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#Dark #TW #DarkRomance #Revenge – Hunting Adeline, Cat and Mouse Duet Book 2 by HD Carlton

Hunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet, #2)

The final installment to the Cat and Mouse Duet…

The Diamond

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.

The Hunter

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.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchase this ebook and audio.

The first book and this book are 2 totally different realms of reading. If you saw my review for book 1 you will recall I said I didn’t think it as all THAT dark.  Well that is NOT the case for book 2.  Book 1 is a cupcake with a scoop of ice cream on a summers day in comparison to book 2.  It is a throat punch from beginning to end.  The anxiety I had for the beginning part of the book is not anything I expected to have/deal with.

Book 2 is split into 2 parts and I have to say….BRAVO,  I loved the way the book was written.  Because the book is in 2 parts my review will also be split in to 2 parts.

Part 1 is Not for the weak of heart.  It is not for someone who has any issues with triggers because this part of the story is a landmine of triggers. The rape, sexual assaults, abuse, etc are OFF The CHARTS!!  SO if you take this book on, know you will be uncomfortable and you will be horrified.  You will also be cheering as people are murdered and again, I questioned my mental health with this book.  The author did an amazing job making me feel broken and destroyed and THEN we enter part 2.

Part 2 is much “easier” but its still brutal.  We are seeing Adeline deal with the trauma she endured but we are also seeing Adeline grow.  She is not the same woman and I gotta say, she is an even better match for Zade now then before.  Adeline’s ARC over the 2 books was amazing.  She goes from a carefree woman to a woman on a mission of revenge.

Zade…omg can I say I fell even more in love with him.  He is not a good man.  He is the best Antihero I have ever read.  He is not the guy you should be rooting for and yet when he makes Adeline mac n cheese wearing an apron for dinner…..I was melting.  Yes melting!!!  Zade teaches his mouse a lot but vengeance and bloodletting are the biggest lessons along with loving your person with your entire being.

GAH this book ruined me in all the best ways possible.

Now I hear Sibbie is getting a book. SHUT UP and take my money!!  I need more of that crazy ass Bish and her henchmen…but who is Craven???

H. D. Carlton is an International 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.

#Audio #Review #Dark #Stalker #Duet #Cliffhanger – Haunting Adeline, Cat and Mouse Duet book 2 by HD Carlton

Haunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet Book 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.

This book was previously banned on Amazon due to the trigger warning. Please read reviews or go to the author’s website.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this book and audiobook.

SO I have seen this book on Tiktoc and was like hrrmmmmmm.  I mean I like dark but dark scares me.  Anywho, I went to an author event, and she was there. Thankfully I had VIP so my wait was only 20 minutes.  I jumped up and bought the duet without really knowing what the book was about except the following: 1. Stalker 2. DubCon 3. Hella dark.  I pulled up my big girl panties and dove in.  Also because of the gigantic size of the book, I purchased the audio. LAWD Teddy’s voice was like butter.  *Fans self*  He totally brought Zade to life for my in the biggest way possible.  Since I am giving out compliments, I gotta say Michelle was perfectly vulnerable as Addie.  She was also very sassy bringing Addie to life as well.

So lets discuss all that is with this book. Remember I said it was dark.  Well I guess I expected it to be darker….now don’t go thinking this is hearts and flowers ya’ll because that it is not.  Its not ok in parts and there is absolute dark themes but with that said….I expected worse.  I am worrying about my mental health at this time.

Addie was just doing her life.  She was drinking with her bestie and signing books when Zade sees her AND decided she was his.  Zade did “everything he could” to let her go…by everything he obsessed over her and checked in to her life in every aspect before ….well going after his little mouse.

Their relationship is crazy.  She is being overwhelmed by him and the more and more they are together he is becoming overwhelmed by her and her acceptance of him.

The side plot of who killed Gigi, I was like meh when it was discussed but yet at the end I was like OH SNAP….I mean didn’t see it coming.

The cliffhanger at the end, I thought I had it figured out and much like the whole damn book with situations when I thought I knew what was up…I was damn wrong!!!!  I am absolutely obsessed and need the next audio like right effing now!! Zade and Addie….I need the final.  From what I understand its super gory and I am there for it.  I mean I cheered when a box of body parts shows up at Addie’s door.  LOL  Again, I question my mental health.

H. D. Carlton is an International 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.

#BookBlitz #KU #DarkMafia #Kidnapping – Black Wedding, Beautifully Brutal book 1 by Emma Luna

Black Wedding: A Dark Mafia Romance (Beautifully Brutal Book 1) by [Emma Luna]

How far would you go to prove your family wrong?

My name is Liam Doughty and I’m a hit man.

All I wanted was to get what I was owed. I carried out the hit as I was hired to do by Irish Mob boss, Vernon O’Keenan. It’s not my fault they found out too late that they had the wrong man. All I wanted was my money. I thought I could kidnap the Mafia Princess Brianna O’Keenan and get the ransom money. What I got was so much more!

Ruthless, feisty, and incredibly sexy, she’s far from the timid daddy’s girl I was expecting. Bree has her own agenda. She wants to dominate in a world ruled by men. I have no doubt she can do it, but she will need my help. Her family rules state only males can run the business. So, Bree proposes we get married. She gets to rule, and I get more money than I ever dreamed of.

Two dark, evil worlds collide when we agree to our black wedding. We will fight each others enemies and come out on top. But what happens if we develop real feelings and we realise our wedding wasn’t all that black?

Author Warning
Black Wedding is a dark mafia, kidnapping romance. This book features dark themes which may be a trigger for some people. If you would like more detail then please email: emmalunaauthor@gmail.com.

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Emma Luna is a midwife and lecturer who lives in Cambridgeshire, UK, despite her heart still very much being Northern. She lives surrounded by her crazy family; her Mum, who is her best friend and biggest fan; her Dad who helps her remember to always laugh; her Grandparents and Brother who can never read what she writes and her long suffering man-child Boyfriend who she couldn’t live without (but don’t tell him that!).

In her spare time she likes to create new worlds and tell the stories of the characters that are constantly shouting in her head. She also loves falling into the worlds created by other authors and escaping for a while through reading.

When she’s not adulting or chasing her writing dream she loves dog-napping her Mums shih-tzu Hector, chilling curled up on the sofa with her Boyfriend binge watching the latest series or movie, drinking too much diet coke (it’s her drug of choice), buying too many novelty notebooks, and completing adult colouring books as a form of relaxation. Oh and she is a massive hardcore Harry Potter geek. Ravenclaw for life!

Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author – hope you enjoy and come back for more!

#WOTR22 #Dark – Love in the Dark Series by Chelsea Camaron – Stay and Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Restoration

Stay (Love in the Dark Book 1)
Seeking Solace: Angelina's Restoration (Love in the Dark Book 2)
Stay –
Fair Warning … This isn’t a sappy romance. It’s not sweet. It’s far from anything you would want to imagine. This is a story to leave you feeling dirty.
 
Nothing about us is normal.
Nothing about us is natural.
 
Can love ultimately be defined in such ways, truly? This is our story.
 
He is a hitman. The very one who took my family the night that changed us both forever. Something in my eyes stopped him from killing me. Something in my eyes called out for him to take me.
 
At ten he captured me, at fifteen he consumed me, and at eighteen he owned me.
 
Outsiders think he’s my father … that is so far from the truth.
 
Our twisted desires fuel the darkness that lies deep inside us both. My innocence never existed. He takes me as I am.
Seeking Solace –
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.

*This is a romantic thriller and is best read after Stay (Love in the Dark 1). Due to triggers and graphic violence, it is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.*

Series order:
Stay
Seeking Solace
Reclaiming Me – coming soon

Stay Review by Angie –

It is dirty, wrong and yet sooo perfect!!!

The ending will gut you so be ready!!

I am pretty sure I shouty caps emailed Chelsea about this book!!! ANNND more then once!!!
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I received this book from the author for an honest opinion.

*wipes the tears* WHHHHHHHHHHHHHY!! I mean WHHHHHHHHHHHHHY did you do this to me Chelsea Babe!!! OMG This is a whole new level of writing for Chelsea. I love her Hellions, Smoker Jumpers and bar guys but Giano is a whole lotta perfect wrong????

This book jumps right outta the gate into wrong wrong wrong territory!!

Fallyn is enduring what she does nightly when all of a sudden a man appears and saves her. The why of it doesn’t become clear until much much much later.
Fallyn is so confused. Why is she here and who this man who is caring for her. When she starts a conversation with the stranger, she is soon told what she is expected to do. She is expected to live. She is expected to thrive and she is expected to not take life for granted. We learn that she can’t be Fallyn but will now be Angelina AKA Angel to our stranger AKA Giano. The two form a strange bond. He is wanting to help her and she is wanting to have a real life. They begin to navigate life when she finds out who Angelina really is. The bond that they share is unique. They become a strange “family” unit. Dad and child but always knowing that is far from the truth.

Fallyn has to learn to navigate life as Angel. She begins to have a life but in high school Giano’s “work” catches up to him and causes some trouble for Angel. This then makes Angel wonder about her REAL family. Where are they? Are the dead? Are they alive?

As time goes on we see some sparks between Giano and Angel. She is growing more and more attached to this savior and he is more and more attached to his Angel…..the then girl now woman who saved him. The two have a very twisted and gritty life but after 8 years together something happen and the relationship is now shifted and forever changed…….

For me BOTH Epilogues helped my heart. I love the need Fallyn has but I understand the emotion that Angel expresses…….I Kinda liked Fallyn a little it more buuut that was my black heart at work there!!

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Seeking Solace Review –

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

I was a HUGE fan of Stay. If you haven’t read it, you need to stop and read that story first. You have to read it in order to understand what is going on in the series.

This book takes placed right after *sniff* Giano’s death. I am still so sad about that yet Chelsea still says it had to happen….sigh…anyway, Angelina is a mess. She is guilt and hurt and sad and lonely and just A MESS!! She misses Giano with everything she is. She has Uncle ZoZo there to help her pick up the pieces but its just not enough.

After his death, she packs up and goes to college to try and move on with her life. She meets and falls in love with Shawn who also has ties to “The Families.” No matter, we see her thriving and mostly learning to love and trust……However, Angelina soon learns that the “PAST” Giano tried to shelter her from is not gone. Her past is going to come back to haunt her and her new love.

I am so excited to see the final installment. Fallyn returns to kick some ass. Angelina is the sweet face to our girl but when Fallyn comes out to play, ya’ll better be ready. She is not happy and she is going to be leaving a trail of blood in her wake!!!

USA Today 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, 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.

#ReleaseBlitz #BookBlitz – Scouts Anthology (A Dark Romance Anthology)

💚 SCOUTS IS LIVE! 💚

Cover by Pink Elephant Designs

💚 BUY LINK: https://geni.us/Scouts
Available in Kindle Unlimited

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

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

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

There’s only one way to find out…

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

💚 PARTICIPATING AUTHORS
Yolanda Olson
Abigail Davies
Penelope Douglas
Natasha Preston
Jennifer Bene
Vicki James
Samantha Towle
Cole Denton – Author
Ally Vance Author
JM Walker
Measha Stone Author
Kamisa Cole
Claire C Riley
Ellie Meadows
Shane Starrett
Andi Jaxon

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

Monica Corwin is an attending author

At First Sight

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

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

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

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

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

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

Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters…lots and lots of typewriters.

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

Monica Corwin is an attending author.

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

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VOW TO PROTECT #1 Release Date: August 13th

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.

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

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

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

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

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

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

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

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

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

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

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

PROMISE TO KEEP #2 Release Date: September 2021

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

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

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About the Monica Corwin: Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters…lots and lots of typewriters.   You can reach Monica by emailing her at monica@monicacorwin.com or monicacorwin@outlook.com

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#Review – Stella (Extended Cut) by Emery LeeAnn & L.X. Deveraux

I’ve been planning my revenge for almost a year now.

I was thoroughly abused.
I was beaten and left for dead.
They made me their victim.


The culprits thought I was weak, but now they will meet their maker.

Not one of them will be left alive, even if I have to forfeit my own life in the process.

*Part 1 of Stella was released in Scream Queens Charity Anthology – it will be included in this extended cut*

If you like revenge movies, read this book. If you liked “I Spit On Your Grave”, read this book. While of course this book is quite different than that movie, it definitely had the same raw, brutal, disturbing feel. And it was just as detailed too! If not more so, since this involves reading and using your own imagination.

The first version of Stella was released in an anthology that I myself was in as well. It was horror themed and packed with quite the punch! Then Emery added more to Stella and included a co-author as well. I remember messaging her when I finished the first version, wanting more!

This book is a continuation of Stella and how she gets revenge on the four guys who wronged her. And holy moly, does she ever get revenge! I think I read the whole thing with my eyes wide open! I do think one of the guys got off too easy if you ask me but she still got her revenge like she wanted. Pick up the book today to find out how!

#REVIEW – Scream Queens Anthology

In our world, there’s No Escape from the Silence. You can try Breaking Glass, but once you are Suspended in Blood there’s no way out. Hopefully you have an Alibi when you run away from the Silent Screams that fill the night.

Scream Queens is a horror anthology raising money for #PutTheNailInIt, a charity focused on helping domestic violence victims. Now get ready to dive in, and Hush Little Baby, don’t say a word. Stella will read you a horror tale.

**This anthology’s proceeds will benefit #PutTheNailInIt Charity which aids in the awareness of domestic violence.***

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Well this anthology is definitely not for the faint of heart. While I was one of the contributing authors, I decided to read the rest of the stories and wow. Just wow. I gasped so many times, I lost count. I’m a huge fan of horror movies and I love horror stories just as much but these stories blew me away.

If you love horror stories, this is definitely the anthology for you! I even messaged Emery LeeAnn after finishing her story, Stella, and asked her for more. If you loved the movie, “I Spit On Your Grave”, you’ll like this little book.

These stories are gruesome and have people getting revenge in the most depraved way possible.

Enjoy and happy reading! Oh and don’t forget to turn on the lights.

#WOTR20 #CoverReveal #Dark #BDSM #Master #Slave – 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.