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#REVIEW – Secret Slave by Anna Ruston

You’re not going home. You’re not going anywhere. You’re mine now.

Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn’t escape for over a decade.

Held captive by a sadistic paedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies… each one stolen away from Anna at birth.

Her salvation arrived thirteen years too late, but despite her shattered mind and body, Anna finally managed to flee. This is her harrowing, yet uplifting, true story of survival.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

I’ve had this book on my kindle for a long time now. I saw the paperback at an airport during my travels but completely forgot I had purchased the ebook until I was looking through my list of books that I haven’t read yet.

After finishing my last book, I decided to open this one up and I have not felt this consumed by a story in…well…in forever. It has taken me on a journey, one that I’m thankful I’ve never had to experience in real life.

This book is about a girl who was kidnapped at the age of 15 and abused for 13 years. This is NOT a romance. Not in the least. It’s based on true events and guys, it hurts. It hurts so freaking much. I had to take a break after every chapter.

I’m a romance reader. I will always be a romance reader. I love my horror and darker reads as well. Dark romance is one of my favourite things to write but reading it, knowing that it actually happened to some poor little girl or that it happens every day…it was the hardest book I have read in quite a long time. Maybe ever.

If you love to read books based on true events, then I highly suggest this one. But please be warned, bad things happen. Awful, unspeakable things happen. But I think everyone needs to know this little girl’s story.

#REVIEW – Scream Queens Anthology

In our world, there’s No Escape from the Silence. You can try Breaking Glass, but once you are Suspended in Blood there’s no way out. Hopefully you have an Alibi when you run away from the Silent Screams that fill the night.

Scream Queens is a horror anthology raising money for #PutTheNailInIt, a charity focused on helping domestic violence victims. Now get ready to dive in, and Hush Little Baby, don’t say a word. Stella will read you a horror tale.

**This anthology’s proceeds will benefit #PutTheNailInIt Charity which aids in the awareness of domestic violence.***

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Well this anthology is definitely not for the faint of heart. While I was one of the contributing authors, I decided to read the rest of the stories and wow. Just wow. I gasped so many times, I lost count. I’m a huge fan of horror movies and I love horror stories just as much but these stories blew me away.

If you love horror stories, this is definitely the anthology for you! I even messaged Emery LeeAnn after finishing her story, Stella, and asked her for more. If you loved the movie, “I Spit On Your Grave”, you’ll like this little book.

These stories are gruesome and have people getting revenge in the most depraved way possible.

Enjoy and happy reading! Oh and don’t forget to turn on the lights.

#Review – Buy Me (Mistress Auctions, #1) by Alexa Riley

The Cortez men have found the one, and they’ll do anything to own her…including buying her.
Their obsession has driven them to the point of deceit, but they didn’t get to where they are today without getting their hands dirty to get what they wanted, and they’ll do anything to have her.
Stella is desperate, and selling her virginity is her only option to save the family land. The Mistress Auction is her last hope, but when she sees the two men who buy her, she’s worried her heart won’t make it through the thirty days.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

Well this story was fun! I was looking for something short and hot to read. So I went through my list of favourite authors who write the shorties and came across this one. And it’s a menage! Even better!

The Cortez men were on fire! They grew up together and end up being business partners as well but they were missing something. A woman.

Stella was desperate to make ends meet when it came to her father. Having a gambling problem led his daughter to the two men who swore to do anything and everything to have her between them. Literally.

This story is book one in the Mistress Auctions series. It’s fun, short, and spicy! Perfect for nights where you just want to curl up with a glass of wine and disappear into another world for a bit.

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#CoverReveal – With Us (Next Generation, #2) by J.M. Walker



Title: With Us  (Next Generation, #2) 
Author: J.M. Walker 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: June 29, 2020 
Cover Designer: Just Write. Creations 



Shade
She was young. Sweet. Feisty. But then there was him. We had been best friends for years. We lived together. Rode together. Shared women. Together. And it still wasn’t enough. Not for him and especially not for me.
Sunny
He was mine. I was his. She was ours. Meadow Rodriguez strutted into our lives and looked at us like we were all that mattered. While I wanted to dominate her, he wanted to submit, and she wanted both. I took control, giving her everything she needed and at the same time, grew closer with Shade. My best friend. My partner. My life. Although we were close, there was still a wedge between us. I was terrified to give him what he needed. My heart.
Meadow Sunny was intense. Shade hid. I was new. They were in love but wouldn’t admit it. Guilt resonated on Sunny’s shoulders. The weight of Shade’s feelings rested on his. And I was the glue that would bring them together. But little did I know, that I would end up falling in love. With both of them.
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J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who 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







#REVIEW – Firsts (Cape Hill #1) by C.L. Matthews

She’s forbidden.
Too young, too pure, and not mine.
I’ll break all the rules to be with her.
She belongs to me, even if she doesn’t know it yet.

He’s taboo.
Too old, too experienced, and my stepfather.
I’ll cross every line to be with him.
He’s not mine, and never will be.

It’s not about the danger of what’s forbidden,
it’s about the pleasure we get from it.

All consequences be damned.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

I’m a huge fan of the taboo, the forbidden. The whole “I want her/him but I shouldn’t”. It’s delicious and exciting.
We first meet Leia and Sy when she’s nothing more than a mere child. Thirteen to be exact. When they first meet, the tension and attraction is off the charts. It seeped through the pages and hits you right in the pit of your gut. But you know that she’s too young. He’s too old. But it doesn’t stop the attraction there. Leia becomes older. But that age difference will always be there. The attraction grows until neither of them can control their undying need for each other.
The chemistry is hot. Like insanely hot. It starts as a slow flame until the end of the book when it finally bursts into a raging inferno.
This is the first book to a series. There’s secrets, passion, drama, a triangle of sorts and more. If taboo stories are your thing, then this series is definitely for you.

#REVIEW – Breathe (Hollow Ridge, #2) by C.L. Matthews

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

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Twinsie Jo’s Review

I knew going in that this book would be brutal. But I had no idea just how much. Inhale, Exhale was rough. I wanted to bash some character’s heads in and then some. My heart hurt for Lo, Toby and yes, even Jase. But Breathe…Cassie, you upped your game with this one. While this only the second book I’ve read of hers, it definitely won’t be the last.

Breathe…man, I don’t even have any words really to describe the pain in this book. The ache, the broken characters striving for that certain thing they’re missing. I’m not an emotional reader. At all. But there’s just something about Cassie’s writing that hits home with me. There were parts of this book that I had to read quickly due to them affecting me on a personal level. I can’t gush enough about this book/series.

Toby…oh my boy. He’s so broken and tortured. After a misunderstanding, everything goes down hill from there. It’s just heartbreaking.

If you love books with an age gap, angst – so much freaking angst -, pain and love and everything else, you have to grab this series.

#NewRelease – Forbidden Anthology

Title: Forbidden: A Romance Anthology
Author names: Yolanda Olson, Abigail Davies, C.M. Radcliff, Alexandra Silva, Michelle Brown, J.M. Walker, C.L. Matthews
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2020
Cover designer is Pink Elephant Designs
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52229978-forbidden
Blurb:
Seven authors bring you seven forbidden romance stories with a twist.
Prepare for the ride of your life.
This gripping collection of angsty tales will have you turning the pages non-stop.
Get lost in this set of brand-new, never before released, deliciously ILLICIT romances where the DECEIVED are revealed.
The SIN KEEPER will be exposed and ENFORCE HER to abide by the LOVELESS rules where LOLITA is ALL WE KNOW.
Buy Links:
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#REVIEW #WOTRAUTHOR – In The Pursuit Of Charity by Alexandria Sure

He expected her to recognize him.
He expected her to be seduced by his charms.
He expected her to fall for him.
Expectations are a funny thing …

When his parents named him Herbert Lincoln James, they already had expectations that Linc would attend an ivy league university and go into politics. Linc didn’t. As captain of his swim team, he was expected to win the big relay to carry his swim team to the state championship for the first time in decades. Linc didn’t. Society expected him to walk past her. He couldn’t.

She expected him to see through her.
She expected him to make her into a joke.
She expected him to be cruel.
Expectations are a funny thing …

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Let me start by saying that reading the sweeter and less dirty books sometimes, is a nice change.

Now for my review. So…Linc is a professional swimmer. Athletic, good looking, has all the friends and gets all the girls. Oh and he comes from money too. Alexis on the other hand is none of those things. She plus-sized and closed off. Especially when Linc starts to show interest in her. I mean, after years of being talked down, made fun of and so on, who wouldn’t shut down and put up walls to protect their heart?

Man, did I ever feel for Alexis. Linc…at times I wanted to slap him but at the same time, I got it. These feelings were new for him. What I loved most about him was that he didn’t care about Alexis’s size. He could have stood up for her a little better – he even noticed that he made some mistakes in that department – with his mother who I loathe by the way and with his friends. Harrison. That boy drove me nuts and I wanted to punch him in the face. And his mother??? These people not being supportive of Linc and his feelings for Alexis, drove me crazy. Good job on that part, Alexandria!

As I was nearing the end of the book, I was on the edge of my seat. I was hoping and chomping at the bit for their happily ever after. Do they get it? I guess you’ll have to one-click to find out!

#REVIEW #WOTRAuthor – Uppercase (The F*cked Series, #1) by RK Gleason

There have been countless theories about how to survive a zombie outbreak. All of them based on impossibilities and conjecture turned into fantasies and science fiction. No one truly needed to prepare themselves, because no one believed it could ever really happen…

But now, Dave and Pam Richter are trapped in the impossible.

Forced to race against the spread of a rabid plague from a source no one suspected, and those ordered to contain and destroy it.

Playing dead has taken on a chilling new meaning.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

I’m usually a romance girl. It’s been my genre and go-to ever since I was a teen sneaking those “dirty” Harlequin romance books when my parents weren’t looking. Well sometimes, we need a break and a change from what we’re normally used to.

Besides romance books, I LOVE horror movies but I don’t usually read horror novels. I’ve read a few and have loved them but if you put a romance and a horror in front of me, I would probably always grab the romance.

Well I am glad that I gave this little story a chance!

Pam and Dave are hand’s down two of the best characters I have ever read. Their banter back and forth – they’ve been married for years – is hilarious. But while this little story is jam packed with humor, there’s also a serious side to it as well. I went into this story completely blind. I didn’t read the blurb ahead of time and I’m glad I decided to go that route!

This is book 1 to the F*cked Series and I already picked up book 2. I can’t wait to see what else happens to Pam, Dave and their kids while the world is…uh…dealing with the same unusual changes.

P.S. The texting scenes in this book had me dying. RK included the auto correct fails and it was beyond epic!

#WOTRAuthor #REVIEW – A Girlfriend For Christmas by Aly Grady

When a blizzard prevents teacher Caroline Crawley from getting home for the first Christmas after her mother’s death, a stranger makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Dr. Colin Pepper is traveling home, but without the non-existent girlfriend his family is expecting.
Can a pretend girlfriend be Colin’s true Christmas miracle?

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

This book was simply adorable and sweet. I usually go for the smutty and sexy books but I have to say that this is one of my favourite little reads.

Caroline and Colin end up meeting at an airport while they’re trying to make their way home to their families. Well insert a random guy asking a random girl to be his fake girlfriend to bring home to his parents and the rest is history.

I enjoyed every side character and they’re respective role in the story.

Colin is sweet and caring and Caroline is feisty and fits in perfectly with his family. This story was shorter but perfect.

If you want a swoon-worthy read for the holidays, pick this one up!