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#NewRelease #BDMS #Saga #Series #Review #ARC #Menage – Tied to Hope (Brie’s Submission Book 18) by Red Phoenix

Tied to Hope (Brie's Submission Book 18) by [Phoenix, Red]


“Welcome me home…”

My life is what dreams are made of!

I am deeper in love with Thane after the birth of our child, and I can’t believe the plans he has for our future.

My joy Is doubled when Rytsar Durov returns as a conquering hero.

In the midst of such bliss, a dark secret surfaces that has the power to tear our world apart.

Love has always been the cornerstone my journey, and now I must make a heartbreaking choice.

What would you sacrifice for love?

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I was so excited to get back to Sir, Brie, Rytsar and Hope. I have missed seeing our training center family and couples.  The love between Brie, Sir and Rytsar is amazing. They know each other inside and out and they know exactly what each other need.

There was so much going on in this story, heartache, deceit, trust and mostly love. My heart broke for Sir and Brie but the scenes with them and others in this one had my emotions all over the place. I could not choose a favorite if I had to they were all so wonderful.

Rytsar’s soft side shows so much in this story. His love for Hope turns him into a big teddy bear but let’s not tell him I said that.  He is fierce but can be taken down by one smile or giggle form Hope. My heart absolutely melted when Rytsar gave the Russian Doll to Hope.  He is so loving toward his family always doing the right thing. Have I mentioned I so love this Russian Dom.

I loved that we got to see all the Doms/subs from the learning center and got small updates on them. His group of people are so lucky to have each other. When you are not given the family you need then you build your own and they sure have built a strong family that is willing to do what ever is needed to help one another. My heart and soul have fallen so hard for this wonderful group of people and I want to See them all happy.

USA Today Bestselling Author

Red Phoenix is an award-winning romance author who gained popularity with her BDSM 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…

#WOTR20 #Review #NewRelease — Logan (White Trash Trilogy) by Brandy Slaven

Logan (White Trash Trilogy)

Logan Rowe has had his fair share of waiting. Between age differences and growing up, he’s been as patient as love is supposed to be. After years of chasing Ryleigh, the time has come. She better buckle up for the ride, because he’s not stopping now until he finally claims her. Heart and Soul.
This is the first contemporary novella spin off from the RH White Trash Trilogy, which does not have to be read first, though the character cameos will make better sense if it is.


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I so enjoyed this quick read. Logan and Ry are made for each other. I’m telling you their chemistry is explosive.

These two have been circling each other for years. Logan and Ry have been doing this dance and now Logan is done he is ready to show her that she is his. He is determined to win her over completely. I loved seeing Leo and Lath giving Logan a hard time in true brotherly love style.

I’m not sure how I could fall in love with Logan even more but watching everything he does for Ry and hearing the razzing he gets from his brothers did it. I don’t want to say too much about this book because I want you to read it to get the full story of Logan and Ry and what they have to deal with. I’m so happy to hear we get to know more about the rest of the Row boys. I have fallen for these men as much as I have for Kendall’s guys.

Here is a quote that made me giggle when I was reading.

“New Rule”, he replies in a gravely voice. “you’re not allowed to talk about my brothers in this room. The only names I want on your lips here is mine, or I might find other places to bite you. “

Brandy Slaven lives in Tennessee with her husband and two wild children. If you can’t find her typing away at her laptop, you will find her with her nose in a book at the beach or hiking at one of the state parks. Bringing her characters to life is one of her greatest accomplishments.

#WOTR20 #Review #NewRelease — Rain Kimber: An Ariel Kimber Novella by Mary Martel

Rain Kimber: An Ariel Kimber Novella

Rain Kimber thought that finding his daughter and finally being able to be a part of her life after so many years without her would be the end of his adventure.
He thought he’d find her, take care of the woman who’d stolen his child away from him (you don’t want to know), and then the two of them would immediately become the family they’d been before she’d been taken. Rain would soon learn that life didn’t always work out the way you wanted it to, and really? That was a lesson he should have learned a long time ago.
But it wasn’t all about heartbreak for Rain. With his daughter he gained an entire Coven of family, even the ones he didn’t want. What father got along with all of his daughter’s boyfriends? Not Rain, that’s for sure.
Just as life wasn’t all about heartache anymore for Rain didn’t mean it was all about happiness and rainbows either. The Alexander Coven, the one his daughter had joined, seemed to be a magnet for trouble and Ariel Kimber was right in the middle of it. Which meant Rain was right there with her.
And he wouldn’t have it any other way.


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I absolutely love this series every time a new book comes out I am all over it and then want more when it is done. This is all about Rain and there was always something about him that drew me in. After reading this book there is so much more to Rain and makes me love him even more.

Rain had everything a wife and a daughter, but all that was taken from him shattering his heart. He found himself a loner hiding from the council. Now being reunited with his daughter his family keeps getting bigger and bigger. Rain shows he has a big heart even if he tries to hide it. He is 100% devoted to Ariel and making her happy. Even though he doesn’t like all of the boys in Ariel’s coven he will tolerate them because Ariel loves them. Rain will do anything to protect his family even if he puts himself in harms way.

Thanks to Ariel they find Baxter and Isobel, two awesome new characters. With having these two around we get to see a bit more of Rain’s heart opening. However, it does open up a conversation between Ariel and Quinton or should I say argument. I love how all these men will drop what ever to come to Ariel’s side to help her with what ever she needs. Their devotion and loyalty is by far superior to anything I have ever seen.

I have to say I really need more Rain, more Isobel, more Bax, well just more of everyone. I am so thrilled to hear that Dash is next and cannot wait to hear more about him and what is going on with the council and the witches.

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.

#AudioReview – Risky Love (The Risky Series Book Three) by: Vivian Ward

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From Vivian Ward comes the final installment of the Risky series.

When Ally first met billionaire Colton Kaswell, she saw an opportunity to further her career as a journalist and never dreamed the two of them could fall for each other. While the couple runs from their past, the present is quickly catching up as it threatens to destroy everything around them.

Lust brought them together, lies tore them apart. Will love give them the strength they both need to face those who are out to harm them?

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This is the conclusion of Risky Series. Ally’s secret comes out and could ruin Colton. Even though, Colton and Ally comes up with a plan that may or may not work to undo the damage. Colton does not let her off he hook even though she is remorseful. He has a way of punishing her.

I did enjoy the plot of this story and it did borderline dark for me but still liked it. These two had amazing chemistry from the start. The narrator did a good job keeping the characters separated and keeping me engaged in the story.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

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#WOTR20 #NewRelease #SeriesSpinOff #Paranormal #Review – Tessa, The Mates Book #2 by Teresa Gabelman

Tessa (The Mate Series) Book #2

Tessa Pride, mate to VC Warrior Jared Kincaid, is doing everything in her power to become a respected Warrior in her own right. Unfortunately, her mate isn’t quite as excited about her passion. Tessa walks into the role with a newfound sense of determination knowing her decisions could end her relationship with the man she loves.

With everything to lose, Tessa steps into the battle of earning the right to walk next to her mate in life, love, and work. Though she is also ready to walk alone if necessary, she will make sure Jared Kincaid regrets that for the rest of his life.

The Mate series delves into the kickass world of the Warriors’ mates and how united, they can make a difference—just like their badass Protectors. Follow along to see how these exceptional women’s newfound freedom affect those around them and which Warrior may or may not support their feisty independent mate’s new and exciting path.


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I’m going to start by saying I love the VC Women. They are Kickass and full of sass. Tessa Pride Kincaid has been through hell and back. She is strong but she will need to stay strong because things are going to throw her off left and right. Jared is being an ass and she needs someone to support her and love her. She has had too many others in her life tear her down and make her someone she is not Tessa is done having others try to conform her and if walking away is what she has to do to find herself that is what she will do.

I am so pissed at our ‘ole boy Jared he is keeping secrets and not just from Tessa but his brothers.  Sometimes it is a good thing when your past comes back to bite you in the ass or in Jared’s case to help him pull his head out of his and kick it too.

We are introduced to some new Characters in this book and man sure didn’t see those connections and twists coming. Things are going to get nasty here soon so glad the VC Warriors have such strong mates that can hold their own and have the Warriors backs. Tessa amazes me no matter how many times she is kicked down she gets back up even stronger. This woman has endured more that what some men could come back from. I love the mates series just as much as Warriors series and cannot wait to read about the rest of these amazing women.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

#AudioReview – Risky Pleasures (The Risky Series book two) by: Vivian Ward

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While Allison Hart is busy trying to restore her life to what it was before she met Colton Kaswell, he still dominates her thoughts and actions. She no longer wants any part of his world, but with the promise of a new arrangement, Ally finds herself drawn back into Colton’s dark web.

As she begins to realize that his risky pleasures are as sadistic as he promised, she tries to escape him but he won’t let her go. She’s signed herself over to the devil who must work through his own demons, and now Ally is confronted with the ghosts of his past.

The pair must find strengths within each other to protect one another, otherwise, it will lose everything.

Risky Pleasures is book two in a sexy new series by Vivian Ward where secrets, sex, and money threatens to rip everything apart.

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This starts right were Risky Gamble left us. Colton is trying to contact Allison after she ran out of the club. He is leaving thoughtful gifts., messages even sets up  a date for them but nothing from her. Allison is over it and tries moving on but when she is drunk one night Colton breaks in and takes what is his.

The chemistry between these tow is still explosive. Colton has to prove to Allison they are made for each other. Once again this is a cliffy and I cannot wait to read Risky Love.

The narrator did a good job on this book as well as Risky Gamble. I am not a fan of one narrator for both male and female POV but he did a great job with the different voices and keeping in in the story.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

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#Review – His Redheaded Slut (The Cocktail Girls) – by Vivian Ward

His Redheaded Slut (The Cocktail Girls)

“Tonight my little redheaded sl*t will earn her spanking.”

Aaron is as cool as they come but when he meets a fiery redhead, she gives him a run for his money.

Scarlett doesn’t care how rich this cocky billionaire is because she’s used to men like him; they’re a dime a dozen in the city that never sleeps.

But the more he taunts her with each passing night that he’s on vacation, her curiosity begins to get the best of her when he challenges her to a night alone in his hotel room.

What could one night hurt?

Little does she know, this man is about to put her over his knee and show her who’s in charge.

And there’s one more thing this cocktail waitress doesn’t realize: she’s about to become his redheaded sl*t.

*The Cocktail Girls is a shared world between 14 of your favorite romance authors! Each novella is a stand-alone story set in the city of sin. Grab your kindle, a cocktail, and get ready to meet our new swoon-worthy alphas!


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Aaron first meets Scarlett when he is on a business trip. After a few months he knows he has to have her so he goes back to do just that.

Scarlett knows Aaron’s type and wants nothing to do with him. However, with a little push from her friends will Aaron get his way with Scarlett.

I absolutely loved Scarlett she is the sassy redhead and Aaron the hot alpha man stole a piece of my heart. This was such a fun quick read. Aaron and Scarlett had a great connection and very steamy at times.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

#review #ClassicTales #ModernReTelling – The Count, Twisted Classics Book 1 by Monica Corwin

The Count (Twisted Classics Book 1)

The mad priest gave me everything.
Twenty-one years in prison allows a man time to process.
To plot.
To plan.
I’ll take my vengeance in money, in power, and most importantly, on her body.
Mercedes Mondego sold me into hell, leading me to the altar like a sheep to a cliff’s edge.
Every thread I place on the board will wrench together and lead me back to her. Oh, but I’m done with love, and there is nothing left in me except an animal.
The mad priest gave me everything to exact my revenge.


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This story starts with tossing you right into the story and then things are explained as it goes on. Let me tell you there were so may NO Way and Oh that makes since now moments in this book. It was kind of nice being left in the dark and not knowing until it was time.

Mercy had to do a lot of manipulating to get were she was today. Now there is someone in town that is slowly taking everything she has away from her. She is learning what it is like to be manipulated. There is a new guy in town and he shows no mercy just takes what he wants. He is on a mission to get revenge on all those who have wronged him in the past and that means Mercy too. Mercy has not idea who the Count really is but he knows more about Mercy than she could ever guess.

This is a great plot and there were twists I never saw coming. I have to say the instant connection Mercy and Will have is scorching.

Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters…lots and lots of typewriters.

#AudioReview – risky gamble by: Vivian Ward

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From Vivian Ward comes a story of pleasure, lies, lust, and love.

He must have her—all of her.
And she must write a story that will blow her career wide open.

Colton tries to keep his sadistic needs to himself but the young, beautiful journalist is far too tempting. He doesn’t know she’s collecting information to publish his dirty laundry. She doesn’t know how dirty things are about to get.

Will they both get what they want? Or is it too much of a risky gamble?

****WARNING: This book contains sexually explicit content that some may find offensive or disturbing. This is the MILDEST book in the series. You have been warned.****

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Colton has built his career and reputation as being a prominent businessman. What many do not know is he is an owner of a sex club and if this ever got out it would ruin his reputation. Aly is a journalist who needs a big break to get her career started.

Aly may just get her big shot when Colton walks into the flower shop she works at. The chemistry is explosive between these two from the moment Colton came into the flower shop. When Aly finds out who Colton is, she wants to know more about him and his company. Colton finds himself infatuated with Aly and has to get to know her. This is a short read (about 3 hours on audio) and I don’t want to give much away. Colton has to have her but it maybe the end of his reputation.

The narration was well done. He went from each characters POV without pulling me from the story. This is a cliff hanger where both Colton and Aly are taking a gamble. All I need to know is will he get the girl or will the girl ruin his reputation to jump start her career and if he does get the girl how will she handle his dark side. I’m about to find out downloading Risky Pleasures next.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

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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’.