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Belleza and the Brute: A Modern Day Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Jane Matisse – Review By Chantelle Smith

Belleza and the Brute: A Modern-Day Retelling of Beauty and the BeastBelleza and the Brute: A Modern-Day Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Jane Matisse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Belleza and the Brute is a standalone novel from author Jane Matisse. This is my first read from this author and I’m so glad that I got the chance to read this. I can’t wait to see what else this author brings, and how her other books compare to this one but I’m excited to find out!

This book was compelling, intriguing and I cannot say how much I enjoyed this read. I loved that it was a take on Beauty and the Beast, but it also had it own unique spin to it that I really enjoyed.
This book was romantic, steamy, sweet and at time entertaining and funny. But also maybe little predictable but that didn’t take away how much I enjoyed this read. I wouldn’t change anything about it. There was time in this read that a twist was thrown in that threw you, but it also gave this story an added depth. But you cannot ignore that there was something real and raw with this book with the nightmares and memories of Tristan’s and Elena’s past but also the thoughts and feeling that Tristan was feeling throughout this book. But there was also something with the vulnerability that he has that made you love him even more.
Elena was most definitely the best thing that could happen to him, with them both experiencing pain and lost within each of their lives they found something within each other that connected them on a deeper level and I think she is exactly what Tristan needs to overcome and more forward from his past.
Elena brings something and make him feels things he never wanted of thought he deserved to feel again, but you could help but just wish Tristan would stop being so stubborn and except his feelings that he knew were not going away and just except the inevitable.

Elena really knew how to pack a punch, she tested Tristan at points and also made him smile and laugh. They have a great chemistry that starts of slow and then ignited and cannot go ignored. I really think that it makes their relationship even more real for the fact that all the have faced and experienced they understand the hard times and except it from each other.

We cannot forget to mention the secondary characters that come into this read. Let’s first say if it wasn’t for Adam, Tristan and Elena would never get to where they are today, but I would love to read about his journey he takes after the events of this read. Also how amazing are Paola and Keith, they bring another level of excellence to this read and the journey our two main characters make. And lastly the shady Daniel, from the moment he spoke to Elena in the library and basically insulted books and reading I disliked him and he continues to prove so through the book in which you will, have to read in order to find out!

This was an incredible read, that if written would love to read another story about Elena & Tristan to see where thegy have come in their journey together, but until then (hopefully) do not miss this wonderful, compelling and brilliant read!

Review by @tillytillzz

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Angels and Demons (Saint’s Justice MC #1) by A.C. Bextor – Review by Chantelle Smith

Angels and Demons (Saint's Justice MC #1)Angels and Demons by A.C. Bextor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Angels and Demons is Book 1 in the Saint’s Justice MC series from author A.C Bextor. This is my second read from this author and I can’t wait to see what else she brings to this series and other books from her.

This book completely captivated me from start till finish. I was totally hooked to the storyline and the characters Mia & Elevent. With MC books becoming a firm favourite of mine this one most definitely didn’t disappoint in fact this was even better than I expected. This book has danger, action, adventure, romance, passion in all things, left you on the edge of seat wondering what could possibly happen next but then also left you craving more.
This book has many things that make it stand out but one of them I think are the characters. Mia who u must admit is annoying at times brings something to this book you don’t often typically find, a girl on the outside who is reserved and kind of shy slowly fit into and feel comfortable in the world of MC’s but also feel confident enough to say her piece especially when it involves her. But I think it’s the entire demeanour of Elevent and a few helpful others that help it be a smoother transition.
Her and Elevent’s back and forth bantering just shows how much chemistry they have with each other, she has a metal and physical impact on Elevent and he makes her feel things she didn’t know existed but there is just something great and perfect about these two, but can they get their HEA?

Not only do the main characters impact this story but so do some secondary characters who I would love to learn more about their stories and how they come to be a member of the Saint’s Justice.

This is a thrilling, captivating and action-packed read that leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of the series, but until then don’t miss this read!

Review by @tillytillzz

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Hagen (Big Series # 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker – Review by Chantelle Smith

Hagen (Big, #1)Hagen by Janice M. Whiteaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hagen is book 1 in the Big series from author Janice M. Whiteaker. This is my first read from this author but it most definitely will not be my last! She has written a read that is captivating and compelling with some amazing characters and a brilliant storyline that you couldn’t help but enjoy from start to finish! I can’t wait to see what else this author brings to this series.

This book was suspenseful, fast paced & thrilling, it has romance, passion, sexiness. This is an amazing imaginative read that hooks you from the beginning and brings you on this amazing rollercoaster filled ride, with incredible characters such as Rhea and Hagen, Jarrik & Stewart. I don’t think I couldn’t wish for a more brilliant paranormal, sexy read than this.

From the get-go I loved Rhea, you could tell she was going to be an independent, strong women who will go after what she wants. I also like that we got that added extra of Rhea and her special abilities. She awakens them more with being in Greenlee and develops them to be more powerful.
You can tell Greenlee will be a place that will be central to everything thing that occurs in Rhea and Hagen journey, improving it and helping out others that have it tough.

We do get thrown a couple of twist and that we don’t expect but I’m glad that everything works out in the end!

But her dynamic with Hagen straight off the bat is what got me even more invested into this story! The chemistry that is between Hagen & Rhea is instantaneous, yet they both his it from one another, that is until it gets too powerful for them to don’t. you can’t help but fall for Hagen yourself, he is sexy, powerful, strong & your typical alpha male he is caring, considerate and shows more compassion and feeling than others which makes him perfect. At first you think he is just a broody male but after you find out his story and what he has given up and suppresses you can’t help but live him more and feel his pain! I can’t help but route for Rhea and Hagen throughout this entire read, They just seem perfect together and that they could really make a difference together and to top it off they have undeniable passion!

This is an incredible start to a series with some amazing characters, I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Hagen & Rhea, and that they continue to get the HEA they both deserve.

Review by @tillytillzz

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