My top reads can be found from January 2022-June 2022 HERE
Tarina Deaton, AJ Renee, Sophie Stern, and Anne Malcom are the attending authors
These are my top reads in no particular order
- Cat and Mouse Duet, Haunting Adeline and Hunting Adeling by H.D. Carlton
**Please read the trigger warning before reading!!** This book is NOT for anyone underage 18. This is full of mature themes.
Trigger Warning: Book 1 ends on a cliffhanger. This duet is a dark romance that contains graphic violence, dub/non con, and deals with subject matters such as child trafficking and human sacrifice. If you have ANY triggers at all, this may not be the story for you.
Book 1 – Haunting Adeline
I can manipulate the emotions of anyone who lets me.
I will make you hurt, make you cry, make you laugh and sigh.
But my words don’t affect him. Especially not when I plead for him to leave.
He’s always there, watching and waiting.
And I can never look away.
Not when I want him to come closer.
I didn’t mean to fall in love.
But now that I have, I can’t stay away.
I’m mesmerized by her smile, by her eyes, and the way she moves.
The way she undresses…
I’ll keep watching and waiting. Until I can make her mine.
And once she is, I’ll never let her go.
Not even when she begs me to.
While not required, it is highly suggested to read the novella, Satan’s Affair, first.
Author’s Note: This book ends on a cliffhanger. For CWs, please check the author’s website.
Book 2 – Hunting Adeline
The final installment to the Cat and Mouse Duet…
Death walks alongside me,
But the reaper is no match for me.
I’m trapped in a world full of monsters dressed as men, and those who aren’t as they seem.
They won’t keep me forever.
I no longer recognize the person I’ve become,
And I’m fighting to find my way back to the beast who hunts me in the night.
They call me a diamond,
But they’ve only created an angel of death.
I was born a predator,
With ruthlessness ingrained in my bones.
When what’s mine is stolen from me in the night,
Like a diamond hidden within a fortress,
I find that I can no longer contain the beast.
Blood will paint the ground as I tear apart this world to find her.
And bring her back to where she belongs.
No one will escape my wrath,
Especially not those who have betrayed me.
Warning: This is the second and final installment to the Duet. You must read Haunting Adeline first.
Book 1 Review HERE
Book 2 Review HERE
2. Stitched up Heart , Combat Hearts Book 1 by Tarina Deaton
(The whole series is AMAZING actually!!!)
As an Air Force medic, Bree Marks saw the worst the War on Terror had to dish out. Now a physical therapist, she uses her experience to help other veterans heal from their physical wounds; while she battles her own emotional damage.
Blaming himself for his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Jase Larken, retreated from life. To honor his best friend’s memory and assuage his guilt, he started an outdoor adventure company to help veterans with PTSD.
Bree had better things to do than catch her cheating fiance in bed with another woman. Jase is something better – for a night at least. For the first time in years, Jase wanted more. When he finds her again, he doesn’t give her another chance to run.
Jase’s protectiveness grates on Bree’s independent nature. She’s dealt with her fair share of alpha-male, door kickers and doesn’t need one telling her what to do now. But as a new danger emerges, Bree and Jase must face their pasts, before someone’s obsession with Bree destroys any chance they have of a future.
Can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhangers within the story.
My review HERE
3. Fierce, Alumbra Pack Book 3
An independent gamma, a logical werewolf, and someone who threatens to tear them apart.
After a few failed attempts to connect romantically with humans, Adira accepts her single life and continues to thrive as the Alumbra Pack’s gamma. When her wolf claims the man across the room as theirs, however, she panics and runs.
While retrieving his sister from the pack who’d saved her, the last thing Luke expected was setting his eyes on his true mate. Unable to return to his pack without Adira, he sets out to woo the fascinating and formidable woman.
Choosing which pack to settle down with should be the biggest trial ahead of them. But when someone sets out to tear them a part, the ever logical and calm Luke learns there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the woman he loves.
Can he ask her to stay with a target on her back, or will he choose to leave his now-whole family behind?
My Review HERE
4. Sanction : Knights of Paradise MC, book 2 by SJ Chaynie
You have to read book 1 as this is how book 1 ends.
There is nothing I won’t do for my family. The family that took me in, gave me a home, a job, and a brotherhood that I didn’t know I needed. But something was taken from me. Something I have spent years telling myself I didn’t deserve. I’ve spent years breaking her heart, one piece at a time. My loyalty has been to her brother, and her father’s memory. Two men who I could never betray. But things change. She’s in trouble, and even though no one has ever known, she’s always been mine. And now, I’m coming for her.
This is an adult novel intended for mature readers.
Book 2 of the Knights of Paradise MC Series. Does end on a cliffhanger, part of a continuing series.
My Review HERE
5. Grimalkin Needs Brides Series by Sophie Stern
Ekpen, Torao, and Leo
A planet with more cats than people…
Grimalkin needs brides.
Earth is a dystopian nightmare that’s going to be destroyed very, very soon. Nobody knows exactly when or how, but the threat of destruction looms in the background of everyone’s mind.
Holly is ready to escape from her planet, but there’s a problem: only rich people actually get to leave Earth, and she’s barely got five bucks to her name.
Enter the Grimalkin Bridal Exchange.
The deal is simple: she goes to an alien planet, marries some random dude, and gets to live out her days in luxury and happiness.
Only, the guy she’s paired up with doesn’t want to get married.
And he doesn’t want to get married to her.
In fact, he actually kind of…hates her.
Three months ago, Amena spent one wild night with a man from Grimalkin. He was everything she’d ever wanted or hoped for, but she knows that she’ll never see him again.
When Amena signs up for the Grimalkin Bridal Exchange at the Intergalactic Dating Agency, she expects to be taken to a planet with more cats than people, but she doesn’t expect to see him. It’s Torao. It’s the man she slept with in a field of wildflowers.
But how can this be?
Torao isn’t ready to get married, but he doesn’t have a choice.
Short. Curvy. Soft.
The woman from Earth who practically runs into his arms is everything he never knew he wanted.
But she shouldn’t be here on his planet. She definitely shouldn’t be in his bed keeping him warm. This human has a secret, and he plans to find out what it is.
Leo has been dreaming of getting married his entire life and having someone he can love in spite of everything that’s gone wrong. He was never supposed to be a doctor.His plan had been to become a warrior or a fighter, but when he lost his tail in a freak accident, he knew he needed to choose a career path where he could hide. Being a doctor means he gets to focus on everyone else – no one looks twice at him.
Tamara has been worried about her friends ever since they left Earth. Holly and Amena were both supposed to contact her, but they didn’t. Now it’s up to Tamara to make her way to Grimalkin and find out what’s happened to her best friends. She lost her leg years ago, so she knows she’s not going to be eligible for the bridal exchange, but there are other ways of getting to Grimalkin.
When Tamara is caught stowing away on a bridal transport to Grimalkin, she’s given an impossible choice.
Then she sees Leo, and she realizes that all bets are off.
She wants him.
Like, really wants him.
But is Leo ready to love a human like Tamara?
And is she willing to open her heart to the one person who could crush it?
Ekpen Review HERE
Torao Review HERE
Leo Review HERE
6. Making the Cut, Sons of Templar book 1 by Anne Malcom
Gwen Alexandra does not need a man in her life. Especially not a man who looks like Chris Hemsworth and Joe Manganiello’s love child. One wearing leather, riding a Harley, and covered in tattoos.
Gwen can bet every pair of her Manolos that Cade Fletcher is trouble. From the moment she meets him, the attraction sizzles between them. Gwen has a problem when it comes to attractive men in motorcycle clubs. The last one she got involved with almost killed her.
After healing physically, Gwen decides to get a new start in a small town, half a country away from the man who nearly cost her her life. She isn’t in town five minutes when she runs into Cade, a man that is too sexy and dangerous for his own good.
She tries to keep away from him, to ignore the attraction between them. But the biker has other ideas, soon she is in way over her head. Her heart, and her life are in danger once again.
My Review HERE
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