💖 APRIL TBR 2020 💖

I’ve decided for now on I will be sharing my TBR each month starting in April. So without further ado here’s my list of potential to be read books of the month (subject to change but hopefully to stay) :

April list:

Seduced By A Steele by Brenda Jackson

Revelations Of a Secret Princess by Annie West

Biker with Benefits by Mickey Miller (continuance of March reads)

ARCs will be added to this post when I receive them.

Happy Reading Everyone 💙

IOU By Kristy Marie (Excerpt Reveal)

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Blurb:
It’s official.
I, Ainsley James, am crazy.
Desperate and crazy.
It’s the only explanation as to why I’m nauseous, standing outside Maverick Lexington’s door.
I mean, it’s possible the stories about his deck of playing cards—with the words IOU scrawled
across the back—are just rumors of the ruthless quid pro quo deals he barters.
But the flutters in my stomach know better.
Maverick is as cold as they come.
But, I need one of those cards.
I NEED to owe Maverick Lexington a favor…
Whatever the terms, I’m willing to pay.
Because, at this point, I have nothing left to lose.
EXCERPT:
I step back just as the door swings open with force, and a rock hard body fills up the
empty space. My gaze starts at the top, noting the firm grip he has on the molding.
The muscles strain against his taut skin, flexing as he leans forward, cocking his head
to the side. His face—
Oh shit.
This is bad—really, really bad.
“Oh no.”
His scowl curves up into a lazy grin.
“Waitress,” he purrs. His voice has this melody of a luring song— one meant to pull
you in and destroy your heart in a matter of seconds.
It doesn’t affect me, though.
“Dick at table forty-three, the princess who needed his steak warmed.”
Slap me with a stupid sticker because I have lost my damn mind. Why in the hell did I
just say that? Yes, he was the rude-ass who insisted I warm up his food, and yes, he’s
the one I dumped said food on, but that was yesterday, and I have moved on.
Hopefully, so has he.
“Dick, huh?” He drops one of his massive arms and rubs a spot just above—ah damn,
his nipple is pierced. Not to mention the whole right side of his ribs are covered in a
massive tribal tattoo. Even on his left, a smaller tattoo wraps from his back and ends
on his stomach, teasing me to gaze longingly at the ridiculous set of six-pack abs
between them.
Why is life not fair?
I drag in a deep breath and try to let any animosity of yesterday go. “Can we start
over?”
That lazy grin of his falls in an instant. “No.”
No. Okay. Well, that’s not good.
Sighing, I watch as his body goes rigid, and his arm goes back to the top of the door
frame, blocking any view behind him. His icy blue eyes stare back at me unyielding
and hard, not the same guy that grinned when he first saw me. “I’m sorry about last
night.” Hopefully, my sincerity will soften him.
“What can I do for you?”
Okay, so we’re going with a hard no on being softened.
With no hint of emotion, other than the apparent tone of boredom, one can surmise
that Maverick will not be bought with sweetness and apologies. I’m going with plan
B, which I’m making up as I go.
“Are you Maverick?” I could have said that a little stronger and without the slight
tremor.
He drops his hands and reaches into his back pocket, producing a handful of playing
cards. Oh no. I’m not prepared for it to get real this fast. What if those two idiots in
class were right? What if I’m never the same after this?
“How much is it worth to you?” He drawls, producing a marker.
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About the Author:
A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009,
reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in
Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty,
late-night secret.
After eight long years, she released her debut novel, Commander in Briefs. It was a
long road, but she can honestly say, the road less traveled had the most beautiful
sights.
The only thing Kristy Marie loves as much as reading and writing is sports! Especially
those that require muscles and a nice ass. Her favorite is, and always will be, baseball.
She’s such a fan, that she even married her small town’s high school’s centerfielder
where they still live with their three badass kids.
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Blurb:
It’s official.
I, Ainsley James, am crazy.
Desperate and crazy.
It’s the only explanation as to why I’m nauseous, standing outside Maverick Lexington’s door.
I mean, it’s possible the stories about his deck of playing cards—with the words IOU scrawled
across the back—are just rumors of the ruthless quid pro quo deals he barters.
But the flutters in my stomach know better.
Maverick is as cold as they come.
But, I need one of those cards.
I NEED to owe Maverick Lexington a favor…
Whatever the terms, I’m willing to pay.
Because, at this point, I have nothing left to lose.

Afterburn | Aftershock By Sylvia Day (non spoiler review)

Date Started: March 11th 2020
Date Finished: March 21st 2020

Characters: Gia & Jax

Rating: 4.8 🌟 s

Synopsis:

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be.

The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…

Review: The reason why I rated this book a 4.8 stars is because it fell flat in some parts of the book, but it was still enjoyable in my opinion. The characters Jax and Gia had undeniable chemistry and were very likable. So what I’m basically trying to say is it’s okay for a romance, but it didn’t wow me like Day’s series Bare To You did if that makes sense. I recommend it if you like slow pace second chances, but other than that it was just a one time read for me which isn’t necessarily a bad thing either as the writing goes. So I’ll let you make the choice if you want to read it or not.

      Happy Reading Everyone 💙

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (non spoiler review)

Date Started: March 3rd 2020

Date Finished: March 11th 2020

Character: Thursday

Rating: 5 🌟 s

Synopsis:

Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket – an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realise she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

Review: This book made me question my own sanity as I read along and I finished it with me still questioning my sanity afterwards. So this book is messed up in so many ways which is a good thing in a book not knowing what is gonna happen next and I gotta say this will definitely be going on my best of 2020 list this year. BTW: Was my first book by this author and definitely won’t be my last.

               Happy Reading Everyone 💙

Imprisoned by K L Donn (ARC) (non spoiler review)

Date Started: February 28th 2020
Date Finished: February 29th 2020

Characters: Asher & Matthew & Arianna

Rating: 4 🌟 s

Synopsis:

Once upon a time…
Isn’t that how love stories begin?
Not this time. This is not a love story. This is the untold story of Sleeping Beauty and how Princess Arianna of Graeline was conceived
out of darkness and lies.
Born into a kingdom on the brink of disaster, she remains hidden away from the world as
protection against a vengeful curse. A love curse. Malevolence has invaded the land of mystery, and the dark mage has decided it’s time to
collect on her favor. The price…
The princess. Until the king calls for a savior. Or two?
Asher “Apollo” McCall and Matthew “Ares” Norbury have worked countless missions
together. Named after the Greek gods they resembled, they were considered the biggest and
baddest until tragedy struck. Their team was slaughtered and they were left for dead. Neither man ever foresaw a life of peace, but gazing into the eyes of the young, defiant
princess for the first time, they catch a glimpse of what could become their world. How far will they go to make the enigmatic royal theirs?
Kidnapping. Torture. Imprisonment. Can these two “princes” beat the odds, save the princess, and live happily ever after?
Or is Arianna destined to die, imprisoned by a curse out of control?

Review: Retelling of Malevolence which was so dark but addictive and unpredictable. I loved the characters and the world. Highly recommend the book and the author.

Happy Reading Everyone 💙

Releases: March 3rd

Hatemates by Mickey Miller (non spoiler review)

Date Started: February 25th 2020
Date Finished: February 29th 2020

Characters: Alex & DJ

Rating: 5 🌟 s

Synopsis:

Have you heard the rumor about campus celebrity DJ Dalton?

No, not the one about number of the zeros in his bank account. 
Or the one about his father, the head football coach. 
Or even the one about his special talent between the sheets.
I’m talking about the one where he has a female roommate in an all-male dorm.
I can’t speak to the first three, but that fourth one is true. I know because that girl in his room is me.
Because of an error by the college, I’m placed with Mr. Campus Celebrity in the traditionally male dorm.

Is he panty-meltingly handsome with an attitude to match? Sure.
Do I accidentally fanaticize about him one (okay, maybe two) times? Fine, I’m honest enough to admit it.
None of that matters, because we’re opposites in all the ways that are important for getting along as college roommates:
He comes from a perfect life and old money. I come from a broken home and bowls of ramen.
He’s at Greene State to party. I’m here to study.
He’s a popular jock. I wouldn’t be caught dead playing sports.
To say we get off to a rocky start would be an understatement.
Ironically, that’s what causes our sizzling attraction to boil over one night. But even that comes at a price.
Because our story has a twist neither of us could see coming.
One that changes both of our lives, ’till death do us part.
 
Review: Hatemates might be a slow burn college sports romance between two roommates (guy & girl paired together by overpopulation – more females than male ratio) but surely packs a punch that never saw coming. I can’t wait for the rest of the series of standalones from the Forever You series in the future.

      Happy Reading Everyone 💙

Mirage by C.M. Radcliff (non spoiler review)

Date Started: February 19th 2020
Date Finished: February 20th 2020

Characters: Jaslyn & Axel

Rating: 5 🌟 s

Synopsis:

Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.
After the death of her father, his empire became hers and the princess became a queen. Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.
Her fortune was sought after and deception and deceit had a ring around her finger.
But with the ring, came the accessories that money can’t buy.
At the hands of the new king, the empire began to crumble as Jaslyn’s world spiraled out of control.
Through the bars of her prison, she watched life pass her by.
Hope was fading quickly… until she met him.
Axel was the glimmer that she needed to survive.

From the wrong side of the tracks, Axel’s life was never easy.
He worked his way through the blood and sweat and went from rags to riches.
When you’re on top of the world, one mistake is all it takes to lose it all. And getting back up is always harder than the fall.
Getting his life back came with an offer he couldn’t refuse and he would pay the cost.
Jaslyn wasn’t part of the deal, but she was a temptation that he couldn’t escape.
She was his endgame and he would fight to the death to get to that finish line.

Together, they roll the dice and risk it all for love.
But when you gamble in the game of life or death, you pay a price.
And sometimes, that price could cost you everything

Review: This was the first book I’ve read from C.M. Radcliff and I gotta say I loved her writing style and how she made me like the characters and plot. It’s a dark retelling of Aladdin and it was perfect in every way possible. I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.

Happy Reading Everyone 💙

How The Mind Breaks by Dani René (non spoiler review)

Date Started: February 21st 2020
Date Finished: February 23rd 2020

Characters: Brax & Tia

Rating: 5 🌟 s

Synopsis:

*This is a dark erotic romance with a psychological twist*

A dark past.
A devastating secret.
Two broken people.

Tia is focused on revenge, but she knows everything isn’t what it seems. With a painful past that continues to haunt her, she needs vengeance. As her sanity becomes more fragile, there’s only one person who can heal her. But it’s the one person she doesn’t want to allow inside her shattered psyche.

Braxton has been trained to kill, fighting on the front line. On returning home, he finds another war ravaging his world. Tia stumbles into his life, unraveling parts of him he’s kept hidden for so long.

As they venture through a dark, sordid path filled with vengeance and blood, they know there’s no way out, but to complete their mission.

Journey with Tia and Braxton as their story unfolds and the truth is revealed. It’s definitely not one you’ll be expecting!

Review: This was the best book yet from Dani René. I loved all the dark twists and turns. And her writing for the plot and characters were mind numbing. I highly recommend if you are a lover of twisted dark romances because this one will certainly blow your mind to pieces.

         Happy Reading Everyone 💙

Lost Girl (Rosewood Realm #2) by Dee Garcia (non spoiler review)

Date Started: February 8th 2020
Date Finished: February 10th 2020

Characters: Tavi & Wendy

Rating: 5 🌟 s

Synopsis:

Wendy
I was just a normal girl in a normal human world. I’d loved. I’d lost. I’d grieved, and after some time, I moved on.
Then, and quite suddenly, he returned.
He—Peter Pan, my first love; a monster in disguise.
In the end, he paid the ultimate price, but his demise wasn’t enough.
Now, I’m paying off the interest, dragged into a realm filled with wicked creatures I thought only existed in fairy tales and lores.
They want answers.
And I have none to give.
But the proverbial hourglass is draining of sand, and as darkness consumes, I find myself accepting the fact I’ll never make it home.
I’ll die at their merciless hands.
That is, until one valiant creature intervenes—leader of The Lost Boys.
The Alpha.

Tavi
Finding Wendy was by sheer chance.
From the moment I saw her, I was blasted with this fierce sense of duty.
I can’t explain it.
All I knew was, I had the save her.
So I did, brought her back to the Woodlands—The Lost Boys’ stomping grounds. But her connection to Peter leaves her as ostracized as he once found himself.
Until her mortality poses a concern, one the factions can’t ignore.
One no one has answers for, either.
Both my father and the Sacred Six warn there might not be any, but that doesn’t deter Wendy from trying to find a solution.
Despite such pressing matters, though, there’s a singular thought that incessantly crosses my mind.
Proof that fate is real.
She’s mine.
And I’ll be damned if anyone—or anything—tries to rip my little wolf away from me.

Review: This PNR book was so good. Everything from the characters to the plot were well written for the second book in the Rosewood realm series. I highly recommend.

Happy Reading Everyone 💙