

Series: Castles Ever After #1

Format: Audiobook

GOODREADS


♡ Historical romance
♡ Blind hero
♡ Fandom
♡ Different classes
♡ Beauty and the Beast Retelling
♡ I hate everyone but you hero
♡ Enemies to lovers

Review

This was such a great historical romance beauty and the beast retelling by an author who is quickly becoming one of my HR favorites!

Izzy is the daughter of a famous author who is left with nothing when he passes, except for an already-occupied castle. A creepy castle that is occupied by a mean, scarred and blind hero at that.

This is the perfect set up, in my opinion. And, of course, in true Tessa Dare fashion it was wonderfully executed as well. I loved this romance so much, but what I wasn’t expecting was how much I would love Izzy’s entire storyline revolving around the books her father wrote and the whole fandom aspect. It was unexpected and adorable.


Representation

Characters: Deaf hero


Trigger Warnings

Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
death of a loved one, poverty


Audiobook Performance: 4 stars

4-stars


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Maybe


Bookshelf Placement: It’s there!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars