Strangers in My Bed by Jade West ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

Lines always blur when people fall in love.

Strangers in My Bed, an all-new captivating dark standalone romance full of twists and turns from USA Today bestselling author Jade West, is available now!

It’s an amazing thing, being a wedding planner, when you’ve been dreaming of a big day of your own since being a little girl.

But it’s not so amazing when the love of your life leaves you for another woman.

My dreams have all deserted me, and I’m alone in a new town when I meet him. The stranger at the bar.

Anthony Bradstone is everything I ever wanted. A prince, right from the start. A shining star, successful and loving. Committed, brilliant, generous. Mr Perfect.

But the brightest stars have the darkest shadows, and Ant’s love comes with… conditions.

That’s how one stranger in my bed turns to several, and those several turn into a whole lot more.

I know that lines always blur when people fall in love. People’s depths get deeper, and their shadows get darker, and relationships can get a little… twisted sometimes.

So it’s just as well there’s someone out there who knows my prince well enough to help me untangle him.

They call Ant’s best friend the crusader for a reason.

I’m about to find out why it’s true.

Warning: This is a very dark romance. There are themes of coercion, conflicts of emotions, and difficult situations from the past.

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Reviewed by Joanna

HOLY COW! What did I just read? Wow…this story has taken me in a million different directions. I am hot and heavy one second and emotionally screaming the next. Super sexy and dirty to cheering for the good guy. The story starts off with some naughty things that happen between Ant and Cass. You really think that things are a certain way, but they turn out to be completely different. The story takes a complete 360 turn when Ant’s best friend Gerwyn enters the picture. Truths come out, feeling change, and HOLY COW I felt gutted one minute but happy the next. This story really makes you think about how things are seen and are they really what we think they are? I loved this story. It was a bit long but so well worth it. I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was happening. But when something happened, I would need to take a break to recover. Really a well written and thought provoking story.


We’re on the motorway heading north when my nerves come back with a vengeance. I’m still flying high from the day we’ve had, but I’m terrified. I don’t know if I can be anywhere near as good as the girl on the video.

Probably not.

Scratch that.

Definitely not.

Ant turns the radio down when I start shifting in my seat.

“You ok, baby?”

I manage a smile. “Yeah.”

“Worried about tonight?” he reads me like a book.

“Just a bit,” I admit.

“Don’t be worried, sweetheart. I’ll be right there with you.” He reaches out and squeezes my hand.

I don’t want to tell him that him being there is one of the main reasons I’m so worried. If it was a case of getting it on with someone until they’d taken their fill and disappeared, it would be one thing, but knowing Ant will be directing me through the challenge of performing like a slut is a whole different game to play.

“Cass,” he says, jolting me back to him. “You don’t need to be worried about anything. I’ll be there to guide you. And you can call time out whenever you want. It’s your choice, princess.”

“You make it sound so easy,” I tell him, “I just…”

“Because it is easy, baby,” he squeezes my hand again. “Trust me. All you have to do is follow my lead, relax, and enjoy it. You can do that, right?”

“I’ll try.”

“Good girl.”

I only hope he’s still telling me I’m a good girl when it’s all over.

Ant takes the motorway exit at Gloucester and pulls into the car park of a sweet little restaurant. It’s cute and quaint, and I’d usually be exclaiming that he’d chosen well for dinner, but I’m just too edgy. He must feel my hand trembling as we make our way to the pub door, and he stops walking, turning to face me.

“I mean it, Cass. Call time out. If you can’t do this for me, then say it.”

I’m shaking my head as he speaks, and my expression must be as serious as his.

“I can do this, Ant.”

“But do you want to?”


We stare at each other. The tension at an all-time high.

It’s him who breaks it.

“Sorry. I’m not convinced, princess, so let’s call it off. I’ll let our visitor know.”

He pulls his phone from his pocket and carries on walking, but I pull him back.

I’m so scared of disappointing him that my heart is thumping like crazy.

“I want it! I know you’ll make it amazing. You always do. You make everything amazing. This isn’t going to be any different, is it? You’ll make me love it, just like always. I know you will!”

He weighs me up, and I feel on trial. Fuck, I hope he believes me.

About Jade

Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.

Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.

She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.

She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

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Alexei by Eva Winners ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review!

Alexei by Eva Winners is now live!

Alexei Nikolaev.
Blessed with the face of Adonis. 
Cursed with eyes colder than the Artic and a past he can’t escape. 

His history is as tragic as a Dostoyevsky tale. 
He’s been on the FBI’s radar for years but has managed to always stay a step ahead and just out of their grasp. 

When I’m forced to work with him, fire ignites and things spiral out of control. Despite the desire felt from his mouthwatering body, covered in tattoos, distrust between us is deep. 

But unless we learn to work together and trust each other, we’re both as good as dead.

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Feels 5
Overall Rating 5
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This was an amazing story. A story of a lost soul…Alexei Nikolaev and Aurora Ashford. Aurora is an FBI agent and one tough cookie. I love a strong character. She is forced to work with Alexei out in the field. Alexei is a bad guy but the world needs to find a Russian mobster. With Aurora’s resources and Alexei’s knowledge, they would be good together. Well…the first time they are together…they are going to a sex club. Because the person who owns it is one step closer to who they are looking for. Let me just tell you…This Story Is HOT AS HELL (FIREEEEEEE). I love the connection and the banter in this romance. Aurora can take it and dish it out. She is good for Alexei who has a dark past. This kind of reminds me of “Beauty and the Beast”. So good…So So Good!!!

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Eva Winners released her first novel Second Chance At Love in 2020 and has been writing vigorously ever since. She writes about everlasting romance for every century focusing on characters emotional development and always guarantees an HEA.
She loves yoga, wine and her kiddos. In her spare time, she seeks adventures either hiking through trails or exploring the beaches.
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See Me by Stacey Kennedy ~ Blog Tour w/ Review & Excerpt

She’s the one.
And he’s not giving up without a fight.

SEE ME, an all-new white hot standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, is out now!

In the Phoenix club, fantasies come to life, but he wants her for real, and he’ll do anything to prove it in this deliciously sexy romance.

Lottie Harlow spends her days as a dog walker and her nights losing herself in wild fantasies at Phoenix, a members-only, voyeuristic sex club in New York City. Her anonymous existence is precisely planned. She must lay low, or risk facing the consequences of her family’s criminal past. She’s a ghost, and she likes it that way. But detective Hunt Walker is determined to uncover her secrets…

Hunt has always loved his nights at Phoenix, but they’re no longer enough. He wants more. He wants a relationship. He wants Lottie. He’s wanted her for years. The only problem? Lottie keeps him at a careful distance, never letting him get too close, ignoring the sizzling heat burning between them. He knows she’s intrigued by him, but she’s scared. He just can’t figure out why… But when enemies from her past come seeking revenge for her family’s deal gone wrong, Lottie’s secrets are revealed, and so is the explosive passion they’ve been fighting.

Soon, lust leads the way to love, but when Lottie’s brothers start threatening her, the line between right and wrong is blurred. Hunt becomes torn between his duty to his badge and his need to keep Lottie safe. But he’ll only get one chance to prove to Lottie that she’s worth fighting for… and that their love is worth the risk.

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This story was a little tough for me. Lottie and Hunt are two members of Club Phoenix, which on the outside it looks like a cigar lounge, and deep inside is a sex club. Well…there isn’t much time in the sex club which disappointed me. For those who know me, I love my stories DIRTY! This story has some filthy tidbits of dirty, but it is more mystery to me. This was a well written story and the author knew what she is doing. Lottie (Marissa) has a past that she is running from. She wants nothing to do with Hunt, a cop in town. She knows her past could hurt him. After seven years, events finally comes back to haunt her. Hunt is there to help her. He winds up in jail and everything Lottie was worried about comes true. It was a little rushed in certain spots for me, and not enough naughty. It was good but I would say if you are looking for naughty sex club story, this one isn’t it.

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“Tell me who you think broke into your condo,” he said firmly.

She shook her head, forcing her shoulders back. “I don’t know.” She knew better than to totally write off her family, but she couldn’t think up a good enough reason why they’d break into her condo after all this time. Plus, she had paid a lot of money to ensure she was never found. For the first couple of years she’d been in New York City, she’d always looked over her shoulder, worried they’d catch up with her, demanding the money she’d stolen. But no one ever came. After the third year, she stopped looking, feeling safe in her new identity.

Hunt dipped his chin, bringing his eye level down to hers. “No idea at all who it could be?”

“Nope,” she said, striding off before he could look too deep and find answers that she couldn’t give him.

She felt his gaze following her, reading right through all the things she wasn’t telling him.

When he finally caught up with her on the way back to her condo, he blessedly shifted subjects. “Come stay with me until we catch the person responsible,” he offered.

Cars honked at each other as she shook her head adamantly. “Like hell they’re making me afraid of my own home.”

“Then I’ll take your couch. It’s not safe, Lottie.” When they stopped at the corner of the street and waited for the light to change, he arched an eyebrow. “I have a gun. You do not.”

“Good point,” she said. This spelled all kinds of dangerous, but Hunt would not relent, and she refused to leave her condo. “Okay, you’re right; it’s safer,” she conceded, knowing her limitations in protecting herself if someone broke in again. “I appreciate the offer.”

“Think nothing of it,” he said and began crossing the street. “We can grab my overnight bag before we go back to your place.”

All of this seemed unnecessary, but she realized as she inhaled the greasy aroma coming from the hot dog stand, that for the first time since she opened her condo’s door earlier, she could breathe a little easier.

When they arrived at the condo a half an hour later, the forensic unit was packing up. She sighed as she took in the state of the place. What a mess! Figuring she had to start somewhere, she moved to the living room, picked up the cushions off the floor, and placed them back on the couch.

After a short conversation, Hunt shut the front door behind the last cop and locked it. He moved to the liquor cabinet in the corner of her living room and poured them both a double shot of whiskey. He handed her the glass and watched her with a stern look, his well-crafted cop look. “Time’s up, Lottie.”

“I’m not sure what you mean.” She sipped her whiskey. A big, long sip.

His mouth twitched, but that was the only break in his intensity. “I rather enjoy when you make me work to know you. But I’m afraid, like I already said, time is up. Tell me what you’re hiding.”

She swallowed. Part of her wanted to tell him everything. Explain her entire past. But if Hunt knew about her past life as Marissa Ricci, and that she’d had her true identity buried, he’d have to tell Rhys. Then Archer would learn that she’d lied to them. She’d never be allowed back in Phoenix. She loved her new life, and that included her sensual life in Phoenix, and her friends who also belonged.

The air seemed too thin as Hunt took another step closer, erasing the distance between them. “I know there’s a reason you have refused, from day one, to not act on what’s between us. And I know that reason is tied to your break-in today.”

She looked to her glass, avoiding his penetrating stare. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

His fingers dragged against her jawline before he cupped her chin, forcing her to meet the strength in his gaze. “Let me help you.”

She needed to shut this down. Now. Hunt was too smart, too insightful, too damn trained. Her heart began to hammer, making the room feel smaller and smaller. He’d peel all her layers back and expose all her secrets. She couldn’t allow that.

“Lottie,” he said, a pillar of strength.

Suddenly it occurred to her she knew exactly how to distract him. Ignoring the consequences, she placed her glass on the table and grabbed his shirt, pulling him closer. Before she could second-guess herself, she sealed her lips on his. He stiffened, seemly momentarily surprised, until he softened, wrapping his arms around her, bringing her tight against him with a low groan.

Her lips opened, and his followed, but he never quite gave her the kiss she suddenly, desperately needed.

When he broke away a few minutes later, he chuckled against her lips. “Shutting me up, huh? All right, Lottie, I’ll go along with that.” His hands fell to her hips, and he gave her a push until her back hit the wall. She gasped. Need stormed through her as his eyes darkened with arousal. “For now.”

Frenzied thoughts filled her mind as his mouth met hers again, but when he took over the kiss, her thoughts simply faded into nothingness.

She parted her mouth, and his tongue invaded, sliding against hers. His kiss was skilled, determined, and left her dripping. She slid her hands over his strong, flexing arms, shoulders, up his thick neck to the back of his head, running her fingers across the shaved hair.

He groaned, breaking the kiss so his lips could travel along her neck. His hand threaded in her hair, and she rolled her hips, heat pooling low in her body. His tongue flicked her ear lobe, and she moaned, a tease of how that tongue would feel elsewhere. “Can I touch you?” His breath tickled across her ear.

The game was dangerous. And yet, and yet…she couldn’t stop from playing now that she felt him…tasted him. “Yes.”

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Stacey Kennedy is a USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romances full of heat, heart, and happily ever afters. With over 50 titles published, her books have hit Amazon, B&N, and Apple Books bestseller lists.

Stacey lives with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario—in a city that’s just as charming as any of the small towns she creates. Most days, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or venturing into the forest with her horse, Priya. Stacey’s just as happy curled up indoors, where she writes surrounded by her lazy dogs. She believes that sexy books about hot cowboys or alpha heroes can fix any bad day. But wine and chocolate help too.

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Darkly Ever After Anthology ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review & Giveaway

Darkly Ever After: An Organized Crime Anthology is live now!

Title: Darkly Ever After
An Organized Crime Anthology
Genre: Dark Romance/Organized Crime
Release Date: May 10, 2022


The men of organized crime aren’t white knights.

With quick trigger fingers and ruthless souls, they’re tall, dark, and deadly.

Taking what they want and decimating anything that stands in their way.

These men rule from their bloody thrones.

Only a woman’s touch can tame the beasts lurking inside.

Bringing light to the darkness.

Love in the ruin.

It may not be hearts and flowers…

But it is darkly ever after…

Darkly Ever After Anthology features eighteen Dark Romance novellas in the sinister underworld of Organized Crime.


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Steam 5
Storyline 5
Feels 5
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Joanna

I honestly didn’t know how to review this anthology…a book with many books by so many authors. It has been FRUSTRATING since I fall in love with a story and it leaves me hanging. I read the next and it is the same. I have looked for the complete story for a few and they haven’t been released yet. On the plus side, it has introduced me to some amazing authors that I have never read before. And AMAZING is not an understatement. The part that kills me is it leaves me wanting MORE of each story…and I can’t. You know how when you read a book and it ends in a cliffhanger and you are slightly upset because you have to wait for the next one to come out. Well, do that 17 times in a row. I have a list a mile long of stories I need to complete, but I have to admit I didn’t know how this anthology was created when I chose this book to review. I initially expected a bunch of completed short stories. But this is a collection of beginnings to longer stories that leave you wanting more.


Silla Webb ◦ Gwyn McNamee ◦ Abbi Cook ◦ Aidee Jaimes ◦ Beck Knight & Echo Grayce ◦ Catherine Wiltcher ◦ Christy Anderson ◦ Cole Denton ◦ Cora Kenborn ◦ Indie Hayes ◦ Jagger Cole ◦ Khardine Gray & Faith Summers ◦ Jennifer Rebecca ◦ Lee Savino & KT Strange ◦ Lexxi James ◦ Sapphire Knight ◦ Sienna Snow ◦ SR Jones

Foreword by M. Robinson






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The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review!

The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy is now live!

Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

My husband.

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Storyline 5
Feels 4
Overall Rating 4
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This was a great story. It is more of the Morelli and Constantine family drama. You don’t have to read any of the other stories, but it helped me when they spoke of some of the other characters. If I had not read them though, it would have still been okay. This is the story of Perry Constantine. He must marry a woman he has never met before. He’s a momma’s boy so the family knows he will do what she asks. It is good for the power of the family. Of course, he will do it for the family. The woman he is to marry is Charlotte Lancaster. She is from a family who also has power in their city. He is unable to find much about her on the internet. She sort of falls off the grid. Charlotte is told that she is to marry Perry. She is against it at first, but then finds it an easy out from her family. She has a past that comes back to her present in the story. The story ends with a cliffhanger so we will wait to see how it will affect their arranged marriage. I want to know what happens next. I am invested in these characters. This book was very well written.

Meet Monica

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.

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