Review: Boss – Sierra Cartwright

Review: Boss – Sierra CartwrightBoss
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Series: The Donovan Dynasty #3
Published by Totally Bound Publishing
Published on: April 19th 2016
Pages: 275
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica
Source: NetGalley
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Hero: Nathan Donovan
Heroine: Kelsey Lane
Trope: Office Romance

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His erotic demands test everything she believes…
When the fearless, larger-than-life Nathan Donovan becomes her boss, Kelsey Lane’s life is turned upside down. The multimillionaire wants her by his side, but his demands don’t end there.
Kelsey avoids romantic entanglements, especially with overwhelmingly dynamic men like Nathan. But she quickly discovers his attention and sensual desires ignite something deep inside her, leading her on a journey that tests everything she believes.
The youngest, boldest of the dynamic Donovan brothers, Nathan is accustomed to getting what he wants. And he focuses his attention on the smart, sexy Kelsey Lane. He quickly discovers she’s unlike any woman he’s ever known.
She meets him, desire for desire, getting deep inside him, destroying the barriers he keeps around his heart. He wonders, though, if she’s willing to give him the one thing he demands…
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex and anal play.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA

Despite not really falling in love with the second installment, I was still very excited to read this third book because Nathan has always been an interesting character. And I was right. This book really solidified Nathan’s character and his place as a Donovan. Unlike his two older brothers, Nathan was a good support system. He was often misinterpreted as a cheapskate, especially by the heroine, but that’s only because he took care of the financial aspect of the family business. He knew more about money than the rest. Seeing him as the dom that he is is definitely an entertaining feat.

I also liked the heroine because she was driven and career oriented. All the three heroines in this series were successful women in their field, but Kelsey was different in a way that she was warm and approachable. She had personal relationships with her co-workers. She worked great as an executive assistant even if she could easily demand for a higher position.

I like the chemistry between Nathan and Kelsey. I think chemistry was the main thing I couldn’t feel in the second book. But here, it was very evident. The kinky scenes were really scorching hot. If you’ve followed or started this series, you definitely don’t want to miss this book. The only thing now is that I can’t wait to see if Erin will also get her own story. She sounds like a very interesting heroine. Maybe Julien Bonds is her hero?

 

 

 

 

 

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Born in Manchester, England and raised in the US, Sierra Cartwright is the acclaimed author of more than thirty erotic romances.

She was previously published with Harlequin/Silhouette under a different pseudonym, and won numerous awards as well as a coveted spot on the USA Today bestseller list.

In 2013, she was delighted to be among the launch authors for the exciting Clandestine Classics imprint from Total Entwined Group (formerly Total-E-Bound). The project generated international interest, and her contribution, the expanded Jane Eyre, was featured in segments on such shows as Jimmy Kimmell and Anderson Cooper Live. Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other online sites also wrote features about the provocative new book.

Cartwright has been interviewed by USA Today, and she did a segment for the Orlando Fox affiliate with Chase Cain.

She’s a multiple CAPA nominated author who is delighted by the success of With This Collar, the first book in a six-book series “Mastered” from Total-E-Bound.

“With This Collar” and “Bind” have reached #1 on the Amazon UK Kindle Erotica chart, and “With This Collar” also hit #3 in the US Amazon Kindle bestseller list.

“Master Class: Initiation” hit the USA Today Best-Seller list in the Bound, Spanked and Loved Boxed Set.

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Review: Brand – Sierra Cartwright

Review: Brand – Sierra CartwrightBrand
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Series: The Donovan Dynasty #2
Published by Totally Bound Publishing
Published on: September 22nd 2015
Pages: 319
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica
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Hero: Cade Donovan
Heroine: Sofia McBride

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He wants her subject to his will. She’s scared she may never want to get away.
The first time Sofia McBride meets the strong and determined Cade Donovan, he warns her to keep her distance. She tells herself to heed his words, but she’s stunned to realize her depth of attraction to this intimidating man.
She knows she should stay away from him, but try as she might, she’s unable to resist him or his sexy, erotic demands. The deeper she becomes ensnared, the more she realizes she may never want to escape.
All his life, enigmatic rancher Cade Donovan has chosen women who don’t expect too much from him. But when a storm strands him with Sofia, his lovely, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer event planner, all his dominant and protective instincts flare.
Cade wants everything she has to offer, but he soon discovers Sofia’s beauty hides a determination he hasn’t counted on. Her untamed responses send him on a journey that will banish his demons and change them both forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA
I loved Bind. It’s because of that book that I was excited to proceed with the rest of the series. However, I have to say that I had a hard time finishing Brand. I liked this book, it just wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be. First, it took me long to connect with the main characters. Sofia seemed pretty interesting, but there was something about her that I just couldn’t relate to. However, it was hardest to connect with Cade. I get the guilty, troubled cowboy hero theme that was going on with him. I just couldn’t see him as an amazing dom.

I loved Connor. I could clearly see him as this controlling man who dominated both in and out of bed. Cade, though, well, it’s a lot of work to reconcile his dominance. I like him as a hero, though, so all is not lost. I like that Nathan was the one who let him realize that their father wasn’t a perfect man, and that things were meant to happen the way they did. I can’t wait for the next book. I am hoping to love it more than I did this one.

 

 

 

 

 

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Born in Manchester, England and raised in the US, Sierra Cartwright is the acclaimed author of more than thirty erotic romances.

She was previously published with Harlequin/Silhouette under a different pseudonym, and won numerous awards as well as a coveted spot on the USA Today bestseller list.

In 2013, she was delighted to be among the launch authors for the exciting Clandestine Classics imprint from Total Entwined Group (formerly Total-E-Bound). The project generated international interest, and her contribution, the expanded Jane Eyre, was featured in segments on such shows as Jimmy Kimmell and Anderson Cooper Live. Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other online sites also wrote features about the provocative new book.

Cartwright has been interviewed by USA Today, and she did a segment for the Orlando Fox affiliate with Chase Cain.

She’s a multiple CAPA nominated author who is delighted by the success of With This Collar, the first book in a six-book series “Mastered” from Total-E-Bound.

“With This Collar” and “Bind” have reached #1 on the Amazon UK Kindle Erotica chart, and “With This Collar” also hit #3 in the US Amazon Kindle bestseller list.

“Master Class: Initiation” hit the USA Today Best-Seller list in the Bound, Spanked and Loved Boxed Set.

Review: Bind – Sierra Cartwright

Review: Bind – Sierra CartwrightBind
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Series: The Donovan Dynasty #1
Published by Totally Bound Publishing
Published on: June 9th 2015
Pages: 306
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica
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Hero: Connor Donovan
Heroine: Lara Bertrand

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Only one man can help her. Is she willing to pay his price?
Faced with the potentially overwhelming loss of her family’s fortune, Lara Bertrand turns to the one man who can help her, the gorgeous and powerful Connor Donovan.
She knows he’s dangerous to her on every level. Only desperation would drive her to make such a risky proposition. After all, she knows all about his ruthless nature and relentless determination to succeed.
When the classy, elegant Lara walks into his office with an outrageous proposal, Connor is stunned and more than a little intrigued. Ever since he first met her, he’s been attracted to the cool beauty, but she’s more than kept her distance.
Connor is absolutely willing to help her out. For a price. He not only wants her hand in marriage, but also her total submissive surrender…
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe

Cliffhanger: No

Ending: HEA

 

I really wanted to read this book because it’s the first book on Sierra Cartwright’s new series called The Donovan Dynasty. I don’t regret reading a single page from this book because it was hot, sexy, and entertaining. As a first book, it had everything necessary to get a reader’s interest in the series and hook them into reading on to the next books that are set to come out in the future.

Bind features a controlling hero who wanted to possess the heroine without giving a part of himself as well. Then we have a heroine who knows what she wants and is confident enough in herself to know when to pull back. I like that both Lara and Connor had great careers. Connor was, of course, successful in the corporate world. Lara, on the other hand, was also amazing, although her father kept on getting on her way. I like that even if Lara had control over most aspects of her life, she was a great sub to Connor. I also liked the secondary characters who were mentioned in the book, particularly the hero’s sister and the heroine’s neighbor.

However, the thing that will capture readers is the chemistry between the main characters. It is as explosive as two people can get. The sex scenes are crazy steamy. The banter and the dialogue are all good. I read this book in one day. That’s how much I enjoyed it. I am sure that the other books will be as enjoyable as this one.

 

 

 

 

 

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Born in Manchester, England and raised in the US, Sierra Cartwright is the acclaimed author of more than thirty erotic romances.

She was previously published with Harlequin/Silhouette under a different pseudonym, and won numerous awards as well as a coveted spot on the USA Today bestseller list.

In 2013, she was delighted to be among the launch authors for the exciting Clandestine Classics imprint from Total Entwined Group (formerly Total-E-Bound). The project generated international interest, and her contribution, the expanded Jane Eyre, was featured in segments on such shows as Jimmy Kimmell and Anderson Cooper Live. Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other online sites also wrote features about the provocative new book.

Cartwright has been interviewed by USA Today, and she did a segment for the Orlando Fox affiliate with Chase Cain.

She’s a multiple CAPA nominated author who is delighted by the success of With This Collar, the first book in a six-book series “Mastered” from Total-E-Bound.

“With This Collar” and “Bind” have reached #1 on the Amazon UK Kindle Erotica chart, and “With This Collar” also hit #3 in the US Amazon Kindle bestseller list.

“Master Class: Initiation” hit the USA Today Best-Seller list in the Bound, Spanked and Loved Boxed Set.

ARC Review: Wedding Date Rescue – Sonya Weiss

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Author: Sonya Weiss
Series: Fire and Sparks #1
Published by Entangled: Bliss
Published on: February 27th 2017
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Hero: Kent Wakefield
Heroine: Casey Bradford
Trope: Friends To Lovers, Pretend Relationships

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As a Firefighter, Kent Wakefield has been burned before, and not just by fire. So when Casey Bradford, his best friend’s off-limits, gorgeous little sister, asks him to be her fake boyfriend, he flat out refuses. He doesn’t do relationships, real or otherwise. But when his well-meaning, marriage-pushing mother corners him about his cousin’s wedding, he panics and tells her he has a date.
After being left at the altar, Casey is out of options. She needs a boyfriend ASAP or she can kiss her dreams good-bye. Who better than her brother’s emotionally unavailable best friend, Kent. She may have nursed a childhood crush, but this arrangement will be purely platonic…that is until he kisses her and suddenly it gets a lot harder to remember it’s all pretend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe with exceptions. H and h have been in relationships with other people throughout their friendship.
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA

This is a light and sweet friends-to-lovers story that I definitely enjoyed. I feel like I’m winning in the chance department because the two new-to-me authors that I took a chance on turned out pretty great. I’m really glad the publisher approved me for an ARC of this book. It’s my first book from Ms. Weiss, and I tell you now, this definitely won’t be the last.

I really like both main characters. The heroine was driven and career-oriented, but she was also soft and warm. The hero was a troubled firefighter who’s been through a tragic event where he lost someone and almost died himself. I like that their friendship saw both of them during their lowest times. I like the banter between the two protagonists. Another thing, I really enjoyed the secondary characters. I can’t wait to read more about the other firefighters, especially the heroine’s brothers.

Ms. Weiss has written a quick, easy, and enjoyable book that not only captures a reader’s attention through its entirety. It also introduced you to interesting characters that will surely pique your interest and will want any reader to watch out for more. I know, I myself will be waiting for the next books.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m a freelance writer and ghostwriter. My published clips include feature newspaper articles, magazine articles, essays, children’s short stories and writing projects for business clients. I’m also a columnist at Families Online Magazine.

My fiction has won honorable mention in various contests and I was the first place winner of Harlequin’s ‘The Baseball Diamond’ writing contest.

I’m represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.

ARC Review: Kissing Her Enemy – Coleen Kwan

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Kissing Her Enemy – Coleen KwanKissing Her Enemy
Author: Coleen Kwan
Series: Pine Falls, #2
Published by Entangled: Bliss
Published on: February 27th 2017
Genres: Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Hero: Logan Wright
Heroine: Amber Miller
Trope: Second Chance Romance

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Amber Miller has worked hard to get her small business thriving. Now the Wright family wants to tear down her store to put up a mega center. What’s even worse, the guy who broke her heart in high school is the new CEO of Wright Inc. He’s just as infuriating now—and just as tempting—as he was back then, but she isn’t giving up without a fight.
Logan Wright is back in Pine Falls for one reason: to turn his dad’s failing company around. His plans should put them on the upswing. But he didn’t count on Amber Miller standing in his way, as fiery and stubborn as she was years ago. And the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to resist falling for her again. The only problem is he’s everything she doesn’t want.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Safe with exception. H and h has something going on in HS before a misunderstanding tore them apart. Both have been in relationships with other people during separation, although none were mentioned in the book, and there was no OW/OM drama.
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA

This is my first book from Coleen Kwan. I took a chance on this because the blurb sounded very promising. It’s a good thing the publisher approved me for an ARC thru NetGalley. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. Before, when I used to read books from Entangled, I seldom give a rating of 4 because I always end up wanting more out of the book that the author failed to give. But I changed my expectations this time. I knew that this book would be within the category romance type, so it’s going to be quick, light, and easy. It won’t take me through a roller coaster of emotions. It won’t give me ups and downs and over-the-top drama. And by changing my expectations, I found that I really liked this book.

Both main characters were developed characters. The heroine comes from the wrong side. Her father had a wife when he got her mother pregnant. Her mother didn’t move on and was happy just being a poor man’s mistress. She was too focused on her looks and her happiness. She wasn’t a very good parent at all. But the heroine loved her all the same. The hero’s parents were the typical rich couple who looked down on almost everybody beneath them. But the hero was loyal to them all the same. The main conflict of the book, aside from the MCs having an unfinished business was the fact that they were rich and poor, or something like that.

I think that after this book, I will be looking into more books from Ms. Kwan, particularly the first book in her Pine Falls series. While I love complex stories, sometimes, books like this are like a breath of fresh air. It is, without a doubt, a great way to pass the time. Light, quick, easy, and full of sweet and funny moments. That’s what I got from this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coleen Kwan writes contemporary and steampunk romance for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.

Coleen has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.

Review: Pack Alpha – Crissy Smith

Review: Pack Alpha – Crissy SmithPack Alpha
Author: Crissy Smith
Series: Were Chronicles #1
Published by Totally Bound Publishing
Published on: July 26th 2016
Pages: 147
Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Source: NetGalley
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Hero: Marissa Boyd
Heroine: Gage Wolf

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Marissa Boyd finds herself drawn into a world she can never be a part of, complete with an Alpha wolf who takes whatever he wants. And he wants her.
As a non-shifter, Marissa Boyd knows she doesn’t belong in Pack territory. She braves a visit to attend her sister’s mating ceremony and meets the shifter who will change her entire life and beliefs.
Gage Wolf knows Marissa is hiding a pained past. As Alpha, he’s used to protecting his pack. Marissa challenges his authority like no one he’s ever met before. His desire to claim her is strong and his wolf won’t be denied. He’ll have her as his mate even if he has to fight to teach her the meaning of belonging to an Alpha. She’s worth every fight—even if it is Marissa’s feelings of not being good enough for him that he must battle.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of spanking, violence and blood play.
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released by Totally Bound Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release. This book is part of a series and best read in sequence.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Not safe.
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEAThis is my first book from this author. I gambled on this one because there’s not that many paranormal romance authors that I truly love, and I believe it’s time for me to venture out and find more PNR authors to watch out for. This book was originally released in 2009, but the publisher re-released it July 2016, with some changes in the book. I was really glad that I got the chance to read and review this because it ended up as a solid book that I certainly enjoyed.

Plot-wise, the story was solid. The heroine was a shifter who couldn’t shift and has been on her own, without a pack, for a decade because she was banished by her own when she had relations with the Alpha’s pack. She was a woman who could never be happy with a pure human, but she also knew that non-shifters were not welcome in the pack (or so she was made to believe). When she gets a letter from her sister, asking her to visit because her sister was going to have a mating ceremony, the heroine was still hesitant because being in a pack meant that it opened the possibility of going through the same hurts again. The hero is the Alpha of her sister’s new pack. And this Alpha is all about claiming her. The conflicts that came were surprisingly not from the pack but from some people from the heroine’s past.

Romance-wise, I like that their lines weren’t cheesy. Yes, it was very obvious that the hero was crazy and obsessive, but he didn’t say cliched lines that made me cringe. They were still normal dialogue between two people who are in love. It’s an insta-love kind of story, but when you’re dealing with shifters who are very in tuned with their animal side, insta-eveything can be expected. The sex scenes were hot and often, but they didn’t deter from the main story. If anything, those scenes further intensified the connection between the main characters.

I’m not sure how many installments have already been re-released since last year. What I do know, though, is that I will definitely check out the rest of the books of this series. I find that I really like this book, and I want to know if Crissy Smith is able to maintain that kind writing prowess in the succeeding books.

 

 

 

 

 

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I live in Texas with my husband, daughter, and three Labrador retrievers. By day you can find me at my ‘day job’ buried under a pile of paperwork but at night I am at my computer creating new worlds!

I have always loved the paranormal. Shape-shifters, witches, and vampires have been my number one choice of reading material so when I strated to write it was the genre I chose.

I currently have several books released through Totally Bound. I have one long running series the Were Chronicles and in March 2014 a spin-off series the Shifter Chronicles will be revealed.

I also have several stand alone novellas and novels.

I am working hard to bring more stories to the readers so they can sit back and relax while losing themselves in the paranormal romance world.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Debt – Jessica Gadziala

Review: Debt – Jessica GadzialaDebt
Author: Jessica Gadziala
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published on: July 5th 2016
Pages: 306
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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Hero: Byron St. James

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I was just supposed to be helping my father settle his debt, work out a payment plan, set things right.
Little did I know that cold, calculating, dangerous Byron St. James didn’t want his money back. Oh, no. He wanted me as payment…
* This is a ‘jerk who redeems himself’ story. And make no mistake, our hero IS a jerk to the heroine for a good part of the book. If that isn’t your thing, this might not be the book for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Level: Not safe
Cliffhanger: No
Ending: HEA

This was my first Jessica Gadziala book. I read this some time last year because I saw it a lot on my newsfeed and the story made me curious. I didn’t regret a single thing. I definitely loved this book. It’s not as dark as the ones I’m used to, but the characters had a bit of depth and development throughout the book, which is way more than I’ve seen with many new authors I’ve tried.

See, here, everywhere I go, there’s new authors popping up endlessly. There’s tropes and fads in romance that produce dozens and dozens of the same types of stories from different authors. The books vary only in characters and setting and execution, but the plot is all the same. I’ve lived through the vampires, the doms, the billionaires, the bikers, the stepbrothers, whatever else actually became popular. And I’ve tried new authors as many times as I could. Lots of time, those gambles didn’t work for me. But this gamble on Ms.. Gadziala did.

Maybe it was because I was on the right mindset when I read the book. Maybe there was something about the characters that made it easy for me to connect with them. Maybe it’s because of the author’s writing style. Whatever it was, this book definitely ended up being a five-star read for me. Yes, the hero is a jerk. Yes, he manipulated lots of things. Yes, he had the heroine at a disadvantage. But you know what I enjoyed, I enjoyed watching him fall. I enjoyed watching them develop feelings. I enjoyed reading about the explosive chemistry. I enjoyed seeing how they evolved from the first page until the ending. I got lost in the story, I didn’t even think of finding faults anymore. After this book, I’ve been a constant fan of this author, and to this day, Debt is still my favorite from her.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Gadziala is a full-time writer, parrot enthusiast, and coffee drinker from New Jersey. She enjoys short rides to the book store, sad songs, and cold weather.

She is a big believer in snark, strong secondary characters, and bada$$ women.

She is very active on Goodreads, Facebook, as well as her personal groups on those sites. Join in. She’s friendly.