Forgot My Book Reviews

So I am totally just realizing that I am soooooo crazy behind on my book reviews. Oops!

I’ve read a lot of books over the summer, so I’m gonna play catch up and get them posted as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

P.S. I am in need of some new suggestion for book series’ to read. I’m almost done with my current one, and have nothing to fall back on.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Melissa has
completed her goal of reading
15 books in 2016!




Show Us Your Book – What I Read In June 2016

Life According to Steph

Here is what I’ve been reading for the month of June:

I read The Original Sinners series. I really enjoyed it! The characters were great, and the story was good. I honestly didn’t care for most of the third book, because I just felt there was no need for all the background information on Soren & Kingsley. I’d give it a four and definitely recommend it to anyone liking the erotica genre. Because it is just so much more than all the sex.

I decided to start reading the book I was asked to review on my blog from an author who reached out to me. I’m one chapter in so far….

I also joined a book club through a group on Facebook, and someone mentioned a series called Black Dagger Brotherhood. And while I was over the whole vampire thing back when Twilight was cool, they pursaded me to read it. So I am about four chapters in to the first book. So far I like it!


Also! I am on GoodReads, so you can always follow me there to see my list of books. I’m doing the 2016 Reading Challenge, which is going very well thus far.



Book Review: The Original Sinners series


So! I reallllllly liked this series. All of the characters were great, and the story was really good. I honestly didn’t care for most of the third book, because I just felt there was no need for all the background information on Soren & Kingsley as teenagers. But it is what it is. I also liked how the series ended! I’d give it an overall four, and definitely recommend it to anyone liking the erotica genre. Because it is just more than all the sex….. there’s a love story in there- a good one!

P.S. Thanks to Harlequin Rewards, I got the third book for free.



Link Up: Show Us Your Books – What I Read In May 2016

Life According to Steph

I’ve done this link up before, so I’m just diving right in!


So, this is what I’ve been reading this the month of May:

I blogged about the Please series that I blew through in the first week of May. So good!

I started the Shattered Innocence series (I am to give honest review for a company I am signed up with), and I forced myself through it for over a week before I just gave up on it.  The story feels forced and rocky. The characters are getting on my nerves too! #sheneedstogetabackbone   I honestly do not think that I will ever finish this book….

I am still stuck on the Lunar Chronicles series. I blew through the first two books, but this third book is realllllllllllllllly fighting me. I pick it up and then put it down right away. I was determined to finish it before May is over, but didn’t happen…….. Not sure I see it in June’s future either, but we shall see.

I joined Harlequin Rewards in the middle of May, and I am earning free ebooks left and right! So I started a new series called The Original Sinners, which is in the erotica genre (D/s stuff #kinky).  And I have to admit, I am pretty much all in with this series. And it’s because of the characters and not even the sex stuff. Expect a review on my blog real soon!


Also! I am on GoodReads, so you can always follow me there to see my list of books. I’m doing the 2016 Reading Challenge, which is going very well thus far.


Book Review: In The Boss’s Bed by J. Margo Critch

Hot for the boss… Maya Connor was already embarrassed after a dare—and a shot of vodka—resulted in one seriously sexy kiss with an even sexier stranger. She had no idea that the man she made out with was hotel magnate and reputed playboy Jamie Sellers. Or that she would soon be working for him… Maya won’t let anything get in the way of her ambition. And she’s determined to be taken seriously as she begins her career—and not give in to the heat that’s constantly driving her to distraction. Lust, that’s all it is. The more Maya and Jamie ignore it, the stronger it gets. But ending up in the boss’s bed won’t just be Maya’s wickedest fantasies come to life…it’ll be the end of her dreams.


Anyone ever read one of those Harlequin romance novels before? I have not. But then my sister in law told me about this Harlequin Rewards program, where you can earn points towards getting free books (by having your friends sign up through your link)… and I thought to myself ‘Why not?’. I signed up, then a few clicks later and BAMM I earned a free book. Just like that!

And I blew through that bad boy REAL quick! It was such a good book!!! A strong female lead (not that whiny type no one likes) and I liked the male character too. He seemed like a real person, kwim. The story was easy to get through; a real page turner. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes this type of genre book.

Also….. If you’re interested in earning free books, or just wanna help out a fellow reader, you can use my personal link to sign up for Harlequin Rewards!


Book Review: Please series (books 1-4)

Goodreads Synopsis’s – Please 1  Please 2  Please 3  Please 4


I saw an ad pop up on my timeline of my personal Facebook page for this erotica book series. It made it sound like Hunter Carlisle (one of the main characters in this series) was way better than Christian Grey (from the Fifty Shades series). I was in between books so it caught my attention!

Let me tell you, they were right! This series is on the same lines as Fifty Shades, but the female main character is a normal ‘poor out of college girl’ with just a little baggage  from her past. The male main character is a very rich CEO of his own company with some past baggage too (nothing too crazy like S&M stuff).

I read the WHOLE series in two days, I just could not put it down. The characters were likeable and relatible (except for the insanely rich CEO thing, lol), and I laughed out loud at parts because it was funny. They are definitely a cute couple. The style of writing is easy to read as well.

If this genre of books is your thing, then I’d totally recommend this series to you!


Book Review: The Murder House by James Patterson


GoodReads synopsis: 
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.
Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world’s #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.


James Patterson is my go to! His books are such an easy ready, and they always keep me interested. And this book was no different. While I was not feeling any of the characters, I did really enjoy the book. I honestly could not put it down! And I did figure out the killer almost right away, but it was still a good book all the same. If you like James Patterson, or crime suspense novels, this one is for you!