Badass Book Review: The Birthday List by Devney Perry

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Badass Book Review: The Birthday List by Devney PerryThe Birthday List by Devney Perry
Published by Devney Perry on April 3rd 2018
Pages: 402
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five-stars

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.

Widow.

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?

“Maybe being strong meant learning to lean on those who would take some of the pain away.”
Devney Perry has quickly become one of my favorite new authors. Her books are such a welcome escape. When I need a good dose of warm, fuzzy happiness I know I can turn to her stories to make everything right with the world, even if just for a stolen moment. The Birthday List was no exception. It easily earned a spot on the list of books I’ll love forever.
The Birthday List is truly an original. It’s one of those books I couldn’t put down while I never wanted to reach the end. I could have kept reading about the characters indefinitely. One minute this story would break my heart and the next I’d be laughing out loud.
Perry once again managed to make me fall in love with the beauty of rugged Western Montana. The story of Poppy, her late husband Jamie, the ever-persistent and understanding Cole, and all the quirky family and friends in Poppy’s life came together in a story that had a little bit of everything – romance, heartbreak, humor, and even some mystery and suspense.
The Birthday List really makes you imagine how difficult it would be to tragically and unexpectedly lose the love of your life as well as the pain and confusion of trying to move on in a world you no longer recognize. It is so unique because it’s a concept that’s not often explored in the genre of second chance romance. Not all relationships end in a break-up or divorce and death is an entirely different obstacle to overcome. The Birthday List did a beautiful job of portraying those emotions while also conveying a powerful message about living life to its fullest and being brave enough to accept new chances at life and love.
I think everyone who reads this book will be inspired to create their own Birthday List if they don’t already have one.
I give The Birthday List 5 Stars!
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About Devney Perry

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

Badass Book Review: Love Again by Kelly Elliot

Love Again by Kelly Elliot

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Badass Book Review: Love Again by Kelly ElliotLove Again (Cowboys and Angels Book 4) by Kelly Elliott
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four-stars

Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.

Maybe not the death of me...but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.

It's more than physical. He's breaking through an impenetrable wall.

There's a problem though-he's younger than me.

Six. Years. Younger.

Let's not forget he's also one of my brother's best friends.

Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention...

I never wanted to fall in love again.

But you know what they say....never say never.

EXCERPT

“Do y’all know what you want to eat or should I give you a few minutes?”

When the waitress handed me the sample of wine, I downed it. She tried to hide her chuckle but failed. “Yep, it’s good. Now pour me a big glass.”

“I think we need a few minutes, Evie,” Jonathon said.

“Sure! No problem. I’ll leave you lovebirds alone.”

I choked on the wine as Evie spun walked to another table. Setting the glass down, I glared at Jonathon. “What in the hell was that?”

He shrugged. “Evie being hopeful, that’s all.”

“Hopeful of what?”

With a knock-my-panties-right-off-of-me smile, he replied, “Us.”

Leaning closer, I whispered, “You say that like we’re an item.”

He poured a glass of wine and held it up. “I hope by the end of dinner we are.”

My eyes closed. “You drive me insane, Turner.”

With a grunt, he put the wine glass down. “No, you drive me insane. It was your flirty little text that had me in my hotel room with my hand around my cock.”

A lady behind us cleared her throat.

“Shut up!” I whispered loudly.

Frustration bubbled inside every time I looked at him. Was sexual frustration what got him in that fight? A small part of me hoped it had been.

“You told your family about me?” I asked, changing the subject.

Jonathon half shrugged. “I might have mentioned you at a family dinner.”

“What did you say?”

A mischievous smile played across his face. “Well, I didn’t tell them I got caught fucking one of my clients.”

My stomach dropped. “Stop being crass,” I said before adding in a lower voice, “Save that shit for the bedroom.”

His brows rose. “You like the dirty talk, do you?”

It was my turn to shrug. “I don’t know. I’ve never experienced a man talking dirty to me in bed before.”

“Is that a challenge, Waylynn?”

Taking a sip of my wine, I replied, “Do you want it to be?”

He leaned forward, his eyes full of hope. “Do you want it to be? I think you already know how much I want you.”

My teeth dug into my lip as I let the corner of my mouth rise into a slight smile. “I mean, it would be a shame for me to have gone panty-less for nothing.”

Jonathon hooked my chair with his foot and pulled me closer. When his hand touched my leg, I let out a gasp. “A little jumpy there, babe?”

“Don’t call me babe.” I looked around the restaurant. Not a single person was looking in our direction. The long black tablecloth was hiding the fact that Jonathon’s fingers were moving up the inside of my thigh.

“Spread your legs open…babe.”

“Promise me you won’t be reckless with my heart.”

I have to start by saying that Love Again made me a bit of a rule-breaker. (Such a rebel, haha!)
First, I have NEVER read a book in a series out of order. I just don’t do it. I have a fear of being lost or missing something important because I don’t have all the background information. I’ve also never read all the books in a long series that branches off following supporting characters. I tend to lose interest in trying to keep up with stories and characters I’m not invested in.
However, I definitely wasn’t completely lost by blindly jumping into the 4th book in the Cowboys and Angels series. To my surprise, Jonathan and Waylynn’s story in Love Again made me want to go back and read the first three books so I could learn everything there is to know about the Parker family. There’s just something I love about Kelly’s down-home Texas romance novels. They always keep me coming back for more. I love her talent for writing these down-to-earth, country guys and girls.
In Love Again, Kelly’s portrayal of Waylynn as the older woman dating a younger man, especially in a small, rural town, was spot-on. She really captured the emotional aspect of that dynamic. The fears, the reservations, the self-doubt – those are all very real insecurities when you’re an older woman dating a younger man. 
The events in Love Again move at the speed of light and send you on a roller coaster of emotions. But in the end, it’s a sweet and steamy romance with lessons about accepting love and everything life throws at us even if it’s not exactly what we’d wanted or planned. It’s that second chance romance we all love to get lost in. Kelly even gives you a playlist to add some musical inspiration to the story and I loved the songs she chose. So whether you’ve read the first three books in this series or not, I recommend adding Love Again to your TBR when you’re in the mood for a good second chance romance. 
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About Kelly Elliot

Kelly Elliot

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women, and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

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.

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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.