[ARC] Absinthe by Winter Renshaw

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Synopsis: 

The name on the screen was “Absinthe.”

I knew her as the sultry voice blowing up my phone for late night chats about Proust and Hemingway interspersed between the best phone sex I never knew I could have.

We’d never met.

Until the day she walked into my office, her cherry lips wrapped around a candy apple sucker and an all too familiar voice that said, “They said you wanted to see me, Principal Hawthorne?”

Review:

4 starsarc

ab•sin•the
n o u n
highly intoxicating,
dangerously addictive,
and formerly forbidden
. . . until now.

This is Taboo. This is so wrong it’s right. And oh my god did I enjoy this forbidden love story. I was a bit unsure when I read the blurb. A high school student and a professor? I don’t know. . . but now I do know. And. Holy. Shit.

Absinthe is the story about a young girl and a man who meet each other online, creating an unbreakable bond. Halston have had it rough. She grew up in an unstable family environment and it has made her strong. She’s now living with her Uncle and his family. Halston is a bit older and wiser than the other students in her grade.

Ford is new to town. He’s the new principal at the high school Halston attends. They both meet on a dating app, Karma. Both having no idea who the other person is and only knowing each other by their usernames, Absinthe and Kerouac. This dating app let’s their users have complete anonymity. Only till you reach an amount of points do you get to see their profile pic, email adress and phone number.

When Absinthe and Kerouac start chatting there’s instant sparks. They’re so different yet so much alike. They build a unique friendship, sharing and caring about each other, still not knowing who the other person really is. But the moment they find out about who they’re really chatting with, things get interesting.

They can’t be together, it’s against the rules, it’s not right, but yet they find it hard to let each other go. They’ve become so attached through their constant chatting and talking on the phone that it is impossible to ignore the obvious connection they have with each other. I loved the pace of the story, it wasn’t slow and neither was it too fast. This is the real kind of taboo. If you love forbidden lovers books, this one is for you.

[ARC] Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

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Synopsis: 

Racer McKay is a broody bastard.

From the moment I met him, he’s been rude, irritable, and unbearable. And worse? He’s broke.

A contractor working to remodel my parents pool house for extra cash, he stomps around in those clunky construction boots with his tool belt wrapped around his narrow waist, and a chip on his shoulder.

Racer McKay is also infuriatingly . . . sexy as hell. I want to take that pencil tucked behind his ear, and draw lazy lines slowly up and down his body all the while wanting to strangle him at the same time.

We try to stay out of each other’s way . . . that is until I have no other option but to ask for his help.

But what I don’t realize is he needs me just as much as I need him. I have money he’s desperate for, and he holds the key to making my dreams come true.

Our pranks turn from sarcastic banter, to sexual tension and lust-filled glances. Bickering matches quickly morph into slow burn moments. We’re hot, we’re cold. We push and pull. I need him, I don’t want him. We’re on the verge of combusting with an agreement dangling dangerously between us. Neither one of us can afford to lose one another and yet, we’re finding it quite hard to decipher the line that rests between love and hate.

*Twisted Twosome is a stand alone romantic comedy.

Review:

5stars

Oh My Goodness.

This Romantic Comedy was amazing!


Georgina Westbrook has dreams of opening her own bridal dress store. But after her father rejects her ideas and refuses to invest in her business, her brother steps up and gives her the money she needs. But her father will do anything in his power to see that her dreams do not become reality. So he orders every construction company to deny helping Georgina. So she approaches the moody and arrogant man who’s working for her father. Racer McKay.

❝ I need a penis in my life, and I need it now… Before I do something stupid like throw myself at the disgusting, pigheaded – way too hot – Racer McKay. ❞ 

Racer Mckay is broke. He is struggling to pay bills and keeping food in the fridge. He’s not interested in helping Georgina. In his eyes she is like every rich child. Bossy, snobby and living in her own world where there are no problems. But he’s desperate for money and she’s willing to pay him good money, so he agrees to help her. But he has some conditions of his own; she can’t walk around the place in her high heels and fancy skirts and she’ll let him do his work.

❝ He’s my friend. I have another friend in my corner, and with a flawsome man like Racer McKay in my corner, I know I’m extremely lucky. ❞ 

While working on the store, they bicker and banter and play pranks on each other but there’s also so much sexual tension between them.

I love Meghan Quinn’s way of writing and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read by her. There was nothing different with this one. It was hilarious and sexy and just absolutely awesome. I loved Racer from the first time he appeared in My Best Friend’s Ex, he was hilarious and so sweet and I got to see a whole different side of him. Georgina was so passionate and driven it was a pleasure to read how she became stronger as an individual.

[ARC] The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise, #2) by Aly Martinez

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

Review:

5stars

❝ Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me… ❞ 

After finishing the first book, I jumped right into this one. I prepared myself for the heartache that was to come. And oh it did. And it was incredible.


This book is about reunion, trust, love and mending hearts. I can’t write this review without spoiling the first book so I’ll be short and vague.

“Charlotte quieted my storm. She extinguished the fire. And she soothed my demons.
Without her, I’d be lost in darkness. Alone.”
 

Porter and Charlotte were such a beautiful and strong couple. I absolutely adored them. Both of them are emotionally damaged. I was crying from the first page, everything that happened, every word, all the feelings filled me. I felt everything. This book exceeded all expectations.

“Damn it, Charlotte, we will find a way to make this work. This is my life. This is your life. This is his life. And her life. This is our life and you know it. We’ll figure out the details later, but for now, all I need from you is a promise that we are going to do this. No matter what. We’re in this together.” 

I fell in love with Porter and his whole family in the first book. I loved how he loved his children how he shone bright through his darkness. Charlotte broke my heart in the first book, but I loved to see how she got even stronger and how she fought her demons.

“It’s always darkest before dawn … We just have to wait a little longer. The sun always rises, baby.” 

This book has it all, there were times I was laughing out loud, the next second I was bawling and then swooning. It is definitely a must read!

[ARC] The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) By Rachel Higginson

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Synopsis:

I’m cursed.

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

I’m tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I’m tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it’s me. I’m the problem. I’m shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

So I’ve decided two things.

The first? I’m giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

The second? I’m going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

If I couldn’t hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can’t swim in his deep end. He’s too successful. Too intense. He’s all man when I’m used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He’s everything I’m afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

So he’ll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He’ll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

It can’t be me.

We’re too different.

Review:

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5stars

❝ Ezra Baptiste was one of the most intolerable men I had ever met. Arrogant, condescending, offensively good looking, he had all the qualities of a human I tried to avoid. ❞ 

This book was EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved it. This is one of those books you will not want to put down and at the same time you don’t want it to end.

After plenty of unfortunate dates and men, Molly Maverick has finally decided to to give up on dating. Now she’s focusing on her best friend getting married, her new projects and avoiding Ezra Baptiste. The man with angry, brown eyes. The man who had attacked her professional taste. Molly and Ezra are forced to interact because of their mutual friends.


Ezra Baptiste is a wealthy, handsome man. He owns three restaurants and is very successful. Now he wants Molly’s help with his website and he wants her to paint a mural in his restaurant. And he always gets what he wants.

❝ I don’t want to date myself. You make me smile when I’ve had the worst day. And you make me see the world in brighter colours and unique angles. You’ve opened my mind to my business, but also to my friends. I would be so boring without you. We are different, but in the best possible way. ❞ 

I loved their bickering, and there was a lot of it. What I loved most is how different they were and how that made them such a great couple.

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt

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Synopsis:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Review:

5stars

“Look, I like you. Didn’t think I would but I do, and because I like you, I feel the need to warn you that we Royals are pretty fucked up. We’re good in bed, but out of it? We’re like a stage four hurricane.” 

Wow! It’s true. These Royals will fucking ruin you…


Ella is a seventeen year old, now orphan, struggling with school and holding a job, stripping for money. But now a strange man has shown up. Callum Royal, who is Ella’s father’s friend, and he wants to take Ella with him. To live with him and his five sons.

“You want me to say it?” he whispers. “Fine, I’ll say it. I want you. I fucking want you.” 

Reed Royal is all kind of messed up. He’s rich, powerful and absolutely gorgeous. And he is not happy about his father bringing home Ella to live with them. So he makes it hard for her. And his brothers help. Only things don’t go as he thought and soon, he’s seeing Ella in a different way, with stronger feelings.

“No one wants to be ruined. We all want to be saved.” 

I did not expect to get as sucked in as I did. I had my doubts about this one but OH LORD was it good. I loved Ella’s strength and how she was her own person. There were times, plenty of times, I wanted to slap Reed, he could get too much sometimes but when his romantic and soft side came out I was swooning!

This is a must read and I recommend it a 100%.

“Reed Royal has broken me. I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.”

 

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise, #1) by Aly Martinez

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

 

Review:

5stars

❝ Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me… ❞ 

I knew the moment I read the synopsis I’ll love this book. This heart wrenching story consumed me. It had me tearing up and screaming from the first chapter.

Charlotte Mills is drowning in her own darkness. She’s lost her baby boy and is completely lost. Drowning herself in her work, she isolates herself. She doesn’t feel, she doesn’t let herself love. It’s been ten years since her boy disappeared and she’s living with the guilt of leaving him unattended until this day. She can’t stand to see children without Lucas popping into her head.


Porter Reese is dealing with his own darkness. Having a son who’s very sick, juggling life and trying to get Travis the treatment he needs, he tries to get in contact with the best doctor in town. Dr. Mills. But Dr. Mills doesn’t treat children. But he will do anything for his son to be able to live like a normal eleven year old. Only when he meets Dr. Mill, she’s completely different from anyone.

❝ But as I clung to him, trying to perform the impossible task of collecting myself, it hit me that the darkness was all we’d ever have. ❞ 

He sees her pain. It’s like his own.
He sees her emptiness. Her numbness. Just like his own.
They both are the lights in each others darkness.

I read this one in one sitting, on the edge of my seat needing answers when I was done. I absolutely loved Charlotte and Porter, they were so strong and real. I felt everything alongside them. Their pain. The small glimpse of happiness. It was absolutely amazing. I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait for the second book.

Archer (Leaves of a Maple #1) By Haley Jenner

Synopsis:

Archer Dean taught me how it feels to be loved. Really loved. The happily ever after, fairy tale type love. But he also taught me what real heartbreak was. He ripped away my happiness, took it from me without a backward glance. He left me alone and broken with no idea how to rebuild. No fight left in me to want to.

Annabelle Edwards was a light in my world of darkness. She changed the way my heart beat, she let me believe in love. But the thing about darkness is that it’s suffocating and without warning, the light that you rely so heavily on, can be extinguished by the power of your own shadows.

Our story is about pain. About fighting through feelings that can sometimes be greater than love.

Fear.
Anger.
Hurt.
Sadness.

Our story is aching. It’s passionate. It’s consuming.

We’ve felt loss. Felt abandoned by one another. We’ve felt betrayed. Lost. But we fought. Against our love. For our love. Together. Apart. We’ve done it all. We’ve fought for our love to exist. For it to survive.

It’s been a broken road. Hopeless at times. Full and seamless at others.

We’ve been through hell and we have to trust that our love is strong enough to overcome anything

Review:

4 stars

I’m torn. Broken. Ripped raw open.
I don’t know why I do this to myself. I always know stories like these will destroy me, still I jump in and later I scold myself for it.

I resent her. I despise her. I need her. I hate her. But fuck me, I love her. 

Cold, ruthless heroes has always kind of done it for me. Archer was a whole new level of asshole tough. I mean, at one point I wished I could just reach in and give his brain a little shake to put some fucking sense into him.


Annabelle Edwards lost both parents at a young age. Since then she’s been raised by her gran. More than often, she babysits Jake who is little brother of Archer Dean. She’s very close to their mother, Janie, and Jake and she loves them like family. She despises Archer for his attitude, and how he doesn’t put his family first makes. But after years, when Archer returns home, he’s different and kind towards her. She’s always found him attractive but he’s always seen her as his kid neighbour. Not anymore.

“What do you think will hurt less? Could you do it? Break your own heart? Or would you make me do it?” 

Archer Dean is damaged. He’s angry and mean. After a tragic loss, he leaves his family and home and joins the army. He returns to Carnation five years later, a little happier, a little lighter. That’s when he sees Annabelle again. Older and beautiful Annabelle who lightens his world with her sass and jokes.
When their relationship has grown from hate to love, it’s time for Archer to leave again. Only when he comes back he’s more damaged than ever. He’s drinking and starting fights, sleeping in a jail cell, hating on Annabelle.

I applaud Annabelle for her commitment to stand by Archer and for trying to help him. She was strong. Having to face the love of her life treat her like shit for years. This is a love story you will hate and love. At times I wanted to hit Archer with a chair just because of how he hurt Annabelle and his family.


Archer treats me no better than a doormat, hoping he’s break through whatever he’s dealing with. Wishing with everything, that even the smallest snippets of my Archer would return. 


This story was full of pain. So much pain it suffocated me. I got sucked in from the first page and I knew I was in for a angsty ride. I cried while reading their story. It was angry, beautiful, passionate and confusing but it was so real. I loved the minor characters and absolutely adored Jake and Annabelle’s friendship.

“I refuse to give up on what we have, Archer. I love you,” She finishes on a whisper. 

If you love your heroes distant and cold, this is certainly a story you will love. WARNING: Have tissues close ’cause you gonna need ’em, honey.