Sunday, February 28

Book Review: Touch of Evil by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Title: Touch of Evil
(Touch #1) (Weird Girls Series #10)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, UF
Format: ebook
Pages: 209
Published: October 13th 2020
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon purchase)

Emme Wird, the healer and powerful telekinetic in the Wird family, hasn’t had the best of luck with males. While her sisters have found their mates and forever loves, Emme has found males that are better left as lost. Is a decent meal with polite conversation too much to ask for? Yes, it is.

When a pack member that Emme has dinner with is discovered dead and dismembered, it is up to Emme and her werewolf friend, Bren, to solve the murder. But spine-tingling danger and touches with evil have ways of bringing close friends closer.

Could the male that Emme searches for be right in front of her? Or will evil snatch him away from her, just as it did once before?

Been excited about the new arc. I adore Emme and I want her to be happy!

The story follows Emme and Bren. Emme is the healer and powerful telekinetic in the Wird family. She hasn't had luck in love and with all of her sisters finding their mates....she is feeling left out and lost. Bren has been a family friend to the Wird family for years and was a lone wolf, literally, for a long time until he was dragged into joining the pack. When a pack member Emme had a dinner date with is discovered dead and dismembered, it is up to Emme and Bren to solve the murder. 

OoooooOOOoooooo Emme. I have been rooting for her to fall in love again after what happened to her in the past. Poor, poor Emme. 

Ugh. Bren. I like him. He is fun, but omg I have been wanting to smack him for a while now and I was hoping he would do right, but NO he's still being a butt! Big idiot. You like Emme and Emme likes you. Get over yourself. Sure, sure, I know you had a tragic past and so forth.......but come on man. Emme is an angel!!!!

This felt really, really short and quick compared to some of the others. Maybe I just read really fast? *looks it up* Eh it is a little shorter than some of the rest. I wasn't ready to say goodbye yet. Yes, yes, I know we will have more for the new arc soon, but I can't waittttttt! Bren needs to make it better. Big idiot. 

Even though this was shorter, it was just as good. Lots of laughs. Lots of action. Lots of steamy scenes. I love this world!!!

Overall, I am excited about this new arc. I love Emme! I like Bren overall even though he's a big idiot. Curious to see what comes next! I'll give this 4 stars. 

Saturday, February 27

Saturday Movie Night: To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021)

Been a long time since we sat down and reviewed a movie together. This month Blodeuedd and I are reviewing, To All the Boys: Always and Forever. 

Blodeuedd is in blue and I am in purple.

Title:  To All the Boys - Always and Forever

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family 
Running Time: 1h 49min
Rating: TV-14 
Released: Feb 2021

Senior year of high school takes center stage as Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers her college plans - with and without Peter.



Another movie, more romance. I still prefer the first though


Awww yes the first was the best, but I did like this one a lot. I caught myself Awwing a lot lol. 


It was fun,but, I do not see a future for them, I am being horrid. Not even if they break up and meet up again.


Nooo. I do not think they will still be together esp how the movie ended. (Trying not to give spoilers lolll) it seems impossible and a story as old as time. Who knows? Maybe the author will give us an epilogue book and we’ll get another movie!


I think we are meant to believe they will always be together, but for some reason I did not feel it here. I felt she wanted more and he just thought of himself. Maybe if they break up, meet new people, and meet again at 40...yes maybe then.


Ya I think they were hinting that they’ll make it work……...but at the same time not. IDK. It was totally left open-ended like the book. WHICH I am not amused by that hahaha. They had a lot of issues and he is super insecure. I can’t imagine it working. Love him….but he’s going to be constantly jealous and mad at her. 


They are still cute together and I want them to be happy, but life has a way. We can always hope they will grow into secure happy adults and make babies and all that,.


Yess, one can hope. Maybe they’ll break up for a couple of years and he’ll fix his relationship with his dad/find security he doesn’t NEED his Dad’s approval and love. They both have issues to deal with. I think she will want to be single and live her life for a while too. She finally found courage to be on her own. SIGHS. I want another book and movie. 


Though I do remember when reading book 3 that I got annoyed that they had issues with their relationship again. I wanted more happy, they had too many issues. SO if we were to have more then I want FIRM TRUE happy ending.


They need that. I want them to have that so bad. Someday maybe. I do appreciate that the movie cut out one scene that was in the book. I was so mad at Peter. It was the scene at the beach. I’m glad they did something different. 


Same! All in all, cute teenage drama, I like her siblings, I like her dad, she should have made more cookies though. This girl loves to bake after all


A very cute relationship that seems impossible and makes me wish I had a Peter in school ;) And yessss, I adore her family. I LOVE Kitty’s mini little romance. That was a cute bonus side “drama”. Haha


Yes, same :) I do recommended this one, but do watch in order!


100% it needs to be watched in order. And I highly recommend the movies AND the books. They are all cute. They are similar, but do have some differences, but the heart is the same. 


Aye, the books are so adorable. The first made me happy


Me too! It was soooo cute. 


I do not really have more to say, cute was the word


Yess not much else to say without giving some big spoilers. I keep catching myself LOLLL. Yes - this is cute and it will make you wish you had a Peter! 

Lol, the end.


The end! :D 

Thursday, February 25

Audiobook Review: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter


                                                    Author: Kristen Painter
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Title: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case
(Jayne Frost #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, UF
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 324 
Published:  March 4th 2016
Where I got It: Audible 

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now...private investigator. Sort of. Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at the Santa's Workshop toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger. Will her magic save her? Or will she come up cold?

I've been curious about this one. It always pops up as a book I might like sooooooooo I decided to finally give in and see if Audible was right. 

We follow Jayne Frost who is the daughter of Jack Frost, Santa's niece, and she is the heir to the Winter Throne. NOW she is a private investigator....sort of. Needing someone he can trust, Jack Frost sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why so many employees at the Santa's Workshop are going missing. Doing that requires her to disguise herself with magic and get to know the town and the people. She will come across an old flame, a sexy vamp, and a weird elevator that her boss says is strictly off-limits. The more she finds, the more questions that pop up. 

This was a ton of fun! I loved Jayne and this world. Sighs. I am suckered in now. Crap! haha. I already downloaded book 2. I will try and save it since I have other pressing audios, but I am tempted to just start it now ;) 

Jayne being magically undercover was genius. I loved that she got a chance to be herself and find true friendship. Being a princess and one of the elite can have its disadvantages. 

Lovveeddd that sexy vamp. I am totally rooting for him to steal Jayne's heart!

I loved her friends. They were fun. 

That cat is adorable! Funky name, but it works. 

The mystery was good. I had zero idea who, why, where. I applaud the author for stumping me until the very end. 

The narrator was fantastic. Her Irish, vamp voice was amazing. Perfect! 

Overall, I am suckered in now. This was really good. I was hooked from page one and I cannot wait to get to book 2. Highly recommend it. Fun story and fun characters. 5 stars from me! 

- #12 for Audiobook challenge

Wednesday, February 24

Audiobook Review: Lucky by Lilly Atlas

Lilly Atlas
Narrator: Noah Michael Levine & Erin DeWard
Title: Lucky
(No Prisoners MC #4)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 257 
Published:  July 31st 2017
Where I got It: Audible 

After spending six months caring for her terminally ill mother, Kori is shocked when she learns the true identity of her father. Armed with the name of a man she’s never met, Kori sets off across the country to meet the person responsible for half of her DNA. There’s only one problem: he’s the President of the No Prisoners Las Vegas chapter.

Raised as the step-daughter of an MC member, Kori has one rule when it comes to dating: no bikers. Following that rule becomes a challenge, however, when she meets Lucky, a member of her father’s club.

Lucky has his own perspective on the dating world: don’t do it. He’s a tried and true bachelor with a revolving door to his bedroom and no interest in a relationship. But what starts as some harmless flirting quickly escalates until he can’t get Kori out of his mind.

For a time, the relationship seems perfect, but Lucky is struggling with a secret. He discovered that the president and VP are breaking club bylaws in a way that might undermine the entire chapter. He was preparing to take action when Kori arrived in town. Now he has to make a decision: will he move against the club leadership knowing that Kori will be caught in the crossfire? And what will happen if he holds onto the secret for too long?

Been excited about this one. I liked Lucky from the previous ones and I wanted to see what was up with him. You could tell there was something wrong in the last book so I was anxious to see what happened and to finally see him fall in loveeee.

We follow Kori and Lucky. Kori has been taking care of her dying mother for months and after she passes, she finds out who her father is. Armed with the knowledge of who her father is, she travels across the country to find him and meet him. Turns out he is the president of the No Prisoners Las Vegas chapter. Lucky is part of that club, but he learned a dark secret that the president and the VP are selling drugs which is a huge NO-NO for the club but what is he to do? Loyalty means everything. When Kori comes into the picture it is lust and maybe love at first sight, it makes it harder for him to decide what to do about this betrayal. 

Awww I adore Lucky. Poor thing had a rough upbringing and then what happened to his little sister while he was away in the military. Poor thing!!! Sobbssss!!

And poor Kori! It's not easy watching someone you love fall be so sick and pass away. Soobbbsss!!! So sad! Dang that "father" of hers. >_> I'm glad she at least found Lucky.

I did find that their lust and acting upon that lust was QUICK! Maybe a little too quick. Sure, Kori is still mourning the loss of her mom, but I feel like she caved too quickly especially given her rule of NOT dating or doing bikers. He was a gentleman for like 2 secs and she tossed her rule out the window and jumped into bed with him. Smh. Too quick. 

Oooooo that twist of drama was good. Totes didn't see that coming. It really added a good twist to the story. It was seeming a little...boring and typical, but that twist added some serious drama. Yayy. But dang Lucky...don't be so daft and dumb. Men. LOL

The narrators were amazing again. I love the duo for these! 

Overall, I enjoyed this. Loved Lucky and Kori. They were cute. I do think they jumped into lust and then love a hair quick for my liking especially with Kori's lifelong rule. The narrators are fantastic as per normal. Out of five stars, I'll give this 4 stars. 

- #12 for Audiobook challenge
- #8 for Romance Bingo - Mode of transportation on cover


Tuesday, February 23

Audiobook Review: Highland Protector by Catherine Bybee

Author: Catherine Bybee
Narrator: David Monteath
Title: Highland Protector
(MacCoinnich Time Travels #5)
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, SCI FI
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 300 
Published:  November 7th 2013
Where I got It: Audible 

No ordinary hero can save Amber from death... it will take a Highland Protector

Amber MacCoinnich survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed.

Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both.

The final book in the series. I am so sad!!

We continue the story with Amber who's survival depends on her traveling to the 21st century according to her mother's premonition. Death hangs over Amber and would be the only way to offer peace and end her pain. Amber is preparing for her death only to wake up with a handsome stranger in her bed. Gavin has spent his life shifting time to help preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family line. During one of his missions, a portrait of a beautiful woman catches his attention and he feels like she needs his help. He embarks on a mission to find out who she is. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Gavin to go to the 21st century where he finds the mystery woman close to death. His Druid gift seems to be the only thing that can save her. 

This is really bittersweet. I hate saying goodbye to this world and the MacCoinnich clan. There are so many stories left to tell! Especially with that ending! SUCH A CLIFF HANGER! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! HOW CAN YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!?????? SOBS!!!!! GAHHH I NEED TO SEE CIAN BE HAPPY! I heard a rumor...that the series might get a follow-up I am hopeful....but it has been years since this one came back. 

I loved watching Amber and Gavin fall in love. Their love story is not a-typical. The lust is of course there right away, but they are forced to bond and get "married" in order to save Amber. The love comes last but I loved watching them learn to trust each other and finally succumb to their love. 

Awwwww I also adored watching Selma and Jake finally get together! In some ways I loved their love story a touch more especially when we get to meet Jake's kiddos. Too cute!

I really must applaud the author! She has people from three entirely different centuries co-existing! Different speech patterns and behaviors. It flowed perfectly together. 

Which - I must applaud the narrator as well. He was able to really distinguish all the different characters from different centuries and countries. His American girl accent has really improved from book 1. 

All-in-all, I am sad to say goodbye to this world and our characters. I hope the rumors are right that we will get another book, but it's been years since this came out. I enjoyed this overall, but the ending left me sad because there is so much more and it was for sure a cliff-hanger. Sighs. I'll give this 3 stars. 

- #11 for Audiobook challenge

Monday, February 22

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Lady Darcy's Bluestocking Club by Rose Fairbanks


Kindle Edition, 330 pages

Published December 29th 2020

Series: Pride and Prejudice and Bluestockings #2

Pride and Prejudice Variation


My reading lately have been slow, so I started with a PP novella, and now I read a PP book. I truly needed something that I can finish fast and enjoy.

Yes I admit, this was book 2, and yes I could read it without knowing, but I am so curious about events! Like how Lizzy and Darcy fell inlove here. Why Darcy does not speak to Bingley or Fitzwilliam anymore?! How Jane ended up marrying a Duke! How Kitty married Wickham, and Lydia is preggo by him, damn, scandal!

Though it was not as sweet as some. The Ton is right bastards towards Lizzy. Calling her a harlot, not just cutting her, but saying mean things, men and women whispering. Because they all think she seduced Darcy so he would marry her. She has a hard time. He has a hard time. But they do have each other.

And then at the end something happens, not to them, but something, and oh, now I want book 3 (which is not out), but I am so curious! I want to write spoilers but can not *sobs*

PP books always makes me happy

The newlyweds, Lord and Lady Darcy, struggle to take their proper place in London Society amidst rumours surrounding their rushed wedding. The present gossip is nothing compared to what would follow should anyone discover their secret. Their dreams of reforming the Bluestocking Club would shatter.

Insult after insult leaves the new bride terrified that she cannot fill her predecessor's shoes and that she will lose Darcy's love if she cannot charm London.

Easing the path of acceptance for Elizabeth proves arduous for Darcy after the betrayal of his two closest friends and past demons come back to haunt him.

Beset on every side, scandal breaks out, challenging everything they have come to hold dear.

Sunday, February 21

Book Review: Haunted And Hexed by Misty Bane

Misty Bane
Title: Haunted And Hexed
(Blackwood Bay Witches #1)
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Fantasy
Format: ebook
Pages: 232 
Published: January 16th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon freebie)

Welcome to Blackwood Bay, where magic and murder have come out to play...

Okay, if that had been on the sign when I drove into town, I probably would’ve thrown it in reverse and kept the pedal to the floor until I made it safely back to Las Vegas. Probably.
Instead, I'd been lured in by the cute little beach town, a handful of instant friends, and a hunky local.

My name is Dru Rathmore Davis, and In my defense, my life had pretty much just fallen apart. So, after learning that I'd inherited a bookstore from a grandmother that I never even knew existed, I was desperate to make this my fresh start. I daydreamed of owning a quaint little bookstore and spending my weekends reading on the beach. Sounds great, right? And what could possibly go wrong?

Turns out, everything. The bodies start piling up along with my arrival in town, someone may have murdered Granny… and that’s only the beginning. As a former private investigator, I really can't help but find myself drawn (or pushed) into doing a little investigating of my own. It also helps that the Police Sergeant is super hot… cliché, I know, but what's a girl to do?

Things are much more complicated than they first appear though, and being new in town certainly has its disadvantages. No one is who they seem to be. Not even me.

The only ones I can trust are the dead. Well, and my cat. But none of them are talking. Or are they?

This was a freebie and I've been itching for a cozy mystery. 

We follow Dru has just inherited a bookstore from her grandmother she never knew. After her own life has pretty much fallen apart, she is excited for a fresh new start in a new town. However, things are not as they seem and the bodies start piling up and murder is starting to look like the cause. The only ones she can trust are the ghosts and the cat. 

This started off fun and I felt bad for Dru especially with all the twists and turns thrown at her. 

Which....I enjoyed the twists and turns at first....but then they kept coming. It got old esp when we learn about a secret about Dru's parents (no spoiler). Don't get me wrong...I love twists and turns, but there has to be a limit. For such a short story it seemed like the author was shoving so much into this that I really stopped caring. Maybe if some of these secrets were revealed in the next book? Somethings could have waited. I felt like it took away from the murders and from learning about our main character Dru. 

I want to love this town and these witches. Maybe book 2 will be better? Sighs. If I randomly stumble upon it maybe I'll give it a try. How many more reveals can we really get at this point!!

In the end, I'll give this 2 stars. It started off good, but the story seemed to get lost from all the big twists and turns. I want to know more about Dru and this I'm not ruling out book 2.


Saturday, February 20

Movie Review: Vivarium (2019)

Film Title: 
Length:   1h 53min 
Released:   1h 37min 
Genre:  Comedy, Horror, Mystery 
Rating: R
Where I Got It: Amazon Prime


A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.


Blodeuedd had suggested watching this!! So I forced BF (*edit - FH) to sit down with me and watch it. It is totally up our alley. 

We follow a young couple who are ready to move up in the world and buy their first house. They find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses and forced to raise a strange boy who seems to age at an alarming rate.

This...was strange. Super strange. Weird. Crazy. Amazing. It is a film you can't stop watching and thinking about. How....why? What?????!!!!!!!

THAT ending. Derm! It was good. I had a small tear, but it was good. Can't say WHAT happened...1) spoiler and 2) it's hard to explain unless you watch it. 

We had watched this in.....December? I can't remember now, but I decided to re-watch it recently so I could finally write this review. 

OOOOO the foreshadows and metaphors are hauntingly good. Especially the metaphor at the very beginning. Fantastic writing there. 

The cast was fantastic as well. That guy played an awesome creepy guy. *shudders* I would've ran out of that office before even leaving to look at the house. NO THANK YOU SIRRAH!

In the end....this was a really good movie that will leave you saying WHA? The writing was fantastic...the cast did awesome. Blodeuedd is a smart it if you like films that give you goosebumps. I'll give it 5 stars. It was originally 4 stars, but after re-watching recently, I had to bump up the score. 

Wednesday, February 17

Audiobook Review: Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

Yasmine Galenorn 
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Title: Witchling
(Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon #1)
Genre: UF, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 276 
Published:  October 3rd 2006
Where I got It: Borrowed from library

We're the D'Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we're savvy--and sexy--operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly's a vampire who's still trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I'm Camille--a wicked-good witch. Except my magic is as unpredictable as the weather, which my enemies are about to find out the hard way...

At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, our fellow operative, Jocko, has been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, badass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He's made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they're in like Flynn. After all, with only my bumbling sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we've got a secret for them: Faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D'Artigo girls. . .

My friend recommended that I check this out. I was super curious, plus, I needed a good UF and this sounded like a blast. 

We have the D'Artigo girls who are half-breeds. Half human and half Fae. They have powers but due to their mixed blood their powers can have some issues and glitches. For instances, our main heroine, Camille, has natural powers of a witch, but...they tend to backfire. They are also part of Otherworld Intelligence Agency - OIA. When their partner, Jacko, is found murdered they are put on the case. However, things are turning dark and every clue is pointing to Shadow Wing who is a badass leader of the Subterranean Realm. He has made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground and turn both Earth and the Otherworld into his worlds. 

I picked this up because I needed a fresh breath air for the UF genre. It is so hard to find a good series. They all tend to be cookie-cutter. Badass human with a power and a vamp and werewolf are in love with her. Sure there are some good series like that, but it does get old. We do have a half-human badass girl here, but I love how her powers are a little unstable and she is half Fae so she is familiar with the supernatural. So far there have been no vamps or shifters sniffing around her bed, so yayy. We do have every male wanting her though which got a little old, but it was fun because the Otherworlders are not like us humans....they pretty much have open relationships and that is the norm for them. Different for sure. 

I liked Camille. I did get a little annoyed that EVERY guy wants her on sight. I mean...sure....she's hawt, but meh. I want her to get with Morio. He's hot. ;) Screw Trillian. He's too alpha. 

I am curious about the other sisters. We got to see them a little bit, but I am curious to learn more about them. 

The mystery was fun. Sad, because Jacko seemed so lovable. Poor guy. 

The baddie is going to be a blast when he comes on the scene. Curious to see how they are going to deal with that!

Oooo Smoky. I like ya. A dragon with a small soft spot for innocent humans ;) Too cute. 

The narrator was good! I feel like I have heard her before. I hope she does the next one. She really brought everyone and the story to life. I think if I do book 2, I want to do her narration if possible. 

All-in-all, I did enjoy this a lot. Some meh parts. I am curious about book 2! Overall, I'll give this 3 stars 

- #10 for Audiobook challenge

Tuesday, February 16

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Favorite Romance Stories/Books

Share some of your favorite romantic stories/books.

OooooOOOoooOooo romances. This is my favorite genre to this day. I am a sucker for love. A hopeless romantic. I wear my emotions on my sleeves. 

I'll share some of my top three favorite genres and then I'll share some of my ultimate favorite romances. 

- Historical Romance. I'm a sucker. I can read a million of these and be okay with my life. 
- Paranormal Romance. Something about supernatural love!
- Comedy Romance/Chick Lit. I am putting these together. This is my favorite genre. Some chick lit and romance but it has to be funny too. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is one of my top 5 books. I can read this a million times and never get tired of it. 

Persuasion by Jane Austen. My favorite Austen for sure. It just tugs at my heartstrings! 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Another DUH. But so good!

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. A modern classic. I can't get enoughhhh. 

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bédier

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Princess by Gaelen Foley

The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

These are just the first bundle that came to mind. There are SO many that I know I will kick myself for not calling out. All of these are good. And I want to re-read them all now. LOL.