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Book Review: Zero Regret

Genre: Romance

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“But, her expression turns soft and dreamy, “I think that the real magic comes from all the beautiful, ordinary moments you share together. That’s where loves grows….”

Synopsis Per Goodreads: Love happens when you least expect it. So does heartbreak. I thought we were finally done with the lies.
Secrets? Sure, Lilly’s still holding on to plenty of those.
My perfect woman is secrets buried under beautiful layers of deception. 
She’s the seductive siren bent on destroying my heart. 
It doesn’t make me want her any less. 
Just like before, she’s an addiction I can’t break. 
I’ll never learn my lesson when it comes to her.
But I refuse to ever let her go.
One by one I’ll unlock all her secrets.
I love a challenge. And I’ve never followed the rules.
Now that she’s back in my life, she’s mine forever.
And anyone who hurts or threatens her better prepare to die.

Review: Zero Regret is the 13th installment of Autumn Jones Lake’s Lost Kings MC Series.  It is NOT a standalone.

It is, however, one wild ride.  Z, who just so happens to be one of my favorite MC members, is the ultimate alpha hero.  He protects what is his no matter the cost.  His loyalty makes me swoon like no other (well..except for Rock but that’s another story for another day). 

Autumn Jones Lake’s Lost Kings Series is a wildly entertaining roller coaster that will play with your emotions starting with page one.  Her creative mind constantly keeps her readers guessing.  Although, a lot of open questions from Zero Tolerance are answered, the sneaky author added a few more questions that have yet to be resolved.  This book (the entire series actually) is so exciting, so addicting and so entertaining it will capture your attention for days. 

For more on Autumn Jones Lake and the Lost Kings MC Series, check out the Author Spotlight post where I totally go all fan-girl. The LOKI series is my escape from reality. It is 100% my literary addiction. I have no shame.

FREEBIE ALERT: You can start the entire series for free with Slow Burn…..OR start Z’s story for free with Zero Hour.

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Book Review / Blog Tour / Excerpt: The Rules Of Burken

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Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“I see you, Little Spider…..”

Review: First, I must thank Social Butterfly PR and Traci Finlay for supplying me the ARC for this book. Second, Traci Finlay – please keep writing. Do not stop. This book was simply amazing! I want more…..

Now, Reader – because I was granted the ARC, I agreed to not give away any spoilers but to be honest, I DON’T WANT TO. I absolutely positively do not want to give away any spoilers. All I can say is that this is a must read!

The Rules of Burken is a wickedly delightful page turner. I could not put it down. I squeal of delight every time I think about the book, even now that I have finished. I want to do a re-read just to absorb all the little details I might have missed.

This thriller is a wildly entertaining, villainously clever and original tale which involves around a crazy intense version of hide and seek between a brother and sister. There are rules. There are rounds. There is even a creepy script. YET, the reasons behind the game, behind WHY they play the game is soooooo twisted. The plot takes place over years and years flashing between the present and future that all leads to the most astonishing, creative climax I’ve read it a long while.

Side Note: I would not mind seeing this made into a movie. I’m a proponent for #thebookisbetter. I’m in the club 99.9% of the time. However, this would be so entertaining to watch. So, so entertaining.

Recommendation: Read it. Read it. Read it. Don’t skip to the end. Don’t focus on the questions that will go through your head. Most get answered at the end. And once you read it, let me know. I NEED TO DISCUSS THIS WITH SOMEONE.

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“This book captured me from the start! The Rules of Burken reveals the chilling secrets behind a childhood game, and I’ve never been more disturbed by what the human mind can do.”

–Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author

The Rules of Burken, an all-new thriller packed with secrets, lies and a dangerous game from Traci Finlay, is available now!

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Twenty-four-year-old Charlotte Stahl would do anything for her older brother, Ian. After all, he’d done everything for her growing up.

He played Burken with her—a hide-and-seek game they made up as kids.

He comforted her when their mom deserted them.

He raised her when their dad went to prison for murder.

To Charlotte, Ian is the only reason she’s still alive—he’s her rock. So when Ian asks her to play Burken in the isolated woods of Cadillac, Michigan, Charlotte feels she could use the nostalgia and agrees. Besides, they haven’t played this game since childhood. Burken—it’s the one thing that never changes …

…until Ian threatens to kill her in the middle of the game.

More than the rules have changed as Brother turns to Predator, Sister turns to Prey, and she’s navigating the forests of Northern Michigan on foot with nothing but the clothes—and a target—on her back.

If Charlotte wants to stay alive, she knows she has to untangle the web of her haunting past to find out where things went wrong, and at what point she lost sight of reality. With no other choice but to reopen old wounds—and with Ian hot on her trail—Charlotte learns that sometimes evil has to manifest in order for good to succeed. Which makes her wonder…

Is Ian really a monster? Or her savior?

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Excerpt:

“Nope, the game’s not over,” he says and suddenly releases my hands before standing.

“What?” I say to his knees.

“It’s not over,” he repeats harshly, like I’m not the co-creator of this game.

I sit up on my elbows and pull a twig from the pesky strand of hair that’s cupping my face again. “What do you mean? Of course it’s over, that was the third round. Have you forgotten how to—”

He reaches down and grasps my upper arm, heaving me up. “Listen very carefully,” he whispers, as if the trees might be listening. “I’m giving you one more chance. I’m even going to give you a head start. But I’m warning you.” His grip on my arm tightens, and he pulls me closer until his breath hits my ear. “Don’t let me catch you. Because if I catch you, I will kill you.”

Okay, that was never in the script.

“And, for the record, if I get back to the house and you’re there, I will murder you. Do you understand?”

I finally look at him, scanning his eyes for a twinkle, any sign that this is just a huge prank and at any moment he’ll burst out laughing, pointing and saying stupid things like, “You should’ve seen your face!” or, “You thought I was serious?” But his eyes dart back and forth between mine with threats I haven’t seen since we were at the barn with Trevor during The Night That Never Happened.

I mean, I’ve never seen his eyes like that.

He digs his nails into my arm. “Do you?”

“You’re going to kill me… Is this a joke?”

“It’s not a joke,” he whispers. “Do you understand?”

I absolutely have to break eye contact. “I—I’m really confused.”

His hand goes to my throat, and his fingers slide in the blood he’d dripped on it. But it doesn’t hinder him from pressing against my jugular, my windpipe, and now I’m officially and rightfully scared, and eye contact, it is.

“I said, do you understand?” he says a lot more calmly than his hand at my throat says.

I nod.

“Good. Now listen carefully. I’m going to let you go. And you have ten seconds before I hunt you down. This is round four, got it? This is a bonus round, wherein the loser dies. And don’t—”his voice lowers to a diabolic decibel. “Don’t let me find you at the house.” At that, he releases me.

I should’ve just eaten my orange. Shouldn’t have done this.

“Ten.”

I should feel indifferent. Every milestone in my life has been haunted by some form of loss and betrayal—if it wasn’t our mom leaving, then it was the death of my best friend and the incarceration of our father.

“Nine.”

But this is Ian, the only person I have left. This is shock in its purest form, and I’m no longer tempted to laugh at him. I stare instead. I blink twice. Take a step backward. Another.

“Eight.”

Then I’m gone. I don’t know where I’m going, but as those ten seconds dwindle down, a sinking awareness that Ian is dead serious swarms like a nest of bees in my gut.

Ian is chasing me now, I know it.

I knew I shouldn’t have played.

About Traci Finlay

Traci Finlay grew up in the Midwest and transplanted to Florida for college. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a minor in English, met and married the love of her life and moved to Miami, where she currently lives with her husband, two sons, and two smart-mouthed dogs.

Growing up, she loved reading books, but had a particular passion for mysteries. Throughout her adulthood, she’s taken many writing courses and written three psychological thrillers she plans to publish soon.

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A Court Of Mist And Fury: Oh My Hotness


Genre: Fantasy / YA

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“To the people who look at the stars and wish……To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”

Recap per Goodreads**: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Review: This book is a lot..it’s long…there is a lot of information to process. However, this novel is SO SO good thanks to the brilliance of Sarah J Maas. Out of the four books published so far, this one is my absolute favorite. It has all the feels and I mean ALL the feels. There is mystery and action and adventure and romance. The plot is unique and not predictable. I didn’t see half of it coming. Yes, I’m sure, Reader, that you will have a premonition at the start of many scenes where you think…..Oh this cannot end well……and your premonition is going to be right …but what your premonition doesn’t know is HOW it all goes to hell. And the HOW is the best part.

For those who have read ACOWAR, please continue reading. If you have not, go, read it and come back! This is novel is hard for me to discuss without giving away spoilers. You need to experience this on your own first!

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❤ I am a sucker for a slow burn. I am a sucker for a love triangle. I am also a sucker for a book with a lot of angst. So the slow burn relationship that is Feyre and Rhysand is by far the greatest I’ve read in a while. Holy Hell. And when it comes to a head, it is extremely hotttttt (that’s what she said).

❤ Rhysand is everything you want in a hero. He is the most self sacrificing, loyal High Lord you can find. There is always a noble motive behind his actions. Most see it as being arrogant or evil but it is really Rhysand playing the role of a dark prick to help the greater good. It is really just Rhy being smarter than the other courts. And his actions are down completely out of love…for his people, for his friends, for his mate. It also doesn’t hurt that Rhy has the body of a God with the bonus of wings.

❤ I love every private scene that Feyre and Rhysand had. Every single one. Some are sweet. Some are intense. Some are romantic. Some are dramatic. Some are hot as hell.

❌ Tamlin is a worthless sack of manure. He’s selfish, lazy, weak. He has crazy anger issues. And most importantly he lets Feyre whither away right in front of him. In the beginning of the novel, I thought maybe the cause of his character change was his own PTSD. I once thought he was noble and good…but the truth is Tamlin has been a worthless sack the entire time…Book 1 included. When he locks Feyre into a dungeon of his own making, I nearly lost my shit. OK, it isn’t exactly a dungeon since it is the entire palace but the girl just spent 3 months locked in a cell. How can he EVER think this is OK? And then the end of the book? Fork you, Tamlin. Fork you. (Isn’t it ironic that Tamlin is giving me anger issues?)

Recommendation: This is a must read. I don’t care if you don’t even read the first novel (A Court of Thorn and Roses), read this one.

**Note: I decided to use the recap from GR which is not my norm because I don’t want to accidentally give away too many spoilers by recapping the book or run the risk of not giving enough information that you decide not to read it.

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Fiction

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

Super Short Recap: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Review: All Your Perfects is an emotionally charged, extremely sad, heartbreaking tale. And I LOVED it.

This story is not your typical romance. It’s not the traditional: Girl meets boy. They fall in love. They get over some obstacle and then live HEA (Happily-Ever-After). Do not begin reading this book with that mindset. This book occurs after the HEA. It’s about a marriage on the brink of divorce with a plot that switches between the Then (how they met / how the fell) and the Now (how they got to this sad place). Normally, I’m not really into novels that switch between past and present; however the Then in All Your Perfects adds so much to the Now that it is easy to overlook.

Then: Quinn and Graham’s story starts off in a perfectly dramatic fashion then their relationship develops into this extremely intense / romantic / all encompassing kind of love……..

Now: Quinn and Graham are in a dark place in their marriage. Their relationship is plagued with infertility / misunderstandings / miscommunication. It’s no longer passionate. It’s depressing.

I don’t know if you have read Colleen Hoover before. But let me tell you….Colleen Hoover is a rare, beautiful talent. She writes the most emotional stories. Her books have a way of wrecking your mind and soul. There is an extremely heartbreaking verbal fight scene between Quinn and Graham that rocked me to my core. And the ending….those last two or three chapters…..well, I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say…it’s emotionally fierce.

Recommendation: Quinn and Graham’s story perfect. This is a great read for when you are wanting a story that has ALL THE FEELS.

Off The Grid / On A Personal Level: Going off my normal path of a book review……I’ve been married for a little less than a decade now. Marriage is wonderful but it is also hard and compromising and time consuming. It is not cupcakes and rainbows 24/7 because life happens. So when I read the following line, it hit me right in the gut….. “Our marriage hadn’t been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.” Thank you, Colleen Hoover. That is one of the most realistic quotes on marriage I have ever read.

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Hello, Hollywood? Can you make this novel into a movie?

Genre: Historical Fiction / Sci-fi – Time Travel / Romance

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommended by: Amazon First Reads / I’m an Amy Harmon fan


“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.” —W. B. Yeats

Review: Hello, Hollywood? Yes..you. Can you make this into a movie? Please and thank you. That pretty much sums up my thoughts on this novel. I’m not one for movie adaptions. The book is always better. However, this novel? I would pay to see any day.

Amy Harmon wrote the most beautiful historical novel. Her tale intertwines the history of Ireland, the poetry of W.B. Yeats and the timelessness of a heartbreaking love story. However, this story wasn’t just a classic romance between two people. It was a love-for-country love story, a parent / child love story, a grandparent / grandchild love story, a testimony to true friendship love story, the sentiment of a small town love story and a love letter to the occupations of doctors, writers, caretakers and dreamers. It was extremely emotional, riveting and inspiring.

Recommendation: If the five stars above doesn’t clue you in, then yes. I recommend it. You get a little history (it’s OK to Google Ireland in the 1920s…I totally did) and a timeless story that is more than just romance in one solid plot.  Amy Harmon – keep writing.  Keep telling your stories.  

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Genre: Fiction / Mystery

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommended By: Reese’s Book Club, Hello Sunshine

“Sunsets are in disguise, covering truths, covering lies”

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written narrative that doubles as a murder mystery and a coming of age novel.

Kya, the main character, is a sensitive and intelligent young child who endures years alone in the marsh. The people who were suppose to love her left, forcing Kya to grow up in solitude in a marsh where she learns and documents its way of life. The town folk think she is just as wild as the creatures and birds of the marsh and deem her the nickname, “The Marsh Girl”. However, Kya is a warrior, a survivor who is so lonely it is simply tragic. She protects the marsh and the marsh protects her. As Kya comes of age, she attracts two young men from town with her natural, alluring beauty.

The first male, Tate, will capture your heart from the start. He loves the marsh just as much as Kya does. He does not judge her. He teaches her to read and write. He gives her the attention she so desperately needs. I loved watching them fall in love slowly. There is just something about a first love that gets me every time. First loves imprint on your heart or so I’ve always believed. It was a special kind of love and my romantic heart ate it up.

The second male, Chase, is a different story. He is the stereotypical popular, privileged boy. He is a big fish in a little pond. He is deceptively charismatic. The entire town loves him yet I doubt the readers do. Despite all of it, I can’t help but point out that Delia’s character is so brilliant in the aspect that I suspect deep down we all know or knew a Chase (and a Tate for that matter) which makes the story pull at your heartstrings.

Recommendation: A must read! I cannot stress this enough. The story has it all: heart break, hope, survival, mystery, murder, first loves, a trial, beautiful scenery, the bigotry of a small southern town, and a biology lesson along the way. Delia Owens’s story is tragic, haunting and beautifully written. It is the type of novel type that will stick with you / keep you thinking for days.