Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista Ritchie

So. I’m going to start this out by saying, I’m not into MM Romance. I feel awkward reading/thinking about it. It’s just not my cup of tea. However, when KB Ritchie say they have a new book, you know it’s a MUST read. So that’s what I did. For them.

Maximoff stares right at me with resilience and finality that says, I want you.
Only you.

If you’ve read The Addicted series, you’ve already had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him a little bit, but in DLU, you will submerge in everything about him. I love all that is Maximoff. His love for family, his loyalty, his feelings of responsibility, and even how his mind overthinks everything (I’m totally the same in that category).

Then we get to meet the new bodyguard, Farrow. Now, if you’re ever looking to read about a guy who is the epitomy of sexy badass, look no further. HOT. DAMN. Tattoos, piercings, all black clothes, with a James Franco grin that can melt anyone…

If I have to wrangle the sun out of the fucking sky with my bare hands, then I’ll withstand the burn. I’d give it all to him if I could.

I never expected to love these two together as much as I did. And the banter… THE BANTER. I don’t want to say more because if I do, I’ll go into a crazy rampage and spoil things, so… *zips lips*

Truthfully, I enjoyed so much of this book! All the credit for that goes to the lovely ladies who can write anything and not put me off. Again, MM Romance is by far not my favorite thing in the world to read, but it was still a great book with soooo much emotion that I doubt KBR can do anything less than bring the feels. And… THAT JAMES FRANCO SMILE.


I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a piece of food so badly as when I watch this gif.

These characters had me laughing and smiling, but I had one dilemma. Every time one of the core six came into DLU from the original series, I lost my mind with excitement. I miss them. I want them. I love them. All six are embedded into my core. What Krista & Becca Ritchie are doing to bring more of this world into our lives is so amazing, but also, I imagine, incredibly difficult. Not only do they have to do these characters justice, but also make the reader fall in love with this new cast equally, if not more, than the original. And with The Addicted series being my top-ever-romance-books-read, it’s going to be an incredible feat to pass. But if anyone can do it, it’s the authors who brought us the core six.

Now, this book, did not make me fall in love with these characters more or equally… yet. I wish they did, but… maybe in the next book? I have faith in KBR to make me fall deep for these characters the way they do in all their writings.

Note to the authors: I hope if you see this, you don’t overthink anything. Absolutely no pressure here from me. What you’re already doing is incredible, and I applaud you for having the courage to branch into the family and try to bring all those feels back with a new cast of characters. It will be my fault if I can’t manage to let go of the original gang. #addictedforlife

But taking the Addicted cast out of the running, this book was GREAT. I look forward to the next one in the series. I have so much I want to know – need to know – and the fact that I have to wait months is going to kill me.


Rating: 3 stars!

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unnamedDon’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

So this was very difficult for me to get into at first. Probably because the two main characters don’t meet until about 25%. I wanted to love this as much as, if not more than, the first book in the series, Royally Screwed, but I didn’t. Maybe it was me? I’ve been having daily headaches lately, so it’s possible my brain wasn’t in the mood to participate, but I also didn’t want to stop reading… so that’s a good sign! But it felt like it wasn’t nearly as witty or funny as the previous book which was a bit of a let down.

But now to the good stuff… Nothing says opposites attract quite like this tale.

Henry Penbrook: Prince, wild child, playboy, party hungry.

Sarah Titebottum: Bookworm, quiet, shy, fearful.

I love when an author can take two characters so different and put them together into a beautiful and magical story. The hearts of these characters unfold to let the other in, and by doing so, they themselves change to make room for the other. The love between Henry and Sarah is definitely a beautiful blooming bud that comes with time, patience, and friendship. It’s beautiful to behold – or read about. Emma Chase did a fantastic job with this romance!

But now . . . now it makes sense. Because I would give up a crown for her. I would give up my name, my title—I would trade my country, forfeit my birthright, lie, kill, cheat, and steal, for this. For her.

The romance seemed a bit overshadowed by sex for a time. It was quite literally pages of sex that got to be a little frustrating for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind them in books, but I like more substance and plot rather than pages of erotic content.

This was a sweet read with a whole lot of steam. However, it is riddled with errors which only irritated me to no end. And less humor than I was hoping for. Overall, my favorite part of the book was the middle chunk. I think Emma could have used a proof reader and cleared up a lot of those errors and maybe cut some unnecessary story parts.

Rating: 3 stars

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29991718Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase

Most romance books have been recommended to me by Steph at The Crazy World of a Book Lover, and this was one I kept putting off. Why? I honestly couldn’t tell you, but I’m upset that I didn’t read this sooner!

For starters, I laughed… a lot. This book is a breath of fresh air. Unique, sexy, and hilarious, this book kept me sucked in. My lips rarely dropped from the continuous smile plastered on my face.

The characters are wonderful! Not flat and simple, but complex and dynamic. I adore books with characters that entice me. The banter is amazing! I love when the dialogue of the character is killer, and this slayed me!

“So you’re never just…alone? Can’t walk around naked if you feel like it?”
I imagine Fergus’s reaction to my bare balls resting on the sixteenth-century Queen Anne sofa—or even better, my grandmother’s reaction. And I laugh. “No, I can’t. But the more important question is—do you walk around naked?”
She lifts one alluring shoulder. “Sometimes.”
“Let’s hang out at your apartment tomorrow,” I tell her with an urgent, straight face. “All day. I’ll clear my schedule.”

While the writing style could have been better (some typo’s and the word giggle was used too much for my liking), it wasn’t awful at all. It might honestly just be a personal preference for me. The good news is that the writing style didn’t deter from the story or bother be to the point of setting the book down.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking a fun and flirty romance. I’ll be diving into the next book ASAP. Now go buy this book. Seriously.

I gesture toward the door, like the gentleman I’m not.

Rating: 4 stars!

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29991719Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan

“Some things you don’t take a picture of, Chess. You live them.” I reach out to her. “Take my hand.”


Overall the story was an excellent romance. The banter that was in Callihan’s previous books was there with this couple. They had me swooning and hungry for more. And that moment when they finally touch and combust. MY. GOD.

I am head over heels for Finn. He made me hungry for a relationship and a man who would be so willing to be there. No matter what. He was gold. He doesn’t live up to my wonderful Gray Grayson from book #2 of the series, but he was pretty damn close.

“Finn, what am I going to do with you?”
His smile is an easy glide, but his eyes hold mine a beat too long. “Keep me. I’m pretty sure I’m good for no one else.”


While Finn gets all the stars in the galaxy and love in my heart, Chess fell a little short on the likable scale. Not much. It’s so minuscule, but something wasn’t quite right. I understood her hesitation to be with a big bad football star. What I don’t feel like I got was much of a back story on her and why she felt or acted the way she did. She wasn’t unlikable, but she isn’t a favorite lead female either. Not even close.

“You keep making me breakfast, and you can stay here forever.”
She snickers. “I’d hold back on that declaration until you’ve tasted your breakfast. I’m not known for my cooking.”
Then I’ll make you breakfast forever.

The final conflict at the end comes a bit out of left field. Personally it wasn’t what felt like a strong problem for the characters to work through. It could have felt strong if the author would have given more time and effort into the book, maybe a proofread to see the holes that I noticed. And all the typo’s – SO MANY TYPO’S.

This was a great read for me. I’ve been looking for a simple romance that would get me out of my horror/thriller/fantasy loop. This definitely did that trick. Or, should I say, Mannus did the trick. If you’re looking for something light yet filled with ooey gooey romance, definitely check out this book!

Rating: 3.5 stars

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

32487648DNF 38%

I know… I’m in the minority here.

This read childish to me. Very lackluster. This is an easy book to read and if you’re looking for something simple and light, this might work for you. I, however, am not looking for something like this. I like books that reel me in with powerful emotions, intense situations, and realistic reactions.

This was not that.

With what I read, the story line seemed to have a great concept. I was intrigued before I bought it. Now that I have it, I just feel let down. There was potential though. Maybe Colleen Hoover should have done this. I feel the narration wouldn’t have been so “woe-is-me” and the characters would have been more believable – they were supposed to be junior year college students for Pete’s sake.

I could not connect with Allison at all. I found her to be a extraordinarily weak leading character. She seems strong and determined one second with a glare that could kill, then the next she’s a broken thing trying to keep people away because she’s afraid of people leaving, then the next she drunk to tell him he’s a meany.


The threads that made up this character did not blend well for me. She was my biggest problem. She wallows in self pity and anxiety, and it was so hard to not get frustrated with her. And since the book is about her, well, here we are.

Situations in this book felt overly dramatic, but not detailed for the drama. It felt like the author couldn’t explain these situations. She not once made me feel a damn thing for them. I want emotions spilling off the page, and it seemed that all this author could give me were cheesy lines that no one says in real life. NO ONE.

I’m not going to waste my time on a book I don’t like, hence the DNF. Ain’t nobody got time for that!


Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.