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#NewRelease #review #WOTR19 #StandAlone – Just One More by H. D’Agostino

Title: Just One More
Author: H. D’Agostino
Genre: Contemporary Romance (stand alone)
Release Date: August 8, 2019
Cover Model: Shaun Caswell
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs
Photographer: FuriousFotog
Teaser Design: Kari March Designs

Hailey Sullivan.
The girl next door. 
My best friend.
We met when we were three, and have been inseparable most of our lives— that is until I fell in love with her. I knew I had to bury my feelings; our friendship was more important. I was willing to love her from afar, and was doing just that until tragedy struck.
It’s funny how one moment can change everything. All the things I thought I’d never have become possibilities, and all my reasons for staying away from her seem inconsequential. Sometimes all we need is one more day; one more hour; one more moment. Just one more was all I wanted, and I’d prove that Hailey and I were more than just best friends.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

This is one of my favorite friends to lovers books. Hailey and Max have been best friends for as long as they have known each other.  They both have such strong feelings for one another but they both suppress those feelings because they don’t want to lose the friendship they have. In the midst of trying to hang on to their friendship and forge their own paths they find themselves drifting apart.

When Max receives Hailey’s wedding invitation in the mail, he realizes she has moved on and he is crushed ok maybe a bit more than crushed. However, what he does at the wedding shreds what friendship they have. That is until Hailey world is turned upside down and inside out. Max is there for her even if they will never be anything more than just friends.

I have to say Max was on my shit list but seeing how he stepped up and was there for Hailey not expecting anything in return. He was just there for her and was being the best friend she needed him to be for her.  The things he did for her started to melt that big block of ice that built up around my heart toward him.

This book had my emotions all over I was laughing, crying then wanted to punch someone in particular.  These two had so much to overcome and the back and forth of them wanting to take things further but then not wanting to ruin their friendship had my heart in knots. Love makes you do some crazy things. The comedic relief that Max’s brother, Micah, provided was stellar. He kept Max on his toes. I loved him so much and if he ever got a book I would be all over that.

Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #review #StandAlone – Broken Scars by JM Walker

Broken Scars (A Standalone Novel)

Ruined. Tortured. Broken.
What could have been the perfect childhood, turned into a hell that the devil himself would shy away from. I was forced to deal with an evil that would make the darkest of souls cringe.
Lily Noel was scarred but beautiful. She was perfectly flawed and everything that I needed.
Attraction bordered on obsession.
Passion bordered on ecstasy.
Addiction bordered on insanity.
Nothing could get in the way of our love.
Nothing…


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Oh Lucas I have waited so long for your and Lily’s story. You have no idea how happy my heart is that Lucas finally opened up and let JM tell his story. I have been there with you from the beginning. I have loved you as long as JM has. Yes, I fell in love with him from the first time I read about him and was thrilled when JM started writing their story.  Let me tell you Lucas story was well worth the wait.

I knew Lucas was going to have a troubled past but man I had no idea it was this troubled. Oh Lucas, I wanted to hug you and protect your while you were a child. The torcher and torment you went threw broke my heart.

Lily you are so spunky and sassy. I fell in love with you as much as I did Lucas. The instant connection that Lucas had to Lily was incredible and you both have kindred spirits. The way Lily accepted Lucas exactly how is was made my heart so happy because he deserved to have that unconditional love he never had.

I’m just going to toss this in here I LOVE Lilly’s Grandma. She is so sassy but insightful and knew just what to say when it was needed. Can I say Lucas Computer room was unforgettable and is a computer geeks dream. Not only did the computer room amaze me but Lucas and Lily’s ability to hack was mind blowing. Lucas is gruff and an asshole at times but when Lily is around, he has a sweet side but let’s not tell Lucas I said that. The tattoos the two of them did was absolutely heartwarming.

I was so excited to read this story and my love for Lucas and Lily grew 100 times more. The twists and turns had me hanging on. This truly is an amazing story of shattered souls who find the one that can make them whole again.

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who recently hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

#NewRelease #Review – Lies by Kylie Scott

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Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.


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I have enjoyed all of Kylie’s books so far. She was able to keep me guessing and had me needing to find out who was behind everything. I did like the banter and humor she was able to pack into this book.

Betty is fed up with her boring lonesome life with her husband. He is not spontaneous and has to leave her to for his job.  She had decided to make a change and leave Thom. However, the day she decides to leave is the day her world is turned upside down.  Not everything is as it seams you can never believe what your eyes see or what you think you know. This is the day Betty finds out her life with Thom has been nothing but lies.

Thom needed a cover and being a normal average joe with a fiancé was the perfect cover. He never dreamed that by having Betty as his cover life would put her life in danger. But now he finds himself on the run with Betty trying to figure out who is trying to kill them.  Now that Betty knows the truth Thom is determined to make Betty see even if their relationship was based on a lie what he feels for her is real.

I have to say this was a good suspense romance. I so wanted to know who the person was behind everything and why they were doing this. This had violence, action and suspense but it also had humor.  Betty cracked me up with some of her thoughts and how she would sort through everything that was happening around her.  The twist and turns kept all of them on their toes even me. This was entertaining and as I read this story it was like a movie unfolding.

Kylie Scott

New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author – Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia, she reads, writes, and never dithers around on the internet.

You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kyliescott.com/.

#NewRelease #BDSM – The Russian Reborn (Rise of the Dominants #3) by Red Phoenix

The Russian Reborn (Rise of the Dominants Book 3)

Rytsar Durov is a passionate man…
Seducing women – he’s a natural. Pleasing women – his talents speak for themselves.
A sadist known for his skill with the cat o’ nines, Rytsar enjoys his popularity with submissives at the dungeon, and is caught off guard by the fire-hot attraction he feels for Samantha, a young Domme.
He knows better than to test those waters, but damn…he just can’t resist her.
When two sexy Dominants collide in the bedroom, passions ignite!
But will Rytsar’s heart survive the inferno it creates?

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I have been waiting for this book. Rytsar is my favorite of all the Doms and we finally get his story. We are able to see what all has happened in Rytsar’s life that makes him the man he is today.

Rytsar had a hard life growing up that he had to overcome. As a collage student in the US he finds 2 friends who become a life line for him. They are always there for each other to help them through what ever is going on in their life. We are finally told the entire story of what happened between him and Samantha that life changing event day. All I can say is this absolutely broke me to see how She destroyed him. I loved seeing Rytsars mom she has a heart of gold here again seeing what happens to her sends Rytsar over the edge. The only one that could possibly help him is his blood brother, Thane.

I like seeing Thane, Brad and Rytsar together the bond they share is amazing. They are all alpha but have totally different ways of projecting this. Rytsar’s story made my heart blead everything that he had to endure. I enjoyed seeing him wield his cat o’ nines. I enjoyed getting glimpses into the younger years of the Dom’s but most of all it was a way to see how they came into the BDSM lifestyle and how they became the men they are today. Thank you Red Phoenix for sharing their story with us.

 

USA Today Bestselling Author

Red Phoenix is an award-winning romance author who gained popularity with her series, Brie’s Submission.
To join in the Brie experience begin with the 1st Boxed Set (Books 1-3) and start your journey into a sensual world…

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #Review #DualReview – Black as Midnight (Ariel Kimber #5) by Mary Martel

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Black as Midnight is the next full-length novel in the Ariel Kimber series.

Ariel Kimber has finally settled into her life. Not only does she have a safe place to call home, one she actually loves living at, but she’s got the best roommate a girl could ask for. Oh, and he comes with an adorable little black cat as well.
And that’s not all that’s looking bright and shiny in Ariel’s life.
She’s got a job now, working at Tyson’s shop – Fortune’s for the Unfortunate. Her job is awesome and it’s made even better by the fact she gets to work where her father, Rain Kimber, lives, who is also another bright spot in her life.
Life is golden, shiny, and the potential for happy days – endless.
Until it’s not.
When the Council comes to call, you pick up the phone and answer… Or you suffer the consequences.
Only a fool wouldn’t answer, and Ariel Kimber is no fool.
With her coven of guys, her psychotic father and the honorable Marcus Cole by her side, she can make it through anything… Even the Council.

Ariel Kimber reading order:
Brothers of the Flame
Love Potion
Blood Magic
The Ties That Bind
Tyson (Novella)
Good Witch, Bad Witch (Short Story)
Black as Midnight

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This series gets better and better with each book that comes out. I find myself falling harder and harder for each of Ariel guys.  We get to see her relationships grow with the guys and her father.

Ariel is finally in a good spot she found her true family. These guys will do anything for her, anything to make her happy and protect her which is something she has never had in her lifetime. She is building relationships with all her guys and even her dad. She has a job she loves at Fortune’s for the Unfortunate.

Ariel loves each of these guys and finds that she is just as overprotective of her guys as they are of her. She will do anything to keep them from hurting even if it means she hurts herself. There are some new characters introduced in this book some are going to be a good thing for Ariel and her family and others could be deadly for them.

Just like with Ariel I am falling more and more in love with each of these guys. Even though Ariel is closer to some of her guys than the others I am enjoying her learning more things about each one.  I have to say I love when I get to see a different side of one of them I never saw before.

I am so ready for the next book. There are so many new developments and I want to know were things are going to go. I also want to see these relationships grow and evolve.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Friends…..This book….Jesus….so much happens.  We finally see Ariel and the guys taking things “to the next level”.  We learn more about the council and just how effing awful they are….why I was shocked I have no clue.  We get at few more twists and turns thrown at us but most of all, we see the coven tightening up and getting ready for a war of sorts!!!  Dude this book I told you was insane!!!

Dude this book!!  First up, yes things progress for Ariel and some members of the coven but what I loved was her flat out admitting her fears about intimacy with some of the guys.  I loved seeing the guys reassure her she is it and they are good with how thing progress.  But I Floved hearing words being declared between Ariel and the guys!!  Seriously this was a step in the right direction for everyone!!

The council….man oh man…we get a new council member who will be a good person for our coven to confide in but we also see the council being shady AF which is pretty much what they do right???  The stuff they stir up during a dinner party….grrrrrr…….things are not going to be smooth for Ariel and the guys but Damn Uncle Q didn’t punch anyone??  Could he be settling down now that the has his girl?  LOL  RIGHT!!! I highly doubt it.

Rain is still Rain….crazy and scary but head over heals for his daughter.  But the new men in Ariel’s life, who also love Rain, will be an interesting mix to the story line!!  I told ya TWISITS people.

What I am so worried about is what is in those manila folders? What did the guys find out about the OTHER major plot twist?  What other plot twists can Mary throw at us??  FYI Plot Twist named Raven is a hottie buuuuuut yeah he can go away anytime now!!

Mary Martel was born in West Michigan and spent the majority of her life there. She currently resides in North Dakota with her husband, and her two beautiful daughters. She’s an avid reader, and when not writing she can be found with her nose stuck in a book.

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #Review Feel Me (The Novus Pack Series Book 2) by M. Jayne

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Sometimes, Goodbye is the Only Way

Raider Black, Leader of the Novus Pack, will do anything for his people. His word is his bond no matter the sacrifice. Novus has always come first.

Theodora Morrissey is a gift from The Goddess to the Lycan world. It doesn’t take someone with her psychic abilities to see that her future is in jeopardy.

When Theo is discovered bloodied, beaten, violated, and broken, Black must find a way for her to be healed or his dream for their future will be destroyed.

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Oh my, I do not even know were to begin. I has all kinds of emotions going on here so lets see it started off where I was crying within the first few chapters, then I cried a little more, which turned in to my blood boiling and had the need for revenge, but I have to say there was feel goods here too the love and understanding was amazing. I love all of these shifters Raid has my heart once again, Conal well let’s just say he is not so high on my list this time. So, Let’s talk about Lore for a second yep he just made my heart beat overtime for him. I truly think I have found my favorite.

Raid loves Theo and knows she is his true mate, but he made an agreement long before Theo came into his life. He is so dedicated to the Novus Pack and an honorable man that he would never go back on his word.  When the time came to honor the agreement, Theo knew she could not stay it would be the death of her. She asked to be sold to another pack and although Raid didn’t want to, he let her go.

Theo finally found a place that she loved, people that she loved and felt the same in return and now her world began to fall apart. She lost the one she loved and went to the new pack. From the moment she arrived she knew things would be different and she would be in trouble.

When things went from bad to worse for Theo. When Raid found out how bad things were for Theo there was no stopping him from helping her. The love of a family surrounded her loved her, but it just wasn’t enough. Theo was changed forever, and it was unknown if she would ever make her way back.

Raid was amazing in this one he was an Alpha first and foremost but the compassion, patients and tenderness he showed Theo brought tears to my eyes.  The love that was shown to Theo from everyone in the pack was incredible. My heart broke for everything Theo went through and overcame. She is a very strong survivor. What a gut-wrenching story. It hurt so much to see Raid and Theo give up the one thing that meant the most to them for the betterment of the family.

I’m going to switch gears and yes talk about Lore again.  I loved that we see a lot of him in this book and let me tell you I am so intrigued by him I need to know more; I need to know his story.  I am a sucker for the dark mysterious ones and there is something dark about Lore.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for us next but what ever it is I know it will be one turbulent ride.

M. Jayne doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino and currently she is living her dream writing Romance. She plots and plans from her farm in central Indiana that she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith.

When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara and reading. She also loves questionable TV- Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show and Live PD. Plus she is addicted to the TMZ app on her phone. M. Jayne loves to meet readers. She attends many conferences and signings. Please take a moment and introduce yourself and tell her what you are reading.

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #Review Feel Me (The Novus Pack Series Book 2) by M. Jayne

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Sometimes, Goodbye is the Only Way

Raider Black, Leader of the Novus Pack, will do anything for his people. His word is his bond no matter the sacrifice. Novus has always come first.

Theodora Morrissey is a gift from The Goddess to the Lycan world. It doesn’t take someone with her psychic abilities to see that her future is in jeopardy.

When Theo is discovered bloodied, beaten, violated, and broken, Black must find a way for her to be healed or his dream for their future will be destroyed.

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Lord.  I finished this book last night and I am still having a hard time trying to figure out how to word my review.  This book is absolutely everything a person who loves paranormal will want and need to read.  The emotional build of this story is so overwhelming I was in tears by 7% of the story and again I was bawling by 30%.  There is so much that happens to Theo and Raider.  SO much happens to the Novus Pack plus all the friends of the couple in this story.  It is impossible to read the story and leave it without being utterly stunned by the genius writing and flow.

I KNEW going in this book would have hard and difficult content.  Melanie kept apologizing to me for what I was about to read.  But the journey the couple takes IS needed for them both to realize they need the other to complete themselves.

Raider is so selfless in worrying for his people first he does the hardest thing he has ever done by letting Theo go.  Theo knows Raider and the Pack will not be ok unless she leaves so she makes the decision to leave for another Pack.  These two make the ultimate sacrifice, putting aside their love and desire for the other for everyone one else so Raider can keep his promise to another Pack.  When that sacrifice ends up costing Theo, she pays the highest price a women can pay, Raider and the pack come to aide THEIR Seer.

The couple deal with A LOT.  They deal with the guilt they both have.  They deal with the inability to express themselves for fear of what the other might be thinking or wanting.  They deal with miscommunication over everything they have been through.

This book is absolutely about love and the price people pay. It’s about commitment and how you don’t turn your back on those you love when times get hard.  It’s about loving people even when they don’t love themselves.  It’s about FAMILY and how even when you fight, you never really turn your back on those you love.

The emotions run deep in this story.  The laughs are hard to come by at times, but the bonds of love and family are throughout the story.   I will say seeing the set up for Lore’s mate……my heart was going pitter patter.  That mass murdering wolf, personal guard and tutor of Theo’s has a special place in my heart.  Also seeing Tex will be having a story later on down the road too made me happy.

I cannot wait for another book in the series.  I cannot wait for more from this pack and the characters.  It makes me so happy to be privileged to get early copies even if life sucks and I have to wait 2 weeks to read it.

M. Jayne doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino and currently she is living her dream writing Romance. She plots and plans from her farm in central Indiana that she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith.

When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara and reading. She also loves questionable TV- Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show and Live PD. Plus she is addicted to the TMZ app on her phone. M. Jayne loves to meet readers. She attends many conferences and signings. Please take a moment and introduce yourself and tell her what you are reading.

#WOTR19 #Review Wild (Quick & Dirty: Neighbors) by Kate Roth

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She’s housesitting at her aunt and uncle’s mini mansion. He’s the rich, brooding silverfox next door. She tempts him, he intrigues her and they both desperately want something wild.

*Each book in the Quick & Dirty series is a novella. They are all stand-alone, insta-loving, panty-melting, swoon-worthy stories to satisfy your craving for something quick and dirty*

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OMG!!! These short stories are amazing and I love them. It is so nice to sit down when you just a little time and read these hot and steamy stories.

Gavin is chilling in back yard when he hears music and someone singing. Not used to the neighbors being loud and hearing that voice he had to investigate.  Tring to see over the top of the fence couldn’t quite see what he wanted to when a beauty popped up over the fence.

Lydia was watching her aunt and uncles house while they were away. When she finds herself in a bind only one she can thing to call on is the HOT silver fox next door.  Oh man does those sparks fly when this Wild girl hooks up with the hot old man.

This series is quick, dirty, insta-love and so much fun to read. So ready for the next one in this series.

Published since 2012, Kate Roth is addicted to all things romance. Her passion for love stories, both traditional and unconventional, has led her to write in various sub-genres of romance. She is inspired by everything from music to the real-life romance tales she’s heard through her years as a professional hair stylist.

Kate spends her time away from the keyboard with her insta-love husband, her sweet baby boy and faithful pound puppy.

For more information and up to date news visit www.katerothwrites.com

#WOTR19 #Review – Talon (Rise of the Pride) by Theresa Hissong

Talon (Rise of the Pride, Book 1) by [Hissong, Theresa]

My name is Talon Shaw and I am the alpha of a pride of black panthers. My cat finds his mate in a human female and she wants a date! Panthers don’t date…we mate.
Before my plans fall into place to court the woman who is destined to be my mate, one of my pride is taken and held for ransom.
That ransom is me.
I will do anything for my pride, but my little human mate puts herself in my place. When I find out that she has been taken, along with a young girl from my pride, I vow to bring them both home. My Guardians and I hunt to find my mate, save my pride, and deal out justice for those my enemy has harmed.
That is…if I’m not too late to save them both.

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Where has this series been or I must have been under a rock. I saw the cover of this box set and thought oh that looks like it would be good. Then I read the blurb. OH yes I need this one I mean really its panthers how can one resist a panther shifter. This one was wonderful.

Talon is the alpha of his pride. His pride has been outed to the world. Now he has to protect his pride along with appease the humans. There are those who are accepting of them those who are not and some that are down right pissed that he is talking about the shifter world. Lets face it the humans were to never know.

Liberty has lost a lot in last few years but she still has her sister and family bar. When it is made known there are panther shifters in their town she is not fazed by it. They are customers just like anyone else and no one will treat them any different in her bar. Anyone is welcome and will be treated as such. She has to emphasize this when one man threatens the panthers. Man do I love her take charge side. While protecting the panthers Talyon’s panther realizes this feisty woman is his mate. But how can that be he cannot be matted to a human.

Liberty if falling for Talon when one of their girls are kidnapped. Liberty decides to help the girl when she realizes they really want Talon. Liberty knows Talons pride cannot loose him so she decides to sacrifice herself to save him. Talon is in a tail spin when he realizes what Liberty has done and is on a war path to get his mate and the girl back. Will he make it in time to save them or will he be too late?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The way he agreed to woo her instead of claiming her as his panther demanded was heart warming.  He truly wanted to make her happy and if dating and getting to know her is what she wanted that is what he would do. His guardians were just as intriguing as Talon. I want to see them all find their true mates. I loved Talons younger brother Kye. He is going to be a fierce Alpha. I will have to wait to see if Kye gets his mate just like he has to. Oh my Winter is next and I cannot wait to read his story. I should be a good one.

Theresa Hissong is the bestselling author of the Rise of the Pride series. She writes paranormal romance, rockstar romance, and romantic suspense.

She enjoys spending her days and nights creating the perfect love affair and takes those ideas to paper. When she’s not writing, Theresa spends her free time traveling and attending concerts all over the United States.

Blog Tour Debase by Rachel Van Dyken

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Debase by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: April 30, 2019

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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.

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 are 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 Roulette 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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