COVER REVEAL: CRUEL WAR by Dani René

🔥🔥 Check out Dani René ’s gorgeous cover! Cruel War (Gilded Sovereign) is releasing on September 5th! 🔥🔥

Title: Cruel War

Series: Gilded Sovereign, Book #1

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Blurb

From USA Today Bestselling Author Dani René comes a new adult romance filled with lies, secrets, and steam!

I hate her. I want Dahlia to pay. Tynewood is my town, and she doesn’t belong here. While rage fuels me, my blood burns with desire.

I want vengeance, and I’ll get it.

No. Matter. What.

We’re on opposite sides of the battlefield — a poised flower, a raging warrior, and a mountain of secrets between us.

I knew he was bad news the moment I laid eyes on him. Anger and lust swirl together when he looks at me, but I don’t know why. War has commenced, and as secrets unfold, it looks like the battle has only just begun. He wants to hurt me. He loves to see me cry.

What Ares Lancaster doesn’t realize is, I’m not afraid of the darkness inside him.

Lies. Revenge. Bloodshed.

When war comes to a head, nobody is safe from the destruction it leaves in its wake.

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About the Author

Dani is a USA Today Bestselling Author of a variety of genres, from romantic suspense to dark erotic romance and even BDSM romance. She loves to delve into the raw, emotional journeys her characters venture on, and enjoys the dark, edgy, and sensual scenes that fill the pages of her books. Dani’s stories are seductive with a deviant edge with feisty heroines and dominant alphas.

Dani lives in the beautiful city of Cape Town, and is a proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA). She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.

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RELEASE REVIEW: HUSH HUSH by Lucia Franco

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Hush Hush
Author: Lucia Franco
Genre: New Adult College/Erotic Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2019
Blurb

I knew the rules.

Never reveal my true identity.
Play the game, give the illusion.
Don’t get close to the clients.

The dark and glamorous lifestyle of the rich and shameless open my eyes to a lavish world of sin and wealth, and a man I can’t have.
A man I desperately want—James Riviera.
We’re treading a fine line as we live the ultimate double life until we make a startling discovery that tests both our loyalties.
I only had to follow the rules, but rules are meant to be broken

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My Review

Okay, so full disclosure…this is my first read by Lucia Franco!

And holy shit, I sure started off with a bang.

Let me begin by saying that the blurb is deliberately vague when it comes to exactly what happens to the characters in this story; there are so many layers to the story line and its characters that people’s truths are slowly revealed throughout the course of the entire book, and even at the end, it’s clear that readers don’t know everything there is to know about the heroine or the hero.

In my opinion, the forbidden and taboo aspects of this story have very little to do with the hero and heroine’s age difference; in fact, I truly didn’t see it as an issue, even when the decades between them were made clear. There are so many other issues to contend with and so many ways that the agreement/deal that Aubrey and James made could destroy their lives as well as those closest to them.

Through Aubrey and James’ intimate, sensual, kinky, and emotional scenes, Lucia Franco clearly illustrates just how deep these two are with each other, even from the onset of their interactions. And the kind of connection they form could ruin them both in significant and life altering ways, but what’s also vividly shown is how difficult it is for them to separate themselves from each other – to keep a safe distance, so things don’t get anymore difficult or overwhelming than they already are.

But ultimately, this is where the angst comes into play and it is torture at times, and ultimately it’s what had me questioning the kind of person Aubrey is numerous times. I get that she felt like she was in a no-win situation, even at the beginning of the story, which is why Natalie’s revealed double-life was something that Aubrey gravitated toward…that and the way she viewed sex. For me, though, I took issue with her not being truthful to herself and stringing things and people along when it was more than obvious where she stood. 

I also desperately wanted to understand James better. I don’t know how many times I wished James’ perspective was provided. It’s too easy to judge his words and his deeds, holding them against him because they break vows taken and they paint him as an immoral asshole who uses his money to get whatever and whoever he wants. And I felt this way about James BEFORE it was revealed who exactly he is in the grand scheme of things in this story.

For a first read of a new author, this one was a doozy, but I’m so glad I read it. Aubrey and James’ story is intense; it’s overwhelming, both for the characters and its readers; it pushes boundaries; it questions the truth of facades and the honest answers beneath the lies; it’s not an easy read because it crosses questionable lines and it also barrels over people’s morals, but it’s a well-written, thought-provoking, and provocative story that is well worth the read.

4 Poison Apples

Author Bio

A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

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AUDIO REVIEW: WICKED ANGEL by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Angel (Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #6)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: August 6, 2019

Synopsis

First there was pain, and now there is just… nothing. No one can ever understand the losses I’ve suffered. A solitary existence that consists of my work and the empty house that serves as a constant reminder of all I have lost.

After months of paralyzing emptiness, I turn to The Wicked Horse so I can feel something. Anything, really. Any shred of emotion that will explain why I’m still here. Any justification for why my life was spared and theirs were not.

It’s all in vain. Not even the debauchery of the notorious sex club can fill the hollowness that consumes me.

Until she walks in.

Absolutely perfect. Gorgeous and bends to my will. Gives me her body willingly, while expecting nothing more from me than the pleasure I offer her. And the more she gives, the more I find myself wanting to take.

Wanting to crawl out of my personal hell for this wicked angel.

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My Review

The Wicked Horse Vegas is a verifiable sexual playground – one that appeals to all types of people for different reasons, and because the type of kink that its members are into vary, the limitless possibilities keep them coming back time and time again. 

Benjamin Hewitt’s membership at the exclusive club is a means to an end – an attempt on his part to feel something, anything for the first time since his life  was horrifically altered. But while he found his release in certain situations, he was still merely existing, focusing on his career, but shutting everyone out…until her.

For Elena Costieri, The Wicked Horse is an opportunity to give up control, to submit her body to someone purely for the sexual pleasure it provides. To be used in a way that she actually demands instead of for selfish reasons on the part of her boyfriends. It’s a way for her to explore a different side of herself and see how much she enjoys submitting to a man’s demands.

And boy do Benjamin and Elena sizzle together; it’s abundantly clear how much physical chemistry these two share, but it’s also obvious that what they feel toward one another is more than simply a pleasurable release, and regardless of how many times Elena says that she doesn’t want anything more than sex from Benjamin, the fact that she’s always intertwined love and sex together is not something that can change so drastically, especially with someone she seems to connect with on a number of levels.

Because Sawyer Bennett gives readers both main characters’ perspectives, readers understand why Benjamin feels empty…why he’s closed himself off from everyone around him. The fact that he goes from feeling nothing to feeling way too much when it comes to Elena explains why he’s hot and cold with her. I will say that even though we were given Elena’s point of view as well, even now, I don’t feel like I understand her choices, and I truly felt like readers learned more about Elena’s best friend than Elena herself, which perplexed me quite a bit.

Even though I wanted a bit more insight into who Elena is and the reasons her life has led her down this path, I did enjoy her and Benjamin’s story. Readers will feel just how deeply Benjamin’s loss affects him even a year later and just how difficult the struggle to move on is illustrated in the lack of and overabundance of emotions that he must deal with throughout the story. And the scenes at The Wicked Horse and outside of the club are scorching.

I read every book in the original and Vegas Wicked Horse series, and I know that every time, I enter this world, I’m going to read a sexy story that leads to so much more than the physical pleasure the characters experience, which is why it’s a series I thoroughly enjoy!

4 Poison Apples 

About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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EXCERPT REVEAL: The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward

THE DAY HE CAME BACK

(A standalone)

Release date: 8/19/2019

 A Contemporary Romance Novel 

New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Penelope Ward

 Excerpt 

Copyright © 2019

By Penelope Ward

 I looked down at her fitted white pants, covered in dirt marks. Even though she looked sexy as hell, I had to ask. “Why the hell does my mother insist on the staff wearing all white?”

“You’ll have to ask her, although I like to think of it as practice for my future nursing career.”

“I guess that’s one way to look at it. It kind of freaks me out. It’s like you’re all part of some cult.” I chuckled.

“I wonder what she’d do if I showed up in black. She’d shun me.” She snapped her fingers jokingly. “Oh wait…”

Except I wasn’t laughing now. I felt horrible that she knew exactly how my mother felt about her.

“I’m sorry she’s such a bitch, Raven.”

“It’s not your fault.” She looked out at the ocean, then promptly changed the subject. “You must be excited to go to Connecticut in the fall.”

“At this very moment, thanks to you, I’m in absolutely no rush to leave this spot, let alone Palm Beach.”

She blushed. “You’re funny.”

“You’re f*cking beautiful.” That just came out. “I’m sorry if that was too forward. But it’s true,” I said.

“No.” Her cheeks turned pink. “Thank you.”

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

She pushed some hair behind her ear. “No.”

“I want to take you out.”

She looked down at her empty cup. “I don’t think so.”

Ouch. “Can I ask why?”

“It’s not that I’m not interested, but…you’re leaving in the fall, so I’m not sure it makes sense to start anything up. Then there’s the bigger issue of your mother. I just don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“I get it.” I nodded. “I understand.”

Holy sh*t. I wasn’t used to rejection. I couldn’t remember the last time a girl had said no to me. I swear to God, my dick just stiffened. What was it about the chase that was so damn arousing? I had to find another way…

“Can we hang out as friends, then?”

She grinned skeptically. “Friends?”

“There’s this improv club near where you live. I wanted to go check it out this weekend. Would you want to go with me?”

“Venturing to the other side of the bridge, eh?” she teased. “What would Mother think?”

“Will you come with me, wiseass?”

“Seriously, what if your mom finds out?”

“She won’t. She doesn’t really question where I go. I’ll just tell her I’m going to meet a friend. And thanks to your rejection, that won’t be a lie, right?”

Raven blinked for a while before she finally answered, “Okay. Yeah.”

My heart sped up. “Yeah?”

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Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

 It was the summer of my life.

I’d met the guy of my dreams.

Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.

But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.

He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.

Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

What a summer it was.

Until it all ended—badly.

 

I was never supposed to see Gavin again.

That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.

I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

 

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again.

But I wasn’t prepared.

What if he hated me?

What if he loved someone else now?

I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

u u u u u

About the Author

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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When August Ends

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Love Online

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Mack Daddy

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Jaded and Tyed (A novelette)

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COVER REVEAL: FOREVER MY SAINT by Monica James

FOREVER MY SAINT by Monica James

Volume Three

Release date: September 19th

Series: All The Pretty Things Trilogy, Volume Three

Genre: Dark Romance

Cover Designer: Sommer Stein— Perfect Pear Creative Covers

Blurb

All hope was lost until Zoey Hennessy walked back into my world, shaking it up beyond repair when she uttered two simple words.

He’s alive.

She speaks of her brother, my Saint, the man who lost everything to set me free.

I believed he was dead. I saw it with my own two eyes. But when Zoey proves he’s alive and being held captive by a monster, I know what I have to do.

It’s time I saved him.

The plan is dangerous, and there are no guarantees I will survive. But if this nightmare has taught me one thing, it’s that I don’t cower in fear. I am a woman hellbent on getting back the man she loves, and nothing, no one will stand in my way.

However, what I uncover can only be described as hell on earth. The darkness has finally won, and Saint is lost to me forever.

Or so I thought.

Aleksei Popov is anything but a hero, yet in this story—he’s mine. Everything I believed in is about to be turned upside down, and with freedom within my grasp, I wonder how far I will go, and who I will sacrifice in order to set myself free.

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Bio

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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COVER REVEAL: BOSS OF ME by Tia Louise

Cover Design by Lori Jackson Design

Photography by Wander Aguiar

They warned me not to take this job.

They said you were ruthless, impossible to please…

I said I was better than them.

I wouldn’t fall for your charm, your arrogance, or how sexy you fill out that suit.

I wouldn’t fall for your deep brown eyes or the way that muscle moves in your square jaw when you’re pissed.

 

I said I could resist you.

I was wrong…

(BOSS OF ME is a STAND-ALONE workplace, military romance with a badass alpha boss and the feisty woman who steals and heals his heart. No cheating. No cliffhangers.)

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RELEASE REVIEW: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Kendall Ryan

PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Hot Jocks, Book 1

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: August 13th

About the Book

I’ve never been so stupid in my entire life.

Elise Parrish, my teammate’s incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister, should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn’t get the memo.

After our team won the championship, our flirting turned physical, and I took her to bed. Then shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake.

She thinks I don’t remember that night – but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips….

And now I’ve spent three months trying to get her out of my head, but I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.

I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.

That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.

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My Review

I’m a sucker for sports romances, which makes Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Playing for Keeps, exactly the kind of  story I love to read and then add to it the fact that Elise and Justin’s story also includes the friends-to-lovers and brother’s best friend romance tropes, and there was no way I was missing this one!

The idea of more between Elise and Justin might have been something they both have considered a time or two, especially now that Elise has grown up to be quite the stunning beauty, but neither of them would have chosen a drunken night of sex for their first attempt at more. But now that it happened and they can’t take it back, they need to figure out what that means and how they move forward, knowing that they crossed a line that there’s no coming back from.

I do have to say that Elise and Justin frustrated me, at times, with both their words and their actions; I wanted them to be honest with themselves and with each other, and while I get why Elise wanted to keep her and Justin’s ‘hook-ups’ secret, the fact that she thought she could do causal with the guy who she’s crushed on since she was young, was never a possibility, regardless of how many times she tried to convince herself it was. Justin’s playboy past was also something that didn’t help because no one around him, even himself, could see him as a one woman kind of guy and that played into both of their insecurities.

The forbidden aspect of Elise and Justin’s connection is there due to the fact that Justin is Elise’s brother’s best friend, roommate, and teammate. But I guess it’s not so much as forbidden but more like a really bad idea given the fact that Owen knows exactly who Justin is and what he likes, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t want Justin anywhere near his baby sister, but I’m hoping Owen will find out in his and Becca’s story that the heart wants what the heart wants, and even though there’s quite a few obstacles for Elise and Justin to overcome, they’ll find there way, with or without Owen’s blessing.

Elise and Justin’s story is a sweet and steamy read that illustrates what happens when feelings get messy and become the game changer that neither saw coming but now plan to play for keeps!

4 Poison Apples

 About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times.

Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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