REVIEW – Darker Than Love




This is a short read since it’s the prequel to Darker Than Love by the same authors. There is a lot of action in this, including some scorching hot sex scenes, and plenty of character building. This didn’t leave a LOT of space for world building/ background setting BUT there was enough of that and I fully expect to learn more in the full length novel.

Mina, Yan and Ilya are incredibly intriguing characters and I can’t wait to learn more about them. I will definitely be continuing what I hope is their story in Darker Than Love. A great prequel, novella that is currently free and is well worth reading to see if these authors are for you.





3.5 stars

This is my first encounter with either of these authors and based on this book it won’t be my last. I know that some readers may criticise that the first 25% of this book is the free prequel, but since there is still a good 4 hours of reading remaining in the book it’s still great value for money.

There were things I loved about this book and things that, for me personally, could have been better/different. However you can’t please all of the people all of the time! I loved that Mina was a genuinely strong character, a fighter, a survivor and one bad-ass female. I didn’t care for the one TSTL moment that flared like a warning beacon and resulted in quite a cliched ‘plot twist’. HOWEVER, clever writing around this allowed me to still enjoy the story and forgive this obvious move.

I liked how very different Yan and Ilya were, I have identical twin sons so I know how true this can be. Mine are like chalk and cheese 😂. Ilya broke something inside me when he had his heart-to-heart with Mina, this may be a work of fiction but I’m still hoping she had a chat with Yan at some point and opened his eyes to Ilya’s needs. It also explained why he appeared to be a bit of a douche at times, and I’m really hoping Ilya (and Anton) will get their own stories in the future.

Yan – what a guy. I loved him, I really did but he changed far too quickly and easily for my liking. I needed the dark, broody thug to remain for longer. I needed his resentment of Mina to be a little more forceful, a little more convincing. Whilst it took him most of the book to realised he could have, and indeed did have, feelings for Mina, those feelings changed him far too quickly. Softened him to swiftly, leaving behind a man who clearly was no threat whatsoever to the heroine. If you’re selling me a dark romance then I need the heroine (and Hero) to suffer, I need to feel peril, threat, conflict, I need to feel the couple are walking a knives edge and one slip could end it all. I didn’t get that feeling for most of this book, and that’s why I couldn’t give it a higher rating.

The writing, the flow, the dialogue and plot are all great (aforementioned plot cliche aside) and all worked together to make a very good read. Overall the pace was also good, with the book generally holding my attention. I did lose focus part way through, though I’m not sure if it was a me or a book thing. It was at about 58% in, just after Mina’s TSTL moment, so I’m not sure if it was just my frustration at knowing where one part of the plot was heading. However I pushed through and soon found myself totally caught up in the book again.

My final thought is that whilst the sex scenes were scorching hot, I did end up skimming over some. There were just too many and not all of them added anything to the story other than eroticism. I love a good sex scene as much as the next person but once or twice I felt as though it distracted from the story, rather than enhancing it. I already got that this pair couldn’t keep their hands of each other, that sex was a way they communicated their feelings for each other. I didn’t need it smashing over my head quite so many times. It started to feel almost as though they were filler, and this story didn’t need that.


So in summary I recommend Darker than Love because it has a great writing, a good plot, wonderful characters and is really enjoyable read.






Amazon US
Sweeter than Hate- https://www.amazon.com/Sweeter-Than-Hate-Darker-Prequel-ebook/dp/B0821JQ476/
Darker than Love – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z743YST/

Amazon UK
Sweeter than Hate – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sweeter-Than-Hate-Darker-Prequel-ebook/dp/B0821JQ476/
Darker than Love – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darker-Than-Love-Anna-Zaires-ebook/dp/B07Z743YST/

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 – Black Light: Roulette Wars





Hot, kinky and every story brings something new and exciting to the mix.

The stage setting scenes didn’t draw me in as much as they have done in previous years, but let’s face it, we’re not really here for that. We want the scorching hot, boundary pushing scenes that each year’s contributors bring to life.

Prelude by Renee Rose – 4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this quite sweet but delightfully dirty encounter between bratva boss Ravil and seemingly straight-laced lawyer, Lucy, who perhaps isn’t quite as innocent as one would assume. Their scenes were both erotic and sensual, Renee Rose convinced me of how well this pair connected. It was easy to believe in their chemistry and the intense attraction between them. I liked that there were no silly declarations of love after only a few hours in each others company.

The story has clearly been written so that the author can continue it as part of her Vegas Underground series. Whilst I may well choose to read more about this couple, I would be able to leave the story as is – a wonderfully sexy night of BDSM play.



Breathless by Eris Adderly- 5+ Stars

When do we get a full length Eris Adderly Black Light book? Oh My Lord! By all that’s holy even Mother Theresa would have needed a hand free to read this smorgasboard of sexual delight. I’m telling you now – DO NOT READ THIS IN PUBLIC. Well not unless you are a massive exhibitionist and don’t mind being arrested for indecent behaviour in a public place. If hell ever freezes over we can send them a copy of this story and it will soon be back to it’s usual fiery temperature in no time at all.

Not only that but this book was packed with feels, both main characters had taken an emotional battering and the Hero had OCD type issues to boot. There is so much more to this than a couple of furnace heat level play scenes, there is character growth and a believable connection that develops between the main characters too. How Ms Adderly managed to achieve so much in such a short time I will never be able to explain, but the anthology is worth every penny of it’s cover price for this story alone.




Burn by Kay Elle Parker – 4.5 stars

I’m not going to say which kink it is, but this contained one that would be on my hard limits list! That said, the caring, respectful and sensual way Finn lead Ava through her submission was absolutely beautiful. Instead of cringing and being taken out of the moment, I found myself revelling in the connection and bond of trust that this couple forged. I have a couple of this authors books on my kindle but I haven’t actually read them yet – *hangs head in shame*. I will now be rectifying that asap.

Ava broke my heart at times, but in Finn she found not just a Dom, but a lover and potential life partner. One who would lend her strength when she was lost and give her release from the demons that haunt her soul. And it wasn’t just one sided. Finn gained just as much from the vulnerable and shattered woman as she did from him. I adored these two finely crafted and immensely likeable characters and am totally rooting for them to find their HEA together.




Inflamed by Golden Angel – 4.5 stars

It’s a Golden Angel story so you just know it’s going to contain some buttstuff, but I’m getting ahead of myself. We’ve sort of briefly met both these characters in the longer BlackLight: Defended, though you do NOT need to have read that story to enjoy this. The first time he spoke to her, Elliott was a total ass to Lisa. Regardless of BDSM protocols etc he was plain rude, which leaves Lisa needing to prove him wrong. It leads to some great battle of wills and situations.

Elliott is a sadist and that was very evident in the way he, at times, mentally tortured Lisa. There was more than one occasion when I wanted to punch him in the face. Until suddenly I not only no longer felt that impulse but actually found myself completely and utterly falling for him. I adored Lisa from the start, she might be a brat but she was a caring and loving brat, and there’s nothing wrong with curiosity and asking questions.

Whilst Golden Angel provides us with three fantastic and very sexy play scenes, the best thing about this story was seeing both Lisa and Elliott grow and adapt their thinking, allowing them to connect on a much deep level.






Wicked by Jennifer Bene – 5 stars

Let me tell you that I HATED Pierce when we first met him. His supercilious and rude attitude had me wanting to throat punch him, and when he kink-shamed Tori I could have whacked him in the nuts. And yet somehow as I read this story, somewhere along the line, I actually started to really, really like the man. He not only redeemed himself but he opened himself up to Tori in a way that had me swooning, yet he without him losing any of the sadistic, alpha Dom-ness that made him so sexy.

Tori was amazing, a strong female character that at times was vulnerable but never felt weak or insecure. She was very easy to empathise and identify with as she opened her mind (and body) to new experiences. As always, Jennifer Bene likes to torment us with edgy, boundary pushing kink scenes and this story is no different. Fantastic writing, emotional depth and character growth took what could have been ‘eww’ moments and made them very much into ‘mmm’ moments, and ‘sigh’ moments and ‘hot & bothered’ moments.






Trained by Sue Lyndon – 4 stars

This is a very sweet and gentle read, offering less in the way of hardcore kink but much more in the way of connecting with others. Xavier and Rachel were very interesting characters, both of whom had intriguing back stories. I would love to see this story extended and built on, allowing us to know more about them and see how their relationship develops and grows.

The connection between Kitten and her Daddy was very convincingly portrayed and I really appreciated how the author focused on feelings and emotional depth in this captivating story.






Unexpected by Measha Stone – 4 stars

Quinn and Jack are a great pairing, Jack sees beneath Quinn’s facade and recognises the precious gem beneath. I really enjoyed how Measha included a less popular kink but spun it in a way that made it enjoyable even for those who would normally consider it a hard limit. She also portrayed the developing connection between the characters in an very honest and believable way.

This doesn’t end with declarations of love, or life long plans, in fact it is probably one of the most real ending of the anthology, perfect for the situation and with enough of a happiness factor to satisfy even the most die-hard romantic.





Facade by Livia Grant – 4.5 stars

This book mixed some great kinky play with fantastic character building. Steph was really quiet complex and a tough nut to crack, she certainly had to be dragged into her submission. I’m not sure she was a submissive so much as a submissive for Sean. And that was fine as it led to some feisty, fiery play.

Sean was a hard-ass Dom, I quite got Steph’s action in the swimming pool, but I still adored him because his sub’s safety was alway paramount. And not just physical safety, Steph’s mental well being was just as important. This pair were one of my favourite couples and, just like the previous story, I liked how this one ended.







In summary this is one fantastic anthology with something for everyone and not one disappointing story in it.


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About the book:

One crazy bet. Two sexy clubs. Eight bestselling authors.

During this Roulette, only one can come out on top.

Black Light’s naughty game of Valentine Roulette returns with eight brand new scorching hot stories. For the first time, Black Light East and Black Light West will compete against each other to capture the title of hottest BDSM club of the year in Black Light: Roulette War.
More than bragging rights hang in the balance when couples risk their hearts in this wild game unlike any other. With stories from Jennifer Bene, Livia Grant, Renee Rose, Measha Stone, Sue Lyndon, Golden Angel, Eris Adderly, and Kay Elle Parker, everyone will be betting on this sizzling game of chance.

Contributing Authors Jennifer Bene: http://www.facebook.com/jenniferbeneauthor/
Livia Grant: https://www.facebook.com/LiviaGrantAuthor/
Renee Rose: https://www.facebook.com/reneeroseromance
Sue Lyndon: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSueLyndon/
Golden Angel: https://www.facebook.com/GoldenAngelAuthor/
Measha Stone: https://www.facebook.com/authormeashastone/
Kay Elle Parker: https://www.facebook.com/kayelleparker/
Eris Adderly: https://www.facebook.com/ErisAdderly/


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Book Review – Lumi by Elin Peer

LUMI (Cultivated #3) by Elin Peer

A difficult and heart breaking path to a truly beautiful love story.


I adored Lumi and Damien’s story, which is told both in present day along with clearly defined flashbacks to the past. This allows a well paced reveal of many untold and unknown events that have shaped the people they are today. Once started I didn’t want to put this down, the excellent writing and engaging storyline kept me hooked. The emotions pour of the page and this was definitely a “box of tissues” read.

There were times when I would have liked to have felt more emotion from Damien, mainly in the past and particularly following his first night with Lumi. His decision, which I understood, didn’t come with enough angst and soul searching to convince me of the depth of his feelings at that time. He seemingly made his decision too easily . However in the whole scheme of things it was a minor wrinkle in an otherwise amazing story.

Lumi and Damien are both well written, rounded characters. Neither was perfect and Lumi in particular had issues to work through. The concept of the forced physical (but not sexual) intimacy was a really interesting plot device, providing drama and tension alongside some truly thought provoking moments. The story never felt cliched or predictable.

Elin Peer ‘s flawless storytelling is a joy to experience, her finely crafted characters are both believable and likeable. She totally convinced me of the strong connection between Lumi and Damien, as well as the depth of their feelings. She also teased us with both Nathan and River’s struggles, leaving me desperate for more of this family.











Damian took a bullet for me when I was seventeen.
He didn’t ask for my heart in return, but it’s been his ever since.
We are as different as night and day. He’s fun-loving and outgoing while I’m skeptical of new people and prefer to avoid social events.

So, why did I agree to be handcuffed to him for a full week in the name of science? It’s not because he dared me to do it, or because I need the money that comes with it. I’m the CFO of Solver Industries, after all.
It’s because I’m turning twenty-nine, and I’m sick and tired of my heart comparing every man to Damian when my brain knows full well that he’s far from perfect.

If my plan works, an overdose of the large Irishman should kill my crush on him and finally set me free.

Lumi is the third installment in Elin Peer’s psychological drama series, Cultivated. Readers rave about Elin Peer’s ability to make the characters jump off the page and stay in your thoughts for a long time after you close the book. If you love romance with depth, a fast pace, a bit of steam, and some great dialogue, then you’ve found your next read.




If you’ve already read the first two books in the series, Charlie and Atlas, then this is a no brainer. Buy Lumi on pre-sale and have it delivered straight to your Kindle App the moment it goes live on Amazon on Valentine’ day February 14th.



Amazon US _ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0823FRFVX
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0823FRFVX


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49251158-lumi




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.

Destroyed by Eva Dresden – Review





Destroyed by Eva Dresden
(Omega’s Destruction #3)


Publication date: February 13th 2020

Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Omegaverse







I’m simultaneous floating though empty space, devoid of all sensation and standing in the middle of a riotous explosion of colour and emotion.


If you’ve got this far, in the trilogy, then you know just what to expect … or do you? This is written with the same unique voice that characterised both Broken and Damaged. Eva Dresden’s writing is akin to a complex symphony, one where the full orchestra is playing a multitude of notes that blend into one harmonious tune. However to experience the subtle nuances of tone and texture that each individual instrument brings you have to listen carefully. You have to focus and tease apart the various sounds until you identify the core of the music. And in the same way I found myself re-reading some paragraphs and phrases in order to truly appreciate and value the depth and meaning of them.

She felt alive. On fire and alight in the night dark sky, another star among the heavens. Soaring through a tempest raging around her.

I’m normally a quick reader, more concerned with taking in the overall shape and look of the masterpiece, but that isn’t possible with this book. That would lead to me missing the delicate touches of colour, the subtle shades and tones, the careful brushstrokes that build layer upon layer in order to create an image so powerful that it leaves one speechless. To fully appreciate the sophisticated and intricate imagery created by the author’s powerful writing, I found myself having to slow myself down and concentrate, and yet not once did I feel irritated by having to do this. At no point did I feel aggrieved that I had to read a sentence again, the reason being that it wasn’t due to poor writing. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The writing is so wondrous that it deserves, nay demands, attention be paid to it.


I loved that neither character ‘lost’ anything of who they truly were, whilst at the same time managing to both grew and adapted. To our eyes Tobias’ treatment of Quinn was horrendous when he first took her, and it only got worse. However not only was it part of how their world works, but he did eventually earn his forgiveness. Quinn stayed strong in her fight to retain a sense of self, though she did hover on the edge of weakness on other matters.

She believed what he said. Knew that he would rip this city apart if anything should happen to them. There was something to that, an emotion she didn’t want to give close inspection. It was hot, volatile … comforting.

Tobias, pig-headed alpha male that he is, thought burning the world to the ground should have been enough for Quinn to understand her place, her importance, in his life. However, to Quinn, all it made her feel like was a possession not a person. All she desired was to be listened to. Tobias tries his best to show Quinn how he feels but, in a society where an Alpha’s feelings are a weakness to be exploited, it isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

“Then you cry for me, Quinn. You let it out where I can’t.”
Holding her all the tighter, Tobias tucked the blankets closer and smoothed his palme over her har.
Cradling her as she sobbed his sorrow out for him.

As a ruling Alpha, Tobias’, and therefore his family’s, lives are constantly at risk. However the true source of that peril came from an unexpected quarter. It wasn’t a total surprise, since the author heavily foreshadows the culprit, but I was surprised that we didn’t see the return of a more familiar face. I liked that some loose ends were left to our own imaginations to complete, that reasons and explanations for past events weren’t always interlinked, that there were many enemies, not just one.


I loved that Tobias didn’t change how he did business, or what business he did. His position and power did not allow him to become some soft, caring do-gooder. To keep Quinn, Adam and Elise safe he HAD to be the bad guy, there was no choice in his continuing to rule with violence and terror. I loved that Quinn loved him despite this, and that with Quinn, he could be the man she needed and deserved.








Broken and damaged, Quinn refuses to be destroyed.

She rages against the bond Tobias Kahler forced her to complete between them, denying the pull of her claim set into his soul that fateful day. Struggling against the power of his will, she won’t become the smiling, placid thing he attempts to mold her to be.

An unseen foe seeks to take matters into their own hands, threatening Quinn and everything she holds dear. Forced to cling to Tobias for support and strength with the constant threat, he’s thrown into a whole new light. One where Quinn faces seeing him for more than the monster she’s feared and hated.

Amidst their violent past and ever turbulent future, they must learn to accept one another as they are or in this final battle, much more than bodies will lay broken.



Destroyed is the third and final book in the Omega’s Destruction Trilogy, a raw and thrilling Omegaverse tale. It is not a traditional romance, containing dark themes and complete power exchange. Scenes are not glossed over, which may be distressing for some readers.


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EXCERPT:

She was incomplete now. Not just bound to the man, subject to his will, but he in return. Tobias Kahler had gotten what he wanted the moment he forced her to claim him. He’d invaded not just her body, but her mind and soul far beyond the constraints of social acceptance. No one else would have dared to create the vicious circle between them, throwing away generations of beliefs and plunging headfirst into the taboo. Her will pitted against his was a small and frightened thing.

She never stood a chance against something so devious, so underhanded.

Quinn was the perfect slave now, or she would be once she’d been battered into complete submission. Something that she’d once sworn would never happen to her was an all too real probability now. Each day it was harder to fight her way free of the heady warmth, more difficult to deny the comfort and serenity that basking in his presence gave her. Surrounded on all sides as her sense of self was stripped away one tangled thread at a time, it was him, always him in her thoughts. One touch, one whiff of his scent, and she was lost.

“Shh, little bird. It’s all right,” he murmured against her shoulder, lips moving against the thick scars of his mark. Three bites, all mangling her skin into an atrocity that said she was his and would never escape it. The wet heat of his tongue moved over the wrinkled flesh, tasting the salt of her sweat, swallowing her down.

Whining into the sheets, she tried to jostle away as the sensation of working muscle, heady pleasure, and satisfaction assaulted her. They weren’t hers, but the lines separating Quinn from him were blurred, softening with every ragged breath. With him locked tight against her, she wasn’t going anywhere. Not until he released her.

He had no intentions of doing that anytime soon.

Author Bio:

Eva Dresden writes dark romance that lives up to its name with every turn of the page. Her heroines are tragic and strong, her heroes are anything but, and tearing characters apart to see what makes them really tick is a favored past time. Her cat is her staunchest supporter, provided there are treats involved.

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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.

Twilight Seeker

Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker Book #1) by Pippa DaCosta





Amazingly, astoundingly and astonishingly awesome.

Normally I jump straight to writing a review after finishing a book, but this time I had to wait and allow my heart, soul, and mind a chance to recover. I’m not sure I know a damn sight more than I did when I started the story, but I don’t really care because I am totally hooked on this mysterious, somewhat dystopian, full of intrigue and evil plots, epic fantasy tale.

I made the mistake of starting it just before bed time. Lord alone knows what time it was when I finally allowed myself to close my kindle and attempt some sleep but it was definitely gone dark o’clock. Gripping doesn’t come close to describing how much this story held my attention. The story has buried itself into the depths of my being, the characters have carved a space in my heart and I know this story will break me into the tiniest specks of dust before it’s done.

Step aside Kesh, there’s a new heroine in town and her name is Lynher. Mistress of the many pocketed dress, Queen of the Night Station and pawn of the Dark Ones I totally fell in love with her. Then there is Just Jack, I so want to trust him but he’s a vampire overseer so, *sigh*, what’s a girl to do?

Oh the twists, the turns, the lies, the secrets, the deals and deceptions. Add into the mix a scorchingly sexy demon too and the possibilities run endless. I do believe I may have died and gone to heaven. Is it odd that I want to climb inside this world Pippa DaCosta has created and meet its inhabitants? Is it normal to want to reside in a world where humanities very existence is under threat, where humans are valued only as a food source? Is it odd to want to play with a demon by the name of Rafe, who’s wicked tongue and sparkling eyes suggest opportunities for sinful delight? Should I really be half in love with a vampire with too many secrets? If it is I don’t care, I just need more, more and so much more of this amazing new series.










You are hereby invited to attend the Night Station:

ON THE BORDER BETWEEN THE OLD WORLD AND THE NEW, THE NIGHT STATION WELCOMES YOU. IS IT BLOOD DIAMONDS YOU SEEK, FAIR TRAVELER? OR SOMETHING MORE INTIMATE, PERHAPS? COME, TAKE MY HAND AND WALK AMONG US. I’LL SHOW YOU WHERE THE VAMPIRES LAUGH, THEIR TEETH SHARP IN THE LIGHT. BEST YOU GUARD YOUR DELICATE THROAT, FOR WORSE MONSTERS PROWL THESE SHADOWS.


OUR FAIR HOSTESS, YOU SEE HER THERE? MISS LYNHER ARIS. A DREAM IN SATIN AND SILK. BEWARE THE BEAUTIFUL, DEAR TRAVELER. DIDN’T YOU KNOW? THEY SAY, BY NIGHT, SHE ENTERTAINS THE DARK ONES, BUT BY DAY, SHE LEADS THE RESISTANCE. BY DAY, SHE GOES BY ANOTHER NAME: DAYBREAKER.


HUSH, LET’S NOT SPEAK OF SUCH THINGS. THIS NIGHT IS MADE FOR REVELRY. STAY UNTIL THE DAWN TRAIN’S WHISTLE BREAKS THE SPELL. DRINK AND GAMBLE AND PARTAKE IN ALL THE SINS YOU WISH, FOR THERE ARE NO LAWS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLDS.


WAIT. HEED THIS, DEAR TRAVELER. DO NOT LINGER AMONG THE SHADOWS. DO NOT QUESTION THOSE WITH MAGIC IN THEIR EYES. SOME FOOLISH SOULS ARRIVE AT THE NIGHT STATION DEMANDING ANSWERS. THOSE TRAVELERS DO NOT SEE THE BREAK OF DAWN. THIS GLORIOUS STATION, POISED ON THE BORDER BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, CAUGHT BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT, SWALLOWS THOSE IT DEEMS UNWORTHY. MYTH AND RUMOR, OF COURSE, BUT STAY IN THE LIGHT, DO NOT SUCCUMB TO SILVER WHISPERS, AND TURN AWAY FROM LOCKED DOORS.


THERE IS A HUNGER IN YOU, TRAVELER. YOU FEEL ITS SPELL? THE NIGHT STATION HAS YOU NOW. WELCOME TO THE END OF THE WORLD.


***Stay in the light, avoid locked doors, and resist silver whispers.

Meet Lynher Aris, hostess extraordinaire. By night, she entertains the Dark Ones passing through the Night Station: vampires, demons, shifters, and worse. By day, she undermines them all by working with the resistance to unravel their enslavement of the human race. But Lynher has a dark secret, and with the imminent arrival of Ghost—a vampire overlord few have seen but all fear—she must play her role as the queen of the Night Station to perfection, keeping the resistance and her secret safe, or risk losing everything, including the powerful Night Station itself.



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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.

CYN (Beast Horde #3) by Cari Silverwood






Cute but psycho indeed!

Humans kissed things better. A demon girl needed to kill things to make everything better.

Cyn

Cyn is the third and final instalment of this tale of Beasters, Ghoul Lords and nanites. And what a story it is, filled with exciting exploits, bemusing bots and deadly demons. It kicks off with further shocking discoveries, including the fate of both Willow and her lover Mads. Next, it hurtles along with the pace and determination of a runaway express train, ploughing through what most would consider ‘nice’ and ‘polite’ and leaving devastation in it’s wake. Let’s face it though, Cyn, Rutger and Vargr are never going to be nice and polite, nor we wouldn’t want them to be.

Whilst no-one in their right mind would EVER call the author’s work comedy, she does imbue her books with humour and tongue-in-cheek pop culture references. And they are such clever little touches, often thought provoking and frequently providing both extra layers and depth. There is so much foreshadowing too, when I re-read her books I find myself constantly wondering how I’d missed such obvious clues, easter eggs and signposts. Yet there is NEVER anything typical, predictable or cliched about her work. In fact Cari Silverwood has a fairly unique literary ‘voice’, one that makes so many other authors seem pale by comparison.

It must be close to seven PM now, in old pre-invasion time. Or would it be six? There’d been daylight saving back then, and time zones, and other shit that no longer mattered.
It was Beaster Time, when the Ghoul Lords feared to tread.




On to Cyn and her two Beaster warriors …..hmmmmm, so dark, dirty and sexy as all hell. This trio are just so perfect, each adding their own little spin to the dynamic. Fitting together perfectly and loving each other uniquely. There are more incredibly hot, naughty and definitely perverted sexy times too. I’ll never look at a beer bottle the same way again.

If this was Fetlife or Facebook, she’d have to write in the relationship box: Complicated.

Cyn



The book is also full of great and inspiring speeches, involving ashtrays, hood ornaments and bots keeping your soul safe (I didn’t cry at that one, you did). It was packed with great thoughts on osmosis, build-a-bear, dwarves and their beards and feeling grumpy. Then there were all the little finishing touches like fair-haired bobble heads in blue suits, Dali paintings and tentacles.

Cyn faces some incredibly tough choices in this book, choices that might change her beyond all recognition, changes that might damn her soul forever. Will she rise to the challenge, can Rutger and Vargr keep her safe and when she encounters someone she once cared for will she make the right decisions?

“I might get nasty. I wish I knew for sure if I could keep being human, I want to still be me.”
Was she whining to the little bot? Yes, she was.
“I can help you, Cyn. Please. I will tell you if you are nasty.”

Cyn and Mo


There is so much packed into this book it felt as though I’d read a whole series by the end of it. You can’t afford to let your focus drift for even a second, every word, action and observation has meaning.

You do need to have read Vargr and Rutger , in that order, first. This is not a stand alone read and will not make sense if you try and read it as such.

There were probably worse side-effects one could have. Death, for example.





They are legends and myths made flesh and bone.

Cyn, Vargr, Rutger, and the beast horde know what they are and where they came from, and the source of their experimental DNA is both mind-blowing and frightening.

Yet one of the three is wracked by monstrous changes.

As for the Ghoul Lords… their eyes are slowly opening, for the beasters are their first worthwhile foe for thousands of years.

Will Cyn, her lovers, and the beast horde be enough to save humankind?

This apocalypse should be a whole lotta filthy, violent, and smutty fun.

All of this trilogy is now published.






CYN is here!
The Final book in my Beast Horde Trilogy
Paranormal post-apocalyptic romance

AMAZON US ➡️ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0819XH1ZF/
AMAZON UK ➡️ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0819XH1ZF/
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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.

Capo by Nicolina Martin


Capo by Nicolina Martin (Russo Saga, #6)

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




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

EXCERPT

“Sit,” I hiss.

He stares me down with a hint of a challenge in his eyes, then he sits back down. “You fucking know I’ll do my job.”

“Good,” I say with finality in my voice. “Tonight, we have work to do.” I nod to Ivan who knows what it’s about. I’m about to test just how unflinchingly loyal my guys are. They don’t know of Roberto’s affairs, only Ivan does, and in a moment he’ll relay my order to them to take out the weasel. Roberto’s been working with us for fifteen years. They know him well, they know his wife and kids, they’ve killed and partied with this guy. Now they’re gonna do him in. 

I stand and pull the girl up by her nape until she’s on her feet. Tucking my cock back in my pants, I steer her toward the glass double doors. In the corner of my eye, I see Ivan stand and pull out his gun, striding over to Roberto, putting it to his head. 

“Let’s walk,” he says. 

The pleading begins. Matteo, Christian and Eric dart up, as does the rest of the crowd. I smirk as I push the girl before me, reveling in the sounds of chaos. My forte. Roberto is in for a world of hurt tonight and just thinking about it makes me rock hard. Ivan will inform me who hesitated and who didn’t. 

Steering the girl into my bedroom, I slam the door closed and shove my hand between her legs, push her panties to the side and thrust my fingers up her cunt. She twitches from the rough intrusion and I haven’t even begun yet. 

“Knees hurt?”

“No, sir, I’m good,” she gasps.

I glance down at the flattened skin over her kneecaps. Her dark hue doesn’t allow the redness to show. “Know what?” I pull out and tear her panties off her. “I hate liars. Bend over.”

Breathing erratically, she turns and obeys, presenting her mouthwatering round butt. I smack it. Hard. She stumbles forward. 

“Don’t fucking move,” I growl. “Hands on the floor.” I take a step closer and smack her again, making her rock forward yet another step. 

She whimpers. “I can’t keep my balance, sir.” She steadies herself, spreading her legs as she puts her palms to the floor. 

Her cunt is hairless and too enticing not to explore further. I slide my fingers along her slit, back and forth, rubbing against her clit, then a little rougher in between her folds. Like a bitch in heat, she begins to rock against my hand, getting wetter by the second. I push my fingers inside her, thrusting, a thumb on her increasingly swollen nub. Then I pull out and slap her right across her pussy, making her scream and shoot forward. 

I snap open my belt and pull down my zipper. “Bend over the edge of the bed.”

She darts around, her eyes huge and confused, a single tear trickling down her cheek. “Sir, I—” 

“This is what I pay you to do. Get on the fucking bed. Now.” 

I’m rock hard, stroking my cock in my hand. Her eyes dart between my face and my thick length, then her gaze turns distant, as if she gives up all hope. She turns slowly and walks up to the bed, spreading her legs as she falls forward clutching the comforter. 

I don’t like that she gives up already. I want to pull them to the edge of despair, I want them to plead and weep. But I want the first fucking part to last a little longer than this. Glancing over at the curtain that covers my rack of canes and whips, I already know how I’ll pull her right back to the present. 

Pulling off my belt, loop by loop, I then wrap it around my fist and whip it right over her beautiful ass. She’ll plead. And when she does, I’ll fuck her. Hard. 

In my basement, at this very moment, someone else is pleading. This girl will leave the building, a hefty sum in her bank account, probably bleeding, definitely crying, but alive. Roberto won’t be as lucky. 

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/
https://www.facebook.com/authornicolinamartin
https://www.instagram.com/author.nicolinamartin/
https://twitter.com/nicolinamartin
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18340949.Nicolina_Martin

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/

https://www.facebook.com/authornicolinamartin

https://www.instagram.com/author.nicolinamartin/

https://twitter.com/nicolinamartin

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

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.


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.

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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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.