The Touch of a Villain by Holly Renee ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review & Giveaway!

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𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜. 𝙒𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮. 𝙀𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚. 𝙍𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙮𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝘽𝙖𝙮 𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙛 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙙𝙤𝙢.

And Beck Clermont controlled them all.

He was arrogant and conceited, and from the moment I met him, he had made up his mind about me.

Dangerously handsome and wickedly cruel, he had no intention of letting me spend my senior year under the radar.

The secrets of old money ran deep, and even though I barely knew them, the sins of my family had put a target on my back.

He was a hurricane, and I was unprepared for the storm.

His touch fatal. His impact irreparable.

There was no negotiation.

He stole my heart. Without warning, without permission.

𝙃𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙢𝙮, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙛𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙤𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙑𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙣.

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REVIEW

Feels 4
Steam 3
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

Josie Vos has moved to Clermont Bay after her mom died to live with her estranged father, stepmom and stepbrother just in time to start her senior year. She makes it no secret that she has zero desire to live among the rich and powerful. All she wants is to finish school and get the hell out of the Bay. Her arrival in Clermont Bay suddenly shakes everything up after her stepbrother Lucas drags her to a party one night, and she’s thrust in the middle of a rivalry.

“I never wanted this. Life wasn’t supposed to go like this.”

Beck Clermont is the king of Clermont Prep. He rules the school and his family rules the town. Josie and he share an instant and intense connection the first night they meet. But after a hot kiss on the beach, the waves come crashing down after Beck learns her last name. Now he wants nothing more than to use her as a pawn to destroy her family and make them pay for their sins.

“I would deal with the consequences of every fucked up decision I made.”

Josie has no idea why Beck hates her. All she knows is the sweet, sexy boy from the beach turned into a ruthless bully as soon as he learned she was a Vos. He’s set on destroying her and she’s set on avoiding him at all costs. But it’s easier said than done when they go to the same school, she works for his family and they share such an intense connection. It’s a crazy game of cat and mouse for these two and they just love to hate each other or at least they try too.

“She was staring up at me like she felt more at home in my arms than she ever would in these tainted fucking walls.”

Tons of drama, angst, secrets, lust and lies filled the pages in the first book in the Boys of Clermont Bay Series. I absolutely love Beck and understood his need for revenge and hatred he had for the Vos family. I was just hoping he could let go enough to see that Josie shouldn’t have to pay for the sins of her family. I loved Josie too but sometimes I wanted her not to give in so easily. She had this whole badass persona but caved too quickly to Beck time and time again. I love a good Bully romance and this book was a great read. Even with that killer cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Clermont Bay.

“I had set fire to everything that we were, everything that we could have been, with the hopes of destroying her family. But the only thing I managed to destroy was her.”

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ABOUT HOLLY RENEE

Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of contemporary romance, Holly Renee brings readers a pinch of angst, an indulgence of heat, and the perfect amount of heart in every book.

Born and raised in East Tennessee, she is a married mom of two wild children. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, pretending to be a dragon for the hundredth time that day, being disgustingly in love with her husband, or chilling in the middle of the lake with her sunglasses and a float.

Holly is a lover of all things romance, Mexican food, Harry Potter, and yoga pants.

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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.”

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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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Thy Kingdom Come by Monica James ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review, Playlist & Trailer!

THY KINGDOM COME
(Book I:
DELIVER US FROM EVIL TRILOGY)
Monica James
Genre: Dark Romance
Release date: February 24th

Monsters are real.

When I was five years old, I watched my mother take her last breath—a breath three monsters stole from her.

I never chose this life. My father says it’s my birthright, but all I see is a curse. It’s because of the Kelly name my mum was slain by the Doyles—our enemies in Dublin, the fellas livin’ on borrowed time.

All of Belfast fears my family, especially me. I’m Puck Kelly, otherwise known as Punky; the lad ye don’t want to double cross. 

I don’t do feelings or emotions. I never have…until she walks into my world.

Babydoll is a liar and a thief, but I can’t stay away. We both thrive in the darkness because that’s where our demons can play.

No word af a lie, sixteen years later, those monsters still haunt my dreams. But every monster is scared of somethin’…and that somethin’ is me.

No more hiding in the shadows because I’m huntin’ youse.

Run, wee monsters, run.

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REVIEW

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

I have read several books by Monica James and loved them all. I already knew going in, this book was going to be good but this book wasn’t just good, this book was EVERYTHING! It was dark. It was evil. It was sexy. Holy hell, it was so sick and twisted! And can we also just take a minute to appreciate that amazing cover? First off it’s so damn sexy and it’s also everything I imagine when I think of Punky.

I feel like nothing I say will be able to convey just how amazing this book truly is. I also don’t want to say too much for fear of giving anything away so this review will be a short one. This is definitely one of the books you have to go into as blind as possible so you can truly enjoy firsthand every fucked up twist and turn on this never ending crazy train. I can’t remember the last time I devoured the pages of a book so quickly. As soon as I finished it, I went back and read it again. I think I loved it even more the second time around. You don’t want to miss a thing while reading this book. Every single word is so important and every single thing about this book is mind blowing. Monica James raised the bar to a whole new level with Thy Kingdom Come and I am 100% here for it!

“It’s in the wrong, corrupt, and violent where I thrive.”

There’s a war going down in Ireland between the Kellys and the Doyles. It’s a war that started long ago. Somewhere in the midst of all the chaos and bloodshed was Puck Connor Kelly who at five years old watched while safely hidden away as his Mother took her last breath. He never forgot what he saw that day. Now that Puck aka Punky is all grown up all hell is about to break loose and no one is safe from the monsters that are about to come out to play.

“No matter what it takes, no matter how long, I’m going to kill every last Doyle and burn their motherfucking kingdom to the ground.”

Punky trusts very few people but then along comes Poppy aka Babydoll. The two of them are drawn to one another right away but Poppy has a secret. One that could destroy all of Punky’s carefully laid plans. He knows she’s hiding something but will it be too late by the time he realizes what it is? I absolutely loved both of these characters so much! I can not recommend this book enough. It’s a must read but buckle up and hold tight because it’ll take you on one hell of a ride.

“We’re inches apart, and the world soon fades into the background so it’s merely us. It’s quiet here.”

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About Monica James

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Bad Bad Boy by Angel Devlin ~ Blog Tour w/ Review

BAD BAD BOY (Rats of Richstone #1) by Angel Devlin
Release Date: February 18th
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BLURB

He’s the bad boy from the wrong side of the river. She’s the rich girl who wants for nothing.

They call them the rats.

The people from the poor side of Richstone river. Privilege lies just a short walk away and Liam Lawson wants it. When the head of Richstone Academy offers four places to the students of Sharrow Manor, he hatches a plan to ensure he and his friends get the opportunity to change their lives for the better… forever. Via a pact of blackmail and corruption of the girls of Richstone.

They call them the riches.

The people from the wealthy side of Richstone river. A life of excess and expectation, but Phoebe Ridley doesn’t want it. When her mother starts a social experiment at Richstone Academy, Phoebe is intrigued to meet the rats, to see how they’ll cope among the elite. She and her friends make up their own experiment. Via a pact of claiming a rat and getting them to do their bidding.

But as the two sides of the river collide and the games begin, the stakes get higher and their moves darker and deadlier… And not everyone will make it out alive.

Warning: This book ends on a huge cliffhanger, to be answered in Bad Bad Girl, Book Two.

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REVIEW

Feels 1
Steam 2
Storyline 3
Overall Rating 3
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

A river divides the riches from the rats, the wealthy from the poor. On one side the students of Richstone Academy attend an elite school where everything is drenched in privilege and expectations. On the other side the students of Sharrow Manor deal in drugs and debauchery to help put food on the table. Liam Lawson is determined to make it out of the gutters and across the river but what happens when two very different world collide?

“Richstone River. A breadth of water was the dividing line between poverty and privilege.”

When the principal of Richstone Academy unexpectedly offers scholarships to a few Sharrow students, Liam devises a plan that is sure to place him and his friends on the short list to be chosen. Soon he is not only attending the Elite Academy, but he is also living among the riches, including the principal’s daughter, Phoebe.

“I was determined one day I’d cross the sewer and obliterate their paradise. I would be the apple. And there would be someone there who’d be tempted to bite.”

Phoebe’s whole life was full of the expectations surrounding her privilege…do better, be better, marry up. She thought her Mom was crazy when she shared her plan to invite rats to live among the riches. But Liam was not at all what she thought. What started out as an unlikely friendship of sorts turned into something more for both of them. Phoebe is desperately trying to hide her secrets and break free from what was expected of her. Liam is trying to better himself and show he is so much more than meets the eye. Secrets, lies, angst and suspense are all tucked into the pages of the first book of this new series. Do Phoebe and Liam stand a chance to be together or will the divide of the river be too wide?

“She took my depravity and enjoyed it like the finest caviar. She accepted me for who I was, not where I was from. She could become an addiction and we all knew most of those didn’t end well.”

I was really torn with this book. I struggled a ton getting through the first half and almost gave up finishing. I feel like every other sentence we were reminded that Liam and his friends were rats. It became redundant and honestly extremely annoying. We get it. They were called rats…no need to constantly keep saying it over and over. If I had to base my review on the first half alone I would have rated this story a two but I powered through and it did get better. I like Liam a lot and Phoebe’s secret was horrible. I felt so bad for her. I didn’t really see the whole bad boy persona a ton in this book. I mean yes, there were glimpses here and there but not nearly enough for me personally to consider Liam to be a bully or feel that bad boy vibe. I definitely wouldn’t consider this book to be dark. It did get better the second half. There were some crazy twists I didn’t see coming but overall this book was average for me. Perhaps it will be a phenomenal read for you.

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ABOUT ANGEL DEVLIN

Angel Devlin likes to write about bad boys and billionaires. She lives in Sheffield in the UK with her partner, son, and furbaby.

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The Revelation of Light and Dark by Sawyer Bennett ~ Release Blitz w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt!

Hidden Dangers. A vengeful prophecy. One epic romance.

The journey begins now.

Blurb

I always knew I was different.

From a young age, my mind has been plagued with things only I could see. Some hauntingly beautiful, others completely terrifying. Never knowing if these visions were real or just hallucinations, I learned how to lock them down and ignore them. I learned to take solace in the relative anonymity of city life and find peace in the rainy days my city of Seattle is known for.

But just when I think my life is getting on track and my dreams are achievable, a moment of weakness causes me to learn a hard and fast lesson.

My entire existence has been a lie.

Now I’m faced with a new reality that’s as implausible as it is fantastical. Filled with realms and veils, light and dark, fae and daemons, gods and angels—things I don’t understand but am forced to acknowledge. It doesn’t help that the man teaching me about my unique gifts is the gorgeously handsome Carrick Byrne, one of Seattle’s richest and most powerful men.  He intimidates, annoys, and intrigues me all at the same time. I don’t trust him and yet there’s no one else to help me.

No longer certain who to put my faith in, what to believe, or how I fit into it all, one revelation is clear…

The world as I know it will never be the same again.

The Revelation of Light and Dark is book one 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

The Revelation of Light and Dark is the first book in a new five book Paranormal/Fantasy series by Sawyer Bennett. This story lands us in Seattle where everyone and everything is most definitely not what it seems. This book takes us on a mysterious journey filled with magic, secrets and so much mystery.

“Throughout my life, I never gave much thought about whether evil truly exists.”

Finley has always been able to see things that others don’t. When she was younger it was chalked up to mental issues so as she got older she found ways to conceal her differences from others. She was happy with her life and job. She did her best to control the visions they haunted her but still was not even sure if they were real or if she truly was crazy. Finley thinks her life is just about as normal as it can be. She has sort of resigned to accept the things that make her different until she meets Carrick.

“I can see evil and somehow, it’s fallen upon my shoulders to confront it.”

Carrick is the most powerful man in Seattle and holds a powerful secret. From the first moment he saw Finley at her sister’s art show he knew she was different from any other human he had ever met. Equal parts confused and intrigued by her and her abilities, he soon learns it’s in his best interest to open her eyes. He shows her that the visions she always thought may be a curse may also be a gift. Finley is quickly thrown into a world full of deamons, dark and light fae.

“I can’t help but cry for all the things I lost tonight after Carrick brutally revealed a world I didn’t know existed.”

Finley’s world is turned upside down. She has no idea what is real or who to trust. She knows she has to work with Carrick if she wants any chance to find out why a human like her can see, hear and do the things she can. Why her? And will Carrick reveal the secrets she knows he is still hiding? Carrick knows he has to keep Finley close if he has any chance at getting what he wants. He has secrets but so does she. I really enjoyed both characters. Finley was strong and unique and Carrick was all mystery and grumpy brooding.

“What is my purpose? Why am I like this?”

The pace of this book was somewhat slow and took me a while to get into it. There is just so much information and at times it seemed like too much but as we get further into the story I felt like I understood more why it needed to be written that way. The author laid the perfect groundwork to lead us into the next four books. I am excited to see where the next book takes us. That cliffhanger though? I did not see that coming one bit!!! What a jaw dropping, perfect way to end the book.

“Something very dark is coming.”

Excerpt

The venue room is gorgeous, one entire side showcasing a curved floor-to-ceiling glass aquarium filled with colorful fish and amazing corals. There are a lot of people here already and after nabbing a flute of champagne from a passing waiter, I start to search for Carrick. Because of his height, it’s not difficult to rule people out, but after making one trip around the room, I still haven’t found him.

Rather than do it again, I decide to move off to a semi-quiet space so I can observe people as they mingle, drink, and move along the catered tables of posh food. While I wait for Carrick to make an appearance, I use the opportunity to check my abilities in such a large crowd, as there has to be easily four hundred people milling about.

As I had been practicing my abilities the last few weeks—learning to hone in on vibes first—I had also learned the reverse. In other words, I could lock my senses down if I wanted some peace and didn’t want to be assaulted by vibes just out of the blue. I mostly use it at work, choosing to be ignorant of what hides under my patrons’ faces so my workday isn’t ruined.

Inhaling through my nose, I imagine my chest opening as I exhale and give a silent invitation for the slightest omen to come in. The minute I do, I get a tingly feeling in my belly and then immediately look to the source… a pretty brunette woman five feet to my right. Based on feeling alone, I’m confident she’s a Light Fae or daemon because of the pleasant vibe. Still, as Carrick has said, we’ve not yet proven if my intuitions can truly distinguish Light from Dark. I mean, personally… I think my gut and sight match up, but I’m willing to continue experimenting so we can be sure.

Opening my senses fully, I peel her glamour away, realizing immediately she’s fae because she has no aura. I try not to stare as she’s quite beautiful and not all that inhuman looking. Her skin is much paler and appears as if it’s been dusted with crushed diamonds. Her eyes remain the same shape, tilting upward at the outer corner just a tad too much, but they’re filled with what looks like liquid silver where the whites of human eyes would be. She has definitive irises of verdant green. Her hair is as black as midnight, and it falls almost to the middle of her back. She’s thin and delicate, and I almost laugh in delight when she tucks a lock of hair behind her ear to find that it’s pointed at the top.

Is she an elf? Is that even a thing?

Mesmerized, I watch as she talks to a human male companion, wondering if fae and humans have love affairs. I haven’t thought about that until now, but I suppose it’s a possibility. Her companion says something to make her laugh, and my romantic side is fully invested in this couple until she laughs, and razor-sharp teeth are revealed. Not just where her canines are, but every single tooth is conical and pointy, graying slightly at the gum line.

“Better close your mouth before something flies in it.” It’s a deep, sophisticated voice I’ve come to recognize and with dismay, I realize it sometimes causes my skin to tingle.

Twisting, I see Carrick standing there looking unbelievably dashing in a black tuxedo with a white tie. His eyes flick to the fae I’d been looking at and then back to me. “She’s not the type to bite people, but she does eat raw meat and thus the reason for the sharp teeth.”

I can’t help whipping my head her way. It’s such a sudden move that it catches her attention. She gives me a tentative smile, and I force myself not to stare at her teeth. Instead, I motion to her gown. “I was just telling my date how much I love your dress.”

The woman tilts her head, her smile now warm. “Oh, thank you. It’s Givenchy.”

“Just stunning,” I assure her with a nod before turning back to Carrick. Leaning slightly into him, I whisper, “Will I ever stop being stunned at what I see?”

To my surprise, he chuckles, and I soak in the sound of natural laughter from him. It’s the first time I’ve heard him laugh in a way that wasn’t forced or didn’t have some condescension in it. It’s one of the most human things he’s done, and it’s disconcerting to say the least.

He shakes his head. “Sorry… but you’ve not seen a lot of Dark Fae. There are some pretty hideous creatures out there. You need to work on your poker face.”

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