Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

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“I’m going to say this not once, but many times. Everyone should read this book. RVD wrote one of the most epic mafia romance’s I have ever read. She came in swinging to remind everyone why she’s the queen of mafia.” Amo Jones, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Ruthless Princess: A Mafia Royals Romance about best friends turned enemies, by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series is LIVE.


The enemy of my enemy is my friend…
I never thought my father would ask this of me, to become the second generation at Eagle Elite University, to rule with an iron fist, and to take care of anyone who gets in our way.
But ever since the incident.
Ever since Him.
There’s been a war in our little clique.
After all, a house divided cannot stand.
He’s the problem, not me.
He used to kiss me like I was his oxygen.
Now he looks at me like I’m his poison.
But we both drank it, again and again, never believing there would be a day when our love would start a war.
And our friendship would shatter into a million pieces.
Then again, the worst thing you could do in the mafia is hang on to hope that your life will be normal.
The second worst thing?
Fall in love with your best friend.
And heir to the Nicolasi throne.

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Steam 3
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Stephanie

Fans of the Eagle Elite series rejoice! With Ruthless Princess, Rachel Van Dyken throws us not so gently back into the dark, crazy and twisted world of the mafia. And no one writes a mafia romance quite like her. The original Eagle Elite are all grown up and this story with all its chaos belongs solely to the next generation…their kids. While this can be read as a stand-alone if you haven’t read Eagle Elite you’re definitely missing out on some crazy, amazing stories so do yourself a favor and go back and read them all. Believe me, you want to. Can we also take a moment to appreciate that kick ass cover? Amazing! Buckle up for this one folks. It’s one hell of a wild ride.

“Blood in. No out.”

Serena and Junior grew up knowing exactly who their parents were, what world they were all from and what would be expected of them within the family. There was never a normal for them. The mafia was all they knew. I guess you could say that was their normal. Luckily for them, they had each other to count on through it all. They were best friends. Until they weren’t. Until they were something more. Something forbidden that could only result in death and destruction.

“ Mine. It had all been mine. Until we were forced to choose. And choosing her would have killed us all.”

It’s their senior year and Serena and Junior are meant to rule the school at Eagle Elite. They are the Prince and Princess. Future Queen and King of their world and it’s time for them to step into their roles and do what’s right for the family. Even if they do hate each other most of time. These two are at each other’s throats constantly and the banter back and forth is crazy. I love it. I loved them! They may try and put out there what they want the world and their parents to see, but they are fiercely loyal and protective of each other. Yes, they have to be since they technically work together or along side each other, but it’s blatantly more. They walk the very thin line between love and hate. But one will surely get them killed if they aren’t careful. Are they willing to pay the ultimate price for breaking their vows to their family?

“I would die for a kiss like this. I would commit murder. I would burn down the world.”

I loved Serena…like really, really loved her. She was so kick ass and amazing. The cover is exactly how I picture her. Then there’s Junior. I loved him too. I loved everything about the way they loved and hated each other. It was chaos, a shit ton of angst and it was all fantastic. I also really enjoyed the cousins and some other secondary characters in this book. Plus getting to see some of the OG’s was an added bonus. This second generation is just as crazy as the first.

“I had hope. Hope that maybe, just maybe, the King who’d just crowned me would kneel instead of drawing his sword.”

So much happened in this story that sometimes I couldn’t keep it straight. Yes, there were parts that were so unbelievably out there I was like no way. I mean who keeps a knife strapped to their leg and a lethal syringe in their boot just in case? Well, not me that’s for sure. Then I remembered what world we were in and it all just fit. There’s death, murder and chaos in this story. But there’s also unwavering loyalty and a beautiful love story. This was a great read and I can’t wait for more!

“Hate you for as long as we both shall live.”

Stephanie (1)

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He licked his lips and repeated what he always did when we had to perform, when we had to do our jobs. “I won’t be gentle with you.”

Our foreheads touched, my chest heaved with exertion like it was hard to breathe when he was so near, but really it was the promise that killed me, a promise that he wouldn’t enjoy touching me ever again, that I was more curse than cure, and yet, I knew it was all we would ever get, these fleeting moments where we did our job too well. “Then make it hurt, baby.” My voice cracked. “Make it hurt.”

His lips parted in a groan as he spun me into his arms and crushed his mouth to mine. It was part pain, part pleasure as he pulled my hair then slid a hand up my shirt like nobody was watching when everyone was.

We broke apart, mouths swollen, my lower lip was bleeding.

A reminder for both of us—this was no cease-fire, this wasn’t real, it was all a carefully constructed show.

“Mmmmm…” I smirked. “Looks like Junior’s not playing around tonight, ladies.”

Screams went up as Junior grabbed my ass and squeezed so hard, I knew I would bruise later. He roughly pulled me against his chest and nipped at my neck.

I told my body it didn’t feel good.

I told my heart we were safe.

And I forced myself to believe the lie every single time we touched.

Because to do otherwise—would destroy me.

About Rachel Van Dyen


Rachel Van Dyken is the number one New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Blowback by Monica James ~ Release Blitz w/ 5 Star Review & Trailer!

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BLOWBACK: The Monsters Within Duet: Book Two
Genre: Dark Romance
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This was supposed to be simple. Vengeance was mine. But I should know by now that nothing in life is easy.

My endgame has changed all because I met someone who wishes I was dead. Yet her hatred is the only thing saving her from The Big Bad. My lies protect her, so the harder she hates, the safer she is.

The thing about love and hate—it skates a very thin line. I need to stay away. It’s better for everyone if I do. But fighting this is like fighting nature.

Our paths crossed for a reason, and my Tiger isn’t fooled. Once the smoke clears, she will see every player, including me. I don’t deserve a second chance. But I want one…because I want her. The question is, what happens when the truth is finally revealed?

With the end in sight, I can promise you there will be nothing but violence and mayhem.

Oh yes, blood will be shed.

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“Every story has a hero. And it has a villain. But in this story – you got both, wrapped in one.”

Holy whiplash! There were so many crazy and intense twists and turns in this book, I could barely contain myself. What a perfectly epic conclusion to a fantastic duet. Blowback picks up right were we were left with that jaw dropping cliffhanger at the end of Bullseye. Bull is still hell bent on seeking revenge against the men that killed his brother and took his freedom. If his crazy fucked up plan works more blood will be shed and his enemies will pay. But at what cost?

“My shackles were invisible, and I never believed in fairytales. I still don’t.”

This book is mass chaos and carnage right from the get go. It’s dark and dirty and heartbreakingly beautiful. As Bull’s need for vengeance goes deeper into the depths of his tortured soul so many more players enter the game. Meanwhile he’s made a deal with the devil…well, one of the devils because believe me there’s an influx in this duet. Part of that deal is he has to stay away from the one person besides his brother who has ever meant anything to him. But Bull isn’t the kind of man who follows other people’s rules, he’s the kind that breaks them.

“Deeper and deeper, I’m falling down the rabbit hole, but it seems fitting – because we’re all mad here.”

Tiger and Bull basically have a shit show coming their way and so many obstacles trying to tear them apart when they both so obviously want to be together. Bull may think his soul is too dark and that he is unworthy of being loved, but Tiger takes this tortured man and shows him what love is and that he is deserving. Amiss all the blood, death and mayhem it really was a beautiful love story for these two. I loved Tiger in the first book and even more in this one. She was fierce and a force to be reckoned with when a monster tries to take those she loves the most. Bull is dark and intense and oh so beautiful. There are also some amazing secondary characters that I loved in this second book and some scary ass depraved ones too. I am so glad Monica James wrapped this story up the way she did. I adored Bull and Tiger. This duet consumed me and I loved every minute of it.

“I will always favor the shadows. I was hardwired that way. But the light doesn’t scare me anymore.”

Stephanie (1)



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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Like You Care by Kaydence Snow ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!



 Like You Care by Kaydence Snow is LIVE and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

“Gripping is an understatement when it comes to this book. From start to finish this book is an emotional roller coaster that keeps you captivated. I ugly cried, I raged, I cheered so freaking hard for both Mena and Turner it’s not even funny.” ~Red Hatter Book Blog

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I am nothing.


I’d rather be invisible than deal with what happens on the days my classmates decide to acknowledge my existence.

But then Turner Hall shows up – all cool confidence and witty banter – and all of a sudden I don’t want to be invisible any more. I want to be seen.

I want him to see me.

I’m not who he thinks I am but I’m starting to suspect he’s not all he says he is either.

Just my luck that he starts to make friends with my tormentors. How am I supposed to tell him who I really am? How am I supposed to show him my true face? What if the boy I’m falling in love with decides I’m nothing too?

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Like You Care is book one in the new YA series, Devilbend Dynasty by Kaydence Snow. I love a good Bully romance and equally love finding a new author to read so I was super excited to check this one out.

Mena sort of lives in two realities. In one she is safe and accepted with her cousins and their friends. She’s not looked at or ridiculed for being different. She’s comfortable being herself. In the other, she wants nothing more than to disappear. To make it through her senior year and get away from the daily hell that is her high school. Unfortunately for her, the assholes at her school want nothing more than to constantly beat her down and bully her. They were brutal…insanely brutal. So Mena finds the best defense against these totally crazy bullies is to keep her head down and keep to herself. But everyone deserves that someone who shows them know they deserve more. That someone for Mena comes unexpectedly when a new boy moves next door.

“I wanted so badly to show him who I really was. I wanted to show them all the truth. I wanted to run away and never see any of them again.”

Turner is Mena’s new neighbor and the two strike up a quick and deep friendship talking across their balconies that soon escalates into something more. I actually loved the way they met and that they bonded so quickly being there for each other without actually ever meeting face to face. Mena knows who Turner is since they go to the same school. He of course gets pulled right in with the popular kids AKA her tormentors. But he has no idea who she is and she’ll do anything to keep her real identity hidden from the boy she’s falling I love with. What happens when her two realities collide and her secret comes out? Is Turner really the sweet guy she’s gotten to know over their late night talks or will he look at her like all the others do?

“I want you to know I’m going to fight for you. I know you need to think about all of this, but I can’t lose you. You’re the best fucking thing that’s happened to me in a long time.”

This book was a little hard for me to rate. So I absolutely loved Turner. He was one of a kind. I get that Mena was afraid to show him who she really was for fear of losing him, but I wish she would have given him more credit then she did. He was one of the good guys. Truthfully Mena annoyed the shit out of me so many times in this book. I hated the way the assholes at her school treated her, but I felt like she was all over the place. I so wanted her to just stand up for herself. I did like her a lot better in the last half of the book, but I loved Turner in all of it. Then we get this super weird totally random twist in the book that had me confused. It just didn’t fit and I felt like we needed more of that story but it was just skated over. Maybe we will get more info in the next book but it was out of place in this one and interrupted the flow for me. I am all for twists and turns but wasn’t a fan of this one. Needless to say, I liked the first half of the book a lot better than the second. I am looking forward to reading more of this series to see where it takes us. I hope we get a lot more of Turner!

“The world is a shitty place, but you make me happy. I love you.”

Stephanie (1)



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Kaydence Snow has lived all over the world but ended up settled in Melbourne, Australia. She lives near the beach with her husband and a beagle that has about as much attitude as her human.

She draws inspiration from her own overthinking, sometimes frightening imagination, and everything that makes life interesting – complicated relationships, unexpected twists, new experiences and good food and coffee. Life is not worth living without good food and coffee!

She believes sarcasm is the highest form of wit and has the vocabulary of a highly educated, well-read sailor. When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, planning when she can write next, or reading other people’s writing, she loves to travel and learn new things.




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A Love Song For Liars by Piper Lawson ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

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Piper Lawson, you’re a master with words and wove a tale with emotion and angst that, as always, keeps us hooked from the 1st to the last page.

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Rivals #1
By Piper Lawson
Release Date: April 29

Tyler Adams and I never should have met.

I was rich, he was poor.
I was plain, he was beautiful.
I ached for the spotlight, he made his music in the dark.
Yet he looked at me in a way my rock star father and rich, snobby classmates never did: like I mattered.
I never saw it coming.
When Tyler moved in with us to work with my dad and attend Oakwood Prep, he seduced my enemies and claimed their crown.
He betrayed my friendship and crushed my heart to become their rebel prince.
They can keep him.
I’ll never forgive the boy I used to ache for.
But some nights…

He makes me want to.

A Love Song for Liars is Book 1 in the angsty, emotional Rivals trilogy. Fans of forbidden new adult, academy and rock star romance will love this new series.

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Overall Rating 4.5
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“I hate Tyler Adams. Hating him would be my religion if music wasn’t.”

Oh, how I love a really good angsty read and this one had so much of it filling the pages. A Love Song for Liars is the first book in a spin-off series of Piper Lawson’s Wicked and apparently there’s also a prequel for this that I need to go back and read while I’m at it. It’s safe to say there is some more history than I knew going in since we actually get introduced to Annie and Tyler before this story. But I still didn’t feel like I was missing anything or that it left any holes or unanswered questions for me. Even though that cliffhanger had me cursing and desperately needing more of the story right that very second, I highly enjoyed this friends to enemies/first love New Adult read.

“It’s her pain, but somehow I’m the one feeling scraped and bloody.”

Annie and Tyler were best friends when they were young and their worlds crashed and intertwined in so many ways. They lost touch but when Annie learned Tyler would be coming to live with her family, attending her last year Oakwood Prep turned from something she loathed to something she looked forward to. But when her best friend betrays her, he becomes just another name on the long list of assholes that grace the halls of Oakwood Prep. It’s kind of hard to avoid him when he lives in your pool house and your dad has taken him under his wing. It’s going to be an interesting year for sure.

“A thousand paths that lead to my destruction begin with kissing this girl.”

When Tyler gets offered the opportunity of a lifetime there’s no way he’s turning it down, especially when it means an escape from his father and a chance to see Annie again. But along with the chance at a new life there are rules and expectations. The golden rule is to stay away from the only person that’s ever really seen him and it’s proving to be a lot harder than he thought. I totally loved Tyler although there are hints he’s the bad boy or has that persona, he really doesn’t. He is popular as soon as he starts Oakwood Prep but never lets that get to him…he couldn’t care less. He just wants a better life and the girl he knows he’s not supposed to have. He misses their friendship and has no idea why she hates him. I also loved Annie and how strong she was. My heart broke for her as she struggled between being angry with Tyler and wanting nothing more than to be with him. She was constantly bullied at school and needed her best friend. I was waiting for him to choose a side and am glad he finally did. There was a ton of drama, angst and love in this book but there was also heartbreak. In Annie’s eyes the ultimate betrayal. And then that cliffhanger! Ahh!! I can’t wait for the next book and to see where Tyler and Annie’s story takes us.

“Our hearts make liars of us all.”


Meet Piper Lawson

Piper Lawson is a USA Today bestselling author of smart, steamy romance! She writes about women who follow their dreams (even the scary ones), best friends who know your dirty secrets (and love you anyway), and complex heroes you’ll fall hard for (especially after talking with them). Brains or brawn? She’ll never make you choose. Piper lives in Canada with her tall, dark and brilliant husband. She believes peanut is a protein, rose gold is a neutral, and love is ALWAYS the answer.

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Chicks, Man by J.D. Hollyfield ~ Release Blitz w/ Review & Giveaway!



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Falling in love was the easy part.
Being secretly in love with my brother’s best friend is where it got tricky.
Levi Dent was off-limits. Which was probably for the best, since he barely knew I existed.

Until one night I saw an opportunity I couldn’t resist.

The problem was, I got caught.

She tricked me.
I knew there was something so familiar about her, but I just couldn’t resist.
Hannah Matthews was nothing more than my best friend’s little sister. Except she wasn’t so little anymore.

I need to forget all about her.

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Hannah had the biggest crush on her brother’s best friend, Levi, for as long as she can remember. He was the hot shot football star in high school that all the girls wanted and all the guys wanted to be. She was the shy girl who hide in the shadows because it seemed anytime she came out she was bullied but things have changed. Hannah isn’t the same girl anymore. When she sees the opportunity for a chance with the one guy who has occupied her nightly dreams and her heart for years, she jumps on it. After all, what Levi doesn’t know won’t hurt him, right?

“People like you, they don’t end up with people like me.”

The last thing Levi expected to see at his best friend Kip’s wedding was his little sister Hannah Banana Mathews all grown up. He knows she’s off limits, but shit, he can’t keep his eyes off her. After way too many drinks and some not so great advice he ends up in a dark supply closet being tricked into some super hot sex by the one person he knows he should stay away from. But that plan gets shot to hell when it turns out they are going to be working at the same law firm. The law firm her father just so happens to own. And now Levi is Hannah’s mentor. Things are about to get super complicated.

“I want something from Hannah Mathews in a deep way. I’m just afraid to admit to myself what that is.”

Levi is pissed that Hannah tricked him and he wants answers. But can he admit to himself he wants more? That maybe one night with sweet Hannah wasn’t enough. Hannah has always wanted him but is this real or are her emotions just a game to Levi? I loved Levi and how he was an all in kind of guy. He wasn’t afraid to go after what he wanted although he did remind us all a million times that Hannah was his best friend’s little sister. We get it but people grow up. Hannah was sweet and sometimes fierce. The insecurities she carried from growing up reared their ugly head so many times as she fought for whatever was going on with her and Levi. Bullies suck at any age and there were some real assholes in this book. I did love the chemistry and banter between Levi and Hannah and found myself laughing out loud so many times. There were also some crazy twists in the second half that had me wondering what the hell was going on. I felt a bit confused and thrown off. It felt like several books were merged into one and that was a little hard for me to get through. I guess I just wanted Levi and Hannah back with their sweet love story. Overall, I really did enjoy this book and was rooting for these two to put themselves first and take a chance at the love they both wanted and deserved.

“Her love is my salvation, and I will spend eternity showing her how worthy I am of it.”

Stephanie (1)



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J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or spending time with her family, she’s relaxing with her nose stuck in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own stories to life. Living in the Midwest, she’s currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

J.D. Hollyfield dabbles in all genres, from romantic comedy, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and erotica! Want to know more! Follow her on all platforms!



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