Category Archives: Dark

#WOTR24 #NewRelease #Halloween #Dark #Triggers – Don’t Be Scared by AJ Merlin

Don't Be Scared by [AJ Merlin]

Every town has a history.

Ours is just a little darker than most.

For years I’ve celebrated Halloween and Hollow Bridge’s history with everyone else who lives here. Parades, festivals, and insane Halloween parties have always been a staple for us. Some bad behavior is expected, given what we’re celebrating.

But murder has never been on the table before.

Someone in Hollow Bridge wants to bring the stories to life, and they’re not firing any warning shots. When rumors of someone wearing a Halloween mask surface, it isn’t long before the first person is killed.

No one is safe, but when I end up with a serial killer kneeling over me and a knife at my throat, I expect to be the next victim of the Hollow Bridge killer. I don’t expect for him to speak to me, from behind the garish mask he wears.

“Who should be the next to die, Bailey?”

Inexplicably, he lets me go. But I’m never going to be safe from him.

Because he wants more from me than just a name.

Don’t Be Scared is a full-length, MMF standalone for anyone looking for a spicy and dark Halloween read. It contains graphic violence, darker kinks, and murder. For a full list of triggers, please use the look inside feature.


AJ Merlin would rather write epic love stories than live them. I mean, who wants to limit themselves to only falling in love once? She is obsessed with dark fantasy, true crime, and also dogs. From serial killers to voyeurs all the way down to the devil himself, AJ’s specialty is in writing irredeemable heroes who somehow still manage to captivate their heroines (and her readers).

#NewRelease #Mafia #ArrangedMarriage – The Corsican Crime Lord Book 1 by Charmaine Pauls

Love Like Poison: Corsican Crime Lord, Book One by [Charmaine Pauls]

Every year on my birthday, my tormentor returns to claim one of my firsts.

On my sixteenth birthday, a stranger from Corsica shows up at my party. Angelo Russo looks like an angel, but more the kind who decapitates dragons than the kind with soft white wings. He’s dark like the ocean and breathless like water. He says he wants all my firsts as if he already owns them, but my father orders me to stay away from this man.

No matter how hard I try, I can’t escape him. No one can keep me safe. Every year on my birthday, he brings me a gift, each one having a detrimental effect on my life with unimaginable consequences. With every gift he offers, he claims another one of my firsts. Before I know it, he’s taken control of my existence, turning me into a nervous wreck, because when I turn eighteen, I know what first he’ll come for next.

Note: Love Like Poison is the first book in the Corsican Crime Lord series and ends on a cliffhanger. Sabella and Angelo’s story continues in Hate Like Honey (Book Two).

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Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchefstroom and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communication, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

When she moved to Chile with her French husband, she started writing full-time. She has been publishing novels and short stories since 2011.

Charmaine currently lives in Montpellier, France with her family. Their household is a lively mix of Afrikaans, English, French, and Spanish.

#sale – Seeking Solace by Chelsea Camaron

Title: Seeking Solace
Series: Love in the Dark Trilogy Book 2
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: Dark Romance


The fork in the road in front of me screamed go right …
Giano gave me life.
I gave him death.
The path to peace inside of me was covered in his blood.
Could I ever believe in love again?
Instead of going right, though, I veered left into the depths of a world unknown.

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

#MC #Dark #AgeGap #Mafia – Truly’s Biker, Royal Bastards MC:Reno, NV #2


Blond hair, a chiseled body, and ice blue eyes.
All the features of a god that trick you into thinking he’s a savior.

But he’s not.
Roch’s a devil in disguise.
A contract killer, in a motorcycle gang,
and the man I’ve been in love with since I was eight.

Now that I’m legal, I’m not waiting any longer for him to realize it.
So I act out, I cause a scene, I try to make him jealous.
Except, I trusted the wrong person.

Now Roch and his club are in danger,
and it’s all my fault.

I really messed up this time.


Truly thinks I don’t notice how she’s suddenly everywhere now that she’s an adult.
Getting into trouble, showing me what a brat she is, and
making me come rescue her.

But she’s my best friend’s daughter.
My dead best friend’s daughter.

No matter how she taunts me, it can’t happen.
The Royal Bastards are my brothers and my dogs are my world.
There’s no room for complications.

When one of her tantrums brings trouble to my door,
it’s not just her life at stake, it’s my entire club’s.
Now she has my full attention, and I’m realizing
Truly owned my black heart the entire time.

Will we be over before we’ve begun?


Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audiobook.

WOOF!!  Roch.  He has my attention from the beginning of book 1!!  I knew that dog loving mute would be the death of me and he sure was.

Truly.  She is the perfect person for him.  She understands his needs for control, quiet, peace, and accepts he is older then her even if her mom won’t be happy about it.  I mean do you really want your19 year old with a man mid 30’s?  Prolly not!!

Truly has always had a bond with Roch/Will.  She knew at a young age he was it for her.  She was doing everything in her power to MAKE him SEE the woman she was. Roch was starting to notice and was not happy with himself for it.

When she joins forces with Birdie to get him to SEE her, everything changes for him and her.  Truly is however thrust into club life when the enemy is causing problems, and little does she know her friend is the enemy.

I loved their story.  I loved all the scenes with Truly and her mom I felt they were a genuine reaction to how any mom would feel especially add on he is in a biker club with shady dealings.

I thought the naïve young girl thinking she can help/save everyone has her bubble burst a little but with Roch and Birdie there to guide her, I can’t wait to see where they end up.

Man Book 3 had me salivating.  This is soooo going to be good.

Misty Walker is a romance author with books in multiple subgenres, including gay, biker, and contemporary.

She’s been in the book and audiobook industry for many years, though she’s only been publishing since 2019.

Misty currently resides in the high desert of Reno, NV with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys camping in her comfy travel trailer, reading, and writing.

#Review #MC #Dark #Audio #AgeGap – Birdie’s Biker, Royal, RBMN:Reno, NV, Chapter 1 by Misty Walker, Narration by Troy Duran and Kelsey Navarro

Vegas is where good people go to sin. Reno is where the bad ones go.

Amidst the drugs, weapons, and trafficking, a murder-for-hire market has emerged. And my motorcycle club is right in the thick of it.

If you can pay, we have a million different ways to solve your problem. You want someone to vanish without a trace? The Great Basin Desert is almost two hundred thousand square miles of “nobody will ever find you.” You want to make a statement? We’ve been known to hang bodies from the Reno Arch.

If you’re paying, we’re killing. No witnesses, no evidence, and no questions asked.

That is until we’re hired to locate and kill a group threatening biological warfare by exposing our city to a deadly virus they stole. It’s the big payday we need. But in order to take the job, we have to also agree to protect the spoiled brat who saw everything.

Small. Frail. Innocent. Frightened. I made her my little birdie, but she always wants to fly away. Too bad for her I’ve clipped her wings and locked her in my cage.

They say free birds sing, and caged birds pray. Her cries sound the same to me.

*Birdie’s Biker is a dark romance in the second run of the Royal Bastards MC. It’s sexy as sin, thrilling, gritty, and dirty. If you love tortured heroes and a heroine who learns her strength in the most depraved way, then you’ll love Birdie’s Biker.


Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.

I am a HUGE MC reader.  I was needing a new series when I was recommended this one.  I admit when I saw Troy was a narration, I jumped.  His narration is awesome, and I knew I would love the story.  Kelsey was also so great at being Bridget/Birdie. She did a great job showing the naïve girl she was and the Bad Ass she was at the end.

Loki is a bad ass.  He is happy with his club girl or hang arounds for company plus a bottle of Tequilla.  His life is perfect.  No woman is going to lock his down and make him unhappy like he sees his dad.

Bridget/Birdie is a happy, clueless socialite.  She likes her life but knows she is missing something but what she doesn’t know.  When Bridget is thrust into Loki’s arms for her protection, the two clash off like crazy.  However, the more she pushes him, the more he loves her fire and sass.

I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this series but I will not lie, Roch….imma need to read your book ASAP.  I am so glad I have more credits to grab that audio as well!!!  LOL

The story of why Bridget is with Loki was good.  The crazy crash of chemistry these two have is so fun to read.  She pushes him and he pushes her, but they just can’t stay away from each other.  The way their relationship starts and the fear they both have about this relationship was written well.  They are both so unsure and yet sure of the other.

Like I said I cant wait for more from this series!!!

Misty Walker is a romance author with books in multiple subgenres, including gay, biker, and contemporary.

She’s been in the book and audiobook industry for many years, though she’s only been publishing since 2019.

Misty currently resides in the high desert of Reno, NV with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys camping in her comfy travel trailer, reading, and writing.

#REVIEW – No One Rides For Free (An Extreme Novella) by Judith Sonnet

Jodi was driving her children to college when The Man got in their car.
Uninvited, unwanted, and unhinged…
The Man has no name, but he does have a gun… a knife… and a bag of “toys”.
What starts as a forced ride into the desert escalates into a disturbing series of crimes and assaults.
Jodi and her children will soon pray for death.

WARNING: This novella is incredibly disturbing. It features graphic scenes of sexual violence, torture, and gore. It is not intended for easily offended readers. The print edition of this book includes an exclusive short story, which is not availble on ebook. It is also gross and disturbing.

Ok…um…WTF did I just read?? You know the book is going to be crazy when there’s a warning half way through. Especially when the end of said warning says “It’s just a book” over and over again. But seriously…wow. So I’ve watched a lot of horror movies. And I’m not talking horror movies like Scream or Halloween (I love those movies of course). I’m talking movies that have been banned or make you feel like you’re an awful person just by watching. So I’ve seen some stuff. But I swear nothing compares to reading horror. What I see in my head while reading and what you see in your head while reading, are two completely different things and that’s what I love about it. That’s what I love about reading in general but there’s just something so deeply disturbing with reading a horror novel that just hits me differently. And this extreme novella was no different.

First I’m going to start by saying IF YOU HAVE TRIGGERS – PLEASE READ WITH CAUTION. And please please PLEASE read the warnings.

So in this short but intense story, you get Jodi who is driving her two kids to college. They stop at a gas station where they meet The Man and his bag of toys. The things that happen…I seriously can’t even put into words. The author did her job. I felt dirty, disgusted, like I needed a shower and just plain gross. I have a strong stomach but there were parts of this that made me feel nauseous. I really have no words. At all. Even though the content of this book was horrible to say the least, I gave it a high rating because the author succeeded in making me feel things that I’m sure she set out to do. So kudos to her.

#BookPromo – Haunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet, #1) by H.D. Carlton


The Manipulator

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.

The Shadow

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.

#Review #Mafia #Dark – Wicked Addiction,  Dark Mafia Romance, Angsty Triangle Duet Book 1 by Barbara Nolan

Wicked Addiction: Dark Mafia Romance, Angsty Triangle Duet Book 1 (Club Wicked) by [Barbara Nolan]

Samson is torn between the woman he wants to save and the woman he wants to love. Angsty Triangle—Dark Romance—First Love—Slow Burn Romance—Coming of Age Samson hasn’t had many breaks in his young life until local mob boss, Frank Barnett puts him in charge of the Oasis, a Brooklyn strip club used to wash the mobster’s dirty money. When Lisbeth walks into the Oasis desperate for a job Samson hires the leggy beauty, then finds himself helplessly drawn to her startling blue eyes and sweet smile. Their connection is electric—something Samson never experienced with a woman. Lisbeth never dreamed of falling for the rough, brutal, drop-dead gorgeous, Samson, but she can’t deny the attraction simmering between them. She’s a hit at the club and the cash rolls in fast. Everyone’s happy except Yvette, Samson’s wildly jealous coke-addict girlfriend. Samson and Lisbeth’s steamy, dangerous obsession grows until— A vengeful Yvette and a rival Russian mobster threaten to wreck Samson’s world forcing him to decide between Yvette, the woman he wants to save, and Lisbeth, the woman he wants to love.


Review by Twinsie Angie

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

I was obsessed with the 2nd book of this duet so when I was offered book 1, I jumped.

Sampson and Lisbeth were HAWT reads, and I was so excited to see how we ended up in book 1.

If you read book 2 when it was first released, we kinda “know” what happens when Lisbeth comes looking for a bartending job but ends up as a stripper at the club.  This book takes us through the whole story with the crazy, jealous other woman and the not so amazing boss.

I loved the in-depth story that allowed us to SEE the couple when they fell in love,

Barbara is an Amazon Bestselling Author, and a native of New Jersey.
She loves her emotional, passionate alpha males and the women who tame them. Her writing is sexy, steamy and seductive, and her goal is to have fun while taking the reader away from their world and into hers.
She is proud of this second act in her life and loves meeting and getting to know her readers, fans, and all the wonderful people in the writing community.
Her passion for reading and words make this a journey of love. She considers reading a luxury and writing a necessity.

#wotr #attendingauthor #Standalone Broken Scars by J.M. Walker

Ruined. Tortured. Broken.

What could have been the perfect childhood, turned into a hell that the devil himself would shy away from. I was forced to deal with an evil that would make the darkest of souls cringe.

Lily Noel was scarred but beautiful. She was perfectly flawed and everything that I needed.

Attraction bordered on obsession.
Passion bordered on ecstasy.
Addiction bordered on insanity.

Nothing could get in the way of our love.



For Lily and Lucas battling with the demons from your past is anything but easy. Lily was out on a date when she found out the guy was actually married and to stay out of a storm she wondered into a local tattoo shop on her way home to avoid the rain but little did she know her work was going to change. Lucas had the worst childhood and still continues to battle with those demons everyday when this girl walks into hi shop like she owns the place. Will these two over come their demons together or will they tear them apart. This book has so many twist and turns and will keep you on your toes till the very end. I freaking loved every bit of this book and love Lucas and Lily so much.

Review by Twinsie Dee

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who recently hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

#Dark #ParkOfASeries #TriggerWarnings #Audio #Horror – Satan’s Affair, Cat and Mouse Duet #0.5 by H.D. Carlton

Every Halloween, Satan’s Affair will come to you. We travel the country, offering terrifying haunted houses, thrilling rides and the tastiest food.

And with every passing town, I cleanse this world, one execution at a time.

I hide within the walls, casting my judgement for those that reek of evil, singing lullabies to their rotting souls. Once you’ve been chosen, there’s no escaping my henchmen—they cater to my every desire.

You can run and you can hide, but it only excites me.

Come. Take a walk through my dollhouse, where your screams will blend and your cute little pleas will go unanswered.

But I can’t promise it’ll be over quickly…

Trigger Warning: This is a dark read that contains graphic violence, sex, and triggering situations.


Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.

I was super excited for this novella.  I know you are supposed to read it first but for me, I read it after the original duet.  For me, it makes more sense.

This book was a great look at Sibby.  We learn about her family and why she is the way she is. We also see her meeting the characters from the main duet.

I do think this could have been part of the Sibby duet but maybe she wasn’t sure  about a Sibby book series??  Anyway, it was a good read if you love Sibby like I loved her.

H. D. Carlton is an International and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Ohio with her partner, two dogs, and cat. When she’s not bathing in the tears of her readers, she’s watching paranormal shows and wishing she was a mermaid. Her favorite characters are of the morally gray variety and believes that everyone should check their sanity at the door before diving into her stories.