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

Review – Spark of Fate by Tessa Hale

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Spark of Fate; Shifting Fate #1 
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: October 20, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Fantasy/Paranormal/Reverse Harem/New Adult Romance

Author: Tessa Hale

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Tessa Hale is a new author that has really wowed me with her fantastic writing, flushed out characters and rich plot development.

Rowan was adopted and never knew or questioned who her birth parents were. After the death of her sister, her parents packed up and moved closer to Seattle to start a new life, hoping to put the grief and loss behind them. Unfortunately, Rowan’s mother slips even more into darkness, her father all but abandons them for work and Rowan is left alone to find her way at a new school and new town.

Within the first few days, Rowan meets; Holden, Vaughn, Keene, Lucas, and Anson. Each boy causes a different reaction, but also similar in that she gets a spark, a kind of electrical zing, just from a brief touch and then depending on who it is she also got an extra kick…come to find out that is based on their particular gift. In this fantasy world, the more mates you have, the more powerful your gifts are. Gifts range from premonition, super strength, to healing powers. That extra kick, well…each boy has their own gift and it affects Rowan differently each time.

Since Rowan was adopted she never knew she had gifts or any kind of abilities. Now that she’s around other paranormals, her entire life is about to change, some for the good, some…well remember when I said that the more mates someone has the more powerful they are, Rowan soon has a target on her back, so even though she can’t help falling for each of the boys that suddenly surround her, she also doesn’t like the attention that it brings.

This is a slow burning romance, but given the age of the characters, it’s not noticeable. With the action of the storyline, it’s filled with adventure, the plot is constantly moving forward, so while there are five boys that are mated to one girl, there really isn’t time to get nakkey.

This is book one of a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger and I definitely need to know what happens next. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series going forward.

Synopsis:

It was supposed to be a fresh start. A completely blank slate in a place where no one knew about the tragedy that ripped her family apart six months ago. A tragedy Rowan can’t help but blame herself for.

Now the only thing she wants is to blend in. To escape the house that has become more like a prison. Her new school is her only hope. Somewhere she can pretend she’s just like everyone else.

Only Rowan doesn’t realize how unique she is. Holden is the first to recognize it, but he’s not the last.

Rowan can’t explain the draw she feels to the guys who have found their way into her life. The way something seems to spark the first moment she touches each of them. How it almost hurts to walk away from them at the end of each day.

Things are changing, from the ripple of power humming just below her skin to this new family she’s finding herself a part of. But not all of the changes are good.

Someone doesn’t like the power Rowan is stepping into or the bonds she’s forming with the guys who have gifts as rare and strong as her own. And when the truth is revealed, it has the power to burn everything in its wake…

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

Review – Wrath by Coralee June

Wrath (Malice Mafia Book 2) by [CoraLee June]

Wrath; Malice Mafia #2 
(#2 within a series)

Publication Date: October 21, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Dark/Mafia/Reverse Harem Romance

Author: Coralee June

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Love is hard. Love to three men is even harder, especially strong, controlling, slightly deranged men. I need to say I LOVE Coralee’s deranged men, they are the absolute best!!!!

Juliet is literally withering away taking care of Nick, William, and Anthony. Having time for her Grams, her schooling, much less herself is taking its toll. She will never choose between the men she’s given her heart too, she loves them all differently, yet also equally, but she may lose herself trying to do it all…sound familiar ladies?!

Wrath is full of Coralee’s dark humor, which is one of the biggest reasons why I not only love Coralee books, but especially fell in love with Malice. Laughing while darkness is raining down around everyone, I’ve discovered, is my new favorite joy in life.

Anthony and Juliet together still bring the best combination of dark laughs for well, reasons…his madness is weirdly adorable and endearing. He is the heart of the brothers and even with his morbid fascinations, he’s just darn likable. However, be prepared to have your heart a little broken this time around…I won’t say more, but with laughter comes some tears.

A close second to my lovely Anthony is Nick’s inner monologue. He of course wants to murder everyone, he has zero patience, and honestly, he’s kind of adorable in his controlling, over-the-top, can’t live without Juliet, overbearing ways. I know, total caveman, but his growly ways are really hot and sweet in a stalkery-lover way. Will his controlling ways eventually ruin everything? Perhaps, but a man can learn…right?

Now, William…what has happened to this man? Perhaps it’s being stuck in the middle and always having to take care of everybody and everything, but William, my heart breaks a bit for the abuse his emotions take, but he’s not innocent in how he gets treated. He pushes and pokes and asks for the beating of his emotions too. This man can only push so much as well before he eventually breaks. He is the most like Juliet in wanting to take care of everyone, but unlike Juliet, he’s silent about it. Juliet likes his silent moments, but is it enough for him?

This group is no where near their happy ending. Working on their dynamic and how to love one another, all still as brothers, and as one family is still a work in progress.

Wrath is full of darkness, a new villain is introduced, and a continued love story is still flowing that made this book UNPUTDOWNABLE!! Coralee never fails to wow and amaze me.

Synopsis:

ɪ ʜᴀᴛᴇᴅ ꜰɪʀᴇ. ɪ ʜᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴍᴏᴋᴇ ᴡʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴍʏ ɴᴀᴋᴇᴅ ʙᴏᴅʏ, ꜱᴛɪɴɢɪɴɢ ᴍʏ ꜱᴋɪɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴅᴇꜰɪᴀɴᴛ ᴇᴍʙᴇʀꜱ. ɪ ʜᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴍᴇʟʟ ᴏꜰ ʙᴜʀɴᴛ ꜰʟᴇꜱʜ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴀꜱʜᴇꜱ ʜᴇᴀᴠʏ ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴛᴏɴɢᴜᴇ, ᴍʏ ᴄʜᴀʀʀᴇᴅ ꜱᴏᴜʟ ʟɪᴋᴇ ꜱᴘʟɪɴᴛᴇʀꜱ ᴅᴇᴇᴘ ɪɴ ᴍʏ ᴄʜᴇꜱᴛ.

ꜱʜᴇ’ꜱ ᴅᴇᴀᴅ, ᴊᴜʟɪᴇᴛ.

ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ’ꜱ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴇʟꜱᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴅᴏ–

ᴅʀᴀɢɢɪɴɢ ᴍʏ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ꜰᴇᴇᴛ ᴀᴄʀᴏꜱꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴄʀᴇᴛᴇ, ɪ ᴡᴀʟᴋᴇᴅ ᴛᴏᴡᴀʀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰʟᴀᴍᴇꜱ. ʜᴇᴀᴛ ʟɪᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴍʏ ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋꜱ. ꜱɪʀᴇɴꜱ ᴏꜰꜰ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪꜱᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴄᴜʀꜱᴇᴅ ᴍʏ ᴇᴀʀꜱ.

ᴅᴇᴀᴅ, ᴅᴇᴀᴅ, ᴅᴇᴀᴅ.

ᴀʟʟ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜɪꜱ ꜱᴛᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ɪ ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ᴀ ᴄʜᴏɪᴄᴇ. ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ɪ ꜰᴇʟʟ ɪɴ ʟᴏᴠᴇ. ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ɪ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴀ ʟᴏɴᴇʟʏ ɢɪʀʟ ᴄʟɪɴɢɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜꜱ ᴍᴇɴ.

ꜱʜᴇ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴅᴇᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇᴍ.

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This is a sequel to Malice! The world is not done with the Civella brothers, and there is trouble on the horizon.

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Blog Tour – Mafia Queen by CD Reiss

MAFIA QUEEN (The DiLustro Arrangement #3) by CD Reiss
Release Date: October 12th
Genre/Trope: Arranged Marriage/Mafia Romance

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MAFIA QUEEN from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is now available!

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Blurb:
What doesn’t kill you makes you a killer.
Santino DiLustro changed me. You can’t spend time in bed with the devil without getting addicted to the heat.
Before him, I was a girl. Innocent and weak.
Now, I’m a woman. A fighter. A killer.
I’ll burn the world down for him. Shatter the sky. But I will not break.
No. I will rise up and destroy whoever dares to threaten what my king has built, because I am forever his queen.

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About the Author:
CD Reiss has a long history of aimlessly moving from place to place. She finally settled in Los Angeles where she earned a master’s degree in cinematic writing from USC. After graduation, she ultimately failed to have one line of dialog put on film, but stayed in Hollywood out of spite.
Since screenwriting was going nowhere, she switched to novels. Soon after, luck arrived with a complete set of baggage. She now has over two dozen titles under her belt. Two of those are NY Times Bestsellers and a handful more are USA Today bestsellers. Her audiobooks have won APA Audie Awards and Earphones Awards, swelling her ego to an inhuman size.
She lives with her family, two cats and her long-suffering husband in a small Hollywood house that’s been outfitted with huge, ego-sized doorways.

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Cover Reveal - 2021, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Sweet Devil by Becker Gray

Becker Gray has revealed the cover for Sweet Devil!
Releasing: December 7, 2021

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Blurb:

People like to say the devil made them do it. And they would be right. I can bend anyone to my will. After all, I am the devil of Pembroke Prep. Only one person dares defy me. The one person I’ve ever wanted to be an angel for. But she despises me almost as much as I crave her. Serafina van Doren is the one temptation I can’t indulge, not with the secrets that I keep. But with the clock running out maybe it’s time to tempt her to the dark side.

Meet Becker Gray

Becker Gray is the brainchild of two best friends who love rich boys in peacoats. The Hellfire Club is their first series together.

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Cover Reveal – Dark Reign by Amelia Wilde

Amelia Wilde has revealed the cover for Dark Reign!

Releasing: November 9, 2021

Wealthy. Reclusive. Dangerous. Emerson LeBlanc doesn’t enter society much. He only ventures out in pursuit of new art for his collection. It starts with a haunting painting. Then he meets the artist…

Innocent Daphne Morelli is more exquisite than anything he’s ever seen. He becomes obsessed with her. It doesn’t matter that she’s a living, breathing person with her own hopes and dreams.

She’ll be the perfect addition to his collection.

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Meet Amelia
Amelia Wilde is a USA TODAY bestselling author of dangerous contemporary romance and loves it a little too much. She lives in Michigan with her husband and daughters. She spends most of her time typing furiously on an iPad and appreciating the natural splendor of her home state from where she likes it best: inside.
 
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Excerpt Reveal – Wicked Knight by Tracy Lorraine

WICKED KNIGHT (Knight’s Ridge Empire #1) by Tracy Lorraine

Release Date: October 21st

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Wicked Summer Knight is a prequel to the Knight’s Ridge Empire series. It was previously released in the Hot Summer School Nights anthology

EXCERPT

“What do you want from me?” I force out as his grip only gets tighter.

He smiles once more, but this time, there’s no amusement in it. Only malice.

“I want to hurt you. Punish you. Ruin you. Break you,” he hisses, almost as if he’s actually talking to himself. “I want to make you cry, beg, plead with me for mercy despite the fact that you know it’ll never come.”

My head spins as I try to register his words and the seriousness behind each and every threat.

“That’s some heavy shit for someone you just met.”

“You have no idea who you are, do you, Doukas?”

Blurb:

The truth is meant to set you free… but not my truth.

Mine has sent me deeper and darker, feeding my need for revenge. I want blood for those who wronged me and my family. And my so-called truth is ripping me apart, in a way lies never could.

Everyone else has moved on, but I can’t. Not until someone pays.

And it seems that fate is on my side this time, because the hellion girl from the graveyard is going to be my saving grace… and provide me with everything I crave.

The pain.

The vengeance.

The blood.

She has no idea what she’s been dragged into, but she’s going to regret every step she’s taken to get here.

Stella Doukas isn’t like any other girl I’ve encountered before.

She’s fierce, determined, and much stronger than I anticipated.

I might have met my match.

And that is not a good thing…

About the Author:

Tracy Lorraine is a new adult and contemporary romance author.

Tracy has recently-ish turned thirty and lives in a cute Cotswold village in England with her husband, baby girl and lovable but slightly crazy dog. Having always been a bookaholic with her head stuck in her Kindle Tracy decided to try her hand at a story idea she dreamt up and hasn’t looked back since.

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

Review – The Bratva’s Heir by Jane Henry and Sophie Lark

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The Bratva’s Heir; Underworld Kings 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: October 15, 2021

Genre/Tropes: D/s/Dark/Mafia Romance

Author: Jane Henry and Sophie Lark

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

A very powerful personality mixed with a soft submissive….the dynamic in this bratva novel was quite fascinating and while D/s isn’t a new trope for me, the thrill of an escaped convict pursing his innocence while his normal life isn’t exactly innocent per say, The Bratva’s Heir turned out to be quite the page turner.

Constantine Rogov is heir to the US Russian mafia. He lives a life of corruption and crime, so the fact that he’s in jail shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s actually the conviction itself that has Constantine upset and wanting to clear his name. When Claire Nightingale is sent to psychoanalyze him Constantine takes matters into his own hands, turns the tables on the young doctor, and basically “Harley Quinns” her over to the Dark side of thinking.

Claire Nightingale is a correctional Psychologist who is still learning and building her psychiatry business. Working at the prison is her way of giving back to a broken society, but she never thought her patient, Constantine, would be quite the trouble he ended up being.

I don’t know if Stockholm Syndrome is quite the right term, considering they didn’t spend a ton of time together before Claire became fascinated with Constantine, but this is the road they fall down together.  Attraction to an abductor and the abductee taking full advantage of it.

Constantine wants to find retribution for being wrongfully locked up and having Claire by his side is his ace in the hole, but he also begins falling for the woman who should just be a pawn.

Claire should know better than to fall for a patient. As a doctor of the mind, she knows all the pitfalls and tricks, but she can’t stop the landslide into the madness. Constantine interrogates her mind, her body, her soul and she’s weak when it comes to him. However, when the facts begin building up she no longer believes he’s mad and instead begins helping him. What began as madness might not be madness afterall.

The Bratva’s Heir is thrilling, intoxicating, and very steamy.

Synopsis:

Worlds collide in a brand-new mafia romance by Sophie Lark and Jane Henry.

A stand-alone novel in the Underworld Kings series

Prison’s a dark, bleak place.

But Clare brings me light.

My sweet little bird will be my ticket to freedom.

The first time I saw her, I had to have her.

From her big, dark eyes, to the curves she can’t conceal…

The way she can only hold my gaze so long.

The way she shivers every time I move inside these chains.

And most of all, the way she’ll bend the rules when I order her to…

I know a natural submissive when I see one.

Her degrees and titles don’t change who she is: a woman who will bend to my will.

She doesn’t know it yet, but Clare is mine.

Mine to train. Mine to protect. And mine to control…

💀 Underworld Kings 💀
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New Release – Missing Maverick by Anna Brooks

 Release Date: October 14
 
I was going to love her until my last breath, and she promised to do the same… but she lied.
Cricket McBride packed up without warning, ditching our small town and the life we were going to build together. She left me with tears in her eyes, a kiss on my cheek, and an empty heart that had done nothing but hardened over the years.
My life wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I’d long since accepted it for what it was. I was content with working on my family ranch and being the best father I could. And I was fine with that.
Or so I thought.
When Cricket returned, one look was all it took for me to admit I still cared, but it wasn’t until I saw the marks on her skin and the pain in her soul that I realized just how deep that love went. Because the same hands that held her tight also promised to protect her… and I never broke a promise.

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Meet Anna Brooks

 

The first time Anna tried to read a romance novel, her hair caught on fire when she leaned over a candle to sneak a peek at her mom’s Harlequin. She thinks being hit on the head with a shirtless Fabio until the smoke cleared is what sparked the flame for her love of romance. 

Anna was born in Wisconsin, but currently lives in Texas with her husband and two boys. 

 

She writes sexy romance that always has a happy ending and loves bringing characters back for cameos. Less than six degrees of separation connects any of her novels. 

 

When she’s not writing or reading, she’s watching reruns of her favorite romcoms, talking to her dog and cat like they’re human, eating carbs, or practicing hand lettering. 

 

She loves to hear from readers and can be found on social media as @annabrooksauth everywhere.

 
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