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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Dark Fairy Tales Anthology

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Dark Fairy Tales 
(An anthology)

by: C.J. RobertsAleatha RomigKarina HalleWillow WintersT.M. FrazierSkye WarrenSierra SimoneCora ReillyCelia AaronNatasha KnightMarley Valentine

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First of all…can I just say…this cover is gorgeous!! This anthology is filled with your darkest, dirtiest fantasies. The tales inside twisted fairy tales that include filthy rich men, a masquerade ball, and dark desires that will be fulfilled and they are written by some of the best authors in the industry.

Every story within this anthology is a fully complete short story that is a new twisted take on a beloved classic fairy tale. Each one is centered around the same evening of the same masquerade ball, but then they each have their own plot aside from that similarity. Whether it is Cinderella, Snow White, or Beauty and the Beast each twisted story will steam up your reading fantasy and give you a HEA.

Here is just a peek into a few of the stories contained within the anthology:

King Midas by Skye Warren; Raoul Midas is a man who can turn anything into gold, but he loathes human touch. He finds pleasure in woman by buying their affection, until he hires Anita to be his escort to the masquerade ball. After just one night with her he know he needs more, but is he willing to give in to her touch.

The Princess and the Pea by Sierra Simone; Morgan is a Domme at odds with her own wants and desires. Morgan believes she should only be in charge, but when she gives in on the night where her ex tempts her with all of her desires she is torn between the other half she has always tried to keep under control. Is she really ready to give that part up of herself?

Beauty and the Beast by Willow Winters. Calum may be known as a beast to many in the business world but Annabelle isn’t afraid of the man that has sets his sights on her at the ball. When the night escalates and she finds herself back at his home she isn’t afraid of the beast, even when she discovers he wants to keep her forever.

King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly. When Jean has to marry to save her family, she didn’t plan on the overbearing Peyton to come along and demand all her firsts. Set out on defying Peyton she goes to the ball to give someone else her firsts, but she also didn’t plan on a mysterious stranger to intrigue her quite so quickly.

Snow White by T.M. Frazier is a dark retelling of the Hunter and Snow White that has every element of original fairy tale, including where the stepmother wants evidence of Snow White’s death which includes her bloody heart. This tale isn’t for the faint of heart and is by far the darkest of the stories…but if you know and love T.M. Frazier you wouldn’t have it any other way.


In a castle adorned with gems, coated in gold, and dusted with luxury, the youngest of the Constantine Family will be introduced to the elite of New York. But the party isn’t all glamor. Villains lurk in dark corners, evil deals are struck, and starcrossed loves are born.


The Ugly Duckling by CJ Roberts
Beauty and the Beast by Willow Winters
Cinderella by Aleatha Romig
Little Red Riding Hood by Karina Halle
Jack & the Beanstalk by Marley Valentine
Snow White by T.M. Frazier
Rumplestiltskin by Celia Aaron
King Midas by Skye Warren
King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly
Princess and the Pea by Sierra Simone
Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

Attend the ball, wear a red cloak, lose your shoe, spin straw to gold, or fall prey to a witch. In these fairytale retellings from bestselling authors, you will find a prince, but you might choose your happily ever after with the beast.

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Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Ruthless Empire by Rina Kent


Ruthless Empire; Royal Elite #6 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Rina Kent

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Wow, Wow, Wow! Always watch out for the quiet ones! Ruthless Empire is fantastic!

Cunning, full of stealth, and super strategic both Cole Nash and Silver Queens are powerhouses in the mental games they have played over the years. Both Cole and Silver may be masters at manipulating others, but when it comes to the game of the heart it takes more than quiet execution, it requires total domination and neither are ready to lose.

Whether you are familiar with their characters or not you will absolutely love the Royal Elite world told through their eyes. I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out how the war was going to be won, but honestly they were fighting more than a war they were battling to own the other’s soul.

Both Cole and Silver are excellent players in the games they play. While Cole happens to be just a bit better, the pure stubbornness of Silver makes it so she never gives up which makes her a formidable opponent, something that Cole really admires in her. There are subtle differences between them such as, Cole is truly after her heart from the very beginning, he may not do it in the heart and flowers kind of way, but frankly Silver isn’t exactly a hearts and flowers kind of girl. That doesn’t stop her from believing she wants to be showered with devotion, but deep down she actually likes Cole’s depravity, something she would never admit to him because it’s like admitting defeat. This in turn continues his games which continues her denial which continues their vicious circle. Yeah, their dynamic is sort of screwed up, but it is also intoxicating and makes Ruthless Empire a ramped up, page-turning read. It made my heart race until the very last page and I loved every juicy minute of it.

Cole battles with some of his own personal demons, but I’d say not as much as Silver does. She is hit from a lot of different angles by being the daughter of a man who potentially could be the next Prime Minister and on top of it her mother isn’t exactly the most emotionally stable person in her life. The pressure to always be perfect sits heavy on her shoulders every single day. Then when her father marries Cole’s mother, the hidden feelings Silver is harboring for him are even more forbidden now that he’s her stepbrother. Living in the spotlight has its drawbacks and Silver feels torn all the time. Rina gave a really good sense of the scrutiny and guilt that Silver put on herself by being a public figure and living in the social media spotlight. If you did read the previous books and perhaps didn’t like Silver I think you will have a different view of her after reading this book.

Another thing I loved about Ruthless Empire is how their entire story wove in and out of the previous books timelines.  It hinted at past plots – giving us enough of a reference to other characters to keep the current plot moving forward, but also giving us a reference to the past that us greedy readers crave, especially when it’s a direct story reference and now told from another character’s POV. I personally eat that kind of stuff up any chance I get, so thank you when it happens.

Ruthless Empire is about redemption, love, dark desires, but also contains mystery, murder, and politics. This book is jammed packed with so much, but it also is kept my heart racing until the very end.
I love this couple together, and while it’s hard to pick a favorite, they are one of my favorite couples together. They understand and complete one another from a very early age and I really liked that about them.

While this may be the last novel about the four kingsmen in this series, there are certainly more interconnected books and novellas coming from Rina Kent. I’m looking forward to hearing more updates about these possessive guys and their family in the future.



She’s off limits. He has none.

There’s a girl.
Beautiful. Popular. Fake.
And my obsession.
My fall.
Probably my damnation.
Did that stop me? Do I care? No and no.
There’s a line between right and wrong. Moral and immoral.
And then there’s her.
I cross every limit with blood-coated fingers.
She says she hates me.
I say I hate her too as I trap her, own her.
Make her all mine.

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New Release – Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Hero Club

Cocky Hero Club
Release Date: August 16, 2020

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.

Egotistical Jerk by A.K. MacBride

I had one goal: To learn from Sebastian Ryker.
He was an award-winning physician in his field of medicine.
A genius who could diagnose you with the barest of symptoms.
The best of the best.
Too bad he turned out to be an egotistical jerk.
Mere hours into my first day, I realized that the man I had idolized for years didn’t live up to the hype.
He was rude, arrogant, and totally full of… himself.
It was clear that my presence bothered him, that I was nothing more than an irritation.
So, why did I want to melt into a puddle whenever those dark eyes were trained on me?
And why didn’t I listen when my head warned my heart that he’d break it in two?
I had one goal: To learn from Sebastian Ryker, not fall in love with him.

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Bossy Billionaire by Chiquita Dennie

Ethan West is a man of few words. He justifies nothing for no one.  He’s determined to enter the political race in New York. Not even an astute and gorgeous woman as Maya Armstrong will stop him. A bitter ex-lover blows up his playboy lifestyle to the media and tries to ruin his chances with any woman that enters his life.

Maya’s reputation precedes her on and off the screen. As the host of Spotlight with Maya, it’s her job to take people to task and hold them accountable, but when billionaire banker turned candidate, Ethan West, sits on her proverbial couch, sparks fly in more ways than one.

They both try and prove the other wrong throughout the campaign, but a past ex’s and a one night stand may cause more drama than neither one wanted to see.

Find out what happens when two alpha personalities collide! Will their rift end his campaign, or will it be the beginning of something much, much bigger, like romance?

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Contemptuous CEO by K.L. Myers

Alexander (Xander) Livingston left college with the dream of becoming CEO of his uncle’s technology company. Nine years later, all his dreams have come true. All except for one: marrying the love of his life.

Madison (Maddie) Hightower had always been a loner until Xander came along. Devastated after he left her behind to chase his dreams, she focused all her energy on becoming president of a digital software company – the same business Xander is slated to take over. Even after all these years, her attraction for Xander is still sizzling and palpable. He still makes her heart sing, but she isn’t sure if he feels the same way.

Xander is interested in the merger for two reasons. The first is the potential for growth in the digital market, and the second is a chance to reconnect with Maddie. He’s never forgotten her. She was supposed to be by his side as he climbed the corporate ladder, and now he has the opportunity to swoop in, buy the company, and have Maddie working under him. Literally.

But Maddie had a secret. One she never told Xander when he left her in California and headed to the East Coast— a secret she never thought he’d ever uncover.

The merger of their companies will bring Xander face to face with Maddie’s life-altering betrayal. How he handles this discovery will determine the future for both and decide the fates of these two star-crossed lovers.

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British Black Sheep by Lauren Smith

He is exactly the kind of man Brie Honeyweather swore never to love…or lust after ever again: a sexy, arrogant, British bad boy in a designer suit. Alec is the last person Brie wants to be stuck on an international flight to London with, but hey…at least they’re in first class.

When their flight has to make an emergency landing in a snowstorm just before Christmas, Brie and Alec are thrown together in a single bedroom in a tiny English village. As the snowstorm rages outside, things get intense and emotions and lust run hot. Alec reminds Brie just how much she misses being with a man and how easy it is to fall head over heels too fast.

What should have been an amazing one-night stand turns into a week-long secret romance at Alec’s family estate when Brie realizes her new boss is Alec’s mother, a British countess. While Brie tries to focus on writing a Christmas book with the countess, all she can think about is getting back into bed with Alec.

She shouldn’t fall for the arrogant brit, especially when their lives are oceans apart and neither of them wants a serious relationship. But Christmas magic has a way of working miracles. Maybe Santa will bring her a happy ending after all…

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Audacious Fiancé by Liz Lovelock

Years ago, he broke me.
Now he’s back with a proposition.
He needs a fake fiancée, and I’m the one he’s come to.

Audacious— that’s how I would describe him. He was my first love, my first kiss, and my first heartbreak, from which I never truly healed.
Kane was once the man of my dreams, on paper—strong, handsome, and a complete charmer. But the problem is, he has never given a damn about anyone but himself.
I’ve never witnessed a desperate man until Kane knocked on my door with literally the proposal of a lifetime.
I must admit, it’s ironic he’s come to me given the way things ended between us.
It’s possibly the worst idea ever, but I need the money. How do I not fall for Kane all over again and risk history repeating itself? Only time will tell.

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Cocky Carpenter by Maggie Mundy

A year in Australia working as a doctor sounds like a great idea to Autumn. She can escape the cold English weather, her ex-husband and a stalker. A year to get her life back together and not have any romantic involvements.

‘Love them and leave them wanting’ is Brett’s motto. That is until he sees Doctor Autumn Blake. This lady just might get through that tough layer he has built around himself.

Can the sexual chemistry they feel be just that, or could it be more?

Is one year long enough for these two people to forget their pasts and grab onto a chance of love or will they lose it forever.

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