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[Review] A Taste of Shine by Addison Cain

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Chicago’s reigning kingpin wants Charlotte back under his wing. His right-hand-man wants her in his bed. But small-town moonshiner, Matthew Emerson, just wants her right where she is—safe in his arms and hidden away from her sordid past.

Trouble is, Charlotte’s not that kind of girl. The spitfire has her own reckoning to bring, and the last thing she wants is someone thinking she’s worth protecting.

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I really, really enjoyed this.

As a long-term fan of Addison Cain (although I admittedly haven’t read this in its original form—A Trick of the Light), this is by far the lightest work of hers I have ever got my hands on. Going in, I wasn’t really sure how the Queen of Darkness would make this work.

It was truly a delightful read. I powered through it, not wanting to put it down for a second, and adored its historical background, the slightly darker (and gory) undertones at the occasional violence, and of course, how much of a slow-burner the romance was. Both Matthew and Charlotte were absolutely fantastic and strong in their own rights, and the supporting cast was as developed as they were.

Absolutely fabulous. Light and fun with the perfect dose of steam!

~Evelyn

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[Review] Disgusting, Beautiful, Immoral by Guy New York

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Nobody has ever loved a woman the way Brent and I loved Kelly.

I met her first, and for a while, I thought that mattered. We hooked up at a party, crawled into bed a few days later, and before I knew it she was calling me Daddy as we did everything filthy thing we could dream up. The time after college was the most messed up fuck-fest of a summer I have ever had, and it didn’t stop there.

But love comes in different packages, and when Brent finally came back to the city everything changed in an instant. Maybe it was the first time I undressed her in front of him while our roommates watched, or maybe it was that early morning when he parted her legs as I lay next to them on the bed. Whatever it was, the three of us were thrown into a love that couldn’t be defined or controlled no matter how hard I tried.

Messy, glorious, and hot as hell, Disgusting Beautiful Immoral is a kinky thrill ride through New York City just as the millennium was ending. We did things to Kelly I didn’t know where possible, and together we forged something entirely new.

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It was an odd way to come across a book, but scrolling through a rather smutty Tumblr dash, I found an image of a rather naked woman covering her breasts with the paperback and thought to myself that the title was…brilliant. I’d never heard of the author, and didn’t even read the blurb—just one-clicked.

And wow. During a book drought in which I’m struggling to find anything to really hold my interest, this was brilliant.

Not only is it absolutely filthy, but it’s written so well, and the characters are so developed, that it’s a lot deeper than just erotica. There are so many layers, and at times it’s quite an uncomfortable read; Thomas’ head is not the happiest place to me in. It’s not the clearest, and it’s certainly not the easiest. He’s often not even a likeable character, but this is what makes this such a fabulous read. The realism, the friendships, the heartbreak, the exploration of fetish and kink and the slow development of communication and love and discovering oneself.

Lines are walked and crossed, but at the end of it all, this felt to me like something written from the heart. One of my favourite reads—of all time.

~Evelyn

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[Review] Silent Captive by Addison Cain

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Wren is caught in the clutches of three dangerous Alphas, each with their own selfish designs.

One wants pleasures only an Omega can offer. Another desires affection, yet gives only cruelty in return. And the last—and by far most dangerous—he craves love, but has no idea how to return it.

Silent Captive: Wren’s Song Book 2 is a dark, sinister Omegaverse Reverse Harem tale for those with twisted tastes and a passion for unabashed bad boys. Complete power exchange dominates these pages, as do THREE smoking-hot Alpha antiheroes.

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I thought I was prepared for this…I wasn’t. At all.

I was about halfway through before I realised how dark this was. Having read (and adored) the other books in this universe, I was expecting there to be some form of romance within the darkness—like Shepherd, whom I have an unhealthy obsession with to this day.

Be warned—this is different. I found it entirely unerotic, and at times quite a challenging read, especially because I really, really do not like Caspian or Kieran at this point, and only Toby slightly more. And yet, I could not put it down. I wanted to read more of Wren’s plight, to delve into the despair, to explore the Warrens and the corner of this perfectly crafted universe and the vastly different type of Alpha these three were in comparison to the norm.

This is the most sinister and brutal of Cain’s work to date, a spiral down a rabbit hole in which there are glimmers of hope extinguished all too soon, and plenty of pain—all perfectly described by Cain’s brilliant writing. I felt everything, every single emotion pulled from Wren, despite her being unable to express herself.

God, I can’t wait to read more.

~Evelyn

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[Review] Gym Junkie by T.L. Swan

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We’ve all done it, salivated
Over a guy at the gym, imagined the unimaginable.
Wanted what we can’t have.

Only my fantasy has turned into an obsession.
Every night like clockwork he’s there.
Every night like clockwork I’m ready.

I’m not the kind of girl who does this kind of thing and
he’s exactly the kind of man that does.

He’s as sexy AF.
Dominant as all hell.
Built like a machine.

And when he turns up at my work

My worst f**king nightmare.

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An late night workout never hurt anyone, right? Well, what about if you hook up with the hottest guy you’ve ever seen in your life in the bathroom… and it makes you feel like the worst person in the world for it?

When Tully has her one-night stand in the bathroom of her new gym, she cannot believe the after effects. She swears to never see the guy again.

Brock Marx has other plans. This is what he does, though not always in public bathrooms (not that he rules them out). He meets women, takes what he wants, and sends them on their way. Not in a jerky way, they always know the deal. When Tully doesn’t return his phone calls, he doesn’t know how to handle the rejection.

I could not put this one down! I loved the relationship that built between these two, the sarcasm and the love-through-joking just made it totally swoon worthy. There was a decent detective/crime based plot in the background of their love story too, which I wasn’t a big fan of – just a personal taste – but it was well written and the other characters floating around made for a story that readers will come back to often. Amazing!

~Alex

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[Review] Protect Me by Cary Hart

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Penny 

I don’t know who I am anymore. It’s been so long since I’ve been allowed to think for myself. And now that I can, all I can think about is him. My protector. His massive build which should frighten me but makes me feel safe. And his intense eyes that linger on me when he thinks I’m not looking. But why would he want me? I’m broken.

Shapiro 

I vowed never to get close to anyone again. Do the job, get paid and survive. That’s all. Then she’s thrown into my life, needing a place to hide. She thinks she’s damaged, but she just needs someone to show her how strong she really is. Damn if I don’t want to be that man. But I’ve got a past of my own, and no good deed goes unpunished.

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With the help of her friends, Penny is able to escape an unbearable life and try to start over. A bad decisions leads her back to that life, and she loses everything she holds dear because of it.

When she is rescued a second time, Penny is unsure how to handle this new lifestyle. Staying at a friend of a friends, Shapiro’s, she is trying to heal.

Shaprio wants to protect her. Seeing her hurt is killing him, but he knows he needs to give her time. When they finally connect, it’s everything both of them has ever wanted.

I really liked the character development between these two. Their relationship built slowly and there was more background to read about. There was drama, a love story, and friendship which is the trifecta of a fantastic story.

~Alex

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[Review] Play Me by Cary Hart

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Who will you be when no one is watching… when the lights go down?

Ellie
I played because I loved it… it was in my blood.
Now I play because it’s all I have left. And I’m about to chance it all for him.
When the lights go down, and I step off that stage, will he still want me? When he finds out who I really am, what I’m not?

Lee
Her voice drew me in, her heart is what makes me want to stay.
Part of me wants to take care of her, the other wants to break down her walls.
I’m not sure I’m ready to risk it all… chasing her down, when I’m struggling to hold on to the only thing I’ve ever known.

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A simple meet-cute turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ellie and Lee… but once Lee hears Ellie sing, he walks away from her.

Lee has one thing on his mind these days: finding his way through life to make sure his grandmother is okay. Between work and his past, he’s scared to lose the one thing that’s always been there. When he sees Ellie again, he realises his heart may have healed enough from his past for a new life.

Ellie has finally broken away from her controlling parents. Trying to make a name for herself as a singer, she’s surprised when Lee comes back in her life. The sparks between them are undeniable and it just may be what saves them both.

An adorable read that you’ll be drawn in from page one. Lee’s mysterious past, Ellie’s possibilities, their story together is one of love, heartache, and seeing how the choice to be successful as a couple and as individuals does not have to be a choice. Loved it.

~Alex

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Flip Trick by Amo Jones

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Sometimes less can be more…

Wow… I am not quite sure how I feel about this book… the accompanying blurb promised a strong heroine and a potential taboo romance.. but it was so much more complicated than that ….

Amethyst and Maddox provide the narrative, which gives an insight into the inner workings and turmoil of these two protagonists; Amethyst did so in her own quirky style, which at times I found tricky to follow…sadly she was not as bad *** as I thought she was going to be; she was too geeky, wavering too often over decisions and second guessing her choices……. I did like her asides and foot in mouth moments, though, they made me laugh..I particularly loved her seven year old self in the prologue, who in many ways was more insightful than the young adult version; as far as strong heroine’s go, she lacked commitment…. Maddox had all the trappings of a bad-boy type and at times he oozed charisma, but his overall attitude was too conflicted, and he made too many bad decisions and wrong choices…and overall I found it difficult to connect with his character…

There were a host of well written and relatable secondary characters, but in the end they all seemed to have flaws and invariably behaved contrary to character at the most inconvenient moments… I did love the relationship between the three brothers..and would love to know more about Talon and the brooding Wolf… although Leila would not be my choice for any of the boys…

This book had all the ingredients of a classic young adult/forbidden romance. unfortunately, although I was engaged by the writing and the unfolding plot, it just wasn’t as compelling a read as I had anticipated: there were too many coincidences, Maddox and Amethyst’s relationship was too complex, the various sub-plots and interconnections were too numerous and the frequent revelations and periodic jumps in the timeline spoiled my overall enjoyment…..the old adage that sometimes less is more rings true in relation to this rollercoaster read……

~Sheena

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