Hearts Divine (The Santiago Trilogy #2)

Hearts Divine (The Santiago Trilogy Book 2)

Hearts Divine by Catherine Wiltcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The only bad thing about this book is that the next one isn’t out for another two months. I could cry. I am a book binger, and didn’t check to make sure everything was out before I started the series. Shame on me.
That said, I am enamored with this series so far. Suspense. Drama. Back and forth angst. A dominant alpha man who doesn’t allow himself to feel. Mystery. Good supporting characters. Scary villains. Action. Love. Hot sexy times.
I have so many questions for the third book! I need answers! I need more Dante! I need more Joseph! I NEED the third book!
If you like kidnapping stories… stories of obsession… stories with hot men of organized crime… then this series is for you! Fans of Anna Zaires’ series and Mia Knight’s Crime Lord series in particular will probably love this series. I stumbled upon this series from a suggestion in a Facebook comment in a reader group, and I couldn’t be more pleased! I don’t know how or why this series doesn’t have 10x more reviews because it is amazing.
Do yourself a favor and read this one!

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The FBI is forcing me apart from the man who haunts my dreams. 
The man who stole me, broke me and made me his forever. 
Dante Santiago.
My deepest, darkest secret.
I may be ignorant to the worst of his savagery, to the tortured history that has driven the heartless criminal to such extremes, but I know exactly how his body feels as it sinks slowly into mine – stretching, conquering, completing. I know every hard angle, every dark trail; every golden plane as he moulds himself to me like a second skin. 
The man I will never ever betray. 

Six months apart. 
An eternity. 
I swore an oath to stay away.
To keep her safe. 
Together we wiped my past from the face of this earth but another rose up in his place. An enemy more deadly, more determined. One who will stop at nothing to destroy me. 
Damn this half-life that I’m forced to endure without her. 
I run the risk of exposing her if I return. 
I will lose myself to this darkness if I refuse…

Hearts Of Darkness (The Santiago Trilogy #1)

Hearts Of Darkness (The Santiago Trilogy Book 1)

Hearts Of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it!

I came across this series as a suggestion in a Facebook group comment of all places, and I’m sure glad I did!
I don’t know how I haven’t come across this author before, but this book was great! I am so excited for the second book, and so crushed that the third book’s release date got pushed out until late June. Say it ain’t so!
I am a fan of a good kidnapping book, and this one delivers. I like that he never hit her (outside of a few swats on the behind, but that hardly counts), and he didn’t force her. Big points in my book. He intimidated her, sure. Threatened her. But at the end of the day, he relented and granted a degree of mercy on more than one occasion when she asked him to do so. More big points. He doesn’t just push her around, expecting her to fall in line and develop feelings for him as sometimes happens in this kind of book. Thank goodness.
I can already imagine a whole host of other books to possibly come from this world the author has created. There are at least two I’d like to see go on the schedule as soon as the third book in this series is released.
I love a good five-star read, and I love it even MORE when it comes out of left field, unexpected.
Oh, man- if you like kidnapping-turned-love stories I suspect you’ll love this book. I sure did.

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“First, Dante Santiago held a gun to my head. Then he blew my world apart …”
He’s a criminal with no conscience. The whisper of a name, a faceless stranger… A man content to dwell in the shadows of his underworld.
I’m the light to his dark, an investigative reporter intent on exposing dangerous men like him. We were worlds apart until I caught his attention. Now I’m his captive, kept at the whim of a devil with no kindness or morality.
I may be an innocent but I have secrets too. For years I’ve been fighting a private war with the illegal drugs trade, with the cartel responsible for murdering my brother. I’m closer to revenge than I’ve ever been until his duplicity tears my life apart.
Ours is a relationship borne of hate but we can’t deny the fire that rages between us. But Dante’s a haunted man. He knows only pain and suffering until I see a spark of light buried deep within the shadows of his heart.
Now I have two choices. Save Dante Santiago’s soul or lose myself to his darkness forever.

Cunning (Infidelity #2)

Cunning (Infidelity, #2)

Cunning by Aleatha Romig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I LOVE this author’s style. She writes the most incredible romantic suspense. In a Goodreads world slammed full of dark romance/contemporary romance Aleatha Romig’s books stand apart. The suspense/dark component isn’t just window dressing- it could stand on its own even without the romance. And that’s saying something. No other author that I’ve read quite manages to do that.
This book was HOT. And suspenseful. And angsty with the feelings, and secrets, and secrets about feelings, and surprises.
And the cliffhanger? Oh my!
Off I go to book #3! Thank goodness the whole series is already out. I couldn’t do it… I couldn’t wait for it.

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“He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do”.

One year. No future. A past that won’t go away.
Lennox “Nox” Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn’t mean Satan himself isn’t watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

“New rules…my rules.”

Alex “Charli” Collins found pleasure with Nox like she’d never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide? 

Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic contemporary romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. 
Have you been Aleatha’d?

CUNNING is a full-length novel, 360 pages, and the second of five books in the INFIDELITY series.

Infidelity – it isn’t what you think.

Betrayal (Infidelity #1)

Betrayal (Infidelity, #1)

Betrayal by Aleatha Romig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is the start of my second series by this author (the first being Consequences), and man… it appears she did it again. I truthfully didn’t think she could put out another series as good as Consequences, and yet here we are.
I was not a huge fan of the back and forth between the past and present in the beginning of the book, to be honest. I think the effect would have been the same if it had been a linear story line. That said, it was still really good! Nox and Charli sizzle- his commanding ways coupled with her inexperience are so satisfying.
I also really bought into the drama with her family in Georgia- the dynamic, what they expected of her, what they were willing to take from her to gain her compliance. It truly presented a hopeless situation.
I am so very glad the whole series is out so I don’t have to wait to find out what happens next. How does Alex react? Have we heard the last of Bryce? How is this whole thing going to work? I need answers!

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One week. No future. No past. No more.

Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as “Charli,” she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

“Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

Lennox “Nox” Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive–he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one: 

One week. No more.

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.

“Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?”

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic contemporary romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha’d? 

BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.

This series isn’t about cheating.

Heart of the Devil (The Forge Trilogy #3)

Heart of the Devil (Forge Trilogy, #3)

Heart of the Devil by Meghan March

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Man, what a ride! A great end to another great trilogy from Meghan March. As usual I ripped through all three books like a woman obsessed, dying to know what happened next.
This author crafted some really heartbreaking and frustrating scenes in this one that made me want to tear my hair out. BUT, since we always get our happily-ever-afters with Megan March you know she brought it back around and fixed it. Sour, then sweet. Like Sour Patch Kids.
I so thoroughly enjoy her stories. I admit that Lachlan Mount from the Mount Trilogy is still my #1 man out of all of her books, but Jericho Forge really put in the work trying to dethrone him. And evidently Forge DID dethrone Mount for many fans if her Runaway Readers group is any indicator.
Another highly recommended trilogy from Megan March, one of only a small handful of authors to whom I grant my automatic and unquestioning one-click.
TIP: go ahead and buy all three. You WILL need them. And don’t start them u less you have time to FINISH THEM ALL in one go. You’ll be sorry if you do.
Happy reading!

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From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes the stunning conclusion to the Forge Trilogy. In this final volume, ruthless billionaire Jericho Forge faces his toughest challenge. To emerge victorious, he’ll have to give up the one thing he’s never offered a woman—his heart.

It started as a game. She was nothing but my pawn.

But I was quick to see the error in my ways, and now she is everything I never knew I needed. 

The value of a woman like India Baptiste is beyond measure. 

But the problem with being a man like me? I’ve already screwed this up, and there’s no guarantee India will take me on for one last bet.

I’ll do whatever I have to do. Drop to my knees and offer her the only thing I have left. The one thing that’s only ever been hers—the heart of the devil.

The Forge Trilogy is now complete! Heart of the Devil is the third book of the Forge Trilogy and should be read after Deal with the Devil (book 1) and Luck of the Devil(book 2).

Luck of the Devil (The Forge Trilogy #2)

Luck of the Devil (Forge Trilogy, #2)

Luck of the Devil by Meghan March

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank God I waited for the third book to come out before I read the second-that cliffhanger is brutal!
As usual Megan March has gifted us with a steamy book full of both suspense and romance, heavy on both. Jericho Forge, forever bachelor, really comes around to wanting to find a way to keep India despite their unusual beginning. She is feeling the same way, but it takes a long time for either to admit it. Both are stubborn and independent so it is a broken road they travel on the way to their feelings, but is oh-so-satisfying.
Recommended, as always.
I’m off to read the final book!

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New York Times bestselling author Meghan March continues the story of ruthless, calculating billionaire Jericho Forge in Luck of the Devil. 

My poker face has always been one of my greatest assets, along with my grit and determination. I was beholden to no one. Asked permission for nothing.
Then Jericho Forge took my life by storm.
I traded my freedom for something infinitely more precious, but I didn’t realize he was holding an unbeatable hand.
Now, all I have to do is survive the high-stakes game that is my life—with my heart intact.
But not falling in love with Forge? That will take the luck of the devil. 

Luck of the Devil is the second book of the Forge Trilogy, and should be read following Deal with the Devil. The Forge Trilogy concludes in Heart of the Devil.

Deal with the Devil (The Forge Trilogy #1)

Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy, #1)

Deal with the Devil by Meghan March

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have mercy- where to begin! I’ve never anticipated a book release like I did this one. Ever. And it didn’t disappoint.
Jericho is… he’s…. (fanning myself)… oh, my. He’s arrogant. Bossy. Sexy. In control. All in the best way. I found my own breath catching as the story unfolded, and he and Indy discovered one another. As he awoke something in her that had been dormant for quite some time.
SO hot. Fire. I can’t even handle it that I have to wait a month for the next book.
Those of you that are waiting to read this until the third book is released: I salute your steely resolve. You are better women (or men!) than me.
Highly recommended!

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Released: 1/15/2019

Pages: 268

Series: Yes; 1 of 3

Series Complete: Yes

“You can put that man in a suit, but he’ll never be tame.” 
One look at Jericho Forge and I knew the rumors were true. He was a predator, and he had set his sights on me.
I knew better than to bet more than I could afford to lose that night. I knew better than to bet myself. But desperation leads to bad decisions, and I thought there was no way I could lose.
I was wrong. 
Now I have no choice but to make a deal with the devil.


by T.M. Frazier

Five stars

This book hooked me in right from the start. Oh, the deliciousness of King and Doe. He was possessive of her from nearly the first moment he laid eyes on her… just how I like it! I swooned when he swooped in and rescued her in the beginning of the book. And I thoroughly enjoy an alpha who admits that he knows better, but makes the “bad decisions” anyway. Sign me up, please! 
I loved the solid supporting characters around King and Doe as well. Preppy weaseled his scary ass right into my heart immediately. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hug him, or pepper spray him. I imagine it would depend on the day. Bear was quite a tasty little appetizer himself. I’m glad we got the chance to experience his story later in the series. Because… yum. Generally I’m not into the biker characters or stories, but somehow it really worked for Bear. Extra bonus? King is included in Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Recommended 🙂

Released: 6/17/2015

Pages: 322

Series: Yes; 1 of 3

Series Complete: Yes

Mafia and CEOs and jerks, oh my!

After reading and reviewing nearly 300 books in the past six months, I finally did it- I made me a blog. Am I more official now? It seems to be so. And so it must be.

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.

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