Contemporary Romance, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – Evil Queen Anthology

 Release Date: October 12

Everyone deserves a happy ending…
Which is why twenty-two of your favorite authors (and maybe a few soon-to-be favorites) have joined together to bring you the Evil Queen charity anthology! 

Evil Queen is an empowering collection about strong women overcoming all odds and growing into the best versions of their authentic selves.

It features all new stories from:
 
100% of the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to an anti-sexual violence charity.

These stories may include and/or refer to topics that may be triggering for some readers. Such as: pregnancy loss, mental abuse, sexual abuse, depression, and anxiety.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not dark romance or a fairy-tale retelling anthology.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Evil Queen Anthology

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Evil Queen Anthology 
(A Charity Anthology)

Publication Date: October 18, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Anthology Romance

Authors: Dee Lagasse, Victoria Ellis, Kat Savage, J.R. Rogue, Christina Hart, Kandi Steiner, Abbi Glines, Kelsie Rae, C.C. Monroe, Kat T. Masen, B.L. Olson, Stella Montgomery, K. Leigh, Jerilyn Saint Jane, Len Webster, C.L. Matthews, Amanda Cuff, Mignon Mykel, Nicole Banks, London Miller, Alexandria Bishop, Cynthia A. Rodriguez

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:

In this new anthology, where you’d think darkness reigns supreme, but it’s more about women empowerment and how women find their own happy endings…or beginnings.

This anthology is jammed pack with short stories, prequels, and novellas. Here is a look at just a few I reviewed:

Len Webster’s Juniper;

Len is a fantastic writer of angsty love triangles. Juniper has been in love with her friend Benny forever, but Benny has recently fallen in love with Darsha. This new development hasn’t lessened Juniper’s feelings any, but tell that to her best friend. While Juniper has tried her best to shove those feelings in a box, it doesn’t help when she has to see him making kissy face with his girlfriend. While it’s been almost a year and Juniper knows she needs to move on it’s easier said than done. However, when she meets Brandt, he might be the answer to finally starting a new path. Could this be the beginning of Len’s famous triangle?? While she doesn’t mention this continuing in a bigger book, it does have all the lovely components of a Webster angsty novel, so I’m hopeful to see these characters again.

Kelsie Rae’s Samantha;

A second chance love story. This novella is sweet and steamy all rolled into one second chance romance. Phoenix and Sam were best friends until Phoenix moved away ten years ago, but neither ever forgot the other. When they were just six years old they made a pact to marry one another on their twenty-fifth birthdays. Phoenix is now a rock star and Samantha is just an ordinary girl living in LA, they shouldn’t have the opportunity to run into one another, much less think about a pact they made almost twenty years ago, but can birthday wishes come true? This particular story, or at least these characters do continue in Kelsie’s next book.

Check out this book full of empowering, strong women.

Synopsis:

EVERYONE DESERVES A HAPPY ENDING. 

This empowering collection features novelettes about strong women overcoming all the odds to become the best, authentic version of themselves.

Contributing authors: Dee Lagasse, Victoria Ellis, Kat Savage, J.R. Rogue, Christina Hart, Kandi Steiner, Abbi Glines, Kelsie Rae, C.C. Monroe, Kat T. Masen, B.L. Olson, Stella Montgomery, K. Leigh, Jerilyn Saint Jane, Len Webster, C.L. Matthews, Amanda Cuff, Mignon Mykel, Nicole Banks, London Miller, Alexandria Bishop, Cynthia A. Rodriguez.

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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Breathe by C.L. Matthews

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Breathe
Series: Hollow Ridge #2
Author: C.L. Matthews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2020
BLURB

You’d think five years would be enough time to cope and move on.
It’s not.
If anything, it’s given me more unrealistic ways to deal with my loss.
More pain.
And even worse, a woman I don’t love.
A woman that isn’t her.
I hate her.
She hates me, too.
My life’s a mess.
My heart’s nonexistent.
My soul was lost long ago.
Worst of all, I no longer have any fucks to give.
They say you find your true love after you lose your first one.
I call bullshit.

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EXCERPT

I bottle the resentment and hatred as one would a black widow and praying mantis in a jar, wondering which would strike first and who would conquer all.
One time, Wes caught one of each in two separate jars. It annoyed me that he captured two beautiful creatures just to hold them hostage and watch them waste away.
He set the glasses side by side, mirrors, almost doorways, to see how calculated each species was.
The intrigue in his eyes terrified me, let me know something inside him may be darker than I bargained for, yet I did nothing but watch.
His fingers caressed the one housing the bright green mantis. He leaned in close, his eyes narrowing on the stillness, I’m sure.
When the insect didn’t move, only keeping a stock-still position, I wondered if maybe fear kept it frozen in place, but like Wes knew something I didn’t, he smiled.
The way his lips tilted at the edges conspiratorially made my insides squeeze uncomfortably. As a predator or person with a lack of empathy would, he gave me chills, but for some reason, it didn’t force my eyes away.
Like the impact when music hits really loud, the bass bumping throughout your body, I could only prepare for the cacophony of bulldozing emotions.
After deciding whatever he needed, he stared at the widow. Its red stomach patch faced away from us as it protected itself by hiding in the lid, but Wes saw. Tapping the lid several times, we watched as the spider plopped to the bottom.
He bit the inside of his cheek wordlessly, causing an insane curiosity to bite at my mind.
It made zero sense.
This was barbaric, but I didn’t do a single thing to stop this from escalating.
He unscrewed the lids, lifting both cylinders at the same time. Nothing could prepare me for what I witnessed next.
Anxiety gnawed at my stomach, creating an untamable distress to bubble through my chest. It burned and ached, acting as an early warning system as the two foes faced off.
Neither moved.
They both stood motionless, almost calculating, watching, observing the opponent.
It never occurred to me which would win, but staring at the black widow, knowing its bite was as deadly as it was vicious, my mind had made itself up.
It struck first. The widow went straight for the jugular, and that was its first mistake—taking the easy shot, the uncalculated risk of striking first.
The mantis, as if knowing all along, gripped the spider with its pincers, holding it like it was sushi, his arms the chopsticks of death.
It squeezed and squeezed, making sure to eat its legs while it writhed in its hold. Nausea built inside me, suffocating my every breath, but the mantis didn’t stop to recognize how uncomfortable I was.
How could it know?
This was a dog-eat-dog world. In this case, a mantis-eat-widow one, he did what he had to do to survive. He won, eating his winnings like a gloating king after battle.
And I learned something valuable that day: always watch your six, don’t trust words, and never take the first shot. I’d never lay victim to a man ever again.

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AUTHOR BIO

C.L. Matthews lives in lala-landia with her husband and invisible friends. She wants to riot the lack thereof authentic Mexican food in her state, but she’s an introvert at heart. She enjoys tacos, Red Bull, and warm water because she’s crazy. She’s an oddball and realizes it’s been mentioned before, just go with it. Her joys in life consist of writing unconventional romances, making book covers, causing havoc to her reader’s hearts, and genre-hopping when she needs a change of scenery. She’s a special kind of weird and enjoys every moment of it.

AUTHOR LINKS

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