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.

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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 Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by Amy Harmon

If you read the first book of this series, you know about Kjell of Jeru. He is a strong, cold warrior with a heart filled with an unbridled love for his brother, King Tiras of Jeru.

“Are you sure you aren’t a prince?”
“I am a brother,” Kjell said. “And that is infinitely better.”

Kjell buries his emotions under layers of brawn. His job is his life. His brother is his heart. And through it all, he has judged poorly, loved the wrong and hated the right, and only trusts his instincts on the field.

Until now.

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Sometimes all it takes is for someone to find us in our vulnerability and love us for what we struggle to love in ourselves. This is a slow burn like you’ve never felt before.

I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch.

Amy Harmon ensnares you in this world filled with adventure and the unknown. Not only is this book filled with such vivid descriptions and beautiful hearts, but Amy has a way of keeping the reader hooked with plot twists that will have you yearning for answers.

This book will wrap you up in all the feels, and it might hurt at times, but I promise it’s worth it. Every word. Every moment. Every kiss.

While I personally think I loved the story of The Bird and The Sword a little more than this one, The Queen and The Cure was right up there in excellence. Dive into this book, and slowly burn in one of the sweetest love stories I’ve ever read.

“I saw you,” he said against her lips. “And I never looked away.”

Rating: 4 stars!

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34356650There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon

You chose me because I am of use. But I chose you because I wanted you. All I ever wanted was for you to love me in return.

I’m going to be completely honest. I read the synopsis and was hesitant to read this book. It sounded like this would be a fantasy book written by another indie romance author, and in my heart, it sounded like it had potential, but I feared it would fall flat. And I have to say, I hate myself for having thought that and not giving this book a chance sooner. READ THIS BOOK. If you love fantasy and romance, you need this book in your life. And it hit dead center of two of my favorite genres.

From the moment I started reading this story, I knew I was hooked. I only put this down when I had to go to sleep, and first thing in the morning, it was in my hands again. The story of Lark and Tiras was beautiful, magical, and a true testament for fighting for the things you love and want to keep most in this life.

“You are a dangerous little bird. But I think I will keep you.”

The plot of this tale is brilliant. I don’t want to delve into detail about the story because this is something ever reader of either of these genres should experience for themselves.

The Bird and The Sword was enticing and magical, dark and hungry. This fantastic story brought me to my knees. Amy Harmon is a new favorite author of mine with her ability to create worlds and elicit such yearning.

Suddenly yearning had a flavor. It tasted like a king, a beautiful, frightening, infuriating man who flew into my life and began to free my words.

Amy Harmon’s work in this book is completely original. The characters were enticing. The story enchanting. I haven’t read a story quite like this one, and I’m so happy I decided to delve in before the release of The Queen and The Cure (coming May 9th). Three more days… Three more days… Three more days…

Rating: 5 breathtaking stars!

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29008738Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?