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Review of Holiday Heart-On By BJ Bentley

I didn’t always hate Christmas.

But between the forced cheer and a cheating girlfriend, I was feeling pretty bitter about the whole farce.

So, when my boss insists that I not only make an appearance at the office holiday party but also help plan it, I’m fairly certain I’ve entered the ninth circle of hell.

To make matters worse, I’ve been saddled with my very own Christmas elf, hell-bent on spreading her special brand of holiday cheer in her tight sweaters and hip-hugging skirts.

The little tinsel terror is convinced that she can resuscitate my shriveled heart with her cocoa, cookies, and carols.

She thinks she can make me love Christmas.

But what if Christmas makes me fall in love with her?

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Me: I am definitely not a Grinch
Also Me: OMG another Christmas novella *eye roll*
Also Also Me: *reads it*

So fun fact. every Christmas novella I’ve read with the Grinch and the one who loves Christmas? Turns out I’m the Grinch. This is not only shocking but unbelievable. How did I not know this about myself? Sure I don’t decorate for the holiday, and yeah I may fake gag at all Christmas music, and sure I lament all things about getting together to eat food I don’t even like, but that doesn’t mean I’m the GRINCH. Ok yeah, whatever. Maybe I am. Which, honestly, ironic since I was proposed to on Christmas Eve.

Anyways, my friend BJ asked the Twitterverse the other week if any one wanted an ARC of her new book and I was like YES please. I have time for a review I’ll read it! Jokes on me I’m like 2 weeks late. But that just means I gotta write an extra nice review (the book was so worth it BTW – but we’ll get there).

I read the blurb, started reading the first few pages and I was like OMG Oliver is such a mood. I mean my girlfriend never cheated on my at a holiday party or anything but the whole idea of the company x-mas party is barf-inducing. And the decorations around the office? ew, no thx. And after 2 chapters I had to put the book down because that’s when me “turns out I’m the Grinch” epiphany hit me. Thanks, BJ. This ones on you.

Unlike Ollie, I do not have a Holly Manchester to help me like the holiday again. My man lets me wallow in self pity all month long, hold out on decorating for Christmas, and lets me have my goth Christmas Tree. Then again, Holly (a.k.a. Holiday) is more than just into the holiday… She’s into Oliver.

With the classic mixture of BJ Bentley humor & enough spice to keep your hot cocoa warm, Holiday Heart-On is the perfect novella for Christmas. It has the one-liners, witty office emails, absolute avoidance for anything having to do with the “L” word (that’s love, not lesbian, unlike the show that I watched when I was 12 because I thought it meant love and it soooo didn’t) and obviously, the eventual succumbing to love because what else do you do for Christmas?

It also has the slight nerd/alpha who is like “MINE” while also being a tad insecure about relationships. Cause ya know, the cheating gf above.

So if you’re looking for a book that will make you giggle under the mistletoe with a gingerbread house sitting in front of you, and also need a glass of wine, this is definitely the novella for you.

And if you’re a grinch, you’ll get a kick out of it too.

5 stars for you BJ. All the stars.

Loving Kate Becket, CC Monroe Review

I couldn’t find the “official” blurb on Goodreads. This is the second book in “The Loving Series” and follows the story of Kate Beckett, best friend of Sadie McCallister. See my review of “Loving Ben Cooperhere. Also, in my defense, I think I was using Photofiltre for those teasers so just like… don’t look at them. Maybe I should remake them? Whatever. They’re awful.

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Author CC Monroe is from the hottest city in the world, Phoenix, Arizona. She spends her days working in fashion and her nights with her face in her laptop telling the stories of the voices in her mind. She left Arizona a few years back and now lives in the beautiful snow state of Utah, where she married her true love!

When she isn’t writing or working, she is making people laugh with her mad sense of humor and tip of the tongue one liners.

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Who told WordPress they could change EVERYTHING on me?? I’ve only been on hiatus for… well… nevermind. Maybe they could change things but it’s annoying. Just throwing that out there. As much fun as reading is, creating the teasers is a form of torture I TRULY enjoy, so having WordPress just mess up all my pretties is HIGHLY annoying.

In case you were wondering I am as dramatic as ever.

In my time off many things have changed. My job is stressful and I work long hours, a freaking pandemic happened (???), I got married through it, and I’m still breathing. One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for reading and writing. Unfortunately for my favorite authors, and the new ones starting out, due to my anxiety and depression it’s been a year of mostly re-reads. Rereading all of Alexa Riley, Cambria Hebert, Layla Frost, CM Steele, and a few others. They’ve gotten me through some of the toughest times in my life this year.

You know who I’m not rereading? This bish Monroe. Yeah, we’re on a last name basis now. Why don’t I reread her? Because my personal belief is that she enjoys tearing us apart, spitting us out, and then putting tape over our hearts like “TADA ALL BETTER”. I’m kidding (mostly) since I know she cries just as much as her readers do when she’s writing.

But when she messaged me saying “CHECK YA KINDLE” I ran. I think I might have stubbed a toe to get to my phone too. Cause I knew what was waiting for me… Ms. Kate Beckett. Hot damn. I have been waiting for this book for 2 years… less time than other people but still waiting anxiously. if it weren’t for the acrylics on my fingers I’d have no nails left. I loved, loved, LOVED Ben Cooper. Cried with Sadie, laughed with her, fell in love with her. And throughout Sadie’s story, you see snippets of this beautiful girl trying her damndest to fix a broken man.

I think at some point or another we have all felt our love could fix someone. Family, friends, lovers, whoever. We wanted to be the person that could change them, fix them, love them enough they would see how worthy of life and love they were. Maybe there’s someone out there reading this saying “that’s me! I was that person! I loved them and they changed!” but in my experience, that doesn’t happen. I have loved someone though they were toxic, dragging me down with them, so I was living through their hell. I had to make a choice, as does everyone when loving a manipulative, broken person. Stay or go?

For four years, Kate Beckett chose to stay. She stayed through the abuse, the cheating, the lies, the drugs. Choosing to be a martyr, would rather destroy herself then leave the man she loved. Eric charmed her, slowly revealed pieces of himself in the most sober moments, gave Kate a high to look forward to, just to rip it away with the next needle in his arm. The highs were great, but the lows, those destroyed her.

So she began dreaming of another man, began falling in love with another man, but still refused to leave. Turned her back on everyone and everything, to stay with the toxic man she’d chosen all those years ago. Why? Well… why does anyone stay?

Then there’s Nick. The man who loved her despite herself. When all he wanted to do was rip Kate out of Eric’s arms, watched her break down all of her broken pieces, watched Eric grind them into the ground, all while hoping and praying that this time would be the last. She would leave him for good, walk out the door.

I mean really… who had the addiction? Kate, Eric, or Nick?

There’s so much I could say about this book… watching Kate withdrawal from her drug of choice, watching Eric destroy and break her down, watching Nick try to bring her out of the sludge Kate had found herself in. I really felt like I was watching a movie unfold in front of my eyes. (A Lifetime movie some would say… READ THE BOOK YOU’LL GET IT). I. Felt. Everything.

And feelings are gross just throwing that out there. (Ironic coming from a cancer, hm?)

It was so different from Ben Cooper in the best of ways. Ben wasn’t so deep into his addiction he couldn’t back out. He didn’t change for Sadie, but for himself. So he could be a man worth of her and Melody. In many ways, Eric is Kate’s addiction. She knows it’s unhealthy, that she is not the best person she could be when she’s with him. And it’s not for Nick that she tries to be that person. It’s for herself. She knows she can be happier, better, without Eric. But how do you leave the last 4 years of your life? How do you get out of it? Kate Beckett is not the same girl she was when she fell into the pits of Eric.

Would life be different if only she had met Nick first?

Yes. But then the story wouldn’t have had the twists and turns it did. And trust me, if you didn’t hate Eric from the Prologue (which you absolutely should) then you will hate him towards the end of the book.

Here’s the part I curse and send CC voice messages of me screaming again. Yes, again.

Anyways. Read the book. It’s so damn good. Now, I’m going to drink another bottle of wine while I cope with the fact Nick & Kate are finally together and I have nothing left to live for.

(I did say I was dramatic didn’t I?)

Taking Shelter by BJ Bentley Review

Welcome to Medicine Wheel, Montana.

Would her first love still want her after she’d slept with the enemy?

Pretty and popular, Emma Jean was the belle of the ball in high school, but while waiting for her prince to make a move, she fell in love with the beast. 

Beaten down, battered, and broken, Emma Jean has finally had enough.
Cutting the ties that bind won’t be easy, especially when the enemy comes looking for her. 

Noah fell in love with his sister’s best friend in high school, but his hesitation cost him, and he lost his first love to a monster.

Determined to keep her safe, can he prove to her that belonging to him means peace instead of pain and love instead of fear?

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The Intuitive series is a collection of rom-com novellas, and I’m also working on a full-length dark romance novel.
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Love is a fickle thing. It’s hard work, and it’s a lot of work. Sometimes, we find someone we think is worthy of our love. We put so much time and devotion into this person, we can ignore the signs. We may see that darkness in them, but we believe we can fix someone, help them get better; We can be the person that chases away the clouds from their eyes. Be the light to their dark. And then they change. Something in them flips. The person we fell in love with wholeheartedly is someone different, and scary.

This is what happened to Emma Jean. She long ago fell in love with the football superstar. She pushed her feelings for long time crush Noah away, and went on a date that sealed her fate. Almost seven years later, she escaped the hell that had become her life before she even realized what was happening. What once was love became bitter hatred and fear.

Noah has long harbored feelings for his Sunshine. At one time, he believed he’d have his chance when Cody showed his true nature, but by then it was too late for his Emma and their love. Seven years later, he never let that love go. Never found someone who could encompass the love he felt for Emma. When the opportunity presents itself to not only save Emma from her hell, but also give their chemistry a chance to blossom, Noah takes it.

Emma has a long road ahead of her. Not only does she need to learn to love herself, she has to discover who she is. The path she was on long ago was deviated, so what did she do with her path suddenly wide open again? Her friends don’t let her hide, and neither does Noah. But does loving Noah mean losing herself? Again?

Noah’s road is more like a mountain to climb. He has to show Noah she’s worthy of love from those surrounding her, as well as worthy of being the woman she would have been had Cody not lured her into his clutches. He’s a determined alpha, possessive, but understanding of her plight. He may be a crazed man when it comes to his girl, but he knows she needs her independence, and doesn’t try to put her in the “victim” box.

This book was emotional, with the same blending of past and present the first in the series, Coming Home, had. It was full of sweet, tender moments, as well as ones that allowed Emma Jean to take back her life and sexuality.

This was four stars instead of five for me because ultimately, I would have liked to have seen more of Emma’s past with Cody. She had no money, no job, no way to get out. But why did she fall in love with him? What drew her in? We saw few of the interactions between the couple, but I felt left out of Emma’s personal bubble and I wanted more of it.

Though that’s really no different from any other book. I always want more, and a book with a woman who suffered from abuse? You could write a whole book just on that.

Enjoy the Ride by Rebecca Sharp Review!

arcblurbenjoytherideFrom International Amazon Bestselling Author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes the new standalone in the Winter Games series.

Chance
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞 (𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟏𝟎): 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬. 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐚𝐝.
Do you know what it’s like to lose everything? I do.
Eight years ago, Jessa Lynn Madison and the title ‘Best Snowboarder in the US’ were both mine.
And then she betrayed me and the mountain had followed suit.
No matter how much I drank, the truth was hard to swallow when it meant choking on my pride.
And no matter how much I screwed, the truth was that I still wanted her.
Anger. Rage. They don’t even begin to describe how I feel.
I was never going to be able to compete again, but life had given me the perfect opportunity to have Jessa.
And to break her.
Misery loves company. And Jessa was about to be my company.

Jessa
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐥 (𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟎): 𝐀 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬.
All I wanted was a fresh start in the town I once called home.
Too bad home was littered with memories of him. Chance Ryder.
The man I’d loved. The man I’d left.
The man who was now my patient. And my roommate.
I know he wants to use me. I know he wants to hurt me.
But I also know that I can’t stop myself from wanting him.
And wanting him has always been my downfall.
Now all I can think about is how to tell him the truth and beg his forgiveness.
I, of all people, should know that explanations and apologies won’t matter.
When it comes to Chance Ryder, he’ll hold onto his pride
like he should be holding onto me.

Enjoy the Ride is the third standalone in the Winter Games series.

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I’m a dentist by day and author by night!
Dr. Rebecca Sharp is an International Amazon Best-selling author of contemporary romance. By day, she is also a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband. Growing up, she always loved a good love story and let’s face it, when you include a romance novel on your 8th grade summer reading list just to see if the teacher would notice (she didn’t!), she was bound to give writing one of her own a go. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, snowboarding, and cooking.

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reviewEnjoy the Ride 2

Me: I don’t like angsty romances.
Me: I realllyyyy don’t like the second chance trope.
Me: I love the a-hole but I don’t like when they’re just MEAN, ya know?
ALSO ME: LET ME READ REBECCA SHARP. THAT’LL DO ME GOOD.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t like any of the above, you shouldn’t read Enjoy the Ride. However, if you can go into this with an open mind and heart, I STRONGLY suggest you read this.

“Then kiss me, Chance. Kiss me and leave me alone.” 

Jessa and Chance had a once  in a lifetime love, but they found it when they were too young. Their love was intense, all-consuming, and burned too bright for their eighteen year old selves. They were adventurous with their hearts and souls, but it wasn’t enough.

To save Chance from making a decision he would have regretted, Jessa made a decision that would change their paths irrevocably.

For the last eight years, Jessa avoided all things Chance, but when her soul tells her it’s time to go home, she does. Is it the mountain calling her? Or is it something else? Someone else?

Reading Enjoy the Ride sometimes felt worse than flying through the air and knowing you’re going to fall. The pit in my stomach didn’t go away for the entire 12 hours it took me to read this book. My heart continued to ache for Jessa, and I consistently wanted to scream and cry for Chance. (Yes, I wanted to cry for him too the big jerk!)

I am still kinda reeling from everything that went on. I mean, just when you think “there’s no way something else can happen” BAM, something else happens.  And it will wreck you. I thought On the Edge  had twists and turns galore, but Enjoy the Ride had waaaaaay more.

One thing I loved about this book is Chance. As much as he was a grade A a-hole, there was a loving man hiding beneath the layers of hurt and anger. He believes he wants to ruin Jessa, and gives himself the opportunity to touch her, get to know her. He believes he wants to ruin her, but he is also protective and possessive. He doesn’t let her get away with anything, and he definitely doesn’t let her keep her secrets.

Those secrets could crumble the man they call Pride, but Jessa is always there to pick him back up. Despite the fact it could ruin, destroy, and/or obliterate her heart, she puts it on the line to help Chance.

Enjoy The Ride5star

Obsessive Addiction by KL Donn Review

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obsessiveI am Crux Malcolm.
And she. Is. Mine.

Have you ever heard the sound of your life ending?
A cell door slamming shut is the best way to describe it.

I killed a man. A bad man.
One who deserved far more than what I gave him.

He looked at her when she was mine.
He touched her when she was mine.
He broke her when she was mine.

I’m getting out on a technicality.
Now, I’ll get to make her mine.

She’ll cry my name each night instead of his.
She’ll feel my pleasure instead of his pain.

I am Crux Malcolm

and it’s my turn to get what’s coming to me…
Farren Hallewell is my addiction and I’m obsessed.

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Krystal is a proud Canadian girl, hailing from Sherwood Park, Alberta. She has a strong dislike for the winter, and a love spring. Married to her husband Steve, for 13 years, they have 4 beautiful red headed spawns ranging in ages 5-12. She has a strong love of coffee, sarcasm, and wine. (Not necessarily in that order either.)
Krystal loves to write about instalove between couples looking for love. She has a passion for contemporary romance and springs into menage as often as she can. Currently, she is working on 2 new series, the Adair Empire a darker, dirtier, and grittier series than what her readers are used to, but boy has she had a ton of fun writing them. The What Happens When series will begin with Anonymous Bride series will begin with Anonymous Bride and continue with untraditional love stories. Bringing you all the good feels, a ton of love, and maybe – if you’re lucky 😉 a surprise baby or two!
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I’m not going to lie even a little bit. Writing this review was HARD. I connected with Farren like I did with Ariel (in Luther). I think I’ll always connect with characters that struggle within themselves the way these two have. I haven’t been in either of their situations physically, but I have emotionally.

And with the way K.L Donn writes, you don’t need to have go through anything to feel it anyway.

Obsessive Addiction left me raw and bleeding emotionally, it ripped me to shreds over and over again. Just when I thought it was over, that Ren would go skipping off into the distance with Crux and live happily ever after, I was ripped apart again.

Why? Because KL Donn has to write characters that seem like their broken, only to show you the true strength they have hidden. Despite the evil around them, despite the horrors they’ve seen and been through, inside they are stronger than anyone they’ve ever met.

I mean LORD, I was warned that this might wreck me but I didn’t really believe it. I mean, in most ways I did believe it because I know KL, and I know she loves to kill me, but I wasn’t expecting it still. Even though it was hard, I couldn’t stop reading. I was drawn in from the beginning.

The plot was so different, so unique, I was left obsessed as well. Crux was addicted and obsessed as well. Though Luther will always be my husband, Crux is definitely up there in terms of stealing a piece of my heart.

I loved every single minute of the painful experience that was Obsessive Addiction. In fact, by the end, I was ready to experience more of that pain just to read more of Ren and Crux. And I can guarantee, you’ll want it too.

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Reckless Miles by Claire Kingsley Review!

arcblurbreckless miles cover385253068676834062..jpg“I love being naked. Naked is awesome.” ~Cooper Miles

Life used to be an endless party. I worked hard and played harder—as often as possible. But things change—people change—and lately the party life isn’t doing it for me.

Enter Amelia. It isn’t every day that you meet a girl in a wedding dress in a bar. A girl whose life just took a sharp left turn she wasn’t expecting.

Kissing her? It’s no big deal—totally just for fun. She’s had one hell of a day, and a little kissing lesson by Cooper is bound to make her feel better. Getting in a little dig at the dumbass who left her at the altar is a bonus.

The invitation back to her hotel? That, I wasn’t expecting.

Saying yes to her is reckless. Not because I’m a stranger to a one-night-stand. And not because she’s in a wedding dress, and the words this is my first time cross her lips.

Saying yes to Amelia is reckless because she’s making me feel things I’ve never felt before—big things. Nothing scares me. But this girl? She might be magic, and I have no idea what to do with that.

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Claire Kingsley writes smart, sexy romances. Her books feature sassy and often quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, romantic happily ever afters, and ALL the big feels.

She can’t imagine life without coffee, her Kindle, and the sexy heroes who inhabit her imagination. She’s living out her own happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three kids.

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jkgdfguserguhseg – that’s my review.

OK FINE JUST KIDDING.

There are books you read where the hero is so hurting, so utterly broken that you want to snatch him from the pages, hug him, and never let him go. Even when he’s an utter a-hole, you still love him.

Cooper Miles is not that guy, though I did want to snatch him from the pages to go along for the ride. Cooper is a free spirit, but he’s dedicated to his family and the vineyard. He’s energetic, to the point that most can’t keep up with the conversations he has. He’s full of life, passionate, loyal, and overall an abundance of human being. He’s also a stage 5 clinger.

Amelia Hale is a woman in the midst of self-discovery. Left at the altar on her wedding day, she isn’t sure where to go next. Amelia ends up on the Cooper roller coaster, starting with a Cooper-Moon, and ending with a broken heart. (Spoiler alert! It all gets fixed.)

The Miles family series has a string of events that isn’t over yet. Everything keeps ending on a cliffhanger, DAMMIT, which keeps you wanting more. Of course, Claire isn’t indulging in the Alpha Ever After group addiction and pumping out Hidden Miles so we can all read it tomorrow, but we forgive her…

…this time…

Reckless Miles sent me down a Claire Kingsley rabbit hole, and like an addict started buying every book I could just to feed it. Of course, I don’t ever read things nice and slow to hold me over until the next book comes. NO I have to binge read it all and then cry that I read everything. But it was sooooooo worth it.

Kingsley creates a family that leaves you wishing you could jump through the pages to be a part of it, to drink wine with them, and go on a Cooper-Moon. She’ll have you in stitches from laughing too hard and crying because of the drama. You’ll be rooting for Mama Miles at the same time wanting to jump her children’s fictional bones.

I changed my mind: Don’t read this book. Why? Because unless you’re ready to spend more money on books, you shouldn’t do it to yourself. Also, I want the Miles family to myself.

Anyway, I’m gonna go cry in a corner and rock myself to sleep until I can get Hidden Miles. ARE YOU HAPPY CLAIRE? ARE YA?

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Give In by Layla Frost Review

arcblurbgiveinlaylafrostI watched her.

I knew I shouldn’t. It was a mistake. Wrong. Forbidden.

A glimpse of heaven before a depraved angel led me to hell.

One email was all it would take to end the torture. A simple email, dropping Eden Wilder from my class and my life.
But I couldn’t do it. I was selfish—taking any bit of her I could.

That’s how addictions start. You give in just a little. Just once. Before long, your obsession has grown into a violent storm, shrouding you in darkness as it consumes your thoughts. Consumes your whole damn life. And everything you’ve worked for is gone.

But you honestly don’t give a f*ck. You’d serve your soul up on a silver platter for your addiction.

And she was mine.

Warning: Recommended for readers 18+ due to strong adult language, themes, and a stalkerific hero who puts the FUN in dysfunctional. Enjoy!

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aboutheauthorlaylafrostLayla Frost has always been a rebel. A true badass.

Growing up, Layla used to hide under her blanket with a flashlight to read the Sweet Valley High books she pilfered from her older sister. It wasn’t long before she was reading hidden Harlequins during class at school. This snowballed into pulling all-nighters after the promise of “just one more chapter”.

Her love of reading, especially the romance genre, took root early and has grown immeasurably.

In between reading and writing, Layla spends her free time rocking out (at concerts, on the couch, in the car… Anywhere is a stage if you get into it enough), watching TV (the nerdier the better!), and being a foodie. Though she lives in NY (the state, not the city), she’s an avid Red Sox fan.

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This review was extremely difficult for me to write. Not because it was bad… because it was SO EFFIN GOOD that it literally destroyed me. I stalk- er… follow Layla Frost and am in her readers group, so I saw her little “hey this may not be as safe as you want it to be” and got scared…

For those of you who don’t know, when a romance novel is safe it means no cheating; but it goes beyond that. It means, for all intents and purposes, both parties are eunuchs unless around their partners. I need my books to be safe, for many reasons. Numero Uno is that I hate cheating. Gives me anxiety.

So yeah… I was scared.

A little back story…
Eden Wilder is a college student trying to make a name for herself, and she’s on the run. She keeps a low profile, avoids relationships, and gets good grades. She pays her own way for college, which means she works hella hard… as a stripper.

Get that money girl.

Damien Caine is a professor… specifically Eden’s professor. He’s tough on her work, grading it harder than the others. From the beginning, he’s attracted to her. But he also wants to break her, but only to make her better than she was before. Being so much older than her, he stays away from her for as long as he can… until he stumbles upon her side gig.

There are some parts that may make this unsafe for readers. There’s a slight love triangle thingy in the beginning but Damien basically shuts it down. And Eden does too. But there’s also the fact that Eden has to get practically naked for her customers.

Oh, and there’s the little tidbit that Damien is in to BDSM. Not soft core, but not going to sex clubs either. It’s not a “safe word” situation, but a lifestyle. Part of that lifestyle means being harsh on his girl, but it also means taking care of her. Is ha an alpha-hole? HECK yeah. But is he swoon worthy? My response is not internet appropriate.

If you want evidence that I called Layla out for basically wrecking my whole world, I got it for ya. Message me (I’m funny sometimes). But I’m serious. This book wrecked me. It felt like Damien was breaking me down just as much as he was Eden. I wanted to hate him just as much as I fell in love with him. For every bit of a jerk Damien was, he was a just as much a sweetheart. For every bit the hardworking, independent woman Eden was, she was just as much faltering on her own. As much as she was a mature woman, she was bratty.

This book was full of extremes. Extreme sex, extreme love, and extreme touch. Maybe that’s what got me with it. In every taboo novel there’s a level of trust between the partners that has to be there, but with Eden and Damien they had to earn it. They had to earn every single ounce of trust; every step they made towards love was one hard earned.

It wasn’t just the teacher/student trope, or just BDSM, or just taboo, or just anything. It was everything. The slow burn to end all slow burns. A re-read (AND RE-READ) worthy novel that will have you eating out of the palm of Damien’s hand.

Because when you Give In… you might just find your Happily Ever After.

…Also, Layla, I’m gonna need another book from you STAT. I’m hooked, girl. YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THIS OKAY???

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Undeniably Yours by Mallory Funk Review

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Five years ago, I met a man who gave me a night I would never forget.
Forgetting him was impossible with his likeness running around my house every day.
It wasn’t until I took a job in a different town that life gave us another chance.
This time we weren’t going to screw it up. This time I knew his name and who he belonged to.
Revenge threatens to tear us apart, and I want to run away from everything that had come to mean so much to me.
There was no question in his mind of who I belonged to.
There’s nothing wrong with living in denial

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I have always loved writing. It wasn’t until recently I decided to put my stories into words. I have the support of my husband and family to follow through with my own book. I always loved to share my work with people and now I’m glad I can share it with more than my family and friends.

I am married with two children under the age of four. I spent my days writing, reading and with my kids. I have always loved to write since I was a little girl. It wasn’t until I started reading all the time that I decided to put my words to ‘paper’ so to speak.

I am the youngest of three girls but my family extends beyond that!

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Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. They have one wild night together and go there separate ways, planning to look back on that night with a smile and the memories.

But they got sooooo much more.

Olivia wasn’t looking for anything but a good time. She had plans and a future ahead of her that she wasn’t willing to risk by settling down. By life laughed and laughed at her after a one night stand turned into single mother hood. But, being the woman she was, she embraced it with her whole heart. She never got the man’s name, but had fond memories of him. She’d tried to find him, but didn’t know how. But 5 years, a sweet little boy, a new job, and a big move later, and she finds the man that gave her the best gift she was never asking for.

Aiden a.k.a. Steal, wasn’t planning on settling down. He was extremely happy with his life, and had no plans to have a wife and kids. He was fine letting his brother and sister be the baby making factories. But life laughed and laughed at him as the woman that has haunted his dreams shows up after five years… with a child. His child. Things shifted into focus for him. While getting a good ribbing from his brothers and family about how he went from “I never want kids” to having a kid in the matter of hours, Aiden takes to fatherhood like a BOSS.

Aiden and Olivia have ups and downs, but they try to make it work for Hale. Neither of them want to have a poor relationship that would make it harder on their son. But while Olivia is cautious, Aiden is full steam ahead. He knows what he wants and he isn’t letting this woman slip through his fingers again.

….until the sins of the past come to haunt them both.

Olivia and Aiden were very realistic in their reactions, despite Aiden being a super alpha he was the kind that would actually probably work in real life. This book had moments that made me smile, and moments that wrecked me. But it was undoubtedly, an amazing read. I was slightly disappointed at first that this book wasn’t Aiden’s brother’s story, but I’m still hoping that book 3 will be his. There’s something there that I need to know.

GIVE IT TO ME WOMAN.

Anyways, this book will leave you going WTF and wanting to shake Olivia, while swooning over Aiden’s super dad abilities. So trust me, you’re gonna want to read it!

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Safe, In His Arms by KL Donn Review!

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Onyx Inwood lives a strict life of order and strategy.
He knows every move he makes before he takes action.
As a detective in the NYPD he knows the city streets like the back of his hand.
So why, when he stumbles upon a wandering girl, does his world turn upside down?

Shy. Klutzy. Afraid.

Grace Hawthorne often forgets why she doesn’t like to leave her tiny apartment.
The world outside is huge, unforgiving, full of strangers & danger.
Her step-mother often says she lacks basic human knowledge.
When she meets a big scary man in the park, she forgets why she’s afraid of the world and embraces being safe, in his arms.

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Krystal is a proud Canadian girl, hailing from Sherwood Park, Alberta. She has a strong dislike for the winter, and a love spring. Married to her husband Steve, for 13 years, they have 4 beautiful red headed spawns ranging in ages 5-12. She has a strong love of coffee, sarcasm, and wine. (Not necessarily in that order either.)
Krystal loves to write about instalove between couples looking for love. She has a passion for contemporary romance and springs into menage as often as she can. Currently, she is working on 2 new series, the Adair Empire a darker, dirtier, and grittier series than what her readers are used to, but boy has she had a ton of fun writing them. The What Happens When series will begin with Anonymous Bride series will begin with Anonymous Bride and continue with untraditional love stories. Bringing you all the good feels, a ton of love, and maybe – if you’re lucky 😉 a surprise baby or two!
With the exception of Anonymous Bride, and Until Arsen you’ll be able to find all her books on all platforms!

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Is there anything KL Donn can’t write?! I mean seriously…

When I read a blurb and it’s got that “Modern Day Fairy Tale” vibe I either skip it or devour it. There’s no middle for me. I either love it or hate it, swoon or roll my eyes. Like with dark romance, the fairy tale trope is a fine balance between creating something new, and keeping the theme. It’s walking a tight rope of heroine that needs help and one that is strong in her own right; between alpha hero and jerky prince.

Safe, In His Arms found that delicate balance between gag me with a spoon and “OMG I LOVE THIS.” Grace Hawthorne is a perfect mix of damsel in distress and independent woman. Trying to find her way in life after being held captive (basically) by her step mother, she’s trying to break the chains that have held her down for so many years.

Onyx Inwood is a man looking for something more than random hookups, but is lost between his job and reality. He hasn’t found the balance either, living his life trying to protect his community. From the moment he meets Grace, the moment he gets a fleeting glimpse, he knows she’s something special.

CUE THE CINDERELLA VIBES.

Safe, In His Arms is a novella. It’s short, sweet, and sexy. I’d say it’s classing KL, but that would be a lie (see the Adair series). Honestly, after the dark and intense emotions she put me through in the Adair Empire, I kept waiting for the crazy twist. Spoiler: It never came. Why? Because I think we all needed something fluffy to keep us sane. There’s only so much death and torture a person can take.

From the description, I was hooked. KL didn’t leave me disappointed either. Honestly, you should just expect a 5 star review from me for any of KL’s books. She blows me away with each and every novella and story she weaves. I’m still waiting for another full length novel, because I can never get enough of her, but I take what I can get.

If this book leaves you wanting anything, it’ll leave you wanting more.

LIKE ANOTHER EPILOGUE *HINT HINT NUDGE NUDGE*

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The Long Game by BJ Bentley Review!

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Once upon a time, I was the knight in shining armor.
But now my armor is tarnished. Dented.
One botched mission was all it took for this hero to fall from grace.
And that was when I met him- dark, broody, magnetic.
He was broken too. The jagged edges of his pieces cut me, but I thrived on the pain.

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I’m no good for anybody.
I know, just ask my family.
But I’m a selfish bastard, so when she walked into my club, I vowed to make her mine.
She was damaged like me. Scarred like me.
But she was also goodness and light.
And my darkness had a way of snuffing out good things.

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From her Amazon: I’m a psychic medium, romance author, and cat mom. I shamelessly based my character, Sabrina Rhodes, on myself (write what you know, and all that.) Weaknesses include alpha males and badass babes.
The Intuitive series is a collection of rom-com novellas, and I’m also working on a full-length dark romance novel.
I’m very active on social media, so feel free to stalk me! (Please stalk me, this is a cry for attention.)
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The Long Game was easily my favorite of the three Syndicate novels. Rafe captured my heart and Lacey broke it. The premise of this novel was different from the other two, but just as naughty and just as captivating. I wanted more from the very minute I started reading.

Rafael Caruso is not a good guy, he’s not the hero, but he’s definitely not a villain either. His present was shaped by an ugly past, one he believed shaped his future as well. Feeling himself unworthy of love and anything good, he closed himself off from everyone, even his two friends Jensen and Aleksander. Even those two didn’t really get past his firewalls. Hacker, protecting his friends’ businesses, gamer, and also vigilante, his world changes when he meets Lacey Montgomery.

Lacey Montgomery has her own scars and demons. She carries her own weight around, carrying the guilt of a young woman’s death on her shoulders. Sent to take down Rafe, she ends up in his bed and in his heart. When she inadvertently betrays the man she has come to love, she runs away…

…but not for long.

This book is filled with revenge, love, and heartbreak. It is easily my favorite of the three Syndicate novels. It was sweet and erotic, it was dominant and submissive, it had a heart wrenching alpha and a woeful heroine. But as with all her books, for as much as these two are broken, they are equally as strong. They fought for their lives, even when they felt they should give up. They were independent, yet dependent on each other. They were broken, but mended their pieces to fit each other.

And they had AMAZING adult time ;).

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