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Book Review: The Palladium

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  A radio station that doesn't officially exist A mysterious circle whose members possess incredible abilities One fateful night to save mankind Michael Baker, a down on his luck writer, finds himself drawn to an eccentric little hotel that shelters an ancient secret. When a badly injured woman materializes in his apartment later that day, he discovers that he is part of something far more fantastic than anything he could have ever written. The Palladium is a non-stop roller-coaster ride that combines urban fantasy with elements of Greek mythology and Dante’s Inferno to create a fantastic adventure unlike any other. Expect the unexpected... My Review When I read the premise for this book, I wanted to read it. So glad that I did. It is so worth the read. It is not like just reading this book but a whole experience. It felt like there was a full-length movie playing in my head while I was reading this book. Michael is lucky that something happened to him. To be honest, he was ordinar

Book Review: My Minotaur Husband

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  Celeste is one of only a hundred remaining humans on Earth, living on a secured preserve away from the many dangerous monsters out in the world. But some monsters desperately want human companions—and they’ll abide by all the strict rules and requirements to get one. Celeste has applications piling up from those who want to court her, but she’s afraid of taking the leap... until Theo. Theo the minotaur is shy, gentle, and kind, and wants nothing more than a human wife to spoil. When Celeste agrees to move in and start a trial marriage, he’ll do anything in his power to keep her happy and safe in a world where a human might make a great meal for another monster. The only problem? Theo is huge in more than one way—and he knows Celeste isn’t ready for him yet. It will take trust and time to prepare her as they start to build their new life together, and it might just lead to falling in love. My Review Lyonne Riley is a new to me author. After reading this book, I definitely want to read

Book Review: One Night

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  Duke Sullivan is the oldest brother of my family’s hated rival. He also happens to be my good morning text and the man I have no right to have a secret crush on. Duke is strictly forbidden. After months of keeping our friendship hidden, the stars align, sparks ignite, and we finally give into temptation. Knowing our relationship could never be more than stolen glances and longing looks, we agree to stay secret friends––until two pink lines change everything. With our small town and both our families in an uproar, Duke does the unthinkable. He packs up my belongings and moves me into his house. Despite agreeing to weather the storm together and to try to figure out how to co-parent, living with Duke proves nearly impossible. Every soft smirk, every brush of his calloused hand against my sensitive skin makes me want to burst into flames. It becomes clear, despite the feud, Duke is relentlessly going after what he wants and I think that might be . . . me. I’m the quiet daughter with the

Book Review: Lethal Vows

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  ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’†’๐’” ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’•: ✔Dark Romance ✔Enemies To Lovers ✔Opposites Attract ✔ Arranged Marriage ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ. ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ-๐˜ต๐˜ฐ-๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ He thought I was his—that’s what his emails indicated. He thought that because our families signed on the dotted line many years ago, it was a done deal. But I ran away from that life for a reason. Little did I know, he would find me. And he wasn’t going to take no for an answer. Crue wanted me to be his wife. And all I wanted was him in my bed. My Review If you are looking for a book that live in your head rent free, you need to pick up this book by powerhouse duo, T.L. Smith and Kia Carrington-Russell! Kia is a new to me author but after reading this book, I am running to check out more books by her. I need more books by this duo. One of my favorite aspects of this book were the messa

Book Review: Too Far

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  I never considered how far I’d go to protect those I love.   Not until now. Not until them. Locke. Kylian. Kendrick. Decker.    The boys of Lake Chapel own me: mind and body, heart and soul.  I’ll fight for them. Wait for them. Root for them and support them through anything.    Because what we’re building together is a forever kind of love.   Every word will be dissected, every move recorded, but the cameras and media scrutiny are temporary.   We cling to private moments away from the mansion and hold out hope that life won’t always be this hard.  But when a terrifying encounter with parallels to the past leaves us shaken, Decker takes drastic action.   And despite our whispered promises and dreams for the future, what we share may not be enough to survive the pressure of what comes next.   The boys of Lake Chapel taught me that love can be limitless. No one warned me what can happen when love is pushed too far. My Review What a whirlwind journey Josephine and her guys...Kylian, Ken

Book Review: The White Knight

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  In the aftermath of tragedy, Guin faces a difficult choice: to follow her heart or her duty. Having lost her husband, Lancelot, Guin feels stuck and alone in a time so far from her own, with no family or friends to rely upon. Grief is no stranger to the White Enchantress. But when King Arthur offers her his hand in marriage, Guin must decide to put her grief aside or wallow in it for the rest of her life. After the birth of her son, Galahad, Guin takes refuge in the home she once shared with Lancelot, hoping against all odds that he will return. She struggles to decide whether to fulfill her destiny as the legendary Queen Guinevere or follow her heart and remain loyal to Lancelot, even in his death. As the years go by and doubt creeps in, King Arthur slowly works his way into Guin’s heart. But as fate would have it, their paths are not meant to be easy, and the futures they have built for themselves are not as legend has written them to be. With the threat of danger in every move she

Book Review: The Guncle Abroad

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  From the nationally bestselling author of  The Guncle   comes the much-anticipated sequel, in which Patrick O’Hara is called back to his guncle duties…at a big, family wedding in Lake Como, Italy. Patrick O’Hara is finally in a league of his own…professionally. Inspired by his stint as Grant and Maisie’s caretaker after their mother’s passing, Patrick has "un-stalled" his acting career with sit-com, Guncle Knows Best. Still, some things have had to take a back seat. Looking down both barrels at fifty, Patrick is single and lonely after breaking things off with Emory. But at least he has family, right? When his brother Greg announces his big, second wedding in Lake Como, Italy, Patrick feels pulled toward Grant and Maisie and flies to Europe to attend the lavish event, only to butt heads with a newfound Launt (Lesbian Aunt), curb his sister Clara from flirting with guests, and desperately restore himself to the favored relative status in the eyes of the kids, as they struggl

Book Review: After Dark

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  She’s a pariah with a killer past. Her bid to escape it is nothing short of terrifying in a heart-pounding novel of suspense by  Washington Post  and  Wall Street Journal  bestselling author Minka Kent. Afton Teachout has been an outcast in her small town for twenty years—ever since she was accused of murdering her mother’s lover in a blackout fit of rage. That is, if one believes the malicious lies. Living with her grandmother, working a hotel night shift, and relying on pills to get a day’s sleep, Afton is due a little luck. It comes in the form of an unexpected financial windfall. With her newfound wealth, Afton sets a secret plan in motion to help her only friend, Sydney, flee a toxic husband. But the best intentions soon spin out of control. Afton is getting unsettling calls from a restricted number, and someone has been lingering outside her home. As Sydney’s troubled marriage comes into focus, so does Afton’s past. Her second chance—for herself and for Sydney—isn’t what she dr

Book Review: Fearless

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  An all-new and addictive dark, why-choose, captive romance from the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Tracy Lorraine. You know what they say about things that are too good to be true… We might have been in a safe house recovering, but we were in danger, and still the four of us found a way to be together. We’d even managed to find something that I never thought possible. Peace. We were finally a team, fighting against our enemies. But those enemies were closer than we anticipated. I might have escaped, but the three men who owned equal parts of my heart were still inside the building I watched go up in flames, the house where we found each other again crumbling to ash. Someone betrayed us. Someone we trusted. With shattered promises, I'm forced to put my faith in someone I shouldn't. I walk away from the house that holds so many heart aching memories… from the men who changed my life in more ways than they ever could imagine. Maverick promised me that he

Book Review: Hans

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  CASSIE How to make the handsome, brooding man across the street notice me. Step one: Deliver baked goods to his front porch, even though he never answers his door and always returns the containers when I'm not home. Step two: Slowly lose my mind as a whole year passes without ever running into him, no matter how hard I try. Step three: Have my boudoir photos accidentally delivered to his mailbox instead of mine. Have him open the package. Then have him storm into my home for the most panty-melting scolding of my life. Step four: Still figuring out step four. HANS I'm a dangerous man. A man who has spent the last two decades removing so many souls from this earth that it's a miracle my hands aren't permanently stained red. I'm a man who belongs in the shadows. I certainly don't belong in my pretty little neighbor's bedroom when she's not home, touching her things and inhaling her scent. I shouldn't follow her. Shouldn't watch her. Because no num

Book Review: My Not-So-Secret Santa

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  I’ve got a secret. The new girl at work? The one I’ve got a crush on? She’s got a crush too—on the stripper who’s dressing like Santa every weekend in December. And that’s my secret. I’m him. The Saturday night Santa stripper. Liv has no idea it’s her new work buddy under the fake white beard and tiny red hot pants, and every time she blushes when she talks about him, I burn with jealousy over myself. But Liv’s also starting to get close to me—the real me—and seems interested in Christmas Eve activities that’ll put us both on the so-naughty-it's-nice list. I just hope she’ll still want to sit on Santa's lap after I tell her the truth. My Not-So-Secret Santa is a standalone holiday novella that'll heat you up like a mug of hot cocoa and make you melt like the swirl of whipped cream on top. Unwrap a laugh-out-loud romance this Christmas! My Review The angsty vibes that Liv and Jonesy were giving each other was so steamy. Yet, it only got hotter with each new interaction the

Book Review: The More the Merrier

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  Even Santa would tell you… be careful what you wish for! When Merriweather, a horny single gal in a cold town, gets ready for bed on Christmas Eve, she brings BOB with her for some gift-giving of the personal variety. The last thing she expects as she’s drifting off into dreamland is for her explicit yet silent wishes to come true. Turns out, Merri isn’t too bothered by who appears in her bedroom, or that he comes “baring” gifts. All she knows is, this will be the very best, naughtiest Christmas she’s ever had! Why wish for one of something, when you really want two? My Review I loved this novella. It is a very, quick read. It also features the "perfect" dream guy. He has features of Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth, Pedro Pascal, and Keanu. After reading this novella, I suddenly have a craving for peppermint candy canes! Also, when I go to bed, I am going to wish extra hard. Maybe I will get lucky like Merriweather.  Wish is definitely a major upgrade from BOB. Merriweather, y

Book Review: Mistletoe Wishes

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  Out of the frying pan…and into the fire? Stella Black needs a place to hide out from her ex. Mistletoe Creek is just the place to start over. And for once the universe smiles on Stella and gives her the perfect job opportunity. If she can overlook the nerve-wracking interview. And her sexy-as-sin new boss. Kashton Saint is no saint at all. He lives fast and hard. He does what he wants and doesn’t think twice about anyone else. And the small town charm? More like claustrophobia for the village bad boy. He needs to make it through his current case without strangling his client, and he needs Stella’s assistance for the duration. If he can ignore her gorgeous red lips. And the way she looks underneath the mistletoe. How hard can it be for two people to ignore their attraction and the presence of mistletoe? My Review This is a quick read. This story is more than just romance. It has a good storyline. However, the spice is lighter as nothing happens between Kash and Stella for most of the

Book Review: Snowed In: Volume Three

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  Snowed Why choose holiday anthology is a collection of original, brand-new short stories for this holiday season. Volume 3 participating Ames Mills, Penelope Paige, Whitnay Edes, S.E. Green, Nicole Banks, Em Torrey, Gwendolyn Grace, Amber Nicole, Allie Noel, Anna G. Berry, B.E. Fidler, Rachel Callahan, Casiddie Williams, Nikki Leigh, Maggie McAllister, and Aly Beck & Kotah Jean **Volume 3 will contain lighter themes. Please check the content and trigger warnings at the beginning of each story. Some stories may contain MM and MM+ couplings. Proceeds for this anthology will be donated to the Cancer Research Institute and World Central Kitchen. Say It Ain't Snow by Aly Beck and Kotah Jean Hollie had her heart broken by Corbin's twin brother. What better way to get even then with Corbin and his friends,  Corbin,  Dallas, and Beckett. This group shared quite the steamy scenes with each other. Yet, I could feel that their love for Hollie ran deeper than just s#x. Warning, there

Book Review: To Kiss the Sea

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  In the Birde Isles there’s a saying: You cannot take what the sea is not willing to give. Ally Kingfisher never gave it much thought until she experienced the sea’s wrath firsthand. But after a near-drowning leaves her with a deeply ingrained fear of the water, Ally still finds herself inexplicably drawn to its depths. As if something is calling to her from beneath the waves, and it only grows louder each year. Pasha is being punished for something she didn't do, sentenced to a life of solitude until her kin return. But mermaids aren't meant to live alone. Desperate for companionship, Pasha makes a deal that goes spectacularly awry, affecting the lives of everyone on the Isles for years to come. When a pirate captain kidnaps Ally’s mother and demands Ally deliver the ransom personally, she is forced to leave land for the first time. Turning to Pasha, the one creature whose help she doesn’t want but whose power over the water she needs, Ally strikes a new bargain to get her to

Book Review: Snowed In: Volume Two

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  Snowed in: Why choose holiday anthology is a collection of original, brand-new short stories for this holiday season. Volume 2 participating authors: D.E. Scion, Taylor Schafer, Ruby Smoke, Kyra Alessy, R. A. Alyse, R.K. Pierce, Jenn Bullard, Jaelle Keyes, Sydney, St. James, Alisha Williams & Cassie Lein, Scarlett Philips & MA Destiny, Cassandra Featherstone **Volume 2 will contain PNR and OV themes. Please check the content and trigger warnings at the beginning of each story. Some stories may contain MM and MM+ couplings. Proceeds for this anthology will be donated to the Cancer Research Institute and World Central Kitchen. Knot and Cold by R.K. Pierce Danity finds herself in a forced proximity with Rennick, Felix, Asril, and Jack. I really enjoyed this story. I connected with all of the characters right away. It was emotional. The spice did not happen right away but when it did, it was worth it. So many knots. Gimmie more.  Their Omega's Toy by Alisha Williams and Cassi

Book Review: The Eyes Are the Best Part

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  Description Crying in H-Mart  meets  My Sister, the Serial Killer  in this feminist psychological horror about the making of a female serial killer from a Korean-American perspective. Ji-won’s life tumbles into disarray in the wake of her Appa’s extramarital affair and subsequent departure. Her mother, distraught. Her younger sister, hurt and confused. Her college freshman grades, failing. Her dreams, horrifying… yet enticing.  In them, Ji-won walks through bloody rooms full of eyes. Succulent blue eyes. Salivatingly blue eyes. Eyes the same shape and shade as George’s, who is Umma’s obnoxious new boyfriend. George has already overstayed his welcome in her family’s claustrophobic apartment. He brags about his puffed-up consulting job, ogles Asian waitresses while dining out, and acts condescending toward Ji-won and her sister as if he deserves all of Umma’s fawning adoration. No, George doesn’t deserve anything from her family. Ji-won will make sure of that.  For no matter how many v