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Review – Twisted Games by Elena Lawson

Twisted Games: A Dark Gang Romance (Boys of Briar Hall Book 3) by [Elena Lawson]

Twisted Games; Boys of Briar Hall #3 
(#3 within a series)

Publication Date: March 25, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Gang/New Adult/Dark/Reverse Harem Romance

Author: Elena Lawson

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Explosive from beginning to end!

I was jumping out of my skin from the very first chapter. This is the third book in this high intensity series and the action never quits and I never found my mind wandering or wishing for the end. I’m constantly shocked when I’m turning the last page and Elena has left me wanting more. Grrrrr.

In this book Ava Jade’s darkness really shines through. In this day and age where women still apologize too much for basically being women and in a society that still puts gender norms on women (hello…women’s soccer just won a large settlement and the fact it even had to go that far is shameful in the year of 2022, but this book isn’t about that…) I loved the fact that Ava Jade stepped out of those roles. She never once cowed down to any man, especially not the Crows. She doesn’t use her looks or her body or even worry about covering up if necessary. She knows she’s just as deadly as the men around her and she doesn’t want or expect to be treated any differently. I totally respect that.

After the shocking end in book two we pick right back up with broken trust and twisted emotions. Ava Jade, Rook, Grey, and Corvus are all reeling from everything that has been brought to light, but their feelings almost have to be placed on the back burner to everything else happening around them. It really intensifies the pace of the book knowing they have to deal with how they feel while they also have to find a stalker and a prepare for a pending gang war.

Each Crow deals with the fall out differently, as each man began to fall for Ava Jade differently and had their own unique relationship with her. Rebuilding trust with her and dealing with their own demons takes different routes and I love how Elena sheds light on their unique dark journeys.

There are lots of dark situations that are addressed in the warnings, but if you’ve made it this far in the series than you also know what resides in each character. I loved delving deeper the character psyche’s and riding this intense ride. This is an excellent addition to this series and I can hardly wait for the next leg to conclude in this dark tale.


Favors and debts. Blood and sacrifice. The good and the bad. I can’t have some and not the rest.

I can’t have it all.

This place and these men have seeped into me, and not even my blades can cut them out. But Rook, Corvus, and Grey aren’t the only ones keeping me up at night.

There’s Diesel St. Crow, an imminent gang war, and an anonymous shadow from my past. Each one clinging to my bones as irrevocably as my own shadow. Any of them could be the end of me unless I do something about it.

It’s time for me to show them I’m not a toy to be played with. I’m not just Ava Jade Mason anymore. I am Sparrow. I am Ghost. I am motherf*cking AJ. I am the queen they’ve all been waiting for.

And what do queens do?

It’s time for some new rules in Thorn Valley, and I’m going to be the one making them.

Twisted Games is book three in the Boys of Briar Hall series and should be read after Wicked Trials. It’s a reverse harem romance, meaning the main character will have more than one love interest and she will not have to choose between them.

Warning: This series contains foul language, graphic depictions of gang violence, references to past trauma, and jealous/possessive themes. Please read responsibly.

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Review – The Man From Sanctum by Lexi Blake

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The Man From Sanctum; Masters and Mercenaries Reloaded #3 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

Genre/Tropes: BDSM/Second Chance/Suspense Romance

Author: Lexi Blake

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



I was sniffling by the end of the acknowledgements and crying by the end of the prologue. Lexi Blake absolutely slayed me with this second chance romance that was also full of suspense, intrigue, laughter and passion.

I barely see Lexi’s name and know without a doubt that I will fall in love with what’s coming, but this latest book really touched me to the core. The characters, the plot, the full articulated writing and depth of emotion tugged at my heart in a way that left a stamp on my soul.

Deke and Maddie were high school sweethearts (that could be part of the appeal, I love a good sweetheart-second chance romance), but unlike my own story, these two lovers lost touch for almost two decades. That is sad right there, but during all their time apart, they never once forgot each other, keeping in touch in their own way, through the small town grapevine and various family members, but never once actually seeing each other until Maddie needs Deke’s services.

Maddie is a brilliant tech scientist and while her tech could help revolutionize the world, she has come to believe she’s working for an evil billionaire. With little to go on, but a lot of suspicion, she goes to the one person she trusts, the man who broke her heart years ago.

Deke works for McKay-Taggart with the best operatives in the world. While Maddie may have brought them little information to go off of, he works with the best men and women in the world. However, there are complications surrounding the billionaire, so going undercover to find out if the man actually is evil like Maddie believes, well… it’s going to take a different approach.  A D/s approach and no one is going to top Maddie besides Deke.

This was truly the second chance romance that I needed in my life. Whether you need a boost at love, at life or just to get motivated, this book touched on something that sparked that inner joy or passion that’s been missing or rekindled inside of me.

As for the overall series, it brought old and new parts together in a fresh new light. Long time fans will love rekindling with characters and new readers will enjoy everything that Lexi brings to this story. A wonderful hit!


A painful past

Deke Murphy and Maddie Hall should never have worked as a couple in high school. She was the class valedictorian and he the jock who took nothing seriously…except her. Together they formed an amazing team, and young love blossomed into something that strengthened them both. Until tragedy struck and Deke made a sacrifice that split them up forever.

An unexpected reunion

Seventeen years later, Maddie is living her dream working for a brilliant tech guru in the beauty of Southern California. She’s made a life for herself and it’s first class all the way. She rarely thinks of the jock who dumped her all those years ago. But when Maddie realizes her boss might be part of an international conspiracy, she can’t deny Deke might be her best bet to solve the mystery. Her one-time sweetheart works for one of the world’s premiere security and investigative firms. She’ll hire him and prove to herself their relationship could never have worked.

A dangerous future

As Maddie and Deke begin to uncover her boss’s secrets, they can’t deny the chemistry that has reignited. But before they can explore the connection growing between them, they must survive the deadly forces hunting them down.

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Cover Reveal – Vicious Queen by Becca Steele and C. Lymari

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They told me bad things happen in threes, and they did.

But what comes next?

My troubles are only beginning, and those I thought I could trust might be the ones who end up breaking me.

But I won’t give up.

They might think I’m just a pawn, but I’ll beat them at their own game.

If I want to win, a vicious queen I’ll become.


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When she’s not writing, you can find her reading or watching Netflix, usually with a glass of wine in hand. Failing that, she’ll be online hunting for memes, or wasting time making her 500th Spotify playlist.


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New Release – The Temptation of Dirty Secrets by Holly Renee


The Temptation of Dirty Secrets, an all-new second chance romance and conclusion in The Seduction of Pretty Lies Duet from bestselling author Holly Renee is now live!

Captivating. Vulnerable. Agonizing. Seductive. Frankie Clermont was supposed to be like a sister to me for as long as I’d known her.

But no one knew the depths of our lies.

I had been in love with her before… before everything changed what we could be.

Undeniably connected and effortlessly infatuated, the two of us had remained each other’s weaknesses through everything.

I couldn’t afford to allow her to be my weakness anymore. I was in love with someone else. I was engaged.

But it didn’t matter how much time had passed, the moment I saw her again, I knew I would never escape her.

I never should have touched her again. Whispering her name in the dark was a mistake.

She was still everything I wanted and nothing I should have had.

We became a secret that neither of us could keep.
A devastating secret that would destroy everything.

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I’m Holly Renee, a small-town east Tennessee girl who is obsessed with all things romance. I love bringing flawed, sassy, and real characters to life in a way that makes you feel like you’ve been best friends with them for years. No two Holly Renee books are the same, but if you love real, relatable, fun female characters and swoon-worthy heroes, I’m your girl.
When I’m not writing or reading, you can find me momming so hard, being disgustingly in love with my husband, or chilling in the middle of a lake with my sunglasses and a float. #lakelife
I have a 2-year-old adorable little man who is as wild and sweet as they come and a baby girl on the way.

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