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Profile: Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes.

If these genres blow your skirt up, as they do mine, check out my reviews. If you are like me, you are forever chasing that next elusive five-star read. Make it easy on yourself, and just cheat off of mine. I won’t tell.

I’m just out here doing my part for humanity. These books won’t read themselves.

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Reborn (Alpha's Claim #3)

Reborn by Addison Cain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Started slow, but picked up

I was confused by the pacing of this book. It was pretty slow for the first half, then picked up speed more and more as it neared the end. The last parts of the book almost felt glossed over as months passed in the space of a chapter. I was disappointed because, though I raced through the earlier books, I struggled to power through the first half of this one.
Claire softens toward Shepherd in this book, though still struggles with her feelings of responsibility toward the people’s resistance, and toward her friends. As she struggles Shepherd tries to get her to connect with their baby, and puts effort into trying to bring her joy. It was good to see him trying instead of just demanding. I’m still struggling with the marked differences between traditional romances and these Omegaverse books, but I’m enjoying the story outside of that component so I’m trying not to focus too much on terms like “nest” and “knot” as they take me out of the story. But, that’s just me not being used to this type of story.
I thought the author did a great job with the villain in this book- I really hated this person. The brutality set into place, coupled with how well she had several people snowed, was a stark indicator of her being a complete psychopath.
Overall, I enjoyed this book by the end. But, I had to push through the first half.
If Omegaverse is your jam, and you can manage some tricky triggers, I definitely recommend this series. If you’re new to Omegaverse and curious as I was (and understand there are triggers) I still recommend it.


TRIGGERS- violent non-consent; another devastating trigger I won’t name due to spoilers, but if you have a particular trigger that happens to be very sad I suggest you read a review with spoilers before diving into this one.


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Shepherd must convince his precious Claire to return his love…

Before he goes mad with longing. It’s not enough to have his mate safely secured in his nest. It’s not enough that she slowly succumbs to her instincts. He wants her heart and soul.

Needs her… before it’s too late.

Thólos is coming apart at the seams, and Shepherd’s men can do nothing to stop it. Real war is on their doorstep, and unless the Alpha tyrant is willing to pay the ultimate, everything he has sacrificed will have been for nothing.

Publisher’s Note: The third book in Addison Cain’s exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse series is a Dark Romance featuring complete power exchange.

Born to be Broken (Alpha's Claim, #2)

Born to be Broken by Addison Cain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Detailed story and characters

Another winner! This is the second book in this series, my second-ever Omegaverse read, and my second book from this author. As with the first I am a little distracted by the language that I’m not used to, but that’s to be expected since I’ve never read this kind of book before. I generally stick to dark romance/romantic suspense, and avoid paranormal (among others). This series kept popping up on recommended lists so I decided to give it a try.
I really liked this book. There is a considerable amount of detail both in the world as well as the characters. I also really love that the relationship between the two main characters is not insta-love, and Claire doesn’t just roll over with stars in her eyes the minute Shepherd tell her to do so. She fights. She refuses. She is defiant. She does what she can (uses whatever she can) in pursuit of what she believes to be right. She couldn’t complete a task on her own, so she did what she needed to do to get the help she needed rather than throwing her hands up at the hopelessness of it all.
I am also enjoying Shepherd’s struggle. It seems like he wants Claire to develop feelings for him. To care for him. To see him as her mate as opposed to her kidnapper/tormentor/attacker/captor. Unfortunately he has never had to build a relationship before, nor has he ever even seen it done. He has seen only twisted “relationships” based on abuse, bartering, power… but not love or affection. And Claire, having never had a relationship herself, and with her mother having passed away when Claire was so young, has never had nor seen a relationship develop, either. So it’s the blind leading the blind over here. She wants him to do something he doesn’t know how to do (woo her), and he wants her to do something she’s been repelled by, and fought against, her entire life (accept her Omega status and submit to that life).
It is interesting to watch it unfold. When Shepherd does something nice is it out of affection? A desire to appease Claire? Or does he perhaps have more self-serving motivations?
I also love the side characters. Well, except Svana. That’s not to say she isn’t an excellent character from a technical standpoint- she is. I HATE her. And that is a mark of a “good” character.

Warning: there is OW drama and activity in this series.


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Desperately in love…

Shepherd took Claire against her will. Pair-bonded the Omega despite her reluctance, tying their souls together for life. Conquered her city and brought her people to heel.

Yet never anticipated he’d fall in love.

Or imagine his wonderful mate would grow to despise him to the point she’d risk her life to escape.

That cannot stand. He will find his missing mate, he will drag her home, and he will make her adore him. After all, he holds the key to his resistant mate’s compliance—the lives of her friends.

Publisher’s Note: The second book in Addison Cain’s exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse series is a Dark Romance featuring complete power exchange.

COVER REVEAL: Nightfall by Penelope Douglas

☠️𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐅𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐥!☠️


The Devil’s Night series is almost complete!

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Synopsis:

𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐘
They call it Blackchurch. A secluded mansion in a remote, undisclosed location where the wealthy and powerful send their misbehaving sons to cool off away from prying eyes.

Will Grayson has always been an animal, though. Reckless, wild, and someone who was never bound by a single rule other than to do exactly what he wanted. There was no way his grandfather was going to risk him humiliating the family again.

Not that the last time was entirely his fault. He might’ve enjoyed backing me into corners in high school when no one was looking, so they wouldn’t catch on that Mr. Popular actually wanted a piece of that quiet, little nerd he loved to torture so much, but…

He could also be warm. And fierce in keeping me safe.

The truth is… He has a right to hate me.

It’s all my fault. Everything.

Devil’s Night. The videos. The arrests.

I’m to blame for all of it.

And I regret nothing.

𝐖𝐈𝐋𝐋
I never minded being locked up. I learned a long time ago that being treated like an animal gives you permission to act like one. No one has ever looked at me any other way.

Their only mistake is believing anything I do is an accident. I can sit in this house with no Internet, television, liquor, or girls, but I’ll come out of here with something far more frightening to my enemies.

A plan.

And a new pack of wolves.

I just didn’t expect one of my enemies to come to me.

I don’t know who smuggled her in or if they meant to leave her here, but I can smell her hiding in the house. She’s here.
And as the security detail leaves the supplies, the gates close, and the door to my gilded cage opens, giving me free reign of the house and grounds for another unsupervised month, I remember with a smile…

Blackchurch houses five prisoners. I’m only one of her problems.

*Nightfall is a full-length, romantic suspense. It’s necessary to read the prior installments before starting this finale. It is suitable for readers 18+. Cover Art by Pink Ink Designs.

🛎𝗧𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗗𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗟𝗔𝗦 𝘁𝗼 𝟰𝟳𝟰𝟳𝟰𝟳 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲! (𝗨𝗦 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆)
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Read the first four before Nightfall releases! All available in Kindle Unlimited and on audio!

*Nightfall is not a standalone. I encourage you to read the entire series prior to its release in order to have all the pieces.

COVER REVEAL- Shadow Man by Catherine Wiltcher

🖤💜 Cover Reveal 💜🖤

Check out this cover! Joseph is coming SOON! 🔥

SHADOW MAN: Grayson Duet Bk 1 by Catherine Wiltcher

  • Release Date: 30th March 2020
  • Genre: Mafia/Cartel Romance
  • Cover design by ME Kusel, Steamy Designs
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BLURB:

SHADOW MAN is the first book in a new duet from the #1 bestselling Santiago saga…

Cause and consequence:
Two words that haunt me.
When I was stolen, I learned to hate.
When he saved me, I learned to fear.
I ran from him, following a trail of the dead, from Miami all the way to Colombia.
Now I’ve fallen into darkness again, and he’s the only one I see.

But he’s a shadow man.
A bad man.
A soldier.
A killer.
The red right hand to the devil himself.
We’re a dirty contradiction: I’m the girl who can’t be touched, whom he refuses to set free.
We’re a dangerous obsession: There’s damage running deep in both of our souls.
Caught up in a cartel war I want no part of.
Trapped between love and hate.
One night will change everything…

For years, Joseph Grayson killed in the name of Dante Santiago.
Now, he kills for me.

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Catherine Wiltcher is a former TV producer and a self-confessed alpha addict. Her writing is best described as sinfully sexy, and her characters always fall hard and deep for one another. She is the author of the #1 bestselling cartel saga, the Santiago Trilogy, and she recently released her first contemporary romance with Entangled Publishing.
She lives in the UK with her husband and two young daughters. If she were stranded on a desert island, she’d like a large pink gin to keep her company. Cillian Murphy wouldn’t be a bad shout either…
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Need to catch up on the rest of Santiago series before this new duet is released? Lucky for YOU the Santiago trilogy as well as Devils & Dust (related standalone) are all available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited!

Born to be Bound (Alpha's Claim, #1)

Born to be Bound by Addison Cain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My first read of this kind

First, I’ve never read an “Omegaverse” book or series, and am generally averse to anything paranormal or similar. That said, I LOVE the whole possessive, alpha male thing, and so this kept popping up on recommended book lists. I finally decided to give it a go. And you know what? I liked it.
That said, it was also so different from my normal reads that I had to get past the different language used (such as “rut” and “knot”). The whole mate-bond thing took some getting used to as well. But, these are common elements to the type of story this is- it would be ludicrous to criticize a book for being exactly what it is supposed to be. These are just my reactions to it as a non-Omegaverse reader.
In any case, I enjoyed the dynamic between Shepherd and Claire. When he wasn’t forcing/coercing her, that is. I couldn’t figure out if he was actually developing feelings for her, or if it was all an elaborate manipulation. On her end she would have a moment of softness for him here and there, but was it only because of her physiological reaction to him? A chemical reaction, if you will?
I am curious enough to read the next book because, let’s be honest, the cliffhanger on this one was rough.
I don’t know if I’ll read another Omegaverse series once I run out of steam on this one- it is so different from my typical reads that I found it a bit distracting. I definitely prefer my romance to be non-paranormal.

TRIGGERS: non-consent, dubious consent, OW/cheating.


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Every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests…

Shepherd ravages both Claire and her conquered city, refusing to let either slip through his fingers.
He steals Claire’s innocence and future by forcing a pair-bond on the rare, unwilling Omega female.

Violent, calculating, and incapable of remorse, he demands his new mate’s adoration. Her attention. Her body.

Publisher’s Note: The first book in Addison Cain’s exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse series is a Dark Romance featuring complete power exchange. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.

Paint It All Red (Mindf*ck, #5)

Paint It All Red by S.T. Abby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So sad I reached the end

I’m so bummed I reached the end of this series. It was so… everything! So different. So suspenseful. So detailed. So heartbreaking.
My god, what Lana went through. Both as a child and during this series. The strength it would take for a person to get through that without completely losing their mind is beyond comprehension.
This author did an excellent job with this series. There was always something to keep me wondering. Keep me guessing. The final mystery wasn’t solved until the very end of the last book. And dang, did I enjoy it.
This whole series was so satisfying. I definitely see this being a future re-read!


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Hush, little baby, don’t say a word…

Will Logan choose them? Or will we watch them burn together?

It’s time to fuck with their minds.
It’s time to finish it all.
It’s time to paint it all red…

Monsters don’t usually wish for happily-ever-afters.

All the Lies (Mindf*ck, #4)

All the Lies by S.T. Abby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


No sleep til book #5!

I’ve been reading straight through, and now it’s 4:30am. But I can’t stop! I need to know what happens! These cliffhangers are just too much.
This author has really created something special with this series. The horrible, dark history. The lies. The corruption. The broad cast of characters with their own issues and secrets. This is going to be one of my favorite-ever series. The high ratings are beyond well deserved.
Diving in to the next one! Maybe if I read fast enough I can still get a little sleep tonight? Fingers crossed.


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To understand the monsters in the world, you have to get inside their heads. It’s a dangerous place to be, especially when you start to empathize and lose your own sense of morality.

But that’s never happened to me…

I’ve never felt conflicted on any case. Right is right and wrong is wrong. It’s simple. Black and white. There’s no such thing as a gray area.

But fuck this case. I don’t even know what side I’m on anymore. I don’t understand how this town can continue to function without breaking under the weight of all the lies they’ve spun and lived.

Every time I find a shard of truth, my gut twists, my heart beats faster, and I hate this place a little more. Every time I think I’ve heard the worst, another truth is dug up from the ashes of more burning lies.

Worst of all, I don’t even know who to trust anymore. My head is all messed up.

I pride myself on being impossible to fool.
I’m an expert at knowing when someone is lying to me.
I never believed in being blinded by love…until Lana.

**BE WARNED: Some flashbacks can get intense to readers with a sensitive trigger. Skip the blocks in italics if that’s the case.

Scarlet Angel (Mindf*ck, #3)

Scarlet Angel by S.T. Abby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Oh my!

Aagh- the suspense just keeps getting ratcheted higher and higher!
I don’t really know what to say without dropping spoilers in case anyone reads this who hasn’t read the previous books, so I won’t comment on anything too specific.
We did find out a bit more in this book about what happened to Lana ten years ago through her flashbacks, and also found out more about her hometown. But, not enough to piece together what really happened. Or who all was involved. Or who the actual murderer was all those years ago (although I have a guess).
These cliffhangers are brutal! This is why I only read a series if it is finished (sometimes I start an unfinished one by accident) – I would be losing my mind right now.
This is me running off to start the next book!


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To kill a monster, you have to be twice as monstrous. To love a monster, you have to share your soul…


Logan Bennett makes me want to have a future not tainted by the constant hunger for revenge. Doesn’t mean I can stop. Doesn’t mean I want to stop. It just means I want more…one day.

But how do you make a good man love the monster inside you without stripping his soul away as well? He is all the best parts of me right now, resurrecting bits of my heart I forgot could even exist.

He makes me feel something other than cold.

He also thinks I’m weak and fragile. Something I laugh about to myself, while secretly soaking in all his protectiveness and concern.

If anyone touches him, harms him, or even threatens him, then they should probably run. Because his girlfriend is a little bit crazy. They just don’t know it yet.

**BE WARNED: Some of the flashbacks in this one do get a lot more intense and detailed than the ones prior to this book. Anyone with sensitive triggers should skip the flashbacks.

**Graphic
**Sexual content
**Language

Sidetracked (Mindf*ck, #2)

Sidetracked by S.T. Abby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Aaaagh- I need book #3 immediately!

This series! This series will be the death of me. The suspense. The writing. The distinct and fleshed out characters. The attention to detail.
The only bad thing about this series is that it isn’t infinite. I am already dreading the end, still several books away.
I think the romance takes a backseat to the suspense so far, but I’m totally ok with it! It’s so good! And there are some sexy times, too. Sigh.
Off I run to dive in to book #3!


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They always want to break me, but I’m too strong now. Untouchable.
Or at least I was…until her.

****
LOGAN

I’ve had tunnel vision for one main goal for so long, that I forgot there was a whole other world just outside. Until Lana.

She’s everything I never expected, and I love the fact I can never guess her every move or reaction. It’s part of the reason I keep falling. But I also know she shuts me out, hides things from me she feels she can’t share.

One day, I hope she trusts me enough to share.

It isn’t until my job puts her at risk that I realize just how fierce she is, but it doesn’t stop me from doing all I can to protect her. I should walk away to protect her better, but I can’t. Instead, I’m forced to find other ways to keep her safe.

I just hope it’s enough.

Though she is fierce, she’s still fragile…

Right?

**Graphic
**Adult language
**Very small moral compass
**Read at your own risk, because I’m not forcing you to warp your mind. 😉 (less)

The Risk (Mindf*ck, #1)

The Risk by S.T. Abby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ooooh! Shakin’ in my boots!

I am giddy. Beyond giddy. At 19% in I audibly laughed, and knew then that this was going to be a treat!
I let this sit and sit in my TBR. Why? Because I like my alpha reads, and was not excited about the prospect of a female killer/male FBI agent. In a suspense? Heck yeah! In a romantic suspense? Eh… kinda like a bucket of ice water to the nether area.
But, I sit corrected. I tore through this first book in one day, and the minute I finish this review will be diving in to the second. I should have picked this series up months ago! Out of 934 books in my Goodreads TBR (sadly, that is not an exaggeration) the books in this series all reside in the top 36 books when sorted by ratings. That is huge, people. Huge. For serious.
I am thoroughly enjoying the witty banter/dialogue. The writing is solid. The characters are intriguing- we have a bit of back story, but not much. The incident that serves as the driving force for the heroine is alluded to, but we still don’t know what happened.
I’m left with so many questions! And also, the giddiness of a 5-star induced reader’s high!
I am so glad I finally started this series! Definitely recommended!


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They took too much.
Left too little.
I had nothing to lose…until him.
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~Lana~
I didn’t expect him.
I didn’t want to fall in love.
But I can’t let him go.
Logan Bennett makes the world a safer place.
He’s brilliant.
He’s a hero.
He locks away the sick and depraved.
But while he’s saving lives, I’m taking them. Collecting the debts that are owed to me.
Ten years ago, they took from me. They left me for dead.
They should have made sure I stayed dead.
Now I’m taking from them.
One name at a time.
I’ve trained for too long.
I’ve been patient.
I can’t stop now.
Revenge is best served cold…
They never see me coming, until I paint their walls red.
Logan doesn’t know how they hurt me. He doesn’t know about the screams they ignored. He doesn’t know how twisted that town really is.
He just knows people are dying.
He doesn’t know he’s in love with their killer.
No one suspects a dead girl.
And Logan doesn’t suspect the girl in his bed.
They’re looking for a monster.
Not a girl who loves red.
Not a girl in love.
I’m a faceless nightmare.
At least until I tell them the story they’ve pretended never happened.
But in the end, will Logan choose them? Or will we watch them burn together?
**Graphic
**Adult language
**Some triggers could be too much for the easily disturbed reader
**Sexual content
**Fucked up moral compass; read at your own risk.