The Devil Wears Black by L.J. Shen ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

An expert at the dark and sexy anti-hero, Shen brings her seductive prose to an irresistible ‘second chance romance’.”– Oprah Magazine

The Devil Wears Black, all new enemies-to-lovers, fake fiancé standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

Maddie Goldbloom stitched up a plan to ensure everything in her life was perfect—from a career in fashion to a chic NYC apartment to a pediatrician boyfriend.

When her ex, Chase Black, storms back into her life with an outrageous request, her immediate reaction is to refuse him. But he only wants to fulfill his father’s last wish. So even though he’s the man who broke her heart, playing his fiancée shouldn’t be hard, especially if it means she gets to watch the arrogant devil squirm a bit.

What ensues is a chain of events that detonates Maddie’s life—and when Chase’s walls come down, they both are forced to face reality.

They say keep your enemies close. But what if your enemy is also the man you love?

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Review

Feels 3
Storyline 4
Steam 3
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Lindsey

Chase frikin’ Black. He is definitely a man you love to hate. For all his prickly vibes he sure is sweet. I fell for him quickly. Maddie is sweet. Very quirky. These two are not what you would picture together and that’s why I like them so much. This story was good! I enjoyed the banter. Shen did a great job with this one for sure.

Excerpt

I fished for my keys in my little clutch, stomping my way up the stairs. He was still on the first step, his eyes burning a hole through my back. The one time he looked at me with anything but frost, and I was completely immune to it.  pushed the building entrance door open, ignoring his plea. 

Funny, I’d always thought it’d feel divine to dismiss him the way he’d dismissed me. But right now, my feelings swirled among hurt, anger, and confusion. Triumph was nowhere in sight, and glee was miles away. I was almost past the threshold when his next words gave me pause. 

“Too scared to give me ten minutes of your time?” he challenged, the smirk in his voice like a stab in my back. I froze. Now I recognized him. Cold, calculated. Playfully ruthless. “If you’re so over me and not at all tempted to be under me once we get upstairs, you can go back to your blissful, Chase-free existence after I say my piece, no?” 

Scared? He thought I was scared? If I were any more immune to his charms at this point, I’d actively throw up at his sight. 

I swiveled, jutting my hip out, a polite smile on my lips. “Cocky much?” 

“Just enough to get your attention,” he deadpanned, looking awfully like a man who didn’t want to be here. 

What is he doing here, anyway? 

“Five minutes will do, and you better behave.” I pointed at him with my clutch. 

“Cross my heart and hope to die.” He put a hand on his chest mockingly. 

“At least our hopes are aligned.” 

About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Shattered Legacy by Caityn Dare ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review!

SHATTERED LEGACY (Gravestone Elite Trilogy #1) by Caitlyn Dare
Release Date: March 4th
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BLURB

Mia Thompson wants only one thing: to survive Gravestone University, graduate, and get far far away from her hometown and its archaic traditions.

But she’s about to become a pawn in a game she doesn’t understand.

Bexley Danforth wants only one thing: to keep his head down, survive four years at college, and get far far away from his past and the mistakes that haunt him.

But he’s about to become an initiate in a test he might not survive.

One fateful night entwined their lives on a path neither of them saw coming… and now she can’t forget about the guy who made her feel worthy, and he can’t forget about the girl who can never be his.

But the things about rules?

They’re made to be broken.

Shattered Lies is the first book in the Gravestone Elite trilogy. It contains mature content that some readers may find disturbing. You have been warned.

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REVIEW

Feels 2.5
Steam 4
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs

Okkkkkkk…not sure what I just read but I want MORE ASAP!!! There is not a lot I can say about this book without giving way too much away so you just need to go read it! But I will say that Mia is from a small town that is into some crazy sh*t. They have very old and creepy traditions that only a few know the details about while everyone has their theory about what is actually going on in the decade old “tradition”. She finds herself betrothed to the hottest guy at school Cade. After getting to know him she is borderline scared/creeped out when every other girl would die to get a chance with him.

But Mia’s heart is already slowly getting attached to the new guy at school Bexley. Only Bexley is not who he thinks he is and throws a huge wrench in Cade’s plan to rule the town and school. There are so many twists and turns and secrets that get exposed that they literally had me on the edge of my seat. Mia and Bexley know that they will never be allowed to be together but can’t fight their feelings. There are some hot sexy scenes, some creepy hazing scenes and angst…all wrapped up in a love story.

Until the very end, which is a huge cliff hanger and left me with a wtf, this book was a page turner and had me hooked from the beginning. Will be patiently waiting for the next book to come out!

Book 2: Tarnished Crown

Coming April 1st

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Two angsty romance lovers writing dark heroes and the feisty girls who bring them to their knees.

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Just My Type by Sophia Karlson ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review!

Title: Just My Type
Author: Sophia Karlson
Release: February 23, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb

She hides behind a camera lens. He’s played himself into a corner. Can they outrun the rumor mill and make way for forever?

Hayley Brooke is done with men. So when a sloshed guy at a party makes a sloppy play for her affections, the wedding photographer is relieved when a hunky stranger comes to the rescue. But her gratitude quickly sours when she realizes her savior is the same infamous womanizer she once met on a bad blind date.

Mark Hastings is tired of trying to tough it out. Heralded online as the hottest bachelor on the market, the rugby player’s crippling anxiety steers him well away from the suffocating public spotlight. So saving a familiar pretty face and then being rejected is made a million times worse when pictures light up the internet with salacious gossip.

Horrified to be caught up in the swell of fangirl spite, Hayley demands he set the record straight by being seen with somebody else… only to be bitten by unexpected jealousy. And when they’re forced back together to plan a mutual friend’s engagement bash, they give in to their physical attraction and Mark vows to finally expose his vulnerability.

With social media commenting on their every move, will Hayley ever believe Mark’s love is real?

Just My Type is a heart-fluttering contemporary romance novel. If you like endearing characters, steamy excitement, and breathtaking twists, then you’ll adore Sophia Karlson’s sensual scrum.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 2
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Robin

What a sweet, slow burn romance. Stings is a bit of a manwhore but while Hayley is a sweet girl who has been in a bad relationship. She feels she’s “not his type” but Stings doesn’t want to take no for an answer. While this story deals with the light romance, it also deals with some serious issues like anxiety and panic attacks. Not anything super steamy here but definitely an entertaining read that leaves you with a smile at the end.

Praise for Just My Type

Mjlovestoread – “Perfect little love story!”

Marcie’s on the Books – “Mark Hastings Is Just My Type and MORE!”

Wendy’s Book Reviews – “Sweet read!!”

About Sophia Karlson

Sophia Karlson writes sensual, emotional, and evocative contemporary romance, often set in far-flung settings. She used to work in the travel industry before turning to full-time writing. Her first book, Perfect Mistake, was a finalist for the Daphne Award for Romantic Suspense and won the Kathryn Hayes award in 2019. All her novels can be read as standalone, although she tends to write about siblings because family dynamics are so intriguing.

Taking readers on a journey of their own with her books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!

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A Discovery of Secrets & Fate by Sawyer Bennett ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Giveaway!

This epic journey continues as the dangers grow, the questions mount, and the attraction builds.

About A Discovery of Secrets and Fate

Life as I knew it ended the day I accepted my fate.

In its place is an existence even the wildest imagination could never fathom. Strange creatures walk among us, plotting our demise, and I’ve come to find that the fate of our world rests squarely on my shoulders. We’re all in danger and I’m trying to figure out how to make it through each day.

The key to my survival is a man I can’t figure out. As dangerous as the darkest fae, I have no choice but to work with him to stop the prophecy that’s foretold to be the ruination of mankind.

Carrick Byrne continues to be my only source of information, but he doles it out as he sees fit. He intrigues and scares me in equal measure, yet I can’t help but be attracted to him. And the more I discover about him, the more it becomes clear he feels the same.

As we travel to Faere in search of answers, we find that every piece of information leads to more questions, that every question leads to a new piece of the puzzle, and that, most importantly, no one can be trusted.

The more secrets we uncover, one thing is certain— if we have any chance of saving the world, we have to do it together.

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate is book two of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 2
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

“How did I, once again, foolishly underestimate my situation?”

This is the second book in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and picks up where The Revelation of Light and Dark left off. We are pulled back into a world full of magic, suspense and mystery. A world where light and dark magic coexist. A world where if you were walking by one of the millions of residents on the streets of Seattle you’d never know that behind some of their smiles lies something so dark and sinister but Finley knows. She sees the good and the evil but will her gift help or end up getting her killed?

“I am but a servant of the gods.”

As Finley tries to grapple with what happened to her sister things get a little crazy. I mean it’s not everyday you see your sister turn into a dark fae or learn you’re the key to a prophecy that may just save the world or possibly destroy it. It’s a lot for a girl to take in. She starts to wonder if she should just walk away. We know Carrick has a stake in the game so he has to convince her that she must take her part in the prophecy. In order to do that he needs to earn her trust. Carrick takes Finley on a journey to find more answers but we also get a hell of a lot more questions. I do like the pace the author is using with Carrick and Finley’s relationship. It’s clear they feel a pull towards one another but neither overly acts on it. When Carrick reveals his secrets we start to understand why.

“You live almost five thousand years and come talk to me about how tired you are of everything. How boring the hundreds and hundreds of years passing are in the gods calling on you for something.”

I was extremely curious as to where the author was going to take us with this book. The first book was a ton of information to take in and left me with a million questions and a whole lot of confusion. But as the story continued I was slowly but surely sucked into the amazing and magical world created for us. The pace of this book was about the same as the first…a bit slow. I thought the first book laid the groundwork for the series but it felt like this one did too. So much more information and at points it dragged it a little for me. But it’s a five book series so I am hoping the next book picks up a little. I am excited to see where Finley and Carrick go from here. This one also ends in a cliffhanger and it’s a big one!

“Fear twists my gut even as longing whispers through me. I don’t know if he’s going to kiss me or beat me, but I know which one I’d prefer.”

Giveaway

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About Sawyer Bennett

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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Pure Seduction by Ella Frank ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

Pure Seduction, an all-new emotional second-chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Ella Frank is available now!

Small towns are definitely not for me. Probably because I was born in one, raised in one, and eventually run out of one. The understanding was that I would one day return to Chamberlin California. After all, it is my namesake. What my father didn’t count on however, was that once he sent me away, I would never come back—at least not until he was gone.

Which brings me to now, his wake, at the family winery that was supposed to be mine. It also brings me to her. The sweet girl I left behind. The girl who has since grown into the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid eyes on—Laurel Anderson.

She’s looking at me as though she wishes I was the one she watched get buried this morning. But she’s out of luck. I’m alive and kicking. I’m also stuck in this town with nothing to do but wait until the will is read.

Well, nothing to do but see if I can seduce the pure and passionate Laurel, and change that anger I see in her eyes to something just as fiery…desire.

***

The last time I saw Noah Chamberlin, I was a doe-eyed innocent and he was the boy of my dreams. My future was all planned out down to the wedding dress, until one morning I woke up and he was gone.

You’d think after all these years, I’d feel the same blind indignation and rage that has haunted me since that day. Instead, the second I set eyes on him again, I felt something altogether unwanted and unexpected—lust.

If the rumors are true, he’s only going to be in Chamberlin for a few days. I can handle that, as long as he stops looking at me as though he’s thinking about the last time we were together. 

But when Noah’s forced to stay and run the family business, it puts us in dangerously close proximity. And in a town this small, that can only mean one thing—trouble.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 5
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Pure Seduction is a pure, sexy, sweet second chance romance. Noah…oh boy..that boy who went away came back as a confident, capable man who knows what he wants…Laurel. Laurel has grown into a smart, independent, knowledgeable woman who complements Noah perfectly. I loved the chemistry between these two and the flirty banter. I also thought the connection they shared from teens to the present was sweet and emotionally tugged at my heartstrings. Very entertaining start to a new small town series and I’m totally invested in the Chamberlin family. Bring the other two brothers on. I’m ready!

Excerpt

“Laurel Anderson.”

     My heart all but stopped at the sound of my name in that smooth, seductive timbre, and my fingers tightened on the handle.

     “Hi.” Brilliant. After all these years, that was what came out of my mouth.

     A smile slowly curved Noah’s lips, as though he knew I was tongue-tied, and I wanted to kick myself—or him—for it.

     “Hi yourself.”

     I swallowed and tried to remember that somewhere inside my head I possessed a brain. Now if I could just locate it, that would be fantastic. “I, uh, I didn’t know you were coming today.”

     “No? Everyone else in town seemed to.”

     “Well, you know how it goes. You can’t rely on everything you hear.”

     “Ah. So you heard—you just didn’t believe it.”

     “I didn’t really think about it either way.” Liar. “I’m sorry for your loss, though. Harry was—”

     “An A-grade bastard?”

     My eyes widened at the cool edge to Noah’s voice. It was a tone I’d never heard from him before. But then again, I didn’t know this man, so I had no point of reference.

     “That seems harsh, huh?”

     “It seems…” Noah’s eyes locked on me with an intensity I felt all the way to my bones. “Honest.”

     He shifted the wine bottle from one hand to the other, then he held it up by the neck and asked, “A good year?”

     I focused on the label, a 2012 Pinot Noir. “It was a great year.”

     Noah nodded and turned the bottle around so he could look at it again. “And you should know, or so I’m told. You manage this place now.”

     I wondered who had told him. His mother? Or one of his siblings? I’d never imagined a career in the wine business, and I certainly hadn’t imagined one here at his family’s winery. But circumstances had left me little choice, and now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

     “I do. I’m also the head sommelier.”

     Noah let out a sound of disbelief that made my spine stiffen. I was good at my job—damn good at it.

     “I hope that won’t be a problem for you.”

     “A problem?” Noah shook his head. “No. I was just thinking how my family hasn’t changed at all. They still like their secrets.”

     The temperature in the room dropped back to arctic, and as I was about to hightail it out of there, Noah took a step forward. I plastered my back to the door and, cursing myself for showing my hand—and my nerves—counted back from ten before daring to look him in the eye.

     That was a mistake. I recognized those eyes and the thick lashes that curtained them. I also recognized the look in them right now. It was one of curiosity and interest.

     “I wasn’t so sure about coming back here when I showed up earlier.”

     His gaze roved over my face, as though he were searching for the girl he once knew, and I wondered if he saw parts of her in there.

     “But suddenly I find myself even happier that that asshole up and died. Otherwise I’d never have known you were here.”

     I wasn’t surprised in the slightest that my working here had been kept quiet. Harry had worked really hard to remove me from Noah’s life. He wasn’t about to tell him I was still around.

     “Well, um, I don’t want to hold you up anymore, and I need to get back to your mother’s guests.” I turned to open the door, but when I felt his hand on my shoulder, my feet froze.

     “Looking to make a quick escape again, Bonnie?”

     I closed my eyes and for a second allowed myself to remember the first time he’d ever called me that. Then I quickly shoved it aside, not willing to allow in the emotions and vulnerabilities those kind of memories would bring.

     “Do you blame me?”

     There was a pause, and the tension simmering in the air made it even more imperative that I get out of there right now.

     “No. I guess I don’t. But before you go?”

     “Yes?” As his hand fell away, I let out a silent sigh of relief.

     “I was wondering if you could tell me the best place to stay in town?”

About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

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