If at any time an author can bring out emotions in a reader, they are a success. If they can draw in a reader to feel engaged in the journey of their new book friends, they earn more respect. If an author can leave a reader feeling intrigued, inspired, and even offer healing, they’ve gained a bibliophile fanatic for life. - Shani K. - The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: "Dubious (The Loan Shark Duet #1" By Charmaine Pauls

A quick note: This book does have darker themes, and falls under dark romance/dark erotica genre. With that said, the encounters between the two main characters IS CONSENTUAL!

Gabriel Louw has been trained from a very young age that if you don’t strike at your victims, you become the victim. That’s not acceptable in the world he lives in. He’s had to be the The Breaker. The one man you don’t want to hunt you down should you owe the family any type of money. You don’t pay it back, The Breaker will make an example out of you. He shows no mercy…..don’t be scared of the dark, be scared of The Breaker who lives in the dark…..

Valentina Haynes has lived a life of chaos from an early age. Her family's involvement in the darker criminal activities and groups around them made her cautious. She isn’t oblivious to the fact that with this comes certain promises and expectations. She’s endured a lot, been through too much at her young age. She’s determined to make it different and to live a better life. Unfortunately for her, tragedy strikes her family. In the aftermath she has to move forward…...but what happens next may ruin her life….

Charlie was left with damages that hinder his ability to live a normal life. Because of that, people take advantage of him. Regardless of Val’s intentions to keep them safe, he unknowingly walks into the darkness.Gabriel is sent in by his vindictive mother to “take care” of the debt.

Gabriel trains her body to crave his, to accept his darkness and to willingly come to him. Its through their dark trysts that he takes things to a new level to keep her forever. Regardless of his mother's insistence that she be dealt with finality, he will bind her to him in every way he can. The truth starts to rain down them in showers. How is the Louw family connected with the Haynes family? Who shares a past with them all that threatens to come to life and really set a tailspin of drama? Who is going to survive?

It’s hard to not give away more!!!! I was blown away by the raw emotions. I wish I could break down everything without giving away too much or writing a novel in return! Charmaine really showed her intense creativity in this phenomenal book. I’m not one for darker romance/erotica usually. However, when it's written in such a way Charmaine did, it had me hooked. Seriously, I encourage you to read this with an OPEN mind and look beyond just the first layer. You’ll be surprised by how much you learn about them. I wish I could give it a gazillion stars!

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Website: Charmaine Pauls

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Review: A Beautiful Acceptance (NYC Series #2) By Alora Kate

I’ve been a huge fan of Alora’s for some time now, and with every book she puts out she gets better and better! I love the fact that she just doesn’t stay with a genre that is in her comfort zone. Instead, she reaches out to twist things a little bit. For example her books, The Price We Pay, A Flaw So Beautiful and Crash.Burn.Sting. Which are all fantastic books and I encourage you to check them out!

I was super excited to see that she was returning to a series!!!! I love this as I love to know more about her characters and how they continue on. A Beautiful Acceptance is the 2nd book in her new NYC series. I loved Prescott and Ki’s story in the first book (A Beautiful Heartache), and it was awesome to see them included in Alexa and Tappers story now. So let me tell ya’ll about my favorite book in this series so far!

Alexa is strong, dependable, brave, loyal and loving. But when you throw in the anger, sadness, trauma, disappointments through the years and being let down, she is wound up in an emotional tornado that threatens to lose control when a series of events happen consecutively. For her, the only family she has is Ki, her business partner and best friend. In her battle to keep things less chaotic for all of them Alexa is faced with a blast from the past. A man she once dated has shown up in a place she never expected. It’s her goal to make him see that she truly is sorry for the way things ended and it's not pity she’s sharing. But he won’t give her the time of day. She loses the win in her sails so to speak and starts changing on the inside and outside. She’s dealt with one more blow. The loss effects her more than she expected. How can she get a grasp on her life again?

Tapper is tired. He’s tired of feeling like a failure and a disgrace. Once upon a time he had a prized career in the ring, and the woman he grew to seriously love by his side. But that changed when she got scared and ran. On the brink of heartache he’s involved in a tragic moment that has left him even more beaten and broken than he was. He has been battling everyone and everything for months. He’s determined to get back to where he was, even if that means pushing everyone away from him faster. His focus has to be on getting better. If he doesn’t, what good is he to anyone? Let alone himself? The faster he pushes them away, the faster he can not rely on anyone. Or so he thinks! When Alexa steps into his life again, he can’t ignore her. No matter how hard he tries or how hard he pushes. She’s insistent and will do whatever it takes to have him hear her out. The question is, will he give in let her back in?

Their story is full of angst, love, frustration, heartache, lust, honesty and above all else, a second chance at a better life. They have to struggle through a lot and both have to let down their defenses. If they don’t, they ruin their chances at finding a beautiful acceptance of their lives as they are.

LOVED this book! Alora remains one of my favorite authors of all time. Each book she puts out, she brings even more heart and depth to her characters. She will grab you, make you cry, laugh and follow the emotional roller coaster with these phenomenal cast of each love story. I cried as always, I admit it! But I was filled with such joy and peace. In reality, you only truly accept the life you live in when you can make peace with so much. I’m learning that as I get older and it's exceptional to have someone else share that in this way. As always Alora, BRAVO!

Authors Website: Alora Kate

Authors Amazon Page: Alora Kate

Authors GoodReads Page: Alora Kate

Authors Facebook Fan Page: Alora Kate

My Amazon Review HERE

My Goodreads review HERE

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Release! Review: "Xerox" Wicked Throttle MC #1 by Esther Schmidt

As a huge fan of hers (as in read every published book so far!), I was thrilled to see that she was releasing another installment to a new MC series. Not only that but the eye candy on the cover? HOLY HOT TAMALES CAPTAIN HOTTIE! Don’t tell Pokey, but Xerox may be running a close second on the Hottie Scale for me! Ok, so onto the real review as I try to fan away the heat flash!

Xerox is an artist who can grasp images that catch his eye and switch them into masterpieces. For him, not only as the creative soul he is but also as the Prez of the club he appreciates the unexpected. Afterall, how can you not when inspiration grabs you or trouble makes its way to your club doors? For Xerox, it started when he met Maci, a woman that took his breath away in more than one way. She becomes his muse, his obsession and his old lady before she even knows it! When she ends up in some kind of trouble she needs help. But will she take his help?

Maci has carried a lot on her shoulders for a long time. Being the oldest of a family of misfits has aged her beyond her young years. She has a lot of suggestions for her brothers on how to stay the heck out of trouble and to get their heads together, even if she has to knock them to it! But when it comes to push or shove, they are her life. She has worked her bum off for all of them. When does it become all too much? What is it about Xerox stepping in to help that brings such a rampant wave of emotions? She’s used to being in charge, what she’s not used to is an alpha male type her makes her blood boil! Can she accept him and his help?

Together they fall for the legend and their lives change drastically. The cast of characters that are introduced in this one are interesting, chaotic, amusing and in some ways, under dogs. You can already tell they’re an odd ball family type bunch that will set this series on fire like the other ones.

This is a quick-ish read filled with sexy, hot moments, spins of humor, intrigue and cheering! I can’t WAIT to learn more about Barlow!!!!! For me, he intrigues me like Pokey did in Areion Flux and Broke from Broken Deeds! HOT HOT HOT!!!! Another winner, winner chicken dinner! Thanks my friend for the awesome read!

Where can you find me?
In my corner of course!
Email: bookishnerd4life@gmail.com or superrainpolly@gmail.com
Facebook: Shani Kenny
Twitter: @BookishShani_K

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: "Vair: Beyond the X-club" By Hettie Ivers

Let’s start this review with a confession or 4….
  • I’ve read very few alien books in my lifetime.
  • Never have I wanted to go to a sex club.
  • Now I’ve read one and I wouldn’t mind meeting Vair and have a rendezvous with Tauce or Zyrnase at the X Club.
  • Oh and I wouldn’t mind a few of the magical “fixes” to improve my eyesight and heal a few things. 

Krinar authorities aren’t too happy with Amy right about now. She’s diving into her career with both feet pulled up and cannon balls straight into the mix of what truly happens between consenting aliens and their human counterparts. As a journalist she feels it's just right to share with the public what has been happening since the K’s have taken over the world. If you add into the mix how petrified her Mom is of anything remotely conspiracy like, it's just the push she needs. She knew walking into the club that night was going to change her forever. What she didn’t expect was for it to change her existence not just her career. What she hadn’t expected even more was to come in contact with Vair. A Krinar with a hidden agenda and now an addiction to Amy. An addiction he wishes to continue….and soon!

Vair decides the best way to grab her attention is to blackmail her into coming back to his club. After all, what are the chances she’ll show up there willingly? Even he knows how unlikely that is an sets his plan into place. Show her exactly why they work together, check. Make sure that she sees the footage of their coming together in a place she can’t hide from it, check. Invite her right back to where she needs to be, working on it! With her best friends help, Vair draws her into his existence. They both have an agenda that needs to be seen through totally. But who’s going to get the truth first? Who’s going to let go and accept the inevitable? Will they both win or lose? For Vair it means gaining something he’s searched for hundreds of years for, that key to happiness. For her it means uncovering the lies to find the hidden nuggets of truth.

I LOVED all the ways that Hettie has brought the Krinar to live in this book! I was completely fascinated by the abilities of the K’s, the changes they make to human existence in general and oh of course the crazy, hotter than a june bug in July moments!!! Her bits of humor mixed in with lifestyles, sass, intrigue, drama, suspense and overall creativity again prove why she’s good at what she does. She can change your expectations and make you a fan of an alien species you wouldn’t mind getting up close and personal with! Hettie, well done my friend!!!!! If the Krinar ever do join us on this planet, give directions if you will to Tauce and Zyrnase to my house would ya?? Tell them to bring Nurse Shalee to help with giving me better eyesight! ;)

Keep an open in mind when you read this ya’ll, you’ll need it and then be scrambling to one-click the rest in Anna Zaires world series!

Where do I go to find out more about the author?

Authors Website: Hettie Ivers

Authors Amazon Page: Hettie Ivers

Authors GoodReads Page: Hettie Ivers

Authors Facebook Fan Page: Hettie Ivers

My GoodReads Review HERE

My Amazon Review HERE

Where can you find me?
In my corner of course!
Email: bookishnerd4life@gmail.com or superrainpolly@gmail.com
Facebook: Shani Kenny
Twitter: @BookishShani_K

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: A beautiful Heartbreak by Alora Kate

A bit of ramble to start ya’ll with here….Alora comes up with interesting names for her characters. I mean look at the 4 seasons trilogy, then other characters in her books, Ashton, Rawson as well as Madi. To me, the name of a character adds a bit of strength to them. Now with Ki and Prescott, such beautiful and strong names that really reflect on them personally. I find myself wanting to give them a “couple” name like KiScott or PreKi! I know, I know….so typically weird. But not for me! So back to my review before I got distracted here……

As someone who never felt like I was seen for who I was, I identify with Ki  in many ways. She’s a P.I. along with her best friend Alexa. She meets Prescott on a routine run to serve an envelope to someone. What she didn’t expect was to be thrown into Prescott’s world! In the heat of the moment he reaches out to her to pull her into helping him with a difficult person and an even more unfortunate moment. Even though she’s wary of helping in any way, she does and ends up feeling drawn to him on this charismatic level. She feels protective over him and needs to figure out a way to change the inevitable for him. The problem is, in all of that her life is turned upside down and sideways dramatically! Holy COW!

Prescott is a brilliant lawyer who has pulled himself out of the ashes of a traumatic time in his life. He’s been so focused on helping others and hiding the scars that have shamed him for so long. His mind works on a different level that nearly every person he encounters. He’s a brilliant man who just needs a bit of change. The day he meets Ki he was completely captured by her on not just a physical level but on a communicative level he’s never experienced. She’s not afraid of the way he speaks or even that he doesn’t show the emotion outwardly that he feels. For whatever reason Ki walked into his office, he feels drawn to her as well. What he doesn’t expect is how she’ll come to need him during the chaos that ensures.

Together, they have to learn how to live with their pasts. Even though Prescott has known all his life where he comes from and had to make terms with the way he has had to survive, Ki hasn’t. Her world is thrown into an out of control spin when she realizes that she’s in danger. Not only does she have to come to terms with the appearance of a parental figure, but also with the fact that someone is looking to make her the victim of a message. What’s that message? Who is this person? How does Prescott deal with the dramatic change that adds to his scars and way of life? Do they do this together or do they fall apart and lose their words in this beautiful heartbreak?

Once again, Alora has managed to yank out every single emotion, twist it up, and left me drained with a book-over (book hangover) once again! She’s accomplished her goal of making a reader cry each time she graces us with a new book. It’s seriously good and I love to see that she’s continuing the journey of the supporting characters in their own books soon! I can count on her to bring out all the feels and intensity of an incredible journey for her characters.

I can honestly say she’s proven yet again why she’s one of my favorite authors of all time. Thanks my friend for sharing the beautiful journey that Ki and Prescott have traveled.  

Authors Website: Alora Kate

Authors Amazon Page: Alora Kate

Authors GoodReads Page: Alora Kate

Authors Facebook Fan Page: Alora Kate

My Amazon Review HERE

My Goodreads review HERE

Where can you find me?
In my corner of course!
Email: bookishnerd4life@gmail.com or superrainpolly@gmail.com
Facebook: Shani Kenny
Twitter: @BookishShani_K

Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Release! Sugar by Mandy Beck

Title: Sugar
Author: Mandi Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 7, 2017


Country’s hottest bad boy.

That’s what they call me. My label ate it up until I became “too bad” for the good folks of country music. That’s when Hard Candy Records picked me up and took a chance on me. Probably not their smartest move, but I won’t tell them that. Especially when they’ve assigned me a babysitter to try and keep my ass out of trouble. One smart-mouthed, unimpressed, sexy as homegrown sin, Addy Mae Masterson.

She likes to pretend that she doesn’t like me and I like to let her.

I may have a past that haunts me and she may have a habit of getting attached, but damn if I don’t want to show her just how good this bad boy can be.

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Free in Kindle Unlimited

Author Bio

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband and boys in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met. 

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: Crane (Lost Valkyries MC #1) by Esther E. Schmidt

I admit it, I tease and torment Esther about when is the next book coming? Feed my addiction I tell her! I’ve read all the books! I.WANT.MORE! She is so patient with my demands and general lunacy and reminds me oh so gently (sarcasm, yeah?) there are some work to be done before she can release another. HA! I’m starting to think she secretly is holding out on us! She whips out this quickie on us and keeps us on the hook! Does she not realize this just will get me to bug her even more? Come on now, I know I’m not the only one! #EliteFanGirlFreaksUnite

With all that humor and teasing aside, onto my review! If you’re a fanatic of her work like a good portion of us you know she is a master storyteller when it comes to her insta love books, dark romance, and MC books. But when she throws all three into one, it's a shock! OH man but what a good shock!

Crane lives by the code of the brotherhood, even though he’s a bit of a nomad. He fights for them, he fights for himself, he does his job well and he plays by his own rules. Those rules can be changed at any moment and they do in the moment he meets Faya. She’s a mark he’s supposed to take out so she won’t testify. But he’s drawn to her and there’s something about her that makes him change more than just those rules.

Faya has lived a life on the wrong side. She knows that eventually everything catches up to you. She’s a fighter though and she’ll fight until she has nothing left in her. She meets Crane and accepts her fate. But what is her fate with him? What does she do now and how does she choose to fight?

This is a super quickie full of angst, dark and dirty reality and the best kind of insta love….raw and hot! Esther never fails to impress me with her abilities to spin a good story. She’s an author you need to catch up with and watch for! 

Author Website: Esther E. Schmidt

Good Reads: Esther E. Schmidt

Where can you find me?
In my corner of course!
Email: bookishnerd4life@gmail.com or superrainpolly@gmail.com
Facebook: Shani Kenny
Twitter: @BookishShani_K