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Book Review: Devil in Ruin by Trisha Wolfe

We all know I am huge fan of Trisha and even though mafia is not a go to trope for me I had to give it a read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
🔥🔥🔥/5

  • I devoured this book. It sucked me in from the first page and I read over 50% in one sitting and finished the rest the next day
  • Action packed all the way to the end
  • I really liked the take on women’s roles and strong women. Ellie actually ended up being my favorite character 😂
  • A must read for Mafia Romance and Enemies to Lovers fans
  • The tension is 🔥🔥🔥
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Book Review: Brainwashed by Nyla K

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Spice: 🔥🔥🔥🔥/5

I read the entire book (which is chunky) in about a day and half.

I absolutely loved the first two books in the AP series and could not wait to get my hands on Brainwashed

  • Even though all of the books in the series are based on the same location the stories all all very different
  • I knew not to go in thinking I could predict this story but I was completely surprised by the characters and how everything played out!
  • This is a slow burn but things certainly heat up
  • lots of True Crime vibes and references
  • MM Doctor Patient romance
  • The most twisted of Nyla’s characters that I have read so far
  • This one will not be for everyone so make sure you check her warnings, but if it sounds like your thing I highly recommend 🙌
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Book Review: Infernium by Keri Lake

Book 2 in the Nightshade Duology

Genre: Paranormal Romance

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

🔥🔥🔥/5

This duology felt like it was way more than just 2 books. There was so much world building, parallels worlds, past lives, a smidge of time travel.

Infernium was a bit more grim than Nightshade. While there is a love story to the book the romance was more dark and painful than fun and spicy. Overall the story was well built and complex. While the outcomes of the story were predictable the story line didn’t pay out how I thought it would at all.

⁃ Lots of crazy twists and turns

⁃ New snarky side characters that I loved

⁃ Demon infested labyrinth

I found my self rushing through the book a little bit to get to the end and find out what happened, some parts of the book felt repetitive and I didn’t feel the continued flashbacks to young Jericho added to the story. If the book had some of the extra cut out I probably would give 5 stars.

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Book Review: The Dark One by Nikki St. Crowe

The Dark One, Vicious Lost Boys Book 2
Overall: 4/5
Steam: 4/5 Check your triggers, while there is emotion involved in the acts its not a “love story”
Reading Rate: 5/5 These are short, action-packed installments that can be read in a day or two.
After reading The Never King I was hooked on this twisted Peter Pan inspired story. I love that all the characters are truly bad, and it makes it difficult to really root for one person or group. While I did predict the cliffhanger ending…. I truly have no idea how things are going to turn out.
– Things definitely got steamier in this second installment.
– I love that all the characters are dark and slightly unhinged
– The nods to Peter pan and really entertaining, it so fun to see the twists on classic characters. I cannot wait to meet Croc!

Synopsis:

I spent most of my life feeling dead inside — until I met Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

It wasn’t until Pan and Neverland that I finally felt alive.

But things are not all full of magic and sunlight on the island. There’s something darker and more sinister haunting the forest.

And worse, the fae queen and Captain Hook are ready to fight for control of Neverland and they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Including using the one thing Pan never thought he wanted or needed — me. I’m a descendant of the Darling family and now I belong to him and the Lost Boys.

War is brewing — can the Never King get his shadow back and assume his rightful throne? And if he does, where will I fit?

Or will all of Neverland be in jeopardy right along with my dark, twisted heart?

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Book Review: Claimed by Cupid by Dana Isaly

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Spice: 🌶🌶🌶🌶/5

Reading rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reading one sitting and only took about an hour

Love Holly and Daddy Nick! These kinky holiday short stories are so fun and it only took me about an hour to read.

⁃ I really liked getting to the a little darker side of Nick

⁃ Love the playlist that goes with each chapter

⁃ Super spicy!! Dana did a great job of adding kink while keeping it light and playful. This would be a great story for someone who want to dabble in reading that type on content.

Synopsis :

Date a Silver Fox? Check.
Share your New Year’s kiss with said Fox? Check.
Have a Big O during Valentine’s Day dinner? Check.

Wait…what was that last one?

Holly is quickly falling for Nick, and she can’t wait to spend their first Valentine’s Day together.

And, boy, does this Silver Fox have a surprise up his sleeve.

A very public surprise.

But this isn’t just about lust anymore, and Nick is tired of taking things slowly.

Cupid’s arrow is pointed directly at Holly.

This holiday, Nick is claiming her as his own.

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Book Review: Secrets We Hunt by Dana Isaly

Secrets We Hunt, Book 2 in the One Night Series by @danaisalyauthorpage

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Steam: 🌶🌶🌶🌶/5

Reading Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Dana is seriously the master of kinky, steamy short stories and SWH did not disappoint!
– I loved getting to know the characters better in this installment, and how each dynamic with a new couple is unique.
– The action starts right away! You are sucked in and cannot put this book down. Which is perfect because the story is short and sweet and can be finished in one sitting.
– Guys the steam 🔥this is dominant FMC like I haven’t seen before and loved it!!!
– The beginning was a little clunky but just give then a second and I promise it’s worth it!
– Plus it’s on KU! There are major spoilers for Games We Play so we sure to read first…. You will be glad you did 🙌

SYNOPSIS:

You can run, but you can’t hide, Little Doe.
Wes is in Greece when he catches a glimpse of wild brown hair in the crowd, sending a thrill down his spine. He’d know those curls anywhere. But she couldn’t be at the wedding of his best friend…right?

And yet, there she is, dancing with the bride, her smile as contagious as ever. It doesn’t take long for the spark between them to flare back to life. But Zoë left for a reason, and she’s worked hard all these years to keep it from him.

Zoë runs, and Wes chases. His primal instincts kicking into overdrive. This is his second chance, and he isn’t going to let her get away this time.
He knows she’s keeping secrets, and he’s determined to hunt them down

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Book Review: Liars by Dana Isaly

Liars, The Triad Book Series Book 2 by Dana Isaly

Overall: ****

Reading Rate: *****

Romance: ****

Genre: Adult Organized Crime RH Romance 

Pages: 208

This book is the second in the fast-paced RH Triad series by Isaly. I loved book 1 and was so excited to get to read book 2! This is a true series so make sure you read book 1 first, as this book picks up right where the cliffhanger at the end up book one picked up. 

What I liked:

  • Fast paced and no time wasted getting to the action, never a dull moment.
  • I loved how Isaly makes her female characters a little broken and unhinged where as most series only let their male characters show those flaws.

What I struggled it:

  • The story was a little all over the place in this book, but it kind of goes with the mentality of the characters.
  • There was supposed to be a big cliffhanger/twist at the end but I unfortunately saw it coming so it was a little anticlimactic for me.

Overall I cannot wait for the next book to come out and get to know more about the characters.

Synopsis: 

My boys found me, but a rift has formed.

Weeks ago I was steadily gaining their trust, finding my place in their lives and their beds. Now, it seems I’m the wedge driving the three of them apart.

I’ve been beaten, starved, and kept in the dark. All to come back to three men who can’t agree whether I’m an ally or a mole. But we have bigger problems to solve.

There’s a new player in the game.

The latest contender for the Dulca throne just so happens to be my favorite cousin. He was my best friend, my partner in crime. If I can get my boys to trust me long enough to keep them from starting a war, my family’s secret weapon could end up being the key to bringing our organizations together.

But I have no clue what Motshan is hiding up his sleeve, and we might not be able to come back from the carnage it could cause.

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Book Review: Into the Dark by Dana Isaly

Overall: *****/5

Romance/Steam: This one is really hard to rate, this book is very dark and while there are steamy scenes they are more about dealing with demons than sexy.

Reading Rate: *****

Pages: 225

Release Date:10/30/2021

Recommend if you liked: Ecstasy by K.V. Rose, Haunting Adeline

I loved this book! It was so dark and you knew from the first page that is was going to tear you apart, this story falls in my “hurts so good” category.

What I liked:

  • I loved the broken characters, I don’t think I have ever seen someone like the FMC Lyra highlighted in a book before and I really enjoyed it.
  • This story reminded me of what a real world Joker and Harley Quinn would be like
  • Short and fast paced read, I finished it in one sitting (about 3.5 hours).
  • I completely loved that it was not a happy ending.

What I struggled with:

  • For sure check the trigger warnings if there are sensitive topics for you as this story contains a lot of content that could be upsetting. I do feel that all of the darkness was necessary to tell the story to its full potential.

Synopsis:

Him

I am the monster that lurks in your nightmares.

Evil incarnate. A sociopath. A murderer.

I kill women who are guilty of nothing other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Women like Lyra.

Her yellow raincoat flapped in the cool breeze when she walked by, that blonde hair making her look like a drowned rat as she stopped to taste the rain.

She wasn’t like the others, but my demon wanted her.

We followed her. Watched her. Obsessed over her.

She is ours. Of that I’m certain.

We will pull her into the depths of our darkness and keep her imprisoned there.

Until we meet our end.

Lyra

I am ordinary in every way.

Average looks. Mundane job. Boring life.

But when he looks at me, I become something else entirely.

His gaze stalks and tracks me like a game of cat and mouse, his eyes licking fire over my skin every time they glance in my direction.

My thoughts are consumed by him every moment he’s out of sight.

He is my obsession. I can’t let him go.

And once he shows me his true form, I know I’ve captured him forever.

He is mine. Of that I’m certain.

I will follow him to the depths of darkness and happily submit to his madness.

Until we meet our end.

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Book Review: Founded on Temptation by Kat Singleton

Book 2 in the Mixtape series

Overall: **** I will say that this book as a complete standalone I would only rate at a 3 but as a companion to Book 1 Founded on Goodbye it really enhances the story.

Romance: *** Less romance and more hook up style than FOG. Although you do get to relive a lot of the feels from book 1 through the storyline.

Reading Rate: ***** I think I finished this book in less than 24 hours. Short and sweet read.

Genre: Hook up Romance

After reading Founded on Goodbye earlier this year I was so excited to find out we were getting more about the characters in this world.

What I liked:

  • I loved to see the glimpses of what was happening with Nora and Nash from other points of view. Even though this book was not meant for them to be the main characters they still stole the show for me.
  • The characters were so fun to get to know, Sebastian just runs away with you.
  • The HOOK UPS!!!
  • Kat also primed us for the next book/couple in the series throughout and I am already ready to dive right in!
  • Also I still cannot get over how amazing these covers are!!

What I struggled with:

  • This book is really not set up to be a standalone as it is the same timeline as FOG and really just fills in the gaps of what was happening with Riley and Sebastian while the bigger Nash and Nora story were going on. Make sure you read FOG first, or even better it would be really fun to read them together to put the full timeline in place.
  • There is a trope done in this book that is a HUGE pet peeve for me ruined a lot of my fun, but I didn’t hold it against the books star count because I know a lot of people love it.
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Book Review Tempted by Vanessa Vale & Renee Rose

Book 2 of the Two Marks series

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: adult cowboy shifter romance

Romance:⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reading rate:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The book is short & fast paced, I finished in one sitting

Recommend if you like: Psy-changling, A Drop of Magic

This was a really fun ménage shifter romance.it is the type of book that focuses mainly on the romance plot between the main characters and less on other plot. Even so I think a great job giving extra story line was done.it was quite predicable inconsistencies but still overall enjoyable d great for what it was.

– I did not realize this was the second book in the series until after I finished it, even so I did not feel I was missing any information to enjoy Tempted.

– I loved that the FMC is a Wolf Biologist it was real fun that she was a nerdy girl and that she already had so much lane for women.

– the book started right from the beginning with the steam between characters. There were ménage scenes but nothing dark.

– I am definitely interested to see more of what happens pack in future installments.

Synopsis:

We see a female, we want her.
We scent a female, we claim her.
We touch a female, we give her two marks.
Because in our pack, shifters share.
Two cowboys for every mate.

Renee Rose and Vanessa Vale are back with more steamy shifter cowboys! Be sure to read Wolf Ranch, then swing by Two Marks, Wyoming. Because you know it’s going to be hot. Possessive. Wild. Times two. Everything you want in romance… and more.

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