Review // Gula by Colette Rhodes

November 05, 2023

Gula by Colette Rhodes

"Bed," Selene ordered the moment I stepped into the room.
"You smell needy."
My historical trend of failing upward appeared to be continuing. "I am. Super needy. Let's go."

Gula by Colette Rhodes

Gula by Colette Rhodes

Rating - ★★★★1/2
Standalone - Shades of Sin #3
Release - September 30, 2023
Genre and Trope - paranormal romance / forced proximity / protection
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - slow burn and descriptive scenes
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Length - 284 pages

Selene cares about three things in life:
 1. Her prestigious position as Lieutenant of the Guard that very few of the elite at Court feel she deserves.
 2. Her beloved sister and niece, humiliating reminders of her humble origins.
 3. Her penchant for rare and expensive dining—a status symbol and marker of the success she’s attained.

Austin only cares about one thing in life:
 1. Music.

Except Austin’s rockstar dreams never came true, and the bottom of the bottle isn’t giving him the answers he’s searching for.

But maybe, just maybe, a prickly Shade with a secret wild side will.

Other books in the series:
Luxuria * Superbia

Gula by Colette Rhodes

My Two Cents

The love story of Austin and Selene was very different from the books that preceded it. For one, the ex-hunter who never hunted was male. Secondly, there was no instalust or instant connection of any kind. Their meet-cute WAS NOT very cute at all and Austin had a bad impression to make up for. And third, the heat didn't exist for MOST of this story.

These differences allowed the characters to develop a unique relationship. Selene was very set in her ways, living a regimented, sheltered life, with no real companionship or feeling of belonging. And Austin was very mellow, easy to like, and could fit in anywhere. They were very different from each other, but at their core, the author illustrated that they had more in common than either of them realized.

I loved how they drew out the best of each other. Austin got Selene to open up more, to share her true self with him and she inspired him to take life and himself more seriously. It was wonderful to watch how things between them grew out of trust and friendship and became exactly what both of them needed.

I'm enjoying the heck out of learning more about Shades and the hunters that love them. I'm really excited to continue this series!!

The Author

Colette Rhodes is a huge fan of paranormal romance and reverse harem books. They're what she loves to read and what she loves to write. #WhyChoose, right?

Colette studied both History and Ancient History at university and loves including both historical facts and ancient mythology in her work.

When she's not writing, you'll find her spending time with her husband and daughter in beautiful New Zealand.

Visit for more information

What to Read Weekend

November 03, 2023

Fridays used to be about books on sale, and while this post will have freebies and the like, I also want to share the romance reads of the week that I'm currently excited about. You know the ones... you're already deep in your to-read list and ANOTHER week of new releases are dumped in your lap. Yep, that's me... each and every week. So here's what I want to read, what I plan to buy, and hopefully you find something to enjoy in there too!

New Releases

Upcoming Releases

Nov.7 ~   Iron Flame (The Empyrean #2) by Rebecca Yarros
Nov. 8 ~   His Wicked Ways (The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside #5) by Melissa Foster
Nov. 11 ~   The Bone Collector (The Watch #1) by Onley James
Nov. 14 ~   Metatron (Elyon's Warriors #4) by Eve Langlais
Nov. 17 ~   King of Death (Folk #3) by Lily Mayne
Nov. 21 ~   Clown Motel (Welcome to the Circus #4) by Lani Lynn Vale
Nov. 28 ~   Born to be Badger (Honey Badger Chronicles #5) by Shelly Laurenston
Nov. 28 ~   Consort of Fire (Bound to Fire and Steel #1) by Kit Rocha

Books on Sale (all under $2)

These are books I've read or am going to buy...

So what are your reading plans for this weekend?

Throwback Thursday // Killers in our Midst

November 02, 2023

Hey everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday! Every week I'll be sharing my book recommendations within a romantic trope.

Today I'm sharing with you the first five books dealing with killer heroes and/or heroines that I loved and reviewed on the blog. I love these types of stories and find that there isn't a lot of them out there for me to read. If you've got a recommendation, please let me know.

The Missing Link by J.M. Sevilla

This book was intense! Once you really got started, it was non-stop action, suspense, and all sorts of nonsense. Jay may have been deadly, but Lily was a quick learner :) I really need to look into if this author wrote more than the two books from this series that I fell in love with.

Find my review HERE

Cloak and Dagger by Nenia Campbell

This series was AMAZING!! It covers an assassin organization and the corruption(?) from within. I didn't like the heroine in this book, but she definitely grew on me as the series progressed. I'll be honest,but I fell in love with Michael (our killer) and couldn't get enough!

Find my review HERE

The Red Ledger: Part 1 by Meredith Wild

Tristan Stone was one heck of an assassin. And while this was supposed to be a second chance romance with an edge, I didn't care half as much for Isabel as I did for Tristan. I only wished this story was way hotter than it turned out to be.

Find my review HERE

Save Me by Tia Louise

This was the book that made me really fall in love with this author's writing. Mace and Jessa were a couple... and they were assassins. I loved it. It had love and suspense and the author did an incredible job balancing the action and romance. I wish she wrote more stories like this and gave me another couple like this one.

Find my review HERE

Tainted by N. Isabelle Blanco and Dee Garcia

This was an incredible series of books. It features a cop hunting a serial killer and the mysterious woman he gets involved with. While this part is obvious, it's the rest that takes you on a path of deception, attraction and blood.

Find my review HERE