Category Archives: Dark Romance

#NewRelease #Mafia #DarkRomance – Indestructible, Serendipity Book #4 by Charlene Namdhari

Indestructible (Serendipity #4)

***THIS STANDALONE FORBIDDEN LOVE TRIANGLE, IS BEST ENJOYED WHEN YOU DON’T READ ANY REVIEWS OR SPOILERS BEFOREHAND. GOING IN WITH AN OPEN MIND IS BEST.***

(Book 4 features Zayne and best read after Book 2)

“Forgiveness is an art only love can paint”

My Past:
I loved once
I was abused twice
I was betrayed thrice
I faced death four times

My Present:
I survived. Now, I live by one rule: don’t fuck with a bitch if you don’t know how to play the game

My Future:
I’ll take what I want, how I want when I want and that goes for him too even if his heart belongs to another

Note: Please note that this book contains sensitive topics like rape, abuse, graphic violence. While each book is a standalone, the Serendipity series has a crossover of characters and might be enjoyable if read in order.

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Born and raised in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa and now living in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, Charlene’s days are an energetic mixture of a full time job, a wife and Mom to two beautiful teenagers. She holds a Law Degree and is an avid events manager.
Believing writing is the wings to holistic escapism, she makes the time in her busy schedule giving life to her dreams of bringing together passion filled heroes and heroines in a happily ever after

#PreOrder – Scouts: A Dark Romance Anthology

💚 SCOUTS: A Dark Romance Anthology 💚

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The troop is all grown up, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped using the badges they earned.

Follow the irresistible men of the River Scouts as they journey through the twisted path that fate has set them on.

Each River Scout has a story to tell.
A truth they can’t hide.
But will they come out unscathed?

There’s only one way to find out…

SCOUTS is a limited time forbidden romance anthology containing new stories from a collection of your favorite authors.

💚 PARTICIPATING AUTHORS
STORIES INCLUDED:
Yolanda Olson
Abigail Davies
Penelope Douglas
Natasha Preston
Jennifer Bene
Vicki James
Samantha Towle
Cole Denton
Ally Vance
J. M. Walker
Emery LeeAnn
Measha Stone
Kamisa Cole
Claire C. Riley
Ember Michaels
Ellie Meadows
Shane Starrett
Andi Jaxon

#WOTR21 #BlogTour – Vow to Protect by Monica Corwin and JL Beck

Monica is an attending author.

Vow to Protect

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.
Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality I have to uphold.

To be gentle or kind is a weakness I cannot afford.

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.

She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.

Since my father’s death I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name and this woman has piqued my interest.

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

That is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.

**This is a dark forced marriage mafia romance, that ends on a cliffhanger. It contains dub-con/non-con as well as other scenes that may be triggering to some readers.**

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

First up, for all you cliffhanger haters…this is a cliffhanger so suck it up buttercup and read it!

If you didn’t read the prologue, no worries, its in this novel as well.  We meet Adrian and Valentina.  They are attracted to each other, but they are in different mafia families.  Val’s family hates Adrian’s family.  Val is in a bad situation being engaged to a monster who feels that fists are for women and not hugs…catch my drift??  So Val makes Adrian an offer he can’t refuse…. keep Val for life to be is wife and kill her douche fiancée who she is not even close to in love with.

Adrian and Val must deal with a lot since Sal left Val with a few parting bruises and another terrible trauma to deal with.  Adrian is trying to burn the world down to find her ex ALONG WITH her father.

The two slowly learn each other’s tells and bodies *Snickers* while learning to lean on each other.  They are slowly falling in love, but each is worried about what will happen IF the council takes her away.  IF the council nullifies their marriage.  IF Val leaves him once the deal is done. IF he will toss her out and not want her anymore once the deal is done.  They talk but sometimes talk AROUND their fears.

There is a lot of violence, twists, backstabbing and worries to keep this couple on their toes.  We are dying to see Adrian get some revenge for Val.  We are also hoping to see this love blooming between Adrian and Val become more open and then………………BOMB DROP and holy moly was I left with my mouth open at the end.     I mean we see it coming but yeah….its still a hard one to swallow.  I cant wait for more!!!

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.

Heyya! Author JL Beck! Do you love my books? Please check out the links below to keep up to date with all things J.L. Beck. If you have any questions please feel free to send an email.

#NewRelease #Review #Cliffhanger- A Vow to Protect: A Dark Mafia Arranged Marriage Romance by JL Beck & Monica Corwin

Monica is an attending author.

Vow to Protect

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.
Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality I have to uphold.

To be gentle or kind is a weakness I cannot afford.

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.

She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.

Since my father’s death I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name and this woman has piqued my interest.

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

That is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.

**This is a dark forced marriage mafia romance, that ends on a cliffhanger. It contains dub-con/non-con as well as other scenes that may be triggering to some readers.**

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

First up, for all you cliffhanger haters…this is a cliffhanger so suck it up buttercup and read it!

If you didn’t read the prologue, no worries, its in this novel as well.  We meet Adrian and Valentina.  They are attracted to each other, but they are in different mafia families.  Val’s family hates Adrian’s family.  Val is in a bad situation being engaged to a monster who feels that fists are for women and not hugs…catch my drift??  So Val makes Adrian an offer he can’t refuse…. keep Val for life to be is wife and kill her douche fiancée who she is not even close to in love with.

Adrian and Val must deal with a lot since Sal left Val with a few parting bruises and another terrible trauma to deal with.  Adrian is trying to burn the world down to find her ex ALONG WITH her father.

The two slowly learn each other’s tells and bodies *Snickers* while learning to lean on each other.  They are slowly falling in love, but each is worried about what will happen IF the council takes her away.  IF the council nullifies their marriage.  IF Val leaves him once the deal is done. IF he will toss her out and not want her anymore once the deal is done.  They talk but sometimes talk AROUND their fears.

There is a lot of violence, twists, backstabbing and worries to keep this couple on their toes.  We are dying to see Adrian get some revenge for Val.  We are also hoping to see this love blooming between Adrian and Val become more open and then………………BOMB DROP and holy moly was I left with my mouth open at the end.     I mean we see it coming but yeah….its still a hard one to swallow.  I cant wait for more!!!

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.

Heyya! Author JL Beck! Do you love my books? Please check out the links below to keep up to date with all things J.L. Beck. If you have any questions please feel free to send an email.

#WOTR21 #Prequal #DarkRomance #free #antihero- At First Sight by Monica Corwin and JL Beck

Monica Corwin is an attending author

At First Sight

It was obsession at first sight.
The moment I saw her I knew I had to make her mine.
Turns out she needed me more than I needed her.

**This is a short prequel to the book Vow To Protect and is not a standalone.**

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

After reading this short story, I am ready to dive right into this novel.  Valentina is engaged to her awful dad’s douchey business partner who believe hands are for hitting.  While she is scared of him and her dad, she leans on her bestie/cousin Rose for help.  While at a business dealing, she sees Aiden.  Both seem to be transfixed by the other when they learn who the other is.  She is told he is the monster to fear, and he drawn to her innocents.

The story flies and gives us a brief introduction to each character.  We soon see at the end how they come to be together.

Heyya! Author JL Beck! Do you love my books? Please check out the links below to keep up to date with all things J.L. Beck. If you have any questions please feel free to send an email.

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.

#WOTR21 #DualCoverReveal #Dark #Mafia #Duet #DarkDuet #ArrangedMarriage – A Vow to Protect by JL Beck & Monica Corwin

Monica Corwin is an attending author.

Monica Corwin and JL Beck teamed up and wrote an epic dark mafia romance duet together!!! Vow to Protect, book 1 in the Doubeck Crime Family Duet, a Dark Mafia Forced Marriage Romance releases on August 13th!!!   You can download your FREE PREQUEL copy here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/lwgu2hguln

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VOW TO PROTECT #1 Release Date: August 13th

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.

Nothing can calm the ever-raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of my family there is a certain standard of brutality I have to uphold.

To be gentle or kind is a weakness I cannot afford.

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.

She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.

Since my father’s death I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name and this woman has piqued my interest.

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

That is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.

*This is a dark forced marriage mafia romance, that ends on a cliffhanger. It contains dub-con/non-con as well as other scenes that may be triggering to some readers.*

PROMISE TO KEEP #2 Release Date: September 2021

I made a promise, a vow, and while Valentine might be able to run, she can never hide from the monster she married. Till death do us part…and I intend to keep that promise.

About JL Beck: J.L. Beck loves good books, wine, and coffee. She’s a lover of words and when she isn’t writing you can find her working on her newest book baby. She started her publishing journey back in 2014 and hasn’t stopped writing since. Living in Wisconsin with her husband, two kiddos, and dogs she wouldn’t trade them for anything. Well, maybe…  Connect with JL Beck:

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About the Monica Corwin: 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.   You can reach Monica by emailing her at monica@monicacorwin.com or monicacorwin@outlook.com

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#REVIEW – Here Loves a Sociopath: A Dark Bully Academy Romance (Here Lies Book 3) by C.L. Matthews

Here Lives a Corpse is book one of a five-book series. You do have to read all to understand. Each one ends on a cliffhanger.

Here Lives a Corpse – Oct 13th
Here Lies a Saint – Dec 8th
Here Loves a Sociopath – April 1st
Here Prays a Sinner – June 1st
Here Saves a Killer – July 20th

We all have demons, some of us know how to befriend them rather than defy them.
They always speak of me… whispers of a devil with a charming smile.
But they don’t know me, what truly lies beneath.
I’m a monster with the face of a boy, married to the darkness, harvested by the past, and saved by none.
My intentions aren’t clear, but the murky water my hopes died in is.
I’ll save her since no one else can.
She’ll hate the process.
They’ll run for their salvation.
The Vestige won’t take any prisoners.
Taking away her choices wasn’t intentional, tying her hands wasn’t permanent, but stealing every part of her that matters was always my goal.
In the end, I’ll demolish the meek castle they’ve built, proving that the fixer will always outwin the weak.
Screw princes and kingdoms.
The devil always played harder and smarter.
She’s mine, they’ve only forgotten their place.

Have you ever become so enthralled with a series and a group of characters, that you just feel like you know them and they’re your best friends and you just want to keep them safe from harm? Well that’s me with the characters in this series. While they are teenagers and I could be old enough to be their mother if I had them young enough, I just want to tuck them into my arms and hide them from all the crap they have to deal with. Like seriously.

When Cassie told me she was writing a reverse harem type series but with her own twist and spin on things, I was like okay. I don’t read a lot of RH books anyway but I knew that what she would write, would be beyond epic. And dudes, can we talk about mind being blown? I’m always in awe of Cassie’s writing. She grows with each book and this series, the way she paints the images in your head with her words, is something I strive for as an author myself. The details, although simple but smart and unique, leave you being able to see the scene likes you’re watching it play out on screen in front of you. I’m simply in awe right now.

I knew that by the time I was done book one that Bridger would be my favourite and I couldn’t wait for his story. So when Cassie said that his book was number three, I was beyond excited to read it and she didn’t disappoint.

You do have to read these books in order to get the full feel of the story as there are so many layers to each character that get slowly peeled away like layers of an onion as we get deeper and deeper into the story. I can’t wait for this series to be done and to read these books back to back.

While we learn more about each character in this book, we are of course left with more questions but I trust Cassie to give us all of the answers when her and her characters are ready. There are so many twists and turns and I can’t wait for the next book!

Oh and that certain scene with the 5 of them…wow. Just wow. I won’t go into details but trust me, you all need to read this series. This is hands down my favourite series of Cassie’s and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

#WOTR21 #Dark #KU #ThrowbackReview – Convict Blood by Vivian Ward

Convict Blood

I’m forced to choose between life and death in two hells that I can’t escape.

Facing a prison sentence on a mysterious, unknown island with my infant daughter, I try to lay low and fly under the radar during my term, but Officer Matthew Kent has his sights locked in on me from the moment we have our first encounter. I find myself trapped in his private lair where my worst nightmare begins.

Handsome, obsessed, and haunted by his past, he’ll never let me go. Confined with my captor, love is no longer a choice because without him, I might not live long enough to make it out of here alive. My only instinct is to survive. There’s just one problem with our forbidden relationship: people are watching––and talking about it. Someone will die. Someone must die. But who will it be first?

Read this dark prison romance novel to find out who will make it out alive.


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

Ok fraaaannz!!  I am a dark reader but I am a scaredy cat dark reader…meaning…if its super dark I hide and cry.  If its super dark, I freak outta my mind.  Ok so now you know what kinda whimp reader I am.  Lemme say, THIS BOOK I was totally rooting for the couple and not at all sad about what was happening.  LOL

Vic and Henry are totally in a bad spot and get caught stealing.  Now this is way way way back when Australia would send entire families to the jail if the parents were caught.  So Vic and Henry along with baby Lizzy are facing this jail time. (You get the prequal for the story here https://www.authorvivianward.com/ )

The couple are bound and determined to last the 9 month journey and if they get separated, they will keep their heads down and noses clean.  Well that is a great plan IN THEORY, but Vic soon becomes the eye of Marine Officer Kent’s eye.

Matthew Kent is not a great guy….initially.  Yeah, he is forcing himself on Vic but soon they two do form a bond.  Now I know people will scream STOCKHOLM SYNDROM, but I don’t think so.  I think they really and truly grow to love each other.  Matthew has cared for Lizzy and Vic while also looking for her husband but coming up short.

They two must overcome a lot while on the journey to the prison’s new camp.  They wonder if they can make it ago and what will happen once they do arrive at the island.  Right when we think we know what will happen, Vivian throws a giant couple of twists and turns and I was like DAYUM GIRL!!  Why you gotta do me like this!!! LOL

Once they boat makes way to the mainland Vic has a lot of new things to navigate and new worries besides what she has been worrying about the entire journey.  I legit cannot even begin to discuss what happens on the island because HELLO SPOILERS are not my jam.  But if you like darker books and storied with crazy twists and turns with yummy anti-heros and sweet heros, then this is a book for you.

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.

#WOTR21 #Review – Professional Liar (Twisted Shakespeare Book 1) by Monica Corwin

Professional Liar (Twisted Shakespeare Book 1)

My sister Bianca and I have two rules governing the dispensation of our trust funds.

One. I get married first.
Two. She gets married second.

Neither of us will see a penny until we are both “properly cared for.” My father had a terrible sense of humor.

I turn to the only man who can help me. Even when the last time I saw him he said he hated me. Even when I love him as much as I loathe him. Even when he’s all wrong.

Liar. Thief. Killer.

Those are just a few words whispered about him in back alleys. To me he’s Pierce, to everyone else, he’s Pierson St. James, local mobster and second in charge of the infamous Wild Dogs.

He may be disreputable, but desperation calls for extreme measures. A long time ago, he promised to marry me. Now I’m going to hold him to that promise.

And we are both going to regret it.

This isn’t your high school Shakespeare…and you’ve never read The Taming of the Shrew like this.

This is a standalone romance with alpha heroes, alpha heroines, and a whole lot of foul language.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

This is a quick read that is twisted in all the right places. The first thing that caught my eye with this is the book cover. Immediately I needed to see what this was about. On a whim I picked up Professional Liar. The characters are in the mafia and Kat is known as ‘The Shrew’. Her father was head of the five families and has passed away leaving this title to Kat. Her father has weaved an intricate web for Kat and her sister, Bianca, to receive their inheritance. Kat does what she knows best and goes about trying to manipulate Pierce into marrying her. The only thing is, they have several problems to overcome. Pierce truly loves Kat and doesn’t want his heart broken again. They also have quite the group of haters as Kat is Italian and Pierce is Irish which makes many people kill happy. While there is a web of lies and deceit ,there is also quite a bit of sassy snark with some very hawt scenes. These two truly are meant to be but both have experienced so much craziness and heartbreak because of their families and past that it is very hard to overcome. Watching the craziness unfold and the insanity that ensues made this an absolute page turner. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

Monica Corwin

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.

You can find her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/monicacorwin, on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/monica_corwin, on the web at: http://www.monicacorwin.com. Monica Corwin is also on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rosetyper9 and Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/monic…

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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