Liz’s Review~Odium V~ by Claire C. Riley

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“To anyone who’s ever loved and lost. And to anyone who has been lost and then found love.”

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The Dead Saga is back and Odium V is a thrilling read full of action, suspense, zombies, and smoking hot steam. This is the fifth book in the series, and the series must be read in order. In this installment, the fate of Nina and Mikey is unknown as the dead continues to wreak havoc on the world.

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“It’s like our fates aren’t aligned or something.”

Nina has survived years of fighting, torture, and abuse. She and Michael are on the move and on a mission. The goal is to find Mikey, but it doesn’t take long for Michael and Nina to find themselves in trouble again. A motorcycle club spots the traveling duo and threatens them. Shooter, the club president, is intrigued by Nina and her sassy mouth. Although Nina longs to reunite with Mikey, she discovers a connection with the “alpha male” president. The desire to feel anything is overwhelming as Nina and Shooter find solace in each other.

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“It’s time to move on, to cut our losses before it’s too late and we run out of luck.”

Meanwhile, the fate of Mikey is unknown. Left in the hands of a “killer” elderly couple Mikey is in danger of dying or being eaten alive. With Nina miles away and completely oblivious to his situation, it seems impossible for anyone to come to his rescue. But as all Odium fans know, in this apocalyptic world, anything can happen.

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“Whatever happens, there’s no way I’m not making it out of this situation.”

Told in dual POV, Odium V evoked a plethora of emotions. I felt anger, sadness, fear, and some serious sexual tension. As the fifth book in the series, we have experienced many characters come and go, and the stakes are high for Mikey and Nina to finally be together and yet, the timing never seems to be right. With every loss of life, there is pain, and Nina is more determined than ever to survive. The complex characters paired with the intense plot keep me coming back for more. I simply couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
Obviously, I have a strong opinion on how I would like things to turn out for Nina and Mikey but at the end of the day, this is the end of the world, and anything can happen!

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Overall, I highly recommend Odium V and the entire Dead Saga to anyone who enjoys action, suspense, romance, and of course zombies. Nina is my favorite heroine of all time, and I am not going to lie there are times in my daily life when I think to myself “what would Nina do” and I instantly find the inner strength I need to make it through that moment. I am madly in love with Mikey, and although Shooter certainly got my blood pumping, I am waiting on pins and needles to see what is going to happen next. If you haven’t started this series yet, you need to! Even my husband has become a DEAD SAGA fan! Claire C. Riley is a phenomenal author, and everyone needs to experience a piece of ZOMBIE GREATNESS!

***The Dead Saga***
Odium 0.5 The Dead Saga by Claire C. RileyOdium (The Dead Saga, #1) by Claire C. RileyOdium 1.5 (The Dead Saga, #1.5) by Claire C. RileyOdium II (The Dead Saga, #2) by Claire C. RileyOdium 2.5 The Dead Saga Origin Stories by Claire C. RileyOdium III (The Dead Saga, #3) by Claire C. RileyOdium IV (The Dead Saga, #4) by Claire C. RileyOdium V (The Dead Saga, #5) by Claire C. Riley

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

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Liz’s Review~Preppy Part 3~by T.M. Frazier

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“You should know by now, Doc, that even death can’t keep a motherfucker down.”

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Preppy Part Three is the seventh book in the KING SERIES. Although the Preppy books (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading this series from the first book to grasp the intensity of the relationships and the full story arc. The King Series is gritty, raw, real, romantic, action packed, and utterly unforgettable. Preppy is by far the most dynamic character of the bunch and when he speaks his hypnotic voice will hold you captive and entertained for hours!

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“YOU are my life.”

Preppy Part Three picks up directly after Preppy Part Two. Preppy and Dre are in the middle of a crisis, and it is up to Preppy, King, and Bear to come together and unveil their wrath once again. Anyone who dares to threaten “the family” is bound to end up dead. These boys have no problem protecting their women and Preppy is recklessly in love with Dre and will do anything to keep her safe.

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“Samuel Clearwater. You’re everything. Because you are the light in all of my dark.”

As Preppy and Dre begin to settle into their new lives, demons from their past continue to lurk around every corner. The connection between Dre and Preppy is stronger than ever, and nothing is going to keep these two from finding their happily ever after. With the commanding presence of King, Bear, Thia, Ray, Jake (YUM), and few other notable characters, Preppy Part Three offers an extraordinary conclusion to this epic series.

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“I felt it in my nipples, in my skin, in my fingertips. Bursts of pleasure that weren’t like a wave, but like lights growing brighter and brighter until the glass bulbs shattered all around us.”

Told in dual POV, Preppy Part Three is full of action, passion, and complex characters that are driven to protect one another. Preppy is by far my favorite character of the series due to his unabashed view on life. His ADD brain never stops. The combination of his inner monologue and the dialogue that comes out of his mouth kept a smile on my face and a tender burn in my heart the entire read. The darkest and most brutal moments are saturated with quirky cleverness as the dialogue bursts with color. Dre and Preppy are both broken, and together they make each other whole. Every moment with this motley crew is simply unforgettable, and this final installment was utterly flawless.

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Overall, Preppy Part Three is an absolute must read. T.M. Frazier has created a world like no other. Where loyalty and love reigns. Doing what’s wrong somehow becomes right. Loving fearlessly is better than never loving at all. Friends are everything. It’s ok to make mistakes because we learn to love harder and live longer. This entire series will hold a special place in my heart (and my shelf) forever. I am happy and yet so sad to say goodbye to these friends. T.M. Frazier you amaze me. I cannot wait to see your next amazing creation.

***King Series***


King (King, #1) by T.M. FrazierTyrant (King, #2) by T.M. FrazierLawless (King, #3) by T.M. FrazierSoulless (King, #4) by T.M. FrazierPreppy The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King, #6) by T.M. FrazierPreppy The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5) by T.M. FrazierPreppy The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three (King, #7) by T.M. Frazier

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Liz’s Review~Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5) ~ by Tillie Cole

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“In the comfort of his safe embrace, I let sleep pull me under. My body protected in his arms…and perhaps my soul too.”

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Damnable Grace is the fifth book in the Hades Hangmen Series. The Hades are an MC and band of brothers that are rough, raw, and loyal to each other and their women. Each Hangmen is unique, and their journey to love is paved with strife and affliction. The perseverance of the club continues to drive these men to protect the innocent and persecute the guilty.

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“I think we were meant to find each other, AK. I think we were meant to find each other, to leave hell together.”

AK is a tortured man. Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen and leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’, and a former sniper, he is suffering from painful flashbacks from his past. He has many regrets, and if it weren’t for the love and friendship of his brothers, he would be completely lost. One regret is the day he left a beautiful woman named Phebe chained to a tree. Now he is ready to find her and bring her back!

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“I was a fucking man possessed as I thrust into her.”

Phebe is a broken woman who has been tortured and abused her entire life. Another victim to the cruelty of The Order, Phebe has only known a life full of servicing men. Now addicted to drugs and completely broken, AK is like a dark angel who rescues her from the clutches of evil. Phebe is strong, and although she is battling addiction and the painful memories of her past, AK offers a glimpse of goodness like she has never felt before. Both AK and Phebe have a mountain of pain to overcome, and yet together they make sense. AK is patient with Phebe as she heals and he is ruthless about protecting her. Phebe offers AK peace that he has never experienced before. Together AK and Phebe find bliss. As they grow together emotionally, the physical connection is intense as Phebe experiences physical touch rooted in love for the first time. Together AK and Phebe make every moment of Damnable Grace raw and utterly beautiful.

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“His lips worshipped me. I never thought I would ever understand the meaning of a kiss. How it could momentarily stop your heart from beating or how such an innocent touch could make you feel so incredibly cherished.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Damnable Grace is another stunning addition to the Hades Hangmen Series. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning, and every single Hangmen offers a unique glimpse into the life and relationships of the club. AK and Phebe are perfectly matched and with their broken pasts, they find redemption together. Once again Tillie Cole has created an intense world where the innocent woman of The Order are brutalized, and the men of the Hades Hangmen will kill to make the world a better place. The relationships between the characters are complex and deeply rooted in love. The action is intense and drives the story from the first page to the very last page turn. With every sound of the bike rumble, every passionate kiss, every moment of bliss, the Hades Men and Women create a world in which I never want to leave.

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Overall, I cannot express my love enough for Damnable Grace and this entire series. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading this entire series in order to grasp the beauty of this world from the beginning. Be forewarned, once you begin this series you will not want to stop. With each book in this series, Tillie Cole paints another layer of splendor to this masterpiece of work. These characters will stay beautifully embedded in my heart and mind forever.

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

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Liz’s Review~Provocative (White Lies Duet, #1) ~ by Lisa Renee Jones

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“There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls.”

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Provocative is the first in the White Lies Duet, and this contemporary romance offers a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, passion, and romance.

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“Who burned you, Faith? And what scars did he leave?”

Faith Winter is an artist who has recently inherited her families winery. Although she has physically taken on the job of running the winery, she has been left financially bankrupt as her mother has left her cut off from the families bank accounts. As the bank tries to foreclose on the winery, Faith is scrambling to save her father’s legacy through the winery. Putting her art aside, she will do anything to salvage her families winery.

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“I want him to spank me. I want to feel his hand on my backside. I want that sting and shock that leaves no room for anything else. No worry. No loss. No death. No guilt. And no room for the way Nick makes me feel too much.”

Nick Rogers “the tiger” is a ruthless lawyer who his wealthy, sexy, and a man on a mission to seek revenge for the death of his father. Although he despised his father, he wants to know what happened. Faith Winter is the key and when Nick decides he wants something he doesn’t stop until he gets it. But when he begins to pursue Faith, he begins to question her guilt, and he falls hard for her. But when Faith discovers the truth about why Nick came into her life, will she allow him to stay?

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“Time spirals and sways until we collapse into each other, and for long moments, neither of us move. We just lay there, breathing together, heavy, then slower and softer. And still, we linger.”

Told in dual POV, Provocative is simply stunning! Nick and Faith are both complex characters that are driven to succeed. The sexual chemistry between the two is explosive as they both desire dominance and neither are willing to submit to the other. The dialogue is rich with color as the story begins to unfold. The pacing was upbeat as each and every piece of the mystery is revealed. With every question that is answered, a new question rises to the surface. The stakes are high for Nick to discover the truth about his father and keep a strong hold on Faith. As Faith finds solace in Nick, the trust they share is fragile, and when she discovers the truth, it might just shatter her completely.

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Overall, Provocative is an absolute must read for romance fans who enjoy mystery, raw passion, and romance. I have long been a fan of this author’s work and I was truly blown away by this twisted plot and unforgettable characters. I am desperate for the next book in the duet to hit my Kindle! July can not get here fast enough!

*This is a BR with my bestie SUEBEE!

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

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Liz’s Review~Twist (Dive Bar, #2) ~ by Kylie Scott

4-5stars

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Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar Series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading it after Dirty to fully grasp the depth of the relationships between the characters in this series.
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“Lumbersexuals were clearly the worst.”

Alex Parks is a successful woman looking for love. When she sparks a connection with someone on an online dating site, she takes the plunge, and an online relationship begins. Imagine her surprise when she goes to meet her online love in person and discovers it was all a lie.

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“There was no going slow. We were a car crash, a catastrophe. His tongue in my mouth and my hands pushing at his coat, tearing at his T-shirt.”

Joe Collins didn’t mean any harm by taking over his brother Eric’s online dating profile. When Alex shows up at the bar to meet Eric, everything explodes in his face. Joe is attracted to Alex, and although he was deceptive at the start of their relationship, he wants nothing more than for Alex to give him a chance. Alex is easily spooked, and it takes a while for her to trust Joe. Joe and Alex are quite a mismatched pair when this “lumberjack” falls in love with sophisticated Alex. As Alex and Joe form a friendship, the physical attraction between the two explodes, and they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Just when it seems that things are headed in the right direction, tragedy strikes and Joe and Alex are torn apart. It will take everything they have to find their way back together again.

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“I just want to hold you down and make love to you for a good long time, watching your face as you come.”

Twist had all of the elements that I love from a Kylie Scott read. Complex characters, smoking hot scenes, emotional depth, and a rock solid plot. The only distraction in Twist for me occurred towards the end of the read. Joe made some surprising choices that made me feel sad for Alex. Although, I felt she handled herself the best that she could it took away from my overall happy feelings for the book. Obviously, characters are flawed, and book are often a reflection of life, however, in this case, I wish Joe had been a little stronger for Alex. Although he redeems himself in the end, this element of the drama wasn’t my favorite part of the read. A happy addition to the read was the supporting characters and the development of Nell and Pat and of course ERIC!!!!! I am truly hooked on this series, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!

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Overall, Twist is another winning creation by Kylie Scott. With hilarious text and a smoking hot romance, Alex and Joe are sure to offer you hours of entertainment.

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

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Liz’s Review~Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)~ by Rachel L. Demeter

4-5stars
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Beauty of the Beast is a beautifully crafted romance of redemption and hope. With a severely damaged hero (both physically and emotionally) and a beautiful young maiden, this retelling of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast held me captive the entire time.
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“What have I done?”

Prince Adam Delacroix has lived his whole life hidden away in his castle. The painful memories of his past haunt him day in and day out. Living a life of solitude has left him completely devoid of human contact or affection. Destined to live a painfully lonely life, he has found comfort in creating music, and his sole companionship has been his dog. When a young girl and her ailing father show up at his doorstep, he is frightened and outraged by their presence in his world.

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“Please…Please come back to me….”

Isabelle Rose has lived a relatively happy life with the love of her father. Despite the painful existence of her two evil step sisters, Isabelle has found peace in her simple way of life. When her family’s financial situation takes a turn for the worse, she is forced to agree to marry the wealthy Vicomte Raphael Dumont. Although she has tried to accept the upcoming nuptials, Raphael is a monster and has made no secret of his plans to make her life miserable. When Isabelle sees an opportunity for an escape, she takes it! Isabelle and her father venture out into the darkness. When a storm causes them to find shelter, she ends up trading one monster for another. But as you know sometimes things are not at all as they seem!

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“I love you, my Adam. Always us.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Beauty of the Beast is a mishmash of Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and even a slight hint of Cinderella. And yet, Isabelle and Adam create an entirely new story full of romance, tenderness, and friendship. The setting comes to life with the rich description full of dark and bright colors. The characters are complex with their broken past and a strong desire for a better future. Although I found myself drawing connections to the original story, I found this retelling to be even more fascinating and touching. The sexual tension that blooms between Isabelle and Adam is off the charts! Adam and Isabelle both find a way to discover passion, beauty, and love together. The supporting characters enhanced the tale greatly with their love or disdain for Adam and Isabelle. The blend of action, suspense, and romance was well dispersed throughout the read, and anyone who enjoys a broken hero finding love will devour every word of this beautifully crafted tale!

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Overall, Beauty of the Beast is sure to delight romance fans who enjoy a beautiful fairy tale and good overcoming evil. This is my first book by Rachel L. Demeter, and now that I have had a taste, I am anxiously waiting for more!

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

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The Mistakes (Off-Limits, #3)~ by Elizabeth Brown

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“So is that why you’re single? You want a Mr. Darcy?”

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The Mistakes is the third book in the Off-Limits Series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series because each and every character in this series is beautifully connected with each other. In this third story in the series, Winnie finally meets her match! A must read for forbidden romance fans, Winnie Masters and Mark Bishop make a few beautiful mistakes that bring them both a lifetime of happiness!

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“This guy’s green eyes were like kryptonite and the hotness was fucking with my brain.”

Winnie Masters has always lived life on the wild side. With a flair for living free, Winnie likes men. However, her best friend Ainsley convinces her that she needs to take a vow of celibacy to slow down and take stock of her life. When Mark Bishop crashes into her life, like a freight train, Winnie is swept off her feet. And despite her best efforts to stay away, sometimes the most forbidden fruit is the fruit you just can’t wait to taste. And taste. And taste!

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“So what if my new job’s biggest benefit was frequent sex with my boss? I could deal with that.”

Mark Bishop is an accomplished lawyer. With a stable upbringing, a solid group of friends and a very supportive family, he seems to have it all together. When Mark meets Winnie, he knows he has to have her. A quick one night together doesn’t even begin to quench the desire that exists between them, and when his new assistant walks in the door (and it’s WINNIE), he knows his life is about to get very complicated. As Winnie and Mark navigate the choppy waters of suspicious friends, stolen steamy moments at work, and questionable choices, they quickly fall head over heals in love with one another. But can Winnie and Mark find a way to make things right after making so many mistakes?

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“Just tell me what you need. Tell me what to say. You are all I ever wanted. I need you in my life, so please, just tell me what I need to do to fit into yours.”

Told in dual POV, The Mistakes is a tender forbidden romance full of charged banter, smart dialogue, and plenty of steam! Both Winne and Mark are quite complex, and together they create something beautiful. The pacing of the story is steady and each moment of the journey is full of tenderness, slight angst, and passion. I admired Winnie’s strength and quirky personality, and when Mark enters her life, she learns how to trust and truly love for the first time. Mark has always tried to follow the straight and narrow and yet, his life is hollow without love. Together, Winnie and Mark complete each other and although it takes them a while to figure things out when they find their way everything that was broken becomes something beautiful and brand new.

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The Mistakes is a fun and sexy read with endearing characters experiencing unforgettable moments together. Elizabeth Brown is a fantastic storyteller whose characters magically come to life. I adored every second with Winnie and Mark, and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Brown dreams up next! If you love to laugh, swoon, and smile then don’t waste another minute, download this bad boy to your Kindle right now!

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

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