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Review ~ Also Known As by Robin Benway


Title: Also Known As

Author: Robin Benway

Series: Also Known As #1


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Which is more dangerous: being an international spy… or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world’s greatest spies don’t have a mission plan for love.


I wasn’t so sure if I was going to enjoy this one because I am very picky when it comes to YA books. I ended up loving it for many different reasons.

I loved loved loved the banter. A book that does great banter is always a plus for me. I love that she is only 16 and is a spy. (well safe cracker)  It was really fun.

One of my favorite things to do is people watch. I have sat and would watch people and make up stories or wonder what their thing is. I watch movies and love spy movies. So with this book all I could think was how perfect it would be to make a kid an agent. I mean who would think it? not many would. It was fun to read this after having read such a heavy book not too long ago.

I kind of wish that there might have been a few more gadgets but like she said in the book that is for the movies. They want to blend in and look normal. I wonder if there is anyone in my neighborhood who might be working with the CIA undercover… It would be awesome. But I am nosy so that might be part of the reason as to why I find it fascinating at times.

If you are looking for something that is a bit of a suspense at times, as well as just fun this is a good one. It is about a 16 year old so it is YA. Usually I’m not a fan of high school, but this one was good and I liked it!


Review ~ Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille


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Title: Against the Ropes

Author: Sarah Castille


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He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…


Got to say. The cover is pretty hot and I was instantly drawn in. For the most part I was not disappointed. I am a fan of MMA fighting so that aspect was very interesting to read it when I usually watch it.

I liked how the two of them met that was just to fun I thought. She was pretty bold for the most part when she was checking on him after the first fight. I honestly never would have thought she would have been the type to just lean over and kiss a scar. Especially the more you read and get to know her. I mean where did that boldness go when she needed it?

Now on to him, okay I loved him for the most part. I did kind of have a bit of an issue with his insecurity. I don’t know what else to call it. I would say possessiveness but I just can’t seem to do that it screamed insecure to me. I mean he would get angry if men looked at her. He had anger issues also. Haha. And that was just a bit much at times.

The two of them together well it was cute I do have to say. She had a way with him that no other did. It was a mix of sweet and fun. She was so silly with him at times and that cracked me up. I am sure some may call it childish but I break out in randomness at times and just say some of the weirdest things, so for me that was believable 🙂

Last and not least I have to talk about the sex. Okay for me it was just awkward at times. I think the safe word could have been left out. And then adding in BDSM I get that it is the hottest thing because of other books but it just didn’t come across that well for me. He seemed so untrained and not 100% there as a Dom, to be kinky is one thing and you can do that without trying to bring in BDSM. It just seemed strange at times. Don’t get me wrong there were some parts that were hot. But the motorcycle scene was a bit on the “I’m not sold he is good at this” side.

Overall I absolutely loved the banter between the guys it was fun and it was sweet at times. There is an overall sweetness between him and her that is present. I do have to say when I finished, overall I did enjoy it.


Review ~ Left Drowning by Jessica Park


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Title: Left Drowning

Author: Jessica Park


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What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.


I have to say that this one I am kind of on the fence. So here it goes.

I absolutely love Sabin! The banter between everyone at some parts is just the best!
There is quite a bit that goes on. There is hurt, heartache, sadness, healing, love and hate.

I had fun following along with the crew and just feeling like I was there hanging out with everyone.
The broken relationship between Blythe and her brother James is so sad. But after going through what they did how could that relationship not be strained?

I absolutely love that Jessica Park added in the last names of some awesome authors mixed into the book. 🙂 Hoover, Reber, Webber, McGuire. I’m not sure if there are more but those were the ones that stuck out when I was reading!

The only thing that I didn’t care much for is how predictable it was. I had most of it figured out before I even got half way through the book. I don’t usually have an issue with books that are predictable but I love when I end with a OMG or NO WAY, this didn’t have that. At least it didn’t for me.

But I do have to say that the wittyness that comes from Jessica is one of the best! I said it before and I will say it again. I loved the banter, but there is a sadness mixed in there that just breaks your heart!


Review ~ Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Sometimes life takes you off course . . .



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Title: Edge of Never

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Series: The Edge of Never #1


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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction 





Ohhh Myyy…. I honestly don’t even know where to start with this.

This one is one that had me on a good emotional ride. I am still thinking about this one even hours after finishing it. I had heard that this book was good and so this one falls under the “why the hell did I wait so long to read it” list. I wish I would have read it earlier! I will try not to make this a long review, I will try not to give away anything as well because well I hate when reviews give away spoilers.  I promise you I will try! 🙂

To start off I honestly felt disconnected from Cam. I felt like she just wasn’t opening up or trying to open up. I completely understood the reason as to why. I mean when you have crap happen to you that just crushes your spirits and make you feel completely lost and alone and numb to everything around you, you would disconnect from everyone and everything around you.

But once she packs up her bag and decides to leave town…it instantly peaked my interest because I always wondered what would happen if I just ran away. Being able to be completely unknown to everyone around you. Then we meet Andrew. Have to say I would run away if I could meet me an Andrew! 😉

I will be 100% honest…it didn’t pull me in right away. It did take me a while to really get to that point. I was about 15% into the story before it made me wonder hmm… the whole restroom thing, than I had thought now WHY would you not get a little freaked out when you see him get in the cab and drive away but then there he is? I know I would be all “stay the hell away.” But at the same time us women are born with a little thing called intuition, and I believe that we all know right away if someone is no good or not. We just may not always listen to it. We try to convince ourselves that the little nagging feeling we get in the pit of our stomach must be wrong. So yeah. I can also understand why she doesn’t completely freak out and run in the opposite direction. After that whole ordeal well I kind of fell in love with Andrew myself. How he was with her was just so sweet and caring.

I love a book that has great banter between the characters. This had that, they cracked me up. I just loved everything about the two of them together when they talked. It was fun watching the relationship between the two of them grow into a friendship that I knew would never be forgotten between the two of them. Then there is this sexual tension that I could just feel emanate from the book. I wanted to scream at both of them…come on already!

If you are ever in a mood to read something that has that “it was meant to be” kind of reads this is definitely one of those. One that has that they were meant to be together kind of feel. It just has to happen right? The whole way through the book I kept telling myself that. They HAVE to be together! Why else would they have met on the bus? It HAS to happen!

There are a few little bumps in the road when it comes to things in her past she isn’t wanting to share. Then there are also things in his life that well we don’t find out about till later because he just doesn’t want to talk about himself much. He will answer her questions but he avoids offering up himself the way he can get her to do.

There are a few parts that are just HOLY HOT DAMN! Then there are parts that just break your heart. Than others that will have you wanting to ball up on the couch and cry because it just hurts so much.

Overall it is a great story!


~ favorites ~

“Can’t tell twelve from twenty these days, it must be something the government has been puttin‘ in the water…”

“You dwell on the past, you can’t move forward. Spend too much time planning for the future and you just push yourself backwards…”

“The heart although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way.”

“To lovers and dreamers and anyone who hasn’t truly experienced either.”







Review – Exquisite by Ella Frank


Her heart was guarded…

Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she’s determined that this is what she deserves…

Until he tore down the walls…

Mason Langley’s life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expects to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to shake the doctor, and he finds himself liking the way she makes him feel.

Almost over night Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly, she lowers her guard and invites him inside but when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it’s better to be alone and safe than to love and lose…


I don’t even know where to start with this one.

To be honest I wasn’t all that sure of it just because I hate to admit it but the cover didn’t have me sold at first, then I read… you absolutely can NOT judge this book by its cover!! It was so good! There were so many times that had me laughing and then I would start crying and then you feel the pain and hurt that Lena and Mason feel.  It was just all around a good read.

I enjoyed the fact that Lena was well established in her career and wasn’t dependent on the guy like in so many other books I have read. There is nothing wrong with it but it is refreshing to have something that is different. And there are a few sex scenes that WOW! Usually you can be predicted what is going to happen for the most part but this one well it was nothing that I had expected. I enjoyed the little surprises. As well as the different routes she took it.

This was a nice long novel where I felt as though I had enough time to really get connected with the characters and felt almost as if she decided to end it and not write another book that had them in it I would have been happy with that; but when I found out she is doing more!! YAY!!

At a little more than half way so much had happened that I had thought okay I must be getting close to the end now. But when I checked and saw I still had more than I thought it just made me happy! I didn’t want it to end. You will either love that it is on the longer side or you won’t but I was absolutely happy it was a longer novel! I have been reading so many shorter books that I kind of missed a good long novel.
Especially because I was able to get more Mason Langely!! ohhh sweet baby Jesus is he ever HOT! And I couldn’t help but love Lena as well. For some she may be just a little too much: to bossy, demanding, and well bitchy. In some personality aspects I have been told I can be all those things and for that reason I felt a small connection to her. She is absolutely a smart ass and I loved that bout her but when you get her together with her friend Shelly forget it. haha Like when Lena tells Shelly how long it has been since she had sex…

“When was the last time you had a man in your bed?”

“Three years and two months”

“Holy Shit!” Shelly gasped loud enough that other people looked

“Shut up!” Lena hissed. “What’s wrong with you?”

“Jesus, Lena. How are you not more of a bitch? I will never know.”

Lena wants to completely rip Langley apart when she first meets him it had me cracking up because well they both are in a pissy mood and take it out on each other. That is what starts it all. He goes to drop off some flowers to her and she wants him to tell Brandy (the girl that works the front desk – great name by the way ;)) who they are from but he doesn’t and so this is the gist of what happens that starts off this great book:

“Can you not read?”  (Lena)

“Excuse me? What did you say?” (Mason)

“Yes. Surprisingly I was taught how to read all the way through elementary school” (Mason)

“I even managed to graduate. The reason I didn’t answer your little peon over there, princess, was because a) I didn’t want to, b) the card is sealed, and c) I didn’t want to. My job was to bring these flowers to your ungrateful self. Not stand here and take your condescending crap.” (Mason)

And that my friends is when I fell in love with Mason Langely!!!! On page 8 people. That is when I knew I was going to love everything about this book!

Then he is just so smooth that when he sees her again and she tries to apologize to him for being rude (because she is afraid he might spit in her food when she shows up at his restaurant for a work thing) he ‘blackmailed’ her into going to dinner with him and that had me laughing as well.

“I’d never spit in your food, I’d have a staff member do it”

There is so much to love about Mason, as well as Lena. She pushes him and pushes and the fact that he is unwilling to walk away because he wants to just hear her laugh and see her smile just makes you love him more. He saves her in a sense and brings her back to life. And in return she ends up knowing exactly what that feels like. To want more from someone because you care about them and just want them happy, because she has to fight for him.

If you want a good story that has angst, love, passion, great banter, will make you laugh, as well as cry. This is a great read!  When you are done reading this you will not be able to look at a peach, see through shower doors, or plush robes the same again. 🙂

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