American Queen by Sierra Simone

QOTD: What is the steamiest book you’ve ever read?

American Queen by Sierra Simone is it for me BY FAR. I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this one. I don’t normally review series but I can’t NOT tell ya’ll about this one. If you’re looking for ALL👏🏻THE👏🏻STEAM👏🏻 then look no further and keep a fan handy because holy hell. Sierra came in HOT with this one. Basically all you need to know is that this is a MMF romance and the men are the President and Vice President of the United States. So yeah, it’s insane. It’s wild. It’s hot and crazy and intense. But it’s also really, really good, and if you’re open to trying it, I say go for it! Heads up: there are triggers out the wazoo in this one, so reach out or do your research before diving in! This one earned the highest possible star/steam rating combo from me: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥This book definitely won’t be for everyone, but big ups from the Queen Bee for sure!

Meet the Bookstagrammer/Blogger!

It’s been a minute since I did one of these and since there are lots of new faces around here (yay for 3K!) I figured it was time to re-introduce myself.

My name is Megan. I’m 32, from Evansville, Indiana. My husband, Richard and I have been married for 6.5 years and we have a 5 year old son named Griffin. (I’m not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom). I’ve been a bookworm my whole life and I read mostly romance but enjoy the occasional mystery/thriller, memoir, and fantasy.

Here’s a few random facts about me:

🦁I am Gryffindor down to my very soul.

🍹I love a good drink and think I can still hang like I’m 22 and I so, SO cannot.

🦅I’m scared to death of birds. Always have been. Always will be.

💗I am loyal to a fault and try my best to always be kind, but I also take zero shit and will always stand up for myself and the people I love.

👸🏼I’m pretty stubborn and tend to think I’m always right, but on the flip side, I will always admit when I’m wrong and will apologize profusely when I hurt someone.

🤷🏼‍♀️I one hundred percent do not have time for people who can’t take a joke or take life too seriously. If we’re friends, it’s because you’re funny and wonderful, so congratulations!

📺I don’t watch a ton of tv, but some of my favorite shows are The Office, The Crown, New Girl, Schitt’s Creek, Queer Eye, and Cheer.

☕️I’ve pretty much kicked my caffeine addiction, which is HUGE for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love coffee and tea. My go-to is an iced chai tea latte.

✨I’m so glad to have you here. If we haven’t talked much yet, please reach out. I love chatting with y’all, whether it be about books, my crazy polls, book recs, or just to say hey.

February Wrap-Up

February was a bit of a mixed bag, ratings-wise. This year, in an effort to remain as transparent as possible, I have committed to posting more of my lower rated reads. The highs where high and the lows were lows, friends. Take a look at my wrap-up and let me know how you did this month!

🎧Bared to You by Sylvia Day (re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

🎧Reflected in You by Sylvia Day (re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

🎧Entwined with You by Sylvia Day (re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

📱Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

🎧Captivated by You by Sylvia Day (re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥

📱Back to You by Kristen Granata (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

🎧One With You by Sylvia Day (re-read) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥

🎧International Player by Louise Bay ⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

🎧Merciless by Willow Winters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

📱Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

🎧Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥

📱More Jade by Laura Pavlov (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥

🎧You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (ALC) ⭐️⭐️💫

📱The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

📱Fresh Meet by Jasmin Miller (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75🔥🔥

🎧American Queen by Sierra Simone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️💫

Blurb: You probably know someone like Shay Miller. She wants to find love, but it eludes her.

She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated. You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters. They have an unbreakable circle of friends. They live the most glamorous life. They always get what they desire. Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers.

This one was a wild ride. The problem is, not much happened until the very end. I liked the premise. It’s different and it’s creepy. And sure, we needed backgrounds on all the characters in order to really understand the how and the why. But there was so much backstory and way too many characters and I had a hard time keeping track of everyone. That being said, I really did enjoy the ending, but as a whole this one just kind of missed the mark for me. Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️💫

Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press and Libro.fm for the ALC. just because this one didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. You are not alone hits shelves 3/3!

Review: More Jade by Laura Pavlov

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

The first time Jade Moore meets Cruz Winslow, he’s in a pretty…precarious situation. Saying they get off on the wrong foot is the understatement of the century, but the more class time and tutoring sessions they spend together, Cruz shows Jade there’s more to him than the cocky, arrogant rock star. And Jade realizes that she’s way more than a Type A, organized, smarty-pants. They’re the epitome of opposites attract and in the best and most adorable way. Cruz takes it slow with the inexperienced Jade, surprising his friends and even himself with the tenderness that seems to come naturally when he’s with Her. But as Cruz’s music career begins to take off and Jade’s freshman year of college comes to and end, it’s clear their lives are heading in two different directions.

Umm so I kind of finished this book in two sittings, so I think it’s safe to say I LOVED it. I love Cruz. I love Jade. I love the way they are together. I just really loved it. Laura’s writing is beautiful and fun and captivating. I was hooked on the story from the very beginning. And it was SO refreshing for me to read a New Adult Romance with an inexperienced and naive heroine who isn’t super annoying and immature. Jade is smart and fierce and knows exactly what she wants out of life and embraces and welcomes Cruz into hers rather than molding into his. I love a strong female lead and Jade is exactly that. And Cruz? One hundred and ten percent book boyfriend material. The best part? Their story isn’t over! This is the first book in a trilogy and I CANNOT WAIT to see where Laura takes us on this journey!

Thank you so much to the author and Give Me Books PR for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review. More Jade is out today!

Review: The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

Smokejumpers literally jump out of planes and into fires and Grady is the epitome of hot fireman. His spontaneity freaks Willa out. She needs to make plans and have order because she never had that as a child. She won’t allow any man to get too close because she can’t risk him getting in the way of her work. Therefore, she has a two-date rule. No more than two dates with any guy. Ever. But Grady is different and he insists on going on “non-dates” to increase their time together and before she knows it, he’s knocked down every single one of her walls and defenses.

Grady and Willa were super cute and fun and I loved how their relationship developed. They had a lot of passion for each other and I wish we could’ve seen more of that passion. There were one or two extended love scenes but most of the time it was a fade to black situation and I am not here for that. We’re all adults here. Give is the goods! I liked both characters and really sympathized for what Willa went through in her childhood, but they both seemed really immature for their age. Money was a huge factor in this one and I think that I just really didn’t love that aspect at all. I seemed like we covered the same issues over and over and that took up time that could’ve been in the bedroom 😬😉

Thanks so much to Entangled and Netgalley for the e-arc. The Two-Date Rule hits shelves tomorrow, 2/25!

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Review: Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

I am equal parts so happy I finally read this gem and disgusted with myself for waiting this damn long. This has been on my TBR for a MINUTE and omg it was so 👏🏻 dang 👏🏻good 👏🏻 So here’s what’s up: Chase is a cop and Livia is a librarian. Their meet cute is a little hilarious and a lot adorable. Instant attraction on both ends but Livia has been burned by men one too many times and her trust issues have her turning down Chase’s advances. At first. When she finally agrees to go on a date, she hits him with a…unique(?) proposition. She wants Chase’s baby. Not him. Not any man. Just a baby. Chase is obviously taken aback but when he considers a sex only/no strings attached situation with Liv, he can’t say no. And then of course, cue all the feelings getting in the way and you’ve got a super cute, fast paced, funny, and steamy read! And when I say steamy…I’m not kidding. This book is HOT 🔥🥵 Oh and did I mention Jacob Morgan narrates? Sooo yeah, go ahead and check this bad boy out. You will NOT be disappointed.