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Buddy Read: Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward


Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 534 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 3rd 2008
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives…

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love…

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Book Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 647 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 19th 2021 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Synopsis:
Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot.

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

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Book Review: Little Dove by Layla Frost


Little Dove by Layla Frost 
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Age Range: Adult
Format: eBook, 373 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on August 25th 2020
Layla Frost: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Where do I begin?

Oh. Yeah.

Once upon a time.

Isn’t that how all good fairy tales start?

And Maximo and I, we were definitely a fairy tale.

Not the cleaned-up, sanitized ones where life’s problems were solved with a smile and a song. We were the old-school kind. The twisted tales packed with murder, violence, and tragic beginnings.

Okay, so maybe we weren’t a traditional fairy tale. After all, Maximo was more villain than prince. He was scarily sexy. Devilishly charming. Controlling, possessive, and dangerous.

Especially when it came to me.

His little dove.

And heaven help anyone who tried to free me from my gilded cage.

Warning: Recommended for readers 18+. This book features graphic language, sex, violence, and a Daddy obsessed with his little dove. If this doesn’t sound like your kind of fairy tale, this may not be the book for you.

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Book Review: Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux


Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux 
Series: Souls Trilogy, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult
Format: Paperback, 458 pages
Source: My Copy
Published April 9th 2021 by Independently Published
Harley Laroux: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Leon: I earned my reputation among magicians for a reason: one wrong move and you’re dead. Killer, they called me, and killing is what I’m best at. Except her. The one I was supposed to take, the one I should have killed – I didn’t. The cult that once controlled me wants her, and I’m not about to lose my new toy to them.
Rae: I’ve always believed in the supernatural. Hunting for ghosts is my passion, but summoning a demon was never part of the plan. Monsters are roaming the woods, and something ancient – something evil – is waking up and calling my name. I don’t know who I can trust, or how deep this darkness goes. All I know is my one shot at survival is the demon stalking me, and he doesn’t just want my body – he wants my soul.
Her Soul to Take is book 1 in the Souls Trilogy. Although all the books are interconnected, they are stand-alone and can be read in any order.
Content Warning
This book contains graphic sexual scenes, violence, kink/fetish content, horror elements, drug use, and depictions of hard kink/edgeplay. This book is strictly fictional and is not meant to represent realistic expectations of BDSM or kink.
Kinks/Fetishes Within: consensual non-consent (CNC), breathe play, spit, needle play (body modification fetish), pain play, fear play, public play, bondage, restraint, spanking/impact play.

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Buddy Read: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #5
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 689 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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Buddy Read: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

 


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #4
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 648 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury UK
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
NO MASTERS.
NO LIMITS.
NO REGRETS.

Celaena Sardothien is cloaked in her assassin’s hood once more. She is back in Rifthold, but this time she is no one’s slave. She must delve into her most painful memories and fight for her survival, while resisting a smouldering passion that might very well consume her heart. And she will face her former master, the King of Assassins, again – to wreak revenge for a decade of pain…

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Buddy Read: Lover Unbound by J.R Ward


Lover Unbound by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 502 pages
Source: Library
Published on March 6th 2007 by Onyx
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her…

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Buddy Read: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

 


Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #3
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 562 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 11th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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Buddy Read: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

 


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #2
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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Book Review: The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 574 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 8th 2021 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Synopsis:
Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

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