Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Truth Be Told by Marie James

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Truth Be Told; Blackbridge Security #4 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: February 23, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Second-Chance Romance

Author: Marie James

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



I love these guys at Blackbridge Security and always enjoy the love story mixed with an intense story. In Truth Be Told Marie James takes a step away from her suspenseful tale and gives us a story about second chances and learning to forgive after a lifetime of lies and betrayal.

Ignacio Torres broke his girlfriend, Tinley’s, heart when they were in high school. He did it to protect her and to make sure she never came looking for him. When they were seniors in high school he had no future, no way out of the tiny town they lived in and nothing to offer her but a life of poverty. When he returns to his home town after thirteen years he knew he made the right decision when all he sees is broken down buildings, homelessness and a town even more in despair than even he remembers. The first moment he second guesses that decision is when he sees a teenage boy that resembles him walking behind the only woman he ever loved.

Tinley was broken when Ignacio left. He obliterated her heart and tore their relationship to shreds, demeaning and belittling everything they shared. There was no question in her mind that a man who had no desire to care about her would not care about the child they created. Thirteen years passed and time wasn’t easy on her as a single mother, but her stubbornness has never allowed her to quit or give up. Alex, her son, is hers and she loves him and would never take back her time spent with Ignacio even knowing how it all ended. However, when Ignacio shows up on her doorstep she’s angry and scared. She won’t allow him to take away her son and forgiving the man who suddenly appears is going to take time. The idea of some big happy family will never happen because she doesn’t know if she can ever forgive him.

Both Tinley and Ignacio are in a state of stubborn anger towards each other for a lot of the story. So while this is a second chance romance, even more than that it’s a story about forgiveness and really learning how to communicate. These two people have a son, who is in the middle trying to navigate his parents while learning about their new dynamic as well. I like how he processed things as he learned about the history on each of them and in turn really gave his parents things to think about.

Of all the books in the Blackbridge series, this one doesn’t have the suspenseful/action aspect, but the relationship growth between all of the characters made this story just as good and a worthy part of the series.



Lies ruin lives.

Ignacio Torres, the translator for Blackbridge Security, has told his fair share and then some.

He lied more than once to Tinley Holland when they were teens.

Told her he didn’t love her.

Told her he could live without her.

Told her what they shared didn’t mean a thing.

He’s lived with those lies, lived with the loss of her for over a decade.

What he didn’t expect was going home to help with a family matter only to discover Tinley has told the biggest lie of all.

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Blog Tour – Submission Impossible by Lexi Blake

They will have to learn to trust in each other if they hope to survive.

Submission Impossible, the first in the all-new, must read Masters and Mercenaries: Reloaded series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is out now!

He loves the sweet life

Greg Hutchins is reluctantly adulting these days. He’s settled in his job, recently bought his first house, and has a network of friends he can call family. But there’s something missing in his life, and he can’t quite put his finger on it. When he’s assigned to a case that involves investigating a biochemical company, he meets a woman who’s sweeter than any candy. Maybe she’s just the thing to make him feel complete.

She’s ready for the future

Noelle LaVigne has faced plenty of tragedy in her life, but she’s on the right path now. Between her new job and settling into a new city, she’s got no time for dating or relationships. She’s worked hard to get where she is, and no man is going to push her off track. Except the minute Hutch crosses her path she can’t seem to think about anything but the handsome security expert. He’s there to find a corporate spy, but late-night work sessions make her think they’ve both found something much more meaningful.

A twist they never saw coming

When the case becomes dangerous, both of their futures are on the line. And when the bullets start flying, they will have to learn to trust in each other if they hope to survive.

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“I’ve spent a lot of my evening researching your boss, and she’s dangerous. I think her corporate structure is sketchy, too. I think there’s a good chance she’s under some kind of investigation, and you’re going to get dragged into it. Is there any way you could take a couple of weeks off?” It was the conclusion he’d come to. He would feel safer if she didn’t go back into that building again. She shook her head. “I can’t. If I leave, I leave my research behind, and I’m close. If I prove my processes can work I’ll be able to hire on anywhere, and that would be remarkable at my age.” Well, it was the answer he’d expected. “I want you to keep your eyes open and call me the minute you feel like anything’s weird. Trust your instincts.” He let out a breath and admitted the answer he’d come to. “I’m going to let Kyle go in with you tomorrow.” “Good, because I have it on the highest authority he was going to take that job anyway.” It was good to know he was in charge. He closed the screen of his laptop. He should go to bed and let her have some peace. She had to be at work early in the morning. He would lay on her couch and stare at the ceiling. He was about to stand when Noelle beat him to it. “Hey, you didn’t get your prize.” “Prize?” “That’s kind of what you wanted, right? I’m supposed to give you something for opening up to me.” “I wasn’t thinking about it as a prize, though I can see where you would.” He wanted to explore this thing between them, and having her talk to him or tell him something important about herself would do that. But he wasn’t going to push her. “You don’t have to if you don’t want to.” He was going to go slow. He was going to get to know her and ease into a friendship that could become something more. He had to be patient. “I want to.” She crossed the space between them. “I want to give you this.” She had another Red Vine in her hand. He’d wanted something personal from her. Something that would let him know this woman better. He got his own candy back. Story of his life. Still, he gave her what he hoped was a game smile and reached out. “Thanks.” She pulled her hand back before he could take the candy. It wasn’t even a full one. It was the last little piece of what he’d given her. “I want you to take it from me.” She licked her lips and put it in her mouth. He was fully awake now, and about three thousand reasons this was a bad, bad idea went through his head. It was too soon. She was sheltered and inexperienced. He was not. He had needs that would shock her. She’d literally said she didn’t do weird sex stuff. He did. A lot of weird sex stuff. He should wait because she wasn’t doing this because she was in love with him. She was doing it because they had wild chemistry and she couldn’t help herself. He should be the senior partner and end this experiment of hers. She settled on his lap. Suddenly every muscle in his body was tense and waiting to see if she was doing what he thought she was doing. “Noelle?” She lifted her face to his, offering that last bit of sugar, and he gave up the idea of waiting.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Surprise Cover Reveal – DARK DECEPTION by Rina Kent

🖤 𝕊𝕦𝕣𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕤𝕖 ℂ𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕣 ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕒𝕝 🖤

𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐑𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐊𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟐𝐧𝐝! 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲!





Stolen. Broken. Corrupted.

Being born a leader taught me one thing.

I take what I want.

Including the lone rose who’s struggling to survive on the streets.

Only I’m no knight and I won’t do any saving.

If anything, I’m the nightmare she can’t wake up from.

The monster she can’t escape.

The devil she can’t fight.

I’m the blood that’ll be coating her pure petals.


Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.


Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.

Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.

Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.


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Excerpt Reveal – SECRET BEAST by Amelia Wilde


SECRET BEAST by Amelia Wilde
Release Date: February 23rd


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The beast hides a dark secret in his past…

Leo Morelli is known as the Beast of Bishop’s Landing for his cruelty. He’ll get revenge on the Constantine family and make millions of dollars in the process. Even it means using an old man who dreams up wild inventions.

The beauty will sacrifice everything for her family…

Haley Constantine will do anything to protect her father. Even trade her body for his life. The college student must spend thirty days with the ruthless billionaire. He’ll make her earn her freedom in degrading ways, but in the end he needs her to set him free.

SECRET BEAST is a new full-length novel from USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde about revenge, family secrets, and the redeeming power of love.


Leo glances up at me, at my jeans and shirt, and laughs, cruel and short. “Is this how you intend to seduce me?”

“Mrs. Page said it was lunch.” I’m grasping. We both know it. “I didn’t think—”

“You didn’t think.” His tone cuts into me, barrels over me. “You’re not here to think, darling. You’re here to obey. Is it that you’d rather go home and let your father continue on with his contract?”

“No.” My lungs contract. I can’t get a full breath. “No, that isn’t what I want.”

“Then you’ll have to try a little harder at not being a f*cking brat.” He’s in front of me again. Something flares in his eyes but doesn’t show on the rest of his face. Maybe it’s anger. Maybe it’s not. “You know, I was going to give you lingerie and candles.”


“But instead, I’ll give you what you want. I was going to give you the illusion that it was sex, but now I’m just going to f*ck you.”

You can’t, I want to say. But he can. He will. And I’ll have to face the biggest fear of my life, the one I never thought would matter.

Which is that I’m a virgin, and Leo Morelli bought the rights to my virginity.

And the worst part is that I don’t hate it. Being afraid isn’t the same as hating. A dark want coils low in my belly. I can’t want this, can’t even fantasize about it, can’t, can’t, can’t. No part of this is a fantasy, even if my body thinks it is. Even if there’s already heat between my legs.

Leo’s still watching me. “Strip,” he says.




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Amelia Wilde is a USA TODAY bestselling author of steamy contemporary romance and loves it a little too much. She lives in Michigan with her husband and daughters. She spends most of her time typing furiously on an iPad and appreciating the natural splendor of her home state from where she likes it best: inside.

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New Release – Ruthless Creatures by J.T.Geissinger

Ruthless Creatures, an all-new must-read standalone dark romance from J.T. Geissinger is available now!

An explosive new novel of love, lies, and obsession from bestselling author J.T. Geissinger

Five years ago, my fiancé disappeared. Left me with a wedding dress I’d never wear. Left me
with the kind of scars that can’t be healed. The man I built my future on vanished like a ghost.
All that remained were my broken heart and unanswered questions.

Until a mysterious stranger arrives in town.

Tall, dark, and dangerous, Kage is as full of secrets as he is sex appeal. Though I know he’s
hiding something, I’m drawn to him like a moth to flame.

The intensity of our connection is addictive, unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. Heat crackles
between us with every look, desire flares into passion, and I fall hard, helpless to resist.

But when I discover how he’s tied to the darkness in my past, I learn what happens when you fly
recklessly into fire:

You get burned.

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About J.T. Geissinger
J.T. Geissinger is a bestselling author of emotionally charged romance and women’s fiction. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold more than one million copies and been translated into several languages.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. She has also been a finalist in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

Her first novel was published in 2012. Since then she’s written eighteen more novels. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking wine, surfing the internet, and daydreaming about all the things she’s going to be when she grows up. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles with her husband and deaf/demented rescue kitty, Ginger.

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