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Review – The Sacrifice by Elena Monroe

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The Sacrifice; The 4 Horsemen #3 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: February 4, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Dark/Secret Society/Fluid Romance

Author: Elena Monroe

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



YESSSSSSSSS!! Let me count the reasons why this book is AMAZING!!

  1. This cover!!
  2. KHAOS came with his own trigger warning. I’m not talking about the book, but KHAOS himself…can we refer back to #1, bring it, I LOVE IT!!!!
  3. This entire book…Oh, yes, it was everything!!!!

It is dark…so if you are expecting sunshine and gummy bears, as Khaos does seem to project that, beware it’s all a cover (this time I’m not talking about #1). Khaos does live up to his name in bringing chaos everywhere he goes and it’s not in the healthiest of ways. He destroys and wreaks havoc and drips poison wherever he can. Yes, I made fun of the trigger warning, but seriously, if you have problems with dark themes, drug use, polygamous relations, orgys, fluid sexuality, etc… then this story isn’t for you, but if you enjoy treading in these waters, jump in and enjoy the fun that is Khaos.

Khaos has been my favorite since the beginning of this series and this book solidified his standing among the 4 Horsemen. He is certainly misunderstood, among his friends, among his coworkers, to his alphabetical girlfriends, to basically everyone in the world except Birdy. She sees behind the mask he wears and this excites Khaos more than anything or anyone ever has before. Unfortunately, for a man like him, a man who embodies his own name, he has rules and those rules don’t allow him to touch, taste, or have Birdy. Pity, that’s a lot of “no” for a man who never really denies himself. Khaos is so full of love, he just misdirects what that means in very unhealthy ways. He’s glutinous, impetuous, impulsive, a true lover and not a fighter which makes him mouthy and cocky and frankly everything adorable, but also very misunderstood. I love everything about Khaos and he just needed to find the right woman to help direct his Mayhem and Anarchy!

Grace – or Birdy – has come from a life of nothing. Thrown into a dumpster at birth, then thrown into the foster system, only next to be thrown into juvie, when Grace was plucked out of a nothing life to enter a gang she really knew no difference. Her life has never been her own, living for the people who only seem to throw her away at the first opportunity they have. Meeting Khaos is an experience she’s never encountered before, a man with everything at his fingertips, but beneath his happy mask she can see how lonely he is. She shouldn’t be intrigued by the man that lives for the spotlight when she prefers to live as a ghost, but she has a hard time saying no.  He could be the man to set her free an help her fly or he could be the man who ends up getting them both killed. Pick a hand.

They come across as opposites, for example-Grace is a ghost and Khaos is an attention whore, no matter what their weakness is the other makes up for in their strength. Birdy is strong where Khaos is not, he is loving where she struggles to understand what that attachment means. They are truly the perfect yin and yang to balance each other out. They also have an underlying connection in their loneliness. Where Grace has lead a life of truly being alone, Khaos has masked it by surrounding himself in a group of people that he really didn’t connect with so he wouldn’t have to face the pit of loneliness inside of himself. Their souls feel that connection and breaking that bond once it’s linked is almost impossible.

These two by far are my favorite couple in this series, but I also loved how Elena entwined the entire family that continues to grow within the Clave; Grimm, Vic, along with Abigail and Justice. They all made me giddy with each moment they popped up in the book and how they too continued to grow as characters. Bowen is still a bit of a mystery, but the small bit Elena did give only made me salvate for more.

The Sacrifice is a truly amazing read and Khaos is the absolute best!!

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I’m not living under any kind of false pretenses here. I know I’m basically a rapper’s attitude with R&B feelings and a pop star’s bank account.
There were a lot of ways to describe my unconventional lifestyle of part time cult member and full time showman.
Risk taker.
And my personal favorite adjective: undomesticated.
I surrounded myself with people who liked a good time but left after they served their purpose of making sure I felt nothing but top shelf feelings.
I wasn’t about to be like my brothers who let the darkness eat away at their vindication. The only crime I had ever committed was waving the glory of being invited, of saying I came and conquered around like a badge of honor.
Spoiler alert: None of that earned me respect.
There’s only one girl who managed to rob me of my fake smile… and my watch.

I was a throw away, street trash, a child abandoned and scooped up by the bad people you only hear about after they get caught.
I was hard in a way people found uncomfortable and determined too much work to rehabilitate into society again. I was found guilty over and over enough to let the bad things become who I am, blurring the lines between freedom and a jail sentence.
And my least favorite: fake girlfriend to a scary ass kingpin.
Forced out of a childhood I was surrounded by darkness, evil, and the kind of cutthroat loyalty that landed your body so mutilated they wouldn’t be able to tell who you were if you fell out of obedience.
They accepted me like family and there’s no quitting your family.
I had the respect to match my rap sheet.
There’s only one guy who managed to exonerate me… and my invisible wings.

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Blog tour – Captured in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

“Count on Carrie Ann Ryan for emotional, sexy, character driven stories that capture your heart!” –Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

Captured in Ink, an all-new smoking hot Montgomery Ink: Boulder Novella from New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan returns to the Montgomery Ink world with three souls bruised yet forever connected in this sexy and intoxicating ménage romance.

Julia and Ronin know their relationship is solid. They’ve been through hell and back, but their love has stayed true through it all. When Ronin’s ex, Kincaid, comes back to town, however, the two realize what they might be missing.

Kincaid didn’t mean to leave Ronin behind all those years ago. When tragedy struck not once, but twice, bringing with it the heat of horror, he couldn’t face the past he’d left behind. Now, he’s back and doesn’t know how he fits in with the seemingly perfect couple—especially not when their families will apparently stop at nothing to keep them apart.

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I had spent too long trying to dig myself out of the darkness, attempting to claw my way out of horror, and I had missed my chance at something more. My fault, I repeated to myself—all my fault.

“Kincaid?” the woman in front of me asked, her voice soft. “It’s good to finally meet you,” she said, although her voice was devoid of emotion. I didn’t know if she was lying or not.

I rolled my shoulders back. “I’m sorry for disturbing you so late. I just got into town. I’ll let you be. Sorry about this.” I turned to walk away, to let the pain ease ever so slightly even though I knew it never would, but a small hand grabbed my arm—the strength of the grip surprising me. I looked down at that diamond ring that had been put on her finger by the man I once loved. The man I still loved? I wasn’t sure.

“Come inside. Please.”

“I don’t think that would be a good idea,” I said.

Ronin didn’t say anything. And, somehow, that hurt worse than him yelling at me and throwing me out. But I would deserve it if he did. I deserved all of it.

“I’m Julia. Please, come inside. It’s late and getting a bit chilly. You don’t even have a coat on.”

“I’m fine,” I said.

“Please. You don’t want me to get mean.” Her eyes twinkled as I peered at her face.

This was the woman Ronin had married, and I liked her. She was firm, smiled, and looked like she would take no shit—the perfect partner for Ronin. She was so different from Alexis. I could already tell that, and maybe that was a good thing. She likely wouldn’t run away when things got tough.

Though I had no idea how I could tell that from a single touch, a momentary glance.

“Come on. Ronin and I were just cleaning up after dinner.”

That’s when I finally noticed the swollen lips—the tousled hair.

Oh, they had definitely been doing something after dinner, but it wasn’t cleaning up.

Jealousy slashed at me, but I pushed it away.

I deserved this, and so much more.

Finally, I looked at Ronin again, saw the longing mixed with anger in his gaze, and knew I couldn’t just leave. I would after, but I couldn’t hurt this woman, not when I knew if I walked away, I would only leave ashes in my wake for her to deal with. And neither of them deserved that.

“Okay, just for a moment.”


About Carrie 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, Talon Pack, Promise Me, and Elements of Five series, which have sold millions of books worldwide. She’s the winner of a RT Book of the Year and a Prism Award in her genres. 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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Blog Tour – PRINCE CHARMING by K. Webster

PRINCE CHARMING (Cinderella #2) by K. Webster
Release Date: January 26th

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Winston Constantine is no prince charming…
I crave him so badly I think I might be losing my mind. He’s right in front of me, but he’s just as remote as my dreams of getting away from my stepbrothers. I keep playing his twisted games, and I want to stay just as distant as he is. But I can’t. I never could. I’ve fallen for him. Hopelessly. Irrevocably.
But Winston isn’t a lover, he’s a business venture.
A way for me to pay for college.
A ticket out.
He’s never pretended to be anything other than that.
I can’t blame him for making me fall in love.
There can be no happily ever after between a maid and a prince, no matter what the stories say.



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K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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Review – Between the Lines by T. Gephart

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Between the Lines; Hot in the City #4 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: February 5, 2021

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance

Author: T. Gephart

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



No two people have been more delightfully matched as I smiled and laughed through this whole book. Between the Lines is a total joy to read and I loved every moment of reading it!

Tessa Ricci works for NY’s finest. Her body is toned and fit, having come from two parents who served our country, Tessa knows the dedication and sacrifice it takes to serve. And while her parents may have found love, she is also realistic that it may never happen for her. Not many men understand her need to serve and protect and that her handcuffs are used on the job and not in the bedroom.

Justin Tibbs loves women and has never made secrets about it. Lately the variety has lost its appeal, but he can’t put his finger on to the reasons why. However, when he comes across the most beautiful, intriguing woman he’s ever met he can’t shake her from his thoughts- clean or dirty. Did I forget to mention that said woman is Tessa…a woman he happens to know, but has never caught his eye until she displayed the woman beneath the police uniform. Men…so good at compartmentalization until a beautiful woman escapes that box he has placed her in.

Justin and Tessa each give the other as good as they get, teasing and taunting, so evenly matched in their personalities. From their very first date (which had me rolling with laughter…OMG…best first date scene I think I’ve ever read) Tessa and Justin not only have chemistry, but they push one another on every level possible, something they have both wanted, but never expected in a partner.

Between the Lines is by far my favorite book in this series!!!

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Justin Tibbs might be a hot, athletic, and amazing firefighter but he also has a reputation as a manwhore. Tessa Ricci worked too long and too hard to be taken seriously in the NYPD to fall victim to his charm.
Assuming he was interested, which he wasn’t.
Until he was.
And then neither of them was sure who was seducing who.

Justin Tibbs— Bailing and heading to Tessa’s apartment. If you don’t hear from me in twenty-four hours, she’s probably killed and tossed me in the Hudson. Tell everyone it was a good way to go, and I’m not even sorry. Enjoy the rest of your night, I know I sure will be.

Jared Leighton – Tibbs, do NOT screw around. She is NYPD and a friend, have you completely lost your mind?

Justin Tibbs —Sorry, brother, I need to see this through. I haven’t been this intrigued by a woman in a very long time. Worth dying over. Been nice knowing you.

Jared Leighton— Tibbs, come back to the bar before it’s too late.

Jared Leighton—Tibbs!

Jared Leighton— Jesus Christ.

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Blog Tour – ANCIENT ENFORCER by Katie Reus

We are so excited to be bringing you a brand new paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus. ANCIENT ENFORCER, the third standalone in the Ancients Rising series, is out now and it’s one you don’t want to miss! Be sure to get your copy today!


An ancient dragon warrior determined to protect what’s his…

Former general Mikael lost his clan, his family, everything, thousands of years ago. Now he’s awakened in a new world that’s trying to rebuild. He and his brothers are ordered to live with Avery, a human female, and her younger brothers. Avery is nothing he should want. She’s too soft, too sweet…too happy. But he can’t stop his growing obsession with her.

The human female who threatens his jaded heart…

House flipper Avery is no stranger to heartbreak, and knows that the ones you love most can stab you in the back the quickest. When she’s asked to shelter a bunch of dragon shifters, her instinct is to say no. Until she meets the ragtag group of males who are struggling to adjust to the new world. Against her better judgment, she agrees to take them in. Even if the gruff Mikael has heartbreak written all over him, she can’t help but fall for the sexy dragon a little more every day. But when a threat from her past emerges, promising to tear her world apart, things suddenly change between them. As they race against the clock to save her family, Mikael must risk everything and claim her before it’s too late.

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However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.

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