Book Reviews, Dark Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Sabotage by Shantel Tessier

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(A standalone)

Publication Date: March 18, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Enemies to Lovers/Forbidden/Dark Romance

Author: Shantel Tessier

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Where do I begin because I seriously LOVED SABOTAGE!!!! It’s dirty, gritty, filthy, a non-stop read that once I opened the cover I couldn’t put it down until I finished the very last page.

This hate-to-love romance book is walking such a thin margin that it’s almost non-existent. Shantel Tessier pulled out all the stops along the enemies-to-lovers trope and left nothing untouched. So, buckle up for this glorious ride into the forbidden and dark underbelly of degradation.

Raylee and Colton have been twisted up in a game of push and pull, hate and loathing for six long years. Ever since their parents married one another when they were in high school. However, their hate was a mask to shield their desire and longing and the more time that went along the more flames they added to the fire.

Sabotage is not a book for the faint of heart, nor is it a book for someone who doesn’t like diving into forbidden or dark stories. Raylee and Colton push every boundary and poke every vulnerability, but they are also perfect for each other in every way possible.

There is one very intense scene that literally took my breath away and Shantel had me so wrapped up in the moment, where I was so immersed in the scene, that my house could have been burning down around me and I wouldn’t have noticed.

Hats off to Tessier for creating characters that are always gritty and raw and for taking chances outside of the norm. It will keep me coming back and certainly keep me turning pages late into the night.


An all-new dark standalone romance from the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Shantel Tessier.

Raylee Lexington Adams is my stepsister and the one woman in the world who can make my blood boil.

She’s vindictive, a lot of crazy, and absolutely stunning.

I hate everything about her except for when she’s on her knees begging me to use her as my own personal toy.

We’ve been playing a game of cat and mouse for far too long. We have used each other for our own sick pleasure.

I’ve ruined every relationship my little princess has ever had. A sure way that she’ll come crawling back to me, begging me for what only I can give her when another man fails her.

But I’m tired of watching others get a piece of what is mine. So, I did what any rational man would do—I staked my claim, showed the world that she belonged to me, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to make her believe it too.

Colton Remington Knox is a man I despise but can’t say no to.

He’s what any girl would call a walking red flag. But I’ve never claimed to be a smart woman when it comes to men. Why should he be any different?

I’ve always managed to hold my own against him. But this time, he’s gone too far. Posting a video of me on my knees for him, for what? To brag? Embarrass me? He’s acting like he doesn’t know me very well.

Colt wants to play a game? I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure I win. No matter what it costs me.

People already think I have no dignity, so why let them down now?

Things to know about Sabotage
It is MF with an MFMM scene (no MM interaction. They are focused on her)
TW (Please see the WARNING/author’s note posted at the beginning of the book. If you have no triggers and want to go in blind, please skip to the prologue.)
OTT (over the top) H
J/P (jealous & possessive) H
A dark college/stepbrother romance
Told in multiple POV’s

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Book Reviews, LGBTQA+, New Adult, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Bond of Destiny by Tessa Hale

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Bond of Destiny; Shifting Fate #3
(#3 within a series)

Publication Date: March 23, 2022

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

Author: Tessa Hale

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Bond of Destiny begins with high adrenaline and picks up right where we left Rowan, in the clutches of her deranged father.

In the final book of this non-stop action fantasy trilogy, Rowen and her mates tie up loose ends and finally figure out how to make their bond work for them. The whole trilogy has been quite an adventure and everything wraps up wonderfully.

Every bond mate is different and for Rowan, having five mates is unique. She loves each of her men individually and she wants them to love her for herself and not because some fate decides. In this final book she finally comes to terms with their love and how strong it has become. Rowan has dealt with a lot in a very short amount of time and while trouble seems to follow her and her mates wherever they go, they always step up and are stronger when they all fight together.

Once they finally recognize that their love really will conquer evil, they stay strong and work to bring about change. It’s not an easy road and there is angst and turmoil to get there, but what a worthy cause to have love as the backbone in any foundation.

Told from Rowan’s POV, this reverse harem is full of action and steamy moments which focus solely on the heroine’s pleasure.


The conclusion to the Shifting Fate series by Tessa Hale.

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

New Release – THESE DIRTY LIES by L.A.Cotton

THESE DIRTY LIES (Darling Hill Duet #1) by L.A. Cotton
Release Date: March 15th
Genre/Tropes: High School Romance/Childhood Friends/Enemies to Lovers/Football Romance

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These Dark Hearts: A Darling Hill Prequel!

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Release Date: April 19th

From 𝘜𝘚𝘈 𝘛𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 and 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 bestselling author L A Cotton comes a brand new angsty and gritty romance duet.

Harleigh Wren Maguire is broken.
At least, that’s what it feels like, a puzzle whose pieces no longer fit right.
She knows one thing though: never trust your heart.
It won’t lead you right, it’ll trick you. Betray you. And in the end, it’ll kill you.
Phoenix Wilder is angry.
At least, that’s what it feels like, eating him up inside.
He knows one thing though: never trust your heart.
It won’t fix things, it’ll break them. Taint them. And in the end, it’ll destroy them.
Once upon a time, Harleigh and Nix were everything to each other. They shared their secrets, their hopes and dreams.
But things are different now.
They’re different.
And maybe everything they remember was nothing but a lie.

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About the Author:
Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, LA COTTON is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find LA immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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

New Release – Shenanigans by Sarina Bowen




RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2022

What I meant to do in Vegas: Let my hair down for once and celebrate winning a medal at my first women’s hockey all-stars competition.

What I actually did: Got senior prom drunk and woke up married to Brooklyn’s star winger, the great Neil Drake. 

He’s the heir to a billion dollars, and I barely survived my childhood. Our friendship is based strictly only on hockey, takeout food, and smack talk. 

And now holy matrimony. Although we both know it can’t last, especially once his evil family gets wind of our Vegas shenanigans… 

Contains: Meddling teammates, meddling parents, ugly jewelry, and a pretend-kiss that nearly sets the world on fire.

Sarina Bowen

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

New Release – LOVE ON THE LAKE by Helena Hunting

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes an all new romance.

LIVE today!! Love on the Lake is the second book in the Lakeside series and is available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited!

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Love on the Lake
Lakeside Book 2
Releasing March 15, 2022

Teagan Firestone has always been the dutiful daughter, especially since her mom died. But as her father finally begins to move on, it’s her turn to do the same. Her destination: Pearl Lake, a close-knit community with an entrepreneurial spirit and secrets of its own.

One of them is Aaron Saunders, who dropped out of college to work construction for Pearl Lake’s upper class. He’s a mystery and has a playboy reputation—that is, until he meets Teagan. Neither of them is looking for love, but in a town this small, it’s hard not to let your heart get involved.

As their romance heats up, Aaron’s elusive past comes to light and Teagan is there for him, bringing them even closer together. But when Teagan is forced to face her own demons, her inability to accept the support of friends and family threatens the life she’s worked so hard to build.

Can Aaron love her, even when she can’t love herself?

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About Helena Hunting

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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

New Release – Wicked as Seduction by Shayla Black


Wicked as Seduction, part of the Wicked & Devoted world, is now available! It’s the first half of an all new steamy duet by New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black!

Wicked as Seduction by Shayla Black is now live!

He’ll protect her…even if he has to take her captive to save her.

Tech wiz and former elite soldier Forest “Trees” Scott had one mission: Rescue the woman being hunted by a vicious cartel and get her to safety. It should have been simple…but the minute he sees the wary beauty with haunted eyes, his desire for her complicates everything. So does her stubborn refusal to trust him. When Trees is forced to abduct her, she vows to hate him–even as he finds himself falling in love…

For six years, Laila Torres has known nothing but brutality at the hands of men, so when the massive stranger with the forbidding mien kidnaps her, she’s frightened–and furious. But the giant’s protective care shocks her. With every word, he proves steadfast. With every forbidden touch, he awakens the woman in her. Soon, she’s facing the terrifying realization that he’s also dangerously close to capturing her heart.

But their ruthless enemies are closing in, threatening everything Laila holds dear. When she’s forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice, will she trust Trees and their love to save her?

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Have you started the Wicked series yet, begin with One-Mile and Brea’s story, don’t wait… Start the binge today! 

Wicked Ever After

One-Mile & Brea: Part One
The good girl wants a favor? She’ll pay in his bed.

One-Mile & Brea: Part Two
The good girl is keeping a secret? He’ll seduce it out of her until she begs to be his.

About Shayla


Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty novels. For over twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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