Book Reviews, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Second to None by K. A. Linde

Second to None; Coastal Chronicles #2
(#2 within a series)

Publication Date: August 30, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Second Chance/Friends-to-Lovers/Contemporary Romance

Author: K.A. Linde

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


So many lives are intertwined while a love story weaves between Maddox and Josie. In Second To None we, the reader, get to visit their past and present as Maddox and Josie tell us their story of how their love changed and evolved and now might not be enough to survive a final time at redemption.

Maddox and Josie basically grew up together, with Josie being the best friend to Maddox’s twin sister, Marley. Josie was a staple in their home, but when hormones hit so did the feelings. Even when Marley asked Josie not to pursue her brother, it became impossible when they both went to college and had harbored feelings for one another for several years. However, timing and circumstance was never on their side and they were never able to sustain a flame, but with one last chance could they finally be in the same spot with all the obstacles out of their way?

K.A. Linde definitely has written this series in a way that pulls at every emotion and brings out ALL the angst. I truly enjoyed how past and even future couples intertwined even more than the past books to interconnect with Maddox and Josie’s story. This is a book where I feel that reading the first two books in this series will certainly enhance your reading experience, but if you wanted to go in blind and read it as a standalone it is still a beautiful love story between the main couple.

I don’t necessarily want to talk about what’s coming up next because this book isn’t about them, but I also know that next couple might break me. Just knowing how Linde has written this entire series I think I need to stock up on tissues now.

I’m so happy that Maddox and Josie are finally here and their story is getting the HEA they deserve. I’ve loved this series from the beginning, even though I feel like my heart is ripped out every single time I step back into this world.

A stand alone second chance grumpy sunshine romance about Josie & Maddox by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Maddox Nelson is the only boy I’ve ever loved.

And the only one to break my heart.

I thought I was over that long ago. After drowning the heartbreak in two failed marriages, I should want safe and easy, and Maddox is nothing but complicated.

Now that I’m back home in Savannah, I can’t deny the pull toward him. He’s the grumpy to my sunshine, the introvert to my extrovert, the uncompromising to my go with the flow. But years of friendship, love, and tangled lust binds us together in the city where it all began.

When heat flies between us, he makes it clear that we already had our chance. Both of us should move on.

Except I’m no longer okay with that idea.

I’ll prove to him that I come second to none.

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

Review – Sinful Mafia Prince by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Sinful Mafia Prince; The Malvagio Duet #2
(#2 within a duet)

Publication Date: August 29, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Duet/New Adult/Dark/Mafia/Suspense/MM Romance

Author: Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Picking right up after Luca was nabbed and stuffed into a trunk…Dom is left reeling with how to feel, what to do, and who to go after?

Feelings change and grow in this second part of the duet. The scary mafia heir is…well, he’s still scary, but with Luca he is a different man. Let’s face it when you find YOUR person, those traits that might scare off someone else don’t really work on the person you are meant to be with.

Luca doesn’t shy away from Dom’s scary side, he pushes back and it’s those traits that Dom admires in him. In Dom’s world someone soft and a pushover wouldn’t survive and the fact that Luca is none of those things makes him the perfect partner, if only his world would accept a man by his side.

While these two grow and change it’s also heartbreaking while they discuss the real world issue of machismo. It’s a true and sad fact that bigotry is a very real and alive fact, especially in cultures such as theirs. I loved that Ella and Brooke didn’t shy away from this discussion, but also talked about it in a delicate manner.

This duet is fast paced, suspenseful, beautiful with the intense relationship, and also the location in this second book – chef’s kiss ladies, I loved it , loved it, loved it!!

“They took something that belonged to me—
and nothing will stop me from getting him back.”

The Fiores have made their move.
In a last-ditch effort to save their crumbling empire, they’ve managed to take back their heir, landing a blow to the Rossettis—in particular, Dom.

But failure is not an option for Dom, and soon he finds himself at a crossroads:
Follow his father’s orders and leave Luca to the wolves, or defy the boss and get back what he lost.

The question is, will Luca choose to trust Dom to keep him safe even after all he’s put him through, or will he put his future in the hands of his long-lost family instead?

As the war between enemies reaches its breaking point, both Dom and Luca face the most difficult decision of their lives.

Do they fight for their families or do they fight for each other?

Sinful Mafia Prince is the second and final book in USA Today Bestselling authors Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank’s M/M Mafia romance duet. It should only be read after Forbidden Mafia Prince.

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Evil Queen A Charity Anthology

 Release Date: October 4

Evil Queen is an annual romance anthology celebrating women’s empowerment. It is meant to inspire and remind readers that they, too, can do absolutely anything they dream of.
This year, all proceeds from the sale of Evil Queen will be donated to WriteGirl – a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

(Evil Queen will be a Kindle Unlimited release. Paperbacks will be available closer to the release date.)
Evil Queen will include all new stories from:
Dee Lagasse | Kandi Steiner | Victoria Ellis | Georgana Roland | Amanda Cuff | Chasity Tarantino | Kat Singleton | Mignon Mykel | Aubree Valentine | Tori Fox | Savannah Stewart | M Leigh Morhaime | K. Peters | Sutton Bishop | Shannon O’Connor | Renee Dyer | Persephone Autumn | Kay Blake | Cali Melle | K Leigh | Ellie Isaacson | K.F. Hassall | Malynda Schlegel | Daisy Allen

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Preorder Blast – Knot a Chance by Sinclair Kelly


Knot a Chance by Sinclair Kelly is coming September 28th. Preorder your copy today!


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About Knot a Chance

Time heals all wounds…

Yeah, I call bullshit. My grief still bleeds out each and every day no matter how much time passes.

I’ve managed to make a new life for myself by helping my bestie run TheOmegasGuide—our viral social media account. We support freedom of choice for all designations.

Though I’m starting to wonder if having a choice is really all that great. Locke’s up my ass more than usual, acting weird, and…is my hulking Beta friend flirting? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly hope he’d ignore that whole friend-zone thing. Then there’s Cohen—the commanding, broody Alpha who wants nothing to do with me, but that I can’t stop thinking about. Of course, I can’t forget Bastian—the sexy stranger I ran into—literally. With his big, warm, mouthwateringly gorgeous body and haunted brown eyes, I’d love the chance to get to know him better.

The intensity of our chemistry is explosive, but they’re not a pack, and I’m not looking for another forever….right? No. It hurts too much and goes against everything I believe now.

No relationships. No commitments. This Omega needs to rediscover just who she is and can’t fall into anything serious.

Nope. Knot a chance.

For Trigger Warnings, please visit my website. Knot A Chance is book two in the Knot Yours Omegaverse, a series of fast-burn reverse harem romance standalones. Each book will end in an HEA and lead into the next book with a new reluctant omega and her own possessive, purring alphas.

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Meet Sinclair Kelly

Sinclair Kelly is a paranormal & contemporary romance author who writes to give all of the feral characters in her head a voice. She’s fluent in sarcasm and dry humor. She lives in sunny Arizona with her loving husband, three adorably exhausting kids, and a feisty Australian shepherd puppy named Havoc. She loves reading, writing, coffee, vodka, tattoos, wine, donuts, broody asshole book boyfriends, badass FMCs, sangria, and all of the friendships she’s made since she began her writing journey.

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New Release – Missed Notes by L.A. Cotton

MISSED NOTES (Rixon High #5) by L.A. Cotton

Release Date: August 23rd

Genre/Tropes: Sports Romance/Brother’s Best Friend

Book 5 of the Rixon High series (standalone)



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From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author L A Cotton, comes an emotional brother’s best friend romance. Angst… drama… friendship… and football. Will you survive senior year?

Sofia Bennet has always imagined a bright future ahead of her.

But sometimes, life has other plans, and suddenly, you’re walking a different path.

Cole Kandon has always sacrificed his dreams for others.

But sometimes, you have to go after them, consequences be damned.

While Cole is finally ready to fight for what he wants, Sofia is coming to terms with a revelation that changes everything.

He wants to be there for her.

She doesn’t want to burden him.

But they need each other more than they realize.

Senior year just got a whole lot more complicated, and with emotions running high, is their new relationship enough to save them?

Or will their love song fade out before it hits the final note?

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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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