Book Review | A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

32871581._SY475_Pages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 4.05 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance, Paranormal

Publication Date: May 27th 2017

Publisher: Self Published

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Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it. 

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My All Time Favorite Romance Novels | Part One

I had a poll on my Instagram stories which will be my next post and majority of you guys had chosen My All Time Favorite Romance Novels. As a book reviewer for 10 years, I have read a lot of amazing stories and some of them holds a special place in my heart. These books made me swoon at its best and I hope my list will help you choose your next favorite. 

It wasn’t easy coming up this list. I have to pick the books individually in a series and weigh everything. All in all, there are 60 books on my list and I will split this into two parts. Here are the first batch of my favorite books of all time:

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Book Review | The Stopover by T.L. Swan

45156972._SY475_Pages: 521

Goodreads Rating: 4.20 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2/5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Publication Date: September 26th 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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A memorable night of passion refuses to stay just a memory in this sizzling and scandalous romance from bestselling author T L Swan.

I was upgraded to first class on a flight from London to New York.

The food, champagne, and service were impeccable.

The blue-eyed man sitting next to me, even better.

He was suave and intelligent.

We talked and laughed, and something clicked.

Fate took over and the plane was grounded, and we had an unexpected stopover for the night.

With no plans, we made our own.

We danced and laughed our way around Boston and had a night of crazy passion that no woman would ever forget.

That was twelve months ago, and I haven’t heard from him—until today.

I started a new job and met the CEO. You can imagine my surprise to see those naughty blue eyes dance with delight when he saw me across the mahogany desk.

But I’m not that carefree girl anymore. My life has changed, I have responsibilities.

I just got an email.

He wants to see me in his office for a private meeting at 8:00 a.m.

Naughty blue eyes have no place in the workplace.

What kind of private meeting does he have in mind?

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Smutathon TBR 2021

More celebration on the Halloween season because I’m participating this year on Smutathon which is hosted by Riley of Riley Marie and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey. The readathon will start on October 25th – October 31st. They have a bingo board challenge as a guide and a group book: A Lady of Rooksgroove Manor by Kathryn Moon. The books on my TBR will be subjected to changes depending on my mood and I will be buddy reading some of the books on my tbr with my book gf, Rhyzza (@bookclubph). You guys should follow Rhyzza, she has great taste in romance novels.

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Book Review | The Day the Jerk Started Falling by Max Monroe

41807895._SY475_Pages: 252

Goodreads Rating: 4.18 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 25th 2018

Publisher: Max Monroe LLC

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My name is Oliver Arsen, but my mates call me Ollie.

I live hard and love harder, and it’s love that usually gets me in the most trouble.

According to the greater population, I’m the ultimate jerk.

My affection tends to be short-lived—a quality I’ve been assured multiple times by the fairer sex isn’t becoming—and the leaving part of loving and leaving has always come natural.

At least, it used to.

Until her.

Luciana Wright.

She’s an American bombshell and my sister’s best friend—a woman so wrong for
me, it’s written in the waves.

And she’s the reason we’re all here.
The reason I have to go back to explain how it all went wrong.

To the day the jerk started falling.

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The Undas Book Tag

In celebration of the Halloween Season in Filipino tradition, I will be doing The Undas Book Tag. Believe it or not, it’s my favorite season because nothing beats telling spooky stories in the dark and also honoring our dearly departed love ones. Sadly, my family won’t be able to go to Quezon Province to visit my maternal grandparents & uncle’s graves due to pandemic.  I would like to thank Kate of Your Tita Kate for creating this tag and also for tagging me! I am also accepting her bonus challenge to answer each questions only using the books I’ve read in 2021. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s begin:

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Book Review | The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks by Max Monroe

42383476Pages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 4.22 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 17th 2018

Publisher: Max Monroe LLC

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Rule number one: don’t fall for jerks.
Rule number two: don’t fall for your best friend’s brother.
Oops. Too late.

I’m Luciana Wright.
Everyone calls me Lucky, but when it comes to love, I’m anything but.

I have a long history of dating the wrong men.

You know the ones I’m talking about.
The beautiful, charming guys who are quite literally too good to be true.
The ones who are impulsive in love and prefer short flings over long-term relationships.

I’m talking about the jerks.

The guys who taste so good, but are so very bad.

After going through the most ridiculous breakup in the history of breakups, I thought I’d learned my lesson. I officially put myself into jerk rehab and committed to changing my ways.

But, let’s be real here, love is never that easy.

Especially when an arrogant, charming, he-devil of a sexy alpha man gets involved.

Aussie accent.
Tanned skin.
Muscular, surfer bod.
Gorgeous brown eyes.
And the kind of sexy smile that brings women to their knees.

Oh, did I mention that he’s also my best friend’s brother?

Yeah. This story, my story, it’s a real doozy you guys.

The day I stopped falling for jerks, I met Oliver Arsen—the biggest jerk of all.

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Tier Ranking: Cora Reilly’s Mafia Romances

Mafia romance will always be the trope I love and I am searching for good ones  to recommend it to you guys.  In today’s post, I will be tier ranking all of Cora Reilly’s mafia books. She has other books that I haven’t read yet and I won’t be including her new series — Sins of the Fathers — which is the spin-off series to Born in Blood Mafia and Camorra Chronicles. This post is inspired from Lacey @ Lacey Book Lovers wherein she rank Penelope Douglas’ books (which I will do very soon once I kept up with her releases) .  I will be ranking Cora Reilly’s book from my LEAST to MOST favorite.

Let’s begin the TIER RANKING!

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ARC Review | Sunkissed by Kasie West

54456763 (1)Pages: 309

Goodreads Rating: 3.84 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: May 4th 2021

Publisher: Delacorte Press

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Will the stars align?

Avery has always used music as an escape. But after her best friend betrays her, even her perfectly curated playlists can’t help her forget what happened. To make matters worse, her parents have dragged her and her social-media-obsessed sister to a remote family camp for two months of “fun.” Just when Avery is ready to give up on the summer altogether, she meets Brooks—mysterious, frustratingly charming Brooks—who just happens to be on staff—which means he’s off-limits.

What starts as a disaster turns into . . . something else. As the outside world falls away, Avery embarks on a journey of self-discovery. And when Brooks offers her the chance of a lifetime, she must figure out how far is she willing to go to find out what she wants and who she wants to be.

Fan favorite Kasie West is back with another unforgettable summer romance that reminds us falling in love is full of wonder, heartache, and—most of all—surprises.

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ARC Review | Fallen Royal by Rachel Van Dyken

53473371._SY475_Pages: 242

Goodreads Rating: 4.65 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance, Mafia Romance

Publishing Date: October 5th 2021

Publisher: Self Published

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A mafia romance about betrayal and faith by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.

“The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever.”—Ryan Bigge

I grew up knowing it would happen one day.
Believing that I would fall into my father’s footsteps and become a monster of my own making.

So I fought it.
I lived.
I loved.
I teased.
And then one day… I destroyed.
And realized I loved the pain.
Obsessed over the feeling.
So I cut again and again and again.

She saw my rage, my madness, and tried to stop me from destroying myself, and I hated her for it, pushing her away past the point of no return.
Izzy Abandonato was supposed to be mine.
But there are some things people can never come back from. I hurt her, she hurt me, and now I’m living a lie. Telling the ones I love that I’m on one side when for years I’ve been forced to play both.

I’m not the hero.
I’m the villain.
And I may single-handedly bring down the Cosa Nostra—by default.

I, Maksim Sinacore, will have my vengeance.
I will win her back.
Even if it means I have to kill everyone in my path.
The pain masks the betrayal.
I never realized that one day—I’d be the very rat that I hated. That I was sent to kill. But once you’re deep in a lie—you’ll do anything to hide the truth.

She fell for the bad one.
She fell for the sinner.
So why does that make me smile?

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