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BOOK REVIEW: THE WORST GUY BY KATE CANTERBARY

  • STAR RATING:  4 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 340 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED:   December 28th 2021 
  • PUBLISHER:  Vesper Press
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Eating disorder, Sexual content, Emotional abuse

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

SYNOPSIS

Eight weeks of forced proximity is a long time to hate someone you’re trying not to love.

Sebastian Stremmel doesn’t need another headache. He has enough of his own without Sara Shapiro, the noisy new reconstructive surgeon, stomping all around his surgical wing with her chippy, chirpy cheerfulness.

But Sebastian doesn’t usually get what he wants.

No one gets under his skin like Sara – so much so a heated “debate” and an exam room left in shambles later, they land themselves in eight weeks of hospital-mandated conflict resolution counseling. Now they’re forced to fight fair…which quickly leads them to playing dirty when no one’s looking. 

They know it’s a mistake.

They promise themselves it will never happen again.

They swear they got it out of their systems.

They didn’t.

I really enjoyed this, but it was a rough go at the start. That might be because I’m in the midst of one of the worst reading slumps of my entire life, or it might be that I’m not really into hate-relationships all that much. Or, you know, it could be a combination of the two, I suppose. BUT THAT’S NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, as I really did end up enjoying The Worst Guy. It’s my second Canterbary novel, and so far her record is 2/1. I loved, loved, loved In a Jam, but I DNFed The Belle and the Beard.

ANYWAY — Sebastian Stremmel is not a very nice guy, and well, Sara Shapiro isn’t all that nice, either. Though I did like her a helluva lot more than I liked Sebastian at the start. He’s grumpy, grouchy, and just plain mean sometimes. Put them together and it was like pouring gasoline on a fire. Things just sort of imploded. They picked on each other, teased each other, and they just plain shouted at each other. But when the clothes came off, damn they were hot together.

I loved that there were reasons behind who they were. I loved that Canterbary gave Sara and Sebastian horrible backstories. It made sense. Everything felt right — there was no part of this where I questioned whether it was realistic. It felt real, the way these two butted heads, but then sort of clicked together like magnets. This was great.

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BOOK REVIEW: IN A JAM BY KATE CANTERBARY

  • STAR RATING:  5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 474 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: September 18, 2022
  • PUBLISHER:  Vesper Press
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, abandonment, fatphobia

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey for grumpy/sunshine

SYNOPSIS

When Shay Zucconi’s step-grandmother died, she left Shay a tulip farm—under two conditions.

First, Shay has to move home to the small town of Friendship, Rhode Island. Second—and most problematic since her fiancé just called off the wedding—Shay must be married within one year.

Marriage is the last thing in the world Shay wants but she’ll do anything to save the only real home she’s ever known.

Noah Barden loved Shay Zucconi back in high school. Not that he ever told her. He was too shy, too awkward, too painfully uncool to ask out the beautiful, popular girl.

A lifetime later, Noah is a single dad to his niece and has his hands full running the family business. That old crush is the farthest thing from his mind.

Until Shay returns to their hometown.

Okay, so I picked In A Jam up after a few different bloggers and authors on Twitter wouldn’t stop praising it. I’m not a huge contemporary romance fan — I prefer historicals — but this one really pushed a lot of my buttons in a great way. Like, I didn’t want to do anything but sit down under a comfy blanket and read this book in one sitting. Unfortunately, life wouldn’t let me do that, but I still devoured this one.

Shay is a very competent kindergarten teacher. She’s friendly, loves to talk to kids, and more importantly, knows how to talk to kids. She wears goofy earrings, isn’t thin as a stick, and is, unfortunately, second guessing every decision she’s ever made. With good reason though — she was basically left at the altar by her no-good ex. I felt so, so bad for her, but what a wonderful group of friends she has that pick her right up and get her moving again. I really, really loved her character.

Noah is a no-nonsense lawyer-turned-farmer, and I love, love, love him. He’s gruff, grumpy, but oh my god does he fall HARD for Shay pretty much instantaneously. I am a sucker for a grumpy hero who does absolutely nothing but simp for his love. Like he is on her team IMMEDIATELY. He’d do just about anything for her, and frequently does. Hell, Noah offers to marry her just so she can inherit her farm! THAT’S NOT NOTHING.

Together, they are so, so steamy. They have chemistry right off the bat, and I loved how Canterbary wrote these two together. I will definitely be checking out more of her work, even if I wasn’t super into the first book I tried by her (The Belle and the Beard, in case you were curious.) But this book has me hoping for more like this. I want more like this right now, please. (Send me recs!!!)

The other characters in In A Jam are equally amazing — especially Noah’s niece, Gennie. I loved every second of her, and I ESPECIALLY loved that she actually sounded like a kid, and not like a weird baby-child-combo that some authors write. Shay’s friends were on her side constantly, and it was nice to see support without babying the person being supported. They were all also unique and not caricatures of types of people.

I would have read 92480234 more pages of this one. Five stars.

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BOOK REVIEW: WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING BY SAM HALL

the book cover for Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  3.5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 434 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED:  April 30th 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Kindle Unlimited
    WHAT SERIES?  The Wolfverse series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 2
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, possibly emotional abuse
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  Just check out my werewolves tag.

SYNOPSIS

Growing up I had nothing but my good grades and them. The Vanguard brothers are the golden boys of our school, destined to be the alphas of our pack. They’re possessive, scaring away everyone else who might get close to me… until the night of their first shift.

I’m been told over and over I can never be their mate, but the boy’s wolves have other ideas….So, I’m whisked away, told to forget them and I do, right up until they walk in through my door, telling me all the things I’d secretly dreamed of.

That I’m their fated mate, and that they refuse to settle for anyone else. But I’m forced to push them away.

Why?

Because their parents were right to send me away. I’ll never be what they need me to be, but these guys? Back then they never knew how to take no for an answer, and now they’re coming for me, whether I’m ready or not. 

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing was a different take on the werewolf romance genre than what I’m used to. In this particular verse, only alphas and omegas have wolf forms — betas are simply the neutral ground, regular ol’ plain humans, basically. Our main character, Riley, grows up being told over and over again that she’s a beta, that she’s not for her group of alpha friends. She’s grown up in a pack — her father was an enforcer for — but she’s not a wolf. The parents of her alpha friends drill into her over and over that she is not for them. It is awful emotional abuse, and one that the author handles well. In the end, Riley turns into an omega, and that was exceptionally cool.

I felt bad for Riley throughout the whole book, but wow does she fight the whole situation that she’s thrust into. She fights it hard, and after say…the third time she’s struggling with it, it got old. She does eventually give in obviously, but it took way, way too long in my opinion. Another problem I had with Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing was that only…three of the five alphas really have a personality. Colt, Haze, and Blake all have distinct things going for them, but the other two — Ryan and Fen are just sort of…there. I really would have loved more from them, but it’s just not present in the book.

The sex scenes were hot, but you really don’t get the typical werewolf stuff until the very, and I mean very end of the book. I missed that in the earlier portions of the book, but what are you gonna do, I guess.

Overall, a decent entry into the werewolf romance genre, but definitely not hitting all my werewolf buttons.

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*This review is being posted on a Saturday because I have too many other reviews coming out. This is not a normal occurrence.

BOOK REVIEW: THE TYRANT ALPHA’S REJECTED MATE BY CATE C. WELLS

the book cover for Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  4 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 382 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: November 12, 2021
  • PUBLISHER: Kindle Unlimited
    WHAT SERIES?  The Five Packs series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Tyrant Alpha’s Rejected Mate
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 2 so far, but I’d bet there’s probably going to be 5?
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Ableism, bullying, violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  I am unsure, I haven’t read enough of these kinds of books yet.

SYNOPSIS

He rejected me, and then he realized I’m the center of his world. Bummer.

Una
I keep my head down. In this backwards pack, females rank low, and my bad leg makes me damaged goods. It doesn’t help that I’ve never shifted. I don’t mind the late twenties single life, though. No one’s paying any attention as I build an illicit farmer’s market empire.

My roomies and I are doing it for ourselves, and if life under Killian Kelly is stifling, at least it’s predictable. We can deal.

But when biology finally kicks in, I lose my mind. I claim our alpha as my mate. And he rejects me in front of the whole pack. It’s all good. It only hurts when I breathe. I’ll survive. That’s what I do.

Who wants an arrogant jerk for a mate, anyway? I’ve got a business to run.

Killian
To lead this pack out of the dark ages, I’ve had to be hard. Merciless. I don’t flinch, and I don’t make mistakes.

Una Hayes isn’t my mate.

My wolf might have some kind of strange infatuation, but if she were mine, I’d know it. And I can walk away, can’t I? And if I keep coming back? If she starts living in my head?

I’m the strongest male in five generations. My pack scrambles to do my bidding. I can bring one quiet female back in line. No one can possibly be as stubborn as I am.

There’s no way I’ve ruined the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

I’m the Quarry pack alpha. I don’t lose.

I picked this KU paranormal romance up after seeing it on the Twitter of one of my trusted fellow booklovers. (When she said it was worth the read, I basically jumped at it.) You all know how much I love werewolves. And you certainly know how much I love romances, so combine the two together, and you basically have catnip for Jordyn. But dang, there are a lot of BAD werewolf romances out there, and I’m particularly picky when it comes to my favorite mythological creature.

So even if I’m extremely picky when it comes to werewolves, The Tyrant Alpha’s Rejected Mate was a whirlwind of fun. Killian and Una are something else together, but it does take them almost the whole book to get there. Killian has to grovel something FIERCE to make up to Una for humiliating her in front of their entire pack. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him figure out how to make her happy, and how to apologize for the pain that he had put her through.

Una, on the other hand, stood her ground and I loved her for it. I especially loved her wolf. What a queen. Killian’s wolf was WAY ahead of Killian himself, and that was also extremely entertaining.

I also love love love the reveal towards the end of the book. That made the rest of the book better, and honestly, yeah, it made everything make a little more sense. It was the perfect reveal. I would have read about 293408234 more books about these two. I’ll definitely be picking up the next, though I have heard it isn’t quite as good.

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BOOK REVIEW: CURSE OF THE WOLF KING BY TESSONJA ODETTE

the book cover for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
  • STAR RATING:  3 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 356 pages
  • WHAT SERIES? Entangled with the Fae Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Curse of the Wolf King
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 4
  • DATE PUBLISHED:  April 7th 2021
  • PUBLISHER: Crystal Moon Press
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexism, sexual content, bullying, panic attacks, kidnapping

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

SYNOPSIS

A beastly fae king with a deadly curse.
A devious bargain to break it…

All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again.

Unless…

Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse.

There’s just one hitch—to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot.

With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form—a wolf—and be lost to her for good.

Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater…her heart?

The other night, I picked up, started, and DNFed three whole books. Nothing was satisfying the urge I couldn’t quite defined. I knew I wanted a fantasy romance, but nothing was really hitting the spot after the last book I read. I picked up Curse of the Wolf King after initially starting the second book in the series — Heart of the Raven Prince. I hate starting things in the middle, so I went back and started the first book.

Curse of the Wolf King is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with fae. Sound familiar? Probably, because that’s exactly what A Court of Thorns and Roses is, too. I love a good fae book, but this one was just okay. The writing was tolerable, the plot middling, and the characters…frequently infuriating.

Gemma is our main character — the Belle of the book, so to speak — and she is not very nice. She spends most of the novel desperately wishing to not be around people because they might judge her for her past “scandal”. Except no one in town knows about the scandal, because it happened far away. So she’s prejudging these people before they can judge her. Gemma is “special’ because she reads books instead of hoping for a husband.

Elliot is our Beast, and he is…well he’s a piece of work at first. He’s the unseelie king of the Winter Court. Once he gets he warms up to Gemma, he’s a bit of a cinnamon roll, but a first he’s infuriating and stubborn. No different than the original Beast, of course. The whole gist of the book is that they (Gemma and Elliot) must break the curse on him before all the petals fall from the roses in his garden. The curse being, of course, that a human must be willing to sacrifice their greatest treasure. Otherwise, the curse will kill Elliot (and the people living on his estate.) So Gemma comes up with a kind of stupid plan to manipulate her most hated townsperson into falling in love with Elliot and breaking his curse.

You can see where this goes wrong.

Anyway, the first half of the book is much better than the second half. The author writes yearning much better than they write actually being in a relationship. Overall, this was just okay — here’s hoping my next read is much better.

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BOOK REVIEW: DARK NIGHT, GOLDEN DAWN BY ALLISON CARR WAECHTER

the book cover for Dark Night Golden Dawn by Allison Carr Waechter

STAR RATING:  almost 3ish stars
PAGE LENGTH: 411 pages
WHAT SERIES? The Immortal Orders
WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Dark Night, Golden Dawn
HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Unknown
CONTENT WARNINGS: Mentions of past abuse by partner, gore,

IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

SYNOPSIS

In a city where the elite are powerful as gods, the season is about to begin. The Immortal Orders will gather, pair and create a spectacle for all of Nuva Troi to witness.

Harlow Krane is a sorcière who wants nothing more than to recover from her most recent breakup in peace. When the season begins, her Order needs her help to save their ancestral occult district from being taken over by the Illuminated, the most powerful immortals in Nuva Troi. They offer to back off—if Harlow agrees to pair with their most eligible bachelor, Finn McKay. But Harlow has been burned by Finn before.

Finn McKay is one of the Illuminated. Rich, powerful, and he isn’t afraid of anyone—except for his parents. When they push him towards Harlow Krane, he knows their purposes are sinister at best. For the past seven years, Finn has done everything in his power to stay away from Harlow and he won’t break his resolve now, even if it means defying his parents. As the season begins, it’s clear something is dangerously wrong but besides Finn, only Harlow seems to notice.

With magic behaving strangely, the balance of power between the Immortal Orders and humans grows deadlier by the day. Harlow and Finn must work together to keep ancient grudges from resurfacing and take back their lives in the process. If they can get over their past, the whole world may have a brighter future.

Dark Night, Golden Dawn should have been a five star book for me. It had so many of my absolutely favorite tropes (vampires, mating, there’s a social season like in historical romances etc.), but ultimately, it fell more than a little flat. My biggest problem with the book lies with the main character, Harlow. For most of the book, she is a limp, boring noodle. She has little personality other than wondering why anyone likes her at all. (The author writes a reason for this into the story, but it didn’t really solve the issue for me.) Despite having the world’s worst self-confidence, Harlow is good at practically everything, other than standing up for herself and doing something to make herself interesting.

Finn, Harlow’s love interest, is slightly more interesting than her. He is the typical alpha male, a perfect specimen with awesome powers. He is protective, and always willing to take a step back to make sure Harlow is comfortable with how things are going. They have a rocky past together, but Harlow gets over this surprisingly quickly.

The plot and the world built in Dark Night, Golden Dawn is vastly interesting. The author has fantastic ideas, but the actual book just does not equal up to a fantastic story. The writing itself tends to be on the more boring side — too simple and plain to really paint a picture of what’s going on. The sex scenes should have been steamy, but instead felt overly bland. We get so much of Harlow hating and doubting herself when we should have gotten more descriptions of the world, of the plot, of what was going on.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. If I remember about Dark Night, Golden Dawn when it’s sequel comes out, I might grab it. But I have a feeling this book might fade in my memory — it just has no sticking points. Dark Night, Golden Dawn is available on Kindle Unlimited.

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