Review: The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

Review: The Possessions by Sara Flannery MurphyThe Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
Published by Harper Collins February 7, 2017
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances

In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as “bodies“, wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses’ anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients.

But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls.

After years of hiding beneath the lotuses’ dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia’s growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.

A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing page-turner that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.

After I finished reading The Possessions, I had to use my Phone a Friend to discuss the genre labeling. I’ve seen some call it a romantic thriller, but I wouldn’t call it that. I’ve seen some call it a fantasy, it is in a sense, but that didn’t seem quite fitting either. We settled on psychological thriller. It’s absolutely got the psychological part down, the thriller part is there but slightly more understated.

In fact, so much of this book is written in an understated way. More on that in a minute, first let’s get to the housekeeping bit.

Edie spends her days as other people. She channels them for money, with the help of a little white pill. She never remembers the experiences, it’s as if she falls asleep for awhile as a deceased spirit takes over her body. Then she wakes as herself again. Herself, however, isn’t much of a person. She rarely socializes with others, she has more possessions belonging to dead people than she has of her own. She moves through her day always waiting to escape herself and become someone else. Someone dead.

She looks at me as if I’m the invading spirit in her child’s body.

Edie is very good at moving through her life in a systematic and cold way. She has to be in order to avoid a past she won’t discuss and does not want to remember. Patrick, a new client, makes that all the more difficult. He’s hired her to channel his wife who’s death is surrounded by questions. Edie immediately feels a connection, but that connection is more with Sylvia, the dead wife, than with Patrick – the man she believes she’s falling in love with.

The Possessions introduces an interesting and thought provoking plot. If you could, would you want to contact a deceased love one? To what end or purpose? Is it healing or does it draw out the process of grief? All of these things are touched on in this tale. But one other thing is, as well. If a spirit could inhabit your body for a short period of time, could they do it for longer? Would they ever want to leave it?

For a crooked second, Sylvia is in the room with me. A drowned specter, white skin peeling away like fruit rind, eyelids eaten into filigree by the fish.

For Edie and Sylvia, that’s the key question, as Sylvia becomes more and more a part of Edie and Edie is all too willing to let her stay. To be her. The more time she spends as Sylvia, with Patrick, the more she digs in to Sylvia’s life…and her death. A search that eventually uncovers everyone’s secrets, including her own. 

Back to that understated part. Murphy wrote this book with a slow pace that still keeps you excited enough to turn the page. It’s written with a creepiness that’s indirect, I guess would be the word for it. It’s not blatant on the page. You feel like you are reading normal, every day thoughts of a lonely and quiet woman, until she thinks of wanting to slide her fingernail under skin and peel it all away. Then it’s right back to a sense of quiet normalcy.

It’s a strange read, very different than anything I’ve read in quite a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did wish the end had been a bit stronger, but it felt genuine to Edie’s character, so I won’t give it too much flack. It’s a solid start to Murphy’s career and I’ll be watching for more from her. 


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Review: Beard Science by Penny Reid

Review: Beard Science by Penny ReidBeard Science by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #3
October 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Grin & Beard it
Also by this author: Grin & Beard it
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Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

I can’t recall the last time I was so excited for a book. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the Winston family goodness up to this title, but Cletus always held a special place in my heart. That spot has grown exponentially, after reading Beard Science (amazing title, by the way). 

Cletus and me…we have a thing. We have a connection. We would be friends if he were real or I was fictional. We’d go to each others birthday parties.

I don’t like to judge people. I love it.

I may or may not agree with that quote, but that is not relevant.

What is relevant is that Penny Reid nailed this story for me. First, she gave me Cletus in all his sneaky glory. He delivers some of the best quips I’ve ever read. He’s odd in the most endearing way but then she humanizes him with these beautifully quirky romantic moments. He was perfect and he will probably forever be towards the top of my favorite characters list. 

She needed distance, she needed space, and I needed her.

But Cletus is not the only character I fell for. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Jennifer after reading the previous titles. Any ideas I did have….all wrong. I adored her. I adored her for her quiet intelligence, for her timid humor, for her resilience and for her ultimate bravery. She really is the perfect balance for Cletus, I could not imagine anyone being better suited.

The story flowed a little slower than the majority of romances these days but I never felt like I needed it to pick up the pace. It took a natural progression that I very much appreciated and I think is the only thing that would have worked for Cletus’ character.

It’s always so easy to fall into Reid’s stories, she writes with such harmony between her funny and her romantic. I could talk all day about how much I loved the people of this book, but I won’t, I’ll just say this – read this book. You’ll like it. It’s better than banana cake and I really like banana cake. 




About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Review: Punk 57 by Penelope DouglasPunk 57 by Penelope Douglas
October 21, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
Pages: 371
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author:
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“We were perfect together. Until we met.”


I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.


He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Punk 57 delivers exactly what you’ve come to expect from Penelope Douglas. Amazing angst. An exciting and volatile love/hate/love romance. And characters that actually have depth and layers. If there is another author out there writing teenage angst as well as Douglas does, I’ve not found them.

Misha and Ryen are long time pen pals who purposefully never meet in real life. The friendship they’ve developed over the years an important part of each of their lives, for very different reasons. But a chance encounter and a tragic turn, inserts Misha into Ryen’s world and they find out that what they thought they knew of each other on paper might be vastly different than reality. 

The real heart of the story is not the push and pull romance between the two main characters, though. At least, not in my mind. There is quite a deep underlying message to Punk 57, it’s just wrapped up in an steamy romance. The message is one I loved. While I adored Misha and was very rapt by Ryen’s character development, I was in love with Douglas’ theme for this story.  Anyone who didn’t have a stellar high school experience will find something to relate to in this book. 

Punk 57 is very much in the same vein as Bully, but the message is more pronounced. It’s also maybe delivered in a bit of an over the top way. There were a few things I found to be a little too unbelievable and too harsh, that’s what drops my over all rating down a tad.  However, I never found myself focusing on those things while reading the story. Those feelings came later, after I finished the book and really started thinking about my overall feelings for it. There is something to be said about an author who can keep you turning the page like that. 

About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily.

Her books include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as, Corrupt and Misconduct. Please look for Punk 57, coming September 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella), coming January 2017.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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Chat Review: Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner

Chat Review: Harley & Rose by Carmen JennerHarley & Rose by Carmen Jenner
October 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 316
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Revelry
Amazon US

Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

She’s always been his best friend.

He’s always been hers.

She’s in love with him.

He’s … not in love with her.

He’s … marrying someone else.

He’s … hiding something.

He’s … well—it’s complicated.

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Ali and Tiffany both read Harley & Rose, and both had similar feelings. While Tiffany LOVES to become an ugly crying mess while reading books, Ali does not. At all. But, that is exactly what happened. Following are some of our thoughts, we want to hear yours though too, so hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook.

Q: First things first – let’s talk about the cover – thoughts?


Tiffany: Its a beautiful LIE! A pink wrapped fucking LIE! 

Q: If you had to pick three words that describe Harley & Rose, what would they be:

Tiffany: Three… Really, oh gosh that’s hard.  Beautiful, sorrow, and UNCONDITIONAL. But trust me there are way more than three words I could use to describe them. 

Ali: Beautiful. Tragic. Epic.

Q: What were your first impressions of Rose?

Tiffany: Sometimes I thought she was a bit dramatic and then there were times I wish she were more dramatic.  For the most part though I LOVED her and that doesn’t happen often but she was my hero, she loved crappy TV so basically she’s a WINNER! 

Ali: SHUT UP! You loved a book girl? 😉  I loved how quirky she was.  I also really loved that she put her heart on the line a couple of times in regards to Harley. So often the girl never speaks up and just gets her heart get broken over and over. While that happened, at least she was able to stand up for herself at times too. I also loved that she was so true to her heart, she knew who it belonged to, no matter what.

Tiffany: I do have the capacity to like heroines too… Most of the time I just don’t! Lol. But yes spot on, she was so true to her heart and it was her nature, most of the time it would annoy me but not in Rose, I think because she was so genuine.

Q: What were your first impressions of Harley?

Ali: I’ll readily admit that I had many, many moments of quite nearly hating Harley. He is so loving and caring yet so fucking stupid at the same time. It was aggravating.

Tiffany: I have to agree with you! SO many times I was so frustrated with him but then I would get all giddy over him.  But he won me over, tubes and all.  He was perfect but an idiot and I think sometimes that’s just a man gene so it wasn’t entirely his fault. 

Ali: I think his intentions were never bad, just misguided…maybe that’s the right word. In the end, I forgave him for everything and that’s really what matters.

Q: Chapter 4, location 343, on a scale of 1 to 5 how much did you appreciate Rose’s love for the perfect man nipples? 

Ali: OMG, perfect! I, too, have a thing about nipples. They can be soooo wrong or they can be perfect. There is not much middle ground for me. I loved that I shared that with Rose!

Tiffany: NIPS are a big deal for all of us, so yes Rose thank you for being so critical and not accepting anything less than the best man nipples! You have standards girl and I admire that. 

Q: Did Harley & Rose take you were you thought it would?

Tiffany: AB-SO-FUCKING-LUTELY! It’s been a year I’ve been waiting for this book, literally FB just reminded me and showed me the shared post from the blog of the cover reveal.  But really though, this was way more than I expected and I think their adventure together was perfect, real, raw, and so honest.  Had it went other way I don’t feel that I could of loved it as much, oh gosh the magnitude of this story will FOREVER BE ONE OF MY NEW ALL TIME FAVORITES! 

Ali: FUCK NO! This book did not take me where I thought it would. HARD FUCKING LIMIT, JENNER! But, that’s okay because it pushed my boundaries and was a really beautiful experience. I think I learned something about love and life and you can’t expect more than that from a book. Ever.

Tiffany: I don’t think Carmen will ever hear the end of this one, I still can’t believe you read it and I still think you’re a liar by omission, but I love you even more for it because you knew I would love this book and I so totally did!

Q: How awesome were the Peter & Wendy references? Did it practically make you shit out flowers from the cuteness? 

Ali: Too. Damn. Adorable. It fit perfectly with how they grew up together.

Tiffany: YES! UGH, him climbing through her window, I loved it! Have I mentioned yet that this has become one of my top reads EVER?! Like ever, like I want to live in this book! 

Q: How satisfied (or unsatisfied) were you at the end of the book?

Ali:  Such a fucking hard question.  If I focus on just the end and not some major factors leading up to the end…I’m absolutely satisfied. There was a moment where it could have gone a different direction and I’m so thankful it didn’t. I’m speaking of the epilogue here. I think it was exactly as it needed to be.

Tiffany: I so agree with Ali again about her answer, there was total content at the end and it had to be that way, there was no other way.  I can’t even bare to think of it going any other way. 

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being a gentle pat on the head and 10 being a pencil to the eye), how upset were you with Carmen while reading Harley & Rose?

Tiffany: A pencil to the damn eye and then for good measures a second one because the first one didn’t cause enough damage!  I was so upset like a beautiful, torturing mess upset.  But I don’t know if I was more upset with the cover LYING to us silently or the events inside the book.  Either way if someone is going to make me cry and ruin good $5.99 lashes I’m glad it was Carmen. 

Ali: Bahaha! Your poor eyelashes. But, I am right there with you. There is no end to the horrible names I called Carmen while reading this book. And she deserves all of them and some more for pulverizing what little heart I had left.

Tiffany: That’s a huge feat! You don’t cry, EVER except for that one time in Seattle at breakfast at 8:52am when you cried and we all saw it.  But I obviously hardly remember the details of that! Hahah!

Q: Not so much a question really, but what was your favorite quote from the book and why? (Kind of a question after all) 

Ali: Shit…too hard! Okay, so I’m not going to give the whole quote. For reasons. But it’s the one that starts with “Tell him that I loved you first…” <— HEARTBREAK CITY!

Tiffany: And I am now CRYING AGAIN! We need ID’s made with our place of residence showing Heartbreak City, if Harley & Rose are there I’d gladly live there. Okay but favorite quote, I had a million but this one was one of my faves, seriously I have too many but this one was one that is just so TRUE! “All of what I told him was true- some people are just meant to break your heart, as if it were their sole mission here on earth to teach you not to fall in love with the wrong person.  Some people will break your heart over and over again, because some of us never learn.” – Rose 

Ali: Such a perfect and true quote.

Harley & Rose releases on October 18, 2016, but you can pre-order it now for only $0.99. Link is at the top of the post.








About Carmen Jenner

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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Review: The Player by Claire Contreras

Review: The Player by Claire ContrerasThe Player by Claire Contreras
Published by Claire Contreras October 10, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Paper hearts

I'm naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.

Every man wants to be me and every woman wants to tame me. Until Camila.

The moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm's length.
I want her naked in my bed.

She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.

She says I’m bad news.


Warren Silva stole my heart, kicked it around a little like a soccer ball and scored all the GOALS! Okay that was kind of cheesy but I fell so in love with him… He was sort of naive with tattoos and gosh those tattoos! 

I mean there’s no way you could read the book and not picture the man on the cover, no possible way. You just can’t. I’m convinced. I need to stop being a girl about a hot guy and get my shit together. *deep breath, okay not that deep I’m sick and it’s making me cough harder* 

But the story, well that’s the best part! Both Camila and Warren were my favorite.  Claire has a way of making me love her heroines though (cause I don’t like many, shocker I know) there’s always an air of realness to hers though where you connect with them in small and big ways making the characters emotions translate into something so much more REAL. And Warren he was crass, bold, and foul so basically perfect and everything you want in a man, right?  Really though he even had a real side and even when he fucked up I loved him, it was so hard no to. 


Their not so chance encounter led War on a conquest to get Camila in his bed before he is headed for home in three weeks and and he was convinced it would be easy as pie until she continuously opens her mouth and turns him down… A little down the line Camila decides to give him a chance and reinforces the rules that it has to be as friends and completely platonic.  But eventually those lines blur blissfully and three weeks looms over their heads before they know it neither of them wanting to part ways… 


In between things get heated with War and Camila, he was so vocal in his need for her and in return it made Camila brave in what she wanted from him.  The give and take was relentless and definitely A PAGE TURNER, like I was almost shy reading some parts and I am not a prude! But this was DAMN HOT!

Their time spent together was always easy and fun and the banter quick and witty like for once I was rooting for a HEA (not that this story isn’t a HEA) I just didn’t want any of these characters to hurt for a single second… Which is saying a lot because I love when shit gets heavy and all emotional and people die or hurt one another.  But the hurt was definitely happening in this one and where did that leave two of new favorite characters..? 


Without me even getting into “the mess” you know the part where shit just takes a turn for the worse and shit hits the fan and you say the fuck word one too many times cause you know they are going to split for awhile with battered hearts and bruised knees.  There is always that impending doom that Camila lives in NY and Warren lives overseas way across the pond… So in the hopes anything becomes resolved how would it ever work when both treasure their homelands and have careers that can’t be moved… 

Can they make it work? 

Where will they live? 

Can they forgive each other? 

Will Nas be there? 

These are all the things that I questioned and of course they were answered but I won’t tell you, you’ll have to read to find out.  But I will say this Camila does forgive and that is one of the things I loved so much about her, her grace of forgiveness.  She didn’t hold this terrible grudge and milk it for all it was worth she forgave and then faced REALITY. Good or bad she dealt with it, period. 





About Claire Contreras

Claire is a New York Times & USA Today Best Selling author, mother of two, wife of one, owner of three dogs, and breast cancer survivor.

She enjoys writing anything from children’s stories to erotic suspense, but her most notable work is a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, she’s reading and dreaming about places she wants to visit.

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Review: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

Review: Bedmates by Nichole ChaseBedmates by Nichole Chase
Series: American Royalty #1
October 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

Bedmates is my first Nichole Chase book. It’s also the fourth “royalty” book I’ve read, in a row. Obviously, this theme is becoming quite a trend for 2016. One I won’t be complaining about!

Maddie is the president’s daughter, American Royalty by birth but free spirit and extremely empathetic by nature. She does not quite fit the political mold.  She’s slightly wild and one ill thought out plan lands her in legal hot water. As an attempt to save a little face, daddy and his vice president hatch a plan for Maddie to serve her community service sentence by helping disabled veterans.  Her babysitter throughout it all is the VP’s son, a disabled vet himself and a person Maddie has had a rough past with.

Growing up with Jake on their parents campaign trail was always a struggle for Maddie. She had a crush but Jake only saw her as an annoying obligation. Being forced to work together after years apart brings back Maddie’s younger insecurities but Jake dashes those fairly quickly by his endless attention and flirting. The flirting was a favorite aspect for me. It was cute but still sexy. I loved the banter and chemistry between these two.

Chase lets the relationship grow easily and naturally and I loved that. As Jake’s PTSD started to show itself to Maddie, I appreciated her calm approach to it all. Maddie is a very endearing character and Jake’s a heartbreaker…but not in the manwhore sense…in the sense that his history is sad and the guilt that guides his life is painful. Maddie will do anything to help Jake through his troubles but he pushes her away from that side of him and it honestly made me teary eyed at several points.

For all that I adored about Bedmates, the last 10% or so, had a fairly bid negative impact on my overall read. There was a point where it fell apart. Maddie became less grown up, less capable, less of the strong person she had grown to be throughout the story and I really could not get behind the idea she had planted in her head. The last chapter, where all the big important revelations and resolutions were written, was all too rushed.  Had a little more been added to this part of the book, it would have been a much stronger book, in my opinion.  It’s still a good read and I would absolutely pick up the next in the series, I just wished there had been more.


About Nichole Chase

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, super hero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

Nichole is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Royal Series (Suddenly Royal, Recklessly Royal, and Reluctantly Royal). She has four other novels and several short stories published in different anthologies.

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Review: Porn Star by Zara Cox

Review: Porn Star by Zara CoxPorn Star (I #1) by Zara Cox
Series: I #1
September 13, 2016
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Pages: 414
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Black Sheep
Amazon US

My name is Quinn Blackwood:

By day, I'm a billionaire CEO. Rich. Entitled.By night, I'm the exclusive porn star only known as Q.Why? Because I love women. If I believed in an almighty being, I'd thank him for creating them. They're by far his most perfect creation… especially when I'm fucking one of them.

Oh, did I mention I'm an asshole? Fuck yeah. According to my shrink, I'm one twisted motherfucker. And that's just the way I like it. Until she walks into my life…

My name is Elyse Gilbert, nicknamed ‘Lucky' because according to my dad, I'm the unluckiest person alive, and I'll die the same way I came into the world: naked, screaming, and dirt poor.

Yeah, my life is a twisted, seething mess. But that life changed the day I met HIM.He made me forget the cameras.He made me forget I was doing this for the money.He made me forget my shame.He made me forget everything. I was consumed by him. Only him.

But now my past has caught up with me

Let me start by saying the synopsis for Porn Star is a bit misleading, this is not a book full of some dude filming porn after porn after porn. A fact that I am most thankful for.

Not that I have a problem with a porn star making porns, I mean…if that’s your job, obviously it would be well covered. But Q isn’t your regular porn star. In fact, the title of this book is a bit misleading as well.  He does make porn, but it is not his career and it is with great purpose.  It’s also the catalyst for him meeting Lucky.

Quinn and Lucky are both extremely damaged people. Quinn more so, but they each carry more than enough baggage to fill a cargo train.  Cox did well at revealing their past dramas, just a little at a time. I rather enjoyed the element of suspense, there is quite a lot of it in Porn Star. Quinn is set on a path of ultimate revenge, dead set on tearing down all his enemies in one fail swoop – but it takes time to learn the how and the why.  On the flip side, Lucky is on the run and protecting a very important secret.

I would keep you, Lucky. If I didn’t need to do this. If my life wasn’t a fucked up wasteland, I would keep you. Make you mine forever.

That, along with the fragile trust and hint of love that grows between these characters, very much kept me invested in this story.

However, when the true conflict hit the pages and the subsequent resolution, the story lost it’s steam. The resolutions to all issues were far, far too easy. In my opinion. I needed it to be more difficult, most especially when rebuilding the lack of trust. I felt like issues were swept under the rug.  Furthermore, I’m not quite sure how or why Lucky was such an important part of Quinn’s revenge. He comments about how important it is, but in the end, it just seemed needless.

The thing is – I rather enjoyed Cox’s writing style. I loved the voice she gave to both main characters, Quinn especially.  So, even though the story is flawed and the plot line didn’t totally add to me, I’d absolutely pick up another of titles.  Oh, and…the sex is pretty hot.

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