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Book Review: As Above, So Below by Dana Isaly


As Above, So Below by Dana Isaly 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 226 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 31st 2022
Dana Isaly: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Warning: Suicide 

Synopsis:
Branwen is about to become her coven’s youngest ever High Priestess. At the ripe age of twenty-seven, she is the only one with a full range of power.And everyone is looking to her to set things right.

Yet on the night of the ritual, everything goes wrong. Branwen is betrayed, cast out, and stripped of her powers.

Left to wander in the human world alone, she loses herself and her faith in the Gods.

Until one night when the depression turns to rage. Using only the bare bones of the earth as a source of power, she calls upon Hecate to help her.

But what – or who – is listening, turns out to be something she may be unable to control.

Setting out to enact revenge on those who hurt her, Branwen finds she is much stronger than she realized, and that the truth will always come out.

Karma’s a witch.

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Book Review: Charm by Tracy Wolff


Charm by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 8th 2022 by Entangled: Teen
Tracy Wolff: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains spoilers for Crush

Synopsis:
The instant #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
Goodreads Most Anticipated YA Book of November
Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated New YA Release
Amazon Editor Best Pick of the Month

Finally find out what happened during those missing four months, as the thrilling adventure continues!

He’s under my skin…

After Katmere, I shouldn’t be surprised by anything. Including the existence of a world beyond my world called the Shadow Realm. Yet here I am, stuck in a strange, dangerous place with the worst of the supernaturals, the monster that other monsters fear: Hudson Vega. He might be Jaxon’s brother and ridiculously hot, but he’s a complete bona fide pain in my ass.

The question is whether we’ll find a way out before I kill him…or run out of time.

She’s stealing my heart…

It’s a truth universally known—at least according to Grace—that everything is my fault. But I have a nasty suspicion that Grace isn’t as human as she thinks, and she’s the one keeping us trapped. Now we’ll have to work together not only to survive, but to save all those we’ve come to call family who live here.

Because there’s something connecting us. Something stronger than fear…and way more bloody dangerous

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Book Review: Mafia Darling by Danielle Lori


Mafia Darling by Mila Finelli 
Series: The Kings of Italy, #2
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 292 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 31st 2022 by Dolcezza Press
Mila Finelli: Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Synopsis:

FAUSTO

In my world, loyalty is everything. I shouldn’t have let her get close. I shouldn’t have let her get under my skin.

But that doesn’t mean I’ll let another take her from me. He’ll pay with his life, because nothing will keep me from reclaiming what I lost.

Francesca is mine and I’m keeping her.

FRANCESCA

I found a dangerous man who makes me burn with need, a man I can’t live without . . .until he accused me of betrayal and sent me away.

Then I was kidnapped by his rival. Fausto thinks he can rescue me and have me begging at his feet once more. But I’m done begging.

This time, it will be the king who breaks.

******

MAFIA DARLING the second part of the Italian Kings duet, NOT a standalone.

If you like feisty heroines, heroes who are a little bit cruel and a lot filthy, and plenty of heat, then welcome to Mila’s twisted world. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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Book Review: Mafia Mistress by Mila Finelli


Mafia Mistress by Mila Finelli 
Series: The Kings of Italy, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 304 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 30th 2021 by Dolcezza Press
Mila Finelli: Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Synopsis:

FAUSTO

I am the darkness, the man whose illicit empire stretches around the globe. Not many have the courage for what needs to be done to maintain power . . .but I do.

And I always get what I want—including my son’s fiancée.

She’s mine now, and I’ll use Francesca any way I see fit. She’s the perfect match to my twisted desires, and I’ll keep her close, ready and waiting at my disposal.

Even if she fights me at every turn.

FRANCESCA

I was stolen away and held prisoner in Italy, a bride for a mafia king’s only heir.

Except I’m no innocent, and it’s the king himself—the man called il Diavolo—who appeals to me in sinful ways I never dreamed. Fausto’s wickedness draws me in, his power like a drug.

And when the devil decides he wants me, I’m helpless to resist him—even if it means giving myself to him, body and soul.

He may think he can control me, but this king is about to find out who’s really the boss.

MAFIA MISTRESS is a full-length mafia romance written by a USA Today Bestselling author. It’s the first book in the Italian Kings duet, **not** a standalone.

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Book Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Flesh and Fire, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2022 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Contains spoilers for A Shadow in the Ember

Synopsis:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

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