BOOK TOUR- ARC REVIEW- NEW RELEASE

Call of the Ride (The Yaga’s Riders Book 3) by C. Rochelle

Call of the Ride (The Yaga’s Riders Book 3) by C. Rochelle publication date 27/10/2021

Description

A legacy like mine was never meant to be easy.

Shaky alliances, deals with the deathless, and an enemy far more powerful than previously believed all weigh heavily on my shoulders.

I’d hidden behind the mask of the Yaga for so long, I’d forgotten what it meant to be human. By claiming the fated mate bond with my Riders, I’ve rediscovered parts of myself I’d buried centuries ago, but I wonder if digging up the dead has its own consequences.

Our mission to unearth the key needed to stop The Devouring leads us deep into the decaying heart of humanity, but our greatest threat may come from within.

As my men and I struggle to overcome the ghosts of our pasts, I pray we can learn to master our collective power—before it consumes us entirely.

I am Vasilisa, and I refuse to accept my fate.–

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

Call of the Ride is the third book and final 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.

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

My Review

The last book in this brilliant trilogy has me little sad.

Yes I’ll be able to visit the hut on legs whenever I want, but I won’t have that trepidation as I open the book for the first time. I won’t be able to hold my breath and peek between my fingers as Vasili and her three guardians battle the forces of evil. I won’t wonder if they will ever succeed again!

The plot was brilliant, it tied up loose ends without become too predictable. It also gave us a glimpse and small hope that we could see our witchy witch and her riders again in another adventure (might not be them, but someone associated with them)

Midnight Sun, Brightest Dawn and Darkest Night were just brilliant hero’s, (Asa/Nix/Tanner) still giving us moments of hilarity and sadness. And our heroine Vasilia was just such a great character, strong and grumpy. And by the end of the book, totally a bada$$ and worthy of the title “BabaYaga”

I’d recommend this book all day long, but you definitely need to read books one and two, otherwise you won’t know what is going on. And you’ll probably wonder at all the weird vernacular the group uses.

Be prepared for a few surprises, be prepared for lots of smexy times. And be prepared to fall in love with these amazing characters and story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stay connected, stalk, and get your claws on exclusives & free goodies: https://linktr.ee/c.rochelle_author C. Rochelle here! I’m a naughty but sweet, introverted, Aquarius weirdo who believes a sharp sense of humor is the sexiest trait, loves shaking my booty to Prince, and have never met a cheese I didn’t like. Oh, and I write dark and dirty books, usually in the paranormal, reverse harem romance genre.

BOOK TOUR/ARC REVIEW

Rebel North book 2 (North Brothers Series) by JB Salsbury

Description

In a city where image is everything, Gabriella turns heads for all the wrong reasons.

The marks that slash across her neck and face turn people away. But I see the beauty that lies beneath, feel a kinship to her pain.

I regret the way she found me—mugged and left for dead. I should walk away, follow the rules, but I can’t. I want to see her again. There’s only one problem.

My brother convinced her I’m gay.

I use that lie to my advantage, persuade her to be my pretend girlfriend, to help protect my fake-sexual identity from my judgmental family. But what starts as a shameless excuse to be near her leads to crossed lines and midnight confessions.

I’m not who I led her to believe. I’m sin wrapped in silk. Betrayal masked by beauty.

And she’s not the only one with scars…

Rebel North book 2 (North Brothers Series) by JB Salsbury Publication date 26/10/2021

My Review

This one is soooooo different from the first book (Wild North, which still remains my favourite so far) Whereas Alexander was a growly, insanely possessive alpha, Kingston is a sophisticated, well dressed metro male (are we still using that term?) 🤷🏻‍♀️ But that’s not to say it’s not a great read. It is, it was a book I couldn’t leave alone until I got to the last page (never a good thing when you download it in the evening and you’ve got work the next day! 🥱

Anyway Kingston is the laid back, well dressed, fun loving younger North brother. His father was such a task masker when the boys were younger, it was no wonder they turned out the way they did! He hides his real face behind wit and booze, the ladies man, the charmer. But underneath it all is a man who just wants to be loved for himself, he’s also got a little bit of a dark side!

Gabriella is a care worker, working in a hospice she sees death on an almost daily basis! It saddens her, but after facing death in the eye and winning (if you can call it that!) she is no longer afraid, nothing and no one fazes her any longer.

There are some pretty funny moments in this book, the first being how these two characters first meet. And I think Kingston would love to go back and change her opinion of him 😉 A misunderstanding leads to Gabriella assuming Kingston is gay!! And for a while he goes along with it, until he realises he wants her to see him as all man! There are also a few moments that may have you reaching for your tissues.

We get to catch up with all the brothers (Alexander Is still growling but not as much, thanks to Jordan, Hayes is still trying to micromanage everyone, and Hudson is just adorable)

An enjoyable read which I highly recommend. And hoping the next brother is soon.
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About JB Salsbury

JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of The Fighting Series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day lost in a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles as stories claw away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to write her first novel.

Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award.

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ARC REVIEW – NEW RELEASE

Defiant Dodge (Knight’s Legion MC Book 5) by Naomi Porter

Description

Emilee. My perfect, Em.
Forced to stay away from her and my son, I’m a shell of a man.

I won’t apologize for loving Emilee. Or for betraying her father.
Love makes a man do some crazy shit.

The Knight’s Legion MC is supposed to be my family. For nearly a year, they’ve done everything to keep me away from my woman. They tell me to be patient, eventually Justin will come around. But when my son was born, and nothing changed…

I’m all out of patience. Done following orders and having the backs of the men who don’t have mine.

When Justin’s mistakes put my son’s life in danger, I pull out all the stops. Nothing will deter me. Not prison. Not even death. I don’t care who has to die to bring him home safely.

I’ll do whatever it takes to protect what’s mine.

Defiant Dodge is the fifth novel in the Knight’s Legion MC, the gritty and suspenseful romance series of a rural Minnesota motorcycle club. Take a ride today! Missing out on the first four? Start with Savage Storm and get ready for one wild ride!

WARNING: This book contains dark elements that may be triggering to some readers. Discretion advised.

Defiant Dodge (Knight’s Legion MC Book 5) by Naomi Porter Publication date 26/10/2021

My Review

We finally get to read Danny’s (Dodge to everyone else) book. And what a book. It’s not as angst filled as some of the authors previous books in this series (which I strongly recommend you read in order) but it will still have you reaching for tissues along the way.

Dodge has had enough! He’s done waiting for Emilee’s father to come round and let them be together! Hearing that his son (again the agony he has to go through not being there is so sad) is in danger and his biker family won’t help, Dodge is going to reunite with his family, and nothing will ever break them up again!!

Emilee and Dodge were spilt up in book three! And book four we get glimpses, so when i read the blurb and found out book five was their story I did do a little cheer.
Not as dark as some of the other MC series I’ve read, but still an emotional ride on the back of Dodge’s bike.

Emilee is a great character, a wonderful mother and will be a great old lady (if Dodge can save the day?!) Justin (Emilee’s father) takes away Emilee from Dodge after a “code” is broke! I just think he wanted a better life for his daughter. But he went about it the wrong way! Trying to spilt the family up only causes more heartache and friction between Dodge and Justin. In fact it causes Danny to question the club’s loyalty to him! They kept telling him to wait, if he’d waited much long then he would have lost his chance at happiness!

To find out ALL the story, your going to have to go and start at the beginning “Savage Storm”Beautifully written, thought out really well, and executed with the precision I’ve come to expect from Naomi.

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Need to read and review

Cousin Calls by Zeb Haradon

Cousin Calls by Zeb Haradon. Publication date 31/8/2021

Description

A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced “you don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”

My Review

A collection of short stories that are all connected with a phone call claiming to be a cousin…..

I don’t know how to describe this book. The writing is something totally different from what I usually read. It’s a little bit creepy, it’s a little bit strange, but it’s also strangely compelling.

The writing is really good, the stories are all different, and before you know it you’ve read the whole book!! It felt a little like stepping into the twilight zone…

You’ll connect with a few of the characters, others will have no rhythm or reason! And wait till you get to the Deer’s story (yup an actual deer!!) You know their stories aren’t going to end well, and you sort of feel sorry for them. But you’ll also be shouting at them not to pick the phone up to the cousin!

I liked the idea of the journal, it holds lots of interesting information, and gave a little bit of a focal point.

If you like the strange…. If you like the quirky…… If you like something that will have you scratching your head and wondering what you just read, then this book is definitely for you.

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ARC REVIEW

Warrior Fire (The Angel Fire Book 4) by Marie Johnston

Warrior Fire (The Angel Fire Book 4) by Marie Johnston

Description

Sandeen’s a demon that did the impossible. He busted out of the underworld in his own form and roams the earth. His black wings and curved obsidian horns make it hard to blend in, but he hasn’t survived this long without being crafty. Just so happens, he knows about an empty cabin in the middle of Montana. Solitude. Peace. No need to worry about getting shanked as he sleeps. Until a persistent angel warrior hunts him down. 

Harlowe’s world has turned upside down. Her best friend lost her wings because of a mind-blowing secret. Then a hauntingly handsome demon got away from her. All she can do is throw herself into her job and that involves hunting down the demon. Sandeen can’t hide. Forget his downy soft wings and the horns her palms itch to caress, his looks and inability to stay out of trouble will put him back on her radar. 

Finding Sandeen was supposed to be the mission. Getting captured by him is an unplanned complication. Softening toward him could cost her everything. Sandeen risks his hard-earned freedom by keeping Harlowe alive, and it’s not long before they learn they have more problems than the growing attraction between them. Harlowe’s not the only one hunting Sandeen.

Publication date 18/10/2021

EXCERPT:

A black bird flew into the air only to land on another evergreen tree a few down from where it had originally perched.

Sandeen eyed the bird from the front stoop of the little Montana cabin he was hiding out in and dipped his head. Smart creatures. Humans saw them as pests or ignored them completely. Demons did the same—except when considering whether to eat them.

Not him. He hadn’t survived the underworld by underestimating what he faced. Sylphs were worse pests than black birds would ever be, but the little demons had their uses. On Earth, they slipped unseen through the realm, interfering with humans’ lives until negative feelings in those humans coalesced into damaging thoughts that opened the human up to becoming a host for a higher-level demon.

In the underworld, sylphs were like cats. Ugly, stinky cats that no one wanted to let into their home. Sylphs shat where they ate and then they ate that too. But they had their uses. For a few tasty morsels they didn’t have to scrounge for, the little gossipmongers spilled their hearts out.

A second crow cawed. The first crow answered.

Sandeen flicked his gaze from the first bird to his right, then swiveled to look at the other bird. Each crow perched close to the top of their respective evergreen.

Interesting.

When Boone had lived here, he’d probably read the land a different way. Sandeen had seen the trapping lines the human had used to catch his food, but he had no clue how to use them. Wi-Fi for the win. He’d skimmed off someone else’s service until he’d gotten his own put together. Now he could order his own food and supplies delivered to the middle of Nowhere, Montana.

In the old days, all of ten months ago, he would’ve just found a host with a full fridge. But then he’d have to stay in that host to stay in the Earthly realm.

No longer.

Sandeen ruffled his wings. Both birds stared at him, cocking their heads one way, then the other. The first bird cawed.

“Thanks.” His voice was scratchy. He hadn’t spoken to anyone for months. He didn’t speak bird, but he liked to imagine that the crows hung around him thanks to his own glossy black wings.

It was probably bullshit. It wasn’t like a couple of antelope were going to hang around because of Sandeen’s obsidian horns. The birds were something to talk to, to keep his voice box from going rusty. To make him think he had a place in this realm where, as far as humans were concerned, he was an abomination. He was also evil as far as angels in the realm of Numen were concerned. Yet he refused to return to the underworld, the realm of Daemon. They’d have to drag his dead body through the Gloom first.

The second crow cawed and flew to another tree a little closer to Sandeen. The bird cocked his head at him.

Indeed. Sandeen dipped his head.

He looked down at his clothing. Boone had left quite a few things behind when he’d sold this place to what he thought was a single man who wanted a hunting cabin. The deal had been done online, thanks to a discreet identity Sandeen had constructed, along with a healthy savings account filled with money he’d pilfered from several hosts over the years.

It paid to be prepared.

The brown hiking boots would be fine. His heavy-duty blue jeans didn’t blend into his surroundings, but his wings threw all kinds of shadows around him. Paired with the black hoodie he’d cut the back out of to make room for his wings, he blended well.

Taking another sip of the coffee and grimacing—would he ever get used to this drink?—he opened the cabin door behind him. The hinges stayed quiet thanks to the WD-40 he’d found in the shed. Boone had taken many of his tools but left some essentials behind.

Sandeen set his cup down on the counter. A large knife rested on the island. He hooked it on his pants. Boone had also taken all his hunting rifles and shotguns. Sandeen could’ve used those, but blades would have to do. He didn’t want to risk buying a gun with his fake identity. No need to flirt with trouble.

He passed a ball cap but ignored it. Getting it over his horns was one thing, but his hair had grown thick and shaggy. Since he’d been alone for months, he’d quit trying to trim it. Same with shaving.

In the underworld, he’d been fastidious about his hair, facial hair included. Anything that could be used as a handhold for an enemy was kept short. And in the underworld, every demon was an enemy—including his sire.

Other high-level demons like his sire had underestimated his softly feathered wings for years. Sandeen had let them. Same with his horns.

Sandeen slipped outside and squinted into the sky. The crows had moved closer. The bird on the left tilted its head as it peered into the canopy of the trees. Sandeen flared his wings out and curled them around his body. Their silky darkness cast the same shadows as the trees until he was nothing more than a moving shadow.

He sidled left of the second bird. Hopefully whatever had interested the crows so much wouldn’t have the same advantage as him. Toeing his way through the underbrush, he took his time. Movement in the trees caught his attention.

Ah, so it was as he’d feared. He was being hunted. And, as he’d suspected, it wasn’t his fellow Daemon.

Oh, they were looking for him. But they had no idea this cabin existed and lacked the technical savvy to track his electronic trail, if they could even determine where it started.

But angelic warriors wouldn’t be so daunted. He’d known they would hunt him. He’d given them the nudge they’d needed to help their fallen friend and her human lover, Boone. But he’d also had to show his hand to do it. They wouldn’t let him go so easily.

The second crow flew closer to his cabin, its head cocked in the same direction as the first. Just one warrior. And judging by the long, lithe body and long blond braid, Sandeen knew exactly who hunted him.

His quiet life was about to be upended. There was no way the warrior would leave without knowing who, exactly, resided here. He should be irate. He should be raging at the unfairness. He should be planning how to kill his opponent.

Yet a smile stretched his lips. He’d faced this warrior before, but always while he was in a host. This time, it would be just him. And just her.

My Review

Book four…… I’d advise you to read the previous three books. You could probably get away with not reading them, but with an engrossing backstory going on, why wouldn’t you want to read them first?!

Sandeen is a demon, with horns, fangs and wings! So hiding in the human realm is going to prove tricky….But he’s a resourceful demon and he’s determined never to go back to the hell realm he escaped from!

Harlowe is an angel on a mission. To kill the escaped demon Sandeen, but finding him is proving tougher than she thought! And when she does track him down, she doesn’t bargain on being captured by him!

This book continues in the same vein that the previous three books did. Fast paced, full of action and a great storyline. Both the characters are in previous books. I really liked Sandeen, liked the thought process and the sneaky attitude he had. The way he fought his way out of the Hell realm was interesting too, and his sense of humour gave us a few moments of light relief. Harlowe, in previous books she came across as a little arrogant, it rankled that Sandeen escaped her once before, and had managed to evade her for a while before she tracked him down. I had to to chuckle when she was taken by surprise, her arrogance was definitely her downfall.

Without giving too much away, they have to work together to find out who is trying to kill Sandeen (apart from Harlowe) he seems to have a lot of knowledge that people/angels/demons are willing to kill for!

If your looking for hot angels/human/demons and plenty of action/adventure, then I’d recommend this book, and in fact the whole series as a must read.

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ABOUT MARIE:

Marie Johnston is a RITA® Finalist, and a best-selling and award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance – and an avid reader of them both. ​

Several years ago, when kids started outnumbering adults in the house, Marie Johnston left her job as a public health microbiologist to stay at home. Settling into working part-time and shuttling kids around gave Marie the opportunity to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up. A die-hard science geek, she explored her previously thought to be non-existent creative side after much time spent making snowman crafts and coloring princesses. Having entertained thoughts of writing a book one day then subsequently deciding it would be too hard, she finally put the figurative pen to paper and began to type – and fell in love with storytelling.

The Sigma Menace is the first series by Marie with Fever Claim being her first book EVER.  She is humbled by the fact that people are willing to read to her books and looks forward to keeping readers entertained for many years.

Marie lives with her husband and four kids in the Upper Midwest where the summers are gorgeous, the winters are brutal, and spring and fall are luxuries.

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ARC REVIEW

Demon Fire (The Angel Fire Book 3) by Marie Johnston

Description

She betrayed her kind and was exiled from her realm. When Sierra is dumped in a snowy forest before an impending blizzard, that should be the end of the newly fallen angel.

Boone wanted isolation. He wanted peace. He wanted to be left the hell alone. But a last-minute trip before he’s stormed in for days turns up more than spare wood and a rabbit in his snare. He finds an unconscious and bloody woman.

Sierra’s realm might have erased her existence, but that doesn’t mean she’s been forgotten by those who want to use her for their own means. Demons have found her, and sticking around puts Boone at risk, the one man who makes her think she might deserve more than shame.

Boone’s not going to let his fallen angel go. But going on the run with Sierra means discovering a terrifying new world, one with monsters who aren’t much different than the ones who killed his family. He barely survived then. Will this time end up killing them both?


Demon Fire (The Angel Fire Book 3) by Marie Johnston

Publication date 12/4/2021

My Review

Damn!! This one is now my new favourite in this series (Sorry Bryant)

If you’ve been reading this series then you’ll know you really should read in order. There is an ongoing story that will have you wanting to know more and more about the demons, angels and fallen Angels that inhabit this realm.

Boone is a loner, likes it that way, but not how he got this way!! That’s a sad tale that we get to hear about.

Sierra is now a fallen Angel after an incident in the previous book! (See that’s why you have to read them in order 😉)Abandoned and left to die, she’s not expecting to survive for long in the human realm!

So, this is a slow burn romance that is going to make your heart burst! They don’t want to rely on one another, they don’t think they deserve happiness. And they certainly don’t expect to be hunted by both angels and demons!

We get to see characters from previous books, we also get to guess who is book four going to belong to. These books just keep getting better. The lives of the couples in past and present books are woven into the realm they all reside in really well. Descriptions of battles will have you on the edge of your seat. The double dealings and backstabbings will have you booing the bad guys. But as I’m learning with this series, nothing is as it seems. Who you think are bad guys aren’t, and a demon isn’t necessarily going to be a bad guy. And when an angel falls, it’s not going to be pretty.

Boone is such a great character, and not what i was expecting, he might give this “don’t care” attitude, but he does. And watching as he falls for Sierra is such a heartwarming journey. Sierra was in the previous book, and I didn’t want to like her, but her story will have you cheering her on. They make a cute couple, when they FINALLY decide they belong together. And if you’ve read the previous book you’ll know there is one important thing I’ve left out….😉

So grab this book, grab the previous ones, you really won’t be sorry.

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ABOUT MARIE:

Marie Johnston is a RITA® Finalist, and a best-selling and award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance – and an avid reader of them both. ​

Several years ago, when kids started outnumbering adults in the house, Marie Johnston left her job as a public health microbiologist to stay at home. Settling into working part-time and shuttling kids around gave Marie the opportunity to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up. A die-hard science geek, she explored her previously thought to be non-existent creative side after much time spent making snowman crafts and coloring princesses. Having entertained thoughts of writing a book one day then subsequently deciding it would be too hard, she finally put the figurative pen to paper and began to type – and fell in love with storytelling.

The Sigma Menace is the first series by Marie with Fever Claim being her first book EVER.  She is humbled by the fact that people are willing to read to her books and looks forward to keeping readers entertained for many years.

Marie lives with her husband and four kids in the Upper Midwest where the summers are gorgeous, the winters are brutal, and spring and fall are luxuries.

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ARC REVIEW

Wicked Fire (The Angel Fire Book 2) by Marie Johnston

Description

His thoughts are less than angelic around her….

Jagger Hancock is a fearsome warrior for the angelic realm, slaying demons left and right on Earth and protecting the human race. But when a powerful senator is murdered, he’s reduced to acting as a bodyguard for the grieving daughter. Too bad she’s the same female who ruined his one and only chance at happiness.


Felicia Montclaire looks as angelic as the rest of her kind, but she hides her scars well. Yet the male who gave them to her is not just after her again, but seeking conquest over the entire realm too. While her life goes up in flames once more, the last thing she needs is a cranky bodyguard…even if he’s the only one who can keep her alive.


Jagger and Felicia might not survive each other, much less the constant attacks from their enemies. But when danger drives them back to the angelic realm, they’ll discover their past is waiting for them—and it’s far more dangerous than anything on Earth.

Wicked Fire is book 2 in the Angel Fire series, an exciting new paranormal romance series by an award-winning author.

Wicked Fire (The Angel Fire Book 2) by Marie Johnston

Publication date 21/10/2019

My Review

Book two sees Angel warrior Jagger acting as a bodyguard for the woman who ruined his happiness…..

Felicia doesn’t want a bodyguard, and she certainly doesn’t want the Angel that is totally rude to her, but he seems to be the only Angel for the job….

Oh Lord!! This follows on from book one, and as I’ve read the book it follows nicely. But you could read this book without reading book one.

A fast paced action story that just didn’t stop. Without giving too much away from book one, there is a power play going on, sides are being drawn up, and a little double crossing is going on. Jagger and Felicia appear in book one, and they don’t really get on too well! And it’s definitely a hate/hate relationship at first. But the more Jagger is around Felicia, the harder it is to stay angry at her.

Marie Johnston brings this world to life with her brilliant descriptions. Building this world up steadily with the introduction of a few characters, instead of bombarding us with a legion of characters (and not always needed) Jagger and Felicia are such opposites you do have to wonder where the author was taking this book…. But they work, Jagger is just the Angel for the job when they have to return to the angelic realm. But danger lurks behind every corner! And it could cost Felicia her life!

I loved the book, not as much as book one. But I’m going to recommend this book if you love Angel/warriors and a fight to claim their love and their mates.

Book three sounds really intriguing 🤔

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ABOUT MARIE:

Marie Johnston is a RITA® Finalist, and a best-selling and award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance – and an avid reader of them both. ​

Several years ago, when kids started outnumbering adults in the house, Marie Johnston left her job as a public health microbiologist to stay at home. Settling into working part-time and shuttling kids around gave Marie the opportunity to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up. A die-hard science geek, she explored her previously thought to be non-existent creative side after much time spent making snowman crafts and coloring princesses. Having entertained thoughts of writing a book one day then subsequently deciding it would be too hard, she finally put the figurative pen to paper and began to type – and fell in love with storytelling.

The Sigma Menace is the first series by Marie with Fever Claim being her first book EVER.  She is humbled by the fact that people are willing to read to her books and looks forward to keeping readers entertained for many years.

Marie lives with her husband and four kids in the Upper Midwest where the summers are gorgeous, the winters are brutal, and spring and fall are luxuries.

CONNECT WITH MARIE:

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Angel Fire (The Angel Fire Book 1) by Marie Johnston

Description

Odessa’s a nerdy angel who just wants to keep to herself. Her unpopular father works in the government of their realm. She doesn’t get along with her sister, and no one talks about what happened to her mother. So Odessa has no one to turn to for help with the staggering fear she lives under each day, a terror born from childhood trauma. Until she spots the announcement of a gala for a warrior in need of a mate.

Bryant would rather chew his wings off than get mated, but orders are orders. He’s been erratic in the field, taking unnecessary risks, and is cranky with his team. His boss hopes a mate will stabilize him. But Bryant understands what the rest of the realm won’t admit. His face full of scars makes him nightmare material, not mate material, for a realm full of vain angels.

When an ethereally gorgeous female accepts his request, Bryant is leery. Then he learns who Odessa really is—the daughter of the man responsible for his injuries. But when Odessa’s attacked, Bryant has to get over his resentment. Because he’s the only thing between her and death, and together they might be able to save their realm.

Angel Fire (The Angel Fire Book 1) by Marie Johnston

Publication date 8/3/2019

My Review

I love paranormal stories.

I’ve read and loved the author’s Oil King’s Series. So I was looking forward to seeing how the author would work in this genre.

Reading this was an amazing journey. The author brought her usual descriptive brilliance, bringing a whole new world for me to obsess over 😉 Bringing these angels and their lives to life…

Bryant doesn’t need a mate! It might center him, it could even help heal the hideous scars he has on his face. But the angels can’t see past his scars, and Bryant doesn’t want to settle for being second best! He’s going to concentrate on his job, and love can just go and do one!!

Odessa needs protection, and picking the biggest, baddest angel as a mate makes perfect sense. She might give off a brave vibe, but she’s scared…..

I loved this couple and loved the connection they had.But I did find it a little annoying that Bryant kept trying to push Odessa away (I think he was trying to convince himself more than anyone else!) Luckily Odessa saw through him and brought him up on his behaviour.
And when she gets kidnapped? Will it be too late for Bryant to tell her how he really feels?

First book in a four book series (although there is another book due out soon) And I loved it. Lots of world and character building (it was also fun to see if I’m right about future couples) Secrets, intrigue and a little angst. A mating that could go either way! And don’t forget the backstabbing and bad guys 😉

Next book please……

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About the Author

ABOUT MARIE:

Marie Johnston is a RITA® Finalist, and a best-selling and award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance – and an avid reader of them both. ​

Several years ago, when kids started outnumbering adults in the house, Marie Johnston left her job as a public health microbiologist to stay at home. Settling into working part-time and shuttling kids around gave Marie the opportunity to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up. A die-hard science geek, she explored her previously thought to be non-existent creative side after much time spent making snowman crafts and coloring princesses. Having entertained thoughts of writing a book one day then subsequently deciding it would be too hard, she finally put the figurative pen to paper and began to type – and fell in love with storytelling.

The Sigma Menace is the first series by Marie with Fever Claim being her first book EVER.  She is humbled by the fact that people are willing to read to her books and looks forward to keeping readers entertained for many years.

Marie lives with her husband and four kids in the Upper Midwest where the summers are gorgeous, the winters are brutal, and spring and fall are luxuries.

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Escaping the Earl (The League of Rogues Book 16) by Lauren Smith

Description

Peregrine Ashby, Earl of Rutland
A gentleman.
A reluctant aristocrat.
Desperate to avoid marriage.

Peregrine Ashby, the newly and unexpectedly titled Earl of Rutland, is muddling through the affairs of becoming a suddenly wealthy and titled man of means. The last thing he wants to worry about is a finding a wife. After the disaster of his parents’ loveless marriage, he’s sworn off wife-hunting.

But when he stumbles quite literally into a mysterious beauty wearing a mask at a ball who begs for his help he can’t deny her. Her request? Make love to her beneath the stars and save her from a terrible marriage herself. After the magic of the night is over and the mysterious beauty has vanished, he remains haunted by her and what might have been…

Sabrina Talleyrand flees her home when she learns her brother has sold her in marriage to a foul man. Knowing the one thing that will stop the marriage is no longer being a virgin, she seduces the first man at a masked ball that attracts her attention. But making love to the handsome dark haired stranger with amber colored eyes has left her changed in more ways than one…

Escaping the Earl (The League of Rogues Book 16) by Lauren Smith

Publication date 25/9/2021

My Review

Book sixteen in this series has a young woman seeking help in escaping a marriage that she does not want and a man with a title and commitments he didn’t ask for!

Peregrine is so confused with running his new title and everything that comes with it! He certainly doesn’t want to find a wife at the moment!

Sabrina needs a man! Any man will do, except the man her family want her to marry! She needs to get rid of her virginity! If she does that, then the horrid man claiming her have in marriage won’t want “used goods”!

Donning a mask, she is determined to attend a ball and become a “fallen woman” Both Peregrine and Sabrina fall for one another both literally and figuratively. And spending a magical evening together they both wonder about the other, but as masks were worn to this ball, neither know who they are! But it doesn’t stop them from thinking about each other.
And when she takes up employment with a lovely man with a cute daughter, Sabrina breaths a huge sigh of relief. Her life will continue as a nanny to the lovely family that has taken her in. Peregrine on the other have is still wondering about the mysterious young lady he had a midnight tryst with. And so when he encounters her months later he is surprised that she’s only a nanny and not some lady! But he’s going to peruse her and maybe get what he’s been dreaming about for months.

A historical romance with a slight twist. Most historical books I’ve read have the young woman hanging onto her virginity until either marriage or the right man. But this one has her seeking to just give it away to the first man! And usually the man is an arrogant bore or a rogue, but Peregrine is neither. This is the first book in this series I’ve read, and I’ll definitely go back and visit the League of Rogues Series at some point. But I have read other books by this author and I’ve been throughly entertained. Plenty of angst and a little steam for this book.
But it’s not a marriage Peregrine offers Sabrina, it’s a role of mistress! His parents marriage was a disaster and so he’s never going to fall into that trap. Sabrina is heartbroken! She wants a family with Peregrine, she’s given him her body and heart. What’s a girl to do? Luckily the family that have taken her in can supply the answer and they leave the town and Peregrine be find!

It’s a shortish book with plenty going on. But you’ll want to know if Peregrine and Sabrina find a HEA, or will she fall for Rafe and his lovely daughter…..Your going to have to find that out for yourself. 😉

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USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at http://www.laurensmithbooks.com or twitter at @LSmithAuthor. Want THREE FREE romances of different genres? Join Lauren’s VIP readers group and start reading today! Sign up and start reading today here: http://laurensmithbooks.com/free-books-and-newsletter/

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No Player Required (Biggest Little Love Story Book 3) by JoAnn Sky

Billionaire casino magnate Rafael “Rafa” Salord is forced to exchange caviar for cowboy boots when he’s sent to “grow up” and run his father’s newly acquired casino in the middle of nowhere downtown Reno. When he crosses paths with feisty Destiny Morson, he starts to wonder if that nonsense about love-at-first-sight might actually be true. Maybe it’s time to trade in his playboy status and bet on something more.

Social worker Destiny Morson has always had good reason for keeping romance at arm’s length. After finding out that her business partner ran off with the community-raised funds from their non-profit, she’s ready to swear off people completely. So when the sexy casino executive seems interested in helping her with her woes, she can’t help but mistrust his motives, no matter how he makes her burn…

From a night out throwing axes to supporting Destiny’s charity, Rafa stops at nothing to win over the gunshy woman he can’t get out of his head. He’s determined to break through her tough exterior, and Destiny slowly lets her guard down. But after a night of passion in his penthouse suite, things at the casino go sideways for both of them, forcing them to decide if the past is enough to prevent them from a future together.

No Player Required (Biggest Little Love Story Book 3) by JoAnn Sky

My Review

This is the third book in the Biggest Little Love Story Series. No need to read the previous books (and I haven’t, but that’s not to say I won’t go back and read the others)

Rafael or Rafa to his friend is a typical playboy, love not fun is all he’s interested in! Coming to Reno should be a straight forward trip, assess the family business for his father, then head back to Spain. Meeting Destiny for the first time he mistakenly thinks she’s a call girl! Trying to right that mistake is going to take time. But there is something about her that makes him want to try. But he’s going home after this trip, so maybe they could have a little fun before he goes home?

Destiny is a social worker and needs to raise money for her new charity. Wary of entanglement, she’s seen what love can do to people and it’s not for her…..Her business partner took the last lot of money she raised, so her trust is a little thin on the ground!

Rafa might make her knees go weak, but trusting a man again. That’s not going to happen any time soon! She’s seen first hand at what love can do to a person (her mother is a prime example of love at first sight) But what I didn’t understand was the love she had for her auntie (she’s a huge gambler) if she’s trying to help people, then wouldn’t she be trying to help her family with the gambling habit?

Chalk and Cheese? Possibly. But when these two people meet there is something there. Loved how Rafa has to work at getting Destiny’s affection, she’s no pushover. And she does push him away time after time. It’s a quick read with no real angst, but more of a mistrust on her side.

So after a passionate night together both think there might be something there, but love doesn’t always run smooth, and a couple of bumps on the road will have Rafa trying to prove to Destiny that he wants more than a few nights together!

So I’d recommend this book if you love a couple that don’t instantly fall for one another. The steamy scenes aren’t hot and heavy, but more fade out!

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About the author 

JoAnn Sky has written for years as part of her job (business and marketing plans and the like). One day she tried her hand at writing for fun—and liked it. Now she authors adult contemporary romance and young adult romance with a magical twist as well as children’s books. She is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. Originally from the Midwest, JoAnn currently lives in northern Nevada with her husband a.k.a. love of her life, her teenage children, and three crazy rescue dogs.

Visit her at http://www.joannsky.com where you can sign up for her newsletter (and check out http://www.dogsandbooks.com for information about her children’s stories). You can also connect on Twitter at @jaskybooks (http://twitter.com/JASkyBooks) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/joannskyauthor).

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House of Shadows (Royal Houses Book 2) by K.A. Linde

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde returns to the Royal Houses series with House of Shadows: the story of Kerrigan Argon, a half-Fae, half-human as she seeks her place in an unforgiving world filled with magic, mayhem, and romance. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, and V.E. Schwab.

Kerrigan Argon, a half-human, half-Fae, has joined the Dragon Society against almost everyone’s wishes.

A year of training is required with her dragon.

First she must travel with the dark Fae prince, Fordham Ollivier, back to his home in the House of Shadows. Nothing but slavery and death has ever awaited a half-Fae in their halls.

But something is wrong within their wicked world. A thousand year old spell is weakening. Cracks forming in the foundation. And Kerrigan may just be their ruin or their salvation.

House of Shadows (Royal Houses Book 2) by K.A. Linde

Publication date 19/10/2021

After reading book one, I waiting eagerly for the second book, and this one didn’t disappoint.

We start where House of Dragons (book one) ends…..So without giving too much away from book one, which you definitely need to read before reading book two. Let’s review book two…..

This book was just as good as the last book. We get more of the plot unwinding and drawing you in. Kerrigan is a half fae half human that shouldn’t be going to be trained as a dragon rider. But she is, and the society needs to accept it. Fordham has to take Kerrigan back to his home to train her as a dragon rider. But people who come to train at the House of Shadows don’t last long! But the society aren’t happy with the outcome, so both Kerrigan and Fordham could be in real danger.

We have a budding romance between the main characters which was really sweet. Kerrigan is fearless in her pursuit of become a dragon rider. It means she will finally be accepted in her world. Fordham is wealthy and arrogant. But he sees something in Kerrigan that melts the ice around his heart. Kerrigan’s group of friends are great, really supportive of her and her endeavours. Always there to cheer her on.

And the world in which they live in, written so descriptively that you could close your eyes and see it all. It reminds me so much of the Mortal Instrument books, a little on the YA but tiptoeing into the Adult read. Also a smattering of How to Train your dragon , the trials and tribulations as Kerrigan tries to bond with the dragon she’s trying to ride! Young love with danger lurking in every corner! Red Masks are the group who want to eliminate humans and half fae and the biggest threat to Kerrigan. There is also other things going on in the background that I can’t possibility talk about 😉

I will say it is just a little hectic! It needed to be slowed down just a little, I did get whiplash with the amount of information and action that was thrown at us!

Oh and it ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger!!

But I’d recommend this book and book one for a fun filled action packed adventure, with just a touch of romance.

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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
Visit her online at http://www.kalinde.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @authorkalinde.
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Not Seeking Mr. Right (The Single Ladies of Lakeside Series) by Natasha Moore

Description

Ginny Colburn can’t believe she’s been dumped by her wedding date. And everybody knows it.

So when a cute, younger man serving champagne to the guests flirts with her, she decides to really give the guests something to talk about and flirts back. But the incredible, rebound, one-night stand gives her more than great memories. A few weeks later she’s holding a positive pregnancy test.

Josh Anderson finally has his degree and is ready to make his mark on the world, but then he finds out he’s going to be a father. He’s too young to settle down and Lakeside is way too small for his big dreams. Ginny doesn’t expect him to stick around anyway and makes it clear she’s ready to be a single mom, but Josh won’t run away from his responsibilities.

But just as they’re starting to think maybe what they have is real, Josh gets a job offer he can’t refuse. Surely Ginny can’t follow a guy half her age across the country just because they’re having a baby together… Can she?

Publication date 11/10/2021

My Review

Ginny is forty and single! Babies and marriage don’t seem to be on the cards for her! And being dumped by her wedding date spurs her on to decide on one night stands from now on!

Josh has the world at his feet! Recently finished with college he wants to change the world around him with his architect degree. He hasn’t got time or the inclination to settle down, that’s later on in his life….

They meet by accident at a wedding that Ginny is attending and Josh is working. A little flirting, a little alcohol and a one night stand which at the time seemed like the best idea. Only this one night has a consequence neither had expected!

A slow burn romance that concentrates more on the budding friendship than the romance. And after reading so many dark/bully/Mafia books this makes a welcome change of pace.

Josh is extremely grownup for his age. He’s prepared to do the right thing and be a part of his baby’s life. But Ginny wants to do this on her own! Is that because she doesn’t want to trap Josh, or she really does want to go this alone?

So will Josh give up his dream and look after Ginny and his unborn child? Will Ginny let him? A small town romance that has a close knit family and friends network that are prepared to help this couple.

It’s low on angst, but high on a feel good factor. It’s both funny and moving. I loved both Ginny and Josh, even when you wanted to move them both along in their relationship 😉 add in the cast of supporting characters (which some of them need their own book lol😆 and you have a read good read. Loved how Josh wanted to support Ginny, even though she’s older and has her own life. She’s not some teenage girl that needs financial support. Ginny is such a laugh, never losing her sense of humour or her outlook on life.

I’d recommend this book if your a lover of low angst and slow romances.

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Grumpy Special Ops Bear: Episode 1 (Bear Elite Shifters) by Sedona Venez

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The episodes of Grumpy Special Ops Bear must be read in order:
Grumpy Special Ops Bear: Episode 1
Grumpy Special Ops Bear: Episode 2
Grumpy Special Ops Bear: Episode 3

About Grumpy Special Ops Bear #1:
In the wilderness, love knows no bounds.

Bear shifter, Fergus, is an alpha who specializes in the art of war. With danger lurking around every tree, it is his desire to capture the leader of a renegade wolf shifter pack that drives him. 

Until temptation arrives in the form of the captivating feisty human Trinity.

Trinity is everything Fergus has longed for in a mate. Beautiful. Adventurous. Alluring. Yet her simple presence puts his mission in jeopardy. Now, he is left with an agonizing choice: claim the woman of his dreams, or complete his operative. 

What will he sacrifice? Love or honor? 

A Continuing Story:
Grump Special Ops Bear is told in three installments, or episodes, like a TV show. Each episode, except the last one, includes a cliffhanger!

Grumpy Special Ops Bear: Episode 1 (Bear Elite Shifters) by Sedona Venez

Publication date 16/10/2021

Trinity is an adrenaline junkie, the more danger the better the high, leading a group of people into the wilderness should be an adventure, but she gets more than she bargains for!
The group of men she’s taking are giving off weird vibes! But with the large amount of money they are throwing around, it makes it hard to say no!

Fergus is the leader of a small group of shifters. His mission is to capture a renegade wolf shifter. Sounds easy, but with surprises around every corner, it’s going to take all of his skills to hunt and capture the wolf!

I loved this book, I could easily imagine it on the screen. Told over several books, with a little cliffhanger hanger at the end of this one, I definitely need to know what happens next.
Really well written and nicely though out. Plenty of details to keep you hooked and enough background in the characters that fleshed them out. Both Fergus and Trinity seem really well suited for one another, she loves adventure and Fergus can definitely supply that 😉
It’s definitely an action/adventure read, with the human female having no idea of what’s in store for her and the human race! A barbaric ritual is going to be reinstated and Trinity is going to be the the first sacrifice! To say she’s shocked and scared is an understatement! The terror she feels is relayed to the reader really well, you could easily imagine yourself in the role of Trinity, (not that I want to experience being tied up and forced to watch a pack of wolves devour an elk!)

So where does that leave Trinity and Fergus? Well, it leaves Fergus and his team stalking the renegade wolf pack, it leaves them angry and worried about the female that is in terrible danger. And it has them trying to figure out how to rescue get without letting the pack know they are being hunted!
And it leaves me wondering when the next book is out, and can they rescue Trinity in time? Or will she be sacrificed in the ritual that the wolf pack want to start back up?

If you like a shifter book that is full of twists and turns, then grab this one, you won’t be disappointed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sedona Venez lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby–hooah–and their fur babies. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears and risk it all for love.

Sign up to receive a FREE ebook: https://sedonavenez.com/free-book/ Visit her at www.sedonavenez.com Follow Sedona at www.facebook.com/SedonaVenez – She loves chatting with readers! Follow her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sedonavenezauthor

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The Psycho: A Dark New Adult Stalker Romance (The Soldiers of Anarchy Book 1) by Nikki J Summers

Description

There are three things that are certain in this life.
Death.
Taxes.
And if I want something, I will get it, no matter what it takes.

From the moment I laid eyes on Olivia Cooper, I knew…
She was mine.
She didn’t agree, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me.
She was all I thought about. She was my obsession.

So, I watched.
I studied.
I toyed with her and I played my games.
In her I’d found my perfect match, because she met every single one of my challenges with one of her own. She fought back and I loved it. All good things are worth fighting for, right?

Trouble was, she thought it was all a game, but I would never give up. I saw something in her that made me crave more.
What did she see in me?
Cruelty.
Savagery.
A street soldier with a thirst for vengeance.
I was a virus and she was immune.
Or was she?
Where I come from, they call me The Psycho.
And I’m about to show the world exactly why.


The Psycho is a Dark, New Adult standalone romance from Nikki J Summers. There are scenes of a violent and sexual nature in this story, therefore it is intended for readers of 18+ years. Please take note of the trigger warnings.

Publication date 15/10/2021

The Psycho: A Dark New Adult Stalker Romance (The Soldiers of Anarchy Book 1) by Nikki J Summers

What a Freaking Book I don’t know where to start.

I haven’t read any of the authors other works (but believe me I’m heading straight over to Kindle for more). Apparently both Liv and Adam were in a previous series (Rebels of Sandland) and have interactions before, but I didn’t get too much of that, so I’ll have to go back and read those 😉

A story of a group of vigilantes that keep the streets clean of filth that live there. They have their own set of rules, and hope you never need their help or are on the wrong side of their justice. There is so calling for the cops, they execute anyone they deem criminal!

Olivia is such a great character, strong, sassy and kind. But scratch the surface and we have a woman filled with self doubt, always thinking she unlovable! So when Adam proclaims her as his, she’s unsure of his motives. Testing, teasing Adam seems to bring out the confidence Olivia never thought she had.

Adam is the leader of the these vigilantes. Known as “the Psycho fixer” Adam Is the guy to approach if you need something doing. Lately he’s gotten bored and needs a new distraction! Spotting Olivia, Adam is totally gone for her! She’s going to be his and only his! So when she’s tells him she’s not interested it only spikes his need for her more! He sees this as a challenge, and Adam loves a challenge, he also gets what he wants. And he wants Olivia! So he stalks her (I don’t know if it was creepy or not! We know his intentions, and I did wonder if he’d snatch her straight off the streets!)

But as with most anti-hero’s they just need the love of a good woman to bring out the protective gene they hide so deep. But that’s not to say they don’t have issues, angst and conflict. They do. Oh boy do they ever!

I don’t want to spoil the next persons Reading enjoyment by telling you what goes on. But it’s a fast paced, action/romance that will leave you wanting more. And let’s hope the next book isn’t too long in appearing!

There are triggers that could upset people, so read the warning before you venture into this dark world…..

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Highland Games: sparkling, sexy and utterly unputdownable – the romantic comedy of the year! (The Kinloch Series) by Evie Alexander

Description

A fiery heroine, a Scottish god, a cabin, a castle, and enough heat to warm the coldest Scottish winter…

Highland Games is an unputdownable, enemies-to-lovers, romantic comedy, with sparkle and sizzle and a guaranteed happy ending. This sexy, witty, debut from Evie Alexander will have you laughing, swooning, and staying up way past your bedtime…

Perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Talia Hibbert,Sophie Kinsella, and Helen Hoang. If you’re looking for a riotous romantic comedy with plenty of heat, then Highland Games is for you!

♥♥♥ Welcome to Kinloch, and the hottest winter Scotland’s ever seen. ♥♥♥

Zoe’s always played it safe, just as her parents wanted. But when her great-uncle dies and leaves her a ramshackle cabin in the Scottish Highlands, she decides it’s time to change her life.

Upping sticks seems like a good idea in her cosy flat in London, but the reality is very different. There’s no electricity or running water, the roof leaks and there’s no front door. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s moved up in the depths of winter and her scorching hot neighbour wants her out.

Rory’s got a fifty thousand tonne problem. If he can’t make Kinloch castle profitable, he’s out of a job. He needs a clear head, but there’s someone living in the cabin he saw as his own and she’s turned his world upside down.

Rory needs Zoe out of Scotland, and out of his life. The trouble is, she has no intention of leaving.

Let the games begin…

Highland Games: sparkling, sexy and utterly unputdownable – the romantic comedy of the year! (The Kinloch Series) by Evie Alexander

Publication date 15/10/2021

In this excerpt we discover that Zoe’s always played it safe, just as her parents wanted. But when her great-uncle dies and leaves her a ramshackle cabin in the Scottish Highlands, she decides it’s time to change her life.
Upping sticks seems like a good idea in her cosy flat in London, but the reality is very different. There’s no electricity or running water, the roof leaks and there’s no front door. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s moved up in the depths of winter and her scorching hot neighbour wants her out.
Will Zoe be able to stick it out long enough to create the new life she’s dreamed of?
Let the games begin…
Author Bio Evie Alexander is the author of sexy romantic comedies with a very British sense of humour. She takes a method approach to her work, believing her capacity to repeatedly fail at life and love is what has given her such a rich supply of material for her writing. Her interests include reading, eating, saving the world, and fantasising about people who only exist between the pages of her books. She lives in the West country with her family.

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My Review

If you don’t find this funny/moving/emotional/hot, then your a robot!! Seriously

I couldn’t put the book down. Considering this is the author’s first book, she writes like she’s been writing for years. Throughly engrossing, in fact I lost count at the times I looked up from the story and realised (with disgust) that I was not in Scotland, and I was not impressed!! 😉

Zoe is hilarious, her one liners will have you laughing out loud (and dying to use them) her attitude is amazing, she tries her hardest to be positive, even when it’s not going her way….. Moving away from everything and everyone she knows is daunting enough, living in the cabin her great-uncle leaves her is going to be a challenge (it’s hardly Airbnb) But Zoe is nothing if not tenacious.

Rory is absolutely charming, a total change from the alphahole/bully/kidnappers I’ve been reading lately. A take charge kind of guy in his own way. Manager to a castle that is losing money, he needs to save it, otherwise he’s out of a job. He needs ideas or a large sum of money to get him out of this mess!

Meeting for the first time is an experience for both characters, but there is a little spark of attraction, along with a large dose of dislike and distrust!
The characters although telling each other they can’t stand one another, just can’t seem to stay away! And when they finally admit how that feel…. Stand back and light that fuse 💥 💥💥.

There is a little sadness in the book, there is also a twist (or surprise) that I sort of had an inkling would happen.

I can’t recommend this enough. It’s a feel good/laugh out loud/fan yourself joyous ride. And I can’t wait to read the next book.

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NEW RELEASE/BOOK TOUR/ARC REVIEW

Awakened by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 5) by Felicity Heaton

Description

Decades in captivity and hundreds of fights in the arena have moulded Maverick into a bear with a bad attitude and a dark hunger for violence. Twenty years later and he’s still trying to let go of his past and move on, but a phone call sets him on a collision course with a female from his time at the compound—the one female he always wanted but could never have, and thought he would never see again—a beautiful bear who stirs desires best denied and wrecks his rigid control.

When Bronwyn receives a video call from an Archangel huntress who has captured her brother, she’ll do anything to save him, even condemn another to suffer in the cages in his place. But when a familiar voice answers the number of the shifter she’s meant to bring in, hurling her back in time and rousing a fierce need that has only been growing in their years apart, can she lie to the only man she’s ever loved and lure him back into hell?


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
Book 3: Saved by her Bear
Book 4: Unleashed by her Bear
Book 5: Awakened by her Bear

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

12/10/2021

Awakened by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 5) by Felicity Heaton

Maverick is the last of the clan to get his book, and I have to say i throughly enjoyed that one. He doesn’t stay with the clan very often, to him his to wild, too feral! Living in a cage and fighting in them caused this wildness in him! He still lives with his guilt and anger even though the cage fighting happened over take the years ago! 

Can he save himself and the woman he now knows is his mate? 

Bronwyn needs to rescue her brother! Receiving a video of him locked up had her panicking! But the male she had to find and deceive into returning to the cages us none other than her friend from the past! 

If your a follower of the authors books then you’ll know who Archangel is, if your not, then they are an organisation that use to capture and kill shifters, but now they try to study and help the. But not all of archangel are that way! 

You have to feel sorry for both Maverick and Bronwyn. 

They both had feelings for one another in the cages, but as Bronwyn was too young, Maverick saw her as a friend. And when they parted ways, she was devastated! 

But can she really get him to return to the cages? I suppose she could have told him the truth, but then the story might not have been as exciting. 

We have betrayal, we have the guilt and anger, but we also have two lost souls that need each other. 

So, can Bronwyn choose between her brother and the only man she has ever loved? And can Maverick put his past behind him? But what happens when he finds out the truth? Will he help his mate, or will he return to being the feral bear that’s hiding under his skin?

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🐉 ARC REVIEW🐉

The Lost Barinov Dragon (Brothers of Ash and Fire Book 4)

Description

Tasha Bellamy never expected to get lost in a snowstorm in the Swiss Alps, nor did she expect to fall into a cave and find a sleeping dragon…literally.

One touch awakens the black dragon and he transforms into a gorgeous, ancient, Russian warrior named Vasili.

She soon learns that Vasili has been missing from the world for more than seven hundred years after going on a quest for a dragon stone. But the quest cost Vasili his mate, and driven mad with grief, he sealed himself inside the cave to die.

Tasha can’t help but be drawn to the stormy-eyed dragon shifter and soon learns that her future and Vasili’s are entwined with his far more than she ever could have imagined when he tells her they are possible true mates.

Unable to resist falling for the noble-hearted dragon who’s touch sets her body aflame with desire, she yearns to heal his broken heart, but a revelation of her past might tear them apart.

Publication date 27/9/2021

The Lost Barinov Dragon (Brothers of Ash and Fire Book 4)

My Review

This is the fourth book in the brothers of Ash and Fire series.

I’ve not read the previous ones, and after this one I’m off to find me some dragons 😉 I have read some of the authors contemporary and historical romances, so when I got the chance to read one of her paranormal romances, I grabbed my kindle and said yes please…..

There are different dragons that have sole purposes in life, guardians, questing, hoarding and what I’d deem the leader (patriarch/matriarch).

Vasili was known as a questing dragon, he had to locate and retrieve heart stones (they were used to keep human mates alive longer for their dragon mates). Upon locating one, he’s about to return home….. When both he and his mate (a female dragon) are attacked! Needless to say, he loses both his mate and his will to live 😞 Burying himself in a mountain he ends his life……

Or so he assumes…..The touch of a human female brings him back to life!

Tasha knows about dragons, she’s aware of their existence. But she never thought she’d come face to face with one, or find out she’s a potential mate!

But trying to get Vasili to agree to becoming her mate is proving hard! As far as he is concerned he’s not good mate material! He let down one mate, there is no way he’d survive losing another! But slowly and with patience, Tasha wins him over. But there are things going on in the background that could break this couple before they even have a chance!

I loved it. I love a good dragon /shifter romance, and this one ticked all my boxes. Plenty of action, magic, secrets and a couple of twists.

Tasha is just a wonderful character, strong and determined. Knowing about the dragon world definitely gives her an edge (we don’t get the hysterical female running from her mate!) And Vasili is just great, a mixture of alpha and protector (Questing dragons are more adventurous than aggressive) and it shows when he loses his first mate (dragons usually die when their mate dies) he doesn’t want to go on….

But watching as they grow as a couple in the book was very rewarding. A few steamy scenes to catch my kindle alight 😉 and I couldn’t put the book down till the end. We get to meet previous couples, potential couples and some really great characters. It’s just great writing. I’m adding her paranormal writings to my TBR list.

Highly recommended this book. And I can’t wait to read more.

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Cinderella and Fae Charming (Fae twisted fairytales Book 1) by Amelia Shaw

Description

Just because I sleep in front of the fire, doesn’t make me a damsel in distress.

My step-mother calls me Cinderella… Not because I’m happily married to a prince, but because I have a horrible family! My parents are both dead, leaving me with a step mother who tormented me until I left home forever.

Now I live on the streets, stealing food to survive. It isn’t ideal, but neither was living under the same roof as the my step-mother once my father died.

But I’m not helpless, I can handle anything that comes my way… Until I my step-mother tries to sell off my father’s house.

Now all bets are off.

*** Standalone Urban Fantasy twist on Cinderella with Fae, and magic, and a slow burn romance.

Publication date 28/9/2021

Cinderella and Fae Charming (Fae twisted fairytales Book 1) by Amelia Shaw

My Review

This is a new series from an author I regularly read. It’s a slow burn romance that can be easily read in a few hours.

Shawna is now living on the streets after leaving the family home! Her life was a living hell under her father’s roof! But not because of her parents. They’ve both died! It was her stepmother and stepsisters! Turning her into a drudge, they made her life so miserable it was easier to live on the streets than at home! Using the small amount of magic she possess, Shawna steals food! But lately her magic is failing her! Is it because she’s so hungry? She can’t turn to her only friend Blaize (he works as a tailors assistant) as she doesn’t want to get him into trouble)

Meeting Hanzel after following him through the market, they form what Shawna thinks is a friendship. Sharing her meagre sleeping arrangements, they plan their activities for the following day. But when she wakes up all that’s next to her is a pile of food!

Twisted fairytale’s seem to be the newest genre to hit the market (I’ve read some a few years ago, but they seem to be more popular at the moment) And although a slow burn, it’s a really good story.

Shawna hears that her old family home is going on the market! She can’t believe her father never made provisions for her in his will! But getting to see justice isn’t going to be easy! She needs an audience with the king!

I have to admit, I’m use to my fairytales a lot darker at the moment, and way steamier 😉 it did feel more like a YA (young adult) read rather than an adult.

So does she get the audience with the king? Does her evil stepmother take the house and Shawna has nothing? Or will she use her magic for revenge? (If that happens then she will turn from Seelie to Unseelie and they aren’t a nice bunch of fae!)

And who was the mysterious Hanzel?

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🧚‍♀️ARC REVIEW🧚‍♀️

Dark and Otherworldly Omnibus

Three romantic urban fantasy novels; one darkly enchanting volume. The Dark and Otherworldly Omnibus includes:

Poison and Honey
She hunts the fae. The last man she should fall for is a cunning fae prince.

Sting of Thorns
She’s been cursed by the queen of Otherworld. Now the only one who can save her is the man she betrayed.

The Cruelest Curse
When dark forces threaten Otherworld, she’ll have to join forces with her enemies to save the kingdom… and the prince.

Poison and Honey (Dark and Otherworldly) Book 1

Welcome to Otherworld. Getting in is easy. Getting out… not so much.

Leigh Morgan has one mission: to get revenge on the fae monsters who abducted her sister. It’s why she’s in Otherworld now, posing as a servant in its dark, decadent palace. She’s gathering intelligence and working with a small band of allies to free the humans trapped there. Her mission depends on blending in, so when she accidentally attracts the attention of a cunning prince, it risks everything.

Now Leigh has to keep her work a secret from a bewitching man who sees right through her–and who’s not nearly as cold and inhuman as he seems. She can’t screw this up, or the humans forced into servitude will never go home… and the man she’s falling for will have her executed for her betrayal.

Poison and Honey is an urban fantasy novella with a strong romantic subplot, perfect for fans of determined heroines, palace intrigue, and the fae. Publication date 15/7/2020

My Review

Leigh won’t stop until her sister is home! That was the promise she made to herself. So freeing the humans from the Fae kingdom of Dwencanti is Leigh’s mission in life….

The only little issue I had, was the fact we jumped straight into palace life! I would have liked a little background and possibly a flashback to her sister’s kidnapping (but being a novella we need to keep it going)!

Prince Dredarion Rath has something to prove. And if using a human to achieve it, then so be it!! He doesn’t see anything but his mission to make his mother see that he should be the next ruler and not his brother! 

So we have a complex storyline that will definitely take you on an adventure. Leigh is a great character, very strong and independent. And one might say a little cold, possibly heartless (she was going to use whoever and whatever she could to free the human slaves) but I suppose being in her position you can’t really blame her! Dredarion starts off as a cold figure, I wasn’t too keen on him at first. 

But as they begin to work together (well more like Leigh is working for Dredarion whilst continuing her mission) it becomes a balancing act for Leigh, she needs to keep Dredarion sweet but, keeping her own secrets from him! You know it’s going to get messy! 

Next book please…..

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Sting of Thorns (Dark and Otherworldly) Book 2

Victory always has a cost.
The fight is over, and Leigh Morgan won. After spending months spying in Otherworld as a servant, she’s rescued the humans who were abducted by the Others and sent them safely home. She had to stay behind to destroy the gateway between worlds and keep them safe, but tough luck. She’s prepared to pay the price.

But she didn’t expect the curse that the queen of Otherworld lays on her: a thorny vine growing under Leigh’s skin that will kill her when it reaches her heart. The queen will lift the curse…if Leigh uses her connections in the human realm to locate a magical weapon lost hundreds of years ago.
To ensure she succeeds, the queen sends her son, Dredarion Rath, the cunning prince Leigh had to betray to save her people. With anger and hurt still fresh, they can barely stand to be in the same room together, much less cooperate on such a dangerous mission. But as Leigh’s friends risk everything to help her, she’ll have to find a way to reconcile with Dredarion before their quest gets her and everyone she cares about killed.
The Dark and Otherworldly series continues with deadlier threats, darker romance, and deeper secrets.
Publication date 15/9/2020

My Review

This one starts where the last one ends, so you definitely need to read Poison and Honey first, otherwise your going to be a little lost!!

And so this review is going to be a little tricky as I don’t want to spoil anything…..

Leigh was cursed in the last book (oh didn’t I tell you that in my last review?) 😉 Dredarion and Leigh can’t stand to look at one another let alone help each other! Why? I hear you ask!! Well….. Nope can’t do it, you’ll need to read book one to find that out (but it’s a good one I promise you) And Leigh may or may not have started a rebellion/riot/escape. And in doing so, she’s trapped herself in the otherworld!

That’s where she needs help from Mr Dark and Dangerous! But Dredarion isn’t willing to help Leigh! So what’s a girl to do??

I loved this book, fast paced action that had me flicking the pages over until the end!

We also get to take Dredarion to the human world (and there are some pretty funny moments)

Can Leigh and Dredarion find their way back to each other? Or will the lies and feelings of betrayal kill their feelings for one another for good?

And there is a death sentence hanging over Leigh?!

Book three please …..

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The Cruelest Curse (Dark and Otherworldly) Book 3

Magic, warfare, and romance collide in this action-packed conclusion to a spellbinding urban fantasy series.

Leigh Morgan defeated the magical, monstrous denizens of Otherworld. She survived the curse their queen put on her in revenge and wielded their most legendary weapon in battle. But the demonic forces invading Otherworld now are worse than anything she’s ever fought: powerful, cruel, and cannibalistic.
Leigh would return to the human world and leave the arrogant Others to rot except for one reason: Prince Dredarion Rath, the sly, sorcerous man who stole her heart. She’ll fight at his side to save his people even if it means joining forces with her former enemies. But when the worst happens and Leigh ends up cut off from Dredarion, injured and imprisoned, she’ll have to find a way to save the kingdom and the prince alone… or die trying.

Read the final installment in the Dark and Otherworldly series and get swept away in forbidden romance, epic battles, and deadly magic. The Cruelest Curse is a romantic fantasy novel that fans of the genre won’t want to miss. Publication date 30/11/2020

My Review

The final book in this amazing trilogy had me wanting to inhale the book, but not wanting it to ever end!

As in the last book we start where book two (Sting of Thorns) ends.

But without giving anything away, you are in for the ride. So buckle up, grab your sword and let’s go help Leigh and Dredarion win their fight against evil forces that want to take over the otherworld!!

I want to tell you about everything that goes on in this book, I want to share all the ups and downs, the scary moments, the sad moments, and the moments I just had my mouth open! But I won’t, instead I’ll tell you that the action doesn’t stop!

Friends from the human world help otherworlders that would have at one time enslaved them! Magic plays a role too. (Dredarion has magic literally up his sleeves) We also have a fight scene that will have you reading with one eye! (Or maybe that’s just me) 😝

So can Leigh save both Dredarion and the people she once swore to avenge? There are deals to be made, alliances to form, and lovers to reunite.

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Summary:
Boxset/Omnibus, whatever you want to call it, you just need to download and read it. The author (Kristen Brand) is totally new to me, and I’ve learned to jump in with both feet now (if I don’t like it, I won’t finish it!) But it won’t be the last of her books that’ll read. She brought the whole world to life with her descriptions. And although short stories in themselves (could have happily read them as bigger books) it does cover a lot of ground. There is so much packed into this world. I’m hoping it’s not the last we see of Dwencanti and it’s inhabitants. If you love paranormal romance with daggers and magic, then this one should definitely go on your TBR list.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books. She lives in Florida, the Sunshine State, and will someday go outside for long enough to actually get some sun. To find out more about her work and read her free web fiction, visit KristenBrand.com.

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Corrode (Four Horsemen Book 3) by Sarah Bailey

Description

Francis Beaufort – Famine.

They say you shouldn’t hoard your wealth.
Those people know nothing of the power it brings.
Drake, West, Prescott and I are untouchable.
The men known as the Four Horsemen.
Gods ruling over our kingdom.

There are some secrets in this world greater than others. Our fifth was going to find that out the hard way.

Scarlett thought she knew why she’d come back, but she had no idea what lay in the dark recesses of her memories.

It started when we returned her to our sides. When we let desire fuel our needs. And it will end when the truth comes to light.

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 in the first three books and an HEA in the last book.

Publication date 8/10/2021

Well!! Another cliffhanger!! And another emotional rollercoaster of a ride!! You’ll need tissues, chocolate, wine and a few cold showers!

Book three sees Scarlett living with the boys (well that’s what she call them) and loving them in the best way she can….

Famine/Francis/Frankie, just did my head in 😆 he couldn’t commit, he constantly sought to argue and punish Scarlett for everything wrong in his world! But after reading this book, we know why he punishes her, we also learn that Scarlett let’s him 😉🥵yes it’s spicy, but it’s also tender and it shows us that Frankie needs to LIGHTEN UP, and not blame Scarlett for the years she was missing!

Working through a few answers we were left with in books one and two, we are now left with different questions!! We also get caught out with a couple of twists! Delving evermore into Scarlett’s past, we get how they boys gravitated towards their light, because she was just that, their light in a dark world.

Leaving book three was hard, knowing book four won’t be for a while (November) but also knowing this series is coming to an end! I shall miss West and his psycho side, Prescott and his kinky side, Frankie and his chains and not forgetting Drake 😉

So bring on cataclysm, and let’s see how it all pans out….

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ARC REVIEW/ BOOK TOUR/ NEW RELEASE

Jingle Bell Hell by Denise Grover Swank and AR Casella

Description

She’s a sexually repressed control freak. He’s a muscular ex-con with heavier baggage than Santa’s toy bag. They’re everything each other never wanted.

Mary
I’m usually the first person on my block to decorate for Christmas. This year? Humbug.

My six-year-old son, Aidan, just had a meltdown after learning some hard truths from a drunk Santa impersonator, and I can no longer deny we both need help. Change is hard for Aidan, and right now he’s dealing with several big ones, including A) his father abandoning us, B) our move to Asheville, and C) the Santa snafu.

And me? I’m a control freak, and my life is more out-of-control than a sled on ice.

That’s why I agree to let Aidan join Butterfly Buddies, a group that matches kids with adult mentors.

It’s also why I agree to a mentor of my own—terrifying, pink-haired Nicole, who wants to help me live life on the wild side. Her advice is strangely compelling, especially after I meet Aidan’s new “buddy,” a gorgeous tattooed hunk of a man who makes me wish there weren’t cobwebs in my…well, you know.

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Jace

Mary O’Shea is sexy as hell, but she doesn’t know it.

She also doesn’t know I’m an ex-con, and if she finds out that I served three years in prison, extenuating circumstances won’t matter to her.

The last thing I should do is get attached to her kid…or her, but I didn’t get in this position by making good decisions.

Publication date 7/10/2021

My Review

Jingle Bell Hell is book 2 in the Bad Luck Club Series.

This is Mary and Jace’s story. And I dare you not to fall in love with the characters, especially Aiden (Mary’s son, who has autism) After her husband leaves both Mary and Aiden, she decides to move closer to home and her parents. She definitely needs all the support she can get. Raising her son isn’t an easy task, and young Aiden (who is adorable) is struggling with moving schools and life in general!

You have to give the authors credit for highlighting a story with a child who has special needs. The school have a system called the “Butterfly Buddies” and that’s where we meet Jace…..

Jace becomes Aiden’s buddy and they just hit it off almost immediately, the bond they have will bring a tear to your eye. Mary is surprised with Aiden as he doesn’t usually take to strangers so quickly. We find out the reason Jace is so good with young Aiden. He had an autistic nephew, and spent a lot of time with him, that was until his sister decided to cut off all communication with Jace. And you can tell he’s upset with that decision!

Jace is a great character, in fact he spends more time with Aiden than his own father does! And the connection between Jace and Mary….It’s slow at first, but picks up speed. Both are hesitant at starting a relationship as both are worried how Aiden would react if he lost Jace in his life.

I laughed through most of the book, in fact I had to put it down at one point as I was making so much noise with my laughter! I also had to grab a few tissues for the sad moments. Steam wise….. not to be read where someone can look over your shoulder! 😉

This might be a Christmas story, but it’s such a wonderful read, you’ll be picking it up throughout the year!

So if you love a feel good (Hallmark movie type of read) then this one is for you. And can we have the next book please 😉

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Chained Hands (Chained Hearts Duet Book 1) by T. L. Smith

Description

Sailor

My husband sold me.
Not only did he sell me, but he told me he loved me while doing the deal.
What lies he tells.
Only fools believe him.
Unfortunately, one of those fools was…
me.

Keir

I’m not in the habit of buying women.
I didn’t need to.
I was a king of my realm, the devil you whispered about in your sleep.
So when his debt fell due, he sold me his wife.
And I was happy because I wanted to play with her like any fool would.
And play with her, I did.
Pity, in the end, I would have to kill her.

Publication date 5/10/2021

Chained Hands (Chained Hearts Duet Book 1) by T. L. Smith

My Review

Sailor can’t believe what just happened! Her husband has just walked away from her after selling her to some stranger! You can’t sell people! She’s not property, she’s a person, and she’s terrified!

Keir doesn’t do long term, you’ll be lucky if he does one night! But the beauty he has in his arms is now his to do with as he sees fit!

So dark! Be warned there are triggers that might upset some people, so read the warning before grabbing this book.
Be prepared to loathe Keir as he sets about breaking Sailor’s will! It’s all just a game to him! I had my fingers crossed for most of the book. I wanted Sailor to grow a backbone and leave Keir, I also wanted her to find her husband and smash his face in!! And when she finally found her spirit I had to cheer. Loving the wrong man got her into this mess, can playing the game get her free of her captor?

There are also forces playing in the background in this book. People who want what Keir has, his power and now Sailor!

This is the first book in a duet, and I think the next book is out in November 🤔 it’s going to be a long wait as the ending has a great cliffhanger!

If you like your hero’s more of a villain then, this book is definitely going to tick all those boxes.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Best Selling Author T.L. Smith loves to write her characters with flaws so beautiful and dark you can’t turn away. Her books have been translated into several languages. If you don’t catch up with her in her home state of Queensland, Australia you can usually find her travelling the world, either sitting on a beach in Bali or exploring Alcatraz in San Francisco or walking the streets of New York. Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authortlsmith/ Instagram – tlsmith1313 Twitter – @LsmithT Text TLSmith to 312-728-8217 (US only ) Join T.L’s mailing list – http://www.tlsmithauthor.com/newsletter/ Or her website www.tlsmithauthor.com

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Owned (A Dark Mafia Romance) by Clarissa Wild

Owned (A Dark Mafia Romance) by Clarissa Wild

Description

She escaped the mob boss, but he will always find his pet.

My name is Harper, but to him I’m only Kitten.
When Marcello Dellucci bought me from the auction, my life was destroyed.
Locked away in his mansion, I became his precious pet.

His needs are twisted.
His kisses are dangerous.
And his touch makes me come alive.

But I can’t ever fall for this mafia man.
This man who lied.
Betrayed.
Hurt.
Killed.
All for me.

So I run, as fast as I can.
But I know I’ll never escape his grasp.
Sooner or later he’ll come to claim what already belongs to him…
My heart.

Owned is the jaw-dropping sequel to Sold and the conclusion to the Dellucci Mafia Duet by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild. WARNING: This book includes scenes that may be disturbing to some readers.

Publication date 4/10/2021

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EXCERPT:

Running from a mobster is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
I never thought I’d find myself in this situation. That I’d be chasing a lie, wishing the people who raised me really were my parents, and that I hadn’t seen my true father die right in front of me. I wished I could pretend and stay with him, the man who saved me from the people who stole me and raised me as their own … Marcello.
But he lied to me.
He knew the people who took me weren’t my parents, and he never told me. And I can’t ever forget that he chose not to tell me.
So I run. I run like hell because that’s all I can do when faced with the impossible.
The impossible choice between what is right … and what my heart desires.
Because I know, deep down, that I have already fallen for this man.
But this forbidden love is not meant to be.
He used me. Treated me like a pet. Like something he owned. Just because he bought my soul.
But my love is not for sale.
He may have saved me from that fire at my fake parents’ house, but that doesn’t make him any less of a monster.

My Review

Book two starts where book one ends, so it’s advised that you read them in order.

Harper is now on the run after escaping Marcello. She feels hurt and betrayed by the secrets Marcello has hidden from her! She just needs to stay hidden long enough for him to move on….

Marcello wants his “kitten” back, he’s fallen for her and fallen hard! There is no way he’s going to let her escape, calling in all his resources he plots his kittens return. And when he gets her back, she’s never going to get away again!

Intense is the word to describe this book! There is so much going on, there are bad guys that want Harper (both to use against Marcello and for themselves!) There is a family reunion that’s more like a horror story than a happy reunion! And then there is the conflict that has to be resolved between Harper and Marcello.

I have to say, I preferred her House of Sin series to this duet. I know it’s a dark romance and I know there was triggers, but I just didn’t connect to the characters in this book as I did with her other books!

So will Harper forgive Marcello? Can he rescue her from her horrible family? To find out your going to have to read the book 😉

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Excerpt: With a single finger, he reaches for my face, but not in a threatening way. Instead, he gently grasps a strand of my hair, swiping it away from my cheek before tucking it behind my ear.
“You don’t need to snoop. If you want to know something about me, ask. I am more than willing to give if only you would ask.”
His strokes are so soft that it moves me and takes my breath away. He looks at me with such intensity that it’s hard to look away. But then I remember that him lying to me was the sole reason I ran away.
So I turn my head away from the palm of his hand. “You expect me to be honest with you, yet you won’t do the same for me.”
He frowns. “What do you mean?”
“Why else do you think I ran away?” I say. “You lied to me about the fire. My parents. My father. About everything you could.”
“I didn’t lie. I omitted the truth,” he says with a tightened jaw.
“That’s the same thing,” I scoff. “You knew who I was, and you chose not to tell me.”
He grabs my arm and pushes me farther against the pillar, trapping me between him and the concrete. “I did it to protect you. Because I knew you would hate me if I told you the truth. Harper, please.”
My lips unlatch as I look up into his face. Did he just say … please?
“I hate this. I hate arguing with you.” His jaw tenses up again along with the muscles in his chest. “But what I hate more is that I cannot choose.”
“Choose what?”
Suddenly, he smashes his lips onto mine, and I’m captured by surprise. His lips are rough against my softness, dominant against my sensitivity, and it pushes all my buttons. It confuses me to the point where I don’t even know what I’m feeling anymore. Because when his lips are on mine, everything else ceases to matter, ceases to exist.
And that … that’s what’s been scaring me.
When his lips unlatch, my body is on fire, and I want nothing more than to kiss him right back.
But I know I shouldn’t.
Not until I know for sure what it is that I feel.
What it is that he feels for me.
“I want … everything from you,” he groans. “So much that it destroys me.”

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Title: Perfect Sinner
The O’Malley Family
Series: Mafia Wars #7
Author: Maggie Cole
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 1, 2021

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I’m the mafia princess Nolan O’Malley hates to love.

The moment we collide, he wants to destroy me.
He should. My blood is that of his arch enemy.

I’m unsure if the war raging inside him or me is stronger.
Instead of running away or ending me, he keeps me close.
He watches my every move, and monitors each threat my estranged family delivers to me.
The close quarters we share only get smaller until there is no more distance between us.
Yet I still am who I am.
Time and again he saves me from every dark demon.
When we think the one person who wants to ruin me is dead, she isn’t.
This time, she won’t win. I’m coming after her.
Except my actions have unintended consequences.
And I should have known he’d come after me.
After all, he’s my perfect sinner.

”Perfect Sinner” is the seventh jaw-dropping installment of the “Mafia Wars” series. It’s an enemies to lovers Dark Mafia romance, interconnecting stand-alone, and guaranteed to have an HEA.



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Sunlight shines through the window. I never pulled the shades down and realize Nolan must have his blackout curtains pulled down in his room. It’s later than I assumed. Pills cover the floor next to my bed. My phone is off, and I panic. I quickly turn it on. It’s one of Orla’s rules. My phone is to stay on at all times. While it’s firing up, I kneel and pick up the pills.

“What are you doing?” Nolan’s voice growls.

I inhale sharply and freeze. I close my eyes, embarrassed. I avoid looking at him and clear my throat. “Cleaning up my mess.”

The screen of my phone illuminates, and he races over and snatches it off the bed. “You’re getting a new phone number.”

“No. I can’t. It’s her rule. She’s going to come after me for turning it off last night,” I fret. I finally look at him, and my pulse picks up. As embarrassed as I am, Nolan, in nothing but boxers, is a hard man to tear your eyes away from. His torso of ripped perfection has Celtic knots with a large cross tattooed down the side. The same side has Celtic arrows pointed down and outlining his V.

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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.

Maggie lives in Florida with her son. She loves sunshine, anything to do with water, and everything naughty.

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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Perfect Sinner: The O’Malley Family (Mafia Wars Book Seven) by Maggie Cole

Publication date 1/10/2021

My Review

We’ve previously met both Nolan me Gemma (in the last book) we’ve also had a taste of how this relationship might go down. And it’s not going to be easy!! 
Nolan isn’t interested in Gemma, he thinks she would be better suited for another cousin! He doesn’t do drama! All he wants is a quiet life, and dating her would bring him nothing but trouble! 

Gemma is sister to Hailee (Unchosen Ruler) she’s a feisty young woman. Loving life to its fullest, and she thinks dating an O’Malley would definitely be loving a fast life! 

This book was just so emotional!
Hate, betrayal, passion and intrigue! Without giving too much of the previous and this book away, the sisters are threatened by another Irish Clan! Hailee is already under the protection of the O’Malleys (dating the Ruler gives her that, and her family) but Gemma wants her own personal bodyguard. And goes about trying to seduce Nolan!

It’s definitely a love/hate relationship, Nolan reluctantly agrees to look out for Gemma, when the threat becomes dangerous! But with secrets being withheld from Nolan, how can he really trust Gemma?

As with all the previous books, you get the drama and the passion. You get the angst and you get the betrayal. Maggie has brought another great story alive with her descriptions. You feel so sorry for Gemma, she’s put under immense pain and pressure from the other Irish Clan. You know she’s a good person, but when your constantly under threat, even the best if people will crack under pressure! Throw in jealously from another woman who wants Nolan and you have an amazing story.

There are triggers in this book, so please be advised and read the warnings before grabbing this book.

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Welcome to October

Happy Birthday Gran, sadly no longer with us, but never forgotten.

Last year I came up with the idea of looking for Halloween based stories for October.

How many will I be able to find? You’ll have to wait and see 😉

Books I’m looking forward to reading this month:

Corrode by Sarah Bailey

Awakened by her Bear by Felicity Heaton

Perfect Sinner by Maggie Cole

Bratva Heir by Sophie Lark and Jane Henry

Highland Games by Evie Alexander

And lastly, a happy Halloween drink for the end of the month 🥂

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GOODBYE SEPTEMBER

Books I read in September 📱👩🏻‍💻 📚 🎧

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Unchosen Ruler The O’Malley Family Mafia Wars #6 Maggie Cole

🟣KINDLE REVIEW His Temporary Manny: An M/M Mpreg Romance (Manny’s Mannies Book 10) by Lorelei M. Hart

🟣KINDLE REVIEW The Protector (Fire’s Edge Book 5) by Abigail Owen

🟣KINDLE REVIEW FEAST: A Rough and Twisted a Sci-Fi Romance by Lizzy Bequin

🟣KINDLE REVIEW                              Unveiling (Mythical Creatures Series Book 1) by Zel Winter 

🟣KINDLE REVIEW                                Vampire in the Kitchen by Rhiannon Hartley

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Poisoned Paradise: A Taboo Romance (Black Heart Romance presents Heaven & Hell) by Lucy Smoke

🟣KINDLE REVIEW Lyon’s Roar: Zodiac Assassins Book 1 by Artemis Crow

🟣KINDLE REVIEW                                Justified Misfortune: Brotherhood Protectors World by Lori Matthews 

🟣KINDLE REVIEW                                Justified Burden: Brotherhood Protectors World by Lori Matthews 

🟣KINDLE REVIEW The Last Dragon by Daryl Devore

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Another Motherfaker: The G.D. Taylors Series book 3 by Laura Pavlov and Willow Aster

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Sainted (The Invincibles Book 8) by Heather Slade

🟣ARC REVIEW Complicate (Deliver Book 9) by Pam Godwin

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR  Badge (RUTHLESS KINGS MC™ LAS VEGAS CHAPTER (A RUTHLESS UNDERWORLD NOVEL) Book 16) by K.L Savage

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW            Playing It Safe (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series Book 7) by Amy Andrews 

📚PAPERBACK REVIEW Shades of Darkness (Guardians of Eternity Book 16) by Alexandra Ivy

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW              Brutal Boxer (Knight’s Legion MC Book 4) by Naomi Porter

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Cocky Jock Wolf: A Curvy Girl and Wolf Shifter College Sports Romance (Big Wolf on Campus Book 1) by Aidy Award and Piper Fox

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Seeder Shadow Wars (Seeder Wars) book 1 by J. Houser

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW His Dream (The Wounded Souls – Queenscliff Chapter. Book 1) by Leah Sharelle

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW             There’s Something about Molly book 2 (Mommy Wars) by Christina Hovland 

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW             Apathy (Secrets of Winworth) Book 1 by L.K. Reid 

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW            Unleashed by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 4) by Felicity Heaton

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW The Thief by Jessika Klide

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Hate to Lose You (Baker’s Bunch Book 3) by Lily Ryan

🟣ARC REVIEW Seducing the Warrior: To Love A Wicked Warrior Book 1 by Laura Shipley

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Broken Beasts of Beauty by Loxley Savage

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW SAVING SILVER (The Draak Legacy #1) by Xavier Neal

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR  Sold (A Dark Mafia Romance) Dellucci Mafia Duet by Clarissa Wild 

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR  North (Billionaire Ranch Book 1) by Vanessa Vale

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW The Hacker (Chicago Bratva Book 5) by Renee Rose

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR  Picnic Perfect: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Kismet Cove Single’s Week) by Xavier Neal  

🟣ARC REVIEW                                             A Lot Like Christmas: 2 (Blue Moon Bay) by Jennifer Snow   

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Just This Once: A Steamy Forbidden Love, Romantic Comedy (Big Apple Billionaires Series Book 2) by Evelyn Jeannie Hall

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Joyless (Alabaster Penitentiary Book 2) by Nyla K


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Joyless (Alabaster Penitentiary Book 2) by Nyla K

Joyless (Alabaster Penitentiary Book 2) by Nyla K

Description

Correctional officers get a bad rep. But in our case, it’s fully justified.

We’re not good people… We’re guard dogs. As twisted as the inmates we patrol, courtesy of the monster who created us.

Prisoners ourselves on an island of manipulation, we’ve spent years drowning in vices to dull reality. If these walls could talk, I’m telling you… they’d scream.

They call me Velle, but that’s Officer Chevelle to you. Hands dirtier than my mind, I have no qualms with staying ruthless to keep these creatures in line.

And I’m not alone.

Joy Jameson is my partner in crime, and my ex. Together we rule Alabaster Isle like Bonnie and Clyde, only prettier and far more dangerous. It’s the two of us against this wicked, secluded world.

Until he shows up…

Although we need him, the rookie is a problem. Flipping me upside down, using my own hidden desires to tempt me.

Rook… with his green eyes and country boy smile…

He has no business luring me into something that will get everyone hurt.

Let it be known, denying myself while dominating this role is my default setting. But with him in the picture, I’m struggling to keep it intact.

The mask is slipping, control I can’t lose wavering as we welcome our newest psycho to the roster.

Let’s hope, for all our sakes, Inmate #101 doesn’t do anything stupid.

**Joyless is a MMF romance in the Alabaster Pen world. While it explores new characters, it is advised to read Distorted first to prevent spoilers.**

My Review

OMG!!!!

This book!!!

I have no words!!

Oh yes I do….. FREAKING AWESOME 🤩

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read Distorted first.

This book can be read without reading Dash and Kellan’s book. But as it’s set in the same time frame, it just adds to this book.

Officer Velle or Chevelle, is a total bast@rd! He’s the type of guy your going to hate, and then fall in love with. In the first book he not a nice character. But reading this book you’ll find out why he’s such a dick to everyone around him! Joy is also an officer in the Penitentiary. The only female officer, so being an officer in that type of prison you’ll need balls of steel! And she has those in abundance!! She’s not to be messed with, because if you do, you’d better be prepared for the smack down she will definitely give you!! Rook is the new guy in the prison, still a little wet behind the ears. The prisoners try to get around him, some more than others!

The dynamics between the three of them is just off the charts. Joy and Velle have history, and it shows in this book. But when you add Rook to the mix, well you can kiss you day goodbye, you won’t come up for air until the last page!!

Reading the attraction that Velle has for Rook is just addictive. How he wants the new officer, and will do anything to get him….

So how will this threesome work? It works pretty pretty darn good thank you. We also get to catch up with characters from the first book. Throw in some intrigue and you’ve got another winning combination.

Please can book three be out now?!?!

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Indie author of Flipping Hot Fiction. I write big books and I cannot lie, *insert smirky face* of the often taboo, dark and forbidden romance varieties.
I love to write what I love to read: dark, dirty, and DIFFERENT smutty and taboo erotic love stories. My books are not for the faint of heart. Meaning I’m still getting used to being able to look people in the eye after they tell me they’ve read my books. But it’s a work in progress.
I like my books sexy, maybe a little humorous, with tons of angst and real drama. They are always relevant, and boundary-pushing… But mostly, I love them unique and well-written. Life’s too short to read the same story redone over and over. I also believe in having an open mind, when reading and just in life. I don’t personally believe in backing away from triggers, so that’s what you’ll get with Nyla K books.
Reading should broaden our horizons and open our minds. That’s what I set out to do with my writing. If even just one person gets that, then I’ve done my job 🙂

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Just This Once: A Steamy Forbidden Love, Romantic Comedy (Big Apple Billionaires Series Book 2) by Evelyn Jeannie Hall

Description

Over a year ago, Lacey and Zane enjoyed a scorching one-nighter. While memorable, that’s all it was ever supposed to be. But a month after that, they wound up having a second go-round. And that time was even hotter than the first.

Now, since they share the same circle of friends and colleagues, they’re forced to interact on the regular. After backsliding into each other’s arms again, they make a fun—yet clandestine—no-strings-attached arrangement.

Once those strings start to tangle, though, things get complicated. When unforeseeable events threaten more than their relationship status, their situation goes from a lighthearted romp to something far more serious, forcing a decision neither of them thought they’d have to make.

Will they choose to face this hard decision together, or will they be permanently ripped apart?

WARNING: This story contains a heroine with a faulty brain-to-mouth filter, scads of dirty language, a hero so ripped he could be featured on a comic book, and lots of graphic love scenes: including but not limited to one involving a window seat, an exposed fifth story view over Central Park, and a transparent shirt.

Just This Once: A Steamy Forbidden Love, Romantic Comedy (Big Apple Billionaires Series Book 2) by Evelyn Jeannie Hall

Publication date 30/9/2021

My Review

Lacey is in the Maldives for a week for her sister Katrina’s wedding celebration. (First book in the series “Just You and Me” sees Katrina and Benji’s story) A fiery redhead with no filter! She says and does what she please! And a free spirit that won’t be tied down to just one partner forever!

Zane Morrison is best friend to Benjamin Torres. (Benji) Married briefly until it went wrong! And now he’s a love them once and leave them, no repeat performances thank you!

They initially got together after meeting at a thanksgiving at Benji’s home. A fun time was had by all! So when the opportunity to seize some fun time together on an island in the sun, both Zane and Lacey agree to being friends with added extras! But we all know

how that’s going to turn out…
Lacey is such a great character, we’d met her in the previous book (which you don’t really need to enjoy this book) and I thought her a fun character, love how she says what she feels, she’s also a caring individual which sometimes gets overlooked.

Zane I didn’t warm to straight away! His diabetes seem to give him an aloof feeling, but it’s great how the author gave him an illness which is easily controllable, but can be deadly if kept unchecked!

And it gave me a few chuckles with the one liners and snarky comments that bounced between these characters.

I’m hoping this is the the last we see of this group. It’s a fun read and I’d recommend it any day.

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ARC REVIEW

A Lot Like Christmas: 2 (Blue Moon Bay) by Jennifer Snow

A Lot Like Christmas: 2 (Blue Moon Bay) by Jennifer Snow

Description

This Christmas season, love comes where you least expect it. 

For Jessica Connolly, there is no better place than her coastal hometown of Blue Moon Bay. She has a wonderful family, supportive best friends, and a successful bakery on Main Street. Unfortunately, every time she designs one of her ex-boyfriends’ wedding cakes, she’s reminded just how unlucky she is with love…and that she’s a good luck charm for men to find their happily ever after.

With someone else.

The minute they break up.

So she’s decided to be done with love.

Dr. Mitch Jameson is more comfortable traveling the world with Doctors Without Borders than staying in one place. He just needs to survive the holidays in his small hometown before he can leave again. The beautiful, intriguing bakery owner with an aversion to dating might be just who he needs to occupy his restless heart.

From sipping hot chocolates at the local festival of lights to early morning dessert deliveries, Jessica and Mitch rediscover the spirit of the holidays. But when the 25 days of Christmas are over, will their romance be over, too?

 Each book in the Blue Moon Bay series is STANDALONE: 
* A Lot Like Love
* A Lot Like Christmas

Publication date 2/11/2021

My Review 

A Christmas story in September! But if you read it, you could easily swap it for any season. I can see me picking this book up again and again, it has fun, it has humour and it has heartbreak (like any good romance) and it has a couple of intimate moments (might want to read those at home) 😉

Poor Jessica, I felt so sorry for her! Couldn’t imagine how she must have felt to design a cake for a man she could have married! It feels like a curse, she meets the man of her dreams…. It doesn’t work out…. He then meets and marries someone else! That happens a few times!! I’d call it a curse! So although she doesn’t begrudge them, it’s enough to make Jessica swear off love. 

Mitch isn’t looking for long term, he’s not looking to stay long at all! Being a doctor is all he’s wanted to do, fulfilling his dream of being a Doctor without borders has been exhausting but rewarding. Coming home before jetting to another place that needs him, Mitch needs a little quiet time then he’s gone, back to saving the world…..

When Mitch and Jessica meet, sparks of interest between both the couple is evident. And when Mitch tells her it’s only for a few weeks, Jessica assures him that’s fine with her. Both fight their feelings for one another, but I got the feeling Jessica was invested a lot more than Mitch, yes they both were having fun, but I truly believed Mitch would walk away!!

There is a part in the book I was totally going to hit the guy with a cake!! And then scream at Jessica to not let him get away!! 

I’ve not read the previous book, and it’s not necessary either, but I’ve added it to my (never ending) TBR (To Be Read) list. It’s written really well, and it captures the charm of the little town of Blue Moon Bay (which if I could I’d love to climb into the pages and explore the coastline) characters come to life as you witness Jessica’s love of Christmas and family. Shake your head at Mitch’s decisions not to have ties, and then cry into your tissue as secrets, and decisions will pull this couple apart!!

So is it just a Christmas romance? Is it just Mitch wasting time until his next adventure calls? Or will Jessica be able to prove that you can have just as much adventure in a small town as you can anywhere else? Or will she have to bake a fourth cake? 

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* A Lot Like Christmas is sweet small-town romance with a happy ending. However, the story includes elements that might not be suitable for all readers. Depression, anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD appear in the novel, and a child’s illness and death are relayed through a character’s backstory. Readers who may be sensitive to these elements, please take note.*

About Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow is a USA Today Bestselling Author writing contemporary romance fiction for Grand Central Publishing, Entangled and Harlequin. Her stories range in heat level from sweet to sexy and are set everywhere from big cities to small towns. Her books are light and humorous, but also full of heart, featuring families and communities readers love to visit over and over again. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, she now resides in Spain with her husband, son and three mischievous cats. She currently publishes psychological thrillers under her pen name J.M. Winchester and writes screenplays and TV shows in her ‘spare’ time. Her holiday rom-com, Mistletoe and Molly airs Christmas 2021!

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Picnic Perfect: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Kismet Cove Single’s Week) by Xavier Neal

Description

Looking for that special someone?
Need to get away?
Look no further!
Join us for a Single’s Week of mixers and adventures!
From far and near, the more the merrier!
Everyone’s welcome!

Eleven authors are bringing eleven brand new stories about finding love in all sorts of way and how the charm of this lake town brings people together. Known for its delightful allure, Kismet Cove is the perfect background to find the one!
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3 influences.
2 opposites.
1 vacation.

When Warren McGuire and Katy Horn bump into each other for the first time since his youngest brother’s wedding, the last thing he expects them to do is hook up.

It doesn’t take long for his insecurities to appear; however, to his surprise, they don’t send her running.

He doesn’t send her running.

For once in his over-planned life, Warren may have actually found a woman who wants him as much as he wants her.

Too bad that it’s only supposed to be a fling.

Too bad that they live in very separate states.

Too bad that they live totally different lives.

Will Warren do what it takes to make this unlikely match work for the long run, or will he leave it behind for something more picnic perfect?

Publication date 29/9/2021

Picnic Perfect: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Kismet Cove Single’s Week) by Xavier Neal

My Review

If there is one thing you can rely on with this author, is the fun factor in her stories.

Although short (it’s part of a stand-alone series by many different authors) it’s packed with laughter/fun/snarky comments and a few steamy scenes.

Warren and Katy are just perfect for one another. Both workaholics.
They had previously met when they attended a wedding (it was Warren’s brother and Katy’s best friend) so they so of knew one another, but what they weren’t expecting was a week long of singles activities they were signed up for! Giving it a go, they also decide on a brief fling….. But when they spend that time together, they don’t want it to end! But how can they make it work when they live so far apart?

Katy is great. A fun character with a sharp wit and tongue. She’s the perfect person for Warren. Who is written as an awkward man with confidence issues (makes a nice change for the roles to be reversed)

I’ve not read any of the other Kismet Cove books, but I’m adding them to my TBR list.

So, if you want a short read, then pick up this fun story. And enjoy Katy’s and Warren’s adventure in Kismet Cove.

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The Hacker (Chicago Bratva Book 5) by Renee Rose

Blurb

SHE BETRAYED MY FAMILY—I WILL MAKE HER PAY.

The sweet redhead in our building isn’t as innocent as we thought.
She brought a Fed into our circle. Got my twin brother shot.

Now she will pay. I’m putting her in charge of nursing him back to health.

If he dies, she dies. That’s what I told her, anyway.

Of course I wouldn’t actually harm her.

Our beautiful neighbor is already under my skin.

But that won’t stop me from punishing her

then touching her in all the ways I vowed I wouldn’t.

She’s ruined my peace. Become a distraction I can’t afford.

I want to keep her under my control…

I need to keep her out of my heart.

The Hacker (Chicago Bratva Book 5) by Renee Rose

Publication date 28/9/2021

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“What’s going to happen to me?”
I shrug. “Depends, amerikanka.”
“On what?”
“On what I find. On your behavior. On many things.” My dick thickens again, thinking of her punishment this morning. It’s so wrong, but I find myself hoping she’ll misbehave. That I’ll get to pin her wrists and smack her ass and listen to her sweet, choked cries.
“Is it up to you? Is that why Ravil said he’d let you sort of the rest of it out with me in private?”
I can’t help myself. My lips curve into a tiny smirk. “That’s right. I decide how and to what extent you are punished. So if you were wise, you’d keep a safe distance from me.”
Her lips part in a pretty “O” but she doesn’t look scared or upset. No, her pupils are dilated. She’s turned on.
Blyad’. I need to rediscover my anger toward her, because right now, I’m thinking of a hundred possible punishments and they all involve her naked and at my mercy.

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Excerpt: I don’t like this side of you,” he mutters as I reach for the button on his jeans.
Ignoring the sharp stab of pain his words produce, I resolve to keep the upper hand. Because I do have it. I watched his control crumble before my eyes. Noted the effect of my body on his. I lower his zipper, freeing his cock. Gripping the base, I part my lips, slackening my jaw to show my tongue but stop before I make contact. “You do like this side of me,” I maintain, somehow making my gaze a challenge, even though I’m the one on my knees.
His cock surges in my fist, the purpled head already weeping with pre-cum. He wants to put it in my mouth. He wraps a fist around my messy bun, but when I resist him guiding my mouth forward, he yields. He’s not the kind of guy to force a woman. I thought so, but it’s still a relief to be sure.
“Say it,” I demand. I flick the tip of my tongue over his slit, tasting the drop of his essence.
His breath rasps in through flared nostrils. His expression is stony, his eyes hard, but he mutters almost inaudibly, “You’re right, amerikanets. There’s no side of you I don’t like.”

My Review

Dima is part of the Bratva that live in the Kremlin (a Russian community living in America looked after by the Bratva). He’s not always been part of that group, but owing money to them means you pay them back, and they took both his brother’s and Dima’s life as payment. They belong to the Bratva!!

Natasha knows that living in the Kremlin has afforded both herself and her mother a good life, they are able to work and live without fear.

Dima has been aware of Natasha from the day she and her mother moved into his vision. Fascinated and torn, he knows he should keep away, but he can’t!

Then one night it all gets thrown away…. Natasha is drawn into Dima’s world. Seeing the harsher side of Dima only makes Natasha want him more! But with every pull towards him, he then pushed her away!! Why??

Now that Natasha is in his world, Dima needs to walk away, he made a promise years ago, and he’s not about to break it. But she makes it so hard for him!!

This is book five In the Chicago Bratva Series, I’ve not read any of the previous books, and I don’t think it really matters. There isn’t a continuing storyline, but there are characters in this book that have already found their women, so I’m assuming they are in the previous books.

It’s a really good read, heavy on the angst (that’s from Dima) hot and steamy in places 😉 and appearances from previous characters (they live with each other or close by) I loved the interaction between the Bratva and Dima, they seemed more like brothers than a group of me. I really liked how Dima wrestled with his emotions when it came to Natasha, it makes a change for the man to have doubts rather than the woman. Natasha was great, a mixture of minx and innocence, she knew what she wanted and chased him😉I’ve read a few Russian Mafia books lately, and this one although a little shorter than a few I’ve read, definitely holds its own. I’m definitely going back to read the others. I want to learn if they come over from Russia, or if they are already established when the series starts. And a couple of the characters that have their stories sound interesting. (Especially Oleg)

A recommended read.

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE loves a dominant, dirty-talking alpha hero! She’s sold over a half million copies of steamy romance with varying levels of kink. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happily Ever After and Popsugar. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won Spunky and Sassy’s Favorite Sci-Fi and Anthology author, and The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance. She’s hit the USA Today list seven times with various anthologies.

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North (Billionaire Ranch Book 1) by Vanessa Vale

North (Billionaire Ranch Book 1) by Vanessa Vale

Description

Everyone thinks I’m the disgraced cowboy.
That means my cover’s working. The focus of my FBI investigation?
North Wainright.
One look at her and I’m f$cked.
I want her, and not behind bars.
The closer I get, the more I learn about the woman I’ve decided is mine.
When I find out what happened at Billionaire Ranch, I discover I’m not the only one hiding the truth. North also has secrets and they just might get her killed.
How can I save her when she finds out I’m the biggest lie of all?

Welcome to Billionaire Ranch, USA Today bestseller Vanessa Vale’s new cowboy romance series. Where love points you in the right direction when you least expect it.

Publication date 28/9/2021

My Review

I loved the names of North and her brothers (love unusual names) What I didn’t love was the manipulation of her father! He was a controlling and ruthless man! He put North through hell almost all of her life! He used his daughter to control her life and the lives of her brothers, using like a commodity, she was nothing but a tool to use……

Jed is a disgraced FBI agent, or is he? His mission is to infiltrate the Billionaire Ranch and find out if North is a corrupt as her father was!

His sense of right and wrong is tested when he meets up again with North! He feels like she’s innocent, but she is in charge of the family business, so she must be as guilty as her father was? He needs to know if she’s guilty or innocent. But he can’t tell her the truth or the nature of his business…

There is an instant attraction between these two main characters. But both are hiding secrets from one another! Meeting at her fathers funeral stirs up a lot of feelings from her past, she knew Jeb before he left town, she’s always had a secret crush on him, but with him being so much older than her, North never acted on it!

Jeb sees North and instantly knows how to require the information he needs, he’s going to seduce and watch her carefully. Then once he knows the truth, he will either exonerate her or arrest her!

This book is full of secrets and intrigue. Does North know more than she’s letting on? Was she an accomplice to her father’s crimes? Or is she really innocent? And how will she react when she discovers the real truth about why Jeb is at the Billionaire Ranch?

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Sold (A Dark Mafia Romance) Dellucci Mafia Duet by Clarissa Wild

Sold (A Dark Mafia Romance) by Clarissa Wild

Description

Sold to the mob boss, now she becomes his prey.

I am Marcello Dellucci, new don of the Dellucci Mafia.
And my devilish reign over the city has only just begun.

But when a beautiful girl steps onto the auction stage I forget everything I’m supposed to be.
I want to claim her, no matter the cost.
So I buy her body and take everything she has to give.

Now she’s my pet, my Kitten… My Harper.
And I’m not ever letting her go.

She’s more precious than even she knows.
And our dark pasts are more connected than either of us realize.

I will ruin anyone who dares to take her from me.
Nothing will stand in between us.

Not even her.

Excerpt: The door opens again. It’s the same guy, and now he’s grabbed Melanie. She gives me a panicked look right before the door slams in my face.
Will I ever see her again?
Even though I don’t know her, and we only met briefly, it’s as if we’re forever connected at this moment by trauma.
The more time passes, the longer it feels, and my breathing becomes erratic. How much longer until they come for me? What lies beyond that door? I’ll find out soon, but the waiting is killing me … and the gun shoved against my back really doesn’t help ease the nerves.
“Your turn,” the guard behind me says, laughing to himself. “Be on your best behavior, now.” He leans in to lick my neck, and it makes me want to puke. “Or you’ll have to answer to me.”
“F**k you,” I say through gritted teeth.
He laughs again. “Believe me, far worse men than me are waiting for you out there, love.”
I wish I could slap the smirk that follows right off his face.
The door opens once again, and a fresh breeze wafting past me makes me suck in a breath.
“C’mon,” the bastard says as he grabs my arm and tugs me out of the hallway and into the light. It’s so bright that it blinds me for a moment, pointed straight at me.
But one thing’s for sure … I’m on a f**king stage.
What the hell is going on?
The guy pushes me forward, forcing me to walk to the middle. A few cruel laughs emanate from the room beyond the stage. Once the light dims, the men finally become visible. There are a dozen of them, maybe more, all in fancy suits, drinking expensive liquor, smoking thick cigars.
And they’re all watching me.
One of them raises a paddle. “Fifty,” he calls out.
This … this is an auction for me.
I’m horrified. Completely and utterly horrified this is happening. That these men are willing to buy girls like they’re objects, like we’re less than human. How dare they? How f**king dare they do this to us, to me?
Who the f**k bought Melanie? And that other girl? Where did they take them? What did they do to them?
God, this can’t be happening!
My blood is boiling, but I can’t f**king let them see the horror I feel. If they know, it’ll only fuel their desire. Their filthy eyes show that longing for a forbidden girl. One they can’t have … but take anyway, because money can buy you everything.
But I learned long ago never to show a man you’re angry or sad. It only gives them ammo to hurt you.
So I resist the need to lash out and yell, to thrash and fight them off, knowing it could get me killed. Instead, I press my lips shut and stare at them in silence. That will be my defiance, my pride. I won’t give them what they want. I won’t cower, and I won’t cry. I will stare at all of them to let them know what they’re doing is wrong.
For the briefest of moments, I feel strong.
That’s when I spot him.
Marcello.
He’s right there, in the front of the room, sitting in one of the chairs with a glass of whiskey in his hand. There’s a sparkle in his eyes as he stares right back at me with that same twisted desire he had in the club. And at that moment, the world feels like it suddenly shifts on its axis.
Because he’s probably going to do everything he can to make me his.

My Review

Book one in a duet series. And it’s a good one. Full of twists, turns, betrayal and secrets. It’s also a passionate and dark read. So check the warnings before grabbing the book.

Harper teaches self defence, she’s never going to let anyone down that she loves again. Watching her parents die in front of her has had a profound affect on her. She’s never forgotten, and she’s sworn to herself that she would find their killers and have her revenge!

Marcello is the head of the Mafia (the Dellucci’s) he’s not afraid of anything, he’s has to be that way to earn both the respect of his men and the other “families” but trouble is brewing, so a show of power is needed!
Meeting for the first time has Marcello enraptured with this beauty! He doesn’t usually give women a second glance, he doesn’t have too! But this shy and almost innocent creature has him under her spell…. Being a waitress to follow a lead has Harper falling into a dark and dangerous world! After escaping both Marcello and the bar, Harper needs to regroup.

Being kidnapped!! Being auctioned like a piece of meat!! Being sold like she was an animal!! Harper is terrified! It’s a nightmare that just won’t end! Being kidnapped and then sold was a degrading and demeaning experience! The only saving grace is being “brought” by the handsome stranger she met in the bar. But when she’s told that she won’t be going anywhere and that she’s “technically dead to the world” it brings her world crashing down!!

Then begins the story, a battle of wills, to see who comes out on top! Harper can’t or won’t give in, and Marcello won’t take anything less than her total surrender! It’s raw, it’s passionate, it’s going to pull you in all directions!

So we leave this book with loads of questions….. We leave the story with twists, turns and a few secrets that could tear this couple apart!

I’m hoping book two has all the answers! And I’m hoping it gets here soon…..

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Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he’s a dog too. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals.

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SAVING SILVER (The Draak Legacy #1) by Xavier Neal Release Date: September 23rd 2021 Genre/Tropes: Paranormal

SAVING SILVER (The Draak Legacy #1) by Xavier Neal

Blurb:

From best-selling author Xavier Neal comes a brand-new, laugh-out-loud, paranormal romance you don’t want to miss…

I swear, one minute I’m dozing off during the night shift – don’t judge me – and the next I’m being told I’m Fate Mated to an ancient dragon.

An ancient dragon I couldn’t help but save when he woke me up out of the aforementioned slumber – again, don’t judge me.

Now this same ancient dragon – that I’m apparently destined to be with – is doing everything he can to win me over, because it’s up to me whether or not he’ll live the rest of his life in absolute agony or absolute bliss.

Oh, and let’s not forget the fact we’re being chased by elves, working with a grumpy Griffin, and have to rescue some poor kidnapped dragon before an evil corporation kills it.

Ugh.

Any chance this is all some crazy dream that I can’t wake up from?

No?

Well, can’t blame this human for asking.

My Review

A lighthearted read that will have you chuckling throughout the book.

Zilveren (or Z to friends) is an elemental dragon shifter. Adae is a human! So how did their two worlds collide?

Well, Adae is a vet, and she’s dragged into Z’s world when he stumbles into her practice asking her to remove a few bullets! After removing the said bullets, he’s about to beat a swift retreat (much to his dragon’s annoyance!) when the elves that shit him attack outside the building! To keep her safe, and to contain the fact she saw him shift and the quick skirmish, Z absconds with Adae!!

This is the first book in a new series, and Amazon already has details up on the next one (well just a date and title!) and I’ll definitely adding it to my calendar.

I’ve read a few books by this author, but this is her first attempt at paranormal romance. And I loved it. The author has brought her internal monologues into this world, and those are what will have you chuckling. Z’s dragon is usually a quiet entity that resides within Z. But he’s making his feelings known about the lovely human (or sleeper as they are known) it’s convinced that Dae is it’s mate, and won’t stop pestering Z!! Dae is convinced that the battle, the big dragon and anything else on her nightshift is just a sleep deprived dream!! That can happen when you pull double shifts at work and live on nothing but sugar!
But it’s not a dream, and Dae finds herself in the shifter world!

Can she convince Z to let her return to her world and the practice she loves? Will Z’s dragon try to win over both his other half and the female that has captured his heart? And why do the elves want the young dragon shifter that started this adventure?

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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. Connect with Xavier:

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Broken Beasts of Beauty by Loxley Savage

Broken Beasts of Beauty by Loxley Savage

Description

I thought I’d die in the dungeons.

My father is a terrible man. He claimed a demon lived inside me and imprisoned me for months in his torture chamber. Then, one fateful day, he found himself on the bitter end of a curse, and he offered me in exchange for his freedom.

I thought my life was over, but I was wrong.

While trapped within the curse creator’s ancient castle, phantoms begin speaking to me, caressing me with invisible hands, and proclaiming I’m theirs. One is cold and possessive, another curious and calculating, and the third… well, he might be damaged beyond repair—just like me.

At night, however, when the phantoms leave, terrifying beasts emerge. Their snarls and roars awaken something dark within me, and their pull is impossible to resist.

I’m changing, becoming something greater than I ever thought I could be.

When the past comes back to haunt me, and my future is compromised, I find myself facing an old enemy. This time, though, I won’t submit. This time, I’ll become the demon he always claimed I was—a broken beast.

***Broken Beasts of Beauty is a full-length, stand-alone, dark, PNR, RH fairy tale retelling. Nothing inside these pages is appropriate for a children’s story. Within this tale are scenes with detailed sex, naughty language, torture, violence, revenge, and much more. If such material offends you, please do not read this book.***

Publication date 24/9/2021

My Review

Where do I start? Well it’s a fairytale, it’s definitely more Grimm than Disney. It’s dark, it’s twisted and it’s awesome.

The beginning of the book is a little slow, it builds into a dark world where Brondwyn or Stormy as she’s also known by, is different from other children! Berated by her parents, belittled by her sisters and tormented by everyone else! Your heart will break at the cruelty Brondwyn faces on a daily basis.

Being different has also made her strong, Stormy doesn’t give in, she’s a force of nature that can’t be contained. She knows she’s different from other people, but she’s not expecting her life to alter in such a dramatic way……

It’s also a RH (Reverse Harem, one woman/more than one man!) so we get to meet her men, who soon become her protectors and advisors. It’s incredibly steamy, it’s also thoughtful and caring. And it’s what Stormy deserves after so many years of abuse and neglect.
I don’t have a favourite male character, as they all have something that will appeal to you, and they all bring something special to this book.

Action? Yes. Romance? Oh yes. Steam factor? A sauna in the desert hot. Revenge and Retribution? Oh we have some of that too 😉

I’ve not read this author before, but she’s definitely being added to my reading list. Nicely written and with a solid plot.

It’s a book I know I’ll be reading again.

So, if you like your fairytales with a kink, then this book should be on your TBR list.

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Seducing the Warrior: To Love A Wicked Warrior Book 1 by Laura Shipley

Seducing the Warrior: To Love A Wicked Warrior Book 1 by Laura Shipley

Description

A soldier losing his vision. A lady fleeing for her life. An unlikely couple… bound together in desire, need, and love.

The man in the shadows…

Injured in battle and his sight failing, Royce Davis has dwelled in darkness since his return to England, in more ways than one. Consumed by bitterness and pain, Royce is determined to make his way in the world alone. But when a fiery-haired vixen accepts his offer of employment, his heart is awakened by a woman whose beauty enthralls him and whose touch ignites a yearning he cannot resist.

The woman who brings the light…

On the run from a ruthless enemy, Lily Moore finds refuge in Royce Davis’s home. Refusing to be put off by her employer’s coarse manners, Lily senses the real man behind the facade…as well as a desperate passion she longs to answer.

The darkness that cannot be escaped…

Royce refuses to believe he could ever be worthy of a woman like Lily. But when the past catches up with his new assistant, he will move heaven and earth to keep her safe. Royce must prepare to do battle with a cunning adversary while fighting against his own blindness. Lily never meant for Royce to be caught up in this deadly game. But now what began as a business arrangement has become something much more. Can a bargain born of necessity lead them to a fated love? Or will a madman see them parted forever?

Publication date 21/9/2021

My Review….

Royce is losing his sight! It was gradually going, but fighting in the war has left him with failing eyesight!! Laying in a hospital bed, he vows to become a successful business man and leave the idea of a wife and family firmly behind. Who’s going to want to marry and later care for a blind man?

Lily is on the run! She had been for a while. She needs somewhere to hide and evade her pursuer!

Meeting Lily has Royce in a spin. Can he really offer her a job when his heart is doing crazy things?! He needs to be professional and forget his fiery headed temptress.

Working for Royce will answer her prayers, but he’s so remote, how can she persuade him to allow her to live this new life?

I loved both Royce and Lily, Royce didn’t let his disability stop him from finding his place on the world, but it did make him unsure that Lily could ever look upon him as a man and not just her employer. Lily is a great character, although tired of running she hasn’t given up on love and life. She fights for Royce, even when he constantly pushes her away.

A new series and a new author for me. A Slow burn romance that has you rooting for Lily, you want her to succeed in her mission to make Royce fall for her. It will have you turning each page to find out if Lily’s past will catch up to her, and will Royce become her saviour.

Great plot to this new series, and it opens up for fallen hero’s to find their place in a world that will have just thrown them away!

Can’t wait to read book two in the series.

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About the Author Laura Shipley is an indie author who writes steamy historical romance with hot, alpha heroes and strong-willed, independent heroines. Through thick and thin, they find their way to love. While historical romance is her passion, Laura also enjoys reading books from all genres, with paranormal being a close second. Who doesn’t love a good vampire romance?! When not writing, Laura enjoys time with her husband and children and has a current obsession with diamond art. Seriously, you should check it out, she loves it. When it comes to movies, believe it or not, horror is her top viewing choice, and she has an unhealthy fascination with true crime shows. Yes, she writes stories about happily ever after but watches TV shows about how best to hide the bodies. It’s probably why all of her books have some level of intrigue mixed into each story. She enjoys writing novels that take readers to another time and place and allows them to fall in love with the characters. Laura can often be found on Facebook, where she interacts with her readers and provides updates on upcoming releases. She would love to hear your thoughts on her stories, and can be emailed. thelaurashipley@gmail.com
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Hate to Lose You (Baker’s Bunch Book 3) by Lily Ryan

Some call me cocky. Others arrogant. I prefer to go by Mr. Fix it.

I’ve been around the block enough to know that happily ever is as fictional as fairy tales. I choose to live in the real world where love equals heartache and the word monogamy doesn’t pass my lips unless it’s a punch line in a joke.

My life consists of a revolving door of women that come through one, two, sometimes three at a time. I’m perfectly happy with meaningless sexual encounters, as long as we both have fun and emotions are nonexistent.

Until I meet Sophia. Sitting at a bar with her friends, I pick up on her sad, forced smiles. The moment our eyes meet I know she needs a visit from Mr. Fix it. I can distract her from whatever’s troubling her. As I get to know the smart, sexy blonde I find a flaw in my plan.

She’s not the one that‘s broken. I am.

Publication date 23/9/2021

Hate to Lose You (Baker’s Bunch Book 3) by Lily Ryan

My Review

Tyler is your typical love them one day, gone the next. And you can’t really blame him as he witnesses a messy divorce, and his ex really messed with his head. 
So his attitude isn’t stellar, in fact he’s downright arrogant!! 
Can anyone get through to this a$$hole! 

Sophia has this really calming effect on family and friends, and I don’t think she was ever ready for the force that was Tyler. The constant chasing wore her down, and she let him in…..

Meeting Sophia puts him in a total spin, thinking he can help her out he doesn’t realise until later how much she helps him. But in true romance style, our hero finds out too late!! 
Can he salvage the best thing he’s ever had? 

Easily read in a day, this book has me going through a whole gamut of emotions.
If I wasn’t laughing, then I had emotional lumps forming in my throat.
I’ve not read the previous books, and I don’t think you miss anything. But at some point I’m going back to read books one and two. It’s nicely written, going back and forth from the past to the present without getting me confused. Tyler’s past and conquests catch up with him, and it’s all too much for Sophia! He uses people for his own ends! And watching him destroy his relationship with Sophia had me wanting to climb into my kindle to slap him!!

Highly recommended this book if you want a second chance romance and a hero who needs a shake and a slap!!

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Who doesn’t want to fall in love over and over again? I spend my days playing house with my husband and kids, and my nights lost in a fictional world with the sexy alphas of my imagination.

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THE THIEF
By JESSIKA KLIDE


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Genre |Trope: Contemporary Romance | Military | Security | Fake Fiancé | Evil Stepmother | Risqué Fairy Tale

BLURB:

The Thief, a new modern risqué Rapunzel romance. Prepare to have your heart stolen in this twisted tangled retelling of the romantic rescue of this long-haired beauty.

Trapped. Afraid. Traumatized.
Claustrophobic panic overwhelms me.
Tall. Strong. Masculine.
Comes to my rescue.
His scent. His deep voice.
Too dangerous in the dark.
One magical kiss and I’m under his spell.
Then the lights come on. The trance is broken.
Reality returns.
My hero is NOT Prince Charming. Not by a long shot.
Brash. Bad boy billionaire. Too callous to care.
But he vows, “I’m the thief that’s stolen your heart.”

Too handsome to deny. Too right to refuse.
He becomes my fake fiancée.
So focused. Such a liar.
He makes even me believe it too.
But it’s all a facade.
I’m not a princess. Fairy Tales are myths.
Happily ever after’s do not happen in real life.

Do they?

The Thief, a new modern risqué Rapunzel romance. Prepare to have your heart stolen in this twisted tangled retelling of the romantic rescue of this long-haired beauty.

Publication date 2/9/2021

My Review

A new author for me. And I’m going back to check out her other stories. 

I loved it, a classic fairytale with a modern and adult twist. And it looks like a series too, so it’s a win-win. 

Rapunzel and d’Artagnan’s story starts with them being trapped in a lift together. There is definitely an instant attraction between them, but neither give it much thought…..

D’Artagnan has much more pressing matters to deal with, he needs to wrestle control of the family business away from his (evil) stepmother, and to keep her away from his sister. In order to do that he needs a wife! And as he doesn’t have time to wine, dine and woo a woman, he needs a fake wife, and he needs her now!!

Rapunzel (Zella) is such a great character, always the optimist, she usually can turn her have to most things. I loved her zeal for life. 

So when the main characters work out that they are familiar to one another (his sister is her best friend) you would think it would make it ok (she needs to help her friend, and he needs to rescue the business) 

So an arrangement is made, one fake marriage coming up…. 

But how can it be fake when each moment they spend together brings them closer? 

Cleverly written, I was rooting for the good guys, booing the bad guys and got to the end waaaaaay to quick!! 

So can D’Artagnan save the family business, rescue his sister, thwart the evil stepmother and get the girl? 

For those answers your going to have to read the book…..

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About the Author:

Jessika Klide lives in LA …Lower Alabama, is married to her high school sweetheart of 40 years, and has a mammoth mule named Thor. Her husband is a former Army Aviator who flew UH1 Hueys in the 1980’s and who currently flies as a volunteer with Friends of Army Aviation. She has a deep respect and love for the men and women of the US Armed Forces and writes about hot, alpha military men and the sexy, strong women that love them.

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Unleashed by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 4) by Felicity Heaton

Description

Bear shifter Rune hates wolf shifters. Wolves and the hunter organisation Archangel have taken too much from him and the only good wolf is a dead wolf… so when a howl goes up in Black Ridge territory, Rune is out for blood. Only he’s not prepared for the sleek, beautiful and fiery female he finds trapped in a hunter’s snare… or the shadow of his past she has on her tail.

On the run from a pack leader determined to enslave her, Callie is desperate to reach the sanctuary of the White Wolf pack. When she finds herself caught in a trap, things look as if they can’t get any worse… until a mountain of a man emerges from the night, an ice-cold bear who is equal parts alluring and terrifying, and might just be the key to securing her freedom.

Can Callie crack the ice around Rune’s heart and convince him to help her? And when the price of his revenge is risking getting another female killed, will Rune be willing to pay it?

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
Book 3: Saved by her Bear
Book 4: Unleashed by her Bear
Book 5: Awakened by her Bear – Coming Oct 2021

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

Unleashed by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 4) by Felicity Heaton

My Review

Unleashed by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 4) by Felicity Heaton 
Book four in this series has us finally catching up with one of the errant bears in the Black Ridge Clan. 

Rune doesn’t live with the clan. He lives in the city. He’s happy being away from his pack mates. He’s very much a lone bear! And if you read the book you’ll know why. And unlike his pack he doesn’t hibernate in the winter months, it gives him too much time on his hands, and Rune hates thinking of his past!

Callie is on the run from her old pack! Seeking sanctuary in a new pack means crossing the Black Ridge mountains. But she doesn’t have a choice, if she’s caught it’s not going to end well for her!

Rune needs answers! Why would a she wolf be on the run from her old pack? But he doesn’t really want to interact with her, so escorting her to the White Wolf pack is the only option…..

So how can a bear shifter that HATES wolves possibly entertain the notion of falling for a Wolf?

The White Wolf pack is mentioned (again) so I have to wonder and hope for a new spin off series🤞We will have to watch and wait.

Read and smile as Rune fights his feelings for Callie HARD! He’s so set against falling for Callie, he doesn’t have a chance when love finally smacks him in the face!

We have a little interaction with Rune’s pack mates, but a majority of the book is given to their escape from Callie’s old clan and journey to the White Wolf clan. And what happens when the old pack catch up with them? And if they get to the White Wolf clan, can Rune really give up his Wolf? But it might not be up to him, what if Callie doesn’t want to stay with the grumpy bear?!

Reading this series isn’t necessarily required. But it does flow better if read in order.

So grab Rune and Callie’s book and fall in love with another stubborn bear and his wily mate 💜

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Apathy (Secrets of Winworth) Book 1 by L.K. Reid

Apathy (Secrets of Winworth) Book 1 by L.K. Reid

Description

There were sicknesses in this world even holy water couldn’t wash away.

In vicious nights, beautiful monsters lay.
Some with faces known, some ready to play.
Unsure of a friend, unsure of a foe,
Be certain of nothing you think you know,

Because what once enters Winworth, never leaves again.

Skylar Blackwood thought she knew what monsters looked like.
But in Winworth, nothing is what it seems.

Not the arrival of a stranger with eyes that see too much, and lips that taste like danger.
Not the young women who begin disappearing in the night.
And certainly not the people in the sleepy town she grew up in that begin to turn on one another.

One truth is undeniable, something wicked is loose in Winworth.
No one is safe, and trusting the wrong person could cost Skylar everything.

Trapped between the two worlds as secrets start to unravel, what little sanity Skylar has left threatens to shatter, leaving her with more questions than answers.

Turns out, real monsters are never what they seem.

My Review

Welcome to Winworth …. Your here until the mystery is solved…. you won’t be leaving for a while…. So buckle up and dive in…..

My goodness that was good.I’ve read this author before and loved her Rapture Series (waiting on tender hooks for book three!!)

But Winworth is totally different from that series, yes it’s dark, yes we are left with a cliffhanger (and boy that smacked me in the heart well and truly!!)
Winworth is a town with LOADS of secrets, no one is above suspicion, and everyone is hiding something!!

You’ll feel feel for the heroine of this book. Skyler is a mess! Drowning out her pain and grief (we don’t know the full story yet) the best way she can, drugs play a big part of her life, it’s the only way she can get through her day!! Watching her spiralling out of control is heartbreaking! You just want to take her away from this toxic situation!

I haven’t made my mind up about Ash yet! He arrives in town shrouded in mystery. Is he here to help or harm both the town and Skyler? He quickly gets involved with Skyler and her friends, again why?

You are left with questions that you hope book two will resolve for you. And you’ll be left wondering until the next book comes out….

I’m highly recommending this author and this highly addictive read. I couldn’t put it down until I’d read the whole book!

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There’s Something about Molly by Christina Hovland

Description

Molly Princeton hasn’t met the right guy. Yes, she’s a dating coach. But she’s also a single mom with a rocky relationship history. She may be able to help others find love, but she doesn’t really need it in her life. Happiness doesn’t require falling in love. Winning a matchmaker competition however requires being part of a couple. And darn it, she needs to win this one. That’s when she sets her sights on Gavin Frank—the one man she would absolutely never fall in love with.

Gavin is her nemesis, her best friend’s ex, and yeah, okay, he’s sexy as sin. He’s also off limits. But she’s out of other options. Plus Gavin could use a fake relationship to keep his meddling mother from setting up blind dates with every available woman in the Mile High City. There’s no way he’d fall for Molly. None. Nada.

The two quickly learn there’s a thin line between hate and love, and she finds herself tipping onto the wrong side. For the first time, she doesn’t have all the answers. What the heck is she supposed to do next? Lucky for her, Gavin realizes there’s something about Molly he can’t resist…


Each book in the Mommy Wars series is STANDALONE:

* Rachel, Out of Office
* There’s Something About Molly
* April May Fall
* Everything’s Fine, Emmaline

There’s Something about Molly by Christina Hovland

Publication date 20/9/2021

My Review

Molly being a dating coach would have all the answers to the perfect relationship, well you’d think that. But it’s far from being that easy, having a child and an ex that it’s a hands on father takes up a lot of Molly’s time. So Molly doesn’t have the time or the energy for a relationship most days, so she’s resigned herself to the fact she’s going to be a single mum forever…. But winning a dating competition may help with her business and her love life, she can put into practice all her knowledge. She just needs a partner.

Gavin doesn’t want another “blind date” nor does he need his mother to “fix” his love life. Being married to Rachel didn’t end well, the only thing to come out of that marriage was his child, whom he loves very much. He goes work to do as he let both his parenting and husband duties slide.

They don’t exactly get along, Molly thinks Gavin is a lazy ex and bad dad. And can’t see past that. Gavin thinks Molly is cute, but couldn’t see him dating her as she’s the ex’s friend! That would be weird. Right?
Both need a partner, Gavin to escape his matchmaking mother and Molly needs to win a dating competition, so reluctantly they agree to “date” one another. What could go wrong?
But the more time they spend together, the more they see each other in a different light. They have to keep reminding themselves why it’s only fake dating. Gavin sees another side to Molly, her persona on her web chats is totally different from the real Molly. And he’s falling hard for the real one.

This is the second book in the series, and I read and loved the first one (Rachel, Out of office) but there is no need to read it to enjoy this one. Met both Molly and Gavin in the last book, and I loved Molly already. Gavin was a different story, he seemed to be an errant dad and husband and just not a great character, so I was surprised to find out he was getting a story. But with most books you only get one side of the story. And by the time I’d finished this book I was totally in the “Gavin camp”

The book has its funny moments, and a few serious ones too. I loved the segments Molly did for her dating show, most of them did have me chuckling. Secondary characters are great too, loved Molly and Gavin’s kids. We get to see the previous characters from the last book. Agnes and Charlie were just great.

A beach or home recommendation for this one. Easily read in one sitting, and it will leave you with a big smile.

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New Release/arc Review/book tour

His Dream (The Wounded Souls Series) by LEAH SHARELLE.

BLURB:


Zachariah ‘Doc’ Keiffer was raised to go after his dreams.
Successful career in the army—check.
Beautiful girlfriend—check. Everything was going to plan—until it wasn’t.
Injured and medically discharged with a girlfriend unable to accept his injuries, Doc turned to
the people and place he knew where he had a chance to be part of a brotherhood again.
Finally, he once more had a purpose—with the Wounded Souls MC. Life was going well until
she happened. His dream.

Meagan Steel was born to be a princess. Growing up as the daughter of the Wounded Souls
VP, she never doubted she was loved and adored. Her MC family was everything to her, she
loved them beyond measure, but there was always something missing. Meagan wanted
what her beloved parents had together, and she wanted it with the newly appointed
president of the Wounded Souls Queenscliff chapter.
Doc wanted her, that much Meagan knew. Transferring closer to the new compound,
Meagan knew the risks she was taking. Doc had more troubles than just his new position,
his life was complicated, to say the least. Not only that, she may not live long enough to get
that first kiss she had been dreaming about, once her father finds out his firstborn is lusting
after a biker.

Publication date 18/9/2021

His Dream (The Wounded Souls Series) by LEAH SHARELLE.

My Review

This is a spin off from the original Wounded Souls series. I haven’t read any of the previous books, and I don’t think it makes too much of a difference, but I did feel like an outsider, so I’m definitely going back to visit the first series.

Zachariah ‘Doc’ Keiffer is having issues!! Moving to a new chapter of Wounded Souls should have been simple. It’s not simple, it’s a total mess!! And he’s not sure what to do…..

Meagan is daughter to the Wounded Souls chapter, she’s loved by everyone and each member would glad lay their life down for her. But she wants to be more than daughter of a bad biker. Moving away seems like the answer. Moving to a new chapter in the Wounded Souls biker community seems like the obvious choice. 

OMG!! This couple was just adorable. Their romance has been brewing for a while, and now they are away from Meagan’s parents, anything could and will happen. Doc is ex military, injured badly enough to scar, he’s sent home, where he’s left by his girlfriend! She can’t cope with his scars!! Feeling lost and adrift, he becomes a biker, he’s finally found somewhere he belongs.

There is humour in this book, there is sadness, there is also a little angst (Doc keeps pushing her away!) and definitely chemistry between the main characters. I’m also loving the supporting characters, especially Battle, I’m sure he has a good story to tell😉 

It is a little slow in places, but keep reading, it’s such a good story. I did like the fact Doc is unaware of Meagan’s feelings until she says she’s had enough and is going to go…… 

I can’t wait to see who is next, and I’m definitely going back to read the first series. 

The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, and that made it interesting enough to continue

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NEW RELEASE/ ARC REVIEW

Seeder Shadow Wars (1) (Seeder Wars) by J. Houser

Description

Dating and High School: Hard Enough. Now Add Assassins.

Avoiding assassination wasn’t on Mel’s to-do list for her junior year.
Learning she wasn’t human hadn’t made the list, either.

An only child with overprotective parents, Melody Walters just wants a drama-free year—and to be able to date. She gains the interest of more than one suitor, but doesn’t realize any one of them could be an enemy on the hunt. For her, the dating scene could prove deadly.

Mel discovers she’s a member of a botanical race, forced to hide their daughters in the human world until they mature enough for their powers to bloom. Something goes wrong with her blooming process, breaking her cover and jeopardizing the lives of her protectors and the large family she’d never known about.

With the enemy threat ever-looming, in a rush to master her new powers before she’s stranded in the human world forever, Mel struggles to decide who she can trust and if the sacrifice being asked of her is too great.

Publication date 17/9/2021

Seeder Shadow Wars (1) (Seeder Wars) by J. Houser

My Review 

Mel is just your typical high school student. The usual dramas that come with being that age….. 

A possible new love interest and the fact her best friend is in love with her! See totally normal stuff. 

So when she finds out that she’s not human! Well, that throws up a lot of questions, and she needs answers, like now!

Finding out those answers (will make sense of the prologue) only make her life more complicated! 

Oh and her bitter enemy The Ivies) want her dead! Wait! She has enemies that want her dead! Could her life get anymore complicated? Well yes it can, she can also wield magic! 

And her parents decide to foster a child, but not a little one! No he had to be an annoying senior in her school!!

So where does her best friend Zach and her new love interest come in? 

Can they be trusted? 

Mel begins to look at everyone as a potential enemy! 

Wow! That was totally different from anything I’ve read so far. 

What a great story. 

Very detailed, very meticulous and well thought out. Lots of background story (which will also make the prologue make sense) 

Seeders are supernaturals who give life to seeds that will eventually grow into the next generation.

The bad guys are the Ivies, they want to annihilate the seeder population from existence, and by separating the next generation and hiding them from the Ivies, the Seeders can try to guarantee that it doesn’t happen. 

So will Mel ignore her growing power’s? Or will she go home to Green Lands and learn more about her heritage and help in the fight to win against the enemy? But if she does that she’s going to have to leave all and everyone she knows and loves…..

And now I’m anxious to read what happens next. 

It doesn’t hang on a cliffhanger, but it does leave it open to another book (which I’m hoping will be soon) 🙏 

I’d highly recommended this book to lovers of the paranormal and the readers who like something a little different. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. Houser has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Her second language is Polish and she uses neither her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts nor her B.S. in University Studies. Instead, she takes snippets of dreams and a lot of ‘what-ifs,’ and is feverishly working toward her goal of being a multi-genre hybrid author. She’s a firm lover of both Jane Austen and Stargate, and currently resides in Idaho with her lovable fur-child, Mia.
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Cocky Jock Wolf: A Curvy Girl and Wolf Shifter College Sports Romance (Big Wolf on Campus Book 1) by Aidy Award and Piper Fox

Description

Nerdy, chubby girls don’t date quarterbacks… or werewolves.


Eli:
I just want one night off of being the all-star golden boy that the whole world, including my pack, expects great
things from. Is it too much to ask to go watch my favorite horror movies and eat popcorn?
Apparently it is.
I just might get my chance if this cute AF nerdy book girl at the bar plays defense for me. As long as I don’t let my wolf get a whiff of her ripe delicious scent. The last thing I need to add onto my plate is a fated mate.

Charlize:
Go on a date or get fired – that’s the ultimatum from my boss at the Moon Bean coffee shop. But I picked a real jerk and now I’m stuck at the bar with him.
I don’t need anyone to save me, but a smart girl recognizes a good escape plan when she kisses one.
It’s not like I’m going to fall for a jock with more notches on his belt than books on his shelf. But Eli is more than that and I’m developing some crazy feelings for him.
That is until he turns into a werewolf straight out of a horror movie.

Cocky Jock Wolf is a fated mates New Adult paranormal romance with a nerdy, dirty, cute, and curvy girl and the captain of the football team (who is secretly a wolf shifter!)

Publication date 16/9/2021

Cocky Jock Wolf: A Curvy Girl and Wolf Shifter College Sports Romance (Big Wolf on Campus Book 1) by Aidy Award and Piper Fox

My Review 

Eli might be the school jock, he maybe the next alpha of his Wolf pack, but Eli just wants a little peace and a quiet beer! Rescuing a cutie wasn’t in his agenda. But witnessing her humiliation at the hands of an idiot is just too much for Eli to witness. He’s going to put the dude in his place!!

Charlize thinks the night is going to be a mistake. And she proven right! Her date insults her one too many times! On the verge of leaving, Charlize gets rescued by a hot hunk! And it turns out to be none other than the high school football hero. 

The book then moves at a pretty fast pace. It’s a short story, so we don’t have time for long walks and deep conversation 😂 and anyway his Wolf knows what it wants, even if Eli is fighting the instincts to mate and mark this gorgeous creature! 

I love this authors writing, add in Piper Fox (who I’ve not read before) and it’s a fun and steamy read. You are always guaranteed a laugh with Aidy’s books, and this one is no exception. A chubby nerdy girl gets rescued by the school jock (who’s a bit of a secret nerd) and is then introduced into a new world (and that’s including the supernatural world of Wolf shifters!)

I love the internal dialogue that both the MC’s do. It had me chuckling throughout the book. 

A short read but packs in lots of story. It’s also the start of a new series. 

Bring on the next book 😉

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MEET THE AUTHORS

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Piper Fox Piper Fox writes short steamy paranormal romances for sassy, strong-willed women who love sexy alpha men, fated mates, and insta-love. When she’s not writing… oh, who is she kidding, she’s always writing or reading in her favorite genres – paranormal and sci-fi romance. Get a free book from her every month by joining her Foxy Reads at PiperFoxAuthor.com

NEW RELEASE/ BOOK TOUR/ ARC REVIEW

Brutal Boxer (Knight’s Legion MC Book 4) by Naomi Porter

Description

Welcome to the Knight’s Legion MC. Where nasty and nice get naughty together.

Aspen. My Snow.
As teenagers, we were always each other’s forever and ever. Until we weren’t.

Now I am the enforcer for the Knight’s Legion MC. I dole out punishment on soulless criminals with my blade Ricky.

In the MMA cage, I unleash my anger and frustrations. Fighting is my lifeline to living without the only woman I ever loved, my Snow.

My MC life is disrupted when she arrives at the club, nearly frozen to death and battered. I’m shaken to the core. Buried feelings resurface, pissing me off.

Snow needs the club to protect her from her ex. I need her gone.

After a decade of hating each other, we’re thrust together and it’s about to get brutal. If I can protect her from her lunatic ex, maybe this could be our second chance…

Brutal Boxer is the fourth novel in the Knight’s Legion MC, the gritty and suspenseful romance series of a rural Minnesota motorcycle club. Take a ride today!

WARNING: This book contains dark elements that may be triggering to some readers. Discretion advised.

Brutal Boxer (Knight’s Legion MC Book 4) by Naomi Porter

Publication date 16/9/2021

My Review

Aspen or Snow as she’s also known as is scared! Being chained to her boyfriends bed was not part of the deal! Nor was being beaten and abused! She needs to escape, even more now……

Boxer is sick of being in love with a ghost! She’s all he sees even when sleeps with other women! He hates her with one breath and then can’t or doesn’t want to forget her!

Book 4 of this captivating series sees Boxer and Aspen who were once young lovers now bitter enemies! After promising to stay together even though he’s off to join the Marines, they are going to make it work…. Then misunderstanding caused such a huge rift that it’s hard to imagine how they will ever find their way back to one another!

I will admit it wasn’t my favourite book in the series so far! And it’s not because he throws the woman he’s sleeping with in her face, and it’s not because she moved on..It’s simply because I didn’t connect as well as I did with previous books.

It’s still a great story, and I’m still in love with The Knights MC, I just didn’t think they were good together! Maybe they needed new partners, put that relationship to bed and move on!!

So do Boxer and Aspen work out their differences?

Reading in order will give you a better understanding of the series and characters, but it is possible to read this book without reading the reviews three books.

So if you like your MC gang full of angst then this one is for you.

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PAPERBACK REVIEW

Shades of Darkness (Guardians of Eternity Book 16) by Alexandra Ivy

Description…..

The Guardians of Eternity think they’ve averted the disaster that could destroy them. But in New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy’s world of temptation, lust, and secrets, one slip could change everything . . .

Chaaya endured centuries as a sacrifice, protecting her people from an evil that could destabilize all magic. At long last, her servitude is over—and she’s raring to have some fun. The baddest ghost-girl in Las Vegas has a talent for causing mayhem. And for getting under the skin of her solid, silent bodyguard, the vampire Basq . . .

Basq doesn’t let anyone close. He’s learned the costs of companionship. But reckless, disrespectful Chaaya, with her fiery temper and her fierce loneliness, isn’t like anyone else. Staying near her isn’t just a duty, it’s a hunger. When a prisoner of Chaaya’s last battle escapes, possibly seeking Chaaya’s nemesis, Basq isn’t letting her chase through a hellscape mirror London alone. But when the choice is between abandoning everything that’s kept them alive, or each other, survival will take not only desire—but trust . . .

Reading Order: 

Guardians of Eternity Series: 

When Darkness Comes

Embrace the Darkness

Darkness Everlasting

Darkness Revealed

Darkness Unleashed

Beyond The Darkness

Taken By Darkness (N)

Devoured by Darkness

Darkness Eternal

Bound By Darkness

Fear the Darkness

Levet

Darkness Avenged

Hunt the Darkness

A Very Levet Christmas

When Darkness Ends

Darkness Returns

Beware the Darkness

Conquer the Darkness

All About Levet

Sacrifice of Darkness

Shades of Darkness

Darkness Betrayed

Slayed by Darkness

Bewitched by Darkness

About the Guardians of Eternity

My Guardians of Eternity were inspired by my love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was fascinated by the combination of action, comedy, and romance. And just as important to me was the friendships that developed between the characters. I was inspired to try and capture the same magic in my stories.

Each Guardian book is a separate love story filled with sexy vampires, plus a few drool-worthy werewolves, who are committed to protecting the world from a growing darkness. Along the way they each discover their mate, who are kick-ass women who bring their own special abilities to fight against evil. Oh, and there’s a stunted gargoyle with fairy wings and a big attitude named Levet. He can be counted on to bring lots of mayhem and humor to each book.

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Basq

Basq had once been a member of Tarak’s clan, but he went into hiding to avoid having his rare ability to create complete darkness used in battle. He prefers to stay in the shadows, but no female is immune to his muscular body and pale, boldly carved features. His brown hair brushes his shoulders and the top layer is kept pulled back to reveal his astonishing eyes. They’re rimmed with a deep brown and progressively lightened to a pure white center. Eyes that you never forget.

Chaaya the Gatekeeper

The daughter of a druid priestess, Chaaya was sacrificed when she was a young teenager. After endless centuries trapped in a literal hell she finally has the opportunity to live. And she’s not going to waste a single second. She has a perfect oval face with large dark eyes and a soft pink lips. Her dark hair is cut short, almost buzzed to the skull to reveal the Celtic tattoos that trail down the side of her neck. She wears leather pants and a matching leather jacket and never leaves home without her copper spear belted around her waist.

Shades of Darkness (Guardians of Eternity Book 16) by Alexandra Ivy


Publication Date 10/11/2020

My Review…. 

I love this series, and was very excited when I found they were doing another book. When I looked back, I’ve realised I’ve missed a few books, so after this one I need to go back …..

Chaaya was a sacrifice to keep a great evil contained. But now she’s just human, well that’s not quite true, yes she can fight like an Amazon warrior, but she’s more than that. And as we read, we find out more and more. 

Basq is a warrior not a babysitter!

But Basq is hiding something, his feelings for Chaaya, at first it was annoyance at being her babysitter, but keeping an eye on her has given him a chance to see her, the warrior, woman. And now he’s fighting crazy feelings that just won’t quit! 

The evil they thought they had contained may be loose again! So Basq and Chaaya are sent out to investigate. And are soon up to their necks in portals and trouble. 

And we have my favourite gargoyle crashing through the book. His grasp on the English language is still as bad. His ego is still large and intact. He is the comic relief we need when things get to heavy. He always manages to annoy the males, and he makes the females love him (like a puppy) 

Chaaya and Basq are great, I liked the banter these had with each other and other characters. I get the feeling Chaaya has been a pawn for a long time, and now she needs to strike out. She’s so funny, her wit is quick and her tongue sharp! Making the most of life after the hell she lived previously. 

Basq is a vampire with troubles, (like all the previous vampires in this series) there is a lot to his backstory that had me wanting to go back and read the previous couple of books. (Characters usually show up in a few books before that get their story) You can read this book without reading the others, but there a thread that connects each book, so although you don’t miss too much, it did feel like I was missing somethings!

A book I’d highly recommend, in fact the whole series is worth a look.

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About Alexandra Ivy
Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She started her career writing traditional regencies before moving into the world of paranormal with her USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling series The Guardians of Eternity. Now she writes a wide variety of genres that include paranormal, erotica, and romantic suspense.
Stop by http://www.alexandraivy.com to stay update!

ARC REVIEW

Playing It Safe (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series Book 7) by Amy Andrews

Description

Donovan Bane loves playing rugby for the Sydney Smoke. And if that means he has to keep his sexuality a secret, that’s a sacrifice he’s prepared to make. At least until after he retires, anyway. He doesn’t want to be the first pro rugby player in Australia to officially come out while still playing. The team doesn’t need the media shit storm and he’d rather be known for his footy skills. Which means no dating, no relationships, no sex. Nothing but playing ball.

Until one man suddenly changes everything…

Beckett Stanton is out and proud—and not looking for a guy who isn’t. Been there, done that, complete disaster. Unfortunately, on the first day of his new job working for the Sydney Smoke, he locks eyes with Donovan Bane and he’s a goner. Big, gruff, and athletic isn’t usually Beck’s type, but for some reason this man is ticking all his boxes. And it’s clear the feeling is mutual. It’s also clear that Donovan is not out, and doesn’t plan to be anytime soon. Still, Beck can’t resist being the man to show Donovan everything he’s been missing.

For the first time, Donovan doesn’t play it safe and allows himself to indulge in things with Beck he knows he can’t have. But when their relationship gets serious, he knows he has to choose between the career he loves and the man he loves, because how can he possibly have both?

Playing It Safe (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series Book 7) by Amy Andrews

Publication date 6/9/2021

My Review

Donovan is a sports personality, so has an image to uphold. The last thing he needs is to be found out that he’s gay! So much pressure and financial worry has Donovan firmly in the closet!

Beckett a financial genius, gay and proud of it. It’s taken him a long time to accept and live himself, and he’s dated men who are scared of being found out, he’s not going to do that to himself again. He wants a man to openly show his love.

I loved the beginning of this story, the moment their eyes locked across the crowded restaurant, the chemistry practically sizzled off my kindle. Introductions are made and Donovan is just a gibbering wreck, he knows Beckett knows he’s gay, and hopes that he stays quiet. 

But at some point he wants to get to know this man. 

But working together is going to cause all types of hassles. 

Donovan is dismayed that Beck is going to be working at the club he’s at! People will only have to look at them and know he fancies Beck! 

Beckett Stanton is a wonderful character, gentle, kind and totally gets where Donovan is coming from. 

He’s patient when Donovan has a melt down, he’s assertive when needed, and such a foil for the rough and gruff rugby player. He sees the real Donovan and does his best to bring that side out. 

It’s about weighting up the pros and cons of a relationship. It’s about doing what’s right for you, and damn the consequences. But in Donovan’s case, he has his career/family to think about, what will his daughter think? What will his family and fans do? 

But spending time with Beckett has him questioning those values. What if he misses out on the best thing that will ever happen to him? Doesn’t he deserve happiness? Yes he could wait until his career is done. But would Beck wait that long? 

Beck understands where Donovan is coming from, but he won’t be a dirty little secret. He’s allowed to show his love, and if Donovan doesn’t want to show the world, then he’ll find someone who will! 

It does slow down a little, and the constant looking over his shoulder has me wanting to shake Donovan, you understand his reluctance, but he going to lose Beck if he’s not careful! 

This book is in a series, I’ve not read any of the previous books, but I probably will go back at some point. 

It doesn’t spoil this book if you don’t read the others first, but I was surprised to find it’s an MM (male/male) read in a FM (female/male) series (I’ve noticed a lot of authors branching out recently, which is good, nothing wrong with a little change up) 

It’s also a sports romance (not a big fan) but it’s written really well. 

A slow burn romance that will tug at the heartstrings and the face muscles. It’s left me with a smile 😊 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written eighty plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets and been translated into over a dozen languages including manga. She is a USA Today best-seller and a triple RITA finalist. Her books bring all the feels from sass, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty-melting heat. She likes to make her readers tingle, laugh and sigh with lots of sex and kissing and always, always a HEA! She loves, good books and great booze although she’ll take mediocre booze if there’s nothing else. For many, many years she was a registered nurse which means she knows things. Anatomical things. And she’s not afraid to use them! She lives near the sea with her husband of 30 years. You can stalk Amy here – FB – https://www.facebook.com/AmyAndrewsAuthor/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/AmyAndrewsbooks Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/amyandrewsbooks/ To keep up with her latest releases you can also sign up for her newsletter – http://www.amyandrews.com.au/newsletter….
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Playing It Safe (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series Book 7) by Amy Andrews

NEW RELEASE/ BOOK TOUR/ ARC REVIEW

Badge
Ruthless Kings MC #16
K.L. Savage

Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Cover Design: Lori Jackson Designs
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Travis Samm

Release Date: September 10, 2021


BLURB

Everyone has dreams when they are young.
And mine came to an abrupt halt.

I changed as a man, as a person, my soul was damaged beyond repair.
So I turned into someone everyone would hate.
Because I hate everyone and everything.
I’m furious at the world.
I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
But then it does change.
And if there is one thing I am not good at, it’s adapting.

Hope, Bullseye’s daughter, jump starts my soul again.
hate it.
I love it.
need her.
But I can’t have her.
She’s my friend’s daughter, for one.
For two, she’s way too damn young for the likes of me.
Three? She’s got a kid.
And everyone knows how I feel about kids.

Vermin. Loud. Annoying.
Wonderful. Beautiful. Precious.
The voice inside my head is stupid.
It wants and wants but I won’t allow myself to have it.
I don’t deserve to have it.
There’s no hope for me.
Even if hope is staring me in the face.
I have to focus on me. My business. I’m on a case.
Women are dying.
And it’s all because of me.
I have to protect what I care about for once in my life.
I failed once and I refuse to do it again.

How can I love her, when hate is all I’ve ever known?

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Badge
Ruthless Kings MC #16
K.L. Savage

EXCERPT

“Can I talk to you for a second, Hope?” I ask her between tight teeth. There is no fucking way another man is taking my woman out on a date.
“Sure,” she chirps and begins to walk in front of me.
My eyes eat her up, watching her plump ass shake under that dress. Jesus, is she wearing anything under it? Her heels click against the hardwood floors and she opens her bedroom door to invite me in.
Bullseye gives me a curious glance but doesn’t think much of it when I keep the door open.
“Can this be quick?” Hope asks, staring at her phone. “Benji will be here any minute.”
I rub a hand over my mouth and take a deep breath. “What the hell are you doing? You can’t go out with… Benji.” I nearly spit his name as I say it. I don’t like the guy. I used to, but not anymore.
“Why not? He’s around my age. He is kind. He is interested in Faith—”
“—He asked about her?” I grind my teeth together at his audacity. “She is m—” I almost say ‘she’s my little girl’, but I catch myself. I’m so messed up in the head. I don’t know when I started thinking that. I’ve barely spent any time with her. “Why are you doing this to me?” I whisper, realizing how selfish I sound.
“Doing this to you? I’m not doing anything to you, Forrest. I told you I wasn’t going to wait around. You said you didn’t want me. You pushed me away.”
“He isn’t allowed to have you,” I growl, taking a step forward, readying myself to rip that dress off her and show her who she really belongs to.
Hope shoves me in the chest and points her finger at me. “You arrogant bastard. You don’t want me but no one else can have me? Fuck you, Forrest. You had your chance and guess what?”
“Hope! Benji is here!” Bullseye calls out from the kitchen.
Hope lowers her voice and shoves me again. “And you aren’t going to have another one. You’re going to watch me walk out of here looking fucking amazing and you’re going to wish you weren’t being a coward.” She thrusts her shoulders back and clutches her black billfold against her chest.
Hope goes to walk around and I wrap my hand around her to stop her, tugging her against me. I don’t give her time to think. I clutch the back of her neck with my hand and yank her to me, pressing my lips against hers.
My soul is righted as soon as our lips meet. All the pain disappears; all the burdens I’ve made myself carry melt away. I want to admit everything I am to her. No other man can have these lips of hers. No other man can make her gasp and clutch onto them like I can.
Maybe I am an arrogant man. I never considered myself one.
But I am when it comes to her.
No one else can have my slice of heaven, not when I’m finally accepting her light.
She rips her lips from mine and before I can blink, her palm meets my cheek. “How fucking dare you,” she hisses. “You kiss me before I meet with another man, why?”
I wrap my hand around her throat and shove her against the wall, pressing my body against hers. My cock is pressed against her thigh and her swollen lips part, her lipstick smeared and all fucked up from our kiss.
Good.
“So when you’re with him, all you can think about, all you can taste, is me.”
“You are out of your damn mind if you think I’m going to be thinking about you at all.”
“Hope!” Bullseye calls out again, and I take a step back.
“Yeah, better get away from me,” she sneers. “Or you’ll have to deal with Daddy.”
My heart plummets. I screwed up.
“You better hope you got everything you wanted out of that kiss because that’s the last time you ever touch me.” She cleans the outline of her lips with her thumb, fixing the evidence of our kiss. “God, you’re unbelievable,” she scoffs.

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⚠️there are a few things that might upset a few readers, so read the authors warning before continuing⚠️

My Review

As with all the Ruthless Kings, bad things happened in Badge’s past, which made him who he is today. 
And it’s sad, and it now makes sense why he’s so grumpy and anti-kids!! 

Hope, is Bullseye’s daughter (long story) and she’s also a mother herself, she’s not had a great upbringing (Bullseye knew nothing about her until a few months ago) 
Living in the club isn’t ideal, but she loves the company and atmosphere. 
If she could get the hang of parenthood then life would be so much easier. 

Both are aware of one another, but Badge isn’t looking for long term and certainly no one with kids! 
Hope wants to be around family and to be loved just for her. 
So how can they move forward? 

Forrest “Badge” Walker was a cop until his President gave him an ultimatum!! (Another long story) 
His journey has been rough, his road to recovery/forgiveness/acceptance (whatever you want to call it) hasn’t been easy. 
I love the interaction between Badge and Maizey (adopted daughter of Reaper and Sarah)  she’s just such a character, and I don’t envy the person who wants to date her later on in life! (she’s well loved and protected in the club.)

An opportunity arises for Badge that he really can’t turn away from. And he sees it as a way of being a cop, but he’s not in the mood to tell Reaper! (Big mistake!) And he’ll also be under the thumb of local mafia boss Matteo (he has a book under his name) and being owned by both Matteo and Reaper will cause huge complications down the road! 

I love this series, mean bad bikers with hearts that are cold and empty, that is until the right woman crosses their path. 
Angst, sadness and lost souls, but there is also room for happiness, love and a family (which is what most of these ruthless kings want) 

Badge is adamant that he and  Hope won’t ever get together, but when she’s asked out on a date, Badge can’t help but act out! Kissing his friend’s daughter is going to get him killed!  
Suddenly Hope is all he can think about! And when she tells him she feels the same way, it makes his choices a whole lot more tougher! 

This is the Sixteenth book in the series. It’s already got a few spin offs! So by now you’d think it would be getting stale! You’d be wrong.
This series just keeps getting better. Each book might have roughly the same formula, but the author still manages to keep them fresh and interesting.
Badge has been a character throughout the series, and you have to wonder what his story was.

Well, wait no longer.

Dive in and enjoy the ups and downs of this biker gang and the women they’ve fallen for.
Read as Hope battles with her feelings of inadequacy of being a mother, how she wants Badge, but has to constantly fight his objections. Wait with baited breath, as we find out who the killer of prostitutes is, and it’s one I really wasn’t expecting. And then cheer as Badge finally gets his head out of his a$$ and accept the love Hope is offering.

I’d recommend you read them in order, it gives flow and continuity to the story. But saying that I haven’t! But I’m going to rectify that as soon as I get off my review.

Got to love a mean and grumpy biker. And you will 😉

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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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ARC REVIEW

Complicate (Deliver Book 9) by Pam Godwin

Description

Cole Hartman is a mystery.
He works alone, sleeps alone, and satisfies his aches…alone. He hasn’t touched a woman in seven years.
No one will ever compare to the one who broke his heart.
Until he stares into the seductive eyes of his enemy.
He finally meets his match in the redheaded Russian spy.
But she’s a dangerous risk. His obsession with her leaves him only one choice.

If you love something, let it go.
If it doesn’t kill you, hunt it down and take it.

RECOMMENDED READING ORDER
ONE IS A PROMISE (#1) (FREE)
TWO IS A LIE (#2)
THREE IS A WAR (#3)
DELIVER (#1) (FREE)
VANQUISH (#2)
DISCLAIM (#3)
DEVASTATE (#4)
TAKE (#5)
MANIPULATE (#6)
UNSHACKLE (#7)
DOMINATE (#8)
COMPLICATE (#9)

The books in the DELIVER series are standalones, but they must be read in order.

Complicate (Deliver Book 9) by Pam Godwin

My Review

I didn’t read the advisement the author gives, I went straight to book 9 in the series….

What a mistake to make!!

Don’t get me wrong, the book was absolutely amazing. A journey that had my emotions running from sadness to OMG to damn that’s hot!! I couldn’t put the book down….

So, going in blind I hadn’t met Cole before, I know of some of his background but I didn’t know it all. I know he met a woman and fell in love, he lost her, they reconnected then he left her again!! Even reading that had me in tears, I was gutted for both Cole and Danni as they said goodbye…..

We then jump to the future, and Cole is on active duty with the Freedom fighters, a team of extraordinary people who fight injustice and take out the people who think they are above the law.

Lydia is a Russian spy, her mission…. Nope I can’t tell you that. But needless to say she is instrumental in the capture of Cole, then helps him to escape. The tables are turned when Cole makes it clear she is under his protection. And it’s not long till she’s under him😉

Cole isn’t interested in Lydia as a woman, his heart is still frozen, his emotions are tightly locked down. But slowly she thaws that heart and unlocks his feelings, and once they are freed they aren’t going back in.

Lydia is an amazing character, such a great partner for Cole. She doesn’t take any rubbish from anyone.

There is an ongoing backstory, I did feel a little out of the loop, but most of it is rehashed for us. But missing how they all come together left me on the outside looking in. The camaraderie that they all have is something I want to know more of.

The ending…. That was just perfect, how the team were there for him and how Lydia became an asset. And the connection that is between Cole and Lydia is stronger than even Cole and Danni (but that’s my opinion) 😉

I’m definitely going back to the start. I need to meet the younger version of Cole, I’d like to read how the rest of his team formed. So I’m going to recommend this book, but I’m also going to tell you to start at the beginning.

🦋

NEW RELEASE/ BOOK TOUR/ ARC REVIEW

Sainted
The Invincibles #8
Heather Slade

Genre: Billionaire Alpha Protector Romantic Suspense

Release Date: September 9, 2021

BLURB



He’s a playboy MI6 agent trying to change his ways.
She’s a future minister jilted at the altar.
Together, they’re INVINCIBLE.


SAINT
I’ve got a reputation to mend—a lifestyle to correct. Hell, I’m no saint; I like my women. But I want this job more than anything. Walking the straight and narrow is going to be hard, but being an INVINCIBLE is even harder. But the hardest job of all: not torturing the deadbeat thug who left a beautiful and innocent woman high and dry.

HARPER
Jilted, alone, and totally broke. Stranded in a foreign country was not exactly my fantasy honeymoon. Yet here I am with no clue how to get out of this. And then out of nowhere, I’m gifted a miracle in the shape of a strong, sexy, and stubborn MI6 agent who insists on being my knight in shining armor. Whoever said that the sinners are much more fun have never met SAINT.


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EXCERPT

As we walked the two and a half miles of gravel paths that led us through the forty-two-acres officially known as The Garden at Buckingham Palace, the conversations I’d had with my uncle over the course of the last few days rolled over in my mind.
It would be a logical assumption on his part that I’d paid heed to his suggestions and had found myself a “nice young lady.” While Harper was that, I certainly hadn’t gone in search of her.
When she’d walked from the hallway into the living room at the precise moment Nigel uttered those words, I had to admit, I’d momentarily considered our meeting fortuitous. If only to get Nigel off my back and working to get my job reinstated.
However, I’d immediately quashed the idea knowing that using her in such a way would mean I was no better than her dookie of an ex.
I resolved to beg off the dinner with my mother’s only brother and his wife, in fear the man would say something that would lead Harper to believe that I was, in fact, using her.
That notion would be too easy for her to accept given my inability to explain to her—or myself—why I was obsessed with her staying in London. One word from Nigel and the proverbial light bulb would go off, shortly followed by her returning to the States by any means possible.
“What’s over there?” Harper asked, breaking me out of my reverie.
I looked to where she pointed. “Those are the Queen’s private gardens.” When I put my hand on the small of her back to walk in that direction, her breath hitched and her eyes met mine. “What is it?” I asked.
Her gaze dropped to the grass beneath our feet and her cheeks pinkened. I put my fingers beneath her chin and raised her head. “When you do that…”
“Do what?”
“Put your hand on me,” she whispered.
“Yes, well, when you look that way…”
“What about it?”
It makes me want to…” God, I couldn’t allow myself to say it. In the same way, I had to stop myself from envisioning Harper naked and spread out before me like a delectable feast.
The last thing she should do, was exactly what she did. Harper took a step closer to me. Close enough that had it been any other woman, I would’ve reached out and encircled her hardened nipples with my fingertips.
“What does it make you want to do?” she asked in a voice so breathy I was tempted to lead her around the row of hedges that would shield us from the view of the public garden’s other visitors, and suck all that breath out of her when I brought my lips to hers for the very first time.
I stared into her eyes, unable to stop my hand from cupping her cheek. “I’ve warned you I am a cad.”
“Rake.”
“Both.”
“And?”
“Miss Godfrey, you test my resolve every time your cheeks blush the most beguiling shade of pink and you lower your gaze in a way that drives me mad. There is much about you that tempts me, but that in particular.”
“I tempt you?” Her bourbon-and-coke eyes, even shrouded by her glasses, drew me into their depths. When she absently worried her lower lip between her teeth, I found myself wanting its plumpness between mine instead.
“You have no idea,” I said when her dimples appeared with her grin. “Or do you?”

Sainted
The Invincibles #8
Heather Slade

My Review

Saint is or was an operative for the British Government, but an over inflated ego and libido has him unemployed!! 
His uncle has said he’ll help Saint to get his job back, but it won’t be easy! 

Harper is suppose to be on her honeymoon! But instead she’s flying solo to London after being jilted at the alter! 

Saint and Harper meet on the plane bound to London. And before you know it they are both unloading their burdens to one another….
It’s a nothing like either have experienced before, but neither act upon the chemistry that is obviously there. 
Exiting the place, Harper expects never to see her handsome companion again. But fate has a way of intervening ….. 

Harper is stranded in London!! How?? Well to find out you’ll have to read the book 😉
And Saint comes to her rescue.
And what happens after is a rollercoaster of a ride. There is Romance, Intrigue and plenty of action.

It’s the eighth book in the Invincible Series, I’ve not read any of the previous books. And it does seem to make a difference. But I’ll definitely be going back to meet the rest of the “Invincibles”.

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AUTHOR BIO

Heather Slade gave herself the gift of writing a book for her own birthday one year. Thirty-plus books later (and counting), she’s hit a couple of best-seller lists and has had the time of her life. For Slade, the joy is in the writing, but nothing makes her happier than hearing from a reader who tells her that she’s made her laugh or cry or gasp or hold her breath or stay up all night because she can’t put one of her books down.

The women she writes are self-confident, strong, with wills of their own, and hearts as big as the Colorado sky. The men are sublimely sexy, seductive alphas who rise to the challenge of capturing the sweet soul of a woman whose heart they’ll hold in the palm of their hand forever. Add in a couple of neck-snapping twists and turns, a page-turning mystery, and a swoon-worthy HEA, and you’ll be holding one of Slade’s books in your hands.

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Another Motherfaker (The G.D. Taylors Series) book 3 by Willow Aster and Laura Pavlov

From best selling authors Willow Aster and Laura Pavlov comes the third book in the G.D. Taylors rom-com series.

A handsome contractor, a French goddess, and a snaggletoothed Yorkie—what could be better than that? It was all supposed to be fake, yet nothing has ever felt more real.  

Cosette…
It’s time for a fresh start.
Out with the old and in with the new. 
Except none of it is real.
Or it isn’t supposed to be.
My fake boyfriend happens to be the best relationship I’ve ever had.
And don’t even get me started on his dark eyes that I swear can see straight into my soul.
The way he makes me feel … everything about Caden Taylor is unexpected.

Caden…
I steer clear of relationships.
Especially the messy ones.
I keep things simple, and it works for me.
Until I agree to help out Cosette Dubois by pretending to date her.
The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
Kind and sweet and smart and talented.
Fake boyfriend … no problem.
I’m a giver that way.
Throw in a crazy ex, a Botox-injected mother who hates me, a snaggletoothed dog who can turn on a dime, and a woman I can’t stop thinking about.
Messy has never looked better. 

**This is book 3 in the G.D. Taylors series. Each one features a different sibling and can be read as a complete standalone. A HEA is guaranteed!**

The G.D. Taylors Series:
Wanted Wed or Alive
The bold and the Bullheaded
Another Motherfaker
Don’t Cry over Spilled MILF
Friends with Benefactors

Publication date 9/9/2021

Another Motherfaker (The G.D. Taylors Series) book 3 by Willow Aster and Laura Pavlov

My Review

A love them and leave type is our hero Caden, never one to settle down. A player and a commitment phobe! But watching his brothers fall in love has him looking at an unattainable goddess…. Out of his league, and out of his reach…..

Cosett is an interior designer, she loves her job, seeing the faces of her clients light up as their ideas come to life, gives her such a buzz. The only hiccup in her life at the moment is her Ex boyfriend is opening a restaurant with her family! (Awkward much!!) and neither the ex or the family will believe her when she says they are over!

Caden and his brothers (two have already had their stories (Wanted Wed or Alive and The Bold and the Bullheaded) are building a boutique hotel, their designer for the interior needs their input before they start the final stages….

The beginning of this story had me in stitches, the mental imagery the description gave me left me with tears of laughter. And that’s the whole book, it’s got a few nuggets of pure entertainment that had me smiling long after I’d put the book down.

You don’t really need to read the previous books, they do run in sequence, but it’s not essential (but grab them anyway, they are great) it might add to your reading pleasure as both Cosett and Caden know each other from the previous books.

Cosett needs a date for the family restaurant opening…..Caden is very happy to help….. So a fake date/relationship is arranged.
This one is probably I’d say is my favourite so far in the series. Caden has had a crush/fancied Cosett for a while now, but as she had a boyfriend he’s not bothered. But given the chance to be her fake boyfriend has given him ideas. He wants to date Cosett for real.

Third book in this series, and it just keeps on getting better. I loved most of the characters, but the one who stole my heart…. that snaggletoothed dog Louie 💜 he was just so adorable. I wasn’t a fan of Cossette’s mother!! Far to overbearing and controlling!

We have a smidgen of angst and sadness, but the feel good factor in this book far outweighs the sad moments. We also have the ex trying to control our heroine! The overbearing mother that won’t give Caden a chance! And a love that sneaks up on this cute couple.

It’s an automatic click when I see this series. And I can’t wait to see who and where the next book takes us.

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Kindle Review…. The Last Dragon by Daryl Devore

The Last Dragon by Daryl Devore

Description

What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? 

Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.

A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls. 
Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child – dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain. 
Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.
Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead. 
Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?

My Review ……
A very well thought out story. 
So basically a wizard merges with a dragon, but the power of them combined was too much, and so the legend of the three dragons was born, each dragon contained a personality/trait, one lost in time and myth, one was a source of goodness and light, but not Ayrradex, this dragon craved chaos, destruction and death! 
Many tried to slay it, many died trying. The beast becoming more and more powerful! 
Hawkyns is a prince of a dying principality, men, women and children slaughtered by the dragon rampaging the countryside. His own beloved wife and unborn son casualties, his mother mad, his father gravelly ill and his brothers missing after going out to hunt the murderous dragon! 
Enough is enough, he promises his father to kill the dragon or die trying, and he almost dies after defeating a spawn of the dragon he’s hunting! 
Derry is a healer with extraordinary powers, living a lonely life, an old woman to keep her company. The only other visitor is a horrid man wanting to “rut” with her!! There has to be more to this life than caring her the elderly woman and evading the unwanted advances of a lecherous man! 
Meeting Hawkyns opens Derry’s eyes to the outside world. But before they get a chance to talk, he’s whisked away by the villagers to be taken care of! 
Pariset is a young boy who lives in the village. He’s seen how the village has changed! Children go missing (presumably to be fed to the dragon as an offering) he’s seen how the darkness has spread! And with his mother about to give birth, he’s scared for his sibling, can anyone help him? 
The threesome prepare to escape the villagers when Pariset’s mother goes into labour, they need to get to the nunnery where the mother and baby will be safe…..
So can Hawkyns keep his promise to his father? Can he find and slay the dragon? And can he remain true to the memory of his dead wife and child, when feelings begins to grow for the lovely maiden he’s recently met?
They travel to meet and defeat the dragon together, without giving the story away both are vital to one another’s survival and to defeat the dragon. 
Pariset joins them on their quest. 
This has the potential to be a film, I was drawn into the pages, and time just ceased to exist! 
Beautifully written, thought out well, and executed brilliantly. 
The characters were so different from what I’ve read. Hawkyn feeling he’d let his father and family down. Derry wanting more from her life.
There is a twist to the story that i totally didn’t see coming. In fact there was two….
It’s a slow burning love story, which is nice to read once in a while. 
The action is fast paced and well written. The fury and anger that both Hawkyns and Derry feel is well explained. How could a village turn on Derry? And how can they think of even offering up the new born babe to the dragon? 
I liked when Hawkyns explains to Pariset that he would be honoured to be his friend and King in the future. 
So does Hawkyns defeat the dragon? How is Derry pivotal to the plot? And can they honestly be together when date May face different plans for them? Love may not conquer all!!! 
I’m hoping for more stories in this land. I’m hoping to see more of Pariset, Derry and Hawkyns. 
Do I recommend this book? Hell yes I do. 
Knights, dragons, fair maidens and magic. What’s not to like and recommend. 
It’s George and the dragon meets Disney and a whole lot more! 
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Kindle Review…. Justified Burden: Brotherhood Protectors World by Lori Matthews

Justified Burden: Brotherhood Protectors World by Lori Matthews

Description

Former Navy SEAL, and Personal Security Specialist Rhys Bennett is in Canyon Springs to mend after being shot on his last assignment. His wound has healed and it’s almost time for him to go back to work, but he’s worried. The sixth sense that’s kept him alive so far is MIA. 

For Scarlett Jones, being in Canyon Springs is her chance at a fresh start after a devastating tragedy. She’s desperate for her design business to be successful. But when things keep going wrong on her latest remodel, panic sets in. Is someone sabotaging the worksite on purpose or is it all in her head?

Realizing the distracting Scarlett is in trouble, Rhys puts aside his self-doubt and volunteers to protect her. Watching over the beautiful redhead won’t be too difficult. Or so he thinks until a body is discovered and the mystery surrounding Scarlett turns potentially deadly. Will Rhys be up to the task of keeping Scarlett safe or will the killer get away with murder twice?

Publication date 1/12/2020

My Review…… 
We met Rhys in the last book (Justified Misfortune) recuperating after being shot (not in the last book, but I get a feeling he might have been in a previous story) 
You don’t need to have read any of the other books, but I’m interested in other characters now. 
Rhys is a friend of Hudson’s, he staying with him and Sunny whilst he’s recuperating from a leg wound, he would have gone home, but didn’t need to babying his mother and sisters would insist on. 
He’s also having a crisis of sorts, being shit has left him feeling a little out of sorts, he’s worried his gut feeling will let him down, and it could cost him his life or the life of the next person he’s looking after. 
Scarlett is new in town, getting the job of designing the interior of the Wellness Center was a big coup, if she can get more work here then she’s going to settle. 
But Scarlett has a secret, she’s being targeted! She’s not sure who or why, but it could set her back on the road!
Scarlett and Rhys meet after she designs the cabin Hudson fixes up for Rhys. 
He finds out from Scarlett that she’s being stalked! So he offers his services, it should’ve take too long, then Rhys can move out and move on with his life…. 
Another murder/mystery story with just the right amount of romance theorem in for good measure. 
The book is a fast paced whodunnit story. The chemistry between the MC’s us fun to read. I’m getting the idea Rhys wants to settle down, but he’s also out to prove he can still do the job. 
Scarlett is great, she’s trying not to let the incidents that occur get her down, but they are making her jumpy, thank goodness Rhys believes her. 
Working out who the culprit is half the fun. The book is easily read in an afternoon, nicely written with attention to detail. 
I liked the element of surprise and the detective work that you have to put in. 
The romance between Rhys and Scarlett is electric. It’s also great catching up with a couple from a previous book. 
So can Rhys protect his newest job? Or will the killer get his next intended victim? 
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Kindle Review… Justified Misfortune: Brotherhood Protectors World by Lori Matthews

Justified Misfortune: Brotherhood Protectors World by Lori Matthews


Description

Hudson Riggs has returned to his family’s ranch after years spent traveling the world. The former Navy SEAL accepted a position as a Personal Security Specialist, a job that didn’t leave much free time. He never expected his visit to his hometown to turn into another job. His former High School flame has been arrested for murder but Hudson’s gut instinct is she didn’t do it. All he has to do now is prove it.

For Sunny Travers, being back in Canyon Springs is bittersweet. She desperately misses her life in California but her grandmother needs her. Sunny’s world flips upside down when she’s arrested for killing the local hero. Now the citizens of Canyon Springs have turned against her and she’s forced to accept help from the man who broke her heart all those years ago.

Hudson knows Sunny hasn’t forgiven him. Hell, he hasn’t forgiven himself for how he left things but all his emotions take a back seat when someone tries to kill Sunny. Can Hudson protect Sunny long enough to apologize to her and right old wrongs or will the killer get to her first?

Publication date 13/10/2020

My Review….. 
Murder/mystery with a healthy dose of romance. 
This book is from a series (Brotherhood Protectors)  I don’t think you need to read the previous books (I don’t think I missed anything) 
Hudson has finally returned home, after years of serving his country and getting a job as a bodyguard he’s back to lend the family a helping hand at the ranch they own. 
He’s taken a job as a favour to a friend, but this one could be the trickiest one ever! 
Sunny didn’t think she’d be too long visiting her gran, that was two years ago! Leaving LA had been a hard decision, but she was needed here, if she’d known then that two years late she’d be charged with murder she would have thought twice! But it’s the hate the town is throwing at her that hurts the most!
Sunny and Hudson have history, childhood sweethearts, and lovers. But after Hudson left her, Sunny had moved on with her life. Knowing he was in town was hard enough, knowing he was now her shadow was going to be painful……
But someone killed Wayne, and if it wasn’t Sunny then they are still out there. And Sunny is in danger!! 
Really well written, it’s not a short story, it’s somewhere in the middle. 
I liked Sunny and Hudson. They had history and I was curious as to why Hudson left Sunny all those years ago. 
I get the impression Sunny isn’t a damsel in distress, she’s an independent woman, but being made the target of a murder has to be frightening! 
The clues are all there to figure out who did it, and a few twists along the way make it an interesting read. 
So when Hudson finally gets Sunny to agree to be her shadow you can be assured he won’t be in the background. 
There are sparks between Sunny and Hudson, but she won’t be letting him back in, he ripped out her heart when he left town, so he won’t be getting another chance. But Sunny can’t help reminiscing about the past, and with Hudson her heart won’t listen to her head. 
But how can she even think of her ex when there is a murder trial hanging over her head? 
Hudson is like a dog with a bone, he knows his Sunny didn’t kill Wayne. But who did? And will she be next? 
My interest is now piqued, I’m going to be adding this series to my TBR list.
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KINDLE REVIEW

Lyon’s Roar: Zodiac Assassins Book 1 by Artemis Crow

Description

Twelve Zodiac Assassins. 

Forged in the Darkness of the InBetween, 
Ruled by the Shadow Side of their Stars, 
The Only Hope for the Light of Humanity. 

The InBetween, a subterranean haven created by the goddess Hecate for persecuted paranormals and ruled by twelve formerly-human princes, has been hidden for centuries, their numbers growing, and their hatred for humans festering. So when paranormal children are stolen, and the evidence implicates humans, the paranormals are called to rise out of the darkness and into the light to get retribution. 

Imprisoned, with the demon soul attached to his own soul close to taking permanent possession, Zodiac Assassin Lyon jumps at the chance to earn his freedom by retrieving three women from the human world. But when the other Zodiacs try to steal his prize, Lyon must secure the women and run. 

When foundling Persephone Payne is attacked by one man then rescued by Lyon, the monster plaguing her nightmares, she is thrust into a supernatural world beyond imagining and forced to rely on Lyon to protect her and her sisters by choice, not by blood. But, can she safeguard her heart from him? 

After Persephone’s fate is finally revealed, Lyon must choose between the reclamation of his soul or saving her and the love he doesn’t believe he deserves.

Zodiac Assassins series

Lyon’s Roar Book 1

Leona’s Descent Book 2

Libra’s Limbo Book 3

Leona’s Cage Book 4

Gemini Asunder Book 5

Publication date 15/12/2020

Lyon’s Roar: Zodiac Assassins Book 1 by Artemis Crow

My Review 

This is the first book in a new series and new author for me. 

This story is set in a world not unlike ancient times. But it’s inhabitants aren’t human.  

The goddess Hecate created this works for the paranormals that were persecuted by humans. 

They hide away, they stay away from human. They aren’t to be trusted! 

Persephone never expected to be a casualty of war! But being captured and terrorised by creatures from her nightmares have her questioning her sanity! 

She’s nothing special, and nor are her friends (well they are more like sisters) so she can’t understand why she’s being fought over! 

There has to be an explanation….

Lyon is a warrior (a little like a gladiator) fighting to please the crowds! Raised to do as he’s told. 

So when he’s sent out to capture three human woman by his father, Lyon doesn’t know why, and at first doesn’t really care. 

The author brought this world to life with her descriptive words. 

It ms the first book in the series, so a lot of the book is dedicated to building a story and background for the characters. 

But it doesn’t get bogged down with too much information. 

The sights and sounds were captured for me to enjoy and wince at. 

The characters were just amazing, I really liked Persephone. 

Lyon took a little time to warm up to. 

The story starts off strong and continues all the way to the last page. 

Mystery surrounds the reasons why Persephone and her friends were taken. 

There are two sides that are looking to claim her. 

Loved the interaction between Persephone and Lyon.

Lyon doesn’t think he’s good enough for love, and has a hard time believing anything this good can last! 

If you like your book with plenty of steam, then I think there will be enough to keep you entertained. 

Persephone and Lyon become a force to be reckoned with, but is he doing this for the greater good? Or will he still have her and her friends over to his father? 

If he does, then he gets his soul back, but he loses his new found love forever!! 

That was a pretty good first book, and I have to be honest, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

For Artemis Crow, it all started with the title, “The Zodiac Assassins”. From there, the subterranean world of the InBetween formed and grew. Many unique species appeared, their origins woven out of mythology and religion, brought to life by the belief that anything is possible.

Artemis spends her waking hours traveling through the world of the Zodiac Assassins, and writing about the rich tapestry living in the undiscovered darkness beneath our feet. In her dreams she walks beside the males as they fight against the shadow side of their stars to overcome the adversities that formed who they are, to become, maybe not whole men, but at least less damaged.

Artemis Crow lives in the northeast with a tolerant husband, two Dobermans, and a German Shepherd. When Artemis isn’t gazing at the stars, and thinking about infinite possibilities, she’s busy writing the next book in the Zodiac Assassins series. For more information about the Zodiac Assassins and their world, visit Artemis at www.artemiscrow.com. For cool imagery that inspired the Zodiacs, the InBetween and the paranormal creatures, be sure to check out the Pinterest page, www.pinterest.com/artemiscrowwrit/

ARC REVIEW/ NEW RELEASE

Poisoned Paradise: A Taboo Romance (Black Heart Romance presents Heaven & Hell) by LUCY SMOKE

❝𝕿𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖈𝖍𝖊𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖗𝖞 𝖎𝖘 𝖊𝖑𝖊𝖈𝖙𝖗𝖎𝖈… 𝕴𝖙’𝖘 𝖆𝖓 𝖊𝖛𝖎𝖑 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖘𝖎𝖙𝖘 𝖎𝖓 𝖒𝖞 𝖇𝖔𝖉𝖞, 𝖙𝖊𝖒𝖕𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖍𝖎𝖒 𝖙𝖔 𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖈𝖑𝖔𝖘𝖊𝖗.❞

𝖄𝖔𝖚’𝖑𝖑 𝖑𝖔𝖛𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖎𝖋 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖑𝖎𝖐𝖊…
☠️ Taboo
☠️ Dark Romance
☠️ Forbidden
☠️ Enemies-to-Lovers

𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙧𝙗:
𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘
Six years ago, I made a mistake. The worst mistake I could have ever possibly made. I fell in love with the wrong person and … I told him.

Ryan’s always been with me ever since I can remember. It’s been the two of us—side by side. Through every new beginning, every new ‘family’, and every failure. Is it any wonder that the love I had for him turned into something different—something deeper? Something utterly rotten? And is it any wonder that he hates me for it now?

𝑹𝒚𝒂𝒏
I’m a damaged soul, and she’s the only thing that’s ever held me together. But the one woman I want is the one woman I can never have.

She thinks I hate her for her confession, and maybe a part of me does. What I hate more, though, is that I have to push her away to keep her safe. That I have to pretend like I don’t fucking want her when she’s all I’ve been able to think about for the last six years.

We’re no fucking Romeo and Juliet. We’re much worse than that. A love like ours was doomed from the start.

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Poisoned Paradise: A Taboo Romance (Black Heart Romance presents Heaven & Hell) by Lucy Smoke

The author does give a spoiler/warning at the beginning of the book, and it’s up to you if you read it. Spoilers don’t usually bother me I’ll still read it, but I try to avoid them if possible. I didn’t read the spoiler……

Twincest?!?! Oh no I don’t think so, I know it’s taboo but still it’s not really my thing. But I persevered with the book, even though the feelings between the main characters gave me icky feelings!!

But I do urge you to read it, it’s a great story. It’s about forbidden feelings, misunderstandings and love getting its happy ending eventually!!

Ryan and Willow are both foster kids being together all the time has their feelings grow into something more.Then Willow does the worse thing possible, she professes her love for her best friend! That’s the wrong thing to do.

The story does jump in time in a few places, but you don’t lose the thread of the story. There are years that come between Ryan and Willow, but their feelings never change for one another, even though it’s wrong!
About half way? through it changes

I’ve not read any of this authors work before, and I’ve not read any of the previous books in the series. But I’ll definitely be doing both at some point.

Ryan has to be mean to push the only woman he’s ever loved, and boy is he mean! A bully and a thug, how Willow never walked away I’ll never know! I did think Willow a little naive in parts, and I did want to shake her a few times!

It’s really well written and it brings out all your emotions. And the surprise/twist is a good one. I did hope at some point I’d be proved right and I was, but still….. it was touch and go if this couple would ever get past their “twin” love for one another. Their is a villain (of sorts) in this book, and I did wonder if they would get there just desserts in the end.

So I’m going to recommend this book. If your a little doubtful about the issues in this book, then read the spoiler.


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This book is a part of the Black Heart Romance presents Heaven & Hell series.
**This is a STANDALONE book.**

Lucy Smoke, also known as Lucinda Dark for her fantasy works, has a master’s degree in English and is a self-proclaimed creative chihuahua. She enjoys feeding her wanderlust, cover addiction, as well as her face, and truly hopes people will stop giving her bath bombs as gifts. Bath’s get cold too fast and it’s just not as wonderful as the commercials make it out to be when the tub isn’t a jacuzzi.
When she’s not on a never-ending quest to find the perfect milkshake, she lives and works in the southern United States with her beloved fur-baby, Hiro, and her family and friends.
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Vampire in the Kitchen: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Raising Hell Downunder Book 5) by Rhiannon Hartley

Description

Vampire chef + corporate shifter = a recipe for bliss?

Or will this pair just cook up trouble?

Between the demands of his job, and his team-building obsessed boss, wolf shifter Eric is just trying to make it to Friday. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until a chance meeting changes everything.

His childhood friend’s little sister is all grown up and he can’t help but notice her. She’s gorgeous, gregarious, and – apparently – newly undead.

Sous Chef Sophie was blissfully unaware of Sydney Australia’s paranormal underworld…

…until she became a part of it.

It’s going to take more than black pudding to satisfy this former foodie’s newfound bloodlust. Luckily, Eric, her older brother’s best friend, has come back into her life just in time to help her deal with this unexpected turn of events.

When sparks fly between the two, Eric’s ready to forget the promise he once made his best friend to never make a move on his sister.

But happily ever after is an eternal commitment for a vampire. Can this solitary wolf shifter prove he’s worthy of Sophie’s forever?

Vampire in the Kitchen is a standalone romance with big laughs, no cliff-hangers, and a guaranteed HEA. This is the feel-good, friends-to-lovers story you’ve been waiting for!

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Vampire in the Kitchen: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Raising Hell Downunder Book 5) by Rhiannon Hartley

Publication date 6/9/2021

Description

What a fun read, totally different from most supernatural books I’ve read, a lighthearted and charming book.

I Loved his best friends (Benji, james and Damien), they were funny, but really supportive of both Eric and one another.

Moving back to the town he grew up in was going to prove strange, but with the support of his friends it’s not really going to be a problem. Will it?

I liked Eric, unlike most most werewolves I’ve read, he’s not Uber arrogant. He’s a nice guy, and really supportive.

Sophie is a chef, loves her food and her job. Seeing her family

Sophie is a great character, very funny and such a positive person. She manages to spin most things into a positive.

So how will she cope when her cravings for raw meat and  blood become a problem?

Her best friends Mike and Kristen were great, supporting her when she needed it the most.

Laughed through most of this book, I loved the inventive ways Sophie combined her new love of raw meats and blood. And I had to chuckle at the way Eric and his friends bantered with one another.

Both Eric and Sophie have history, his best friends are her brothers, but it’s been a while since they’ve seen one another.

Sophie goes to a party, meets an enigmatic stranger…..

Wakes up the next morning with a blurred memory and a headache/hangover.

From there in, things take a strange turn….

When Eric and Sophie meet up both are surprised at the feelings they have.

Misunderstandings stand in the way of them getting to know one another. Until an incident changes their circumstances.

So can Eric and his Wolf teach Sophie all about the supernatural world? And will he listen to his Wolf and claim his HEA?

This is from an ongoing series. But it can be read without reading the others. I have to read any of the previous book, but I’m definitely interested in reading more from this author.

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Kindle Review…. Unveiling (Mythical Creatures Series Book 1) by Zel Winter 

Unveiling (Mythical Creatures Series Book 1) by Zel Winter 

Description

Dan Noble is an old Vampire, perhaps the oldest in the world. One night on the prowl, he is inexplicably drawn to a plain-looking university student. But Nina Wright is not as boring as she seems: she meets Dan’s charm with the allure of her own, and the two share an unforgettable night. When Dan tries and fails to compel Nina to forget their encounter, he suspects that she is no ordinary human. And when a gang of bloodthirsty vampires singles her out for a vicious kidnapping, he realizes the girl he has fallen head over heels for may very well be a Human Immortal, a being of awesome power. Nina will be able to reclaim her supernatural gifts if she chooses a mate of her own lineage, Nature’s Immortals: a Dragon, Were, or Fae. As a Vampire, Dan would only stand in the way of her destiny. 

Will he find the courage to give up his true love just as soon as he has found her?

Unveiling is Book 1 of the Mythical Creatures Series, in which powerful Immortal beings battle for justice in a magical world just beyond the veil of our own.

Publication date 18/11/2020

My Review….. 

Dan is a vampire. Now, in this book his vampire side seems to be a separate entity, the vampire side can exist on bagged blood and animal blood, but insists on the real thing once a week! Dan agrees, but the victim has to be of his choosing. I get the impression, Dan likes them attractive, interesting and easy. 

Nina is looking for a job on campus, it seems she wants to go to school in this area. But she’s running out of time, meeting a stranger and having a drink with him isn’t in the schedule, but one orange juice won’t hurt, and he’s a cute guy.  
Meeting Nina in a bar, at first glance she is nothing like Dan’s usual type! But her smell is so unique and alluring that he decides she’s going to be his next meal! 
But getting Nina to agree isn’t as easy as he thinks, she’s not sure, she feisty and she’s no fool. 
But with a little charm and good luck they have a drink, pay her dorm fees and then decide on dinner……
I loved the mythology the author has created at the beginning of the book. 
Who the mythical creatures are created, how the humans feared them, and now human females hold inside them great power. 
We get they have sex, we don’t get the details, so I’d say it’s geared towards the YA bracket. 
Dan tries to make Nina forget their time together, but for the first time ever it doesn’t work! But before he can figure it out, Nina is kidnapped!! 
Nina is just wondering what the hell is going on, a drink with a total stranger and now she’s tied up and headed god knows where, could her day get any worse? 
Dan manages to track Nina down. Rescues her, but now she’s frightened! She doesn’t understand why she was taken.
He now has the unpleasant task of telling her she’s an immortal and has gifts that no mere human has, but to tap into them she needs to mate with a supernatural, but one of her bloodline (were, fae, dragon) 
Nina wants to know why she can’t mate a vampire, Dan is both pleased and annoyed (well the vamp side of him is annoyed) pleased she’s listening, but annoyed she’s not going to be with him! 

Setting off to see the elders is the only course of action left open to Nina, she’s intrigued, who would’ve want to become immortal? But sad it won’t be with Dan! But who says she has to mate? It’s her choice, but her past is what motivates her to meet the elders. 

It is a little immature in places (reminds me of the twilight series) as an adult I liked the premise, I thought the narration was good. An adult version probably would have been more graphic (sex scenes ) 
But I’m interested in finding out more in this world. 
Meeting the elders is another level of weird. She’s being prompted to meet and mate! But Nina only wants Dan…. 

So can Dan and Nina really be together? It would be simpler to mate one of her kind, but that wouldn’t make for a good story now would it? 
And the story is pretty good. 
Written really well, descriptions jump out from the page. 
Nina and Dan are really well thought out. Dan becoming dust to travel, using mind control and having a separate entity living inside him, some ideas are tried and tested, others are new ideas and really clever. 
So sign me up for the next adventure, it’s going to be a good one I think. 
Why? Well ….. no your going to have to read the book to find out why. 
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ARC REVIEW/ NEW RELEASE/ BOOK TOUR

Unchosen Ruler
The O’Malley Family
Mafia Wars #6
Maggie Cole

Unchosen Ruler
The O’Malley Family
Mafia Wars #6
Maggie Cole

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Unchosen Ruler
The O’Malley Family
Mafia Wars #6
Maggie Cole
Romantic Suspense

Release Date: September 1, 2021

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He’s the future unchosen ruler of the O’Malleys.

Locked away for too many years.
Underestimated and pissed off.
Protective beyond all rationale.
Possessive unlike any man I’ve ever known.

I should run. Except Liam O’Malley isn’t a choice. He’s the air I breathe.
Still, I wonder if I can really be queen of the O’Malleys—especially when I discover the truth about who I am.
Anyone else in our shoes would make a different choice, but nothing with Liam is predictable.
In our world, anything but strength gets you killed.

It’s what makes him the perfect unchosen ruler.

”Unchosen Ruler” is the sixth jaw-dropping installment of the “Mafia Wars” series. It begins the O’Malley crime family reign and is a forbidden Dark Mafia romance, interconnecting stand-alone, and guaranteed to have an HEA.



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The packed pub makes my skin crawl. All I want to do is congratulate Nora, have a beer, then get out of the pub as soon as possible. And then, my heart almost leaps out of my chest. The most stunning woman I’ve ever seen is sitting in a booth with Nora, Anna, and some other women. Her smile lights up the room. Kindness radiates off her. Innocence best describes her aura, and I already know she’s way too good for me or any other man in this bar. Her long, blonde hair, blue eyes peeking out under thick lashes, and pink, pouty lips take my breath away. I don’t know what they’re saying, but a blush fills her cheeks. For the first time in what feels like forever, I’m sure about something. I have to meet her. As I beeline toward the table, my gut flips.


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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.

Maggie lives in Florida with her son. She loves sunshine, anything to do with water, and everything naughty.

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

This book although still in the Mafia wars series, branches off a little. We spend more time with the O’Malley clan rather than the Ivanov’s.

Liam after spending many years in prison is now a free man. But really he’s going from one prison to another! The family business…..His father runs the O’Malley family and Liam has been groomed into taking his place when he dies. Only he doesn’t expect it to be so soon!!

Hailee is friends of the Russians we met in previous books (you need to read them, they are good) A schoolteacher. She teaches at an underprivileged school, she loves her job and the kids she teaches, she just wishes she could do more!

Meeting Liam in a previous book, she’s fascinated with him, and he’s very taken with her. Arranging a date, both Liam and Hailee are anxious to see where this will take them. Until Hailee finds out who he really is….

Together they set this book on fire!! There are so many secrets that these two hold, it’s a wonder they actually get started. There is a moment in the book that I did not see coming…. You don’t need to read the previous books, but it will explain a few things in Unchosen Leader.

I loved this book. Liam is such a hard man, but with Hailee he can be himself, and I think he needs that. Becoming the head of an organisation is a stressful job, and he doesn’t really get time to switch off. But with Hailee by his side he gets that moment of peace. Hailee was such a surprise, her character in the previous books was a quiet and mousey woman. But in this book, you get to see the real her, the one Liam brings out.

So can they really become the next family to lead the O’Malleys? Or will Hailee’s past come between them?

I do have one tiny issue (and it’s a personal one) in all the previous books the heroine gets captured, and in this one that she’s to really happen! So when it didn’t happen I was a little disappointed 😝

But I’m still going to recommend this book and the whole series.

Now we wait for Nolan to tell his story (a d it’s going to be a good one)

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FEAST: A Rough and Twisted Sci-Fi Romance  by Lizzy Bequin

FEAST: A Rough & Twisted Sci-Fi Romance  by Lizzy Bequin

Description……

Captured. Caged. Consumed.

All my life, I’ve known there was something wrong with me.

I don’t fit into this world. I don’t belong. There is no other creature in this wilderness that looks quite like me.

Then the ukkur come for me, and everything changes.

Four brutal warriors, their massive bodies bulging with muscles and striped with battle scars. I fear them. The sounds of their bestial growls make my blood run cold.

But they stir other feelings too. A painful yearning deep inside my core. A feeling my simple language cannot begin to explain.

They say I belong to them now. I am their new pet. Their plaything.

They will savagely examine every inch of my body, inside and out, until my throat is sore from screaming and my legs are too weak to stand.

If I disobey, they will punish me.

If I try to run, they will hunt me down.

But if I finally surrender, perhaps these monsters hold the keys to unlock my body’s secrets. Perhaps they can show me what I really am…

My Review…….

A feast for the senses. It had me gripped!!
Not my usual read, but the cover caught my eye, and the blurb caught my interest. Trying out new genres are always a risk. But it’s one I’m glad i took. So ……… 

The story starts off with a human female running from an abattoir, but not of animal flesh! The flesh being killed and consumed is human! The “butchers” are Nith (aliens that look distinctly animal like) and they have a cargo delivered to them…..

Reading the beginning, I had hoped it would be of mother and child, but sadly that’s not the case! 

I loved Ika, she had a child like quality to her, her innocence catches you, and when her innocent thoughts turn into lustful thoughts (although she doesn’t know the meaning) you have to wonder where it will take her. She’s been brought up by her protector Rolf, there is no sexual interaction between those characters, it’s more of a father and daughter role. She’s only ever known Rolf, he’s taught her everything, and she loves and trusts him implicitly. 
But one day she spies on her “father” and the Ukkur (another form of alien life form) trading, she’s notices they are like her father, but different from her. She’s curious, and that curiosity is going to get her into trouble…. 

The “beasts” that capture and contain our heroine are beasts in every sense (shifter book usually look like animals, but turn into humans, they don’t retain any physical attributes like tusks!) 

Thursar, Gunnar, Slaine and Muk live in a group, it’s easier to fight and hunt in a group, Gunnar is the brains of the group, Muk is the youngest and can usually make them all smile, especially Slaine, whose good for a warrior, but has a darkness in him that most Ukkur’s don’t. Leaving leadership to Thursar.
Ukkur aren’t your usual alien life forms, they were created as slaves by the Nith! Fully formed and ready to work for their masters. But the Ukkur were rebelling, forming pockets of resistance and escaping their masters. 

The interaction between Ika and the four warriors is a little strange…. it gives the impression that the Ukkur are innocence too, they don’t have females (no need they are made not born) and they have a childlike process about them (they are slaves, they aren’t educated) 
But the feelings they have for Ika isn’t childlike and it’s very foreign to them. But they won’t give up their prize, Gunnar wants to study her, Muk is wary of her, Slaine just grunts at her, and Thursar, well he has all kinds of thoughts about her!!! 

As I said, a very different type of book. It’s more SciFi/horror with a little romance thrown in (not sure romance is the word I’d use!) 

But don’t let the name of the book put you off, it’s good story, a little rough around the edges, but maybe it’s suppose to be rough, Ika wasn’t born on earth, she was brought up as an Ukkur, and they were created, so a whole lot of different circumstances. 

I’d love a series, you want more human and Ukkur matings. 
And you want an uprising against the Nith, and you want the humans on earth (those who decide who is transported to the alien planet) to pay for their crimes. 

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The Protector (Fire’s Edge Book 5) by Abigail Owen 

The Protector (Fire’s Edge Book 5) by Abigail Owen 


Description…….

The cousin of the High King, Lyndi Chandali has lived with the constant threat of being pawned off as a political prize. A rare, female-born dragon like Lyndi can’t trulymate—not in the way it counts. Which is why she’s kept her distance from a certain sinfully delicious Beta. Instead, she’s built a life for herself giving orphaned dragons in the Americas a home.

As Beta of his team of enforcers, Levi Rowtag is a fighter first, last, and always. His job is to protect—his team, the shifters in his territory, and the stubborn woman hell-bent on fighting with him at every turn. He knows from the moment they first meet what she’ll never accept—they are destined to be mated.

But with the kings at war, the enemy is now coming for Lyndi. Worse, he’s coming for her orphans, too. He’ll have no choice but to defy his king and go rogue if he has any hope of protecting them all…and finally claiming his mate.

Each book in the Fire’s Edge series is STANDALONE:
* The Mate (prequel)
* The Boss
* The Rookie
* The Enforcer
* The Protector

Publication date 7/12/2020
My Review……. 
I’ve read all the previous books (and loved them) so I’m happy that we are going back to see the guys in this series. It’s on the same time line as her other series (Inferno Rising Series) so we get a few crossovers (again I’m a happy bunny)
We get going with a blast from the past, we get to see how the clans are formed and how this team comes together…. 
Dragons usually live in clans and mostly live with their own colour (we have six clans—gold, blue, white, red, black, and green, and only recently based in America, they’ve come from Europe and Asia originally) 
But under the new rule of their king Pytheios, the King of the Red Clan, and the defacto High King (took the throne to govern the rest of the clans) of all dragon shifters. He wants them to guard the New World) Levi and his team the Huracáns are to settle permanently in America. The Huracáns should consist of two members from each of the clans, twelve in all. But for some reason the King had never sent more…..it’s was just the five of them…. Levi, Finn, Rune, Titus, and Deep (their leader) and Calla, Deep’s mate. 
His team are enforcers (they uphold the laws of dragon kind) 
Rule number one among his kind was humans should never learn of dragon shifters’ existence! 
Levi meets the lovely Lyndi when her brother Drake (his book is the Enforcer) asks to join their team. Levi’s dragon has gone berserk, it wants Lyndi for its own!! 
Lyndi Chandali is never going to mate (female dragons can’t produce babies) so if and when she mates, it’s going to be more of an alliance rather than a love match! Well, she’s not having that, Lyndi would rather be single and alone than marry for the sake of an alliance! So she’s thrown all her love and affection into giving a home to orphaned dragons, she teaches them how to shift a d how to survive, the kids love her, and she loves them, she’s be content if it wasn’t for a certain gold coloured dragon. He makes her long for more, but if she can’t have young, what’s the point of a female dragon?! (Human women who have a mark on their body will turn into dragons and become mates, and they are either hunted and forced into a mating competition or if they are lucky, they will helped and guarded and treasured by their mate) 
You don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy this one, but if your going to read the series, then it is best to start at the beginning as there are a few things you need to be aware of.
The alliance (the governing council) want the Huracán team disbanded, (they don’t answer to the council and they’ve stolen mates for other dragons!) so there are plans to set wheels in motion and disband them. And If a dragon doesn’t have a mate by a certain age, then an illness sets in (they slowly turn into stone) King Pytheios has that disease, but he’s not about to give up his throne (that’s where the spin off series “Inferno Rising” comes in) but it impacts this series too. The dragon clans are dividing and picking sides for an all out war! 
I loved this book, it was great catching up with the Huracán team. 
Really liked the prologue, as I’ve read the other books in this series and I was curious how the team came about. 
The banter between the team had me chuckling they work well as a team, but have become more like brothers over the years. 
Levi, the teams Beta has watched as team members have died, mated and turned rogue (see I told you it was a good series) but through it all his feelings for Lyndi have never changed….
The story then goes to the present day…… 
The war between dragon clans is escalating (dragon clans are warring with each other over mates and the tyrannical rule of King Pytheios) and the call for dragons to return to their clans has been issued. Levi knows he doesn’t have much time left before he has to return to the Gold King. Can he finally tell Lyndi how he feels about her? 
Lyndi has loved Levi from the moment she saw him, but he wouldn’t look at her as a potential mate for two reasons, one she can’t have young and two, she will be used as a pawn for a political marriage, so why should Levi look at her? But the team is splitting up and returning back to their Kings, and Lyndi is scared that not only will she lose her orphans, but she’ll be made to marry a dragon King of Pytheios‘s choosing. 
The action as usual is fast paced and frenzied. The storyline is very engrossing (I couldn’t put it down) and catching up with the team made me want to go reread their stories again (which I did) 
Levi and Lyndi’s story was just heartbreaking, you could see they were meant to be together, you could see they would be happy. But they’ve been kept apart by rules ….. female dragons are barren!! So, that didn’t mean she couldn’t be happy! Oh hell no! Ever since that first moment in the first book of this series, I have wanted her to get a story…… and here it is 😊 you’ve had glimpses of how they both feel about each other in previous books. So to finally have their story I had to cheer. 
Fighting their feelings for one another was getting harder and harder. But admitting those feelings (it was like squeezing blood out of a stone!) was even scarier! Levi has to get Lyndi to admit to her feels and to want to fight for their future. But fate may have a different path for them, she’s to be married off to another King! The only course of action for Levi is to leave his clan and King. To go rogue usually carries a death penalty! But Levi is willing to risk it. 
I must have ridden that rollercoaster through the whole of this book, the ups, the downs, and then throwing you for a loop! It was a wild ride, and I’m so glad I got to share this ride with them. 
So do they get a happy ending? Well…. no…. you need to go read this yourself. 
Highly recommended read. 
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Kindle Review…. His Temporary Manny: An M/M Mpreg Romance (Manny’s Mannies Book 10) by Lorelei M. Hart📱

His Temporary Manny: An M/M Mpreg Romance (Manny’s Mannies Book 10) by Lorelei M. Hart

Description…..
And then there was the time Manny became the manny…

Widowed omega Kristoff is in over his head. His manny decided it was the perfect time to follow his dreams and backpack through Europe for a month just as Kristoff’s job is in the midst of a major restructuring, requiring insane hours. He calls Manny, pleading for help when no one answers his ad, not that he blames them. It had been hard enough to get a manny when it was just the triplets and now? Now he had the addition of their three cousins after the death of their mother. 

Please let someone be crazy enough to take the job.

Alpha Manny works hard to connect the perfect manny to each of his clients. It works—often too well. He’s lost more mannies to marriage than all other reasons combined. When Kris calls, he scours his lists, places ads, does everything to find the perfect match, but there just isn’t one. Six kids is a lot on a good day, but when three of them are still in diapers and have recently suffered a tragic loss, it was beginning to feel impossible. Manny refuses to give up. He will take the job temporarily until the perfect match comes along. It would be a week or two tops.

When Manny and Kristoff meet, their chemistry is instant, but Manny has been there…done that. After a bad breakup and more heartache than he ever wants to endure again, he has a rule, no dating people with children, and he’s stuck by it. Breaking up sucks. Breaking up and losing the kids in your life…that is a whole different level of misery. He isn’t going through that again even if Kristoff has him feeling things he never had before. Nope. Not going to happen.
If only emotions were that easy.

His Temporary Manny is the final installment of the popular sweet with knotty heat contemporary mpreg romance Manny’s Mannies series. It features Manny, who fills in as a manny…just for the month, an omega who has unexpectedly had his household double, creative triplets who keep them on their toes, three cousins in need of a home, a mother cat and her adorable kittens, and a family built on the best thing of all—love. If you love your alphas hawt, your omegas strong, and your mpreg with heart, this book is for you.

Publication date 2/11/2020
Reading Order:

Manny’s Mannies Series:

The Omega’s Alpha Manny: Book 1

The Alpha’s Mentor Manny: Book 2

The Professor’s Omega Manny: Book 3

Saved by the Manny: Book 4

Completed by Their Manny: Book 5

His Miracle Manny: Book 6

His Surprise Husband Manny: Book 7

His Adventurous Manny: Book 8

His Talented Manny: Book 9

His Temporary Manny: Book 10


My Review….. 
I’ve not read any of the previous books, but reading this one, I’m going to go back and read them. 
They were cute, they were fun, they take you away from your troubles (if only for a little while) 
Manny owns and runs his “Manny’s Mannies” (male nannies) childcare business, he matches families with the right Manny, and so far he’s had brilliant success, in fact it’s more like a dating agency (many of his mannies have fallen in love with the family and the parent) so his books are looking a little sparse at the moment! 
But that’s not his only concern, he’s picking up vibes from his partner at the moment, so it’s time to sit down and talk, see if everything is ok. But Manny gets more than he bargains for…..
The house is empty, his boyfriend has left him, and taken his kids! Manny is devastated! He might not be their biological father, but he loved them like his own! 
He’s heartbroken! So from now on, Manny is concentrating on his business….. 

Kristoff is coping with the household, we’ll just about. Thank goodness he’s got such a great manny, oh wait! The manny is off on a trip of a lifetime! He’s happy for him, but that leaves him with six children to care for! 
Kristoff is a single dad of triplets, the other three boys belong to his dead husbands twin sister. 
So what with his grief, his loss of family and his job dumping extra work on him, Kristoff hasn’t had a moment to catch his breath. And now his childcare is leaving him!!! 

Manny and Kristoff hit it off instantly, Manny is competent, organised and a whizz in the kitchen. Kristoff can now concentrate on his job, but it just doesn’t hold the same appeal as it use to! But bills need paying, and so Kristoff has to suck it up and carry on….. 
As time ticks on, both the men are drawn to one another, but neither need the heartbreak again, so it’s easier if its left to employer/employee. But friendship ensues, how can they not like one another, they work well together. 
But Manny can’t get involved again, it would break his heart, and he knows Kristoff is still mourning his dead husband. 

Ok. I’m a little confused, I’ve read mpreg books before, I’ve read alpha and omega books before. But they are usually shifters, as far as I’m aware, both Kristoff and Manny are humans (but to be fair it’s paranormal romance) oh …… I think I’ve just answered my own question!! 
So….. if your looking for a fun mpreg book, I’d recommend this one happily. 

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Paperback Release…. Lightning Game: (Book 17) Ghostwalker Novel by Christine Feehan…

Description

Danger and passion fuse in this electrifying GhostWalker novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan. 

GhostWalker Rubin Campo’s rough upbringing made him into the man he is today: strong, steadfast and wary of outsiders. When he and his brother return to their family’s homestead in the Appalachian Mountains, he can immediately sense that a stranger has taken up residence in their cabin–a woman who just happens to be a GhostWalker too.

Jonquille looks deceptively delicate but is clearly a fighter. She also doesn’t seem to care that Rubin could kill her where she stands. She sought him out, wanting to connect on their shared interest in electrical charges. As one of the first failed GhostWalker experiments, Jonquille can produce lightning with her body–but she can’t control it.

Their connection is magnetic, their abilities in sync. Rubin knows she’s his match, the answer to a lifetime of pain and intense loneliness. But Jonquille came to him with hidden intentions, ones that threaten to destroy their bond before it can truly begin….

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, the Torpedo Ink series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

Goodbye August

Books I read in August 📕 🎧👩🏻‍💻 📱

🟣ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Savage Tracker: The Ivanov Family (Mafia Wars Book Five)by Maggie Cole

🟣KINDLE REVIEW Shadow Fae: A Dark Paranormal Romance, Enemies to Lovers (Dark Fae: Extinction Book 1) by Quinn Blackbird

🟣KINDLE REVIEW Dark Skies : A Dark Fae Romance, A Dark Paranormal Romance (Dark Fae: Extinction Book 2) by Quinn Blackbird

🟣KINDLE REVIEW DAKOTA LUCK: Book Six of The Touch Series by Stoni Alexander

🟣ARC REVIEW Wolf Marked: Moon Cursed by Alexis Calder

🟣ARC REVIEW The Ranger (The McAllister Brothers Book 3) by Julia Justiss

🟣ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR/NEW RELEASE Push: The Devereaux Duet by Sadie Rose

🟣ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR/NEW RELEASE Hellbent Hero (Knight’s Legion MC Book 3)by Naomi Porter

🟣ARC REVIEW Wolf Untamed (SWAT Book 11) by Paige Tyler

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Whistler (RUTHLESS HELLHOUNDS MC (A RUTHLESS UNDERWORLD NOVEL) Book 2) by K.L. Savage

🟣ARC REVIEW Loved by a Dangerous Duke: A Regency Romance (Seductive Scoundrels Book 13) by Collette Cameron

🟣ARC REVIEW Garridan’s Mate (in the Hearts Unleashed Anthology) Etherya’s Earth #6.5 by Rebecca Hefner

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Rescued by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 2) by Felicity Heaton

🟣ARC REVIEW Dark Roulette (Games we play) Book 3 by Lindsey Powell

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Love at First Hate: An Enemies to Lovers Romantic Comedy (Bad Luck Club) by Denise Grover Swank and A.R. Casella

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Fail Me (Florida Flowers Book 1) by Elodie Colt

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR The Traitor (Fire’s Edge Series) book 5 by Abigail Owen

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR A TERRIBLE FALL OF ANGELS by Laurel k Hamilton

🟣ARC REVIEW Tempted (Two Marks) Book 2 by Renee Rose Vanessa Vale

🟣ARC REVIEW What We May Be: An MMF Romantic Mystery by Layla Reyne

🟣ARC REVIEW
King’s Queen (Oil Kings Book 5) by Marie Johnston

🟣ARC REVIEW Claiming Poppy (A Billionaire, Friends to Lovers, Second Chance, Curvy Woman Instalove Romance) (The Claiming Series) by Violet Rae

🟣ARC REVIEW The Highlander’s Pirate Lass (The Brothers of Wolf Isle Book 2) by Heather McCollum

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW/BOOK TOUR Charmed: A Small Town Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Willow Springs Series Book 3) by Laura Pavlov

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Chaos (Four Horsemen Series) book 2 by Sarah Bailey

🟣ARC REVIEW Vicious Union : A Cartel Romance (Flor de Muertos Series Book 1) by Jocelyne Soto

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Sobek: Dark Gay Romantic Suspense by Wren Snow

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW No Way Out: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 1) by Amy McKinley

🟣ARC REVIEW
Hitched to the Gunslinger by Michelle McLean

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Saved by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 3) by Felicity Heaton

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW and INTERVIEW with the author. Deacon’s Star: An Orion’s Order Novel (Orion’s Order Book 3) by M.C. Solaris

🟣NEW RELEASE/ARC REVIEW Just You & Me: A Steamy Friends to Lovers, Second Chance Romance (Big Apple Billionaires Series Book 1) Evelyn Jeannie Hall

NEW RELEASE/ ARC REVIEW

Saved by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 3) by Felicity Heaton

Saved by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 3) by Felicity Heaton

Description

Knox is determined to find the drug lord hunting his twin’s fated mate and put an end to him and his men, but when he locates the humans, he gets the surprise of his life—he knows the beautiful, bewitching female guiding them. This bear shifter isn’t one for believing in second chances, but it looks as if the one he’s been hoping for just walked into his territory. Now all he needs to do is save her, find his balls and admit he’s crazy in love with her, and not mess things up again!

Skye is desperate. Her bar is badly in need of a cash injection so when four men show up offering a huge sum of money for a guide, she recklessly agrees to take them up into a dangerous, wintry valley. When she discovers the men have come armed for more than the local wildlife and finds herself their hostage, things don’t look good, and she’s not sure her luck is changing for the better when she spots someone tailing them—a man she hasn’t seen in two years—since they surrendered to their attraction and shared one magical night together… and he left her without a word.

Can Knox redeem himself by saving Skye from danger and prove himself worthy of a second shot with his one true mate? And can Skye bring herself to forgive the gorgeous, wicked Knox—the only man to break her heart?

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
Book 3: Saved by her Bear
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!

Publication date 31/8/2021


I’m a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author writing passionate paranormal romance books and series for adults.

I love to create detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! All of them alpha as you would expect in paranormal romance, and every book with a guaranteed HAPPILY FOREVER AFTER!

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My Review

Book three in this series, and it’s my favourite so far. A slow burn romance with lots of fast paced action.

Knox is hunting the man that almost killed his twin brother and his newly found mate. It’s proving a little difficult! And then to top it off he sees who their guide is…..

Skye owns a bar, but it’s struggling! So when she’s offered a large amount of money to guide a group of hunters she’s quickly take them up on their offer. But something doesn’t quite add up, and the more time she spends with them, the more she’s convinced they aren’t who they say they are!! She needs to cut these guys loose and get back to her bar, but that’s proving hard!!

Confirmed bachelor, no one has ever held his attention long enough to make him reconsider that opinion. Well except for a human female two years ago! Spending one incredible night with her and it confirms his worse fear….She’s his mate!! So he does the only thing can, he runs away!!

You could read it without reading the previous book, but it does make sense to read in order. You get more information by reading in order.

And we get a brief glimpse of the last two bears in this series, and a hint of a new series (wolves) ?

Most of the book is Knox trying to help Skye escape the men that want to kill the black ridge bear clan (you’ll find out why in the previous book)

The descriptions bring this book to life, your there willing Knox to succeed in his mission to help his mate and to end the men that want his clan dead. You hold your breath as he fights for both his life and the life of his mate. You also want to beat Knox as he denies his feelings for Skye! And you hope that she can forgive him and accept that he’s not just a sexy human male.

So will Knox get revenge on the man that almost killed his brother (see that’s why you need to read the previous book)? Can he save Skye? And will she accept his bear when the truth comes out?

And now it’s a wait for book four….

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Saved by her Bear (Black Ridge Bears Shifter Romance Series Book 3) by Felicity Heaton

NEW RELEASE/ ARC REVIEW

Just You & Me: A Steamy Friends to Lovers, Second Chance Romance (Big Apple Billionaires Series Book 1) by Evelyn Jeannie Hall

“You were like a brother to me, Benji,” she told him, pushing against his chest which had somehow over the years become a solid brick wall.

“Let’s get one thing straight, Kat. I was NEVER your brother. Not ever.”

Benji regrets abandoning the woman he always secretly loved, even if there were extenuating circumstances.Now he seeks to reconnect with her before it’s too late.

When Katrina’s best friend left their tiny hometown for NYC, she had no idea why he cut her out of his life. The thing she fears most is that it’s all her fault and fixing things seems impossible.

Will they attempt to trust one another again and learn from their past mistakes, or has their nine years apart ruined any chance at happiness?

WARNING: this story contains a nerdy guy turned hot billionaire, siblings with zero filters, foul language, and sexy times that may or may not include a fake bow and arrow.

Publication date 31/8/2021

Just You & Me: A Steamy Friends to Lovers, Second Chance Romance (Big Apple Billionaires Series Book 1) by Evelyn Jeannie Hall
Sizzling romance that tugs at your heartstrings
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Evelyn Jeannie Hall writes the kind of steamy contemporary romance that makes you need to grab your significant other. Hopefully, it’ll make you laugh and maybe sniffle along the way, too. Her Big Apple Billionaire series showcases self-made billionaires and the strong and independent love interests who fall for them. For updates and other goodies, follow her on social media @EvelynJeannieHallAuthor and at EvelynJeannieHall.org

My Review

⚠️ trigger warning ⚠️

There is subject matter that might upset a few people, so please be advised.

I love the friends to lovers genre (not as much as enemies to lovers though) and this story did not disappoint. It was full of regrets, misunderstandings, lost opportunities and finding that special someone, oh and a little steam 😉

After being apart for many years, Kat and Benji reconnect, but Benji has always wanted more from Kat, but had kept quiet, and it’s something he’s always regretted. Kat felt the same way about Benji, but never took the chance.

Failed marriages and relationships have made them wary.

But it’s not that easy, misunderstandings have Kat avoiding Benji at first, thinking she was to blame for losing her best friend. But talking resolves a few issues, and they start a tentative friendship. (But secretly pining for one another)

I would have liked a longer story it did feel a little rushed! But I love when they finally plucked up the courage to tell each other how they felt.

This is a new author for me, but I’m definitely interested in continuing with this series. The writer caught all the emotions and brought them to the pages. Loved both Benji and Kat, they were really great characters (and that’s why I wanted more story, when you fall for the characters the book just needs to go on and on)

If you love this genre then this book is definitely for you.

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ARC REVIEW

Hitched to the Gunslinger by Michelle McLean

Description 

Gray “Quick Shot” Woodson is the fastest gun west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, he’s ready to hang up his hat. Sure, being notorious has its perks. But the nomadic lifestyle—and people always tryin’ to kill you—gets old real fast. 

Now he just wants to find a place to retire so he can spend his days the way the good Lord intended. Staring at the sunset. And napping.

When his stubborn horse drags him into a hole-in-the-wall town called Desolation, something about the place calls to Gray, and he figures he might actually have a shot at a sleepy retirement.

His optimism lasts about a minute and a half.

Soon he finds himself embroiled in a town vendetta and married to a woman named Mercy. Who, judging by her aggravating personality, doesn’t know the meaning of her own name. In fact, she’s downright impossible. 

But dang it if his wife isn’t irresistible. If only she’d stop trying to steal his guns to go after the bad guys herself. 

There goes his peace and quiet…

Publication date 24/8/2021

Hitched to the Gunslinger by Michelle McLean

My Review

Had to laugh at our gunslinger he really was a lazy bum!! Any chance at a nap he took it 😆

Mercy needs help! After her father died (an accident they say! Mercy says Murder!) she’s had nothing but hassle from the local landowner, he wants her land and he’s offering money or marriage! Neither is on Mercy’s mind and certainly not him! She loved her father (even though he was a drunk and a gambler) and will farm this land one day with a husband she loves.

Gray just wants some peace and quiet Gunslingers don’t get either! Someone is always trying to prove something! Do when his horse decides to stop for a munch on an orchard, Gray has no choice but to wait as the horse has its fill! And from there he becomes embroiled in not only Mercy’s issues but the town as a whole!

Supporting characters like Sunshine was great, a nuisance but just what Gray needs to remind him that he’s human and needs a friend (even though he wants to shoot him most days!) Loved the horse and goat, proper characters that you’ll love 😆

The town doesn’t take to him at firs, they only see the gunslinger, but as he grows on the town, they decide to make him sheriff!

This book is easily read in an afternoon, it’s a slow burn between Mercy and Gray. And it’s funny to see them try to grab a little alone time, and are constantly thwarted!

Can Mercy convince Gray to make a go of their marriage and a job as sheriff? And will the landowner get the hint that he’s not wanted by the town and by Mercy?

I love to see sunshine get a story and maybe a HEA for a certain doctor and madam ?

Love this authors writing, you can be assured of laughter, murder and a hot time 😉

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has degrees in history and English and is thrilled that she sort of gets to use them. Her novel Truly, Madly, Sweetly, written as Kira Archer, was adapted as a Hallmark Original movie in 2018.

When Michelle’s not working, reading, or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found baking, diamond painting, or trying to find free wall space upon which to hang her diamond paintings. She resides in PA with her husband and two teens, the world’s most spoiled dog, and a cat who absolutely rules the house. She also writes contemporary romance as USA Today bestselling author Kira Archer.


For more info on Michelle and her work, please visit her website at michellemcleanbooks.com
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NEW RELEASE/ ARC REVIEW and INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Deacon’s Star: An Orion’s Order Novel (Orion’s Order Book 3) by M.C. Solaris

My Review

It’s finally here. It’s been a year since the last book, and the waiting is finally over….

Deacon is a steorrian (a reader of stars, future past and present are all laid bare for him to read and decipher.) His job in the order is technical and he loves it, information is at the end of his keyboard and he’s a master at ferreting it out. He usually stays at the control Center and helps with the mission (directing and helping) And his gadgets are just brilliant (it’s helping the order immensely) I loved how he interacted with his parents and older brother. And I adored how romantic and loving he is (Starr snap him up will you!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️)

Starr Barringer is your typical loner. Bounty Hunter and general bada$$ chick. But scratch the surface and you find a female that has been hurt so many times it’s safer to be in your own…. Orphaned, and unwanted until a family took her in, but she never really gave them a chance, she couldn’t return the love they showed her! Boyfriend and boyfriend did the dirty, so get in, scratch that itch and get out. But the feelings she has for her “geek” is hard to ignore, and that scares the hell out of her. And as a fire elemental that’s dangerous, it also explains her temper that is quick to fire up.

Deacon and Starr have known each other for ages, the attraction is there, but Starr won’t take it any further! They flirt online, they tease each other with possibilities and they torment themselves with thoughts of how they could be together. In fact in a previous book a kiss was shared! And then she ran away…. And that started the ball rolling, but not in the direction you think it would!!

You could happily read it on its own, but there is so much going in this book. So I would recommend reading books one and two first as there is a backstory that runs through the books, and history that will explain a few things.
We catch up with characters from the previous books, as I said it’s a standalone read, but best read in order as there are ongoing plots. We also have a new story with a twisty plot that I loved. Double agents and spies in the ranks!! 😱 You’ll laugh at the antics the order play on one another, you’ll cry as things don’t look good for certain members of the order. And you’ll definitely cheer in certain parts of the book (see, I said no spoilers 😉). And we get more info on a possible new order member (and dare I say mate for a naughty panther shifter 🙏) No one is left out, you catch up with everyone at some point.

I love these books, all emotions are laid out for the reader to experience. Nothing is left out, is there too much information? (this book is well over 700 pages long!) I don’t think so, if it flows well and there isn’t any filler then I could read books that like all day (I’ve read war and peace, and that’s HUGE!!) I like how everyone is allowed their say and their moment, too often characters have felt stilted or you needed more information. And I loved the dance between Starr and her feelings for Deacon, he knows what he wants, she on the other hand is super cautious, (too cautious as you’ll find out in the book) I don’t want to give anything away, but one thing I will share, and that’s the notes and poems he wrote for Starr, they were just so cute. 💜

This book is also about healing the heart and mind, loving yourself and taking care of those parts. There are mind and body healers in this series, there is fitness and fun (the author is big on those topics but it’s never forced down your throat, rather information is given in story form)

So yes, another looooooong story. But buckle up and enjoy the adventure that is Deacon’s Star. You really won’t regret it. And when you’ve read and fallen in love with all the characters go back and read Calypso’s Heart (my favourite) and Rhyker’s Key.

Oh….. And welcome to ORION’s ORDER 😊

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Purchase Links:

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Excerpt 1

I am done waiting,” Deacon broke the silence, taking a step closer to her. “I’m done being the patient, nice gentlemale.” He took another step. “I don’t care how much time has passed between us. I want you.” Another step. Alarm bells were going off in her brain. “Hell, everyone knows I want you.” Another step. More alarm bells. “You flirt with me but go running in the other direction when it’s more than that. In fact, when it did become more than that, you ran so fast and made sure I wouldn’t follow.” He closed the remaining step between them.

Shit. What was he doing? He was so fired up from the fight and seeing Starr again that he was utterly lost in the sudden eruption of emotions from being mere inches from the apex of his deepest desires.

“This…” He motioned between them, pausing to allow the palpable chemistry dancing between them to finish the thought for him.

She swallowed.

“I’m done being the nice male,” he repeated and before she could blink, he cupped her face and crushed his lips to hers.

Fireworks. There were fireworks going off in her mind and along her nerve endings like it was the Fourth of July at Disneyland. Wow, his lips were demanding and for Hellfire’s sake, how his kiss did things to her. Her lower belly clenched and little shocks of electricity rippled out with each caress of his lips, only to zap awake the most feminine of places.

Stop before it’s too late, she thought, summoning the internal strength to pull back. But her attempts were futile because it was like trying to resist a gravitational force pulling her closer and closer on an inward spiral until she permanently collided with Deacon. Hell, it’s already too late and you know that. It’s been too late since the moment you met. You were just being a fool thinking you could run from this.

Her barriers cracked and she surrendered into the passionate wave of the kiss completely. She dimly remembered her back suddenly being pressed up against a tree while his mouth and hands never broke their connection with her. Moaning, her legs wrapped around his waist as if they were more than desperate to seal his hips to hers.

Without warning, he broke the kiss but his male body still very much remained pressed up against her, and their heavy breaths mixed with one another. As if time stood still, their eyes locked on one another for the longest moment and their conscious minds attempted to catch up and compute the last few passionate moments.

Yeah, it was definitely too late. That was the best kiss of her life—which said things because she never thought the other two that she shared with him would ever be beaten. Screwed. She was so screwed.

Excerpt 2

Damn, he was an amazing kisser. His kisses were what female fantasies were made of. He knew when to take control, go hard, and devour her. But he also knew when to lightly tease and savor, leaving her breathless and all but begging for more. No wonder she had been truly lost since that first kiss in the darkness of the laser tag game. Actually, no. She had already been far too gone even before that moment. But that first kiss was the moment that a place somewhere deep inside of her knew that there was something more (much more) about this male. It told her that this was more than just attraction or a flirtatious game. So, was it any wonder why she was scared out of her skin and all but zoomed off in the other direction like she was being chased by a monster? No, not at all.

With a flirty smile, she adjusted his glasses that had become slightly askew from their kiss.

He smirked, enjoying the grooming attention.

“Race you to the peak,” she announced, making a quick break for it and jogging back through the rock tunnel.

“You know, it’s not about the destination but the journey,” Deacon called out, unable to help but start a slow jog after her with lips curving upward at the corners.

He tightened the backpack’s straps a smidge so it hugged closer to his body and alleviated the backpack from awkwardly bouncing with each step. He did have a couple of things in there he didn’t want jostling around too much. Things that were for part two of this first date.

“Uh-huh. I’ll let the pictures from the top speak for themselves,” she called out over her shoulder, picking up the pace a little.

Chuckling, he followed after her.

Damn, Starr thought, sucking in massive amounts of air with each inhale. Her hands were on her knees and she was recovering from the impromptu race with Deacon to the top. And she was internally damning him because Deacon had actually beat her. She couldn’t even believe it. She knew she was in great shape and her body was well-conditioned for her hunts. And here Deacon was, beating her to the top of Crescent Pointe. The male had some deceptively strong stamina.

I wonder how that stamina is for—

“Here.” Deacon handed her a bottle of water.

Thankfully, her ego appreciated the fact that his chest was heaving in recovery of their mini race. “Thanks,” she panted out, managing to sip some of the water in between breaths.

“Welcome,” he said, doing the same sip and breathe maneuver as her.

After they both caught their breaths, they looked around.

“Holy hellfire. It’s beautiful up here.”

Excerpt 3

“Deacon, wait—”

Without warning, he whirled around and she barely stopped in time before plowing right into him. Face to face, their eyes locked and she saw the heated fire within the blue depths—a heated fire which had her stirring awake in response.

“Wait?” he scoffed.

The word must’ve had some sort of powerful energetic rebound effect because in reaction, she took a couple of steps back to put distance between them. But the motion only seemed to stoke the fire to a blazing inferno in his baby blues.

“Starr, I’m done waiting.”

His words had her inner fire surge… and not in passion. No, not even close. She was now burning with fury as the memory of the species bar, Spiked, swung a mean right hook and forced her to remember seeing him flirt with a female which quickly led to exchanging numbers and then leaving with said female.

She huffed out the most sarcastic and caustic noise. “Oh, you’re done waiting? It didn’t seem like you waited very long, Deacon.”

Deacon’s expression was a mix of confusion and disbelief. “What are you talking about? We danced our little duet for years, Starr.”

“I was there that night, you know.” She still very much had a sting in her tone as if he was lying to her and she was calling him out.

Deacon’s brow furrowed. “What night?”

The fire of fury sparked in her eyes. “Spiked.” When Deacon’s face twisted further in confusion, she added, “The night you invited me to celebrate the closing of Cecille’s case.”

She saw the second that recognition splashed across his face followed by ripples of shock. “Yeah, that’s right.” Her tone was full of prickly accusation. “I saw you talking with that female at the bar.”

“Now wait one moment here,” Deacon asserted, interjecting himself right into the middle of the fiery allegation. “Starr, when I invited you, you not only declined but you made it very clear there was never going to be anything between us.”

And fine, she kind of did. In fact, her exact words were, “Look, I don’t know how much clearer I can make this. There is no we. There is no us. There is no real chance.”

She winced at the memory and how her words had felt like she sliced through her own heart. And she truly didn’t mean to have hurt Deacon. But in the end, she honestly believed that breaking things off before it went any further was best for both of them—okay, best for her.

Author Bio

M.C. Solaris is a storyteller and paranormal romance author of the Orion’s Order series. If you like swoon-worthy males, heroines with feminine strength, an engaging plot, satisfying relationships, steamy love stories, happy ever afters, and getting sucked into a supernatural story, then you’ll want to immerse yourself in the world of species, starting with Calypso’s Heart, the first book in the Orion’s Order series.

When she is not writing, you’ll find her curled up on the sofa with a PNR novel and one of her three cats or diving into an audiobook at the beach.  You may also find her trolling the aisles of Whole Foods for a satisfying combination of salty and sweet.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR….

● Q: Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story? A: Hands down, the characters in my head definitely hold the reins. I often just feel like a scribe, writing down the stories I see in my head that play out like scenes in a movie. That is actually how I began writing the Orion’s Order series, starting with Calypso’s Heart. I woke up one day and began writing bios for my gifted imaginary friends that I met that day. I absolutely love sharing their stories and the magical species world!

Q: Where do your story ideas come from? A: Honestly, I can’t logically explain it. The words and scenes are in my mind and play out like a movie. I know it sounds weird but the stories just… come to me. Some come in vivid dreams. Some come right when I wake up (in that magical state of mind between sleep and awake). Some come when I’m at the grocery store or in the middle of a workout or in meditation. Of course, I take inspiration from everyday life but the stories and characters seem to have a mind of their own and are definitely in the driver’s seat, calling the shots. There’s no plot planning or storyline strategizing for me. Instead, the stories are just in my mind, playing out like a movie and I just write them. I often joke that I just feel like a scribe writing down whatever the stories and characters show me. 😉

Q: Have you written any other books that are not published? A: Does Book 4 of Orion’s Order count? 😉 It is currently in editing and will be released as soon as editing and formatting is done! I also have several stories that are outlined or have the first few chapters written. They are marinating, not quite ready to be finished being written yet. And I am super excited for when the day comes to share these stories with you all!

Q: Do you use Pen/paper or computer/phone to write your notes? A: Shout out to the Notes app on the iPhone! Seriously, I have about a zillion notes in there that house alllll sorts of things to help keep this crazy mind of mine somewhat sane… somewhat being the key word there. 😉 Random story ideas, scenes, characters, words and conversations, etc. come to me at all hours of the day. I immediately write them down in the Notes app. Then, at some later time, I transfer the notes to these word documents that I refer to as my author bibles. Oh, and I should also give an honorable mention to those ancient inventions called Sticky Notes and a pen for those times I am quickly jotting down a random as hell note about something one of the characters decided to show me when my phone or laptop are not nearby. 😉

Q: How long does it take you to write a book? A: Good question! As a brand new author, I feel like the answer to this question will morph slightly as I continue to write, learn, grow, and get into a natural rhythm that works for me. Also, I think it might be helpful to call out that the books I’ve written thus far are quite longer than the standard (clocking in around 700 pages each book).○ With that in mind, I wrote Calypso’s Heart in 5 months (but boy the editing process was a long learning process!). I wrote Rhyker’s Key in 6 months (editing process was a little less than book 1). I wrote Deacon’s Star in 7 months (I’m realizing editing is a long journey for me LOL!). And finally, Orion’s Order book 4 first draft was written in 7 months (and, again, I’m hoping the editing will be even better this time around too). ○ Wait, I almost forgot that I recently wrote a short story (about 45K words) and it took me two weeks to write the first draft! This book is currently in editing and will be a part of Midnight Magic, a multi-author box set that’s currently available to pre-order!

Q: What are some of your writing/publishing goals for the remainder of 2021? A: I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot recently as we’re a little over halfway through the year. So, here goes: 💜To practice self-love with my creative expression in the form of storytelling. 💜To remind myself of a healthy balance with author life and personal life. 💜To publish Rhyker’s Key audiobook (in the works!). 💜To perhaps try and publish a little something special (*cough* an insider’s guide *cough* around the holidays)

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing/being an author? A: Reading romance novels (duh!), eating yummy foods (double duh!), walking on the beach (while listening to audiobooks, of course), and swimming in the ocean (unfortunately, haven’t figured out to listen to audiobooks while in the water but I’ve certainly tried and ruined many earbuds lol!). Oh, and playing with my fur-babies (3 cats who love to run around with a random spurt of energy at 4am lol 😉

Q: Do you see yourself in your characters? A: In some ways and with certain characters, yes, I do see some relatable similarities. But there are also many qualities and characteristics that are wholeheartedly not me too. For example, in Calypso’s Heart, Caly and I both love music, morning drinks, and romance books (Oh, and we both love the hot alpha wolf, Blake! 😉 ). And in Rhyker’s Key, we learn about just how much yoga, dance, and mindfulness play an integral part of Keena’s life—which I most certainly relate to. And in Deacon’s Star, we get to see Starr’s independence in action and when she specifically mentions how she likes to drive to places or parties and not rely on anyone for a ride home, I totally relate to that. On the other hand, Caly, Keena, and Starr all live alone, which I’ve never done nor do I foresee myself ever doing! And without giving away their stories, I think Caly, Keena, and Starr make some decisions that I don’t think I would ever do. 😉

Q: Are any of the characters based on real people you know? A: I would say that overall there are some characters and events that are definitely inspired by things in the real world, including similar characteristics, tendencies, experiences, etc. However, one of the characters in particular, Starr, does share quite a bit in common with my sister, best friend, and amazing singer/songwriter, K’sa or Marchesa. They aren’t the same person in my mind and they don’t share everything in common but certainly the strong similarities between them exist. Not only is Starr’s physical characteristics based on my sister but they are also both fiery and independent alpha females that are unapologetically blazing their own way through the world. My sister is most definitely aware of this and we often joke about it all the time—to the point where I often call her Starr-chesa whenever she says or does something that I feel is just “so Starr.”

Q: Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? A: A big, fat, teary-eyed THANK YOU!!! Seriously, thank you! And somehow those two powerful words full of love and gratitude don’t even feel like enough. Thank you for your support, encouragement, inspiration, interest, excitement, emojis, gifs, comments, reviews, smiles, laughs… all of it and more! Oh, and of course, thank you for all of the incredible conversations and messages all about the Orion’s Order crew of sexy as sin males and awesome females and of course the resident fur baby Felix, and the supernatural world of species So, in case I haven’t said this enough, THANK YOU! The crew and I love each of you very much! 🙂

ARC REVIEW/ NEW RELEASE/ BOOK TOUR

No Way Out: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 1) by Amy McKinley

No Way Out: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 1) by Amy McKinley

Description

An action-packed mafia romance about secrets, arranged marriage, and redemption by USA Today Bestselling author Amy McKinley.

Max’s endgame is clear—take back what’s rightfully his and punish those who have wronged him.

Under the guise of assassin Matteo Trambino, Max infiltrates a vital arm of the Chicago Mafia to protect his Sicilian mentor’s granddaughter, Liliana, from her dangerous father. What should be easy changes when they come face-to-face, and he realizes he can never walk away.

Born into one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra, Liliana Brambilla is a pawn in her father’s bid for power, unable to leave until he sets her free. The only means of escape is trading one prison for another in the form of her father’s choice of husband.

When her father assigns a new bodyguard, her trust is tentative. She thinks he’s her enemy. The truth is, Max is her savior.

Publication date 30/8/2021

My Review

A brand new author for me to read 🤗 And a new series for me to get excited about. Mafia romance is becoming a firm favourite for me to read. Five families that all vie for power. Lots of secrets and dark pasts.

Max or Matteo known to his employer, isn’t all what he seems, an ideal situation to infiltrate a rival family and exact revenge. Capable, determined and single minded in his job.

Liliana needs room to breathe and having bodyguards monitoring her every move is just maddening. But to marry someone her father has chosen for her is just archaic! Maybe it will be ok. But highly unlikely because if the man is like her father, then she’s in for a nightmare marriage!!

Max and Liliana have an instant attraction, I’d say more for Max than Liliana, but it’s not long before she’s totally into him. Chemistry is hot and steaming, it’s also soft and touching.

An action packed read with twists and turns. Lots of family dynamics and history between five powerful families. And I really liked the family history at the front of the book. I loved reading how Max was totally into Liliana, and how he turned into a possessive alpha (totally hot) And Liliana is just such a great character, strong and independent, and she’s such a great match for Max.

But there are secrets and betrayals coming thick and fast, who can Liliana trust? Is Max her hero or the villain?

Next book please.

🦋

Amy McKinley is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the romantic suspense thriller Gray Ghost Novels, Moonlit Destination series, Deadly Isles Special Ops, Five Fates paranormal romance series, and several stand-alone titles. Her edge-of-your-seat books are filled with surprising twists and just the right amount of heat and danger. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two daughters, two sons, and three mischievous cats.

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