Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Dawn by Aleatha Romig


Dawn; Dangerous Web #3 
(#3 within a series)

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Suspense/Mystery/Intrigue Romance

Author: Aleatha Romig

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



It never fails to amaze me how an author can piece together a suspenseful, interlocking puzzle that all comes together not only after a trilogy, but also after a multi-story conglomeration.

Aleatha has floored me with how this plot has interlocked and overlaid to just stun me. Once again I have been Aleatha’d.

Has my stomach been turned a few times – yes.

Have my thoughts been provoked – also yes.

This is reading at its best when I’m pushed to my limits and I’ve been made to test my own personal reading boundaries.

Would I normally seek out something that has such disturbing themes – this particular triggering dark theme, probably not, but I’m grateful to have read the love that came after between Reid and Lorna, and the rest of the characters, more than I was expecting. Just like was paraphrased multiple times throughout the book, there can be no dawn without the preceding darkness.

Speaking of the overall love that Reid and Lorna share, along with the overall Sparrow family, not only for each married couple alone, but also as a whole for the group; this book displayed that it doesn’t matter if you are the good guy or the bad guy or whatever you believe yourself to be, there are two sides to every story as there are also good and bad in each one of us. How you choose to weild your knowledge and power, how you choose to love, all of that is a daily decision, as well as a conscious choice. Aleatha gave us a story that truly showed us the worst of humanity, but on the flip side she also gave us men who daily walk the line of what human laws say are bad, but in their hearts they do what is necessary to keep those around them safe and loved. That is a moral dilemma that man has been faced with since the dawn of time.

Dawn is well written and does end this is a powerful trilogy. Yes, it does contain triggers, so go into it with awareness, but by the end know it is still a trilogy that contains themes of family and love.


“Night never had the last word. The dawn is always invincible.” ~Hugh B. Brown

The Sparrow web world is covered in darkness, yet the dawn is near.
The dramatic conclusion to the Dangerous Web trilogy is here.
The veil of safety protecting Lorna Murray’s life has been ripped away.
Can Reid Murray convince her that despite the lingering darkness, the sun will rise again?

From New York Times bestselling author comes a brand-new dark romantic suspense trilogy, Dangerous Web. DAWN, the dramatic conclusion, is set in the dangerous world of the Sparrow Webs. You do not need to read Web of Sin, Tangled Web, or Web of Desire to get caught up in this new dangerous and intriguing romantic suspense saga, Dangerous Web.

DAWN is the dramatic conclusion of the DANGEROUS WEB trilogy that began in DUSK, continued in DARK and concludes in DAWN.
Have you been Aleatha’d?

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveals – Moo U series

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Check out these amazing covers for four more books arriving in the Moo U series, part of Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Gametime: A Moo U Hockey Romance


Release Date: April 26, 2021
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One drunken night and one case of mistaken identity turn a friendship inside out…

You’ve seen the hockey twins around campus–they look identical, but you can tell them apart by their actions. Patrick is the one who’s busy charming women. Paxton is the one in the library.

Until one night when Paxton parties a little harder than usual. Next thing he knows, he’s waking up naked next to Naomi, the girl of his dreams. He bares his heart before an awful realization sets in. He’s not the twin she thought he was…

Naomi is the only child of a hockey legend. Partying hard is the best way she knows how to rebel against her controlling father. After a particularly crazy night, she realizes her big mistake. Her hookup isn’t the guy she’s been crushing on. It’s Paxton, her friend, the guy who gets her, who she can always count on. The guy she’d never want to hurt. And yet, the sex was good. Better than good.

Now she’s wondering if the wrong twin might be the right one after all . . .

Overtime: A Moo U Hockey Romance


Release Date: April 26, 2021
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Hotshot hockey star Patrick Graham has been groomed for the pros since before he could walk. Fast forward to his junior year of college, and he’s having the time of his life. What could be better than pucks, partying, and having his pick of campus women? But if Patrick doesn’t buckle down and get his grades up, he could find himself benched for the championships. Could a beautiful brainiac be the solution to his problems?

Nineteen-year-old Master’s student Ellie McGinn could do so many things with her biology degree, but her mother is pushing her toward a future she doesn’t want. Tutoring a hockey hottie seems like the perfect opportunity to start making her own choices and living life on her own terms.

When learning turns to yearning, will they be ready to face the heat and heartache that love can bring?

Halftime: A Moo U Hockey Romance


Release Date: April 26, 2021
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There’s no halftime in hockey, but maybe there’s one in love…

Drunk dialing your girlfriend to tell her that you didn’t really cheat is a bad idea–a lesson Seb Hunter learned the hard way. It was no surprise when she cut him completely out of her life. Now he’s finally moved on, and he’s looking forward to sophomore year at Moo U. Until his ex arrives on campus.

For goalie Faith Devereaux, cheating is a hard pass. She grew up knowing all too well how destructive infidelity can be. She’s gotten over Seb and picked the college of her dreams. The fact that he’s a student there will not be a problem. Hockey is her priority. Not guys, not dating, definitely not exes.

But when an exhibition game forces them into close proximity, it isn’t long before their old attraction flares. Regaining trust is hard, though, when the heart plays a good defensive game.

But when the goal is love, one more shot might be all they need.

Darkroom: A Moo U Hockey Romance


Release Date: April 26, 2021
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I’m not gonna lie, being a twenty-one-year-old virgin is ridiculously embarrassing, bordering on pitiful. And if there’s anything I hate, it’s being pitied. So I’m getting my V-card punched this semester. It’s time to stop dreaming about being swept off my feet. Instead, I’m planning a down-and-dirty one-nighter with a certain hot hockey player I’ve been eyeing.  


As a top draft pick from a family of hockey royalty, I’m under so much pressure that I’m losing my edge on the ice. I need something to snap my brain out of this self-destructive stress-loop. Like a hot night of fun. That’s where Indi Briscoe from my photography class comes in. She’s flirtatious and funny one moment, sweetly shy the next. But then she wants me to pop her cherry. 

Jesus.  Did I mention the pressure thing? Am I crazy for starting something with her? Or would I be a fool for saying no?

Warning: this standalone novel contains heat, heart, familial expectations, extreme milkshakes, and a hamster with deep thoughts. 

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New Release – Villain of Secrets by L.A. Cotton

Title: Villain of Secrets
Series: Verona Legacy #3
Author: L. A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2021

Nora Abato is the kind of girl people gravitate to.

Sassy. Selfless. Stubborn.

She knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. And Nora wants her very own mafioso, the bad boy with a tortured soul who will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Enzo Marchetti is the kind of guy people run from.

Rash. Reckless. Ruined.

As the Marchetti crime family’s new enforcer, he’d rather spend his days getting his hands dirty than thinking about the future, or the girl with fire in her eyes and fight in her heart.

When a new enemy threatens the Marchetti empire, Enzo and Nora suddenly find themselves in close confines, and the undeniable connection between them is pushed to its limits. He can’t resist the girl who sees past the darkness in his soul and she can’t give up on the guy who has never been taught how to love.

There’s only one problem.

Enzo isn’t Nora’s fairytale prince, he’s the villain who will destroy her dream of a happily-ever-after.

He’ll break her…

If she doesn’t break him first.



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“Needed you, Gattina.” I tucked my chin into the crook of her neck and breathed her in.
“Why do you call me that?”
“Because you’re soft right here.” My fingers dipped to Nora’s navel and stroked her smooth skin.
“And you have sharp claws when you need them. You protect those you care about fiercely.”
“Keep going…” Her gentle laughter wrapped around me and made some of the tension in my muscles ebb away.
I’d forgotten how easy it was to just be with her. No bullshit or pretenses. I don’t know how she did it, but Nora disarmed me.
“Enzo?” She turned in my arms, staring up at me through her thick, dark lashes.
“We should get some sleep, it’s late.” And I’d already woken her once.
“I know there’s a lot you can’t tell me, and I get it. I do. But if you ever want to talk, about anything, I’m here for you. I just want you to know that.”
This girl.
This strong, brave, gutsy girl.
“I wish it were that simple,” I said, plucking one of her stray curls between my fingers. “But this isn’t a fairytale, Gattina.”
“You think I don’t know that? You think I don’t know that you’re not the hero of this story, but the villain?”
Her words slayed me. It was as if she’d opened up my chest and looked right into my fucking soul.
“Good and bad aren’t two sides of a coin, Enzo. They’re two ends of the same piece of string. We all have the capacity to be good just like we all have the capacity to be bad. A thief is a thief until he gives his wares to those less fortunate than himself. Then he becomes the hero of their story.”


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Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.