ARC REVIEW: The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

Original title: The Swedish Prince
Year published: 2018
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages:
First sentence: “”That is the absolute last time I’m trying online dating” Sam says to me with an exaggerated sigh as she leans back in the couches we’ve taken over in the corner of the bar.”

Plot: I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?

My thoughts: “My thoughts? My thoughts? Do I even have thoughts? Who the hell knows.

THIS BOOK BLEW MY MIND. So, basically I no longer have a mind which means I don’t have thoughts. Does that suffice in way of review? No? Dang it.”

I wrote the words above in my review of the last Karina Halle book I reviewed, Bad at love. Though I hate repeating myself I know that I do it a lot in my reviews, because usually I’m at a loss for words, and I was this time too. I feel the same as I did then, if not even more mindblown. Y’all may think that I’m biased, but really I’m not. And I’m always honest in my reviews whether I bought the book myself or it’s an ARC. All you are ever going to read on this blog is the truth, and sometimes maybe a bit too much of the truth.

So this book? I don’t even know what to say about this book because it was all kinds of amazing. It was funny, sexy, romantic, sad and maddening at the same time, which Karina’s books usually are in my opinion.

I loved the characters so much and I related to Maggie so much, but that is a story for another time. I loved Viktor and his sassy sexiness. I loved all of Maggie’s siblings and the relationship that she had with them, I wish I was that close with all of my siblings.

I loved that there was Swedish in this because to me that made it even more funny! I laughed so much when I read this book, there were so many funny phrases and misunderstandings and I almost peed myself laughing at times. But I also cried, like ugly cried. It was awful.

This book is a perfect mix of funny and sad and romantic and sexy as fuck. You need this book in your life!


The Swedish Prince is currently available at Amazon and is free in KU! Also check out Karina’s other books! 



ARC REVIEW: Bad at Love by Karina Halle

Bad At Love AMAZONOriginal title: Bad at Love
Year published: 2017
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages: 367
First sentence: “Tonight is going to suck,” Naomi grumbles.

Plot: Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She’s hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn’t a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.

Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be the sexy Brit’s girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly.

There’s only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing– they’ll date each other. On paper, it’s the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly.

They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends.


My thoughts: My thoughts? My thoughts? Do I even have thoughts? Who the hell knows.

THIS BOOK BLEW MY MIND. So, basically I no longer have a mind which means I don’t have thoughts. Does that suffice in way of review? No? Dang it.

Friends to lovers is actually not a fave trope of mine, I’m more of an enemies to lovers kind of gal. Buuuuuuuut, I did really enjoy this book. Hell, I more than enjoyed it. But then again, it’s a Karina book, that’s not to say that I’m biased (OK, maybe I am, a little bit) because this is a really good book. It is funny, swoony, hot, sad. It is all you need. You know that song? All you need is love, dadadadadada? I say, all you need is Bad at love, dadadadada! In all honestly, we all get a little down this time of year, I know I do. And this is the perfect pick me up, and maybe sob fest, if that’s what you feel you need.

I don’t really know what to say about the characters because it’ll probably be a repeat of all my other Halle reviews. Swoony, hot male lead who’d kind of a douche to all ladies but the leading one. Loveable, quirky leading lady who you just want to be friends with. Then there are all these other characters than just makes the story a real story, you know? Karina has this way of writing characters that you actually believe exists and I don’t know how she does it. Everything is just so believable and real, as I usually say with her books, it’s like I’m right there with all of the characters.


Really, you should get this book. If not for yourself then it’s a great gift for thanksgiving, for advent, for Christmas. Or for everyone!



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ARC REVIEW: Maverick by Karina Halle

img_4037Original title: Maverick
Year published: 2017
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages:
First sentence: Fuck.”

 Plot: Forget playing it safe.

John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.

When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.

That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.

With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.

But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.


My thoughts: I don’t even know where to begin. It’s hard to put the feelings I felt when reading this book in to actual words. Karina described as not as angsty as some of her other books. This was supposed to be lighter, easier, not as much heartbreak and suffering. That was a fucking lie. This book starts out with a fucking heartbreak. Then it does gets easier and you get to enjoy all the superhot sex scenes and all that jazz. Until there’s fucking heartbreak again. Like, I wanted to die, that kind of heartbreak. I was not okay because nothing about that scene was okay, neither were the ones after. I just need you to prepare to get your heart broken because I wasn’t prepared and now I’m sat here writing this like a mess.

I loved the characters in this book and it makes me sad that I haven’t read the previous book in the series, Wild Card, because even though these can totally be red as standalones you kind of miss some stuff because the characters in the books are all connected. Maybe I’ll read it later, who knows. The most important characters are of course Maverick and Riley and I’m not sure what to say about these characters, you kind of have to get to know them yourself, they’re kind of complex. Both of them have a sad/messy past and it just adds so much to who they are. I’ll just say that they are made for each other, like for real.

The book is out now, where you usually buy books and you should really buy this one, and drown in it, like I did. The next book, Hot Shot, is about Maverick’s brother Fox and it will be out in January!



Black Hearts by Karina Halle (Sins Duet #1)

bh-3d-book-1-1Orginal title: Black Hearts
Year published: 2017
Published by: MetalBlonde
Number of pages: 295
First sentence: “Once upon a time, a troubled young con artist fell in love with her mark, the drug lord with ties to the man who ruined her life.”

Plot: For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.

What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.

And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.


My thoughts: I don’t even know where to begin.

I LOVED this book. But then again I always love books that where written by this lady. I don’t understand how she does it. How she writes these characters you can relate to even if they’re drug lords or soccer players. How does she write these places in such a way that makes you feel like you’re there?

The only thing I can really tell you is that you are in for a ride with this one. This story is something else entirely and I love it. Vicente is just a bit too much to be true and Violet is just a young woman trying to figure her life out.


You guys need to read this book!

The Play by Karina Halle

Original title: The PlayThe Play AMAZON (1)Year published: 2015
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages: 432
First sentence: “It had started to snow the night before”

Plot: Kayla Moore has always been comfortable with her feisty, maneating reputation. At least it was fine until she hit her thirties and saw her best friends Stephanie and Nicola settle down with Linden and Bram McGregor, leaving Kayla to be the odd one out. Tired of being the third wheel with nothing but one-night stands and dead-end dates in San Francisco, Kayla decides to take a vow of celibacy and put men on the backburner.

That is until she lays her eyes on Linden and Bram’s cousin, hot Scot Lachlan McGregor. Lachlan is her sexual fantasy come to life – tall, tatted, and built like a Mack truck. With a steely gaze and successful rugby career back in Edinburgh, he’s the kind of man that makes her want to throw her vow right out the window. But Lachlan’s quiet and intense demeanor makes him a hard man to get to know, let alone get close to.

It isn’t until the two of them are thrown together one long, unforgettable night that Kayla realizes there is so much more to this brooding macho man than what meets the eye. But even with sparks flying between the two, Lachlan can’t stay in America forever. Now, Kayla has to decide whether to uproot her whole life and chance it all on someone she barely knows or risk getting burned once again.

Sometimes love is a game that just needs to be played.


My thoughts: *takes deep breath*

*and another*

*and another*

Okay, I’m still not over this god damn book. But, I’m gonna start off with a massive fucking thank you to Karina for writing this book! Actually thank you for writing books in general but for this in particular. I needed this. I’ve had some trouble reading lately and this brought me out of my slump, big time! I felt like I’d been waiting for this book forever so when it finally landed on my Kindle I only lasted a day before I started reading it. I’m in the middle of writing a huge ass paper for uni so really I don’t have the time to read but I did it anyway. So 24 hours later I was finished with the book and I was left feeling completely empty. So if this review turns into a major mess/sob fest I so apologize but this is what your books do to me and I’m still trying to recover. So here goes nothing.

I was hooked from the prologue where we get to know more about our leading man’s past. It was utterly heartbreaking and I knew that it was only going to get worse as I went along.

Karina has once again written an absolutely amazing piece of literature and I am just in awe of this woman and all her work! When I read this I felt as if I was there, in San Francisco and in Edinburgh. I could smell the old beer and the leather inside the Burgundy Lion and the dog drool and fur in Lachlan’s apartment, okay maybe that’s ‘cause I have a dog of my own but still. I could feel every emotion as if I was going through them myself. It felt as if it was me that Lachlan was – okay, let’s not go there. You get the picture. The thing is that this was in no way a surprise to me. Karina always does this, and I love it. But this time I felt as if she took it a step further.

I never really liked Kayla in The Offer, but I think that’s just because I never got to know her that well. Now, I LOVE Kayla. (And OMG it feels weird to write Kayla, it’s like I’m talking about myself in third person) I relate to her so much! Except I’m not quite as…. experienced as she is. I suffered so much with her in this book. My heart broke when hers did. I just feel Kayla on a deeper level and it’s not just because of the name.


Lachlan… Jeez, I don’t even know what to say about this man. I loved him. I hated him. He’s so fucking hot. Him and Kayla together are so fucking hot. I needed more than one cold shower. There were parts were I was so fucking mad at him that I wanted to throw my iPad through the window because he was so unbelievably fucking stupid. Jesus I’m swearing a lot. I blame Kayla, she’s got a really dirty mouth.


We kind of know all the other characters in this book already, Linden, Steph, Nicola, BRAM. There were some new additions with Kayla’s family and the Scottish people. Btw, am I the only one hoping for a Brigs novel? Can I be the leading lady? Pretty please…

I think that this book has the best sex in any of the Karina Halle books I’ve read SO FAR. I mean hoooooooot damn. *fans self*

My reaction after I’ve just finished the book was this: “You’ve fucking done it again Karina! In fact, I’m pretty sure you’ve outdone yourself. I never thought that any story could make me feel as much as Love, in English did or that any of your men could ever top Mateo or that any McGregor could top Bram. But damn! You did it!” And I fucking let it be known!

This book just left me with so many feels and I cried in such an ugly way. I should’ve filmed myself the last 5% of this book. There were a lot of “ no no no no” and “oh thank fucking fuck” because holy fuck what a rollercoaster ride.


Some GIF’s that maybe makes me make more sense?





This review is such a mess. If my words aren’t enough to sway you, keep in mind that for the duration of this week the book is only $2.99 and $1 of those goes to help dogs who need it. So of not for a steamy amazing read then do it for the pups ❤

Racing the Sun (Where Sea Meets Sky #2) by Karina Halle

23492585Original title: Racing the Sun
Year published: 2015
Published by: Atria
Number of pages: 336
First sentence:

Plot: It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

My thoughts: *SCREAMS* Oh my fucking God, you guys! I never thought that Karina Halle could write a leading man that had me falling harder than Mateo did in Love, In English but she fucking did it! Damn! *takes deep breath* okay, I’m okay…

So…. I mean you guys know that I love everything Karina Halle, right? Her books always make me feel things… But damn, she really outdid herself with this one. This book follows Amber, who we met in Where Sea Meets Sky as she tries to make some money in Italy… Seriously I don’t even know how to write this because WOW. But I’ll try.

As with WSMS the world building is just WOW. I mean she doesn’t build her own world but she might as well have. I felt like I was there, I could smell the lemons and hear the ocean and feel the heat. I really want to go to Capri after reading this book. Karina always manages to awaken my wanderlust and the list of places from her books that I wanna visit just keeps getting longer.

And then there are these amazing characters who you just fall in love with. Amber reminds me so much of myself, she’s insecure about how she looks, her hair is untamable and she’s grown up with a dad who hasn’t exactly told her that she’s worth much. I relate so much to her that it’s almost scary. Amber is the kind of character who you want things to go well for because they’ve deserved it after all the shit they’ve been through, y’know?

Amber goes to Capri to teach English to seven year old twins. Now these twins, Alfonso and Anabella (spelling?) are real brats at first, which is kinda understandable since they lost their parents. They get a lot nicer as the story progresses and they become this weird family.

Amber meets an American girl at a pub and the bond over the fact they’re both American. Shay is a really nice person with some baggage of her own. She’s getting her own story, Bright Midnight releases sometime next year.

Last but definitely not least we have Derio. Oh my God, Derio. I fell in love with Derio as soon as Amber saw him out on that patio and he was all grumpy. But he too evolved and he opened up to Amber about his life and his fears. It’s like he became a new person entirely and I just love him. Really I do. I can’t help it. His and Amber’s love is just… It’s the kind of love that everybody should have, the kind of love that everybody deserves to have. The help each other grow and face there fears. Also he’s hot, which of course is the reason I fell instantly in love with him, haha. Enough about the characters.

Towards the end of this book there’s this entire event that had me in tears. I bawled my eyes out and then it was over. And I was left with this empty feeling inside, like what am I supposed to do now? How am I supposed to go on with my life after this book? How am I ever gonna be able to read anything else? Karina’s advice was to have some wine, which I didn’t have… *cries*

Okay, so this review is really messy because I have no control whatsoever about my feelings towards this book. I really did love it and I’m (not so) patiently awaiting the release of Bright Midnight next year.

Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Bramble

BecomingDarknessOriginal title: Becoming Darkness
Year published: 2015
Published by: Switch Press
Number of pages: 496
First sentence: “You can see them in the background of photographs and motion pictures from before the war.”

Plot: Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune–a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.

(From Goodreads)


My thoughts: OH MY GOD. Okay, so I’d been in the mood from some new vampire fiction and I found it. I love all things vampire so there was never any doubt as to whether or not I’d read this. But I found that it was so much more than that. Let’s get down to business shall we?

Basically this book is a mix of my two favorite things, paranormal and dystopia. Except is not really dystopia as it actually takes place in 2003. Up until World War Two the world was as we’ve always known it but somehow a virus was spread that turned most of the worlds population into vampires. Those don’t affected by the virus – the Immunes – were sent to a place called Haven. This is where we meet our leading lady, Sophie.

This book has got it all! Forbidden love, yummy goodness, a hot vampire guy, conspiracies, action. You name it, this has it!

There were twists. I mean twist, after twist, after twist. You never knew what was gonna happen next and on those rare occasions when you thought you had it all figured out something else twisted. It certainly kept me on my toes!

The writing is spectacular! I felt as if I were there or like I was watching a movie. It was amazing. It’s a really good story and it’s interesting to think about what the world would have been like today if things had gone differently during the war.

All I can really do is praise the hell out of this book because it sure deserves it! You guys should definitely read it!

Becoming Darkness releases on October 1st!