Author: Bea Paige
This is the first of the Academy of Misfits trilogy.
This series wouldn’t have normally jumped out to me, the cover isn’t my usual half dressed man for a start but it came well recommended by a trusted friend so I headed straight in.
I love the use of a prologue and this one grabs you and draws you straight in, it sets the scene beautifully. Asia is an interesting one, she is obviously very angry, life has dealt her a rubbish hand and she isnt making the most of it yet. But I love her sass and her spark for life, I love how she is a one woman whirlwind!
This book is four love stories twinned in to one, I was expecting a lot more heat but this is a great start to the trilogy and I’m heading straight in to book two!
Title: Rock On
Author: EM Moore
This is my first by this author and I think my first Reverse Harem book. Its not quite what I expected but it’s good, it’s like four love stories in one!
I liked how individual the guys were and how they all had their own demons to conquer in order to see her in their own way. I loved being able to see their barriers broken down over time and “kill them with kindness” is such a great way to go!
Aisley is sweet, she’s an aspiring music writer that lands the job of a dream. Until she arrives and finds out assisting is literally just assisting and these guys don’t want her in their bubble.
It’s really cleverly done and I didn’t even realise the dynamics were changing until they changed and then all the subtle notes lined up perfectly.
I’m sure there must be more coming in this series as I’d love to delve further in with this group. A definitive four star read from me!
Author: AS Roberts
This is the first book in the series and my first by this author. For a first book it’s a good start.
I loved the relationship between Amy, Lauren and Winter. There is obviously a lot of history there and those kind of friendships drive you forward and build you up. They are also the ones that hold you accountable and allow you to change and grow.
Brody is obviously hot, hes a rockstar for goodness sake, hes supposed to be. But I like that she met the man behind the name first even though it was pretty obvious what was going to happen with the mix up. There were some funny moments between the two of them and I loved her clumsy and drunken self!
This is an author to watch, the writing is good and the story developmental is great. A four star read for me 🙂
Title: No Prince
Author: Stevie J Cole & LP Lovell
This is a standalone story.
I’m not really sure where to start with this one. Zepp is your typical alpha bad boy, he drinks, smokes, f**ks and generally doesnt care about anyone outside of his circle. But when that circle extends to include a girl he’s had his eye on, one that’s absolutely not interested in him, then things get fun!
The chemistry and heat level in this book is hot hot and what a feisty team they make. I love the push and pull dynamic in an enemies to lovers story and this book doesnt disappoint. There are a few discrepancies and I would have liked more explanation towards the end, it got a bit busy and wrapped up quickly.
But overall I liked the characters and the story, Zepp is hot hot and Monroe isnt going to back down and roll over for him. They were fantastic!
Title: Arrogant Playboy
Author: Alex Wolf and Sloane Harper
This is the fourth book in the Collins brother series but can be read as a standalone.
This book is by far my favourite of the series, not only because enemies to lovers is absolutely my thing but Donovan was fantastic.
He is hot, dominant, broody and intense – like all the other brothers, but more so. He is the culmination of all the titles, hes filthy and arrogant, cocky and possessive but his vulnerable moments are beautiful.
I loved the way we were able to delve back through his and the family history. It allowed some really great moments in this story, between Decker and Donovan, and their parents and obviously between Donovan and Paisley. To find those still moments within everything else was like a little gem.
I liked Paisley too, she was confident and sassy, she gave him as good as he gave her and was absolutely not afraid to go after what she thought was right. This book was about so much more than just the two of them and really rounded out the rest of the stories so far.
It’s a 4.5 from me, I’m definitely going to continue with these authors 😍
Title: Filthy Playboy
Author: Alex Wolf and Sloane Harper
This is the third in the Collins brothers series but can be read alone.
This is the first book that has actually lived up to its title. He is a little bit filthy and he is a little bit of a playboy, well he used to be. I feel like the authors are starting to find their rhythm together and the stories are starting to come together nicely.
I was pretty excited to read Dexter’s story, he seemed like a pretty fun yet intense guy from the previous books and I loved how he relied on his twin. He absolutely is fun and intense and manages to be both at the same time here and there. The dynamic between the family is really great and we get to see right in to the heart of them in this book.
Family is important to all the Collins brothers but we get to see some sneak peeks behind the scenes in to the family that brought up these guys and who instilled these traits in to them. I loved meeting mum and dad and seeing the more vulnerable side to Dex, almost as much as I loved his bedroom talk.
Abigail is fun and sweet and a lot was played on about her age and being immature. I was already engaged by her age and had been in a 5 year relationship prior to that so it seemed a little disingenuous to me. Her naivety came through, and could have done so without referencing how old and innocent she is, which gave her a sweet edge even though she knew her own mind and was making her own way.
The two of them were a great combination and I really liked their story, looking forward to seeing what will happen for the final story!
Title: Stealing Cinderella
Author: A Zavarelli
This is a standalone story.
I’m a bit this way that way about this one. There were a few moments that just made me think WTF but I think it’s a 3.5/4 from me.
I liked most of the story, there were a few things that stuck out as not quite right. We start off in a typical Cinderella story, filled in on the backstory we join her as a teen and get a glimpse in to the horrendous life she has has thus far.
But then it all takes a little twist. I love that her friend became her fairy godmother and how the ball event was put together and done. The BDSM aspect was minimal and it was mostly just abuse which is disappointing but I loved the mix of Calder and Thorsen throughout the story.
I found Ella to be sweet and sensitive but emotionally and mentally strong, which is good because she needs to be. The twists and turns are good, the combination of modern day technology with norse gods and Thor, her God of Thunder is interesting.
Overall, I’m still not sure if this is a hit or miss for me, there were elements I liked and elements I didn’t
Title: Possessive Playboy
Author: Alex Wolf & Sloane Howell
This is the second book in the Cocky Suits series but you can read as standalones.
Okay, so, this one is a 3.5/4 for me. He wasnt so much possessive as he was Clingy. For me, I needed a badass alpha male to come in and take what he wants, claim it and mark it. Rather than this take what you can get and wear her down until she gives you a chance. I also appreciate the Playboy theme throughout the titles, but once again he didn’t seem like a playboy to me?
I had a vague idea about who was who having read book one, but it was a while ago and a little refresh on which was big brother and who were the twins etc would have been useful info to have included. But the little refresh on Tecker was absolutely perfect!
I felt a little like there were two different versions of Deacon. Sometimes he was bold, cocky, confident, laughing and joking with his brothers and when out in public. Then there was the love sick version of him who couldn’t quite seem to get himself together.
Quinn was an odd one too. She was cold and dismissive, she already had one foot out the door with him before he started. She had so much going on outside of the office and was not exactly being honest with her friend or her colleagues.
I love how hard he had to work to get get her attention. And once she started to let him in and get to know him I liked the guy. I also liked Dexter and all his thoughts on the situation too, it would have been good to have seen more of him earlier on in the story and if Heather had been a stronger character there could have been some really great secondary characters in here too
Author: Callie Hart
This is the final book in the blood and Roses series and they do need reading in order.
I always struggle towards the end of a series, I’m not ready to let the characters go. I’ve found myself putting this one down more often to try and string it out a little bit but all good things must come to an end and wow has this been a good thing!
What an amazing way to end the series. I’m sure I’ve lost a little bit of my soul to Zeth throughout these books but it’s okay, he can keep it. I love where he is now compared to where he was at the beginning. This is not a man “fixed” or changed but a man opening up to the possibilities of life and love and everything that comes with it.
This is another book that keeps you guessing right until the very end, that continues to surprise and confuse in equal measures. Everytime I think I have it, I don’t, I’m going to give up trying to figure these books out one day! The story is captivating and intriguing and it keeps you turning the pages from the first page right through to the last.
An amazing conclusion!