Arc Review: End Game

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Title: End Game

Author: Emily Goodwin

Series: Dawson Family #2

Genre: NA Romance/Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: August 2, 2018

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Source: Emily Goodwin/Enticing Journey Book Promotion

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: Getting pregnant was the last thing Quinn thought would happen. But now Quinn’s focus is to start the family Archer’s always wanted. The hard part should be over, right?


Ghosts from the past begin to surface. No matter how hard they try, the universe seems to have other plans that threaten to tear Archer and Quinn apart. Archer will not let the one thing he always wanted slip through his fingers. As events unfold, Archer finds himself going to lengths he never thought possible. After all he’s done to keep Quinn...will he lose her anyway?

END GAME is book two in The Dawson Family Series and concludes Quinn and Archer epic love story.

Review:  This book was full of romance, up until the very end!


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Arc Review: Forgiving Keven

| Thank you Siobhan Davis for gifting me this book to read and review |


Title: Forgiving Keven

Author: Siobhan Davis

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Independently Published

Publication Date: January 7, 2019

Links: GoodReads | BookBub | Amazon 

Source: Siobhan Davis Arc Team

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: She’s the one who got away. He’s the boy she can’t forget… 

They say you never forget your first love, but I’m determined to prove Keven Kennedy is just a random boy from my past. It’s not like I still think about him after all this time. Or daydream about how hot his kisses were and what it felt like to have his hands on my skin. Nope, that’s not me. I’m in a happy place in my life. Engaged to a great man and finishing the last year of my photography degree. But since I returned to Massachusetts, everything reminds me of the boy who ripped my heart to shreds. Especially when my fiancé’s constant business trips, and dwindling attention, raises old fears to the surface. And then the unthinkable happens—Keven saunters back into my life, turning it upside down once more. It’s ironic he thinks he’s protecting me when the only one I need protecting from is him.

They say you never forget your first love. In my case, it’s true. Most everyone in high school thought Cheryl and I were a match made in heaven and that nothing could tear us apart. Until I messed up spectacularly and lost the best thing to ever happen to me. Years have passed, girls have come and gone, but no one has laid claim to my heart in the way Cheryl did. I thought she was lost to me forever when an unexpected encounter with an uptight FBI agent, and an intriguing proposition, brings the beautiful blonde back into my life. I didn’t hesitate to sign on the dotted line. I let Cheryl down once before. I’m not going to fail her this time.

Review: This book was WAY move intense than I thought it would be. DAMN Siobhan, you are really killing it! Keven is a quiet, intense computer hacker who does everything to keep his family safe. When he sees that the love of his life is in trouble, he knows he will risk it all for her. Cheryl has a love of life, school and photography. She tries every day to forget about her first love and move on with her life. She has a fiancé and her life is moving along as it should. But not everything is as it seems and soon Cheryl will be in danger from the people she holds close. Cheryl will have to turn to the person that hurt her the most. Keven.

This story was a romantic novel that had my stomach in knots and had me rage flipping through the pages. My heart went out to Keven for his childhood and his misguided missteps. I was just straight up worried about Cheryl. She is in serious trouble and has no idea! This book had me on the edge of my futon the entire time! I highly recommend you check out this story. You can read it without reading the rest of The Kennedy Boys series but I recommend you read those as well!

Note: Forgiving Keven is a STANDALONE title in the Kennedy Boys world. No cliff hanger and a guaranteed HEA. Due to sensitive content, sexual situations, and possible triggers, this book is recommended to readers aged 18+.


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Arc Review: Downbeat


Title: Downbeat

Author: Jodie Larson

Series: Lighting Strikes #4

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: July 26, 2018

Links: Amazon Goodreads

Source: Jodie Larson/GiveMeBooksBlog

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: Downbeat |n|: The first beat in a measure, often the strongest.

Fame, fortune, traveling to different cities across the country…I’m living the dream. As the drummer for the Lightning Strikes, it’s my job to hook you in and keep you coming back for more. It’s my craft, my calling, what I’m a master at. 

Even with all that, I’m still just a normal guy who wants to eat at food trucks and lounge on the couch, playing video games until I can’t see straight.

Everything was perfect.

At least I thought it was, until a blonde bombshell walked into my life and made me question everything I thought I knew. 

I want her. I need her. 

Only, she’s afraid of the spotlight, afraid of what it’ll do to her and the ones she loves. The wall around her heart is keeping me out, but I know before long I will break down her barriers. 

She needs to know that there is more to us than what she sees, that this chemistry between us is our downbeat to forever.

All the guys in the band have their happily ever after. Maybe it’s time for mine. 

Review: Downbeat takes this rockstar romance series to the next level. Pax is always in the background as the drummer for Lighting Strikes and he is fine with that. He enjoys living under the radar of the paparazzi. With his hat pulled down low and sunglasses on, he walks around as if he is not a famous rockstar. His world gets turned upside down when he runs into Kylie, or rather, she runs right into him! There hasn't been any girls that he's wanted, until her. Now he will stop at nothing to win her over.

The Lighting Strikes series has been my favorite reads this year. I was very curious about Pax's story and how it will stand out compared to the others. Well let me tell you, it was one of my favorites! Pax is such a genuinely nice guy who loves food trucks (I mean who doesn't?!) and enjoying life. Then one day he meets Kylie and he will stop at nothing to win her over. 

This story will give you all the feels. I just put it down and I already want to read it again! I really recommend you check out this book. Thank you Jodie Larson and GiveMeBooksBlog for sending me this arc to read and honestly review!

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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind

Arc Review: No One But Us


Title: No One But Us

Author: Elizabeth O'Roark 

Genre: Contemporary Romance; New Adult

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

Links: *Amazon | Goodreads

Source: Elizabeth O'Roark/Happily Eva Insta Tours

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: The last time I saw Elle, she was a child. A Harry Potter-obsessed 13-year-old with a penchant for fan fiction and following me around. Six years later she’s on my doorstep. The braces are gone. The “Team Gryffindor” t-shirt’s been replaced with a bikini the size of my index finger. And I can’t get her out of my head, no matter how hard I try. 

Except she’s still the girl I’m not allowed to have, the center of a secret I hope she never learns. 
Resisting what I feel for Elle Grayson is the only way to protect my family. But am I willing to break both our hearts in the process? 

Review: This story had my heart the moment I started reading it. Elle is a 19 year old, naive girl whose family has never really been around. When the papers find out her boss seems to think more of her as then an intern, she escapes to the beach house of her childhood best friend. Elle doesn't want the spotlight. She just wants independence from her messed up family. There is one good thing about the beach house, and that is her best friend's older brother, James. She has had a crush on James since she was young, but will he ever see her as more? 

I was emotionally invested in Elle and all the hardships she is going through. When she was feeling okay about herself, I was so happy! But when she was feeling outcasted, ignored and lost, my heart hurt for her. She is the kind of character that you want to see succeed and get all the of things that she deserves. James is definitely the older guy we have all had a crush on and wish it could be more. For most of the book, I was pretty mad at her best friend, Ginny, because she doesn't act like much of a best friend. I think this book also shows that our parents/adults can be just as screwed up as we are.

Thank you to Elizabeth O'Roark and Happily Eva Insta for letting me read and honestly review this book!

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Arc Review: Cheat Codes


Title: Cheat Codes

Author: Emily Goodwin

Genre: Contemporary Romance; New Adult

Publication Date: May 31, 2018

Links: AmazonGoodreads

Source: Emily Goodwin/GiveMeBooksBlog

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: Archer has always wanted what he can’t have—Quinn Dawson. Since the moment he saw her, he’s been denying his feelings for her, ignoring the void in his heart he knows only she can fill. 
Everything about them was wrong, the kind of wrong that felt so right. But none of it mattered. Not the terrible timing. And definitely not the mess it would create if Archer made a move on his best friend’s baby sister. It was supposed to be one night, but one night is all it takes to make everything more complicated, and they only have nine short months to sort it all out.
No, none of it mattered. Until it did.

Review: This book kicked romantic butt! 

First of all, I love that Quinn is a b.a. computer nerd like myself. It is inspiring to read about smart girls who rock and men find attractive instead of inferior. Also, Archer is the doctor of my freaking dreams! 

I really enjoy brothers best friend romances. I liked the angst during the beginning of their relationship and how they fought for each other. 

I know the synopsis said "9 short months to sort it all out" but I'm apparently oblivious (lol) so what happened was a shock to me. I also did not see that ending coming! 

Thank you Emily Goodwin and GiveMeBooksBlog for sending me this arc to read and honestly review!

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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind

Arc Review: Incognito


Title: Incognito

Author: Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance; New Adult

Publication Date: June 30, 2019

Links: *Book Depository | Goodreads | BookBub | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Rating: ★★★★★

#AD - This book was gifted to me

Synopsis: A troubled popstar forced into hiding… A sweet small-town girl overcoming tragedy… And the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.
Dakota’s dreams of attending Julliard were shattered the night tragedy struck her family. It’s one year later, and she’s now enrolled at a local university trying to piece her life back together.
Shawn is one of the world’s most famous faces, having lived under a spotlight since his star exploded when he was fourteen. Now jaded by an industry forcing him to perform music he no longer enjoys, he craves normalcy and the opportunity to rediscover his muse. When a crazy stalker gets too close, and death threats start mounting, Shawn’s management team comes up with a plan—one which will allow him to work on his latest album while staying incognito on a college campus.
Romance is the last thing on Dakota’s mind, but after she crosses paths with a hot, prickly cutie with rock-hard abs and smoldering good looks, she can’t shake him from her thoughts. Shawn can’t afford to bring any girl into his fucked-up life, but the gorgeous blonde with the sad blue eyes captivates him in a way no girl ever has, and he finds himself falling hard and fast. 
But outside forces are conspiring against them. 
When danger draws closer, and secrets are revealed, will their love survive?

Review: This book is a college romance like no other. Dakota is suffering from a loss that makes her whole world shift. Now she is at a college she didn't plan to be at, in a major she doesn't care about. She is basically just existing. That is until Shawn shows up and changes everything.

Shawn is a young rockstar who has grown up in the spotlight. He is finally trying to grow up and change how he has been living. Shawn is out of rehab and living a clean, groupie free life. That is until his new stalker breaks unto his house and he must go into hiding until they are caught. 

I enjoyed the connection that these two characters have. They are like magnets that keep getting pulled together, even when they fight it. How Dakota allows herself to show the emotions she been hiding is heartbreakingly good. Also, I love the close friendships that Dakota has with Elsa, Tabs & Daisy. This book has so many happy emotions, heart-wrenching scenes and some on edge, look over your shoulder bits.

This is such an incredible story of overcoming tragedy and showing its never to late to grow as a person.  I highly commended it. Also, if you've read Inseparable, you will see some familiar faces in this book.

Thank you Siobhan Davis for sending me this arc to read and honestly review!


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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind