Badass Book Review – Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue

Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue

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Badass Book Review – Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. RogueKiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue
on March 22nd 2018
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five-stars

My love is poison. His kiss is mine.

“The first time he saw me I was shattered glass, and he was a shadow. If I had stayed, he would have just faded away.”

It’s strange how easy it is to tell our stories to a stranger’s eyes. The truth about Connor Stratford and I had always been a sad tale. Over ten years of chasing, tears, lies, vows, and leaving. Two people who never loved each other at the same time, but couldn’t let each other go.

Now here I was telling our story over drinks midday in an airport bar with my old diary clutched in my hand. Telling some version of our story, anyway.

I left him once with no goodbye. Now I was returning home to give him what he needed to move on.

“It’s important. It’s what you’re thinking.”

I knew what his message meant, sent in the middle of the night after I woke from a fever dream.

He was finally ready, and so was I. I just needed to finally give him the kiss he begged for. The one that meant goodbye.

“I knew what it was like to watch your face fall in reflected glass. To watch words die in your own eyes.”
Books like this are the reason I love to read. I don’t love many books or hand out many 5-star reviews. I reserve those sentiments for books like this. Those every-once-in-a-while, holy-shit books that just rip right to your core.
I love it when someone can put my mixed-up brain and broken heart into words and onto paper. Only someone like J.R. Rogue could take so many fears and failures and somehow make them sound so beautifully poetic.  
Kiss Me Like You Mean It is not a romance novel. It’s an impossibly fucked up love story and those are the ones I truly love to read. Love is hard and life is messy and I crave the kind of brutal honesty that makes my heart feel like it’s going to bleed. 
This is a story about how broken people love. How they sabotage, fear, and reject love, and all the things they try to do to protect themselves and numb their pain. It’s about how destructive childhood trauma, depression, and anxiety can be in our daily lives and relationships. But in the end, it’s also a testament to the fact that love is really just two people choosing not to give up on each other.
This book, like most books I love, is probably not for everyone. It’s not “pretty”;  you need to read it with an open mind. If you haven’t lived some life or been handed some of the worst of what life has to offer, you likely won’t recognize the beauty contained in all the ugliness of these pages. Kiss Me Like You Mean It takes some grit to be appreciated.    
To J.R. Rogue – thank you for being so honest and brave and letting people see the ugly side of yourself, of love, and of life in general. Your story ultimately left me hopeful that maybe someone will eventually love all my broken pieces.
Kiss Me Like You Mean It releases March 22nd.

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About J.R. Rogue

J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited High School crush & has never stopped writing about heartache.

She has published multiple volumes of poetry such as Tell Me Where It Hurts & Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, & two novels, Burning Muses & Background Music. Her third novel, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, will release 3/22/18.

Two of her poetry collections, La Douleur Exquise & Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, have been Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees.

Badass Book Review – Unloved by Katy Regnery

Unloved

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Badass Book Review – Unloved by Katy RegneryUnloved by Katy Regnery
on October 8th 2017
Pages: 301
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four-stars

My name is Cassidy Porter...

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

“I wasn’t born to a happy fate. I know that. But how I longed for it…It was never possible. The sons of murderers don’t deserve to be happy”

Unloved is my first novel by Katy Regnery and I found it to be original, touching, and very thought-provoking.
This book had me intrigued from the beginning. The idea of the haunted son of a convicted serial killer had me hooked – I’m a Dateline junkie! 🙂 The conclusion took a completely unexpected turn when I was convinced I knew how everything was going play out. That always scores big points with me. I even loved that it took place in the beautiful state of Maine, which is one of my new favorite places. 
Cassidy Porter – an anti-alpha male was a welcome change of pace. The development of his character really pulls at your heart. You come to see how pure and innocent and loving this man is. All the while learning how Cassidy’s past and his family’s misguided intentions have nearly destroyed how he sees himself and the outside world. It’s heartbreaking.
You can’t help but feel for Brynn as well, having faced her own tragedies in life and love. Brynn is determined to honor the memory of her fiance. In the process, she realizes she’s ready to move forward and live again and finds the bravery allow herself to do so.
The only thing I didn’t love about this story was that Brynn’s reactions were a bit unrealistic. (SPOILER AHEAD!) I don’t believe that a city girl would wake up finding herself completely isolated with a strange man and simply resign herself to trusting him so implicitly. I feel there would have been, at the very least, a lot more initial panic before coming to the realization that she was safe. THEN maybe, hmmm…this guy taking care of me is pretty hot…maybe being trapped off the grid with him isn’t so terrifying after all.
But that detail aside, Unloved really is a beautiful story full of lessons about life, love, moving forward,  and overcoming and breaking free from the past and others’ mistakes.
If you’ve read Unloved, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

About Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; the Enchanted Places Series; and a stand-alone novella, Frosted.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s boxed set, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times bestseller.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Badass Book Review: For Now by Kat Savage

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Badass Book Review: For Now by Kat SavageFor Now by Kat Savage
Published by Kat Savage on February 4th 2018
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three-half-stars

Delilah Spencer is broken. Alone and starting over in her best friend's city is just what life calls for right now. She has a violent and painful past to put behind her and a lot to do to move on with her life. She has no intention of letting anyone get close anytime soon. Maybe ever.

Samuel Young used to be broken. Now, the single father accepts his past for what it is, raises his son Mason, and is trying to find some happiness. And while he thinks he's found that in Delilah, she's not sold.

As the two begin to push and pull, Delilah finds herself on the receiving end of strange happenings.

In a world where everyone has a past, what happens when they collide? Is the future shaken? Can they overcome it or will it rob them once again of what they deserve?

Can love survive when a heartache from your past intertwines with your present?

“By the end, I learned that a person doesn’t have to pack a suitcase and kiss you goodbye to leave you. Sometimes they will slip away quietly right next to you and you cannot reach them.”

I was pleasantly impressed with For Now, the debut novel by poet Kat Savage. It’s a love story with a dark background and a suspenseful twist. The plot is imaginative, compelling, and bravely deals with some very heavy subject matter. It was evident this novel was written by someone who’s endured the tragedies of heartbreak.
Delilah Spencer is a woman navigating the difficult process of healing after a painful past relationship. The last thing on her mind is having anything to do with a man. Yet, Delilah can’t help begrudgingly finding bits of hope in the charming and understanding Samuel Young.
However, an unforeseeable twist of fate pushes beyond the limits of Delilah’s fragile psyche. Afer all, how much can one person really endure? Will Delilah be able to move on, heal, and find the happiness she deserves?  For Now definitely has an ending you won’t want to miss!
My only reason for a 3.5-star rating is that, at times, I struggled with the writing style. The dialogue didn’t flow for me and some scenes didn’t seem to completely develop or transition smoothly.  
In spite of that, the creativity of the plot made up for my disconnect with the writing style. I was definitely able to look past the glitches and genuinely wanted to see this story through to the end.
I want to thank Kat Savage for the opportunity to read this ARC, it was a pleasure!  
If you’ve read For Now, drop me a line in the comments! Let me know what you think! 

About Kat Savage

Kat Savage has lived in many places but has yet to find home. She is a single mom of two who spends a lot of time pretending she is a dinosaur and building tents with bed sheets. She holds down a day job but hopes to make writing her living one day. She has love for sushi, coffee, getting tattoos, collecting typewriters and reading good books. She probably loved you in another life, but was broken then, too.

Kat Savage’s unique brand of storytelling combines some of her own truths with a little bit of fiction to connect to people in a very real way. She writes about ugly things authentically and shamelessly.

She recently combined her former self-published chapbooks into one collected volume of poetry titled This is How I Die and is currently working on her debut novel For Now.

Badass Book Review: Hidden Seams by Alessandra Torre

 

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Badass Book Review: Hidden Seams by Alessandra TorreHidden Seams by Alessandra Torre
Published by Select Publishing LLC on January 18th 2018
Pages: 300
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four-stars


A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…

I've worked a decade for this. I've sold my soul and my reputation. I've lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.

And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—

It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine. 

Or not.

I read my first Alessandra Torre novel, The Ghostwriter, last year and WOW! I LOVED it! It was by far my favorite book of 2017 and one of the best books I’d read in a long time.
I love my romance novels but I may love suspense and a good plot twist even more. The Ghostwriter is a dark, suspenseful, rollercoaster ride with an ending you never see coming.
Needless to say, I’ve been excited to read another Alessandra Torre novel ever since but I really had no idea what to expect.  
Hidden Seams did not disappoint. It’s definitely on the romance end of the spectrum and it’s a steamy, page-turner!
It’s a story of having to choose between love and the lucrative career, lifestyle, and image Marco Lent has worked and sacrificed many years for. The circumstances that bring Marco and Avery together are the very thing that should rip them apart, but the passion between them remains palpable to the very end.
Torre’s ability to draw you into a world of fairytale wealth and romance is remarkable. She painted such a vivid portrait of a world most of us couldn’t imagine in our wildest dreams.
Some may find the subject matter contained in Hidden Seams to be a bit controversial but I feel it was handled in a respectful manner and made for an extremely compelling aspect of the story. 
 If you’re in the mood for a sizzling hot, erotic romance full of fairytale fame and fortune, inner turmoil, and controversy, then pick up Hidden Seams

About Alessandra Torre

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written thirteen novels, three of which have become New York Times bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense trilogy.

From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

 

Badass Book Review: Lilith by Willow Aster

 

Lilith

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Badass Book Review: Lilith by Willow AsterLilith by Willow Aster
on December 26th 2017
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four-stars

“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

“One day with you is better than a thousand tacos.”
With a line like that, you know you’re reading a great romance. Someone out there obviously understands my soul!
Lilith is the first novel I’ve read by Willow Aster and it was a great read. The taco quote is probably not the most representative quote from this novel but it spoke to me all the same.
I love it when an author has the guts to take some risks with their writing and the subject matter of Lilith is a little edgy. I love edgy!
Lilith was originally entitled Whore and as that title suggests, the circumstances surrounding the main character’s life are taboo and a departure from anything comfortable or familiar, but that’s part of what makes Lili’s story so intriguing.
In the beginning, you find yourself struggling, wondering if you’re going to be able to identify with her, like her, or be able to root for her. You’ll find that disconnect quickly changes as Lili fights for her life, her love, and overall redemption.
Add a strong, kind, loving man {picture Jason Mamoa as Soti 😉 } mixed with elements of action, suspense, and intense attraction and you have an adventurous and heart-pounding love story that isn’t the same romance you’ve read a million times. I gave Lilith four stars!
Have you read Lilith? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you thought or check out the synopsis below and add it to your TBR list! Get back to me when you’ve had a chance to experience the story of Lili and Soti! I know I’ll definitely be grabbing a few more titles by this new-to-me author!
In the meantime, happy reading!

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About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Whore. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.