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Book Review: Charm by Tracy Wolff


Charm by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 8th 2022 by Entangled: Teen
Tracy Wolff: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains spoilers for Crush

Synopsis:
The instant #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
Goodreads Most Anticipated YA Book of November
Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated New YA Release
Amazon Editor Best Pick of the Month

Finally find out what happened during those missing four months, as the thrilling adventure continues!

He’s under my skin…

After Katmere, I shouldn’t be surprised by anything. Including the existence of a world beyond my world called the Shadow Realm. Yet here I am, stuck in a strange, dangerous place with the worst of the supernaturals, the monster that other monsters fear: Hudson Vega. He might be Jaxon’s brother and ridiculously hot, but he’s a complete bona fide pain in my ass.

The question is whether we’ll find a way out before I kill him…or run out of time.

She’s stealing my heart…

It’s a truth universally known—at least according to Grace—that everything is my fault. But I have a nasty suspicion that Grace isn’t as human as she thinks, and she’s the one keeping us trapped. Now we’ll have to work together not only to survive, but to save all those we’ve come to call family who live here.

Because there’s something connecting us. Something stronger than fear…and way more bloody dangerous

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Book Review: Mafia Darling by Danielle Lori


Mafia Darling by Mila Finelli 
Series: The Kings of Italy, #2
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 292 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 31st 2022 by Dolcezza Press
Mila Finelli: Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Synopsis:

FAUSTO

In my world, loyalty is everything. I shouldn’t have let her get close. I shouldn’t have let her get under my skin.

But that doesn’t mean I’ll let another take her from me. He’ll pay with his life, because nothing will keep me from reclaiming what I lost.

Francesca is mine and I’m keeping her.

FRANCESCA

I found a dangerous man who makes me burn with need, a man I can’t live without . . .until he accused me of betrayal and sent me away.

Then I was kidnapped by his rival. Fausto thinks he can rescue me and have me begging at his feet once more. But I’m done begging.

This time, it will be the king who breaks.

******

MAFIA DARLING the second part of the Italian Kings duet, NOT a standalone.

If you like feisty heroines, heroes who are a little bit cruel and a lot filthy, and plenty of heat, then welcome to Mila’s twisted world. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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Book Review: Mafia Mistress by Mila Finelli


Mafia Mistress by Mila Finelli 
Series: The Kings of Italy, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 304 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 30th 2021 by Dolcezza Press
Mila Finelli: Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Synopsis:

FAUSTO

I am the darkness, the man whose illicit empire stretches around the globe. Not many have the courage for what needs to be done to maintain power . . .but I do.

And I always get what I want—including my son’s fiancée.

She’s mine now, and I’ll use Francesca any way I see fit. She’s the perfect match to my twisted desires, and I’ll keep her close, ready and waiting at my disposal.

Even if she fights me at every turn.

FRANCESCA

I was stolen away and held prisoner in Italy, a bride for a mafia king’s only heir.

Except I’m no innocent, and it’s the king himself—the man called il Diavolo—who appeals to me in sinful ways I never dreamed. Fausto’s wickedness draws me in, his power like a drug.

And when the devil decides he wants me, I’m helpless to resist him—even if it means giving myself to him, body and soul.

He may think he can control me, but this king is about to find out who’s really the boss.

MAFIA MISTRESS is a full-length mafia romance written by a USA Today Bestselling author. It’s the first book in the Italian Kings duet, **not** a standalone.

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Book Review: A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Flesh and Fire, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2022 by Blue Box Press
Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Contains spoilers for A Shadow in the Ember

Synopsis:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.

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Buddy Read: Blood Kiss by J.R Ward


Blood Kiss by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Legacy, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 397 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on December 1, 2015
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
Might contain some spoilers. Read in Finnish

Synopsis:
The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

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Book Review: Twisted Love by Ana Huang


Twisted Love by Ana Huang 
Series: Twisted, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Copy
Publication Date: April 29, 2021
Ana Huang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
He has a heart of ice…but for her, he’d burn the world.

Alex Volkov is a devil blessed with the face of an angel and cursed with a past he can’t escape.

Driven by a tragedy that has haunted him for most of his life, his ruthless pursuits for success and vengeance leave little room for matters of the heart.

But when he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sister, he starts to feel something in his chest:

A crack.
A melt.
A fire that could end his world as he knew it.

***

Ava Chen is a free spirit trapped by nightmares of a childhood she can’t remember.

But despite her broken past, she’s never stopped seeing the beauty in the world…including the heart beneath the icy exterior of a man she shouldn’t want.

Her brother’s best friend.
Her neighbor.
Her savior and her downfall.

Theirs is a love that was never supposed to happen—but when it does, it unleashes secrets that could destroy them both…and everything they hold dear.

Twisted Love is a brother’s best friend/opposites attract romance with a hint of suspense. It’s book one in the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone.

WARNING: This book contains a possessive alpha/antihero, explicit sexual content, and profanity. No cheating or menage, but if you’re looking for a traditionally sweet, loveable hero, this is not the book for you. Recommended for 18+.

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Release Blitz Review: Bratva Treasure by Sabine Barclay


Bratva Treasure by Sabine Barclay 
Series: The Ivankov Brotherhood, #3
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook
Source: Give Me Books
Release date on September 1, 2022
Sabine Barclay: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
She has no idea what she agreed to…
My printsessa thinks she’s taken a regular job for a regular lawyer.

She doesn’t know the devils that lurk below the surface now that she’s in my world. The bratva world.

Innocent, sweet, and trusting.

All the things I am not. All the things I never knew I wanted.

But I do now. And she’s mine.

Let someone try to take her. I’ll burn the world down around them to keep her. She’s my soulmate.

She doesn’t know her limits yet. I’ll take her there, then bring her back with my touch and my love.

Bratva Treasure is an interconnecting, standalone Dark Mafia Romance with a HEA and no cliffhanger. It contains extra-steamy scenes that will make your toes curl and your granny blush. This is book two in The Ivankov Brotherhood, a six-book series that’ll keep you warm at night.

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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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Buddy Read: The Shadows by J.R Ward


The Shadows by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 31, 2015
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread
This review might contain spoilers. Read in Finnish.

Synopsis:
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

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