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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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Buddy Read: The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang


The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang 
Series:  The Kiss Quotient, #3
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 339 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 31st 2021 by Berkley
Helen Hoang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this new New York Times bestselling romance by Helen Hoang.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she herself has just started to understand. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.

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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: 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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Buddy Read: Lover Eternal by J.R Ward


Lover Eternal by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 441 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 7th 2006
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Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.

Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage’s protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone…

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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
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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
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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: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell


Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 579 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 6, 2021
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for Wayward Son

Synopsis:
In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she’s smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn’t sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

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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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