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To All the Boys I've Loved Before audiobook cover art

Like Finding a Box With 3 Thin Mints Left...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-19

I just felt like I didn't quite get what I went into this for. It was a well-written book, and it was definitely long enough (there were times I felt it was a bit too long, honestly). But for me, well, I just didn't turn that last page and let out a satisfied sigh. I felt like I had invested enough time into this story that I should come away happy, or at least emotionally drained, maybe. Am I asking too much of a novel? I don't think so. But it seems like so many others had glowing things to say about this story, that it just must be me. As I said, it was well written, and the basic story is interesting. It just didn't evolve in a way that suited me, personally. That doesn't me it won't work for you. :)

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Seriously Loving This Series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-19

Raven Black and the band of breeds she's learning to live with are characters I can relate to. In fact, their foundation, known as Keystone, bears a bit of a resemblance to the Isle of Misfit Toys from the old Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer film. Yeah, I know. That was a strange leap. But everyone at Keystone is a real misfit with a past they prefer to keep quiet and some audacious skeletons rattling in their closets. They don't even try to pretend to be normal-- they wouldn't know normal if it reached up and bit 'em. Yet every single one of them is beautiful, magnificent, and lovable in their own way.

The story line in this second book of the series is a cleverly woven and intriguing one. As Raven continues to struggle with finding her place in the house and most especially within the team, she finds herself in the tough position of trusting her instincts on the one guy she really hasn't trusted much from the get-go: her partner, Christian. As if this weren't bad enough, their amazing slow-burn sexual tension just continues to ratchet up with each day that passes. Sweet baby pigeons, these two are killing me!

Basically, everything a reader could ask for is within these pages. The villain is creepy and vicious, the characters are rich, the banter is often witty (sometimes deep or even philosophical), and the action is excellent. Raven and her band of misfits have me completely mesmerized.

Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City) audiobook cover art
  • Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City)
  • Knitting in the City
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge

A Nice Side Bar

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-19

While this wasn't my favorite in the series, it still has tons going for it. Greg and Fiona are an absolute powerhouse as a couple. They may be opposites in almost everything, but it's a total yin & yang thing. They complete each other to the point that they fill in each other's niches like water rushes to a hole in a bucket. She is completely his kryptonite and doesn't even realize her power.

This is fun, sweet, and passionate with rich dialogue and exceptionally strong characters.

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Yo-Ho-HO!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-19

Dang! This story is a virtual workout for all the feels--especially the funnybone! I loved the first Morgan Bros book, "Hero," and simply couldn't wait to hear what was in store for brother #2, affectionately known as Captain Morgan. Ryan's story starts out with the best bar pick-up ever, when he meets the love of his life and realizes the two of them are destined to be together forever. But, as he later describes it, he's left like Prince Charming with the glass slipper, pining for a woman he's already fallen for but can't locate. Ryan is a man obsessed.

Tessa, AKA T-Rod to those she works with, has played her cards a little closer to the vest. She may be obsessed, but no one really knows about her mystery man at the bar. Mainly because she's convinced he's a lying, cheating, scumbag who's not worth her time. So she's trying to move on after having made a deep, instant connection with him.

Lucky for them, fate plays another card and throws them together again. For a week. In paradise. This should make everything work out just right for them. Right? Yeah, not in the world of RumCake and T-Rod. Holy Cow. There are lies of omission, deflections, misdirections, friends & family interfering to help the couple while others are trying to separate them. Then there are the sharks circling Tessa for their shot at the Argentine beauty. This is a tropical cyclone of all things detrimental to a relationship. Looks like the Captain's boat is sinking fast...

As with the first book in the series, this story is full of wonderful characters that completely engage the reader from moment one. It's got awesome wit, great heart, and fiery passion that keeps those pages flipping to the end that seems to come way too fast even though the book itself is quite satisfying. While this is technically the second book in the series it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone.

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Blunt, Visceral, and Beautiful

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-19

This book completes the story of Doe and King, which began in the book called "King." As one would expect, this book is just as brutal, vivid, and gritty as the first. But then these people live by their own moral code, not bound by the conventions of traditional society. If violence and four-letter words are an issue, simply put, this will not be a book you'll enjoy.

The good news for Doe in this installment is that her memory is returning. That's also the bad news. It turns out it's still tough to know who to trust, and all is not as it seems. Even Mommy and Daddy, who put up a good front as model citizens are anything but... Then there's a little complication known as the baby-daddy, but that's several chapter's worth of whoa-what???

This cast of characters, especially Doe and King, who just seem to have been stomped on at every turn by life, keep trying to get back up and make another go at life again. This story will definitely keep you turning pages and hoping for a miracle or two. It will also remind you that NO ONE ever said life was fair.

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Dark, Gritty, Mind-Buzzing

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-19

It's hard to know who to trust when you don't know who you are any more. But that's Doe's dilemma these days. With no memories of her past or even her identity, Doe is like a lost ball in the weeds. She's doing things that just don't seem like the kind of things she would normally do, but her back is literally against a wall. She's in pure survival mode when she meets the scary man known as King. The man who cuffs her to his bed and tells her he owns her now.

This story is brutal, and dark as midnight. If you're looking for Prince Charming, you won't find him between these pages. Here you'll find seriously messed up people who want to pay that favor back by messing up others. You'll find raw language and gritty stories of how these damaged people got so screwed up in the first place. You'll find rape, torture, mutilation, kidnapping, murder, drug abuse, betrayal...and other forms of brutality these guys consider to be just part of a fun Saturday night.

King and Doe, along with their friends Preppy, Bear, and a host of truly crazy people, have an amazing story. But be warned, you won't get the full story here--because this book ends on a cliffhanger! You'll need to catch the next book, Tyrant, to finish their story!

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Knockout from the Beginning

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-19

I didn't see this one coming. The author was new to me. I just picked it up, hit play, and BAM! I was totally blindsided by this magnificently written (and narrated) tale right from the first few minutes. Just wow. To be honest, had I realized the author was one of the narrators, I actually might have steered clear of this one (I've had some bad experiences with authors reading their own work). But this. *sigh* This is romance at its very heartfelt best.

What are you looking for in a romance? Go ahead, really, this one ticks all the boxes. No, really. ALL of them. Even some you haven't thought of yet. Passion, plot, characters, humor, angst, family, wisdom, banter, millionaires, musicians, craziness... it's all here. Best of all, it's all fabulous. This Morgan Family is simply too much fun, especially with their overactive penchant for nicknames. I found myself literally laughing out loud at times as they threw nicknames around at each other, especially the names the four Morgan brothers called their one and only sister with unfortunate initials. Oh My Goodness.

So Colby and Lydia's story has stolen my heart and the Morgan Brothers have totally captivated me. I'm in this for the long haul, and I can't wait for Captain Morgan's story next. These guys...

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Awesome Start

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-19

Really interesting premise for a series by an author who has become a recent favorite of mine. A bit reminiscent of <I>The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen</i> except this crew is younger, less experienced, and unknown. But that's also what makes them so much fun. Especially when it comes to the main character, Raven Black. She's a crossbreed mage who's half vampire. Yeah, you read that right. She's been living on the fringes of society since she turned because she's not exactly legal. So she's been living a very non-glamorous life as a self-appointed vigilante. Until she has a chance to move up in the world.

She's really rough around the edges, which isn't entirely her fault given her circumstances. But combine that with her mouthy attitude and a penchant to be headstrong and extremely independent... well, that isn't exactly a recipe for a good team player. But what would you expect from a girl who's raised herself on the streets? She hasn't really gotten a fair hand in life so far.

Raven is an intriguing (and brash) character, but she's not the only one. This story is full of dynamic individuals with foibles, -isms, and issues. Together they make this a really interesting tale. The plot has plenty of action and intrigue as well as a fair amount of angst and slow burn passion. I'm very hooked. I'm hoping to see more from this band of amazing (slightly) misfit paranormals, including more passion with Raven and Christian, and hopefully some emotional growth as Raven matures a bit.

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Great Smokin' Cannon Ballz!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-19

This is Meghan March at her sizzlin', spicy, schmexy best. Characters are rich and engaging, realistic and raw. The plot races like a mountain man to the first bordello he's seen in years. Then there's the passion between Cannon and Drew: sweet screaming mafia princess. It's insanely hot.

The complexities and intricate details of these marvelous characters and the story they're woven into are what set this duet apart. It is at once mind-boggling and unforgettable. It's also the stuff of wonderful dreams.

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Be Still, My Heart!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-19

Even the "between the books" novella in this series is awesome. The pack leader Prince has been an enigmatic character that has appeared occasionally since book one when he brought a young Maizy to the Weston Pack. He's been such an interesting character: an Ancient of royal blood who refuses to mate with a shifter whose bloodline does not meet his standards, he seems closed off, wise, and patient. But not particularly friendly. He looks for a suitable mate, not necessarily love.

What he finds is a spitfire, and seemingly his opposite.

This story is so rich with character, it's just amazing. We finally GET Prince. His history is long, rich, and at times sad. It embodies loyalty and friendship, though, and these traits stand the test of time as he realizes he may once again have the chance to cross paths with his best friend who saved his life hundreds of years ago.

Even without the blazing love story of Prince and Nadia, I would have loved this novella. The steamy relationship was simply the fabulous dessert to the superb meal. Another wonderful addition to this series that has me completely addicted!