Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

Fall With Me (Sixth Street Bands #2) by Jayne Frost

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Synopsis:

Love isn’t an emotion—it’s a chemical reaction.
Like gasoline meeting a flame. Eventually, the fire burns out.
Luckily I’m in the right business. Women don’t expect more than I can give.
When I meet Melody, I’m on board for a little fun.
I admit, she’s under my skin. But since we share the same philosophy there’s no chance this will turn into anything more.
Is there?


3.5 🍁s

In a couple of weeks, winter would descend and sweep away the fall, along with the girl that smelled like autumn. Logic told me it was true. But the invisible fingers wrapped around my heart gave me pause. In reality I knew they didn’t exist, any more than the notion that love was a permanent state of mind. But if that were the case, why couldn’t I breathe?

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I really liked this installment in the Sixth Street Bands series. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, it was still a solid sequel.

Christian- I didn’t get to see much of Christian in the first book. He was in the hospital for the majority of that installment and his personality didn’t come through a lot. This book was completely told through his POV (except for the epilogue), and I fell in love with him as a person. He went from this guy that didn’t believe in love or anything that he couldn’t touch, to taking a leap and throwing his heart on the line. That’s great character development people!

Melody- I’m not gonna lie, Mel rubbed me the wrong way for the first few chapters. I didn’t like how she carried herself and it took a while for me to warm up to her. After I found out more about her past and learned about her having diabetes, my view completely changed. Her character made a lot more sense and my heart reached out to her. I can’t imagine the life she has had to live and I’m happy that her and Christian found each other.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It started out a little rough, but definitely got better. I will be continuing the series and I can’t wait to read the next book!


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Gone For You (Sixth Street Bands #1) by Jayne Frost

4 🍁s ~ Missing From Me (Sixth Street Bands #3) by Jayne Frost

DNF ~ Lost For You (Sixth Street Bands #4) by Jayne Frost

Author Interviews, Extra, Reverse Harem

Author Interview: Brandy Slaven

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Hello Lovelies! I was given the wonderful opportunity to interview one of my favorite RH authors, Brandy Slaven! I learned a lot about her personally and got some inside info on her upcoming releases! You can find out more about her, her books, and what we discussed below:


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Author Bio:

I was Georgia born and raised, now residing in the great state of Tennessee. True southern girl at heart. I have a wonderful supportive husband who, no lie, I honestly believe is my soul-mate. My two wild children consists of an 11 year old mini ball player and 5 year old little princess. We can’t forget about my fur baby, Primrose. She’s a Boxer/Boston Terrier (picture a tiny boxer) and yes she was named after a character from one of my all time favorite books, see if you can guess.

Lately, I’ve been glued to a screen writing. When I need a break you can find me hiking with the hubs at one of the many state parks, or if we have a long weekend, at the beach or in the mountains. I love all kinds of music and movies. I must say most of my favorites lists on both consist mostly of 80’s stuff. My favorite hobby is and will always be reading. I read every genre, but I am definitely a post-apocalyptic and paranormal freak. You’ll more than likely find me biting into a vampire novel or devouring a zombie book. Have more questions that I didn’t answer? Feel free to contact me via email or anywhere on social media. ~Courtesy of Brandy’s About page on her website

∴ Brandy’s Website Brandy’s Twitter Brandy’s Instagram Facebook Readers Group


Books By Brandy Slaven:

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Here are Goodreads links to each of Brandy’s books if you want to check them out yourself:


The Interview:

1) 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝑯 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒓𝒆? 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒊𝒕?

Years ago, I read these books based around this one small town. Within were all kinds of relationships that were accepted as a natural part of society. Normal even. I honestly think that’s what started my RH acceptance/obsession. Then, years later, I found myself wanting a kickass vampire with her own harem. There weren’t any that I could find, so I wrote one.

2) 𝑪𝒂𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒎𝒆 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔? 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒂𝒗𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅/𝒐𝒓 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒗𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈?

My favorite parts to writing a story is always going to be letting the imaginary characters inside my head come out to play, hoping people enjoy them as much as I love writing about them. The easiest part for me is always the beginning and end. The in between stuff is harder for me. The process itself…. write every SINGLE day. Even if I don’t get many words in. If I don’t, I get distracted and binge TV Shows or books.

3) 𝑫𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒇𝒖𝒏𝒏𝒚 𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒖𝒑 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔?

I can’t really say that there has been any particular person that inspired a character. However, there are a lot of places that will inspire a scene in a story. Such as Mel’s dream at the beach boardwalk in the first Lady of Darkness. On vacation I happened upon one, and decided right then and there that it was going to be a setting somehow.

4) 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒏𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄 𝒐𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝒀𝒆𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒏𝒋𝒐𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒕 (𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒖𝒑𝒔, 𝒇𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒔). 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 (𝒐𝒓 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒖𝒔) 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌?

This is really difficult and not just as a question. Everyone has their own opinion as to what makes a good book. Some people like funny. Some like the suckerpunch to the feels. Others like midnight dark. I’ve had to learn to accept that not everyone will like my books and that’s ok! I allow the characters to speak and write their own stories. I step in occasionally to say, “Nah that won’t work,” or “Hell yes, I like where you’re going with that.” This will likely make me sound insane, but I treat my characters like real people, putting myself in their shoes.

5) 𝑾𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘?

Honestly? I try to leave all content for the reader to get the full effect of what I may have been feeling at the moment. Have I gone back after edits and added a scene or extended a scene? Yes, lol.

6) 𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒂𝒗𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒐 𝒇𝒂𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆?

Another difficult question, because anyone who knows me, knows I don’t ever pick favorites. I loved writing Mel from my Lady of Darkness Series, because she is a kickass female who accepts life as it comes to her and is willing to go straight to battle for the ones she cares about. The second book in that series follows Alivia, and there’s some really dark stuff that made her a super interesting character to try and share headspace with. Imma from New Year Surprises was so much fun. She’s quirky, sarcastic, and down right awkward and I love it. That cast will be getting a full length novel coming January 2020, and I cannot wait to write with her again. Kendall from my White Trash Trilogy was probably one of the most real characters ever to take a place amongst the many in my head. Her story touched a place in my soul none of the others have. Just the fight she has to put forth is one that a lot of people struggle with every day. Hopefully her story has helped at least one person realize that it can get better. Never ever give up. Last but not least, every single one of the main male characters will always hold a special place in my heart. My personal harem has been well over the double digits for a while now lol. Secret interview reveal…there has been only one set of people that were based off real life people. The band in Lady of Darkness when I first started writing was an actual band. Before publishing, I changed everything up. I wanted them to play a larger part in the books with no reference to the real world.

7) 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓’𝒔 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈?

Names are very, very important. It can make or destroy a character I feel. I’m always careful picking them. With the genre getting so large, it’s hard to avoid clashing with others. However, it’s like the real world. Do you know how many Brandy’s I know? Lol I can honestly say, I’ve never changed a name due to characteristics, or morphing of their story.

8) 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔 (𝒐𝒇 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒓𝒆) 𝑫𝒊𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝑷𝑶𝑽𝒔?

This one takes us back to the response on question four. I don’t find it particularly difficult writing about, or in the guy’s POV. They’re all different people to me. They all have their own quirks and faults like we do.

9) 𝑨𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒍𝒖𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒚𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈?

I’m most certainly a reader first, but I try not to let anyone influence my style. Do I strive to be on the same level as some of my favorite authors? Definitely! Do I want to write like them? No ma’am! It’s one of the things that makes a book grand to me, individuality and uniqueness.

10) 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒅𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅?

The most important one will always be to the readers. Without them, I couldn’t do what I love. I’ll never stop being grateful for them. My very first book Of Death and Darkness was dedicated to my father. He was always my biggest supporter of finishing it and trying to get it published. Unfortunately, he passed away before he was able to see it happen. I finished it within a year, publishing, and dedicating it to him.

11) 𝑫𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒖𝒑𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒔, 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒚 𝑹𝑯 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒔?

My advice for new authors? Write! If you have a story sitting in your head, on your chest, or within your soul, write it. Never doubt yourself and remember, we’re all different. There’s always going to be one person out there who doesn’t like it. Don’t let that influence your decision on giving up.

12) 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚; 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏? 𝑪𝒂𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒖𝒑𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎?

Ha! That’s a loaded question. I just finished the last book in the White Trash Trilogy. It should be releasing at the end of April. I’m rewriting the Lady of Darkness Series seeing as it was my first books and all. I’ve learned so much in the past two years and want to make it better. They’re being revamped inside and out, hopefully to be released by the end of May. I’ve got a couple anthology stories in the works that’ll be out this year. One or two co-authored projects, with no due dates as of yet. I’m writing a standalone releasing in October. Keep your eyes peeled for that one, because it’s going to be a doozy. Then there is a series and a saga that I’ll be working on for release in 2020. Many exciting things happening soon!


That’s it Lovelies! I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity and corresponding with Brandy was just a dream come true! I hope you learned something about Brandy and her books from this interview or maybe just found a new author to read!

I have a deep passion for the RH genre. It is small right now, but gets bigger by the day and I am so happy that I got to spread it a little today! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃

Book Quote of the Day

Book Quote of the Day #26

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But there’s no rule saying that your heart is only big enough to fit one person. You can’t help who you love. If it’s there, then it’s there, and if people can’t deal, then you don’t need those people in your life.”

Why this quote?

I was lucky enough to interview the author of this wonderful trilogy. That interview should be going up some time today and I hope you enjoy it. I wanted to give people a little glimpse of her books by choosing one of the quotes from her books today.


Thanks for joining me! Have any thoughts on my quote? Let me know! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

Gone For You (Sixth Street Bands #1) by Jayne Frost

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Synopsis:

As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won’t need to turn up the heat — Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.


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The world slowed down, and everything fell into place. It was like harmony. Or hitting the perfect note. Finding the one lyric that made the song complete. That was Lily.

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book popped into my suggested on Amazon and, on a whim, I decided to give it a try. And I am SO glad I did because I loved this book! It was fast paced, constantly had my attention, and was so addictive that I read it in one sitting! I ate the story up and I couldn’t get enough!

Cameron- Cameron completely stole my heart during this book. His attempts to woo Lilly melted my heart and I adored his character. That scene when he told Brad off was the highlight of my week and my face started to hurt because I was smiling so much. My heart broke for him when Lilly left and watching him be so sad over her made me tear up.

Lilly- I really related to Lilly and her whole back story completely broke my heart. The fact that her mom hated her for her stuttering makes me so angry and I am SO happy that Lilly has found happiness now. I only wish that she would have found the courage to cuss her mom out.

The Band- I loved all of Cameron’s band mates (even though we learned more about some than others). I can’t wait to read each of their stories!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to continue the series!


Other Books in the Series:

3.5 🍁s ~ Fall With Me (Sixth Street Bands #2) by Jayne Frost

4 🍁s ~ Missing From Me (Sixth Street Bands #3) by Jayne Frost

DNF ~ Lost For You (Sixth Street Bands #4) by Jayne Frost

Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction

His Goddess (Tarilean Adventure Series #1) by D. Morrissey

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Synopsis:

Shot down on a strange hostile planet, Captain Cora Carter isn’t sure which is worse: the vicious space pirates or the hot, possessive alien who insists that she’s his mate.

Science Fiction Romance, Alien Romance, Fantasy Dying Earth, Language of Love is Unspoken, Don’t judge a book by its cover

When Cora Carter signed up to command the U.S.S. Christina and its five female crew, she never expected to be chased by pirates through a worm-hole in space or forced to crash land on a hostile planet where just about everything wants to kill or eat her. Setting out to find water for the crew proves to be her most dangerous mission yet. But, water becomes the least of her worries when she finds, instead, a big, hunky brute in a loincloth who insists that she’s his mate.

Horok, crowned prince of Tarilax, is taking a break from the heavy demands of his throne when he sees a ship go down in the forest. His fear that the piratical Goridians have arrived to threaten his village again drives him to investigate. What he finds is something much better. The gods have delivered to him a divine goddess of his very own, and right when he’s in such dire need of a mate, too!

There’s no question that he must have her. So, he does what any self-respecting Tarilean warrior in his shoes would do. He steals her. Now, if he can just convince her to stay.

Reader Alert!
If smoking hot, possessive aliens aren’t really your thing, then you may not enjoy reading His Goddess, Book One of the Tarilean Adventure Series. For the rest of us who love a sexy, sizzling story with a dash of humor and a happy ending, His Goddess is both stimulating and satisfying.


4.5 🍁s

*I received a free copy of this book via Hidden Gems Books in exchange for an honest review.*

I loved this book! The pacing was spot on and I was never bored while reading it. I laughed a lot and there was more than a few moments that I absolutely adored. I enjoyed the love story (even though it moved fast) and I really want to continue on with these characters.

The only minor complaint that I have is that I felt like all of the female characters (besides Cora) weren’t different in personality. The only one that stood out even a little was Lisa. All of the others felt like the exact same and I kept getting them mixed up. There might be a reason for this which is why I didn’t lower my rating dramatically over the issue. It’s very possible that the author is going to develop their characters a lot more in their own individual installments. I guess I’ll wait and see.

Discussions

Discussion: Binge Reading + Waiting on Every Book To Be Out Before Reading the Series

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Hello Lovelies! I have never done a discussion post before so wish me luck!

What I wanted to talk about today was binge reading. For those that don’t know, I am a big binge reader and I typically wait for every book in a series to be out before I start to read it. I wanted this discussion to be about if that is a good strategy to have and if you guys think I should change my ways. And if you are someone that reads books as they are released, I want to get your take on your experience.


Pros To Waiting:

∴ You don’t spend months/year(s) of waiting on the next book ~ This is probably the best part of waiting for all of the books to be out. Every book in the series is right there at your finger tips!

∴ You don’t get left with a nasty cliffhanger ~ They suck! We all hate them and you are left feeling an overwhelming need to find out what happens next… Only you can’t because the next book is a year or more away. If all of the other books in the series are all ready out, you don’t have to worry about that. The next book is right there on your shelf!

∴ You don’t have to reread all of the books to remember what happened in the previous installments ~ Have you ever sat down to read the next book in a series after months of waiting, only to start reading the first few chapters and be totally lost because you forgot what happened in the last book? Well, you have some options: You either continue on and hope you remember. Or you have to reread the previous book(s) in the series over to refresh yourself. This can be a pain if this is like the fifth installment and you have to reread the first four books in the series. Then, you spend weeks of extra time and don’t get to read the book you were so excited for in the first place. When all of the books are out and you binge read them, this is not an issue.

∴ You can binge read all of the books and stay in the mindset of the world ~ There have been times when I waited for the next installment and read it as soon as it was released, to only realize that all that waiting made me lose interest in the story and/or I stopped having strong feelings about the characters. Binge reading helps with that. I am deeply rooted in the story line and my love for the characters is right at the forefront of my mind.

∴ You get to read non-spoilery reviews and see if the series goes downhill or gets better with every book ~ Sometimes, I’m just not sure about a series. Maybe the first book had a lot of negative reviews or maybe the synopsis didn’t quite sell me. But because I wait, I get to see reviews for the next books and some of my friends who I trust can tell me if I will enjoy the series. The first book might have had a lot of negative reviews, but the second and third can have glowing ones. I get to see that beforehand instead of waiting years, reading it for myself, and getting disappointed.

∴ You get to read a lot of backlist titles ~ During all of that waiting for all of the books to be out in a series, I get to read a lot of backlist titles. Some people spend so much time reading new books, that they don’t get to give older ones a try. A lot of my favorite series are backlist titles and I wouldn’t have found them otherwise.


Cons To Waiting:

∴ You miss out on a bunch of new releases and debut authors ~ There are so many times when I see a new series that I want to read or a debut author’s book that I want to support, only I have to wait years for all of the books to be out first.

∴ You have to dodge spoilers like your life depends on it ~ This one is probably the hardest!! Do you know how many times I have been spoiled for The Cruel Prince?!?! Fan art or head-cannon posts are literally everywhere and dodging spoilers is almost impossible. I am really worried that they are going to change my reading experience of the book.

∴ You might really want to read a book but end up waiting years for it (and sometimes you already have the book on your shelf and it stares at you all the time) ~ This part of binge reading is really challenging. There are SOO many newer releases that I want to read and (like The Cruel Prince) are just sitting on my shelf staring at me all the time. I am just itching to pick them up and I have to continuously remind myself that the series aren’t finished yet.

∴ You miss out on getting to talk to people about them/ you miss out on all the hype surrounding the book if it is a popular release ~ I’m constantly blog hopping and there are a lot of posts that I have to skip over because it is about a newer release that I haven’t read yet. It makes me feel bad and I’m constantly missing out on the hype train over a new release.

∴ ARCs from authors/publishers/Netgalley/Edelweiss don’t mean as much because you can’t read them ~ This is one that I didn’t really realize was a problem until I was scrolling through Netgalley. I see so many books on there that sound interesting and part of me wants to request them, but I either haven’t read the previous installment or it is the first book and I know I will have to wait a while for the series to be finished.

You spend years waiting, only to find that you don’t like the series ~ There have been a couple times that I waited years for all of the books to be out and read the first book, only to dislike it and I spent years waiting for nothing. That sucks and, even though it rarely happens to me, I get this feeling of despair every time it happens.


There are good arguments to both sides and I am probably even forgetting some more that could be added on there.

I personally get a lot of enjoyment out of binge reading. All of the books are right at my finger tips and I get to immerse myself in a world without it being interrupted. I hate cliffhangers/waiting and, a lot of the time, I am happy with waiting for all of the books to be out so that I can binge.

Have you ever heard the saying “Absents makes the heart grow fonder”? Well, I think that there is some weight to that. EVERY series that I have not waited for and read as they came out, were ones that I absolutely loved. Most of them are my favorite series of all time. I think that a part of me is like, “If I didn’t love this series, I wouldn’t spend months/years waiting for the next book”.

That got me thinking and, in the last few months, I have been debating on changing. I want to read more new releases and be able to talk about them with people. I also realized that I will spend every year anticipating more books and I can fill that gap of waiting for the next installment, with other new releases.

I’m just really scared to make that leap. I’ve been a binge reader for a long time and changing that can be daunting. I don’t know if I am going to be okay with waiting in between books and being left on cliffhangers when I’ve gone without that for so long.


This post was long winded and I hope it made some semblance of sense to you. I would really appreciate your thoughts and feelings on this subject. Should I change and is it worth it? Do you read installments as they come out or do you wait? How do you feel about your own strategy and does it work for you? Do you have any advice for me? ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Book Quote of the Day

Book Quote of the Day #25

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 Goodreads | My Review

“Some nightmares are so persistent as to become an unreal reality. They’re so frequent and so jarring that even though the dreamer knows she dreams, she can’t seem to wake herself up. And when those dreams are based in the awful friction of reality to begin with? Well, that just makes things that much worse because waking up … you know there’s no reprieve from the boogey man that hides beneath your bed. The monsters are real, and they’ve gotten inside your head.”

Why this quote?

I like to mix my quotes up every once in a while and I decided to go with a darker quote today. This book is a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland and just about every quote in it is dark but I still love it.


Thanks for joining me! Have any thoughts on my quote? Let me know! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Extra, Favorites

Sunshine Blogger Award 2019

Hello Lovelies! I got a wonderful surprise this week when I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!! I am so grateful for the nomination and I thank Kristy @ Love Popcorn for nominating me! I have only been blogging for five months and I am grateful beyond words! 💕

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by bloggers, in recognition for inspiring positivity and creativity within the blogging community.


𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝚁𝚄𝙻𝙴𝚂:

  1. Write a post about your nomination and the award.
  2. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link to their blog.
  3. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo.
  4. List the rules within your blog post.
  5. Answer the eleven questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you in your post.
  6. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

𝙼𝚈 𝙰𝙽𝚂𝚆𝙴𝚁𝚂:

1. Who is your guilty/embarrassing celebrity crush?

~ The German guy from Pitch Perfect 2… I know… There is just something about him. To be fair though, I picture him in a suit and tie. I picture real life people when I am reading a book and he is someone I use frequently.

2. If you could watch any movie again, for the first time, what would it be and why?

~ Dirty Dancing because I watched it a time that I didn’t really grasp the full meaning of the movie like I do now. I feel like I would love and appreciate it more than I already do.

3. What was your least favorite school subject and why?

~ Probably physics/physical science. I have never liked the subject and it was always harder for me to understand. I loved biology/life science and learning about animals, but other types of science just never interested me.

4. Tea or Coffee?

~ Tea… The cold and sugary kind! I’m from Georgia, so could there really have been any other answer for this question?!

5. What would your superhero power be?

~ Mind-reading! I know there would be a lot of complications with it, but I still think that it would be an awesome power.

6. What have you always wanted to try but have never found the courage to do?

~ Get a bookish tattoo. My pain tolerance is basically nonexistent and I am scared that I’m gonna get on the table and chicken out so I haven’t done it.

7. What famous figure would love to slap and why?

~ A few, mainly political figures. But I don’t get into politics on my blog so I won’t be saying who. My blog is about books and I want to keep it that way.

8. If time travel was real, what one moment in history would you want to change?

~ None. From reading as many books as I do, I know that nothing good can come from changing history. You have NO idea what you are doing and what possible outcomes it can have. You might change one bad event in history, only to create ten more.

9. What’s the best accompaniment for pudding: Ice-cream, cream or custard?

~ I’ve never really had anything additionally added to pudding. I might have to try some of these though! But my favorite is banana -if you were curious.

10. In the movie of your life, who would you like to play you?

~ I’ve never really thought about it, but I feel like Candice King would be able to play me best. She looks like me and her role in The Vampire Diaries is very similar in personality to me, so I know she’d be able to act the part right.

11. What advice would you give to 10 year old you?

~ Hold on to childhood for as long as possible, because adulthood is a big kick in the face. 😂


𝙼𝚈 𝚀𝚄𝙴𝚂𝚃𝙸𝙾𝙽𝚂:

  1. If you could read any book again for the first time, which would it be and why?
  2. What is your biggest unpopular bookish opinion?
  3. What is a book that you keep intending to read, but always seem to put off, and why?
  4. What is a book that you have read that has very few ratings on Goodreads, but you still enjoyed it?
  5. What is an underrated series that you feel more people need to know about?
  6. Are book to movie or book to TV show adaptations better?
  7. What is your favorite post that you have done?
  8. If you were to get a bookish tattoo, what would it be and why?
  9. If you could have a conversation with any author, what three questions would you ask them?
  10. What is one of your ships that didn’t work out, but you will still go down with it and defend it anyways? ***REMEMBER TO PUT A SPOILER WARNING***
  11. If you could reverse any three character deaths, who would they be? ***REMEMBER TO PUT A SPOILER WARNING***

𝚆𝙷𝙾 𝙸 𝙽𝙾𝙼𝙸𝙽𝙰𝚃𝙴:

I encourage you to follow all of these wonderful people. They work really hard on their blogs and are always spreading love around the community. I am proud to consider them my friends 💕


Thank you for joining me today! I am so happy that I was nominated and got the opportunity to do this post. I want to thank Kristy again for nominating me and thank you for reading this post! I hope you get nominated too! 𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Dark, Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday | Rainy Day Reads (Dark Books/Recs)

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Hello Lovelies! Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is Rainy Day Reads. This topic can be taken a number of different ways, but to me, it meant dark reads. The books on this list are ones that have a grim/gloomy vibe, made me cry, or just had some dark themes in them.

I loved every single one of the books on this list so this is also a recommendation post as well. If you’re like me and love books that tug on your heart and don’t always stay on the safe side, these are probably for you!


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∴ Goodreads | My Review

This book just had a really dark and gloomy vibe for me. The setting was a main contributing factor to that, but the whole book just reinforced the idea.


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∴ Goodreads | My Review

This book is literally about a group of triplets trying to kill each other for a throne. Need I say more? How much darker can you get?


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 Goodreads | My Review

Believe it or not, this is NOT a horror novel. Though, the title leads you to believe so. There are actually a lot of funny scenes in it. But the majority of the book is dark. The themes in it, the characters, and the plot in general are all grim.


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 Goodreads | My Review

This series!! It is good. It is SOOO good. It is about a girl that goes to Dublin to find her sister’s murderer and ends up encountering some supernaturals during her search. It has a lot of dark themes and the setting only contributes to that.


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∴ Goodreads | My Review

This is a dark RH retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This book has a lot of dark themes and I guarantee you it isn’t the Wonderland you think you know.


Thank you for joining me on Top 5 Wednesday! What are some books on your rainy day reads list? Do you have any dark books to recommend because I would love some?! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Book Quote of the Day

Book Quote of the Day #24

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 Goodreads | My Review

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

Why this quote?

For those that don’t know, A Court of Mist and Fury is my favorite book of all time. There are tons of quotes in it that I absolutely adore, but this one is one of my favorites. It makes me cry. EVERY. TIME. I. READ. IT.


Thanks for joining me! Have any thoughts on my quote? Let me know! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕