Julia Swoons over 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 ❤

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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Find it on Amazon here!

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.


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.


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.


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 ❤