2018 Wrap up

I’ve read and reviewed 146 books this year. That’s only the books that I have read and reviewed. I have read some other books that I did not review, but read just because I wanted to. Either they were part of a series that I read, or because they interested me otherwise. I was introduced to some new authors to me this year and I look forward to new authors to me in 2019 as well. Some of the books I read were really great and others were alright. I also now have 100 followers on my blog. That’s very exciting to me.

My wish is for everyone to have a Very Happy New Year and a wonderful 2019 full of reading. I look forward to reading more books by several authors that I really love to read; such as Bry Ann, A. Zavarelli, Maya Hughes, T.L. Smith, Tia Louise, Tijan, Sue Colletta, Laramie Brisco, and Natasha Knight just to name a few.

Review of Cavalier (A Crimson Elite Novel), by T. L. Smith

Wow! This book was a great read. The men of Crimson Elite are all handsome, ruthless, and very in control of their lives and their business, that is until Creed meets Elicea. They own Crimson Elite, the most exclusive sex club in the world, and no is allowed to talk about it. If they do, they will regret it.

Creed Christopher in one of four friends who owns Crimson Elite, he’s the guy who brings in the women for club. He knows how to read them and he knows who will be the best for the club. He is the quiet one. He believes that he only has enough love in his heart for mother and no one else. So when he sees Elicea Beckham, he doesn’t know what it is about her that draws him to her.

Elicea Beckham is a woman who does not appreciate anyone touching her, so when she has finally taken all she can from being touched at work, she decides that she better quit before she gets fired because she retaliated against a man who has touched her too many times while she is working. She is a woman who needs her job to make ends meet, but she just can’t do it anymore. When Creed offers her a job making double what she is making, she can’t walk away from it. The attraction she has to him will have to be pushed aside.

I really liked this story and hope that there will be more on the other guys from Crimson Elite. I would love to read about all of these men finding the one woman who can bring them to their knees just like Elicea did to Creed.

I give this story a 4.5 star review and highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read about powerful men who find that one woman who can bring them to their knees and find their HEA.

RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW OF A MAFIA ROMANCE: BELLA (The Beginning and the Ending), BY KIMBERLY SOTO @givemebooksblog @kimblalockAngel

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Bella
A Mafia Romance
Series: Sagatori Family Saga
Author: Kimberly Soto
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: December 19, 2018

1 Bella: The Beginning

I wanted to know Bella in every way, but she didn’t want to know me, not the man I really am—not with the secret I swore with a blood oath to protect. I swore this secret would die with me. The truth is hidden within the darkness of her past and it’s fuelin’ a war with the Bratva. Their comin’ and it won’t be long before they threaten everything I love.

I hated him for the things he’d taken from me. I hated him for the love he’d refused me.
I know now that being forced to marry him wasn’t the worst that could’ve happened to me. I’m a woman born into a man’s world. I’ve stood tall and held my own, but now the people that want my family dead, aren’t far behind.

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Audiobook coming soon

2 Bella: The Ending

Protecting Bella had always been the plan and the only thing I ever wanted. Accepting her father’s offer to love and protect her was an honor. And I would honor that until the day I died, but I could no longer be what she needed or wanted. After her rescue in Russia I wasn’t the same…I was dangerous to her and to myself.

Since the day I’d become Mrs. Jax Moretti I’d seen my share of bloodshed. I’d been taken and threatened, but I was strong and I’d survive. What I hadn’t considered was Jax’s survival, because that… I had never questioned before. I had never doubted that he would handle the threats and action the Bratva were taking against our family. I never doubted his love for me or that he would do what needed to be done to protect us.
I should have…

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Will be available at other retailers & in audiobook soon

AUTHOR BIO

Kimberly is an International Bestselling author and has been writing since she was a young girl growing up in Kansas City, Mo. Reading and writing has always been a big part of her life. She enjoys a world she can get lost in while reading a good book. A wife to a wonderful husband and mother of their six beautiful children. She spent some time chasing down fugitives as a bounty hunter then laid down her hand cuffs and finished her college degree in nursing degree and now she is a full time Author.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow, this book really drew me in until the end. I stayed up until 3:00 am to finish it because I hated to put it down. It is one of those books where I thought if I put it down the characters would do something without me.

Isabella Sagatori is a Mafia Princess who does not always conform to the Cosa Nostra’s views of how women in the Familia should act. Or is she who she thinks she is?

She has a brain and likes to use it. However, since her father is the Boss of Bosses, she has to abide by the rules that he sets for her and she tries her best to do that. 

Jax Moretti is the boss of the Chicago outfit of the Cosa Nostra and a man who rescues Isabella from a Capo who wants her as his. Jax is a higher ranked man than the Capo and after he is asked to meet with the Boss of Bosses, Anthony Sagatori, he will find out his future, whether he is prepared or not.

Isabella is a woman who is wanted because of the power she holds as the Princess, but is that all that she is wanted for? Can Isabella have a real love and true respect for herself, or is only because of who she is. There are so many secrets in her life that will come out during this series, will they destroy her completely, or is she strong enough to find her own life and push through everything that is thrown at her in this series?

These two can’t seem to catch a break at a happy life, but with everything they go through, they’ll be stronger and tougher together. I really enjoyed this series and the characters in the book are great. There are the usual characters where you are rooting for them to get their happy ending, and then there are the characters that you’re hoping they get the ending they deserve. There is suspense, love, hate, anger, and drama in this story and it drew me in from the first page right through the ending. I give this story a 5 star review and I whole heartedly recommend this story to readers who like mafia stories. I am looking forward to Chase’s story in May 2019.

Review of Vow of Atonement, by Emma Renshaw

I had previously read Vow of Retribution and loved the characters. I was happy when I started reading Vow of Atonement, and was reintroduced to the women of this series. They are strong and funny. They also want to make sure that everyone in their group is as happy as they are. Then add in the men of the group of friends and add two new men to the mix.

I love Harper and Roman’s story. This story is a story of second chances and atonement for past mix ups. The connection that Harper and Roman have is a connection that is rare, but they are truly meant to be together. Their past is what will bring them back together, but their love for each other will keep them together.

Harper was kept in the dark about her family as a young girl, and that will come back to haunt her as an adult. However, she is a strong young woman and she will overcome all the pain and trouble that is being thrown at her now.

Roman hasn’t stopped thinking about or keeping track of Harper in the past ten years that they have been apart. He could never forget the only woman who has his heart. He’ll have to do some convincing to get Harper back, but he’s good at that.

I loved this story and the twists in it made it so much better. The secrets in a family can be so destructive, but once they are all out in the open a future is in sight. I give this story a 4.5 star review and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading romance suspense stories with a few twists in it and women who can kick butt when they need to, but can also let the men of their lives help them and protect them when it’s required.

COVER REVEAL: KINGS OF MAYHEM MC SERIES #1, BY PENNY DEE @givemebooksblog @AuthorPennyDee

COVER REVEAL
Series: Kings of Mayhem MC
Author: Penny Dee
Genre: MC Romance/Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Marisa, Cover Me Darling

1 Kings of Mayhem – Release Date: January 28, 2019

When a King loves
He loves hard

CADE
I’ve loved her since we were five years old.
We grew up side by side.
Two kids tied together by the Kings of Mayhem Motorcycle Club.
But I broke us.
I broke her.
So, she fled.
Now she’s back after twelve long years.
And I’m going to show her all the reasons why we should be together and make her forget all the reasons why we shouldn’t.

INDY
I’m back in town but only because I have to be.
I’m here to help my mom bury my father.
And the sooner we get it done, the better.
Because I want to see Cade as much as I want a hole in the head.
He broke me once—no, he broke my everything— and I’ll be damned if I’ll let him do it again.
Get in and get out. That is the plan.
But you know what they say about best-laid plans.

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2 Brothers in Arms – Release Date: February 26, 2019

Someone is going to pay.
But who?

CADE
They took someone from me.
And I’m going to make them pay.
In blood.
But before I can do that, I have to make sure my girl is safe.
And I will do whatever I have to, even break my own heart, to make sure she survives.
Because she is my queen.
My everything.

INDY
He’s changed.
His grief is overwhelming and I can feel the gap widening between us.
Someone is coming after the Kings of Mayhem MC.
And we are trapped as they play out their evil scheme.
Because under the cover of darkness, they are coming for each of us, one by one, to play out their own twisted vendetta.
And no one is safe.

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AUTHOR BIO

Penny Dee writes contemporary romance about rockstars, bikers, hockey players and everyone in-between. She believes true love never runs smoothly, and her characters realize this too, with a boatload of drama and a whole lot of steam.

She found her happily ever after in Australia where she lives with her husband, daughter and a dog named Bindi.

AUTHOR LINKS

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A Series Review of: Bratva & Cosa Nostra, by V. F. Mason @Author_VFMason

Back in October, I read and reviewed Kaznachei’s Pain, by V. F. Mason. I had not read the other books prior to this one though and since I had found myself with some spare time and no scheduled reviews recently, I decided to catch up on the series. I purchased all of the books a while back and had not gotten around to reading them until just recently. I am so glad that I did. I have found another group of Men and women who find themselves in some very crazy situations where the women seem to always be in danger and the men have to save their women and protect them.

I fell in love with the men and women in this series after reading Kaznachei’s Pain. These stories are about a group of men who are brought into the Bratva as they are found living on the streets who form a family and a tight bond, that will prove that family does not have to be blood. Throw in the man that taught these men how to fight and how to survive the life they are brought into. It can also be people who find a place in your heart and will stand with you no matter what you are going through.

Pakhan’s Rose, Pakhan’s Salvation, Sovietnik’s Fury, and Brigadier’s Game are all great stories and I love each one’s story. I give all of these stories a 4.5 star review. They have some very sexy covers too. I highly recommend that you read these stories if you are into stories about mafia, Bratva, Cosa Nostra, or men who will go to the ends of the earth for the women they love as well as for their family members. I also bought the Sociopath Duet. I haven’t read these yet, but I will being reading them in the near future. I can’t wait to read Damien’s story too. 

ARC Review of: Graveyard Girl, by Bry Ann @AuthorBryAnn #TuesdayBookBlog

Love this cover and the book!!

A Mafia Capo and a homeless girl find each other in the most bizarre way. Their story is a story of pain, passion, and finding love and happiness.

Marley, a young woman who lives on the street and takes in a few homeless children to care for on the street has had a rough life. She is almost feral in her actions when she first sees Frances. She will do most anything to survive on the streets and to feed the children she’s taken under her wing.

Frances is a Mafia Capo who likes to inflict pain and he gets off on it. He considers himself a Psychopath, but in this story we will find what’s underneath all of his psychotic actions and his real persona will emerge.

I loved this story as much as I have all of the other books before it; Roses & Thorns Series, Enzio, Cut, Shattered, and  Accepted & Rebuilt. The Mafia family these books revolve around are very different from what you would expect. While these books are about the men of the Mafia family in them, the women who these men find and fall in love with, are really the badasses in the stories. These women have been to hell and back. The love they find in these men really bring out the best of these women and the men find the best in themselves.

Marley’s story is so harsh, troubling, and yet done so well by Bry Ann. Everything that Marley has to endure is tough to read and yet, I found Marley to be just as much of a badass as Lacey. Her toughness, vulnerability, and the care she has for the children will draw her into your heart.

I love this story and am so happy that Marley’s story was written. I know that Frances is the character from the Mafia, but this story really makes me feel that it is Marley’s story. I give this story a 5 star review and look forward to so many more books with these characters. I love the letter at the end of the book too. It really shows how Marley was able to find herself and a good life.