Ashley’s Reviews

I’m so excited to finally have time to do this.
I’ve wanted to add in a review page for a while, and so here it is … Yay!!
I’m always reading and working on various projects, as you all know. The latest project is starting up another website
On that website, myself, as well as several other readers and authors, will be going more community-based book things. Helping each other out with reviews is one of the best things you can do for an author. We’re also doing author interviews and spotlights, with more things to come.
So, in addition to posting them on that site and blog, I’m also adding them to my review page here.

Please keep in mind that I am a kind reviewer. I will share what I did and didn’t like. I will also give my opinion freely, but I do value the time these authors put into their work. Some things don’t bother me like they do other readers. So in my reviews, I’ll try to be as thorough as possible but do keep in mind these are simply my opinions.
Happy reading!

Hell’s Furie By Dara Kenny

This was a entertaining read. It’s been a while since I’ve read a paranormal romance like this, and I had forgotten how much I usually enjoy them.
While this book did have some plot other than the romance, it wasn’t much. Part of me kept expecting more twists to come. I’m hoping the author is just saving it for the next book in the series.
This book had a content warning on the front and is defiantly an 18+ book recommendation, between the sex, drug use, and swear words. The author tells you to buckle up for a wild ride, and she’s right. It was wild and a lot of fun!

Sunfire By Dan Kenner

I was fortunate enough to receive this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed reading Sunfire. This is a perfect book for fans of the Divergent Series to sink their teeth into.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, but from the very first chapter, I was intrigued. Korrine is a sassy, lovable rebel who you can’t help but connect to. As you follow her routine of life and the sudden changes that happen around her, you’re not quite sure what’s coming next. By the time you reach the end of the book, you’ll be eager to see when the next one comes out.
I can’t wait to see more from this author. Definitely a book to add to your TBR pile!

The Last Alignment: Cry of the Scorpions By Nathaniel Stewart

I have to say this was an interesting book. I feel like book one only skimmed the surface of the story and, while satisfying to read, left me wanting so much more.
I had so many questions still by the end of the book that I’m dying to read the next one to know what happens next.
This book was very well done, with multiple points of view. From firey Awbrey to down-to-earth Natalye and all the boys in between, each character had a strong voice that really carved out the story.
This is a great book to read if you like coming-of-age books with lots of magic and grit. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for book two.

The Arch Emulator and the Seven Keys by Michael Stewart

This adventure will keep you on your toes from the very start. First, you have McCoy, who is an odd-ball character, to draw you right into the intrigue. From there, we meet all sorts of different personalities and people from all over the globe. From Clay, a snow grunt down in the Antarctic, to Kim, a high school girl with a knack for astrology, to Cana, who is the nerd of nerds but great with a gun. You never quite know what to expect as this story unfolds.
As you travel deeper into the alternate reality that Stewart created, the more answers you get, but the more questions that arise. The Arch Emulator and the Seven Keys is definitely a story that will keep you guessing until the very end.

The Savage Hunt By Christy Sloat

I absolutely loved this darker fantasy. It’s a very twisted version of Hotel Transylvania, is all I can say without giving spoilers which I don’t like to do.
In a world with both monsters and humans, it highlights who’s really the monsters that go bump in the night.
This did have a content warning at the beginning for those of you that need it. I thought the book was amazing and didn’t personally need to be warned. For me, as the story setting was, it was the perfect mixture of sex, carnage, and revenge.
The only thing I will say is that this story does ” head hop” a little bit. There are various characters and multiple points of view that the story frequently shifts to. For me, it wasn’t an issue, but I know some readers don’t particularly enjoy that.
Overall, I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy dark fantasy and monsters.

A Touch of Fear By KC Kellersen

This is my first book completed for my November TBR Take over challenge. I’m so glad I picked it. I had a lot of fun reading this story. If you enjoy shifter books with prophecies, mates, and some spice, then I definitely recommend you check out this book.
Alina is a fierce little thing with an iron will. And Oliver is a protector with a heart of gold. Together these two weave their way through political intrigue and magic.
This book leaves off rounding things out while leaving you wanting more. Leaving several questions still hanging in the balance. I can’t wait for book two.

Cloverfield Collections: Werewolves: Jez and Cole by L.C Miller

I usually love just about anything supernatural. Give me werewolves, witches, and romance any day, and I’ll take it. However, I have to admit that I found this book a bit difficult to get through.
I usually don’t check other reviews, but in this case, I did and found that many readers felt as I did regarding the plot and storyline.
I can usually follow a book through typos and grammatical errors. I can follow it if it gets dark, or gory, or weird at times. But this whole story, I felt like pieces were missing. Information I was looking for that I wasn’t given until it was too late.
I’m all for starting your story in an intriguing way, but to enjoy this, I really needed a better base. I am the kind of reader who enjoys picking up clues and puzzling the story out for myself long before getting to the end of the book. I couldn’t do that in this particular case, so I didn’t connect with this story.
If you like werewolf books and instant romance type of stories, I would recommend you check this one out. This book was on the June 2021 Tiktok TBR take-over challenge, and that’s how I stumbled across it. It sounded like an interesting book from the blurb, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Rock Hard: Chord Brothers, Book 1 by M. J Roberts

Rock Hard was recommended to me by the author since I love just about all things romance. It’s not my typical read, I usually stick to my fantasy genre and romance within it, but this was an interesting book.
I didn’t quite know what to expect with a rock and roll type book and was pleasantly surprised by some aspects of the story. Most movies and books portray a lot of drugs and violence, and I was glad that those were absent from this book.
Ryder, the main character for all that he is a rock star with a messed up past, is actually very much a sweetheart and a good guy. His bandmates and the sub-characters for the book are equally likable.
The chemistry between the two main characters Ryder and Lexi, is undeniable. But I also enjoyed the relationship and friendships of the band as a whole. The constant jokes and the camaraderie they show each other was what really drew me in.
The part that I enjoyed most, surprisingly, was the parts about the music. I loved the songs constantly being mentioned throughout and how they played into the story. I loved when the music would take over certain scenes and how it sort of enveloped everything.
I know this book will entertain readers who adore music and love the rock and roll lifestyle.

Fail to Fight By Maci Dillon

So this book deserves five stars. It really does. Maci Dillon did a great job with this story. It was an emotional rollercoaster. It was a well-written book with no editing errors or anything like that.
If you like contemporary romance and second chance books, you will probably enjoy this one.
The intimate scenes between the characters were well written, and even the back and forth at the beginning of the book regarding the timeline flowed well.
However, I could not get over the reason why they broke up. I really wanted to like this story. I wanted to root for them and be happy with the ending. But honestly,(no spoilers) that was something that I just couldn’t forgive Will’s character for. And feel like that’s a personal issue for me, more than an issue with the book or story itself.
I’ve found that for me, at least not all romance books are created equal. I’ve found that I have a very difficult time with contemporary romance as a whole.

Josie: Book one in the Deceptions Series by Bobbi Jo Green

I was fortunate enough to be able to beta read this book, and receive a signed final edition from the author.
Josie, the first book in the Deception Series, is an emotional read. I don’t want to put in any spoilers because the best part of this book is finding out the history and the story as the book progresses. But for most of us, we have all had that first high school love, where we were young and naive and trusting.
I think these characters, Josie and Cole, are very relatable, and their story pulls at your heartstrings as things progress. The book’s ending leaves you satisfied with the story of book one while also leading you right into the next book.
This isn’t my usual read, I usually read adventure, fantasy, and romance in those genres, but this book is well worth the read.
Bobbie Jo Green did a fantastic job telling this story, and I can’t wait to see more from her.

Shinto Slash: Parade of Demons By Jericho Black

Shinto Slash: The Parade of Demons is everything you could hope for in an adventure story.
I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of the book from the author. This was my first real in-depth beta reading experience where I was fortunate enough to really connect with the author and see this book go from its baby stages to being published.
If you love tales of heroic samurai, epic friendships, and battles, then this book is definitely for you.
I won’t give any spoilers, but from start to finish, this story drew me right in.
Tadame is a sweet-natured protagonist who instantly steals your heart. Adachi is the kind of hero who wears his heart on his sleeve. The type of hero everyone wants on their side.
Snarly will always hold a special place in my heart, as the sidekick with sarcastic comments.
And Haruto is the silent warrior type that rounds out the group.
This team of heroes will take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget!
With beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming tale of friendship, this is a book that I will always highly recommend.

Tuppence: Book One in the Unsought Fairytale Collection By E. S Barrison

Tuppence was a unique retelling of Cinderella that I enjoyed very much. We all know the age-old tale of the girl who goes to the ball to fall in love with the prince, but this was a twisted version of that story that had me guessing how it would end the entire time.
If you enjoy Fairy Tale retellings that are darker like the original stories, then I highly recommend this book. It’s a good story that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

Destiny Awaits by Jaidis Shaw

Based on the blurb, I was interested in picking up this story. Again, this was another one that was on the June 2021 TBR take-over challenge on Tiktok, so I thought I’d give it a try.
However, when I went to write my review, I saw that the reading age was set from 12-18, which helped make the story a lot more understandable in some ways.
Based on the ages of the main characters in the book, I did feel as if their relationship was a bit on the childish side. If you don’t care for instant love-type books, this is one you might not enjoy.
It was very much instant love and romantic in that sweet sort of sense, but it happened a little too quickly for me to really get into it.
Overall the story idea was decent. If you enjoy vampires and werewolves and a softer, easier book to read, I’d recommend for you to try this one.

The Elite Wizard Games by Gina A. Watson

I loved this book. From start to finish, I was hooked. For all of you Fairy Tail fans out there, this is a book you’re going to love.
If you enjoy wizards, non-stop action, dragons, and intrigue, this book is for you.
Based on the book blurb, I thought the story would be interesting, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect even then. This was one in the June 2021 TBR take over on Tiktok that I was so happy I signed up for.
What I found as I devoured this book was that I enjoyed every moment of it, from the fights to the relationship and friendship building. I could not have been happier with the way this book wove me into this unique world.
Great story. I absolutely recommend you pick it up. It’s a fast-paced read, and you won’t be disappointed.

Girl of bone and Ivy: Book One of the Runebreaker Trilogy by Damien Kalan and Scarlet King

Girl of Bone and Ivy is an interesting book for readers who enjoy all things Fae. It’s more a Holly Black syle book, with darker themes and undercurrents running throughout. There is a content warning at the front of the book, and I advise readers to be aware of that before reading the story. For me, though, sometimes the content warning at the beginning makes me think I’m going to read something really crazy and terrible, and then when I read it, and it’s not, I’m like, oh, ok.
That’s how I felt in this story. I personally don’t care for content warnings, so it’s just me.
That being said, I did enjoy reading the book. The hard magic system in place is an entertaining take of Fae abilities. The story is filled with twists and turns, and by the end, you have no idea what will happen to the characters next.
If you’re looking for a Fantasy read with spice and LGBTQ representation, this book is for you.

The High Mountain Court By A.K Mulford

The High Mountain Court is a fantastic book that I couldn’t put down once I started reading it. I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of the book from the author and was so happy to have read it.
I am a huge fantasy reader, and one thing I absolutely love in books is when the intrigue is high, and I’m constantly looking for clues trying to piece the story together before I get to the end.
This book did not disappoint. I was kept on my toes the entire time and loved every twist and turn and revelation as they came to pass.
Remy, the main character, is a Witch after my own heart. She’s in turns feisty, and vulnerable, and in the end, willing to do almost anything for those she cares about.
As for Hale, all I can say is that I love him very much, and he will have an army of fangirls. I can already see the fan art for these two characters and feel the love Hale is going to receive from the reader community.
This is a great fast-paced epic story of love and revenge filled with adventure and intrigue.

The Witches Blade By A.K Mulford

A.K Mulford did it again. I was fortunate enough to receive this book as an ARC reader from the author and am so glad that I got to dig into this story and didn’t have to wait for it to come out.
I absolutely loved the High Mountain Court, but I think I liked this one a little bit more. This adventure Follows Rua and Renwick, two people that you think couldn’t be more different from each other.
I think this story had a little less action than book one. But the intrigue was high and had me guessing all along as the story progressed. I think I connected with Rua and Renwick’s characters even more than the characters in book one. And the tension between these two had me shipping them from the very beginning.
I enjoyed seeing the characters from both books continue to cross paths and make their way through the story.
The ending leaves off leading us right into the next book but rounds out everything nicely. I can’t wait for book three to come out!

Marcus: A Black Lily Club Story By Chelle

This book is very spicy. If you enjoy supernatural stories and a fair share of BDSM and smut in your books, then this is definitely for you.
From start to almost to finish, this book goes pretty hot and heavy most of the time.
I enjoyed several of the sexual scenes in this book, but if you are a particular reader, I would recommend reading several reviews of this book before picking it up and trying it for yourself.
I do remember a lot of spelling and grammar type errors with this book, so if that sort of thing turns you off a book, just a heads up.

Red’s Robin By Nicola Ormerod

This was an entertaining read. For sure, only recommended for mature readers. This book was jampacked from the very beginning with spicy scenes that I couldn’t get enough of.
Red and Robin were a fun couple that had playful banter and a steamy relationship from start to finish.
As much as this book was filled with fun scenes, there was a good plotline to it, and I enjoyed how the story played out. This was a great fast read for vampire lovers.

Bloody Escape By Freya Amber

I loved reading this book. I fell in love with the main character, Briar, right off the bat. Her running commentary through the book makes her a girl after my own heart.
I enjoyed seeing the world-building take place in book one as, character by character, we are introduced to her slowly growing harem. I got to beta read this book while the author was going through some editing and had a wonderful time working on it.
I enjoy books that change points of view and seeing inside all the different character heads and had a lot of fun reading this one.

Fractured Pack by Freya Amber

Please note that this book is coming soon. I beta read it and loved it, so I’m adding it in here. This is book two of the Dangerous Alphas series.
Without giving away any spoilers, this book picks up right where book one left off.
This book is paced very differently, where we get to learn more about the character and really get to ” see” into them more. So it’s a little slower than book one in that sense. This book is also a little darker and touches on a lot more on the characters’ mental health.
Overall, I enjoyed this one as well. I can’t wait for it to come out and for the next book in the series.
This book opened up many doors, and I can’t wait to see where the next book leads.

Broken by the Gladiator by Nicola Rose

I loved this story. It had me hooked from start to finish. The last few books I’d been reading really had me in a slump, and this I devoured in just a few hours.
This is most definitely an 18+ book. It was really just gritty and ranchy in some parts, and yet the storyline was good, and the plot made sense. It wasn’t just a book of smut thrown in together. It was very well written, and I had a great time reading it.
The rest of her books are on my never-ending to-be-read list, and I can’t wait to get to them.

Earth, Cover me By S. J Davis

This was another one from my June 2021 TikTok TBR Take over. It was incredibly short. Basically just a sex scene, and that was about it. Still, it was a fun read.
It was a very short, steamy story. Like other reviewers, I agree that what was written was good, but I wanted more. I felt like the story was only beginning when it ended.

Losing Love By Laura Ashley Gallagher

This was another one of those contemporary romance books that just does me in. I was lucky enough to beta read this book and really enjoyed it overall.
There were a lot of parts that, as things clicked into place, I was like, oh no. And a few times where I had to put down the book and just walk away.
For all that, though I did enjoy this one, it pulled on my heartstrings. I enjoyed the characters and watching their relationship form. I especially enjoyed the ending, even if it was bittersweet. I look forward to reading the other books in the series when I can.

The Unraveling of Luna Forester By Marisa Noelle

This was the most interesting book I’ve read in a while. I have to say the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that I read the content warning. I have recently discovered that I’m the type of reader that needs to skip over those because they ruin the book for me.
They give me more clues as to what’s going on and what’s coming, and so I’m able to piece things together very quickly. So that’s more a personal issue with me than the book.
For me, it didn’t take me longer than chapter two or three to put together what was going on ( no spoilers). Once things sort of started to “shift” with the characters, and I understood what kind of book this was going to be, I was hooked.
It was an evenly paced book between action scenes and dialogue. Luna herself was a fascinating character. But Matthew had my heart and soul, and I was happy with the ending of the book. The author did a great job adding details and bits and pieces here and there so that everything fit together by the end.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy the darker side of fantasy stories. It was an excellent read that keeps you guessing and hoping right up until the end.