Liz’s Review~Captivated by Bethany-Kris

4-5-stars

“Life. Love. Forever.”

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Captivated is a non-stop action mafia romance with smoking hot passion and tender romance. Joe Rossie is a highly respected Chicago hitman for the mob. When he is called to New York City to assist in a special project for a New York crime family, he meets the beautiful mafia princess Liliana Marcello and he is completely captivated by her. Liliana is a professional ballet dancer who is no stranger to the idiosyncrasies of the life of a crime family. Although she has been focused on her career and tried to stay away from love, Liliana is drawn to Joe and the two form an instant connection. When passion transforms into deep love, Liliana begins to trust Joe with her heart. Joe feels an authentic connection to Liliana and yet, he knows that when she finds out the truth about why he is in Chicago, he might lose her forever.
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“Joe didn’t relent the second his mouth was back on her pussy. He was the starving man, and she was the fucking feast spread out before him.”

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“You want me to pet that pussy?”

Told in dual POV, Captivated is packed with action, suspense, and intrigue. The characters are complex and the plot takes off like a race car on a NASCAR track. In other words, you better buckle up because the plot is full of twists and turns that will make you catch your breath and stop your heart. The connection between Joe and Liliana is explored thoroughly as each moment seamlessly flows into the next. The dirty talking dialogue delivered by Joe is sure to leave any reader swooning and begging for more! The passion and romance between the two are smoking hot and I could not turn the page fast enough to see what would happen next.
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Overall, I highly recommend Captivated to readers who enjoy action, romance, passion, and good old-fashioned mafia fun! With an alpha hero and his beautiful dancer, this stand-alone romance will melt your kindle and your heart. This is my first Bethany-Kris read and I can guarantee it will not be my last. I am officially hooked and cannot wait for my next Bethany-Kris read.

*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!

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CAPTIVATED

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: July 9, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

A shadow meets the light …

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.

It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.

And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.

Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Liz’s Review~Buckled~by Pam Godwin

4-5-stars

“She’s beauty, innocence, compassion, and everything perfect in the world. No man would part with that.”

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Buckled is the second book in the Trails of Sin Series. The series should be read in order so that every nuance of the characters and their relationships can be savored and enjoyed. In the first book of the series, Knotted, a series of tragic events forged a bond between two sets of siblings that can never broken. Buckled overlaps slightly with the timeline of Knotted. Conor and Jake are growing stronger every day and as a spunky reporter begins to make her presence known at Julep Ranch, Jarret is quick to rope her in. As Jarret begins to explore (and devour) every inch of Maybe Quinn, it becomes evident that she might be one beauty that he is not able to tame. As Jarret and Maybe grow closer together, the demons from their past continue to linger all around them. When the truth is revealed, will they have the strength to overcome?
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“Love hurts. It’s an emotional abuser, insidious and manipulative, charming its way into unsuspecting hearts before beating the ever-loving shit out of the defenseless insides.”

Told in dual POV, Buckled is a complex contemporary romance with passion, tender romance, and raw unrepentant emotions. The text is all-encompassing as each moment of the plot seamlessly blends into the next. The characters care deeply for each other and their loyalty is unwavering. Both Jarret and Maybe are intense characters who complement each other in every way. In true Godwin fashion, the sexual inclinations of Jarret (so thankful for crops and ropes) stir the delicious and dirty girl living in all of us. He is a true alpha male and once he has claimed Maybe for himself he will stop at nothing to keep her safe by his side. Maybe’s determination to be her own savior only makes her that much more captivating (because honestly who doesn’t love a strong heroine?). In addition to the alluring charm of the main couple, the supporting characters continue to play a critical role in the plot. As the family awaits the release of their brother Lorne, the intensity (and intrigue) of their plight continues to magnify. Through all of the pain, pleasure, and romance one thing is certain: “Love. The most powerful healing force in the universe.” Above everything, love will always remain.
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Overall, I highly recommend Buckled to anyone who enjoys a little dark and delicious in their read. With a dash of action, intrigue, and beautiful romance, the Trails of Sin Series is an absolute must-read. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent with Jarret and Maybe. Ms. Godwin is a master storyteller who always meticulously crafts her text and characters in her own unique style that is inspiring and nothing short of perfection. In short, with a complex plot and unforgettable characters, I highly recommend saddling up with this cowboy today! You do not want to miss this roundup!

***Trails of Sin***
Knotted (Trails of Sin, #1) by Pam GodwinBuckled (Trails of Sin, #2) by Pam GodwinBooted (Trails of Sin, #3) by Pam Godwin

*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!

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Release Blitz ~ Broken Edge by CD Reiss

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Twisted and sexy, this story grabbed me from the VERY FIRST WORD and never let me go. 6 STARS!” —Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author

 

Broken Edge, the highly anticipated third installment to the “intensely sexy” and “mind-blowing” Edge Series by New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is LIVE!

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You think you’d go far for love?

Think again.

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She really knows how to push a man.

She finds the cracks and she goes right for them. She’ll travel across the world just to break me apart, piece by piece, until every last secret is exposed and every weakness revealed.

I swear to God, I love her so much I’ll let her do it.

I’ll let her do anything.

But when she hurts herself to protect me?

That’s a line in the sand.

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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

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CC’s ARC Review

Title: Broken Edge
Author: CD Reiss
Genre:  Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Book three of four
POV: First Person – dual
Expected publication: July 10, 2018

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4 Stars!

 

In the third book of the Edge series, Caden’s demons are tested as his surroundings have the ability to recreate past trauma. Determined and detached, Caden is willing to take the risk in order to feel complete again. However, Greyson isn’t about to stand down while Caden’s mind and body are ranging a battle. Stubborn to a fault, Greyson makes certain decisions and sacrifices that are potentially destructive.

“The very things I loved about her were the things that made her difficult to keep.”

As more about Caden’s past is revealed, the balance between detachment and emotions becomes a necessity. Forced to confront what was hidden, Caden relies on Greyson to enable his healing. Faced with an enormous sense of duty, Greyson discovers factors that could inhibit or harm Caden and that’s when it all shatters.

“Sometimes you have to stop pushing. That’s all I’m saying. Let things be the way they are. You could make things worse.”

Divided into three parts, the reality of their current situation is intense and it forces the issue at hand; however, I was hoping a more emotion and more depth. With a steady pace, tension continues to escalate as the direction begins to shift to an unexpected plot point.

 

In Broken Edge, the author continues to test boundaries with her characters by showing their vulnerabilities and how love isn’t always logical. For Caden and Greyson, the struggle isn’t over and I look forward to reading how it will all end.

The Edge series:
Rough Edge (The Edge, #1) by C.D. Reiss On the Edge (The Edge, #2) by C.D. Reiss Cutting Edge (The Edge, #0.5) by C.D. Reiss Broken Edge (The Edge, #3) by C.D. Reiss Over the Edge (The Edge, #4) by C.D. Reiss

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.*

 

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Broken Edge (The Edge #3) by CD Reiss

 

Title: Broken Edge
Author: CD Reiss
Genre:  Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Book three of four
POV: First Person – dual
Expected publication: July 10, 2018

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4 Stars!

 

In the third book of the Edge series, Caden’s demons are tested as his surroundings have the ability to recreate past trauma. Determined and detached, Caden is willing to take the risk in order to feel complete again. However, Greyson isn’t about to stand down while Caden’s mind and body are ranging a battle. Stubborn to a fault, Greyson makes certain decisions and sacrifices that are potentially destructive.

“The very things I loved about her were the things that made her difficult to keep.”

As more about Caden’s past is revealed, the balance between detachment and emotions becomes a necessity. Forced to confront what was hidden, Caden relies on Greyson to enable his healing. Faced with an enormous sense of duty, Greyson discovers factors that could inhibit or harm Caden and that’s when it all shatters.

“Sometimes you have to stop pushing. That’s all I’m saying. Let things be the way they are. You could make things worse.”

Divided into three parts, the reality of their current situation is intense and it forces the issue at hand; however, I was hoping a more emotion and more depth. With a steady pace, tension continues to escalate as the direction begins to shift to an unexpected plot point. 

In Broken Edge, the author continues to test boundaries with her characters by showing their vulnerabilities and how love isn’t always logical. For Caden and Greyson, the struggle isn’t over and I look forward to reading how it will all end. 

The Edge series:
Rough Edge (The Edge, #1) by C.D. Reiss On the Edge (The Edge, #2) by C.D. Reiss Cutting Edge (The Edge, #0.5) by C.D. Reiss Broken Edge (The Edge, #3) by C.D. Reiss Over the Edge (The Edge, #4) by C.D. Reiss 

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.*

 

 

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Blog Tour ~ Ven by Ker Dukey and K Webster

Ven

by K. Webster & Ker Dukey
Publication Date: June 29, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark, Mafia, Romance

Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

The Vetrov name comes with expectation.
My role in this world is simple: do as Father asks and live my life how he planned it.

My future is already written: run the empire.
Old Values. Old Rule. Old Money.
Until her.

Everything I do lacks purpose.
Everything I do is empty.
Women. Money. Power. It meant nothing.
Until her.

When the Volkov rose showed up at my home a disgraced package, hand-delivered by a Vasiliev prince, I began paving my own path.
I vowed to make her bloom once more.

She consumed me.
Her. Her. Her.

But you can’t love a rose and expect not to be damaged by her thorns.
She cut me too deep.
And I bled out.
My soul fled.
All that’s left is a cold, calculating monster.

I am Veniamin.
Volcanic. Victorious. Valiant. Vetrov.
When you enter my world to play games, prepare to lose.
In the end, I always find the thorn in my side, and I pluck it right out.

Haven’t read book one? Catch up here!
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About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

 

About Ker Dukey

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up.
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 from 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.

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CC’s Review

 

Title: Ven (V Games #2)
Author: Ker Dukey and K Webster
Genre:  Dark Romance
Type: Book two in a series
POV: First person – dual
Published: June 27, 2018

 

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4 Stars!

 

 

Veniamin “Ven” Vetrov is the oldest son caught in his family’s web of power. While he is expanding businesses in his own right, his father continues to manipulate his life. Feeling a romantic connection with the daughter of a rival first family, circumstances change permitting Ven to pursue what he thought was always a longshot. However, the stakes are high as nothing seems to be transparent.

“I believe in fate. And we are fated.”

Diana Volkov is the oldest daughter of a powerful family. Groomed to take over the business she made profitable, everything changed when a startling discovery is made. Forced to pay for her choices, Diana must start over in a world where men rule. Knowing the limitations, she acts based on survival.

“When you live among wolves,” she tells me, tugging gently on my beard, “you learn to play like one.”

With a complex cast of villainous characters, Ven and Diana try to obtain the inevitable despite the consequences. To Diana’s dismay, her dishonesty and deceit hurts the one person she admires and loves. While Ven tries to move forward by immersing himself in distractions, Diana’s status irrevocably changes causing her to fight for her honor and rightful position.

“Show me how to use a knife,” I tell him. “I want to know how to cut a man from his chin to his balls, and I want to know how to do it before they even have a chance to strike.”

What I liked about Diana is that she is a force within a world of morally corrupt wealthy men. Standing strong, she wouldn’t let them see her insecurities. That said, there was one decision where she shorted herself and should have been more savvy about risks. As for Ven, he wanted to escape the cast shadow of his father’s greed and that was commendable, but, I wanted more about his struggle over the years and how he branched out. Lastly, I was really looking forward to the games, but also hoped for much more detail about the competition and a longer struggle (mentally and physically) for a certain character.

In addition to Diana and Ven, there are secondary characters that truly escalated the plot – namely Vas Volkov and Vika Vasiliev. Individually, they are either discounted or disgraced and that makes them much more interesting. While getting more of Vas will happen, I hope Vika gets her own book. Additionally, I’m patiently waiting for the timeline to coincide with Viktor’s return.

Within this landscape of greed and debasement, the pace is quick leading to gruesome action and a dark underbelly of illegal activities. The authors weave an intricate web that continues to expand. Ven would appeal to those looking to peak into a dark world without limits.

V Games series:
Vlad (The V Games, #1) by Ker Dukey Ven (The V Games, #2) by Ker Dukey

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW ~ Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

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4★★★★ Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Type: Standalone 
POV: First Person – Dual

 

This review can also be found on GOODREADS.

“Once you zoom in, you realize we are all similar in so many ways. We all bleed red, and even monster’s hearts can break.”

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Grace Harris has always been the obedient one; always living to pleased others except what she desired.  With her parents being the town’s preachers she grow up trying to always be a good example for others.  After her husband’s betrayal; she found herself tired of pleasing everyone. 

Jackson Emery has always lived with the town looking down on him and judging him; he was the town’s black sheep and no one wanted anything to do with him or his father after the bad boy reputation he had. However; no one ever took the time to really get to know him and really see how broken he was until her.

“We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw. To be her greatest mistake.”

At first I was a little annoyed by Grace and her weakness of letting people walk all over her until she finally started standing up for herself.  Jackson was one of the main reasons of her change and for that I loved him so deeply.  Their relationship became one that slowly changed both of them for the good.  I loved how it wasn’t an insta-love type of relationship but a convenience and slowly it became everything.  I think my favorite part of this story is how Jackson and Grace would leave each other a book recommendation for each to read and it kind of reminded of one of my favorite book “Worlds in Deep Blue”.  I always found books were the hero and heroine love reading some of my favorites.  

“He wasn’t mine and I wasn’t his but that night, we were something”

Overall; I really enjoyed this story.  Even though it didn’t have the deep ugly cry feels I was hoping for I still found myself liking both main characters and the story itself.  However; I could have been ok without the extra loving and forgiveness at the end. I know I know I might have an ugly black heart and just don’t forgive very easily haha.  Some characters I just found I would have never forgive them specially after the things they did.  

“When you were taught your whole life to hate a stranger, it was humbling when you realized you’d wasted energy hating something that wasn’t even real.”

Disgrace is a story about forgiveness, finding your true self and moving forward after bad things happen in life. Is about love and family and second chances.  Readers who enjoy these type of stories will find this book appealing. 


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Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

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