Mr. Grumpy Boss, by Lindsey Hart | Book Review

Hello and welcome to Adele Is Reading. Today I have my book review of:

Mr. Grumpy Boss, by Lindsey Hart.

Mr. Grumpy Boss is the first book in the Alphalicious Billionaires Boss series.
I do believe that each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

Trigger / Content Warning: Sex, Pregnancy, Pregnancy fears, Fear of Abandonment.
There may be other triggers. I can’t remember them.

My boss saw it…
The diary where I wrote all the hot shit about him.
By shit, I really mean SHIT.
Like the highest degree of criticism you will ever find.


I couldn’t help it, okay.
It’s pretty stressful working for the jerk,
And I needed a place to vent.
I just never thought I’d be stupid enough to accidentally hand over the notebook from hell to him.

Guess I might as well start writing my resignation letter.
Because there will definitely be no mercy from the Devil.
Or so, I thought.
Instead, Mr. Grumps came back with more orders.
And no, they were not orders about reformatting his documents for the nth time.

If I wanted to keep my job, I had to pretend.
Pretend not to hate him.
Pretend to be head over heels in love with him.
Pretend to be his girlfriend.


Hell, the devil really knows how to strike his bargain.
Now, I had to choose.
Which one would be worst?
Losing my hard-earned job or inviting the Devil into my life as my “boyfriend”?

SIZZLING NEW SERIES READY TO LIT YOUR LADY BITS LIKE A HOT BLAZING INFERNO! Each book in this series is a standalone and can be read in any order. And don’t forget, we are team HEA all the way!

In all honesty the story is completely, 100% awkward in the beginning of the book. And I don’t think that’s because of the characters, but rather the writing felt like the author didn’t know how to start Mr. Grumpy Boss.

Mr. Grumpy Boss was filled with what I found to be awkward scenes, and after a while I just got used to it. However, some scenes were just too freaking awkward to me, and that’s saying something. Like I’m an akward person myself in real life. ..and I couldn’t take the awkwardness.

I liked the dual points of view; especially that the male point of view had vulnerability in their chapters.

Mr. Grumpy Boss does contain sex scenes (which I found to be incredibly sexy).

I ended up giving Mr. Grumpy Boss, 2 stars.

If you’ve read MGB, what did you think of it?

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

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Wreck & Ruin, by Emma Slate | Book Review

Hello, and welcome to Adele Is Reading! Today I have my book review of:

Wreck & Ruin, by Emma Slate.

Wreck & Ruin is the first book in the Blue Angels Motorcycle Club series.

Trigger / Content Warning: Guns, Gun Violence, mention(s) of an Absentee Parent, Gang Violence, Potential Death, Death, Death via Drowning, Death by Gun Violence, mentions of Attempted Drugging, mentions of Rape, Rape, Assault, mentions of Assault, Gun Shot, mention(s) of Gun Shots, mentions of Drug Cartel.

9A79C200-43D9-431E-9971-241984DE7EFDMy life is boring. Monotonous.

And then tall, dark, and dangerous walks into the bar where I work.

Before I know it, I’m in his arms asking him to rescue me.

He’s Colt Weston, President of the Blue Angels MC.

Colt makes me feel alive…and wanted.

The Blue Angels embrace me as one of their own, and when a violent rival threatens to tear us apart, I learn what loyalty truly means.

Family. Sacrifice. Revenge.

There’s nothing Colt won’t do to protect me.

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Head Above Water, by Hailey Edwards | Book Review

Hello friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading — today I have my book review of

Head Above Water, by Hailey Edwards.

Head Above Water is the second book in the Gemini series, as well as the second book to Camille’s story.

Trigger / Content Warning: Child Murder, Child Murder mention, Grief, Loss of a sibling mention.

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0D61ED7F-C5FB-4D00-8E1E-D8FA6C73902DCamille Ellis has tracked many killers during her career,but this time it’s personal. Cut off from conclave resources, she won’t let a small thing like a suspension keep her from accepting Cord Graeson’s offer of help.

Pretending to be mated to him is one way to secure allies, but the best that can be said of the Chandler Pack is they haven’t killed or eaten her. Yet. Between the alpha’s displeasure and the pack’s distrust of fae, she’s working overtime to keep her head above water.

Just when the fur starts to fly, a tip cracks her case–and her life–wide open.

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Even though Head above Water might be a shorter novel, this second Gemini book packs a mean punch. We learned quite a bit about the characters and their personal histories.

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Bet Me to Stay, by Candace Havens | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I have my book review of

Bet Me to Stay, by Candace Havens.

Trigger Warnings: Sex Scenes.

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45714295._SY475_After a bet with his brother, Liam O’Connor has to date the next woman who walks into the pub. And he’s all in, because his pub is on the line. What he didn’t expect was Casey Meadows, who at first glance with her big glasses and bulky sweater looks like a woman who has many, many cats—but her wit and smile make him wonder what’s underneath her bulky armor.

Casey Meadows aka sweet romance author Cassie O’Brien is about to lose everything. As in, her writing career is going down the drain because she can’t write the sexy stuff that’s selling these days. She needs inspiration in the worst way. That’s when she walks into the wrong pub at the right time. Sexy owner Liam is just what the writing doctor ordered. Her whole body is feeling inspired—and when he makes a proposal she can’t refuse—she’s all in. Oh, hell yes. Best. Sex. Of. Her. Life. Thanks to Liam, she’s about to write a best-seller.

But having an erotic romance alter ego is nothing compared to the real secret Cassie is hiding—and that one could destroy everything.

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I truly didn’t know what to expect when I read Bet Me to Stay. Going into BMtS though, I knew that there was a chance that I wouldn’t like this book; but I had hoped that I would end up liking it. Continue reading

Magic Bite, by Leia Stone | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I’ve got my book review of

Magic Bite, by Leia Stone.

Magic Bite is the first book in the Supernatural Bounty Hunter series. 

Trigger Warnings: Sex scenes, Pregnancy, Fighting, Blood / Blood mention, Guns and Gun usage, Grief (over losing a family member).

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42754993._SY475_Evie Black and her demon imp partner, Cass, are two of the most fearsome supernatural bounty hunters on the West Coast. But when Evie’s beloved grandmother dies, her world shatters.

After finding the bottom of a bottle of tequila, Evie breaks the one rule she knows better than to ignore: Never hook up with a werewolf.

Especially when he’s the local alpha who, oh by the way, happens to be her gran’s sworn enemy.

Yeah, complicated doesn’t even begin to cover what happens next.

*Adult urban fantasy novel with sexual content and adult language.

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Magic Bite starts off with a bang—literally (lmao). …Which in hindsight, is so freaking funny. After that the rest of the story is really fast paced. I was actually never bored while I read Evie’s story. Yes, there were some eye-roll worthy moments, and there were laugh/cringe-worthy moments as well. 
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The Nine, by Tate James | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

The Nine, by C.M. Stunich, and Tate James. 

The Nine is the first book in the Foxfire Burning trilogy.

Trigger Warnings: Blood, Sex Scenes, Attempted Murder, Abandonment Issues, Death of a Parent mention.

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38094530._SY475_-2Tricky, like a fox.
As a kitsune–a fox shifter–I have to be to survive.
Sometimes it seems like the whole world wants me dead.
Ironic, considering that’s my job–to kill people.

Thea Hunt, professional assassin at your service.
But that’s not my only vice.
I’m also attracted to the darkest denizens of the supernatural world, the men I should run from instead of fall for. Men like Mikhail, the leader of the assassins guild, Barrett, the local alpha wolf, and Nix, the skinwalking coyote that’s likely to bring the entire shifter community to their knees. And then there are my exes–Riot and Fin.

Somebody’s killing off old gods, stripping shifters of their ability to change. And a trapped shifter doesn’t last long without losing their mind. Nix knows; Mikhail wants me to kill him; Barrett wants me dead. Oh, and Riot and Fin are determined to make my life a living hell.

As the youngest kitsune to ever get nine tails, I should be able to trick my way out of this one, right?
Right?!

THE NINE is the first book in the FOXFIRE BURNING series. It is a full-length reverse harem urban fantasy/paranormal romance with a spunky kitsune (fox shifter) main character and her six love interests: a vampire, a werewolf, a coyote shifter, and a few mysteries. This book includes cursing, violence, steamy scenes, and a whole lot of magic.

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.

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The Nine is one of the first Kitsune books I’ve actually finished reading. I was very excited when I came across Thea’s story. In fact, I almost started reading The Nine right away. I Could. Not. Wait. Continue reading

Real Men Howl, by Celia Kyle, Marina Maddix | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

Real Men Howl, by Celia Kyle, and Marina Maddix!

Real Men Howl is the first book in the Real Men Shift series. 

Trigger Warnings: Animal Bites, Attempted Murder, Murder, Sex scenes.

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40390582._SY475_Mason’s inner wolf will go crazy without her. Lucy thinks he’s already crazy. Werewolves aren’t real. Right?

Lucy Morgan left Ashtown, Georgia, ten years ago and planned to never return. Unfortunately, life didn’t get that memo. She’s back and now painful memories follow her everywhere. Until she meets him. Mason Blackwood is over six feet of sinfully gorgeous man who—for some reason—wants her. He also thinks he’s a werewolf so… yeah. He’s crazypants. But when he wants to have his wicked way with her, his sanity doesn’t seem all that important anymore.

Mason isn’t sure how much longer he can remain Alpha over the Blackwood pack. Without a mate to balance him, his wolf snatches more control every day. It won’t be long before he loses himself to the animal entirely. Then he meets Lucy—a sassy, curvaceous beauty who calms his beast with a smile. One sniff is enough to tell him she’s his mate, and nothing will keep them apart.

Not even the pack’s deadliest enemy who’s determined to kill Lucy before Mason can claim her.

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We’re given two different view points, from two characters who are incredibly different from one another, yet hold the same values.  Continue reading

SPOILERS–Kill the Queen, by Jennifer Estep | Book Review

Hello loves! Today I have my book review of

Kill the Queen, by Jennifer Estep.

Kill the Queen is the first book in the Crown of Shards trilogy. 

Trigger Warning: Assassinations, Murder, Stabbings, Fighting, Fighting to the Death, Poisoning, Attempted Murder.

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36137560Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

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When I saw that Jennifer Estep came out with a book that looked like there was an assassin on the cover, I jumped on the chance to read it. Thank you library e-books! Continue reading

SPOILERS–Beyond the Mountain, by Lily Archer | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I have my book review of

Beyond the Mountain, by Lily Archer.

Beyond The Mountain is the fourth book in the Fae’s Captive series. 

Trigger Warnings: Sex scenes, Kidnapping.

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44478088Betrayal has taken Taylor far beyond my reach.

I can feel the bond stretched and twisted until it’s on the verge of snapping. But I will find her. She is mine as I am hers, and nothing will stop me from recovering my queen. I will always come for her. If she is hurt, I will heal her. If she is scared, I will wrap my arms around her, my embrace her safe harbor.

And as for the ones who took her?

I will destroy them all. Crossing the frozen heart of winter will be their final mistake. My fury will end the king beyond the mountain, and I will return to the winter realm with my queen by my side. A solid plan. One that would have worked. But when I reach the Gray Mountains, nothing is as it seems, and my mate faces a danger from the most insidious of foes – herself.

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 Seeing as how Beyond The Mountain is the last book in the Fae’s Captive saga (but not the overall series), I’m glad that the Fae’s Captive series still held some surprises.  Continue reading

Gypsy Rising, by Kristy Cunning | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

Gypsy Rising, by Kristy Cunning.

Gypsy Rising is the fifth book in the All The Pretty Monsters series.

Trigger Warnings: Sex, Whippings.

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45030265._SY475_Sing, gypsies, sing of your lies…

That old song plays in my head, as the world turns around me faster than it has ever turned.

Monsters and mayhem. That’s become my life.

Fear and apprehension. That’s become the normal for those around me.

Dread and distraction. That’s what has interrupted my own personal romance story with my mon-star quad.

Vengeance and retribution. That was the theme of the monster world long before I landed in it, and it’s starting to heat up more than ever.

Jabs from a complicated, ancient past keep coming so much and so quickly that I’ve grown desensitized to them. Which is a good thing, since I’m about to need a thick skin.

I guess it’s time to see if I can handle being in the middle, because that’s where I’m about to put myself. My mother always did accuse me of being a masochist. I’m starting to think she must be right.

Either they love me, or they love her.

I suppose it’s time to find out who wins. I don’t fight pretty, and I’m not that great at smack talk.

It’s not that they’re not worth fighting for. I just don’t want to have to fight for them. Not when when I’m fighting bigger battles already. Either we’re in this together, or I’m on my own. That’s for them to decide on their own.

Let the games begin.

**Reverse Harem Series
**Sexual content
**Dark humor
**Mature language warning

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.

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I tried to keep my excitement about Gypsy Rising to a minimum since by the time that I read the 6th book, it wasn’t/isn’t even out yet.  Continue reading