Where is the love? Signs of Cupidity.

I have been reading some dark stuff lately so I figured I needed an upper. I have heard a lot of awesome things about this book and it definitely lived up to it. It’s not only super swoony but also hilarious. Plus, I mean who doesn’t love cupid ❤ 

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So we have Emelle who is a Cupid. That’s right. A cupid. Imagine me reading this book with a song on constant replay in my heard. Yup you guessed it, Mandy Moore singing Stupid Cupid in The Princess Diaries. I literally just kept replaying it in my head, luckily I like that song… Emelle lives in this in-between place called ‘The Veil’ and can’t be seen or heard. (Yes, similar to a lot of books I read… I didn’t completely move on from my norm!) Kinda like a ghost just a hell of a lot more cheerful. Or at least she used to be. Being a Cupid has made Emelle very very jaded when it comes to love. She works her ass off as a cupid only to see these relationships she has but her love, sweat, and tears into fall apart in front of her eyes. Not only does this make being a cupid difficult but she also has to live her life, er afterlife, as a constant observer. Where is the love for Emelle?! Can you imagine watching being fall in love and get down and dirty only to live such a lonely existence? I couldn’t deal. 

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Emelle’s jadedness gets the better of her and she sometimes goes off the books. Splits up couples who’s partners are cheating on them, giving the third wheel a helping hand, starting orgies in the street… You know, cupid stuff 😊 Well her cupid-misbehavior gets her called in to see her superiors. The head cupids if you will. Terrified she is going to get reprimanded again or worse, fired. Aka poofed from existence. No more cupid for her, no more anything. The only upside is that she gets to spend some time with some people that can see her. Other cupids! It’s very short lived though because as soon as she is called back she is given some very suprising news. She isn’t getting poofed (whew!) she is instead getting transferred from the human realm to the fae realm. Nice!

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Emelle is super stoked about her last chance kind of promotion. Finally a new start and she is convinced she is going to start the love of the century. Especially when she sees that the prince has recently gone into an arranged marriage. Nothing like a cupid to add some love in a forced relationship! Well unfortunately men will be men… errr the prince is a douche… (sorry, feminist slip 😉). Everything seems great, it looks like the prince and future princess Soora are a match made in heaven. Until Emelle notices he has a thing for banging every freaking woman in the castle. Ugh. What a fucking pig. Emelle witnesses her hard work fail again as the prince continues to think with the wrong head and Princess Soora learns of his misdeeds and spends her nights crying herself to sleep. Love sucks. Emelle unleashes her fury by repeatedly shooting the prince in the heart with her cupid arrows over and over and over and over. So much so that the normal reaction of love doesn’t just happen, there is so much that he realizes something is up. The prince isn’t a human, he is a fae so he recognizes the magic happening and shoots some magic himself. Smack dab into Emelle causing her to become corporeal! 

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Emelle has to make a fast escape which is rather difficult as she has never walked, ran, or flew before. She has been in that in-between ghost like level so she just kinda floated everywhere. Well running is hard. I mean my ass has been corporeal for 27 and I still can’t run. She has to escape though and fast, an attack on the prince is no laughing matter. Her leap out the window leads to a really long fall, a really loooong fall. Plus with a lot of pain because holy shit pain must hurt when you haven’t felt anything in 50 years. Lucky for Emelle she falls right onto an island of some really really hot fae. 3 really hot fae to be exact. Fae that are super hot but don’t trust her, shoot her in the wing, and tie her up calling her a demon. What kind of demon would be this beautiful, have pink hair, and fluffy red wings?! So much for this cupid finally getting love… 

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I love this book so much. It was really hilarious and unique. Plus once we get on the island with the guys shit gets swoonier. Ronak (who I totally picture looking like Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones 😍), Evert (bearded Liam Hemsworth), and Sylred (obvi Charlie Hunnam) are completely hot, infuriating, sweet, and annoying. Pretty much an amazing combo right?! Seeing Emelle try to deal with having a real life and trying to convince the guys she isn’t a demon even though she has red wings is hilarious. I really enjoyed this book and have already jumped into the second one which is also suuuuper good. Well what are you waiting for? Do you need to be shot with an arrow? Swoon with me! ❤

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If these three aren’t enough to make you wanna jump into this book I don’t know what will…. 😊❤

Hoodwinked is amazing, can I have book #2 now?!

Another book that has sit in my TBR list for far too long! It has a gorgeous cover, intriguing blurb, but I still would skip over it? Why?! Because I download far too many books and get easily distracted. I finished the Hell Hounds Harem series and felt lost again for the billionth time in my life. #bookhangover I got in the bath and tried to decide what to start, Hoodwinked it is! Read it in one damn sitting. Holy shit it’s good. Are you ready to get into it?

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Gwen Taylor works for a special police force-like agency called Paraoffice. This agency was developed when all the paranormal species showed their true natures to humans, they monitor their existence with humans and stop violence that sometimes ensues. Gwen is a human but an ultimate badass. She is able to kick some major paranormal ass and shows that immediately when a vampire is attacking two humans. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. I’ve never really been into stories about police officers, military, government agencies, etc. Just not my jam. Also I love paranormal species. If paranormals come out and start integrating in every day life I don’t want to be saved. I want to be swooned. The vampires won’t kill me, they’ll fall in love with me obvi. Haven’t you picked up a romance novel or watched a tv show you uncultured swine?!

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Gwen is so my soulsister. She loves sweets – check, she is not a morning person – check, she has a cat – check, she loves tattoos & has a weakness for them on men – check, and she has a sassy attitude – double check. She is such a likable character. She takes no shit from anyone and that is definitely my kinda girl. The story starts getting really good when they sexy men appear at her agency. Barrett, Donovan, Draven, and Ethane are smoking hot and all seemed very intrigued by our girl. They work for Paraoffice and have run into a problem down in Florida, kids are being stolen from their bedrooms and a pentagram is being left behind. How fucking horrifying. They have had other paranormals to check out the rooms and can’t figure out what is happening to the kids. Gwen is the best at what she does so they have enlisted her help. Obvi she takes the job because who wouldn’t jump at the chance to run off to Florida with these guys, also the kids obviously… Definitely because of the kids. 

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We land in Florida and get straight to work. Straight to work falling for these smoking guys. Plus, Gwen runs into a little trouble. Trouble of the demonic kind. Gwen is suddenly unrecognizable to herself and has an inner visitor that she can’t seem to get rid of. What on Earth is she to do when she has become something she spends her days fighting against? Will these guys still want her if she has turned into something completely different? Will you be swooning? I’ll answer the last one for you, yes you will definitely be swooning  

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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

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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See my review for this amazing book here! 

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

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See my review for this amazing book here!

Finding my sexy Hell Hounds in Restless Spirit

There is something about dark romance books that is just so… Swoon. Gahhhh I haven’t read a huge amount but I feel like I’m about to dive into more. My recent experience in the realm of dark romance is of course reverse harem. Restless Spirit by Briana Michaels is the first book in the Hell Hounds Harem series and I am fucking obsessed. I just finished the books and after reading the last line I said “ohhhhh fuuuuck” then furiously started downloading book two. Let’s. Get. Into. It. 
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Everly is a ghost trapped in the human world where no one can see or hear her. She spends all her time moving from town to town searching for who knows what and overall living a sad and lonely existence. The only company she has is the malanum. These terrifying creatures are dead, but not the same kinda dead Everly is, these are spirits that turned dark and they really want to do the same to her. She spends all her time constantly on the lookout for these dark spirits. In constant fear that they will catch her and turn her into one of them. She also has the fear that the longer she spends as a ghost that she will turn into a malanum organically. 
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She was killed 5 years ago in New Orleans and of course it was Halloween. The sucky thing about being a ghost is that what you die in is what you are stuck in. Sadly, Everly died on Halloween so she is stuck in her Voodoo Priestess costume which was cool and first but she is seriously getting tired of the skeleton makeup, corset, tophat, and cane that she is stuck carrying around. Sure she looks like a badass but what’s the point if she can’t be seen. This night though is Halloween so she might as well live it up in her costume and head out to dance at one of the bars in town. Not a whole lot else to do if you are a ghost, right? 
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Dancing at the Black Abbey club is going as every other night has gone in her lonely ghost existence, she is dancing like no one is watching because no one really is watching. Until someone might be. Much to her suprise and disbelief there is a very attractive man and he seems to see her. She knows he has to see her when he waves her over. Maybe Everly’s lonely existence isn’t going to be so lonely anymore? Especially since Jack can touch her. Going 5 years as a ghost without being touched, then all of a sudden this hot assed guy can not only see but touch her? Well let’s just say that A LOT of touching commences… A lot.  
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Jack and Everly run into some issues with the malanum which inconveniently interrupts round 2 of their sexy time. Ugh. Jack explains that he is a Hell Hound and his job is to force the malanum back into Hell. Obviously this is a very tempting job to Everly as it means she won’t be alone anymore and she can kill some of the horrid creatures that have been chasing her for five long years. A trip to Hell and help from the devil and she is a Hell Hound. Plus she is finally whole which means no more Halloween costume. Shit is finally going well. Jack is head over heels for her and he is taking her to meet his pack. The reception she receives isn’t exactly what she was expecting. Jack’s pack’s farmhouse feels a lot like home and all the guys seem to already know her, including Jack. She is greeted by a sexy swoonworthy kiss from one of the guys, Tanner. Kalen, Eli, and Tanner are calling her Sara and seem to know everything about her, except what happened to her five years ago. What the fuck is happening? Is this all a trick? Should she trust these people that work for the devil? Is she truly this Sara person? 
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I love love loved this book. I did not want to stop reading it and this last week at work was a struggle because I stayed up ways to late reading and therefore need a lot of coffee to get through the work day. When I started the book I was a little leery because it seemed A LOT like the books by Kristy Cunning, the first being Four Psychos (see my review here). We have a ghost who doesn’t know her name, finds out she has a pseudo relationship with the devil, finds men that she has had a past life with that she doesn’t remember, and the guys have reapersish jobs. There are a lot of similarities at the beginning but once the book starts going the similarities disappear. These books really are nothing alike in terms of story development, character personalities, etc. The guys are HOT HOT HOT. Like I love dark guys with dark souls. There is just something soooo freaking sexy about bad boys and these boys are all bad. Sexy bad. 
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Sara (aka Everly) is such a badass. I love her a lot. She doesn’t just fall head over heels for these guys because she is finally seen. Sure she feels the attraction but she is very skeptical of them and their stories at first. But as the story progresses and she begins to remember her old like and slowly fall in love and trust these guys again. Whew. It is swoony. Plus the guys are all so dark, sexy, and amazing. I love it. I, of course, am immediately obsessed with Kalen who appears to be the aloof asshole but turns out to be her amazing, protective wolf. Really I love them all. I’m terrified for the story to end because I don’t want to lose these characters and this is only the first book… Oh lord. Well come on, I have to have sold you on this by now. Swoon with me! ❤

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! 

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 ❤