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“Life doesn’t have to take one direct path toward happiness.”

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Drowning is a stand-alone contemporary romance by Marni Mann and Gia Riley. Full of suspense, action, tenderness, and intrigue this is one sweet romance full of survival and hope.

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“I don’t know what the hell I’ve done to deserve someone like her. But, now that I have her back, I’m never letting her go.”

Andi Harper is drowning in an abusive relationship. Caught in the toxic cycle of abuse, she is desperate to escape. Finally with the help of her best friend she manages to run away. At the very beginning of her journey, she meets a stranger named Clay. Clay is also on the run, and the two are brought together by fate.

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“She’s the only thing that’s ever on my mind. She’s what I see when I close my eyes at night.”

Clay and Andi find solace in each other as they are trying to escape the demons of their lives. With each moment passing, their pasts are always racing to catch up with them. Through the chaos, they manage to cling to each other. As passion, tenderness, and friendship grow, what will they do when they are finally caught?

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“One silent pull of a trigger. One loud bang. And I have no idea who is left standing.”

Told in dual POV, Drowning is an emotional read. The stakes are high for Andi as she learns to recover after years of abuse and Clay offers her strength and helps her learn to live again. As Clay works to overcome his demons, Andi brings Clay joy and fulfillment like he has never experienced before. The dialogue flows naturally throughout, and the transition is seamless between both character’s point of views. What is most appealing about this read is the honest and beautiful connection between Andi and Clay. Full of passion, friendship, love, and intrigue this tender romance is sure to please readers looking for a beautiful love story about overcoming and learning to live again.

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Overall, I have long been a fan of Marni Mann and Drowning was certainly a special treat. This tender love story certainly gripped my heart, made me swoon, smile, and even cry a few sappy/ happy tears!

*This is a BR with my Shhlutty sisters WAR, CC, and LOYDA!

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

 

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Liz’s Review~Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet, #1) ~ by Pepper Winters

4-5stars

“Are we playing or shall I walk away?”

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Crown of Lies is the first book in the Truth and Lies Duet. This suspenseful contemporary romance offers a tale of intrigue that will hold you captive until the very last moment, and when that last moment arrives, you will only be desperate for more.

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“Hesitantly, fearfully, I stepped into it and prepared to become someone else. Someone free.”

Noelle Charlston is the heiress to Belle Elle a New York Department Store Empire. With a loving father, a sweet cat, beauty and charm, it seems that she has a perfect life. However, Elle is lonely. When she ventures out alone on the streets of NYC, she finds herself in a terrifying situation. Before terror ensues, an unlikely hero steps up and becomes her savior. Suddenly, her life is changed forever.

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“A life for a life. He’d saved me. And I haven’t saved him.”

Years later, Elle is still alone. The boy that had changed her life in one moment is gone, and although her dad is desperate to pair her off with a successful businessman to rule the world by her side, Elle wants no part of it. She is perfectly happy to be alone and manage the Belle Empire alone. When Penn Everett enters the scene and makes a play for Elle, his offer becomes too appealing for her to refuse. When pieces from her past and fears for her future intertwine, Elle’s life is once again put in danger. Can she find the strength to survive?

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“You have a prison gate around yourself that you’re too afraid to unlock and be free.”

Told in Elle’s POV, Crown of Lies is one twisted tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire read. With a blend of passion, tenderness, and action, the journey for Noelle Charlston has many twists and turns. The pacing is intense as each piece of the plot comes together. Although I would love to offer more commentary on the heart of the story, I don’t want to spoil this delicious treat for anyone!

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Overall, Crown of Lies is an intriguing tale with dark undertones, passion, action, and complex characters. This twisted story is only the beginning of what promises to be an extraordinary series. I am a huge fan of Ms. Winters work, and I am certainly looking forward to finding out how this cryptic saga ends.

***Truth and Lies Duet***
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This was a BR with my Shhlutty Sistas!

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*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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Liz’s Review~ Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King, #6) ~ by T.M. Frazier

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“I’m going to get my fucking girl.”

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Preppy is back! This is the second installment in The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, and it brings back the entire crew of characters with all of the Frazier action, intrigue, and raw passion that we have all become addicted too!

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“I have nightmares all the time. You know what’s the only thing that makes them go away? You.”

Preppy is a hero like no other and now that he is “back,” he has to learn how to live again. Although he is surrounded by the love of his friends he is missing the one person in his life that brought him peace…Dre. Dre has returned to town to tie up loose ends but with Preppy in her space once again, it is doubtful that he is going to let her go again. Or will he?

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“That’s it, bite me. Show me how much you want to scream.”

Preppy and Dre share a passionate and yet volatile relationship. When Preppy left Dre the first time, he broke her. Now that Preppy is back, he is struggling with learning how to live again. Dre is finally clean and sober and getting tangled up in Preppy might be the one thing that brings her back into her life of addiction and yet, is it possible that Preppy is the only drug that she needs to survive?

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“The fullness was shredding me open on the inside in the most delicious way. Pain only led to pleasure, especially when Preppy spoke, his words fanning the flames of the fire that was already burning volcano hot.”

Told in dual POV, Preppy is an unforgettable character, and I will truly never get enough. I found the circumstances in this installment to be more intense because I feared that Preppy and Dre may not be able to overcome the distance and pain between them. Although the primary emphasis is on Preppy and Dre, the supporting characters continue to enhance the overall story as they act as an ensemble driving the action. The intimacy between Preppy and Dre is raw, rough, and so so sexy! Out of all of the characters in this series, I believe Preppy and Dre are my favorite due to the complex relationship they share. The story arc is well developed, and although I was quite frustrated with the amount of time it took for Preppy to make things right, I recognize that he remains true to his character and does everything in his own way and in his own time!

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Preppy Part 2 is an absolute must read for T.M. fans or readers looking for a sexy hero with no impulse control and an overabundance of energy. I have long been a fan of T.M. Frazier’s work, and she just continues to amaze me with her crazy characters and the unforgettable world they live in. Be forewarned, there is a major cliffy in this one, but thankfully Preppy Part 3 is already in the works!

***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 One (King, #5) by T.M. FrazierPreppy The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King, #6) by T.M. Frazier

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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Liz’s Review~Mists of the Serengeti ~ by Leylah Attar

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“Once in Africa, I kissed a king…”

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Mists of the Serengeti is an epic love story that brings two broken people together in order to make each other whole again. With action, passion, tenderness, and beauty this story has left me completely awestruck. Set in Africa amidst a world of chaos and quiet beauty, we find that we are all connected in a unique and extraordinary way.

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“We don’t always understand the things we do. We just do them and hope we’ll feel better.”

Rodel Emerson is a young teacher who is living a happy life. When she is in the middle of purchasing a new home and feeling hopeful about putting down her roots, she receives a call that will change her life forever. In one moment, her life is shaken, and she decides to make the journey to Africa to find some semblance of peace. Jack Warden, a farmer in Tanzania, is also experiencing a significant loss. Desperate to be left alone in his misery, it is the introduction to Rodel that begins to break down his walls. Once their paths are crossed, they come together on a mission that has the potential to save lives.

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“We were both feeling guilty for it because desire has no place at grief’s table, and yet, there it was, sitting between us like a shameless, uninvited guest.”

As Jack and Rodel venture out into the African countryside, they face many adversaries. Africa is beautiful. Africa is violent. Africa becomes everything. The friendship between Jack and Rodel blossoms and quietly transitions into so much more. After experiencing so much loss, it seems a betrayal for them to find a sliver of happiness in each other. When their mission comes to an end, will Jack and Rodel find a way to be together or will Rodel return home and leave Africa (and her heart) behind?

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“His mouth moved wildly over mine, his tongue exploring the recesses of my mouth, as if I had stolen a piece of him, and he wanted it back.”

Told in dual POV, Mists of the Serengeti is an absolute masterpiece. The lyrical writing style of Ms. Attar flows naturally and is full of vibrant colors. The characters are complex, and their circumstances make the stakes high for each of them to find solace and peace in the chaos of this world. The real life connections only further enhance the impact of this story because the events and circumstances are in fact parallel to actual events and circumstances taking place in Africa today. Jack and Rodel share such an intimate and beautiful connection, and because it follows such horrific losses for them both, it makes their relationship even more precious. The supporting characters offer comedic relief with their dynamic presence and witty dialogue. There were countless moments in the book when I found myself highlighting, re-reading, and re-living each second because I could not get enough! In short, this is truly so much more than a romance novel as the message is so clearly and eloquently delivered. We are all connected in a special and unique way. Life sometimes moves in a direction we least expect. We will face losses, but even in those moments, there is beauty and love.

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If there is only one book that you read this year, it should be Mists of the Serengeti. Although I have attempted to share a glimpse into its greatness through this review, the truth is everyone should experience this epic romance. This journey to Africa is one that I will simply never forget! Leylah Attar is an author who takes the time to develop each and every moment and delivers it to her readers with expert care and precision. If you haven’t checked out her work, you need to!!!! You will be so glad that you did!

***This was a BR with my Shh… Sistas!

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

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Liz’s Review~Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker, #1) ~ by Claudia Connor

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“I don’t mind giving you time, but you need to know, I’m not stepping away.”

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Worth the Wait is the first book in the McKinney/Walker Series. This series is a spin-off of Claudia Connor’s The McKinney Series. Although you can enjoy this delicious treat as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the McKinney Series first so that you can fully understand the dynamics of these characters and the relationships they share.

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“Maybe there’s too much between us. Too much time and hurt.”

Nick McKinney lost his parents in a fatal accident during his college years. While his friends were partying it up in the frat house, he was caring for his younger siblings. Through the difficulties of single parenthood and creating a future for himself, he met a young pre-med student named Mia. Mia and Nick became college sweethearts and fell madly in love with each other. Mia secured a place for herself in the family, but then something horrible happened, and it rips them apart.

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“That was the problem. Their past was muddy, dirty. Bloody.”

Years later, Mia and Nick are both still single. Nick is filling the void with all of the women he can, pouring himself into his siblings, and his career. Although Mia is thriving professionally, personally her life is empty. When Mia and Nick’s paths cross once again, it seems natural for them to fall back in sync with one another. And yet, the pain that had once torn them apart still lingers. Can Nick prove his worth to Mia and soothe her broken heart?

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“I’ve got you. I’m here.”

Told in dual POV, Worth the Wait is a tender second chance romance that will certainly make you swoon, cry, laugh, and love. There is a perfect balance of romance and steam. The characters are complex, and the relationships are thoroughly developed and endearing. The pacing is steady, and the circumstances were unique. Ms. Connor certainly knows how to write a strong hero and the driving theme of family is by far my favorite element of the series. With each installment, I fall more in love with these characters and catching glimpses of their future interactions only make me love them even more. With Nick and Mia, I felt slightly frustrated with the amount of time it took for them to finally get things right (Nick sure knows how to make a mess of things), but when they finally came together, it was indeed “worth the wait.”

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Worth the Wait is another stunning addition to the McKinney family, and with the introduction of the Walker siblings, I am certain there will be more greatness to follow. I am certainly looking forward to more!!!!!

***McKinney/Walker Series***
Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker, #1) by Claudia Connor

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

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Liz’s Review~Menace (Scarlet Scars, #1) ~by J.M. Darhower

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“People call me Scar for a reason, and it doesn’t entirely have to do with the fact that my face got fucked up. I’m the villain. Everything the light touches in this city belongs to me.”

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Menace is the first book in the Scarlet Scars Series, and this debut novel has absolutely secured its rightful place on my BEST BOOK EVER SHELF! J.M. Darhower does it again with another action packed Mafia Romance that will leave you begging for more!

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“Death doesn’t always come with a scream and a bang…”

Lorenzo Gambini commands his men, rules the town, can have any woman he wants, protects his family, and yet, he is bored. Scarred both physically and emotionally, there is a void in his soul. In one surprising encounter, Lorenzo meets his match. A mysterious girl with an S tattoo, he will do anything to catch this girl and discover what it is about her that keeps drawing him in. Morgan is like forbidden fruit, and Lorenzo is dying for a taste.

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“I would destroy that pussy.”

Morgan is a spunky young woman who is fighting to survive. She is running from something (or someone) and will do anything to get what she wants. Morgan has a secret. When she inadvertently catches the attention of SCAR, her burden is instantly lighter. Although he challenges her with every ounce of his being, the two make a perfect match. With a sexual chemistry shared between the two like a powerful tsunami, it takes everything they can to keep the boundaries of their heart securely in place. Friendship and attraction explode between them and a unique relationship is formed. When the evils of Morgan’s past threaten to swallow her whole, Lorenzo is there to assemble his troops and seek vengeance.

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“I’d wreck you for any man that came along after me, put them all to shame, because I’d give you exactly what you wanted.”

Told in dual POV, Menace is a perfect blend of romance, passion, action, and intrigue. With flashes from the past intertwined with the action of the present, we get a clear view of these characters and the circumstances of their lives. JM has always enticed me with her strong heroes, but I must say she truly exceeded all expectation with Lorenzo. Additionally, Morgan is a stand-out heroine with determination, strength, and paired with Lorenzo they are unstoppable. The pacing in this read is upbeat and every single moment is complex and thoroughly developed. Lorenzo and Morgan are both smart characters and their witty and sarcastic banter enhanced the dialogue by offering a reprieve from the intense action. The supporting characters are critical to the plot and further amplifies the dimension of the story arc. While reading Menace, I was completely transported to a dark and dangerous world in which I never want to leave!

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Overall, I highly recommend Menace to any and all J.M. Darhower readers or to any dark romance readers or any readers period. IT IS JUST THAT GOOD!!!! The ending was a definite nail biter and yet, I have complete confidence in this author to carry me through to the other side. Bravo, J.M.! Bravo!

***Scarlet Scars***
Menace (Scarlet Scars, #1) by J.M. DarhowerGrievous (Scarlet Scars, #2) by J.M. Darhower

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Liz’s Review~Love in Lingerie~by Alessandra Torre

4-stars

“To Marks. And to bonding with coworkers.”

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Love in Lingerie is a light and delicious stand-alone. This contemporary romance offers a blend of friends to lovers and office romance with an overlay flavor of intrigue!

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“If our relationship was lingerie, it’d be fur-lined handcuffs, latched around you, the key lost, escape impossible.”

Kate Martin is determined to make a name for herself. When a prestigious position opens up as creative designer at Marks Lingerie, she is focused on landing the job. When she interviews for the position, she is instantly attracted to the owner of the business Trey Marks. Trey is quite enamored by Kate and hires her. In desperate need of saving his company, Trey will do anything to keep his hands off of Kate so that she can keep her head in the game.

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“If our love was lingerie, it would never come off.”

Trey and Kate share an easy friendship that continues to develop over work lunches, extravagant trips, and lingerie fittings. The sexual tension between the two is percolating, and although it is abundantly clear that they are meant to be together, Trey continues to push Kate away, and Kate continues to allow herself to be pushed. Will these friends be able to move into the lovers zone and final quench their thirst for each other?

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“I just want to tell you that I love you.”

Told in dual POV, Love in Lingerie is sure to please romance fans who enjoy a slow burn friends to lovers romance. The pacing is quick with short chapters and an overabundance of sexual tension riding on the line. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenic locations that Kate and Trey visited while the lingerie company flourished. While I was desperately waiting for these two to come together, I appreciated the friendship they shared. Alessandra Torre knows how to steam up the pages on my Kindle, and she certainly did not disappoint when the moment finally arrived for these two to find their way!

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Overall, Love in Lingerie is a light and sexy treat for contemporary romance fans. I admired Kate’s professional drive, and Trey is one confident and sexy boss that any girl would love to work for!

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

Read with the Shhluts for the Epic WORLDWIDE (F)Buddy-Read for ❤️ Love in Lingerie ❤️ on Jan. 16!

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Liz’s Review~Dirty~by Scott Hildreth

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“Then, one after another, the angels came.”

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Dirty is the third book in the Filthy Fuckers Series. Gritty, raw, broken, beautiful, and alive or just a few words that I can use to describe the emotions evoked while reading this book! Like an orchestra tuning before a grand performance, the text is like music notes bending and blending, clashing and forming together to create a heady crescendo and decrescendo of sound that will continue to resonate long after the last note is played.

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“Dear fucking God.”

Lex is a Spunky young woman making a quick stop at the 7-11 near her home in California. In one life-changing moment, she finds herself abducted, terrorized, tortured, and gang-raped. Broken by evil, she clings to the hope that she will survive. She is not the only woman who has been taken and acts as a fortress of protection to the women in her group. When she is rescued, it is not by the sounds of sirens and men in blue, but it is the sound of rumbling bikes and the sight of a cavalry of biker brothers who rescue the group of women and bring them safely home. After her rescue, Lex remains resilient, and yet, she is in desperate need of healing. Through her time in therapy and the rehabilitation of her soul Cholo, her rescuer is never far from her mind.

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“When he thinks of living life without me, I want him to get scared and confused.”

Cholo, a half Hispanic half Irish biker, was just doing the right thing. A fighter, and a proud womanizer he never expected for his life to be changed forever by one single event. One woman acts as a catalyst who makes everything change in his world forever. As Cholo and Lex form a friendship, it is evident that there is a connection beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Amidst the violence that surrounds them, and the people trying to keep them apart, can they ever find a way to just be?

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“I had no idea where I was headed with Alexandra, but wherever it was, I was going to make sure getting there caused her no harm.”

Told in dual POV, Dirty if by far my absolute favorite Hildreth book to date. The natural writing style is addictive due to its commitment to detail and authenticity of each and every moment. The characters are complex as they develop and grow (both individually and together) through the circumstances in their lives. The Brotherhood remains strong with each biker maintaining their own individual personality and quirks. The consistency in the characterization in the series further forges the connections between the characters and make each and every moment count. The variation of characters in this story is vast with plenty of moments for laughter, tears, and some serious swooning! Love them or hate them these characters are real people and “are who they are” and make no apologies for their convictions, emotions, or actions. The pacing is intense as the stakes are high for Lex and Cholo to overcome their adversaries. In addition to the action and suspense taking place in the plot, the romance and sexual intimacy between Lex and Cholo was beyond perfection. Every moment blends seamlessly into the next as the story develops.

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Dirty is a stunning addition to the Filthy Fuckers Series, and although it certainly can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, I highly recommend filling your Kindle up with these bad boys! Be forewarned the action in Dirty is gruesome, and the content could certainly be a trigger for sensitive readers. I for one applaud Mr. Hildreth for once again pushing the boundaries and giving 100 percent commitment to his characters by delivering a realistic, raw, romantic and action packed story that once read will never be forgotten. I thoroughly enjoy this MC Series and cannot wait to see what happens next! With Mr. Hildreth at the reigns, your guess is as good as mine!

***BIKER MC ROMANCE BOOK 3***
Hard (Filthy F*ckers MC, #1) by Scott HildrethRough (Filthy F*ckers MC, #2) by Scott HildrethDIRTY (Biker MC Romance Book 3) by Scott Hildreth

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Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01N9SO6ED
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Liz’s Review~White Knuckles (Lost Kings MC #7) ~ by Autumn Jones Lake

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“Sorry, you can’t shake me off that easily, wrecking ball.”

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White Knuckles is the seventh book in the Lost King Series. Each book in this series dives deeper into the complex world of the LOKI MC and in each book I fall more in love with these unique characters. The blend of romance, action, and the twisted plot makes this series one of my favorite MC Series of all time. This series should be read in order so that you will fully understand and appreciate the unique character relationships and the complete story arc.

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“We’re going to have so many ups and downs in our life, Wyatt. I’ll be right by your side for every single one.”

White Knuckles picks up soon after the last book in the series More Than Miles. Wrath and Trinity are in the final stages of their wedding planning and spending time together is their primary goal. Wrath is more than ready to make Trinity his. Trinity has been through so much emotionally that this time with Wrath is critical to admonish any doubts she has left. As the crazy characters of the MC weave in and out of the story, we catch up with Murphy, Heidi, and Alexa. Rock and Hope, the King and Queen of the club, continue to offer leadership, love, and support to their LOKI family. Teller, sigh, is still struggling with the physical repercussions from his accident and the emotional aftermath. The family is pulling together and living life and yet, evil is lurking in the shadows.

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“I cup her neck and lean down to press my mouth against hers, kissing her like a starving man. I groan at the taste of her. So good.”

Wrath wants to spend the last few days before the wedding to strengthen his connection with Trinity in every possible way. He takes her on a pre-wedding trip to a cabin. While smoking hot passion transpires, the two are drawn closer together, and both Trinity and Wrath realize the strength in their love for each other. However, when the club is threatened Wrath and Trinity are put in the direct line of fire. With ten days before the wedding, will they make it to the alter so that they can say I do?

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“There’s no other way to separate who I am from the things I do. Trinity’s my peace. She’s not supposed to be mixed up in this. I’m supposed to keep my woman safe.”

Told in mostly dual POV, White Knuckles is another stunning addition to the LOKI series. The passion between Wrath and Trinity transcends everything, and some unchartered territory is deliciously and thoroughly explored! This author always takes time to develop the characters and their relationships are quite complex. In White Knuckles, I felt an even closer connection with Wrath and Trinity (if that’s even possible) while experiencing every single moment of this special time they had together. The love and loyalty between the men and women is the driving theme in this series, and the natural writing style makes the characters believable and endearing. I can only describe my time reading the LOKI Series as coming home.

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White Knuckles is an absolute must read for fans of the LOKI and MC Romance Fans everywhere. The romance, action, and passion will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire read. I could not be more excited about what is to come with this unforgettable group of characters. If Autumn Jones Lake is writing, my Kindle and I are ready and standing by for more! Bravo Ms. Lake! Bravo!

***Lost Kings MC***
Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC, #1) by Autumn Jones LakeCorrupting Cinderella (Lost Kings MC, #2) by Autumn Jones LakeThree Kings, One Night (Lost Kings MC, #2.5) by Autumn Jones LakeStrength from Loyalty (Lost Kings MC, #3) by Autumn Jones LakeTattered on My Sleeve (Lost Kings MC #4) by Autumn Jones LakeWhite Heat (Lost Kings MC, #5) by Autumn Jones LakeBetween Embers (Lost Kings MC, #5.5) by Autumn Jones LakeMore Than Miles (Lost Kings MC, #6) by Autumn Jones LakeWhite Knuckles (Lost Kings MC #7) by Autumn Jones Lake

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

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Liz’s Review~Odium III (The Dead Saga, #3) ~ by Claire C. Riley

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“There were some things you couldn’t come back from.”

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Odium 3 is the third book in the Dead Series, and the battle continues for Nina and the men and woman living in this post-apocalyptic world! Each book in this series must be read in order. If you haven’t experienced the first two books in this series, you need to stop reading this review now and come back and read it after you have read the first two books!

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“Would mankind ever rule this earth again? I doubted it.”

At the conclusion of Odium 2, I felt a range of emotions that I can barely articulate. I was shocked, heartbroken, and nervous with the conflict between Nina and Mikey and the stress of the world they are living in. In this third book, Nina once again shocked me with her ferocious spirit and drive to do what is right despite the threat it would bring to her life and well-being! As Nina and Crunch embark on the big journey, Mikey is out on a scouting mission. Both Nina and Mikey are fighting for the same cause, and yet, they are miles apart from each other both physically and emotionally! The primary threat continues to be the undead who have infested the world with one goal in mind…kill! No matter what happens, Nina is strong and maintains her bad ass personal and witty personality throughout the death and destruction. But is Nina strong enough to survive? Will she and Mikey find their way back together again?

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“You’ll understand why this place needs to burn if you see.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Odium 3 is another riveting addition to this explosive series. As each character is introduced and developed within the story, the hope for their survival grows stronger in my heart. Although I have tried not to get “too close to anyone” (as we know…no one is safe), my love and hope for these characters just continue to grow. The most addictive element of this series is the witty dialogue and complex plot. In the midst of the chaos and violence, Nina continues to keep things light and humorous even in the darkest of moments, and I am always sitting on the verge of crying, laughing, or peeing my pants from fear. Claire C. Riley brings the five senses to life with every single turn of the page. You will be completely transported to another place and time!

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Overall, I highly recommend Odium 3 to readers who enjoy suspense, action, and aren’t opposed to a little blood and guts! Nina is the strongest heroine I have ever met, and you will experience a feeling of camaraderie with the characters like no other when you dive into his world. I will warn you the ending in this installment left me terrified for what’s to come. Luckily, Odium 4 is out and loaded on my Kindle. If anyone can survive the zombie apocalypse it’s Nina….right?

***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 by Claire C Riley

 

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Liz’s Review~ The Dark Ones (The Dark One’s Saga, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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“Survive. And when the flames threaten to take you higher and higher, give in. When the heat scorches you from the inside out, when tears no longer come, when the need is all you can contemplate…you survive.”

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The Dark Ones is the first book in The Dark One’s Saga. With a blend of vampires, werewolves, dark angels, sirens, and more, Rachel Van Dyken offers a magical paranormal world that you will want to experience.

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“Now do your job, Ethan. Go to her.”

Genesis, the heroine, is a human who has spent her life serving the immortals. She understands her place in the world and when her number is called to work for the immortals she is surprised to find out the job she has been called for isn’t exactly what she thought it would be. She has been called to mate with a Vampire King. Ethan is a vampire who has suffered great loss in his life. Although he knows it is his duty to mate, he fears he will never be able to love again. As Ethan and Genesis are put together, their relationship blossoms into a lasting bond that no darkness can pull apart.

“Loving again will take everything I have left.”

Told in dual POV, The Dark Ones is an NA Paranormal Romance full of action and suspense. The writing style is free-flowing with magical characters living in a fantastical world. The passion between the main characters was tender and the emotional development that takes place between them is explored thoroughly as the plot unfolds. The supporting characters play a pivotal role in the series as they enhance the plot significantly with their magical powers and contribution to this world.

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Overall, I highly recommend The Dark Ones to my Paranormal Romance reading friends. Rachel Van Dyken has an addictive writing style that flows naturally from one moment to the next. I am 100% invested in discovering each and every facet of this world! Cassius’ story Untouchable Darkness is next and he is already loaded on my Kindle!!!!

***The Dark One’s Saga***
The Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga, #1) by Rachel Van DykenUntouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones Saga, #2) by Rachel Van DykenDark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Liz’s Review~Surrender (Careless Whispers, #3) ~by Lisa Renee Jones

5-stars

“I choose you and I choose us. I will always choose us.”

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Surrender is the third and final book in the Careless Whispers Series. This explosive conclusion offers a perfect blend of action, romance, passion, and intrigue.

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“Let’s go eat and plan our enemies’ demise.”

Surrender picks up directly after Demand and Ella has discovered more of her identity and reconnected with her best friend Sara. With Kayden by her side, it seems as though she has all of the pieces of her life in front of her she only needs to put them all together. Even with their blissful connection, Kayden is on high alert. Concerned for her safety, he brings his men together to set up a plan to protect Ella and find the missing necklace before it lands in the hands of his nemesis. Kayden desperately wants Ella to trust him to keep her safe. As the mystery of her past is revealed, Kayden and Ella must prepare for anything and everything that will stand in their way.

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“You kill a Hawk, you die. You hurt a Hawk’s woman, you die.”

Told in multiple POV, Surrender has a creative plot with complex characters. The passion between Kayden and Ella is explosive, and the mafia elements enhanced the story greatly with its fast paced action and Kayden’s alpha male protective spirit! I have been engrossed by this series since the very first book in the series Denial. The character connections are strong, and I was greatly intrigued by the crossover characters from the Inside Out Series. If you are a fan of mafia romance, passion, complex characters and an intriguing plot, than this series is a must read for you!

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I highly recommend Surrender and the entire Careless Whispers Series to all my reading friends. This was my first Lisa Renee Jones series, and now that I have had a taste of this author’s work, I certainly look forward to checking out more!

***Careless Whispers Series***
Denial (Careless Whispers, #1) by Lisa Renee JonesDemand (Careless Whispers, #2) by Lisa Renee JonesSurrender (Careless Whispers #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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Liz’s Review~Commander in Chief (White House, #2) ~ by Katy Evans

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“She is the one relentless, constant thought in my head and tug in my damn chest. The only she that has ever existed in my life.”

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Commander in Chief is the second book in the White House Series, and this romantic duet MUST be read in order so if you haven’t read the first book in the series Mr. President then cease reading this review now and come back later after you have read the first book!

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“Hamilton holds nothing back from the First Lady.”

Commander in Chief picks up a few months after Mr. President ends, and the stakes could not be higher for our main characters. Matt is now the President, and he is determined to make a difference for America. Charlotte is determined to stay away from Matt in order for him to make that happen. In Mr. President, Matt and Charlotte managed to keep their love affair quiet, but now that Matt is the President, Charlotte knows they cannot be together. As she attends one of his Inaugural events, Matt makes a bold move to bring her back into his life and straight into the White House.

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“Matthew Hamilton, I am so in love with you, I don’t know what to do with myself anymore.”

Matt makes Charlotte his First Lady and when these two are brought back together there is NOTHING that will tear them apart! Charlotte, not wanting to be a distraction to the cause, is hesitant at first but when Matt makes it clear that he needs her in his life the match is set, and the happy couple becomes America’s Golden Couple.

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“She is the one relentless, constant thought in my head and tug in my damn chest. The only she that has ever existed in my life.”

Told in dual POV, Commander in Chief is romantic, sweet, and oh so tender! The connection between Matt and Charlotte is SMOKING HOT, and the emotional connection between the two was rock solid. In the first book in the series, the angst was high as Matt and Charlotte were fighting to hide their relationship. In this follow-up book, we experience the joy and bliss of their connection, and their “coming out” party could not have been sweeter. The tempo of the writing is evenly paced as I fell more in love with these characters and, of course, the passion between Matt and Charlotte is so hot it might just catch your Kindle on fire! Although I was anxious that something scandalous was going to happen, the plot was purely focused on the romance element between the two and their epic happy every after! It was a pleasant read that kept a smile on my face the entire time!

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Overall, I absolutely recommend Commander in Chief to readers who enjoy a sexy, romantic read with strong character relationships. Matthew Hamilton and Charlotte Hamilton certainly get my vote!

***White House Series***
Mr. President (White House, #1) by Katy EvansCommander in Chief (White House, #2) by Katy Evans

*This was a BR with my Crazies Sista Kim and my Shhlutty Bestie SueBee*

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“Survive. And when the flames threaten to take you higher and higher, give in. When the heat scorches you from the inside out, when tears no longer come, when the need is all you can contemplate…you survive.”

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The Dark Ones is the first book in The Dark One’s Saga. With a blend of vampires, werewolves, dark angels, sirens, and more, Rachel Van Dyken offers a magical paranormal world that you will want to experience.

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“Now do your job, Ethan. Go to her.”

Genesis, the heroine, is a human who has spent her life serving the immortals. She understands her place in the world and when her number is called to work for the immortals she is surprised to find out the job she has been called for isn’t exactly what she thought it would be. She has been called to mate with a Vampire King. Ethan is a vampire who has suffered great loss in his life. Although he knows it is his duty to mate, he fears he will never be able to love again. As Ethan and Genesis are put together, their relationship blossoms into a lasting bond that no darkness can pull apart.

“Loving again will take everything I have left.”

Told in dual POV, The Dark Ones is an NA Paranormal Romance full of action and suspense. The writing style is free-flowing with magical characters living in a fantastical world. The passion between the main characters was tender and the emotional development that takes place between them is explored thoroughly as the plot unfolds. The supporting characters play a pivotal role in the series as they enhance the plot significantly with their magical powers and contribution to this world.

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Overall, I highly recommend The Dark Ones to my Paranormal Romance reading friends. Rachel Van Dyken has an addictive writing style that flows naturally from one moment to the next. I am 100% invested in discovering each and every facet of this world! Cassius’ story Untouchable Darkness is next and he is already loaded on my Kindle!!!!

***The Dark One’s Saga***
The Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga, #1) by Rachel Van DykenUntouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones Saga, #2) by Rachel Van DykenDark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Liz’s Review~You First ~ by Stephanie Fournet

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“…in giving her everything, she’d be his.”

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You First is a stunning NA Romance with a gripping plot and complex characters who are both caught in the middle of the battle of their lives. It is an unforgettable story of two people from different worlds who meet, fall in love and learn to overcome.
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“With you, I’m safe.”

Meredith Ryan is a single mom living with the father of her child and his parents. She is simply trying to survive. Stuck in the cycle of poverty, Meredith is in nursing school and desperately seeking a better life for herself and her child. When she sees a help wanted sign for a personal assistant for a man who lives a few blocks from her house, it seems like fate has finally given her a reprieve from the darkness that surrounds her.

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“He couldn’t write a bridge over this uncertainty, not one that could carry him safely into the future he wanted.”

Gray Blakewood is a successful author living comfortably with his two dogs in Lafayette, Louisiana. Close to his family and well known in the community; Gray has never wanted for anything. However, Gray has a secret and is desperate to finish his latest book before it’s too late. When his brother hires him an assistant to help him, Gray is not happy about the intrusion in his life. However, when Meredith shows up on his doorstep, he is shocked by her beauty and instantly transformed by her kind-hearted spirit. Although it isn’t appropriate for Gray to have feelings for her, he simply can’t help it. Meredith, of course, is equally as taken with Gray and it doesn’t take long for them to connect emotionally and physically in the most beautiful ways. With time ticking fast, can Gray and Meredith find a way past their demons and form a life together?

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“I’ll always put you first.”

Told in dual POV, You First is a perfect blend of emotions, passion, tenderness, and southern charm. The dialogue is rich with color as each scene twists and turns and seamlessly bends into the next. I was thoroughly invested in both Meredith and Gray and their individual struggles. The stakes were high for both characters, and I simply could not stop reading. Gray and Meredith are well matched, and the connection they share is authentic and strong. The supporting characters enhanced the plot significantly, and the tension and action were a perfect pairing with the romance and emotional turmoil that is brewing in this story. I will admit to feeling nervous (regarding the circumstances of Meredith and Gray) after reading a few pages in. I don’t want to give any spoilers regarding the plot, but I will only comment by saying, the love between Gray and Meredith is timeless and beautiful, and I enjoyed every single second of this read.
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Overall, I highly recommend You First to all NA Contemporary Romance fans. This stand-alone read is simply stunning! This is my second book by Ms. Fournet, and I simply cannot wait for more from this author. The descriptive writing style is perhaps the most engaging characteristic of Ms. Fournet’s work. When you read her work, you are instantly transported to another place and time and you feel every single moment to your core!

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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“I wanted to melt into him, but knew better than to give in to that temptation.”

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Vicious is the first of the Sinners of Saint Series, and he is one bad boy that certainly lives up to his name. This explosive contemporary romance is a dream for twisted romance fans! With the over the top plot and extreme circumstances of the characters, Vicious will keep you guessing the entire read.

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“It happened. I fell under.”

Vicious is a gorgeous boy living the life many people dream of. Fast friends, rocking parties, women, and an overabundance of luxury, he is on top of the world. He and his friends the “Four Hotholes” rule the school. However, as we know, sometimes things are not exactly as they seem. Vicious has made it his life goal to torment and bully Emelia the down home country girl living in the servant’s quarters on his property. He lovingly calls her “the help” and lives to make her life a living hell and is responsible for wrecking her life. After many years pass, Emelia, albeit starving and struggling to make ends meet, has made a life for herself and her sister in New York City. Far away from the demons (or Demon (aka Vicous)) of her past, she is shocked to report to work and find her nemesis sitting there.

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“She was naked. She was mine. This was happening.”

The time has come for Vicious to get revenge and Emilia is the key. He has always known that she was his and now is the time to claim her. He has a world of hurt to overcome, and he struggles to find his way. Emilia, drawn to him like a drug addict in need of a fix, knows that he is nothing but bad for her. And yet, she cannot stay away. With an offer that she cannot refuse, she is swept back into his world. When the physical connection between the two ignites, and the emotional war begins, both Vicious and Emilia are desperate for each other and yet, desperate to stay away.

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“I was going to fuck this girl until there was nothing left for the next guy who came after me.”

Told in dual POV, Vicious is a blend of dynamic characters living in a chaotic world. I found the circumstances to be extreme and yet, I could not stop reading. I felt broken for Vicious and yet, I also wanted to give him a good old fashioned slap (or two) for the way he treated Emilia. Emilia’s calm and artistic aura is a good match for the fiery Vicious. The supporting characters enhanced the story, and the twisted plot kept me guessing the entire read. Told through flashbacks from the past and the complexity of the present, the dialogue flows smoothly and is full of quick wit and smoking hot steam! Although many readers will appreciate the “anti-hero” ways of Vicious, it was the final moments of his journey (the last 20 percent or so of the read) that thoroughly captivated me and made me fall in love with him.

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Overall, I highly recommend Vicious to anyone who enjoys a bad boy who likes to bully his way straight into your heart. L.J. Shen continues to amaze me with her artistic writing and complex characters. Vicious is an explosive start to what promises to be a fantastic series.

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

*This was a BR with my Crazies Sista Kim!!!!

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Separation Games (The Games Duet, #2) by ~ C.D. Reiss

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“I belong to Adam. He belongs to me.”

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Separation Games is the astonishing conclusion to the Games Duet. Adam and Diana are both fighting. Diana is fighting to get Adam back, and he is struggling to push her away. Will they find peace in the sanctity of their marriage or will they be torn apart forever?
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“That was my cliff. Once I was midair I had to either fly or hit the ground in a mess of blood and bone.”

Separation Games picks up immediately after Marriage Games. Adam has decided to let Diana go, and Diana has decided that she will stop at nothing to save their marriage. When Diana discovers the beauty in being a submissive she wants the love of her life to be her Dom and teach her everything she needs to know. Adam is adamant that he doesn’t want her in that world.
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“We broke what we built and then we blew it to dust.”

Throughout the turmoil, Diana is in the middle of a great sexual awakening and Adam experiences an emotional breakthrough. In order to push her away, he turns cold, and although he tries to be the master of the game, Diana is playing to win. As the complexity of the situation continues to grow more intense, the layers continue to peel away and reveal even more darkness, more beauty, more rawness, more sexual tension, more pain, and maybe a glimmer of hope. As the end of the 30-day contract is looming, will Adam and Diana find their way back to each other?

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“With every move, I aimed for her heart, to go deep enough to touch it, own it, crawl into it and expand it. My life was written there.”

Told in mostly Diana’s POV, Separation Games is absolute perfection. The characters are complex; the plot is carefully crafted through each and every moment. The stakes are high for both Diana and Adam with their marriage on the line. The dialogue is rich with color, and the tempo is that of a charged symphony with rich crescendos and decrescendos throughout. As both characters are broken down, it is evident that they are only complete when they are together. In addition to the action taking place between the main characters, the secondary characters play a pivotal role in the story arc. The undertones of friendship, family, and finding peace in the person you are meant to be are all pivotal subplots in this duet. Ms. Reiss awakens all the senses through her lyrical writing and impeccable storytelling.

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Overall, I highly recommend The Games Duet to all contemporary romance readers. Even if you are not a BDSM reader, I believe you will appreciate the love, tenderness, and smoldering passion that live and breathe between the pages of this book! I was genuinely moved by the love story of Adam and Diana and the war they waged to save each other and their life together. What an unforgettable journey that you will not want to miss!


**Shout out to SUEBEE and CC even though I am late to the party…I have arrived!!! Thank you both for introducing me to this amazing author! I am so excited to explore more by Ms. Reiss!**

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Marriage Games~ by CD Reiss

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“Spread me like a sheet of paper. Write your life on mine. Fold past and present together like a letter. I am yours.”

 

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Marriage Games is the first book in The Games Duet, and my first C.D. Reiss read. I am beyond awestruck by the brilliance of this work of art! This epic story of the evolution of a husband and wife is one of beauty, brokenness, passion, tenderness, hate, possession, obsession, and love. If you think I have used too many adjectives to describe my feelings about this read, I can only say that the spectrum of emotions I felt while reading this book is almost beyond my ability to articulate. I will simply attempt to do my best.

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“Look at this hole, how deep it is, how wide, how empty. Look how our hearts fit into it so well.”

 

Adam and Diana have reached an impasse in their marriage. She feels like he is distant. He has done everything he can to make her happy, but he hasn’t given himself to her completely. When Diana makes the decision to pull away and file for divorce, Adam is confused, hurt, and heartbroken. He constructs a plan to win her back.
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“He just got so far away. I called for him and his body came to me. He showed up physically. But the him inside? He was elsewhere.”

 

Adam is convinced that if she only gives him some time he will be able to prove his love for her. Like any good man on a mission, he will stop at nothing to save their marriage, and the game begins. However, when Diana discovers the truth about Adam and his past life, the rules of the game change. Diana is desperate to understand everything about Adam and when the truth is revealed their relationship transforms into something new. However, like a pendulum swinging violently back and forth now, Adam is the one not sure he wants to play the game anymore.

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“It’s too late to pretend it didn’t happen.”

 

Told in dual POV, the first part in Adam’s and the second part in Diana’s, Marriage Games is a game where the stakes are high, and love is on the line. The characters are complex, and the life they have shared together is deeply rooted in love. Both characters have sacrificed so much, and yet, they are like broken pieces that no longer fit. Anyone who has been in a relationship for several years has experienced the ebbs and flows and ups and downs a couple goes through. I related to both characters and I felt desperate for them to find their way back to each other. With a unique plot, colorful characters, a well-developed story arc, tension, passion, and tenderness, I simply could not tear my eyes away.

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Overall, I cannot recommend Marriage Games enough. I am completely captivated by this love story, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. To those of you who have recommended Ms. Reiss’ work to me before I can only say thank you and shame on me for not reading her sooner. Now that the game has changed it is Diana’s turn to prove herself a worthy player and in the end, I hope they both win.

***The Games Duet***
Marriage Games (The Games Duet, #1) by C.D. ReissSeparation Games (The Games Duet, #2) by C.D. Reiss

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2016 has been an amazing year! I have made so many book friends and grown closer to so many people here in the book world. I attended three book signings, met so many of my favorite authors, fellow bloggers, and reading friends in person and made so many memories! Although I could write my own book on the many amazing things that have taken place this year for me in my reading life, here is a snapshot of my 2016!

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It was so difficult to narrow down my favorite books of the year but here are my top reads for me from 2016!

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I cannot wait to read the amazing books that will hit my Kindle in 2017!

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I spent a great deal of time with the Shhluts over at Shh…! If you haven’t found a group on GR to laugh, cry, and swoon over your favorite book heroes and reads you should join us. SueBee is the moderator of the group (along with Alessandra Torre) and every week we have a new Top Pick full of fun! Almost all of my BR from 2016 were with my Shhlutty sisters! Thanks Shhluts for an amazing 2016!

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I had another amazing year with the girls at Crazies R Us Book Blog! Kim, Cami, Loyda, and CC are the best blog sisters a girl could ever ask for! I love that we all enjoy a variety of authors, books, and genres. It’s always a blast reviewing and discussing with you girls!

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Here are the book trailers we made this year over at CRAZIES R US:

Phoenix (Bellator Saga, #4) by Cecilia London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxVNh…
Backfire (Vigilantes, #2) by Keri Lake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhaBj…
The Gun Runner (Mafia Made, #1) by Scott Hildreth https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?…
Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi7ts…
More Than Miles (Lost Kings MC, #6) by Autumn Jones Lake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEFri…
Hard (Filthy F*ckers MC, #1) by Scott Hildreth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyKMb…
Rhapsody (Bellator Saga, #5) by Cecilia London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHR1V…
The Player by Claire Contreras https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3czjE…
ROUGH (Filty F*ckers MC Romance Book 2) by Scott Hildreth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR8i0…

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Overall, 2016 has been one memorable year! Thank you for reading, reviewing, crying, screaming, loving, and laughing with me all year! May 2017 bring you, even more, happiness and joy!

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Until Ashlyn~ by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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“She changed everything.”

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Nothing makes me more excited than reading another great Aurora Rose Reynolds creation! Until Ashlyn is the third book in the Until Her Series which is a spin-off of the Until Series. When I first became acquainted with this author’s work through Until November, I recognized the winning formula in her writing. Her characters are sincere, loyal, possessive, and deliciously sexy! Until Ashlyn was exactly as I expected! It is light, fun, endearing, and oh so sexy! Although it can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading any and all books in both the Until and Until Her series! If you find that you connect with the characters and their quest to find their “boom”, you will be hooked forever and never look back!

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“I want all of you.”

Ashlyn has been working for her cocky boss Dylan diligently without complaint. Despite her attraction to the man, he is engaged to another woman, conceited, and wealthy! When Dylan takes Ashlyn with him on a business trip to Vegas, business takes a back seat, and both characters find themselves together in a very non-business way!

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“And just so we’re clear and you understand completely, you sealed your fate. You’re mine. That brain of yours is mine. Your body is mine. And that pussy only I’ve had is fucking mine. You’ve been mine for a long fucking time, baby. You just didn’t know it.”

Although Ashlyn is beyond happy with Dylan, she fears her family may be reluctant to accept her new relationship, and she has to overcome her doubts about his previous relationship! Dylan must prove to Ashlyn that she is meant to be his. She was always meant to be his. In addition to his wealth, charm, and god-like body, Dylan will need to prove his love to her!

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“I’m once again lost in everything that is him.”

Told in dual POV, Until Ashlyn is another delightful addition to the Until World! The relationships between the characters are sincere and thoroughly explored! There is no fear that Ashlyn and Dylan won’t be together, but instead, the journey is about the growth they make together! The family connections are strong, and every woman that reads this series will want an Until man for their husband, boyfriend, brother, and father! The men in this series are simply the best! The women are strongly independent and full of spunk. I find reading an Aurora Rose Reynolds book to be like coming home! Comfortable and unforgettable!

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Overall, I highly recommend Until Ashlyn to all of my reading buddies who enjoy a light-hearted sexy romance with great characters and strong family relationships! The Until Her Series is simply the best!

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

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Odium II (The Dead Saga, #2) ~ by Claire C. Riley

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“The future is what I have to look toward-what we all have to look toward now.”

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Odium II is the second book in The Dead Saga Series. Nina, the most bad-ass heroine I have ever met, is back and ready for battle!

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“People will do anything to protect the ones they love.

Odium II picks up right where Odium left us. Nina, Mikey, and Em are in trouble. Not only do they have to battle the zombies but their fate is in the hands of the Forgotten. As Nina tries to maintain the physical strength she needs to overcome her adversaries, her emotional walls continue to break down as her love for Em and Mikey continues to flourish. Even with Mikey’s dark past, which is now haunting them, her passion and desire for Mikey to be by her side is a constant reminder that there is hope even in this dark and destitute world.

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“I am scared, but fear isn’t something to dismiss. So grab hold of it and maybe it can stop us from making the same stupid mistakes as before.”

Told in mostly Nina’s POV, Odium II is a perfect addition to this outstanding series. Nina is by far my favorite heroine of all time. She is sharp, sarcastic, and a real fighter. I simply adore the dynamics between her and Mikey. Mikey and Nina could not be more different, and yet, they are a fantastic match. Nina’s love for her surrogate daughter/little sister Em is natural and as their relationship continues to grow it only makes the love I feel for these characters even more intense. In addition to the unique relationships, the Odium Series offers non-stop action, humorous dialogue, and a creative plot. With the introduction of new characters, there is a revolving door of circumstances and emotions all centered around the same theme….don’t die!

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Overall, I highly recommend Odium II to anyone who enjoys an action-packed apocalyptic world where no one is safe, and anything can happen! The characters are complex, and the multi-layered plot will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire read! This series is addictive! I simply cannot get enough of Nina and this whole crew of characters. Be forewarned, you will want to have Odium III downloaded and ready to read! Although I fear no character is truly safe, I have high hopes that Nina and Mikey will prevail!

***The Dead Saga Series***
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 by Claire C. Riley

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

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Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere, #1) ~by M. Robinson

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“There would be no coming back from this.”

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Road to Nowhere is the first book in the Road to Nowhere Series. It is the story of Creed and Mia. Mia is the daughter of a good ol’ boy, and Creed is the member of an MC who does business with Alejandro Martinez otherwise known as el diablo. Therefore, although this can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading it after reading El Diablo and The Good Ol’ Boys Series. The characters are so richly blended that you won’t want to miss the history that exists between the characters.

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“I wasn’t a goddamn saint, never claimed to be, and at the end of the day, she knew I wasn’t.”

Creed is the son of the Devil’s Reject president. As a prospect for the club, Creed has seen more and experienced more than any young man should have seen and done. Trying to balance the work in the club and taking care of his mom and two younger brothers, Creed is in constant chaos. The abuse of his father and the violence of the club cause Creed to experience heartbreak and loss that he will never recover from. As the story progresses and several years pass, Creed continues his work in the MC and serves in the US Military over in Iraq. The only constant in his life has been the love and adoration he has for Mia.

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“One day I’d meet my prince, and I’d have my perfect night too.”

Mia is a spunky young girl who loves to surf and lives life to the fullest. When she meets Creed, her older brother’s friend, she is instantly drawn to him. Although he is much older and from the wrong side of the tracks, Creed and Mia form a friendship. Years of stolen moments and letters transform into a lasting bond between the two. Although the age difference is great and they are from completely different worlds, can these two find a way to be together?

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“An eye for an eye. Was all I’d ever fucking known.”

Told in dual POV, Road to Nowhere is a heartbreaking story. Creed is such a damaged hero, and his losses have made him cold and hard. Mia is a young girl from a loving family who offers Creed a kindness and goodness that he has never experienced before. When Creed rejects Mia, Mia turns to the comfort of another which causes another sequence of heartbreaking events to occur. In true M. Robinson style, the angst level is high as Mia is only ten years old when she meets Creed. Creed is a man and acts as a man in an MC would. In addition to the age difference, the contrast between the families of Mia and Creed could not be greater. I thoroughly enjoyed the glimpses of my favorite good ol’ boy characters and their family life. The pacing in the writing is steady but be forewarned the time span is great. Ms. Robinson captures the true essence of a gritty MC club and finds beauty in the most broken places. Creed and Mia are truly only just beginning.

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Road to Nowhere ends in quite a cliffy so be forewarned, Mia and Creed have a long way to go before they find their happily ever after. M. Robinson remains the Queen of Angst with this heartbreaking and beautiful tale. So have your tissues and a bottle of wine ready before you begin this journey!

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

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Dirty (A Real Man, 8) ~ by Jenika Snow

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“This is fucking insane.”

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Dirty is an insta-lust turned insta-love smoking hot novella that is sure to get the blood pumping in all the right places!
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“You want my big cock shoved deep in your pretty little pussy?”

Josephine is new in town and before she has had time to arrive in style her car breaks down. In need of immediate assistance, Gabe, a local car mechanic, arrives to save the day. When he sets his sights on sweet Josephine, he knows that he wants to make her his. Josephine and Gabe have an immediate physical attraction to one another and like magnets that refuse to be separated the connection is fierce, hot, and tender all at the same time.

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“I was a man who just won the fucking lottery.”

Told in dual POV, Dirty is a delicious novella with smoking hot steam and endearing characters. This quick read was delightfully fun and entertaining. Both Gabe and Josephine are well matched and their connection albeit quick was explored thoroughly. I enjoyed every single moment of their story!
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This is my first Jenika Snow read, and it certainly will not be my last. I look forward to exploring more from this author. If you like alpha males, likable characters, and sexy steam then Dirty is a perfect read for you!

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

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Blackwood ~ by Celia Aaron

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“Blackwood’s secrets were mine to discover, and I would find them all.”

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Blackwood is a stand-alone thriller/dark romance that will take you on one unforgettable ride. Full of complex characters, an intriguing plot, and one seriously alluring hero, it is an absolute must read for dark romance fans.

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“I’m the fucking wolf, and I’ll eat you alive.”

Elise Vale is studying archeology and has the perfect site in mind for her next dig. Blackwood Estate is nestled deep in the forest, and an ominous aura surrounds it. Elise is determined to gain access to dig and hopefully discover the truth about something from her past. Garrett Blackwood, the owner of the estate, wants nothing to do with her or anyone for that matter. Elise doesn’t let him deter her. Forging the documents she needs, she gains the funding and full access to the Blackwood Estate. But when the mysteries of the estate are revealed, will she be strong enough to survive?

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“If you said ‘please’, I’d fuck you so hard that you wouldn’t be able to sit down, walk, or breathe for days without thinking of my cock inside you.”

Elise aka Red and Garrett are thrown together in the most unlikely way. Elise refuses to give up on her search for the truth and yet, Garrett offers a very happy smoking hot distraction. As the two grow closer together, Elise experiences a sexual awakening and Garrett transcends to a new level of intimacy in which he has never experienced before. With mystery, murder, and passion on the line, Garrett and Elise must cling to each other to survive.

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“You asked for this. For my cock. I’m going to give it to you. Your dripping cunt is mine.”

Told in Elise’s POV, Blackwood is an absolutely superb work of art. The pacing is swift, the action is non-stop, and the physical connection between Garrett and Elise is smoking hot! Garrett has a strong presence with a unique sexual appetite. Elise, with her inquisitive spirit and spunky attitude, is the perfect student for Garrett. Together they are a perfect match. The stakes are high for these characters, and the mysteries are layered throughout the plot. The natural writing style is full of witty banter and colorful characters. I was intrigued and entertained the entire read.

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Overall, Blackwood is an absolute must read for anyone who enjoys mystery, rough sex, and strong characters. Although this is not my first read by the talented Celia Aaron, I can say with complete certainty it is my favorite work to date. From the first word to the last word read, I was completely captivated. A trip in the dark woods with the big bad wolf makes for one unforgettable way to escape!

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

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

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Dark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga, #3) ~by Rachel Van Dyken

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“It felt like he was devouring my soul.”

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Dark Surrender is the third book in the The Dark Ones Saga. You can absolutely read this as a stand-alone. However, be forewarned I was so enraptured by the characters in this fantastical world that I immediately purchased book one and book two so that I could soak in the entire spectrum of the characters and romance from the whole series.
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“He drank me. This wasn’t kissing. My entire body clenched as his lips molded around mine, sucking, plundering as his tongue flicked, as he sucked until I thought I was going to pass out.”

Alexander is a siren, and his beauty acts as a magnet to everything and everyone in his presence. When the time has come for him to find his mate, he selects a human girl named Hope. When Hope seems strangely unaffected by his greatness, Alex amps up his magical aura and makes every effort to woo her into his bed. As the two finally come together, Alex recognizes who Hope truly is, and he must come to terms with the feelings he has for her. When Hope discovers the truth about her past, she clings to her new family (and Alex) to survive! When life and death are on the line, is love between a siren and a human enough?

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“Mine. I felt it. Her love.”

Told in multiple POV, Dark Surrender is an absolute delight! Rachel Van Dyken has created a magical world with angels, vampires, wolfs, elves, spirits, and their human counterparts with ease! I was completely enraptured by the vibrant colors in this world. The intensity of the connection between these characters was quite addictive as the need for one’s mate is imperative for survival. The passion is intense and the intrigue in the plot kept me on the edge of my seat the entire read.

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The Dark Ones Saga is a completely new series for me, so I am completely giddy over discovering another paranormal romance series to explore! Dark Surrender was a perfect introduction to this world and as I stated earlier in my review, as soon as I finished reading I downloaded the first two books in the series on my Kindle. I highly recommend this series to paranormal romance fans and I look forward to reading more!

***The Dark Ones Saga***
The Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga, #1) by Rachel Van DykenUntouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones Saga, #2) by Rachel Van DykenDark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

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

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ROUGH ~by SD HILDRETH

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“All we have is our word. Be a man of your word. Always.”

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Rough is the second book in the Filthy Fuckers Series. Offering an authentic blend of romance, brotherhood, sex, and the significance of family, Rough is addictive and truly remarkable. Although this is the second book in the series, this story can be read as a stand-alone. However, I highly recommend reading Hard in order to fully appreciate the complete story arc of the series.

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“It didn’t sound like the name of a motorcycle club I wanted to piss off. But it was far too late to prevent that from happening. I was sure of it.”

Tegan Rassini is living on a prayer just scraping to get by. Apart from the love and support she receives from her best friend, she is alone. During a traffic jam like no other, she finds herself suffering from lack of air conditioning. When she opens her door to breathe in some fresh air, a motorcycle collides with her vehicle. The biker is beyond angry with his busted bike. Tegan does her best to console the beast, and they make arrangements for her to pay for damages.

“I stared blankly at my scratched up bike. My previous thoughts of fucking Tegan over an operating table faded and were replaced with ones of tying her up and making her my sexual slave.”

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“In recent years we’d become as close as any father and son could be, and although he wasn’t one to ever discuss how he felt, I knew he loved me as much as anyone could.”

Pee Bee, although intimidating, is loyal to his brothers and he adores his parents. With his father sick and needing additional care, Pee Bee hires a nurse to offer assistance. When he opens the door to greet the new employee, ironically it is Tegan the “incompetent bitch” that caused his bike to crash. After the awkwardness, and some hand to hand combat, Tegan enters the home and begins to care for Bradley Pee Bee’s ailing father. As time passes, Tegan and Bradley form a significant bond. Witnessing her kindness and strength, Pee Bee begins to recognize Tegan for the spunky and unbelievably stunning woman she is. Suddenly his world shifts and the wisdom from his father begins to infiltrate his soul. When Pee Bee adjusts his thought process and opens up to Tegan, it triggers a beautiful relationship between the two. Full of passion, sexy goodness, and fun, Tegan and Pee Bee are unstoppable.

“Rhythmically, predictably, and with the precision of a surgeon, I concentrated on circling her clit with my tongue, and then sucking it. Circling it, and then sucking it.”

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Told in dual POV, Rough is full of complex characters and layered with wisdom and love. There is nothing that can accurately describe the significance of the relationship between a father and a son and yet, Rough captures every single breathtaking moment with clarity and ease. As Pee Bee aspires to become a better man, the transformation is meticulous and coincides perfectly with the development of his relationship with Tegan. Tegan is a strong heroine who exudes humility and love and yet, she is loaded with fire and determination. With quick, witty dialogue, vibrant supporting characters and the constant undercurrent of love and devotion, Rough is completely original and carefully crafted to offer an entertaining and realistic view on life and love and everything that happens in between.

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“The same wise man once told me, when you know, you just know.”

Overall, I highly recommend Rough to everyone. As readers, we read to escape, to relate, to connect, and to feel and this epic story brings it all to the table. With likable characters, plenty of laughs, and a few tears Rough is simply unforgettable. Mr. Hildreth continues to amaze me with his diversity as a writer and his ability to evoke a plethora of emotions every single time! No doubt there will be more greatness to follow and my Kindle and I will be ready and waiting for more!

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Rock Chick Reawakening (Rock Chick, #0.5) ~ by Kristen Ashley

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“There ain’t no prince charming for a girl like me.”

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When it comes to happiness, I can sum it up in two words Kristen Ashley. When it comes to double happiness, you can add anything ROCK CHICK next to the words Kristen Ashley. Indeed, KA has done it again with this sweet and sexy novella Rock Chick Reawakening! Rock Chick fans have been waiting and wanting more, and the delivery of Marcus and Daisy’s story is utter perfection!

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“He deserved better. Much, much better than me.”

Daisy grew up in a broken home with nothing but neglect and abuse. Even through her circumstances, Daisy is able to muster the strength to overcome her upbringing and make a name for herself in Colorado as one of Smithie’s dancers. When a horrific event threatens to bring Daisy down, Smithie’s silent business partner Marcus is there to comfort her and bring her back to life. At first glance, Marcus and Daisy seem to be a mismatched pair, and yet as they get to know each other it becomes abundantly clear that they are made for one another. As Daisy struggles to allow Marcus in, Marcus is a man that knows what he wants and will not stop until he gets it.

“And he kissed me the whole time he touched me, no, caressed me, his hands roaming, slow, gentle, sweet over every inch of me.”

Told in predominantly Daisy’s POV, I could not have been more excited about reading the history of Marcus and Daisy. Both are dynamic characters who make Romeo and Juliet look like amateurs. The quirky characters in this quick novella and the twisted plot are uniquely crafted with all the things I have grown to love about this series. Full of passion, tenderness, and quick wit it just doesn’t get better than this. Every time I read (and re-read) a Rock Chick book, I laugh, I cry, I swoon, and I am inspired to be the absolute best I can be! The women are strong, and the men are the definition of “alpha males”! I have always been a huge Daisy fan after reading (and re-reading) my favorite Rock Chick book Rock Chick Regret. If you have read it, then you know that Daisy is and has always been a classy lady and an amazing friend to the chicks in her life. She can turn lemons into lemonade and put a smile on your face through any storm. The best part for me was the epilogue. I am completely captivated by the Rock Chick World and to experience that sliver of happiness for my favorite characters only serves as a reminder of why KA is and always will be my favorite author of all time. When an author goes above and beyond the scope of creativity to deliver such perfection to her fans, it only leaves me desperate for more! I will continue to Rock on with the rest of the Rock Chick Nation and keep re-reading and chatting all things Rock Chick!

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Overall, Rock Chick Reawakening is an absolute must read for Rock Chick Fans and contemporary romance readers. The colorful characters, quirky style, and the sexy/fun plot will keep you entertained the entire read. I am so happy to have a KINDLE full of ROCK CHICK books, and this novella was a great way to start the new year off with a bang! Bravo Ms. Ashley and THANK YOU! You continue to inspire me with your amazing characters and unforgettable stories! Rock On!

***Rock Chick Series***
Rock Chick Reawakening (Rock Chick, #0.5) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick, #3) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick, #5) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick, #4) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Regret (Rock Chick, #7) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick, #6) by Kristen AshleyRock Chick Revolution (Rock Chick, #8) by Kristen Ashley

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~5 Take My Breathe Away Stars~

“Don’t leave me.”
“I can’t, I’ll never breathe again.”

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Here to Stay is the third book in The Fish Tales Series. In order to fully appreciate the masterpiece of Here to Stay, you must read the first book in the series The Man I Love. In The Man I Love, my emotions were pressed, pulled, twisted, turned, and stretched to the limits. Here to Stay offered an unforgettable journey of healing.

In The Man I Love, Daisy and Erik fell in love and when they experienced a horrific life event they were both sent into a tailspin. The after shocks of the event ripped them apart. Years passed and they both moved on. They met other people, worked, lived, dreamed and yet, both were empty without the other by their side. At the conclusion of The Man I Love, Erik and Daisy come back together again. Here to Stay is a beautiful story of what happens when two people return home.

“A strange thing to find a lost lover in your hands again. Like finding your childhood baseball glove in an attic box of memories. You’re sure it won’t fit. But the heat of your palm, a flex and a bend and it knows you. It remembers you.”

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“I missed all this. She had a life all these years I know nothing about.”-Erik

In Here to Stay, Erik experiences an extreme amount of regret. Time has passed and Daisy has had lovers, friends, inside jokes, heartbreak, and experienced all of the mundane aspects of life without HIM! Erik faces an internal battle of loving Daisy and being swallowed by the demons of his past.

“It was done then. It was on him then. The dam of his heart broke. Then it was done. Then it began.”

Daisy, an ethereal spark of life, is so happy to have Erik back by her side. Although she still harbors regret for the choices she made in the past, she clings to him and lavishes in every moment.

“They wanted everything at once, their kiss fitting around words and words smashing between their lips and tongues.”

Together, Erik and Daisy find their way back into each other’s arms. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes the past love, that had faded, is reborn into a new refined love that is mature and runs deep. The characters experience growth through their journey to forgiveness. In true Laquer fashion, every emotion is felt to the core. Every detail of every single moment is masterfully displayed. Additionally, the secondary characters continue to play a critical role in the plot development. Erik is reunited with his best friend Will and must seek healing after years of being apart. Although the journey is sweet, there is still room for heartbreak. As in life, every beautiful moment can only be savored when we have experienced loss and pain.

“I didn’t come back to fight you. I came back to fight for you.”

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“I just want us. I want her to myself. I want to be the center of her universe and not share her with anyone. Ever.”

Told in Erik’s POV, Here to Stay is a beautifully crafted story. The steady pacing coupled with the complex characters kept me fully engaged the entire read. There is a good balance between exploring the “present” relationships of the characters and finding closure from the “past” events that took place in The Man I Love. The dialogue is rich and flows smoothly from page to page. Anyone who invests in this series will be forever changed.

“You don’t have to do it good. You just have to do it.”

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“I love nobody and nothing. The way I love you.”

Overall, I highly recommend Here to Stay to anyone who enjoys a love story that is based on real life. When you come across a piece of work that breaks you in half and then puts you back together again, it is a journey you will never forget. I am a huge fan of Ms. Laquer’s work and I cannot wait to read more.

***The Fish Tales Series***
The Man I Love (The Fish Tales, #1) by Suanne Laqueur Give Me Your Answer True (The Fish Tales, #2) by Suanne Laqueur Here to Stay (The Fish Tales, #3) by Suanne Laqueur

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★ 3.75 STARS ★

“What’s that old saying? It’s better to have loved and had your heart raked across hot coals and stomped on than never to have loved at all? That’s the route I’d decided to take, because saying no never even crossed my mind.”-Auden

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Delayed Penalty is an NA Hockey Romance. This is Sophia Henry’s debut novel.
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Auden is a college student that has recently lost her soccer scholarship. To drown away her sorrows she and her best friend decide to “party it up”. While out, they meet some super sexy hockey players. With the holiday break looming, Auden is in no hurry to go home with anyone!

Raised by her grandparents, Auden returns to her childhood home for the holiday break. Auden’s Grandfather manages a Russian translating company and immediately puts her to work as a translator for a Russian Hockey player named Sasha. Imagine her surprise when her new client is non other than the “hottest” of the hockey players she met in the bar.

“Having been abandoned by both parents before age seven, the last person I needed to get involved with was a professional athlete whose job required him to leave.”-Auden

Sasha is a gifted athlete and is enthusiastic about having Auden as his translator. The two are destined to connect. With the combination of their Russian roots, passion for hockey, and physical attraction between the two it doesn’t take long for these two to connect. They start as friends and they spend a great deal of time “getting to know” one another before any substantial physical connection begins between the two.

“Aleksandr was an untouchable man I wanted to touch so badly.”-Auden

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“How many times had I wanted someone to stop talking and just hold me?”-Auden

Told in Auden’s POV, Delayed Penalty was overall an entertaining read. I enjoyed the complex characterization of both of the main characters. Auden and Sasha had a unique back story which I enjoyed reading. The Russian element was also a unique twist to this hockey romance. What was problematic in this read is simply…. there was too much going on! Auden sings in a band, she likes to play soccer, she speaks Russian, and she works as a waitress. All of that coupled with a mini drama of an “old flame” left my head spinning at times. I felt like overall there needed to be more cohesion with the plot and some streamlining with the secondary plot (and characters) as well. Still, I really liked both of the main characters so in the end, I was glad that I picked up this read.

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“It’s very hard to get a Russian man to back down once he finds his true love.”-Auden

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Overall, Delayed Penalty left a smile on my face. If you are looking for a light hockey romance (and you can overlook the “extra business” in the plot), then I highly recommend picking it up. I will certainly keep my eye on this series and would definitely read another Sophia Henry book in the future.

***Pilots Hockey Series***
Delayed Penalty (Pilots Hockey, #1) by Sophia Henry Power Play (Pilots Hockey, #2) by Sophia Henry
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“Warm. Safe. Loved.”-Kara

Twin Runes offers a unique blend of the Paranormal and New Adult genre. I found the book to be a highly entertaining and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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“I don’t know my name….!”-Kara

Kara wakes up in a hospital with a pounding headache and no memory. Although she should feel panic, instead she feels perfectly at peace due to the presence of one good looking man by her side. Larsen knows exactly who Kara is. He has been sent to the “earth world” to protect her. Kara has special powers and has been targeted by the rebels of their world. She is reluctant to trust Larsen completely and yet, he seems to have special calming powers and she is enchanted by him. She leaves the hospital and goes home with Larsen.

“The calming presence Larsen brought with him, settled over me like a blanket. At that moment, I wasn’t afraid even though I couldn’t remember. I felt safe with him next to me. My heartbeat slowed with the connection of our skin.”-Kara

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Because Kara has spent her life on earth with humans, she has no idea of her powers or of the existence of a different world. As her trust for Larsen continues to flourish, her memories begin to unfold. When she discovers that Larsen has deceived her (by omission of course), she runs. Her memories return like a tsunami. Kara cannot deny her attraction to Larsen nor can she battle the rebels without the knowledge of her powers. Larsen and his twin brother Jakob eventually convince her to trust them and the battle begins.

“The love in his eyes made it clear we were in this together.”-Kara

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Told in dual POV, Twin Runes has action, an intricate plot, and extremely likable characters. Due to the paranormal element, the attraction and “pairing” between Larsen and Kara is instant and yet, their connection was sincere and highly enjoyable to experience. The intimate scenes between Kara and Larsen were quite intoxicating. There is just something special about a well written Paranormal Romance!

“We have all the time in the world.”-Larsen

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“Our runes can connect with anyone who is a potential soulmate.”-Larsen

I especially enjoyed the symbolism of the rune markings. As the relationship between Kara and Larsen began to grow, the marks on their bodies intensified. When their relationship was made permanent, the marks became black and like their relationship, they will stay with them forever! The tempo of the read was well paced and I was anxious for everything to unfold. Some elements of the plot were a bit predictable but overall, I was beyond pleased with the final results. The secondary characters enhanced the plot and were as intriguing as the main characters! The ending was left open so I sincerely hope Ms. Brooke will continue this series. I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next!

“You’re mine. Forever.”-Larsen

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Overall, Twin Runes is a must read for PRN/NA book lovers. The combination of steamy romance, action, and the well crafted plot makes this book a true delight! I implore Ms. Brooke to give us more!!!!! I will be ready and waiting!

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Unleashed is a short novella continuing the romance story of Jonathan and Grace. This is the third book (listed as 2.5) in The Colours of Love Series. Each book must be read in order.

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“Our union was exactly as I dreamed it would be-uninhibited, wild, and all consuming, and I smile happily because I feel close to him.”-Grace

Unleashed picks up one year after Uncovered. Jonathan and Grace have been married for a year and both have found solace in each other. Grace has found professional success working at Jonathan’s company and both have found a comfortable ease in living together as a married couple.

“It’s gonna be OK, I tell myself, trying to ignore the fear creeping up in me. The thought that I might lose Jonathan is simply to terrible to imagine.”-Grace

As per most married couples, as time passes, things begin to change and both most come to terms with these changes. In addition to marital conflict, some past adversaries reappear to cause havoc for Jonathan and Grace. Both Jonathan and Grace have secrets and are hesitant to open up to one another. Can Grace and Jonathan overcome the demons of their past and walk boldly together towards their future?

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“You’re mine, Grace. All mine. Don’t forget that.”-Jonathan

Unleashed was a rather quick read with a simple conflict and a simple resolution. Although I thoroughly enjoyed being back with these characters, I was certainly hoping for a more complex plot. There was a great deal of “misunderstandings” and simple “miscommunication” that seemed ill-suited for these two characters. After the journey we have taken with them through the first two books in the series, it seemed slightly unbelievable. Elements that remained strong in this read are the passionate “physical and emotional” connection that Jonathan and Grace share. Additionally, I was quite pleased to see some of my favorite secondary characters from the series flourishing a year after we had seen them last.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoy the writing style of Ms. Taylor. Considering the text has been translated from German to English I can sincerely say that nothing is lost in translation. Jonathan and Grace are still very special characters for me and although this wasn’t my favorite in the series, I am still very glad that I read this quick glimpse of their lives. I would certainly read more from this author in the future.

***Colours of Love Series***

Uncovered (Colours of Love, #2) by Kathryn Taylor Unleashed (Colours of Love #2.5) by Kathryn Taylor Unbound - Colours of Love by Kathryn Taylor

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“A sickness lives inside of you. It’s why you always fall short of your biggest dreams.”

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Swerve is an action packed suspense thriller. Vicki Pettersson offers a dark and twisted ride that you will never forget!

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Kristine is a single mom who has worked hard to overcome a less than desirable upbringing. Finally finding success working as a physicians assistant, at a local hospital, she has found direction for her life. Not only     has she managed to suppress the demons of her past but she has found love.

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Her fiancé, Daniel, is a perfect catch! He is wealthy, attractive, intelligent and together they make quite the pair. When Kristine and Daniel set out on a road trip, everything seems to be perfect in her world. However, one stop at a roadside restroom and everything comes crashing down.

“You are, just like most people, totally inconsequential.”

Daniel is kidnapped and Kristine is sent on a wild scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt is not for the weak of heart. Along the journey there is blood, death, mystery, and heart clenching suspense!

“No more. No more ambushes and no more running away. Today I would seize some power for myself.”

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Told in first person POV, Swerve has the perfect blend of action, suspense, and intrigue. The first 50% of the read had me glued to the pages. I felt the intensity of each moment through the colorful text and well crafted plot. As Kristine’s past is revealed, I only grew more attached to her and my concern for her (and her daughter) increased with every second that passed. This was a truly stellar read. The only element that affected my rating was towards the end some of the action was slightly predictable and a bit “over the top”. In the end, I wasn’t quite convinced that the motives of “the killer” gelled with the overall cohesion of the plot! Still, I wouldn’t hesitate to check out more from this author!

“To keep me alive. I remembered. Do not stop.”

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“I climb up and up, out of the darkness. I go forward to my life. And this time I’m the one who doesn’t look back.”

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Overall, I highly recommend Swerve to suspense/thriller lovers! You will enjoy every second of this action packed read! This was my first Vicki Pettersson read and I was certainly impressed. I look forward to exploring more from this author in the future!

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“The time has come.”

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Undefeated is the first book in Scott Hildreth’s Fighter Erotic Romance Series. Being a fan of both Mr. Hildreth’s work and the”fighting romance” genre picking up this read was a no brainer!
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“It’s not a contest, babe. It’s life. There’s no time limit.”-Shane

Shane Decker is a fighter. A transplant from Compton, California he ventures to Austin, TX in order to train and find success as a professional fighter. Dressed in his hoodie and worn out boots, Shane keeps a tight hold on his dog tags and proudly pursues his mission to be a fighter and a “protector”.

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“A woman needs to feel wanted. Even if she didn’t feel loved, she should feel as if someone desired her.”-Kace

Kace is living with an abusive boyfriend. She faces physical, emotional, and sexual abuse everyday. When Kace’s abusive boyfriend causes a scene at the local drugstore they are not alone. Shane witnesses the event and doesn’t hesitate to get involved.

“He slapped me until he was tired of slapping me, or until I learned my lessons.”-Kace

Although Kace isn’t ready to walk away from her abuser yet, a “second chance” meeting with Shane changes everything. Shane and Kace begin to have lunch together and a friendship sparks. Kace is rather shy and struggles vocalizing sometimes. Shane has an unusual attachment to his hoodie and dog tags and yet, these two mismatched individuals come together quite easily. Shane is desperate to get Kace away from her abuser but he wants for her to make the choice to leave him on her own. It doesn’t take long for the abuser, “Buster”, to do some serious damage on Kace. She finally finds the courage to walk away.

“My grandfather always told me God puts people in our lives for a reason. It’s our responsibility to recognize them for what he intends them to be to us.”-Shane

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“You’re beautiful, Kace. When you’re lying in bed tonight, remember that. You’re beautiful.”-Shane

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The sincerity in the characters and the natural flow of the plot development madeUndefeated an enjoyable read. Told in dual POV, we experience both Shane and Kace’s perspective on abuse and the after effects they cause. One element that drew me to this read is my love for Mr. Hildreth’s honest and straight forward writing style. In fact,Undefeated was inspired by a true story. You can read that story here: Hildreth.

“Shane Dekkar, to me, is perfect. I could spend a lifetime exposing myself to the offerings of life, and this would not change. It is not an opinion, it is a fact.”-Kace

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“In life, we need to pay the closest attention when we aren’t paying attention at all.”-Shane

What I sincerely appreciated about Shane and Kace is that although they had an “insta connection”, Shane was adamant about giving Kace time to heal and grow into her own person. Watching her character transform into a confidant independent woman was empowering as a reader. It was a gentle reminder that although there is evil in the world, good perseveres over all.
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“What we try to remember and what we prefer to forget. Our mind doesn’t always have an understanding of how we want to sort things.”

To tackle a story with abuse as the driving force in a read takes guts and must be handled delicately. Overall, I felt likeUndefeated was successful on both counts. The plot was well developed, the action was entertaining, and the sarcastic banter between Shane and his best friend Ripp (yummy) had me smiling throughout the read. This was a strong start to what promises to be another wining series for me to devour and enjoy!

“I had clearly won at the game of life.”

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★ 4.5 Vince Stole My Heart Stars ★

“Living, it itself, was my gift; and I felt it was my responsibility to do so to the best of my ability.”

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Moneyshot is the sixth book in the Selected Sinners Series. Although the characters are present within the course of the entire series, each book can be read as a stand alone! This is my second dance with one of Mr. Hildreth’s Selected Sinners and I can say with complete certainty that it left me breathless and aching for more!
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Sienna is a free spirit with a big heart. She spends her days reading books, perusing Goodreads, and writing reviews (hmm…sounds eerily familiar). Sienna doesn’t have any family or friends and instead find solace in her books. She is completely aware that there is something missing in her life and yet, she is perfectly content to live independently doing what she loves. To say that I liked this heroine would be the understatement of the century. Nothing is more refreshing than a woman who is confidant in her “single status” and content with the possibility that someday she will be able to share herself with another.

“Life is too short to read bad books or wear ugly shoes.”-Sienna

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When Selected Sinner Vince stumbles onto Sienna’s front door step, Sienna catches a glimpse of what is missing in her life. Vince, just looking for some gas for his broken down bike, recognizes Sienna as something different. Burned by his cheating ex wife, Vince lives by his own code of rules and regulations. He is a fearless man and loyal to a fault.
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“His choice to be alone in life wasn’t some form of self imposed punishment…but a protective measure to make sure he didn’t expose himself to the pain and heartache associated with people not keeping their promise.”

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“I knew if I ever chose to see her again, I’d damned sure have my hands full. And I wasn’t totally convinced that would be a bad thing. Not totally.”-Vince

However set in his belief system, Sienna begins to crack the veneer of his guarded heart. Vince and Sienna begin to spend time together chatting books, philosophies on life, and the mundane chatter of their daily lives. Sienna recognizes her attraction to Vince right away. Although the trend in most women might be to “seize the day” and “get you want”, Sienna exudes patience and respect for Vince. When Vince recognizes that Sienna might be an investment worth making, he simply asks her if she wants to “try to be a couple.”

“It was the kiss that sets the standard for every other kiss that might follow it.”-Sienna

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“Anything else?”-Vince
“Yeah, there’s one other thing. Make me scream your name.”-Sienna
“Just remember you asked for this…”-Vince

Sienna and Vince have no trouble connecting intimately. The precious time spent “getting to know each other” only strengthened their relationship. Another alluring element to this read is the element of the “magic of the first time”. Each moment with Vince and Sienna was new and like old souls reuniting, the energy was “sure and steady” throughout.
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“I’m in love. I have all the company I need.”-Sienna

The subtle mannerisms of the characters paired with the complex characterization kept me invested the entire read. I admired Sienna’s character for her enduring love for Vince and I respected Vince’s desire to live a “simple” and “unencumbered” life. Together, Vince and Sienna offered a unique blend. Vince’s brittle edges paired perfectly with Sienna’s smooth and carefree personality. Told in dual POV,Moneyshot is a true delight. The dialogue is rich with color, sprinkled with action, and full of heart. The pacing is steady and the plot is layered in depth. Additionally, the secondary characters enhanced the read because of the constant undercurrent of friendship, brotherhood, and love! Both Sienna and Vince experience a significant transformation due to the perseverance of their family and friends.

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“Vince Ames may have been a biker, a criminal of sorts, and a debt collector for drug dealers, but to me, he was perfect. And I deserved his perfection.”-Sienna
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Overall, Moneyshot is another book reverently stocked on the “must read now” shelf. The characters are unforgettable and the love story of Vince and Sienna is comparable to that of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. In this case, “slow and steady wins the race”. I look forward to exploring more of Mr. Hildreth’s work and I highly recommend this read to all of my friends who believe “it’s never too late” and “love is always enough.”

“And I danced like it was the last time I would ever have a chance.”

***Selected Sinners MC***
Making the Cut (Selected Sinners MC, #1) by Scott HildrethTaking the Heat (Selected Sinners MC, #2) by Scott HildrethOtis (Selected Sinners MC, #3) by Scott HildrethHung (Selected Sinners MC, #4) by Scott HildrethEX-CON (Selected Sinners MC, #5) by Scott HildrethMoney Shot Moneyshot (Selected Sinners Book 6) by Scott Hildreth

★ Read during Shh… IndieSTAR chat with Frazier, Contreras, Keeland & Hildreth: Dec. 6-12!https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/…

★Copy graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you for sharing your work with me!

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★4.5 I need more EX-CON STARS!★

“All we needed was a second chance.”

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EX-Con is the fifth book in the Selected Sinners MC Series. Although the characters are intertwined throughout the series, each book can be read and devoured as a stand alone. This was my first Scott Hildreth read and I assure you it will not be my last!

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In the opening scene of EX-Con, we are introduced to a vibrant young woman named Emily. After a night of partying, she finds herself in a precarious state with a “handsy” frat boy. Lucky for Ms. Em, Jackson (a member of the Hell’s Fury MC) quickly comes to her aid.

“My savior was tall, extremely muscular, and what portions of his body weren’t covered by the seemingly microscopic leather vest he was wearing were decorated with tattoos.”-Em

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Emily and Jackson have an instant attraction to one another and yet, it is the emotional connection that is made that draws Jackson to Emily like a moth to a flame.

“Okay, Jackson the biker, you’ve got my attention, now what?”-Em

Although Emily is anxious to jump into bed with the “honorable, tattooed, bad biker”, Jackson is not into meaningless sex. If Emily and Jackson were to pursue a relationship it would be only if Emily is able to agree to Jackson’s terms for sharing his bed. Additionally, Jackson makes it clear that it must be a mutual decision that they make together! Jackson is hesitant to invest in a relationship because he has already suffered the loss of two lovers.

“What if my future with anything or anyone is sealed from what I’ve done in the past.”-Jackson

As Jackson and Emily’s friendship blossoms, the sexual tension continues to increase. As trust is built between the two, a beautiful friendship is formed and the foundation of long lasting love is established. Once Em and Jackson enhance their emotional bond by adding the physical connection, the intensity increases as they both begin to feel deeply for one another. Although Emily is no virgin, Jackson’s preferences in the bedroom are new and exciting for her. Em feels like a kid on Christmas morning every time they are together. (As the reader, you will too! Thank you for that Mr. Hildreth!)

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“I realized I wasn’t only being fucked by Jackson Shephard. I was deeply in love with him.”-Em

Jackson and Emily share an intense bond that only grows stronger throughout the development of the story. At the exact moment you feel that the read is coasting to a HEA 40% too early, everything shifts. Jackson is torn from Em and it is questionable if they will ever find their way back together again.

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“JACKSON XI-XXI-MMVI EMILY”

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EX-Con is an expertly crafted story with complex characters, an intense plot, action, and explosive sex scenes. Each moment is depicted with precision in a way that the reader feels transported directly into the scene. Told in dual POV, EX-Conis so much more than a biker romance. This is truly the tale of a man overcoming betrayal, abandonment, and loss. This is the tale of a woman who finds trust and unconditional love in the arms of an “unconventional man”. What is most remarkable about this read is the many layers that are explored within the characters. Because the story takes place over many years, we experience the longevity of the “sense of loss” and the tender moments of joy! The writing style of Mr. Hildreth is fluid and natural throughout. The dialogue is witty and heartfelt. The tempo is well paced and each element of the plot was well balanced as the action increases.

“Jackson wasn’t a man I had simply fallen in love with, he had become a part of my inner being. No differently than my lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver were all needed to keep me alive, Jackson was now a necessary part of my existence. Without him, I was certain to wither and die.”-Em

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“He made me a promise that he’d eventually always come home. And Jackson Shephard never breaks a promise.”-Em

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“Yes, sir?”

Overall, EX-Con is so much more than the typical “biker banging romance novel”. It is unique because of the well crafted blend of romance, passion, action, and everything in between. I found this read to be utterly delightful because of the two main characters Emily and Jackson. Both independent and strong characters alone and yet, together they are a powerhouse! Due to the extreme sexual desires of this hero, the tender romance between the two main characters, the well developed plot, and the driving action, I’d say there is something for everyone in this read! I simply cannot express the excitement I am feeling in regards to discovering a new author to explore. The playground is open for business and this girl is ready to play! Thankfully, Moneyshot is already locked and loaded on my kindle!

***Selected Sinners MC***
Making the Cut (Selected Sinners MC, #1) by Scott HildrethTaking the Heat (Selected Sinners MC, #2) by Scott HildrethOtis (Selected Sinners MC, #3) by Scott HildrethHung (Selected Sinners MC, #4) by Scott HildrethEX-CON (Selected Sinners MC, #5) by Scott HildrethMoney Shot Moneyshot (Selected Sinners Book 6) by Scott Hildreth

★ Read during Shh… IndieSTAR chat with Frazier, Contreras, Keeland & Hildreth: Dec. 6-12!https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/…

★Copy graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you for sharing your work with me!

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★ 5 Loving Lawless Stars ★

“I was already going to hell. Might as well enjoy the ride there.”

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Lawless is the dynamic third installment of the King Series. T.M. Frazier has done it again with her complex characters, twisted plot lines, and broken love stories that will bring you to your knees every time!

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“Red stains are the worst, expecially in white grout.”

Lawless is Bear’s story. When Tyrant ended, Bear was left in a dangerous emotional state. Abused and broken, he decided to escape reality and take a trip down the “self-destruction highway”. Booze, women, and every cigarette from every gas station (in every county) in Florida cannot help him forget the pain.

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“He mad you a promise. He will help you. He can do the thinking for you. You just have to get there.”- Thia

Many years before, Bear had made a promise to a young girl. Now, the little girl is all grown up. When trouble barrels in like a shotgun on her doorstep, she takes off to find solace in the man who promised her help. Little did she know that man is long gone.

“Used, spent, hot, useless. Broken. Why was I there?”

While seeking help from Bear, Thia falls into the hands of the Beach Bastards MC. In order to unleash a holy war against Bear, they take great pleasure in roughing Thia up. Physically abused and emotionally broken both Thia and Bear must find their way together. Through the support of King, Ray, and Grace, Thia and Bear begin the journey to healing.

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“He cupped his hands around my face and kissed me like he was screaming at me, punishing me for disobeying him, for being in his life, for not being in his life.”

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“Bear’s lips on mine wasn’t just something amazing. It was an event. It was downright magical.”

Thia and Bear share a significant connection due to their past experiences and present situation. Where Bear is rough and gritty, Thia is soft and innocent. Bear is a master in the bedroom and Thia is as pure as a Disney Princess. And yet, however sweet and angelic she appears to be, we soon learn Thia is tough. She is a true fighter to her core.

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“We were at war, a war of passion and lust, and anger and hate and every feeling I’d had towards the confusing man.”

The physical attraction between Bear and Thia is instantaneous and yet, their relationship develops at a slow and steady burn. The anticipation that builds only causes their first connection to ignite right off of the pages of the book. The intensity between the two was dark and yet, so beautiful! Thia and Bear find solace in one another and yet, with the Beach Bastard MC and the law closing in on them it is only a matter of time before their happy existence is blown to pieces.

“I’m not stopping at kissing. I’m not stopping until you’re mine in every fucking way. I’ll try not to hurt you, but this is happening right fucking now. I’m warning you that I want you so much, my version of gentle still might be really fucking hard.”

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“I was selfish. I was an asshole. I needed to fuck her more than I needed to breathe.”

Told in dual POV, Lawless offers a unique blend of strong characterization, a well developed plot, multiple action packed moments, and raw passion that will leave you breathless. The secondary characters (that we know and love from this series) offer a constant reminder that every broken person has the ability to be healed and loved.

“King was a bull who ran in his own direction and Preppy was the wild donkey, running amongst bulls with no direction at all.”

The dialogue drives the action with it’s rich text and fluid movement. The action takes you right to the edge of comfort before you free fall into the next emotion. Each moment is felt to the core as Thia and Bear navigate their way through the dark together. In true T.M. fashion, we are left with many questions yet to be answered. I have complete faith in this author to bring Bear and Thia through this transformation with perfection and grace and I, for one, am just thankful to be along for the ride!

“He could rip me in two and I still didn’t care because it wasn’t what he could do to my body that I was worried about. It was what he could do to my heart.”

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“Never doubt that this has always belonged to me. YOU have always belonged to me.”

Overall, Lawless is simply perfect! I enjoyed every second of this read. Returning to these characters was like coming home and I simply cannot get enough. I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a well developed gritty love story. Bear and Thia’s story is one to cherish and remember forever. Bravo, Ms. Frazier! And may I also add….Encore! Please….Encore!

“I love you….”

***King Series***
King (King, #1) by T.M. FrazierTyrant (King, #2) by T.M. FrazierLawless (King, #3) by T.M. Frazier

★ BR with my girls Loyda and War in celebration of Shh… IndieSTAR chat with Frazier, Contreras, Keeland & Hildreth: Dec. 6-12!
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/…

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★ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review via TRSROR for blog tour!★

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★ 4 UNDENIABLE STARS★

 
“What could be so bad that I’d rather leave myself behind than face it?”


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Denial is the first book in the Careless Whispers Series! Additionally, it is my first Lisa Renee Jones read. The blurb was a real attention grabber and I am exceedingly glad that I picked this book up! The questions and the suspense of the “unknown” are what kept me hooked the entire read! Although this is a spin off of Jones’ The Inside Out Series, I had no trouble jumping right in!

“Hiding. Running. Vulnerable.”


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Ella wakes up in a hospital in Italy. She is injured and scared and yet, she is not alone. Standing by her side is a tall, dark, and powerful man. 

“He just stands before me, power and sex wafting off him like a seductive drug that if tried once would surely become a dangerous addiction.”

It is Kayden who discovered Ella injured in an alley. And yet, it is truly unknown how or why this man has rooted himself to her side. Only one thing is certain, he is not letting her go. Ella faces a combination of fear and attraction for Kayden. Although she questions her own sanity, she feels secure when she is with him. It is evident that Ella is involved in some suspicious activity. In order to avoid the law and the men that injured her, Kayden takes Ella home with him. His castle offers a reprieve to the madness pounding in Ella’s head!

 

“I don’t want to be an obligation.”-Ella

“I don’t do obligation, sweetheart.”-Kayden

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“Deceit. Danger.”

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“Run. Keep running.”

While Kayden wants nothing more than to protect Ella, Ella remains uncertain of her past, her present, and therefore her future! As flashbacks begin to slam down on her, she begins to put the pieces of her life back together. However blurry the pieces are, she begins to trust Kayden and the security of his power! 

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 “They keep the past we don’t want to forget alive and they remind me of all the reasons I’m bad for you.”-Kayden

Kayden is the leader of The Underground. The Underground serves as a rogue brotherhood who live on the edge. Skating in the grey of right and wrong, they have the attention of the law and some other dangerous mafia men. Kayden’s wealth and power make him a target for all of them! Kayden and Ella have numerous demons vying for their attention. As the two navigate the murky waters of the unknown, their attraction for one another overcomes everything. Trust is built between the two and the blend of passion, action, and intrigue continues to intensify. 

 

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“I don’t know what this man does to me, but it’s undeniably intense. Inhaling, I face him, my eyes meet his, and the air charges, the possibilities between us a live wire that both entices and confuses me.”

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“Let me choose my own sins.”

Told in Ella’s POV, Denial is an erotic trip down the rabbit hole. The plot is well developed and the tempo is consistently smooth throughout the entire read. The connection between Kayden is Ella is instant and yet, considering the circumstances, it was completely genuine and natural! The secondary characters enhance the plot nicely as the business of The Underground plays a pivotal roll in the driving force of the story. The unknown factor is the most significant presence in this read. Who is the man that hurt Ella? Does Kayden know more than he is admitting? Is Ella really as safe as she thinks she is? 


“A need for revenge is rarely logical, but too often it feels like the salve that will heal the wound.”

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 “We’re both destined to live with the consequences that may follow.”

As to be expected in a suspenseful read, Denial ends in a cliffy! I can’t say it was horrible because I expected it all along. There are too many questions left to be answered. I look forward to more character development with Kayden. I have no doubt that everything left unsaid will be spoken in the upcoming books in the series! As for the ending, it only makes me more convinced that this is a series I want to invest in. 

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“He is real, the wolf who doesn’t bother with the sheep’s clothing.”

Denial is by far a winning read for Suspense Romance lovers. There is a slight accent of what I like to call “BDSM LIGHT” (so take note my more adventurous friends). 

“I will lick you. Bite you. Pinch you. Spank you.”

The rich writing, underlying suspense, and sexual undertones coursing throughout the read made this book a must read! I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and I look forward to checking out more from this author!

“My shaky hand unzips my purse and closes around my gun. It’s my friend. I’m not sure who else is.”

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***Careless Whispers Series***

Denial (Careless Whispers, #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

 ~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~

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 ★4.5 Action Packed Stars★

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“Kingsley Law: What you want and what you need are often two very different things, darling. Learn the difference and remember it.-Kingsley”

Out of Plans is the action packed second book in The Mercenaries Series. At the conclusion of Best Laid Plans, Marc left Lily with a note and Lily formulated a plan to continue her quest for vengeance! Can she really move forward without Marc by her side?

 

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“Kingsley Law was a devastatingly handsome man. A quick wit and a sharp smile. Trim physique, and always dressed in stylish suits.”

Lily doesn’t waste any time jumping back into the action. She runs to Kingsley where she receives training, friendship, and even love! With a backpack full of supplies and a plethora of “Kingsley’s Laws” in her bank of tricks, she takes off to achieve vengeance. 

“Whatever it takes. You train me, and I’ll help you in anyway you want, with anything.”-Lily

Unbeknownst to Lily, Marc has also been on “the quest”. Although he had hoped Lily would return to a “quiet life”, in his heart he is hurting over giving her up. When Lily and Marc intercept, the passion and fury between the two is reignited!  

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“Leaving her had been hard enough. But he’d done it for a reason, It meant something. By getting vengeance for her, he was making leaving her worthwhile.”

Marc and Lily must come to terms with the mission and their relationship. Only one thing is certain between the two, physical action is the only “love language” they speak fluently to each other. If they aren’t punching, biting, and kicking each other, they are happy to pin the other down for a raw and passionate “romp” in the jungle!

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“Her mind had registered the length of time since he’d left her, but her body didn’t notice it at all. It recognized his touch as if they’d been together just the day before; like no time had passed.”

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“Kingsley’s Law: Few things can ruin your plans quite like anger. Love, fear, sadness, all can motivate, but anger? Anger will fuck things right up.”

As Marc comes to terms with the mistakes he has made, Lily reasserts herself as a strong force to be reckoned with. Kingslsey’s presence only adds fuel to the fire. Marc is quite jealous of the friendship between Lily and the Brit and Kingsley is quite happy to exacerbate the situation at every opportunity known to man! However, the love between Marc and Lily is undeniable. Although it takes the two a rather long time to acknowledge it, it is a very active part of the story and drives the plot with meticulous precision! 

“That would explain why you’re so tense, sweetheart. Like a guitar string, your body is begging me to pluck out a tune.” 

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“It was a tidal wave, something she couldn’t stop, something that was swallowing her whole.” 

“You and I? We make the best “big mistakes” ever.”-Marc

Told in multiple POV, Out of Plans offers an action packed romance full of intrigue, suspense, and mystery. The characters are well developed and the dynamics between them keep you engaged with every page turn. Although it is evident that Marc and Lily are the prominent characters in the series, Kingsley plays a valuable role in the plot and adds an alternate plot line in which I am hoping Stylo will continue to explore! The pacing in the story was well matched with the first read and the story arc was well planned and executed brilliantly! The combination of the witty dialogue and passionate physical connection between Lily and Marc kept me engaged the entire read!  

“Only porn stars and people fresh out of prison had sex like that.” 

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“She and Kingsley were partners, for sure. But she and Marc…they were something else, and that something involved sharing a bed.”

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“We weren’t done six months ago. We won’t be done tomorrow.”-Marc

 

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Overall, Out of Plans is another winning read for action/romance lovers! Personally, I have discovered through this series (and some other recent reads) that this is by far my favorite type of read to indulge in. I am a huge fan of Stylo Fantome’s work! She has an easy writing style that flows naturally through each page. Her combination of strong heroines and “sexy alpha males” will always keep me coming back for more! I simply cannot get enough! This is another MUST READ NOW series to devour and enjoy!  

“Kingsley’s Law: Work with what you’ve got, and make it count.”

***The Mercenaries Series***

 

Best Laid Plans (The Mercenaries, #1) by Stylo FantomeOut of Plans (The Mercenaries, #2) by Stylo Fantome

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

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 ★5 PERFECTLY RUINED STARS ★

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“You’ll never be able to leave me, London.”- Kai

Perfect Ruin is the second book in the splendidly constructed, action packed, high suspense Unyielding Series. Although you can read Perfect Ruin as a stand alone, it is best to read it’s predecessor Perfect Chaos first. However, don’t let that hold you back from meeting one of the most dynamic heroes I have ever met and his name is KAI!


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“As a child, I’d been kept waiting for food, for sleep for the pain to end. I’d learned that time was better off being nonexistent.”

Kai was raised to be a cold blooded killer. As a child of Vault (and his board), Kai was trained to not care about anyone or anything. His only job was to kill. He was to follow orders and remain loyal to the cause.

“Vault. A secret government that didn’t follow laws, but had laws of its own.” 

However, when Kai was assigned to track and follow a young woman named London everything changes!

“There’d been a glitch in that way of thinking….London. 

Time suddenly mattered and that fucked with me.”

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London is the daughter of the scientist working for Vault and his Board. Dr. Westbrook has been a good father and yet, due to his interactions with Vault, London has become a target. At first, Kai remains at a safe distance from her. However, when her father’s work begins to becomes imperative to the success of Vault’s mission, Dr. Westbrook and London’s lives hang in the balance.

London is completely clueless to her father’s connections. When she fears his life is in danger, she makes an arrangement with Kai in order to keep her father safe. Kai is like a tsunami and London can do nothing but drown in him! They spend a week together. It is raw. It is ruthless. It is beautiful! Both are unsure of what will happen next. (Kai is a killer after all and London is just a normal girl!) 


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“Regardless of the threat he conveyed, he appeared completely relaxed, as if he were caressing a kitten and not a deadly weapon.”-London


Kai is cold and deadly. His knife is an extension of him and he certainly knows how to use it. And yet, somehow, London is able to crack through the ice and embed herself into his heart. While Kai and London are together, she faces a continuos internal battle between fear and attraction.

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“A man I knew was dangerous. A man who I had no misconceptions had killed another human being at some point. But was also the man who saved me. I’d dreamed about holding me in his arms.”-London


The sexual chemistry between Kai and London is sensational. His cold and hard exterior paired with London’s kind and tender spirit truly made for an unforgettable journey to behold.

“He moved in and I gasped when his cock slid back and forth. He kept one hand on my neck, a firm grip with strands of my hair wrapped around his hand. 

“I’m going to fuck you. And I want to hear you scream.”-Kai

Kai and London. 

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“I thought if I had her, tasted her, fucked her, then my constant need would finally be sated and I could forget her. It didn’t. My need strengthened. Insatiable. And it was dangerous.”-Kai 

London and Kai. 

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Once again, Nashoda has constructed perfection with complex characters, rich storytelling, and intense physical connections that transfer beyond the pages. Told in dual POV, Perfect Ruinspans a few years of time in which the characters must face heartbreak, torture, pain, and immense pleasure! If you like the adrenaline rush of an action packed read but crave romance, look no further! I could not be more pleased with the growth in this series and with the ending of Perfect Ruin I can only say, Connor, I AM READY!

“I never thought I’d love so fiercely that it ruined me. Kai ruined me. For other men. For life without him. I’d hated him. Feared him. Desired him. Needed him. And loved him.”-London 


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Overall, Perfect Ruin transcends the five star rating for me. I enjoyed every second spent with these characters. I smiled, laughed, swooned, and yes…I even cried! Utter perfection! When it comes to Nashoda’s writing, I don’t just love it. I crave it. I simply cannot get enough! 

***Unyielding Series***


Perfect Chaos (Unyielding, #1) by Nashoda RosePerfect Ruin (Unyielding, #2) by Nashoda Rose

 

BR with my girl LOYDA!!! 

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~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~

 

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