Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Bad Crush by Rebecca Jenshak

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Bad Crush; Campus Nights #2 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Sports/Neighbors/Friends-to-Lovers/Fake Fiancé Romance

Author: Rebecca Jenshak

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A sweetly smoldering romance that brings all the feels and intense passion. I can’t get enough of Rebecca Jenshak’s books and Bad Crush is a perfect example why.

Bad Crush is a swiftly moving story about two neighbors who have lived next door to one another for the past two years and are actual friends, but Reagan has always had trouble talking to Adam given that she has had a crush on Adam since the first day she arrived on campus. However, Adam is a serial dater, constantly moving from one girlfriend to the next without looking back when those relationships end. While this has been one of the problems in heightening Reagan’s crush because there has never been the right moment for Reagan to tell Adam how she feels, nor did it allow Adam any indication that Reagan had any feelings for him.

Two years later Adam is at a point where he’s without a girlfriend and contemplating his life choices. Thinking he should take time off of his serial dating routine he asks Reagan to be his fake girlfriend for the night, not knowing she has a colossal crush on him, but given she’s a fantastic actress things progressively snowball from there, did anyone say fake fiancé?

When Reagan finally gets her moment, with her big crush, or is she too shy to finally take a leap?

Their group of friends are all different, but the absolute best and their games with the whole group are always a blast. I’m excited to see how the gang will continue to grow with each new book and how the dynamic could change.

Fall in love with Bad Crush and get trapped in Adam and Rea’s love bubble. I didn’t want to leave, but that’s par for the course, I never want to leave Rebecca’s world.


There are a lot of really great ways to tell your best friend’s brother you have a crush on him, I’m sure.
I should tell him. I’m planning on telling him. But every time Adam’s around, I turn into a nervous wreck.
On the stage, I’m bold and brave, but standing next to him, I’m shy and timid.
Overnight I go from pretending that I don’t love him to pretending I do.
See, Adam needs a date. He’s newly single and not looking for a real girlfriend, so he asks his good friend and brilliant actress (me) to play the part.
Acting like I’m in love with him is easy. Hiding my feelings is the real challenge.
Now I have to tell my fake fiancé that I’m not pretending.
My bad crush has gotten me in way over my head.

Bad Crush by Rebecca Jenshak is releasing April 27, 2021!

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – All the Ugly Things by Stacey Lynn

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All the Ugly Things; Love and Lies #1 
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Duet/Intrigue/Contemporary Romance

Author: Stacey Lynn

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Thought provoking and deeply emotional, All the Ugly Things brings to life the story of how choices and decisions alter your life and the trajectory of who might come along your path based upon those decisions.

Lilly finds herself sentenced to ten years in prison for vehicular manslaughter at the age of eighteen. At an age when others are heading off to college, getting married, starting a career, moving into their first home, starting a family, the start of adulthood. Whereas, Lilly is navigating through the penal system and surviving her young adult years with every freedom, choice, and option taken away from her. Everything she used to take for granted has been stripped away and when Lilly is finally released she faces a reality that she has no idea how to be an adult on her own. This part of story hit me hard every time Lilly was lost in navigating the adult world. The years she lost was, of course, devastating, but the exact time frame was even more so.

When Lilly meets the Valentine family there is a lot of mystery surrounding them. Mr. Valentine offers to help Lilly, and given her recent circumstances she’s leary of taking any handouts. However, it isn’t only Mr. Valentine, but also his son, Hudson, that gets under her skin. Lilly hasn’t had anyone on her side in years so taking help doesn’t come easy. Why would mere strangers want to help? Why would a man like Hudson have any interest in her? What will happen if she takes their help?

We are only in the first part of the duet and there are still a lot of questions to answer. I’ve been pulled into this story and I’m curious as to the real reasons why the Valentine’s want to help. I also want to see Lilly continue to blossom the longer she’s out of jail. The entire storyline has been intriguing and I’ve loved this book and can’t wait for the rest.


One moment. A single decision… an accident.
Cost me six years of my life.
All of my hopes and dreams vanished.

Until I was given back my freedom and the opportunity to start over… doing whatever I could to survive in a world much different than the one I knew before.

I was working on my degree and waiting tables when my fate changed.
An older man with silver hair and a fancy suit walked in, looking like he wanted to save me.
He came for pie. But he offered me a job.

When I turned him down, he sent his son, Hudson.
The arrogant, sex on a stick wore me down.
I took the job.
I accepted his friendship.
And slowly, over time, I began to feel things for this man I knew I shouldn’t.

They gave me a home.
A family.
And then it was all ripped away.

Now nothing can erase all the ugly things.

All The Ugly Things by Stacey Lynn All The Ugly Things (Love & Lies Duet #1)
All The Beautiful Things by Stacey Lynn All The Beautiful Things (Love & Lies Duet #2)

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases



Archer & Everleigh duet
Ex-Con Duet Series


Cover designer: Najla Qamber Designs

Cover photographer: Sara Eirew Photography




Release Date: September 21st, 2021


Now that I’m out of prison, I need a fresh start away from my hometown that holds too many bad memories. My old cellmate convinces me to move to Alabama and since I have no money, his little sister graciously offers me her spare bedroom.

She’s determined to break down my walls but I have to force her away.

Everleigh’s every man’s dream—witty, down to earth, and gorgeous as hell—but she deserves more than I can offer. My broken past makes it hard to show her my true self but she’s relentless. Living with her was supposed to be temporary and now that she’s in my life, I don’t want to let her go.

I shouldn’t fall for my new roommate but when someone threatens her, I can’t walk away from the best thing I’ve ever had.

FORCING YOU AWAY is an angsty suspenseful romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It’s book 1 in the Archer & Everleigh duet and must be read first.




Release Date: October 19th, 2021



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 Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!

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Cover Reveal – Say I’m the One by Siobhan Davis

From the USA Today bestselling author of Inseparable and When Forever Changes comes another emotional, angsty, new adult romance that will rip your heart apart before mending it again.

Say I’m the One, the first in the all-new All of Me Duet from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is coming April 30th and we have the gorgeous cover!

I’m head over heels in love with my best friend. Although, I can’t pinpoint exactly when Reeve Lancaster became my entire world.  Was it when we were little kids, practically brought up together, after Reeve’s mom died during childbirth and his dad subsequently fell apart? Or when I doodled his name in my school journal at age ten? Maybe it was when we became boyfriend and girlfriend at fourteen or when we shed our virginity at sixteen, pledging our forever?  I was there as his star ascended—like I’d always known it would—and there wasn’t a prouder person on the planet. As the only child of Hollywood’s golden couple, I’ve lived my life in the spotlight enough to know it wasn’t what I wanted for my future. But I sacrificed my own desires, because Reeve’s happiness meant everything to me. Until he crushed my heart into itty-bitty pieces, forcing me to fly halfway around the world just to escape the gut-wrenching pain. The opportunity to study at Trinity College Dublin came at the perfect moment, and I jumped at the chance without hesitation. If I’d known fate was meddling in my life, perhaps I would have chosen differently, but my future was cemented the instant I laid eyes on him. Dillon O’Donoghue was Reeve’s polar opposite in every way, and perhaps, that’s why I felt drawn to him. He was the dark to my light. The thorn in my side, irritating me with his cold disdain, wild recklessness, and a burning rage hidden deep inside him that spoke to a silent part within me. Yet Dillon showed me what it was like to truly live, opening my eyes to endless possibilities.  What happened next was inevitable, and I only have myself to blame. He warned me, and I knew my reprieve was temporary, because there is only so far I can run. Especially when fate hasn’t finished messing with me yet.

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USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime!

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Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

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Dark Romance, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – Inherited Malice by Stasia Black & Alta Hensley

Title: Inherited Malice
Series: Breaking Belles #4
Authors: Stasia Black & Alta Hensley
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2021

I’m a con artist, and I’ve got my sights set on Beau Radcliffe. He’s dominant, arrogant, and always thinks he’s the smartest person in the room.

But he made the mistake of getting way too drunk one night and telling me all about the twisted ways of the dark, mysterious secret society he was about to be initiated into.

So, I steal an invite and show up as a belle.

And just like that night in the bar several months ago, Beau picks me out of the line-up to be his partner in debauchery for the next three months. I’ll get everything I ever dreamed of if I can just stick it out with him.

Beau thinks he’s in charge, making the rules of this game as we go, but he has no idea.

This is going to be fun…




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Stasia Black

STASIA BLACK grew up in Texas, recently spent a freezing five-year stint in Minnesota, and now is happily planted in sunny California, which she will never, ever leave.
She loves writing, reading, listening to podcasts, and has recently taken up biking after a twenty-year sabbatical (and has the bumps and bruises to prove it). She lives with her own personal cheerleader, aka, her handsome husband, and their teenage son. Wow. Typing that makes her feel old. And writing about herself in the third person makes her feel a little like a nutjob, but ahem! Where were we?
Stasia’s drawn to romantic stories that don’t take the easy way out. She wants to see beneath people’s veneer and poke into their dark places, their twisted motives, and their deepest desires. Basically, she wants to create characters that make readers alternately laugh, cry ugly tears, want to toss their kindles across the room, and then declare they have a new FBB (forever book boyfriend).

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Hot, Dark and Dirty Romance.
She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.