Book Review · Dark

CAPO – A dark, mafia romance

Capo by Nicolina Martin
(Russo Saga, #6)


Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: January 28th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


An amazing, amazing conclusion to this fabulous series. I’m just a little sad that it’s all over.

I thought I’d read just a couple of chapters of this last night. Ha! Big mistake, once picked up and started I just didn’t want to put this book down. Nicolina Martin has created such a sinister, terrifying man in Luciano Salvatore and yet somehow I still wanted him to get his HEA with Chloe.

This couple have intense chemistry, a passion that is scorching hot and violently explosive. I thought Chloe was a naive fool at first, but as we unpeel her many layers we find a woman strong enough to withstand the tour de force that is Salvatore. Theirs is a relationship that is created from so many wrongs, one that skirts the line of abuse and falls frequently into dub-con. A connection crafted by threat, manipulation and battles of will.

Salvatore is not a good man, he is used to taking what he wants and he thrives on fear, especially Chloe’s fear. Despite how scared she may be, Chloe is one tough cookie and eventually he realises just what a treasure she could be. Of course he’s a foolish man, used to getting his own way and not having to explain himself to anyone, so this leads to him unintentionally hurting Chloe far too often. Add in the troubles brought to her door by his day job and the end result is that this couple have a lot of crap to wade through.

This book is captivating, mesmerising, heart wrenching and soul destroying. It stomps on your emotions repeatedly but those last few chapters? They will melt your heart and more than make up for the difficult journey it took to get there.



Synopsis:

You’ll die if you talk.

The warning haunts her every waking hour.

After a rough start, Chloe finally has financial stability, a place to call home, and friends she’d die for. It never occurred to her that the sentiment would be put to the test, but when her best friend gets on the wrong side of infamous mob boss, Luciano Salvatore, Chloe intervenes, sealing her own fate.

Salvatore never intends for Chloe Becker to live. Beaten to within an inch of her life by his most ruthless enforcer, she still stands tall, refusing to bend to his will. Curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to see what it takes to make her lose that last streak of defiance.

He definitely doesn’t intend for her to get under his skin.

When his existence crumbles and one heart stops beating, it kicks his own back to life, but it might be too late for forgiveness.

This is the sixth and final book in the Russo Saga series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Publisher’s Note: This contemporary, mafia romance contains elements of danger, suspense, adult themes, power exchange, sensual scenes and is intended for adults only. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.



Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/series/259348-russo-saga


Purchase:Book 1 is currently FREE!Amazon: https://amzn.to/2t4poNE


AUTHOR BIO:
Nicolina Martin is a Swedish born author who escapes the long, dark winter nights by writing hot contemporary romance/suspense.

She’s a mother of three teenage girls, a medical doctor, a quirky loner, and a social human being. She has traveled the globe, has had more lovers than she can count, has loved and hated, succeeded and failed, has gone through marriage and divorce. She has seen darkness and despair, as well as light and happiness.

All these experiences, she pours into her tales, taking her readers for a wild ride while twisting their minds. She loves showing that stories can be different even if the trope is the same.

Nicolina believes that life is too short for regrets and in looking forward, no matter what. She wants to enjoy every moment, and cherish life.

To find out more about Nicolina Martin, visit her official website.


Author links:

https://www.nicolinamartin.com/

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https://twitter.com/nicolinamartin

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18340949.Nicolina_Martin

Book Review · Romantic Suspense

Dirty Girls


Dirty Girls by Lily White


Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 29, 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48354753-dirty-girls

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Lily White, lets just get one or two things clear here. I DON’T do New Adult and I most certainly DO NOT DO bully romances. So just what witchcraft did you perform to make me love this books so much? 

Actually this is more psychological who-dunnit than anything else, there isn’t really anything that makes it a romance in the traditional sense, though ultimately there is a Hero, a heroine and a HFN ending.

The hierarchy of an American high school is clearly unlike anything to be found in most British state schools. No students hold that sort of sway and power over so many others, though I’ve never worked in the private sector so whose to say what happens there? It did mean I had to swallow a tiny pill of disbelief for this story to work, but I honestly didn’t care because this book had me hooked on it as much as Soren does the teens of Winter Ridge. I simply couldn’t put this book down, and may even have screeched like a banshee when my husband attempted to engage me in a conversation whilst I was reading it.

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I also blame the author because she ratcheted the tension so high I felt as though I was walking the edge of a sword blade. It started with Soren and the threat he brought into Olive’s life, it continued with his bullying of her (which thankfully was more of a garnish to the story than the main dish) and continued when doubts started to creep in about her brother, Nathan. This book contains clues, foreshadowing and red herrings galore and whilst I spotted the easter egg when Grady almost spilt the beans on Kendall’s task of two years ago, the detailed truth of it was a total shocker!

There were times, particularly in the first third of the book, where I really wanted to smack Olive for her stupid decisions. Then I had to remind myself that she was barely 18 and with no one to rely on. Whilst my adult mind was shrieking “go tell the cops”, I know full well that wouldn’t have been my reaction as a barely new adult. So yes, once I cut her some slack I was fully on #TeamOlive. She had backbone, she had drive and she cared. She cared about what was right and wrong, she cared about others feelings but she didn’t care about fitting in or being part of the crowd. That said, I’m not so sure I’d have jumped in to stop Jonah and the cops after the stupid stunt the 4 guys pulled, and it really wasn’t the believable action of a guy who was in lust/love/ obsessed by her, nor that of a caring brother. In fact my biggest gripe was that Nathan’s character was too inconsistent and bent too much in order to fit the story.

Until almost the very end you had no idea who the murderer was, there were simply too many suspects to know for sure. What was really great was that the author slowly threw us a bone every now and then, a snippet of information, an admission or truth designed to lead us astray as often as to point us in the right direction. The clues are all there to see, but so cleverly woven amidst other facts that it’s like one of those maze puzzles with a multitude of false starts and dead ends. But there was no ‘one big secret’ dangled just out of reach for the entire book and revealed at the end, like some authors do when trying to write a book of this calibre whilst failing badly.

Welcome back, Oh Mistress of the depraved, twisted and wrong. Your humble readers have missed you so.






Blurb: 

They were the boys any good girl knew to avoid.
Rich and privileged.
Gorgeous and cruel.
The poster boys for rebellion…their tongues so sharp they cut to the bone.

We worshipped them despite their dangerous games.
We laughed even as we cried.
It was all fun and games until the first dirty girl died.

Now, as the bodies pile up, I believe I can endure their wicked ways. Only time will tell if I’ll escape.
Because when wealthy boys are accustomed to getting everything they want, not even the lives of those around them are too high an asking price.



Warning: This book is a dark romance. If you are looking for a sweet and tender story, you won’t find it here.



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Praise for the novel: 

“Lily White at it again, she likes to whip you with suspense, choke you with mystery, and keep you guessing until very end!”

~Amazon review

“… a fascinating, disturbing, intriguing and thought provoking read.”

~Amazon review





Author Bio:

Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.


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EXCERPT:

I was putting distance between us with each step, the numbers growing faint until I barely heard ten. They had to be a good distance away, but I didn’t think it would be enough. 

Already, thin branches had grabbed at my hair and ripped individual strands from my head. My feet had stumbled over stones on the ground and roots that were growing too high up. 

Every so often, thick patches of bushes would block my way, causing me to turn left or right to avoid them. 

I was engulfed in darkness, the moon and stars hidden above the canopy of trees, and eventually the forest around me grew silent. I could only hear my heavy breathing. But I didn’t stop. Didn’t turn to see if I could hear footsteps behind me, didn’t slow down to give myself even a second to catch my breath. I just kept going without concern for where I would end up, as long as it was away from them.

For a moment I believed that I’d somehow outrun them, but when a tree blocked my path and I had to dodge to avoid it, a hand slapped at my arm causing me to scream. 

I turned again and ran in a different direction with deep laughter booming from where I had been.

I was being corralled, but still I kept running, even when my body wanted to give out.


Book Review

The Romeo Effect

Another great rom-com from this talented author.


I’m always amazed at how Lila Monroe manages to produce something new and fresh each time. April and Seth are both eminently likeable characters, a little ‘caricatured’ but that’s part of what I love about the books. So many rom-coms rely on improbable events and unrealistic plot devices for humour. That can’t be said of The Romeo Effect. It won’t have you busting a rib laughing, instead it has a warm, gentle humour that is mixed with great characters and a charmingly wonderful story. Which makes it a superior read in my book.

April and Seth really do have great chemistry and their story held my attention from start to finish. I enjoyed that we got both POV’s, allowing me to really connect with them. There are some incredibly thought provoking and moral questioning moments to add balance to the humour. I loved where the author took this pair and how she avoided the obvious “spanner-in-the-works” situation, which would have been cliched, instead using a different method to ruffle the course of true love.

I never once felt bored whilst reading this. Even when I had to put it down the story and characters were still in my mind (and heart) and I got back to the book as soon as I could. It’s a great rom-com that I happily recommend and best of all, even though it features previous main characters, can easily be read as a stand alone story.



The king of meet-cutes has met his match… Discover the hot and hilarious new stand-alone romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!


Seth Harding is the King of Meet-Cutes. If you get trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, or stranded on a moonlit cruise with the man of your dreams, chances are, it’s not fate bringing the two of you together, it’s Seth somewhere, pulling the strings.

At least, that’s what I find out, when someone hires Seth to help win my heart. It would be romantic… if he weren’t all wrong for me. And Mr Right…?

Well, he might just be the guy behind the scenes. 

Suddenly, my faith in soulmates is hitting a major complication. Seth is cynical, and argumentative… and seriously irresistible. Soon, the sparks between us are impossible to ignore. But can this hopeful romantic really find love with a man who engineers happily-ever-afters for a living? And when all the tricks and tests are stripped away, what makes two people truly meant to be?

Find out in the latest laugh-out-loud read from “The reigning queen of romantic comedy”, Lila Monroe! 



Cupids Series:
1. Cupids Anonymous
2. What’s Your Sign?
3. The Romeo Effect
4. The Break-Up Artist (May 2020)

THE ROMEO EFFECT

Cupids: Book 3

Publish date: Jan 28th
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Book Review · Fantasy

ELLE’S MASQUERADE




Ella’s Masquerade
by Lexi C. Foss


Just how did I go from hating Tray to thinking he’s the best thing since sliced bread?



This author’s work never disappoints me. Her stories hold me spellbound, her characters step of the page and become my friends and her imagination just wows me. I really, really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the Midnight Fae series.

At first I thought Tray was a real ass, particularly with his talk of “games” and his plans for Ella. However he soon realised that would never be the correct way to introduce her to her future and I soon found myself genuinely liking him. He continued to tease and torment Ella but he also treated her with respect and love. He really is a swoon-worthy hero. Ella is an amazing heroine, snarky, strong and spectacular as all hell. She’s really got the rough end of the stick but Tray offers her a future she never even dreamed existed.

I totally believed in their connection, they have a chemistry and passion that explodes of the page, leading to some very, VERY, steamy moments. The story is set mainly in the human realm, and involved some significant time jumps. Not only were all clearly labelled but they didn’t affect the flow of the story either, instead they allowed the pace to be maintained and avoided any tedious “fluff and filler”.

This is a wonderful story, one I’m only too happy to recommend, and a great introduction to a new Fae realm. You don’t need to have read any prior books that are linked to the series, and as a stand alone it’s ideal for sampling both a taste of this authors amazing writing and getting to know the wonderful universe she has created.





𝓔𝓵𝓵𝓪’𝓼 𝓜𝓪𝓼𝓺𝓾𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓭𝓮

Buy Link: https://geni.us/faua




Once upon a time, a handsome prince asked the academy wallflower to the ball. She was blinded by the stars in her own eyes and the pitter-patter of her lonely heart. Little did she know this prince was no prince at all, but a villain disguised behind a charming smile.

🌟 Ella 🌟
There are no such things as fairy tales or happily ever afters. Not in my world. My reality is riddled with pain and loss and immense hatred.

Until him.
Trayton Nacht, the new transfer student at Darlington Academy.
Something about his darkness calls to me. The way his eyes glimmer in the night and the cruelty of his handsome smile.
With a single glance, he turned my world inside out. And now I can’t get enough.

But what if he’s just like the rest of them? What if this is all just another masquerade?


🌟 Tray 🌟
She stole my heart, once upon a time. Three years ago in an alley where she left me with a pair of sodden blue slippers.

Her life had been mine for the taking, until I discovered the fae magic lurking beneath her skin. Now it’s time to recruit her, to take her to her fate.
But first, we’ll play a little game.

One that will end in destruction.

Because f*ck fairy godmothers.
What Ella needs is a Dark Fae.
One who can help her burn Darlington Academy to the ground.
A Dark Fae like me.



Author Note: This is a dark Cinderella retelling with strong bully elements. This M/F PNR features a happily ever after ending and is also the prequel to the Midnight Fae Academy Why Choose Trilogy. Tray and Ella are important characters throughout the series.





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Book Review · Contemporary Romance · Teacher Student

VOYEUR – REVIEW

Voyeur (Voyeur, #1)
by Fiona Cole





This wasn’t as erotic or dirty as I felt the blurb led us to believe and, to be honest, that was why I picked this up! However, despite this actually being more of straight up contemporary romance I still really enjoyed it.

If you’re picking this up hoping for some very erotic scenes you will be disappointed. There are actually very few visits to the ‘viewing rooms’ of Voyeur, one of which involves the H and h so doesn’t really count. Really the only ‘point’ of Oaklyn working there is so that it can lead to conflict between the two main characters.

I didn’t end up with the filthy, one-handed- reading type of story I was expecting. Given that I’m not the biggest fan of ‘straight’ contemporary the fact that not only did I finish this but I also enjoyed it is testament to some great writing.

Oaklyn and Callum’s story really held my attention. It’s so much deeper and more complex than just a student-teacher taboo story. There are layers and layers to this book. There are issues to be resolved, pain to bear and tough decisions to be made. Flowing through it all are some incredibly deep emotions, I was nicely surprised by just how much this book made me feel.

So despite it not being the book I originally expected, it turned out to be a book I very much enjoyed reading.








*Amazon Top 40 Best Seller*


I didn’t know she was my student the first time I paid to watch her at Voyeur.

Once she walked into my classroom, another smiling college freshman, I knew I should stop going. Stop watching.

But I couldn’t do it. Everything about her makes me want more, and once I realize she wants me too, the temptation becomes irresistible.

The worst part is that she has no idea her professor is the one watching behind the glass.

I just have to hope that once she finds out the truth, she wants the same thing I do. Because now that I’ve seen all of her, I can’t look away.



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