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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Liz’s Review~Contracted~ by Marni Mann

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“It was her. It was always her.”

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Contracted is contemporary romance masterpiece. With complex characters, a riveting plot, and sweltering passion, this stand-alone drama offers a perfect blend for your must-read now shelf!

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“I had everything I wanted-a gorgeous cunt in my face and a hot, wet mouth sucking my cock.”

Eve Kennedy is a professional powerhouse who is fearless and full of life. A stylist to the stars, Eve is independent and driven to get everything her heart desires. After dating Max Graham, a successful music agent, for two years, Eve discovers her heart desires MORE. More of Max in her life. Although the two have a plethora of passion and romance in their relationship when Eve makes her requests known to Max, Max is too focused on his career to recognize Eve’s place in his life and in his heart. What happens when the man who has it all looses the one thing he never knew he really wanted?

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“I want you to fight for me.
I want you to hold me in your arms and tell me that leaving will be the biggest mistake of my life.”

Told in dual POV, Contracted is absolute perfection. Eve and Max are both complex characters who are successful, driven, and adventurous in the bedroom. The emotions run deep as they are torn apart. Eve is unyielding about recognizing her worth. Her desire to be a permanent fixture in Max’s life outweighs her physical attraction to him. I applaud Eve’s determination and persistence. Who doesn’t love a strong heroine who isn’t afraid to stand up to the hot alpha male in her life? The transformation Max experiences is life-altering. Max dominates in every aspect of his life. However, when he realizes the colossal mistake he has made, the intensity of the plot increases as he fights to get Eve back. The tempo of the read is heightened as each moment seamlessly blends into the next. The dialogue is rich with witty text and consuming passion. The supporting characters continue to play a pivotal role in the plot as the agency continues to grow. The undertones of friendship and the importance of family continue to play a vital role in the agency. I adore these characters and everytime I step back into their world it is like I am returning home. As always, Ms. Mann has created a story full of unrelenting passion and heart. Her commitment to Max and Eve and their story is evident through the expert character development and innovative plot.

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Overall, I highly recommend Contracted to anyone who enjoys a spunky heroine matched with a strong alpha male. With smoldering hot passion and tender romance, Max and Eve’s story is nothing short of EPIC PERFECTION! Although I adore all of the books in the agency, Contracted is absolutely my favorite and one that I will keep loaded on my kindle at all times. Marni Mann has done it again! Bravo, Ms. Mann! I cannot wait for more!

***More from Marni***
Signed by Marni MannEndorsed by Marni MannContracted by Marni MannNegotiated by Marni Mann

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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Liz’s Review~Everything I Never Wanted~by K. Street

4-stars

“Take a breath…”

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Everything I Never Wanted is a contemporary romance with complex characters and a tender story of love, life, and forgiveness. description

“I’m going to kiss the hell out of you.”

Tucker Jaxson is a single dad who loves his daughter fiercely. Tucker is a man who will do anything for his daughter Shayne. After getting burned and experiencing a loss like no other, he never thought he would find love again. When Camryn Parker crashes into his life, Tucker begins to believe in love again. Camryn and Tucker share a passionate and tender connection and with the addition of Shayne, a beautiful family is formed. But when secrets from the past begin to resurface, Tucker will discover that unconditional love is worth fighting for.

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“Everything I thought I’d never wanted ended up being the very thing I could never live without.”

Told in dual POV, Everything I Never Wanted is one of those reads that you think you have all figured out and then BOOM there is a surprise twist! The physical connection between Camryn and Tucker is explosive and just when you think your Kindle may not be able to handle the heat, Shayne adds a bolt of sweetness that makes your heart melt. A steady tempo is set as each moment blends seamlessly into the next. Although I felt certain choices made by both of the characters were frustrating at times, the intensity of their circumstances was the catalyst for true healing to begin.
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Overall, I highly recommend Everything I Never Wanted to anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance full of passion, forgiveness, and one sweet little girl who will melt your heart and put a smile on your face that will stay for days. This is my first K. Street read and I can guarantee it will not be my last. If you are looking for a sweet summer read, look no further. Camryn, Tucker, and Shayne is one beautiful family that I will never forget.

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

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Liz’s Review~A Wish for Us~Tille Cole

 

4-stars

“Cromwell Dean reached my soul with his voice.”

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A Wish for Us is a stand-alone contemporary romance about love, loss, and music. Set in the deep south on a bustling college campus, two musicians find healing and love in each other.

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“There’s not a part that I regret.”

Cromwell Dean is a gifted composer, musician, and DJ. After years of escaping the demons of his past, Cromwell is thrust into the dark and light colors of music once again. When he is partnered up with Bonnie Farraday, a flourishing composer and performer, Cromwell’s entire world is rocked. As Bonnie and Cromwell work together to create a perfect composition, both are forced to explore the brokenness that exists in their lives. The physical and emotional trials are insurmountable as both struggle to survive. Through their journey, they find healing and a chance to “chase the music from dawn until dust” forever.

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“It was perfect. He was perfect. Like this, life was perfect.”

Told in dual POV, A Wish for Us is a heartbreaking story full of complex characters and a rich plot. When secrets from their past (and present) are revealed, the pain experienced is raw and cuts like a knife. The dynamics between the characters plays out like a rich symphony. The text is lyrical and set at a driving tempo as each moment unfolds. Cromwell is a very damaged hero and when he is paired with Bonnie, together they make perfect harmony.

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Overall, I highly recommend A Wish for Us to readers who enjoy a tender romance full of healing and loss. Tillie Cole is a master storyteller. With her rich text, complex characters, and intricate plots, Ms. Cole’s work never fails to amaze me.

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

Liz’s Review~I Flipping Love You~by Helena Hunting

4-stars

“God, you’re something else.”

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I Flipping Love You is the third book in the Shacking Up Series. Each book is unique and can be read as a stand-alone. In I Flipping Love You, we get the heartwarming and tender story of the spunky Rian Sutter and the rich and suave Pierce Whitfield.

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“You don’t want to stick your dick in me?”

Rian Sutter and her twin sister have fought hard to overcome the hardships from their past. Both working to build their real estate business and gain success, the girls have made a home for themselves in the Hamptons. Rian seems to have maintained a healthy balance in her life until Pierce crashes in and shakes everything up! Pierce, also dabbling in the real estate business, is one hot alpha male in whom you do not want to “mess” with. Rian and Pierce are instantly drawn to one another, and yet, each has their own secrets. Although they appear to be quite opposite of each other, they are in fact a perfect match. And yet, with so much baggage between them, they are both scared to get too close!

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“Your body is a masterpiece.”

Told in multiple POV, I Flipping Love You is funny, passionate, and a beautiful tender romance. The journey in which Rian and Pierce travel together is full of plenty of twists and turns. The chemistry between Rian and Pierce flows naturally and as the trust (and passion) between them continues to grow, both discover that they cannot live without each other. In addition to the strong central characters, Ms. Hunting offers a stunning cast of supporting characters that enhance the story and add dimension (and drama) to the plot.

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Overall, I highly recommend anything written by Helena Hunting. She has a unique writing style full of witty text and complex characters. If you are looking for a light, and yet complex, contemporary romance full of passion and tender romance than look no further, I Flipping Love You is an absolute must read!

*** I Flipping Love You***
Shacking Up (Shacking Up, #1) by Helena HuntingHooking Up (Shacking Up, #2) by Helena HuntingI Flipping Love You (Shacking Up, #3) by Helena Hunting

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