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New Double Release – Corrupt Knight and Corrupt Princess by Tracy Lorraine

 Release Date: December 8

The night we met, she was just another one-night stand. 

We were never meant to see each other again, and my best friend certainly wasn’t supposed to go and fall in love with her best friend. 

 

Collateral damage… she’s already broken my biggest rule when we hooked up for a second, third, fourth, and maybe a few more times. 

 

She’s everywhere I turn. I can’t escape her or the things she makes me feel. 

 

Thanks to my best friend wanting to do anything to make his girl happy, she’s the newest teacher at Knight’s Ridge College. 

 

If I needed to stay away before, now I have no choice. Not only is she an obsession I don’t need… she’s forbidden. 

 

But I’ve never been as good at following the rules, so much as breaking them. I need to be careful before she gets too close to break me. 

 

The consuming darkness inside threatens to take over following my father’s death, and I find myself craving her light even more than ever. 

 

The only problem is, I don’t want her to rescue me. I want to drag her down… corrupt her. 

We’re a match made in hell that first night we met, so why stop now when playing with fire is so much fun.

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Start the Trilogy HERE with Corrupt Valentine’s Knight! 

Corrupt Princess 

Corrupt Princess by Tracy Lorraine

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Lorraine brings you the next instalment of her forbidden dark mafia, high school bully romance story set in the Knight’s Ridge Empire world.
I learned from a very young age that the only person I could count on was myself.
For years I’ve been content with meaningless one-night stands and zero promises for tomorrow.
I had a good thing going, until he crashed his way into my life… and heart, and wrecked them both.
Nico Cirillo.
The bad boy mafia prince and the one man who’s ever left me craving more. Not that I’ll admit that.
And now, he’s not only a mistake I’ve made time and time again, he’s everywhere I turn. 
Taunting me.
Tempting me. 
Doing everything in his power to screw up my life, tarnish my reputation, and corrupt the only dream I’ve ever had.
But while I’m pushing as hard as I can to keep him away, his reckless decisions and hot-headed behaviour have forced him to reconsider.
His U-turn is enough to give me whiplash, but it’s nowhere near enough for me to lower my walls and let him in.
To give him a chance he doesn’t deserve.
It’s going to take more than a bit of grovelling after all the ways he’s hurt me, even if it is on his knees.
Grab Your Copy Here!

Read Kay’s Review: Corrupt Princess

Meet Tracy Lorraine

 

Tracy Lorraine is a M/F and M/M contemporary romance author.

Tracy has recently-ish turned thirty and lives in a cute Cotswold village in England with her husband, baby girl and lovable but slightly crazy dog. Having always been a bookaholic with her head stuck in her Kindle, Tracy decided to try her hand at a story idea she dreamt up. Molly and Ryan were born and the rest is history, as they say!

 

To learn more about Tracy and her books, visit here!  

 

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Review – Villain Era by Luna Pierce

Villain Era; Sinners and Angels #3
(#3 within a series)

Publication Date: December 9, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Suspense/Dark/Mafia/Reverse Harem Romance

Author: Luna Pierce

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Villain Era happens about six months after Untamed Vixen and is a continuation of June, Dom, Co, and Magnus, along with now Simon who has become her bodyguard’s story.

Dom is now leading the west coast mafia and desperately trying to get a handle on his new position, but losing his grasp on the one person he claimed to love, June. Co and Magnus are by his side and watching it all happen, following Dom’s lead, they are all struggling and eventually something has to give. That something again, being June.

With Simon relegated to June’s side, they get close and build a friendship. From the very beginning Simon makes his attraction to her clear, but he never crosses a boundary. June already has three men in her life, but they seem to have forgotten about her, however she hasn’t forgotten about them. It makes things difficult when Simon is with her everyday all day…something has to give, will it be the loves of her life?

Magnus, I will say, is the one who is torn the most between his old friendship, his new love, and what he sees as a new friendship in Simon. He’s been my favorite from the first book and continues to be in this one. He’s a huge empath, which is why he continually feels everyone’s strain, but sometimes I wish he did push just a bit harder.

Villain Era has its ups and downs, it’s exciting and then slows down. I suppose what I mean is, with a mafia book, I was looking for more adrenaline pumping moments vs. chapters of introspection. This is book two for this group and I would have preferred more action and less yada, yada, yada on their past regrets.

Villain Era really shouldn’t be read as a standalone, it complements Untamed Vixen and I found it helpful to read them back to back, but that is my own personal experience. I give this a 4.5 rating overall.

Synopsis:
He was once our enemy, but now he’s my bodyguard.

After our rival gives up the throne as my dying wish, my men trust him to keep a close watch on me and protect me from any danger that may come my way.

He keeps me safe, somehow understanding the darkness that lurks inside of me. He knows it cannot be caged, and he allows me the ability to set it free when we’re alone.

The things I’ve done don’t hold a candle to the things I will do.

I have everything I could possibly want…three sexy, attentive, mafia boyfriends. All of us are under one roof, and they spoil and provide for my every desire.

But why do I have a nagging feeling that something—or someone—is still missing from my life?

Am I selfish for being insatiable when I already have more than most?

When our true enemies, the ones we thought we eliminated, come back to finish what they started, I worry I may not be able to escape death this time around.

I end up sharing a secret with the one man I shouldn’t let in—a secret that holds the power to ruin us all.

I may have crossed a line, but whether my men like it or not, this vixen is entering her villain era.

Villain Era is the sequel to Untamed Vixen. Untamed Vixen should be read first. Meant for mature audiences.

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Review – Corrupt Princess by Tracy Lorraine

Corrupt Princess by Tracy Lorraine

Corrupt Princess; Corrupt Trilogy #2, Knight’s Ridge #14
(#2 within a trilogy, #14 within a series)

Publication Date: December 8, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Trilogy/New Adult/Forbidden/Dark/Mafia/Opposites Attract Romance

Author: Tracy Lorraine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Corrupt Princess picks up right where Corrupt Knight left us with a big OMG!! The toxic relationship between Nico and Brianna built to a boiling a point and we were left wondering if Nico was set out to not only destroy his future but Brianna’s as well while he was spiraling on his destructive path.

This book was very emotional. A big shift from toxic masculinity where men shove everything deep down inside and ignore the problem, but a look at actual healing. I have to say I loved it!! Not to say that this wasn’t still a dark, mafia because it very much was, but Nico’s grief was weighing heavy on his shoulders and without some major changes he was going to self destruct and take out anyone around him. That wasn’t healthy and I’m glad it wasn’t brushed aside.

What I also loved about this book, probably more than I have than any of the other second books in the trilogies of this series, was witnessing the cohesiveness of the group as a whole and how the men and women all work together. There is a reason why each couple has been attracted to each other, but as a girl group they all fit, and as guys they all work together and it all clicks in this book more than ever. The aspect of the “found family” really stands out and I love it!!

We are left with another big cliffhanger as this is the second book in the trilogy, but the third book is coming soon so we won’t have to wait long, but that means I can hardly wait to find out what happens.

Synopsis:
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Lorraine brings you the next instalment of her forbidden dark mafia, high school bully romance story set in the Knight’s Ridge Empire world.

I learned from a very young age that the only person I could count on was myself.

For years I’ve been content with meaningless one-night stands and zero promises for tomorrow.

I had a good thing going, until he crashed his way into my life… and heart, and wrecked them both.

Nico Cirillo.

The bad boy mafia prince and the one man who’s ever left me craving more. Not that I’ll admit that.

And now, he’s not only a mistake I’ve made time and time again, he’s everywhere I turn.

Taunting me.
Tempting me.

Doing everything in his power to screw up my life, tarnish my reputation, and corrupt the only dream I’ve ever had.

But while I’m pushing as hard as I can to keep him away, his reckless decisions and hot-headed behaviour have forced him to reconsider.

His U-turn is enough to give me whiplash, but it’s nowhere near enough for me to lower my walls and let him in.

To give him a chance he doesn’t deserve.

It’s going to take more than a bit of grovelling after all the ways he’s hurt me, even if it is on his knees.

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Review – Corrupt Knight by Tracy Lorraine

Corrupt Knight; Corrupt Trilogy #1, Knights Ridge #13
(#1 within a trilogy, #13 within a series)

Publication Date: December 8, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Trilogy/New Adult/Dark/Forbidden/Opposites Attract/Mafia Romance

Author: Tracy Lorraine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
A total page-turner, with a forbidden aspect, in this enemies-to-lovers story.

Nico is drowning in his grief. He’s hurting and lashing out at everyone he loves and turning to destructive means to numb his pain after losing his father. Within that destructive path is Brianna, the one woman whom he can’t seem to stay away from, but he also treats like dirt. Is it his fault that she comes back for more every single time? While his friends have tried everything to bring Nico back from the darkness, they resort to one last measure and reach out to Brianna to ask for help.

While Brianna has a huge heart and wants to help Nico, her best friend-Jody-is also immersed in this dark world and escaping Nico and his path to self destruction is practically impossible, no matter how much she’d love to walk away. Seeing Nico slipping further into darkness she just can’t say no, but when she lands a job at Knight’s Ridge College and becomes Nico’s teacher she knows she should step away, but once again, getting pulled into his orbit…she has a hard time saying no.

The back and forth, push and pull from these two made my pulse race, especially knowing Brianna’s huge heart. This is book one in a trilogy and ends on a big cliffhanger which will pick up in Corrupt Princess.

Synopsis:
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Lorraine brings you a new dark mafia, high school bully romance story set in the Knight’s Ridge Empire world.

The night we met, she was just another one-night stand.

We were never meant to see each other again, and my best friend certainly wasn’t supposed to go and fall in love with her best friend.

Collateral damage… she’s already broken my biggest rule when we hooked up for a second, third, fourth, and maybe a few more times.

She’s everywhere I turn. I can’t escape her or the things she makes me feel.

Thanks to my best friend wanting to do anything to make his girl happy, she’s the newest teacher at Knight’s Ridge College.

If I needed to stay away before, now I have no choice. Not only is she an obsession I don’t need… she’s forbidden.

But I’ve never been as good at following the rules, so much as breaking them. I need to be careful before she gets too close to break me.

The consuming darkness inside threatens to take over following my father’s death, and I find myself craving her light even more than ever.

The only problem is, I don’t want her to rescue me. I want to drag her down… corrupt her.

We’re a match made in hell that first night we met, so why stop now when playing with fire is so much fun.

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New Release – The Sinner by Shantel Tessier

THE SINNER: A DARK COLLEGE ROMANCE by Shantel Tessier

💜MF (there is no sharing the h)
💜J/P (jealous/possessive) Hero
💜OTT (over the top) Hero
Complete standalone
💜TWs will be listed inside the book
*Based in the Lords world. You do not have to read The Ritual first but some characters from The Ritual do make an appearance in The Sinner.

THE SINNER, by USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Shantel Tessier is NOW LIVE!!

Grab this all-new dark standalone college romance TODAY!!

NOW AVAILABLE!
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3rKZWrh
Universal: https://readerlinks.com/l/2725725

Blurb:
LITTLE DEMON
I was raised in a world where money and power are at your fingertips. My father is a LORD, a very respected member of a secret society that knows no bounds. When tragedy struck my family, we discovered we weren’t untouchable. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any worse, I was shown what hell is really like. Then he came and saved me. The devil disguised as my personal hero. But of course, nothing is for free. Not when a soul is up for grabs.

I VOW. YOU VOW. WE VOW.

Easton Bradley Sinnett—Sin—uses his power for his own sick pleasure. Like a typical Lord, he never thought about the consequences of his actions. I grew up with him, obsessed over him, craved him. He was who I pictured when I imagined doing things my body shouldn’t want.
One day, I realized he was not who I thought he was. It didn’t change anything, though, because I was already too far gone. If anything, I fell for him harder.
Every now and then, someone enters your life who flips it upside down. Sin wrecked me in the worst way, and I thanked him for it by serving on my knees.
As they say, nothing lasts forever. Men like him never stay with a woman like me. I’m what they use, not keep. So when he threw me away, I shouldn’t have been all that surprised.
My body had always craved the darker side of love. The kind that left bruises and scars. I was what most would call unholy. And when the devil whispered in my ear that he loved me, I was more than determined to show him just how devoted I could be.

Read Kay’s Review: The Sinner

About the Author:
Shantel is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author. Who lives in Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.
She considers herself extremely lucky to get to do what she loves while wearing pajamas. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, watching Netflix.

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Blog Tour – Twisted Secrets by Rachel Leigh

TWISTED SECRETS (Bastards of Boulder Cove #3) by Rachel Leigh
Release Date: November 30th
Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Enemies to Lovers/Secret Society/Dark Academia
Series: Bastards of Boulder Cove

TWISTED SECRETS, the 3rd book in the Bastards of Boulder Cove series, from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Leigh is NOW LIVE!

Grab this all-new enemies to lovers romance today!!

NOW AVAILABLE! FREE IN KU!
Universal: http://mybook.to/bobc3

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Blurb:
The Lawless have been many things:

My friends,
My enemies,
And now my lovers.

All but one…
Neo Saint—my villain dressed in leather with the body of a god and a heart made of stone.

He blames me for his misfortunes.
Wants me to feel his pain.

It’s time he learns I’m not who he thinks I am.
Someone is out there,
opening old wounds and creating new scars.

It won’t be easy bringing these twisted secrets to light,
but it’s the only chance we have of freedom before the darkness consumes us all.

The games might not be over,
but I’m no longer playing alone.

Read Kay’s Review: Twisted Secrets

About the Author:
Rachel Leigh is a USA Today bestselling author of new adult and contemporary romance. You can expect twists and turns, bad boys, strong heroines, and an HEA.

Rachel lives in leggings, overuses emojis, and survives on books and coffee. Writing is her passion. Her goal is to take readers on an adventure with her words, while showing them that even on the darkest days, love conquers all.

Connect w/Rachel:
Website: www.rachelleighauthor.com
Bookbub: bookbub.com/profile/rachel-leigh
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IG: https://instagram.com/rachelleighauthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelleighauthor/
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Blog Tour – A Trial By Blood by Sherilee Gray

Release Date: November 29
Rose

After a lifetime of suffering, I’m ready to end it all…Preferably before my Trial begins.

I’m more useful dead than alive—Death is demanding my soul as payment for a debt he believes my family owes, and Ronan, the cold-blooded dhampir who can’t seem to stay away from me, can help end my pain.

But when the call to Trial comes sooner than expected, I must answer and risk Death’s wrath, and the fate of those I love most. Ronan’s vowed to protect me…but the ice in his veins has turned to fire and his need for me has the power to set us both ablaze.

As everything I believed is tested to the limit, I’ll have to fight—for my coven, and a future I never dreamed I was destined for…

Author Note: Please check the author’s website for tropes and CWs.

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Meet Sherilee Gray
Sherilee’s always had a big (some say warped) imagination, and as a kid scared herself conjuring up horror stories full of ghosts and other terrifying creatures.
She never dreamed of actually writing down any of those wonderful imaginary people or places, not until many years later when her sister introduced her to the wondrous world of romance novels, and her very large book collection.
She’s pleased to say, she still has the big imagination… only now her characters are chasing their happily ever after.
Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children.
When she isn’t writing sexy, edgy contemporary and paranormal romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.
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New Release – Twisted Secrets by Rachel Leigh

TWISTED SECRETS (Bastards of Boulder Cove #3) by Rachel Leigh
Release Date: November 30th
Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Enemies to Lovers/Secret Society/Dark Academia
Series: Bastards of Boulder Cove

TWISTED SECRETS, the 3rd book in the Bastards of Boulder Cove series, from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Leigh is NOW LIVE!

Grab this all-new enemies to lovers romance today!!

NOW AVAILABLE! FREE IN KU!
Universal: http://mybook.to/bobc3

Read the prequel FREE NOW:

http://books2read.com/bobcdarkdesires

Add to Goodreads:
http://bit.ly/gr_bobc3

Blurb:
The Lawless have been many things:

My friends,
My enemies,
And now my lovers.

All but one…
Neo Saint—my villain dressed in leather with the body of a god and a heart made of stone.

He blames me for his misfortunes.
Wants me to feel his pain.

It’s time he learns I’m not who he thinks I am.
Someone is out there,
opening old wounds and creating new scars.

It won’t be easy bringing these twisted secrets to light,
but it’s the only chance we have of freedom before the darkness consumes us all.

The games might not be over,
but I’m no longer playing alone.

Read Kay’s Review: Twisted Secrets

About the Author:
Rachel Leigh is a USA Today bestselling author of new adult and contemporary romance. You can expect twists and turns, bad boys, strong heroines, and an HEA.

Rachel lives in leggings, overuses emojis, and survives on books and coffee. Writing is her passion. Her goal is to take readers on an adventure with her words, while showing them that even on the darkest days, love conquers all.

Connect w/Rachel:
Website: www.rachelleighauthor.com
Bookbub: bookbub.com/profile/rachel-leigh
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19155638.Rachel_Leigh
IG: https://instagram.com/rachelleighauthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelleighauthor/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Leigh/e/B07SSK8P2F
Readers Group: http://bit.ly/rl_ramblers
Rachel’s Ramblings Newsletter: https://bit.ly/rl_news

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Review – The Sinner by Shantel Tessier

The Sinner; The Ritual series #2
(Standalone within a series)

Publication Date: November 30, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Dark/Taboo/Forbidden/Secret Society Romance

Author: Shantel Tessier

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Break every rule, cross every line and jump into the taboo world of The Lords. This book was intense with a capital I!!

Walking the dark line in this world means opening yourself to the devil and the devil has his eye on his own personal demon. I’d like to call Sin and Elli toxic, but their relationship is their own kink and probably the only thing non-toxic in their dark world. Don’t worry it makes sense.

This book is heavy and super dark. Definitely Shantel’s darkest to date, where she delves into lots of morally gray territories. Please make sure to read her TW’s if this kind of book makes you pause. Personally, I love reading how characters back themselves into corners, even the kind with no moral codes to speak of, because sooner or later that character will need to get themselves out of that corner and when they do those slippery morals are so fun to watch as they spin them around. That anticipation, that rush of what they will do, is fun to read.

Elli and Sin cross so many boundaries, it could make a reader cringe, and in a normal world, for every action their should be a consequence, but this dark world doesn’t have normal consequences and like I said above you either like this dark world or you don’t. Sin has no f…cares to give. Like, seriously none. Well, maybe one, Elli is his. His little demon. Aside from that get out of his way.

I love delving into the darkness that Shantel creates every-single-time. It’s a thrill and fascinating ride. The Sinner did not disappoint.

Synopsis:
An all-new dark standalone romance from the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Shantel Tessier

LITTLE DEMON

I was raised in a world where money and power are at your fingertips. My father is a LORD, a very respected member of a secret society that knows no bounds. When tragedy struck my family, we discovered we weren’t untouchable. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any worse, I was shown what hell is really like. Then he came and saved me. The devil disguised as my personal hero. But of course, nothing is for free. Not when a soul is up for grabs.

I VOW. YOU VOW. WE VOW.

Easton Bradley Sinnett—Sin—uses his power for his own sick pleasure. Like a typical Lord, he never thought about the consequences of his actions. I grew up with him, obsessed over him, craved him. He was who I pictured when I imagined doing things my body shouldn’t want.

One day, I realized he was not who I thought he was. It didn’t change anything, though, because I was already too far gone. If anything, I fell for him harder.

Every now and then, someone enters your life who flips it upside down. Sin wrecked me in the worst way, and I thanked him for it by serving on my knees.

As they say, nothing lasts forever. Men like him never stay with a woman like me. I’m what they use, not keep. So when he threw me away, I shouldn’t have been all that surprised.

My body had always craved the darker side of love. The kind that left bruises and scars. I was what most would call unholy. And when the devil whispered in my ear that he loved me, I was more than determined to show him just how devoted I could be.

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒓 is set in the same world as Shantel’s top 50 bestseller 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍.

Things to know about 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿

✔

︎ MF

✔

︎ J/P (jealous/possessive) Hero

✔

︎ OTT (over the top) Hero

✔

︎ Complete standalone

✔

︎ Dark college romance

⚠️

This touches on very dark themes. The 𝗧𝗪’𝘀 will be posted inside the book before the prologue.

⚠️

✔

︎ This is my darkest book to date. Please do NOT go in blind if you have any triggers.

✔

︎ You do NOT have to read The Ritual first but some characters from 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍 do make appearances in The Sinner.

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New Release – A Trial By Blood by Sherilee Gray

Release Date: November 29
Rose

After a lifetime of suffering, I’m ready to end it all…Preferably before my Trial begins.

I’m more useful dead than alive—Death is demanding my soul as payment for a debt he believes my family owes, and Ronan, the cold-blooded dhampir who can’t seem to stay away from me, can help end my pain.

But when the call to Trial comes sooner than expected, I must answer and risk Death’s wrath, and the fate of those I love most. Ronan’s vowed to protect me…but the ice in his veins has turned to fire and his need for me has the power to set us both ablaze.

As everything I believed is tested to the limit, I’ll have to fight—for my coven, and a future I never dreamed I was destined for…

Author Note: Please check the author’s website for tropes and CWs.

Buy Your Copy Here:
Meet Sherilee Gray
Sherilee’s always had a big (some say warped) imagination, and as a kid scared herself conjuring up horror stories full of ghosts and other terrifying creatures.
She never dreamed of actually writing down any of those wonderful imaginary people or places, not until many years later when her sister introduced her to the wondrous world of romance novels, and her very large book collection.
She’s pleased to say, she still has the big imagination… only now her characters are chasing their happily ever after.
Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children.
When she isn’t writing sexy, edgy contemporary and paranormal romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.
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Review – Twisted Secrets by Rachel Leigh

Twisted Secrets; Bastards of Boulder Cove #3
(#3 within a series)

Publication Date: November 30, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Trilogy/Antihero/Suspense/New Adult/Dark/Bully/Reverse Harem Romance

Author: Rachel Leigh

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
There were so many secrets that unraveled, one after another, leading right up to a twisted ending!

Twisted Secrets really was the perfect title for this perfectly twisted finale. Not only were there multiple secrets revealed, but there was also twisted up feelings, twisted up friendships, suspense and mayhem was also twisted up in this gloriously page turning finale. Everything was brilliantly tied up and I was spectacularly happy with twisted up ending.

Whew…I wonder if I can fit the words; twists and secrets, a few more times in this review??

As for Scar and her three men…well, I’ll leave with this…they go through a lot in this final book. Neo doesn’t make anything easy on anyone, but as we’ve come to know, that’s just Neo. However, the darker the antihero, the deeper we all seem to fall, so Neo gives quite a ride to say the least. As for Crew and Jagger, they get their moments too, because this wouldn’t be a finale if they remained a silent doormat.

Twisted Secrets is twisted, there are a lot of turns and secrets that I never saw coming, and this last book is stuffed full of emotions, which I don’t want to say threw me, but it was another twist.

This entire trilogy was fantastic from beginning to end. I loved diving into this dark, depraved world and would totally recommend to anyone who loves reading morally gray characters.

Synopsis:

The Lawless have been many things:

My friends,

My enemies,

And now my lovers.

All but one…

Neo Saint—my villain dressed in leather with the body of a god and a heart made of stone.

He blames me for his misfortunes.

Wants me to feel his pain.

It’s time he learns I’m not who he thinks I am.

Someone is out there,

opening old wounds and creating new scars.

It won’t be easy bringing these twisted secrets to light,

but it’s the only chance we have of freedom before the darkness consumes us all.

The games might not be over,

but I’m no longer playing alone.

This series must be read in order for the best enjoyment:

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Review – A Trial by Blood by Sherilee Gray

A Trial by Blood; The Thornheart Trials #3
(#3 within an interconnected series)

Publication Date: November 29, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Suspense/Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Author: Sherilee Gray

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Oh my heart!! Rose and Ronan are the perfect soulmated couple!

From the very beginning of this book I was drawn into the gripping story. While this may be the third book in this series, it almost reads like a complete standalone. The fantastical stories that makes up both Rose and Ronan’s backstories are fascinating, intriguing and just really darn good that their love flows so organically it made the book fly by.

Ronan comes across in the beginning as emotionless, yet compassionate, while also caring, but also without empathy. He’s a total mixed bag of contradictions and I was instantly drawn to his character the same way he was drawn to Rose. He didn’t quite understand why he couldn’t stay away from her, he just had this pull, this incessant need to stay by her side and without emotions guiding him, he truly didn’t know why. When his dam finally breaks open and he’s flooded with everything, and I mean every single emotion and feeling. It is literal years and years of emotions that humans spend a lifetime building up, gaining tolerance to, learning how to control, etc…that hit him all at once. I have to say Ronan becomes even more fascinating from this point forward. I was truly enthralled by him as I’ve never read anything or anyone like him before and I gobbled up every word.

Then we have Rose Thornheart. The sister that everyone feared would parish by the time her trial would be called forth. However, Rose becomes more than she appears and with the help of Ronan by her side, she will not only find a way to complete her trial, but find an inner strength that rivals her sisters. Rose is so strong and that statement right there I know is so contradictory to how she begins the story, but strength is measured in so many ways and it’s not always physical strength that wins the day. She and Ronan are my favorite couple in this series, so far, and their love for each other was such a thing of beauty to read.

Synopsis:
Rose

After a lifetime of suffering, I’m ready to end it all…Preferably before my Trial begins.

I’m more useful dead than alive—Death is demanding my soul as payment for a debt he believes my family owes, and Ronan, the cold-blooded dhampir who can’t seem to stay away from me, can help end my pain.

But when the call to Trial comes sooner than expected, I must answer and risk Death’s wrath, and the fate of those I love most. Ronan’s vowed to protect me…but the ice in his veins has turned to fire and his need for me has the power to set us both ablaze.

As everything I believed is tested to the limit, I’ll have to fight—for my coven, and a future I never dreamed I was destined for…

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Blog Tour – Sweetest Awareness by Michelle Heard

SWEETEST AWARENESS by MA Heard

Release Dates: November 21st

Genre/Tropes: Forced Proximity/Apocalyptic – Darkish, but not Dark/Grumpy / Sunshine

Over The Top Possessive & Jealous Alpha Hero – Touch her and die vibes/Unbreakable friendships & bonds/Soulmate kind of love

SWEETEST AWARENESS, book 2 of the Cruelest Oblivion Duet, by USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard is NOW LIVE!

Find out what happens in the conclusion of this all-new, full-length Dystopian Romance TODAY!

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Blurb:

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard, comes a new, full-length Dystopian Romance novel.

Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.

Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.

When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.

It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?

I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.

Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.

Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.

Author’s Note:

18+ ONLY.

This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.

Read Kay’s Review: Sweetest Awareness

About the Author:

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.

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New Release – The Wild by Penelope Black

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The Wild is the thrilling conclusion to the Las Vegas duet!

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As the firstborn King, I should be the heir to the Irish Syndicate.

Instead, my father wants to marry me off to the highest bidder to fund a war I don’t believe in.

My carefully controlled life starts to unravel, spiraling out of control faster than I can stop it.

And then I meet them, and I can breathe again.

Tall with perpetual smirks and covered in tattoos, they remind me what it feels like to live.

Remind me that I don’t need someone to save me.

I’m a King. I can save myself.

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New Release – Sweetest Awareness by Michelle Heard

SWEETEST AWARENESS by MA Heard

Release Dates: November 21st

Genre/Tropes: Forced Proximity/Apocalyptic – Darkish, but not Dark/Grumpy / Sunshine

Over The Top Possessive & Jealous Alpha Hero – Touch her and die vibes/Unbreakable friendships & bonds/Soulmate kind of love

SWEETEST AWARENESS, book 2 of the Cruelest Oblivion Duet, by USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard is NOW LIVE!

Find out what happens in the conclusion of this all-new, full-length Dystopian Romance TODAY!

NOW AVAILABLE! FREE IN KU!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ENnlj7

Amazon INTL: https://geni.us/SweetAware

Grab book #1 of the Cruelest Oblivion Duet TODAY!!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gdxlbn

Add to GR:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62679440-sweetest-awareness

Blurb:

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard, comes a new, full-length Dystopian Romance novel.

Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.

Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.

When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.

It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?

I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.

Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.

Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.

Author’s Note:

18+ ONLY.

This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.

Read Kay’s Review: Sweetest Awareness

About the Author:

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.

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Review – The Wild by Penelope Black

The Wild; The Wren #2
(#2 within a duet)

Publication Date: November 21, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/Mafia/Dark/Reverse Harem/Suspense Romance

Author: Penelope Black

Review Rating: 4.5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
The second half of this duet is fast paced and it delves deeper into the relationships between Maeve and the Santorini brothers.

The secret is out, well, I guess it wasn’t really a secret, Maeve just wasn’t aware that all three men circling her life were actually related and neither were the brothers aware that the woman who’d bewitched them was one and the same. Plot twist!

As the opening of The Wild begins we pick up from the wedding where Maeve was sent to marry another man that was not any of the Santorini brothers, but they also happened to be sent to that very same wedding, but for very different reasons. What better way than to take out an opposing mafia family than at a family gathering, but things go a bit sideways for all of them. From this point on the lives of Maeve and the Santorini brothers turn upside down and the ability to choose between Romeo, Nico or Tommy is impossible especially when she can’t pinpoint which brother is the father of her baby. Go Maeve – why choose, take them all!

This entire duet is a pretty quick read, but it may have just felt like that because I couldn’t put it down for moment. I will note – I did feel like the ending of this particular book felt just a tad rushed, which is why I rated this a 4.5 stars overall, but I really did love the entire duet overall, especially the King sisters. They are #amazinggirlpower, tough, and never backed down from a challenge.

Synopsis:
The thrilling conclusion to the Las Vegas duet!

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Review – Sweetest Awareness by Michelle Heard

Sweetest Awareness; Cruelest Oblivion #2
(#2 within a duet)

Publication Date: November 21, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/New Adult/Dystopian/Suspense Romance

Author: Michelle Heard

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
With non-stop action, this thrilling conclusion was unputdownable once it begun. This duet is one that I can easily see transferring to the big screen.

Shedding the last of her innocence and wide eyed nativity, Jai transforms into a powerful leader and warrior by the end of this fast paced book. Someone far removed from the girl she was at the beginning of this duet and I couldn’t have loved watching this transformation more. Jai is unique on a lot of levels and her inner strength is just one trait that makes it so.

Throughout this last book, Jai has a strong pull to make a difference. She hates seeing the imbalance of power between where she just was living to where she is now, but even more than that, she hates seeing that even with her so called freedom, that women still don’t have much in they way of a voice. She wants to change that and she wants to flip the Ecocity upside down. Jai is tired of running, she’s tired of being scared, and she wants to take back power of everything in her life.

Jai has a backbone of steel in this book and her love not only for Chance, but for her friends and family, strengthen her like never before. From the beginning of this duet, really, this story never stops. It’s quick and unrelenting. A great dystopian duet!

Synopsis:
From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard, comes the next installment of the Cruelest Oblivion Duet.

With the impending war on our doorstep, I’m training harder than ever to become the woman I was always meant to be.
A warrior.

I’m faced with trials set out to break me, but I keep getting up and walking away stronger than before.

I quickly learn I’m not just fighting for freedom but for a world where women won’t be treated as breeders.
I’m fighting for the future of every woman.

I’m fighting to prove I’m not the coward I always thought I was.

I’m a leader.

Mostly, I’m the woman every man on this planet should fear.

Author’s Note: 18+ ONLY. This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.
CRUELEST OBLIVION is book #1 and needs to be read before reading SWEETEST AWARENESS which concludes the duet.

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Blog Tour – Mistakes Made by Marie James

 Release Date: November 17

The worst thing you can ever do is make an assumption about me, despite my job resting solely on making people think I’m someone I’m not.
I know that makes me crazy, narcissistic, and a little out of touch with the reality of how the world works.
I’ll never argue that fact with anyone.
Maybe it was the hundred-degree Texas weather.
Maybe it was overstimulation from the crowds at the beach.
Maybe it was one of a million other things that irritated me that day.
But when Raya Reed looked me up and down, finding me lacking on some scale I’m sure no man in her life would ever live up to, I snapped.
It wasn’t until she was tied up in my house that I discovered she was Senator Thomas Reed’s daughter.
A normal person would let her go.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my past, but making Raya MINE will never be one of them.

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Meet Marie James

 

Let’s see…where to begin…

I’m inching up on the BIG 4-0. The gray hairs are doubling what seems like daily, and the wrinkles and laugh lines are more pronounced than ever.

I have an amazing husband (Married just over 15 years.)

We have two boys we’re doing our best to raise as respectful gentleman.

I have a master’s degree in criminal justice which I used to work as a juvenile probation office until deciding to write full-time in June of 2019. So that means there’s usually always some criminal/law element to my novels.

If I’m not writing; I’m reading.

My favorite genres recently are bully/reverse harem and enemies to lovers. Maybe I’m reliving my traumatic teen years through the girls who actually end up with the boys. (Not that I would change my history since it’s gotten me exactly where I need to be!)

I love coffee. I miss carbs. Music is LIFE. I try not to be too serious.
 
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New Release – Mistakes Made by Marie James

 Release Date: November 17

The worst thing you can ever do is make an assumption about me, despite my job resting solely on making people think I’m someone I’m not.
I know that makes me crazy, narcissistic, and a little out of touch with the reality of how the world works.
I’ll never argue that fact with anyone.
Maybe it was the hundred-degree Texas weather.
Maybe it was overstimulation from the crowds at the beach.
Maybe it was one of a million other things that irritated me that day.
But when Raya Reed looked me up and down, finding me lacking on some scale I’m sure no man in her life would ever live up to, I snapped.
It wasn’t until she was tied up in my house that I discovered she was Senator Thomas Reed’s daughter.
A normal person would let her go.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my past, but making Raya MINE will never be one of them.

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Free in KU
Meet Marie James

 

Let’s see…where to begin…

I’m inching up on the BIG 4-0. The gray hairs are doubling what seems like daily, and the wrinkles and laugh lines are more pronounced than ever.

I have an amazing husband (Married just over 15 years.)

We have two boys we’re doing our best to raise as respectful gentleman.

I have a master’s degree in criminal justice which I used to work as a juvenile probation office until deciding to write full-time in June of 2019. So that means there’s usually always some criminal/law element to my novels.

If I’m not writing; I’m reading.

My favorite genres recently are bully/reverse harem and enemies to lovers. Maybe I’m reliving my traumatic teen years through the girls who actually end up with the boys. (Not that I would change my history since it’s gotten me exactly where I need to be!)

I love coffee. I miss carbs. Music is LIFE. I try not to be too serious.
 
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Review – Bad for a Weekend by Misty Walker

Bad for a Weekend; Blurred Lines Series
(Standalone within a multi author series)

Publication Date: November 23, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Hurt-Comfort/Intrigue/Age Gap/Bodyguard/Forbidden Romance

Author: Misty Walker

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Bad for a Weekend was more of an emotional ride than I was expecting. It was full of the wonderfully forbidden trope that I have been enjoying with the Blurred Lines series, but it was also so much more and I loved every moment of it.

The deep dive into dark and emotional places, not only enhanced this story, but brought out the connection between Owen and Baylor. They were magnetic together on the page, even with their fourteen year age gap. While they should have been wrong on lots of levels; their age, he is her bodyguard, while she is legal, she is still in high school and so on and so forth. Yeah, there are all kinds of things stacked against them, but their chemistry makes you want them to work and push through all of the practical, nasty obstacles thrown in their way and find a way to make love work. Like I said, this book is heartfelt and this is just scraping the surface.

Both Owen and Baylor connect because they recognize the same deep scars within one another. Deep darkness that can only be formed from a shared similar trauma. Age didn’t matter when they were both suffering and these two understood one another on that level that no one else does. It’s beautiful and precious and I loved reading about their journey towards healing.

Yes, there is also a lot of dirty, delicious and forbidden moments between them, which also connected them on this deeper level and all of that together, with my heart strings pulling the entire time, made this a fantastic book to read.

Synopsis:
From USA Today bestselling author Misty Walker comes an age gap, forbidden full-length standalone romance.

Owen Rollins’ life mission is to protect the young and innocent. But when he took the job to protect Baylor Giles, he miscalculated the situation.

Baylor may be young, but she’s not innocent. The way she prances around in her cheerleader skirt, throwing her coy smile his way. . .
No, she’s not innocent at all.

Still, he has a job to do, and he needs to remain focused. The threat to Baylor’s life is real, and he can’t let what happened last time happen again. Even if it would feel so good to show her the punishment for naughty girls who flirt with their bodyguard.

Nothing can happen. His resolve is firm, and his fortitude is unyielding.
Or is it?

Baylor Giles was a carefree, fun-loving teenager until that terrifying night everything changed.

Then Owen came into her life.

He makes her feel safe for the first time in a long time. But she also feels other things for the much older man. . . things she shouldn’t. And no matter how many times he turns her down, she knows he wants her too.

She’ll never convince him to be her forever, but can she convince this good guy to be bad for a weekend?

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Review – Brutal Obsession by S. Massery

Brutal Obsession by S. Massery

Brutal Obsession
(Standalone)

Publication Date: November 30, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Dark/Enemies-to-Lovers/Sports Romance/Bully Romance

Author: S.Massery

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Dark and brutal, and extremely obsessive! In case I need to say that again….Dark and brutal with a severe case of the obsessiveness!! Greyson is no joke, but if that is totally your jam…continue on.

Greyson has grown up an entitled son to a senator. He is used to getting everything he wants and getting out of every situation because of who he is, but in one night when he collides with Violet his entitled life changes. Then when life sends Violet right into his path a few months later Greyson decides to take his anger out on her. Ruthlessly, with pain, and maliciously. Remember that warning from up above, Greyson does not hold back. He is the quintessential antihero.

Violet’s life changed in an instant when Greyson first entered it, but she never expected to see him months later after she was trying to get her life back on track. Greyson taunts her, stalks her, and pushes every button until Violet pushes back. Violet has a strong friendship base by her side, which helps tremendously in keeping her sanity, but Violet is no shrinking flower, she’s strong in her own right and Greyson didn’t realize his prey wasn’t quite so weak.

These two circle each other as their demons come out to play, but if you are looking for sunshine and daisies, this book isn’t filled with them. Brutal Obsession is dark and filled with potential triggers, if you happen to be sensitive to those, so know your limits. As for myself, I rather enjoyed the ride watching how they circled each other like predators, wondering if they would survive. Plus, I loved the character growth from who they were from the beginning to who they evolved into by the end. I was riveted through the entire book.

Synopsis:
I had a foolproof plan.
Finish college playing the best sport on earth. Hockey.
Get drafted by an NHL team.
Make my senator father at least a little proud of me.

I was on track to do just that… until Violet Reece and I collided. Literally.

Turns out, my plan didn’t account for a night in jail-and the news articles that followed it.
Everything fell apart after that.

New school, new hockey team. And a resentment like I’ve never felt before directed at the girl who set me off course.

Lucky for me, she attends this new school of mine.
And there are a thousand ways to ruin her.

He shattered my leg, and now he wants to ruin the rest of me.

Greyson Devereux is a menace–but only to me.
To everyone else, he’s charismatic.
He’s the son of a senator and the star of the university’s hockey team.

When all I want is to be invisible, he drags me into the spotlight.
He wants my blood, my fear, my attention.

Resisting him only worsens his obsession.
Fighting solidifies it.

He’s brutal, and he draws out a sick darkness in me that enjoys it.
But I’ll be damned if I let him become my downfall.

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Review – Mistakes Made by Marie James

Mistakes Made; Mission Mercenaries #2
(Interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: November 17, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Antihero/Forced Proximity/Kidnapping/Dark Romance

Author: Marie James

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
I was totally on the edge of my seat, biting my nails with how the plot was going to play out in this dark, kidnapping book. It was a twisted, wild ride.

Liam is a man who walks in a morally gray world. While he recently made the switch to work for Angel as a mercenary, he would not call himself a good guy. When he makes a rash decision to kidnap Raya he never thought through the ramifications of who she was or what it would do to his life, he just snapped, but it didn’t take long to realize that even if it ruined his life, he would never regret a moment of it.

Mistakes Made was hot on a completely different level and the relationship that developed between Liam and Raya was also something that developed on an intense level, but completely different than I was expecting. I enjoyed that surprise more that I thought I would.

Raya originally began the book a complete shell of a woman, a puppet in her father’s world, and honestly I wasn’t a real fan, but by the end of the book, I loved the woman she became and this character development is not only what held me, but made me fan of this couple.

Mistakes Made is a wild ride from start to finish and I really had no idea how it was going to end. This entire series has had me off kilter, which I love, and I’m looking forward to each new story and what new twist is brought to the forefront.

Synopsis:
The worst thing you can ever do is make an assumption about me, despite my job resting solely on making people think I’m someone I’m not.
I know that makes me crazy, narcissistic, and a little out of touch with the reality of how the world works.
I’ll never argue that fact with anyone.
Maybe it was the hundred-degree Texas weather.
Maybe it was overstimulation from the crowds at the beach.
Maybe it was one of a million other things that irritated me that day.
But when Raya Reed looked me up and down, finding me lacking on some scale I’m sure no man in her life would ever live up to, I snapped.
It wasn’t until she was tied up in my house that I discovered she was Senator Thomas Reed’s daughter.
A normal person would let her go.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my past, but making Raya MINE will never be one of them.

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Blog Tour – CRUELEST OBLIVION by MA Heard

CRUELEST OBLIVION by MA Heard
Release Dates: November 7th
Genre/Tropes: Forced Proximity/Apocalyptic – Darkish, but not Dark/Grumpy / Sunshine
Over The Top Possessive & Jealous Alpha Hero – Touch her and die vibes/Unbreakable friendships & bonds/Soulmate kind of love

CRUELEST OBLIVION by USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard is NOW LIVE! Grab this all-new, full-length Dystopian Romance TODAY!

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From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard, comes a new, full-length Dystopian Romance novel.

Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.

Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.

When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.

It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?

I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.

Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.

Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.

Read Kay’s Review: CRUELEST OBLIVION

About the Author:

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.

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New Release- CRUELEST OBLIVION by MA Heard

CRUELEST OBLIVION by MA Heard
Release Dates: November 7th
Genre/Tropes: Forced Proximity/Apocalyptic – Darkish, but not Dark/Grumpy / Sunshine
Over The Top Possessive & Jealous Alpha Hero – Touch her and die vibes/Unbreakable friendships & bonds/Soulmate kind of love

CRUELEST OBLIVION by USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard is NOW LIVE! Grab this all-new, full-length Dystopian Romance TODAY!

CRUELEST OBLIVION is book #1 and ends on a cliffhanger. SWEETEST AWARENESS will conclude the duet.

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Blurb:

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, writing as MA Heard, comes a new, full-length Dystopian Romance novel.

Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.

Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.

When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.

It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?

I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.

Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.

Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.

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About the Author:

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.

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Review – Cruelest Oblivion by Michelle Heard

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Cruelest Oblivion; Cruelest Oblivion Duet #1
(#1 within a duet)

Publication Date: November 7, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Duet/New Adult/Dystopian/Suspense Romance

Author: Michelle Heard

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
Wow!! I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages! This dystopian world was so easy to get sucked into that I didn’t want to leave and I can’t wait to return for the second half of this riveting story.

While most of the book is told through the POV of Jai it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the moments when I got a look into Chance’s thoughts, but considering we begin this story with Jai who has grown up in the protected world of Ecocity it becomes very clear that following the path of this young woman is something powerful.

When we first meet her she’s shy and virtuous, but that is how she was raised. That is how everyone was raised in Ecocity, but when she is thrust into a new environment with the Deviants, more specifically with Chance, who both scares her and excites her, all kinds of new emotions surface that she’s never felt before, and her path to becoming someone new really begins. This is why reading the POV of Jai was really exciting. I loved reading her transformation.

This is just the first half of the book duet and I already couldn’t put the book down once I started it. My heart never stopped racing as Jai ran for her life, jumped across rooftops, experienced her first kiss, and began shoving all of her virtuous thoughts in the trash. That is only part of the story which made this adventure so exciting and I can hardly wait for the next part to continue to see how this dystopian world ends.

Synopsis:
From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Michelle Heard, comes a new, full-length Dystopian Romance novel.

Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.

Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.

When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.

It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?

I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.

Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.

Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.

Author’s Note:
18+ ONLY.
This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.
CRUELEST OBLIVION is book #1 and ends on a cliffhanger. SWEETEST AWARENESS will conclude the duet.

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Blog Tour – A Kingdom of Blood and Betrayal by Holly Renee

✨🌙Available Now!🌙✨

My fate is bonded to two princes– one born of blood, the other of power— but my trust lies in neither.

From USA Today Bestselling author Holly Renee, comes A Kingdom of Blood and Betrayal, book 2 in the Stars and Shadows Series!

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Blurb:

My fate is bonded to two princes– one born of blood, the other of power— but my trust lies in neither.

My skin is cursed by the stars, my fate damned by desire.

But when the dark prince offers me a bargain that will save his people and my life, the cruel and intoxicating male gives me no choice.

Our union is his revenge, and I am his sacrifice.

His lies are unforgivable. His wicked touch still bathes me in sin.

He is my mate, and he is tortured by a curse to protect his people from his own family.

I could now see him for exactly who he was. So why can’t I get his alluring touch out of my head?

I am the key to saving his kingdom, but he alone has the power to ruin me.

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I’m Holly Renee, a small-town east Tennessee girl who is obsessed with all things romance. I love bringing flawed, sassy, and real characters to life in a way that makes you feel like you’ve been best friends with them for years. No two Holly Renee books are the same, but if you love real, relatable, fun female characters and swoon-worthy heroes, I’m your girl.

When I’m not writing or reading, you can find me momming so hard, being disgustingly in love with my husband, or chilling in the middle of a lake with my sunglasses and a float. #lakelife

I have a 2-year-old adorable little man who is as wild and sweet as they come and a baby girl on the way.

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Blog Tour – Danger’s Heir by Mari Carr and Lila Dubois

He expected a mafia princess but she’s so much more.

Danger’s Heir, a sexy romantic suspense novel set in the mafia world from New York Times bestselling author Mari Carr and award-winning author Lila Dubois is out now!

She fell in love, got married…and it was all a lie.
They expected a mafia princess, but when Rodrigo meets the woman his father is forcing him to marry, he realizes Giada is much more than she seems. Smart and dangerous, she’s the kind of woman he could love…too bad everything he’s about to tell her is a lie.
Casson knows Rodrigo is in too deep. Rodrigo’s undercover mission as the heir to a powerful Camorra don should have ended long ago, but now he’s engaged to the daughter of another dangerous man, and it’s Casson’s job to pull him out.

There’s just one problem. Giada.
She’s nothing either man expected, and everything they want. The last thing they expect is for Giada to invite both of them to her bed.
As the wedding day looms closer, and enemies close in, the line between what’s real and what’s a lie becomes blurred, and Rodrigo and Casson have to decide if love is enough. And if they should tell her the truth.
Unfortunately, there’s someone else waiting in the wings to make sure they never say “I do.”

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Keep reading for a look inside Danger’s Heir!

Chapter One

Rome wouldn’t burn again if he could help it.

Antonio Starabba slid into his desk chair with a sigh. He would have stifled the sigh if there’d been anyone else in the room besides his husband and wife. Karl was working, papers spread out on the low table in the center of the small seating area. Leila was occupied with something less casual. She was disassembling and reassembling a sniper rifle with alarming quickness.

Antonio wasn’t one for guns, but his wife was sexy in a very dangerous way while holding a large gun. No one but himself and Karl ever got to see her with it, since on those occasions that she reactivated her expertise as a sniper, her targets never saw her.

“You don’t have to stay,” Antonio said in Italian. His spouses were now fluent in the language of Antonio’s home territory.

“Do you want us to leave?” Karl didn’t look up.

“Never.”

“Then we’ll stay for quiet moral support.”

“I’m not going to be quiet.” Leila smiled. “I’ll keep practicing. One of them might recognize the sound.”

“Is it a good idea to threaten the fleet admiral?” Now Karl did look up.

“I’m not threatening him.” There was a sinister clack as she popped a piece into place. “This is for those morons in Castile.”

Antonio grunted his agreement with that statement even as he turned on his computer. It would take a few minutes for the secure video chat to come online.

“How’s Milo?” Karl asked.

Asking about Milo Moretti wasn’t the subject jump it might have seemed. Milo’s wife was the flashpoint for their current crisis, through no fault of her own. Several months ago, Dr. Talya Maes had been kidnapped by the mafia. She’d been held prisoner alongside human trafficking victims, but she’d been taken to help the Camorra with a very different sort of crime. They’d wanted Talya to create a bio-weapon. A drug that would turn people into caution-less super soldiers.

The entire Talya situation had been a mess from beginning to end. First because despite the fact that Talya was a member of the Masters’ Admiralty, Europe’s oldest still-functioning secret society, no one had noticed she’d gone missing. The society was divided geographically into nine territories, whose borders were based on maps and empires far older than modern Europe. It just so happened that Talya had lived along one of the borders, which cut through modern-day Belgium, and each territory thought she was a member of the other.

Antonio had publicly expressed disapproval with the admirals of France and Germany for failing Talya, but secretly he felt sorry for them. Being the head of a territory wasn’t easy, or fun. Antonio had never wanted to be a territory leader. Never wanted to be admiral of Rome, which encompassed Italy, all the coastline of the Adriatic sea, and the major islands in the Mediterranean. However, that was exactly what he’d become after his father, the previous admiral had been severely wounded in a bombing. Antonio had been named acting admiral while his father recovered, and eventually his father had stepped down. Antonio had expected his father to resume the admiralship, but his father’s long recovery, coupled with his pride at seeing Antonio holding the position of admiral, had pushed him to retire.

The position of admiral of Rome should have gone to his sister, Sophia. Instead she was now living in England, both the territory and the modern-day country, and married to two good men, including England’s admiral. She would have made a brilliant admiral if fate, and the previous fleet admiral, hadn’t intervened. But her leadership and skills hadn’t been wasted. When the current fleet admiral, Eric Ericsson, whom Antonio was about to meet with, had taken an unplanned, unsanctioned vacation, Sophia was the one he’d left in charge. Sophia, who’d been taught to lead, negotiate, and manipulate since she could talk, was also the lead on building a relationship with the Americans, but that was a separate issue.

Talya Maes’ months of imprisonment by the Camorra ended when a Spanish member was also kidnapped, and one of Antonio’s security officers, Milo Moretti, helped orchestrate her rescue. Milo had seen Talya during that op and vowed to return to free her even before anyone knew that she was a member of the Masters’ Admiralty.

And if the rescue had been the end of Talya, Milo, and Henri’s story, Antonio wouldn’t be having this meeting.

His computer dinged, signaling that the meeting was connecting.

“Hold on, let me get back to the part that makes the scary noise,” Leila muttered, quickly disassembling the long rifle.

“You’re terrifying sometimes.” Karl murmured, still engrossed in his work.

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome, geliefde.”

Antonio smiled at his spouses, but quickly blanked his expression as his camera turned on.

Three video windows appeared, including his own. In the first, two men sat side by side in a dim concrete room. From the intel Antonio had on Castile-–the territory that contained modern-day Spain and Portugal–-Antonio assumed they were calling from the bunker-like ops headquarters in the basement of one of the territory-owned buildings.

Admiral Santiago De Leon was older and, while fairly new in his position, he was a powerful admiral. The man beside him, Vicente Coval, was also powerful, but in a dark, deadly way that befit a security minister. Each territory was ruled by three people, with the admiral as the main power. However, an admiral could be overruled by his vice admiral and security minister. The trinity checks and balances system was meant to stop any one admiral from abusing their power, though as Hungary could attest to, that didn’t always work.

The leadership was a trinity, as were the relationships among members. The defining characteristic of the Masters’ Admiralty was arranged marriages between three people. Antonio had grown up in the society and, to him, the idea of a relationship with just two people felt…unbalanced and odd.

The third window held the fourth attendee of this meeting. The fleet admiral was the leader of the society. Not part of any territory, the fleet admiral’s power was checked not by a trinity leadership model, but by the nine territory admirals.

Antonio examined Eric and acknowledged to himself that if the time ever came that they needed to move against the fleet admiral, he’d have Leila shoot him from a distance.

For a moment there was heavy silence, then Eric spoke.

“I was going to sing.”

Antonio sighed to himself, Leila smothered a snort, and Karl looked up, his glasses making him look ridiculously sexy.

“Sing, Fleet Admiral?” Santiago asked with a quick smile.

“Have you seen The Sound of Music? Remember that ‘problem like Maria’ song?” They’d been speaking French, but he switched to English. “I was going to make it ‘problem like Rodrigo’ but I couldn’t get the verses to fit. Hard to rhyme stuff with mafia.”

“The Camorra,” Antonio said. “Not just the mafia.”

Eric leaned back in his chair, seeming to consider. “No, I don’t think that makes the rhyming easier. English is a ridiculous language.”

That they could all agree on, since both Castellano and Italian were clearly superior. Antonio wasn’t sure about Eric’s native Danish, but Leila said it was a beautiful language.

“Rodrigo is not a problem,” Vicente said, cutting through the light moment.

“Yes, he is,” Antonio countered. “He’s clearly defected. Understandable, but not an excuse.”

During the prep to save Talya, it was discovered that Rodrigo was the secret son of a Camorra don. That same don was holding Talya Maes, so Rodrigo had been sent in to the mafia–it could hardly be called undercover since it was his real identity–to rescue her. Talya was safe, finally, but Rodrigo had refused to back out.

Antonio felt sympathy for the man, but it didn’t change the facts. “He’s given up his–”

“He’s given up nothing. He is still one of us. Still loyal,” Vicente insisted.

Antonio understood the other man’s stout defense. As security minister of Castile, Vicente was the leader of that territory’s security officers. While law and order within the society was overseen by the knights, headed by the vice admiral, the quiet, dangerous work was the purview of the security officers. Antonio had been a security officer before being forced into the position of admiral. And Rodrigo, the subject of today’s meeting, was…had been…a security officer for Castile.

“He kidnapped…re-kidnapped…Dr. Maes,” Antonio said. “His job was to rescue her, which he did, and he should have stopped there.”

“She came to no harm,” Vicente countered. “If you’d spoken to Talya, as I have, you would know that Rodrigo didn’t hurt her.”

“I have spoken to Dr. Maes, as she is now a member of my territory, and married to one of my security officers.”

Milo was more than just a security officer. Milo was Antonio’s friend, but he wouldn’t disclose anything so personal in this venue.

“If you object to the burning of your territory, that was your man, not Rodrigo.”

After Rodrigo kidnapped Dr. Maes, Milo and Henri Fortin had chased him across France and Italy. As they pursued, they waged a small war. Billionaire Henri had attacked the Camorra on paper, buying up companies and taking control of ports they used. Milo had been more direct–he’d set fire to every Camorra property he could find. Privately, Antonio had asked Milo what the fuck he’d been thinking, as all that property damage was risky and drew attention. Milo had replied that Antonio should be grateful he’d chosen fire and not C4.

“Did you fiddle?” Eric asked.

Antonio’s eye twitched. That joke was getting old, even if he himself had been thinking something along those lines. “I’m no Nero, and this isn’t about the fires. It’s about Rodrigo. He’s his father’s son.”

“No,” Vicente insisted. “He never hurt Talya. And his plan worked. The Camorra think her drug isn’t viable. The kidnapping is regrettable, but there was no lasting harm from it.”

Leila and Karl both stiffened. It was slight, but Antonio caught it. They’d both been taken by a serial killer. Kidnapped and tortured, they no longer had nightmares, but what had happened would always be a part of them.

“If you believe that, then I pity your wife,” Antonio snarled. Gabriella, the Spanish heiress whose kidnapping had exposed Talya’s captivity, was Vicente’s spouse.

Vicente’s expression, already cold, froze.

“Antonio,” Eric warned.

“If he’s ignoring how his wife suffered–”

“Do not speak about my wife.”

“–then she deserves better.”

“Admiral Starabba,” Eric barked. “Stop.”

Strangely, Vicente seemed to have calmed with Antonio’s final words. “She does deserve better,” he said. “Both of my spouses do.”

“No more talking about anyone’s wives,” Eric declared.

Leila snapped two pieces of the rifle together, the noise loud and sharp.

Vicente’s eyes narrowed. He clearly recognized that sound.

On screen, Eric put his elbows on his desk and his head in his hands. “Hej, Leila.”

“Hej flådeadmiral,” she called out.

“I thought this meeting was private.” Santiago raised a brow.

“They’re here because Leila is the one who saw the article,” Antonio said.

There was silence before Eric lifted his head from his hands. “Okay, I’ll bite. What article?”

Antonio grabbed his mouse. “I told you that Rodrigo is lost to us. He belongs to the Camorra.”

“No,” Vicente insisted. “There’s a reason he’s still undercover. He is a good operative, and we need to trust him.”

Abruptly tired, Antonio shared his screen, showing everyone else the newspaper article Leila had seen. Antonio half expected that maybe Vicente already knew about it. It would make sense for him to have alerts set up to notify him of any mention of Rodrigo. But then again, he probably had alerts set up to notify him when police reports or crime information with Rodrigo’s name appeared.

He probably didn’t have an alert set up for the society pages.

“What am I looking at?” Eric said.

Antonio opened a second document, which had the small announcement translated into both French and English.

“Oh shit.” Eric sat back. “Rodrigo is getting married?”

“Rodrigo is getting married,” Antonio confirmed. “To a mafia princess.”

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New Release – A Kingdom of Blood and Betrayal by Holly Renee

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My fate is bonded to two princes– one born of blood, the other of power— but my trust lies in neither.

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My fate is bonded to two princes– one born of blood, the other of power— but my trust lies in neither.

My skin is cursed by the stars, my fate damned by desire.

But when the dark prince offers me a bargain that will save his people and my life, the cruel and intoxicating male gives me no choice.

Our union is his revenge, and I am his sacrifice.

His lies are unforgivable. His wicked touch still bathes me in sin.

He is my mate, and he is tortured by a curse to protect his people from his own family.

I could now see him for exactly who he was. So why can’t I get his alluring touch out of my head?

I am the key to saving his kingdom, but he alone has the power to ruin me.

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Blog Tour – Wild Saint by Luna Kayne

WILD SAINT (Vicious Empire #3) by Luna Kayne

Release Date: November 1st

Genre/Tropes: Romantic suspense/Mystery/Dark Romance (with consent)/Contemporary Romance/Action Adventure Romance/Mafia/Crime Family/Family Saga/Dominance/Punishment Elements/Steamy Explicit Sex Scenes/Cat & Mouse/Captured/Protector/One Night Stand/Forced Proximity

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SHE BEAT HIM AT HIS OWN GAME ONCE.

NOW IT’S ROUND TWO,

AND THIS TIME THEY’RE PLAYING DIRTY.

DAGEN SAINT

Five years ago, Nyla stole two million dollars from me and disappeared.

Now she’s resurfaced, and I’m determined to settle her debt…one way or another.

Hiking in the mountains in my underwear while being hunted by hitmen wasn’t something I thought we’d be doing when I woke up this morning, yet here we are.

If we can settle our issues and work together, we just might make it out alive—if we don’t kill each other first.

NYLA JENSEN

I conned the con five years ago, but he took something I wasn’t prepared to leave behind—my heart.

Now I’m stranded in the wilderness with the one person who has every reason to hate me, and we have no choice but to work together, or we’re dead.

It turns out surviving the elements and the men who are searching for us is the easy part.

The hard part is being close to Dagen, coming clean, and looking him in the eye. Those same eyes I see every time I look at the daughter he doesn’t know we have.

* Wild Saint is the third book in the Vicious Empire dark romance family saga series.

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About the Author:

LUNA KAYNE is a romance author located in Canada. She writes dark romantic suspense with a hint of humor and a heaping dose of angst. Her men are dominant and often stubborn, and her women are usually underestimated.

Luna is the pen name of author Sheri Landry who writes non- romance action thrillers, and has won awards under both names. Gardening relaxes her, she dislikes long winters, and she doesn’t understand how commas work.

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New Release – Wild Saint by Luna Kayne

WILD SAINT (Vicious Empire #3) by Luna Kayne

Release Date: November 1st

Genre/Tropes: Romantic suspense/Mystery/Dark Romance (with consent)/Contemporary Romance/Action Adventure Romance/Mafia/Crime Family/Family Saga/Dominance/Punishment Elements/Steamy Explicit Sex Scenes/Cat & Mouse/Captured/Protector/One Night Stand/Forced Proximity

WILD SAINT, the third book in the Vicious Empire series, is NOW LIVE!! Grab this all-new dark mafia romance TODAY!

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Blurb:

SHE BEAT HIM AT HIS OWN GAME ONCE.

NOW IT’S ROUND TWO,

AND THIS TIME THEY’RE PLAYING DIRTY.

DAGEN SAINT

Five years ago, Nyla stole two million dollars from me and disappeared.

Now she’s resurfaced, and I’m determined to settle her debt…one way or another.

Hiking in the mountains in my underwear while being hunted by hitmen wasn’t something I thought we’d be doing when I woke up this morning, yet here we are.

If we can settle our issues and work together, we just might make it out alive—if we don’t kill each other first.

NYLA JENSEN

I conned the con five years ago, but he took something I wasn’t prepared to leave behind—my heart.

Now I’m stranded in the wilderness with the one person who has every reason to hate me, and we have no choice but to work together, or we’re dead.

It turns out surviving the elements and the men who are searching for us is the easy part.

The hard part is being close to Dagen, coming clean, and looking him in the eye. Those same eyes I see every time I look at the daughter he doesn’t know we have.

* Wild Saint is the third book in the Vicious Empire dark romance family saga series.

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Read Kay’s Review: Wild Saint

About the Author:

LUNA KAYNE is a romance author located in Canada. She writes dark romantic suspense with a hint of humor and a heaping dose of angst. Her men are dominant and often stubborn, and her women are usually underestimated.

Luna is the pen name of author Sheri Landry who writes non- romance action thrillers, and has won awards under both names. Gardening relaxes her, she dislikes long winters, and she doesn’t understand how commas work.

Connect w/ Luna:

Website: LunaKayne.com

Newsletter (with free download): https://BookHip.com/RMGCWCB

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/luna-kayne

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