Dark Romance

 

  Series: Tomb of Ashen Tears Book
Author: Kailee Reese Samuels
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ ARC
Book 1: Juliet
Book 2: Salt Kissed Love
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Book 1: Juliet
Book 2: Salt Kissed Love

About Juliet:

His name is Sal Raniero.

A**hole. Bastard. Cocky. D…
Ya, he is THAT guy.
The proud Italian-American.
The bad boy charmer.
The son of a Mafioso.

And he just met his match-Iris Kettles.

Once you start with Sal on the spiritual and emotional ride through the Juliet academy, one book won’t be enough. Lucky girl, I wrote a whole bunch of dirty poetry just for you.

REVIEW
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So I am having a hard time forming this review. First off this is my first Kailee Reese Samuels story so I had no idea what exactly I was getting into.
This is a story of a young woman (Iris) finding the love of her life and after a very short time loosing him.
Iris is given a box when her husband’s will is read. With this box she in bark’s on an adventure that will take her to a whole different world.
That is the easy part to write, what happens at Juliet is a weird and messed up and well what probably happens all the time in places. So yes, I find some of the things that happen in this book messed up, but the core of the story is wonderfully told. The characters are complexed, wicked, and sexy. I couldn’t put the story down and this is not a story you can skim. You have to read every word.

 

About Salt Kissed Love

I am Lucas Salvatore Raniero.
Prince of a demented Mafioso.
Golden boy of twisted Mistress.
Black ops agent fighting a horrific underworld.
Protecting a girl, I have been hired to guard.

I want to own her.

There is only one problem—
She took a contract with my mentor. My best friend.
I put her in his care for safekeeping.
In the past, she had been a bad, bad girl doing very naughty things.
And now, the men in the darkness want her dead.

I need to make her mine.

There is only one problem—
She has other plans.
And now, it is my job to change them.

In the fetish world, nothing is as it seems in the middle of a sleepy little town in Texas. The Juliet academy lies on the outskirts, keeping the hustle and bustle alive and saving Sugargrove from extinction. The carnival of carnal feasts beckons as the house of mirrors threatens to collapse, shattering everything they once knew to the ground.

REVIEW
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So after reading Juliet ( and you have to read Juliet before reading this one) and meeting all the unique characters from this town and BDSM school/club. With this story, we get Sal learning more about himself with Iris as his main event. Iris is also growing up and learning to embrace herself when it comes to this life. This book is so much more than just about BDSM although it is the main event. We again see the characters from Juliet and the wonders that came from that story. The emotions fly off the pages of this book, so much so that you can not put it down.There is a lot of layers going on in this book but it is so worth reading it. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my honest review.


 

 

Duet: Bleeding Hearts
Author: A. Zavarelli
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/BOUGHT
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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Bleeding Hearts:

How far would you go to save someone you love? Would you give up your body? Your mind? Your heart?
I did and it cost me everything.
He says he owns me. And it’s true.
I’ve signed over complete control of my body and life for six months to a man I don’t know. Five years he’s been planning this. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But my blackmailer serves it up white hot. He’s addicted to my innocence, and I’m addicted to him.
He likes to hurt me. I love to let him. He brings me to life. He sets me free. He makes my heart feel things it shouldn’t.
But he also scares me. He holds the fate of my brother’s life in his hands. A life behind bars for crimes I know he didn’t commit. My blackmailer can’t give up his revenge on my family, and I can’t be with him if he doesn’t. But I’m nothing more than a butterfly caught in his net. Do I really have a choice?

*A Dark Romance Duet. Titles available individually as Echo & Stutter*

REVIEW

I love A. Zavarelli and her books. I originally read Echo and Stutter when they first came out and fell in love with Brayden, Brighton, and Ryland. These characters are flawed, controlling, loved, sensational, complicated, and everything in between. I loved it.

Ryland and Brighton are hard characters to love sometimes, but that is what makes this story so wonderful. They are flawed and charismatic but the story is so deep that you have to read it and you have to finish it. If you have never read an A. Zavarelli book this is a great one to wet your appetite. #oneclick this bad boy.


 

 Series: Boston Underworld
Author: A. Zavarelli
Reading Source: ARC/PROMOTIONAL/BOUGHT
Book 1: Crow
Book 2: Reaper
Book 3: Ghost
Book 4: Saint
Book 5: Thief
Goodreads
Book 1: Crow
Book 2: Reaper
Book 3: Ghost
Book 4: Saint
Book 5: Thief

About Crow

He’s a killer. A mobster.
The last man on earth I’d ever want to be with. I won’t lose my head just because he’s hot, Irish, and has a wicked accent to boot.
He’s one of the only leads in my best friend’s disappearance, and I don’t trust him.
So I’ve got a few rules in mind when it comes to dealing with Lachlan Crow.

1.Keep a clear head and don’t get distracted.
2.Do what’s necessary and never forget why you’re there.
3.Never, and I mean never, fall for him.
Fourth and final rule?

Throw out the book altogether. Because the rules don’t apply when it comes to the Irish mafia.
It was only supposed to be temporary, but now Lachlan thinks he owns me. He says he’s not letting me go.
And I believe him.

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Lachlan.
I don’t know who she is. I don’t know why she’s here.
But if it’s my attention she wants, she has it.
The Russians want her dead, and now it’s up to me to look out for her. This girl is trouble. A distraction I can’t afford.
So why have I already decided she’s mine?
I’ve claimed her and there’s no going back now

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Crow is the story of Mack and Lachlan. Mack is a young woman looking for her friend in the underground world of the mafia.

Lachlan is high up on the mafia chain. When he meets Mack the story just begins.

Mack knows Lachlan and his mafia has something to do with her friend disappearance but she has to find out who took her friend and where her friend might be. She also has to make sure that while she is looking she doesn’t get caught and hurt herself. And while Lachlan has defiantly taken a liking to her, how far will she get finding her friend?

I loved this story and Lachlan. Mach grows up during this story and I enjoyed reading it.

About Reaper

Sasha.

He’s dark and mysterious. Quiet and lethal.
An Irish mobster.
Pure sin wrapped up in a beautiful package.
But there’s also something off about him.
He doesn’t feel anything. He shows no emotions.
Sometimes I question his humanity.
He hasn’t spoken to me in two years. Not a single word.
But we share a secret, he and I.
And if it ever comes out, I have no doubt in my mind…
He won’t have a problem killing me too.

Ronan.
I’ve slain for her. I’ll do it again.
When it comes to Sasha, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I watch her. She doesn’t know it.
She thinks I hate her. Sometimes, I think I might too.
But I’m always there, lurking in the shadows.
Craving her. Trying to keep the beast within at bay.
I’ll keep her safe. I’ll slaughter anyone who tries to hurt her.
The only thing I can’t do… is protect her from myself.

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This story between Ronan and Sasha is beautifully written. These two have a weird history and have been circling each other for a while, but Ronan doesn’t want to hurt Sasha anymore than she has been.

Sasha, on the other hand, wants love and she wants Ronan. But she has second thoughts when Ronan keeps running away from her. So she has to take the initiative for them to have a relationship.

Again this book is really well written and I loved Ronan and how he comes across. He is so sweet to Sasha but a death dealer to anyone that he loves.

 

About Ghost

Talia.
I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

Alexei.
I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
Expectations.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.

REVIEW⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Holy shit balls. What a wonderful book. I don’t know how A. Zavarelli keeps coming out with better and better books. Every time I read one of her books I keep thinking wow, where is she going to go next. It was a long wait for this book, but god was it worth it. I will diffidently reread this book again and again.. And god knows what Mrs. Zavarelli has in store for us next!!

About Saint

Scarlett-
When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by.

1.Know thy enemy
2.Be prepared to sacrifice.
3.Always wear good shoes

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos.
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way.
Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick.
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play.
Cross me, Mr. Brodrick?
You better cross your heart and hope to die.

Rory-
I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster.
I’ve seen a few things in my day.
But I’ve never encountered anything like her.
She’s a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can’t resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees.
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild.
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them.

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There isn’t enough stars or words to say how wonderful A. Zavarelli books are. This series is unbelievable. Every story takes you on a journey with not only the two main characters but with the whole crew. It is like watching a 4 part mini-series (at least for now).
I loved Scarlett from the beginning when she was in Crow, Who would have known her history was so tragic. But from a tragedy comes something so powerful that it makes you hurt. She is the Satan (which by the way I love how he calls her that) to his Saint.
Saint, on the other hand, everyone should have someone like him on your side. No matter how many times Scarlett hurts Saint he comes back to her, knowing she is a good person deep down. And deep down there is more to her.
This is a wonderful story (of course) that everyone should read.
I was given this ARC generously for an honest review

About Thief

I’m a good girl.
I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned.
But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words.

You belong to me now.

He’s Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought.
And what he wanted was me.
He thinks he controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls you have to watch out for.

I’m a dangerous man.

I live by a code. The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her.
She’s a dancer. A beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral.
It’s a shame to destroy precious things.
But this is what bad men do.

Review Coming Soon!


 

 

Duet: Dark Intentions
Author: T.L. Smith
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Duet 1: Distorted Love
Duet 2: Sinister Love
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Duet 1: Distorted Love
Duet 2: Sinister Love

About Distorted Love

I loved him from the age of sixteen.
Hated him from the age of eighteen.
He disappeared at the age of nineteen.
We started off as enemies, then fast became lovers.
But our story isn’t a happily ever after.
It was a story of a king and a peasant. Can you guess which I was?
I knew we weren’t meant to be.
You see, he fell in love with her first. He loved me last.
I’m not someone’s second choice.
Not even for the boy who stole my heart.
I’m someone’s first.
Now, I just have to remember that.

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What can’t T.L Smith write? This is a story of two people that want to love each other but there is no way for them too.

It starts out with them seeing each other after years of hurt, pain, and selfishness has become the norm for them. Then T.L brings us to the past.
Sass (Barbie) is a poorer child that is at a rich school on a scholarship. She goes to school with her cousin (rich snob kind of girl) Livia and a couple friends. Sass isn’t big on boys or parties. She wants out of the town they are living in and school is the answer.
Ryken is in school until he can take over for his father. Daddy owns all the strip clubs in town and is the man of the underground (although it is the unknown secret in town). Nobody messes with Ryken’s family or people start coming up missing. But when he starts paying attention to Barbie he knows he is asking for trouble.
Sass and Ryken are a couple that can never be but is destined to hurt each other always. Ryken and Livia are the couple to go forward and hurt everyone else and still fall into bed together with no remorse.

This is the first book of the duet. I am at a loss at how to characterize what I felt when I finished this book. Ryken is such a sh*t for what he does to Sass at the end. And who knows what Livia is up to now. Sass finally has a backbone and is now being sent away, but who knows if she will break again. Love is not always enough. We will see if it is in the next book! I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.

About Sinister Love:

He was a drug I couldn’t kick. I’d overdosed on him before. It didn’t turn out well.
I was stupid enough to let him crack my heart, in hopes we would fall off the same cliff together.
No matter how much my idiotic heart wanted to love him, my head knew better.
He didn’t choose me.
He chose her.
That’s where the problem started.
Maybe that’s how it should end

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This is the last book in the duet of Dark Intentions by T.L. Smith. And we start where we left off with Saskia/Barbie handed off to the MC club. Ryken is trying to find her and Livia is being her crazy a$$ self.

The first book is crazy good, we get the backstory of the three and how everyone falls in love with each other and how they get where they are for this book. This story is how Ryken becomes a man. He blows through everyone and everything to get to the woman he loves. The problem is who does he love? Is it Saskia or Livia?

Saskia had found her place in the world when she was taken out of it in the last book. Now she is in hell. But she is so strong and she knows even if Ryken has chosen her cousin he will find a way to save her. But will it be to late?

This was a great conclusion to this story. I loved it and was happy to have read it for my honest review.


 

 

Duet: La Asesina Bonita
Author: Michelle Brown
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Duet 1: Pretty Killer
Duet 2: The Reaper
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Duet 1: Pretty Killer
Duet 2: The Reaper

About Pretty Killer:

Rosalina Maria has death in her blood.

The only child left in her family, she’s heir to the head of the Mexican Mafia, and has spent her entire life training to take over. Studying self-defense, the ways of her father’s empire, and the intricacies of their business – she’s the perfect person to step in when her father passes away.

But what happens when the princess tries to become the Queen, without a King?

Anthony De Los Santos is a major member of the Cuban mafia. Hot, dangerous, and possibly as crazy as Rosalina – he has an agenda that he won’t back down from.

But what happens when tensions run high and emotions interfere with their best laid plans? Will Anthony turn on her? Will Rosalina choose to lead alone?

Or will they risk it all for each other?

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I loved Rosalina Maria. She was trained to be the boss when her dad passed away and she does that. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and that is the way she was trained. But when her father and mother are killed in an accident she is brought home to take over. What she doesn’t expect or is trained for is to be told that nobody will work with her because she is a female. So when Anthony shows up to “help” her, she doesn’t take too kindly to it.

Anthony is sent to “help” but he never thought he was to work with Rosalina. So when these two meet the chemistry is off the hook. I loved it.

This is a very enjoyable story.

About The Reaper:

Anthony’s hands are drenched in blood as The Reaper, he’s become accustomed to it.

He wanted Rosalina’s empire.
He would have stopped at nothing to take it.
But instead, she stole his heart.

What happens when The Reaper is told to “handle” the Pretty Killer?

This is book two of the La Asesina Bonita Duet

Warning: this book will contain triggers and is intended for a mature audience 18+

REVIEW⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The conclusion to Tony and Rosie’s story is beautifully written. We got Rosie’s story in the first book and now we are getting Tony’s. This is a couple that nobody should mess with. And Rosie is a woman to be reckoned with. This is a great story and ending to these two. I am excited to see where the spin-off goes. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.


 

 

Series: Four Fathers
Authors: J.D. Hollyfield, Dani Rene, K. Webster, & Kur Dukey
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Book 1: Blackstone
Book 2: Kingston
Book 3: Pearson
Book 4: Wheeler
Goodreads
Book 1: Blackstone
Book 2: Kingston
Book 3: Pearson
Book 4: Wheeler

About Blackston:

I am meticulous. Structured. A single father.
I obsess over things and crave control.
And when a hot, feisty little woman throws a wrench in my carefully laid out plans, I lose my mind.
My every thought revolves around making her bend to my will—until they become less about her doing things my way and more about just her.
My name is Trevor Blackstone.
I am an obsessive, complicated, demanding man.
People may not understand me, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.

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Trevor is a hot alpha male that has issues. Haha, when don’t we have one of those? Trevor is a genius that was abused as a child when he gets stressed and is out of sorts he counts. But he is a wise with numbers and is part owner of the Four Fathers. He also wants to own all the houses that he is surrounded by. So when the last house owner dies he puts a bid in. But the granddaughter refuses to sell until the end of the summer.

Lucy is honoring her grandmother’s wishes. She will stay for the summer and find herself and no weird numbers guy is going to scare her away. But when these two neighbors find themselves extremely attracted to each other what will they do?

This is my first J.D. book and I love it! It is part of the Four Fathers books 4 books by 4 different authors that are all tied together. I loved this one and am excited to see what the other authors have in store for me

About Kingston:

I am arrogant. Insatiable. A single father. 

I desire things that would make most people blush.

Normally, I find outlets that allow me to free the sexual beast living within and play to my heart’s content.

And when my voluptuous, innocent assistant starts starving me after a little taste,
I decide I’ll let my inner animal feed—on her.

Trouble is, once I have her, I can’t let her go, and that makes things complicated.

My name is Levi Kingston.

I am a dirty, ravenous, greedy man.

People may detest my kinks, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.


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I am so in love with the Four Fathers series! Not only am I being introduced to new authors but I get to connect with authors that I already love. Dani brings us Kingston, a widowed father that has closed off his heart ever since his wife passed away. He gets what he wants in bed but other than that he has no need for a woman outside the bedroom.

Krysten is Kingston’s newest hire, Kingston has had the hots for her but refuses to do anything about it until he sees her working at a strip club. Krysten is a headstrong woman and works for everything she wants. Why she is working a second job is her own business. But when Kingston walks in, she knows she has some explaining to do.

I loved this story and felt for both characters. I couldn’t put this story down and am excited to read the next one!

About Pearson:

I am selfish. Spoiled. A single father.
I do what I want because I can.
One of my four sons is dating the hot, young little neighbor…
Too bad it won’t last long.
When I want something, I take it—even if it means taking from my son.
My name is Eric Pearson.
I am an unapologetic, egotistical, domineering man.
People may not like me, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.

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We all knew Pearsons is a jerk, I mean we have seen him in the past two books. so when he takes on an 18-year-old as a love interest you should know it won’t be all candy and roses. It’s going to dark and dirty. And that is exactly what we get.

Another wonderful story by K. Webster. I was so happy to have read this book.

About Wheeler:

I am dark. Calculating. A single father.
I have secrets that would horrify most people.
Stalking is a habit I refuse to break—and what happens after is a sweet reward.
My life is exactly the way I have designed it.
But an undeserving, sick monster is dating my only daughter.
Until I deal with my problem, I can’t truly enjoy everything I’ve created.
My name is Jax Wheeler.
I’m a twisted, evil, insane man.
People may be afraid of me, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting me.

REVIEW⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Holy crap

I have read all of these books and each one blew my mind separately. But Wheeler is a sh%t storm of messed up goodness. I loved it.

There is nothing in this book I thought I knew. I loved everything and the ending left me breathless.


 

 

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