Book Review: Where the Blame Lies by Mia Sheridan

Author: Mia Sheridan
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Mystery| Dark | Romance
Released: September 13, 2019
Review Source: Purchased


At nineteen-years-old, college student Josie Stratton was kidnapped by a madman and held shackled for ten months in an abandoned warehouse before she finally escaped her hellish prison.

Eight years later, when the body of a young woman is found chained in the basement of a vacant house, Cincinnati Police Detective Zach Copeland is instantly reminded of the crime committed against Josie Stratton. Zach was just a rookie on the perimeter of that case, but he’s never forgotten the traumatized woman with the haunted eyes.

As more information emerges, the crimes take on an even more sinister similarity. But Josie’s attacker died by suicide. Does the city have a copycat on its hands? A killer who picked up where the original perpetrator left off? Or are they facing something far more insidious?

Josie has spent the last eight years attempting to get her life back on track, but now there’s a very real chance she could be the unknown suspect’s next target. As Zach vows to keep her safe, and Josie finds herself responding to him in a way she hasn’t responded to any man in almost a decade, the investigation takes on an even more complex edge of danger.

As past and present collide, Josie and Zach are thrust toward a shocking and chilling truth. A revelation that threatens not only Josie’s life, but everything she’s been fighting so desperately to reclaim.

Woooooowwwww! I was unprepared for this one. First of all Mia Sheridan is one of my favorite authors. I’m obsessed with her writing. The emotion she evokes from you is next level. Having said all that, I wasn’t ready for Where the Blame Lies.

I went in blind only knowing from a friend that it was a little dark. I’ve read a lot of dark books and this one is definitelyyyyy on the dark side but please don’t let that deter you from reading it.

I love Josie. She is the exact type of person I would hope to be in her circumstances. A fighter, resilient, determined, I could go on. She’s been through some things, an understatement but you need to read it to see for yourself.

Zach is sooooo freaking amazing. He’s a gorgeous detective assigned to protect Josie and work on the ongoing case. He’s so supportive and caring and I just love him so much. I also am a huge fan of his partner Jimmy, such a sweet man.

I’m rating this book 5 stars because it was an incredible, psychotic, beautiful, shocking, CAN’T PUT IT DOWN, story and I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a true crime lover I recommend it because it’s Mia effin Sheridan.  If you’ve never read her before, I’ll try not to judge you but GET ON IT, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Book Review: Teardrop Shots by Tijan

Teardrop Shots

Author: Tijan
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance
Released: 24th June 2019
Review Source: Bought

I asked for his criteria for bed buddies–that's the PG version. He swore at me and said he didn’t do groupies. And just like that, our friendship was off to a great start.

Reese Forster was the starting point guard for the Seattle Thunder. Gorgeous. Cocky. Loved by the nation. He’s also attending preseason basketball training camp where I used to work.

Correction: where I work again, because I was fired from my last job. And dumped. And I might have a tiny bit of baggage, but that’s normal. Right?

Reese and I shouldn’t have become friends. We shouldn’t have become roommates. And we really shouldn’t have started sleeping together … (Except we did.)

I’m adorably psychotic. He’s in the NBA. ​This is not a disaster waiting to happen, at all.

This was my second read from Tijan, and it hit straight to the heart. Teardrop Shot has so many levels- on the surface it tells the tale of Reece and Charlie, a sports romance with a hint of comedy. They're cute and funny together and click so well. Underneath, we have a woman who is trying to find herself again after losing everything she loved in life and a man who’s self-destructing brother is slowly killing himself because of addiction and there’s nothing Reece can do but stand on the sideline and watch.

I wasn’t prepared for this book. I wasn’t expecting the heavy heart or the tears I shed. The ending left me happy and fulfilled but I couldn't shake the heavy heart--that stuck with me for a little while. Following Charlie’s journey was difficult. She is a quirky twenty-something who projects weirdness as a defence mechanism and Reese understands her pain. She understands his. They've both witnessed a loved one lose themselves in different ways.

“Have you ever been involved in a situation where you felt like the other person needed you so they could live?" I asked. "But you couldn't stay there because they were taking the oxygen you needed to breathe?”

I loved every minute of Reece and Charlie’s flourishing relationship. It was perfectly executed and one of my favourite reads of 2019. There was just something about Charlie's quirks and Reece's issues with his brother, it was real. And despite all the sadness, they found each other. I would recommend this and if you've already read and enjoyed it, "Enemies" by Tijan is also another sport's romance that rocks.

Book Review: Enemies by Tijan


Author: Tijan
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance
Released: 2nd December 2019
Review Source: Bought

Stone Reeves was my neighbor, and I’ve hated him since sixth grade.

Gorgeous and charismatic, he became the town’s football god, while I became the town’s invisible girl. He went to a Division 1 school for football, while my father was fired by his father. His team won the National Championship, while my mother died the same day.

He was a first round pick for the NFL ... … while I made the worst decision in my life.

Now I’m in Texas trying to pick up the pieces of my life. But, Stone is here. Stone is everywhere.

It doesn’t matter that disaster has struck my life again. It doesn’t matter that he’s the one trying to console me. It doesn’t matter that he’s the nation’s newest football obsession.

Because for me, he always has been and always will be my enemy.

Enemies tells the story of Dusty and Stone, two people who grew up as friends but years later find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship chart. It takes a tragic event for Dusty to become a part of Stone’s life again. They are worlds apart. Stone is a famous wide receiver and he lives a very different lifestyle to Dusty, a college student who barely manages to pay rent.

Honestly, I downloaded Enemies when I was frustrated. Every book I tried to read before picking up Enemies just wasn’t doing it for me. Nothing puts me off a book like insta-love, robotic communication and a plot that just doesn’t flow. I’ve known of Tijan, the author, for years, back when she was a Wattpad author. Enemies-to-friends is book type I’ve not intentionally sought out before but wow, it is something that I really, really enjoyed. This book was fab and did not disappoint!

Enemies is full of drama (maybe a little too much drama), tragedy and a blossoming romance between two people who are learning to love each other after years of disdain. I wouldn't say they hated each other, there's nothing to indicate that Stone had any bad feelings towards Dusty, although Dusty was bitter from past events. Sometimes, it was hard to read. We get the full experience of Dusty’s grief and her learning to deal with the life events that tore her word apart. It was sad but such a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Excerpt Reveal: Innapropriate by Vi Keeland

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I wondered if he’d be here.
I was mid - conversation with some former colleagues I hadn&rsquo ;t seen in a few years when I got my answer. The sight of him made me lose my train of thought.
On the other side of the room, Grant Lexington stood wearing a classic black tuxedo. He was talking to an older gentleman, which gave me the opportunity to really take him in—tall, broad shoulders, yet not overly bulky, a narrow waist with one hand resting casually in his pants pocket. Even from a distance, his confidence registered. There was something about the way certain men held themselves that showed they were in charge, and that really worked for me. It could take a man who was a seven and make him an eleven in my book. On the other hand, a handsome ten with a meek personality could be reduced to a five.
Mr. Confident held a drink in his left hand and raised it to his mouth, but he stopped before drinking. He seemed to sense something and looked around the room. When his eyes caught mine, a slow, wicked smile spread across his face. He excused himself from the conversation and strode towa rd me.
My body tingled as I watched him approach with long strides, and I turned from the group I’d been standing with.
“What a pleasant surprise,” he said.
I tried to appear casual as I sipped my champagne. “I& rsquo;m filling in for Bickman.”
He nodded. “Of course.”
Grant eyed the group next to me. “Are you here with a date?”
“No. You?”
He smiled and shook his head. “Would a compliment b e unwelcome? I wouldn’t want to sexually harass you.”
“Compliments are always welcome, Mr. Lexington.”
His eyes sparkled. Taking hold of my elbow, he led me a few feet away from the group I’d been standing with. “That’s a dangerous thing to say to a man like me.”
“What was the compliment anyway?”
Grant’s eyes swept over me. “You look beautiful tonight.”
I blushed. “Thank you.”
Grant stopped a waiter as he passed. He gulped back the rest of the amber liquid in his glass and slipped the flute of champagne from my hand, setting them both down on the waiter’s tray.
“I was drinking that.”
He motioned f or the waiter to move along and returned his attention to me. “I’ll get you more when we’re done.”
“Done with what?”
He held out his hand. “Dance with me.”
I shook my head. “I&rsquo ;m not sure that’s such a good idea.”
He smirked. “I’m fucking positive it’s not.”


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Book Review: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Hoops # 1
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: March 22, 2018
Review Source: Purchased


Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl?
You don't.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold.

Now there's a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA's brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers.

Wow!! So many emotions. So, this is my very first Kennedy Ryan book and it most certainly won’t be my last. I went into this book completely blind. I was scrolling through my list of books in my kindle library and the cover of this book caused me to pause.  I looked at the author and I was sold. I met Kennedy Ryan at a book signing once and she was the NICEST author and gave the best hugs. Then I noticed that based on the title it was a sports theme. I assumed it would be an average sports romance story. LET ME TELL YOU, I was NOT AT ALL prepared for Iris and August. This book was raw, dark, and at some points so real that I prayed things weren’t what they seemed. What a freaking ride.

I love Iris and her cousin Lo. Their relationship is so deep and what I consider true ride or dies. Even through conflict they would jump immediately to help one another.

August is what most women dream of in a man. He is seriously one of my favorite book men I have read in a really long time. His sincerity and patience with Iris and her situation, freaking swoon worthy.

I love the way Kennedy describes Louisiana. I have never been to Louisiana but have always wanted to go. This book seriously made me feel like I was there in Iris' grandmother's house waiting for the gumbo to be ready.

I’m rating this book with 5 stars because it was written so freakin good and captivated me the entire time, even when I wanted to throw my kindle across the room because of emotion overload. I highly recommend this book but will warn there are some parts that may be tough for some people to read. She slammed dunked this one. Sorry, had to have at least one basketball pun in my review.

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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Author: Christina Lauren
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: May 14, 2019

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.

One of my favorite duos has done it again for me.  The Unhoneymooners was such a great book!

The best thing I loved about this story is the character Olive.  I connected with her on a spiritual freaking level.  I love that she was written as a curvy girl with some major sass.  I freaking LOVE HER.  Our guy Ethan comes off as uptight and kind of annoying but not to fear, he definitely makes up for those  negative qualities. 

I love this unlikely pair together.  I love that it was a slow burn situation. I also love how funny this book is.  I have never read a Christina Lauren book that didn't make me laugh out loud several times while reading it.  I did feel the ending was a bit rushed but overall, really good.

I'm rating this book 4.5 stars because it was a really fun read and I was able to finish it in one day.  I recommend all of Christina Lauren's books!
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