Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Sleight of Hand by Marie James

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Sleight of Hand; Blackbridge Security #7 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary Romance

Author: Marie James

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Hot, funny, and mixed with tension. BBS continues to amaze me with the mix of characters and great love stories.

This new couple sizzles chemistry, smoking hot fire, but between them neither of them have any experience in the relationship department, not that either of them are looking for anything beyond the sheets. However, the more time they spend together, the more the idea doesn’t lose appeal.

Gaige Ward and Leighton Redmond meet in a bar the night before Leighton is set to meet with Deacon Black for a job interview with Blackbridge Security. Neither Gaige nor Leighton know who the other person is, their interlude is purely for pleasure where they actually give each other false names too. A one night stand that shouldn’t have gone past that night, but the next day sheds a new light to a hot evening, with poor choices.

While Gaige and Leighton burn right off the pages, they both have problems with intimacy. Their back and forth, especially how Gaige initially treated Leighton was unexpected, but I loved the idea of how he originally handled his life and the growth he had throughout the story was excellent.

Leighton held back more throughout as the story went along, but she doesn’t believe in relationships, at all. Unlike Gaige who grew up with loving parents, Leighton grew up in a toxic environment and believes that all men aren’t able to commit. While she loves that Gaige is excellent at providing multiple O’s she doesn’t see beyond the bedroom for a future.

I love how each book in the Blackbridge world is different, but the entire team is brought together under one roof to work cohesively for one company. I never know what to expect when jumping into a BBS book and it truly makes reading this series exciting. I love returning, if for nothing else, to catch up with Wren and Puff Daddy, they make me giggle every single time.


Gaige Ward, acquisition expert for Blackbridge Security, obtains things for the team.

As far as your mind can take you is how far he can go.

If it exists, he can get his hands on it.

If he can’t, he’ll find someone who can.

He never fails.

As with all things when growing in popularity, Blackbridge is also taking on scrutiny.

His boss, in an attempt to counter being called misogynistic and discriminatory against women, needs a female with the ability to handle the same tasks his guys can.

Leighton Redmond fits the bill perfectly.

Only, according to her she isn’t for sale, for employment or otherwise.

Gaige loves a challenge but has NEVER had to fight so hard to procure something for his boss.

Maybe next time he’ll think twice before having a one-night stand the day before a very important business meeting.

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Cover Reveal – Still Falling for You by Siobhan Davis

Still Falling for You, an emotional, angsty, second-chance romance from USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis is coming October 31st and we have the jaw-dropping cover! 

Once there was a boy, with messy blond hair, vibrant blue eyes, and the most dazzling smile, who helped to mend all the dark, broken pieces inside me. 

Ryder made a bad situation better. Falling for him wasn’t just inevitable—it was the stars aligning and our souls connecting at the deepest level. 

Plans were made, and for the first time ever, I had hope. I believed in the future we were going to build together. 
Until he left, without even saying goodbye.  

Years have passed, and though I have tried to move on, my heart still lingers on the boy who claimed it. 
Now he’s back, saying he wants another chance. 

And I’m terrified I’m not finished falling. 

This book was previously published as Only Ever You. It has received a makeover and undergone a fresh round of proofreading, but the story has not changed. 

Due to mature situations and some dark themes, this angst-filled romance is only recommended to readers aged eighteen and older. Some scenes may be triggering. Please read the note at the start of the book. 

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Siobhan Davis is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Top 10 bestselling romance author. Siobhan writes emotionally intense stories with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She has sold over 1.5 million books and her titles are translated into several languages. 

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. 

She lives in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons. 

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Excerpt Reveal – SEVER by Caitlyn Dare

SEVER: A Dark High School Romance

(Savage Falls Sinners MC #4) by Caitlyn Dare

Release Date: October 28th

Genre: Dark Romance

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers /Bully/High school/MC/Reverse Harem

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“Shit, babe, we’re sorry, okay? We didn’t know how it would go down, we only knew—”

“It doesn’t matter.” I shake my head, feeling tears burn the backs of my eyes. “What’s done is done.”

“You don’t need to do this,” he says, taking another step toward me. “We can kiss and make up and everything—”

“If you say everything will be okay, I swear to god I’ll kick you in the balls.”

“Feisty.” He chuckles, and Wes and Rhett snort.

“This isn’t funny. I’m trying to be serious and you’re—”

“You’re prancing around in those itty-bitty panties, sucking on your fingers like a porn star and you expect us to take you seriously?” Rhett stands, folding his arms over his chest. “I hate to tell you, princess, but you’ve got nobody fooled.”

“I hate you.” The words spill from lips before I can stop them.

“But you love the way my cock feels buried deep inside of you.” He stalks toward me, slow, sure steps like a predator stalking its prey.

“Stay the hell back, Savage.”

“Or what? You’ll kick me in the balls?” His lips twist with amusement. “Didn’t you get the memo, baby. I like a little pain, and if it means I get in your pussy, bring. It. On.”

“There’s something very wrong with you.” I shake my head, all too aware that he’s destroying my resolve.

Rhett reaches me, snatching the jar of chocolate spread from my hand. Shoving his finger inside, he scoops out a big dollop and pushes it toward my lips. “Suck.”

“Fuck you.”

“That’s the plan, princess. Went over forty-eight hours without being inside you, don’t plan on waiting another hour.”

“Oh yeah?” My brow lifts as I brace the back of the counter. With a big push, I leap down and take off toward the bedroom. “Guess you’ll have to catch me first.”

“Fucking crazy bitch,” I hear Rhett mutter as Dane and Wes explode with laughter.

We all know how this ends, and deep down, I want it.

I want them.

But I have no objections to making them work for it first. After all, they need to remember that I’m their queen.

And it’s time they get on their knees and beg for my forgiveness.


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The final instalment in the dark romance series from the bestselling author of the Rebels at Sterling Prep series…

Loving one guy is hard.

Loving three… well, it should be more than a girl like Sadie Ray Dalton can handle.

But Sadie knows where she belongs, and it’s right beside her guys.

Life in Savage Falls is finally calming down. Dane is preparing to step up and take over the Red Ridge Sinners, Rhett is accepting an unconventional life with his princess, and Wes is adapting to his new role within the club.

But another enemy is circling—one who’s closer than they realize.

One who won’t stop until the Sinners MC are on their knees.

Sadie and her guys all want their happily-ever-after, but they should know by now, nothing in life comes easy.

One last time, they’re going to have to fight for it.

And hope everyone makes it out alive.

SEVER is a full length dark enemies-to-lovers/bully romance. This is a why choose novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. It is book four in the series and must be read after SAVAGE, SACRIFICE, and SACRED. It contains mature content that some readers may find distressing.

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Two angsty romance lovers writing dark heroes and the feisty girls who bring them to their knees.

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New Release – Wrath by Coralee June

𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫, 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐋𝐞𝐞 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞, 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞’𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫: 𝐖𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐡!

All of this started because I made a choice.

Because I fell in love.

Because I was a lonely girl clinging to dangerous men.

𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.

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I ʜᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ sᴍᴇʟʟ ᴏꜰ ʙᴜʀɴᴛ ꜰʟᴇsʜ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴀsʜᴇs ʜᴇᴀᴠʏ ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴛᴏɴɢᴜᴇ, ᴍʏ ᴄʜᴀʀʀᴇᴅ sᴏᴜʟ ʟɪᴋᴇ sᴘʟɪɴᴛᴇʀs ᴅᴇᴇᴘ ɪɴ ᴍʏ ᴄʜᴇsᴛ.

𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒂 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒚.


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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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About CoraLee Coralee June is an international bestselling romance writer who enjoys engaging projects and developing real, raw, and relatable characters. She is an English major from Texas State University and has had an intense interest in literature since her youth. She currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys long walks through the ice-cream aisle at her local grocery store.

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New Release – 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

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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…

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-Knife and blood play




-Sexual violence


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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New Relealse – No Strings by Nikki Ash

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🖤 No Strings is LIVE! 🖤


From USA Today Bestselling Author Nikki Ash comes a brand new, contemporary, stand-alone romance about a single dad who thinks he has everything figured out—until he meets her…


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No Strings: a single dad romance by Nikki Ash is LIVE and right now you can grab it at a special release price or FREE with Kindle Unlimited! 


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What you need to know about No Strings: 

🖤 Serious single dad

🖤 Sassy Southern heroine 

🖤 Laugh out loud banter 

🖤 Sizzling chemistry 

🖤 ALL the feels

🖤 Complete standalone  



A sexy, single dad and his teenage son weren’t a part of my white picket fence fairy tale, but if life has taught me anything, it’s that things don’t always work out according to plan.

Ben offers me no-strings-attached sex, but we could never be stringless. He has a son to think about, one who’s very much a part of my life.

No matter how much I want to accept his offer, taking our relationship to the next level would leave us tangled in knots.


After experiencing firsthand the devastation love can cause, I knew having a family wasn’t for me. Neither was being a single dad—but here we are, trying to make it work.

The last thing I need is a distraction, but then Savannah waltzes into my world,  stealing my treadmill at the gym—as well as my son’s heart.

We agreed to no strings. No complications or commitments. But I’m going back on my word because now that I know what it’s like to be with Savannah, there’s no way I’m ever letting her go.


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