Review Blitz: Royally Matched by Emma Chase


royally-matched-for-webSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when 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.



I recieved an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Emma Chase book and I enjoyed it a lot. Royally Matched was a quick, easy read with a satisfying HEA ending, believable characters, and a wildly entertaining story line.

I loved getting to read the story from both Henry and Sarah’s POV’s. It gave insight into both of their lives separately before bringing them together.

Henry’s life right then was all about learning how to be King. He is the heir to the throne and must learn how to act accordingly. It’s all new to him and he’s not sure it’s what he wants. He figures one last wild, month-long party is just what he needs as a send off into the royal life, so he agrees to be a part of Matched, a television show much like The Bachelor where he must choose his future wife after a month of dates and such.

Sarah is an incredibly shy librarian who is essentially forced onto the show so her sister Penny can participate. Hmm, I wonder how that’s going to work into the story. Of course she fell for the Crown Prince. That must was obvious from the synopsis. I didn’t find the romance aspect of the story very original, but I enjoyed the story all the same.

The side characters were pretty interesting, but we didn’t get to know much about them, so they might as well have been left out of the story completely, in my opinion.

The story’s focus was on the two main characters which was fine. I found myself smiling and laughing a lot as the two of them grew closer. Their love story was sweet, light, and most definitely steamy.

When it came close to the end and Henry decided he needed to do something before he became King (no spoilers), I truly thought the story was going to end differently, in more of a tragic way than a HEA. A part of me was a little dissapointed, but I was probably more relieved that everything ended okay. Maybe it was a missed opportunity, or maybe I’m just morbid. Who knows. If you’ve read the book you might know what I’m talking about. I don’t think I was the only one who thought it could have ended differently, but for non-spoiler reasons, I won’t share what I thought was going to happen in this review.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. It’s on my TBR for sure!

I gave Royally Matched 4/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.








Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute)dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.



ARC Review and Author Interview: Cashmere by Temple West



This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell,the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of- operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?


I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you read and loved Velvet but you were maybe a little upset that it was too short, don’t you worry. Cashmere is so much longer, more intense, and even more romantic. Like, a lot more romantic. It was an amazing sequel, which can be hard to pull off, but Temple killed it. It’s a tough call, but I’m pretty sure I loved this book more than the first one.

Not only did we get a satisfying continuation of Caitlin and Adrian’s story, we were also introduced to so many amazing new characters. Kalare was by far my favourite new addition.

In Cashmere, readers get to see more of the vampire world; it’s rules and politics, and definitely the complications it poses on Caitlin’s life both including and separate from her relationship with Adrian. Of course there is still danger of the two of them being together, but more boundaries are pushed in this book. The stakes are raised exponentially as the characters continue their search for Lucian who went missing at the end of Velvet.

Caitlin’s life is essentially taken over by vampires when the Praetorian Guard comes to town and starts keeping an eye on her every move. They are controlling and everywhere, and basically make it impossible for Cait and Adrian to have any alone time to be cute and in love and that annoyed the crap out of me almost as much as it annoyed Cait herself.

I was super happy that the entire focus of the story wasn’t on the vampires. We got a great look into Caitlin’s future as a fashion designer when she gets a prestigious internship in New York, which puts some literal distance between her and the vamps (for the most part), even though Julian and Kalare (and Sabine…ew) have to accompany her there. I loved learning about the fashion world and Cait’s interest in it. She is extremely talented and passionate about her future career and that is beyond inspiring. I loved that she doesn’t let her human life take a backseat when things get difficult with the vampires. It’s important to her and she’s not willing to sacrifice it. You go, girl!

I have to take a minute to swoon over Julian. Ahh, Julian. I loved him in Velvet and I continued to love him in Cashmere. He has an interesting relationship with Cait in that she doesn’t totally trust him, but she’s kind of forced to in this circumstance and it might work out for the best. Also, it’s impossible not to ship him with Kalare. You’ll see.

There was so much more to learn in this book, about the vampires and their abilities, and especially about our main girl Caitlin. She’s not only growing up and discovering new things in the human world, she is also trying to find her place in the supernatural world as well, which was the perfect opportunity for an epic reveal that will leave readers wanting to know more immediately.

Cashmere had so much going on, but that’s what kept me on my toes and forced me to read the majority of it in one sitting. You get to a point in the story where it’s impossible to stop reading until there are no more pages and you are left sitting there with your mouth wide open.

I am eagerly and impatiently awaiting the third and final book in the trilogy, and I know it won’t disappoint.

Lastly, I have to mention chapter 22. I’m not going to say anything, but if you’ve read it, you know.

I gave Cashmere 5/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.


  1. What was the biggest difference between writing Velvet and writing Cashmere?

When I wrote Velvet, I wrote from the gut. I had no outline, no plan, and no rules. When I wrote Cashmere, I had to follow the characters, setting, and mythology I’d established in the first book. More importantly, I had to logically expand on those elements to create a larger and more complex world. That was far more difficult that I’d anticipated. Writing Cashmere has definitely made me slowly turn into a person who appreciates outlines.

  1. Do you have a favorite type of scene to write?

My favorite scene to write is any where Adrian and Caitlin are alone, talking. There’s just something about the two of them that I love. There’s one scene in particular that I think is the strongest in the entire book, and it’s just the two of them going back and forth about this decision they have to make. That scene is in the final third of the story, but I wrote it before I wrote 90% of the rest of the book.

  1. What is your favorite book and/or who is your favourite author?

It’s a tie between Laini Taylor for her Daughter of Smoke & Bone series and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. I adore them both as authors.

  1. If you could give only one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Write every day for the same amount of time. i.e. make it a part of your routine, a habit, and stick with it.

  1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Various combinations of chocolate, peanut butter, cookie dough, and caramel, depending on my mood.

  1. Why did you choose to self-publish Cashmere?

That’s a very long story, but the short answer is: flexibility. It’s a lot more work, but I also get to have a lot of creative control over everything from the fonts to cover design to the book trailers and quote graphics.

  1. Is there a particular scene or chapter you are most excited for readers to experience?

Absolutely, the one I mentioned before about Adrian and Caitlin. It’s…it’s very nerdy, and slightly saucy, and super awkward and fantastic and I can’t wait to see what people think.

  1. Do you have a writing playlist? If so, can you tell us one song from it?

I actually don’t. I either need really even white noise, or no noise at all. If music is playing, I have to pay attention to it, that’s just how my brain works. Sometimes I can listen to light piano or classical, but even that becomes distracting after a while. That being said, thematically, I love the song I used for the announcement teaser, Million Others by Ian David.

  1. What was the most challenging part of writing Cashmere?

It’s a toss-up between the massive case of writer’s block I had for a year and a half, and the editing process. Both were uniquely painful. I’m still terrified that there’s something I forgot to go back and change.

  1. What are you working on next?

Book 3 of the Velvet Trilogy. And a children’s fantasy novel that I am extremely excited about. Also, a TV pilot.





1 winner will received signed copies of Velvet and Cashmere, International.Temple is supplying the giveaway and her rules are here. Please include the link in your post. Giveaway ends 2/22/17.


temple-west-author-photoTemple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year- old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.



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Blog Tour & ARC Review: Body of the Crime by R. Scarlett

Title: Body Of The Crime (Blackest Gold, #2)

Author: R. Scarlett

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 30 , 2017



Never trust a demon.
Never trust your heart.
And never trust the woman who holds it.
In Body of the Crime, a beast craved a beauty and oh, how she ravaged him.

Purchase your copy today!



I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I completely devoured this book. I wasn’t sure anything could top the feeling I felt after Vein of Love… until I finished Body of the Crime.

Paranormal romance is probably my absolute favourite genre. Add some wicked secondary characters, non-stop sexual tension, and of course, Tensley Knight, and it’s pretty much as close to perfection as it can get.

Ah, Tensley. He’s the character I love to hate and hate to love. He really struggles in this book (not that he didn’t in the previous, but this was much more severe), which made him incredibly irritable and sometimes even downright mean. This is the Tensley I don’t like, but hey, we all have our issues. It just so happens he has a beast inside of him who wants him to claim the woman he’s starting to love even though he is terrified to. Damn.

As much as he wants her, he wants a normal life for her even more. It wasn’t her fault or even his that they were initially forced together, so he is constantly in this mindset that he isn’t enough for her, which of course isn’t true and something she doesn’t believe for a second.

Molly really stepped up in this book. She fought back and spoke her mind, and I really admired that about her…once she did it. Especially when it came to Tensley, she was very accepting about the way he was treating her so poorly (in my eyes) in the beginning. It wasn’t until she had finally had enough of his bullshit and called him out that I found the story started moving forward.

A lot happened in this book. An overwhelming amount for a reader who sat down and took it all in…in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down if I wanted to, I had to know what happened. Especially as we approached the end of the book and every bad thing possible that could happen did.

With everything that exploded at the end of this book, I am eager and impatient to get my hands on the next book to see what happens. I can only imagine how Tensley will react to certain…things. My heart hurt at the end of Body of the Crime. I need the next book ASAP, even though I have a feeling my heart will hurt a hell of a lot more before it mends.

I gave Body of the Crime 5/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.


Tensley’s dark eyes turned to her. Eyes a dark, vivid night and he marched towards her, grasping her face into his large, powerful hands.

“Are you hurt?” Tensley asked when they were by themselves, his thumb skimming along her jaw down to her neckline.

“I’m fine, Tensley,” she whispered, squinting in the muted light. She caught his wrist and stroked it while he held her face still. She watched his vivid eyes, terrified, but fascinated by their darkness. “Are you okay? Your eyes are pitch-black. What’s wrong?” she asked, anxious.

He caught her eyes, that lethal stare making her stomach flip. “When we feel threatened, angry or…aroused…our eyes tend to turn black.

Her cheeks grew hot and she knew he could feel the warmth on his palms. Those dark, vivid eyes continued to watch her closely.

“All I can smell is my scent on you, and seeing how he just had his hands on you, how you weren’t protected—” Tensley hissed, a snarl escaping him. “I want you so bad I can’t think straight. I want to bite your ivory neck—deep, deep enough to mark. Deep enough to protect you and make you unconditionally mine. Do you want me to do that, Molly?” he asked, his voice breathless with need. His eyes turned feral, he was a predator. A beast. And he could no longer resist his prey. “Would you bare my mark, Molly? Are you ready to be mine?” he finished, his voice low and raw.

“Yes,” she answered, her breathing uneven. She was ready for the beast. She was ready for it all.

His mouth found hers and it was vicious, impatient. Molly dug her fingers into his shoulder blades, before sliding them up to tug on his thick mane of hair. That only stirred the beast within him, and he grasped her hips, pulling her flush against his muscular, powerful frame.

His hands palmed her rear and with a sudden growl, he lifted her up. She gasped, breathless in his strong hold, but he caught her mouth again and swallowed her breaths, leading them to a desk.

He paused, his chest warring against hers and she stared down at him, stroking his heated cheeks, those demon eyes penetrating hers.

“Not here, not like this,” he breathed out. “We’re leaving.” He placed her down, her legs heavy and weak, and he grasped her hand, taking them out of the room.

Molly stayed close, feeling the heat roll off Tensley’s skin from the beast inside him. When she kissed his forearm before they left the empty hallway, he threw her a lethal, dangerous look, one that warmed her belly with desire and the knowledge of what was about to happen.

He’s going to mark me.

Tensley weaved through the crowd, shouldering some to make sure Molly moved through untouched. One man looked at her and Tensley snarled at him; his beast had taken over, the demon side controlling him to defend her, to warn others off.

As they approached the front doors, Molly’s heart raced. So close to freedom, to being outside of his culture and being ininto his arms.

“Tensley,” a voice called when they were nearly out.

Tensley stalled, and Molly followed his gaze to see his father approaching. Mr. Knight turned his focus on Molly and raised his chin, sniffing once.

He followed that with a curt nod of approval, and Tensley kept his route out of the party, rushing them down the front steps.

His arm snaked around Molly’s waist as he waved down a car.

“You want the beast?” he whispered into her ear.


“Good. Because he needs you.”


R. ScarlettR. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.


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ARC Review: The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

room mate_amazon.jpgSYNOPSIS

The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot- something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.


I was provided an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Room Mate was my first book by Kendall Ryan and I really enjoyed it. I think it was a great mix of funny, sexy, and emotional which made for an entertaining and quick read.

The characters were easy to like and to understand, and while I don’t think I really connected to Paige as much as I could have because of her age compared to mine, I did enjoy her story and most definitely shared her attraction to Cannon. A med student? A future doctor? Sign me the hell up. He was confident yet kind and incredibly respectful and I was so there for it. We need more male characters like this.

When I read the synopsis I was worried the age difference between Paige and Cannon would bother me, but I found it didn’t even matter while I was reading. He is mature and professional when it is necessary, which says a lot about his character. Definite book boyfriend material.

I did find the conflict of the story to be fairly juvenile for a new adult romance, and when it came to the make it or break it point in the story and Paige chose to let him go, I wanted to rage. For someone her age, I would have expected her to act differently.

While I might not have enjoyed every stop along the way to the happy ending, I did like how the story ended. I think it was realistic enough while still keeping with the romance, which is sometimes hard to find.

I gave The Room Mate 3/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.




kendall-ryan-headshot-1-picA New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: The Sanctuary by Sara Elizabeth Santana



Zoey Valentine is finally safe, tucked way miles underground in the fortified community of the Sanctuary. She can finally breathe easily.

But Sanctuary is far from what she imagined and she can’t help but feel trapped. Razi Cylon may be dead but Sekhmet, her evil corporation that created the Awakened, is still out there and it’s not long before citizens of Sanctuary are disappearing and reappearing, dead and mutilated, each one tagged with a note, a warning, signed by Razi herself.

Problem is, Razi should be dead and when she starts to threaten everything Zoey has fought so hard for, she’s ready to fight. Sekhmet has existed for far too long and Zoey has had enough.

Its time to end it all.


I was provided an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sequels are always tricky. It’s incredibly difficult to write a follow-up story when the first book was awesome.  The Sanctuary is an exception. I loved this installment just as much (if not more) than the first book.

I was so excited to dive back into the world and find out how our favourite characters were getting along.

In the beginning we get to learn about the famous Sanctuary that Zoey and Ash escaped to at the end of The Awakened. The setting reminded me faintly of the Dauntless faction from Divergent, but the difference is I really disliked Divergent. I freaking loved The Sanctuary.

I’m forever finding it difficult to find a story that grabs and holds my attention for the duration of the book, but once I started reading this one I couldn’t put it down. There were only a couple places I skimmed a bit to get to the action, but that’s only because I’m so damn impatient (I hate myself).

We were introduced to quite a few new characters in this installment, many of which I fell in love with instantly. Astrid is amazing. I see a lot of myself in the way she treats situations she’s in, and let’s be real, she’s with Liam, so yeah. I’d be all over that.

Of course Zoey and Ash are still the main focus of the story and their romance tugged on my heart from the beginning. This journey wasn’t easy for either of them. And hell, if that isn’t a gross understatement, especially during The Sanctuary, I don’t know what is.

I said it when I went into The Awakened and I’ll say it again. I’m not a fan of sci-fi or dystopian or books like that. Sara’s writing is the only exception I’ve found. I am constantly impressed with her work and I can’t wait to see what she’s got coming up.

The Sanctuary was a realistic and well written conclusion to this duology, and while my heart hurts, and I’m pretty sure I’m still in shock, I know this was how the story was supposed to end.

I gave The Sanctuary  4/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.





Sara Elizabeth Santana is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. Her first story was written at age nine. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. Her favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling and Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.


Review: ISLE by Jes Dory


Eleanora Stone has spent her entire life moving from place to place with her aunt Ada, never putting down roots. Never making friends. When, on the cusp of her eighteenth birthday, she is brought to a remote island off the coast of Maine to live, everything changes—for this is a homecoming of sorts. Here she will connect not only with her family history but also the destiny of her blood. Here she will be expected to grow into powers beyond all imagining and unseat an ancient evil poised to destroy mankind.


I received a copy of ISLE from the  author in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book in one (and a half) days. I would have read it in one sitting but I had to sleep at some point, so I finished it the moment I woke up the next day. It took me the first couple chapters to really get into it, but once I was in, oh man, I was in.

I had no issues following the mythology (and there was quite a bit of it), or visualizing the world the story took place in. The story caught my interest fairly early on and held on to the last page, hardly slowing down in any place which is something I look for in a book; I want to be engaged at all times, and this book delivered.

There were so many twists and turns that kept me on my feet and plenty of romance and action to keep the story going at a comfortable pace.

There was quite a large cast of characters that didn’t always seem necessary to the story, but I enjoyed their presence nonetheless. My favourites were Aston (obviously), Jane, and Wren (even though she was only in the beginning, really). Of course I loved Nora as well; she was a relateable main character who didn’t immediately accept what she was told about her ‘fate’ and I appreciated that. She questioned things she didn’t fully understand, and she allowed herself to show the emotions she was feeling: she was human (even though she wasn’t).

There were a couple spelling/grammar things that caught my editorial eye, but the heart of the story made those barely worth mentioning. They didn’t take away from the amazing story.

This is a story that will stay with you after you finish the last chapter. I can’t stop thinking about it as I write this review and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

I gave ISLE 4.5/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.





Jes Dory is the author of the YA Paranormal Fantasy ISLE, part of the ISLE SERIES.

When she is not busy writing or illustrating Dory can be found teaching/taking yoga classes, paddle boarding, being a ninja with American Ninja Warrior husband Ian Dory and mothering her son, Pax.

Residing in Fort Collins, CO, Dory is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers community and is currently working on the second book to the ISLE SERIES!