MR. PRESIDENT: KATY EVANS REVIEW

Hey guys!

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted anything, but today I have a super exciting, special new release to review and share with y’all! When I heard the synopsis for this one, I was so stinking excited, and lemme tell ya, I was most definitely not let down. Katy does such a fantastic job with this book, and I can’t wait to read more of her novels! I want to say a quick thank you to the kind soul who sent this to me in exchange for an honest, review as well!

 

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He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

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RATING: 4/5 STARS

Let me start off by saying that when I started this book, I really didn’t know what to expect. With everything going on in politics right now, I wasn’t sure how this book was going to sit with me, all I knew was that the synopsis was great and it sounded like something I would love. I was so glad that I didn’t let my original reservations hold me back though, because this book was fabulous. I’m talking I read this in one sitting, and was very sad when it was over, fabulous. The characters rocked my socks, I loved loved loved how honest and fantastic Matt was as a politician, and the entire storyline was just great.

Matt has a heart of gold, and everything he wants to do to further America along is so fantastic. It was so awesome to see how much Charlotte and Matt agreed on when it came to the best ways to live life and make a difference, and I loved how invested they were in each other’s livelihoods. I also thought it was a really interesting dynamic between the two of them just as a general whole, and I just could not get enough of them. Since this book does cover a presidential campaign, we got to sort of see a behind the scenes party of how all of it went together, and Katy totally did her research. It was so interesting and fun to hear about all of the effort that typically goes into a campaign, and it gave me an entirely new perspective.

Overall I just adored this book. I cannot wait for the next installment to come out in January, and until then, I’m going to be eagerly anticipating the return of two of my most favorite characters. I would definitely recommend this one if you’re a fan or romances, it is swoon worthy and fabulous, and such a fun read. If you’ve read this I would love to hear your thoughts, and we can totally discuss it in the comments below!!

Love,

Taylor

HAPPILY EVER AFTER: KIERA CASS REVIEW

Today we’re going to be discussing Happily Ever After, a bind up of several novellas that are tied to the Selection series. I’ve been a huge fan of these books for several years now, and I finally got around to reading this collection of stories. I really enjoyed this, and I’m going to share my thoughts on all of the books in this novellas.

Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn’t the prince. This gorgeous collection features four novellas from the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content.

RATING: 4/5 STARS

The Prince

This one was my almost  favorite novella, but it was beat out by a baby sliver. We got a chance to see Maxon before and up to the selection, and it was fantastic to see the initial parts of the selection from his perspective. I’ve always really loved Maxon, and seeing some parts from his perspective was great.

The Guard

In this one, we got to see what was going on in Aspen’s head while he was a guard in the castle. During the series, I’ve never been a huge fan of him, but this book made me look at him a little differently. Sometimes seeing the opposite perspective gives the reader a chance to appreciate a character a little more, and I definitely got that vibe with this one. We also got a little glimpse at the guard’s own happily ever after too, and it was so cute!

The Queen

Amberly was one of my favorite people in the initial Selection novels. She was always such a great outlet and person, and I really adored her from the first chance we met her. I had always wondered how she ended up with the king, and seeing their selection process gave me a much better idea as to why she was in love with him and put up with him.

The Favorite

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. During the Selection series, I always loved Marlee. Getting to see this from her perspective was fantastic, and seeing all of Maxon’s behind the scenes helping moments was so great. Marlee and her sweet guard were so dang cute, and seeing their story develop made me so happy. This was definitely the strongest out of all the novellas, and if you read any of these, this is the one I would go to first.

Overall, this companion novel was such a fun read! I loved getting to return to the original Selection characters, and this little bind up has several great additional features, and I think that it’s worth the read if you’ve read the series. If you’ve read this book, which novella was your favorite?

Happy Reading!

Taylor

THE HIGHLAND KISS: KAREN MARIE MONING REVIEW

Hello lovelies! As you guys know, I’ve been working my way through the Highlanders series, and as I finished the fourth one, it’s time for another review. I’ve been loving this series, so let’s go ahead and get going.

A laird trapped between centuries…

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side….

A woman changed forever in his arms…

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them … and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves…

RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

This book was so good y’all! I’m pretty sure I’ve said it a thousand times, but Moning writes some of the best romances I’ve ever read. She creates these couples that are so well matched, and then she writes them into these fantastic stories, and UGH. I just adore them. In this go around, Gwen finds Drustan in a cave on accident, asleep. She wakes him up from the spell, and from there they work together to try to return at least Drustan to his time in order to save his clan.

As always, I loved the characters. Gwen was fiery and strong, and she complimented Drustan in the best way. Gwen was a super sassy character, and unlike some, she was genuinely smart, a fresh change. Drustan was great as well, and I adored him. He was an excellent compliment to Gwen, he was just as clever, and he was sweet and caring. They were one of those couples that had more in common than just their physical attraction to one another, and I thought that their relationship was great. They were willing to sacrifice for one another, and with that, they created a fantastic pair. Along with that, I loved how they take some elements of Scottish cultures and tie it into the story. I don’t know a ton about the lives and traditions of Highlanders, but if any of the ones discussed in this novel were even partially correct, then please send me back now.

Along with a great main character, I absolutely adored the characters around them. Drustan’s family was completely wonderful, and all of the small characters we met along the way only made the story all the better. Along with great characters, this book was so well executed. The story flowed great, and the writing was eloquent and well done. I think out of all of the books in this series, my favorite is still the first one, Beyond the Highland Mist, but this one is definitely a close second, and it defintiely  had a chance at stealing the most favorite spot.

Overall, I really loved this book! This series is such a great one, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. After I read Outlander, I was already in love with Highlanders and Scotland, but as I’ve been reading these books, I’m pretty sure that Scotland may be the place that I need to travel to the first chance I get. If you’ve never read this series, I can’t stress enough how much you should definitely give it a chance! It is well executed, romantic, and so worth your time. If you’ve read this one, what did you think? I would love to discuss it with you!

Love,

Taylor

BLACKHEARTS: NICOLE CASTROMAN REVIEW

Hey lovelies! Today we’re going to be discussing Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, a book that gives us a glimpse into the young life of Blackbeard. This one was an interesting read, so let’s get into discussion time.

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

 RATING: 3/5 STARS

This book was such a fun read! In this one, we get the story of Blackbeard, before he was the terrifying pirate. This book takes place in his  childhood home, where he is betrothed and completely miserable. Along comes Anne, a maid, and then from there the story takes off.

Anne was a pretty okay character. At times, she kind of drove me crazy, but she was a strong, and she was definitely different from other characters I’ve read. I really really liked Teach! I don’t know a lot about Blackbeard, but he definitely wanted to make me learn more. He was clever and sweet, and he made me like Anne a lot more than I would’ve without  him. He was also really motivated, and he was willing to shake things up to get what he wants. As a couple they were very instalovey. It starts out as some sassy comments back and forth and then it seemed like a chapter later they were in love.

As a whole, the book wasn’t super action packed, but it definitely flowed nicely and it set up an interesting world. I think that my favorite part of this book was the end.  It ended on a cliffhanger, and the last fifty pages were really fast paced and excited. There wasn’t much pirating going on in this book, but I have high hopes that the next book will be filled with pirating adventures. Overall, Blackheart was a unique book, and I thought that it was a fun read! If you’ve read this one, what did you think? I’d love to discuss it with you!

Happy Reading!

Taylor

SUSPICION: ALEXANDRA MONIR REVIEW

Today we’re going to be discussing Suspicion, a young adult thriller based on Rebecca. This book was pretty short, and there was a lot that happened over the course of three hundred pages. If you’re a fan of fast paced books with lots of twists, you should definitely keep reading and see if Suspicion sounds like something that you’d enjoy!

A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery.

“There’s something hidden in the maze.”

Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor. 

For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.

Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.

RATING: 3/5 STARS

This book follows Imogen and her life before and after her return to Rockford Manor. In the beginning we see Imogen as a young girl, and then it shifts to her life after her parent’s death. I was really glad that we got to see how she lived prior to her death, and it gave us a chance to see the manor prior to the return. This book did an excellent job setting up the castle/manor, and I had great images, which was so important because it as so key to the story. I also really liked the creep factor, which isn’t nornally something that appeals to me. Suspicion wasn’t necessarily scary, but it was definitely eerie and since this novel thrives on mystery, it makes it all the more engaging. One of the best parts of the story was how it drew the reader in and made them think and try and figure out what was going on alongside Imogen.

Imogen was a really unique character to read about. Throughout the entire novel she definitely changes and as she tries to figure out why the maze is so important, she begins to learn more and more about the history of her ancestors. I think one of my favorite parts of this story is how much importance it placed on the past of the Rockfords. By adding in some fantastical and magical elements, the story had so many excellent levels. We also have Sebastian, who works alongside Imogen to figure out what has been happening at Rockford. They worked relatively well as a team, but their relationship was a little instalovey, not too bad though.

Overall, Suspicion  was a really quick, interesting read! I wasn’t blown away by it, but I really did enjoyed the story, and I would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of things with a little bit of suspense and a pinch of romance. It was a quick read, and the cover is also absolutely stunning! I’ve never read a book quite like this one, and it was really great to have a fresh take on young adult.  If you’ve read it, what did you think? I’d love to discuss it with you!

Happy Reading!

Taylor

THE HIGHLANDER’S TOUCH: KAREN MARIE MONING REVIEW

Hello lovelies! I’m so excited to be bringing you a new review for the day. Today we’re going to be discussing the third book in the Highlander series. So far I’ve reviewed the first two (here’s one, and the other) and I’ve absolutely adored this series! Without further ado, let’s get into the discussion.

A WARRIOR OF IMMORTAL POWERS

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty – and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also the woman he had forsworn to destroy.

A WOMAN CAUGHT IN THE MISTS OF TIME

When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling…into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real…and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her…plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own…

RATING: 4/5 STARS

Like all of the previous books in this series, we meet two new characters as they navigate being thrown at each other. In this story, Lisa is thrown back in time and ends up landing right into Circenn’s lap. Their initial meeting definitely starts them off on a not so great foot, so they have to work extra hard to mend what had been injured.

As a character, I liked Lisa. She was independent and strong but she also had a softer side. The last few years of her life prior to being dragged back into time were really tragic and she’s suffered through a lot of hurt, which was why she was so keen to get back home. Lisa was also really sarcastic and sassy, which is one of my favorite things ever. Circenn was great as well. He complimented Lisa in every way and he was really great for her, helping her heal and giving her a chance when he didn’t think he could. They had a fantastic dynamic, and Moning can sure write fantastic romances and couples.

The dialogue between the characters was super great, and it was one of my favorite parts of the story. Along with the great dialogue, the story flowed well, and it drew me in from the first page to the last. In this story, all of the time travel and Fae aspects tied in great with the other books, and it wove into the story beautifully.

All in all, I thought this book was absolutely great. The characters made me super happy, and this book had me swooning and head over heels from their first meeting. If you’re a fan of addictive romance novels with hottie Scottish highlanders, then this series is definitely for you. I’ve always loved romance novels, but this series has left me so thrilled and they are more addictive than candy. If you’d read this one I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, I’m always looking for new swoony books, so please give me some suggestions that make you happy!

Love,

Taylor

ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA: DIANA PETERFREUND REVIEW

Hey guys! Today we’re going to be discussing Across a Star Swept Sea, the sequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars (here’s the review). I really loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, so when I finally got a chance  to read the sequel, I was pumped and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

RATING: 4/5 STARS

In this series, Diana Peterfreund takes classic novels and retells them creating a world that is dystopian and rewriting the characters in a way that fits together beautifully. In the first book Persuasion was the classic book of choice, but for Across the Star-Swept Sea, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the winner. I’ve never read that one, but after reading Across a Star-Swept Sea I definitely want to pick it up and give it a chance! This book was interesting and well written, and I loved every second of it.

The two main characters are Persis and Justen. Persis at face value is a stereotypical rich girl, ditzy and shallow, but truthfully, she is so much more. She is Wild Poppy, a spy working to save the people of the country from the brain damaging drug or the revolutionaries. I absolutely loved Persis because she had so much depth, and she was everything I wanted in a main character. Justen was a medic, and he was sort of thrown at Persis in the beginning. As the story progresses though, he begins to warm up to her and he starts to see that there is so much more to her than what meets the eye. On his own though, Justen is compassionate and clever which was great. As a couple, they had such an awesome dynamic, it wasn’t a relationship that seemed rushed, and they really didn’t begin to fall for each other until later on. We also got to see some repeat characters from For Darkness Shows the Stars which I definitely wasn’t expecting, but it made me so excited because I was such a huge fan of Elliot and Kai.

The plot of this story really was beautiful. It flowed nicely, and it never seemed to drag. There was great dialogue, and just enough action to keep me happy. I highly recommend this book if you like retellings or dystopian novels, and Across the Star-Swept Sea should definitely be a book you give a chance! If you’ve read this book, what did you think? I would love to discuss it with you!

Love,

Taylor