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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Kindle Book Review: Emerald Bruises by Pepper Winters

Emerald Bruises by Pepper Winters is live! Check out my spoiler-free review of this dark and twisted romance. You can also download it for free on Kindle UnlimitedTriggers on every warning possible. This is dark and will push every possible boundary that exists. Be warned....


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“I made a bargain with a monster.

A vow to save both our lives.

I thought our commitment would stay true.

It didn’t.”


 I’ve spent my entire life alone.

I’m well used to loneliness and the endless pain of having no one.

Sure, we made a bargain. We shared our secrets and made a vow.

But I warned her not to do one tiny thing.

One very important thing.

For a while, she obeyed me.

Until the night she didn’t.

And now…the connection we shared?

That alliance we forged?

It’s broken.

I’m broken.

And by the time I’m done with her…she’ll be broken too.


Emerald Bruises (The Jewelry Box, #2)Emerald Bruises by Pepper Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLEASE READ PEPPER'S TRIGGER WARNINGS-💚 Emerald Bruises by Pepper Winters is the second installment in The Jewelry Box series of interconnected standalones. If you read Ruby Tears, there is no way you’re not reading this book. Just when I thought Pepper couldn’t shock me - SHE SHOCKED ME! Ily and Henri’s catastrophic dysfunctional romance is put to the test by Victor Grand, The Master Jeweler. This soul-sucking, dark, and twisted descent into hell is a page-turner. I’m not going to spoil this book for you. Go in blind, if you dare.

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A chance encounter. An unspoken connection.

I was smitten; he was curious.

But, as everyone knew, fate could be decidedly cruel.

He called me Halley, like the comet.

I called him Reed.

And my best friend?

Well…she called him Dad.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Older by Jennifer Hartmann is an electrifying tale of forbidden love, a cataclysmic whirlwind that sweeps Reed and Hailey into a tumultuous relationship. One deceitful decision alters the course of their lives indefinitely. Reed and Hailey's shared attraction ignites an intense bond that could shatter their lives. Reed isn't just older than Hailey; he's also her best friend's dad. This second-chance, taboo romance will tug at your heartstrings and not let go until you reach the last page and a hard-earned HEA. Older is a slow-burning angst-filled perfection—Chef's kiss.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Kindle Book Review: Wild River by Laura Pavlov

Wild River by Laura Pavlov is LIVE and available on Kindle Unlimited. Wild River is a small town that is enemies to lovers, boy obsessed, found family, standalone romance from USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling Author Laura Pavlov.  Check out my spoiler-free review below. 

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Ruby Rose declared me the enemy before I had a chance to defend myself.

I may be an attorney, but this girl had appointed herself judge and jury.   

And I’d never minded a good verbal sparring.

There was a comfort in going to battle against the evil queen.

Maybe it was just the recognition of one damaged soul to another.

But the more we fought—the more I craved her.

Until our arguing turned into a bit of a wager.

One I was determined to win.

One time. Sixty seconds. A secret only we would share.

I’d work my magic and she’d declare me the winner.

I’d gloat, she’d sulk—that was my plan.

She was determined to prove me wrong.

But from the minute we crossed the line, there was no turning back.

She was so far under my skin I couldn’t think straight.

Feeling things that I’d never felt before was one thing.

But knowing the clock was ticking was another.

Ruby Rose may have given me more than sixty seconds, but she wasn’t offering forever.

And now my world doesn’t work without her in it.

But how do I convince her to stay, when she already has one foot out the door?

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Wild River (Magnolia Falls #2)Wild River by Laura Pavlov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wild River by Laura Pavlov is the second book in the Magnolia Falls series. Laura cranked up the heat and the feels in the second installment of this small-town romance series of interconnected standalones. We meet Ruby Rose, who returns home to Magnolia Falls to care for her dad and run his bar. She meets River and immediately dislikes her dad’s handsome lawyer. Sparks fly between the two, and Ruby and River develop this love-hate attraction that leads to a no-strings-attached relationship. They promise not to catch feelings for each other until they do.

I loved being back in Magnolia Falls and hanging with the Ride or Die crew. This addictive, spicy, and sweet romance did not disappoint. Laura’s small-town romances are my cat nip, and I can’t get enough of them. I can’t wait to read Kingston and Saylor’s story in Forbidden King on June 6th. 

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Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to one temperamental yorkie and one wild bernedoodle. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after. Be sure to sign up for updates on new releases. Laura loves to hear from readers!


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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

New Book Review: Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher

Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher is live! This psychological thriller is one you don't want to miss. Check out my spoiler-free review below.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wives

Iris Walsh saw her twin sister, Piper, get kidnapped—so why does no one believe her?

Iris narrowly escaped her pretty, popular twin sister’s fate as a teen: kidnapped, trafficked and long gone before the cops agreed to investigate. With no evidence to go on but a few scattered memories, the case quickly goes cold.

Now an adult, Iris wants one thing—proof. And if the police still won’t help, she’ll just have to find it her own way; by interning at the isolated Shoal Island Hospital for the criminally insane, where secrets lurk in the shadows and are kept under lock and key. But Iris soon realizes that something even more sinister is simmering beneath the surface of the Shoal, and that the patients aren’t the only ones being observed…

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I reached the ending of Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher, and all I could picture was Tarryn laughing, knowing that she 'got us' with that clever ending. The story unravels slowly as we get to know Iris, her kidnapped twin sister Piper, and their grandmother. Iris is desperate for answers about her sister and will stop at nothing to get the answers and proof she needs about her missing half. This suspense thriller is going to suck you in and spit you out. When I hit the last page, I found myself thinking WTH and reread the ending twice. Then I went back to look for little breadcrumbs that Tarryn artfully sprinkled throughout this twisted and dark story. I told you she's clever. Nothing is what it seems. Go in blind and wait for the story to unfold.  Bravo Tarryn! 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Kindle Book Review: Ruby Tears by Pepper Winters

Ruby Tears by Pepper Winters is LIVE.  Read my spoiler-free review of Ruby Tears and get ready to one-click this new release.  Dark romance lovers will devour this new release.  It's available to read using Kindle Unlimited!   Try Kindle Unlimited for free HERE!  Before diving into Ruby Tears, you should read Pepper's FREE prequel, The Mercer Curse.   

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“Ten thousand dollars.

That pitiful sum changed my entire life.

It bought my entire life.

A measly ten thousand dollars, given to my boyfriend by a monster to fuck me.

He took it.

The monster took me.

And I never saw freedom again.”

I’m the bastard son of a monster.

My other half-blooded siblings have their own demons…but me?

I truly have the devil inside.

I try to be good.

To do my best to ignore the deep, dark, despicable urges.

But every day it gets harder.

I thought family could help.

I reached out to my infamous half-brother, Q begging for his secrets to stay tamed.

Instead, he gave me an ultimatum to prove I’m not like our father.

Infiltrate The Jewelry Box: a trafficking ring of poor unfortunate souls, kill the Master Jeweler, free the Jewels, and don’t lose my rotten soul while trying.

Only problem is…my initiation into this exclusive club is earning a Jewel all of my own.

She sparkles like diamonds, bleeds like rubies, and bruises as deep as emeralds.

She’s mine to break.

I can’t refuse.

If I want to prove to my half-brother that I’m not like our sire, I have to sink into urges I’ve always fought, plunge into madness, and lose myself so deeply into sin that the only one who will be breaking is me.

Spoiler-free review: 

Ruby Tears (The Jewelry Box, #1)Ruby Tears by Pepper Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pepper Winters is back with one of her darkest books to date. If you read Tears of Tess or any of Pepper's books in the Monsters in the Dark series, you will devour Ruby Tears (The Jewelry Box Book 1). Ruby Tears is unputdownable and utterly addictive. I couldn't put this book down if I tried. This dark and twisted captive suspense laid the foundation for a dysfunctional romance between Henri (Q's half-brother from Monsters in the Dark) and Ily, his captive. Will Henri save her, or will she become collateral damage in Henri's depraved mission of mercy? You never know what will happen in Pepper's books, and I love that unpredictability.

I knew going into this book that it would end with a cliffhanger. Pepper left us with a jaw-dropping banger of an ending. I understand that some readers like to wait until all the books are out to start a new series. Don't wait to start this one. You'll need some recovery time after reading this book. I can't wait to read Emerald Bruises (The Jewelry Box Book 2) when it releases.

Ruby Tears is not for everyone. I highly suggest you check out Peppers's author notes if you have triggers.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Book Review: The Rebel by Marni Mann

The Rebel by Marni Mann is now live! A scorching enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, billionaire romance from USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann is now LIVE!  Check out my spoiler-free review and download it on Kindle Unlimited!

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One bed.
Two stranded strangers.
Three wildly passionate nights.
A thousand secrets between them.

After getting trapped in a blizzard, my private jet grounded, with no hotel room available within miles, I met a woman at the bar.


A knockout blessed with killer curves, gorgeous emerald eyes, and a mouth that should be illegal. She triggered all the primal and possessive emotions I’d never known I had.

Not the typical Cooper Spade that the world had come to know.

What followed was a fiery, unforgettable, wildly explosive weekend of sizzling touches, passionate nights, and intense chemistry.

The rebel had finally fallen …

But when the storm cleared, I returned to LA and learned that the woman I’d just spent seventy-two carnal hours with was the enemy, and I’d loved every minute of it.


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Man, oh Mann, another spicy delight from Marni Mann! Marni cranks up the heat and the feels in The Rebel, book two in the Spade Hotel series. Sleeping with the enemy was never this hot. Cooper Spade is a dirty-talking alpha-hole who is determined to stay single until he meets Rowan Cole. Rowan is new to the family business and falls for Copper after a wild weekend in Canada. Will their relationship become the best or worst business decision of their lives? Check out The Rebel on 2/29. I can’t finish this review. I must extinguish the fire still smoldering on my Kindle from reading this spicy book!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Surrogate by Penelope Ward is LIVE!

THE SURROGATE, a complete standalone, is now LIVE on Amazon! It’s on very limited-time release price moving to $4.99 soon.   You need to one-click one of my all-time favorite romance books!  Check out my spoiler-free review below.


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I’m falling for the father of the baby I’m carrying.

The problem is: it’s not my baby.

And the broody widower is not looking for a long-term partner.

As a surrogate, the deal was that I’d only be in England long enough to give birth.

At first, the man seemed as pretentious as his name: Sigmund Benedictus.

He and I butted heads.

Sig challenged my intentions, accused me of just wanting to do this for the money.

Gradually, he learned to trust me.

He even became protective.

Over time, our heated animosity turned into fiery chemistry.

I was falling in love with him.

But my time here had a limit.

I needed to protect my heart from the devastatingly gorgeous older man who’d end up breaking it.


When my in-laws told me they wanted to use my dead wife’s eggs to conceive a grandchild, I wasn’t immediately on board.

They swore that on her deathbed Britney told them it was what she wanted—but only if I fathered the baby. Her parents insisted they would be the ones to raise it.

Against my better judgment, I agreed.

I vowed to keep my heart out of it, though.

I’d continue to pretend it wasn’t happening and live the empty, single life I’d become accustomed to the past five years since Britney died.

And despite the fact that a certain younger American named Abby Knickerbocker had awakened things inside me that I thought were long dead…

I most certainly wouldn’t fall in love with the surrogate.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was up until 2 am reading The Surrogate by Penelope Ward. Hands down, The Surrogate is one of my top favorite reads from Penelope. Heck, this book is one of my top favorite books. Period. I imagine it's tough to write a book that meets readers' expectations after they fall in love with a special side character. Readers (including myself) begged Penelope to write Sig's story after he appeared in The Aristocrat, which was released in 2021. Sig and Abby's beautiful emotion-packed story is going to sucker punch you with the feels. Let me tell you that this book was worth the wait.

Not only did Penelope deliver another incredible standalone romance, but she also made it worth the wait for Sig's story. For Abby, creating the baby was easy; getting into Sig's heart was as easy as peeling the skin of an onion and not crying. Sig was such a complex and prickly character with a huge grief case of emotional baggage. Abby, his selfless surrogate, had a heart of pure golden sunshine—these two characters were total opposites of each other. Abby not only carried a baby, but she also brought a broken Sig back to life. The angst, the build-up, and that ending had me alternating between biting my nails and shedding a few tears. The Surrogate pulled on all of my heartstrings and didn't let go. Penelope ruined me for the next book I plan to read since I now have a book hangover to deal with. I didn't know where this story would go, and I let Penelope guide my own heart on this emotional journey of the heart and soul. That ending. Those letters. The epilogue. The Surrogate owns a piece of my heart. Chef's kiss Penelope!

Thursday, January 18, 2024

New Release Review: Loving Romeo by Laura Pavlov

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From USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Laura Pavlov comes a new Small Town, Enemies to Lovers, Standalone Sports Romance in the brand new Magnolia Falls Series.


Demi Crawford was Magnolia Falls royalty.

I was the boxer from the wrong side of the tracks.

She was the epitome of everything good, while I was broody and rebellious.

We couldn’t be more different.

Her family was enemy number one which made her guilty by association.

I despised her before I even knew her.

It was easier that way.

But now she’d moved in next door to me, and she was everywhere I turned.

I couldn’t avoid her no matter how hard I tried.

She was beautiful and honest and sweet.

Everything I knew I shouldn’t want.

Shouldn’t need.

They say there’s a fine line between love and hate—and I don’t know when I crossed over.

I was so wrapped up in this girl I couldn’t see straight.

She was the right hook I never saw coming.

Hating her was supposed to be my end game.

Loving her… well, that was just the beginning.

But the secrets that lived between us threatened to tear us apart.

Lucky for her—I was a born fighter.

And she was definitely worth the fight.


Loving Romeo by Laura Pavlov is the first book in her new Magnolia Falls series. This knockout small-town boxing romance hit in the feels with a solid 1-2 punch. I absolutely loved Romeo and Demi’s story. My husband and I love the Rocky movie series so much that our pugs are named after Rocky and Adrian. So when I found myself internally cheering for Romeo to win at life, love, and a significant match, I knew I was hooked and invested in these characters. I cannot wait to read the next books in this series of interconnected standalones. I will channel Rocky here and say, “Yo, Laura, The Queen of Small Town romance, you did it.” One-click worthy. Loving Romeo by Laura Pavlov Video Kindle Crack


Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to one temperamental yorkie and one wild bernedoodle. Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after. Be sure to sign up for updates on new releases. Laura loves to hear from readers!


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