KB Review: Confessions: Robbie


Author: Ella Frank

Series: Confessions # 1

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 314

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

SIDEBAR: You don’t need to read the Temptation series however highly suggest it. For Logan and Tate’s story needs to be read because I love them. Plus we meet the characters from this story, and their beginning.

I forgot to gush about this book but just for everyone to know i 100% loved this book. To see more Robbie and fall more in love with his stubborn and sassy behavior. He knows who he is and isn’t gong to hide or stop being himself which I love most about him. Plus he’s loyal and so family based that I see why Priest and Julien want him.

PRIEST & ROBBIE CONTINUED:

Now since Priest and Robbie meet they’ve been on each others bad side, so I knew/ hopped that they would get together. But the ending of True came a surprise that 1st Priest is married and 2nd that him and his husband want to bring Robbie into a three way relationship. Color me shock but totally ready for it.

THE NEW/OLD GUY:
Julien we don’t meet until True when he meets Robbie at the Pop Cherry and they hit off but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. However we get more of him in this book and i simply love him. I already loved Priest because he’s one of those silent but don’t take crap and always tell you the truth. I love how that honest comes out of him and Robbie ask questions and tries to make sense of why Priest and Julien want to bring him in their marriage.

THE STORY:
This book has lots of funny moment but also serious ones because Priest and Julien have lots of baggage and in this first book only touch a bit of what those men has been through. Plus I have to say the touching moments between all three of them made me make awe noises in public and get weird looks. Plus the sexy parts are so hot that being at work and reading got me questioned a lot.
But I wouldn’t change a thing and I can’t wait until Julien’s story comes out later this year. Hopefully all three would be released this year because I am addicted to it.

 

I will be rereading the temptation series before I review them. Not because I don’t remember the stories, but because I just want the memories fresh when I review.

Also has anyone read the temptation series or this first book in this trilogy. If so please let me know because am obsessed with everything that goes on in these books. Also the second book comes out next month and so excited.

EB-REVIEW: Belonging Trilogy by A.M. Arthur


These are m/m romances of all the friends who fall in love. Each man has issues that the books deal with as they slowing form friendships that lead to romance.

Arthur(nst)

No Such Thing:

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Alessandro has come back to help his foster mother, while Jamie is finally living a life after being sick for a long time. With a bit of luck Alessandro gets hired at Jamie’s sisters shop busting tables and bringing out orders. Which leads to both men seeing each other daily. So when it comes out that Jamie is unexperienced thanks for him being sick. Alessandro strikes a  deal to help him out as long as it stays in a teaching situation. However of course it doesn’t work that way. Because Alessandro is a little bit more hard headed, and very  protective of  Jamie while also letting him experience in a safe place. Which Jamie feels he can because Alessandro is there to protect if needed. I love that they understand each other and that they grew together. Even though the outside world brings lots of drama some being from Alessandro’s foster brother and a old class mates secret. While Jamie deals with hate for being gay that works out and just bring them closer.

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Maybe This Time:

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As a regular at Pot of Gold Ezra is known as pretty much a one stand man, and as a bartender Donner have seen and heard all about Ezra’s antics. That was until a chance meeting in the bathroom Erza has now set his eyes on Donner whose hesitant. It was supposed to be a one night thing however it doesn’t work out that way and they try to work toward something more. Something I love most about this book is how opposite Donner and Ezra is personality wise. Donner is more the quiet type who is trying to start dating after losing his partner. Then there’s Ezra whose out and proud who is also have
a huge wall up that is hard for him to let Donner in which of course cause problems. Yet slowly and with lots of love and patience.

Arthur(sby)

Stand By You:

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Romy & Brendan are everything. This is a story of Romy who is trying to come to terms to what he went through and try to get back to some what normal. Which Romy has plenty of support especially from Brendan who is a silent support. I love how the relationship of Romy & Brendan started for it was friendship for most of the book. Then grow slowly to them having more stronger feelings for each other. This is Brendan’s first real gay relationship and this is the first time Romy went into a relationship where sex isn’t a major factor. So it was really something to watch them learn how to be together since neither have before. They have lots going against them including Romy’s PSTD, crazy ex’s, and keeping each other honest. Plus the others from the belong trilogy are present and a wonderful support system for my boys.

All these books star two different boys yet has the prior couples in them being supportive and giving advice. This whole triogy I give them 4 stars and highly recommend.

 

Audiobooks Review: The Hazel Woods//descent story until the end


Title: The Hazel Woods

Arthur:Melissa Albert

Rating:3/5 stars

Format:Audiobook

Narrator:Rebecca Soler

Length:10/30

Summary: Alice and her mother have always traveled around trying to escape the bad luck that always seemed to follow them. That was until they get word that Alice’s grandmother who Alice has never meet. Who she only know is her mother wants to keep her away from her and that she’s a famous author. They believe their safe until one day Alice’s mother is taken and with the help of a fellow classmate try to follow her mother’s trail which leads to the one place her mother never wanted Alice to go. The Hazel Woods.

MY THOUGHTS:

This would have been such a 4 stars for though I didn’t really like Alice but enjoyed the secondary characters. Also though the story was a bit slow I still really enjoyed how the story went and seen the twist but could get behind it. Even all that it would still be a 4 stars read, until the ending.

The secondary characters are what makes this book, because Alice is annoying. How she was hot and cold so fast and was just a brat for the most part. Yes her mother was missing, yet don’t be a bully to the person that is trying to help you. Flinch is the rich popular boy who isn’t shown any attention at home, so the magically world of the Hinterland is such a wonderland for him. Which is why he started helping the granddaughter of his favorite book.

Again I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I cannot get over how the author decided to write it. There was some build up and it just crashed and I couldn’t help but be upset. Something I didn’t realize is that this book is book one and I don’t know how Melissa is going to continue on with this story. Just hoping that the next book isn’t Alice, but maybe another of the characters of the Hinterland. That I would totally read.

Lastly the audiobook was really good and Rebecca Soler made the story very fairytale like which made the slow bits not that hard to get through. Which if you ever heard her do the Lunar Chronicles series know how smooth she makes story telling.

BR: When Dimple Mets Rishi


Author: Sandhya Menon

Format: audible/hardback

Page Count: 384

Rating: 2/5

Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My thoughts: Am not much of a contemporary reader and this book is a example of why that is.

Disliked:

How fast the romance happened. It wasn’t a hate to like as I expected because I thought Dimple would put up more of a fight. Nope. Especially in the beginning where she’s like I don’t need no man and want to force on her app. And yet your holding Rishi’s hand and kissing him showed more than her actually spending on the app.

How the building of the app and how it’s done was put on the back burner for most of the book. Only being mentioned in the beginning a little in the middle and end. A unnecessary talent show had more pages then the actually reason Dimple was there.

How Dimple kept changing her mind about Rishi and him just being okay with it. Rishi is like a loyalty puppy and he just wants to make Dimple happy. But she gives and takes back and tells him constantly that they can’t be together. The hot and cold act doesn’t flow well with me especially if your hurting someone else by changing your mind so often.

Why the author makes two seemly strong girls talking about dimple and Celia who were excited for the con fall for guys so quickly. Then it’s all about how they feel for them and making them happy and I just become disappointed.

I hated Dimples reason to breaking up with Rishi. And since every contemporary has them breaking up and getting back together that isn’t a spoiler by saying that.

Things I Liked:

There are some quirky things that made me smile like Rishi’s brother is the typically little brother who likes to get under his brothers skin by not following his parents.

I also like the comic/drawing parts no again it has nothing to do with tech. However it shows Rishi’s passion and how deeply he loves what he makes. Also Celia was a cool character when she wasn’t hanging with those “friends” she made in the beginning. I enjoyed the family aspects though I would have liked them more present.

Other than that I was disappointed by this book especially how hyped it is. It’s just to romance base for me and wish there was a bit more of other elements to it.

2017 Reading Survey


How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal? 128. I bypassed my goal.
Most read genre? m/m romance
Longest and shortest books you read. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire & Getting Hitched
Favorite book published in 2017? Tate by Ella Frank it was a beautiful ending to the story.
Favorite debut book in 2017? One Us is Lying Karen McManus
Favorite book not published this year? Crossroad by Riley Hart
A book that lived up to the hype. The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
A book that did NOT live up to the hype. Honor Girl
Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment? Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I never thought I would get through this book but I finally di it this year.
Favorite character. Logan from the temptation series. He is just humorous and straight to the point that I simply loved him.
Least favorite character. the grownups in Honor Girl
Most shocking book/moment. Hunted by Megan Spooner.
Favourite couple/OTP. Eve Dallas and Roarke from the in death series
The best written book you read this year. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2016. Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Favorite  book cover of the year. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Favorite adaptation. Wonder
What book made you cry the most? The Others by Ann Bishop
What book made you laugh the most? Off Campus by Elle Kennedy
A new favorite author you discovered this year. Jenn Bennett
Guilty pleasure read of the year. Darker by EL. James
Favorite book you re-read this year. The Prisoner of Azkaban
Were you happy with your reading year? What will you do different in 2018? My best year yet and hoping that I’ll get another great reading month.

October Wrap Up


So I thought I’ve done this but apparently I haven’t and its the end of November before I actually checked. Anyway here’s the 16 books I’ve read in the October. These are pretty much all audio reads because that’s all I’ve been able to listen to lately.

THE PLAY MATE & THE HOUSE MATE- Kendall Ryan (roommates 2&3) 

These books are meh to me and some of it bugged me how the characters acted and I could not connect to them which is probably why I don’t remember much of these books. 3 out of 5.

Ward(rh)

ROOMHATE- Penelope Ward

This was a hate to love story and it was such a wild ride. I have a full review on my goodreads and blog post. Just so you know this book is a fun ride and I give it a 5 out of 5.

CHEATER & CHEATER REGRET-Rachel Van Dyken (curious liaisons-1&2)

This took me by surprise and I loved them so much. Cheater is about having a different women everyday a week. Then trying to have a second chance with someone who really pissed off about the past. Then we have the best friends from the first book trying to get past the ending of the first book. This has revenge and cheating and trying to get over the past. I love that Avery and Austin are food junkies and that Lucas and Thatch know that they can get the girls to listen because of that. Plus I felt that the commutation in the Cheater’s was done will because they talked it out. Not so much in Regret because Thatch was hiding his past from Austin. Still watching them go back and forth on pranks/revenge tactics was fun. Both get a 5 out of 5.

Ruby (y)

The Shadow Cipher-Laura Ruby (York-1)

This is the first middle school book I’ve read in awhile and it makes my heart full This is three children who try to fight to save there apartment building. How three middle school be able to travel around New York to look for clues I don’t know. I have a full review on Goodreads and blog post. 4 out of 5. 

WRITTEN IN RED/MURDER OF CROWS/VISIONS IN SILVER/MARKED IN FLESH/ETCHED IN BONE- Anna Bishop (The Others 1-5)

I still can’t believe that I finished this in one month, especially since this books are big. However I was addicted as hell to the storyline not so much the story ,but the characters are my favorite parts. They grow from the paranormal grows from dealing with humans at arms length to actually helping them as things hit the fan. All thanks to Meg. As a whole I give the series 4 out of 5.

ROYALLY SCREWED & ROYALLY MATCHED-Emma Chase (Royally- 1&2)

These were just fun reads of two brothers following in love with women they didn’t think they would fall for. First we have Nicholas who went to New York to find his brother however ends up drunk at a bakery with a smart mouth owner. Then we have Henry who is a party boy who believes he’ll never be what his grandmother and brother expect of him. So he decides to sign up for a show like that introduced him to his bookworm. Both books they start off on a bad foot, and there was so many hurt feelings. The thing I like the most is that even if they have hurt feelings they talk about it. It doesn’t resolve right away but at least not everything is bottled up. I have one more book in this trilogy and I can’t wait to get it sometime soon. Both stories I give it 4 out of 5. 

Torre (gi6e)

GIRL IN 6E- A.R. Torre (Deanna Madden-1)

This book took me by surprise with its multiple POV’s and how this book was mild on the creepiness. Which worked for me since I don’t do scary things. Plus I found out a lot about cam girls, and the type of people who signed up. Also I didn’t think there will be more elements other than the cam thing. However I also got a bit of romance. Mystery, kidnapping, and a road trip of sort. So yeah I would like to continue with this trilogy. 5 out of 5. 

Poston (g)

GEEKERELLA- Ashley Poston 

How this book reminds me so much of the Cinderella story with a more geeky moments. It was so cute and had one of my favorite troupe secret exchanges. More please. Yes we have the evil stepmother who makes her stepdaughter life a living hell. I enjoyed that not both stepsisters mean to Elle. Vic-Con element that was started by Elle’s dad and she is going back to her nerdy roots. Also I loved that there is a lesbian couple. This book made me laugh and smile more times that I know I’ll be reading it again someday. 5 out of 5.

Spooner (h)

HUNTED-Megan Spooner 

This is not a total beauty and beast retelling it has more a fantasy where Beauty is more a hunter then a bookworm. We get glimpse into the beast by dairy entries. Also she has siblings and I guess the best part there is no Gaston. All the secondary characters are likable and you feel for them.  Plus the friendship between Beauty and the Beast was sweet especially since she was so pissed in the beginning and Beast was resigned. The twist that happens in this book am on the fence of because I didn’t realize it until the end. And I kind of feel like I should have known but glad that I didn’t.  4 out of 5.

So although this is super late because am the worst book blogger every.

Audiobook Review: The Shadow Cipher


Author: Laura Ruby

Series: York#1

Format: audiobook

narrator: Andy Verner

Length: 10/14

Summary: it was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet mystery about three children who want to try and save there apartment. And so Tess, Theo, Jamie, and a big cat go around New York looking for answers. Where no 7th graders should go alone but hey this is there city so who knows.

This book was told in each of the children POV which was easy to get because it was changed for each chapter. The narrator was done by Adam Verner and he did a wonderful job putting a difference between each voice. For a 10 hour audio this one went fast and kept me interested the whole time.
I loved how they each had a role to play, Jamie drew out when they found a new thing. While Theo was the textbook giving the history. And Tess she is also very smart, but also can lie the best out of the three of them. Also the friendship is sweet for they all are fighting for a common cause and that’s so no one would leave the only home they know. Plus the twins have a giant cat who is everything. She goes along with most of there adventure. She keeps Tess calm and scare off baddies what’s not to love.
Where the puzzles took them was basically all around New York from the Statue of Liberty, to visit Alexander Hamilton, to get on crazy trains, and even go under ground. There was plenty twist and turns some obvious, but there was plenty of them to keep me going into the end.

Alas cliffhangers are not fun, because that ending makes me want the next book which isn’t until next year.

 

Audiobook: RoomHate


Author: Penelope Ward

Series: n/a

Format: audible

Narrator: Zoe McKay

Length: 9h/3m

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Amelia and Justin where childhood best friends until a misunderstanding made her leave him behind. That was until Amelia’s grandmother passed away and left her house to both of them. And now have to spend the summer with the boy she left behind along with his girlfriend. Awkward.

My Thoughts:

And it kept going and I couldn’t stop listening and so finished it in a day.

Justin though was a bastard in the beginning I still loved him because hello bad boys make me just a happy reader. While Amelia just want to talk to Justin to settle there differences and maybe become friends again. However Justin wants nothing to do with her. The battle in the beginning had me pause my audiobook because I couldn’t handle it. Laughter and smiling like a lone makes you have weird looks. Then as they slowly went into friendship mode and the slow burn I lived for.

Let me just say this book had no cheating. I know I was shocked and very happy that Penelope didn’t take that route. Because yes there was some sexual tension and long looks between Justin and Amelia however they respected Jill enough not to act on it. I loved Jill to and would love a spin off for to have a happy ending. Because she became friends with Amelia when Justin was being a bully. So yes for her story and have Justin and Amelia costar.

Another thing I loved the development of this book. It wasn’t just the summer and they reconnected and end there’s no there was more. The setting was cute in the way that the house was on a little island. So small town along with living on the water. This was such a realistic way that a relationship should develop especially with the history they have. It had to go slow and work the way up to more and I got that with this book and was surprised.

The narrator Zoe McKay did a wonderful job at telling the story in both voices. Plus mainly you get the story in Amelia’s voice and in the epilogue you get Justin. Which kind of sucks because there are parts I would have loved read through Justin’s view.

Other than that I loved this story and highly recommend to anyone who loves childhood friends who get a second chance at something more.

Audiobook Review:Kage Trilogy


Titles: Kage, Kage Unleashed, Kage Unmasked

Author: Maris Black

Series: Kage 1-3

Format: audible

Narrator: J.F. Harding

Lengths: 8h 2m/7h 9m/ 5h 28m

Summary: M/M with boxing and a mafia vibe. All three books are about a chance meeting between boxing uprise and want to be reporter and how they try to be in a relationship together.

Black(k)
The 1st book is my favorite for it was the start of the cat and mouse that Jamie and Kage began  playing. Especially how Jamie ended up working for Kage and the craziness that comes with it. I love the start of relationships when its slow and don’t know if this is what they really want. Also if they could be anymore different personality wise that lead to a long summer. 4 stars

Black(ku)
2nd book its more who isnt trying to keep them away from each other. It being Jamies family, or Kage’s uncle. Plus it didnt help that Jamie had to go back to school so they were separate. Which lead to them to trust each other and not what they see or hear. To listen to Kage getting jealous is dangerous to those who threaten I thought it was sweet. 3.5 stars

Black(k3)
3rd book is where the mafia elements come more pronounced. This is where we also see Kage fighting to come to terms with his dark pass and try to get out from his uncles thumb. This was my least favorite of the trilogy because though the beginning was good and the ending was rushed to the happy ending. Plus there was somethings I still needed answers to but didn’t get. 3 stars

I read these through audiobook and J.F. Harding was a good narrator he did a good job. I understood who he was talking through since it did go from both main characters. Plus the stories was quick to get through and was a fun time.

Overall I give this trilogy a 3 stars the first one is my favorite the second meh and the third was rushed. However I did enjoy it and recommend it to those who like boxing/mafia moments and m/m romance.

The House Cup Reading Challenge


Hosted by

Lauren from Lauren of Live, Love, Read

Kelsey from Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf

Alex from Book Daisy Reviews

Erica from Escape Under the Cover

The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs.

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Name: Chelsea

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Wind Type: cypress wood,unicorn hair, 10 3/4 in length, surprisinly swishy flexibility

Pet: barn owl

Favorite Subject: charms

Favorite Teacher: Minerva McGonagall

 

My Challenge:

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine-THE GREAT HUNT
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship-
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery-SLEEPING GIANTS
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world-
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space-STARFLIGHT
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature-
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition-CARAVAL
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers-TOUCH OF POWER
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain-
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel-
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

I want to do as many as I can so well see how this goes. If you have suggestions on some other books for the challenges please let me know in the comments thanks.