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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: Gleam by Raven Kennedy


Gleam by Raven Kennedy 
Series: The Plated Prisoner, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Format: Hardcover, 572 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 31, 2021
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This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out… Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, It’ll be me setting the trap… I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.

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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
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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: 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
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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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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)
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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: 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: 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
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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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