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ARC Review: Angry God by L.J. Shen

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Vaughn Spencer.

They call him an angry god.

To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.

His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.

All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.

Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.

I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.

But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.

A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.

They say this place is haunted, and it is.

Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.

Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

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Intense. Twisted. Dark. Angry God is certainly blessed with the L.J. Shen imprint. Even more. 

I’ve been dying to read Angry God because how not to be curious about Vicious’ spawn, right? I know we’ve met Vaughn Spencer in the previous books of All Saints High series and we basically know him as this dark and brooding type of guy. Vicious 2.0. But the question which is at the forefront of my mind since knowing about him having his own book is “What could certainly go wrong with Vicious and Emilia’s son?”. This is Vicious’ son, we are talking about and it just felt so impossible to me, then.

It is possible and I weep for him.

The overall mood of Angry God is kind of just how I anticipated for it to be. Reading it 2019_0929_17230900felt like being cloaked with something dark and heavy with all the mystery lying at the far-end of the story. I had a surreal reading experience. Adding intensity to the story are the main characters itself, Vaughn Spencer and Lenora Astalis who both brought their A-game when it comes to butting heads, one-upping the other and being crooked.

Lenora and Vaughn had their fair share of darkness in life and craziness and we all read that here. We are given two characters who are both so flawed in many and different ways and which only makes things so exciting. With readers having to wade through their flaws, witnessing them slowly opening up and learning the skulls hidden deeply inside their closets. I love Angry God for being character-centric. It really focused on their characters and how then it effortlessly pushed the story to its fullness. It’s like, there was no other way that this book could be written.

But what I have learned from reading L.J. Shen books in the past? Is that there will be parts in the book that will make me question myself, my morals and my sanity. Admittedly, until now I’m still sitting on some of my thoughts on certain scenarios and decisions that Lenora and Vaughn did. Did s/he did the right thing? Did s/he took it too far? Did??? Was it really necessary to act/react that way? Was it acceptable? It’s keeping my mind turning even after finishing the book.

With the constant darkness that followed Vaughn and Lenora around, I commend L.J. Shen for bravely tackling such a nitty-gritty issue. Especially for Vaughn’s character. Even though the book was already peppered with hints, I refused to believe it. Not until everything is laid out in the open. It was tough to read through. So if you read parts that doesn’t sit well with you, stop. Consider it as a trigger warning for yourself. But, what Vaughn went through sadly happens in real life.

A hot topic. I cannot count the amount of Lenora x Vaughn or Poppy x Vaughn discussions that I’ve seen ever since Broken Knight (BK) was published. Well, who did you root for?

As for me, I’ve been rooting for Lenora and Vaughn to happen. Come on, the tension between them? I’m getting roasted during their scenes in BK because of the heat. It’s also the perfect build up for a hate-love relationship. But aside from being teased of their chemistry, I truly felt that there’s so much more than the animosity they’ve been throwing at each others face every time they’re in the same room. I’ve been curious. I’ve given so much thought about how Shen will spin the story if ever L & V happens and what could she do to make her readers root for them. Surely, it worked for me and I really think it will on others too. You’ll root for them, I swear. They were IT. How I wish I could tell you more about my feels about them. But I really want for you to experience firsthand.

Despite the darkness that enveloped the story, there were scenes that got real laughs out of me. Mostly from Knight Cole aka the icebreaker, the ever voice of reason and truth. Please allow me to share with you this line (or you may choose to skip this part).

“Don’t what me like I’m interrupting your goddamn schedule of scowling at places, people, and your own reflection.”

I bursted out laughing when I read it because now all I kept thinking about is Vaughn scowling at his own reflection. It felt so authentic which makes it so easy to imagine. Bless, Knight for injecting himself in the story to make things a bit lighter. But can you try to imagine smiling about something that Vaughn said? Ain’t that would be sweeter? Well, hold on tight.

Will I recommend Angry God? Yes. But again, I repeat, if things get too much for you – please stop reading.

Angry God is a dark book, which contain dark themes and is really far from the previous themes that were tackled in the All Saints High Series.  

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Book Review: Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey

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I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.

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☑️ Work Romance

☑️ Slow Burn

Taylor x Ethan’s first meeting is sexy yet ended in a “you-won’t-believe-it-until-you-read-it” kind of way. It’s surprising & original. The tension between these two, yep it’s there from the first time they have locked eyes. A burning tension that will leave you high and dry, at first. Shh good things come to those who patiently wait.

So I read & wait.

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ARC Review | Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

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I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.

As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.

Oof.

Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.

No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.

Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.

They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

Well, Ben…go ahead.

Tempt me. Taunt me.

Make me bad.

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If you’ve been with me for quite some time now you already know that I consider R.S. Grey as one of my RomCom Queens. She’s really out there, writing romantic comedy novels oh so well and Make Me Bad’s certainly an addition to my top tier romcom favorites.

While R.S. Grey just keeps on getting better and better at cracking us up with the witty banters, funny situations her characters find themselves in, she’s also progressing in giving them depth. What makes this book mean so much more, for me, is because it delves more into Madison’s, our female lead character, self-exploration and how she learns to break-free from the pattern aka life. All of us could relate to that. Reading her story gave me such an exhilarating feeling; seeing how she’s getting to know more about herself, her wants and her preferences.

She soon learns that she can also be crazy and playful. Just like recruiting Ben Rosenberg, our resident hottie, to be in-charge of her Make Me Bad mission. 

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Book Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

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Slammed isn’t the type of book wherein readers just witness how the story of the main characters go (fall in love and suddenly there’s a certain hindrance for them to be able to pursue their love for each other). Colleen Hoover and Slammed gives us more than that.

I’ve read and reviewed Slammed over my previous blog a couple of years back already.  Recently, I had the urge to reread it and I did end up doing it. Thus, the appearance of this book review here.

Slammed didn’t just present us the rainbows and unicorn moments in a person’s life but it reminded us about the most inevitable matter in life, death. Everything about this book is realistic and something that all of us can really easily relate to. We are treated with a front row seat of the highs and lows a family could experience. Portrayals of days wherein a person experiences pure bliss and days wherein life just felt the need to pull the rug under our feet. All we can do is learn and suck it all up.

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Book Review: Ghosted by J.M. Darhower 

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GHOSTED
Author: J.M. Darhower (Website | Twitter)

SYNOPSIS

He’s a troubled young actor, Hollywood’s newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons.

She’s a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers.

A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn’t always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly.

When Kennedy Garfield met Jonathan Cunningham back in high school, she knew he had all the makings of a tragic hero. With stars in his eyes, and her heart on her sleeve, the pair ran away together to follow their dreams.

But dreams, sometimes, turn into nightmares.

Now, years later, the only thing they share is a daughter—one who has no idea her father plays her favorite superhero. But Jonathan is desperate to make amends, and at the top of his list is the woman who gave up everything for him and the little girl he hasn’t yet met.

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Ghosted has everything that I want in a second chance romance book.

This book wasn’t part of my short list for to-immediately-read-books. I had no idea that J.M. Darhower is releasing a book. I had no idea that I would like its premise and even end up counting down the days left before its release. I had no idea that my eyes would be itching that much just because I badly want to read it. All thanks to Book Crushin’ for tweeting about it and also for my good timing to see it on my timeline!

Ghosted follows through the story of Kennedy Garfield and Jonathan Cunningham. They were the typical highschool teenagers who got caught up in a whirlwind romance and up and left their town to chase for their dreams. Oh sure, their love was pure, true and passionate but surely they wouldn’t be able to survive just by having that.

Kennedy worked as a waitress to support them while Jonathan continuously scours the streets of California for the opportunity to land a role in any acting gig. A couple of times he got lucky by landing some minor roles on Television dramas but it wasn’t enough.

Not a breakthrough role.

Not enough pay.

They kept that cycle of living before the fall. This is where it starts. Kennedy scored Jonathan an appointment to one of the big shot agents in the city, Clifford Caldwell. It wasn’t an immediate and easy deal but in the end he got signed. Finally, their dream is starting to materialize and come true.

Ensues the chaos. 

Meetings and shootings here and there. Celebrating holidays together were a hit and miss. What more with the time to relax and spend in each other’s presence? While Jonathan is seeing more of the world, Kennedy is holding fort in their home and slowly losing herself in the process. She’s terrified and she has the right to feel that because what they have been dreaming of for years is now turning into their own personal nightmare.

Along the way of achieving it, Jonathan became a tangled mess. They’re fighting, fighting, fighting up until the day that Kennedy walked out on him…

“The two of us always seemed to be on the same page until the day we just weren’t anymore, and there was no way to get back to that place once we struggled so much to communicate.”

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