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Review – Judgment by Willa Jade

Judgment; Sons of Sin #1
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: September 2, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Age Gap/Dark/Mafia Romance

Author: Willa Jade

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Judgment was a total surprise. I loved how the entire book kept throwing out surprise after surprise after surprise which compelled me to keep reading until the very end.

This was a new author for me, but from the very beginning I was drawn into the compelling story by characters that were really flushed out and had fantastic energy.

At first, Paisley comes across as a scared, doe-eyed, completely naive virgin, but it doesn’t take long to realize that she is so much more than the stereotypical role she has been cast in. I loved how quickly her bravery showed through, along with her utter passion to do whatever it took to save her family, which is what makes her shine to a man like Andre. I really admired her determination and street smarts.

Andre is not, by society’s standards, a good man. He’s definitely an anti-hero, but when it comes to Paisley, his Duchess, he bends the rules over and over again. He finds he even bends his own rules as life as he knows it changes the moment he meets her. Like most anti-heroes Andre is stubborn, demanding and has high caveman tendencies, but it’s in his tender moments that blew me away.

Then we get to the best part, aside from the hot, sizzling moments….it’s the banter between these two. It. Is. AMAZING!!! Every chapter, every time they are together, they pop. Now I can mention their chemistry which is always set at a constant boil…these two just have IT!

This is a series I look forward to continuing and an author I look forward to reading more of and since this is just the beginning of an interconnected series between Andre’s brothers, I’m super excited to continue down this path of reading more about them.

Andre Valinov owns a piece of me.
A piece he refuses to take.
But a deal’s a deal. One I intend to honor.
Even if I made it with the devil.

I thought I was being smart.
Thought I could play a game I’d been watching my whole life.
I was wrong.
Andre is not the kind of man I expected to be taking me home.
I’m nothing more than a pawn to him. A way to prove he holds New York City’s underworld in the palm of his hand.
His power is immense. His control unyielding.
Everything he wants becomes his.

But someone is out to take it all away from him.
The power.
The control.
And me.

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Blog Tour – 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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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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