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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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Book Review: Pucked by Helena Hunting


Pucked by Helena Hunting 
Series: Pucked, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: May 3, 2015
Helena Hunting: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.

Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant – and quirky – gifts. Suddenly he’s too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible not to like. The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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Book Review: Kissing Her by Alexa Riley


Kissing Her by Alexa Riley 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Scribd
Published on March 27, 2019
Alexa Riley: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Bee Armstrong is used to being the ugly duckling in her family. Her sister is the one who gets all the love and affection, including from her parents. She’s learned to deal with being alone, so when a strange man can’t keep his eyes off her, she’s not prepared for what she feels.

Ragnar Black isn’t a decent man. He makes his money illegally and does whatever it takes to get what he wants. One night he’s walking home after a job and sees a girl so beautiful he can’t believe his eyes. He should walk away and not look back, but she calls to him like nothing ever has before.

Warning: Will Ragnar do every dirty thing in the book to his sweet, innocent Bee? Come on, this is us, and we wouldn’t let you down! Find out just how far he’s willing to go to make her his. Spoiler: it’s all the way!

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Buddy Read: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole


Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 29, 2008
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her seductive Immortals After Dark series with this tale of a vampire shunned even by his own kind and a beautiful phantom, bound together by a passion they cannot resist.

A RAVEN-HAIRED TEMPTRESS OF THE DARK…

Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers — until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.

A VAMPIRE WARRIOR CONSUMED BY MADNESS…

To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth’s brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.

HOW FAR WILL HE GO TO CLAIM HER?

Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

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