R E V I E W ➠ Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.
Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)
She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.
Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers.

RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2020

I loved him, and I knew it. I really did. And I had no fucking business doing so.


Not my first read by the author i first fell in love with and i mean re fell in love with her Winnipeg book sooo hard. So i was used to get slow burns, since I’ve read a lot of her other books as well so this will be with a heavy hard to write this review. But i am always honest with my reviews, as i also am a emotional reader. Since i don’t do spoilers and i rather not get into them I’ll try to explain best of my feelings for this book. 

The heroine is a quirky adorable woman who works two jobs, one she hates one she loves. The hero is a quarterback in the NFL and has been all his life. these two have known each other since in diapers, nothing too tragic on their child hoods while some with the heroine. They end up not taking or seeing each other for 10 years due to reasons and when a chance presents itself for the heroine to have to see the hero, she is even more heartbroken when he doesn’t remember her. see the heroines cousin who plays a big part is bffs to the hero, all their life from day one and still. That said i really don’t want to get into too much of the store, there is a lot of it. But I’d love to express my feelings for the following:
1. I felt very disconnected to the hero the entire time until the very end. yes its her pov only but i longer for that connection with him
2. dare i say this,  but even THIS was too platonic for me. i felt no romance in any sense but at the end.  heck i thought she’d be better off with Santiago. here is why: the hero calls her kiddo THE ENTIRE BOOK and i his be honest but a few times i get but it threw me off every single time even in the end,  also doesn’t help that he patted her shoulder or head like a little sister type, it just threw me off soooo hard. 
3. when you have a VERY slow burn, to me you risk the whole story being mostly forgotten once you reach the peek, in this case at the very end. I will say this,  not a spoiler but only 1 sex scene in this (nothing wrong with it just letting you know). The first kiss was super cute though. I enjoyed the peek and epilogue but here is my problem, when you get that portion in so little i always want, no need more. again, might be a lot of people’s likes but, unfortunately for me… this was a painful slow. All that said, i want to praise the hell out of Mariana for her words, story line and characters, no matter what is what i fell in love with with reading her first book. I’m sorry this one ended up not being one for me but I’m sure they’re will be plenty more for me to try.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Type: All Tags on top of this page!

R E V I E W ➠ A Change In Tide by Freya Barker


What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black?
For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent.
Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay.
A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him.
Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.

RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2017

I knew he was a player, and just because he chose to play with me a little, when there weren’t any other distractions around, doesn’t make him any less of one.


I have read this author before, actually was one of my firsts many moons ago and I re-read this beauty the other day because I was craving a familiar read and scrolled WAAAAAAY down on my kindle and found this gem. What I loved about this book is that you connect to it right away and it’s written so well!!

Jared is a 39 year old former hockey star, who had a career ending injury. When he essentially runs away to a small town by a lake into a big house, he has some surprising surprises that come up. Mia is a woman that has lived in this small town for a few years now and ran away from something that will blow your mind when you find out that the world really is that small. When she accidentally catches the new neighbor going at it with a leggy blonde on the dock, she is shocked at how much she wanted to watch….until a week later the same neighbor is seen hugging a brunette…a pregnant brunette. Her mind changes right away, knowing that men are pigs…well new neighbor stamped that strong. When they both meet it’s not love at first sight but it’s so so so beautiful, I don’t want to give out too much because honestly it’s worth reading and once you find out, you’ll understand why I kept it vague. Really just fell in love with this all over again. The world really is small and things never seem as they are, both Jared and Mia learn that the hard way.

There is romance, tears, swoon, sexy, little mystery, suspense, fun and so so so much SWEET!! A MUST READ!

Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #1 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Dirty Beginnings by Laurelin Paige

Dive into Laurelin Paige’s Dirty Universe, with these three full-length books from the popular series, each beginning a duet featuring one of the filthy rich men of Reach Media.


Be seduced by Donovan Kincaid in Dirty Filthy Rich Men, book one of the Dirty Duet
Sabrina is thrust into a seductive, tantalizing world when wealthy Donovan becomes her boss. A USA Todaybestseller with over 4,300 five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Fall in love with Weston King in Dirty Sexy Player, book one of the Dirty Games Duet: Weston King may have been pressured into the arrangement with fiery media-empire heiress Elizabeth Dyson, but he’s ready to bring his A-game.
Only, relationships – a new thing for the player – are a lot harder to be in than he thought.
Can he win at love? Maybe. But he’s going to have to play real dirty.

Meet the love scrooge, Dylan Locke, in Sweet Liar, book one of the Dirty Sweet Duet: British ad exec, Dylan Locke, isn’t looking for love. He isn’t looking for fate. He’s definitely not looking for the pretty, young, romantic Audrey Lind.
But when the girl, who’s twenty years younger than him, literally lands in his lap and asks for his expertise, he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t interested.

RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2019

Not my first read by the author and I have to say that being able to read this all back to back was FANTASTIC! It was never ending and that’s how I like it! I could probably write a whole lot of paragraphs for each story but I think I will sum it down to what all three had in the best qualities that I enjoyed.

Wealthy, well known, handsome, dark and sexy hero Strong, Sassy, Beautiful and super smart Heorines Events that will leave you wanting more with mystery, suspense and action Beautiful and Hot Romance Basically all three of these were FANTASTIC to me. I just kept reading and didn’t want it to end, it’s the right amount of DARK for me also.

Rating: 4.5★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: (Dirty Games Duet, #1; Dirty Duet, #1; Dirty Sweet, #1)
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
⇨ H A P P Y – R E A D I N G ⇦