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The Groom Wore Plaid, by Gayle Callen

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adventurous funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

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Introduction
The Groom Wore Plaid is the second book in the "Highland Weddings" and I was intrigued to pick this author up as its been a long while since I have read this author but I have to say I ADORED this one so completely. It has been so long since I had read this author that I had forgotten how charming and delightful her writing is. There was such top notch banter between our main protagonists and it was just plain good fun to see them interact. We have some interesting tropes that come together in this one as well as a unique time era that we normally don't see in recently published historical romance as this is mid 1700's Scotland. I just loved the way that discussed Jacobite rebellion and the fight for Scotland's independence from England.

The Main Protagonists
The Hero: Owen Duff
-Highland Laird
-Alphamellow
-Strong
-Capable Leader

The Heroine: Maggie McCallum
-Has dreams/visions of events in the future
-betrothed to Owen
-Family is enemy to the Duff's

Summary
Maggie and Owen were once friends when they were younger and there was a young love that was building between them, but Owen was engaged to marry, but when Maggie has a vision of his fiancee dying, he didn't believe her and she ended up dead. Now its been more than a decade later, and to bring peace to their families and clan, they honor the agreement that was originally made between their families. Owen is determined to make this work, but when Maggie has a dream of Owen being mortally injured on their wedding day, she is determined to make sure that this doesn't come true. But as Maggie and Owen's wills clash, so does the love they feel for each other, but who will win in the end?

My Outlook
The Groom Wore Plaid was such a delightful story and I honestly had such love for this one. It was such a delight to read and I absolutely enjoyed every single moment of this one here. It was so enjoyable to read. And seeing the way that the author implemented the humor was such so much fun to read. There is something in the writing style of Gayle Callen that is just so endearing and addictive. From the first chapter, you are immediately swept up in the story and in the romance. The way that these two banter was so fun. Seeing the way that Owen and Maggie compete with each other was intriguing, you can see as the story builds, how much they are attracted to each other and how their feelings for each other are growing.

Gayle Callen really implemented some unique elements to the story line that added some edge to it. We do have a villain here, which might be predictable. I saw it coming a bit, but I don't think its obvious so it might surprise you in the end. I did feel like the ending was a bit anticlimatic though. But I enjoyed seeing how the dream of Maggie get resolved in the end and the turnout of the ending really satisfied the story overall. There is some angst between the families and I felt like that was well played out. I do think fans of highlander romances, will become endeared to this one.

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I found The Groom Wore Plaid to be such a talented and tasteful romance that implements elements of danger, intrigue and passion well balanced all the way throughout and leaves the reader fully satisfied!

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 4.5
World Building: 4
Cover: 5
Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Steam: 4
Heart & Feels: 4
Ending:3.5
Overall View: 4
 
The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne, by Elisa Braden

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challenging dark emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

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Introduction
The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne is the first book in the "Rescued From Ruin" and I immediately jumped into this one. I was very curious about this series after reading Colin's book last week. I did get quickly pulled into this one and I decided to go after this one in audio as it was available through my Hoopla. I found this story so much darker than Colin's book, its definitely a bit more edgier than I was expecting. The alpha is a bad boy alpha male and he is not someone to mess with he. He is controlling, possessive and demanding and out for revenge, so you put all that together and you just know the story is going to be wildin' However, this is the type of dark that I like to read in a historical romance. Its not a dark romance, but in comparison to the other books that I have read by this author previously, it definitely was edgier for sure. So don't expect a beta male in this one.

The Main Protagonists
The Hero: Viscount Atherbourne, Lucien Wyatt
-Alpha
-Rake/Rogue
-Revenge
-Dominating in the bedroom

The Heroine: Victoria Lacey
-Family's jewel
-Well Educated
-Independent
-Willful

Summary
When Victoria and Lucien first meet, they end up at a ballroom and when there is a scandalous kiss caught by the Ton, they are both forced into a marriage of convenience. However, there is some truths that Lucien hasn't been honest about including his vendetta against her brother who killed his brother in a duel. He has been out for revenge and he is determined to take something away from the Lacey family and that is now his wife. Victoria knows with the scandal, she has little choice but to marry Lucien. Even though their beginning is super rocky due to the circusmtances. But as Lucien and Victoria try to make their marriage work and come up with some common ground, there are secrets that Lucien is keeping from Victoria, and when all is revealed, it will throw the Lacey family a curveball they won't be expecting.

My Outlook
I found this story to be so delightful, I am actually enjoying the narration for these so I think I will continue with them or do a combo. If you are worried about engagement, I recommend listening to them for the first 35-40% and then switching back to the ebook and then it will really work out for you better as I know for quite a few readers her writing can be hard to get into. But I promise once you are into it, you can't put these down, and I am saying this as someone that struggles getting into historical's lately.

I really am enjoying the writing style that Elisa Braden is implementing into her books! They are just so delightful. I really have been so fascinated in seeing this story come to the truth and there were so many aspects to the story that I truly loved seeing come into place.

The first that I want to discuss is the steam type in this book. This author delivers on the STEAM, so if you feel like historical's lack in steam, you can do no wrong with Elisa Braden, she definitely knows how to incorporate it just right. I had little issues with the steam at all. And if you are wanting more alpha action in your historical's, look no further than this installment, because yeah he is definitely an alpha male. I absolutely adored how much this is played on in the story and whew he definitely has a powerful charisma to his character. I absolutely adore revenge books when it comes to the hero doing the revenge, the author handled this aspect so well. The heroine was his match though. I loved her character and how she works with the hero. Yay for non toxic historical heroines and she was definitely not modern (celebration)!!

And what we see happens in the end when everything gets revealed, yeah it definitely added more understanding to Colin's character and I am curious to see what else he does in book 2 and 3 haha

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The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne is a superb installment that had me sucked into the story so completely. Its a story that is true to the time, a heroine that is honest and true, and a scandalous hero to adore!

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 4
World Building: 4
Cover: 3
Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 4.5
Steam: 4
Heart & Feels: 4
Ending: 5 
Wolf Unleashed, by Paige Tyler

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adventurous challenging tense fast-paced

4.0

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Introduction
Wolf Unleashed is a story that I was so thrilled to read. This is a series that is so much fun and unforutnatley I have been HIGHLY neglecting all of this time. But wow this one was just so wonderful. I didn't have many issues with it, it was really one major issue, but the rest of the story was just flawless. There is something so unique about the way in which Paige Tyler writes her PNR. I love the sense of danger and suspense that she implements, her writing is edgy and thrilling and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. I can guarantee that you won't be able to put her books down either! They are THAT good! I just adore the way in which she wrote this one and it has some intriguing elements that will instantly pull you in. But fair warning there is animal abuse.

The Main Protagonists
The Hero: Alex Travino
-Alpha
-Wolf Shifter
-Law Enforcement

The Heroine: Lacey Barton
-Animal Vet
-Fighter against animal abuse

Summary
When Alex and Lacey first meet each other, there is an instant attraction that they have to each other. They meet due to similiar circumstances for their jobs, but there is an attraction and the hero definitely pines for the heroine, but she doesn't instantly return to. Lacey is focused on her job and saving animals and that is her primary focus. But when she and Alex keep bumping into each other, she starts to cave to his attention and the attraction that sizzles. But right when their relationship kicks off, Alex is revealed as a wolf shifter and it terrifies Lacey to the point where she doesn't know if she can move foward with Alex. But Alex is determined to be patient and wait for Lacey to choose him. But when her sister's life is brought into the game of their enemy, they will have to work together to keep her alive...

My Outlook
There were many elements to this story that I just found intriguing. We have the mystery of dogs being forced into death matches, so there is animal abuse so fair warning on this before reading this book. I really enjoyed the way the author had handled this aspect. We then see the SWAT team working on bring down this drug that is popping up and there is some political connection to it as well. I am very intrigued by the chief of police though, I have a feeling he is corrupt though and very fascinated to see where the series will take that role of his. I found the romance itself to be quite fascinating. I adored how endearing their relationship is and how well these two hit it off, but I will be honest I was disappointed in our fair maiden of a heroine. One she is super reckless, and doesn't take accountability for it at all. Then when its revealed who Alex is, she treats him so badly, like he is this evil monster. I just really struggled with her reaction and how she treats him, and quite frankly, he let her off WAY too easy.

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Wolf Unleashed is a powder keg of a romance, its thrilling to keep you on the edge and will keep your mind fascinated working through the mystery that develops....HIGHLY INTENSE OF A READ!

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 5
World Building: 5
Cover: 4
Hero: 5
Heroine: 3
Steam: 4
Heart & Feels: 4
Ending: 5
Overall View: 4
 

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Make Me, by Beth Kery

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mysterious reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

 
Make Me is the standalone, or its all books in the serial of "Make Me". I read all of it together, so technically it could still count as a standalone.

Make Me was such a fascinating erotic romance and I had a blast with this one. Beth Kery is an author I recently started reading, and every time I pick up one of her books I am always stunned by how well written her books are. I am not sure what took me so long in the reading of this author as I have heard about her for quite a few years now. But she is just stunning in how she captivates the reader. Now this is what I would term "Erotic Romance" Its going to be a bit different than regular contemporary although just as beautiful and heartfelt as some of her more contemporary leaning books.

Make Me is a story that revolves around our two protagonists: Jake and Harper. Now there are two timelines that we are introduced to, the current tense with Jake and Harper. And then we have a timeline for when Jake and Harper were young teenagers. We see their journey as kids, and then also as adults. Harper doesn't recognize Jake from her childhood, even though he knows who she is. But as they are neighbors, they connect and start a casual relationship, with it only being exploring physical intimacy between them. Jake is into BDSM and it turns out that it works for Harper as well. But as they explore each other physically, more builds between them. But can Jake trust adult Harper as she is now a journalist? Will their past resurface? And what future holds for Jake and Harper?

This was one of the most unique second chance romances. I am not sure why Harper didn't recognize Jake, but when you learn about her journey you see a reason for it. But I did love seeing both of them grow in this story, seeing how they connect, the way the intimacy between them is built. I have found that Beth Kery handles erotic romance so so well. It just has such a classy elegant feel to them while also working on relationship building even if its not apparent on the surface. Beth Kery did an amazing job with this one. I was so in tune with these two and just wanted them to reach their HEA. I definitely was hooked in this story and I think if you love audio narrations, you definitely should check it out, although fair warning that its super long.

I think what made this book so special though is seeing them grow in their relationship as adults and seeing how slowly Harper comes to the realization of why Jake is so familar to her. And yes she does come into the truth on her own, and I did LOVE that. I love that she realized it without Jake having to tell her. And man poor Jake, I felt so hard for him. But he is so understanding of Harper and his love is so true for her and I just couldn't get enough of his pining.

Overall I found Make Me to be delicious treat for this romance reader, it built so slowly in the intimacy in a profound way that had me on edge of my seat all the way through! AN ADDICTING JEWEL!

 
Claimed, by Presley Hall

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adventurous medium-paced

1.5

 
Claimed was an interesting romance, and to be honest, I found myself disappointed with this one here. If you are a fan of alien romance or the ice planet barbarians, then it might work for you. But I was hoping for more out of this one. I am not sure if I will continue the series, while it was an alright read, it didn't make an impression on me, and I prefer my heroes more humanoid anyway not with horns lol but for those that enjoy monster romance, it might work out for you.

 
Surrender, by Pamela Clare

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adventurous challenging emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

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Introduction
Surrender is the first book in the "MacKinnon Ranger"s series. This is a series that I have had on my TBR for the longest of time. And I was convinced to read this when I saw some great reviews and a good friend of mine rave about it. I absolutely had a fun time with this one, and absolutely loved the setting of it dealing with the French War in Canada and Northern Colonies. I really enjoyed the way in which the author developed the romance and honestly I just trust Pamela Clare at this point. Just about every book that I read from her is brilliant. I really was intrigued by the set up of this one, and I was so easily drawn into this one. Even though I had the ebook, I did find the audiobook through Hoopla and decided to listen to this one and I am glad I did, the narrator did such a tremendous job on it.

My Outlook
Surrender was a brilliantly written romance and I really had a blast with it. While it didn't quite make it to 5 stars, it was still such a well done read. I absolutely adored the depth and development of the romance itself. It did have some angst but it was minimal and not overly drawn out or anything. I really enjoyed the whole Highlanders fighting in North America, it was so fascinating especially with them having Native American roots as well. I just found the world building so fascinating. You could tell that the author really did their research on it and it was well done as you can see it within the details. And despite when it was written, I do think readers today could easily read this.

I did find the romance intriging. There was a sense of forbidden in it, and the way that it plays out was so interesting. It definitely will have the reader in their feels and emotions and I enjoyed the manner in which it was developed. There is more conflict outside of the relationship, which is what I really enjoyed. It had such a refreshing feel to it. The sense of brotherhood and family between the brothers was so well done. I just can't wait for their books! If you like adventure feeling romances, then you definitely need to pick these up.

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I found Surrender to be a superb read that had me so in tune with the story from the beginning and I couldn't put it down! A thrilling historical to captivate instantly!

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 5
World Building:5
Cover:5
Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Steam: 4
Heart & Feels:4
Ending:5
Overall View: 4.25 
Pure Magnetism, by Aja James

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adventurous challenging fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.25

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Introduction
Pure Magnetism is the 9th installment in the "Pure Dark Ones" series and this story is about the infamous Goya, whom we got introduced to in book 8. He is the powerful alpha character that is such a mystery and we did get some of his story in the previous book. I do recommend reading at least this series in order, to get the full comprehension of the world building. But at least read the previous book before reading this one. I truly had such a blast with this book, seeing Goya get his book and find a mate was so worth the wait. I adored his character and it was such a joy to see him in his prime in this one even if it was a bit different than I expected it to be.

The Main Protagonists
Goya
-Tiger Shifter
-Royalty
-Immortal being
-Alpha Male

Maddie: (Heroine's Name)
-Single Parent of a teenage son
-Workaholic
-Divorced

Summary
Our tale begins when Goya is injured and is forced into the human form and not his animal form. He manages somehow to find a construction job and a cash only paid one. Then we have our heroine who lives close by to his work job, and they have an instant connection, and she convinces him to come to her home so that she can feed him. He isn't the most presentable and through a set of events with the help of Maddie and her son, they show him the ropes of being human and the daily rituals of hygiene. There is an instant connection between Goya and Maddie, he knows that they are mates, but with there being a language barrier, it takes a while for a deeper connection to form but Maddie will have to be the one to fight for the man and beast she loves...

My Outlook
There was something so different about this installment. I truly had a fun time with this one. And while it didn't quite meet up to my expectations, I had such a wonderful time with it. It was so satisfying seeing Goya get his story. I found the language barrier aspect to the relationship to be quite interesting. It definitely added some conflict to their relationship as they have to learn each other. Its a good thing Maddie is a talker haha but in some ways she is able to sense what he is communicating even at the very beginning. We do have some groveling aspects that is for the heroine to do. This was actually one of my favorite aspects to the story though. The way that she hurts him (which I won't reveal) but she does and she needs to earn back his trust and I actually enjoyed seeing a heroine have to be the one to work in the relationship. And man that ending, while I wish there was an epilogue with them together, I have a feeling we will see more of them in future books. Definitely eager to see what the author has planned for the rest of the books in the series as I can sense its just beginning....

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Pure Magnetism was a magical romance that was entrancing in its small moments, captivates the reader from the beginning, and portrays the value of trust in a beautifully woven romance!

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 4
World Building: 4.5
Cover: 5
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Steam: 5
Heart & Feels: 4
Ending: 4
Overall View: 4.25 
Hidden Truths, by Neva Altaj

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challenging dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

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Introduction
Hidden Truths is the third intsallment in the "Perfectly Imperfect" series. I absolutely adored this book and I really admire the way that this author writes disability in romance, its so well done. In this one the diverse aspects are the heroine being of latin descent and then our hero suffering from some aspects of mental illness and PTSD of being forced into being an assassin as a teenager. This is a mafia romance, as our hero works in the mafia and there is an instant connection between these two and seeing the way in which they are able to connect was so endearing and empowering.

Summary
Our heroine, after seeing her father murdered and being forced into an marriage and starving herself, she manages to escape with the help of her nanny, and where she is then rescued by Sergei and is taken to his home where he keeps her as he knows that she is keeps secrets from him and he is determined to find the truth behind it all. What he comes to the realization is that she is need of protection. But as they start to learn each other, they also will have to face the fact that she has an enemy that will use Sergei to make her submit to them. But Sergei isn't one of the most dangerous men in the world for no reason, and he will fight for his woman no matter the cost...

My Outlook

I absolutely adored this book here, it was so well done. Every time I read this author, I am always amazed in how much I fall in love with her books. I especially love the way in which she writes mafia romance and the delicate way in which she handles disabilities and it's done in such a flawless genuine way. In this one, we are dealing with mental illness and struggles. I really felt for the hero and all that he has had to deal with. But the way in which he connects with the heroine, was endearing. The way in which she connects with him and can draw him out of his "episodes" in a way that no one else can just seemed to work so well for them. I loved how badass our hero is though, he definitely can take care of himself and from beginning to end I was so drawn into their story and their beautiful romance.

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I found Hidden Truths to be an addicting, tugging at the emotions, and leaving you breathless type of romance that will definitely be going on the keeper shelf!

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 4
World Building: 5
Cover:5
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Steam: 5
Heart & Feels: 5
Ending: 5
Overall View: 4.5
 
Teach Me The Ropes, by Vanessa Vale, Vanessa Vale

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.5

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Introduction
Teach Me The Ropes was a quick and easy contemporary read. There wasn't anything super significant about this one. I thought I had already read a book by this author, but I don't think I actually have, I most likely have just seen her around a lot though. I was really intrigued by this one here, and it definitely had a rags to riches feel though. I think if you like quick hot fast contemporary reads, then this writing style will work for you.

Summary
In this one, we have our hero, who is a fire fighter, and a cowboy but also a alpha male. When he meets a young woman who helps with the day care center, he is intrigued, but our heroine, believes he is married and is offended by his interest. But when she learns the truth, and he is put in a auction date, she purchases the date and through a set of events they will find a wonderful affair together.

My Outlook
Teach Me The Ropes is a happy for now romance. It definitely didn't have the outcome that I was hoping for, but I know some authors prefer to write in this writing style. I did find their relationship full of unneeded angst though and truly unnecessary. What these two fight over is kinda ridiculous at times, but I think that was written intentionally. I did find the way they get it resolved pretty hilarious though. I am curious about the brothers books and definitely want to explore this author a bit more.

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 3
World Building: 3
Cover: 4
Hero: 4
Heroine: 3
Steam: 5
Heart & Feels: 4
Ending:2
Overall View: 3.5 
Hacking Mr. CEO, by Anna Hackett

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

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Introduction
In Hacking Mr. Ceo, we get the conclusion to the Billionaire Heists trilogy, although from this one, I knew there would be connecting books in other series so keep in mind of that. This world is not over. The more I read this author, the more I fall in love with her writing style. It just immediately grabs me up and I love how easily she can do that. Also as a audiobook narration, this one was so well done and I can't believe that I have slept on her audiobooks because they are superb. So if you can get the narration, I highly recommend it. I adored this one though, this hero is the grumpy one out of the three friends, and I wanted his story the most and it actually might just be my favorite. What I also loved is that the relationship conflict stayed minimal, I liked how they communicated and worked through their issues fairly quickly. I really admire that in this author, she doesn't drag out stuff that doesn't need to be dragged out.

The Main Protagonists
The Hero: Maverick
-Alpha Hero
-Dominant in Bed
-Billionaire
-Nerd
-Hispanic Descent?

The Heroine: Remi
-Hacker Genius
-Foster Family
-Mixed Race Descent

Summary
When Remi's foster mother, the one who took her in when no one else cared for her, ends up with cancer and the treatment is too expensive. So when she gets a offer for a hacking job that is a million dollars, she immediately accepts the offer, not realizing how challenging the job would be, the man behind the curtain or what dangers would be involved. But when Remi and Maverick clash, sparks will fly, tensions will rise and a passion will bind them in a way that they never expected. But when they realize the dangers, will them together with their friends be able to fight their enemy that hides in the dark...

My Outlook
I absolutely adored this book and its probably my favorite of the trilogy although I have enjoyed each of them in different ways. I really liked seeing our grumpy hero fall in love though. In the previous books we see how mistrustful he is of women especially and I just wanted him to get his story and see his side of it all. Anna Hackett did a brilliant job in conveying his journey. And I have to say she writes the best billionaires. They are so fun to read and definitely alpha males, so this one definitely checked off all my boxes. I adored the way in which these two interact with each other and they are both hacker nerds haha That was so fun seeing them really connect in that way. The suspense element that is introduced was thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat and I just didn't want to put this book down. This author definitely knows how to penn a well done story that doesn't need to be full length to deliver a satisfying read to the reader.

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I found Hacking Mr. Ceo to be a truly endearing read that knocked my socks off and I can't wait to explore the connecting contemporary romance she has written! Definitely a win in my book.

Rating Evaluation:
Plot: 5
World Building: 4
Cover: 5
Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Steam: 5
Heart & Feels: 5
Ending: 4
Overall View: 4.25