Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Only Ever Yours by Nikki Ash

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Only Ever Yours 
(A standalone)

Publication Date: January 13, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Age-Gap/Intrigue/Contemporary Romance

Author: Nikki Ash

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Have you ever met someone and instantly connected with them?

Isaac and Camilla have that insta-falling-in-love kind of connection the first time they meet. While it takes just a bit for Camilla to come around to accepting those feelings, Isaac knows from the very first moment that Camilla is the woman he wants in his life forever.

I loved how as this story went along Isaac and Camilla’s lives were more intertwined than I would have originally thought and there was a lot more suspense and intrigue than I would have suspected.

All the passion and twists combined with a man who just wants to take care of his woman made this a wonderful contemporary romance.


From USA Today Bestselling Author Nikki Ash comes Only Ever Yours: a standalone, insta-attraction, age gap romance.


Desperate times call for desperate measures—like pretending to be my best friend and posing as a millionaire’s escort for the night.

I thought I had nothing left to lose, only I didn’t take my heart into consideration. What started as a one-time date turned into so much more in the blink of an eye. Because Isaac is used to getting what he wants, and even after learning the truth, he wants me. Unconditionally.

Even though my heart is on the line, I find myself falling in love with him. But all too soon, I learn that loving a powerful man like Isaac can be dangerous. And despite how careful he is with my heart, it’s still capable of breaking.


From the moment we met, she’s taken up residence in my head and in my heart. I’ll do everything in my power to make her mine. But first, I need to secure a second date.

It’s more than chemistry. My parents had this too. She’s the one. Marriage, babies, forever… I want it all with her, and in return, I’ll give her the world.

When the unimaginable happens, love and loyalty are put to the test. But I’ll move heaven and earth to protect Camilla… even if it means breaking her heart.

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Book Reviews, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Alpha’s Revenge by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

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Alpha’s Revenge; Shifter Ops #3 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: January 11, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Paranormal/Shifter/Military Romance

Author: Renee Rose and Lee Savino

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A mix of paranormal and suspense with the push/pull of a man who’s found his mate, but lives in the land of denial.

Rafe is not only the Alpha of his pack, but he specifically never planned to find a mate. Logically he should know that he can’t stop the fates from that happening, but Rafe isn’t exactly logical when it comes to the woman whose scent is driving him crazy and the woman who deep down he knows is his mate, but he refuses to claim; a human named Adele.

Humans are fragile and after Rafe lost his parents at a young age he doesn’t want to take the chance to lose anyone ever again, especially a mate. Adele has all the qualities of the perfect mate, except for the very big vulnerability of being with him.

The push and pull of their back and forth might just drive him mad, unless the moon madness does it first.

Also, who or what exactly is Gideon?? The suspenseful story continues in the next book.



I learned the hard way what it’s like to lose people you love.

As an alpha, I vowed never to let that happen again.

That means keeping my focus. Never letting my guard down.

And, most of all, staying away from civilians – i.e. humans.

But the feisty chocolatier has me breaking my own rules.

The beautiful female tests my patience… and all my control.

I should stay away. I can’t protect the pack if I succumb to my desires.

But what if this is more than desire?

What if Fate matched me with this human, and she’s my mate?

If I don’t claim her, I’ll lose it all in the worst possible way.

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Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Mafia/Gang/Secret Society Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Deviant Knight by Tracy Lorraine

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Deviant Knight; Knight’s Ridge Empire #4 
(#1 within a trilogy, #4 within a series)

Publication Date: January 13, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Trilogy/Dark/Mafia/Enemies-to-Lovers/New Adult Romance

Author: Tracy Lorraine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Deviant Knight is a decadent return to the Knight’s Ridge Empire. Theo and Emmie are addictive, explosive and page turning excitement!

Theo was totally unexpected and also so much more. He’s always given off this intensity; radiating and pulsing right under his skin and it would basically take a cool breeze to make him explode. Yes, as the leader of his group, he’s cool, confident, and collected, but his intense passion that seems focused on one person…yeah, he’s hot, hot, hot!!!

Theo is a total deviant, and maybe just a tad crazy, but his intensity is insanely hot. Tracy took this couple up 50 notches and made this story suspenseful, wicked, and gripping from beginning to end.

Emmie is the perfect girl for Theo. She fights back at every turn, which is most likely why he’s drawn to her. She doesn’t sit around and take his crap and typically finds ways to irritate him more. Their push and pull, back and forth is so delicious it keeps the pages turning until the jaw dropping cliffhanger. I can hardly wait for the next book!!


USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Lorraine brings you more in her dark mafia, high school bully romance series.

Whoever said to keep your friends close and your enemies closer… was right.

Being around her is the worst kind of torture.

Emmie is an obligation I can’t avoid… an oath I can’t break.

And having her in my life is the last thing I want or need. But thanks to my father, I have no choice.

This Family—this life, is my future, and I’m sure as hell not going to let some spitfire from the wrong side of town get under my skin and in my way.

When the time comes, I will take what I need and walk away. I’ll finally be free from her shadow and she will know the truth, even if it leaves her broken.

The only problem… she might not be the only one left in pieces.

Dear Reader

Deviant Knight is the fourth book in my angst-filled new adult mafia Knight’s Ridge Empire series. It’s the first book in Emmie and Theo’s trilogy. It’s a dark bully romance with themes that might make you squirm in all the right ways!

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – The Truths We Burn by Monty Jay

Release Date: February 16

Beneath the deepest parts of Ponderosa Springs lied secrets that we never meant to be uncovered.

Blood has soaked the hands of those we trusted most. Decrepit intentions finally come to light.

And now truths are ready to be incinerated in the open for everyone to witness.

I was ready to watch this town that made me the villain, Rot in front of my eyes, but it seems ghosts don’t stay buried here either.

Everyone’s favorite sweetheart has returned to Hollow Heights dragging nothing but unanswered questions and grim memories behind her.

A distraction I can’t afford with the police sniffing around.

A mistake that torched my last piece of humanity.

The dirty little secret that has returned searching for closure surrounding her sister’s mysterious death.

But I know the innocent, lost girl is an act. Underneath it’s just another part of her show.

They all are eating from the palm of her hand, puppets on her string.

But not me.

I see her for what she truly is, I always have.

A fake. A manipulator. A liar.

I won’t let her ruin all we have worked for. I refuse to let her derail our plan of vengeance.

I’ve played your game once before, Sage, now it’s time to play mine.

And you’re not making it out without getting burned.


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Monty Jay likes to describe herself as a punk rock kid, with the soul of a gypsy who has a Red Bull addiction. 
She writes romance novels about insane artists, feisty females, hockey players, and many more. 


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Release Day/New Release, RomCom, Year of Releases - 2022, Year of Reviews - 2022

New Release – Matchmaking Mischief by A.R. Casella and Denise Grover Swank

Matchmaking Mischief, an all-new grumpy meets sunshine, opposites attract rom com from New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank and USA Today bestselling author A.R. Casella is out now!


There are certain expectations when you’re born into a multigenerational family of matchmakers, which is why I fled my hometown and tried to build a life of my own.

But it turns out matchmaking is hard to quit, and I can’t stop trying to match the customers at the bakery I manage—including my boss and the tea shop owner next door—even though I’m hopeless at love.

So it seriously crimps my style when Alex Hunter starts coming around, working on his book at the bakery. He’s hot, grumpy, and thinks romance is a dirty word. Worse, he keeps distracting our customers.

He needs to go away. Which means someone needs to matchmake him.

And I’m just the girl for the job.


I’m a writer who can’t write, and lo and behold, I meet a matchmaker who’s allergic to love.

Me being me, I fall for her.

Most of the people in this town seem insane, but I have to turn my frown upside down and show Willow Mayberry that matchmakers deserve love too.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in her own mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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USA Today bestseller, A.R. Casella, is a freelance developmental editor by day, writer by night. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a variable number of fish. Her pastimes include chasing around her toddler, baking delicious treats, and occasional bouts of crocheting. Any Luck at All, co-written with New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank, was her debut novel.

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Contemporary Romance, Release Day/New Release, Year of Releases - 2022, Year of Reviews - 2022

New Release – Doctor Mistake by J. Saman

Doctor Mistake by J. Saman is now live!

He’s my best friend’s older brother. My boss. And now my new roommate…

In the hospital, death always comes in threes. Apparently, so do mistakes.  Mistake number one? My fiancé, who I just learned is cheating on me. So much for being the strong, in control doctor who’s always on top of her game…  
Mistake number two? Knocking on the wrong door. 
The door I thought still belonged to my best friend now belongs to his older brother, my obnoxious, overly cocky, gorgeous-as-sin attending physician, Carter Fritz.   
The billionaire playboy gives me a place to stay, and a shoulder to cry on. But when he makes me feel seen for the first time in I don’t even know how long, I tell myself I don’t regret what was easily the hottest, most earth-shattering night of my life.   
That is until mistake number three comes along…and I’m staring down at a stick with two pink lines.  
Having a baby at this stage of my residency could cost me everything I’ve worked so hard to build. 
But Carter? He’s undeterred. He doesn’t just want more; he wants it ALL.  
Including me.   
But what happens if following my heart turns out to be my biggest mistake of all? 

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Meet J. Saman

J. Saman is a USA Today bestselling author who is addicted to Diet Coke, sour candy, and indie rock. She swears way too much (especially after a glass of wine) and has a penchant for sarcasm (or so her husband and children like to tell her).

She’s an admitted lover of second chance romances, love triangles, and the perfect amount of angst. She is best known for writing contemporary romance filled with smart, strong women, and sexy alphas who have a softer side–especially for their women.
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