Twisted Hate by: Ana Huang

Twisted Series book 3


He hates her…almost as much as he wants her.

Gorgeous, cocky, and fast on his way to becoming a hotshot doctor, Josh Chen has never met a woman he couldn’t charm—except for Jules f**king Ambrose.

The beautiful redhead has been a thorn in his side since they met, but she also consumes his thoughts in a way no woman ever has.

When their animosity explodes into one unforgettable night, he proposes a solution that’ll get her out of his system once and for all: an enemies with benefits arrangement with simple rules.

No jealousy.

No strings attached.

And absolutely no falling in love.


Outgoing and ambitious, Jules Ambrose is a former party girl who’s focused on one thing: passing the attorney’s bar exam.

The last thing she needs is to get involved with a doctor who puts the SUFFER in insufferable…no matter how good-looking he is.

But the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes there’s more than meets the eye to the man she’s hated for so long.

Her best friend’s brother.

Her nemesis.

And her only salvation.

Theirs is a match made in hell, and when the demons from their past catch up with them, they’re faced with truths that could either save them …or destroy everything they’ve worked for.

Content Warnings: Explicit sexual content, bullying, violence, grief, anxiety, death, murder, misogyny, abandonment, torture, blood/gore, and medical trauma. Mention of: child abuse, child neglect, child endangerment, grooming, sexual assault, predatory behavior, rape, coercion, toxic relationships, parental abandonment, stalking, kidnapping, blackmail, revenge porn, and suicidal ideations.

Ever since I read, and loved Twisted Love, where we get to see a few fiery interactions between Jules and Josh I knew I needed to read their book. We get enemies to lovers between Ava’s [the MC of Twisted Love] BFF and older brother and it is steamy.

Seven years ago Jules befriended Ava and Josh has been against the friendship ever since. Only seeing Jules as a bad influence who’s prone to trouble Josh doesn’t want his younger sister anywhere near her and has been very vocal about it.

A lifetime of people disregarding and making assumptions about her has led Jules to despise anyone who looks down on her especially overconfident, and rude, future doctors like Josh Chen.

Both Jules and Josh are positive they know exactly who the other is…and hate them. Little do they know when forced together they may find they’re not that different after all.

I was not prepared for how good this book was. A fan of enemies to lovers and the BFF’s brother tropes I knew I was going to enjoy reading this book I just didn’t anticipate how much. Not only do we get great tropes between Jules and Josh but we also get to see Josh handle his severed relationship with his father and his ex-BFF Alex. Getting to see both characters face their pasts and overcome them had me cheering for them individually as well as together.

Knowing nothing about book four, which will feature Stella and Christian, I’m excited to see what happens. I feel like we’ll finally get more information about the stalker Stella dealt with, and since Christian is in security maybe she goes to him for help…really curious to see their love story unfold.

All the Duke I Need by: Caroline Linden


About a Rogue review [Desperately Seeking Duke book 1]

A Scot to the Heart review [Desperately Seeking Duke book 2]

She’s a duchess in all but name

Philippa Kirkpatrick has been raised at Carlyle Castle by her doting guardian, the Duchess of Carlyle. Preoccupied with the succession of the dukedom and the duke’s health, the duchess has left the estate in Philippa’s hands—and Philippa is determined not to let her down.

He’s not a duke at all . . .

The arrival of a new estate steward should be a relief, but instead it threatens to upend everything. William Montclair is handsome, brash, and scandalously bold. The horrified duchess wants to sack him on sight. Philippa is just as shocked . . . but also, somehow, charmed.

But could he be her hero?

Carlyle cannot be her home forever, but Philippa is determined to leave it in good hands. She means to teach Will how to run the estate properly and love Carlyle as she does. The more time she spends with Will, though, the more she likes him . . . trusts him . . . even loves him. Unfortunately, she’s also more and more certain that Will is keeping secrets that could break her heart.

Content Warnings: Detailed sexual scenes, blood, loss of loved ones, and racism.

Having read the first two books in this series I, wrongly, assumed I’d already figured out the plot of this book. I have a feeling this is just a trilogy but I really hope we get more novellas or a spin-off so I can get to know more of the characters we’ve met in all three books. There is a novella between books one and two and another between books two and three that I need to get my hands on and read but I desperately need more after finishing book three.

Philippa’s father married the duchess’s only daughter when Philippa was young and she has lived in and been a loved member of the Carlyle household ever since. Having lost her mother, then father, and then stepmother she’s developed a close bond and relationship with the duchess and takes care of a lot of the runnings of the Carlyle household.

William has never managed an estate before and wasn’t raised knowing English etiquette, which has everyone a bit curious as to how well he’ll do as the new estate steward. Determined to ensure he’s up to the task William aggressively starts petitioning for repairs and upgrades all over the Carlyle lands which overwhelms and shocks the duchess. Having only lost their last steward a few years ago the Duchess, and Philippa, are shocked at the number of structures that William claims are in disrepair.

Constantly at odds with Philippa, and the Duchess, William is sure he won’t last long in his position but refuses to back down on all the changes he deems necessary. Once Philippa realizes that the lands do in fact need a lot of upgrades she takes it upon herself to teach William how to explain things in a way that will make the Duchess more receptive to the changes. The more they work together the harder it is for them to ignore their attraction.

I adored the banter between Philippa and William and seeing how hard they both tried to fight the attraction they shared. Wishing this book was a little longer so I could have gotten more out of the ending. I’m really hoping we get to see a spin-off series, or at least one final novella, that will allow us to get, at least, one more glimpse of this world and all its characters.

A Wolf Apart by: Maria Vale


THE LAST WOLF review [The Legends of all Wolves Book 1]

In this stunningly original wolf shifter romance, can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?

Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying, and Thea’s heart aches for the man who could so easily become her wolf…

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained…

She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding.

Thea Villalobos, she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back.

Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.

Content Warnings: Detailed sexual scenes, violence, blood/gore, animal death, childbirth complications, and murder. Mention of torture, loss of loved ones, kidnapping, and miscarriages.

Having read, and enjoyed, THE LAST WOLF, in February, I knew I wanted to pick up book two and dive in…and it did not disappoint. Even though I prefer multiple narratives, and so far THE LAST WOLF and A WOLF APART have both been single narratives…I really enjoyed both of them.

In A WOLF APART we get to know Elijah, one of the pack that lives among humans, in order to help protect their secrets as well as ensure they have money to protect their land and people. After thirty years of living away from home and being forced to fit in with humans…Elijah is tired and scared that he’s losing himself to the role he’s been forced to play.

At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to connect or empathize with Elijah because he mentions the designers he wears a lot and talks about all the women he sleeps with but has zero attachment to, but within a few chapters his narrative opens up more and you start to see the pain he’s in and his desperation to not lose himself.

When he first meets Thea, someone who finally sees through the BS, he’s instantly attracted and wants to get to know her…but due to his autopilot playboy ways, they start out on the wrong foot. I actually really loved seeing this relationship develop only from Elijah’s perspective because we really get to see his insecurities and fear of not being enough for Thea without being reassured by her perspective. With only Elijah’s POV, I feel like I was able to truly understand his need, and almost desperation, for connection.

There was only one loose end that wasn’t tied up by the end…I’m hoping it’s brought up in book three and we get full closer because it seemed weird that it was kind of a big deal and then the book ends without neatly tieing it up.

Overall I really enjoyed getting to know Elijah and Thea and I can’t wait to get my hands on book three! If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with a deep history, and laws, associated with its pack I highly recommend giving this series a go.

Under the Oak Tree S1V2 by: Suji Kim

Season One Volume 2 [Chapters 40-78]

Maximilian (Maxi), the eldest daughter of the Croyso family, grows up being abused by her father. As a consequence of the physical and mental trauma, she develops a crippling inferiority complex about both her stutter and her physical appearance as well as a general lack of self-respect.

When Maxi’s father, Duke Croyso, receives a royal order from the King to fight the Red Dragon Sektor, he decides to marry his daughter off to Riftan Calypse, a peasant knight. Duke Croyso’s plan is to push off his martial responsibilities to his son-in-law. Maxi thus finds herself forced into a marriage with a man she barely knows. The newlyweds spend their first night together, but they become separated immediately as Riftan leaves for war early next morning.

Fast forward three years later, and the couple reunites when Riftan comes back to the city to celebrate his victory in war. Although the two spent only one night together and Riftan is a stranger to Maxi, she is afraid that he might want to divorce her, for the divorce would mean a death sentence for the young woman.

What are Riftan’s intentions? Will Maxi find the strength to overcome her trauma and lack of self-confidence? Will the couple survive and find love against all odds?

Content Warnings: Graphic sexual scenes/situations, violence, blood/gore, bullying, child abuse, rehashing of verbal/physical/emotional abuse, ableism, PTSD, and anxiety.

We pick up directly where volume one left off getting to see a lot of day-to-day activities that Maxi does while continuing to try to prove her worth. Afraid that Riftan could decide to divorce her Maxi is determined to prove her usefulness at the castle. Still working on decorating the castle and improving the grounds Maxi is busy throughout the day.

I wasn’t as invested in this volume as I was the first…I was hoping to see more progress in Maxi coming into her own and finding her inner strength. The next volume sounds like it will be full of situations that will test Maxi, not only testing her individually but testing her trust/faith in her connection to Riftan. Both Maxi and Riftan are still secretive about their inner thoughts and feelings and I look forward to their trust, and love for each other, growing to where they finally feel free to completely open to one another.

A Song of Secrets by: Jayci Lee

Hana Trio #1

World-renowned cellist Angie Han is desperate to save her trio’s chamber music society. So when she discovers that her ex Joshua Shin is the anonymous composer setting the classical music world on fire, she asks for his help. The sexy musician agrees to an uneasy truce to protect his secret success. But when their passion reignites, Angie’s own secrets may be exposed. Will Joshua ever trust her again? And will what’s keeping them apart ever lead them to happily-ever-after? From Harlequin Desire: A luxurious world of bold encounters and sizzling chemistry. Love triumphs in this uplifting romance, part of the Hana Trio series: launches her new series with a reunion that strikes the perfect note. Will his secret reunite them? Her secret tore them apart.

Content Warnings: Detailed sexual content, death of a parent due to cancer, and loved one dealing with heart issues.

Angie and Joshua met and fell in love in college…until, seemingly, out of nowhere Angie broke Josh’s heart. Ten years later, to save the chamber music society, she’s willing to put herself out there and ask for Josh’s help.

This was a novella, and I wish it would have been full length. I would have loved to see more of the world surrounding Angie and Josh. It’s mentioned that their families used to be rivals, because of the companies they owned, and I would have loved to see more about that. With them both being part of wealthier families I would have also loved to see that they were from the same circles and see some characters, or situations, that showed that.

Overall I found this to be a fun and quick read, easily light enough to cover during a leisurely visit to the beach. I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy and seeing if more layers are added to the world surrounding them.

Legacy of the Lost Mage: Jaeth’s Eye by: K.S. Villoso

The Agartes Epilogues #1

A hero’s daughter is caught between two brothers and a war involving a witch’s beast. From the author of the critically acclaimed The Wolf of Oren-yaro rediscovers the epic fantasy adventure that pits old legacies against a necromancer’s beast in a tale praised for its complex narrative, character development, rich worldbuilding, and a riveting conclusion.

Sume Kaggawa promised her father a dragon. Abandoned by an older brother who dreamed of grand adventures, she is the only hope left for a family fallen on hard times. A deal with a shadowy mage traps her in a conspiracy between greedy merchants and forgotten kings. For the chance to revive her family name and be everything her brother could never be, Sume must sign away her life and freedom–or forever doom her bloodline to failure.

Meanwhile, the mercenary Kefier finds himself chased down by former associates after a botched job leaves his friend dead. Already once branded a murderer, he crosses paths with his friend’s sister Sume and the merchant-mage, Ylir. Their intertwined fates brings them to the crux of a conflict with the first fire-breathing dragon seen in the continent for decades. But the dragon may very well not be a dragon, but a demon hell-bent on corrupting those in its path…including the three running head-first into it.

The 5th Anniversary Edition of the debut trilogy from the author of the critically acclaimed The Wolf of Oren-yaro rediscovers the epic fantasy adventure that pits old legacies against a necromancer’s beast in a tale praised for its complex narrative, character development, rich worldbuilding, and a riveting conclusion.

Content Warnings: Alcoholism, loss of loved ones, violence, death, blood/gore, abuse, confinement, child sacrifice, attempted rape, sexual assault, and sexism.

Having read, and loved, Villoso’s CHRONICLES OF THE BITCH QUEEN trilogy I knew that I needed to read more of their work. When I found out that this series takes place in the same world, just at a different time period, I was ecstatic to jump back in…and it did not disappoint.

This is one of those fantasy novels that bounces between a lot of different perspectives and in the beginning a lot of those narratives might not make sense but by the end we get to see how connected they all are. I absolutely love stories like this, when you really have to pay attention to see the whole picture by the end. Though I still need to read books two and three I have a feeling that this series is going to be another one that I adore re-reading.

The two main narratives that I enjoyed, and I feel like we get the most from, are that of Sume and Keifer. Sume, at the start is a sixteen year old, small town girl, who yearns for adventure like her father and older brother have been part of. Keifer, though still young himself, at nineteen, has had a rough life filled with pain that has left him jaded in some ways while still remaining very naive in others.

I love how Villoso always writes characters that are shades of gray, not one could ever be considered fully good or fully evil. The best part is, though certain characters I may love now…who knows what could happen between now and the end of book three that could have me changing my mind. I’m so glad that I was able to get my hands on this book and I can’t wait to read the other two!

The Reader by: Traci Chee

An instant New York Times Bestseller, this is a stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of. Perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize and nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book–a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed–and punish the people responsible.

Content Warnings: Violence, blood/gore, torture, murder, PTSD, child soldiers, death of loved ones, and mention of cannibalism.

This is one of those books that just gets better each time you read it. The first time I read this book I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into. Traci has created such a magical world that you can’t help wanting to fully explore.

In this first book, we’re introduced to a bunch of different characters, as well as jumping between a bunch of different perspectives. Altogether, we bounce between seven different people’s perspectives/stories in book one.

Our main journey, that we follow, is Sefia’s as she’s thrust into the world alone and must find answers that she didn’t know she needed. When the story first begins Sefia is 14, close to 15, and as we are closer to the end of the book she is 16. Sefia has lost everyone she’s ever cared about and is determined to hunt those that hunt her in order to get answers and revenge for all that she’s lost.

Along her journey Sefia meets, and frees, Archer a young man who was taken as a child, scarred, and forced to fight other young boys to the death. The trauma of being forced to murder, and then being locked in a box for extended periods of time, caused Archer to not only forget his past but also to become mute. After Sefia sets him free, unaware of who he is or where he’s from, Archer decides to follow Sefia and help her get answers from, and revenge on, those that have wronged them.

As we draw closer, to the end of the book, some of the perspectives/stories start to connect. When I first read this book, I struggled to see why there were so many different stories being told, and so many perspectives being switched too. Upon this re-read, I’m in even more awe of the way Traci has woven, and connected, all these stories together. Traci truly is an amazing storyteller.

Fun things you’ll find within these pages are…A world without a written language, pirates, war themes, secret societies, cannibals, magic, prophecies, and so much more.

This is definitely a story that you’ll want to re-read so you can see the breadcrumbs of how all the different stories are connected. Having read this book three times now…I’m still in awe of how Traci crafted this book and that THIS was her debut novel. Such a fantastic fantasy world that I love to immerse myself in.

Not going to lie…this book took me a bit to get into (like 150 pages *nervous laugh*)…but once I did…I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN! I’m not used to reading a book that switches between a bunch of different viewpoints, so that threw me off a bit, and it’s so mysterious…just giving you little bits of information at a time…amazing story though. I’m so glad I bought the entire trilogy so I don’t have to wait to start book 2!

In the Event of Love by: Courtney Kae

Releases: August 30th, 2022

I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Morgan Ross can plan world-class events, but she didn’t plan on returning to the hometown that broke her heart seven years ago—and re-discovering the girl of her dreams…

With her career as a Los Angeles event planner imploding after a tabloid blowup, Morgan Ross isn’t headed home for the holidays so much as in strategic retreat. Breathtaking mountain vistas, quirky townsfolk, and charming small businesses aside, her hometown of Fern Falls is built of one heartbreak on top of another…

Take her one-time best friend turned crush, Reed. The memory of their perfect, doomed first kiss is still fresh as new-fallen snow. Way fresher than the freezing mud Morgan ends up sprawled in on her very first day back, only to be hauled out via Rachel’s sexy new lumberjane muscles acquired from running her family tree farm.

When Morgan discovers that the Reeds’ struggling tree farm is the only thing standing between Fern Falls and corporate greed destroying the whole town’s livelihood, she decides she can put heartbreak aside to save the farm by planning her best fundraiser yet. She has all the inspiration for a spectacular event: delicious vanilla lattes, acoustic guitars under majestic pines, a cozy barn surrounded by brilliant stars. But she and Rachel will ABSOLUTELY NOT have a heartwarming holiday happy ending. That would be as unprofessional as it is unlikely. Right?

Content Warnings: Loss of parent due to cancer and an alcoholic family member.

Formula wise this book has a lot of tropes, and themes, that I love, we have childhood BFFs with a second chance at romance, set in a small town at Christmas…and yet I didn’t love this book like I thought I would.

This book is set entirely from the perspective of Morgan Ross…who I found to be really unlikeable and narcissistic. Understandably when Morgan originally left home she was young and immature but it felt like she didn’t really do any emotional growth during the seven years she was away. If we’d gotten Rachel’s POV, as well, maybe I could have connected to her perspective, and it would have helped me understand why everyone so readily forgave Morgan’s behavior.

I wish more time would have been spent on Morgan self-reflecting and perhaps getting therapy to help her work through the trauma she still let’s affect her relationships…instead of so much time having Morgan blame everyone else for the problems she’s faced. With the lack of time spent on self-reflection, although this book ends with a seemingly HEA, it really just feels like an HFN. I don’t feel like the story showed growth in Morgan, in a way that would lead me to believe she won’t self-sabotage again…and that makes me so sad.

When I originally read the summary of this book I was so excited to read a sapphic romance, between two estranged childhood best friends, and watch a second chance romance occur in a small town during the holiday season…sadly this book just didn’t hit me in the feels like I thought it would. The flashbacks and stories told to Morgan, by her father and old boss, gave me the warm fuzzy feelings I was looking for but the overall story just fell flat for me.

The Curse of a Faeblood by: M.K. Lorber


What happens when a human falls in love with a Faeblood?

An orphaned Faeblood raised in isolation, all Ember wants is to fulfill her childhood wish of finding others who share her gift, her curse. But when forced on the run after the murder of her mother, she struggles to survive without the only family she’s ever known.

In the harsh territories, life favors those with strong bodies able to fulfill the annual tithe — men like Gavyn, elite fighter and head trainer. As the right hand to the village’s cunning leader, he earns a hardened reputation creating a brotherhood he’ll defend to the death.

At first glance, the Kingdom of Morvak seems like a prosperous mountain realm. But the greedy ruling Faeblood are in constant fervor to assert their control over the human populace. For generations, the divide between the peasant class and the magical nobility has been absolute.

Until a Faeblood emerges outside the Castle walls and threatens the delicate balance of power.

As Ember and Gavyn risk their lives to save their loved ones, they must decide if embracing the passion smoldering between them is worth the heartache it brings to their found family.

Perfect for those who crave spice in their adventures, The Curse of a Faeblood is Gavyn and Ember’s story — featuring a grumpy hero, a sunshiny heroine, and a steamy happily-ever-after.

I received a finished copy of this book, through Best of Booktok, in exchange for an honest review.

Content Warnings: Blood/gore, violence, murder, racism, classism, loss of loved ones, and detailed sexual scenes.

I stumbled onto the summary of this book when I got an email from and was instantly intrigued. Since I was sent a free physical copy, to annotate to my heart’s content, I went ahead and read it on KU first and then annotated through my physical copy. I really love having my highlights posted on Goodreads, so if I have a book that also has a KU option, or it’s readily available on the Libby app, I’ll go ahead and read the digital version first. One of the reasons I like to do this is convenience, if it’s a thicker book and I need to run errands I can leave the book at home and pull the e-book up on my phone.

As a sucker for main character evolutions, I LOVED watching Ember go from a scared wanderer, taught that relationships cause complications and she needed to always be moving, to someone who found a home and a new family that loved and accepted her. Watching her learn to trust in herself, and others, as well as finding her own strength, both magically and physically, had me cheering for her throughout the book.

We also watch Gavyn, someone who’s always been made to feel like, outside of his brothers and sisters, no one would ever want to be with him for more than a few nights. Watching Gavyn go from a gruff, and VERY grumpy, man to someone who finally feels like maybe he deserves a HEA with someone who shines brightly…had me wanting to squish his cheeks and give him a hug.

Ember was taught to only be loyal to and protect herself…Gavyn was taught to only protect and be loyal to his siblings…but together they learn to see the value in themselves, as well as each other…and maybe the risk is worth the reward of opening up to each other.

I enjoyed Ember and Gavyn’s love story so much and cannot wait until next April when we get another book, and another couple’s love story, in this series. Having enjoyed the lore, and characters we met, in book one I’m excited to see how it expands in book two.

A Galaxy Next Door Vol 1 by: Gido Amagakure

Released: April 26th, 2022

I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since their father died, Ichiro Kuga has struggled to support his two younger siblings on nothing but a small inheritance and his passion for drawing manga. But it’s becoming harder to keep up with his growing responsibilities and deadlines, especially after his last two assistants quit to follow their dreams. Just as he’s nearing his breaking point, the beautiful and scarily competent Shiori Goshiki applies to become his new assistant. But there’s something almost otherworldly about Goshiki, and soon Kuga finds his reality turned upside down when she suddenly declares them engaged to marry!

I stumbled on the summary of this book on Netgalley and knew I needed to give it a read! After losing his father Ichiro works hard, as a manga author, to provide for his two younger siblings and ensure they’re well taken care of. Life can get a little hectic trying to balance the responsibilities he faces as an older brother, as well as an artist with deadlines but Ichigo is determined to provide for his family and still pursue his dreams of being a successful manga author.

Though the loss of Ichigo’s father is discussed, overall, this is a very sweet and light-hearted read that had me giggling in joy and secondhand embarrassment.

Shiori and Ichigo are so adorable and somewhat socially awkward, Shiori because she’s not from our planet, and Ichigo because he’s more introverted and isolated due to all his responsibilities. From start to finish both characters had me cracking up and cheering them on.

Another thing I loved was that the author included some translation information in the back, in case anyone’s newer to Japanese culture. I also found out there’s an actual name, in Japan, for a common trope I adore [at least in media lol]…the trope is called: kabedon and it’s when one character slams their hand against a wall trapping the other character. So many Jdramas, and Kdramas, I’ve watched have had me squeeing, in fangirl, when the main love interest does this to the hero/heroine.

I’m so glad I stumbled onto the summary of this book and I cannot wait until more volumes are translated to English!

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