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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

arcblurb40519551Undeniably Yours
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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5star

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.

Rafe-

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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Reputation by Dr. Rebecca Sharp Review!

reputation1arcblurbreputationFrom International Bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp… 

Small-town girl. America’s Sweetheart.
The biggest popstar in the world.
It began with one guy and then the next.
Until my reputation preceded me.
Yes, I dated them – all of them.
Yes, I also broke up with them.. All of them.
Was it too much? The world said yes. Too many, too quickly.
And my star began to flicker.
The world knew nothing about my life and yet, their judgement weighed on me like stone.
My reputation was falling faster than a shooting star and the only way to save it was with the boy who never wanted me.
Zach Parker was a singer, songwriter, and sexy as sin.
To him, I was just the neighbor’s little sister.
A pest that had grown into a famous annoyance.
Zach Parker wanted nothing to do with me.
But he could be tempted – with a stepping stone to fame, that is.
The plan was simple: Childhood Sweethearts Fall in Love on US Tour.
The plan was to let them see what they wanted to see: our ‘romance’ blossom right in front of their eyes.
A romance that Zach had made painfully clear to me years ago would never exist.
I’m told that it was the only thing that could repair my image.
So, every night I’ll stand on that stage and give Zach my heart piece by piece, note by note.
We’ll give them a show they’ll never forget – and a love story that I may not survive.
Because who cares that in order to put my reputation back together, I’ll have to tear my heart apart?

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drrebecca**Healing Heartaches One Alpha at a Time**
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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reviewreputation4Are you an author looking for some alpha a-holes to write? Trying to find the balance between jerk and bully? Are you a reader looking for your next butt head to fall in love with? Tired of the guy that isn’t really an a-hole but is just bullying the heroine? Are you a blogger, looking for a romance that is new, and doesn’t fit into any category you’ve read before? Look no further, because Reputation is here.

This is a second chance, forbidden, rock star romance, but not in the usual ways. Blake Tyler has ALWAYS been in love with Zach Parker, and when he turned her down and ripped her heart out as a kid, she took that pain and wrote a song, sky rocketing her to fame. Over the years, she’s tried to find true love in a world of glitter and glamour, and failed every time, leaving her with a broken reputation and a label she didn’t earn.

Zach Parker, best friend to Blake’s older brother, has yearned for Baby Blake since he realized she was a woman. The thought of losing his best friend has always stopped him from crossing that line. Instead, he’s pushed Blake away, crushing both their hearts. But Blake’s broken reputation means he has to step in and play hero; a role he’s always wanted but could never take.

If you know me, you know I hate angst and women who can’t take no for an answer. It was kind of a shock to me that I loved this book as much as I did, because I also DON’T like the person this book may or may not resemble, though is not based off of. But every word captured me, and every page left me wanting more. My heart broke for Blake, and it was absolutely crushed by Zach. Even when he tried to do the right thing, he couldn’t seem to win.

But it’s romance, so of course he wins eventually. Every tear Blake’s ever cried for Zach was wiped clean. Every word Zach said to ever push Blake away was forgiven and forgotten. For every bit you hated them separately, you loved them together. I was left completely and utterly amazing novel, filled with heartbreak and love. Rebecca not only put her characters back together again, she taped my heart back together again too. (Though I’m sure she’ll do it to me all over again in her next book).

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Too Bad So Sad by Lani Lynn Vale Review

arcblurbtoobadsosadTyler Cree has never been good at the whole look and don’t touch thing.

From the moment he was old enough to walk on his own two feet, he’s been looking for trouble.

Trouble comes in many forms…quite a few of those forms being the female persuasion.

Tyler knows what girls want—a bad boy. And he has the bad boy image down pat.

Ex-military—check.

Hot cop—double check.

A bike between his legs and a devil may care attitude—oh, yeah.

All the girls want him, yet none of them will have him—at least not all of him, anyway. A certain appendage they can have all they want. His heart, however, is not up for grabs. The useless organ inside his chest was broken and battered, mutilated by the one woman he thought would keep it safe.

Spoiler alert: she ripped it to shreds and set fire to the pieces.

To protect himself, Tyler keeps everyone at arm’s length, and never lets anyone get too close.

Then Reagan Rose Alvarez barrels into his life, and trespasses on not only his property, but straight into his abused heart. One glance is all it takes, and he’s suddenly thinking about things he hasn’t thought for quite some time—thoughts that a man like him should never have about a woman like her.

One moment of weakness is all it takes, and suddenly he has no other choice but to go on the offensive.

Keeping her is the only other option now.

Turns out, his heart isn’t as broken as he thought it was.

The only problem is, now the little she-devil holds it in the palm of her hands, and she has no clue just how much power she holds.

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aboutheauthorlanilynnvaleLani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenae in the form of food and drink.

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“Everybody wants sunshine, no one wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.” 

Since I first heard the above quote when I was in high school, I’ve tried to live by it. I’ve worked hard, some days more than others, to not let my rain get in the way of seeing a rainbow. Tyler Cree and Reagan Alvarez have let their rain cloud and hide their rainbows and sunshine, so they couldn’t see what was right in front of them… love.

Obviously. I basically only read romance LOL.

Anyways, out of all the Lani books I’ve read, this might have been my favorite. Alpha male, strong heroine not willing to let him run all over her, with action, love and pure devotion, with some growly possessiveness on top of it.

Tyler had his heart stomped all over by his ex best friend and ex girlfriend. Since then, he’s ruled his life by keeping everyone, including women, at a distance. Very few people have ever made him want to change that about himself. He’s perfectly fine where he is, thank you very much…

Until Rose Alvarez trespasses on the Chief of Police’s(ehem, Tyler’s) property for some moss she is trying to study. Rose has sheltered herself from the world, choosing to immerse herself in the dirt and mud instead of living life. Her ex boyfriend not only ruined her potential career, but also mentally and emotionally abused her, leaving behind a scarred, unconfident (is that even a word? or am I making things up again…) woman.

She’s not without self-confidence completely. She’s not afraid to stick up for what she believes in. She’s not afraid to push Tyler’s buttons when he needs to get his head out of his butt. She’s just more reserved, more standoffish. Her relationships tend to stay on the surface level, and she’s ok with that… until Tyler Cree pushes her buttons right back, forcing the fiesty woman to come to the fore front.

One of the things I love about romance novels, is that there’s usually (in the really good ones anyway) discovery and growth within the couple and the individual. I’ve often found myself reading about a fantasy world and situations, some more fantasy and sci-fi than others, or reading about murder and mayhem or regency era, and have taken away some life lesson from the novel. Maybe it’s a quote I want to ink into my skin (I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR THAT) or it’s a person I’ve wanted to carry around in my back pocket when I needed a pick me up. Sometimes it’s making sure I look to these fake relationships to see what I want (and don’t want) in my real life relationship.

Sometimes I read a book and want to scream and throw a tantrum when the girl acts stupid, or kick a guy in the butt when he’s being a butt. But in this book, I wanted to do neither. There was just enough push and pull, with a whole ton of self-discovery, that made this book burrow deep within my heart, and it’s never coming out. The act of forgiveness, of talking your feelings through with someone and not jumping to conclusions, everything about the relationships in this book, both Reagan’s and Tyler’s and other friendships, made me want to evaluate mine again. It made me want to look back and make sure I was doing everything I could to let my friends know I cared.

This book is that good.

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Mick by Jennifer Vester Review!

arcblurbmickIn a city without justice, sometimes doing the wrong thing may be the right thing to do. Welcome to Kingston, a city of corruption, crime and greed.

Mick, now a fallen man, returns home after a tragic incident that haunts him. With the events of his past plaguing him he’s a broken man. Troubled by his memories, he knows that life will never be the same.

Alisa had her own agonizing journey in life. Her family rules the city through any means. When she moves home, her future seems decided, but she’s always known what it meant to be a King.

He’s a lonely haunted man. She’s the light to his darkness. A chance meeting and it all begins…

In this suspenseful, passionate story, two people will have to fight for their future, in a city that will test the truth of their convictions. Love has a cost, and only sacrifice will show the way.

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aboutheauthor29512396_1200506436747627_5896820014052574436_nJennifer Vester is a romance author whose ambition is to entertain readers with off-beat female characters and theover-the-top alpha men that love them.

Her books revolve around romantic suspense with a little something for every reader. Always an HEA….(but look out for those twists!) It’s romance suspense after all.

The Lakefield series deals with some very serious subjects at times.

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Every time I read one of Jennifer’s books, I’m blown away. Truly. Reading the Lakefield series in succession, I saw Jennifer’s way with words go from great to amazing. In Mick I was left broken, with my pieces stitched back together, left hanging by a thread. I connected with Mick on a level I hadn’t with anyone in her other books. Although Brock will always be mine (hah S Van Horne had to give up her boys so I’m claiming him), Mick broke my heart.

We all got snippets of Mick in the last of the Lakefield series, though you don’t have to read those books before this one I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT, but that was before he was broken. We got little bits of the cold man, but that was before his soul was left withered and dried up. There was nothing he could do, nothing anyone could do, to breathe life into his life. There was no light to his darkness, no saint to his sinner.

…Until Alisa stumbles into his lap. From the first, they have a pull towards each other. As much as Mick wants to stay away, he can’t. And he doesn’t want to. Besides the fact, Alisa wouldn’t let him. She may have been sweet, choosing to see the good in everyone, but she got what she wanted too. And what she wanted was Mick.

This was darker, grittier, bloodier than I had been expecting (I’m lying, I totally stalk Jennifer’s updates so I was expecting the darkness), but it was so amazingly well written, you end up rooting for the bad guys. Because this isn’t like Lakefield, where the guys toe the line and sometimes blur it to their advantage. Mick is a bad guy. Alisa sees it, accepts it, loves him despite the demons that hold him back.

Everything about this book felt natural. The progression, the emotion, the bonds that were created. It was the definition of “page-turner”. If you’ve read my other reviews of Jennifer’s books, you know I dubbed her the Queen of Plot Twists… she doesn’t disappoint here either. Every time you think you’ve got something figured out, she twists it up on you, leaving you like one of Pavlov’s dogs, drooling at the sight of a new release.

And if you’re looking for a dark book that can make your glasses fog… look no further. Alisa and Mick burn the sheets in ways that had me reaching for a little paper fan in the middle of the night.

This book has it ALL.

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