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Romantic Suspense 2

Series: The Chaos Series
Author: S.M. Soto
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/BOUGHT
Deception and Chaos
Blood and Chaos
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Deception and Chaos
Blood and Chaos

About Deception and Chaos:
Sophia Cova lived a quiet, normal life, shadowed in sadness after the loss of her parents in a tragic airline accident. With her older brother being her only living relative and her anchor, Sophia is sure she’s destined for a brighter future. But that was until she was taken.
Stolen from her mundane, orderly life, she was drugged, and woke to every woman’s worst nightmare.
With only four grimy basement walls and a rancid mattress, she loses her sense of time, and preserves what’s left of her dignity by hurtling herself into the safety of her mind. The men, the beatings, they come and go with no reaction, until she hears one word that sends an arctic chill through her body. Sold.
On the eve of Sophia’s bidding, all hell breaks loose in the mansion of horrors. Gunfire and screams erupt all around her, as panic rises.
Snatched by one monster only to be taken by another, Sophia slowly starts to learn that not everything is as it seems. When secrets unravel, and the twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, The Puppeteer pulls his favorite strings and chaos brews. Lives are lost while the clock ticks, and only time will tell who will be killed next…


Holy shit… I have to say I knew, I knew this ended on a cliffy but damnit, S.M made sure that I will be waiting and waiting for the next book to come out.

This story starts in a horrible place. Really in every woman’s nightmare to be honest. Sophia has no idea why she has been kidnapped and is now being auctioned off to horrible men. Just when she is ready to either die or finally go to a horrible man, her prayers are answered and she is saved.

Sophia now finds herself away from these horrible men and in the arms of her brother. She never knew her brother was in a secret service type team. Sophia soon finds out that this elite team is more then it seems, and that she may be in more danger than she ever thought.

* On a side note. I know some people might pass on this story due to the cliffhanger. BUT DON’T! This story is freaking awesome.

About Blood and Chaos:
We thought the games were over, but they’ve only just begun…
She was the puppet.
He pulled the strings.
Now the death toll is rising, what could this mean?
It was all a game.
Of feelings.
Of pain.
Death is just an illusion, or so they say.
She was just a pawn on a piece of his demented board. But there’s only one question left to settle the score…Can dead people really stay dead?

I thought I loved the first book Deception and Chaos and I did. But S.M brings another level to the story with this book.

We start where we left off in the last one. Creed is on a rampage to find Sophia, and nobody is going to stop him. In this book, we are going to get a bit of background of his family and what it will take for him to find her. However, Creed loves Sophia and their baby enough to go back to his old life. But, will it be enough to save her?

Sophia is in a literal hell. Fin has her, and he is a psychopath. Will she be able to live long enough for Creed and her brother to find her? Alternatively, will Fin hide her away where no one can find her?

This book is freaking awesome. It really did blow me away because no matter how much chaos is going on Creed and Sophia still love and accept each other. And as long as they have each other, the noise is just that noise. They will always be stronger together. The rest of the world will still be out there, but they can fight it as long as they are together. I can’t wait for the next book!

Series: Vegas Underground
Author: Renee Rose
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/BOUGHT
*Can be read in any order
King of Diamonds
Jack of Spades
Ace of Hearts
Joker’s Wild
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King of Diamonds
Jack of Spades
Ace of Hearts
Joker’s Wild

About King of Diamonds:
I WARNED HER.
I told her not to set foot in my casino again. I told her
to stay away. Because if I see those hips swinging around
my suite, I’ll pin her against the wall and take her hard.
And once I make her mine, I’m not gonna set her free.
I’m king of the Vegas underground and I take
what I want.
So she’d better run. Stay the hell away from my casino.
Or I’ll tie her to my bed. Put her on your knees.
Break her.

Nico and Sondra are a unique couple. Sondra is an independent woman. She has left her cheating boyfriend and ended up in Las Vegas. She is working as a maid at a high-end hotel. When she ends up in one of the owner’s suite and he walks in things go bad fast.

But the chemistry is so thick that after everything these two go through when they first meet that no matter what they are bound to meet again. No matter what Sondra and Nico are bound for each other. They are two sides of the same coin and you see that. He is dark and dirty, she is light and sweet. Loved that. Another great story by Renee.

About Jack of Spades:
“YOU’RE AT MY MERCY NOW, AMORE.”
Sorry, bella. You got dealt the losing hand.
Witness to a crime, you’re my prisoner now.
I didn’t mean for things to happen this way,
But tying you to my bed and making you scream
is an unexpected pleasure. A privilege, really.
And even if I did trust you, now that I’ve had a taste,
I’m not sure I’d let you go…

I enjoyed the first Vegas Underground story. The first one was a really good story and this one is just as good.

We have Corey Simonson a card dealer for the Bellimisso. She loves her job and loves interacting with people. When she is asked to deal in a private game and things go very wrong for her.

Stefano is very protective of Corey and is not happy at all when her life is threatened. When he has to keep her close for her safety and because her father is an FBI agent that he is pretty sure is a bad FBI agent.

This is a great story that brings us back to the first set of characters but gives us a new set and a wonderful story. I couldn’t put this book down.

About Ace of Hearts:
THE SWEET LITTLE SONGBIRD’S IN MY CAGE NOW.
She owes the Family money. Big money. And I’m the guy
they sent to put the squeeze on her. So now she’s playing at my casino.
Strutting around on my stage in her tight little shorts. Killing me softly.
I promised she’ll be treated with respect, so long as she does as she’s told.
But I didn’t count on her barging in my office and tempting me,
begging for a taste of my authority.
I didn’t count on her getting under my skin.
And the last thing I want is to see her debt paid.
Because then I’d have to set her free…

I love Renee’s Vegas Underground series. In this one we get a super star Pepper who is indebted to the mafia. Tony is in charge of making sure that Pepper makes every show and sells out. Tony is the mafia enforcer. He will do whatever it takes to get the job done. And right now that job is Pepper.

Pepper just wants out. She is tired of everyone taking over her life. She has never just been on her own. When she meets Tony he scares the crap out of her. But he also makes her want something she has never wanted before. Freedom and someone to love. Will she be able to find that in Tony?

Although this book is quite tame for Renee I fell in love with the characters in this story. And of course it is always great to see the past characters. If you are looking for a wonderful story with real feelings this is the story for you!

About Joker’s Wild:
HE KIDNAPPED ME. HELD ME PRISONER.
I knew Junior Tacone was dangerous.
I worked for him once taking care of his mother.
I thought when the job was over I’d be safe.
Out of his awareness. Out of his reach.
But his brother took a bullet and Junior chose me to be his nurse.
So I’m his prisoner, trapped in his beautiful house, subject to his rule.
And it seems he’s developed a thing for me.
Which means he may never let me go…

I have been waiting on Junior’s story ever since he was introduced. He is such a great character, always such a harda$$ that you just wanted no needed to know what made him tick. And Renee did an excellent job of it. But not only did she give Junior a wonderful back story but she gave him a strong female character to give him someone to give as good as he gave.

Desiree is perfect for him. She is younger by a few years, but she has her own crap to deal with. So when she is kidnapped to help Junior it is really the last thing she needs. And she lets him know in no uncertain terms how she feels about everything and anything. I loved the chemistry between the two, but it didn’t override the story behind these two. I have enjoyed this series and hope we get more in the future.

Series: Mafia Heat
Author: Ella Jade
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/BOUGHT
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About Vincenzo:
Deception Never Looked So Good…
NADIA
I needed answers,
The truth to the past,
But what I find changes everything.
A dead body,
A murderer,
And I’m the living, breathing eye witness,
Of a crime they’ll do anything to hide.
Now, I’m on the run,
And slamming into the hard, rugged body of Vincenzo Marchelli,
Should send me racing for the hills,
But something calms me,
Gives me sanctuary.
I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,
But it just may be the saving grace I needed all along.
VINCENZO
Liars, crime, coverups, and corruption,
As an attorney, I can spot it all a mile away.
As the son of a mob boss, it follows me everywhere.
But when Nadia literally lands in my arms,
With an unbelievable story,
I know one thing:
Her fear is real,
And my desire is ignited.
Come Hell or high-water,
I will protect her,
Save her,
Even if it means going against her biggest enemy,
My Family.

Ella Jade is one of my go-to authors as she never ever disappoints. This Mafia Heat series is going to be awesome since she started it out with a damn bang!

This storyline is one of a kind with a great set of strong characters. I loved everyone in this book I have to say even the “bad” guys are somehow not totally evil. At least not all of them. I am excited to see where Ella takes us with the next one.

Series: Raven Ruin MC
Author: Marie James
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Sins of the Father
Luck of the Devil
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Sins of the Father
Luck of the Devil

About Sins of the Father:
I didn’t want the legacy of leading my father’s MC.
I didn’t want to be him.
I didn’t want to feel soul-deep attraction to the girl my sister brought home from school.
But, we don’t always control our destinies, do we?
As the new President of the Ravens Ruin MC, I had a list of changes that needed to be made for the club.
The same woman in my bed night after night wasn’t on that list.
Yet, here I am, sheets tangled, skin smelling like hers, and a devious smile on my face.

Marie James is a new author to me and omg now I am kicking myself. There is so much wrong with this story that it makes it right.

Never have I thought that the MC club was a safe, clean, and happy go lucky place. But if you did you are not reading the right books. Marie brings a dark twist to the MC story. I will say that I did feel at times when they were talking in Church that I felt like I was missing something. I am not sure if I am as this is #1 but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t branch off from another MC to make this one. So I am going back to read her other stories.

First off, I have to say I loved ALL the characters in this book. And that is unusual. Candi/Zoe has no idea what she is getting into. So we walk into Raven Ruin through her eyes. Molly is her friend that gets Candi in but that is about all Molly does, to begin with.

Lynch, is a dick. He is on his own level of madness. But where his MC comes in that is his family. For whatever madness he finds that what he does it for. But now that Candi has walked into his club, she is what he craves.

About Luck of the Devil:
I’m good enough to protect her.
I’m good enough to die for her.
But, I’m not good enough to touch her?
I may be the Vice President of the Ravens Ruin MC, but her brother, the President, has given all of us orders that she’s off-limits.
It’s for the best, really. The demons in my past love to play with a pretty little girl like her

Duet: A Hate Story
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Beast- The Beginning
Beauty- The End
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Beast- The Beginning
Beauty- The End

About Beast-The Beginning:
Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.
I thought selling myself to a mafia boss was noble. So what if they called him the Beast? I grew up in rags, and he would lift me to riches. All I had to do was give him my soul.
He was punishing. Insatiable. Captivating. Nothing like I expected him to be. Each day my reality blurred, leaving me wondering if I was slave or princess.
The longer I stayed, the more I lost myself to him. Even after every cruelty the Beast visited upon me, I longed for his touch. Even after every savage word he spoke, I begged for his lips. I thought the worst thing he could take was my body. I was too naïve to guard my heart.
Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.
Now I know better than to speak of happily ever afters.

Wow. This is my first Mary Catherine Gebhard book and all I can say is WOW! This book is so much more than just a romance novel.This book is about two people fighting their way to each other (maybe) with so many people against them. Beast is a very complicated man that has fought his way to the top and wants to keep it that way. But now that he has Frankie he doesn’t know where to go now. Frankie has no idea what she has gotten into when she takes her fathers place for his debt. But she finds it is not what she thought. I loved this book and could not put it down!

About Beauty- The End:
Once upon a time, I thought love was a fairytale.
My prince was a Beast with blood on his hands and ice in his veins. My family offered to save me. The only price: leaving the tattered pieces of my heart behind.
Our love was irrational. Cruel. Unforgiving. Nothing like the storybooks said it should be—but it was perfect.
The longer we were apart, the more I lost myself. He was vicious and domineering, but I craved the submission. Together we were destructive, but I was addicted to the devastation. Still, I thought titles mattered. To my family I was princess, and to the Beast I was slave. I was too naïve to understand that even though he’d been my captor, he’d broken the shackles on my soul.
Once upon a time, I thought love meant happily ever after.
Now I know better.

I will say there was a lot of this part of the book I did not see coming. Of course, I won’t tell you what those parts are but man there was some OMG moments. Those are parts of the book that I love. Keep me surprised! I really am happy I waited to read the first book till this one was out, man I would have been on pins and needles to read this one. This book answered a lot of questions from the first book and took the story to a whole nother level. Loved Beast and Frankie’s love story. It is diffidently their own.

Series: A Sinful Series
Author: Trilina Pucci
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
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About Truth:
The moment I saw her, I knew I wanted her.
I just didn’t expect to want to keep her after our one night together.
But she walked away.
She should have known better.
I’m not the kind of man you turn your back on.
I’ll own her.
Consume her.
Make her beg.
What started as one night, will become forever. And I’ll destroy anyone that gets in my way.
Drew Matthews is mine, and I am her King.

Wow! For my first Trilina Pucci story, I have to say I am in love. I could not put this book down.

What starts off as an insta-lust between King and Drew turns into an epic love story. At first, I was a little bit of what the heck is going on when it came to Drew and Nick. And I really wanted to slap Drew and tell her to get the heck away from him. But she was able to figure that out all on her own.

Then you have King. He is one intense guy. You never know exactly where he is coming from unless it comes to Drew. For such a hard guy when he meets Drew he knows exactly what he wants and it is her. But when she walks away from him will he ever forgive her?

I really loved this story and even the side characters! I can’t wait to see where Trilina goes next!

Author: Kailee Samuels
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/BOUGHT
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About Poppy:
What do you do when the hand which held you becomes the touch you crave?
I’ve loved her for twenty years.
She’s a rare beauty luring with a dangerous high.
And I’m addicted.
I can’t get enough.
There is only one problem.
He’s an abusive asshole, destroying her down to the very root.
He won’t get another chance.
I’ll beat him to it.
And steal his precious drug—my princess—my Poppy.
There must be good things on the other side of bad.

Jesus, this story ripped me to shreds. As I do not want to give too much away this story will break you, will give you hope, and then probably break you again.

Kailee has a way of bringing a story to life. And it may not be a story you want or need, but it will be the story that she is going to tell you. The characters are telling a story through her and man this story is beautiful.

This is a story to be read.

Series: The Rossi Crime Family
Authors: J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC
Convict Me
Protect Me
Keep Me
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Convict Me
Protect Me
Keep Me

About Convict Me:
She was a shy little virgin, looking to rebel.
I was a bad accident waiting to happen.
I’m the bad boy your parents warn you about. I’ve been to prison, killed for someone I love and now I’m suffering through college.
Then I see her…sweet, so naïve it hurts, and of, course beautiful. She’s scared of me the moment we lock eyes, but beneath that fear is curiosity.
From that moment on I’m consumed with need to make her mine, to claim her…but when my past collides with my future will I risk the chance of going back to prison to protect yet another person I love?

This is a beautiful book. It has been a while since J.L. Beck has released a book and I have never read a book by Cassandra Hallman story so to read this book is a great deal for me. This is a great story about two people that are in college and fall in love when they least expect it. They are nothing alike but that is what makes them great for each other. But what happens when those differences come forward and bring them outside of their bubble?

I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one.

About Protect Me:
She needed protection from my family…
I needed protection from her heart…
She was my ex-best friends little sister. Shy, gorgeous as hell and did I mention completely off limits.
Well that is until she lands on my doorstep begging me for protection from my brother. She has no idea the kind of world she’s walked into, or that I’m no better of a man then the one searching for her.
But when she offers me her v-card the last thing she has in exchange for protection I cant deny such a tempting offer.
She’s everything I want, and nothing I can have.
When my brother finds out she’s under my protection, that I’ve been hiding her under his nose this whole time he gives me an ultimatum…
Marry her, or kill her…and since there’s no way in hell I’m going to let him kill her I decide to make her mine..forever.

I am loving J.L. Becks new books. There is just something about these new books and the way she is writing that I can’t seem to put these books down.
In the second book to this standalone series, we get Damon from the last book. He is not a nice guy at all. Damon is an arrogant, womanizing, jerk. He has almost no soul until Keria walks in.
Keria is in bad shape and is in need of help. She is told to go to Damon to get that help. What she doesn’t realize is she might have just walked into the wolves den. So will Damon be her guardian angel or will she have to walk with the devil to get out alive?
I can not wait to see where J.L. and C. come up with next.

About Keep Me:
She was my enemy…
I was her new captor….
She was the enemy…a tiny little temptress of a woman that made my blood sing for vengeance. I should be punishing her…breaking her from the inside out after finding her in my father’s clutches.
But when I discover the truth that she is just as much as a victim of my father’s wrong doings as I am I can’t follow through.
I know then that I can’t break my little mouse…not after she’s lured me in with her big blue doe eyes, and strawberry blonde hair, and those pink painted lips that beg to be kissed again, and again.
I don’t think things can get any better…but then she makes me an offer I can’t refuse… her body, her virginity, and her complete submission, and she wants only one thing in return: help finding her sister.
What she fails to realize is that even after helping her find her sister I can’t just let her go she knows to much, she’s become a liability…but I have a plan to make certain she’ll never leave or escape me.
A plan that involves filling her womb with my filthy seed until I make certain a piece of myself sticks, a plan that will make her the Queen of the Rossi Empire.

Where has this J.L. been? Never did I ever think I would have a dark theme, disturbing theme or abuse with a J.L. Beck story but hot dang here it is, and I freaking loved it. Keep Me was so beautiful, I had to read it in one sitting. I had been waiting for this book and was not disappointed at all.
We met Xander Rossi in the last book Protect Me. He is a big jerk and has no issue with hurting people. It is pretty much what he does to protect his family and his business. When he and his brother Damon find their father, they don’t expect to see Ella in their father’s bed. Ella is scared and about to be rapped by their father who has run away and can’t be found.
Ella is searching for her sister who was kidnapped; she had no idea that she would be kidnapped herself. When she is about to be rapped, she is saved by Xander and Damon. Alternatively, at least she thinks Xander saves her although Xander refuses to act as if he rescued her, but she won’t give up on him. No matter how bad he treats her.
These two characters are fantastic. I loved Ella, she is so strong and makes herself an equal to Xander no matter how he treats her. Moreover, Xander makes himself worthy of her at the end, which you can’t ask for more of a man.
I highly recommend this series. Moreover, I can’t wait to see what is next.

Series: Wicked Doms
Author: Jane Henry
Reading Source: PROMOTIONAL/ARC/BOUGHT
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About The Bratva’s Baby:
My orders are simple.
Capture her.
Marry her.
Take her inheritance.
Get rid of her.

The bookish little recluse is worth more than she knows.
She’s an unassuming librarian.
I’m the brigadier of the Russian Bratva.
She has no friends.
I command a small army.
She’s a modest virgin.
And now she’s mine.

I freaking love Jane Henry. I have yet to read anything that hasn’t been a hit. Bratva’s Baby is a little more than I am used to, Jane brings out her darker side with this book and I LOVED it.

This story has everything you could ever want with a mafia read. Dark, disturbing, alpha male, sweet innocent girl who finds a way to grow up and make it through everything that is thrown at her, a big bad guy, and finally really freaking hot sex! I have to say this will be a reread book for me and I am hoping a paperback comes out to purchase. If you read any of Jane’s books make sure it is this one!