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Book Review: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly


Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly
Series: The Camorra Chronicles, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 328 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 13th 2018
Cora Reilly: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Fabiano was raised to follow in his father’s footsteps as Consigliere of the Chicago Outfit – until the man abandons him. Left to fend for himself, Fabiano is forced to fight for a place in the mafia world. As a ruthless street fighter, he quickly earns his place as the new Enforcer of the Las Vegas Camorra – a man to fear.

Leona wants to build a decent life for herself, away from her drug-addicted mother. But soon she catches the attention of a dangerous man – Fabiano Scuderi. Staying out of trouble and living a normal life are near impossible with a man like him.
Leona knows she needs to avoid Fabiano, but men like him aren’t easy to shake off. They always get what they want.

Fabiano cares about only one thing: the Camorra.
But his attraction to Leona soon puts his unwavering loyalty to the test. Is Leona worth risking everything he’s fought for, and ultimately his life?

Author’s note: Spin-Off-Series to my Born in Blood Series set in Las Vegas. You don’t have to read the Born in Blood series to understand the book.

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Book Review: Surrender by Lisa Renee Jones


Surrender by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: Careless Whispers, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: eBook, 320 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on January 9, 2017
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Chris and Sara from Inside Out return in the explosive finale to Ella’s story from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor—helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world—all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella’s past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn’t begin in that dark alley…it could easily end there.

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Book Review: Demand by Lisa Renee Jones


Demand by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: Careless Whispers, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: eBook, 320 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on May 31, 2016
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series—where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.

Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she’s known about Kayden Wilkens—the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway a month earlier. But was he truly a stranger—or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, whose searing novels generate “enough heat . . . to start a fire” (RT Book Reviews), dares you to fall in love with her irresistibly surprising and sexy new series.

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Book Review: Denial by Lisa Renee Jones


Denial by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: Careless Whispers, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 24, 2015
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan’s best friend.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn’t destroy her first.

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Book Review: Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage


Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage 
Series:  Standalone
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 28th 2016
Shay Savage: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
For Matthew Rohan, every day is a struggle. Each task others complete without thinking is a challenge for him. Recently orphaned, he has to finish the last few months of high school and take care of his disabled sister on his own. When Mayra comes into his life, his comfortable routines implode. Matthew can’t handle change, but Mayra is unrelenting in her quest to understand him, to show him acceptance and maybe even love. When she breaks through his shell, Matthew’s world will never be the same again. An awkward boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, a persistent girl who pulls him out of his isolated existence, and a lottery ticket that will change their lives forever.

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Book Review: Headstrong Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie


Headstrong Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us, #6
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 424 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 19th 2019 by K.B. Ritchie LLC 
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
You’re cordially invited to the wedding of Maximoff Hale & Farrow Keene, and according to Celebrity Crush–the ceremony for this American prince and his tattooed bodyguard is going to be the event of the century.

There will be no wedding crashers.

Including but not limited to: hateful people, rabid fans, nosy paparazzi, and other so-called media.

There will be no drama.

None whatsoever. Because when you put three famous families and their hot bodyguards together, nothing will go down.

There will be no fighting.

No brawls, fists flying, verbal slingshots, or rifts that tear into craters. Lovers only!

Everything will be perfect.

Nothing will go amiss during the happiest, most anticipated occasion of the year. But then again…

They don’t call it the Hale Curse for nothing.

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Book Review: Sinful Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie


Sinful Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us, #5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 445 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 10th 2019 by K.B. Ritchie LLC
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
HOW CAN IT BE WRONG
IF IT FEELS SO GOOD

Dating an American princess comes with a massive amount of baggage–all of which I’m willing to carry strapped on my back in quicksand and through seven hells. But Jane Cobalt’s baggage, I’m unprepared for. It comes in the form of her five equally famous and notoriously hard-to-please brothers.

I want Jane.
Completely.
Unconditionally.

But when there’s a trip scheduled that I can’t be a part of, I only have one option. It’s immoral.
Something I’d never consider until now.

But, hell, there’s got to be some perks to being a twin. So I’m doing it. I’m switching places with my brother.

Done and done.

It should have been easy.

There were little consequences.

Until the storm hit.

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Book Review: Tangled Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie


Tangled Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us, #4
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 436 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 17th 2019 by Brower Literary & Management, Inc.
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
How to protect your heart:
Let your bodyguard have it.

Jane Cobalt is an American princess. The loyal and painfully curious twenty-three-year-old has inherited immense pressure to preserve the Cobalt legacy. But for Jane — sex, love, and life have been a series of royal failures.

After a friends-with-benefits ended in disaster, she’s sworn to a “no sex” hiatus for, well, eternity — and she has no intention of letting anyone in her bed and definitely not her heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thatcher Moretti is painfully professional. As the stern 24/7 bodyguard to Jane, thinking about unbridled sex with his sweet client is a sin. One that he keeps committing.

But the real act is a hard line he’d never cross.

When a family member betrays Jane’s trust, the media becomes obsessed with matchmaking the perpetually “single” Jane Cobalt and unwanted attention suddenly compromises her safety.

Thatcher would do anything to protect her, and one solution may level the threats:

Become the fake boyfriend to an American princess.

Entwined together with boiling chemistry, new “professional” parameters, and an oath, unsaid feelings threaten to rise and change everything.

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ARC Review: Mail-Order Brides for Christmas by Frankie Love, Hope Ford, Fiona Davenport, Kelli Callahan, S.E. Law and Tracy Lorraine


Mail-Order Brides for Christmas by Frankie Love, Hope Ford, Fiona Davenport, Kelli Callahan, S.E. Law and Tracy Lorraine
Series: Anthology
Genre: Erotica | Romance | Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Published on November 17th 2020
Frankie Love: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Hope Ford: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Fiona Davenport: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Kelli Callahan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
S.E. Law: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Tracy Lorraine: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The Mistletoe Brothers are ready to save Snow Valley … even if it means marrying complete strangers.

The six women who arrive in this mountainside town all have very different reasons for agreeing to an arranged marriage. And none of them quite know what to make of the six ruggedly handsome brothers who greet them.
But they do know this: there’s no turning back.
It’s Christmas, the season for miracles … but is it also the season for falling in love?

Join six of your favorite romance authors this holiday as they show you around the most romantic town you’ve ever visited. It’s got an ice-skating rink where you can hold hands, hot cocoa to sip by the fire, and plenty of mistletoe that you can kiss under. This collection of all new stories are filled with high heat…because with six brothers, there are plenty of packages to unwrap.

Also included a brand new book: Unexpected Princess

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Book Review: Alphas Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie


Alphas Like Us by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 429 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 16th 2018 by Everafter Romance 
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
His Bodyguard. His Love.

Maverick, know-it-all bodyguard Farrow Keene knows publicly dating American royalty comes with a great cost. Everyone wants a piece of their relationship. And as a protective boyfriend, he’s not here for the malicious hands that grab at their love life and seek to rip them apart.

But Farrow is confident — he’s confident that he could’ve never prepared for the storm to come.

Keep him safe.

Maximoff Hale isn’t a big fan of change. And to regain the charity CEO position he lost, he agrees to a task that he’s always rejected. One that could uproot his unconventional world.

But Maximoff is afraid — he’s afraid of the consequences that could destroy his boyfriend and his family.

Keep him safe.

Changes are on the horizon.
Big.
Messy.
Complicated.
Changes.
Maximoff & Farrow will fight for their forever. And with every breath, they promise that their love story won’t end here.

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