ARC Review: "Secrets that we Keep" by Linda Kage

Secrets That We Keep by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Gracen Lowe has a new life theory:
What you don’t know can’t hurt you.

Which is exactly why he decides not to tell his twin sister, Bella, that he’s accidentally falling for the woman she hates most, the very woman who allegedly cheated with Bella’s last boyfriend and broke them apart.

Bella might be his best friend and ultimate confidante, but she’d legit cut off his favorite body part if she knew which woman he’d been craving. So even if his theory’s totally whack, staying quiet will definitely keep him safer.

Except he feels so guilty about it all.

Meanwhile, Bella’s heating up the sheets with one of Gracen’s best friends, and she can’t seem to reveal that little detail to her brother either, due to—you know—reasons.

When the truth is exposed, all bets are off. Shattered secrets will either set everyone free or wreck their relationships forever.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

*trigger warning: mention of rape, and drugs*

If you are a long time follower of Linda's writing like me, you will come to expect some amazing writing, funny moments, and a deep emotional attachment to her characters. Her newest book combines all the above in a long wonderful book, filled not with one but two love stories which ties also to her Forbidden men series, but you don't necessarily need to read the series in order to understand the family ties in this book.

But it was a nice surprise for me!

Bella and Gracen are twins who love each other and enjoy their family antics, along with Bella's crush on Fox, their best friend. And Gracen finds himself falling for the woman who had destroyed Bella's engagement.
And how does this tie in? All keep secrets from one another. But of course, life is full of surprises and I will let you discover it on your own. I enjoyed the book. It was witty, funny but also with some serious themes added in, the trials of family and the strength to learn to forgive and knowing the truth.

I recommend it for its plot, the memorable characters and if you wish to learn more about the other members of this big family, I recommend reading the Forbidden men series!

About the author:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, funner side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in that center around love and hope. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact than realism. She likes the drama and crazy, over-the-top plots that make you cry then laugh, get mad then sigh happily.

Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can’t decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.

Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.

Review: "Blood Heir" (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From Ilona Andrews, an all-new novel set in the Kate Daniels World and featuring Julie Lennart-Olsen, Kate and Curran's ward.

Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.

Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she'd ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.





It had been a while since I was in the world of Kate Daniels! And truly despite the rampant magic and the post-apocalyptic feels, it felt like coming home. I loved seeing all the characters, old and new as also discover even more how much I adore Ilona Andrews for creating amazing plots based on mythology, history, and religion.

Faith and old gods never felt scarier.

Aurelia Ryder, AKA Julie, Kate's adopted daughter is all grown up....and in a mission. She returns to Atlanta after 8 years in order to save Kate as there is a new enemy rising. And also Aurelia-Julie will have to deal with the murder of a good pastor, treasure hunters, old relics while at the same time fighting against monsters, shapeshifters who like to stick their snouts in everything and...Derek.

OMG THE SCENES WITH THEM! I loved their interactions, seeing them older and of course, the 'bomb' that exploded close to the end of the book. I mean WOW! that was intense! 

I was amazed at Julie and how strong she was. But also she had insecurities and that made her even more human. Some other characters I enjoyed seeing too: Conlan, Ascanio (he can go and eat a shoe), Hugh! 

I can not wait to see what will happen in the next book! I need it like...NOW?!

Also, I seriously recommend you to read the Kate Daniels books. The worldbuilding is glorious and deadly and if Netflix wants to have a long-standing series to win the urban fantasy crowd these are the books they should adapt. 


About the authors:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

#ARC Review: "Taken to Heimo" by (Xiveri Mates #4) Elizabeth Stephens

Taken to Heimo by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

There are a few things my Tri-God did not prepare me for. The first – Niahhorru pirates. They want the coordinates to an unprotected human satellite and I have them.

The confusing – The human Council's secrets that I've uncovered and may get me killed. The most sinful – The pressure in my stomach...well, lower than my stomach...that draws me to the male who hates me most in this universe.

There is nothing that my warrior training did not prepare me for. Even though my body desires to bond to hers, I'll fight until I break it. She's a disgusting human, filthy and impure. A worshipper of a fickle human god and worst of all, she's not Drakesh.

Nox, that isn't worst.

Worse, is that she's got space pirates, traitors and other enemies chasing her. Worst, is that I won't let them touch her because she's my Xiv – nox! I'll fight. But fighting is harder when I don't really want to win...

Taken to Heimo is a full-length (75k words) SciFi, space opera romance complete with an angry alien and a human, head scarf-wearing heroine who is far too polite to meet anger with anger. Most of the time. This is book 4 in the Xiveri mates series and should be read after books 1 and 2. Books 3, 6 and 8 are complete standalones (on other planets) and can be read at any point. Trigger warning! The heroine in this book is attacked more than once and there are multiple violent battle scenes before reaching the HEA.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

*trigger warning: mention of attempted rape, which didn't happen but just in case that will be hard for any of you*

I could not have been more excited to get and read Svera's and Krisxox's story! Ever since the first book I knew that their plot would be amazing and full of surprises! And Elizabeth didn't disappoint! Full of adventure, travel's through space, mysteries about the humans and where they had disappeared as also a betrayal no one expected, Svera and Krisxox had a lot to deal with apart from the mating bond Krisxox felt for her.

His stubbornness was mostly the part that kept him from admitting his feelings for her, and Svera was a strong heroine despite everything that happened to her. She is resilient, smart and kind and they both completed each other, despite the religious and cultural differences.

Also, I am excited to see what will happen to the next couple that will be featured as the ending left me wondering what trouble they will find themselves in.

This series is by far the best I have read since 2020. An amazing blend of sci-fi, steamy romance and what it means to be humane even in the harsh edges of the universe.

Definitely recommended! 

About the author:

Tough heroines & possessive Alphas solve mysteries, fight epic battles, and fall in love in Elizabeth's diverse romance & SciFi novels.

Elizabeth Stephens has been living in a fantasy world since she was 11, and in 2015 finally translated her imagination to print! An author of romantic suspense and science fiction, she is a big fan of inclusion and her books always include kick ass ladies of color.

When she isn't found writing, you'll also see her getting her hands dirty by throwing pottery, or working as a communications consultant for privacy and human rights organizations. With origins in Seattle, Atlanta, and Bamako, she currently lives in Berlin with her loving husband and doggo, King Louis.

​To find out more about her projects and upcoming releases visit her website at

7 YEARS OF MILKY WAY OF BOOKS (and a giveaway)


It's been seven years! Holy wow how fast time flies! And despite the hard times, we all had in 2020, I am grateful to all my bookish friends, the bloggers I got to meet and the authors I loved reading their books and the new ones I discovered!

The year 2020 was far less populated in posts, maybe due to the quarantine and me getting a job. The job, to be honest, messed with my reading schedules and at some point, I was too tired to read. But I was able to finish my 2020 reading goal. 

For this year? My bookish resolutions mainly at the moment involve to get my grabby hands on the upcoming Sarah J. Maas book, A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES! (you have no idea how excited I am!)

And mostly to wish for all of you to be safe, stay healthy, and close to your loved ones. The year will be challenging but you can always come to this safe corner of the blog-sphere to discover new books and new authors.

To celebrate 7 year of books and blogging here in my small corner of the net I am giving you the chance to win ANY book or books you want up to 20 euros by Book Depository (free of shipping)





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