Legal Affairs Books 1 -6 by Sawyer Bennett

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I just finished another serial novel with the same premise that’s why jumping onto this six part series felt very familiar to me. But of course, I was also waiting for that oomph factor that will set this story apart but unfortunately, it just didn’t come.

I read the six short serials consecutively and didn’t have the chance to jot down my thoughts per story so this will be for the whole set instead.

Our heroine McKayla or Mac is an all around modern woman. I love how she is driven, motivated and career oriented. On the other hand, our hero Matt kind of reminds me of a worse Harvey Specter from Suits. He’s equally amazing in the courtroom, commitment averse and success driven. What sets Matt apart though is that compared to other boss-employee relationships I’ve read, I liked how he cares for his employees (except for the latter part of the story) and treats them fairly and with respect.

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I particularly enjoyed the ending given that Mac was still given the freedom and independence when it comes to her career but I felt like there was a lot of stuff that’s happening over and over. On the other hand, I always have a soft spot for brainy males that’s why I liked Matt instantly and though there were times when I felt that Mac was too soft and too submissive, there were still parts of her personality that I liked.  

There’s a whole lot of sex, like A LOT, LOT, LOT, LOT and I found myself skimming through those parts as they tend to become repetitive. There was also drama and a backstory thrown in which I think is good since it added flavor and made the story more interesting to me. I found the story getting better and better with each book and while I feel like this could have just been released as one book – it was still an enjoyable read for me.

Writing wise, I’ve only read the Sugar Bowl series from Bennett before and she whips dirty talk and humor flawlessly. Her writing is engaging and is a huge factor on why I persisted finishing all six books.And as much as I enjoyed it, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the spin offs or the Litigation God follow up anytime soon.  

This is a fast paced enjoyable read, not so much if you’re looking for something more original but more on if you want some law related, office, boss-employee romance with a whole lot of drama and a whole lot of steam.

Stars - 3

 

Royally Raised by Emma Chase

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A Royally Series short story set in the future after Royally Matched.

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Oh my goodness!! This story is so damn cute and just intensified my separation anxiety even more.

This is actually a short, quick update and a free one when subscribed to Emma Chase’s newsletter. It follows Henry and Sarah’s life many years later and focused on them dealing with their eldest daughter – Jane, who quite ironically can pass as Queen Lenora’s protégé.

I simply adore this family more. I love how a matured and adult kind of love now radiates from Henry and Sarah and call me greedy but I want more if this family.

Stars - 3

 

Reasonable Doubt: Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Whitney G.

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WOW! I haven’t read anything from Whitney G. before and I loved this. Though there’s just way too much sex for my taste, I enjoyed how it was coated with an interesting storyline and just enough drama. It’s a three part serial novel and I already forgot some of the details but I will try to review it as best as I can. 

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VOLUME 1

The story started strong and interesting. I was actually feeling nervous myself with the character reveal. I mean, I WAS EXPECTING IT. Truth be told, I lost count how many books I’ve read with that kind of twist but it still amused and entertained me.

Andrew is such a character but so is Aubrey. I admire how she doesn’t let her mother step on her dreams and how she pushes herself to get what she wants. For such a short read, it didn’t feel rushed at all. That ending though was a big cliffhanger.

VOLUME 2

The second installment did not disappointment! I have to admit that I was getting annoyed with Andrew and on the contrary, I saw myself admiring Aubrey more and more. Andrew is insufferable, a storm to be dealt with but someone you would also want to wrap in a tight hug. Volume two showed us bits of his past and why he was the way he was. But still, it felt incomplete. I know that there’s more.

I also enjoyed getting to know Aubrey more outside her relationship (non relationship) with Andrew and can’t wait to see how she can survive his appeal and survive her heart while standing up to her parents and fulfilling her passion. This is funny, sexy and such an easy story to devour. 

VOLUME 3

Aubrey. Aubrey. Aubrey.

Despite her naivety and misplaced hope, I just wanted to hug her and pat her back in this third volume. Coming to her senses, she finally reevaluated her life, her priorities and what she really wants. At the same time, Andrew needed to come to terms with his past to shake off the bitterness and move forward. I feel like their time apart was good for them. It was a soul searching experience from them and the distance made them examine how they see and need each other in their lives. The sex is still off the charts but I felt more connection, more humanity and more depth in this story compared to the first two. There’s so much emotions, so much angst and feels yet so much success and empowerment as well. 

The ending was definitely a happy one but I wished the author gave us more than just that.

VOLUME 1 – 3 STARS

VOLUME 2 – 3 STARS

VOLUME 3 – 4 STARS

TOTAL: 3 STARS

Stars - 3


Review Headings -  Blurb

My cock has an appetite. 

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar…(Although, that’s a story for another day.) As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. 

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. 

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

At least it was, until “Alyssa”…She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. 

But then she came into my firm for an interview–a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed.

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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“My story hasn’t been written yet … but I know it begins with you.”

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Quite expectedly, this book was so much fun! The pages flew by and I found myself having intense separation anxiety at the end. Emma Chase is truly one of my go to authors for fun, humor and wit. She’s reliable like that. And I’m thankful for authors like her who could just pull you out of whatever funky mood you’re in and just make you feel like you’re part of her story. 

Following Royally Screwed, this is now the story of younger brother, Prince Henry as he struggles with life after his older brother chose the woman he loves over his crown. I was truly intrigued as to what will happen to Henry since his ways and personality are far from being dutiful and responsible.

Being inside Henry’s head is a fun, comical ride. Emma Chase really knows how mix humor and wit and create lovable and fun characters that readers will enjoy reading about. Not surprisingly, I also fell in love with Sarah. I could see parts of myself in her actually. The love for books, the awkwardness and social withdrawal. Sarah is quite the introvert but as Henry grows, so does Sarah. Henry and Sarah are exact opposites but they found growth in each other and it was beautiful seeing the changes in them. That ending, more specifically was a beautiful touch and I love that the romance was unhurried and allowed to bloom spectacularly.

This book is hilarious and fun but equally sweet, matured and romantic. I do hope I get to see more of Henry and Sarah in the future books and I can’t wait to see more of Henry being in his element and Sarah living life as royalty.

If you’re looking for a fast paced, fun and something that you just can’t put down – this one’s for you.

Stars - 5


Review Headings -  Blurb

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight. 

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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“I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.” 

Broken Prince

There’s something about this series that just reels me in despite some of my issues with it. I found myself addicted, wanting to know more and craving more. Broken Prince picked up where Paper Princess left off and I was rewarded by my faith in Reed.

One thing that I adore about this story is Ella’s growing love for the Royal family, the genuine loyalty and care towards the brothers and the family’s devotion to Ella.  

There’s always something happening that’s why you will not notice that you’re almost halfway then almost done with the book. It’s seriously that fast paced and there is never a dull moment. I truly enjoyed being in Reed’s head and while some male POVs annoy and disgust me, Reed’s on the other hand made me more appreciative of him. 

Ella remains to be the feisty and bold heroine we knew from Book1 so no surprises there. For me, there’s more flavor and entertainment factor in this sequel compared to the first book and I really liked it more. I was more immersed and interested with the characters, with the storyline and I wish the authors can explore the other brothers’ storylines because I know I NEED MORE! I doubt that they will be focused on the third book given that ending so this is me wishing to know these characters more. 

The steam is intense. Mic drop. I have no more words for it.

I am seriously sold. But most definitely, the allure of this series beyond the characters, beyond the steam, beyond the intense characters is the onslaught of twists, turns and crazy cliffhangers.

Because damnnnnnnnnnnn what is that ending even????

I have no idea how other readers waited so long for the third book.

There’s so much whys and hows going on in my head as I finished the book and for sure, Book 3 will be another win for me.

Stars - 4


Review Headings -  Blurb

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT. 

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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“Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.”

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I kind of stayed away from this series because of the hype surrounding it and I wanted to read it without the pressure of everyone else’s emotions overwhelming me. And I think that I decided right since I was told that the cliffies are intense and I’m just glad I don’t have to suffer the waiting game.

I went in blind and all I have was faith in Elle Kennedy (since I heard that she was 1/2 of the authors who wrote this). The cover totally blindsided me. I was expecting fluffy romance, something akin to The Selection series (which I never got to finish) but damn this first book felt more NA than it was YA.

I enjoyed how this was written. Fast paced and fun to read, my attention never wavered. I just cannot get over that cliffy ending because what in the world was that????

I’ve read a lot of alpha males that they no longer come as a surprise to me. To be honest, it was Ella who truly reeled me in. Surprising eh? This girl is a whole different story. She is the kind of  female lead that I really enjoy. She’s witty, strong and totally kicks ass. Her resiliency and drive to survive are admirable at best. On the other hand, it was Easton I liked best among the Royal brothers. I have a deep fondness for his playfulness, loyalty and open mindedness. On the other hand, I felt like the twins were just added for decorative purposes. I don’t know about you but they can be taken off the story and I won’t even notice. Big brother Gideon is also a presence in this book. Although he’s more of a come and go character, I feel like there’s heavy baggage in him.

Lastly, Reed Royal. He’s alpha male personified and one of the bossiest among the bossy characters I have read. Still, I credit it to good writing why I found it NOT difficult to like his character despite his douchebaggery. And even at the end, I felt a bigger reason to why that last scene happened.

While the premise very much felt like F4’s Meteor’s Garden, I still enjoyed the banter, the sarcasm and the battle for superiority. It’s like Meteor Garden, Gossip Girl, Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions had an orgy and this was the baby.


UNPOPULAR OPINION: However, parts of the story came across as disturbing like the extent of bullying, the rich kids’ disregard for discipline and other very adult-y stuff happening making me forget at times that these were high school kids we’re dealing with. And this is also the reason why I can’t give it more stars – it was a never ending cycle of sexual tension, evil and violence.  


It may not be the most original story out there but the way I was engaged and how it kept me reading are definite plus points. The writing is amazing. I know for a fact that Elle Kennedy is real good but I haven’t read anything from Jen Frederick before so this may just be the arrow sign I needed towards her books.

I’m going to end this by saying that this book, despite some of my issues with it will make you obsessed and hooked. Addictive at best. There’s no other word for it and Elle and Jen (Erin Watt) have a lot of explaining to do to my darkened undereyes. Because truthfully, this book is that hard to put down.

Stars - 3


Review Headings -  Blurb

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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“Maybe, if you’re the kind of person who’s willing to give all of yourself, the kind of person who is willing to love with all of your heart even though you’ve experienced just how much it can hurt . . . maybe you get lots of true loves, then. Maybe that’s the gift you get for being brave.”

One True LovesAllow me to have this moment of high fiving myself for picking amazing books to read lately. If you know me, I’m always, ALWAYS on the lookout for new-to-me authors and this time, I picked Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Let me correct that. I actually finished this book more than a month ago and I’m writing a review just now. Let’s just say that I was completely overwhelmed by what I have read and I had to let it sink in before gathering my final thoughts on it.

The premise of this story sounds a lot like this Pinoy afternoon drama series on TV but I picked this up mainly to know how you could ever pick between two loves?

I just got married recently and being my old fashioned self, I take my vows seriously. My vows were words I said that I truly felt and promised to live by.

However, One True Loves introduced us to Emma, Sam and Jesse. To make the story short, Emma married her high school sweetheart, Jesse who went missing on a helicopter accident on their first wedding anniversary. That part alone gutted me. I could feel the devastation, the depression and the helplessness. How Taylor managed to make those emotions come alive is beyond me. The pain is raw and gripping. I felt Emma’s pain and loss. It was all consuming and I could understand how it seemed like the world became a black abyss after the tragedy.

It was a painful process but slowly, Emma picked up the pieces of her life back and started to question what she really wants. By this time, I felt empowerment. I felt motivated and inspired. In my mind, I was saying “Go Emma!” because she was being bold and brave. She became alive again. It was a beautiful resurrection of sorts because she started reevaluating her life and what she wants out of it. She started reinventing herself and discovered a different side to her.

As she took control of her life back, she reconnected with Sam – former schoolmate and employee of her parents’ business. It was friendship and finding love all over again.

(Let it be known that I already prematurely picked a favorite between the two boys. As lovable as they both are, there was one who stood out more for me and made my heart really happy.)

This is a story of strength, acceptance and growth. It’s a story of finding love, losing it and finding love all over again. However, this time around – she found that her seemingly late husband is very much alive and instead of finding one love, she found two.

I fell in love with this book. But just the same, I hurt for the characters in this story. There’s no way you could wrap this one up without one or two hurting along the way. But I guess that is the beautiful yet painful thing that the author is teaching us – that love comes in all forms, it’s in staying but it can also be in letting go.

To be honest, I had a hard time accepting the ending but I understood it. In my heart, I knew that it was right. My mind was telling me that it was wrong but you cannot fight what you feel. It took a while for me to come to terms that the ending is logical, based on pure love and not forced. But in reality, I think I would be disappointed if the ending were otherwise.

You cannot fault Emma for her actions and decisions unless you have walked her shoes. It’s easy to judge and make quick decisions but if you really digest and think it through, Emma’s situation was a terribly tough one. You cannot salvage both hearts. You only have to choose one and in letting go of the other, you also lose a part of yourself. How could that be easy?

Taylor’s writing style is so flawless and beautiful. It just flows and touches your heart. It’s very easy to read despite her premise being very hard to digest. Being new to her work, I swear that this will not be the last TJR book that I will devour this year. And with that, I’m also positive that this is one of the few books that I will revisit and maybe reconsider my thoughts on.

Great book.

Beautiful characters.

Just get ready for the avalanche of feels.

Stars - 5


Review Headings -  Blurb

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park

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One can actually proceed to Flat Out Celeste without reading this one but being my curious aka nosy self, I just have to dive into Matt’s head. This novella should be read RIGHT AFTER reading Flat Out Love, when you’re still reeling from that ending and when you’re still feeling all those butterflies. Although I wished there were new scenes, I still enjoyed reading this and it’s nice to get inside Matt’s head for a change. Like the first book, Flat Out Matt is also witty and humorous. It’s a welcome invitation to know Matt more but be warned that it is not a continuous narration like how a regular story would be. It’s parts and chapters of significant scenes and events in Flat Out Love that’s why I mentioned that it’s best to read this after FOL when everything is still clear and fresh.

Stars - 3


Review Headings -  Blurb

You saw geeky, damaged, loveable Matt Watkins through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

 

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

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“It was always you. I thought it was someone else, but it was you. You were the person that I felt.”

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I guess I spoke too soon when I admired Jessica Park’s ability to create deep and interesting characters after reading 180 seconds because Flat Out Love is AMAZING! I was planning to continue exploring new to me authors but after 180 seconds, I knew I have to read more from her.

This book is really interesting. I felt invested to everyone in the story. I felt the heart poured out in creating the characters and in turn, they seemed very real to me. I love how quirky and unique the characters are. They are all different from one another and each one carrying a burden. They are flawed but their imperfections radiate realness. The characters came alive from the author’s colorful, witty and fun narration. We saw depth, we saw hurt, we saw humanity.

I actually thought that it was going to be a fluffy read but I was surprised by how deep and emotional the story turned. I appreciated how the author felt comfortable shifting between emotions and playing with just the right amount of drama and fun.

Nerds/geeks do not usually get to be the lead in the story but this one has a lot of brain power and intellectual tension which I truly, truly enjoyed. It’s refreshing how this story revolved around problematic personalities and their day to day lives. And though I saw the twist a mile away, it was still enjoyable getting from Point A to Point B. It was an immensely engaging read and I found bits and pieces of myself in the flaws of the characters – from Julie, Matt, Finn, Celeste and even Erin. They are dysfunctional that they become relatable. But they are so well written that families like them can actually exist.

I could go on and on about how good this book is but you just have to experience the characters to know what I’m talking about. Beyond the plot, beyond the twist, it’s the characters that won me.

Also, watch out for the drunken phone call!

Oh and my favorite character in this story: Celeste.

Stars - 4


Review Headings -  Blurb

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It’s not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It’s about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side… and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well… doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Ever over After by J.A. DeRouen

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Grown up Marlo is even worse than the younger Ever. Seriously! The girl who used to have so much faith in love became cynical and disengaged. But who could blame her right? Because of what happened to her in the past, she put on some impenetrable walls that can surely keep anyone at bay. Her new life has been all about taking control and security.

On the other hand, my heart is so happy to see what Ever has become and how he turned out. He deserves this redemption and he deserves everything that he has.

And above all, these two deserve each other.

That is why, I’m just so glad and my heart is so full with how Low and Ever found each other again. It may have been long, painful years that kept them apart but it was a reunion that made the pain all worth it.

Definitely a good follow up. Now, I’m just excited to read about the other girls.

I see a DeRouen binge read in the horizon.

4 STARS!

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Review Headings -  Blurb

Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me.

Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure.
And now I’m back to sift through the rubble.

Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers.
Answers and Low.
Always Low.

My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.