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#WOTR24 #SeriesStarter #Contemporary #ThrowbackReview – If I Loved You, Hollywood Hearts Book 1 by Jean C. Joachim

Does love always mean total truth? Successfully shunning the limelight was one way for Megan Davis to keep her family secret. The press intruded on her life when her twin brother, Mark, became the star quarterback for the Delaware Demons. Disrespectful of tabloid superstars, financial advisor, Meg, was shocked when she was tapped to launch a celebrity division in the prestigious investment firm, Dillon & Weed. The biggest surprise: the charisma of her first client.
Gorgeous, magnetic movie star, Chaz Duncan, wary of women who wanted to bask in his fame or sell his secrets to the media, valued privacy above all else. Would attractive Megan Davis, his new financial advisor charm the truth from him or would he continue his high profile but lonely existence to keep his secret safe? Jealousy, deceit and scandal threaten two careers and the quest for true love and trust in this roller-coaster-ride contemporary romance.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I actual rating is a 3.75 but I rounded up.

I met this wonderfully kind author while at a book convention. She is so warm and friendly that when she reached out to me after the convention, I had to read these books. The blurbs of the books seemed “up my alley”. Who DOESN’T follow the heart breaks and loves of celebrities.

Chaz is the celebrity that everyone wants and everyone assumes (ya know you should’nt do that right???) is a mega playboy. He meets Megan/Meg to talk to her about investing his money. He is totally taken with her and had to convince her to go out on dates. Meg has a famous brother and she wants NOOOOO part of a celebrity relationship.

Well the couple feel an attraction. Meg is so insecure that she cant believe this hottie really wants her. Chaz is sooo broken he cant believe someone as kind and caring actually likes him for him and not his money.

Well the two end up falling in L…..wait not the L word…friends with benefits. Neither will admit their love for the other out of fear. When they finally do, they are arguing and I had to laugh about it. The couple is happy and trying to figure out the logistics of how to make it work when…grrrr….the conflict of the story hits. a co-worker frames Meg and sets off a bunch of bad press for Chaz which is turns threatens his career. Poor Chaz has to decided love or a career. Poor Meg has to decide Love for me or let him go for his own career.

I enjoyed the story and the overall plot. I am very excited to meet and read about Quinn, Chaz’s best friend, in book 2.

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. When other kids wanted to be doctors, teachers or firemen, I wanted to be a writer.
As soon as I could read, I began devouring books. I’d read anything I could get my hands on, but Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” and Nancy Drew mysteries were early favorites.
In school, term papers were my favorite homework. While others bemoaned the amount of work involved, I jumped in, burying myself in research and writing the document with care.
Still fiction was my first love. After college and a degree in English, I fell into the world of advertising. After many years in corporate America, I went my own way. Working and raising two kids took all my energy and creativity. But when the youngest went off to school, all the stories ideas in my head came to life. Mac Caldwell and Callie Richards landed in my head and refused to leave. So I told their story. What started as one book has become six. Now I greet my characters every morning at six and jump back into their story, enjoying every minute. I’m blessed to be able to work at something I love. More than 70 books later, I’m still up at the crack of dawn, crafting the tales of the people who live in my head while nursing a cup of tea and a few pieces of black licorice.

#WOTR24 #darkRomance #BDSM #Cartel – Surrendered Innocence, Innocent Brides book 4 by Measha Stone, narration by Jay Alder and Kylie Stewart

He didn’t ask for my surrender. He took it.

Maybe I let myself get a little too tipsy this evening, but I didn’t expect to wake up next to a Russian mobster without my panties on. Fortunately, Maxim Volkov isn’t here to ravage me.

At least not tonight…

He’s made it his business to look out for me, and if that means taking me over his knee with my bottom bare for a spanking with my own hairbrush, then that’s exactly what he’s going to do.

I shouldn’t have surrendered so easily, but I was soaking wet even before he ordered me to spread my legs, and the moment I felt his touch where I needed it most, I knew I was his.

Forever.

Surrendered Innocence is a standalone novel in the Innocent Brides series. It includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.

Again, I listened to an audio book so sorry if I get the names spelled wrong.  Anyway, I enjoyed the life that Jay and Kylie added to the characters.  They really do embrace the story when they tell it, and it makes it that much for enjoyable.

This story overlaps with book 2 and 3.  Maxin and Mandy. He is the babysitter bodyguard, and she is the new bestie at Anya’s work.  They are both interested in the other we find out in the story.  We SEE the attraction in book 2.

Maxim is 100% like his cousins…take charge is all things, Mandy.  Mandy is much like the other ladies…strong willed and always into trouble.  LOL  She is one brave girl bringing a gun to a Romanov’s house …smh…..GIRL WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!!!????

What I have absolutely loved about this series are characters you think are just random names because a major part of the overall arching plot.  We meet Viper in another book, and I didn’t think anything of him and then BOOM Measha shocks us with the importance of this character to Mandy.

If you enjoy BDSM and have read the other books in the series, you will enjoy this story as well. Mandy and Maxin are fun to read.  She will not come to heal so quickly and that makes Maxim a wee bit upset.  He gets imaginative at times with her “punishments” which of course are delicious reads.  *Wink*

Measha Stone is a USA Today bestselling romance author with a deep love for romantic stories, specifically those involving the darker side of romance, all the possessive dominant heroes, and their feisty heroines. If you love a well deserved happily ever after, you will enjoy her books.

WOTR24 #BDSM #Mafia #dark #Audio – Ravaged Innocence, Innocent Brides book e by Measha Stone, narration by Jay Alder and Kylie Stewart

He didn’t come for me just to make me scream his name. He came to make me his.

When Luka Romanov burst into the bar where I work to take care of some mafia business, I was still an innocent virgin. I woke up the next morning sore, spent, and feeling much less innocent.

He tracked me down to punish me for trying to run from him, but it wasn’t just his hard hand reddening my bare bottom that left me soaking wet and ready to be ruthlessly claimed. I was breathless and desperately in need the moment he pinned me to the wall and kissed me.

Then he carried me off to his penthouse to show me what it means to belong to a man like him.

Because he isn’t just going to ravage me. He’s going to keep me.

Publisher’s Note: Ravaged Innocence is a stand-alone novel which is the third book of the Innocent Brides series. It includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I bought this audiobook.

Now because I listened to the audio books, please forgive any misspelled names.  LOL I want to say I think Jay and Kylie did a great job with the narration in the story. I enjoyed the way they brought the characters to life.  I really loved the Russian accents they used for these characters.

Avery, we meet at the bar when Arman, in book 2, comes to get information from Mario.  We see Luka take interest in the feisty waitress trying to help her boss and bar patrons.  He takes her home and immediately needs more from this crazy woman.  She is on her own and independent.     Luka is the assassin for the family.  He is only here in the states for a job but the little waitress he can’t seem to get out of his head.

Their story seemed to have a lot more sex filler, which I know some people love, but I find to be a bit tiring.  I did enjoy their story and how they fell in love hard and fast for the other.  They both are so scared to admit things and so of course things happen.  Avery kept her fire and Luks did hide like a coward for a bit. But when he admits his fault, they have a great HFN.

I did like the story, but the sex filler left me bored at time.  I mean I love sexy times but I felt like every chapter was a sexy time.  27 chapters it gets as smidge redundant.  I am looking forward to starting book 4 with Mandy and Maxim.

Measha Stone is a USA Today bestselling romance author with a deep love for romantic stories, specifically those involving the darker side of romance, all the possessive dominant heroes, and their feisty heroines. If you love a well deserved happily ever after, you will enjoy her books.

#WOTR24 #BDSM #Mafia #ForcedBride #Audio – Ruined Innocence, Innocent Brides book 2 by Measha Stone, narration by Jay Alder and Kylie Stewart

Ruined Innocence: Innocent Brides, Book 2

First he made me his. Then he made me his bride.

Arman Romanov has looked out for me since I was a little girl, yet now when I need him more than ever I can’t stand the idea of accepting help from the son of a man my father betrayed.

But it isn’t up to me.

A powerful mafia family is demanding that I pay my father’s debts and Arman is the only one who can protect me, but that isn’t the reason I’m sore, spent, and sleeping by his side tonight.

I’m sore because his belt across my bare bottom taught me that he expects to be obeyed, and I’m spent because when he was finished he ravaged me even more shamefully than he punished me.

But I’m not lying naked in his bed just so he can use me as he pleases.

I’m here because I’m his bride.

Ruined Innocence is a standalone novel, which is the second book of the Innocent Brides series. It includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. It is intended for mature listeners.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I bought this audiobook.

Now because I listened to the audio books, please forgive any misspelled names.  LOL I want to say I think Jay and Kylie did a great job with the narration in the story. I enjoyed the way they brought the characters to life.

Anya and Arman were such a fun book.  I felt terrible for Anya for everything that happened to her due to her father.  Arman was such an interesting character given his feeling for Anya but his refusal to admit it to himself and her.  When he told her they were always going to happen, it made my heart swoon.

These 2 have SO MUCH to overcome.  Her fear of him and his family but then just his dad.  He has to deal with his dad and make sure his brothers are going to have his back given how mad Dad is going to be with the marriage.  They also have to deal with secrets from Anya’s dead father and what it means to her.

I was disappointed at how Arman treated Anya after everything they had been through when he confronted his dad and her.  I love how strong Anya stays through it all.  She was a great character, and I enjoyed her fire and strength.  Arman is a man who knows what he wants but got caught up for a bit.

I really enjoyed the story.  I gotta admit I really want to read book 4 because Mandy is going to be a fun character.  But off I go to start book 3 with Luca and the waitress.

Measha Stone is a USA Today bestselling romance author with a deep love for romantic stories, specifically those involving the darker side of romance, all the possessive dominant heroes, and their feisty heroines. If you love a well deserved happily ever after, you will enjoy her books.

#NewRelease #ReleaseDay – Trig, Nine and Trig Book 2 by Jennifer Raygoza

COMING SOON! ♥
Introducing Book 2: The Sequel to Nine
Join Trig, the most feared hitman in Las Vegas, on a heart-pounding journey as he fights to protect the woman he loves against all odds. After a lifetime of pain, Trig has finally found his reason for living in Nine, a former escort who holds his chaotic heart. But their complicated pasts are catching up to them, with demons lurking at every corner.
The devil himself, his boss Carmen, is determined to destroy Trig’s happiness and drag him back into darkness. But Trig will stop at nothing to shield Nine from harm, even if it means facing the fires of hell itself.
Dive into the flames of ‘Trig’s Dilema’—a gripping tale of love, redemption, and the ultimate battle against evil.

“I never meant to put you through hell.” -Trig
“It’s fine. I miss the flames.- Nine

“Even if my death was to separate us, I would find a way back here to be with you.”-Trig
“After today, I don’t ever want to wait for you to find a way back to me.”-Nine

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Jennifer Raygoza delivers books that will keep you turning pages. She has a knack for writing chaotic characters with complicated pasts, wrapped in pure seduction and sprinkled in darkness. If you love a little of everything in your book then dive into her world.

#WOTR24 #ReleaseDay #Hockey #Stalker #Curvy Heroine #SeriesStarter #enemiestolovers- Conner, Glendale Magic Book 1 by Mary Warren

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

I saw this book was offered by the author in a reader event group I was attending.  I love a good hockey romance and jumped to read it.  I fully admit I don’t know much about the game but enjoy them the most with sports romance books.

I thought the story and flow was an easy read.  I sat and was halfway through the book one afternoon.  It was a nice feel-good story even with the heavy topic of stalking.  I would not qualify this book as dark since the stalker storyline was pretty small.

Sasha is the new girl with the company.  She is very capable and independent.    However, she would love to find a “love of the lifetime” love.  She is a very confident woman, and I enjoyed her fire and sass.  She really didn’t take anything but also treated everyone like they were the most important person in the room.

Connor is all hockey all day long. His life is hockey, and he has zero time for romance or romantic entanglement. However, he seems to be attracted to Sasha but then sticks his foot in his mouth every single time he is around her.

I enjoyed the story but found there was a lot of push and pull in the beginning of the story which started to feel like filler….drama for drama sake.  I did enjoy it when the two stopped pushing and finally admitted feelings.

The stalker plot was pretty minimal and then slowly increased as the plot thickened.  When it was revealed, I thought the scene was well played out and enjoyed the resolution.  It was a great twist of who he was.

I was invested in the cast of characters in the series. I am interested in reading Cash and Evie.  They seem like oil and water so this will be a great read.

Mary Warren lives in Illinois with her family. When she’s not writing stories of fat women, she’s reading them and advocating for better fat representation. Mary founded Fat Girls in Fiction, pointing out positive fat representation for femmes and non-binary people in books. This project became a community and is something she is immensely proud of and happy to be working on.

#WOTR24 #BDSM #Dark #Erotica #Audio – Corrupted Innocence, Innocent Brides #1 by Measha Stone, narration by Jay Alder and Kylie Stewart

He wouldn’t take my money. He wanted my innocence instead.

When Nikolai Romanov came looking for my brother, I emptied my savings hoping I could pay off his debt. But it wasn’t even close to enough, so Nikolai Romanov decided to take me instead.

I didn’t expect a Russian mafia boss like him to be gentle with me… and he wasn’t.

Not when he spanked me for daring to wear panties under the dress he chose for me, and certainly not when he stripped me out of that same dress and made me scream in his bed.

He told me I would be his for a month, but the way he looks at me says I’m his forever…

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I bought this audiobook.

OHH This book!! I have read one other book from Measha and it was hella dark so I felt this one was a light dark??  Is that a thing?  LOL

Charlie’s DB brother, Oliver, ran into some trouble.  That trouble was in the name of Nikolai.  I gotta admit. I loved Nikolai when he was refusing to take Charlie’s money and well when he made the “deal”, I was a little excited for what would happen.

Nikolai and Charlie are both amazing characters.  They both love their family and will do anything for them.  I also loved how Charlie pushes Nikolai’s limits and sometimes it was a good result and other times it wasn’t so nice…or maybe it was??  LOL

As the story progressed seeing them two develop feelings and then of course have miscommunications.  But I loved how possessive Nikolai was with her.  I can’t wait to read more from the series.

The narration was great for the 2 characters. I enjoyed the life they brought to the characters and story.

Measha Stone is a USA Today bestselling romance author with a deep love for romantic stories, specifically those involving the darker side of romance, all the possessive dominant heroes, and their feisty heroines. If you love a well deserved happily ever after, you will enjoy her books.

#WOTR24 #MC #Prospect #Virgin #audio – Bottom of the Chains – Prospect, Book 2 of Grimm Wolves MC #2 by D.M. Earl

My life has sucked for as far back as I can remember. My folks didn’t want me so I was thrown into foster care. Let me just say lots of fun. NOT.

Then one day, my life took a dramatic change. My circumstances improved greatly. I met The Grimm Wolves MC and they took me under their wing. I became not only a prospect but also part of their brotherhood.

Now I’ve let my brothers down not once, but twice, in less than a month. What if I don’t belong with the club? Feeling the weight of life, how can I prove to the only family I have ever had that I’m worth the trouble? Or maybe the truth is I’m not reliable and useful after all? It all depends on how much of my failure The Grimm Wolves MC are willing to put up with by one of their newest prospects.

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I bought this audiobook.

I must admit I was kinda spaced out today when I grabbed this book.  I bought book 2 and not book 1.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  LOL  Anyway, I didn’t feel lost at all when I was reading this book.  Each characters I felt was introduced and I could follow the story without any issues.

The narration of the story was ok.  I think the female narrator almost tried too hard with her voice?  I don’t know.  When she wasn’t Clem, I didn’t mind her voice but as Clem I wasn’t a fan.  The male narrator also I felt was trying to hard with different voices.  As Bullet it was fine but when he was Chains or Bubba, it was over the top.

The story was a short one which I loved.  The story is Bullet who is a 20 year old Prospect for the Grimm Wolves.  He has lots of demons to uncover and deal with.  He is being looked after by one of the guys and his old lady.

Clem was working in a doctor’s office when Bullet and her friend Grace come in.  She ends up hanging out with them for lunch and drooling over Bullet.  Bullet is also pretty attracted to her but also kinda a hot mess about his feelings since he has so many unknowns in his life.

The story about the 2 connecting was fine.  They did a lot of time hanging and talking.  They weren’t jumping into bed and I did enjoy the chemistry of the two.  They are both young and have a lot of luggage to unpack before they can really commit to anyone. I like the HFN ending.

I did feel the story was a little bit bumpy and needed a bit fleshed out at times.  There were times I thought stuff was over the top with the dialogue but then I wonder if that was also my issues with the narration and not the story???

USA Today Bestselling author, D. M. Earl creates authentic and genuine characters while spinning stories that feel so real and relatable that the readers plunge deep within the plot, begging for more. Complete with drama, angst, romance, and passion, the stories jump off the page.

When Earl, an avid reader since childhood, isn’t at her keyboard pouring her heart into her work, you’ll find her in Northwest Indiana snuggling up to her husband, the love of her life, with her seven fur babies nearby. Her other passions include gardening and shockingly cruising around town on the back of her 2004 Harley. She’s a woman of many talents and interests. Earl appreciates each and every reader who has ever given her a chance–and hopes to connect on social media with all of her readers.

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#WOTR24 #paranormal #Shifters #SpinoffSeries – Brave, Alumbra Pack book 4 by AJ Renee

A lifelong crush on her pack’s beta would only lead to heartbreak… or would it?When Carrie Somers returns to her pack after years in captivity, she’s annoyed to realize her childhood crush is as strong as ever. If only ending her attraction to Lance were as easy as shifting into her wolf.No matter how thrilled she is to be reunited with her family, she’s holding on by a thread. Between her overbearing family, the town gossips, and running into Lance at every turn, she is near her breaking point. How can she move on if everyone keeps walking on eggshells around her?Though young himself, Lance Selba had never imagined his mate would be a were as young as Carrie. Needing to hide their status until she was more mature, he leaned on his elders for support and agreed to a spell that would help safeguard the pair. Years later, Lance decided it was time for the spell to be removed and talk to her about it, but before he could ask, his world crashed down on him with news of her abduction.After Carrie rejoins their pack, witches remove the spell. His mate has been through hell, and no matter how much he and his wolf demand they claim her, they can’t. Lance must ease himself into her life, and she’s not making it easy on him.Secrets, no matter how innocent or well-meaning, have a way of hurting the ones they are trying to protect. Can Carrie find it in her heart to forgive the people who love her the most, or did they wait too long to tell her and the deception is one too many?

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

SWEET BABY JESUS!!  The chemistry was CRAZY in this book. YO I was dying for these 2 to get to banging…just kinding but kinda not.

Lance is seriously the most swoon worthy male ever.  I mean to see your mate when she is a child and you are a grown ass man…woof cannot even begin to deal with that ….then when you want to come forward and be like “Hey guuuuurlllll” she is kidnapped for 3 long years.  So much happens to Carrie but she returns and is dealing.  Lance is trying REAL hard to keep his stuff tight but when the woman who is your forever, the other half of your soul, and your future is giving you dagger eyes…yeah it kinda flips him out.  Broody doesn’t even begin to cut it with Lance.

There is so much for Carrie to understand.  She doesn’t know what this mating mark is.  She doesn’t understand why its been hidden from her.  She doesn’t understand why Lance would be fated with a damaged mate like her.

Lance on the other hand is flipping because he has loved Carrie since for ever but he wasn’t able to save her and he feels like he let her down by masking the mate bond.

GAH these 2!!  I am telling ya…intense chemistry.  As always we get to see some hilarious dialogue and funny character scene stealers like Scott from the car dealership.

But again I absolutely fell in love with these characters.  The family bond and mating dynamic is written very well by AJ.  I look forward to each of her books and cannot wait for who is next.  I admit I hope its Jaz.  The girl needs a bright sunny day after all her nights in the dark.

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.

#WOTR24 #attendingauthor #Authorspotlight – Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Megan Kelly

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I love writing series books. It’s quite a bit of organization, which I geek out over.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I have characters’ stories developed that could take place in other settings but are enhanced by living in my fictional town and interacting with known characters (or lead characters to come).

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Work on something you love to read, that gives you joy. Celebrate the milestones. Believe in yourself.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I’m a purge/rest writer—words spill out in huge amounts, then nothing for a few days. Nothing typical here.

What is your definition of success?

I’m proud of what I write. I love what I do. It’s thrilling when someone has read one of my books.

What are your social links?

Facebook.com/MeganKelly-Author

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

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