Tales of a bookworm 23

Friday, August 3, 2018

Envy by Rachel Van Dyken Book Review

          Envy is a short novella for the 1,001 Dark Nights series. This book takes place in Rachel's mafia world, but can be read even if you haven't read the series. Each book in the 1001 Dark Nights series is to introduce new readers to different authors and different worlds. Envy is Victor and Renee's story. Victor is the mafia's enforcer and he swore an oath to protect the families. Renee is a made man's daughter who is  babysitting for the mafia's families during the summer before she goes back to college. The problem is that Vic can't help but watch the nanny.

         Something happens and Vic ends up being the bodyguard to keep an eye on Renee. Sparks start to fly and even though both try to resist, the temptation is there. Even with Chase trying to push the two together just to get it out of their systems both try to fight the flames of desire. Vic tries his best not to make a move since she is betrothed and he has taken a oath of celibacy for the families. Even though Renee is innocent, she knows what she wants and she wants Vic. Renee knows who Vic is and what he has done and even though she should be scared of this "monster" she doesn't see him as one. This book is sizzling with sexual chemistry, sweetness, a little bit of mystery, and sexual tension. Also, when you see Vic with the kids you will turn into a puddle of mush.

          There's something about a book when you read it twice in two weeks. This book just hits all the right spots and will make you want to dive right in the Eagle Elite series again or for the first time if you've never read the series and will give you a serious book hangover. This book also introduces you to who the next book will be about in the series. Vic and Renee's story is sweet and passionate and will make you swoon. Vic is now one of my favorite book boyfriends.He's tall, brooding and protective. It's hard to write a spoiler free review when I just want to gush about the perfectness of Renee and Vic.

Rating: 5 stars!!!!!!

Friday, July 27, 2018

July Bookworm Box

I just ordered the Bookworm Box and recieved my first box of July. The book looks awesome and I can't wait to read it and review it. The Bookworm Box gives you two options of boxes to buy and the money goes to charity. You can choose 1 autographed book and 4 to 6 goodies for $32.99 or 2 autographed books and 2 to 4 goodies. I chose the 1 box subscription and this is my July box.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Envy Release Day!!!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her Eagle Elite series…

Every family has rules, the mafia just has more….
Do not speak to the bosses unless spoken to.
Do not make eye contact unless you want to die.
And above all else, do not fall in love.
Renee Cassani’s future is set.
Her betrothal is set.
Her life, after nannying for the five families for the summer, is set
Somebody should have told Vic Colezan that.
He’s a man who doesn’t take no for an answer.
And he only wants one thing.
Somebody should have told Renee that her bodyguard needed as much discipline as the kids she was nannying.
Good thing Vic has a firm hand.

Where to buy Envy!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kicking Reality Book Review

Kicking Reality is about a reality TV star named Emerson. She feels like she is an outsider in her own life until one night when she goes back to her hometown and everything changes. Logan is Emerson's brothers best friend and teammate. Logan plays soccer for the U.K and is perceived to be a bit of a man whore, except just like how Emerson looks happy, looks can be deceiving. Even though I have read many brother's best friend books this one was very different. I really liked this book because it was raw and real. Emerson had flaws and so did Logan. Neither of the characters were perfect and this wasn't a fairy tale story where all the bad stuff just went away. When Emerson tried to leave her reality show she couldn't because of contracts and I really liked that Kat showed that because it brought realism to the book. I am not a fan of cheating or love triangles and I will tell you that neither are really in this book. Logan and Emerson's story is angsty, funny, frustrating, steamy and will make you sigh. If you are looking for a good read I would recommend this book to you. I've never read a Kat T. Masen book before, but I will definitely be checking out her books now.

Rating: 4 stars

Kicking Reality

“You honestly believe all that rubbish? Falling in love? They knew from the start? C’mon. It’s impossible,” I ramble to myself as Logan quietly stands at the edge. “You can spend a whole lifetime knowing someone and still feel unsure if the love is there. Two minutes in a bar and that person is your soulmate? Ludicrous.”

Logan turns his neck, body following until we’re facing each other. His presence radiates with superiority, just like when we were kids. I wasn’t afraid back then and I am not afraid now. His tough-guy persona doesn’t frighten me one bit.

“Hypocritical coming from someone engaged to a man that swore he fell in love with you the moment he saw you?” he questions, sarcasm lacing every word that left his mouth.

The shock of his words cripples my ability to respond with a witty comeback. We weren’t having a good ol’ laugh throwing worms in the bottom of Ash’s school bag anymore. And my initial reaction to his cruel words does nothing to calm the sea of emotions ravaging inside me. Logan Carrington was one of them. They all came from the same seed. The seed of men that felt entitled. Screw women, move on, fuck feelings and repeat.

“Knock, knock . . . anyone home?”

“You’re a jerk,” I mutter.



Everyone thinks they know who I am. I’m that reality TV star that fell in love with co-star Wesley Rich. But reality wasn’t my life. It was the life I lived in front of the cameras.
A life designed to entertain millions of watchers each Monday night.

It only took one night to relive my past, and one night to forget my future. With someone who had been there all along.


Soccer is my life—it’s in my blood.
I train hard, I play hard, and I win.  Nothing will break my focus.

I should have been able to avoid it, resist the temptation. But it’s there, playing every Monday night, an obsession I can’t seem to shake.

And I don’t know what was harder: hiding it from my best friend, or watching the woman I want live a life with someone else.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nothing Left to Lose by Kirsty Mosely Book Review

Synopsis: Provided by Goodreads.

Three years after the tragic events of Anna’s sixteenth birthday which saw her boyfriend killed and her kidnapped by his sadistic murderer, she’s no longer the happy-go-lucky girl that everyone used to know and love; she’s now cold, hard and suffers from night terrors. 

Carter is currently serving time for the murder of Jack–a conviction that Anna helped secure–but his retrial is coming up because some key evidence appears to have been tampered with. 

Needing to ensure his daughter’s safety, presidential candidate, Senator Spencer, tasks in Ashton Taylor, a newly qualified SWAT agent, to guard the broken girl and keep her safe until the end of the trial. 

For three years Anna has refused to feel emotion or pain. Can Ashton help her rebuild her life and finally deal with the grief of losing her childhood sweetheart? Will he be the one to make her see that life is, in fact, worth living and that not all men will hurt her?

Cover photo from Amazon

My Review: 

Rating: 2.5 stars

I came across this book on Facebook as one to get free. It looked promising and I wish I could say I loved it, but I didn’t. I loved Ashton and how he was patient and how he took his job protecting Anna, for the most part, seriously. I liked Anna too, but all the horrors she faced seemed to go away almost too easily when Ashton came into the picture. Without giving away spoilers, everything that happened to her since she lost her child sweetheart, one would almost assume that she would stay broken longer. I felt this story was rushed in the beginning , but then flat lined. I did like the writing, but I wish there would have been a slower built up. Honestly, within the first 25% I was irritated with this book because of what happened. I will keep this review as spoiler free as possible. I thought this book would end up with a cliffhanger that would have me reaching instantly for the next book, but no such luck. The thing is I liked this authors writing between the characters for the most part so maybe I will read a different book by her and like it better. One that isn’t about a broken girl and her bodyguard. Overall. I liked the premise but to me it just fell flat.

Book Bonanza Raffle

Hey everyone,
   If you are an active reader you might have heard of something called Book Bonanza that is coming up a week from Friday in Denver, Colorado. It's basically a giant book signing and the profits of the tickets go to support Safe Denver. They are doing a giant raffle to help raise money and you don't even have to be present to win! Anyone in the US can buy a raffle ticket for $5 or $10 dollars and participate. All you have to do is go to  www.bookbonanza18.com They have everything from I-pads and Macbooks to gift cards, purses and even rare books! SafeHouse Denver is an organization that helps women and children escape domestic violence. When I looked up what SafeHouse Organization does it said, "SafeHouse Denver provides safe shelter, non-residential counseling and advocacy services, and an extended stay program to survivors of domestic violence and their children. We also operate a 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line and provide educational presentations to the community on the issue of domestic violence. For a list of specific programs and services we provide, visit our Services section." SafeHouse Denver. Even if you aren't sure if you should buy a raffle know that your money is going to a great cause and you are helping someone else out.

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