Book Blurb: Gregor Ivanov I took her innocence as payment. She was far too young and naïve to be betrothed to a monster like me. I would bring only pain and darkness into her sheltered world.
That’s why she ran. I should’ve just let her go… She never asked to marry into a powerful Russian mafia family. None of this was her choice.
Unfortunately for her, I don’t care. I own her… and after three years of searching… I’ve found her. My runaway bride was about to learn disobedience has consequences… punishing ones.
Having her in my arms and under my control had become an obsession. Nothing was going to keep me from claiming her before the eyes of God and man. She’s finally mine now… and I’m never letting her go.
Samara Federova is young and naïve right now, but when she learns her fate at her best friends’ birthday party, she has to figure out a way to change it. Samara has always had a crush on Gregor Ivanov, her best friend, Nadia Ivanova’s oldest brother, but she’s also always been afraid of him and the night of Nadia’s birthday Samara saw that scary side of Gregor. Now she’s on the run because she doesn’t want to be her father’s payment to the Ivanov’s.
This story was a quick paced story of a young girl trying to have the life she wants and not have to be the prize that her father is treating her as. Samara’s good at hiding but Gregor is determined to find his property and take her back home where she belongs. When he finds out that Samara’s life and safety are threatened, he’ll do anything to protect her and make sure that his property remains with him. I like Samara’s strength and will power at her age and the fact that she was able to live the life she wanted to at least a period of time before it changed again. Gregor is a powerful man that has many ties and the determination to keep looking for Samara no matter how much time has gone by, now he wants the connections he can get with Samara by his side. I give this story a 4.5-star review and I look forward to more of the Ivanov Crime Family books to come.
I love the men and women in Laurel Springs and Sullivan and Shelby’s story is just as hot, entertaining and danger riddled as the others. The men and women of Laurel Springs are loyal, kind and funny. The LSERT are a family and will stand by each other through everything.
Sullivan Baker needed to find his way on his own in life. He was tired of following in the shadows of his father and brother, so he followed his sister to Laurel Springs, and it was the best change for him. Sullivan is a guy that is looking for someone to love and return his feelings. He’s sexy, loyal and sweet.
Attorney Shelby Bruce needed to find something quieter and less stressful for her law office. After leaving Houston, TX for Laurel Springs, she found more than just a quiet town to open her practice, she found an extended family and friends that worried about her and cared about her as well. Shelby is a woman that has had some darkness in her past due to her job, but she’s sweet, beautiful and sexy. She wants Sullivan and she’ll bring him around to her way of thinking soon enough.
Sullivan and Shelby are both gun shy when it comes to relationships, but once they figure out that Laurel Springs is a different town with different people, they are able to relax a bit and find their way to a more fulfilling life and relationship. The women of Laurel Springs are funny, sassy, strong and entertaining. I love reading these books and love, love, love the characters. I give this story a 5-star review and cannot wait for the next book in the LSERT series.
A girl that wants her family to treat like the adult she believes she is and a man that wants to protect his sisters and keep his family safe from their past. She’s the youngest of the Broken Rebel Brotherhood children and in college. Lila wants to be independent and have her parents, sister, and the rest of the BRB original members treat like the other older kids, but she goes about it all wrong and finds herself in heap of trouble, but is really her fault?
Cooper did what he had to in order to save his younger sisters and now they are making their own way in life. They have their own place to live, he has his tattoo shop, his sister Cammi is in college and his youngest sister Carmen is a young teen and in school. Cooper knows that they will never really be safe, but they are safe for now and he’s happy with that, until things start happening and their lives are disturbed again. His only hope for safety and protection is to ask for help and that means bringing the BRB into their lives, but they are already involved in a way since Lila is part of their lives.
This is a wonderful story of two souls trying to find a way to be happy and have the life they want. There is danger and tragedy in this story but it’s also a story of finding a family and place where Cooper, Cammi, and Carmen can be safe, happy and loved by a family by choice not by blood. There are some obstacles that will need to be overcome with Cooper and Lila but if they can just communicate and figure out that they are meant for each other their lives will be so much better. I know that BRB is a different kind of MC than 1% MC’s and some others, but I love that they include all of the family in the meetings and decisions that affect the MC and that all of the girls have their own motorcycles as well. I love the characters and the story lines of this series; I give this story a 5-star review and look forward to more of the BRB: Next Generation to come.
He had to make a choice once he met Emma, his job or her. He chose her and then he lost her. Now his life was on the line and he needed to find somewhere to lay low, so he went to NOLA where he and Emma went on vacation, but he was not expecting anything that happened there. He made new friends and a reason to fight for what he wants again. Kevlar just needs to find a way to bring his family together completely now and his life will be good again.
She’s on the run with her best friend, Savannah and wants to keep a low profile, but when her friend suggests they go to Bourbon Street and have some fun she decides to go along. That doesn’t mean that she is letter her guard down, but when Jovie and Savannah can’t find a seat while at the bar, they join a table with two men and find friendship and more.
I loved Kevlar’s story and the characters as usual were great. The danger they face could destroy the entire MC, but the loyalty of the Defiance MC can pull them through a lot. This is a page turner with great characters, suspense, danger and funny, sexy bikers that always have their brothers’ backs when they are facing powerful people trying to take them down. I loved it and I give this story a 5-star review and look forward to more of the Houston Defiance MC books to come.
I’ve loved these books by Ms. Lagomarsino so much and Wanted: Dead or in Love did not disappoint. These brothers are fun to read and the women they find are just as fun, but they are also just as strong and tough as well. Josh and Carly’s story is probably my favorite so far, and that is saying something because the first two books were awesome! This story was a bit different than the other two, but it was just as great.
Josh Cortell woke up and was having a normal day in his life. He went to the bakery for his morning coffee and pastry and had his day all mapped out. It was a normal day for him, until it wasn’t. His whole day and his whole life got turned upside down and sideways in the blink of an eye. He was so out of his comfort zone it was unbelievable.
Carlotta, Carla, Hannah, Carly hated the life she was born into and wanted something normal, so she went looking for it on her own, but it wasn’t that easy for her. She had to keep a low profile and be very careful about how she lived her life now. Otherwise, she would face dire circumstances.
This story was quite a bit different than the first two Cortell Brother stories, but it was so good. I loved Josh and Carly and their lives. The story has a lot of twists, turns, danger and betrayal, but Josh and Carly find a way to survive. I give this story a 5-star review and REALLY hope the next book is due out soon. The ending of this story killed me! If you like stories with loyal, funny, Alpha males and crazy, sassy, fun loving women, with a side of danger, you will love this story and all of the Cortell Brother books. Ms. Lagomarsino is one of my favorite one-click authors and she has not disappointed me yet with her books.
Maeve is the girl that comes from a family that lives in the poorer part of town, scrapes to make it by and a broken home. Her best friend, Dana O’Reagan comes from a very influential family and her older brother Jack has no issues with pointing that fact out to Maeve when they are young kids. Maeve has avoided Jack for years, but now she’s in a dangerous situation and the only person that can help her is Jack O’Reagan, the problem is that she’s afraid of him. Maeve just wants to live her life and have a normal life. She’s had some rough times in the past, but now she’s in college and seems to be the only one in her family with any desire to make something of herself. When she finds trouble on her doorstep, she has to turn to the one person that she knows can help, but at what cost?
Jack is the next in line for the crown of the family business. He needs to focus and make sure that he passes all of his tests if he wants to rule the Irish Mafia. He can’t afford to lose his focus or to worry about Maeve right now, but when she walks through his door all of the old feelings seem to come rushing back. Maeve was the bane of Jack’s existence when they were younger and he thought he was free of her, but now he finds that the old feelings are still alive and well. Jack needs to prove himself to his father as well as the rest of the family now or it could mean that all of his plans could go up in smoke.
I really enjoyed this book, it was full of action, danger, betrayal and a steamy connection between Jack and Maeve. I loved the characters and the story. Ms. Carter knows how to write a story that I can get lost in. This is a story of manipulation, betrayal, desires, secrets and status. I look forward to more of this series, hopefully soon. I give this story a 4.5-star review and recommend it to reader that like mafia stories with possessive, dangerous men.
RELEASE BLITZ Title: The Heir of Shadows Series: Underestimated #4 Author: Candice Wright Genre: Reverse Harem MC Romance Release Date: January 7, 2021
There was a little girl, who had a little gun, pointed right at the center of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good Because if she was bad, she was dead.
Raised by a monster, rescued by a liar The life Ava escaped from is a memory she would like to forget But the past never stays buried for long and when a tragic event forces Ava back home The monster is waiting to finish what he started. With fragile bonds put to the test, Ava will need to find the strength to fight back, putting her faith in the club she was never a part of and a President who is more of a stranger to her than a brother. Blood might be thicker than water, but its blood that attracts sharks And if she doesn’t learn to stay two steps ahead of the deranged killer who hunts her, she’ll drown. In a world of bloody secrets and twisted legacies, only one truth remains: To prevail, one of them must die. But who will survive? The Fallen King, or his Tainted Heir?
Please be advised that this book may cause shallow breathing, exploding ovaries and spontaneous disintegration of panties. As a result, all readers should be over the age of 18 and refrain from reading in public places.
Trigger warning: This book contains swearing and deals with subjects such as sexual assault and violence that some readers might find upsetting. There are also sexy fun times with not one but three bikers but please remember, The Heir of Shadows is not for the faint-hearted.
Candice Wright is the international bestselling author of the Underestimated Series. Still relatively new in the business, Candice has just published her tenth full-length novel and has no plans for slowing down. Hailing from the sunny (sometimes) UK, Candice lives with her three slightly unhinged children and the long-suffering partner. When she isn’t busy raising the next generation of crazy, you can find her sitting at the computer writing words she hopes will resonate or snuggled up reading stories by the authors that cultivated her love of the written word.
A new series to read and devour. I had not heard of the Underestimated Novel series, nor had I read any of Candice Wright’s work until I read The Heir of Shadows and now, I am hook and drawn into this world. I love the characters in this book and the series. I started with The Heir of Shadows, but now have to carve out time to go back and read the first three books. It was not hard starting where I did, but I think it will bring things together better if I go back and read the first three.
This was a twisted, page-turner, danger ridden book that pulled in right away. I love the strength to Ava and her ability to find her way to the light after so much darkness surrounded her. She has a lot of struggles, but with the love and backing of the Kings of Carnage MC family show her that she is not alone, and she just has to reach out and grab onto their offering of help and surrounding her with love.
I love the characters and the women are some pretty determined, strong and bada** characters in this series. They give their men trouble, but there is nothing they won’t do for their women and they are all family, no matter what. If one is hurt, the whole club is hurting and working together to help out those that need it. I’ve found a new-to-me author to watch and keep track of now.
Title: Knives Series: Ruthless Kings MC #10 Author: K.L. Savage Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime Release Date: January 8, 2021
Love is powerful force, but it doesn’t compare to guilt. And just like most people, my guilt eats me alive. I went from being an irresponsible kid who didn’t know any better, to an irresponsible man who does. I make no apologies. Don’t take my carelessness for strength. My blood is as thick as the water that killed my brother and once I’m cut, there’s no stopping the river of rage. My past is dead. I’m not like my MC brothers. Nothing is going to come bite me in the ass. Or so I thought. Because life gave me Mary, the little hellraiser who tries to be reckless. She’s only looking to escape the nightmare of what happened to her in Atlantic City. She’s a good girl. She doesn’t belong in this life. Even if I know she belongs with me. She paints her lips in red lipstick, but I know it’s an effort to hide the pain. There’s more than the fact we are too different to be together. Death calls on the Ruthless Kings. And like idiots, we answered. Her past isn’t dead. And mine has come back to life.
Bad things don’t happen to good people. Bad people do. And it’s made me love and appreciate good people more. Maybe I’m different. Maybe I’m not crying every night or having nightmares. Maybe I’m not losing myself in drinks or drugs, but I have lost something about myself. I’m just trying to find it. “You give me a headaches twenty-three out of twenty-four hours a day, but I can’t sit here and lie to you and say you aren’t beautiful,” Knives says, honestly, meeting my eye and keeping his hands to himself. The flames dance in his cornflower blue eyes and they are so damn bright. I’ve never seen irises like his before. They are unique, just like him. “And the other hour?” I tease when I sit down on the hay, which scratches my ass and is very uncomfortable. “I’m sleeping. It’s the only damn peace I get.” “Shut up,” I giggle, nudging his side with my arm. I lean forward and lay my elbows against my knees, watching the fire as it pops. The rain is slamming against the barn and the door shakes when the wind carries around us. “It’s not letting up, is it?” “No, it isn’t. I can’t believe it turned so ugly so fast.” “The way of the world is bittersweet, ain’t it?” he asks, the stands and when I go to ask him where he is going, my eyes land on his package. His very big, very long, very in my face, package. He has a tattoo above the waistband of his underwear, right above where I assume his pubic hair is and it says 666. What’s that mean? If a woman hops on top, does that mean she gets possessed by the devil? Why does a part of me want to find out?
I hadn’t really paid much attention to Knives in the past as he wasn’t as strong of a character in my eyes in past books, but what a mistake that was. He is such a strong, powerful character that I am sorry I didn’t pay much attention to him previously.
Thomas “Knives” keeps his heart walled up and away from anyone that might get too close and cause him pain. The only people that he gets close to are his brothers, the Ruthless Kings. He’s not sure why Mary St. James makes him so crazy or why the thought of her putting herself in danger makes him rage at her.
Mary St. James has lived a life of hell and when she was rescued by the Ruthless Kings MC she thought maybe her life would be better, but her irrational desire for danger and her lack of direction are making her wonder if where she goes now with her life. Her continued arguing with Knives makes her crazy, but that kiss at Christmas won’t stop playing over and over in her mind.
I love the Ruthless Kings, they are so much like a real family, always driving Reaper crazy with their continued picking and poking at each other as well as continually driving each other crazy the same as siblings do. They are loyal to the core though and would kill or step in front of a bullet for each other, there is no doubt. I love the craziness of their lives, but I do feel so bad that they cannot seem to get a break from the danger in their lives. It seems that they no more than curb one danger and then another one pops up to create havoc for them again. This story is no different. The danger in this story is not only from people, but nature for Mary and Knives. However, the danger from the human side is the deadliest for them. When Seer calls from NOLA, the whole MC gets nervous because they know that he never calls with good news. I love these stories and I so look forward to more. The Ruthless Kings not only bring out the laughs while I’m reading their stories, but they also bring out the tears because they have gone through so much to get to where they are and trying to find a peaceful, happy life seems to take so much work for them. I give this story a 5-star review and so look forward to more of the Ruthless Kings and Tongue’s swamp kitty.
Title: Depths of Destruction Series: Behind Closed Doors #1 Author: Maggie Cole Genre: Romantic Suspense Release Date: January 5, 2021
She’s a Secret Treasure of War… It’s a routine mission in Belize. Get in, get out, save the women. Then I see Naomi’s photo and watch her hostage video. A stirring…an ache…a desire so deep for her heats up my blood and annihilates me. Then I meet her. It accelerates my thirst, riling up my inner beast. She’s an investigative reporter and knows things she shouldn’t. But all the women have secrets…knowledge about a global force so powerful the world will implode with greed. Freedom will no longer exist. Instead of delivering her, we run. The heat of the jungle is a blow torch demolishing my restraint, until I have to make her mine. But enemies lurk everywhere. After it’s over, I’ll have to piece her back together again.
(Depths of Destruction is the first jaw dropping installment in the Behind Closed Doors series. Each novel is a stand-alone regarding the HEA of the couple, but the plot develops with each story. This steamy series is for mature readers only and is best if read in order. This series may contain situations that may be sensitive for some readers.)
Maggie Cole is committed to bringing her readers alphalicious book boyfriends. She’s been called the “literary master of steamy romance.” Her books are full of raw emotion, suspense, and will always keep you wanting more. She is a masterful storyteller of contemporary romance and loves writing about broken people who rise above the ashes. She lives in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico with her husband, son, and dog. She loves sunshine, wine, and hanging out with friends. Her current series were written in the order below: All In (Stand alones with entwined characters) It’s Complicated (Stand alones with entwined characters) Together We Stand (Brooks Family Saga – read in order) Coming January 5, 2021: Behind Closed Doors (Read in order) Coming April 1, 2021: Mafia Wars
She believes is the truth and is determined to share that truth in her reporting for the people of Belize. Her digging into politicians and drug lords could get her killed or at the least kidnapped. There are a lot of people who want to know what Naomi Salazar has discovered and they are planning to use it and her for their own gains. Her life as well as her sister is in danger and she has to figure out what the true danger is before her life becomes a chess piece.
He’s the lead of a special team for Interpol. Agent Andre Lopez served in the Marine’s with most of this team before leaving. He has never questioned orders before. None of his team has ever questioned orders before this mission. “It’s not their job to question their orders, questions get people killed.” So, they will treat this mission the same as any other mission, that is until they find their target and rescue not only her, but four other prominent women besides her sister.
This is a story of corrupt politics, powerful players, and the pawns in their power plays. The rescue team is a group of loyal men that are used to following orders but will veer off course for the women they have rescued and what ensues after their rescue is an action packed, suspenseful and very dangerous trek to find the truth and safety for all of the women involved. It will lead to five men betraying their superiors but still staying loyal to each other and determined to find a peaceful outcome. I love the way the story is written with the characters each having their own story. In. Depths of Destruction we have Naomi and Agent Andre Lopez’s story and their fight to find safety and the real reason for danger surrounding not only them but the others as well. I love the characters and their strength and determination for the truth before they decide to just give into orders. I give this story a 5-star review and look forward to more stories for the rest of the team in the near future. I love the way that Ms. Cole left the questions of each couple to their own stories and made me crave the next novel. I look forward to reading them and getting lost in the world of corruption, suspense, action and danger to come. I also loved the extended epilogue because it was a great addition to the story, but again, it did not give away a lot of the story for the other characters or their stories to come.
Any minute I’m going to wake up from this nightmare. Being tied up and thrown in the trunk of a car doesn’t happen in real life. Except the silk tie around my wrists feels very real. And my father, Johnny Conti, the head of the Outfit, is telling me to be a good girl—that I’m to be the wife of the man who tied me up and has me over his wide shoulder. Some women might swoon over gorgeous Dominic Sabatini with his blue eyes, dimples, and muscled body in a silk suit. Not me. Those are just distractions from who, what he really is: a ruthless killer with blood on his hands and ice in his veins.There is no way Dominic could actually want to marry me. A virgin, curvy, buried in an all-girls Catholic boarding school for most of my life and seventeen years younger than him. He’s marrying so far beneath him it’s absurd. No to all of it. Tomorrow I’m going to marry the man of my dreams, a nice, kind accountant. I’m going to have the safe, boring life I’ve always longed for. I have to escape this nightmare. But Dominic growls I belong to him and he keeps what is his.
This a mafia romance with dark elements. While this is the first book in a series it is a standalone and does not end in a cliffhanger.
EXCERPT It hits me. I’m not getting out of this. I won’t be able to get away from Dominic Sabatini. Not today, a month, or even a year from now. If somehow, some way I got away, he’d find me. I have no idea why instead of scaring me, the realization thrills me. No, no. Fear shakes me out of my reverie. I can’t just give up. There has to be a way. There is always a way, isn’t there? I startle at the knock on the bathroom door. “Regina, get moving. I’m starving. I want to grab something to eat then get back on the road.” Looking down at the dress, anger at Dominic and myself fuels me. Today was supposed to be my wedding day, this is my wedding dress. I refuse to make this easy, for either of us. Hands shaking, I put on the pretty white lace bra and plain cotton white briefs. Forcing my fear down, I slip into the white dress. When I open the door, Dominic is standing by the door leading out of the room, carrying his leather duffle. His eyes go cold. “Change.” “No.” I’m defiant, refusing to back down from the dark energy vibrating around him. He drops the duffle and crosses the room in all of three steps. A hand goes around my throat and my stupid body betrays me, going instantly limp against him. “Take it off or I will.” I shake my head as much as I can. I blink and holy fucking crap, his other hand finds the neckline and tears it from my body. We’re both breathing hard and fast. The hand around my neck lets me go and fucking shit, I stumble into him. His hands wrap around my arms as he catches me close, his mouth at my ear. Hot air is sliding down the skin of my neck and I can’t fucking breathe. “You are mine. You belong to me. I can make you tremble in ecstasy or fear. The decision is yours.”
AUTHOR BIO Due to commitment issues I have lived in many different cities and my favorite is Chicago but I have managed to settle into Austin and perhaps my commitment issues are behind me. I have enjoyed reading from a very young age and it wasn’t long before the children books bored me and I read the books my mother enjoyed Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I didn’t sleep without the light on until I was about ten. I came across my first Harlequin by accident and it was love at first read, no one died and happy endings? It was a whole new world and I loved it. I wrote my first story at eight and everyone died, of course. Since then I would like to think I’ve gotten better and now I’m writing the happily ever afters I first fell in love with, with some hot sex thrown in along the way. As a plus size woman myself, I have started writing the stories I always wanted to see myself in but never did. And now I’m ecstatic to give BBWs the happily ever afters with hot Alphas I want to read.
Wow, these guys get better as the stories go on and the more powerful, they are the harder they fall. I loved Dominic’s story and his fall.
Dominic Sabatini is a Capo in The Outfit. Son of Anthony Sabatini and cousin to Cesar, Dante, and Vincenzo Sabatini. He runs a club and has women when he wants them. He fought to keep his father’s territory and Dom’s right to what would eventually be his when he was fifteen and on his own, while his father did time. He went to Johnny Conti, now the Don of The Outfit for help to maintain what was his. He is now a powerful Capo and very rich man. He lives his life on his own terms and doesn’t want to marry or have children. He is fine with spoiling his cousin’s children.
Regina Conti has never felt as if she was wanted or loved. After her mother died her father sent her to Italy to boarding school, at the age of six and she has remained there until her father, Johnny called her pleading to come home to New York and get to know him since he is sick and dying. It’s not what she wants to do, but she has no choice the matter and when she thinks he is better she’s ready to head back to Italy until she meets Richard Taylor. She believes he is the love of her life and sneaks around to meet him. The only problem is that she doesn’t really know him.
I loved this story and the immediate connection between Regina and Dominic was great. I loved that Regina, a young, innocent girl could make Dominic forget who he was. Their story is painful and angsty, but they finally find their way through it all and find their HEA. I loved how Dominic was instantly ready to give Regina anything she wanted, with one caveat, and then he relented on that as well later on. I love the Sabatini men and Dominic did not disappoint. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and hope for more as well. I love dangerous, powerful, dominant men the Sabatini’s are and the fact that they become putty in their women’s hands when they finally quit fighting their hearts. This story has a few twists that were interesting, and I am hoping for more on that as the series goes on as well. I give this story a 4.5-star review and recommend it to readers that enjoy Mafia Romance, dominant men that know how to treat a lady, as well as keep them in line.
I read lots of books, from mythology retellings to literary fiction and I love to reread books from childhood, this is a place to voice my thoughts for fun. I also like to ramble about things such as art or nature every now and again.