Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

collage image. Close up on a flag with a star for texas, then a zoomed out shot of a round dome building with flowers. Text reads "She's very much what Alex holds in his memory as the sanctified idea of southerness at it's best: always generous and warm and sincere, work-strong and reliable, a light left on. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

When I picked up Red, White & Royal Blue at Apollycon 2019 I knew I was interested in the book’s plot, but I didn’t realize how much I needed it in the current climate. Casey McQuiston acknowledges she started this before 2016’s election and it gives the idea of a future much different than today’s. It’s full of hope and love something we need more of every day.

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Review: Royal Treatment by Tracy Wolff



Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Series: Yes

Book number in series: 2 of 2

Rating: 3.5

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Royal Treatment starts off extremely strong and well paced. Garrett and Lola have a chance run in at a local lake. It becomes apparent that Lola is a take no shit kinda girl and awesome. Garrett is your troubled hero who Wolff manages to make realistic and likeable. His struggles make sense and are well thought out.


There is some treatment with the mental health issues that rubbed me the wrong way. I do want to caution those who have triggers around PTSD and torture/abuse to not read this or go in with the knowledge it is there.


But onto the happier things. I really enjoyed my time with these characters. We had just enough drama to keep you interested between the sex. I loved watching Lola and Garrett develop as people on their own and together. Outside of one moment that had me going WHYY I was really happy with how they interacted.


I have not read the first book in this series, but like most romance it works as a stand alone quite well.  So pick it up if you want a fun contemporary royal story.


Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa

Pretending he's mine

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This is my first Mia Sosa book and it won’t be my last. I’ll preface this by saying I bought the first book as soon as I finished this one and I’m excited to read the sequel.

I found the story itself really engaging and enjoyable. We follow Ashley and Julian in the age old trope (that is oh so good) around the older siblings Best Friend. Years of pent up sexual tension come bubbling to a head as Ashley crashes at Julians house AND they have a pretend relationship. I was sold on the premise almost immediately.

Pretending He’s Mine is well written but lacks in some of the things I generally look for in romance. There is to much in the other characters heads for my taste. We read a lot about both Julian and Ashley fantasizing about each other instead of seeing them take action. Much less the fact it took a long time for them to really act anything out.

The positives of this book are more than the negatives though. I loved how the family dynamics were handled and how much growth we saw with the characters. They had relatively healthy family relationships and the drama of the entire book was pretty minor. I liked that it felt more real and not as unrealistic issues we often read about in contemporaries. Also the conflict and resolution happened pretty quickly. I did have my yelling at the book moment when Ashley and Julian hit their main conflict, but we got to see them fix their problems like adults.

Overall I enjoyed my time with these characters and left interested enough to buy the first book and want to read book 3. This really is the epitome of a solid 3 star read for me. I liked it but that’s about it. Perfect palette cleanser too after a heavy read!

If it sounds up your alley be sure to pick it up!


Review: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria


Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Series: Yes

Book number in series: 1 of 2

Rating: 4/5

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First things first. This book was killer. Seriously a new favorite. I have a new auto buy author. I am blown away by this book. It was more than I expected and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

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Review: Amid the Winter Snow Anthology


Genre: Romance – Fantasy and Paranormal

Series: No

Rating: 4/5

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I think it is easiest to draw these out into mini reviews for the four short stories. The entire collection is really solid, but the breakdowns give a better look at how they all shine.

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Review: Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Nope

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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If you are anything like me then you love Hamilton and will consume a lot of things set around Hamilton. This collection is ON POINT. It is one of the best short story collections I have read. Below I’m going to talk about each short story in some detail without spoilers.

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Review: Sanctuary (Beards and Bondage #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon


I’m going to open my first official review on this by telling you I love Rebekah Weatherspoon’s writing ahead of time. I first discovered her through the fit trilogy (which I need to finish what is wrong with me). I’ve been a fan of her writing since then especially since she writes such different stories from what you may expect in a ‘traditional’ contemporary romance.

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Reading Recaps

A Mid Year Review Part 1: Books 1-25

Hi there. I’ve started to book blog again. It’s been a while and I’ve dabbled on and off in this hobby, but reading has always been a constant in my life. So here I am ready to share my insane reading habits.

What better way to kick off my blog than with a recap of the first 25 books I read this year. I pretty much spent the last 6 months like this…


and then you know like this because look at these books!!


Check out below for the first 25 books I’ve read this year!

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