I can’t stop swooning over Apollo

Let’s talk about an AMAZING book. Seriously soooo good. I finished Hotter than Hades earlier this month and thought to myself, there is no way I am going to fall for any of these Gods as hard as I have for Hades. His devotion to Cressy is just. Gahhhhh. Well then I met Apollo and holy fucking shit. Move over Hades, Christian, and Nash because these guys are my new favorites (sorry guys! 💔). Let’s get into the swoons ❤

Please note that this series should be read in order as the 2nd book does contain spoilers.

Find it here on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited!!

Okay so we end the first book, Hotter Than Hades, and Cressy’s bestie Ella who is a ghost has been poofed away by Zeus. Cressy is devastated as expected and we are left wondering what happened to our favorite bestie. Well Zeus brought Ella back in the body of a woman named, wait for it, Cinderella. Snort. Ella only vaguely remembers her previous life but knows that she is definitely not this Cinderella person. As she is recovering from a long term coma and accident her mother puts her in a recovery center. A recovery center run by a couple guardians, Pollux and Achilles. Ella’s favorite activity in this place she is being kept in is to visit the horse stables at night. You know, to listen to Pollux and Achilles have sex… 🔥🔥🔥

Her last escapade in the stables is super hot but she gets caught. Pollux and Achilles don’t know how to react to Ella, their little peeping Tina. They immediately feel an unexplainable connection with her but don’t act on their feelings. The next morning Apollo and Castor arrive. Apollo, the sun God, and Castor, another guardian as well as Pollux’s twin brother, have come to meet Cindy or Ella as we know her. Apollo promised to marry Cinderella after her father passed and he feels it is time to live up to his obligations. He doesn’t expect their meeting to carry so much heat though or that her connection with he and his guardians would be so immediate. A quick call to Zeus confirms that Ella is indeed his fated, his wife.

I seriously love the relationship that develops between Ella and her men. Castor, Pollux, Achilles, and Apollo are so fucking swoony. The dynamic between the characters is amazing and the steam is off the charts. I seriously think this is one of my favorite Serena Akeroyd books. It’s that good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Serena Akeroyd is a fucking word wizard and she once again doesn’t disappoint. You need to grab this book ASAP, you definitely won’t regret it. Now to just wait until the next God and guardians I can swoon over ❤

Come on, it’s time to swoon with me dolls ❤

Serena Akeroyd: Author Spotlight [Giveaway!]

I have had the privilege to interview another amazing author. This woman is a writing wizard. Everything she writes is seriously amazing. I love it all. You can see my reviews of some of her work below. Her name is Serena Akeroyd and she writes some super steamy books that don’t fade to black (who wants that?!). She has amazing story-building skills and creates characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. ❤

GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

See my review for The Kingdom of Veronia trilogy here!

See my review for the Charmed By Them (Quintessence series) here!

See my review for Screw You & Screw Me (Five Points series) here!

Tell me more about yourself. Likes, dislikes, quirks, etc.

I’m such a boring person, Julia. Seriously. It’s depressing, lol. My life is literally revolved around my writing and my books. Oh, and don’t forget my dog! 😍 His name is Trev, and he’s got more attitude than a Kardashian. 😉

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 18, I first picked up a Harlequin book from a library. I devoured about ten of them in a week and thought, holy crap, I need to write like this. It seriously went from there, and I devoured everything and anything Harlequin. I have about 2000 books in my backroom, 🤦‍♂️, and from there, it went to erotica, and then menage! My first ever menage was a Maya Banks novel. 😋 When I read that, wow, it was like a hurricane to my brain. I knew I wanted to write poly because I connected with it so hardddd.

Do you have a pen name? If so, what made you decide to do that? 

I used one because I thought all the best authors used them! 😂 Talk about bowing to peer pressure. Well, of the self-imposed variety.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It can take me anything from three days to a month, story depending. A Quintessence book can take about a week. The story is developed to the point where I have a lot going on. At the moment, I’m struggling with one of the stories as I’m trying to fight where it’s going. I average about ten thousand words a day.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is impossible to schedule. 😋 I sleep mostly through the day and am awake at night. I could be writing at 5am and 5pm, then sleep for fourteen hours to start again. Sleep is one of my biggest issues. I have a crappy sleep routine.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That my characters drive me to the point where I go completely off script. I’m scheduled to write a few books in the upcoming months, and yet, I’m writing none of them at the minute. 🤦‍♂️ A story popped into my head and I have no choice but to follow its lead!

How hard was it to get your books published?

I actually had a few publishers interested in my earlier books, but then I went the self-publishing route which is sooo much easier.

Where do you get the ideas for your books? 

From anywhere and everywhere. I tend to find my story roots in a question. Like why did someone do this? Why wouldn’t they? Etc. It’s pretty random. My story concepts can stir from a single line and boom. There’s a book. My brain is nuts.

How much research do you put into your writing?

A shit ton! OMG, so much. It depends on the story, though. Dare You To Love Me required a ton because I’m British so never went to American High School. I had to learn everything and it went through so many editors to make sure it was authentic. Then Hotter than Hades was packed with Greek mythology. I had so much to learn but I love research!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first one, I was around 21.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Very little. 😂 I’m reading or watching TV, walking my dog or trying to persuade myself to do yoga. I told you already-I’m super boring. 😂

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That people connect with my work. It’s a dream come true to know that people like my stories. That people follow my series for more. It’s a revelation.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think I’m coming up toward fifty. My favorite? Impossible to say. 😉

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Read. Just read. Seriously. Read more. Then some more. Get a KU subscription, see what’s popular, and go where the market leads you but ALWAYS stick to your guns and your own voice. Write your story the way you want, and hold fast. ♥

Who is your author idol?

Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed.
Linda Howard. I love her early books. Someone compared me to her the other day and I about sobbed. 

Which book/series was the most fun to write?

Five Points was one of the funniest series because I was totally enthralled with the characters. Finn in Screw You and Screw Me had me enraptured from the start. That’s always a good sign. I wrote that duet in two weeks. I’ve never written anything so quickly in my life.

Which book/series was the hardest to write?

I’d say The TriAlpha Chronicles because it was long, in-depth, and so convoluted plot-wise for me that it was like weaving a tapestry. I loved it though but it was difficult because each book was super long and I had to get each one ready every month for half a year!

What kinds of books do you like to read?! What books are on your TBR?

I’m currently in an MC and Mafia phase. I’m addicted to the mobsters. 😂 I just devoured a crap ton of Hayley Faiman books.

I am way past fangirling! Serena is freaking amazing. She is a writing machine. Somehow she is able to put books out at such a fast pace and they are freaking amazing. She is such a kind soul and super interactive with her readers. If you aren’t swooned by her yet you are crazy!

Find Serena’s work here!

Enter a giveaway here to win one of Serena Akeroyd’s books!

It doesn’t get much Hotter Than Hades!

I want to take you all on a journey. A journey of sexiness. Of course this journey includes Serena Akeroyd because everything she writes is pure freaking gold. I am seriously swooned. Swooned by some men. Hades, Christian, and Nash. This book is good. Really good. Let’s get into it dolls ❤

Find it here on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited!

Okay so we have our beautiful female main character, Cressida or Cressy. She is a singer that lives a pretty solitary life. She doesn’t have any family or friends, other than her one friend Ella who she doesn’t get to see very often due to her tours and her friend’s busy job. Cressy’s life was changed a few months back when she was assaulted by another singer at the company she works for. She was unable to take action against her attacker and since then has felt depressed and fearful of those around her. She is only surrounded by her manager, crew, and a fellow singer she is touring with. The story starts off emotionally dark but Cressy is a very likable character. She is still strong even after the turmoil she has experienced and still finds something to look forward to when her friend Ella has taken some time off to come to one of her shows.

Nash is touring with Cressy and he can’t help his attraction to her. What makes her more attractive? The fact that he can see she is attracted to him but fights it. He spends all his time in close contact with her and can’t keep his eyes off her. He has seen how her mood has changed, how her spirit has diminished. When her friend Ella comes to see their show he sees her light up again. Cressy and Ella have a night of fun. They get to catch up and Ella is able to bring some fun back into Cressy’s life.

A horrible turn of events brings Cressy to a new low. Taken into the arms of Nash he helps her through her troubles and introduces her to some men that can help. Hades and Christian. Oh em gee. Hades is so fucking swoony I just can’t, I literally can’t. Immediately upon meeting Christian and Hades it is clear that there is something between them. Something out of their control, something fated. Hades, Christian, and Nash begin to swoon Cressy as she is thrown into a world of what she believed to be folklore. The love that develops between the group of them is amazing. I constantly found myself giggling and smiling like an idiot. The men help pull Cressy out of the darkness that has become her life. They help her find herself and they help her seek retribution for the wrongs that have been dealt to her.

This book was really fucking good. Like super good. One of my favorite reads so far this year. It was so interesting learning more about the Gods and their guardians and this awesome world Serena Akeroyd has created. She just has the ability to make me so freaking swoony that I feel a little heartbroken when it’s over. She also really knows how to bring the steam. I swear she is the queen of steamy scenes. Plus, this book is one in a series that will continue looking at each of the gods find their mates. The next book, is about Cressy’s friend Ella. Swoon. I can’t wait to keep reading these books. Serena can’t come out with them fast enough ❤

“I wanted her to know that I would kneel for one woman and one woman alone in this world, and that was her.”

Hades – Hotter than Hades by Serena Akeroyd

It’s time to swoon with me dolls ❤

Finding my Prince(s) Charming, Perry and her Princes.

I have been reading a series off and on for a couple of months. It’s one I didn’t want to read straight through because I was enjoying it so much that I didn’t want it to end. Alas, all good things must come to an end but a wonderful end they came to. I, of course, am speaking of Serena Akeroyd’s Kingdom of Veronia series. Let’s get into it.

Grab book 1 here!

We have our main character, Perry, an American scientist that has accepted a position in the Veronian government to discover the cause of their water crisis. Her bestie, George, is a prince of Veronia and is accompanying her back to his home. Sure, he knows she is the best woman for the job but he also has other plans for her in mind. Perry has been the object of his eye for quite sometime but he hasn’t wanted to make a move and risk ruining something that could be amazing. See, George has a bit of a secret kink. He is most turned on when he is able to share a woman with his brother, Edward. Edward is next in line to be King and recently widowed. George and he haven’t shared a woman since their youth, will he be down to get back into the sexual preference of their past?

Men in Veronia aren’t like American men and Perry can’t find it in her to complain. She has had a bit of a crush on George for years but has felt they were stuck in the friend zone. She is ready to prove herself as a scientist during her time in Veronia, that is until things start heating up. The first night Perry feels abandoned when George is forced to smooze diplomats and she meets a wonderfully attractive man. It is clear that Xavier is not a fan of these fancy shindigs and discovers Perry crouching down playing a game on her phone. He is tickled by her complete lack of respect for the environment she has found herself in and finds a companion in her whilst they escape the dreary party for a walk in the garden.

Will Perry’s blooming relationship with Xavier, George and Edward’s cousin, ruin George’s plans to make Perry the object of he and his brother’s eyes? Will Edward be accepting of jumping back into the unusual relationships he and his brother held with women in their younger days? Will Veronia be accepting of this clumsy American girl and her relationships with the princes and duke?

I loved this series so much. I found Perry so easy to relate to and I could not stop swooning over her men. The story held so much heat and action when I was reading I could not put the books down. The story was so gripping I enjoyed it just as much as I did the swoon which is unusual for me. As I’ve said before, I’m more of a lots of swoon/steamy and a bit of story kinda girl. I cannot wait to hear more from Perry and the guys in the upcoming CROSSOVER in Serena Akeroyd’s other series Quintessence. It’s going to be so fucking amazing to see Sascha and her men interact with these royals once Sean comes out.

What are you waiting for, swoon with me!

Get ready for the steam. Screw You. Screw Me.

There is this author named Serena Akeroyd. She is seriously a writing goddess. A wizard of words if you will. Everything she writes is seriously gold. She could write obituaries and I would read every single one. I have read several of her books and have never been disappointed so when she came out with a new series that isn’t reverse harem *gasp* I knew I needed to get it multiple guys or not. Let’s get into this amaaaaazingly dark and steamy contemporary romance. But let’s get something straight first… Finn is MINE ❤ *wipes away drool*

Find book 1, Screw You, here on Amazon!

These books are about a woman name Aoife (pronounced Ee-fah) who owns a bakery that a large company is trying to buy out. Being a fiery Irish woman she has refused all attempts out of principle and respect to her mom’s memory. That is until the sexiest man on earth walks in her door, Finn. ❤️ Finn is seriously the love of my life. I love me some bad boys and he fits this criteria perfectly. He swoops in determined to have Aoife. She’s gorgeous, thick, Irish, and everything he has every wanted in a woman. He can’t resist her charms and he knows that he has to get her to give up her place but he also knows he has to have her. He just doesn’t know if one will stop the other.

Finn and Aoife’s relationship is fucking electric. I mean their attraction to each other… I’m swooning just thinking about it. I love Irish guys. Seriously if I could get an Irish man to talk to me all day. Done. I’d be done. I try to get my husband to talk Irish to me. Sometimes he tries. Most of the time he tells me to stop being a weirdo. I need Serena to get this on audio and find the sexiest sounding Irish man in the world to narrate it. Done. I’d be done.

Okay, okay. Back to the story, because its a really good one. I just want to lick Finn’s freaking face. I’ll calm down. So Finn is part of an Irish gang called the Five Points. It is lead by his pseudo father who is an absolute nutcase. Like a nutcase with a heart of gold. Finn isn’t the kneecapping kinda Irish gangster though, more like behind the scenes business kinda gangster. So he is super loaded. Not only Irish. Not only a bad boy. Not only sexy as all hell. Rich. Dear lord save us all. Aoife was raised to fear the Five Points. They rule the city. They are scary as hell but keep shit in line. She never thought she’d end up with a Points man. Until Finn that is. I mean did you read all that. Danger smanger. I want me some Finn in my life. The danger just makes him all the more sexy I swear ❤

If I haven’t sold you yet I don’t know what is wrong with you. Who doesn’t love a bad boy?!?!?! I mean, sure, you don’t marry them. That would never turn out well. BUT these are the guys you have the high school, college, early twenties flings with. They are dark, dirty, and fuuuucking hot as hell. I mean even your good boys are a bit bad. So are you ready for some Finn in your life?!

Are you swooning with me? ❤

Julia Swoons over Valentine’s Day

HAPPY 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 ❤

It doesn’t take much to get ‘Charmed by Them’… Swoon

I just finished another really amazing contemporary reverse harem romance! Who knew there were so many goodies out there in the contemporary genre?! WHO KNEW?! & why wasn’t I told?! Just kidding. I was probably told, but I’m stubborn and tend to stick to my ways. Well I’m glad I’ve decided to venture out because it lead me to find ‘Charmed by Them’ by Serena Akeroyd and lemme tell you… I’m charmed. Let’s. Get. Into. It. 😀 ❤

Charmed By Them

Find it on Amazon here!

OR get the first three books here!!

First of all, I LOVE that the MC is a red head. There is not a lot of love for us red heads in the world. Seriously. I’ve been overjoyed lately seeing so many leading ladies in my books with red hair because I was a self-hating ginger growing up. Even though I still don’t classify myself as a ginger other people do, my hair is AUBURN. But whatever. Red heads have it rough. A guy I work with, let’s call him Harry, well he also has red hair and this is something we bond over. #gingersunite Well we were talking about how growing up people would tell us that we didn’t have a soul, why you ask? Because we have red hair of course. That or we would be told that we bathe in the blood of our enemies and other random shit. Kids are mean. Anyway, so when Harry was younger a girl wrote down on a piece of paper ‘Harry’s soul’ and gave it to him since being a redhead he didn’t possess a soul. THIS IS REAL SHIT. Rant over. I really do like my red hair now. I wouldn’t say I love it but I am more self-appreciative of myself. Plus, I got my red hair from my dad who has passed away so I feel like I should love it. I do. I’m getting there.

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BACK TO THE STORY AT HAND. Charmed By Them. Awesome. Our main character’s name is Sascha Dubois which is a really sexy name. Sascha. Very swoonworthy. Well Sascha interviews for a position to oversee housekeeping duties at a home in England. A home filled with 5 very hot and very intelligent men. Like not just intelligent, freaking Big Bang Theory intelligent but they are all smoking and not in the cute nerdy way, in the holy damn break me off a piece of that way. She is gorgeous and uber smart as well so she of course lands the job, which is live-in of course, and starts working with all these men. I saw with instead of for because they really welcome her in like family. It’s freaking adorable.

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Well you are sitting there thinking, okay so we got our hottie female main character and she is living in the house with 5 super sexy men. THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS. We know this is reverse harem. Let’s get to the goods. You will not be disappointed. Of course since these guys are super smart, super successful, and very dedicated to their different careers they don’t have a lot of time for dating. They also are very close to each other and living together has worked really well since they were in college. What are these men to do for love?! We all need love! Well this is where Sascha comes in.. One of the guys, Devon, is very into the idea of finding the perfect woman for them all to share. Let’s be honest all the guys are into the idea Devon is just more vocal about it. Well the unspoken leader of the bunch, Sean, warns Sascha about this after signing a NDA (nondisclosure agreement) but before she signs her employment contract. See it’s not skeevy. He just kind of brings up the idea and says that this isn’t what is expected of her and she doesn’t have to take the job but it’s just there. 

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Talk about an indecent proposal. Snort. Just kidding. These guys are smoking, we would all say yes. I feel like the part that appeals to a lot of women about the reverse harem genre is that A. you get to experience several different adorable swoonworthy relationships in one book. B. there is this feeling of the woman being completely taken care of because inevitably some area that one guy would be lacking in another guy in the ‘harem’ would pick up the slack. Plus, women overall are amazing and I don’t find it hard to believe that one woman could make 5 men happy. Like I said. Women are awesome. Girls rule, boys… Okay well it’s probably just me doing the drooling. Ha!

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I really really really enjoyed this book. It isn’t horribly long and you fall in love with the MC and all five guys so fast. They are really amazing. I can’t wait to jump into the next book and get to know these guys more. Plus you know #gingerpower  

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SWOON WITH ME, WON’T YOU?!