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THE

KISS THIEF

by L.J. Shen

Release Date: January 9th

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Blurb

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

About the Author

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-25th November 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-331 Pages

With no choice, a human bargains her soul for ten years of music and song. With no time for anything beyond her dream, Ruth Thomas becomes a worldwide sensation, never knowing love or appreciating lust until she finally meets the mysterious president of Black Hearts, Amit Kingston. In a game of seduction, Ruth thinks she can enjoy a moment of lust, if only once, before the demon comes and devours her soul. Only the demon makes touching men impossible and getting Amit Kingston to crack is a job itself. The demon doesn’t just own her soul. He controls every aspect of her life, including her fragile heart and her body’s desires.

Worst of all, Ruth doesn’t realize how close the demon really is

MY REVIEW

Soul Food by Michelle Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’re Food for my soul, food for my heart, You are my greatest delight

What happens when a soul reaper and human cross the love divide: An epic love story that’s what. So I absolutely adored Soul Food: while not my first book by this author this one was my hands-down favourite: quite a feat in itself when I also loved my other toe-dip into these waters. Set in the same world as bewitching Sloth (which is my other read by this author ) this is very much a loosely connected standalone. Soul Food tells the story of Soul Reaper Amit and Rap singer Ruth AKA Soul Goddess/ Dark Goddess. When Amit is drawn to Ruths bright Soul: the essence he survives on he offers her a deal ten years to live her dream before he collects his soul food. Well, what follows was such an entertaining, steamy and engrossing tango of an unusual courtship that I bloody adored. The interaction between Amit and Ruth was so surreal. Amit was such an odd broody contradiction of extremities and the absolute complete opposite to Ruth. Watching him bluntly deadpan his responses to Ruths wishes was so entertaining especially because he was so completely serious in all of his answers. His complete bafflement in normal everyday situations and interactions was so amusing to behold. And his catchphrase I want what you want: priceless. This also had some great secondary characters my favourite being the gremlin Lars

made me chuckle when he told Amit off for playing with his food.

I find this very unfair Sire, Whats Unfair? You told me not to play with my food and that’s exactly what you’re doing.

This was a unique paranormal romance that I consumed in one entire sitting. I have no issues at all recommending this one it was fantastic from start to finish. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Soul Food.

All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-27th November 2018
Genre-Dark Erotic Horror/Romance
Kindle Edition-228 Pages

I was born an ordinary girl with a tiny seed of sickness.
As I got older it grew bigger, manifesting into something sinister.

Mama told me to lock it away and let it wither.

I didn’t know how.
So I hid it.

Solitude became my closest companion.

Solo, single, lonely.

Until Declan.
Until Ethan.

They were drawn to my sickness like moths to a flame.

With them, I was nurtured into something special.

With them, I flourished in depths of decay and darkness.

(mm/mmf/ mfm.) Standalone. *Usually would insert warning here*

MY REVIEW

Depravity by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a phenomenal read: Miss Bennett has absolutely smashed this story: there’s nobody who can do dark and depraved quite like this author and I think Depravity for me was her most graphic that I have read to date. First, this can definitely be read as a standalone: but you’re probably gonna be like me and want to backtrack as soon as your finished here: to check out the rest of this purely psychotic family who makes the Manson’s themselves seem like normal everyday folk. This is one of them stories you just need to dive right into the decadence and fully immerse yourself in its highly hedonistic flavour of self-indulgent torturous pleasure: where anything goes and the sickness of mind and body is indulged to the point of an almost broken morality. And got to admit I Bloody hands down Loved it: so refreshing to experience such an unapologetic attitude to all things wrong and wretched: where nobody is eventually redeemed and its individuals revel whole-heartedly in their dissolute degeneracy almost like a newly found religion of sorts. Depravity itself is the tale of Helena, Declan and Ethan: it’s an unconventional love story which contains both M/M and M/F/M, in fact, anything goes with these three end-gamers. Helena herself is a blank canvas when she comes to the boy’s attention: an empty vessel with a penchant for fixing things (after she’s broken them first of course).

She doesn’t feel emotion like normal people and has been told her whole isolated life that she is sick: shes also comes across as slightly strange and for definite a touch cray- cray.

Declan and Ethan recognise the seed of immorality growing inside Helena and from day one they are enthralled by her slightly unhinged wrongness: they see within her: the missing piece of there puzzle and as such take steps to procure there baby-girl ready and willing to nurture her nature to its full brilliant imperfection. Declan and Ethan Accept Helena fully for the first time in her life: revelling in all that she has been told by her mother would actually repel.

In there loving hands she starts to emerge from her protective cocoon truly finding her place in what is to her a strange and confusing minefield of new emotions.

So this is hot, dirty and decadent. Graphic, Gory and glorious. This is unhinged Immorality at its finest and if that is not your bag then best to give this a wide berth as this doesn’t pull its punches in the slightest: some of the scenes here: well let’s just say they are not for the squeamish and take a strong stomach if you know what I mean. So yeh this was a big hit for me: my favourite of this authors work since I read Savages. Highly recommend this one if you’re into super dark and different. Just, please be aware what you are embarking on as this is super graphic in nature. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Depravity.

All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-2nd August 2018
Publisher-Atlantic Books
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-305 Pages

Aged just 16, Geo’s best friend Angela disappeared without a trace. Years later, Angela’s body is discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home, revealed as yet another victim of the notorious serial killer Calvin James. Geo’s high-school boyfriend.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what had happened and told no one, carrying the secret until she was arrested and sent to prison. Why would any woman protect a man capable of committing such a heinous crime? Geo had her reasons…

To Geo, Calvin is more than a monster, a serial killer with no remorse. He is something else entirely. And while Geo did her time, Calvin escaped and went on the run. Now released, Geo is ready to start over. But then the bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela…

As chilling secrets are revealed, everything turns on what really happened one fateful night, almost 20 years ago. Is it too late for anyone, Geo included, to survive the truth?

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jar of Hearts was a fabulously addictive page-turner of a read. A psychological crime thriller that I was glued to from start to finish. Starting almost backwards we begin far along in the timeline when Angela Wongs mutilated remains are finally discovered in the woods by Geo’s childhood home. An axe that Geo has been waiting to fall on her head for the past fourteen years. With her high powered career destroyed and her CEO Fiancee abandoning her to face her fate, Geo prepares for a lengthy stay incarcerated behind bars. This is a tale told in flashbacks and we get to hear first from Geo herself then later from her and Angela’s other BFF Kaiser who is now a detective in the Seattle PD: during there school years he had strong feelings for Geo: more than just friendship but she never reciprocated his affections instead obsessing in a toxic relationship with the much older and dangerous Calvin James. The same Calvin who later went on to murder three other women and earned himself the moniker The Sweetbay Strangler. Now Geo has paid her dues and is trying to forgive herself and put her awful past behind her. But there are now victims who bear a striking resemblance to Georgina being killed and disposed of in exactly the same way as Angela Wong was and Geo finds herself right at the centre of this new mystery. So, This was a definite read in one sitting story and though I did kind of see the twist coming a mile off It didn’t really take away from my overall enjoyment of this. This is a book I highly recommend and it really was such a heart-pounding, satisfying read. Full of twists and turn throughout this has so much going for it. A massive thumbs up from my camp. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Jar Of Hearts.

All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-16th July 2018
Dark Erotic Omegaverse
Kindle Edition-105 Pages

Wren can’t sing like a bird. She can’t speak at all.

The Alpha kingpin and his pack didn’t buy the Omega to hear it talk.

Branded Captive by Addison Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh My Oh My!! Mouth Drop to the floor folks

This book is FILTHY!!!

Branded Captive itself is one of the most debauched and filthy and did I mention depraved folks: (as my brains gone bye byes for the moment after wallowing around in that murky cesspit of sinful degeneracy.)
That I have experienced in a very long time and I devoured every decadent perverted instance portrayed here like with tongue hanging out: god I’m such a deviant!!!

So now with my twisted tendencies exposed for all to see, Taking a bow here folks. I’m going to put out there that this is not a story for everybody: this is a tale that will push your limits to the maximum and if you are not a fan of dub-consent type erotica please give this a miss. This is the darkest yet of this author’s omegaverse fiction and this is so not the story to toe-dip the waters with I can assure you. So this is a reverse harem type omegaverse story set against a dismal dystopian backdrop. You can almost taste the desperation and despair in the air. Our three alphas Caspian, Kieran and Toby are so completely bad and unredeemable they are so not good guys and are used to taking what they want and in this instant, they want Wren one defective mute albino Omega and they are prepared to use whatever means to get her to comply and in this instance with her adoptive foundlings health at risk Wren knows her options are severely limited here. What sets this particular author apart is her ability to blend such a fully dimensional storyline within the erotic narrative she doesn’t scrimp on the background and world building and I always know I’m going to get something well written if hard hitting in places. Branded Captive is the first part of a trilogy parts one and two are already out and this instalment is told from the top Alpha Caspian and Wren’s POV. This is dark omegaverse folks, please take heed and know your limits this is not a romance. This one gets a very twisted thumbs up from me. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Branded Captive (Wren’s Song, #1).

All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-13th October
Genre-Sci-Fi Erotic Romance
Kindle Edition-103 Pages

He wants me, and he takes what he wants.

I thought my scheme was foolproof, but the alien brute caught me. Now I’m going to pay.

I will not just be punished. I will be owned. He is going to use me roughly, savagely, taking me in ways I didn’t think it would be possible for such an enormous beast to take a little human.

As one painfully intense climax after another is ripped from my naked, quivering body, I’m certain he is not even close to being done with me… and I’m not sure I want him to be.

Publisher’s Note: Brute includes spankings, sexual scenes, intense and humiliating punishments, and strong D/s themes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book. 

Brute by Loki Renard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This for me was a somewhat enjoyable endeavour. Brute itself was also an extremely easy read that really does what it says on the tin, myself I just need something a bit more mindful from my fiction than pages of explicit shenanigans: don’t mistake me I love my fiction as filthy as the next person but some story depth or high emotion even if its of the wrong kind are what I need to connect with a story or it just then becomes mindless porn: which there’s nothing wrong with if that’s what you are expecting. I myself was expecting much more from Brute than this: yes all of the dirty but with some added intelligence behind it as well. This is not actually a badly written story it’s just not really my bag though usually, I jump right on top of this type of fiction it had all my usual ingredients hot aliens plenty of steamy antics and some great dub-con scenes. I just failed to connect on a deeper level and I wasn’t feeling the love between Pyxel and Crash. I still enjoyed this on a somewhat superficial level but don’t go in here expecting an epic love story as this is not it. So, If you’re looking for something hot, heavy and dirty then this certainly delivers in spades on that front. On a side-note that grumpy little Teddy alien Farti; stole the show here for me. I borrowed Brute with my KU subscription

All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Title:  Degenerates: Next Generation Series: Badlands, Book #5  Genre: Erotic Dark Romance Release Date: January 23, 2019

Wild. Reckless. Legends.
Adelaide.Reckless. Debauched.

Savage princess.

Zane.Wild. Depraved.

Venomous prince.One midsummer night that cruel bitch called, fate, decided we needed to meet, setting off a chain of events that would change both of our lives forever.Violent. Bloody. Chaotic.

Soul-shredding. Ugly. Completely fucked up.

That’s our story.
It’s love, pain, and everything in-between.

I was the nitro. He was the dynamite.

Together we were catastrophic.

Degenerates kicks off the Next Generation of the Badlands series. This book can be read without reading any of the previous four, however, I recommend starting with Savages

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Title:  Hellions: Next Generation Series: Badlands, Book #6  Genre: Erotic Dark Romance Release Date: February 11, 2019

Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don’t follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA’s. When she isn’t in front of her computer she’s spending time with her husband and their three little boys. Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading. You can find Natalie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-6th April 2017
Publisher-Random House UK Vintage Publishing
Genre-Psychological Crime Thriller
Kindle Edition-784 Pages

The most terrifying thriller you’ll read this year

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So Crow Girl is a tricky one for me to rate as there was so much here that I actually liked but also this for me had some real issues that I struggled with slightly. So first the length I wasn’t aware before embarking on this that this story was a trilogy that had been combined into one novel: If I had been I probably would have given The Crow Girl a miss as its quite an undertaking in resilience and endurance to stay steady for the whole nine yards. I do think this would have been better-served releasing as individual novels: maybe then it wouldnt be such a daunting task to the casual strapped for time reader. Failing that maybe some editorial work to lose some of the fluff and revamp this into a shorter novel: I feel that this would be an easy task as there was a lot here that in my opinion that didn’t need to be included in the finished rereleased novel. It worked when this was three: but as a single entity, it just made this a trifle long-winded in nature. I also wasn’t aware this was a translation: my bad as the author name listed was really such a clear indication in that regard. This was for me was the first translation I have managed to stay fully committed throughout and despite the time it took me to get through this, for the most part, I thought that the translator had done a good job in making this lyrical and comprehensive: I did get confused slightly at times but I’m not sure if that was just the writing style or just my own personal comprehensive skills. This was also written by two different authors working as a whole: I didn’t feel this showed at all the two obviously complimented each other’s styles very nicely. I myself would have been oblivious of this fact if this hadn’t actually been pointed out to me. I did also feel that there was so much going on here that it was sometimes hard to keep up with the many separate story threads and directions this seemed to be heading in. Also, the many names and characters were difficult to keep up with and I found myself getting turned around and having to re-read certain passages to find my place. This is the main reason I have rated this down slightly but despite the above, it’s the cleverly interwoven story itself which made this such a worthwhile endeavour. I really had no idea at times where this was going: The Crow Girl most certainly in that respect kept me guessing throughout: I was certainly more than entertained with the fast-paced, thrilling suspensful dialogue used here. This reflects on some harsh and chilling subjects: dipping its toe into extremely murky waters. Encompassing mental health, child abuse and human trafficking.: also tackling bigoted attitude in a male-dominated profession and workplace: the crow girl really does contend with and explore some hard-hitting and far-reaching subject matter within its many pages. So in conclusion, though I did enjoy this It wasn’t an easy read: partly dues to the subject matter and also because of the length. I will say this the attention to detail and intricate story-weaving was highly impressive some of the best ive encountered: it just needs, in my opinion, a bit of tightening: there’s a danger in losing the readers attention when things go on way too long: just my ten cents though. The Crow girl is dark psychological crime thriller with a powerful message to impart: it’s also deeply disturbing and at times was not easy reading. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of The Crow Girl.

All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-16th June 2014
Genre-Sci-fi Romance
Kindle Edition-67 Pages

Rhodesia runs through the forest, hunted by creatures wearing the faces of people she loves. They plead to her to wait in the voices of her family, and the sound sends chills down her back. What is worse? Succumbing, and becoming a mindless drone with the others, or perishing in the forest, alone? Roy Planter is a man with a mission, and he has no intention of staying on a plague-ridden planet where more humans turn into mindless drones every day. Being stuck in a city, grouped with a sword-wielding stick insect of a man and a busty blonde with a too vivid sense of humour are only temporary setbacks. He’s leaving, first chance he gets. At least that’s what he thinks until Rhodesia arrives. Caring for someone will not make his life easier, but can he really leave her behind?

Conversion by Maria Hammarblad
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Conversion itself was a really imaginative undertaking one that really had its merits. Of novella length, this was surprisingly well written and engrossing: A young girl on the run from a terrifying fate just trying to survive on a technology doomed planet. The widely used nanites have evolved beyond there original purpose: putting everyone who comes into direct contact with those infected at risk of succumbing and becoming a mindless puppet themselves. This is the sci-fi adventure and love story of Rhodesia and Roy Planter both inhabitants of there doomed planet: both just trying to survive by whatever means necessary in a world falling apart at the very seams. So this was told completely from Rhodesia’s POV: always a risk when trying to build a romantic connection as this is sometimes hard to achieve with such a narrow perspective. I believe Conversion would have been better served if both POV’s had been used to portray the budding romance developing between our two young lovers as I did fail initially to connect with both Roy and Rhodesia as a connected and in love couple. I just wasn’t feeling the love myself if I’m being honest here. This is also where Conversion lost marks for me: the sci-fi aspect of this was better done than the romantic side of things which really was a shame. It was also unclear to me if these two had sealed the deal or not: really couldn’t sus that one out at all: this side of there relationship was made extremely unclear and was retold in a very obscure fashion indeed. It was only near the end when Roy was asked how he would tell Zam that he was sleeping with his baby sister that I knew for sure. I know this was primarily a YA read but still a touch more clarification could still have been given especially considering it was implied at the end these two were in an actual carnal relationship. The ending for me was also a bit too easily resolved as well. So this for me had its ups and downs and while for the most part, I did enjoy this with some added character growth and maybe some lengthening of the original story this could be so much more than what it actually was. All the bare bones are already here to work on: this just for me had a little something missing. I still adored the original premise: it really did catch my initial attention and as I mentioned earlier this authors writing style was also a hit for me. So yeh this really shows great potential. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Conversion. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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