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Review – Unstoppable by K.A. Knight

Unstoppable; Pretty Liars #1
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: March 10, 2023

Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/Suspense/Dark/Found Family/Military/Reverse Harem Romance

Author: K.A. Knight

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars


A fascinating book the deeper it went and holy moly was it hot!!

I loved the premise of the plot, superhumans created by an evil mad scientist, but I’m going to admit, the plot was also lot of fast paced and then wait. So it was like driving through town and hitting lots of red stoplights; a whole lot of frustrating, but I still wanted to get to the final destination, if that makes sense.

Nova is the daughter of the mad scientist, which for me made part of this book intriguing. The other part is she gets roped into stopping her father by Jonas, Nico, Dimitri, Louis, and Isaac. These are men who we come to find out are just like her. They too have been experimented on, abused, and transformed into these superhuman beings, and they too want vengeance over what was done to them. Exciting right?!

While they track down clues to stopping the mad man, it’s through their shared trauma and instant chemistry that brings the heat and honestly not a lot of drama, because these guys are already bonded brothers through what they’ve been through. If there was anything that helped with the stop light waiting it was the firecracker intense heat!!

Nova was a great female lead, not only for her strong personality, but for how she handled each of the guys. After a lifetime of practically being isolated, she was quickly able to to figure out how to work with five strong men, physically and emotionally. Nova was fascinating to read, not discrediting the guys at all, but there was just a lack of background information on each one of them which made getting to know them a bit harder, aside from Jonas who instantly captured my heart for his sarcastic and snarky personality, it just took basically the rest of the book before I could even distinguish the rest of the guys. I hope there is more insight in the next part of this duet because I am still very captivated by this story and want to know how it all plays out.

My father is a genius.
A scientist determined to unlock the human potential.
Only his experiments?
He conducted them on me.
I managed to escape his cruel, painful control, and for years I hid.
Until one day, news comes of his death.
Along with the fact his experiments are still being carried out.
This time I cannot run, I cannot hide.
I must stop them once and for all.
He thought he was invincible…. but me?

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New Release – Crazy Apologetic Canadians by Cathryn Fox

Title: Crazy Apologetic Canadians
Author: Cathryn Fox
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Tropes: Grumpy-Sunshine/Small Town
Release Date: March 6, 2023
“If you liked Crazy Rich Asians, you’re going to LOVE Crazy Apologetic Canadians!”
I take one look at the grumpy Brit and know I’m in trouble. Not because he’s in Nova Scotia to tear down our beloved amusement park. Or because he wants to build an elite school on the lush property.
No, I’m in trouble because Colin Parker is superlicious – despite the stick up his British bum.
You see, I’m a free-spirited girl who knows her way around a lobster boat. He’s a rule follower who knows his way around a boardroom. Can you say polar opposites?
Oh, did I mention his mother is back in England planning his marriage? The sexy Brit with a debutante makes sense, right?
You know what doesn’t make sense? The two of us between the sheets and a montage of fun activities that finally put a smile on his face. But when the montage ends, and life turns messy and complicated—yet we still manage to find common ground—it leads me to believe we’re not so different after all.
Until he does the one thing that proves me wrong and I’m forced to make a decision I thought I’d never have to make.
“You can take the front. Sounds like you two have a lot of catching up to do, and I’d like to check my emails,” he replies.
“Suit yourself.” Emily flips the seat forward, and gestures for him to climb into the back. He puts one leg onto the floor of the back seat, pushes forward and grunts. I’m about to circle the car, but notice he’s not moving, or grunting. I’m not even sure he’s breathing. Great, I think we’ve killed him. We certainly have the motive. As I glance around, and contemplate on how to hide, or even move, the body, a loud groan reverberates through the near empty parking garage.
I admire his perfect ass, wedged between the back seat and the frame of my car. “Um, do you want me to push?”
“I think maybe you should pull.”
I take in the angle of his body and consider the logistics. “What do you want me to pull?” Emily chuckles beside me and I nudge her with my elbow. “Stop it.”
“Ow,” she complains.
I glare at her. “You’re not helping.”
She snaps her gum, enjoying this entirely too much. “What am I supposed to do?”
“I don’t know. Go around the other side and push on his head.”
“I thought that’s what he wanted you to pull.”
“Ohmigod!” She grins, clearly proud of her quick-witted sexual innuendo. “Do you want to walk home?”
The car rocks as he tries to free himself, and I pray to God he hasn’t heard Emily, or think in any way that I want to pull his…anything.
Emily drops her gum back into her purse. “Fine.”
She circles the car, and I step up to him. “I’m going to put my hands on your hips and pull, okay?”
“Yes, I believe that will work.”
Pity once again hits me. The man is obviously embarrassed. The British are so stiff—do not think about head and stiff.
Dammit, I’m thinking about it.
Let me try that again. The British are stoic and reserved, and this must be mortifying. Then again, maybe he’s none of those things. People have misconceptions about Canadians too. Yeah, okay, it’s true. We’re ridiculously nice and overly apologetic. Sue me.
As he struggles, I take a fast second and consider drawing this out, letting him wallow in his embarrassment. I mean he is here to destroy our town, but because I only have one mean bone in my body—you did just hear me say we were ridiculously nice right—and I might need to use it later, I put my hand on his sides, and brace my pelvis against his rear.
Oh my.
I glance over my shoulder and pray no one is watching. The last thing I want to be accused of is bum-fucking some Brit in the back of my car. I’m not looking to cause an international incident here. I suppose I could just tell them I’m trying to remove a stick that’s lodged deep. That’s more believable, anyway.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. Cathryn lives in beautiful Nova Scotia with her husband, who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found Skyping with her son living in Seattle (could he have moved any farther away?) shopping with her daughter in the city, watching a big action flick with her husband, or hanging out and laughing with friends.