Elizabeth’s Reviews

Liz’s Review~A Vow of Thorns~by R. Scarlett

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“You won’t be alone.”

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A Vow of Thorns is the third book in the Blackest Gold Series. The series must be read in order. This Series is a Paranormal Romance Reader’s Paradise as with each book this fantastical world unveils more terror and more passion. As the plot continues to thicken, the fate of Tensely Knight and Molly Darling is left to be determined.

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“He’d rip their throats out with his teeth. The predators out there had never met the real beast.”

Tensley and Molly have finally come to an understanding that they are destined to be together. As Molly’s emotions continue to build, she battles her desire to give her whole heart to Tensley. Tensley is obviously feeling emotions he has never felt before. However, he knows that if he falls in love with Molly, the penalty is death.

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Molly has made a terrifying discovery and as she reveals the truth to Tensley, the two are drawn closer together. As the connection between Molly and Tensley becomes indestructible, Knight’s family is attacked. He must step up and take his rightful place as protector of his people. However, Fallen wants to bring Tensley and Molly to ruin and will stop at nothing to cause harm to them. As tensions continue to rise, the stakes are high for Molly and Tensley to fight for their love.

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“Gathered in my hallowed kingdom of our kind, a wedding of my own subject to a rare, dangerous creature…”

Told in dual POV, A Vow of Thorns is by far my absolute favorite book in this series. Molly and Tensley have finally found their rightful place with each other, and the passion and tenderness they display are beautiful to bear witness to. Tensley is fiercely passionate about Molly, and the effects of her love have changed him. This world is dangerous and dark, and the plot is constructed in such a way that you don’t know who is safe or who to trust. The text is fluid and loaded with description. The secondary characters continue to play a pivotal role in the plot, and I especially enjoyed the darkness of Fallen and his Queen. The characters have become more developed and more complex as the series has progressed. I was quite stunned with the ending, and although I am sure many readers will want to throw their Kindles against the wall, I have complete faith in Ms. Scarlett to safely deliver these characters home.

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Overall, I highly recommend this series to Paranormal Romance Fans who enjoy action, suspense, and a twisted plot. In this fantastical world, the twists and turns are never ending! I can only hope that the love that Tensley and Molly share will be enough to see them through.

***Blackest Gold Series***
Body of The Crime (Blackest Gold, #2) by R. ScarlettVein Of Love (Blackest Gold, #1) by R. ScarlettA Vow of Thorns (Blackest Gold, #3) by R. ScarlettUntitled (Blackest Gold, #4) by R. Scarlett

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Liz’s Review~Wicked Things~by Callie Hart

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“…something wicked that way a-coming…”

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Wicked Things is the third book in the Chaos and Ruin Series. The series must be read in order, and I highly recommend reading The Blood and Roses Series before reading Chaos and Ruin. In Wicked Things, Sloane and Zeth are back, and the danger is darker and more twisted than ever. As Zeth prepares to battle his adversaries, he is determined to protect Sloane and stay alive.

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“There will be no mercy.”

Wicked Things picks up directly after Savage Things. Zeth and Sloane have experienced some surprising changes in their relationship and Zeth has become more attentive than ever. However, he knows there is one thing that he must take care of in order to keep her safe. Meanwhile, Mason is suffering from the loss of his sister, and he is sinking into a deep depression. Zeth, being well aware of the pain of loss, decides to help Mason and puts him to work at the Blood and Roses gym.

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“With every thrust, every deep, ferocious drive of his hips, he groans, losing himself, running his hands all over my body, leaning over me to bite and suck on my breasts, fisting my hair, biting my neck…”

The passion between Sloane and Zeth is stronger than ever. After everything they have been through, the love they share only continues to grow. Zeth, wanting nothing more than to protect their love, ventures to New York to take care of the small issue of the New York Mob. While Zeth is away, the trouble in Seattle continues to brew. Lowell still lingers hoping to get sweet revenge. As Sloane is trying to deal with Zeth’s absence, an old friend from her past resurfaces. As danger and fury erupt on every side, the stakes are high for Zeth and Sloane to take down their enemies.

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“You’re mine. You’re fucking mine, Sloane. Always.”

Told in multiple POV, Wicked Things is another stunning addition to my favorite love story of all time. The combination of nonstop action, passion, and Zeth’s fierce love for Sloane will always keep me coming back for more. The writing is constructed with such clarity that you feel transported into the scene. Zeth is the most dynamic hero I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and the transformation he has made over the course of this series is remarkable, raw, and authentic. Sloane and Zeth are perfectly matched, and Wicked Things only strengthens my love for these characters even more. In addition to Zeth and Sloane, we get more of Michael and Mason whose friendship and loyalty to Zeth and Sloane only continues to strengthen as the danger gets more deadly! As the relationships and circumstances of these characters continue to twist and turn, the story continues to develop and draw me further in, and when it comes to all things MAYFAIR, I will never get enough!

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Overall, I highly recommend Wicked Things to all ZETH fans! And if you aren’t a ZETH fan, you should be! The Blood and Roses followed by the Chaos and Ruin Series are full of action, complex characters, beautiful writing, and is dark romance at its best! Any reader who enjoys a dark and twisted ride needs to experience all things ZETH MAYFAIR!!! You will never be the same! I can only hope that Callie has more ZETH and SLOANE goodness up her sleeves. Because when she is writing, I am ready and waiting! Bravo, Ms. Hart! Bravo!

***Chaos and Ruin Series***
Violent Things (Chaos & Ruin, #1) by Callie HartSavage Things (Chaos & Ruin #2) by Callie HartWicked Things (Chaos & Ruin Book 3) by Callie Hart

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Liz’s Review~Lover~by Marni Mann and Gia Riley

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“This is swinging.”

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Lover is a steamy contemporary romance written by Marni Mann and Gia Riley. This is their second collaborative work, and once again they have delivered a creative masterpiece with complex character relationships, passion, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire read.

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“There’s only so much distance two people can put between themselves before they’re each going in opposite directions, permanently.”

Piper Callahan is desperate to rekindle the spark in her marriage. Her husband Cannon is detached and more focused on work than his beautiful wife. Even after a romantic get away, Piper can’t seem to foster any affection or passion from him. Cannon and Piper have become best friends and roommates instead of lovers, and it appears as if it is the beginning of the end of their relationship. While researching ways to “fix her marriage,” Piper discovers a swingers website. When Cannon becomes aware of his wife’s research, he agrees to meet with another couple to appease Piper’s desire to help fix what is broken.

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“You picked a punctual couple.”
“That’s because she wants your cock.”

West Holden is a professional hockey player who has recently been benched permanently. Suffering from an injury, he and his wife Tilly leave Boston and go to Florida. West and Tilly share a unique arrangement. Their relationship has always been based on lust as opposed to love, and when Tilly makes an arrangement to meet with a couple on a swingers website, West is all in. But when these two couples enter this swinging arrangement, everything quickly unravels. Piper and Wes instantly form a connection that transcends physical affection. Beyond the explosive sex, the two have now shared, they begin talking, texting, and meeting “outside” the bounds of their swinging relationship. As Piper and West struggle with guilt and try to understand the relationship that is enveloping them, Tilly and Cannon reveal their own secrets and betrayals.

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“There’s a difference between fucking your best friend and someone who actually worships your body.”

Told in dual POV, Lover is a beautiful love story that stems from an unconventional situation. Each character is unique and complex, and they all have their own individual needs and desires to discover and fulfill. The dynamics between these characters are intense, and things aren’t ever exactly as they seem. The pacing of the read is fluid, and the stakes are high for these couples to freely explore the bounds of swinging and keep their emotions in check. As Piper and West fall in love, the transformation is full of passion and tenderness as they discover just how perfectly matched they are for each other. Full of romance, intrigue, and some taboo, Lover has a fantastic plot, smoking hot sex, and unforgettable characters!

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Overall, I was beyond nervous to dive into a romance about swingers knowing that someone was bound to get hurt. Truth be told, love triangles and angst make me break out in hives and yet, the way in which these authors craftily weaved the plot and created something so beautiful out of something so unorthodox left me in complete awe. Days later and I am still thinking about this read, and I have already gone back to re-read some of my favorite scenes. Ms. Mann and Ms. Riley have created something truly magical, and every contemporary romance fan should discover WEST HOLDEN in all his glory RIGHT NOW!

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

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Liz’s Review~Six~by K.I. Lynn

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“Six was not a nice guy. Six was a monster.”

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SIX is a stunning dark and delicious stand-alone romance by the crazy talented K.I. Lynn. From the first word to the last, every moment is charged with action, intrigue, and suspense.
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“My mind began to go blank from the rough fucking I was getting. I was nothing but a fuck doll. Used. Abused. Fucked out of anger and control.”

Paisley Warren is a lab tech who works hard in her field. Working crazy hours in the morgue hasn’t left her much time to play. When she spends one night out on the town with her co-workers, she meets a sexy stranger. One thing leads to another and the two share one unforgettable night of passion. Her one night of passion is the beginning of the end for Paisley Warren.

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“Somehow, he sped up his assault, fucking me harder and faster. Destroying my pussy for anyone else.”

SIX is a trained killer. He is ruthless and meticulous about his job. When he is sent to the Hamilton County Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Cincinnati, he comes face to face with his one-night stand. Because she has the information he needs, he kidnaps her. SIX is attracted to Paisley but because he is a man on a mission, she becomes a means to an end. As soon as she reveals what she knows, he is going to kill her. Six is twisted and hard and yet, Paisley isn’t willing to bend. Despite being chained and held captive by him, Paisley is drawn to Six like a moth to a flame. When tension rises, and someone is out there trying to take out Six, he transforms Paisley and gives her a new persona “Lacey.” Lacey and Six together become a force to be reckoned with. With plenty of passion, violence, and action, Lacey and Six begin to fall hard and fast for each other. But when all is revealed, will SIX follow through with his promise of killing Lacey or will he want to keep her by his side forever?

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“For the rest of your life, you’re mine.”

Told in Paisley’s POV, SIX is absolutely flawless. The characters are complex, the plot is expertly constructed with twists and turns throughout. The relationship between Six and Lacey is unique, and the transformation that takes place between the two is like nothing I have ever read before. I am always drawn to the dark and SIX certainly delivers. Lacey was a perfect match for SIX and the fact that she discovered that before he did made it even more exciting. The intimacy between SIX and Paisley transforms from raw sex to a passionate bond full of affection and a twisted understanding. Like a blockbuster movie unfolding before my eyes, I had no idea WHAT was going to happen next and I could not tear my eyes away! The tension drives the action, and no one is safe!
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Overall, SIX is an absolute MUST READ NOW for Contemporary Romance Fans who enjoy their heroes dark, the passion raw and dynamic, non-stop action, and unforgettable characters. I have long been a fan of K.I. Lynn and her broad spectrum of work. She is a master storyteller, and SIX might just be my new favorite K.I. Hero (and if you have met WESTON and NATHAN than you know that says a lot!). I look forward to more greatness from this author. No doubt, she has more perfection in the works as we speak!

*A COPY was graciously gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review!

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Liz’s Review~Devil’s Own (The Devil’s Keepers #3)~ by Megan Crane

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“Prim on the outside and a dirty little biker chick inside. A screaming hot wet dream in the flesh.”

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Devil’s Own is the third book in The Devil’s Keepers. Dwelling in the bayou of Louisiana, the Devil’s Keepers ride hard and live rough. Although this is the third book in the series, it can certainly be read and enjoyed completely as a stand-alone. I am quite fond of the entire Devils crew, so I highly recommend reading the entire series.

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“For the first time in his life, he wasn’t sure he could control himself.”

Lara Ashburn is a new high school teacher who is passionate about her students. She is on a mission to save the youth of her town and keep them safe from the biker lifestyle. When she takes a special interest in one of her students and demands a parent-teacher conference, her mission is instantly put in jeopardy.

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“You’re mine. I feel sorry for you, I really do.”

Ryan Frey aka “Chaser” is not afraid of anything or anyone. As a single parent and an enforcer, he has sacrificed everything to keep his club and his daughter safe. When he meets the new hot shot teacher Ms. Ashburn, he decides that it is prime time for her to be schooled in what it means to meddle with a biker. Unbeknownst to Ryan, Lara is quite familiar with the biker culture, and although she is determined to stay away from the connection she feels to Chaser explodes like a firework and once their lips touch it is GAME ON! Lara and Chaser share a passionate connection that keeps them coming back for more. But when the demons of Lara’s past collide with Chaser’s present, their budding romance is put in the line of fire.

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Told in dual POV, Devil’s Own is an action packed forbidden romance set in the deadly world of an MC! The characters are complex, and their love and loyalty to each other solidify their relationships and make each twist and turn a ride that you will not forget. I especially enjoyed the dynamics between Lara and Chaser. The writing style is decadent due to the author’s precision and attention to every detail. With each book in this series, I become more invested in these bad boys and their women.

Overall, I highly recommend Devil’s Own and the entire Devil’s Keepers Series to all MC Romance Fans! With the tension rising in the club, no doubt some explosive action is in the works. My Kindle and I are ready and waiting for more Devil goodness to come our way.

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

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Liz’s Review~One Taste of Angel (Iron Norsemen MC, #1)~ by Violetta Rand

4-stars

“Angel is worth every drop of spilled blood…”

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One Taste of Angel is the first book in the explosive Iron Norseman MC. This second chance MC romance is full of action, romance, and passion.

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“Taste her. Possess her for however long I could.
My tongue explores further, finding her swollen clit. She spreads her legs wider, quivering.”

Eagle is the President of the Norseman MC. Years ago he lost the love of his life Angel. Angel was a member of a rival MC. Loosing her caused him to serve a sentence of wasted years full of women and drinking. When Eagle attends a party and witnesses a girl being threatened, he steps up to offer her assistance. He is instantly attracted to the young dancer.

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“We match.”

Serafina has been through hell. She has spent years struggling to make a way for herself to survive. When a rough night on the job lands her in the arms of Eagle the President of a local MC, her whole life is sent into a tailspin. Again. Serafina and Eagle share an instant connection and bond quickly forms. Serafina is terrified to get close to Eagle and Eagle wants nothing more than to make her his. Both have secrets, and the demons from their past threaten to tear them apart. With rival MC gangs and a broken past, is it possible for these two to find their way?

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Told in dual POV, One Taste of Angel has a unique plot, strong characters, a beautiful romance, and smoking hot passion. The journey for both Eagle and Serafina is difficult, and yet, when they finally realize the depth of their connection, it is utter perfection. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and the pacing of the story is driven by the action and tension that is deeply explored throughout each moment.

I highly recommend One Taste of Angel to all of my MC Romance fans. I look forward to reading more from this author and certainly excited for more Norsemen action to hit my Kindle!

***Iron Norsemen MC***
One Taste of Angel (Iron Norsemen MC, #1) by Violetta Rand

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Liz’s Review~Ruckus~by L.J. Shen

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“What makes you feel alive?”

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Ruckus is the second book in the Sinners of Saint Series, and Dean Cole and Rosie LeBlanc share an epic love story that will leave you breathless. This contemporary read full of complex characters, fiery passion, friendship, and unforgettable romance can be read as a stand-alone. However, I highly recommend reading Defy and Vicious before digging in to all things DEAN!

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“I’m about to rewrite the pages of our fucking history, baby.”

Dean Cole is no stranger to Rosie LeBlanc. When he first laid eyes on her, he knew she was his. Somehow fate was not on their side, and Dean took Rosie’s big sister as his girlfriend. Despite Rosie’s heart break, she was willing to put her hapiness aside to keep her sister happy and safe. Now that years have passed and Millie is married to Dean’s best friend and business partner Vicious, Rosie aka “Baby LeBlanc” is back on his radar. This time Dean will stop at nothing to catch her and keep her forever.

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“You’re awfully possessive.”
“That’s because you’re awfully mine.”

Rosie LeBlanc has had a difficult life. Battling an illness and trying to maintain independence, she knows that she has to stay away from Dean Cole. She knows that if she allows Dean back into her life, he will take everything and leave her more broken than she already is. Dean is a playboy. Dean is a power hungry business mogul. Dean is sexy. Dean won’t stop until Rosie is secured by his side. Permanently. As Dean and Rosie rekindle their friendship, passion explodes between the two. But with the demons of their past threatening to hold them, hostage, forever, will these two be able to find their way together?

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“We’re playing a risky game.
“Then it’s a good thing I’m the best fucking player in town.”

Told in dual POV, Ruckus is EVERYTHING I love in a story. The dialogue is dense with color and expression. The character relationships are complex and expertly explored throughout each turn and twist of the plot. The friendship between Dean and Rosie is sincere, and the transformation that they make over the course of their relationship is utter perfection. I will be the first to admit that I was unsure how I would feel about Dean. After dating Millie and then going after her sister, I was nervous. And yet, the way in which Dean’s past is revealed broke down every mental barrier I had and left me desperate for more. More Dean. More Rosie. More Dean and Rose! I can say with complete confidence that Ruckus is absolutely flawless. In addition to my adoration for these characters and the incomparable text, the plot is unique and full of intrigue. I adore every single moment of this read, and I absolutely cannot wait for more of this series.

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I have been a fan of L.J. Shen for a long time, and I can say with complete sincerity that this is her best work to date. Ruckus is raw, passionate, spunky, and unforgettable. The best way I can summarize my love for this book is to borrow a line from Baby LeBlanc. “What makes you feel alive?” For me, it’s reading Ruckus. Bravo, Ms. Shen! Bravo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“YOU are my life.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

***King Series***


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*This is a BR with my bestie SUEBEE!

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

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“Lumbersexuals were clearly the worst.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Please…Please come back to me….”

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

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“I love you, my Adam. Always us.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liz’s Review~Rigid~by SD HILDRETH

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“Be careful what you wish for.”

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Rigid is the fourth book in the Filthy F*ckers Series. With each installment, Hildreth showcases another biker from the Filthy F*ckers Family. Each biker is unique, loyal, and passionate about life. Although it may be time for Smokey to meet his match, he has another woman in his life that has always come first!

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“For a minute, you tricked me into thinking I was normal.”

Grayson “Smokey” Wallace is a biker who is loyal to his club, loves coffee, vaping, women, and his daughter Eddie. Caring for his daughter and making sure she has a safe place to grow and develop into a successful young woman is his only goal and everything else is inconsequential. Smokey has no problem falling in and out of bed with the ladies but having a relationship with anyone is out of the question because he doesn’t want to bring anyone home that would disrupt the life he has created for himself and his daughter. While out with his brother Cholo, he meets Lexi’s best friend, Sandy. With just one look, Sandy and Smokey share an instant connection.

“So….is this….what you…..do?”

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“I wanted to know his deepest of desires, and hoped I could satisfy each one of them. Yet. The way it felt knowing all we would ever have was sex crushed those wants and desires into dust.”

Sandy is happily stumbling through life. Working two jobs, she has friends that love her, and she is headed for a life full of joy and success. Meeting Smokey sparked a physical desire in her that she had never felt before. Knowing that a relationship with him was out of the question, after a few unforgettable rounds in the bedroom, she was strong enough to push him away. However, sometimes even when we think we know what is best for us, life is always there to throw as a curve ball. Sandy and Smokey (and Eddie) are instantly thrust into an unknown world, and just like life, their journey is full of unexpected moments of joy, fear, happiness, and terror.

“We might end up in love someday.”

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“Love simply either happened or it didn’t.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Rigid offers a beautiful story of sacrifice and love. The vital element in this installment of the series is the complex relationships between the characters and the surprising way in which they intercept together along the way. Smokey is passionate about doing right by his daughter, and because of that, he has chosen to be single. Eddie loves her father but is ready to stretch her wings and soar. Somehow, Sandy fits perfectly into their lives and like the missing puzzle piece she is the catalyst that brings their family together beautifully. Hildreth’s writing style continues to entertain with his natural flowing dialogue, real life situations, unique characters, and smoking hot sex! An additional stand out character is P-Nut. His unashamed view on life and uninhibited spirit promises more greatness to come to this already extraordinary group of characters.

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Overall, this series brings a variety of characters, situations, and moments that always cause me to pause. Sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they make me cry, sometimes they make me swoon, but I always turn to the last page and feel something that I haven’t felt before. Every. Single. Time. Rigid is a tender and sexy read that is sure to bring on the feels. With action, romance, and family love, this is one Hildreth book you do not want to miss!

***BIKER MC ROMANCE SERIES***
Hard (Biker MC Romance, #1) by Scott HildrethRough (Biker MC Romance, #2) by Scott HildrethDirty (Biker MC Romance, #3) by Scott HildrethRIGID (Biker MC Romance, #4) by Scott Hildreth

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Liz’s Review~Animal~by Marni Mann

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“Your life is about to change.”

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

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

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

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

“I needed some fucking screams.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Deal’s not over yet.”

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

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“Had enough yet, Bandit?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-stars

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

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

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

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

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

4-5stars

“She was like me.”

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

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“Last night I made her mine.”

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

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“Her attention only made me break more.”

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

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

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

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

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review!

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

4-5stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liz’s Review~Dark Protector ~ by Celia Aaron

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“Death before dishonor.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liz’s Review~Until Sage (Until Him, #2)~ by Aurora Rose Reynolds

“I’m thankful every fucking day for the second chance I was given.”

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The BOOM is back, and Aurora Rose Reynolds does it again with Until Sage. Sage and Kim were brought together and then ripped apart. But what happens when they get a second chance?

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“In the twenty-four hours we spent together, you gave me a taste of something beautiful, and the memories of those moments have haunted me since I walked away from you.”

Kim and Sage met and had an instant connection. When a horrible misunderstanding rips them apart, Kim is devastated, and Sage is angry. When Sage realizes that he was wrong and that Kim is indeed the woman for him, he sets his sights on getting her back.

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“We’re not friends, if you haven’t figured that out by now, I’ve still got work to do. Baby, you are mine.”

Kim is confused. She feels a strong connection to Sage and yet, her life is complicated. Knowing that he burned her before only keeps her more guarded against his advances. Anyone who has met a Mayson Man knows that when he meets his match the boom happens and he will move heaven and earth to get her and keep her forever. Sage and Kim are perfectly matched and although they face several obstacles they can overcome together.

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“I waited too fucking long for my shot, and I’m not going to let her run off and build up walls. Not this time. I’m done fucking around.”

Told in dual POV, Until Sage is another Reynolds blend of goodness. Although there were certain elements of the plot that I would have loved to have been further developed, there was enough passion and love to keep me entertained throughout the entire read. Sage was quite complex, and he was more than driven to win back Kim. This second chance romance with the Mayson twist will melt your heart and leave a smile on your face the entire read.

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Aurora Rose Reynolds always delivers a beautiful romance story, and there is nothing better than experiencing the BOOM! Until Sage is another amazing display of greatness and I could not get enough! Each Until book can be read as a stand alone but why not read them all and enjoy each and every moment of Mayson greatness? You will be so glad that you did! Bravo Ms. Reynolds! Bravo!

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Liz’s Review~Trophy Wife~ by Alessandra Torre

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“He is a living, breathing man who has the capacity to love, who looks at me and sees something more than a contract.”

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Trophy Wife is a smoking hot read with a business man, a stripper, and a contract. With a blend of intrigue, passion, and money, Nathan Dumont is one hero who is sure to please any romance reading fan!

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“In the moments before his breathing deepens, his hold on me relaxing, it is perfection. Forbidden. Impossible. Perfection.”

Candy is a stripper. She has a college degree and yet has been forced to work the pole for money. From the beginning of the read it is easy to assess that Candy is a good girl. She has simply chosen a job in order to provide for herself and help her ailing dad. When Nathan Dumont visits Candy in the strip club, one blow job turns into a series of events that will change her life forever. What happens when a broke stripper gets the opportunity of a lifetime?

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“He is unraveling, the world that he knows slowly coming apart at a time when it should be coming together.”

Nathan Dumont is looking for more than just a blowjob from Candy. He wants a wife. All she has to do is sign her name on the dotted line. She accepts a marriage of convenience, a marriage with hot sex, a beautiful wardrobe, and a beautiful house. However, it is a marriage without love and companionship. Nathan is cold and calculated. He has orchestrated a beautiful facade for him and Candy to live in. And yet, the sex between these two is beyond fulfilling. As the story begins to unravel, Nathan is shaken by the ghosts of his past and the possibility of his future.

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“Ecstasy. My body breaks into a thousand splinters of pleasure, a series of gasps spilling out, my back arching and pushing against his hard pelvis, our bodies joined as I am torn apart in a sea of desire.”

Told in dual POV, Trophy Wife is a compilation of Alessandra Torre’s previous work The Dumont Diaries. This updated version includes Nathan’s POV and a fresh ending to fulfill all of the questions that were left unanswered in the previous work. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this read. I was a Nathan and Candy fan before but with the additional dialogue, additional moments of bliss, and the beautiful epilogue, I found myself overjoyed with this read. As the connection between Nathan and Candace transforms from physical to emotional and every piece of the plot is revealed I simply could not tear my eyes away.

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Overall, Trophy Wife is a perfect blend of romance, passion, and intrigue that will certainly get your blood pumping and make your heart swoon. I loved The Dumont Diaries but this updated read literally blew me away. I have always been a fan of Ms. Torre’s work and Nathan and Candace are positively one of her hottest couples to date!

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

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“Because love wins everytime.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Liz’s Review~Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) ~ by Karina Halle

4-stars

“Love is a funny thing. It can cause all our demons to go away.”

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Black Hearts is the first book in the Sins Duet. Anyone who has read The Artists Trilogy is going to want to pick up this bad boy right now! Javier is the KING, and now his son Vicente is ready to rise and take the throne. But does he have what it takes?
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“Everything I know is a lie.”

Violet McQueen has been living happily in a house of lies. Her parents have always showered her with love and given her the freedom to express herself. As a college student studying the art of photography, Violet has lived a sheltered life. When a stranger appears in her life at the same time that her family security begins to deteriorate, Violet’s life is shifted off of its axis, and only Vicente can keep her anchored to the ground.

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“…the prince can become the king.”

Vicente has been groomed his entire life to take the reigns for his father. The Cartel requires a man of strength and undeniable fury to run the business. Vicente has decided to seek out Violet McQueen the daughter of his father’s failed conquest. However, when Vicente sets his sights on Violet the plan quickly shifts into something much bigger. The connection between Vicente and Violet transforms from lust to love, and both are quickly shaken by their undeniable desire to be together. Vicente might be strong and ruthless as his father, but is he capable of holding on to Violet and surviving the wrath that is to come?

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“You’re getting my cock so wet. Such a desperate little bird.”

Told in dual POV, Black Hearts is sexy, complex, and action-packed. The draw to these characters is unique due to the history already established between Javier, Camden, and Ellie in the Artists Trilogy. I had high hopes for this spin-off duet, and Karina certainly delivered. Vicente and Violet’s connection was rather fast and yet, the passion was intense, and the intimacy between them was authentic and believable. Violet is like a drug to Vicente and every time they come together I thought my Kindle was going to catch on fire. The writing is so descriptive that I felt as if I was experiencing every single moment with these characters. The combination of the picturesque setting, intriguing plot and my undeniable love for these characters make Black Hearts a must read!
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Overall, Black Hearts is an absolute must read for any and all fans of The Artists Trilogy. Being swept back into the world of Javier, Ellie, and Camden through their children was quite a ride, and I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion of Vincente and Violet’s tale. With Ms. Halle writing, I am certain it is going to be epic!

***SINS DUET***
Black Hearts (Sins Duet, #1) by Karina HalleDirty Souls (Sins Duet, #2) by Karina Halle

*This was a BR with my girls LOYDA and CC! WAR is with us in spirit!

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Liz’s Review~Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet, #2) ~ by Pepper Winters

4-stars

“Would she still trust me…or at least learn to trust me?”

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Throne of Truth is the second book in the Truth and Lies Duet. Penn and Elle are caught in a web of lies, and the only question on everyone’s mind is will they survive the truth when everything is finally revealed?

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“What if…”

Throne of Truth picks up directly after Crown of Lies. Elle’s life is in danger, and despite her best effort to remain unstained from the deception of her foes, she is continuously brought right back into the chaos. With her trust in Penn and her desire to be with him swinging like a pendulum, she is continuously battling her emotions versus what she believes are the facts. Elle continues to act out of fear and will stop at nothing to find out the truth about Penn.

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“Someone kind but ruthless. Supportive but possessive. Intelligent but quick tempered. He was an angel and monster in one.”

Penn was certain that he would be able to spend time with Elle and then leave her alone. Now that she is deeply embedded in his heart, he can’t seem to stay away. With time quickly slipping away, does he have what it takes to convince Elle that he is worthy of her love and affection or has too much damage already been done?

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“Piece by piece, I revealed the man I’d always known existed.”

Told in dual POV, Throne of Truth offers an intriguing romance of two people from different worlds that are desperate to be together. With a blend of passion, romance, and action this mysterious romance will certainly keep you engaged with each twist of the plot! I found Penn to be a complex character whose history and life experiences made him a unique hero with multiple layers of intensity. Elle experiences a rather large transformation throughout the development of the series, and although she wasn’t my favorite heroine, I certainly felt that she and Penn made a perfect match. The secondary characters enhanced the plot, and I was especially fond of Larry. This duet is tender, sweet, passionate, mysterious, and with a dash of action and angst, it is sure to please contemporary romance fans.

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Overall, I highly recommend Throne of Truth. The Truth and Lies Duet was certainly an intriguing read and Penn is certainly one hero you will want to meet!

***Truth and Lies Duet***
Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet, #1) by Pepper WintersThrone of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet, #2) by Pepper Winters

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Liz’s Review~Grievous (Scarlet Scars, #2)~ by J.M. Darhower

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“I’ve got you.”

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J.M. Darhower has done it again! Grievous is the second book in the Scarlet Scars series, and it is flawless. With strong characters, an intense plot, passion, and non-stop action, my emotions were on overdrive the entire read.

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“Stupid little suka, you will always be mine.”

Grievous picks up directly after Menace. Lorenzo and Scarlet have been thrown together in the midst of a tornado. Scarlet is desperate to get back what she has lost, and although Lorenzo is a cold hearted man full of raw fury, he has fallen hard for Scarlet. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe and help her get her life back.

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“It’s a sin to give in, but seeing as sinning is my specialty, I let her dark magic consume me, because what do I have to lose?”

Scarlet is in danger. Even with Lorenzo by her side, her life is at stake. As Lorenzo and Scarlet grow closer together, both passion and tenderness grow between them, and Lorenzo begins to feel emotions in a way that he has never experienced before. When danger threatens to tear them apart, Scarlet and Lorenzo will burn the world down to survive.

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“He fucks me. There’s no other way to describe it. This way, that way, upside down, inside out, he fucks me until my muscles quake and my body aches, my senses all jumbled.”

Told in dual POV, I enjoyed every single solitary moment of Grievous. The main characters are complex, and together they make quite a unique pair. I adored the raw intensity of Lorenzo, and Scarlet was full of spunk. Both of them are driven to protect the ones they love, and when they fall in love with each other, it is as if they have been reborn into a new world that they can only discover together. The secondary characters enhanced the story greatly and helped drive the plot by adding humor, wit, and intrigue. J.M. has always written strong heroes that I quickly fall in love with and yet, I found this series to be even more notable due to the strength of the heroine. Together, Scarlet and Lorenzo are unforgettable. The passion is raw as Lorenzo, and Scarlet pursue each other on every level completely.

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I highly recommend Grievous to any mafia romance fan. Lorenzo is a damaged hero who will stop at nothing to protect what is his. Scarlet is his, and their story is one that I will never forget.

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

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Liz’s Review~Pucked Off (Pucked, #5) ~ by Helena Hunting

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“You see the little redhead? She’s mine.”

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Pucked Off is the fifth book in the Pucked Series by the fabulous Helena Hunting. There is truly no words to express the magnitude of my love for this series. The colorful characters, witty dialogue, complex plot, and undeniable steam intricately crafted in one beautiful package NEVER GETS OLD! Each and every NHL player and their girl have kept me entertained with every single turn of the page. Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance.” is one player I have been dying to get to know better. And as I expected, Pucked Off exceeded all my expectations tenfold, and I am happily PUCKED once again!

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“I wanna deserve you.”

Lance is quite the player (both on the ice and in the bedroom). After trying to survive a scandalous affair with the team trainer Tash, Lance has been left hurting and alone. Watching all of his best friends and teammates pair off with the loves of their lives has only served as a painful reminder that he is never meant to be loved or give love. With Tash still trying to wreak havoc in his life, it seems as though Romance will never find a sliver of peace. But when an injury sends him straight to a massage therapist named Poppy, suddenly everything changes.

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“Loving this man isn’t going to be easy, but I still want to try.”

Poppy couldn’t be more horrified to see Lance (her first crush) laid out on her table for a therapeutic massage. Her last interaction with Lance was less than stellar. When Lance doesn’t shy away from Poppy’s touch, it becomes evident that these two have a connection. Lance doesn’t quite remember Poppy and Poppy is afraid to reveal her identity to the hot hockey player! As the spark begins to flourish between the two, Lance and Poppy form a beautiful bond. The two spend time together and as each moment blends into the next the passion, romance, and friendship become an unstoppable force. Or is it? With Tash and the paparazzi ready to pounce on this new budding love, Poppy and Lance will need to find a way to hold on tight to each other and trust in their love.

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“I hope your beaver is ready.”

Told in dual POV, Pucked Off is absolute perfection. Lance is complex with his sordid past and constant desire to isolate himself from intimacy. Poppy is a perfect match for our damaged hero. The fact that they have a history together only sweetens this plot that much more. The passion between Lance and Poppy is addictive, and I simply did not want this one to end. This installment of the series maintained the upbeat tempo, witty banter, and sexy steam that I have grown to love and yet, Pucked Off offered an additional richness with the complexities hidden in Lance’s past. In true PUCKED fashion, we get a happy dose of all of our favorite players and their girls! The relationships embedded in this series are unique as this hockey family is full of love for each other. The constant presence of loyalty, family, and friendship is just another reason I simply cannot stay away from this series.

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Overal, Pucked Off is a must read! The Pucked Series is full of unforgettable characters, smoking hot steam, and a plot that continues to develop and grow with each book release. I don’t consider myself a huge sports romance fan and yet, I have been PUCKED from the very first word on the first page read! If you are looking for a sexy romance that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon, then look no further Lance, Poppy, and all of the Pucked characters are exactly what you need! I will simply never get enough!

***PUCKED SERIES***
Pucked (Pucked, #1) by Helena HuntingPucked Up (Pucked, #2) by Helena HuntingPucked Over (Pucked, #3) by Helena HuntingForever Pucked (Pucked, #4) by Helena HuntingAREA 51 Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (Pucked, #4.1) by Helena HuntingPucked Under (Pucked, #4.5) by Helena HuntingPucked Off (Pucked, #5) by Helena Hunting

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Liz’s Review~Ripple Effect: Episode 1 (Ripple Effect, #1) by Keri Lake

4-5stars

“Every decision you make affects every moment that follows. It’s like a ripple effect.”

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Ripple Effect: Episode 1 is the first book in the Ripple Effect Series by Keri Lake. A gripping dark and delicious read, this first installment is an introduction to the chaotic world of Dylan and Rip. Be forewarned, once you enter this twisted tale, you will not be able to put it down.
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“Breathe.”

Dylan has been through hell. Abandoned, beaten, abused, she has found strength by clinging to her dog and the fact that she is almost eighteen and will be able to escape the hell she is living in. When suddenly her circumstances take a quick turn for the worse, Dylan finds herself tangled up in the arms of a killer.

“I’m afraid I can’t let you go this time, butterfly. You’ve fucked yourself by coming back to me.”

Rip is a killer. An assassin who lives his life in the shadows, he has never needed anyone. Making kills, fighting, and spending his money on women has been all that he has needed until he meets Dylan. Dylan and Rip crash together in the most unlikely situations and although they are both fighters who have been able to survive so much, will they be able to survive each other?
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Told in dual POV, Ripple Effect: Episode 1 is a raw and gritty action-packed contemporary dark romance that is sure to please readers who enjoy gritty characters and an intricate plot. This first episode is only the beginning of what promises to be another unforgettable series by the great Keri Lake. Be forewarned, have the next book downloaded and ready to read because this cliffy is going to leave you desperate for more.

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

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

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Liz’s Review~Singe~by Aly Martinez

4-stars

“Heal me, Jude.”

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Singe is the first in the Guardian Protection Series. Aly Martinez makes her mark once again with this intense contemporary romance. With a heady blend of action, Singe offers a complex plot full of multiple twists and turn and smoking hot passion at its best.

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“Our bodies rolled together, a fluid rhythm the likes of waves joining in the sea. My every push, she met with a pull. And, each time I’d slide out, she’d welcome me back in.”

Jude is a hardworking police officer who takes a call one night that will change his life forever. With the physical and emotional scars branding his body, he has never forgotten the girl who now haunts his dreams. Despite his best efforts to start his life over and attempt to forget her, fate has other plans.

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“The last few weeks with her had been an awakening, and not just from the years after the fire. But in my entire life. Consuming me positively and negatively, physically and mentally.”

Rhion never forget the man who saved her life. With plenty of money, friends, and a successful profession, she has managed to create a safe place for herself. When Jude is thrust back into her life again, she takes the opportunity to thank him and shower him with love. While he is like her dream, she reminds him of a nightmare. When love and passion collide, Jude and his beautiful broken butterfly must find a way to overcome the demons of their past and find happiness and joy in their future.

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“Love rarely makes a man smile. Especially if said man is me and he has to deal with a crazy woman like you. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t burn the world down for you. Extinguish and entire species. And then place their ashes at your feet if it meant you’d smile.”

Told in dual POV, Singe is a unique read with a very intricate plot. The circumstances are extreme, and the characters are forced into intense situations which warrant extreme responses. Rhion is by far the stand-out character for me in this read. I found her exuberance for life to be addictive, and her character exudes radiance. When considering the heartbreak she has faced, she is an absolute inspiration. Jude is a good match for Rhion, and although he wasn’t my favorite hero, there were certainly moments that he commanded that took my breath away. In real Martinez style, the writing is absolute perfection. With smooth dialogue, and concrete character relationships the stakes are high for these characters to find their way. The action was intense, and although I found certain elements to be slightly over the top, everything was so well developed with 100 percent commitment that I believed in the love between Jude and Rhion and desperately wanted them to find their HEA. What is most exciting about this first installment is the introduction of the entire Guardian Protection family. With so many colorful characters, I have no doubt there will be many more amazing stories of this hot bunch to come!

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I highly recommend Singe to Contemporary Romance fans who appreciate a second chance romance, a story of overcoming, action, suspense, and plenty of steam. If Aly Martinez is writing, I am ready to read. When it comes to the characters of Guardian Protection, sign me up. I am ready for my bodyguard to report to duty!

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

4-5stars

“You can’t be alone forever.”

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The Dead Saga is back with a bang and Odium IV certainly delivers a powerful punch! The fourth book in the saga brings us back to Mikey and his quest to survive sans Nina. The anticipation is so intense that I could barely contain my excitement with each turn of the page.

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“In a world like this, you get attached to people quickly. It can’t be helped; it’s just nature because you never know when people will be snatched away from you.”

Nina has run back into the blazing inferno in order to get revenge. Mikey is left with a little boy and the hilarious, crazy pants. Although his heart is breaking, he wastes no time taking off into the big bad zombie world to find safety for himself and his motley crew. It doesn’t take long for Mikey to find himself surrounded by an unknown people and more known zombies.

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“A little sin of the flesh isn’t hurtful if you intent to follow it through.”

Mikey finds a new community to make his home. Desperate for Nina, he struggles with thoughts of moving on. Mistakes are made, and some blunders cannot be undone. With Nina gone, what motivation does Mikey have to stay alive?

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“It’s not enough, it’s too long, it’s all of the above.”

Told in mostly Mikey’s POV, Odium IV is another home run for Claire C. Riley. With the threat of Nina being gone, the threat is real for Mikey to find comfort in another’s arms. Wouldn’t you like for me to tell you if he does? Too bad! You are going to have to discover the truth for yourself. In addition to the main conflict, the action in this installment is off the chart. The undead continues to overtake the earth, and with death on the line, there is no one you can trust.

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Overall, I highly recommend Odium IV to any reader who likes horror, grit, and non-stop action. The complex plot in this series just continues to develop and sweep me in. The love I have for Mikey and Nina only continues to grow and has infected my heart and soul. I am truly captivated by this world, and the questions just continue to grow. How did this happen? Will Mikey survive? Will I survive when this is over? My only hope is that I can manage to hang on until the next book is released!!!!! To Ms. Riley I say, BRING IT!!!! I am beyond ready for more!

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Liz’s Review~Triumph~by Cecilia London

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“Be fearless, my love.”

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Triumph is an epic and unforgettable series. The Bellator Saga is a six-book journey riddled with pain, passion, joy, fear, strength, and every single emotion in between. In this final slice of heaven, Caroline and Jack come together, and as the plot comes full circle they are forced to face their adversaries and take back their lives and America!

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“We love our country. We want to see it restored.”

When we last saw Caroline and Jack, they had finally found peace together after the torment and pain that had been inflicted on them. To be together, separated, together but apart, and now finally together in a world that is broken, their work is only just beginning. Caroline has decided to testify to attract attention and gain assistance from the world to take down the rogue President Santos and his evil regime. While interrogating an enemy, it is revealed that perhaps her children could still be alive. That single piece of hope drives Caroline to cling to Jack and persevere a little longer in order to overcome.

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“I love you, Caroline. So goddamn much I can’t even wrap my head around it.”

Jack is desperate to bring Caroline safely back to a place where they can live and love and just be happy. He knows their work is not done. Before they can ride off into the sunset, they must continue the fight until they win or die trying.

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“I wanted to remind you before it got too intense and you forgot. Keep your legs open.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Triumph is utter perfection. The complex characters and their intricate relationships are displayed with precision and tenderness as each moment of the story unfolds. Caroline has been through such an extreme transformation throughout this series so, in the end, there is nothing left but awe and raw inspiration. Jack is her true counterpart displaying strength and love for his “sweetheart.” The passion between the two continues to flourish and grow, and this ending installment only made me fall in love with them that much more. In addition to Jack and Caroline, the secondary characters continue to play an integral role in the plot. Specifically, Christine, Caroline’s dear friend! It was quite an extra treat to bear witness to her journey and the way she has been affected by everything. With so many endearing characters, which have been through so much, this is one epic series that I will never forget.

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Overall, The Bellator Saga is a truly magnificent series for contemporary romance fans looking for an epic love story with passion, angst, drama, and intrigue. The characters are complex, the passion and suspense drive the action throughout each moment of this journey. With a slight dystopian overtone and an unbelievable love story, Triumph is a truly spectacular ending to this unforgettable story. All I can say after reading this series is God bless America, be fearless, and when all else fails, what would JACK and CAROLINE DO?! As I finish this final review for this series, I cannot help but feel emotional about saying goodbye to these characters that have become like family to me. I am truly grateful to Ms. London for writing such a breathtaking series. Bravo Ms. London, bravo!

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Liz’s Review~Body of the Crime~by R. Scarlett

4-5stars

“Sometimes we can’t help how we feel; sometimes we’re cursed to be drawn to the wrong people.”

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Body of the Crime is the second book in the Blackest Gold Series. With a hypnotic blend of demons, passion, romance, and intrigue, the stakes are high for Molly and the dark and deadly Tensley.

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“He destroyed her, and she still loved him. How cursed she was.”

Body of the Crime picks up after Vein of Love. Molly and Tensley are engaged and an arrangement has been set. Although Tensley and Molly are growing closer together, Tensley is hesitant to trust her after her brutal betrayal.

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“If you really cared for me, if you really wanted me, you’d fight for me. For us.”

Molly is desperate for Tensely to mark her and make her his but with his demon brethren constantly getting in their way, it seems as though the deed will never be done. As both Molly and Tensley continue to wage an emotional and physical war, there is no question that they will find their way together. But when life or death is on the line, is love worth it?

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“She kissed him back, bleeding her entire being into him, because this was goodbye for now.”

Told in dual POV, Body of the Crime is like taking a trip down the rabbit hole. The dark and delicious setting of this world will certainly keep your heart pumping because no one is safe. Tensley is my favorite flavor of hero with his dark and twisted emotions constantly warring with his desire to love Molly. Molly is young and still learning how to use her powers, and yet, she is certainly a force to be reckoned with. As each moment passes, the stakes become higher for Tensley and Molly. The supporting characters enhance the story greatly with their quirky personalities, and I thoroughly enjoyed becoming more entrenched in this fantastical world. This is certainly not an insta-love story as Molly and Tensley have been forced on each other and must learn how to cope. I am desperate for these two to overcome their foes and finally be free to be together. There were moments when I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall when it seemed they wouldn’t be able to “get over themselves” and realize that they are meant to be, and yet, I have faith in Ms. Scarlett that she will ensure that Tensley and Molly will become unstoppable.

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Overall, I highly recommend Body of the Crime to paranormal romance fans who lust after dark heroes. This slow burn romance is full of passion, and the complex plot is only just beginning! Be forewarned, the cliffhanger is deadly in this one but certainly worth the fall! I cannot wait to find out what happens next!!!!

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

4-51

“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

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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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~4.5 STARS~

“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

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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

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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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