Arc Review

Stolen by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 1) by Felicity Heaton

Description

Saint is a bear shifter on the war path. He just wants to sleep the winter away, but his rowdy neighbours in the remote Rocky Mountains valley have other plans. When the cougar shifter brothers refuse to keep the noise down, he reacts on instinct, kidnapping a beautiful female who smells like sweet berries and tempts him like no other—a female who happens to be mated to one of the brothers.

Holly’s first taste of freedom isn’t going as planned. Escaping her family to join in the winter wedding celebrations at Cougar Creek with her friend Ember sounded fantastic, until a grouchy bear shifter grabs her—a gorgeous male who rouses instincts in her that are startling and powerful, igniting a fierce need to growl and stake a claim on him. A gorgeous bear who might be her fated mate.

Can Holly resist the hungers Saint awakens in her? And when Saint realises his mistake about her identity, can he convince the stunning Holly to give him a second chance?


If you love bear shifter romances featuring hot alpha heroes and strong heroines in an immersive paranormal romance world, the Black Ridge Bears series is for you!

Discover five growly bear shifters guaranteed to become your next book boyfriends in this hot new shapeshifter romance series from New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author Felicity Heaton, set in the same rich and addictive world as her Eternal Mates and Cougar Creek Mates paranormal romance series.
Book 1: Stolen by her Bear
Book 2: Rescued by her Bear – Coming Aug 2021
Book 3: Saved by her Bear – Coming Aug 2021
Book 4: Unleashed by her Bear – Coming Sept 2021
Book 5: Awakened by her Bear – Coming Oct 2021

No cliffhangers. No cheating. Just passionate paranormal romance books with a guaranteed happily forever after!

EXCERPT: STOLEN BY HER BEAR

Saint scented the air, trying to catch something that would tell him what to expect ahead of him.

He froze, locked up tight as he caught a scent, as warmth spread through him in response, roused a hunger in him that was powerful and commanding.

He dragged in another breath, aching for another delectable hit of that scent. And it was delectable, like sweet berries, and utterly feminine.

Which was enough to set him on edge.

Females didn’t stay at Cougar Creek in winter.

Saint veered off course again, unable to stop himself from tracking the scent through the forest, curiosity gripping him and filling him with a need to find the owner of it. His mouth watered, the hunger clenching his gut growing fiercer as the scent grew stronger. Ahead of him, the bushes and trees gave way to man-made clearings, openings in the forest where small cabins had been constructed.

He huffed.

Cougar Creek.

He stealthily inspected the two cabins he could see, keeping his distance from them. Snow had fallen through the canopy of the forest and was thick on their roofs, and it was pristine on the decks, untouched. No one was staying in them.

Saint banked left, heading down towards the river, to a cabin he knew was there. The raised L-shaped wooden lodge sat at the head of a fifty-foot clearing in the forest, one that stretched down to the creek.

He remained in the shadows of the trees as he moved towards that river, giving the place a wide berth. He eyed the deck and the steps and the ground just beyond them. Someone had cleared the snow away. The place belonged to one of the three brothers of Rath, the alpha of the pride, and it was usually empty over winter. 

Looked as if the male was staying this time.

Was he responsible for the ruckus that had woken Saint and his kin?

He sharpened his instincts again and frowned as he sensed more than just Rath and one brother at the Creek. He pinpointed at least five other people, most of them close to the main clearing. One of them was bound to be the female Rath had mated with last year, one Saint had seen for himself a few times.

He thought her name was Ivy, was sure he had heard the alpha cougar call her that a few times when she had been photographing bears near the river. The female was human, and not the only one at the Creek either.

The bastard Storm had a human female of his own. Saint had caught her in the woods last year when she had been running from the male and had scared her witless. He regretted what had happened now, but he had been in a foul mood, his bear at the fore. Their run-in had happened only a week after the Archangel helicopter had come and the need to protect his kin had been strong, fierce enough that he had viewed her as a threat.

Saint had figured Gabi for a huntress, still thought she was a member of Archangel and one day Storm was going to wake up to find a blade in his heart.

He backtracked up to the two empty cabins and headed past them into another area of dense scrub that provided cover as he moved towards the heart of Cougar Creek.

His ears twitched.

Voices.

He eased lower and peered through the bushes and trees towards the clearing. Stilled as he spotted two males and a female in an area that had been cleared of snow near the top of the long sloping strip of green that formed the centre of the cougar’s territory. The felines had been busy. It looked as if they had cleared snow in a patch roughly sixty feet in all directions from the front of Rath’s cabin. That cabin sat nestled among the pines and spruces, its back to the forest that covered the base of the mountain, facing the clearing and the creek at the bottom of it. 

What were they up to?

Rath straightened and planted the tip of his snow shovel against the ground, leaned on the handle of it as he pushed his thick black hat up and wiped his brow. He pulled his dark green scarf down and undid the top fastening of his black winter jacket.

“We taking a break now?” the male with him growled, a hint of warmth and teasing in his tone as he set down his own shovel and tugged at the blue scarf wrapped around his throat. Like Rath, he wore a black protective coat and matching hat, and irritatingly kept his back to Saint so he couldn’t make out which brother he was. “Only been at it an hour. Still a lot more snow to clear.”

Rath huffed and scrubbed a hand down his face, over a thick dark beard. “Remind me again why we’re doing this.”

The big male chuckled, the warmth in his voice lingering. “Love, apparently. Not sure why I got pulled into shovelling duties though. Storm should be here, clearing the way for this ceremony. Where is he anyway?”

This time, Rath was the one who chuckled, his grey eyes brightening with it. “Where do you think?”

The male shook his head. “I have half a mind to go bang down his door, but I don’t want to get an eyeful. Flint could at least have offered to help, but he’s about as useful as Storm.”

Flint and Storm weren’t present then, which meant the big male with Rath was Cobalt. Cobalt was a mad bastard. Saint had never seen a cougar fight like he did, as if he had nothing left to live for.

Rath and Cobalt were as big as each other, packed with muscle and good fighters, but if it came to a one-on-one fight, Saint could take them. Provided they didn’t resort to low blows like their brother Flint.

He shuddered at the memory, his balls aching. It had taken him weeks to heal them after the male had run his claws over them during a brawl. He still hadn’t forgiven the cougar, wanted a piece of him, and Storm, for the scars they had given him. A low growl curled up his throat, his blood running hot despite the cold, and he wanted to unleash it but bit it back instead. As much as he wanted a fight, he wanted to sleep more. 

Besides, he couldn’t let his foul mood get him into a brawl right now when his body was still recovering from a month-long sleep. He would probably lose and that would only make his mood worse.

Saint drew down a steadying breath and stilled as the delicious scent of berries hit him again. It was weaker now, but still warmed him, roused a hunger to hunt the owner of that scent and see her for himself.

The door of the cabin behind Rath opened and a female came out, wrapped so heavily in winter clothing that he couldn’t make out much of her face between her colourful striped scarf and woollen hat, or her figure through the thick cream coat and brown ski pants.

He knew her scent though.

Ivy.

In fact, he knew most of the scents of the females belonging to the brothers. He had put Gabi’s scent to memory when he had captured her, and he had done the same with Yasmin’s when Flint had come to Black Ridge looking for a fight in order to impress her.

Maybe he had imagined the sweet scent in the woods.

Berries were his vice after all.

He loved them and found them impossible to resist.

“Come warm up for a few minutes.” She looked at her mate and then at Cobalt.

Both males nodded and let their shovels fall into the thin layer of snow, and Rath waited for Cobalt to reach him before they both started towards the cabin.

“Does Ember want to drop in for a warming drink too?” Ivy said with a look at Cobalt.

Ember. Saint wasn’t familiar with that female.

“She went for a walk.” Cobalt tugged his black hat off, revealing mussed blond hair. “But she’ll be back in time for the practice run.”

Rath glanced at his brother. “Did your certificate come through?”

“Yup. I’m officially ordained.” Cobalt flashed a grin at him and chuckled. “That’s not something I ever thought I would be. Not many cougars out there needing this sort of thing.”

Saint watched them go inside, debated going to the cabin and speaking to Rath, but fatigue was rolling up on him, his eyelids feeling heavy again as the fresh air lost its effect on him and his bear instincts growled at him to go back to sleep. He knew what the noise was now. It wasn’t humans or danger, just a bunch of irritating cougars celebrating something. That should be enough to calm the instinct to protect himself and his pride, and allow all of them to get back to sleep.

He rose to his feet and turned away from the cabin, picked his way to the animal track and followed it back towards the Ridge. Maybe he would fix himself some food before he hit the sack again, something to take the edge off his hunger and tide him over while he slept. He was clearly hungry.

Because he was fantasising about sweet juicy summer berries again.

Could smell them stronger now.

He frowned and slowed his pace, lifted his head and drew down a breath. The scent was stronger. His mouth watered, heat suffusing him, and he pivoted on his heel, was tracking the smell of berries before he realised what he was doing.

Saint dropped to his haunches when he spotted a lone figure ahead of him, near the frozen river.

A female.

He dragged down a breath, every inch of him locking up tight as he caught her scent.

Sweet berries and a hint of vanilla.

He scented something else on her too. She was cougar. Was she Ember? Did she belong to Cobalt?

Saint told himself to go, but found himself easing lower instead to observe her. Silent. A predator.

She tilted her head up as she turned, raised her gloved hand to cover her eyes as she peered at the canopy. Birds sang there but he paid them no heed, was too arrested by the sight of her.

Raven hair spilled from beneath her dark purple woollen hat, cascading over a form-fitting weatherproof coat in the same colour, and grey eyes with a strong hint of emerald sparkled as rosy lips curled into the semblance of a smile.

His heart started at a hard pace, drumming against his ribs as his blood heated.

She was beautiful.

A need to stand and go to her pounded inside him and he struggled to deny it, to remain where he was and merely observe her, studying everything about her. Like the fact she had to stand at least a foot shorter than his six-seven, and looked as if she weighed nothing more than a feather. There was a delicate sense of beauty about her, with her porcelain skin and the hint of pink on her cheeks, and he lost himself in watching her, the world around him fading away.

Until there was only her.

Her slender shoulders suddenly stiffened, her smile disappearing as she tensed and went still.

She had sensed him.

Saint lingered, wondering what she would do. Run away or stay?

Seconds seemed to stretch into an eternity as he waited, as her grey-green eyes slowly took in the forest.

Strange disappointment flooded him when she suddenly turned on her heel and walked in the direction of Cougar Creek, her pace brisk, boots chewing up the frozen ground beneath the pines.

Saint stared after her.

Driven to follow.

Stolen by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 1) by Felicity Heaton

My Review

This is a spin off from her Cougar series, and we also get to catch up with the cougars and their mates. It’s not necessary to read the previous series, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t go back to read them 😉

It’s a five book series, that will introduce us to Saint and his clan. Now in the previous series, the bears come across as a$$holes! Always picking fights and being generally nasty! So I was wondering how the author would spin their stories!

And I was pleasantly surprised. They are grumpy bears, but they are bears that usually sleep through the winter, so if your being woken up by loud cougars and their mates, then wouldn’t you be cross?! We don’t get to meet all the bears in Saint’s clan in this book, but we get hints at their nature and characteristics.

And now Saint has Holly’s scent in his nose, he’s going to follow it to the bitter end! And when he finds her, does he tell her who he is? Does he introduce himself? Nope! He kidnaps her!! And from there it’s just one disaster after another! He thinks he’s kidnapped a cougar mate (as if that’s any better!) he just wants them to be quiet so that his clan and himself can go back to sleep. But Holly isn’t a mate, she’s looking for one, by visiting her friend she’s hoping to find her fated mate and avoid her families matchmaking.

It’s a cute story, not exactly a short story, but not as long as her Eternal Mates Series, which the Cougar and Bear series come from.

And when the pair are separated it’s going to take them both to fight for what they want. Saint wants his mate, and Holly wants the chance to choose who she wants and not what her family chooses for her!

I can’t wait to read the next book and see where it takes the clan.

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Arc Review

Unclaimed: A Curvy Girl and Wolf Shifters Romance (Fate of the Wolf Guard Book 1) by Aidy Award

Description 

Taryn barely knows her own name, much less why she’s been thrown to the wolves…. literally.

Before today there are only dark, shadowed memories she’s too afraid to even think about. It doesn’t take her long to find out no one escapes from the Island of the Damned, a hidden prison camp in the depths of Siberia.

But why is she here? She didn’t even know supernatural beings existed until a huge wolf protects her from being attacked minutes after she’s trapped and freaking talks into her mind with the darkest, sexiest of voices.

Then there’s the man who declares himself her guard and tells her she’s more than a mere chubby girl lost and alone.

She’ll need all the help she can get to survive in this desolate existence, especially when the dark Prince of Wolves declares her a menace to their society.

Publication date 20/7/2021

Unclaimed: A Curvy Girl and Wolf Shifters Romance (Fate of the Wolf Guard Book 1) by Aidy Award

My Review 

With the promise of something new from this author, I eagerly signed up to read an arc. 

And I have to admit, I’m going to be buying the book when it comes out, but for now I’ll be getting a kindle copy) 

It’s around 17 chapters long, so it’s long enough to pack in a few surprises and naughty moments 😉

Taryn has no clue where she is, she barely remembers who she is, but she knows her name and how to yell!!! And boy does she yell! Sassy and not really a pushover, we get the idea that Taryn is going to be a force to be reckoned with. 

August, “Mr Big and Burly” as Taryn first nicknamed him. 

He recognises Taryn straight away (but by a different name!) and is absolutely desolate at her not knowing who he was to her?! (As I said lots of secrets) 

Joachim is a priest. A man of god. But he’s also got an agenda!! He knows more than he’s letting on! He doesn’t interact or interfere with the village August protects, but when needed he does appear! 

Whose side is he really on? 

Meeting August, well him saving her from some weird freaky dude and his wolves is just getting stranger! He seems like a nice guy, but Taryn has no idea what’s going on. And he may have rescued her, but he’s not letting her leave the cabin he brought her too! 

Has she made a mistake in trusting him? 

So we have a creepy guy who’s after Taryn, who is he? And what does he want Taryn for? 

I love her paranormal romances, her dragon and wolves series are favourites of mine. A go to when I want a chuckle and steamy read. 

And this one was no different. 

A little confusing for the first couple of pages, but once you settle in, you won’t be putting it down till you finish it. 

The characters are just great, the dynamics between the main characters worked really well together. 

Set in Siberia, we hold our breath as Taryn comes to terms with her incarceration on an island that is escape-proof! 

Watching as August tries to gain her trust without telling her who she was! And what he was to her! 

Loved Vasily, (thinking there is more to that Wolf than is being told!) 

We have a cast of characters that add to the story, some I feel will have a more pivotal role as we get to the next book. We also have plenty of bad guys wanting to claim/capture Taryn (well it is a prison island!) 

This is the first book in a new four book series, it’s also a RH (Reverse Harem) that’s also a first for this author (although she did dabble briefly in another series of hers) 

Cliffhanger? Yes there is, but don’t wait for the next book, buy it, read it, love it, then read something else of hers whilst you wait for book two 😉


And FYI…. Sign up to the authors newsletter, you get a bonus chapter that won’t be found anywhere else 😉
So, all in all it’s a good start to this new series, and I’m going to recommend this book to anyone that likes their heroines with an attitude, and hero’s that like to serve 😉

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spicy Romance, Real Love, Dirty Fun
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Arc Review/New Release/Book Tour

Carnage (Four Horsemen Book 1) by Sarah Bailey

Description

Prescott Ellis – Pestilence.

They call us The Four Horsemen.

Four friends forged in fire and blood.

No one knows where we came from nor how we got our name.

Drake, Francis, West and I rule the financial industry like kings.

Gods in our own right.

We grew up with a fifth. A girl. Scarlett.

She was one of us until she was ripped away from her life. The only trace of her was dust in the wind.

One day she returned to the city and sought us out. Scarlett couldn’t remember who we’d been to her, but we recalled her all too well.

If she knew what was good for her, she would have never come back. The moment she stepped through the doors of Fortuity, it was the beginning of her end. And the start of our reign over the girl who wanted us dead.

A dark reverse harem contemporary retelling of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

This is a DARK romance and therefore carries a content warning.

There are cliffhangers and an HEA in the last book.

Publication date 16/7/2021

Carnage (Four Horsemen Book 1) by Sarah Bailey

Oh good Lord!!! Just when you think this author can’t get any darker, she proves you wrong! Twisted and tormented. Be prepared to finish this book in one sitting, and then cry for the next book! Yes it’s a cliffhanger, but I’m getting use to the sensation of free falling and then landing on your face!!I could have waited to read the four books in this series, but honestly I didn’t want to.

So…..


We have a series that will give us snippets of a past all five have shared! But those snippets will be fed to use a piece at a time, keeping you hungry for more, keeping your tastebuds tingling….


Ellis/West/Francis/Drake are known as the four horsemen in business circles, young entrepreneurs that took London by storm, making people sit up and notice them. But beneath the cool and calm exteriors, lay the monsters waiting for their prey! Waiting for revenge! Waiting to take back what was theirs. It was stolen from them ten years ago, and finally the pieces are coming together, finally they will be whole! But when things don’t exactly pan out the way they thought, Ellis takes a darker path, a path that may ruin them all!!


Scarlett is on a mission, with her parents approval she going to make the four horsemen fall for her, then she’s going to wreck their lives! But Why? Sixteen years of her life is missing, she can’t call recall a single moment! But getting this new job is starting to trigger memories!


Ellis is the face of the company, his looks and charm has opened so many doors. But beneath that mask is a killer, a man who will gut you if you look at him the wrong way!
West is our resident psycho, blood and pain is the only way he survives, he’s also hiding something from us (and I can’t wait to find out what!)


Drake genius who keeps the company afloat, his stress level is astronomical, but there is nothing he wouldn’t do for his best friends.
Francis is the most level headed one of the four (but not by much) he is the voice of reason, but cross him at your own risk!
It’s told through all the main characters eyes. We get to witness their emotions, their fears and their anger.


There are definitely triggers that you need to be aware of. If you don’t like your romance with themes of violence, torture and dark themes, then please don’t pick this book.But if you love RH, if you enjoy the twisted path this author is going to take you on, then grab it, and enjoy.


They don’t trust her! So when trust is an issue, you have to test that trust! So will Scarlett gain or fail in their trust test? And can she really betray the men that she’s already falling for? And how will she cope when she finds out what they have in store for her!


Next is Chaos, and I for one can’t wait 😉

⚠️ Graphic violence, domestic violence/abuse, drug use, graphic sexual content including but not limited to: DubCon, CNC, Primal, bondage, blood play, knife play


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Arc Review

Gamed (Minnesota Caribou Book 4) by Colleen Charles

Description…..

She’s my tempting but temporary boss.

I always want what I can’t have… but I won’t be denied.

What does the most notorious playboy on the Minnesota Caribou professional hockey team do when everything blows up in his face?

Right, I’ve sworn off women because my multi-million-dollar NHL contract is on the line. If I lose my dream because of my own screw ups, I might never recover.

I’ve never known a goal I couldn’t score – or a girl I couldn’t score with.

Until she tumbles from a ladder and straight into my arms.

She’s my boss. She’s older. She’s off-limits. 

Sue-Ann Johnson is lush, smart, more determined than I am, and one hundred percent taboo. For the first time in my life, I want someone who’s not a sure bet.

She’s the successful business owner who obeys every rule. I’m the guy who breaks them.

Not since college have I shown a woman the real me beneath my reckless charm.

Until now… and there’s no going back.

GAMED is a full-length steamy age-gap sports romance from USA Today Bestselling Author, Colleen Charles. It has a small-town feel, a redemption theme, and giggles with blazing heat until the very last page. It’s the first book in the gripping MINNESOTA CARIBOU – YOUNG GUNS hockey series but can be read as a standalone.

Publication date 11/11/2020

Gamed (Minnesota Caribou Book 4) by Colleen Charles

Max is going to wreck his ice hockey career if he isn’t careful! He still thinks he’s a big fish in a little pond (his college days had given him that status symbol) but now he’s having to fight for his place in the team, he realises what’s at stake! But even his mentor Milo tells him he’s being given one more chance. So max decodes whatever it is he’s going to do it. There is no way he’s going to mess up his career!


Sue-Ann has worked hard to get where she is today, an owner of a high end boutique. She’s focusing on her job and not her failed love life!
There is definitely sparks between these two as soon as they meet. But he’s too young for her, and she’s definitely too old for him!


I thought this was a really fun read. Plenty of hilarity and fun. But there is also a serious side to this story.
And when a hiccup in their newly found relationship hits them, will they be able to survive it?


So can Max really make Sue-Ann see him as a grown up and not some spoiled brat? And can she really let go a day grab happiness that is dangling in front of her?


An age gap romance, but this one has the woman being older! I didn’t really get the age gap feel (it’s only seven years) as they both acted pretty mature.

Nicely written with enough steam to keep me reading. I’m going to be reading the rest of this series, and I’m highly recommending it.

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About the Author

Colleen Charles is the USA Today Bestselling author of Perfectly Imperfect Romance for perfectly imperfect readers.

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Arc Review

The Girlfriend Hoax by Jannat Bhat

Description

“Having a woman like you waiting for him in his room, in his bed, it doesn’t make sense to me that he’d leave you for anything else. I know I wouldn’t.”

“What would you do if you had me waiting for you?” I asked in a daze as I drank in his handsome face.

“This.” He said and swooped down to capture my lips.

Emma Duvall thought her life was perfect.

Well, not as perfect as it should have been but she was getting by. After setting up V&V Events with her friend, Joseph, she had convinced her mother that she wasn’t a complete waste of space and not to disown her.

Since she had no love life of her own, pretending to be Jo’s fake girlfriend when he needed help, should have been no big deal. 

Enter, Jake Vandervaal. Filthy rich with a model perfect physique and a GQ magazine face, he ran havoc on Emma’s heart, body, and soul. Forced to spend time with Jake as they arranged for his sister Jasmin’s destination wedding to an Indian Prince, was no easy task.

Falling hard for him while pretending to date his brother, would Emma be able to reveal her true feelings for Jake and tell him about the girlfriend hoax, or would it be too late before Jake left for good?

Find out in this lighthearted, witty, and romantic read!

Publication date 12/10/2020

The Girlfriend Hoax by Jannat Bhat

My Review

What a fun read. Super quick, and filled with plenty of emotions. Our heroine is guilted into helping her friend/business partner into pretending to be his girlfriend (he wants to make his ex jealous and get back with her!) Throw in the fact his sister wants them to organise her wedding, and you have the scene set for a hilarious ride.


Meeting her friends brother there is almost instant chemistry, but neither will act on it (Jake thinks they are really boyfriend/girlfriend, and Emma can’t correct him!)
So if she’s dating one man how can she tell the other one she likes him? This is a twist on the fake fiancé trope. It’s usually the fake pair that fall for one another!


But as they spend more and more time together, it’s harder to keep it to just friends. And when they finally give in and get close, Jake gets scared and runs out on Emma!
Does she forgive him? And will he forgive her when he finds out they could have been together properly?


It’s a really good story, the characters are great. I liked Joseph (the brother/boyfriend) he was such a character. And both Jake and Emma were just so suited for one another.


My only criticism is the length, I could have read these characters for hours.In fact half the book is dedicated to previous books, so it’s just over 51%!

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Prequel/Boxset Review/New Release

Rules of Bennett: A Dark Prequel

A Dark Prequel

Description

Here kitty, kitty, kitty….

You can run, but you can’t hide. 

Before you were born, your father traded your life to secure his. 

He thought hiding you in another state under a new alias would save you from your awaiting fate, but I always get what’s mine. 

And it’s time to cash in. 

While your father paid in blood, you’ll pay with your life; and now you belong to me. 

My rules are simple. 

You will bow. 

You will break. 

You will obey. 

Follow them, and you’ll survive. 

And if you don’t? 

I will break you in ways that’ll make you wish you were dead. 

I am Bennett Moreno, devil in the flesh. 

Welcome to Hell.

My Review

It’s short, and it’s really twisted!! The prequel is just a taster of how Aurora becomes Bennett’s pet! Watching as Bennett isolates Aurora from family, friends and a fiancé. He is totally cold and unfeeling. We get to see how Bennett becomes a monster. Losing his mother and sister turned his father into an unfeeling man, and turning his son into a duplicate of himself. I’ve read a few dark romances/bully/mafia stories recently. But I have a feeling this one could really push my limits! The Moreno family business is partly clean and legal but the rest, are on the dark and dangerous side. Drugs, guns, prostitution and even selling women! Taking her away from everyone she loves and keeping her isolated. He’s going to teach her place. And that’s going to be on her knees! She won’t have a say, she won’t have an opinion. She’s only a toy!!

You have to sign up to the authors newsletter to get this prequel. Or you can listen to it on audible. It’s a short intro in the life of Aurora and Bennett.

The Rules of Bennett (the complete collection) by Ember Michaels

Rules of Bennett (the complete collection) by Ember Michaels

Description

His rules are simple.
You will bow.
You will break.
You will obey.
Follow them, and you’ll survive.
And if you don’t?
He’ll break you in ways that’ll make you wish you were dead.
Do you think you can follow the rules and survive the devil known as Bennett Moreno?

The Rules of Bennett collection features books You Will Bow, You Will Break, and You Will Obey. It also includes Moreno Forever, an exclusive, full novel that leads into the World of Bennett spin off series that will only be available in this collection.

You will Bow (A Rules of Bennett Novel)

You will Bow (A Rules of Bennett Novel)

You Will Bow (Rules of Bennett Book 1)

Description

After years of hiding, I thought I’d escaped him; but you can’t hide when you belong to the devil.
Taking away everything that I loved, he thought I’d be his perfect, broken little doll.
Little does he know, I’m not one to bend so easily.
Following his three rules is the key to my salvation, but all rules are meant to be broken—even if breaking them would lead to my death.
When a business meeting takes a tragically unexpected turn, Bennett’s armor finally cracks, revealing his weakness.
He may think he’s the devil, but the devil can be destroyed too.
With vengeance in my heart, I’ll make him pay for what he’s done.
In the end only one of us will bow.
And I bow to no man.

Publication date 24/2/2020

My Review

Aurora can’t believe what’s happened to her! Losing her estranged family was bad enough, but to watch as her fiancé was shot was just heartbreaking. Being beaten and scared by a monster is the stuff of nightmares, but it’s not a nightmare it’s now her life! Bennett is looking forward to training his new pet! It’s going to be a battle, Aurora is determined to walk away from this horror. Bennett is going to win! We get a little glimpse of the nice guy that could be Bennett, but he doesn’t turn into him very often. There is a twist that I didn’t see coming, and it’s a shocker!!!

But whose going to win? To find that out, your going to need to read the next book. You will break

Description

The ultimate sins must be paid for in blood and it’s time to paint the town red.
When betrayals are unearthed and tragedy strikes my solid foundation, secrets are brought to light and one fact becomes clear—Wilson Moreno must die.
But taking down the man who made me won’t be easy.
For years I sat undetected, doing his dirty work while quickly becoming the perfect threat to take him down.
And now it’s time to take back what’s always been mine.
There’s only room in Hell for one devil and I have no plans of giving up my throne.
And I’m prepared to break any soul that thinks they can take it.

Publication date 9/3/2020

My Review

This book starts where the last one ended.

Bennett has a fight on his hands. The Russian’s want him, the mafia are looking for him, and his father wants him dead! But they have all underestimated him, and that will be their downfall! The ongoing battle of wills between Aurora and Bennett intensifies, punishments are a daily occurrence, he’s determined to break her mind and spirit. And on a particularly intense punishment something happens! And it sets a course that Aurora can’t change! There still is no redeeming qualities to this man! He uses people, he punishes and is vicious about it! She’s watched as friends and enemies are tortured and used! How can she get her revenge?

Easy, she’s going to become what he wants, and then strike him down!

Description

He made me bow.
He made me break.
Now we’ve reached the final showdown.
The gates of Hell are crumbling as two monsters fight for the throne. Their prize?
My soul—or so they think.
I’ve played Bennett’s game for too long and in exchange for what I want, he requires me to follow the third rule.
And what I want is Wilson Moreno dead by my hand.
Bennett says you can’t win playing games against the devil, but he’s made me into a bigger monster than he is. When I win against him, I’ll have some rules of my own.
He will bow.
He will break.
He will be destroyed.

Publication date 4/5/2020

My Review

Taking on his father, the pair have become a team, vicious and blood thirsty! But all the while Aurora is plotting and scheming . If she doesn’t make him pay for everything he did to her then she’s done it all for nothing! Working their way through the list of people who have crossed Bennett to finally get to his father is a bloody battlefield. In this book the plot changes, yes it’s still bloody and vicious, but Bennett is growing g fond of his pet! But can she really forgive him for all he’s done to her? And if they free themselves if his father, what next for the couple?

Moreno Forever

A novella for Bennett and Aurora that’ll feature more parent life and their wedding! Moreno Forever will be at the end of the boxed set.

Cute short story about Aurora and Bennett after the everything they’ve been through. Aurora is feeling left out! Her husband is so busy with reading a new family, that she’s being forgotten! This is unacceptable! So she does the only thing she hopes will work? Will it? Bennett loves his little family he really does, and so putting in the hours to rebuild what they one had is had work, it’s time consuming. And when Aurora kicks off, he does what he does best, he punishes her! But it backfires! And she leaves him! Can he persuade her to come home? They are also still dealing with the Russians, and when an attack happens who is gunned down?

Ok, the last book was the best part. But seriously, she could have hurt him a little more than she did! It’s the first time reading a dark romance I actually wanted the anti-hero to die! He really did act like a bastard! And maybe the alter ego that helped Aurora to cope with everything that was done to her made her look at things in a different way. And maybe Stockholm syndrome could be blamed for her decision in the end. I really did like the story, I just uncomfortable with some of the scenarios that played out in the first three books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ember Michaels is a dark fiction author from South Carolina. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching crime shows, hanging at the beach, and devouring books from her favorite authors! Be sure to follow her on social media!
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DEMONS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN by AE Jones

A second chance at love – demon style…

Boris Chesnokov is one responsible demon. Leader of one of the most powerful demon clans on earth, he puts his family and clan above his own happiness. After losing the love of his life centuries ago, Boris doesn’t believe he will find love again.

Love, no. Frustration, yes—in the form of a demon female who invades his compound and puts him in his place. Gwen Taylor might be small in stature, but she is big in attitude, and for once in his very long life, Boris doesn’t know how to handle that. Especially when his mother hires Gwen to help with clan business.

Now he’s spending every day with this exasperating female, and he can’t get her out of his mind. Even worse, he’s beginning to feel again. But when enemies from both their pasts resurface, can Boris and Gwen work together to protect their clan and family? And in the process open their hearts to a second chance at love?

DEMONS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN by AE Jones

Publication date 12/7/2021

My Review

What a way to end this series, I had hoped Boris would get a story.


Boris is the leader in the Chesnokov compound, he’s been on his own for years, he lost his mate and has been alone ever since, he’s dedicated his life to his sons and his clan, but lately as his eldest sin has taken on more responsibility (he’s the next clan leader) it’s given Boris more time to himself, he’s lonely and wishes for a mate! His mother needs help with many things in the compound, and he suggests an assistant. At first Irina is reluctant, then suddenly she’s all up for it! Boris is suspicious, and he should be, his mother is well know for meddling/matchmaking And is suspicions are proven correct when she suggests the last person he needs to see….

Gwen is mother to Sam and they’d been on the run for many years. Being charged with something she hadn’t committed! With her daughter happily mated to a demon that she met in her book, (Demons in the rough) Gwen can hopefully get on with her own life now. Settling down is going to feel strange after being in the run for many years. It’s time to think of herself.

This one is only a short story, but it packs a great deal into it.

Both Gwen and Boris have enemies, Boris’s don’t want the integration of the demons into the human world! And Gwen still needs to watch her back after the demon who orchestrated her crime gets sent to prison. She’s worried about repercussions!

We also get to catch up with previous characters/couples. And we get to say hi to one of my all time favourite characters (Kyle, she started a whole chain of books “Mind Sweeper Series” and this spin off) Irina Is just such a great character (she needs a novella 😉) a strong matriarch figure, always one step ahead of practically everyone (especially her son!)

Both Gwen and Boris are aware of one another. But Boris doesn’t want to start something with Gwen is she’s going to leave the compound soon! And Gwen is worried she will be a poor second best to Boris’s first wife! But as they spend more time with each other (probably due to his mother’s meddling) they realise they just might have a shot at a second chance at love.

Grab this book, in fact grab the whole series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And if you want to know how it all starts, then go read the previous series.

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NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW

Loving Lena: An Adult Fantasy Romance by Esther Rabbit

Description

It’s been nine months living with superpowers that feed off their insecurities, and they’re about to find out why 

I’ve fallen for her, hard and past the point of no return.
My mind has made love to Lena to the point I’m convinced I know what she tastes like, but nursing this crush has me walking the wire. Especially since we work together.
Because I’m not superhero material, I don’t sport a cape, and it’s unlikely I’m here to avenge Manhattan. There’s no logical explanation as to why I go poof and vanish in plain sight whenever my heart rate’s elevated, or why my sister can now change the shape of her body.
Yet here I am, wetting my lips knowing I won’t stand a chance to play by the books.

Disclaimer: This standalone is recommended for mature readers due to graphic language and sexual content.

Publication date 12/7/2021

Loving Lena: An Adult Fantasy Romance by Esther Rabbit

My Review

First book I’ve read by this author. And I couldn’t put it down!

Normal people who get superpowers and how they deal with it.


Told in both the main characters points of view.
There are a few moments that some people might find upsetting, so read the disclaimer first.


Damon is dealing with a superpower that’s linked to stress, he has a habit of vanishing, and at the most awkward moments. He’s also got a massive crush on Lena. But she doesn’t know he exists!
Lena is a great character, very outspoken and knows her own mind. Born into a rich family, bit what Lena wants is time and not gifts thrown at her!


I liked that Damon spoke to Lena through a diary and letters. But does he send them or are they just a way for him to express himself?


Lena and Damon had a real connection. Once they realise how much they get on and have in common. The supporting characters were great too, I liked most of Damon’s family. But they could have helped him a little more.

There is an incident that could have wrecked their relationship, but they somehow manage to get through it, and I think it makes them a stronger team.

Recommend? Definitely, and I hope it’s not the last we get to see of this couple.

New Release

Dragon Mine (Dragon Kings Book 2) by Donna Grant

Description

Walk with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant through the doorway into the next engaging installment of her captivating new Dragon Kings series…

I am hers, and she is mine…

Vaughn has spent eons searching for the woman who captured his heart, only to be disappointed time and again. Sure, he sees her in his dreams. May get to touch and hold her. But it’s not the same. As the emptiness inside him grows, he jumps at the chance for a distraction. Setting his eyes on the dragons again in Zora is a balm, but it can’t compare to once again coming face-to-face with the gorgeous beauty who holds a piece of his soul.

With responsibilities comes sacrifice…

Eurwen has never known anything but the burden and joy of ruling the dragons. But unlike her twin, she’s always been curious about Earth and the Kings and felt as if something were missing from her life. When her reunion with her parents brings an unexpected surprise, she can’t help but give in to the pleasure that Vaughn offers. Still, her loyalty lies with her realm, and the hurdles in their way to happiness seem insurmountable—especially with a new and unknown foe seeking to destroy them.

Trust doesn’t come easily, but love conquers all. And no amount of time or space can keep those who belong together apart.

Kindle Review

Guardian’s Grace (Dark Protectors Book 12) by Rebecca Zanetti


Duty—or desire?

Vampire soldier Adare O’Cearbhaill’s default setting is cranky. Or irritated. Or down-right hostile. Still, as a Highlander of honor and duty, he stepped up to save an enhanced and special human female by mating her—with merely a bite and a brand. The last person he wants in his life is a fragile human, yet he can’t get her out of his mind as she regains her strength before taking off for parts unknown. And when he discovers she is in danger, nothing can stop him from hunting her down—whether she likes it or not.

There’s only one way to find out . . .

Photographer Grace Cooper has had it with vampires, demons, and the rest of an immortal world she was happier not knowing about. She also doesn’t believe she’s destined for some great battle because of an old birthmark. Forget the fact that her mate is the sexiest thing on two stubborn feet, or that her brand is fading along with her health. She’ll handle things on her own—until an old enemy reappears and she learns the only way to stay alive is to actually mate, wild sex and all, with that ripped and dangerous Adare—a powerful, captivating Highlander who demands nothing less than everything . . .

Reading Order: 

Dark Protectors Series:

Fated Book 1

Claimed Book 2 

Tempted Novella 2.5

Hunted Book 3

Consumed Book 4

Provoked Dark Book 5

Shadowed Book 6

Tamed Novella 6.5

Marked Book 7

Talen Novella 7.5

Vampire’s Faith Book 8

Demon’s Mercy Book 9

Alpha’s Promise Book 10

Hero’s Haven Book 11

Guardian’s Grace Book 12


Publication date 13/10/2020

Guardian’s Grace (Dark Protectors Book 12) by Rebecca Zanetti


SPOILERS……..


My Review…..


Now I have to admit, I’ve read Rebecca Zanetti‘s Dark Protectors Series, but I’d only gotten half way through the series. (But I would advise you to read them in order as there is a running thread through the series)

So….. Grace is somewhat special in the immortal world (she’s a key?) and she was in a coma! So Adare volunteered to step up and “sort of mated with her” but Grace wasn’t having any of that world, so Adare stepped away and gave Grace her space and freedom.


Adare is a legend amongst his people, a warrior to the very core, he’s part of the “Seven” (again huh?!) a band of warriors who were engineered to contain a great evil (see I’m going to have to go back and read the missing books!) But what made him bite and mate with the fragile human woman was only known to Adare, and when she took off I got the impression he wasn’t best pleased.


Grace is living the nomad lifestyle (think she’s keeping a low profile for a few reasons) helping people where she can, but she’s becoming sick, she thinks she’s dying.

Adare is your typical alpha male, but he’s also feeling somewhat of a fool, why didn’t he take the time to show his mate how to heal herself, teach her the immortal world (well she did run off and leave him!) he’s worried that she’s sick, his blood should do the trick, getting her to take it is going to prove interesting.
Catching up with her, Adare has no intention of letting his mate escape again, and this time the mating will be done correctly.But should Adare be taking his time to get reacquainted with his mate? He’s on a mission that he probably won’t come back from……


And then we have a cougar shifter who’s is making a play for Adare! Oh I didn’t tell you? She was engaged to him many years ago, but she mated someone else, but he’s dead, and now Jacki wants him to break the mate bond with his fragile human and try again with her!!!!!


So with Grace still missing large parts of her life, she goes back to the scene of the mugging, she finds out who she might have been in the past, does it trigger anything? Boy! Does it!! But her headaches are increasing so Grace doesn’t think she has long before she slips back into a coma!


Great story, but I felt a little out of the loop (probably need to go read the previous books) But the action was on point, the fight scenes were smooth and effortless. And let’s just say that there was enough steam in this book for several saunas 😉

Loved catching up with a few old characters I remembered.


So can Adare finish his mission, find his mate, convince her they should be together and save the world? For those answers your going to have to read the book 😉


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Arc Review

The Do over (A Finding Home Novel) by Melissa MacKinnon

Description

After years in the grueling California dating scene, Maggie Kelley has finally agreed to marry her Mr. Right Now. But there’s just one teensy problem…the county clerk lets her know that she’s technically still married to her Vegas fling: the best three days she ever had…and can’t actually remember. The moment she sees her very hot husband after eight years, with his works-well-with-his-hands attitude, she’s sure their wedding night must have been explosive.

The absolute last person Finnegan Garrity expected at his door is Maggie—his ultimate “one who got away.” Yet here she is in his small-town boat shop, looking just as adorable as ever…and wanting a divorce. Yeah, he has no intention of letting that happen. Now he’s got one week to convince Maggie that they’re still perfect for each other.

But he’s going to need more than just a do-over: he’s going to need a miracle.

⚠️Content Warning ⚠️ The Do Over is a heartwarming romance with two at-odds main characters. However, the story includes elements that might not be suitable for some readers. Cancer, a child with a disability after a car accident, mentions of a car accident, mentions of a violent relationship and alcoholism, parental death, and mentions of childhood parental neglect are included in the novel. Readers who may be sensitive to these elements, please take note.

Publication date 12/7/2021

The Do over (A Finding Home Novel) by Melissa MacKinnon

My Review


First book that I’ve read by this author, and I have to admit I laughed through most of the book.

A drunken Vegas wedding!! Sounds like a recipe for a disaster. But for four days Maggie and Finn were inseparable, drunken dares had led to a spontaneous marriage proposal and Finn had hoped to keep Maggie forever. But with a dawn four days later comes regret and guilt. They both their separate ways, each thinking the other had “sorted” the annulment!!


Eight years later, Maggie is looking for a divorce from her four day husband….. And that’s where we start our story.


Maggie needs a divorce and she needs it done now. Her family need her to solidify a union between two families (I know right! Sounds like a mafia deal!) But doing her duty for her family is what she’s all about. But there is a small party of her that was relived when she finds out her divorce hasn’t gone through.


Finnegan thought he’d found the woman he’d spend the rest of his life with. He’d even plucked up the courage to find her after Vegas. But he’d been made to realise that they were from two different worlds.And so he resigned himself never to see her again. And now he’s got a second chance, can he get her to change her mind? Will she even want to after eight years? Well he needs to give it one last shot…..


A fake engagement leads to all sorts of misunderstandings. Finn tells his grandmother that Maggie is his girlfriend from New York (looooong story) grandmother sees Maggie’s ring and assumes they are now engaged!!! Finn asks Maggie to pretend to be his fiancée until the divorce is signed….
The chemistry is still there, but Maggie is trying really hard to keep her distance, and Finn isn’t helping one bit…

So what happens when the papers finally come? Will Maggie leave and return to California? Or has Finn done enough to keep Maggie by his side permanently this time?

Loved the grandmother, she wasn’t as silly as people thought her to be. And a few supporting characters were just a joy to read about. And if I had to pick a family to visit…. I’d pick Finn’s family every time, they were just so warm and friendly. Maggie’s family were just so cold and power oriented!


It’s a book that can easily be read in a few hours.

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Arc Review

The Bully (Kingmakers series) by Sophie Lark

The Bully (Kingmakers series) by Sophie Lark

Description

I Know Her Secret…

Cat is in so much trouble. She did something bad, and I saw.

I’ll keep her secret… for a price.

Poor, sweet, timid Cat should never have come to Kingmakers. It’s a place for monsters and killers. People like me.

She wandered into the lion’s den and now she’s mine.

Mine to play with. Mine to torment. Mine to break…

“The Bully” is a standalone novel. It’s the third installment in the epic dark mafia Kingmakers series – a bully romance, full of dark, twisted enemies-to-lovers conflict. Reader beware, this one is intense.

Publication date 16/6/2021

My Review

How can I explain this book without giving too much away from the previous books? 
You can read this on it’s own, and that’s fine, but why deprive yourself of one of the finest bully/enemies to lovers series around. 
These books are a spin off from another amazing series the author wrote. They are the kids that are now all grown up. 
Going to a school that is designed for mafia/Bratva/and the underworld, these kids are taught to be ruthless, show no mercy, divided into four groups. Each group taught things that pertain to their station in life. It’s no picnic, it’s a dog eat dog world. And no place for the weak! 

Dean, was introduced in the first book of this series. He fell for the heroine in that book Anna (The Heir) but she only saw him as a friend, and that didn’t help as the boy she fell for is a bitter rival and family enemy (long story) 
So if you felt sorry for him then, then by the end of this book you’ll go through a whole gamut of emotions. 
I think he just wants to be loved for himself, warts and all. But the way he goes about it is so totally wrong. 
Our heroine, Cat, was introduced early in this series, a timid and scared little mouse. She was never meant to be there, her place was elsewhere (again another long story) But surprisingly she flourishes there, finding her niche and friends. She might actually finish school in one piece! 
This book sort of starts not long after the Rebel finishes. 
Cat did something bad and Dean sees her. So he now has an opportunity to have a little fun and make Cat very uncomfortable! 
If you think this is going to be an easy ride, you are going to be in for a shock, buckle up people. It’s going to be a BUMPY RIDE!!!!
Dean finds every opportunity to push Cat’s boundaries. At some point you have to think Cat will snap! Nope! She bounces back and gives Dean plenty to think about. 
Could she love him? His mother never did, and his father only cared for revenge and the Bratva. 
There are so many scenes that will stay with me, moving moments and scenes that almost melted my poor kindle!! 
This might be a college romance, but the scenes that play out are for adults only 😉
Oh oh oh and there is a cross over that I loved (yet another series Sophie has done, which I now need to read!) a few characters that made a big difference to how Dean processed his feelings. 
And now I’m going back to read all three books to find clues for the final book in this series. 
It’s going to be emotional 🖤
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The Lark Notes:
My very first inspiration for Kingmakers was Dean Yenin. I wanted to write a true anti-hero who would need to undergo a very serious change in his character to complete his redemption arc. Dean will make you feel all the things, sometimes against your will. You’ll love him and hate him and love him again, and never get him out of your head. – Sophie

NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR

Black Thorns: A Dark New Adult Romance (Thorns Duet Book 2)

Description

A bet turned into a nightmare.

She broke my heart.
Broke me.
Broke us.
Only one thing could mend the gaping wound she left behind.
Her.
Naomi.
All mine for the taking.
All mine for owning.
All mine.

Black Thorns is a dark romance book that contains dubious situations some readers might find offensive and/or triggering. This is the last part of a duet and is not standalone.

Publication date 8/7/2021

Black Thorns: A Dark New Adult Romance (Thorns Duet Book 2)

My Review

As you know, you definitely need to read the first book in this duet, otherwise your going to get a little confused!


Trying not to give too much away.
The transformation in Sebastian was huge, he was a bit of an a$$ before, but the incidents that happen over a period of time has him totally changing. His heart is broken and he resolves himself to getting revenge one day!! And it’s definitely a rough ride for the couple, when they bump into one another years later, he makes her life utterly miserable!


I was prepared to leave them to it! I honestly thought the author was going to do the unthinkable and not get them past this! The twists and turns in this book will leave your breathless, the betrayal they feel will have you reaching for the tissues. And the way Sebastian acts towards Naomi will want you throat punching the guy! But she’s taking it lying down! Oh no, she gives as good as she gets. She won’t believe they are done! And will challenge him at everything he does!

There were a few inconsistencies that I felt spoilt it just a little. But I could overlook them as the storyline kept me glued to my kindle! The ending also was a little anticlimactic, I did expect a few more fireworks!

But I will be going back to read more of this authors work.

A recommended read.

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Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.

Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.
Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.
Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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Red Thorns: A Dark New Adult Romance (Thorns Duet Book 1) by Rina Kent

Description

A bet turned into a disaster.

Sebastian Weaver is the star quarterback and the college’s heartthrob.
Rich. Handsome. Bastard.
Everyone’s attention flocked toward him and all the girls dreamed to be with him.
Not me.
At least, not until he made a move on me.
See, I thought I was stronger than Sebastian’s charms.
I thought I could survive being his target.
I thought wrong.
Little did I know that he will make my most twisted fantasies come true.
Fantasies I didn’t know existed…

Red Thorns is a dark new adult book that contains dubious situations some readers might find offensive and/or triggering.

This is part of a duet and is not standalone.

Publication date 10/6/2021

Red Thorns: A Dark New Adult Romance (Thorns Duet Book 1) by Rina Kent

My Review

There is a trigger warning for this book. So please be advised.

There is a short story before this book, and I’m definitely going to go back to read that before the next book is due out.

Naomi is your typical loner, not really into making herself the centre of attention. But her mother wants her to tryout for the cheerleading squad, so Naomi is now a cheerleader, but it’s not her thing! She clashes with the head cheerleader and the her little entourage! Nothing is ever good enough!

Pen pal!! Hmmm 🤔 I’m wondering if your thinking the same thing i am? Is it who you think it might be?

Sebastian has been told often enough that he’s always on show, and always representing the family (grandfather is a retired senator) he’s being groomed for greatness, but there is a side to Sebastian that most people don’t see. And it looks like Naomi might just be the girl to bring it out….

Poor Naomi is the target of bullies, but the next bet is going to shock a lot of people….The bet is reminiscent of the film “Cruel Intentions” Sebastian has to convince Naomi to sleep with him!
Supporting characters……I didn’t like Sebastian’s friend (Reina) I wasn’t keen on her “best friend” she seemed to want to swap sides at the drop of a hat (wanting both friendship with Naomi and being in with the cheerleaders clique)
The story is your typical bad boy gets to ruin a socially awkward virgin!
She’s also got a little crush on Sebastian, but she thinks she can resist his advances. It’s dark, it’s a little twisted. And it will have you wanting to punch certain characters.

I couldn’t put it down. I wanted more….. more of both Sebastian as he fights his feelings for Naomi and her to admit her feelings and her twisted desires.

Cliffhanger ending has me chomping at the bit to read what happens next.

Black Thorns can’t come soon enough… 🖤

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Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance. 

Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet. 

Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.

Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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Bartender by Annie Dyer

Description

My plans were simple: an island escape to relax before starting my new life in New York.
I didn’t plan on falling in love with a man who said he was just a bartender.
I didn’t plan on my White Isle vacation turning so dark.

And the bartender – it’s not just my heart he holds in his hands.

It’s my life.

Publication date 7/7/2021

Bartender by Annie Dyer

My Review

I could almost imagine myself on the white sandy beach. Being whisked away sounds like a great idea at the moment, and this is what the author did. Beautifully written and so very descriptive.


Jamie comes to have one last big party before starting her next phase of life. Catching up with her family is what she needs, so drinks, sunshine and maybe a summer fling is what she needs. But after a nasty break up maybe no summer fling! She’s also not living up to family expectations (her sister is a model, father is a rockstar and mother who lives the social life) but becoming an architect is what she wants.


Tommy owns a bar, he’s a workaholic, after losing his fiancé he only does one nights and no commitments. His family might live on the island for a few generations but he’s got no intentions of staying here forever.
When Tommy and Jamie meet it’s sparks and chemistry all the way. Both agree to just keeping it casual, but casual is not what happens…..


So what starts out as just a holiday romance quick turns into something more! But when pasts start cropping up, you have to wonder if this new romance will last the course. And Jamie has a life away from this beautiful island, how will a long distance romance last? Or is this just a summer fling?


This is my first book by this author, and I was totally into the book and characters, so I’ll definitely be looking up more of her work. A summer read with all the right ingredients mixed in. Suspense/romance and a little danger.

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About the author:

Annie lives in the north of England, not too far from the amazing city of Manchester. She is owned by several cats and many hens, narrowly avoiding being a mad cat woman by enslaving a very understanding husband. She’s an avid reader of many genres and if she’s not writing a book, she’s usually reading one!

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Arc Review

The Blood is Love: A Dark Vampire Romance (Dark Eyes Book 2) by Karina Halle

Description

From the fog-shrouded bay of San Francisco to the dark cobblestone streets of Helsinki and all the hidden places in-between, The Blood is Love takes the reader on a sensual and twisted journey deep into Lenore and Solon’s lush vampire world in this thrilling sequel to Black Sunshine.

When Lenore Warwick turned twenty-one, she expected lots of bar-hopping, parties with friends, and the occasional hookup. What she got was the realization that she’s both a witch and a vampire, and that there are things in this world that want her dead. Thank god she has her enigmatic vampire lover, Absolon Stavig, to help show her the ropes. But while Lenore struggles to fit into her new topsy turvy world, full of blood, sex, and magic, she also has to contend with her messy and complicated love for a vampire who isn’t always what he seems.
To make matters worse, her real father, Jeremias, a powerful warlock from the dark side, has professed an interest in her, while Solon’s father, the depraved vampire king Skarde, is intent on destroying everything she loves. When Solon and Lenore have to travel to Finland to work alongside Solon’s charming and vicious brother, Kaleid, in an attempt to defeat Skarde once and for all, the two of them enter a bloody new world that neither of them are prepared for. Even if their love survives the carnage to come, the chances of them getting out of there alive are slim.
Good thing they like to take their chances.

The Blood is Love is the sequel to Black Sunshine and book #2 in the Dark Eyes Duet. It is not a standalone.

CONTENT WARNING: this book features harsh language, sexually explicit scenes, blood play, monster kink, bondage, violence, gore, body horror, and sexual assault (but NOT between the hero and heroine). Reader discretion is advised

Publication date 1/7/2021

The Blood is Love: A Dark Vampire Romance (Dark Eyes Book 2) by Karina Halle

My Review

Your advised to read the description and trigger warning before going ahead with this book….

Second book in this series, and you really should read the first book before diving into the next one, otherwise most of the book won’t make sense.

It’s been a little while since the first book (oh all right, just four months!) and not that I needed an excuse to read Lenore and Absolon’s first book, I just wanted to visit again 😉

So……
This book starts where the last book finished. And I’m going to try not to give anything away.
We spend the first half of the book watching the couple build a bond, it’s kinky, freaky and romantic all in equal parts.
Second part of the book is a non stop rollercoaster of emotions, fights and parental blowups!

Lenore is trying to manage her new skills as a witch/vampire, her parents are doing their best to help her, but they are also keeping their distance.
Solon is also trying to help, but he can only help with the vampire side, to control her thirst, and getting to grips with her strength.
And then her biological father shows up and tells her he can help her tap into her potential! (But why do I get the feeling her father isn’t going to be a great role model!)

Absolon is also trying to come to terms with his relationship with Lenore. He honestly never thought he’d love someone as much as Lenore, but he also worries for her and about her….
His beast is trying to make its presence known, and if Solon doesn’t keep a hard hold on it and the beast breaks free, it could take the one thing Solon truly loves…..

We also get to see new and old characters, and so there should be plenty of spin-off’s
Solon’s siblings, Lenore’s and Solon’s friends Amethyst and Wolf (there was some series vibes going on between these two) these added vibrancy and much needed relief and help in places.

The ending did grab me by the throat! I did not see that coming!!

It’s all about fighting the darkness and evil within oneself.
It’s love and hate. Betrayal and redemption. Family doesn’t have to be blood. And friends can turn into family.
Solon’s brother was great, his father King Skarde was one mean SOB!
I couldn’t put the book down, it had me riveted to the pages.
There will be moments that will have you cringing, parts that will have you almost throwing your kindle to the wall! But there is also moments that will bring a tear to your eye.
It’s so cleverly written, it flows seamlessly from one chapter to the other.

It’s a great book, it’s dark, it’s disturbing and it’s a highly recommended book from me.

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Slingshot
Ruthless Kings MC #14
K.L. Savage

Slingshot by K.L. Savage

Slingshot
Ruthless Kings MC #14
K.L. Savage
Dark Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Cover Design: Lori Jackson
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Christoph

Release Date: July 7, 2021


BLURB

She slingshotted her way into my heart.

I’m a laid back kind of guy.
I don’t like to take life too seriously.
I’ve experienced serious and I’ve gone through the bad life has to offer.
I’m ready for the good in life.
I wear my heart on my sleeve just so someone can take it.
And someone does…
Natalia Moretti.

Out of all the people for me to love, why does it have to be her?
The frenemy’s daughter.
I’m screwed.
I’m risking my life to be with her.
But if life isn’t about taking risks, then what the hell else are we supposed to do?
Love with her isn’t simple.
There’s blood.
War.
Revenge.
Anger.
And that’s not the worst of it.

Her Uncle Maximo poses a threat along with someone who I thought was long gone out of my life.
Protecting the ones I love means I could die.
Death doesn’t scare me. I’ve come close one too many times to be afraid of it.
I face it head on.
And if I do, heaven better have tacos.

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EXCERPT

“Knives points to Benji. “We like you. What’s your name? What do you do? What’s your future like?”
“Knives, leave him alone.” Skirt groans. “He’s just a wee one.”
“He isn’t just ‘a wee one.’ He held his own. Who are you?” Knives asks, not sticking out his hand but running that damn ninja star across his knuckles like always.
“Benji,” my friend says. “Natalia, I’m so sorry about your eye. I shouldn’t have started anything. I didn’t like how he talked about you ladies.”
“No, you did good, kid,” Knives says. “You want something bigger, badder, and a bit messier, come prospect. We’re always looking for new blood.”
Benji rubs his jaw and nods. “Yeah, alright. Anything is better than going to the NFL to follow dad’s footsteps.”
Knives tosses his head back and laughs. “Ah, kid. You have no idea how many of us have fucking daddy issues.”
Slingshot comes outside, and he marches to me with powerful strides. The sun glints against his leather cut and his blue eyes; god, they hypnotize me. I don’t think he knows the power he exudes because he’s always holding it in. Without stopping, he wraps his hand around the back of my neck and bends me, dipping me over his knee as he kisses me, stealing my breath as his own.
A few catcalls sound out, and he pulls me up quickly, too quickly for me to piece together a single thought as his thumb brushes over my lips. “You didn’t go back to your seat. Good girls listen, don’t they?”
I nod and rub my thighs together when my clit begins to throb.
“Make it up to me by going out with me, right now.”
“Now? Right now?” I look around at my group of friends, and they’re all nodding.
“She’d love to go out.” Nora’s hand presses against my back, and she pushes me toward Slingshot.
“Well, there’s a bonfire tonight at the house,” Benji suggests. “If you want to come.”
“How about we meet you there? I want to change into something…better.”
Slingshot brings his soft lips to my ears. “Are you trying to tease me, Good Girl?”
I nod.
“Make sure you don’t wear panties, then. Text me the address.” He gives my behind a good squeeze as he leaves but then backtracks. “And be good while I’m gone, Natalia. You don’t want to know what happens when you misbehave.”
Oh, I do. I really do.
With hearts in my eyes and liquid heat between my thighs, I watch him mount his bike, which only leads me to think of all the ways he can mount me. The bikes grumble to life. The rumbles are deafening and shake the beverages on the table: the ice clinks together—the silverware trembles against the white tablecloth.
Slingshot does something I don’t expect him to do and reminds me how soft and tender his heart is.
He blows me a kiss in front of everyone without caring what others will think.
My knees are weak, and my brain is a complete fog as he pulls away.
“Oh my god, girl. You are so screwed,” Faye cheers before downing her drink.
“Nah, she’s about to be screwed. Right into a mattress!” Cora hollers and thrusts her hips into the air.
And then they begin to sing that damn song in The Sweetest Thing, and even Benji is cracking up laughing, but that’s not what makes it so bad.
Other people join in.
And I’ve never heard the word penis so much in my life.
I never want to watch that movie again.
Also, my friends need to come with a warning label. Society is never ready. I’m never ready.

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My Review

Oh be still my beating heart. For such a dark series this was just the best. A man that just wants to be loved for himself, and a woman who wants the freedom to choose her own path!


Slingshot (Noah) had a pretty average childhood, well aside from the bullying kids and the foster carers he was put with! Mason was an older kid that looked out for him, he was his brother, not my blood but by circumstances. He died protecting him after a bullying incident went wrong! But Mason was still looking out for him, he sent him to the Ruthless Kings, they took him in and he grew up with Reaper. But lately as his brothers from the club have found their old ladies, Slingshot wants that for himself, but the woman he wants he knows he can’t have!!!!


Natalia daughter to Matteo Moretti (he has his own book and spin off book) protected and cosseted her whole life. She wants for nothing. But meeting Slingshot has given her a need that only he can give her. But her father isn’t having any of that! He wants his daughter to have the life she deserves and that’s not being an old lady to a biker!


They are both aware of one another (she was kidnapped in a previous story and the RK rescued her) it was practically love at first sight. But how can he give her the rich life that her father can give her?


Catching up with other couples is always a pleasure with these books, poor Poodle is having a bad time with the illness of his dog. The President and his wife are having a difficult time with her pregnancy, and we have a diabetic biker not caring for himself! All these stories are still evolving, so if your going to read the book, I do advise to read in order, the storylines make more sense. We also get to meet her best friend and stepmother (again Matteo and Nora have their story) both have her back and try to run interference for the couple.


And possibly a new prospect in the form of Benji (friend of Natalia) he shows his true colours when a fight in a coffee shop gets out of hand and poor Natalia gets caught in the middle!


New romance ? Badge and a certain kings daughter 😉 can’t wait for those fireworks to go off!


A Dom/Sub relationship between the two main characters is both interesting and hot. Natalia knows what she wants and slingshot is more than happy to give that to her. It’s not a full Dom/sub book, there are spankings and a little rough play, but it’s more of a gentle introduction rather than scenes and full bondage.


I did have to chuckle at Mattel’s reaction to slingshot and Natalia’s relationship. It’s bad enough catching your daughter sleeping with a guy, but his answer is to shoot him! Slingshot is the joker of the pack, he also isn’t first in line to torture and kill. But this book brings that side out of him. We also get to see the softer side of this biker. And his love of tacos is upfront and center stage, and the van he buys and converts into a taco truck did make me smile.


Recommend? Yes I would. There is plenty to keep you occupied in this book. There is betrayal and secrets. There is kidnappings and murder. So just another day in the lives of the Ruthless Kings.

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AUTHOR BIO

K.L. Savage decided they were tired of looking for the kind of books they wanted to read. They had an itch that needed to be scratched, and as every girl knows, nothing scratches better than an alpha.

They write about gritty, alpha males, sometimes their dark sides, and the women they love.
If you have the same itch, their alpha males should fix that.


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Avenging Angel (Knight’s Legion MC Book 2) by Naomi Porter

Description

Storm. My protector.
I need his darkness, like he needs my light.

After surviving an abusive relationship, I swore off men.
Until the President of the Knight’s Legion MC crashes into my life, holding me captive with his haunted gray eyes.

Storm is a force to be reckoned with and I welcome the chaos— it makes me feel alive.

He owns me. Body and soul. I love the way he loves me. Fueled by a fierceness that keeps him on the edge, but I keep him from going over.

When the enemy threatens to tear us apart, I find out just how strong I really am.

Storm is my everything… I will do anything for him, regardless of the sacrifice.

NOT a standalone. Please read Savage Stormfirst. It is recommended you read the series in order.

Contains dark elements. Reader discretion advised.

Enter at your own risk. There are cliffhangers and guaranteed HEAs.

Publication date 6/7/2021

Avenging Angel (Knight’s Legion MC Book 2) by Naomi Porter

My Review

⚠️Be warned there are a few things in this book that will upset a few people. So read the warnings before grabbing this book. ⚠️

Kaleb “Storm” Knight President of the biker club, is suppose to be this badass biker, but unlike other biker books I’ve recently read, I felt Storm had more meltdowns than deemed really necessary! (But that’s just my opinion!) Coming to terms with his past has been a struggle, but with Maddie by his side, I’m sure he’ll come out the other side a stronger character. And boy did he, that man stepped up to the plate. He brought it home and then some.

Maddie for me was definitely stronger and more together in this book. Yes, she’s got trust issues, but wouldn’t you if the man you were previously with constantly put you down and looked at you and your home with distain? She wants the ring, the kids and the white picket fence, and she gets the feeling Storm doesn’t, so she needs to move on with her life. And that means saying goodbye to Storm!

The second book in this series just blew book one out of the water. Secrets, lies and betrayal needed to be worked through! And although Maddie coped with it better than I thought, Storm couldn’t get past certain things! Maddie had to do things to keep herself and her friends safe, so yeah, her backbone in this book SOLID STEEL!!

I loved getting to know the secondary characters in this book, and I’m hoping they all get stories. 😉

And when Maddie gets taken by a rival gang, can Storm and his Legions find her in time? Is this a gang war? Or is there something more personal behind the kidnapping? It’s heartbreaking to witness Storm breakdown as he realises she’s been taken, it’s also satisfying to see him reek havoc on the men that took her! He didn’t muck about, he got the job done…..

You definitely need to read book one first (Savage Storm) otherwise the first chapter won’t really make much sense!

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. And I can’t wait to see where the Knight’s Legions take us next.

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The Vampire Protector (Moretti Blood Brothers Book 3) by Juliette N. Banks

Can he let go of the past for true love?

Commander of the vampire army, Craig found and lost his mate three hundred years ago. Or so he thought. Then he met Brianna Jones, Willow Moretti’s best friend. 

When the two of them are forced together in Italy, after her life is threatened by vampire rebels, it becomes harder to ignore their powerful attraction and his growing feelings for the sassy human. Yet Craig remains in denial that she could be his mate, and they both know a human cannot stay in his world. When it’s safe, he must return Brianna to Los Angeles and wipe her memories.

It’s his job to protect the race, and now the sophisticated operation of the rebellion threatens their very existence. He can’t allow his feelings for Brianna to distract him. 

Can Craig win the war, and then let Brianna go, or will he face his past and accept that she’s his true love? 

The Vampire Protector is book three, in the steamy new paranormal romance series the Moretti Blood Brothers filled with powerful alpha males and sassy, independent females who aren’t afraid to give them a run for their money.

Publication date 6/7/2021

The Vampire Protector (Moretti Blood Brothers Book 3)
My Review…..

In parts of the book I had to laugh out loud. Craig’s internal dialogue did make me chuckle. A vampire that takes what he wants and makes no apologies for it. Commander to the vampire army and a sort of “adopted brother/son” to the ruling vampire family. He never beds the same vampire twice, and doesn’t really see the point in humans! But a human female is about to make him change his mind….

Brianna is best friend to Willow (The Vampire Prince) who has been missing for a while now. Finding her took a little time, and there is something different about her friend! The hot and arrogant Craig hits all of her buttons, but there is something about him that makes her suspicious! What’s she going to do when she finds out her best friend is married/bonded to a vampire?

The Russo family have been their bitter enemies for many, many years, the head of the family thought he could do a better job of ruling the vampire nation and so challenged the king for leadership….That didn’t go so well!! And now the rest of the Russo family have sworn to end the reign of the King, and wipe out his family and heirs!

Bonded males, are a fierce and loyal breed of vampire, and if they lose their mate they become highly unstable! So if Craig had a female that he’d bonded too, why hadn’t he gone mad? Was it really a bonding, or was it something else?

I’ve not read book two, and I need to read the prequel. In fact I think I need to go back and read the first book, as I felt I was missing a few things!

Oh wow! We have a huge reveal in this book that I didn’t see coming! It’s going to change the vampire world as they know it!
War is already here, but when the stakes change, and they need to hide and regroup, Craig needs to do the right thing and wipe Brianna’s mind! But the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to come to that decision.

Love the interaction we have with previous characters, the banter that Craig has with everyone is quick and funny. But when he loses his temper! Stand back….

A slight cliffhanger ending now has me pacing for the next book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juliette first published with Random House in 2013. After three decades as a marketer, Juliette felt the time was right to share the stories and characters who were taking up residence in her imagination. 2020 gifted her with the time to write and learn about the independent author landscape and by early 2021 Juliette had released her first paranormal romance series, The Moretti Blood Brothers. She lives with her Mainecoon kitty in Auckland, New Zealand, frequently travels to the United States, and reads the same books as her readers.


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Kindle Review

Ravishing Camille: Those Notorious Americans, Book 5, Steamy Family Saga of the Gilded Age by Cerise Deland

DESCRIPTION

She’d wanted him for years…and denied she cared.
As a step-brother, he’d loved her.
But she’s older now and even more delectable. Should he walk away? Can he?

Pierce Hanniford returns to England after tripling his fortune in China. He’s come for business. Not pleasure. And definitely not for love.
Camille Bereston decided years ago that Pierce was not for her. He’s her step-brother, famous, restless, a savvy Shanghai taipan and a menace…to her heart. 
She has ambitions to marry. Funny that none of her candidates seems good enough.
Yet Camille excites him as no woman ever has and he must have her, no matter the cost.
But should she take an older, experienced rogue as her lover…and should she claim him forever as her only love?

If you love swoon-worthy historical romance, starring endearing heroes, sassy heroines and a family of irresistible charmers, this book is for you! RAVISHING CAMILLE is the fifth book in THOSE NOTORIOUS AMERICANS series but can also be read as a standalone novel.

Publication date 28/6/2021

Book 1: Wild Lily (Lily and Julian)

Book 2: Daring Widow (Marianne and Remy)

Book 3: Sweet Siren (Liv and Killian)

Book 4: Scandalous Heiress (Ada and Victor)

Book 5: Ravishing Camille (Camille and Pierce)

Book 6: If You Were the Only Girl in the World (Katrina and Nate)

Excerpt from the book …..

Did she love him?

She had always wanted Pierce for more than the blush of passion. Always. No other man had compared to his humor, his zeal, his family devotion. She wanted him for now, for tomorrow and all their tomorrows. But for the first time, she asked herself, could she match him in those sterling qualities? And could she honor and keep him as he so well deserved?

It was one thing to ask herself these things. She had a few answers.

She glanced over at Pierce. In profile to her, he was her ideal. The wealth of stark black hair. The clean brow, the perfect straight nose. His lips. Full. His jaw. Firm. His throat. The sum of him, healthy, strong and more handsome than any man she’d ever encountered.

Sensing her, he met her regard and his silver eyes caressed her. Her mouth, her nose, her hair, her heaving breasts in the low cut shantung. He smiled and a melting sensation swept down to her loins. He took her hand and squeezed it, directing his gaze to her fingers as he toyed with them. Through her gloves, she burned to touch him skin to skin.

She took her hand away. Her lips parted in apology, but no words came forth. Her nipples ached. She arched her back and shifted.

“Camille,” he whispered as he lifted her hand and kissed the back. “Try to enjoy this.”

She had to laugh. The play or his kisses? “It’s very difficult.”

“I agree.” He inhaled and tore his attention to the stage. “We must.”

She nodded and attempted it, didn’t she? For the sake of propriety and their family.

She would not endure this kind of temptation for long. If she did not find words to ask him of his feelings for her, she would burst with need and do something rash, unforgivable.

Tonight, she would begin the discussion with him. She must. Did he see her as a woman, full grown, with a regard for him that bespoke of more than their shared past? Could he love her as a woman? As a wife?

She must learn. Then stay or leave.

Ravishing Camille: Those Notorious Americans, Book 5, Steamy Family Saga of the Gilded Age by Cerise Deland

My Review

Camille has loved Pierce ever since she was a little girl, that childish love grew into an adult love, but he’s her stepbrother, so he’s never really looked at her that way. So she’s put away her crush and is going to find herself a husband, then maybe she can love her stepbrother in the familial way. But now he’s coming back to visit, Camille is now torn, her heart only wants him, but how can she make him see her an adult and not the annoying little girl he left behind?

Pierce knows the reason he came home, it’s to take some of the burden from his father. He set out to prove himself, and he did it, but it’s time to come home. Owning companies and sourcing supplies has lead him on a few merry adventures, but it’s time to possibly settle down….. He’s missed Camille so much, watching her grow his feelings went from brotherly to something else. But what can he offer her? Yes he has money, but he’s so much older than her, she needs a younger husband to care and protect her. But watching the fops buzz around her only annoys him, he’s going to make Camille his!

Camille was such a fun character, being a novelist in this period couldn’t have been easy, but she writes romance and makes a little warning from it. She has a few friends and a loving family, but does Camille really know what she wants, or has she just written too many romances and believes what she’s written?
Pierce is your typical rogue charmer, seen the world, has had a good time whilst doing it. But I liked his character, he was a caring individual that sought to help his father and family. Reading his mixed emotions was good, usually the hero wants nothing to do with the “troublesome woman” until she proves her worth.
I did like the banter between Camille and Pierce, it had a sense of fun about it. Even when they were throwing hurtful words at one another it felt like they cared too much to be really mean! Fighting their attraction through banter came across as foreplay 😉and some moments did make me chuckle.

It’s easily read in an afternoon. Can also easily be read without reading the other books in this series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cerise DeLand loves to write about dashing heroes and the sassy women they adore. But I bet you knew that! Did you know that readers praise her for her poetic elegance and accuracy of detail? That she’s an award-winning author of more than 40 novels and was first published in 1991 by Kensington, then Pocket Books, later by St. Martin’s Press and independent presses? That her books have been monthly selections of the Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild? Right. And she’s won awards. Lots of them. Need details? Write to her. She’ll send you the list! To research, she’s dived into the oldest texts, newspapers and prints and dustiest library shelves. She also travels abroad taking good walking shoes, trusty notebooks and pens, plus camera! She visits chateaux and country homes she loves to people with her own imaginary characters. And at home every day? She cooks. Never dusts. (That can be a problem.) She goes swimming or pumps iron once a week and tries (desperately) to grow vegetables in her arid backyard in south Texas! She’s valiant. And dedicated. So are her heroines and heroes.

Do visit her website, http://cerisedeland.com and blog at http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com. Also visit her YOUTube Channel for her videos of her research travels here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCba82P_…

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Kindle Review

Her Patriotic Prince (Manhattan Holiday Loves Book 3 by Ayla Asher

Description

It was only supposed to be one night…

Laura Cunningham is gorgeous, witty and tough as nails…and still single in her late thirties. After dating every man in Manhattan, she’s resigned herself to the fact that true love just might not exist for her. Certainly a bummer for the woman who observed her two best friends fall in love with sexy, strong men who are their soulmates.

Adam Gardner is a soldier who’s been committed to the cause his entire life. Nearing forty, he realizes that once his next mission is complete, he wants to settle down and build a home and family.

Laura and Adam meet on a romantic summer evening, knowing their time is limited due to Adam’s impending deployment. Taken by their instant chemistry, they commit to spending one passionate and intimate night together.

Years later, Adam returns to find Laura with a daughter who shares his sky-blue eyes. Determined to be a father to the little girl, and still enamored by the woman he could never forget, he strives to discern the best path forward.

Laura is shocked by the appearance of the man who stole her heart so many years ago…and who still possesses it. Can the star-crossed lovers build a life together or will their secrets and fears keep them from achieving happiness?

Secret baby, only one night and insta-love trope lovers—this one’s for you! Like all of Ayla’s books, this is a sweet, steamy, fast-paced novella with a sexy hero and guaranteed HEA. The conclusion to the trilogy is here!

My Review

This one was my favourite of the three stores in this trilogy.

You don’t need to read them all, but if you are, then it’s best to read in order as soon not to spoil any surprises along the way 😉

This tugged at my heartstrings so much. Laura has watched her two best friends find love and happiness. But almost at forty she’s given up hope of ever finding her other half!

Adam is a solider still serving his country, he has his own shadows to carry, but after this tour of duty Adam is going to find a girl, settle down and live his life. But meeting the love of your life the day before you have to leave?! That just sucks! But he has the memories of the one night he shared with her, maybe just maybe he’ll catch up with her one day…..

But Laura has more than memories from that day! It’s something so unexpected but a gift none the less, and Laura wouldn’t change it for the world……

A chance meeting has Adam and Laura meeting up again years later. The spark is there, it’s like they never left each other’s side, but with secrets between them, how can they move forward? And can Adam truly forgive her when he finds out Laura’s secret?

Love the second time around tropes aren’t usually my thing, but I loved the first two books, and I love this author, so it was a no brainier that I got to finish this series.

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Kindle Review

Unturned Rubbles: A Standalone Novella by Sana Khatri

Description

From International Bestselling author Sana Khatri comes a standalone contemporary romance novella where trust is tested, chances are burrowed, and hearts – they are unintentionally wounded.

What happens when a door opens somewhere, resulting in another to close elsewhere?
What happens when the truth burns the very air one breathes, making it hard to maintain one’s sanity?
Promises, trust, and hope – they are all left unturned.

What happens when walking away becomes a task of brutal nature?
What happens when reality takes it upon itself to make a cruel joke out of one’s misery?
Dreams, vows, and desire – they all fall to the unbreakable ground like nothing but drifting rubbles.

This book contains brief mentions of substance use and overdose, and suicide. If these topics are a trigger to you in any manner of the way, then a consideration is advised.

Publication date 25/6/2021

My Review 

My first read with this author. But it won’t be my last. 

Such a beautifully written book, so much emotion was put into this story, and as it’s only a novella, you have to wonder how much more would be in a full book?! 

The main characters Nia and Cass, were just great, although I wasn’t too impressed with Cass at first!! 

Cas’s and Nia have known each other from a really early age, school friends to young lovers, Nia honestly thought they’d be together forever, but that wasn’t the case….

Cass always thought he’d achieve more if he got the opportunity, and when his parents have the chance to move to New York, Cass jumps at the chance….

And there lies our first hurdle! Cass doesn’t tell Nia, until almost the last moment! Was that the cowards way out? Maybe. But it broke Nia’s heart. Walking away from Cass was really her only option. (And I can tell you I was bawling my eyes out!) 

We skip ahead to over ten years….. 

Nia now works the coffee shop (her parents owned) with her brother. They are doing a great job, but her personal life could have gone better! A nasty and very public divorce has made Nia extremely wary of ever committing to another relationship, thank goodness she had a group of close and supporting friends. 

Being an ex model, fitness trainer and social media influencer has made Cass a huge following on social media. Happy with his choices in life, Cass knows deep down there is something missing. So when he gets the chance to return to his hometown to do a sort of life story, Cass jumps at the chance. But coming back to his hometown has left Cass with mixed feelings. Will Nia still be here?

And when they bump into one another, you can’t but hold your breath! How will this pan out? 

But love never runs smoothly, and although Cass and Nia really do give it their best shot, there is someone else in the background trying to wreck their future happiness! 

So we have a tale of young love, that turned into ashes, but from ashes a Phoenix can rise. So can their love rise again? Can Cass really get Nia to give him a second chance? And when an incident occurs, how will Cass convince Nia that wasn’t of his doing?! Can she forgive him, again?! 

The supporting characters in this story were great. Noah (Nia’s brother) was such a support, just like a big brother should be. Her friends were a great bunch of people too. 

The only teeny tiny issue I had was the fact Nia gave in and forgave him far too quickly. I do like it when they are made to suffer (but being a novella, we needed 

Recommend? Yes I would. It’s a great novella, and i would have happily read a longer book with these two characters.


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RELEASE BLITZ

ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE/BOOK TOUR

Vicious Protector
Mafia Wars #4 Maggie Cole
Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 1, 2021

BLURB

Demons so deep they destroy us…

Every part of Adrian Ivanov is pure, unable to ignore, male virility. He’s arrogant. Protective. Sweet and intensely attentive. On rare occasions, outright vicious.
If only his soul weren’t tortured over who he is and what he has become. It makes him hide it all from me, proclaiming the truth will ruin us. No matter how much I insist anything he confesses won’t deter my heart, his ghosts won’t allow him.
But they aren’t apparitions. The present collides with the past in a dangerous and twisted game he doesn’t even know he’s a pawn in. It causes everything in our future to remain in jeopardy.
There’s a choice, yet nothing hard in life comes without consequences.
He’s my vicious protector…

Vicious Protector is the jaw-dropping fourth installment of the Mafia Wars series. It’s an interconnecting stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, guaranteed to have an HEA.

Vicious Protector
Mafia Wars #4 by Maggie Cole

My Review….

Trigger warnings are in the blurb, so read them before you decide on this book.

Book four of this series, and the storyline just keeps evolving…..The storyline is always evolving (that’s why you really should read them in order)

The Ivanov family have skated the fine line where the law is concerned. Being owned by a rival mafia family has always stuck in their throat, getting free of them would have given them their lives back, but they are still being haunted by their past. And traitors in their companies aren’t helping, the Ivanov family need to end it, once and for all!!

Adrian is cousin to Maksim, Boris, Dimitri and Sergey, and brother to Obrecht, they are bodyguards to the brothers, but they also have independent businesses. He’d gladly lay his life down for his cousins and brother, and he knows they would do the same for him.

Skylar is an aspiring fashion designer, tied in with a company that takes her designs as passes them off as their own! She’s not happy with it, but it’s a foot in the door, and maybe one day she’ll have a label of her own.

These characters have met in previous books, and the chemistry is almost instant. But in this book we delve deeper into both their stories and how they almost didn’t make it as a couple!! Adrian is fascinated with the magenta haired beauty, her spirit and sass has him frustrated and aroused whenever he’s around her, but he can’t forget she sat on the lap of his bitter enemy! A night out was supposed to be fun, to let off some steam, but it all turns horribly wrong! And Skylar is left feeling confused and hurt by the man she likes! I did think he could have been less of a dick! She tried explaining the facts to him, but he really wouldn’t give her a chance. And then to do what he did just made me so cross! If that had been me, I wouldn’t have entertained him again.

But as he guards her best friend, it’s inevitable they meet, but every time they meet it usually with animosity! But hate soon turns to passion, and passion turns into love. But both Skylar and Adrian have been burned by love before! And so a dance of one moving away from the other begins…. And just when Skylar begins to fully trust Adrian, a blast from his past interrupts the tenuous relationship. Skylar was with a man as he thought she loved, until he began to show his true colours, so trust is a big thing for her, and because Adrian can’t tell her what’s going on with his cousins, she thinks the worse! Can she really be with a man who can’t tell her where he’s going and what he’s doing?

Love this series, it just gets better and better. Betrayal and lies are spun throughout this book, passion will have you reaching for the fire blanket to put out these flames from your kindle! And you’ll want to cheer and throttle Adrian as he blunders and stomps his way through this book!

We’ve also been treated to a few more stories, the O’Malley’s (Nora’s family) are playing a bigger role, and so it made sense to give them books too.

So grab this book, it’s a great read.

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AUTHOR BIO

Maggie Cole is committed to bringing her readers alphalicious book boyfriends. She’s been called the “literary master of steamy romance.” Her books are full of raw emotion, suspense, and will always keep you wanting more. She is a masterful storyteller of contemporary romance and loves writing about broken people who rise above the ashes.

She lives in Florida with her husband, son, and dog. She loves sunshine, wine, and hanging out with friends.

Her current series were written in the order below:
All In (Stand alones with entwined characters)
It’s Complicated (Stand alones with entwined characters)
Together We Stand (Brooks Family Saga – read in order)
Behind Closed Doors (Read in order)
Releasing now: Mafia Wars

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ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR

Dark Need
A House of Sin Series Standalone
Clarissa Wild
Dark Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2021

BLURB

In the middle of the night he took me.
Dangerous and wild, I only know him as Soren.
My captor, my tormentor.
He forces me to walk miles on end and refuses to tell me why.
All he does is stare … And it sets my body on fire.

He’s a muscular giant with raw, unbridled needs.
If I run, he’ll catch me.
If I fight, he’ll pin me down.
And worst of all … I’m beginning to like it.
But what I fear the most is that he lives for it.

Everyone knows a beast can’t be chained.
One way or another … his darkest needs will always come out to play.

Dark Need is a Dark Romance novel by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild. This story follows Soren & April from Dark Wish & Dark Lies. However, it can also be read as a standalone.


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Excerpt….

My tongue instinctively dips out to lick my lip as he slides his hand across his length, his other hand resting on his thick, bulging abs, sweat dripping down his body, the look on his face carnal and completely mesmerizing.

And for a moment, I’m in awe at the visceral beauty of this beastly man.

He cocks his head, all while thrusting into his own hand. “Keep on looking …”

My pupils dilate, and a blush creeps onto my cheeks, but I will it down. “I wasn’t—”

“Yeah, you are,” he says, his voice gruff and raspy in a way that makes heat spread throughout my body. “I like it.”

He … likes it?

Oh, God.

Why can’t I stop it? Why can’t I stop turning so goddamn red?

I groan to myself, but it only makes him push himself off the rock and step closer to me, something I wasn’t prepared for.

What is he planning to do?

“I tried to ignore you, but you made it impossible,” he says, groaning as his thick bulge oozes pre-cum. “I need. I want.” He steps in front of me, placing both hands on the tree trunk while his cock sways around. “I never want for anything.” He searches my face until our eyes lock, and I still can’t fucking look away. “But you …”

He leans in and almost seems to take a whiff of my scent. The rumbling noise that leaves his mouth turns me into a puddle of goo.

“I want all of that …” he murmurs.

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Dark Need (Dark Romance) by Clarissa Wild

My Review

There are triggers to this book, so please read the advisement before choosing this book….

Although you can read this book without reading the first two (Dark Wish and Dark Lies) without missing any of the story, it’s better if you read them first. There are characters and story that will help this book to flow better.

April goes from one disaster to another. First she discovers her boyfriend cheating on her! Then she signs up to a Cult (only she doesn’t know that) and then she’s a “Sinner” in the house that is owned by Eli, Tobias and Soren! She just can’t get a break. And then she discovers she’s going back to the Cult! Oh hell no!! She needs to escape, but how?

Soren lives to serve The House, it’s what he’s trained for, it’s what he lives for. But recently his focus has moved….. He’s focused on a woman he’s not suppose to have! He’s only suppose to punish the sinners! Wants and needs are a sin, and he’s above all that! Well, he was until April came into his life!

This book runs alongside and slightly after books one and day two in the series.

I absolutely loved this book, in fact I liked it better than the first two. Superbly written, the words just flow from the pages and into your heart. I really wasn’t impressed with Soren in the previous books, but as he’s the main character in this book we get to learn about him. And what a character, he’s typically a strong silent type. A mountain of a man that needs few words. He’s the man what wields the whip when the sinners need punishing. But reading his background, you just want to wrap him up and take him home. April was just great. A sharp wit and an even sharper tongue. She kept pushing, she kept telling everyone she wasn’t suppose to be here.

(The house is where sinners come that won’t repent, the sinners that repeatedly sin, and their masters or family just can’t cope with them any longer)

Most of the story is about their journey from the house to the cult. There is escape attempt aplenty. There is a few passionate moments and then there is the betrayal…. But there is also the journey to discovery. Both the MC’s discover themselves and the person they are with. Captor and captive become confused with their emotions and feelings. What they feel about each other shouldn’t be happening. And both fight really hard not to succumb.

It really takes you on a journey. Through forests, across rivers and a fight with a wild animal! You see Soren in a different light, and your willing April to win her freedom.

But not all stories get a HEA! Not all heroes (or in this case antihero) get the girl…. Can April convince Soren to let her go? Or will he ignore what his heart is telling him and deliver her back to hell?!

So I’m now keeping my fingers crossed that the final “Master of Sin” gets his book. Tobias was a nasty piece of work in all three books, so I’m hoping he gets a good slap before his HEA.

Recommend? Oh most definitely. In fact I’d tell you to grab all three and take a walk on the dark side!

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Hello July (book talk) 😆

Books I’m looking forward to reading this month (a few arcs are winging their way to me😉)

✖️Carnage by Sarah Bailey

✖️Vicious Protector by Maggie Cole

✖️ Vampire Protector by Juliette N. Banks

✖️Fury of Conviction by Coreene Callahan

Books that are out this month

🟡 JR Ward Claimed

🟡 L. Steele A new trilogy

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Books I Read and Reviewed in June 📱👩🏻‍💻 📚 🎧

Books I read this month

🔵BOOK TOUR/NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Cruel Enforcer: The Ivanov Family (Mafia Wars Book Three) by Maggie Cole

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Depths of Destruction: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 1) by Maggie Cole

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Marks of Rebellion: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 2) by Maggie Cole

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Haze of Obedience: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 3) by Maggie Cole

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Cavern of Silence: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 4)

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Stains of Desire: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 5) by Maggie Cole

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Risks of Temptation: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 6) by Maggie Cole

🔵NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Thanatos (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 8 by Felicity Heaton

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
A Mate for Hudson: An MM Mpreg Shifter Romance (Omegas of Animals)Book 2 by Lorelei M. Hart

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Alpha Maddox (Wolves of Chaos Valley) by Emilia Rose

🔵NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Merciless Hunter : A Dark Mafia Romance (Dark Syndicate Book 4) by Faith Summers

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
How Not to Mess with a Millionaire (Mediterranean Millionaires Book 1) by Regina Kyle

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
King’s Crown (Oil Kings Book 1) by Marie Johnston

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
King’s Ransom (Oil Kings Book 2) by Marie Johnston

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
King’s Treasure (Oil Kings Book 3) by Marie Johnston

🔵ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
King’s Country (Oil Kings Book 4) by Marie Johnston

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Vampire Guardian: Vampire Queen Series: Club Atlantis by Joey W. Hill

🔵 ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
Savage Storm (Knight’s Legion MC Book 1) by Naomi Porter

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Reaper (RUTHLESS KINGS MC™ LAS VEGAS CHAPTER (A RUTHLESS UNDERWORLD NOVEL) Book 1) by K.L. Savage

🔵 DUAL REVIEW Harvest/Corked (Tangled Vines Series) by Delta James

🔵 NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
The Cryptic Prophecy (Etherya’s Earth Book 6) Rebecca Hefner

🔵 NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Falling For The Villain by M. Robinson and Rachel Van Dyken

🔵 ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
Stolen Love A Diamond Magnate Novel Beauty in the Stolen Trilogy (book 3) by Charmaine Pauls

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
A Touch Of Healing: A Small Town Second Chance Romance (The Sisters in Sirens Series Book 1) by Kathryn K. Murphy

🔵ARC REVIEW
Outlaw (City of a Thousand Lies Book 1) by Imogen Keeper

🔵 ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
The Bold and the Bullheaded: The G.D. Taylors Series by Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster

🔵ARC REVIEW
Demons In The Rough (The Realm Book 4) by AE Jones

🔵REBRANDED/RERELEASED/ARC REVIEW
The Gamble: A Novel by Xavier Neal

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Rise of the Witch (The Yaga’s Riders Book 1) by C. Rochelle

🔵NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
A Witch out of Time (The Yaga’s Riders Book 2) by C. Rochelle

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Our Darkest Scar (Our Darkest series) by Sarah Bailey

🔵 NEW RELEASE/Arc Review/BOOK TOUR CROWNED CROWS OF THORNE POINT by Veronica Eden

🔵NEW RELEASE/BOOK TOUR/ ARC REVIEW Murder at Sunrise Lake by Christine Feehan

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Fire Rekindled (Borden Falls 1): Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance by Jean Stokes

🔵KINDLE REVIEW
Branded (A Sweet and Steamy Curvy Woman/Alpha Male Novel) (Perfectly Imperfect) by Violet Rae

Kindle Review

Branded (A Sweet and Steamy Curvy Woman/Alpha Male Novel) (Perfectly Imperfect) by Violet Rae

Branded (A Sweet and Steamy Curvy Woman/Alpha Male Novel) (Perfectly Imperfect) by Violet Rae

Description……


Fran
It’s official. Dr. Brand Cole is a pain in my ass! But he’s also my boss and the sexiest man I’ve ever laid eyes on. Keeping things professional with the heart-shy veterinarian is suddenly proving extremely…hard.

Brand
Fran Foster, my veterinary technician, has been mine since the moment I first clapped eyes on her – she just doesn’t know it yet. But can I let go of my past and embrace a future with this curvy beauty? I’m about to find out.

This filthy, short, love story contains Kindle-melting sex scenes with all the feels you desire. If you want a longer, slow-burn romance, this ain’t it – check out Violet Rae’s Choices Series instead.

Publication date 22/5/2021

Fran doesn’t understand her boss at all. He’s a mean and grumpy man, well he is to her!! And anyway romance isn’t on the horizon for her, she needs to care for her sister. She was injured in a car crash that took their parents and left her living in a wheelchair! She needs money to take care of her sister, not romance….

Brand is well aware of his new assistant in his veterinarian practice, he has been for the past three months that she’s been there, her curves drive him to distraction, but after losing someone he loved, he doesn’t want to put himself through that again.But the more time he’s around her, the harder it is to remain detached!

Fighting their attraction for one another is easy at first, all he does is glare and snarl. But when Fran finds out about his past it forges a friendship that quickly turns to more.

A short and sweet romance. A second chance at love for our vet, but a whole new world would open up for our curvy girl. Loved how it was a slow burn at first, but when they give in….it’s hot and heavy all the way.

But can Brand really go all the way? Can he release his heart from the past? Or will it just be an itch to scratch? And can Fran move ahead when her critically ill sister needs her?

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KINDLE REVIEW

Fire Rekindled (Borden Falls 1): Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance by Jean Stokes

Description

♥A mother forced to return to town…A firefighter wolf shifter who just can’t move on…A taboo relationship dooming their hopes of a united family…♥

Kaitlyn:

I thought when I was taking a trip to Borden Falls with my friend, that I was going to have a fun night with some wolves, make some memories, and then leave it all behind.

Five years later, I have a child who’s stuck in shifter form, and getting thrown out on my butt by my purist parents. So, yeah, that’s not working out for me.

The only choice I have is to go back, so that my son can be with his own kind. I have no idea if the father still lives there, or what I’m going to do if he finds out, but I’ve been doing this entire thing by the skin of my teeth, so it’s not like anything will change.

Will:

Five years ago, I met a human woman and fell in love. But she disappeared and never came back, so I suppose she didn’t feel the same way. I shouldn’t be surprised.

Humans don’t imprint. Wolves do.

I’ve tried to move on without much success. I have a good life being the leader of my firefighting crew with good friends in this sleepy small town. But I just can’t move on, and I can’t forget her.

The only thing I can do is wait.

Can this bonded couple overcome oppression in their small-town and build a life together for their family?

Author Notes

This is the Borden Falls story of William and Kaitlyn, a second chance paranormal romance in a small Western town setting featuring reunited parents with an independent heroine, an alpha hero, a dash of humor, no cheating and a guaranteed happily ever after! There is a healthy dose of steamy scenes. There is no cliffhanger and can be read standalone. Trust me — you’ll fall in love with this small town and its residents!

Steam & language alert 18+ only: I don’t want your angry vigilante mama after me! If you aren’t eighteen then go read Harry Potter, mind your language and eat your broccoli!

⚠WARNING: The Borden Falls Series is addictive! Be prepared to stay up until 3am reading about steamy passion in a small Western town, a tight-knit group of smokin’ hot protective wolf shifter alphas and their feisty heroines!⚠

Publication date 24/5/2021

Fire Rekindled (Borden Falls 1): Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance by Jean Stokes

MY review……

First book in a new series, and it’s always a gamble. But this gamble paid off. It’s a feel good shortish story all about giving someone a second chance.

Kaitlyn gets kicked out of her parents home after discovering their grandson is a Wolf shifter! It was bad enough she got knocked up and didn’t contact the father, but this is the last straw! Throwing money at her, she’s banished from the family home!

The full moon brings out the worse in most shifters, but not Will, it makes him long for the human female he met and Imprinted (bonded) with! One amazing night together and then she disappears! He knows he won’t get over her, but he needs to try to move on with his life! But after nearly five years of trying he knows that’s going to be impossible!

We meet a few characters that I’m hoping will get books. Rosie is best friend to Kaitlyn and such a character. Alex is the sheriff and unofficial alpha to the Wolf pack in Borden Falls even though the firefighters look to Will as their Alpha!

Meeting up again is both awkward and amazing, amazing for Will as he thought he’d never see Kaitlyn again, but awkward for her as she knows he’s going to be angry when he finds out about his son!

But can Will forgive Kaitlyn for hiding Leo from him? Can Kaitlyn trust Will enough to have a home with the three of them? And can Leo ever change back from a Wolf to a human?

And I did have to wonder if Kaitlyn would have gone looking for Will if Leo hand gotten sick in his Wolf form?!

Borden Falls might be full of shifters, but I did get the feeling it’s owned and run by humans! And I get there is a lot of resentment in that town too. I got the impression that the town was kept pretty poor!

And now I left wondering at who the next book will be about?

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Book Tour/Arc Review/New Release

Murder at Sunrise Lake by Christine Feehan

Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan reaches new heights of passion and suspense in this thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the California backcountry, where a woman is tormented by visions of a killer. 

It starts in her dreams. Hideous flashes from a nightmare only she can stop. Images of a murderer stalking the ones she cares about most…. 

Stella Harrison thought she got away from the traumas of her past. Running the Sunrise Lake resort high in the Sierra Nevada mountains has brought her peace, even though she doesn’t truly share her quiet life with anyone. Not even Sam, the hired handyman that notices everything and always seems to know exactly what she needs.

Stella doesn’t know anything about Sam’s past, but somehow over the last two years his slow, steady presence has slipped past her defences. Still, she knows she can’t tell him about her recent premonitions. So far there’s been no murder. No body. No way to prove what’s about to happen without destroying the life she’s built for herself.
But a killer is out there. 

And Stella knows that this time she’ll do whatever it takes to stop him.

Publication date 29/6/2021

Murder at Sunrise Lake by Christine Feehan

Excerpt from the book…

As a rule, Stella knew everything there was to know about her employees, but not Sam. When she’d asked him to work for her, he had been a little reluctant. In the end, he had said he’d work for cash only. Under the table. She didn’t usually go for that. She kept everything strictly legal, but she was desperate for a really good worker who knew the kinds of things Sam knew. At the time, nearly every cabin needed renovations. Electricity, plumbing, walls crumbling. So much work. Motors on the boats. She needed him more than he needed her. She’d hired him thinking it would be for a short period of time. That short period had turned into over two years.

She stayed silent. Took another drink of coffee. Kept looking at the lake. What was there to say that didn’t make her look as if she were losing her mind? Nothing. There was nothing she could say. Even if she revealed her past, blew her carefully constructed lie of a life, what would be the point? There was no proof, and she doubted if she could get any proof that accidents weren’t going to be accidents and a serial killer was on the loose. As of that moment, even the fisherman hadn’t been found dead because no crime had been committed—yet. The killer would strike in two days. She needed to drive around the lake and look for the location.

“Been here over two years now, Stella. You never once locked that door. You don’t snap at the workers, especially if they make a mistake. That’s not your way.”

She didn’t look at him again. Instead, she kept her eyes on the lake. The tranquil lake that was so deep and could hold countless bodies if someone weighed them down. Above the lake the mountains rose with all the beautiful trees. So many places to bury bodies no one would ever find. Hot springs. Some of the hot springs were hot enough to decompose a body.

Without thinking, she pressed her fingers to her mouth the way she’d done when she was a child to keep from blurting out anything she shouldn’t say. A habit. A bad habit she’d worked to get over, and now it was back. Just that fast. Her fingers trembled and she wanted to sit on them. She hoped he didn’t notice, but he saw everything. She knew he did. Sam was that type of man. She dropped her hand back into Bailey’s fur. Buried her shaking fingers deep.

“Satine, you want help, I’m right here, but you gotta talk. Use your words, woman.”

“Did I really do that? Snap at someone because they made a mistake?” She did turn her head and look at him then. “Did I do that to you, Sam?”

His tough features softened for just a moment. Those dark eyes of his turned almost velvet, drifting over her. Unsettling her. “No, it was Bernice at the boat rentals the other day.”

Stella pressed the heel of her hand to her forehead. She had done that. Not yelled. But definitely been snippy. Okay. More than snippy. She was not a boss to be snippy or short with her employees. Bernice Fulton was older and had worked for her for over five years. She would take it to heart. “I’ll talk to her.”

That day was unusually hot when everyone had been expecting the cooler fall weather. Because it was, those staying in the resort had rushed to rent the boats, wanting to be out on the lake. Unfortunately, that included people who didn’t have the least idea how to run a boat, or dock one. Both Sam and Stella spent the better part of the evening rescuing very drunk parties of four, six and couples, as well as a single mom and her two very young children, who, thank heavens, were wearing life vests.

Fishermen had been complaining all day, a steady stream of grouchy, irritable or downright furious, mostly men acting superior, although most of them knew her now. They’d come to respect her over the years. Still, they weren’t immune to the unexpected high temperatures. Humidity when there was usually dry heat, and all the crazy tourists who didn’t have the first clue about how to navigate boats on the lake. Nor did those tourists even seem to have any manners when it came to sharing the lake with those fishing.

Stella had been yelled at, called names and insulted many times, mostly in reference to her IQ and ability to run a fishing camp—which Sunrise Lake was not, but she didn’t correct anyone. 

From MURDER AT SUNRISE LAKE published by arrangement with Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2021 by Christine Feehan.

My Review

⚠️Trigger warning ⚠️ there are subjects that may cause some triggers in some readers, so read the description and warning before proceeding.

I’m a big a fan of this author, I’ve read most of her paranormal romances. But this is the first time I’ve read any of her thrillers.

Stella is a resort manager, but she’s not always had that job, in a previous life she caught killers (reminds me of a book in one of her other series “Murder Game”) but her “sight” gave her nightmares and she walked away from that life.

Sam has his own secrets, a military man who did secret things for the government, he’s now the handyman around the resort Stella works at.

The friendship has always hinted at more, but neither of them have acted on it, but Sam is always there whenever Stella needs him….

The supporting cast is plentiful, and at times a little overwhelming! Some of the other characters in this book need their stories told.

The story has you working out the clues and trying to figure out who the killer might be. And I have to admit I did guess the killer pretty quick, but that didn’t take away from the story. We also get to read about the pasta of both the main characters. Stella had a horrible childhood and you could see why she didn’t want this “gift”, not many people believe her, or if they do they act differently around her after the event. Sam is our typical brooding hero, but has crazy skills that have your jaw dropping at times.

The story is told in the third person rather than the characters points of view. Me personally I like the third person story telling.

It’s a book I really liked. We get a little paranormal activity in this book, but it does focus on the murder/mystery. It’s more of a clean/sweet romance, so if your looking for hot and heavy, then this won’t be for you.

I’d happily recommend this book to anyone liking a mystery book.

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photographer Michael Miller

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of several novels, including the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Torpedo Ink series, and the Shadow Rider series. Christine resides in Sacramento. Learn more online at christinefeehan.com.

Kindle Review

🖤Our Darkest Scar by Sarah Bailey🖤

Description…..

His Deceit. My Penance. Our Affliction.

I didn’t mean to fall in love with my sister’s friend.

You’d think I’d have known better when it came to Raphael Nelson. A boy so confused by his own thoughts and feelings, he no longer knew who he was.

It started innocently enough. A chance encounter leading to a real connection.

I was the boy who felt too much. He was suffering with demons from the past.

I only meant to help him.

To set him free.

Pity all of that was thrown back in my face.

Raphael tore me apart piece by piece, destroying everything between us. Stupid me went back for more each and every time. Now, when all is said and done, I can’t find it in me to forgive him. The scars he left me with run too deep. And I will spend forever in purgatory for loving a boy who I used me until I was naught but ashes in the wind.

A coming of age, second chance MM romance. This is not just a love story, it’s a journey with high steam, angst and pain. But as with all love stories, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and a HEA waiting for you.

Author Note: I recommend reading The Devil’s Syndicate series if you want to see Raphael’s parents’ journey to their happy ever after.

Our Darkest books are a series of interconnected standalones. There are a mixture of MM and MF couples. As with all the author’s books, they’re set in the UK with British characters.

Publication date 21/1/2021

My Review……. 
I love reading this series. 
And it was a pleasure, even though the book is full of heartache and sadness. 
It’s beautifully written, the words just flow from the pages and into your heart. 
I lost track of time as I immersed myself into the world of Raphael and Jonah.
Raphael has five parents!! No he’s not a product of divorced parents, adopted or fostered. His parents all live together, he has one mum and four fathers!! That makes for a hectic home, his brothers Duke and Cole along with their sister Aurora are loved and protected, but kids can be cruel and Raphael is targeted by the bullies (and since his parents told him, it’s gotten worse) hiding in the school toilets, he hears a voice that will change his life!!!
Jonah is a caring young man, studious too, in fact he’s been called a geek many a time! But since he’s come out and admitted he’s gay, Jonah has felt a little out of sorts! He’s not looking for love or a relationship, he’s got enough going on in his world at the moment. Caring for his grieving mother (his father died recently and she’s not handling it very well) and being a shoulder for his sister Meredith to cry on, he just wants a friend! 
Raphi and Jonas are drawn to one another, but both have so many issues and baggage between them, that it’s hard to see this couple make it! 
And this book is full of ups and downs. Young love, betrayal and hurt. It’s way past angst, you actually feel sorry for both these characters. 
Raphi has mental issues that he won’t deal with, he thinks it’s just a phase he’s going through. And he certainly isn’t gay! He likes girls, and so pushes the only person who will love him for him away…. 
Jonas can’t understand why Raphi won’t let him in, he’s good enough to sleep with, but not to be with! 
And this happens a lot in this book, until one walks away from the other! But they can’t stay away for long. But with so many issues that Raphi won’t face and deal with, Jonas has to walk away…..
The parents to Raphael have a set of books themselves (the devil’s syndicate) and we get to see those characters from those books. I haven’t read them, but I’ll be adding it to my reading list. 
Have tissues on hand (your going to need them!)
So would I recommend this book? In a heartbeat. 
Yes it’s traumatic, yes it’s sad, yes I did have to wonder at my level of sanity at one point. (Who would put themselves through this level of reading pain?!) but my god was it worth those moments. It was worth losing sleep over, I haven’t read a book from start to finish in a while. I just couldn’t put it down. 
This author and her dark series is being put at the top of a very long list of reading material and authors. 
She’s my nugget of gold that will be added to my treasure chest of 2021. 
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Book Tour/New Release/Arc Review

CROWNED CROWS OF THORNE POINT

Veronica Eden

Release Date: June 28

What’s worth the price of a secret?

To get an audience, you have to give up something. A secret, a favor…something that hurts. Welcome to Thorne Point, where darkness rules.

Rowan
I enrolled at Thorne Point University to be closer to my brother.
Now my world is falling apart.
Ethan is missing.
Every day I can’t find him it plays on repeat.
The search for answers turns up nothing and I’m running out of options.
But there’s a rumor on campus.
And I’m desperate enough to seek out the Crows as my last resort.
Wren Thorne’s reputation precedes him, but I won’t take no for an answer.

Wren
The night belongs to us.
We run this town.
Wear the rumors like crowns.
But after losing the most important thing to me, my brothers are all I have left.
Our bond runs deeper than blood.
When Rowan comes looking for our help, I do one thing I shouldn’t: break all my rules.
She asked for monsters? I’ll show her one.

Warning: This is part of a continuing series and each book ends on a cliffhanger!

Crowned Crows of Thorne Point is a dark new adult enemies to lovers college romantic suspense intended for mature readers. This book is the first in the Crowned Crows series following a gritty brotherhood of antihero bad boys and the feisty heroines that capture their hearts. Each book in the series should be read in order to understand the continuing plot. If you’re not a fan of morally bankrupt book boyfriends, steer clear. This mature new adult romance contains dubious situations, crude language, and intense sexual/violent content that some readers might find triggering or offensive. Please proceed with caution.

Buy Link:

bit.ly/crownedcrowsccotp

My Review

Please be advised that this book may have triggers/material that may upset you. So please read the warning before buying the book.

It’s my first foray into the written world of Author Veronica Eden, and I’m going to be returning here again and again. A lot of thought and heart went into this book and it shows. I was entertained until the last word was read.

Rowan only wanted to be close to her brother, so if that meant joining the same University then so be it. But before they can start their uni adventure, her brother does missing! Frantic to find him, she turns to the group she was warned not to approach. The Crowned Crows……They maybe able to help, but will the price be too steep for Rowan to pay?

Wren and his brothers run this town. (They are blood brothers, but they know each other so well, they are closer than brothers) There’s nothing these guys don’t know, if it’s going down then they know about it. They trade in secrets, they work in the shadows, and they definitely skate the rules and laws. Wren deals in cold hard facts, emotions cloud judgment and that’s where mistakes are made!

Wow!!! That was a ride!! I’ve been reading a fair few college/bully/dark romances lately. But this one has a different edge to it.
Wren and Rowan make an awesome couple. She’s not some simpering female whose going to sit in the background. No way! She’s up from and in your face! Her attitude is refreshing, her compassion feels genuine and her wit is sharp enough to cut your throat! Wren needs Rowan a lot more than she needs him! Ever since his sister died, (he’s been looking for the culprit. It’s been his sole goal,) there’s been a high wall around his heart, and emotions are totally impenetrable, Rowan gives those back to him. But he’s also a shoulder for her to lean on and an ear when she needs to vent. I also liked the interaction with the rest of the Crows, and I’m hoping they all get stories too. Each had a role in this book, and they all slot in together like a puzzle pieces.

Romance? Oh plenty of it. Starting with a little lust😉 that turns begrudgingly into trust, which is only a stones throw away from love! They both need one another, both have dealt with loss and grief, so they know how each other feels.

Cliffhanger? Yup. And with a few twists thrown in for good measure! We’ve got secrets that need discovering and a murder to apprehend.

Would I Recommend this book? That would be a firm and resounding YES. The plot was executed well. Enough facts and characters to keep it interesting. Nothing seemed to be superfluous.

And the phrase left for Wren, you bet I googled it, and so will you 😉

And now we wait for book two…..

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Meet Veronica Eden:

Veronica Eden is an international bestselling author of dark new adult romances + reverse harem romances with spitfire heroines and irresistible heroes.

She loves exploring complicated feelings, magical worlds, epic adventures, and the bond of characters that embrace us against the world. She has always been drawn to gruff bad boys, clever villains, and the twisty-turns of morally gray decisions. She believes sometimes the villain should get the girl and is a sucker for a deliciously devilish antihero. Veronica also writes romance as Mara Townsend. When not writing, she can be found soaking up sunshine at the beach, snuggling in a pile with her untamed pack of animals (her husband, dog and cats), and surrounding herself with as many plants as she can get her hands on.

Connect with Veronica Eden:

https://linktr.ee/veronicaedenauthor/

NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW

A Witch Out of Time (The Yaga’s Riders Book 2) by C. Rochelle

Description

**WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS A CLIFFHANGER** 

Four hundred years is a long time to wait for your fated mates only to have two of them cruelly ripped away.

Suddenly finding ourselves in the hands of the nefarious Facility—run by my final mate’s father—was enough to make my claws twitch under my skin. The only reason I hadn’t reduced these humans to ribbons of severed flesh was that there was information to uncover, and a swan shifter to find. Hopefully alive.

I suppose I’ll behave. 

Even if we were to escape, we wouldn’t be safe. A mysterious force is destroying my forest and the veil between our world and the Nav is growing thin. My former mentor betrayed me, an enemy from my past is circling, and the god of the underworld is demanding that I return to his realm.

The past has returned with a vengeance, and I need all three Riders by my side in order to claim my power and fulfill my legacy—before we run out of time.



The Yaga’s Riders is based on the folklore of Baba Yaga, with creative liberties taken.

A Witch Out of Time is the second book in a steamy, paranormal romance saga featuring mysterious forces in magical woods, a legendary witch, and the three men destined to find her.

MMFM
Multiple POV

This series is meant for readers 18 and over.
Beware: Cliffys ahead! 

Possible triggers:
Sweary dialogue
Naughty humor
Graphic sex, including kink and various edgeplay
Gore and violence
Reference to past sexual assault and pregnancy loss
General weirdness and medium-dark elements

Publication date 27/6/2021

A Witch Out of Time (The Yaga’s Riders Book 2) by C. Rochelle

My Review 

Book two starts where one ended. And Vasi is on her way to the facility her Riders use to work for….

I can’t give too much away as I hate reading spoilers myself. 

But Damn!!!! 

Vasi for those of you who haven’t read book one…..

STOP!!! GO BACK AND READ THAT ONE FIRST…. 

Vasi is Baba Yaga, the all powerful witch who liked to eat children! Friend to shifters, animals and the forests. 

Cross her at your peril. 

Many centuries ago she was human until fate had Vasilisa become the dreaded Baba Yaga. And for many years she’s lived a solitary life, her only friend was a swan shifter. 

But now she has companions in the shape of human men!!! 

There is a prophecy that claims once Baba has her three Riders, her powers and theirs will be unlimited. 

But the previous Baba Yaga was killed before the old crone could impart more knowledge on how the legacy works. (And I get the feeling she didn’t want Vasi to know that part of the prophecy!) 

Nox, Asa and Taneer have become her Darkest Midnight, Beautiful Sun and Brightest Dawn. 

Nox is almost there, his trust in Vasi is building. But now they are being detained by his father at the facility, he’s wishing he joined with her to boost her powers and his! 

There are a few twists in this book, the facility is run by Nox’s father (and he’s a twisted SOB) and he wants answers as to what powers Baba holds!!!! 

This book is a much faster paced book than the first one. The first book sets scenes and world builds, this one fleshes out the story. 

And your going to need a seatbelt as it’s one bumpy ride…..

And when the group are separated, they will all need to work out their pasts to move forward….

We also get more on the characters that are looking for Vasi, are their searches for personal gain or for the good of the shifter/human community? 

Do Nox and Vasi get it on in this book? Do they ever 😉 and once they combine their energies, they become an unstoppable team. Then it’s onto finding the missing members of their team. 

Recommend? Apart from having to wait for the next book!! Yes I’d happily recommend this book. But you definitely need to read book one first. 

Full of twists and turns. Secrets and pasts are revealed. And a whole lots of action goes on….

Fights and battles, blood and plenty of gore! 

Oh no!! Oh no!!! Oh not again!!! Another cliffhanger!!! And unlike the last book, I have to wait ages for the next instalment!!! 

Will the group be reunited? Can Taneer and Asa work out their differences? And will Nox FINALLY admit his feelings for Vasilisa?

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Kindle Review

Rise of the Witch (The Yaga’s Riders Book 1) by C. Rochelle

Description

**WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS A CLIFFHANGER**

As with most beginnings, it started with death.

When I had nothing left to lose, I traveled to the hut in the woods; the one no one dared approach. The witch who lived there recognized the darkness in my soul and took me under her wing—to witness her reign of terror firsthand and eventually, to inherit her legacy as my own.

Now I’m the monster they fear; the one humans avoid at all costs. In this welcome isolation, I’ve attempted to forget my past and the future that was taken from me.

Until three men appear, somehow able to break through my protective wards and see me in my true form. While resistant to their intrusion, I recognize they may be the ones I’ve been waiting for—the ones I need to ascend to my full power.

Too bad I would rather grind their bones than invite them in.

But something is mysteriously devouring the forest, and I suspect the threat may be the same one I barely escaped many moons ago. If it is, he will find me a more worthy opponent than the last time we met.

I am the Yaga and I may be broken, but my edges are sharp.



The Yaga’s Riders is based on the folklore of Baba Yaga, with creative liberties taken.

Rise of the Witch is the first book in a steamy, paranormal romance saga featuring mysterious forces in magical woods, a legendary witch, and the three men destined to find her.

MMFM
Multiple POV

This series is meant for readers 18 and over.
Beware: Cliffys ahead!

Possible triggers:
Sweary dialogue
Naughty humor
Graphic sex, including kink and various edgeplay
Gore and violence
Reference to past sexual assault and pregnancy loss
General weirdness and medium-dark element

Publication date 27/3/2021

Rise of the Witch (The Yaga’s Riders Book 1) by C. Rochelle

My Review…….

This book was just jam packed!! It has so many elements to this story, enough twists and turns to build a maze!! And now I’m left wondering what the hell I just read, and when can I have some more!!!

Vasilisa, otherwise known as Baba Yaga to the humans. Wasn’t always a witch, she was human centuries ago, until death, betrayal and loss had her turning to the forest to help her, and in turn took her to the witch “Baba Yaga” (you need to read to understand that one) She now is the protector of the forest and mediator to shifter clans and bath bomb extraordinaire.
She knows of the legacy/prophecy of the Riders, men that will enhance her power, will become consorts and protectors. But being alone for so long with her pain and misery has Vasi sceptical of ever meeting her Riders, she’s happier on her own and maybe an occasional visit from her Swan shifter friend (who is just adorable)

Then along come three human men and throw her orderly world into chaos….. Taneer, Nox and Asa have known each other for a long time, they might not have the same backgrounds (Tan is Turkish, Nox is Russian and Asa is American) but they trust one another, they fight in the same military unit, but I’d say they are more like brothers. Well, the feelings Nox has for Tan and Asa is brotherly, and vice versa, but it’s not brotherly between Taneer and Asa, that is definitely a couple vibe going on there.

Each of the guys have a few issues, and we get to see these through the book. The loss of a parent, the needing of validation from a parent and the growing feeling that the love of your life is pulling away from you!

As the book progresses Taneer and Asa are totally committed to Vasi, they won’t be returning to the human world. Nox on the other hand is torn, he doesn’t want to leave his friends, but is wary of the witch. He hides his feelings about her, he is very angry and thinks she is manipulating them with magic! He also wants to get back to his career (it’s safer than loving people) And he wants to know why they were sent out on this mission! It’s not sitting right! The facility is up to something!!!!

So, we have decaying animals/shifters that are being found in her forest. But not from natural causes! Her forest is dying and it might just be her fault! We have a possible military unit tracking act tagging shifters, why? We have the God of the Underworld wanting to see Vasi and wanting her to travel to the Nav (Underworld) And we also have someone stalking Vasi! Someone she’s hidden from for a long time!!

I’m loving the mixture of folklore and magic, I’d heard of the Baba Yaga legend, but googling it gave me more of an insight to where the author was taking this character. Liked the fact she has a disguise that the trio of men say straight through. I liked the nod to other fairytales and myths. I had a sniffle at the sad life she had as a human.
Funny moments, there was stuff that comes out of Taneer’s mouth that had me both cringing and chuckling. He is definitely the joker in the pack, and it’s totally committed to Asa and Vasi, so when an incident puts that at risk, it’s Taneer I felt sorry for! Tender moments, how they began to anticipate each other’s moods and be there, emotions are being felt by everyone. Well not quite everyone!!! Nox is just being stubborn!!! He won’t admit he’s beginning to like and trust Vasi. Nox was such a hard a$$!! He held out for far too long, in fact I did have to wonder if there was another Rider coming and we would say goodbye to Nox!! The dynamics between Nox and Vasi is what makes this such a good read.

Romance? There is plenty of smexy times😉 but I liked the fact there is also a connection appearing between them all. And the times they are together 🥵 damn that’s spicy

Recommend? Yes I would. All day long.
Cliffhanger? Yes there is 😞 and it’s an OMG double whammy!!! So thank goodness the next book is due out soon 🤗

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Rebranded Rerelease Blitz

THE GAMBLE
By XAVIER NEAL

Genre / Tropes: Contemporary Romance | Romantic Comedy | Friends to Lovers | Anti Hero

BLURB:

3 friends. 2 players. 1 bet.

When Luca Larson makes an expensive wager, guaranteeing the bedding of his only real female friend, he’s expecting the situation to go as smoothly as sleeping with any other woman would.

It doesn’t take long before he realizes his usual plays won’t work. She knows them too well. She knows HIM too well. If Luca wants to win, he’ll have to do things he’s never done before. Friendships will be challenged. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be inevitably changed. But one question will remain. Was it all worth the gamble?

My Review

Luca is a love them and leave them type of guy. No one gets too close, a good time will be had by all. No one is safe from his charms…..

Alexxa is the complete opposite, quiet, shy and naive! But she’s not silly, she knows what her two best friends are like, and accepts them for what they are. (Doesn’t mean she doesn’t try to change their habits)

A bet is made, and at the time Luca doesn’t give it much thought! She maybe a friend, but she’s also fair game! He’s wanted her for a while, but Alexx has always managed to avoid his advances.
He knows what the ladies like, he has many game plans…. All fail!!

The author has this habit of highlighting when her characters talk to the reader! I look at it as internal dialogue, it is a little off putting at time, but I certainly wouldn’t want it to stop. It puts a different spin on a book.
I was not a big fan of Luca, his attitude needed to change, and for most of the book I did wonder if he’d ever change. He blames his father for abandoning him and his mother, in fact I get the feeling he blames everyone but himself!

It’s told in the dual point of view. So we get to see both sides of this story.

Liked that he finally talks to his dad, and their talk enlightens Luca. It also mends a few bridges.
It also shows us why Luca is the way he is, if his father shows no remorse then why should Luca!
Alexx is a great character, she might be a little naive, but she doesn’t fall for Luca’s charms. It’s only when he begins to show the side no one sees that Alexxa falls for him.

But when the bet is made known to Alexxa, Luca realises the mistake he’s made! He’s really fallen for her, she’ll forgive him, right?! But will she forgive him?

I sort of liked the best friend/flat mate, although he really shouldn’t have made that bet with Luca!
He needs a book, and the FMC needs to give him the runaround.

I haven’t read the original book, so I can’t compare. But I enjoyed this one.

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NEW RELEASE

💜NEW RELEASE💜 Unturned Rubbles
Sana Khatri
Small Town Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 25th, 2021

BLURB:


From International Bestselling author Sana Khatri comes a standalone contemporary romance novella where trust is tested, chances are burrowed, and hearts – they are unintentionally wounded.

What happens when a door opens somewhere, resulting in another to close elsewhere?
What happens when the truth burns the very air one breathes, making it hard to maintain one’s sanity?
Promises, trust, and hope – they are all left
unturned. 

What happens when walking away becomes a task of brutal nature?
What happens when reality takes it upon itself to make a cruel joke out of one’s misery?
Dreams, vows, and desire – they all fall to the unbreakable ground like nothing but drifting rubbles.
This book contains brief mentions of substance use and overdose, and suicide. If these topics are a trigger to you in any manner of the way, then a consideration is advised.

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NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR

The Bold and the Bullheaded: The G.D. Taylors Series by Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster

𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚 𝐏𝐚𝐯𝐥𝐨𝐯 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐝, 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐬-𝐭𝐨-𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞. 

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𝐴 𝑏𝑢𝑙𝑙ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑝ℎ𝑎. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑦 𝑒𝑥𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒.  𝐼 𝑐𝑎𝑛’𝑡 𝑒𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑛𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑤 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝐼 𝑡𝑟𝑦. 

Emma…

I don’t do feelings.

Especially not with an arrogant, broody Taylor brother.

But one moment of weakness on an elevator wrecks me.

I curse his name.

I curse said elevator.

Yet I find myself wanting to be trapped in a small space with  Spence Taylor again.

And don’t even get me started on his day job.

The man can do just about anything with those hands.

Those big hands, and er—big feet.

I digress.

Spence…

Emma Kingsley is the most infuriating woman I’ve ever known.

Stubborn, arrogant, and sexy as sin.

She drives me crazy.

And she’s determined to hate me.

The funny thing is—I can’t get enough.

But the woman has more walls up than the royal palace.

Lucky for her, I make a living tearing down walls.

And I just found my favorite project.

Time to renovate, Queenie.

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The Bold and the Bullheaded: The G.D. Taylors Series by Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster

Publication date 24/6/2021

My Review

Second book in this series, it’s not necessary to read the first one, it’s not a cliffhanger nor is it required reading. But after this book, I’m sure you’ll go back and read book one.

After a few pretty dark and angsty romances, I was really for a change of pace. And both the authors Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster will lighten your mood and make you smile with this book.

Emma is best friend to Mya (MC in “Wanted Wed or Alive” book 1) a lawyer, a hard working woman. So what if she comes over as being abrasive and hard! If you’d had a childhood like Emma, then wouldn’t you be a hard nosed woman? Too scared to love, and convinced that you aren’t loveable! But underneath all the prickles, is a woman who wants to be loved, who wants to be needed and cherished, but not smothered, she can fight her own battles, but maybe someone who could have her back.

Spence (Jesse’s brother MC in book 1) loves his brother dearly, truly he does, but the excess baggage in the form of his brother’s girlfriend’s best friend Emma Kinglsley is just too much! Her attitude, her snide comments and general manner just rubs Spence up the wrong way! Yeah, alright they shared an alcohol fuelled moment in the elevator, but come on, it wasn’t that memorable! (Then why is it on repeat play in his brain?) And now whenever she sees him, it’s the put down after put downs, it’s pet names that aren’t nice (but they are funny and plenty of them!) 😆 it’s fun to wind her up, but is there a fine line between hate/love? And why does he want to climb that high wall and see what’s there?

So what changed to bring about this wonderful story?

Their banter was like a long drawn out form of foreplay! You could feel the tension every time they were together. And when they do finally find in…. 😉. It’s then a case of one step forward two steps back!! Emma is too cautious, she won’t let that final piece of her wall down! Spence is caring and supportive, but it frustrates him when she won’t let him help. And the final straw for both of them is when she won’t talk to him about an incident at work!

Are they really that BULLHEADED, they can’t see what each other needs? Or will they be BOLD enough to take that final step?

Laughs a minute in this book, the brothers are pranksters, they will have you groaning with their cheesey comments and eye rolling at their advice for Spence. Love how the family are so close (too close sometimes) they all work together and live close to one another. Liked how they have each other’s back in a crisis. Spence’s brothers are hilarious, always trying to get one over on each other. Emma’s family are really great too (dad protective but firm) but she can’t see that they all love her.

So will Emma really let Spence into her heart? Or will she keep him at arms length like she has everyone else?

And we got a glimpse at the next brother to fall☺️ And I can’t wait.

Highly recommended this book and the previous one too.

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ARC REVIEW

Demons In The Rough (The Realm Book 4) by AE Jones

Description

Home is where the demon heart is…

Marrick is one serious demon. As the leader of the realm guard, he’s spent his life protecting the world from banished demons. Now he’s helping those same demons travel to earth to start over again.

On a visit to earth, he meets nurse Sam, a demon female who wears her heart on her sleeve. An empath, Marrick keeps his own emotions buried away. But the more time he spends with Sam, the more he wonders if he can open his own heart and start over as well.

Until someone sabotages the realm portal to stop the demon immigration, injuring Marrick in the process. When Sam steps up to help him, they both end up trapped in the realm.

Marrick vows to get Sam home again. Can he keep his promise, even if it means sacrificing his heart and life in the process?

Demons In The Rough is the fourth book in The Realm series. If you like romance with a side order of mystery and a dash of humorous hijinks, then you’ll love this series by Golden Heart® and Booksellers’ Best winner, AE Jones.

The Realm (Mind Sweeper spin off series – however it can be read as a standalone series):
Demons Will Be Demons (Misha)
Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend (Aleksei)
Demons Are Forever (Sergei)
Demons In The Rough (Marrick)
Demons Just Want To Have Fun (Boris)

Publication date 21/6/2021

Demons In The Rough (The Realm Book 4) by AE Jones

My Review

Marrick is a guard in the demon realm, his job is to keep the demons there and not escape into the human realm. But now the demons are allowed to leave and settle on Earth, Marrick is feeling a little lost! But as soon as the demons that want to leave have left he’s going to join his best friend on earth. And Marrick is trying to release his emotions (keeping them contained for years had closed them off) an empath demon has to contend with his and others emotions, so his heart is just a beating muscle!

Sam only wants a little peace and a safe place to call home. So working at a demon settlement as a nurse sounds like a great plan. But Sam didn’t take into account that the demon settlement she’s living/working at is in fact the hub of demons being transferred from the realm to earth!

Book four has us returning to the Chesnokov compound. This compound is instrumental in relocating realm demons to earth. (There is a long and bitter history between the realm demons and the demons that already live on earth.)

We catch up with old characters from previous books, and the fabulously funny Kyle (she has her own series) You don’t need to read the other books first, but there is a little connection between each book, but it’s not a major issue.

Evading the demons for many years has Sam living on her nerves. Making sure her mother doesn’t end up being punished for a crime she didn’t commit. But the more time Sam and Marrick spend together, the harder it is to hide who she is!

We also have to deal with the portal malfunctioning! Was it sabotage? Or just an accident? There are still demons that don’t want freedom for the realm demons. So we have that to deal with too.

It was great visiting this series again. A slow burn romance that has lots of compassion, pain and a secrets. Can’t wait for the next (and possibly the last book)

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Kindle Review Black Sunshine by Karina Halle

Description ….. 

All Lenore Warwick wants for her 21st birthday is to hang out with her friends, finish her second year at Berkeley with flying colors, and maybe catch the eye of a hot musician playing a show at a club that she can now (legally) get into. 

Unfortunately, fate has other plans for her. 

A week before her birthday, she’s kidnapped by the brooding and dangerous stranger with cold eyes and a lethal touch, who has been stalking her on San Francisco’s fog-shrouded streets. Absolon Stavig isn’t your average criminal though. He’s a centuries-old vampire who’s caught between wanting to kill Lenore and wanting to save her. 

You see Lenore, too, is a vampire.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Taken by a pair of vampire slayers when she was just an infant, Lenore was raised never knowing her true nature. All Lenore knows is that she has (normal) parents who love her, that she’s exceptionally smart, and she’s squeamish around blood. But once she turns twenty-one, she’ll fully turn into a vampire, and Solon hopes he’ll be there to guide her, opening her eyes to her deepest hunger…both sexual and otherwise. 

But this turning can’t be kept a secret. Soon both slayers and vampires are hunting Lenore, with only Solon and his unpredictable motley crew of vampires to save her.

If they don’t kill her first.

Black Sunshine is a dark adult standalone romance with a paranormal twist, about sex, love, secrets, and revenge, set in contemporary San Francisco.

Black Sunshine by Karina Halle

Publication date 25/3/2021


My Review……


Lenore is just your typical teenager, partying, and having a good time. She loves her parents dearly, but lately they’ve become really over protective! It’s great, but when you want a party and instead your doing a family holiday! Things need to change…..She has a few good friends, an ex-boyfriend and a love of tattoos and Edgar Alan Poe. I liked Lenore, she was a little eccentric, but sounded like a lot of fun. You have to feel for her when she’s kidnapped and told she’s a vampire! Your heart goes out to her as she struggles with the lies from her parents (who aren’t her laters) the hatred and lack of empathy from Absolon. Then the lust that hits her in waves! Then let’s not forget the craving for blood! (Which before hand would have made her faint!) How she keeps her mind in tact is a wonder…..


Absolon Stavig “Solon” is an ancient vampire, his sole job was to “teach” Lenore about becoming a vampire. And I want it noted that he is not a sparkly vampire, it’s not even a broody Eric vampire, this one is more like Bela Lugosi, the nasty look in his eyes, the nasty way he treats Lenore is absolutely horrible. You don’t get the sense he’s there to help her, he’s a mercenary who will sell witches to vampires and vice versa. There is so much more to this vampire than meets the eye!


Being kidnapped was bad enough, being told your not human and your going to turn into a vampire was laughable, until it actually happens! Having to go through two stages until a vampire (lust then bloodlust) Lenore is left in the capable hands of Wolf. (We then get a type of fade out, only to be told that Lenore and Wolf have sex for days!) And as for notion that Lenore will be sold to the highest bidder!!!


We haven’t even touched on the vampire hunters/slayers guild! The witches and the in between world (known as black sunshine)


What a dark story. Really twisted I’d love for there to be more to this stand alone story. So if ever the author decides to write more, I’m definitely down to reading them. Really well written, at some point you think Solon is going to finally realise Lenore is for him. Loved Amethyst and Wolf, they are such great characters, and I’m still not sure about Ezra!


So will Solon want Lenore for himself? Will he give her the explanations she’s craving? And can she really trust him to keep her safe? Or will he only be out for himself?


Highly recommend this book.

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Kindle Review

A Touch Of Healing: A Small Town Second Chance Romance (The Sisters in Sirens Series Book 1) by Kathryn K. Murphy

Description

Laura Burton has a secret. One that she has always been able to count on until Carter Price crashes back into her life. 

As a paramedic, Laura helps people, but her secret power heals them, or it had until now. She hasn’t seen the billionaire tech mogul since he broke every promise back when they were dating in high school. Now, in the back of the ambulance, Carter’s breaking the rules again when her power fails to work on him. Laura needs to find out why while managing to keep herself and her son afloat on a shoestring budget, when Carter offers her a deal. Live with him and help him recover in exchange for free rent. Can she figure out what has gone wrong while guarding herself from getting hurt again?

A steamy, second chance romance, A Touch of Healing is the first book in the Sisters in Sirens series. If you like strong women with secret superpowers and the men who love them, you’ll love Kathryn K. Murphy’s newest page-turning romance.

Publication date 22/6/2021

A Touch Of Healing: A Small Town Second Chance Romance (The Sisters in Sirens Series Book 1) by Kathryn K. Murphy

My Review

Laura can heal with just the touch of her hands! She doesn’t publicise the fact, she just starts the healing process. Laura’s a paramedic. She always wanted to become a doctor, but a failed marriage and a little boy put her dreams out of reach, so she trained hard and helps people in her own way…..

Carter overcame what people thought of him! At school he got in with the wrong crowd and saw him fall from a great height! Prison gave him the wake up call, and a good friend helped him back into the right path. So he was here to say goodbye at the friend funeral! But one too many drinks now has him in plaster and trapped on the town he left behind…..

Laura and Carter friends who dated brief until one fateful evening changed all that. And Carter only saw Laura from a distance, until he moved away. An accident brings them back into each others world, but can she ever trust Carter again?

Romance? Carter had loved Laura for such a long time, and knew he’d blown his chances with her as a teen, but now he’s an adult and he wants another chance! But will Laura give him that chance?

We also have the fact Laura doesn’t seem to be able to heal Carter! Is it a coincidence? Or has she lost her healing ability?

Second chance at romance comes calling for Carter and Laura, whilst convalescing in the town he grew up in he offers Laura a job and home to become his nurse/carer. He’s looking for a second chance with Laura, and he’ll use whatever he can to succeed. They are meant to be together.

Recommend? Definitely, it’s a great read, it is a slow burn romance, so if your looking for instalust you won’t get it here. We also have a love rival! It’s Carter’s assistant, and she really does try her best to split the new couple up! And we have the fact Laura has powers! Will she confide in Carter?

I liked Laura she was a great character, love a little paranormal in with my reading. She has a great network of friends and a cute little boy (and an ex husband who may figure in future stories!) She tires so hard to be a good parent, but on a limited budget and now about to become homeless! But she just puts on a brave face and tries her best.
Carter Was a nice surprise, he overcame his past, he learnt from his mistakes and tried to help others. Becoming a billionaire didn’t really change him as such, but if it hadn’t been for his old school coach, he probably wouldn’t be where he is today.

First book in a new series, (sisters in sirens) all about first responders, but I’ve read and liked a previous series written by this author. (The Firemark Series)

So can Carter convince Laura that they are meant to be together? And can Laura trust another man, after the last man broke her heart?

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About Kathryn

Hi everyone! My name is Kathryn, and I have loved to write ever since my second-grade poetry project. I’ve come a long way since that little limerick. 

I write steamy contemporary romance with a little touch of magic. When I’m not writing, I consume novels like other people binge-watch Netflix, sweat in my gardens, and fail to prevent my son from chasing our four cats.

You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and right here on my website where I blog regularly.

ARC REVIEW

Outlaw (City of a Thousand Lies) by Imogen Keeper

Description

The sexy, action-packed first book in The City of a Thousand Lies trilogy by award-winning Imogen Keeper.

THE GOVERNMENT drugs us with ‘vitamins.’They monitor us with nanochips.They subjugate us with fear.  

Citizens obey. 

Outlaws are hunted down in the streets.

NO ONE knows that better than me.

Four years ago, my mother died, my father rebelled and was instantly Outlawed, leaving me responsible for my sick sister, a stack of bills and both our lives. So I kept my head down and I prayed the government would never look my way. 

But now, they’ve found me anyway and have issued an impossible command. I have to write the code to convert nanochips to mind control devices and take the final freedom away from all of us—our own minds.

FOR A TEST SUBJECT, they gave me Romeo-Three, a captive bio-engineered soldier as dangerous as he is irresistible.

The reckless hope that saturates his every word ignites inside me a longing for a life beyond obedience.

LOVING HIM is an act of war.

The price tag of his freedom is my life, leaving us with no choice but to rebel—even if rebellion means certain death. 

A seductive, breathtaking book that blends Romance, Fantasy and futuristic elements into an unforgettable read.

Publication date 15/6/2021

Outlaw (City of a Thousand Lies) by Imogen Keeper

My Review

The first book in a trilogy by an author I’ve not read before. And I was hooked, drawn into a dystopian world that was pretty hard to leave! Sci-fi isn’t usual my thing, but I was intrigued with the description and thought I’d give it a go…..

Romeo-three (or three) is a soldier with enhancements, his unit all have bio parts, they are deemed dangerous, known as Outlaws and killers. But when one of their family is taken, they will stop at nothing to bring them home. Even if it means sacrificing their freedom…..

Tierney has hidden under the radar with her sick sister for what seems like forever. Her parents were taken from them, their mother died and it tore the family apart, but when her father had been labelled an “Outlaw” and was killed, Tierney and her sister knew they needed to hide! But you can only hide from “The Government” for so long. And when they find Tierney, they make her an offer she can’t refuse!

She is to implant nanotechnology into the brains of the citizens! Controlling everyone for their own good! Sounds a little like mind control to me, they want robots not citizens!

Tierney and Romeo are forced together, he’s going to be her test subject, she’s going to experiment on his brain and monitor his reactions! But the more time she spends with her “subject”, the more she sees him, and the harder it is to do the government’s directive! He isn’t an animal! He’s got a right to think for himself! She’s connecting to him on all levels, he makes her dream and want more. But wanting leads to disappointment, and the fear of losing her sister makes Tierney wary….

I liked the characters, Tierney was such a resourceful woman. Smart and dedicated to her sister, a genius I’m her own tight. Romeo had that oh so dangerous vibe. His attitude might have sucked, but he gave a damn about his “family”. Secondary characters were a great support to the story. Loved his family of misfits, liked that they could communicate without others knowing. It flowed pretty well and at a relatively good pace. We did stumble a few times, but I don’t think it took away from the story.

I could see this as a tv series, I’d sit and watch it every week. It has a great story that was pretty easy to follow.

It’s a violent and bloody read. It’s a book full of sorrow and despair! And the stories that are told are sad and filled with a hopelessness that you know some won’t overcome.

So how can Tierney and three escape the government? Can she save her sister? Is she the answer to the the outlaws problem? And what will the facility do to keep her working on the project?
There are a few questions that need answering and a few twists that keep you reading until the early hours of the morning!

Not sure if you could call the ending a cliffhanger! But it did end rather abruptly! So I’m hoping we get a little more in book 2.

But I’m definitely interested in reading and recommending this series.
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NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW

The Cryptic Prophecy (Etherya’s Earth) book 6 by Rebecca Hefner

Description

The next generation of Etherya’s Earth begins…

Calinda, daughter of Darkrip and Arderin, has never quite fit in the immortal world. Raised alongside humans, she returned to the realm as the subject of a cryptic prophecy. Feared by some and shunned by others, Callie struggles to understand her place in the kingdom. When a handsome suitor begins to court her, she is taken by his ardent gestures, even if she has doubts.

Stoic Vampyre soldier Brecken grew up far from royal castles and wealthy aristocrats and understands he and Callie are worlds apart. Silently, he guards her and her suitor, falling for her more each time he hears her silken laugh and observes her kindness toward his little sister. He might not deserve her, but he vows to keep her safe.

When Callie’s suitor betrays her by aligning with their enemy, Brecken is there to pick up the pieces. As the final battle with Bakari draws near, Brecken continues to protect Callie, knowing a future between them is uncertain. But Callie is determined to defy the prophecy and prove to her heroic soldier that destinies are never set in stone…and one can determine their own fate if they have the strength to prevail.

Publication date 22/6/2021

The Cryptic Prophecy (Etherya’s Earth) book 6 by Rebecca Hefner

My Review

This is a really well written series, and I was sad to hear it was ending! I would have liked it to go on for a little longer…. Then when I found out we weren’t saying goodbye to Etherya I was really pleased. So we have the kids of the characters I fell in love with. It’s a little weird as the parents don’t really look old enough to have grown up kids. (But that’s the fun of vampire DNA, and an authors creative license)

I’d advise you to read in order, it’s not necessary, but reading how the dark and dastardly DarkRip fell madly in love with his mortal enemy’s daughter Arderin is well worth the read.

Calinda is the holder of a prophecy that foretells the end of Etherya!! (And when you get further on in the book, it does get you wondering at the prophecy wording!!) So that’s made for an awkward childhood! Living in the mortal realm wasn’t much better either! So Calinda (Callie) has felt like an outsider for most of her life! Knowing suitors would be sparse on the ground Callie dedicates her life to curing animals, her heritage gave her the ability to heal the sick and mend wounded animals. And when the charming Zadicus begins to woo her with words, Callie dreams of finally being happy and bonded. And when Zadicus announces his plans to woo and bond with Callie, there is a moment you think it’s all going to be ok for our social outcast!!! 🤔

Brecken is a lowly Vampyre soldier, bodyguarding the higher class of his kind. And when an opportunity to advance both his sister’s schooling and his mother’s job prospects, Brecken reluctantly agrees to help his ward….(But you know that’s going to come back and bite him in the a$$ at some point!)

Spending time with Callie is beginning to be a torturous task! Brecken admires her greatly and sees what a wonderful person she is, in fact far too good for his ward! But he does his job to the best of his abilities, but all the while secretly pining for his Callie-Lily!!

Poor Callie, knowing your different from others is bad enough! To be shunned and almost ostracised is just cruel. But she really tries hard not to be affected by her prophecy (or curse as she calls it) and considering who her father is, she shows extreme restraint! So you can see why she fell for the charms of her suitor, (who also happens to be Brecken’s ward!) But when she’s taken for a fool (Zadicus plays her and then betrays her to their enemy) her poor heart and spirit gets badly bruised!

Brecken is just a great character, yes he made a few mistakes, yes he took his eye off the job on occasions, but he felt like he could help his mother and sister to better themselves (so you can’t fault his motives, only the outcome) he’s quite progressive in his thinking, as most Vampyres think women shouldn’t be soldiers and should stay safe at home! And his letter writing was just so sweet, you could see how Callie fell for the words.

Just when you think this series is all done and dusted….. BAM!!! The author pulls out a new story and drags you back to Etherya!!

The background story is solid, the new threads that are beginning to unravel and reveal a new story was really good. A little history here and there for new readers, but not enough to stop the flow of action this book throws at us. I loved how Callie and Brecken come together, but there are secrets that could either make or break this couple! I liked the diary moments. (The younger Callie had a wicked sense of humour). I loved reading the letters that are sent to Callie. We get to see old characters from previous books, and it’s great to catch up with them. We get to see new characters (and potential stories) and we get a dastardly villain who thinks he has the right to destroy and rule as he sees fit. (Nope not going to fill you in, you’ll need to read the book)

So I’m going to recommend you read this book, you won’t be disappointed.

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NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR

Stolen Love
A Diamond Magnate Novel

Beauty in the Stolen Trilogy #3
Charmaine Pauls

BLURB

Once upon a time, a thief stole me in the middle of the night. He took what he wanted, gave me an illusion, and ripped it all away to claim his ultimate trophy. My heart may be physically weak, but fighting to live made me stronger. I won’t perish as easily as that. I’m turning the tables on him. After all, I learned from the best. I’m robbing him of what he stole from me.

*Stolen Loveconcludes the trilogy.

Other books in the Diamond Magnate collection:
Beauty in the Broken (Standalone)

Diamonds are Forever trilogy
Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1)
Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2)
Diamonds are Forever (Book 3)


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EXCERPT

I suck in a breath. His back sports a new tattoo. An orange tree runs from his flank up to his shoulder. The roots branch out over his lower back and side. It’s so well drawn it looks as if the network of roots is grafted with his skin. A branch with orange blossoms runs up to his shoulder. The petals curl over the arch, only the tips of a flower visible on the curve as he faces me again.
Why did he get it? The answer is obvious. The truth stares me in the face. He never said it, but he declared it in permanent ink on his skin next to the values that govern his behavior, his life.
“It’s not some kind of gravestone,” he says in a quiet voice.
My gaze slips to the pendant on the leather string that hangs in the center of his breastbone. “What’s not a gravestone?” I ask, pretending not to know what he’s talking about. It’s too deep, too personal. We don’t share that kind of intimacy any longer.
“The tattoo. It doesn’t symbolize grief.”
I can’t help from asking, “What does it symbolize?”
“Love.” His gaze intensifies. “The kind that gets under your skin.”


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AUTHOR BIO

Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published over twenty novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.



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RELEASE BLITZ
Stolen Love
A Diamond Magnate Novel

Beauty in the Stolen Trilogy #3
Charmaine Pauls
Dark Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2021

My Review

Book three starts a year after the traumatic and cliffhanger ending of book two.

Reading this series in order is a must, it’s a trilogy and both book one and two end on cliffhangers, so reading out of order is probably my going to confuse you no end!

It also has triggers, so check out the warning before purchasing.

Cas spent a long time crying and nursing a broken heart and body! But no more! Now it’s time to plot and scheme, and bring down the man who tried to kill her!!

Ian can’t face being anywhere that holds memories of happier times! Working and drinking is the only thing that keeps him from total destruction! Moments play on a never ending loop, betrayal fights with grief! He wishes he could go back in time…..

Trying not to give too much away in this book is hard. You just want to tell everyone what goes on, you want to explain in detail all the sadness and hurt that seeps out from the pages. Ian and Cas seemed to have it all, they were working towards their HEA, but misunderstandings and lies tore their world apart. So how can they ever be together again?

To be honest, I didn’t think Ian deserved another chance. I would have let him hurt forever, he was cruel and unforgiving. The things he did and said in book two shouldn’t have given him a second chance with Cas. And I think Cas let him off too quick, but that’s just my opinion.

There is also the matter of a detective that doggedly tracks them down and ruthlessly pursuing them, until you know there will be either a gun fight or a bloody fight to the death!

I liked how the village sided with Cas over Ian (even though he pays their wages and is good to them) showing him their displeasure at his handling of her. I liked that we got to see both of his siblings in this book (Damien was just great) and I’m hoping Leon can redeem himself if he ever gets a story. And I thought the feat Cas handled herself in the year away from Ian was needed. Although I had hoped she would have at least gotten a shot at him! 😝

There were a few scenes that will stay with you for a while……. There are a few moments that will have you smiling….
Did it end the way I wanted? No! But that’s just my view. But the way it ends, is a HEA for this couple.

I’ve really enjoyed reading this trilogy. And I’m adding this author to my reading list.

If your looking for an alpha male who takes what he wants with no apologies, then Ian is your guy. If you want a sweet romance with little angst, then this book/series won’t be for you.

Grab the series, you won’t be disappointed.

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NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW

Falling For The Villain by M. Robinson and Rachel Van Dyken

Description

From Wall Street Journal & USA Bestselling Author M. Robinson & #1 NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes a full length, standalone dark romance novel.

“Play for me, Juliet…”

Those four words whispered in my ear again and again until I craved what I used to fear.
Such a simple demand from my captor—the man who stole me and refused to tell me why he wouldn’t let me go.

I was his.

He made me need him, just as much as he needed me.
I broke all the rules of the golden prison he put me in.

During the day he ruled his dark, seedy world.
His subjects and me.

During the night—he bowed before my feet.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the villains in all the fairy tales you read?
You’ll soon find out.

It all started when he kidnapped me and made me his pet.
And it all ended with me…

Calling him master.

*This story is not for the faint of heart and may be uncomfortable for some readers. But, then again, stepping outside of your comfort zone may be exactly the thing you need…

Care to play with us, readers?

Publication date 22/6/2021

Falling For The Villain by M. Robinson and Rachel Van Dyken

My Review….

⚠️ Trigger warning alert ⚠️Please read the blurb and warnings before picking this book up.

It’s sort of the second book in a series, but it’s not really necessary to read it before this one. I haven’t read it yet, but I am intrigued by Juliet’s brother Romeo.

Where do I begin??

Donovan/Master is a twisted man! His pleasure is your pain! A master at breaking women and creating a pet/slave for the highest bidder. He is an emotionless machine. Nothing will EVER break through the ice around his heart! NO ONE can scale it’s high walls…..

You see into his past, and you can understand why he becomes the monster Juliet calls him. Watching his father abuse his mother, he recalls his own abuse at his fathers hands! And then his business partner takes him under his wing….. That man is the devil personified!!

Juliet, you first think of as a scared innocent virgin. And you’d be right. Can you imagine waking up in a place that’s not home? Wondering where you are? Who took you? And what will happen next? But the scared girl began to get angry, she would find a way to escape, whatever it took….

This book for the first half has me wanting to rip Donovan’s face off!! I’ve read plenty of dark/mafia/bully romances lately, but this one just didn’t stop with the mental cruelty and harsh punishments he put Juliet through…..
Even when she made a breakthrough with her “Master” the torment didn’t stop! You just wanted him to sweep her up and ask for forgiveness. To beg her for her smile and to know he was going to change. But that didn’t happen, he makes concessions, but tells her he will never let her go.

I nearly died when I thought he’d lost her forever, his emotions were definitely on show then! I had to chuckle at the outrage her brother brought to the table (and I think he has his own book with plenty of drama!) his double standards at what went on with his sister. I cringed at his business partner (that man needed a bullet to the brain!!)

So if someone breaks you down with torture and with beatings, can you really fall in love with that person? Or is it just your dependancy on the one constant in your life? Or in Juliet’s case did she really see past the mask? Or was she just so brainwashed that she had convinced herself that he loved her like she loved him?

So if you like your romance on the raw and gritty side, then this book is definitely going to tick all your boxes.

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Meet the author

M. Robinson is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author crowned as the “Queen of Angst” by readers around the world. Dive into her visionary world that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you wanting more. She writes everything from contemporary to suspense romance and is best known for her novel, El Diablo.

When M isn’t in the cave writing her next epic love story, you will find her shopping and living on a boat in Florida with her real life pirate, her lobster, her husband Bossman. Sipping on Starbucks and hanging out with their two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a gordito Wheaten Terrier reading a good book. Or spending time with her family, who she is extremely close with.

Above all, M loves her readers more than anything and loves to connect with them! She is on all social media platforms but you will find her in her happy place the most. Her VIP Reader Group on Facebook or her second favorite happy place, Instagram. 

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Meet the author.

Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she’s been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs. 

For more information about her books and upcoming events, visit http://www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com.

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Dual Review

Harvest and Corked (Tangled Vines Series) by Delta James

Harvest – Tangled Vines by Delta James

Description…..

Turned against her will, Stephanie Savik will find her destiny in the City by the Bay.

Having triumphed over being kidnapped, turned against her will and sold to a pack of wolf-shifters, Stephanie Savik is now on her way to a new job as the assistant vintner at the Luna de Lobo Vineyard. To celebrate her success, she opts to spend the night in San Francisco.

Alexander Charles was also turned without his consent—the difference being it was done by his best friend in order to save his life. Xander is now second-in-command at Luna de Lobo.

Neither believes that they will ever experience the wonderous phenomenon known as a fated mate. Imagine their surprise when they discover how wrong they are in the most unlikeliest place… the famed BDSM club, Torch Light.

This book is given free when you sign up to the authors page.

“Prologue Long before the mists of time had dissipated, two similar creatures crawled out of the primordial soup, progressing along separate but distinct paths. One group evolved, developing the ability to shift between two different forms—their traits and characteristics flowing seamlessly between their altered selves. Those who did not advance maintained the status quo and were known as humans.”

Excerpt From Harvest by Delta James

My Review…..

Alexander/Xander is beta to the Luna de Lobo pack. He wasn’t born a Wolf shifter, he was turned by his friend and Alpha Damian during a mission. At first he wasn’t happy, but as he settled into his role as Beta and shifter, Xander is happier in his life…..

Stephanie was taken and turned against her will. She swore never to be taken against her will ever again! Living with the DeMedici pack has been fun, the pack cared and taught her how to take care of herself. But now it’s time to leave the pack and join Luna de Lobo pack as an assistant vintner. She looking forward to the challenge of a new job, but not at leaving the security of her old pack…..

Xander and Stephanie meet at the Wolf/human run BDSM club. Stephanie is terrified and angry, she’s worried that her new “mate” will want her to give up her job and produce offspring!! Xander on the other hand is so surprised. He never really believed in fated mates, and now he’s scented her, he won’t let her get away!

Male wolves are born with the scent of their mate imprinted on them. Both male and female wolf shifters know when their fated mate is close by. And once they know the other is close by, their primal needs are sparked and they need to find one another!

Xander then has his work cut out trying to convince his mate that they are meant to be together. So he does what he does best, spank her! He is a Dom after all! And she came to find a Dom! This is a spin off from the authors (Wayward Mates) series.

It’s not required reading, and I haven’t gone back, yet! If I get invested in a series, I’m tempted sometimes to go back and see if I can spot members in this series, or sometimes I’ll just go back to where the pack/series splits.

We get to meet the heroine of the next book. You don’t need to read this book to enjoy the next book. So if your interested you need to sign up to the authors newsletter. It’s definitely a short but fun read. So can he convince Stephanie that they can be happy together? Or will she run?

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Corked Novellas (Tangled Vines) by Delta James

DESCRIPTION….. 

Grace’s life is on a roll, but San Francisco’s hills are steep and one small misstep sends her tumbling into the arms of Lincoln Steele. 

A lone wolf, loosely attached to his brother’s pack, Linc has been consumed with eradicating the humans known as Hunters. He has returned to the City by the Bay to renovate a small boutique hotel and a famed BDSM club. 

Now all he needs is an Executive Chef to head up the restaurants at both establishments. 

The pretty blonde chef seems to be everything he was looking for… and something he never expected.

From the time Grace enters the hotel to meet with Linc, she is inextricably drawn to the charismatic businessman and Dom. When Grace visits Torch Light, she finds herself partnered with the enigmatic Linc.

After a night of passion, Grace is taken by hunters. Can Linc use their connection to find her before it is too late?

My Review ……

Grace is interviewing for a new job as chef to a BDSM club and a small hotel. It’s going to be hard work, but she loves a challenge. 

Lincoln is Damian’s brother (Alpha of the Luna de Lobo pack) but he doesn’t associate with the pack, he’s termed a “lone Wolf” 

His only purpose in life was to track and kill Hunters (Hunters are humans that know of shifters and want to wipe them out!) but now half owner of a club and a hotel, Linc is fairly settled. 

Lincoln and Grace meet up for an interview. Grace is a little disoriented around Linc, but she’s not sure if it’s his aftershave or just his personality. 

Lincoln knows why, Grace is his fated mate! But she’s also a human! 

Turning humans have to be with their consent, but male wolves have been known to override the females wishes! So he needs to make sure she’s fully onboard with mating with him……

Arranging to meet Grace at Torch Light (the club he owns with his brother) Lincoln is anxious to put Grace over his knee or tie her up! He can’t concentrate, she’s all he is thinking about since he met her! And it’s driving him mad. 

So can Linc convince Grace to give them a chance? They fit perfectly together, they were made for one another. 

But before he can ask her any of this, she’s kidnapped by Hunters!! 

Can Linc rescue the only woman to own his heart? 

And if he does rescue her in time, how will he explain the fact he turns into a wolf? 

Another short but fun read. 

It’s making me anxious to read Damian’s story.

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Meet the Author……

Delta James has four or more novellas per year for her VIP readers group. Want yours? Copy and paste this link in your browser! https://www.subscribepage.com/VIPlist22019

Alpha heroes find real love with feisty heroines in USA Today Best Selling Author Delta James’ sinfully sultry romances.

Welcome to a world where true love conquers all and good triumphs over evil!

Delta’s stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline. Delta is always happy to hear from her readers and responds personally. Reach out today!

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KINDLE REVIEW

Reaper (RUTHLESS KINGS MC™ LAS VEGAS CHAPTER (A RUTHLESS UNDERWORLD NOVEL) Book 1) by K. L. Savage

Description

My dead best friend’s daughter and the woman that haunts my dreams are one and the same.

For the last two years, I’ve told myself she’s off-limits
That a man like me, can’t be with a woman her age.
Then my little maniac turned eighteen.
And I gave in to my temptation.
I shouldn’t have, but now it’s too late.

She’s mine now, and I’ll never let her go.

Then one of the biggest sinners in Vegas thought he could just take her.
He’s forgetting it’s my job to protect her. Mine.

Now, I’m going to burn this city to the ground.
I’ll reap havoc until my little maniac is back in my arms.

Publication date 24/4/2020

Authors Note:

While it’s possible to start the Ruthless Kings MC series with Reaper, book 1, you may have a more enjoyable reader experience if you begin with Reaper’s Rise, the Ruthless Kings MC prequel. You can download your free copy by visiting my author page.

My Review

Jesse “Reaper” is the leader (or President) of the Ruthless Kings in Las Vegas. And his word is law! There is a set of rules that the club live and die by. We all know that bikers have “road names” and these usually have a meaning, and Realer is no exception, he will end your life like the grim reaper, rumour has it he will carve out your heart whilst your still alive!!

Sarah has loved Jesse for as long as she can remember, and she Intends to have him one way or another! Being found beaten on the steps of the club by the gang, they take her in and treat her like a sister. But she doesn’t have sisterly feelings for the leader of the group. She also finds out she has a brother Boomer. Sarah has had a hard life and only wants a family. So shouldn’t she concentrate on her family and leave Reaper alone?

Jesse has known Sarah has a crush on him, he also knows that his feelings towards her are wrong, but once she turns eighteen he’s going to claim her as his old lady (the woman will be under his protection) But waiting is proving to be a nightmare!

First book by this author, and I really liked it. I liked the fact they are mean and vicious, but will lay there life down for one another. They don’t harm women and children, yes they do a few illegal things, but nothing that harms innocents. There are a few scenes that will have you chuckling, and there are a few scenes that will rip your heart to shreds.
The only issue I had was that Sarah knew how Reaper felt about being around her, and she just kept pushing, I did feel that it was a little unfair in the poor guy! In the UK the legal age for sex is 16, so I didn’t have an issue with her age, I had issues with her constantly trying to tempt the guy.

And when Sarah is stolen away from him, Realer is frantic, if he loses her now then he’s going to burn the world down until he finds her! But finding who and where they’ve gone proves tricky. Can he find her before it’s too late?

This is a dark series, it deals with lots of issues, so I’d check the trigger warnings first.

But the book on the whole was really good. It did feel like a crèche at one point, and I had to chuckle at Reaper trying to keep order with the rest of the gang. But the rest of the gang are great, and I can’t wait to find out each story.

There is also a prequel to this story, so I think I’ll have to read it, as there is a lot more going on that I felt I missed!

Next book up….. His “son” Boomer (and he’s also Sarah’s brother!)

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Arc Review/New Release

Savage Storm (Knight’s Legion MC Book 1) by Naomi Porter

Description

Mayhem is coming for the Knight’s Legion MC…

Madeline. My Angel.
The light to my darkness.

As President of the Knight’s Legion MC, death and destruction come with the territory—this club is my life.

Then she comes along and casts a spell on me with her innocent blue eyes. A healing balm to my soul. Powerful enough to chase away my demons.

Caught up in an MC war is no place for a wholesome kindergarten teacher. No place for an Angel. What if she sees the savage monster in me?

But walking away isn’t an option. From the first touch, I’m doomed. Swallowed up by her goodness.

Claiming Madeline is the only way to keep her safe. And make her mine.

Warning: A heart-wrenching cliffhanger ahead. A HEA is waiting for you in Avenging Angel.

This series does contain dark elements. Reader discretion advised.

Publication date 16/5/2020

Savage Storm (Knight’s Legion MC Book 1) by Naomi Porter

My Review

Storm is the president of an MC (Motorcycle Gang) gang. He deals in both legal and illegal business. He loves his brothers-in-arms, there is nothing he wouldn’t do for them, and he knows they have his back also. 

But karaoke! There isn’t anything worse, until an Angel steps up to sing……

Madeline a kindergarten teacher, she loves her job and the people she works with. 

She loves to sing, and she’s pretty good at it 

Getting out of a tough relationship makes Maddy very wary of men, so the last thing she needs is an egotistical male asking for her phone number. He might be gorgeous, but he’s too dangerous for her heart. 

Karaoke brings both Storm and Madeline into the same orbit. He is totally into her, but only for the night. He doesn’t do anything that smacks of commitment, even the women (kittens) that hang around the club know the score. 

The chemistry is incendiary between these two, the push and pull that happens every time they meet will give you whiplash. 

Storm knows they could be good together but he’s not going to change, not even for Madeline!

Both are fooling themselves, the more times they bump into one another, the harder it is to stay away. But Storm doesn’t do relationships and Madeline wants to settle down (marriage, babies and white picket fence) 

But with a war brewing with the Dirty Hunters biker club, Storm has to keep Madeline safe, so the safest bet would be to send her away, but when you’ve been in the dark for so long you want to stay in the light, and Maddy is his light. 

A new series and a new author. And I’m so glad I got this book. I’ve read a few MC books recently and I’ve really enjoyed them. But this one I loved. The characters were just amazing and the writing just blew me away. I can’t wait to read more about Maddy and Storm, more about the gang members and the friends of Maddy. 

Can’t wait to read the next book. Fast paced, full of action and plenty of steam. And twists that had me open mouth with disbelief! 

Ends on a cliffhanger!!! And waiting to find out what happens next is going to have me pacing….

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The Author

Naomi Porter always had a knack for storytelling, and she’s finally putting pen to paper to share with you, the reader. Whether she is trying to stay warm in the freezing winter weather or cool in the sweltering heat, she’s pounding away at the keys of her laptop to bring you the latest MC, billionaire romance or an outlandish, heart-stopping sexy drama. No matter what story she’s telling, you can bet it has hot, sexy men, confident women, and plenty of… steam and passion.

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Kindle Review

Vampire Guardian: Vampire Queen Series: Club Atlantis by Joey W. Hill

Vampire Guardian: Vampire Queen Series: Club Atlantis by Joey W. Hill

Description

Fae and vampires never fall in love. Except when they do.

Adan has come to Club Atlantis to do a job. The BDSM club is to become part of the portal network for magic users. A born vampire with the blood of a Cherokee shaman and an Irish Seer, Adan is apprenticed to a Light Guardian helping him hone his skills to become a full sorcerer. Perhaps even a Guardian himself one day.
But Club Atlantis is a haven for a Fae female, an unwelcome distraction. His hatred for her kind means even her scent can set off his bloodlust.

Catriona is a Fae unsettled in her own world, and physiologically unable to be in the human one without extraordinary protections in place. She can’t put down roots anywhere. For a tree nymph, that’s a serious problem. One that calls for a solution that will appall the Fae world.

History says a vampire and a Fae who fall in love are destined for tragedy. But love has a way of refusing to be ignored. No matter the consequences…

Publication date 15/6/2021

My Review…..

Part of a series.

Stand-alone? As I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, I’d say yes, but I did get the feeling there are things going on in previous books, so I’ll probably go back and read the rest at some point. But it didn’t detract from the main story.

Vampires and Fae are bitter enemies? They don’t mix and they certainly don’t mate each other!

Adan is a young vampire (well to the vampire community he is) but he’s here to assess the BDSM club his boss/mentor sent him to check out. The club intends to be more a club, it’s going to be used as a portal to different realms, and so it needs to be secure. His job is to enter undetected and then report back.
Adan was taken by the Fae as a very young boy, it changed him, and he swore never to be powerless again!
Becoming a light guardian is all Adan has ever wanted to be, to protect and wield magic, to help others as he himself was helped. He wants to become the youngest to do what only the oldest and strongest vampires can do. That path hasn’t been easy, he’s impatient and a little egotistical, so this job is an important step in his training.

Catriona a wood nymph. She doesn’t fit in anywhere. Too unusual to pretend to be human and unhappy in her realm, so coming to the club seemed the best option until she can work out what she wants. A quiet creature, but with a quiet strength that will hold her steady in this book.

Dealing with loss, pain and rejection, this book deals with it all. Both main characters know that they shouldn’t be together, but neither can stay away from each other.

His hate is all encompassing for the Fae and all of a sudden there is one staring at him from across the water! He wants to rip her throat out and drink her intoxicating blood but he also wants to dominate her! And that has him thinking she’s enchanted him somehow….

Time spent together has them fighting their feelings for one another. But how can Adan get past his hatred? And can Catorina be everything to him?

The master and servant plays a big part in this book, but it’s treated with reverence and respect. Those scenes were some of my favourite parts of the book, reading the interaction makes you understand a little more of the power play between the two characters.

We also get a byplay of secondary characters (these are from previous stories) which I was a totally inboard with (I need to know more about these now) 😆

Can this couple really make a go of it? It was great watching them connect and grow as a couple, to read how they fought their feelings, and then fought to stay together.
Romance? There is plenty to keep the romantic happy, there is also enough spice to keep you riveted to the book.

I’ve read a few of the authors other series (Natural Desire) and I loved some of the books and characters in that series.

Recommend? Definitely. This book was one I couldn’t put down. And I’m now interested in the rest of the series. Beautifully written, and thought out really well. This author knows her genre, and she shows it in the mastery of her words. Your pulled in, you become entangled in the world. You hold your breath as they they battle both their feelings and both the communities they herald from.

And when Adan gets the opportunity to train in the Underworld as a guardian, he’s torn! That means leaving everyone he knows, including his little Fae!

Will they survive the separation?

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Meet the Author

Joey W. Hill writes about vampires, mermaids, boardroom executives, cops, witches, angels, simple housemaids…pretty much wherever inspiration takes her. She’s penned over forty acclaimed titles and six award-winning series, and been awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Erotica. But she’s especially proud and humbled to have won the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful, widely diverse readership.

So why erotic romance? “Writing great erotic romance is all about exploring the true face of who we are – the best and worst – which typically comes out in the most vulnerable moments of sexual intimacy.” She has earned a reputation for writing BDSM romance that not only wins her fans of that genre, but readers who would “never” read BDSM romance. She believes that’s because strong, compelling characters are the most important part of her books.

“Whatever genre you’re writing, if the characters are captivating and sympathetic, the readers are going to want to see what happens to them. That was the defining element of the romances I loved most and which shaped my own writing. Bringing characters together who have numerous emotional obstacles standing in their way, watching them reach a soul-deep understanding of one another through the expression of their darkest sexual needs, and then growing from that understanding into love – that’s the kind of story I love to write.”

Take the plunge with her, and don’t hesitate to let her know what you think of her work, good or bad. She thrives on feedback!

Vampire Queen Series

The Vampire Queen’s ServantPublished: July 2019 by Story Witch Press
Previously released July 2007 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 1 The Mark of the Vampire QueenPublished: May 2019 by Story Witch Press
Previously released February 2008 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 2 A Vampire’s ClaimPublished: June 2018 by Story Witch Press
Previously released March 2009 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 3 Beloved VampirePublished: January 2019 by Story Witch Press
Previously released August 2009 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 4 Vampire MistressPublished: January 2019 by Story Witch Press
Previously released May 2010 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 5 Vampire TrinityPublished: June 2018 by Story Witch Press
Previously released September 2010 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 6 Vampire InstinctPublished: October 2017 by Story Witch Press
Previously released July 2011 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 7 Bound by the Vampire QueenPublished: September 2017 by Story Witch Press
Previously released December 2011 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 8 Taken By A VampirePublished: January 2019 by Story Witch Press
Previously released May 2013 by Berkley Heat
Vampire Queen – Book# 9 The Scientific MethodPublished: October 2014 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 10 NightfallPublished: January 2016 by Story Witch Press
Previously released August 2014 by Ellora’s Cave
Vampire Queen – Book# 11 Elusive HeroPublished: November 2014 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 12 Night’s TemplarPublished: October 2015 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 13 Vampire’s SoulPublished: September 2017 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 14 Vampire’s EmbracePublished: November 2018 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 15 Vampire MasterPublished: December 2019 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 16 Vampire GuardianPublished: June 2021 by Story Witch Press
Vampire Queen – Book# 17

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KINDLE REVIEW

King’s Country. Oil King’s Series. Book four. By Marie Johnston

BLURB

I’ve been the wicked witch of King’s Creek since I was eight years old, from my angry red hair down to my ball-busting boots. With a mean drunk for a daddy who left nothing but insults and unpaid bills in his wake, was there ever any other fate? Now his passing has left me one bad turn from losing my land to the neighbors my family’s been feuding with for generations.

So of course it’s Dawson King who comes to my rescue in the middle of a snowstorm. But I don’t care how good he looks in a pair of Wranglers, or how much he spoils my horse, or how great of a cook he is. The Kings already have everything—money, looks, and charm. Dawson’s not getting my heart too.

***

I’m living my dream, I admit it. I took over the family ranch from my dad and grew it into the envy of Montana. I have the best views, the best employees, and the respect of the entire town. The only thing I don’t have is someone to share my dream with. So when my neighbor breaks her leg and nearly freezes to death, I all but kidnap her back to my place to recover.

We grew up less than a mile apart, but we couldn’t be in more different places now. Bristol’s had nothing but pride for so long, it’s hard to get close to her—and I want to get very close. I don’t care if the whole town loves me, I’m only interested in earning the love of one woman. But for a guy who’s got the world at his feet, Bristol’s heart might be out of my reach.

My Review

Dawson is a good guy, living off of his family’s reputation. A hardworking cowboy, he loves being a rancher, what he doesn’t love is the neighbour from hell! He’d give anything for her to just disappear.

Bristol just can’t get a break! All her life she’s had people look down at her! Her father was a drunk, and the people in the town never gave Bristol a chance, so she grew to hate the town and everyone in it! Including the self righteous King’s!

A wintery night brings these two together, he finds and rescues her, and she has to be bad if she doesn’t snap at him like she usually does. And then to make matters worse, she has to stay with him whilst her leg heals! This is going to be a nightmare for both of them!

But they weren’t always bitter enemies, as kids they would hang out together, and Dawson would walk her home. But all that changed when a horrible accident took the King’s mother from them. It left the boys without a mother, a husband without a wife and a young girl without a role model…..
There is a lot going on in the background, a family feud that’s been going on for generations. And a secret that if exposed will crush Bristol!!

Dawson and Bristol are drawn to one another, neither of them really want that, but fate has a habit of putting them in awkward situations. And temptation can only last for so long until you give into it!
And when Dawson sees how the town treat her, he’s ashamed that they took their leaf from his family! It was never Bristol’s fault, but her daddy was a drunk, so Bristol had to defend the only person in her life. But to never get a break. To never get anyone smile and be nice to her, no wonder she was always mean as a snake! Who would blame her?!

So can Dawson change his families opinion on her? Can he make the town see the woman he is falling for is a good person? And what happens when Bristol finds out about the family secret m? Will it finally kill off the love she has for Dawson?

I loved this story, it’s my favourite in the series. It finally brings to light about the family feud between Bristol’s family and the King’s. The town was just full of nasty people, but when Bristol gives a few people a chance, she’s surprised to find out she can make friends. But with The King’s grandmother lurking in the background, you know it’s not going to be long before she breaks this couple up.
All the stories were brilliantly written. The descriptions made the places we visit just jump off the page. It’s jam packed with emotions, it’s overflowing with chemistry. And the humour was on point. You can’t help but root for the characters in this book.

I’d highly recommended this book and the whole series.

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EXCERPT……

Dawson’s brown gaze was serious by the time it collided with mine. He didn’t start with small talk. “Why can’t you stay with me?”
“Because I don’t need to.”
He cocked an arrogant brow, and it only added to his rugged manliness instead of making him repellent. “The snow’s started. I have your horse, your cow, and your dog. You might as well stay.”
I gave him a tight smile. “Are you going to put me in the barn too?”
“I have nice straw, what can I say?” He rolled his eyes. “I don’t know what cave you think I crawled out of, but I have a big house. You won’t even have to see me that much.”
I gestured to my cast. “All your bedrooms are upstairs.”
“Not mine.” Grief hid in the depths of his whiskey eyes. “I have Mama and Dad’s old room downstairs,” he added softly.
The reminder of his mom peeled open the haphazard bandage I’d slapped over my heart years ago. Sarah King had been one of the best people who roamed the earth, and one of my dad’s stupidest decisions had stolen her from us.
“I don’t want to sleep on a couch.” Dawson’s couch was probably nicer than the salvaged mattress I had in the RV, but I didn’t want to sleep under the same roof as him. If only the trailer were more inhabitable.
“I’ll stand at the end of the stairs so when you fall hopping up them, I can catch you.” His tone was dry. “You can use my bed.”
Heat swamped my body. There was no reason on God’s green earth that I needed to be near or in Dawson’s bed. I didn’t care if it was for convalescence. No. “I’ll be fine at home.”
That wasn’t true. I had no goddamn clue how I was going to stay in my RV and do what needed to get done, but I’d figure it out like I had all my life.
“Bristol.”
“Take me home.” I sat up and scooted my legs over, biting back a grimace. My right leg was killing me and my cuts screamed. “Never mind. I can call for a ride.”
“And pay them how? I didn’t see a purse on you.”
“I can call . . . someone else.”
“Like a boyfriend?” His voice was stilted. Odd.
I gave him a careful glare. “Yeah, like a boyfriend.”
He pulled out my phone and handed it over. The screen blinked on. The barrage of messages from Marshall would’ve been easy to see. My cheeks burned. Would there be a time I wasn’t ashamed around Dawson King?

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AUTHOR BIO

Marie Johnston writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She also works as a medical laboratory scientist and has worked as a public health microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer!! She has a husband, four kids, and even more cats.


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KINDLE REVIEW Books 1-3

King’s Crown (Oil Kings Book 1) by Marie Johnston

King’s Crown (Oil Kings Book 1) by Marie Johnston

Description

AFTER LOSING MY JOB and my home in the same day, I need a miracle. And that miracle is coming in the form of an interview with the son of a local oil baron, Gentry King. The catch? I have to hop on a private jet with said gorgeous oil baron to get to the interview.

Except, I miss the interview when we get waylaid by a snowstorm. Now I’m stranded with Mr. King. In the same hotel room. With only one bed.


I’VE MADE A PROMISE TO MYSELF—no more women. It’s not like I’m a love ’em and leave ’em kind of guy. They all know the score, and they’re all looking for the same thing I am. But I have to set a better example for my grown sons, who seem to be making all the wrong decisions when it comes to their relationships.

The last thing I need is to be stranded in a snowstorm with Kendall, twenty years my junior and unintentionally sexy. We’re stuck in very close quarters. With no electricity. And no heat other than what we can generate…

King’s Crown is a standalone novel in the Oil Kings series written by an award-winning author.

Publication date 24/2/2020

My Review

Gentry has a lot of making up to do, after his wife died, Gentry threw himself into the single man’s life, drinking and women! In fact there wasn’t a woman safe from his charm, and because of that he list his sons! (They couldn’t forgive him for not mourning their mother) So he’s giving up women and focusing on his boys and his job. The job his wife got him (he works for his mother-in-law!) being the CEO of the company has him working long hours, but he’s not going to complain.

Kendall needs to get on with her life! But she didn’t realise it would happen all in one day! Being let go at work (downsizing) was bad enough, but getting home and finding your husband wants to move his new girlfriend into their home was a bit much!! She could move back home, but she doesn’t want to become the living nanny! (Her parents work long hours and put upon Kendall to look after her siblings!) So job hunting and flat hunting is a priority.

An age gap romance isn’t usually my go to read, but it’s part of a series I was asked to read. And I really enjoyed it. I liked Kendall, she was just so matter of fact, nothing really threw her, and she tended to take things in her stride. Gentry came across as arrogant, he wasn’t the type to stay around once he’d had his fun. But reading his story you’ll probably see where he’s coming from.

They meet up when they both have to take a flight out of town. Gentry has a business meeting, and Kendall has a job interview with his son (it’s a long story, but it is a good one)

The plane lands, but can’t take off again for Kendall to meet Beckett. They have to stay in a hotel together and in the same room….And I know what your thinking (same room, same bed, this is not going to end well) but nothing happens. Gentry is adamant that he won’t be tempted. And it works, for a while. But they more time they spend together, the harder it is to keep that promise.

Needless to say, Beckett thinks the worse of both Kendall and his father, so won’t even interview her! So she’s back to square one! But Gentry comes to the rescue and offers her a job. But that doesn’t really help, as gossips assume she’s sleeping with the boss!

And when they do finally get together, it’s not plain sailing! His mother-in-law gets involved, his sons have an opinion, and even the gossips make it awkward!

So can they really overcome all the obstacles that are thrown their way?

This leads nicely into book two of this series, King’s Ransom which features Gentry’s son Beckett.

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King’s Ransom

King’s Ransom (Oil Kings Book 2) by Marie Johnston

Description

When revenge turns into a fake engagement…

It was supposed to be a simple case of revenge: get to know King Tech owner and CEO Beckett King, learn his secrets, and ruin his life like he ruined my brother’s. But Beckett King offers me a deal I can’t refuse.

Not only does he want me to pretend to be engaged to him, he needs to marry me to get his grandmother off his back. And at the end of the year, we can go our separate ways, only I’ll be a whole lot richer.

I won’t fall for his irresistible good looks, or that aw, shucks country-boy charm he still possesses from growing up on a ranch. I’m smarter than that. He has a lesson to learn and I’m the best one to teach him.

But that’s the tricky thing with revenge. It doesn’t always go as planned.

King’s Ransom is a standalone novel in the Oil Kings series written by an award-winning author.

Publication date 6/4/2020

My Review


An enemies to lovers I suppose, only Beckett doesn’t realise Eva hates him and wants to ruin his reputation and company!

Beckett never wanted to go into the Oil business, nor did he see himself becoming a full time rancher. Beck has a knack of spotting things people need and then creating apps or promoting those those created the apps. And he’s become very successful. So successful that he needs a PA, his last one just wanted to marry him and get hold of his inheritance! And the one after that married his dad!

Eva wants to ruin Beckett King! He ruined her brothers reputation, and when companies pulled out of buying her brothers app, he spiralled into a depressive satiate that has Eva worried! So Beckett is going to feel all the pain and humiliation that Eva can bring down on him! She just needs a reason to be in his office!

I have to admit I didn’t like this one as much as the first book, but it’s still a great read. I didn’t really get the same connection that I got with book one.

Beckett gives Eva a job after mistakenly thinking she’s come for an interview. There are sparks, there is banter and there is the interfering grandma in the background trying to pull strings and orchestrate a wedding!!

So you can read these books out of order, you don’t need to read them all. But there is an ongoing story in the background….. Each King needs to be married to inherit a large amount of money. If they aren’t married then the money leaves the family! And grandma isn’t having any of that! So she’s harassing them to get married before they are thirty!

Beckett and Eva are getting on really well. There is a chemistry that they are both aware of, but Eva is trying to keep her distance. She’s not suppose to fall for her enemy, is she? But lies have a habit of being found out. And when they do…..

Can Beckett forgive Eva for lying to him about her motives for getting to know him? And can Beckett give Eva another chance, when usually no one gets another chance with him?

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King’s Treason

King’s Treasure (Oil Kings Book 3) by Marie Johnston

Description

Broke, jobless, and stranded in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day, I am forced to call my parents for a bailout. Again. A pampered princess and wannabe environmentalist, I know I’m a cliché and would do anything to change it. So when I meet Xander, a struggling photojournalist with absolutely nothing in common with my domineering, millionaire parents, I know just where to go next:

A wedding chapel.

But when I wake up the next day, my matrimonial rebellion comes with an unpleasant surprise. My husband is no penniless globetrotter—Xander King is the son of a billionaire oil tycoon, and my parents couldn’t approve of the match more. Now the only thing that could shock them would be a quickie divorce…except my new husband has a proposition for me.

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I take one look at Savvy and know I could spend the rest of my life with her. The feeling is mutual…until she figures out who I am. I didn’t mean to hide my identity, and I thought a desire to get out from under the weight of familial baggage was something we had in common. But with Savvy just moments from proposing divorce, I offer her the one thing I’d been ready to walk away from:

A trust fund worth millions.

All Savvy has to do is stay married to me for a year and then she’ll get half—except I have no intention of letting her go after 365 days. I’ve spent a decade running from my father’s disapproval and my brothers’ successes. Now I’m willing to spend a lifetime convincing the woman I love to stay put by my side.

Publication date 8/2/2021

Xander wants to be known for his pictures, for his artistry, and not because he’s a King! Going into the Oil business with his family would have been a nightmare, the ranch work with his brother is ok, Xander just can’t see himself doing it full time! So Xander spends a great deal of time travelling the world and photographing it. And give the man his credit, he works his way around the world doing jobs.
He’s also hiding a secret, it keeps him from going home. He’s also hiding from his grandmother (who wants him to get married!!)

Savvy doesn’t want to go back home with her tail between her legs. If she does it means admitting defeat and fling back to work for her father! And he’s a hard taskmaster to work for, what she needs is a plan, and it’s a crazy one at that!
Xavier and Savvy meet in Las Vegas, get drink and then get married! She’s in awe of Xavier, he seems to know what he wants from life, and he goes around the world to get it. But in the morning, a cold and harsh reality sets it! Xavier isn’t a poor man, he’s in fact a potential client of her fathers! Talk about landing a big one!

There is a lot going on in this book, and for most of it I did enjoy the journey, but I couldn’t connect with Savvy, she seemed to want an independent life, but couldn’t break away from her family. And Xavier seemed like a waste of space in places!

So can this marriage work? Can Savvy finally break away from her domineering father? And can Xavier finally tell his family the dark secret that keeps him from going home?

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Kindle Review

How Not to Mess with a Millionaire (Mediterranean Millionaires Book 1) by Regina Kyle

How Not to Mess with a Millionaire (Mediterranean Millionaires Book 1) by Regina Kyle

Description

Interior decorator Zoe Ryan’s life resembles a bad country song. Her boyfriend dumped her, her car died, and she was recently handed a pink slip. What’s a girl to do? Leave everything behind for a bit….in Positano, Italy. And when she gets there, she finds a surprising extra—millionaire restaurateur Dante Sabbatini in the kitchen. In his underwear. Making coffee. It’s suddenly not only hot outside, but exactly what is he doing inside, in her temporary kitchen?

Dante’s plan was to escape to his family’s beach house for some quiet and privacy. What he didn’t know was that his meddling, matchmaking nonna rented the entire house to a sexy stranger at the exact same time as his stay. It took him months to clear his schedule—there’s no way he’s leaving now.

With both refusing to leave, Zoe and Dante agree to be temporary roomies, but secretly aim to try to drive the other out. He plays his music as loud as he wants and will wear as little clothing as possible, and she’ll just go ahead and adopt that pig she fell in love with in town. But suddenly their game of one-upmanship takes a very sexy detour, and they can’t believe what happens next.

Publication date 7/6/2021

My Review…..

Dante wants a little peace and quiet, so the family holiday home in Italy is the perfect place, it’s also a time for him to collect his thoughts, he misses his fiancée terribly and just wants to be left alone. Shame his unwanted guest disturbs both his thoughts and his feelings!! If this is his grandmother’s idea, then she can forget it!!

Zoe only wants a bit of time away to nurse her broken heart, after finding out her long term boyfriend was cheating on her, then her co-worker/boss stole designs, she just needed to get away…..The place she’s rented is just beautiful. Very quiet and peaceful, well it was until the unwanted arrival of the owners grandson! Obnoxious man, rude and disrespectful! She was here first, he can just go away….

Dante decided to make his “guest” as uncomfortable as possible, then if she left, he could have his month of peace and quiet, so loud music, cigar smoking, and cooking in his underwear is all a plot to get rid of his unwanted housemate!

I had to chuckle at most of this book. From half naked men, to adorable mini pigs. This book had me laughing at these two trying to outdo each other then falling for each other….

Deciding on just a holiday fling, both Dante and Zoe are unaware of the others growing feelings. But neither want to be hurt again. So it’s just going to be a holiday romance. Right?

But feelings have a way of growing, until the unthinkable happens, how can you tell that person you’ve fallen in love with them? For Dante it was easy, he pushed Zoe away, and watched her walk out of his life…..

So finally realising his mistake, can he ever get Zoe to forgive him?

For me, the stars of this book was Dante’s Nonna (grandmother) She was just a joy to read about. And that adorable little pig Houdini just made me smile (makes a change from cats and dogs)

Beautifully descriptive, I could imagine the waves, smell the sea and hear that pig grunting. The scenery flashed before my eyes in an array of words.

It’s a great book to read at the beach, by the pool or even curled up on the sofa. The authors words will have you whisked away in no time.

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Slingshot
Ruthless Kings MC #14
K.L. Savage
Dark Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Cover Design: Lori Jackson
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Christoph
Release Date: July 7, 2021


BLURB

She slingshotted her way into my heart.

I’m a laid back kind of guy.
I don’t like to take life too seriously.
I’ve experienced serious and I’ve gone through the bad life has to offer.
I’m ready for the good in life.
I wear my heart on my sleeve just so someone can take it.
And someone does…
Natalia Moretti.

Out of all the people for me to love, why does it have to be her?
The frenemy’s daughter.
I’m screwed.
I’m risking my life to be with her.
But if life isn’t about taking risks, then what the hell else are we supposed to do?
Love with her isn’t simple.
There’s blood.
War.
Revenge.
Anger.
And that’s not the worst of it.

Her Uncle Maximo poses a threat along with someone who I thought was long gone out of my life.
Protecting the ones I love means I could die.
Death doesn’t scare me. I’ve come close one too many times to be afraid of it.
I face it head on.
And if I do, heaven better have tacos.

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EXCERPT

“Knives points to Benji. “We like you. What’s your name? What do you do? What’s your future like?”
“Knives, leave him alone.” Skirt groans. “He’s just a wee one.”
“He isn’t just ‘a wee one.’ He held his own. Who are you?” Knives asks, not sticking out his hand but running that damn ninja star across his knuckles like always.
“Benji,” my friend says. “Natalia, I’m so sorry about your eye. I shouldn’t have started anything. I didn’t like how he talked about you ladies.”
“No, you did good, kid,” Knives says. “You want something bigger, badder, and a bit messier, come prospect. We’re always looking for new blood.”
Benji rubs his jaw and nods. “Yeah, alright. Anything is better than going to the NFL to follow dad’s footsteps.”
Knives tosses his head back and laughs. “Ah, kid. You have no idea how many of us have fucking daddy issues.”
Slingshot comes outside, and he marches to me with powerful strides. The sun glints against his leather cut and his blue eyes; god, they hypnotize me. I don’t think he knows the power he exudes because he’s always holding it in. Without stopping, he wraps his hand around the back of my neck and bends me, dipping me over his knee as he kisses me, stealing my breath as his own.
A few catcalls sound out, and he pulls me up quickly, too quickly for me to piece together a single thought as his thumb brushes over my lips. “You didn’t go back to your seat. Good girls listen, don’t they?”
I nod and rub my thighs together when my clit begins to throb.
“Make it up to me by going out with me, right now.”
“Now? Right now?” I look around at my group of friends, and they’re all nodding.
“She’d love to go out.” Nora’s hand presses against my back, and she pushes me toward Slingshot.
“Well, there’s a bonfire tonight at the house,” Benji suggests. “If you want to come.”
“How about we meet you there? I want to change into something…better.”
Slingshot brings his soft lips to my ears. “Are you trying to tease me, Good Girl?”
I nod.
“Make sure you don’t wear panties, then. Text me the address.” He gives my behind a good squeeze as he leaves but then backtracks. “And be good while I’m gone, Natalia. You don’t want to know what happens when you misbehave.”
Oh, I do. I really do.
With hearts in my eyes and liquid heat between my thighs, I watch him mount his bike, which only leads me to think of all the ways he can mount me. The bikes grumble to life. The rumbles are deafening and shake the beverages on the table: the ice clinks together—the silverware trembles against the white tablecloth.
Slingshot does something I don’t expect him to do and reminds me how soft and tender his heart is.
He blows me a kiss in front of everyone without caring what others will think.
My knees are weak, and my brain is a complete fog as he pulls away.
“Oh my god, girl. You are so screwed,” Faye cheers before downing her drink.
“Nah, she’s about to be screwed. Right into a mattress!” Cora hollers and thrusts her hips into the air.
And then they begin to sing that damn song in The Sweetest Thing, and even Benji is cracking up laughing, but that’s not what makes it so bad.
Other people join in.
And I’ve never heard the word penis so much in my life.
I never want to watch that movie again.
Also, my friends need to come with a warning label. Society is never ready. I’m never ready.

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ARC REVIEW

Merciless Hunter : A Dark Mafia Romance (Dark Syndicate Book 4) by Faith Summers

Description

She should have run away from me when she had the chance…

I was on a mission of retribution and vengeance:

find my son then make my enemies pay for kidnapping him and killing my wife.

Then I met her.

Olivia made a big mistake when she tried to trick me.

I’m the leader of a blood-thirsty brotherhood.

In the Bratva the rules are simple:

An eye for an eye.

A tooth for a tooth.

Enemies will always be enemies.

Try to fool me, and you pay with your life.

Except this beautiful angel managed to enchant me.

So I made her my prisoner.

A captive at the mercy of my desire.

One taste and I don’t want to let her go.

One taste and I want to make her mine.

When danger comes knocking, our fates crash together.

Locked in a web of deceit and betrayal.

Tangled in secrets and lies.

I thought I had nothing left to lose.

Until my enemies take her.

Love has no place for a dark soul like me.

But I’ll walk through the fires of hell to get her back.


“Merciless Hunter” is the fourth book in the Dark Syndicate series. It is a stand-alone Dark Mafia Enemies to Lovers Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers.

Please note: this book is a dark mafia romance that contains mature content, graphic violence and may contain triggers. If such materials offend you, please do not read.

Merciless Hunter : A Dark Mafia Romance (Dark Syndicate Book 4) by Faith Summers

My Review

Aidan Romanov, is the infamous Obshchak of the Voirik Bratva, one of the most powerful groups in L.A. and that meant he was untouchable, well he was wrong, and the ones he loved the most paid for it….. The Order killed his wife and took his son. The Order will pay with their lives!! He will use everything and everyone to find his son.

Olivia needs her brother alive if she is to escape the clutches of an evil man, and upon discovering her brother maybe alive, she needs help, the help of the Syndicate, and Aiden Romanov can help. Can’t he?

The Syndicate is an organisation that aims to stop The Order, a group of men that think money can buy them whatever or whoever they want!

The spark between Aiden and Olivia nearly sets the pages alight, but a misunderstanding has Aiden thinking the worse of Olivia, and so he kidnaps her, he’s sure she knows more than she is letting on. He’s sure she knows the Order and where is still missing son might be…..

As the kidnapper turns to seducer, Olivia has to guard her heart and her tongue, she’s here to find help for her brother, not fall for her captor! But it’s getting harder to keep the lines from getting blurred.

And when Aiden decides that he’s going to keep Olivia, he risks information that could help him find his son. But Olivia can’t stay with her captor her mother needs her and she still needs to find her brother, she needs to escape! But does she really want to leave the only man she can trust? And does she really trust him, or is her heart too involved?

Fourth book in the series, and I haven’t read any of the previous books, but I’m going back to check them out. You don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy this one, but as the Order and the Syndicate are mortal enemies I’m sure they loosely follow one another.

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New Release

Nobody but Walker
Sweet McKenna Book Three


Christine Young


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BLURB

The Highland Lass… She was brought up, adored and loved by a doting mother and father ardently protected by her brothers. She was everything sweet and innocent until she was faced with betrayal and an unexpected and out of wedlock pregnancy. When she gave her love to a man who couldn’t return her passion and commitment, she was left devastated and furious. Faced with the loss of her child if she didn’t comply to his demands, Crissie McKenna followed him to Belfast then on to his country home to discover he was already married.

…The Irishman Stunned to find out his one and only encounter with the woman he wanted to love forever created a child, Walker Endicott, Earl of Briarwood, claimed his child as his only heir. Walker threatened all her previously held values even while he thrilled her senses. From the moment he first saw her to the second she ran after him begging him to make love to her, his captivating masculinity held her fascinated. In his arms she would know tempestuous passion, bitter despair, and a soaring joy that would humble them both before the power of love.

Excerpt:

Suddenly exhausted, she sat down on one of the chairs that was perched atop another. It rocked precariously before finally settling to a standstill. Crissie found herself in front of a window looking out on a velvet dark sky dotted with a few twinkling stars. The storm must have passed. Between clouds she saw the hint of a slivered moon. A shaft of light filled the tiny room. The stars were not so bright as she remembered from the highlands. A wave of homesickness washed over her as she longed for the place of her birth. Here she was in a townhouse in the outskirts of Belfast alone waiting for the father of her child to come home. It was not something she would have expected two short weeks ago. She drank from the wine, once more emptying the bottle. It dropped from her fingers finding purchase atop a table before rolling to land on a rolled-up carpet then the floor. She heard it spinning until finally it too stopped. Silence echoed in the small cramped room. She realized she needed to get down, should go see how Ian was faring. Unexpectedly, she wasn’t quite so sure how exactly she was going to go about this feat without hurting herself or toppling all the furniture. She was positive if she tried, she would land haphazardly on her rear, in the process embarrassing herself. Of course, at the moment there was no one to see her fall from grace. “Well,” she murmured, “there is nothing to do about this except do the best she could.” She stood on the arms of the chair below her planting her hands on something she hoped was solid. She felt a bit wobbly. Closed her eyes. Froze. The entire stack rocked before shuddering then shifting beneath her weight. She held her breath trying to move as slowly as possible. “What the hell do you think you are doing?” Walker’s harsh words startled her as she lost her balance, her arms whirling in the air. Strong hands encircled her waist, his fingers biting into her. Oh dear, he was angry with her. This time, she did suppose he had good reason. He lifted her from her perch on top of the chairs. While she thought she would land in his arms, it seemed the lower chair shifted causing her to move. Instead of landing safe and secure in his arms, she landed on top of him on the floor. When she pushed off his shoulders, she stared into his laughing golden eyes that seemed to be sprinkled with dots of deep brown. Perhaps he wasn’t angry. “It’s not funny,” she murmured. “You’re drunk, Crissie. I’ve never seen you this way. It’s rather endearing though. I’m sure there are lots of ways I’ve not seen you.” She punched his shoulder. “Am not. Let me up. Have to see to Ian.” “He’s sleeping. What were you doing up there?” he asked again, his voice gentle. “You’re covered in cobwebs. Hopefully, there are no spiders inhabiting your hair.” He brushed a few sticky strands away and off her hair. “Along with the dust of years of neglect.” “If you must know I was doing the job your servants are supposed to do. If there are any spiders in my hair, I hope they crawl onto you.” Suddenly he rolled, pinning her to the floor. “You don’t say.” His lips captured hers, hard and demanding at first before gentling. The kiss turned slow, languorous. Intoxicating. Undeniable magic. All the exquisite delights she always felt with his kisses bombarded her. Heat coupled with desire roared to a tempest inside all her most vulnerable parts. Never could she be immune to this enchantment he generated within her. His large hands slipped beneath her rear, pulling her against his hard arousal. Her fingers wove through his hair as he deepened the kiss taking outrageous advantage of her feelings for him along with her half-drunken state. He told her he would do so. And so, he did. Finding sensitive erotic places to stroke and tease to his command, he continued to coax her surrender. Nay, not this soon, please give me strength to withstand this onslaught for a few more days. Crissie didn’t have the will to tell him nay. If they stopped it would have to be because Walker stopped. She desired his hands and his lips, all of his body more than she ever wanted to admit. His large hands found their way beneath her skirt, smoothing along her legs, to settle more intimately on her soft belly, teasing her with expectations of more erotic caresses. Unable to help herself she moaned softly, the tiny ripple of noise telling her how thoroughly she was losing herself to this man. She heard the soft masculine chuckle confirming his win. His hands continued their bold, teasing exploration down her legs, settling her skirt as he reached her ankles. He stood then, pulling her up with him. Her body stretched tight against his, his arousal pulsing against her now so very obvious. “As much as I would like to continue this while you are more than willing, perhaps a cleaner space might be a bit more romantic.”

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Kindle Review

Alpha Maddox (Wolves of Chaos Valley) by Emily Rose

Alpha Maddox (Wolves of Chaos Valley) by Emily Rose

MADDOX

Mates are supposed to be forever, but nine years ago I found mine sleeping with another man.

Every night I both curse the Moon Goddess for pairing me with such an unfaithful woman and beg her for another chance to find a mate who could love me, because a callous and unruly alpha like me isn’t cut out to raise a daughter on his own. But the years pass by, and I find myself loathing everyone, especially that sonavbitch’s daughter, Jade.

She is a constant reminder of who her father used to be before I tortured him.

When the Chaos hits, for the first time in nine years, like a mother fuckin’ train, I stare at Jade from across the dark forest and vow that I would never let another woman get close enough to hurt me again, especially if she’s my mate.

JADE


Mates mean nothing, at least that’s what my father said when he cheated on Mom with the luna of our pack.

I didn’t believe in them then, and I don’t believe in them now. And nothing, not even the Chaos, could change my mind.

But when the forest goes dark and the Chaos descends upon the dark valley, I find myself staring back at Maddox, my alpha and the annoying prick who has made my life a living hell these past nine years. If I hate anything more than the mate bond, it is that the Moon Goddess destined me to be with Alpha Maddox.

Too bad I will never let him into my life.

Alpha Maddox is a standalone novel written by bestselling author Emilia Rose and part of the Wolves of Chaos Valley shared universe series.

Publication date 24/5/2021

My Review

The Chaos Valley Series is a group of authors that have gotten together to write stories about a Wolf pack. They all stand alone and don’t need to be read in order.

*****

Jade doesn’t believe in mates, things in her past have taught her that mates lie, cheat and don’t really love one another, that’s definitely a life she doesn’t want! All she wants is to leave the pack, but to do that she needs money, being in a gang that kills for money isn’t ideal, but she’s looked down upon anyway, and the bakery job she has in the pack certainly won’t help her leave. She’s just sick of being labelled liked her father, of being tarred with the same brush as him has been draining, it’s not her fault he cheated on her mother with the Alpha’s mate! She’s sick of the pack punishing her for her fathers mistakes, but the pack follow the Alpha’s law, and he can’t see further than his hate!

Maddox has been hoping to get a second chance at getting a mate, his first mate not only cheated on him with his best friend, but abandoned their daughter! But this time around he’s not going to risk his heart. Oh who is he kidding, he will probably fall for a new mate and she will be as bad as Clea (his first mate)

The Chaos is an event where the pack will find mates, it consumes them, the need to find and mate. It all happens once a year for a week. Tempers and emotions will flare, and since it’s been nine years since the last one, Maddox is expecting it to be rough going for his pack. And is it a coincidence that nine years ago the Chaos stopped coming to the valley when Maddox found his cheating mate? And is now returning when Jade is ready to leave the pack?

And guess who the moon goddess decides need to be together…. How can she put Maddox with the woman who reminds him of all he lost? Jade can’t believe it! Of all the pack to mate her with! Maddox hates her, she hates him. What more is there to say?

Can this couple ever truly trust one another? Can they get past so much hate? And then to throw things up a little, we have an unexpected visitor! And we have a rogue wolf who wants Jade for himself! And the rogue packs that snatch women and children, Maddox and Jade will certainly be kept busy.

Romance? It’s definitely an enemies to lovers. And reading what he was like with Jade, I didn’t want them to have a story. Understanding why he acted that way towards Jade didn’t really excuse him! To hate someone because of who their parent was is very unfair, and he should have been a better person.

Recommend? Yes I would, it’s a great story, it’s written well and thought out really carefully (it’s probably more difficult if your not writing the whole series) Maddox’s daughter Kylie is just so cute and she was a welcome addition to the story.

I was a little sad that we didn’t see into the future with an epilogue, so I’m hoping that we will meet up with Maddox and Jade again at some point. And I love to see other characters get stories?

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Kindle Review

A Mate for Hudson: An MM Mpreg Shifter Romance (Omegas of Animals)Book 2 by Lorelei M. Hart

A Mate for Hudson: An MM Mpreg Shifter Romance (Omegas of Animals)Book 2 by Lorelei M. Hart

Description

It all started with a crime…

Omega wolf shifter Hudson was set up—set up for a crime he never committed.

Following the advice of his pack’s seer, he fled in the middle of the night to find a new life in the desert. He finds a job at a greasy spoon diner, and it’s not much, but it’s better than where he left, even if he has to hide his true self—his wolf.

When Karma comes in and offers him a new job at a shifter night club, he jumps at the chance. As much as he loves his freedom, he misses being pack. A job isn’t pack—but it might fill the void.

It all started with a blind date—a bad one… Alpha bear shifter Shane is sick of dating; it always ends in rejection. His bear is longing for more than one-night stands—he wants a mate and cubs and all the things he knows he will never have, not once they find out he’s latent. Omegas want strong alphas who can protect them with teeth and claws, not alphas stuck in their skin. But when his roommate sets him up on one last date he begrudgingly agrees. How bad could it be?

Getting punched in the face, a broken nose, and needing to be saved by an omega bad—that’s how. So why is his bear crying out Mine?

A Mate for Hudson is a sweet with knotty heat M/M shifter mpreg romance served up with a side of daddy yums, an unexpected pregnancy, and a guaranteed HEA. It features a bear who can’t shift, an omega embarrassed by his past, a found family, an adorable baby, and some familiar faces from the Omegas of Animals universe.

Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

Publication date 27/10/2020

My Review ….

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, and I don’t think you need to. 

Hudson is an omega wolf by the sounds of it, he hasn’t had much luck, he’s had to escape his pack to keep his brother safe. Working in a diner as the potwash is hard work, but it keeps him busy, and that’s all Hudson needs at the moment, he can’t phone his brother to check up on him, he just has to hope his life is better than it was before! 

Then he gets another job in a shifter bar, potwash again, but the hours and pay are better than the last one, and now his boss wants him to train as a barman! It’s challenging, but Hudson is a hard worker, so won’t let her down.  

Shane is an alpha bear, without a bear! For some unknown reason (do we find out why?) his bear won’t make an appearance! So what shifter would want to mate with him?! He happy watching tv and eating, but he knows that’s not the life he wants! 

Shane and Hudson meet briefly at the bar Hudson works at, in fact Hudson came to his rescue when a shifter attacked Shane for not shifting! Both are interested in one another, but neither act on their impulses…..

They meet again at the printing shop Shane owns (Hudson and his boss pop into pick up invites that the bar need for their Halloween party) Shane is given an invite and told to come, both hope to see each other there….

Shane comes to Hudson’s rescue at the bar when a lion doesn’t take no for an answer!!

It’s a slow burn romance (which for a shifter book is unusual 😉) but after Shane and Hudson spend the night together, a misunderstanding occurs and Shane leaves, thinking Hudson only wanted a one night stand!! 

Shane is very use to people not wanting him, and why would they, his bear won’t make an appearance, and on a daily basis he doubts Hudson will want him forever! 

I’m getting use to reading m/m mpreg books, it’s funny how each author sees males giving differently. 

The sex scenes aren’t really discussed, so if you want graphic details about how they do about it for hours, your going to be disappointed! But if you love a romance story with a hint of naughty times, then this book is for you. 

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NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW

Thanatos (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 8 by Felicity Heaton

Description

Thanatos, god of death, has a mission: scour the unknown realms of the Underworld and retrieve the only daughter of his god-king, Hades. Murdered six centuries ago and her soul captured before it could pass on, she now falls under Thanatos’s domain. Armed with only a description of the location of her prison seen in a vision by her oldest brother, Thanatos has spent four years hunting for her, determined to complete his task and save her.

But when he locates Calindria, she’s not the delicate little girl he remembers—she’s a fierce, bewitching and beautiful warrioress who stirs unwanted feelings in his black heart and she’s on a mission of her own.

Calindria, daughter of Hades, has a mission: escape her prison, hunt down the ones who murdered her twin brother, and then make her family pay for abandoning her. But the Fates have other plans, placing a distractingly gorgeous god of death in her path—a warrior who is determined to convince her that what she believed is the truth is in fact a lie.

In a realm that turns memories against them and where anything can be an illusion, can Calindria and Thanatos learn to trust each other enough to work together to escape the hellish domain, or will the darkest moments of their past prove too powerful to overcome?

If you love Greek gods romance books featuring powerful dark lords of the Underworld and strong heroines who steal their hearts, this adult paranormal romance series is for you! 

Seven powerful Greek god alpha heroes. Seven passionate paranormal romance books. No cliffhangers. Just happily forever afters!

Grab your copy today and step into an action-packed paranormal romance world filled with mythology and mystery from New York Times and USA Today best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton. Be swept up in the story and characters as the princes of the Underworld fight to protect their world and ours, and the women who claim their hearts, from an enemy bent on destroying everything in the Guardians of Hades romance series:

Guardians of Hades Series:

Book 1: Ares
Book 2: Valen
Book 3: Esher
Book 4: Marek
Book 5: Calistos
Book 6: Daimon
Book 7: Keras
Book 8: Thanatos
Book 9: Hades – Coming in 2021

Publication date 8/6/2021

My Review

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Calindria wants to escape her cage, it’s been her home for as long as she can remember. Once free of her cage she’s going to find the killer of her twin! And then she’s going to make her family pay for abandoning her! 

This is the book I’ve wanted for ages. Once we knew about the long lost daughter, we waited for snippets or details of her. 

The brothers had assumed their sister was killed and lost her soul to Thanatos.

But that’s not the case. After fighting demons, sorcerers and witches, they now know she wasn’t killed, but in fact taken!

Desperate to find her, their father Hades asks the one being that knows the underworld almost as well as he does…..

Thanatos Is the King of death. His duty is to escort souls into the afterlife, and he’s never failed! Swearing to find the missing daughter of Hades King of the underworld and his queen Persephone. 

But finding her is proving most difficult! And after four long years of searching, he’s still no closer to his goal! 

This book was packed full of emotions! Sadness, both Calindria and Thanatos have been abandoned by their families, both feel lost and alone. Anger at all the lost time they have wasted in not connecting with their loved ones, being left to just get on with it! Fear of rejection at every turn has made both Calindria and Thanatos wary of trusting someone. Pain from the many scars they both carry, both physical and mental! No wonder these two are so suited to one another. But can Thanatos convince Calindria that her family have never given up on her? And can he help her find the young cheery person she once was? 

After Calindria escapes her prison she meets Thanatos, she vaguely remembers him. Not believing his version of events, Calindria hopes to use this god to help her exact revenge and retribution. 

How the hell is she expected to believe that her twin is alive and her family have been searching for her for centuries?! She’s only known her version of events for 600 years! She’s not going to just take the word of Thanatos. 

Going back to Hades is going to prove challenging. The land they are in turns truth into lies, and keeps throwing obstacles in their path. And that’s not to mention the feeling they are being followed!! 

Along the way animosity turns to attraction, he knows that Hades will kill him if he so much as touches his daughter let alone kiss her! But spending time with Calindria has Thanatos wanting more than his soulless servants waiting for his return. 

Calindria also sees Thanatos in a different light, he’s darkness like her, he understands her better than anyone else could ever understand her, why? Once he had been captured and abused, so he understands her frustration. 

Finding out about each other is just part of this story, we have great action moments, hilarious moments that will have you chuckling, and sad parts that will have you grabbing for a tissue. Descriptions of fantastical beasts that want you for their next meal. 

And a slow burn romance that goes up in flames and sets the pages alight. 

Finding the balance between action and romance is tricky, but this author does it with ease and style. Each story in this series has added a layer to the bigger picture. 

Because not only are we looking for a lost daughter, we are also on the hunt for traitors! These want Hades’s kingdom for themselves, a war is being waged! And it’s not over yet! 

Would I recommend this book? I certainly would, you could probably read it without knowing the background, but why would you? Why would you miss the adventures the brothers have? Why would you want to miss the moment they realise they could all be reunited? 

And now we wait for the highly anticipated book in the series…. Hades 🤗

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Doghouse Blues 3
Clive Radford


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Roger Fraser continues to battle the vexing absurdities of modernism, his aim to stay out of the doghouse by adopting meditation as an antidote to combat his hang-ups. When it comes to neutralising uppity officials and slaying implacable harridans masquerading as mewling princesses, Roger has no equal in the world of high-finance and within his wife Charlotte’s social set.

He survives a no-nonsense outward bound course instructor, boldly engages status quo doyens including an intractable hanging judge and a very persistent spook, avoids being mugged by lazoonland trailer trash, and subdues an autocratic drama teacher.
On a lighter note, Roger dodges the clutches of jailbait schoolgirls, is bedeviled by an overzealous impresario and battles intransigent shrews amongst a plethora of highly contentious and hilarious incidents, but despite his new found remedy, inevitably he winds up in the doghouse, wondering where it all went wrong.

EXCERPT

Just before the train pulled out of Euston, a man dressed like a 1950s spiv, replete with snazzy moustache, Signal-white teeth and wearing a wide pinstripe, two-piece suit, two-tone crocodile shoes and a Homburg, took his seat opposite Fraser and Giddins. “Mornin’ gents,” he trilled in a broad cockney accent. “Larry Leggett’s the name. Beautiful day for feedin’ the ducks, innit. Think I’ll get meself somethin’ from the dining car. I ‘aven’t had brekkie yet. Back in a jiffy.” “Yes, good morning, Mister Leggett,” Fraser convivially interchanged, smirking as the verbose traveller made his way along the aisle. “Good grief,” Giddins exclaimed. “What was that?” “If I didn’t know better, I’d swear Boycie from Only Fools and Horses will be joining us for the journey north.” “I’ve not seen anything like that out in public since I was a boy,” Giddins brought to mind. “And it was in Dad’s Army.” “Actually, I’ve just remembered another Boycie incarnation juncture.” “Go on.” “Three summers ago, Charlotte and I rented the Villa da Como de Grande with friends at Lake Como while we toured the Italian lakes. We’d hired a Mercedes Benz Viano MPV, not dissimilar to the one we own, from Europcar at Milan Malpensa Airport to ferry us around. I was tasked with returning the vehicle to Europcar on return to Malpensa. I’d finished my transaction when the doors to the Europcar branch burst open and in walked a family of six led by a spit and image replica of Boycie. He wanders up to the customer counter and says to the attendant in a broad South London accent, ‘oi mate, got a mota?’ Wobbling his pate he replies, ‘mi scusi.’ ‘Got a mota, mate?’ Boycie repeats holding an imaginary steering wheel in both hands and manoeuvring it, ‘you, know, brumm, brumm?’ The aide-de-camp dropped into a perplexed condition, so I decided to play the Christian and help him out. I said in my broken Italian, ‘mi scusi signore, il signore vuole noleggiare un’automobile.’ Boysie looks at me all indignant and says, ‘yeah that’s what I said, a mota!”“Jesus, I can just imagine it. Wonderful stuff, Roger.” “Oh, by the way, before I forget,” Fraser pressured, becoming serious, “what’s your opinion of Miranda Payton?” “Our illustrious female dealer? Well, one of them.” “Yes.” “I muster from sources in the know, she’s a sublime shag, but in terms of business savvy, for a trader, she’s a little short of instinct, and—” Derisively, he curled his upper lip. “She gets on my tits!” “Hah! Prove the theory and disclose the evidence.” “Very funny, Roger.” “Come on, why?” “Every time I see her, she’s either faffing about applying cosmetics or quaffing up her hair, when she should be rampaging through the business A to Z looking for new clients.” “Yes, that has not gone unnoticed in other quarters.” “Anyway, why do you ask?” “Henry Jacques has pressed me to recommend someone to take on the Buchanan-Elston account before he goes to Ricky and suggests the candidate.” “Oh I see. What about Lance Brisket? He always strikes me as being astute.” “He ingests too much Columbian marching powder.” “What? “Coc.” “Ah, yes. He does seem hypnotised by white line fever.” “I agree he’s perspicacious and in this contemporary age of less than Einstein-like bullpen inhabitants, even intelligent, but running off to the gents every five minutes and reappearing ersatz he’s had an accident with a tin of talcum powder equates with a no-no for interfacing with the Mister Cleans’ at Buchanan-Elston.” “Alright, how about Austin Franks?” Fraser sucked in breath. “Bit too ponsified. He even makes sisters Beavis and Butthead appear masculine in comparison. I know it’s unintentional, but the odd way he dresses, walks and even talks, could soon incur the indignation of Buchanan-Elston. I’ve mulled over advocating other old-school candidates, but most are maxed-out already, or for various reasons I don’t think the client would be comfortable with them.” “Phew, a Catch-22 then.” “Yes.” He grimaced. “Now I’m thinking, I’ll have to give sincere consideration to the Essex barrow boy fraternity.” “That’s really scraping the barrel. I mean, if Miranda, Lance and Austin don’t fit the bill, what would Buchanan-Elston make of the likes of Lawrence Springs and Brendan Kirkman?” “Good point. Only recently, someone requisitioned me to label the Essex brigade traders. The best I came up with was rough, blurry, fast, dark. Some of them might be capable of delivering on the client’s prerequisites in terms of nous coupled with presentation, but invariably as a subsection of mainstream society, they always feel inclined to live up to their own mythology. It’d scare the client.” “So who are you going to endorse?” “I’ll give it more thought. You see, despite Henry and I being close, I think he’s handed me a poison chalice. Buchanan-Elston is going to be an important account for The Firm, and if whoever I commend as the designated dealer fuck’s it up, it will rebound on me.” “I must say, setting aside Henry’s charm and obvious business talents, he can be a sly old fox, if need be.” After gaping down the carriage aisle, Fraser tapped Giddins arm. “Watch out, Flash Harry’s approaching.” “That’s betta,” Leggett announced, patting his stomach. “I can’t function prop’ly in the mornins’, until I’ve ‘ad an injection of caffeine an’ a bacon roll.” “What’s taking you north, Mister Leggett?” Fraser enquired. “You can call me Larry.” “What’s taking you north, Larry?” “Well, it’s like this. I’m an impresario and a rock band manager. I’m goin’ to Glasgow to bash out a bargain for my band Fanny’s Aunt on the Nedstock roster.” “Nedstock!” Giddins cackled. “What on Earth is that?” “You remember Woodstock?” “Vaguely, I was taking my embryonic steps at the time.” “Well, Nedstock is the Glaswegian equivalent of Woodstock, only with local Ned bands and a few outsiders, like my Fanny’s Aunt.” Confounded by the term, Giddins echoed, “ned?”. “Allow me to enlighten you, Oscar,” Fraser submitted. “A Ned is what older Glaswegians call a young Glaswegian tearaway.” “You mean, yobs?” “Yes, yobs is the nearest facsimile.” “And presumably, Mister Leggett, er Larry,” Giddins qualified, “the people frequenting Nedstock are also Neds.” “Got it in one, guv’nor. Fanny’s Aunt ‘ave done very well in Jockland over many years, ever since their singer, Butch Bollocks—” “Butch Bollocks!” Giddins interceded, goggling at Fraser. “With such an outlandish stage name, he must make Kenny Everett’s Sid Snot come across as highbrow.” “Nice of you to say so, but ‘e’s not that sophisticated, and by the way, it’s his real name. Anyway, as I wos about to say, Butch got done for grand theft auto, so I’m hopin’ to negotiate a very lucrative contract with the Nedstock management.” Glowering with mystification, Fraser prompted, “do I take you to mean, the Neds see car stealing as a feather in the cap of those tangled in the entertainment industry?” “Oh yeah, theft and Neds go ‘and in glove, specially when it comes to half-inchin’ a tasty set of wheels.” “And can we surmise,” Giddins propositioned, “the female variety of the species is a Nedette?” “Quite right, guv’nor. ‘ere—” Leggett leered, his moustache stretching to form a coyote-like kisser. “Why doesn’t a Nedette use a vibrator?” Bemused, The Firm’s men negatively quivered their heads. “Because it’d chip her teeth. Hah…hah, ha, ha…hah.” Appalled, The Firm’s men exchanged disgusted mannerisms. “‘ere’s another. How do you confuse a Ned?” Flustered, Giddins and Fraser exchanged bewildered visages. “Put ‘im in a round room and tell ‘im to piss in the corner. Hah…hah, ha, ha. I got hundreds of them.” “That’s quite enough. Mister Leggett, er Larry,” Fraser entreated. “We get the picture.” “Nedstock will be full of Neds and Nedettes, all wantin’ to get their clammy, nicotine stained mitts on my Butch Bollocks.” Gloating gleefully, he predicted, “it means Fanny’s Aunt are gonna sell a lot of copies of their new album, Pussy Squirt Death Mask. It comes out just before Nedstock.” Simpering, Fraser then mis-quoted, “by the time we got to Nedstock, we were half a million strong.” “Wot?” Leggett bawled, mouth agape, tongue flopping out and evidently mystified. “It’s an adaptation of a Joni Mitchell lyric.” “Oh, yeah.” “Forgive my unambiguous ignorance, Larry,” Fraser begged, “but I’ve never heard of Fanny’s Aunt.” “You must ‘ave done, guv’nor,” Leggett refuted as if his act were a national treasure. “Their name wos splashed all over the front and centre pages of the Sun, the Mirror and the Daily Sport, summer 2011, when the band wos arrested with a bunch of groupies having it away in the Trafalgar Square fountains.” Pausing, he developed a smug expression. “I put ‘em up to the ruse, as a publicity stunt.” “Sorry to disappoint you, Larry, but the occurrence never infiltrated the culture section of the Telegraph.” Leaning frontwards, Fraser puckishly snooped, “tell me, do you see yourself as a latter-day Malcolm Maclaren?” “I used to know Malcolm in the 1970s, but he went all up-market, so I lost contact with him. Shame.” “What type of music does this act of yours play?” Giddins supplicated, already shuddering at the prospective answer. “It’s a little bit of D-beat, mixed in with rap-metal, an’ a smidgen of Ghettotech.” “I’m not going to investigate what those terms mean, because I know I won’t understand, or like the clarification.” His vocal chords ringing with pride and neglecting the obvious put-down, Leggett furnished, “I can get you gents a couple of Nedstock complimentary tickets. Then you’d get to see Fanny’s Aunt. They were ‘eadliners on their 2010 US tour. Played every venue between New York and Los Angeles, and for top dollar too. If I play my cards right with the Nedstock promoter, my band will be ‘eadlining alongside Kojock, a local bunch of right nutters from Gorbals.” “Appealing though it sounds, Larry,” Fraser restrained, “I think we will pass on your kind offer. By the way, are Kojock a kind of Celtic take on Kojak?” “Dang, well…” Consumed in concentration, he scratched his hooter. “They’re follicle challenged like the Telly Savalas character, but it’s because they’ve ‘ad their ‘eads shaved and tattooed with erect muff marauder images.” “Dickheads then?” Giddins concluded, his latest slight sailing over the impresario’s “ead’. “‘ere, I’ll give you gents some free advice. If ever you do end up in Glasgow, mind your jam jar. I caught a couple of urchins in the Gorbals with their paws all over my vintage ‘59 caddie. Had to give them a seeing-to. I mean, touching a man’s mota is as bad as touching his dick! It’s written in The Bible, one of the commandments; ‘Thou shalt not touch another man’s mota, on pain of excruciating death.’” “Irrefutably,” Fraser capriciously backed whilst gurning at Giddins.

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New Release

Rebel’s Karma (Dark Protectors Book 13) by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebel’s Karma (Dark Protectors Book 13) by Rebecca Zanetti

Description

There’s no denying destiny . . .
For too long, Benjamin Reese has masked his deadly skills and temper with loyalty and humor. A vampire-demon hybrid, he fiercely protects his family, guards his brothers, and destroys the enemy without mercy. But when he discovers one fragile, beautiful blonde—a woman once mated to a Kurjan, no less—every primal instinct he has buried for centuries roars to life. With the mating mark she roused on his hand entwining their fates, no one will prevent him from keeping her safe and making her his, forever . . .

Or desire . . .
Karma wishes she could remember her last name. Or if she even had one. All she has in this confusing new world is a desperate duty to save the innocent. That means destroying the dark, dangerous, and desirable Benjamin Reese and everything he loves—an impossible task even before his touch arouses a passionate hunger she can’t afford. She’s certain a deadly enemy watches her every move, but it’s not until Benny kisses her that she tastes true danger…

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Meet the Author

New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has published more than fifty novels, which have been translated into several languages, with millions of copies sold world-wide. Her books have received Publisher’s Weekly starred reviews, won RT Reviewer Choice awards, and have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Woman’s World and Women’s Day Magazines. 

Her novels have also been included in Amazon best books of the year, and have been favorably reviewed in both the Washington Post and the New York Times Book Reviews. Rebecca has ridden in a locked Chevy trunk, has asked the unfortunate delivery guy to release her from a set of handcuffs, and has discovered the best silver mine shafts in which to bury a body…all in the name of research. Honest. Find Rebecca at: http://www.RebeccaZanetti.com&nbsp;

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KINDLE REVIEW

Risks of Temptation (Behind Closed Doors Book 6) by Maggie Cole

Publication date 16/3/2021

Description…..

Innocent and quiet is how everyone sees her. I did too. But the world has underestimated her.

She can’t stand any man’s touch—except mine. Once she has it, there isn’t anything else she craves. And I’m unable to resist any of her wishes.

But powerful men see her innocence. They will do anything to have her. And there’s nowhere to run except straight into the pit of the fire.
We’ll both have to do things we despise. No amount of training can prepare for the evil in front of us.
And I have to break her. She knows it. She agreed to it. She convinced me it’s the only way out.
Somehow, we have to survive, escape, and put each other back together. Hopefully, all the pieces fit again.“RISKS OF TEMPTATION “ is the sixth jaw dropping installment in the “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers. Trigger Warning: This book may trigger sexual abuse survivors (no descriptive rape scenes.)

My Review….. 

Book six, and it’s still going strong, the plot is still just as engaging. The characters are all convening to the same spot. This is going to be a shocker, and I wasn’t prepared for this at all!! 
How do I review this book without giving anything away? 
As you know the previous five books spent a lot of time repeating scenarios (just with different people) it wasn’t until half way though the book we would see them doing something different. 
This book had a few of those elements, but we spend so much more time with Emilia and Malin. 
Malin is a soldier working for Interpol, his job is to rescue hostages and to defuse hostile situations. 
But there is also a secret that Malin can’t tell his brothers in arms….. 
Emilia is sister to Naomi (book 1: Depths of Destruction) not a reporter, she teaches English to Spanish children. 
Shy, quiet and sensitive, Emilia is scared of her own shadow (an incident in her past) but being with Malin shows us another side of Emilia, and it’s one I never saw coming. 
They were never meant to meet! Emilia was in the wrong place at the wrong time! An unknown and dangerous variant that Malin had never factored into this scenario. So for everyone’s peace of mind (well his really) Emilia needed to be reunited with her sister Naomi as quick as possible.  
But spending time with each other brings them both a sense of peace that neither have felt in a long time, and that’s dangerous! Letting your guard down even for a minute can get people killed! 
This was saving the best till last! It brings this awesome series to an explosive finish. All loose ends are tied up, and all the explanations all make sense now. We see why this book was broken down into bite size pieces, to explain all of this in one book would have been a mistake. 
This series is definitely needing to be read in order as each book gives you just a bit more of the puzzle. This book puts the pieces together and lets you see the whole picture. 
And at first I really wasn’t sure! The beginning sounded so ominous, had we all got it wrong, were we looking at the wrong people? I really did question myself! 
All the women had faced abuse in one form or another, all their stories were dark and sad. Emilia’s was sad, but so empowering too, to take back her choices, to have a say in her life that had to have helped her overcome her own fears and her own self worth. 
This one was the darkest, the most twisted, but the one who knows will have you breathless with anticipation.
So can Malin and Emilia end the reign of terror that the Global Leaders have in store for the world? Or will it all just be too much? 
Highly recommend this book and this series.  
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Kindle Review

Stains of Desire: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 5) by Maggie Cole

Stains of Desire: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 5) by Maggie Cole

Description…..

Everything about this mission is a first. The hemisphere we’re in. The lack of direction from headquarters. The stunning redhead I rescue and inappropriate thoughts I can’t keep to myself.

But the filthier my mouth becomes, the more she responds to me.
Then I learn about her daughter. Santiago kidnapped them together, then ripped Millie away and used her as a tool to make Penelope obey him.
I vow I will find Millie and deliver her to safety. But the clock is ticking. And Penelope makes me promise her something I don’t want to.
If I make good on this promise to her, the window to save her could close.
I risk losing her forever. There is no choice. I have to save them both or die trying.

“STAINS OF DESIRE” is the fifth jaw dropping installment in the “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers.

Publication date 2/3/2021

Reading Order:

Behind Closed Doors:

Book 1 Depths of Destruction

Book 2 Marks of Rebellion 

Book 3 Haze of Obedience

Book 4 Cavern of Silence

Book 5 Stains of Desire

My Review

Penelope and Axel bring the series to a penultimate finish…..

Penelope is a secretary to an important man, it’s ok at first, but his true colours soon come to the surface, he becomes both her boss and her boyfriend. He has a bargaining chip that he uses to control Penelope, her little girl called Millie! 

She’s kept isolated in Panama, she’s not even allowed gone to visit family. Slowly he is her only source of communication with the outside world! 

But Penelope and her daughter are kidnapped by Santiago Gomez (this guy appears in most of the books!) And if that’s not bad enough, Penelope has to watch as her daughter is carried away from her screaming! 

Santiago wants what’s inside Penelope’s mind, if she talks she knows she’s dead! So by giving him snippets she hopes to remain alive king enough to be reunited with her daughter….. 

Axel works for Interpol as a clearance operative, but was a marine before that. He takes his job seriously and has never once thought to question his superior officer! Until now…. 

He was sent to Central American to rescue six women being held in a pit by Santiago Gomez.

But meeting Penelope has thrown him off his game, he can’t stop thinking about her. And in his line of work that’s a dangerous business!

World leaders are banding together to control the world! Media, money and power are their aims, the women are nothing more than pawns, expendable, in fact they are in danger of being used, abused and then killed! 

So, if you’ve followed the series you’ll be aware that a group of women were held by a terrorist leader! 

The women are then rescued by a crack retrieval team. 

The men are then paired off with the women, their job is to keep them alive until they can hand them off to the proper authorities. 

But all is not what it seems! The women have unusual stories and backgrounds, it seems higher powers are at work here! 

Each book concentrated on one couple. All the stories intertwine with one another, so I would recommend you read them in order. 

They need to get to Bermuda (it’s where the group are heading) if they can get passports, then they can just disappear! But Penelope won’t go without Millie. So it’s a race against time to find her, rescue her and meet up with the team….

They have to deal with manipulation, threats, danger, betrayal, lies, secrets, corrupt politicians and drug cartels. But still have time to fall in love with one another!  

It’s a great read, a little repetitive but with a different point of view. 

It does break off and we get quality time with Axel and Penelope. 

It’s heartbreaking reading the splitting up of a mother and child. 

It has more info on the world leaders and their plan for world domination. 

And when they are caught and Axel is made to fight time and time again, you do have to wonder if this couple will ever see one another or the team again. 

And with one book left it’s left to wrap it all up.

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KINDLE REVIEW

Cavern of Silence: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 4) by Maggie Cole

Cavern of Silence: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 4) by Maggie Cole

Description…..

Self-Sacrificing Love Doesn’t Happen Twice…But Then I Rescued Her…

Our baggage should keep us apart. But when a match is struck against the box, there’s no stopping the igniting of the flame.She awakens the man I thought died. But there’s an animal in me and it’s not just carnal. He’s a sinner who takes rage and turns it into ruthlessness. Not on her, but anyone who tries to hurt her.
And when I fail to get her to safety, my captor gives me an option. But there’s only one choice.
She tries to stop him.
I fight to save her.
With every victory, comes losses. But all the men who have ever hurt her will pay. It’ll be with my bare hands in the hopes I’ll someday hold her again.

“CAVERN OF SILENCE “ is the fourth jaw dropping installment in the “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers.

Publication date 16/2/2021

Reading Order:

Behind Closed Doors series:

Book 1 Depths of Destruction 

Book 2 Marks of Rebellion 

Book 3 Haze of Obedience

Book 4 Cavern of Silence

My Review

Julieta has given up so much, she wanted to give her husband the world, so she took on extra shifts with the airline she worked for, her thanks…. him sleeping with her twin sister and having his baby! Heartbroken Julieta tries to scale back on the overtime. Too late, she’s been told she knows too much and is now “owned” by the airline! And that’s only the start of it….. Taken, used, abused and scarred for life, Julieta knows her death won’t be a quick one, but she’s past caring anymore, death will bring a welcome release…..

Ryker is finally back with his team members after a year of “light” missions. Losing your wife to cancer would be hard enough, but watching your wife fight it again and again and again, only to finally lose her…. So he needs to keep a clear head and do his job, no way is he going back with the rookie teams!

It’s a simple enough task, six women being held hostage. Take out the bad guys, rescue the hostages, hand them over to Interpol (that’s who they all work for)

This book was really hard hitting, so be warned if you have triggers that include violence and the threat of violence. But saying that, I wouldn’t say it’s too graphic, but always be prepared (we all have different tolerance levels)

I have to admit it’s nice to read about grownups for a change, everyone is in their late 30’s early 40’s, and they do take time to recover (not all men are like Rambo running through the jungle) And they all have life experiences that have shaped them into the person they are today.

Again a lot of the book is repetition, but from different characters, it’s good to see things their way.

It all kicks off when Ryker and Julieta leave Hunter and Vanessa (book 2) their story goes in a different direction, but it will eventually come back to the main story.

Hoping all the characters make it out in one piece.

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KINDLE REVIEW

Haze of Obedience: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 3) by Maggie Cole

Haze of Obedience: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 3) by Maggie Cole

Description…..

She’s Mesmerized Me For Decades From Afar…

My mission is to rescue the Zoe Diego, a famous Latina pop star who went missing fourteen months ago.

I already know about her. She’s my favorite entertainer and her voice hypnotized me since my early twenties.
I underrated her beauty from afar. Stunning doesn’t come close.
But she’s sassy. I give it back to her as good as she gives it to me. And the angst between us only creates a deeper craving to make her mine.
The Global Leaders have forced themselves upon her, stealing her choices, and making her their slave in more ways than one.

They will do anything to get her back. So I’ll risk everything I’ve worked for and my life, to navigate the jungle and save her.

“HAZE OF OBEDIENCE “ is the third jaw dropping installment in the “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers. Trigger Warning: This book may trigger sexual abuse survivors (no descriptive rape scenes) and those struggling with drug addiction.

Publication date 2/2/2021

My Review…..

Dirk is so screwed!! He’s face to face with his ultimate woman, he’s followed her music for years, and he’s acting like a total jerk! He’s suppose to be cool, calm and collected, but instead he’s made her bleed!
He’s suppose to be attending to her after rescuing her, but so far he’s insulted her and made her cry, he’s even got a slap for his troubles!
He’s here to do a job, he needs to focus on his mission an bit her butt!

Zoe ‘a life should have been a dream. Singing is what she loves. Performing was a plus, all she wanted was to prove to her family she was more than just a berry picker! And as most dreams they start out great….
Now? Now, she’d give anything to be at the start of her journey and not possibly at the end!
People who were suppose to love/protect and care for her (managers) have only seen her as an asset, to be used and thrown away at a whim.
Turned into a junkie and a prostitute to sweeten deals!
Forced night after night to perform for moneymakers, drug lords and people in power…..

Just when you thought this story could drag anymore emotions out of you, this book finds a few more…..
Addiction, prostitution and fear, my heart broke at Zoe’s ordeal, a young singer with stars in her eyes and a talent that should have been nurtured. Yes, she did overate herself in the beginning, yes she could have done things differently, but being young you think you know it all.
But to be used as a piece of meat was horrid. No wonder she never trusted Dirk, all men wanted they took, and a gentleman is just a myth!

Like the previous books we have the rescue, we have the repeat of leaving the camp and escaping Interpol to keep the women from being returned to their former lives.
We have Zoe’s beginning and that is a little hard to read.
It does feel a little like deja vu in some parts, it only really gets interesting once Hunter and Dirk split up (Hunter/Vanessa book 2 Marks of Rebellion)

Dirk is being driven crazy, Zoe blows hot and cold all the time, he thinks they are making progress, something happens and they are back to square one. Kissing her seems like a great idea, then he remembers her choice was taken away, he needs to bide his time….

Zoe has secrets in fact all the women have secrets (it’s one of the reasons they were all taken captives) she wants to tell her “country boy” she really does, but trust has gone from her life, she doesn’t know how to move forward (every time she tried she’d fail horribly) and as she gets to know Dirk, she’s afraid of the way he will look at her, and the secrets she holds could get them both killed. No, it’s better not to tell him.

When Zoe is taken from Dirk your heart leaps into your mouth, watching her being taken from him you feel his pain, but Zoe’s fear and horror at watching Dirk slump to the floor is all consuming.
Will they ever find each other again?

This book is more intense, so many things are coming together and the story is half way through.
I loved this book, and can’t wait to read book four.

Ryker and Julieta yes please.

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Carnage (Four Horsemen Book 1) by Sarah Bailey

Carnage (Four Horsemen Book 1) by Sarah Bailey

Are you ready for the Four Horsemen?

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Carnage releases July 16th!

Prescott Ellis – Pestilence.

They call us The Four Horsemen.

Four friends forged in fire and blood.

No one knows where we came from nor how we got our name.

Drake, Francis, West and I rule the financial industry like kings.

Gods in our own right.

We grew up with a fifth. A girl. Scarlett.

She was one of us until she was ripped away from her life. The only trace of her was dust in the wind.

One day she returned to the city and sought us out. Scarlett couldn’t remember who we’d been to her, but we recalled her all too well.

If she knew what was good for her, she would have never come back. The moment she stepped through the doors of Fortuity, it was the beginning of her end. And the start of our reign over the girl who wanted us dead.

A dark reverse harem contemporary retelling of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

This is a DARK romance and therefore carries a content warning.

There are cliffhangers and an HEA in the last book.

Meet the author

Sarah writes dark, contemporary, reverse harem, erotic and paranormal romances. She adores all forms of steamy romance and can always be found with a book or ten on her Kindle. She loves anti-heroes, alpha males and flawed characters with a little bit of darkness lurking within. Her writing buddies nicknamed her ‘The Queen of Steam’ for her pulse racing sex scenes which will leave you a little hot under the collar.

Born and raised in Sussex, UK near the Ashdown Forest where she grew up climbing trees and building Lego towns with her younger brother. Sarah fell in love with novels when she was a teenager reading her aunt’s historical regency romances. She has always loved the supernatural and exploring the darker side of romance and fantasy novels.

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Kindle Review

Marks of Rebellion: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 2) by Maggie Cole

Marks of Rebellion: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 2) by Maggie Cole

Description…..

He Stole Her Freedom and Wants Her Back…

In the darkness of the night, she climbed out of the dirt pit and tugged on heartstrings I didn’t even know I had.
There’s no slow-burn for her. It’s a full-speed freight train of desire mixing with the jungle heat.
Her touch brings me to my knees. Her intoxicating kisses flood adrenaline in my veins.
But it’s not just about us.
Her ex will do anything to get her back. He’s powerful and he has eyes everywhere.
No matter where we go, people are watching. And the moment I drop my guard, I lose her.
When I rescue her this time, he’ll pay for every mark he’s ever put on her.

“MARKS OF REBELLION “ is the second jaw dropping installment in the ”BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers.Trigger Warning: This book contains Domestic Violence.

Publication date 19/1/2021

Reading Order: Behind Closed Doors Series: Book 1 Depths of Destruction Book 2 Marks of Rebellion

My Review….
It’s Hunters and Vanessa’s story in this book.
Hunter is a bit of a hothead, quick off the mark and easily riled. Being with this team has given him another chance, and he’s not going to mess it up. Well that was the plan until he saw her! His flower! But being Vanessa’s protection is proving harder than it looks, she’s sexy, sassy and in need of a protector, but Hunter keeps getting it wrong! He’s too loud, too brash and just too much! He’s going to have to step back and try harder, but it’s difficult when the woman you’ve fallen for flinches at your touch……

We start with Vanessa being taken by guerrillas, how she was force to wear shackles for months, how she lived with fear and terror, then it kicks up a notch, and she’s sold to her worse nightmare! A man that makes her fiancé look tame. Santiago!! Vanessa if given a choice would have stayed in that pit forever, she would rather die than go back to Carlos, but she’s a bargaining chip, a font of information, a well of knowledge, but what happens to the well when it runs dry?! Is Vanessa now on borrowed time? And even when she’s rescued, it’s hard. She’s always scared, panics and jumps at the slightest thing.
Naomi (Depths of Destruction) was a journalist, Vanessa didn’t do anything famous or important, all she did was catch the eye of the wrong man. For years he excluded her family and friends until she was reliant on only him, his ugly side would come out every now and again, a bruise here, a slap there, he was good enough to convince Vanessa he didn’t really mean it. Until she was totally controlled by him. She was only ever a showpiece!! But she knows so much about Carlos’ business dealings (yes it’s all connected)

Most of the book has Hunter and Vanessa trying to get to Honduras for fake passports and then onto Bermuda. Not as many incidents in this book, but the drama is still there. So when the unexpected happened, I was totally unprepared so see Vanessa and Hunter torn apart!!

This book is totally different from the first story. (Which so far is still my favourite) and my only gripe is that we have sex not long after ages been rescued (she was held captive for eight months, in chains!!) But other than that I loved the story. How Hunter makes so many mistakes with Vanessa and the people he comes into contact with, he is a little arrogant, so it’s fun to watch him fall in his butt a few times!!
But there is also a few laughs, hilarity can be found even when facing death! And the amount of times Hunter gets it wrong does face me chuckling at his misfortune.
Poor Vanessa had lots of panic attacks and couldn’t really tell Hunter why, as the reader we know why, but reading how Hunter struggles to understand gives the book another dimension.With this book there is still a lot of drama, still being chased by lots of factions, but this one focuses on the couple rather than the reason they are being chased.

So have we learnt anything from this book that helps us with why the women were taken? I can’t tell you that, but I can say there are more parts to this puzzle before it’s all sorted. Oh I forgot to tell you, Vanessa and Hunter…. nope can’t say, you’ll have to read it you send.

Who’s next?

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New Release

A GORGEOUS VILLAIN

Saffron A. Kent

Release Date: June 3

Two years ago, Reed Jackson betrayed Calliope Thorne and broke her heart. So she stole his most prized possession – a white mustang – and drove it into the lake for revenge.

Now, Callie is stuck at a reform school while Reed is off at college, living his life without repercussions.

Until he comes back.

With him comes back all the feelings that Callie has been trying to bury: anger and heartbreak.

But most of all, desire. At the sight of his beautiful but lying lips and his gunmetal gray eyes that still taunt and smolder when he looks at her.

Whatever though. It’s not as if Callie is ever going to fall for her ex-boyfriend again. Or let him corner her in a bar one night and touch her, kiss her…

Neither is she going to kiss him back. Or worse, sleep with him.

Because that would make her naïve and foolish.

Oh, and also pregnant.

And there’s no way Callie is ever going to get pregnant at eighteen and with Reed’s baby, no less. The guy she hates.

The guy who taught her all about heartbreak. Who might look like a gorgeous hero but really is the villain of her story.

NOTE: This story is a standalone and does not contain cheating.

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JUST OUT OF REACH (The Just Series #1) by Xavier Neal

JUST OUT OF REACH (The Just Series #1) by Xavier Neal

Re-Release: June 10th

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From best-selling author Xavier Neal comes a slow-burn romance that’s full of the unexpected…

They say all the best things in life are free.

I say all the best things in life are easy.

That is until easy gets me put on house arrest where I’m stuck with an estranged aunt, a needy cat, and drinking lemonade instead of tequila.

Easy suddenly becomes hard.

I basically have to sweat to get paid.

I finally realize that great cheesecake doesn’t magically materialize.

And I have to deal with a law-appointed babysitter constantly showing up to c-block my chance of proving to the drop-dead gorgeous neighbor – who I want screaming my name every night – that I’m more than just the crime I committed.

All the best things in life may be easy, but I’m slowly learning that all the greatest require real work.

Real effort.

And most importantly, real sacrifice.

About the Author:

Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband “Lumberjack” and their two fur babies.

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Kindle Review

Depths of Destruction: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 1) by Maggie Cole

Depths of Destruction: A Military Romance (Behind Closed Doors Book 1) by Maggie Cole

Description

She’s a Secret Treasure of War…

It’s a routine mission in Belize. Get in, get out, save the women.
I’m given Naomi’s photo and watch her hostage video.A stirring…an ache…a desire so deep for her heats up my blood and annihilates me.
Then I meet her.
It accelerates my thirst, riling up my inner beast.
She’s an investigative reporter and knows things she shouldn’t.
But all the women have secrets…knowledge about a global force so powerful the world will implode with greed. Freedom will no longer exist.
Instead of delivering her, we run.
The heat of the jungle is a blow torch demolishing my restraint, until I have to make her mine.
But enemies lurk everywhere. After it’s over, I’ll have to piece her back together again.

“DEPTHS OF DESTRUCTION “ is the first jaw dropping installment in the “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS” series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers.

Publication date 5/1/2021

My Review…..


Agent Andre Lòpez is good at his job, he runs a tight group of soldiers who run missions for Interpol, he’s never questioned his superiors, he’s always been a team player, he would never endanger the lives of the hostage or his men. This should have been a routine mission, but one glance at her face and he was lost, and at the sound of her voice, he knew his life was never going to be the same….

Naomi is in so much trouble, digging up information on a corrupt government has gotten her abducted! She shares the “pit” with other women, all have incriminating evidence or know things they shouldn’t! And her sister has been taken as leverage! It doesn’t look good (other women have been here even longer)and so to appease her captors she agrees to their demands….

Now I don’t usually read Rambo/guerrilla warfare type books. But I’d seen the author’s books around, I looked at the back cover and was intrigued. Definitely not your Rambo type read (don’t remember him get hot and heavy with any females!) 😆

But this was really good, and as it sets up so many stories for future books it gets you invested in all the characters. You want to know what happens to them all. You find yourself holding your breath as the escape plan is put into action. Naomi and Andre/Rambo/Clyde (she gives him nicknames as the story evolves) escape the camp she’s being held in, her worry for her sister is all encompassing (you’ll find out why later) all she wants is for Andre to take them both and escape, it’s not logical nor feasible, so reluctantly she leaves her sister to the capable Malin Cox (and a close buddy to Andre) From there on we are a witness to death, near misses, ex’s, torture, earthquakes and more drama than you thought possible. I liked the fact both characters felt a connection, but neither acted on it straight away (hello, in the middle of a jungle feeling for our lives!!) until a hot and heavy moment carries them away. Then those hot moments were continued throughout the book, but somehow they seemed to add to the story. It wasn’t over the top, it didn’t last for chapters and chapters! I just wanted them to catch a break and a really long sleep (didn’t get many of them either!)

Superbly written, this could easily be made into a film (or mini series) the action is non stop, from the time Naomi is kidnapped until the last page (nope, no spoilers) you feel like your running flat out! There are twists, there are turns, and subplots that will have you reaching for the next book.

Behind Closed Doors is a great title, because there is so much going on. You also get snatches of how the rest of the characters are getting on (and that in turn will have you gasping!) The plot slowly comes together, and by the end of the book your a little more tuned in, but I suspect with each book the plot will just thicken.

So….. Women are being held captive. They are rescued. But each couple go in a different direction. So the timeline will run parallel with each book. Each woman has something in her past that makes these women dangerous, and they are all targets! I’m so ready for book two…….

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ABOUT MAGGIE

Maggie Cole is the pen name of a multi-faceted woman. She’s an entrepreneur at heart and loves writing contemporary steamy romance novels that help her readers feel lots of different emotions. Sometimes you’ll laugh, sometimes you’ll cry, sometimes you’ll have little flutters racing through your veins…and that’s Maggie’s biggest wish for you when you read her novels.

She’s a wife, mother, and lives in the sunshine, where she can often be found staring off into space while creating new scenes in her mind.

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Maggie Cole is committed to bringing her readers alphalicious book boyfriends. She’s been called the “literary master of steamy romance.” Her books are full of raw emotion, suspense, and will always keep you wanting more. She is a masterful storyteller of contemporary romance and loves writing about broken people who rise above the ashes.
She lives in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico with her husband, son, and dog. She loves sunshine, wine, and hanging out with friends.

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Dream Maker, a sizzling standalone in the Dream Team Series from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is ON SALE for the entire month of June!

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Two broken hearts find love and healing in each other in this sexy contemporary romance spin-off from the New York Times bestselling author of the Rock Chick and Dream Man series.

Evan “Evie” Gardiner has spent her whole life being the responsible one in her family, but enough is enough. It’s time to pursue her own dreams. Evie’s finally going to finish that engineering degree she’s been working toward. But first she needs to come up with the money to pay for tuition. Working as a dancer at Smithie’s club seems like the perfect solution to her problems . . . until her family lands in yet another scrape and comes to Evie for help. Only, this time, her family’s recklessness is risking more than her dreams-it’s endangering her life.

Daniel “Mag” Magnusson knows a thing or two about desperation and disappointment, but no one notices that his good looks and quick wit hide the painful memories that haunt him. When Evie’s family puts her in danger, Mag insists on offering Evie his protection. He has the skills to guard Evie’s life, but as they grow closer, Mag realizes he’ll need to come face-to-face with his demons to prove himself as the man who will protect her heart.

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It’s two weeks today until Storm gets here.

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Madeline. My Angel.
The light to my darkness.

As President of the Knight’s Legion MC, death and destruction come with the territory—this club is my life.

Then she comes along and casts a spell on me with her innocent blue eyes. A healing balm to my soul. Powerful enough to chase away my demons.

Caught up in an MC war is no place for a wholesome kindergarten teacher. No place for an Angel. What if she sees the savage monster in me?

But walking away isn’t an option. From the first touch, I’m doomed. Swallowed up by her goodness.

Claiming Madeline is the only way to keep her safe. And make her mine.

Warning: A heart-wrenching cliffhanger ahead. A HEA is waiting for you in Avenging Angel.
This series contains dark elements. Reader discretion advised.

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New Release/Arc Review

Cruel Enforcer: A Cougar Mafia Romance (Mafia Wars Book 3) by Maggie Cole

A tormented soul on the verge of breaking…

The night we met, I joked about being his cougar. He said it depended on how much I could handle. Nothing prepared me for how Sergey Ivanov turned my world upside down.
Borderline scandalous describes the things he introduces me to. Every limit I reach, he knows to back off or keep pushing. Each sinful touch is a catalyst for greedy desire I never knew existed within me.
Once I step into his world, it’s impossible to get out. There’s no retreating from him. It’s a magnetic pull swirling with pain and kindness unable to be defined.
The world views him as strong and intimidating. I see love and demons he never should have been exposed to but can’t escape. Even when he thinks it’s safe, it never really is.
He’s my cruel enforcer…

”Cruel Enforcer” is the jaw-dropping third installment of the “Mafia Wars” series. It’s an interconnecting, stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, guaranteed to have an HEA.

Cruel Enforcer (Mafia Wars) book 3 by Maggie Cole

Publication date 1/6/2021

My Review……

OH MY GOD!! I’m warning you in advance… prepare to have tissues close to hand, and not just for tears! It’s hot, it’s sexy and it’s a rollercoaster of a ride. If you don’t finish it in one sitting I’m going be surprised, I couldn’t put the book down until the very last word was done! And even then I looked for more…..

Sergey is the youngest Ivanov brother, trained as a young man like his brothers to become killers, to be hired thugs!

Kora is an attorney, and a really one, she fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. She works hard, and she plays hard, but finding someone to keep up with her is proving difficult! Most men find her intimidating.

This series runs along the same time timeline, we just get to see it from different angles and from the different characters perspectives, but with each book, the story evolves and continues to thrill.

Quick update without spoiling it …. The brothers were blackmailed into becoming killers for a Russian mafia boss, but they’ve been making plans to become legit, they are intending to start a war between two mafia families, they know this is could be dangerous, it could backfire on the brothers. So they need to take small steps, with the intention of taking out both families. But Zamir (the man blackmailing them) isn’t going down without a fight!

Kora knows what she wants and goes after it. She’s such a strong character, her wit and sarcasm had me chuckling every time she showed up. Sergey had me wanting to climb into the book and comfort him, his story is probably the saddest in the book so far! He can’t help falling for the wrong women, and questions how a woman like Kora would ever look at him?! I loved the age gap reversal (she’s the older woman to his younger man) it made such a nice change for a cougar to be doing the chasing.

This series just keeps getting better. With each book we get more story unfolding. We get to witness how the brothers and cousins intend to take down the men that are trying to control their lives. It’s great to read about women who are in their mid/late thirties, instead of barely legal girls! Strong women, independent women who know their own minds. And these Russian men who might be killers, but have a code of honour, they don’t kill or intimidate women and children. They are hardened men, but will crumble for the right woman.

We have lots of action, we have kink, and we have misunderstandings and betrayal. Just when you think you know someone, they stab you in the back! And family doesn’t have to mean blood!

And now the agonising wait for book four begins!!!

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EXCERPT…… I’m about to respond to her when the woman next to me slides her hand on my thigh. Electricity races straight to my cock. I turn and remind myself to breathe.
She’s stunning. Her dark skin glows against the dim light in the car. Her hazel eyes pierce me. They swirl with confidence, but it’s different than Eloise’s. Hers has a warmth and coldness to them. It’s a polarity I’ve never seen before. Her lips are lush and pouty. I think of a dozen different things I want to do with her mouth.
She puts her face right next to mine. “You’re the youngest Ivanov brother?”
“Yes.”
“Thirty-three, right?”
“Last time I checked.”
She looks me up and down, and a stirring in my belly ignites. She tousles the top of my hair. “So you’re a young silver fox?”
“Kora!” her blonde friend mutters.
I don’t respond. Out of all my brothers, I started getting gray hair the soonest. I only have a little mixing into my black locks. Maksim’s hair is the closest to mine out of all my brothers. Boris has only a few strands of silver. Dmitri shaves his head. When I made a comment about my hair, Maksim told me not to worry about it, claiming it’s made women even more attracted to him.
Kora ignores her friends and leans even closer. The scents of tequila and flowers mix in my nostrils and send heat down my spine. Her eyes focus on my lips then she slyly drills her eyes into mine. “What do you think of cougars?”
“Kora!” the woman reprimands again while putting her hand over her mouth and laughing.
I lick my lips, studying her, and she inches her hand closer to my groin. I reach for her hair. I almost groan at how soft it is with just a hint of coarseness to it. I twirl it tight around my fist. I grip her hand on my thigh, move it to her other hand and secure my fingers around her wrists. “It depends on what the cougar can handle.”


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AUTHOR BIO

Maggie Cole is committed to bringing her readers alphalicious book boyfriends. She’s been called the “literary master of steamy romance.” Her books are full of raw emotion, suspense, and will always keep you wanting more. She is a masterful storyteller of contemporary romance and loves writing about broken people who rise above the ashes.

She lives in Florida with her husband, son, and dog. She loves sunshine, wine, and hanging out with friends.

Her current series were written in the order below:
All In (Stand alones with entwined characters)
It’s Complicated (Stand alones with entwined characters)
Together We Stand (Brooks Family Saga – read in order)
Behind Closed Doors (Read in order)
Releasing now: Mafia Wars


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Welcome to June

Books I’m looking forward to reading this month….

  • Cruel Enforcer by Maggie Cole
  • Thanatos by Felicity Heaton
  • Stolen Love by Charmaine Pauls
  • The Bold and the Bullheaded by Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster

New Releases out this month …….

  • Rebel’s Karma (Dark Protectors Book 13) by Rebecca Zanetti
  • Cruel Enforcer by Maggie Cole
  • Thanatos by Felicity Heaton
  • Stolen Love by Charmaine Pauls
  • The Bold and the Bullheaded by Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster

And I’m back to work.

It was strange coming back, it’s all a period of adjustment, for the past five months I’ve been doing my own thing (including more reviews) 😉

And now I’m back to work I’ve got to readjust again. No more wandering round the house in my pjs, no more late lunches, no more random phone calls.

I have to admit I’m a bit achy and sore what with the more strenuous part of my day now (I wasn’t in my feet for hours on end, I could sit when I wanted to!) but I’m hoping a month of easing back to work will help.

It’s also Father’s Day this month. And a few birthdays. So hopefully now that we are heading in the right direction (but only time will tell) there will be a few family get-togethers.

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Goodbye May

Books I read in May📱👩🏻‍💻 📚 🎧

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Dark Desire by Lauren Smith

⭐️ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
Zane (Keepers Of The Lake Book 6) by Emilia Hartley

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW/BOOK TOUR:
Broken Fighter: A Brother’s Best Friend Mafia Romance (Mafia Wars Book 2) by Maggie Cole

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Protector Of Convenience (Rogue Protectors Book 2) by Victoria Paige

⭐️ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
The Rebel (Kingmakers) by Sophie Lark

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
First of Her Kind: A Fantasy Erotica (World of Sense) by Scottie Kaye

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Enemies With Benefits: An Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Loveless Brothers Book 1) by Roxie Noir

⭐️AUDIO REVIEW
Surrender to the Alpha: Omegaverse M/F Romance: Knotted Omega, Book 6 Laxmi Hariharan (narrated by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel)

⭐️ BOOK REVIEW
Legacy (Montgomery Brothers Series) Book 1) by Laura Pavlov

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Peacekeeper (Montgomery Brothers Series) Book 2 by Laura Pavlov

⭐️ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
The Cowboy (The McAllister Brothers Book 2) by Julia Justiss

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Rebel (Montgomery Brothers Series) book 3 by Laura Pavlov

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Kissing Lessons (Kissing Creek Book 1) by Stefanie London

⭐️ KINDLE REVIEW
Tempting Fate (The Curse of Bearclaw Castle Book 1) by Emilia Hartley

⭐️ KINDLE REVIEW
Polished: MMF Menage Romance by Alyssa Turner

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Lady Frederica and the Scot Who Would Not (Scottish Scoundrels: Ensnared Hearts Book 4) by Julie Johnstone

⭐️ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
Stolen Life: A Dark Romance (Beauty in the Stolen: A Dark Romance Series Book 2) by Charmaine Pauls

⭐️ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
Chapter Thirteen by Maria A. Palace

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Wild North (The North Brothers Book 1) by JB Salsbury

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Deep Immersion: A Dark Stalker Romance (three part series) by Teresa Wolf

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
JACK (VEGAS KINGS) by MCKENNA JAMES

⭐️ARC REVIEW/NEW RELEASE
The Stone God: Indulgence Series 1 by Erin Kellison

⭐️ KINDLE REVIEW
Ricochet (The Rapture Book 1) by L.K. Reid

⭐️ BOOK TOUR/NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Equilibrium (The Rapture Series) book 2 by L.K. Reid

⭐️BOOK TOUR/NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Tangled: A Small Town, Brother’s Best Friend Romance (Willow Springs Series Book 2)by Laura Pavlov

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
The Bachelor Bargain by Maddison Michaels

⭐️NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
Our Darkest Dare by Sarah Bailey

⭐️ BOOK TOUR/NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW
BULLSEYE (RUTHLESS KINGS MC™ LAS VEGAS CHAPTER (A RUTHLESS UNDERWORLD NOVEL) Book 12) by K.L. SAVAGE

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
The Wedding Dilemma by Mariah Ankenman

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
Kicking Up Steam by Kaye Carreri

⭐️KINDLE REVIEW
A British Courtesan in America (Revolutionary Women Book 2) by Becky Lower

Kindle Review

A British Courtesan in America  (Revolutionary Women Book 2) by Becky Lower     

Description…… 
She is running from her past life as London’s most prized mistress.  
When beautiful Fancy Booker’s last benefactor leaves her his fortune, she sails for the new country of America. 
Giving herself the name Liberty Wexford, she hopes to set a new course for her life—alone.  The last thing she needs is another man in her life. He has no time for a woman, since the Revolutionary War is a jealous mistress. Hawk Gentry has two guiding principles. First, as a Son of Liberty, he must be cautious of others, especially anyone British. Second, as a child, he and his Passamaquoddy Indian mother were left alone while his French father trapped or fought wars. He vows never to do the same to any woman he loves, and the family they may have. Will the war unite or divide them?  When Liberty and Hawk run into each other on the unruly streets of Boston, they begin a tentative friendship. Even though neither wants romance, the sparks fly between them from the moment they meet. As their relationship blossoms, their pasts rise up to haunt them. 
Will Liberty and Hawk overcome the obstacles that seem certain to force them apart? With the Revolutionary War beginning, can love hold the hearts of a Hawk and A BRITISH COURTESAN IN AMERICA?
Reading order:
Revolutionary Women:
Book 1 A British Heiress in America 
Book 2 A British Courtesan in America 
Publication date 8/10/2020

My Review…… 
Liberty is on her way to America, to start a new life.
But it seems her old life wants to follow her, and on the ship, she makes the acquaintance of a fellow ship mate, but Liberty is not going to settle for a little fun, she wants something permanent. 
Hawk is part French, part Passamaquoddy Indian, he’s a blacksmith by day, but I’m his spare time he writes columns for a paper, to rally the American troops, he works hard, he has no time for love…..
Their first encounter is when Liberty loses a shoe abs almost gets run over! Hawk comes to her rescue. There is a spark between them, but Liberty is not going to fall for it, and anyway the gentleman in question wants to return her back to her home as quick as possible!! 
It makes a change for a mistress to take a starring role, they usually get delegates to sex scenes or villain status. 
But Liberty didn’t start out as a courtesan, se came from a loving family, but as time went on her parents died, and Liberty found herself in a place where her face could make her a fortune. 
Eventually the draw between Hawk and Liberty is pulled tight, they begin a friendship, and both Hawk and Liberty realise there’s could be something more, but her past raises its head, and when she tells Hawk about her past, he’s shocked, and tells her he wants nothing to do with her!! 
Does Liberty swoon like a maiden with the vapours? No, she picked herself up, renames herself and continues with her life….. 
I loved how Liberty reinvents herself, she’s a woman with both a spine and a brain. She’s not afraid of hard work, she gets a few jobs within this book, she’s determined never to be a kept woman again. 
It did make me chuckle at the double standards Hawk had, it was ok to visit one of those ladies, but it was another thing to take one as a wife!! It’s not until both his friend and his mother point out that Liberty may not have had a choice in what she did to survive. 
And so preparing to eat humble pie, Hawk goes to find her and apologise, but she’s not there! And Hawk has to use his tracking abilities to find his missing love…..
It’s a nice afternoon read. 
It touched upon the American/England war. 
It gives us a different female character, rather than the timid and virginal female, it’s a strong and resourceful woman. 
It’s part of a series, but it stands on its own, no need to read the first one.  
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⭐️New Release⭐️

BITE THE BULLET

April Canavan

Release Date: May 31

Emma
You can do it.
The last words my brother ever said to me.
I’ve got one chance to prove him right.
And nothing is going to stop me.
Not even a tall, sexy cop, armed with a glare that melts panties.
Too bad I don’t have time to go to war with him.
Because I could think of a dozen different ways to bring him to his knees.
I can’t afford to pay the price of failure.
But the way he looks at me… Makes me want to break every promise I’ve ever made.

Dominic
She’s a goddamn menace.
I want her, but some lines shouldn’t be crossed.
Nothing she says will change that.
She’s on a mission, but so am I.
And she’s my target.
We both know she doesn’t stand a chance.
But while my eyes are on her… I can’t see the threat on the horizon.
There’s only one option, and I’ve got to bite the bullet to get it done.
Emma Hayes doesn’t know it yet, but she’s mine.

Buy Link:

https://geni.us/BiteBullet 

Meet April Canavan:

I live on chaos and coffee, and you’ll find it running through every single one of my stories. 

First of all, I absolutely abhor writing anything biographical. In any form. I’m terrible at it, and I have the very firm belief that no one wants to know who I am. You’re here for books, right? But that doesn’t mean I’m off the hook.

I grew up sneaking over to my great grandmother’s to read her Harlequin novels. Those were delivered once a month in a ginormous box, and from the age of ten, she let me devour them in their entirety. I fell in love with romance, even the clean kind. And that, undoubtedly, led to many days and nights with my face buried in a book and the discovery that I wasn’t happy unless my hair was up, and I had a story in my hand. 

I never wanted to write. I wanted to read. ALL the words. Until someone pointed out to me that I’d been writing my entire life. I just needed to put the book in my hand down and pick up a pen. 

Once I started, I found out that I couldn’t stop. Now, I’m always writing. Or reading. Or chasing my son through the house to get the elusive hug he thinks I don’t need.

Oh, and I’m a Leo… which is completely on-point if you know me at all. I lo