Liz’s Review~Monster~by Marni Mann

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“I’d just learned that love couldn’t save us.”

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Monster is the second book in the Animal Series. A spin-off from Prisoned, each book must be read in order. Monster offers another trip down the twisted dark side.

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“I was alone in here.”

Shank has always been a mystery. With an uninhibited loyalty to his “brothers” and a twisted addiction to blood, he has always maintained order through his work at the prison and his relationships with his inner circle. When his life is turned upside down, Shank is forced to face the unthinkable. While isolated from everything he has ever known, the darkness from his past begins to threaten his future and that of the ones he holds dear. As we get a glimpse of the darkness hidden in Shank’s mind all of the brutal truths of his life are exposed and as the reality of this world begins to unfold, it becomes clear that no one is safe.

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“I need to feel you on my cock.
I need to feel that it’s still you.”

Told in multiple POV, Monster is a thrilling read with mystery, intrigue, scandal, and broken people. The characters are complex and as their lives are thrown under the microscope, the lines between right and wrong are blurred and the dynamics between them are intense and unforgettable. Certain elements of the plot broke my heart and yet, Marni stayed true to the characters and their plight. There are so many secrets and as the truth is revealed, the tension is uncompromising as each character fights to get what they want.

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Overall, Monster is an absolute must-read for readers who like to take risks and spend an extended time on the dark side. Marni Mann has crafted a complex plot with broken characters and unforgettable circumstances. Shank is one character that I will never forget. I highly recommend jumping into this series blind. Undoubtedly, this is one trip you will never forget!

***Animal***
Animal (Animal, #1) by Marni MannMonster (Animal, #2) by Marni Mann

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

**This was a BR with Loyda, CC, and WAR!

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Liz’s Review~Gun Shy~ by Lili St. Germain

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“I should forget the boy I loved ever existed.”

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Gun Shy is a stand-alone psychological thriller full of action, dark romance, passion, and terror. Each character is driven to kill, steal, and destroy in order to hold on tight to what they crave.

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“Please let me breathe.”

Cassie Carlino and Leo Bentley live in the small town of Gun Creek, Nevada. They are high school sweethearts who love each other madly and deeply. In a town full of poverty and drug addiction, Leo and Cassie long to escape the bitter cold world of Gun Creek together. When terror strikes the town, Leo and Cassie’s world is thrown into a tailspin. Leo and Cassie are torn apart and great pain and destruction threaten to destroy their lives.

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“Be careful what you say.
Be careful who you talk to.”

Told in multiple POV, Gun Shy is like a thrilling ride that will steal your breath and stop your heart. With complex characters and an intricately constructed plot, every moment is weaved together with suspense and action. Set in a dysfunctional world, the characters are put in extreme situations and as the lines between right and wrong begin to blur, the stakes are high for Cassie and Leo to find their way together again. I highly recommend entering this read blindly and just remember to hang on tight because it is going to be a bumpy ride full of twists and turns that you will never see coming.

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Overall, Gun Shy is an absolute must-read for dark romance fans. With murder, mystery, and broken romance, Lili St. Germain offers an impeccable story of broken people living in a broken world who are just trying to put the pieces of their lives back together again the only way they know how. I felt drawn to these characters and could not help but be rooting for them the entire read. Please be forewarned, Gun Shy is not for the faint of heart. However, if you are looking for an unforgettable thriller that will linger in your mind for days and days after you turn the last page, then this is the book for you!

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

*This is a BR with my girls CC and Loyda!

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Liz’s Review~Pretty Broken Dolls (Pretty Little Dolls #4) ~ by Ker Dukey and K. Webster

4-stars

“The storm is upon us, the chaos raining down, now that the big players have come to town.”

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Pretty Broken Dolls is the stunning conclusion to the Pretty Little Dolls Series. The fourth book brings more action, more suspense, more passion, and more brokenness.

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“Bad apples must be eliminated so they don’t infect others and turn the whole pack sour.”

Benny is back and more determined to rescue his doll and run away with her forever. Benny needs the help of his friend and Master Viktor in order to gain all that he needs to survive. With a few obstacles, such as Dillon and Jade, Master and Monster will kill, steal, and destroy in order to find solace with their dolly by their side.

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“Life pushed me, but I will push back harder.”

Told in multiple POV, Pretty Broken Dolls offers a complex plot with multiple twists and turns. Each character is determined to get what they want. Benny is so taken by his love for his doll and his adoration for Viktor that an impenetrable bond is formed between the three. The powerful three band together, pieces of the past are revealed and life and love are on the line. As Benny and Viktor succumb to their desire for each other and their doll, Dillon scrambles to rescue her and tries to keep his family safe. I have enjoyed this series greatly as the plot has transformed and developed with each character and their plight introduced. This final installment certainly offers an abundance of steamy scenes between Master and Monster, Monster, Master, and their doll, and of course my favorite players Dillon and Jade. Although this final book in the series certainly kept the blood pumping, I felt at times there was too much going on. As the lines between right and wrong continued to blur and become less clear, I found myself unsure of who the winner was meant to be. Still, the Pretty Little Dolls Series is an absolute must-read for dark thriller/romance fans.

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Overall, I highly recommend Pretty Little Dolls to readers who like to live on the edge. This fourth installment is quite different from the other three books as Benny craves more than he ever has before. Dukey and Webster are master storytellers when it comes to all things dark and twisted and this is one series that you certainly will want to devour and explore.

***Pretty Little Dolls Series***
Pretty Stolen Dolls (Pretty Little Dolls, #1) by Ker DukeyPretty Lost Dolls (Pretty Little Dolls, #2) by Ker DukeyPretty New Doll (Pretty Little Dolls, #3) by Ker DukeyPretty Broken Dolls (Pretty Little Dolls #4) by Ker Dukey

*This is a BR with my Shhlutty sisters Loyda, War, and CC! We started this together and now it’s time to finish it!

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Liz’s Review~Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #2) ~ by Amelia Hutchins

4-stars

“I told you that I would protect you. Even if you don’t want me to,”

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Taunting Destiny is the second book in The Fae Chronicles. Ryder and Syn are back and with their destiny unknown, they both cling to each other in hopes that they can survive the battle that is looming all around them.

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“You suck,” I mumbled.
“No, Baby, you suck, and you do it very fucking well.”

Taunting Destiny picks up directly after Fighting Destiny. Synthia and Adam are learning to adjust to the truths they have discovered about themselves and their past. Everything they have ever known has been a lie. Ryder never leaves Syn’s side and trying to help her cope with the changes taking place in her life becomes his main focus. The battle between the Faes and the Witches is more deadly than ever and Ryder will stop at nothing to keep Syn protected and by his side. As the plot twists and turns, it becomes evident that some things are simply destined to be.

“You broke, and I wanted to pick you up and put the pieces back together.”

Taunting Destiny is another heart-stopping ride with unexpected surprises at every twist and turn. Syn continues to surprise me with her adventurous spirit and strong personality. Ryder cannot keep his hands off of her (thank you Ms. Hutchins) and as their physical connection continues to grow their emotional bond becomes stronger than ever. Certain elements of the plot caused severe anxiety for me as I feared Ryder and Syn would not be able to overcome the many obstacles before them and yet, I have no doubt that things are about to get very interesting for these characters. Once again, the secondary characters enhance the story greatly and as these characters grow closer together their relationships become even more complex. I love this magical world and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Overall, Taunting Destiny is an absolute must-read for PRN fans! This series must be read in order and just like the first book in the series be prepared for another big cliffy. Ms. Hutchins has created a fantastical world full of magic, passion, romance, and action and I highly recommend this series! Now on to book 3!

***The Fae Chronicles***
Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1) by Amelia HutchinsTaunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #2) by Amelia HutchinsEscaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #3) by Amelia HutchinsSeducing Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #4) by Amelia HutchinsUnraveling Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #5) by Amelia Hutchins

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Liz’s Review~Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1) ~ by Amelia Hutchins

4-stars

“It’s not just saying you love someone—it’s showing them with every fucking breath you take, every look. It just is, simple as that.”

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Fighting Destiny is the first book in The Fae Chronicles Series. A seductive blend of passion, action, and romance set in a picturesque fantastical world makes Fighting Destiny an explosive start to this paranormal series.
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“That kind of love doesn’t die. It withers the soul without the other to keep it alive. Eventually, it turns you bitter and cynical.”

In a world where witches and faes exist, the balance between life and death is in a constant battle. Synthia, a witch in the guild, is given an extraordinary assignment in which she is teamed up with one of her enemies Ryder (who happens to be the Dark Prince of the Fae). As Ryder and Synthia begin to bond, everything that Syn has ever been led to believe is put into question. As doubts continue to overtake her, Ryder is there to seduce her and give her affection and security like she has never felt before. But as tensions continue to rise between the witches and the fae, Syn and Ryder have much to overcome in order to find their way together.

“I can feel the draw, her body calling to mine as animals do in heat. I’d fuck her like an animal; raw, hot, and fucking hard.”

Fighting Destiny is an absolute must for PRN fans! The sexual tension between Ryder and Syn is simply off the charts. The intricate world is full of intrigue and unique spiritual forces coming in from all directions. I am not going to lie there is ALOT going on in this world. The plot is complex and the characters have intense relationships. When you add in the magic, you will not be able to take your eyes away. There were certain moments during the read that I had an unbelievable desire to smack both Syn and Ryder but by the end, I was surprisingly entranced by this magical world and Ryder and Syn certainly had me coming back for more. Syn is definitely the standout character in this read for me. Her spunky “take no prisoners attitude” made her one of the strongest heroines I have ever met and Ryder is certainly her perfect match.

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Overall, I highly recommend Fighting Destiny to any and all PRN fans. Just be forewarned, this one ends in a major cliffy. Before starting this series, I highly recommend you download every single book in the series because once you start this journey, you will not want to stop. You will want your Kindle stocked and ready to go!

***The Fae Chronicles***
Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1) by Amelia HutchinsTaunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #2) by Amelia HutchinsEscaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #3) by Amelia HutchinsSeducing Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #4) by Amelia HutchinsUnraveling Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #5) by Amelia Hutchins

Liz’s Review~The Royal Wedding~ by M.J. Summers

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“Breathe, Tessa, breathe.”

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The Royal Wedding is the second book in the Crown Jewels Romance. This series must be read in order so before you read The Royal Wedding make sure you check out The Royal Treatment. In this second book, Arthur and Tessa are back and now that they have fallen in love they are ready to walk down the aisle and spend the rest of their lives together. But not everyone in Avonia wants Tessa and Arthur together and they will do whatever it takes to tear them apart.

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“I intend to savour every second of the best day of my life.”

The Royal Wedding picks up right after The Royal Treatment. Tessa has moved back home with her parents in order to prepare and regroup before “the big day”. The physical separation is hard on Tessa and Arthur. After having so much time together, now Arthur is trying to run the kingdom and Tessa is trying to work and prep for the big day. With Arthur’s father, the King, an anti-Tessa twitter campaign, and gossip swirling all around, Tessa begins to doubt Arthur and her ability to serve as Queen. With love on the line, Arthur will do whatever it takes to keep Tessa safely by his side.

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“Do you know how rare perfect tits are?”

Told in dual POV, The Royal Wedding is an exquisite romantic comedy full of laughter, love, and plenty of steam! I fell head over heels in love with both Tessa and Arthur in The Royal Treatment and getting more of them together only strengthened my adoration for them both. Tessa is such a quirky heroine and her uninhibited antics kept me in stitches AGAIN! The love that Arthur has for her is tender and complex. They are truly from opposite worlds and yet together, they make perfect sense. M.J. Summers has created a heartwarming world with beautiful characters and one epic romance. The dynamics between the characters is full of complexities and as the battle lines are drawn, it doesn’t take long to recognize friend from foe. Tessa’s meddling family are probably my favorite family of all time. I especially adore Tessa’s mother and Arthur’s Grandmother and the way in which they enhanced the story warmed my heart and even brought tears to my eyes. Tessa and Arthur endure so much in order to be together and their journey is one that I will never forget.

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If you are looking for a romantic comedy full of laughter, romance, and passion look no further, the Crown Jewels Romance is the series for you. The Royal Wedding is spectacular and I can only hope there will be more of these amazing characters to come.

***Crown Jewels Romance***
The Royal Treatment (A Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy, #1) by M.J. SummersThe Royal Wedding (Crown Jewels Romance, #2) by M.J. Summers

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

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Liz’s Review~Scandalous~by L.J. Shen

4-5stars

“Trent Rexroth wasn’t a crush. He was the very thing that’d end up crushing me if I wasn’t careful.”

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Scandalous is the third book in the Sinners of Saint Series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series from the first book because you don’t want to miss one second of the HotHoles and their shenanigans.

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“Next time you make a joke about someone else fucking you, just remember I own every single hole in your body, including the one I’ll leave in your heart when I’m done.”

Trent Rexroth is known as the mute. The brooding single parent alpha male might not have much too say and yet, his actions speak louder than words. He is quite passionate about women, his job, and his daughter. When Edie Van Der Zee, one of his business partner’s eighteen-year-old daughter, crashes into his life, Trent has a lot to say!

“My spine was a candlewick, melting slowly and hotly. My first climax felt wild, unnatural. Like I was bursting at the seams, my body like a too-tight corset.”

Edie has always had to take care of herself. Although she appears to have it all, Edie has been burdened with an abusive father and a number of obstacles in her life. When she and Trent connect, a forbidden romance ignites. But Edie has secrets and she has the power to take Trent down. Even though Trent knows that his relationship with Edie is a bad idea, neither one of them can stay away. As tensions rise, Trent and Edie will have to learn to trust each other in order for their love to survive.

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“That night. I’d changed. That night, I didn’t take anything from Edie Van Der Zee. For the first time in years-I gave something of myself. Worst part? I’d never be able to retrieve it. It was hers. Forever.”

Told in dual POV, once again L.J. Shen has crafted a beautiful story with raw characters who live wild and free. Trent and Edie present a “forbidden romance” that breaks all the rules. With passion in the office, a bi-racial pairing, and a huge age gap between the H and H, Scandalous offers one wild ride that you will never forget. The supporting characters, once again, enhance the story greatly as they support Trent and Edie. Luna, Trent’s daughter, is the absolute star of the show. As Luna weaves her way into Edie’s heart, Trent is willing to sacrifice it all in order to keep his “girls” safe. The plot has a number of twists and turns and as the tensions rise, the HotHoles must band together to protect the ones they love. In true L.J. fashion, the witty text is beautifully written and delivered with a lot of heart! In addition to the rich emotional connection between Edie and Trent, the passion between the two is off the charts! I found myself swooning the entire read!

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I highly recommend the Sinners of Saint Series to all of my contemporary romance reading friends. Each story is unique, passionate, and full of complex characters. Scandalous is an absolute must read with a beautiful plot, broken characters, and steamy forbidden romance. Trent and Edie’s story is one that I will never forget!

***Sinners of Saint***
Defy (Sinners of Saint, #0.5) by L.J. ShenVicious (Sinners of Saint, #1) by L.J. ShenRuckus (Sinners of Saint, #2) by L.J. ShenScandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3) by L.J. Shen

*This was a BR with my girl SUEBEE!

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

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