Carnival Hill (The Harlequin Crew Book 3) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the third book in the Harlequin series.

I thought that I was broken before, but my damage never tasted as bitter as this.

The Harlequin boys are more than just a memory now. More than a daydream of our youth and an idea to cling onto.

They’re my greatest weakness and my biggest regret, but I’ve started to realise that coming back to Sunset Cove was always my fate.

My heart beats to the turn of the tide here. My skin only warms beneath this sun. And my soul will only ever be home on these streets and with the men who grew out of my memories.

But nothing is the same as I remember and the time for childish games is coming to an end.

I may want to pretend that the last ten years never happened, but the nightmare I lost myself in has followed me home and I can’t keep ignoring the things I once did to survive.

The question is, will my mistakes be the end of me and my boys? Will the choices I made then change everything now?
And will the life I never wanted steal away my only chance at the life I’m afraid to wish for?

Firstly, sometimes I really hate our celetrial authors.

I also love them because their ability to draw you into a story and connect you to characters is a darn gift.

I loved reading this book. The characters are brilliant, if not frustrating, and the story is great.

Rogue is brilliant, but her decision at the end was just pure stupid. She’s strong willed and determined, but I love how broken she really is inside.

The boys are great. I love JJ and Maverick. Seeing them together was brilliant in this book and I absolutely love the connection they have with Rogue.

Chase redeemed himself in this book. He definitely suffered enough and got way more than he deserved, but his experience has turned him into a better character. I loved seeing him and Rogue grow closer.

Fox is frustrating. I like him, and I love how possessive he is, but he is also unreasonable. You can’t control Rogue and he needs to realise that. He made stupid decisions, especially at the end and ultimately, it’s knd of his fault that Rogue did what she did.

Luther actually grew on me in this book which I never expected to happen. I enjoyed seeing a more humane side of him and seeing him face the mistakes he made.

Fucking Shawn.

Just fucking Shawn.

Jesus christ that man. I hate him. He is a psycho and I seriously hope he meets his end at some point.

The ending is painful and you two are seriously mean sometimes. I hope the boys realise the truth and save her from her stupid decision.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this series. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Brie’s Submission (7-9) (The Brie Collection Book 3) by Red Phoenix

This is the boxset of books 7-9 in the Brie’s Submission series

Get lost in the romance that awaits Brie Bennett when her Italian Dom plans the wedding of the century for his cherished bride and submissive.

But her Master has kept something from Brie that threatens their future. A trap is being laid that is so shocking it will rock their very foundation.

Will Brie choose to run or stand beside her man?

I absolutely love this series. The characters are fantastic and the storyline is brilliant.

Brie is a fantastic character. She’s constantly growing as a person and a sub, and these three books really threw challenges at both her and Sir.

I absolutely love Thane. He is a brilliant character and he is also growing and developing. I love his relationship with Brie. They really had some challenges to face in this, but together they came through. They are brilliantly suited to one another.

The wedding was brilliant and it was great to read them becoming man and wife, not just Dom and sub. Thane really excelled himself with his planning and I loved the fact he kept Brie in the dark.

They are definitely Condors.

I love all of the other characters. Every single one has a moment where they are also developing. Tono, Mary, Faelan, Master Anderson, Ms Clarke, Lea, Rytsar, and everyone else. Everyone jad their moments and it was great to see so many of them at the wedding. I think their characters are just as important in Brie and Sir’s story.

Overall, this series is absolutely fantastic. I absolutely love the characters and I’m really looking forward to continuing the story and seeing how Sir and Brie grow as a married couple.

I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

The Billionaire’s Sub by M.S. Parker

This is the first book in the series.

Moving to Hollywood after graduation was supposed to be my first step into the adult world, a chance for me to live life on my terms. It’d worked for my older sister. I just hadn’t realized how much until she shared her darkest secret with me.

When twenty-one year-old Hanna Breckenridge moves across the country to take a job as her sister’s business manager, she has no idea the culture shock she’s in for. When billionaire Cross Phillips approaches her, she’s flattered, only to find out that he’d been interested for reasons far different than anything Hanna would’ve imagined. When things take a dangerous turn, she’s forced to decide just how much she can trust this gorgeous man.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were great and I liked the storyline.

I liked the plot with Hanna’s sister and the revelation about her bedroom preferences. Ultimately, it led to Hanna getting to know Cross.

I loved watching her relationship with Cross grow and develop. He was a great character and I liked the balance between the plot with her sister and her growth and learning with Cross. I think they were great together and I loved watching their feelings develop.

The ending was great with Hanna telling her sister about Cross and their relationship. It was great to see them all happy together.

Overall, this book was a nice quick, easy read with great characters and a good plot. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Priest: A Love Story by Sierra Simone

This is the first book in the Priest series which is a standalone.

There are many rules a priest can’t break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.

Until she came. Then I learned new rules.

My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.

I am a priest and this is my confession.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and I enjoyed the storyline.

Tyler was brilliant. I loved the internal battle he was having with himself over his growing feelings for Poppy. He knew that breaking his vow was wront but his feelings and desire got the better of him.

Poppy was a good character too, but I did feel that she was a bit selfish. She knew he was a preist who had made a vow, and yet she kept persuing and teasing him.

The scenes between them were pretty damn hot. It was obvious that they had an obvious spark and they were both clearly falling in love.

Near the end, I think Poppy was wrong to make that choice without talking to him, because he had made his mind up. It just caused them both pain in the end. Ultimately, I loved the happy ending. They both deserved happiness.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

King of Diamonds (Vegas Underground Book 1) by Renne Rose

This is the first book in the Vegas Underground series, although it can be read as a standalone.

I WARNED HER.
I told her not to set foot in my casino again. I told her
to stay away. Because if I see her around my suite again,
I’ll claim her as my own.
And once I make her mine, I’m not gonna set her free.
I’m king of the Vegas underground and I take
what I want.

So she’d better run. Stay the hell away from my casino.
Or I’ll never let her go.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great and I liked the characters.

Sondra was a great character. I felt she was very down to earth, especially when Nico and Sondra first met.

Nico was great. Considering his family, he was actually quite decent. I loved seeing him fall for Sondra. They had a very clear spark between them and she was good for him. I loved watching their relationship develop to the point that he was willing to give up everything for her. The ending was great.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The characters and storyline were great.

My rating: 5/5*

Brie’s Submission (4-6) (The Brie Collection Book 2) by Red Phoenix

This is the second boxset in the Brie Collection book series.

Sexy. Passionate. Mysterious.

Brie Bennett’s life becomes an exotic adventure as a newly collared submissive.

Heated Russian encounters, seductive nights bound in rope, kinky birthday fun…

Brie is living out her favorite fantasies in the loving arms of her new Master—but darkness lurks in the shadows.
Love and loyalty is about to be tested.

Can Brie survive the demons from her Master’s past?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this boxset. The characters are brilliant and the storyline it great.

Brie is brilliant. She knows her own mind, yet is a good sub to Sir. I absolutely love Sir. He has his demons and he did take them out on Brie at tines, but ultimately, they both suit each other. I have loved watching their love and relationship develop. Both of them have grown as characters as well as grown as a couple and D/s. They’re condors.

I felt that even though Brie is the central character, every other character had their own development in this book, from Sir to Master Anderson, Ms. Clarke, Mary, Lea, Tono and everyone else. Everyone had a moment of character development.

The storyline developed brilliantly, from Brie’s film to her relationshipwoth her larents. From Tono’s situation in Japan and then ending with Master Anderson. Between Brie’s and Sir’s story, there is a storyline for all of the other characters. It makes for an overall more in depth book.

The BDSM in this book is done tastefully and is actually enlightening. Not only are the scenes hot to read, but they also educate anyone who isn’t familiar with that lifestyle.

I’m completely invested in these characters and I’m really looking forward to the next book.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic, enlightening series and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Brie’s Submission (1-3) (The Brie Collection Book 1) by Red Phoenix

This is the boxset of the first three books in the series.

Brie Bennett’s life is about to change.

An invitation to the exclusive Submissive Training Center is one she can’t turn down.

As Brie learns the art of submission under the skilled hands of a team of Dominants, her boundaries are tested and her heart is put on the line.

But as Graduation Day approaches, she can only be collared by one.

Which Dom will win her heart and … her submission?

I really enjoyed reading these books. The characters are great and I love the storyline.

Brie is a great character. She’s on a journey of self-discovery, and I really enjoyed watching her grow and develop.

I actually found the Submissive School quite interesting to read. The lessons were interesting, if not tough at times.

All of the other characters were brilliant too, from the various different Doms, to the trainers to the other subs like Lea.

Brie’s journey was also about coming to terms with her feelings. I loved seeing things develop between her and Sir. I loved the graduation ceremony and then after it when the were both learning to make this new relationship work.

I found myself becoming quite invested in them both.

My only comment would be that I prefer books written in first person POV, but with the brilliant characters and storyline, I found that it didn’t bother me much here.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

Aeson: Blue (The Atlanis Grail Novella series) by Vera Nazarian

This is a novella from The Altantis Grail series.

Aeson’s secrets revealed at last!

Before Gwen won Aeson’s heart…
Before they joined forces to protect two planets and humanity itself…
Aeson faced death on his own.
And lost.

Young Imperial Crown Prince Aeson Kassiopei. Intelligent, well-educated, perfectly isolated in his lofty rank, responsibilities, and privilege of the divine Imperial Dynasty. He’s the most powerful boy on Atlantis and he’s going into the real world for the very first time. . . .

Now just another student in Fleet Cadet School, Aeson must learn everything other people take for granted—including the basics of how to look after himself, how to interact with others his age, how to laugh, and how to make friends.

As if that wasn’t enough to boggle the mind of a confident but shy boy who’s never had a real conversation with anyone but his mother, Aeson has one more lesson ahead . . . what it’s like to fall in love.

I enjoyed this novella. It was nice to get inside of a younger Aesons head, although, I would definitely recommend reading the entire Atlantis Grail series first.

Now I am completely in love with Aeson, so it was great to get in his head and see a younger him in fleet cadet school.

I loved seeing how he met his future Astra Damien, Oalla, Erita, Ker and Xel. He obviously isn’t used to social settings with his royal upbringing so I liked seeing him learn to make friends with them. It was interesting to learn Xel’s background.

We know Elikara was important to him from reading the series, so it was nice to get to know her. Obviously, we knew that tragedy was going to happen there.

I also liked the links to how he got his black armband.

Overall, this book was a great extension to the series. I’m looking forward to Aeson: black more, mostly because I feel a little bad being in love with him when he’s so young in this book. I prefer an older Aeson.

I would definitely recommend this novella after reading the rest of The Atlantis Grail series.

My rating: 5/5*

Craving Him by M. S. Parker and Casaie Wild

This is the final book in the Serving Him series.

When I first met Dominic Snow, he literally saved me from falling. I never dreamed I’d end up working for him. And I certainly didn’t plan on falling in love with him. We were an unlikely couple, far from conventional in his social circles, but I always assumed that if we’d made it through those first couple months, nothing could break us apart.

Twenty-one year-old Aleena Davison has it all. A job she loves and that pays well. An amazing, gorgeous man who happens to be rich and everything she could ever want in a lover.
She’s put up with a lot to keep this life, but what she faces now might be too much. Can she and Dominic get through it, or will their fairy tale come crashing down around them?

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great end to the series and the characters were great.

Aleena and Dominic are both brilliant. They’ve been on a journey together and have both changed each other. Dominic is a complex character and this book continued with his growth. He learnt a lot about his past which had an impact on him and Aleena. Aleena was there for him the whole time, and I think they definitely needed each other.

The storyline was great. It tested their relationship and ultimately, made them both realise how much they needed each other. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. They had some hot moments which was great to read. The emotional growth between them only made these moments sweeter.

The ending was brilliant. Dominic realised how much he needed her after he messed up, and Aleena realised how much she needed him. The ending was a good happy one.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It was a brilliant ending to a great series.

My rating: 5/5*

Tempted by the CEO by Iona Rose

This is a standalone novel.

Well, well, well, Brett O’Connell, the boss’s bad-tempered, brilliant, insufferable son is going to take over the business while his father recuperates in hospital.

Not sure how I feel about this actually.

The man is as sexy as sin obviously. I mean, don’t even get me started on that firm, neat butt of his. And there are enough sparks flying between us to set a whole forest on fire, but I don’t generally go for overbearing, difficult, growly men.

This man is all that and more.

So…what to do?

Burn a whole forest down or pour a bucket of ice into my bath water every night.

Kinda liking the forest idea better at the moment.

This was a good book with a good storyline and good characters.

I liked Opal. She was very down to earth. I liked her thoughts when it came to Brett. She couldn’t deny the spark and pull towards him, but she also considered the reality of it. Ultimately, the spark won.

I also liked Brett. He was very much the same. I enjoyed watching them grow closer to one another, and ultimately, I enjoyed the happy ending. They were definitely good together and I enjoyed reading the moments between them.

This book was a quick and easy read and I would recommend it. I just felt it lacked a little depth.

My rating: 4/5*