[Review] Paper Princess by Erin Watt

About the bookPaper Princess
(The Royals #1)
by Erin Watt
ebook, 370 pages
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
ASIN: B01DT9ZWNI

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

reviewLet me start this review off with saying: I freaking love Ella! She knows that life is hard, is sassy, uses a good dose of sarcasm and doesn’t back down when some jerk *cough* Reed *cough* tries to command her life. I adore her and her strength.

Now Reed… Reed is another story. Him I wanted to hit so hard with a shovel that he could only see stars for weeks. I hope he fixes the mess he made in the next book. I still love him though, but don’t let him know that. He’s doesn’t need me to stroke his ego anymore 😉

This whole Royal family is crazy, but I kind of ended up liking them all. They were funny and after they warmed up to Ella they were a really good family. Love the five brothers and can’t wait to read more about them.

The writing style of Paper Princess was really good. In fact, I read this book in on sitting, because I couldn’t stop. I was hooked to the pages. Also that cover! It’s really beautiful, even though it’s kind of plain (and I mean that in a good way). I love it.

Now if July could hurry up and be here. I think I can’t wait any longer for the next one after that mean cliffhanger. Give me more!

Rating: 4,5 stars

About the authorThe #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, loving brainchild of Jen Frederick & Elle Kennedy.

[Review] Him by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

~ Him by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen ~

(Him #1)
Genre: Romance, M/M
Date of Publication: July 28th 2015 by Rennie Road Books
Source: Purchased

goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898

 

Synopsis:

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

Continue reading

Four Ice-Hockey Romance series you have to try.

Desktop4-002

I love ice-hockey, so when I discovered that there are indeed books about ice hockey players and they are romances, I was like: I NEEEEEEEEEEDDDDD.

So today I decided to share the love for my top 4 series.

All four series can be read as stand-alones, but for the whole experience I suggest  reading them in the right order – not that I follow my own advice 😉

~ Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy ~

Desktop1

Goodsreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/144827-off-campus

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis of The Deal (Book #1):

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Series order:

#1 – The Deal

#2 – The Mistake

#3 – The Score

Next release:

#4 – The Goal (September 2016)

~ Cold Fury Hockey by Sawyer Bennett ~

Desktop3

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/125350-cold-fury-hockey

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis of Alex (book #1):

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people–like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries–and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.

Series order:

#1 – Alex

#2 – Garrett

#3 – Zack

#4 – Ryker (ON SALE! on amazon)

Next release:

#5 – Hawke (March 15, 2016)

~ Pucked by Helena Hunting ~

Desktop2

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/155737-pucked

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Humor

Synopsis of Pucked (Book #1):

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

Series order:

#1 – Pucked

#2 – Pucked Up

#3 – Pucked Over

Next release:

TBA

~ Bomb Squad by Melissa Cutler ~

DesktopGoodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/118543-bomb-squad

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis of Risky Business (Book #1):

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

Series order:

#1 – Risky Business

#2 – Undefeated

#3 – Game Changer

Next release:

TBA?

Don’t forget: All these books can be read as stand-alones. At least in my opinion. And they are totally worth it 😀

[Review] The Score by Elle Kennedy

~ The Score by Elle Kennedy ~

(Off-Campus #3)
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Date of Publication: January 11th 2016 by Elle Kennedy
Source: Author

goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898

 

Synopsis:

He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

Continue reading

[Review] The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

~ The Mistake by Elle Kennedy ~

(Off-Campus #2)
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Date of Publication: April 28th 2015 by Elle Kennedy
Source: Bought

                  goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898

 

Synopsis:

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hookups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat, and she plans on driving him wild.

~ My Review ~

Can I be honest with you? I totally expected The Deal to be a one-hit wonder and that I would be incredible disappointed in The Mistake. Boy, was I wrong!!

I think I loved The Mistake even more than The Deal, simply because I nearly shed some tears for Logan, whom I didn’t even like that much in the first book. Yes, he was funny in the first book, but a total man-slut and I did not like that he was into his best friend’s girlfriend. But damn, do I love this guy! Elle Kennedy totally convinced me to like – hell, to love this guy. I felt so much for him and I was really impressed by all the trouble he went through to get this girl of his dreams, aka Grace.

While I wasn’t sure about Logan when started this book, I was immediately in sync with Grace. We clicked. She was funny, sarcastic and just so loveable, but without being a damsel-in-distress. I so approve of her. She was so adorable.

[…] I give myself a mental pat on the back. I just had an entire conversation with a cute guy without babbling incoherently. I deserve a frickin’ gold star for that.

I would love to fangirl about this book, but I am really at a loss of words here. I don’t know how I should properly tell you how I feel about this book. Just:

READ IT!! 🙂 So FREAKING good.

Rating: Can I give more than 5 stars? Yes, because this is my blog and my review and I can do what I want. MUHAHAHAHA.

No seriously, this totally deserves ******+

[Review] The Deal by Elle Kennedy

~ The Deal by Elle Kennedy ~

(Off-Campus #1)
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Date of Publication: February 24th 2015 by Elle Kennedy
Source: Bought

                        goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898

 

Synopsis:

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Continue reading

[Review] One Night Of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

~ One Night Of Scandal by Elle Kennedy ~

(After Hours #2)
Genre:
Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publication:
September 8th 2014 by Entangled: Brazen
Source: Bought

                           goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898

 

Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

The wrong man never felt so right…

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

Continue reading

Ten Books I Want You To Try 05/19/15

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And Bookish.
For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

Ten Authors I want you to try

Ok, this week’s episode of TTT was a freebie and I’m generally bad at coming up with a theme myself. So Ten Books I Want You To Read was the best thing I could come up with.

1. Carrots by Colleen Helme: I found this book completely by accident. It’s a woman, named Shelby, who was shot in the head and now has the awesome ability to read minds. Also she gets into a lot of dangerous situation and the books are just so funny. And … Ramos is my favourite. He’s just … *sigh*
2. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Found this by accident, too, and I was in love with this after the few first pages. Because, hello? A girl that is a blogger like me (she actually inspired me to start this blog) and hot guys, also … Aliens? Totally sold.
3. My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent: Let me be honest with you, I wasn’t completely sure about this one, but after I’ve read the second one (my edition was a 2-in-1 book) I was hooked and read the whole series in a week.
4. First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones: I won this book in a giveaway and I loved it. Charley, the main character, is my favourite kind of character. She’s sarcastic, funny, can see ghosts and she has this weird habit of naming her furniture.
5. Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd: I actually started with the fourth book in series, but I liked it so much, I just had to read the other ones, too. Because, come on! Hot male alphas and women, who won’t take the shit the guys through on them.
6. Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden: It was the every first book by Cynthia Eden I’ve read and every other book by her was just as good.
7. Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard: I have this weird obsession with Black Ops guys and if you love action-filled books with a romance try it.
8. One Night Of Sin by Elle Kennedy: Hot MMA-fighter who liked to talk dirty, what else to say?

I just noticed I forget my two favourite of all time authors! Bad me.

9. Slave To Sensation by Nalini Singh: I love the world-building, the characters, the humor, just everything.
10. Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall: The characters are just like a big family. Love them all to death.

Book Haul #5 (February 2015)

I got this idea from Freya of Sound Of A Voice and she allowed me to steal it 🙂 thanks!


eBooks – bought:

  • Jennifer Ashley: Pride Mates (Shifters Unbound #1)
  • Elle Kennedy: One Night Of Scandal (After Hours #2)
  • Elle Kennedy: One Night Of Trouble (After Hours #3)

NetGalley:

 

  • Zoe York: Fall Away (SEALs Undone #3)
  • Cynthia Eden: Need Me (Obsession #3)
  • Shiloh Walker: Darker Than Desire (Secrets & Shadows #3)
  • Paige Tyler: Her Wild Hero (X-Ops #3)
  • Stacey Kennedy: Witches Be Burned (Magic & Mayhem #2)

Like you can see, I went quite on a shopping tour on NetGalley. Three of those are already read and reviewed. The other two are my current reads.

[Review] One Night Of Sin by Elle Kennedy

Synpsis: When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skylar’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.

__________________________________________________________________________
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: After Hours #1
Date of Publication: August 04th, 2014
Cliffhanger: No
HEA/Happy End: YES 😀

Rating: 4 Stars ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶
__________________________________________________________________________

I got this book for free a while back and only now got around to read it and, man, did I miss out. This book was hot. The chemistry between the main characters was totally intense. The sparks were flying everywhere. I was just hooked to the pages and I normally don’t even like contemporary romance!

Continue reading