Once Upon a Bad Boy, by Melonie Johnson

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Title: Once Upon a Bad Boy
Series: A Sometimes in Love novel
Author: Melonie Johnson
Genre:  Romance
Release date: June 25th, 2019
Page Count: 384 pages
Rating: 4 stars 

 

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NEVER SAY NEVER
Sadie Gold is ready to take her career to the next level with the role of a lifetime. Finally, she can shake her reputation as a pretty face with more wealth and connections than talent. But Sadie is not prepared for the wild turn her own life is about to take. The man in charge of training Sadie for her most demanding role yet is none other than her first real boyfriend—the one who took her heart and ran away.

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Bo Ibarra is as good-looking and irresistible as ever. Maybe even more so, now that everything once worked against them—Sadie’s pampered and privileged upbringing and Bo’s childhood in a family struggling to make ends meet—is in the past. But the future is still unwritten…and getting there, together, means coming clean about painful secrets and slashing through nasty tabloid rumors while trying to control the attraction that crackles between them. Maybe it’s finally time for them to walk off into the sunset and into a true and lasting love?

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Sadie is about to have her dreams come true when she is offered a big movie role. There is just a little bump in the road…that being that the stunt coordinator is her ex

I like “second chance” love-stories and this one was very entertaining. 

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Sadie and Bo were childhood sweethearts, but he broke her heart and left her. Now they might have a second chance to find love again…together.

These two are not the same people they were years ago and maybe…they can work things out. The sparks are certainly still there 😉 

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But in order to finally be together again, they will need to work through their issues and their secrets.

This was a very nice second love story and I liked both main characters, though there were also some parts that had me grinding my teeth.

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Blog Tour “Manipulate” by Pam Godwin

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Check out the awesome 6th book in the dark and in intriguing “Deliver” series by Pam Godwin


Title: Manipulate
Series: Deliver #6
Author: Pam Godwin
Genre: Dark Romance
Release date:  June 25th, 2019
Page Count: 347 pages
Rating: 5 stars 

 

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Tula Gomez is in the most ruthless prison in Latin America.

She only drove to Mexico to help her sister. She did nothing wrong.
But her quiet life changed in an instant.

To survive the violent, cartel-controlled prison where men blend with women, she pledges her loyalty to the notorious leader in exchange for the one thing she needs most.
Protection.

When she agrees to seduce the suspicious new inmates, Martin Lockwood and Ricky Saldivar, she doesn’t expect to enjoy it. Sure, they’re gorgeous, irresistibly alpha, and insanely talented with their hands and mouths. But they’re the enemy. She can’t fall for them.

Torn between her cartel loyalties and two men who want her as deeply as they want each other, she questions who is manipulating whom. Her search for answers leads to a passionate ménage, a soul-crushing secret, and an impossible choice.

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Ever since reading the previous book Take, I have been on pins and needles to read Ricky and Martin’s story.  I have to be honest though, I was a tad bit disappointed when I found out that there was gonna be a lady between these two hot men. Everyone knows how much I love my MM books 😉 No worries though.. I still got mine 😛

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Thankfully, my disappointment didn’t last too long, since Talu was a pretty amazing heroine. I love how strong she was … and believe me she needed to be. This is a pretty dark series and this book is no exception. Right from the start, Tula is subjected to the most horrible of crimes…by those who are supposed to protect !!!

In a flash, she went from being a law-abiding English teacher to being an inmate in one of Mexico’s most dreaded prisons…and all in the name of sisterly love.

In order to survive, she is forced to say goodbye to her former self and become cold and vacant.

To survive, she needed to become like them.  

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She makes a move that saves her life…but it also forces her to become part of the La Rocha Cartel…. the one her mother always warned her to stay away from. Being a teeny tiny woman in a prison full of (horny) dangerous men…she doesn’t have much of a choice though. So she says goodbye to the Tula of old.

She wasn’t prepared for Ricky (and) Martin though…then again…who would have been Yowza !!

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Martin and Ricky are two of Van’s former (sex) victims and are now part of a group fighting the good fight, and trying to stop as many sex traffickers as they possibly can. They volunteered to be locked up for three months to try and take down the La Rocha Cartel from the inside.

It’s no secret that these boys are really close…closer than is normal for best friends and if it were up to Ricky, they would be even closer 😛  But Martin doesn’t seem interested in Ricky…or any other man (or woman) for that matter. So Ricky has almost given up…almost.

Thankfully Ricky is not a quitter because thanks to a little help from Tula, he is about to find out just how much Martin really wants him….and her. This book was HOT… !!

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It was also chock full of triggers and the angst was slapping me in the face from beginning to end.

This was definitely one of my favorites in the series, though Van will always be top dog for me. He had a really nice part in this one as well…which made me a very happy camper.

I also want to give some credit to a certain character I started out hating with a vengeance, but who earned my forgiveness …and even a bit of my respect 😉

I highly recommend this series !!!

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Blog tour Raphael, by Tillie Cole

Check out the awesome first novel in the “Deadly Virtues” series. It is Raphael’s turn and you don’t want to miss out on his story !!


Title: Raphael
Series: Deadly Virtues
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Dark Romance
Published: June 18th, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

 

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They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin. 

And Raphael lives to sin. 

His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs, and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.

Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…

Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

The Fallen: Genesis a prequel novella in The Deadly Virtues Series and MUST be read before RAPHAEL (DV: book one)

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Let me start this review by saying that you will absolutely need to read the prequel novella, The Fallen: Genesis, before you can start this one. Now it’s pretty awesome, so it’s not like it will a chore. I myself really enjoyed it and it definitely left me with hundreds of questions and a craving for more…

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So…those of you who have already met “The Fallen“, know who Raphael is. He is one of the 7 men in the brotherhood of murderers. He is the man with the face of an angel…but don’t let his good looks fool you 😛 

An angel he is definitely not….especially since strangulation is what really get’s his blood pumping…Even cutting off the blood supply to his own finger gives this guy a hard-on. 

Like all the others, Raphael has his own bloodthirsty fantasy…and his new mission has led him right to it…or I should say her.

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Maria is everything he has ever wanted…to be with..and to kill

She is pure and innocent and the perfect bait for The Brethren to use against Raphael.  They know about his ultimate fantasies…they know what he dreams of.

Maria is was the exact opposite of Raphael….and yet…she was perfect for him. She was his Rose

She is just as broken as he is inside. I actually felt so sad for both of them. 

“She would be the saint to his sinner. The light to his dark. The chastity to his lust”

How can he just pass up a chance to fulfill his utmost fantasy…he just can’t. 

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I was absolutely intrigued once again, by this book. That said, I do have to be honest and say that this series does bore some resemblance to the Hades Hangmen series. Not that I’m complaining about that fact, because I love that series. 

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Father Murray’s eyes locked on the woman again as she was released from the metal cage and brought into her lover’s embrace. The man slammed his mouth against hers and thrust his fingers into her overused pussy. They were dressed in scandalous leather outfits that did little to conceal their bodies. Father Murray’s lip curled in disgust. The man pulled back and made for the bar. His slut’s cheeks were flushed, and her lips were swollen from the claiming kiss. She had red marks littering her body like the witch she was. Bruises and gashes from whips and chains and whatever else the male sinner had used on her flesh.

Flesh that belonged to the Lord, not her. Flesh that she was defiling, making a mockery of.

As Father Murray sipped on his water, he noticed the whore was walking to the bathrooms. His eyes tracked her across the room, then scanned the club for any sign that someone else would follow. But the heathens were too busy fornicating to notice or care. His heart kicked into a sprint; she was alone in the bathroom. He squeezed the bottle of water until it was crushed beneath his grasp.

Father Murray’s skin burned as he watched the door of the bathroom. His muscles tensed so tightly they felt as though they would snap. His eyes misted with red . . . and then he was moving. He let the Lord fill his senses and gave over control.

Do with me what you will. Use me as your vessel to destroy the evil walking this earth.

As quick as a shadow, Father Murray turned the knob of the bathroom door and walked inside. The whore stood in front of the mirror, wiping a cloth along her rancid pussy. She turned her eyes his way. What first seemed like shock at the interruption turned into heated interest.

“Can I help you?” Her voice was all seduction. The voice of the devil, Father Murray thought. A living temptation trying to sway me from the path.

It would only make her cleansing all the more powerful.

Father Murray licked his lips and pushed his jaw-length dark hair from his eyes. He saw the whore’s eyes flare. That was the reason he was picked for these missions. Father Quinn had told him God gave him his looks and body for this very reason. To ensnare impure sluts and send them to the depths of hell where they belonged and would dwell for eternity.

Silently, Father Murray turned, giving the slightest nudge of his head in instruction for her to follow. He didn’t look back, and the thumping music from the speakers in the club meant he couldn’t hear her high-heeled feet on the floor. But he knew she would follow. It was God’s will.

These missions were the Brethren’s very reason for existing.

Father Murray exited out of the back door and down the winding fire escape stairs. A metal door plunged him into the darkness of the alley outside. He stopped against the wall and waited. He smirked when the fire door opened and the slut walked through. He watched as her eyes squinted in the dark, searching for him. She smiled when she caught sight of his intense gaze fixed on her. “You like privacy, huh?” she asked, coming to stand before him. “Not into public displays?” She smiled. “You should try it. There’s nothing like all eyes on you as you come.”

The whore ran her long fingernail down Father Murray’s chest. Her touch did nothing to him. There was no stirring in his cock, no satisfaction from her attention. The bitch had no idea what turned him on.

She would soon.

She dropped her hands to the fly of his pants and undid his zipper. Her tongue snaked out and licked along her too-white teeth. The whore was a demon wrapped in attractive female flesh.

But she wouldn’t make this man of God sin.

Father Murray grabbed the top of the whore’s arms, spun her, and smacked her back against the wall. An innocent soul would feel fear, dislike of the rough contact. But not this slut. She smiled, enjoying the pain Father Murray’s aggressive grip brought.

Heathen. A heathen who deserves to die.

“Are you gonna fuck me or what?” she whispered in his ear. The whore lifted her hand and flipped her hair back over her shoulder, aiming for seductiveness. Father Murray knew the movement was a message from the Lord. An invitation to strike, to do his work of ridding the world of sinners.

Father Murray smiled; the whore smiled back. He didn’t bother to tuck his cock back into his pants. Instead, he ran his hands over her hell-created curves, listening to her moan. His fingers roved over her small waist and up over her large breasts. Finally, his hands rested on either side of her neck. Father Murray stared right into the whore’s eyes. Leaning in close, he whispered, “You are a blight on the world. You have no place on this earth . . . and I shall be the holy warrior to send you back to the second level of hell.” Her eyes only had a second to flare with fear before Father Murray began to squeeze. The whore’s mouth dropped open as she quickly became starved of breath.

Father Murray hadn’t been aroused by the whore’s touch. But now, with his hands ridding her of life, his dick was hard and throbbing with the need to release. He panted as the whore’s body began to fight back. But she was too weak; he was too strong. He pressed his wide chest against her tits and pushed her hard into the wall. The friction of her skin against his erection only heightened his excitement. Father Murray rocked against the front of her bare pussy, his hands tightening and tightening until the whore’s eyes began to bulge. She clawed at his chest. But the battle, the pain she was trying to inflict on his pure soul, only made his hold around her neck tighten.


About the Author

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.


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Blog Tour “The Trouble with You” (Rixon Raiders #1) by L.A. Cotton

Check out this awesome book !! Read my review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway !!


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Title: The Trouble With You
Series: A Rixon Raiders Novel
Genre: YA Romance
Published: June 19th, 2019
Page Count:  364 pages
Rating: 5 stars 

 

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From the author of the Wicked Bay series, comes an angsty YA/NA enemies-to-lovers romance. Cocky football players, school rivalry, and the girls who get in their way. Get ready … The Raiders are coming! 

Hailee Raine only has to survive one more year. 
One year of life in her football obsessed town. 
One year of nauseating school spirit. 
Just one more year of her cruel step-brother Jason; and his cocky, arrogant, football-playing friends. 
She hates them. Especially, Cameron Chase, the guy she thought was different. 

Cameron Chase has the world at his feet. 
He has it all; good looks, talent, and the charm to go with it. 
He has colleges lined up at the door, all wanting a piece of Rixon Raiders star wide receiver. 
Until something threatens everything he’s ever worked for, and only one person can quiet the war raging inside him. 
But he’s supposed to hate her; his best friend’s sister. 

She’s off-limits. 
Untouchable. 
She’s trouble with a capital T. 

Then Hailee finds herself in the middle of a football prank gone wrong… 
And suddenly hating each other never felt so good. 

The Trouble With Youis the first book in The Rixon Raiders series. All books in this series can be read as standalones! 

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When I saw the blurb for this book, I was immediately interested, and when I saw some of the early reviews from my friends on GR…I knew I had to read it as soon as possible! Of course, my lovely friends never lead me astray and so I have to admit that this book was absolutely awesome !!!

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The second I started to read, I was pulled into the story and I didn’t put the book down until I was finished. I have never read a book by this author before, but I can tell you I will be going through all of them now because I really liked the writing style… The fact that this book has all my favorite tropes, was a big plus as well 😉

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Hailee is senior in high school and she can’t wait to finish this last year, and finally get away from Rixon and especially from Jase…Rixon’s very own QP and Hailee’s tormentor aka stepbrother. Now don’t go getting this wrong because this is NOT a stepsibling romance. These two really do hate each other’s guts and especially Jase takes his bullying to the extreme. But with Jase also comes his minions…Asher and Cameron.

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Cameron who once was almost Hailee’s friend, but who turned out to be just as bad as her stepbrother….or is he ???

I loved the whole enemies to lovers theme, but I also loved the friendships and the dynamics between all characters. So curious how everything is gonna turn out. Hailee and Cameron were definitely made for each other…I am actually a bit jealous of Cameron because Hailee is pretty awesome if I say so myself. Just how I like my heroines.

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I loved this book so hard !! I am sure it is gonna end up on my “Top 10 Reads” list of 2019. That said, we will be getting more books so who knows how many are gonna end up on that list. I have a feeling Jase’s book is gonna be pretty interesting. I am a HUGE fan of redeemable assholes and he is the perfect specimen for that trope.

I can’t wait…I need MORE !! Right now, please !!!!!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go through all this author’s books 😛

Highly recommended !!!

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♣ Blog Tour ♣ Written With you, by Aly Martinez

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“Aly Martinez is one of the best in the business. You have to read her books.” –Meghan March, New York Times Bestselling Author

Written With You, the emotional and highly anticipated conclusion to The Regret Duet from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez, is available now!


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Title: Written With Regret
Series: Regret Duet #1
Author: Aly Martinez
Genre: Romance
Published: May 23rd, 2019 
Page Count: 234 pages
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When I was fifteen, a single bullet changed my life. I spent the next decade trying to outrun the devastation of my past, building an empire that would shield me from whatever life could throw at me. 

But all the money in the world couldn’t help me when I found a screaming newborn abandoned on my doorstep.

I’d never wanted to be a father. Passing the sludge that ran through my veins down to an innocent child seemed like a tragedy. But there she was—pink cheeks, red hair, and mine.

Somehow, against all logic, that little girl became the best thing that ever happened to me. It was impossible to stay lost in the past when I was the only one who could protect her future.

Which is exactly why, when her mother came back four years later, I was ready for battle.

If only I could stop myself from falling in love with her during the war.

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This is the second installment in the Regret Duet and after Aly left us with a major cliffhanger in the last book… I needed this one like my life depended on it.

Thankfully the wait between these two books is not too long…and it was most definitely worth it.

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This book opens exactly where the last one left us and so we are thrown right in the middle of the storm… I was on the edge of my seat, and I pretty much stayed there until I reached the end. Now I need a drink(s) !!! This was intense but in the best damn way !!

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Twists and turns were coming from every single angle and I am utterly exhausted. This Duet is definitely going on my “top reads of 2019” list, that’s for sure.

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Every little girl dreams of the fairytale. The one where the white knight rushes in to save her from the clutches of evil. They fall in love, have babies, and live happily ever after.

By that definition, my life should have been a fairytale too.

When I was eight years old, Caven Hunt saved me from the worst kind of evil to walk the Earth. It didn’t matter that I was a kid. I fell in love with him all the same.

But that was where my fairytale ended.

Years later, a one-night stand during the darkest time imaginable gave us a little girl. It was nothing compared to the pitch black that consumed me when I was forced to leave her with Caven for good.

At the end of every fairytale, the happily-ever-after is the one thing that remains consistent. It wasn’t going to be mine, but there hadn’t been a night that passed where I hadn’t prayed that it would be hers.

I owed Caven my life.

However, I owed that innocent child more.

And that included ripping the heart from my chest and facing her father again.

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.


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*Cover Reveal* “Cruel Prince” by A. Jade

Cruel Prince (Royal Hearts Academy #1) by Ashley Jade
Release Date: July 25th

Title: Cruel Prince
Series: Royal Hearts Academy
Author: A. Jade
Genre: YA Romance
Release date: July 25th, 2019
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Welcome to their kingdom…

I never thought I’d step foot in Royal Manor again.
But five years later, here I am…back to finish my senior year at Royal Hearts Academy.

And forced to face Jace Covington.
My first friend. First crush. First kiss.
The one I left behind.

Only—he isn’t the same boy I gave my heart to.

This new Jace is as cruel as he is gorgeous.
And he’s determined to make my life a living hell.
Along with the rest of his glorified family and crew of tyrants.

They expect me to worship the ground they walk on like everyone else, but I’d rather eat dirt.

If Jace Covington wants me gone…he’ll have to try harder.
Because I’ve never been the kind of girl to play by the rules.

WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone.

This series is recommended for mature readers due to graphic language and sexual content.

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About the Author:

Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance.

Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them.

She’s a die-hard lover of oxford commas, em dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought provoking…except for math.

Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series.

It was the best decision she ever made.

If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life.

Check out her amazon page and Facebook page for future novels.
She recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find her there, too.
She loves connecting with her readers—they make her world go round’.

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Release Blitz “Cruel Intentions”(Rydeville High Elite #1) by Siobhan Davis

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In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees…

Cruel Intentions, an all-new dark, high school bully romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!

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Series: Rydeville High Elite
Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: YA Romance
Release date: June 10th, 2019
Page Count:  397 pages
Rating: 4,5 stars 

 

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In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees… 

Life is a cruel game where only the most ruthless survive. It’s a truth my mother rebelled against, and she paid for it with her life. Now, I play their game. Publicly accepting the destiny that lies in wait for me when I turn eighteen.

But, behind closed doors, I plot my escape. 

Trent, Charlie, and my twin, Drew, rule the hallways of Rydeville High with arrogance and an iron fist. I execute my role perfectly, hating every second, but they never let me forget my place in this world. 

Everyone obeys the rules. They have for generations. Because our families have always been in control.

Until Cam, Sawyer, and Jackson show up. Throwing their new money around. Challenging the status quo. Setting hearts racing with their gorgeous faces, hot bodies, and bad boy attitudes.

Battle lines are drawn. Sides are taken. And I’m trapped in the middle, because I made a mistake one fateful night when I gave my V-card to a stranger in a blatant F you to my fiancé. 

I thought it was the one thing I owned. A precious memory to carry me through each dark day.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. 

Because the stranger was Camden Marshall, leader of the new elite and my perpetual tormenter. He hates me with a passion unrivaled, and he won’t be the only one. Fire will rain down if the truth is revealed, threatening alliances, and the power struggle will turn vicious.

My life will hang in the balance.

But I’ll be ready, and I’m not going down without a fight


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When I started this book I couldn’t believe I was reading about 17 and 18-year-olds. The Rydeville High school is ruled by the Elite, which consists of Abby and her twin Drew, Trent, and Charlie. They are considered the rich and powerful. Now Abby may be part of the Elite, but she doesn’t have much say. She is expected to listen and act accordingly. Most of the Elite, are already arranged to be married. And Trent, the dude Abby is supposed to marry, he really tops the asshole cake !! 

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Not wanting to give any of herself to her “fiancee”, she decides to give her innocence to a stranger…a savior of sorts. Someone she chose for herself…a moment she will always hold dear. There is not much else she can do though…she is stuck in the life she was born in. 

She doesn’t know that everything she knows is about to change…and she will come face to face with her savior again… Will he still be her savior though. 

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I love high school settings, and when they have bullies in them…even better !! I was a bit confused when I started this one though. For a minute I thought they were all much older, but then I figured they were just that screwed up. I can’t imagine my parents just giving me away in marriage because of family business and status… 

As much as Abby was stuck, she still tried to be as strong as she could be. I really admired her and I can’t wait to see what is gonna happen next. 

Fair warning….we’ve got another cliffy right here !!!

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Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Chapter Reveal “Raphael”, by Tillie Cole, a “Deadly Virtues” novel

 

Check out the awesome excerpt for “Raphael”, the first novel in Tillie Cole’s “Deadly Virtues” series !!

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Series: Deadly Virtues
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Dark Romance
Release date: June 18th, 2019

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They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin. 

And Raphael lives to sin. 

His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs, and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.

Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…

Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

The Fallen: Genesis a prequel novella in The Deadly Virtues Series and MUST be read before RAPHAEL (DV: book one).

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The sound of Gabriel’s Gregorian chant music drifted up the Tomb’s steep, winding stairs. Raphael ran his fingertips along the gray stone walls. They were damp underneath his skin, slick with the stagnant water that trickled in from the overflowing lake outside. Forest-green moss crept in through cracks and fractures in the brick, betraying the manor’s age.

With every step he descended into the candlelit darkness, Raphael’s heart began to thunder into a heady velocity. The string that forever sat on his right index finger was so tight he could feel his pulse throbbing in the very tip. He focused on the rhythm of the beat, on the tightness of the string wrapped around and around and around his flesh. A fire of pleasure broke out in his chest and surged through his veins at the tightness, the suffocation, the hedonistic asphyxiation of the digit. It was a denial of blood, of the life his finger needed to survive, to thrive—to exist. Raphael’s lip kicked up in a smirk. He knew the tip of his finger would be blue, starved of the sustenance it needed to function. He hissed out in pleasure when the fire that vision ignited darted straight to his cock. Raphael didn’t care if his brothers heard him moan out loud. They would be caught in their own heads, their own excitement of possibly getting the kill, to care—they never cared.

Raphael felt Michael breathing heavily behind him, affirming his point. He knew Michael would be stroking the vial of blood around his neck while almost coming in his leather pants at the thought of sinking his sharp teeth into a vein and sucking down the blood. Gabriel told them Michael had something called hematolagnia. He had a word for what he claimed “ailed” all of them.

Nothing ailed them.

Gabriel just didn’t understand the way the six of them were, the way they had to be. The six of the Fallen who were nothing like Gabriel. They liked to kill. Needed to as much as they needed to breathe. It wasn’t abnormal to them. Blood and flesh and cries of pain inflicted by their hands didn’t bring repulsion, only satisfaction.

It was simply who they were.

Out of all the brothers, Raphael was closest to Michael. But right now, each of the brothers was completely alone. The Revelation ceremony brought out the utmost selfishness in them.

The chance to bring death consumed them.

Controlled them.

And Raphael wouldn’t have it any other way.

Raphael’s cock grew hard in his jeans at just the thought of taking someone’s last breath. He pushed the heel of his hand against his crotch as the blood rushed to it, but the burst of painful pleasure that spiraled up his spine only made him groan louder. The rubber cage he always wore around his dick constricted his flesh and began to strain, biting into him as the rubber rebelled against his hardening. The BDSM contraption was designed to bring pain. And it was successful; pain it brought. But Raphael didn’t see pain as a punishment. He lived for pain. The more agony he felt, the more pleasure he felt. He basked in the throttling of his penis, relished the choking of his erection as it tried to break free of the rubber constraints.

Raphael lost his footing, his back slamming into the wet wall. He barely even noticed his shirt growing damp as his eyes closed. All Raphael could focus on was the cage’s incessant strangling. His hands curled into fists as the addictive fire ravaged his body.

Flashes of his ultimate fantasy poured into his mind, fueling his ecstasy. He was powerless. He couldn’t stop them if he tried. But why would he? It was what inspired him to get out of bed each day, birthed every single breath his lungs inhaled. What he had waited years for, and would wait a lifetime more to capture. Raphael’s breathing became deep and labored as he imagined the scene—the king-sized bed, the red rose petals thrown on the pure white Egyptian cotton comforter. And her, the one, sprawled out for him on her back, naked, a temptation made true. Her cheeks would be flushed, and her lips would be cherry red. Her skin would be so soft, no blemish in sight, eyes bright and fixed on Raphael, piercing his gaze with nothing but adoration. She would be his, and he would be hers. There would be nobody else for either of them. She would be his one possession that he would have for all of his days.

Raphael knew his pupils were dilated beneath his closed lids—oddly colored golden-brown eyes that set him apart from everyone else. His greatest tool, eyes that lured in his victims—meaningless women he would chase for a while, seducing, enticing, making them enamored with everything he pretended to be . . . before he pillaged their lives, fucking them hard as death collected their souls, releasing into their dying bodies as he consumed their final heartbeat and breath with his unyielding hands.

Raphael’s eyes snapped open when he heard the church bell echo around the stone basement—Gabriel’s signal to robe for Revelation. As he descended the final steps, the tight rubber cage around his cock caused pre-cum to leak into his jeans. He lived for the sexual strangulation. He needed it as much as he needed to breathe.

Raphael realized he was late. He raced through the wide wooden door of the Tomb. His brothers were already in robes, the heavy hoods covering their heads as they silently awaited his arrival.


About Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

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♣ Blog Tour ♣ The Fallen: Genesis,by Tillie Cole (Deadly Virtues 0.5)

 

The Fallen: Genesis is a prequel novella in The Deadly Virtues Series and MUST be read before RAPHAEL (DV: book one).

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Series: Deadly Virtues
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Dark Romance
Release date: May 28th, 2019
Rating: 4 – 4,5 stars 

 

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THE FALLEN: GENESIS
(A Deadly Virtues Prequel)

IN THE BEGINNING…

They told them they were evil.
They told them they were possessed by demons.
They told them that darkness ran in their veins.

Holy Innocents Home for Children is a haven for orphaned boys who have nothing and no one. The priests watch over them, educate them, raise them in the family of the church.

Except for some.

Seven of the orphans are no ordinary boys. They attract the attention of the priests for their acts of violence, of bloodlust. The priests realize these boys are drawn to the darkness.

And the priests are no ordinary priests. They are the Brethren, a secret sect who believe themselves on a divine mission to seek out evil in the boys in their care. Seek it out, and then drive it out.

The seven have fallen from God’s grace. And the Brethren will cleanse their blackened souls…

Dark Contemporary Romance novella. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

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I am a HUGE fan of the “Hades Hangmen” series. No one can do “dark romance” the way that Tillie does it. Usually, I skip the short prequels in series, but I knew I HAD to read the introduction to what is bound to be Tillie’s new HIT series !!

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Now let me start off by saying, that there isn’t anything “romantic” about this novella. It is purely an introduction into the world of “The Fallen“.  Gabriel, Michael, Raphael Selaphiel, Barachiel, Jegudiel, and Uriel.

They told them they were evil.
They told them they were possessed by demons.
They told them that darkness ran in their veins.

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These boys aren’t anything like the regular orphan boys at Holy Innocents. There is a darkness within them, driving them to act in violence. They have been chosen and isolated because of their inner demons… being punished, again and again.

They have no one to stand up for them en to protect them against the real evil that is the Brethren. No one besides Gabriel that is, the purest of them all….and he turns out to be everything they needed…

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I advise everyone, who is planning to read this series, to start right here with this little story. It already explains a lot…yet leaves you with so many questions. 

I myself have no idea what’s in store for us next. It could be anything. I do know that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the best is yet to come. After this little taste, I can’t wait to jump into “Raphael’s” book.

I need it right now, please !!!

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Joseph watched helplessly as James moved from his place against the far wall toward a boy on a chair on the opposite side of the room. A boy who had slim knives embedded in his arms and legs—a human pin cushion.
Joseph shivered as he recalled his brother’s expression a moment ago as he’d sat and stared at the knives he had sliced into the boy’s flesh. James, the sadistic voyeur of his own work. Joseph’s nervous eyes landed on his brother’s target. The boy was bound with ropes, and a washcloth was stuffed into his mouth,silencing his cries.Luke.Fear flooded Joseph’s body. Luke, the boy who had been intent on bullying James since the age of eight. The boy who would spit at James’s feet when they walked by. The boy who call him weird, a goth, a psychopath who rarely spoke. His taunts were endless. Joseph didn’t think the verbal bullets had ever hit their target . . . until he’d found a pad of paper hidden underneath James’s bed. A pad of paper showing in graphic detail what James wanted to do to Luke.Tie him up.Cut his flesh.

Exsanguinate his body.

Then drink the blood down.

“They’re just fantasy, right?” Joseph asked James when he returned from detention. Joseph held up the drawings. Page after page of pain and despair and cruelty.

James walked slowly to Joseph and ran his hand down the open page of the pad, delicately running his fingertip over the pencil image of Luke’s slit throat. “It’s a promise,” James said, with no shame in his voice. “Each page is what will happen to Luke.” James finally met his older brother’s eyes. “I’m just waiting for the perfect time.”

From that day on Joseph made sure Luke never got too close to James, for fear of what his younger brother would do. Because Joseph believed every word his brother had said.

The truth was, Joseph knew that someday, if he wasn’t stopped, James would do something so terrible he wouldn’t be able to come back from it.

And Joseph had no idea how to cure James. He didn’t know how to heal his little brother of the wretchedness that had lodged itself into his soul. He prayed for a miracle he knew would never come.

Joseph’s heart pounded as James held up another knife. His brother’s torso was bare, the scars from his frequent self-mutilation clear to see, white roads of flesh mapping the veins that ran under his skin. Veins that carried the blood James so desperately craved; nightly, once safe in their room, he would slice them open and lick the falling drops as they ran in crimson rivulets down his arms.

Joseph thrashed on the bed, fighting the binds James must have placed him in while he slept. “James, listen to me,” Joseph said as he helplessly watched his brother slowly push his blade into Luke’s shoulder. Luke’s chair almost fell as he screamed into the washcloth, the fabric absorbing his cry. But James didn’t even flinch. Joseph’s stomach clenched when the blood started to pour from Luke’s shoulder as James carefully extracted the blade.

Eleven. That’s all James was. Eleven years old, yet thought only of blood . . . worse, even . . . thought only about the consumption of blood.



About Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

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The Good Mistake (Hemsworth Brothers, #3) by Haleigh Lovell

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Series: Hemsworth Brothers
Author: Haleigh Lovell
Genre: Rom Com
Published: May 13th, 2019
Rating: 4 stars 

 

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She is a good time—trouble, but fun. And I’m here for a good time, not a long time.
So let the good times roll.

“You’re a bad idea.”  “But…” she ventured.

“But I like bad ideas.”  We don’t make mistakes, right? Just happy little accidents. At least that’s what Bob Ross said. And my dad. Yep, he says that, too. Every year, on my birthday, he reminds me I’m a ‘happy little accident’ because the condom broke.

But, hey! Wasn’t the creation of penicillin a happy accident that resulted from the discovery of mold growing in an agar dish?
And while that accidental discovery changed the course of medicine, Lucy changed the course of my life. Like a staph infection that somehow turns into an abscess that takes over your limbs, Lucy took over my heart—quickly, painfully, unexpectedly, but treatable with antibiotics.

Bold and brash and unapologetically herself, Lucy represents anarchy from women I typically dated.
She is my ‘Beautiful Oops.’
Lucy Lawless is my good mistake.

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I had a wonderful time reading the first two books on this series, The Slam and The Foreplay. I actually developed a bit of a crush on Adelaide….and yes on Ender as well 😛 

This third book is about Edric, Ender’s brother and of course I had to read it and witness his HEA. I was also very curious to know if his book was gonna be as funny as his brother’s was. I am very glad to report that it most definitely was 😛 If you haven’t read the first two books…no worries because this one can be read as a stand-alone. 

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Now as much as I laughed my ass off, there were also more serious moments in this book, so there is a bit of a balance. That said, I do believe this falls under the whole rom-com genre. 

I myself am also a big fan of the “fake relationship” trope. Edric and Lucy start out as a fake couple but it doesn’t take too long before the lines between fake an real are blurring. 

These two had some major chemistry going on which means there were also some very nice and sexy moments. 

I knew Edric would be just as awesome as Ender…so now I am in love with both brothers… and their girlfriends 😛 

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Release Blitz “Fearless King” by Maya Hughes

Check out the 4the book in this amazing series !!

Title: The Fearless King
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse 
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: NA Romance
Release date: May 30th, 2019
Page Count: 340 pages
Rating: 4 stars 

 

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My first crush. My first heartbreak. My brother’s best friend.

The butterflies in my stomach turned into full blown eagles the second our lips touched. A kiss under the stars that changed our relationship forever.

After a lifetime of wishing, I stared up into Ford’s eyes with his fingers caressing my cheek and my heart racing.

The evening ended with my heart bleeding on the ballroom floor.

He destroyed my heart two years ago…but now he wants back in my life.

This time I won’t fall under his spell. I’ll resist his sexy, scruffy beard, and panty-melting smirk.

I thought I was over him. Hell, I fully planned to wave to him through my rearview mirror…but with one text, in the middle of the night, I know I’m in over my head.

Ford: I need you.

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I have read every book in this series and I have got to say that they are pretty entertaining, so far I have enjoyed all of them. I definitely feel like I could read another 10 of them…maybe even more 😉 

Now, I also have to be honest and say that this right here, is one of my least favorite tropes….the “brother’s best friend“. I am not a big fan. I feel for you gif - Google zoeken

There is always some form of fighting and most of the time…I agree with, and feel sorry for, the brother. I just can’t help myself… As was the case with this book. 

So as much as I loved Ford and Liv to finally be together, I kept thinking how Colm was gonna feel about all this. And them being together wasn’t the only issue either. So many secrets are about to be revealed… 

I do understand that Ford and Liv really belong together…they definitely burned up those sheets, but now all I want is for Colm to be happy !!!

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Which means I am gonna be on pins and needles until I get to read his book. Thankfully the author is not making us wait too long. I have a feeling Colm’s book is gonna be my favorite out of them all…I have always liked him best 😉 

That said… Ford and Liv were quite lovely together and I am glad they finally found their happiness together.

I highly recommend this series !!

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*Release Blitz* Knights Burden (Rumblin’ Knights #4)


Title: Knights Burden
Series: Rumblin’Knights #4
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: MC Romance
Release date: May 27th, 2019
Rating: 3,5 stars 
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Broken doesn’t describe him.
His demons now define him.
Brody.
The name that left my lips so many times.
The name that stole my heart.
The name that made me into the woman I am today.

The name that eventually shattered my world so completely. He built me up, with love and desire – his darkness tore me down.

Now he’s gone.
Out there – trying to fight a battle that isn’t his to fight.
He’ll die. No truer words have been spoken.
Everyone tells me to walk away, to let go.
I can’t fix him.
I can’t save him.
I can’t keep hanging on.
How can I let go?
My whole world lies within him.
He is the very reason I breathe.
So I’ll fight.
I’ll do whatever I have to do.
I’ll find him.
I’ll bring him home.
Even if it kills me.

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This book starts out in the present and then keeps skipping back to the past to show us what exactly happened to Brody, to make him the man he is today. It also shows us some insight into his relationship with Melanie. Normally I am not a fan of multiple switches between past and present but in this case, it didn’t bother me too much. It actually worked pretty well.

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Brody is a pretty messed up and broken soul. The last time he was left broken and hurt, he found Melanie and she managed to heal many of his broken pieces…this time though…he has turned his back on the one person that lights his soul. All in the name of revenge. There were times I felt really sorry for Brody but there were also times I wanted to smash his face in.

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Melanie is feeling hopeless without Brody and she is determined to help him. She swore to always be on/by his side and so she will do whatever she has to, to try and save him once again…

I enjoyed this story a bit more than I did the previous book…which was a bit confusing to me. That said… MC Sinners (next gen) and Joker’s Wrath series will always be my favorites by this author I think.

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♥ Blog Tour ♥ Written with Regret, by Aly Martinez (Regret Duet #1)

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Written With Regret, the first in an all-new emotional duet from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez, is available now!

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Author: Aly Martinez
Genre: Romance
Published: May 23rd, 2019 
Page Count: 234 pages
Rating: 4,5 stars 4,5

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Every little girl dreams of the fairytale. The one where the white knight rushes in to save her from the clutches of evil. They fall in love, have babies, and live happily ever after.

By that definition, my life should have been a fairytale too.

When I was eight years old, Caven Hunt saved me from the worst kind of evil to walk the Earth. It didn’t matter that I was a kid. I fell in love with him all the same.

But that was where my fairytale ended.

Years later, a one-night stand during the darkest time imaginable gave us a little girl. It was nothing compared to the pitch black that consumed me when I was forced to leave her with Caven for good.

At the end of every fairytale, the happily-ever-after is the one thing that remains consistent. It wasn’t going to be mine, but there hadn’t been a night that passed where I hadn’t prayed that it would be hers.

I owed Caven my life.

However, I owed that innocent child more.

And that included ripping the heart from my chest and facing her father again.

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I have a confession to make… I have waited until the last moment to start reading this one. Reason being…a dreaded cliffhanger. I absolutely hate cliffhangers and normally I avoid them like the plague and wait until all the books are out to start reading. So…why did I sign up for this one ?? Well the answer is pretty simple… because Aly Martinez is one of my favorite authors and I knew I wanted …no needed to read this book !!

So here we are now and I have been left with the mother of all cliffhangers !!!

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Thankfully this author seems to love her readers, because she is not making us wait too long, since the next book is already coming out next month…so fear not 😉 

I also knew going into this one, that I was probably gonna be hit with a truckload of angst…and sure enough…I was crying within a couple of pages !!

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Now I can’t say too much about the story itself because that would be spoilering and everyone who is familiar with Aly Martinez’ work knows it would be a big shame to spoiler one of her books. So I am gonna keep this one very vague…sorry definitely not sorry 😉

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As much as I hate cliffies, I am so glad I read this book. And I also have got to say…I didn’t even see the end coming. It really took me by surprise and I am still trying to figure out what the hell just happened !!

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I don’t mind being left in the dark for a little while though…It was definitely worth it and next month will be here before we know it.

I highly recommend this book and everything else this author has written 😉

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Life had never been easy for me. Chaos had been following me like a dark cloud, looming and hovering, casting its shadow far and wide despite how bright the path in front of me should have appeared. After growing up the way I had, where happiness had been more of a privilege than a choice, I knew better than to believe that that moment would be anything other than fleeting.

And one second later, the universe proved me right.

I opened the door to see who had rung the bell—a cursory check revealed an empty hallway.

And that’s when I heard it: the sound that changed not only my entire life in the present, but my life for all future days to come.

At first, it was just a grunt, but as if that baby could feel my gaze, the minute my eyes made contact, it let out a sharp cry.

Confusion hit me like a lightning bolt, sending me back a step. I used the door frame for balance as I took in the yellow blanket with a hole only big enough to reveal a pale-pink face.

“What the fuck?” I breathed. Glancing around the hall, I waited for someone to jump out and start laughing. When no one spoke up to issue a punchline, I took a step closer and repeated, “What the fuck?”

I was utterly unable to process the absurdity in front of me.

Of course, I knew the facts.

It was a baby.

On my doorstep.

Alone.

But the why in that equation was glaringly absent.

“Uhhh,” Ian drawled, peering over my shoulder. “Why is there a kid at your door?”

“I have no idea,” I replied, staring down at the squirming and now-screaming bundle. “It was just there when I opened the door.”

Ian shoved me to the side so he could stand beside me. “You’re shitting me, right?”

“Does it look like I’m shitting you?”

He looked from me to the baby, then back again. “How did it get there?”

We were two incredibly smart men who had created a technology empire out of nothing. But, clearly, a baby was too big for either of us to wrap our minds around.

I swept an arm out and pointed to the kid. “I have no clue, but I’m assuming it didn’t catch a cab.”

A light of understanding hit his eyes. He moved first, stepping over the crying baby and hurrying down the hall, searching around the corner near the elevator before returning alone.

The party continued behind me, but even with the door open, the loud chatter was no match for the ear-piecing cries happening in that hallway.

Veronica suddenly appeared beside me, her body going solid as she stammered out. “Is that…a baby?”

“Back up,” I urged, throwing my arm out to block her path as though the infant were going to suddenly morph into a rabid animal. And let’s be honest, I knew nothing about babies. Anything was possible.

Ian dropped to his knees, scooping up the wailing child. Meanwhile, I stood there like a gawking idiot, paralyzed by a weight I didn’t yet understand.

“Call the pol—” He stopped abruptly and reached into the top of the child’s blanket. “Oh shit,” he whispered, his wide, panic-filled eyes flashing to mine.

“What?” I asked, stepping toward him to get a better look at the kid. Only it wasn’t that tiny baby cradled in his arms that made my heart stop and bile rise in my throat.

There, in my best friend’s hand, was a folded piece of notebook paper that had been tucked into the child’s blanket. From the looks of it, the paper was unremarkable in every sense of the word. Blue lines, white spaces, hanging remnants from where it had been haphazardly ripped from a spiral bound notebook. Even the crease was crooked. But it was my name scrawled on the outside in messy, black ink that made it the most remarkable paper in existence.

I snatched it from his hand and, with blood roaring in my ears, opened it.

Caven,

I’m sorry. I never meant for this to happen. This is our daughter Keira. I’ll love her forever. Take care of her the way I can’t.

Written with regret,

Hadley

The hall began to spin, my head feeling like every ounce of blood had been drained from my body. The thundering in my ears faded and the loud chatter of my guests, who were suddenly aware that something was happening at the door, roared to life.

And then the chaos finally found me all over again—the past playing out in my head like my life flashing before my eyes.

I sucked in a deep breath and looked at the baby in his arms. The blanket had fallen off its head just enough to reveal a patch of fine hairs, more orange than its mother’s red.

“Call the police,” I declared, turning on a toe and walking back into my apartment, leaving Ian standing in the hall with Hadley’s child.

Shoving through the crowd of concerned onlookers, I headed straight to the bottles of liquor lining the counter. I didn’t bother with ice or even a glass. I threw back that bottle of vodka, hoping like hell the burn of the alcohol could numb the panic coursing through my veins.

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Debase, the final book in the Eagle Elite Series and the first new book in the Elite Bratva Brotherhood by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken.
Release Date: April 30, 2019

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Title: Debase
Series: Elite Bratva Brotherhood
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Dark Romance
Release date: April 30, 2019
Page Count: 460 pages
Rating: 4 stars 

 

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With blood on my hands, I held her. 
With death in my soul, I took from her. 
With the devil in my heart, I coveted her.

There’re many definitions of Hell.
My list was exhaustive, my definitions tragic.
Tonight I was adding something new to the very top.
Girl number six thirty-two.

She arrived on my birthday, the same day, every year, I play Russian Roullete and pull the trigger.
She was my omen.
My end game.
She made it personal.
And for the first time in my life, I gave in.
A virgin mob boss with no soul.

My name is Andrei Petrov.
They call me the devil.
All I want is for the pain to end.
All she wants is for me to share it.

I am the last remaining heir to a dynasty that should burn in Hell.
And my last wish remains for it to die with me.


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When I started this one, I had read some books (not all yet) in the “Eagle Elite” series, and so I was very curious about this new spin-off. It was said that this story was a complete stand alone, but I have got to be honest here and say that I was a bit confused when I started this one, as to who everyone was and what their “place” in the story was. 

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So I went back to the Eagle Elite series and did some more (re)reading…it did help. I still have some I need to read, but I have a bit of an idea which person is behind most the names now. I do think this story could be read as a stand-alone. but you won’t have all the knowledge about everyone. So my advice would be to actually read some of the “Eagle Elite” books. It makes it that much more enjoyable. At least, that’s how I felt. 

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Now for those who haven’t read the previous series and don’t feel like reading it first…no worries. The author does not leave us completely in the dark. At the beginning of the book, there is a list of names (a bit of a family tree) which shows us exactly who is who. So there you go 😉

I am a big fan of Mafia-type books. I think that’s because I really love me a big bad anti-hero and that is what most of them “Made Men” are 9f01372377900d9203bc4efe48eb1659

The previous series was all about the Italian Mafia, but this one…this one also brings us the Russian one… the Bratva

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Compared to the first Mafia book I read by this author…this one is way darker. The series really evolved. What I loved most about it though, was that it wasn’t all darkness. There were also some nice laughs here and there and for me, that’s what really broke the tension. 

Andrei is definitely the sort of (anti) hero that I love. Constantly battling his demons and fighting his way to freedom. Torture is his specialty.

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Alice, captive 632, is part of the “De Lange” family, though I am sure she wished she wasn’t. Her past is pretty horrifying. Even though she has no reason whatsoever to trust anyone, especially not a man…she sees something “more” in Andrei. There is an instant sort of connection between the two. 

This book kept me at the edge of my seat from the very start, and I really enjoyed reading it. I can’t wait to see what’s next, but first I am gonna finish every book I skipped in the “Eagle Elite” series.

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You Loved Me At My Darkest by Evie Harper (You Loved Me #1)

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Title: You loved me at My Darkest
Series: You Loved Me #1
Author: Evie Harper
Genre: Dark Romance
Published:  May 2015 
Page Count: 315 pages
Rating: 3,5 stars 

 

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Blood is thicker than water…

Having endured more than their share of tragedy, sisters Lily and Sasha embark on a dream holiday—only to find themselves in hell. Kidnapped by a rich madman, Sasha is sold into slavery, while Lily is forced to join The Collection, a unique bevy of exotic beauties enduring frequent horrors at the hands of elite bidders. However, no amount of pain and suffering will break Lily, who will stop at nothing to save her younger sister. Possibly with help from an unlikely ally.

Love is stronger than loyalty…

Attempting to prove his allegiance to his employer, Jake is tasked with guarding the unruly and uncontrollable Lily. He can’t afford to help her in her quest to free Sasha—not if he hopes to fulfill his own agenda. But in their dark, gritty, tension-filled world, solace is taken wherever it’s found. Bonds are formed and hearts engage despite Jake’s resistance and both their attempts at self-preservation.

When certain secrets come to light, the resulting explosion has breathtakingly bittersweet consequences that, by the end, may not leave everyone whole…or alive.


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So…I actually read books 2 and 3, before I started this one. I would, however, recommend starting with book 1, because it’s the events from this book, that will lead to the set-up of book 2. I am just a crazy person who likes to do things ass-backward. I had no problems with following the storyline of book 2 without reading this book first, but I will say that reading this one…gave me more insight into book 2 and 3. So learn from my mistakes 😛

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Because I had already read “You loved me at my Weakest“, I knew what this book was gonna be about.. and I also went in…feeling a certain way. This did not help me enjoy it more…it actually pissed me off….so…yeah, really not a smart decision on my part.

After losing their parents, Lily and Shasha, who are Australian, decide to take a trip to America, New York to be specific. Their dream vacation soon turns into a nightmare of epic proportions, when they are kidnapped and thrown into the world of sex slavery. They are taken to Columbia where they are separated and locked away.

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The reason these girls have been taken is because Marco, the mean kingpin of the story, likes to add beautiful women from all over the world, to his collection. The women in his collection live together at a secret location. Once a month (sometimes more) Marco organizes a private party, where the women are displayed and sold to the highest bidder for the night. The bidders can do with them as they please…well…without marking his prized possessions that is.


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Sasha is not joining Marco’s collection. He has no use for her, so the plan is to auction her off as a sex-slave. Lily is really scared, but she is more scared for her sister than she is for herself. So she is willing to do whatever it takes to get her sister out of there.


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I liked that Lily was a strong and feisty heroine, but I do have to say that there were moments she pissed me off. She kept being a hardass and disobeying….even when she knew chances where her sister would be hurt because of this. She just couldn’t stop running her mouth.


From the moment Jake laid eyes on Lily, he was done for. He is extremely attracted to Lily and he doesn’t want her in this awful hell.

But Jake has an agenda of his own and he can’t just let his feelings for Lily interfere with his own plans…plans he has been working on for years. So he does what he can, to keep her safe.

Lily feels the same attraction towards Jake, even though he is supposed to be one of the bad guys….she can’t help but fall for him.

Now this one was pretty heavy on the insta-love. Normally I can look past that, but being in the situation they were in….it felt a bit unbelievable. One moment she is taken away for a private party and being raped….and the next she is in love and having sex with Jake….one of the guys that is keeping her in this place…. ???

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I had a bit of a hard time with that. I can’t imagine that a woman being raped a few days prior, would be excited about any form of sex so soon after, but hey…maybe that’s just me.

Slowly secrets are being revealed, and with secrets, I mean Jake’s secrets. He is on a mission of his own. He can’t help Lily escape, because he needs to find the secret location where “the collection” is being held.

Now Jake…I also had an issue with. Because for 4 years he has been working his ass off to complete this secret mission, that is very close to his heart. But after setting eyes on this one girl….everything changes and he is willing the to fuck everything up for her …??  Maybe this sounds a bit harsh from my part, but you will understand better once you figure out what his mission is really about.

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I will tell you that this book ends on a HEA…. if you can call it that, because this book is what leads to “You Loved me at My Weakest” (which is my favorite) and so many things are still messed up. So I will rephrase and say that it ends on a HEA for this couple. Which also made me pissed off with Jake, because when all is said and done….he takes his new found love Lily and leaves….without a backward glance…… I was really disappointed with him at this point.

Now don’t take my ranting the wrong way. I really did enjoy this book. It’s just that having read book 2…which I really loved…I was a bit prejudiced going into this one. This is why I advice reading these books in the right order 😉

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