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What lengths would you go to in order to save your marriage?

Broken trust. Bitter arguments. Burning secrets.

Their marriage in ruins, David and Shannon must alter their balance of power or risk losing everything important – including their love. There’s one alternative left. Domestic Discipline. While the intense change is amazing, both are left with fear and self-doubt. As old behaviours resurface, they’re forced to face secrets from the past.

Will the new dynamic be enough? Are they strong enough? Do they love each other enough?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary three-book set includes elements of angst, betrayal, and power exchange but guarantees an HEA. Experience the journey of a couple deeply in love, struggling to hold on to what they hold dear.

His breath sounds clipped, he brushed his fingers up and down the side of her face. Tipping her head, he brought his face down to hers, allowing their lips to brush together. “Shannon.”
With her shoes still in one hand, she slid her other up his chest, her heart racing. 
Darting his tongue out, he licked across the seam of her mouth. Holding the stance, he moaned softly before sliding his tongue inside and easing his arm around her waist. 
When he crushed his lips over hers, she whimpered into the kiss, her legs trembling. She could feel his heart thumping in her hand, and for a few seconds, she closed her eyes, envisioning the way they used to be, imagining how he used to hold her, caress her, and make love to her for hours.
He grunted and swayed his hips back and forth, his hard shaft pushing into her belly. His French kiss became needy, his tongue entwining with hers. 
Shannon fought tears, the dichotomy of emotions raw, almost painful. She was so fearful of the future, yet filled with hope. Palming his chest, her fingers dug into his shirt as longing swept through her system. 
Easing his hand up and down the side of her body, he allowed his fingers to caress her breast and waist, moving to her outer thigh. Using just two fingers, he began to crawl up her dress, his actions methodical.
Every muscle was on fire, her pussy wet and clenching. There were so many powerful jolts thrashing through her body, just like what used to happen when he touched her with a single finger. Panting into the kiss, she pushed back, breaking the moment of passion. “David…” 
He breathed in and out as he licked his lips and continued slipping the silky material up her leg. Sliding his hand under her dress, his fingers pushed under the thin elastic of her panties. 
Gasping, she gripped both of his arms and rose onto her tiptoes. When he swirled the tip of a finger around her clit, she shuddered. “Oh…”
“Shannon, I want you.”
She couldn’t speak, couldn’t think clearly. Electric jolts shot up from her legs and straight into her cunt; she was full of desire. “I…” Swallowing hard, she bit her lower lip as she tried to focus on his eyes, the way he was looking at her with such intense need furrowing into his brow. She dropped her shoes and clenched her fist. Why was she nervous?
“Touch me. Just touch me like you used to.”
The anguish in his voice cut through her heart, giving her a horrible feeling of wretched pain, so desperate and so unfixable. Reaching out tentatively, she allowed her finger to touch his shirt only, using no pressure, but the simplest of strokes resulted in a hard shiver skating down her back. 
“Mmm. I love your touch, the way you caress me,” David whispered as he moved his hand farther between her legs. Tilting his head, his eyes seemed to be glowing in the slice of moon shimmering through the kitchen blinds. Growling, he slipped two fingers into her wet folds, immediately groaning. “So damn wet. God, you’re so wet.”
“God… I…” The way her nipples were scraping against the thin material of her dress was driving her out of her mind. Panting, she slid her fingers down from his chest to his groin, and the instant she placed her hand on his crotch, he moaned and she whimpered. Every cell in her body on fire, she caressed him through his pants, delighted at how strained the tight material felt around his throbbing muscle.
David leaned his head down, pressing kisses across her neck as he pushed her head back. He nipped the area just under her chin. “Mmm.” Flexing his fingers open, he thrust in and out of her pussy, grunting every time he drove deeper.
“Oh… I… David…” Her eyes rolling in the back of her head, she shivered as she stroked his cock. For a fleeting second, she wasn’t certain if they should be playing with each other, enjoying. But he was still her husband, right? The ridiculous thought giving her a series of salacious thoughts, she gave him a lust-filled look as she slowly began to unfasten his belt.
“What do you think you’re doing, young lady?” The growl was distinct, authoritative.
And she was turned on like she hadn’t been in years. “Who me?’
“Yes, you. I think you’re a very bad girl.”
“I am and I don’t mind admitting it.” She managed to unbutton and unzip him, and before she released his cock, she pursed her lips and blew hot air across his face.
David snarled as he grabbed her chin, pulling her face to his. “God, woman. You’re mine.” 
The kiss was a powerful reminder of the man she used to know. As he thrust three, then four fingers deep inside her cunt, she wrapped her hand around the base of his cock, squeezing with just enough pressure. He moaned into the kiss, the sound guttural. Her heart thumping wildly, she clenched her eyes shut. The man was hungry tonight, in a way she hadn’t experienced in years. Her playful side returning, she took her other hand, forcing first one side of his pants down and then the other, finally able to slip her hand between his legs. There was nothing like rolling his balls between her fingers, the feel of his already swollen sac giving her more than one sinful thought.

Ella (Lycan Mating Games #3) by S Cinders 

In the blink of an eye, James’ world turned upside down. Now he must travel into the past to find Jessie, who has disturbed the fabric of time, and put everything back to rights. But he won’t be going alone. With Ella at his side, he will bargain with the Fairy Court, meet the family members they never knew existed, and walk the halls of the infamous academy where the Lycan Mating Games began.

Can they, once and for all, put the USLUF behind them? Or is this only the beginning?

Welcome to Lycan Mating Games 3: Ella.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy sci-fi action romance contains very graphic scenes. If this is offensive to you, please do not read it.

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I stared into James’ eyes and saw that the man I knew and loved wasn’t there. Yes, this was still James, but even his personality was slightly different. He was more laid back and eminently cockier than the man he was on my timeline. 
“What is my name?” My voice sounded raspy to my ears. 
“Mine!” he growled. 
I almost rolled my eyes. He was thinking with his dick, not his brain. Then it struck me, James’ body had assimilated into this timeline. Meaning that he didn’t have the same memories. His physical body might have gone through the GMU, but his mind hadn’t. 
And if that wasn’t a complete mind fuck, let’s talk about how I was mated with a man who had no memory of the act, nor who I even was. 
“Shit, James.” I pulled him in close to speak with him. But to my surprise, he kissed me. It wasn’t the confident kisses that I was used to. 
To be perfectly honest, the last one hadn’t been, either. I am not saying that the kiss was bad. I don’t think James was capable of failing at this kind of thing. But they were more innocent, less polished, and infinitely sweet. 
I wrenched my lips away. “My name is Ella, and you are my mate.” 
“Fuck, yeah!” His eyes lit up, and he bent his head again. But this time, I was faster. 
“No, James, listen to me.” 
His eyes seemed to focus on something, and I saw them harden. “Why in the hell do you have another man’s mark on you?” 
His canines descended, and his violet eyes flashed. 
That’s your fucking mark, you idiot! I suppose my thoughts were not the kindest, but he was drawing attention to us. 
James blinked. “Who said that?” 
I am your mate. This time, I made him listen. My name is Ella, and you have to trust me. 
“Okay.” He shrugged, and when he grinned, I saw that his teeth had gone back to normal. 
You can talk to me through the link as well. How are you so trusting? This is strange. To be frank, completely not like the James I knew. But the James I knew didn’t exist here. 
Hello? he said tentatively. 
He was adorably clueless. 
James, we are going to register, and I will do all of the talking. I just want you to agree with anything I say. Can you do that? 
The old James would never go along with something like that unless he had weighed every option and evaluated the safety of the plan. 
Cool! What else does this mind voodoo do? 
The fate of the world hung in the balance, and I was stranded in the past with a mate who had the mentality of a frat-boy. What else could go wrong? 

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Set in Victorian England, this erotic BDSM novel features a courtship between a young woman and a dashing rake.

Gabriel, Earl of Cranborne, is in need of a wife–preferably a sweet, submissive, well-trained wife who could run his household during the day and obey him in the bedroom at night. When he meets Miss Vivian Stafford at a friend’s wedding, he finds himself drawn in by the exact traits he was looking for in his own wife and immediately moves to make her his own. Once the betrothal papers are signed, he arranges for her to attend Mrs. Cunningham’s Finishing School. This very special school will prepare her to be the wife of an Earl . . . and also prepare for her the very specific demands and discipline she’ll receive from her new husband at night.

About Angel

Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn’t get them out, she’s pretty sure she’d go just a little crazy.

She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.

She believes the world is a better place when there’s a little magic in it.

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Book Review · Contemporary Romance

MIND THE LINE by Jennifer Domenico

5 stars – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A captivating and entertaining contemporary romance

Mind the Line is a boss-employee contemporary romance with plenty of feels plus a wonderful hero and an amazing heroine. I’m a huge fan of this talented but underrated author. Experience has proven that I will usually enjoy any book with her name on and this one didn’t disappoint either. Whilst workplace ‘taboo’ romances are usually fun to read, this had the added benefit of being mainly set in the UK, that made it a definite must read for me! 

I loved Ms Domenico’s writing, her characters are really well developed and they draw you completely into the story. I would so very much love to meet Ellis and Avery in real life, I want to know David, Annabel and Willis too. 

Avery is a PR Miss Fixit, very successful and in demand, until a lying diva shows just how fickle friends are in LA. Ellis is a very private business man, dogged by the false accusations of a disgruntled former employee. Avery’s sister and brother-in-law introduce them, hoping they can work together and be the answer the other one needs. Trouble is they are hugely attracted to each other too, but need to keep things on a purely professional footing. Can they fight their chemistry and, if not, what will the consequences be?

Avery was so focused and very professional and was strong enough to stand up to Ellis when necessary. I really liked her and found her to be very easy to believe in too. As a Brit I was really impressed with how the author made both Ellis and David feel so English. I loved the little words and phrases that she threw in, almost unnoticeable to me, that definitely boosted that ‘Britishness’ factor. 

The pace of the book was good, the story really held my attention and, despite being a slow burn, it had a very steamy feel to it with lots of sexual tension between Ellis and Avery. In fact this is a book that is full of emotion, not only between the main characters but also within their circle of family and friends. 

It just felt nicely different to so many bland and generic contemporary romances. This is one heck of a read that I am more than happy to recommend to family, friends and anyone looking for a well written and entertaining story.

Ellis Worthington has something I need, and I refuse to be intimidated by his demanding reputation. I can barely stand him, but I need a job. I make my living tackling other people’s problems. The bigger the scandal, the more I want in—at least until I’m the center of the scandal. Now, I need Ellis and his mess to redeem myself. 

My first challenge is convincing him to take me on. The second is ignoring the relentless attraction between us. But the biggest challenge? The more time I spend with him, the more I wonder if crossing that invisible line is worth risking everything.

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Jennifer Domenico writes contemporary and erotic romances. She loves alpha males with a soft spot, flawed characters, and strong, sassy women. Her characters usually have a side of kink and aren’t afraid to demand what they want. The author doesn’t apologize for that. She’s a sucker for a happy ending as long as it comes with a lot of heat. 

She lives in Phoenix, Arizona but is a Bostonian at heart. The way to her heart can be reached with a foreign accent, a shot of Fireball, and an unlimited supply of cupcakes.

She is also known under her alter ego, Jaelyn LaStoria, author of time travel romances, because why not.


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Book Review · Dark · Erotic Horror · Taboo

INFERNO by Yolanda Olson

A disappointed – ‘Where was the story?’ 1.5 stars

I was going to start my review by saying that this is a ‘marmite book’ – you’ll either love it or hate it, but actually I felt quite impassive about it. Whilst I knew there wasn’t any romance, that there would be no HEA and that I was heading into the very depths of darkness and depravity, I did expect a cohesive story that lead me from A to B. Call me old fashioned but I also expect the blurb to have some relevance to the plot too.

I never felt as though this was ever really a story. It didn’t really contain any of the things I’m looking for in a book – connections, purpose, entertainment, thrills. There was very limited character building and the only character we ‘hear’ from (Joce) felt quite inconsistent. The story was also full of contradictions – at one point it was suggesting all the 3 had been picked and taken by Pater, then we discover they are all his natural children.

There wasn’t really any flow or build to the tale either. It felt as though both the beginning and end had been removed, leaving behind a random section from the middle to read. As though the author had arbitrarily picked a number of really bad things to write about and then just loosely tied them together. As though the entire purpose was to shock and push boundaries just for the heck of it.

I’d heard great things about this book (and series). Indeed I read it as I know a few of my ‘go to’ authors are writing their own books in this world. I also recently read Martyris, Yolanda Olson’s offering in the Cavalieri Della Morte series. Despite being quite a strange read, I loved that one so had high expectations for this. However as well written, as twisted, dark, evil and malevolent as this was, it neither entertained nor evoked emotion in the way I needed it to.

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Book Review · Dark · Romantic Suspense

BEAU2Y (Part 2) by Kirsty Dallas

Beau2y, my beauty, yours is one astounding story.

When you’ve loved the first book in a series there is always that worry that subsequent books won’t live up to your expectations.  Beau2y (Part 2) not only lived up to them but surpassed every hope, dream and imagining I’d had for this book.

This can not be read as a stand alone, you need to have read the first book otherwise this won’t make sense. Have I already mentioned how kick-ass amazing and out of this world Beauty (Part 1) was? It put the name Kirsty Dallas on the map for me. She took the darkness and OWNED it, dragging you into the depths of hell and depravity before releasing you to run with the monsters. If you enjoy dark romance then you MUST read it, it’s beyond words to describe how much I loved that book.

Beau2y kicks off a few months after we last saw Beauty and Hart. She has been training her monster, he has been her guide and together they are looking for Ruby. The story starts with an explosion of violence and continues along that theme at a roller coaster rate until the poignant ending. 

Once I started reading this I really struggled to put it down, even though it was the wee hours of the morning and I was running the risk of zero sleep! However I then finished devouring this deliciously dark morsel as soon as I could, desperate to embrace the power and passion that this book contained. I’m going to be vague on plot details in respect of avoiding spoilers, but I will say that the plot was RIVETING. It was well paced, every scene held purpose, the characters of Beauty and Hart continued to grow and we got more insight into the depth of their feelings for each other.

I want to climb to the rooftops and yell about this duet, it really is a must read for all lovers of dark romance. It will caress the shrouded corners of your soul that beg for all that is wrong, it will assuage the longings of your deviant heart, it will pleasure you with its vicious intent. This was a much anticipated release for me and my only disappointment is that there won’t be of this amazing couple.

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Sometimes we’re faced with a tough decision

I’m an avid reader and have found quite a large number of indie authors whose work I adore. I’ve been lucky enough to become an arc reader for many of these writers. Those books make up the majority of my reviews on this blog.

Over the last few years I’ve found my reading tastes have changed and as a result I have dropped out of some arc teams, whilst joining others. I’m now generally reading books by authors who write on my wavelength. This has meant that my average rating has increased from 3.5 to almost 4.

Now last week I grabbed a book in KU which was a follow up to one I had read a couple of years ago. I loved the first book, and enjoyed the story line in the second one, but other factors led me to DNF it rather late in the day.

So this left me in a quandary. Do I blog about this book? After all it wasn’t an arc so there’s no obligation to. Or do I post my honest findings of a book that I picked up for virtually free? Well I do claim that this is a place for honest book reviews so I AM going to share with you my review of what was a rather problematic story.

THE BLACK DOOR by JL Massey – 1.5 stars

There were parts of the book I really enjoyed, but by about 68% I was just so hacked off by some of the characters that I DNF’d it. Usually this would be an automatic 1 star but good writing pushed it closer to a 2.

I’m probably going to sound like some uber feminist by the end of this, which believe me I’m not. However this book perpetrated that idea that any woman who puts her own needs and wants first MUST be a bitch, which really disappoints me given the author is (I presume) also female. 

So lets start with the ‘hero’ Colby. He seemed ok at first, if a little hard to pinpoint what his exact character was meant to be. However his continually treating Becca like a mushroom (keeping her in the dark and feeding her s**t), keeping secrets and repeatedly lying by omission was just not on. He was a douche of the grandest order and really didn’t deserve Becca. In fact I spent a chunk of what I read hoping Becca would wise up, dump his ass and take up with Sledge, who appeared to be the only decent male character in the book.

Colby ‘I want you in my life forever’ manipulated and manoeuvred Becca like the worst of abusers. He kept two humongous secrets. #1 – legally they were married (even though there had been no ceremony but as FBI he’d managed to fiddle the paperwork) and #2 – he’d been married before! 

Now Becca understandably was a little upset by secret #1, so what did our big hero do? He sulked because Becca wasn’t overjoyed by the news and then threw himself at one of her only friends!!! Then when a clearly upset Becca went off with Sledge he thought she was being unreasonable and out of order. No apology for his dickish behaviour. No Becca was a bitch because she didn’t allow a man to walk all over her. Secret #2 she just took in her stride, she only found out via eavesdropping a conversation when he was drunk but was fine with it. Why when he demanded total honesty from Becca?

Don’t get me started on Calvin. Every time that guy breathed I wanted to shoot him. He repeatedly told Becca she was a selfish bitch, even after knowing that she’d had to fake her death in order to stay alive! Even knowing that SHE HAD BEEN SEX TRAFFICKED, REPEATEDLY RAPED, ABUSED, BEATEN and was no doubt suffering from PTSD. No because poor little Calvin had been so traumatised by how upset his partner Jackson was by Becca’s ‘death’ (Jackson and Becca are siblings).

Excuse me you poor little tiny wiener of a man but this is a girl who had recently been rescued from the most horrific and traumatic abuse you could ever experience. Not surprisingly she was struggling a little with life and not really thinking straight. But clearly Calvin believes sympathy is only found in the dictionary between shit and syphilis because he certainly didn’t have any for an abuse survivor who was still massively traumatised.

I wanted to demand he walk a mile in her shoes THEN he could judge her. Yeah that guy pissed me off big time. Especially as he was a fairly selfish ass himself, as were many of the MALE characters. But apparently it’s OK for the man to be a selfish prick, but if a woman ever puts her own needs first she is a bitch.

Becca I really loved, as I did Petal. Two strong, independent and tough women who owned their choices. They, along with otherwise a decent story line, are what kept me reading as long as I did. However I read for relaxation and enjoyment, sadly this wasn’t giving me either of those things, hence the eventual DNF.

Book Review · Dark · Erotic Horror

Reign of Ruin by Jennifer Bene

5 stars – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Oh my dark loving brethren, here is an offering that will torture your sinful soul.

Reign to Ruin is a reworking of Baptised in Eden, Jennifer’s offering in the Twisted Sacraments anthology. Not only has it been tidied up but it has been significantly expanded into something even more dark and twisted. There are no heroes in this world, there is no salvation, no rainbows, unicorns nor dancing cats. Instead there is only the loss of all hope, except perhaps the one for death. A continued existence of choosing the lesser of two evils, or at least doing that when you are given the option of a choice. 

Danielle is a woman with fragmented memories, trapped in a hell of man’s making. Repeatedly sacrificed to the corrupted lust of the priests who hold her prisoner. Abused, degraded, beaten, raped again and again, revived by baptism in the ‘holy’ water, only for the horrifying violence to start again. 

This story punches its claws into your gut, grasps your insides and refuses to let go. The writing held me spellbound. I suffered alongside Danielle, through her pain, despair and the countless violations of both her body and mind. I can not do this story justice, I am unable to find the words that will convey just how bloody brilliant this tale is. Perhaps I should worry that Ms Bene’s mind can produce such a dark, dark, dark story, instead I’m rather selfishly glad that she produces such masterpieces of depravity.

The original story left us just after Danielle was ‘treated’ to a very special second baptism and thrust into a pitch black chamber. Now I do remember feeling like this situation had a minuscule ray of hope within it. Well I was sort of right and a lot wrong, but you’ll need to read this compellingly twisted, licentious, deviant and obscene (and I mean that in a very good way) book.

Be warned, this book contains a multitude of possible triggers, caution is advised if you are sensitive to certain subject matter involving physical and sexual abuse.

Bonus story – The Day The Sky Burned

This is such an eerie read. It has enough of an air of the believable about it to be incredibly frightening. Mob mentality, panic and politics make it only too easy to imagine this actually happening. 

I loved the insight it gave us, both into Danielle’s life prior to the sky burning, her family and loved ones and how Eden could ever possibly come into existence. A stunning read.

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‘The priests want me to thank God, but the only thing I pray for is death.’

There is nothing before Eden. Just flashes of a time before Danielle woke up in chains, in hell, to be violated and broken.

Over, and over, and over.

They say that God honors those who serve, that each baptism is a gift, but all Danielle wants is to die.

Eden has other plans.

Book Review · Organised Crime · Romantic Suspense

Darkest Deeds by Cora Kenborn

4.5 Stars

This book more than holds its own in what is proving to be one amazing series.

Darkest Deeds is yet another action packed, gripping instalment in the Cavalieri Della Morte series. It is the violent, heart wrenching and disturbed tale of Niko, Ava and second chances. 

Oh my word this book is REALLY VERY GOOD, the plot had so many twists and turns I got dizzy! I can’t believe how many bluffs, double bluffs, lies, secrets and slight of hands the author managed to fit into this story, yet it never felt over complicated and it was never too confusing to follow – though you did have to keep your wits about you!

I haven’t read any work by Cora Kenborn before but I will certainly keep an eye out for her in future. Both her world building and character development were amazing, my attention was held throughout. I never once felt bored or meh nor was I tempted to skim whilst reading this. I absolutely adored both Ava and Niko, with their blackened and tattered souls. Both are prepared to do bad things but have good hearts at their core.

The lies and manipulations of others have kept them apart for 8 years, but a few minutes in each others company is enough to have passions running high. This pair have an explosive and savage chemistry, theirs is a passion born of violence, lust, hate, love and anger.

There were surprisingly (and pleasantly) only a few full on sex scenes. The focus was very much more on the romantic suspense/organised crime elements of the book. I wouldn’t describe this as a dark romance, but it does have dark elements in it, including some several violent scenes and intimations of abuse.

I believe this book will really appeal to those who enjoy mafia romances, romantic suspense and darker, grittier reads. It’s content makes it an 18+ read, as long as you are older than that then I do recommend this to you.



No one is innocent in the eyes of the Cavalieri Della Morte.

If your name ends up on my list, your time is up.



Two days ago, I paid a price to fulfil a vendetta. Twenty minutes ago, I threw it all away.

Stolen in the night. Held against her will. Bound to a monster.

I came to take her life but claimed it instead.

I warn her not to trust men with sin on their lips and ice in their veins.

She cautions me not to be deceived by my own eyes.


What started out as a quest for retribution has become a game of survival.

They say three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.

Challenge accepted.

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International bestselling author Cora Kenborn writes twisted romances about damaged bad boys and feisty heroines. From her sexy dark romances to her laugh out loud romcoms, Cora promises her readers a happily ever after, although she’ll take them on an emotional roller coaster before handing it over.

A Southern girl from North Carolina, Cora says “y’all” way too much and has a lifelong addiction to sweet tea. She refuses to “adult” without coffee, thinks pyjamas are acceptable day wear, and considers note-taking during true crime shows to be perfectly normal. Cora spends any free time she has avoiding laundry and convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.

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How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days – Lila Monroe

“A man, a beard, and a sexy secret bet… Oh my!”

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Stylist Gemma Jones is competing for a once-in-a-lifetime promotion. All she has to do is take some fashion-backward guy from geek to GQ-worthy. The only problem? The man in question is her hairy manwhore of a next-door neighbor. AKA Bigfoot.

Zach Morrison has zero interest in being Gemma’s makeover mannequin. Sure, it’s fun getting his smart-mouthed neighbor all riled up, but after cashing out of his tech start-up and going through an ugly break-up, he’s taking a permanent vacation. If he wants to wear sweatpants and sleep on a mattress in the corner of an empty apartment–

OK. Maybe he needs a little push in the right direction. But as Gemma races the clock to win her bet, she finds that Bigfoot’s been hiding a few things under his baggy flannel shirts. Like abs of steel, and a surprisingly big…

Heart. He has a big heart.

Soon, sparks are flying between this unlikely couple, but can Zach embrace a fresh start – however manscaped it might be? And will Gemma beat out her Instabitch rival for the top spot – and keep the truth about their bet from Zach?

Find out in the hot and hilarious new romance from “the reigning queen of rom-com”, USA Today bestselling author Lila Monroe.

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1. How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days
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BDSM · Book Review · Novella


A hot, fun and spicy little read – 3.5 stars

Obediently Ever After was originally a story exclusive to Ms Stone’s email list. So if you think you’ve read some of this before, that will be where you found it. However it’s not available in one complete novella and, as such, is now much easier to read.

Angelica and Damien are an interesting couple who meet on ‘Angels’ first evening working at the Annex. A series of half-truths, evasions and out-right lies leads to Angelica getting a punishment spanking. When we find out who she truly is and why she is at the Annex the plot moves at a rapid pace. 

There is a good balance of scene setting, relationship building, kinky times and character interaction. I have to be honest and say that this was just far too insta-love for my tastes. Many readers love that trope, and this will be a perfect read for them, but I need to see my characters fall in love a little more slowly. 

With a pretty busy plot packed into a fairly short read, I did feel the main characters lacked a little depth. This was particularly true for Damien, for me he was just a little flat. However that’s par for the course in shorter reads, you can’t have lots of story AND lots of character depth. It’s also why I avoid the majority of shorter books, however I love Ms Stones work as well as the Annex series, so reading this was a no-brainer.

If you want a ‘sweet’ (as in low angst) but steamy read, with a dash of domestic-discipline, well written and with a good story line then I very much recommend this.

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A visit to the Annex was meant to be a night of fun. Something to relax me. Maybe I’d find a girl, maybe I wouldn’t. I had very little expectations.

Until Angelica walked into the room looking like she stepped out of a 1952’s Home and Garden Magazine. It wasn’t just the sexy domestic style that caught my eye, it was more. I was drawn to her. 

One night. A little fun. A little role play. But it wasn’t enough. I don’t think I could ever get enough of her. 

But my pretty girl lied. She hides something from me, and I won’t accept that. She’ll learn. And when it’s all over. When I’ve saved her from the demons chasing her, I’ll truly make her mine. 

And she’ll live obediently ever after.