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#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.

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#wotr #attendingauthor #seriessstarter Appointed by Fate (The Mobsters Files 1) by Skye McNeil

One of Iowa’s most prominent criminal attorneys, Joci Dorous is ruthless and devoid of emotion in the courtroom. It’s what makes her the best. Her most recent client allegedly committed murder and, despite a rocky start, Joci is determined to win Cameron Shearer’s case.

Since this is her first homicide, she has the support of a second-chair attorney—her ex who wants her back. To make things more complicated, her hunky cop of a booty call, Cameron’s arresting officer, isn’t quite ready to let her go either. Who knew being surrounded by three hot guys could be so deliciously exhausting?

As the mystery of the case unravels, she soon discovers the true reason behind Cameron’s impromptu visit to Iowa. It’s this knowledge that endangers all those she holds dear. Caught up in confusion, chaos, and criminal law, how will her heart survive the final verdict?

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Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

Wow wow wow, this book left me on my toes. Joci has her amazing career as a lawyer and quite the reputation of never losing. Well she also has herself a triangle of sexy men all wanting her attention. First is the hawt as hell Quinn who is a police officer, then is her ex husband and sometimes partner in crime on a case Adrian, finally is her childhood crush turned ex criminal Cameron all wanting her but only one has her wanting him more then just a fling between the sheets. Cameron is up for murder and she and Adrian have to try and prove he was set up, but with the mob involved it easier said then done. This is roller coaster of a story that will have you hanging on til the very in with so many twist and turn you will never see coming.

Award-winning author Skye McNeil began writing at the age of seventeen and has been lost in a love affair ever since. During the day, she moonlights as a paralegal at a law firm favoring criminal law.

Skye enjoys writing contemporary and suspense romance novels that leave readers craving more and falling in love over and over. She writes contemporary and historical novels ranging from sweet and sassy to steamy and sultry.

Her constant writing companions two cuddly Australian Shepherds, a purring cat, and her daughter. When she’s not writing, Skye enjoys spending time with family, photography, volleyball, traveling, and curling up with a cup of coffee and reading.

#WOTR21 #Mafia #RH #ReleaseDay – Dirty Crown by Mary Martel

Dirty Crown by [Mary  Martel]

I always held hope that the day I left the compound would be the day I found freedom.

I was wrong.

My future had never really belonged to me. My father laid claim to it the day I was born, and I had been a stupid, naïve girl to wish for anything different.

As the heir to my father’s immense empire, my crown sits heavily on my head as I navigate my way through dealings with the criminal world while trying to stay alive.

Unfortunately for me, my crown and my hands are forced to get dirty along the way. Thankfully, I’m not expected to do it alone. Roarke, my deadly bodyguard who’s been by my side since I was six, is my shadow and always will be. I also now have Alessio, the cold, tattooed hottie, Roman, who conceals everything with fakeness that comes far too easily for him, and the alluring but sweet brothers, Tito and Enzo.

When bullets start flying, and people begin dying, my five guys not only stand behind me as the queen of their empire, but they also prove they have every right to be there by getting their hands just as dirty as my own.

Dirty Crown is a full-length, standalone reverse harem novel. This book is recommended for readers 18+. It contains sexual situations, swearing, violence, and some dark themes. It also contains MM as well as MFM.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I was given this book for an honest review by the author.

I am a Mary whore.  I will read all she writes because they are dark, gritty, bloody, sexy as fuck, hilarious, and wrong all at the damn same time.  I think I need therapy, but her books are all I every want in life.  The crazier the character, the more I love them.  The more broken the male, the more I need to have them in my stash of book boyfriends.  This group of men do not disappoint…broke, alpha, arrogant, and sexy as hell men dominate Vallie’s life.

Valentina has had a life of squalor with her bodyguard Roarke to protect her in this compound.  Her father is THE Mafia boss, and he loves her so much he treats her terrible.  One day she is sprung from her hell to be thrust into a new roll…his puppet with his picked “husbands” for her.  Yes, plural husbands.  She is not willing to play his puppet, but she goes along with it until she and Roarke can figure it all out.  When absolute chaos ensues, she becomes the head of THE FAMILY with her men.  Friends, there is a grenade scene that absolutely cracked me up…..I mean I had mad Boss Bitch Vibes all day long for Vallie.

I loved all of her men.  Roarke is delicious as her boytoy/bodyguard/lover.  Enzo is the sweet one who is just as deadly who enjoys time with Roarke as well as Vallie.  Roman with his crazy laughter and boy next door charm who is also scary as hell. Alessio who rules the house and the guards with brute force only we could love. Tito is a bit of mess who needs to figure stuff out but his love for Vallie is never ever to be questioned.  But I did wanna nut punch him a time or two.  However, If I could also see a Hawk enter this harem, it would be day made but I don’t think the MC President would be willing to share with the guys…darn.  I guess just being her bestie will have to do.

This book has so much going on and I loved all the violence and grit, but all the sexy time was just as delicious!!!  If you’re a Mary fan this will make your list for sure!!!

Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

I absolutely loved this story so much so that I really want more or this family. The guys are amazing and I fell in love with Valentina from the start.

Valentina’s father took her after her mother died and held her in a compound. She only had contact with her bodyguard, Roarke. You see Valentina’s dad is a mafia boss and he is setting things up for her to take over one day. He even goes as far as setting her up with some husbands. What daddy dearest didn’t plan on was thing going not to his plan and his little girl has to take over as Mafia Boss sooner than he anticipated.

Valentina may have grown up in isolation but she is not one to mess with. Especially if someone threatens her family. Although she has fear she does not show it.  I mean really anyone that is not afraid to carry a grenade and will use it is amazing in my book. Here is a little fact about our girl you do not touch her if she doesn’t want you to because you never know what sort of weapon, she has hidden on her.

I so loved these guys.  They are all so different by all so right for Valentina. Roarke was the oldest but OH so yummy. He knows her the best being how he has been her body guard most of her life. Enzo caught the eye of not only Valentina but Roarke too. Tito is Enzo’s brother I’m not sure of him but he sure loves Valentina. OH wow, then we have Alessio talk about ruling with a strong hand and man does he do that especially with the guards. You cannot forget about Roman so loving toward Valentina but don’t under estimate him. There is one more we need to talk about how about Hawk the MC Prez and Valentina’s new BFF.

What a great book I’m only sad this is a stand-alone. I want to know so much more about this family. The guys were hot and Valentina was amazing.  I even enjoyed Hawk. I loved all the guys and Valentina so much. They all have each other’s back and all love Valentina so much.

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.

#WOTR21 #Audiobooks #Review #Mafia – Rules of Protection (Tangled in Texas #1) by Alison Bliss

Rules of Protection (Tangled in Texas, #1)

It’s rule breaker Emily Foster’s birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she’s entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake’s as hot as he is infuriating, and she can’t help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake’s determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.

Each book in the Tangled in Texas series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Rules of Protection
Book #2 Playing With Fire
Book #3 Laws of Attraction

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

Two author friends, who go by the name Elizabeth Hayley, tagged me on Facebook about possibly reading their friends new book. Hey, I love those ladies and their books crack me up so if THEY are in love with someone then I will love them too, Right?? I reached out to the author and asked for an advanced copy. OMG am I glad I did. I was laughing soooo hard at some many different lines in the book. I was even texting my friend/blogger/bestie Melinda with lines saying “you have gotta read this book”……

So this story begins with our main character at the bar with her besties Gina and Dale celebrating her birthday. She sees a hottie checking her out but decides against it. She strolls to the bathroom when said hottie finds her annnnd is not so hot….more slimey gross. Well she tries to shake him but he won’t take the hint so a Southern Gentleman plays the part of her “boyfriend” to make slime ball take the hint. Well another situation arises and Mr. Southern Gentleman needs her help again so she ends up lip locking him AGAIN!!!! Well Gina and Dale dare our girl to follow Mr. Southern Gentleman down the hallway to jump his bones but instead she sees slime ball getting killed. Well she runs and gets attacked by Jake, the Southern Gentleman but escapes him. She goes to the police station to report the murder but GASP Mr. Southern Gentleman appears and GASP he is a FEDERAL AGENT!!!!

SOOO Jake and our newly named Emily go into the Witness Protection to help take down Slime Balls killer. Well the chemistry between the two is awesome and she pretty much pouts and offers a no strings attached night but dang it if the bad guys don’t find them. So Jake and Emily go off radar. Jake is hiding Emily without the FBI’s approval. He takes her in to Deliverance country to hide out with his family. They are supposed to be boyfriend/girlfriend…… Which is news to Emily because they fight NONSTOP!!! Which makes the book insanely funny and fullllllll of sexual tension.

So while hiding out Emily and Jake fight over her jealousy of his ex, his jealousy of her flirting, her not being able to be domestic at all, him being overly alpha at every turn of the second hand on your watch, her only thinking about herself, him not taking her feelings into consideration, and on and on and on!! Now sometimes when I read a book like this I am like “seriously, enough already” but not once in this entire novel did I feel bored with them. I was in love with the characters and the story. I was shocked at how fast I flew through this book. I was so busy reading that when I hit 45% I was stunned and then next thing I knew I was at 88%. I mean WHERE DID IT GO!!! The story was just flying by and I wanted to know what would happened but I didn’t want the story to end.

The epilogue made me really happy and laught a lot. The epilogue had everything about the story you wanted to know…like about the boys, the ex, Junior, Henry and Floss and the rest of the town you have come to love.
The story has so many twist and turns. It is soo full of sexual innuendo and sexual chemistry. I yelled at both characters while also yelling with them at the other person. I have to tell you I CANNOT wait for more from this author and this series.

Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”

#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.

#WOTR20 #Sadist #Slave #cartel #NewRelease – 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.

#WOTR19Authors #NewToMeAuthors #AntiHero #Paranormal #Shifters #RH #Wolves #Dark #Contemporary #Series #Comedy #Over30Romance #Apocalypse #Zombie #Dystopian – Twinsie Angie’s Top 5….eeerrrr…Top 6 from January to June 2019

The beginning of the year I have been swamped in real life.  When I looked back, I was like WOW!! I did read a lot more then I remembered reading.  The books I have picked aren’t really all over the place like in previous years.  I have done lots of Paranormal/Dystopian reading as of late and so it seems to have taken over my top 5….errrr….6

I am going to start my top 5…errr…..6 with my authors who will be attending Writers on the River.  This is the charity event my blog supports each and every year.  We are the main blog hosts.  More information or ticket information on the event held in Peoria, IL on Jul 20th is HERE 

Melanie Jayne, Mary Martel, Maggie Adams, and Valerie Twombly

Feel Me (The Novus Pack Series Book 2)

Feel Me- M Jayne/Melanie Jayne

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TRIGGER WARNINGS

This is book 2 and you must read book 1 to follow the story.

Sometimes, Goodbye is the Only Way

Raider Black, Leader of the Novus Pack, will do anything for his people. His word is his bond no matter the sacrifice. Novus has always come first.

Theodora Morrissey is a gift from The Goddess to the Lycan world. It doesn’t take someone with her psychic abilities to see that her future is in jeopardy.

When Theo is discovered bloodied, beaten, violated, and broken, Black must find a way for her to be healed or his dream for their future will be destroyed.

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

Lord. I finished this book last night and I am still having a hard time trying to figure out how to word my review. This book is absolutely everything a person who loves paranormal will want and need to read. The emotional build of this story is so overwhelming I was in tears by 7% of the story and again I was bawling by 30%. There is so much that happens to Theo and Raider. SO much happens to the Novus Pack plus all the friends of the couple in this story. It is impossible to read the story and leave it without being utterly stunned by the genius writing and flow.

I KNEW going in this book would have hard and difficult content. Melanie kept apologizing to me for what I was about to read. But the journey the couple takes IS needed for them both to realize they need the other to complete themselves.

Raider is so selfless in worrying for his people first he does the hardest thing he has ever done by letting Theo go. Theo knows Raider and the Pack will not be ok unless she leaves so she makes the decision to leave for another Pack. These two make the ultimate sacrifice, putting aside their love and desire for the other for everyone one else so Raider can keep his promise to another Pack. When that sacrifice ends up costing Theo, she pays the highest price a women can pay, Raider and the pack come to aide THEIR Seer.

The couple deal with A LOT. They deal with the guilt they both have. They deal with the inability to express themselves for fear of what the other might be thinking or wanting. They deal with miscommunication over everything they have been through.

This book is absolutely about love and the price people pay. It’s about commitment and how you don’t turn your back on those you love when times get hard. It’s about loving people even when they don’t love themselves. It’s about FAMILY and how even when you fight, you never really turn your back on those you love.

The emotions run deep in this story. The laughs are hard to come by at times, but the bonds of love and family are throughout the story. I will say seeing the set up for Lore’s mate……my heart was going pitter patter. That mass murdering wolf, personal guard and tutor of Theo’s has a special place in my heart. Also seeing Tex will be having a story later on down the road too made me happy.

I cannot wait for another book in the series. I cannot wait for more from this pack and the characters. It makes me so happy to be privileged to get early copies even if life sucks and I have to wait 2 weeks to read it.

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Ashes (The River Ash Pack, #1)

Ashes, The River Ash Pack Book 1 by Mary Martel

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TRIGGER WARNINGS

Cordelia has never known anything but the safety of her fathers guarded compound where she’s lived her entire life. A life that, as the alphas daughter, has always been a privileged one, albeit an incredibly sheltered one.
Until one night, life as she knows it, is flipped entirely upside down when she’s promised to another alpha in order to buy safety for her father’s pack. This doesn’t exactly sit well for Cordelia seeing as she has different plans for her life, even if she doesn’t know what those plans are just yet. Out of fear of what she doesn’t want her life to become, she does the unthinkable and tells her father the one thing he’ll never tolerate from anyone in his pack, especially not his daughter. She tells him no.
As a result, Cordelia learns just what kind of depraved man and alpha her father is and is left a broken, bleeding mess because of it.
After finding kindness and compassion from two strange men who show up at the compound and help her when she is no longer capable of helping herself, Cordelia does the only thing she thinks she can do in order to survive and not be stuck in a world of abuse and misery.
She runs.
Unfortunately for Cordelia, she doesn’t make it very far before she finds herself in trouble again and at the mercy of another male with alpha tendencies. This alpha also comes with a brother by blood and one by choice.
The problem is, Cordelia’s not so sure she could ever find a place in a pack again after everything she’s survived. She won’t have long to figure it out though because, no matter the cost, her father is determined to find her and bring her home.

Warning – Due to certain sensitive sexual subject matter and abusive situations, this book may contain triggers for some people.
It’s also a Reverse Harem book.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Jesus lemme get my head straight after reading this book. If there are a few things you need to know about Mary and her stories here they are…..Her men love FIERCE, Her Women are NOT WEAK, The chemistry is crazy in all the right places, and there will be blood…LOL …but I am serious!!
Now if you read the trigger warning I will say it’s not AS ROUGH of a scene as I was expecting or have read in the past but friends, its hard. Its hard because how can someone who should love and protect you, do that to you!! Its also quickly done and done well so we feel for Cordelia, but mainly so we can understand the shape that Cal and Luca find her in…it was bad…….
Cal, Luca and Darius……they are all so special to Cordelia for their own reasons, but this book is owned by Darius. Dude, he was so scary and then so sweet but so fierce. I mean I don’t think I knew how menacing he was until we see him with his old pack….dang he was hawt!!!
Cal and Luca long for their time for Cordelia but understand and show true patience to be with their girl because make no bones about it, SHE. IS. THEIR. GIRL!
Seeing the story of the impending war due to everything that plays out in the book is making me on edge because the 4 of them need to be on the same page to stick together and to make sure no one feels left out of this unusual mating!!

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Uprising: Dark Horizons 1 (Eternally Mated Book 7)

Uprising: Dark Horizons Book 1 (Eternally Mated Book 7) by Valerie Twombly

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“We can’t fight evolution, only ride it out and hope the ending is in our favor.” Ryder Mattis

As a former Navy Seal, beating the odds is something Ryder excels at. However, the world has changed and his transformation into a vampire gives survival a whole new meaning. If that isn’t enough to ruin his life, a plague unleashes utter destruction on humanity. He knows he has what it takes to protect those who survive even if they don’t like his rules. What he doesn’t count on is a female with stormy eyes and a will to live getting under his skin.

Kayla has lost everyone she loves to the red death. Surviving the plague is one thing, but a vow made to her dying father puts her under the protection of a predator. Surprised at how her body reacts to Ryder when he feeds, she has a hard choice to make. But when tragedy strikes and forces the vampire to give her his blood, she morphs into something no one could ever predict.

The new world doesn’t come with a handbook and when fate brands them as potential mates, they are not prepared. They can either battle each other, or band together in a fight for survival. The future holds no guarantees, but being alone might be worse than death.

This is a spin-off series and can be read as a standalone or, with the Eternally Mated series.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I know I saw this every time I read a paranormal but It’s my JAM!!! I love love love me some paranormal. I love shifters, vampires, demons, angels, and all the possible additions to a storyline. This book, which is a spin off series, was just what I needed and loved.
I am going to start by saying I have NOT read the Eternally Mated series. However, I will be rectifying that soon. I did not feel I missed anything or was lost at any point of the story. I think the storyline was filled in during this book about what happened in the other series. SHEW right!!!!
So this book is taking place during the end of the world essentially. Ryder and his group of Navy Seals are set to protect the last few remaining humans to help repopulate the world after The Red Death has destroyed everyone. He is one of the original vampires and he has turned a few of his trusted men into vampires to help get the job done. He only asks that females who do stay with them, help feed his men to keep them alive. Pretty decent trade off…surviving death for a few sips of your blood right???
Ryder is getting ready to leave when a sassy, pink haired beauty who is also a pain in his ass shows up and informs him he needs to protect her. Seems Ryder and her dad were Navy buddies. From the start of Kayla and Ryder meeting, the sparks and chemistry sizzle!! I mean they are so hilariously attracted and annoyed by the other it makes for great reading.
Kayla has lost everyone and is bound and determined to make it to this Ryder guy for protection. She surely did not plan on the attraction to the alpha male and his over the top protection of her.
Kayla and Ryder plus another couple soon find a strange mark that they have no clue what it means. Kayla and another soon find out they too have another secret about why they have survived the Red Death when everyone else has died.
On top of all the couple drama, we are dealing with rogue vampires, gross looking demons running amuck annnnd the portal to hell being opened to rid the Earth of humans in general….Yup LOTS happening in the story!!!
I can not wait to read the next story but I will be trying to get the other 6 books of the other series read ASAP too.

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MINX

Minx by Maggie Adams

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A romantic comedy about friendships, flirtations, and the elusive “Fantasm!”

Hi! I’m Miranda Blake and this is my story. Well, sort of. It’s more like a twisted fairytale, if you believe in them. Except there’s no beautiful, young princess with perky breasts, perfectly coiffed hair and a sassy attitude. I’m closing in on fifty, thirty pounds overweight according to Weight Watchers, and, after nursing two kids and that bitch, gravity, doing her job, I’m lucky the ladies don’t hit my knees. The gorgeous brown mane of hair is slightly frizzy from my ridiculous attempts to recapture my youth by dyeing the hell out of it. As for sassy attitude, well, it wasn’t so long ago that I was a doormat. And the charming prince who sweeps me off my feet into the life of my dreams? I have a dog called Prince, German Shepherd, who knocks me on my ass if I’m in the way when the doorbell rings. Does that count?

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

OMG this book was hilarious!!! I seriously LOVE the characters of the story. Miranda and her crew of best friends were so awesome to read. But the temptation tug of which brother, Reed or Ritter, was great too! Miranda’s friends are seriously the best people around. They lover her 110% and are going to do anything and everything to make sure she gets the HEA with a good guy this time around.

Miranda legit is told by her DB future ex its over. They are getting ready to leave for a cruise when he drops the bomb, she is being replaced by a younger woman and she is to get outta their family home ASAP. Miranda rallies her troops and they set to help her find herself and pick herself back up after 20 years of marriage.

What skills does an outta work housewife, stay at home mom have? Well she has enough to charm a playboy named Ritter into hooking her up with a job at his company. When she meets his very stuck up brother, Reed, she is confused as to how they can be so different.

As the story unfolds, we begin to see different sides to both men. Neither is who we thought they were. Is Ritter the good guy or a DB? Is Reed really an uptight jackass or just a guy protecting his heart????

I seriously snickered so many times reading this book and loved, loved, loved how it all played out.

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Revenge (Revenge Series #1)

Revenge, Revenge Series book 1 by Christine Besze

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Six years they stole from me.
Six years I’ve done my time.
Six years I’ve waited.
Six years I’ve heard her screams over and over.
No more.
It’s time to collect.
And it’s their blood that will be spilled.

Asher Savage spent his life protecting the innocent, taking monsters off the streets. He never thought he’d become one.
Charlee Vega was a pawn in a game she never knew she was playing. An innocent caught up in a war of greed and hate.
Revenge has fed his monster for years, but it comes at a price. Is it one he’s still willing to have her pay?
She’s a means to an end. A complication he never saw coming. And sometimes those are the most deadly of all.
***This book is a standalone and contains mature/graphic subject matter. For readers 18+***

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

The blurb totally got me for this book. I have never read anything from this author, but the book was so ANTI-HERO that I had to read it. I mean the main dude was going to be totally broken and ruthless so what girl wouldn’t fall in love with him??? I am here to say this book did NOT disappoint at all. I was totally glued to my kindle and could not put it down. The story flowed so well and I was so engaged with each additional characters….gah I need more from this family of brothers!! I mean Ax …come one….Zane…what makes him tick but Asher…holy mother of hotness!!!

So the story starts and we are in picture perfect world. Asher is running home with flowers for his wife and pretty quickly it alllllll turns bad….like real bad. Then we see Asher sitting back and waiting…waiting…waiting. When he is out of prison, he and his brother begin the revenge of Lauren. Poor Charlee is the means to an end for Asher but when he falls for her spirit and fire…he soon realized, with the help of a few punches by his brother, maybe she is more than just the end but maybe she is the beginning he needs???

Charlee loves her papa, but she knows he is an evil man. She knows he is not a good man by any stretch of the imagination but he is her papa!! No matter what, she will love him even when he is a bit possessive of her and over-protective.

When Asher and Charlee meet, the chemistry is oooooooofffffff the charts!! Holy Cow!! The more they trust and respect the other they soon start to care which is totally crazy but then they soon start to lean and rely on the other….People!! This book was crazy good!!!

I LOVED the twist at the end and I cannot wait for more because like I said the brothers need a HEA as well!!

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Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor: An After Zombie Tale of Love & Survival (Last of Us Book 1)

by Nikki Landis

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The world has gone to shit and the zombie apocalypse is now responsible for wiping out humanity.

One girl believes she’s all alone and the world’s last hope for survival . . . but is she the key, a threat, or something else entirely?

*** Book 1 of a new series, contains mature content ***

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

Zombies make my heart so happy. When my blog got a request to share this books release, I was super excited and reached out to ask for a review copy. OMG am I so happy I did. This book hits all my zombie book expectations…..Zombie encounters, feisty heroine, alpha hero, and plot twists and turns galore! Man was I loving it and unable to put it down!!!

Our heroine, Bailee, is alone after the world went to crap for a year exactly when she stumbles into the hands of the local military group (and uber alpha bossy Sawyer) during a failed scavenger mission. The men know a secret about Bailee, but Sawyer is kinda interested in our feisty girl and wont follow orders just yet to turn her over to the main operations.

We see a lot of push and pull between Saw and Bailee which creates a lot of chemistry!!! But what also is amazing to read, the ZOMBIE ATTACKS!! Yes folks there are a lot of zombies in the book and many different kinds of zombies….this totally made my heart happy. We’ve got slow zombies. We’ve got fast zombies. We’ve got tracker zombies!!? Yikes!!

The books momentum and flow were great for reading. I mean the group was always under attack or in conflict, so it was very fast paced, and action packed!!

My ONLY issue with the book….it seems to flip from 3rd POV to 1st POV through the story. At first, I thought I was a weirdo and reading it wrong, but I found it a few times in the story. I am not a fan of 3rd POV so it took me out of the reading element and then it would drop you back in to 1st POV. Honestly this small issue will not stop me from reading the other books in the continuing series because after the way the story ended I NEED to know what happens to our team of misfits.

#DoubleReview #NewRelease #AntiHero #SeondChance #Suspense- Cartel Bitch by Chelsea Caramon

Titles: Cartel Bitch
Duet Title: Almanza Duet
Author: Chelsea Camaron

Release Date: March 15, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Model: Mike LaCombe
Cover Photographer: Golden Czermak/Furious Fotog
Cover Designer: Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs
Unforgiving.

Relentless.

I’m to be feared.

When your family is as much a friend as an enemy, there is no one to trust.

I am Javier Almanza.

Cartel kingpin.

No one can touch me.

No one can hurt me.

Except her.

Mari Belle Dominguez.

 

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

Sweet Baby Jesus!!  Javi, is so bad but also so good.  He lives by a moral code or compass in this evil world which is his downfall or is it?

Mari has been tricked by her family and is broken but her love of her enemy is over powering through all the years of the book.

This couple….the book…..this story line.  Oh man I seriously don’t know where in the heck to start.  I mean the young, sweet, innocent love that Mari and Javi have is soooo pure in an evil world.  When he is forced to marry her, will wont disrespect her that way.  He wants her to freely choose him like he as done with her in his heart all those years ago.  What kinda bad guy does that??  Bad guys take what they want much like her brother and Paco, their associate.

When Mari’s brother is involved in a coup to take over the leadership, she is forced to look at Javi through dirty lenses thanks to her brother.  The heart ache I felt for her and Javi because they were both pawns in the drug cartel.  Javi is destroyed when his heart is gone, and he hardens because no one will ever have this effect on him every again.

Seeing the years they two are apart and their struggles to handle life was hard but when everything is spilled and the secrets are revealed by her bother to Javi and Mari….OMG I seriously was broken.  I hurt for HER.  I mean I felt back for Javi but damn Mari is PISSED OFF!!  I mean this woman is bad ass and she is going to kick some serious cartel ass.  I feel for ANY MAN or WOMAN who TRIES to stop her.  I cannot wait for Cartel Queen to drop!!!

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I have been devouring mafia series lately and when I saw Chelsea was releasing one I was all over it.  How could I go wrong I mean it is Chelsea after all! Chelsea did not disappoint me.  The twist she tossed in I didn’t see some of them coming. My emotions were all over my heart went out to some and I have to say I wanted to watch others be tortured to no end. I have to say from start to end Mari is my new girl crush.

Javi and Maricio grew up in the slums of Mexico. They would do anything for their family both living identical lives; single mom taking care of her son and daughter were each mother thinks of the other kids as their own. Making Javi and Maricio brothers by choice.

What happens when deceit, betrayal and need for power comes between brothers?   One takes everything from the other and one vows vengeance. So many lives change some by choice others by force.

Mari loves her family and extended family. Can she stay away from her brother and Javi Choices? Mari now lives with a broken heart and choices being made for her. How does one know the truth from a lie when the ones you love and were to protect you lie deceive and use you to gain power and leverage against others.

Javi had me from the start he is determined to take care of the women in his life and to never let women get in harms way. I also loved seeing the Devil Due and getting another view of the encounter. I have to say my heart went out to Mari she has been through so much but she is strong and will have her say soon. Mari may have thought she was queen of the damned, mother to heartbreak, a warrior of loneliness but she is so much more and hell hath no fury than a woman on a mission. I for one cannot wait for Cartel Queen because Shit just got real.

 

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.


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