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

Review – Silver Lining by Skye Warren

Book cover for Silver Lining by Skye Warren

Silver Lining; Diamond #3 
(#3 in a trilogy)

by: Skye Warren

Review Rating:



Intense and explosive conclusion to Skye Warren’s Diamond trilogy.

Four lives have been intertwined for years dating back to a trip to Paris. When Holly and London were teenage girls visiting the city of love, Holly met Elijah and her life changed forever. Neither knew that years later their lives would take the turns it did, but even given their horrific circumstances neither would ever take it back, for even given the small window they had they knew a powerful love.

Silver Lining is told from multiple POV’s. While Holly and Elijah have reached a tipping point in their lives; Holly has been shot and Elijah doesn’t know if he’s able to save her from her gunshot wounds or from the threat closing in even if she survives. She shot a US Colonel, even if he was dirty, and there is no escaping what the military will do to her. Love doesn’t save every situation and Elijah knows there will be no happy ending for them.

Elijah has proven again and again what an amazing hero he is throughout this series. Yes, he’s alpha to the extreme, but he has to be to endure what the military has put him through. His inner alpha beast certainly calls to Holly and these two are hot in every instance they spend together. I love that she’s just as territorial about him as he is about her. Which brings us to Adam, the one man who really brings out Elijah’s inner beast when it comes to Holly.

When we last saw Adam, Elijah had left him with a bullet wound in his side and London was trying to get her life in order after detoxing. These two are a mess, but somehow their mess works when they are focused on each other. I love that these two have come full circle and had a chance at redemption knowing a very different ending could have come about for both of them. I’d love to see a more in depth story between these two, but that is hopefully wishing.

This entire trilogy is high action, high heat, and super high intensity. It’s one you don’t want to miss.


Elijah North has survived starvation and torture. Now he faces his darkest challenge: the possibility of life without Holly Frank. The woman he loves hangs in the balance. The family he found mourns in the distance. And the future he built crumbles in the wind.

SILVER LINING is the final book in Elijah and Holly’s story!

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Blog Tour – The Lucky Ones by Cassie Cross

Today we have the blog tour of Cassie Cross’s The Lucky Ones! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!

Title: The Lucky Ones

Author: Cassie Cross

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Lucky Ones:

Kendall Moore’s professional life has never been better. She’s an in-demand video editor who’s just started her own business, and that business is booming. She rarely has a moment to relax and has completely thrown herself into her work, which is just the way that she likes it. There’s just one tiny issue in her pursuit of professional and personal happiness: she’s getting burned out.

Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s hopelessly and secretly in love with her totally off-limits business partner, Jordan.

Jordan Murphy is an aspiring filmmaker with a past that he’s desperate to put behind him. When an opportunity arises to go to Vegas and film for a project he’s working on, he gets Kendall to agree to come along with him. After he makes a lucky bet that leads to a weekend full of fun, unexpected confessions, and a visit to a wedding chapel that neither one of them can remember, Kendall and Jordan head home wondering if what happened in Vegas should stay in Vegas…


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He told me that I’d know where to find him, and after a few minutes of thinking about it, I knew where he’d be. We’d come to Vegas for a convention a few years ago, and came here one day during a break in the schedule. We explored a little, but I was absolutely taken with the autumn display in the conservatory. He snapped a picture of me cracking up laughing next to the display of bears digging into a honey jar. He printed it out and has it on his desk in his office. 

He says it’s his favorite picture of me, probably because I look like a complete goober. I’m certain it’ll be used in some kind of blackmail against me in the future. 

I head over to the conservatory, and sure enough, there he is. He’s in this amazing black suit that fits him so well it looks like it must be custom tailored. He’s wearing a red tie, and has his hands shoved in his pockets, looking like an freaking model. 

I take a couple steps closer, and he turns and looks in my direction, like he senses my presence. He looks absolutely stunned for a second, then his gaze settles on me and there’s barely concealed want in his eyes. 

It sends a rush right through me. This dress is magic.

It’s cheesy, I know, but in that moment it’s just him and me, and the rest of the world falls away. 

Jordan’s the only one who’s ever been able to make me feel this way. It started from the moment I met him years ago, and these feelings I have for him have been following me around ever since. I’ve tried to date them away with men who couldn’t even remotely compare to him. It wasn’t a fair fight. And now here he is, looking at me like this, and I want to believe that Skye is right. I want to believe that he feels the same way about me. Moments like this one make me think it’s a possibility, but as soon as I start to get lost in it, the reality of our situation comes crashing down. 

There’s so much on the line that could be ruined if things didn’t work out. 

He smiles, and all those doubts melt away. 

“Wow,” he says, running the palm of his hand down the length of my arm. I don’t even know if he realizes that he’s done it, and the touch leaves goosebumps in its wake. His eyes drift down to take me in, lingering on the skin revealed by the plunging neckline. 

He reaches out to me again, like he wants to touch me everywhere at once and doesn’t know where to start. 

“Ken,” he breathes. “You’re beautiful.” 

About Cassie Cross:

Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80’s sitcoms.


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Cover Reveal – LACES by Tempi Lark



By Tempi Lark

Photo Credit: Michelle on Instagram @yourfavoritebookbag

 Release Date: January 7
Welcome to Hawthorne Asylum.
Welcome to hell. 
This place isn’t run by the doctors who make you talk or the orderlies who force you to swallow your pills.
It belongs to them, to the Infamous Four. 
Tabloids, talk shows, documentaries—their faces have been plastered everywhere. Not because of their impressive rap sheets, but because of how they look. 
And when I arrive, they take notice. Especially their king: Lincoln “Laces” Caster. 
He’s dark and disturbed. 
He’s controlling and possessive.
Exactly the kind of boy I should stay away from if I want to clear my name and get out of here. 
*This is an upper-YA bully/dark romance not intended for readers under seventeen. This book may contain triggers for some readers.

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She lives in Tennessee with her husband & son. 
When she’s not writing she can be found playing monopoly with her husband & son (they think she cheats), binge-watching Netflix (Outlander & Grey’s Anatomy), or reading a book.  
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Review – Never His Girl by Rachel Jonas and Nikki Thorne

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Never His Girl; Kings of Cypress Prep #2 
(#2 within a series)

by: Rachel Jonas and Nikki Thorne

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Floored, stunned, and emotionally all over the place. Never His Girl is twisty with turns down avenues I did not expect and with a Golden boy I was not prepared for.

If you were raging after The Golden Boys, the fallout from that cliffhanger lingers. A mistake that West realizes he made, is not something easy to come back from and Blue is shredded from the devastation.

I love that we see what that horrible mistake does to West’s life. It’s not quite the crushing, overwhelming blow that it is to Blue’s life, but there is still fallout and West has to hold the pieces of his own life together while fixing the fragile threads of what he wants with Blue.

Blue’s life is falling apart piece by piece and West Golden is just one huge piece of what’s gone wrong in her life. Just when she thought she could trust him he proved her horribly wrong. Now he can vanish, the only problem with that plan is he won’t leave her alone. Not everything is fixable, but he shows up around every corner. Who will give in first? West and Blue have both proven they are nothing if not stubborn and strong willed.

Never His Girl is full of emotions, a mystery that has layers of wickedness, and ends on a cliffhanger that will leave your mouth hanging wide open.

This series has certainly pulled me in and made me ache for the final installment. I love not only Blue and West, but I want to know more about the other Golden boys, Blue’s friends and family. I hope we get more of this world once Blue and West find their HEA. I’m hooked.


West Golden–Football star. Playboy. Dead to me.

Nothing puts the final bullet in a girl’s rep like a leaked sex tape. Especially one starring her and the cocky quarterback who’s had it out for her since day one. Yep, you guessed it. That girl is me.

At Cypress Prep, West is king, but all I see when I look at him is the wicked prick who gets off on trying to break me.

His plaything.

Go ahead. Give him a round of applause for winning that last round, but know this–hell hath no fury like a girl from the south side with a baseball bat.

Hurt me once, shame on you. Hurt me twice… over my dead body.
NEVER HIS GIRL is the highly anticipated continuation of the KINGS OF CYPRESS PREP series. This is book two in a trilogy and should only be read after completing book one, THE GOLDEN BOYS.

This saga contains strong bully themes. So, if you’re not into romances where hate turns into love (… eventually), and if you don’t like your heroes of the unapologetically alpha variety, this might not be the series for you. There is no rape or dubious consent whatsoever. However, due to adult themes and sexual situations, this one’s only for the 18+ crowd.

This series is sure to give you GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL vibes, and the angst will have you burning through the pages to find out what happens next. One-click and get lost in this series today!

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Pre-Order Blitz – Bloody Union by Brooke Summers

Title: Bloody Union
Series: Made #1
Author: Brooke Summers
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: January 21, 2021

Marriages are meant to be sacred but when an arranged marriage turns bloody a war is started.

Makenna Gallagher’s life is anything but ordinary. After experiencing something traumatic her life changes and not for the better. When she meets the man that she is expected to marry she knows that keeping her secrets is only going to get harder.

When Dante Bianchi sees his wife-to-be, he’s surprised. She doesn’t look anything like the sweet and innocent fourteen year old who he had agreed to marry five years ago. He looks forward to making her his.

When their wedding ends in a gunfight, he’s surprised to see his wife handling a gun with ease and when he watches her kill a man he doesn’t know whether to be angry or turned on.

Every family has secrets, but Makenna is drowning in hers. Will she sink or swim when hers turn deadly?



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“Sneaking out?” his amused voice calls out as I reach for my yoga pants. “Here I thought we’d gotten past this.”
I roll my eyes, the man needs to relax. “This isn’t a one-night stand, Dante, it’s a marriage. I’m not sneaking out. I’m going to check on your brother and get some food. I’m starving. I also need to work today. My darling husband, fancy coming with?”
He chuckles, “Yeah, baby, why not.”
I turn to face him, he’s sitting up, the sheet around his waist showcasing his abs and muscles. “Don’t sound so excited. Besides, today, I’ve got to meet up with Killian.”
His face tightens and it pisses me off that he’s made assumptions about my uncle without having ever met him. We don’t get to criticize anyone, of all people, we don’t have the right to judge. “Am I invited to that meeting?”
I should laugh at the pathetic attempt at acting as though he doesn’t care, but I don’t, I’m tired, annoyed, and hungry. “Sure.” I pull on my tank top and move to the door.
A hand clamps around my waist, and spins me so that I’m facing him. “Want to let me know what’s wrong?”
I sigh, “Why do you think anything’s wrong?”
His eyes narrow at me, oh, looks like I’m pissing him off. “Your tone for starters. Fuck, Makenna, I’m not a damn mind reader, just tell me what the fuck is wrong.”
I push him off me, “You are, arsehole. You expect me to tell you everything and yet, you haven’t told me a damn thing about you. Now, I have to go and check on Alessio before he decides he’s getting out of bed again. And while I’m doing that, maybe, you can check on Romero and see what he’s looking for. Then I’m going to have some breakfast and go to Killian’s, if you and your brothers want to come, you are more than welcome.”
“Fuck!” he roars, but I ignore him and move down the hall to check in on Alessio.


I’m Brooke, I’m a Londoner born and raised. I live with my fiancee and our daughter.
I’m a foul mouthed, dirty minded weirdo.
I’m an introvert who would rather spend the night in front of the fire reading than go out.
I write Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Taboo. Basically everything I love thrown together.
I’m hoping you’ll join me on this wild ride I’m about to embark on.


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Cover Reveal – Mafia Prince by Vi Carter

Title: Mafia Prince
Series: Young Irish Rebels #1
Author: Vi Carter
Genre: Dark Irish Mafia Romance
Cover Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Lucas L.
Release Date: January 11, 2021


I’m the son of Liam O’Reagan, next in line to wear the crown.
And when I prove myself worthy, I will RULE over the Irish Mafia.
I don’t have time for distractions—much less time for a woman who has always been the bane of my existence.
When Maeve comes back into my life, I fight like hell to resist the pull she has on me.
An attraction that has only grown stronger with time.
But, when trouble lands her at my feet, I take the opportunity to have what I truly want.
I offer her a deal. I’ll help her, but the cost will be one night in my bed.
One night of submission.
One night to have her completely at my mercy.

If only I had known my battle with Maeve would start a war.


Jack is the only one who can help me.
Too bad, he hates me.
But I have no choice but to go to him.
It turns out, hate is a powerful motivator, and I just handed him a way to punish me.
He offers me his help—for a price. Everything in his world has a price.
One night in his bed.
He’s everything a woman would want, so this should be easy. Only, I’m a virgin, and he terrifies me.
I should run, but I won’t.
I can’t.
I just pray this one night doesn’t destroy us both.



“One night in my bed. You submit to me, and the debt is cleared.”
My stomach churns, and I can’t look at him. “If I say no?” I quickly look back at him while trying to hold the pleading note in my voice back.
He works a muscle in his jaw before his face relaxes. “You can say no.” He shrugs and walks away from me. “But that’s the deal. One night with me and I’ll give you the twelve grand.”
My options were; be used in a brothel by countless men or give myself for one night to Jack, and the debt is cleared.
Heat slowly creeps up my chest as I think of both scenarios. Jack sits back down behind his desk and starts writing. “Make up your mind quickly.”
Anger accelerates my heart once again. He could have any girl in the world, so why me? I knew why— because he could—because his money is his power.
Hate heightens in my system, and I close my eyes briefly. “Fine.”
He doesn’t look up at me, even as my soul screams not to do this. He still keeps writing, and I wonder if he heard me.
“I agree,” I say louder.
“I heard you the first time.” He doesn’t look up as he speaks, as if I’m not worth looking at anymore.


When Vi Carter isn’t writing contemporary & dark romance books, that feature the mafia, are filled with suspense, and take you on a fast paced ride, you can find her reading her favorite authors, baking, taking photos or watching Netflix.

Married with two children, Vi divides her time between motherhood and all the other hats she wears as an Author.

She has declared herself a coffee & chocolate addict! Do not judge.


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New Release – This Much Is True by Tia Louise

Title: This Much Is True
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Single Dad/Opposites Attract Romance
Release Date: December 14, 2020

A smart and sexy romance about a grumpy single dad on a mission of revenge, and the girl he can’t leave behind by USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.


I blame the alcohol.
I lost my restaurant business, was forced to sell my dad’s cherished 1967 Chevy Impala, and I got a little drunk.
Now I’m waking up with the hottest, angriest guy I’ve ever seen, speeding down the highway like a bat out of hell.
Ice-blue eyes hit mine with stomach-clenching force… and he swerves onto the shoulder, ready to kick me out.
Needless to say, our romance doesn’t start out sweet.


Two years ago, I hugged my little boy goodbye and told him I’d be right back.
Next thing I knew, I was arrested and sent to prison for a crime I didn’t commit.
Until they let me out early…

Now I’m headed home to confront the man who put me away.
A lie put me behind bars, and I’m ready to find the truth.
I don’t have time for a sexy girl with pale blonde hair and bright blue eyes stowed away on the backseat of my new car.
My mission is to get my son back and clear my name.
Love is not on the agenda.
It never is, though, is it?

(THIS MUCH IS TRUE is a single-dad, opposites attract, STAND-ALONE romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)


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Tia Louise is the USA TODAY best-selling, award-winning author of super-hot and sexy romances. All her heroes are alphas with hearts of gold, and all her heroines are the smart, sassy ladies who love them.

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