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REVIEW: Sin and Discipline by Lily White


Lennon Carter first saw my face with his hand around my throat.

Shock widened his eyes, starbursts of anger for what I’d done. 
That moment should have been the last of us; our beginning and end. 
Fate, it seems, had other plans.

A dedicated musician, Lennon would become my mentor, my shadow, my protector and nightmare.
We were two discordant notes that somehow blended with perfect harmony.
Challenged to become a pianist as talented as him, I became Lennon’s SIN, while he became my DISCIPLINE.

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This is Lily White back to her erotic, emotional best. Although this isn’t as overtly dark as many of White’s prior releases, there are dark undertones for sure and it packs a truly emotional punch. These two protagonists have a substantial amount of grit and pain to deal with, and it’s in the solace and discipline of each other that they can come to terms with it.

I was enthralled from the first page. 

Technically, there are taboo undertones here with the forbidden romance trope, but before you put this book down, it’s really quite firmly an undertone rather than a main part of the plot, and it’s dealt with maturely and rather beautifully. This truly is driven by the character development rather than the forbidden, and there’s a smattering of erotic and kinky scenes to go with…actual eroticism that has you…err…you know.

Overall, a wonderful balance of everything I love in a good book. Well done Lily White.

~Evelyn (5/5)

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REVIEW: Royal Intentions by Janae Keyes

Title: Royal Intentions
Author: Janae Keyes
Genre: Interracial Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2019
For Dr. Whitney Young Ph.D., running away from her painful past was secretly her motivation. The further away she was from her family the better, and a teaching opportunity in the country of Vauxlance was precisely what she needed to keep her far away and focus on her career.
Prince Philippe De Le Stefan is the crown prince of the small western European country of Vauxlance. He’s also filled with pain due to the mistakes of his past. He’d give anything to be free of the guilt that plagued him.
A chance meeting at a lavish party brings together the two broken hearts of the economics professor and the prince.
Caught up in the excitement of romance, fast-paced lifestyles, celebrity, and academics, can the dynamic couple survive the pressures placed on them by outside and internal influences?

Review

A really fun and feel-good romance. I’m not the biggest fan of insta-love in the world, although this was probably the best-executed I’ve read. It’s definitely more of a light-hearted read, perfect for a summer’s day, but I prefer a bit more grit and conflict. There was an odd combination of overwriting and lacking in information—particularly critical plot information which seemed to be dropped in and relied upon to progress the storyline.

Overall, this was pretty OK, with some nice steamy scenes and an easy plot.

~Evelyn (3/5)

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REVIEW: Invisible Leash

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My name is Sage Cross.

I’ve got it all-the beauty, the brains, the bank account.

Women hate me. Men want my Louboutins around their necks.

And I blame my father for everything. It’s his fault I’m swarming through powerful men in suits while I’m stuck posing as a useless, jobless photo op.

Until he sends the perfect weapon my way: Lincoln Black. Mark my words, I plan to use him. In more ways than one.

What I don’t expect coming my way is Jacob Storm, a beautiful, possessive, millionaire who sexed his way through Manhattan.

I spread my legs. My black heart however remains on lockdown.

You’ve been warned.

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I’m not entirely sure what to think about this one. The premise was original and I definitely enjoyed Sage’s story and development…but it wasn’t what I was expecting. The cover and blurb give the impression that this would be a much sexier, steamier read than its actual contents. In fact, the only ‘sexy’ part, really, was Sage’s fabulous, daring fashion preferences.

I appreciated M.H.B.’s interesting take on a love triangle, but sadly I found Jacob a lukewarm hero with not much to him other than some slightly unsettling jealousy and impatience. There was enough intrigue (and plenty of drama) to make me want to read on, but I’m not entirely on-side just yet.

Before I finish, I’d also like to mention that this could have used another round of proofreading, but as I signed up to review Part 2 and this was also therefore an ARC, I’m unsure if this is the final, published copy or not. Therefore, that does not contribute to my rating.

~Evelyn (3/5)

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The Last Call by Nikki Belaire

 

 

Title: The Last Call
Author: Nikki Belaire
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 1, 2019

 

Blurb
I’m no
angel, and he’s definitely no saint. We’ve crossed paths on the way to hell,
and now he thinks we’re going to enjoy the rest of the ride together…
I said no. He said yes.
I turned him down. He kicked in my door.
He told me to stay. I ran as far as I
could.
I hate him. He adores me.
I’m crazy. He’s worse.
I want to leave. He won’t let me go.
I’m a bitch. He loves me anyway.
He’s a killer. I don’t really
care.
He says I’m strong, beautiful, talented. I say
he’s lying.
He’s doing everything he can to make me
believe it.
I’m doing everything I can to resist him.
He fights and f*cks as hard as I do, and
now…I think I might like him too.
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Excerpt
I beat on
the door for the fourth time. Irritation burning in me as much as the side of
my fist from her ignoring me. So fucking much I have to teach her, starting
first with never keep me waiting when I want her.
I slam the
surface again. I know she’s home, and I know she’s alone. Under surveillance
since Kenneth traced her credit card from her bar tab. Second lesson to learn
is not to use her real name when she’s doing something illegal. My woman’s smart
but not slick.
Her thick
necked bodyguard escorted her to her apartment around one a.m. before departing
about fifteen minutes later. No one coming or going since. Including her.
Fuck this.
I don’t have time to jack around anymore with this angel. The heel of my foot
drives through the thick wood, splintering with a jagged crack as I kick in the
damn door. My guys can come back later and fix the damage.
A black
Glock greets me when I step inside. Fuck she’s magnificent. All intense and
earnest in her stance and expression. Gorgeous too. No make-up and a black silk
robe wrapped tight around her small body. More fragile than before without her
heels boosting her height and her confidence. She’s tiny and scared. Even
though she pretends not to be.
“Get
the fuck out of my house, and I won’t blow your head off.”
Totally
adorable. “Okay baby, put the gun down before you hurt yourself.”
“It’s
not me getting hurt that you should be worried about.”
I’m so
fucking hard I have to lean forward to relieve some of the pressure of my cock
straining against my boxer briefs. Fucking this fireball is going to be
amazing. Her gaze and the tip of the barrel follow my hand to my crotch.
“I’ll
blow that head off too if you’re not careful.”
Damn. I’m
going to fucking come in my pants if she doesn’t stop being so fucking
glorious.
Review
I really, really wanted to like this, and I did enjoy the first 25% or so, but it really petered out after that point. The hero was far too over-the-top alpha — there’s a fine line between a sexy, gritty alpha hero and a controlling a-hole, and sadly Julius was the latter. I found myself not invested in the slightest in their relationship, and the plot, to me, was very similar to too many of the other kingpin romances I’ve read, from their dark side to their complete and utter controlling of the heroine. To top it all off, Belaire writes far too much in sentence fragments, something that can be impactful when used tactically but is just messy when used constantly.
~Evelyn
Author Bio
Nikki
writes contemporary romantic thrillers and admits to a weakness for bad boys,
especially ones who can’t live without the strong women they love. She spends
more time in her characters’ lives than her own. But, when she’s in the real
world, her passions include reading, wine appreciating, running, and spending
time with her husband and daughter.
 

 

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A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone

 

 

A Lesson In Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone
Cover Reveal: March 13th
Release Date: March 21st
Cover Designer: Hang Le
Image: Trevillion Images

 

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REVIEW

Wow. Just wow.

Sierra Simone proves once again that she is very much at the top of the list when it comes to utterly filthy erotica and crafting lyrical words to obsess over. I could not put this book down.

The layers were astonishing, and I’m pretty sure I highlighted most of the book. The pacing was perfection, the attention to detail and narration sublime.

Be sure to have your vibrators (or a willing partner) ready because this is raw sexual energy and likely one of the hottest things you will have read in a while.

I truly cannot find fault. This was one of the most sensual, emotional reads I have ever had the pleasure of investing in. The mystery of Thornchapel is only just starting to unfold, and combined with obsession over a childhood event and a group of people learning to connect with their sexuality, this was explosive and I cannot wait for the next instalment.

~Evelyn

 

 

Blurb
Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above…

And twelve years later, we’re back.

The heir.
The dreamer.
The priest.
The genius.
The socialite.
The saint.

I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night.
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two.

I’m not telling the truth.

Because as this place slowly tightens its coil of secrets and thorns around us, as we uncover the knotted mysteries that grow here, the six of us begin to unravel into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Fulfilling the promise we once made as children in those whispering ruins, and awakening a fate that will either anoint us or leave us in ashes…

 

 

About the Author:
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

 

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Best Man by Lila Monroe

 

Title: Best Man

Series: Billionaire Bachelors #6

Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 11, 2019
Blurb
Arthur ’Fitz’ Fitzgerald is the hottest, most reckless playboy in town… and my new husband?! 
Believe me, I never dreamed that I’d be walking down the aisle to a quickie marriage with a total stranger, but thanks to my eccentric god-mother, an iron-clad will, and a
blind, three-legged cat called Alfred (don’t ask), I need to get hitched ASAP. And when the perfect candidate leaves me at the altar, there’s only one person crazy – and drunk – enough to step up at the last minute. 
The best man. 
Also known as the man most likely to get caught romping with three Rockettes in the back of a Sex and the City tour bus. The man who could melt my panties at twenty paces – and make me want to pour a bucket of ice-water over his head. The man I just pledged to love and honor and… oh god, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!
Our arrangement was clear: keep up the charade long enough for me to claim my
inheritance and send my slime-ball cousins packing. Our plan is working perfectly. 
Then Fitz decides to change the rules….
Can this fake marriage turn into something real? Find out in the latest hot and hilarious romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe
BILLIONAIRE BACHELORS SERIES:
1 Very Irresistible Playboy
2 Hot Daddy 
3 Wild Card 
4 Man Candy 
5 Mr. Casanova 
6 Best Man 

 

 

 

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Author Bio
Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.
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Review

This was just what the doctor ordered. Having been in a bit of a book rut for a while now, I was looking for something to lure me back into this wonderful community (and hobby), and I’m so, so glad I stumbled across this.

I’ve read some of Monroe’s work on and off over the years, never really properly following her, but this gave me such a feel-good tingle that I’m absolutely tempted to go back and read the others in this series.

I loved the characterisation of Becca and Fitz, so clearly made for each other despite being from completely different worlds. Yes, it was a little far-fetched at times, but Monroe sucked me in, made me smile, made me laugh, and most of all made me enjoy this book so much that I read it in one sitting—something I haven’t done it what feels like forever.

If you’re looking for a light, feel-good romance that will leave you in a brilliant mood, this is the book for you.

 

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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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Review

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