Wickedly Spirited(A Baba Yaga Novella)

Published September 20, 2017 by bookbesties



Jazz, the powerfully magical teen first introduced in Wickedly Powerful, is now being trained as a Baba Yaga—and she’s determined to free the Broken Riders herself.

Jazz had a rough life before meeting her guardian, and she knows she’s lucky that Bella is training her to be a Baba Yaga. But the gifted young witch is frustrated by the slow pace of her lessons. Jazz knows she’s capable of even greater magic, and she wants nothing more than to find a spell that will give the Riders back the immortality they lost.

With the reluctant assistance of Bella’s dragon-turned-cat Koshka, Jazz travels to the Otherworld to get the necessary ingredients to perform the spell. A willful young witch, dangerous magic, and one powerful wish—what could possibly go wrong?

I was supremely excited to read about Jazz’s adventures with Bella and Koshka.  After everything she has gone through to end up with a family like Bella and Sam, I was amazingly happy for her to have such a happy ending. 

               Not to give away anything you can’t guess already, because hey, she is a teen and they typically do the same things, but her willfulness to prove herself without wanting or seeking out consultation is downright irritating.  I mean, c’mon!  Brand new into this magical world, please accept your limitations.  No one is trying to exclude you from the good stuff so accept that some things can do more harm than good!

               This series is still one of my favorites, but I was not too sure of this book. I am highly anticipating the release of the last Rider’s book.

3 and a half


Romancing the Rival(Review Post) @Berkleyromance

Published September 19, 2017 by bookbesties


In the small town of Calypso Falls, New York, one strait-laced woman is about to learn how to let loose–with the help of the last man she expects.

Oldest Elias sister Bree has always been the pragmatic one, putting academics and family responsibilities before fun. Now in the final year of her doctoral program, she’s this close to achieving everything that she’s worked so hard for. There’s only one thing standing in her way—and his name is Spencer James.

Spencer knows that Bree isn’t happy they’re working on the same committee. Back in high school, the pair were enemies, the hardworking Bree angry that Spencer always coasted to the top based on his family’s legacy. But now, Spencer is trying to stand on his own two feet for the first time. It would be easier to focus if Bree wasn’t so distracting–and as time goes on, he can tell that Bree is feeling the same problematic attraction.

Just when a truce between Spencer and Bree seems possible, the secret history between their two families comes to light, threatening not only Bree’s career, but their budding romance.

This is an enemies to lovers type story, which I loooove! Bree is smart and trying get her final year in the doctoral program done with, Spencer is hardworking and has no love for Bree and family but are forced together. It starts out with so much tension you could feel it coming off the pages. There was no love lost between Bree and Spencer and to boot Spencer was put off by how much he was attracted to someone he ‘hated’. But they must try to set their differences aside to work for the good of the committee. The plot was, overall good, I did find that it kinda fell flat for me towards the end though/ This is a great read on a Sunday curled up in your comfy chair type book.

3 and a half


The Final Score (Review Post)

Published September 12, 2017 by bookbesties


Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget.

Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza.

Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia discover that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.


I am a fan of Jaci and have read her other books especially Rules of Contact with Mia’s brother! Mia is starting her business and she is now hanging with her best friend Nathan. They had one hot night a long time ago and as they continue to hang out the chemistry starts to heat up again, and the banter between the two is sizzling. Mia is afraid of how the media will respond and she doesn’t want to ruin Nathan’s football career as well as their friendship This is a great friends to lovers, to friends to lovers again read and classic Jaci!

stars 4


Cleaning the Shelves

Published August 29, 2017 by bookbesties

All you have to tell me is: WHAT’S A BOOK YOU READ OVER THE SUMMER,( May-August) THAT HAS STUCK WITH YOU?

One winner will be chosen at random from all entries (i.e. facebook, twitter and wordpress)

This week up for grabs, US ONLY please!

1001 Dark Nights: Somehow, Someway by Jennifer Probst

Bolivar Randy Heart (aka Brady) knows exactly what he wants next in life: the perfect wife. Raised in a strict traditional family household, he seeks a woman who is sweet, conservative, and eager to settle down. With his well-known protective and dominant streak, he needs a woman to offer him balance in a world where he relishes control. Too bad the newly hired, gorgeous, rehab addict is blasting through all his preconceptions and wrecking his ideals…one nail at a time… Charlotte Grayson knows who she is and refuses to apologize. Growing up poor made her appreciate the simple things in life, and her new job at Pierce Brothers Construction is perfect to help her carve out a career in renovating houses. When an opportunity to transform a dilapidated house in a dangerous neighborhood pops up, she goes in full throttle. Unfortunately, she’s forced to work with the firm’s sexy architect who’s driving her crazy with his archaic views on women. Too bad he’s beginning to tempt her to take a chance on more than just work…one stroke at a time… Somehow, some way, they need to work together to renovate a house without killing each other…or surrendering to the white-hot chemistry knocking at the front door.

CONTEST ENDS 09/08/17!

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My Fair Lover (Legendary Lovers, #5)

Published August 29, 2017 by bookbesties


Nicole Jordan’s irresistible Legendary Lovers series continues in this sizzling twist on My Fair Lady, as a bewitching beauty and a rakish sea captain trade favors . . . and tempt fate.

Lady Katherine Wilde believes she has crushed any lingering romantic feelings toward Brandon Deverill, who spurned her six years ago. And now that the rough-edged rogue needs polishing to claim his inheritance, she’s willing to strike a practical bargain: Kate will mold the brash privateer into an acceptable English nobleman if Deverill will safeguard her from brigands on a voyage to recover lost family treasure. However, the soul-melting kiss that seals their agreement just may reignite blazing passion.

Brandon’s fortitude was sorely tested when he turned Kate away from his bed all those years ago. Even a rake such as he wouldn’t seduce an innocent beauty before sailing into battle. But now that he’s inherited a title and must take a suitable bride, he sets his sights on Kate. Though he fiercely desires her, true love is a notion that baffles him–until their adventure turns perilous and Brandon realizes he’d gladly trade his life to save the woman who has captured his heart.

This book is a great story of two lovers who were separated by circumstance that fate pushed back together. While the book was well written the story line was slightly predictable. I knew from the first chapter that the two main characters were going to end up madly in love with each other and that was very concerning for me. But I was pleasantly surprised when although the story was predictable it was still a very enjoyable read and I found myself cheering for the success of the characters. I love that the heroin is written to be cunning and a great strategist. I loved seeing her make plans and how they played out in her favor in ways she had no idea they would. This would be a good book for someone just getting into the genera of historical romance who may not be able to predict the outcome so easily. 

3 and a half



Published August 24, 2017 by bookbesties


Bookbesties will be cleaning it’s shelves(because, let’s face it, it’s about time) and guess what that means? Giveaways! 

While we don’t normally do giveaways, we are breaking the that now!  So stay tuned for free books coming you way!

Illegal Contact (The Barons)

Published August 15, 2017 by bookbesties


The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…


Although a first for the blog, this is not my first time reading M/M romance but it is my first time reviewing it, and this book was a wonderful way to start!  I really like that although one of the main characters is a football star this wasn’t a sports romance.  Both characters were relatable and well built, to the point where I can see myself being friends with Noah in real life.  I really enjoyed this book and watching as Gavin and Noah fell in love.  I like seeing the softer side of “rough” characters and watching how exposing their sensitivities makes them grow. From page 2 I was cheering on this romance before just based on the contrasting personalities of Gavin and Noah.   This book gave me everything I expected and more.  It was a fun read that I finished in one sitting because I was so drawn in.

4stars white