Kiss My Cupcake

by Helena Hunting (Goodreads Author)

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.
From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

This books is so deliciously sweet! It’s like cotton candy and cupcakes. I loved it so much!

Helena Hunting is such an amazing writer. There is not one story of hers that I didn’t absolutely love. This is no exception. The story was adorable and super well thought out. All of the characters were amazing and hilarious! I laughed out loud several times while reading this one. Also, the mention of a beaver had me rolling. This enemies to lovers has it all!!

Love the concept of the bar and the bakery. Blaire and Ronan are two completely opposite people. Living to totally different lives. Blaire’s family is in the restaurant business and want her to join their forces. Ronan is reopening a bar that was his grandfather’s most prized possession (besides Ronan’s grandmother). Both are pushing back at each other and I love that cupcakes and axe throwing brought them together. That shit is adorable!



We are living in some dark times right now, but this book took that away for awhile. It is exactly the bright spot I needed. This book is adorable, fun, and fresh! I loved everything about it!!

Five stars from me ❤

Twilight

(The Twilight Saga #1)

by Stephenie Meyer

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.
Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife — between desire and danger.
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

This was my first time returning to Forks in over a decade.

I still remember the first time I picked up Twilight. My best friend called me and was raving about this vampire book that I just had to read. She had checked it out from the local library and ended up buying herself a copy. I was preparing for my out of country vacation with my family. She loaned the book to me and told me to annotate my favorite parts with a pencil. She had written notes out in the margins on her re-read.



My flight was only four hours long so I thought I would give this book at try during my air travel. We took off from Chicago and that’s all I remember. I was so engrossed in this book that I didn’t realize we were getting ready to land. After landing, we had a bit of travel time to get to our destination. I spent the entire time, through beautiful scenery, immersed in this book. Just as we pulled up to our gate I finished the book. Riding an amazing high from this book. Do you know what I did next? I flipped to the start of the book and started reading again. This time I took my time and annotated all of my favorite parts. Laughing to myself at how much Bella reminded me of myself. Especially the parts where she was in gym class (LOL).

Twilight was the beginning of my absolute love for all things YA. The second book was not out yet and I remember the two of us counting down for New Moon. We stalked the author’s page before the days of social media. We made character boards with our favorite characters, again before Pinterest. It was some of the best times of my life. I’m so thankful for this book. Even if the writing isn’t amazing, it still holds a very important spot in my life.



Reading this book as an adult brought back all those feelings. All the excitement and the craze. My visit back to Forks was so long overdue. I missed Bella and Edward more than I really knew. They welcomed be back with open arms.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?

A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice….

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

I AM UTTERLY SPEECHLESS!! Absolutely loved the first book, From Blood and Ash, but y’all this book is even BETTER than the first one! I feel like I can’t even form real sentences.

DEAD.

Ok, I’m done rocking in the corner now. Hopefully I can get my feelings down before I start rocking again. Poppy is even more badass in this book than the last one. She may be one of my favorite book characters ever. She’s overcome some serious shit in this book. The relationship between her and Hawke is straight fire. I straight up love Kieran! He’s freaking hilarious and fiercely protective. I want to grab him up and squeeze him! *heart eyes*

MORE FEELS

The plot was so freaking good that I can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve got so many theories it’s making me a crazy person. The ending blew that last book out of the water by a long shot. I really want to scream from the roof tops how much this book took my breath away. It gave me anxiety (in a good way), made me laugh several times, had me saying WTF at least six different times.

There is a part, no spoilers, that was sooo freaking erotic I can’t stop thinking about it!

I’ve probably told a million people to read FB&A. This book just hammers home how amazing this freaking series truly is. READ THIS BOOK! If you love fantasy, sexy time, stabbing (LOL) and just straight up amazing storytelling….this book is for you!! Five stab worthy stars from me!

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The Rivals by Vi Keeland

The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.

Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us was born.

Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love with Weston‘s grandfather.

The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third business partner.  But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.

Eventually, they all went their separate ways. Our grandfathers married other women, and the two men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.

Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding. And then Weston and I did, too.

For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.

Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.

Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families inherited.

As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.

Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good.  We were fire and ice. 

But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor problem, though. Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.

The newest one from Vi Keeland is FIRE! This book had me from the very first page. This book y’all, I can’t even!

Weston Lockwood is everything I want in a man. Sexy, confident, a little arrogant. When it comes to book boyfriends, he’s up near the very top! And the way he talks?? SWOON! Sophia doesn’t stand an ice cubes chance in hell around this man. Who can blame her??

I loved the feud between the families. It makes their interest in each other forbidden. Um, HELL YEAH! From the moment Sophia ran into Weston on the airplane I knew he was going to be trouble. It made the plot so much more exciting. The lust between the two of them was off the charts. So was the chemistry. That’s important to me in a book. The two have to have some kind of connection. Not an issue with these two.

The story flowed so well. It was like the Big Bad Wolf meets Little Red Riding Hood. He was ready to huff and puff and blow her whole house down!

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Absolutely! I’ve been binging Vi Keeland’s books for weeks now. This is my all time favorite one! Right up there next to Bossman (which I highly recommend as well!!). This one gets 5/5 from me!

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Romance

The Queen (A Wicked Trilogy #3.7) by Jennifer L Armentrout

The King must have his Queen….

Bestowed the forbidden Summer’s Kiss by the King of the Summer fae, Brighton Jussier is no longer just human. What she is, what she will become, no one knows for sure, but that isn’t her biggest concern at the moment. Now Caden, the King, refuses to let her go, even at the cost of his Court. When the doorway to the Otherworld is breached, both Brighton and Caden must do the unthinkable—not just to survive themselves, but also to save mankind from the evil that threatens the world.

Why does this series have to end? The Wicked series if one of my absolute favorites and when Jen said she was going to write Brighton’s story I was ELATED! Didn’t have to say goodbye to my favorite characters just yet.

This is is the third novella from this series. Make sure you have read The Prince and The King before picking this one up. It wouldn’t make much sense otherwise. Would make the most sense if you read The Wicked trilogy first before beginning the novellas. That way you get the entire story. Trust me, it’s totally worth it! The stories are more NA than YA, but either genre would enjoy!

I loved the characters so much in this story. It was super hard to say goodbye to all of them. Jen wraps the story up nicely and the plot is very well done. We get to find out more about Caden and our girl Brighton. Also, we get more of Tink! Who doesn’t love Tink?? My heart was so happy at the end of the book. Ugh, I want to start the whole series over so I can get back into this world.

“You are my sun. My strength. My redemption. My heart. My everything. My Queen. I will always love you.” – This quote made me cry! I love it so much!

Overall, I give this novella all the stars. They are very well deserved! Everything wraps up nicely and leaves you with a bit of a series hangover. I would LOVE to see more of this world! Hope ya’ll love it as much as I did!

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: YA Romance

The Four Horsemen Series

Stop what you are doing and pick up this book:

Pestilence is the first book in the four book series by Laura Thalassa. It is EXCELLENT. The main character, Sara, is a bad ass. She is what you want a female character to be. She doesn’t just stand by and let Pestilence walk all over her.

Our story begins with Sara drawing the short match. She is staying behind to try and kill Pestilence. This gives her friends a fighting chance to escape him and the plague he brings with him. Sara doesn’t know that Pestilence can not be killed. She is taken as his captive. “Only the living suffer.” Pestilence wants to make her suffer and suffer she does. Sara wants to prove that human kind is worth redemption.

This book was unputdownable. Pestilence and Sara are ENEMIES at the beginning of this story. If you are not ok with enemies to lovers, this book is not for you.

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Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

This freaking book! OMGGGG! I’ve been thinking about what to write here for awhile. Still waiting for my pulse to return to normal. Words can’t describe how much I loved this book.

*Please make sure you read Storm & Fury first* -Otherwise some of this might not make sense.

There were a few parts of this book that had me on the edge of my seat. My heart was literally pounding so hard. I was starting getting a little bit anxious (in a good way!) Jen doesn’t disappoint with this one.

Zayne is still BAE! I was hanging on every line of dialogue between him and Trinity. I must have yelled “JUST KISS HER” at least a dozen times. You could literally cut the sexual tension with a knife. Even though a relationship between them forbidden, I WANT THEM TOGETHER!

So much more of the story is built in the book. I’m loving the direction this series is going in. All of the Buffy references go straight to my heart! I’m still processing all of the things that were discussed. My brain and heart are both on overload. This book has a good mixture of love, lust, action, swoon worthy scenes and even some scary stuff!

Do I recommend this book and series? HECK YEAH I DO! I’m sad we have to wait a whole year for the next part of the story. Waaah!

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: YA Romance

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City Book 1) by Sarah J Maas

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Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

Let me just say, this book was AMAZING! The first 200 pages were quite hard for me to get through, however. There was so much information being thrown my way. I wasn’t quite sure how to process all of it. This is a giant book weighing in at almost 800 pages. Part of me wishes that I could go back and just re-read the beginning because it would make more sense now that I’ve actually finished the story. Once you wade your way through the amazing world building, the story makes it totally worth it!

World building – WOW, just WOW! Sarah is very good at setting up the book and putting the reader right inside the world of Crescent City. The creativity behind this book just astounds me. How someone can come up with such intricate ideas like that, blows me away.

Characters – I absolutely adored Bryce! I’m all about that snarky! She’s so quick tongued and brilliant. She has to hold so much into herself. Her character really, really grows almost overnight. Hunt….HUNT! I just want to pull him in for a tight hug. This poor guy has been through Hel and back, literally. He also has to hold so much in. All he wants is his freedom. He’s willing to do just about anything to get out of his bargain and no longer be a slave. So many times I just wanted to cry on his behalf. Bryce and Hunt make and amazing team! I really hope we get to see more of them in the next book!

Plot – This book….I swear to you. The plot is like spot on. Yes, you have to get through all the world building to get to that amazing plot. Sarah is such a good story teller. Every single one of her books make a full circle. This one totally comes full circle for me. She’s really good at setting things up and then domino-ing them. Only to turn around and build everything right back up!

Moral of all of this….get a comfy chair and forget about what is going on in the world. This book will take you to another time and place. It’s rated as an Adult Novel, but I didn’t think it was too racy. I would recommend this to someone who enjoys fantasy novels or just loved Sarah J. Maas books in general. I’ve still got a total book hangover after reading this one! My mind is just reeling. The passion, pain, love, friendship, betrayal, murder, and even some laughs! I would say this is a one sit read, but it’s a big boy and make take a few days. Soooo, so worth it!

From Blood & Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

“Dreamy, twisty, steamy escapism. Take me back!” -New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins

“Jennifer Armentrout has the power to control my emotions with every word she writes. From swooning to crying to racing through the pages to find out what happens next, I couldn’t stop reading about Hawke and Poppy, and you won’t be able to either.” – Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely

“Action, adventure, sexiness, and angst! From Blood and Ash has it all and double that. So many feels and so many moments it made me cheer for the character. Read. This. Book! You’ll be obsessed!” – Tijan NYT bestselling author.

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FROM BLOOD AND ASH. WE WILL RISE!

This book surprised me, but in a really really good way. Jen hinted several times that she was writing a high fantasy novel. I must admit, I was a bit intrigued. Who am I kidding? She could write a direction manual and I’m going to read it.

This book was absolutely epic and completely blew me away. It’s a big boy too, coming in at over 600 pages! Love, lust, lies, hatred, blood….forbidden.

Don’t start this book if you have a bunch of stuff to accomplish during your day. You will not want to put this one down. The plot is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It’s like a mixture of all things good and evil in the fantasy world.

Penellaphe (Poppy) who is the “chosen” one or the maiden. She is completely veiled where no one can see her face. Very few people know her actual identity. When we meet her, her biggest concerns are Ascension. Which reminds me so much of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 3 where the creepy ass mayor is ascending. If you have seen Buffy or that season, are you really living? Any who, the entire story surrounding Poppy is super interesting. I had a ton of questions about how the actual Ascension actually works. No worries, it all comes out sooner or later. The whole Maiden thing was actually pretty crazy. I loved the whole “forbidden” aspect.

Enter Hawke! Holy hotness Batman! How does one describe Hawke? Let me just say he is right up there next to Daemon Black when it comes to book boyfriends. He’s so young and has worked his way up within the Royal Guard. He’s super hot and also very mysterious. Hawke pretty much turned my world upside down. He’s like this serious, yet funny, mixture of everything you want in a book BF. However, Poppy is SUPER forbidden. Which makes any scene between the two of them so hot it’s flammable! Like grab me a paper fan and an iced cold tea. You might need it for some of their encounters. PHEW!

Overall, I was super excited for this story. Jen has been teasing it for sometime. When I actually got to the reading portion, I was completely BLOWN away. The plot, the characters, THAT FREAKING ENDING! Such an amazing writer and I hope you enjoy this book as much, if not more, than I did. I’m seriously thinking about just re-reading it again. ENJOY!

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I just discovered Meghan Quinn!

Remember back in January when I said I was behind.  Apparently, that hasn’t changed!  But, I stumbled upon a new to me author!  Introducing…. Meghan Quinn!

Meghan has a unique style of writing.  She is witty and her female characters are walked all over like in so many others in romancelandia.  My first read by Meghan was Co-wrecker.  I thought with that name… what can go wrong?  

Co-wrecker is about two young adults who want to be friends while working together.  But, can they stay just coworkers?  PSSH No!!  What kind of romance book would that be?  It’s fun.  It has a little bit of angst.  Will they get together?  Will they stay apart?  Will Sadie get back together with her ex?  

If you haven’t picked up this book yet, you should.  Co-wrecker is the first in a four book series.

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Another book I have read by her was:  The Virgin Romance Novelist

Hold on to your hats boys and girls.  This book was a laugh a minute. 

Our main girl, Rosie, is a virgin.  She has just graduated from college and landed her first writing job at a cat magazine.  From her sexual encounters to her bosses clothing choices, this book is HILARIOUS.  I had so much fun reading this.  I had only read the first two sentences before I let two of my fellow Sisters know they needed to add this to their TBR pile right away.   

I am devouring all her books now as most of them are available on KU.  As a bonus for me, Megan is going to be one of the attending authors at Apollycon next month.  I cant wait to meet her and let her know how much I have personally enjoyed reading her romance novels.

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Megan has several series out already and a new book called The Trade coming out March 12th!    For more information, here is Meghan’s website and a buy link for The Trade!

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