Book Reviews, Dark Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Red Thorns by Rina Kent

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Red Thorns; Thorns Duet #1 
(#1 in a duet)

Publication Date: June 10, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/New Adult/Intrigue/Dark Romance

Author: Rina Kent

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Dark, dubious, and with a splash of mystery that kept those pages turning! I love how Rina mixes intensely dark moments while still pulling at emotional heartstrings. She is the queen at pushing boundaries and it will bring me back to her books time and again.

Sebastian and Naomi might be one of the most twisted couples I’ve ever read, but I love that they get one another from the very beginning. Naomi and Sebastian see the darkness that lives under the masks they wear around everyone else and that darkness calls to the other. While their relationship begins on a bet it gets super intense rather quickly and the bet becomes almost background noise, along with their families. The intensely heated scenes are completely consensual, passionate, and while they are dark, it made me happy that these two young people found their kink together at such a young age. There is also a mystery that winds through the entire story that ends on a huge cliffhanger, I can hardly wait to see how that plays out in the next book!

Lastly, I want to address that while Rina does warn that this book is dark, I’ll be redundant and say that it’s extra dark. However, I do hope that readers don’t kink shame Rina for writing a couple that pushes boundaries. What Sebastian and Naomi do and how they do it is intrinsic to the story, but take those triggers seriously if extra dark isn’t in your wheelhouse. Now, me, I love a good story and Rina Kent is an amazing writer. Red Thorns is just the first part of this dark tale and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next.


A bet turned into a disaster.

Sebastian Weaver is the star quarterback and the college’s heartthrob.
Rich. Handsome. Bastard.
Everyone’s attention flocked toward him and all the girls dreamed to be with him.
Not me.
At least, not until he made a move on me.
See, I thought I was stronger than Sebastian’s charms.
I thought I could survive being his target.
I thought wrong.
Little did I know that he will make my most twisted fantasies come true.
Fantasies I didn’t know existed…

Red Thorns is a dark new adult book that contains dubious situations some readers might find offensive and/or triggering.

This book is part of a duet and is not standalone.

Dark New Adult Romance that contains dubious/triggering content.


This book is part of a duet and is not standalone.

Thorns Duet:
#0 Yellow Thorns
#1 Red Thorns
#2 Black Thorns

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Knocked Up Anthology

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Knocked Up; A Secret Baby Romance Collection 

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Anthology/Secret Baby/Contemporary Romance

Authors: Nikki Ash , Nicole BlanchardKaylee Ryan , Jenika Snow , Marley Valentine , K. Webster , Lacey Black , Jacob Chance , Kelsey Clayton , J.D. Hollyfield , Rebecca Jenshak , Coralee June , Heidi McLaughlin , Lauren Runow , Micalea Smeltzer , Misty Walker

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



So many good stories with insanely fantastic authors all jammed packed into one spot…this anthology is EPIC!!

Every story has a baby that is a product spent from a night of passion, which isn’t the surprise in each tale, no, what makes this anthology fun is to jump into each story and find out how each couple arrives with a sweet bundle of bliss. I loved how the actual baby surprise wasn’t the spoiler in each tale, but how the couple meets, or the timeline of their second chance romance arrives, or even the job each person holds. I truly loved this anthology and there isn’t a bad story in this entire book.

A look at just a few stories:

Finding Prince Charming by Nikki Ash-

Liam and Natalie have a whirlwind weekend that leads to a lifelong commitment, at least for Natalie since she doesn’t know where Liam’s from or even his last name. A weekend with a mysterious stranger is something she will never take back since it brought her the most precious gift she could ever ask for and the boost she needed to reach for her dream. This second chance romance has it all and I loved it.

And One by Rebecca Jenshak –

Return to Valley U and the White House with Jenshak’s Smart Jock athletes. Rylee and John spent the greatest night of their lives three years ago, but John had no idea he left a little gift behind leaving Rylee to raise their baby all on her own. Return to Valley U and fall in love with this dreamy baby daddy and adorable toddler in this sweet romance.

These are just a few glimpses into this incredible anthology and I’m seriously over the moon with all of the hot DILF’s , sweet kids and totally strong mom’s who stand up for their children and love their men.


What happens when you’re left with more than just the memories of an incredible night together?

Settle in and get your fill of sixteen NEW secret baby stories where hidden secrets are revealed and couples that were once separated are reunited. Each story guarantees cuteness, sexiness, lots of love, and of course a HEA.

This collection includes stories from USA Today bestselling authors Nicole Blanchard, Kaylee Ryan, Jenika Snow, Marley Valentine, and K Webster. Nikki Ash, Lacey Black, Jacob Chance, Kelsey Clayton, J.D. Hollyfield, Rebecca Jenshak, CoraLee June, Heidi McLaughlin, Lauren Runow, Micalea Smeltzer, and Misty Walker.

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