A nanny is what I am. I’m a good one, too. When I’m hired by a biker and his rich woman, I can’t say no. I can’t afford to say no. I’ve never worked for a biker before, and I certainly haven’t worked for one who is this damned moody and did I mention oh, so gorgeous? Still, here I am. I need the money. I need to escape my past. I need something, anything, to make the demons go away. What I didn’t sign up for was the rich bitch he decided to reproduce with. Not only does she hate me, but she’s from the most wealthy family in town. My days are now filled with country clubs, galas and dressing a baby in clothes I could never afford in my lifetime. Did I mention the other nannies? The stuck up ones? The ones who hate me? Yeah, there’s them. Lucky for me, I have him. A connection that’s undeniable. Only, he’s everything I shouldn’t want. A biker? Bad news. I’m their nanny, even worse. Yet, their relationship is toxic. A one night stand gone wrong. An attempt to make things right for a baby he didn’t know he even wanted. I’m not in the position to be in the middle of that… Yet, there’s something there… Something between us that’s undeniable. This isn’t going to end well…
• MY REVIEW •
A bittersweet ending to the Turf Wars series. I’ve enjoyed them all, as each one has been such entertaining reads. Clash of the Nannies is a secret/ nanny romance with a bit of a love triangle twist.
What made this book for me was Hugh. Aw swoon! 😍😍 He is probably the sweetest biker/ hero from the entire series, hands down! As the story progresses, you steadily see Hugh’s character growth from a biker with no commitments to becoming a responsible adult needing to take care of another human being.
Maggie is not your conventional nanny. She’s an opinionated heroine and she will put her two cents in for any situation. What made Maggie relatable to me is she’s a heroine of Asian descent—and to be more specific, one of a Filipino background. She represented some cultural diversity not just within this story but within the Turf Wars world, albeit she’s only partly Asian and her mixed heritage doesn’t play a huge part in her character, but it’s still a rarity (at least for me) to find a Filipino character in any of my reads, especially one who plays a main character.
The storyline also broaches on serious subject matters such as social standing, prejudices, and bullying. The experiences Maggie is confronted with are relatable, real-life situations, and although these topics are sensitive, especially for those who can relate, Jewel has written-in determined characters and has tried to keep the overall atmosphere as lighthearted to ensure it doesn’t become too dramatic or deflating.
Overall, another amusing rom-com with minimal MC elements in the background. Just like the previous books in the series, it was told solely from the heroine’s perspective. It’s a relatively short read with fast-paced storytelling, and because of that reason the conclusion ended quite abruptly with relatively quick resolutions (considering it’s the final book in the series). There are plot points that were left unanswered, and unexpected new ones introduced last minute that left me feeling a little taken aback. It was a lot to process in a short amount of time. 😱
I’m not a big fan of the ending, in general. Whilst bonds and friendships were constantly developing and expanding with each new book in the series, with this book it culminated with strong “end of an era” vibes that had me a little taken aback. As I mentioned earlier, it really is bittersweet.
However, putting the ending aside along with the quick resolutions, I did enjoy the growing friends-to-lovers relationship between Hugh and Maggie. It’s a nice change of pace from the enemies-to-lovers/ hate-to-love storylines from the previous books. It centres around Maggie’s day-to-day duties as a nanny in a high society environment. It has great balance of romance, family, and friendship within the storyline that I thought were real winning elements.
I recommend the entire series. Although it’s MC-lite, I honestly didn’t mind that the club was the background as it gave way to each of the hero’s personal life almost outside of it. You still get hot bikers without the dark MC elements. It’s a great series for readers who want to slowly transition into MC romance reads without having delve into the grittiness just yet.
Thank you Bella Jewel and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗
Mafia & Bratva Romance. Set in the same world with connecting characters but these books are all STANDALONES and do not have to be read in order. All the books are told from dual POVS.
• Book One | Merciless Saints •
Alliances are made. Loyalty is owned. Love is taken.
I’ll show everyone I’m a threat, and they will fear me.
For my family. I have to protect them.
The second I hear the name Damien Vetrov I know I’m in trouble.
He’s an arrogant Russian God.
Only, I have zero intention of bowing to him. Ever.
Attractive and lethal. He’s such an intoxicating mixture.
Every second we spend together, the pull between us becomes stronger, and my fear grows.
While my body wants him, my head knows better. He has the power to kill my family.
But when blood is shed, I’m forced to depend on Damien for my life.
Being at his mercy, whether he’ll kill me or protect me, is still up for debate.
Damien & Winter | An Irish and Russian marriage of convenience/ formed alliances romance.
Their story surprisingly have me bawling my eyes out! A heartbreaking storyline that just kept hitting the feels! I was emotionally drained after reading this book and a lot of it was due to the brutal tragedy that befalls Winter.
It’s action-packed and constantly moving forward. There’s just the right amount of build-up, suspense, and tons of shock value. I certainly wasn’t ready for how this story progressed, but despite the hardships these characters go through, I was instantly invested in not only Winter and Damien but all the secondary characters who were also introduced. The bond and brotherhood smacked me from the get-go. I was in awe of how little it took for me to believe the history, love, and loyalty these characters had with one another, and besides the romance aspect, was a big reason as to why I knew I would love the series! The family dynamics and strong ties will have you swooning just as much as the romance elements.
Winter and Damien had a sizzling push-and-pull chemistry. The writing felt effortless to follow and the emotions that both Winter and Damien displayed felt so genuine. It’s a relatively quick read that can be finished in one sitting. I enjoyed the pacing for the most part as the story came off hearty and full of dimension. I enjoyed the backstories, especially from Winter’s POV as it truly transports you to her life as if you’re experiencing her emotions in those events right along with her.
Right off the bat, the thought of an elite Academy who trains high-end assassins and has dealings with the underworld had me on the edge of my seat hooked! And seeing Winter and Damien start out as students of this Academy who eventually become two of the most dangerous, most powerful players in their Mafia world had me giddy with excitement at not just their budding romance, but the start of an intricate world-building. Although it’s a standalone story, it was amazing introduction to St. Monarch’s Academy and the entire cast of characters who’ll be reappearing in all the books to come.
• Book Two | Cruel Saints •
Alliances are made. Loyalty is owned. Love is taken.
Little did I know my love and freedom would be taken to form a new alliance.
Brutal, possessive, and dangerous, Lucian is feared by all. Including myself.
When his father is assassinated, Lucian takes his rightful place as head of the Cotroni family. They rule the Mafia with an iron fist, and he’s set his sights on my family.
Until now, we’ve been the only threat, but when a new one emerges, my father is forced to arrange a marriage between Lucian and myself.
He might be handsome but he’s not the kind of man who loves. He takes what he wants and right now, it’s my body.
I might belong to him in name, but the question remains – will our union be consummated in blood or love?
WARNING: This book contains subject matter that may be sensitive for some readers. There is dark and triggering content between these pages. 18+ only. Please read responsibly.
Lucian & Elena | A Italian Mafia arranged marriage/ formed alliances romance story
It had my arms flailing and my eyes glued to the pages! I absolutely devoured this book! I loved the opposites attract trope between Lucian and Elena. They were the epitome of a knight in shining armour and the damsel in distress (in a dark Mafia setting). This was a refreshing dark mafia story as Lucian’s family was surprisingly the sweet, loving dynamic that’s not usually the norm in mafia romances. I’ve read countless books from this genre but I don’t think I’ve encountered one where the hero’s family was the one oozing love and happiness, and a genuine bond between father and son.
This story was one of the more grittier storylines and it includes sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, and graphic violence.
Although I don’t have triggers, I’m not going to lie, some of the scenes in this book was tough to get through. Michelle has written these stories with such vividness, that you’re already emotionally invested in these characters and their world right from the beginning, and seeing one suffering is gut-wrenching. Learning their backstories added more dimension and an understanding of these characters’ mindset in the present day.
Perfect balance of light-heartedness and darkness throughout. There’s evident character growth from both protagonists as the story progresses and seeing their bond grow from strength to strength makes this a touching and empowering romance story.
It’s intense with lots of action and suspense. There’s a nice gradual build-up in their romance that makes their relationship go from a marriage of convenience to genuine love and loyalty.
The secondary characters in this book will also steal your heart.
• Book Three | Ruthless Saints •
I move in the shadow of death. I’m the villain. The monster everyone fears.
I’ve been born into a life of depravity and ruthlessness. It’s kill or be killed.
The moment she smiles at me, my world changes.
I keep coming back. Watching her brings me stolen moments of peace.
Until I can’t stay away…
She doesn’t know who I am, that she’s flirting with death.
Slowly we fall deeper until she loves the lies I’ve told her.
The danger that follows me, creeps closer and the façade I’ve built comes crashing down around us.
And lovers turn to enemies.
But there’s no going back for me.
I want her. I will have her.
She doesn’t have a choice.
Carson & Hailey | An opposites attract, mafia/outsider romance story
OMG! Might just be my favourite story (after Alexei’s and Isabella’s)! I was just as immediately intrigued by Hailey as Carson was when she first walked into the room. The opposites attract in this particular story popped with bubbly, happy-go-lucky Hailey and enigmatic, broody, lurks-in-the-shadows Carson. The curiousity gets the better of Carson and seeing him struggle with wanting to know more about Hailey and steering clear of her was a gripping development to see play out throughout.
The inner dialogues by both these protagonists had me giggling at times and gave such comic relief and lightheartedness when you least expect it.
Similar to the first two books, it’s another action-packed, suspenseful quick read. By this third one you get the gist that each of the books within the series contains the build-up in the first half of the story with a somewhat swift conclusion by the end, which I would normally be disappointed with but since these books present character growth, steady romantic development, and an overall detailed storyline, it doesn’t feel like it’s ending abruptly.
Hailey and Carson, in my opinion had one of the more complex and heart-wrenching storylines from all all the couples, and despite the heartbreaking scenes that were tough to see play out, I could not put it down until I finished it. It’s an angsty, dramatic rollercoaster ride that had me ugly-crying for a good chunk of the book.
With Carson being Alexei’s younger brother, they certainly have the talent to turn heads. *waggles eyebrows*
I’m also loving the entire innocent-outsider-enters-the-mafia-world. It’s thought-provoking seeing their dark and gritty world from an outsider’s perspective, and once again I adore the fact that the hero is another protective, caring sweetheart who’s just the right amount of dominating alpha.
• Book Four | Tears Of Betrayal •
My father is the head of the Bratva, but being born out of wedlock, I’ve never been a part of that world.
Until a hit is taken out on me. I’m kidnapped in the dead of night and waking up, it’s to come face to face with Demitri Vetrov.
Dangerous and heartless, Demitri is the most feared man in the world. I’ve heard whispers of what he’s capable of.
I’m thrown into a nightmare where I don’t know who I can trust, and fear for my life is my only constant companion.
I’m forced to be at Demitri’s mercy, I’m just not sure he has any. It also doesn’t help that he’s disarmingly attractive.
Tall, dark, and deadly.
Knowing this, he uses it against me like a weapon, breaking down my walls faster than I can put them up.
There’s a war coming, and I’m right in the middle of it.
The only question is, will Demitri be the one to save me or kill me?
WARNING: This book contains subject matter that may be sensitive for some readers. There is dark and triggering content between these pages. 18+ only. Please read responsibly.
Ooh okay… I feel like after reading Alexei’s story, there was a lot of anticipation in reading Demitri’s story— just for the fact that he was this quiet but deadly character who was strictly all business.
First thing that comes to mind after reading this book is how much I couldn’t get enough of their inner dialogue—especially Ariana’s as her mindset was so genuinely relatable… and so girly. Lol.
If you love sexual banter, you will enjoy the hell out of this one. The unsuspecting one-liners that come out of Demitri had me snort-laughing, and it’s these moments that break the tension and gloomy atmosphere that overall surrounds the situation that Ariana (and Demitri) find themselves in.
Another storyline with tear-jerking moments (honestly, I don’t think there was single book from this series where I didn’t cry at one point or another).
And after having reading all the books, I realized that each one had strong family presence. These may be a bunch of mafiosos and assassins but trust, loyalty, and family are paramount in their world.
Demitri and Ariana had somewhat of an insta-love romance yet slow-burn at the same time. Best way I can describe their romance is there’s a ton sexual build-up and teasing before their relationship develops deeper.
• Book Five | Tears Of Salvation •
Alexei & Isabella | An enemies-to-lovers, Cartel and Bratva romance story.
At the time I read this book it was also part of the Underworld Kings author-collaboration series. It was my introduction to Michelle Heard and the rest of The Saints. After having read Tears of Salvation I knew I had to go back and start from the beginning of the series. Best. Decision. Ever! ❤
I have myself another favourite romance series that I will surely read (oh who am I kidding, I already have) over and over again. I love how they are all relatively short reads so whenever I need an all-consuming, passionately hot romance read to perk my mood up or get me out of a reading slump, these will be my go-to books for sure!
One word to describe this series— the characters, the storylines, the romances, all the developments…
Reed freaking Rivers. I wouldn’t trust a word out of the arrogant music mogul’s mouth if his gold-plated tongue were notarized. The Man with the Midas Touch would say anything to get me into his bed, and I know it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want him to succeed.
Indeed, the moment I laid eyes on Reed while he was speaking at an on-campus event I’d crashed, my body physically ached to feel his golden fingers—and tongue—all over me. Unfortunately, though, I can’t give into my powerful craving to jump Reed’s cocky bones. Not until I’ve figured out my best strategy with him . . .
The truth is Reed has something I desperately want. Something my heart desires even more than my body craves one night of delicious fun with the yummiest man alive. Reed assumes he’s running this game of seduction. He thinks he’s a thirty-four-year-old big cat on the prowl, and I’m nothing but a blushing twenty-one-year old field mouse with stars in my eyes.
Yeah . . . no.
As Reed is about to find out, he’s not the only cat on the hunt in this game of cat-and-mouse . . . .
• MINI REVIEW •
Ooh okay. This was an interesting introduction to Reed, Georgina, and their wild, whirlwind relationship. Right from the very beginning, you see an instant attraction with these two when they spot each other from across the room. Based on the blurb, I expected Reed to be this cocky manwhore type hero, but what I hadn’t expected was Georgina to be just as bold, and confident about herself. It’s an age-gap romance that certainly grabbed hold of my attention early on with their witty banter, extreme sexual flirty chemistry, and the fact that I was completely on my toes not knowing what I could expect next. One minute they’re getting to know each other on a serious level, next they’re flirting up a storm, and then in a blink of a eye, they’re spitting fire at each other and the level of intensity around them them amps up.
Relatively well-paced storytelling told from dual points of view. You get a gradual scope of Reed’s life— starting from the bottom and all that… as well as Georgina’s aspirations, and how she’s come to be in the present day (wanting to meet Reed Rivers, music mogul).
I very much enjoyed the premise, and I think Rowe has executed giving her readers an introduction to Reed, Georgina and their lives in such a vivid way. By the end of this book I was already basking right alongside Georgina in the glorious world Reed has made for himself. Before Rowe, I hadn’t read much contemporary romance with a backdrop in music/ rock star atmosphere (it was just a sub-genre that never appealed to me), but this was effortless to follow and get invested in. It’s an obvious age-gap romance (but written in a quirky way), with a cinderella-esque trope included.
BOOK TWO: Beautiful Liar
• BLURB •
The more beautiful the lie, the more painful the truth…
I’ve finally got feisty Georgina right where I want her. In my bed. In my swimming pool. Strapped into the kinky swing hanging in my home gym. And through it all, Georgina’s clearly becoming more and more physically addicted to me. A junkie in constant need of her next fix. Exactly according to plan.
But, to my shock, I’m beginning to think she’s not the only addict here. Any more than she’s the only liar. In fact, as crazy as it sounds, this fiery, relentless woman has been breaking down my walls. Burrowing underneath my skin and slithering her way into my bloodstream.
Indeed, when it comes to the indomitable force of nature that is Georgina Ricci, the gorgeous woman can have anything her heart desires… Well, anything, that is, besides the truth.
• MINI REVIEW •
Ooh-wee! This book is my favourite of the three. It had the hearty chunk of the storyline with Reed’s and Georgina’s relationship becoming more than sexual attraction and a summer “hookup”. There was so much drama and so much feels that this book legit had me glued to the pages and wrapped up in seeing how their relationship would play out. A roller coaster storyline, full of suspense and plot twists I had not seen coming. It resulted in some jaw-dropping moments and an ugly cry from me! I kid you not! 🙈
The first book introduces you to Reed, Georgina, and scratches the surface of their lives. This book further shares that by getting to know their families, friends, and in Reed’s case the artists he’s signed onto his music label. The world-building expanded so much from the first book. You’re really in the heart of Reed’s world now. What I liked is that you get to see it through both Reed’s eyes (where it’s become a norm to have the extravagant lifestyle and have the means to attain what you desire), and in Georgina’s (in awe, living the dream, and in some ways, through rose-coloured glasses). There’s a cool dynamic between the two of them that was entertaining to see. The fiery banter hasn’t wavered in this book, if anything it’s heightened the more their relationship grew. You learn a lot more of Reed’s difficult childhood, and how he started his business. But there’s also secrets surrounding him that Georgina is bound to uncover and you’re just as curious to see revealed. This book concluded on a heartbreaking cliffhanger.
BOOK THREE: Beloved Liar
• BLURB •
Secrets have now been revealed . . . lies uncovered . . . and stubborn walls broken down. Reed always says everyone’s got a price . . . It’s been his mantra for as long as he’s had money in the bank. And now, he’s desperately trying to figure out Georgina’s before it’s too late.
The scorching-hot love story of Reed and Georgina began as a simple game of cat and mouse, a game of seduction between a music mogul and a young, aspiring journalist. In the beginning, both sides considered themselves the hunter. Both sides thought they were running the game. But what unfolded between them was an unexpected bond neither of them saw coming. A once-in-a-lifetime soul connection. Unfortunately, though, betrayals and lies have come between them now, leaving two hearts on the brink of total decimation . . .
Will the truth finally set Reed and Georgina free to find the happiness they both so desperately desire . . . or have they lost their chance at love forever?
• MINI REVIEW •
I felt like this one was slower-paced storytelling in comparison to the first two books, only because Reed and Georgina have finally resolved their differences and have an understanding of one another’s personalities. Once the secrets were revealed the ball started rolling from there. Things started falling into place not only with their relationship but with careers once the secrets were exposed, right along with any lingering issues from their past were resolved. My only concern whilst reading this book is that at times it felt like things were coming together too easily that it become somewhat predictable..?
Although I must admit this part of the storyline took a direction I didn’t think it would become a focal point for the majority of the book. It almost become more of an investigative plotline resulting in their romance taking a bit of a back burner for a chunk of it. It still had a few swoon-worthy moments but mostly towards the end where Reed and Georgina finally have their relationship down pat. I was happy to see the secondary characters once again added dimension and really gave the world-building some contrast. I also liked the fact that this story was an introduction to the other characters’ stories. I, for one, am I’m eager to move onto certain characters’ books next.
This book was a sweet ending to the trilogy. Yes, when you look back at where their relationship began, things did progress relatively quickly (especially considering Reed wasn’t one for a committed relationship before Georgina), but it still worked. It didn’t feel rushed or “insta-love” with how much had happened in the short span between them. The epilogue also provided longevity in their coupling to make their whirlwind romance authentic. Nothing was left unanswered (which I appreciate), and you’re left knowing that Reed and Georgina are living HEA!
I have quickly become obsessed with this world Rowe has created. The behind the scenes look at the music business, the artists, their lives in and out of it, and all the drama that’s wrapped around it all. Ugh. Amazing! I read these books after having read my first books of Rowe’s; The Hate-Love Duet, and I knew halfway through that I wanted to read the other characters’ stories especially Reed’s.
This story was vivid, multi-faceted, absorbingly intriguing that I couldn’t put it down until I was finished with the entire trilogy. It’s a contemporary romance story full of heart and such depth. The character developments were phenomenal to see the further I progressed through the books, and the rocky relationship between Reed and Georgina was truly addictive to see play out. I laughed throughout, gasped at times, and even shockingly cried during one heartbreaking scene. A highly recommend read!
I’ve been a long time fan of Bella Jewel. I’ve read a couple of her MC romance series’ already and I am obsessed. I figure I would go back to her older book series’ starting with the Iron Fury MC!
Now, six books later and here is my review of the entire series! All the books are connected so it made sense to just review it as if it was one big book! 😁
ALL SIX IRON FURY BOOKS IN ONCE PLACE!!!
Come on a wild ride with country singers, bikers and a whirlwind of romance, pain, drama and danger! The entire Iron Fury MC Series is yours for the taking! What are you waiting for? Jump in, today!!
Come on this wild ride, with all these gorgeous couples!!! All of the books intertwine, and you’ll get to enjoy all the characters in each!! I promise, you won’t regret it!!!
Whiskey Burning #1 – Country music singer Scarlett meets her match when she stumbles across gorgeous biker, Maverick. He comes at the right time, though. Danger is lurking in every corner!
An opposites attract/ second chance romance story.
Refreshing to see a successful, hot and happening singer and an MC member fall in love, considering MC’s are notorious for keeping to themselves and avoiding any kind of public attention. Scarlett and Maverick’s relationship bloomed from friendship, so it was nice to see some sort development before they actually hooked up.
It’s a cute and engaging enough story. Scarlett was a little cheesy for my taste but sometimes all you can do is laugh it off and just accept it. Maverick is your stereotypical alpha MC member who tends to be bossy and possessive, but if you can get pass that trait (because, c’mon this is MC romance.. and fictional) then you won’t have any issues with these men!
They both have dark pasts they’re trying to move on from but can’t seem to do so, but their past is just one of the reasons they connection with one another.
I liked seeing the contrast between the world of stardom/ music industry and the MC world mesh together. It’s different from any other MC romance read. It was great seeing them make their relationship work despite Scarlett’s fame.
Hushed Torment #2 – Amalie is quiet, gorgeous and sweet. She’s also deaf due to a horrendous accident earlier in life. When she meets MC President Malakai, sparks fly. Can they work out, being from two completely different worlds?
Ooh. I love a good opposites attract romance. This was a juicy read! I love seeing big, booming alpha heroes turn gentle, caring and protective as hell towards woman who may be innocent and sheltered and who have completely have stolen their hearts.
The idea of Amalie having a disability was such a great element added to what would have been a stereotypical MC romance story. Seeing the patience and effort Malakai has put in to ensure Amalie was ready for a relationship with him was without a doubt swoon worthy material! 😍 I love that when needed, Amalie gave us grit and girl power! When she was introduced in Whiskey Burning as fellow musician and quiet friend of Scarlett, I immediately took a liking to her. Seeing the instant zing the moment Mal and Amalie laid eyes on each other… ugh… I knew Hushed Torment was not to be missed. I highly recommend. Not going to lie, I think this book surpasses the first. 🤫😉
Darkest Hour #3 – Charlie is wild, and the daughter of a very dangerous man. When a hit on her head causes her to hide, she’s left alone with Dakoda, gorgeous, rugged and completely driving her crazy!! How will she survive in lock down with this gorgeous man? Will they escape before they kill each other?
I though Amalie and Malakai’s story would be my fave, but I think Charlie and Koda’s topped it. 😋 Hate to love romance to the max! These guys had fire, banter, and sizzling sexual tension! I adore everything about Charlie’s spitfire attitude whenever she feels she needs to guard herself, but loved seeing Koda’s searing protectiveness over her despite the fact that they get on each other’s nerves. In my opinion, their story was the one that had the most world-building, and well written character development. Seeing their pasts come back to haunt both their present, and unraveling before my eyes had me in a knot. Not only has the suspense kept through from start to finish, but it was entertaining see how things evolved between Charlie and Koda. Definitely one of my fave couples from this series!
Sassy Little Thing #4 – Saskia needs a job, when she finds herself taking care of a house for the gorgeous Mason, things don’t quite go as expected. No, Mason is going to take her on a ride she’ll never forget. If only he knew the secrets she was hiding from him…
Hmm. Not bad. This was an unusual workplace romance. Although… half the time it didn’t seem that way, considering Saskia had no issues sharing her opinions to Mason. It was kind of entertaining at times. 🤭
I was already a big fan of Mason since his minor interaction with Charlie in the previous book. But other than a few lines here and there, you don’t get a inch of his story until this very book. Saskia is a newly introduced character. She’s in your face, confident and doesn’t seem to give a damn… but she also comes with baggage — baggage that Mason and the rest of Iron Fury MC have taken upon themselves to take care of.
The story line itself was okay. Pretty much similar to the other before it with a troubled past and needing the MC for help. Nothing too wowing or gripping but enough to keep me reading nevertheless. I think that’s more to do with Mason… but meh. 🤷♀️ I’m not overly fond of Saskia and her stupid moments, but Mason actually makes me tolerate her. Haha.
There’s some individual backstories but unfortunately it was never full developed, and by the time this story was nearing the end, their individual stories were wrapped up too abruptly which leaves you kind of questioning things. I would’ve loved to have seen some more growth within their relationship to make it more believable, but considering all the books are relatively similar in that factor as well, I’ll let it pass.
I do like the banter the had going for them, especially where Mason’s “hookups” are concerned. I giggled at those moments, they were probably my fave scenes from the book.
Me, Please #5 – Chantelle or Penny? Boston has a hard choice ahead of him, when he’s faced with two very gorgeous women, how will he ever choose? These two are going to keep him on his toes.
If you enjoy the cruelty that is love triangles, then you might enjoy this one. 😜
I can usually tolerate love triangles on a good day (even though my fave never gets chosen in the end) but fairly early on in the story and I knew I wanted to get through it and move onto the next book. I think this is the first love triangle I’ve read that consisted of two women vying for the same guy — and it’s the last!
Not a fan of the hypocrisy these women had in spades. They said on numerous occasions that they had nothing but love and respect for the other woman (because it’s not their fault the hero couldn’t make up his mind) but then turn around and something completely opposite. It was overly repetitive and tiresome. I also just about rolled my eyes the minute I sensed that one of the women was starting to be written as the “perfect one” whilst the other was just that… “the other”. Ugh. 🙄😒
Other than my not liking this book solely because of preference, it did lack enough character development. These characters each clearly had their fair share of horrible events in their past but it was delve into deep enough — more like it was just mention in conversation and that was it.
I don’t regret reading it because I was totally invested in reading (and finishing) this series, but it’s definitely not one of faves and I won’t be rereading it.
Our Final Tale #6 – Slater and Ellie. Parted in the most horrific way ten years ago when a mistake caused Slater to lose the love of his life. He spent years searching, and now she’s back. There’s only one problem…she has no idea who he is….
Eeep! I’m so happy this series is ending with a bang! I’ve been curious about Slater and Ellie’s story since Darkest Hour. There story is by far the most well-developed. Their past was slowly being revealed throughout the previous books to give you a gist of their relationship — so there’s already that build-up by the time you get to this book.
This is a first love/ second chance romance and I couldn’t get enough of it! I was hooked and 100% invested in seeing their story play out. All throughout I was rooting for Slater to get his happily ever after, and for Ellie to be able to give it to him. Edge of your seat love story. So much mystery surrounding Ellie since she finally surfaced after being missing for 10 years. But seeing these two slowly get to know each other again is what I loved the most about this book. Add in the introduction of Slater’s brothers, and seeing the family dynamics (other than of the MC) gave this book an entirely different aura from the rest.
I was not expecting to love this book the most. I had my fave couples in Amalie and Malakai, and Charlie and Dakoda, but Ellie and Slater’s was something extra special. I actually think this has been added to my list of all time fave first love/ second chance romance books!
FYI: The book is not only an introduction Slater’s family, but an introduction to a whole new series centering around these hot ass men! You can guess I’ll be reading Rumblin’ Knights series next from Bella Jewel! 🙌
I’ve been a fan of Bella Jewel since I first discovered her Sinners MC series a couple years ago and loved it! Since then I’ve been going through her backlist, and finally got to the Iron Fury MC. It’s a not as gripping or as well-written as her other MC series’ but it still kept me entertained enough to keep reading all the way through until the sixth book. Each of the story lines are pretty similar, and the situations become repetitive but I was invested more so in the couples. The process of these characters getting together was what had me hooked. Some couples had the witty banter, whilst some had the whole opposites attract shtick that I love just as much.
All the books are told in first person/ dual points of view. With each story going back and forth from past to present time.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this series first from all of Bella Jewel’s books, but if you’ve read (and enjoyed) her other ones and like me, wanted to go through her backlist, then this is not one to skip out of. Just don’t take all the guys’ attitudes and actions too seriously. It’s simply a bit of MC fun! 😊
But I have to state that whilst each book are romances, they do all contain some form of sensitive subject matter that may trigger some readers. There’s violence, sexual abuse, drug addiction, and kidnapping. Other than the romance, their stories are about willpower, strength, realizing that they are loved and supported, and overcoming the tragedies that they went through and finally finding closure.
This was a lengthy review, but hope you stuck it out 😅 But thanks for stopping by, catch you in my next one! Xo
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.
— MY REVIEW —
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.
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.”
😂😂 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.”
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).
Thank you so much to Elle Kennedy for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy! 💗
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