Release and Review of The Russian Savage: Enemy of the Bratva (Krasnov Brothers Book 2) by Rie Warren @EJBookPromos @RieWrites #TuesdayBookBlog


Title: The Russian Savage: Enemy of the Bratva
Series: Krasnov Brothers #2
Author: Rie Warren
Genre: Mafia/Dark/Russian Romance
Release Date: August 3, 2020

 

I am her enemy.
And I’m going to make her mine.
She might never forgive me, but I don’t care. 
 
Saving the daughter of an enemy was not my intention but, now that I have her, I intend to keep her. Nothing is going to stop me from using this mafia heiress as I see fit, not even her personal vendetta that pits her family against the Bratva. 
 
Kidnapping the beautiful Italian princess is in my best interests even if it’s not good for her. Because I have wicked secrets of my own, which I intend to play out on her luscious body. 
 
She will be my prized possession come hell, high water, or a vicious new war. 
 
The Russian Savage is Arkady’s story and is book two in the Krasnov Brothers series. No cliffhangers. No cheating. Includes vivid, steamy scenes. Can be read as a standalone.
 
My heart beat a mile a minute, and I kept my eyes glued to the daunting man before quickly taking stock of my situation. Arkady had brought me to what appeared to be a well-maintained house close to the alley where I’d been accosted. 

Glancing to my right, I noted the hallway we’d come down. Now I sat in the middle of a large midnight blue sofa with two leather club chairs angled across from me. A brick fireplace and tall windows dominated the room almost as much as Arkady’s foreboding presence did. 

His gaze left me only to inspect the purse he’d stolen from me. 

When I began to get up, he pointed in my direction. “Don’t move, Lucia.” 

The stark coldness in his voice reflected in the iced-over blue of his eyes. 

Fear froze in my veins, and I clamped my hands between my thighs in hopes of hiding my trembling fingers. 

What if he killed me now?

Who would find me then?

My father would bury two children in the space of three months. 

The gag made it difficult to breathe but, after another threatening look from Arkady, I didn’t dare remove it, not even though air staggered in and out of my lungs.

He made quick work of the contents of my handbag, emptying everything onto a side table adorned only by a trio of tall ivory candles in black enamel holders. After poking through my cosmetics bag and even feeling along every inch of the lining for hidden items, he scooped the small satchel back into my purse. 

He hummed when he found my keys and the small pepper spray canister attached. He placed my keychain aside then looked through my feminine hygiene products and birth control pills, which made my cheeks flame brightly. 

I almost looked away but, when he glanced at me and saw my embarrassment, I glared even harder. 

Maiale!

I cursed a muffled noise when he retrieved my phone. Then he paced to me, and his hand shot out as fast as a whip. 

I winced, recoiling from a blow that never came. 

His face took on an unreadable expression before he gave two sharp tugs to the gag stuffed between my lips. The pocket square removed, I took a deep stuttering breath, and he raised the phone screen to my face. 

He had the device unlocked in an instant from my facial ID. 

Lunging up from the deep cushions, I tried to throw myself at him—shove him off-balance, do anything to escape—but he merely sat me back down with one hand centered on my chest. 

“Those are my personal belongings!” Red hot anger laced my voice. 

“Not anymore.” His face hardened into harsh angles, those snapping blue eyes of his even deeper in contrast to his dark hair. 

Every motion he made was precise while pure chilling menace rolled off him in frigid waves. 

The side of my face throbbed, my knee hurt, my pants were ripped, and I was thirsty and tired and running on pure adrenaline alone. 

I was helpless to do anything to protect myself, and that was the worst blow of all. 

He spent no more than a few minutes on my phone and must’ve gleaned whatever information he wanted because he removed the SIM card and smashed it beneath his shoe. 

My heart kicked up its wild beating, and I felt like I’d start hyperventilating. 

Next, he expertly found the tracker hidden within the phone’s case and crushed it just like he had the card. He discovered a second tracker sewed into the lining of my handbag, and I swore softly beneath my breath. 

He sent the most sinister, most triumphant smile my way, and my hands grew clammy. 

“Stand,” he ordered after returning the non-contraband items to my purse. 

I rose to my feet, nails digging into my palms. I wanted nothing more than to lay a stinging slap across his arrogant face. 

“Jewelry,” he said. 

“You’re stealing my jewelry? You’re no better than those street thugs,” I spat out. 

He said nothing more, holding his hand outstretched. 

Knees quaking, I removed my diamond stud earrings, the slim gold chain around my neck, an antique opal ring left to me from my nonna, and the heavy bangle bracelet from my wrist. 

He took all the items and examined those too. Finding them clean of bugs, he dropped those into my handbag, which he then tossed at me. 

When he pivoted away, I rushed at him from behind. 

I didn’t even make contact before he whirled around to capture me in an iron-like embrace. Snarling wildly, I pummeled him on his unyielding chest, but my hands made little impact on his hard musculature. 

I’d never detested a man more than I did in that moment.

When I jerked my leg to knee him in the balls, he released me so fast I stumbled. I didn’t even get a chance to steady myself before he grasped me behind the legs and swiftly tipped me onto my back. I landed on the floor, scrabbling to get back up. 

He simply reached down, heaved me back up, and pinned me against his body, once more demonstrating his overwhelming power. 

His face darkened, restrained fury thinning his lips and, with one hand, he clasped my wrists behind my back. 

The next thing I knew, he held the barrel of his gun against the bruised side of my face. 

Breath left my mouth in a hiss as cold metal kissed the skin of my throbbing temple. 

Arkady slid the barrel down and across my lips. 

True terror seizing my insides, I clamped my mouth shut, and his eyes became deadly blue slits as he skimmed the gun beneath my chin. 

Then I felt two hard things at the same time—the muzzle of the gun pressed beneath my chin to angle my face up and the rigid thickness of his cock nestled tightly against me.

“Are you scared of me yet, dragotsennaya printsessa.” Gruff hoarseness deepened his voice. 

I was petrified and, yet, sudden intense so-wrong arousal tickled across my body to settle low in my belly.

“Yes,” I whispered. 

“Good.” 

I heard him holstering the sidearm then his hand was at my throat. 

I became transfixed by the different kind of heat that entered his blue eyes. Smoldering heat. Male lust as he squeezed my neck, and my nipples traitorously pinged up within the cups of my bra. 

Arkady’s head bent toward mine as his hand moved up my elongated neck. 

Heat flashed. I thought he was going to kiss me. His mouth would be warm and firm, unlike the kiss of his gun. His hard cock pressed into my belly, and fluttery sensation swarmed lower to pool between my thighs. 

His lips barely whispered across my cheek, and my breath hitched in my throat. 

My head was spinning. 

I had no idea what was going on. 

His grip on my neck tightened then loosened then squeezed again, and his lips touched the shell of my ear. 

I almost moaned before I swallowed the sound. 

I was pressed wholly against this killer Russian who’d just held a gun to my head, and illicit lust spiraled out of control inside of me. 

“I don’t need a gun to make you do what I want, Lucia.” His deep drugging voice made my toes curl.
  
Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is an OG Amazon All Star author of Bad Boy books and MC romance. She delivers five star sex, suspense, and the best banter around. Her stories are one hundred percent original, do not contain fluffy plots or virgin brides, and wring every last emotion from readers to leave them with a satisfied smile. Rie’s tough alpha males are never brought to heel, but are instead healed by the feisty femme fatale of their perfect match.She grew up in Maine, went to college in Iowa (Iowa, what?), lived in Scotland, and married in Englishman. In true roundabout fashion, they came back to the States, settled in South Carolina’s lowcountry, putting down southern roots and pursuing their arty endeavors. Tale spinner and character diviner, Rie is a lover of sleep, wine, and rude memes often involving either Disney characters or Winnie the Pooh. She is raising two teen daughters along with an entire brain full of unruly characters.

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🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5 out of 5

Wow! The oldest Krasnov brother is very dark and the deep.

Arkady Krasnov is the second in command of the Zolotov Bratva. He is loyal to Yuri and his brothers, both by blood and in the Bratva. When he happens upon a woman being accosted in an ally one night, he has no idea that his life is about to be turn upside down and sideways. He has no idea that the woman he has rescued was made for him and that he will feel her presence and absence soul deep.

Lucia Leone is the only daughter of the Italian Mafia Don. Although she is not treated as the Princess she should be. She is out for vengeance for the brutal death of her brother Bastiano Leone, who was killed by Kirill Krasnov. She has no idea who her brother really was. He was someone much different to her than he was in the Mafia world. She has no idea that the man who just saved her from two rival gangs that were fighting over her, is the man that will show her the care, love, and attention that she has been searching for since her mother died.

I loved this story. The Krasnov brothers are dangerous, sexy, and lethal. They are deadly when they are fighting to protect the ones they love and care about. This story was brutal in some ways, but it was very steamy and sexy. Arkady is not a man to cross in any situation and when he finds that he wants to protect Lucia he turns into a wild animal to protect her and keep her safe. I give this story 5-flaming stars and highly recommend it to readers that like Bratva, Mafia, plots with a tough guy that will fall to his knees for the right woman, and tough, sassy women that can keep their men on the edge constantly. The story is full of danger, action packed, and some very sexy scenes. I cannot wait for Sasha’s story. I do wish we had heard more about Valeria after her rescue, but perhaps in another book. Ms. Warren can write a great Mafia, Bratva book with all of the danger, tough guys, and strong, sassy women that will pull you in and keep you a prisoner until the end of the book

 

Release and Review of Shattered Amethyst (Broken Gems Book 4) by Jane Blythe @jblytheauthor @GiveMeBooksPR

 

Title: Shattered Amethyst
Series: Broken Gems #4
Author: Jane Blythe
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 3, 2020

 

Blurb
Betrayed. Sold. Tortured. Now she’s fighting to rebuild her life.
Amethyst Hatcher was supposed to die on her eighteenth birthday, against all the odds she survived, and now lives her life searching for her next adrenalin rush. When the firefighter is assigned to work with the cops, she finds herself completely unprepared for the sexual tension smoldering between her and Detective Zeb Tuck to develop into something more.
Zeb can’t deny the sizzling attraction between him and Amethyst, but he fights against it. He’s already lost so much and doesn’t want to get involved with someone who seems to have a death wish. When his newest case, hunting a sadistic fire-starting killer forces him and the sexy firefighter to work together, he’ll have to decide whether falling for Amethyst is worth the risk.

 

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Jane Blythe is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense full of sexy heroes, strong heroines, and serial killers! When she’s not weaving hard to unravel mysteries she loves to read, bake, go to the beach, build snowmen, and watch Disney movies. She has two adorable Dalmatians, is obsessed with Christmas, owns 200+ teddy bears, and loves to travel!
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5

These books leave me wanting more but also crushed. The subject of them is so hard and tragic, but they are done well, and the characters are great!

Amethyst Hatcher’s youth was tragic, but she has rebuilt her life and is now just moving through life. She thinks she’s living, but she is really just still surviving. She needs the rush of extreme sports to make her feel alive and when they start to feel dull and not giving her what she needs she finds something else that will give her that rush. When tragedy hits their town and Amethyst, as a fire fighter, has to deal with the aftermath of the fires that are being set she begins to realize, with the help of her sisters and Zeb, that her life is not what she thought it was. The devastation of the fires that are being set in the their town really hits Amethyst hard and when she is put in the position of working with her brother in-law and his partner to find the person setting the fires and causing all of the destruction, she sees a different side of her job and of her life.

Zeb Tuck knows about Amethyst’s past and her history. He finds her attractive but he’s afraid to ruin his partnership with Judah since he is also Amethyst’s brother in-law. He has his own rough history and the fires that are being set bring a lot of his past to the surface again. His whole family was taken from him at an early age and he has to rebuild his own life.

I really like these stories. Even with the hard topic of the plot and the tragedy that these characters go through, they are written so well, and the characters are great. I have liked all of the books so far and I think this one may be my favorite so far, because I love Amethyst and her strength. She puts on a great front for being tough and strong, but deep down she is just as vulnerable as her sisters were and now it’s their turn to show her that she can let the past be and live her life to the fullest and be happy. The characters are entertaining, strong, and able to move on in life with the right person beside them and helping them to find their true North in life. If you like stories with strong, beautiful women, the Broken Gem books are a great read. I give this story a 4-star review and would highly recommend them.

RELEASE AND REVIEW: The Shrink (Love Nests #2) by Sophia Karlson @SophiaKarlson @GiveMeBooksPR

 

Title: The Shrink
Series: Love Nests #2
Author: Sophia Karlson
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2020

 

Blurb
Apparently she’s a bit crazy.
Apparently he’s the shrink who will cure her.
Apparently they aren’t allowed to fall for each other at all…
Stacey Sinclair’s mother died in a gruesome car accident six years ago, and now everybody thinks she is finally losing it. Surely a few crazy actions on her part don’t justify her seeing a shrink for months on end?
For a psychologist, Dr Ivo Linder is too decent, too caring, and too handsome to get a glimpse of what really goes on in her head. Stacey’s unforeseen feelings towards him make her retaliate — she taunts him, never expecting to fall with him into forbidden lust.
As their attraction intensifies, the old adage stands: it doesn’t matter, as long as nobody finds out. But someone always finds out and when they do, will Stacey and Ivo risk everything to give their love a chance?
Author’s Note: This book contains graphic content and themes that might trigger some readers.

 

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Once outside the bar, Ivo let go of her wrist. Stacey stepped away from him, eyes sparkling with wrath. She wrapped her arms around her body, closing up. The crowd on the inside had spilled out to the sidewalk, and if he didn’t move quickly, she could disappear in the ill-lit surroundings.
What a dump. The need to get her away from the seedy bar quadrupled.
He peeled his jacket off and held it out to her. “Come on, you’re cold.” What the heck was she thinking, wearing a strapless top and a cock-tease mini-skirt in the heart of the Cape winter?
Stacey shrugged. “I’m good.”
In my opinion, you’ve never been worse. He stared at her, but she met his gaze head-on. “Where’s your car?”
“Not here.” She looked as if she wouldn’t answer him, but capitulated. “I took an Uber here.”
And was she going to take a taxi home? Or hitch a ride with her hook-up, spend the night with some dick, only to flounder home at some point tomorrow morning? Hung over, humped by some stranger, and then attempt her exam? No wonder she kept on flunking. He tried to keep a straight face, but in this environment, with her here, barely dressed, every control centre in his brain was having a breakdown. “I’ll take you home.”
At this, she laughed. “Dr Linder, I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“And why’s that?”
She was spelling it out for him, all right. But he could be bloody stubborn and thick-headed too. “My type…you’re so not ready for me.” She blinked at him, flirting with her eyelashes.
Every tendon in his body tightened, every muscle pulled towards his centre where his dick rose without invitation. Who mentioned ready?
He dropped his gaze, only to see chills sprouting on her arms and over her exposed chest; her fingers folded over her arms, turning white because of the cold.
He swallowed, unable to respond verbally without melting into her and holding her close, mouth against mouth, lips teasing. With one step, he closed the gap between them and dropped his jacket over her shoulders.
She shuddered at the gentle gesture. “I don’t need you, Doctor. And you don’t need me blazing your life into the ground.”
He was in her face now, their bodies sinfully close, his hands still on his jacket but resting on her shoulders. “I’m exactly what you need.”
She chuckled. “What about never having sex with me? Anywhere?”
“Stacey,” he sighed, resisting to urge to drop his forehead to hers. “I’m taking you home.”
“And then?”
His control slipped. The day was too long. The past three hours too intense. “Then, over the next few weeks, I’m going to take a bottle of paint stripper and brush you down. Layer by layer, until we find the real you and you stop pretending. So, cut it out.” The words came out in a way he should never talk to a patient. Being human sometimes interferes with the job.
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Sophia Karlson writes sensual, emotional, and evocative contemporary romance, often set in far-flung settings. She used to work in the travel industry before turning
to full-time writing. Her first book, Perfect Mistake, was a finalist for the Daphne Award for Romantic Suspense and won the Kathryn Hayes award in 2019. All her novels can be read as standalone, although she tends to write about siblings because family dynamics are so intriguing. Taking readers on a journey of their own with her books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!

 

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5

Two lives connected through circumstance and by tragic pasts.

Stacey Sinclair needed to find a way to get through the final semester of college and graduate with her Accounting degree. The only trouble is that her past haunts her and only two people know what it is that haunts her, but they don’t know everything. Stacey finally told her brother and her best friend, Mila part of what happened to her six ago and what has caused her to blow off her studies and exams. Now she has to face the consequences of said blow off by meeting with the Dean of her college to find out if she would be dismissed or if she can continue on with her studies. She’s lucky that Dean Finch is giving her one more chance, but there will be caveats to her finishing her degree and one of them is to see a counselor twice a week for the rest of the semester or until said counselor signs her off. Her goal is to get signed off as soon as possible, but she isn’t prepared for the counselor that she sees at all.

Dr. Ivo Linder has lived through his own version of tragedy and is now on the other side of the depression, substance abuse, and anger. He volunteered to help out in the counseling center on campus when an email went out looking for people to help due to a shortage of counselors. He has his spare time taken up with various volunteer project, some that he created on his own, to help others in need and in danger to themselves. He is so busy that he has no time for a personal life, and he is fine with that, until Stacey happens in his office, then his whole world gets turned upside down.

This story is rife with tragedy, psychological and emotional turmoil and great characters. With such tragic happenings and the aftermath of those tragedies, the story is written very well, and could be any number of people we meet on the street. I enjoyed the story and had my emotions pulled one direction to the next. Stacey’s story is so heart-wrenching and the way she dealt with her emotions, fear and feelings seems pretty normal with what she has gone through and what she was dealing with. She needed to share those with someone though so that she could heal and Professor Finch made her do that. I give this story and 4-star review and recommend it to readers that are looking for an emotional read, a story of two people finding their path forward after tragedy, or a story of two people who should not get involved finding their true happiness with each other.

Release and Review of Hasty by Julia Kent @jkentauthor @GiveMeBooksPR

 

Title: Hasty
Series: Do-Over #4
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Blurb
AN ALL-NEW STANDALONE FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIA KENT
I never thought my perp walk would lead to true love.
Then again, I never thought I’d be arrested on RICO charges and hauled away in zip ties on camera for the world to see, minutes after closing the most amazing deal of my career.
And all of it in front of my biggest rival, billionaire wunderkind Ian McRory.
I am broke.
I am disgraced.
I am alone.
I am a sucker.
But the worst part? I have to go back to my hometown and live in my bedroom filled with relics from my childhood.
Lisa Frank never made me so mad before.
Just when I needed a rescue, I got one — in the form of help from my biggest rival.
He can’t bring back my money.
He certainly can’t bring back my reputation or my pride.
But there’s one thing he can bring back to me.
A sense of hope.
Maybe even love.
Ian sees something in me no one else does, and he’s relentless about making me see it, too. As we grow closer, I’m starting to see that while my entire life used to be a lie, the truth is staring me in the present — and it’s a truth I like very, very much, hot eyes and gorgeous smile and all.
But I have to be careful.
I can’t be too —
That’s right.
Hasty.
The final book in the USA Today bestselling Do-Over Series (Fluffy, Perky, Feisty), as
Mallory’s sister, Hastings “Hasty” Monahan gets her turn at a happily ever after that starts off with an arrest.
Hers.

 

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Ian keeps chasing me, though. Why? And why does the fact that he won’t
let up thrill me?
That’s the part I hate. The thrill. The zing of arousal that shoots through me every time that jerkface–who isn’t a jerk–does this. He’s pursuing me and I don’t understand it, but I do like it. More than I want to admit.
The fight inside me feels like layers of muscles in my abs are in a tug-of-war. Ian McCrory represents everything I fought to achieve in my old life. Self-made billionaire. Liked by everyone. Admired by even more.
Respected for his hardcore negotiating skills.
And droolingly handsome.
He was my nemesis. My enemy. The guy who sniped deals, and who I sniped from.
We were adversaries, but he flipped the script, didn’t he? Coming to my rescue.
Aiding me in a time of need.
I don’t want to need him.
And I especially don’t need to want him.
I stare at the phone. Just as my finger goes to the Power button to turn it off again, three dots appear.
One dinner. Indulge me?
I go into my contacts, and I block him.
He just proved me right.
Taking help from people means you’re obligated.
And no matter how sweet the currency he’s dangling, I don’t like owing
him.
I don’t like owing anyone.
Burke turned my entire life into one big debt.
But my body isn’t available as collateral.
And neither is my heart.

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge.
Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 19 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing in 2019. 

From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).

She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet paper rolls.

 

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5

A story of the fall from Grace and fighting to find your way back.

Hastings is on top of the world. She and her husband are big names and players in the financial world. After eight years of marriage, Hastings still works to keep ahead of the game and keep her name in the lime-light and works very hard to get her own deals and prove to her husband that she is just as good at her job. She’s a go getter and always working to stay on top of her career and make money. One incident in her life will bring everything she knows crashing down around her and she will have to rebuild her life and will find herself in the process.

Ian is a well-known billionaire and works in the financial world just like Hastings and her husband, Burke. He has been attracted to Hastings for years and they have been rivals for years. The fall of Hastings will give Ian the chance he has been waiting for, but at what cost. He is also keeping a big secret from Hastings that could end their future before it goes any further.

I really enjoyed this story. It was funny, sad, and entertaining. I love the characters in this series and have enjoyed each of them. The women are funny, sassy, strong, and have each found their own troubles in this series. The men are strong, powerful, rich, and protective of their women and will do whatever they can to protect and keep their women safe and happy. This has been a great series and I give it a 4-star review. If you’re looking for a Rom Com this book and series is a great one to pick up.

 

Release Blitz for The War: Bratva Blood Book 2, by SR Jones @skyejromance @GiveMeBooksPR

 

Title: The War

Series: Bratva Blood Duet #2

Author: SR Jones
Genre: Dark Mafia Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 23, 2020

 

Blurb
Konstantin:
I took her to protect her. To keep her safe.
Now, she wants more.
She wants to claim my heart.
She says she will fight for me…for us.
Trouble is, I don’t know if I have anything left to give.
Cassie:
He took me to keep me safe.
My captor, my protector, my lover.
I want more, he’s a Bratva king, and every king needs his
queen.
My heart is on the line, but I won’t give up the fight.
Love is war when it comes to the two of us, and this is one
war I will win.
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“Andrius told me there’s no going back to normal for me now. That once you’ve been part of something like what happened, you don’t ever go back to being the same.” I
tell Konstantin my deepest fear, which is that I’ll be tainted by this forever, unable to move forward.
 

“No, you don’t. You can be normal again, though. You can go back to your life. To your dance classes with your neighbor, and helping your grandparents, and being generally kind and good. You had that walk on the wild side you craved, and you didn’t enjoy it. Lesson learned.” 

It’s not a lesson learned, though, because I can’t stop craving him.
He’s my walk on the wild side, and I don’t want it to end. I tried to tell myself I did. Tried to convince myself I was done with him, but he pulls me back in each time. Having him so close to me, holding me, is pure torture.
 

I once thought he couldn’t be my shelter because he was the storm. Now I wonder if he’s really the jagged rocks guarding the bay. I’m in the bay, right in the eye of the storm, and it’s not me he’ll smash to bits, but anyone who gets close or dares to harm me. 

I turn in the water until I’m facing him and study his face. He’s not classically handsome. His features are too hard, his body too big, his face too arrogant. He’s beautiful to me, though. Truly, breathtakingly beautiful. From the first moment I saw him, he stopped the clocks for me, and they haven’t started since. 

Reaching up, I trace the outline of his jaw with one wet finger. He doesn’t move, but something subtle changes in him; he goes on alert. Like the predator he is, he watches me, eerily still, waiting, seeing if I’ll go ahead and offer myself up to him.

I do.
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Hi guys. I’m Skye, a paranormal and contemporary romance author from rainy Northern England. I write Paranormal romance as Skye Jones, and steamy dark romance as S.R. Jones.

The one thing my books in both genres have in common are gritty themes, and alpha heroes who are damaged but oh-so-redeemable!

When I’m not writing, I’m either walking my dogs, drinking coffee, or watching my fave TV shows such as The Sopranos, McMafia, and Little House on the Prairie, yep I have eclectic taste!
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MY REVIEW:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

The finale of Bratva Blood Duet was action packed and left me wanting more.

Konstantin does not trust easily and the betrayal he endures makes him that much more paranoid and leaves him questioning so much. There is more than one war that Konstantin is fighting, and he needs to find a way to win them both and keep the woman that he can’t seem to forget.

Cassie is so afraid of the situation she finds herself in and she wants to go home, but she can’t if she wants to live. When Konstantin takes Cassie to Paris things get a bit more confusing for her. When danger finds her in Paris, she has to decide whether she can find a way to live with Konstantin or if she has to give him up for good. It’s a real battle in her mind.

I loved this finale of this Duet. I couldn’t wait to start it and hated to see that I had finished it. I want more of Konstantin, Cassie, Vasily, Bohdan, Andrius and the others. They bring this book to life and are very entertaining. Konstantin is a ruthless Pakhan and businessman. He will win this war if it kills him and he will protect Cassie at all costs while doing it. The men in this story were ruthless and cunning. I give this book a 5-star review and cannot wait for more of these characters. I highly recommend this Duet to readers that love to read books that lead to Alpha, strong men finding the one person that makes them question everything they believed about themselves. Konstantin and Cassie have more than one battle going on is this story and the outcome may surprise you.

 

 

ARC Review: Jay (Texas Country Criminals, Book 3) by Bry Ann @AuthorBryAnn

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

So much heart and all the feels.

Jay doesn’t feel as if he fits into the mold of the Texas grown boy. He loves his family and doesn’t want to leave them, but he just doesn’t feel complete living in small town Texas, and he has never been the Texan wearing cowboy boots and hat. He’s part of the family business but that really isn’t even what he wants in life. The loss of Carson hit the family hard and he can’t bring himself to leave the family to move away, but how can he feel complete and have the life he wants if he stays in Texas? A happenstance meeting in a diner a town away could be his escape and his future. The trouble is that the tiny girl that doesn’t look like most of the other women in this town is shy and timid. Jay’s kindness and gentle nature could draw her out though.

Kailee is not your typical Texan. With her dark skin and head full of braids, she doesn’t look like most of the women in the small town she is hiding in. She’s a shy girl that is in hiding and it seems as though trouble follows her. She is hiding from a man that she thought she could always trust, but after a visit from the police that told her to go on the run, she is confused and doesn’t know what to believe anymore. The handsome, gentle man that comes into the diner she works in draws her. She’s attracted to him, but she knows that if she gets involved, she may have to leave at any time. Her presence and draw to Jay could be the end for the Shelby family though, and she can’t allow that.

I love Bry Ann’s stories. They are always full of Alpha men, kindhearted men, and strong, beautiful women that bring these tough guys to their knees and Jay did not disappoint with these characteristics. Jay is tough just like his brothers, but he has a softer heart and his relationship with Iris is testament to that softness. All of the Shelby boys adore Iris, their little sister and protect her vehemently, but Jay and Iris are closer in age and he gave her the nickname Nemo. Jay’s kind heart shows when he first sees Kailee and notices her timid personality and shyness. He’s gentle, kind, and soft with her and the chemistry between these two is off the charts, just like Kingston and Blythe, and Hunter and Taylor.

Bry Ann always leaves me wanting more of her stories and I love all of her characters. Her books are full of action, suspense, danger, great characters, and so many feels it’s hard to get through her books without shedding tears. I give this story a 5-star review and want to tell you that you need to one-click this book today. I have read all of her books and she is one of my authors that I can’t wait to read.

ARC Review of Test of Love: An MC Romance (Inked Book 5) by Vanessa James

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 3.5 out of 5

Stephan is the leader of the Ravens and tensions are high between the Ravens and the Tigers. Stephan has been taken and is found by Laney. These two find more than they bargained for when Laney rescued Stephan and now they have more questions than answers.

Laney has an idea of who is behind the trouble that Stephan and Laney have walked into. She finds out that she has been betrayed by someone that she thought was a good friend, but also someone that she thought loved her.

This story was a short read for me and maybe because I have not read the first four books in the series, I didn’t find it to draw me in. These two will have to fight their pasts if they want to protect their gang and their city. The situations in the book seemed a little forced to me. I give the story and 3.5-star review and would recommend that you read these books from the first book in order to know what is going on. I am giving an honest review of this book based on reading only this book in the series.

My ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ARC Review of Trace (Perdition MC Shifter Book 3) by BE Kelly

Trace

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

Moody, broody, and always angry.

Trace gave up his position as Alpha to his pack and leader of the family when he decided he wanted to join the Marines at eighteen. He handed over his position to his younger brother Santiago ‘Rios’ Rios, and he has been a good Alpha for the Perdition MC. Now Rios and his wife, Aylen have to make some changes in their lives since they are expecting their first pup and Rios is ready to hand the Alpha position back over to his brother, Trace. Trace’s past will resurface, and secrets will be revealed, along with betrayal. Trace hasn’t let his wolf out in five years, will he be able to control him if he lets him out now?

Adriana has had five years to come to terms with her life and the loss of the only man she has ever loved. When she finds out that he is alive and living in New Orleans, she knows she has to go see him and talk to him. She doesn’t know if she still loves him or still hates him for how things turned out in El Salvador, but she knows she has to talk to him. Trace and Adriana are both in for a surprise when she walks into Tito’s bar.

I have loved Trace from the beginning. He’s moody and broody, but he is also very sexy. That sexiness becomes more apparent in his story. He and Rios are working to repair their relationship as well as working to get their parents to repair theirs as well. There are a lot of secrets that come to light in this story and they could destroy or repair relationships. I wanted to scream and Adriana and Trace to talk to each other and open up so that they could find their HEA. It was so frustrating. I love these two together. The story has angst, action, secrets, and betrayal. It’s an easy read and I hated for it to end, although with the chapters at the end, I cannot wait for the next stories in this series and Gray’s story to come out. The men of Perdition MC are a family and loyal to each other, well most of them are anyways. I give this story a 5-star review and highly recommend it to readers that enjoy shifters, MC’s, angsty, Alpha stories.

Review of The King: Bratva Blood Duet Part One (A Dark Mafia Romance) by S. R. Jones

The King

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

How can a Pakhan and a Barrista, now IT Consultant work?

Wow! A businessman that keeps his legitimate businesses in London but is a Bratva Pakhan that hides his Bratva dealings in plain sight. She’s plain, a nerd and yet he can’t get her out of his mind. She is not his usual type and everyone around him questions his motives when he brings Cassie into his personal business and then has to protect her because she lied to him. Konstantin Silvanov is a rich, powerful man. He walked away from Cassie once when he found out she was engaged, but now she has been put right back in his path and he won’t walk away again until he’s had his fill of her.

Cassie has a job that she thought she really wanted, and enjoyed doing it until her fiancé, and a manager at the company she now works at, thanks to his help, decided that she was not enough for him and cheated on her and then broke up with her. Now Cassie’s life is not a sunny as it once was. She finds herself in a situation after a night of drinking and going home with a guy for a one-night stand, and the man that she dreams about finds her in his kitchen. Could things be any worse for Cassie? As a matter of fact, now that she is back in his path, yet.

I loved this story. After reading The Soldier and getting the background on Konstantin and the meeting of Konstantin and Cassie, I wanted to read The King, and I could not wait for The War after reading it. The characters in this Duet have been through a lot and this story really takes them through so much more. Konstantin and Cassie did not have an easy childhood, and they are so different from each other in life, but their circumstances bring them together and they have to figure out what they are feeling and fight for what they want. Cassie is so unsure of herself and her confidence and childhood almost hold her back from what she could have. She’s afraid in her situation, but she feels safe with Konstantin. I loved the characters, all of them, and the story is full of action, betrayal, danger, and some steamy scenes. I give this story a 5-star review and highly recommend it. I look forward to The War: Bratva Blood Duet Part Two.

Review of Inheritance: A Dark Romance (Fragile Ties Book 2) by Jennifer Bene

Inheritance

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5 out of 5

She could gain more than the money and business her father owned, but will it be worth it?

The second book in the Fragile Ties series continues on with David and Lianna’s story and the turmoil they are going through over Lianna’s family in France and David’s desire to keep her save and protect her from the Faure family. He wants to protect her from the danger they present. However, if he keeps her from her family, he could lose her for good.

David only knows hate and his mind won’t change when it comes to the Faure family and Lianna’s father, even though he’s now gone. Lianna is drifting and feeling lonely, so when her uncle shows up, she has a hard time turning him away and wants more answers than what she has gotten from David. The only trouble is, she isn’t sure who to believe and she’s hurting David by speaking to her uncle.

I enjoyed this second part of the series but didn’t find it to draw me in like the first part, Destruction. While it has the intrigue, suspense and darkness of Destruction, it didn’t pull right in and draw my attention like the first book. With that being said, I still enjoyed the book and am looking forward to Redemption. I am actually excited to read Redemption. While the first part of the book didn’t pull me in and hold me prisoner to the book, the ending did. I am looking forward to reading how the Faure family will treat Lianna and David and if they are in as much danger as David seems to think they are. I give this book a 4.5-star review and recommend it to readers like mafia, suspense, danger, and dark desires. Ms. Bene knows how to write dark stories and this series does not disappoint at all.