[Giveaway&Review] Swooned over Battlefield Love

Oh em gee. This book is seriously good. I sat down and read this book in a few hours and the whole time I couldn’t put it down. Serious swoons. I am so happy to share this book with you guys and so excited to be a stop for the Rock Star Book Tour ❤ Let’s get into it, shall we?!

Title: BATTLEFIELD LOVE (Operation Cupid #1)
Author: Skyler Andra & Mila Young
Pub. Date: November 26, 2018
Publisher: Skylar Andra & Mila Young
Formats: eBook
Pages: 266
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
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We start off with our female main character, Locke Casey, living by herself as a sex line operator. I found myself as I sat in the bathtub reading this book considering a life of sex line operating, I mean just on the side of course. I read enough smutty books to have a good rapport, I feel. But this could also be like my thoughts after watching Orange is the New Black that it would be cool to live in prison or after watching McLeod’s Daughters and deciding I needed to be a farmer. My husband says I sometimes lack a good grasp on realty (he may be correct 😉). Anyway, Locke is having a typical night of answering sexy phone calls where she takes on different roles to the men’s kinks from doms to subs as well as some other more strange kinks. She then receives a sinister call. A call from a man that seems to know too much about our girl and has a deep super villain laugh. Obviously freaked she hangs up the phone and ends her night.

Locke is awoken by bright white lights and then everything goes black. She finds herself locked in her bathroom and can hear strange men in her apartment. Fight or flight kicks in and after questioning some fight scenarios she goes with flight deciding on an escape from her bathroom window. Strangely, as if this night could get strange enough, there is a very attractive man outside her window. He has a mischievous glint in his eye on and is able to do completely unreal things to save her from the men in her apartment. Can she trust this sexy man named Mads (pronounced Mass) that seems to live life on the edge? Or will hopping into his black BMW put her in far more trouble than she ever envisioned?

Locke life turns into turmoil as she is forced to run from these mysterious men that broke into her apartment. She finds herself thrown into a world of Gods, avatars, and discovers powers she possesses that she can’t seem to wrap her mind around. Mads isn’t the only man that has captured her attention. The dark and mysterious Rane also bring about a strong attraction that neither of them can ignore. Then there is Bryon, her friend from college that she is reunited with before her world is again flipped upside down. Steam ensues, betrayal, and crazy magic that would give any sensible person into whiplash.

I read the blurb for this book and I thought it would be good. I did not think that I would get as sucked in as I did. This book was perfect parts swoony and steamy that had me devouring the entire thing within a matter of hours. The whole time I couldn’t keep a smile off my face. I seriously loved all the characters so much that I couldn’t choose who I loved more. Luckily, I don’t have to. My favorite (and least favorite) part is that Locke isn’t some mind numbing woman that just gets swept up by these men and does whatever they tell her. She keeps her head on straight even if they are the sexiest things to grace the planet. She feels the sensible feelings of mistrust for these men that have just appeared in her life with stories of legends that she can’t wrap her mind around. In short, this book is fucking amazing. Truly. I can’t wait to get started on book two and book three. Like ASAP.

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About Skylar

Never say never. That’s Skyler’s attitude, and she fills her heroines and heroes with that same philosophy. Skyler is an Aussie who loves traveling and her goal is to one day visit every country in the world. When she’s not writing, she’s snuggling with a good book and her furbabies. At heart she’s a gaming nerd, Pilates and martial arts enthusiast.

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About Mila

Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow.

 By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.

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Giveaway Time!!

Giveaway Details:

1 lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

3 lucky winners will win BATTLEFIELD LOVE Swag Packs, International.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

3/25/2019- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review
3/25/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Excerpt
3/26/2019- Daily Waffle– Spotlight
3/26/2019- BookHounds– Excerpt
3/27/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review
3/27/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight
3/28/2019- Book Briefs– Review
3/28/2019- Romantic Reviews– Excerpt
3/29/2019- Reese’s Reviews– Review
3/29/2019- Ramblings of a Book Nerd– Review

Week Two:

4/1/2019- Julia Swoons– Review
4/1/2019- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt
4/2/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt
4/2/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt
4/3/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
4/3/2019- The Reading Corner for All– Review
4/4/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
4/4/2019- Love in a time of Feminism– Excerpt
4/5/2019- AURELIA LEO– Review
4/5/2019- Hauntedbybooks– Review

Ready for the swoons 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!

How I went from terrified of aliens to IN LOVE. Project: Adapt – Found.

I feel like I’ve mentioned this before. Maybe not. I have a fear of aliens. A deep rooted fear that has gone all the way back to my childhood. I remember watching the movie Signs and laying on my parents floor crying because we lived surrounded by cornfields. My only saving grace was that we also lived by a pond. War of the Worlds, get outta here. I mean even freaking Men In Black scared me. Literal nightmares. Now don’t get me wrong. I still watch alien movies. It’s that sick thing we all do where we enjoy being scared, it’s why scary movies and haunted houses do so well. We are all sick freaks.

Okay all that up there, babbling. Not really out of character for me. So yes, I love being scared by aliens. That has been established. But when I am on the look out for my next sexy read am I looking into the alien genre? No. But I have certain friends that are trying to get me to spread my wings.. err, tentacles 😉 Well I’ve done it. & guess what. I am in love with a couple of alien men. Let’s get into it 💙💜💚

Find it here on Amazon!!

We have our main character, Selena, who is a gorgeous human (I mean look at her up there!) that has been tested on for her entire life. She has been subject to some horrific shit by an alien species called the Yaarkins. She has lived her lonely life as an outcast and her only interaction is in the form of torture until the ship she is on is under siege. She is able to get herself to an escape pod and gets herself away from her life long prison.

Selena wakes up on another strange ship but the environment feels far less hostile. Her first encounter with her new shipmates is with a male named Xylo. Xylo looks nothing like your typical sexy male lead. His species is more plant like as he is covered in a moss like hair, has a galactic-like coloring, vines with a mind of their own, and large teal pupil-less eyes. He immediately treats her with care and respect, something Selena has never experienced. He even asks her name, something she has never had before so chooses Selena on the spot. She has never been around a species that has treated her as a person, she has only experienced life as a test subject. Selena’s attraction to Xylo is immediate and his kind demeanor leads her to immediately embrace and kiss him. Get it girl!

Selena’s world is completely flipped upside-down immediately after she begins her stay on the ship, the Destiny. She tries to navigate through her life with her newfound freedom, a complication with a previous lover from her dreamscape, and her newly formed relationship with Xylo. The world building in this book is freaking amazing. I don’t need images of these alien men because the author is able to describe them so well I have perfect pictures in my mind. The characters are all very lovable and I found myself growing my own harem with characters she might not even bring into her harem. They are all so great, I’m even swooning over the not so great ones! Plus I mean imagine all the ways that vines and tentacles can be beneficial in a sexual relationship… It brings a lot of steam into your life 🔥

The end of this book left me spinning. I literally forced myself to stay up far too late but I had to keep reading. It was just so good!! Jade Waltz found a way to make a girl terrified of aliens fall in love with her aliens. & not just aliens that look like men but are green or blue. ALIENS THAT LOOK LIKE ALIENS!! Plus now I NEED the next book. Like now. I am so in love with these viney, tentacley, alien males ❤

Seriously, get into these alien swoons ❤

My Amazon Picks

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? ❤

Lana Kole always leaves me Feline Good

Sometimes you just want a book where you know you’ll get your happy ending. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read books in a series. Seriously, I almost read them exclusively. But I also love Lana Kole so I knew I needed to read this book. Plus cats. 😻 Let’s get into this steamy swoony Valentine’s day book for both the people who love Valentine’s day and the people who hate it. ❤

Maya is a badass. I mean seriously, look at her. She is the bad girl we all wish we could be. Who the eff can sexily pull off a septum piercing?! Plus she owns a bar AND loves cats. I have a serious girl crush. Maya is bae (I only say that ironically 😏) So Maya lives a typical life. She’s single and spends most of her time at her bar, Feline Good. Her family is all deceased so she lives a mostly solitary life once the bar closes and she retreats to her upstairs apartment. Just her and her three cats. On Valentine’s night as she cleans the bar – let me just add how gross this is, I’ve never worked in a bar but my basement was host to soooo many parties and cleaning up after drunks is atrocious – everything changes.

As men busted into her bar Maya knew it was fight or flight. She lies in wait with her trusty baseball bat ready to attack the intruders and is quite successful until she is overwhelmed. As things are looking pretty bad for Maya something crazy happens. Her 3 adorable cats turn into 3 very sexy naked men. Yowza. These men are able to help her subdue the intruders and send her into a whole other realm that she had no idea existed. A life full of shifters, gods, and magic send this beautiful bartender into uncharted territory as she gets to know the men that have been her cats for over a decade.

This book is so good. It’s steamy and totally swoony. Like I’m am so in love with these men I just can’t. I can’t, okay. It’s nice to have a book with the steam you need, the action, the romance, and a perfect ending all in one book. Sure I’d love more (DON’T WE ALWAYS?!?!) but I’m satisfied with it’s absolute PERFECT ending. What more could you ask for?!

Aren’t you ready to swoon with me?! ❤

Swooning over the Haven Realm [Review + Giveaway!!!]

Hi Swooners! I have the opportunity to participate in a blog tour for the Haven Realm Books by Mila Young! I read the first book, Hunted, and it definitely got me swooning, I can’t wait to jump into book 2 and 3!!! Let’s get into it ❤


Find it: Goodreads, Amazon
Title: Haven Realm Box Set
Author: Mila Young
Pub. Date: Feb 11, 2019
Publisher: Mila Young
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 813

My Review

The first book, Hunted, is a loose rendition of Little Red Riding hood. The female main character is Scarlet owns a herbal shop in Terra and lives a simple life. The most excitement in her life comes from her dirty minded friend Bee [my kinda girl :D]. Scarlet was left the shop from her grandma who has passed away and it is her life. In a world were magic is illegal, she tries to use her knowledge of herbal remedies and a bit of magic to help the people of Terra. Scarlet is your typical shy girl that has a really simple life, until of course everything in her life is upended.

Scarlet’s friend Bee is a witch and relies on Scarlet for a lot of her herbal needs for spells. Bee’s need for Wolfsbane sends Scarlet into the forest and to the start of her new life. As Scarlet searches for this dangerous herb she witnesses something horrendous. The Priestess who lords over her section of Terra has a deep hatred for shifters and is breaking the Haven laws in her own hatred. As Scarlet is caught witnessing this she is immediately chased by the Priestess’s guards until she falls into the Den in her attempts to escape.

The Den is where the swoon starts. Scarlet is immediately attacked by a pack of wolves, knocked out, and carried off to a house. This is where she meets Nero, Oryn, and Dagen. These wolf shifters, or hunters as they prefer to be called, are all alphas and very hot. Another awesome tidbit about these hunters are that they do not feel a need for clothes. I mean if you are going from wolf to human over and over I’m sure clothes would seem tedious. No complaints here 😉 Scarlet attraction to each of them in time is immediate and confusing. The males wolves find the urgent need to claim her and she turns into a horny bitch that can’t wait to jump their bones. You go girl.

Scarlet must navigate this new territory with these men attempting to eradicate the affliction that has overtaken some of the pack rendering them completely mindless and dangerous. She also has to figure out if she can be the mate to not one, but three alphas wolves. This book is really good. I love that each of the books are standalone so you get the whole story in one book with no cliff-hangers and a happily ever after. Plus in book 2 we get to hear about Bee’s story which I’m super excited about because I love me some dirty minded chicks 😀 I would definitely recommend this book series as it has all the needed elements. Lovable characters, action, swoon, and a hell of a lot of steam.

Come on guys, let’s swoon ❤

About Mila

Bestselling Author, Mila Young tackles everything with the zeal and bravado of the fairytale heroes she grew up reading about. She slays monsters, real and imaginary, like there’s no tomorrow.

By day she rocks a keyboard as a marketing extraordinaire. At night she battles with her might pen-sword, creating fairytale retellings, and sexy ever after tales. In her spare time, she loves pretending she’s a mighty warrior, walks on the beach with her dogs, cuddling up with her cats, and devouring every fantasy tale she can get her pinkies on.

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Giveaway!!!

Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!

Keep the party going…

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
2/11/2019- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt
2/11/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt
2/12/2019- BOOK BRIEFS– Review
2/12/2019- BookHounds– Excerpt
2/13/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
2/13/2019- K.L. Knovitzke – Author– Excerpt
2/13/2019-Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review
2/14/2019- Hauntedbybooks– Review
2/15/2019- DJREADSBOOKS– Review
2/15/2019- Abooktropolis– Review

Week Two:
2/18/2019- Julia Swoons– Review
2/18/2019- JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder– Spotlight
2/19/2019- Good Choice Reading– Spotlight
2/19/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
2/19/2019- Love in a time of FeminismExcerpt
2/20/2019- The Reading Corner for All– Review
2/20/2019- Don’t Judge, Read– Excerpt
2/21/2019- Stormy Vixen’s Book Reviews– Review
2/21/2019- Down The Rabbit Hole– Spotlight
2/22/2019- D Books and Reviews– Review
2/22/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Excerpt
2/22/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

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 ❤

Full heart. Sobs. Desperately in love with Rotten Girl.

You know that feeling you get when you are under water too long. The feeling like your lungs are going to burst but you keep pushing through until you finally are able to rise out of the water. You gasp frantically for air that your body so badly needed. That’s what I feel right now. Like I’ve just come out of a swimming pool after doing down and backs without giving my body the chance to breathe. My heart aches and I wipe the tears from my eyes as I finish such an amazing book that I inhaled in two days. A book about a girl, three boys, and the mafia. A book that has given me such an aching hangover and has left my chest aching. A book called Rotten Girl by Ivy Fox.

Find it here on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

This is the first book I’ve read from this author. I just couldn’t turn it down after reading the blurb. It sounded so amazing and dark. Plus the cover. Gah. It’s so freaking beautiful. I couldn’t wait to jump in and once I saw those red locks on my kindle screen I was hooked. I now feel the need to track down every single one of Ivy Fox’s books and devour them. To send her endless messages begging for book two. Ask her how she could make me fall in love with these characters and then crush my heart? Ask her how she got such an amazing story out of her head and into this book in front of me.

It’s like falling in love for the first time. Except you are watching it happen. Watching a girl named Selene fall in love with these completely innocent boys that have been raised in this world of chaos and heartbreak. This world of lies and death. You feel the teenage angst and the fluttering of first love. You feel the absolute heat as Ivy Fox takes you down Selene’s path to adulthood and the handhold ing turns to kissing, touching, and some of the most desperate heart wrenching love I’ve ever set my eyes on. It’s like watching the Notebook and knowing in your heart that this story is going to crush you. That this world your beloved characters live in will not allow such a love to exist. No matter how much is crushing your heart. You are left gasping for air, staring at (what the fuck is his name – I asked my husband and he knew it was Ryan Gosling but I for the love of me couldn’t remember. Boy do I love this man) stare at Rachel McAdams in the rain trying to grasp at their love story that is just out of reach.

We start our story with Selene who is just a little girl. She lives in the mafia life full force. Her father, the Butcher, is just as terrifying in the face of his family as he is to his enemies taking his wrath out on his daughter and wife behind closed doors. Selene’s only sanctuary are her three closest friends. Giovanni, Dominic, and Vincent. Come on. Are you already salivating over those gorgeous iltalian names? Gahhhhhh. I can’t. I’m much too swoony for this. You see 4 innocent children with this exceptional bond. This growing love as they are thrown into the violent world of the Chicago mafia. They hold onto their innocence when it comes to Selene but they are so delicious and dark. I just can’t. I CAN’T OKAY. #Swoon

This is a reverse harem story without even the conversation of it being a reverse harem. It’s just so fucking natural that there is no question that Selene wouldn’t have these three men. I’ve finished the book and I still can’t stop replaying their story in my head. I feel the uncontrollable urge to flip back to page one and start over again. It’s like watching all the seasons of Friends and then that last episode when Rachel gets off the plane. When they all set their keys down and walk out of the apartment and you are sobbing thinking fuck I already miss them so fucking much. Cue replaying the entire series again. That’s me. Right now. [I guess I should say spoilers but for real, if you haven’t watched Friends by now I don’t know what the fuck you’ve been doing with your life. Finish this post, buy Ivy’s book, then go fucking binge watch Friends. You’ll thank me.]

How can one book contain so fucking much. I literally had to immediately start typing these feelings while they are still raw in my heart. How can this book be so fucking swoony… and heartbreaking.. and sweet… and sexy… and so fucking tragic all at the same time? Seriously. Get this book. Devour it. Come back here and tell me about how I’m supposed to put the pieces of my heart back together. Tell me how I can manage to swoon again before the next book comes out? 

Please, just swoon with me.

Swoon, fire, love. Illusion of Death.

You know that feeling you get when you are falling in love? That feeling in your chest and that stupid grin you get on your face. You feel giggly and just completely… Swoony. Well that is how I am feeling. I’m feeling it for some men named Walker, Remi, Kai, and Levi. I am completely obnoxiously swoony and in love with fictional characters. Story of my life.. Ammirite?! Let’s get into why I am sooooo swoony over these guys ❤

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So we are back with Mori and her men. We left Mori as she and Selena were leaping to their death to escape the evil Sicksman. Walker had just been freed from his 3 year prision and shit was finally going right. Until it all went wrong. We are left wondering if Mori and Selena are alive, will she finally get reunited with ALL her men?!?! WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!

Well never fear. Mori and Selena did not die. I mean honestly, what kind of book would it be if she did?! I mean what could happen. This redheaded girl named Julia swoops in to help these guys get over Mori. Maybe there are some group scenes…. *Wipes drool from keyboard* Okay so she is alive. Yay!!!(?) Sadly her and Selena don’t know where the hell they are, how to get back to the guys, and Mori is pretty much drained from using her powers to stop them from crashing to their deaths. Swell stuff.. They spend some time with a bear and walking around a bunch. Very without a paddle-esque. Until they are FINALLY reunited with their men. (SCORE!) I was really worried this walking bit might take a while. Granted I was able to read book 1 and go right into book 2 so the cliffhanger didn’t kill me as much as those who read book 1 when it came out BUT STILL. If this turned into Lord of the Rings and involved a whole lot of walking through the woods I would have died.

We are FINALLY treated with the moment we are all waiting for…. Like really dying for. A moment that is so beautifully written that you almost die. Mori and Walker meeting in person for the first time. No more astryl projection for them and it is the fucking sweetest bit of romance I have read. Seriously the swooniest shit. The kinda shit that makes you think ‘Why even try to write because you are never going to write something this good?’ Whew. I am still reeling from it. I refuse to spoil the wonderful immediacy of it so you’ll just have to read it. It’s the perfect mixture of swoon and fucking fire. *continues to drool*

Okay back to the story. Mori and the guys move into a warehouse and start working for BCS (black cat security) a sort of magekynd police force. Mori finds her place in helping people as well as living life with her men. It’s freaking wonderful. I just loved every moment she spent just being complacent until of course shit pops off again. It can’t be all swoons and sex… There has to be conflict I suppose…

I am seriously crushed that this book is over. I need book #3 like 30 minutes ago. It’s so fucking good. Like the story is awesome. Seriously awesome. The swoon…. Gahhhhh.. I feel like a lovesick teen. & the sex? Fucking fire. Literal fire.. I am so in love with these men I just can’t. How do you move on when you already have perfection?! I always highlight favorite quotes and scenes while I read and I felt like I was highlighting the whole goddamn book. Can I just have more? No? Well I think it’s time that you read this book. If you haven’t read book 1 my review of it is here too. They are both amazing and I can’t wait to see what Lana Kole gives us next.

OKAY — before I end this swoonfest I have to leave you with this amaaaaazingness. This absolutely spectacular quote. So, are you ready to swoon with me dolls?

[His] words were her undoing. “My touch won’t leave you hollow. I want to break you apart, but I’ll be here to put you back together.”

Falling asleep to falling in love… Illusion of Escape.

I just finished an amazing book. Truly amazing. The type of book that when you are finished you are still reeling from the world you have just exited. Please come back… I need more. Are you ready to swoon with me?

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I had this book in my Kindle library for a while, the premise looked really good but I hadn’t heard much about it and I’m honestly just not into witches as main characters. I have no idea as I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan as you may know. Maybe that’s why. The only witches I have room in my heart for learned their magic at Hogwarts. Well this book has me questioning everything I have decided about witches. In this book they are all mages vs witches but same idea. Magic is the key.

So we have Mori, a single woman with a cat named Trash. Sounds pretty typical. Cue sexy men to sweep her off her feet. Well not so fast. Mori has truly disturbing dreams almost every night where she is transported to a dungeon and tortured. She never experiences the torture though, just the aftermath as she lays in the cell in absolute pain. Still typical stuff, right? Snort. She has become used to these dreams living them as her new normal. Go to sleep and suffer immense pain, get up, go to work, come home, repeat. What a wonderful life….

Mori’s lonely existence in her dreams suddenly changes one night. As she lays there in complete pain but continuing her sarcastic banter to the unknown torturers of her nightmares someone appears. She can’t see him but she can hear him. She can feel him as he helps tend to her wounds. This darker stranger draws her out of her spell, dredging up the painful experiences she is currently experiencing in her life and her job. She jokingly deems him her dream therapist believing she has conjured him up herself in her time of need. For weeks she grew closer to this mysterious dream man of her imagination, truly worried that she was losing her mind.

A horrid turn of events in her real life lead to her losing her job. A potential donor for her job sexually assaults her and to avoid bad publicity she is put on probation. A true indication of the actual climate we live it.. BUT I digress… #metoo

Her world is flipped upside down when the one part of her life that she loves more than anything (besides her cat Trash) is taken away from her. She has no idea what to do with herself. Work was her whole life. What else does she have? Well, her troubles soon turn into something else entirely when she is abducted by a group of three deliciously sexy men. These men shake up her world a bit more by revealing to her that her dream man is real. She, like them, is a mage and she has been interacting with their lost friend, Walker. She is their only hope of finding him and as she has not only grown attached to the man in her dreams but knows the daily pain he suffers she can’t help but oblige in helping them.

Mori with the help of the super seductive Remi, the sexy intelligent Levi, and Kai the asshole who you can’t help but fall in love with search endlessly for Walker. Mori’s relationship with the guys grow as they teach her how to channel her powers and she learns who she is as a person without her job. Her life is flipped upside down in the most magical way that will have you begging to find yourself in a dream torture chamber and tied to these mages. Well… maybe not that far but seriously. Its hot.

I loved this book a whole freaking lot. Mid book I literally felt the need to scream it from the rooftops I was so enamored with Mori and her men. The whole book made me completely swoony and smiling like an idiot. The end left me with whiplash and yelling what the everloving fuck as I laid in the bath trying to put my world back together. Lucky for me the 2nd book just came out so I don’t have to wait to jump back in to this wonderfully magic world. On that note…..