Review //\\ Darker

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Is this a good read? Yes it is. Is it dark? No, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I’ve not read a book by Vi Carter before but based on this I would read other works by her. I found this well written, engaging and read it pretty much in one sitting, so it definitely held my attention. I would describe this as a romantic suspense with elements of organised crime. In particular I liked that the heroine had entered the arrangement willingly and actually wanted to be married to the hero. This really gave a nice spin to the arranged/forced marriage trope.

Both main characters were likeable, Damien was actually a pretty honorable man, though his struggles with his desires did lead him to be a total idiot at times. Maria was a total spitfire, maybe a lot little petulant and immature at times, but I let that slide under the reason of her having been kept very sheltered her whole life.

There was definitely chemistry between Damien and Maria, with some scorching hot sex scenes to enjoy. I felt that generally it was more lust than love, though I certainly felt a very strong connection to Maria and her emotions quite a few times throughout the story. The book certainly made me feel!

Personally I felt the resolution was achieved a little too quickly. The ideas were great and it was well executed BUT I felt there were missed opportunities to add extra depth to the story. Nate felt like a loose end, his obsession didn’t quite fit with him working with King.  I would also have liked some more of Maria with her parents, some scenes of them getting to know one another.

Some parts of this were told rather than shown, yet most of the book didn’t have that vibe so it did leave me disappointed that the author didn’t add the same depth to those scene. The impression it gave was that the author had a word or page count and was paring those last few chapters down in order to achieve it. In fact this is an issue I’ve encountered with other authors and it does make me wonder if they write to “size” rather than “story”. If that is the case then Dear Author, please note that most readers can cope with a book that takes longer than two hours to complete. I also dispute the 339 page count – it was more like 200!

If you enjoy well written, steamy, romantic suspense, with some good plot twists and likeable characters then I do recommend this.

Title – Darker  (The Boyne Club Book 2)
Author – Vi Carter
Genre – Romantic Suspense
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A cold and arrogant criminal. A Billionaire’s Daughter. An arranged marriage.
Being the daughter of a billionaire you would think my life had always been easy. But no, not for one second has my life ever been easy. And now I’m being forced into a marriage with my father’s right-hand man, and if I refuse him I stand to lose my inheritance. And while I find him extremely handsome, it’s the darkness that I sense in him that both frightens and calls to me.
My boss wants to give me his daughter. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If only that were true. His rivals have threatened her life and now he wants me to take her as my wife. To love, honor, and protect her for the rest of my days. I want her. But how can I protect her from myself? How can I honor her when the darkness inside me demands that I defile and break her?

REVIEW //\\ The Break-Up Artist


The Break-Up Artist is a fun and heart warming second chance rom-com. Katie and Wes were both very likeable, easy to believe in characters, and I loved that Selena was neither entitled or bitchy. The author created a cast of characters that together added depth and colour to the story.

Second-chances are a guilty pleasure of mine, some are better than others. In this one I liked that their original break-up wasn’t cliched. Both played a part in it and though Wes really hadn’t come out of it with any honour he DID acknowledge his mistakes and show contrition. In fact the whole plot line avoided the usual cliches and was very much about BOTH characters growth and learning.

The story is quite slow burn, which worked well with the plot line, but once the chemistry ignited this pair certainly burned hot. I found it easy to believe in their connection and emotions, and really enjoyed reading their story. A very pleasant way to spend a few hours.

3.5 Stars

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It’s a game of exes and oooohs! Enjoy the sizzling new standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

I’m an expert in break-ups. From the slow fade, to extreme ghosting, to, ‘but you never said I couldn’t send pics of my junk to your step-sister on Instagram’ – I’ve seen it all… and built a mini-empire along the way. My blog, the Break-Up Artist, uses my past heartache to help people move on – and avoid weeping on the floor at 3am consuming their body weight in spray cheese and Oreos. Ahem.

Now, I have a new job that could mean the big-time: helping a famous Hollywood it-couple navigate their tricky break-up. Except not everyone wants them Splitsville. The movie studio needs to keep them together to promote their big movie, and they’ve sent someone to make sure I fail in my first VIP gig.

Wes Baxter. Also known as my ex.

Also ALSO known as, the guy who broke my heart so thoroughly, I had to turn myself into a self-help guru just to get over him. 

I’m determined to follow my own advice (no drooling over Wes’s perfect abs, or remembering how he rocked my world) but being trapped together at a luxe country retreat isn’t helping things… And neither is Wes’s early-morning naked swim habit. Soon, love is in the air, the sparks between us are hotter than ever, and I’m seriously questioning my ‘no backsies’ policy. 

Wes swears he’s changed. He wants to try again, and he’s got an annoyingly sexy way of convincing me. But can second chances really work? Or has the Break-Up Artist finally met her match?

Cupids series:
1 Cupids Anonymous
2 What’s Your Sign?
3 The Romeo Effect
4 The Break-Up Artist
5 The Romance Plan

REVIEW //\\ A Savage Debt

A SAVAGE DEBT (Beholden Duet #1) by Zoey Ellis

An interesting start to the story.

This is a very pleasant read with a high heat level and lots of mystery. Whist it is part of a duet, the ending isn’t a dramatic cliff-hanger, more of a natural break point. The author also informs us that this break point is not midway through the story and #2 will be the longer book.

Whilst the story maybe didn’t grip me in quite the same way that the Myth of Omega books did, it is still a very enjoyable read. I didn’t feel my emotions were engaged in as much depth as when reading the trilogies, though I very much enjoyed the world building, character development and overall story telling.

Ana is a very pampered and sheltered Princess, very naive in the truth of life but not spoilt or selfish. Her struggles following the first night were well portrayed, though I personally needed more fear, more anger, more sense of injustice in Ana prior to those events. She felt a little like a characterless doll, and I don’t care how eager to please she was, where was her anger at her parents for failing to protect her?

I really loved the last chapter, from Maddoc’s point of view. I wish we’d maybe had a few more ‘mini chapters’ from him to balance the story a little more, though I can understand why we didn’t. Whilst there are some incredibly steamy scenes between Ana and Maddoc, my lack of emotional connection to him as a character made them feel a little perfunctory at times. They lacked a bit of chemistry and zing, but again I’m expecting that passion to explode once this pair get to genuinely know each other. I interpreted that feeling of slight removal as a reflection of the distance between them at the moment. That said the balance between the smut and the plot was perfect, and the story moved with good pace.

Ana really does undergo some growth in quite a short time, mainly due to the machinations and manipulations (or is it actually support and help?) of Maddoc. She clearly isn’t going to believe what he tells her, so he has to find ways to open her eyes and see for herself. We get inklings and foreshadowing throughout that all is not rosy in the garden (particularly Milly’s ‘fall’) and I’m really looking forward to discovering hidden truths along side Ana. Though that girl certainly needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

Roll on book #2!

3.5 stars

As payment for her father’s debt, he wants:
At his mercy
For three nights

Notorious outlaw Maddoc follows no rules.
When he walks into the palace demanding repayment for a debt no one knew existed, he wants only one thing.
The Omega princess.
Protected and revered, Ana struggles to find control in a life planned for her from the moment she was born.

When she is forced to give three nights to a dark, lawless Alpha, his primal touch turns her world to chaos.
But the more she tries to resist, the deeper she is sucked into the intense savagery he has saved just for her.

A SAVAGE DEBT is the first installment of the Beholden Duet, a fantasy Omegaverse romance that explores themes of justice, punishment, and dark, savage love. For fans of Alpha anti-heroes and sassy heroines. Cliffhanger included. This story features romance and situations of a dark nature.

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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 //\\ Filthy Deal (Anti-Hero Chronicles #3)

Filthy Deal by Mika Lane

A twisty, erotically charged and satisfying read

Nico and Rain’s story is one super hot read, with an action packed plot and two very likeable main characters. One heck of a dominant alpha-male, Nico is determined to protect his woman at all costs. Rain is also a strong character, I sometimes felt her choices were not thought through properly BUT given the situation (her sister missing and she is held captive) then I’m not sure I’d be any more rational either! Their chemistry is so sizzling hot I’m surprised my kindle didn’t melt, and I loved that Rain was so confident in her own sexuality.

As the blurb says, this is an over-the-top romance, not in a ridiculous “roll-your-eyes” way, but in a low angst, fun to read way. Whilst Filthy Deal contains some darker themes, including sex-trafficking and murder, we don’t witness any of it in intense detail and the events happen to secondary characters. It isn’t darkly gritty like some mafia stories, it isn’t full of emotional turmoil like many a romantic suspense, it’s a wonderfully written piece of escapism when you just want to enjoy a hot read about a sexy couple. It’s a classy, well written erotic romance that takes the time to also have a good plot.

Whilst I love me a dark, difficult, full-of-feels read I also enjoy something lighter, something less taxing on my emotions and psyche. This book (in fact this whole series) is perfect for those times and I’m happy to recommend it to anyone who wants a quick(ish) hot, steamy but still well written read.

A Las Vegas Mafia Romance

Let’s make a deal…
She saw something she should not have. That happens when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. And when you meet the wrong man—me.
Her sister’s gone now, and her own life is in danger.
Not my problem I say…
But she was so… different.
So I made a deal to help.
And my deal was just as filthy as you’d think.

This hot, over-the-top romance includes sexy mafia hitmen with a penchant for pursuing and protecting the women who give them a run for their money. If you love outrageously naughty stories as a way to indulge your not-so-secret bad girl side, this is for you.

The Anti-Hero Chronicles series can be read in any order:

1) Dirty Game
2) Nasty Bet
3) Filthy Deal

Compulsion – Zoey Ellis

This is a thoroughly enjoyable novella.

Set in an omegaverse world that is low technology and contains magic (though we don’t experience that aspect in this book) the novella focuses hugely on the two main characters Roclan and Nyan.

I really liked both characters, and the author managed to include some important personal growth for Roclan. Not easy to achieve in a novella. The pair definitely had intense chemistry and overall this felt fairly consensual, so I wouldn’t classify it as dark. It’s a very good book to either try this as a new author or to sample what the MF Omegaverse worlds have to offer, without falling into the darkness of many other books in the genre.

There were times when I would have liked, in fact needed, to be experiencing the other MC’s point of view. Characters made some important decisions and we only saw those as observers, rather than experiencing those decisions via thoughts and feelings. It led to a feel of tell rather than show at times but that is a typical weakness of novellas, there just isn’t the time to tell a complex story, build character depth and convince us of a forever love.

Compulsion is well written and, as I’ve already said, an enjoyable read. I do recommend it if you’re a fan of this author and if you’re looking for a quick, steamy, low angst omegaverse read.

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by Sansa Rayne, Stella Rising 

A very thought provoking story.

This is a new-to-me author, but I’m glad that I took a chance on reading Allure. The setting is somewhat middle ages, possibly in a dystopian Earth future or based on some other planet. I found it difficult to place in a sub-genre or trope, though it felt more fantasy than paranormal.

I enjoyed the story, finding the plot easy to follow and liking the main characters. Whilst the idea of the heroine (or hero) being an ‘outsider’ is not new the world the author created, along with the detail of the heroine’s resistance to allure and subsequent issues, made this feel quite an unusual read. The writing is good, the story entertaining and the relationship between Cassian and Inara ultimately being very believable.

It may have been me, but at the beginning the story did feel a little directionless. I appreciated that the author didn’t do a huge information dump to world build, but I did find myself waiting for something to happen. Personally I would have liked this time to have been spent building the connection between Inara and Cassian. I’m not a fan of insta-anything, so the fact that their physical relationship went from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye felt a little jarring.

I quite liked that the book didn’t portray virginity as a feminine virtue BUT how this juxtaposed with women being very much the voiceless submissive in any relationship perhaps could have done with being elaborated on a little more. Some really innovative world building but it just needed developing/expanding on a little more to help me understand why sex was ok but then they had to be SO submissive.

There are some quite deep messages within this book around how we judge others and how it is easy to abuse power, and as a result abuse those who are weaker than us. Cassian and Inara are both very different to the norm, but it is easier for Cassian given the patriarchal nature of their society. I loved that he didn’t want to change Inara in any way but that he wanted to forge a partnership with her, you could genuinely sense his respect for Inara.

Inara has never felt the ethereal pleasure of a man’s allure, a manifestation of will that rewards submission. Casting aside the collar of her youth, she attends her long-awaited blossoming ceremony longing to partake in her overdue rite of womanhood. But when she experiences allure for the first time, the celebration spirals into a waking nightmare.

Sensing a need to end his string of flings and take a wife, Sir Cassian sets his sights on the kind and beautiful Inara. A knight reputed for his skills in combat as much as his charm, he will do whatever he must to ensure Inara picks him as her suitor. When she flees her blossoming, inexplicably terrified, he seizes the opportunity to help her – and claim her.
Unable to avoid the sinister effect allure has on her, Inara agrees to pose as Cassian’s new beau. At first hesitant to reveal the whole truth, she submits to his discipline, unleashing the bliss she’s always craved. However, divulging her dark discovery thrusts them into a conflict that will test their commitment to each other and their entire world.

When Inara learns there may be a way for her not to suffer from allure, Cassian vows to find the answer. Yet their search draws the attention of those intent on stifling the truth, no matter who they have to kill. Pursued by zealous assassins, Inara must choose: hide who she is to protect her love, or fight to expose the secret of allure…
For a dark romantic adventure you can’t put down, buy Allure today!

Publisher’s note: “Allure” is a dark, romantic thriller with erotic content, no cliffhangers, no cheating and a HEA. It contains material some may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.

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A retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a dark twist you won’t want to miss…

Eternal Nightmare by Aria Adams is OUT NOW!!

Eternal Nightmare is a well written and entertaining read, a dark and twisty retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a dash of Romeo and Juliet for good measure. I did struggle with the flashback/flashforward aspect at first as I hadn’t had chance to develop an understanding of the world and it’s characters. This left me feeling a little confused and lost at times though once I’d reached about 20%, and had experienced enough of Lucy in the past, I felt the story coming together more.

Whilst Lucy’s passiveness occasionally irritated me I did still find it fitted both her upbringing and character. As the book progresses we do see her growing more of a backbone, which was great. I love to see characters grow and develop.

Even though there were times when I really didn’t understand what was happening, particularly in the ‘present’ dream scenes, I still found the story engaging. I also felt that it was a deliberate technique employed by the author. Not only does it mean we don’t get an unwieldy information dump, it allowed me to appreciate Lucy’s own sense of confusion, frustration and weariness. Details and clues are slowly drip fed to us at a perfect pace, not too quick so as to bombard and not so slow that boredom or irritation sets in.

There were a few occasions when I felt the pace could have been a little quicker, but that might just have been me wanting to get to the HEA, which was great by the way!


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“I sleep forever. Dream after dream. Tormented by them. I never get to awaken.”

Lucy has slept for a hundred years. Everyone she ever knew is dead. Her kingdom is in decay. She doesn’t have anything to wake up for, but it has to be better than the nightmares, doesn’t it? Every time she thinks she’s opened her eyes, another nightmare begins. Endless horror. Can anyone help her?

This is a dark fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The heroine is asleep. The hero can’t save her. The villain is long-gone, but her legacy lives on. If you don’t like your HEAs to come easily, this series is for you.


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About Aria Adams

Aria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it.

Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple Number One bestselling books in the US and worldwide.

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Title: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant book #4 (Stand Alone)

Author Name: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Series Name: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant

Genre: Paranormal humorous MYSTERY, with romantic elements


This is one heck of a quirky, eccentric series, great fun to read, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns (though I did guess what Nice was using to blackmail Miriam). It has it’s fingers in many genre ‘pies’ but is difficult to define as or place in any particular one. It will have you smiling with it’s irreverent humour and pop culture references, whilst also tugging at your heart strings with it’s depth of longing and melancholy.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, Miriam was most noticeable by her absence. I needed a little more of her, when she did appear in the book she felt very removed from everything, especially Michael himself. I understand why this was (partly) necessary, but it did leave me feeling disconnected from her.

The story totally held my attention and I pretty much read this in one sitting. I’m now hugely intrigued with where the story will go next.


From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a snarky Mystery with a side dish of Romance and two sprinkles of chaos, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Four.


A crazy vampire has stolen my librarian. And if that’s not bad enough, it is my fault. Because I, too, am an ancient, deadly vampire, and it was my job to protect her. I failed.

Now, just as I have reason to hope I will get her back, the situation turns into the biggest mystery of my existence.

Apparently, this evil vampire has brainwashed her into thinking she belongs with him. I do not know how. I do not know why. But I will get to the bottom of this and win her back.

Because I am the motherf*!$%ing librarian’s vampire assistant, and she belongs to me. Or, at least she used to?


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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams.

Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.

She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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BEAR by Delta James

A Dark Shifter Romance

I very much enjoyed the unusual twist on the usual bear shifter type of story. It definitely added extra depth to the story, along with the excellent suspense elements. Overall the pace drove the story along well, resulting in a very satisfying read. I really loved the feeling of destiny and fate that ran throughout the book.

I did struggle to connect with the ‘romance’ for a little while, though I very much liked both main characters. For me personally I would have preferred a little more focus on building and developing their relationship and less on spanking/discipline/sex in the first half of the book. However that is a very personal preference and one could just as easily argue that the domestic discipline aspect IS a huge part of their relationship. Just as it began to feel a little repetitive, the pace picked up, the story took off and my attention was held until the very end of the book.

As always Delta James wrote a wonderfully strong female in Halley and a sexy, dominant hero in Cade. By the end of the story I was very much convinced of not only their connection but also their love. Charlie and Kaye were two very good supporting characters and I also felt as though I got to know Halley’s grandmother too. The author is very good at writing characters you would love to meet and this book was no exception.

This is a domestic discipline book which contains spankings that the heroine may not like but ultimately agrees with. As this is a dark romance it does take her longer to be content with the status quo and some of the discipline is dubious consent in nature, though all sexual activity is fully consented to. The publisher does provide a warning, these should always be taken note of if you don’t enjoy seeing the heroine spanked and disciplined (some of which can seem quite severe, depending on personal likes/dislikes).



For centuries he roamed the mountains, restless and wild. Then he chose me as his mate.

He was a man once, long ago. Now people say he is nothing more than a myth, a legend, a story locals tell one another around the campfire. The tale of the mountain man who became a bear.

But I know better. He saved my life, and he watches over me still. Because I belong to him.

The man in him is old-fashioned, from a time when a headstrong woman was taken over a knee, but the beast in him is as wild as this land itself, and when he claims me it will be truly savage.

Publisher’s Note: Bear includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.


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.