Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Mafia/Gang/Secret Society Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Gorgeous Monster by Charity Ferrell

Gorgeous Monster; Marchetti Mafia #1
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: October 11, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Age Gap/Dark/Forbidden/Mafia Romance

Author: Charity Ferrell

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


The tension, ALL the steam, the gritty, raw passion, and of course all the dark mafia deals…Gorgeous Monster is a wicked good read.

Whew!! The Marchetti Monster is smoking hot and lives without regret, he is a mafia don afterall, but his daughters’ best friend, who ask him to protect her life, may be the first deal he lives to regret or does he??

Natalia is super feisty with a mouth that tends to get her into trouble, but around Cristian that mouth also keeps her alive. Yes, it’s a very fine line between life and death throughout the entire book, but that line also kept the pages turning with all the hot, steamy chemistry between Natalia and Cristian.

Obviously there is an age gap between Cristian and Natalia, she is his daughter’s best friend after all, but for me, it was truly non-existent while I read the book. Their chemistry is off the charts, which is probably one reason why it wasn’t an issue. The plot also kept rolling and never stopped, which was another huge factor. There was never a lull, allowing my brain to ponder and wander. So I loved how quickly paced, yet well thought out the entire storyline happened.

The mafia world has now been set in Gorgeous Monster and Cristian Marchetti is just the first mobster to be introduced. I’m really excited to return to this world in the next book.


I should’ve known better than to make a deal with a monster.

When my ex-boyfriend puts a hit out on me, there’s only one man I can run to for protection.
Cristian Marchetti.
The head of the Marchetti Mafia Family.
My best friend’s father.
My last resort.

Cristian’s protection doesn’t come free.
But what he wants might cost me my life.

He’s the mafia king, and I’m his sacrifice.
And now, I must become his wife.

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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Pleasing Platinum by Xavier Neal

PLEASING PLATINUM (The Draak Legacy #3) by Xavier Neal

Release Date: October 21st

Genre/Tropes: Paranormal Romance/Paranormal Rom Com/Office/Workplace Romance

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From USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Xavier Neal comes the next book in the action-packed, laugh-out-loud, paranormal romance series you don’t want to miss…

You hate Mondays?

Try finding out that the mother you thought was dead is actually alive, being attacked by elves – who are definitely not Santa’s friendly little helpers – and discovering that you’re not nearly as human as you believed you were.


All before five o’clock.

Oh, and just in case all that wasn’t enough to have me reaching for a bottle of wine rather than a glass, it turns out I’m also mated to an ancient dragon.

An ancient dragon who just so happens to be my boss.


Any chance this is just one giant cos-play convention I don’t remember registering for?


Well, it’d be irresponsible for me to not at least ask if that were a possibility.

About the Author:

Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can’t resist.

In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy’s t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible).

She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband “Lumberjack” and their two fur babies.

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Cover Reveal – Gorgeous Prince by Charity Ferrell


𝓖𝓸𝓻𝓰𝓮𝓸𝓾𝓼 𝓟𝓻𝓲𝓷𝓬𝓮 by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Charity Ferrell is coming in March 2023! We are thrilled to share the cover with you!

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Official blurb is coming soon! 

What to expect with Gorgeous Prince

🖤Mafia romance

🖤 Arranged marriage

🖤 Enemies to lovers

🖤 Anti-hero

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Gorgeous Monster, Marchetti Mafia Book 1 is releasing October 11th!

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 Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Designer: Lori Jackson Design 


Charity Ferrell is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the Blue Beech and Twisted Fox series. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. Angst is her happy place, and she loves writing about flawed people finding love.


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Cover Reveal - 2022, New Releases

Cover Reveal – God of Wrath by Rina Kent

 Rina Kent has revealed the cover for God of Wrath!

Releasing: November 17, 2022

I’m trapped by the devil.
What started as an innocent mistake turned into actual hell.
In my defense, I didn’t mean to get involved with a mafia prince.
But he barged through my defenses anyway.
He stalked me from the shadows and stole me from the life I know.
Jeremy Volkov might appear charming, but a true predator lurks inside.
He’s out to possess, own, and keep me.
But I have no plans to stick around in his blood-soaked world.
Or so I think.

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Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.
Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.
Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.
Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.

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New Release – Studious by Leslie McAdam

Studious by Leslie McAdam is now live!
FREE with Kindle Unlimited

After a disastrous high school game of spin the bottle, I gave up trying to get a boyfriend and spent my time studying instead. Now I’m twenty-four, and I’m not only a virgin, I haven’t even been kissed.

When I meet Danny, a handsome legal hotshot, he catches my eye. Right before I trip on flat ground. Ugh.

He’s got a massive … reputation. He’s the most popular guy in the club, a total playboy with a new conquest every night. There’s no way he’d be interested in me.

But one night after I imbibe too much, he winds up taking care of me. And when I ask for his help with my travesty of a social life, he agrees to teach me how to be less awkward with men … if I let him document my progress so he can win a bet with his best friend.

Even though he’s just my love tutor and I’m just his apprentice, this starts to feel like more.

Too bad it can’t be anything but a high-level seminar in how to seduce someone else.

Studious is a sweet and sexy contemporary opposites-attract m/m romance about a suave attorney who’s scared to love and the shy, nerdy bookkeeper he’s teaching how to be a player. Cue makeover montage and a smoldering first kiss. These heroes most definitely are not falling in love. (Okay, heartwarming HEA guaranteed.)

About the Author:

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie’s first published book, The Sun and the Moon, won a 2015 Watty, which is the world’s largest online writing competition. She’s gone on to receive additional literary awards and has been featured in multiple publications, including Her books have been Top 100 Bestsellers on both Amazon and Apple Books. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men of your fantasies.

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