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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

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“The woman who felt everything leaned in closer to the man who felt nothing at all. For a split second in time, I felt a little of her pain while she encountered my coldness, and neither one of us seemed to mind.” 

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Wow.

Can I just end this review at that because “WOW”.

Brittainy, you never fail to amaze me and pull my emotions out of me. It says a lot because I’ve been reading NA and contemporary and romance for so long that sometimes, all these plot twists, all these characters just get lost in a blur but you, YOU managed to craft story after story about friendship and honest to goodness love.

I cannot stress how important it is for me to feel connected to the characters because I’m that kind of reader who cannot fully appreciate a book despite superb writing and editing if I cannot really connect to any of the characters in any way. I don’t need to go through what the characters go through to have that relatability factor. I just need to really understand them and be one with them and I guess that’s a gift that not all authors can possess.

The author’s writing has amazed me since the first book from her that I have read and she continues to wow me book after book. This story is fresh and pure. It’s not the love story of a hot guy and gorgeous female who fell in love at first glance then proceeded to having intense, steamy sex. This story is beyond that. It’s a story of souls finding their way to each other. It’s a story of loyalty, family and diversity. It’s about acceptance and love and acknowledging what your heart is trying to tell you.

What’s amazing is that the storyline is not at all new. I feel like the strength of this novel lies on how much depth and humanity was seen and felt from our characters. The author was able to create different personalities without going overboard. We have seen how they were at the start of the story and witnessed their growth as the story goes on. And I’m not just talking about our main characters, Graham and Lucille. I felt equally invested in our side characters and I could definitely see myself reading spin offs based on them. I mean, seriously, it has become quite a trend already and Brittainy doing it would just be fantastic given how well written and developed her characters are. 

In a short period of time, Brittainy C. Cherry and her stories really grew on me. And you know what, Maktub.

Stars - 5


Review Headings -  Blurb

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.

 

 

The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

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“The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist”

*Better late than never review*

This book is one big story comprised of little moments sewn together. Brittainy Cherry is fast becoming one of my favorite authors given that this is only my second read from her.The Silent Waters.jpg

When you read a story and it touches your soul, you WILL know.

This is one of those stories wherein I have absolutely no clue as to how things will play out. I fell in love with Maggie and Brooks as kids and even more as they grew. I admire how Cherry’s plots are unlike any other, how she digs in deeper and really finds that connection to her readers.

She creates characters which are not perfect. She creates characters you can relate to, characters who are flawed that you will sometimes find bits and pieces of yourself in them. 

She reinvents flaws and make them strengths and to date, I have to say that creating characters who seem real to me will always be one of her greatest strength as an author.

It also seems like friendship and family are dominant themes in her stories. This one in particular spans years and it started during our main characters’ childhood to being young adults to adulthood. I love how the story evolved, how the characters grew and I felt myself growing with them. I can’t say a lot about the story without giving much away. What’s important for you to know is that this is superbly written, thoughtfully structured with the minor characters providing great support to the main characters. How all the characters grew and matured with time is just exceptional. Each one affects the other and the main strength of this story is in the depth of our characters. 

Books like this is one of the reasons I read – to feel, to think and to learn to appreciate even the tiniest moments. 

4.5 STARS!

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Review Headings -  Blurb

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

 

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

“Sometimes distance was easier than acting, or explaining.”

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I didn’t realize that I was reading a novella until I was done with it. Initially, I was having mixed emotions since I am not a huge fan of instalove. But for a quick read, it was …… okay.

This is a charming short story about Makenna and Caden and one fateful day trapped in the elevator. With only each other and the darkness keeping them company, they started opening up to each other, breaking down barriers bit by bit. This is a very fast, and I emphasize on FAST, strangers to lovers type of story.

Commercial: Am I the only one who thought of The Voice while reading this?

To those of you unfamiliar with The Voice, it is an international reality television singing competition   wherein the blind auditions have the judges/coaches facing away from the artists. With this, they will only be judging them based on their voices alone.

The HID plot is a lot like that. Trapped in a pitch black elevator, without any idea when they will be let out, Makenna and Caden had to lean onto each other for support. It was a sweet survival mode as they traded stories, backgrounds and even food and water. They found companionship and attraction in a very unlikely situation.

Personally, I found the story to be cute and fun but truly unrealistic. I was detached from the main characters from start to finish. I mean, I could understand some of the things that happened in the elevator but the rest that followed felt a bit too much. It’s entertaining at best but the insta-lust meter is just blaring. I felt like majority of the story was more on sexual and less on plot and emotions.

The writing is okay though I was a bit distracted with the sudden shifts in POV. I would suddenly get lost as to whose voice I was already reading but I quickly recovered. If you’re looking to pass time, a bit bored maybe or if you’re looking for a quick steamy fix – then this one might do.

Heads up: I am still curious as to what happens to them and their relationship (seeing as they professed love right away. Um okay.) as they discover more about each other, see each other in the light of day and tackle more day to day dilemmas without the bubble of an elevator. With that said, I am definitely not closing my doors on the next book.

2.5 STARS

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The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

“No soulmate leaves the world alone; they always take a piece of their other half along with them.”

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I’m just feeling a bit salty as to why no one has shoved this down my throat before. I keep seeing so many positive reviews for The Silent Waters and it triggered me to look this author up and just get the Elements series. I dove into this blind and wow, this woman can write!

Emotionally, she was able to push all the right buttons. There is so much truth in this story, so much power and realness. I felt a strong pull towards the main characters IMMEDIATELY. As much as I don’t like instalove, that’s exactly how I felt with them.

The two main characters, Tristan and Elizabeth, are two broken souls. Devastated by tragedy, they both chose their own ways to cope. My heart goes out to both of them. This book is a twist after another after another.

The book is mostly in Elizabeth’s voice and I find myself craving to see more of Tristan’s thoughts. I will not rehash the story or the plot but this story is just powerful and addicting to read. You would not want to put it down. I was moved by the changes in Tristan’s persona – how he went from a doting husband and father to a complete antisocial, shutting himself from everyone. Everything he did was with purpose. Some may not understand his actions or how he chose to cope but that is the beauty if this story, it rings true. Each one of us may know a Tristan in real life. This teaches us not to judge prematurely and to have a more accepting heart towards people who choose to be different.

Elizabeth, on the other hand is a beautiful and resilient character. She does not see it often, but she is strong. She’s one of those main characters that you would wish exist in real life just to pick a few life pointers from them.

This book is a quick read but the way it was written is beautiful. It has heart and soul and you will just feel. It’s one of those books that will take you along the story and be one with the characters. If you’re ready to be consumed and to hurt (a bit), go read this story NOW!

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Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett

“He was a new life.
A fresh start.
A possibility I thought I’d never have.
But right now, he’s the man who just broke me.”

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WOW this is just… WOW!!! I have no words because I am drafting this review merely 5 minutes after I finished the book (October 8, 2:26 AM MNL time) and my emotions are still all over the place.

Everything I felt missing on the first book, everything I felt was overly done were all balanced out in this second book. Looking back, perhaps the first book was plotted that way to prepare for this second one. I don’t know, I’m just assuming but it feels like Sugar Daddy was an appetizer to an even bigger and better meal AKA Sugar Rush.

The book picked up where Sugar Daddy left off and given the painful ending of Sugar Daddy, us readers could only hope for a more positive start to Sugar Rush. And we got that. I, for one, felt particularly satisfied by how this second book started.

Sela and Beck are more dynamic than ever. Relationship wise, they are now focused on being entirely honest with each other – no secrets to keep, no holds barred. I love the noticeable growth in their relationship from just being physically attuned to each other to being emotionally attached as well. I loved and enjoyed Sela more in this second book. I felt like she was really becoming better and without the burden of keeping anything from Beck, she became more focused and consistent.

Beck, on the other hand, is amazing as usual. His loyalty and devotion to Sela is just swoon worthy. This time, with everything laid on the table, we’ve seen just how much he appreciated Sela and not just in the bed but as a person, a friend, a partner. Danggg lucky woman!!

The plot became tricky when family ties, friendships and pasts best forgotten played roles in the turn of events. I love how this book, though still contains sex scenes that are beyond steamy, focused more on the plot and big reveals. This has revelations upon revelations and it’s just so addicting to read.

My heart rate started speeding up at roughly 78% and it was intensity filled from there. I was literally holding my breath and I didn’t even realize I was doing it.

I mentioned that I liked Sela better in this book than the first right?? At about 88%, I was willing to take everything back. I wanted to just pull her hair, keep her from doing what I feel was an idiotic move and just lock her up in their room. Seriously, why do main characters tend to do something stupid all the time?

However, this “stupid move” of Sela’s is what brought everything out in the open. It was twisted and shocking and I freaking loved every minute of it!! I was at the height of my emotions when the second book ended at a cliff hanger. Bummer? I know. I felt so cheated. I wanted more!! I feel like I was just getting to the yummiest part of a burger when it was suddenly snatched from me. Yes, the author warned that there will be a cliffhanger but I JUST WASN’T PREPARED FOR THAT.

DAMN, I NEEDED THE THIRD BOOK YESTERDAY.

5 SUGAR STARS!

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