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Review – Loyalty in the Shadows by Veronica Eden

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Loyalty in the Shadows; Crowned Crows #2ย 
(#2 within a series)

Publication Date: December 15, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Suspense/Secret Society/Grumpy-Sunshine/New Adult/Dark Romance

Author: Veronica Eden

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A grumpy/sunshine, mixed with suspense made this dark romance a total page turner!

Isla and Levi were magnetic on the page. Their grumpy/sunshine banter gave laughter at the perfect moments especially among all the dark times. Isla’s sassy vibes not only threw Levi for a loop, but she threw him off kilter because she didn’t respond to his darkness like he thinks she should. It makes their chemistry off the charts and the funny moments really pop.

Continuing the suspense from book one, the Crows continue to look for clues into Rowan’s brother’s death and even more mystery is added as Isla Vonn is added to mix and her kidnapping attempt makes the plot thicken.

Attending the same prep school, Isla grew up with the Crows. Always attracted to the silent man in the shadows, she never suspected that Levi spent so much time in them because he was obsessed with her and once she came under their protection, that obsession grew into something more.

I loved all the interaction with the other Crows and the possibilities into where their stories could go. This book contained a lot of mystery, suspense, and steamy good times and I cannot wait to read more as the other boys to fall for their women and as they unravel more of the dark mystery.


๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ช๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’” ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’†๐’š.
๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’…๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’.
๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’”๐’‚๐’„๐’“๐’Š๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’‘?

Thorne Point sunk its claws in me at a young age.
I refused to let its harsh truths snuff out my light.
When an attempt to kidnap me is stopped, I know theyโ€™ll never give up.
The cityโ€™s seedy underbelly wonโ€™t let me escape forever.
My only choice is to run into the arms of monsters for safety.
The Crows have a terrifying reputation, and Levi Astor lives up to it.
But my protective monster will never be worse than the ones who buried their ugliness deep in me.

๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช ๐˜ˆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต.
Our unchallenged rule over this city is crumbling.
Weโ€™ll hunt down the ones behind this and make them pay.
๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต, ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ.
Guarding the senatorโ€™s daughter isnโ€™t on my agenda, yet I couldnโ€™t ignore her if I tried.
Sunshine might break through the shadows, but it will only illuminate what makes me a deadly monster.
Isla Vonn should run in the opposite direction instead of into my arms.
Because everyone fears the Leviathan in Thorne Point.

Loyalty in the Shadows is a dark new adult enemies to lovers college romantic suspense intended for mature readers. This book is the second in the Crowned Crows series following a gritty brotherhood of antihero bad boys and the feisty heroines that capture their hearts. The plot continues across the next novels and each book in the series should be read in order. If youโ€™re not a fan of morally bankrupt book boyfriends, steer clear. This mature new adult romance contains dubious situations, crude language, and intense sexual/violent content that some readers might find triggering or offensive. Please proceed with caution.

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Cover Reveal – Decker: Changing the Play by Kayley Loring and Connor Crais

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๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐Ÿญ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€! ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€!

Cover Design: Kari March Designs

Front Cover Photographer: Byron L. Keulemans

Front Cover Model: Marc Buckner


Audiobook will release over a month after the ebook.

Audiobook will be duet-style narration by Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright, featuring Ava Lucas and Ron Butler.


#12 Johnny Decker. Star quarterback for the Boston Tomcats. Two-time Super Bowl MVP…a decade ago. Nickname: Decker the Panty Wrecker.
I get tackled for a living by men who are built like rhinos. I could take the wings off a fly with a football from 30 yards away. (I wouldnโ€™t, but I could.) Being a veteran quarterback means Iโ€™m a mentally alert, fine-tuned athletic machine who can make split-second decisions.
Itโ€™s my job to anticipate whatโ€™s going to happen next and adapt. But I couldnโ€™t have anticipated the death of our beloved team owner.
His estranged daughter Hannah Strong is a finance nerd from New York. She knows less than nothing about football. Know what she didnโ€™t anticipate? Inheriting the Boston Tomcats.
Sheโ€™s stubborn, uptight, infuriating, and wrong about absolutely everythingโ€”from pizza to how to run my team. And I donโ€™t want to talk about how good she looks in a skirt. Or daydream about how good sheโ€™d look out of it.
Really, I donโ€™t.
Iโ€™m not Decker the Panty Wrecker anymoreโ€”Iโ€™ve changed.
I canโ€™t stop arguing with her.
Or thinking about her.
I thought I had a winning play.
But Hannah Strong changed everything.
๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—•๐—ฅ โžœ


Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now sheโ€™s an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author who is breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. Itโ€™s an adjustment sheโ€™s happily getting used to.

Rest assured that her funny sexy sweet romances have no cheating or cliffhangers, and always have HEAs!

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Connor Crais is a classically trained actor living in the Midwest with his wife, two kids, and rescue greyhound. He has been both a stage and television actor, and before plunging into the romance genre, he had been narrating commercials, audiobooks, and explainers for well over a decade from his home studio. From alphas to bosses to cocky sports stars (a particular favorite), he loves sparring with beautiful, sassy heroines (and their talented narrators) but also loves winning them over and reaching that happily ever after. He is excited to now create those stories as an author.

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New Release – Screwed Up by Harloe Rae

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โ€œHe might be wrong, but Iโ€™m tired of being right.โ€

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Screwed Up by Harloe Rae is now live!

The extreme focus on my career has led to a lonely existence.
I donโ€™t make time for much beyond the hospital walls.
And the pressure is getting to me.

Those who know me best highly recommend I take the edge off by any means necessary.
As it turns out, the new security guard at Bayside Regional is just what the doctor ordered.

Dane Owens is a disaster waiting to happen.
Maybe thatโ€™s why I canโ€™t look away.
He plays fast and loose with no intention of slowing down.
Especially when it comes to dating.

Weโ€™re polar opposites, which is precisely why this arrangement is temporary.
But thereโ€™s plenty to keep us occupied until our expiration date.

All I need is for Dane to follow the rules that long.

Screwed Up is a stand-alone medical romance in the Bayside Heroes series!

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New Release – Delicate Revenge by Alta Hensley and Stasia Black

Title: Delicate Revenge
Series: Breaking Belles #5
Authors: Stasia Black & Alta Hensley
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2021
Bellamy Carmichael was Darlingtonโ€™s princess all through high school. Perfect, popular, too gorgeous for wordsโ€”and unfortunately, she knew it.
Iโ€™d had a crush on her ever since arriving at Darlington Prep, only she never looked my way except for an occasional cruel put down. I was a scrawny kid, nerdy, and worst of all, my family was new money.
But now, a decade later, the tables have turned. Iโ€™m the one the Elders of the Secret Society are courting. During my Initiation, Iโ€™ll be given more leeway than any other before me. After all, my family measures their wealth in hundreds of billions.
And Bellamy Carmichael has somehow found herself as a Belle of the Midnight Ball. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Unlike my brothers, Iโ€™m going to enjoy my initiation and breaking my belle.
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grew up in Texas, recently spent a freezing five-year stint in Minnesota, and
now is happily planted in sunny California, which she will never, ever leave.
She loves writing,
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twenty-year sabbatical (and has the bumps and bruises to prove it). She lives
with her own personal cheerleader, aka, her handsome husband, and their teenage
son. Wow. Typing that makes her feel old. And writing about herself in the
third person makes her feel a little like a nutjob, but ahem! Where were we?
Stasiaโ€™s drawn to
romantic stories that donโ€™t take the easy way out. She wants to see beneath
peopleโ€™s veneer and poke into their dark places, their twisted motives, and
their deepest desires. Basically, she wants to create characters that make
readers alternately laugh, cry ugly tears, want to toss their kindles across
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