CC’s ARC Review ~ Her Master’s Reckoning by Lily White

Title: Her Master’s Reckoning
Author: Lily White
Genre: Dark Romance Suspense
Type: Book 4 of 4
POV: First Person – Dual 

Expected Publication: February 19, 2019

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4 Stars!

 

In this final volume of the Masters series, five years have passed since Aiden Oliver captured Rebecca to train as a Courtesan. Since then much has transpired with Aiden at the helm, but as complications begin to arise, he isn’t about to back down from a challenge. 

“It was my turn to make a choice. Should I become what I knew she’d always wanted of me?”


Alternating in dual POV, the superior and proudly contemptuous aura that is synonymous with Aiden is ever present. However, Rebecca is convinced there is another side to Aiden and she is determined to expose it. With certain variables at play, the stage is set as each act in accord with what is expected. 

“It’s psychological, Rebecca, a trick of the mind. You don’t need to be stronger than your opponent, you need to be smarter.”


Throughout the narrative, manipulation and scheming is omnipresent which leads to unexpected reveals and twists along the way. The level of character dimension is rich and complex to support the ongoing dynamic between Aiden and Rebecca. The challenges they face are unique to them and serve to highlight what they both crave. I loved the interplay between these two characters and the constant feeling of unease due to not knowing what would unfold. 

“I don’t want to have to think, I just want –” “To feel,” he finished my thought for me. “To exist for one thing alone.”


In starting this book, I was nervous with anticipation to read how the author was going to conclude this series. Throughout, I loved the power play dynamic amongst the characters, along with physical and emotional boundaries that were pushed. However, I cannot reconcile the epilogue, as it undermines the essence of certain characters. 

Her Master’s Reckoning is a dark story set in a depraved and dubious world where ruthlessness and wealth reign supreme. This book and series will appeal to those without any boundaries. 

Masters series:
Her Master's Courtesan (Masters, #1) by Lily White Her Master's Teacher (Masters, #2) by Lily White Her Master's Christmas by Lily White Her Master's Redemption (Masters, #3) by Lily White Her Master's Reckoning (Masters, #4) by Lily White

*An ARC was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

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CC’s Review ~ Lust (The Elite Seven #1) by Ker Dukey

Title: Lust (The Elite Seven #1)
Author: Ker Dukey
Genre: Romance Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 7
POV: First Person – Male

Published: February 11, 2019

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3.75 Stars

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While in high school, Rhett Masters was a star athlete who had all the girls fawning at his feet, but when a tragic accident impacts his family, his entire world changes. In the midst of his pain, Rhett remains determined to succeed at university and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his success as a member of the Elite Seven Society. 

“Our power is unimaginable and all that is given can be stripped away should you break your oaths.”


Told solely from Rhett’s POV, the tone shifts from grief, despair, desperation, sacrifice and acceptance. From the beginning, his loss is felt but the landscape is also full of manipulation and vying factions seeking to exert hidden influence. While conflicted at times, Rhett finds solace in Chastity, and for the first time, he wants to more than he ever wanted. 

“She is everything and more – delicious, forbidden, sweet as sin.”


With Lust being the first book in the The Elite Seven series, the foundation is established and relationships are forged amongst the selected seven members. With Rhett, I wasn’t expecting the emotional trauma he was experiencing and that certainly added dimension to his womanizer persona. I enjoyed the attraction and banter between Rhett and Chastity, but would have liked to delve a bit more into their relationship, but she definitely offers a good balance. 

Lust is about friendship and loyalty, but also about deception and greed. This book will appeal to those seeking a romance suspense with darkish elements. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

The Elite Seven series:
Lust (The Elite Seven, #1) by Ker Dukey Pride (The Elite Seven, #2) by J.D. Hollyfield Wrath (The Elite Seven, #3) by Claire C. Riley Envy (The Elite Seven, #4) by M.N. Forgy Greed (The Elite Seven, #5) by Amo Jones Gluttony (The Elite Seven, #6) by K. Webster Sloth (The Elite Seven, #7) by Giana Darling

 

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Liz’s Review~Confess~by A. Zavarelli


Confess
by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Don’t let your past poison what we have.”

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Confess is the first book in the Sin City Salvation Series. A. Zavarelli offers a dark and twisted contemporary romance full of deception, passion, and love. Gypsy is a con artist who has lived her entire life protecting her younger sister and running away from the demons of her past. When “alpha” defense attorney Lucian West walks into her life, her entire life is turned upside down. Lucian plans to reform Gypsy but as time passes it is Lucian who is transformed.

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“You’ve been mine.”

Told in multiple POV, Confess is a dark romance with a complex plot, a strong heroine, and a ruthless hero who will not stop until he gets what he wants. The tempo of the read moves at a rapid pace as the suspense continues to build.

“Make me yours.”

Overall, A. Zavarelli never disappoints and Confess is sure to please dark romance readers who enjoy an alpha hero and a spunky heroine!

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Liz’s Review~Harbor~by Bethany-Kris


Harbor
by Bethany-Kris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“There was no other way she’d want to spend her night.”

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Harbor is the second book in the Renzo + Lucia Series. This series must be read in order. Following the explosive first book in the series Privilege, Renzo and Lucia find themselves on the run. With Diego, Renzo’s little brother, Lucia, and Ren are running for their lives. Lucia’s mafia family is looking for them and law enforcement is not far behind. The only thing holding them together is their love.

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“He pulled out of her then, and she felt him kneel down at the edge of the bed. His hands spread her ass cheeks open while his mouth found her sex. She came while he ate her out from behind…”

Told in multiple POV, Harbor is an action-packed contemporary romance with passion, suspense, and complex characters. The stakes are high for Renzo and Lucia as their adversaries will do anything to bring them down.

Overall, Harbor is another Bethany-Kris winner that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire read. Be forewarned, Harbor ends on another cliffhanger and believe me when I say book three could not come soon enough!

♥ ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Roma Queen by Callie Hart

Title: Roma Queen
Author: Callie Hart
Genre: Romance Suspense
Type: Book 2 of 2
POV: First Person – Dual

Published: February 15, 2019

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4 Stars!

 

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With time is running out, Pasha Rivin and Zara Llewelyn are searching for answers that will bring them closer to finding the truth. Knowing his Roma is at stake, Pasha bears the burden of his obligations, but he also tries to find balance in what he knows in his heart. As for Zara, she is ready to fight and stand beside her King, however, she isn’t prepared for the level of manipulation that pervades the landscape.

 

“We come out here because it’s hard, and doing things that are hard makes us strong. Not everything in life is supposed to be easy, Firefly.”


Alternating in dual POV, this steadily building plot is loaded with twists and turns. While Pasha and Zara are working as a team, the stakes are continually raised leaving them to wonder what danger lurks ahead. Wanting to protect Zara, Pasha is willing to take risks but he also knows that Zara will not stand down. As such, this constant friction adds to their combustibility.

 

“Touch me. Kiss me. Fuck me,” I whisper. “Make me lose myself in you. I want to forget where you end and I begin.”


The theme of the Roma being gypsies is an intriguing lifestyle to me, especially how the clan governs itself and has a strong tie of unity. Both Pasha and Zara have strong personalities and accept each other without sacrifice. The secondary characters continued to shine in this second volume by adding dimension and a deluded villain to the plot. For me, the first half was a bit stilted, but after the midway mark, the narrative became its own force by offering tension and becoming much more layered.

Roma Queen is a romance suspense that offers vengeful twists to the very end. This book will appeal to those who want action, mystery and romance.

Roma Royals Duet:
Roma King (Roma Royals Duet #1) by Callie Hart Roma Queen (Roma Royals Duet, #2) by Callie Hart

*An ARC was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Ever get that feeling you’re being watched?
You probably are.
Her sad eyes.
Her thick lips.
Her long dark hair.
Her quickening of breath.
Her hurried footsteps.
Her undiluted fear.
The anxiety a woman has when she knows she’s being followed does something to the sadistic animal inside me.
We all have issues, mine just run a little deeper than most.
My sister and I had a childhood tarnished by an abusive parent.
We grew up two very different breeds of our mothers’ creation.
Then I discover the beautiful, yet broken, Alice Young.
She’s seeking advice, a place to unburden her thoughts.
What she gets is a dangerous, callous predator who wants to quench his thirst with her tears.
My precious, Alice, feels so alone, but she’s not alone.
I’m watching her.
Erik Ross feeds on the fear of others.
Alice Young may prove to be too damaged, for even his appetite.

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Meet Author Ker Dukey
I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bedtime stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my

mind was too active… I would want to change the script. I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so I thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made of light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.
When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.
You can find me on Facebook where I love interacting with my readers.

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I was born with wealth, athletic ability, and looks that could melt the panties off a nun.
I had a clear path to success.
Until fate dealt me a cruel blow, leaving me empty and in need of purpose.
My only focus now is to become part of The Elite—a secret society in one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.
But everything comes at a price, and with The Elite, you have to earn your place.
Lucky for me, being sinful is in my DNA.
The only obstacle to full initiation is my task: seduce the un-seducible, the forbidden, and lure her with the sins of the flesh.
Easy for a man like me…in theory.
She started as my task, but what happens when the lines between lust and love blur, and the need for power rages war with the need for her?
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak—they’re for The Elite.
This is my life, my chance, my legacy.
I am Rhett Masters.
I am Lust.

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The Elite Seven

7 AUTHORS.
7 STORIES.
7 DEADLY SINS.

Since 1942, The Elite Seven Society have created and guided influential leaders, molding the country into something better. This society was birthed by Malcom Benedict, II who wanted more for Americans. More wealth. More influence. More power. Some leaders have the skills, but not the influence, and that simply wasn’t fair according to Mr. Benedict. He invested his own money and time to construct a society that bred the best of the best, year after year.

But to be the best, you must be ruthless.

Good leaders make sacrifices. Sometimes the sacrifices are hard, but the rewards are plentiful. Mr. Benedict made sure to indulge these leaders with their utmost desires. A devout Catholic himself, he designed a society that rewarded his leaders with the sins that were frowned upon. If they were giving up love and happiness and joy for the betterment of the country, they deserved something in its stead.

Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust.

Choosing leaders for this society means that it takes intense focus. Only seven are to be selected, and the investments and time are showered upon the new seven chosen every four years. The predecessors of each group of seven choose people who fit the sin that will mold them into who they are needed to be in the future—what America needs them to be. This is after a detailed study of many potential candidates. The university’s acting dean behaves as a liaison for the society bringing the college applicants to the predecessors so that the selection may begin. The society members who are going out will bring forth a candidate that the society votes on and approves.

After they are chosen, the initiates are given a token and an invitation to initiation. The initiation will be a test to their character and ability to do what’s right for the betterment of the society. Once the initiates pass their test, they are discreetly branded with the mark of the society, and are groomed through challenges during the course of their elite education to breed them into the influential people they were meant to be.

Once in The Elite Seven, there is no getting out. The money and power are their reward. Should they choose to stray or break the rules, the society strips them of everything. Anything they once had will be removed. Opportunities will never arise. They will no longer have the support of the society. To this day, there have been no known occurrences of anyone from the society having to be banished. This elite group of people are what every young man and woman aspire to be a part of. While the group is a secret society, they are whispered about amongst the privileged folks in the country. Anyone who is anyone knows of the group and secretly hopes it’s their son or daughter who are selected, for good fortune is showered on the family for decades to come.

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I was born with wealth, athletic ability, and looks that could melt the panties off a nun.
I had a clear path to success.
Until fate dealt me a cruel blow, leaving me empty and in need of purpose.
My only focus now is to become part of The Elite—a secret society in one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.
But everything comes at a price, and with The Elite, you have to earn your place.
Lucky for me, being sinful is in my DNA.
The only obstacle to full initiation is my task: seduce the un-seducible, the forbidden, and lure her with the sins of the flesh.
Easy for a man like me…in theory.
She started as my task, but what happens when the lines between lust and love blur, and the need for power rages war with the need for her?
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak—they’re for The Elite.
This is my life, my chance, my legacy.
I am Rhett Masters.
I am Lust.

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Pride: Releasing February 25th

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

But who said the devil was a he?

In my world, she was out to cause havoc on all our lives.

She’ll use the one thing I care most about to control me—force me into her Elite world, filled with sin, deceit, and power. And under her spell, I’ll lead a sinister brotherhood of seven at one of the most prestigious universities in New Orleans.

Seven tasks set forth by the devil herself, promising nothing less than the forbidden fruit of power. What they don’t understand is it will all end in bloodshed and regret.

They call me the alpha. The one in charge. The one with pride bigger than any task I could be given. And my pride won’t let me be anywhere but at the top of the food chain until she gives me what I truly want.

My task is Meghan Thorne.

She’s too pure for me to touch, too good for me to ruin—and the only thing standing in my way to freedom.

Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak…they’re for The Elite.

As they say, pride comes before the fall.

I am Mason Blackwell.

I am Pride.

PRIDE By J.D Hollyfield

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Wrath: Releasing March 11th

I’m a motherless son to a father who hates me. Fury has lived and breathed in my black heart for so long, it’s a part of my soul now. The only thing that’s ever mattered to me is protecting my twin sister, Sabella, from my father’s temper.

So when the chance to join a secret society presents itself, there’s no question I’ll do whatever it takes to become a member and earn my place in the ranks of only the most Elite.

With a taste for the deviant, I’m drawn to the darkest of desires, and no one ever leaves my bed unscathed.
My task: seduce Patience Noelle, St. Augustine’s sweetheart and the mayor’s beloved daughter—then break her heart.

Sinning is what I live for, and deviance is my passion. Failing has never been an option.

But what happens when my sin becomes my curse—when destroying the only woman I’ve ever wanted is my key to protecting my sister?
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak…they’re for The Elite.

This isn’t just my chance, it’s my legacy and reckoning.
I am Samuel Gunner.
I am WRATH

WRATH by Claire C. Riley

Envy: Releasing March 25th

It was temptation that broke the sinner.

People say I have everything.
They’re wrong.
I may have looks, money, and privilege, but I don’t have the one thing that really matters, the one thing I crave: a woman with eyes only for me.
I’m searching for my woman—one who will fall to her knees because I’m her king. She’ll wear the crown of my tarnished name, and long for me when I’m not near. And when I am close, she’ll be naked across my lap, feeling the sting of my palm across her milky skin.
You could say I’m a sinner because I’d do anything to have the perfect woman—compliant to my every need and whim—and I’m envious of every couple who walks around naive to the luxury they have.

That’s why I joined The Elite, the most prestigious brotherhood in the south.
It’s the one place that will give me what I cannot have.
Only…the task assigned to me is too much for my jealous eyes.
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak…they’re for The Elite.
Those who envy have no peace.
My name is Sabastian Westbrook.
I am Envy.

ENVY by M.N Forgy

Greed: Releasing April 8th

I was born into a world of darkness—one that never touched me when I was around my brother, Mason Blackwell. Leader of The Elite Seven. The thing about darkness, though, is it’s persistent. Eventually, it pushes itself into my life, penetrating my soul and leaving its stench latched to every vein, rooted inside every bone, and sunken into every pore. I thought I reached rock bottom when I fell in love with my brother’s best friend. My very own brand of drug with no comedown. My own nightmare I never woke from. But I was wrong. So very wrong. When I returned to New Orleans, I arrived as a shell of the girl they once knew. Put on a smile. Be the sweet innocent girl they remember.

I’m Evie Blackwell, hostage to my demons. Can the damned be saved?

I’ve done some unforgivable acts in my years, but I never asked for forgiveness. Nothing beats the feeling of wrapping my hand around someone’s throat and watching as their life bleeds down their cheeks. She was everything I should have stayed away from. The first night I saw her, I knew I was doomed—a slave to the girl with the pretty eyes and soft smile. The girl who turned out to be my best friend’s baby sister. I couldn’t stay away. I had to be near her, even if it meant ruining her in the process. I wanted to wreck her, so I could piece her back together—a puzzle only I knew how to solve.

I’m Micah Dixon.
Greed.
I come for everything and get everything I come for—and I want all of her. But she’s changed, and so have I.
I’m much, much worse now…

GREED By Amo Jones

Gluttony: Releasing April 22nd

My life has been served to me on a gold platter to be devoured by my silver spoon.

Money, money, and more money. It’s the backbone of the Goddard name. I’m the only son, so it’s all mine for the taking.

But sometimes money isn’t enough. I always want more, yet nothing seems to satisfy me.

My father has made sure I become a part of The Elite Seven. Where most candidates are chosen, I was given my place. Everything comes at a price, though. Luckily, I can afford any price—no one has more money than God.

The Elite Seven have their initiations. My assignment is personal and beneath me: steal a car and send a warning. It’ll hurt my best friend in the process, but we both made a pact going into this. There’s no line we won’t cross.

My task makes an ugly turn and I nearly take a life. Such a small, unimportant person—someone no one would even notice was gone. She’s a problem my money and power can easily sweep under the rug.

It’s what my father wants. It’s what my brothers want. But when she finally opens those big, innocent brown eyes, I realize I’ve found what I’ve been searching for my entire life. I don’t want my little problem to disappear…I want to keep her.

Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak—they’re for The Elite.

Money is my legacy, but I want something money can’t buy.
I am Baxter Samuel Goddard V.
I am Gluttony.

GLUTTONY by K. Webster

Sloth: Releasing May 13th

I don’t give a fuck.
Not about money or fame, beauty or power. I’ve had all those things since birth, and trust me, they’re a fucking snooze.
I don’t give a fuck about anyone, not even myself.
Until my father proves evil can exist in the most holy of places. For the first time ever, something like interest stirs in my soul.
He wants me to enroll at St. Augustine.
Join The Elite.
Court the virginal daughter of Archbishop Savoie.
Prove to him I’m worth the family name.
I’ll do it all.
And I’ll do it so well, no one will know what’s coming. People are so quick to underestimate the wicked and lazy.
They forget idle hands are the best tools for the devil’s work.
I am Rush Dempsey.
I am Sloth.

SLOTH By Giana Darling

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