Liz’s Review~My Way Back to You~by Claire Contreras

4.5 stars

“Don’t ever leave me baby.”


My Way Back to You is the second book, and conclusion, of the Second Chances Duet. After the painful cliffhanger in Then There Was You, the first book in the duet, I could NOT wait to get my hands on this!


“It all felt like too much. I’d wanted to. Let go of everything building inside me, but the way he was looking at me only added more weight, making me fuller.”

Tessa has taken the pieces of her broken world and tried to find strength from her family. She has two goals for herself: make a successful career for herself and forget about Rowan. Rowan is miserable and lost without Tessa. Once he realizes what he has let go, will he have the strength to convince Tessa to take him back?


“You get the chick, lose the chick, hope to God you can get the chick back again.”

Told in dual POV, My Way Back to You is a complex blend of passion, heartbreak, broken promises, and transformation. The break between Tessa and Rowan is painful and messy. And yet, the circumstances they were able to overcome only made their bond closer. The writing is colored with emotion as each intense moment unfolds. With both characters making mistakes it felt as if they truly learned to accept and love one another unconditionally. I am not normally a fan of angst and yet, I found myself completely invested in Tessa and Rowan.


Overall, My Way Back to You will appeal to readers who enjoy a beautifully written second chance romance. With complex characters, passion, and tender romance, Tessa and Rowan are one love story you will never forget. I have long been a fan of Ms. Contreras’ work. Her storytelling and beautiful characters will hold you captive and live on in your mind forever!

***Second Chances Duet***
Then There Was You (Second Chances Duet, #1) by Claire ContrerasMy Way Back to You (Second Chances Duet, #2) by Claire Contreras

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



ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~ Beautiful Victim by Claire C Riley



Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Suspense 
Type:  Standalone  
POV:  First Person – Male

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Ethan had a perfect life growing up; well not as perfect but he had a happy life living with two loving parents and a good family routine.  He had OCD which ruled his life and made him a freak at school because of it.  That didn’t stopped Ethan from trying to be happy and make good choices.

Carrie was Ethan’s neighbor; they met when they were little and became best friends.  Her life was the complete opposite from Ethan but she kept it to herself at least she tried.  She found his company the only way to escape her horrible life of pain and abuse.

“We were opposite in every way – a strange combination of personalities and looks. But we worked. We went together perfectly.”

This book is a complete page turner; it grabs your attention right from the beginning.  It demands for you to read it in one setting.  Trust me I made the mistake to start and had to stop to adult for a little bit and I honestly had the story in the back of my mind the entire time.  We meet this broken and lost character that is Ethan dealing with his OCD and trying to pick his life up after a tragic episode.  At first I had no idea how to feel about him.  I liked him but then I didn’t and my feelings for him were mixed throughout the entire book.  When the author introduces Carrie I kind of felt a bit same towards her; I felt so sad but in her case I couldn’t connect with her as much as I connected with Ethan.  

“Sometimes we do lose control when we don’t mean to. Sometimes we hurt the ones we love, even when we don’t want to. But sometimes, the ones we love the most hurt us the most, and we can’t control ourselves.”

Beautiful Victim is a Psychological Thriller full of suspense that will have readers devouring in one setting.  There were some poor choices made by both Ethan and Carrie that will have you hating and loving them.  I liked how the author kept me guessing until the very end.  Also, Claire managed to make my insides twist; seriously there were times I literally wanted to throw up and slapped the characters too.  I thought I was going to be so sick I had to take deep breaths.  We go back and forth from the present to the past when they were kids and to the now as adults.  I think this book is one of those that at the end only the reader will chose if these characters were redeemable or not.  Where they truly Victims or just tragic villains of life circumstance. 

“We all have our very own perhapses…They never end, unless we let them.  Because there is always more.  But better than that, there can always be more. As long as we want it.  Carrie was a victim, and her circumstance was life. And mine was thinking I could ever save her.”

Overall; I enjoyed it from beginning to the very end and that epilogue left me sated. Like I would have not wanted to end any other way. It was perfection in my opinion.   This book would be appealing to readers who are not afraid to venture on very sad and tragic topics like rape and death, cruelty and vengeance.  Readers who enjoy a good psychological thriller will enjoy this book.

“Love is scary and wondrous. It’s imperfect and perfect all at the same time.”

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Book Info:
Beautiful Victim by Claire C. Riley
Expected Publication Date March 30th 2018


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Blog Tour~When Sinners Kneel~by R. Scarlett

Title: When Sinners Kneel
Series: The Blackest Gold World
Author: R. Scarlett
Genre: NA PNR
Release Date: March 8, 2018

Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.


Lex Harvey came to The Pit to find her missing friend. Someone who fights there must have the answers she’s seeking. Instead, she found him. The damage inside her matches the darkness inside him. She’s only eighteen, but the feelings she has for him are as old as time.

Beau Knight should have ruled New York. Falling in love was the beginning of his end. He watched her die and he lost his heart. Now, The Pit is his heaven and his hell. The only place he can be himself.

They’re both beyond fixing. Addicts, with desires humans couldn’t understand.

A soulless man and a souleating girl.

How do you find redemption from your demons when you are one?


R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance. 

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. 

When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.



Release Promotion ~ Crazy Madly Deeply by Lily White



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Holden sees things.
Lots of things.
Things we would call ugly, but he believes are beautiful.

He paints sad pictures.
And strums lonely guitars.
He drowns out the taunting voices while shunning the expected norms.

I let them hurt him.
I wasn’t strong enough to speak out.
I hurt him, too, only to prove I wasn’t just like him.

But then I saw him.
I heard him.
I learned why Holden wasn’t CRAZY like they said.

I loved him MADLY.
I fell for him DEEPLY.
And alone, I decided to save a man who was the most beautiful of us all.


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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.


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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~The Truth in My Lies by Ivy Smoak



Genre:  Thriller/Suspense
Type:  Standalone 
POV:  First Person – Female

This review can also be found on GOODREADS and AMAZON


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Adeline Bell was in her thirties with many scars and secrets; she was used to having a routine and didn’t let anything get in the way of them.  In her abusive relationship; having a routine was her only constant that she could control. Anything different would make her feel different.  She was not a fan of her neighbors and usually kept to herself until him.


“I was naïve. I didn’t realize love was a game. I trusted him. I trusted with everything. And I lost the game.”



Adeline found running the most liberating of all things and on one Thursday morning she saw someone she wasn’t supposed like.  I really liked Addy from the beginning; but at the same time I questioned some of her choices.  She made me frustrated at times; and some other times she came across very strong.  When her weak times I wanted to shake her and tell her to stand up for herself because some of her choices infuriated me. 


“All I had wanted for the past decade was to get away from my husband. It’s the only thing I dreamed of. Well, that wasn’t entirely true.  Ever since I had first seen Ben mowing lawns, I had dreamed of him.”


Ben was young and beautiful he became addicted to seeing Addy running as well each week and same as her they both look forward to that Thursday mornings.  He found her fascinating and attractive; he would have never thought she was older by the way she took care of her body.  He didn’t want trouble but yet he couldn’t stay away from her either, the need to protect her was stronger.


“Don’t be fooled by what you see,”…“It’s the things you don’t that really matter.”


This book was absolutely insane, like once you start it you won’t be able to stop.  At first the entire mystery of this couple had me intrigued but then the more I read the more questions I had and I became engorged in the story.  There’s a mysterious serial killer running lose, there’s an abusing relationship you just want it to end so the entire time I’m literally on the edge of my seat holding by a thread.  What I didn’t except was that utterly crazy twist; it left me shocked to the point that my brain couldn’t process everything I read; a week later I am still reeling over everything and can’t get over it.


The Truth in my lies, is a very well written suspense thriller with a shocking twist you will not see coming.  I can literally say this is like my third book ever that I’ve read where I am utterly completely stunned and shocked after I read.  The ride is definable on the crazy side, readers’ expecting a happily ever after best stay away from this and to readers willing to take the crazy ride best get ready because you will not be able to put it down.  This story is a total page turner right from the beginning that will have you glued to the pages until the very end.  Readers who enjoy suspense thrillers will find this book appealing.


Book Info:
The Truth in My Lies by Ivy Smoak
Ebook giveaway happening on GR Giveaway dates: Feb 25 – Mar 25, 2018
Availability: 100 copies available
check link here –> GIVEAWAY LINK


📖 #CurrentlyReading 📖 #TheTruthInMyLies by #IvySmoak . . There's 100 ebook copies giveaway of this book happening on goodreads right now till March 25th ➡️➡️ ⬅️⬅️ If you like romantic suspense books you'll enjoy this story, I can't put it down. Good luck!! . . 📚Blurb: My name is Adeline Bell. I’m a suburban housewife. Period. My husband has always kept me on a tight leash. I’m not even supposed to leave the house. My husband leaves every Monday morning for business and comes back Friday night. I have the weekdays to myself. And I always leave the house every morning. What my husband doesn’t know won’t kill him. I wake up, run, clean the house, wish for a better life, repeat. It’s best when I have a routine. And every day is exactly the same. Except for Thursdays. I live and breathe for Thursdays. It’s when he comes. You know the type. The guy that is the epitome of escape from your wretched life. The one who embodies the strength and freedom you don’t have. I watch him from a distance. I can’t help myself. But I was never supposed to talk to him. I was never supposed to fall for him. I know what you’re thinking. But you don’t know my story. You don’t know the kind of monster my husband is. And trust me, you have no idea who I am. . . . . #craziesrusbookblog #arc #currentlyreading #amreading #romanticsuspense #ilikeitdark #twisted #crazy #suspense #dark #romance #instabooks #instagrammer #Instagram #books #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #standalone #thetruthinmylies #ivysmoak

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CC’s Review ~ Dorchadas House by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Title: Dorchadas House
Author: Emmanuelle de Maupassant
Genre: Gothic erotic romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third person
Publication Date: March 9, 2018




4 Stars! 

After her father passes, Iris Muir decides to leave the bustle of the city and accept a job on the Scottish island of Eirig, a place where traditions are abundant and the town remains outside of modernity’s grasp. Wanting an adventure and a place where she can belong, Iris acclimates to her new surroundings yet many questions begin to emerge as she witnesses certain circumstances. Perplexed by her intuition and lustful feelings, the traditions call to her and Iris is ready to submit to higher purpose.

“I shivered again with the knowledge that something had called me here. I’d wanted to escape, and had been brought all the way back, to where I rightfully belonged.”

Told in stylistic prose that capture the atmospheric and gothic tone of this narrative, the chill of uncertainty is pervasive. Along with the mystery and allure of erotic pagan practices, Iris tries to understand the metamorphosis that is occurring and begins to trust her body over irrational fear. Coming full circle, Iris finally feels like she is home.

“She’ll protect and guide, as the Laird’s heirs worship you. It’s their sacred duty, and yours now, Iris.”

Dorchadas House offers an eerie tale about one woman’s quest to find her destiny. Fantasy and mystery mixes with reality making this story intriguing and provocative. For those who haven’t read this author, she always succeeds in creating a unique world where boundaries are without limit. This book will appeal to those who want to be immersed in a different time where gothic eroticism pervades. 

*A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*





Liz’s Review~Then There Was You~by Claire Contreras

4.5 stars

“I’m not afraid of anything.”


Then There Was You is the first book in the Second Chances Duet. A heartbreakingly beautiful story of two best friends who experience love and loss and then love again.


“Love was an illusion. Love had never been on my radar.”

Tessa Monte and Rowan Hawthorne have been frenemies every since they shared a young romance that ended abruptly. Rowan is destined to take over his family business and Tessa, a flourishing fashion designer, has been offered an internship in Paris that she cannot refuse. When Tessa and Rowan rekindle their love affair, their future becomes blurred as they both struggle with their desire to be together.


“You will not give up Paris for me.”

Told in dual POV, Then There Was You offers an angsty romance of two people who love each other very much but cannot find the strength to be together. The internal and external forces are too great and despite their best effort to make it work, they are ripped apart again. The passion between the two is unmatched as their love grows stronger. The tempo of the writing flows naturally as every moment unfolds. With a complex plot and beautiful characters, Claire Contreras offers a stunning contemporary romance that I will never forget.


Overall, Then There Was You will appeal to readers who don’t mind angst. Although my heart is breaking after finishing this, I have complete faith in Ms. Contreras that she will make everything right in the conclusion. Thank goodness it is coming out soon!

***Second Chances Duet***
Then There Was You (Second Chances Duet, #1) by Claire ContrerasMy Way Back to You (Second Chances Duet, #2) by Claire Contreras

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!