Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Ten First Dates Anthology

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Ten First Dates

Publication Date: August 12, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Anthology

Authors: Ainsley Booth , Angela Denise, Erin McCarthy , Erin Nicholas , Julia Kent , Kaylee Ryan , Molly McLain , Piper Rayne , Samantha Chase , Zoe York

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Ten First Dates is full of all new, laugh out loud, stories that I’ve been dying to read!

Here are just a few glimpses into some of the dates that totally made my reading night!!

Bayou Tonight by Erin Nicholas

This is the prequel to Gotta Be Bayou. Every moment I was reading was filled with a giggle and then an instant swoon moment, then I was right back to giggling followed by swooning again, and so on and so forth. While this was only a small taste of Spencer and Maxine’s story, I am already hooked! I’ve fallen hard for the southern boy who can’t stop thinking about the non-traditional redheaded woman. Their book is going to be fantastic, I can already feel it in my bones and can hardly wait for their full length novel!!

Matchmaking Mistake by Angela Denise

This is a prequel to both matchmaking stories, but told through Cole and Holly. Their book, Matchmaking a Single Dad recently released and there was quite a bit of talk about an infamous mistake between them. This funny prequel finally sheds some light on that fateful event along with what triggered Holly’s sister Bryn and the beginning of her story.

At First Glance by Erin McCarthy

What exactly did happen between Cash’s sister and his best friend while they were attending his wedding? I know I was dying to know the events that took place and was filled with glee to finally find out! This steamy first glance into Mackay and Faith’s own story, But First, Whiskey is filled with sparks and fireworks. I can hardly wait for more, but I will tell you this small glimpse is spicy and sweet all rolled into one.

This is only a few of the stories contained in this amazing anthology, but it’s full of great authors all jammed packed with brand new stories. Don’t miss it!

He was the last person on earth she’d ever want to be stuck with for a weekend…
Their eyes met across the room and she knew…
They’d been friends forever but everything was about to change…
Once upon a time…

There are so many ways a great romance can start, and we’ve got TEN of them right here for you!

Ten ALL NEW, never-before-seen prequels from ten bestselling romance authors all in one place!

Find out how these swoony heroes and feisty heroines are first thrown together on the path to their happily ever after!

Enemies to lovers? Friends to lovers? Opposites attract? Small town? We’ve got it all!

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Ainsley Booth, Angela Denise, Erin McCarthy, Erin Nicholas, Julia Kent, Kaylee Ryan, Molly McLain, Piper Rayne, Samantha Chase, and Zoe York!

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Vicious Empire Series by Luna Kayne


Genre/Tropes: Romantic suspense/mystery/Contemporary Romance/Dark romance (with consent)/mafia/crime world family saga/lovers to enemies to lovers/forced proximity/Action adventure/best friend’s little sister/arranged marriage/BDSM/ dominance/punishment elements/


CRUEL SAINT (Vicious Empire #1)

Release Date: September 20th

Cover Design by: The Pretty Little Design Co.

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Model: Kyle Kriesel

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Amara is my dark obsession. She was promised to me in a deal she knows nothing about.

Four years ago, I sent her away to protect her from the life I live as the son of a crime lord.

Now her brother—my best friend—is dead, and though I wasn’t there for him in the end, I intend to look after his little sister.

I should stay in the shadows, let her live the life her brother wanted for her, but one look at her and I know I’m the only one who can save her…but I’ll have to break her first.

Good girls keep their promises, and it’s time Amara came home—to me—where she belongs.


As far as I’m concerned, Ryder let me go four years ago and I never looked back.

Until the day he shows up demanding I come home, and I have no choice but to return when he forces my hand.

The Saints never pay for their crimes. They take what they want and discard the rest. Like me…

But I’m not that weak girl anymore, and I’m packing secrets of my own.

I’ll use my time to find out who killed my brother…then I’ll destroy them.

Even if that man is Ryder himself.

* Cruel Saint is the first book in the Vicious Empire dark romance family saga series.

BRUTAL SAINT (Vicious Empire #2)

Release Date: October 11th

Cover Design by: The Pretty Little Design Co.

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Model: Josh Mario

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The woman my family is looking for is the one-night stand I can’t get out of my head, and her life depends on me getting to her first.

Harlow is sunshine and light.

I live in the shadows, among the dark and the damned, but there’s something about Harlow that makes me want to take care of her.

I can protect her from what’s coming, but first I need to find her, and I’m closing in.

I learned my lesson the first time, and I won’t give her the chance to get away from me again.


What are the chances that the man I shared a toe-curling, name-screaming, raging hot one-night stand with is part of the crime family that’s after me because I saw something I shouldn’t have?

One hundred percent. The chances are one hundred freaking percent.

At least I wasn’t stupid enough to give him my real name.

Now I’m on the run with everything I own stuffed into a tattered backpack.

I never thought I would see Cole again, but I was wrong, and we’re no longer strangers who shared a night.

Now we’re on opposite sides of a war that threatens to tear our worlds apart.

**A portion of this book was originally published as a 5,000 word novelette titled Missed Me which is no longer available.

WILD SAINT (Vicious Empire #3)

Release Date: November 1st

Cover Design by: The Pretty Little Design Co.

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Model: Zakk Davis

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Five years ago, Nyla stole two million dollars from me and disappeared.

Now she’s resurfaced, and I’m determined to settle her debt…one way or another.

Hiking in the mountains in my underwear while being hunted by hitmen wasn’t something I thought we’d be doing when I woke up this morning, yet here we are.

If we can settle our issues and work together, we just might make it out alive—if we don’t kill each other first.


I conned the con five years ago, but he took something I wasn’t prepared to leave behind—my heart.

Now I’m stranded in the wilderness with the one person who has every reason to hate me, and we have no choice but to work together, or we’re dead.

It turns out surviving the elements and the men who are searching for us is the easy part.

The hard part is being close to Dagen, coming clean, and looking him in the eye. Those same eyes I see every time I look at the daughter he doesn’t know we have.

SAVAGE SAINT (Vicious Empire #4)

Release Date: November 22nd

Cover Design by: The Pretty Little Design Co.

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Model: Clayton Wells

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I am who I am for a reason.

The monster the world sees when they look at me was born twenty years ago to protect my brothers from the same fate I endured on my sixteenth birthday.

I locked my broken self away, until the night I met Sloane.

She was both forbidden and everything I’ve ever wanted all wrapped into one, and I wanted her, but I wasn’t the only one.

In the end, she made her choice and it wasn’t me—or so I thought.

Now that I know the truth, I’m taking my life back piece by piece, even if I have to carve it out of the flesh of anyone who stands in my way.

Sloane is mine, and I will die on this hill—but not before everyone else dies first.


I loved two men once.

I made a choice, but the man I chose, didn’t choose me back—or so I thought.

When a secret I didn’t know I had comes to light, my life as I knew it ends in a flash.

Now I’m a pawn in a game with no rules, and I refuse to play the part I’ve been handed. The only way to win is to be the queen and I’m taking the throne to protect my son.

To stay alive, I have to make a deal with the devil and hope it’s the lesser of all the evils that surround me.

I’ve lost too much and I’ve had enough.

I will burn this vicious empire to the ground, and from its ashes, I will rise.

About the Author:

LUNA KAYNE is a romance author located in Canada. She writes dark romantic suspense with a hint of humor and a heaping dose of angst. Her men are dominant and often stubborn, and her women are usually underestimated.

Luna is the pen name of author Sheri Landry who writes non- romance action thrillers, and has won awards under both names. Gardening relaxes her, she dislikes long winters, and she doesn’t understand how commas work.

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Devil of Dublin by BB Easton

BB Easton has revealed the cover for Devil of Dublin!

Releasing: September 27, 2022

Cover designer: Damonza

Photographer: Regina Wamba

Cover Model: Jered Sternaman

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 44 Chapters About 4 Men (inspiration for the Netflix Original series Sex/Life) comes a dark mafia romance steeped in Irish folklore.

I can’t remember anymore if my grandfather’s eyes were blue or green, but I’ll never forget the way they wrinkled at the corners when he laughed at one of his own jokes. Or the way they sparkled with mischief when he told me tales about the magical creatures that dwelled in the forest behind his humble Irish sheep farm—shy fairies who liked to eat tea biscuits, cruel witches who liked to eat children, a moody lake spirit with a taste for expensive gifts.

As a child, I believed every fantastical word. But when he warned me about the mute boy who also lurked in those woods, the one the priest had declared to be the spawn of Satan himself, I refused to listen. Kellen wasn’t evil. He was kind, and beautiful, and special, and hurting. He was my friend. And with every summer I spent stolen away with him in those enchanted woods, he grew to become so much more.

But when I return to Glenshire as an adult, grieving and engaged to someone else, all those legends quickly morph into nightmares.

My grandfather had been right about everything, especially the boy.

If only I had listened.

WARNING: If you are a sensitive reader or find certain subject matter triggering, please exercise self-care and select a different book. Devil of Dublin is a dark romance, intended for mature audiences who enjoy high emotional intensity, explicit adult content, graphic violence, heart-pounding suspense, fairy-tale worthy love, and gorgeous Irish scenery. If that sounds like you, then … welcome to Glenshire!

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Meet BB Easton

Wall Street Journal bestselling author BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. A few years ago, she quit her job as a school psychologist to write books about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken wasn’t super excited about that, but now that he’s appeared in three of her books and inspired a TV show character, he’s incredibly supportive.

BB’s debut memoir, 44 Chapters About 4 Men, went on to inspire the Netflix original series, Sex/Life, which was viewed by 67 million households worldwide within the first month making it the 3rd most-watched Netflix original series of all time. Because she had so much fun writing 44 Chapters, BB went on to publish four more wickedly funny, shockingly steamy, and heartwarmingly autobiographical books, one for each man in her memoir—Skin, Speed, Star, and Suit.

The Rain Trilogy—a dark, immersive, end-of-the-world romance—was BB’s first work of fiction. Or at least, that’s what she thought when she wrote it in 2019. Then, 2020 hit, and all of her dystopian plot points started coming true. Hoping to fix everything, BB returned with a fun, feel-good romantic comedy called Group Therapy, but alas, the world is still on fire … and so is BB’s desire to write intense, us-against-the-world romances. Her next release, Devil of Dublin, is a dark Irish mafia romance steeped in folklore and family secrets.

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Here to Stay by Kennedy Fox

Here to Stay

Texas Heat, #1

Cover designer: Designs by Dana

Cover photographer: Regina Wamba

Alternate edition cover designer: Kat Savage Designs

Here to Stay

Release Date: July 11th, 2023

When Lilia’s down on her luck, she moves back to her hometown and applies for a nanny position. The last person she expects to see is her old high school sweetheart—the one she left ten years ago.

Zach never forgot his first love who broke his heart, but when Lilia begs for the job, he’s desperate enough to agree—even if he can’t stand her.

As they fall into a new family routine, old feelings resurface, but the past they’ve buried eventually catches up with them.

Here to Stay is a single dad/nanny, grumpy/sunshine, second chance, small town romance

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Meet Kennedy Fox
Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!
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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – THE CHAMELEON EFFECT by Joe Arden


𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐨𝐧 𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 is the debut solo novel from acclaimed, award-winning romance narrator, Joe Arden, coming September 13, 2022.  A secret identity romance from the man with the secret identity! Pre-order yours now!

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You can expect the following from 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐨𝐧 𝐄𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭:
* RomCom
* Hilarious banter
* Hollywood vibes

* Male POV

* Strong/Sassy Heroine
* All the feels
* Enough heat to melt your kindle/earbuds


Lights. Camera. Action

I’ve got everything it takes to make it in Tinseltown: confidence, charisma, and a killer chin. Now all I need is a chance.

But Los Angeles is full of hot, young hunks, and talent might not be enough to separate me from the cookie-cutter crowd.

Well, you know what they say: fake it till you make it.

So I devise a wild scheme to get noticed. Pretend I’m someone I’m not—goodbye Will O’Connell of Cincinnati and hello Liam O’Connell of Dublin. 

‘Liam’ and his talent with accents is enough to get myfoot in the door, but I never anticipated meeting the woman who has me more worried about keeping my foot out of my mouth.

Enter Raven Locke, the dark-haired bombshell who puts the ‘tude in tattooed.

On set, she’s the costumer tasked with fitting my pants, but all I can think about is how to get into hers.

As my — I mean, Liam’s — budding career begins to heat up, so do our feelings.

While Raven pursues her passion for fashion; I chase her heart.

Our picture-perfect screenplay seems sure to send us riding off onto Sunset Boulevard… Until Raven finds out that Comedy and Tragedy aren’t the only masks I’m wearing. Our romance might be destined for the cutting room floor, unless I can salvage our story with a plot twist she won’t see coming.

*This first-person, male-POV rom-com has it all: lots of heat, plenty of heart, and a Hollywood-worthy HEA.

Cover designed by Enchanting Romance Designs

Model: Adam Perry

Photographer: Chris Carroll

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2022 New Release/Release Day, Bully Romance, LGBTQA+, New Adult, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Releases - 2022, Year of Reviews - 2022

New Release – The Sight of Flames by AJ Merlin

Release Date: August 10

Four hundred years ago, my ancestor led an uprising against the Witch’s Council.

And failed miserably.

Now her descendants and those of her supporters must serve as Wardens to help protect witch-kind, though we’re relegated to being second best and the first ones thrown into danger. The Disgraced, as we’re called, are meant to suck it up and be grateful.

But there’s too much of my ancestor in me to bow to any witch, no matter that I’m Disgraced and an omega. When I enroll in war college to learn to do my duty as a Disgraced Warden and witch omega, I have a feeling that I’m not going to be very popular with my superiors. Let alone any other alphas that cross my path.

To make things worse for everyone an old enemy has returned to hunt us, and whispers of unrest are circulating like the witch plague.

I may be Disgraced, an omega, and the last of my line, but I’m not going to just roll over and accept my fate. Not for the council, a coven, or anyone else.

The Sight of Flames is the first in the Disgraced Magic series. It’s a witchy omegaverse RH/poly romance where the main character and her coven never have to choose.

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Meet AJ Merlin
AJ merlin is an author, crazy bird lady, and rampant horror movie enthusiast. Her debut novel, A Little Wicked, is the product of being enamored with the paranormal and the need to hunt down all things that go bump in the night. Born and raised in the midwest United States, AJ is lucky to be right in the middle of people who support her and a menagerie of animals to keep her somewhat sane. Connect with her on facebook or social media to see updates, giveaways, and be bombarded with dog, cat, and pigeon pictures.
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