Talking Books | You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Friday, July 31, 2020

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To Be Published: August 4, 2020
Series: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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This truly was an easy story to enjoy. The characters, the settings and the dive into Latinx communities and culture was wonderful.

Both Jasmine Lin and Ashton Suarez have something to protect when they both decide to take on the new project, Carmen in Charge; a new American Telenovela show. For Jasmine, it's her reputation and for Ashton, it's his son.

After a messy break-up, Jasmine needs to make her career first choice. After working in Spanish speaking Telenovelas for years, Ashton needs or more, he wants to break out into American media. Can they make it happen? Well, you'll have to read the book to see.....

BUT, I will tell you what I liked so much about You Had Me At Hola
  • I liked the smooth transitions between our actual romance story and the show that Jasmine and Ashton were working on. Alexis Daria did a fantastic job of keeping the flow between our actual characters and the characters they played on their show.
  • The interactions between Jasmine and Ashton were easy and I liked the banter between them. On and off set. Outside some major lack of communication which I attributed to both their own respective issues, they got along well as co-characters and their romance wasn’t all stress filled and combative. The author made them both very easy to like.
  • I loved, loved the interactions of both Jasmine and Ashton with their families. I love to see when Black and POC authors write about families. It's so familiar and it feels good to see more stories include family dynamics that make you want to pull up a chair and enjoy whatever they're eating...or drinking.
At the end of it all, You Had Me At Hola is a great read. The author tackles some serious issues that plague Latinx communities but it didn’t override our romance. The romance is slightly angst-y but still fun and with the addition of our characters working on a TV show, the drama was a needed necessity. 

I say add this book to your TBR list with a quickness, by the time you're will like me, have a big ol goofy smile on your face. Definitely one of my favorite reads for 2020.

*Thank you so much to the publisher/author for the opportunity to read/review. 

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Book Covers That Have Us Shaking the Tables (4)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Oh Hey Babes! and Happy Hump Day 😀. 
Its that time again.....

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Talking Books | Her Essential Love by Anita Davis

Monday, July 27, 2020

Her Essential Love
Published: January 14, 2020
Rose Gold Press, LLC.
Series: Woman of Park Manor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Letting go is simple, right? Wrong! Especially for earthy shop owner, Teegan Royal. Her Santa Monica neighborhood is not what it used to be. Her dwelling isn't either. The sprawling complex, Park Manor, ushered in unwelcome change for her and introduced her to Kevin Chambers, a fine but progressive-minded know it all she’d much rather not encounter.

Litigation lawyer, Kevin Chambers, can get corporations and people to settle all of the time, but his persuasive tactics haven’t been working on a bohemian styled, but sexy Teegan when it comes to helping her embrace change.

Teegan needs Kevin to see beyond the bottom line, and Kevin wants Teegan to go with the flow, but in the mix of things, will they find out just how essential they are to each other?


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Talking Books | The Guardian of Arcadin by Sherdley S

Friday, July 24, 2020

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Published: July 21, 2020
Sherdley S LLC.
Series: NA
Genre: Science Fiction
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Say you’re living in this small town living your life and then strange AND bad shit starts happening? And you’re sitting there, like “for why?” 

Listen, that’s what happens to Rielle. Some weird things are going on in her little hometown of Kannan and she, like everyone else, is trying to figure it all out. So imagine her shock and surprise when one night whilst she is minding her business, she attacked by some shadowy monster. But chile, in comes Callum. Guardian from another world to save her...only she ends up saving them both...unbeknownst to her.

The Guardian of Arcadin was good! I loved the blend of action and romance. Callum was a bit of your classic tortured anti-hero but I really liked that he still was committed to protecting his people and the Universe. Rielle was okay...lols, no I liked Rielle. She’s a contemporary girl so all that “mine” talk Callum was doing she wasn’t trying to hear. Now, I did have my issues with ol girl. Because she really was out here doing “to stupid to live” type things and I was side-eyeing her.

Seriously, I was like:
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Now, the world that our author builds is good, although at times it was a bit lacking in description of said world and characters. I did want just a bit more information on Arcadin and its people. Like I know they are other but what other are they? Also, skin description isn’t all important but then again it is. All we got of Callum and his brothers where eye and hair color...why no mention of their skin tone? This might also play into them being other but still, I at least wanted more.

At the end of it all, The Guardian of Arcadin is a wonderful ode to classic paranormal romance. Struggling hero and a bit of a combative heroine coming together to save two worlds. Action packed built around a steamy romance. I loved it.  

I'm not sure if this is going to be a series, its not noted but I would definitely be interested in reading more books on this world and its characters.

*Thank you so much to the author for the opportunity to read/review.

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Book Tour | Duke by Kiru Taye

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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by Kiru Taye
Publication date: June 29th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Duke’s life is about honour, loyalty and respect for the business.
Nothing else.
One look at Carla across a crowded nightclub, and he breaks his own rules.
One night with the seductive woman who calls to him like no other, and he wants to keep her.
His troubled angel is a mafia princess who lives dangerously on the edge.
She plays a desperate prank and sparks a cartel war.
Duke is in a high-stakes battle to keep everything he loves.
And he intends to win, come Hell or high water.
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Kiru wanted to read stories about Africans falling in love. When she couldn’t find those books, she decided to write the stories she wanted to read. Her stories are sensual, her characters are flawed and sometimes she adds a dash of exciting suspense.
She is the founder of Love Africa Press and co-founder of Romance Writers of West Africa.
When she’s not being a writer/publisher/boss-lady, she is also a wife/mother/sister/daughter/aunt/niece/friend somewhere in the south of England.

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Book Spotlight-Review | A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison

Monday, July 20, 2020

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Published: July 7, 2020
Crooked Lane Books
Series: Enchanted Bay Mystery #1
Genre: Mystery (Cozy)
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Aleksandra Daniels hasn't set foot in the quiet seaside town of Bellamy Bay, North Carolina in over twenty years. Ever since her mother's tragic death, her father has mysteriously forbidden her from visiting her aunt and cousins. But on a whim, Alex accepts an invitation to visit her estranged relatives and to help them in their family business: an herbal apothecary known for its remarkably potent teas, salves, and folk remedies.

Bellamy Bay doesn't look like trouble, but this is a town that harbors dark secrets. Alex discovers that her own family is at the center of salacious town gossip, and that they are rumored to be magical healers descended from mermaids. She brushes this off as nonsense until a local is poisoned and her aunt Lidia is arrested for the crime. Alex is certain Lidia is being framed, and she resolves to find out why.

Alex's investigation unearths stories that some have gone to desperate lengths to conceal: forbidden affairs, family rivalries, and the truth about Alex's own ancestry. And when the case turns deadly, Alex learns that not only are these secrets worth hiding, but they may even be worth killing for.


My ReviewFirst in the series, A Spell for Trouble starts off with Aleksandra Daniels finding out she is a witch...a water witch whom is a decedent of mermaids to be exact. 

After the death of her father and leaving her annoyingly draining job, Alexandra decides to pay her mother’s side of the family a visit in Bellamy Bay. There she gets caught up in murder and family secrets after her Aunt Lidia is accused of murdering someone in town. 

Aleksandra truly was the beginner sleuth. Attempting to find who the true murderer is while learning that you're a witch can be something... different but then there's a little flirtatious romance in the mix as well.

For the most part, I enjoyed this mystery. However, this story does fall in the tropey and predictable aisle. Things I did like a lot were the descriptions (or rather history) of the small sleepy town of Bellamy Bay. Also, the eccentrics of the characters were a good thing as well.

Still, at the end of it all...if you are fan of magical cozy mysteries, you may want to check this series out. 

*Thank you to the publisher/author for the opportunity to read/review.

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Ever since Esme discovered Nancy Drew, she’s wanted to solve mysteries. As a mystery author, she’s finally found a way to make that dream come true. A former military spouse, Esme lives in Raleigh, NC with her family. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new mysteries for her sleuths to stumble upon, you can find her dancing her calories away in Zumba, patronizing her local bookstores or visiting the beach, the mountains and all historical sites in between.

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Talking Books | Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Publishing Date: July 21, 2020
Tor Books
Series: NA
Genre: Historical Fiction (Speculative)
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In Trouble the Saints, the same story is being told BUT from three different POVs. Phyllis (Pea), Dev and Tamara. All have “the hands” in some form or fashion. 

This story is set in New York after WW2 with the backdrop of Harlem, gangsters, crooked cops and magic...hoodoo, voodoo depending on who’s naming it. Even though the story is broken up into its separate three parts, all three of our protagonists are involved with one another in some way. We read the struggles of our protagonists as they try to make their lives as livable as possible in a America that will always see them as other. But then when you add their gifts into the fray…

Trouble the Saints is a interestingly woven story. The world building was at times a bit convoluted especially Phyllis’s part BUT I truly did enjoy the way this author set it up. What really does this story justice is the unique combination of genres our author takes. We aren’t just dealing with fantasy and historical fiction...Alaya Dawn Johnson is generous with horror and macabre here as well. With magic as the backdrop and History at its doorstep, Trouble the Saints is wonderfully enriching and I believe any lover of historical fiction with a little extra on the side will love it for what it is. 

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BBr Presents | Moaning Mondays, a Podcast Special

Monday, July 13, 2020

Hey Babes! Hope you had a good weekend and an even better week. I'm trying something new here at the blog and the podcast. Listen in further....

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Book Covers that have Us Shaking the Table (3)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Oh hey Babes! how ya'll doing is this hottity hot ass heat? Me? oh just trying to stay cool. Anyolwho's, I've decided to bring this post back. Book Covers that have Us Shaking the Table is a post where I (me honey) show off some of the most beautiful least I can find in Black and POC Romance. 

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So uhm, lets get to it. 

Now I know ya'll saw my review of this beauty....GORGEOUS! and the overlays *chefs kiss*

hmmmmm....her looking like she about to kiss his neck. I love that shit!

I lil bit of ass cheek and messy hair. hmmmm....

I wonder what he is pondering....

I love a good red light....

Whew chile! she about to give it to him...or she about to get it! 

Well? What ya'll think? Wanna get them? You know what to do, lols. 

*Also. Authors, if you want to submit your book OR if you're a reader of this blog and have a suggestion. Hit me up through the contact page. There will be *one BCTHUSTT in my newsletter as well. 

Until the next one...lata days! 

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Tarot Deck Look-through | Ethereal Visions

Friday, July 3, 2020

Hey Babes! its another Tarot post. How ya'll doing? Any ol ways, this deck...Ethereal Visions I purchased through Amazon. The deck creator Matt Hughes also sells it through his site (more expensive). This is the first edition so I'm guessing a second edition will be available soon. He is also creating a oracle looks good too. 

I don't know where I saw this deck initially, but I remember the images and book-marked it so that I can go back and get it when I could. This is probably one of the whitest decks I have as far as images go, lols. But the images themselves is what called me and then the gold foiling he has through-out it is just outstanding, so I got it. 

The inspiration of the characters of the decks is from the art nouveau movement? I know nothing about that but I found more on the Britannica website. They are just so earthly...

The card stock is pretty good and thin enough where I can shuffle the deck without issue. I do kind of wish it was edged in gold, that would have been the perfect finish for the deck. I might come back later and edge them myself....yeah, I probably will.

Even though the art of the deck is different, the meaning of the cards is still based off of the original Rider-Waite-Smith deck of tarot. It also comes with its own little booklet though.

I've used the deck already and love the images through-out it. The cards tell a good story. Its another deck that I think is a nice add to my collection. 

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Book Tour | A Reunion of Rivals by Reese Ryan

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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A Reunion of Rivals

Stand-Alone: yes

Series: Bourbon Brothers, Book 4
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Publication Date: July 1, 2020
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Sensual
She can’t let anything derail her passion project,
Not even a second chance with the sexiest man alive…

The deal that could bring Quinn Bazemore’s career back from the brink has one catch: she must partner up with her ex-lover Max Abbott. Quinn can’t forget the pleasure-filled summer they shared. But now she’s butting heads over business strategy with the mouthwatering marketing VP, even as their reawakened desire threatens to expose her deepest secrets…
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Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional romance with captivating family drama, surprising secrets, and a posse of complex, flawed characters. A Midwesterner with deep Southern roots, Reese currently resides in semi-small-town North Carolina where she’s an avid reader, a music junkie, and a self-declared connoisseur of cheesy grits.

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