Review //\\ His Ranch, His Rules

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His Ranch, His Rules by Shanna Handel

His Ranch, His Rules is an easy to read, low angst, somewhat steamy read. Georgia is a hot mess at the start of the book, and I liked how brave the author was in writing the heroine this way. We saw growth in her character and, with one exception (which I will return to later) I liked how she grew in strength and resilience.


Whilst the hero spanks the heroine for the first time really soon after they first met, it was entirely consensual. However, the book really suffered from a very “tell not show” narrated style of writing, this then impacted on my connection with Brody, since the book is written entirely from Georgia’s point of view. However this is perfect if you’re looking for a light, sexy “beach read” with a side of spanking.


I loved Georgia’s uncompromising attitude when Brody messed up and let her down, especially regarding his lack of trust. Now here is where me exception from earlier comes in. Brody not trusting Georgia was what really upset and hurt her, yet this was never addressed. I felt that Brody didn’t truly earn his forgiveness. However I definitely enjoyed this book – hence the three stars.

Title – His Ranch, His Rules
Author – Shanna Handel
Genre – Erotic Western Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41836337-his-ranch-his-rules

Georgia Hamilton has done her best to keep her life together since her boyfriend of four years left her broken-hearted, but if she were being honest, she’d have to admit she isn’t doing great. She’s getting tipsy–if not drunk–more and more often, and now she’s lost both her job and her apartment. So when an old friend sets her up with a position complete with room and board on a ranch run by a man who looks like he stepped out of a cowboy movie, she jumps at the chance.
But there’s a catch, of course. Brody Jenkins is an old-fashioned man who believes in hard work, clean living, and firm-handed discipline. That means no drinking, and when she’s caught with a bottle of alcohol, Georgia soon finds herself sobbing and promising to be good as she is very soundly spanked and then pouring her heart out as she is gently held in Brody’s strong arms.

Brody’s stern correction leaves Georgia blushing and sore yet deeply aroused, and she cannot help longing for him to make her his. Once he does, however, she soon learns the hard way that naughty girls can just as easily be punished with pleasure more intense than they can stand. But after a terrible misunderstanding creates a rift between them, will Brody prove to be the man Georgia has always needed, or will she end up leaving his ranch and his rules behind forever?

Review //\\ Love and Music

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Love and Music (Small Town Secrets Book 3) by Jade C. Jamison

I’m not crying, you’re crying. Sorry, excuse me whilst I compose myself.


I love a sexy hero with a soft side, I love an everyday heroine and I’m a huge sucker for second-chance romance. All that, added to great writing, meant that I thoroughly enjoyed Love and Music. A few chapters from Tyler’s pov would have pushed this from 4.5 stars to the full 5, though I can understand that the one person perspective left us as unsure and anxiously hopeful as Megan.


What really stood out for me was just how emotional this story felt. I could feel my heartstrings being tugged on pretty much from the first page. There were times when I felt anxious, parts that made me smile , moments when it wasn’t just the summer weather raising the temperature and pieces that sliced my heart into ribbons. The majority of the book is set over a really short period of time, and yet I found myself utterly convinced by the genuineness of their feelings for one another. Circumstances didn’t give them opportunity to totally talk, in the way that both wanted, but it did offer untold opportunities to reconnect in so many other ways.


For me this was a beautiful story of reawakening, both of the heart and soul. An opportunity to correct past mistakes and to love in a forever way. 

Title – Love and Music
Author – Jade C. Jamison
Genre – Rockstar Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53504326-love-and-music


Years later, he still takes her breath away. Does that mean he’s the one?
Time has not changed the way Megan feels about her ex Tyler Green, now a famous rock star. It’s pathetic, and that’s why she absolutely will not—WILL NOT—attend her ten-year high school reunion. But her bestie convinces her that there’s no way a guy like Tyler would ever attend their reunion anyway. He’s got better things to do with his time.

Megan feels like a complete idiot when he shows, but she feels even more foolish when she confirms she’s still head-over-heels in love with him. It’s doomed to fail: their worlds are now completely different, urban rocker and country mouse. But how will she ever be able to let him go again?

Curl up by the fire with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate and settle into Winchester, Colorado—where the nights are cold…but steamy!

Review & Release //\\ Treachery


Treachery (Antihero Inferno #1)

by Lily White


Release: May 27, 2020

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Photographer: Michelle Lancaster

Cover Designer: Lori Jackson Designs



Boy was this something else, not perfect, but still an amazing read.


I had already read and reviewed the first quarter of the book, which was originally released as a prequel. This time I skimmed over that part but my thoughts on it can be found here Treachery Prequel.


I’m also going to point you towards this review here Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️’s Review as it perfectly captures how I felt about this book. When I was struggling to connect to Tanner, when his arrogance was almost too much and I was considering DNF’ing Treachery (yep, I went from that point to giving it 4 stars!!!!) I read this review, which not only resonated with me but gave me the impetus to complete the book. Thank you Ꮗ€♫◗☿, not only did it enable me to finish the story but I LOVED this book by the end.


So how does a book go from being an almost DNF to almost 5 stars? Well in the case of this it has the brilliant writing of Lily White. It has characters that, love the or hate them, have personality. It has a twisty plot filled with scorching passion and devious manipulations. The last third of this was, without doubt at least a 5 star read but in all honesty and fairness I couldn’t give it that rating given my initial feelings.


Firstly it took me a long, long time to like Tanner. A very long time. Too long. He was just too much of an arrogant ass, too self-centred, too uncaring. The ‘excuse’ that he has been raised to be manipulative, that he hadn’t had loving parents, didn’t wash with me. Plenty of people use that experience to become a better person, to not repeat the sins of their fathers.


Tanner hated everything about his Dad but I couldn’t see how he was any different, in the long run. He was selfish to an extreme with, at one point, no redeemable qualities. I really wasn’t sure how the author would ever turn my dislike of him around, but my god she did, and then some. That alone indicates just how amazing her writing is.


The story starts with our protagonists at Yale, where they are all completing graduate courses. First of all I suffered from having to suspend my disbelief at how powerful these nine men supposedly were. At how everybody other than Luca succumbed to that power, became ensnared within the web these guys had spun. Nope, just not buying that, not for one minute. There was an over emphasis on how different Luca was in her behaviour, and I get that maybe it was to make her stand out, but it was another thing that was hard for me to believe.


Then there was the number of times Tanner mentally threatened that their fathers’ days were numbered. At Yale they were toeing the line because daddy was paying their way. Yet three years later, and financially independent, they still hadn’t cut those ties. How they built this multi-million (billion?) dollar business so quickly wasn’t explained, nor how it continued to thrive when none of them seemed to spend much time there. Tanner even bragged about letting others do all the work, if only running a business really was that easy!


Finally, whilst a lot of their manipulation, and lies, felt possible, there were instances when far too many stars needed to align in the right order, at the right time, for their plans to work. The thing is these plans relied on people choosing one particular action where that outcome was not guaranteed. Where independent thoughts and actions could have thrown all those careful plans awry. And let’s face it Luca never follows the expected path. The repeated need to suspend disbelief is where my biggest issues occurred, the thing that made me want to close the book and leave it behind. BUT I didn’t do that, and thank goodness because boy did this turn out to be one heck of a ride. I couldn’t read the last third, or so, quickly enough. There were red herrings and twists galore and I don’t think I managed to call even one of them.


Luca kept me in this for quite a while, her strength, her fight, her determination not to be manipulated, her ability to throw a spanner in the works and to ruffle Tanner’s feathers. She learns from her mistakes and whilst she plays a dangerous game, she doesn’t have many options. If Tanner wanted her help, her support and ultimately her love then he needed to earn it. Not by manipulating her, not by backing her into a corner and demanding it, forcing it, but by opening up, showing her the truth and letting her choose.


It takes a long time, and Gabriel’s intervention, for Tanner to realise his lies, his tricks and his manouverings would not work on Luca. To give her the FULL respect she deserved and to allow her the freedom of deciding her own fate and future. And my oh my, when Tanner decides to do something he puts everything into it. He 100% earned her trust and loyalty. He worked for and deserved her forgiveness. He laboured for her love and there was nothing else to do but forgive him and accept him. Best of all was that in many ways he didn’t change, he was still the same arrogant, full of himself, manipulative bastard, but not with Luca. In fact I’m fairly certain he would kill for her, literally.

So in summary TL;DR after suspending some of your disbelief and ignoring what an annoying arse Tanner is, this is a cracking read with a fantastic heroine and a hero who does eventually earn her forgiveness.





Blurb:

Ninth Circle.

Treachery.

Also known as Tanner Caine.

He is a temptation with cold, dark eyes. 

A man with a seductive smirk and a body built for pure sin. 

The linchpin of a group of wealthy bad boys known as the Inferno.

A dark presence that repels as much as he attracts, Tanner is the poisoned apple I want to bite even when I know it will destroy me.

Our story started in college, but I ran from him so far I believed I was safe.

I should have known he’d find me eventually.

I should have known that nobody escapes.

He has me in his sights again with an offer I can’t pass up.

I know better than to make a deal with the Devil. 

Not unless I’m willing to pay his sensual price…

(Treachery is Book One of the Antihero Inferno Series. Nine Standalone novels. Nine dangerous men. Nine unrepentant sinners you’ll hate to love.)


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Excerpt:
Some monsters are frightening because they kill and maim without remorse. Some are scary because they get in your head and make you doubt everything you believe you know about the world around you. 
Tanner is terrifying because it takes nothing at all for him to set his sights on you, to ignite his anger and draw his attention. And instead of simply destroying you physically or mentally, he is the type of monster who will alter your entire world and leave you struggling to breathe while watching it all come tumbling down. 
He leaves you alive to witness the chaos. He leaves you drowning while he storms off, satisfied that there isn’t so much as a shred of what you once had left for you to cling onto.
Maybe monster is the wrong word. 
It’s too simple. 
Too ordinary. 
Other men are monsters. 
Lesser men are monsters. 
Not Tanner.
Tanner is a maelstrom
He frightens me now even more than he had at Yale. I try to lie to myself and swear the fear has everything to do with the money I will lose. 
But there’s something else, something deeper, something shadowed and burning with fierce carnal desire that lingers like a fog within my core. 
Memories collide with the present, the aching I feel every time Tanner is nearby. 
Because it hadn’t been easy to avoid him so many years ago. 
It had been a fight, a war, a bloody battle occurring inside me.


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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REVIEW //\\ Commanding Casey


Commanding Casey by Nicolina Martin



This story has more depth and complexity than most Domination/submission/spanking stories.


Having read, and loved, most of this author’s Russo Saga series (and if you haven’t read it yet you need to rectify that!) I of course couldn’t resist reading this story. Whilst it doesn’t have the darkness, the grittiness, of that series it DOES have the same great writing and a hero who needs the love of a good woman to save his sorry ass.


Nicolina Martin sure can write a damaged, cranky, dangerous but utterly sexy and totally desirable alpha-hole hero. Cole was both loveable and smack-around-the-head-able at the same time. No wonder Casey couldn’t resist him! His constant blowing hot and cold could have become irritating BUT I felt that we got enough of his mental battles, his emotional struggles to understand his inability to not be a complete dick most of the time.


Casey living, working and surviving in what was very much a man’s world meant that she never felt weak. Even when she maybe made silly choices (especially regarding Alex) they came from a desire to protect, or to not be dictated to. I really liked her, and her bravery in going after what she wanted, what she needed, from Cole.


I’ve read a fair few Stormy Nights books and you sort of get to know the ‘formula’ of them. However, whilst this stayed within their remit, it also felt like it offered so much more. More complexity in its characters, more depth from them, more conflict both between them and within them, more story, just… more.


I started reading this last night and gritty, tired 1 a.m. eyes were the only thing that stopped me completing this in one sitting. If you’re looking for a great story, with themes of power exchange, a redeemable bad boy and a tough take-no-prisoners heroine then you need to be reading this book right now.



Casey Keagan is fleeing from a man hellbent on destroying her.
I couldn’t care less. She needs to run somewhere else. Being a mechanic at a construction site in Alaska is no job for a girl, and I intend to put her on the next flight out.
She claims that she hates my guts, but her eyes tell a different story and her big mouth is going to get her into so much trouble one day. Trouble spelled Cole Hooper.
When her submissive side calls to the Dominant in me, it’s only a matter of time before she becomes my latest addiction. The dirty games we play are forbidden, and if we’re caught it will ruin us both.
I keep telling her it’s only temporary.
But telling her is one thing. Convincing myself is another.



Review //\\ Mister Billions

Mister Billions by Cassie-Ann L. Miller




Happy sigh… reading this is a fantastic way to spend a few hours.


Alternately funny, moving and sexy, Mr Billions shows that Cassie-Ann L. Miller is back with a bang (every pun intended!). Oh my word this just gave me all the feels, ALL THE FEELS PEOPLE! A hot mess heroine with a dysfunctional family and an a-hole hero with his heart in the right place but his morals all skewed. There are fireworks from their first meeting and enough heat between them to power a small town.


You just know this pair are absolutely perfect for one another, but they are not going to have an easy path to their HEA. But boy, oh boy, was I rooting for them to get there. I still wanted to smack Cannon quite a lot of the time, as did Lexi, but he just showed enough of the decent guy inside him to keep us both on the hook.


Reading Mister Billions felt like coming home, it was safe, warm and immensely satisfying. 







Bossy. Infuriating. Sexy as sin…I can’t stand the man.
And he’s waiting for me at the altar.
I’m up to my eyeballs in unpaid rent. So is half this town.
Cannon Kingston is the devilish, arrogant billionaire with the power to save us all. But he wants something in return…
My hand in marriage.

The terms of our twisted contract are simple. A month or two of dirty, dirty matrimony and he’ll drop the eviction threats.
No biggie. I’ve got this…
Until he switches up the rules on me halfway through the deal.
First comes the bed-breaking orgasms.
Then come the late nights, spilling secrets in the dark.
Now, he’s after my heart.
But this is strictly business. Falling in love is a big, fat no-no. I’m not looking for a fairy tale ending. I’m just trying to save myself and my town.
Cannon Kingston is a man who always gets what he wants. And now, I’m at the top of his wishlist.
I’m no spineless damsel, though. I can bring this king to his knees.
…Unless he steals my heart for ransom first.


Mister Billions is a steamy, laugh-out-loud, marriage of convenience small town romance featuring a billionaire with a sinful body, a cocky grin and a serious attitude problem. A full-length (80 000-word) standalone. No cliffhanger. HEA guaranteed.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Release & Review //\\ Abducted


Abducted by K.I. Lynn


Collection: Sinister Fairy Tale Collection

Release: May 5, 2020

Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2S3oivK



Very, very, VERY loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, with a good dollop of Romeo and Juliet too.


I enjoyed this, it’s definitely one of the better stories in the series , holding my attention and being easy to read. I liked Ari/Ella and, once we actually got to know him, Domenico proved to also be a great character. This is a contemporary mafia romance, not the grittiest I’ve read but it did hold many aspects of realism. I don’t think I’ve read anything by K.I. Lynn before, I did like the author’s writing voice and found the book entertaining.


Conflict was too easily resolved, and sometimes not fully explained. It was also very insta-love with us being told more than shown their feelings. However the chemistry between Ari and Dom was nicely portrayed and I definitely felt the heat and attraction between them. That said, I’m not convinced that having narrowly missed being horrifically raped you would then immediately have sex with someone else.


So for me this was good but not great, mainly due to my personal preferences rather than any serious failings of plot, pace or characterisation. I would be happy to recommend this to those who love a mafia/captive romance that is on the paler end of the dark spectrum and I would consider reading more work by the author, genre dependent.




Blurb:
The mafia never lets you go.
I thought I was safe, free, but I never expected to find myself locked in a cage.
I’m in his territory. His prison.
The beast.
A fate worse than death awaits me if I can’t get away, so when the opportunity of salvation presents itself I grab it, even if I’m unsure if I can trust the hand I’m holding.
The only way out is through, exposing secrets and spilling blood.
Things aren’t how they appear. Nobody is what they seem.
Not even me.



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Excerpt:
Prologue –

Somewhere in Chicago…

The chains chafed my wrists, making me wish I were still in my cage. Though it lacked privacy, the cage at least had a bed, and in there I wasn’t restrained with my arms above my head. But I was in Domenico’s domain. The small bedroom-like area was created from a previous office. There was a lamp and a mattress with a blanket, but those were the only creature comforts. The rest of the room retained both the look and smell of the rest of the decaying structure.
With no way to tell time, I wasn’t sure how long I’d been there. All I knew was that I was tired. Being held against my will caused spikes in my adrenaline, and the subsequent crashes left me drained. The small panic attacks had lessened over the past few weeks, but there was an undercurrent of strife, and I feared what would happen if things got out of control.
I stared at the bed, wishing I were on it. All that did was cause the memories of him inside me to come slamming down. The absolute owning of my body by him and him alone. The way he made me come undone.
Feelings that I shouldn’t have with his touch, but I did.
Feelings I drowned in as he consumed me.
I am Domenico’s…for now.
And that was the thought that always sent questions spiraling out of control and a spike of fear to run through me.
I was a caged bird. A pet awaiting a sentence bound to be more grim than any fairy-tale horror.



Author Bio:
K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology, Amazon Bestseller Becoming Mrs. Lockwood, and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.
Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.


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REVIEW //\\ Nathan



Nathan (Cultivated #4) by Elin Peer





Is it ok to be jealous of a character in a book? Because I may be a little jealous of Serena.


Nathan, our title character is just such an amazing guy. He’s alpha without being overwhelming, caring without being overbearing and sweet without being too soft. The fact that he was willing to “play” Serena in their first meeting in the book shows that he is fallible and not Mr Perfect, which only made him more relatable and human. Serena is equally likable and “real”, a victim of the media storm which surrounds them, but also not totally innocent of indulging in the publicity machine.


There are hidden depths to this story. Questions asked and situations created that on one level bring entertainment and enjoyment, but also designed to make you consider the impact of how your words and actions can have a deep impact on others. I loved how Elin Peer brought us a story about trust, not just of trusting the other person but of trusting yourself and your emotions. Trusting your heart and instincts.


This is so much more than just a romance, in fact so very different to your “typical” romance. Unlike most stories, the love, the connection, the declarations are the easy part – it’s life and circumstances that throw spanners into the works. And its how the protagonists face these challenges, how they choose to react, that sets this authors work apart from so many others. There are no “too stupid to live” moments, no ridiculous and highly unlikely decisions, no forced conflict. Just a wonderful and absorbing story.







People say that being in love is the best feeling in the world.
What a bloody lie!
I hate that I’m in love with Serena and that she used me to get what she wanted.
What good is it that my heart and body is a twisted mess of longing for her when I’m also furious with her for hurting my sister, River?
I don’t care if Serena is a Hollywood star — no one messes with my family!

Nathan is a man with too many ghosts in his past to stand still and face them. After being dismissed from the army for anger management issues, he’s traveling the world and setting records in extreme sports.

When a plot to get back at Serena for hurting his sister goes wrong, Nathan is front and center in a media storm that brings up his tragic past once again. This time, there’s no outrunning it. Nathan will need to prove that he’s more than what the media portray him as. But what if the media are also wrong about Serena?


Nathan’s story is the fourth installment in Elin Peer’s romance series, Cultivated. Readers find it impossible to put down and rave about the characters jumping off the page.

To avoid spoilers, this series is best read in order.

REVIEW & RELEASE //\\ The Danger You Know


The Danger You Know by Lily White


Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: April 22, 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51180445-the-danger-you-know




Ari is everything I should hate but instead I totally adore him.


Lily White has once again created a masterpiece of a story, involving two very dysfunctional individuals and on very messed up situation. I want to say it was like watching a car crash but that results in devastation and destruction, whereas Ari and Adeline collided together in a way that resulted in something amazing. It was a long and at times painful process, their journey fraught with misery and heartache, but through it all was a connection and passion that most can only aspire to.


Ari isn’t just playing a game, I realize. He designed the board, carved the pieces and painted the dots on the dice.
It wasn’t good enough to linger in my world without my knowing it, he had to drag me kicking and screaming into his.


The writing held me spellbound and even though the plot foreshadows and indeed at times clearly spells where it will go, what will happen, the story still never felt predictable. This is just so unique, so different, so…. so Lily. There were so many times I wondered how this would end, wondered how I WANTED it to end, wondered if expecting a HEA was too much and whether it needed one.


Buckle up for one rollercoaster, bone shaker of a ride. One that will spin the world on it’s axis and leave you both shaken AND stirred. A ride that will take you up to such heights, just for the sole purpose of dropping you so far and so fast that your heart will be in your throat and you will worry both for your very survival and sanity. In The Danger You Know Lily White has created a story, a world that will stay with you. Characters come and characters go, but Ari and Adeline will remain for a long time. One of those unicorn stories that doesn’t fade with the passage of time but instead wedges itself into your heart, mind and soul.


It’s never the dangers that lurk in the shadows you have to worry about, it’s the ones you know. The people who can turn your world upside down without any effort at all. The terrifying monsters that sneak up when you least expect it to steal your heart and drive you insane.

When I began reading the book, I did think it might only be a 4 star “really liked” book. However Ari refused to have any of that nonsense and quickly informed me that it was 5 stars or he was leaving and wouldn’t be looking back. So firmly put in my place I enjoyed the rest of what is a twisted, tormented and tremendous story, one where it was also lovely to catch a glimpse of Rebecca and Aiden out in the ‘real world’.

I’ve not even talked about Lincoln yet. If ever there was a character who needed their own book he is one – don’t let me down Lily! I fell in love with him almost as much as I did Ari, he really was amazing in his own right. At one point I was kinda rooting for a menage, but I think his relationship with Adeline was perfect. He made such a great foil to Ari but also allowed us to see another side to him too.

This is an absolute must read book, both for Lily White fans and for those who like a good, twisted read. It’s not very dark in sexual terms, but it doesn’t need to be, not with such a heartless hero and messed up situation.


Blurb: 

You’ll judge me.
Hate me and tell me I’m wrong.
Refuse to see how my darkness is what she needs.

While I don’t particularly care about your feelings in the matter, and while I pursue her despite the wedding bells that rang for another, only I can see how she is drowning beneath mediocrity.

How many times must I remind her?

It can’t matter that I am the person who ruined her life.
The man who killed her father.
The constant shadow that watches her sleep.
The lover who prefers dirty alleyways to freshly laundered sheets

She’s mine. Always has been. 

I’m the worst thing for her, yet I’m the only salvation she knows.
He had his chance to make her happy.
He failed.
He didn’t see how she was dying inside because he couldn’t know her.
Not like I know her.
I am her stalker.
Her protector.
And the only man that can bring her back to life.



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Excerpt: 

“Who are you?”

“Does it matter?” I cock a brow, challenging her to care.

She laughs, and it’s like music, free and unencumbered.

“No, I guess it doesn’t.”

We stare at each other for several quiet seconds, the beat of my breath matching hers. Her eyes are glassy and unfocused, her face so serene that I feel relaxed because of it.

“You’re pretty,” she says on an exhalation of breath.

Pretty?

Flowers are pretty. The sky is pretty. Women are pretty.

I am none of those things.

“You’re drunk, and I’m not pretty.”

Adeline pushes up to kneel in her seat and leans over the center console, her palm cupping my cheek as tender as a lover.

“Yes, you are. But you’re flawed. I can see all the mistakes. You’re gorgeous because of those flaws.”

My eyes widen, heart hammering. She needs to go. This is too much. Too close. How the fuck does she know that?

It’s the tragic artist in her. She looks for the cracks and fissures, the imperfections in anything she sees.

Her sloppy grin widens, pearly white teeth glimmering beneath.

“It’s okay. I’m flawed, too. Would you like to see?”

What a stupid question. I don’t need to see. I already know all her flaws. I could write a fucking book about them.

Adeline doesn’t wait for an answer before climbing over the center console to straddle my lap. And while I should open my door to jump away, I find myself sucking in a breath, my body going far too still.

She leans forward to press her mouth to my ear.

“I don’t even know your name, and all I want to do is kiss you right now. How fucked up is that?”

Extremely. It is just one of the things about her that drives me crazy. Don’t get me wrong; I love that about her. But I also hate it.

“We shouldn’t do that,” I answer.

“I like doing things I shouldn’t.”

Yes, yes she does. She really is a little monster.



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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Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

REVIEW //\\ Charmed



Charmed: A British Billionaire Romance by 
April Wilson and Laura Riley




Charmed is a warm, sexy, funny, well written rom-com, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face AND your heart.


I’m not always the greatest fan of the billionaire trope but this didn’t have that typical arrogant alpha-hole feel. In fact the hero Will was really very sweet and quite down to earth. A really pleasant guy, strong but not overbearing. The story was so easy to read, really enjoyable and it was great to watch how Will grew and developed throughout the book.


The heroine, Skye, was also a really well written, engaging and wonderful character. Both her and Will were very likeable, as well as being very easy to relate to. Her back story added interesting facets to the tale, whilst her strength and integrity added intensity to it.


The plot was fairly simple but it didn’t need unnecessary complication or angst. We were treated to depths of emotion, fantastic writing and great characterisation. I could really feel the emotions and it definitely had a wonderful warm and sexy rom-com vibe. The inclusion of two wonderful support characters in Connor and Kennedy brought something a little extra, allowed us to see Skye and Will in a different light, to really get to know them and to understand them a little better.


This is a really good read and I can’t wait to read more books in the series.




Skye
It was just supposed to be a one-year internship in London.
I wasn’t supposed to meet Prince Charming. 
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love. 
And I certainly wasn’t supposed to get my heart broken.


Will
Women fall at my feet. They find me—and my bank account—irresistible.
It’s not until I meet a shy American wallflower with an uncanny knack for numbers that I fall, too.
want this girl. I’d lay the world at her feet—if only she’d let me.
When one of my past mistakes returns with a vengeance, I risk losing the one person who means the world to me.



REVIEW //\\ Stealing Cinderella

Title: Stealing Cinderella

Collection: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection

Author: A. Zavarelli

Release: April 2, 2020

Genre: Dark Fairytale Retellings

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46260492

Cover Design: Dee Garcia







I’d started to have my doubts about this series, but Stealing Cinderella has certainly turned the tides favourably.


The book has a nice swirl of darkness to it, and is certainly fits the billing of ‘Sinister’ perfectly. Ella and Thor’s story is set in modern times, which made a few elements at the beginning seem a little far fetched, and I did find myself having to let several things ‘go’ at the beginning, hence the loss of half a star. However I can appreciate that not only were they necessary for the story, they strongly echoed the fairy tale on which this book is based. Though this prince is very more devillish than he is charming.


Stealing Cinderella has an excellent plot, well thought through, nicely paced and with some unexpected twists along the way. There are possible triggers in the book, more alluded to than truly experienced, though there is one brief flashback scene that occurs. Ella and Thor have both experienced abuse and neglect, though it has shaped them into very different characters.


Ella is very much the sweet natured, caring and loving Cinderella of the fairytale. Thor, however, has a much darker, bleaker nature and is very much an antihero – to the point that it took me quite a while to warm to him. However as we, and Ella, get to know the true man, as his secrets and hurts are gradually revealed and as he warms towards her, so I found myself warming towards him.


Whilst the Sinister Fairy Tales series has been very hit and miss for me, and mainly miss if I’m being brutally honest, this book has made the whole experience worthwhile.  Ashleigh Zavarelli took the brief and very much stuck to it, producing a story that closely paralleled the original on which it is based. At the same time she modernised the tale, threw in a good dose of all things dark, add a generous helping of steam to create a really great story.


This is one Sinister Fairy Tale I am more than happy to recommend.






Every royal has their dirty little secret. His was… me. 

It should have been simple. 

Go to the ball, meet the prince, and secure his patronage for my favorite charity. 

But beneath the mask, the brooding beast of a man was not at all who I expected. 

He was dark and intense and eerily quiet. 

When I left, I could still feel the ghost of his touch branded into my skin. 

He haunted my dreams, but I never expected to see him again. 

Then he came for me. 

And he took me. 

And I learned that his darkness was a void I never could have conceived. 

He’s the crown prince of Norway. 


And, now, I’m his captive.  



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Author Bio:
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A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance.
When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research.
She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies. 



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