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What I've Been Reading

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

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Title: Puck Me Secretly

Author: Odette Stone

Genre: Romance

Description: I’ve never been in love. I’ve never had an orgasm, but I’ve faked plenty. I want to experience love.Real, passionate love. I don’t want to die.

It’s funny what blurts out of your mouth when the plane you’re on is going down, and I didn’t hold back with my seat mate when my plane decided to crash. My hysterical confessions didn’t faze the muscular stranger that sat beside me.  In fact, he promised if we survived, he’d give me my first orgasm.  

We survived. I came. And then he left without telling me who he was.

On the first day of my job, I stood in front of the Vancouver Wolves hockey team and called out a number.  #33. Imagine my shock when he skated forward.

Max is an incredible hockey player, whose wild, out-of-control antics have almost derailed his career.  So many secrets shroud his past and continue to threaten his future.   Now he’s my secret.  And that secret could ruin everything.  

Puck Me SECRETLY.  Some secrets are too big to keep.

Intended for adult audiences only

Rating: ★★★★(4/5)

Puck Me Secretly, aside from the incredibly cheesy title for a hockey romance, was a fun read. It provided all the laughs in heartwarming and even sexy ways. There was no moment in this book where I was bored or felt like I wasn't connecting with the characters. Every moment was packed with heart. No matter where the characters were in their relationships you could always see that tangible connection between them.

If cute but sexy is your thing in romance I highly recommend this one for you.


Title: Light Filters In Poems

Author: Caroline Kaufman

Genre: Poetry

Description: In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman—known as @poeticpoison—does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling “how to be happy,” and ultimately figuring out who you are.

This hardcover collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline's account. Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, Light Filters In will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike.

it’s okay if some things

are always out of reach.

if you could carry all the stars

in the palm of your hand,

they wouldn’t be

half as breathtaking

Rating: ★★★★(4/5)

I will be the first to admit: I don't typically review poetry. I often times don't feel like I'm qualified to put a rating on poetry since I'm not as familiar with the format and style of writing. Saying that, I found this poetry collection to be refreshingly honest and real. The writing style is simple but impactful.

There are quite a few triggers in this work so I suggest being mindful of that before picking it up. Some of them include mental health, depression, suicide, and sexual assault.


Title: Consumed

Author: Sara Fields

Genre: Dark Romance

Description: I thought I knew how to handle a man like him, but there are no men like him. Though he is a billionaire, when he desired me he did not try to buy me, and when he wanted me bared and bound he didn't call his bodyguards. He did it himself, even as I fought him, because he could.

He told me soon I would beg him to ravage me... and I did. But it wasn't the pain of his belt searing my naked backside that drove me to plead with him to use me so shamefully I might never stop blushing. I begged because my body knew its master, and it didn't give me a choice.

But my body is not all he plans to claim. He wants my mind and my soul too, and he will have them. He's going to take so much of me there will be nothing left. He's going to consume me.

Publisher's Note: Consumed includes spankings, rough, intense sexual scenes, and strong D/s themes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

Rating: ★(1/5)



Let me start this out by saying I love a good dark romance. I love a romance that is gritty with all kinds of angst and heartache. But this book isn't dark romance, it's rape disguised in its skin. I can't unrecommend this one enough. The only reason I finished it was because I truly wanted to see how the author took the abuse and sexual assault to tie it into an ending. And the author delivered an ending with the characters together in a kind of messed up HEA, even though you don't even want them to be.

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