RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: Pretty Perfect Toy by Angel Payne

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“It’s time to live in the light, Ella…”

With their attraction too explosive to ignore, Cassian Court has whisked Mishella Santelle from her tiny island kingdom to the empire he rules: New York City. Here, they have succumbed to the magic of Temptation Manor, surrendering to their lust—and a love that won’t be denied.

But happiness is nearly ripped away, when an act of heroism turns Cassian into a target of violence…from which physical recovery is only the beginning of healing. Cassian must find a way to expose his emotional scars too—meaning he must visit a past refusing to release him from its haunting grip.

“Take me into the darkness, Cassian…”

What are the secrets of Turret Two? Once revealed, will they clear a path for new connection to Ella…or anchor him deeper in the past as they struggle with the challenges of the present? Being touted as New York’s fresh “it” couple is insane enough—but just when Ella decides she’s had enough of being the city’s perfect little toy, a shocking visitor changes everything…and she must accept an even more agonizing reality.

Deception isn’t always black and white. And sometimes, the prettiest toy hides the darkest secrets.


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Mishella Santelle has definitely fallen under the “Cassian Court Effect” because she can’t get enough of the dynamically bold and incredibly handsome billionaire who is as much a gentleman as he is a cutthroat businessman. Since accepting Cassian’s contract proposal, Mishella has given him every part of herself; she has been completely open and honest with him even though he has kept his secrets and the ghosts who haunt him locked up, refusing to shed light on his demons and the reasons behind them.

But all of that is about to change because Cassian is finally ready to let Mishella in by uncovering what’s hidden in Temptation Manor and the ghosts who deliver him nothing but pain and disappointment. Mishella is his armeau, and even though the truth leads Cassian further into the darkness and causes him to act out, Mishella is worth the searing pain that resurfaces with his secrets.

There is so much information to process and understand in Cassian and Mishella’s second book, which, at times, makes it difficult to wrap my head around everything that is revealed. A lot of the questions from book one are answered, but new ones are formed based on the events in book 2, especially towards the end. The focus on Cassian and Mishella’s relationship and their willingness to try to make things work between them even after their initial contract expires remains at the forefront of the storyline, but there’s also situations that come out of nowhere, leaving me wondering how significant they will be to the hero and heroine’s relationship.

The sexual chemistry between Cassian and Mishella continues to resonate in the story and their connection is definitely explosive as Cassian works through his past; they are essential to one another’s growth, so it will be interesting to see how they cope with all of the new information as well as the situation they find themselves in at the end of Pretty Perfect Toy.

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

4 Poison Apples


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Hi there. I’m Angel: book lover, writing addict, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek and avid shoe lover.

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A bit about me…

I’ve been hooked on books since I was a kid but it got worse in my twenties, when I discovered romances–the hotter, the better. Growing up in Southern California, with lots of surfer manliness surrounded me, was certainly a good boost for reading about delicious alpha guys and the women who adore them. When I learned I had a knack for telling these stories too, I guess you could say I was doomed–though my path toward romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for my college newspaper (free show tickets…backstage passes…that was a no-brainer), artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, personal assistant work for a record producer, dance club disc jockey, and a lot of fun in the hospitality industry.

These days, I still live in California, and have found an amazing alpha guy of my own who was brave enough to marry me. We live on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with our beautiful daughter. I have the best life ever, and never forget to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it, either.




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