Beautiful Lies by Stasia Black & Alta Hensley ~ Release Blitz

Title: Beautiful Lies
Series: Breaking Belles #2
Authors: Stasia Black & Alta Hensley
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2020

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Twenty Beautiful Lies stand before me.

I can feel one’s hatred from across the ballroom.

She loathes me and all that I stand for… that’s why she will be my choice, my belle of the ball.

Born into a secret society that strangles the life out of me, I have no choice but to face my demons head on.

Inheritance isn’t about money or land, it’s much more twisted than that…

A sinful birthright.

A dark heritage.

A secret tradition only the most powerful and wealthy are aware of.

The Order of the Silver Ghost.

I will choose her because her disdain is more than I deserve.

The price I will pay for my cruel legacy.

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Old money, southern charm and a secret society. Watching his father’s casket get lowered into the ground, Sully knows his time has come. The Order of the Silver Ghost awaits him and no matter how much he wants to resist and turn away from the trials of initiation, he has no choice. As much as he hated his father and all he stood for, he loves his sister and will do what he has to for her. He will pick his Belle and face all that comes with his legacy.

“Opulence, wealth and a history so rich in cloaked secrets you could hear the steps of our forefathers still roaming the rooms today.”

When Portia receives the invitation she knows it’ll be a life changing experience, and not necessarily in a good way but it’s a way out for her and her sisters so that’s all that matters. When she is picked by none other than Sully VanDoren her 109 days of unknown begins and all she has to do is make it through to receive her prize.

“Here, in this moment, I was completely stripped down.”

There are many things the order expects and though Sully went in knowing most of them, Portia was completely unprepared for all the horror and chaos that came with the initiation process. Greed, lust and betrayal were aplenty in this book. While Sully and Portia didn’t really hit it off at first being forced to be the other one’s half for all that time changed things between them and they definitely had some crazy chemistry. Will they survive the 109 days together and claim their prize or will they be exiled by The Order of the Silver Ghost?

“I stayed. I did the difficult thing. I made the difficult choices because I knew what love was.”

I was desperate to get my hands on this book after reading the blurb and seeing the beautiful cover but sadly I struggled a lot with this story. I know it says it can be read as a stand-alone but honestly I felt very lost several times in this book and it left me wondering if it was because of things I missed by not reading the first book in the series. While I liked the chemistry between Sully and Portia I really thought their connection was a little lacking. Yes, there were some fantastic super steamy scenes between them but there was not a ton else that kept my interest. The first chapter was off to a great start and then it was just a little rushed and all over the place from there in my opinion. But again that could be because I felt sort of like I was missing something from the first book. I’m not sure. It was an entertaining read overall and I liked the surprise twist at the end. It was just not a favorite story for me and I think it was because I didn’t read book one.

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Stasia’s drawn to romantic stories that don’t take the easy way out. She wants to see beneath people’s veneer and poke into their dark places, their twisted motives, and their deepest desires. Basically, she wants to create characters that make readers alternately laugh, cry ugly tears, want to toss their kindles across the room, and then declare they have a new FBB (forever book boyfriend).

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Reaper by K.L. Savage ~ Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Title: Reaper
Series: Ruthless Kings MC #1
Author: K.L. Savage
Genre: Contemporary MC Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2020

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My dead best friend’s daughter and the woman that haunts my dreams are one and the same.

For the last two years, I’ve told myself she’s off limits.
That a man like me, can’t be with a woman her age.
Then my little maniac turned eighteen.
And I gave in to my temptation.
I shouldn’t have, but now it’s too late.

She’s mine now, and I’ll never let her go.

Then one of the biggest sinners in Vegas thought he could just take her.
He’s forgetting. It’s my job to protect her. Mine.

Now, I’m going to burn this city to the ground.
I’ll reap havoc until my little maniac is back in my arms.

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Couple in love pregnant cuddling, waiting for baby. Real romantic passionate moment. Bearded man with tattoo clasping beautiful girlfriend. Emotive of sexy couple.

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I really wanted to like this book but something kept me from warming up to it. I know some readers really loved this story and started to wonder if I had read the same book. Maybe it was the pushy 16 year old girl chasing her father’s best friend and throwing herself at him that put me off? Maybe it was the way he was attracted to her, treated her crudely but was gonna wait until she was 18 to start something with her. Now normally, I don’t mind age gap romances in either direction. But for some reason I couldn’t connect with this one at all. Reaper is the head of the MC and Sarah is his dead best friend’s daughter. They clearly have an attraction to each other but because of her young age, they wait until she is 18 and he can’t fight it anymore. I didn’t relate to either character and could not find something to like. The storyline was typical MC gritty, dark drama but didn’t deliver for me. I hope others find it much more enjoyable.

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Julius by Nicole Cyper ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!

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Title: Julius
Author: Nicole Cypher
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2020

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They say success is the best revenge.

I say it isn’t enough.

I’ve spent the last twenty years building my empire, but I’ll never forget the gutters I had to crawl through to get here. Or the enemy who made it that way. Kevin Cryson, the man who destroyed my life. It isn’t enough to build my own empire if I can’t crush his.

Luckily, I’ve found his weak spot. The perfect lure in the form of a brown-eyed devil with chestnut hair and a deviant smile. The princess he never should’ve let leave the castle.

They say revenge makes people bitter.

I’ve never tasted anything so sweet.

**Julius is complete story with a guaranteed HEA and NO cliffhanger. It is set in the same world as the interconnected standalone series Darker Places, but the series is not necessary to read in order to enjoy Julius. This book is a dark romance, and thus contains dark subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.**

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Sometimes a little white light can change everything. Laney and Emma have spent most of their lives sheltered and constantly being watched by their seemingly overprotective family. When the girls decide to have some fun by sneaking into a club for Emma’s birthday, they don’t see what harm it can do…after all, no one will know. What is supposed to be a night of freedom for them turns into something out of the nightmares they have always been warned about.

“My world goes dark as soon as my head hits the ground.”

Julius has waited a long time to exact revenge on the man who took everything from him and his brother. His perfect plan is finally ready and it’ll be game, set, match. But the incompetent kidnapper he hired unzips the suitcase with the wrong girl in there. Julius planned, executed and waited for Kevin Cryson’s daughter to be at his mercy. The pawn that he would use to bring down their empire but his niece will have to do.

“Twenty years I’ve crawled my way through the gutters to get to this step. The first flick of the domino that will send my enemy’s empire to the ground, just as he made my own crumble.”

This story revolves around Jules thirst for revenge but sometimes the most careful laid plans can change when the unexpected is thrown in the mix. That unexpected comes in the form of Laney, the girl who was supposed to be a means to an end but somehow turned into much more along the way. Both of them are trying to find the truth buried beneath all the mystery surrounding their families. Laney is supposed to be Jules’ prisoner but her demons are calling to his and their relationship moves past revenge. Will that be enough for Jules…can he forget the sins of the past?

“There aren’t any take backs. There aren’t any safe words. It’s me handing him the power to do what he wants to me.”

This is my first book by this author and though it’s part of the Darker Places series it can be read as a stand alone. I love a good dark romance and the whole kidnap and revenge twist was a great added bonus. For me with dark romance, it’s the darker the better…give me the super twisted, I’ll gladly take it. While this story did promise us dark sadly for me, it just wasn’t there and didn’t work for me. It wasn’t very heavy and while I like the whole storyline there just wasn’t a lot to hold onto to. With the kidnap aspect, I need more of a buildup, more of a power play and this story just turned too quickly. Way too quickly. Jules was basically a kitten. I did however like his brother. There was a lot at the beginning surrounding revenge and Laney’s family and I felt like that all sort of got lost for a while. There were just a lot of holes and I had a hard time staying connected. It was an okay read but unfortunately not a favorite for me. I’m sure there will be others who will love it.

“I’m Lainey Miller, daughter of a crime lord. Heartache to my family. Lover of a sadist. And what I want is Julius.”

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That One Summer by Karen Erickson ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

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That One Summer, a standalone contemporary romance by USA Today bestselling author, Karen Erickson, is LIVE!

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The girl next door never looked so good…

Cameron McKenzie knows he’s damaged goods. It’s the reason he’s stayed away from Lone Pine Lake–from just about everyone but his sister Jane. By default, that often meant her pesky, crushing best friend Chloe Dawson, too.

But when he sees Chloe at Jane’s wedding, he sees something new in her. Something unexpected.

Chloe has always thought Cam hung the moon. She’s even let herself dream of a future with the brooding bad boy in her heart of hearts. After one explosive kiss, it’s time to make her move. The guy who always leaves might be tempted to stay by a no-strings offer of a summer romance.

No strings is exactly what Cameron needs to explore these confusing feelings about the beautiful girl next door. He knows he’s not worthy of their hometown’s resident good girl. But this good girl’s ready for an adventure…one that just might end up lasting a lifetime.

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This is the second book in the Lone Pine Lake series by Karen Erickson. I had no idea going in that there was a book before this but didn’t feel like I was missing any bits and pieces. I’d say this quick, light and sweet read that can be read as stand alone.

Cameron McKenzie high tailed it out of his small home town as soon as he could and has avoided coming home ever since. Now he’s back in town for his sister Jane’s wedding and everything in Lone Pine Lake is just as he remembers it. Well, almost everything.

“She was off limits. Untouchable. Forbidden.”

Chloe Dawson isn’t the same girl who used to follow Cam around crushing on him since they were kids. Cam can’t help notice what a beautiful women she’s become as soon as he sees her at his sister’s wedding. He can barely keep his eyes off the women who he always thought of as his sister’s pesky friend. Now he can only think of what it would be like to kiss her and he does just that and sparks are flying everywhere. Thing is…Cam doesn’t do girlfriends and Chloe seems like the kind of girl that wants a white picket fence and the promise of forever. But she takes Cam by surprise when she offers him a deal he may not be able to refuse. Only what happens when the deal you thought you wanted turns into something more?

“No expectations, no commitment. Just some…fun to fill our summer days…and nights.”

This was a sweet, light romantic read. More so on the light part. I enjoyed Cam and Chloe in their own ways. Cam wasn’t the runaway from anything and everything because he couldn’t make a commitment bad boy everyone made him out to be. He really was a good guy underneath it all and Chloe saw that good in him even when Cam didn’t see it himself. Chloe was sweet…the town princess. Everyone loved her and despite trying not to, Cam did too. They were good together and I loved that they found their happily ever after. It was an okay read. I just found parts of the book immature for the ages they are and losing interest in parts. Also part of me not loving the book might be because the romance and steam were way over on the light side of things. But it was a cute and quick read and if you’re in the mood for something not too heavy this book might be for you!

“I love you. And I want the entire damn town to know it.”

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Hurting You by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

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HURTING YOU by JL Beck & C. Hallman
Release Date: January 17th

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It was such a shame that she was in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

She knew that we would come for her.

We had seen her delicate face that night, hidden in the shadows, and she had seen what we did, her gasp of horror giving her away.

She was perfection, beauty, and oozed goodness but that wasn’t going to save her from us.

No one could ever find out our secret, which meant we needed to get rid of her.

But killing her wasn’t an option and scaring her into silence wasn’t as easy of a feat as we expected. She was strong, resilient , and smart doing whatever she could to evade us.

Thus without even knowing it she turned it into a game, and so we became blood thirty wolves.

Run and we’ll find you. Keep our secret and you might live.

That is until someone else finds out what we did…

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Stella had dreams of going to college but that all got sidetracked years ago when due to some unfortunate circumstances she becomes the primary caregiver for her sweet grandma. So instead of going to college and getting all the experiences that come along with that, she splits all her time between taking care of her gram and working long hours for a shitty boss in the kitchen at the prestigious Blackthorn Academy. And just her luck she ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses Cameron and Easton, two of Blackthorns Elite doing something that there’s no way in hell she should have seen and right away she knows she is in trouble.

“ I sprint through the dark night, hoping and praying that I’m fast enough to get away. Hoping for my life, and for my grandma’s life, that I can survive the night.”

Cameron and Eaton can’t leave a witness and know what they need to do but for some reason they decide to make sort of a deal with the beautiful girl who knows too much. She gets to live if she keeps their secret and in return they own her. It’s game on and these boys are ready to play and make Stella submit to their every command. But will the secret they are all keeping stay hidden or will the game Cameron and Easton are playing with Stella take an unexpected turn?

“They don’t know who he is or what he is capable of.”

I have read the other books in this series and enjoyed them all. I always crave a good bully read. Give me all the dark, gritty and crazy that makes up a good bully romance. I’ll gladly take it. But sadly this book didn’t click for me. I liked the mystery and the whole idea with this story but it felt so rushed and thrown together. It was a quick read but I wanted more of a build up with the whole bully love/hate aspect. I felt like this one just threw a whole bunch of random stuff in the mix really fast and I didn’t like the way it was all played out. I can see where people would enjoy it and I did really like the other books in the series. Cameron was my favorite in this story right from the start. Stella and Easton just didn’t grow on me like I hoped they would. I do look forward to reading more from these two authors and have high hopes for the next book.

“We’re all a little fucked up, and that’s okay because the best people are a little bit broken.”

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