-Review: Jonah by Brenda Rothert-

What’s It All About?

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I don’t do relationships. A federal agent whose life revolves around rescuing kidnapped children, I’ve got no interest in catching any man who’s not a criminal. So when my new assignment in Chicago requires me to get closer to a VIP Chicago Blaze fan, Blaze goalie Jonah West is the perfect cover. Like me, he’s too focused on his career to make time for love, dates or even hookups.

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I had my great love, and I lost her. No woman will ever compare to the blond ray of sunshine who left me half a man three years ago. And even though I help out my police officer brother by pretending to be head over heels for Reyna, it’s just a farce to put an evil man behind bars. Reyna is a fierce, raven-haired cop with steely eyes and a foul mouth—not my type in the slightest. But when lines get blurred, my fake feelings for Reyna become more real than anything I thought my beat-up heart could ever feel again.

My Thoughts?

Jonah could’ve been twice as long with how many important topics it dove into- equality for the LGBTQ community, abuse, child trafficking, grief, romance/love, gender roles, etc… The foundation was there, but the house wasn’t built.

By the end, though, I had throughly fell in love with the main characters.

Unfortunately, in the first 1/4 of the book, I was a bit put off by the “you aren’t like other women, are you?” narrative. The theme seemed to hope for breaking gender roles(love this!), but instead reinforced stereotypes.

There were also A LOT of plot holes to the hole undercover story line… again, I think this could’ve been solved if the book had been longer. (I also wish there was a bit more thrill, it started off that way and quickly died off.)

All in all, an enjoyable and super quick read. And the romance scenes were 100% 🔥🔥🔥 as always.

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-Review: Blown Away by Brenda Rothert-

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What’s It All About? 

In an emotionally charged, wickedly hot novel of love and loss, a passionate affair gives two daring storm chasers the strength to overcome shattered dreams and the courage to build a future together.

One year after her fiancé died in a heartbreaking accident, Drew McGovern decides to honor his memory by joining his old storm-chasing buddies on their latest excursion. What she’s not so sure about, however, is whether she’s ready to move on. Drew wasn’t expecting to feel the powerful pull of desire toward Colby’s best friend. But there’s no denying the intensity of their connection . . . or the heat he inspires in the parts of her that are still very much alive.

Aiden O’Neal doesn’t trust himself around Drew. He’s wanted this girl for a long time—long enough to remember the stab of jealousy he felt the first time he saw her in Colby’s arms. Now he’s trying his best to behave himself. But when the wind starts blowing and the adrenaline starts pumping, Aiden can’t resist the urge to claim Drew as his own. Because when it comes to desire, he’s hoping to make lightning strike twice.


My Thoughts?

•A quick & hot AF read.
•Cried multiple times.
•Definitely laughed multiple times.
•No fluff or filler.
•A bit of thriller mixed in!
Typically with contemporary romances, I don’t care too much about secondary characters, but I loved ALL of them. So much personality that I absolutely need a spin off for the other storm chasers.

**ARC was provided in exchange for an HONEST review.**

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Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer Armentrout

THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ “FROM BLOOD AND ASH”.

First off, if you’ve stumbled across this series, and are thinking “yes, YA!” STOP. Definitely NA. Very very NA, which I prefer. That’s all I’m going to say.

Devout Armentrout readers will no doubt fall in love with AKOFAF, fantasy readers doubly so. Concocted of the usual humor, cheesy one-liners, thought provoking quotes (I love a book where a sentence makes you stop, and you just have to write it down), action- lots, witty characters, and down-right scandalizing drama.

I had some issues, though. Very out of place scenes, a good bit of unnecessary scenes, and a lot of filler scenes of internal dialogue that didn’t hold my attention. I attribute this mostly to the length of the book. I’ve read that once again, publishers may ask authors to merge books- this might also be the culprit of why the pacing felt… off. Or not typical of earlier books of hers.

3.5 stars.

Opinion time: We all know Armentrout has amazing writing capabilities, we’ve seen it time and time again. But I want to see characters that feel new, and not recycled. I’ve been reading her books for years, and I’m waiting for THE book, you know? The one that screams “I just took my experience/talent, and brought it to its full potential and wrote this piece of flucking gold that will change your life forever.” But in order to do that, publishers restrictions will need to be dumped, and the status quo forgotten.

**ARC was provided in exchange for an HONEST review.**

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-Colleen Hoover’s Heart Bones Blog Tour W/ Small Excerpt!-

What’s It All About?

Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.

When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don’t have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don’t realize is that a rip current is coming and it’s about to drag both their hearts out to sea.


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Samson’s knee brushes high up on my inner thigh and I’m glad he can’t see anything from my chin down, because my body is covered in chills right now. 

“I didn’t think there were many people in the world like me,” he says. 

“You think we’re alike?” I want to laugh at that comparison, but there’s not an ounce of humor in his expression.

“I believe we have a lot more in common than you think we do, Beyah.”

“You think you’re as alone in this world as I am?” 

He folds his lips together and nods his head, and it’s the most honest thing I’ve ever seen. I never would have thought someone so well off could have a life as shitty as mine, but I can see it in the way he’s looking at me. Everything about him suddenly seems familiar to me.

He’s right. We are alike, but only in the saddest ways.

My voice comes out in a whisper when I say, “When I first met you on that ferry, I could tell you were damaged.” 

There’s a flicker of something in his eyes as he tilts his head to the right. “You think I’m damaged?”

“Yes.”

He moves even closer in the water, but there wasn’t much space left between us to begin with. It’s deliberate, and so much of me is touching so much of him now. “You’re right,” he says quietly, slipping a hand around the back of my left knee. “There’s nothing left of me but a fucking pile of debris.” He pulls me to him, wrapping both my legs around him. That’s all he does, though. He doesn’t try to kiss me. He just connects us together as if that’s enough while our arms keep us both afloat.

I’m swiftly succumbing to him. I don’t know in what way. All of them, maybe. Because right now, I need him to do something else. Anything else. Taste me. Touch me. Drag me under.

We watch each other for a moment and it’s almost like looking into a broken mirror. He leans in slowly, but not toward my mouth. He presses his lips against my shoulder, so gentle it feels like a graze.

I close my eyes and inhale.

I’ve never felt anything so sensual. So perfect.

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-Trump Is Not a Christian-

Trump- “I am happy to inform all the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or hurt financially by low income housing built in your neighborhood…”

The Bible says “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”


Trump- “Why are we having all these people from shit-hole countries come here? We have enough Haitians.”

The Bible says “The foreigner residing among you


must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” -Leviticus 19:34

Trump- “I’ve never asked for forgiveness.”


The Bible says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9

Trump- “When people wrong you, go after those people, because it’s a good feeling and other people will see you doing it. I always get even.”


The Bible says “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.” -Luke 6:35

Trump- “Sorry, losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest- and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”


The Bible says “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” -Matthew 23:12

Trump- “Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness if I’m not making any mistakes.”


Trump- “Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness if I’m not making any mistakes.”

The Bible says “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” -Luke 5:32 and “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us…. If we say that we have not sinned, we make [Christ] a liar, and His Word is not in us.” -1 John 1:8


Trump-

• “Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” (Speaking about Carly Fiorina)

• “Unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man — he made a good decision.” (Speaking about Arriana Huffington)

• When asked if he would stay with her if she was disfigured in a car crash: “How do the breasts look?” (Speaking about Melania Trump)

The Bible says- “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.” -Colossians 3:19


Trump- “I’m putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back!” (Refugees escaping death by war.)

The Bible says- “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” -Matthew 25:35


Is this the man instilling Christian principles in America? Or is it a tactic to gain votes?

And that’s the tea. ☕️

Sources: Trumps Twitter, BibleHub, New York Times,

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-Review: The Queen by Jennifer Armentrout-

It’s been a while since I stayed up late for a book, and an extra long while since I audibly laughed due to a book.

The Queen was absolutely thrilling in terms of making my heart want to lurch out of my chest. I started not reading full paragraphs and kept swiping because I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Also, I don’t suggest doing this, you’ll end up going back and reading it anyways.

Definitely worth the read for Wicked lovers and newcomers. These novellas are meant to be an introduction into the world, but I still highly suggest starting with Wicked.

Seriously. Read this book. If not for yourself, do it for Tink. 😉

**ARC was provided in exchange for an HONEST review.**

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-Review of Rage & Ruin by Jennifer Armentrout-

ARC provided in exchange for review.

🚨 STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ STORM & FURY 🚨

My feelings for Rage and Ruin are almost exactly the same as they were for Storm and Fury, with a little bit of Middle Book Syndrome.

The good-

•Legit cried at the ending, a rarity these days.

•More Roth! And surprise appearances that knocked my llama socks off.

•Lots of laughs with the usual pop culture jokes that Jlanders will no doubt get a kick out of.

•Well written action scenes.

The bad-

•Once again, the length is unnecessary. The amount of needless scenes made the book drag on and on… and on.

•I do not like love triangles. I think the only one I ever liked was Layla’s, and that’s because I was genuinely confused on who I wanted to “win.”

•It’s fairly redundant to mention this but I’m still waiting for one of Jen’s books to really stand apart from the others. It’s a lot of the same.

•Twists (minus one that I’m still OMFGing over) are predictable.


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-Review: From Blood & Ash by Jennifer Armentrout-

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**ARC was provided in exchange for an HONEST review.**

First off, I knew about this surprise book for almost a month and wasn’t allowed to say anything… So here’s a big ol’ freaking pat on my back for keeping the secret. It was supposed to debut at Appolycon, but Rona said “nah,” cuz she a hoe.

A lot of people are comparing From Blood & Ash to A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t feel that way. The biggest similarities were the 600+ page freaking length, and similar titles (but lets be real, that’s the publishers doing). Ever since George R.R. Martin came out with titles like “Song of Fire and Ice,” there’s been a push for these types of titles. Anyways… on to the real review.

Everything you’ve come to expect from Armentrout is there: humor, bad ass heroine, romance, and a bit of action. And I’m super excited that vampires are making a come back! It was good. It was. A bit “been there done that,” but I think there’s room to grow with this new world.

I do think it could’ve been MUCH shorter, lots of filler that could’ve been done away with. The ride felt slow until the end, which is even more of a reason I felt much of it could’ve been cut.

There’s twists and turns, “seasoned” Jlander readers will probably guess early on, but newbies will be suprised AF.

Overall it was good. I want to see where this goes, so I’ll def be reading the next!

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-Unicorn Untamed by Lin Reynolds-

If you haven’t heard of Lin Reynolds, you’re missing out. I learned of her as being Colleen Hoover’s hilarious/quirky sister, and now know her as the beautiful soul with so much good to share in the world.

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What if you could learn the tools to take the bad sh*it . . . and turn it into a beautiful sparkle?

Unicorn Untamed: Turning Sh*t to Sparkle, a journey of messy self-discovery by Lin Reynolds, is available now!

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We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

We all struggle with emotions we’re ashamed of.

We all have darkness we try to hide.

What if you could learn the tools to take the bad shit . . . and turn it into a beautiful sparkle?

Unicorn Untamed takes you on a journey of messy, uncomfortable self-discovery with some hard truths to help you become a better version of yourself . . . your true unicorn self.

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LinreynoldsAbout Lin

Lin is a middle-aged unicorn . . . proof that you really can do or be anything. She considers herself a fun enthusiast, a queso connoisseur, and is highly obsessed with Bret Michaels and glitter. She lives in East TX with her husband and 2 fur babies and hates responsibility, spiders, and adulting.

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-Bettering Candace Reads Books-

I asked my followers on the Candace Reads Books Facebook page how I could better their experience, the response was great!

Side Note: I need to come up with a name for my “followers,” because it feels extra weird referring to y’all as followers.

I’m making this list as more of reminder for myself 😅:

•Weekly question from followers. (Ugh, that word again.)

•Interactive Posts

•Bookish Products

•DIY Crafts of the bookish variety.

•Book Giveaways

•Poetry Book Recommendations

•My Current To-Read List (It’s like 189 books, lord help me.)

•Facebook Book Club (This makes me so nervous 😂.)

•What I’m currently reading.

•Book Trivia

•Book Lists

•Person of The Week

All of these suggestions are amazing, and will absolutely be implemented! If you have a suggestion, go here:

I would say comment on this post, but comments are turned off automatically after 24hrs. Why, you ask? Because the Bots have figured out how to jump through hurdles and comment 300 times with Viagra ads.

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