The Professor by Serena Akeroyd

This is a standalone novel.

Forbidden fruit always tastes that much sweeter…

He was mean.

Cold. 

Beautiful. 

But somehow charming to everyone else. 

With Phoebe, his student? He was bitter and hard. 

Until… 

He was harder. Colder. Meaner

And she had no choice but to take everything he had to give. 

A desperate act, Phoebe’s tumble from grace, and a man waiting in the wings to watch her downfall. 

The Professor is no hero. No charming knight. He’s a predator stalking his prey, and Phoebe, a college student struggling to get by, just walked into his crosshairs because even monsters have needs… 

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

Phoebe was a brilliant character. Her background and circumstances automatically make you sympathetic towards her. I loved how determined she was to do right for Scottie, and her relationship with Mrs Linden was really sweet.

Nicholas was a complicated character, but I really liked him. What he did was wrong, and he was unnecessarily mean, but once you dig deeper into his reasonings, you can forgive him. He went through some really tough things which made him the way he was. He was aware of his problems and he tried changing for Phoebe. His love and commitment to her was admirable.

I loved their relationship in the end. He did save her in a way, but she also saved him. It was twisted, and it wasn’t exactly perfect given what he done, but they worked. They were a lovely couple and I loved the development. I loved the last few chapters, seeing the stages of their relationship develop, and I was really happy with how everything ended.

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

My rating: 5/5*

Liar (Madison Kate Book 2) by Tate James

This is the second book in the Madison Kate series.

“Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

The words scrawled on the back of my newest stalker mail makes my blood run cold. I have no idea if it’s the lie I know, or one that I don’t.

Since arriving back into Shadow Grove, I’ve been stalked, tormented, chased and almost killed. I’ve been lied to, repeatedly, by people I was growing to trust.

Liar.

That word haunts me. Someone knows more about my life than I do. Someone is taunting me with answers and teasing me with secrets. Am I desperate enough to fall for more deception?

Archer and his boys made a huge mistake when they lied to me. They thought they could play me but they’re about to learn that they’ve met their match.

No one stabs Madison Kate and gets away with it.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline is great, the plot develops at a good pace, and the characters are great.

Madison Kate is a great character. She’s strong, tough, sassy and doesn’t take any shit from anyone. She’s been through a lot, and goes through more. She makes it through everything, and you have to admire her determination to get by.

I love Kody and Steele in this book. Both of them developed well, and actually became more understanding of how Madison Kate feels. I loved how their relationships developed and the three of them together was hot.

Archer is an arsehole. I love the sexual tension between them, but he is still a dick. It was nice to see his family home at thanksgiving, and we got to learn a little more about his family. He just continues to act like a dick around Madison Kate though.

I enjoyed the storyline and the development with her attempted murder and stalker. Are they the same person or different? I like how the boys are protective of her, and they do save her life.

Madison Kate’s dad is a dickhead, especially after the revelation at the end. I do feel like theirs more to the story though.

I enjoyed the ending. It was action packed, and then with what happened to Madison Kate. I liked seeing her with Archer then, before they argued as usual. Then the revelation at the end was a shocker. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and finding out how that develops.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great and the characters are brilliant. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Sinners’ Playground (The Harlequin Crew Book 1) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the Harlequin Crew series.

Dead girls don’t feel pain.

But they like the taste of vengeance.

Maybe that’s why I came back to my hometown. Because it sure as hell wasn’t for the surf. But what else was I supposed to do when I found myself in Sunset Cove with twenty bucks to my name, the key to my enemies’ secrets hanging around my neck and a mouth full of grave dirt that wouldn’t wash clean?

I hate the Harlequin boys.

But this is the perfect opportunity to take what they owe me. Because once upon a time, they broke my heart, stole my life and sent me away from everything I’d ever known.

Fox, JJ, Chase and Maverick.

The four names tattooed onto my heart more permanently than any of the ink on my skin. They don’t just live in this town anymore, they rule it. And the view here may be beautiful, but the sun, sea and sand hide dark secrets.

The gangs.
The lies.
The violence.

It all lurks beneath a veil so thin that once you’ve seen through it, you can never close your eyes to the truth again.

But I don’t plan on closing my eyes. I have four devils set in my sights. And this dead girl no longer has anything to lose

This book was absolutely brilliant, like every other book these two write.

The characters are fantastic, the storyline is brilliant and the cliffhanger was just as painful as the other ones in all of their books.

Rogue is a fantastic character. In the ten years since the prequel novella, she has gone through so much stuff and come out a strong character. I love her.

The boys are great too. Their divided after what happened in the prequel. JJ is my favourite. He’s nice and fun, although his lifestyle and job isn’t particularly to my taste. Fox is ok too, however he is a possessive ass and isn’t giving Rogue what she needs. Chase had moments when he was ok, but at the end… What the hell, Chase? Maverick. What happened? Holy hell. He must have gone through some shit in prison to end up like that.

I love the way Rogue gets to know the boys again, as the men they are now. She has every right to hate them, but she also doesn’t know what they’ve been through with Luther.

I’m intrigued to see what Luther’s like now. He was an absolute dick, and by the sounds of it, he still is.

Shawn.

Bloody Shawn. It’s amazing how you can hate a character you’ve never met so much.

I loved the connection between his gang and the Harlequin’s, and yet they all don’t know it yet.

The ending. Christ, I didn’t see that coming. I had prepared myself for everything to go wrong, but it still managed to surprise me.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I would definitely recommend reading this. I’d also recommend reading the prequel, Devil’s Pass, although it’s not necessary for reading this book. It’ll just give an idea of how everything went to shit in the ten years and why they hate each other.

My rating: 5/5*

The Golden Boys (Kings of Cypress Prep Book 1) by Rachel Jonas and Nikki Thorne

This is the first book in the King’s of Cypress Prep series.

West Golden—so easy to hate, yet so hard to resist.

Don’t let that pretty face of his fool you. He isn’t the boy next door, or the kind you trust with your heart. He’s the devil in designer jeans, with all the charm of a bona fide psycho.

Trust me.

He swears I did something to cross him before I even stepped foot inside Cypress Prep, but it’s a lie. No one knows better than me that I’m all out of chances. One more misstep and I can kiss my future goodbye, which means I can’t possibly be guilty of whatever he thinks I’ve done.

West marks me with a target anyway, and as this town’s football star, no one dares to go against him. His money, status, and the loyalty of his equally entitled brothers makes him seem untouchable. Only, I know better than that.

This false god isn’t infallible like he wants the world to believe. Whenever I stare into those devilish green eyes, I see it plain as day. The chink in his armor. His one and only weakness.

Me.

The King of Cypress Prep has finally met his match, and taking him down just became an inside job.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are great, the storyline is great and the plot developed well.

Blue is such a strong character. She has a lot to deal with at home, and then coming to this new school and dealing with everyone there just adds to her problems. She’s a fighter and gerts through everything thrown at her.

West is also a great character. I loved his nicer side, and even a bit of his dickish side, but at the end he was just pure savage. I loved the development between him and Blue. The tension between them is hot, and it was nice to see those walls drop at times, but the end. Savage. Just Savage.

Vin is an arsehole. I’m really intrigued to find out what went on between him and Blue, but damn West for believing what he was told. He just needed to ask Blue about it, but of course, he didn’t.

All of the other characters were great additions, except for Parker. She’s a bitch. Pandora was a great addition.

The storyline was great. There’s that underlying mystery surrounding the photos circumstances, and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about that.

I’m looking forward to the next book and I really hope Blue comes back fighting hard. West deserves some payback for that stunt at the end.

Overall, this was a great book and I’d definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Just Drop Out: Hannaford Prep Year One by J Bree

This is the first book in the Hannaford Prep series.

After surviving foster care and a high school that breeds gang members and drug dealers I’ve finally found my path to freedom: emancipation and a full ride scholarship at the ultra-exclusive Hannaford Prep.

All I have to do is survive.

After attracting the wrong sort of attention from the richest boy in the country, pissing off the hottest guy in school and being humiliated in front of my favorite rock idol I am now the target of the most popular, and cruelest, group in the freshman class.

They want my blood.
They can have it.
I’m stronger than any spoilt rich kid.

But can I survive the game the Juniors have started with me as the goal? Now every boy at Hannaford wants to have me.

All except the three I want.

Ash, Harley, and Blaise don’t care about the game, all they care about is destroying me.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great, the plot developed well and the characters are great.

Lips was a great character. She’s strong, determined and stubborn. Her background was a little bit of a mystery until we learnt more at the end. Her connection to the gangs and the Jackal are kept quite vague most of the way through. I’m looking forward to learning more about her as the series progresses.

Avery was a good character and I love dher character development. She makes life hell for Lips but always fails in making her leave. After the development at the end, I’m looking forward to seeing how things change.

Ash, Harley and Blaise are complete dicks. They, alongside Avery, make life hell for her most of the time. I didn’t mind Harley as much and I believe that he does actually like her. I’m intrigued to see how things will develop between them, especially with Avery’s change of heart.

The storyline was good. Joey is a complete maniac. We learn more about how psychotic he really is as the book develops. The power of the Jackal impacts him though. I’m intrigued to see how things will develop. The whole gang situation with the Jackal is interesting too and I suspect that there’s more to the story than we know.

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

My rating: 5/5*

Knockout Queen (The Heights Crew Book 4) by E. M Moore

This is the fourth and final book in The Heights Crew series.

I came to the Heights with a purpose.

Join the Heights Crew. Move up the ranks. Make it implode from the inside out.

But more than anything, make them suffer as much as I’ve suffered over the years because of them.

I planned everything…or so I’d thought. I had a contingency plan for my contingency plan, but that was before I met them. The few members of the crew who’ve already irrevocably changed my life.

I thought I knew what I wanted, and I still do want that, but if getting my vengeance means ruining my future—our future—how can I live with that?

Oh, hell, what a book this was. I absolutely love it, and I can honestly say that I hardly ever read a book this quick.

Kyla has been absolutely brilliant. She’s had chance after chance to get out of the Crew, but she hasn’t. She doesn’t want to let her plan go, and she doesn’t want to leave her boys behind. She’s such a strong character, and some of the stuff she goes through in this book, and yet comes out the over side just proves it.

Johnny is everything. He’s my new book boyfriend. He’s been an absolutely fantastic character and his character development has been brilliant. I absolutely love his relationship with Kyla, and I love the development he has over her relationship with the other three. Those moments between them all were hot. I loved seeing him finally stand up to his dad. Kyla brought the best of him out.

Magnum has been a brilliant character too. I’ve loved seeing his relationship with Kyla grow. His loyalty and friendship with Johnny has also been brilliant, and he really helped with making Johnny understand Kyla’s choice to want all four of them. His big secret at the end. Holy shit, I did not see that coming. Sly, Mag, sly. He definitely saved the day at the end.

Oscar and Brawler have both been brilliant characters too. They’re relationship with Kyla has been brilliant. I also love how they’ve gradually gotten closer to Johnny, and accepted him, and in the end, they’ve all become a family.

Big Daddy K. Jesus christ, what a man. I did not see his manipulation and plot at the end coming. I knew he was a monster the whole way through, but jesus, he exceeded my expectations. His relationship with Johnny, I mean, god it was wrong. I felt so sorry for him growing up with that monster. At the end, I was just wishing for his death. He was a disgusting monster of a man. I was completely satisfied with his ending, and I couldn’t have wished for it any more than I did.

The storyline was absolutely fantastic. There was twists and turns that I really didn’t see coming. It was just brilliant to read. I haven’t been this gripped on a book for a while, and I’ve completely binge read this series.

Overall, this series has been absolutely fantastic, and it’s slipped its way into my all time top 5. I would definitely recommend this series. It’s a masterpiece.

My rating: 5/5*

Beautiful Soldier (The Heights Crew Book 3) by E. M Moore

This is the third book in The Heights Crew series.

In the Heights, everyone fears the Heights Crew. I wish I had the luxury.

I can’t afford to run away from them, I have to run to them. Why? Because now they’re my only chance at survival.

Johnny, Brawler, Oscar, Magnum—I hope we can all come together to get out of this. It’s going to take a lot more than luck to free me from the wrongs I’ve been accused of. Like relying on the one person I’d rather put a bullet in than place my life at his feet.

It’s done now, though. Now I’m more a part of them than I’ve ever wanted to be.

I’m not just their prizefighter. I’m their Beautiful Soldier.

This series has got me completely gripped. I absolutely love it, and this book was brilliant.

Kyla is a brilliant character. After the events of the last book, she finds herself in a sticky situation at the beginning of this one. Magnum and Johnny pull through the get her out of it though. She’s such a strong character, physically and mentally, and things definitely didn’t get easier for her in this book.

I’m in love with Johnny. I feel so sorry for him and we really get to see what his life is like in this book with how his dad treats him. His love for Kyla is quite endearing and I absolutely love how their relationship has developed. I was so happy to see him go against his dad’s orders and finally take his moments with Kyla. His reaction to finding out about the other guys was brilliant. Rather than kill them like you’d expect, he swears to fight for Kyla. I can see him eventually accepting them all, especially as he seems to be accepting Mags relationship with her. I just love him. He needs them all in his life.

I love Magnum too. You really see his relationship with Kyla develop in this book, and I just love his character. I love the respect and friendship he has towards Johnny as well.

Oscar and Brawler are also brilliant characters and I also love their relationship with Kyla. I also love they willingness to help Kyla save Johnny. They all have reason to hate him, but they accept what Kyla sees in him and are willing to help, bring him into their little family. I hope it all works out well in the end.

I didn’t think it was possible to hate a character as much as I hate Big Daddy K. He is a monster of a man. His reaction and punishment after finding out about Johnny and Kyla disobeying his orders was the last straw for him. I really hope he gets what he deserves.

The storyline is brilliant. More twists keep occurring and it’s exciting to see. The ending was another cliffhanger which has left me desperate to know what happens next. I swear that if anything happens to Johnny, I’ll loose it.

Overall, this series is fantastic, and I loved this book. I would absolutely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Arm Candy Warrier (The Heights Crew Book 2) by E. M Moore

This is the second book in The Heights Crew series.

I don’t belong in the Heights.

Truth be told, no one does. It’s dirty, grimy. Riddled with crime, the destitute, and the desperate. Where the family unit doesn’t always mean a mom, a dad, and two-point-five kids. It’s whoever gives you the time of day.

That’s how the Heights Crew came about. The only relationship that counts in the Heights is if you’re a part of the Crew. There, gang ties are thicker than blood. More important than money, safety, or any other promise we’re supposed to have in this life. Even more important than yourself.

Me? I’m in, and I can’t get out.

Some days, I’m not even sure I want to.

I’m absolutely loving this series, and this book was brilliant.

I love the characters. Kyla is such a strong, intense character who’s gotten herself in a situation which is far more complicated than she expected. She’s doing the best she can why sticking to her motive to be there.

I absolutely love Johnny. I love the chemistry between them and I absolutely loved seeing their relationship develop in this book. God it’s frustrating how he won’t give into his desires though. I can’t wait to see them have each other fully and I bloody well hope that it’s in the book. He’s fiercely protective and possessive of her which is endearing, except he is literally beating anyone who so much as touches her up. I’m intrigued to see how it’s going to go with the other guys in the scene.

Brawler and Oscar are both great characters. I love the relationship they have with her, and I love the fact they know about each other. Magnum is a great character too. I love how their relationship is developing, but they haven’t crossed that line yet. I’m looking forward to Magnum taking that leap, and giving into his feelings.

The storyline is brilliant. There’s new twists and turns and we’re learning more about the Crew. Big Daddy K is clearly a ruthless leader, and obviously slightly unhinged. Johnny can’t see what Kyla sees with it being his dad. I’m intrigued to see how all all this will play out, especially with her original plan and motive.

The cliffhanger at the end was unexpected. The fact she’s now relying on the man she hates… I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

Overall, this book was brilliant and I would definitely recommend this series. I’m absolutely loving it.

My rating: 5/5*

Hate (Madison Kate Book 1) by Tate James

This is the first book in the Madison Kate series.

“Madison Kate Danvers was murdered tonight.”

Those words changed my life, and not for the better.

They were wrong, of course. I wasn’t dead. But I was set up.

After being charged with a string of offences–and made an example of by my political minded father–I’m eventually released back into Shadow Grove with one thing on my mind.

Hate.

Someone is going to pay for derailing my carefully laid out future. Someone is going to catch the full force of my hate. How very convenient that someone just moved into the bedroom down the hall from me.

Archer D’Ath and his boys messed with the wrong chick and they’re about to learn just how cold Madison Kate’s hate can run.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great, the characters are good and the plot developed well.

Madison Kate is a great main character. She’s quite fierce and strong willed. She’s been through a lot which has moulded her into the person she is. She’s lost everything in her life but she comes back fighting. I’m looking forward to seeing how her character develops as the series progresses.

The boys are interesting characters. Archer comes across like a dick, but I think underneath the exterior, he isn’t. There isn’t too much to like at the moment with him really. He’s broody and grouchy, but I do see that changing the more MK gets to know him. I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops as a character. Kody and Steel are both great. They have moments of humanity and made more of an effort to connect with MK. I liked the relationship she has going with Kody more than the others at the moment.

The storyline was great. There are enough twists which come to light to keep you invested in the plot. I’m intrigued to see who her stalker is and I’m looking forward to finding out the actual truth about Riot Night and her mums murder. I suspect that MKs truth isn’t the actual truth.

Overall, this book was great to read and I’m looking forward to the next. I’d definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Kings of Anarchy (Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep Book 3) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the 3rd book in the Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep series.

My father always taught me to take care of myself.

He made me strong, cunning and calculating.

But my Brutal Boys made me unbreakable.

Have you ever heard the saying that it takes one to know one? Because from the very first moment I met the men I’ve claimed as my tribe, I knew that I was looking into the faces of monsters. And that really should have been all it took for me to know that I was one too.

Hiding beneath my skin isn’t an innocent girl, waiting for someone to ride in on a white horse and rescue me from my demons. So I think it’s time I showed the world my claws.

I’m sick of people thinking they own me. My Night Keepers and now the members of this twisted club all need to learn a lesson in that.

I’m not a doll made to dance to their tune, I’m not a puppet intended to play a part and I’m certainly no plaything to be used and destroyed. I’m a warrior with a goal of my own. And everyone who wants to stand in my way had better get used to the idea of falling to ruin at my feet.

When everything you thought you could rely on is ripped away from you, you have no choice but to find out what you’re truly made of. And deep down in the depths of my soul, I know that I was made to survive.

I have suffered through torment, fought against my oppressors and tamed the creatures who tried to bury me in the dark.

It’s time that everyone stopped underestimating me.

I’m done being a queen without a crown.

I’m ready for my coronation.

As much as I try to keep my reviews spoiler free, I’m afraid this one may not be.

Holy shit on a stick, what a book!

But 🦑🧅🐙

This book was absolutely fantastic. The characters are the best, the storyline is brilliant and the plot developed well.

I love Tatum. She is such a strong character. She’s determined, strong willed, and kind of wild and her connection with each of the boys is fantastic. After the end of the last book with what she’s been through, you’d expect her broken, but she isn’t. She’s a fighter and she makes herself into a warrior. She turns herself into a queen. Their queen.

I absolutely love all 4 boys. Each of them have their own individual traits. Blake is brilliant. He’s fun yet crazy. Kyan’s relationship really developed in this book with her, and I loved learning more about his crazy family. Saint is kind of frustrating with his OCD and his rules, especially in the first half of the book, but he definitely grew on me as the book went on. I hope he gives in to his desires in the next book.

I absolutely love Nash Monroe and he is definitely my favourite. He has become one of my book boyfriends for sure. I absolutely love how his relationship has developed with Tatum and even with the other three Night Keepers. The way he treats her is fantastic and I loved his idea of date night. I even love the fact that the truth is in the open with the other three now. His connection with Tatum is just hot and it makes me almost jealous 🙄.

The relationship between all five of them is just fantastic.

The storyline was absolutely brilliant. The plot continues to develop and there’s always new twists and turns occurring.

The ending. Gah. Caroline and Susanne are literally the only authors who have me shouting at my kindle. Their books make me laugh and they make me shout. They are the queen’s of cliffhangers. I knew there was going to be one, especially after the dedication at the beginning, but seriously? I still shouted at the end.

This series is a masterpiece, and I think you’re missing out if you don’t read it. I’d definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

P.S 🦑