Book Review: Hollow Hearts

Book Review: Hollow Hearts

Blurb

Harkwright Academy, the place where dreams can come true.

A three year stay will award you with an education that will rival any college and enough money to aid you in whatever career you choose to take.

I’m applying to give my mom the life she deserves, to fund my sister’s medical bills and so I can be sure to have the only thing I truly want.

For my family I will give them my time, my soul and my body, but I will never give them my heart. This place is going to test me and the guys very well could break me, but they won’t keep me down forever.

This is an 100k full length book that is part of a trilogy. It is a dark academy, which includes scenes of bullying. It is a why choose romance. Where the fmc will have more than one love interest.


What a book! BC Morgan! Wheew! I’m in love with these characters! This has a Royal Trials feel book to it and I love! Luna Carter is our MC on her way to Harkwright Academy where she must try and survive for a better life. The way to do this, is by getting a number and potentially marrying herself off to one of the Harwright men. In this year there are 15 men that she needs to impress. During her “inspection” this part was godawful. Not the writing, I just felt so bad for Luna! It made me all hot and bothered and all upset for her for the way the men were treating her. When the scores are reveled, Luna just can’t catch a break! While on her journey at Harkwright Academy, Luna finds some new friends, Liam the servant, Aernon the flirt who likes to watch her bake, and possible Tucker and Emmet. AND of course the prince himself, Mr. Dark and Moody who just seems to never be seen. A TON of twists and turns and a very captivating book! Can’t wait for book two, that cliffhanger with just give you a heart attack, Little Zero/My Star.

Book Review: Poison Throne

Book Review: Poison Throne

Blurb

They’re waiting for you.

Those four words should have been a warning. They should have filled Violet with dread. But she was so focused on Rafe’s disappearance, she forgot.

The resistance was supposed to be fighting for a better world. A group of freedom fighters formed during the Monarch War, pushing back against laws that would see everyone enslaved. For a while there, they gave hope.

But with power comes corruption. The Society has been quietly amassing the strength and backing to become a real threat, and not everyone wants to use that power for good.

In a world torn apart by the death of monarchs, new leaders rise. Violet dives headfirst into the viper’s nest with one singular goal: rescue the stolen prince who possesses half her heart.

With the unwavering support of Jordan at her side, Violet knows she can face whatever the resistance throws at them. Even if she was the intended target all along.

Keep your friends close.
Keep your enemies closer.
Never forget the betrayals of the past.

The end of an era is here.


The third and final of Arbon Academy! With Violet, Raf, and Jordan, the action never ends. The book starts off right where our cliffhanger from book 1 left off and it just takes it up a notch from there. The action starts and never ends! Not as much Violence from Vi this book but I think it’s because she went all soft on us and caught some feelings for those princes. You know she did, she fricken kidnapped one of the kidnappers and made him take her to Raf. Oh and then there is the surprise from her past….ugh. The triggers for this book are not so bad, I just feel bad for Vi. What really traversed into her life, it was so unexpected! Don’t want to give away too many spoilers! Just lots of action, drama, STEAM, and love. HEA for sure. Noah and Massey are are still the duo twins and I’m kinda hoping for some standalones of Noah and Massey/Zach! Those two could run the world if they really put their minds to it. This book also has a lot of heartfelt mom moments between Vi and Jax, aka, the Queen. Vi really gets to see what a mom is supposed to do. AND Vi gets to spend some quality time in the springs again. 😉 The ending will make you cry, oh poor VI! I really felt for her in the last chapter, I really did. It was very heartbreaking and sad but the three of them will have their HEA!

Author Spotlight: Callie Rose

Author Spotlight: Callie Rose

We had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Callie Rose! I’ve been following Callie since her very first book, The Help, and have LOVED how she has grown as an author. She has dipped into supernatural worlds, standalone, heartbreaks, reverse harem epicness, basically everything I love. And so many upcoming stories! I’m so excited for the Broken Bond series and Sweet Retribution series!

I want to also say that a lot of authors have been on the receiving end of social bullying right now. These authors are pulling their works because of this and other issues and thats never okay. When an author puts our a book, they probably put a shit ton of time, effort, and heart into it. It doesn’t matter if they received all the praise in the world for it, it really only takes one bad review, one mean comment to bring an author down. We want to be as strong as our characters, but in reality, words do hurt. Please remember that when you are demanding a book be finished, harassing an author to change something, or writing your reviews, these authors are real people, and will be affected by your words.

Interview

Q: What got you into writing? A: I’ve always loved stories. I’m a sucker for a good book, a good movie, even a poem or a song that tells a story. I started writing when I was little and kept up with it as a hobby for a long time. It was only after college that I started to get more serious about it and think about sharing the things I wrote with the world. It was a scary leap, but I’m so glad I took the plunge into publishing my work!

Q: What is your favorite book/series of yours? A: Hmm, that’s a really hard question. I guess the sort of “cheat” answer is that my favorite book/series is usually the one I’m working on at the time. When I’m in the middle of writing a book, I spend so much time with the characters that I’ll often dream about them. I get totally absorbed in the world and the characters that I’ve created, and I love that feeling. So whichever book I’m currently working on definitely holds the biggest piece of my heart and my focus.

But my favorite of all time? Ahh, I don’t know if I can pick! Maybe the Ruthless Games series. That’s my answer today, anyway, lol! Ayla is a character I relate to so much, and I love that she always manages to find her strength, even when she’s going through some shit.

Q: What got you into writing reverse harem books? A: I fell in love with the genre a few years ago, and I think it just really fits my writing style. I love writing strong female characters and complex heroes, and I think those qualities fit really well into reverse harem. I also love how much variety there is in reverse harem! I’m a sucker for both contemporary and paranormal romance, so it’s been really fun to create harems and stories in both worlds.

Q: What is your favorite character from your books? (Or another book/series) A: Ooh, another hard question. This answer totally depends on the day! I already mentioned that I love Ayla (from my Ruthless Games series), but I also really love Piper (the heroine from my Fallen University series). Piper is funny and snarky and not afraid to say what she thinks. She’s someone I’d definitely want to hang out with in real life. I think we’d have a blast!

Q: How did you come up with the characters from the series? A: Dreaming up characters is one of my favorite parts of writing. Usually they sort of reveal themselves to me slowly, long before I ever start writing the book. I’ll hear snippets of conversations in my head (does that make me sound crazy? I swear, I’m not, lol!) or get little flashes of their backstory. Sometimes I’ll see a picture of a person, and it’ll spark the idea for a new character. Something in their eyes or the way they carry themselves, some question I want to answer about them.

I think imperfect people are the most interesting to write about, so I spend a lot of time with my characters, finding out both their flaws and their strengths, their secrets and their fears. And then when it comes time to write them, I know them well enough that the words just flow out of me!

Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? About writing reverse harem? A: For me, the most difficult thing about writing is the non-writing part. Being an indie author is amazing, but there are a lot of hats you have to wear, and I’m still learning the ropes of all of that!

When it comes to the actual writing, the hardest part is managing distractions. I’ve had to explain to my husband that when I’m zoned in at my computer with my fingers flying across the keys, I’m literally in another world and he should imagine I have a big “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging above me.

When I get into a groove, it feels like I’m seeing the whole book play out in my head like a movie, so I try really hard to make sure I don’t get pulled out of that zone when I’m writing. Luckily, my husband is 100% supportive and respects my writing time. My puppy, on the other hand? Not so much!

Q: Where do you get your inspiration to write? A: From all over. Pictures, songs, movies, conversations or interactions I overhear on the street. I think a lot of authors are “character gatherers.” We’re constantly creating worlds and people in our heads. Okay, now I definitely sound crazy…

Q: Any recommendations for someone looking to get into writing? A: Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t! And write every day if you can, even just a few hundred words. Even if you don’t publish the first thing you write, or the second or third, you’ll be building that muscle, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and finding your voice.

Also, there are dozens of writing craft books out there, and tons of social media groups for writers and indie authors. They can be such a valuable resource!

Q: How do you handle bullying from social media? A: That’s a really hard question to answer. The indie author community and social media sphere are pretty small, and while that’s amazing in so many ways, it can also have a very ugly side.

I guess the biggest and most important thing for me has been to focus on the positive, to focus on the people who approach the world with kindness, and to make my tribe out of those kinds of people.

The world feels like a mess right now. 2020 has been so hard for so many people, and cruelty and bullying only bring more negativity into the mix. So I’ve just made the choice for myself, my family, and my own mental health that I’m not going to play that game.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: Can I pick a place I haven’t been to yet? Hawaii is on my bucket list, and I would love to vacation there someday!

Q: What is your favorite food? A: My husband makes a crazy-good shakshuka that I’m addicted to!

Q: What is coming next from you? A: Next up from me will be Sweet Salvation, the final book in my Ruthless Games series. It’ll be bittersweet to say goodbye to these characters, but I’m so excited for people to read the final installment!

Thank you again Callie Rose! We appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions and are exciting to read your upcoming works!

The Lie-Callie Rose

Book Review: The Hunter

Book Review: The Hunter
LJ Shen

Blurb

Boston’s debauched elite is going up in flames, and it’s the Fitzpatrick family that set it on fire.
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I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things.
Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now, my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

Sailor
I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.


HOLY S*IT! LJ SHEN, yup I need to capitalize this who book The Hunter! I love that we get to see little snide-bits of Knight and Luna and even Vaughn. Hunter is the playboy billionaire that you all know about that just can’t keep his d*ck in his pants. Then comes along little miss archer, Sailor, seriously, I love that name btw. She is all about the game, and not a booty-type game. She is serious about making it to the Olympics in archery and won’t let anyone get in her way, that is, until she has to babysit hot, stud, sexy-on-a-stick, Hunter. I like that Hunter is like the girl in a relationship. He doesn’t want to get his hands dirty and then we have Sailor who just likes to play in the mud. These two are polar opposites but Hunter is out stalking his prey and will have Sailor. Hearts will be broken, feels will be made, this book will keep you awake all night and forget that you actually have to work in the morning. YUP!!

Book Review: Uppercut Princess

Book Review: Uppercut Princess

Blurb

Vengeance is NOT my middle name.

It’s in my blood.

It’s tattooed on my skin.

It’s with me 24/7. The thing that drives me.

It’s also what brings me to Rawley Heights. No one would willingly come here otherwise. But me? I don’t have a choice.

Here, everyone fears the Heights Crew. They’re not just some small-town gang, they’re the real deal. Crime. Sex. Murder. Angry, self-obsessed dudes with bad attitudes.

And they’re exactly who I need to get my vengeance from.

I have my work cut out for me, but don’t worry, they have no idea who they’re dealing with.

I’m counting on it.

Uppercut Princess is a dark high school enemies to lovers RH with bully themes.


This book has Fire! Kyla is our MC who is out for revenge. She has lost those closest to her and needs to devour those who took them from her. She has enrolled herself into the Heights with one goal, revenge. The only way she can do this is by getting “in” with the Heights Crew. She needs to impress Johnny, AKA Rocket, but along the way finds Oscar and Brawler….maybe Mag, still undecided about him. After proving herself Rocket falls for Kyla but doesn’t think he needs to keep his parts in his pants because, Kyla will be his in the end…so it doesn’t matter. So if you don’t like cheating, be warned. I LOVED this RH book. It was a little slow burn at the beginning but it picks up hot. The workout scenes with Brawler, woohoo! This book ends with a cliffhanger after Kyla is chosen to fight…oeeewee that ending!

Book Review: Liar (Madison Kate Book 2)

Book Review: Liar (Madison Kate Book 2)
Liar: Madison Kate Book 2

Blurb

“Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

The words scrawled on the back of my newest stalker mail makes my blood run cold. I have no idea if it’s the lie I know, or one that I don’t.

Since arriving back into Shadow Grove, I’ve been stalked, tormented, chased and almost killed. I’ve been lied to, repeatedly, by people I was growing to trust.

Liar.

That word haunts me. Someone knows more about my life than I do. Someone is taunting me with answers and teasing me with secrets. Am I desperate enough to fall for more deception?

Archer and his boys made a huge mistake when they lied to me. They thought they could play me but they’re about to learn that they’ve met their match.

No one stabs Madison Kate and gets away with it.

LIAR is a full length (448 pages, 102,978 words) college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book TWO of FOUR in the series.


Liar by Tate James! Well you know that there is going to be mystery, drama, and action. This book has everything! It will keep you on your toes while you try to decide for yourself if Kody, Steel, and Archy are good enough to earn MK’s trust back. This book focused at lot more on Steel, who I love btw. The chemistry between Steel and MK is off the charts. Kody is so sweet and has a dark side to him as well. The steam! Right when two of the three boys gets on MK’s good side, NOPE! Blinded by the light…you know the song. Poor MK! She just can’t help but have a trusting heart. You can’t help but just binge this book! Archy is still a moody a**hole who can’t help but toe the line between lust and hate. MK, her pour heart, I just want to reach in and help it pump in the right direction! I’m still out on the verdict that her BFF has something to do with her stalker. MK is still being stalked, the barbies are creepy, there is still a killer out trying to hurt MK, and the three guys just don’t know how to open up. The secrets get even bigger. AH, cliffhanger because Tate James loves to tease us!! Seriously! That ending…..I don’t eve what to say it, but the third book is going to be a trip!

Book Review: The Lies We Tell

Book Review: The Lies We Tell

Blurb

The Lies We Tell

Starting over after my father’s sudden death was bad enough, but the four boys who rule Alstone College, my new university, are determined to make my life even more difficult. One in particular. Caiden Cavendish.
My nightmare. My shadow. My stepbrother.

My dad’s death was an accident… Lie.
My life isn’t in danger… Lie.
The Four won’t bring mayhem to my life… Lie.
I don’t want Caiden Cavendish… Lie.
Lies.
Lies.
Lies.

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo.
The Four are coming for you, Snow.

Note: This book is not a standalone, and may contain triggers for some readers.


This bully romance is a hit! The Lies We Tell by Becca Steele has a lot of stepbrother vibe to it also but doesnt dive too deep into the taboo relationship. We have Winter and Cade who are just at each other’s throats. Cade just doesnt want anything to do with Winter….except her body. He is very hot and cold. One minute pushing her up against a car door and the next yelling at her to not touch him. I feel for Winter. She doesn’t know what to do because she doesn’t want him, but he keeps giving her mixed signals. And on TOP of it, she is dealing with her father’s death and trying to prove her bio mom, who hasn’t been any part of her life until now, killed him. The FOUR, Cade, Weston, Cass, and Z are not to be messed with. While Weston is acting like the sweet stepbrother, I am hoping something between him and Kinslee eventually pan out. I need their story! And then we end on a cliffhanger! Right after our two mains get it going on, NOPE. Learn to trust your girl! Loved this book, excited for the second! This book is definitely a fast burn, loved it!

Book Review: See No Evil-The Society Book 1

Book Review: See No Evil-The Society Book 1
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Blurb

They thought they could get away with it, but they are sorely mistaken.

They have been judged. They have been sentenced. All that remains is their execution.

No one goes unpunished. We’ll make sure of it.

We are The Society and all who dare cross us will find their miserable end by our hand.

Don’t be fooled. This is not their story.

It’s ours.

Finn

As long as I can remember, I’ve played by the rules.

On and off the football field, I’ve done everything that has been expected of me.

Until that fatal night.

Now my life and the lives of my best friends hang in the balance, hung there by a sadistic sinister shadow forcing us to do their will.

And it’s just my damn luck that I’m the first to be put on their butcher’s block.

I must prove my worth by eradicating a certain pebble in their shoe.

The order is simple.

To save ourselves, I must ruin another—a life for a life.

Meaning Stone Bennett’s life is about to be forfeited in exchange for my own.

The poor girl never stood a chance.

Stone

He’s all American perfection.

I’m the poster child for this country’s rejects.

He’s old Asheville money and privilege.

I’m the Southie eyesore people stay clear from.

He’s caviar dreams and champagne wishes.

I’m the trailer trash his momma probably warned him about.

I doubt it can get any further away from the elitist’s social spectrum than the two of us.

So why the hell is Finn Walker, Richfield’s football god, suddenly all in my face wanting my attention?

Nothing good can come from this.

I can feel it.

*The Society is an Enemies to Lovers, New Adult College Romance.

*Each book can be read as a standalone. However all four books in this series have an entwined subplot, that will only be resolved in the final book.

*Recommended 18+ due to mature language and situations.


See No Evil by Ivy Fox: You won’t want to put this book down. Just read it straight through, forget about food, work, everything! So much mystery. We found out through little tidbits that we wouldn’t get the whole story until after book 4, so it’s a little frustrating because there is SO MUCH MYSTERY! 

Our main four guys are Lincoln, Colt, Easton and Finn, and we find out at the beginning that they have a secrete that might just tare them apart because that secrete, someone knows about. To keep their secrete hidden they must complete a task, and this time it is Finn’s turn. He must befriend Stone and then ruin her. Why? Who knows, Stone is this kick-butt chick with tatts and a bad (awesome) attitude. She doesn’t care about the money, only getting out of here. 

You know how it goes, bad guy wants in, bad girl won’t let him, bad guy falls for bad girl. Then the betrayal. SO many FEELS! Fire, steam, chemistry, just all the things! Throughout the whole book you get a feel for how far the Society can reach, and their arms are LONG! This series is just gearing up to be one of those that you will re-read and keep finding new tells throughout the whole thing! Finn and Stones story might be over for now, but what will happen next?!

Book Review: Rebellion: The Sainthood-Boys of Lowell High

Book Review: Rebellion: The Sainthood-Boys of Lowell High

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Rebellion-Siobhan-Davis

Everything changed the night he betrayed me, and now, the game has entered a new level.

Galen did me a favor, reminding me the only person I can count on is myself, and I’m more determined than ever to avenge my father’s death and avoid the destiny Sinner has mapped out for me.

Saint is used to calling the shots, but there are new rules, my rules, and if he wants me in his life, and in his bed, he’ll toe the line. They all will, because I can’t pull this off alone, and they owe me.

Sinner thinks he’s in control, but forcing me into initiation plays right into my hands. War has come to Lowell as rival gangs battle The Sainthood for ultimate power, and I enjoy rebelling from the inside, placing more obstacles in Sinner’s path while I exact my revenge.

But I’m not some innocent thirteen-year-old anymore—I have blood on my hands and lethal enemies on my tail.

I’m playing a dangerous game, especially where my heart is concerned, but there’s no turning back. I haven’t come this far to walk away empty-handed, and the more secrets we uncover, the more we realize how far-reaching the betrayal and corruption extend, and there’s no choice anymore.

The Sainthood must be taken down, and we’re the only ones who can do it.

This is book two of three and it’s not a standalone read. Due to dark themes and content, this #whychoose romance is only recommended to readers aged eighteen and older.


Rebellion starts right up like it was the next page from Resurrection. Harlow is going to have to get herself out of this pickle if she wants to survive. The guys are freaking out and they know they have work to do because of what Galen did. I for sure wouldn’t want to open my heart again, I would think the same way she is, not wanting to trust and felt betrayed by her new lovers. Her broken heart needs to harden! And it does, but for how long? When you have these sexy as sin guys, Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo, and a side of Diesel to rile the guys up, it’s going to be good! Harlow is now off to initiation and we get to see her in action a bit and how her training with Diesel has made her a killing machine. She proves that she is better than even the guys and things will be going her way now. This book has a lot of drama and action for you to read through. The guys are starting to be okay with actually sharing Harlow, but it’s not like they have a choice, they can’t go against her or she will just leave them. HA, like she actually would. Her and Caz, so sexy. She just puts Saint in his place. And oh the sexy scenes! We even get a few scenes from Theo! I love Theo the most. Heartbreaking end and cliffhanger. I was so sad!! Get Book 3, Reign, soon here!

Book Review: Coach Me

Book Review: Coach Me
Coach-Me-Shanora-Williams

Blurb

When I met Amber Lakes, I had no idea that she’d become a shining star in my dark, miserable life.
Her smile was never supposed to warm my heart, and the sight of her tears was never supposed to make me want to hunt down the person who’d caused them.
We were never supposed to touch, or kiss, or do so many dirty things on campus that I knew could jeopardize my career…
None of it was supposed to happen because she’s the student – my athlete – and I’m her college track coach. 
I could lose everything by being with her, but I’ve fallen too damn hard, and despite how big the risks are, it’s too late to turn back now.


Coach Me by Shanora Williams is a sweet, little bit of taboo, romance. Taboo because you have the track coach who doesn’t want to catch feelings for one of his athletics. Amber Lakes is an all-star track athlete who gets a chance at college track at BU University. Even though this is a basically “white” college, she doesn’t let that hinder her and goes for it anyways. Amber is of course, bullied by her fellow competitors and you get to see how she reacts, or doesn’t. The bullies are out to get her in this book and make to ruin her chances of running before the season is even started.

Coach Torres is trying to stay away. He knows nothing can happen. He needs to stay away. DON’T catch any feelings Torres, it won’t end well for you! JK, this book has an HEA that you are going to love!

I love that this books brings up discrimination and how both Amber and Coach Torres handles it. We don’t get to see this in enough books and Shanora did such a good job. This book has the steam, the feelings, the, WHY moments. LOVE it!