N9ne: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater (King, #9)

N9ne: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater (King, #9)

N9ne: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater by T.M. Frazier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another winning addition to the King series

This book is the latest entry to the King series, telling the story of Nine.
I enjoyed seeing my favorite King characters again, and getting more of their dynamic. I also enjoyed the twists in the book which, admittedly, I didn’t see coming. Truthfully I thought the feelings between Nine and Lenny developed a bit fast, but to be fair my last reads were a trilogy and a duet so I suppose any standalone will feel rushed after that.
I did enjoy the little details like the necklace and tattoo, and the interactions Preppy has with his kids. Bo, in general- at eight years old that kid is already even crazier than Preppy. And I love it.
Overall this wasn’t my favorite entry into the series (King still holds that title), but I did enjoy it.

Review written in June 2019

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From the author who brought you the USA Today bestselling King Series.
Nine can be read as a complete standalone.

Nine lives.
Nine inches.
One chance to make her his.
Preppy’s brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.

This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.

Can’t Let Her Go

Can't Let Her Go

Can’t Let Her Go by Georgia Le Carre

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Easy read

I have read several of this author’s books. This was not my favorite. That may be more my fault. Is it possible to get spoiled by the story/character development possible with a trilogy/duet, and become disenchanted with standalones? Because I feel like that has happened to me. If it’s a standalone I need it to be pretty lengthy so I can get my fix.
Truthfully this story, while I liked the premise, felt a bit rushed. I would have loved to see it as a duet. There would have been so much more potential. As it was the development of the relationship felt very quick, dare I even say insta-love. If this book have been twice as long, or had a sequel, or something to give it room to stretch its legs, I think it would have been so much better.
I finished the book, but I wasn’t as enthralled as I’ve been with some of her other books.
Recommended for an easy, breezy read, but this isn’t one I see sticking with me.

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She was forbidden…but no one told his body

The job was simple.

Go to Russia and collect the package.

She was as pure as the driven snow and my job was to make sure she didn’t drift on the way back.

I didn’t really want to go. Russia in winter is not my idea of fun, but it was a break from hurting men who owed my boss money.

Also I didn’t have a choice. I owe my life to Anakim and what Anakim wants he gets.

It should have been straightforward. In and out.

But that was before I ran into this Russian chick in the local bar. Breathtakingly beautiful, she was. The softest skin imaginable and…she wanted me.
I’m Irish and saying no to hot Russian chicks was not part of my DNA. So I didn’t.

Turned out winter in Russia was exactly my idea of fun.

But the next day I found out the Russian chick was Anakim’s virgin.

The one that was not supposed to drift…The one that was FORBIDDEN to me.
A full length standalone romance with no cheating and guaranteed HEA.

Malum: Part 2 (The Elite Kings’ Club Book 5)

Malum: Part 2 (The Elite Kings' Club Book 5)

Malum: Part 2 by Amo Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent series

I loved reading this series. That said, this was not my favorite piece of it. Somehow it didn’t grab me the way the others did. Don’t get me wrong, it was still really good, but it fell a bit short for me after the masterpiece that was Malum 1.
I loved the relationship between Nate and Tilly. After the first three books of the series I was so in love with Nate, and so excited for his books. And this author did not disappoint. Nate and Tilly are so good together when they get out of their own way, and don’t let fear rule. These men she writes… oh, my. Now I’m just going to have to try to be patient for the books still to come. Brantley, I’m waiting on you, boo! I also hope we get one for Tate. Perhaps with Spyder? And what about Bailey and Abel? What about that saucy Benny? I want ALL the books/spinoffs/whatever it would be that keeps these characters, and this world, alive. Because I love their crazy. I love their surprises. I love that just when you think you know something… it turns out you don’t.
This book is much safer than Malum 1. Malum 1 tore my heart out and put it through a wood chipper, making me cry harder than I have in quite some time. This one didn’t, thank god. So you can feel safe on that front.
I was glad to read that, while this series is technically slated to end after a few more books, the author intends to write some additional standalones for these characters. I can’t wait! My pre-order trigger finger is standing by!

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Some girls don’t like pretty things.
Some girls like things that are destructive, and toxic. Things that fuel our bodies with adrenaline and bring our demons to their knees.
They say magic isn’t real, but it’s it the closest way to describe love? It doesn’t exist physically. It merely exists around us, within us, possessing our souls and making us do stupid shit. Shit like falling in love with a boy who knows how to rip my world apart and raise hell with a simple flick of his wrist. Their secrets are now mine. I’m not just in the middle of this game, I’m helping orchestrate it. Can the cries of my aching soul be enough to drown out the burning embers of my mistakes?
The mind strengthens the heart, roughing the edges to prepare it for war. This is a war I will not win.
This is a war of fate.

She’s going to break.
She’s going to fall.
She will eventually come back to me, on all fours
Because this isn’t a fairy tale
I am no knight.
I’ll take all of her soul
And pour in my spite.
No light.
No light.
Even my darkness, survives in daylight.

But love does win
Because even through the sin
It’s her that lingers within.

She beats through my veins.
Whispers over my flesh
Tugs on my heart strings
Like a puppet, tangled in a mess

Will my heart be enough
To bring her back to life
When the first thing she reached for
Was not him
Or him
Or me
It was the one person that haunted her, into misery.

This isn’t a game.
Those aren’t my tricks
If she doesn’t obey
There’s a number…

Coming Soon- In Peace Lies Havoc (Midnight Mayhem Book 1)!

In Peace Lies Havoc (Midnight Mayhem Book 1) by Amo Jones

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My name is Dove Hendry.
Mine is Kingston Axton.
I was captured by darkness.
She has always been ours…
They groomed me for Midnight Mayhem. Like a trained possession, weak against their control.
She has been conditioned with our blood for years. She just doesn’t know it yet…
But Midnight Mayhem was the stained glass that concealed a very dark culture.
A culture that she is about to become the center of.
The Brothers of Kiznitch come in fours, and they’re not happy about me being hustled into their acts.
Or are we? Careful, Little Bird. A warning is a warning for a reason…
But there’s something uglier that has been haunting me for years upon years. So ugly that I have never seen its face. I never had to. I’d hear his whispers through my internal screams, feel his shadow brush against my nightmares. He was my the monster that tormented me.
And maybe lived under your bed…
When I started Midnight Mayhem, his presence faded.
His whispers were silenced.
His shadow dissolving without a trace.
I wondered why that was.
She didn’t have to wonder for long…

Malum: Part 1 (The Elite Kings’ Club Book 4)

Malum: Part 1 (The Elite Kings' Club Book 4)

Malum: Part 1 by Amo Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’m twisted up. I’m sad. I’m confused. I’m anxious. I’m even more confused.
I’ll start with this- the author gives a trigger warning in the beginning of this book. And I suspected I knew what it would be for. Still, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was at, and the source of the trigger snuck up on me. And I haven’t cried that hard in a long time. I’ve read almost 300 dark romances in recent months. Only one other book made me cry. This is now #2. And it wrecked me. Legit had to get a tissue. So, there’s your fair warning on that. If you are in a blue mood maybe save this one for another day.
That said, amazing book. The craziest one yet in this series. That ending has me stunned. And confused. And disappointed in one of the characters in particular. And so very sad for another.
I can’t get my grabby hands on the next book fast enough. I don’t know where Amo Jones manages to get her ideas, but it is a place of darkness and crazy. And I love it.
Recommended! So very much!

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“Love is savage, love is blind, love is something they may not find…”
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived in a battered trailer, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
One day, she fell down The Elite Kings’ rabbit hole. Sucked into a dark vortex of lies, hate, and deceit, and spat out by money, glitz, and power.
There were things this little girl didn’t know, things she was about to find out and secrets that have been kept from her. Those secrets were guarded by the boys that were about to smash her world open and tear it all apart…
He may be a Malum, but she is a Stuprum, born into this world but neglected by the choice of her mother. Her eyes may not glisten with stars, but they roar with fire, and when she finally reaches her peak, it’s that same fire that will burn.
My name is Tillie Stuprum, and my story is not like the rest.
Everything she thought she knew is a fabricated version of the truth. I’m Nate Riverside-Malum, the one your girl whispers about to her friends and whose initials are scratched down your back. Her story is not like the rest of them, because her story is dead.

Tacet a Mortuis (The Elite King’s Club Book 3)

Tacet a Mortuis (The Elite King's Club Book 3)

Tacet a Mortuis by Amo Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Oh man, what a ride! I love this series! The suspense! The intrigue! The mystery! The secrets! The sexy men, and strong women! Give me all the things!!
I haven’t stopped since starting the first book of this series. I fought sleep last night, finally succumbing with my Kindle app open, only to go right back to it when I woke up. All day I’ve done very little outside of reading, and finished all three books in a little over 24 hours. I can’t get enough of these King men! Lord have mercy, they did not have boys like that when I was in high school. And they still don’t. Because the Kings are basically 30 year old men in 18 year old bodies. And I have NO problems with that.
Oh how I love these books, let me count the ways. I couldn’t put them down- I needed to know the next secret. I needed to unravel the next mystery. And each one was merely pulling a thread of yet another chest of secrets. And it was AWESOME.
I am so excited for the next books in this series, but these cliffhangers are so brutal that I might wait until the next character’s set is complete. I absolutely couldn’t stand it if I had to wait for one of these. Well done, Amo Jones!

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Hail to the king, and watch him reign, this game was somewhat fun, until the finale came…

Now we’re here, with carnage and despair, and the only questions left to answer, are the ones that do not appear…

A king loses a war, and a swan sheds her wings, chaos collides with peace, as the crows begin to sing…

Enter if you dare, because I swear the end is near, but nothing is as it seems, and everything is so bare.

So what the hell is going on at Riverside,
I think, I think… everyone is about to die….

The Broken Puppet (Elite Kings Club, #2)

The Broken Puppet (Elite Kings Club, #2)

The Broken Puppet by Amo Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What the what?!?!

Have mercy- this series! I’m not sleeping. Barely eating. I NEED to know what happens next. Thank everything that is holy that these first three books are all out. I literally could not if I had to wait for answers.
This book raced along as it parceled out answers, slowly and in pieces. I suspected in the first book that there may be a paranormal element to this series, and although I still have that suspicion I suppose it could all be explained away by the power a legend can hold even if it isn’t true. The actions it can cause people to take. The way it can cause people to act. The fears it can create.
At the end of the first book I was flabbergasted that Madison was allowing Bishop within 100 feet of her for the bulk of the story, well after my forgiveness meter for him was empty. He earned back some street credit in this second book, I’ll give him that.
This series. Good lord. What is happening? So many secrets! So many lies! It seems literally everyone knows more about Madison than she knows about herself. Literally everyone is telling her not to trust anyone else. Insinuating, and even outright claiming, that she is being lied to. I NEED ANSWERS, AMO JONES! GAH!
Recommended! So much!
Off I go, sprinting over to book 3 and praying for resolution.

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“I thought I knew who I was, but I was wrong.”

The Silver Swan
– 1. A girl who is tarnished. Tainted. One who does not fit into the confinement of legend.
The Silver Swan
-2. Madison Montgomery.

I was lied to.
I was cheated.
Resigned to pick up the scraps of empty memories and disarrayed thoughts, I left. After finally cutting the strings of manipulation, I resorted to do what I’ve done since I was a child, something my father drilled into my brain since I could handle my first rifle.
I’m a mere shadow of the girl they all knew.
Lies and deceit change you. They alter your entire outlook on life.
I’m Madison Montgomery, and I want to play a game.
Here’s what happens when I win.

Riddle me this, Mads.
What goes bump in the night,
but is something you can’t see with sight?
You may run, and you may hide.
If by happily ever after, you mean Bonnie & Clyde.

The Silver Swan (Elite Kings Club, #1)

The Silver Swan (Elite Kings Club, #1)

The Silver Swan by Amo Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Whoa! Crazy! This book! Whoa!
I don’t even know what to make of this. My emotions are everywhere. Why was Madison so quick to forgive after all of the incidents of being provoked and taunted? Why did she let them near her after the woods? I would not have been quite as friendly, I assure you.
The simmering chemistry between, well, several of these characters made it a blast to read. The mystery. The suspense. The back and forth of what is real, and what isn’t.
Some answers were given, but certainly not all. And I can’t wait to leap right into the next book! Oh my!

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Riddle me this…
“I am neither dead, nor alive, and I’m not something little Madison can hide.
But you will be dead, by the time this is done…
the timer starts now, and the games have just begun…”

Madison Montgomery comes from money and power, but when someone close to her commits the ultimate crime, Madison must live with her tainted name for the rest of her life. When she begins Riverside Preparatory Academy, the private school her father has swept her into in The Hamptons, she hopes for a fresh start. What she wasn’t hoping for was the pack of bad boys who run the school; ten, to be exact. When Madison gains the attention of their leader, Bishop Vincent Hayes, a whole new world that she didn’t think existed is exposed to her. A whole world that starts and ends with The Elite Kings Club and these boys, are about to flip her world upside down. Secrets are overflowing and family lies are about to be exposed. Is there more to Madison Montgomery than even she knows?

About this book:
I need to admit something right now. The Silver Swan is f*cked. It might be the most insane story I’ve ever written with equally insane characters. Who knew? You know, when I started this book, it was supposed to be YA. I wanted to write a book that my sisters could read. A book that won’t have people look at my mum like “damn… what sort of messed up shit happened to your kid?”. The angst, the assholeness, the games, the f**kery, the WHAT THE F**KING F**K ARE YOU DOING???!!!…
I cannot even…. anyway, this is a warning (and the only one I’ll give you). It’s crazy. I don’t compare my work to my others, but this book is f**ked. It will most likely stomp all the f**k over people’s hard limits (and not give a sh*t while it’s doing it) and will make you second guess all the morals you thought you had.
This most definitely is not looking like a love story right now… more like a….. I don’t even….*shakes head* anyway, I apologise now. You asked for it……….

Last Kiss (First and Last, #2)

Last Kiss (First and Last, #2)

Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a ride!

This was a great duet. It was just the right length to do the story justice without it being bloated. So many books I’ve read lately have been too short, and the story suffered. This was perfect.
I loved the portrayal of the dynamic between Emily and Amber. Between Amber and Reeve. Between Reeve and Emily. I put Reeve and Emily last because I felt this second book was more about the other two relationships. It was different for a romance read. The relationship between Emily and Amber was so toxic. It so thoroughly dictated both of their lives in ways neither of them fully realized. It was just really good writing. The damage that led them there. The different love they had for Reeve. The ways in which they were both, in their own ways, incapable of actual love. Such a study in personalities and relationships, this book.
I loved the journey these characters took throughout these two books. What a satisfying read.
Recommended! A memorable story that I could see myself reading again and again.

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Emily Wayborn has made a decision.
She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.
Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or her life.

Coming soon- Devils & Dust!

Devils & Dust by Catherine Wiltcher

Did you love the Santiago Trilogy by Catherine Wiltcher as much as I loved it?

That was obviously a rhetorical question, because of course you did.

Well, then you are in luck! A new standalone book from the Santiago world is releasing in November! The story of Rick Sanders is nearly upon us, folks!

– Mafia romance

– Smoking hot alpha

– Enemies to lovers

– Standalone & HEA

Get close.

Uncover his secrets.

Destroy his empire from the inside out.

It seemed so easy…and when you’re as broken as I am, there’s nothing left to lose.

Except for my heart.

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A NEW standalone mafia romance from bestselling author Catherine Wiltcher

I rose from nothing to own this city.
A smooth-talking bastard with an empire of sin.
I have the connections to crush my enemies.
I have the looks to take what I want.
I was so used to winning that I never saw her sleight of hand.
Now I’m dancing with the devil, and she’s holding all the aces.

I jumped from my father’s penthouse to drown in this city.
Just another damaged princess hiding in plain sight.
They offered me freedom in exchange for his downfall.
Get close.
Uncover his secrets.
Destroy his empire from the inside out.
It seemed so easy…and when you’re as broken as I am, there’s nothing left to lose.
Except for my heart.