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Buddy Read: Lover Mine by J.R Ward


Lover Mine by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8
Warnings: mentions of rape
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Source: Library
Published on April 27th 2010 by NAL
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Read in Finnish and contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

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Book Review: Ace of Hearts by Chantal Fernando


Ace of Hearts by Chantal Fernando 
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 228 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on June 11th 2018 by Pocket Star
Chantal Fernando: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling author of the “swoonworthy and addicting” (Kim Karr, New York Times bestselling author) Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series is back with more bad boy bikers in this first novel in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series.
Erin Dawson had the perfect life growing up in a perfect home with a perfect family. Her parents gave her and her sister everything a child could want. But after learning that the man she’s called “dad” her whole life isn’t actually her biological father, Erin is determined to find the man who is.
Armed with her original birth certificate, she finds her father, but begins questioning if her mom had been right all along to keep this information buried. It turns out he is the president of a motorcycle club, which could not be further from the life Erin leads. But, she’s determined to get to know the man who she gets her striking blue eyes from. Despite getting what she wants and finding her biological father, it’s the slightly older, much rougher but incredibly sexy biker Ace that catches Erin’s eye.
As the new “princess” of the Cursed Ravens, Erin is learning a whole new world, but her father has made it clear she is off limits. Will Ace follow his President’s orders or will he put his heart ahead of his duty? A sizzling tale of family and passion, Ace of Hearts features Fernando’s signature “snark and sass” (Booklist) and is perfect for fans of Kristin Ashley.

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Buddy Read: Lover Avenged by J.R Ward


Lover Avenged by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 527 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 28th 2009 by NAL
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

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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: 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
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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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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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Book Review: Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones


Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 7th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published November 11th 2013)
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Read in Finnish

Synopsis:
Secrets and lies. They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But as she’d once told him, she was damaged, not broken. She is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him.

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