Getting foxy in The Vixen’s Lead

For a long while most of my ‘reading’ was done during my over 1 hour commute to work, as well as at work, and my 1 hour commute back home. No I don’t have a magical ability to read and drive (I wish!), I was listening to audiobooks. With a young toddler and living an hour away from my work I didn’t have time to sit down with a book or my kindle. Now I find myself mostly actually reading books versus listening to them. I live in the same town I work in so no more commute, I read during breaks at work, in the bath, and every night before bed. I’ve wanted to get back into listening to audiobooks but with my newest promotion I’ve been more concentrated on training and really focusing on what I’m doing to listen. Just recently I have gotten back into listening during work and I have to stop more than I used to for phone calls or to concentrate on something but I was able to finish a really good book. Let’s get into The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James, something I believe everyone will enjoy 🙂

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I have previously read a series that Tate James wrote with C M Stunich that I LOVED, the Hijinks Harem series (find my review here!). I was very eager to start this book because of this. It just took me awhile because like I said I was listening to it off and on via Audible. When I start something as an audiobook I find it difficult to go back and forth between listening and reading, if I’m hearing the narrator do voices I just find it hard to recreate them in my head and I feel it takes away from the story. I know, I’m weird. I’m also a very fast burn kinda girl. There are a lot of medium burns I like but I really dig the fast burn. This book is not quite a fast burn but there is definitely swoon. 

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Kit Davenport goes to high school with her best friend Lucy but they are slightly different than your typical high school student. These ladies are thieves. Kit runs the jobs getting the item while Lucy is a hacker that helps shut down surveillance. They are the perfect team. With every theft Kit leaves one item, a tiny fox, as a message to her not-so-innocent victims. Running jobs at night and waking up for class every morning isn’t for the weak of heart. Kit’s upbringing wasn’t exactly nice, she dealt with a lot of horribleness before she got to where she is now.

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Her life gets a little shaken up when two new guys start at her school. Caleb and Austin are both super hot and super different. Caleb is adorable, flirty, dirty, and hilarious. He makes me feel super swoony and my high school self would be putty in his hands. Austin is a complete asshole. He is arrogant, rude, condescending, and petulant. If you have read any of my past blog posts I am sure you know how I feel, I’m obviously team Austin. My love of assholes is deep and dirty (pun intended *snort*). Austin does a good job of generally pissing me off throughout the whole book though. I had myself seriously wondering if he was ever going to lay off and I was dying for a brother fight. I mean seriously Caleb, shut that shit down.

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Kit and Caleb have this adorable friendship/kind of relationship. They watch movies together, hang out, text uber adorable things, and he has a habit of just busting into her room. The both seem under the impression that they are each being friend-zoned but continue the playful flirty banter. He also calls her ‘Kitty Kat’ which is just so fucking adorable I get all swoony thinking about it. Something that threw me off about the audiobook is that there are two separate narrators. There is a female voice for Kit and the female characters and a male voice for the male characters. It kinda threw me off at the beginning and was kinda hard to get used to. I haven’t dealt with this a lot so I was a little thrown. In the last Twilight book when they switch to Jacob’s POV the narrators switch but his POV section is all the male narrator for all voices. This switching back and forth throughout the entire story was interesting and after I got used to it I really started to appreciate it. It made it flow differently but in a good way. 

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Little does Kit know she is about to be had. Caleb, Austin, as well as some different men that have subtly been appearing in her life are part of a group called Omega. Caleb and Austin were placed in Kit’s high school to gather information about The Fox, aka Kit. One night while Kit is in her room some men come in, knock her out, and attempt to abduct her. Lucky for her she is being monitored by the Omega Group as they already suspect she is The Fox so they jump in and save her. Although she has been taken from one group to another she is definitely in better shape. The Omega Group are overall good guys, even though they are there to catch her, whereas this mystery group trying to take her are definitely not good guys. 

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Up until have half way through I was classifying this book at a slow burn. I even messaged a friend I knew had read the series and was like ‘okay when is shit going to get hot?! I need some swoon!’. I wasn’t planning to drop out but she indicated that it was going to get hot and I would love it. She was right, as the book progressed and Kit began working with The Omega Group and living with Caleb, Cole, River, Westley, and even Austin shit starts getting pretty sexy/swoony. Her relationships start to deepen with some of the men and they have some very very hot moments. We know about Caleb and Austin and really get to know the other guys. Cole is a tough guy and they have some sexy work out moments. River is the leader and British, swoon, who doesn’t love an accent. Westley is the geeky shy type that we all love. I just want to cuddle him. & rip his shirt off. All their shirts. I want them all off 😉😏

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I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to start the next one, I’ve already used this month’s credit to get book #2! Kit is very funny and fiercely independent. Her upbringing was absolutely heartbreaking but it made her that much stronger. We also get some paranormal elements in Kit. She is able to heal quickly and can move very fast. She doesn’t know anything about her parent’s though and it seems that this mysterious group that attempted to abduct her may have something to do with her paranormal features. I really enjoyed the story and action in this book. It has a very strong plot and the story carries very well. I know, surprisingly everything can’t be about swoon. It definitely isn’t lacking in swoon but it isn’t totally romance focused. I would definitely recommend! 

 

 

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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Find it here on Amazon! 🙂

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!

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 ❤

Queen Takes Checkmate… The BEST for last, please don’t be the end…

I feel like I have been waiting for Queen Takes Checkmate by Joely Sue Burkhart my entire life. Okay, maybe that’s excessive but I feel like it’s been a long time. She is such a freaking talented writer I fall in love with every single character each and every time I read one of the books. Like how could I love these people anymore?! She makes it happen! This is book #5 in the ‘Their Vampire Queen’ series. It’s also the BEST book in the series. I’ve said that after I finish every book in this series, but just when you think Joely can’t top her last book she does. They.  Are. So. Fucking. Good. Oh! & let’s talk about that cover…. Gahhhhhh all the covers in this series are so freaking gorgeous. I mean they have to be… it’s Shara Fucking Isador. Last living descendant of Isis. SHE IS THE SHIT. Let’s get into it…..

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See my review of the first book, Queen Takes Knights, here!

So we are back with Shara and all her guys. You know… Rik, Daire, Guillaume, Mehen, Xin, Itztli, Tlacel, Ezra, Nevarre, and Llewellyn. I literally love them all. We don’t know a huge amount about Llewellyn since he just joined but don’t worry. He’ll have a place in your heart soon. Anyways, Shara has just taken down New York’s Aima Queen, Keisha Skye. Not only did she take her down, she drained her. So now she is this disgusting pile of nasty on the floor. Defeating Keisha and her demon child Tanza, man that child was a thing of nightmares…. Bah… I swear I picture like the grudge girl and the ring girl mixed together. Eek. 😱

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Everyone is intact, and all seems to be well. Shara is of course internally freaking out because what the fuck just happened. She almost lost Rik to Tanza the freaky demon child, and everything could have went to hell in a hand-basket and she could have died. All her men could have died. It could have been disastrous. Luckily, it wasn’t because Shara Fucking Isador is a badass who ALWAYS kicks ass. I mean who else could completely drain a queen?! Shara Isador, the Queen of New York biatch. But defeating Keisha doesn’t mean that Shara and her men can just all reunite and have a sexy blood orgy does it?! Of course not.. There are some political ends that need to be tied up. Like Skye Tower is now Isador tower, badass ammirite?! All of Keisha’s Furies (what she called her Blood that consisted of all females), Sibs, and other vampire groupies have to be dealt with. So, Shara has to decide who to take on, who to set free, and who to kill.. PLUS, there is an ancient sun god mummified in the basement. No biggie… 😐

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Shara adds some Sibs to her team. Gwen, who’s Blood are guys from the round table *gasp * swoon*. As well as Carys, who has a badass owl that shits all over her 🤢 & has the power to determine the probably of things/actions. Things are looking pretty good. She has to kill some of the less savory characters that were into the super psychotic shit Keisha Skye was into. She also has to make a decision about this new guy she has taken in, Llewellyn. We don’t currently know a lot about him other than he used to be one of her mother’s Blood and that Keisha Skye kept him prisoner, cut out his eyes, and kept a bad over his head. I mean we already feel sorry for the poor fellow, plus he really stepped up with helping Shara defeat Keisha. Weird thing though, he used to have sex with her mom… Soooooo…. Yeah….

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Now that Skye Isador Tower has been taken care of we should be able to get back to sexy time with the guys, right?! Well, kinda. We do have some suuuuper sexy scenes. Cuz I mean Joely knows how to write the sexiest scenes known to mankind. Then we also get a NEW Blood. I know what you are thinking, how the hell am I supposed to keep track of a NEW Blood?! There are so many. Well shut your trap, there are never too many 😉 This new Blood also has some qualities that separate her from the rest of the Blood… I know, you are intrigued…

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Everything can’t be all sexy time though. I know, cue booing. They also have to get rid of Ra, the sun god who they’ve been trying to get rid of for a couple of books. Plus, he just recently tried to take Xochitl, Mayte’s daughter AKA Queen of Unicorns This bastard has gots to go. There are a lot of preparations that have to go into taking out Ra because he is a fucking God which means he is obviously hard to kill. Also, there was the deal made with the Goddess, Coatlicue, that in return for the cobra that will help kill Ra that one of Shara’s Blood must die. Dear. God. No. Please. So this whole time I am freaking out trying to figure out who Joely is going to kill off…. PLEASE JOELY, PLEASE DON’T *sob* 😭 

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This book is so amazing. Like when I finished I didn’t know what to do with myself. How do you move on from something so perfect?! You don’t. You just don’t. So, now I have to decide whether to re-read this one of just go for the long haul and re-read the entire series again. It’s that damn good! Shara is a badass heroine that we all want in our lives. She isn’t whiny or easily pushed over. She is the Queen. She is Shara Fucking Isador. Her men are swoony, hilarious, adorable, badass, sexy, and every wonderful adjective you can think of. I honestly don’t know who I love more. Sometimes it’s Mehen because ahhhh who doesn’t love a stubborn dragon who is actually a softy. Then it’s Ezra because that sexy take no nonsense cursing like a sailor bear is just so fucking hot. Then there are Rik and Daire, the original two. So sexy, protective, and their dynamic with each other and Shara is just… Ah… Swoon. There are all amazing. ALL. This can’t be the last book.  It just can’t………… This won’t be the last book.

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I’m swooning over here…. Wanna join?!