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Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Mafia/Gang/Secret Society Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Canary by Tijan

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Canary 
(A standalone)

Publication Date: October 4, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Antihero/Mafia/Dark Romance

Author: Tijan

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Tijan has blown me away with Canary!! Amazing drama, fantastic development, a well thought out story arc that captured my attention from the very first sentence and kept it until the very last page.

I was completely drawn into this new world by Tijan. I was fascinated by the characters and digging through the layers of plot development that even as the body count was piling up I was still rooting for the romance between these dark characters. Fantastic!!

Girl/Carrie/Ash – The name of the leading heroine continually changed, and I don’t want to go into the depth of why that is important, but her story behind how she ends up working with the mafia is fascinating in itself. The Canary, as she becomes known, works for Raize, or more like she was won in a poker game because of her unique skill set. She is a human lie detector, a valuable asset in the mafia world when time is short, and there are people to kill. That is Raize’s speciality, which is why he sought her out, but over time their connection grows, something neither one of them expected.

It’s hot, insatiable, passionate and oh yeah…hot!! It could be the fact that they are continually running for their lives and could die at moments notice that makes them never keep their hands off each other, but whatever it is, their intensity is there and adds to the story tenfold.

Raize, himself, has quite the backstory, aside from being a hired mafia killer. Everywhere these two go they draw attention to themselves. It’s not only their good looks, but also their dangerous energy. Will they ever escape the targets on their backs and bigger question is, do they want to?

Canary is fantastic and another wonderful addition for Tijan’s mafia collection!

Synopsis:

“Canaries sing to save lives. I sing and people die.”

We were on the front lines in that world, the mafia world.

There was nothing soft or glamorous about it.

Who you were before no longer mattered. Names didn’t exist.

I joined anyway. I had no other choice because they took my sister.

Join. Find her. Try and make it out alive.

Then he won me in a poker game.

I hated him instantly, thinking he was like my other bosses before him.

He wasn’t. He was worse.

He wasn’t just cold. He was dead inside.

It didn’t matter that he was gorgeous.

He was the most lethal thing I’d ever met.

He was also the only person who could keep me alive, if he didn’t kill me himself.

A/N This is a 102k mafia/cartel standalone.
This is the most violent book Tijan has ever written.
Trigger warning: references to sexual violence

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Slow Burn by Starlight by Jennifer Bernard

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Slow Burn by Starlight; Lost Harbor, Alaska #10 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Friends-to-Lovers/Small Town Romance

Author: Jennifer Bernard

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Lost Harbor is coming home, going to a family reunion, or reconnecting with your best friends. I love returning to every every adventure and love story in this world and never want to leave.

Like Alastair Dougal, I fell completely in love with Ruthie Malone. She is stinkin adorable, with her own unique quirks, a woman with a love for books, a seeker of truth and a love for history. Her best friend, Alastair, accepts her for all of her uniqueness, the same way she sees past his grumpy Scottish demenur.

She returned to Lost Harbor with a new purpose. Working hard to brush off all her past shyness, to not be the old Ruthie, she now runs the new museum and begins her quest to seek out the answers to how Lost Harbor was founded. She never imagined while seeking the truth that the little town she loved would end up in a huge uproar. Poor, sweet Ruthie as she seeks her truths, not everyone is kind, but the townspeople also unleash some shocking revelations.

While Alastair originally came to Lost Harbor seeking answers, he’s stayed longer for the people. There is something about the small town and one adorable redhead in particular that draws him in again and again. Even when his past comes calling, Ruthie is there by his side. Their inside jokes are so cute, their understanding of one another, their friendship, everything that brings them closer is so endearing….I truly loved them together.

Another wonderful hit in this Lost Harbor series, but can be read as a complete standalone.

Synopsis:

Graduate degree in hand, Ruthie Malone has returned to her Alaska hometown to catch the eye of her lifelong crush and prove she’s not the same awkward girl everyone remembers. And she’s definitely made an impression—stirring a hornet’s nest of old secrets with her research into Lost Harbor’s forgotten past. Seems the only person in her corner is her new coworker, a Scottish chef who’s as surly as he is sexy—and a close friend. Which means hand’s off.

Alastair Dougal first visited Lost Harbor seeking answers to his sister’s tragic death, but the charming town keeps calling him back, again and again. Now he’s taken temporary work and become unlikely friends with a nerdy redhead who’s equal parts quirky and exasperating. But when a nasty part of his past comes calling, it’s Ruthie who has his back—and his attention, after she reveals a side that’s less shy historian, more sensual hottie.

Busy trying to uncover old secrets, Ruthie and Alastair don’t want to ruin their friendship…until one wild beach bonfire puts them on course for a slow burn by starlight.
Graduate degree in hand, Ruthie Malone has returned to her Alaska hometown to catch the eye of her lifelong crush and prove she’s not the same awkward girl everyone remembers. And she’s definitely made an impression—stirring a hornet’s nest of old secrets with her research into Lost Harbor’s forgotten past. Seems the only person in her corner is her new coworker, a Scottish chef who’s as surly as he is sexy—and a close friend. Which means hand’s off.

Alastair Dougal first visited Lost Harbor seeking answers to his sister’s tragic death, but the charming town keeps calling him back, again and again. Now he’s taken temporary work and become unlikely friends with a nerdy redhead who’s equal parts quirky and exasperating. But when a nasty part of his past comes calling, it’s Ruthie who has his back—and his attention, after she reveals a side that’s less shy historian, more sensual hottie.

Busy trying to uncover old secrets, Ruthie and Alastair don’t want to ruin their friendship…until one wild beach bonfire puts them on course for a slow burn by starlight.

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