Another (A surprise pregnancy romance)

Another by Fiona Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked it, but I didn’t love it

While this book contains one of my favorite tropes (secret baby/pregnancy), I didn’t end up loving it as much as I’d hoped to love it. I still liked it, but something wasn’t quite there for me. Perhaps not enough suspense? Maybe the resolution was too quick when they hit a bump in the road? I can’t put my finger on it, but I am left feeling… unsatisfied.

This was my first read by this author. I liked her voice, and the hints of back stories made me curious about her other books. I did actually add the book that follows this one (due next year) to my TBR, so there’s something. I admit I added it because it’s an age-gap romance called Teacher (he is not actually a teacher, to my knowledge), and that sounds super hot.

Anyway, if you are a pretty straight contemporary romance reader this will probably be more up your alley. I read across multiple romance genres, and like a little more suspense/intrigue than what I got with this book.

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The first time I saw him, he entranced me and offered to help me forget my broken engagement.

The second time was on a blind date with no last names and undeniable passion.

The third time, I was eight months pregnant with his baby he knew nothing about.

This time he’s not letting me walk away so easily.

I See You

I See You by Ker Dukey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, dang it… guessed the twists halfway through

Shucks. I guessed the twists on this one. It was still good, I still really liked the book, but there was a specific foreshadow that gave it away for me with each of the big twists. It spoiled the read for me a bit personally, but I won’t penalize the book with a lowered rating based on that.

This is a DARK read. Not one I would classify as dark romance- more erotic thriller. Bordering on erotic horror, if that’s a thing? It is graphic. And horrific. I swear, parts of me physically hurt from reading some of what happens in this book. So, consider yourself warned.

If you are looking for anything resembling a romance- move it along. This isn’t for you. If you are looking for a dark and twisty thriller, and can stomach graphic and depraved violence, then you should dive in to this book.

Tags: Standalone. Kindle Unlimited. Erotic thriller.

Triggers: brutal and violent non-consent; graphic violence including murders and a brutal sexual assault; reference to off-camera sexual assaults of minors.

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This is a DARK novel, 18 only. Standalone title.

I watch you, I see you in ways no one else can, and through my lens I create a life of you for someone to dissect. I capture you in your vulnerability; that smile, your laugh, those tears. I document you and sell your secrets.

When I watch you through my lens you’re mine until I pass you to the buyer. I, like most people, have a fetish for pretty things and in my job I get to be around a lot of pretty things. They pay me to watch them and capture them in a frame for many purposes, and sometimes I like my profession a little more than I should.

I took a job to capture her… I wanted to capture and keep her in more than just the image. This time I will take myself away from the lens and become the client because I cannot resist her, she reminds me too much of my first, I need to have her.

Traumatised from a vicious attack, Nina Drake finds herself shut off from the world until her neighbour brings her out of more than just her nightmares. Even after moving and changing her name, she still can’t shake the feeling of being watched. The memories are so close.

And so is the shadow of the creator of them all.

Unbeloved (Undeniable, #4)

Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not as riveting as some of the others in the series

I heard a podcast the other day discussing the merits of different points of view in a story, and it said that first person characters sometimes get caught up in their own heads.

That’s how I feel about this book. I liked it. I liked reading more about these characters and this world. But, it didn’t seem to keep the story moving at the same pace as the other books before it. I kept finding myself distracted. I was disappointed since I was a big fan of the first book in this series in spite of the fact that all three men who were interested in Eva in book one needed to drive off a cliff together to a fiery demise.

Anyway, I enjoyed the story of Dorothy and Hawk. I was hoping for a bit more drama with Jase being in the mix, but it was still good. And I thoroughly enjoyed the foreshadowing regarding ZZ, and the epilogue. I will definitely be reading his story, although I suspect he will be another “hero” that I hate and can’t find redeemable. Because, as of right now? He is an irredeemable dumpster fire of a person. Shoots his brother. Shoots his other brother, and beats him up. Betrays the club. Joins the enemy. Kills people. And then, because there might be some tiny bit of a soul hiding that he just has to burn out of himself, he leaps into trafficking women (or so it seems, anyway). What a prize. I kinda hope his book involves some kind of hideous comeuppance. Talk about an HEA. ❤

Again, I got distracted…

This book was good. If you’ve enjoyed this series thus far then you need to read this book for sure. It isn’t a standalone, and your enjoyment of it would take a significant hit if you tried to jump in here without reading the other books first.


Can’t wait for ZZ’s book to see what kind of completely deserved hell the author puts him through.

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Warning: This is not a conventional or predictable love story. It involves one woman and two men bound by a love so destructive it spans two decades, pitting brother against brother, and shattering the lives of those touched by it.

Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen. Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.

But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it. What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.

This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.

We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.

Praise for the UnDeniable Series:
“I have never been so beautifully uncomfortable than when reading the Undeniable Series. I didn’t just feel while reading them. Madeline Sheehan set every single emotion within me on fire with a blowtorch.”
—S.L. Jennings, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author

“In an untouchable league of her own, Madeline Sheehan has created a riveting tale of ugly, forbidden love turned beautifully right. Heartbreak, grief, and finding strength and healing through family is the foundation of this emotional saga. A single breathing entity working in tandem against the cruelty that is their world, every character in the Undeniable Series will become a piece of you, embedding themselves into your thoughts for years to come.”
—Gail McHugh, New York Times best-selling author

Unattainable (Undeniable, #3)

Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two for one!

If rating this on the story of Cage and Tegen alone I was going to go with four stars, but since we also got Dirty and Ellie I’m giving five stars. Quite frankly, I loved Dirty and Ellie’s story even more than Cage and Tegen. Tegen seems a bit… shrill, to me. I get it- she and her mother both got hosed over by the men of the club. Still, she brings angry tyrant to another level. Seems a bit extra, honestly. If something or someone makes me THAT angry, I just cut it/them out of my life. Problem solved.

Anyway, I was amused by the comparisons between Deuce (who still hasn’t really grown on me, honestly) and Cage, particularly the denial of the same from both parties. I loved the whole “taming of the bad boy” because, truth time ladies, didn’t we all at one time fantasize about being the good girl who tames the bad boy? I sure did. Until I figured out that they don’t actually get tamed in real life. They keep on doing their bad things, but they lie about it. And thus the crux of why I love romance so much- the unrealistic fantasies we all have can be true in a romance novel! The mafia man can have a heart of gold. The serial man-whore cheater will give it all up because he meets the right woman. Even an addict can stop and go clean for the right woman. So what if I’m in my mid-30’s and still get heart flutters from these lies- don’t judge me.

I loved the story of Dirty and Ellie. Man, he might be the most broken man yet in this series. Actually, yeah… he is definitely the most broken. He believes he isn’t worthy of love. Believes he isn’t worthy of anyone caring about him. He reacts to save Ellie, but still thinks of himself as garbage and thinks she isn’t even safe around him. She guides him from his shell. She helps him past his tangled emotional mess so he can be more functional. So he can experience a part of life that he hasn’t ever tried to experience before- female companionship. Love. A relationship. And it’s wonderful.

Ugh. I am loving this series so much more than anticipated. ❤

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Warning: This is not a virtuous and tender love story. It’s chaotic, ruthless, and tragic. This story takes love and kills its innocence, steals away the pure moments, and crushes the hearts of the broken. A story born in childhood, tying one girl to one boy, leads to a destructive path—that hurts more than it doesn’t, that shatters more than it heals—testing the love that binds the two through a lifetime.

Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning.

This is Tegen and Cage’s story.

Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love.

Unbeautifully (Undeniable, #2)

Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loving this series

To be clear: loving this series, not loving these heroes. I wouldn’t want any one of ’em near me, my friends, or my daughter. But I’m still loving this series. What sorcery is this??

I can’t explain why I love a dark romance series featuring heroes I don’t even like, but here we are. I did find Ripper more appealing than Deuce, I’ll give him that. Deuce was just heinous, both in book 1 and book 2. I still don’t think he’s redeemed, and I suspect he never will be. It seems to be part of his character- just unapologetically messed up.

Anyway, although Deuce and Eva were in this book it wasn’t THEIR book, so I’ll try to avoid talking about them.

The story of Ripper and Danny is a sad one. I did think that a particular element of what happened felt a bit glossed over. It popped up out of nowhere, happened over a few pages, and then that was it until it was brought up a couple of times later in the book. What happened was a big deal, and would have had some lead up, so I was surprised to see it get so little attention. I won’t go into it further to avoid a spoiler, but you’ll see what I mean.

The heat level between Ripper and Danny was high, and I thought the part where Danny had scars and wanted to hide them from Ripper was a clever inclusion.

Overall I am loving this series, including the sneak peek into the next book. I will definitely be continuing on. The drama, the angst… I NEED it!

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Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.

Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant at Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen. Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world.

This is Danny and Ripper’s story.

Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.
Because without ugly, there would be no beauty.

Undeniable (Undeniable, #1)

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So many feelings! Rage, mostly.

Thoughts on Deuce:
13% Welp, you’re a bit of a creepy creeperson. She’s 16, sir.
19%: Welp, you’re a steaming piece of hot garbage. You’re (still) married, sir.
32%: Die. Just die. I’m done with you.
41%: That’s what you GET! Jerkface.
44%: You’re is still here? You didn’t die yet? Because I’d still like for you to die. And it’s getting worse, not better. You make Frankie look good, even after what he did to her. So… there’s that.
45%: Christ.
49%: Okay… maybe Frankie is too crazy, and you don’t make him look good any more. Also, I should’ve started a tally of how many times you address Eva as “bitch.”
72%: It’s curious that you have now come down on young men twice for being “disrespectful toward women” when earlier in the book you pushed a woman’s head back into place and told her, “B#ch, you stop suckin’ one more time, and I’m gonna slap you.” And in front of Eva, no less. I guess I’m not real impressed with YOUR respect for women.
78%: Wow. Real nice. What a prize you are, Deuce.
80%: #&%@^#@%!!!!!!! 😡🔪
At the end: Well, you seem to be trying. But I hope Eva’s people keep an eye on you in case you go back to old habits. Jerkface.

Overall it took Deuce ENTIRELY too long to get his head on straight with regard to Eva. And by the time he did he had done things so hurtful, so truly awful that I don’t think forgiveness would be realistic. Seriously. You can’t unsee the things he let her see (i.e. the other women). The things he said to her can’t be unheard.

I ended the book still not liking Deuce. For reals. Honestly I almost preferred lunatic Frankie, even with the terrible things he did. He did things that hurt Eva, but not on purpose. He just didn’t know any better because he was messed up. But Deuce? He hurt her on purpose. So, in that capacity Frankie was the superior partner. Also, Frankie never ran around on her. So there’s that.

I completely fail to see the appeal of this lifestyle for women, if what is read in MC novels has any truth to it. It seems to me that there is no good role for a woman in that world. Either way women are disrespected, cheated on, lied to, and who knows what else. So, what I’m saying is, I didn’t really like any of the male characters in this book. They were all pieces of garbage in their own ways. Again, Frankie was a homicidal psycho, but at least he was arguably good to Eva. He treated her better than these other club guys treated their wives.

Anyway, if you are looking for likable heroes then you need to just MOVE ALONG. You won’t find that here. And my tolerance for book-boyfriend nonsense is relatively high, so that’s saying something. However, if you are in the mood for a seriously gritty and dark romance where the “hero” is arguably not redeemed in the end, then this might be your jam. It definitely kept me reading. I had to know what happened. I had to see how the author would try (or IF she would try) to redeem Deuce.

Am I going to continue to the next book? Yep! That dang teaser at the end got me. Am I going in with the understanding that these guys suck, and I probably won’t like any of them? Also yep.

TRIGGER WARNING: Cheating (multiple instances); non-consent (multiple instances).

Edit: I’m still thinking about this book the day after so I’m upgrading it to five stars. I anticipate this book sticking with me. While I didn’t love the hero (or his friends), I did love the book.

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Warning: This is not a typical, sappy, love story. This is an all-consuming, soul-crushing, tear-your-heart-into-pieces story. It’s intense, gritty and raw, dark and disturbing, and it doesn’t happen overnight. This is an epic love story that knows no boundaries and has no time limits. It grows and develops—with hurt, sacrifice, and heartache—over the span of a lifetime.

Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with bikers in the club lifestyle is all that she knows. When she’s a young girl, Eva meets the reason for her existence. Deuce West is the sexy, biker bad-ass of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club—but that’s where the similarities end. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart. Eva sees in Deuce what he cannot see in himself—a man worthy of love—and Eva spends her lifetime proving to him that her undeniable love is the one thing he can’t live without.

This is Eva and Deuce’s story.

It wasn’t easy.
Nothing worth doing ever is.
And love is worth everything.

Cards of Love: The High Priestess

Cards of Love: The High Priestess by Olivia Ryann

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Left me wanting

Well, shucks. I have so enjoyed the two series (Arsen and Dryas’ stories) associated with this book (Damen’s story), and was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately this book (more of a novella, really) left me wanting. Other than the initial introduction of Bianka and Damen we don’t get any happenings that aren’t included in the other series’ books, and there isn’t much in the way of backstory or development since the book is so short. I’d love to see Damen get his own series as well since this book, while a tasty nugget, didn’t provide much. It was more of an amuse-bouche than anything else.

Recommended if you’ve read the other two series and want a little more, just don’t expect very much more.

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Cards of Love: The High Priestess
This dark and twisted tale of lust and love will make your blood run hot. Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.

Damen Aetos. Mob boss. Madman.
And soon to be my husband.
He doesn’t care that I’m a virgin.
Doesn’t care about my beauty.
Nothing matters to him but my last name.
By marrying me, the Madman ensures that a centuries-old bargain will be met.
The fact that he gets me — gets to do anything to me that he wants — is just icing on the cake for him.
But I have secrets too, lurking beneath my pretty surface.
Secrets, lies, and a power greater than either of us can imagine.
The question is, when The High Priestess comes calling, how will he respond?

Cherish (Cherish, #3)

Cherish by Olivia Ryann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A solid series

This was an entertaining series, and a solid read. I couldn’t put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed these crazy brothers, even if I didn’t particularly like them. Which I mostly didn’t, honestly. Arsen didn’t really redeem himself, he just got less mean. Which is still something, I suppose.

I enjoyed the pacing and suspense of this series, and this book. I was sort of expecting a little more explosive of a situation between Fiore and Dryas, honestly. I read Dryas’ series first, and there seemed to be a real beef between Dryas and Arsen in regard to something Dryas had done to Fiore, if I’m not mistaken. I didn’t really think anything that happened between them in this series was that big of a deal, so I found that puzzling.

Anyway, I enjoyed this series, and do recommend it for a suspenseful/erotic thriller read. I’m on the fence about it as a dark romance. So there you go.

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This dark and twisted tale of ownership will make your blood run hot. Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.
Something has shifted and changed in me. I have left Katherine behind, and stepped fully into the blossom of Fiore. But while I am undergoing that transformation, Monster too senses a sea change within. He’s violent and moody and… he seems to care about what happens to me. It is unthinkable, but maybe the fragile bond between us has grown into something more. Something dark and glittering and provocative. Profound and emotional. I know that this wasn’t his plan. I know that he hates that I might have power over him. But I hope that the delicate thing between us grows. Even if I don’t know where it might lead either of us. Reading Order: Capture (Cherish Series FREE Prequel) Control (Cherish Series Book 1) Covet (Cherish Series Book 2) Cherish (Cherish Series Book 3)

Covet (Cherish, #2)

Covet by Olivia Ryann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cliffhanger struggle is real

He looks down at me, his steel grey eyes focusing on my face. “I should feel bad for putting you in the box. I should say that I’m sorry, but that would be a lie. I’m not sorry.”

Status update: I still don’t like Arsen, but I no longer wish a painful, fiery death on him. I DO still wish Fiore/Katherine could escape him. And her brother. Escape them both and go be her own woman. Make her own friends. Go to college. Not be a toy or a pet or a servant or a slave. Be free for the first time in her life. Now THAT sounds like a happy ending to me.

Alas, I suspect that isn’t in the cards for our poor Fiore/Katherine. She was born into a role of subjugation, then got sold into a different role of subjugation. Jesus, this poor girl.

I don’t consider this book to be a dark romance as much as an erotic thriller. I have no lady flutters for Arsen. I kinda hate him. I kinda think he deserves to be miserable and alone for the remainder of his sorry life. But, that’s just me… I tend to feel that way when dark reads go over my tipping point. And Arsen is over my tipping point. He purposely hurts and terrifies her. Without remorse. So… screw him and the horse he rode in on.

Anyway, as an erotic thriller this book is really good. I am thoroughly enjoying the suspense aspect, and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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This dark and twisted tale of ownership will make your blood run hot. Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.
No one is coming to save me. I am his Fiore now, his flower. To do with as he wishes. And he wants everything. Monster wants my tears, my screams of pleasure, my shudders of fear. In return, he also brings me these moments of startling clarity. I know who I think I am. I know who he says I am. I feel I’m somewhere between, lost in an ocean of pain. When he trots out my brother with a wide smile, I’m forced to choose between them. It’s a simple choice: the only family I have left, or the Monster I’m increasingly drawn to?Reading Order: Capture (Cherish Series FREE Prequel) Control (Cherish Series Book 1) Covet (Cherish Series Book 2) Cherish (Cherish Series Book 3)

Control (Cherish, #1)

Control by Olivia Ryann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A “punch you in the face” start to this series

This book (which also contains the prequel Capture) gets this series off to a roaring start. I couldn’t put it down, needing to know what happens next. Wanting down into my bones for Fiore/Katherine to find her escape from Arsen/Monster. He thought to himself, even verbalized to Fiore, that he wouldn’t take what wasn’t his (i.e. force himself on her). But then he used threats and coercion to get her “consent,” so…

PSA: that is not consent.

So, what I’m saying is, I hate Arsen so far. He also thought fondly about how he’d made his last “girl” wish for death. Referred to her as “nothing but a whore.” Thought excitedly about breaking Fiore/Katherine down until she, too, wished for death. And then, in his infinite mercy, granting her that death. He makes me sick. I’m going to continue reading in hopes that she gets one over on him. That she causes him some pain. Man, in hopes that ANYONE causes him some pain. Because right now he is, as he is rightfully named, a monster. Irredeemable. And he can go to hell.

This is dark. If you’re looking for a sexy kidnap book, this book is not that. I’d say it is more of an erotic thriller. I can’t say what Arsen’s character will be like by the end of the series, or how I’ll feel about him, but right now I’d like very much for him to fall off a cliff. A big one. On to some rocks.
Still, if you’re cool with an erotic thriller, this is a good one. Just don’t expect to like Arsen. At all.

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This dark and twisted tale of ownership will make your blood run hot. Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.
I wake up terrified, humiliated, and chained to a wall. The shackles around my wrists mean only one thing. He owns me now. With his dark glares and barked orders, he is dangerous. He is my tormentor, my captor, a threat to my very existence. Not to be toyed with. Even if my frightened mind whispers maybe… Even if I am very curious how such a man came to be. I am still his dark and twisted pet, to cherish or to scorn. And I am starting to love the darkness… Reading Order: Capture (Cherish Series FREE Prequel) Control (Cherish Series Book 1) Covet (Cherish Series Book 2) Cherish (Cherish Series Book 3)