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#REVIEW – Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson

I deal in beautiful things.

I’m paid to create unique masterpieces and I enjoy my work.

I’m the best there is because I’m patient, kind, and quick.

I wear the mask of humanity when I need to, and I play the part of just another stranger walking past you on the street, but there’s something I want that I can’t quite seem to get my hands on.

For all of the blood I shed—for all of the flesh I’ve stripped, there’s only one touch that I long to feel. I may be a master of manipulation, yet when it comes to the hope of something that’s just mine—something unexplainable toward another living creature that I long so desperately for, I’m a coward.

But there’s only so many times I’ll be willing to stand by and watch what I want walk away from me before I acquire it.

I’ve had enough patience and I’ve scolded myself more than once over this and I refuse to wait any longer.

We belong together.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

While we usually review romance books on our page, I decided to read something new. I’m a huge fan of Stephen King and he’s usually the only horror author that I read. Or have read anyway. But I’m taking 2019 to read all new to me authors. Or try to at least.

So I didn’t read the blurb to this book but fell in love with the cover when Yolanda shared it forever ago. I’ve also had this book on my kindle for awhile now and finally got a chance to pick it up. And I’m glad I did!

So we meet Gray. Gray is an artist of sorts and he has a secret. His best friend, Aiden, knows about this secret and supports him fully. She even helps him with his final art pieces.

Gray has had a crush on Penn for awhile. Aiden finally helps him in that department and both Gray and Penn end up together. Woot!

All through the book, Gray is working on his latest art project. He ends up showing Penn this piece as well and he’s also super supportive of Gray’s work. He even wants to help him.

I don’t want to ruin it but the ending has an epic twist. Not what I was predicting exactly but definitely what I was expecting. I think if you’re a fan of horror movies, you would definitely like this book.

#REVIEW – The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

This is my first book by LJ Shen and I have to say that it won’t be my last. I’m a fan of anti-heroes because I’m a firm believer that there’s good in everyone. Maybe that’s naive of me, but I still believe it to be the case. This is also my first arranged marriage type story as well. Oh and mafia. I’ve tackled like 3 tropes by reading this book.

Francesca Rossi is the daughter of a man who destroyed Wolfe Keaton’s life. Unfortunately for her, she ends up being the victim in all of this as Wolfe “buys” her to get back at Rossi and bring him down.

Wolfe Keaton. Tragic backstory. Broken man with a billion walls up. And did I mention that he’s kind of a dick? Well he is. A big one actually. But a part of me held onto that hope that he could actually be kind.

You start seeing it slowly. But without giving too much away, lets just say, they have a difficult road of being together.

Side note: The parts where I wasn’t sure if someone was cheating on someone, I felt a little sick. Nothing usually phases me while reading but those moments in this book made me nauseous. So kudos to the author for that!

#WOTRAuthor – Broken Scars by J.M. Walker – Teaser

Broken Scars I ©JM Walker
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“How did you find me?”
“What do you mean?” I knew what he meant but there was no way I was giving in that easily. I didn’t know him. I may have been attracted to him, but I also wasn’t stupid.
“Online. You cracked my firewalls. How?”
“Ten down is—”
“Lily,” he barked.
I looked up, licking my lips. “What?”
His nostrils flared, his gaze following the swipe of my tongue as it slid across my bottom lip. “Answer the damn question,” he demanded, his voice husky.
I leaned back, crossing my arms under my chest. “Ask me nicely.”
His jaw clenched. “Lily.”
I raised an eyebrow. “Ask me nicely, Lucas.”
“Fuck.” He inhaled a sharp breath. “How did you crack my firewalls?”
“That’s not asking me nicely, but I really have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t even know what firewalls are.” Although the words leaving my mouth were all a lie, I didn’t move my gaze from his.
He chuckled, rubbing the back of his neck. “You’re good, Lily Pad. You’re really good.”
“What?” I batted my eyelashes innocently. “I really have no idea what you’re talking about.”

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#WOTR19- Broken Scars by J.M. Walker – Teaser

Broken Scars I ©JM Walker
(unedited and subject to change)

Lucas was naked. Completely and utterly naked. He took off his eye patch, throwing it on the floor as well. “Happy?”
I slowly rose to my full height, taking in every inch of his naked body. His flaccid cock jumped under my scrutiny and that was when I noticed the tattoo. All of the tattoos. I knew his torso had been inked but I didn’t realize that most of his legs were and also his… “I…you’re tattooed. Everywhere.” A red octopus sat on his hip, one of its tentacles reaching the tip of his dick.
He turned around.
“Definitely everywhere.” Even his ass was covered. I reached out to touch him but thought better of it and pulled my hand back. He was covered in ink. From black and white to color, the intricate designs covered most of his body. But what I also saw, were scars. Jagged and ripped, it looked like he had been whipped.

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#WOTR19 – Broken Scars by J.M. Walker – Teaser


Broken Scars I ©JM Walker
(unedited and subject to change)

Searing agony ripped through me. My muscles shredded from my bones. Flesh ripped free, tearing and separating as the abuse only worsened.
It felt like I was being torn up by an animal.
My limbs trembled. My skin became damp with sweat.
I tried forcing the evil away, but it only made them hurt me more.
Blue eyes stared back at me. They were filled with pain, pity, fear. So much damn fear.
I looked away as the screams shattered through me. As much as I did everything I could to fight off my attacker, my begging only heightened the violence laid upon my body.
“Please.” My voice, so young, so innocent. One word was all it took. One syllable was all that was needed to make the pain worsen. I wasn’t sure how that was even possible, but it was, and it happened.
“Next.”
A sob left me as the new attack was bestowed on my body. What felt like a lifetime later, the heavy weight on top of me lifted, taking all of my breath with it.
“You did well, Lucas.”
I turned my head away from the voice. Tears no longer fell down my cheeks. My body no longer hurt. I was numb. Completely and utterly numb.
My mind was broken. I was gone. Far past the point of shattered. My soul, if I even had one anymore, hid and shied away in the corners. The Devil himself would look away at this depravity.
Gentle hands roamed over my body, soothing the ache that had been permanently etched into my soul. Salve was rubbed into my skin. My cuts were bandaged. I was cleaned, fed and put back in my cage like the rest of them.
Animals. Pets. That’s what we were. All because our foster parents had an addiction. For hunger. Power. Money. Control. It was all about control. Over people smaller than them. One slap was all it took to force most to their knees. But me? No, I was bigger. It took a lot more than a slap to force me to submit. And I paid for it. I always paid for it.
I vowed from that point on that I would do whatever I could to rid the world of monsters like them.
Even if I died trying.

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#REVIEW – Hard Bargain: MMF Bisexual Ménage Romance (Best Friends to Lovers Book 8) by Kat Crimson

It’s Maya again. Yes, I’m still a sexaholic. Just ask my two boyfriends, Max and Foster.

And Foster’s band mates. You can ask them too, seeing as how I just slept with all of them. Together. Well, maybe the term ‘slept with’ is misleading. It was more of a shared girlfriend, extreme bondage situation… at an underground sex club… in front of witnesses. And I loved every dirty second of it.

So yeah, you could definitely say I’m an addict.

Instead of a twelve step program, I’m giving way into temptation and going on tour with The Infidels, my very own sexy male harem fantasy. I want to be there to witness their imminent rise to rock-stardom, while feeding my addiction.

Everything is going to be just perfect! All I need to do is keep my heart safe from Pace. No big deal…

Too bad that sexy beast has other plans. Plans that include one very hard bargain.

** This Is A Smoking Hot Reverse Harem Contemporary Romance / Reverse Harem Menage MM (and includes highly graphic scenes of an adult nature, including mm bisexual romance) If you can’t handle this type of heat, stay out of Maya’s kitchen…

Twinsie Jo’s Review

I am obsessed with this series. So I was happy to find out that book 8 was finally available. But of course, it’s left me hanging and chomping at the bit for book 9. Anyone else in love with Pace? Just me? Okay.

So Foster is getting ready to go on tour with his band but Max can’t join him and Maya. He knows Maya will be well taken care of, literally, but it’s still hard for them.

This book/series is insanely hot. If you like reverse harem type stories, then I highly recommend it.

And again, Pace! I can’t wait for book 9!

#REVIEW – Portal through the Veil by Miranda Lynn

An heir, set to rule over all of Faery, on one condition- that she marry and take a King to rule at her side. Her father is determined to see her wed to a prince of his choosing, however, Tatianna has other plans. Plans that don’t involve tying the knot. What this princess didn’t anticipate, was the unexpected guest to what was, essentially, her engagement festival.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a supernatural/paranormal type story and well, I have to tell you, I loved this one! I do wish it was a little longer but that’s only because I’m greedy.

We meet Tatianna who is destined to marry and have a King by her side because how dare a Queen rule a land without a King. The suitors her father chooses all take tests but of course, none of them interest her. Until she meets Kallan who is part of the dark Faery world. She’s drawn to him just like he is to her, much to her father’s dismay.

Love blooms and together, Tatianna and Kallan fight to bring both the light and the dark together, to finally form peace in their world.

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#COVERREVEAL – Catch (Hell’s Harlem, #3) by J.M. Walker

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Title: Catch (Hell’s Harlem, #3)
Release Date: TBA
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Blurb:

Loss. Passion. Rage. Love.

It started the moment she left me.

Submission. Wrath. Savage. Resentment.

She rejected me when I needed her most.

My walls were up. My life was lonely. My world was dark.
I opened up to her and gave her every piece of me only to have her rejection slap me in the face. I needed her. I wanted her. But hated her just the same. After years of giving myself to others, she falls back into my life when I least expected it. With so many years between us, we fell back into an easy routine. She was no longer the girl I had fallen in love with, but a woman who was running from her demons only to land in the arms of a monster…

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#REVIEW – Judge by Alexa Riley

Nora Vaughn is living on the streets and trying to keep under the radar. Luck is on her side one day when the hot stranger she’s been watching drops his keycard and she’s able to get into a safe place. What she doesn’t expect is for him to find her naked in the shower and demanding she repay what she’s stolen.

Smith Prescott is a well-known judge who has worked his entire life to build a reputation. But one look at the young woman in front of him and he’s willing to throw it all away to have her. She’s forcing his hand and his iron will to do the things he’s sworn against. But what’s the point of having all this power if he can’t use it to have her?

Warning: This is quick and dirty and dripping with filth. If you love our books Coach, Mechanic, Thief, and Kingpin, then this one will give you all the feels you’re after. Enjoy some quality time in the judge’s chambers.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

Well that was funny, dirty and hot. Oh so hot.

Nora has a skeeze for an uncle and gets placed in his care after her father dies. But he wants a little more than to just be her uncle. Nora finally escapes his ways and meets Smith after spending time at the gym he frequents.

The attraction is real, raw and powerful. He instantly finds the need to protect her and make her his.

Smith tries to hold back his need for Nora but of course, we all know that doesn’t last long.

Read this short little hottie to find out what happens when he finally lets his control down.