Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Happy Book Birthday to My Royal Showmance by Lexi Blake

My Royal Showmance by Lexi Blake is now live! 




About the Book


My Royal Showmance
Park Avenue Promise #2
by Lexi Blake
260 pages, Kindle Edition
Published June 4, 2024
From New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, discover The Park Avenue Promise Series...
Three young women make a pact in high school— 
to always be friends and to one day make it big in Manhattan.

My Royal Showmance

Anika Fox knows exactly where she wants to be, and it’s not on the set of a reality TV dating show. She’s working her way up at the production company she works for and she’s close to achieving some of her dreams. The big boss just wants one thing from her. She’s got a potential problem with the director of The King Takes a Bride and she wants Anika to pose as a production assistant and report back.

As the king of a tiny European country, Luca St. Marten knows the world views him as one of the pampered royalty of the world. It couldn’t be further from the truth. His country is hurting and he’s right there on the front lines with his citizens. When he’s asked to do a dating show, his counselors point out that it could bring tourism back to Ralavia. It goes against his every desire, but he agrees.

When one of the contestants drops out at the last minute, Anika finds herself replacing the potential princess. She’s sure she’ll be asked to leave the first night, but Luca keeps picking her again and again. Suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a made-for-TV fantasy, and she’s unsure what’s real and what’s simply reality TV.


Thursday, May 16, 2024

Happy #BookBirthday to The Silence of Monsters by Jay Crownover


π“π‘πž 𝐒𝐒π₯𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover is LIVE!!! Fans of billionaires, enemies to lovers, rich boy/poor girl vibes, and a creepy haunted house thrown in, this is the book for you! 



About the Book


The Silence of Monsters
The Monsters Duet #1
by Jay Crownover

Format 306 pages, Kindle Edition
Published May 16, 2024 by Jay Crownover LLC
ISBN 9798990720800
Win Halliday lives an extraordinary life.

When he moves, the rest of the world moves with him. As the heir to the Halliday name and fortune, Win’s entire life has been carefully orchestrated from the moment he came into the world. He’s never been allowed to aspire for anything outside that plan, including love. After the tragedy that followed his younger brother chasing his foolish heart, the Halliday Matriarch insists on picking a bride that’s up to her outrageously high standards.

Unfortunately, for all the eager bachelorettes, the only woman Win would ever consider marrying isn’t found anywhere on his mother’s list.

He’s got his eye on the exceptionally ordinary, Channing Harvey.

There’s so much history and hatred between the two of them, that a happily ever after is impossible. Win doesn’t need forever, he just needs to get his tyrannical mother off his back.

Channing’s not interested in his millions or his ridiculous contract marriage offer, but she’s about to learn that Win Halliday is relentless. This is the first decision Win has made with only himself in mind, and nothing’s going to stop him from getting what he wants.

They're getting married, and God help whoever gets in Win’s way — including his very reluctant bride-to-be.

The only monsters found within this novel are of the human variety. But they’re still scary!


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

#Spotlight on Blood on the Tide by Katee Robert


The next novel in Katee Robert's high seas adventure is here! 




About the Book


Blood on the Tide
Crimson Sails #2
by Katee Robert
Format 336 pages, Paperback
Published May 14, 2024 by Berkley
ISBN 9780593639108 
Set sail for adventure and love in the next spicy fantasy romance from Katee Robert, the New York Times bestselling author of the TikTok smash hit Neon Gods .

As a bloodline vampire, Lizzie has never had a problem taking what she wants, and right now what she wants are the family heirlooms that were stolen from her and a portal home. Too bad even that short list is impossible to accomplish on her own—and her allies have bigger things to worry about.

When they rescue a selkie from captivity, it’s the perfect solution to her problem. Lizzie needs a guide through Threshold and the selkie needs someone to help her get her skin back.  Maeve didn’t choose to give up her skin—it was stolen from her. Now she’s in an uneasy partnership with a dangerous woman who seems more apt to kill than to share a kind word. It’s terrifying…and a bit alluring. Even though she knows it will end in heartbreak, Maeve can’t help being drawn to Lizzie and her all-too-pleasurable vampire bite. 

Unfortunately, the danger to Maeve’s heart is the least of her worries. The ship Lizzie’s chasing belongs to the CΕ΅n Annwn, and they don’t take kindly to people who steal from them. Not even Lizzie’s viciousness or Maeve’s selkie strength will be enough to save them if the CΕ΅n Annwn seek retribution…


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Happy #BookBirthday to This Woman Forever by Jodi Ellen Malpas

This Woman Forever by Jodi Ellen Malpas is now live! 




About the Book


This Woman Forever
This Man - The Story from Jesse #3
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Format 586 pages, Kindle Edition
Published May 14, 2024 by Jodi Ellen Malpas
ISBN 9781957597072 
Living a life free of demons and finding forgiveness had always seemed unattainable to Jesse Ward. And yet Ava O’Shea offered him a chance of happiness, the possibility of a happy ever after. Their affair has been an intense whirlwind, full of highs and lows, and now Jesse’s finally on the cusp of realizing what he always thought was impossible.

Love. Marriage. Acceptance.

Redemption.

Except for one very important thing. The final part of Jesse’s past that he’s kept from the woman of his dreams. Because surely Ava will walk away if she knows about the most damaging skeleton in his endless closet.

As Jesse navigates his wild, infinitely passionate relationship with Ava, the demons stir, threatening to damage their love and trust. His domination and fierceness inevitably intensifies, ensuring he’s constantly straddling the line between bliss and complete irrationality.

His past is pursuing him.

His forever with Ava is uncertain.

And Jesse’s faced with the inconceivable reality that by simply bringing Ava into his world, he’s ultimately risked her life.


Monday, May 13, 2024

#Spotlight on Rising Sun by Donna Grant


This first book in a brand new fantasy romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant releases tomorrow, May 14th! 




About the Book


Rising Sun
Elven Kingdoms #1
by Donna Grant

Format Kindle Edition
Published May 14, 2024
ISBN 9781958353301
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant introduces a wickedly seductive new series with a ruthless, jaded elf and a bewitching human hiding a powerful secret—unlikely soulmates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

Nothing could make Yasmin return to Shaldorn, the place of nightmares. But when she’s caught stealing, she’s given an ultimatum: take Ravi over the Dangerous Peaks to the stronghold or face imprisonment.

She has no choice but to agree, though she intends to escape the elf as soon as she reaches the mountains. Yet, as they battle nature itself, the two enemies find common ground—and an all-consuming passion.

Can they prevail in their dangerous heist, or be torn apart by a betrayal?


Friday, May 10, 2024

#Spotlight on Chasing Wild by Kristen Proby

Chasing Wild by Kristen Proby is now live! 




About the Book


Chasing Wild
The Wilds of Montana #2
by Kristen Proby
291 pages, Kindle Edition
May 9, 2024 by Ampersand Publishing
Summer Quinn’s life changed five years ago when she walked in on her boyfriend and her best friend in bed together. She silently left, ghosting both of them, and never looked back. She came to Bitterroot Valley, looking for a fresh start, and that’s exactly what she got.

After purchasing the local floral shop from her eccentric aunt and finding herself again in the absolute delight she brought to the community, Summer feels welcome and safe in her new home.

But things have started to happen. At first, she could blow it off as bad luck, or kids starting trouble. But then the bad luck turns into serious, life-threatening incidents that can’t be ignored.

Bitterroot Valley is Chase Wild’s town. His family settled the area almost a hundred and fifty years ago, and as a police officer, Chase takes pride in keeping his community safe. Sure, he’s had his eye on the gorgeous florist since she moved to town, but he’s kept his relationship with her strictly professional.

Now, someone’s trying to scare Summer. She claims she doesn’t know why, but Chase is determined to get to the bottom of it and drive the danger out of his town. As time passes, and the more he gets to know Summer, the harder it is to keep his hands off of the beautiful woman. With their connection growing, he’s falling in love with her and will do anything to keep her safe.

As Chase learns the truth of who is threatening Summer, will he be able to protect her, and will their love withstand the challenges ahead?

Chasing Wild is a standalone, contemporary romance novel, and book two in the picturesque Wilds of Montana series.


Thursday, May 9, 2024

#Spotlight on Skies Over Caledonia by Samantha Young


Skies Over Caledonia by Samantha Young is now live! 




About the Book


Skies Over Caledonia
The Highlands #4
by Samantha Young
342 pages, Paperback
First published May 8, 2024
He’s a down-to-earth highland farmer. She’s the rebellious daughter of Hollywood royalty. They might seem like they’re from different worlds, but that won’t stop them from engaging in a marriage of convenience…

It’s been five years since Jared McCulloch’s grandfather Collum passed away and he inherited his farm in the Scottish Highlands. After his grandad saved him from his past life, Jared is determined to honor Collum’s legacy. But not only has a series of bad luck put him in danger of losing the farm, his estranged father is disputing the will. In a desperate situation, Jared realizes he’ll do just about anything to save the land.
Even marrying Allegra Howard, a woman he’s avoided at all costs.
A woman who tempts him beyond reason.

There’s only one place that makes Allegra Howard feel safe; one place that feeds her artist’s soul. Allegra wants to settle down in Scotland and expand her business. But there’s a hitch: immigration intends to return her to US soil.
Panicked, Allegra finds the one person just as desperate as she is. The same person she’s lusted after for years. In exchange for marrying her, she’ll invest financially in Jared McCulloch’s farm.

However, living together only forces them to acknowledge their searing mutual attraction. And with it comes an undeniable emotional connection Jared’s not sure he’s ready for.
Yet, blurring the lines of their arrangement is the least of his concerns when someone begins terrorizing the farm.
Allegra and Jared came together to save what matters most and now that might just be each other. And unless they can figure out which of their pasts has returned to torment them, they could lose their chance at a real future together...
 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

🍷🍷.5 #Review of Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep




Title: Capture the Crown
SeriesGargoyle Queen
AuthorJennifer Estep
Format433 pages, Paperback
PublishedFirst published July 6, 2021
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
SourceFirst published July 6, 2021
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  πŸ·πŸ·.5  
Best-selling author Jennifer Estep returns to her Crown of Shards world with an all-new trilogy and a bold new heroine who protects her kingdom from magic, murder, and mayhem by moonlighting as a spy.

Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier - and a spy.

Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta - her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle.

Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre.

The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne...


Crystal's Thoughts:

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

🍷🍷🍷 #Audiobook #Review of Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas




Title: Kill Switch
Series: Devil's Night, #3
Author: Penelope Douglas
Format: Audiobook
Published: Published July 24, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷 / 🌢️🌢️🌢️🌢️
WINTER

Sending him to prison was the worst thing I could’ve done. It didn’t matter that he did the crime or that I wished he was dead. Perhaps I thought I’d have time to disappear before he got out or he’d cool off in jail and be anything but the horror he was.

But I was wrong. Three years came and went too fast, and now he’s anything but calm. Prison only gave him time to plan.

And while I anticipated his vengeance, I didn’t expect this.

He doesn’t want to make me hurt. He wants to make everything hurt.

DAMON

First thing’s first. Get rid of her daddy. He told them I forced her. He told them his little girl was a victim, but I was a kid, too, and she wanted it just as much as I did.

Step two… Give her, her sister, and her mother nowhere to run and no fuel to escape. The Ashby women are alone now and desperate for a knight in shining armor.

But that’s not what’s coming.

No, it’s time I listened to my father and took control of my future. It’s time I showed them all—my family, her family, my friends—that I will never change and that I have no other ambition than to be the nightmare of their lives.

Starting with her.

She’ll be so scared, she won’t even be safe in her own head by the time I’m done with her. And the best part is I won’t have to break into her home to do it.

As the new man of the house I have all the keys.



Crystal's Thoughts:


"I need her to hurt me, because pain covers up pain, and if I feel one, I won't feel the other."

Thursday, May 2, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷 .5 #Review of Twisted Palace by Erin Watt





Title: Twisted Palace
Series: The Royals #3
Author: Erin Watt 
Format: 400 pages, Paperback
Published: November 21, 2023 by Berkley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: November 21, 2023 by Berkley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷 .5 / 🌢️🌢️
The TikTok sensation Twisted Palace , the third in the #1 New York Times bestselling The Royals series, now in a new special edition with bonus material!

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.



Crystal's Thoughts:


"These Royals will ruin you."

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

🍷🍷🍷 #Review of Hunt on Dark Waters by Katee Robert




Title: Hunt on Dark Waters
Series: Crimson Sails, #1
Author: Katee Robert 
Format: 320 pages, Paperback
Published: November 7, 2023 by Berkley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷 / 🌢️🌢️
Sail the magical high seas with this first book in a new sexy fantasy romance series from Katee Robert, the New York Times bestselling author of the TikTok smash-hit Neon Gods.

Evelyn is a witch with a perfect storm of impulses: terrible taste in bed partners, sticky fingers, and a lust for danger. After she steals from her vampire ex and falls through a portal to another realm, she’s fished out of the waters by a band of seafarers and their telekinetic captain. She’s immediately given a choice—join their group or die.

Bowen has no memory of his life before he became one of the CΕ΅n Annwn. He and his pirate crew are bound by vow to patrol through Threshold, the magical sea in between realms, keeping the portals to other worlds safe. When he rescues Evelyn, he doesn’t expect to be attracted to the unflappably brassy pickpocket. The longer he spends in her presence, the more he begins to question if his heart is the next thing she’ll steal.

But as tension heats up between Bowen and Evelyn, danger escalates as well. Because Evelyn has no intention of keeping her vows to the CΕ΅n Annwn, and if she betrays the crew, both she and Bowen will pay the ultimate price....



Crystal's Thoughts:

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Happy #BookBirthday to King of Sloth by Ana Huang


King of Sloth by Ana Huang is now live! 




About the Book


King of Sloth
Kings of Sin #4
by Ana Huang
Format: 460 pages, Kindle Edition
Published: April 30, 2024
He'd never wanted anyone enough to chase them...until he met her.

Charming, easygoing, and rich beyond belief, Xavier Castillo has the world at his fingertips. 

He also has no interest in taking over his family’s empire (much to his father’s chagrin), but that hasn’t stopped women from throwing themselves at him…unless the woman in question is his publicist. 

Nothing brings him more joy than riling her up, but when a tragedy forces them closer than ever, he must grapple with the uncertainty of his future—and the realization that the only person immune to his charms is the only one he truly wants.  

***

Cool, intelligent, and ambitious, Sloane Kensington is a high-powered publicist who’s used to dealing with difficult clients. 

However, none infuriate—or tempt—her more than a certain billionaire heir, with his stupid dimples and laid-back attitude. 

She may be forced to work with him, but she’ll never fall for him…no matter how fast he makes her heart beat or how thoughtful he is beneath his party persona. 

He’s her client, and that’s all he’ll ever be. Right?

Thursday, April 25, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of Broken Prince by Erin Watt




Title: Broken Prince
Series: The Royals #2
Author: Erin Watt
Format: 352 pages, Paperback
Published: October 17, 2023 by Berkley
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·/ 🌢️🌢️
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU...

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.


Crystal's Thoughts:


"He told me to stay away. He told me I didn't belong. If only I'd listened to him."

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of Bring Me Your Midnight by Rachel Griffin

 



Title: Bring Me Your Midnight
Series: n/a
Author: Rachel Griffin
Format: 402 pages, Hardcover
Published: August 1, 2023 by Sourcebooks Fire
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches and Wild is the Witch comes a lush romantic fantasy about forbidden love, the choices we make, and the pull between duty and desire.

Tana Fairchild’s fate has never been in question. Her life has been planned out since the moment she was born: she is to marry the governor’s son, Landon, and secure an unprecedented alliance between the witches of her island home and the mainlanders who see her very existence as a threat.

Tana’s coven has appeased those who fear their power for years by releasing most of their magic into the ocean during the full moon. But when Tana misses the midnight ritual—a fatal mistake—there is no one she can turn to for help…until she meets Wolfe.

Wolfe claims he is from a coven that practices dark magic, making him one of the only people who can help her. But he refuses to let Tana’s power rush into the sea, and instead teaches her his forbidden magic. A magic that makes her feel powerful. Alive.

As the sea grows more violent, her coven loses control of the currents, a danger that could destroy the alliance as well as her island. Tana will have to choose between love and duty, between loyalty to her people and loyalty to her heart. Marrying Landon would secure peace for her coven but losing Wolfe and his wild magic could cost her everything else.



Crystal's Thoughts: 


"I would set the world on fire just to see your face."
"Then we can burn together."

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Happy #BookBirthday to Archangel's Lineage by Nalini Singh

Join the archangels, vampires, and mortals for this extraordinary sixteenth addition to the New York Times bestselling Guild Hunter series. With plenty of inspiring romance, epic world building, and staggering emotion readers are guaranteed to adore, ARCHANGEL’S LINEAGE - out now!!!




About the Book

Archangel's Lineage
Guild Hunter #16
by Nalini Singh

Format 400 pages, Mass Market Paperback
Published April 23, 2024 by Berkley
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s dangerous and beautiful world of archangels, vampires, and mortals has never faced a threat this cataclysmic…

Raphael and Elena are experiencing their first ever year of true peace. No war. No horrors of archangelic power. No nightmares given flesh. Until…the earth beneath the Refuge begins to tremble, endangering not only angelkind’s precious and fragile young, but the very place that has held their most innocent safe for eons.

Amid the chaos, Elena’s father suffers a violent heart attack that threatens to extinguish their last chance to heal the bonds between them and make sense of the ruins of their agonizing shared history.

Even as Elena battles grief, Raphael is torn from her side by the sudden disappearance of an archangel. But worse yet is to come. An Ancestor, an angel unlike any other, stirs from his Sleep to warn the Cadre of a darkness so terrible that it causes empires to fall and civilizations to vanish.

This time, even the Cadre itself may not be able to stop a ticking clock that is counting down at frightening speed…


Friday, April 19, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of Bride by Ali Hazelwood




Title: Bride 
Series: n/a
Author:  Ali Hazelwood
Format: 410 pages, Kindle Edition
Published: February 6, 2024 by Berkley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 / 🌢️
A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again...

Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….

Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.



Crystal's Thoughts:


"Isn't that what any relationship is in the end? Meeting someone and wanting to be with that person more than with anyone else, and trying to make it work?"

Thursday, April 18, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of Paper Princess by Erin Watt






Title: Paper Princess
Series: The Royals
Author: Erin Watt
Format: 384 pages, Paperback
Published: September 19, 2023 by Berkley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·/🌢️🌢️
The TikTok sensation Paper Princess , the first in the #1 New York Times bestselling The Royals series, now in a new special edition with bonus material!

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…


Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
 
That is until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal is more magnetic than the last, but none is as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
 
Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.
 
He might be right.
 
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.



Crystal's Thoughts:


"I feel the need to warn you that, we Royals are pretty f*cked up. We're good in bed, but out of it? We're like a stage for hurricane."

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of The Rebel King by Gina L. Maxwell




Title
: The Rebel King 
Series: Deviant Kings, #2
Author: Gina L. Maxwell 
Format: 352 pages, Paperback
Published
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: July 25, 2023 by Entangled: Amara
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷 / 🌢️🌢️🌢️
All work and no wicked play makes Tiernan a very unsatisfied king…

Of all the Verran brothers, Tiernan is the least suited to wear the Night Court crown. The Rebel Prince is happy with no responsibilities or accountability―just the freedom to pursue his own dark, lush pleasures in Sin City. Including his secret hunger for a certain smart-mouthed, fiery redhead.

Only, the possibility of having Fiona is stripped away when Tiernan is thrust into the one role he never king . As king of the Dark Fae, wanting―let alone pursuing―anything with a lower-caste fae like Fiona would shift from fun…to forbidden.

Now war is emerging from the shadows of Vegas, and Tiernan is caught between who he’s meant to be and who he wants . And somewhere in this maelstrom of lust, love, and rebellion is the key to the Dark Fae’s survival…even if the cost is more than he can imagine.



Crystal's Thoughts:

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin




Title
: The Scarlet Veil
Series: The Scarlet Veil, #1
Author: Shelby Mahurin 
Format: 640 pages, Hardcover
Published: September 26, 2023 by HarperTeen
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷
This dark and thrilling vampire romance—set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Serpent & Dove series—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas!

CΓ©lie Tremblay has always been a good girl: kind and beautiful, a daughter of whom every parent would be proud. She surprises the entire kingdom when she defies tradition to become the first huntswoman—including her new captain and fiancΓ©, Jean Luc, who rules the huntsmen with an iron fist. He isn’t the only one concerned for CΓ©lie’s safety, however. Though her friends try to protect her from the horrors of her past, mysterious whispers still haunt her, and a new evil is rising in Belterra—leaving bodies in its wake, each one drained of blood.

Determined to prove herself in her new role, CΓ©lie tracks the killer to the lair of Les Γ‰ternels—ancient creatures only spoken about in nursery rhymes—and catches the attention of their king, a monster who hides his plans for her behind beautiful words and sharp smiles. Now CΓ©lie has new reason to fear the dark because the closer he gets, the more tempted she feels to give in to his dark hunger—and her own.



Crystal's Thoughts:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of A Dawn of Onyx by Kate Golden




Title: A Dawn of Onyx
Series: The Sacred Stones, #1
Author: Kate Golden
Format: 427 pages, Kindle Edition
Published: December 15, 2022 by Berkley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 / 0.5 πŸŒΆ️
Captured by the king of darkness, she was forced to find the light within.

Arwen Valondale never expected to be the brave one, offering her life to save her brother’s. Now she’s been taken prisoner by the most dangerous kingdom on the continent, and made to use her rare magical abilities to heal the soldiers of the vicious Onyx King.

Arwen knows better than to face the ancient, wicked woods that surround the castle on her own, which means working with a fellow prisoner might be her only path to freedom. Unfortunately, he’s as infuriating as he is cunning—and seems to take twisted pleasure in playing on Arwen’s deepest fears.

But here in Onyx Kingdom, trust is a luxury she can’t afford.

To make it out of enemy territory, she'll have to navigate back-stabbing royals, dark magic, and dangerous beasts. But untold power lies inside Arwen, dormant and waiting for a spark. If she can harness it, she just might be able to escape with her life—and hopefully, her heart.


Crystal's Thoughts:

"I thought...I'd lost you. I could eat. Sleep. Move. ... Shave. ... I did not want to live in a world without you in it."

I really enjoyed this fantasy romance with a slow burn and lots of fun banter. The world building was wonderful and I’m really intrigued with it and the characters. Especially the Onyx King. I’m looking forward to continuing this trilogy! Check out my TikTok page for an in-depth review! 


Tropes to Look For: 

✔️ Enemies to Lovers
✔️Warring Kingdoms
✔️ Magical World & Creatures
✔️ Touch Her and Die / Who Did This to You
✔️ Found Family
✔️ One Horse
✔️ Forced Proximity
✔️ Shadow Daddy