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#sapphicromance #Mafia –Thrown to the Wolves (The Red Rivals Duet #1) by: Persephone Black

Lyssa can’t resist a damsel in distress…but she’ll wish she resisted this one.

The ferocious Styx Syndicate enforcer and trainer known as “the Wolf” has always been the hunter, never the hunted. So when Lyssa sees the gorgeous Scarlett getting harassed by thugs in a dive bar she’s visiting for intel, she jumps straight into protective mode.

But Lyssa soon discovers that not every damsel needs saving.

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Review by Twinsie Tenise

4 Stars

My eyes burn from crying. This was a rough one. I was emotionally invested from the moment these 2 met. Despite knowing the inevitable was going to happen, I kinda just hoped for a miracle.

Lyssa and Scarlett are both bat shit crazy. Maybe that is what made them such a perfect pair. I mean, there’s no need to mince words, these women are both violent assassin’s. With that being said- violent assassin’s need love too.

Secrets and lies eventually catch up with you, no matter how much you try to ignore or outrun them. Well, Scarlett and Lyssa find that out the hard way. I guess I’m perfectly okay with them choosing the angst filled route to eventual happiness because, lez-be-honest, the craziness made the sexy time that much more hot!

These 2 are made for one another and I refuse to accept the ending. Lol I’m hilarious, like I have any control over it. This is not a choose your own lesbian adventure. I’m so happy book 2 is has been released. I shall start that now so I don’t sit here dwelling on things…

Persephone Black likes Ice Queens who melt behind closed doors, Underworld Empresses who protect what’s theirs, and Bad Girls who stay bad to the end…but win the love of a good woman.

If that sounds enticing to you too, you should read her books. Villains are (anti)heroines and danger is an aphrodisiac in Persephone Black’s thrilling Sapphic Mafia romance novels.

#WOTR24 #MC – Hammer, Regulator MC Book 2 by Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane

Both Authors are attending this year.

Hammer (Regulators MC, #2)

Regulators MC Series, Book #2

She is strong, independent, but jaded.
He is a hardened soldier.
Two people are forced to come together to move beyond the physical injuries of one.
Desirae Shythe is a physical therapist driven to see her patients thrive. Her happiness in life comes from her success, no matter how small the step.
Ethan ‘Hammer’ McCoy is known for having an iron fist and an iron heart.
When an injury confines him to a wheelchair, he meets the fierce physical therapist who makes it her personal mission to see him walk again.
As they both face the struggles of his rehabilitation, can he hammer his way into her heart?

Loosely attached to Chelsea Camaron’s Hellions Series and Jessie Lane’s Ex Ops Series

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Oh Hammer you a$$hat.  Oh Des you saint.  I mean to be able to deal with him….but thankfully Tank was able to help get you hardened (not in a bad or naughty way) to the biker life.

Hammer is a hard and cold guy.  He will not fall for anyone.  He is going to be an island.  He is going to live life doing what he wants and looking out for his needs. PERIOD.  Woman are a hole for a night but that is about it.  A warm body for comfort for a few hours but that is it.  He thinks its great Ice found Morgan but love is not in the cards for him.

Des has been through one heck of a nightmare.  Her sister visits and she witnesses her being brutally murdered.  The Hellions come to the rescue and help protect her.  She is part of their extended family because she was Tank’s therapist after his coma.  She needs to escape and so they hook her up with the Regulators.  They have a BAMF who needs his butt whipped back in to shape after a mission goes wrong.

Hammer sees Des and is giving her a “full salute” but then thinks he sees pity in her eyes.  He is done being nice for all of 3 seconds when Jacka$$ kicks back in.  Des is stunned stupid by the God like man in front of her but is quick to remember this is a job.  She must remain professional.

The banter and chemistry are great.  I love that Des gives it right back at Hammer especially after hearing him with a barfly one night.  When Hammer realizes she is the one for him….she becomes Mission Priority for this ex secret op’s guy.  Keeping her safe and mending her heart is priority number 1.  When the bad guys find Des, Hammer flips.  First because she isn’t safe and then because he couldn’t keep her safe.

Loved the guys pushing Hammer to open his eyes and especially the fact that cold, scary, killer looking guy Coal is the one who finally made the point to Hammer that Des is the one he needs in his life.  SO operation Get Her Back is formed!!!

I am telling you…Coal is a scary guy but man do I wanna know his story!!

USA Today Bestselling Author Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

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Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

#WOTR24 #MM #Cowboys – Falling Hard, Eight Second Ride book 1 by Sandy Sullivan

Falling Hard (Eight Second Ride, #1)

Meet two champion bull riders–macho, muscled Marlboro Men, confident, cocksure cowboys–from their struggle for survival in the rodeo arena, and 8 seconds of fame on the back of a 2000 lb bull to their most private encounters behind closed doors where their world is about to explode…

Levi Bond is a seasoned pro, competing for the World Championship. Bull riding is what gets his adrenaline pumping, his heart racing, and makes him feel like a million bucks. That, and the idea of getting it on with Curt Walsh, one of the up and coming stars of the bull riding circuit. Powerfully attracted, Curt’s confused and unsure which way he wants his life to go. Will Levi still be around, available and interested when the final decision is made?

Get set for a wild ride in this cowboy romance, sizzling with intense desire, unbridled passion, and unexpected emotion as Levi and Curt, drawn together like mega magnets, battle not only life threatening, white knuckled action in the arena, but cruelty and bias outside it. The prospect of falling in love is as terrifying as staying on the bull without it killing them!

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I received this book to beta read from the author.

I have read a ton of Sandy’s book and have enjoyed them all. However, I have to say, this book is my favorite of all. I love the story she created with Curt and Levi. I loved the fact we got to see this couple form a solid friendship while also developing a lasting love. I cannot wait for more from this series and to see where Curt and Levi go because at the end there will still one big lingering questions!!!

Levi is a very well respected bull rider. He is the older guy on the circuit that is kinda the “good guy”. He will help out anyone that needs it. He is also a loner and known to be gay on the circuit. He is ok with that but also doesn’t flaunt his sexuality in the faces of the guys who DONT approve with his lifestyle choices. Levi has watched from afar Curt. Curt is fun and easy going BUT he likes the ladies….or does he???

Curt had heard that Levi is into guys but wasn’t sure. Soooo what’s a guy do when he is interested? He asks to room with Levi. He figures , if he is GAY then he is super close to get to “knowing” him better!!

The guys really get to know each other while they are also “getting to know each other”. Levi is so strong but loves that Curt is super alpha. Curt who loves to take charge loves allowing this other man to sometimes spin on him and take over. The jealousy they each have over the other one having someone else liking them was great. I loved seeing them both get angry and claiming the other man….plus its super hawt right???

Levi is very shy and about his relationship with Curt. He doesn’t want to rock the boat or upset anyone. Curt on the other hand could care less about what people think about him and his lifestyle except when it comes to his parents. But Levi wants permanent and Curt isn’t sure he cant settle down with a guy since he also enjoys the ladies as well.

Their love story is wound through them riding the bull circuit and loving each other hard. When Levi asks for more Curt cant seem to make a decision. Then there is an accident and the men realize that they could lose it all with one bad ride. Decisions are made and choices are told……This falling in love stuff is really hard on everyone no matter who you choose to love.

Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of Nashville. County music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys so you’ll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots

#wotr24 #attendingauthor #review #mmromance #orcashifter #ottershifter #part1ofaseries –Black & White (ORCA 1) by: Vinni George

Nero Hunter is tired. He’s tired of early mornings chasing down skips. He’s tired of Shamu jokes and dealing with idiots. He’s tired of being alone. But agreeing to do one little favor for a friend turns the tide and brings Nero face-to-face with his destiny.

Felix White is unlucky. When his life is threatened and he’s hauled into police custody for safekeeping, the last thing he expects is to meet his fated mate. Especially when his mate is a giant killer whale shifter, who is also his new bodyguard.

But there is more to the plot against Felix than meets the eye, and Nero and his brothers have to work together to figure out who is after Felix before it’s too late…before Nero loses the mate he just found.

Black & White is book one in the Organization for the Return of Criminals and Assets (ORCA) series featuring an orca shifter art thief turned bounty hunter, a sea otter shifter hacker who might have pissed off the wrong people, and a group of orca brothers who will do anything—even if it’s not quite legal—to save the newest member of their family.

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Nero and Felix– these 2 are opposite in every way shape and form. Literally. But fate gives zero Fs about that kind of thing. These 2 were fated mates and instead of insta-love, this was an insta-mate situation. I just loved how much Nero wanted to protect Felix from everything. They were perfect for one another. This book was so good. I loved meeting all of Nero’s Orca brothers; they are all amazing and made for an interesting cast of characters.
As with all of Vinni’s work, I went in blind. I was not expecting the suspense/thriller elements in the plot but I’m not complaining. If you’ve ever watched the police drama, White Collar, it gave off those vibes for me. I’m hooked as I know there is a whole lot more to the mystery within the story. ORCA is on the case though and I seriously cannot wait for the next book in the series. I have a feeling it’s going to be fire!

Vinni George has been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since she first got her hands on one of her grandmother’s Harlequins and has never looked back. She lives in Ohio with her two favorite guys (her husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. When she’s not writing, Vinni can be found working for her family’s business, which provides plenty of plot bunnies. In her spare time, Vinni is a soccer mom who dabbles in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits and enjoys traveling.

Vinni’s debut novel, Hold the Door, was a finalist and runner-up in Contemporary Gay Romance in the 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards.

Celebrating Pride Month with Persephone Black #authorspotlight #sapphicromance #mafia

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.
Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!
Today we are celebrating pride month with sapphic romance author Persephone Black.
I just discovered her work this year and I am addicted. Her Heroines are powerful and sexy af. I’m in love with her female Mafia series.


Persephone Black likes Ice Queens who melt behind closed doors, Underworld Empresses who protect what’s theirs, and Bad Girls who stay bad to the end…but win the love of a good woman.

If that sounds enticing to you too, you should read her books. Villains are (anti)heroines and danger is an aphrodisiac in Persephone Black’s thrilling Sapphic Mafia romance novels.

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
Persephone Black – you can call me Persy if you like. I like Ice Queens who melt behind closed doors, Underworld Empresses who protect what’s theirs, and Bad Girls who stay bad to the end…but win the love of a good woman. 🖤
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I love Sapphic romance and I wanted to contribute.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I write duets, which feel like the best of both standalones and series – you can have fun cameos and catch up with previous characters, and you get an in-depth story told in a limited number of books.
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
I’m currently writing the follow up to the Underworld Duet. In this book, Lyssa gets her story and she’s so much fun to write. She’s a badass assassin and cold-hearted mercenary, so it comes as a total shock to her when she catches feelings.
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
Coffee, coffee, more coffee (aka Writer Fuel). When I’m editing, chocolate. So. Much. Chocolate.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
Either Her Mafia Bride, which is about an arranged marriage between the heiress to a criminal empire and the daughter of an Irish mob boss, or Captive of the Crime Queen, which is an abduction romance and a contemporary mafia romance retelling of Hades and Persephone.
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
I’m really into mystery and suspense at the moment, so I’d recommend Cara Malone’s Foxy County Forensics series, which has some amazing characters, great romance, and is just really fun to read. The newest one just came out at the time of writing – Guardian Angel.
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Suffer my way to the bitter end of The Walking Dead franchise spinoffs, and hang out with my besties (who don’t get to see much of me when I’m in my writing cave).
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
I’d just like to say thank you to the Sapphic bookish community for how incredibly welcoming and supportive they are. I’m relatively new to publishing in this space and everyone has been unfailingly kind and wonderful, from fellow authors to readers to reviewers. I felt instantly included, and I’m looking forward to contributing lots more books to the community! 🖤


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#review #sapphicromance #duet Her Mafia Bride (Bianchi Family #1) by: Persephone Black

Juno Bianchi: Ruthless. Deadly. Glacial.
And oh, she makes me burn.

When my Mob Boss father forces me into an arranged marriage with the billionaire heiress to the Bianchi Family, everything changes.

At first I resent being treated like a bargaining chip, but Juno captivates me in ways I’ve never known. Her Ice Queen facade hides a simmering volcano just waiting to be unleashed, and her commanding touch sets my body on fire.

But loving Juno could destroy me…

There are people out there who are just as dangerous as she is, and they won’t hesitate to use me to get to her.

With enemies closing in around us, can I trust my Mafia bride to keep me safe?

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Opposites attract in this enemies to lovers romance as the reckless street-racing daughter of an Irish Mob Boss finds a way to defrost her Mafia Ice Queen wife.

This is a steamy F/F Mafia romance with some dark elements and a lot of angst. Content notes are available on the Copyright page.

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Juno’s father has arranged for a marriage between his Juno and Caitlin the daughter of the head of the Irish family.
Caitlin is recklessly drifting trough life with zero fs given for her own personal safety at times but she is good at what she does and she’s making bank winning these races. Now she finds out that is all over because her father has arranged for her to marry Juno.
This is going to be terrible for Caitlin as she is such a free spirit. With no other choice– she marries Juno– but adamantly refuses to submit to the Crime Queen.
Junos main focus is family. As such when she is told she must marry Caitlin FOR the family, no matter what, she knows she must do this. After all it is for the family.

Neither woman can deny the chemistry that builds to a fever pitch during their honeymoon. Juno convinces herself that she needs to get the woman out of her system while Caitlins vow to not submit seems to wane a bit the more they get to know one another. Things aren’t meant to stay this way though, it’s the honeymoon after all. Just the 2 of them with no distractions, what happens when they return to the real world is the real test…
At home things happen that change the game for both women. But in this world nothing lasts forever and it’s best to never develop feelings for another as love can make you weak and theres no room for the weak in the violent world of crime. Juno has an empire to run and has vowed to keep Caitlin safe. Even if it is at the expense of her own heart.
This book had me on the edge of my seat and don’t even get me started on the perfection of that ending. I know, some will argue with me on that but I love a good cliffy and this book did not disappoint. It’s been 2 weeks since I finished Her Mafia Bride and I’ve yet to start another. I’m ready for book 2 now so I’m off to finally start it after this extremely long hiatus.

Persephone Black likes Ice Queens who melt behind closed doors, Underworld Empresses who protect what’s theirs, and Bad Girls who stay bad to the end…but win the love of a good woman.

If that sounds enticing to you too, you should read her books. Villains are (anti)heroines and danger is an aphrodisiac in Persephone Black’s thrilling Sapphic Mafia romance novels.

Celebrating Pride Month with Vinni George #authorspotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR. 
 
Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions. 
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!
 
The month is winding down, it has been fun getting to know all of the LGBTQIA authors throughout June. Up next, the author I was super nervous to meet for the first time. I had only just finished Hold the Door before the event. I purchased the signed copy of that one, went home and was done with her entire back list before summer was over. Even the MPreg Shifter stuff. I DON’T READ MPreg Shifter stuff!!! Well I didn’t. Vinni changed all of that. Now I’m over here impatiently waiting for the next one to release. Oh and when she told me we were Besties, it made my year! I cannot wait to squeeze her next month. I even have an entire shelf cleared waiting for all Vinni’s published work! I’m so excited! Enough of my excessive rambling though, lets get back to the celebration.
 
Today we are Celebrating Pride Month with Vinni George.


Vinni George has been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since she first got her hands on one of her grandmother’s Harlequins and has never looked back. She lives in Ohio with her two favorite guys (her husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. When not writing her own stories, she can be found helping to polish other people’s novels. In her spare time, Vinni dabbles in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits and enjoys traveling.

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
Hi! I’m Vinni George. I have been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since I stole one of my grandmother’s Harlequins, and I have never looked back. I live in northeastern Ohio with my two favorite guys (my husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. I write contemporary MM romance, shifter MPREG (omegaverse where male omegas can get pregnant), and shifter romantic suspense (without MPREG). In my spare time, I dabble in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits, and I enjoy traveling. My debut novel, Hold the Door, was a finalist and runner-up in Contemporary Gay Romance in the 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards.
 
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I was a long time MM reader, then an editor for MM authors before I decided to start writing. LGBTQ+ romance felt like the best fit for me because I felt most connected to the stories. I liked seeing my sexuality represented, even if it was in a character of a different gender. Everyone deserves to find the love of their life—if that’s what they’re looking for—and I think that’s as true in fiction as it is everywhere else. 
 
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I’m a big fan of found family, and both of my finished series focus heavily on that theme. I think the found family trope lends itself to a series, so I’m definitely a series girl. I tend to plan a series in fours, which feels like a strange number, but both of my completed series are four books, and the series I’m working on for the rest of 2024 is also a four-book arc. 
 
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
My current WIP is the first book in a bad-for-good, fated mates, romantic suspense(ish) series focused on four orca (aka killer whale) shifter brothers. This first book is a bodyguard story with size difference (in both shifted and human forms) and a touch of opposites attract.
 
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
I fell hard down a Water-Tok rabbit whole, so I usually have a big cup with some sort of flavored water on hand. I’m a sucker for freeze-dried Skittles and Pepper Jack Cheez-Its, but I try not to snack too much when I write. 
 
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
I think that depends a lot on what a reader is looking for since MM contemporary and shifter MPREG are sooooo different, but I think The Time-Out, which is a contemporary MM, opposites attract, strangers on a plane, beach vacation romance is a really good example of everything a reader can expect from a Vinni George book—an immersive sense of place, characters that are dealing with life the best they can, spicy sex scenes (including some sort of shower sex because apparently I can’t write a book without it), and swoonworthy moments that lead to an HEA.
 
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
Wow, hitting with all the hard questions. I think I have to say Him and Us by Sarina Bowen. I feel like these books were the MM gateway drug for so many readers, myself included, that they are canon and almost required reading at this point. 
 
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to cook, and recently I’ve gotten a little obsessed with playing Disney Dreamlight Valley on my son’s Switch.
 
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for doing this!
 


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I figured the best review for me to share today is the one that changed my mind about an entire genre. Thanks for opening my eyes to a whole new world, Vinni!

Unlikely fated mates buuuut I guess stranger things have happened. One being that I even picked up this book to read. Lol. Nothing against the book OR the author. I’m just not into shifters and definitely not into mpreg…
ANNNND now I’m basically lying to your faces! Its because of this book I’m obsessed. Like is the next book out? Did I only like it because it was written by Vinni George and I love all her words? Well YES BUT that is not the ONLY reason. I enjoyed all the other things too such as the plot, the genre, the cute af love story between 2 different shifter species that was both adorable and addictive. Give me more. I’m hooked. Thanks for helping me branch out because I’m not sure that I would have had it been any other authors words. I’m glad I did because now I’m open to a whole new world of romance.

Website: vinnigeorge.com, Facebook: @vinnigeorgewrites, Instagram: @vinnigeorgewrites All others, including some freebie shorts, can be found at linktr.ee/vinnigeorge

WOTR24 #NewRelease #Review – Devoted (Alumbra Pack book 5) by AJ Renee


No matter how much you try, you can’t outrun the past.

Opening old wounds is the last thing Ignacio Lupita wants to do. He’d literally and figuratively shed his blood, sweat, and tears to pull himself out of the darkness and open an auto shop in Boston. At last, business is picking up, so he’s working with a local pack to keep his life moving forward.

Pepper Michaels is living her best life in Vermont. One of her best friends has returned after three years in captivity, she’s working on her teaching degree, substitute teaching, and life on Malite land has been carefree to say the least. She thought she couldn’t be happier, but then she spotted him, her mate.

When the past is thrust before Ignacio, Pepper witnesses a side of him she can’t ignore. She knows she only gets one chance at a mate, but she hadn’t expected she’d need to be so careful around hers. Meanwhile, someone or something has been lurking on pack grounds. Can Ignacio confront enough of his demons before everything closes in?

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

I love this series and was so excited to get this one in my hands.  Each book draws me in more and more to the pack.  This story is all about Ignacio and Pepper and what a story it is.

Ignacio has lived his life alone and family always leaving.  His sisters ran away and his parents left him. He was left to those that should have protected him but didn’t. Ignacio had to fight his way to where he was and was able to make things work for him.  He was even branching out and working with a pack. While visiting one day he thought he found his mate, Carrie. But soon figured out he was wrong about her being his mate.

Things were going good for Pepper. She had her best friends Carrie and Kim, going to school and had a job substitute teaching. When her mating mark made its appearance, she realized it was the guy Carrie was on a date with and she would not get in Carrie’s way of happiness. The mate pull was too strong and Pepper realized Carrie was not interested in Ignacio oh man did the sparks start to fly for Pepper and Ignacio.

Things were going well for these two in the matting department but they really didn’t know anything about each other and their pasts.  Ignacio’s finds his past staring him in the face and reacts a way that scares Pepper so much so she is not sure about the mate that was fated to her.  Will Ignacio be able to explain his past and everything that lead up to his reaction or will Pepper be lost to him forever.

This series has me hooked and I cannot wait to see this pack grow.  There is not one matted pair I have not liked.  I enjoyed all their stories and seeing them come together when things go astray.  This story had me flipping the pages like crazy.  I could not put this one down.

AJ Renee is a military wife and mother of three. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

She loves to read and write steamy romance with a happily ever after. When not working, you can find her playing World of Warcraft, board games, or outdoors for a run or hike.

#review #sapphicromance #duet Consort of the Crime Queen (Underworld Duet #2) by: Persephone Black

The queen of Chicago’s criminal underworld, Hadria “Hades” Imperioli, is no stranger to power and danger.

When she set Aurora Verderosa free, Hadria thought she was doing the right thing—for once in her life.

But now the only light in her dark world has been ripped from her, and Hadria faces a vulnerability she never knew.

As Hadria frantically searches the city’s underbelly to save her lover, the Syndicate she leads becomes fractured, with some questioning her right to lead.

Hadria is forced to confront the idea that saving Aurora might mean giving up her criminal kingdom. But the crime queen is determined to reclaim her love—whatever it takes.

Can Hadria save Aurora and claim her forever?

Or will the darkness she revels in overtake her at last and destroy any chance at love?

Consort of the Crime Queen is the thrilling conclusion to the Underworld Duet, a steamy contemporary Sapphic mafia romance based (very) loosely on the myth of Hades and Persephone. Reader discretion is advised, and content notes are available on the Copyright page.

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The light to Hades darkness has been stolen from her and she will not rest until the Sunshine returns to Elysium.
The foolish men in Hadrias family thinking they can get away with the things they do without repercussions are sorely mistaken. Hadria is out for blood! She will get what belongs to her back and she vows to never lose sight of her light again.

Hades has surrounded herself with a group of mercenaries for the majority of her adult life. I mean she is a cold blooded killer so I’m thinking, probably not many swoon-worthy moments would happen. Well I thought wrong. I was ooohing and ahhhing over all the super cute couple-y moments throughout the duet.

Poor Aurora she hasn’t felt a sense of family really ever, despite the fact she grew up in a home with both of her parents. The longer she is at Elysium a found family starts to form around her. There within the walls of the dark castle, she finds a purpose in life for the first time ever.

I cannot say enough good things about this duet. I’ve been recommending it to all of my reader friends. I’m so happy there are another 2 books by this author I still haven’t read and it is almost spring break which means I will have extra time to read them. Thanks to the author for giving me my reading groove back!

Persephone Black likes Ice Queens who melt behind closed doors, Underworld Empresses who protect what’s theirs, and Bad Girls who stay bad to the end…but win the love of a good woman.

If that sounds enticing to you too, you should read her books. Villains are (anti)heroines and danger is an aphrodisiac in Persephone Black’s thrilling Sapphic Mafia romance novels.

Celebrating Pride Month with Savannah Verte #spotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.
Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!
Today we are celebrating Pride month with Savannah Verte. 
Savanna is a wonderful human. I met her through Writers on the River and she quickly became a person I look forward to seeing each July. I enjoy our yearly chats and I can’t wait to squeeze her next month.

A lifelong lover of words and reading, Savannah Verte hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to write when she grows up. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Savannah’s gypsy spirit and never quit attitude keep her busy and seldom idle. For so many reasons, Savannah considers herself a ‘Contemporary Vagabond’ when it comes to writing and hopes others find her diverse offerings as enjoyable to read as they are to write.

That’s the official Savannah, the unofficial version is this: just a girl who loves experiencing life with every twist and turn it takes. When she was born, she had such fine, light hair that her mother used to tape bows to her head so people would know she was a girl. She’s had a host of crazy unrelated jobs- everything from cake decorator, dry cleaner, and insurance agent to Emergency Room assistant, bartender, crime lab tech and bouncer. Savannah loves air hockey but completely sucks at it. She loves good jazz, good scotch, and antiques but also old rock, a quiet tea, and a tidy home. She’s completely technology impaired and can get it after she’s broken the computer or done it ass-backwards a few times… Thank Gods that there are some amazing meme creators that let her pilfer images or she’d be lost.

Lime green is her color, the rhinoceros is her logo & philosophy, and she’s completely mad about seeing new authors try.

🏳️‍🌈What is your name and a little bit about you?
Savannah Verte – I’m a vagabond writer and work in multiple genres, but almost always with a twist of some kind. I like to take readers somewhere they don’t see coming necessarily.
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I don’t know that I “decided.” And, I don’t know that I write LGBTQIA, I think that’s a byproduct of listening. I write the story that reveals itself to me…whatever that story is. It has to be the right story for the characters. One of them (Fil) completely surprised me, and the others were where the story made sense. I think romance is romance. LGBTQIA folks are romantic…they should see what they prefer in the genre too. I can’t say that I’m actively looking for those stories to tell. I just don’t walk away from them when they are revealed.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
That truly depends on the story. Some tales are too too big for a single stand alone. Others, would be painful to stretch to a series. I’m a slave to the characters. 🙂 One I’m writing currently needs to let me sleep if they want to be properly represented. lol
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
I have seven current projects. One with another author, (Royal Squall), and the other six are works to wrap up an open series (Una-Mor, Making Waves re-releases), or to continue a series that needs updating, (HEART Flights, Custos). OR, there is a work based on real life recent events and what has kept me from my writing desk, tentatively titled Truth Will Out, and then a new story that spins from Gravedigger and will likely become a series of its own tentatively titled The Devil’s Kitchen.
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
The only “MUST” that I have when writing is total quiet so I can submerge into the world. I have gun-block ear covers for emergencies.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
For LGBTQIA work? Either HEART Flights LIftoff, which is a series table-setter mostly, or there a Tale in 13 chapters called Immortal Deflagration. Kiss My Splash is the 3rd book in a series that the first two books really set the stage for, so I wouldn’t start with that. Non-LGBTQIA, Gravedigger is the book of my heart, but it has triggers, Portals is a crazy epic fantasy that starts with a simple love story…but it’s over 700 pages.  Uhmmm…you do realize this question is rather like asking my to choose a favorite child, yes? I love all the stories for different reasons.
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
OOOOF. I think I’m partial to Lover at Last, but that’s part of a LARGE series.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
lol. I don’t think I have ‘free’ time. I have time I’ve borrowed from something else, but that’s working a full-time job elsewhere and working to grow my word-world.


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