Dark Reads October: Monsters in the Dark Series by Pepper Winters

When I decided to do Dark Reads October, there was one series that everyone told me to read. 

And I mean everyone. 

There was one series that everyone told me I had to read if I was going to jump head first into the world of dark romance. This is a series and an author that have been recommended to me for YEARS. And honestly, I don’t have a good reason for waiting so long to read this particular series and author. I should have read these books years ago. I should’ve listened to the many recommendations I have gotten for this author and this series. 

But so goes the story of my life.

I once again waited to read something when I shouldn’t have…and only a few pages into this series, I knew that it had been so wrong to wait to dive into this dark, immensely intense, pain and pleasure filled world. I knew that I had messed up waiting to experience this deeply emotional, seriously layered, and completely unforgettable world that contains two of the most enigmatic, dynamic, and gloriously complicated characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. 

And that series I waited waaaayyyy to long to read, you ask? 

Well that would be The Monsters in the Dark Series by Pepper Winters. 

This series, comprised of 3 full length books and a novella, is hands down one of the best series I have read this year and ever. It contains a story unlike any other I have read before, and it has two characters that OWNED me from start to finish. And boy let me tell you, did I go on one hell of ride with those two. 

Q and Tess are an epic love story. They will take you for the ride of your life and will have you questioning EVERYTHING. They will push your boundaries, push your moral compass beyond what you thought possible, all while rooting for a love story you didn’t even think was possible. Through it all you will get to know them. You will peel back their complicated and flawed layers to see them. The real them. The messy and honest and dark versions that they hide from the world.

The thems that you will soon find are only meant for one another. 

Told through an intense, adrenaline spiking, and dark and twisty story, the more you get with them, the more you crave. The more you crave them. The more you crave their pain and pleasure. The more you crave the answers that they so meticulously reveal to you and one another. The more you NEED them. The more you need what they share. The more you need what only they can give one another. The more you crave every single morsel of what they bring to life within the pages of their story. 

I will warn you now, their story isn’t easy. In fact they have many hurdles and obstacles that they must face head on to even have a chance to be together. But what I will tell you, is that if you stick with them, if you keep the faith in them and what could be, and if you keep your heart open to intense vulnerabilities and passions and emotions these two will share, then they will not do you wrong.

In fact, they will make it all so beyond right. 

They will fix it all. They will see you and each other through. They will show what true depth of love means and the utter beauty it can give you if you let it. They will show you that darkness and light are two sides of the most sensual, beautiful, deeply flawed, and very real coin. They will show you that anything is possible with the one who makes all the difference. They will show you and each other that through every fight, every dark and broken piece of themselves, through every heart wrenching twist and turn, that they are one. That they are real. That they can be what each other needs, if they only allow themselves to feel it, to take it, and to never let it go. 

What can I say? I loved these books. So damn much.

I loved how dark and twisty they were. I loved that it was one wild and adrenaline filled ride from start to finish. I loved that every time I sat down to read a book in this series, I couldn’t put it down. I loved that I devoured these books as much as they devoured me. I loved that Q and Tess were complicated and messy and flawed because it made what they shared and built together so beyond right. I loved that these two pushed EVERY limit. I loved that they made each other work for it and that their fight for what could be wasn’t easy because that fit them. 

Their love, their passion, their desires, their hearts, and who they were together wasn’t easy, so it completely fit that their love story would be just as hard fought and complicated as they were…but in the end, they showed that as uneasy as it all was to get there, as much as they had to go through to peel back those hardened layers to find each other and what could be, being together was the exact right thing they needed to do…and that, well that was the easiest, hardest, most beautifully complicated decision those two ever made. 

Suffice to say, I loved this series.

I am so glad that I finally read these books and I’m even happier that this is the series I chose to start with for Dark Reads October. It just seems fitting that I start with the best. It seems even more fitting that I opened the gates to dark romance with a couple that definitely put me and themselves through the wringer. But most of all it just seems fitting that I opened up this month of dark romance reading with a series that I know will forevermore be one of my all time favorites

Thank you Tess and Q for one wild, dark, and twisty ride. Y’all sure know how to make a girl work for it, but I wouldn’t trade one second with the two of them because it was perfect. It was perfectly them in its flawed and intense beauty and pain, and it gave me a love story that I will truly never forget. 

A love story that truly shows how one person can change everything.

A love story that shows that beauty and pain, darkness and light, and monsters and salvation are one in the same.

A love story that will stick with me forever.

And honestly, it NEVER gets better than that. 

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So there you have it y’all! The first read of Dark Reads October is finished and I am in LOVE. I cannot wait to read more dark romance! I feel like I have so much to catch up on and the month is flying by too quickly, but don’t you worry! I plan to squeeze as much dark romance as I can into these next couple of weeks because I want it all! 

And I may (read: definitely) already know what I’m reading next….so stay tuned!

Read My Reviews for the Series:

Tears of Tess

Quintessentially Q

Twisted Together

Je Suis A Toi

Buy the Series:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

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The Fall Up Series, featuring two full novels and a brand new, never before seen short story from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez is available now and at a special price of $0.99!

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This complete series contains two full-length novels, The Fall Up and The Spiral Down, as well as bonus short story, Going Down.

The Fall Up:

I wanted to jump.

He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.

The Spiral Down:

I was afraid to fly.

He made me soar.

After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want. Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.

Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming.

We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.

But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.

I just never expected to come alive on the spiral down.

Blog Tour: The Complete Stars Duet by Amie Knight

The Stars Duet Boxed Set, including the complete The Stars Series including the bonus story Christmas Beneath the Stars from Amie Knight, is available now!

Beneath His Stars
I met Adam Nova under the twinkling lights of a nighttime sky.
He was hiding, but that gorgeous boy didn’t belong in the dark.
Nevertheless it was where he lived; a different world than mine.
I was Livingston Montgomery, Southern debutante.
With the world at my fingertips, I was well on my way to being another spoiled socialite.
But I didn’t want money.
I didn’t want social status.
I wanted him; tattoos, sarcastic smirk, bad boy reputation and all.
It didn’t matter that he was from the wrong side of the tracks.
It didn’t matter that my family forbade me from seeing him.
I just wanted to be Beneath His Stars.

In Her Space
I was reunited with Livingston Montgomery in the broad sunshine of a Carolina morning, right where she belonged; in the light.
It’d been too long since I’d seen her face.
She had changed, but so had I.
I was Adam Nova, reformed bad boy. Now, successful business man.
I had it all, except for the one person I’d always wanted, and now I was back to claim her.
She was living in the shadows, just a shell of the former girl I knew.
But it didn’t matter that she tried to hide from me in the dark.
I’d follow her into the deepest depths of hell.
I just wanted to be In Her Space.

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Excerpt from Beneath His Stars

“Are you smoking?” Her lip curled in disgust.

            I nodded.

            It was her turn to look disgusted this time. “Do you even speak?”

            I nodded again and she shook her head in disbelief before reaching over the space between us and snatching the cigarette out of my mouth so fast I didn’t see it coming. I stood there dumbfounded. People didn’t snatch shit away from me. People were scared of me. Not this brave girl. I should have known.

            “Smoking is disgusting.” She said it quietly like it didn’t matter, but I could tell it did to her. She bent over and put the butt out on the driveway before standing up again and shoving it in her pocket.

I smirked. “You gonna keep that?”

Her eyes ignited with anger. “No, I’m going to throw it in the trash because I’m not a litterbug.”

Shaking my head, I muttered under my breath, “Fucking litterbug.” She was being cute. The girl with the too long legs and too big mouth that I couldn’t get out of my mind was fucking cute, too. I was screwed.

I wanted to full-on smile at her cuteness, but I held my happiness close to my chest. God knew it always came with a price. And I was done paying.

“You kiss your momma with that smoke mouth?” she asked snarkily, clearly pissed off about my smirk.

            I lowered my head and took a step back, running a hand through my dark hair. I wanted to tell this girl things. Things I had no business telling her, like that I didn’t kiss my momma with anything anymore. Instead, I asked the question that had been plaguing me since she’d seemed surprised it was me who had left the notes.

            “Who did you think it was?”

            Her face screwed up in confusion. “What?”

            I stood straighter and licked my lips before answering. “Who did you think left the notes?”

            I was feeling strangely vulnerable in that moment waiting for her answer and I didn’t like it one bit. Why did it matter to me who wrote her or didn’t? Or who else thought she was the most intriguing thing ever? For fuck’s sake, she was just another rich bitch from the island. Why did anything about what she was about to say matter to me at all?

            She bit her lip again and I still wanted to reach over and pull it from her teeth. It was sexy that lip bite, innocent even, and for some reason that made it all the more attractive.

            “I don’t know.” Her brow furrowed in thought and she looked away, almost like she didn’t want to tell me the answer to my question. But then her eyes landed on mine again. “I thought it was the other guy—”

            “Boone?” I interrupted loudly.

            A disgusted look crossed her face. “God, no. Not him. The blond. The other guy.”

            I let out a long breath accompanied by a sarcastic chuckle. “Grady?” That guy didn’t even graduate high school and she thought he knew anything about astronomy. I would have laughed if the whole thing hadn’t annoyed me so much.

            Her eyes brightened. “Is that his name?”

            I pulled out my pack of cigarettes again. “You like him or something?”

            “What? No!”

            I walked out into the street and lit my smoke far away from her.

            She started to follow me. “Where are you going?”

            “Home.”

            “But I don’t even know your name!” she yelled and stomped a foot.

I almost smiled again.

About the Amie
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Releasing Now: The Stars Duet Box Set by Amie Knight

The Stars Duet Boxed Set, including the complete The Stars Series including the bonus story Christmas Beneath the Stars from Amie Knight, is available now!

Beneath His Stars
I met Adam Nova under the twinkling lights of a nighttime sky.
He was hiding, but that gorgeous boy didn’t belong in the dark.
Nevertheless it was where he lived; a different world than mine.
I was Livingston Montgomery, Southern debutante.
With the world at my fingertips, I was well on my way to being another spoiled socialite.
But I didn’t want money.
I didn’t want social status.
I wanted him; tattoos, sarcastic smirk, bad boy reputation and all.
It didn’t matter that he was from the wrong side of the tracks.
It didn’t matter that my family forbade me from seeing him.
I just wanted to be Beneath His Stars.

In Her Space
I was reunited with Livingston Montgomery in the broad sunshine of a Carolina morning, right where she belonged; in the light.
It’d been too long since I’d seen her face.
She had changed, but so had I.
I was Adam Nova, reformed bad boy. Now, successful business man.
I had it all, except for the one person I’d always wanted, and now I was back to claim her.
She was living in the shadows, just a shell of the former girl I knew.
But it didn’t matter that she tried to hide from me in the dark.
I’d follow her into the deepest depths of hell.
I just wanted to be In Her Space.

Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3tEEHG1
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/completestars

About the Amie
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

Connect with Amie
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It’s a Binge Read: Kristen Ashley (a.k.a. The Longest & Best Binge Read of My Life)

I am a binge reader. 

Like a big one. 

If you’ve been following me or this page for any amount of time, that is probably not a secret. And if you’re new here, welcome! Let me introduce myself. My name is Megan, I am a binge reader and am proud of it. 

Like real proud.

I live my life in the midst of  binge reads and binge watching TV shows. It’s something I’ve gotten really good at (I say that like it’s a skill you can develop and make stronger) over the years. Depending on what mood I’m in you’ll find me in the middle of a binge read of a certain trope or genre, series, or author. Same with TV shows. Sometimes my binge reads last a few days, other times they last a couple of weeks depending on what I’m reading. 

Suffice to say, I am a pretty experienced binge reader. I love binge reading. I love getting so sucked into a series or an author’s backlist that I don’t know which way is up. I love getting to spend an extended amount of time in a certain world or within a certain feeling that books can evoke. I love that for days or weeks of time, all I can think about is that next book in my binge read and what it’ll bring. I also kinda love feeling like I’ve accomplished an Olympic level feat when I finish a binge read, especially a particularly long or large one.

I live for a good binge read. It is one of the things I love as a reader. And honestly, it’s something I highly recommend taking up as a reader because a good binge read can change everything. 

And I do mean everything. 

Case in point: my latest binge read. 

The longest binge read of my life.

Let me set the stage for you. 

Back in November of last year, I was feeling all kinds of down. Between the craziness of work virtually teaching my tiny humans, feeling isolated from those I love because of the panoramic (or pandemic for those of you not yet obsessed with Tiktok and its pandemic references), and all of the things happening, I was struggling. I was missing my people. I was just not in the best place and I was searching for whatever could be found to cheer me up. 

Enter in Kristen Ashely and her amazing, unforgettable, and all-consuming books. 

I don’t remember the first time someone told me I needed to read a book by Kristen Ashely, but I do know that the number of times her books have been recommended to me over the years is probably around 67 bajillion. She is a queen in the romance community, and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t listen to those 67 bajillion recommendations for almost 7 years because I am stubborn. Like real stubborn. I tend not to listen, and then find myself regretting that lack of listening for years to come. (Just ask my book friends how many times I’ve told them over the last few months that they was right and I was wrong and so very dumb for waiting to read KA’s novels.) 

It’s not that I don’t want to read what’s recommended to me, it’s just that I really am a bad listener. I always think something along the lines of “one day I’ll get to that”, but one day always gets further and further away. I’ve even been known to buy those books recommended to me and hold onto them because I know that I need to read them, even though I have no idea when I’ll actually do just that. 

Kristen Ashley is a prime example of that. 

Me and some of those aforementioned book friends at Apollycon 2018, who’ve been trying to get me to read Kristen Ashley for years!

I was even lucky enough to meet her in 2018 at Apollycon, but at that point I hadn’t actually read her books. (Remember when I said I was stubborn as hell and didn’t listen?!) But I did know I needed to read her words, so I interpreted that as clearing out a full shelf of her books at my local Books-A-Million. Let’s just say I am equally so thrilled that I did that because I have so many of her books in print, but also so mad at myself that I waited SO long to read her books that I couldn’t properly fangirl over her when I met her. 

Can you say holy freaking missed opportunity?!? *smacks head with e-reader again*

When I finally came around to pulling my head out of my butt and starting her books in the fall of 2019, I literally wanted to hit myself with my e-reader because I had waited to read them. I devoured the first 3 books in her Rock Chick Series, simultaneously falling in love with everything I was reading, while also telling myself that I should’ve been reading these books YEARS ago. I had planned to keep reading all of her romance book goodness then, but of course life got in the way and I was pulled away. 

Flash forward over a year later, I found myself back to her books because I needed a sure thing. I needed a book I knew I would love, and after having read a few of her books the year prior, I knew I could count on her to deliver what I felt was missing. I went into that book needing a pick me up and needing something to take my mind off the craziness going on around me. I started that first book, Rock Chick Revenge on November 30th, and almost 3 ½ months later I completed the longest binge read of my life. 

One of the TikToks I made in the middle of my binge read!

60 books. Over 3 months of time. Countless 5 star reads. Thousands and thousands and thousands of pages. So many all-consuming series that I will literally treasure forever. So many characters who will forever own pieces of my heart….and so much more.

And you know what? It saved me. In more ways than one. 

This binge read, the longest I’ve ever done, saved me. It saved my mental health. Reading these books, living these stories with these characters, and just basking in every moment was my form of self care. This binge read gave me sooooo many things to look forward to. It gave me SO many unforgettable and dynamic characters that each took me on one hell of a ride. It gave me stories that swept me up and that never let me go. It gave me real and fictional worlds that owned me heart and soul. It gave me so many conversations with my book friends and people about these books that just made my heart and soul happy. 

It gave me everything.

And let me tell you, after a year of serious craziness these books were the lifesaver I didn’t even know I needed. They not only saved my mental health and brought me back to me. reading them, talking to all my book friends about them over and over again, and experiencing every moment of them was the best. The actual BEST. (Seriously never doubt the power of a good book y’all.)

If I’m being honest though, I didn’t think I’d make it this far in this binge read. I can definitely tell you without a doubt that I definitely didn’t think I’d be sitting here having read 60 books by one author in the last 3 months.  But here I am y’all, living the best kind of binge reader dream.

Me being absolutely ridiculous on TikTok when I got my KA book order in!

That’s not to say I didn’t want to read all of Kristen Ashely’s books, but I tend to be a big mood reader, so I often find myself jumping from trope to trope to subgenre to subgenre quite a bit when I am a reader. (Luckily KA has it ALL, so she delivered everything I didn’t even know I needed with her entire backlist.) I also might have a touch of a self-diagnosed focusing issue that can often prevent me from focusing on one type of book for too long. When I started that first book of the binge read back in November I thought I’d finish the Rock Chicks and maybe read some more of the paperback books I owned by Kristen Ashely and call it a day. I figured my reading mood would eventually shift, and one day I’d come back and finish wherever I left off. 

Flash forward to mid March and I was practically in tears because I didn’t have any more Kristen Ashely books to read. 

For 3 ½ months these books OWNED me, heart and soul. They consumed my every thought and feeling. They gave me life. They took hold of every emotion I had, every part of me, and truly, they never let me go. They were all I could think about. All I could talk about. All I could post about on my social media and blog page. All I wanted and needed to read. Really, just all I wanted and needed. 

These books, this binge read, these stories, the writing and characters…they were everything I needed. 

Everything and more.

Frannie & Frannie

I even named my new succulent plant after a character in these books. That’s how much I couldn’t get enough of everything I was reading and how much I loved these characters. That’s how addicted I was to everything I was reading. (Plus when you meet Frannie in Midnight Soul, you’ll understand why that was the perfect name for my succulent.)

Throughout this binge read I’ve joined the crazy wonderful Rock Chicks, fallen in love with the Dream Men and Dream Team, spent some time on the darker side with some Unfinished Heroes, and joined a motorcycle club named Chaos. I’ve spent my days running away to the Colorado Mountains, a Burg in Indiana, the coast of Maine, small towns and big towns across this country and world, and even a parallel world that doesn’t actually exist. I’ve fallen in love with Moonlight & Motor Oil, The Honey Club, and a blue genie named Fazire who will always own a piece of my heart.

These books encompassed so many moments, so many characters, so many stories that I will forever treasure. Told through some of the best storytelling and writing I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, these books and stories gave me so many moments that shook me to my core. 

Moments that took my breath away. Moments that made me laugh my ass off, cry my eyes out, and feel practically breathless with what these characters gave me. Moments that I will never forget. Moments that I’ve already gone back and reread multiple times. Moments that will go down in my book history as some of my favorite book moments ever.

Some of my favorite KA moments. (Not spoilery, as most are out of context and you won’t get it until you read the books…but look at the list at your own risk!)

Moments that I will truly never forget reading or experiencing.

I’ve lived and loved it ALL over the last 3 1/2 months with these books and fictional characters. I’ve traveled to worlds that aren’t real, and worlds that I wish with everything I have, were real. I’ve had some of the best reading experiences EVER.

And honestly? I just wish I could give Kristen Ashley the biggest hug right now because what she gave me within her books. I also want to say thank you to her a million times over. What she so infinitely created with her characters and moments and stories and worlds, what she allowed me to live and feel and breathe with her characters, and what she gave me to experience along the way is something I will treasure for the rest of time. Her writing is on a whole different level, and the moment you read and experience one of her books you will know that with every bone in your body. 

You will love it, you will crave it, and you will need as much of it as possible. Trust me on that.  

Simply put, Kristen Ashely has firmly cemented herself as one of my all-time favorite authors and reading these books, all 60 plus of them is something I will never forget. 

Just a couple of weeks ago, I found myself reading my last Kristen Ashely book. (That is until she writes more romantic goodness, which I cannot wait for!). I purposefully chose her Loose Ends Anthology to end with one last little bit of some of my favorite characters, as well as to get the stories for a few characters that I had been dying for. To celebrate I got me a cinnamon roll the size of my face and a good as hell coffee to accompany me with that last KA book. If you read any of these books you too will have an appreciation for baked goods and coffee from small businesses.

And let me just say, as sad as I was for this binge read to end, I couldn’t be happier that I finally listened to the 67 bajillion people who told me I should’ve been reading these books years ago. 

Y’all were right, I was stubborn as hell and didn’t listen, but I got there in the end. And I will be forever grateful that I did. 

So there you have it. 

The longest binge read of my life. 

The best binge read of my life. 

The binge read that brought me back to me. The binge read that brought me a multitude of fictional characters and stories and moments I will forever LOVE and cherish. The binge read that brought me to one of my favorite authors ever. The binge read that gave me so many moments that literally took my breath away. The binge read that showed me a million times over that a book, an author, a series can truly give you everything you need and more. 

The binge read that truly gave me it all. 

Never doubt the power of a good binge read y’all. 

Seriously. 

It just might be the pick me up you need. It also might be everything you didn’t even know you needed and then some. If you’re really lucky, it just might give you some of the best damn books and reading experiences of your entire life. 

And really, it doesn’t get better than that.

Trust me. 

It’s a Binge Read: Colleen Hoover

I can still remember the first time I read a book by Colleen Hoover.

It was a book I went into blind. It was a book so emotionally gripping, so breathtaking, and so heartbreaking yet utterly beautiful. It was a book unlike anything I’d ever read before.

That book made me cry in the middle of an amusement park ride line, and you know what? I fucking loved it. It was that book that brought me to Colleen Hoover and her books, and that solidified her as one of my favorite authors.

The first time I was lucky enough to meet Colleen Hoover, I told her that story…because it is truly something I will never forget. She gave me something with that book, and every book after, that will stay with me forever. Years later, I can still remember reading each and every one of her books, where I was, how I felt, what I was thinking.

The fact that after over almost 6 years of reading her books they’re all still with me? Well that my friends is the true tell of an amazing writing and storyteller.

And it’s just kind of the best.

Me and my favorite shirt, with my favorite line from Slammed.

Reading that book, Ugly Love, also started one of my favorite binge reads of all time. You see after reading Ugly Love, I went out to the bookstore and bought every book of hers that I could get my hands on. I then spent the next week and a half falling in love with a boy who was taking the lake, falling in love with a boy with a little less Hope, falling in love with finding a missing Cinderella, falling in love with the music of the heart…and it was THE BEST.

Ever since that binge read I have read everything I could get my hands on by Colleen Hoover. Through every new book she has continued to give me some of the most incredible, emotional, and beautiful stories that I have ever read. She has truly given me some of the best books of my reader life.

I have read her books. Lived them all. Felt every word and emotion…and then some. I’ve bought so many of her books for others, telling them “you NEED to read this book”, and talked about them with anyone that I could countless times.

Suffice to say, I’m hooked.

But I have a confession to make. A bad one.

I have been behind on her books for a couple of years now. Like real behind.

*ducks head in all of the reader shame*

But y’all I am making right, or should I say, I made it right.

You see, I realized I had to catch up…I had to right my wrongs….as Dorinda would say I had to make it nice…I had to catch up y’all!

So that’s what I did…and you know what’s funny? When I set out to catch up on her books, I realized that I had 8 books of hers to read. And you remember that first binge read I mentioned at the start of this post? You know the one that brought me to Colleen’s books in the first place? When I did that binge read, almost exactly 6 years ago to the day, I started with, you guessed it, 8 books of hers to read.

It felt like the best kind of kismet y’all.

So it only seemed right to write another post celebrating one of my favorite authors and the extraordinary reading experiences she once again gave me. Because y’all when I tell you you need to read a Colleen Hoover book, you NEED to read a Colleen Hoover book.

They will give you it all. And then some. And then some more. So much glorious more.

And when you reach the end of any or all of her books you will realize over and over again the true talent she has as a writer and storyteller. You’ll also realize that you’ve probably never read a book quite like hers before. That is truly just part of what makes her such a phenomenal author.

My latest binge read of Colleen Hoover’s books.

So here I am, doing just that. Shouting from the rooftop that if you haven’t read a book by Colleen Hoover, you need to.

You have to. It’s a must.

And in a nod to my first binge read of her books I thought I’d do the same type of write up with a quick summary of each book I read to give you a feel of what you’ll get with them.

You’re welcome in advance for the stellar summaries you’re about to read.

I will also preface these summaries with the note that since I was catching up on many of these books, some of them do relate to other series, so make sure you read them in the correct order whenever you do have the chance to read them.

The Synopsis’ You’ve been Waiting For:

Without Merit

This book has all the YA kind of feels. It’s quirky, definitely unlike any story you’ve read before, and it’s got some twists and reveals in it that will change it all. I loved how different this book felt, and I loved the YA feel to it because YA will always own my heart. And so will Merit and the rest of the crew in this book.

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Verity

W.T.F That is all you need to know about this book….W.T.F. If there is one thing you will take away from this book it will be…..W.T.F. If there is one sentiment you will feel while reading this book, it will be W.T.F. And you will just LOVE it. I still can’t stop thinking about this book and I read it weeks ago!

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All Your Perfects

This book hurt my heart. It broke me at times. It was not a story of rainbows and butterflies, but more so a real, honest story of what happens when a perfect love becomes an imperfect marriage. This book will try to break you at times, but I promise you it will give you it all along the way. It hurts, but it hurts so good…and Colleen Hoover did these characters and their story the justice they deserve.

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Finding Perfect

Finding Perfect is a novella that continues the story from All Your Perfects, but it also connects into Finding Cinderella and the world of Hopeless….so to fully understand the PERFECTION of this novella, you should read Finding Cinderella (And really Hopeless and Losing Hope) and All Your Perfects first, and then you will just melt with what this story gives you.

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The second time I met Colleen at Book Bonanza in Colorado. (She’s signing All Your Perfects, which is actually still hurting my heart as we speak.)

Too Late

Too Late is another story that is a bit dark, all kinds of twisty, and that will have you wondering what in the world will happen next. This book was all kinds of consuming and it definitely took me for a wild ride, and I just loved it. I loved how it kept me guessing and wondering through every word, and yet still had that connection and heart that I live for when reading a book.

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Maybe Now

When I started reading this book, I don’t think I realized how much I needed to go back to the world of Maybe Someday. This book showed me that I really did need to go back. I needed to be back with Maggie, and Ridge and Sydney, and Warren and Bridgett. I needed more time with them, more music, more antics, more answers. I needed more music and the special kind of magic this world delivers. (*Disclaimer* This book does not have literal magic in it, so don’t go expecting rabbits coming out of hats or anything.) This book was the PERFECT amount of more. That being said you have to read Maybe Someday before you read this book, but just trust me when I say you’ll love them both, and that Maybe Now is everything you need.

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Regretting You

Boy did I love this book. Hard. Told from alternating perspectives of a mother and daughter going through one of the toughest times of their life, this book explores their journeys of truth, of love, of hate, of understanding, of healing, and so much more. This book has such an incredible dynamic that plays out between its characters that is beyond consuming to read and experience. Plus it feels so real. I’ve never gone though what Clara and Morgan have, but Colleen Hoover lets you get it all. Every high, every discovery, every low, and every raw moment in between. She gives you it all and lets you get it all…and that is just they best.

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Heart Bones

Heart Bones is Colleen Hoover’s newest book. It takes place on the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, and I for one have never wanted to go to a place more than after having read this book. Like any Colleen Hoover Book, Heart Bones tackles complicated characters through an emotional story, with some heavy twists and turns thrown in. This book will give you it all and then some. I loved every bit of this book and how it gave me a love story, but more than that, it also gave me a story of finding out who you truly are and who you really want to be. This book combined so many pieces and so much heart to create such an incredible read.

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So there you have it y’all. A write up of my binge read of Colleen Hoover’s books.

The first time I met Colleen Hoover at Holiday with the Belles in Texas. You can’t tell, but I was really holding in my fangirling in this moment.

I have to say that I am so glad I finally caught up on her books because she is one of the best authors I have ever had the chance to read. She has given me stories that I will NEVER forget reading and characters that will always own a piece of my heart. There are still words of her that stick with me to this day. Moments with her characters that will come to my mind and really just remind me again and again why I love her books and everything she’s given me with them.

So really, if you take anything away from this blog post, I hope it’s the understanding that you need to read a book by this author. As soon as humanly possible. You could pick any book of hers to start with, and I guarantee that you will love it, that it will make you laugh, that it will make you feel, that it will just hit you in every way possible.

And honestly, that is just part of what makes a book by her so unforgettable, so consuming, and so utterly incredible.

So don’t be like me and wait 3 years to finally catch up on her books again. Don’t be like me and think that that’s a good choice, because it’s not. (And later on you’ll be like me, kicking yourself for waiting so long to read them!) It would be wrong to miss out on these books and stories and characters.

The moment you start any one of these books, you will get that. You will know that and feel that in your bones. And really, you’ll just be damn glad you read a book by Colleen Hoover.

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Review Post: Miss Understood by Miranda Elaine & Amie Knight

Miss Understood, the hilarious and sexy second book in The Coletrain Twin’s series from Amie Knight and Miranda Elaine is available now!

I’ve waited my whole life to catch her. They call her a criminal. A con-woman. A thief and too wild for her own good. But me? I just call her mine. –Officer Nathan Trent.

He’s one of the good guys. Honorable. Reliable. I’ve loved him since we were kids. But there’s no way I’ll let my wild ways tarnish his squeaky clean reputation. No matter how badly I wish he was mine. –Tillie Coletrain

Warning: This novella is chock full of sexy times, ridiculous shenanigans, and surprise weddings. You’re welcome.

**Miss Understood was previously published under the titles Jail House Rock and Wild Thing by Liberty Laine, but have been updated for re-release.

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Excerpt

I’ve always had an inkling that Nate has wanted more from me, and it’s become more and more apparent lately, but me and Nate? That can never happen.

            Nate’s Godiva chocolate and I’m just regular old Hershey. Nate’s Armani and I’m Walmart brand on a good day. He’s pure class and I’m just white trash. I’ll never let myself dull his shine. And now that we’re adults, Nate’s on one side of the law and I’m on the other. Too many things stand between me and the man of my dreams.

            I try to make an effort to take shallow breaths so I don’t draw in too much of his manly scent, but it’s no damn use. His smell assaults my senses, making me feel loopy and lightheaded. My insides warm, and the whole thing pisses me off. What did he do today? Roll around in oranges and manliness before he picked me up? He smells ridiculous.

            “Crack a damn window, Nate. It’s stifling in here,” I snap out.

            Nate shoots a panty-melting smile my way like he knows what his smell does to me before saying, “Till, show some respect to the uniform. It’s Officer Trent.” His lips twitch in a barely there smile.

            His bicep flexes as he grips the steering wheel to make a left turn, and I blush, thinking of all the ways I want to respect the hell out of that uniform. You know? With me under him. Me over him. Me on my knees in front of him. I smile. If he only knew how much I respected that uniform.

            God, get your shit together, Tillie. Stop thinking about the hot cop you’re in love with and figure out how to get the hell out of this car.

I cannot let Nate take me down to the station. It’s unfortunate, this whole bounced-check situation. It really is, but it truly was unavoidable. I think of my good-for-nothing mother and roll my eyes. I’ve got to figure out another way to keep paying her debts off, because cleaning apartments at the retirement home isn’t cutting it. I’m not making enough money to feed myself and support my mother’s bad habits. But I refuse to let her contact Millie and upset her. I’ll pay my mother’s gambling debts forever if it means Millie can live free and clear of our mom.

            I look to my right out the car window and notice Hannah, Millie’s best friend, driving her old, blue Ford Escort next to us. We’re coming up on a light, so I scoot closer to Nate across the bench seat of his cruiser until I’m pressed against his side, putting my plan into action. But my stupid pulse still kicks up a notch at our proximity, my body betraying me in the worst possible way.

            His head turns to mine and our lips are a mere breath apart.

“What are you doing, Till?” he asks, his eyes genuine, and I almost feel bad for what I’m about to do.

            Running my hand up from his knee to his thigh, I lean closer to him until our noses brush. “What do you want me to do, Officer Trent?” I breathe across his lips as my hand ghosts across the zipper of his blue trousers.

            We stop at the light, and Nate closes his eyes and leans his head back against the headrest on a groan. I ignore the wetness that floods my panties and my desire to really grip his cock and give it a good stroke.

            “Another time,” I whisper before quickly sliding back across the bench seat and throwing my door open. I don’t even slam it behind me as I run across the lane, my arms flailing, sweating like a whore in church.

*****5 Super Fun Stars*****

Miss Understood was a quick, satisfying, and all kinds of fiery and fun read that I loved every word of! From start to finish this book this book had me blushing, had me smiling like crazy, and had me laughing out loud with these characters and the antics they get into. Miranda Elaine and Amie Knight once again created a story I could not put down, and one that gave me such a fun and enjoyable read with the best amount of spice a girl could ask for! After having loved every fantastic word of Miss Apprehended by these authors, I had no doubt that I would love this story just as much. While you don’t have to necessarily read Miss Apprehended to read this book, I would definitely recommend that story because it’s all kinds of fantastic, and plus you won’t want to miss Millie and Jake’s story too. Those two are to die for in the best possible way. Plus reading that book will have you even more in love with this series, and will have you so ready for more with all of the distinctive and wonderful characters that make up this world. Miss Understood follows Tillie, Millie’s twin sister, who everyone thinks is a criminal and is always up to no good. The events of this story follow her and Officer Nathan Trent as he does everything in his power to show Tillie that she’s his, all while she’s trying not to dirty him and his good guy reputation up. What I loved about this story was that it really allowed these characters to show who they truly were, to fight for what they really wanted even when the other person didn’t make it so easy, all while they had some of the most memorable moments and antics together. Wild Thing had the perfect amount of romance, swoonworthy moments, as well as so many moments that practically had me crying I was laughing so hard. This book was over the top, sassy, fun, and full of fire and heart in the best possible way, and I truly can’t say enough good things about it! I loved Tillie and Nate so much. I loved their hearts, I loved getting to see and experience the real them, I loved that they had so much connection and feeling between them, and I just loved how they pushed each other’s buttons in a way that no one else could. If you are looking for a quick, well written, and highly enjoyable read that will give you the laughs, the feels, and some serious heat, then run yourself to this book this very second!!! Miranda Elaine and Amie Knight rocked it once again, and I for one can’t wait for more of their writing, their characters, and their stories! (Cough Hannah’s book cough cough!) This series is so fun, so darn good to read, and just so enjoyable, and I am telling you you will love it! It will make you laugh, melt in the best way, and just love what you’re reading, and trust me when I say it doesn’t get better than that!

Meet the Authors

About Miranda Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She’s been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she’s by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.

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About  Amie

Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Review Post: Miss Apprehended by Miranda Elaine & Amie Knight

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I don’t know whether to kiss her or spank her.
Either way, she’s mine.

Miss Apprehended, a hilarious and steamy romantic comedy from Amie Knight and Miranda Elaine is available now!

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I’ve got ninety-nine problems and all of them begin and end with the Coletrain twins.

Especially Millie Coletrain.

I don’t know whether to kiss her or spank her.

Either way, she’s mine.

Warning: This is an erotic novella with laugh-out-loud ridiculousness, insta-love, a smart-mouthed heroine, and an over-the-top alpha bail bondsman.

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*****5 Super Fun Stars*****

Miss Aprehended was a quick, fulfilling, and phenomenally enjoyable read that had me laughing out loud and blushing on every single page. The antics of Millie and Jake had me loving those two something fierce, and had me eating up every bit of what I got with them while reading this story. This story was equal parts laugh out loud funny, heart meltingly sweet, and over the top in the best way that will have your heart feeling on fire in more ways than one. Amie Knight and Miranda Elaine completely create a fast paced and well written read that delivers in every single way possible.

From the very first page of this story I was completely swept up into everything that Jake and Millie were sharing. With a story premise that had me needing to know what would happen next, and a serious amount of spark and connection between these two characters, Jail House Rock delivers a story that is fun, steamy, and downright consuming in the most authentic way. Through every turn of that page I got more of Millie’s fire and sweetness, I got more of Jake’s protective and heart melting self, and I got more of all that those two share together. With the best dose of unforgettable personality and charm, those two found themselves in my heart lickity split, and I loved every single word of this story with them. Their feelings were very real, very insta-love, and very heated to say the least, and that combined to make one helluva story.

Amie Knight and Miranda Elaine’s fantastic writing gives you so much with these two. The charm and vibrancy they add into every word and page of this book will have your cheeks hurting because you’re laughing and smiling so hard. I could not get enough of what this writing duo was giving me in this story, and I’m already counting down the days until I can get more of their words! Their writing perfectly balanced a quick paced story full of some serious intst-love, while also giving me some serious feels, spark, and some truly mesmerizing moments, and I really can’t say enough how much I loved that!

If you are looking for a well written, consuming, and all-around enjoyable read, then you need to run yourself to this book this very second. It was fun, full of charm and so much humor, and it gave one helluva love story with some serious heat, and I truly can’t say enough how much I loved it! Miss Apprehended is was insta-love, fast paced stories are made of, and it is a book I know you will love to pieces!

Excerpt

“Stay still, Tillie. I’m sick and tired of chasing your crazy ass around town,” I snarl out to the insane female I have pressed up against the wall.
A perfectly round ass is wiggling all too enticingly against my already hardening cock, and I let out an exasperated sigh. Stupid dick. Clearly, it doesn’t know what’s good for us. Peppermint and some kind of floral soap assail my senses. I almost back away so I can take a harder look at this blonde bombshell, but I refuse to be fooled again. I’ve been hunting this woman down for weeks, and every time I’ve managed to catch up with her, she has somehow managed to give me the slip. Not again. She missed her court date, and it’s my job to bring her in. I have something to prove, being the new guy on the block. I’ve only been on the job for two weeks, and I’ve spent most of it chasing this criminally deranged woman. True, her crimes consist mostly of bounced checks and small thefts, but the way she has managed to evade me these past two weeks only proves one thing—she’s a damn criminal mastermind.
“I’m not Tillie, you big oaf. Let me go. Now!” the crazy lady says while trying to turn her body toward me.
I press her harder into the wall with my body and groan. Fuck, she feels too good. She’s trying to kill me. I’ve been stabbed, beaten, and shot at plenty in my six years as a bounty hunter, but I’ve never been more convinced that someone was trying to kill me than at this moment. And she is using that smoking-hot body as the weapon. Fuck my life.
Funnily enough, I’ve never once felt this pull toward Tillie while I’ve been tracking her. But, now that I am up close and personal, I cannot help but want her. Everything about her is calling to me. Her voice, her smell—this woman is fucking intoxicating.
“Cut the bullshit, darlin’. I’ve been watching you for weeks now and you know it. I watched you walk in this door not ten minutes ago. I’m taking you in, collecting my money, and getting a good night’s sleep tonight.” I’m so over this shit.
“God dammit, let me go. I am not Tillie.” She’s talking to the wall, but I’m mostly paying attention. “I’m Millie, and you are ruining my gig. My fans are expecting me up on stage any minute,” she says.
I take a look around this dive of a bar that smells like bacon and stale beer, trying to hold my smirk back. Grabbing the handcuffs around Tillie’s wrists, I spin her around to face me.
“Babe, karaoke is not a gig, and if you think it is, then we got bigger problems than a few bounced checks and some petty theft charges,” I say, taking in her curvy body, starting at the tips of her pink-painted toes. I want to pull those gorgeous toes out of the high-heeled sandals she’s wearing and take a nibble, but I know that, the moment she thinks I’m distracted, she’ll take off on me again.
My eyes make their way up smooth, tanned legs until I hit the hem of her pale-blue dress with white polka dots right above her knees. And damn, that dress perfectly hugs every curve of her body. My hand almost involuntary makes its way up to the long strand of pearls dangling around her neck. I want to pull her closer with them so I can smell her again or maybe run my tongue over her plump, pink-stained lips. Big, angry, bright-blue eyes snap me out of my lust-fueled fog. Fuck. This girl is fucking gorgeous, and I immediately know I won’t be taking her in right away.
“You’re new around here, aren’t you?” she snaps at me, the ice in her blue gaze freezing me.
The corners of my mouth tip up in a barely there smile. God, I love a sassy woman.

Meet the Authors

MirandaElaine

About Miranda
Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She’s been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she’s by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.

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About Amie
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Summer of Series: The Return to Me Series by Corinne Michaels

Y’all we have officially reached the end of summer, which means this is my last Summer of Series post.

*sobs*

You know it’s funny, about halfway through this summer I didn’t know if I’d even finish one series. You see work took up a big chunk of time, and then things were just crazy and I couldn’t get my head to focus on reading. Even though reading is the one thing that helps me in all of the craziness, I just couldn’t read. But then I thought about all of the books I had set out to read, all of the series I wanted to devour, and I jumped in. I jumped in heart first ready to read.

I finished my first series of the summer in August and I didn’t look back.

Since then I have spent the last 4 weeks devouring books. I have spent the last 4 weeks traveling from prisons to Oxford, spent my days with some cocky men and two men who couldn’t be more right for one another, and I just spent my last week with 3 brother bound and determined to break every one of my emotions.

It’s 4 weeks later and I have just finished my fifth, and last series of the summer.

And boy was this series the PERFECT one to close out the summer with. 

It was emotional. It was consuming on the deepest of levels. It was so raw and real that it physically hurt my heart at times and stole my breath at others. It was unforgettable. It was everything. 

So without further ado and fanfare, I bring you, my last series of my Summer of Series:

The Return to Me Series by Corinne Michaels

Now let me start this write up by saying that this series is probably one of the most emotionally murdering series I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and that is just part of what made this series SO DAMN GOOD. This series was HIGHLY emotional. It was bursting with every feel you can think of. It was angsty to the point I thought I, and these characters, might not make. It was bursting with tension and heartache and so many emotionally gripping twists and turns that turned my heart and soul upside down.

It was a series that owned every part of me while I was reading. And honestly, I have a feeling this series will own a piece of me for the rest of time.

That’s how good it was. That’s how unforgettable it was. That’s how utterly incredible it was. 

Now I should have known going into this book and this series that Corinne Michaels would deliver some serious feels and emotional murder to me. You see, I have been a fan of hers since the very beginning. I read her first book Beloved on the 4th of July right after it came out. (I honestly think that’s a huge sign that you’ve met an author or a book you will never forget when you can remember what day you read the book.) I read that book in a day. I was emotionally murdered by that book in a day. (And I LOVED it!) And I knew in a day that Corinne Michaels was going to be one of my favorite authors.

But honestly, as much as I thought I was prepared for the emotional murder I thought these books would give me, I definitely was not adequately prepared for the emotions and feels she would give me as I traveled to Bell Buckle Tennessee with her Hennington brothers.

I was not prepared for what those men would make me feel. I was not prepared for the women of this world who would equally shatter my hearts to pieces. I was not prepared for the first chapter of Say You’ll Stay which EVISCERATED me. I was not prepared to be so enamored and consumed with this world and these characters that truly took ahold of my heart. I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster these books would take me on, and I was certainly not prepared to feel it ALL with them along the way.

But you know what? I might not have been prepared, but I loved it. I loved every incredible, unforgettable, and all-feeling word of it. 

This series is hands down one of the most emotionally charged, angsty, and all-feelingly intense series I have EVER had the pleasure of reading.

From the moment I jumped into this world, I was so taken and owned with its characters. With their struggles and heartbreaks. With their anguish. With their choices that took them all to so many different places they were not prepared for. With their hearts and who they all were. With everything about them. I was taken. I was taken for one hell of an emotional ride that I will never forget.

You see those Hennington boys and their special lady friends (aka the women they were all so meant to be with), well they kind of broke me. And I LOVED it. I loved it so so much. 

They made the emotional masochist in me so beyond happy because not only did they give me some of the most emotionally unforgettable stories I’ve ever read, they let me feel and live and breathe it all right along with them.

They broke me. They made me cry. Like a lot. They made my chest physically ache. They shattered me. There were actual moments reading these stories where I was pacing the room because I wasn’t sure if these characters (and I) were going to make it through everything that came their way. They killed me and my feels, but you know what? They also made it better. They took me through their pain. They showed me their true selves, who they were and what they wanted, and they all showed how far they were willing to go and how hard they were willing to fight for the one who really mattered. For the one meant everything. For the one who changed it all.

These characters might have tried to break my emotions and all my feels, but they also made it better. They showed me what could be. They gave me that more. They showed that hope can truly be found even in the moments when you feel all is lost. Along with that they gave me love stories that I will never forget reading and experiencing, and they showed me again and again that true love can triumph even when you think all is lost.

They showed me that sometimes second chances really do exist, and that they can give you it all and more than you could’ve ever imagined, as long as you’re open to them.

They showed me that sometimes unexpected turns can lead to the most amazing and life changing things, and that even when those turns don’t turn out like you hoped or expected, it doesn’t make them any less meaningful or amazing.

They showed me that sometimes the one person who’s always been there and the one person you can’t seem to let go of might just be the one person you need to hold onto with all that you have.

They showed me that sometimes it takes opening your eyes and your heart to what’s always been right in front of you to find exactly what you’ve always needed.

Corinne Michaels completely connected me into this world, heart first and on a soul deep level, in way that I will never forget. 

Her writing and storytelling truly made this series what it was. She put me in the thick of it with Zach and Presley, with Trent and Grace, with Cooper and Emma, and with Wyatt and Angie. She let me get get them all. She let me understand each and every one of them, and she let me get exactly why things went the way they did for all of them. Even in those moments when she had me crying and aching for their struggles, her writing and thoughtful storytelling is what pulled me through. It is what showed me that these characters needed to feel these things. It is what had me believing in them and what could be. She let me know and feel and completely understand they had to struggle in order to try to get to that better place and to something more.

She let me understand them all in such a real way that was so honest and heartfelt. She let me see them. Their raw and messy and complicated selves, and most of all, she let me love them. She made it so there was no way that I couldn’t love those stubborn assess and strong willed women. Even in those moments when I wanted to jump into these books and shake some sense into all of them, she had me knowing through her writing and through what I was getting with them that it would all somehow be okay. Even in those moments that threatened to tear me and my heart apart, I knew that in my bones and that was everything to get.

It was everything and more. 

Now don’t get me wrong, while these books will break all of your emotions and push you to the edge about a bajillion times, it will also give you some seriously swoony and amazing love stories. Love stories packed with more heat and connection than you can shake a stick at. Love stories that still have that lightness to them, even with all of the glorious angst that push and pull you through it all. These love stories will own every part of you, and even when you think you can’t go on, they will show you the light and the hope of it all.

And they will have you knowing with everything you have that these characters are meant to be and that the love they share is something else.

Something so much more. Something truly special. Something you have to have with your entire heart and soul.

If there is one series you read this year, I highly recommend this one. It is emotional, gripping, and consuming on the deepest of levels. It will make you cry and hurt and feel like there is no happiness in sight, but then you will turn that corner. You will see the light. You will feel that hope that these characters do. You will feel it and see it and practically touch it, and it will show you that if you stick with it, if you stick with these characters, they will give you it all and they will make it better. They will show you just how amazing love can be if you fight for it, if you give your all for it, and if you find that one person to share it all with.

This series is one of the best I have ever read, and as sad as I am to leave the world of Bell Buckle, I cannot wait to get my hands on more books by this amazing author because her words are giving me everything right now!

And I am beyond desperate for more.

I’m basically an addict now. An emotionally masochistic addict who needs more emotional murder…and Corinne Michaels is my dealer of choice and I am READY for more of her words in my life!

The Hennington men and the women who bring them to their knees gave me stories that were meaningful, emotional, and all kinds of consuming. They definitely made me work for it and they sure as hell didn’t make it easy, but that is why I loved them SO MUCH. It’s the hard work, the feels and emotion, and the fight that exemplify who these characters are and why they’re all so meant to be.

I’m telling you, if you read these books, if you keep you’re heart open to these characters and what could be for them, you won’t be disappointed. 

Not one little bit. 

And in the end, you’ll be damn glad you took that emotional and breathtaking ride with them, because that ride? It’s everything. And then some. 

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~Say You’ll Stay~

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One word.

Stay.
It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

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~Say You Want Me~

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There’s no way I’ll fall for Wyatt Hennington.

He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I’m not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him.

It proves easier said than done.

When the doctor informs me I’m the winner of door prize number two, I put my life on hold and head back to Bell Buckle. Three months and if we can’t make this work, I’m gone.

The problem is—when the cards are stacked against us, and I can’t bring myself to leave him, I’ll finally know if he truly loves me or if all my fears were real . . .

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~Say I’m Yours~

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I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

I’m done being invisible.
It’s time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He’s kind, sexy, and attentive—everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time.
That my heart could mend, and I would be happy.
Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.

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~Say You Won’t Let Go~

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Emily Young had two goals in her life:
1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.

She was doing it. She was on her way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at her show in Dallas.

This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy she couldn’t afford to let distract her. But with his slow smile and rough hands, she just couldn’t keep away.

With outside forces conspiring against them, Cooper hires the McKay-Taggart team to protect her. Emily refuses to let Cooper get hurt because of her. All she wants is to hold onto him, but she knows the right thing to do is to let go . . .

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So there you have it y’all. My Summer of Series is officially done…and as sad as I am for both summer and this blog post series to be done, I’m so excited to jump into more books! I’m planning on binge reading more of Corinne’s books and then who knows where my reading mood will take me! The sky’s, or should I say my never-ending book pile, the limit. I want to thank you all for joining me this summer through this blog post series. I have read some incredible books, and I have loved sharing them with y’all! And I honestly can’t thank you enough for your support of me and this blog. I hope you know it means the world to me. 

Summer of Series: The PresLocke Series by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

Y’all I am IN LOVE with two men. Like I am deeply, wholly, and completely in love with two men.

And you know what?

I am 100% okay with that because these men, well they’re everything.

They are compassionate. They are sexy as hell. They are real and authentic. They are pure fire and goodness. And they are probably two of the best characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading and falling in love with.

They also happen to be beyond right for one another, and getting to read their love story is something that I will NEVER forget. Like ever. I am 100% positive these two men and their story will always own a part of my heart and I just love it. When I tell you there is something so special and so beyond right about the two of them and what you get with them, I mean that with every fiber of my soul.

These two are perfection in every sense of the word. They are fate defined. They are them through and through, and that is just part of what makes them my new fictional husbands and two utterly amazing characters that wooed themselves into my heart something fierce. 

So without further ado, I introduce my husbands to you…Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott aka PresLocke. (aka the current owners of my heart and soul.)

The PresLocke Series by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Let me start this series write up by saying that I have not read a story so consuming, so all-feeling and meaningful, and so full of fire in quite some time. When I say this book consumed me, I mean it OWNED me. From the very first page until the very last, I DEVOURED these books. I think from start to finish I read these books in 36 hours.

That’s how good they were. That is how much they owned me. That is how much I LOVED every moment with Ace and Dylan. That is how much I was wooed something fierce by this story. 

I could not put it down…I couldn’t put them down. I couldn’t turn away from Ace and Dylan. I couldn’t stop reading their story with everything that I had. I couldn’t stop feeling and living and breathing it all with them. I seriously chugged iced coffee at 11 o’clock at night to be able to stay up to finish these books. That’s how consuming they were. That’s how much I NEEDED everything with them. That is how much I LOVED these books.

I truly wish I had a stronger word than loved to use to describe what I felt for these two and what I got within their story. Love just doesn’t seem adequate enough to fully capture what I felt for them along the way. It just doesn’t seem like a strong enough word to describe the amazing, all-feeling, and unforgettable reading experience they gave me.

It just doesn’t seem like enough to capture them.

But honestly, I feel like that’s also fitting for Dylan and Ace and what I got with them because what those two share, what those two feel for one another, and what those two experience with one another is beyond words. 

It’s just so much more. So much glorious more. 

What Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank created in this series was spectacular. It was emotional and heartfelt. It was honest and real. It was funny and sweet. It was BURSTING with so much fire and connection. It was vulnerable and full of feels. It was Ace and Dylan. It was their story of love that felt so written in the stars that everything felt beyond right and meant to be. It was just everything.

It was everything and then some.

The PresLocke Series follows Ace Locke, the world’s number 1 action star, and Dylan Prescott, an up and coming model who cross paths in more ways than one. The two of them have a very memorable first meeting, and from there it’s off to the races for those two. Their connection is fierce. The pull they have to one another is fire. The feelings growing between them have the effect of the strongest magnet possible, and no matter how much is stacked against them, they want each other. They need each other. And the more they get to know each other and the more they start to fall off that edge into their sea of feelings, the more they realize that they might have just met the one person who will change everything.

The three books in this incredible series follow the development of their relationship as they face their fair share of troubles and hurdles, as they get to know one another on the deepest of levels, and as they see what true and honest love can bring them. Through every turn of that page, everything that comes their way, and through every twist and turn, you are in it with Dylan and Ace. You are in it with your heart wide open, feeling and experiencing it all with them, loving and living every second.

And it is the actual best.

That is a true testament to what Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank so fantastically create within this series that you get all of that and more. 

What I loved about this series was that it allowed both Dylan and Ace to be their true selves. It allowed them to feel. It allowed them to be who they are and who they were always meant to be. It allowed them to truly see themselves and to find everything they didn’t even know they didn’t. This story and what you get with them allowed them to be them. It allowed them to fully embrace everything. The fire, the pull, the spark, the emotions, and the reality of what was between them. It allowed them to live their truths, with full hearts and open eyes, and with a love that literally gave them everything.

It allowed them to give their hearts so honestly and deeply to one another, and for you as the reader, this story allows you to be through every second of that feeling it all. This series and its events weren’t always easy for these two, but let me tell you what they share and their love makes it all worth it.

So. Beyond. Worth it. 

What you get with Ace and Dylan will have you believing in the power of love. It will have you believing in everything that could be. It will have you knowing that there is something so inherently right about the two of them. And it will have you knowing with every fiber of your being that those two men are the perfect match for one another.

This series will give you everything you need and more.

It will make you melt and swoon. It will woo you. It will consume you in every way possible.  It will have you knowing that they were never to people more meant to be together than Ace and Dylan. Every word with them will have you knowing and believing that with all that you have. And when you reach that last page, and when you reach the end and are overwhelmed in the best way with their love and heart and just who they are, you will truly be forever grateful that you had the chance to experience it all with them.

I know I am.

I am truly and forever grateful that I met these two amazing men.

Their story is wholly and uniquely theirs. It is the pinnacle of emotion, vulnerability, and pure fire and connection. It is the story of what happens when you meet the one person who changes everything, who makes you see yourself, and who allows you to be the best you possible. It is a story of love. True, deep, selfless, feel it with every part of your heart, love.

It is a story of fate, of soul touching love, of fight and heart and of so much healing that will put every part of you together again.

It is truly one of the most special stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And as sad and a little devastated as I am as I sit here knowing that my time with them is done, I can’t help but just feel so beyond happy and thrilled and grateful that I had the chance to experience their story with them. It is truly something else and I will be forever grateful that I had the chance to experience their literal magic and amazingness.

So seriously, RUN yourself to these books and what these authors so beautifully and meaningfully created. I truly cannot recommend this story enough to y’all. It is hands down one of the best series I have ever read, and I will truly cherish the time I got with Ace and Dylan.

They made me laugh. They made me melt. They made me swoon. They made me feel and live and love. They made it all amazing. They made it them, through and through, in the most memorable and incredible way possible. 

And that, well that is the actual best. Just like them and just like these books.

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~Aced~

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What happens when these two worlds collide?

Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.

Though he recently made headlines for his public coming out, Ace is wary about pursuing a relationship, fearing what the court of public opinion will do to his career. But there’s something in the model’s expression that intrigues him and has him wondering what if?

Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy.

Outwardly confident, Dylan has no problem with his sexuality or his pretty-boy looks, and uses both to his advantage to get what he wants. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.

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~Locked~

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“ACE LOCKE JETS OFF TO SIN CITY WITH MYSTERY MAN”

Sorry, ladies—and fellas—Hollywood’s hottest action star, Ace Locke, is officially off the market!

The man on Locke’s arm has been identified as Dylan Prescott, the sexy new “it” model currently featured in the latest Calvin Klein ads. Sources tell TNZ the men met on the set of Locke’s upcoming action film Insurrection 2, and that “they only have eyes for each other.”
This is the first public gay relationship for Locke, who came out a year ago, and there has been much speculation on who would finally be the one to catch his eye.

According to multiple eyewitnesses, Locke whisked Prescott away on his private jet for a romantic weekend at Syn, the most exclusive hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. After pictures recently surfaced of the new couple, affectionately named PresLocke, it appears from the possessive way Locke keeps his new beau close that things are heating up.

The world is watching #PresLocke, and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on this budding relationship!

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~Wedlocked~

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Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them,
Loved and encouraged them,

Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine
Invite you to join

Ace Samuel Locke
and
Dylan Prescott

Saturday, the twenty-fourth of May
at six o’clock in the evening

The Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida

For love, laughter, and a happily ever after.

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So there you have it y’all, another must read series has been read and I could not be more in love! I am so glad I decided to do Summer of Series again because I have read some AMAZING books this summer and it has been the best! I thought this was going to be my last series I read before the end of summer, but since I devoured these books so quickly, I have time for another! I don’t know what I’m going to read next, but I know that I can’t wait to decide!! If you have any thoughts on what you think I should read next, be sure to let me know! I’d love to hear from you!