Review – Violent Ends (White Monarch #2) by Jessica Hawkins

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Violent Ends by Jessica Hawkins
Series: White Monarch #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 18, 2019
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Synopsis

I had a life, love, and future to give.
Until my enemy took a wife.

The devil has a name, and it’s Cristiano de la Rosa. On my wedding day, he was the last man I expected to see standing at the altar. He wants to make me his queen. His brother wants to rescue his princess.

Getting Cristiano to lose control becomes the name of the game, and the stakes are life and death. But as truth and lies blur, loyalty is tested, and our chemistry threatens to reach the melting point, the prize grows less clear. Either freedom no longer means what I think it does, or Cristiano is as devious as everyone says, and he’s mastered the art of playing my mind.

All I know for certain is that nothing is certain. And all you need to know? This is a love story.

But even love stories have to end.

Review

Jessica Hawkins has completely stolen my breath away with the newest installment in her addictively captivating White Monarch Trilogy. This phenomenal author has managed to wholeheartedly captivate my body, mind, and soul once again while knocking me right on my a** with the twists and turns she throws at us every step of the way. Her beautifully raw storytelling ability has perfectly captured this twisted world.

Cristiano de la Rosa is my ultimate dream man and he’s even managed to steal every inch of my heart and soul. Just when I thought I couldn’t fall for him more, he surprises me with his compassion and love for his new wife, Natalia Cruz. Every time I think I finally have him figured out, he does something totally unexpected, leaving me swooning. I just wish Natalia would open up her sweet little naïve eyes and finally realize that everything he is doing is to protect her…the one he loves, even if he hasn’t admitted it yet. I even have a small inkling that she’s starting to fall for him too.

There is so much I want to say about this story right now, but I am still beyond speechless from that cliffhanger ending! Jessica Hawkins sure know how to keep us on our toes and now I am counting down the days until I can FINALLY get my hands on Violent Triumphs, the final book in the White Monarch Trilogy!

#IsItNovemberYet?! #NeedItNow #ILoveCristiano

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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Review – Bad Influence (Bad Love #3) by Charleigh Rose

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Bad Influence by Charleigh Rose
Series: Bad Love #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Allie

When I moved to River’s Edge, dating was the last thing on my mind.
I definitely didn’t expect to fall for him.
Jesse Shepherd.
Popular. Star athlete. Cocky as hell.
You know the type.
But as time passed, I realized there was more lurking beneath that gorgeous exterior.
Secretive. Angry. A little bit broken.
The more I peeled back his layers, the deeper I fell.
Until I slammed headfirst into his sea of lies.

Jess

I blew my shot.
Pissed everything away—college, lacrosse, my future—only to end up right back where I started in River’s Edge.
I was content to revel in my misery, spending my days drowning in a bottomless pit of booze and girls.
Until I saw her.
Allison Parrish.
Beautiful. Sarcastic. Perpetual bad attitude.
The pretty little distraction from the shit show that was my life.
But the sins of my past were closing in on me, and I learned the hard way that nothing gold can stay.

Review

This author is the queen of angst and of my freaking goodness did she deliver ALL THE ANGST in her newest addition to the standalone Bad Love series, Bad Influence! Jess and Allie literally owned my heart within moments of beginning this story and wholeheartedly captivated every part of my body, mind, and soul. Their chemistry was absolute perfection and their comical banter had me swooning in overdrive. The second these two laid eyes on each other, I knew that they were going to keep me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. These two were tragically flawed souls that were destined to be the missing piece for one another that they have forever been searching for.

Charleigh Rose never disappoints and I knew without a doubt that this story would be another five star read, even without knowing anything about it. However, this story doesn’t deserve only five stars, it deserves a whole heck of a lot more…like maybe a THOUSAND! This incredibly talented author has a poetic way with words and with each new release I find myself falling even more in love with not only her writing style, but also her addictive characters. River’s Edge is the perfect town and I cannot wait to get my hands on more stories from these incredibly captivating characters!

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About Charleigh Rose

Charleigh Rose lives in Narnia with her husband and two young children. She’s hopelessly devoted to unconventional love and pizza. When she isn’t reading or mom-ing, she’s writing moody, broody, swoony romance.

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The Bet (North Woods University #1) by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman

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The Bet by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
Series: North Woods University #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

“He was my best friend…” I say more to myself than her.
“Yeah, so was I but you seem to have forgotten that part of your life.”

The bet was simple.
You draw a name from the hat.
That’s the girl you have to seduce.
The girl you have to make fall head over heels in love with you.

It wasn’t hard for me to do, in fact it was something I did all the time. I was known for breaking hearts. Sex was just that, sex. And it didn’t take me very long to get a woman on her back.

And then I drew her name: Jules Peterson.

My former best friend. My first kiss. My first love. She shattered my heart into a million pieces three years ago. She left me right when I needed her most.

And as fate who have it, she had entered my life once again, at almost the perfect time.

She was a transfer, fresh meat, and she had just put a target on her back. It was my turn to make her pay. It was my turn to break her heart.

Holding onto that hate, that anger, that f*cking heartbreak. It does something to you. It breaks you, and it broke me, it tainted me, just like I would do to Jules.

She used to be my everything, but now she was nothing but The Bet.

**This is book one in the North Woods University Series. It can be read as a complete standalone and contains NO cliffhanger, NO cheating, and a HEA. Please be advised this series contains material not suitable for all readers. Dubious content is included in this book. This is NOT a YA series.**

Review

The moment I came across this story I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on it because it sounded like my kind of read. Unfortunately, well I did enjoy parts of this story, I didn’t necessarily love it as much as I thought I was going to. J.L. Beck and C. Hallman’s writing style was unique and I couldn’t tell when one author’s writing ended and the other author’s began because the change in tone was unrecognizable.

The story flowed well and I enjoyed certain parts of the story, but there were also parts that I was kind of frustrated with. Remington was a little immature for my liking and a total d*ck in the beginning, but he did mature over the course of the story. On the other hand, I instantly loved Jules and my heart broke for her because of the pain she had to endure when she lost her brother and father. Oh and let’s not forget how Remmy treated her when she saw him for the first time in years. I never hated a main character in the beginning as much as I hated him, but he slowly worked his way into my good graces.

Although this wasn’t my favorite read I definitely liked how this story ended and I cannot wait for the next book in this standalone series because I am super interested in Vance’s story!

AURORA

“Such a pretty little pussy. I never would’ve expected you to be so responsive to my hate, I guess we are both full of surprises.” (1)

About J.L. Beck & About C. Hallman

J.L. Beck & C. Hallman are two ladies with a love for coffee, books, and the bad boys who live inside them. 

They’re a dynamic duo who love writing all genres of romance, from erotica, to suspense. To date they’ve written ten books together and don’t plan to stop any time soon. 

When they aren’t writing you can find them making jokes, discussing their next book, arguing over cover photos, and of course drinking more coffee. 

They’re humble, and truly blessed to have found such amazing readers.

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Review – Depravity (King University #1) by Jacob Chance

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Depravity by Jacob Chance
Series: King University #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:
 June 7, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

When I was asked to babysit for a single father, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Two months with Mr. tall, dark, and broody didn’t seem like a bad trade-off for the money he would pay me.

As the weeks go by, our attraction grows and I realize what a concerned and caring father he is. And he learns that not every woman is untrustworthy like his ex-wife.

We both agree to walk away from our fling when I leave for college at the end of summer.

And reluctantly, we do.

Until my first day of classes when he crashes back into my world.

“I’m Professor Decker. Welcome to King University.”

Review

Depravity by Jacob Chance is a slow burn romance that had my heart swooning every step of the way! I wholeheartedly adored the back and forth banter between Miles, a single dad and college professor, and Sophie, a part-time babysitter and soon-to-be college freshmen. What starts off as a hot summer fling soon blossoms into so much more. There is just one little problem…neither one of them expected him to be her professor.

Their story gave me all the feels and I never wanted it to end because I was head over heels in love with them! Although this story could be considered a forbidden romance because of their age gap and the fact that he did happen to be one of her college professor. However, do be apprehensive about reading this story if you are usually against forbidden romances because trust me you are going to love ever second of Miles and Sophie…oh and let’s not forget the sweet and adorable Joey. That little man completely stole my heart!

Now that I have devoured this story, I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the standalone books in the King University series!

AURORA

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About Jacob Chance

Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of sports romcoms and romantic suspense, he plans on providing you with many more stories.

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Review – The Truth About Heartbreak by B. Celeste

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The Truth About Heartbreak by B. Celeste
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Forbidden
Release Date:
June 3, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

I fell in love with him when I was thirteen years old.

He was older, mysterious, and unattainable. The guy I could never touch.

Then one night changed everything for us. But there was one huge problem.

He belonged to her.

Review

Once again I find myself staring at a blank screen as I attempt to construct a review worthy of this phenomenally captivating and beautifully breathtaking tale that has managed to invade my every thought and emotion since devouring it! This book is hands down worth of a thousand stars and B. Celeste will blow you all away with her unique storytelling ability. This amazing lady was meant to write forbidden romance and I am so freaking thrilled that she took a leap of faith and decided to give us a story unlike anything on the market today. You know what they say…“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”…and write it she did!

The Truth About Heartbreak hooked me in right from the very beginning and YES I stayed up way too late reading it because I needed to know every captivating detail of River and Everett’s story! Their emotional journey towards their happily ever after had me on the edge of my seat and my heart was obliterated and slowly repaired along the way. This is an agonizingly “SLOW” slow burning romance and let’s just say the level of angst is HIGH! Your body, heart, mind, and soul will never be the same after inhaling the twists and turns that this story will throw your way. Just remember to be prepared for the butterflies in the pit of your stomach and the feeling of your heart trying to beat out of your chest! This is one of the BEST feelings ever and one that you will want to feel over and over again, which just means that you will have to read this story more than once! I have wholeheartedly consumed it a totally of four times and plan on experiencing it all over again when I FINALLY get my paperback copy!

As much as I love Barbara C. Doyle’s romantic comedies, I think our girl B. Celeste is here to stay in the realm of FORBIDDEN romance! It was as if she was ALWAYS meant to write this story and I cannot wait to get my hands on her next story! I freaking love this lady and all that she has managed to accomplish! If you haven’t one-clicked your copy of this story yet then I will NEVER SPEAK TO YOU AGAIN…okay not really, but you should totally be reading this story RIGHT NOW! Trust me when I say your will not want to miss out on River and Everett’s love story!

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About B. Celeste

Barbara C. Doyle writing as B. Celeste.

Sin. Sex. Angst.

B. Celeste brings taboo to a whole new level.

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Review – Written with Regret (Regret Duet #1) by Aly Martinez

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Written with Regret by Aly Martinez
Series: Regret Duet #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Every little girl dreams of the fairytale. The one where the white knight rushes in to save her from the clutches of evil. They fall in love, have babies, and live happily ever after.

By that definition, my life should have been a fairytale too.

When I was eight years old, Caven Hunt saved me from the worst kind of evil to walk the Earth. It didn’t matter that I was a kid. I fell in love with him all the same.

But that was where my fairytale ended.

Years later, a one-night stand during the darkest time imaginable gave us a little girl. It was nothing compared to the pitch black that consumed me when I was forced to leave her with Caven for good.

At the end of every fairytale, the happily-ever-after is the one thing that remains consistent. It wasn’t going to be mine, but there hadn’t been a night that passed where I hadn’t prayed that it would be hers.

I owed Caven my life.
However, I owed that innocent child more.
And that included ripping the heart from my chest and facing her father again.

Review

Holy sh*t what the f*ck just happened?! Aly Martinez is the queen of duets and her cliffhanger endings always manage to leave me right on the edge of my seat in anticipation of getting my hands on the follow up story! Seriously she is an author who I kinda love and hate at the same time. I love her for that beautifully unique storytelling ability and the fact that she manages to keep her readers guessing right until the very end, but I hate that she always leaves us with a jaw dropping twist and then makes us wait. Although I guess I can’t hate her too much because she sure knows how to leave me craving more so that I keep coming back every freaking time. Luckily she doesn’t make us wait too long because I don’t know if I could manage to wait longer than a couple of weeks!

Written with Regret is the first book in the Regret Duet that follows the emotionally captivating journey of Caven Hunt and Hadley Banks! Their story was breathtakingly beautiful and will have readers second guessing every moment these two share throughout all the twists and turns that the author throws our way! Just as I thought I was finally beginning to understand the direction this story was going in, the rug was pulled right out from under me and I was left in complete shock!

My heart is legit beating right out of my chest and I cannot freaking wait for the next book, Written with You, to reveal all of those secrets I am craving to know! Aly Martinez hits it out of the park with the story and readers are going to fall in love with Caven and Hadley!

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About Aly Martinez

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Review – Trouble at Brayshaw High (Brayshaw High #1) by Meagan Brandy

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Trouble at Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy
Series: Brayshaw High #2
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

“You don’t belong.”

No words whispered in anger have ever rung more true.

They’re the Kings of Brayshaw with the world at their feet, destined for greatness and in need of control.

I’m the girl from the ghetto with nothing to offer and as defiant as they come.

They say it doesn’t matter, that I’m one of them now, and nothing could ever change that.
Not even me, should I dare try.

But they’re wrong.
They underestimate how far I’ll go to protect them.

Trouble is coming…and they have no idea.

Review

Meagan Brandy is just bound and determined to drive all of her readers right off the edge of the cliff with the next installment in her Brayshaw High series! Trouble at Brayshaw High picks right back up from the end of the first book and we FINALLY get to see who Raven went to see. I am completely speechless!

Let’s just say that this story totally BLEW MY MIND and my jaw is still firmly planted on the ground because HOLY FREAKING MOLY there were even more twist and turns thrown our way! Totally on the edge of my seat the entire time and the rollercoaster ride of angst was well worth it. Raven, Maddoc, Royce, and Captain don’t know what’s about to hit them, but it’s a wicked ride for sure. Meagan Brandy has managed to create a world that I have complete fallen in love with and her characters all hold a special place in my heart!

Hands down one of the BEST young adult stories I have ever read! I cannot wait to get the next book in this series and there is no doubt in my mind that it’s going completely turn our world upside down! Make sure you do yourself a favor and one-click this phenomenally captivating tale RIGHT NOW!

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About Meagan Brandy

Meagan is a candy crazed, jukebox junkie who tends to speak in lyrics. Born and raised in California, she is a married mother of three crazy boys who keep her bouncing from one sports field to another, depending on the season, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Starbucks is her best friend and words are her sanity.

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