We are back. We are swooning. We are Broken.

There are a lot of stories out there that I am obsessed with. The characters are so amazing that I feel like I know these people. I care about these characters. This series is definitely one of those for me. Broken is the second book in the Her Reverse Genus series by Adell Ryan. The first book is called Perfect (find the review here!) and I love it so much. It’s a book I can just go back and re-read over and over and over. I will also be doing this with this amazing sequel. When I saw the title for this book my immediate thoughts were OMG WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ADELL?! Broken?! Please don’t destroy my loves. Please….

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I was one of the lucky ones that got to beta read this book. Talk about fangirling all over the fucking place. I remember the exact moment I was asked to be a Beta. I was in the car on my way to a wedding in Kentucky and I received the message. Cue fangirl screaming and giggling uncontrollably. You would think I was a young girl talking to her first crush. So freaking stoked. 

I started the book and immediately began falling in love again. All these characters are so well written that I feel like they are friends. It’s like coming back to Hogwarts, you know it’s home. Plus, I was immediately in full swoon mode over Jax. That man… Whew. He’s mine ladies….BACK OFF 😉 & Tobias… Gah he is so swoony. Strong silent types man. I love em. Then Bram with their friendship/blooming love. Last but not least our sexy italian man, Julian. Back with Thess and the guys and back in love.

Thess is completely distressed over the events from the end of the last book. Her dad had been attacked and was badly hurt, possibly dead, and her mother was missing. She has come out of her depression phase thanks to Tobias and his errr magical fingers. #Swoon She realizes that the guys were really worried about her and she isn’t going to accomplish anything by moping around. She has had her time to cope, it’s time to be kickass Thess again. Her and the guys just have to come up with a plan and put it into action. The evil Zinna has framed Thess for the attack on her father and has an alert out for her making it almost impossible for her to be seen in public. 

Another situation that Thess is trying to figure out is her relationship with the guys. She still isn’t totally sure how this whole thing is going to work with her and 3 guys. Aren’t they going to get jealous? How is she going to juggle them all? How can she deal with experiencing such happy things as her relationship with each of them develops when so much bad is happening in her life? Although the last book is truly a ‘medium burn’ there isn’t much sexy time for Thess and the guys. The relationship building in Perfect is amazing. Seriously great. I am totally in love with these guys and now I’m ready to get to the business. Be in love with them Thess! LET’S GET IT ON! Well, you’ll be happy to hear that shit really heats up in Broken. Like almost immediately we are in full swoon mode with some SUPER sexy scenes. What else does this mean?! MORE relationship development between Thess and the guys! We get to learn more about their stories and how they came to be on the run. We get to fall in love with the guys with Thess. I love this about the series. The love doesn’t feel like insta-love. Granted the time frame isn’t incredibly long but we don’t go from ‘hi what’s your name?’ to ‘You are the love of my life I will die without you’. There is a more natural buildup in the relationships and it’s amazing.

Another element of the first book we get to explore at a deeper level is the government and their involvement in their blood draw/DNA study. We’ve seen that the people doing this aren’t afraid to snatch people out of their homes, force them to participate in the blood draw, and even use violence to influence rule breakers to comply. Something you wouldn’t expect from those who have been entrusted to protect us. We get to see a lot more of this in the capture and kidnapping of Thess’s mother as well as NABs continuation of seeking Thess and vilifying her. Plus a lot more stuff that I wouldn’t want to spoil for you. But it’s good. & horrifying. & will be sure to piss you off… 

Perfect was amazing. Really and truly amazing. Broken? Even freaking better. Out of the two Broken is definitely my favorite. I seriously can’t wait for the 3rd book and I will be tirelessly stalking Adell Ryan until she releases it. All the characters are so amazingly in-depth and the story/world building is so perfect that I have been dealing with serious book hangover since I finished it. I spent my time swooning, giggling like a school girl, laughing out loud, and wanting to scream and cry. The story is so immersive you can’t help but become emotionally attached. This is a definite must read. It’s made for contemporary romance lovers. It’s made for sci-fi/paranormal romance lovers. Honestly, amazingly written stories are made for everyone. Now leave me alone so I can get back to swooning over Jax ❤

Keep swooning dolls! 😘

Falling in love again with The Divorcee

Let’s take a break from Reverse Harem, shall we? I just finished a book called The Divorcee by Treena Wynes which is a contemporary romance, not a reverse harem, and a standalone book. It is not my usual jam, but we all have to venture out every once and awhile don’t we?! Plus that cover is to die for! Let’s get into it! 

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Allie Madison is in a horrible marriage. Her husband Steve is manipulative, grumpy, lazy, and seems to want nothing to do with her anymore. He goes to work and spends the rest of his time in front of the TV ignoring his wife and their two children and avoiding helping her with housework or the kids at all costs. I feel like this is a typical American household set up, maybe not in this day in age although it is still probably the norm. It makes me feel very lucky to have such an amazing husband that not only cooks, but cleans, and is an amazing dad. Allie is not so lucky, but she isn’t ready to give up on her marriage. She prepares a night of excitement for New Years Eve by buying some very sexy lingerie and presenting herself on a platter to her husband. Every man’s dream right?! Well not Steve’s. He is obviously way past the point of return because he sees this as an opportunity to fight and put her down completely humiliating Allie. Not okay. She promises herself that she will give it one more year then she will leave. The whole time I’m yelling at my Kindle, ‘this bitch doesn’t deserve one more year! Kick his ass to the curb!’. 

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A little over one year later Allie has really hit her max with Steve. They are no longer sleeping in the same bed and their conversations always end in a fight. Allie has finally had enough and has been preparing to leave him. Luckily for Allie she has a wonderful support system, as she is a counselor at a local school and is surrounded by coworkers that are very supportive of her. Namely her friend Leah who is a teacher and Drew who is the Vice Principal at the school. This also gives her the opportunity to meet Marcus, a local therapist. A tragic accident happens at Allie’s school so she enlists the help of a local therapist to help counsel the students during this tragedy. Marcus is very good looking at the spark between them is immediate. She can’t act on her feelings because she hasn’t left Steve officially and she is unsure if someone like Marcus would want to jump into something with a newly separated woman. 

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Allie has a very difficult time separating herself from Steve has he is very persistent in his attempts to get Allie back as well as his attempts to sabotage her relationship with Marcus. He stalks Allie, hires a private investigator, harasses Marcus through phone calls and  even coming to his house. Allie also gets the time to explore her newfound single life. She goes on some dates and meets some very interesting and gorgeous men. It really shows that a woman leaving her husband isn’t left to be a single mom/cat lady for the rest of her life. We are hot! We can get back out there 😉

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Allie is a very intelligent woman and has more means than most women in her situation. She is able to line up a rental house for herself and her children while she is in the planning stages of leaving Steve. Most women in her situation are unable to do this as they do not have the funds. I found it surprising as a school counselor at a public school would be able to afford such things, but it doesn’t distract from the story. I did find some things very uncomfortable and I believe that they would be very triggering to a woman that has gone through a situation such as this. Steve is very psychologically abusive and although he isn’t physically abusive to her or the children the damage is just as severe. I spent some time during and after college working at a domestic violence center in a town near my home. I spent a lot of time working with women going through very similar situations as this but sadly most do not have the means to leave their husbands nor are they able to break the abusive cycles they experience with their husbands or partners. There are a few situations Allie experiences with Steve that made me particularly uncomfortable. One visit she has at her old house with Steve he attempts to rape her in hopes that she will come back to him as well as an attempt to put her down and undermine her efforts. There is another situation that he blackmails her into having sex with him in order to sign the separation papers and come upon an agreement for visitation with the children. These situations could be very triggering to someone that potentially has PTSD from living through a horrible situation such as this. 

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think that there are a lot of things that happen behind closed doors in the homes of abused women that the overall population doesn’t realize. This book is meant to be light and romantic but it also brings a lot of light to these situations. Allie is a very strong and intelligent woman and I really enjoyed reading her story. I fell in love with the men she fell in love with and constantly rooted against the evil Steve. There are some very steamy scenes in this book that had me glued to the pages waiting to see what would happen next. Plus the end, #swoon, to die for. I really loved how it turned out and I felt that all loose ends were tied. I would definitely recommend this book! 

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**I was given a copy of this book from the author but was under no requirement to leave a review. These are my honest thoughts on the book and I truly appreciate Treena Wynes for giving me the opportunity to read her wonderful book.**

 

 

How do you find books & Julia Swoons is a Book Whore

I feel like everytime I finish a book series and go through the inevitable book hangover I have trouble figuring out what to read next. I always have a huuuuge list of book in my Kindle library and TBR list but I always think in my head, ‘God, nothing is EVER going to be that good.” Then I inevitably find another AMAZING book. There are just some really awesome ones out there. It’s made me question myself… Am I a book whore? OR am I just really good at finding good books?!

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When I am looking for the next AMAZING book to read I feel like I need to go to my favorite Facebook groups and make a post so I can get the scoop on the current HOTTEST books out there. As you have probably can tell I am really into fast burns. I do have quite a few medium burns I love but most of the time I’m like ‘HEY! LET’S GET TO THE BUSINESS!’ It’s why I had to get out of the YA book game. I would read and read these amazing books but still feel like well that was good and all but I really wanted more love. I want books to be 90% swoon and 10% story/action. Books like Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, Premontion series, etc are AMAZING books. Seriously, I love these freaking books but I always felt they were tame. There were plenty of parts where I’m creepily giggling at my desk at work and biting my lip like I’m the adorable MC but I still felt like I couldn’t deal with all the fade to black scenes. Thus moving onto romance and eventually reverse harem because what is not to love about a TON of guys. Srsly. 

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But back to the posibility of me being a book whore. I love a lot of the books I find. Like really love them. Some are okay and I’m fine with dropping off and not reading more of the series but most I fall desperately in love with. I honestly think I have been really good at finding some really amazing authors. This has a lot to do with my Facebook group stalkdom (new word) and befriending a lot of the authors in the genre. It’s probably my favorite part. I get to be all fangirly and feel like I’m actually part of something great. It’s amazing to talk to someone who wrote something truly remarkable that you love to pieces. 

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Sooooooo the question is how do you all find your favorite books? Do you scour Goodreads? Do you question Facebook groups? Do you go with Amazon recs? Let me know! 

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Keep swooning dolls ❤

Always,

Julia

Five Fathers is sinfully delicious

I have found a deliciously sinful dark romance that isn’t paranormal, and I loved it. Most dark romances deal with angels, demons, etc. but this book is more contemporary. 5 Fathers by Kate Morgan is super sexy with one of the sexiest covers I have seen. You have to read this, if you are not into real dark romance with some BDSM then you may wanna click away. Are you still here? Okay, let’s get into it.

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Natalia was doing her usual. Partying, getting drunk, getting high, and having sex with her father’s enemy. Typical bad girl shit. Everything was going wonderfully until her father dropped in and shot him in the head. While he was still inside her… Yeah. Pretty fucked up. Natalia just leaves seeking out help from what everyone else seems to turn to when their life turns to shit. Religion. She walks into the church soaking wet from the rain in her too short dress with blood dotting her entire body. She’s decided to escape her life and become a nun. From one extreme to the next I suppose. What she doesn’t expect is to find the sexiest priest to step on this Earth. Everything about him is sexy as fuck and Natalia is already thinking sinful thoughts, not a great start for her life as a nun…

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Natalia is clearly in need of help so being the helpful priest he is Hawke invites her back to help her get dry and warm. Natalia is introduced to the five other priests at this church Colt, Mace, Arsen, and Weston who are also unbelievably sexy. What the fuck kind of church is this? How did all these sexy assed priests end up in the same place? How are they all supposed to be celibate?! As Natalia spends a small amount of time with these men it becomes very clear that they aren’t what they say they are. It’s clear from their tattoos, piercings, foul mouths, and dyed hair that they are not men of the cloth. But if they aren’t what they say they are, who are they? What does this mean for Natalia, has she landed herself in more trouble than she was in with her father?

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I really enjoyed this book and wish that I could keep reading more about Natalia and these guy’s lives. Sadly, there is just this book at this time and I haven’t seen anything about a second although it ends with the promise of more story to come! These guys are super hot and there are some very very very steamy scenes. Like completely dark and sexy scenes. With some punishments and some sex toys. I’ve never been one to really read BDSM books with a lot of violent sex play but this book was pretty hot. I didn’t feel swoony in love with the guys, more like omg this is a book full of assholes. I love assholes. Gahhh! If you are looking for something a little different than your typical romance then I would suggest this. It has some good twists and turns and an interesting end to the story. You may not swoon but trust me, it’ll get you hot 😉

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Trying Reverse Harem for FREE… PLUS a couple giveaways!!

Good morning everyone! I know that jumping into a new genre can be hard, especially when it means spending your hard earned cash on something you may or may not like. Well since I LOVE the Reverse Harem genre so much I wanted to share some books that are FREE right now! Snatch these babies up while they are still FREE as I know some will not be for long!! PLUS, I have decided to throw a couple of GIVEAWAYS on here for books that aren’t free but I think are awesome and I want to spread the love! 😊❤

Click the title of the book to check it out on Amazon (some links go to websites other than Amazon)! ALSO — don’t forget to leave reviews when you finish a book… it’s the decent thing to do 😉 😁

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This is a favorite of mine. This book is so freaking good — see my review for it here!

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I also love this one! Again, my review… it’s right here! 😊

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This is a collaborative book by a bunch of AMAZING authors! I haven’t read all of this yet, I save it for a good go to when I’m going through a book hump *snort* and I need a really good sexy scene. PLUS it has added A LOT of books to my TBR list (because it’s obviously lacking….) 

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ALSO — since I want everyone to try this amazing genre and as these books aren’t free I wanted to set up a giveaway! 😁 

Enter HERE to win a copy of Perfect by Adell Ryan

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Enter HERE to win a copy of Winter Princess by Skye MacKinnon

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Swooning over Mia’s Men

I have stayed away from contemporary for a long time and I have no idea why. I mean I still love paranormal but my love for contemporary romance, mostly reverse harem, has grown exponentially. My recent obsession? Mia’s Men by Lucy Felthouse. Ahhhh this book is good. Let’s get into it.

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Mia’s father has finally lost the battle to cancer and Mia is crushed. She is left to their huge estate by herself and has never felt so lonely. She has pretty much been running the estate single-handedly since her father started getting ill. She was under the assumption she had a pretty good handle on his father’s wishes and his will. That is until the will is read….

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Her loving father has determined that Mia will receive nothing unless she gets married to a man within a year. He must be a man of status, he must take her last name so that any children they have will carry the Harrington name, and he must sign a prenuptial agreement. Think late 90s movie, The Bachelor, with Chris O’Donnell Renee Zellweger. Obviously Mia is pissed, I mean let’s be honest I’m pissed too. My inner feminist is rioting and ready to burn shit down. How on earth could her father do this to her? If she fails to do this outrageous request she loses everything. The estate, everything she has worked for, to her greedy arrogant cousin.

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Mia, having been spending all her time taking care of the estate, does not have a love life. No boyfriends, no prospects, nothing. How on earth is she supposed to find a man of social standing within a year?! Only in fiction can this work. I truly hope this doesn’t happen in real life because how can anyone expect a prosperous happy marriage to happen if there are these crazy limitations put on it. Sure she has a year whereas the movie above the character had 24 hours but still. This shit should happen organically. Lucky for Mia she is able to land some pretty amazing men. Yup, men. Take that dad!

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After the death of her father Mia’s eyes are open to the estate’s gardener. Never has she looked at him sexually, but once she starts she likes what she sees. Mia’s attraction to Thomas is super hot and adorable. He is completely aware of her situation and that he can’t fulfill the terms of her father’s will, he isn’t a man of social standing but that doesn’t stop their secret love affair. I mean the entire time I am picturing John Rowland from Desperate Housewives because… god.damn. #swoon

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Mia meets two more of her men at a charity event she attends in honor of her father. The banter between Elias, Alex, and Mia will have you giggling like a school girl. Mia is a lot more proper than I am so I am sometimes annoyed by her rocking the boat but mostly because I don’t want the love to stop. Normally I would be cheering her independence and ability to stand up for herself. It immediately becomes clear to Mia that both guys are into her and she is into both of them. She can’t figure out who she is going to pick as they are both great candidates for husband and meet her father’s stipulations. It becomes clear through their flirty banter that Elias and Alex have a bit of a thing. They like to share women. Oh goodness, yes. Sold. During this auction Elias bids on a weekend experience with extravagant car after hearing that driving such a car is on Mia’s bucket list… He of course wins and sets up a weekend for their once in a lifetime experience. Which includes Alex and an overnight stay…. Who cares about the car, ammiright?!

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After being introduced to the idea of having a harem, a la reverse harem, Mia is completely down with the idea. Um duh. She goes from single to ready to mingle. Snort. I know, that was bad. So she has Thomas her swoony gardener, Elias and Alex the rich guys that are down with sharing, what’s one more guy right?! The man with the extravagant car, Arjun, is into Mia and she also fancies him. Now she just has to figure out if Thomas is okay with sharing, Elias and Alex are okay with sharing more than just between them, and if Arjun would be down with all this craziness? I mean does this happen in real life?! #WhyChoose

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I really enjoyed this book. It was really well written and had me laughing a lot. Mia is a smart independent woman that takes a shitty situation and makes it pretty damn amazing. This book feels very much like a modern day Pride and Prejudice. It really reads like Jane Austen and I love it. I like that Mia isn’t this tame woman that just rolls over for what her men want. She is very clear about what she wants and stands up for herself repeatedly. She may have been forced into a patriarchal predicament by her father but she is not retiring to be a timid housewife. I would definitely recommend this book ❤ As always, keep swooning! 

It may be Unconventional, but I am IN LOVE!

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Oh don’t worry… I’ll be okay… That gaping hole in my heart?! Well it happens every time I’m reading an amazing book series and go to jump into the next book only to see the word ‘Pre-Order’. WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-ORDER?! I know. I know. I’m being selfish. Give the author a break, give her time… October 19th is only a few weeks away. You’ll be okay… BUT WILL I?! Well how about you all swoon with me over these two amazing books I have just inhaled and you too can feel the gaping hole in your heart that a pre-order button creates as you wait for book three with me….

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Yes, I have found another contemporary romance series to fall in love with. Again, WHO KNEW THERE WAS SO MUCH AMAZINGNESS IS THE CONTEMPORARY GENRE?! WHO KNEW?! Plus, ANOTHER REDHEAD! #gingersunite  We have Giovanna who is just your average college student. Well maybe not so average, I would say your average college student is an semi-alcoholic who watches a lot of Adult Swim, never stops playing Call of Duty, and can’t be seen before noon. Weeeeelllll maybe that was just me. I jest. Sort of. Giovanna is adorably shy and doesn’t really have a lot of excitement in her life. That is until she is walking home alone one night during winter break. I know this sounds like it’s going to turn into a haunting story. No, she isn’t going to get kidnapped. This isn’t that kind of story. She is walking and hears someone yell ‘Hey there, library.’ She continues walking because honestly who wouldn’t. I’m not typically shy but even I would walk up to a stranger who was calling me ‘library’, that’s just rule number one in the stranger danger handbook…

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Well stranger danger aside, if I turned around and Maven was trying to get my attention I would stop. Giovanna doesn’t know it yet but Maven. Yum. She does stop because she is a kind person although a little awkward. She stands there in the cold talking to Maven, Chance, and Banyan completely stunned that they know who she is and are flirting with her. It’s adorable, I see hot guys and creepy factor goes out the window. I’m surprised I haven’t been murdered yet… Getting married early probably saved me from that. I haven’t dated anyone but my husband since I was 16. Giovanna has a good sense of stranger danger though and declines their offers to go into their frat house or even to a restaurant with them. Talk about willpower. Or maybe it’s just good self-preservation.

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That night things don’t go well. She wakes up to fire alarms and it is not a drill. Her dorm is on fire and she has to flee the building. Luckily, when she gets outside the three hotties from earlier are there. They being chivalrous knights came to see if any help was needed. Swoon. They sweep Giovanna off to their frat house, so she has somewhere to stay for the night. This begins something wonderfully swoonworthy, completely sexy, and just plain adorable. Being there was a fire in her dorm it is inevitably closed until school starts back up after winter break in a couple of weeks. Giovanna, Maven, Chance, and Banyan spend this whole time together making the group decision to be friends. Friends with benefits that is. None of them want relationships. Who has time for relationships with finals around the corner? Well I mean I did but… 😊

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Their no-strings attached relationship brings life to Giovanna. Not that women have to be lifeless drones before they get a man in their life, get real I’m a feminist WE DON’T NEED MEN. But there is just something that love does to a person. Even if its of the no-strings attached variety. The friendship that sparks between Giovanna and these three practically brothers is adorable and hilarious. I love all the guys and their amazing personalities. I love that they all ramble and say too much. Take it from a rambler, we are just tons of fun 😉 Plus the sex is hot. H-O-T, hot. Hawt. It’s really sexy. We’ve also all seen how these no-strings attached relationships play out. Will things stick to strictly friendship with some sexy time or will these four amazing individuals fall in love? I guess you’ll just have to read it yourself. Trust me, reading these amazing books you’ll be swooning with me ❤

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