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Waiting On Forever by E.M. Lindsey Review

Waiting On Forever by E.M. Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 I really wasn’t sure how this series could get better, but this book delivered above and beyond. I came into Waiting On Forever straight off of Shades Of Lust (another high recommend from me), and I honestly could not put it down. Jet was such an interesting character, and you can really tell that E.M. Lindsey put in work with their research on how to write him in an authentic voice. And it shocked me when I started tearing up within the first few chapters because of how sweet Taylor is and how he deals with the children that he photographs.

The more I read this series, the more I want to keep reading this series. Seeing characters who represent the SDSs really gives you an ability to delve into humanity in a unique way that has me chomping at the bit for how the other books in this series are going to unfold. The author gives such a duality to the man and the sin that they represent, and I think it’s a really genuine reflection on people and their wants and desires and how those are a part of all of us. It makes the characters feel so well written and so tangible and realistic in my opinion.

Taylor and Jet’s relationship is also just so sweet to me. It’s nice to see representation for a character who isn’t 100% cut and fit and tall and perfect in Taylor and his self-proclaimed Dad Bod. It’s even better to see someone who has gone through something hard and doesn’t get over it magically just because they found their love interest. There’s a natural progression of trust and understanding that develops between the two of them, and their connection is really made special because of how they handle Taylor’s insecurity and Jet’s work. 

As always, the book is really SW positive, and I’m here for that as well. Overall, I honestly just loved it. The romance was perfect, and while there was conflict it didn’t overwhelm the story as a whole — when I can pick up a book and the humanity and emotions, feelings and development of the characters is the center of the storytelling, I’m always left feeling satisfied. 

So, if you’re looking for a fast, charming, emotional read? This is the book for you! I can’t wait for the next in the series! 

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Shades Of Lust by E.M. Lindsey – Review

Shades of Lust by E.M. Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read so much that it’s hard for me to say that books have a unique concept that I can enjoy, but that’s exactly what happened with this novel! The entire imagining of the Tower is just so cool, and seeing all the different characters/sins who work there is giving me excited reader vibes for what is coming in the series.

And, of course, that tone was set with this book. August and Stone are honestly such a wonderful couple to read about. It’s always amazing to see characters with things that are different portrayed properly, and the things that make these two different are the things that really bring them to life. Stone is shockingly sweet, and my entire heart goes out to August with his anxiety.

All in all, it’s a super satisfying story with an amazing concept, and it has me wildly excited to check out the rest of the series!

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Mad Man Review!

Mad Man by Onley James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review, and I am so happy that I was given the opportunity.

When I tell you I loved this book, I really wish I had hours to gush about it. As book five in this series, I keep finding myself stunned and delighted by the way Onley James continues to expand and improve on the universe she’s so cleverly crafted with these amazing psychopaths and the men they love.

I can honestly say that between this book and Headcase, the dynamic of the Murder Twins, Felix, and Zane might be my new favorite of the series. I’m floored with the skill it takes to make two dynamics so different and yet so perfectly complementary of one another that you can see how well the puzzle pieces fit together. If there was a book about Asa, Avi, Zane, and Felix, I’d buy it on the spot.

And for this book, giving no spoilers… can I just say that it was everything that we’ve all been waiting for since we first saw Avi and Felix interact with one another back in Moonstruck? Their chemistry is off the charts, their interactions are amazing, and watching their relationship grow was so satisfying. Felix is such a soft little marshmallow, and Avi is so perfect for him. They fit together in a way that is so satisfying! I couldn’t get enough of every sweet (and spicy…) interaction between the two of them and how Avi slowly works his way into Felix’s heart.
I can also say that the whole mystery factor of this book (because Onley James delivers not only a killer romance — ha, get the joke? — but also a satisfying side story) was well written and satisfying to watch play out. As always, I was rooting for our team of psychos to take out the big bad with Callie’s help. It’s amazing to see more of the Mulvaney family interacting together. The more they grow, the better they are!

Overall, the book was amazing. 10/10 for steam, hilarious banter, and giving us just enough that we’re dying for the next story. I’m hitting that pre-order button on Lunatic right away!

I can’t wait until the next installment in this series!

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2022! Start it off Write!

I know, I know. The title is pretty cheesy. Also, I know, I know… I haven’t really been around much for the last little bit, have I?

But here I am, back and in action! This particular post is going to be a few things! First of all, I’m just going to go ahead and put my little resolutions so I need to be accountable for them. In 2022, I want to read 200 books, and I want to get Teeth and Claws and My Muse (and potentially Love in Fractions) self-published! I’ve honestly been dragging my feet and making excuses for why I haven’t done it… so I need to hop to.

My Writing Server is hosting a contest for the month about New Year, starting off right! So I wanted to go ahead and make a writing prompt for people who needed a little push in the right direction. Since the contest is open to poems, songs, short stories, fanfics, etc, I wanted to keep it kinda general. So I thought some word choices would be great!

Finally, I’d love to hear about what your goals for the new year are! What do you want to write? How many books would you like to read? Let’s get going and get the year started off right!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Halloween Horror Prompts <3

Whoo, I’ve been a little behind! You can find all of the prompts from today until I stopped posting on my tiktok!

And then just to make sure this looks nice, here is todays!


31 days of Horror Prompts! Follow for more! ##fypシ ##horror ##halloween ##scarystories ##horrortok ##writingprompts ##booktok ##author♬ Spooky, quiet, scary atmosphere piano songs – Skittlegirl Sound

Happy horror writing everyone! And if you want to check or you’re interested, there is currently a horror writing contest going on via my DISCORD SERVER! Feel free to click and join!