Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Good Intentions by Ella Frank

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Good Intentions; Intentions #2
(#2 of a Duet)

Publication Date: June 21, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Duet/Forbidden/Age-Gap/MM Romance

Author: Ella Frank

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Finished Good Intentions with a HUGE smile on my face!! It was hawt, adorable, it was hawdorable and so freakin smexy. Gabe and Marcus are going down as two of my favorite characters that Ella Frank has ever written!

The cover models are completely spot on…it was so easy…so, so easy to picture the smexy characters in my head throughout the entire duet. The hawdorable couple was charming every moment throughout every chapter, I was lost in Ella’s world and never wanted to return, hence the huge smile on my face by the very end. Speaking of which, the ending was everything but cliche, it was absolute perfection!

Ella Frank has fast become a one click MM author for me. She captures all the emotions, the super steamy times and flushes out the character development to perfection. It makes each book enjoyable from cover to cover.

Gabe and Marcus’ story is one I know I will remember for lots of reasons. First and foremost though will be Gabe’s fun and flirty personality that melts Marcus’ icy demeanor. Much like Beauty and Beast, but infused with a forbidden theme, this duet is about a man who thought at age forty-two his life would only ever be about work and would never involve love, but found his life was better when he met his soulmate, his other half, in Gabe, a man with an old soul, but also half his age.

These two will bring a smile to your face, heat your heart, along with other parts of your body, and live long in your soul. A must read!

I was never the man who believed in love, romance, or happily ever afters. I was married to my work, and happy to be that way. Until one night, not too long ago, when an audacious young man lied his way into my life and showed me what I’d been missing.

Bold and sexy, with a face that could melt through the iciest of exteriors, Gabriel Romero is the one factor I never saw coming. There are so many reasons we shouldn’t work—my age, his, our career goals in life—and yet we are drawn together by a passion for music, and each other, that neither of us can deny.

I’ve always been the one to think things through, to follow my head instead of my heart. But if I don’t open myself to what’s possible, instead of thinking of all the ways this seems impossible, I might miss out on the best thing that has ever happened to me.

So I’m taking a chance, and laying myself at his mercy, opening my heart with nothing but good intentions. Only time will tell if Gabriel Romero decides to let me back in.

Book 1, Bad Intentions, needs to be read first for the best enjoyment, so check out Intentions Duet Series and know that it’s best to read them in order:

Bad Intentions (Intentions Duet, #1)

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Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Savage Prince by Alison Aimes

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Savage Prince; Ruthless Warlords #2
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Sci-Fi/Alpha-Omega/Dark/Mafia Romance

Author: Alison Aimes

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



I love returning to this dark mafia world with the large and in charge Alpha males!

Maxheim Skolov is known as the fix-it, controlled, detached brother. That was before he met his fated mate, Tess. While Maxheim is dominant to the core, he’s also caring, considerate, and totally sweet, when he’s not rutting, but really he’s the total alpha package!

Maxheim needs to be on his toes because his omega gives him a run for his money. She is everything he needs, the perfect prime omega to stand by his side, but she will push every boundary he sets for her and he wouldn’t want it any other way.

Tess has been a slave for most of her life. While she understands the omega way of life, she also doesn’t want to put Maxheim or his family’s life in jeopardy because of where she came from and what she’s done. Tess isn’t willing to just roll over and lie down, for the most part, but everytime she pushes back it’s like catnip to her alpha. Everyone in the omegaverse is after her and while she wants to do the right thing, Maxheim only wants to protect her and what’s his.

Spending time with the Skolov family gave me all the feels with lots of giddy happiness. Bonding between the two oldest brothers, now that they have something in common was fantastic, while still witnessing the two younger brothers enjoying their bachelorhood in pure naive fun was humorous.

Aimes has this world set up to perfection and returning is pure enjoyment at this point. I can hardly wait to see what’s next for this family and for the continued adventure.


He’s a notorious crime lord—and he’s on the hunt for her.

He’s mafia royalty. Worlds above her. Ice-cold and merciless. Driven by duty and dark secrets.
She’s property. Expected to submit. Imprisoned by ruthless criminals determined to break her for information she can’t afford to give.
Except there’s something different about Maxheim Skolov. Something that awakens long buried instincts within Tess and draws her toward the man inside the beast.
A force more dangerous than anything she’s faced to date.
So, she runs.
But she won’t get far.
For mafia prince Maxheim Skolov, hunting down the rebellious, spirited female is a certainty. He’ll do whatever it takes to have her kneeling at his feet once more, even begin a galactic war.

The real question is what he’ll do with her—and to her—when he catches her.

Savage Prince: A Dark Mafia Omegaverse Fated-Mates Romance is the second book in the Ruthless Warlords series. It is a scorching HOT standalone, though it is recommended to read the series in order for greatest enjoyment.

Like all the books in the series, it includes:
A ruthless alien mafia boss
An innocent heroine growing into her power
A fated bond
Plenty of hot omegaverse action
Betrayal, murder, and revenge
Serious plot twists
And an epic romance that proves love will always triumph over hate.

*Book 1 in the series is Ruthless King: A Dark Mafia Omegaverse Fated-Mates Romance. *Forbidden Flame: A Dark Mafia Omegaverse Fated-Mates Romance is a stand-alone novella in the same world

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Hidden Harbor by Emma Renshaw

It was impossible for them to deny the sparks igniting between them. As they get lost in their passion, a killer lurks waiting to strike and take everything away.

Emma Renshaw  has revealed the cover for Hidden Harbor!

Releasing: October 19, 2021

Cover Design: Hang Le

Photography: Britt & Bean


Run or die. It was a simple decision.

Reyna had no choice but to escape her life and start somewhere new. A place where she’d finally feel safe. She fled, plunging straight into the depths of the unknown with only a hope she would land safely. She never would have expected to land straight into Everett’s arms.

Fight or flight. It was instinct.                             

Everett was ordered to flee, but it was his instinct to fight. His DEA team was being hunted and taken out one by one. Now, there were only two left and his boss ordered him to take leave. A few weeks on the beach of his hometown didn’t exactly sound like paradise, especially not with a killer on the loose. He vowed he’d find who was taking out his team, even if it defied orders. He’d fight.

He didn’t find peace on the beach. He found Reyna. A woman on the run. His family took her under their wing, but he wasn’t so quick to trust the woman with a boat-full of secrets. A gorgeous roommate that surprised him at every turn was the last thing he needed.

It was impossible for them to deny the sparks igniting between them. As they get lost in their passion, a killer lurks waiting to strike and take everything away.

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 Emma loves to write, just don’t ask her to write about herself. If she isn’t writing, you can find her lost in a book or trying to get her doggo to take a selfie with her. He usually refuses. At the end of the day, you can find Emma at the closest Mexican restaurant eating queso and sipping on a margarita. She lives in Texas with her husband and dog.

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Love Not at First Sight by Sarah Ready

Love Not at First Sight, an all new enemies to lovers standalone romance from author Sarah Ready is coming July 20th and we have the amazing cover!

When your soul mate is the man you loathed at first sight…Book Two in Sarah Ready’s Soul Mates in Romeo series sparkles with tension and a delicious helping of swoon-worthy romance.

Veronica Diaz loves her career, her friends and the great outdoors – she has no room in her life for men. In fact, she knows there are only two types of men in the world: players and wanna-be players and she wants nothing to do with any of them.

So when a psychic informs Veronica that her fated soul mate is Frederick Knight “The King of Players,” Veronica does what any sensible woman would do – she runs.

A twist of fate lands Veronica in the depths of a pitch-black cave system with a man she’s never met and can’t see. As Veronica and Sam struggle to survive they open up, share their secrets, and risk their lives for each other. Soon Veronica starts to wonder if maybe not all men are players, and maybe she can trust Sam enough to fall in love.

The only problem: Sam is actually Frederick Knight. The man Veronica swore she’d never, ever, ever love.

In fact, she loathed him at first sight.

And if they make it out of the cave alive, and Veronica sees him for the first time, she’ll loathe him again. Won’t she?

But maybe, sometimes you can only see who someone really is when you can’t see them at all? And maybe you can only fall in love when it’s not at first sight?

“This will easily and unequivocally be one of your top reads this year.” By Bookaddict (Chasing Romeo, Book 1 in the Soul Mates in Romeo Series)

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Graphic Designer: Elizabeth Turner Stokes

About Sarah Ready
Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. She loves to write fast-paced, emotionally compelling romances about quirky, smart women and the men who love them.

Before writing romance full-time Sarah had lots of fun teaching at an Ivy League. Then she realized she could have even more fun writing romance. Her favorite things after writing are adventuring and travel. You’ll frequently find her using her degree at a dino dig site, crawling into a cave, snorkeling, or on horseback riding through the jungle – all fodder for her next book. She’s lived in Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and NYC. She currently lives in the Caribbean with her water-obsessed pup and her awesome family.
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Bully Romance, New Adult, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – The Bully by Sophie Lark

I Know Her Secret…

The Bully, an all-new enemies-to-lovers standalone in The Kingmakers Series from bestselling author Sophie Lark, is available now!

Cat is in so much trouble. She did something bad, and I saw.

I’ll keep her secret… for a price.

Poor, sweet, timid Cat should never have come to Kingmakers. It’s a place for monsters and killers. People like me.

She wandered into the lion’s den and now she’s mine.

Mine to play with. Mine to torment. Mine to break…

The Lark Notes:
My very first inspiration for Kingmakers was Dean Yenin. I wanted to write a true anti-hero, with a character arc spanning three books. Dean will make you feel all the things, sometimes against your will. You’ll love him and hate him and love him again, and never get him out of your head. – Sophie

“The Bully” is the third installment in the epic dark mafia Kingmakers series. It’s a bully romance, full of dark, twisted enemies-to-lovers conflict, and some dubious scenes. Reader beware, this one is intense.

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About Sophie
Sophie Lark is an Amazon Bestselling author who writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts. She lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain West.

She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips.

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