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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Asking For Trouble by Amy Andrews

Asking for Trouble

Asking For Trouble; Credence, Colorado #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Amy Andrews

Review Rating:



A healing, “Della Get’s Her Groove Back” romance. Although Asking For Trouble covers some heavier topics than the past Credence books, it is still an excellent read and makes me crave more!

Della Munroe was in an abusive relationship prior to moving to Credence and living with her brother, Arlo, who is also the local sheriff. For the past three years she has been healing, attending therapy, and gaining back her confidence as a woman all under the safety of Credence’s residents. Now that she’s finally feeling some confidence, and perhaps due somewhat to her tiny crush on the hot bartender, she’s ready to try dating. Enlisting said hot bartender’s help she joins Tinder and it isn’t long before he’s her wingman, her date guru, and eventually her sexy time trainer. Not that she’s complaining.

Tucker Daniels watched Della come to town a broken woman. He has also watched her bloom over the last three years into a stronger, braver version of herself. When she boldly asks him for help on dating and then tips for things he would love to do to her himself, he knows he’s in trouble. Staying by her side seems like the best option, he just never expected to fall so deep.

Della and Tucker’s story is a very slow burn, but once it does ignite, hold on to your seat because holy hotness!! Della also teaches us that communication is key in any relationship whether it is with family, friends or between partners. It’s a wonderful message to take away from this heartwarming story.


After three years in Credence trying to fade into the background, Della Munroe is sick of being invisible. She’s ready to take back control. To live a little. Hell, she’s ready to see what this dating fuss is all about. And if that means she has to download Tinder and date every guy in Colorado, then she’s up for it.

After her first disastrous attempt, she decides navigating online dating would be better with a wingman, and there’s no better person for it than Tucker Daniels. After all, he is a man. And he owns a bar, which practically makes him a relationship expert. He’s also her older brother’s best friend. Yes, she may have the teeniest tiny inconvenient crush on him, but he’s always had her back.

Tucker Daniels would rather eat broken glass than watch Della go out with a bunch of douchebag dudes only out for one thing. Unfortunately, he’s never been able to say no to her, and before he knows it, Tucker’s not only vetting her dates–he’s teaching her to drive, helping her move out, and buying her a puppy!

But when Della wants him to tutor her in more intimate arts, he freaks out. Because this little sister is strictly off-limits, and saying yes to Della is asking for a whole lot of trouble.

Each book in the Credence, Colorado series is STANDALONE:
* Nothing But Trouble
* The Trouble with Christmas
* Asking for Trouble

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New Release – Breathe by C.L. Matthews

Title: Breathe
Series: Hollow Ridge #2
Author: C.L. Matthews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2020

You’d think five years would be enough time to cope and move on.
It’s not.
If anything, it’s given me more unrealistic ways to deal with my loss.
More pain.
And even worse, a woman I don’t love.
A woman that isn’t her.
I hate her.
She hates me, too.
My life’s a mess.
My heart’s nonexistent.
My soul was lost long ago.
Worst of all, I no longer have any fucks to give.
They say you find your true love after you lose your first one.
I call bullshit.

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I bottle the resentment and hatred as one would a black widow and praying mantis in a jar, wondering which would strike first and who would conquer all.
One time, Wes caught one of each in two separate jars. It annoyed me that he captured two beautiful creatures just to hold them hostage and watch them waste away.
He set the glasses side by side, mirrors, almost doorways, to see how calculated each species was.
The intrigue in his eyes terrified me, let me know something inside him may be darker than I bargained for, yet I did nothing but watch.
His fingers caressed the one housing the bright green mantis. He leaned in close, his eyes narrowing on the stillness, I’m sure.
When the insect didn’t move, only keeping a stock-still position, I wondered if maybe fear kept it frozen in place, but like Wes knew something I didn’t, he smiled.
The way his lips tilted at the edges conspiratorially made my insides squeeze uncomfortably. As a predator or person with a lack of empathy would, he gave me chills, but for some reason, it didn’t force my eyes away.
Like the impact when music hits really loud, the bass bumping throughout your body, I could only prepare for the cacophony of bulldozing emotions.
After deciding whatever he needed, he stared at the widow. Its red stomach patch faced away from us as it protected itself by hiding in the lid, but Wes saw. Tapping the lid several times, we watched as the spider plopped to the bottom.
He bit the inside of his cheek wordlessly, causing an insane curiosity to bite at my mind.
It made zero sense.
This was barbaric, but I didn’t do a single thing to stop this from escalating.
He unscrewed the lids, lifting both cylinders at the same time. Nothing could prepare me for what I witnessed next.
Anxiety gnawed at my stomach, creating an untamable distress to bubble through my chest. It burned and ached, acting as an early warning system as the two foes faced off.
Neither moved.
They both stood motionless, almost calculating, watching, observing the opponent.
It never occurred to me which would win, but staring at the black widow, knowing its bite was as deadly as it was vicious, my mind had made itself up.
It struck first. The widow went straight for the jugular, and that was its first mistake—taking the easy shot, the uncalculated risk of striking first.
The mantis, as if knowing all along, gripped the spider with its pincers, holding it like it was sushi, his arms the chopsticks of death.
It squeezed and squeezed, making sure to eat its legs while it writhed in its hold. Nausea built inside me, suffocating my every breath, but the mantis didn’t stop to recognize how uncomfortable I was.
How could it know?
This was a dog-eat-dog world. In this case, a mantis-eat-widow one, he did what he had to do to survive. He won, eating his winnings like a gloating king after battle.
And I learned something valuable that day: always watch your six, don’t trust words, and never take the first shot. I’d never lay victim to a man ever again.


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C.L. Matthews lives in lala-landia with her husband and invisible friends. She wants to riot the lack thereof authentic Mexican food in her state, but she’s an introvert at heart. She enjoys tacos, Red Bull, and warm water because she’s crazy. She’s an oddball and realizes it’s been mentioned before, just go with it. Her joys in life consist of writing unconventional romances, making book covers, causing havoc to her reader’s hearts, and genre-hopping when she needs a change of scenery. She’s a special kind of weird and enjoys every moment of it.


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New Release – Plaything by Cole Denton

Title: Plaything
Series: Club Oxygen #2
Author: Cole Denton
Genre: Dark Romance with BDSM
Release Date: April 14, 2020

I used to have everything. Then my everything was ripped away from me. Now, instead of the warmth of his love, I feel the coldness of his loss. The darkness that remains in me is frightening.

I don’t want to feel anything. The cold has a nice numbing effect. I’ve decided to embrace it. I’ve also decided that even though I no longer feel, I do still need. I need to bind, flog, and Dominate younger men.

Especially one in particular. I know he thinks he can change me. Thaw my frozen heart. He cries so beautifully for me; I could almost believe in love again. But I could never love another man the way I did my husband and Master. Not even my eager young submissive. He will never be my love…only my Plaything.

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Cole Denton is an ocean lover who finds joy in almost all physical activities. He is especially passionate about baseball and surfing, indulging in them every chance he gets.

His other passion is writing. It began at a young age and followed him through to his time at a university in SoCal where he majored in screenwriting.

After moving to Sin City itself, Cole has put his knowledge and talent as a writer to work by pursuing a career as a dark fiction author. Cole is enjoying testing his kinky side, in pursuit of all things pleasurable.


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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Dante’s Circle Reborn by Carrie Ann Ryan

Title: Dante’s Circle Reborn
Series: Dante’s Circle #8
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2020

NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan returns to her bestselling Dante’s Circle series with a collection of four never before published and highly anticipated romances.


Liam and Alec watched their Pack fall from grace and fought with tooth and claw to make it rise from the ashes again for the Alpha. Once from rival families and now true packmates, they’ve fought their attraction for longer than they should have. Now, as they leave the den in search of a rogue wolf, they’ll finally have a chance to entice their wolves—if they can overcome their struggles and survive what lurks in the darkness.


Jonah assumed he’d seen everything there was to see throughout his long life. He battled dragons, lions, and anything else that came across his path. Now, it’s his job to protect the cubs under his care—something far more dangerous than anyone ever counted on. But when he comes to face to face with Dante’s sexy new bartender, everything changes. From his first look into those silver eyes, he was lost. But they’re eyes that can kill if the world isn’t careful, and some want them for their own.


Calypso’s position as a representative on the Conclave for all mermaids is in jeopardy if she can’t uncover the true lineage of a mysterious stranger. Especially since his mere presence seems to rock the already shaky foundation of their people.

Micha knows exactly what he is: the one supernatural being that everyone claims cannot exist. And he’s been searching eons for his mate. Now that he’s found her, all bets are off. But he must keep his past a secret, no matter the consequences.


He remembers his death. Even remembers parts of his life. But as a newly made reaper, he must do the one thing he knows he cannot: reap his soul mate. No matter that she can see death coming.

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.


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Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – The Saint by Kelsey Clayton

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The Saint; Haven Grace Prep #2 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Kelsey Clayton

Review Rating:



A tangle of angsty emotions, that once I started The Saint I was unable to put it down!!

Knox Vaughn isn’t anywhere close to being Prince Charming. Drinking, smoking, cursing, skipping school, he is the embodiment of what bad boy means. Having a misdemeanor record a mile long should make a girl like Delaney run far away, but something about the boy behind the bad boy mask calls to her. There is more to him than people give him credit for and that Knox is what keeps pulling Delaney back again and again.

Knox knows Laney is trouble – pure, sweet trouble – unlike the normal trouble he’s used to, but he’s so intrigued and instantly possessive of her that he couldn’t stop himself if he tried. He honestly has no idea what he’s doing, he’s never been series with anyone – ever –  and Delaney has him tied up in knots. Her perfect good-girl world is beyond what he knows, except that he should give her up, but he knows he can’t he’s not that good.

When danger lands at his doorstep he does everything to keep it away from touching those in his life, but in the end he might just have to give up the one good thing he’s ever had, even if it kills him.

The Saint is a gripping story about two souls more alike than you could imagine, but about from two entirely different worlds which makes their story seem impossible to achieve. It’s amazing!



A mistake waiting to happen.

Knox Vaughn is the epitome of a bad boy.
He’s trouble in a sexy-as-sin package.
I know it.
They know it.
Even he knows it.

But, it’s like a moth to the flame.
I can’t stay away—even though I’m going to get burned.
You know what they say,
The sinners are much more fun.
And this saint is changing the game.



Delaney Callahan is perfect,
Too perfect for me.
Hell, she’s too perfect for anyone.

She’s an angel,
But with me, she’s playing with the devil.
I’m the last thing a woman like her needs.
And yet, I can’t keep my hands—and mouth off of her.
We’re from two different worlds,
Worlds that can’t possibly work.
I’d do anything for her,
But I can’t be the SAINT she deserves.

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