CC’s ARC Review ~ The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron


4 Stars!!


Camille Briarlane is a biology teacher wholeheartedly dedicated to her students. While Camille strives to also pursue field studies, such positions are coveted and limited. Despite her setbacks, she remains with her seemingly perfect boyfriend even though Camille knows she needs more than what’s on the surface.


“You’re light, but you crave the dark. You crave me.”

Sebastian Lindstrom, CEO of Lindstrom Industries, is known to be an aloof boss and mysterious man. His intense focus is finely honed on professional pursuits until his predatory gaze settles on a woman that captures his attention. Foreign sensations and feelings begin to emerge and Sebastian decides to act the only way he knows how.


“Her laugh against my throat woke up every nerve ending in my body until all I could feel was her. Euphoria, the closest I’d ever gotten to the sensation of happiness, washed over me.”

What ensues is due to the inner workings of Sebastian’s mind. While his motivations and actions are rationalized and legitimized in his mind, it doesn’t make it any easier on Camille. Being forced into Sebastian’s world, Camille must take steps to understand the man that has taken such extreme actions in the name of desire and obsession. During this time, Sebastian learns more about Camille’s deep desires leading to some truly combustible moments.


“I never want to forget the way you taste” He flicked the tip of his tongue against my clit, then licked me again. “Sweeter than anything I’ve ever had.”

As Sebastian comes to certain realizations about his methods, his next move is based on an elusive feeling. Relieved for his dose of empathy and move toward humanity, Camille is free to make her own choices and soon gains the knowledge to make the decision that she knew from the moment Sebastian entered her life.


“You aren’t the bad guy after all. Pyscho? Yes. But you’re the hero of my story.”

Told in dual POV, the connection between Sebastian and Camille is evident as they try to overcome their own demons. Had Sebastian approached Camille in a different way, it may not have been possible for them to share such intensity in such a short time but it didn’t excuse his behavior. The way layers were peeled back to show an understanding of Sebastian’s background, showed how compassionate Camille could be and ultimately how Sebastian is found what he’s been missing.

With two strongly developed characters, it was easy to get into their minds and understand their motivations and needs. With Camille, there were times when I wanted her to make a certain decision but I also liked how she did it on her terms. Sebastian turned out to be an endearing character in a believable way.

The Bad Guy is a story about trust and honesty. Set in a darkish setting, these characters take a journey of self-discovery that yields to the elusive species called love.




Liz’s Review~The Bad Guy~by Celia Aaron


“The more she tried to fly away, the harder I wanted to clip her wings.”


The Bad Guy is a stand-alone dark romance/thriller with a complicated hero, a beautiful heroine, and a plot that does not stop. If you are looking for your next anti-hero to fall in love with, look no further. Sebastian Lindstrom is waiting.

“I was falling prey to the lure.”

Camille Briarlane is a biology teacher living a mediocre life. Although she has a great best friend and a doting boyfriend, she knows that something is missing from her life. When her boyfriend takes her to a work function, she meets his boss Sebastian. A small spark ignites, and deep down in her soul, she feels a stirring that she has been craving for a long time. As her boyfriend begins to press for a bigger commitment from Camille, she knows she isn’t ready. A work-study program over the Christmas holiday seems like a perfect escape. If she can immerse herself in science and the study of plants surely she can forget about her boyfriend and the mystery of Sebastian.


“You stole everything from me.”

Sebastian Lindstrom has it all. He is sexy, powerful, rich, and never had a problem getting what he wants. After meeting Camille, he knows that she is exactly what he wants. She is what he needs. But what happens when Camille isn’t ready to be caught?


“I want to see things through your eyes.”

Told in dual POV, The Bad Guy is exactly the type of read that I LOVE to DEVOUR! Sebastian is my favorite type of hero. He is dark and delicious and driven to do anything in his power to protect Camille. The connection between the two is intense as the pendulum swings between extreme hate and extreme passion. Camille is a strong heroine, and her growth as a character was evident as she tried to identify the force pulling her to Sebastian. The secondary characters enhanced the plot significantly with their vital connections to the main characters. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Sebastian and his father. Who wouldn’t want a father that loves you unconditionally? Although not everyone will appreciate the idiosyncrasies that exist in Sebastian, I found his character to be unique and one that I will never forget. If you are looking for a dark romance with smoking hot passion and intrigue, look no further!

Overall, I highly recommend The Bad Guy to anyone who likes to take a trip on the dark side. Sebastian and Camille will not disappoint. Celia Aaron has long been one of my go-to authors. Her gifted storytelling never ceases to amaze me. The Bad Guy is another blockbuster hit from Ms. Aaron and I guarantee Sebastian is sure to please.

*This was an (F)BR with my SHHLUTTY sisters!


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


Cover Reveal~ Sexy Jerk by Kim Karr

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Title: Sexy Jerk

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: May 25, 2017

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Model: Andrew Biernat

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SEXY JERK_AmazonMy best friend is married.

Everyone I know is married. It doesn’t bother me. I like my life the way it is.

Since I’m single though, when my best friend and her husband finally decide to go on their dream honeymoon, she asks me to watch their three-year-old son.

Of course I say yes.

What my best friend neglects to tell me is that I won’t be babysitting alone.

Feeling Max might be too much for me to handle, her husband asks his only single friend to help.

Nick Carrington and I have met a couple of dozen times. I’ve never really given him a second thought—other than to say he’s kind of a jerk. Out loud. So he can hear. Sure, he’s tall, dark, and handsome. And yes, he has the best ass I’ve ever seen, and I mean ever seen quite literally. You see he mooned me at last year’s Fourth of July barbecue because, like I said, he’s a jerk.

He always has to be the life of the party.

He’s also arrogant.



And a playboy.

I’d even go as far as to say he’s a manwhore.

Yet somehow before I know it, this manwhore and I are co-parenting. Living under the same roof. Eating meals together and yes, talking.

Don’t look at me like that—it’s not like I had a choice. Even though I knew every minute would be hell, I had to say yes.

But after two weeks what I didn’t expect is that I’d been wrong about him.

That under his smart-ass exterior, he’s quite charming.

That his arrogance is actually confidence.

And that the sight of his naked body would do really bad things to me.

So yes, I’ve misjudged him. And yes, I like him. Really like him. Although there are times I still think he’s a jerk…I now think he’s a sexy jerk.

And I want more of him.

The question is—does he want more of me?

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Kim Karr is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read. One of her favorite family outings was taking her kids when they were little to the bookstore or the library. Today, Kim’s oldest child is seventeen and no longer goes with her on these, now rare and infrequent, outings. She finds that she doesn’t need to go on them anymore because she has the greatest device ever invented–a Kindle.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Liz’s Review~Eternal Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms #10) ~ by Setta Jay


“Take more of me, volur minn.”


Eternal Ecstasy is the tenth and final book in The Guardians of the Realms Series. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning, and this final work of art certainly does not disappoint. Setta Jay delivers a perfect conclusion by bringing these characters full circle! To say my feelings are bittersweet about this ending would be the understatement of the century. I have loved these characters throughout each mating, explosive battle, and passionate interlude and to finally have Sirena’s story in my hand has been nothing short of perfection!


“Before she knew it, his cock was slamming her down hard, making her cry out at the raw pleasure of being filled.”

Eternal Ecstasy picks up directly after Storm of Ecstasy. Sirena and the unknown powerful Hroarr have made contact and now that the mating has started the physical draw between them becomes painfully strong. With the fate of the worlds hanging in the balance, Sirena and Hroarr need to find a balance between completing their connection and battling the entities that threaten their existence.


“His intention was clear, he was marking her as his own in front of her family while fighting the desire to carry her home with him.”

As tension continues to mount, Sirena and Hroarr are spending time in the fight and stealing moments together. As with all of the matings in the series, the passion between the two is intense, and as the physical and emotional bond between the two grows stronger, the bond between them becomes unbreakable.


“You please me too much.”

Told in dual POV, Eternal Ecstasy is another perfect blend of complex characters, non-stop action, and smoking hot passion. Setta Jay has created a world in which I love to escape to. The Guardians are strong characters who love their mates fiercely. The relationships between them are strong and as they battle together their loyalty and fierce desire to protect the innocent drives them to succeed. Like a blockbuster movie, every second spent in this world will keep you captivated from the first moment until the very last.


Overall, Eternal Ecstasy is a must read for fans of this series and paranormal romance fans need to dive in with book one Ecstasy Unbound right now. The passion, action and unforgettable characters are sure to please. Every moment spent with these characters is one that I will never forget. I love this series and as sad as I am to say goodbye, I cannot wait to see what Ms. Jay has in store for us next!

***The Guardians of the Realm Series***
Hidden Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #0.5) by Setta JayEcstasy Unbound (The Guardians of the Realms, #1) by Setta JayEcstasy Claimed (The Guardians of the Realms, #2) by Setta JayDenying Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #3) by Setta JayTempting Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #4) by Setta JayPiercing Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #5) by Setta JayBinding Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #6) by Setta JaySearing Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #7) by Setta JayDivine Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #8) by Setta JayStorm of Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms, #9) by Setta JayEternal Ecstasy (The Guardians of the Realms #10) by Setta Jay

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


COVER REVEAL~Racer~by Katy Evans

Racer by Katy Evans is coming August 7th!!

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A bad boy with something to prove.
A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.

Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep…
but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse.

He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.

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After that close-up of his package on the sailboat in Morocco, TMZ started calling him Crown Jewels.
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Cover Reveal~Ruckus~by L.J. Shen

Title: Ruckus
Series: Sinners of Saint #2
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2017
They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple.
The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.

They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right.
She sets my mind on fire.
All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart.
In a world where everything is dull, she shines like fucking Sirius.
Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart.
This time, I fucking dare it to try.
Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus.
Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight.
And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.

L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)

She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.