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Review – Brutal Saint by Luna Kayne

Brutal Saint; Vicious Empire #2
(#2 within a series)

Publication Date: October 11, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Dark/Mafia/Instant Attraction/Intrigue Romance

Author: Luna Kayne

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Instant spark, chemistry and total fire!! I loved Brutal Saint from beginning to end.

I admit, the title of the book is a bit duplicitous. Cole’s role within the Saint family is an enforcer, so his nature of how to be brutal is known wide and far, but when he’s not working his personality is completely opposite of that man. Cole’s softer side is all about pleasure and taking care of those he cares about and boy did I envy Harlow multiple times throughout this book. The two sides of his personality come together where he’s commanding and dominant, but it all revolves around pleasure and making sure Harlow is well taken care of. Yes, please!!!

Harlow easily slipped into submission, without even knowing she was doing it. Her life has never been easy, so to have someone take over and instantly take care of all of her needs, it was like the best vacation she’d never been able to take before with the hottest man alive. Trying to fight Cole…why bother, am I right? Kidding, Harlow is an amazing character, independent with spirit, but also a huge heart. I loved her!!! These two are my absolute favorite, so the last two Saint boys have a lot of catching up to do to kick them out of the top spot.

From the very beginning of the book these two were fire and also involved in the ever evolving plot without realizing it. I loved how the plot unfolded, not only between these two, but also as a whole. While the Saint family continued to search for information on Grayson’s killer, Harlow was caught in the middle of that investigation. As the twists kept coming and I was gobsmacked over how it all unfolded Harlow fit in perfectly by Cole’s side through the entire story.

This book ends on another great cliffhanger with the continuing mystery moving on and the next brother on deck. It’s getting tense and I can hardly wait to find out more.


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.

* Brutal Saint is the second book in the Vicious Empire dark romance family saga series.

**The series must be read in order for the best enjoyment.

#1 Cruel Saint
#2 Brutal Saint
#3 Wild Saint
#4 Savage Saint

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Blog Tour – Chronicles of the Damned Anthology


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About Chronicles of the Damned

Carnal pleasures, dark desires, insatiable appetites, and a bloody good time.

There’s nothing more enticing than a vampire’s bite.

And once you get a taste of these sinful tales of the damned, we have a feeling you’ll be begging for more.

Welcome to The Chronicles of The Damned, a dark vampire charity anthology dedicated to the vampire queen herself, Anne Rice.

All proceeds will be donated to one of Anne’s favorite charities, Save Our Cemeteries.

Reader discretion is advised. This book contains mature content and themes some may find offensive, distressing and a potential trigger. Recommended for 18+.

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New Release – Evil Queen Anthology

 Release Date: October 4

This collection of short stories highlights strong characters meant to inspire the reader and remind them dreams should always be chased. Evil Queen is an annual celebration of women’s empowerment. 
All proceeds from the sale of  this year’s Evil Queen anthology will be donated to WriteGirl – a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization that “spotlights the power of a girl and her pen.”
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New Release – Bad Girl Reputation by Elle Kennedy

Bad Girl Reputation Elle Kennedy

Bestselling author Elle Kennedy returns to Avalon Bay in this sexy second chance story about two exes who can’t stay away from each other, Bad Girl Reputation.

When former bad girl Genevieve West returns home for her mother’s funeral, she’s prepared to keep her distance from her ex-boyfriend, Evan Hartley. Their history is rife with turbulence. And passion. A heck of a lot of passion…which she’s trying desperately to forget.

But it’s impossible not to run into Evan in the small coastal town where they once ran wild. And the moment she sees her gorgeous ex again, it’s clear to Gen that Evan is still as unruly, sexy, and irresistible as ever. This time around, however, she’s resolved to walk a new path. No more partying. No more foolish mistakes. Her plan is to temporarily remain in town to help her father run his business, but the second he finds somebody else, she’s out of there.

Evan has other ideas. He knows they can be good together, but he just has to convince Genevieve of that, even if it means turning over a new leaf himself. But can a bad reputation ever truly be shed? Do second chances really work? Genevieve and Evan are about to find out.

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A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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New Release – The Vixen’s Deceit by Nikki Sloane

The Vixen’s Deceit by Nikki Sloane is now live!

A skeptical reporter visits an immersive haunted house and falls for a sexy cast member. But is her seduction real…or part of the act?

Void is more than just a haunted house. It’s a psychological nightmare designed to find your breaking point.

And this year, the experience will be extra special and horrifying. For its tenth anniversary, the elaborate production has taken over a castle high on the cliffs of Scotland, which has a bloody, tragic past.

Haunted, some say. Cursed, others whisper.

Reviewing Void wasn’t supposed to be Tyler’s assignment. But when he’s the only journalist available at his failing magazine for the important exclusive, he’s thrust into an immersive horror movie experience.

Every scene is more disturbing than the last, and the only thing holding him together is the seductive woman operating the elevator. Her flirtations seem genuine, but as he goes deeper into Void, his grip on reality begins to slip.

Are her feelings for him as manufactured as the monsters he sees? Or is all of it real?

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USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA© / Vivian Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn’t be any happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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