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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: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: eBook, 637 pages.
Source: Library
Published September 1st 2020 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis: 
A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice…

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

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Book Review: The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentroutt 
Series: Origin, #3
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 512 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on October 20, 2020
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Synopsis:

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she’s on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She’s been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she’s learned truths about herself that she never saw coming–things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She’s caught in the eye of the storm.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.

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Buddy Read: Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: The Harbinger, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 576 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on June 9th 2020 by Inkyard Press
Jennifer L. Armentout: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for The Dark Elements series

Synopsis:
A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming… but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led – herded – played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

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Book Review: The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu


The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu 
Series: The Eldest Curses, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult |New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on September 1st 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Wesley Chu: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.
Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter.
Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too.
Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—to the very realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?

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Book Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer


Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer 
Series: Twilight, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 662 pages
Source: Library
Published on August 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published August 3rd 2020)
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Synopsis:
When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

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ARC Review: The Mountain Man’s Runaway Bride by L. Nicole


The Mountain Man’s Runaway Bride by L. Nicole 
Series: Matrimony Alaska, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Publication Date: December 30th 2020
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Synopsis:

Running away from her wedding seemed like the perfect option, until the best man decides to chase her.

When Ash Grayson agreed to stand in as best man at his friend’s wedding, he was only doing it to get a glimpse at the single women in the crowd.

He never thought that the one catching his eye would be the bride to be.

Dixie Sutton was beautiful—long flowing black hair, huge doe eyes, with curves a man could drive for miles.

And those are just a few of the things that Ash likes.

Ash’s friend might be mad as hell when Dixie stops the wedding, but Ash?

He’s determined to chase down the runaway bride and make sure she stays in Alaska with a ring on her finger.

His ring.
Welcome back to the town of Matrimony, Alaska. A town full of Mountain Men looking for the women of their dreams. I’m bringing you back in town just in time for the New Year. Ash has plans to ring out 2020 happily ever after style.

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Book Review: Dusk Before Dawn by Fiona Davenport


Dusk Before Dawn by Fiona Davenport 
Series: Love Bitten, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 100 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on October 11th 2020
Fiona Davenport: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
Kieran Bancroft has spent almost a thousand years saving humans from evil vampires. Protecting potential consorts from nightwalkers gave Kieran something to focus on other than his dwindling hope that he’d ever find the one who was meant to be his.

Thana Fernsby had no idea vampires existed. Not until her aunt sprung an arranged marriage on her, and she went running into the night. Thana ended up at the door of a daywalker–the good kind of vampire that had been born instead of bitten.

Kieran would help any damsel in distress. But when he touched Thana and discovered she was his destined consort, the fight became personal.

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ARC Review: The Mountain Man’s Bad Luck Bride by L. Nicole


The Mountain Man’s Bad Luck Bride by L. Nicole 
Series: Matrimony Alaska, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Publication Date: October 2020
L. Nicole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

It started on a dare.
And this mountain man might just lose his heart in the deal.

Birk Lancaster, moved to the small town of Matrimony, Alaska to live the life he had always dreamed of.
He wanted to commune with nature, raise a family and build a good life.
But, it’s a longstanding joke that there are no women in Matrimony for a man to hook up with—let alone marry.
Then, Agnes Hughes blows into town.
She’s thick and curvy, with flaming red hair that caught Birk’s attention from the beginning.
She’s also a walking train wreck.
Everything she touches seems to fall apart. Plus, she’s only stranded in Matrimony. She’s not here to stay.
When Birk’s buddies dare him to make Agnes his bride, he thinks they’re crazy.
Agnes with the curves for miles, goofy glasses and shy glances is nothing but chaos.
Heck, she’ll burn his whole mountain down in a week. There’s no way it would work.
But then, Birk makes a fatal mistake.
He kisses her.

Welcome back into the world of mountain men! I’m bringing you a brand-new series of sexy, swoon-worthy men from the wilds of Matrimony, Alaska. When these men go searching for a bride, they find a lot more than they bargained for. These books are heaped full of Alpha-mountain-man-goodness, heroines that give them fits, and enough heat to melt the snow at the North Pole. But, hey that’s okay. My mountain men come equipped with their own poles and they’re a lot more fun.

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Book Review: Her Wolf by Fiona Davenport


Her Wolf by Fiona Davenport 
Series: Shifted Love, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 99 pages.
Source: Birthday gift from my sister
Published on 2020
Fiona Davenport: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
Allegra Hale had no idea shifters existed when she headed off to college with her two best friends. Let alone that her campus was near a shifter town. But that all changed when she got into a crash and was rescued by Zeke Blakesley—the wolf shifter who insisted they belonged together.

Zeke knew Allegra was his fated mate the moment he caught her scent. Now that he has found the woman who was born to be his, he’ll never let her go.

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