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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Wicked As Sin by Shayla Black

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Wicked As Sin; Wicked and Devoted #1  
(A duet: One-Mile & Brea; part 1)

by: Shayla Black

Review Rating:




I’m new to both the Wicked Lovers and Devoted Lovers worlds. I had no reference point, but let me tell you I didn’t need one and I am now a HUGE fan of this Wicked & Devoted series!! Wicked As Sin is a hot, edge of your seat, emotional, grab you hard and you won’t be able to stop until the very end read!

It does end on a cliffhanger…GAH!! I can hardly wait for part two because this first part of the duet is angsty and full of suspense so I’m full of anticipation for what the second half will hold.

Pierce “One-Mile” is typically a loner. This is a great trait for his job as a snipper, but for participating in a group or getting along with others his loner personality has made it hard to break out of his solitary habits. When he meets Brea Bell she is the first person to make him want to break all of his habits. He can’t pinpoint why, especially since she belongs to another, but something about her calls to him and he has to have her.

From the moment Brea meets Pierce she can’t seem to stay away. Her dream is to find a good man and marry him. While it seems a little old-school traditional, it is what she wants, so why she’s attracted to a man who makes his living killing people, a man who prefers to have people refer to him for this particular skill set, she doesn’t understand, but she also can’t seem to shake the strong chemistry attraction between them either.

When their attraction finally comes down to a do or die decision what will they choice? Will their choices ultimately lead to a life together or their ultimate destruction? Brea and Pierce will have you biting your lip and turning page after page to find out what decisions they make. Shayla has really proven a master at writing a suspenseful romance.

You can jump right into Wicked As Sin without having read any of the other books in Shayla’s world. Like I said above this is my first book in either world and not only did I love it, I had no trouble following right along. So, if you are like me and this is your first Shayla Black book, no problem, jump right in and enjoy the ride, you will love it!!


Finally!! The Wicked Lovers and Devoted Lovers worlds collide in epic fashion with the start of a NEW Wicked & Devoted series, steeped in the steamy, angsty romance you don’t want to miss. I’m finally spilling ALL the tea on Pierce “One-Mile” Walker and Brea Bell. This is the story you’ve been waiting for—coming March 3rd!

He’s ruthless. She’s off-limits. But he’s just met his one weakness… Now nothing will stop him from making her his.

Pierce “One-Mile” Walker has always kept his heart under wraps and his head behind his sniper’s scope. Nothing about buttoned-up Brea Bell should appeal to him. But after a single glance at the pretty preacher’s daughter, he doesn’t care that his past is less than shiny, that he gets paid to end lives…or that she’s his teammate’s woman. He’ll do whatever it takes to steal her heart.

Brea has always been a dutiful daughter and a good girl…until she meets the dangerous warrior. He’s everything she shouldn’t want, especially after her best friend introduces her to his fellow operative as his girlfriend—to protect her from Pierce. But he’s a forbidden temptation she’s finding impossible to resist.

Then fate strikes, forcing Brea to beg Pierce to help solve a crisis. But his skills come at a price. When her innocent flirtations run headlong into his obsession, they cross the line into a passion so fiery she can’t say no. Soon, his past rears its head and a vendetta calls his name in a mission gone horribly wrong. Will he survive to fight his way back to the woman who claimed his soul?

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Review – Maybe Swearing Will Help by Lani Lynn Vale


Maybe Swearing Will Help; KPD Swat Generation 2.0 #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Lani Lynn Vale

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Maybe Swearing Will Help is smexy, funny, and sweetly emotional (seriously I cannot stop thinking about the two of them).

I fell in love with Ford and Ashe. The constant frenemy push and pull that they’ve had their entire lives is intoxicating to read and I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what trouble they got into in their youth and then see what steamy emotions they were going to incite in each other as adults. It was all so, so good.

Luckily we didn’t have to wait long to get to the smexy times with these two because whew!!! Ford and Ashe deliver passionate hate-love sex and then we get a delicious story where they both have to come to grips with their frenemy status. This is my favorite SWAT 2.0 story yet.

Hints of what is coming next along with past characters popping in always makes Lani’s stories feel like coming home.


Ford Spurlock has known Ashe Trammel since they were babies.

He’s also done his level best to stay away from her because every time he gets to within five feet of her, they’re fighting like cats and dogs.

Ashe is the apple of her father’s eye. The motorcycle club princess that was never to be harmed in any way—or touched for that matter. And he’s always resented the fact that she could get away with things that he couldn’t. Things that she then blames on him and he always gets punished for.

Fast forward to adulthood, and Ashe is still off limits. Still driving him insane. Still…beautiful.

She never misses an opportunity to give him hell, either.

That has to be why he agrees to do a photoshoot for KPD SWAT that’ll benefit her charity even when he’d rather shoot himself in the foot with his duty weapon.


Ashe never thought he’d agree.

Honestly, she thought she’d ask him, he’d say no, and that’d be the end of it.

She never realized that she’d leave his photo up in her cubicle, and it’d be the last thing that she saw every night as she locked her office door.

When they were kids, Ford used to be that boy that threw dirt at her and pulled her hair.

Now, he’s the same Ford Spurlock, only a whole lot sexier. And a lot harder to say no to.

When he challenges her to one date, she has no other recourse but to agree.

What she didn’t agree to was falling in love with Mr. March. Or wanting to give him everything she had to give.

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New Release – If We Were Young by Anna Bloom

Title: If We Were Young
Series: If We Were #1
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 24, 2020

Ronnie Childs has questions.
What if she’d said “yes” to Matthew Carling that day?
Why does he now hate her with a chilling iciness that numbs her bones and makes her heart ache?
Is it possible to still be the same as you once were when everything has changed so much?
How can they work together to save their companies when they can’t even hold a civil conversation?

So many questions and so little time to discover the answers.
Once Ronnie and Matthew were best friends, but time has moved on and those memories are now locked in the shadow of the past. Things would be so different if they were young, but sometimes the answers to life’s challenges aren’t always as straightforward as they seem.
Fifteen years have passed by in a blink.
Will fifteen days be enough to make things right?

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I suspended breathless and shivering as we swiped and dove, pushing and pulling, our teeth clashing with the delicate clink of silver against a china teacup.
I was the teacup and I had taken myself close to smashing.
I’d do it to myself though. No one else would get to take me there. This would be on me. If I could take my heart and give it bravely, without fear of consequence, then I’d own the repercussions. I could blame no one else.
On a backwards count from three, I broke my lips from his. His breath rasped with a ragged edge, reaching into my mouth and pulling me closer. “I have a theory.”
“Oh, you do?” I almost melted at the deep burr of his tone.
“It’s that some things are meant to be perfect. Some of us are designed to fit together just so: big and small; tall and short; black hair, blonde. Perfect opposites.”
“I think you’re taking credit for my theories.”
I held my hand up. At dinner the other night he’d wanted me to say the words. Here they were.
I dug down deep, scraping them out of my scared and petrified soul. “If we don’t try then we will never know how perfect it could be.”
His smile liquified my insides. “Now she gets it.”


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Cover Reveal – Collide With Me by Rachel Brookes

Title: Collide With Me
Series: Men of Monroe #3
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Photo: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 17, 2020


Experience the best sex of my life – tick
Come face to face with my one-night stand at my best friend’s wedding – tick
Realize he could be the greatest and worst thing to ever happen to me – tick, tick, tick.

After years of pointless relationships and regrettable one-night stands, I’d given up on finding love and a happily ever after. That was until he barreled into my life.

The broody stranger with haunting eyes intrigued and enticed me in ways no other man had before. For five blissful hours, Fletcher Hunt was mine and I was his to own, adore, and worship.

Even if we were so different.

I was calm. He was chaotic.
I craved forever. He only lived for today.
But when we collided, we were electrifying.

We were also over before we began.

One phone call and six simple words was all it took to cement our fate. The future I’d imagined with Fletcher quickly became a cruel fantasy when the ghosts from his past returned to haunt the present.

And the happily ever after I desperately longed for?
That now belonged to the baby I was secretly carrying.

His baby.

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Rachel Brookes is from the east coast of Australia and writes irresistible romances that guarantees epic happily-ever-afters. With countless story ideas circling around in her head and an obsession for writing alpha heroes and the sassy women who bring them to their knees, she has no plans of stopping. An avid reader, Rachel can often be found getting lost in a fictional town she wishes was real and claiming book boyfriends as her own. As well as writing and reading, she possesses an unhealthy obsession with cupcakes, the Walking Dead, and social media, and loves hearing from readers.


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New Release – Just One Year by Penelope Ward


(A standalone)

Release date: 2/24/2020

A Contemporary Romance Novel

New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Penelope Ward

the day he came back 


The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start.

On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude.

(In the men’s room. Don’t ask.)

I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting

to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat.

So, the spare room went to someone else: Caleb—the British guy from the men’s



And so it began…my love-hate story with Caleb Yates. Or was it hate-love in that



The guy knew how to push every one of my buttons.

Sometimes I’d email him to express my aggravation and disdain.

He’d actually rewrite my own words and send them back to me.

That was the type of infuriating person Caleb was.

So frustrating.


Sometimes incredibly funny and endearingly sweet.

And hot.


He eventually grew on me, and Caleb soon became one of my best friends that year.

Too bad he was headed back to England soon, so nothing could happen between

us—for so many reasons.

I definitely couldn’t fall in love with him, especially since all we had was just one


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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.




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New Release – Bad Liar by Lauren Rowe

BAD LIAR (Reed Rivers Trilogy #1) by Lauren Rowe
Release Date: February 24th

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Swallowing lies has never felt so good.

Reed freaking Rivers. I wouldn’t trust a word out of the arrogant music mogul’s mouth if his gold-plated tongue were notarized. The Man with the Midas Touch would say anything to get me into his bed, and I know it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want him to succeed.

Indeed, the moment I laid eyes on Reed while he was speaking at an on-campus event I’d crashed, my body physically ached to feel his golden fingers—and tongue—all over me. Unfortunately, though, I can’t give into my powerful craving to jump Reed’s cocky bones. Not until I’ve figured out my best strategy with him . . .

The truth is Reed has something I desperately want. Something my heart desires even more than my body craves one night of delicious fun with the yummiest man alive. Reed assumes he’s running this game of seduction. He thinks he’s a thirty-four-year-old big cat on the prowl, and I’m nothing but a blushing twenty-one-year old field mouse with stars in my eyes.

Yeah . . . no.

As Reed is about to find out, he’s not the only cat on the hunt in this game of cat-and-mouse . . . .

BAD LIAR is the first book of the standalone REED RIVERS TRILOGY. The full trilogy is BAD LIAR, BEAUTIFUL LIAR, and BELOVED LIAR, to be read in order.



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USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks.

Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.

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