My name is Rex Cain…but you can call me god. I am the ruler of the Cain empire—a legacy built from the blood and bone of others. Here in my kingdom, only the strongest survive, and only the wicked can thrive. That’s why I took my father’s life before he had a chance to take mine. But my life doesn’t flow through my veins. It flows through hers, the girl he tried to take from me. The woman I’ve stained my hands in blood for. My most prized possession. My weakness. My butterfly. She thinks I’m her savior, and I’ll burn kingdoms to the ground to keep it that way. While she waits for me on her knees, I’m a king who reigns without mercy. While she obeys my every command, I’m a dictator who starts wars. And while she breathes, I’m a man with something to lose.\ My name is Rex Cain, and she is my Hope.
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2021
Not my first time reading this author and I do like her writing style and her DARK. This though, this was a dark of the color dark and then add about 100 x’s more. And then add a few more! I read and like dark romances but this was very twisted, fucked up but also beautiful in it’s own ways.
The darkness in this will break you, and the little hope will make you shed tears.
That is the best way I can describe this book. This is on the line of dark and darker, I can’t explain it without feeling every emotion while reading this, from curious to turned on to in fear and sad. My mind was at war with my libido during this whole book and it brought out all the feelings at the same time…I wasn’t even sure about the surrounding while reading just captivated in the moment. Unfortunately the more I read the more my mind won over, and I think this hero or rather anti-hero was a bit too much in my eyes. The lines were blurred to begin with but he was so far away that I finally realized that liking the kinds of this anti-hero isn’t something for me. I love dark, alpha, dominant, possessive but this one just went beyond that, the punishments, his thoughts, the other woman…made me angry the more I read. It wasn’t so much the situations which may be the fucked up thing about me here but more of the I was missing the actual Romance, yes even in this darkness I wanted that little hope and feeling…I never got it. What I also did not get which I was kind of waiting for to justify it all, was the romance. I know people will say well this is a dark romance but where is the romance part? This review went from 5 stars to 4.5 down to 3.5 and on the verge of it being a final 3 star which makes me sad because I think had I had that romance and affection between the H & H it would have been okay for me, not to mention the fact that the heroine barely speaks at all. I know there was a warning on this book but just not for me.
p.s. you do get a little of that romance at the very end, but for me it was too late. Just in case you’re reading my review and wonder if there was any at all at least. To each it’s own, had I had that sooner and throughout this would be a different review. Best of luck to the book.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: HIGHLY TRIGGERS & PERSONAL DISLIKE Standalone/Series: (Underworld Kings) Type: All Tags at bottom of this page!
Nastasia Leokov has loved her brother’s best friend since the very moment she met him. Understanding that she’ll never be anything more to Viktor Nikulin than a treasure to guard, Nas sensibly hides her feelings. But when she makes a brash decision to kiss him, everything changes. That kiss. That hot, explosive, all-consuming kiss. It haunts Vik. And suddenly, Nastasia Leokov isn’t just a teenage mob princess. No. She is his. Undeniably. Indisputably. An unbreakable connection. A hidden relationship. A lifetime of firsts. And yet, something is missing. Nas desperately craves the one thing Vik has never offered her. His heart.
RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2022
NEW to me author & books. I picked this sign-up just as a I saw it and the blurb sounded really good so I wanted to go for it. I don’t usually like to dive into NEW author’s but if the blurb really sounds great I give it a go. Unfortunately I was not able to really connect with the characters, especially the heroine and the writing style.
I did DNF this book due to a huge huge turn-off and dislike which is deception of cheating & characters who are a second-chance and sleep/kiss other characters. The mood was just black for me the whole time, I read as much as I could digest until I just got pissed off enough to want to throw away my kindle. Again some people love this, why, I will never understand if I wanted real life BS I wouldn’t be reading I can see enough of that in the world. I honestly haven’t read enough to get into the story because I have been so focus on trying to connect with the characters and get over the ‘cheating’ ordeal. Personal preference it is what it is. Best of luck to the author.
Rating: 2 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥 Triggers: Personal Dislikes (sleeping/kissing other characters) Standalone/Series: Series Book #2 Type: All Tags at bottom of this page!
I came from nothing and made something of myself. I’ve only ever loved two things. Cars and her. I took that passion and built an empire. Now I’m the CEO. The alpha. On top of the world. I’m not the carefree man she once knew. That was the problem with being one of the richest men in the world—everyone thinks they know me, but they only know what I want them to. I’m demanding. Arrogant. Controlling. My company thinks they can change me. Soften my image. Make me more appealing to the public. Little do they know, the woman they hired was my best friend’s little sister, and the last time I saw her… I broke her heart.
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 31, 2021
Not my first read by the author but sadly will be my last. All personal preferences and after reading romance books for over a decade, it just is not my style. I did give this author a lot of tries, but as a reader we know that once something just isn’t clicking to step away. I do wish the author the best. I will say that I was very ad because I LOVE LOVE the cover and the blurb got me hyped up.
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The first 15%:- The word KID alone makes me cringe in any romance book used as an endearment but especially from someone under 10 years older than the heroine but especially when it just comes off more annoying than sexy. The hero & heroine jump right to fighting for dominance, especially the heroine, walking into The Alpha CEOs office with her business and speaking very highly of herself. I’m all for strong woman but to me she came off as arrogant in a naïve way. Then we have Alpha CEO who is more of a arrogant person himself except every time he calls her KID I cringe. That word just, to me doesn’t work. So the hero cheated and left on the heroine when she was 18 and they were together and the heroine now tells him that he could have still had a relationship with her parents and brother and his answer is: if i heard anything about you with another guy I’d have flown right back…yada yada. Um alright, that’s not really a reason to leave just a plot with words and very clique but yeah.
So I skipped a few chapters wanted to see what I was suspicious of. And of course, she got prego when they were younger and he left her. Forward to now when he finds out, threatening her with custody papers, I honestly thought he was going to actually hit her, the heroine being childish about her answer about his daughter and her saying ‘…and a baby you didn’t want?” makes no sense since he never knew in the first place. And it only got worse from then on, the heroines childish behavior I WANTED TO SLAP HER SO HARD. That’s as far as I got. From the beginning where he tells her he fucked another girl while they were together to the first official start of this Office Romance the heroine explicitly explains her night before endeavors with another male.
This may be someone’s taste but I don’t like it, makes me cringe & the drama in this was unnecessary, it only got worse after The Hero found out he had a daughter and that’s when I started disliking them both more and more. DNF 52% Such a shame I fell in love with the cover & from the blurb was excited for this.
Rating: 2 out of 5.
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I was shattered, broken, afraid… Until him. Christopher Harlan came into my life like a whirlwind. Making me believe that love is real and pure. He and his son brought happiness back into my life. But sometimes our futures aren’t guaranteed. Someone isn’t happy that we’re a family. They’re determined to do whatever it takes to ensure it never happens. The moment I saw Tia Monroe, I wanted her. Beautiful, caring, and strong. When she made my son smile, I knew she was mine. I’m able to break down her walls, to uncover the secrets she buries deep. But danger lurks around the corner. Someone doesn’t want Tia in our lives. I’ll do whatever it takes to ensure my family is safe. I’ve never felt love like this…Until Tia.
Until Tia is part of Aurora Rose Reynolds’s Happily Ever Alpha World. If you loved Until November, then you will want to read Until Tia.
RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2021
New to me author but not world. Until Tia is part of Until November, and Tia is bff’s with Tia and her sister Gabby. This story really might hit a few triggers (ex abuse) but apart from that and including that it fit very well in. Tia tries to move on but her past keeps her from hitting that final push. Chris is a single dad who has his own baggage except he comes with the sweetest little boy and I couldn’t get enough of him. They two meet by fate but they were meant to be, from the beginning from the way Christopher is to the way Tia feels safer around him. Throw in meeting his cute little son and it’s cuteness and swoon overload. But Tia knew it would be too good to be true, just when she is happy her past always comes knocking…in this case lurking. My heart broke for her and the HEA was everything that you’d need from a BOOM!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Abuse Standalone/Series: (Happily Ever Alpha World) Type: All Tags at bottom of this page! Recommended: ☑
An unpauseable new romance from New York Times bestselling, Audie Award winning author Kylie Scott! When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband has been unfaithful—with her best friend—and she’s been long since replaced at work. While her old life is a distant memory, her new life feels like an empty shell. Then she meets the stranger who saved her life during the crash, and he changes everything. Leif Larsen—tattooist, joker, and player—has his own scars thanks to the crash that put Anna in a coma. Helping her move on from her failed marriage, and create a new life, sounds like a perfect distraction. So when he needs a new roommate, he invites Anna to begin her new life with him. Although their lives may have been put on pause, together they just might find a way to heal.
RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2021
“A fool with a hopeless crush on her roommate.”
Not my first read by the author. And I have read a lot of the author’s books to know that this one made me a bit nervous, this really does contain a lot of my personal dislikes that turn me off and the review was written during my reading time, which is usually the cause. I am always honest and usually full on emotion into my reviews so.
I really wanted to love this and I did until I found out that this is going to be a Friends-to roommates only slow-burn. I’m a fan of friend-to-lovers but not when the H&H actually go on other dates and talk about other partners and so forth. It’s such a turn-off for me I really had to step back before I DNFed the book. So this rating is only really based off of my personal feeling or hate in this case about the actions and trope. *sad sigh* I really wanted them to be about each other and not just platonic friends and roommates because by the time it gets to the to-love part I’m so turned off and just can’t transition. And to make matters worse, when it does get to that, it’s a benefits thing and that’s when I had to skip here and there, it was either that or full on DNF the book. I’m so sad and disappointed while writing this review, you have no idea. There is nothing wrong with the style, words, plot or characters aside from my personal dislikes. And honestly I don’t even know what else to write on this review other than, H&H shared a traumatic experience, turned friends, turned roommates turned benefits and so forth. I think I’ll stop here with my emotional reader self! No I won’t because even though this was not for me or my style, I had a hard time not laughing because the hero and heroine were fun and funny by themselves but even more so together. In the end they made a very well match.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥 Triggers: Personal Dislikes Standalone/Series: Standalone Type: All Tags at bottom of this page!
The thrilling and sizzling final installment in the More Than A Threat series. Can their hope for forever be enough to get them through the final mission? This was the worst plan ever. Putting her on the front line, smack in the middle of the danger, went against every protective instinct ingrained in Casey Weston. Identifying the human trafficking group, rescuing the victims, and keeping Kate unharmed was potentially too much for even the highly trained team to achieve. One thing was for certain: if they made it out it alive, Casey intended to keep Kate in his life–forever. What in the heck did Kate sign herself up for? At least this time she had Casey and the others by her side. When the carefully crafted plan imploded into an epic gun battle, Kate found herself in over her head and unable to tell friend from foe. Captured and weak, Kate’s only focus was on survival. Because if she made it through alive, she was determined to never let Casey out of her life ever again. A threat brought them together; her independence nearly tore them apart. Will their combined hope for a future together be enough for a happy ever after?
More Than a Hope is the third and final book in the More Than a Threat series. This series should be read in order starting with Book 1, More Than a Threat. Please note this series is intended for mature audiences due to foul language, detailed intimate scenes, and violence.
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2021
Not my first read by the author or the series, I have read them all. And I kind of knew what I would be getting in this final series book and was worried it would be a 50/50 for me, unfortunately it ended up being that. I just wasn’t able to connect fully to the book. So the previous books also contained the same BANG you get here but I was able to connect with the characters. This has a lot to do that Kennedy really knows how to write good STRONG heroines but this one was overly for me. I wasn’t able to connect to her at all which was frustrating to myself. So it all came down to me enjoying the whole feel with connecting with the heroine.
The action in this is fantastic Kennedy really knows how to also write that, I enjoyed the plot line and story. It’s dangerous, suspenseful, action packed and romantic. The romance was less than I would have liked but that’s just my personal preferences. I did love the devotion the hero and heroine had for one another. They both have a connection due to an incident I won’t get into that at all, I would recommend reading the books in order for sure. The hero’s love for the heroine was the glue that held me really!!! Action packed like I said before, touches on maybe some touchy subjects but it was so well written that I was able to enjoy the story and learn some too. Happy I was chosen for an ARC and a great ending to a fantastic series!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥 Triggers: Killing Standalone/Series: 3 in Series Type: All Tags at bottom of this page! Recommended: ☑
This is the story of a man falling in love with a woman. A man that was supposed to be a role model, and a woman that was just barely twenty-one. A man who should’ve known better, and a woman that didn’t know that she was destroying his career word by word, innocent touch by innocent touch, smile by smile, until it had already imploded. The world collapses around Absinthe ‘Sin’ Solomon, and the only thing he can do is try not to take her down with him. The moment the inevitable happens, and the gavel bangs signaling that he will spend the next nine years in prison for attempted murder, Sin tries to let go. But Blaise Mackenzie has never, not ever, been one to give up without a fight. Her military career might be over, but her career as a prison guard is just about to get started. And her favorite prisoner? A pissed-off older man, a drill sergeant dishonorably discharged from the Army that tells himself daily that the new ‘Kitty Kitty’ female prison guard is not for him. After following him around for years, watching over him from afar in any way she can, Sin is released early. And the first person that he’s going to see? A stubborn little blonde-headed female that should’ve known better than to trust a man like him.
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021
Not my first read by the author and I have read all the books in the series. And unfort this one was not my taste. It was still a great read because I love the uniqueness that Lani brings to books and the characters but just wasn’t fully for me. But that does not mean it’s not for you!
This series alone if you’ve read any of them is unique and fun! It revolves around the hero’s doing time, different reasons and so forth. This one was unique because it involved a hero that actually rescued the heroine but paid the price. But not without having to always see her. Yes that’s where the fun really begins. To be honest I would too if I had someone rescue me from what had almost occurred. They truly did have a bond that neither could explain but it was beautiful and sweet and very real! They encounter a few hick up’s and some surprises but after all end up only getting stronger…that’s until another incident that shakes them both almost breaks it all apart! Again if this is your first read, it’s worth the full read and I enjoyed the whole process, characters, story line and actions! This is more on the action side of what happens rather than romance, there is heat in there but it’s more raw and real and fast! I am looking forward to the next!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥 Triggers: NA Standalone/Series: Book 5 Series Type: All Tags at bottom of this page! Recommended: ☑
THE WICKED AFTERMATH is an emotionally gripping story of love, loss, and hope, with a rich and entrancing happily ever after. Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven’t met the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun and deeply emotional, others will tear at your heartstrings and include injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them. All Wicked novels may be enjoyed as standalone romances. When the person you blame for your grief is the only one who can save you from the pain… Tank Wicked lost his sister and has since vowed to save everyone else in his path. He lives by the creed of the Dark Knights motorcycle club, sworn to protect and respect his community. He selflessly saves lives as a volunteer firefighter and treats the men and women who work for him at his tattoo shop like family. But life isn’t a balance scale where good deeds negate bad things to come, and one foggy night life guts Tank once again. When a car careens over the side of a bridge and into a river, Tank springs into action, plunging into the water to rescue the passengers. Four people go into the river, but only three come out alive. Leah Yates is just trying to make it through each day. When the man she blames for her grief becomes the only one who can pull her from the depths of despair, she discovers that even hope comes at
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2021
Not my first read by the author and will never be my last haha I have read close to every single book of MF and also know this family and interconnected books very well. This one I was excited for because TANK had me interested from the first book in the series. I will also like to mention that MF tried to yet again kill us with another heart-wrenching beautiful story. The Wicked Men; where can we get one please! Loyal, fierce, alpha, smart, sexy and just amazing men!
I don’t even know where to begin, I felt everything in this book. From the you will cry you eyes out within the first 10% to the melting of your heart by the way Tank is with the two most adorable little girls, to everything. This is not just a hero and heroine are broken, they are shattered, sadly share something that you wouldn’t wish on anyone. Tank really is the ultimate bookhusband, caring, loyal, sweet and attentive. Leah has always lost so much and overcome well more like grown up faster than usual and she was happy with her life, she had the girls and River. When a horrible tragedy occurred, I cried my eyes out and thanked god that Tank was there. It wasn’t an easy road before but sure a even harder one after. They both had a lot held within their hearts and to come together, it took some patience and love. Loved everything about this, the hero the heroine, the girls, River, side characters, THE WICKED FAMILY…it was a beautiful mesh. I really don’t want to give out too much, it’s a road you want to take with the H&H even if your heart will break and cry for the loss but also will bloom and be happy for the smiles Tank brings to the girls!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
A MUST READ! Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Death Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series Type: All Tags at bottom of this page! Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑
Stella Parkerson has been in love with Jack since she was sixteen. He’s older, broken, her brother’s best friend, and unwilling to betray his promise to never touch her again. Their past is riddled with secrets. Their heartache is too much to bear, but what happens when they can no longer keep apart and give in to their love? New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels returns to the Willow Creek Valley Series in this stunning small town, brother’s best friend romance. Fifteen years ago, I fell for Jack O’Donnell. I was just a girl, but I knew my brother’s best friend was the only man I’d ever love. On my eighteenth birthday, when I asked him to kiss me, I never imagined it would change my life so completely. I gave Jack everything that night. In order to move on, we had to go our separate ways and pretend like nothing happened… as though it wasn’t the greatest moment of my life. But even that wasn’t as heartbreaking as the secret we were forced to keep. I’ve tried not to think about how much I still love him. How I long to be back in his strong arms or the way his hazel eyes make my heart race. Until he kisses me again. And this time there’s no turning back. This time I know what it means. We belong together and there’s no use denying it any longer. But our feelings aren’t the only thing that won’t stay buried, our past resurfaces and threatens to destroy our second chance at happiness. When our love is tested once again, will we be strong enough to stand together?
RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2021
Not my first read by Corinne and not my last, and yes I have read almost all of her books including the first book in this series, THAT KILLED ME and this one woke me up and then killed me again. That’s where I would like to start, Corinne WHY why do this to a woman who is a hopeless romantic with a weak heart?! You explain yourself right now! When I say this is a tear jerker HAVE TISSUE handy for sure. The sad part about all this is that it’s so beautifully broken you can’t help but be happy with tears! Corinne you SHOOK MY WORLD with this book and now I have a major #bookhangover!
A little about the book: I will not be giving out any spoiler not even a little because let me tell you when I say this needs to be experienced THIS NEEDS to be experienced. If you’ve read book 1 you know that this is the hero’s little sister and his best friend. Yes, this heroine was young and crazy in love with the hero (no matter how much the hero was her brothers older best friend) one night changed it all. Fast forward over a decade and Stella is still living a lie, day by day just to get by. Is she dead inside, absolutely, but she will not ruin anything for her family. They are have had a rough years with their father who is a horrible person, controlling them like little puppets. When Stella and her brothers form a plan, it’s going to be sweet! The hero Jack is *tearing up* he is not only broken but so just deep down in pain. His soul, I would never wish the pain he endured and endures with Stella to anyone. When one wedding day just SNAPS and part of the truth comes out…nothing is as it seems. Years of pent up emotions, feelings and pain all come to the surface. The only question is if Stella and Jack can face it together!
This story was heart-rending, I mean I cried my eyes out the entire time. I felt every pain, every sad smile, every sad laugh, the emotions I can’t even explain! I can’t wait to read more and get a little more glimpses of them two! Will forever be my favorite CORINNE book to day! If you want your heart to be ripped out and slowly put together one tragedy at a time, if you want to feel the love between two people who are meant to be in every sense, if you want a beautiful relationship not just between H&H but the siblings and side characters, if you want to FEEL THE MOVE this is a book for you!!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
TOP 2021 MUST READ! Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: NA Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series Type: All Tags at bottom of this page! Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑
He has a heart of ice…but for her, he’d burn the world. Alex Volkov is a devil blessed with the face of an angel and cursed with a past he can’t escape. Driven by a tragedy that has haunted him for most of his life, his ruthless pursuits for success and vengeance leave little room for matters of the heart. But when he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sister, he starts to feel something in his chest: A crack. A melt. A fire that could end his world as he knew it. Ava Chen is a free spirit trapped by nightmares of a childhood she can’t remember. But despite her broken past, she’s never stopped seeing the beauty in the world…including the heart beneath the icy exterior of a man she shouldn’t want. Her brother’s best friend. Her neighbor. Her savior and her downfall. Theirs is a love that was never supposed to happen—but when it does, it unleashes secrets that could destroy them both…and everything they hold dear.
Twisted Love is a brother’s best friend/opposites attract romance with a hint of suspense. It’s book one in the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone.
RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2021
“Because what I admired most about Ava was also what I hated about her. Darkness craves light as much as it wants to destroy it.”
NEW to me author and books. This book can be read as a standalone. The blurb is what caught my eye and I had to give it a god and try, suspense dark romance is kind of a favorite of mine. AND BOY WAS IT A GOOD ONE!!!!!
I don’t even know where to start on this. At first I was a little worried because I have a thing for NA YA romances (this one is not a YA) but the heroine is on the younger side, luckily she was the perfect combo of young and mature. What I loved about this book is that there is no the H&H making each other jealous by actually condoning acts with other characters, ex’s and so forth! That’s huge for me in a dark romance! This had everything a dark and suspense romance needs: older broken broody and dark anti-hero, a younger but mature sweet and sunshine but sassy heroine and all the ACTION you need! And don’t get me into the sexy scene HOLY HOTNESS!! All in all I will say that I will be reading more by the author and can’t wait for more in this series! #bookhangover
A little about the book: Alex may be your typical anti-hero but he has a twist, he is dirty, honest, knows what he wants, takes control, beyond smart but the hurt he has inside his heart can’t be explained. Ava is just trying to finish school, with her overly protective brother always on her back, she just wants to live life, see the good in people and be loved. She may see the good in people but she sees more in Alex. Their relationship is different, forbidden but filled with filthy thoughts, actions and so much heart. The way Alex is with Eva even in the harsh reality moments or words, it’s beautiful in it’s own way. Alex holds a secret that I didn’t even see coming, everything hits hard towards the end and I won’t lie I wasn’t sure which way the book was going to go, it broke my heart so much but also I had a huge understanding of Alex’s actions. Their chemistry is off the charts in all the aspects, the scenes are intense, the sex is dirty in the best ways and the love…well, little ol’ Ava teaches Alex something about love! Here is a little teaser for the sexy scenes:
…and if you ever let another man touch you-“My other hand closed around her throat. “He’ll end up in pieces, and you’ll end up tied to my bed and fucked in every hole until my name is the only one you remember. Do you understand?”
Rating: 5 out of 5.
TOP 2021 MUST READ! Romance: ♡♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Death Standalone/Series: Book 1 in Series Type: All Tags on top of this page! Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑
When a firefighter and the chef he’s been crushing on cross paths, sparks fly. *** Divorced single mom Dee has never much believed in fate until now, but something about the charming and adorably awkward flirt, Rhodes, has her intrigued and wanting to know more. Widowed dad Rhodes has no idea who he’s about to meet on the blind date his son set up but can’t stop thinking about the food vlogger he’s been crushing on like a hormonal teenager. Add in nice-guy ex husbands, meddling co-workers, and food made to make even the strongest man melt, Dee and Rhodes soon discover that while their loved ones may have bought them together, somewhere along the way, fate turned into the real hero of their story. Can these two singletons trust the hard and fast connection they’ve found, or will the pressure to live up to expectations stop them from being the life changers they both want and need.
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2021
Not my first read by the author, I’ve read enough where I have enjoyed most the books and am familiar with her writing style. I will say that this is a ARC I actually did not sign up for, based on the blurb to me z just did not sound like something that would be up my reading style. But the author was very kind and provided a ARC already so I am thankful for that.
With so that said, I definitely was right about skipping this one and all for person reasons. I’m a egotism reader, I invest myself in the characters, and in this one I just could NOT get over the heroines ex-husband relationship…I tried I really did and I get being good friends so with your ex-husband but in here it rubbed me wrong in all the ways…just personally weird to me and I did not like the vibe. Which kind of sucks because if it wasn’t for that, I’d have ended up loving this even up to a Top 2021 read. Aside from that while deal with me, I really loved the hero and heroine together, their kids were too funny and all the side charcuterie. I mean a handsome sexy fireman and a gorgeous success chef, what a great combo. They are honest with one another, love LOVED their energy and connection they had, not just the romantic sexy but just two people who really are for one other!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Personal Triggers Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series Type: All Tags on top of this page!
The sexy and deeply romantic internationally bestselling novel that inspired the blockbuster movie. Laura Biel and her boyfriend are on a dream vacation in beautiful Sicily. On the second day of their trip, her twenty-ninth birthday, she is kidnapped. Her kidnapper is none other than the head of a powerful Sicilian crime family, the incredibly handsome, young Don Massimo Torricelli, who is determined to possess her at all costs. Massimo has his reasons. During an earlier attempt on his life, a vision appeared before his eyes: a beautiful woman, identical to Laura. After surviving the attack, he vows that he will find the woman in his vision and make her his own. No matter what. For 365 days, Massimo will keep Laura captive in his palatial estate and attempt to win her heart. If she doesn’t fall in love with him during this time, he will let her go. But if she tries to escape at any point, he will track her down and kill her entire family. Soon Laura develops a fascination with her handsome and powerful captor. But as a precarious, risky relationship forms between them, forces outside their control threaten to tear them apart…
RELEASE DATE: January 26th 2021
NEW to me author and books. This is going to be a lengthy REVIEW I am just putting this out there from the start. I have watched the movie and this is my first time reading the book, fair warning I have read many review’s about the original language books and was kind of hoping the English version would pump it up a little. Little background so I am foreign myself and speak 6 languages and I have read in many different languages when it comes to romance, this has the potential for romance but it’s more a European version of a book JUST put together. I can’t say that I speak the language of the author so maybe in the natives language the book itself is more enriched, but I will also say that I did not enjoy the movie. Yes the actor was dark and sexy, and the heroine beautiful but I always base my opinions based on the book, hence why I am here reviewing the book. I am hugely disappointed in the translation portion of this story/book…I mean HUGELY disappointed! To be honest the fact that this was a big market movie that shook the nation a little, I was expecting perfection in the English version, what I got it the knock of version, and I don’t say that to be mean just realistic, when reading it was really hard to keep focused, to keep engaged and it actually made it worse for me the more I read. To be fair this does contain a huge huge TRIGGER for me, the hero/heroine being with other people so that didn’t help either.
We all know the actual story because I am certain a lot of people have seen the movie, and yes though the movie was very sexual, the book did contain it as well just not very well. Here is why: the hero comes off as a douche-waffle in the book, there are scenes where he is the weak one, scenes where he is the slimy one, scenes where he is the heartless one and scenes where he is the sweet one. It did not flow well for me therefore all I remembered from the book is how uncoordinated the hero came off. We all loved Massimo the actor but I for one was an ever more lesser fan of Massimo in the book.
p.s. Should have kept the original “You seem to be lost” instead of “Are you lost babygirl”
I want to very much touch base about the heroine in the book. Having watched the movie, wow what a difference and I mean the heroine in the movie is 10 times better than the actual heroine in the book. I want to emphasize on the fact that this heroine has a heart condition, I didn’t get what kind until they kept giving her meds to go under her tongue (Nitroglycerin) is a medicine used to treat Angina (a symptom of coronary artery disease) to which yes what the heroine was feeling was correct BUT taking alcohol in which the heroine DOES A LOT and I mean A LOT in the story, can cause harm. That said, I really wish the author gave us more about her condition in the beginning, to me it just seemed made up like, ‘oh she ha s a heart problem’ like what, who where and when. Maybe that’s just the American way of me by living here too long but I would like to know that type of things when reading. I could not stand the heroine through out the whole book she was fake to me, blotchy, unstable, weak, just plain weird. The things she did, thought and went through in her mind, I would never want to read about nor meet a person like that. That to me was unstable and unattractive in a heroine.
Aside the fact that I HATED that the hero did things with other woman, okay yes this is a dark mafia style romance so I can kind of get it, not for me but I get it. Massimo kept leaving Laura through out the book, then they would fight, then Laura would smack Massimo SO MUCH it made me angry, at one point in the scene Massimo begged or asked her to hit him, it was not attractive because it just came off at a weird time. Every scene the heroine seems to retaliate, but then it would turn around and they were sweet one each other. The time line was not straight for me, I felt like being the little ball in a ping pong game, transitions I can’t even remember because I was so focus on it being EVERYWHERE. That’s what I remember from this I WAS EVERYWHERE, and not just in the story line but the power struggle as well, between Don Massimo and Laura.
P.s. Could not get with Laura calling Massimo ‘Man in Black’ and ‘Don Massimo’ which I know if a native way of calling a Mafia Boss.
I was truly disappointed because again watching a Movie and reading to me are two different lives, and this was for sure, Unfortunately both for me were in the NO GO ZONE. I get this got a lot of hype and I am sure some will get mad at my review but I am always an honest reviewer no matter who you are, big author, small, new, famous, popular. I don’t care, I read books because I want to truly experience them, whether that is good or bad. I am not bashing anything but simply expressing my feelings towards this. I really was holding out hope for the book and understand that this is originally made and published in the author’s native language, that said, I have also read many books in different languages, some loved some did not, this to me was not well translated, I couldn’t get hooked or stay hooked and some of the words threw me off as well as some sentences.
The following are two scenes that both REVOLTED me:
I need to have her. Laura. I need her to be mine, I thought, straightening and impaling Anna with my throbbing cock. She bent her back into an arch and then lowered herself to the wooden table, now wet with sweat. I fucked her hard, keeping my gaze fixed on Laura. It won‘t be long now. Soon, those black eyes will look at me as she kneels before me. “You bitch!” I clenched my teeth, feeling Anna’s body go rigid. I pushed myself inside her hard and aggressive, heedless of the orgasmic waves rippling all over her body . I didn’t care. Laura’s eyes made me want more, but at the same time I couldn’t last any longer. I needed to feel more. Experience everything fully. I slid my cock out of her pussy and slammed it into her tight ass. I heard her scream wildly in pain and ecstasy and felt her tighten around me. My prick exploded with cum, but the only thing I could see was my Mistress.
“When you were asleep that first night, I ordered it implanted. I didn’t want to risk anything. It’ll work for three years, but you can remove it after the first,” he explained with a smile.
The book does give you more yes, and if you ignore the red flag and warning signs and enjoy this style just to enjoy it then yeah, I can see someone loving this of course and again in the native language it may come off different, I’ll never know but for me it is a hard NO, I wanted to give this a full shot and didn’t DNF it right away, I truly believed that the book was going to give me more light than the movie. Best of luck to everyone either way.
Rating: 1 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Hero/Heroine with other people, Killing Standalone/Series: Book 1 in Series Type: All Tags on top of this page!
Her tragic destiny was written long before he came into town. Ellie doesn’t technically exist. Raised within the Texas town’s infamous cult compound, she managed to escape only to realize she’ll never be truly free. Every day is difficult to survive, but she does without complaint, keeping a low profile until a killer unsettles the community by leaving a trail of dead women in his wake. When a sexy FBI agent storms into town, her body and hormones thrum on overdrive, making her wonder if there’s more to life than simply getting by. FBI profiler Chandler Peters is exhausted, annoyed, and in desperate need of a vacation that will have to wait. An urgent call comes from a friend, leading him to Texas to help hunt for a serial killer. What he doesn’t expect is an eccentric local to catch not only his eye but his heart too. Her mysterious past, wit, and hidden scars speak to him unlike any other. When all the evidence points to Ellie being in danger, Chandler races to find the killer before the woman who makes him live again becomes the next victim. As Chandler fights to protect Ellie from the fate she seems to be destined for, the two grow close as the days pass and the case builds. But will it all be enough when the killer who wants her for his own hides in plain sight, always watching and waiting for the perfect moment to take back what’s his? Mine to Save is FBI Profiler Chandler Peters’ story from Mine to Protect. It can be read as a standalone. If you love a little darkness to your suspense then this book is for you!
*Please note this book DOES contain several triggers (The serial killer does not play nice with others) and detailed mature content. This book is recommended for 18+.
RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2020
Not my first read byt he author, and I have read every single one of her books! This series GAH I have been waiting for this! I love this series and this book really emotionally threw me everywhere!
I don’t know where to begin with this but I guess with a warning that this may not be for the faint of the heart. It does emotion and in regards to rape, there is killing and it’s a dark twist with the alpha hero romance. I loved everything about this, even the bad because that’s when the hero and heroine shone. Where the heroine is very broken, went through so much trauma and things that a child and young adult should never have, the hero is a deep soul broken. You wouldn’t think to put that type of heroine with a hero that has a dark side, even when it comes especially when it comes sexually. But these two saved each other!
Everything about each characters was amazing, well written and captivating. In this one for me it was the way the hero was emotionally and alpha and sexually as well as the heroine who maybe at times I was frustrated with her but once I found out the full truth, wow looking back I envy her for being able to be so strong and live on. The ending will have you in tears and happiness!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
TOP 2020 MUST READ Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Killing, Mention of Rape Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series Type: All Tags on top of this page! Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑
Layla Owen Riggins is too good to be true. The best things in life usually are. He’s good looking, generous and interested in me. Too bad someone like him and someone like me aren’t’ meant to be together He’s used to the best things in life, and I’ve grown up with the worst. Building a better life means working hard and staying on track, not falling for some sexy suit with a brooding stare who is just passing through Life has taught me not to trust, and even though I want him more than anything, I don’t need his charity or his love Owen When a friend sends me to Florida to scout out a hotel, it’s the gorgeous waitress with a shy smile and worn-out shoes I can’t take my eyes off of Layla Massey is quiet, beautiful, and in need of a little help- even if she won’t admit it. A generous tip was meant to buy her some suitable shoes, not to buy her love. I want to earn that all on my own I’m used to women throwing themselves at me, the name, the money… but she wants neither. It makes me want her all the more Little by little, she opens up and piece by piece, she’s taking my heart.
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2020
Not my first read by the author and I LOVE this author and have read all her books. She is a INSTA-READ for me and this series, I have loved the Novella and Book 1 and this one was equally amazing!
I want to explain that this is definitely a INSTA-LOVE. We have the hero who is the 2nd oldest of the brothers but also the quiet and thinking one. He is not a man of many words but what he says is very important and honest. The heroine is a woman that was dealt a shitty hand in life from birth due to her mother. She ran away when she turned 18 and never looked back. She is just getting by but that’s happy for her and she is proud of herself and what she does. When they meet they have no idea about one another, the hero may come off as pitying her but the way it goes is that he is just a man that when you know you know. What happens next is a fast ride but a beautiful sweet one, and a tragic event leading to a HEA. Beware the hero here is UBER-SWOONY is the only way I can describe it. I can’t wait for the next brother, Grant!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
A MUST READ! Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: Man Handling Standalone/Series: Book 2 in Series Type: All Tags on top of this page! Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑
He should’ve never left his house. He should’ve stayed at home. He has a legitimate excuse—he’s running a fever and he’s fairly sure he’s developing pneumonia. He should have called in sick…but he doesn’t. He goes to work, because his team is relying on him. First, he has to sign about eight thousand calendars—all from women who purchased said calendars to benefit the Fallen Officer fundraiser. And when he’s done with that, he has to endure a television interview along with the rest of the SWAT team seeing as they made national news with their ‘Hot SWAT’ calendar that’s sold a million copies to women all over the world. Needless to say, when Samuel Adams walks into the pharmacy hours later, he only has one thing on his mind. Ibuprofen. Sadly, he never gets to the Ibuprofen. Mostly because before he gets there, he finds a junkie waving a gun around threatening to kill anybody that moves. He’s running a fever. That has to be the reason that the girl in the corner begins cursing up a storm and drawing the junkie’s attention. Has to be.
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2020
Not my first read by the author, love all her books I’ve read and a long time fan of her books. This is Book 9 and I ‘ve read all the previous books as well.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but learned that you never know what to expect from a LLV book. It’s always a fun, sexy and sweet surprise. This one was no different, right off the bat when their little VERY UNIQUE cute-meet happened. This is a unique story because of the medical condition of the heroine and not knew that the hero is alpha yes but in his own unique way himself. His dedication, loyalty and heart is something every man should strive to have. The side characters in this are perfectly pared, the scenes, actions..even a little suspense. All in all I don’t want to give out too much because this one was really unexpectedly unique in the best ways possible.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Romance: ♡♡♡ Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: NA Standalone/Series: Book 9 in Series Type: All Tags on top of this page! Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑