R E V I E W ➠ Captivated by the Light by Cheryl Sloan

(Beneath the Darkness Trilogy #1)


Determined to live life on her terms, Jenna Lachlan focused her energy on growing her business all the while flying under the radar, but fate had other plans.
Insert the sexy, assertive, and captivating Cameron Rijker into the fold, and the stakes just got higher. He pushed her buttons, decimated her comfort zone, and made her yearn for a life she long since vowed wasn’t in the cards.
Their attraction was immediate, their chemistry undeniable, and their connection unparalleled. However, beneath the surface remained a secret so big that Jenna would go to any lengths to keep hidden no matter the cost.
The only downside to anonymity was that you could never fully trust anyone but yourself.

Captivated by the Light is the first book in the Beneath the Darkness Trilogy. Jenna and Cameron’s story continues in Blindsided by Darkness, followed by Darkness to Light.

RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2020

NEW to me author & books. Because this is a trilogy I am going to kind of sum up this review into one as opposed to 3 different ones. I haven’t read a trilogy in a long time so it brought me back to my good old days first reads. The amazing author was sweet enough to send me signed paperbacks and provide me with the full e-book all three in one version to read. Let’s just say that made it so much easier to just go to the next. I will try and summarize briefly my reviews on each and then as a whole. And this is a suspense trilogy, not many I read, to me it just has to have the right amount of good romance in them to get my attention and these did.

The first book really brings the heat. Mixed with a sexy hero, strong heroine and suspense, it was the perfect mix. But the heroine did hide a secret that I will NOT spoil on here, it will keep you on the edge for sure. I have to be honest and say I was waiting for that…the whole what is it, what’s going on, the author does a great job at keeping you engaged and on the edge about it all while giving you the sweetness of the hero with the heroine. You can’t help but fall in love with them both in this first book. Knowing it was a trilogy I still read to the end of book one and was like WHAAAAT what happened, luckily, I had the 2nd book right off bat and was able to continue my search for answers.

Book 2 you are ready for them to just…something…because even thought they had that INSTA-LUST it was still a crazy ride of emotions. I will say that I am never a fan of the heroine being with another man for any reason, but this trilogy reminded me of the Sylvia Day Crossfire and how much I loved and hated the books so much. Luckily the hero is a a man’s man and we really get the alpha side of him. I was a little less to like the heroine in this book. Even though the author gets more into depth in this book about the situations and the suspense, I just think the different side of the heroine kind of sort of ruined it for me in this. The suspense and little mystery kept me on the same edge wanting to know answers though. The cliffy left me thinking one thing and then the book delivered the final blow.

Book 3 we get a little bit of the lighter (get it light) in the trilogy. I think it was more romance and about the H&H as opposed to book 2 that kept you really on that edge of the seat. The author finishes off the trilogy with answers thank God as well as that sizzling chemistry and passion between H&H. Each book gave us something on it’s own but it fit perfectly together. It most definitely was not my usual read, or not anymore, this was MY read style since the Crossfire but with Trilogy’s it’s always hard to not put it something that to me I just dislike reading. That said, that is my personal preference, and these 3 books gave me a little of everything and I am happy that I gave these a go and would recommend them.

p.s. THE final ending to this trilogy WAS SO SWEET! That is all I will say!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑

Beneath the Darkness Trilogy by Cheryl Sloan

(Beneath the Darkness Trilogy Book 2)
(Beneath the Darkness Trilogy Book 3)

R E V I E W ➠ Out of the Blue by P. Dangelico


Blue Baldwin takes no horse crap from anybody. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. She does take horse crap. Piles of it. The real kind that is––not the metaphorical one. It kind of goes with the job description when you run a large animal rescue. What she does not take, however, is crap from an entitled movie star who needs to reform his rotten image.
Unfortunately, the farm she manages is in trouble and if she doesn’t raise the cash to save it she’ll be homeless along with the precious animals who depend on her. So she’ll grin and bear the King of Hollywood Screw Ups, and the assistant, and the overprotective brother he brings along. I mean, she takes care of large animals for a living. Isn’t that basically the same thing?

RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2021

Older than his brother — maybe thirty-six or seven — and pushy, with a touch of serial killer sprinkled in for funsies.”
“You had me at serial killer.”

– Convo between Jess & Blue

The door to the Mustang Cobra swings open and Shane Hughes slides out of the driver’s seat like he’s selling men’s deodorant to testosterone-deficient teenage boys, in slow motion and exuding more confidence than any one man should ever possess.
I declare that I’m on a man-fast and almost immediately, the universe, in it’s infinite wisdom, delivers this temptation to my doorstep.

– Blue

Not my first read by the author and I do love her writing style. This was a bittersweet review for me because she wrote one of THE BEST HEROINES I have read in a very long time! My issue was with the hero, he had and was all of the grumpy, alpha, broody type but the end of actions were just to me not excusable, too many open variables for me to forgive the way the heroine did and it made me hate him because it was a repeated offend. That said, he is why the rating is at where it is. Very bittersweet because I love this author and I was so excited *sigh* but again this is all person preferences of course.

Heroine is EVERYTHING, I want to be her when I grow up because not only was she beautiful, smart, witty, sarcastic and brave…she had the biggest and most honest heart. Wore her heart on the sleeve even after what she went through. She run and works at a pet sanctuary for injured animals, wild animals that is. Takes care of them with the funniest little old lady. Oh, and let me mention she has a best friend that is the bomb! The hero comes from the left, because really I thought the hero was going to be the movie star but ended up being that’s the brother. When said movie star ends up at her farm due to her bff’s suggestion for doing community work, it’s a long but fun road. The hero is moody, grumpy, doesn’t say a lot but his actions may also be not often but true to his feelings I can’t deny these two’s chemistry. His past is a little twisted but in all the heroine truly falls for him without even being touched yet. Oh did I mention that this is a SUPER SLOW BURN? Yeah, prepare, I mean after 80% type of burn, the anticipation is killer too.

After reading to the end, I honestly wanted to love the hero more and more but just was not a fit for me for a couple of reasons and if you’re a mood reader like me you’ll understand that it just…WAS NOT EXCUSABLE (I think to me I just needed little more explanation from the hero is all) it was also maybe a little of the story, there was a MYSTERY and ACTION factor to it but it did not go anywhere if you know what I mean. But over all I would still highly recommend this book and author because my rating is based on personal preferences not a over-all…this could be a gold for you! SINGLE POV!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: Personal Dislikes
Standalone/Series: Standalone
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Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑