Another round of quick-fire reviews!
This is my first Elizabeth Hayley book even if it is the third in the series and I have to say I was beyond pleasantly surprised. I won't lie to you, I'm extremely picky and tuned into what I want out of a romance novel, be it contemproary, historical, erotica, etc., and will know within the first 20 pages if I'm gonna keep reading. I feel the need to point this out as I have DNF probably over a dozen books this year within the first 50 pages because the fact I kept reading, finished it, and thoroughly enjoyed says a lot. A series of unfortunate events have Cass and Alex taking their friendship into fake romance zone. I loved watching them catch real feelings and interact with Alex's seven year old daughter. The conflict was light and I appreciated that. Feelings were hurt, communication was lacking, but it all felt very organic and not drawn out. I love books like this. If you're looking for a light, fun, and sexier than I thought romance, definitely check this one out. I myself will be going back to read the first two of the series!
Thanks to Wendy, I was able to read an ARC of The Poisoned Blade! I loved Court of Fives last year and was so excited to get back into the world of competition, family loyalty, and oppression. For a reason I can't say due to spoilers, this book wasn't as engaging as the first book but damn did it get good towards the end for...reasons. The beginning of the book was good, don't get me wrong. There is a lot of plot movement and things are happening which I loved. We moved from a physical Court of Fives to a more political one and it is a treacherous game they play. I loved seeing all the pieces move and where peoples' allegiances lay. There were more than a few plot surprises and it was awesome. The ending...the ending!! It was fantastic. Holy shit I am SO excited to see what happens next because what happens in the political and military realm of this book because it is on another level! If you loved Court of Fives, you will definitely enjoy this follow-up!
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