Liz’s Review~Animal~by Marni Mann

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“Your life is about to change.”

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Animal is a thrilling ride full of twists and turns that will hold you captive and leave you breathless and only wanting more. As moments of pain, joy, lust, fear, and love rain down, the characters desperately seek solace and will stop at nothing to find it.

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“I didn’t know what I was actually signing up for.”

Tyler Richens is a college student. A small-town girl thrust into the world of the big city, she has a bright future ahead of her. Tyler has always felt alone. Emotionally abandoned by her family and financially strained, she craves acceptance and love. When her roommate takes her out on the town, she is given an offer that she simply cannot refuse.

Shortly after Tyler’s life is changed forever, she meets Jae. Jae shows her a world of possibilities that she never knew existed and can never have. Despite her best effort to stay away from him, she can’t let him go.

“I needed some fucking screams.”

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“There was bad motherfuckers on these streets. I should know. I was one of them.”

Beard is a broken beautiful man full of raw fury. Working as a prison guard in an underground prison, he and his two best friends fulfill their needs by torturing and killing the guilty. As Beard ventures out past the prison walls, he finds himself in a twisted web of lust. Falling hard for a beautiful woman, the physical connection seems to keep his fury tempered and allows him a small semblance of satisfaction. Can money, women, and screams truly provide him everything he needs to forget?

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“Up in this mother fucker, the three of us were like doctors.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Animal is a blend of two stories told in both the present and the past. The characters are complex and beautifully damaged. The physical and emotional connections are raw and in-depth as each moment intercepts and twist and turn through each other. The action drives the plot like a freight train going a million miles an hour. The torture and raw grittiness that takes place in the prison paired with the tender romance between Tyler and Jae paired with the sexually charged conquests of Beard evoke a vast array of feelings that span the entire spectrum of emotions. The plot is intricately constructed with precision and the setting is expertly captured with the colorful description embedded in the text. Like a blockbuster movie, the action, suspense, romance, and sexually charged moments will leave you more than satisfied.

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Overall, Animal will appeal to readers who like to challenge their mind, stretch their boundaries, and venture into a twisted world in which they may never want to escape. Marni Mann is an expert storyteller and the complex characters paired with the complex plot in Animal transported me to a world that I will never forget.

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Liz’s Review~Ripple Effect: Episode 3 ~ by Keri Lake

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“Deal’s not over yet.”

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Ripple Effect: Episode 3 is the third book in the Ripple Effect Series by Keri Lake, and once again I have been held captive by the addictive world of Rip and Dylan!

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“Had enough yet, Bandit?”

Ripple Effect: Episode 3 picks up directly after Ripple Effect: Episode 2. Dylan and Ripley find themselves thrown together and the hypnotic blend of their physical connection only spurs an emotional one to continue to bloom and eventually explode!

Ripley is torn as he has always kept himself isolated from love. Knowing that it is out of the question for him to get close to anyone because it would only put them in danger, he struggles with the feelings that are developing for his beautiful Bandit. Dylan is no stranger to the darkness that looms around her and yet, with Rip she feels safe. As more of Rip’s past is revealed, the depth of their connection only grows. And just when you think they are safe, the ripple effect of their pasts collide with their present and threaten their future!

“As long as you’re mine, nothing touches you.”

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Told in dual POV, Ripple Effect: Episode 3 is another stunning addition to this series. The text is colored with action and suspense and the explosive connection between Rip and Dylan continues to grow stronger with each installment. The well-constructed story arc is rich with complexities, and the characters are so unique due to their personal growth and life experiences. As each layer of the plot unfolds, I have more questions that I cannot wait to be answered. This gripping series is certainly NOT one to miss! Now on to the final episode. No doubt, Rip, and Dylan will go out with a bang! I only hope they will find the strength to survive!

***Ripple Effect***
Ripple Effect Episode 1 (Ripple Effect, #1) by Keri LakeRipple Effect Episode 2 (Ripple Effect, #2) by Keri LakeRipple Effect Episode 3 (Ripple Effect, #3) by Keri LakeRipple Effect Episode 4 (Ripple Effect, #4) by Keri Lake

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

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Liz’s Review~Block & Tackle by Elise Faber, Kristin Vayden, and Stephanie Fournet

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Block and Tackle is a collection of three forbidden romance novellas where the athletic heroes of Prestige Media Groups stake their claim!
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Offsides~by Elise Faber is the beautifully crafted romance of an Ex-Hockey Player named Devon and his off-limits temp named Becca. Devon is the CEO for Prestige Media Groups and has fallen for his talented temporary Personal Assistant Becca. Becca and Devon couldn’t be more opposite, and when Becca falls into some serious trouble, Devon has to work hard to prove his worth to her. Becca and Devon share a beautiful connection, and although this is a quick read, I found the blend of passion, tenderness, and natural flowing dialogue to make this boss/employee romance quite entertaining. This is my first Elise Faber read, and I will certainly be checking out more of her work soon!

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Off Guard~by Stephanie Fournet features the spunky and hard working Charlie who has found her calling working PR for Prestige. While out on a run, she meets the undeniable handsome, athletic god Hutch. They share an instant connection, and before the spark has a chance to ignite, it is discovered that he is an athlete represented by her firm. Therefore, he is OFF LIMITS! Hutch is determined to win Charlie over and will do whatever it takes to make her his. Stephanie Fournet is a truly gifted author, and this slice of heaven was chocked full of passion, tenderness, and paired with the complexity of the plot, I simply could not put it down. I wanted to the story to go on and on forever. The character relationships were well developed, and the richness of the descriptive writing held me captive from one moment to the next.

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Off Limits~by Kristin Vayden is the story of Prestige Talent Agent Marcus and his best friend/client’s sister Ava. Marcus has always wanted Ava by his side, but with a shared tainted past and the need to keep things professional, he has tried to keep his “hands off”. When Marcus and Ava are together the witty banter is off the charts as these two frenemies overcome their past and make way for a beautiful future together. With friendship and broken hearts on the line, Marcus and Ava are in danger of loosing it all. The quickest read of the three, Off Limits was by far the most tender of the set due to the slow burn element. This was my first taste of Kristin Vayden’s writing, and I certainly look forward to reading more!

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Overall, Block and Tackle is a great collection of forbidden romance novellas that will warm your heart! Each story is unique and full of entertainment! I loved the sports element and the characters (especially Hutch) are unforgettable!

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

 

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Liz’s Review~Riot (Scarred Souls, #4) ~ by Tillie Cole

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“She was like me.”

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Riot is the fourth book in the Scarred Souls Series. This series offers a delicious blend of gladiator style fighters, sex slavery, damaged heroes, and the sweet taste of revenge. The heroes and their females are all overcomers who have managed to withstand the horrors of torture and captivity to experience love and security. In the conclusion of this series, we meet the beautiful slave 152 and the Blood Pit Champion 901. Additionally, we catch up with all of our favorite characters from the entire series as they come together to overthrow the treachery of their enemies.

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“Last night I made her mine.”

Number 152 is a slave to the master of the Blood Pit. Her only job is to service him. When the master has a rebellious fighter, who refuses to yield to his demands he discovers a way to tear him down. He decides to offer his beautiful slave to him and then use her as a bargaining chip.

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“Her attention only made me break more.”

901 is the champion of the Blood Pit. He is indestructible and always wins. Win the Master’s Mona is locked in his cell she is under the influence of powerful drugs. If the champion doesn’t take her, she will die from the pain. If he does take her, he will immediately be under her spell and be yielding to the master. When he realizes there is no way out, he gives in and takes her. As they grow closer together, the physical connection shifts into an intense emotional connection like they have never experienced before. Both slaves to the master, both only knowing their numbers, they find peace in each other. When the Master’s wrath showers down on the lovers, it becomes a fight to the death for them to be able to stay together.

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“Something had shifted between us. It was indescribable. It was raw, but it made me feel alive.”

Told in dual POV, Riot is a stunning conclusion to this series. Each book in the series has introduced a different fighter and their harrowing tale. Because this installment features all of the main characters and their fight to overcome, it is especially unique. I found both of the main characters to be well matched and fierce in their resolve. The evil is raw and gritty as the characters are abused sexually and physically by their Masters and guards of the Blood Pit. The fighting is bloody and similar to a Roman Arena where the Gladiators must fight to the death. The blend of action, tenderness, and raw passion make this series, and an absolute must read for readers who enjoy the shock and awe of the battle and the beautiful connection when broken people become healed!

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Overall, I highly recommend Riot and this entire series. Tillie Cole amazes me every time with her magical storytelling, complex characters, and passionate moments that make me cry and smile at the same time! If she is writing, I will always be ready and waiting for more!

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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Liz’s Review~ Ripple Effect: Episode 2~ by Keri Lake

4-5stars

“You’re gonna feel everything. Everything, baby.”

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Ripple Effect: Episode 2 is the second book in the Ripple Effect Series by Keri Lake, and with the way Episode 1 ended, you will be happily swept back into the world of Ripley and Dylan!
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“I want to fuck.”

Dylan has only known desperation her entire life. When Rip makes her an offer she cannot refuse, she finds a semblance of peace that she has never known.

Ripley has never had the luxury of allowing anyone to get close to him. For some reason, Dylan “aka Bandit” has infiltrated every part of his soul. Although he wants nothing but to push her away, he pulls her closer, and they both are left clinging for their lives!

“The guy moves like a goddamn freight train, and I either jump aboard or get derailed by him.”

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Told in dual POV, Ripple Effect: Episode 2 is another stunning addition to this action-packed series where evil hovers like a plague. As the plot continues to unfold, it becomes evident that the connection between Rip and Dylan is going to either force them together or damage them beyond repair. The suspense and raw passion in this tale continue to captivate me through every page turn. The pacing is intense, and the easy flowing writing style of Keri Lake is beyond addicting! I highly recommend this series to any and all Contemporary Romance fans who are craving a bit more action and grit in their reads. Rip and Dylan certainly aim to please! Can’t wait for the next installment in this twisted tale!

***Ripple Effect***
Ripple Effect Episode 1 (Ripple Effect, #1) by Keri LakeRipple Effect Episode 2 (Ripple Effect, #2) by Keri LakeRipple Effect Episode 3 (Ripple Effect, #3) by Keri LakeRipple Effect Episode 4 (Ripple Effect, #4) by Keri Lake

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

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Liz’s Review~Dark Protector ~ by Celia Aaron

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“Death before dishonor.”

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Dark Protector is a dark and delicious action-packed stand-alone by one of my go to authors Celia Aaron. Full of passion, desperation, and honor Conrad and Charlie’s tale is sure to please!

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“When I’d made the mistake of letting someone in, I’d paid dearly for it.”

Charlie is a florist who has done her best to live a quiet life in her quiet corner of the earth. When her world is shaken by the sound of gunfire, Charlie is suddenly thrust into the world of mobsters, greed, death, and destruction.

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“We kissed like we were ravenous for each other. What was left of my soul entwined with hers.”

Conrad was born to kill. He is a man who was meant to live in the dark and kill. A contract assassin, he has done well for himself by following orders. When a quiet florist catches his eye, he tries to watch her from a distance. But when Charlie is thrown into the fire only Conrad has the strength to protect her and keep her safe. Charlie is hesitant to trust Conrad at first. After she has experienced great pain, Conrad has a lot to prove in order to win her trust. When passion sparks between the two, they are drawn together and lust and love drown them in a great tsunami.

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“I’m going to have to fuck you until you know just how bad I can be.”

Told in dual POV, Dark Protector has a well constructed plot with plenty of action and intrigue. Both Conrad and Charlie have haunted pasts and the intensity they share between them drives the action. As Conrad pushes harder to gain Charlie’s trust, Charlie fights back until she realizes Conrad is her only way to finding peace. Although Conrad and Charlie’s connection happened quite fast, the connection was intense and charged with passion and love. I loved the contrast between Conrad and Charlie and together they became a force to be reckoned with.

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Overall, I highly recommend Dark Protector to my friends who enjoy an action packed read with dark undertones and an alpha male hero who does not stop. I have long been a fan of Ms. Aaron’s work and Dark Protector is another great addition to the MUST READ shelf!

*This was another sexy BR with my Shhlutty sisters CC and WAR!

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

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Liz’s Review~Kept From You~by Nashoda Rose

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“Because love wins everytime.”

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Kept from You is the fourth book in the Tear Asunder Series. Although you can read it as a stand-alone, I highly recommend you read the entire series from the beginning. The characters are deeply rooted in their relationships with each other, and the story arc is carefully constructed to overlap over the whole series. With each book in the series, I have fallen more in love with these characters and the world in which they dwell. To finally experience Killian Kane “aka Kite” was beyond perfection.

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“Sexy. Flushed. Beautiful. Rare. That is what she was.”

Savvy is beautiful inside and out. A talented dancer she has had to overcome a great loss. Living in her broken little world, she meets Killian. Although he seems hard and cold, she discovers a kindness in him. A spark is set, and although the circumstances are less than ideal, Killian and Savvy form a bond. When disaster strikes and they are torn apart. Both believe they will never see each other again.

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“Open your legs for me, Savy. I’m going to fuck that pussy until I hear you scream my name again.”

Years later, Killian is thriving as the drummer for the hit band Tear Asunder. He never forgot Savvy and is shocked when she shows up backstage after one of his concerts. Savvy is looking for help from Killian, and although he would do anything for her, the help she needs is out of the question! As Killian and Savvy reconnect, the old flame ignites, and the two are brought together again. However, Killian is quite broken and must allow himself to be loved before they can move forward together. As the demons of their past threaten their blossoming romance, Savvy and Killian must cling to one another and find a way to battle the darkness together.

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Told in dual POV, Kept from You is sexy, tender, raw, and beautifully broken. The characters are complex, and their life experiences make their stories that much more beautiful. The transformation that Killian makes throughout is heartbreaking, and yet, Savvy offers Killian the healing that he needs to find peace. The secondary characters continue to shape and mold the story with their relationships and circumstances. Loyalty and unwavering love continue to drive the action in this series, and each and every piece of the plot is weaved together with absolute perfection. The passion that exists between Killian and Savvy is fiery and thoroughly explored and the action is intense as the plot continues to unfold.

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Overall, Kept from You is an absolute must read. The complex characters, non-stop action, tender relationships, and fiery passion make this second chance romance another blockbuster hit from Nashoda Rose! I simply adore this series! Each and every character is diverse, and yet, together they are complete. When it comes to the Tear Asunder Series, I will simply never get enough!

***Tear Asunder Series***
With You (Tear Asunder, #0.5) by Nashoda RoseTorn from You (Tear Asunder, #1) by Nashoda RoseOverwhelmed by You (Tear Asunder, #2) by Nashoda RoseShattered by You (Tear Asunder, #3) by Nashoda RoseKept from You (Tear Asunder, #4) by Nashoda Rose

*This was a BR with LOYDA and WAR! I might be late to the party but I MADE IT!*

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

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