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

Review – Tainted Blood by Cora Kenborn and Catherine Wiltcher

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Tainted Blood; Corrupt Gods #2
(#2 in a duet)

Publication Date: July 10, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Duet/Mafia/Dark Romance

Author: Cora Kenborn and Catherine Wiltcher

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars 4.5 stars


A tale not for the faint of heart. Full of brutality and lethalness, but at the heart a tale of love.

Santi and Thalia’s story continues in Tainted Blood where a lot of the book they walk their own path. Thalia has been kidnapped and Santi has to figure out not only who kidnapped his bride, but then how to rescue her.

Thalia certainly comes into her own in this story. There is no holding back while she’s kidnapped and Thalia has to come to terms with who she becomes and the consequences if she ever escapes. Will life ever be the same and can she go back to who she was before this nightmare?

Santi may have married his mafia princess for nefarious reasons, but now that she’s missing unknown feelings for his bride rise to the surface. He will stop at nothing to find her and bring her home safely, even if he has to set her free upon her return. The big question he has to face is if she will return when he does.

Santi and Thalia are from two families that have crossed paths time and time again, could their union finally end the bloodshed between them? Could their families finally call a truce? Will their marriage bind them forever or will it end things forever?

Tainted Blood is not to be read as a standalone as it’s part of a duet. 4.5 stars overall.


๐™ฐ ๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š›๐šŠ ๐š’๐šœ ๐šŠ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šœ๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐š˜๐š ๐š๐šŽ๐šŒ๐šŽ๐š™๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—.
๐™ฐ ๐š‚๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐š’๐šŠ๐š๐š˜ ๐š—๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŽ๐š๐šœ.

Santi Carrera is the war I never saw coming.
A beautiful liar.
The architect of my own undoing.

He twisted my loyalty into an ultimatum.
He chained me to his side with a vow of deceit.
I should despise him for all heโ€™s done to me…
But behind those dark eyes, I see his pain.
I recognize his conflict because itโ€™s ours to share.

Now, Iโ€™m a pawn in a new war.
Stolen by a stranger, Iโ€™ve been taken to a foreign land.
My fate rests in the fragile truce between our families.
They will tear this world apart to find me.
But he’s the only man who can save me.

*๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜ 2 ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘Ž ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ค ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘ก. ๐ต๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐ต๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘, ๐ต๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜ 1, ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐ด๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘ง๐‘œ๐‘›.
**๐‘‡๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐ต๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ถ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘๐‘ , ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘œ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘’๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘

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Cover Reveal – My Fiance’s Bodyguard by Ivy Wild

I thought the days of fathers selling their daughters were over.
Apparently, I thought wrong.

My Fiancรฉ’s Bodyguard, an all-new standalone mafia romance from Ivy Wild, is coming August 5th and we have the smoking hot cover!

I thought the days of fathers selling their daughters were over.
Apparently, I thought wrong.
Because, in a few short months
Iโ€™m supposed to marry Johnny Maldonado.
His record is squeaky clean,
but anyone whoโ€™s been to Boston knows who he really is
and what he controls.
Thereโ€™s only one problem:
Iโ€™m not interested in Johnny.
Iโ€™m interested in the man charged with his protection.
Maxon Holt. His Bodyguard.
When I ran away, he was the one to find me.
Heโ€™s not friendly and we donโ€™t get along.
But, I find myself drawn to him.
Max is cold, dark, and distant.
And heโ€™s harboring a secret.
One that could get us both killed.

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About Ivy

Writer of all things untamed, romantic and free, Ivy Wild never planned on becoming a romance novelist. In fact, she hated romance as a kid and was quite proud of that fact. Basically, life is weird.

Married to her own alpha hero, she currently lives in various places of the world at various times thanks to his military career.

Her current side hustle is being a lawyer.

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Cover Reveal – BULLETPROOF by Xavier Neal

BULLETPROOF by Xavier Neal

Release Date: July 22nd

Cover Design: Dana Leah with Designs by Dana

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The assignment is simple.

Don’t let the client die.

Don’t let her get kidnapped.

Don’t sleep with her.

It’s the last part that unexpectedly complicates things for me after I’m introduced to the most beautiful and brilliant woman I could’ve ever envisioned.

And it only gets worse when we have to stash ourselves away in a small town where our calculated cover is to be a recently engaged couple.

My new mission is now significantly harder.

Don’t let her hate what’s for dinner.

Don’t let anyone else make her laugh more than I do.

And, most importantly, don’t let myself actually fall for someone again.

After all, my job isn’t to love my boss’s sister.

It’s to stop an unidentified threat from taking her โ€“ or die trying.

About the Author:

Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband “Lumberjackโ€ and their two fur babies.

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Contemporary Romance, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – Rent-A Husband by Everly Ashton

Release Date: July 8

When Camila Wright hired me to fix a few things around her house I didnโ€™t expect to find myself swindled into a fake relationship with her.

Sure, my company is called Rent-A Husband but thatโ€™s not what people actually hire me for.

But when I find her elbow deep in a tub of ice cream with tears running down her face how can I turn down her proposition?

Suddenly a fake relationship becomes a fake marriage that we have to keep up all summer. Which is all fine and good except for the part where we both agreed not to let anything โ€˜realโ€™ creep into our arrangement.

But then certain parts of me start to crave certain parts of her and things become even more complicated because we both have our own reasons for wanting what we have to remain make-believe only.

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Meet Everly Ashton
Everly Ashton is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wanted to try something a little different under a new name.ย She loves brooding heroes, spunky heroines, and happily ever afters.ย You can usually find her with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of caffeine in the other.ย And because sheโ€™s using a pseudonym she canโ€™t tell you much more than that. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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New Release – The Grumpy Player Next Door by Pippa Grant

Title: The Grumpy Player Next Door
Series: Copper Valley Fireballs #3
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 8, 2021

An enemies-to-lovers / sports / grumpy-sunshine / neighbor romance

I, Tillie Jean Rock, am not in love with my brotherโ€™s teammate. Sure, he might have those biceps and that โ€œI am the grouchiest of grouchy bearsโ€ smolder, and he might shovel snow off his driveway next door wearing nothing but boxer shorts and rubber boots, and he might be running a side business feeding all the stray goats in town, but studliness is only skin-deep.

And I might flirt with him every chance I get, but I swear itโ€™s only to annoy my brother.

And him.

Because Max Cole?

Under all of those glorious muscles and chiseled cheekbones and searing glares beats the heart of a heartless devil.

I could no sooner fall in love with a guy who treats me like a kid, and judges me at every opportunity, and sets an army of garden gnomes loose on my yard, than I could fall in love with my grandfatherโ€™s pet parrot.

But I can definitely annoy him. I can one hundred percent get on board with annoying him.

Thatโ€™s what you do when you donโ€™t like your neighbor, right?

But you know what they say about love and hateโ€ฆ

Itโ€™s a very thin line.

Especially when the real reason Iโ€™m not in love with Max Coleโ€”that heโ€™s incapable of loveโ€”might not be true at all.

The Grumpy Player Next door is a fun-filled enemies-to-lovers romcom featuring a ray of sunshine on a mission, an athlete whoโ€™s only grouchy around her, and an epic prank gone wrong. It stands alone and comes complete with small-town shenanigans, a goat whoโ€™s not nearly as wise as his name suggests, and proof that sometimes, love is the best kind of vengeance.




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Thereโ€™s a fine art to revenge, and today, I am arting the hell out of it. Iโ€™m talking cackles of glee, evil cartoon overlord-style, rubbing my hands together while bouncing on my toes. Reminding myself toย shut upย because my brother will be home from his morning workout any minute now, and I donโ€™t want to tip my hand when he doesnโ€™t know Iโ€™m waiting for him here in his house up on the mountainside.
You would think he wouldโ€™ve learned to engage his security system more often by now.
But he hasnโ€™t, which means Iโ€™m here, armed and dangerous and ready, and Iโ€™m cackling with glee all over again.
I know, I know.ย Is this really how you want to pay him back for having a box labeled โ€œdildosโ€ delivered to you at your parentsโ€™ house in the midst of all the pre-wedding activities for your other brother last week?
Yes, actually.
Yes, it is.
Itโ€™s payback time.
I have zero doubt Cooper will have mad respect that Iโ€™m doing this.
Sort of like while I was pissed when he replaced my coffee beans with roasted goat poop before he left for spring training nine months ago, I very much respected that he pulled it off, even if I wasnโ€™t pleased at having to admit that that was the prank that took him over the top to win in our annual off-season prank war.
But this winter?
This winter, my brother Cooper โ€œStinky Bootyโ€ Rock is going down.
The universe told me so. Why else would it have hand-delivered that video into my social media stream to inspire me right after I finished figuring out where to donate an unopened box of dildos?
I cackle again.
And then I slap my hand over my mouth.
Heโ€™s home.
Thereโ€™s his dark head, bent toward the knob, beyond the tempered glass panel beside his front door. Heโ€™s dressed in Fireballs red, which is more orange than it is red, and heโ€™s probably worn out from lifting at the gym.
Yesterday was cardio day.
I know, because he ran past Crusty Nut, our dadโ€™s restaurant where Iโ€™m the manager five days a week, at least two dozen times without stopping in once to say hi.
I havenโ€™t seen him since the wedding several days ago, which either means heโ€™s avoiding me and the revenge he knows I owe him, or he has a stick up his butt and has forgotten the little people.
Or, possibly, heโ€™s distracted, in which case, he needs this.
I squat into position at the top of the stairs, as hidden as I can be while still seeing my target, Nerf blaster locked and loaded, waiting while he fumbles with his keys.
For the record?
Itโ€™s not easy to hide at the top of a curved staircase. Iโ€™m on my belly now, half-angled behind the wall of the hallway to his guest bedrooms, peering between the slats of the banister, hoping all my target practice pays off.
Steady, TJ. This is what you trained for.
The lock clicks.
I flatten myself lower and take aim.
The door swings open.
Dark hair in the foyer.ย Go go go.
I squeeze the trigger, sending a rapid blast of modified foam darts at the six balloons floating in the space above the door.
The needle sticking out barely an eighth of an inch in the tip of the first dart connects. One helium balloon pops. Then two more, followed by the fourth and fifth. The sixth shifts after getting hit, like itโ€™s a tough guy balloon. Itโ€™s the ninja of balloons, and it doesnโ€™t want to participate in my dastardly plans today, but thatโ€™s okay. The other balloons are bursting in a sparkly, shiny, beautiful pink glitter spray thatโ€™s splattering on the walls, exploding from its nylon shell and raining down like a spring shower, coating the walls, making the air sparkle, and dusting all that dark hair as Cooperโ€™s lifting his head. โ€œWhat theโ€”โ€
And in the span of a heartbeat, before he can finish that sentence, I realize my mistake.
My terrible, horrible, very bad miscalculation.
If I were a superhero, Iโ€™d be sucking all that glitter into my lungs and redirecting it into my brotherโ€™s bedroom, which is likely what I shouldโ€™ve done in the first placeโ€”hindsight, right?โ€”but I didnโ€™t. This was so much more dramatic and didnโ€™t risk me having to find out which local heโ€™s screwing around with in his spare time, as sheโ€™d be coated in glitter too after rolling around in his sheets, except my prank has failed.
It has failedย spectacularly.
โ€œOh my god,โ€ I gasp.
Thatโ€™s not Cooper.
That isย soย not Cooper.


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Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.


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New Adult, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – Waste My Time by Kelsey Clayton

My name is Easton Donovan,
and I massively screwed up.

Waste My Time, an all-new angst-filled new adult romance from Kelsey Clayton, is available now!

I shouldโ€™ve given her the world.
Shouldโ€™ve been everything she deserves.
Instead, I broke her like every promise Iโ€™ve ever made.

The darkness tells me to let her go.
Memories of my past keep me from letting her in.
Someone should tell her that loving me is a losing game.

Just being around her is a high Iโ€™ve never known.
If she knows whatโ€™s good for her, sheโ€™ll cut me off.
Given the chance, Iโ€™ll ruin her the way Iโ€™ve done to others.
But with the bomb she just dropped, sheโ€™s here to stay.

Sheโ€™s flawless innocence.
Iโ€™m toxic destruction.
And the selfish part is, I need her.

Truth be told, Kennedy Lehigh could be the one to save me from myself.

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๐Ÿ’š ๐”ผ๐•ž๐• ๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐•, ๐•˜๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ก๐•ก๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜, ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•€ ๐•จ๐•’๐•ค๐•Ÿ’๐•ฅ ๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•€ ๐•จ๐•’๐•ค ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐••๐•ช ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•ค๐•’๐•ช ๐•˜๐• ๐• ๐••๐•“๐•ช๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•  โ„•โ„๐•Œ ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ก๐•–๐•ฃ๐•—๐•–๐•”๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•Ÿ๐••๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜. – ๐•‚๐•’๐•ช ๐”ป๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•š๐•–๐•๐•ค โ„๐• ๐•ž๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•”๐•–๐Ÿ’š


About Kelsey

Kelsey Clayton is an internationally selling author of Contemporary Romance novels. She lives in a small town in Delaware with her husband, two kids, and dog.
She is an avid reader of fall hard romance. She believes that books are the best escape you can find, and that if you feel a range of emotions while reading her stories – she succeeded. She loves writing and is only getting started on this life long journey.
Kelsey likes to keep things in her life simple. Her ideal night is one with sweatpants, a fluffy blanket, cheese fries, and wine. She holds her friends and family close to her heart and would do just about anything to make them happy.

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New Release – Black Thorns by Rina Kent

๐Ÿ’› โ„๐•†๐•‹ โ„•๐”ผ๐•Ž โ„๐”ผ๐•ƒ๐”ผ๐”ธ๐•Š๐”ผ ๐Ÿ’›

๐—•๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ž๐—จ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ!! ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—– ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐——๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜!

#๐Ÿญ-๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†!






Narrated by Teddy Hamilton & Rose Dioro, featuring Jacob Morgan!


A lie turned into a nightmare.

She broke my heart.

Broke me.

Broke us.

Only one thing could mend the gaping wound she left behind.



All mine for the taking.

All mine for owning.

All mine.

Read Red Thorns, Book One in the Thorns Duet today!







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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