The Naughty Stepbrothers by Trinity Blacio
Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
I received The Naughty Stepbrothers from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The Naughty Stepbrothers is the 3rd installment of the Naughty Angel series. I felt this installment was an afterthought, however, if more books are to come in this series, these particular characters needed to be introduced into the story. The story is very short, around 50 pages. Everything moved very fast paced which means there were things that we don’t get to see as the reader.
I am not really sure who the stepbrothers are, paranormal wise. In the beginning of the book, they are wolves, but later find out they are part Fae part demon. I felt that logistics weren’t thought out and I often felt a little lost. I also hoped the big scene with the evil step mother would have been something spectacular, however, we weren’t even present for it and had to hear about it through the alpha males in the series. The story left me confused more than provided any information to further the series along.
That being said, there was only one sex scene in the short 50 pages, and that was right after the wedding ceremony. I found it both steamy and fell short at the same time. I like many of Blacio’s sex scenes and I felt this scene could have had more umph. I am still unsure how I feel about Xena. I felt that, based on Annabelle’s reactions in past books, she should have reacted in some way when Xena was checking out Annabelle’s mates.
In this book, Annabelle also had a set of twins since book 2. We did not get to see any of the 5 children in the story. I look forward to seeing them more in future books. I am curious to see where Xena will end in the story line, and if her character has some legend as well.
Naughty Mommy and Santa’s Helpers by Trinity Blacio
Goodreads Rating 5 stars
A note on how I do my book reviews, it is VERY rare I give a synopsis to a book when I review. I feel that the description provides a good summary of the book and my reviews are based on what I thought about the book giving examples. Also,
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
This is the sequel in the Naughty Angel series by Trinity Blacio. I enjoyed the continuation. I wish there were more instances with the kids. I would like to see them a bit more because they have cute personalities.
I also wish more about Sandy and Dwayne’s relationship had been explained. At the end of book 1, they were not even together, but in this book, which takes place a year later, Sandy and Dwayne are married. I also wished their relationship was more defined in the story, they are not really characters that you see too much and it is really hard for me to get a connection with either of them. .
I feel kinda bad for these 4, because it seems like they can’t catch a break. There was a little more fetish sexy times. I still have issues with Marcus and Lance. I really felt like at times they do not even let Annabelle express herself and she is supposed to keep these feelings in, and look what happened to her! Jerks. They are not my favorite men. At all. I would like some more BDSM play, and hopefully, once their lives settle down they will have more fun other than spanking and a few other things.
I read this story in one day and enjoyed it. I still love Annabelle, I loved the babies, I enjoyed the steamy scenes, and I like the development of Annabelle’s character. I am ready for the men to get an upgrade in their character development because they are asses.
Follow the Breadcrumbs by Chris Stead
Rating: 5 stars
Follow the Bread Crumbs is another cute story where Willy Nilly has a big idea that does not go according to plan. Willy Nilly is one day at the lake feeding the ducks and other birds and he has the idea of building a pond in his back yard for the birds to stay so he no longer had to clean his room in order to be permitted to the go to the pond. He went to the local baker and got some of his stale bread. He went home and dug a big hole in the back yard and filled it with water. He left bread crumbs from the pond to his back yard. When he went to bed, he hoped that a couple of ducks and geese would follow the bread crumbs. The next morning he finds out all the animals at the pond, and even an alligator, followed the crumbs to his house! Willy Nilly had to go get more bread to feed them because the animals were getting antsy and hungry. As he rode by the pond, he saw people crying because there were no ducks to feed anymore. When he got back to his house he decided to leave bread crumbs from his home back to the pond. The next morning when he woke up, he saw that all of the animals left the yard. When Willy Nilly rode his bike to the pond, he saw all the animals were back and everyone was happy again.
This is another story following Willy Nilly’s adventures. It was a cute story and once again, the graphics were amazing. I think young children will enjoy Willy Nilly’s Adventures. Chris Stead is a great children’s writers, and I hope to one day share them with my own children (once I have them!).
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My Birthday Cake Needs a New Home by Chris Stead
Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
My Birthday Cake Needs a New Home is about a little girl who had a great birthday, but had too much leftover birthday cake. She searches high and low for a new place to put her cake. She tries her ears, her belly button, the refrigerator, her bookshelf, and even in her dad’s car! She finally settled on giving it to her brother.
I really enjoyed the art work for this book. I liked how it had smashed cake everywhere she tried to hide it. I feel it really helps connect the story together. It only takes a couple of minutes to read and is a great bedtime story, especially for those who love their birthday and want to keep all of their leftover cake forever 🙂
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Goodreads Rating 4 stars
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Three Dark Crowns was the book included in September’s OwlCrate box.
This book started very slow. I almost gave up on it a couple of times, eventually I read the last 3 chapters and it helped me continue going. The book does pick up, but to far close to the end of the story.
Three Dark Crowns is the story of triplet princesses who at a certain age are split from each other and brought to an area of Fennbrin to study a special talent, with these three princesses those talents are elemental, naturalist, and poison. Every generation produces triplet princesses to be trained and bred for the Beltane. At this Beltane, each princess has to show off her talent to the people. The next day, the three have to set forth and try to kill each other until one princess remains, becoming the queen.
Each princess has her own trials and tribulations. The chapters surrounding The Beltane were the most exciting. It had the most action, the most betrayal, and the most Oh My God! moments. It ended in a cliffhanger. You have been warned.
The last few chapters and the cliffhanger are really what sold me on this series being promising. I am looking forward to this series and will definitely continue on. The going comment in reviews is “it is slow, but keep going because it gets better.” Let me tell you…it gets WAY better!!!
Flunked by Jen Calonita, Narrated by Kristin Condon
Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
Narrator Rating: 5 stars
I picked up the audiobook for Flunked at the library. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but as time went on it became a great listen and I finished it pretty quickly.
I like the idea of a fairy tale reform school for the bad guys or villains of fairy tales. I liked how the teachers were all reformed villains from various story platforms. I like that Gilly was smart, inquisitive, and caring. I think for the age range of this book, having a strong female lead is super important. I also liked that the story taught Gilly that though it is okay to be independent, sometimes having a group of friends you can trust is just as okay.
The premise around this book follows Gilly, the Cobbler and Old Woman Who Lives in a Show daughter. Gilly often steals in order to support and feed her family, who often goes without food. Eventually, after getting caught several times by the Dwarf Police Squad, Gilly is ordered to go to FTS to change her villainous ways. While Gilly is at the school, she discovers something evil is afoot and begins to secretly investigate.
Overall, the story was unique and original. It was well executed and the narration helped bring this story to life. In the time of Gilly’s stay you meet various fairy tale characters such as Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, as well as their villains. Characters also include the Big Bad Wolf, fairies, trolls, and mermaids. I definitely recommend this story!
Dominated by Two Dragons by Cynthia Mendoza, Narrated by Melissa Barr
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
I received this audiobook through Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest review.
I really like dragon shifter romance/erotica. Not sure why, I have never really liked Dragons in general. I was pretty excited to listen to this book, but it was too short!!!!
I do enjoy short stories, really, but I like when there are multiple parts, or like a mini series. This was not that. I have looked, so maybe I am wrong, but the book was just too short! 😦 I felt it could have been a little longer in order for the reader/listener to understand and fully appreciate the base of the story. I also felt the sex scene wasn’t as fantastic as it could have been.
I did find it entertaining when the brothers went to the dragon club. I thought the scene when the possible “entertainment” for the night, found out he was one of the twins and backed up and ran out!
I will definitely give more of Mendoza’s books a go, she definitely piqued my interest!