Monday, October 18, 2021

Music Monday - Recent Plays

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I listened to a lot of music over this past week because I've been on fall break. It's been pretty good minus all the tornadoes and bad weather, but today the high was only around 70! That's amazing for this part of Oklahoma. 

The music I've been vibing to is darker sounding songs since it's so close to Halloween! This year my partner and I are gonna crave pumpkins that always and then I'm gonna go with a friend on a train ride. She said she's done it before and it's fun. I'm hoping she'd right! 

But for now, to the songs!


Sooooooo what did you think? Let me know below and have a great week! Stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading! 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Reading Update!


It's been a long time since I've posted a reading update so I figured why not? I've not been reading a lot... I know! I planned to read so many great creepy books this month but it's been crazy with school, the covid scare, anxiety and with my playing Until Dawn twice to get the last of the trophies so I could platinum it. 


I've also still been editing my stories and writing my annual October short horror story. So at least I've made progress somewhere! 

I am currently reading The Hunting Party and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There's so many more I'm planning to read this month and I hope I get to it! 

One thing I finished and loved was a horror graphic novel called Something is Killing the Children. It's amazing! I can't believe I've never read it yet! It is full of gore so if you can't stomach that then please don't read this one. It's even going to be made into a series for Netflix by the creator of The Haunting of Hill House! I have such high hopes for this one! I've only read the first volume, but it gives me Buffy vibes with a girl out there killing monsters. But it's much less campy. If you didn't like that. There's only three trade paperbacks out right now, so it's super easy to get caught up! 

And that little butterfly is all I have for this reading update. Tell me what you've been reading down below! Or if you've read any of these. 

With that, I must bid you ado. Until next time, stay safe, happy reading, and wear a mask. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Music Monday - Calling All The Monsters

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Last week was pretty scary. My professor caught Covid, so he was out all week and then some of us in the class had to get tested because we’d been too close for too long. I had to get tested. Thankfully, it came back negative. I’m very nervous about going back today because I know he’ll be there and I don’t want him that close to me. Even though I wear my KN95 mask, it still makes me uncomfortable. 

It sucks that my seat is front row... and he’s a spitter... all it takes is one droplet and bad things could happen. 

Fall break starts for me this week, though I’m taking an extra day because I’ve got a medical test coming up. Fingers crossed its nothing serious. Friday I also got to go to the doctor with a family member. So a full week! 

Wish me lots of luck! 

But after the severe weather yesterday, it’s forecasted to be cooler. I really hope so! But this is Oklahoma, so I’m not holding my breath.

Today I only have one song because I love it so much that I wanted it to have a moment to shine. It’s perfect for Halloween, a fun song that makes you dance! Please enjoy!


If for some reason it gets removed, you can clink HERE and watch it. Disney might remove it, I've no idea what their policy is.




So what did you think? I hope you liked it! Let me know below! Lastly, any special plans this week? As always, stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading!



Friday, October 8, 2021

The ABC Challenge - The Letter B

Welcome to my second Alphabet Reading Challenge post! 

I've decided to go all out with these posts. Not only sharing books but also movies, TV shows and even music. I do hope you'll join me as I take this deep dive. 

Please comment below if you like any of these things or have any recommendations! 





Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix - Book Breakdown



There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named - a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.


Monday, October 4, 2021

Music Monday - Spooky Ambiance

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It’s finally October! One month of the year where people don’t look at me like I’m a freak! Or have any old men telling me to leave the state because they don’t want my ‘kind’ around. True Story. 

So I love this time of year! From now till April it’s the best time of year for me. Cooler weather should also be on the way... soonish. I hope! 

Anyway, let’s get to the meat of this post, shall we? 

I’ve been reading The Hunting Party... it reminds me a lot of the video game Until Dawn and I am in love with it! 

I’ve been listening to some really creepy ambiance while I read this book and play the game again. I wanted to share this with you and hope you enjoy it as much as I have been.


As always, stay safe, happy reading, and wear a mask. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Music Monday - Taylor Swift

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I've been on a Taylor Swift kick since she dropped her version of Wildest Dreams. I'm so excited for Red this November! 

So I've been going back and watching her concerts on YouTube. Hope you enjoy! I also hope they don't get removed! Fingers crossed!


 


Well that's all for this one! Tell me which you liked more? As always, stay safe and happy reading!

Friday, September 24, 2021

Ranking The Twilight Books


 
Last week I ranked the films and today I'm going to rank the books! It does very quite a bit so I hope you'll stay around to see the differences! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Merry Mabon!

 

Today is the Autumn Equinox. Which means the day and night are equal lengths and from here on, the days grow shorter and the weather turns colder.... unless you live in Oklahoma where it’s still 90s every day where I live. 

It’s a harvest festival, one of corn, apples, and wheat. 

Back before the luxury we have now of supermarkets, when people have to grow their own food, this was the time all their hard work from spring and summer paid off. Where they could harvest their food and get ready for the brutal winter ahead. 

It’s a time of thanksgiving and plenty. 

Even if you don’t celebrate Mabon, it doesn’t hurt to stop and take a moment to be grateful for everything you have and just how easy it is for us today to get food!


Monday, September 20, 2021

Music Monday - Mabon

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Welcome! Welcome, another Monday, another week. Which means back to school for me. But this week has something special! Mabon or the Autumn Equinox. It’s a special holiday for witches and Wiccans. I’m honestly debating on if I should skip that day to celebrate, but I’m not sure yet. 

In order to honor the first day of autumn, I’ve gathered threes songs that I’ve been listening to. I hope you enjoy them even if you don’t celebrate Mabon.  



Which was your favorite? Let me know below. I hope you have a great week and wonderful Mabon or Wednesday if you prefer. 

Stay safe and happy reading! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ranking The Twilight Films

 I recently watched the films.... again, and it got me thinking, how would I rank them? And thus this post was born! Now, I know that right now Twilight is having a renaissance moment and people like it again. Now, I'm sure people will go back to hating this series later but hey, for now, it's cool. So let's roll with it.


This list is much different from the book list (which will come soon!). My favorite book is actually one of my least favorite movies. See if you can guess as we go! We're gonna start with my least favorite and work our way to the best.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Music Monday - Dark Songs

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Hello! Another work week begins! How was your weekend? I baked a lot and cleaned because the house was a colossal mess! Now it’s nearly perfect! Just a little more work that I will get next week. I don’t know about you but when I clean; I like to listen to music; it keeps me going. Here are two of the songs I listened to. Hope you enjoy!


What did you think? Which was your favorite? Let me know below! As always, have a safe week! Happy reading little butterflies! 


Friday, September 10, 2021

The ABC Challenge - The Letter A



Welcome to my very first Alphabet Reading Challenge post! 

I've decided to go all out with these posts. Not only sharing books but also movies, TV shows and even music. I do hope you'll join me as I take this deep dive. 

Please comment below if you like any of these things too! 




Wednesday, September 8, 2021

August Reading Wrap Up!


I didn't read a lot this month because I've started my classes and that takes up my whole day. I get up at 6:30am get ready and then don't get home till 3:15pm. Except for Tuesdays... where I do not get home till after five. 

So I'm proud of the books I did read! Most of these were read before I started classes but hey, I'm hoping I'll get into the swing of things soon. 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Music Monday - Vintage Autumn Music

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September is what I call 'pre Halloween' and it's when I can start pushing the boundaries of what I wear without getting stared at like I'm the Devil's daughter or something. Or I take full advantage! But I always start out listening to a vintage autumn mix to set the autumn mood before jumping right into Halloween. So I hope you enjoy this little mix as much as I do! 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Mini ARC Review - Lucky Girl: A Dose of Darkness Novella


Seven years ago, Teddy Drucker disappeared. He changed his name, altered his appearance, and abandoned his corporate aspirations, fleeing for his life. What choice did he have? In over his head with the cops who’d accused him of murdering his girlfriend and the kind of guys who don’t think twice about cleaning up loose ends with a well-placed bullet.


Now, Trevor Dent is a new man. With a Ph.D. and a cute little car and therapy clients who trust him with their dirty secrets. But when his new patient calls him by his old name and his girlfriend turns up missing, Trevor realizes the past can’t be erased. And his past has a name and a face and the kind of secrets a man would kill for.


Only forty-eight hours to save his girlfriend’s life, and Trevor is back on the run. With a go-bag and a stolen car and an unlikely ally who has her own demons. As the bodies pile up behind them, he’s betting it all on her. He’s hoping this girl is as lucky as she seems. Because this time the odds are stacked against them and the stakes are impossibly high. This time, he’s gambling with both their lives.





Mini ARC Breakdown



Let's waste no time and get right to it! 


I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.


By now, I’m sure it’s pretty clear I love just about anything this author puts out and this one was no exception! The story is excellent! Very tense and dark. The vibe of this book sells it to me. It’s freaking perfect for an autumn TBR. Even better for spooky TBR.


My only complaint was I wanted more. After reading this author for so long, I can say that while this novella is great, she really shines with her full-length novels. So if you read this and like it, I can personally guarantee you’ll love her other works even more.


Have you read anything by Ellery Kane? Let me know below! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The ABC Challenge

I've decided to take Esther's (BiteIntoBooks) advice and throw my hat at the ABC Book Challenge! 

I'm still working on a list of books and all that so this is just me announcing my plans. 

I hope you will follow along with my journey! Also, if you've got any books that start with A, let me know so I can add to my list of possible reads!

I'm still working on a format but I do  really like how Esther does her with spotlighting books that start with the letter. So I might do something like that. 

That's it for this post. It's short and sweet but sometimes that's the best way to go! 

Until next time, stay safe and happy reading!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Music Monday - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

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GUYS!!!!! I'm actually really excited to share these songs with you today! Halsey dropped her new album on Friday and no cap, it's such's a freaking vibe! 

I love that music is slowly taking back on a more rocky sound. I group up on rock and it will always hold a special place in my heart, so this is just epic! 

I've got three songs today because I just couldn't pick two! No way. This whole album is just great but these three are my favorites. 

Please, sit back, and enjoy. 
 







Which is your favorite? Please let me know below! Stay safe and have a great week!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Reading Update

Since I've started classes recently, I've not been reading nearly as much. So I don't really have any reviews ready. Sorry! 


Today I thought I'd share what I'm reading instead! This isn't a TBR, just what I'm actually reading at the moment. 


I am slowly working on my spooky TBR and trying to get ready for the ABC Challenge. So there's a lotto come! Just not today haha. 


Two books I just finished are Dear Ava and The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike.


Dear Ava is just not for me. It triggered and confused me at the same time. The time jump that made no sense at all to me. 


I you want a full review I can give one but Just know it won't be favorable. 


I still recommend this because what doesn't work for me, could totally work for you! 


I also read a pretty cool cookbook from the Harry Potter world because I'm still obsessed lol. 


It's a nice little cookbook. Nothing to write home about, but not bad either. I might make some one day, but honestly, probably not.
 

I know there are a whole bunch of other Harry Potter Cookbooks out there and I really can't wait to snag and read more! I'm hoping to find a really nice recipe in one of them so I can make them when my partner and I have our Harry Potter movie marathons. 

Now, moving onto what I'm currently Reading! I've got two in the works. One is a graphic novel, and the other is a historical romance. 

By the time you see this, the new Witcher movie on Netflix will be out and to get myself all pumped, I've been reading the superb graphic novels! 

If you like Witcher, then I fully recommend these really cool one shot stories!


So far, it's fantastic! I've just finished the first chapter where Geralt finds himself on a ship with someone who has killed the daughter of a monster that will not take that too kindly. 
 
       
For the last book I'll talk about, Devil in Disguise! It's the latest book in the Ravenals series! I even got an ARC for it! I still bought it too because I know I'm going to enjoy it! 

I've not even started yet, but it's opened up on my Kindle ready to go! Because of Covid, I'm nervous to take my books to school to read. I don't want to carry any germs home to my little one, so that makes it even harder to get any reading done.

Well, that's it for now! What are you reading? How is your week going? Let me know below! 

As always, stay safe and happy reading!


Monday, August 23, 2021

Music Monday - Playlist (2)

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Another Monday, which means back to school but also more great music! I found two new songs that I've added to my graphic design playlist. They've got some nice beats. Hope you enjoy! 

 


As always, I will ask... which is your favorite? Let me know! I hope you have a great week and stay safe!


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Share A Poem on Sunday - Rain by William Saphier

This captures anxiety quite well I think. The feeling is like a storm, you know it's coming but you just can't stop it. All you can do is try and ride it out.


RAIN

Like crawling black monsters

the big clouds tap at my window,

their shooting liquid fingers slide

over the staring panes

and merge on the red wall.

Some of the fingers pull at the hinges

and whisper insistently: “Let us come in,

the cruel wind whips and drives us

till we are sore and in despair.”

But I cannot harbor the big crawling black clouds,

I cannot save them from the angry wind.

In a tiny crevice of my aching heart

there is a big storm brewing

and loud clamour and constant prayer

for the reflection of snow-capped mountains

on a distant lake.

Tires and dazed I sit on a bear skin

and timidly listen to the concert of storms.

- William Saphier

Friday, August 20, 2021

Wattpad + Writing Rambles + My Story

It seems like forever ago when I said I was going to put a few old stories up on Wattpad because I wanted to share them with the world. Well, I've finally started! 

The first one that I've started putting up was one I wrote over four years ago. It's my paranormal romance. It's called The Elemental




After Raven and her sister's mom dies they discover they are being stalked. All while strange things keep happening that can't be explained. Raven is put through hell but with help from something that has come alive in her and help of bi-racial werewolf Derek Nakashima, she just might make it.


Raven learns that her mother had married the Nakashima's father and, now they're here to protect her and her sister, whom they claim are in danger from the Council. While coming to terms with this new world, mastering her gift, and protecting her sister, Raven will learn things about her parents and even herself that she never would've dreamed.





I do hope you'll give it a look, I post two-three chapters every Sunday. I've already written the whole thing and so the uploads will come on time. 

If you have any advice, critique, or comments on the story please do tell me! I want to improve my craft so that hopefully one day I can get one of my stories published. 

That's really it for this one, have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!   

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

UPDATE + What's To Come


Hey there! I hope you’re having an amazing day! This is just a small post to let you guys know what’s going on in my busy life. 

I’ve said this on Twitter, where I spend most of my time online. I’m looking into working more on Instagram and maybe TikTok, but we’ll see. But back to Twitter, I said that I’m going to be taking classes on graphic design, so that means my free time kinda went up in smoke. So it has delegated my blogging time to Sunday. 

On Sundays I will create all the posts for that week and be hopping around your amazing blog. So please don’t think I’ve stopped visiting you. I’ll just be catching up on Sunday. I promise! 

But this also means that as I learn more in class, I can make my blog look more professional, which excites me. I’m nervous about the classes as I’m not the best at drawing. Honestly, I rather suck at it, but I love creating logos and thumbnails and banners. So I’m willing to work hard. 

Sadly, this leaves less time for reading, so fewer book reviews will be up. So if you have any ideas for posts, PLEASE let me know! 

I have a few ideas that I’m bashing out, but have no idea when they will be complete. So just hang in there with me! 

No, I’m not quitting blogging and there will be at least one new post a week, so don’t worry! I just won’t be blog hopping unless it’s Sunday. That’s it. 

Lastly, I want to know what you’re up to? What have you been reading? Watching? Anything exciting happen in your life lately? Let me know everything down below! 

As always, have a great day! Happy reading! 


Monday, August 16, 2021

Music Monday - Playlist

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I've been looking into more and more new music trying to find something that I can write or create with. These were two of the songs, I hope you enjoy! 


So which is your favorite? Have you found any good new sings recently? Let me know below! Have a great week and happy reading Butterflies!


Monday, August 9, 2021

Music Monday - Harry Potter Ambience

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My partner and I have been having a Harry Potter movie marathon and it's made me listen to a lot of Ambience. So I thought I'd share my two house common rooms. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! 



Which was your favorite? What is your house? Let me know below and have a great week!


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Ranking The Harry Potter Movies

 
My partner and I had ourselves a Harry Potter movie marathon. My partner’s favorite is Prisoner of Azkaban and he never fails to mention it, so it got me wondering just which is my favorite? We will start with my ultimate pick and work our way down!

1) The Chamber of Secrets (2)

My favorite scene in the whole franchise is where Harry and Malfoy are dueling and Harry speaks to the snake. It’s always just been freaking wicked to me. Not to mention how interesting it was to see a young Voldermort. I feel this movie really sets the dark tone while settling into the world. We see our young trio really bond as this movie goes along and I just love their teamwork, it really shines.

2) The Prisoner of Azkaban (3)

I love this one because Harry gets a moment of hope. He starts out thinking the man who betrayed his parents is out to kill him but finds not only was he wrong, but he gains a godfather that actually cares about him. It’s the first movie that visually takes on a darker tone while set against a stunning background in Scotland. I love that we get to see Harry and Hermione go back in time and save not only Sirius but Buckbeak.

3) The Goblet of Fire (4) 

This movie changed everything. Gone is the normal format from the first three. This one ends with a death and Voldermort coming back in the flesh. This is the beginning of the end. It’s dark and depressing for most of the film, as Ron and he are at odds and Harry is put through hard tests that he never even wanted to sign up for. 

4) Deathly Hollows Part Two (7)

After seven films of build up, so many deaths of those we love, we finally get to see that it was worth it. It’s a truly bittersweet moment. My favorite part is getting to see Snape for the first time. The man he actually was and not the monster it led us to believe for so long. While the ending isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, we see the light after a long dark storm.

5) The Philosopher’s Stone (1) 

The one that started it all. We get to follow Harry into this amazing world, see it all come to life and learn beside him. It’s the lightest of all the novels, but very bittersweet as Harry gets to see his parents in the mirror. We get to see just how strong Harry is and his friends grow together.

6) Half-Blood Prince (6)

This one was so very good, but ripped my heart out. I can’t stand losing a character we love. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with Dumbledore, I hated that Harry had to lose yet another person he cared about. I loved that we got to see more of Snape, even though we’re led to hate him for what he did. Alan Rickman was just simply amazing.

7) Deathly Hollows Part One (7)

I really dislike the whole trend of spitting one book into two movies because it always feels incomplete. HP actually started the trend that so many other books followed. While I still enjoyed this one, it was as much as I wanted. Far too many loose ends and plots left hanging until the next one. 

8) The Order of the Phoenix (5)

One of the saddest films... I hate that Harry lost the last family member he had. This film made me wonder if JK Rowling got off on putting Harry through the worst things she could come up with. So while I love watching the plot is thickening and we get to see something different from the school formula, it just makes me so freaking sad. If you know anything about me, know that I just can’t handle sad things. Oh, and of course, there’s Umbridge. Everyone hates Umbridge, and rightfully so. The actress plays it well, but that character, though...


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In case you wanted to know which films were my partner's favorites.

1) Prisoner of Azkaban
2) Half-Blood Prince
3) Goblet of Fire
4) Deadly Hollows Part 2
5) Deadly Hollows Part 1
6) Chamber of Secrets
7) Order of the Phoenix
8) Philosopher’s Stone 


Which film is your favorite? If you feel like it, I'd love to see your list! Until next time, stay safe out there and happy reading!


Monday, August 2, 2021

Music Monday - Radio Favorites

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Two very different genres today but I love them both! Which was your favorite? Let me know below nd have a safe week! Happy Reading! 


Friday, July 30, 2021

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels) - Book Breakdown



An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven... 


Book Breakdown

This was one of the most anticipated books in this series for many people because everyone loved the unique Pandora. I am not one of those. I never really cared for Pandora and how she doesn’t care about the rules or anything that doesn’t excite her.

Pandora would rather crate her board game than dance at balls and try to catch a man. Don’t blame her there! She knows that if she were to marry, she’d lose everything to her husband because the rules back then sucked!!! She can’t dance because of her abusive father, so lots of men overlook her, anyway. 

Trying to help a friend, she gets caught with Gabriel and it will force them to marry. Devon tells her that would never happen unless she wanted to marry the rake. Pandora seems fine with that answer and doesn’t plan to marry the rake at all! Even though it would cast her twin sister into ruin. Selfish. 

She’s just too na├»ve for my personal tastes. She let herself be lured into helping her friend find a missing piece of jewelry without even registering why the girl lost it in the first place. 

Gabriel makes no sense to me. He had been avoiding marriage for years, like it’s the plague, but when Pandora comes around, instantly he seems on board with marrying her. 

The writing is great as usual; I laughed at parts and smiled at others, but honestly, I’m glad to be done with this one. Just not my cup of tea. 

RATING



Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels) - Book Breakdown




A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne




Book Breakdown

This will probably be my favorite in the series. I'm calling it now. I loved every single thing about this one and wouldn't change any of it! 

Helen is a shy and sweet girl that usually spends her time reading books. Which I think as bookworms we can relate to. She has this air about her and she's very selfless. I love her character! 

Rhys is a tough Welsh man who owns the biggest department store in all of England, but high society shuns him because he's not one of them. When Devon offers Rhys Helen's hand, he's intrigued by the idea. With a Lady at his side and ties to a powerful family, doors will finally be open to him as long as Helen accepts him.


I rarely post gifs in my reviews but this one just fit. I can’t praise this book highly enough. The writing, the characters, everything about it, is flawless! This will probably be one of my favorite books of the year. 

It has my favorite elements, a shy, selfless heroine and a rough around the edges man that will do anything for her. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

RATING





Monday, July 26, 2021

Music Monday - Epic Fantasy Music

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Sometimes I just want to hear something otherworldly. These songs cover that for me and I hope they do for you also.


Tell me which was your favorite below! Mine has to be Paradise Glade. It's just so good! Have a happy week and stay safe! 

Friday, July 23, 2021

9 Best Books of the Year... So Far!

It's July, the year is now half over, 2021 is flying so fast. I'm not ready for it. Which got me thinking, what really good books have I read this year? Well, let me show you.

Just to let you know these aren't in a certain order. All five star reads. These are just the ones I loved the most.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Stepbrother Dearest - Book Breakdown

You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.

I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.

But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec. When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.




Book Breakdown


I read this book way past my bedtime and then after I got up, made breakfast for the family and took care of my daughter, I was back to reading it! I just couldn’t stop! 

I was nervous to go into this novel because I thought it would be a bully romance but it’s not! It may seem like it but it was really a case of the guy picking on the girl just because he likes her but doesn’t want to like her. It all fades away quickly, and he no longer picks at her. Instead, he fights his growing feelings for her but it doesn’t matter, neither can fight the pull they feel for one another and the night before Elec has to go back to California, they share a night together. 

They don’t see each other for seven years until Elec’s father passes away. He’s now got a girlfriend, but he can’t escape his feelings for Greta. They fight the pull the whole weekend but it just doesn’t work out and they end up together after a few more rough patches. 

I have two issues with this book. The first is there is some cheating... Elec kisses Greta while still with his girlfriend. Yes, he was on his way to breakup with her, but Greta didn’t know that and it still doesn’t make it right. 

The other issue is more of a personal gripe, the book ends with a baby. I’m so tired of romance novels ending with babies. Not everyone wants a child, and I feel like this troupe is getting shoved down my throat. Not a fan. 

Something I really love about this book is that none of the conflict feels pointless. No stupid third act breakup that just makes no sense. 

I really liked this novel and fully recommend it! Who doesn’t love a sexy pierced and tattooed hero?



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Cold Hearted Rake (The Ravenals) - Mini Review



A twist of fate...

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities... and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house... along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

A clash of wills...

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?





Book Breakdown

Everyone who reads Historical Romance always goes on and on about Lisa Kleypas and I wanted to know why. So I looked to see if my library had any copies available and the rest, as they say.... is history. 


Kathleen just lost her husband of only three days. With no heir, everything falls to Devon, the new Earl. He intends to sell the place and kick everyone out. All that changes the more time he spends with Kathleen, he comes to want her and after falls in love with her. But how can she trust a rake that wanted to drop her and her sister-in-laws flat on their butts? 


I really liked this book! An easy series to get into and watching Kathleen resist Devon just made me laugh at the antics they got into or swoon at how she could finally show emotion with him. It’s a sweet read with a wonderful happily ever after.


This book did something I’ve never seen before in a standalone series; it set up the next couple vividly and I will not lie, I can’t wait to read about them! I think I’ll like the next one even more!


RATING








Monday, July 19, 2021

Music Monday - Karliene

These meme is hosted over at Always Me

Every so often I share this artist's work because she can write some great songs. Plus, her voice is great. Click on a video, close your eyes and enjoy. 
 



That wraps it up for this week! Which was your favorite? Have a safe and happy week!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Falling for the Highlander - Book Breakdown


Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love. 







Book Breakdown

Meh. I could sum up this entire book with that one word. It’s not a terrible book, but it’s nothing special. Murine lives with her half brother but when he offers her company in exchange for some horses... she runs away and comes across the group of men who turned down the offer her half brother made. 

Yeah, I know...

Then the biggest part of this book is every single highlander just lusting after Murine and I do not know why. She’s kinda boring. She’s brave, but that’s about it. But eventually Dougall sets his sights on her and that’s it. There’s a murder mystery going on, but it’s so easy to figure out and doesn’t add much to the story. 

It’s a cute book that I enjoyed reading but it was so easy to put down and come back to later and I didn’t think about it when I wasn’t reading it. 

It’s well written and reads quickly. I loved reading the highlander way of talking, it’s something that used to take me forever to read but Outlander really helped me pick up speed and understanding with the dialogue. 

Do I want to continue this series? Yes! I do. I just hope the others are better. 


Monday, July 12, 2021

Music Monday - Favorite Songs From The Hunger Games Soundtracks

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I recently rewatched The Hunger Games movies and was looking through the soundtracks. There are so many great songs! I wanted to share my two favorites.




That's it for this week. Which was your favorite? Let me know below and have a great week!

Friday, July 9, 2021

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

Tara Park doesn’t do serious relationships. Neither does she hop into bed with virtual strangers. Especially when that particular stranger is her best friend’s new brother-in-law. It isn’t an easy decision, though. Seth Kim is temptation personified. His unreasonably handsome looks and charming personality makes him easy on the eyes and good for her ego.

When a friendly game of Truth or Dare leads to an uncomplicated four-date arrangement with Seth, Tara can’t say she minds. But their dates, while sweet and sexy, have a tendency to hit roadblocks. Thankfully, their non-dates and chance meetings get frequent and heated.

Seth is leaving for a new job in Paris in a month and a no-strings attached fling seemed like a nice little distraction for both… But soon Seth realizes that Tara Park doesn’t come in a “nice & little” package--she’s funny and bold, sweet and sexy, and everything he ever wanted and never expected to find. Neither of them are ready for something serious and both have past relationship baggage they’ve been ignoring, but with a shot at forever on the line will they follow their hearts and take a chance on happily-ever-after?






Book Breakdown

Yes. Yes! YES!

I swear that Jayci Lee can do no wrong in my eyes! Everything she writes is just simply perfect and The Dating Dare is no different! 

Seth and Tera are wonderful characters that had me cheering them on! I loved the game of Truth or Dare that started the whole thing. Sometime I love from this author is the diversity. I’ve read books where it felt so forced or like the author was checking a list. Not with Jayci Lee. Everything is organic and true, which makes it just that much sweeter.

This is a fun and cheesy read. Perfect if you’re feeling down or even a great beach read. I was so warm and fuzzy after reading this and I know you will be too! 

DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS BOOK OR THIS AUTHOR!!!!

***Thanks to NetGalley for this title***



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Beast of Beswick - Book Breakdown

Beauty and the Beast meets Taming of the Shrew in this laugh-out-loud and heartfelt Regency romance.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies—with lips better suited to kissing than speaking—who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of—a tender of marriage with her as his bride.







Book Breakdown 

Astrid is very protective of her younger sister and would do anything to make sure she has a proper season. When her aunt and uncle declare her sister is to be married to the man who ruined her, she heads over to the one place she thinks they’ll be safe: the beast of Beswick’s house. 

Beswick fought in the war and survived but didn’t come back the same. He’s all scarred up. It’s the primary reason he hides from the world. But when Astrid and her younger sister show up, he doesn’t turn them away.

Astrid is not the normal girl for her time. She’s very outspoken about her thoughts and opinions and I love her for it. While I know it’s just not very realistic, it makes for a much better story to me. I don’t want to read about meek little girls who are just waiting for some guy to sweep them off their feet. I simply loved seeing Astrid take charge of her future and making sure her sister didn’t make the same mistake she did.

This was very much inspired by Beauty and the Beast. So while Beswick seems like a real jerk, underneath, he’s got a heart of gold and I loved watching these two slowly fall for one another. 

It’s a quick read that just left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside and I need that right now.

Monday, July 5, 2021

June Wrap Up!

I read 15 books last month! That may not sound like a lot but that's the most I've read in nearly a year. I'm really proud of myself! So without further ado, let's get to all the books!

Music Monday - Carriage Ride Though the Forest

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I hope all you Americans enjoyed the 4th. I couldn’t sleep till the fireworks ended. It triggers my PTSD. Plus, my Autistic daughter hates it too; it scares her. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it for another year! I’ve been listening to these and reading lots of historical romance. I thought it fit with the tone nicely.