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

Review – Lachlan in a Kilt by Anna Durand

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Lachlan in a Kilt;The Ballachulish Trilogy #1
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Genre/Tropes: International Holiday/Male POV/Age-Gap/Intrigue/Contemporary Romance

Author: Anna Durand

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars

4.5 stars


I don’t get many chances to read all male POV books, especially with a swoony accent. Lachlan is all that and a bag of chips, especially in his kilt.

Lachlan MacTaggart is visiting America and house swapping with a friend when he sees the bonnie lass next door.  Erica Teague enchants him from day one, but he’s only in America for holiday for a month and definitely not looking for a long term relationship, but when he meets Erica at a club he decides to approach her and at least try a short term engagement. Setting up boundaries, rules, and knowing that he is leaving should help any long term feelings, but things get a bit more complicated as time moves forward.

Told completely from Lachlan’s POV, I loved all of the brogue, Scottish slang, and Gaelic terms that he continually used. I’m a huge sucker for an accent, so I adore reading them. I especially appreciate when the translation or definition is closely provided since I’m also a huge fan of learning as well. Lachlan is quite the sexy Scot, but he’s damaged by his past relationships, hence why he’s not looking for anything long term even if he was staying long term. He’s a bit older than Erica, so he takes that into account, but it doesn’t hold him back in the end from actually getting what he wants, into her knickers.

There is an ever present mystery surrounding Erica, but a large part is due to this book being told from Lachlan’s POV. Most of the plot is centered around the good times in the bedroom and not necessarily the actual bedroom times itself. Allow me to clarify…remember this book is strictly told from a male POV and what do men think about 95% of the time…I’m sure you can guess.The other 5% Lachlan basically is living his life; taking phone calls, handling business or just day to day things. His mind is truly occupied with the female form; how to please it, where to please it, what to do with it… you get the idea.

This is my first book by Anna Durand and I truly loved her walk with a Scotsman.


He’s hot, Scottish, and dangerous — to a woman’s heart.

Get ready for Lachlan MacTaggart’s story, coming in June 2021! Whether you’re a longtime fan of the Hot Scots books or you’re new to the series, you’ll love getting Lachlan’s version of Dangerous in a Kilt (Hot Scots, Book 1). Originally written from the heroine’s viewpoints, now the first three Hot Scots will be reborn and retold from the perspectives of the heroes themselves.

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

Review – Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster

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Whispers and the Roars
(A standalone)

Publication Date: July 7, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Taboo/Psychological/Dark Romance

Author: K. Webster

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Mind completely blown 🤯 and also blotting my eyes at the amazing love story behind the tangled web of it all.

This kind of tale is why K. Webster continually blows away all of the expectations I think I have where she can’t get any better, but she continually proves me wrong over and over again. She tops her writing and shatters any glass ceiling I try to place on her and I love her for it.

Whispers and Roars is unlike any book I’ve ever read. I sat down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. It’s hard to put into one box as it’s definitely taboo and can have its triggers, but its also psychological and completely engaging and at the heart of it all is a love story that is the best part of the entire thing. Every character is engaging and unique and I loved the entire story from beginning to end.

Completely fell in love with Yeo, who is the heart and soul of the book, but also had moments where my heart was completely ripped my heart out and made me cry (while sitting at work mind you). He loves so deeply and passionately. Webster flushed him out so beautifully it literally made me weep.

Kady and Yeo’s love is one for the ages, but this is not a story to delve into lightly. However, if you love and respect where Webster can brings you on her literary journey than this story is one to take.

“You are terrifying and strange and beautiful, something not everyone knows how to love.” – Warsan Shire


From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes a gripping and emotional psychological romance standalone!

I’m a recluse.
Sad, quiet, afraid.
Sequestered in my home away from the world.
It’s better this way.

I wasn’t always alone.
I had him—my boyfriend, my best friend, my everything.
Yeo Anderson.
But I sent him away.

I was a fungus. Growing and festering. Turning his brilliant parts black with the disease otherwise known as me.

My sweet boy was sick in love. I couldn’t bear to think about what he was giving up. For me. I’d poisoned him, but it wasn’t too late. I could fix it. So, I did.

But he’s back.
The boy blossomed into a man who wants to fight me for me.

The past that rules me is dark and chaotic and violent.
It always wins.

Love isn’t supposed to be a war.
Yeo thinks our hearts, though, will win this time.

Whispers and the Roars is a dark romance. Strong sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. The abuse written in this story is graphic and not glossed over, which could be upsetting to some. This story is NOT for everyone. Proceed with caution.

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

Review – Beauty in the Darkness by Nikki Ash

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Finding Beauty in the Darkness
(A standalone)

Publication Date: May 5, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Mafia/Dark Romance

Author: Nikki Ash

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Finding Beauty in the Darkness starts in a dark place, but it blooms like a flower within the light.

Giovanni Valentino runs a bordello for his family’s business – an escort business – that provides upscale services, but during a visit with a senator that goes very wrong the story really begins to unfold.

Senator Hightower is scum, just pure evil scum. Not only does he hurt Natalie, a girl who stars in her own tale, but we find out he damages Aria the the heroine in this story. Aria suffers a horrible nightmare at the hands of this evil incarnate and if not for Giovanni stepping in and basically kidnapping Aria for himself, she would have died. Thus begins the love story of Giovanni and Aria. IKR…I told you this story begins in a dark place.

Nikki Ash twists a tale within a world of corruption, cheating, deceit, and sprinkles it with her unique brand of beauty and love until you are right there falling in love with this couple and rooting them on.

Finding Beauty in the Darkness brings us two people who actually find their way to something good that was born out of something really awful. It’s a wonderful story of redemption in the most human sense of turning your life around. No matter your circumstance you can find love, even in the darkest of times.


Giovanni is my savior…
But he wants me for himself.

I’ve grown used to men wanting me and taking what’s not theirs to take.
But he’s different.

He wants to keep me, make me part of his dark world,
and I would gladly follow him into the darkness.

But his life is trapped in a cage, and his family holds the keys.
If forced to choose, we could lose it all.

The danger doesn’t scare me half as much as the thought of living without him.


I didn’t choose this life. It chose me.

Born into a powerful mob family, darkness and danger are all I’ve ever known.

But when I stumble upon Aria being held captive in the basement of a senator’s house,
everything I’ve embraced and accepted about my life gets thrown out the window.

I’m drawn to her strength, to her lightness, to her beauty in my dark world.
But she deserves better than trading one cage for another.

Now I’m torn between protecting Aria… And keeping her for myself.


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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Broken Hearts by Rebecca Jenshak

Rebecca Jenshak has revealed the cover for Broken Hearts!

Releasing: July 13, 2021

Cover Design: Lori Jackson Designs

Photography: Michelle Lancaster

Model: Lochie Carey

She’s a figure skater. He’s a hockey player. Things are about to heat up on the ice.

Rhett Rauthruss is single for the first time in six years. He’s fresh off a long-term, long-distance relationship and ready to make the most of what’s left of college.

Party with his boys, get to the Frozen Four with his team, and maybe play the field for a change.

Sienna Hale knows a thing or two about heartbreak. She’s a college athlete about to skate for the last time, and nothing is going to throw her off course. Not her worries about finding a job after college, not the whispers of last year’s accident on the ice, and not the cute hockey player who keeps asking her out.

They think they want different things, but when it heats up between them, there’s no denying they have something in common–even if it’s just for a night.

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Rebecca is a new adult romance author, caffeine-addict, and lover of all sports. She’s a Midwest girl at heart, but currently resides in Arizona.

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