Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe

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Some moments define the trajectory of your life.

Grace Shelton has experienced her fair share of loss and trauma, but moving to Blairwood is her chance for a new beginning.

For Trent Remington, going to college is a chance to break free of his overprotective parents and finally play basketball.

Some moments will change it forever.

When Grace collides into Trent by accident, she sees the last person she ever expected to find – the boy that’s been haunting her dreams for the past three years. Trent might belong to another girl, but he can’t seem to get the redhead with the sad eyes out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

Together, they might risk everything for a chance at love, but will a kiss be enough to make him remember?

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• MY REVIEW •

An utterly thought-provoking, emotional, and heart-clenching journey wrapped up in world-building perfection! I couldn’t get enough of it and never wanted it to end. Doe has time and time again written stories within the Blairwood University series that are so real, so worthwhile that they just stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them. Kiss To Remember is without a doubt an epic addition to the series! I’m still reeling! 😱

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each book, but Kiss To Remember evoked the same feels in me as when I had read Kiss Me First. There’s just something extra special about these stories, these characters that won me over so easily.

The world-building is vividly exceptional and I think a big reason to that is because of the prologue Kiss Before Midnight. Not only does it introduce Grace and her personal story, but it gives you a sense of time spent with her. There’s a three year span between the prologue and the main story, and you get a deep view of what has happened within that timeframe. Once you start this book, you’re already invested in Grace and understandably sympathising with her frame of mind.

What constantly had me thinking throughout were the “what-ifs”. There’s a truckload of them, and it’s always lingering near the foreground of the story as it develops. I was constantly second-guessing EVERYTHING! 😲🙈

Other than what the prologue provides this is one of those stories where you need to go in blind to get the full reading experience and to ensure you make up your own opinions about the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

I loved the unpredictability of it all! 👏👏👏 It’s the main factor in why I was so immersed in Grace’s and Trent’s story from cover to cover. It also has a beautiful youthful romance— an air of innocence in their developing feelings which at times I found angsty but still charming nevertheless. It’s well-paced, with a gradual build-up, and told from dual POVs. I can’t fault the storytelling as I thought it was well-written and brilliantly executed. It’s a story that I can go back and read over and over again and never tire of.

The supporting cast added extra dimension and provided secondary storylines in the background. If you’ve read the previous books in the series, these characters will be familiar to you and it’s always nice to see what they’ve been up to since their own stories were told. Other than the romance, there are genuine solid friendships present. They provided crucial support systems for both Grace and Trent, and I thought their concerns and overprotectiveness were understandable considering what both these protagonists have and are going through in their lives.

Another thing I’ve come to find about Doe’s writing is she creates characters with a distinctiveness to them, whether it be through their appearance, upbringing, personality traits, and/or even interests. Doe is slowly but surely building up her cast of characters as more books are added into the world yet you can effortlessly distinguish them apart from one another. They all have different backgrounds and each one is as intriguing as the last. Full of contrasts and dynamics.

Grace has quite a history and her character is totally fleshed-out as she develops in this book. She’s a likable, authentic heroine who straight-up just seems like a good-natured human being.

At first Trent seems like an easy-going, athletic hero but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Whilst this book has an overall heartwarming atmosphere to it that’ll have you sighing in happy contentment, the characters are complex, so trust me when I say Trent will have you stumped (but in a good, addictive way)! 😉

I strongly recommend it to fellow romance readers. If you like new adult, college romance reads, this one is perfect to snuggle up under the blankets with. It’s the fourth book in the series but it can be read as a standalone novel. If you’re new to Blairwood University, all the books can be read as standalone novels and, in any order, too, although I recommend reading them in publishing order.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Anna B. Doe for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚

🔔 Interested in reading Kiss To Remember? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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Prequel: Kiss Before Midnight

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From the very first moment, Grace Danielle Shelton laid her eyes on Mason LeBlanc, he stole her breath away, but what will happen now that he sees her too?

Kiss Before Midnight is a New York Knights/ Blairwood University crossover short story.

• MINI REVIEW •

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After having recently read Kiss To Forget with Yasmin and Nixon’s story, I was curious about Grace (an old friend of Yasmin’s) and what her deal was. When it was mentioned at the end of the book that there was a little novella about Grace included in the romance anthology Mistletoe Kisses, I knew I had to read it. And well…?

OMG I need more! 🤗 Adorable young love, first dates and sweet kisses. This little snippet was perfection but nowhere near enough. I hope we got a full novel for Grace and Mason soon! Because I need to know what happens to them next.

Edit: It showed the innocence of young love, possibilities, and just an all-around feel-good atmosphere. Unbeknownst to me, this novella was the introduction to what ultimately ended up being a mammoth journey of star-crossed lovers and second chances.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

🔔 Read Kiss Before Midnight for FREE! Grab your copy here: Universal Link


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Not long to go! ❄💚

#KissToRemember Coming November 19!

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— BLURB —

Some moments define the trajectory of your life.

Grace Shelton has experienced her fair share of loss and trauma, but moving to Blairwood is her chance for a new beginning.

For Trent Remington, going to college is a chance to break free of his overprotective parents and finally play basketball.

Some moments will change it forever.

When Grace collides into Trent by accident, she sees the last person she ever expected to find – the boy that’s been haunting her dreams for the past three years. Trent might belong to another girl, but he can’t seem to get the redhead with the sad eyes out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

Together, they might risk everything for a chance at love, but will a kiss be enough to make him remember?

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— TEASER —

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— EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT —

“Grace.”
The hairs at my nape rise at his soft whisper. I slowly lift my head until my eyes meet his.
I can hear the echo of my heartbeat in my eardrums as we stare at one another. Feel the persistent beat in the base of my throat.
Thump-thump-thump.
One lock falls down on my face. I reach up to push it back, but Trent’s faster. His hand brushes against my cheek, his rough fingertips grazing over my skin. Goosebumps cover my flesh, making a shiver run through me.
Weak.
So freaking weak.
“T-Trent?”
My tongue darts out, sliding over my lower lip. Trent’s eyes fall down, zeroing in on my mouth, and a little bit of air that was left in the cab of the truck is suddenly sucked away, making me breathless.
He cups my cheek. That invisible force pulling me to him is back at work. Unable to resist it, resist him, I lean my head to the side, loving the feeling of his warm skin against mine.
We’re close.
So freaking close.
I’m not sure which one of us closed the distance, but it’s not there. His warm breath touches my cheek. That intoxicating smell, a mix of cedar, sandalwood, sweat, and something that’s uniquely Trent, fills all my senses, making me dizzy.
I place my hand on his chest, my fingers trembling. The need to pull him closer is overwhelming, but I can’t.
He’s not yours.
I close my eyes. My throat bobs as I take a deep breath, but even that doesn’t help.
“I-I c-can’t do this,” I stutter, barely pushing the words out.
“Why?”
He can’t be serious.
“W-why?” With every ounce of power I possess, I push him away. “Why?” I repeat, this time, my voice is firmer. “You’re hers!”

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— Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe —

Blairwood University (Book Four)

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Release Date: November 19, 2021
Genre: College/ Sports Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Anna B. Doe

Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.

When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.

She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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Coming Soon! #KissToRemember

The next book in the Blairwood University series!

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Cover Photography: @bybraadyn | Cover Design: @qamberdesigns | Models: Hannah & Spencer

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Some moments define the trajectory of your life.

Grace Shelton has experienced her fair share of loss and trauma, but moving to Blairwood is her chance for a new beginning.

For Trent Remington, going to college is a chance to break free of his overprotective parents and finally play basketball.

Some moments will change it forever.

When Grace collides into Trent by accident, she sees the last person she ever expected to find – the boy that’s been haunting her dreams for the past three years. Trent might belong to another girl, but he can’t seem to get the redhead with the sad eyes out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

Together, they might risk everything for a chance at love, but will a kiss be enough to make him remember?

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— TEASER —

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— Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe —

Blairwood University (Book Four)

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Release Date: November 19, 2021
Genre: College/ Sports Romance
📚 Add Kiss Before Midnight to your TBR: Goodreads
📚 Add Kiss To Remember to your TBR: Goodreads
📗 Pre-order your copy now!
Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU
Grab the FREE prequel now! Universal Link

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Anna B. Doe

Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.

When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.

She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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Coming Soon! #KissToRemember 💚

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— BLURB —

Some moments define the trajectory of your life.

Grace Shelton has experienced her fair share of loss and trauma, but moving to Blairwood is her chance for a new beginning.

For Trent Remington, going to college is a chance to break free of his overprotective parents and finally play basketball.

Some moments will change it forever.

When Grace collides into Trent by accident, she sees the last person she ever expected to find – the boy that’s been haunting her dreams for the past three years. Trent might belong to another girl, but he can’t seem to get the redhead with the sad eyes out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

Together, they might risk everything for a chance at love, but will a kiss be enough to make him remember?

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— TEASER —

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— Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe —

Blairwood University (Book Four)

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Release Date: November 19, 2021
Genre: College/ Sports Romance
📚 Add Kiss Before Midnight to your TBR: Goodreads
📚 Add Kiss To Remember to your TBR: Goodreads
📗 Pre-order your copy now!
Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU
Grab the FREE prequel now! Universal Link

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Anna B. Doe

Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.

When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.

She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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Tartlet by Bella Jewel

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I’m no angel.

Far from it.

I’m the disappointment of the family.

The one they try to hide.

The failure.

The nuisance.

I have the rich family – you know the one. Parents dripping in gold, the perfect sister, and the loyal brother.

As far as they’re concerned, I’m the accident they wish they had done something about.

A rebel.

Always causing trouble.

That’s fine by me, I’m happy to be anything other than what they expect.

Until, that is, my father needs my help.

Well, okay, I practically force his hand, but it’s my chance to prove I’m good for something.

He needs information on a local biker club.

He wants me to go in. To play them. To get what he needs.

A club full of hot bikers? A girl isn’t going to say no.

I take on the challenge.

Go in there and destroy their little club.

Sounds like a god damned blast to me.

They won’t know what hit them.

Or perhaps, I won’t know what hit me…

I guess we’ll find out.

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• MY REVIEW •

Ding. Ding. Ding. We have a fucking winner! 👏👏👏 This series seriously gets better and better with each new book! Tartlet is officially my new favourite (sorry Pop! Goes The Biker). I have been anticipating Remy’s story since day dot and Bella delivered the goods! This story did not disappoint. I was hooked from the very first page and could not put it down once I started! Not only did Remy lived up to his hot, charming biker ass but the storyline was on point too!

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This is a hidden agenda, friends-with-benefits romance that totally had me entertained and constantly giggling to myself. The introduction of Gabby and her cool, blasé attitude had me immediately perking up with interest of her character. She treads a fine line between smugness and confidence but she knows her strengths and weaknesses and adamant about her likes and dislikes that I found her to be such a refreshing addition to the ever-growing cast of characters in this series. I also love the fact that she’s a badass mechanic who gives the boys a run for their money!

In previous books Remy was constantly one of my favourite side characters, with his sweet, chilled demeanor that I admit I was a tad nervous coming into this story knowing I may or may not like who he ended up with. I should’ve put more faith in Bella because not only has she exceeded my expectations for the heroine who’d land Remy but the storyline itself was gripping.

It’s an MC-lite romantic comedy that had a bit of suspense, a whole ton of witty banter, sexual chemistry, and I’m talking lots of dirty deeds. *waggles eyebrows* 🔥🙈

It’s told from Gabby’s first person, singular point of view. Whilst I’d normally prefer dual perspectives and would’ve loved to have had Remy’s POV too, I discovered fairly early on that Gabby’s view was more than enough to tell their story without it feeling completely one-sided.

I thought the storytelling had a nice flow to it. It was well-paced, well-written, detailed, and full of dimension. The addition of the secondary characters from previous and upcoming books added extra oomph, expanded the world-building, and provided a genuine and relatable group dynamic alongside the romance.

The friendships in this particular book were all awesome that I truly hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them. Each bond was unique that you really get a sense of depth in each relationship.

There were a few unexpected plot twists I totally did not have an inkling of, so that was an interesting little surprise. Remy’s and Gabby’s story is romance heavy but it wasn’t just pure lust and hookups, as the story progresses and the plot complicatedly thickens, you see a gradual more meaningful development in their relationship.

I found Gabby’s personal story relatable and she touches on certain family struggles that I think a lot of people (me included) can relate to. From all the heroines in this series so far, she’s been the one I connected with the most, not only because of her personality, but also because of her outlook when it came to certain things.

Other than the group dynamic, Remy and Gabby compliment each other so well that by the end it was ultimately what made them my favourite couple. They just click so well that their romance is the stuff of good rom-com movies!

If you’re looking for a quick, lighthearted mood-booster of a romance, you have got to hit this one up. You can technically read this one without having read the previous books in the series but I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s an underlying storyline that continues in each book, and plus you’d have a better understanding of the backstories of each couple if you read them in order. Good news is, they’re all relatively quick reads that you can easily finish in one sitting.

There were a couple of things that were left somewhat unsettled but in all honesty I didn’t even notice until after I finished reading and let it sunk in. It’s nothing major and unless Bella comes back to it in future books, it’s left up in the air. Nevertheless, the story was hot. It was steamy. It was hilarious to boot! There is some darkish content within and although the book cover is somewhat explicit, it’s still for the most part a contemporary rom-com story. As I mentioned earlier, it’s light on the MC element — so if you’re thinking of dipping your toes in MC romance, I think this is a great series to start off with as it’s nowhere near as dark as far as MC romances go, yet you still get a sense of the brotherhood, their MC lifestyle, and how these bikers love their women.

Bella Jewel’s writing is always so effortless to follow. You get easily attracted to her storylines and invested in her characters. I loved reading Tartlet, the protagonists are truly lovable characters that’ll make you smile with their crazy antics. I’ll no doubt be rereading it in the near future until the next book in the series comes out!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Bella Jewel and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

🔔 Interested in reading Tartlet? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo

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🧁 Read my reviews for the Turf Wars!

Book One: Biker Schmiker by Bella Jewel

Book Two: Heart-On by Bella Jewel

Book Three: Review Coming Soon!


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Kiss To Remember Teaser

Get your first peek at the next book in the #BlairwoodUniversitySeries 

Coming in November! 🏀

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— ABOUT THE BOOK —

Kiss To Remember is an interconnected standalone and book four in the Blairwood University series.

A forbidden college sports romance between Grace Shelton and Trent Remington, a basketball player on the Blairwood team. Grace is ready to finally move on with her life when their paths cross, and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • New Adult Romance
  • College Romance
  • Basketball Romance
  • Forbidden Romance
  • Angst
  • Slow Burn
  • Mystery

With this story you’ll have to read Kiss Before Midnight. It’s a prequel to Grace’s story and it’s crucial to understanding the events that will follow in Kiss To Remember. This prequel was originally released as a part of Mistletoe Kisses anthology last November, but will become a FREE prequel and re-released on October 22nd.

(Full blurb coming soon!)

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— TEASER —

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— Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe —

Blairwood University (Book Four)

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Release Date: November 19, 2021
Genre: College/ Sports Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Anna B. Doe

Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.

When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.

She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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Ruined Sinner by Becker Gray

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• BLURB •

It’s no secret that Aurora Lincoln-Ward hates Phineas Yates, but what most people don’t know is the reason. Last summer, Phineas broke Aurora’s heart in the worst way, and she promised herself then and there that she would never fall prey to the sinner of Pembroke Prep again.

But now sin is in the air, and the Hellfire Club’s number one sinner has his sights set on her…

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• MY REVIEW •

I am utterly obsessed with these Hellfire Club boys! I’m sorry, I meant men. Hellfire men. With each book I end up falling for that particular swoony hero, and in Ruined Sinner, with Phin… Sigh. I ended up swooning for him the most. But for all the reasons I hadn’t expected. He deserves hugs and all the love and credit in the world!

Who would’ve thought Hellfire Club’s very own smooth-talking charmer is the one with the biggest heart?! *clutches chest* 😍

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Phin’s and Aurora’s heated romance was a gradual burning build-up as you progressed through the books in the series. The fiery snippets of their hate towards each other made Ruined Sinner the most anticipated story from all the books in my eyes. By the time I had this little book in my hands, I was raring to see what had happened in their past that altered Phin’s and Aurora’s feelings for one another.

It’s fast-paced storytelling— to be honest I actually think the stories are getting shorter and shorter with each book… or maybe I’m just reading through them faster and faster now..?

But as I said, it’s fast-paced, and told from dual points of view. The story provides the much-anticipated backstory between Phin and Aurora, but after the initial build-up from the previous books the backstory ended up lacking the depth and reasoning I had somewhat imagined. I was expecting some deep, heartbreaking event the rivals the hate going on between the two now but it ended being more of a question mark moment. Like, really?! 🤔

If I looked at it from a younger person’s perspective and took into consideration that these characters are young adults, then yes, I can accept the reasoning behind their rivalry, and sympathize that at that age everything is emotionally magnified. But as a reader who’s well past her teen years, I did find their past history a little… underwhelming and melodramatic.

However, I was surprised by the turn of events. This story certainly kept me intrigued and wanting more. I loved that each Hellfire boy so far has managed to stun me with their character and reasons behind their attitude and standing. When it comes to the ladies in this social circle, I’m all for their positivity, badassery, and hilarious revenge plotting. There’s a strong display of diversity amongst these girls not just in appearance but in personality traits. What sets Aurora apart is her own backstory which causes the biggest transformation amongst her friends.

From all the book in the series, this one had some edginess to it. It broaches certain topics that many in our society have gone through and still suffer from the trauma. The issues set part of the atmosphere in a gloomy state, but it also adds dimension and relatability to this otherwise young love story.

Please note, there are certain sensitive subject matters included that may be triggering for some readers such as violence, substance abuse (alcohol), stalking, and sexual abuse. This story contains non-consensual situations.

With the heavy topics included, I was hoping to see a deeper level of development in the storyline. I felt like they were touched on but didn’t completely go in-depth. Whilst I liked some of the decisions and steps made by the characters, I also thought a lot more could’ve been said or done.

But in saying that, I have to emphasize that I still loved reading this story. I might’ve had a few hang-ups with the storyline but it will most definitely be a book (along with the rest of the series) I’d read again and again. Right from the very first book; Wicked Idol, I was immediately hooked by Becker Gray’s easy-going writing style, and I’m happy to say by this fourth book, it’s still very much engaging, consistent writing.

I adore the world-building created and all the characters within. It transports you to their glitzy world. As a reader who has outgrown the high school setting in her romance reads, the elite preppy school that is Pembroke Prep effortlessly took hold of my attention and made itself my exception. 😊

Ruined Sinner was wildly unexpected but brilliant just the same. I loved the role reversal in certain situations that took place. I haven’t encountered it a lot in my romance reads so it was refreshing to see from a different perspective.

If you enjoy hate-to-love and fake relationship tropes, add this one to your TBR. Both protagonists have fierce personalities and neither one of them are hard-wired to back down. Putting aside the sensitive topics, there is plenty of lightness throughout. The diverse friendships are one of the main reasons as to why I’m addicted to reading this series. The different bonds and dynamics seem so genuine and truly lovable that it’s not hard to get invested in these characters.

There’s plenty of romantic development, and as the story progresses, you gradually see character growth from both protagonists. Phin and Aurora are more out there and risqué when it comes to their relationship. They’re dramatic yet angsty, and their romance is without a doubt frenzied. There were aspects in the story I wished had a little more oomph, and I’m not going to lie, there were situations between Phin and Aurora that needed a certain level of groveling and lacked thereof, but it is what it is. Their journey is messy and complicated but eventually seeing Phin and Aurora right where they’re meant to be had me happy sighing by the end.

A relatively quick read— I finished it in one sitting. It’s punchy, with a smidge of suspense, snort-inducing one-liners, and at one point I was even smacked with a strong wave of misty-eyed emotion. 🙈😅 Another swoon-worthy addition to the Hellfire Club. Phineas Yates is one of kind, and in my honest to goodness opinion Ruined Sinner is a must-try read for contemporary romance fans.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Becker Gray, Dangerous Press, and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading Ruined Sinner: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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🔥 Read my reviews for the Hellfire Club!

Book One: Wicked Idol by Becker Gray

Book Two: Callous Prince by Becker Gray

Book Three: Brutal Blueblood by Becker Gray


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Impulsive by K.E. Osborn

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Oakley captured my attention.

From the very first second.

The moment she sassed me, even though I was wearing my club cut, I knew she had fire in her soul.

As the tech man for the Houston Defiance MC, it’s my job to know everything. To always be ahead of the game. To outwit, outmatch, and outmaneuver our enemies at every turn. They may be smart, but I’m smarter.

Finding out this firecracker has ties to a rival MC catches me off guard.

And my first instinct is to protect her.   Damn the consequences.

Taking her under my wing is impulsive, reckless, electrifying.

And I’m more than aware of the repercussions.

But what if she is not who she says she is?

Those close to me loathe the idea of us, and they’re becoming more of an issue.

But things are not always as they seem.

With new threats comes chaos and danger at every turn.

But perhaps the war lies closer to home than even we realize.

From International Bestselling Author K E Osborn comes the highly anticipated fourth book in the Houston Defiance MC Series.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Ooh-wee!! 👏👏👏👏 It’s official… Neon has stolen my heart! Move over alpha-holes… *singsong voice* hot nerd alert! Whoever said nerds aren’t cool have clearly not met Neon. And they need to!

This is the fourth book in the Houston Defiance MC but I gotta say it now, I truly recommend you read the previous books first before delving into this one. Not only will you get the entire world-building experience, you’ll see the different dynamics and relationships between not only the previous couples but with the brothers of the MC. There’s a ton of history especially between Neon and his President/ childhood best friend Zero and some of the issues that occur in this storyline is connected to their past. You won’t get the intensity and the magnitude of the problems they’ve gone (and still currently going through) just by reading this book alone. But for readers who haven’t read the previous books or not willing to read them first prior to this one, Osborn does do a good job at making sure you’re caught up with everyone’s situations.

I’m an avid MC romance reader and I’ve read heaps of them throughout the years, but I find that unless the Motorcycle Club as a whole is POC, then the majority of these book series’ lacked diversity in characters. I’m excited to see Osborn has incorporated more diverse characters into the Houston Defiance MC by having both her leading characters have mixed heritage.

For a reader who is also a POC (person of colour), I truly gravitate towards any character who may have similarities to my appearance, even the smallest physical trait such as a heroine having dark hair and tanned skin instantly gets my attention, and that’s what Osborn has done when she introduced Oakley into this series. It didn’t hurt that she had a lot of the same interests as me. Oakley is a biker chick who not only has a love of bikes but fast cars too. She’s sassy and stubborn but is also somewhat of guys gal as well.

Neon is the club’s tech whiz. He is brains, brawn and all heart. I’ve loved both Zero and Kevlar (with Wraith a close third) after reading their stories, but the more books I read in this series the more I was interested in reading about Neon because he always seemed like a sweet person with a tortured soul. He goes through a lot in his story constantly being relied on by others, and although his a biker in 1%er motorcycle club, in comparison to his brothers, he oozes gentlemanly vibes (most of the time). Impulsive soothe my craving for him! Neon is exactly how I pictured him to be and I was hooked from start to finish!

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Neon and Oakley are likable characters and there’s plenty of swoon-worthy moments between them. But like the previous couples in this series, they go through a rollercoaster of emotions and a handful of roadblocks throughout. I may not have liked their attitudes or agreed with their actions in every situation that they faced but I could sympathize with their reasonings. But also, just like the previous books in this series, you can still count on a great amount of romance (HEA included), a steady storyline, and MC elements!

But please note this story in particular contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers such as violence, kidnapping, attempted rape, and mental and psychological disorders. Some scenes are detailed and graphic— please take into consideration before starting this book.

There’s an amazing cast of secondary characters included, albeit most of them are MC brothers but they never fail at providing some lighthearted comic relief when needed.

Since Oakley is a professional racer, I was hoping to see more of what she can do on the track, but I’m glad her talents weren’t completely wasted with Osborn including some entertaining moments here and there. And despite the seriousness of Oakley’s, Neon’s and the club’s current position, the story isn’t overly dark or gritty as other MC romances out there. It still however includes adult themes, so readers 18+ only!

You can’t really have an MC story without having some drama thrown in, and this one was a constant drama-filled story where one thing after another happened. Its storytelling has great pacing and told from first person dual points of view. I loved seeing Neon finally have his story told and for him to land the perfect girl for him. Putting aside the romance, this story opened doors for a few possible plotlines in upcoming books and I’m eager to see where the series is heading in the future.

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Was the storyline predictable? Did it have any plot twists? To that I have to say yes and no. Yes, there were some things I had inklings about that did end up occurring… but it also had plot twists mixed in, if you get my drift. Osborn teases you with potentials and when the time’s right, not only does she drop it but she adds another layer that you didn’t see coming on top of it. Just when you think you know which direction it’s headed, something else happens that keeps you on your toes.

Overall, another superb addition to the Houston Defiance MC family! Not only do I recommend this book, I recommend the entire series. Every story and couple is different, dealing with their own issues, but throughout it all the brothers all have each other’s backs. Each one has a swoon-worthy hero, a heroine that catches their attention, and a story that’s dripping with suspense! As an MC romance reader I can tell you now, this feeds one’s craving!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you K.E. Osborn, The Next Step PR, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚

🔔 Interested in reading Impulsive? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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🏍 Read my reviews for The Houston Defiance MC

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🧡 Book One: Explosive by K.E. Osborn

💙 Book Two: Addictive by K.E. Osborn

💜 Book Three: Fugitive by K.E. Osborn


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Keeping The Biker by Glenna Maynard

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• BLURB •

You’re invited to attend the wedding of Alexa and Murder, Royal Bastards MC style.

They said we’d never last. He was a married man. Off limits.

Now after all these years Murder is mine till death do us part. I’ll do anything to keep my motorcycle man. For him I risked it all and now comes the reward. His ink branded on my skin and his ring on my finger. Today is the first day of our forever.

Please note for best enjoyment the Charleston, WV Royal Bastards MC books should be read in order of release.

  1. The Biker’s Kiss
  2. Lady & The Biker
  3. Tempting The Biker
  4. Keeping The Biker
  5. The Biker’s Lucky Charm
  6. Taken By The Biker

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• MY REVIEW •


“May have taken us twenty years to get here but we’re here.”


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Ugh. Anyone else who has had their heart crushed from reading Alexa and Murder’s story up to this point will be in agreement that this book was one big, happy sigh! What started out as a long, tedious, hell of a journey of a secret love and roads not taken finally receives a well-deserved HEA!

This is a novella, and whilst I would’ve loved a longer story, it still gave me so much feels! An adorable and lighthearted (for the most part, anyways) conclusion to what was initially a rollercoaster ride of a relationship between Murder and Lex! After reading it, I can honestly say that I am relieved that the angsty drama in their lives is officially done and dusted, and now they have the rest of their lives to look forward to. Nothing but good times ahead!

Trust me when I say once you reach Keeping The Biker, you will be giddy with happiness at seeing Alexa and Murder truly be together. It’ll be like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders at seeing all the road bumps and deterrents gradually cease to exist. I tell ya, it’s bloody satisfying to read! 🙌

What I also enjoyed seeing was the other characters in this series and seeing snippets of their lives. It has me eager to read what’s installed for them in future books… (looking at you Link and Pam)!

Short but sweet, and packs a punch! Dual points of view and well-paced storytelling. You’ll see just how much their relationship has developed and how much they’ve both grown and matured over the years. All her life Alexa has been put through the ringer, yet seeing her still standing strong as ever is one of the reasons why I find her such a fierce heroine. Murder, despite some of his actions throughout their journey has my unwavering support for the guy. These characters are so authentic in their emotions through their hardships that it’s hard not to like them. If anything, it makes you root for them even more.

You find with MC romances, you usually get the “Old Lady” and “Old Man” titles amongst the couples, but it’s refreshing to see a story where an MC member (and in this case a President, for that matter) to be the one pushing for a marriage with their partner. The amount of love Murder has for Alexa is evident within this story that it will legitimately make you swoon.

A good balance of romance and MC elements. Little bit of suspense with some moments I did not see coming. Always entertaining to see the dynamics between the brothers, but it’s also cool to see the family ties and friendships formed — especially amongst the women.

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I am lusting over this RBMC series of Maynard’s! The more books she adds into the series, the more you get sucked into their ever-expanding world. It’s amazing. I would abso-fucking-lutely recommend this to fellow dark/ MC romance readers. Just make sure you read from the beginning and not skip any to ensure you get the entire story!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Read more of my reviews of Glenna Maynard’s books!

The Biker’s Kiss by Glenna Maynard

Lady & The Biker by Glenna Maynard

Snow White & The Biker by Glenna Maynard

Tempting The Biker by Glenna Maynard


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Hope you’re all well! Happy reading guys, and as always, catch you in my next one! Xo

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The Dare by Elle Kennedy

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College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes.

But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see.

And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.

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— MY REVIEW —

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Okay…

First off — I was not expecting to score an early copy of The Dare. I had a plan of rereading the first three books in Briar U before the release of this one so all the characters were fresh in my mind. But now, after having read this… my new game plan is to go back to the previous books because I am nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this amazing world that Elle has created.

If you’re unaware Briar U is a spin-off series to Elle’s original NA sports romance series; Off-Campus. If you read my reviews for those books (I’ll put the links at the bottom of this review)… I was 100% a Dean Di Laurentis fan! Solid. Like, nothing was going to sway me away from him. As far as I was concerned Dean was… King. Bae. Swoon worthy. Book BF Goals! Whatevs.

But in struts (yep…struts) Conor Fucking Edwards and practically squeezes himself into the throne right alongside Dean.

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I love Elle’s heroes in both her sports romance series’ because whilst they’re popular and seem to have the image of well-put together people, they’re nowhere near perfection that the rest of the student body seem to think. They have their own insecurities just like anybody else. They’re not your stereotypical arrogant jocks that think they’re better than everyone else. They’re also not all about the sports either. They’re witty, intelligent (they actually take their education seriously), have manners, standards, and are truly loyal individuals.

Conor is all those things and more. You couldn’t ask for a better friend and boyfriend!

“He’d rather make people around him feel good about themselves, even when it provides no personal gain for himself.”

You’ll see a lot of insecurities in this book. Just like the previous books in the series, you get to see these characters’ backstories prior to Briar University and hockey. You’ll see what hang ups they have about themselves and their family dynamics in comparison to their relationships with their friends.

Conor has a shady past that haunts him. But despite lingering issues, he manages to keep a very easy-going, level headed attitude for the most part — which I have to say in my opinion plays a essential role in some situations of this book.

Conor and Taylor are a perfect match. They balance each other out and whenever one of them is down, the other knows just how to pick them back up. The way they support one another when they don’t have the strength or courage to do it for themselves is one of the uplifting aspects of this book. Put aside all the fun and games, and blossoming romance between these two and you’ll see the strong friendship they’ve formed (even if it started from an unusual situation).

You’ll discover with this series (along with the Off-Campus series) is that all these leading characters have different, yet quite realistic situations that they’re dealing with that’s relatable no matter your age.

Taylor struggles with a lot of personal issues that she deals with all throughout the book. It’s insecurities that a lot of people can connect with on one level or another. Body image, self-doubt, low self-esteem, and a lack of confidence in one’s self worth are serious matters, and they are all present in Taylor’s personal story. Not to mention the fact that Taylor is a young woman who’s still navigating through life at school. But she’s also caring, thoughtful, humble and just so darn adorable.

Elle is not afraid of tackling difficult subject matters in her books, and The Dare is a great example of the awareness she puts out there, by having her characters really open up about these topics — and in turn as a reader (who may or may not know much about certain issues) learns more and becomes mindful of it.

But I should warn, besides the sensitive matters that these characters face, there’s also some sexual harassment and breach of consent within that may trigger some readers. Nothing graphic, but it is present.

Elle did an amazing job of discussing these matters with care, leaving not only her characters with power and choices to do something about it (which I know is not always the case in reality), but in this particular instance it left me feeling satisfied with how things concluded.

It’s well-paced with great expansion to an already ongoing world-building, and told from dual POVs. There’s a lovely balance of light and shade within their story. It’s never too heavy that it leaves one feeling drained, but it’s not a fluffy love story either. It’s current, full of substance with deep content and obvious character growth from both Taylor and Conor as individuals and as a couple.

One thing that stood out to me was the positive support system both these leads had. Other than the swoony romance, I’ve always loved the friendships that Elle has introduced in her books. This one did not disappoint. Their friends play significant roles in their lives.

With Taylor, she has a kickass bestie who not only is a firecracker but would easily throw down for Taylor in a heartbeat. She’s also not afraid to give Taylor a wake-up call whenever needed.

With Conor, it’s his teammates/ roommates who’ve become his close friends and have his back in any situation (despite their unrelenting but hilarious banter). They were the perfectly timed comic relief.

Theirs was a rollercoaster of a relationship with a lot of push and pull, a lot of second-guessing, and doubt that will have you going through a range of emotions from frustrated and anxious to hopeful and optimistic.

“Worst case, I get a good friend out of the deal. Best case, I screw her brains out. Win-win either way.”

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😂😂 Oh Conor… *shakes head*

And whilst hockey is undeniably present in this book, it was however hockey-light in comparison to the other books in the series. There’s a good chunk of it in the first half but as Taylor and Conor’s relationship develops further, hockey eventually takes a back seat.

The friendships here is by far the strongest highlight in my opinion with the secondary characters — but mostly between Taylor and Conor themselves. Some of my fave parts were them just getting to know one another, or casually chatting about random things. It was effortless, and lighthearted, and organic — and no doubt the introduction scene where their stories kicks off is a part of the book I’ve must’ve read numerous times by now because it’s THE funniest thing I have read in a long time. I’m talking snort-laughing and tears-in-my-eyes kinda funny!

This book will leave you with a smile on your face and feeling just a little bit lighter. If this was the final book (and I’m talking about Elle never going back into this fictional world again), then I say it ended beautifully.

“Listen up, everybody! It’s time to play Dare or Dare.”

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If you’re game, then I highly recommend you get onto this one immediately! The message and life lessons are insightful and uplifting. And you will love Conor Edwards. He’s a beautiful human being (albeit fictional, but meh.. still beautiful nevertheless).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you so much to Elle Kennedy for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy! 💗

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— The Dare by Elle Kennedy —

Briar U (Book Four)

SaveTheDateRelease Date: June 16, 2020

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If you’re interested in any of my other reviews for Elle’s books, check out my reviews below for her Off-Campus series! 📚

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
The Score by Elle Kennedy
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

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If you’re an avid romance reader, and you enjoy reading sports romances, then you gotta check out both of Elle Kennedy’s NA college series’. You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee it. 😊 Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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