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Review – Bloody Cruel Monster by Lucy Smoke

Bloody Cruel Monster; Sick Boys #6
(#2 within a duet, #6 within a series)

Publication Date: August 26, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Dark/Bully Romance

Author: Lucy Smoke

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Picking right up where the last book left off Bloody Cruel Monster hardly leaves time to rest. It’s fast paced, bloody – as the title suggests – and full of twists.

At twenty-two the boys are beginning to feel old and recognize that perhaps their old ways need to change. That their group is growing and that looking towards the future isn’t a curse word. Once they take care of the problem, literally sitting in their living room – Ace and by association, Clover, they might just get to do that.

As a member of the Undead, Ace has brought trouble to these boys time and again, and now they want payment in the form of his sister, Clover, but Brax won’t have it. She’s his and no one takes what belongs to him. However, Clover refuses to belong to anyone, but the Undead seem to think otherwise.

Clover is tough and her monsters have come out to play, even with Brax. She doesn’t sit back and let someone fight for her. Not her brother, not the other Sick Boys, and especially not Brax. If the Undead want her, bring it on, she will go down fighting. I do admire her fighting spirit, especially when fighting with the Undead.

Brax struggles with his dominating ways. He wants to lock up Clover and never let her leave, but he also loves watching her fight. His duality is something he struggles with, but his vulnerability is quite beautiful in this book and sometimes I want to slap Clover for not noticing it sooner. However, eventually we get to see that these two are perfect together as his monster loves her no matter what.

This book is bloody and gruesome, at times, and is not for the faint of heart. But for anyone who loves dark, and hard won romance, this book is sinfully perfect.

It will end the same way it started … with death.


I gave Braxton Smalls everything. I sacrificed myself and all I ended up with was a broken heart and a shattered soul. Now, I’ve got bigger things to worry about than an angry Eastpoint Heir hot on my trail.

Brax may be the psycho who kidnapped me–but he’s nothing compared to the organization my brother works for.

And me? I’m the monster ready to wreck them all.


I live for vengeance. That’s all I know, all I see. Until her. Until Clover La Roux. No … until Evgenia Volkov. Daughter of a Russian mobster. Sister to the man who tortured one of my best friends. The only woman to ever satisfy the cruel desires inside of me.

Whoever took her will pay with their lives. And once I have her back, I’ll make sure she can never leave me again. Consequences be damned.

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Blog Tour – Sweet Like Poison by J. Wolf

Release Date: August 18

You need a keeper, Elsa.

The first time I laid eyes on the delicious mountain of a man, Lachlan “Lock” Kelly, he walked out of the room without giving me a single glance.

You’re in trouble now.

It’s my junior year at Savage U and life is grand. Except for the fact that Lachlan Kelly lives right next door, he acts like he doesn’t know my name, and he barely acknowledges my existence.

I don’t get it. How can he so easily look away from me when he’s all I see?

The ice queen is melting…

A few angry frat boys and their arm candy make it their mission to ruin my semester and possibly my life. But I show those boys that messing with Elena Sanderson is a fatal mistake, and Lachlan surprisingly backs me up.

And when he finally gives me his attention, I greedily soak up everything he has to offer.

You’re arsenic-laced candy

Lachlan tells me I’m bad for him, but he can’t resist the pull between us anymore.

I don’t break things.

I know he’s not staying.

When he goes, he’ll leave me tangled up in memories.

I won’t play games.

His promises have a time limit, even though I’m beginning to wish they didn’t.

Even if it hurts…

We were over before we ever began.

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Meet J. Wolf

Julia Wolf writes sexy rockers and badass women. She’s a huge believer in happily ever afters, no matter how complicated the road to get there is.

Julia lives in Maryland with her husband and three crazy, beautiful children. When she’s not writing romance, she’s reading it. Some of her favorite things are, in no particular order: goats, books, coffee, and Target.

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Cover Reveals – Only One Series

Only One series

A small town interconnected standalone series

Cover designer: Designs by Dana

Cover photographer: Regina Wamba

Only Him

Release Date: August 29th, 2022

I wasn’t supposed to catch feelings for my best friend’s older brother.
It started with a letter and grew into us confessing our secrets.
Then, he left, taking my shattered heart with him.

Twelve years later, he’s back.
We have to keep our distance. If we fall for each other, everything will fall apart.
But then I’m blackmailed into marrying another man, and the guy who broke my heart is the only one who can save me.

Only Him is a second chance, small town romance
and is a bundled standalone from the Tyler & Gemma duet.

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Only Us

Release Date: September 12th, 2022

I had a picture perfect life. At least everyone thought I did.
But behind closed doors, my life is a mess.

My husband’s far from the man I’d fallen in love with years ago.
As my rocky marriage crumbles, my best friend, Noah, stays by my side.

But then, when my husband dies, the finger is pointed at Noah. For years, he’s pushed me away, but when his life is threatened, I risk my heart to save him.

Only Us is a friends to lovers, small town romance
and is a bundled stand-alone from the Noah & Katie duet.

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Only Mine

Release Date: September 19th, 2022

I’m not your girl next door.
They call me loud, blunt, and too gorgeous for my own good.
A woman who can’t be tamed.

Until Archer.
The problem? He’s my brother’s best friend. My new roommate. And off-limits.
Until we spend a wild night between the sheets.

But secretly dating isn’t easy.
Our pasts collide with the present. And the only man who can save me is the one I shouldn’t want.

Only Mine is a roommates to lovers, small town romance
and is a bundled stand-alone originally titled the Archer & Everleigh duet.

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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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