Empire High Untouchables by Ivy Smoak – Book Review

Empire High Untouchables (Empire High, #1)Once upon a time there were four stinking-rich, crazy-handsome boys who were the kings of their high school. Then one day, a poor girl with a past of hardship and tears enrols to shake up the status quo in Rich Kid High.

I feel like I’ve read this story before. Right? In fact, my Goodreads reading list is nearly at its capacity for the trope. But apparently, I am a moth and the trope is my flame. (For now.)

Matt & Mason Caldwell together with Robert & James Hunter are The Untouchables at snobby kid school, Empire High. Our leading lady, Brooklyn, does a pretty good Bella-from-Twilight impersonation as she daily gazes upon the beauty of the Handsome Four—she is well aware that with her social status she is on a strict ‘look but don’t touch’ diet. Nevertheless, when one of the Untouchables (Matt) sets his eyes on her, Brooklyn does what most people on a diet inevitably will do… she has her cake and eats it too.

This book was pretty addictive, I’ll give you that. I didn’t want to put it down. At the same time, there were times I wanted to toss my Kindle across the room. I definitely preferred the first half of the book to the second. And then I realised this wasn’t a stand-alone. Argh. And also, cool.

Let’s break it down. Here’s what I liked:

  • Kennedy the bestie. I actually very (very) rarely like the MC’s bestie so, this was refreshing.
  • Uncle Jim. Also, usually not that keen on the supporting cast but Uncle Jim was adorable.
  • The writing and (most) of the storyline. There were some great interactions and some funny bits too. Just darn addictive.

And then what frustrated/annoyed/grated on me:

  • The love triangle. I’m just not a fan of The Love Triangle, especially when the MC can’t decide which boy she likes. Plus, Felix… the drug dealer? Really? I know Brooklyn is only 16 but somewhere in that young mind, there should be alarm bells blaring. Also, beware—bit of insta love going on all around.
  • I was both surprised and a little disappointed we barely got to know the other Untouchables (apart from Matt. And Robert, maybe). But now that I know this is a series, I assume we’ll be privy to much more. Hopefully.
  • The two things (okay, people) that frustrated me the most were ironically our very own MCs: Brooklyn and Matt. Brooklyn was okay for the most part but girl, grow some backbone! Someone needed to grab her by the shoulders and tell her to have some self-worth. Do. Not. Let. A. Guy. Treat. You. Like. That. And then Matt… I’m torn. On one hand, I’m rooting for the two to get together, but Matt made some pretty big, questionable choices that did not make me fall for him. But I have decided to give him the benefit of doubt and hope he redeems himself in the next book. Boy, does he have some crawling back to do…

I’m actually not entirely sure what I thought of the book. I was lapping it up as I was reading, but afterwards upon reflection… Hmm. I do know I will be going for the sequel when it comes out, so I guess we’ll see then which direction the series takes…

Until the, over & out.

P.S. One more thing. Brooklyn and Matt are 16 years old. That is a truck-load of drama for 16-year-olds. Just sayin’.

 

If you’ve read Empire High The Untouchables, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

 

 

The Kissing Booth 2 – Film Review

kissing boothNetflix has certainly had to up the ante in keeping us all entertained in the current corona (sort of) lockdown. Cheers for that.

Now I had no idea The Kissing Booth 2 was even in the pipeline when what-do-you-know, there it was. Enticing me with its….its…self.

So, since I reviewed the first film (total bubblegum, guilty pleasure), here are my thoughts of the second:

First of all, was the casting call for Marco (Elle’s new potential love interest) for a Noah look-a-like? Because seriously, could there have been a guy who looks more like Noah? Was this on purpose? Elle’s ‘type’ and all…? Accidental, coincidental or in the eye of the viewer, I could not stop thinking about it throughout the film. Uncanny.

Secondly, I needed more Noah time. That’s it. That’s the second point.

Third, okay not to be mean but… What did this film really accomplish? Light, fluffy entertainment? Totally. But I felt the film started where the last one ended, recycled pretty much most jokes and themes from the first one, and then ended…erm, exactly where it started. And it felt like it did so to leave room for a third film. Well, I guess if the cow is there, milk it for all its worth….

pink and grey heart shape lollipop on clear glass jar
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And that’s pretty much all I have to say on that.

I have to admit though that I am a sucker for teen films and rom-coms. They’re my go-to when I want to switch off. They’re light and fluffy for a reason. They’re feel-good.

They’re my giant, colourful lollipop.

Black Dog Rising by Kat Caulberg – Book Review

Who let the dogs out? Woof, woof, woof, woof…

Come on, how could I resist?

Black Dog RisingThe Kat is back with her newest novel, Black Dog Rising. I adored her last novel Three Ships Down…no, no, that’s not right….Three Sails—I swear lockdown has cooked my brain—Three Star Island, that’s the one, and this time she’s left the cutlass behind and summoned the Black Shuck – the devil dog of the English countryside. They say. Google says.

Black Dog Rising is a paranormal romance with a bit of a dark edge. We are taken on a fateful ride with main gal Emma Aubrey as she crashes into Hunky McHunk pub owner Toby Deering. But with Emma running from a vengeful ghost and Toby hiding a four-hundred-year-old curse, will there be a chance to explore their growing connection? Throw in an ex-boyfriend, an evil Fae court, a little birdie and, of course, the doggie from hell, and you have what I’d call an addictive book in your hands.

Emma and Toby were both super likeable. Emma might have been a little trusting at times, but I rooted for her. And Toby, well, I’d quite happily scratch that furry belly anytime. Jack, I both disliked and pitied—at times, I felt really sorry for him. The Fae court I did not care for, but since they are, you know, evil I count that as good character judgement from my part…right?

There’s a lot going on in this book and if you’re a fan of history and mythology and the paranormal, you can’t go wrong with this one. Oh, and romance. I’m definitely in it for the romance. Caulberg has a beautiful way of writing that whisks you away and plants you in the scene along with the characters. You’ll have a front-row seat to the historical ruins and you can sniff the fresh country air and…um, wet dog. Point being—she good. As a bonus, you’ll be sure to expand your vocabulary after reading this one!

 

Three Mini Reviews

…For when there’s just not that much to say (or the reviewer gets lazy).

 

Hands DownHands Down by Mariana Zapata

I was stoked to read of this new release in Zapata’s newsletter. I’d missed her slow burns.

Hands Down brings us back into the life of American football, and ladies and gentleman, Zac. Is. Back. In my review of The Wall of Winnipeg, I described Zac as a ‘jolly delight’ of a supporting character, so imagine my joy of discovering Zac was going to get his limelight after all.

Bianca “PeeWee” (what’s that about?) Brannen practically grew up with Zac the Snack Pack. They were tight. And then…they lost contact for ten years. In Hands Down we see not all reunions are quite so straightforward.

Anyone who has read Zapata’s books will know to expect long inner monologues, snail-pace romance and strong family relationships. And although at times I wanna scream ‘Move the story along!’ I still dig it. Somehow, she always gets me addicted. Darn it.

Hands Down, however, maybe…possibly…perhaps wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be. The repetition frustrated me, I needed more from Zac and less from Bianca, and there were far too many mentions of when he/she booped his/her nose (hated that). Also, the fart bombs were too much for me. But worst of all, along the line, I felt Zac’s personality became the invisible man and that, my friends, was a damn shame.

Also, I. Need. More. Action.

P.S. If you are a fan of Zapata’s, there are some cameos in this book…

 

Something NewSomething New by Amanda Abram

I love Amanda Abram’s books. She’s probably one of my favourites in the high school romance genre.

In Something New Cassie and Dylan (the best friend of Cassie’s boyfriend) are paired for a Life Economics project where they need to pretend to be married (loved this). Cassie’s boyfriend is paired with his ex-girlfriend. Sparks fly all around.

I read this a while ago and the main points I remember from it were that it was a fun read, but the back-and-forth was a little frustrating. Maybe not my favourite of Abram’s books but I sure did enjoy the ride.

 

Sincerely Enemies (The Warr Acres High Series, #1)Sincerely Enemies by Kelsie Stelting

“What happens when the bad boy takes over the school advice column?”

That is the premise of the story in a nutshell. Picture-perfect Nora writes anonymously to the school’s new advice column Dear Adam that is actually ran by the school’s bad boy Emerick. Except there doesn’t seem to be a bad bone is his body.

Cute premises, with the underlying theme of judging others based on first impressions/stereotypes, but the execution left me a little unconnected. The main problem for me was the fact Nora and Adam/Emerick’s relationship was built on sharing their deep dark secrets (supposedly) yet I failed to see what was so deep they shared between them. Which threatened the foundation of their love story. Also, the book seemed to skim over a lot of real issues that could’ve been handled with more depth.

 

 

 

 

Darkest Drae Trilogy by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare

Whaddayaknow, I found myself back in the arms of shifters. Specifically, the Drae. Dragons.  Who would have guessed? (Not me)

The Darkest Drae trilogy is a shifter fantasy romance and a bit of a pickle to review as a whole, so I decided to say a few words on each book. To be courteous, I’m giving you fair warning here (<–) that there may be some minor spoilers. Continue at your peril.

Blood Oath (Darkest Drae, #1)Blood Oath (Darkest Drae #1)

The story starts in the starving kingdom of Verald where our heroine (more about that later) Ryn lives a mundane life of survival with her mum. She serves potato soup, fights for her title of Soap Queen of Verald and defies curfew for the sake of a starry night sky. Until one fateful night, and some questionable choices, Ryn is captured by Lord Irrik, The Terror in the Sky himself.

Now, this is where the story gets interesting.

Ryn is taken to King Irdelron’s castle and given in the hands of Jotun, for him to extract information out of Ryn. And so the story takes a pretty dark, brutal turn. The torture is not pleasant (no kidding) and at times I found myself quite uncomfortable. She had to endure a lot. But the darkness of it also added an enticing layer to the story and I was eager to see where it all led.

Verdict on book one: quite captivating, interesting characters, beautiful world-building. The ‘twist’ in the end I saw coming a mile away, BUT it didn’t matter. I dug into book two with gusto.

Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae, #2)Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae #2)

The thing is I sailed through book two, quite hypnotised by it, yet some cracks started to appear. I think as I was reading, I just hopped over those cracks, but then when looking back…Hmm.

Book two continues days from the ending of Blood Oath and Ryn is now free and trying to decide whether to slink into quiet existence or take on the evil emperor of the realm. Prospect of peace wins and so Ryn, Lord Tyrrik the Irrik and Dyter (think adopted dad) set off on a quest to find allies from Phaetynville. (The Phaetyn are a supposedly extinct race of land healers and veggie growers.) Most of the story takes place in Phaetynville, dealing with their emerging civil war. And such.

Although I thought Shadow Wings was really good and I was quite enthralled by it, three things bothered me:

  • Ryn. Rynnie. Miss Super Potato. There were times when she was just a tad childish and rude.
  • PTSD. Or more like the lack of it. Where are the emotional scars from torture? Where is the darkness that wraps around one’s soul from having to undergo such cruelty? There are a few mentions of nightmares (when convenient) but such an experience should’ve left more of a mark.
  • The reason for Ryn hating on Tyrrik. Hey, I’m all for the enemies-to-lovers trope but her reasoning for hating/rejecting Tyrrik didn’t make sense to me. It just always felt a little…off. Not to mention mean.

Moving onto the final book…

Black Crown (Darkest Drae, #3)Black Crown (Darkest Drae #3)

And this is where the cracks decided to split and leave the ground gaping.

We are now getting to the final act of the series as Ryn and Tyrrik are heading up the rebellion against the emperor. I won’t go into the story much in terms of plot as the plot in itself didn’t have that many problems. Although, the third book did drag…

Anyway, the main problem with Black Crown was Ryn. I don’t know what happened to character development, but she seemed to become more immature rather than mature. The core of the problem was that she was selfish and hence self-centred. I found she was impolite and disrespectful towards others. The girl lacked some serious empathy. I also really didn’t like the way she treated Tyrrik half the time… She lost her top if he did something to protect her, but continually made silly choices that proved she needed Tyrrik’s common sense. Which is a shame as I loved Tyrrik and was rooting for them.

The second thing was the overuse of ‘mate’. Mate, I get it. I like stories where the couples are each other’s mate. But mate, don’t go on about repeating it every second sentence. Alright, mate? And then the second point within the second point….Tyrrik and Ryn the Most Annoying Drae couldn’t keep their hands off each other and so Ryn rephrased The Deed into ‘playing cards’ and ‘dancing the maypole’. These phrases were then repeated….repeatedly.

By the time I got to the final battle, I had had enough of Ryn and her voice. I just couldn’t care anymore. The End.

Okay, not quite the end.

Let’s try to pull this train wreck of a review together. In a nutshell: I very much enjoyed Blood Oath and Shadow Wings although both had a few things I would change. I wasn’t keen on Black Crown. I should again reiterate that as a huge positive, the world-building was amazing, really well-developed. It was just a shame that the one character that ruined it for me was the main character.

P.S. Just as a side note (as I need to get it off my chest)… The people of the land were starving. Ryn could grow anything she liked for them to eat. Nine times out of ten she grew potatoes and pumpkins. Seriously… Give. The. People. Some. Variety!

Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram  – Book Review

Happily ​Ever After (Cinder & Ella #2)There is a reason why Disney calls it quits after ‘…and they lived happily ever after.’

‘Happily ever after’ is just that: continuous, delightful existence that goes on and on and on. Great for real life. Uneventful for a storyline.

I loved hard and fast on Cinder & Ella so I was quick to grab myself a copy of its sequel. I mean, I missed Cinder’s/Brian’s timbre of voice already and I wanted to be that fly on the wall in their love story a little longer.

But…

Okay, let’s make this quick. This wasn’t a bad book. It didn’t ruin their love story for me. Their story is still beautiful and there’s a lovely message wrapped into the story. However, I did find the sequel a little unnecessary. I mean, all that kissing and tugging her to his side… Yes, kissing with a gorgeous guy in real life is great. Reading about a gorgeous guy & gal locking lips every two seconds…not so much. There is only so much sugar I can have on my pancakes.

Also, I found it a little unrealistic how the whole of Hollywood adored Ellamara. Not only did she go from zero to hero in one fairy tale-esque moment, but she also seemed to have the power to wrap Hollywood around her sparkly Candy Cane (if you’ve not read it, she uses a decorated walking stick).

There were other things that frustrated me about the book (for example, the mall scene at the start), but I should reiterate, this wasn’t an awful read. It was…mushy. If that’s how you like your peas, you’ll love it. Me? I could’ve done without.

P.S. Still loving Cinder though. That voice… x o x

 

 

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram – Book Review

Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella, #1)Take me to the ball. I have a glass shoe to leave behind.

Save me some time and remind yourself of the classic fairy tale… Prince Charming on a white stallion, Cinderella sweeping away while birds tweet the latest trending tunes, a wicked stepmother… Ring any bells? Well, there you have the baseline for Cinder & Ella—unsurprisingly, a modern-day Cinderella retelling.

Cinder and Ella have been email pals for years without ever meeting each other, right up until Ella suddenly vanishes from the world of technology. While Cinder pines after his virtual best friend, Ella lies on a hospital bed recovering from a severe accident, leaving her body scarred and disabled. Eight months ish later, Ella reaches out to her old pal, and they rekindle their relationship. All would be back to hunky-dory normal if only Cinder wasn’t now a famous heartthrob actor and Ella wasn’t emotionally and physically scarred for life.

I’m sure you can see where the story goes from there.

Cinderella retellings are a tough nut to crack into. Why? Because everyone from your dog’s auntie to your cat’s cousin does it. Seen it, heard it, read it, dreamt it (oh, is that just me?).

However, this one is one of the good ones.

Ella is a broken young woman. She has lost her mum, been relocated to her estranged father’s new family home, lost her ability to walk normally and 70% of her body is covered in burn scars. She is hurting with a capital H and she needs to HEAL. Added to the already tough situation, she is bullied in her new school for being a ‘freak’ and her step twin sisters are certainly not helping the matter. Her new step mum isn’t exactly the sharpest marble either. Yet, what Ella does have is Cinder… Witty, swoon worthy, argumentative Cinder.

Cinder aka Brian Oliver aka Hollywood’s It Boy aka ‘My-life-is-so-controlled-by-others-I-can’t-even-choose-my-girlfriend’ is a hot commodity. He has everything a guy could ask for except for the one thing he really wants… Ella. At first, Cinder came across pretty wishy-washy and he felt much younger to his 22years. But he won me over (very easily, yes) with his wits, his sweet care for Ella, and wait for it… his voice. A-ha, you heard me. I’m a sucker for muscles and height and a protective streak, but this guy reminded me how the right voice will make me set up camp and start a fan club for the right vocal chords. I’m talking Chris Hemsworth level voice here. Mamma mia. Excuse me, while I gather myself back up from a puddle of gooeyness…

Moving swiftly on… Since I was very much Team Cinder I was a little nervous of how he would react when he met Ella and saw her scars. I really didn’t want him to turn into an idiot and I was afraid he might, but gladly the writer, Kelly Oram, didn’t let me down and the scene was very well executed. Thank you, KellBells. (She’s totally moved up to nickname basis now.)

As for side characters, there are quite a few them and they’re all various degrees of okay. Although, some of them have clearly been raised by the Top Ten of high school’s meanest girls. Yikes. I have to say, it was a tad unrealistic how everyone was so quick to pick on poor Ella. Empathy, anyone?

The strong and steady heartbeat of the story to me was Cinder and Ella. I loved their chats, emails and, eventually, their interactions. I loved them so much I kept anxiously checking how much I had left of the story before I’d have to let Cinder and Ella go to their happily ever after without me. (Sob) I also really liked the modern take on the story with the Hollywood aspect and Ella’s scars etc. There was very little that didn’t digest well with me and the main two things were a) how everyone hated on Ella so quickly, and b) stylistically, I very much dislike the use of multiple exclamations marks at once. I know, it’s a petty point, so let’s not sweat it. Whether the story is cheesy, corny, predictable… who cares because Cinder & Ella, everyone!

In conclusion, I loved this book. I loved reading it. I loved loving it. I loved loving on Cinder & Ella in love. Everyone needs a bit a fairy tale in their life and I suggest you start here. Then go get yourself a pen pal. You never know who might be on the other end…

(Ahem, okay so it’s 2020 so literally anyone could be on the other end, so be careful and make sure to read the fine print…)

Team Hate by Rebel Hart – Book Review

Team HateIt’s been a while since I’ve managed to finish a book. I’m aware some people’s lockdown is equivalent to the dictionary definition of ‘mind-numbing boredom’, but my lockdown days have yet to see a dull moment. Plus, I got myself tangled into another web of DNF:ing a book.

But here to break the reviewing silence…. An enemies-to-lovers sports romance, Team Hate.

The premise of the story is simple: Jane Panesse has just landed her dream job as an assistant coach in a football team where her brother Jim is the head coach. John ‘I-ain’t-taking-advice-from-no-skirt’ is one of the players on the said lucky team. Introductions are all it takes for the hate to rain down. Footballers don’t take advice from women. Much less from cute ones. They say.

I nearly didn’t pick up this book based on the blurb as it made Jane sound like a ‘worse-than-a-sailor’ potty mouth with an attitude to match. That ain’t my kinda heroine and that ain’t my kinda book (sorry). Yet, I figured I’d give it a chapter and see if swearing was indeed the third character in the book. Much to my delight, I found it wasn’t and instead the story tackled me down and pinned me to attention.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. Jane was used to working in a man’s world and came across strong and Beyoncé-independent without coming across too forced (well, most of the time). John the hot, I mean athletically talented football player (I can’t for the life of me remember what position he played… he threw a ball, let’s leave it at that), resisted Jane swooping in with her tips and advice harder than all the others. He was arrogant, rude and pretty self-centred, but we forgive him for it (yes we do) because he is hot, I mean, because we know he’s only doing it to make entertaining reading and because in the end, he’ll fall in love with her and show his softer side. The problem for me was that when he does and Jane and John wind up forming a truce, I also found myself slowly losing interest… It didn’t help that something happens in the story (there’s an attempted rape trigger warning on this book) and the legal part of it was handled a little um, odd for me. Not badly, just…odd. Plus, there was another thing that can’t be named because of, you know, spoilers, but that thing was just swept under the rug like it wasn’t a big deal when… it was a big deal.

So, to sum up… I was super into the first say 50-60% of this book yet less enthused about the rest. I noticed the second half also had more typos and some formatting problems, which I’ve seen in a few books lately. There were also a few issues that weren’t entirely realistic (e.g. how awesome Jane was as a coach, police work etc.) or seemed to have been added in there just to make it ‘current’ (e.g.. #MeToo, Jim’s sexuality) but I’m pretty okay turning a blind eye to them in the name of fiction. Altogether, I would still say it was a good read and it got me out of my DFN slump.

P.S. I should add, I can’t really comment on the football aspect (mechanics, plays, vocabulary) and whether or not it was accurate. My knowledge of American football literally amounts to “the guy who throws the ball”. I know, living that girly stereotype loud and proud.

A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein – Book Review

A Pack of Blood and LiesA pack of wolves. Doesn’t instantly make you think of falling truly, madly, deeply in love, does it?

You may want to rethink that.

A Pack of Blood and Lies is a paranormal romance about shifters—werewolves. Nearly 18-year-old Ness has been suppressing her canine side for years, but when she returns to the home of her carnivorous ancestors, she can no longer hide from her true wolf self. Coincidentally, she is also the only she-wolf in her all-male pack. (Though technically she isn’t officially part of the pack, but I’ll let you read the deets on that one.)

Anyhow, when current tyrant Alpha pops his clogs, Ness signs up to compete to be the top dog of the pack—the new Alpha—and so earn her pack membership. This, however, does not sit well with Liam ‘I’m-Alpha-And-You-Know-It’ Kolane.

Honestly, I surprised myself in picking up this book. Shifters, werewolves… I think I had my fill with Twilight. But, what do you know, I downloaded a copy to my Kindle and got stuck in. And stuck I was like a dog with a bone. I liked SO many things about this book. Ness was persistent without being obnoxious, the shifting aspect was very well done without being tacky, the storyline kept moving at the right pace, and Liam Kolane was just my type of pup. Woof woof, baby.

Needless to say, I loved A Pack of Blood and Lies and eagerly dove into the second book, A Pack of Vows and Tears (The Boulder Wolves #2).

And that’s when things went horribly wrong.

For me, at least.

I won’t do a separate review for the second book as I did start skimming towards the end and I only read bits of the ending of the final book in the trilogy. If you don’t want to spoil book two and tree read no further (*Spoiler Alert*).

The two things that sunk the silver bullet right into the werewolf’s heart were that a) book two brought in a love triangle, and b) the love interest close to my heart did not get the she-wolf. And not only did he not get the girl, but his character was dragged through the muddy, soggy fields of no-return. I can see what the author had wanted to do there, but she did too good a job in making me fall for the character in book one, that book #2 was just. Too. Much. Regrettably. But, please do make up your own mind… If you’re into your shifters, give A Pack of Blood and Lies a go.

Irresistible Demise by Carly Spade – Book Review

Irresistible Demise (After Midnight, #1)Carly Spade was a new author to me that I discovered last year so it was only fitting her latest release, Irresistible Demise, was the last book I read on the side of 2019.

Irresistible Demise just sounds so yummy. Like I’m sinking my teeth into something, well, irresistible. Pretty fitting considering the book is a paranormal romance with vampires and other supernatural beings that will for now remain unnamed… All in the name of not giving everything away. Wink wink.

Little about the novel… Freya is a night owl thanks to her job as a bartender at a place called After Midnight. She had a rather unpleasant encounter with the undead when she was young, leaving her alone and her worldview forever changed. The story then goes she went all Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer on the cold-blooded culprits and then turned a new leaf sans bloodsuckers. Unlucky to Freya, her past refuses to let go that easily. Once those fangs are in, they’re in deep… With the arrival of a dashing (albeit a little on the old side, but who’s an ageist) vampire who just cannot mind his own business, Freya’s world is once again threatened in the worst possible way.

To not spoil the plot, I’m just going to say that Marcus and Freya talk (argue and banter), stuff happens, danger looms and…well, read it yourself. 😉

Regardless of the delish title and superb cover, this was probably not my favourite Carly Spade book, but it was an easy, enjoyable read and a good re-introduction to vampire romance (it’s been a while since Twilight, ha). I really like how supernatural beings are often unique in Carly’s books and her heroes and heroines are likeable. That being said I wasn’t overly taken by Freya, but Marcus was a worthy (swoony) sucker. I would’ve actually liked to have more of him in the book. I also like how the author writes supporting characters. There’s usually more to them than meets the eye…

A few niggles that I had were that sometimes Freya was a tad too much for me and on a language side, the word ‘vamped’ started to vex me towards the end (for no reason in particular). BUT they were little things. This was a fun read which lovers of paranormal, enemies-to-lovers, and vampire romance will surely find addictive!