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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-December 11th 2016
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-336 Pages

I got tricked and now I’m on another planet. We’re here to be matched with alien males who haven’t had access to women in years. They are aching for wives, desperate to have children. I got tricked and then the government wouldn’t let me opt-out. They say I need to sleep with one of the aliens within 72 hours in order to get life-saving antibodies otherwise I’ll die.

So, I slept with a hot 7-foot tall alien after he and 3 other hotties battled for the right to marry me. I told him I’d sleep with him, no-strings, to break his dry spell and save me from death. But now the alien considers me to be his WIFE. He’s hot, alpha, bossy but sweet, and I might be in love with him. Even if I don’t want to admit it.

HOT ALPHA ALIEN HUSBANDS: This is book one in a new series by author DD Prince, writing as Scarlett Starkleigh.

They look like us, but better. Taller, nicer skin, more muscles. They live a lot like us, but better.

They’ve got a lot of the technology that we have but…yep, you guessed it: theirs is better. Their planet is reportedly beautiful, clean, unpolluted and extraordinarily colorful.

Medically, they’re superior, too. Except that they were powerless to stop a super-bug that quickly all but wiped out their female population and over 99% of their women were suddenly — poof — gone.

Their men are lonely and restless. They’re inherently alpha, protective, a family-driven species, and they’re carnally deprived so that’s having an impact on the otherwise peaceful planet. They have gone without women for years and so they’re chomping at the bit and it means fighting, threat of war, general unease / unrest, and threats to pillage other planets for women if something wasn’t done to get these men what they needed. Tests were run and since we’re biologically compatible deals were made.

I was tricked onto the space ship. I was also tricked into getting married without my knowledge. I’m fighting my emotions but Daxx is doing all sorts of things to try to break down my defenses… the scheming, insatiable, hot, bossy, swoony, alpha.

Dirty-talking, steamy panty-melting scenes, over-the-top alpha male insta-love. A fun, light read in the sci-fi romance genre with only a little bit of world-building but a whole lot of steamy insta-love fun & a happily ever after. Future books will follow but this is a complete story with an HEA & no cheating.

MY REVIEW
Daxx and Jetta by Scarlett Starkleigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a sucker for a bit of sci-fi Alien romance and this one hit the spot for me. Jetta is tricked into becoming some kind of mail-order bride and finds herself very far from her home on earth and complete with a brand new alien husband. So I absolutely loved this, Jetta was a strong and feisty individual who definitely met her match in the muscled alien hotty who was also so achingly Sweet. Daxx knew exactly who and what he wanted from day one and although Jetta herself does take some convincing its more about having her choices taken away from her than any great aversion to being with Daxx. She fought her feelings quite severely initially but I think this was more down to her stubborn nature. I really was rooting for these two all the way they made such a charming couple. This was humorous and sexy and such an easy and fun read. If you like your Aliens hot, sweet and devoted Daxx then is most definitely the ET for you.

I enjoyed this just as much the second time around this really is a great read.

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ARC REVIEW

Release Date-April 6th 2020
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-434 Pages

Stuck between life and death, Mackenzie is hell-bent on proving her innocence and getting revenge on the men who murdered her sister. With one series of unfortunate events after another, Mackenzie must outrun her own fate—death.

When secrets unravel and lies become twisted betrayals, Mackenzie finds herself in more danger than she could’ve realized. Her only saving grace is Baz, the elusive playboy she’s given her heart to. But will placing her trust in a man like Baz be her downfall?

MY REVIEW
Bury Me with Lies by S.M. Soto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the concluding part of the story and I was so excited to get started with this one that I picked it up the minute it landed on my kindle. This starts right where we left off with that dramatic cliff drive and the resulting aftermath and if the previous book was all about burying and hiding the truth this second instalment is all about exposing the dark underbelly of all there shared pasts and exposing the truth to the world and Baz will have to take a big leap of faith right alongside Mack if she is going to have any chance of succeeding in her current vendetta against the savages. Its time for him to finally pick a side his past or his present. This instalment is angsty it abounds with secrets and suspicion throughout the distrust from the previous fallout has a massive knock-on effect here. We get to see both Mackenzie and Sebastion struggle internally with everything that has come to pass previously add into the mix there suppressed feelings towards each other and all that has gone down and it’s not surprising they are both wary and there was so much push and pull. Hang in they do get there, just the road along the way is paved with many obstacles and its far from a smooth ride with lots of hidden bumps that certainly keep things interesting. Fantastic finale and though there were instances that stretched the bounds of believability I put it aside on account of my great enjoyment of this. This one gets a big thumbs up from me.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Bury Me with Lies (Twin Lies, #2).

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-September 1st 2016
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-368 pages

Defeat the enemy. Win the boy. Live happily ever after. But life “ever after” isn’t as easy as it used to be. Harper’s gone from being a member of a small demon lair to co-Prime of one of the most powerful lairs in the US with a mate who, though hot as hell, is just a mite overprotective – I mean, you get kidnapped by dark practitioners just once …

Then one of Knox’s demons goes rogue, and in his madness decides Knox Thorne must die. Harper’s worried. Knox isn’t – at least until he discovers his mate’s willingness to get between him and danger.

Now, Knox has a new priority: Keep Harper safe …no matter what it takes. But Harper begins to suspect there’s more danger than one rogue demon. It seems the combined strength of Harper and Knox has upset the balance of power in the demon world and there are those who are determined to right that wrong. Because when you move up the food chain, sometimes the other predators just want to take a bigger bite

MY REVIEW
Blaze by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second book in the series again focuses on Harper and Knox and in this instalment we have a demon on the edge of going rogue and he’s fixated on taking Knox and Harper down however he can. He wrongly believes that they will have a child together with the capability and potential to annihilate the world. But this demon is himself a tool for others dark agendas and the ultimate goal here is to take Harper out which in turn will hopefully weaken Knox’s control. Knox will stop at nothing to protect his mate and nobody targets her without suffering his and his demons wrath. This was again action-packed throughout and choked full of sexy antics. The chemistry between these two anchors and mates is off the charts and sets the pages alight with its intensity. Knox is his full-on dominant self both in and out of the bedroom especially when it comes down to Harper’s safety and Harper herself shows her teeth here and bites back somewhat much to Knox and his demons dismay, her antics threating his iron-clad control. One thing that did bother me slightly and I did notice this as well in the first book was that I wasn’t a fan of the constant former and wannabe bed-buddies that kept rearing there heads. Though I have to say Knox himself is completely steadfast and loyal when it comes to Harper and that I did like I was just sick of seeing her constantly have her nose rubbed in it and would have liked her to catch a break. Though I must say I did chuckle at all the turtle references and the bestiality insinuations that Harper threw Knox’s way, highly amusing. Also totally loving ole Lou and hoping we get to see more of him he was fantastically weird and random. I also thought that there were times that Harper could have let Knox stand up for her and it wouldn’t have affected her position really, at times she could be too single-minded about going it alone.

I am interested in seeing where this is going and also unmasking the identities of the other horsemen.

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Series: Badlands: NG: Book 7 Genre: Dark Erotic Romance/Suspense/Horror

Release Date: March 31, 2020

Of the devil’s flesh and bone, the prince is ready to claim his throne. I’ve got a black cult religion backing my decisions. He’s got demons hungry for carnage. Everything was going smoothly. She’s the forbidden fruit we’re supposed to beware of, but something carnal is growing between us. Now, with tensions mounting between various factions, a bloodbath looms on the horizon. Chaos and destruction start to erupt across the Badlands, everything comes down to one thing. Forewarning, this isn’t a cookie cutter romance. This isn’t about love. This is a story of brutal possession in a world without morals. Enter at your own detriment. 😉

MY REVIEW
Renegades by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This latest badlands book was a really good addition to the series and I enjoyed it very much. But for some reason, I was under the impression this was actually a menage, not sure why I thought that but was surprised to find it isn’t. This story centres on Luce and a new character Star, its set after the events of the previous books and the storyline concerning A. R. C. and the Stags is continued here so to fully appreciate this you really need to have read the past books of this series, (well the kid’s books anyway) to fully follow along. I myself did a quick recap by flicking through the previous two to refresh my brain. Star is an escapee on the run from A. R. C. her time with them has been horrific and she has the physical and emotional scars to prove it. Her escape lands her in the path of Luce and his savages and the rest is history. This was as usual totally wicked with psychotic intent, the usual dicing and slicing and casual torture involved but that aside I didn’t find this as dark as previous books in the series though it was still very far from a Sunday picnic. The relationship between Luce and star is easy with a lack of angst and I really appreciated the straightforward nature of it all. I also really liked how this built and the whole slow-burn quality of it all. We also get to catch up with Cam here and see how he is dealing with the aftermath of his brother’s actions. So yeh, liked this a lot and the only thing missing for me was the rest of the gang, we do get to see Nyx, Maliki, Zane and Addie but it is only briefly and I would have liked more. Other than that I was a happy bunny.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Renegades (Badlands: Next Generation #3).

With a penchant for (writing) villainous immoral men, and a tendency to deviate away from traditional happily ever afters, Natalie Bennett is an international bestselling author of twisted and unconventional love stories. When she’s not slaying words she’s somewhere in the sunshine state, happily taking life one curve-ball at a time.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-July 4th 2017
Genre-Kindle Edition
Kindle Edition-352 pages

Knox and Harper’s story continues as the Las Vegas lair – and its two infamous Co-Primes – face their most terrifying enemy yet . . .

Together, Harper and Knox have overcome just about every evil thing you can think of – from Horsemen of the Apocalypse to dark magic practitioners to Lucifer’s insistent belief that he’s hilarious. They’re looking forward to some well-earned downtime – until Harper is attacked by mercenaries in the middle of her tattoo shop. Worse still, the attackers are trying to take her wings – the ones no one is meant to know she even has.

It’s a near miss and once a furious Knox has managed to pull his demon back into line there’s only one thing clear – someone knows Harper’s secrets and is systematically setting out to destroy her. It seems likely that someone is the third Horseman – but how do they know so much about Harper? It seems the impossible might be true – they have an enemy hiding at the very heart of the lair.

To survive Harper will need to embrace power that’s darker than she’s ever experienced and even Knox can’t protect her from everything – though God knows nothing’s going to stop him trying. The stakes have never been higher, for if Harper’s taken by this new threat, Knox won’t be able to stop his demon from taking a vicious pleasure in tearing the world apart . . .

MY REVIEW
Ashes by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the series and we are still firmly with Harper and Knox. Here they are once again facing another hidden enemy or maybe it’s the same one who knows. Anyway, the Horsemen are for the moment on the back-burner as Knox and Harper both face head-on this new unknown threat and with the attempt to steal Harper’s wings as well as other magical and physical dangers everyone is a potential suspect. This one again sizzles with so much heat and also had some major shockers. It wasn’t as straight forward as I was expecting either.

I really liked where we eventually left off with Harper and Knox with this one and I will definitely be continuing on with this series.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-November 26th 2015
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-301 pages

Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue.

The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed.

She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has.

Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

MY REVIEW
Burn by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book by the talented Suzanne Wright and it definitely won’t be my last. I loved the idea of inner demons almost like a dual personality. So here we have Harper and Knox. Harper is a wingless sphinx but not sure just yet quite what Knox actually is, something very scary I’d imagine if his inner demon and power are anything to go by (Scratch that I now know and all I can say is just yikes) When they meet its obvious that harper and Knox are anchors which are demons that ground each other. But not only this, Knox’s demon who is usually unaffected and easily bored wants Harper as his mate. But along with being mates and anchors, there comes a whole world of danger as everyone seems to want a piece of Harper, Harper was such a likeable character, feisty, independent but also very uncomplicated and unusually accepting, in fact, I think that was my favourite quality about her, her logical head and lack of unnecessary drama. Knox well he was a major hottie and his inner demon just delicious, I loved his easy acceptance of his mate and anchor even know it was unexpected. I also especially appreciated his completely dominant alpha male persona but I also liked that it was tempered with compromise when it needed to be. The chemistry between Harper and Knox was smoking hot and the pages sizzled with heat.

I really am looking forward to the next instalment in this fantastic series.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-October 28th 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-369 Pages

There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.

For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it.

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place.

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.

MY REVIEW
Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This started right where we left off previously and almost instantly we were back in the thick of things and I managed to read this in one sitting I was that engrossed. Here I really adored Desmond’s sadistic glee and pride in Callie’s enhanced abilities and twisted nature which is especially amplified since she consumed the lilac wine. It was like his own personal protege had blossomed overnight and he couldn’t be prouder if he tried. We also got to see much more of Des the fairy trickster in this volume and his wicked sense of mischief was contagious. I also loved that Callie finally embraces the whole of her nature here and she was also willing to make the choices that needed making she really stepped up and finally came into her own. I felt like she became who she was always meant to be. This also had plenty of humour and oodles of passion and managed to wring me out bringing me to actual tears with the events that occurred.

This was everything I had hoped it would be and was a fantastic finale to Desmond and Callies journey.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-October 15th 2017
Genre-Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-219 pages

In the beginning, there was darkness.
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.

But fate had something else in mind.

Till darkness dies.
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.

MY REVIEW
The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beginning 270 years ago this is the story of Desmond Flynn and his origins. From the caves of Arestys to Barbos The City Of Thieves after his mother’s murder. His time spent amongst the brotherhood The Angels Of Small Death. With a Prophecy and a hidden destiny to fulfil fate’s path leads him along with his close friend Malaki to join the Night Kings military, a means to an end and a way to get closer to his father so he can attempt to take him out and finally achieve vengeance for his mother’s senseless death. These are the events and experiences that have forged Desmond into the fairy and king he is today. This was a fascinating insight into Desmond’s true character and what makes him tick and after reading this, I feel like I know him intimately. His humble origins and life lessons giving him a slice of humanity that you don’t usually get in a fairy. Desmond’s compassion towards humans was there to witness in his early life but I was very surprised with his initial inbred prejudices when it came to him learning his mate to be was a human and then so pleased to see him evolve from this limited and bias mindset and embrace his forthcoming destiny. Loved experiencing the bond from Desmond’s side and learning just what goes on in our Bargainers head. It really gave me a whole new insight into just how much he loves and cherishes his human/siren mate. It was beautiful just watching him take care of her just for the want of her comfort and happiness. I think I now love Desmond even more if that’s possible, and the desperation and panic he felt after her final wish and he realised the price it had exacted hurt my heart.

Loved experiencing this all from Desmond’s POV and I am looking forward to getting stuck into the final book in this brilliant series.

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ARC REVIEW

Release Date-April 2nd 2020
Genre-Dark Fairy-Tale Retelling
Kindle Edition

Every royal has their dirty little secret. His was… me.

It should have been simple.

Go to the ball, meet the prince, and secure his patronage for my favourite charity.

But beneath the mask, the brooding beast of a man was not at all who I expected.

He was dark and intense and eerily quiet.

When I left, I could still feel the ghost of his touch branded into my skin.

He haunted my dreams, but I never expected to see him again.

Then he came for me.

And he took me.

And I learned that his darkness was a void I never could have conceived.

He’s the crown prince of Norway.

And, now, I’m his captive.

MY REVIEW
Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a much darker loosely based contemporary retelling of the fairy-tale Cinderella. Ella has lived with her abusive stepmother and awful stepsisters ever since her father’s death, She spends whatever times she can escaping to a local animal sanctuary. To save this place she loves she attends a local Gala incognito to plead for funding and in a case of mistaken identity makes the acquittance of Thorsten the crown prince of Norway. Fleeing the charity gala she accidentally leaves behind her shoe at the scene. Thorsten is indeed an odd one morose cold and disinterested he doesn’t feel things quite like others. Ella’s fate was sealed the instant she encountered her dark prince. So this is so far from the sweet fairy tale you’ve come to expect this is dark and depraved with plenty of dubious consent. This descends into the shadows stripping both Ella and Thorsten back to the bone and they will both learn the very cores of each other the more time they are together. Both Ella and Thor have things in their pasts that are still affecting there now and their upcoming futures, their actual brokenness is kind of like there glue. Here we get to watch them put each other back together piece by individual piece and the journey travelled was definitely always going to be unstable and somewhat inflexible to observe. This was well written with wicked corruption and unapologetic shameless degeneration. It was ever so dirty and deliciously debased but it was also equally impassioned and certainly unfeigned, the emotion here felt real and authentic despite this being so far from a conventional start. By the finish, I was totally in love with both Thor and Ella as a couple and I also liked the way this stayed true to there natures none of that ridiculous rise above it stuff. I really appreciated this sinister alternate take on the whole Cinderella fable loved it.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Stealing Cinderella.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-January 20th 2015
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-226 pages

He calls himself the Prince. He is humanoid but not human–fascinating, sensual, at the cusp of maturity, and accustomed to getting what he wants. And Lydia has awoken in his world to find that she has been given to him–as a pet, a plaything, and, if he so desires, a lover.

As Lydia comes to realize that the Prince is as much a prisoner to his culture’s ways as she is, her resentment slowly unfurls into pity, understanding, curiosity, and a deep, unpredictable, consuming lust. She wants him too, on her own terms. But in a world fraught with hidden dangers, her terms are not open for discussion, not when their thirst for one another could doom them both. In a court where monarchs are obeyed and sexual hierarchies are strict, one wrong move could end the Prince for ever… and what would happen to Lydia then?

MY REVIEW
Lips Like Ice by Peggy Barnett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is a very ethereal and unique read it’s really a hard one to explain adequately and put into words being so unusual. So this is not some erotic pet play type sci-fi, it’s actually more of a coming of age story, a journey of self-discovery that could play-out against any backdrop not just here, it just happens to be set on an alien world. It’s about teaching someone care and compassion for someone apparently inferior and at the same time accepting things that are beyond control. Its also about acceptance and being true to yourself even if that means going against the grain. This was actually fascinating and oh so strange and I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this before. Lydia wakes on a strange world the apparent pet to spoilt and petulant Prince on the cusp of maturing. Her purpose here is to teach the Prince care and responsibility towards a lesser being not as any plaything. What makes this so unusual is that our prince gets to choose his own gender here and though expected by custom to choose female he decides to go with how he feels and actually chooses male. When we first meet the Prince he is actually genderless his chosen gender is something that comes later. I didn’t really think of this as a romance but more of an evolution where the characters involved grow as they learn life lessons along the way. When we start this the Prince’s actions towards Lydia once the novelty wears off are those of disinterest and thoughtless neglect even mistreating her when he is angry like a master taking out his temper towards others on a convenient pet that can’t fight back. The parallels here with how people can treat their pets and how Lydia herself was being treated as a pet, the swings of emotion from the prince from indulgent pet owner to I can’t be bothered was fascinating. Obviously, as this progresses the sexual factor is also brought into the equation and rather than being titillating, it was more one of discovery and growth. This also had dark themes and you realise as this progresses that the prince life is far from charmed and that he is just as scared and lost at times as Lydia. This was a really thought-provoking odyssey of unworldly bizarreness.

But I did appreciate the hidden messages it imparted.

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