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Book Review: Find Her, Keep Her by Z.L. Arkadie


Find Her, Keep Her by Z.L. Arkadie 
Series: Love in the USA, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: May 22, 2015
Z.L. Arkadie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Book one of the LOVE in the USA series features Daisy Blanchard and Belmont (Jack) Lord. Don’t be surprised by the hot and fast start, Daisy and Belmont have a lot to learn about love, and here is where their education begins.

It was one intense week in late October. I probably should’ve slowed our pace but I wasn’t thinking clearly. I had just learned my boyfriend and best friend were engaged via a Facebook post, which left me heartbroken and wrestling with ghosts from my past.

But Belmont Lord was so convincing and uninhibited, unlike me. He also had demons of his own. We threw caution to the wind. Could fate had picked a more perfect time and place for two people to meet?

Yes, it was one steamy and surprising week, but was it long enough to make us last forever?

Find Her, Keep Her: A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story is the first sexy, sensual and addictive contemporary romance in the LOVE in the USA series by author, Z.L. Arkadie.

This manuscript has been updated as of 6/18/2017. Sex scenes are still frequent but they are no longer written in graphic detail. Also, some of the details that were hard to swallow have been made palatable. Although, do realize that I had chosen to write two imperfect human beings. In later books, as they choose to make their relationship work, they also choose to resolve their personal issues. After all that is the theme of the LOVE in the USA series–true love, real love is another catalyst in life which helps evolve two people for the better. So I write love stories more than romance, and from book one through twelve of this series, you will be able to read the difference.

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Book Review: Throttled by Lauren Asher


Throttled by Lauren Asher 
Series: Dirty Air, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: January 9, 2020
Lauren Asher: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
What happens when my brother’s rival becomes my secret crush?

Noah Slade is a Formula 1 legend in the making.
Focused. Unapproachable. Ruthless on and off the track.
A man with walls higher than the Grand Canyon.
And my brother’s new teammate.

Despite everyone warning me to stay away from Noah, I can’t resist the man hiding behind a mask of indifference.
I want more of the villain disguised as a prince.
His passion. His pain. His flaws and insecurities.

Except while I search for my happy ending, he wants to destroy his.

Throttled is a standalone romance packed with action, steam, and banter.

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Book Review: Off-Limits by L.A Cotton


Off-Limits by L.A Cotton 
Series: Rixon High, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
L.A Cotton: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
From bestselling author of the Rixon Raiders comes a new spin-off next generation series.

Lily Ford has always been a wallflower.

But it’s senior year, and she wants nothing more than to try and push her boundaries and embrace the last year of high school.

Kaiden Thatcher has always been the star on the football field.

But now he finds himself in enemy territory forced to prove himself to his new coach and teammates.

It starts with a dare. Seven minutes of heaven in a boat shed. But it quickly turns into something neither of them saw coming.

He’s everything she should resist.
She’s everything he shouldn’t want.
But neither of them are willing to walk away because together, their demons seem that little bit easier to silence.

There’s just one problem … Lily is the coach’s daughter.

And one hundred percent off-limits.

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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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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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Book Review: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly


Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly
Series: The Camorra Chronicles, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Warnings: Rape
Format: Paperback, 341 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 6th 2019
Cora Reilly: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.
Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.
A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

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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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Buddy Read: Untouchable by Kresley Cole


Untouchable by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 300 pages (first part of Deep Kiss of Winter)
Source: My Copy
Published on September 3, 2013
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time… and a Valkyrie aching for his touch.

Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela – the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can’t be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Can they conquer an agony of frustration and slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

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Book Review: Fake Model by Cassie Mint


Fake Model by Cassie Mint 
Series: Twin Swap, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: March 1, 2021
Cassie Mint: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
I’ve always hated when people look at me. I’m painfully shy, and I have a stutter.
So how did I wind up starring in a fashion photoshoot?
When my twin sister books the modelling job of her life, she’s on cloud nine. Everything she’s been working for was building to this.
Then she breaks her arm.
Billie is heartbroken until she gets an idea. A crazy, reckless idea.
We’re identical twins. So here’s what she says: I go to her job, and she’ll go to mine.
She’ll clean the house of a billionaire. And I’ll star in a fashion shoot with the world’s hottest, meanest photographer.
Lord help me. I’m gonna need it. Especially when he looks at me like that—like I’m something to eat.

Fake Model is a short and steamy twin swap instalove story, with an OTT possessive hero and the shy heroine who brings him to his knees.

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