Healing my soul through Winter Princess. Plus accents. Yum.

Do you ever have books that look so good that you buy it but just let it sit in your kindle library? It’s the book that sits in your TBR list with its beautiful cover and intriguing blurb but you just don’t start it because your TBR list is so freaking long? Well this book was that for me. I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to read it because it’s soooo freaking good. 
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I recently had something horrible happen to me, I had my second miscarriage this year and I felt like reading something happy because life was crappy and I wanted to laugh. Although I definitely laughed at parts, I also cried, swooned, got mad, swooned some more, and couldn’t get a grasp on what the fuck was happening. It helped a lot. Books tend to do that. Help you escape the horrors of your life so that you can dive into a fictional world of wonder. I loved all these books so much I sped read through them all. Staying up waaaay past my bedtime because I just could not stop reading.
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Wynter has been living with her adoptive parents for as long as she can remember. She has gotten infrequent visits from her biological mother, Mother of Gods and Queen of Winter. Her visits from her mother have been cold and always leave her broken hearted. Hopefully things are about to change, because her biological mom has sent her a letter inviting her to the realm. She knows that soon she will be coming into her magic, because like her biological mother she isn’t human. Her mother is a goddess which makes Wynter a demigoddess. She has always been able to do small magical things, like shut the door or turn on the lights, but on the morning of her 22nd birthday shit goes haywire. Her magic starts throwing knives all around, catches her loft on fire, and even causes an earthquake destroying half of her block.
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It looks like Wynter is going to destroy everything around her as she has zero control of her magic. That is until 4 hunky men come ready to help her. Storm, Frost, Arc, and Crispin are four guardians sent by her mother to escort her to the winter realms. These guardians have powers of their own and are able to buffer Wyn’s magic. Wynter being a strong independent woman isn’t a huge fan of having to be protected by these men. She has to quickly learn that she needs all the help she can get to protect herself as the world is a lot bigger than she thought it was and the protection is much needed. This protection is solidified unbeknownst to Wyn. When the guys worked together to stop the earthquake at her parent’s house they pulled magic from her creating a bond between them. This creates a pull between her and the men. She finds herself really attracted to them. Like ready to start making out with them and jump their bones. Honestly, I don’t think I’d need the bond 😉 
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I love that this book is written by a Scottish author using a lot of  Scottish lingo. I have always had a fascination with Scotland. PLUS the men with their accents are fucking hot. Whew. Obviously this being said my favorite of the men is Arc who is always wearing a kilt and has a thick accent. Swoon. I find myself trying to adopt his accent in my head and sometimes out loud. My husband thinks I’m a freak, I don’t disagree 😊 But seriously all the men are hot. Frost, Storm, and Crispy are super swoon worthy — Arc just… Ahhhh 😍 Skye Mackinnon knows how to write sexy assed men with sexy assed scenes ❤
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Winter Princess has all anyone can want in a book. Badass women in the form of Goddesses/Demi-Goddesses, sexy assed Guardians, demons, magic, steamy as sin scenes, hilarious scenes, action, and obviously rainbow sex. Whew. It is amazing. You just need to jump in, then you’ll be swooning too ❤

Poppy, Daughter of Persephone, is a BAD ASS

A recent obsession of mine in the Reverse Harem genre that I continue to think about (why did it have to end?!) is the Cerberus series by Helen Scott. The first book is called ‘Daughter of Persephone’. Intrigued right?! I know I was! Plus, it has fed into this small obsession of mine of Greek Goddesses. I might even have some future tattoos in mind… BUT that is beside the point, you came here to hear about the Cerberus series so let’s get into it! 😊

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My first and ONLY transgression with the book immediately was the main character’s name is Poppy. I LOVE bad ass women, so I was seriously wondering how anyone named Poppy could be a bad ass. Maybe its because of my recent obsession with Trolls, I mean Poppy in Trolls is pretty cool but not necessarily a bad ass, so I was definitely skeptical. (Fun fact, our Elf on the Shelf is also named Poppy) WELL I am here to tell you that Helen Scott’s Poppy is a bad ass. Daughter of Persephone gives you what you need to activate your goddess-like powers and to call to you a harem of sexy men from the depths of Hades. Take notes ladies.

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Poppy finds the key to her goddess future at a thrift store in the form of a necklace and at a bar in the form of a drink named ‘Cinderella Number Five’. If you know anything about the story of Persephone and Hades (#swoon), then you know about the pomegranate. If you don’t Google it because it is an interesting read. So obviously this drink has pomegranate in it – note to self, Google this drink – thus tipping over the first metaphorical domino to her new life.

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Immediately after taking this goddess inducing shot Poppy finds herself feeling sick and ready to go home – we’ve all been there girl 😉. After a long sleep she goes back to her life as a bartender, at least life is back to normal right? Wrong. While leaving the bar after her shift she stumbles upon a giant black dog with red glowing eyes. What. The. Fuck. In attempts to get away she runs straight into the arms of a very sexy man we learn to be named Hunter. Yum. She begs for his help and instead begins to get an explanation of her life to be. Cue the scary hellhound turning into a very naked man, Knox. Well obviously, with all this overwhelming crap hitting poor Poppy all at once she passes out. As a frequent fainter, I fully understand.

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Poppy wakes up to find herself in a strange house surrounded by these strange, but sexy, men. Along with a ghost of an old woman, but she’s nice so we aren’t really too worried about her. Poppy is hilarious. Truly. So are her men. As she is thrust into this world where the supernatural is real and she is included, she takes it all on with wit, sarcasm, and a fierceness we all dream to have. Poppy’s quest to become queen of the underworld involves her 3 hellhound shifters, finding her 4th hellhound shifter, and gaining her 3 judges. You counted right, 7. That’s how many SEXY men Poppy gets, & to think I actually questioned if she was a bad ass… Helen Scott 1 – Julia 0.

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Poppy falling in love with these men is my absolute favorite. I love swooning and this book is full of it. These guys are ALL very swoonworthy. There are A LOT of really sexy scenes and even some group scenes that even have the power to make me blush. Not an easy feat, trust me 😉 My favorite part is I feel like a lot of the focus is on the love. I understand that books have to have action, conflict, etc. Blah. Blah. Blah. I understand it, doesn’t mean I always love it. The action and conflict in this book are amazing. Like I said, furthering my obsession with Greek Gods. But the love. Ohhh the love, is the best. This book is amazing from the start! I seriously couldn’t put it down! I fell asleep with kindle in hand and woke up in the morning ready to start reading again! This series is complete and consists of 3 AMAZING books that will soon become some of your favorite escapes. You just gotta jump in… & swoon with me ❤

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