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BOOK REVIEW: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BOOK REVIEW: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Burning Shadow (Origin #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.


The Burning Shadow was absolutely brilliant.  It started out slow and steady and grew into an intricate story that was deep and emotional.  I loved the ties into the Lux Series and that we got to see all of our old friends.  It felt like coming home.  But this book toyed with my emotions in the best way ever!  Lies, love, betrayal, friendship and secrets splashed across the pages and it was beyond impossible to put this book down.

“Evie.” Luc said my name as if it were a prayer and a curse.
I took a breath, but it went nowhere. His forehead touched mine, and I swore my heart stopped right then and there.

Within those first few pages, I was already laughing so hard.  That’s because the story started right where The Darkest Star ended.  With Evie’s mom, Sylvia, making lunch for Evie and Luc.  Sylvia and Luc butted heads in the most horrific ways.  They were a disaster in the making and I couldn’t look away from that train wreck or stop the laughs that were bubbling out of me.

I wanted him to kiss me. I wanted to lose myself in him. I wanted to forget, and I wanted to remember.

From there, we were taken on the most epic adventure.  So I was beyond grateful that Evie and Luc got moments where they could sit back for a few minutes and enjoy each other.  Their banter was smile inducing, but they also had these deep, emotional conversations that gutted and elated me.  Especially when Luc gave Evie little pieces of her past.  It felt like we truly got to know everything there was about them and they brought so many emotions out of me.  It wasn’t a surprise that I kept finding myself with tears falling down my face.

“Tell me what you want.” His lips brushed mine in the darkness. “You need to say the words, Evie.”
“You,” I whispered into the space between our mouths, while my heart beat so fast I didn’t understand how it could keep going. “I want you.”

But there was also heart pounding action that made it feel like I was standing on the edge of the cliff.  I was so scared I was going to fall with them down into the abyss, so I was that glued to the pages.  And as the story unfolded, we were given little clues.  When those clues started to come together I literally had chills.  And while some of the twists I figured out, a few of them knocked me on my butt.  My mind was blown.  So hold on because this book turned into a wild and twisted ride.

“You,” he spoke. “It’s only ever been you. Before. Now. Later. There’s been no one else. There . . . just can’t be.”

Luc is still holding onto my number one spot for favorite book boyfriend ever (sorry Daemon!).  The lengths he would go to protect the ones he loved was astronomical.  He did everything to keep them safe, and while sometimes it was selfish, I loved him more for it.  I also loved that he had no idea how to be modest lol.  With hysterical t-shirts, cheesy pickup lines, and being naughty and listening into Evie’s thoughts I seriously loved everything about him.  Even when he was a little too matter of fact or being violent.  His actions shouldn’t have made me laugh, broken hand scene cough cough, but it’s Luc.  I couldn’t help smiling and laughing every time he was around.

“Because I’ve already waited forever for this— for you. I’ve done nothing but watch and wait, and I am not walking away again. If I kiss you, if I touch you again, I will not be able to go back to the way things are now.” The next breath he took trembled as much as I was. “I won’t be able to pretend that you aren’t my everything.”
I couldn’t breathe.

Evie was on a huge emotional journey and grew so much!  She definitely struggled trying to figure out who she truly was.  She had her past and Evelyn Dashed mixed into who she was and my heart hurt for her.  But Evie was strong, resilient and she grew in leaps and bounds.  I was rooting for her every step of the way!  And I loved that she never once lost her confidence, snark or sassiness!

Daemon was quiet for a long moment. “Luc and I would do anything to protect the people we love.”
I stilled, unable to take more than a shallow breath as I stared at the male Luxen. I didn’t know how to respond to that.
“I would beg, plead, barter, and kill to protect Kat,” he continued, voice low, but every word struck me like thunder. “Nothing in this world would stop me, and there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do— and it’s the same for Luc when it comes to you.”

The side characters rounded out this story perfectly.  Zoe was the ultimate bff, I loved Heidi too and everyone from The Lux Series.  You guys.  My heart was elated with how many we got to see, I was screaming.  Ohhhh and be prepared because when Luc and Daemon go head to head, I didn’t know whether to laugh or hold my breath because of what would happen next.  So yes, I loved this book!  It definitely didn’t suffer from second book syndrome.  I loved every twist and turn and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, The Burning Shadow will definitely keep readers hooked and become an instant favorite!

“Evie.” Luc’s voice was quiet but strong.
Drawing in a deep breath, I nodded. “I’m okay. I’m ready.”
And then I stepped forward, hand in hand with Luc, into the unknown.

PS Diesel gets a part in this book and it was so perfect!

PPS I love their Halloween costumes!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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The Darkest Star   #1
The Burning Shadow   #2


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Kulti from Kulti by Mariana Zapata
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Mariana Zapata knows how to write a leading man and Kulti is no exception. He is surly and brooding and has absolutely no problem barking orders at his team, especially Sal. There’s a reason why he is so tortured, tortured enough to pass out drunk in a bar, alone, requiring Sal to come to his rescue. However, underneath all that attitude and snark, is a kind man who wants to help others. His belief in Sal’s abilities and potential never waivers and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to help her succeed.

“What would I gain from telling you the first moment I realized you were meant to be mine? Nothing. You’re supposed to protect what you love, Sal. You taught me that. I didn’t wake up one day and know I didn’t want to live without your horrible temper. I saw so much of me in you at first, but you aren’t like me at all. You’re you, and I will go to my grave before I let anyone change any part of you. I know that without a doubt in my mind. This,” he pointed between us. “This is what matters.”



Nathaniel from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
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Nathaniel took one more step and halted, his spine straight. He didn’t turn around, as if he couldn’t bear to face her. 

“I like it here,” she said, the truth surprising her as she spoke. “It almost feels like—like a home to me. I feel safe. I’m not afraid of you or your nightmares.”

He laughed once, a bitter, humorless sound. “You barely know me. You haven’t seen what I can do, not truly. When that happens, I expect you’ll change your mind.”


Rhen from A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
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A sound chokes out of my throat. I want to weep for an entirely new reason. The burning pain has reached my head, and my eyes begin to cloud with stars. 

“You are responsible,” she says, her terrible voice fading away. “You, Rhen. You alone will destroy them all.”



Rob from Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
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Once upon a time, I would stride across the park- ing lot and those bodies would part like the Red Sea. Everyone knew me. Everyone wanted to be me.

Now? No one wants to be Rob Lachlan Jr.

Not even me.




Luc from The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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While I never ever thought I would say this, because Daemon has been my #1 bbf for the last five years, Luc not only challenged him but he grabbed first place.  I feel so disloyal saying that, but Luc was EVERYTHING!  He was hilarious, sigh worthy and charming without even trying.  He made me laugh, sigh and when I started to see how much he protected those he cared for, it was astounding.  

I wanted more than kissing. I wanted—
“What do you want?” he asked, his gaze holding mine.
“You,” I whispered, cheeks burning.
“You have me.” His thumb dragged along my lower lip. “You’ve always had me. Always.”



Ash from Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose
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Asher Kelley, aka Ash, quickly owned my heart and his tortured soul spoke to me.  His history broke my heart, so even though he could be the biggest douche bag ever, he was also addicting and charismatic without even trying.  No matter what he did, Briar and I kept getting pulled in further and Ash will always be one of my top book boyfriends!

This thing between Briar and me is like a runaway train. It can’t be stopped, and it’ll take us both straight to hell.

“Tell me, Briar,” I whisper, getting closer to her ear. “Did he make you come from a kiss like I did? Does he know what you sound like as you do? Because I can still hear you. I can still see you.”


Colton from The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O’Gorman
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Colton was my favorite type of guy, sigh.  He’s one of those where you have to dig and look for clues, to see who he truly was.  And while he came across as a conceited, cocky, jerk who got into fights and skipped school, he could also be so sweet to Sadie.  So when he stood up for his brother or did things that would steal my breath, how could I not love Colton with everything I was. Colton was the ultimate pierced, bad boy who quickly captured my heart.

When I finally worked up the courage, I followed my instinct and pulled the ring into my mouth, giving it a short tug.
That was when I realized just how much he’d been holding back.
With something like a growl, Colton slanted his mouth over mine, and the kiss went from a slow burn into a wildfire.



Court from The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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Court, Court, Court.  You have so much baggage to your past that it’s hard to comprehend how you could have ever had any kind of hope and trust in humanity again.  Yet, you did. And you welcomed Mykal, Franny and even your brother back into your life. You are so strong and kind to your core and that’s what really made an impression to me.



Stork from The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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Stork is a Saltarian that was raised by his kind’s mortal enemies, the humans.  He had to bear the burden he did growing up and even more so when he met up with Franny, Court, and Mykal.  It was obvious he wanted to give Franny her answers so bad but wouldn’t for the longest time because of being duty bound to the admirals.  Loooooved his character.



Fiske from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
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I don’t belong to you.” I repeated the words I said to him that night he pulled the stitches from my arm. This time, to lift the weight that pressed down onto him and silence whatever words were whispering in his mind. 

And because a small part of me still wanted them to be true.

Yes, you do.” He pulled the hair back out of my face so he could look at me. “Like I belong to you.



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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMaster

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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMasterPromise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1)
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Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them?

In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight.

With war brewing between the bitter enemies, the prince forces Queen Adaia to uphold an ancient treaty: she will send one of her daughters to his court as a political hostage for three months.

The queen insists it’s the perfect opportunity for Princess Iskvien to end the war before it begins. But one look into Thiago’s smoldering eyes and Vi knows she’s no assassin.

The more secrets she uncovers about the prince and his court, the more she begins to question her mother’s motives.

Who is the true enemy? The dark prince who threatens her heart? Or the ruthless queen who will stop at nothing to destroy him?

And when the curse threatens to shatter both courts, is her heart strong enough to break it?


Promise of Darkness was enchanting and quickly stole my heart.  From that first page I was addicted and it was impossible to put this book down.  Especially since the world building was imaginative and rich.  And the characters slowly became embedded into my heart.  It was so easy to fall deeply in love with them and the world they lived in.  So if you’re a fan of romantic stories that involve fae, Jennifer L. Armentrout or Wendy Higgins, definitely add this one to your tbr.

The worst part of this entire affair may be the fact that even though he’s my worst nightmare, he looks like he stepped directly from my dreams.

As part of an ancient treaty, Princess Iskvien, was to be sent away as a political hostage.  She was to live with Thiago, The Prince of Darkness, for three months.  And it would be the perfect opportunity to murder him, since war had been looming between their two courts.  Yet as it all unfolded, there was so much more to this story.  It was inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth, so if you’re familiar with that, you may have an idea where part of this story was going.  But lies, betrayal, deceit, love, and friendship were splashed across the pages and I loved discovering what was truly going on.  On top of it all, there was a curse that threatened the courts.

He’s the enemy of my people.
The prince who holds a blade to the throat of everyone I love.
A monster.
Except, he hasn’t hurt me. Not once.

I absolutely loved Princess Iskvien, aka Vi!  She was smart, resourceful and thought on her feet.  And I loved that she made me smile, laugh and cheer her on.  She could be so stubborn, so it was no surprise that she refused to take her current predicament lying down.  I had so much respect for her and I loved watching her grow into someone who could be fierce and brave.

This is far too dangerous.
And yet, I could no more resist him, than I could pluck the moon from the sky with my fingers.

Then there was The Prince of Evernight, aka Thiago, who was addictive, patient and kind.  He loved deeply and put his faith and trust into those close to him.  Yet he could be so ruthless and dark.  You could easily see how he earned his right to be his court’s ruler.  But when it came to Vi, we saw so many sides of him.  Especially when he would protect her.  And for reasons I can’t say why, he was beyond tortured and suffered deeply.  Thiago was the ultimate book boyfriend who was so easy to root for and love.

I want to forget he’s my enemy, I want to forget this is a game, forget everything but the sensation of those lips on my skin. Of all the challenges I’ve ever faced, this is the worst.
Because I don’t think one taste will ever be enough.

When Vi moved in with Thiago, she had no problems standing up to him.  So each time they went toe to toe, you couldn’t knock the smile off of my face since their antics and banter were smile inducing.  And as they slowly started to spend more time with each other, I felt a connection between them.  No matter how much Vi fought it, it was there.  She also couldn’t fight that so many of their moments together were laced with sexual tension.  I found myself desperately wanting them to be so much more.

Dark shadows filled his eyes. “I can hold them off until you get back.”
It’s a lie. I can see it in his eyes. But why would he lie to me? Why risk his life to protect mine? We’re enemies. None of this makes any sense.

Within so many of the pages, secrets and lies filled the air.  And those people, including Thiago, seemed to talk in riddles around and to Vi.  At times I felt lost, just like her.  But I quickly started to put all of the different clues together and I figured out the majority of the twists.  It didn’t alter my enjoyment of this book at all.  There was still so many moving parts and unknowns to this story.  It was impossible for Promise of Darkness not to enrapture my heart.

“My life is yours, my heart, my soul. It always has been, from the second I saw you, curse you . If you want it, all you have to do is take it.”
My heart skips a beat.
“And if I don’t want it?” I whisper, glaring down at him.

Promise of Darkness was magical and easily cast me in its spell.  Especially when perilous moments flooded the pages and forced Thiago and Vi to work together.  With political unrest and magic weaved into the story, I was fascinated with this world.  OH and the side characters added so much to this story, how could I not love this book?  So yes, I definitely recommend Promise of Darkness.  I’ll be counting down until I can dive into the next book of this series and discover the rest of this author’s books too!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


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About Bec McMasters:

I’m a writer. Dreamer. Travel Addict. And enthusiastic-if-not-perfect baker. I’ll honestly admit that I don’t always follow the recipe, be it cooking, or writing romances. If I’m not sitting in front of the computer, I’m probably plotting my next world trip. Or eating chocolate. Sometimes I run. Because…chocolate. I grew up on a steady diet of 80’s fantasy movies like Ladyhawke, Labyrinth and The Princess Bride, and love creating epic, fantasy-based worlds with heroes and heroines who must defeat all the odds to have their HEA. I live in a country town in Australia, with my very own beta hero, Byron; Kobe, a dog who will eat anything (even used teabags); and demanding chickens, Siggy and Lagertha.    

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BOOK REVIEW: Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology by Charleigh Rose

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Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.

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Guys Like You by Charleigh Rose was seductive, addicting and the characters were everything!  I couldn’t stop smiling or laughing, except when I was sighing out loud.  This book was the perfect mix of being emotional, hilarious and sexy.  Halston and Sully’s story is for everyone out there who loves a sexy romance story!

Conversations lead to empathy. Empathy leads to intimacy. Intimacy leads to attachment. Attachment leads to heartbreak.

Halston and Sully ended up meeting at a party, and right from the start they had the most amazing chemistry.  Which led to the hottest sex ever *fans face*.  But it didn’t matter, because Halston was convinced that boys weren’t relationship worthy.  Except, she couldn’t escape Sully.  Their two best friends were starting to have something between them, so of course they kept running into each other.  And each time they did, you could feel the electricity between the two of them!

This. This right here is why girls get a bad rap. Give them one night of good dick and good conversation, and all of a sudden, they’re catching feelings.

I loved Halston Montgomery!  She was honest, kind and I loved listening to her thoughts.  She felt like someone I could easily become bffs with.  But her personal life pained me.  Halston had been screwed over and because of that she didn’t allow herself to get attached to any guy.  Thank goodness Sully had other plans to try and make her think otherwise.

“I’ve come to collect.”
“Collect?”I frown, confused.
“Yeah. You lost our bet. You owe me a date.”
“First of all, the word date was never mentioned. You said hang out. Second, I’ve already fulfilled my duty.”
“No, actually, you didn’t.”
“Then what do you call the other night?”
“I call that the best night of my life.” He smirks, and heat rushes through me…

Zach Sullivan aka Sully was cocky, a ton of fun and had the hugest heart ever.  He was funny without trying and beyond seductive.  So I quickly fell for his charm!  Each time he was around Halston, I was swooning and you couldn’t knock the smile off my face.  Sully was the best kind of addictive and I found myself obsessed with another one of Charleigh Rose’s male characters!

I know I shouldn’t keep doing this. I’m playing with fire, practically begging to get hurt, but God, how can I say no when he’s like this? – Halston

We met Halston and Sully in Bad Influence, and I was dying to read their story!  But don’t worry, Guys Like You can easily be read as a standalone.  Although I definitely recommend reading Bad Influence too.  It was about Halston and Sully’s best friends and was amazing!  Parts of the two stories overlap, but we got to see everything in a different light.  I didn’t even realize the full extent of Sully and Halston.  I knew they were hooking up, but I didn’t know how much or how hot it was.  And I also didn’t realize the extent of their friendship.  It was so much fun and added so much depth to their worlds!  Ohhhhh plus we finally get to hear the conversation between Jessie and Halston, when Allie was in the bathroom.  I was dying to known what that was and now my heart is oh so happy!

“I want you to call me by my name, for one. You’re not my frat bro, Halston.”
“Then what am I?”
“You’re my fucking girlfriend.” He moves toward me, his hands cupping my face. “You just haven’t realized it yet.”
I’m instantly shaking my head in denial, my heart thundering in my chest. “No. This is exactly what I was trying to avoid. I didn’t want this.”

Guys Like You was scorching hot and absolutely hilarious.  By that second chapter I was already laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.  And the way Halston and Sully couldn’t stop what was happening between them made me the happiest person ever!  This book was a ton of fun, pulled on my emotions and had the most amazing epilogue!  I laughed and smiled so hard.  So yes, I absolutely loved Guys Like You and I can’t recommend it or this author enough! 

PS I can’t wait to read the other stories in this Anthology!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay #8) by Jill Shalvis

I absolutely adored this book! So check out my review below and enter in a fabulous giveaway to win a copy of the first book in this series! Enjoy!

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It’s love. Trust me.

After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.

Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-term plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.


Wrapped up in You was a feel good story that ended with the most perfect epilogue.  It was so emotional that I had tears in my eyes and you couldn’t knock the smile off my face!  If you aren’t familiar with the Heartbreaker Bay Series, each book can easily be read as a standalone.  Each one is about a different friend finding their happily ever after, but I definitely recommend going back and reading the previous books in this series!  I heart them so much!  So if you adore love stories that are complex and heartfelt, a group of friends you want to be a part of and a hero that’ll make you swoon hard, then pick this one up!

She’d been making up stories about her family since she’d been little, each different, each more exciting than the last, and all as far from the truth as she could possibly get. Because the truth wasn’t a story, it was a nightmare.

I loved Ivy Snow in the previous book Playing for Keeps, since she was Sadie’s best friend.  Ivy was sassy, tough and always helped others.  And I loved that she took care of herself and ran the local taco truck.  But while growing up, Ivy had a hard life.  She was wounded and damaged from her past.  Even her closest friend Sadie didn’t truly know all there was about her.  But from the moment Ivy met Kel, there were sparks between them and just his presence alone threatened to tear down her high walls.

“Okay, I’ll give this to you—you’re funny. And maybe also sexy as hell, but this isn’t happening, Cowboy.”
He’d take sexy as hell any day of the week. “We’re just talking.”
“Uh-huh,” she said dryly.

Kel O’Donnell was the cousin of Caleb, who was engaged to Ivy’s best friend.  He was a cowboy from Idaho, who was on a two week leave from being a sheriff.  I quickly fell for Kel, it was so effortless.  He was a good guy who was protective of his friends and jumped right into situations to help others.  But there was so much mystery surrounding this man.  From why he was taking a leave to what was going on with his family that lived in SF.  While we slowly started to learn about his past, I just wanted to hug and protect him, and never let him go.

He hadn’t had much to smile about in a damn long time, but something about Ivy, hell, everything about Ivy made him feel . . . lighter.

Kel and Ivy felt like two peas in a pod.  They were both damaged by their pasts and jaded from family.  Plus they both had huge walls around their hearts.  But any time they were together, sparks flew and their banter made me smile and laugh.  It all felt so natural, but at the same time magical.  And while Ivy tried to put up a fight, to not let him get to her, I loved that she started to waiver when mystery and suspense took hold of her life.  But he was supposed to head back home to Idaho after two weeks in San Francisco.  And while Ivy had never put roots down, this was the first time she truly had a home and friends.

He stroked the pad of his thumb over her lower lip, kissed it again and then did what he didn’t want to do, what he was starting to realize he would never want to do—leave her.

Wrapped up in You was a complex love story that will pull at your heart.  Ivy and Kel both made mistakes with each other and they had a very bumpy path.  And while this was an emotional story, there was the banter, tentative friendship and heat between Kel and Ivy that rounded out this story perfectly.  Plus their friends added so much lightness too.  So yes, I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the Heartbreaker Bay Series!


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.




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