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#Review – Bully King by Andi Jaxon

I’m the pastor’s son.
He’s the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school.
While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life.
He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim.
This perverse game we play could end us both.
How can something that feels so right be so wrong?
The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can’t stop.
Neither can he.
No one can know.
Can I risk it?
Is Roman King worth dying for?

*This story is a bully romance including dubious consent, assault, talk of suicide and is intended for readers 18+. Please proceed with caution.*

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Oh my gosh. Where do I even begin?????? So I’ve known Andi Jaxon for awhile now. She started out as a client (I do designing on the side) and then we became friends AND to top it off, she reads my stuff too!! I’m also an author but I consider her a friend first and foremost! Anyway. So she had me read a novella about Roman and Jonah and I was like, sure! It was short, I had time, so I figured, why not right?? I read it, loved it but needed more. Which usually happens after reading a novella. Am I right? I knew Bully King was about Roman and Jonah and of course I had pre-ordered it. So when Andi offered me an ARC, I was himming and hawing because I wasn’t sure if I would get it read in time for release day. According to Goodreads, I read it in 4 days, which hasn’t happened to me in quite awhile. I’m a super slow reader but GAH, this book!

First, if you love MM (male/male) books, you absolutely HAVE to pre-order this now or one-click this on release day!

This book borders on dark. It deals with some sensitive subjects but it was so well written, it’s easy to see through the darkness to find the light.

Both Roman and Jonah spoke to me.

While Roman had a difficult life at home, Jonah’s home life wasn’t easy either. Being a gay kid with a preacher of a father, especially with where they live, made it even more difficult.

Jonah: Oh my gosh, this sweet sweet boy. His fear over what his father would think if he found out his son is gay. His fear over what the town would think. His fear is real. It’s there. It’s raw.

Roman: This boy stressed me out something fierce. He was mean but nice. Cold but warm. He needed Jonah but pushed him away. His pain was in your face and you saw it even though he hid it.

I absolutely loved Mary! And the rest of the side characters!

Jonah and Roman together was insane. They were passionate and aggressive.

There were parts of this story that even I had a hard time reading and had to put my tablet down for a breath or two. There was also a chapter where I held my breath through it all. A book has not caused these sort of feelings to stir in me in such a long time.

10 stars, Andi! 10 freaking huge bright shiny stars! I am so proud of you! Now give me more words. xx

#WOTR21 #Dark – Love in the Dark Series book 1 & 2 by Chelsea Camaron

Stay (Love in the Dark Book 1)
Seeking Solace: Angelina's Restoration (Love in the Dark Book 2)
Stay –
Fair Warning … This isn’t a sappy romance. It’s not sweet. It’s far from anything you would want to imagine. This is a story to leave you feeling dirty.
 
Nothing about us is normal.
Nothing about us is natural.
 
Can love ultimately be defined in such ways, truly? This is our story.
 
He is a hitman. The very one who took my family the night that changed us both forever. Something in my eyes stopped him from killing me. Something in my eyes called out for him to take me.
 
At ten he captured me, at fifteen he consumed me, and at eighteen he owned me.
 
Outsiders think he’s my father … that is so far from the truth.
 
Our twisted desires fuel the darkness that lies deep inside us both. My innocence never existed. He takes me as I am.
Seeking Solace –
The fork in the road in front of me screamed go right …

Giano gave me life.
I gave him death.

The path to peace inside of me was covered in his blood.

Could I ever believe in love again?

Instead of going right, though, I veered left into the depths of a world unknown.

*This is a romantic thriller and is best read after Stay (Love in the Dark 1). Due to triggers and graphic violence, it is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.*

Series order:
Stay
Seeking Solace
Reclaiming Me – coming soon

Stay Review by Angie –

It is dirty, wrong and yet sooo perfect!!!

The ending will gut you so be ready!!

I am pretty sure I shouty caps emailed Chelsea about this book!!! ANNND more then once!!!
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*wipes the tears* WHHHHHHHHHHHHHY!! I mean WHHHHHHHHHHHHHY did you do this to me Chelsea Babe!!! OMG This is a whole new level of writing for Chelsea. I love her Hellions, Smoker Jumpers and bar guys but Giano is a whole lotta perfect wrong????

This book jumps right outta the gate into wrong wrong wrong territory!!

Fallyn is enduring what she does nightly when all of a sudden a man appears and saves her. The why of it doesn’t become clear until much much much later.
Fallyn is so confused. Why is she here and who this man who is caring for her. When she starts a conversation with the stranger, she is soon told what she is expected to do. She is expected to live. She is expected to thrive and she is expected to not take life for granted. We learn that she can’t be Fallyn but will now be Angelina AKA Angel to our stranger AKA Giano. The two form a strange bond. He is wanting to help her and she is wanting to have a real life. They begin to navigate life when she finds out who Angelina really is. The bond that they share is unique. They become a strange “family” unit. Dad and child but always knowing that is far from the truth.

Fallyn has to learn to navigate life as Angel. She begins to have a life but in high school Giano’s “work” catches up to him and causes some trouble for Angel. This then makes Angel wonder about her REAL family. Where are they? Are the dead? Are they alive?

As time goes on we see some sparks between Giano and Angel. She is growing more and more attached to this savior and he is more and more attached to his Angel…..the then girl now woman who saved him. The two have a very twisted and gritty life but after 8 years together something happen and the relationship is now shifted and forever changed…….

For me BOTH Epilogues helped my heart. I love the need Fallyn has but I understand the emotion that Angel expresses…….I Kinda liked Fallyn a little it more buuut that was my black heart at work there!!

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Seeking Solace Review –

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

I was a HUGE fan of Stay. If you haven’t read it, you need to stop and read that story first. You have to read it in order to understand what is going on in the series.

This book takes placed right after *sniff* Giano’s death. I am still so sad about that yet Chelsea still says it had to happen….sigh…anyway, Angelina is a mess. She is guilt and hurt and sad and lonely and just A MESS!! She misses Giano with everything she is. She has Uncle ZoZo there to help her pick up the pieces but its just not enough.

After his death, she packs up and goes to college to try and move on with her life. She meets and falls in love with Shawn who also has ties to “The Families.” No matter, we see her thriving and mostly learning to love and trust……However, Angelina soon learns that the “PAST” Giano tried to shelter her from is not gone. Her past is going to come back to haunt her and her new love.

I am so excited to see the final installment. Fallyn returns to kick some ass. Angelina is the sweet face to our girl but when Fallyn comes out to play, ya’ll better be ready. She is not happy and she is going to be leaving a trail of blood in her wake!!!

USA Today Bestselling author Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.

#WOTR21 #AudioBooks #DarkRomance #KU #Trilogy – Bought (The Owned Series Book 1) by Derek Masters

Bought (The Owned Series Book 1)

Hannah
There are no good men, only bad ones. The men from my past have proven this time and time again. I have no reason to think this one will be any different. One minute, I’m having dinner with my father and the next, I’m locked in a dark room waiting to be sold to the highest bidder. I can only imagine what kind of hell my life is about to become.

Reed
I am what I am. A sadist with a soul as dark as night. I’ve accepted this long ago. I wasn’t always like this. A man can only see so much evil until it changes him, haunts him, and clouds the way he views the world. I swore to never let anyone get close to me, but there’s something about Hannah. She intrigued me. I wanted her. I needed to know what lies beyond that broken spirit. I had to have her…so I bought her.

Bought is book number 1 in The Owned Series. It does end on a light cliffhanger but I promise it is SO worth it! As a special thank you, I’m including bonus content that will only be available during launch week! Enjoy!

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Derek Masters grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and now lives in the immediate Kansas City, Missouri area.

When he’s not writing, you can typically find him working out in the gym, watching the game at one of his favorite sports bars, or hanging out at the park with his dog, Bully.

#WOTR20 – #Review – Abducted by KI Lynn

Abducted

Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection!

The mafia never lets you go.
I thought I was safe, free, but I never expected to find myself locked in a cage.
I’m in his territory. His prison.
The beast.
A fate worse than death awaits me if I can’t get away, so when the opportunity of salvation presents itself I grab it, even if I’m unsure if I can trust the hand I’m holding.
The only way out is through, exposing secrets and spilling blood.
Things aren’t how they appear. Nobody is what they seem.
Not even me.


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Oh, how I wish I could give this 6 stars! I have to be honest, I read this book without reading the blurb while only knowing it was a fairy tale retelling dealing with the mafia. Even if you read the blurb it will do nothing to prepare you for this insane ride. Ella’s life has been turned upside down and she is doing what she can to survive in a world full of monsters in the form of men. She is kidnapped and tortured. There was actually a point during the torture that I was going to put the book down. I felt like I knew what was going to happen, she was going to have Stockholm syndrome and then she was going to fall even further down the victim drain. I almost couldn’t take it. THEN…the unthinkable happens, and not from the person you would think. And BAM! My perception changes in an instant! I could not put this book down! All of sudden we are running, secrets are coming out left and right and the tension is intense! Can you be a monster and a savior? Can you truly change what you really are? Can you truly feel alive and feel like you are actually living if you are constantly on the run? Just like in Beauty and the Beast, love will conquer all, but dayum if this story didn’t make me feel all sorts of twisted up emotions and crazy feelings. I highly recommend this book… and when you start reading it, don’t stop til the very end. You won’t regret it. Bravo for an amazing story!

K.I. Lynn

K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology, Amazon Bestseller Becoming Mrs. Lockwood, and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.

Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.

#NewRelease #Dark #SinisterFairyTales #FairyTales – Starlet by Cora Kenborn

Starlet

Releasing as part of the Sinister Fairy Tales Collection!

They call me America’s Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime.

I’m not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.

But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine.
I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.

They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.

Please be aware this book contains dark themes and sensitive subject matter that are essential to the storyline but may bother some readers.


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Cora Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes everything from dark and twisted mafia romances to laugh-out-loud romcoms. Known for her damaged bad boys and feisty heroines, Cora promises her readers a happily ever after, although she’ll take them on an emotional roller coaster before handing it over.

Cora can always be found at her desk with a bag of gummy bears because she has the eating habits of a toddler and a cup of coffee because adulting is hard. Since the domestic Southern Belle gene apparently skips a generation, she spends most of her free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.

Oh, and autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.

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#WOTR20 #CoverReveal #Dark #BDSM #Master #Slave – Masquerade by Derek Masters

 

I’m dead to the world, except for HIM.

Looking for a big break in my journalism career, I thought I found it when I met Brandon Thomas, a seedy accountant who works for every crooked politician, plus the cartel.

The minute he caught me stealing computer files with the cartel by his side, the jig was up. The cartel wanted me dead.

Brandon wanted me dead, but then he had a better idea – one that wouldn’t end my life but change it forever. I would be granted the opportunity to live – but only as his slave.

Now I’m only his toy. An inanimate object to torture and play with when he feels like doing so. But what’s worst than being his toy? His plaything? Liking it.

And just as things between us begins to progress, the game changes and we learn that the cartel is coming to kill both of us.

Read this dark billionaire romantic suspense to find out who makes it out alive.




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Derek Masters grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and now lives in the immediate Kansas City, Missouri area.

When he’s not writing, you can typically find him working out in the gym, watching the game at one of his favorite sports bars, or hanging out at the park with his dog, Bully.

 

 

#NewRelease #DarkFairyTales – Zhànshì Series: Sinister Fairytales Collection Author: Anna Edwards

Title: Zhànshì
Series: Sinister Fairytales Collection
Author: Anna Edwards
Genre: Dark Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: May 26, 2020

Lia has known she was different since the age of five when her father taught her the skills of her ancestors. His stories of heroic exploits have fueled her fantasies for years. Little did she know that her expertise would be called upon when two cities, two triads, go to war. Will it be a step too far to think she can hide who she really is?
Jaxon has known his career path since he was a little boy when his father promised his only son to the leader of the Yu Shi triad. Jaxon doesn’t mind—it allows him to center his chaotic thoughts and fight his opponents to the death. But when he’s partnered with a mysterious new recruit, he begins to question everything he knows. What is the young boy hiding from him?
Zhanzhi is a modern day retelling of the tale of Mulan for the Sinister Fairytales Collection. Warrior Lia must find her inner strength to defeat a deadly enemy, who’s been left bitter by his quest for absolute power, while at the same time falling in love when she least expects it. Nothing will be as it seems in this dark triad world where a moment’s hesitation can be your downfall.
All I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.
I’m an avid reader who turned to writing to combat my depression and anxiety. I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality.
I like my heroes hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, my heroines demure but with spunk, and my books full of dramatic suspense.
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#WOTR20 #NewRelease – Winter’s Arrow, Sinister Fairy Tales Collection by Lexi C. Foss

Title: Winter’s Arrow
Collection: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Lexi C. Foss
Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retrelling
Release Date: May 14, 2020
True love is a myth.
A trick.
A way to subdue the heroine and take everything from her.
Winter Snow
My “true love” conspired with my stepmother to have me killed and stole my throne.
But they failed.
I’ve been in hiding and refining my vengeance. I’m no longer the damsel they mistook me for once upon a time. I’m coming for them. And my kingdom, too.
Who needs dwarves when you have wolves?
Who needs blades when you have arrows?
My name used to be Snow. Now they call me the Winter’s Arrow. Because I’m here to destroy them all.
Kazek Flor
I’m not a prince but an Alpha. And I take what I want, when I want it. So when I found an Omega princess dying in the woods, I took her and made her mine.
I’ll train her. Embolden her. Help her seek the vengeance she is owed. Then, together, we’ll take down Winter Sector and the wicked Queen of Mirrors.
Run fast, little wolves.
Your former princess is about to rise with me by her side.
And we’re thirsting for your blood.

“Help,” I begged. “Need… help.” Kazek frowned at me. “You’re going into estrus, Snow. I’m planning to help you.” I shook my head, a whine catching in my throat. He didn’t understand. “No knot.” I couldn’t accept it. This had to be part of Vanessa’s plan, to make an Alpha think he could fuck me fully. She’d planned to entice Enrique with this spell, to force him to knot me. That was what she’d meant by having methods to induce the sensations. She’d cast some wicked enchantment that convinced Alphas I could handle them in a rut. Tears collected in my eyes. I’d escaped her clutches, only to fall into the hands of someone so much worse—an Alpha driven by need. She’d won. After all that… she’d still won. I crumpled against him, sobbing beneath the crushing emotions of betrayal and defeat. And worse, arousal. Because I wanted him.

USA Today Bestselling Author Lexi C. Foss loves to play in dark worlds, especially the ones that bite. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children. When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list, or chasing eclipses around the globe. She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim.
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#WOTR20 Attending Author @JMWalker #Horror – Scream Queens: A Horror Anthology for Put The Nail In It

💀 Scream Queens: A Horror Anthology for Put The Nail In It💀
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About: Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

Scream Queens: A Horror Anthology for Put The Nail In It

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.


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Holy Mother….I cant even begin to discuss this story with you until I say BE READY!!

This story is about 2 girls who find themselves in a bad situation.  They are kidnapped and will be sold over and over and over.  Seems like bad luck until their circumstance change.  Yo.  It’s a crazy game changer that happens!!

Seriously, I don’t even know what to say in this review because I don’t want to give any of the twists away but DAYUM I was kicked off my arse.  I knew JM WAS twisted and yet I had no clue she was THIS twisted!!

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

#WOTR20 #NewRelease – Dolly by Measha Stone

DOLLY

He’s promised me sunlight.

Hope for a better future.

Freedom from this horror.

A life that doesn’t end in a dark cellar.

But, we’re trapped together.

Forced to live for the worst kind of people.

Desperate to survive for each other.

I crave his touch with every breath I take.

My heart aches for him.

He’s my hope for survival.

The man I want a future with.

I can have it all again, if only I trust him.

Even if that’s the only thing I can’t do.

Note from the publisher: Dolly is a psychological thriller with a dark love story. It is completely stand alone and does not have a cliffhanger. Enjoy!


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Measha Stone

USA Today Bestselling Author Measha Stone is a lover of all things erotic and fun who writes kinky romantic suspense and dark romance novels. She won the 2018 Golden Flogger award in two categories, Best Advanced BDSM and Best Anthology. She’s hit #1 on Amazon in multiple categories in the U.S. and the U.K. When she’s not typing away on her computer, she can be found nestled up with a cup of tea and her kindle.