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Book Review: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly


Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly
Series: The Camorra Chronicles, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Warnings: Rape
Format: Paperback, 341 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 6th 2019
Cora Reilly: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.
Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.
A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

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Buddy Read: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco


Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco 
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 26th 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton
Kerri Maniscalco: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria… even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world… or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.

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Book Review: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly


Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly
Series: The Camorra Chronicles, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 328 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 13th 2018
Cora Reilly: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Fabiano was raised to follow in his father’s footsteps as Consigliere of the Chicago Outfit – until the man abandons him. Left to fend for himself, Fabiano is forced to fight for a place in the mafia world. As a ruthless street fighter, he quickly earns his place as the new Enforcer of the Las Vegas Camorra – a man to fear.

Leona wants to build a decent life for herself, away from her drug-addicted mother. But soon she catches the attention of a dangerous man – Fabiano Scuderi. Staying out of trouble and living a normal life are near impossible with a man like him.
Leona knows she needs to avoid Fabiano, but men like him aren’t easy to shake off. They always get what they want.

Fabiano cares about only one thing: the Camorra.
But his attraction to Leona soon puts his unwavering loyalty to the test. Is Leona worth risking everything he’s fought for, and ultimately his life?

Author’s note: Spin-Off-Series to my Born in Blood Series set in Las Vegas. You don’t have to read the Born in Blood series to understand the book.

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Buddy Read: Untouchable by Kresley Cole


Untouchable by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 300 pages (first part of Deep Kiss of Winter)
Source: My Copy
Published on September 3, 2013
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time… and a Valkyrie aching for his touch.

Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela – the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can’t be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Can they conquer an agony of frustration and slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

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Book Review: A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair


A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair 
Series: Hades Saga, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Format: Hardcover, 372 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 18, 2020e
Scarlett St. Clair: Website | Goodread
Might contain spoilers

Synopsis:
Hades, God of the Underworld, is known for his inflexible rule, luxurious night clubs, and impossible bargains. Use to control, he is not prepared to discover the Fates have chosen his future wife and Queen—Persephone, Goddess of Spring.

Despite her attraction to the god, Persephone, an ambitious journalism student, is determined to expose Hades for his cruel and ruthless ways.

Hades finds himself faced with the impossible—proving his future bride wrong. Despite his efforts, there are forces who wish to keep the two apart and Hades comes to realize he will do anything for his forbidden love, even defy Fate.

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Book Review: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell


Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 579 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 6, 2021
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for Wayward Son

Synopsis:
In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she’s smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn’t sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

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Book Review: Fake Model by Cassie Mint


Fake Model by Cassie Mint 
Series: Twin Swap, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: March 1, 2021
Cassie Mint: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
I’ve always hated when people look at me. I’m painfully shy, and I have a stutter.
So how did I wind up starring in a fashion photoshoot?
When my twin sister books the modelling job of her life, she’s on cloud nine. Everything she’s been working for was building to this.
Then she breaks her arm.
Billie is heartbroken until she gets an idea. A crazy, reckless idea.
We’re identical twins. So here’s what she says: I go to her job, and she’ll go to mine.
She’ll clean the house of a billionaire. And I’ll star in a fashion shoot with the world’s hottest, meanest photographer.
Lord help me. I’m gonna need it. Especially when he looks at me like that—like I’m something to eat.

Fake Model is a short and steamy twin swap instalove story, with an OTT possessive hero and the shy heroine who brings him to his knees.

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Book Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting


Pucked by Helena Hunting 
Series: Pucked, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: May 3, 2015
Helena Hunting: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.

Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant – and quirky – gifts. Suddenly he’s too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible not to like. The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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Book Review: Dark Lover by J.R Ward


Dark Lover by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 393 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on February 19, 2005
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Synopsis:
The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago.

But when his most trusted fighter is killed — orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate — Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger one that threatens to consume them both…

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Release Blitz Review: Vows of a Mobster by Eva Winners

 


Vows of a Mobster by Eva Winners  
Series: Standalone
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Give Me Books
Release date on September 7, 2021
Eva Winners: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The truth is never what it seems. Neither are the people, regardless of who they are.


✅ Mafia romance
✅ Age Gap
✅ Murder mystery
✅ Steamy sex
✅ Violence

I knew the past would come back to haunt me. It was only a matter of time before my world came crashing down.

The only thing I didn’t expect was Mateo. The head of the Italian mafia. We were never meant to cross paths; our worlds vastly different.

His green gaze captured me, his touch burning through my defenses. The words he whispered melted away all the years of loneliness. But the secret I kept could get me killed. If he spared me, his rivals wouldn’t. As my secrets unravel, it could cost me everything and everyone I loved.

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