Forbidden Obsession by J.A. Owenby ~ Release Blitz w/ Review

Forbidden Obsession by J.A. Owenby is now live!

Jagger Whitlock is my worst nightmare.

He’s a straight-up asshole who lives to torment me, and he’ll stop at nothing to punish me over the smallest slight.
When he digs up a sex tape starring—you guessed it—me, he takes bullying to a whole new level, using it to blackmail me into doing his bidding.
If the video gets out, it will ruin me.
But my stepbrother makes it clear that he doesn’t give a damn.

He drags me deep into his dark and twisted world, showing me the monster he hides beneath his handsome exterior, taking risks that put our lives in danger.
I thought I knew the devil I lived with.
I was wrong.
But so is he.
He thinks I’m nothing more than a pampered princess, but soon he’ll realize I’m a Queen.
And it’s time I put Jagger in his place.

This full-length novel is a forbidden, bully, enemies-to-lovers standalone featuring an asshole stepbrother and a feisty heroine. Packed with heat and heart, no cheating, no cliffhanger, and a happily ever after guaranteed!

WARNING: This book is a DARK/BULLY romance. It contains graphic content of abuse and assault that some readers may be sensitive to. If you have triggers or think you might, please heed this advice.

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Review

Feels 2
Steam 5
Storyline 2
Overall Rating 3
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

Ari loves to spend her Daddy’s money, party hard and indulge in all things risqué. She is ready to start her summer off right. The first few pages of this book certainly let us know that the steam in this book is going to be off the charts hot. A limo “ride” no one will ever forget…especially when Ari finds out there is a video of what went down. Unfortunately for her, her annoying but extremely hot stepbrother Jagger is in possession of this video.

“I wasn’t a princess. I was a fucking queen. It was time to put Jagger in his place once and for all.”

Jagger is home for the summer and things are about to get very interesting. He and Ari always had sort of a love/hate relationship. The sexual tension between these two is crazy intense from the get-go. Right away we know Jagger wants Ari in his arms and in his bed. But the way he goes about their forbidden romance is to bully her into doing what he wants. He is all alpha and super protective of her when a shitstorm goes down. Ari definitely can hold her own…that is apparent from the moment we meet her but when it comes to Jagger things are starting to change. These two can’t stay away from each other. Twists, turns and super hot scenes are non-stop in this story. Will their forbidden love last?

“Demanding and possessive was a new high for me, and I craved Jagger’s touch already.”

I’m absolutely obsessed with a good dark bully romance. The darker the better. You wanna throw in the whole stepbrother forbidden romance? It’s a hell yes, must read for me. This book had a lot of elements that I love. But unfortunately I wasn’t a big fan of how it all played out. I liked Jagger well enough. I was a big fan of the whole alpha stepbrother thing he had going on…but Ari? She honestly annoyed the hell out of me. This book was not at all lacking on the steam factor but I really didn’t feel like there was much of a plot. I found myself losing interest and wanting to skim the pages. I do like that they get their HEA but I couldn’t completely connect with the story aspect. If I was rating on steam alone it would be a five star read. But the rest of the story didn’t keep me captivated. This was my first read by this author.

“I realized that home wasn’t a place. It was a person. And wherever Jagger was, I finally understood it was where I belonged.”

Meet J.A. Owenby

International bestselling author J.A. Owenby grew up in a small backwoods town in Arkansas where she learned how to swear like a sailor and spot water moccasins skimming across the lake.

She finally ditched the south and headed to Oregon. The first winter there, she was literally blown away a few times by ninety mile an hour winds and storms that rolled in off the ocean.

Eventually, she longed for quiet and headed up to snowier pastures. She now resides in Washington state with her hot nerdy husband and cat, Chloe (who frequently encourages her to drink). She spends her days coming up with ways to torture characters in a way that either makes you want to throw your book down a flight of stairs or sob hysterically into a pillow.

J.A. Owenby writes new adult and romantic thriller novels. Her books ooze with emotion, angst, and twists that will leave you breathless. Having battled her own demons, she’s not afraid to tackle the secrets women are forced to hide. After all, the road to love is paved in the dark.

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Meet Me at Midnight by Melissa Toppen ~ Release Blitz & Giveaway

Meet Me at Midnight by Melissa Toppen is LIVE!

Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Author: Melissa Toppen
Release: April 29, 2022
Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance

Blurb

Meet me at midnight– whispered words from drunken lips.

Lips that I had spent years wanting to kiss.

Lips that I had dreamt about night after night, waking to wonder what if.

What if he noticed me?

What if he wanted me?

What if

But I quickly learned some things are better left to wonder.

Especially where Levi Mills is concerned.

He didn’t just steal my innocence that night.

He broke every part of me.

Dismantled me from the inside out until there was nothing left of the girl I used to be.

Years passed. Moments faded into the background. Until eventually he became nothing more than a distant memory- a dream that almost didn’t seem real.

But then suddenly he’s there, standing in front of me again like he never left. And in that one heartbeat, in that one breath, I relive it all over again. Every touch. Every word. Like frozen snippets of time suspended in front of my eyes.

And then he smiles that all too familiar smile, meet me at midnight moving soundlessly across his lips.

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Review

Feels 3
Steam 1
Storyline 3.5
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

Levi and Olive have been friends since the sixth grade when he saved her from a spitball rampage on the school bus. That’s when Olive’s obsession for Levi started. Throughout high school they ran in the same circles. Levi, one of the most popular guys at school, had an ever rotating list of girls on his arm and in his bed. Olive was secretly in love with him, but maybe her feelings weren’t as secret as she thought. Maybe she wasn’t the only one holding onto a secret that would change both their lives and destroy their friendship.

“He’s a drug I’ve needed to quit for some time now but one I never could seem to put down.”

Six years later and Levi is back in Warren, Rhode Island. He hasn’t seen or spoken to Olive since he disappeared without a goodbye. His mom is sick. There is a wedding and so many unresolved feelings between these two. Olive is angry and Levi wants forgiveness and maybe a second chance. But is Olive willing to give him what he so desperately wants after what happened when they met at midnight all those years ago?

“Please, O, I don’t know how to be here without you.”

Meet Me At Midnight is a second chance, friends to lovers story that was a pretty quick read. While I have really liked the other books I have read by this author, I unfortunately was not a huge fan of this one. Although Olive seemed to be the more mature and dependable one of the two, she still was a tad immature. Her obsession and constant back and forth didn’t really work well in my opinion. Levi was okay but how are you going to disappear for six years and then return with a bunch of random lame excuses to try and win back the one that got away. Make her swoon, Levi and earn that forgiveness. I like a little back and forth between characters but in this book it honestly bothered me. It was an okay read but I felt like there wasn’t a lot to grab onto with this story. It lost my attention a few times throughout the book. I do look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

“When he left, my world ended. When he came back, my world began to turn again.”

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Meet Melissa Toppen

Melissa Toppen is a USA Today Bestselling Author who specializes in New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.

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The Savage by Daniela Romero ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

The Savage by Daniela Romero is now live!

USA Today bestselling author Daniela Romero delivers a steamy new adult romance about a fútbol bad boy and the broken girl he’s determined to love

I wasn’t supposed to fall for him.
I officially cut boys out of my life.
They’re untrustworthy, vicious, and cruel.
So, if you told me this past summer that PacNorth University’s notorious bad boy was going to become my dark knight, I wouldn’t have believed you.

I’m not the same reckless, carefree girl I was three months ago.
That girl was naïve.
That girl was stupid.
That girl was destroyed.

I learned my lessons the hard way.
I’m still picking up the pieces of the girl I was before.
And, I know better than to fall for a sinful smile on a pretty face.
So I never should have given him so much as a second glance.

Gabriel Herrera can’t be my anything.
Only, he tells me I’m his everything.
But putting my trust in the boy with questionable intentions is the kind of devastation I may not survive.
What am I supposed to do?

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Review

Feels 4
Steam 1
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

The blurb for this book threw me off track quite a bit. The blurb made it sound like a bully romance with some deep dark secrets and I love a good bully romance. But this book was a tad different. In my opinion, it wasn’t a bully romance. I didn’t feel the whole bad boy thing going on. I mean there was a bully…a complete asshole POS bully. But it wasn’t who I thought it would be. This book definitely touches on some hard topics and could be a big trigger for some people. The author didn’t shy away from anything where that is concerned but handled the story around the subjects very well. If there aren’t trigger warnings for this book, there probably should be. With that being said, this was a very good read with some strong characters development.

“I need…it hits me and my chest heaves, breath seesawing in and out. This isn’t real. It’s a dream. A bad, bad dream.”

Cecilia was just your ordinary college coed enjoying school, classes and some partying. She had good grades, a few besties and things were going really good. In the span of one night, everything spiraled out of control. As the memories of what happened come crashing back one after the other, she becomes a shell of who she was before. She loses so much due to no fault of her own but rather the evilness of someone else. She carries her pain until it weighs her down so much she can’t take it anymore. But she didn’t expect Gabriel Herrera.

“A devil in disguise. I don’t know why I assumed otherwise. It’s the beautiful ones who hide their rotting centers best.”

Gabriel may be a soccer star but besides his two close friends he mostly keeps to himself on campus. Having suffered a horrible tragedy his pain is still fresh. As far as he is concerned, it’s better not to get involved with all the extra shit that goes on around campus. School, soccer and his brothers…nothing else mattered…until Cecilia.

“Maybe we can be broken together? It might make the pain hurt a little less.”

These two characters are so complex and broken. I loved them both. Gabriel was so much more than he seemed. He may have saved Cecilia but she saved him right back when he didn’t think it would ever be possible. Both of them have been through so much. The trauma that each carried was drowning them until they found peace with each other. Their jaded, broken pieces somehow fit together. I did have a little trouble with a few of the developments in the second half. If not for that, this would have been a five star read for me. But I feel like I can’t really say much more because I don’t want to give anything away. Please keep in mind the blurb doesn’t at all prepare you for what happens inside the pages of this book. I really can’t wait to see where the author takes Cecilia and Gabriel’s story next but I’m really pulling for a HEA.

Meet Daniela Romero

Daniela Romero is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling Mexican-American author. She writes contemporary romance as Daniela Romero and urban fantasy and paranormal romance as Danielle Annett.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she grew up surrounded with vibrant and diverse cultures that she actively weaves into her stories. Her books are known for being angsty, intense, and emotional reads, with swoon-worthy HEAs.

She graduated from Eastern Washington University and now makes her home in Spokane, WA with her husband, their three children, and three rambunctious dogs.

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Fighter by S. Massery ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review!

Fighter by S. Massery is now LIVE!!!

Blurb

Sterling Falls is a dark, gothic reverse harem romance series with enemies to lovers, romantic suspense, and new adult themes. Fighter is book 2 in the Sterling Falls Series and a continuation of Thief – it is not a standalone.

Warning: the blurb contains spoilers for the first book in the series.

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What doesn’t kill me…

Waking up in the hospital after the fire is a relief that’s swiftly followed by horror. Cerberus James, the leader of the Hell Hounds and auction winner, has come to claim me.

He wants the guys back under his control, and I’m the leverage.

He’s got plans for us.

But Cerberus should know that Jace, Wolfe, and Apollo won’t go down easy–and neither will I.

I’ve got more fight in me than any of them know.

And he’s going to learn that the hard way.

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Review

Feels 4
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie

After those jaw dropping cliffhangers we were left with at the end of Thief, I was desperate to see where the author would take this book. OMG, she did not disappoint…not one bit. I am literally OBSESSED with this series. S. Massery gives us dark RH the way it’s supposed to be done and I, for one, can’t get enough.

“Angry girl. Invisible girl. Flower. Chaos.”

Fighter unceremoniously tosses us right back into the total fucking chaos of Sterling Falls along with Kora and her Greek Gods. So much happened in book one. I needed answers but it seemed for every answer I thought we had a new mystery comes along. Leaving another trail of unanswered questions. There were times I felt completely lost and utterly confused. Usually in a book that would drive me crazy, but it somehow worked with this one. The author definitely keeps us guessing the entire way through.

“This city has filled many into dust. And some, it’s carved into weapons. I think It’s up to you who you want to become.”

I loved Kora in book one but sometimes I wanted to throat punch her. In this book, her character growth was fantastic. It was still Kora but a more kick ass version of her. I liked this one much better and all thoughts of throat punching vanished. And the guys, what can I say about the guys. Jace is still a mystery to me, and I don’t really know if I like him. I desperately need to know what he’s hiding and the sexual tension between these two is insane! I love Apollo. He’s loyal, sexy and will protect Kora at all costs. But Wolfe? Wolfe is intense. The scenes between him and Kora were so damn hot…and the jealousy. I loved the jealousy and the possessiveness. I think it’s safe to say I am obsessed with Wolfe. He is by far my favorite. They will do anything to protect Kora, but will it be enough?

“Once she joined us, there was never a possibility of leaving.”

It should probably come as no surprise but this one also ends on a cliffhanger. I did not see that ending coming at all. I honestly am not sure how I feel about it. I have so many questions and need answers. Who is the mystery masked man? What the hell are Jace, Marley, the sheriff, Kora’s parents, the list could go on and on…what are they all hiding? Marley and her whole little group are sketchy as hell. They’re obviously jealous of Kora, but there is more there. What about Kronos? And Wolf’s Dad? There are so many dangers, secrets and mystery surrounding Kora and Sterling Falls. I can’t wait for Rebel to find out what happens next!

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About S. Massery

S. Massery, AKA Sara, is a dark romance author from Massachusetts. She enjoys twisting, suspenseful tales with dark anti-heroes and sassy heroines.​

Her journey started when she was a little girl, dreaming of stories and frantically trying to capture her dreams on paper. She completed her first novel, Something Special, in 2018, and she has been unstoppable ever since.

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Bond of Destiny by Tessa Hale ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review!

Bond of Destiny, the stunning conclusion to the must-read reverse harem Shifting Fate Trilogy from Tessa Hale is available now!

Just when Rowan thought things might be coming together. When she dared to hope things might work out. The world around her crumbled.

Betrayed by her own pack. Held captive by someone she should’ve been able to trust above all others. And time is running out.

Her only hope is her mates. Holden, Anson, Lucas, Keene, and Vaughn won’t stop fighting. For Rowan and for their bond.

But just when they thought there might be a way out, everything is turned upside down yet again.

Because the person who’s after Rowan? He’ll stop at nothing until all of her powers are his. And if he can’t have them, no one will…

**The final book in a continuing three-book series. A reverse harem, why choose romance. Think fated mates, a heroine who has no idea just how special she is, broody, swoony, crazy protective heroes, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.**

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Review

Feels 4
Steam 4
Storyline 3.5/4
Overall Rating 3.5/4
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Bond of Destiny is the final book in the Shifting Fates series and picks up right where Mark of Stars left off. Rowan has been taken and her five mates will tear to shreds anyone that stands in their way in order to find her and bring her home to the pack where she belongs.

“You have a chance to rule alongside me. To have a bond truly worthy of your power.”

It seems around every corner there is someone outside the pack looking to use Rowan’s incredible power to do evil or destroy her all together. Luckily for her she has five true alpha mates who if it’s up to them won’t leave her side ever. I loved the growth in this book between not only Rowan and her mates but also Rowan herself. She truly finds herself in this book. Her power becomes her own and she will do anything to protect those she loves.

“We came apart together, with the knowledge we were forever bound.”

Tons of action, great characters and some scorching hot scenes with Rowan and her mates. I also really liked how we got to see a little more of how each of her mates feels. The battle within themselves to protect Rowan and even a slight bit of jealousy. Vaughn really stepped up too. I loved when all six of them just finally bonded and became one. I thought I knew who was my favorite, but now I just can’t choose. I really enjoyed this series but I will say I really liked the first two books a bit better and the first half of this one. I struggled a little with the second half. To me, there was so much leading up to the big battle and so much time, preparation, planning etc. I feel like those chapters were too rushed and the actual fight scene was sadly anticlimactic. I did however love so many other things about this series and my favorite was Rowan and her mates.

“Lucas. Keene. Anson. Vaughn. Holden. My heart ached as I held their names in my mind.”

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