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Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – King of Souls by L.A. Cotton

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King of Souls; Verona Legacy #2 
(#2 in a duet)

by: L.A. Cotton

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An angsty, modern day Romeo and Juliet caught in the midst of a mafia war, King of Souls is an emotional rollercoaster you don’t want to miss.

Torn apart by circumstances bigger than they thought possible, Nicco and Arianne have to rely on their new found love to get them through some of their toughest situations yet.

While Nicco has been exiled to Boston and Arianne is still living in Verona County both of their hearts are breaking at not being together. Arianne has been promised to the monster who stole her innocence by her own father all over a business deal and facing Scott without Nicco by her side is taxing to say the least. While Nicco hates not being by Arianne’s side, he doesn’t waste it sitting around, he helps his father gather enough evidence to bring the monsters down that threaten his love so when the time is right they will be finally be able to be together forever.

Arianne may have grown up sheltered, but even she knows that what her father’s done is wrong. She’s never felt more betrayed than when he gave her hand in marriage to Scott, the man who has tormented and raped her. To add to her heartache, Nicco has been sent away. It was to protect him and his family, but the more time they spend apart it feels like her heart is being ripped out. She isn’t sure how much more she can take without her true love by her side.

It tears Nicco apart being away from Arianne. Their love may have happened fast, but he can’t see a future without her in it. It takes everything in him to stay away and not tear Scott limb from limb, but the reminder that in doing so will not only hurt Arianne, but also his only family. Why can’t their love be easy?

Will this fated love story end better than their Shakespearean counterpart or have they been doomed like Romeo and Juliet?

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From bestselling author L A Cotton comes the highly anticipated conclusion to Nicco and Arianne’s duet

Arianne Capizola is living a lie.

Angry. Abandoned. Afraid.

She’d rather spend her days locked away on her father’s estate than with the guy who stole her innocence: her fiancé.

Niccolò Marchetti is living a nightmare.

Broken. Banished. Betrayed.

He’d do anything to save the girl he loves, even if it means paying the ultimate price.

As the truth surrounding their legacies begins to unravel, everything they thought they knew shatters. But Nicco will do anything to protect the girl who taught him how to love, and she will risk it all to save the guy who stole her heart.

The clock is ticking as old and new enemies close in.

Only this time, their love might not be enough to save them.

*King of Souls in the second book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Courage by J.L. Drake

Title: Courage
Series: Blackstone #4
Author: J.L. Drake
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Designs
Photo: Golden Czermak, FuriousFotog
Model: Andrew James
Release Date: October 15, 2020


Blackstone is at it again. We’re chasing down the cartel, but this time, the tables have been flipped on us.

Members of Team North Rock are being plucked off one by one. The race to understand what is happening can be the difference between life and death.

My position at Blackstone requires a clear head, and yet the stress and guilt I carry are affecting my concentration. But after what happened to my sister and the situation I’ve put my family in, I don’t deserve any sort of peace. My team doesn’t even know, and I choose to bear this burden alone.

Despite my constant internal struggle, I can’t help but notice her – Sloane Harlow. Falling for the lawyer who’s supposed to help us figure things out was never something I planned or expected.

With danger at every turn, things seem to only get worse. Missions fail, lives are in danger, and somehow, the cartel always seems to know our next move.

I can’t help but wonder…could there be a mole in the team?

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Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.

When she’s not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.

Her books can be found in different languages around the world.


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Cover Reveal – The Initiation by Elena Monroe

Title: The Initiation
Series: The 4Horsemen #1
Author: Elena Monroe
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Maria, Steamy Reads
Photo: Peter Stimson
Model: Al Jarred
Release Date: August 4, 2020


The seals have been revealed and God’s judgments on the earth is in. The Clave is here to deliver the news.

LA wasn’t home… just home for now.
Transplanted here to model I learned Hollywood isn’t where dreams survive the harsh reality of millions all sharing that same dream.
Executive assistant is who I am now.
Hollywood’s darling took a liking to me. One not easily ignored when they give you a taste of the high life.
I was supposed to give up hope and give in to LA’s bad reputation but I had rules.
Well, just one: read the rules before you break them.
Unwilling to abandon all my morals, the filter came off my life to see the world I was one foot in was invitation only…

I’m not sure I was ever really Jason.
Whoever he was, was a distant memory now.
Grimm is who I am now.
I abandoned my birth name, companionship, happiness that wasn’t shaped like Xanax all because I was expected to be the kind of elite that pulls the strings.
Pull the strings but follow the rules.
No distractions.
No serious relationships.
Keep what we do secret.
Born into a rite I didn’t ask for, a society of puppeteers.
An invitation I marked not attending…

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We were all related to monsters.
All heir to corrupt kingdoms.
Forced to uphold some delusion that we are doing God’s will by ridding the world of the bad people when we should be included in that kind of purge.
“It’s down to the right. There’s a bunker. That’s where they keep the sacrifices,” I was finally tired of wondering around when I knew exactly where to go.
I found them by mistake one year when I was ten, back when inviting your whole family was more common. They expected everyone to be present even if you weren’t weilding a musket and shooting real people down.
The four of us used to play hide and seek on the grounds just to keep ourselves entertained. I always had the best hiding places, this was our vacation home when it wasn’t being used for some ceremony the Clave hosted.
I was ten years old when I found people in cages in the bunker we were told to stay away from. They were all dugged, out of it like they were dreaming with their eyes open. I envied them. Dreaming with your eyes wide open seemed like the perfect antidote to life, too bad that kind of safety only came before you died.
It wasn’t until my first attendance I realized these people weren’t lucky at all. They were bait, aggression running wild, enemies of the Clave that we hunted for sport.
None of them were going to survive – the least we could do was let them dream with their eyes wide open.


Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character’s name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories.

Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with husband, reformed bad boy.

Find her on her social media through Twitter at @elenamonroe, Instagram at @elenamonroewrites, Facebook at @elenamonroewrites, and more


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New Releases

Series Announcement – FALLING FOR THE STARS– by Jeannine Colette & Lauren Runow

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We’re so excited to share the announcement for Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow’s 𝐅𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐒– 𝐀 𝐙𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐜 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬. The first book in the series, 𝐍𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐲 𝐍𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫: 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚, will release on September 23, 2020! Add it to your TBR today! https://bit.ly/2CVRorJ

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Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
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Every Hero Will Have A Different Zodiac Sign, Including Character Attributes That Will Make Him Stand Out In A Unique Way.

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hero. These love stories are filled with angst, heart, and everything a romance needs to make you 𝐅𝐀𝐋𝐋. 𝐅𝐎𝐑. 𝐓𝐇𝐄. 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐒!!!
Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Desk Banger by K.S. Rochell

Title: Desk Banger
Author: K.S. Rochell
Genre: Contemporary Office Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2020

What happens when your boss catches you making scans of your butt instead of the case files he asked you for?

Any normal boss would fire you right on the spot before you can even explain yourself.
But mine asked to see the pictures in color.

Nicholas’s Brighton is one of the best attorneys of my generation.
Somehow though, he’s more known for being New York’s hottest bachelor.

Not like I have any time to drink in his features with all the work he’s assigned me.
The man is such a mean and demanding jerk… but somehow that only makes him more irresistible.

If things keep going this way I’m not sure if he’s either going to fire or f*ck me.
And I definitely know which one I’d prefer.

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K.S. Rochell is a rabid reader turned blogger turned author. This feisty Texas native loves her book boyfriends alpha and her heroines strong. Her plan? Bring bad boys to their knees one glance at a time.

K. S. has been married to her husband, Daniel, for two years. Her other passion besides writing is the joy she gets from working with special needs children, a job she has enjoyed for over sixteen years.

K.S. appreciates the support of her loving family and devoted friends who have been instrumental in making her lifeline dream of becoming an author come true.


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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – SPELLS by Kristen Proby

Kristen Proby has revealed the cover for Spells!

Releasing: October 27, 2020

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes Spells, the next installment in her gripping Bayou Magic series…

As a powerful hedgewitch and psychic, there isn’t much I can’t work to my advantage and finesse with a spell. Love, fortune, and even the perfect cup of coffee are all possible with the snap of my fingers.

But some things are utterly beyond my control.

Like the powerful and broody warlock who’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember–and even the lifetimes I often can’t. Things almost as dangerous as Lucien Bergeron’s hold on me and the breathtaking smiles only I get to see.

Or the evil still stalking the streets of New Orleans that beckons to me to see. To feel. To die.

With everything riding on a razors-edge, and things that have been portended coming to fruition, threatening both me and those I love, I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to resist my fate. Or his charm.

If I work with Lucien, it could mean the end for both of us.

If I don’t, those I love most will pay.

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Meet Kristen

Kristen Proby has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series. Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats.

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Miss Apprehended and Miss Understood by Amie Knight and Miranda Elaine

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Double the laughs, double the fun!

Miss Apprehended and Miss Understood, two laugh-out-loud romantic comedies from Amie Knight and Miranda Elaine are coming soon, and we have the irresistible covers!


I’ve got ninety-nine problems and all of them begin and end with the Coletrain twins.

Especially Millie Coletrain.

I don’t know whether to kiss her or spank her.

Either way, she’s mine.

Warning: This is an erotic novella with laugh-out-loud ridiculousness, insta-love, a smart-mouthed heroine, and an over-the-top alpha bail bondsman.

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Miss Understood

I’ve waited my whole life to catch her. They call her a criminal. A con-woman. A thief and too wild for her own good. But me? I just call her mine. -Officer Nathan Trent.

He’s one of the good guys. Honorable. Reliable. I’ve loved him since we were kids. But there’s no way I’ll let my wild ways tarnish his squeaky clean reputation. No matter how badly I wish he was mine. -Tillie Coletrain

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** Miss Apprehended and Miss Understood were previously published under the titles Jail House Rock and Wild Thing by Liberty Laine, but have been updated for re-release **

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About Miranda


Miranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She’s been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she’s by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.

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Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma’s books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn’t reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to ’90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the South.

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Excerpt/Teaser Share, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Out of the Wild by Jessica Walker

Title: Out of the Wild
Author: Jessica Walker
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2020

The rules say we can’t touch each other, but rules were made to be broken.

It’s been seven years since our plane crash landed. What started as 47 passengers has quickly dwindled to 32, and now that Christa is pregnant we risk losing her too.
If she had followed the rules none of this would have happened. Men and women are not to be alone together, prohibited to touch and sex is the ultimate taboo. I followed the rules, why couldn’t she?

I am determined to save her, even if it means leaving camp in pursuit of civilization. Even if it means travelling with Cade, the only man I’ve ever been tempted by.

The climate I can endure, the terrain, survivable, but the rules? They are one forbidden touch from being broken forever.

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It has been years since the crash, and still I wake every morning with the jarring sense of falling. Christa places her palm on my back for reassurance and I roll over to face her. It’s not yet morning and I can barely make out her features in the moonlight. Her face is fuller and so is her abdomen, but we haven’t said anything to the council yet.
“Go back to sleep Lena,” she whispers, and I flip back to my side, used to following her directions.
I am mad at her and worried for her, but mostly I am determined to save her. It’s the not knowing how that keeps me awake.
There is a rustling in the shelter across the way, and I suspect that Cade is unable to sleep tonight too. I think about crawling out from the familiarity and warmth of the space I share with Christa and clicking my tongue against the roof of my mouth three times. It’s the code we use when the four of us want to sneak out of camp. Only Christa is too tired now and Tanner never leaves her unless Cade or I are there to protect her.
Maybe Cade can hear me thinking because I watch as his silhouette moves from the shelter and down toward the water. Christa groans as I pull away from her and follow him. When I reach the water’s edge I have to skip over three smaller rocks to reach the large curved boulder that rises above the rest. I sit close to Cade so the two of us can whisper. We can’t risk waking any of the others. There are strict rules about men and women being alone together.
Rules that seemed silly—until Christa got sick.
“You shouldn’t be here,” he says, keeping his eyes on the smooth flat surface of the water in front of us.
I don’t care that he wants me to leave. I can’t bear the thought of lying still until the sun rises. So instead, I say what we both know.
“She’s getting noticeably bigger.”
I don’t have to look at Cade to know that his brows are pinched together, and his mouth has formed a tense, firm line. He gets quiet when he can’t quite work something out. Usually I wait him out, but this time I can’t because I know that like me, he doesn’t know where to start.
I trace my hands along the rough edges of the boulder. Below, the water has rubbed it smooth, but on top where we sit, it has the texture of gesso, layered heavily with a palette knife.  The uninvited memory of things from before is unsettling. I wrap my arms around my knees, so as not to feel it.
“They never should have—”
“But they did,” I say, cutting him off.
Cade inches away from me on the rock, as if being too close to me is dangerous. I don’t take it personally, even though just a few weeks ago his hand brushed mine in this very spot and neither of us pulled away.


Jessica is a librarian by day, writer by night. She loves steamy adventure stories and a good romcom when it’s time to lighten things up.


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