Lee Savino & Lili Zander-Draekon Guardian

Oh, I’m so sad. This is the last of the Drakeon books. Well, the authors have promised us an extended epilogue kind of thing sometime this year, but still, no more books with the smexy dragons, and I love the smexy dragons. So, let’s talk about Draekon Guardian, shall we?

Yafet was known as Sixth, back when he was one of the original Draekon. Now, along with most of his brothers, he’s helping the rebellion and trying to fight their other brother, First, who is more than a little bat shit crazy. Yafet was sent after a couple of humans to rescue them. He brought them both back, but one of them, Liz, was his mate. He’s been trying to put off mating her and staying away from her. It worked really well for a while because he was busy trying to cure a plague. But now, it’s getting harder and harder. He knows that he shouldn’t do anything with her, and the thought that First might get his hands on her is just scary AF. He’s still working with all the medical researchers trying to cure the plague that First has created, because they know that he is going to deploy it again at some point.

Liz knows that she’s attracted to Yafet, but he never comes around her. She just stays in her room, never leaves, and is just terribly depressed, which really, I don’t blame her for. Her roommate manages to pull her out of it and takes her to a market. As a chef and cookbook writer, taking her to a huge market where she can find all kinds of food is the perfect thing for Liz. But, they run into problems at the market, and all her food gets left in a locker. Until it turns out that the food turns up in her apartment along with a new cooking unit.

Liz is dealing with some depression, and frankly, I don’t blame her one little bit. I would definitely be dealing with some serious mental health issues at that point too. Her whole world has changed and trying to deal with everything was just a lot. I think that she is really smart and creative though, and once she finds something to latch on to, then she’s better. And that’s something that she actually did on her own, mostly. I thought that was great for her and her own mental health, and her self-esteem. I think that she is also really fierce and she’s not going to let anyone mess with her, if she can avoid it, at least.

Yafet is definitely a good man. Dragon. Whatever. He has a huge streak of responsibility in him, and he can’t really cut himself any slack. He works really hard so that he can find the cure for this plague and he kind of blames himself. Which, it’s understandable why he does blame himself, even though neither he or any of his brothers have anything to blame themselves for. They were put into a fucking horrible situation by their creator, and the rebels didn’t make a lot of it easier when they first came out of stasis, but the rebels did at least straighten up. I think that he’s really smart and caring. I think that he’s also a little bit stupid. At least when it comes to relationships he is. But, don’t worry, Liz has some lessons for him.

OK, that’s all for this one. I’m going to miss these guys, so I’m looking forward to the epilogue bit. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Moon

Before I get started on today’s book, I want to say that I will never put a link on how to read X Book free online. I may provide links to free book giveaways, but never how to read free online. That’s pirating, and I don’t support it.

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OK, now that I’ve had to say that, let’s talk about Renee and Lee’s new book. Alpha’s Moon is the first book in a new series, but this is a continuation of the shifter world they’ve been writing for the past 3 years. We’re based in Taos instead of Arizona, but, other than that, everything is the same.

So, we start with Sadie the Kindergarden Teacher. Her dad is on the city council. Her ex is a huge cheater and keeps trying to get her back. And it’s Whine Wednesday. It’s the day that she and all her girls get together, have wine, and whine. They are out having fun when the 4 of them see some huge guys with wolf tattoos getting off their motorcycles. One of the guys seems to stare at her, and she can’t pull her eyes away from him. Then, her ex calls, tells her that he knows where she is, and he’s waiting by the rideshare pickup stand to take her home. That’s when Sadie is like nope, and accidentally bumps into the hot biker and asks him for a favor. She wants him to pretend that they are dating to her ex, so he’ll live her alone.

Now, let’s talk about Deke. He and his 3 buddies are shifters, all wolves. They used to be Special Ops in the Army, but now all of them have left. They still do the same basic work, but now it’s on a more confidential, sneaky manner. The guys also do some security work. But, Deke has problems. He’s about >< away from going feral. He wants to fight. All the time. And to the death. The whole team is close to the edge, but Deke is definitely the worst. So, he’s been banned from hanging around humans. Then, he smells candy, and realizes that it comes from a sweet woman asking for his help.

A couple of weeks later, Sadie needs a plus one to a wedding, and she’s hoping that Deke will be her pretend boyfriend for the weekend, especially since her ex is going to be there. Despire what his Alpha says, Deke says that he’s going to go with her.

I liked Sadie at the beginning. I thought that she was a sweet person. And she is. But as the book went on, I liked her more and more. We really got to see a lot from her throughout the book, and I really enjoyed that. We don’t always get to see that kind of evolution in the heroine of the book. I really like watching her figure out who she is.

Poor Deke. He was always a good man, but he got so far into his head and was so convinced that he was terrible, that it turned into that. I think that his whole team needs a lot of help, and they need to see a psychiatrist for PTSD, because they all have got it. He has a really strong protective streak and a really good heart. I think that Sadie is going to be so fantastic for him.

I think that Adele knows a lot more than she is saying. I just get a little inkling about that.

I really dislike Sadie’s dad. Ugh.

OK, that’s all for this one, go check it out!

Lee Savino-Mastered By the Berserkers

It’s been a while since we got to see some of Lee’s hot and hunky Berserkers, so I’m really happy to get back to it with Mastered By the Berserkers. This is the latest one in the Berserkers Bride series, which started by taking spaewives from a nunnery. This one runs concurrently with some of the other books (if I am recalling the timeline correctly, I didn’t go back and reread the entire series). (I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.)

SSo, we are finally getting to Sister Juliet’s story. She was the only one of the nuns to try to protect the young women in their care, and she got taken too. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she’s a spaewife, just like all the young women under her care are. When they got taken, there were a couple of Berserkers who paid her a lot of attention, Jarl and Fenrir. Any time that they saw that she needed something, that thing would just magically show up where she is. Once they finally got to the Berserkers’ mountain, many of the spaewives, especially the younger girls, live in one long house, under the care of Sister Juliet, who is a devoted Christian and who is deeply devoted to making sure that her young charges are safe, warm, and fed. Meanwhile, she’s hiding the fact that she is starting to feel the things that the other spaewives do.

Jarl and Fenrir know that she is their mate, but they’ve been careful aboout how they go about dealing with her. Their Alphas have made it very clear that the Berserkers aren’t to be just grabbing any spaewife that they want, it has to be the woman’s choice, and if things don’t happen that way, there will be hell to pay. So, they’ve been waiting for Sister Juliet, but one night, things come to a head, and they spirit her away. They take her far away to the other side of the mountain where they have built a house for her. Jarl and Fenrir are going to make her theirs now.

Like I said before, Juliet is a devout Christian, I mean, nun, right? Because of that, she has some issues with being with any man, let alone two men. Celibacy is a thing, and it’s a thing that she’s sure that she has to stick to, because she made a vow to her God. I think that she is a very good person. She really wants to stick with her beliefs, but Jarl and Fenrir have made it really obvious that she is their priority and that they really want her. She spends a lot of time really torn over how she feels over everything, and I can understand why she feels that way.

Jarl and Fenrir show just how much they have paid attention to Juliet, and how willing they are to give her what she needs and what she wants. I am really impressed by the measures that they are willing to go to so that Juliet will be happy. I truly approve of that.

I can’t wait for the next one in this series, because the Berserker Saga books were some of the first books I read when I started getting into indie books and romances back several years ago now. When I was a young tween, I read romance a lot. Harlequin was my friend, but I pulled away from that for a while, but now I mix romance in with all my other reading, in case you haven’t noticed, LOL.

I do think that the Alphas are just a teeny tiny hypocritical in this, and I’m glad that they get called on it, because they really should’ve been.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out all these books, they are so awesome. Happy reading!

Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Warlord

It’s been a while since Lee and Lili gave us a new Drakeon book, but here we are with Draekon Warlord. We’re with Fifth of the Crimson Force and his story, along with Naomi, one of the human women he saved.

So, Naomi was tortured by the Zorhan scientists. She has some serious PTSD issues. Fifth, Danek, saved her. He killed the scientists and sat with Naomi while she was healing. He’s been there for her. Naomi has been very glad of that. But at 61 days after being rescued, she’s still stuck where she’s at. She leaves her apartment to go to therapy, to go running, and that’s it. On the day that she decides that 61 days has been too long, she leaves her apartment, and as she’s walking down the hall, she hears Danek being asked to do a mission. She walks into his apartment, and somehow ends up as part of the mission. It’s not easy though, especially as there is an alert one night before they have to leave and the sirens and the scientist coming to make sure that she evacuates trigger a massive PTSD event. She worries that she’s a liability, especially since Danek seems to think that she’s too weak and a liability and that she’s going to cause the mission to fail.

Meanwhile, we have Danek. He knows that Naomi is his mate, and it’s not that he thinks she’s too weak. It’s that she’s his mate and he doesn’t want to put her in danger. He does worry about how well she can cope, but that’s because he saw where she was when he rescued her, and that kind of got stuck in his head. Because he’s so protective, it’s easy for him to do that, so when he gets tricked into taking her on his mission, he does actually tell her that he thinks that she can’t do it. Which of course, Naomi doesn’t take very well.

The resilience that Naomi shows is amazing. It isn’t easy to handle trauma of any sort, and her was on the more severe end, and the fact that she was able to come through as well as she did just shows how strong she is. (Note, I am not saying anyone who has issues coming through with their trauma or deals with it differently is weak, because that is so far from the truth.) I think that she will probably always have to deal with certain triggers, because that’s the way that PTSD and healing from trauma works. I like the fact that she knows that she can handle it and that she will be ready for her life. I really respect that. I was so happy to see her happiness, humor, and her sassiness come out.

Danek has a huge streak of guilt, and I understand why he does. I think that adds some to his overprotectiveness when it comes to Naomi. And of course, seeing her the way that she was when he rescued her doesn’t help. He’s always going to go to the fear place for her. I think that things she did in this one will help him handle it better.

OK, that’s all for this one. No spoilers today. Go check it out!

Lee Savino-Siebold

Hurray! Another Berserker book. It’s been a while since we’ve seen these guys, and Siebold is a great way to get us back into the swing of things. This one isn’t a menage like most of the other books are, but not all, and we aren’t anywhere near any pack. In fact, Siebold has been kicked out of the pack, so that’s different.

Meadhan is a witch. She knows that she’s a witch. She does everything she can to avoid being identified as a witch, including living in a cottage away from the village, and appearing as modest and normal as possible when she does go to the village. However, the fact that she deals with herbs and remedies does kinda make people wonder about her. One day, she senses something. When she looks, she sees a wolf, but when she looks again, she Sees a warrior laid over the wolf. That reminds her of stories she’s heard about men who needed to be more powerful who were cursed to become wolves.

Siebold sees and smells something about Meadhan. He knows that he has to claim her. Sadly, at this point, he’s barely more than just a beast. He has spent more time as a wolf than as a human for a long time, ever since he was kicked out of the pack. But for Meadhan, he makes the effort. He becomes human and pays attention to her, and even manages to talk to her. He tells her that she is his, and she will only eat his meat. Yeah, that is actually said, more than once.

Meanwhile, there are some nasty mean who are trying to move into the village and take over. The local priest (boo hiss) supports them. He’s not a very nice guy, anyway. He has a son who he abuses and who he refuses to acknowledge. But he’s more than happy to help out the bully boys and point them at people he wants to get rid of.

I really like Meadhan. Unlike some of the other women who get involved with the Berserkers, she knew that she was a witch from the beginning. I’m not sure if she is a spaewife, like the others, because I don’t remember seeing anything being said about it. I think that she knows who she is and has no problem with herself, generally. She tries to hide her power, but considering her family history, I don’t blame her one little bit. I think that she’s really strong, and I wouldn’t want to piss her off, because I think that she’s going to hurt me, a lot.

Siebold is a lot more private than Meadhan is. We see in his head, but I think that he’s just so much harder to get a hold of, which isn’t a bad thing. I do like him though. He does seem to have a real honorable streak, which is always nice.

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You know what, I don’t think I have anything to put here. So, go check it out!

 

 

 

Lili Zander & Lee Savino- Draekon Pirate

Lili and Lee have come out with the 3rd book in their Draekon spinoff, with Draekon Pirate. These books are the ones about the original Draekons. They don’t mate in pairs, they are one on one. This is the story of Fourth and Diana.

So, Diana, and her friend Lisa, were two of the human women who had been stolen away. But instead of being tortured like all the other women we’ve seen so far, Diana and Lisa have actually been thriving. That’s because they were saved by some pirates. In the months since they were rescued, Diana has worked herself up to second in command of the ship, and Lisa is part of the bridge crew. They are happy, and they have discovered a family.

Fourth, like most of his brothers, has been sent to rescue the human women that were kidnapped. So, he pulls up to this pirate ship, disables it, walks on to it, and almost gets hit by a thrown knife that he barely catches. That’s when he finds out that the women really don’t want to leave. They are perfectly happy.

BTW? Diana is really good at throwing knives. Like scary good. She grew up in the backwoods, way off the grid. So far off the grid that those prepper nutcases are like dayum. Her father taught her how to hunt and survive, which has really helped her.

Anyway, so Fourth, who has renamed himself Mirak, is fascinated by Diana. There’s just something about her that makes him want to know more about her. And it didn’t hurt that she tried to knife him the first time she met him. And Diana can’t get Mirak out of her mind either. (I originally had mound there, which works too.)

I think that Diana is a lot of fun. There’s just something about her that I really like. She has her own serious issues, mostly spawning from the way that she grew up and the way that the adults in her family treated her, but she’s also incredibly competent, smart, strategic, and just fierce. I think that she really blossomed on the pirate ship. It really was the perfect thing for her.

Mirak really needed to figure out who he was after waking back up. I think that he was really kind of lost after waking back up and was a little bit scared of everything, even if he wasn’t going to admit to being scared of anything. Because, you know, big scary dragon.

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OMG, the horridness that came out of Mirak’s mouth. Diana should’ve shoved a knife in there. DEEP.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Conqueror

So, today we’re back to Lili and Lee’s Draekon world. Remember, these new books aren’t about the Draekons on the prison planet that we all know and love, and who come in pairs. These guys are the OG Draekon. The first Draekon ever to walk the universe. And they don’t need to mate in pairs. So, with that said, let’s talk about Draekon Conqueror.

Ruhan, AKA Third, found the first of the humans he was supposed to find, Amanda, and mailed her back to the rebellion, and yes, I mean that quite literally. He stuck her in a stasis pod and mailed her. But that left him free to go hunt down Lani, the other human. The two women had been together until pirates struck and the scientists who were torturing them managed to save only Amanda, leaving Lani to the pirates. They were planning on eating her, until she found out that they love storytellers. So, Lani played Scheherazade to the pirate captain, and she has survived for several weeks now. But, it’s getting close. His first mate has suggested that the captain could chop off her leg and still hear her tales.

Ruhan has signed on with the pirate ship as a mechanic. He knows that Lani is there, he just has to get her off the ship. His plan is to go in and grab her, go to an escape pod, and then take the two of them, plus his tech bot, which looks like a dog sized spider, Blue, back to his ship, on another planet. So, of course, when he goes to check on the escape pods, they are in terrible shape. So, Ruhan and Blue spend their night working on the escape pod so that when they get a chance to escape, they can. And seriously, it’s a good idea, because as soon as he gets the pod fixed, they get attacked. So, he goes and grabs Lani, and it turns out that the ship’s cook is also a Draekon, and they take him with him.

All goes well, until they get shot down over the nearest inhabited planet, and it turns out to be one that Ruhan devastated back in the day. So, whoops?

I really like Ruhan. I love his sassy, flirty attitude. He turns everything into a joke and doesn’t seem like he’s all that serious, which could probably get really annoying really fast, but the fact is, he is really serious, down deep. He’s a really good character, and I really like him a lot. That mix of flirt and sincerity is just a fun mix, and one that I really dig because I’m kinda like that too, at least at times. I love how he is so devoted to tech, and you might think that he does that so he doesn’t have to people, but he does really connect with people. I think that Blue is just so sweet too, and I think that I need more of him.

Lani is strong, brave, and very clever. I don’t know how she fell upon the idea to act like Scheherazade, but it obviously worked really well. I love how devoted she is to Ruhan, even before anything starts up with them, she just wants to be with him. She could really be traumatized by what happened, but the fact is that she is as adjusted as she is, and as enthusiastic as she is. I think that she and Ruhan are really perfect for each other.

I can’t wait for the next one. I need it now.

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Blue was incredibly brave during the attack, and I’m glad that he was around.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Warrior

So, Draekon Warrior is set in Lee and Lili’s Draekon world, but it isn’t a prison planet story. We’ve mated off all those women, and now we’ve moved to the rebellion part of the story. It turns out that another ship left Earth with another 10 women. And this is going to be their series.

Alice was one of those women. Instead of going to the fabulous alien planet she was supposed to go with her 9 friends, she ended up as a prisoner of evil Zorahn scientists. The women had been broken into pairs and spread through the universe. Alice ended up with Tanya, being tortured daily for 7 months. Alice kept fighting and fighting, even though fighting means that she gets beat and hurt even worse. Tonya, meanwhile, has pretty much completely shut down altogether, and is just going through the motions and listening to what the scientists tell her to do. It doesn’t save her from being tortured, but it does keep her from getting beat as much as Alice does. One day, the routine changes. Alice and Tonya are sold, drugged, and dragged away.

The rebellion has heard about these human women who have been stolen away, and they are determined to rescue all ten of the women. They have a secret weapon. Well, make that 5 secret weapons. They are Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth. They are 5 of the first 6 original Draekon. Not just, you know, early generations, but numbers 2-6 of the original creation. They were born and bred to be warriors. They are big, smart, vicious, cold-blooded killers. They have also been kept in stasis for a thousand years. The stasis tubes were found by archeologists and the rebels claimed them. So Rahit’vi and the rest of the powers that be in the rebellion decide to wake up our guys so that they can go find the women. So, each of the guys goes off to find a pair of women.

Second is sent after Alice and Tonya. But Second has a secret that no one else knows. He named himself. Kadir ab Usora, Warrior born from the Light. None of the 6 were given names, and if anyone found out that he had named himself, he would’ve been severely punished. He has never told anyone his name, not even his brothers. At least, no one until he meets Alice when he rescuing her, and she punches him in the jaw, breaking her wrist. But Kadir was impressed.

I really like the story here. I mean we’re getting a lot of adventure in this one. We’re also learning new things about the Draekon. I mean, we thought we knew all about them, but these guys are changing all the rules. For one thing, they aren’t mating in pairs. For another, they don’t have to wait to mate to be able to switch to dragon form.

One thing I really like about Alice is that she always sees Kadir. She never sees him as Second. He is always Kadir and she sees the truth of him. Everyone tries to tell her that he’s a crazy, crazed killer and he’s on the edge and very possibly suicidal. But none of them have really spent more than just about 2 seconds with Second, which means they haven’t taken the chance to know him. And the rebels forced our guys to go out and search for humans by injecting them with a long acting poison. Which, you know, kinda makes them no better than a lot of the other people who have been around. That means a whole lot to Kadir. There’s never been anyone who has done that for him.

Kadir really is a good guy. He’s got a really good heart and is incredibly honorable. He feels a lot of responsibility. I really like him a lot.

 

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First interests me, but not necessarily in a good way.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out all the books and enjoy them all. Happy reading!

Lee Savino & Golden Angel-Alien Tribute

Alien Tribute is the long awaited second book in the Tsenturion Masters series by Lee and Golden. As a quick reminder, the planet Tsentur was blown up by the Vgotha, and there are just a few (relatively) Tsenturion left. They work with the Jabol, who have hooked them up with human women so that they can rebuild their species. The way that it works is that the Jabol suck women in through a tiny wormhole, train them, and then give them to the Tsenturions. The first Tribute, Dawn, went to the High Commander. Now, we have Pareena and Bogdan’s story.

So, Bogdan is the second in command of the Tsenturion. He really doesn’t want to have Tribute. He thinks that it’s too early to bring in Tributes, because their enemy is still out there. He also has a history that no one else knows about. But, just because he doesn’t want one doesn’t mean that he’s going to not have one. When his High Commander says that his tribute is ready, he has no choice but to accept her, even if he really doesn’t want to. His plan is to not bond with her, but to train her and make sure that she’s taken care of.

Pareena, Dr. Pareena Singh to be precise, is dying of cancer. She’s been stuck in the hospital, and is at the point where her life is now measured in days, rather than in months and years. So, when she gets an ereader loaded up with all her favorite type books, she’s going to spend as much time as possible reading it, because it takes her out of her real life. Bt when she finishes one particular book, she gets a survey at the end with the suggestion to swipe right for abduction. So, you know, she does. And is pulled into a wormhole and into what she is pretty sure is a coma dream and she’s dying.

She gets trained by the Jabol and sent to Bogdan, who is pretty cold to her, at least sometimes. Other times he’s pretty damn warm to her. Which is confusing as all hell to both of them.

Oh, Bogdan pisses me right the hell off sometimes. I mean, I totally get where he’s coming from and why he has made the choices that he has, but I just don’t like the way that he treats Pareena some of the time. And it’s not because he’s the whole Domly type, it’s his choices that he makes. When it comes to the D stuff, he actually rocks my world. And, I guess probably Pareena’s too.

I totally understand why Pareena wants to see this as a coma dream. I would probably want to see it that way too, because it would be much less scary. Of course, much less scary doesn’t necessarily mean all that much sometimes.  I really like how well she and Bogdan mesh when it comes to certain things.

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Hmmmmm, certain warriors have made… interesting choices in this. I don’t support his choices, and I’m pretty sure his bosses won’t either.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Sun

Renee and Lee are back to those bad boy biking werewolves of Arizona. This time, we’re back with Titus and Sunny. We’ve seen them before. In fact, their kids are mated, so we’ve definitely seen them before.

Here’s how the story goes. Titus has been sent to New Mexico to find a friend of his who is a lone wolf. He’s hoping for more information about the labs where all the experimentation on the shifters has been going on. This friend of his lives way off grid and he might know about the goings on and if there are any labs in the area. So, he pulls into town and finds out that he’s in a little open air market kind of thing. And who should he see but Sunny. They had a thing for a couple of days a couple of years ago, but she left without telling him. Of course, she had her reasons. He’s kind of hung up on the fact that his ex was a bitch (literally, hahahahaha) and left him high and dry. So he doesn’t want a relationship, and Sunny senses that about him.

Sunny is a free spirit. She creates art, she teaches sunset yoga on top of a restaurant, she is just free and happy and shares of herself. She travels through the country selling her art, but she’s currently based in Taos. And it suits her well. She also sees auras, and she sees Titus’ inner wolf. Of course, she thinks it’s a spirit animal, and not, you know, a werewolf, but she still sees it. I personally think that she is psychic, so that works well. When she sees Titus, she’s more than happy to see him and maybe get some more hot lovin’ from him. Which, yeah, does happen. But he still has issues.

There are a lot of things I like about this book, but one of them is that we have an older couple. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about hot 20-somethings getting their freak on, but as a 47 year old woman, it’s nice to see the heroine near my age. And not just a heroine near my age, but one that is having an epic and passionate love affair. That gave my heart a little happy.

Titus is a good man, but I think that he’s very stuck in the past. Yeah, his ex screwed him but good, but that was a long time ago and he needed to put his big werewolf panties on and deal with it. He also has a lot of issues with duty and what he thinks he should do vs what is the right thing to do.

I love Sunny. I think that she just has a wonderful sweet spirit that just flows out from the pages. I really would love to know her, because I’m pretty sure that she would bring a lot of love and light and laughter into anyone’s life, and I don’t know about you, but I could really use that, most days.

I had a lot of laughs in here, some anger, and more than a few tears, but it was a wonderful book and a series that have loved reading. I’m looking forward to seeing where these ladies are going to go next, because I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be awesome.

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I love how Sunny and Titus managed to scar their adult children for life. Because of course it was funny as hell.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check out the entire series, you won’t regret it. Happy reading!