Book Reviews, New Adult, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Like You Should by Kaydence Snow

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Like You Should; Devilbend Dynasty #3ย 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 19, 2021

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Forbidden/Age-Gap/Suspense Romance

Author: Kaydence Snow

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Amazing! I love this new addition to the Devilbend Dynasty!

I have been hooked on Kaydences books from the beginning, but each one gets better and better! Like You Should is dripping with suspense and lots of slow burning heat, I loved everything about this book!

Easton and Harlow have been sucked into a sick plot that neither of them know how to get out of. Originally working alone to pull off jobs for someone calling themselves Ocean1K. They both have been blackmailed if they didn’t go through with whatever task has been asked of them. Things turn up a notch when both Easton and Harlow end up called to break and enter a home together after which their lives are never quite the same.

Neither Harlow or Easton had any idea that anyone else would be in the other’s shoes and to make matters worse, Easton is a teacher at Harlow’s school, he could turn her in or visa versa. Luckily they both see their predicament and decide to work together to bring down Ocean1K before things escalate even more, but in that decision they never thought feelings would come into play, especially considering their student/teacher status. Their entire world is messed up enough, but how do you stop the heart from getting involved when it knows what it wants?

Harlow was an amazing heroine, considering she had Donna and Mena to live up to. I really respected the heck out of her. Harlow is the girl that everyone likes; the easy going friend to other guys, all the girls, she is just the everyday girl that makes it easy to gravitate towards. I loved this easy nature about her and that she brought that easiness out in Easton as well. A man who seemed kind of grouchy to everyone else. She’s a really good fit to a man that didn’t seem comfortable in his own skin.

This entire story is full of turns and twists and lots of steamy heat, but I do want to throw it out there, just in case someone has trouble with the teacher/student boundary – Easton and Harlow stir the chemistry like nothing else, but they are both very aware of the ramifications of what could happen to either one of them should borders be crossed. Kaydence doesn’t jump into this subject without thinking through every detail and I love how she went about it, this is what makes her books AMAZING!! That’s all I’m going to say so there are no spoilers…so please enjoy!

One last thing – so many excellent secondary characters and I really hope she continues writing in this world for many more books to come.



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My life is a mess.

No plans for the future, constantly disappointing everyone, and now some creep is threatening me, making me do reprehensible things.

Oh! And a teacher is somehow involved too. Easton Monroe is strict, aloof, and not at all what everyone at school thinks he is. The more I dig beneath his neat shirts and disapproving frowns, the more I catch feelings for the complicated man.

I have to figure him out โ€“ before we do something weโ€™ll both regret.

My life is a lie.

In a job I canโ€™t stand, alone and miserable, the anonymous psycho blackmailing me is the only person I speak to regularly.

In case I didnโ€™t have enough to stress about, a student is being targeted by the same psycho. Harlow Mead is stubborn, brave and so much more than she lets people see. Sheโ€™s determined to fight and more beguiling the more I get to know her.

I have to get us out of this deadly situation โ€“ before I ruin us both.

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Blog Tour – Make You Beg by Shantel Tessier

โ€œDeliciously dark, steamy, and full of suspenseful twists and turns, this book kept me up ALL NIGHT. โ€ Siobhan Davis. USA Today bestselling author

Make You Beg, a dark bully romance standalone from bestselling author Shantel Tessier is available now!

To the world, sheโ€™s known as Henley Greene. To me, sheโ€™s a little dollโ€” a toy to be played with and tossed to the side once no longer wanted. She will pay for her betrayal however I deem necessary.

Imagine living in a constant nightmare where you have no control. Running from someone or something, you can hear him getting closer and feel his breath on your neck. You know that no matter what you do, heโ€™s going to get you. He will win. But I donโ€™t have just one. I have four. Ryan Scout, Van Rellik, Dax Monroe, and Grayson Law are the Reapers of Westbrook High, my ex-best friends, and now my biggest enemies. They run the school and own this town. They want nothing more than to make me pay for what I saw that night at Death Valley. A sick and twisted game that leaves me dirty and bruised with torn clothing. So how did I fall in love with one? I was raised to fear the dark side, but he showed me it was in the dark where the truth came to light. He played with me until my body craved his touch. I was going to prove I could be his most trusted servant in every form of the word. Whether kneeling before him or lying on my back, my sole purpose in life was to be his. But when youโ€™re a toy everyone likes to play with, youโ€™re bound to end up broken.

Make You Beg: A Dark Bully Romance was previously published in the Bully Me: Class of 2020 Anthology but has now been reworked and expanded into a new full-length story.

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Henley I look out my passenger window and spot the four guys I want to avoid for the rest of my life. The Grim Reapers. AKA Reapers. Each one of their cars is backed in, side by side, in the front row. Theyโ€™re all the same color–flat black with blacked-out windows and wheels to match–intimidating just like them. All four gather around Ryan Scoutโ€™s Bugatti Chiron. Girls crowd around them as though theyโ€™re all members of a rock band, and they have to suck their dicks to get backstage. One even stands between Daxโ€™s parted legs, and heโ€™s got his hands on her hip. Fear sets into my bones like the weight of an anchor sinking in the ocean, pulling me down once again. I grip the steering wheel and drop my head. Closing my eyes, I take a deep breath, trying to calm myself. โ€œI can do this,โ€ I chant.

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Review – Start A Fire by Julia Wolf

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Start A Fireย 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 18, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Dark/Obsession/New Adult Romance

Author: Julia Wolf

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A twisted, new adult, love story that was page turning until the very end.

Perspective and Perception at any moment in time can mean one thing to one person and everything to another. Start A Fire revolves around Grace, a girl grieving the loss of her father, and Bash, a boy obsessed with Grace. As the story progresses both Grace and Bash have moments where their original moments of perception change as they gain perspective on each other.

While Grace originally lived in Savage River, she was a very different person before she moved away. Now she’s back and after living the past two years watching her father wither away she doesn’t have the same perspective on life that she did when everything was fake and life was rose colored.

While Grace has a different perspective on life, no longer interested in running with the popular crowd or cheerleading, she just wants to graduate and hopefully begin a life in art. She never once expected to catch the attention of the scary, psycho from her math class named Bash, who not only had her in his sights, but was everywhere she turned. As much as she wants to put him in a box of just a high school bully, Bash has layers that reveal he’s so much more.

We get this very intense, bad boy image of Bash when we first meet him, but as the story unfolds, there is a lot more to the twisted boy than originally meets the eye. Start A Fire took several unexpected twists, but they all were on the path that helped changed the characters perspective of one another. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story more than I ever expected.

Bash is intense, a bit bullyish, but more on the obsessive side. With him there is this underlying – what is his motivation? – that I kept trying to pin down, but never could. The story is only told from Grace’s POV so we never get that internal dialogue from Bash, which makes the story exciting. In turn, I had that obsessive need to know why he was so into her and made Start A Fire a complete page turner.

Gabe, Bash’s friend, I’m really hoping gets his own book. I love his secondary character. He’s outrageous, outlandish, and completely messed up. Any girl that can tame him is a total gem and I’m so on board for that.


I have my senior year planned: keep my head down, donโ€™t make any waves, and get the diploma. Iโ€™ve done the popularity thing at Savage River High, but after two years away, I have no interest in reclaiming my crown.

The last time I put myself in the spotlight, I was left in shambles.

Unfortunately, my carefully laid plans go to hell when I grab the attention of dark, forbidding, and brutally hot Sebastian Vega. He looks at me like he wants to kill my puppy or eat me alive. Quite possibly both.

Sebastian is everywhere I go, and heโ€™s decided Iโ€™m the twisted game he wants to play, whether Iโ€™m a willing participant or not.

The question is…what will I have to lose in order to win?

Authors Note: This is a DARK high school bully romance with mature themes and dubious situations that some readers may find offensive. If youโ€™re looking for a nice guy, prince of a hero, this story isnโ€™t for you.

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New Release – VOW OF DECEPTION by Rina Kent

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๐•๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง (๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐Ÿ) ๐›๐ฒ ๐‘๐ข๐ง๐š ๐Š๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐„๐€๐‘๐‹๐˜ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐Ž๐– ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฎ๐๐ข๐จ!!!! ๐‘๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง?!
#๐Ÿ-๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ!


Narrated by Jason Clarke and Desiree Ketchum!




My husband. My tormentor.

The most notorious man in the city offers me a job.
Act as his dead wife.
Adrian Volkov isnโ€™t the type of person who takes no for an answer.
He commands with an iron fist and all his orders are met.
When he approaches me with the offer, I have two options.
Go to prison or put myself under his wrath.
I choose to have a roof over my head. Whatโ€™s so hard about acting, right?
The moment I step into his wifeโ€™s shoes, everything spirals out of control.
My only way of survival is through Adrian.
Or is it?




Coming April 8th!!


Coming May 13th!

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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 brainโ€™s food. However, she likes to think sheโ€™s a romantic at heart in some way, so donโ€™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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New Release – Love Is Never Lost by Katy Regnery!

Sometimes, the journey is the love story.

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Love Is Never Lost by Katy Regnery is available now!

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on the beloved American legend, “Rip Van Winkle.”

Sometimes, the journey is the love story.

On the night of his high school graduation, Ripley Van Winkleโ€”local quarterback, prom king and all-around big man on campusโ€”swan dives off the top of the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse. . . and lands on jagged pile of rocks. Suffering massive brain trauma, Rip isnโ€™t expected to live, but he somehow manages to beat the odds: most of his physical injuries heal, though he remains in a deep coma for the next twenty years.

When Rip awakens two decades later, he will need to relearn his bodyโ€™s most basic functions, in addition to catching up on twenty yearsโ€™ worth of history, progress and change.

Something called the โ€œinternetโ€ has the answer to every question you could ever dream of asking, and people are reliant on mobile telephones smaller than a Walkman. His high school girlfriend is married with children, and he has an eighteen-year-old sister who was born while he was โ€œsleeping.โ€

As Rip struggles to find his place in this strange, new world, one presence in his life will become both a beacon and guide: his childhood friend, Katrina Van Tassel. But Trina has a challenging adult life of her own, and thereโ€™s no guarantee she has space in her life (or her heart) for her one-time high school crush . . . Rip Van Winkle.

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Love is Never Lost is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel)
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood)
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot)
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid)
Shear Heaven (Rapunzel)
At First Sight (Aladdin)
Love is Never Lost (Rip Van Winkle)

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