Swooning over the Haven Realm [Review + Giveaway!!!]

Hi Swooners! I have the opportunity to participate in a blog tour for the Haven Realm Books by Mila Young! I read the first book, Hunted, and it definitely got me swooning, I can’t wait to jump into book 2 and 3!!! Let’s get into it ❤


Find it: Goodreads, Amazon
Title: Haven Realm Box Set
Author: Mila Young
Pub. Date: Feb 11, 2019
Publisher: Mila Young
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 813

My Review

The first book, Hunted, is a loose rendition of Little Red Riding hood. The female main character is Scarlet owns a herbal shop in Terra and lives a simple life. The most excitement in her life comes from her dirty minded friend Bee [my kinda girl :D]. Scarlet was left the shop from her grandma who has passed away and it is her life. In a world were magic is illegal, she tries to use her knowledge of herbal remedies and a bit of magic to help the people of Terra. Scarlet is your typical shy girl that has a really simple life, until of course everything in her life is upended.

Scarlet’s friend Bee is a witch and relies on Scarlet for a lot of her herbal needs for spells. Bee’s need for Wolfsbane sends Scarlet into the forest and to the start of her new life. As Scarlet searches for this dangerous herb she witnesses something horrendous. The Priestess who lords over her section of Terra has a deep hatred for shifters and is breaking the Haven laws in her own hatred. As Scarlet is caught witnessing this she is immediately chased by the Priestess’s guards until she falls into the Den in her attempts to escape.

The Den is where the swoon starts. Scarlet is immediately attacked by a pack of wolves, knocked out, and carried off to a house. This is where she meets Nero, Oryn, and Dagen. These wolf shifters, or hunters as they prefer to be called, are all alphas and very hot. Another awesome tidbit about these hunters are that they do not feel a need for clothes. I mean if you are going from wolf to human over and over I’m sure clothes would seem tedious. No complaints here 😉 Scarlet attraction to each of them in time is immediate and confusing. The males wolves find the urgent need to claim her and she turns into a horny bitch that can’t wait to jump their bones. You go girl.

Scarlet must navigate this new territory with these men attempting to eradicate the affliction that has overtaken some of the pack rendering them completely mindless and dangerous. She also has to figure out if she can be the mate to not one, but three alphas wolves. This book is really good. I love that each of the books are standalone so you get the whole story in one book with no cliff-hangers and a happily ever after. Plus in book 2 we get to hear about Bee’s story which I’m super excited about because I love me some dirty minded chicks 😀 I would definitely recommend this book series as it has all the needed elements. Lovable characters, action, swoon, and a hell of a lot of steam.

Come on guys, let’s swoon ❤

About Mila

Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow.

By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.

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Giveaway!!!

Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.
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Keep the party going…

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
2/11/2019- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt
2/11/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt
2/12/2019- BOOK BRIEFS– Review
2/12/2019- BookHounds– Excerpt
2/13/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
2/13/2019- K.L. Knovitzke – Author– Excerpt
2/13/2019-Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review
2/14/2019- Hauntedbybooks– Review
2/15/2019- DJREADSBOOKS– Review
2/15/2019- Abooktropolis– Review

Week Two:
2/18/2019- Julia Swoons– Review
2/18/2019- JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder– Spotlight
2/19/2019- Good Choice Reading– Spotlight
2/19/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
2/19/2019- Love in a time of FeminismExcerpt
2/20/2019- The Reading Corner for All– Review
2/20/2019- Don’t Judge, Read– Excerpt
2/21/2019- Stormy Vixen’s Book Reviews– Review
2/21/2019- Down The Rabbit Hole– Spotlight
2/22/2019- D Books and Reviews– Review
2/22/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Excerpt
2/22/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

Julia Swoons over Valentine’s Day

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

Who doesn’t love Valentine’s day?!?! I mean my name is Julia Swoons. It’s a given that I LOVE Valentine’s Day. IT’S A DAY OF SWOONS PEOPLE. COME ON!!!!

I have always loved Valentine’s day. I mean not only have I celebrated it my whole life as a day of love — but it’s also a day of presents. I mean come on. Who doesn’t love presents. & candy. & flowers. Must I go on?! Plus think back to those grade school days and making Valentine’s boxes and filling out all your Valentine’s cards. Putting your all into that one card for the boy (or girl) that has captured your heart. Making sure to dot the ‘i’s with hearts, give it a good luck kiss, and maybe a spritz of perfume. I’m a romantic okay… I’ve been boy crazy pretty much my entire life. I have had more crushes in my life than most people. I LOVE LOVE!! ❤❤❤

On this Valentiniest of days I would like to share with you some of the loves of my life. Just slightly out of reach because its hard to do more than one at once. I mean it isn’t impossible but there are just so many moving parts and it can get super confusing. You start to forget people’s names and suddenly you’ve jumped into something with a bunch of people you don’t know. Okay. Settle down there. Julia Swoons is married and will not be acting out any of her favorite reverse harems. [darn.] I, of course, am talking about my never ending TBR list. You have quite the dirty mind… I like it 😉

Okay so there have been A LOT of good books to come out lately. I don’t know what to read next. All these amazing authors are putting out these amazing books and I have to do things like work, parent, and sleep when I could be spending all my time reading. It’s the pits man. So how about you take a look into the books that I will be reading in the next few weeks/months. I mean as long as I don’t get distracted by some other amazing books. That happens a lot. The One Click Buy option on Amazon will be the death of me. For realz.

This book looks fucking amazing. It’s by Lana Kole who wrote Illusion of Escape and Illusion of Death which are both AMAZING. So, of course, I had to one click buy this bitch.. er pussy? I digress. Also, who doesn’t love cats?

This beauty is by Serena Akeroyd who I am COMPLETELY obsessed with. I love her TriAlpha Chronicles, her Quintessence series, and her Kingdom of Verona series. AMAZING freaking books so I know that this one is obviously going to be great. Gahhh I can’t wait for it.

Take a look at this cover. TALK ABOUT STEAM. Now this book is also by Serena Akeroyd, same as above, but this one is NOT reverse harem. But from what I’ve heard it is one of her STEAMIEST books yet. If you have read any of Serena’s book you know that she knows how to bring the steam so if this is the steamiest on then you better bring an extra pair of undies and read it in private 😉

This is the second book in Auryn Hadley’s Dark Orchid Trilogy. The first book was sooooo good and soooooo hot. Plus the main character is a woman of color which you sadly do not see a lot in the reverse harem genre. Auryn Hadley has also written the Demon’s Muse series which is SUPER awesome. She is great at writing super good stories and super hot scenes. I can’t wait for this one.

This is the third book in the Heart Hassle series by Raven Kennedy. The first two, Signs of Cupidity and Bonds of Cupidity are hilarious, steamy, and super swoony. Emelle is hilarious and watching her learn how to live life as a ‘real girl’ when she has been an invisible cupid is so heartwarming. I can’t wait to jump back into the story with her suuuper sexy guys and finally figure out what happens to Okot!

I have heard a lot of good things about this book. It is a contemporary book about a girl and some musicians. I have previously read The Fated Wings series by C R Jane and while I wasn’t head over heels for it I thought it had a good premise and I liked a lot of the characters. I’m hoping that I will really love this book.

Water by Helen Scott looks really good. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb really has me wanting to jump in. I have read the Cerberus series by Helen Scott and it’s one of my favs. Super hot. Super good. FMC is a badass and the guys are sexy, broody, and also badass. I just know that I will love this one.

Now tell me… How on earth am I suppose to pick what to read next?! HOW?! There are so many freaking books in my library that I need to read. So many coming out soon that I know I will buy. Will I ever catch up? No… But I guess that is part of the fun. How is your TBR list looking? Did you find any here that are you going to add to yours?! Let me know! 🙂

Hey! Before I get outta here I just wanted to say again Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for taking the time out to read my blog. I love you guys! Find love today. Find a sexy man or lady and buy them coffee. Buy them dinner. Take them home. EXPERIENCE THE LOVE OF THIS MAGICAL DAY. Just know that I will of course be swooning ❤

Full heart. Sobs. Desperately in love with Rotten Girl.

You know that feeling you get when you are under water too long. The feeling like your lungs are going to burst but you keep pushing through until you finally are able to rise out of the water. You gasp frantically for air that your body so badly needed. That’s what I feel right now. Like I’ve just come out of a swimming pool after doing down and backs without giving my body the chance to breathe. My heart aches and I wipe the tears from my eyes as I finish such an amazing book that I inhaled in two days. A book about a girl, three boys, and the mafia. A book that has given me such an aching hangover and has left my chest aching. A book called Rotten Girl by Ivy Fox.

Find it here on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

This is the first book I’ve read from this author. I just couldn’t turn it down after reading the blurb. It sounded so amazing and dark. Plus the cover. Gah. It’s so freaking beautiful. I couldn’t wait to jump in and once I saw those red locks on my kindle screen I was hooked. I now feel the need to track down every single one of Ivy Fox’s books and devour them. To send her endless messages begging for book two. Ask her how she could make me fall in love with these characters and then crush my heart? Ask her how she got such an amazing story out of her head and into this book in front of me.

It’s like falling in love for the first time. Except you are watching it happen. Watching a girl named Selene fall in love with these completely innocent boys that have been raised in this world of chaos and heartbreak. This world of lies and death. You feel the teenage angst and the fluttering of first love. You feel the absolute heat as Ivy Fox takes you down Selene’s path to adulthood and the handhold ing turns to kissing, touching, and some of the most desperate heart wrenching love I’ve ever set my eyes on. It’s like watching the Notebook and knowing in your heart that this story is going to crush you. That this world your beloved characters live in will not allow such a love to exist. No matter how much is crushing your heart. You are left gasping for air, staring at (what the fuck is his name – I asked my husband and he knew it was Ryan Gosling but I for the love of me couldn’t remember. Boy do I love this man) stare at Rachel McAdams in the rain trying to grasp at their love story that is just out of reach.

We start our story with Selene who is just a little girl. She lives in the mafia life full force. Her father, the Butcher, is just as terrifying in the face of his family as he is to his enemies taking his wrath out on his daughter and wife behind closed doors. Selene’s only sanctuary are her three closest friends. Giovanni, Dominic, and Vincent. Come on. Are you already salivating over those gorgeous iltalian names? Gahhhhhh. I can’t. I’m much too swoony for this. You see 4 innocent children with this exceptional bond. This growing love as they are thrown into the violent world of the Chicago mafia. They hold onto their innocence when it comes to Selene but they are so delicious and dark. I just can’t. I CAN’T OKAY. #Swoon

This is a reverse harem story without even the conversation of it being a reverse harem. It’s just so fucking natural that there is no question that Selene wouldn’t have these three men. I’ve finished the book and I still can’t stop replaying their story in my head. I feel the uncontrollable urge to flip back to page one and start over again. It’s like watching all the seasons of Friends and then that last episode when Rachel gets off the plane. When they all set their keys down and walk out of the apartment and you are sobbing thinking fuck I already miss them so fucking much. Cue replaying the entire series again. That’s me. Right now. [I guess I should say spoilers but for real, if you haven’t watched Friends by now I don’t know what the fuck you’ve been doing with your life. Finish this post, buy Ivy’s book, then go fucking binge watch Friends. You’ll thank me.]

How can one book contain so fucking much. I literally had to immediately start typing these feelings while they are still raw in my heart. How can this book be so fucking swoony… and heartbreaking.. and sweet… and sexy… and so fucking tragic all at the same time? Seriously. Get this book. Devour it. Come back here and tell me about how I’m supposed to put the pieces of my heart back together. Tell me how I can manage to swoon again before the next book comes out? 

Please, just swoon with me.

Swoon, fire, love. Illusion of Death.

You know that feeling you get when you are falling in love? That feeling in your chest and that stupid grin you get on your face. You feel giggly and just completely… Swoony. Well that is how I am feeling. I’m feeling it for some men named Walker, Remi, Kai, and Levi. I am completely obnoxiously swoony and in love with fictional characters. Story of my life.. Ammirite?! Let’s get into why I am sooooo swoony over these guys ❤

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So we are back with Mori and her men. We left Mori as she and Selena were leaping to their death to escape the evil Sicksman. Walker had just been freed from his 3 year prision and shit was finally going right. Until it all went wrong. We are left wondering if Mori and Selena are alive, will she finally get reunited with ALL her men?!?! WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!

Well never fear. Mori and Selena did not die. I mean honestly, what kind of book would it be if she did?! I mean what could happen. This redheaded girl named Julia swoops in to help these guys get over Mori. Maybe there are some group scenes…. *Wipes drool from keyboard* Okay so she is alive. Yay!!!(?) Sadly her and Selena don’t know where the hell they are, how to get back to the guys, and Mori is pretty much drained from using her powers to stop them from crashing to their deaths. Swell stuff.. They spend some time with a bear and walking around a bunch. Very without a paddle-esque. Until they are FINALLY reunited with their men. (SCORE!) I was really worried this walking bit might take a while. Granted I was able to read book 1 and go right into book 2 so the cliffhanger didn’t kill me as much as those who read book 1 when it came out BUT STILL. If this turned into Lord of the Rings and involved a whole lot of walking through the woods I would have died.

We are FINALLY treated with the moment we are all waiting for…. Like really dying for. A moment that is so beautifully written that you almost die. Mori and Walker meeting in person for the first time. No more astryl projection for them and it is the fucking sweetest bit of romance I have read. Seriously the swooniest shit. The kinda shit that makes you think ‘Why even try to write because you are never going to write something this good?’ Whew. I am still reeling from it. I refuse to spoil the wonderful immediacy of it so you’ll just have to read it. It’s the perfect mixture of swoon and fucking fire. *continues to drool*

Okay back to the story. Mori and the guys move into a warehouse and start working for BCS (black cat security) a sort of magekynd police force. Mori finds her place in helping people as well as living life with her men. It’s freaking wonderful. I just loved every moment she spent just being complacent until of course shit pops off again. It can’t be all swoons and sex… There has to be conflict I suppose…

I am seriously crushed that this book is over. I need book #3 like 30 minutes ago. It’s so fucking good. Like the story is awesome. Seriously awesome. The swoon…. Gahhhhh.. I feel like a lovesick teen. & the sex? Fucking fire. Literal fire.. I am so in love with these men I just can’t. How do you move on when you already have perfection?! I always highlight favorite quotes and scenes while I read and I felt like I was highlighting the whole goddamn book. Can I just have more? No? Well I think it’s time that you read this book. If you haven’t read book 1 my review of it is here too. They are both amazing and I can’t wait to see what Lana Kole gives us next.

OKAY — before I end this swoonfest I have to leave you with this amaaaaazingness. This absolutely spectacular quote. So, are you ready to swoon with me dolls?

[His] words were her undoing. “My touch won’t leave you hollow. I want to break you apart, but I’ll be here to put you back together.”

Falling asleep to falling in love… Illusion of Escape.

I just finished an amazing book. Truly amazing. The type of book that when you are finished you are still reeling from the world you have just exited. Please come back… I need more. Are you ready to swoon with me?

Find it here on Amazon!

I had this book in my Kindle library for a while, the premise looked really good but I hadn’t heard much about it and I’m honestly just not into witches as main characters. I have no idea as I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan as you may know. Maybe that’s why. The only witches I have room in my heart for learned their magic at Hogwarts. Well this book has me questioning everything I have decided about witches. In this book they are all mages vs witches but same idea. Magic is the key.

So we have Mori, a single woman with a cat named Trash. Sounds pretty typical. Cue sexy men to sweep her off her feet. Well not so fast. Mori has truly disturbing dreams almost every night where she is transported to a dungeon and tortured. She never experiences the torture though, just the aftermath as she lays in the cell in absolute pain. Still typical stuff, right? Snort. She has become used to these dreams living them as her new normal. Go to sleep and suffer immense pain, get up, go to work, come home, repeat. What a wonderful life….

Mori’s lonely existence in her dreams suddenly changes one night. As she lays there in complete pain but continuing her sarcastic banter to the unknown torturers of her nightmares someone appears. She can’t see him but she can hear him. She can feel him as he helps tend to her wounds. This darker stranger draws her out of her spell, dredging up the painful experiences she is currently experiencing in her life and her job. She jokingly deems him her dream therapist believing she has conjured him up herself in her time of need. For weeks she grew closer to this mysterious dream man of her imagination, truly worried that she was losing her mind.

A horrid turn of events in her real life lead to her losing her job. A potential donor for her job sexually assaults her and to avoid bad publicity she is put on probation. A true indication of the actual climate we live it.. BUT I digress… #metoo

Her world is flipped upside down when the one part of her life that she loves more than anything (besides her cat Trash) is taken away from her. She has no idea what to do with herself. Work was her whole life. What else does she have? Well, her troubles soon turn into something else entirely when she is abducted by a group of three deliciously sexy men. These men shake up her world a bit more by revealing to her that her dream man is real. She, like them, is a mage and she has been interacting with their lost friend, Walker. She is their only hope of finding him and as she has not only grown attached to the man in her dreams but knows the daily pain he suffers she can’t help but oblige in helping them.

Mori with the help of the super seductive Remi, the sexy intelligent Levi, and Kai the asshole who you can’t help but fall in love with search endlessly for Walker. Mori’s relationship with the guys grow as they teach her how to channel her powers and she learns who she is as a person without her job. Her life is flipped upside down in the most magical way that will have you begging to find yourself in a dream torture chamber and tied to these mages. Well… maybe not that far but seriously. Its hot.

I loved this book a whole freaking lot. Mid book I literally felt the need to scream it from the rooftops I was so enamored with Mori and her men. The whole book made me completely swoony and smiling like an idiot. The end left me with whiplash and yelling what the everloving fuck as I laid in the bath trying to put my world back together. Lucky for me the 2nd book just came out so I don’t have to wait to jump back in to this wonderfully magic world. On that note…..

A Reverse Harem Cinderella Story. Kinda.

I have been gone for a long time. Too long. I’ve been writing reviews in my head just haven’t gotten them onto the computer so lets see how fast I can type vomit all over the keyboard. (Not sure if type vomit is a thing…)

First Impresssions by C R Jane starts things off in a completely heartbreaking way. Eva is another child, or now teen, that the foster system has failed. She has always known she was different but she could never understand why she was treated so horribly. Her current situations is with a husband and wife who are absolutely vial to her. The keep her locked in the attic in absolutely horrible conditions. The conditions aren’t the only downfall to life with the Andersons, they also submit her to constant mental and physical abuse. The physical abuse is easy because of her weird ability to heal quickly. It’s hard to show the bruises when they heal the next day. It horrid and you find yourself just rooting for this poor attic girl and completely surprised that she isn’t more effed in the head. But this is of course fiction, so don’t worry she’s fine.

Eva’s goals in life are to try and placate the Andersons to avoid the beatings and to just be able to escape. She finds her salvation one day in the form of a college pamphlet addressed to her that was discarded. She is completely awestruck by the gorgeous man on the cover, Damon Pierce, and the fact that there is a letter explaining that she has been accepted into this college full ride. Freaking lucky right?! Now she just has to figure out how to pay to get there and for school fees. Cue stealing money from the Andersons because thank god they don’t believe in banks. I mean it’s not that surprising the crazy child beaters are anti-banks. Eva is able to steal little by little enough money to make her escape.

Eva is able to get to New York and do some exploring with her newfound freedom. She is given constant stares because even in too big male clothes she is still a knock out – of course. Her beauty has always felt like a curse because it led to some unwanted sexual advances from the men in her life, like Mr. Anderson. She is finding that her beauty could be something different at college. She immediately meets a guy named Eric who gets her a bomb-ass waitress job that leads to a lot of tips. Eric is kinda a skeeze though that wants a lot more than friendship and she is just not digging what he is putting down. I don’t blame ya sista.

So I know what you are thinking… She isn’t into Eric, where is this illustrious Damon Pierce that we saw on the cover of the college pamphlet?! Well it’s coming. Damon is of course a college football superstar and he is introduced to our beautiful MC when she strolls by football practices and accidentally distracts Eric — a la football to the face. The chemistry between Eva and Damon is instantaneous. He knows that she is his and he has to have her. She knows that he is bad news and she needs to stay away. I’m over here swooning, obvi.

Damon’s pursuit of Eva has me in a total swoonfest over here. He is immediately all in. Not even in an aggressive asshole way. His plan is to win her over. He meets her at her dorm every morning to go jogging and get coffee slowly getting to know each other. It is the sweetest thing. When she finally brings her walls down she can’t help but fall head over heels for this man that worships the ground she walks on. Gahhhhhhhh ❤

We of course get introduced to some more guys, because this is a reverse harem romance!! We also have Mason the rocker and Beckham the actor who are both gorgeous and oh so swoony. They too immediately fall in love with Eva. The insta-love is almost to a degree that you know something else must be going on… Buuuut what could that be?

Have I got you hooked yet? Yes?! Good! I really enjoyed this book. It was kinda a fast read but full of swoons and had some laughs. Eva is adorable. Like we would totally be friends. Plus getting to see this girl with this horrible upbringing experience freedom and life for the first time is awesome. So I think that you should seriously go get this book. Really. It’s even Kindle Unlimited so you have no more excuses! GO! 🙂

Julia Swoons for Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! What are all your plans for today? Lots of food I hope 😊 I love Thanksgiving. Growing up it was always a time I got to spend with my family and eat TONS of good food. I especially enjoyed being able to spend the time with my twin cousins who have been my best friends since birth. We always got into a ton of shenanigans and made memories than made my childhood amazing ❤

Second best thing about Thanksgiving?! 4 day weekend. Sadly, I won’t be able to spend my WHOLE break reading and videogaming. Part of it will be spent with family both my husband’s and mine, and the other part will be spent reading my dreaded blue book… Yes, Julia Swoons doesn’t get to spend all her time swooning over fictional men. Julia Swoons has a full time job (that she actually loves even if it isn’t swoony 😉). Julia Swoons works in insurance. Dun dun dun. I swear I’m not evil. I am a Renewal Underwriter at an insurance company in Central Illinois. Part of my job is continuing my insurance education which means taking a few tests a year and getting insurance designations. It keeps up educated and in the know. Luckily I love to read, just not necessarily about insurance 😉

My test is coming up on December 10th so I am trying to read this blue giant so that I can pass the test. It’s exhausting and picking it up makes me fall asleep almost immediately. I love my job but lemme tell you reading about insurance isn’t the same as reading about Thess and her sexy men *drools over Jax*. But I will push through it and hopefully pass my test. BUUUUUT this means that I won’t be doing as much fun reading or blogging for the next couple weeks 😢 I am going to try to pull myself away and get some posts done but I can’t make any promises. Just know that Julia is still swooning… just about other things… .

Back to Thanksgiving because I promise you I will be doing no insurance reading today. It’s a freaking holiday, leave me alone…. #chronicprocrastinator. Today I will be going to my husband’s family to celebrate this turkeyest of holidays. Then tonight my husband and I are going to see Fantastic Beasts because my sister-in-law is amazing and has agreed to take our daughter 😁 I’m so excited!!!! 

Well I better start getting ready to leave… Can’t go to the fam-in-laws in my pajamas even though my Hogwarts pajama pants are totally awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 😊

I hope you all have a day filled with turkey, pie, and family. In that order 😉