May 2018 – Page 2 of 12 – Beckie Bookworm

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Release Date-21st May 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-298 Pages

**A Russian Bratva standalone spin-off novel. 

Giovanna Rossi was born an Italian Mafia princess, by blood only. Raised to be nothing more than a toy used to satisfy men’s pleasures. She was always available for a price. She never dreamed to hope for anything other than physical relationships. 

Aidan O’Neil was once an Irish Prince, next in line to his father’s throne. He grew up to despise what his father stood for. After all, he helped bring the Irish king to his knees. His devotions now lie with the newly formed union between his Irish mob and the Russian Bratva. 

An arrangement meant only to release physical tension, turns into so much more—it turns into everything. When a broken prince meets his match in a broken princess, their bond cannot be denied. 

*Recommended for readers 18+ due to Language, Violence, and Sexual Content. 

Bought by the Badman by Hayley Faiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-21/5/18

So I really enjoyed “Bought By The Badman” and this being a new author for me I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. Well, it was a really positive experience folks and I raced through this story not stopping till I was at the very end. It was a definite one-sitter read for me. So first; this is part of a series; number #10 I think, but let me tell you that doesn’t matter a tall. This can, and I did read this as a stand-alone; I had no issues following along with the storyline either. This was told in Dual POV; my favourite and also had the added bonus of coming with many diverse and interesting side characters; some not very nice ones either. This is a mafia romance and the (H) here Aiden O’Neil is head of his Irish family. Father of four and recently single. The (h) Giovanna Ross is an Italian mafia bastard; A princess in blood only and a pawn used for her father’s whims. Vanna is basically her father’s currency who he uses quite liberally as collateral when and if needed. So this isn’t your conventional romance and has some very dark undertones of abuse. Some of the scenes between Aiden and Giovanna border on the uncomfortable side of the spectrum; just so you’re aware of this. Myself, I’m pretty much down for anything; this is fiction after all and I think it does add a slightly more believable angle to the proceedings here. Aiden being the head of his criminal family is hardly likely to be all rainbows and roses now, is he? Despite Aidens profession and faults, I found his most redeeming quality was just how much he adored his children. Even going as far as to originally go against convention when His wife betrays him. And I do believe he did this mainly because of his children. There is a lot of Aiden to dislike; but also so much to embrace. This is the mafia and as such the rules are so different; expectations are so warped against this volatile playground; the reality so atypical from the usual norm. Vanna’s journey from being her father’s property to Aiden’s treasure was a road paved in ruin but also in new hope. Vanna’s past has shaped the woman she has become and as such, she is the perfect foil for her Irish prince. In reality, she is the perfect mob wife; accepting of all things, knowing when to keep quiet and when to wade in. Her previous profession’s training is actually a plus here as the behaviour of how to act is already ingrained to the core within Vanna; who’d of thought aye? So this had so many twists and turns and was a fantastic read. It was a fabulous story and I’m looking forward to backtracking to read previous titles in this addictive series. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva #10)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

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Release Date-21st May 2018
Genre-Dark Romantic Suspense
Publisher-Waterhouse Press
Kindle Edition-116 Pages

He’s death for hire… 

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name. 

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs. 

The Red Ledger: Part 1 by Meredith Wild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-21/5/18

Meredith Wild was a new author for me so I was going in blind here. And for such a short read “The Red Ledger” was surprisingly packed full of twists and turns from start to finish. there was never a dull moment here and the initial blurb for this didn’t disappoint; so many are less than what is described and built up. So this delivered on its promise and definitely left me wanting much more, and with so many questions left unanswered, I am really looking forward to devouring the next piece. Still, Have no clue why Isobel Foster has been targeted by persons unknown; discluding the obvious of course of her father’s job. And also still a trifle bemused how Isobel’s lost love Tristan ended up with the contract for her ultimate demise. And this shadowy organisation Tristan is now contracted to; that has now placed a bounty on both there heads. Who is Jay? And what does she hope to achieve here? Because I’m damn sure there more to her agenda than she is actually disclosing. I’m hoping all these questions and more will finally get answered in the next instalment; can’t wait. This was such a fascinating read and the only thing that pulled it down slightly for me was I wasn’t entirely convinced at how swiftly Tristan went from cold to caring in regards to Isobel. Despite that slight nitpick this is one that I highly recommend. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “The Red Ledger: (Part 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Release Date-25th April 2018
Genre-thriller
Publisher-KJRM Publishing LLC
Kindle Edition-239 Pages

A stolen life. A Faustian bargain. Prey becomes predator.

Azar Abed’s veiled memories of her childhood were too dark and traumatic to revive. Raised by the man who murdered her mother she moves through life numb and emotionally bankrupt. That is until her father goes one step too far. With the help of his business partner, Dr Adrien Armond, her father implements a plan to steal her life to save his own. Their downfall? Her survival.

Her obsession to extract retribution leads her into a dark abyss of rage. Azar and her lover devise a plan to upend global economies but her need for vengeance compels her to take it one step further. Biological weapons of mass destruction are on her agenda and innocent bystanders become collateral damage. Would the few that see it coming have the resources to stop the plan already in motion.

One: Rage Vengeance Murder by K.J. McGillick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Release Date-25/5/18

“One: Rage Vengeance Murder (A Path of Deception and Betrayal Book 3)” didn’t really do it for me sorry. Not only did I find it difficult to connect with the characters it also had issues keeping my focus. I think my main issue here was this was not quite what I was expecting from the initial blurb. I don’t think I initially anticipated how heavily this leaned towards the thriller genre. I was kinda expecting; well I’m not really sure but it wasn’t quite this. I think I imagined that Azar was going to be a bit more kick-ass revenge chick; imagine Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill” and you’d be there and what I actually got was more; complete homicidal terrorist with a damn god complex. I also struggled to keep up with the technical jargon and information dump and if I’m completely honest felt a bit lost within the narrative at times. There was just too much going on overall for me to just relax and go with the flow here. I also wasn’t a great fan of Mary; I know she was meant to be quirky but I just found her bloody irritating. on the plus side even though I didn’t quite understand where Azar was coming from in regards to her world domination plan; it was hers and Marcello’s participation here that kept this ticking along for me. Without there inclusion; I’m not sure I would have finished this. So this wasn’t overall a good fit for me. But that’s not to say it won’t be for you. If you’re a thriller fan; this one is well written; with plenty of twists and turns it just wasn’t ultimately one for me. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “One: Rage Vengeance Murder (A Path of Deception and Betrayal Book 3) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Release Date-22nd May
Genre-Dark contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-270 Pages

“Welcome, ladies, the next few weeks will decide your future. But before all that, let me introduce you to my son, Nicholas. To one of you, he’ll be a future husband. To the rest, a nightmare who will haunt your dreams for whatever time you have left.”

Victoria, born into a life of luxury, is about to discover that this will cost her a chance of freedom. She’s been hidden away to protect her virtue. Will the sheltered life leave her struggling in upcoming trials?

Nicholas is the son of a Duke. He’ll inherit the title on his thirtieth birthday. He’s been prepared for this moment all his life, but he didn’t count on falling for one of the girls he has to torture to choose a bride.

The ‘Legacy of Succession’ is a dark romance set in a corrupted aristocratic family. Nicholas is arrogant and driven; Victoria is the chaste rich girl. Together, can they free themselves of a society intent on corruption and inflicting pain that’ll destroy more than just their lives?

Let’s build a better world together rather than just extinguish the fires of hate. 

Legacy of Succession by Anna Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-22/5/18

I was in a bit of a quandary with “Legacy Of Succession” because as much as I devoured this in one sitting; I also hated it as much as I loved it.
I read some extremely dark depraved fiction; but for some reason, this story actually made me feel very uncomfortable and itchy at times within my own skin. I think maybe it was because it was some kind of psychological as well as physical torture and centre stage of this freak show stood Nicholas, the future Duke and supposed hero of the hour. I could never quite get my head around how he could participate; his good reasons aside; in the abuse and mishandling of these poor unfortunate women. I did get his reasonings; but to me, they really didn’t make that much sense; blaming Victoria for not just accepting her fate blindly; so he could then save her; by choosing her; was frankly insulting to the poor girl.

Especially as she had no idea going in what she had been preparing for all these many years.

Victoria didn’t have the luxury of hindsight; unlike Nicholas; no matter how abhorrent he found the circumstances he was now in; he had been groomed for his role and station from a young age;

“You may have known you would become a monster, but I had no idea I would become your victim.”

The callous disregard for the collateral damage traumatised and broken along the way. People are not disposable even when held to a much higher purpose. It’s that age-old argument; kill a few to save the many. And I stand firmly in Victoria’s court here. So I did actually struggle with the actions of Nicholas; no matter how much he later redeemed himself; I couldn’t quite let go of his previous participation in the depraved antics of the society he had been born into.

Bit of a dilemma for me that one; one that I had a slight issue overcoming. Victoria; Oh my I adored this girl; sheltered and cosseted behind a persona of privilege and wealth. She is everything enviable to those that would covet her position. But the reality of her life is really just a gilded cage, and when Victoria discovers what she has been moving towards her entire life; well let’s just say this girl is not prepared to lay down the good fight. Fiesty, opinionated and stubborn shes going to fight her fate till the bitter end; taking down any enemies that stand before her savagely.

On the one hand, I was worried for her ultimate safety here; but on the other, I was screaming. YOU GO, GIRL, kick them where it hurts!!!! extremely vocally from the sidelines. She was one strong girl that was determined not to accept her fate meekly. “Legacy Of Succession” was told in dual POV and seems to be the start of a new series. I am very much interested in reading The next story as it involves Nicholas’s autistic brother; William. A subject very much close to my heart as my own son is on the spectrum himself. As a character, I really adored William and can’t wait to read more about him and his life. There was also a variety of diverse secondary characters here; the majority were evil personified. I can count on my own hands the people here; that were worth something significant in value. and that number never went into double figures; that’s for sure. Got to say “Legacy of Succession was certainly chocked full of truly reprehensible individuals. So moving on, this was a story I raced through; in some ways, I was worried to put it down in case I was to chicken to pick it back up; so I finished in one readathon sitting. Please do be aware, before starting this; that this book deals with some extremely dark situations. If this is at all a trigger for you please do avoid; you have been warned. If you like a walk on the dark side occasionally; then this one should tick all your boxes. I ummed and awed as I said previously, but this was so well written and addictive I decided to push with my gut and go with a higher rating; despite my ill-ease at times within this narrative. This is a story that definitely pushes your boundaries to the extreme. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Legacy Of succession” of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Release Date-15th May 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-212 Pages

Holly has spent her whole life as a walking disaster, from running into walls, tripping over invisible objects, and always being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When a seemingly normal outing taking her overly opinionated Corgi for a walk resulted in an object to the face, she didn’t think her day could get any worse. The moment she opened her eyes and saw the Adonis standing over her, she knew she’d been wrong. It was about to get a whole lot worse.

Ben’s lived his whole life disobeying his uptight, self-centred, shrew of a mother. Instead of going into the family business, he followed his dreams and opened his veterinarian clinic. One ordinary day at the dog park, and a rogue dog toy later, he found himself captivated by the curvy woman that had a feistiness which set him on fire.

It could only get better from here, right? Too bad his mother had other plans.

Standalone Rom-Com. HEA. 

 

Stumbling Into Him by Molly O’Hare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-15/5/18

“Stumbling Into Him” By Mollie O’Hare was a lovely feel-good humorous romantic comedy that ticked all my boxes and more. The first thing I have read by this particular author it certainly won’t be the last. I found it a delightful tale that definitely brought an easy smile to my face. Telling the story of veterinarian Ben and his sexy Librarian Holly, and the pitfalls these two new lovers encounter along the way. With misbehaving furballs, Hollys inate clumsiness and horrendously evil mother in laws; “Stumbling into Him” plays all its cards splendidly. Dragging the reader along on its topsy-turvy never a dull moment ride. I loved Ben’s easy-going acceptance of Holly; he was so adorable and his vulnerability in regards to his girl just made him seem more delectable. He also knew when to bring it and flip the switch and go into protective mode; no one messes with his GRACE (Bens nickname for Holly) Hollys less than conventional persona was also so refreshing; I adored that she was a bigger girl and I loved seeing her come into her own as she slowly realises that Ben accepts and loves everything about her. Seeing her blossom under his love and radiate self-confidence was lovely to behold. This was very insta-love and the timeline does move quickly but surprisingly this still seemed believable and I was rooting for Holly and Ben all the way. “Stumbling Into Him” was told from dual POV and also had some interesting secondary characters. My favourite being Holly’s workmate Mildred; she was bloody hilarious. This was predictable in places but do I care? NAH!!!!

“Stumbling Into Him” was such a pleasurable experience that made me laugh out loud in places that I couldn’t really give a hoot. I really enjoyed this and that’s the important thing in my opinion. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Stumbling Into Him” of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Release Date-14th May 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Publisher-Scarlett Publishing
Kindle Edition-168 Pages

Prelude in the American Gods series.

Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them.

And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.

I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…

The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?

He just discovered it… and now he has all the power.

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#Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-6/5/18

“Filthy Gods” By R Scarlett was a very enjoyable New-Adult romance that ticked all my boxes. It was an easy read told from Juliette’s POV and tell the story of Nathaniel and Juliette when they happen to collide one summer when on break from Yale where they both attend school. So, Juliette takes a job as a maid at a prestigious old school country club for the summer. unbeknown to herself Nathaniel’s Mother is her new boss and after discovering Juliette working at his family’s business Nathaniel offers Juliette an arrangement; he will keep her financial situation a secret but in return, he wants them both to explore the attraction further that currently sizzles between them both. Setting in motion a summer of sneaking around and discovery between our two young lovers from opposite backgrounds. So despite the blurb here I found this one to be quite low angst; this seemed to have more of a rom-com vibe to it than the blurb here actually suggests. The enemy feeling here is very shortlived; especially as I get the impression it was more one-sided. “Filthy Gods” gave the overall effect that it was Juliette with the main beef and Nathaniel was frankly a tad oblivious in my opinion to the whole thing. He actually saw Juliette as a fantastic debate opponent and liked the fire she directed his way. There was no animosity from his direction at all. And that heat is not just kept to the classroom as both Juliette and Nathaniel proceed all summer to dial up the heat here by a few hundred notches. This has very few secondary characters; mainly just relying on our main duo to hook and keep its reader. And they do manage to do a fantastic job of that all by themselves; no aide needed here. Despite being somewhat predictable in places I still found “Filthy Gods” to be such a positive reading experience. I consumed this in one sitting and am happy to recommend this fun sexy story to my fellow romance readers. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Filthy Gods (American Gods 0.5)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Title: Chevelle

An Oath Keepers MC Standalone

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: May 29, 2018

I needed to get in and uncover the Iron Fists’ next move. They’d hit the Oath Keepers enough in the past, and being the newest member, it was up to me to get close. Had I known I’d be getting close to Chevelle, maybe I could’ve prepared myself. I went in seeking revenge and came out wanting to

protect one thing—her. 

Running The Pit was my life.  I needed nothing and no one except my cars and a heart-thumping race. Gear head, Pit Master, alpha bitch, take your pick on what you’d rather call me. However, make note of one thing: I take shit from no one.

Not even a broody, bossy, gorgeous biker aiming for my race spot and heart.

*Warning- this book is panty melting hottttttt!* 

 

Chevelle by Sapphire Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-22/5/18

I really adored “Chevelle” like so much. This story had at its centre; one of my most favourite ever Heroines Chevelle; and got to say I’m totes loving the name; was absolutely kick ass. A takes no prisoners Alpha female; whose resilience and sheer stubbornness has been forged on the streets she was forced to grow up on. An orphan from a young edge and foster runaway, Chevelle has fought tooth and nail for all she now holds dear. A complete petrol head and owner of the Pit Chevelle has only ever relied on herself. This girl is definitely one tough cookie. Enter Mercenary bit of a loose cannon; definitely, the Alpha to challenge Chevelles don’t touch persona; he’s a recent transfer to this towns chapter of the Oath Keepers and after only one encounter with the gorgeous pit owner and Merc is practically salivating to get up close and personal with this sassy mouthy gearhead. So I loved the banter between these two; the dynamic here was incredible and the chemistry off the hook. It made me smile every time Chevelle called Mercenary Cupcake, and to be fair he took it all in good fun. It was actually quite humbling to watch Chevy slowly lower her walls as she began to realise that Merc was the real deal for her; he really was quite the sweetie despite his somewhat vulgar language and Alpha tendencies. Trying to reign himself in as he attempts to give Chevy space was cute. Well; Merc was actually quite shit at that if I’m honest, but it was ever so sweet that he still tried to go against his very dominant nature; was never going to quite work out though. It was amusing then to just see him think; fuck it and just tell her how it’s going to be; a very Tarzan moment that; obviously what was ultimately needed from him though as it does work much more in Mercs favour. A strong woman needs an even stronger man; cheville needed this to really respect Mercs Dominance. This was told in Dual POV and has no OM or OW drama. It’s part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone; I did and followed along no problem. “Chevelle” has some fantastic diverse characters and was action packed throughout.

I thought an exceptionally nice touch was the inspirational quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

Woman who say “I want a bad boy” are clueless. What you need is a man who will break someone’s face for you but also make you breakfast in bed.

Bikes are like ol’ ladies, if it ain’t yours don’t touch.

Woman are like teabags. You never know how strong they are until they’re in hot water.

Loved this little feature and these sayings did bring a smile to my face often. I also adored the epilogue; I especially liked how far into the future it was set. Was so adorable to see Chevelle and Mercenary so many years later and discover what had ultimately changed in there lives. One of my favourite epilogues ever. So this was a great well written read that I enjoyed immensely and can definitely recommend. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Chevelle (Oath Keepers MC #8) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Come Together – Gary Clark Jr Wolves – Selena Gomez, Marshmello Till It’s Gone – Yelawolf Suit and Jacket – Judah and the Lion Tattooed In Reverse – Marilyn Manson I Don’t Like The Drugs – Marilyn Manson Let’s Roll – Yelawolf Ft. Kid Rock Psycho – Breaking Benjamin Sweet Surrender – free short story Love and Obey – free short story Corrupted Counterparts – free short story The Main Event – free short story Oath Keepers MC Collection Title: If You Say So: A Novel Release Date: May 29, 2018 Sometimes life is a dream you don’t want to wake up from . . . The night Alison Lockhart walks in to Undisputed, she only wants to have a drink, celebrate a friend’s birthday, and forget about the newest guy her mother tried to set her up with. It’s why, when the infamous Jay “The Hurricane” Hamilton—one of the highest-ranking boxers at The Underground—labels her a ring rat, she writes him off as just another guy with an over-inflated ego. Only she can’t stop thinking about him. Or the apology on his perfect lips.  Their fall is fast and hard, but when Alison’s ex shows up and Jay starts keeping secrets, will they be able to find their way out of the nightmare?

If You Say So by A.R. Myles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-29/5/18

So this is a difficult one for me to rate; On the one hand, I loved the majority of “If You Say So” And I also found it to be incredibly romantic, emotive and sweet, I could actually feel the sentiment projecting off the page; right at me. I have a soft spot for fighters with a core of mushiness and Jay Hamilton had this in spades. He was a man who was tough, took no crap but was also not afraid of embracing his softer side and showing his true emotions. I suppose what I’m trying to say he was Alpha enough that he didn’t need to prove himself in any way; secure in his own manliness; with no point to prove. His personality really complimented Alison’s and the projected dynamic between these two was something I truly enjoyed. It was such a believable partnership and I had no issues warming to and embracing this couple wholeheartedly. But then on the other hand that ending; man, I hated it; like it really pissed me off big style. It totally blindsided me; and usually for me in fiction that’s a good thing. It’s not very often an author is able to sneak up on me and take me unawares like A.R. Myles did here, but this time; it so wasn’t my bag. I found it unnecessary and frankly a trifle bemusing; like what is the author trying to accomplish here; if it was to make me have a good old cry and shock the socks off me then mission accomplished; it certainly achieved its intention. But all that this finale brought to my table was a big pit of sadness combined with despair. And it left behind an awful sour taste in my mouth. I was so enjoying the refreshing simplicity of “If You Say So”; then to be left feeling like I had been floored by a ten-tonne lorry; unacceptable. Without that finish, I would have rated this much higher; In fact, it was a total four-star from me, up until that moment I was bomb-shelled in such a dramatic fashion. Such a shame as I was so enjoying myself until then; this book is still an excellent read and was exceptionally well written with a warm inviting style of storytelling. It was told in dual POV had no OM or OW drama; which I was stoked about; I’m not a big fan of this and seem lately to be getting this a lot in my choice of fiction; so was great that this was missing from “If You Say So”. I think this book is going to be like marmite; you either do or you don’t. Unfortunately for me, that finish major derailed me. Despite the above, I would still recommend this; its really gonna come down to your own personal preferences and what you like here. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “If You Say So ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I kept repeating it over and over in my head as I put the car in drive and pulled out of the parking lot. The whole way home, I constantly looked over my shoulder and in the mirror to make sure no one was following me. The drive was normally only fifteen minutes, but this one felt like an eternity since every set of the lights I came to turned red. I finally pulled up behind Undisputed and parked in my usual spot. Leaving my things on the front seat, I climbed out and made my way to the back door, my legs feeling unsteady with every step I took. I yanked the door open and relief washed over me as I stumbled inside and bumped into an extra table Jay kept in back. The whole thing rocked, and the tray of glasses on top of it slid to the floor. “What the hell,” Kelsey said, coming through the door, stopping when she saw me standing in a sea of broken glass. “Ali? What’s—are you okay?” The moment she said my name, everything came undone, whatever energy or adrenaline I had used to get home was no longer with me. My legs shook, and as I began to collapse, she hurried to my side and caught me. “Jay!” she shouted. “Jay, get back here, now!” A few seconds passed before he pushed through the door. “What is it now, Kel—Ali?” he said, rushing forward and taking me into his arms. “What the hell happened?” I buried my face against his chest and curled my hand around his shirt, the tears flowing as a small sob rocked my body. I never felt safer than I did when his arms were tightly wrapped around me. I never wanted him to let me go. “No idea. I heard a crash, came back to see what happened, and found her. She just collapsed,” Kelsey said, taking a step back. He smoothed his hand over my head, and when he spoke, his voice was soft. “Baby, what’s going on? What happened?” The door swung open as Hollie and Vince entered, their eyes landing on Jay and me and then all the glass on the floor. “Lockhart, don’t cry, it’s just a little bit of glass,” Vince said with a laugh, but it quickly faded as he held his hands up. “Whoa, tough crowd.” Hollie elbowed him in the ribs and looked at me. The worry was clear in her eyes. “Ali, what happened?” The author of the Breathe Again and Blinded by Love series, both written under the pseudonym, Emma Grayson. If You Say So is my debut novel under A.R. Myles and my first standalone novel. I’m currently working on a few new novels as well as a new series, which is focused on single moms who are trying to make it in the dating world after being wronged by their loser exs. Born and raised on the outskirts of Edmonton, Alberta, I reside in a small town with my family, my eleven-year-old son, and six cats. I love my romance with a twist of suspense, and when I’m not writing or reading or coming up with new plots, I spend most of my time binging all the shows on Netflix and drinking Starbucks coffee with my mom and best friends.

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In the dark, during the fundraising video, she leaned into me, taking my hand. “What’s going on?”

“Nothing.”

“Caden.” My name was more than a statement. It was a comment on how well she knew the animal, and how well she loved it.

If eyes could listen, hers did, gazing at me in the darkness. I couldn’t lie to her for much longer.

The entire invite list was watching the video. The bar was empty. The hallway lights were dimmed. The kitchen staff moved constantly and quietly to set up the buffet.

I laced my fingers in hers. She had a gold band we’d gotten out of expediency. No big sparkling rock. No sign I’d ever courted her properly before marrying her.

My father always said a man didn’t skip steps if he wanted to do something once.

I slid my cheek to hers and whispered in her ear, “I want to destroy you.”

Her hand tightened in mine so tightly I could feel our bones. Her glands must have fired, because the apples and the perfume melded and became something so uniquely her my balls ached—but not for simple release. For something more. An agreement of ownership.

Waiting wasn’t an option.

Pulling her by the hand, I headed for the hallway.

“Caden,” she said when we were away from the event, “slow down.”

I didn’t. I couldn’t. I pulled her down the carpeted steps to the lower level, stepping over a velvet rope at the bottom. The lights were out in the hall. Three doors led to three empty event rooms.

“What’s with you lately?” she asked.

“Are you saying no?”

“I’m asking a question.”

I backed into one of the rooms and pulled her in. It was dark but for light coming from under the doorways on each side. I walked in deeper, eyes adjusting quickly enough to avoid the tables and stacks of chairs on wheeled dollies.

“So am I.” I faced her. “Are you saying no?”

“What are you hoping I’ll say yes to?”

“I’m going to pull that dress up until I can get to these hard nipples.” I pinched them through the dress and she gasped. “Then I’ll bend you over one of these tables and fuck you so hard walking’s going to hurt. Are you saying no?”

“I’m not. But I want to know what’s going on with you.”

“Pull your dress up before I shred it.”

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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Release Date: May 28, 2018 And I make no apologies for it. My life has been spent drenched in the blood of my enemies. Our family legacy, left only to me when my brother walked away. Women are pawns in a game for pleasure. Nothing more. Until her. Madison Parker. I’m enthralled. Captivated. But my past is far too dark. Pushing her away is my only option. Yet her stubborn, sassy mouth and beautiful eyes weaken me. I save her as much as she saves me. Then blood is spilled once more, and I’ll forever live with the guilt. Can light find its way through my darkness?

Can she truly be the salvation for this ruthless heart?

Ruthless by Dani René
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐STARS ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-28/5/18

So I’ve got a bit of a dilemma with this one; as much as I did enjoy “Ruthless” there were also some major red flags here that brought this story down from what would have been a five star read; to a four star one. Don’t mistake them this is an excellent piece of fiction, and I stress fiction as there may be some major triggers in this takes no prisoners tale; This is raw graphic and violent at times and does feature; [spoiler title=’SPOILER’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]A scene of graphic Rape. [/spoiler] Which I’m only disclosing in case this is a cause for concern for some; I really don’t want to spoil this story for others but just thought the reader should be aware in case of actual triggers. And on a side-note here I was extremely bemused and somewhat astounded that this is then not discussed or visited upon in any shape or form further. I mean like zero mention; whats with that; I found this fact slightly shocking. But moving on from that I still rated this four stars despite reservations because of A) This was fabulously written; that is one thing this book cannot be faulted on; the writing style used here was warm and inviting and had a style that was just so easy to relate and get sucked in by. And B) despite Callan being a complete tosser at times I also really liked the way his broken psyche complemented and connected to Madi’s almost completing a jigsaw of jaggedness. Their pieces just fit together so nicely; two broken halves of a whole. Alone they were surviving, but as a pair, they were not fixed but their imperfect parts acted almost like a glue. Loved the fact that both Madison and Callan were slightly defective in nature: I’m a big sucker for disjointed Love stories and this certainly did tick all my boxes in that department. My other major red flag and it is more of a personal preference than anything else: I don’t like either my H or h to be either pursuing or engaging in relations or sexual antics; EVEN IF IT’S NOT ACTUAL SEX!!!; I still don’t like it; with anyone else. It just spoils it for me and while this book was not as bad as the previous in series I’m not sure as much as I did enjoy this; If I want to continue; If this is going to become a pattern in the “Sins Of Seven” series then I think I’m out. This was written in dual POV my favourite and I easily read it in one sitting. It was extremely graphic in terms of language and I must admit I did adore that about it. Callan is one dirty boy or should I say man as I think he’s thirty-seven here and Madison is twenty-one; so a bit of an age gap there: which is also my bag; love an age-gap. This is the second of this series I’ve read and I did prefer this one over “Indulge”. What else? There were only a few side characters here; the majority of the action is between Callan and Madi. Oh, and on a final note we have two excellent epilogues one from Madi’s POV and the other from Callan’s; that was a nice touch. So that’s it folks; this was a well written engaging book that I had some slight issues with at times but I still did really enjoy. I’ll leave the ball in your court now. It all really depends on your own personal boundaries. Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Ruthless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

“Callan o’leary is a man that exudes dominance and unyielding attributes…you’ll be begging for more!”
– Allyson, Up All Night With Books

“Callan is a total alpha male who does what he pleases and takes no prisoners.”
– Joy, Goodreads Reviewer

“totally addictive and totally worthy of 5 stars…”
– Sheena, Goodreads Reviewer

“This has got to be René’s best work yet.”
– Cat, The Reading Cat

Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA). A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride. On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness. She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream. For any inquiries, please contact me at info@danirene.com or my PA at danirenepa@gmail.com Join my reader group – Dani’s Darklings

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