Book Reviews

Cheater by Rachel van Dyken

My edition: Audio  and Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 317
Series: Curious Liaisons #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA
Publish: February 28, 2017
Rating: 3 stars


Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…


So for the first 28% I listened to the audio book. But for me the audio was taking to long and I just went ahead and picked up the KU edition and finished it faster. I guess audio books aren’t for me.


Lucas Thorn cheated on his high school sweetheart on the day before the wedding. Now he has a girl for every day but Sunday. Avery Black needed a job so when one got posted she went after it without further research. 

Avery and Lucas are linked by one person. Avery is still very angry about him cheating on her sister but she needs the job. 

Of course I hardly read blurbs with authors such like this. It’s an automatic click. I really need to learn to read blurbs before I type them out on here after finishing the book.

I predicted almost everything. It was pretty obvious.  Lucas started having a thing for Avery. Avery always had a thing for Lucas.


Lucas- I don’t like Lucas. He’s just arrogant. Not the good cocky that I like in my males but just arrogant and asshat. Though I do feel for him while he did mess up he wasn’t the only one that should be hated for that night. Brooke should shoulder some of that hate because it takes two to tango and I feel as Brooke was a bigger back stab than Lucas.  (But he did start making up for being said asshat after 40% or so.)

Everyone just seems like oh that was a Brooke thing to do but how dare Lucas do that to this family.

Avery- Licked her lips to damn much. It seemed every time Lucas was around at one point she licked her lips. It’s so annoying. Can you do something other than lick your lips. Trust me after I picked up the kindle I highlighted every time she did it.

Kayla- Was a blah

Brooke- A classic story bitch.

Somethings were just too ridiculous in this story. Don’t think I will read the second one.

Book Reviews

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

My edition: Library Paperback
Pages: 288
Series: Mercy Thompson
Genre: Fantasy, Werewolf, Paranormal
Publish: January 31, 2006 by Ace Books
Rating: 4 stars


Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like outs but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…


This is the second book that I have read by Briggs. As much as I love Mercy more than Anna in the Alpha and Omega series, I liked the plot more in that book then this one. Though I do like both books, I really like Charles more than Samuel and Adam. 

This is the second book that I have read by Briggs. As much as I love Mercy more than Anna in the Alpha and Omega series, I liked the plot more in that book then this one. Though I do like both books, I really like Charles more than Samuel and Adam.

Me being me!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey y’all,

I wanted to pop on and give a big Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates.

A quick up date I am reading five books right now. Have seven more backed up. As of right now I am reading Queen takes King by Joely Sue Burkhart, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Heaven by V.C. Andrews, Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

  I plan on getting Moon called and Queen takes King done today. and while I do that Y  is downloading Red Dead Redemption 2 so I might do a game review for the very first time. I  do have planned a few new movies to watch and put up a review since I haven’t done that in a while. So far what I have lined up is The Witch and Till Death Do Us Part.

I have a busy week ahead of me but once again Happy Thanksgiving and have a great week.

  Love the Kansan Reader

Book Reviews

Queen Takes King by Joely Sue Burkhart

My Edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 344
Series: Their Vampire Queen
Genre: Reverse Harem, Vampire, MMFM
Publish: January, 18, 2018
Rating:3 stars


How many Blood will come to the vampire queens call… And will they be able to protect her from the King?

  From the first time in her life, Shara has plenty of money thanks to the Isador Legacy — and she’s not alone. Daire and Rik are devoted lovers, but they know other Blood are coming. Blood who made challenge Rik for the coveted Alpha spot at her back.

  As her power grows, so does her hunger. But without things, she fears she will never be the queen her Blood expect. More Blood means more power struggles and complications, and she has no idea how to keep everyone happy. Worse, her dreams are quickly becoming something to fear.

Moving to establish her permanent Nest, she can’t stop dreaming of the king. A massive monster. Chained in darkness. Lost in madness. He roars with Fury in her dreams, demanding his release.

  But he it’s the key to unraveling her mysterious pass– or the most dangerous threat of all?

  This is a MMFFM+ polyam series and Shara will never be forced to choose one. #whychoose


Well this one was a bit better than the first one but it still wasn’t the best.

I like the story so far. Great concept. Still that giant plot hole was in this one for me.

Now the relationship between the Blood and their Queen is way different than what I have read from other reverse harems. Everyone is very open with everyone.

I will read the third book. I think this will put me out of my comfort zone the most since Shara is suppose to take a queen in this one. We’ll see how it goes…

Book Reviews

Queen Takes Knights by Joely Sue Burkhart

My edition: KindleUnlimited
Pages: 190
Series: Their Vampire Queen
Genre: MMF, Reverse harem, Vampire
Publish: November 5, 2017
Rating: 3 stars


A lost virgin vampire queen. Two vampire knights sworn to protect her. It’s about to get very hot… and bloody…

Ever since her mother was murdered by monsters five years ago, Shara Isador has been on the run. Alone, scared, and exhausted, she’s finally cornered in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Out of hope with nowhere else to turn, she’s ready to end it all when two men come to her rescue.

They say she’s a lost queen descended from Isis, and they’re her Blood, vampire knights sworn to protect her. It all seems like a crazy nightmare, until the alpha offers his blood. Then she realizes she’s never wanted anything more. Except maybe his body… and his friend’s, too. 

But they’re not the only ones searching for a lost queen. Shara must learn how to wield her new powers quickly and conquer her fears if she intends to keep them all alive.


Shara has been on the run since she has seen her mother murdered by monsters. She is Eureka Springs cleaning for a hotel at the moment till she has to run once again. She gets cornered one night after a circumstance. That’s when the first of her Blood come to save her.  Her Blood then explains she is a lost Vampire Queen from a long line of royal blood. 

There was much instalust and instalove but good concept. There are some problems that I have with this book. A few cringe worthy moments and one giant plot hole. Okay it’s not that giant it just is part of the cringe worthy moment and it is giant to me.

I am going to read the second book and give the series more chance because I love reverse harems and this is one. Right now she has two Blood but more are to come. I know more instalove to come but kind of don’t care with this series. I do like that the author put some jealousy in the story. I am also glad that the men feel some insecurities because it made it feel more real. 

So it says this book series will turn into a MMMFFM relationship. I have a feeling this book series will pull me out of some comfort zones that I haven’t explored fully yet. This will be interesting further down the line. I know I’m perfectly okay with MM relationships but I haven’t fully explored FF in books. 

Let the adventure begin. 

Book Reviews

You’ve Got Fail by Celia Aaron

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 332
Series: Stand alone
Genre: Romance
Publish: December 22, 2017
Rating: 3 stars


She’s driving me crazy. Or am I the one driving myself crazy? I can’t tell anymore. Ever since Scarlet Rocket showed up in the flesh, she’s turned my structured world upside down. My neatly ordered life, my hand-painted Aliens versus Vampires figurines, my expertly curated comics collection- none of these thing provide any shelter from her sexy, sassy onslaught. It’s a disaster of my own making. She didn’t exist until I created her. Now, I can’t get her out of my mind, and all I want to do is get her into my bead. Never mind that she’s a thief, a liar, a con-woman. Every step she takes leaves chaos in her wake. And damn if I don’t want more of it.

Note: This is a full-length romantic comedy that will have you guffawing or at least snorting hard.


I do love Celia Aaron’s works, but this one fell a little flat for me. I would be lying if I said that I want to finish this for fake Scarlet. We all know Willis is the reason I continued with this.

His life, the way he built relationships with his friends Elias and Jason we amazing. Fake Scarlet made me want to scream. I get it she has a klepto issue. That didn’t bother me but she seemed like a lack luster character. Kind of like a really amazing movie that gets awards for plot point, main male lead, supporting character leads etc. But the main female lead just didn’t work with everything else and it killed the story. That’s this.

And Aaron could you have made her have any other color lipstick. She was always wearing red. Why? She didn’t have a purple or a nude color? Wtf?

Anywho Willis I love to death but I wish he had a better heroine.

Book Reviews

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

My edition: Library paperback
Pages: 359
Series: Alpha and Omega #1
Genre: Werewolves, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars


Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’s learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer- and son- of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life. Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf- a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all the pack..


This wasn’t what I expected. This is the first novel that I have read by Patricia Briggs. This has been on and off of my TBR list. It’s just one of those books that sounds good sometimes but bad at others. So this and Moon Called have been this way for a while and I finally went to my local library in what’s been forever (3 months, 16 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes, and 23 seconds). I made up that count but it’s close. I just like being dramatic.

I picked this up with Moon Called last Monday. I’m glad I did. The romance wasn’t the main part of the story and I liked both H and h. The story had it’s faults but I still like it. I plan on getting the second book on my next visit. I will probably start Moon Called sometime soon but you know other books I had grab are more enticing.