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Hello sassy people! Today’s post is about Cease Fire by Marie James! Thank you, Marie James, and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review!

Escaping Christmas by Marie Landry

Cease Fire

(Blackbridge Security #9)

by Marie James


Making something off-limits will always make that thing more appealing.
Jules Warren, my sister’s best friend, was no different.
She has been the leading lady in every fantasy I’ve had since I was a teenager.
There was no way I was turning her down when she invited me to her room.
Those fantasies? They had nothing on the real thing.
I was given the weekend to make my dreams come true.
The ramifications, however, will last a lifetime.
Keeping a secret is one thing.
Living with the lies is impossible.


Genre: Romance, ARC

Publisher: Indie

Year: 2022

Nº of pages: 288

Is it on KU?: Yes!!!!!

Subgenres: Contemporary Romance

Tropes: Military Romance, Second Chance, Sibling’s Best Friend, Surprise Baby

Smut factor: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 4/5 (steamy)

Spice scale: 5/5 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

POP (Put Out Percentage): 9%

TRIGGER WARNINGS (Based on StoryGraphs): No TW (According to StoryGraphs)


Main characters: Jules and Kit

Main conflict: Lies

Hero: Book Boyfriend, Sturn Brunch Daddy

Heroine: The Amazon

Pacing: Medium

Mood: Amazing, Deep, Delicious, Different and interesting, Fun, Heavy, Hot, Hot and complicated, Important, Sweet

Plot or character-driven: Character Driven

P.O.V.: Double P.O.V.

Character development: Deep

Diverse Cast: Secondary characters

Read in: 2022


My Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 

Some of these reactions are notes I wrote while reading the book, so they might be enthusiastic:

Okay, I started with no high expectations, but OH MY GOD, this book has EVERYTHING I want in a book!

We have an older woman, a pining hero (who has d piercings and tattoos), the FMC is the one to convince him to go up to her room, and use lingerie and say:


“If you don’t want to,” she says, stepping so close that I can feel the warmth of her skin through my clothes. “I won’t pressure you.”



“Tell me what you need ,” she says


And I’M HERE FOR IT!!!!!!

You know I love a shy hero!!!!

But then this hero shows us he is not shy! He is the perfect Sturn Brunch Daddy!!!!

So you can tell that I love the spice in this book, it has everything I want


Equality rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 

This is the Positive Behaviours list:

Communication, Communication about safe sex and preferences, Explicit and enthusiastic consent, Female as the dominant in intimate scenes, Female who initiates intimate scenes, Healthy sexuality (toys, kink, free sexuality), Male consent, Mental Health

However, A LOT of the female main character’s choices were very very bad and wrong, she did not make smart choices, even though I believe her intentions were pure. I won’t talk about them, because that would be a HUGE spoiler, but I took out Equality points because of that.


Adjectives and general thoughts: This book was amazing, really well written, with a hot and interesting story, in terms of Equality, it had some AMAZING points, but I disagree with a lot of Jules’s actions, and that took some points out. 


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Meet Marie James:
Let’s see…where to begin…

I’m inching up on the BIG 4-0. The gray hairs are doubling what seems like daily, and the wrinkles and laugh lines are
more pronounced than ever.

I have an amazing husband (Married just over 15 years.)

We have two boys we’re doing our best to raise as respectful gentleman.

I have a master’s degree in criminal justice which I used to work as a juvenile probation office until deciding to write full-
time in June of 2019. So that means there’s usually always some criminal/law element to my novels.

If I’m not writing; I’m reading.

My favorite genres recently are bully/reverse harem and enemies to lovers. Maybe I’m reliving my traumatic teen years
through the girls who actually end up with the boys. (Not that I would change my history since it’s gotten me exactly
where I need to be!)

I love coffee. I miss carbs. Music is LIFE. I try not to be too serious.
Connect with Marie James:
Amazon Author Page: 


Well, that is all for today, I hope you like this post, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Feel free to leave your opinion about it in the comments and I will see you next time! 

Bye sassy people! 


  • I know that some comments I make about decent guys on my posts are the bare minimum a guy should do, so no, they don’t deserve to be treated like gods for doing the minimum, but at the same time, I’ve read a lot of sexist books and I appreciate authors who make characters that can serve as role models and examples of how a decent guy acts and what a loving and respectful relationship looks like. I believe we should always encourage these authors and bring attention to the ones that still write sexist characters and stories. 
  • I make a lot of comments about sexism and healthy role models in books, but a lot of times these characteristics don’t make the book a bad book and definitely don’t make the author a bad author. Please never shame these authors and these books for these comments, I simply feel that we need to have awareness of the less than ideal situations some books bring us, and not use the romanticized problem as examples of what a relationship should be. Most of these authors are still amazing, and the content they write doesn’t reflect directly with their personal views and opinions. Always make sure to respect and be kind to everyone, even while criticizing their content. 

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