Saturday, 14 September 2019

Review of Tethered to the World by Stacey Brutger

Tethered to the World by Stacey Brutger
A Phantom Touched #1
Published 19 June 2019

Born with the ability to defy death, Annora has been warned to keep her gift secret, but her greedy uncle can't resist exploiting her by any means necessary. Starvation, beatings, broken bones--she's survived them all and emerged stronger. But it's not enough for him. It will never be enough. When she discovers her uncle plans to sell her to the highest bidder, she risks everything to escape the prison that has become her life.
The last thing she expected was to land at a university for supernaturals...or be paired with a pack of men as broken as her. As students go missing, Annora can't get over the suspicion that she's being hunted. To protect her, the guys must set aside their personal troubles and begin working as a team. But as her past collides with her present, she must make the ultimate sacrifice and expose her secrets to save the guys who've become more than family to her...and hope she's strong enough to live with the consequences.

Tethered to the World is a reverse harem novel. That means this book centers around a relationship with more than two people. If that is not something you're comfortable reading, that's okay, but I enjoy them and, well, it's my blog. Thanks!


At the time of this posting, this book is available on Kindle Unlimited

Tethered to the World was a one-night wonder from Stacey Brutger and I fell in love with yet another one of her books. Tethered to the World is much darker than her other books so I'm providing a warnings list at the end of the review for those of you who would prefer to be forewarned. I'm still working on this aspect, so bear with me as I keep bumbling my way through sampling codes, please.
Annora winds up at a paranormal university rooming with her new male teammates after she saves her boss' life one night, she makes her very first friend, gives a troll a hornjob (you read that right), and hits a mythical beastie in the Forbidden Zone all on her first day. Talk about eventful! As Annora and her new teammates learn to work together and trust one another, they work on solving the mystery of the disappearing college supernatural co-eds. And, oof! is that one a doozy.
I enjoy Ms Brutger's writing style, Tethered is fast-paced yet the story easily shifts from one scene to the next without leaving me behind wondering "wait, what about....?" I'm always left wanting just a little bit more of her characters every time. I love you, Xander! But I was dismayed that we had the 'infinite money' trope rear its well-disguised yet still ugly head, credit cards from the school or mega-rich packs and then we'd switch to Annora who's over there counting her pocket change and rationing food. There's a major difference in the power scale there and it makes me nauseous just thinking about it.
This may a relatively slow-burn romance series, but y'all. Reading this felt like that one time I was pulling my cast-iron skillet out of the oven and I forgot to grab a towel and grabbed it barehanded, then whacked my arm on the inside of the oven when I jerked back. Much with the burn. So, don't read this around folks if you blush easily. Those boys will destroy you and you'll love every second of it.
Overall, I give Tethered to the World 4 out of 5 stars and 4 flames of spiciness. If you're an openminded individual who likes some grit and bite to their colourful reads, I recommend Tethered to the World. I can't wait to read what happens next. No, really. This book ends on a cliffhanger. I need to know what happened!

Content and Trigger Warnings!
To avoid possible spoilers, I've placed the warnings within button code. Just click the button and all the warnings will be revealed! (This should work, I've tested it on a off-directory page on my site but this is the first live post I'm trying with it!)
If you don't want any possible spoilers, I'll just say that this is a dark reverse-harem story, please be careful whilst reading this if you have any triggers.

Stacey Brutger lives in a small town in Minnesota with her husband and an assortment of animals.
When she's not reading (from the towering stack of books she can't resist buying), she enjoys creating stories about exotic worlds and grand adventures...then shoving in her characters to see how they'd survive. She enjoys writing anything paranormal from contemporary to historical.

You can follow Ms Brutger at

Other books I've reviewed of Stacey Brutger's include

I have a planner problem, it's only September and I'm already heading over to Michael's to pick out a new planner for next year. There are 108 days left in the year and I'm already planning things for next year. Y'all, so many of my former teachers would die of shock if they knew that.
... ... ... Excuse me, I have a phone call to make. I'm kidding!
Until next time, readers, have a happily ever after!

Friday, 13 September 2019

First Lines Fridays ★ 1

I told you'd I'd bring more content and I'm delivering! Today I'm joining the First Line Friday book tag. In this bookish feature, I'll be opening up one of the books I'm working my way through this week and sharing with you the first line(s) of the book. Kind of similar to those famous one-liners my school friend used to use when we went to VICA conferences, except these one-liners will have a much higher success rate than his.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
Finally… reveal the book! 

The great king had barely taken his last breath before one brother took the head of another.
It happened so fast that I, the Follower of His Word, had no chance to escape. I attempted to run, but the castle halls were quickly filled with battling men and dying women and children. I ended up hiding where I could, but I had to keep moving in order to stay alive.

How does it sound? Are you intrigued?

I guess I'll tell you now that today's first lines are from The Blacksmith Queen written by G.A. Aiken.
For those who don't know, my queen, Shelly Laurenston, also writes as G.A. Aiken. Needless to say, when she started a new series, I was squealing in excitement. And Kensington Publishing was kind enough to send me a finished copy! You'll definitely be seeing this book later on in my reviews!


Available at::
Amazon|Apple|Barnes & Noble|The Book Depository|Google|Kobo

About the Book
When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken.

The Old King Is Dead

With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.

Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned …

That's it for my very first First Lines Friday! Let me know what you think in the comments! And, as always, have a happily ever after! 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Top Ten Tuesday ★ 10

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works: 

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information. You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

NOTE: If a weekly topic is listed as a “freebie”, you are invited to come up with your own topic. Sometimes I will give your topic a theme, such as “love”, a season, or an upcoming holiday. That just means that you can come up with any topic you want that fits under that umbrella.

 - Jana of The Artsy Reader Girl

Ten Books on My TBR That I'm Avoiding && Why
I cannot believe that I am being judged by a book tag, y'all. But here it is, in black and white (or whatever your default font/background colours are.) *sigh* I have over 2000 books on my Goodreads TBR, not mentioning my Amazon "ooh, that sounds nice, but I'm broke, future buys" list. Onwards and upwards!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I like the premise of Hunted but I'm so worried that it will fall short of my love of Beauty and the Beast and I'll not want to read Sherwood. I'm horrible with the fear of being let down. Just looking at the book, I get anxious and the panic starts to set in.
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Rosemarked sounds interesting and I was (and am) in love with the story Blackburne presents but I'm always afraid of books that I fall in love with. What if the book doesn't live up to all of the excitement I've built up? How much disappoint can I take?
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I've been hemming and hawing over this book since I was 16, that's half of my life. I want to read it but my librarian at the time said it was pretty bad. Now I own it but I'm still "Ms Ingram said that it wasn't very good, and we trust librarians!".
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
That's right, I still haven't read this. I caught a bit of the movie and I'm interested in the story but the C word is verboten in my household because it really likes my family. I actually have guilt just because my astrological sign is cancer, okay. We take the C word that seriously. It might sit on my shelf forever unread.
Reaver by Larissa Ione
I adore Larissa - to the point that I'm on first name basis with her. Back when Twitter was just a hatchling, I asked her so many questions about Demonica, y'all. And then all hell broke loose in my offline life and I had to stop buying books and I lost track of the series and I'm afraid that the series won't be as amazing to me as it was back then. 
People Like Us by Dana Mele
I keep hearing good and bad opinions on this one. It's like, can I already have read it so I can stop with the weebles on this one?
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
I honestly lost track of One of Us is Lying when I first started my blog and it was one of the books I was most looking forward to reading and reviewing. And now there's a sequel! I'm going to have to fix this issue.
A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Shelter surrender stories, yeah. Auto tears. Lots of ugly crying. But I want to read this!
A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
I'm afraid of being judged by this book, honestly.
Brighter than the Sun by Maya Banks
Like the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, I've been with the KGI series since the very beginning but when life got bad, I lost track of the series. I have caught up with my purchases of the books, I just haven't read them yet. I have to fix that. I need to fix that. I have to see if Rusty gets who I think she gets.

Okay, y'all. That's it for this Top Ten Tuesday and I hope to hear what some of y'all are avoiding in my comments!
I'm still working on putting together the funds for Manatee's tests and surgery because $1500 is yikes territory. And I'm just feeling really down about the whole situation.
That's it for today, readers. Until next time, have a happily ever after!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Product Review of Isle of Dogs Chillout Treats

Hey readers! If you haven't guessed yet, this isn't a book review! In honour of our first major hurricane of the year, I wanted to share a dog owner pro tip for hurricane prep or fireworks or really any situation that might stress your pupper out.
When I first moved to Florida, I had to have actual pharmaceutical tranquillizers for my dogs because of our messed up lives. Storms, firecrackers, and a veritable bevvy of other things were traumatic for them. When Hurricane Irma came through, we didn't have a new vet yet and no refill of their prescription. I took myself to Petco and asked one of the clerks for some advice on their calming agents. And they suggested Isle of Dogs' Chillout Treats. We braced ourselves as best as we could, muzzles, separation for the more reactive two so they couldn't get into a fight if it got bad, and we waited. And, even through the worst of it, none of my dogs had a freakout.
They're good for the dogs and even "Picky Nikki" will gobble these down, we just have to break them up for her because she has sensitive teeth. That's another thing, these treats are easy-to-break for dogs with soft teeth or small mouths. Nom! The actual size is a 1.25" x 1.5" heart-shaped biscuit, FYI. 
Because of mine and my dogs' food allergies, I have to be careful with what the dogs eat. These treats have oat and rice flours, cane molasses, flaxseed, whole rolled oats, canola oil preserved with tocopherols, natural flavourings, apples, carrots, lavender extract, vanilla extract, dried kelp, lemon balm extract, brewers dried yeast, parsley, and yucca schidigera extract. There's no added sugar or salt and no synthetic or chemical additives. They're also corn-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. That's right, no peanuts or sweet potatoes or tomatoes or any of our other allergens! Just call me their biggest fan, okay. Because I am. I'm that rabid fan you see on ESPN who's painted in their team colours, wearing a matching wig, and waving a giant foam finger. Or Drake. He was my top result for a sports fanatic gif. *walks away singing the Degrassi: The Next Generation theme song*
Now, I always have a few boxes of Isle of Dog's Chillout Treats in the dog cupboard. I always give my girls a couple an hour before we go to the vet. And Manny always gets one or two if I have to go to the medical centre for any long periods of testing. That's right, I give the service dog chillout treats. In some of the spaces I have to go in for testing, I have to leave him in one spot or with my mum if she's with me and he's not happy about being separated from me when he knows I have a lot of issues with medical personnel.
I'm giving these all my 5 bright and shiny stars because do you know how rare it is to find something like this? My dogs love them, nobody allergic to them, and they work!

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I'm pretty zonked so I'm being lazy on my exit paragraph. Do good things. Hate less, love more. Help others. Appreciate those bright stars in your life. Until next time, have a happily ever after!

Friday, 23 August 2019

★ Blog Tour & Giveaway ★ Review of Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Welcome to my stop on the Crown of Coral and Pearl Blog Tour and Giveaway! Thanks for coming and I hope you enjoy the visit!

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
Crown of Coral and Pearl #1
Published on 27 August 2019 by Inkyard Press

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

I just need to get this out of the way before anything else. Dude is a freaking sociopath. My entire family knows this because I spent the entire time I read this book cursing about that "fudging (edited) sociopath".
Crown of Coral and Pearl has had me excited to read it for nearly an entire year now and to have had the opportunity to read an ARC and review it for this tour is an immense honour for me. You could tell by the amount of squealing and screeching that could be heard throughout the Orlando area when I got the news. My neighbours know when I've got a good book, okay? And Crown of Coral and Pearl was a good book, y'all.

"Your mother taught you to believe your scar made you ugly, but it has made you brave."
I applaud Ms Rutherford. Her writing is vivid and captivating. In Crown of Coral and Pearl, she created characters that drew me in and held me captive every step of the way. I loathed Zadie and Nor's mother with every fibre of my being and I felt not just pity for Lady Melina but also a deep respect for the woman's bitter (ah, so bitter) resolve. Throughout the story, you can see Nor's character develop from a naive girl with a brash sense of bravery, where she acts without weighing risk and outcome, to a judicious and indomitable young woman who understands what she's risking when she rebels. I was actually on edge at several parts of this story, worrying my nails away, as I held my breath. Because of scenes involving a certain fictional sociopath, I have no nails left, y'all.

"Sorrow is good for the soul.....Those who have never known pain or adversity are as shallow as the waves lapping on the shore.
And what is wrong with being shallow?

What lies beneath the surface of shallow waters? Nothing. It's only when you go deeper that the ocean comes alive. The deeper you go, the more mysteries and surprises await."
Crown of Coral and Pearl was an amazing read for me. To save her sister and her country, Nor volunteers to take the injured Zadie's place as Prince Ceren's bride, knowing she'd never see either again. She goes in the hopes of making Varenian lives better but quickly learns that the shark, jellyfish, and blood coral she grew up diving around pales in comparison to her intended and his court. The only ones she somewhat trusts in Ilara are Prince Talin, Lady Melina, and her lady's maid, Ebb. Right from the start, Nor (and me!) can sense something off with Ceren and begins to understand the new depths she's found herself in. 
"Mother always made Varenia sound so perfect. She said there was no violence or crime. I imagined it as a paradise. And when I came to visit, that's what I saw. I saw you."
The romance within Crown of Coral and Pearl is woven throughout, but it doesn't overshadow the actual story, the love one Varenian girl has for her sister and her country and what she'll do to save them both. I hardcore ship Talin and Nor, y'all. I'm not really a big 'forbidden love' triangle mess fan but sign me up! Talin first sees Nor when he visits Varenia before the girls switch places and when he meets Nor masquerading as Zadie on her way to Ilara, he suspects the truth and begins to fall more and more for her throughout the story despite her being destined for his brother. Nor begins to understand Zadie's reckless actions that lead to the switch the more she's around Talin. Ebb is the ultimate fangirl and does as much as she can to help the pair get together. We are all Ebb, okay.
"It's like a tiny star marking you as something special for anyone too senseless not to know it."
Overall, I'm giving Crown of Coral and Pearl all 5 of my bright and shiny stars. It gets 1 flame for the romance, no hot and heavies, just a light, slow burn throughout. I am absolutely in love with CoCaP and I cannot wait to put a physical copy on my shelves. I'm also willing to pledge fealty to Thalos to read the sequel when it's ready. I'm just saying. Trigger and content warnings to follow for anybody who might have a need. If you've a question about them, feel free to message me on Twitter or Instagram! Thank you to Mara Rutherford, Inkyard Press, and the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to be a part of this tour!

**** Triggers and Content Warnings contain very mild spoilers to provide an accounting of instances so that readers can make an informed decision before reading, if you'd like to avoid these, scroll to the author bio section ****

Trigger and Content Warnings - abusive mother (verbal, emotional, mental, and one instance of physical), violence towards women, killing of an animal (not a pet, two different instances, short creepy sadistic instance of cave salamander and battle with a monster-beast), and blood (just gross even by my standards, ew)

Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master's degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. Her debut YA fantasy, CORAL AND PEARL, will release from Harlequin Teen in Fall 2019.

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Okay, folks, that's it for today. I'm exhausted and there's a new drama I'm addicted to (Go, Go, Squid! if you're interested) and I'm almost finished it. My charity for this week is Amazon Watch, which is one of the charities that is dedicated to protecting the Amazon and supporting its indigenous people. Until next time, have a happily ever after!

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Top Ten Tuesday ★ 9

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works: 

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information. You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

NOTE: If a weekly topic is listed as a “freebie”, you are invited to come up with your own topic. Sometimes I will give your topic a theme, such as “love”, a season, or an upcoming holiday. That just means that you can come up with any topic you want that fits under that umbrella.

 - Jana of The Artsy Reader Girl

Ten Tropes I Squee Over

Alpha Heroes/Heroines
I know, okay. I know. But, hear me out. You can have your cake and eat it too, I've read it, and I've dated it. You can have an alpha type personality and not be a douche. They're hard to write and even harder to find off of the page, but they exist. I should talk about that sometime, I'm making a note in the planner now.
Predestined Soulmates
If you look at my Kindle library and my Kindle Unlimited/Prime Reading rental history, you'd find that I either own or have borrowed a very large portion of Amazon's offerings of books that centre on the soulmate trope. I think it's a beautiful concept to have that person/s* out there in the world that is meant for you and you're meant for them.
* I fully support healthy polyamorous relationships and believe that if soulmates are real, there are poly matches
The Nobody Who Saves the Kingdom/World/Universe
I won't even apologise for this one. It's always been my dream to help save the world, so excuse me while I live out my dream in my books. Captain Planet thanks you.
Popular Jocks falling for Unpopular Geeks
If I'm reading on Wattpad, this is my trope. I am absolute trash over this dumpster fire.
Shop Owner Romance
Who wouldn't adore a story where, over time, a customer and a baker fall in love? I think it's the cutest trope and I will defend it with my last breath!
Sharing is Caring
Usually referred to as the 'One Bed' trope where for some odd reason two people wind up having to share a bed, or an apartment, or a hotel room, or air b&b (is somebody writing that one for me?). I love this. It's so freaking awkward and I love awkward. Let me get some popcorn and I can delight in someone that isn't me being in an awkward situation for once.
The Ultimate Evil vs Ultimate Good
With my autism, I struggle a lot with "grey" so good vs evil storylines where you're on one side or the other, is a good safe space for me to hide in. I try not to read a lot of it though because the world is not one or the other and I do not need to relearn that, thanks.
Hero with a Troubled Past
I love a hero with a Past. Just send it to the printer, that book needs to come home with me. Angsty protags are my babies. You got issues, I got issues, damned straight my book's mains are going to have issues. Don't make them unlikeable because of the Troubled Past, but give me the draaaaama!
Bodyguard Romance
Fine, I admit it. I am three bunnies in a trenchcoat obsessing over overly muscled hero-type people. Don't judge me.
Reluctant Heroes

I'm here for the "I recycle, isn't that enough?" heroes. Not the whiny "why me?" reluctance, but the PhD in Laziness reluctance. Scoff and heavy sigh and do the acts of heroism anyway.

Okay, y'all. That's it for this Top Ten Tuesday and I hope to see what some of y'all are up to with yours. Do y'all like any of these too? Let me know in the comments, duckies!
Until next time, have a happily ever after!

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Review of Sweet Wild of Mine by Laurel Kerr

Sweet Wild of Mine by Laurel Kerr
Where the Wild Hearts Are #2
Published 28 May 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Love runs wild at the Sagebrush Flats Zoo...
In a bid to revitalize his career, bestselling author Magnus Gray has come to Sagebrush Flats to write about the local zoo's latest rescue―an orphaned baby polar bear. But Magnus dreads the drama of small towns and is bullishly determined to keep to himself.

June Winters is a people person, and delights in welcoming Magnus to Sagebrush Flats, though it seems unlikely she can get the handsome stranger to crack a smile. Then a mishap with an open gate forces Magnus and June to deal with a stampeding flock of fainting goats, an adorable but clingy polar bear cub, a cranky pregnant camel, and two star-crossed honey badgers. Never mind small town drama―the lively animals may just convince these two that opposites really do attract...

Sweet Wild of Mine is Ms Kerr's second novel and she leaves behind the bully-to-lover trope I hated in Wild on my Mind and gives me an antisocial animal-loving Scotsman by the name of Magnus Gray as a gift! Y'all already know I've hugged this book in that creepy obsessive manner I have, okay. I actually read Sweet Wild of Mine first, so let me tell you why I love this book. Make yourself some tea, get your comfy blanket, and settle in for a read. I'll wait.
Magnus is sent to Sagebrush Flats by his publisher in a last-ditch effort to salvage his writing career as he volunteers his time and experience at the zoo, raising a polar bear cub. The first person he meets in Sagebrush Flats is June Winters, the All-American vivacious chatterbox that is Katie Underwood's best friend. June tries to be her usual overly-friendly self and invite the lone diner to join the celebration going on across the restaurant. It wasn't exactly a case of love at first sight for them, I mean, Magnus' first words to June were "Fuck off" in a last-ditch effort to escape the woman without letting his stutter slip out. But eventually things finally work out in a give-and-take manner and there is all the happily ever afters. And a matchmaking honey badger, let's face it, I'm totally in it for the honey badger and the Scotsman. I make no apologies!
Some quick thoughts on Sweet Wild of Mine. My heart broke repeatedly hearing about Magnus' childhood and the history surrounding his speech dysfluency. That man needs a hug or two, y'all. June's exuberantly extroverted self is a bit pushy, but in this instance, it works out well. June just keeps pushing her way into Magnus' life (not altogether altruistically) and helps Magnus realise that a stutter does not make him defective in any way and that it's no reason to cut himself off from the world like he does. The way Magnus steps out of his curmudgeonly role and helps June with her grandmother time and time again made me "aw" out loud every time. Bowie makes up for his role at Katie's bully by letting a completely hammered Magnus FaceTime with Frida, Sagebrush Flat Zoo's resident grizzly, in the middle of the night. That's how guys do the bonding thing, right?
Ms Kerr's writing left me with all the feels yet again (yes, again, I had so many feelings with Wild on my Mind despite the bully element!) and I was left craving more. Ms Kerr goes the extra mile in her writing by doing so much research into the animals and the places mentioned in her books, and you can tell in her vivid descriptions. Ms Kerr's expressive writing plays a major part as to why I bought extra copies of both books in this ongoing series and sent them to my grandmother. If you love poignant scenes that leave you bursting at the seams with emotions, this is a book you'll fall in love with.
Now, I want to throw in a couple Trigger Warnings. Please practise self-care in your reading if you choose to read this.
Child abuse - Magnus was abused by his father and he has minute flashbacks (not scenes) and does a couple descriptions of the abuse.
Spousal abuse - there is a very brief conversation touching on this subject towards the end of the book.
Overall, I'm giving this book all 5 of my bright shiny stars and 3 flames for sexytimes. I truly and honestly cannot wait for the third book to be available and am ready to get my pre-order in on this one. Also, thank you to the Sourcebooks Casablanca and their facebook giveaway I won that included my copy of Sweet Wild of Mine, it probably would have taken me months to get to this book if it hadn't fallen off of my bookcase on my head one morning.

Laurel Kerr is a full-time romance writer and mom, who occasionally still dabbles in the practice of law. Her debut novel, Wild on My Mind, reached the Golden Heart® finals under the title of Volunteering Her Heart in 2016. Laurel Kerr was also a 2017 Golden Heart® Finalist for a historical manuscript. She lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter, husband, and loyal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

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If you've noticed my odd postings, hey, congratulations, you're a regular reader of my blog! But in all seriousness, my life is a hot mess as usual, and I'm also looking for new doctors and a new apartment or house to rent, and I've been hemming and hawing over moving my review day to Saturday or Sunday. And this weekend, I've gotten to enjoy a lovely allergy reaction. Lots of vomiting and an endless nosebleed. I feel like reconstituted sludge.
My charity of choice for this review post is Polar Bears International and they also have a list of "Artic Ambassadors" where you can visit and learn more about our ice-loving friends.
Until next time, have a happily ever after!