Advice from a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne(Review Post)

Published March 21, 2019 by bookbesties

What’s a girl to do after being ditched at the altar by text message? That’s right. Text. Message.

How does she pick up the pieces and move on? I’m no Dear Abby but here’s a little free advice…

Advice #1 – First, purge your apartment of all things him—by tossing his belongings off the balcony.

Advice #2 – Do not, I repeat do not, throw anything out into the hallway because you’ll injure your hot new neighbor.

Advice #3 – When said neighbor brings over Chinese Food do not let him stay and keep you company. It’s awkward when you realize he’s your boss.

Advice #4 – Accept his offer to help you with your side business but think twice before using a date to his sister’s wedding as collateral.

Advice #5 – Investigate who your mystery neighbor really is. Don’t trust his word even if he’s the world’s best kisser.

If you listen to nothing else, pay attention to that last one. It’s the most important and will save you a lot of heartache.



This is book 2 in this series and technically can be read without reading the first, Lesson From A One Night Stand but its better after having read the first.

This is another great read from the PR Duo and it does not disappoint. First I will say that this story was a switch up from the author because it was a slow burn and friends to lovers in the sense the characters marinated for awhile with their attraction. But, as always, Piper Rayne did it well!

From the first book, we all know that Brooklyn’s fiance was not liked by the family and we see why in the opening of this story. On her 2nd most crappiest day she(Brooklyn) meets her new neighbor. Wyatt is not looking for any distractions and is ready to get in and out of this little town in Alaska so he can prove himself to his dad who owns a chain of hotels. He must learns the different jobs there and he goes undercover. Brooklyn is heart broken and now trying to navigate out of the fog. Her and Wyatt have cute banter and the attraction is definitely mutual. I liked the way the bond develops slowly between these two. It will have you turning the page and rooting all the way! Again cant say enough that you add the dynamic of the Bailey family(introduced in the first book) and there are non stop laughs! You get all the great feels with Brooklyn and Wyatt! Cant wait for the next sibling in the Bailey family!!

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Published March 19, 2019 by bookbesties

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Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long(review Post)

Published February 26, 2019 by bookbesties


A mistress. A mountain of debt. A mysterious wreck of a building.

Delilah Swanpoole, Countess of Derring, learns the hard way that her husband, “Dear Dull Derring,” is a lot more interesting—and perfidious—dead than alive. It’s a devil of an inheritance, but in the grand ruins of the one building Derring left her, are the seeds of her liberation. And she vows never again to place herself at the mercy of a man.

But battle-hardened Captain Tristan Hardy is nothing if not merciless. When the charismatic naval hero tracks a notorious smuggler to a London boarding house known as the Rogue’s Palace, seducing the beautiful, blue-blooded proprietress to get his man seems like a small sacrifice.

They both believe love is a myth. But a desire beyond reason threatens to destroy the armor around their hearts. Now a shattering decision looms: Will Tristan betray his own code of honor…or choose a love that might be the truest thing he’s ever known?


This is one of those that you get hooked on because you know all the back story for the characters and you can’t wait to see how it affects the relationship between all of them.   This book has it all; loss, betrayal, law breaking, strong leading ladies, and steamy romance!

After the loss of her unfaithful husband, Delilah Derringthought she was left with nothing but betrayal and debt. Until she received the only inheritance left to her that couldn’t be claimed by creditors, a building that was probably a brothel before it was abandoned.  Partnered with her late husband’s mistress (yeah they went there) Delilah turns her building into a successful boarding house.

Captain Hardy is on the hunt for a cigar smuggler on behalf of the king.  His search for the culpritleads him to The Grand Palace on the Thames, the boarding house owned by Delilah.While he takes a room with the intention of uncovering its connection to the criminal, he makes a love connection with Delilah in the process.

This was a fun read and I can’t wait to see what is next from this author.

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A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey(Review Post)

Published February 26, 2019 by bookbesties


Betrayed by her fiancé and her best friend, Lady Diana Haversham’s reputation is left in ruins, and she is unjustly cast out by her family. Left with little choice, she agrees to pretend to be a courtesan to protect her benefactor’s secret. What she didn’t count on was meeting temptation in the form of one Lord Lucas Blackthorn.

Lucas is fascinated by the shameless Diana, whom his friends claim is his perfect counterpart. He can’t stop thinking about her sultry smile and captivating eyes, but what draws him most is the sharp mind she reveals—and the certainty she’s hiding something.

When Lucas learns the scandalous truth, Diana will have to make a life-and-death choice.

Each book in the Once Wicked series is STANDALONE:
* To Love a Libertine
* Once a Courtesan
* A Wicked Reputation


This book had me hooked from line one!  The plot twist has made this book one I will always hold close to my heart.  This book is an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of the wild ride!!  Lady Diana shows so much strength and loyalty it has endeared her to me in so many ways I can’t even begin to list them all. Seeing her get her happy ending consumed my life while I read this book.

Diana Havershamhas been jilted by her best friend and her fiancé and disowned by her family.  With no other options she becomes the widely coveted, and well taken care of, mistress of Lord Harrow.  Her entire existence hinges on her relationship with Harrow and her unrelenting desire for Lucas can ruin it all.

Lucas Blackthorn is a rogue with a wicked reputation for doing whatever it takes to get what wants.  And right now he wants the one woman everyone says he can’t have.  Will the ends be worth the means for Lucas as he pursues another man’s notorious mistress?

    A fun book that I couldn’t put down, with characters that I am crazy about.   I’m very excited to see who Liana LeFay introduces me to next




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Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout(Review Post)

Published February 18, 2019 by bookbesties


From the #1 New York TimesUSA TODAY and internationally bestselling author of the fantastical Dark Elements and the Lux series comes a new novel set in a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret.

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…


I did a re-read(And I’m glad I did) and so I was well versed in this world and it picks up 7 months after the event’s of the last book.
Trinity is a (human) living amongst Warden’s, her mother bought her there when she was younger because she befriended the leader of that Clan.
Trinity has never left the confines of the compound and no one visits because, its not safe for her because Trinity isn’t just a normal human.

Zayne make a visit to her Clan and immediately the two are inexplicably drawn to each other and when things start to pop off(Masked wardens and Demon’s attacking, kidnappings and bloodshed) Zayne offers his aid and Trinity is whisked away from her home to DC to find answers.
Throughout her journey, Trinity get’s closer to Zayne but Zayne keeps her pretty much at arms’s length, even though he is drawn to her as well and well, he is still nursing wounds that happened seven months prior that left a huge mark on him and his personality.
Their relationship is a sweet slow burn and as always with this world was filled with action, witty humor and, or course swoon enduing acts.


I was never a fan of Zayne to begin with but going in I had an open mind and while I still prefer a certain dark haired demon prince(Who is in about 30% of the book, so that made me happy) I found myself not NOT liking Zayne by the end of this.
He is strong willed, sweet and loyal, but to a fault and found myself wanting to just slap him and yell GET OVER IT ALREADY! And just when you think things are settling you are left with more questions but not in a cliffhanger type of way but more like ‘Oh-crap-what’s-going-to-happen-in-the-next-book’ type of way.
Jennifer is really, really really good at mixing the light, the funny, the snark and romance and she excels in this one hands down. I can’t wait to find out what happens to this unlikely gang in the next book!

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Published February 12, 2019 by bookbesties


People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. 

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts. 

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely. 

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche from Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.



Where to start! This book was such r roller coaster and a fun one at that!

I knew going in it was a Greek Mythology story, but didn’t really know the main characters,(because I wanted it to be a surprise to me) So, I went in blind, but knew since it was Greek Mythology it would be interesting(because those Gods were cray).

We Meet Psyche, the most beautiful girl/woman on her small island and adored by all. Her small island of people adored her so much, they forgot about the adoring the Gods, with offerings. The gods, namely one is NOT HAPPY and sets out on a plan to teach the girl who dare set herself up as GOD to worshiped buy her people a lesson. But Psyche isn’t the girl whom the Gods think she is. She hates the attention and wants nothing more to marry off like her sisters and build a family, full of love and warmth.

The gods punish her by punishing her island and people and in order to fix it, she agrees to marry a ‘monster'(Cupid) that she cannot see or touch and live in his land away from everything and everyone that she knows and love. But her ‘Monster’ husband turns out to not be that big of a monster and just when she thinks its going to be okay and lets her guard down and starts to love her invisible husband, BAM craziness ensues.

Psyche is put to the test when the GODS decide this is unaccepted and the fight to prove herself and her love is on!

What a ride! first, you are drawn into this amazing and sweet, and warm love story told in a way that if you are like me, had no idea about, sucked you in to the point it made you smile when they smiled. And then you are taken for a ride along with Psyche on these impossible to win task! I loved this story and they way Wendy told it was in a way that is sucked you in so much you wind up looking at the clock and realizing it’s 3 in the morning and you have to get up and got to work in 4 hours, well at least it did for me!

This story was packed with sweetness, action, humor and


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Published February 11, 2019 by bookbesties


After ten years of adventure, Colin Smith, the bastard son of a viscount, returns to the place he most despises ––London. But only until he can sell off some of his treasures. He has no use for the stifling rules of the ton, but he’s more than happy to play the game if it gets him what he wants.

Lady Claire, daughter of a marquess, is everything Colin loathes about the ton, but she is determined to win him over. Her life is a catalogue of dances and evening gowns, and thanks to an eidetic memory, she can remember every blasted, boring second of it. A treasure hunt for the Cleopatra Emerald promises adventure, but Claire wants more. If she can convince Colin Smith to take her with him as he travels the world, then she’ll have the life she’s always dreamed of. There’s just one problem, he doesn’t seem to like her much.

But Lady Claire loves a good challenge and the intellectual beauty may be on her way to the grandest adventure of all.

Each book in the Wicked Secrets series is STANDALONE:
* Twice As Wicked
* Lady Gone Wicked
* Wicked With the Scoundrel

    This book is so much fun!! I love the adventure in this story!!  I love the characters in this story!!! I love the unlikely romance in this story!!! Basically I love this story!!

Lady Claire Harrisonis the daughter of the Marquis of Chatwell, who is an avid collector of Egyptian artifacts.  On behalf of her father Claire attends an exhibition of the very artifacts her father hoards.  At the expedition she meets the explorer who uncovered the artifacts and it is love at first sight… at least on her side.

    Colin Smith despises London and its’ high society is only good for the money they invest in his expeditions.  It’s in the interest of his next expedition that he makes a deal with the Marquis of Chatwell to help his adventurous daughter find a treasure.  Little does he know that by the end of this adventure he will have found a true treasure.

   Again this book was so much fun to read and it had me laughing out loud quite a few times.  I can’t wait to read the next book from Elizabeth Bright to see what new adventure awaits.

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