Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Book to TV Show Adaptations

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Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic was a freebie so I decided to do Favorite Book to TV Show Adaptations. I have always wanted to do this topic and I am so excited!

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∴ Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one my favorite TV shows period, but as a book adaptation, I think it is one of the best ones out there. April 14th can’t get here soon enough!

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∴ Outlander

I am a BIG Outlander fan. I struggle with the books and have only read three of them, but the TV show is something I love to watch. It almost follows the books to the letter and it is surprising how little they changed when they adapted it to screen.

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∴ True Blood

I tried to read the books for this TV show and it did not end well. The TV show was absolutely addictive though. I’m so sad that it is over.

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∴ The Vampire Diaries

I read a few of The Vampire Diaries books and I was shocked at the difference between it and the TV show. They don’t even seem like the same story. I can definitely say that the TV show is better than the books.

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 The Handmaid’s Tale

This show makes me so emotional every time I watch it. It is haunting and terrifying, but I can’t get enough of it. I think it adapted the book beautifully.

Thank you for joining me on Top 5 Wednesday! What are some of your favorite book to TV show adaptations?


Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Desire Unchained (Demonica #2) by Larissa Ione


∴ Desire Unchained (Demonica #2) by Larissa Ione


Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn’t resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus Demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he’d seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts-or succumb to a madman’s evil plans.

4.75 🍁s

“You can’t truly hate someone you’ve loved. You can only hurt.”

I loved this book and just about everything in it! There was plot twist after plot twist that always had me on the edge of my seat. The pacing was fast and made me not want to put this book down. The characters were multi-dimensional and complicated in a way that I just love. The villain was believable and I appreciated its connection to the protagonists of the book. Like I said, I loved just about everything.

Runa- I felt like she had a beautiful character arc and the development of her character was just great. I loved her passion and strong willed nature. She knew what she wanted and she was gonna get it come hell or high water. She was determined, strong, brave, and she totally kicked ass. But those weren’t the only things going for her character. She was loving, compassionate, and tortured over her past. When I learned her back story, I felt really bad for her and I loved her even more than I did before.

Shade- I’m not gonna lie, I was a little hesitant to start this book because of Shade. He was an asshole to Tayla in the last book and I wasn’t his biggest fan. After reading this book though, I love and adore him. He was in an impossible situation and I hated how tortured he was over things. Hearing about his earlier life broke my heart and I was just so happy that Runa and him came together in the end.

Wraith- I am really excited to see what will happen to Wraith now that he has gone through his s’genesis. I’m hoping that he gets smacked with a mate soon because I know I would highly enjoy seeing that.

Gem & Kylan- These two. I just want to bang their heads together and tell them to just get together already. They both clearly want it. I’m just wondering if it will ever happen after what happened to Kylan in this book.

What I Didn’t Like- The only thing I didn’t like was the BDSM scene. I still don’t understand the scene where Shade whipped Runa. I don’t get her need for it or how it “healed” her. That whole scene was just awkward and weird for me. I didn’t like how it was explained.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will be continuing the series with Passion Unleashed. I can’t wait to start it!

Other Books in the Series:

4.5 🍁s ~ Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione

Reverse Harem, Reviews, Romance

Hometown Dropout (Dropout Series #3) by Lux Carmine


∴ Hometown Dropout (Dropout Series #3) by Lux Carmine


We’re so lucky… but so doomed…

Cute little booties and knit caps, dramatic gender reveal parties, overdone baby showers, and foot rubs… I thought that’s what all pregnant women had to look forward to, but not me.

No, not me. What do I have to look forward to? Well I’m just hoping that my crazed aunt and distant father will embrace the news, and that the paparazzi will cut me and my up-and-coming lovers some slack so they can continue to shine in their new careers and soon, fatherhood. Unfortunately, I’m not holding out much hope on any of these fronts. Just like high school, I don’t know how we’re going to keep this relationship under wraps, especially with a baby on the way. This child is going to be so lucky to have so many dads, but will Hollywood or the world see it that way?
Warning: This book ends with a cliffhanger that might cause you to throw your Kindle angrily across the room. If you are prone to wanting to break things when shocked please take this warning into consideration before reading this book. Thank you.

2.75 🍁s

I liked this book for the most part. It wasn’t the best in the series, that’s for sure. There were a few cute scenes, but I was bored and really didn’t care about what was happening for the majority of the book.

I appreciate the fact that this author is writing a contemporary RH with real world problems and there is actual jealousy amongst the harem. I really do. But, I feel like this story is being dragged out a little. NOTHING happened in this book until the end and a large portion of it felt like a waste of my time. The cliffhanger was nothing that I wasn’t expecting since the epilogue of the last book and I am honestly mad that Ruby was gullible enough to fall for it in the first place. She doesn’t seem to think about the fact that any mistakes she makes affects her child and it infuriates me.

I don’t know if I will be reading the next book in the series or not. It seems like everything I loved about this series is being taken out and everything I hated has become a core part of the story. I don’t care about the Cora plot line. Robbie shouldn’t have even been a part of this series after book one. The guys being stars/the publicity issue was interesting for a lit bit but is now being drug out. Billy was basically nonexistent during this book. Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s just not as fun anymore. I can only read about the same repeating conflicts over and over for a certain amount of time before I can’t take it anymore. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that Ruby is pregnant and I am interested in seeing the baby, I wouldn’t even consider reading the next book.

Other Books in the Series:

2.75 🍁s ~ Chess Club Dropout (Dropout Series #1) by Lux Carmine

3.75 🍁s ~ Damaged Dropout (Dropout Series #2) by Lux Carmine

Reverse Harem, Reviews, Romance

Damaged Dropout (Dropout Series #2) by Lux Carmine


 Damaged Dropout (Dropout Series #2) by Lux Carmine


The wait to be together is finally over! We are graduating high school and moving together across the country to Los Angeles, the place where dreams can come true… or be crushed.

Someone is stalking me again and I fear it’s someone from my past, but perhaps it’s someone else entirely, someone from one of my guys’s pasts. When things get serious and lies threaten to tear us apart I do everything I can to hold us together.

Until something big happens to me and I’m forced to keep a secret from my guys. When they find out what it is will they fight for me or pack their bags and run away as fast as they can?

Get ready for book 2 of Ruby’s polyamorous relationship with Jason, Steven, Kevin, Mike and Billy. Hold on tight, it’s going to be quite a ride.

3.75 🍁s

I really liked this book. It was ten times better than the first one. The plot flowed better, there were minimal plot holes, and the pacing was pretty spot on. There was some more character development amongst each of the guys as well which I am all here for.

What I Liked- One of my FAVORITE tropes was introduced in this book and I am SO happy. The pregnancy trope. I know a lot of people don’t tend to like this one but I absolutely love whenever it is used. My excitement increased tenfold when I found out that Ruby was pregnant!

What I Didn’t Like- My biggest complaint would be the overuse of common tropes, especially the miscommunication trope. You would think that after that trope being the main conflict once or twice, the author would stop using it, but she doesn’t. Miscommunication is used as a conflict many different times throughout this book and it seems like the characters aren’t growing at all because they continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s a little annoying.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to start reading the next book! I am not excited about the cliffhanger at the end of this book and its consequences though. Neither am I excited about Cora. I HATE HER!

Other Books in the Series:

2.75 🍁s ~ Chess Club Dropout (Dropout Series #1) by Lux Carmine

2.75 🍁s ~ Hometown Dropout (Dropout Series #3) by Lux Carmine

Reverse Harem, Reviews, Romance

Chess Club Dropout (Dropout Series #1) by Lux Carmine


 Chess Club Dropout (Dropout Series #1) by Lux Carmine


Everyone deserves a happy ending…At least the “good guys” do. That’s what the fairy tales want you to believe. But not everyone wants to live in a fairy tale. Not everyone believes in a happy ending. I certainly didn’t.

With the tragic loss of my mother and my grandmother I was sent away to live with my evil Aunt Sara. I had a new home, a new school and a huge hole in my heart.

Trying to get back a piece of who I used to be before the tragedy, I decided to join the chess club. In my old school I was the geeky girl, the one who got straight A’s and never dared to break a rule. I was the girl who’d never been kissed and wondered if I ever would be. But when I was kicked out of chess club one fateful afternoon my life changed forever.

That’s when I met them…

The Lone Wolves scooped me up and took me under their wings. Jason, Kevin, Mike, Billy and Steven were playing the leads in the school’s production of Grease and that’s where they shared something about themselves that they hadn’t shared with anyone.

I felt I was in a fairy tale with them…but the secret we all shared had the ability to ruin my new life…

Would we be able to live happily ever after or were we the “villains?”

** Chess Club Dropout is a contemporary young adult reverse harem novel that touches on first loves, cyberbullying, and other social issues.**

2.75 🍁s

I liked this book. It was filled with a bunch of high school drama and teenage angst which I am pretty much always here for. A lot of common Young Adult tropes were used and, at times, it was a little much but I still highly enjoyed every moment of it.

My biggest complaint and why this book got such a low rating from me would be the numerous plot holes throughout the book. For example, towards the end of the book, Ruby gets kicked out of her house and goes over to the Lone Wolves’ foster dad to ask to stay for a couple days. He tells her no at first, but then tells her she can stay for as long as she needs. I repeat, AS LONG AS SHE NEEDS. The next morning however, Ruby talks about how she needs to find a place soon because she only has a week to stay… What? It makes absolutely no sense and this is only one example of many.

Another problem I had was just the awkwardness of things. Sometimes the characters would be joking around and then someone would bring up something completely non-related and serious in the middle of them laughing. It felt awkward to me and didn’t connect with the story. There were also plenty of times when they characters would talk about something and they would have reactions that made no sense at all. It left me going “huh?” constantly and I did not like it.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. Normally, I can look over a few plot holes if I am invested in the characters or the plot is drama filled, but I can only put up with so much before there is just no excuse to overlook it anymore. I will be continuing the series because I enjoy the drama between the characters, but I am not dismissing this series of its problems. I definitely see and agree with why this book has such low ratings because it honestly deserves it.

Other Books in the Series:

3.75 🍁s ~ Damaged Dropout (Dropout Series #2) by Lux Carmine

2.75 🍁s ~ Hometown Dropout (Dropout Series #3) by Lux Carmine

ARCs, Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

Unbroken Cowboy (Gold Valley #5) by Maisey Yates


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In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest… Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction that suddenly flares between them.

Beatrix Leighton has loved Dane for years, while he’s always seen her as another sister. When she enlists his help to start her animal sanctuary, she thinks it will give him purpose. Instead, it brings all the desire she feels for him to the boiling point. Bea’s father taught her early on that love means loss. But could her forbidden crush turn into a love that will last a lifetime?


*I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I loved this book! It was fast paced, constantly had my attention, and I did not want to put it down for the life of me. The love story was absolutely beautiful and moved me. It was one of my favorite books by this author actually.

Dane- I routed for Dane so much. I wanted nothing more than for him to heal both physically and emotionally and just be happy. I loved the progression of his character, not only throughout this book, but throughout this whole series. He went from being this playboy that would flirt with anything, to this sweetheart that wanted nothing more than Bea.

Bea- I went into this book wanting someone to love Bea the way she deserves to be loved. She is one of the sweetest people on the planet and her character just melted my heart. I completely understood how protective people were of her because her heart just seemed so easy to break because it was so open. I am so happy that Dane and her ended up together. They were the two unlikeliest of people to be matched yet they fit so perfectly for each other.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I have been waiting for their story for a long time and it lived up to all of my expectations and then some! I can’t wait for the next book!

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday | Top of Your TBR

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Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Top of Your TBR and let me tell you, I had to dig deep for this one. I just have SO many books on my TBR that it was hard to narrow it down to just one. But, after much deliberation, these are the five I came up with:

*Note: I only used books that are currently out. There are a lot of books releasing this year that are at the top of my TBR, but I didn’t think it would be right to bog this list down with those.*


∴  Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I’m probably one of the only people left on the planet that hasn’t read this series yet. I keep putting it off because I’m waiting for all of the books to come out before I start which is hard because I hear about this series everywhere.


∴  Sunshine and Bullets (The Bullets #1) by Coralee June

This book popped up on my suggested on Goodreads and I am dying to read it!


∴  Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa

I want to read this SO bad, but I know I’m going to immediately want to jump into the next book after I finish it which I can’t do because the next book isn’t out yet.


∴ Emotional by Reyna Orrisan

The next time I want to read something dark, this is going to be the book I pull out. I just have to be in the mood for it.


∴  Tears of the Moon (The Grey Wolves #11) by Quinn Loftis

I am ashamed to admit I haven’t read this yet. The Grey Wolves is one of my favorite series and this book came out in December. I want to read it so bad but I need to reread the other books in the series first since I forgot what happened.

Thank you for joining me on Top 5 Wednesday! What are some of the books on the top of your TBR pile?

ARCs, Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

Meant to be Kept by Amelia Foster


∴ Meant to be Kept by Amelia Foster


One night. One too many drinks. One mistake. That’s all it took to derail my marriage.

Now, all I can do is beg for a second chance. To try and redeem myself in a bid not to lose the love of my life.

I’m determined to use every second, every moment I have to show my wife how much she means to me—to rebuild the trust I shattered.

But the harder I try, the more I start to realize our marriage had fallen into a routine of complacency and misplaced priorities long before my indiscretion.

Isabelle is a strong, passionate, beautiful woman—a wife who has sacrificed so much for me. I just hope it’s not too late for us, and that I’ll be able to convince her that our love is meant to be kept.

3.25 🍁s

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book had a concept that fascinated me because when you traditionally read a book, a character that cheats is public enemy number one. Think about all the times when you have read a book where the main female character’s husband would be a cheating dog, would leave him, and how you would cheer her on. You would probably say something like “you go girl!”. Well… what do you do when the cheater is the main male character that is beyond sorry and wants her back? Do you still cheer when she leaves him? Do you accept his apology and pray that they work things out? Well that’s where this book starts off.

“Good enough? He rolled her beneath him and held her chin firmly with one hand. “I’ve never, and I mean never, known anything in this world that could compare to you, Belle. I meant what I said, sweetheart. I want you with me every day for the rest of my life. Hell no, you’re not good enough; you’re too damn good for me. But since I’m one lucky guy, I get to keep you anyway. Forever.”

Tanner- I didn’t know how to feel about Tanner. On one hand, I could clearly see the pain he had caused his wife by his cheating and I wanted her to hold her ground and leave. But on the other, I saw how broken Tanner was and how much he hated himself over what he had done. I decided to watch him for a while and wait to form my opinion of him completely. Turns out, that was the right thing to do because I loved him! He owned up to what he did, didn’t make excuses for his actions, and tried SO hard to make things right. He made a mistake and I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that he did everything he could do to make it right and that he won’t make that mistake again.

“He was Tanner Carlisle; he took care of the people he loved. And he loved her beyond all sense and reason.”

Belle- I must say, I didn’t really see any progression of her character which is one of the main problems I had with the book. Belle was the same person at the beginning that she was at the end, at least in my mind. I liked that she was strong and stuck to her guns though.

“You don’t get to walk into my life and make me the happiest man in the world for more than a decade and then throw it away because I screwed up one time. No, Belle. It isn’t going down like that.”

What I Liked- I liked the central message behind the story. That everyone screws up and deserves a second chance. To let someone prove their worth to you before you completely cut them out of your life over a stupid mistake.

“I know I don’t deserve it, sweetheart,” he repeated, “but I will never again take for granted one second with you if you can possibly find a way to forgive me.”

What I Didn’t Like- My main problem with this book was the pacing. Even though the scenes from the past helped with character development, they slowed down the story immensely. It took forever for the plot to go anywhere and I almost DNF’d the book multiple times. After a while, the past scenes stopped helping development and just became plain boring and useless. It felt like I was reading the same chapters in the past as the ones in the future. Belle and Tanner would fight about the same things and kept going around in circles. For a while it felt like the plot wasn’t moving which annoyed the hell out of me. I felt like a lot of this book could have been cut out which would have sped the pacing up and kept my interest longer.

“Some secrets are meant to be kept.”

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would consider reading more books by the author in the future if she ever wrote anything that sounded interesting to me.

Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione


∴  Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione


In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She’s a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

4.5 🍁s

I loved this book. The world that it is set in is just so fascinating to me. This series is literally about a world where demons, vampires, imps, and werewolves run a hospital! I would have thought that the idea was completely asinine before reading this book. After reading this though, I am enthralled by the concept. Plus, the plot twists were really well thought out and quite a few shocked me. They just kept on coming and I was constantly getting hit with a new one every couple chapters.

Tayla- Tayla was so strong and I feel bad for the stuff she went through as a kid. I have to admit though, she frustrated me for the first half of this book. She was just so stuck in her ways and I think that Eidolon said it perfectly when he said that she was just a lemming following orders. She didn’t want to see reason or admit the truth to herself (which was right in front of her the whole time). But, after she “saw the light”, I warmed up to Tayla’s character significantly and started to sympathize with her. I imagine that it must be hard to realize what you have fought for your whole life was a lie. I’m just glad that she opened her eyes before it was too late and someone really got hurt. I did feel like the progression of her character throughout the book was spot on though. I could tell a clear difference from her in the beginning and her in the end.

Eidolon- How could I not love Eidolon? He is basically everything I look for in a guy… well except for maybe the demon part. He was just so giving and always wanted to do the right thing. When I heard about what he had been doing for Wraith all those years, my heart truly broke for him. I certainly can’t wait for the revelation to come to a head in the later books.

Shade- Shade got a little annoying with the always wanting to kill Tayla thing, but my curiosity won out when it came to him. I am dying to know what his curse is and I can’t wait for him to get smacked with a love interest.

Wraith- Didn’t get to see enough of him, but I love him already. He’s dark, brooding, and tortured… How could I not love him?

Gem- I want more of her. I got see a little bit but I am really looking forward to diving deeper into her character.

Kynan- I don’t know what to think about him. He seems like a good guy, but he was a little too blissfully ignorant. I saw his wife betraying him coming from a mile away and I’m curious to see how he is going to handle that as well as his whole world being turned upside down. Plus, I’m interested to see if him and Gem are going to end up together.

Luc- I want more of Luc! I loved that brief chapter that I got in his head and I really want to know more about him.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will be continuing the series with the next book, Desire Unchained very soon.

Other Books in the Series:

Reverse Harem, Reviews, Romance

All for One (The Reverse Harem Diaries #1) by Mia Moon


∴ All for One (The Reverse Harem Diaries #1) by Mia Moon


Can you get a second chance — with three men at once?
We’re all grown up, and we’re finally in one place again.
Rex, Shaun and Taylor. My three best friends from high school.
Gorgeous, successful, sexy as hell.
They all came back into my life when I needed them most.
I can’t believe I’m having these fantasies about all of them.
About having all of them at once.
Then one warm night, everything explodes.
They’re willing to indulge my fantasies…
And give me a happy-ever-after.
Warning: This is a sweet-hot reverse harem romance with three hot alpha males who will do anything to protect their woman. It will make you sigh — and a few other things we can’t print.

2.5 🍁s

I liked this book. The pacing didn’t drag and I was never bored. It was a quick and easy read that passed the time. I liked the childhood friends to lovers element and felt like that part of the story was done well.

The reason this book did not get a higher rating from me was because I felt the pacing was a little too fast. I never had time to adjust to the scenes or bond with the characters because they would change before I got the chance to. I had a detachment to the story and none of it grabbed me like I wanted it to.

I also feel like none of the characters except for Samantha were developed enough. None of the guys were special in any way and didn’t have distinctive personalities either. They were all cookie cutter versions of popular male tropes and I didn’t connect with them at all.

Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I feel like there should have been more scenes that developed the characters as well as their relationship. Everything was rushed and there was no build up what so ever. I needed more than I got.