Forget Me Not (Forget Me Not #1)

Forget Me Not (Forget Me Not, #1)

Forget Me Not by Willow Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. God. She got me with this one. She sure did.
Forget Me Not didn’t feature as much racy stuff as the other books I’ve read by this author, but it sure delivered on mystery and suspense! It was different, and for that, I LOVED it.
It is certainly a broken road that leads these two to their HEA, but man does their ending wrap my heart in a warm little hug. No matter how dark and hideous a place love originates, it is still love. It can still become something beautiful.
In short- read it. 😊

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I fell in love with a boy a long time ago. 

I was only a small girl. Scared and frightened, I was taken from my home and held against my will. His father hurt me, but he protected me and kept me safe as best he could. 

Until I left him. 

I ran the first chance I got and even though I knew he wasn’t behind me, I didn’t stop. The branches lashed out at me, punishing me for leaving him in the hands of a monster. 

I’ve never felt such guilt in my life.

Although I survived, the boy was never found. I prayed for him to be safe. I dreamed he’d be alright and come back to me. Even as a young girl I knew I loved him, but I betrayed him. 

Twenty years later, all my wishes came true. 

But the boy came back a man. With a grip strong enough to keep me close and a look in his eyes that warned me to never dare leave him again. I was his to keep after all. 

Twenty years after leaving one hell, I entered another. Our tale was only just getting started. 

It’s dark and twisted.

But that doesn’t make it any less of what it is. 

A love story. Our love story.

Something to Remember (Forget Me Not 0.5)

Something to Remember (Forget Me Not, #0.5)

Something to Remember by Willow Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was short, and a way to introduce the characters for the full-length novel Forget Me Not, but it was effective. I am indeed intrigued! And off to read the novel!

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I had nothing left. Only a child, and I’d already given up. 
My father wanted it that way. 

He tore me apart bit by bit until I was nothing. 
And then he did the worst thing imaginable. … he gave me her. 

From USA Today best selling author Willow Winters comes an emotional dark romance.
Something to Remember is a 5,000 word prologue to the standalone, Forget Me Not.

A Valentine’s Day Treat: Two Short Stories

A Valentine's Day Treat: Two Short Stories

A Valentine’s Day Treat: Two Short Stories by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More of my favorite characters? Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed!

What a great gift to her readers to have more of our favorite characters, especially Mateo, Rafe, and Sebastian. These men. Oh, my. We couldn’t get enough, so she responded to our begging. And that bonus scene from Last Words? JESUS.
If you read and loved the Morelli series and Stitches then I highly suggest reading these shorts. I mean, who wouldn’t want more Mateo?

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NOT a full-length novel. This volume contains two short stories, one featuring the characters from my full-length novel Stitches, one featuring the primary couple from my Morelli family series. 

This is not standalone material; this is bonus content written for (and is only intended to be read by) readers of the original stories. 

Stranded on Valentine’s Day
(The Stitches universe, featuring Griff, Moira, and Seb.)
It’s Valentine’s Day in Philly, and everything is going wrong. Seb and Griff are stuck at the club, and Moira’s car leaves her stranded. Will their first Valentine’s Day together be a success, or a miserable failure?

A Perfect Valentine’s Day
(A Morelli family short story.)
Mateo Morelli just wants to enjoy a quiet Valentine’s Day with his wife and newborn daughter. Dinner plans forgotten, baby sleeping peacefully, it seems like he may get his wish… until his eldest daughter turns up missing. 

(Also included: a never before seen—but much requested—sexy deleted scene from Last Words.)

The Last Boss’ Daughter

The Last Boss' Daughter

The Last Boss’ Daughter by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love the change-up here from the traditional forced-marriage trope (which I love, btw). Usually I see it where they eventually fall in love. Awww.
Well, Sam said NOT this time, readers!
The love interest is someone else entirely. Someone dark. And strong. With bad intentions. And if you’re taking orders, I’d like one of those as well (j/k- I already have my tall, dark, and handsome 😉).
Being a dark romance we obviously knew how it would end, but instead of finding that predictable I instead find it comforting. Gimme that HEA!
I’d love to read more about Liam’s friends some day, just sayin’. I feel like we had a little spark there…

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Annabelle De Luca craved it. 

On the heels of her beloved father’s murder, betrayed by those closest to her, Annabelle had a choice to make: accept the man responsible and fall in line, or suffer the consequences. Never one to back down, she rejected her new stepfather—then spent years ignoring his best efforts to crush her spirit. 

Liam Hunt never needed it. 

Some people deny the darkest sides of themselves; Liam’s made a career out of his. Never once has he hesitated to pull the trigger, but an unexpected encounter with Annabelle leads to feelings he hasn’t experienced before—and doubts about his current assignment. 

Liam knows he should leave her alone, keep his head down, and do what he’s being paid to do, but he can’t bring himself to stay away. He’s the last person anyone would classify a hero, but he can’t shake the doomed desire to be hers. 

He shouldn’t want her. 

She shouldn’t trust him. 

On a course set for utter devastation, can these forbidden lovers find their way to happily ever after? 

Inspired by the classic tale Snow White, The Last Boss’ Daughter is a modernized, darker re-imagining.

Permission (Perversion Trilogy #3)

Permission (The Perversion Trilogy Book 3)

Permission by T.M. Frazier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My heart is so happy right now. After a string of mediocre reads it feels so GOOD to experience a 5-star. And this here? This is a 5-star trilogy. Glory be.
I did not see the twist coming. Well, any of them. I got to be surprised. I got to laugh. I got to read about the beloved main characters finding their HEA. I love how complete this world was- three gangs (plus a mafia-esque group) plus additional characters to boot. And so much depth to each- it made for such a satisfying story. My husband came downstairs when I had just reached a twist, and looked at me like a crazy person as I bounced on the couch, yelling “this book is so gooood!” A few short minutes of that and he ran back to the tranquility of his man cave. #noshame

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Permission is the conclusion of Grim and Emma Jean’s story. 

He was my first. 
But since then I’ve been programmed to enjoy torture. 
Being watched. 
Being taken two at a time. 
I feel nothing now. I’m empty. Hollow. Lost. 
He knows it. He knows I need more. 
So, he gives it to me. 
My body has never felt such pleasure. 
My heart has never endured such pain.

Possession (Perversion Trilogy #2)

Possession (Perversion Trilogy Book 2)

Possession by T.M. Frazier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aaagh- the suspense!

I am so enamored with this trilogy! I read #1 and #2 today, and the second I get done writing this review I’m diving into #3. Who needs sleep?
I love the passion that Grim and Tricks have for one another, particularly Grim since he is not so much a “feely” person. I also love Tricks’ strength. After everything she goes through, she is able to bounce back. It took a while, but she rallied. Amazing.
I have so many questions for the third book! And I am SO, SO grateful I didn’t start any of this trilogy until it had all come out.
Highly recommended… that you clear your calendar and call off work so you can binge-read this whole trilogy immediately.

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The story of Grim and Emma Jean continues. 

War is on the horizon. 
We’ve come so far. 
We’ll have to fight for what we have. 
Or die trying. 

Possession is book two of The Perversion Trilogy
Permission is book three
Perversion is book one

Perversion (Perversion Trilogy #1)

Perversion (Perversion Trilogy, #1)

Perversion by T.M. Frazier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whoa! Came out swinging!
What just happened? While I feel like this book started a little slow, I think it NEEDED to in order to build the characters and establish the relationships. Plus, they were kids at the beginning, so…
Once it got going it is SO good! I love how this author really jumps into the deep/dark with both feet. Dark romance from T.M. Frazier truly is DARK. And I love her for it.
I actually LIKED how Emma Jean was only 12 when she ended up at the compound (no funny business takes place with anyone while she is a minor, review readers). Here’s why: it really adds to the hopelessness of her situation, to her dependence on Marco. Where else could she go?
I loved this book, and am running off IMMEDIATELY to read the next one!

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The USA Today bestselling author of the King Series, T.M. Frazier, brings you an all-new trilogy with an anti-hero you’re going to love to hate and a ballsy heroine with more than just tricks up her sleeve.

Love is supposed to be a fairy tale.
Ours is a death wish.

I’m the executioner for the Bedlam Brotherhood. 
She’s a con artist working for my greatest enemy.

I use her. 
She manipulates me.

We find ourselves on opposite sides of a bloody war.

My heart and head tell me I have to stay away. 
My lust for her doesn’t give a sh*t.

Nothing’s fair in love and gang war.

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1)

Vicious by L.J. Shen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A worthy read

This is my first read from this author. Truth be told I read it on the heels of a darker bully story by another author, and was hoping for a read similarly dark. Don’t get me wrong- Vicious is horrible to Emilia. And by that I mean I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It wouldn’t be enemies to lovers if he just half-heartedly picked on her every now and then.
I loved the ongoing interactions where he told Emelia to ask him what he wants. In different contexts, and at different points in the story, the responses were vastly different- cruel, sexy, or sweet. I don’t always like the use of flashbacks, but it really worked here. It set up what happened 10 years prior to set the scene for the current-day interactions.
Overall, I am a fan! Recommended!

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They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true. 
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. 
He is a brilliant lawyer. 
A skilled criminal. 
A beautiful liar. 
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. 
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him. 


She is a starving artist. 
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. 
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. 
She paid the price. 
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. 
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. 
So she hates me. Big fucking deal. 
She better get used to me.

Vicious a complete standalone and a part of the Sinners of Saint series

Grievous (Scarlet Scars #2)

Grievous (Scarlet Scars, #2)

Grievous by J.M. Darhower

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’m pretty sure I would read ANYTHING this author writes. Possibly even owner’s manuals. She’s THAT good.
I loved the humor in this duet. While the other aspects I was looking for were certainly there as well (dark romance and suspense) it is a rare and welcome surprise to also find humor. I actually laughed from these books, and let me tell you: I am a tough cookie to crack. To get an actual laugh or cry out of me with a book is a feat.
I still have one more series left unread from this author, and I am SO looking forward to it. When she writes the dual POVs you really “hear” each personality, loud and clear. She is so, so good at getting a reader inside the characters’ heads. It makes for an outstanding read. She also takes the time to build the characters and relationships. Having this story be a duet allowed for it to become SO much more than what it would have been if she tried to squish it into 180 pages of standalone book.
In short: read book 1 first, but then come back to this one! Also, I love J.M. Darhower!

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.

Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she’s not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know–the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.

But fairy tales aren’t real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can’t slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she’s forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But lucky for Morgan, there’s a white knight in combat boots out there that isn’t afraid of monsters.

You see, it’s impossible to be afraid of something you face every day in the mirror.

Menace (Scarlet Scars #1)

Menace (Scarlet Scars #1)

Menace by J.M. Darhower

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So good!

Another home run from J.M. Darhower! I fell in love with Monster in his Eyes and its sequels. I didn’t immediately realize this was the story of Lorenzo from those books.
This book, as do all of her books, really keeps the story moving. There were no lulls. And I love Lorenzo- he is funny and witty even though he seems a bit unbalanced and frightening. He plays off of Scarlet/Morgan so well. Their respective damaged hearts just fit. I love the development of their relationship. I love how much crazy Lorenzo loves his brother. And how he waffles between caring for, and wanting to murder, Scarlet/Morgan. His character is unpredictable in the greatest way. He comes across as charming, but also someone who might slit your throat on a whim. He reminds me a bit of Preppy from T.M. Frazier’s King series.
All in all, a great read! I am falling all over myself to get started on book #2!

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Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive. 

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So f*cking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it. 

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him–a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure. 

You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.