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Book Review: Hooked by Emily McIntire


Hooked by Emily McIntire 
Series: Never After, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Copy
Published on September 9th 2021 (first published September 5th 2021)
Emily McIntire: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
He wants revenge, but he wants her more.

Once Upon A Time, there was a little boy.
His belly full of laughter, his life full of joy.
Until one day, something changed; stripped his innocence away.
The hole inside making space for the devil to come and play.
His dreams gone forever, he grew up way too fast.
An endless night of crocodiles, and watches made of glass.
He grew into a villain, the taste of vengeance on his tongue.
Craving to make his enemies pay for the misdeeds they had done.
Instead he found a darling girl, and refused to let her go.
For what better way to make the man pay, than to steal his little shadow.

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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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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: 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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Book Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones


Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published July 21st 2013)
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Read in Finnish

Synopsis:
Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

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Book Review: Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling


Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling 
Series: The Fallen Men, #2
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Copy
Published on September 10th 2021 (first published April 18th 2018)
Giana Darling: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
I was a good girl.
I ate my vegetables, volunteered at the local autism centre and sat in the front pew of church every Sunday.
Then, I got cancer.
What the hell kind of reward was that for a boring life well lived?
I was a seventeen-year-old paradigm of virtue and I was tired of it.
So, when I finally ran into the man I’d been writing to since he saved my life as a little girl and he offered to show me the dark side of life before I left it for good, I said yes.
Only, I didn’t know that Zeus Garro was the President of The Fallen MC and when you made a deal with a man who is worse than the devil, there was no going back…

This is Daddy Zeus Garro’s story from Lessons In Corruption. A standalone in The Fallen Men Series.

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Book Review: The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori


The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori 
Series: Made, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 20th 2018 by CreateSpace
Danielle Lori: Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Synopsis:
She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .

Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.

Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

They say first impressions are everything . . .

In the murky waters of New York’s underworld, Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties. After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome.

She doesn’t like the man or anything he stands for, though that doesn’t stop her heart from pattering like rain against glass when he’s near, nor the shiver that ghosts down her spine at the sound of his voice.

And he’s always near. Telling her what to do. Making her feel hotter than any future brother-in-law should. Elena may be the Sweet Abelli on the outside, but she’s beginning to learn she has a taste for the darkness, for rough hands, cigarettes, and whiskey-colored eyes. Having already escaped one scandal, however, she can hardly afford to be swept up in another.

Besides, even if he were hers, everyone knows you don’t fall in love with a Made Man . . . right?

This is a standalone forbidden romance.

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Buddy Read: The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang


The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang 
Series:  The Kiss Quotient, #3
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 339 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 31st 2021 by Berkley
Helen Hoang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this new New York Times bestselling romance by Helen Hoang.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she herself has just started to understand. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.

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Book Review: Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling


Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling 
Series: The Fallen Men, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 378 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on December 1st 2017 by Giana Darling (first published November 29th 2017)
Giana Darling: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
He was eighteen.
The heir to a notorious, criminal MC.
And my student.

There was no way I could get involved.
No way I could stay involved.
Then, no way I could get out alive.

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Book Review: Snowed Inn For Christmas


Snowed Inn For Christmas Anthology by Frankie Love, Hope Ford, Fiona Davenport, Elle Christensen, Brynne AsherLayla Frost, Ella Goode and Lucy Darling
Genre: Erotica | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 664 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on November 9th 2021 by ​Elle Christensen
Frankie Love: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Hope Ford: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Fiona Davenport: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Elle Christensen: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Brynne Asher: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Layla Frost: Website | Twitter | Goodreads 
Ella Goode: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Lucy Darling: Website | Twitter | Goodreads 

Synopsis:
A record-breaking blizzard is on the way to Winter Falls . . . and close quarters sometimes make for strange bedfellows!

Led by their mayor, the citizens of Winter Falls rally together to keep everyone safe during the storm. Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan, but cuddling next to the fire and kissing under the mistletoe leads to a whole lot of romance for these nine couples.

Spend this holiday season with nine of your favorite romance authors as they introduce you to a ski town where love is in the air.

This collection includes ALL NEW stories that are hot enough to melt all the snow headed for Winter Falls.

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