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Book Reviews, Bully Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Hunter by Tracy Lorraine

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Hunter; Rosewood High #5 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Tracy Lorraine

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So many twists and turns, this new addition to the Rosewood series will blow you away!

We met Poppy Poore in the very first book, she’s Jake’s cousin and one of the few people he’s overly protective of, until he fell in love with his Brit. The fact that Poppy is related to the king of Rosewood High pretty much guaranteed that Poppy had no social life since no one wanted to face the beat down that Jake would give if they even tried, but Poppy has bigger issues to deal with than fighting off potential suitors.

Poppy’s life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Her parents have checked out leaving her to take care of her younger siblings on top of completing her own school work and avoiding one of the worst bullies Tracy Lorraine has ever created. Poppy is barely scraping by on a day to day basis when suddenly Zayn, the one boy who has always been able to weaken her knees, wants to ride in on his white horse…Poppy has other ideas about his hero complex and where he can shove them.

Zayn Hunter made a mistake years ago, but he did it out of self preservation. Since then he’s watched Poppy from a distance, after all she’s Jake’s cousin and he’s one of his friends and Jake watches everyone like a hawk. No way was he stepping into that pile of snakes, but towards the end of senior year something about Poppy called to him more than ever. The light in her eyes was dimming, the spark she brought with her was disappearing and he didn’t like it. He wanted to fix whatever was wrong in her life and more than anything he found he wanted her and all consequences be damned..

Interconnected to the Rosewood series, Hunter is the perfect addition to this world. Returning characters are all there – giving us updates to make everything wonderful in the sense that we need those bits to make sense of the world, and there is just enough insight into what’s coming to keep the excitement rolling. It’s an epic read!

Synopsis:

I’m a nobody… until everybody realizes who I am and who I’m related to.

Then it’s like a giant target is painted on my back. They all think they can use me to climb the Rosewood High royalty ladder.

They obviously underestimate me. I won’t cower down or give in.

They can’t break me. But he can… without even trying.

Zayn Hunter.

He doesn’t want to use me… he’s already at the top— one of the Kings of the school.

He wants something else. Something he can’t have.

Me.

Yet he’s always there, living up to his name. Stalking me, like I’m his prey…

Maybe I am.

Even with the teasing and taunting, he’s not the real predator. He’s my protector.

His rescuing could be my undoing.

Because not everything is a game, and the boy I love to hate isn’t the only one watching.

He just might be the only one who sees me… the real me.

I just hope it’s enough.

Dear Readers,

HUNTER is a dark high school bully romance, and the fifth in the emotional and addictive Rosewood High series

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Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – The Devil’s Vow by Bella J.

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The Devil’s Vow 
(#1 within a series )

by: Bella J.

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Oh my!! What is this deep, dark hole that I’ve fallen into?! Bella J is a new author for me and while dark romance is not a new trope and disclaimers are not out of the ordinary in this realm, I just want to say…Bella’s are no joke!! (Whew, fanning myself)

Okay, now that that is out of the way…The Devil’s Vow touches a lot of dark taboo subject matter; blood play, rough handling, rapy vibes…and all of this is not in a consensual BDSM environment, but it is between husband and wife. So, if this is not your thing, please don’t venture into Bella’s world, but if you like stepping into the fantasy of a great antihero who you absolutely hate to love then Gian Silvestro is perfect.

Daniela Moretti has been sold into marriage by her father to the Silvestro family to secure business. Yes, this is modern times, but powerful families still exist and business deals can be procured by tying families together. Think of this like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but where the Montagues and Capulets actually made a deal to sell off Romeo and Juliet before they ever met one another. In this version the star crossed lovers still have a high probability of dying in the end, but instead of insta love, there is insta loathing between them.

The Devil’s Vow opens with a prologue that will keep you guessing, who is the monster that lurks in Daniela’s world. This question will keep you turning pages right up until the cliffhanger…sorry to say, yes, there is a whopper.

Back to turning those pages…Gian is a man you are going to hate to love. While the arranged marriage isn’t one he wanted, he doesn’t make Daniela’s life any easier when she steps into his world. Gian is domineering, extremely dark, and definitely depraved, but there is something inside that is worth redeeming…otherwise he wouldn’t be worth the hero part of the antihero status…at least I hope there is.

Daniela tries her best to keep a spine of steel while Gian constantly breaks her down. Growing up in her father’s household where she knew she was no better than a traded commodity, she already has walls built up around her heart, but Gian is something she never accounted for. He plays her body and pulls on her emotions like no one ever has.

Playing with the devil has never burned quite so good.

Synopsis:

An Arranged Marriage Romance

Daniela

I was never a beloved daughter. Only a prized possession to be kept in a gilded cage until my father was ready to trade.

It was my duty, carved in stone and written in my blood that one day my virtue would be exchanged for an alliance. And now, that day has come.

Gian Silvestro, heir to the Silvestro empire, will accept me as his wife and seal my fate with a kiss that holds a thousand promises. But to him, our vows only mean one thing…

I am bound to him…and shackled to his hate.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Reclaim by Aly Martinez

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Reclaim 
(An interconnected standalone)

by: Aly Martinez

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The choices, the P.S’s, the creek, the worm business, and even the ten dollar bill…it is all so emotional!!

Nora Stewart and Freaking Camden Cole bring this coming of age story to life while also putting you through the emotional wringer. Reclaim is story about a lifetime of choices, it is also about reclaiming that piece of precious youth, that feeling of rightness when sandwiches, worms, and pinkie promises are more important than broken dreams.

Aly Martinez is sooooo good at playing with our heart strings and through Reclaim she does a fantastic job of it.

It’s a reminder that while as children we have this unburdened, carefree life, but it is also a life that is not their own. It is a life where adults make decisions for them, they don’t always understand the prejudices adults carry on their shoulders – children just see another child to play with. Nora and Camden spend years working to get back to this carefree feeling that they had one summer, the summer that they fell in love, but the feeling was so big and they were so small, they didn’t know it was love.

Reclaim is filled with a ton of emotions; it is sweet, and gripping, filled with angst, and also joy. It’s profoundly wonderful.

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From USA Today Bestselling Author Aly Martinez comes the standalone spin-off of RELEASE featuring Nora Stewart and her journey to happily ever after.

Choices. Everyone makes them. From mundane to unimaginable, one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life.

My mother’s choice was to abandon us with our abusive father.
My brother’s choice was to go to prison for killing the boy who assaulted his soulmate.
Camden Cole’s choice was to fall in love with a shattered girl who had absolutely nothing to offer him but heartbreak.

It was one summer beneath the trees, but with Camden, I had a place where I belonged.
A friend who was always waiting for me.
A boy who I caught staring at me more often than not.

He was mine, but when the world closed in and secrets exploded all around us, it was my choice to let him go.

Choices. Everyone makes them.
But mine would ruin us all.

Reclaim is a standalone that can be read and enjoyed independently. However, it will contain spoilers for Release.

Releasing November 12th!!
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Sneak Peek – Reclaim by Aly Martinez

Reclaim, an all-new second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez is coming November 12th and we have the first sneak peek!

**RECLAIM is a standalone that can be read and enjoyed independently. However, it does contain spoilers for RELEASE**

Prologue
Nora

Choices.   

Everyone makes them.   

From mundane and monotonous to life-changing and unimaginable.   

But regardless what that choice may be, life is lived in the consequences.  

People want to believe that decisions are weighted. In theory, “What should I have for dinner?” should fall on the opposite end of the spectrum as “Should I swallow this bottle of pills?” But in reality, even the smallest decision can change the trajectory of your entire life.   

 “Oh God!” Ramsey yelled, scrambling across the dirt road on all fours. I watched in the rearview mirror as he paused, hovering over the bloody and lifeless body, not sure which broken part to touch first. “No. No. No.”   

I wanted to care. I wanted to be flooded with guilt and regret. I just wanted to fucking feel something again. Anything.  

Instead, I sat there, stunned and utterly numb.  

My brother’s mouth moved, fast and sharp, but I couldn’t hear him over the ringing in my ears. With shaky hands, I tried to open the car door twice before I was successful. My chest vibrated as a barrage of emotions ricocheted inside me, none of them able to escape. All of them slicing me to the core of my soul.   

Or maybe it was only the remnants of my soul, because the rest of it had been destroyed long before that starry night. 

I swung my legs out, my head swirling with the high of adrenaline, and I struggled to find even one breath of oxygen.  

My brother was seventeen, but he looked like a man as he started chest compressions and rescue breathing. Curiously, I wondered where he’d learned that. Then I immediately wished he hadn’t.  

It was pointless though. He was dead. I didn’t have to be up close and personal to know that. 

“Come on, come on, come on,” Ramsey chanted, never giving up, just like the hero I knew him to be. “Breathe.” 

That asshole didn’t deserve to breathe. He didn’t deserve anything. He’d already stolen it all from me. 

“Stop,” I forced out.

Ramsey’s panicked gaze swung my way. “What the fuck happened?”

How much time did he have?

Wood splintering into my back.

Blink. 

His fingers digging into my flesh.

Blink. 

The welcomed darkness that swallowed me as my only way to survive. 

Blink. 

Thea. 

Thea. 

Thea. 

“Let him die!” I roared so loudly that it scorched my throat. 

But at least I felt that.

The sound of people talking in the distance interrupted my echo, and my brother’s panic skyrocketed. Ramsey quickly abandoned his attempts to revive him and raced in my direction, but just seeing him lying there, alone and lifeless the way I would always feel, gave me a sick sense of pleasure. 

I should have been crying.

Why wasn’t I crying? 

I’d spent two years living in fear—nightmares, sobbing until I physically passed out, hiding behind a smile for fear people could see the filth behind it. 

Maybe there was nothing left of me to give. Not even tears. 

The voices got closer, and Ramsey stepped into my line of sight, blocking out that monster the way I would never be able to do. 

“You gotta go,” he barked. “I’ll take care of this, but you gotta go before someone sees you here.”

“I’m not leaving.” 

He grabbed my shoulders and gave me a hard shake. “Listen to me. You have to leave. I’ll get the car and meet you back at the house. If anyone asks, you haven’t seen me. Tell them I’ve been with Thea all night.” 

I could hear the words coming from his mouth, but I was struggling to process what he was saying. It was like an optical illusion: I could see the picture in front of me, but none of it felt real. 

I glanced around and his car was still running, the front end smashed and covered in blood. “What if they see your car?”

“I’ll…I’ll… I’ll tell ’em I hit a deer or something.” He looked over his shoulder as three silhouettes appeared at the end of the Johnsons’ driveway. “Please, Nora,” he hissed. “I promise you this is going to be okay. But you can’t be here. If they find out what he did to you, they’ll know this wasn’t an accident. I can’t risk that. Okay? You weren’t here. Nothing happened. It was a terrible, terrible accident. End of story.” He palmed each side of my face and pressed a shaky kiss to my forehead. 

That might have been more jarring for me than running over a man. 

Ramsey wasn’t the most affectionate brother. We hugged on occasion, and when I was little, he’d always ruffled my hair or pinched me playfully on the side. 

But he wasn’t a forehead kisser. 

“Ramsey,” I choked out, the adrenaline starting to ebb from my system, a hurricane of emotions moving in.

“Please,” he whispered, his desperate and pleading brown eyes sparkling with unshed tears in the moonlight. “Just run home and get in bed. I’ll meet you there. Everything’s going to be okay.”

Okay. That was a word I recognized all too well. Not good. Or great. Or even fine. Just simply okay was a state of being for us. 

Besides, Ramsey had never steered me wrong before. 

So I squeezed his hand, and like a coward, I ran. 

Choices. Everyone makes them. 

But mine would ruin us all.

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Synopsis

Choices. Everyone makes them. From mundane to unimaginable, one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life.

My mother’s choice was to abandon us with our abusive father.
My brother’s choice was to go to prison for killing the boy who assaulted his soulmate.
Camden Cole’s choice was to fall in love with a shattered girl who had absolutely nothing to offer him but heartbreak.

It was one summer beneath the trees, but with Camden, I had a place where I belonged.
A friend who was always waiting for me.
A boy who I caught staring at me more often than not.

He was mine, but when the world closed in and secrets exploded all around us, it was my choice to let him go.

Choices. Everyone makes them.
But mine would ruin us all.

About Aly
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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