Devious by J.M. Stonebeck ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

Title: Devious
Author: J.M. Stoneback
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2020

Blurb

It’s time to pay my father’s debt.

Nobody is stupid enough to steal from him, Cayden Vitali.

They call him Devious for a reason. He doesn’t let his debts go unpaid. He collects what he’s owed.

Lex Bartoli works for Devious. Lex should know better than to steal his money. But mistakes were made, and now it’s time to pay.

Unfortunately for me, Devious knows exactly what he wants as payment for Lex’s stupid mistake.

Me.

Lex’s daughter.

If I won’t agree to marry Devious, he has another way of making my family pay.

The choice is mine.

Marry the enemy… or watch him kill my father as payback.
 
Devious is a mafia book with an arranged marriage, enemies to lovers and an age gap romance.  

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Review

Feels 0
Steam 1
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

This mafia book is about a father who owes a debt to the “Don” and instead of paying he gives his daughter…and she is not ok with that. Roselyn has a mouth on her and has been offered up twice before to be used as debt payment. But she has never been offered up to someone this high in the mafia. Devious has had his heart broken and is a real aggressive asshole to her. It started off with him being super crude and I cringed a few times at his behavior.

A huge part of the book was a common theme in mafia books. She pushes him away, he punishes her, she breaks, she feels guilty, she starts to fall for him and on and on. For me, this was so disjointed and jumped around a bit that it felt lacking and I skipped some pages.

By the end, these two have made such an abrupt about face as to how they feel about each other it literally gave me whiplash. And then it just ends? All of the drama of him being a hardass and downright mean to they’re madly in love and it just ends. Such a disappointment in all of it. This could have been a great story. It should have been two books. The first one should have been about him breaking her and more in depth with that. The second book could have been about them falling love. Not insta love and having something dramatic happen…her get kidnapped…something!!!!! Too rushed for me. It felt like a poor execution with an abrupt ending.

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Opium Skies by C.M. Radcliff ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Excerpt!

Title: Opium Skies
Series: In Vein #1
Author: C.M. Radcliff
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2020

Blurb

Life is full of variables.
We crave control, but in reality, we have very little.

I left home with a plan: get the full college experience and pass my classes.
But that all changed when I met him.
Ander was the last thing I needed.
He was never part of my plan.
He was the one variable in my life that I could never control.

And we were destined for destruction.

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Review

Feels 3
Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

“Like an uncontrollable whirlwind, he tore through every aspect of my life, stripping me bare of everything I ever had. And for some sick, fucked-up reason through the ups and downs – I loved every minute of it. Every fucking minute, except for one. The very last minute that finally took him from me.”

I don’t usually take a look at reviews when I am done reading a book before posting my own. I was so torn the whole way through on how I felt about this book and wanted to see how others were feeling. I can see from taking a quick peek that I am in the minority with my thoughts on this one. I loved that the author tackled the dark and gritty world that is addiction. Some parts of this book will cut you open and let you bleed out. If you’re looking for a pretty story, this definitely is not it. I love a book that tackles the tough stuff that sometimes people shy away from. I think it’s so important to shed light on the truths that are out there…no matter how ugly that may look.

“Hadley Winters. I should stay away from her. She should have said no. But she didn’t. And now I can’t.”

Hadley is away at her first year of college and getting by with a little help from a friend. Only this friend is a small, blue dangerous pill. They help her get through the day. She feels she isn’t the same without them but doesn’t see that as necessarily an issue. They are all she wants and needs until she meets Ander. Ander has secrets and demons of his own and soon Hadley’s not only addicted to her little blue pills. She’s also addicted to a blue eyed boy.

“I don’t want to lie to her, but that’s what I do best. In the end, I always fuck everything up. It’s only a matter of time.”

These two start a quick and sometimes sweet but pretty toxic relationship. Ander is spiraling out of control. As much as he tries to keep Hadley sheltered from what is happening, it becomes impossible to separate the two. What should be a fun and carefree time in their lives for both of them turns dark and gritty as addiction begins to pull them under and things take a turn for the worse. Can the love they have for each other save them or will their addictions destroy them?

“Give me all your lies and broken promises.”

There are parts of this story that really pulled me in. Mainly the dark parts. I tried to pinpoint where or why I struggled with this whole book but I couldn’t. I applaud the author for not holding back on such a hard topic. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of either character. I loved their names. I love dark books but this one I couldn’t lose myself in. Parts were slow while others went too fast and I lost the connection. A very important topic. Sometimes it was a heartbreaking read but overall it didn’t fully connect with me. I am, however, looking forward to the next book and really pulling for these two characters to have their HEA.

Excerpt

My eyes fly open and I glance at the door, meeting his stormy blue eyes. 

“What the fuck are you doing, Hadley?” Ander barks as his entire body consumes the doorway. Everyone in the room freezes, glancing between the two of us.

Narrowing my eyes, I hold his gaze, challenging him as I slide the rolled-up bill across the surface of the dresser, deeply inhaling the bright white powder. My eyes never leave Ander’s as I drop the bill onto the dresser and stand upright, sniffing harder. Ander steps into the room, his entire presence consumes every inch of the space. The two guys in the room instinctively step back, knowing better than to get in his way right now.

Ander’s eyes are honed in on mine and they burn with the deepest shades of blue. A complete contradiction to the storm that brews within his expression. He stops in front of me, reaching out and grabs my chin. Tilting my head to look back at him, he leans in, his lips just barely touching mine.

“You wanna play like that, little girl?” He breathes against my lips as a sinister smile pulls on the corners of his lips. “Game on.”

Quickly releasing me, Ander nudges me to the side and plucks the rolled-up bill from the wood surface. Crossing my arms over my chest, I watch him, slightly amused as he leans over the dresser. Within a matter of seconds, he inhales the remaining lines left and stands back to look at me.

His pupils are already constricted, but I watch as they transform into just small dots, with his blue irises consuming them. Ander looks down at me with a sly grin playing on his lips, waiting for me to make the next move.

Abruptly grabbing me by the throat, he pulls me flush against him. My breath catches in my throat. His touch burns against my skin and the blazing fire settles throughout my body, mixing with the euphoria from the Oxy and everything else in my system.

Heat spreads from my stomach and a warmth creeps between my legs as he leans closer, his warm breath skating across my face. Just as his lips are about to capture mine, he ducks his head to the side, pressing his lips against my ear.

“Ball’s in your court, babe,” he breathes, his words only meant for me to hear and lightly squeezes my throat. “Your move.”

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No Good by Stevie J. Cole & L.P. Lovell ~ Blog Tour

NO GOOD (Dayton #2) by Stevie J. Cole & LP Lovell
Release Date: October 16th

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Blurb

He was the reprobate king of Dayton high. I was the bitter princess cast out of my kingdom. And we were at war.

It started off with a lie, and a one-night stand gone terribly wrong. Although I knew nothing good would come from my encounter with Bellamy West, the small town’s gorgeous bad boy, I didn’t expect him to throw jet fuel onto the already flaming wreckage of my life. Then step back with a sexy smirk on his face to watch me burn.

And burn I did…

He got me fired.

I got him arrested.

We were enemies until we weren’t. Until one touch went too far, and I found myself craving each dirty word. Every filthy promise.

Bellamy West was no good, and I wanted to be bad.

Screw falling for Prince Charming, I wrote my love story with the villain.

And for that, I paid…

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

This is the second book in the Dayton High series but can be read as a stand-alone. This one started out smoking hot and heavy with two sexy strangers looking for a night of fun in the back of a van. Perfect start to a book if you ask me. It definitely had my attention right away. What was supposed to be a walk on the wide side turned into a little more than these characters expected.

“It wasn’t just an orgasm: it was an awakening.”

Drew got kicked out of boarding school for something she swears she didn’t do but her Dad is livid. He decides to ship her off to Dayton High and she’s not too happy. From boarding school to a prep school for prison…what else could possibly go wrong? How about running into Mr. Hottie/One Night Stand on her very first day of her own personal hell? Oops.

“I had every intention of taking that invisible, privileged, princess crown and tarnishing every last gem and fuck it if that wasn’t bad news for her.”

Bellamy is the bad boy of Dayton High. The one all the girls are either scared of and secretly want or have already had and he’s tossed them away. He is trouble with a capital T and his eyes are set on the hot new girl who just so happens to be the same girl that lied to him the other night. Drama, crazy chemistry and a sexy as sin bad boy…this school year’s about to get a whole lot more interesting.

“He held my hand, kissed me..I could still feel the heat of his lips branded on mine.”

There was a ton of drama in this book but maybe a tad too much. It was sort of a mess. I loved the push and pull between Bellamy and Drew but didn’t really feel a connection. It also really, really bothered me that Bellamy was constantly calling Drew “Baby Girl.” I get nick names and all but I felt like it was overused. It was cute to start off with and then it began to annoy me. I couldn’t get past it. It was a good read but not my favorite bully romance.

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Stevie J. Cole likes to write realistic stories with raw, gritty characters you should hate but can’t help but to love.

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Lauren Lovell is a ginger from England.

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Lauren loves a mildly…or not so mildly psychopathic hero, and a dark, twisted tale.

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Tame Him by Caitlyn Dare ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

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TAME HIM (Rebels at Sterling Prep Duet #2) by Caitlyn Dare
Release Date: August 27th
Genre/Trope: Dark bully high school romance

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She wants to forget him. He won’t let her go.

Remi Tanner was only supposed to be a pawn in my game. But I screwed up. I broke her. And now I have to find a way to fix it.

I want her.
I need her.
In the end, I’ll prove she’s the only thing that matters.

Ace Jagger wasn’t supposed to imprint himself on my heart. But he did, before he tore it from my chest and hurt me in the worst possible way.

He’s possessive.
Dangerous.
In the end, I’m not sure I can resist.

He might be the bad boy with no conscience, and I might the girl with nothing left to lose, but one thing’s for sure… He won’t stop until gets what he wants.

Me.

Tame Him is the second book in the Rebels at Sterling Prep series. It is a dark high school bully romance. If possessive, tattooed, motorcycle-riding alphaholes aren’t your thing, you probably won’t like this book!

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REVIEW

Feels 2
Steam 3
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

This book picks up right where that huge cliffhanger left us in the last book…wondering if Remi will be okay and who the hell played that damn video?! I desperately wanted it to not be Ace. I had my suspicions on who else it could be but like Remi, I wondered if Ace’s need for revenge overshadowed his feelings for Remi. Thankfully Remi is okay after the chaos of her birthday party. She’s super cautious where Ace is concerned. She doesn’t know if she can trust him again after all the shit he put her through.

“Ace isn’t the hero here. He’s the villain. And everyone knows the villain never saves the day.”

Ace knows he screwed up and is determined to get back on Remi’s good side. He will do anything he can to win her back. We get to see a much softer and more vulnerable side of Ace in this book and that was definitely one of my favorite parts. Is he perfect? Nah, he is still an asshole at times but I liked how he willingly put himself out there for the girl he loved. He laid it all on the line even the parts of him he wanted to hide. Every time Remi tried pushing him away, he was there pulling her back in.

“No more hiding. No more regret. No more shame. Our past shapes us, but it doesn’t define us.”

So much happened in this book. There were a ton of twists and turns. As much as the super crazy twist towards the end threw me for a loop, there was just a little too much stuffed in this book for me. I loved the first book so much and had high hopes for this one but honestly parts were super confusing. I loved how much Ace grew as a person. I loved the twins and may have a mild obsession with Cole but to me…Remi was all over the place. I felt like all this horrible stuff happened to her. It went too fast from “I want to hide and be left alone” to “come on over, Ace and hop in bed”. There was no middle ground. I loved parts of the book and other parts not at all. I am, however, really, really looking forward to Cole’s story as he definitely became a favorite of mine in this book.

Stephanie (1)

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Baller by M.A. Foster ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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Title: Baller
Series: Heritage Bay #5
Author: M.A. Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2020

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They say if you love someone, set them free, and if they come back, it’s meant to be.
I didn’t exactly set Vanessa free.
I screwed up.
She left.
Five years later, she’s back wearing another man’s ring.
And this time I have no choice but to let her go.
But fate has other plans for us.
And once again, I find myself face-to-face with the love of my life.
I take that as a sign from the universe that we truly are meant to be.
She wants me to let her go.
Believe me, I tried. Not once but twice.
It broke me.
It broke her.
It broke us.
I won’t make the same mistake again.
Because if you truly love someone, you don’t set them free.
You hold on to them with everything you’ve got.

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REVIEW

Steam 2
Storyline 3.5
Feels 0
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

Baller is a second-chance love story but I’m not sure if I’d categorize it as that. Liam and Vanessa have known each other since they were young. There has always been a pull to each other. He is a ballplayer and on his way to MLB. The story moves kinda quickly. Vanessa is at her prom and finds her boyfriend cheating so she leaves. Liam finds her and after hearing what happens, takes her out for the perfect night. They start dating and go to Vegas at the age of twenty-one to get married. I am not a fan of insta love but I kept reading.

There is a HUGE and I mean HUGE miscommunication about a situation and Vanessa does not give Liam the change to explain. Liam does not go after Vanessa and they end up divorced. The whole situation was rather unbelievable and I was frustrated that these two had such a lack of communication. Their marriage ended over something that could have been easily explained and fixed.

That brings us to years later and after picking up and moving away, Vanessa is back and engaged. It’s basically Liam chasing her trying to win her back and gain her forgiveness. Will he get a chance to explain his side of the story and win her back? I found myself yelling at her to just stop it already! It was super frustrating to read. So much angst! I was disappointed in how this misunderstanding dragged on for years. It was draining. But some people love the drama and perhaps they’ll love this story.

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