Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Lying Club by Annie Ward

THE LYING CLUB

Author: Annie Ward

ISBN: 9780778389408

Publication Date: March 22, 2022

Publisher: Park Row Books

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Annie Ward is the author of Beautiful Bad. She has a BA in English literature from UCLA and an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright scholarship and an Escape to Create artist residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.

From the acclaimed author of Beautiful Bad comes an explosive new novel of revenge, murder and shocking secrets—where the victims aren’t who you might think. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Lucy Foley, and Liv Constantine.

Three women. Two bodies. One big lie…

A tangled web of lies draws together three women in this explosive thriller of revenge, murder and shocking secrets.

At an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, Natalie, an office assistant, dreams of having a life like the school moms she deals with every day. Women like Brooke—a gorgeous heiress, ferociously loving mother and serial cheater—and Asha, an overprotective mom who suspects her husband of having an affair. Their fates are bound by the handsome assistant athletic director Nicholas, whom Natalie loves, Brooke wants and Asha needs.

But when two bodies are carried out of the school one morning, it seems the tension between mothers and daughters, rival lovers, and the haves and have-nots has shattered the surface of this isolated, affluent town—where people stop at nothing to get what they want.

Prologue

 

THE NECKTIE OF her ex was still clasped in her hand when Natalie woke. Her head was pounding, and her mouth tasted bad, like she’d fallen into bed without brushing her teeth. She had a horrible, cloudy feeling that she’d done something regrettable, but in that moment, she couldn’t remember what it was.

She wasn’t at home. Instead, she was upright, a seat belt crossing her chest. In front of her was the windshield of her own car, coated in a sheet of frost, and her I LOVE COLORADO! key chain was dangling from the ignition.

Natalie realized then that she’d blacked out. It had happened before, when she was much younger, and the memory of that awful awakening hit her with an electrifying jolt. After a frantic inspection, she concluded that all her clothes were on and nothing seemed torn or altered. She slipped the tie into her coat pocket.

Yanking the rearview mirror toward her face, she saw thather hazel eyes were huge, the pupils tiny pinpoints, and her mascara was smudged. A chapped crack ran down the bottom of her lower lip, but there were no other bruises or cuts. It didn’t appear that she’d crashed into a building or a tree. There were no sirens.

She rolled down her window, and a thin wall of ice collapsed into the car, dampening her plaid skirt. It was almost dark outside.

Work. She was at work. Across the snowy parking lot, she could see the back door to the east wing of the private school where she was an administrative assistant in the front office.

Pulling on her stocking cap and opening the car door, Natalie noticed footprints, slightly softened by snowfall, leading from her car to the rear exit of the school’s gym. Another set of identical prints returned from the door to the car, but not in a straight line. They zigzagged, and there was a large compression in the snow, just about the size of a small person like her. Gingerly, she lowered one boot into the first of the prints to make sure it was a match. It was. It seemed likely that the body-shaped spot in the snow was an indication that she’d fallen, and a quick pat down of her coat confirmed that it was wet.

Natalie stepped out of her car and squinted into the wind. Her legs felt weak, as if she’d just returned from one of her longer runs.

She retraced her own tracks, leading to the school. The sky was changing color from a grayish stormy dusk to night, and it struck Natalie, who loved art, that the swirling white flurries between her and the stars resembled a monochrome Van Gogh painting. Snow-capped peaks surrounded her on all sides. Down the mountain was the town center. Lights twinkled. Houses, vacation condos, and old-timey shops were piled like Christmas gifts on top of one another alongside a dark and twisting river.

The heavy back door was ajar. When she tugged on it, it groaned, scraped, and opened. Heart pounding, she went in.

During school hours, the sports pavilion would have been filled with the sound of bouncing basketballs, laughter, whistles, and sneakers squeaking on the gym floor. Now, there was distant, droning pop music playing up on the mezzanine, but no one was singing along or dropping weights to the floor with a crash.

Natalie walked with slow, hesitant steps over to the double doors that opened onto the basketball courts.

Normally those doors stood propped open by gray rubber wedges. Now they were closed, but each had a rectangular window. Natalie curled her hand and made a cup for her eyes.

It took a second to see anything at all. The court was dim, aglow only from the small green emergency lights situated over the doors and in the corners of the room. Her eyes were adjusting. Something was there.

She jumped away from the door as if the glass had burned her skin. Her hands flew up to cover her mouth. A scream almost escaped, but she stopped it in her throat with a choking noise.

Not far from the door was what looked like a crumpled pile of clothes and broken body parts, motionless in the middle of a spreading pool of blood.

What the hell did I do?

 

The security lights in the Falcon Academy parking lot flickered. It was early Monday morning and still dark. A beat-up Pathfinder left tracks in the snow as it swerved into a spot re-served for employees.

Harry Doyle climbed out and used his heel to squelch acigarette into the ground. He grabbed a battered baseball cap from the dashboard and plopped it on his head, holding down what little was left of his hair. After slamming the driver’s door shut, he looked up at the sky, which was turning pink and orange to the east. An enormous blanket of fluffy white covered the parking lot. Last night had been the first big storm of the season, and some parents would call their kids in sick so they could hit the slopes with their friends.

The sixty-eight-year-old custodian shuffled towards the rear entrance of the sports pavilion. The automatic fluorescents in the back hallway glowed a sickly yellow. He hummed as he plodded down the hall to the boys’ changing room, where he put his lunch and jacket away in his locker before going to the storage closet. Harry grabbed the fiberglass handle of the deluxe wet mop and hauled it, and the bucket, out into the corridor toward the basketball courts. Pushing past the double doors, he activated all nine light switches with a swipe of his hand. The bulky, caged gymnasium overheads burst to life with a buzz.

“What the hell?” he exclaimed, dropping the mop.

The handle clattered against the maple wood planks. “Ohdear God.” The words came out strangled.

Harry scrambled for his phone in a zippered compartment of his slacks.

“Hello?” he managed to say, after dialing 911. He was having trouble breathing. “The Falcon Academy. Off Highway 70. Just west of Blackswift. Oh Jesus. Jesus Mary and Joseph. We need help. There’s a lot of blood.”

 

 

Excerpted from The Lying Club by Annie Ward, Copyright © 2022 by Annie Ward. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

“This is how you win the game, you know. Show them what they want to see, let them think they can win, let them follow the cards. Keep their eyes where you want them.
And never, ever lose sight of the real mark.”

Genre: YA Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: What’s your favourite fairytale? Do you enjoy fairytale retellings?

It’s so hard to review this one without ruining the story. It’s a retelling of the German Fairytale ‘The Goose Girl’, which I haven’t read yet. But I really enjoyed this one! It had a little bit of everything: magic, adventure, a hint of romance and lgbtq rep.

This was like Kaz Bekker meets Jack Sparrow. The cast of characters in this one was just brilliant.

Vanja was such a good morally grey character! She was frustrating at times, but you couldn’t help but root for her to do the right thing. My fave character though, was Ragne and her red eyes!

Would definitely recommend checking it out if you want something different.

Have you read this one? On your tbr?

The Maid by Nita Prose

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you like:

⁃ character driven stories

⁃ Cozy mysteries

UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT

If I had know walking into this book that it was compared to Eleanor Oliphant, I wouldn’t have bothered picking it up. Did I hate it? No. But it was another overhyped read for me, that was just kinda meh.

What didn’t work for me:

⁃ It was slow, boring and repetitive. But it was also told in Molly’s perspective, which was like a double edged sword. It wouldn’t have been the same otherwise.

⁃ once I stopped reading, and put the book down, it was very easy to lose momentum and not wanna pick it back up..like for days! I ended up skimming just to get to the best part. The end. Which I totally guessed from the beginning.

I’ve come to realize cozy mysteries are slower paced. With that in mind, I enjoyed the mystery aspect. I had my Poirot hat on the whole time.

What I enjoyed:

I liked the cast of characters. Molly was like your modern day Amelia Bedelia, except smarter. Remember her?! I love Amelia bedelia.

I really enjoyed Gran and all her lessons! I felt like those were the best parts.

“We’re all entitled to a bad day now and again. But when they are all bad days, with no pleasant ones, then it’s time to reconsider things.”

Overall, I’m glad I buddy read this with some friends who encouraged me to see it through, cause I almost DNF’d it, but was also curious enough to see whether I was right about whodunnit.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Genre: Rom Com, Romance

QOTD: What was your last overhyped/disappointing read?

Ugh..I wanted to like this one! The FOMO was real you guys!! Everyone raved about it on Bookstagram and book tok…except me.

MY ISSUES WITH IT..

– I happen to be a fan of the fake dating trope, but this one just didn’t work for me. I wasn’t convinced.

– I found it incredibly annoying how many times Adam being an ass or dick, along with his height was mentioned. It was literally every other page! I get it! He’s the fucking Shaquille O’Neal of the research department.

“She was going to lose her visa and her only source of income and move back to Canada, where it snowed all the time and people ate moose heart.”

– Perhaps I missed the joke? But it sounded so stupid and ignorant! Not impressed.

Maybe if the author were Canadian, I would have given her a pass. Just sayin..

– Ok, seriously. I did not see the REYLO (Kylo Ren & Rey from Star Wars) connection. If anything, picturing Adam Driver as Adam Carlsen was SO not sexy and cringey. After my friend mentioned it, I couldn’t unsee him in my head while reading!

I did however, appreciate the women in STEM rep, which is new to me.

Overall, the premise I was sold on, turned out to be a disappointing read. womp womp. Maybe this author is just not for me? I don’t know. I haven’t decided yet.

I’m so glad I borrowed it from the library! Don’t you just love the library?

What did you think of this one? Have you read it?

King Of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St.Clair

““There was a difference between a monster and someone who could be monstrous.”

Genre: Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you are a fan of:

-vampires

-witches

-smutty reads

-ACOMAF, FBAA

-fantasy

QOTD: Do you have songs that play through your head when you’re reading a book?

I loved this book so much, that I created a small playlist on Spotify. If you have it, here’s my link:

KING OF BATTLE & BLOOD PLAYLIST

O-M-F-G! This book! 👏👏👏 I’m obsessed!!My first book hangover & 5 star read of the year!

Y’all, this book was spicy AF 🌶🔥🥵. By far the steamiest book I’ve read. I’m pretty sure Adrian had a hard on in every chapter! Not kidding. If you’re a fan of Sarah J Maas and ACOMAF was your fave, then you’ll definitely love this one!

So many great characters in this one! Minor spoiler alert up ahead..

ISOLDE

She was definitely badass and one I’d want as my bestie! She was sassy, fierce and could fight like no one’s business. I loved her!!

ADRIAN

My new book bf! He was absolutely delicious..

I was totally picturing Alexander Skarsgard or Henry Cavill in my head!

You’re welcome!! 😉

SORIN

Omg, I loved him so much! Another one I’d want as my bestie. Loved that he was a shapeshifter. Certainly one of the coolest side characters.

KILLIAN

Ok. I seriously hated this guy at first and felt like punching him. But near the end, I kinda liked him and hope it’ll stay that way in book 2. I wanna see good things for him and hope he’ll join team vampire! Maybe even take an interest in Ana Marie.

KING OF LARA

Isolde’s father

I was so waiting for the other shoe to drop with this guy. I just didn’t know when or what it was gonna be. But I felt it coming for sure.

RAVENA

Don’t you just love a great villainess?!! I know I do, and she was a really good one! Think Evil Queen from Snow White or Maleficent.

I buddy read this with my friend Rach @ bornabooklover and so glad we squeezed it in last minute, right before 2021 ended. It was such a great way to kick start 2022! It’s only been a few days since I finished and I’m missing Revekka and Adrian already!!

I can’t wait till book 2 comes out! I hope it’s this year!! Will definitely be rereading King Of Battle & Blood again when it does.

Have you read it? On your tbr? Have you read the A Touch Of Darkness series?

“All the stars in the sky are not as bright as my love for you.”

“The sparrow is sought after by many monsters, but she is cunning and resourceful, and she always wins.”

Goodreads description 👇

Their Union Is His Revenge.

Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day her death day. To end a years-long war, she is to marry vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him. ⠀

But her assassination attempt is thwarted and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries kill him again, he will raise her as the undead. Faced with the possibility of becoming the thing she hates most, Isolde seeks other ways to defy him and survive the brutal vampire court. ⠀

Except it isn’t the court she fears most—it’s Adrain. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king——fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort. ⠀

The answer will shatter her world.

Blog Tour & Excerpt: Love At First Spite by Anna E. Collins

Genre: Rom Com

QOTD: Do you have any bookish goals this year? Aside from the number of book you plan to read?

Me: I plan to read more rom coms this year. I could use more light-hearted and funny reads. 💖

Is this on your radar? Excerpt provided below.

Publication Date: January 4, 2022

Publisher: Graydon House

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Anna E. Collins is a Seattle-area author who writes stories about the lives and loves of women. Once upon a time she was a teacher, and she has a master’s degree in educational psychology. LOVE AT FIRST SPITE is her first novel.

In this delightful, breezy romcom, interior designer Dani decides to get revenge on her cheating ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door.

They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That’s interior designer Dani Porter’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.

That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…


Chapter 1

 

My white dress trails me as we make our way across the small clearing to where the others are waiting. The heavy fabric rustles against the ground, a few leaves catching in the hem, but I ignore them, concentrating instead on what’s ahead. All eyes are on me. 

 

“Are you sure?” my cousin Mia asks at my elbow. My partner in crime. 

 

I glance her way. I’m nervous, but I don’t want to be, and the simmering excitement in her expression reassures me. This is the right choice. 

 

“Hundred percent,” I say. 

 

She smiles and squeezes my hand. “You’ll rock this, I know it.” She lets go and steps away to assume her position with a wink. “See you on the other side.” 

 

Then it begins.

 

I take off at a sprint. The paintball arena is at least a football field in size and strewn with steel drums, crates, and sandbags. A few larger structures in the middle resemble a small-scale Old West town complete with porches and a saloon sign. The guysMia and I’ve been teamed up with run that way, while she and I head for the trees along the sides. The large pines tower stoically above the fray, and I choose one of the largest trunks for my first cover.

 

“Did everyone else go the other way?” I call out to Mia but get no response. Wasn’t she behind me? 

 

I peer around the trunk only to catch the whisp of her braid beneath her helmet as she dives for shelter by a tree trunk twenty yards in front of me. 

 

“Don’t be a baby, Porter,” I chastise myself, before following her. It’s a thirty-minute game of most-hits-win, so she’s got the right idea: it’s go time. 

 

As fast as my skirts allow, I jog in the direction of the rapid pops and ka-splats of active battle, paintball gun at the ready. The staff told me I’d be at a disadvantage playing in my wedding dress, and they had a good point. But then again, I didn’t come here expecting to leave in virginal white. 

 

I barely get my finger on the trigger before two shots in succession hit me squarely in the chest, and a green stain bloomsbefore me. It hurts less than I anticipated, but I still freeze too long and another round easily finds my shoulder. Blue paint drips off the white lace of my sleeve. 

 

Oh yeah? That’s how it’s going to be? 

Something akin to glee bubbles up my chest and I let out a loud cackle. All righty, then. Shouldering my gun, I aim at the culprit—some kid a full foot shorter than me— and one, two, three splotches of paint hit his belly.

 

“Yeah!” I shout, as he hightails off. Adrenaline pumps through my arms. 

 

“Dani, over here!” Mia runs sideways behind me from the cover of a fake building to a stack of boxes. “I’ll shield you.” 

 

Yeah right. She already looks like she’s wrestled with a rainbow. 

 

I consider darting the opposite way, to a smattering of hay bales, but Mia sounds increasingly desperate. I hike up my skirts and do my best to make myself small before jumping to safety next to her. 

 

Back up against the boxes, I peek around the corner. “Two of them,” I say, still breathing hard. “On my mark.” I count down with my fingers and, on three, we spring out, guns leveled at opponents who don’t see us coming. I’m a vengeful angel, gliding through the sky—at least that’s what I picture until my toe catches the hem of my dress and I stumble forward into a mouthful of dirty straw. 

 

“Take that!” Mia shouts from a distance, accompanied by a fresh round of shots volleying through the air. 

 

“What the fuck?” a deep voice yells out. 

 

Another voice: “We’re on the same fucking team.”

 

I lift my face off the ground. Mia is backing up toward me, pursued by our imagined foe who’s indeed wearing the same beat-up Timberlands I spotted on our teammates earlier. 

 

It’s fair to say they’re about as excited to be paired with us as my taste buds are about the straw. I spit out the horse fodder and push myself up. 

 

“We should have never teamed up with them,” the first guy complains. “That one wants to get hit, and this one…” He gestures at Mia. 

 

She exhales as if he’s punched her.

 

“What?” I say, moving to stand between him and my cousin. “This one, what?” 

 

“Dude, come on,” the second guy says. “Let’s just play.” 

 

“Well she’s not exactly agile, is she?” guy number one sneers. 

 

“Ha, that’s funny.” I bob my head a few times and train my gun on him. “What do you think, Mia?” 

 

She appears at my side. “I think someone’s about to get pummeled.” 

 

His eyebrows jerk behind his protective goggles, but that’s all he manages before we shoot. 

 

And shoot again. 

 

Who needs a team? The sight of them running away is totally worth losing for.

 

 

 

Excerpted from Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins, Copyright © 2022 by Anna E. Collins. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

 

#thrillerthursday Chasing The Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

Genre: Horror, Thriller

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️

and Burn Book entry..

QOTD: Which is your most disappointing or overhyped read of the year?

Ugh..for me, it was this.

How bout I start with the positives shall we?

This was a fictional true crime story. I know!! Genius right?! Something I’ve never come across before.

It started off strong and read very much like a true crime book..until it started turning into what sounded and read more like a memoir. Enter chapter 1: The Town. Oh my god..it was soooo boring! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I even switched to the audiobook for help and had it playing at chipmunk speed at one point, but it really didn’t help in the end.

What didn’t work for me in this story were all the unnecessary and lengthy details..The history of the town..Everyone’s past..faaack. I don’t care..

But I was still invested in wanting to know who the boogeyman was, so I started skimming, then went straight to the end. And let me tell you, that was unfortunately, also very underwhelming and suuuper predictable. I already knew who it was after ‘The First Girl’. It was so obvious.

I actually threw my phone (which I was reading from)..On the bed, clipping my hubby in the process from being frustrated. Don’t worry..My phone is fine! Oh and so is my hubby 😆

So there you have it folks..my most disappointing read of 2021! 🙊🤦🏻‍♀️ Trust me. I wanted to love this one big time. I mean, look at the cover! And the title?!! So me! No? 😭

Have you read this one? What did you think?

In the summer of 1988, the mutilated bodies of several missing girls begin to turn up in a small Maryland town. The grisly evidence leads police to the terrifying assumption that a serial killer is on the loose in the quiet suburb. But soon a rumor begins to spread that the evil stalking local teens is not entirely human. Law enforcement, as well as members of the FBI, are certain that the killer is a living, breathing madman—and he’s playing games with them. For a once peaceful community trapped in the depths of paranoia and suspicion, it feels like a nightmare that will never end.

Recent college graduate Richard Chizmar returns to his hometown just as a curfew is enacted and a neighborhood watch is formed. Amid preparing for his wedding and embarking on a writing career, he soon finds himself thrust into a real-life horror story. Inspired by the terrifying events, Richard writes a personal account of the serial killer’s reign of terror, unaware that these events will continue to haunt him for years to come.

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

“I have two choices. One I can’t have. One I don’t deserve to have.”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 (3.5 stars)

QOTD: How do you feel about ambiguous endings?

The only way so can describe this book is that it’s like Martha Stewart being good friends with Snoop Dogg..it’s shocking, beautifully written, yet vulgar.

“The very thought that she had a vagina repulsed us, and, even worse, that it was out there in the open at night.”

I buddy read this with Norma @readinginthecountry (which is always fun), and we both had very similar thoughts throughout the way. We were loving it, till we hated it! 😂 The ending actually ruined the story.

Personally, the last 6 chapters lost some steam and then killed the rest of the story by leaving you hanging at the end. Which is a huge pet peeve of mine with standalones that aren’t thrillers. And for me, this story needed closure! I NEEDED closure! I didn’t invest all my emotions and brain juice to be left wondering What. the. Fuck!!

There are A LOT of trigger warnings with this one and cringe worthy scenes. So proceed with caution if you plan to read it. I actually felt it was a bit too much and almost overdone in a sense. It made for a much heavier read than it needed to be. I now need to chase it with something fluffy and less depressing.

On a positive note, I thought it was beautifully written and there were times I didn’t wanna put it down! I needed to know what was gonna go down with Jonas & Peter. I’m a huge fan of impossible love triangles and very unlikeable characters, which was the highlight of this story.

Overall, it was good discussion piece and one that’s best read with a buddy or book club.

MEMORABLE QUOTES

“She sounds so pitiful — panicked, desperate. Maybe this is what it sounds like when a rabbit screams.”

“There are some swims you do regret, Eleanor. The problem is, you never know until you take them.”

Have you read this one? Plan to read it?

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

“But the journey always ends at the same destination: no one is left except the monster and the final girl.”

Genre: Thriller, Horror

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you enjoy:

⁃ thrillers & suspense

⁃ Slashers

I haven’t had the best luck with a couple of his previous novels, but finally!! A Grady Hendrix book I like..no, no. Correction. LOVED.

Grady’s love for horror, particularly the classic slasher films, shone throughout this book. As someone who’s a thriller junkie and loves slashers, this was the perfect story.

I’ve seen mixed thoughts on this one, and you’ll either love it (like me) or hate it! But if you’re expecting a horror story, it’s not scary!! The best is to go into this one tuning out everyone’s thoughts until you’ve read it for yourself, and not knowing anything but the title!

For me, this was a nice fast-paced, bingeable read that took me by surprise. My inner detective was in overdrive, and I had my suspicions of who it could be at the 40% mark, but it was a lot of fun guessing who the actual killer was and being wrong on a few occasions.

No spoilers here, but let’s talk about the ending. It lost just a bit of momentum in my opinion, and some readers may find it disappointing. But it didn’t change my overall feelings towards the story.

I loved how each chapter was numbered and titled, and ended with either an article or document.

If you’re looking to dip your toes into the genre and don’t want something that’ll give you nightmares, this is a good one to start with.

Have you read it? What’s your fave Hendrix book?

From Blood And Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout


From Blood And Ash
We Will Rise

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you like:

⁃ Vampires & werewolves

⁃ Fantasies with some smut

– Strong female MC’s

-Character driven stories

Do you ever give books you weren’t into a second chance?

The first time I read this was back in January and DNF’d at the 11% mark. But the rave reviews kept blowing up my IG feed, and I thought maybe I missed something!

So glad I gave this another go cause I was complete hooked!

The pickier part of me would tell you the first half is slow and the writing isn’t perfect, but who the fuck cares!!

Poppy is one bad ass bitch! And Hawke! 🔥🔥 Oh My Gods..Remember that scene with Monica from Friends, pointing out the 7 erogenous spots?!

Someone get me a fan and hose me down with freezing water!! I just found myself a new book boyfriend! 🖤

It was really the characters and their relationship with each other, that I fell in love with and made the story for me.

I can’t wait to read A Kingdom of Flesh And Fire.

Have you read the series yet? What did you think?

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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