Release Blitz/ARC Review: His By Fiona Murphy

Title: His: Dominic
Series: Sabatini Family #1
Author: Fiona Murphy
Genre: Contemporary Mafia Romance

Release Date: January 1, 2021
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Any minute I’m going to wake up from this nightmare. Being tied up and thrown in the trunk of a car doesn’t happen in real life. Except the silk tie around my wrists feels very real. And my father, Johnny Conti, the head of the Outfit, is telling me to be a good girl—that I’m to be the wife of the man who tied me up and has me over his wide shoulder. 

Some women might swoon over gorgeous Dominic Sabatini with his blue eyes, dimples, and muscled body in a silk suit. Not me. Those are just distractions from who, what he really is: a ruthless killer with blood on his hands and ice in his veins.
There is no way Dominic could actually want to marry me. A virgin, curvy, buried in an all-girls Catholic boarding school for most of my life and seventeen years younger than him. He’s marrying so far beneath him it’s absurd.
No to all of it. Tomorrow I’m going to marry the man of my dreams, a nice, kind accountant. I’m going to have the safe, boring life I’ve always longed for. I have to escape this nightmare. But Dominic growls I belong to him and he keeps what is his.
This a mafia romance with dark elements. 
While this is the first book in a series it is a standalone and does not end in a cliffhanger. 
PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

My thoughts 💭

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This was an enjoyable read. Regina thought her life was going to go one way but her father has other plans. Dominic doesn’t like being told what to do but once something or someone is his he keeps it no matter what.This book was steamy with a little drama and I definitely recommend!
EXCERPT
It hits me. I’m not getting out of this. I won’t be able to get away from Dominic Sabatini. Not today, a month, or even a year from now. If somehow, some way I got away, he’d find me. I have no idea why instead of scaring me, the realization thrills me. 

No, no. Fear shakes me out of my reverie. I can’t just give up. There has to be a way. There is always a way, isn’t there? 
I startle at the knock on the bathroom door. 
“Regina, get moving. I’m starving. I want to grab something to eat then get back on the road.” 
Looking down at the dress, anger at Dominic and myself fuels me. Today was supposed to be my wedding day, this is my wedding dress. I refuse to make this easy, for either of us. 
Hands shaking, I put on the pretty white lace bra and plain cotton white briefs. Forcing my fear down, I slip into the white dress. 
When I open the door, Dominic is standing by the door leading out of the room, carrying his leather duffle. His eyes go cold. “Change.” 
“No.” I’m defiant, refusing to back down from the dark energy vibrating around him. 
He drops the duffle and crosses the room in all of three steps. A hand goes around my throat and my stupid body betrays me, going instantly limp against him. “Take it off or I will.” 
I shake my head as much as I can. I blink and holy fucking crap, his other hand finds the neckline and tears it from my body. We’re both breathing hard and fast. The hand around my neck lets me go and fucking shit, I stumble into him. His hands wrap around my arms as he catches me close, his mouth at my ear. Hot air is sliding down the skin of my neck and I can’t fucking breathe. 
“You are mine. You belong to me. I can make you tremble in ecstasy or fear. The decision is yours.”
AUTHOR BIO
Due to commitment issues I have lived in many different cities and my favorite is Chicago but I have managed to settle into Austin and perhaps my commitment issues are behind me. 

I have enjoyed reading from a very young age and it wasn’t long before the children books bored me and I read the books my mother enjoyed Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I didn’t sleep without the light on until I was about ten. 
I came across my first Harlequin by accident and it was love at first read, no one died and happy endings? It was a whole new world and I loved it. 
I wrote my first story at eight and everyone died, of course. Since then I would like to think I’ve gotten better and now I’m writing the happily ever afters I first fell in love with, with some hot sex thrown in along the way. 
As a plus size woman myself, I have started writing the stories I always wanted to see myself in but never did. And now I’m ecstatic to give BBWs the happily ever afters with hot Alphas I want to read.
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Review: Blood & Bones: Judge by Jeanne St. James

Length: 378 pages

Published: September 5, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Some risks are more dangerous than others…

Judd “Judge” Scott lives a simple life running a successful business with his cousin, Deacon. As a bail bondsman and bounty hunter, he’s good at what he does.

He never expected Trip to come home and resurrect the Blood Fury MC, reopening old wounds. Being asked by the new prez to fill his late father’s boots as the Sergeant at Arms should be a hard no for Judge. Not only are they some pretty big boots to fill, but he also has too much to lose if things go sideways. Besides it risking his bail bonds business, he’s worried history will repeat itself and Judge wants to avoid ending up in prison, or dead, exactly like his father did. Even so, he reluctantly takes the spot as the club’s enforcer and wears his old man’s colors on his back.

Despite having no interest in a woman complicating his life, he’s intrigued by the young mother who shows up in town with her little girl. However, once Judge learns why she’s come to Manning Grove, he finds he has no choice but to get involved. And that could create more complications than they’re worth.

Note: Blood & Bones: Judge is the third book in the Blood Fury MC series. As always, this book has no cheating, no cliffhanger and has an HEA. It’s recommended to read this series in order.

My thoughts 💭

Judge and Cassie are currently my favorite couple of the series! That happy ending had me blubbering! This was a great addition to the series and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Review: Goldie And The Three Bears by Theodora Taylor

Length: 213 pages

Published: September 18, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

One calls me mija. One calls me baby. One makes me call him….

What would you do if you found yourself stuck in the wilderness, with no one to turn to but three large and extremely hot football players?

Well, that’s my situation.

And I’m not sure I can handle these three bears.

Can you?

READER WARNING: The QUARANTALES series starts off steamy and gets hotter with each read before its sweet finale. This is the blazing Quarantale. Please do not one-click without the proper…ahem…support for any feelings that might arise upon reading this crazy hot story.

Also please note, this is not a shifter romance. It is an extremely hot contemporary romance, featuring three football player leads.

Also, make sure to check out all of the stories in this ultra-modern, special quarantine take on some of your favorite fairytales:

CYNDA AND THE CITY DOCTOR

BILLIE AND THE RUSSIAN BEAST

GOLDIE AND THE THREE BEARS

REINA AND THE HEAVY METAL PRINCE

My thoughts 💭

I would like to say that I would also be calling Jeb Daddy! 🤣 I enjoyed reading this book! Goldie (Gina), Nico, Mitch and Jeb are perfect for each other. The guys make her feel everything her ex didn’t. It just took them all a minute to be on the same page but the story was interesting! I definitely recommend!

Review: Lilith’s Pride by Everly Taylor

Length: August 21, 2020

Published: 147 pages

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Lilith. My name brings fear and images of a dark seductress out to claim the souls of men. In reality, I’m a woman scorned by her husband for being too sexual. Okay, yes I went on a murdering rampage after being tossed to the side by him, but a woman can hurt can’t she?

Well Adam can take his vanilla ass somewhere else. I know what I like and I have been enjoying it for millennia while he died with his balls still blue and unsatisfied.

Now my endeavors are put in jeopardy as the council calls me before them to question a series of deaths they believe I’m responsible for. Just because I like to fuck, doesn’t mean I like to kill. Anymore. For Hell’s sake, I haven’t consumed a soul after sex in eons.

I’m left with two choices, give in and be sent back to Hell, or find out who is responsible for this darkness they accuse me of?

Oh, what is the Queen of Seduction to do?

My thoughts 💭

This was an interesting read. I liked it but I would’ve liked to have a little more backstory on Lilith’s past. Besides that I thought the book was hot and the characters had amazing chemistry. That cliffhanger has me ready to read the next book!

Review: Some Kind Of Monster by Albany Walker

Length: 283 pages

Published: September 17, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Naughty girls need love too.

A beautiful monster, that’s what I am. My packaging is just a little nicer than the creatures you hear about dwelling in your closet.

With three baddies for my mates, things are definitely getting interesting. I think I’ve even convinced them not to kill each other.

But I have a new purpose, someone is hurting our kind. Stealing Charmed magic in arcane rituals that leave my friends drained and dead, and I won’t allow it.

It’s time for them to find out why even the Monsters fear me.

I am the bad guy

Companion novel to Friends with the Monster. RH story with adult themes not recommend for those under 18.

My thoughts 💭

I love Dami and her monsters! Grim is definitely my favorite even if his solution to problems is to end everyone. I enjoyed reading and definitely recommend!

Review: Sig by Jeanne St. James

Length: 410 pages

Published: July 3, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Revenge isn’t always sweet, but it sure can be satisfying…

Sig never wanted to return to Manning Grove since it didn’t hold any good memories. Growing up a part of the Blood Fury MC ended up being a disaster and screwed up his life, which led to him spending most of it in and out of jail. But now he’s not only back, he’s sitting at the table as VP next to Trip, his half-brother who has resurrected the MC from the ashes.

Still bitter about what went down twenty years ago, he’s now trying to move past it and stay out of jail for good. Until he finds a beaten and abused woman running through the woods, trying to escape her captors. Now all he can think about is revenge on the Shirley Clan, a group of sovereign citizens who follow no laws but their own. And if he isn’t careful, he might end up right back where he vowed to never go again. Behind bars.

Note: Blood & Bones: Sig is the second book in the Blood Fury MC series. As always, this book has no cheating, no cliffhanger and has an HEA. It’s recommended to read this series in order.

My thoughts 💭

I loved Sig and Red! They both have been through some rough times that has left scars but feel whole when they’re together. I loved their chemistry. I enjoyed reading their story and definitely recommend!

Release Blitz/ARC Review: Love In The Wild by Emma Castle

Title: Love in the Wild
A Tarzan Retelling
Author: Emma Castle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2020
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A Sensual, Powerful, And Thought Provoking Tarzan Retelling 

Eden Matthews stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime while photographing wildlife in the deep in the heart of Africa… 
A gorgeous god of a man living in the wilds of the African jungle among a family of gorillas… 
When he saves her life she’s compelled to uncover the man’s tragic past and the fate which led him to grow up in the wild. 
But Eden soon learns she can take man from the wild, but she can’t take the wild out of the man… 
When her savage savior soon shows her just want he wants of her…her sensual surrender, she finds she can’t resist him teaching her how to love…in the wild.
PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
EXCERPT
Screams. Gunshots. A mighty roar. Deafening silence. 

Eden jerked awake as the nightmares broke through her sleep. She gasped when she found herself unable to move. Was this another nightmare? She glanced wildly around the room, trying to make sense of where she was, and found herself staring into the brightest blue eyes she had ever seen. The mud-streaked face from her nightmares was real. 
She gasped again and tried to pull away. He held tight a moment before loosening his grip, clear disappointment in his eyes. 
Eden scrambled back, and something behind her tumbled across the floor. He sat up and moved around her to collect whatever it was she had disrupted. In the gray light of early morning, she saw him put pieces of skinned mango on a leaf that was bigger than his two hands cupped together. 
He grunted, chuffed, and even whistled at her as he held out the mangoes. Eden stared at the food, her stomach grumbling on cue at the sight of the fruit. His mouth curved into a smile, and he nodded to her in encouragement. She reached across the space between them and took a mango, trying not to stare at him. Much of the thick mud from earlier had fallen away to expose his body to her view, but his face was still darkened with it, making it hard to fully see his features aside from those wildly blue eyes. 
The trauma of yesterday was still in the back of her mind, but she could now focus on her mysterious savior, this wild and strange forest god. And a god he was. There was a mighty strength to his limbs, and he had a noble bearing that held her fascinated—and more than a little frightened. She was helpless against this man. If he desired it, he could take whatever he wished from her. Yet he gazed upon her with gentle eyes and offered her mangoes. 
She took another piece of fruit and was floored by the devastating effect his responding smile had on her stomach, which suddenly filled with butterflies. 
“Thank you,” she said, only she felt silly doing so, since it was obvious he didn’t understand her. She bit into the fruit and sighed at the sweet taste. He watched her eat two more pieces before he finally ate one himself. Then he reached for something on the floor and held it out to her. 
Midday sunlight caught on the bright gold of a long necklace. It was an ancient-looking necklace with a huge diamond pendant hanging from the center. 
“Oh my God . . .” 
She was almost afraid to touch it, but he pushed it into her hands before she could refuse him. He curled her fingers around the necklace and patted her closed hands with a tenderness that left her feeling breathless. 
“Thank you. It’s beautiful.” She stared at the necklace, and he watched her expectantly. Eden did the only thing she could think of and put the necklace on. He grunted and smiled, as if satisfied with her reaction, and then he opened the trapdoor in the center of the room. He turned, exposing his back to her, and pointed at himself. 
It looked like she was going for another ride. She climbed onto his back, more aware than ever of the heat of his body between her thighs, but the dried mud that coated his body was staining her clothes, and she prayed she could find her way to a river or stream or even a pond to get washed up. 
He began the descent, and when their feet touched the ground, he let her off his back. The wild man held out a hand to her, and she took it. It was strange to feel connected to this nameless mystery man, but Eden was beginning to trust him as he led her through the jungle. Besides, what choice did she have? 
After about half an hour, at least by Eden’s guess, she heard the roar of a waterfall and her heart leapt. She might be able to clean herself off and get something to drink. She glanced back down at herself and cringed at the mud and blood staining her clothes. 
The wild man took her straight to a large pool at the base of the waterfall, which poured over a mountainous area nearly two stories tall. The sight was breathtaking. The waterfall was as clear as glass, cascading into a frothy whiteness that settled into gentle ripples across a wide pool that was clear as the sky above. 
“Is it safe?” she asked as the man took her to the edge of the water. “I know you can’t understand me, but—” 
He turned to face her, his gaze solemn and his lips parted as he whispered one word. “Safe.” 
It was almost a hoarse grunt, as though he hadn’t spoken in ages, perhaps ever. Yet she recognized that word, and her world spun as she realized that she might have a chance to communicate with this man. 
“You know English?” 
He nodded uncertainly. 
“How much can you speak?” 
He held up his hands and shrank them together in the air. 
“Okay, how much can you understand?” 
His hands widened apart. 
A flood of questions filled Eden’s mind, but right now she had to focus on more pressing needs. The kind that pressed against her bladder. 
“I need to use the . . . Wait, you probably don’t understand what a restroom is. I need . . . privacy?” As embarrassing as it was, she squatted down, miming her intentions. 
He nodded toward a clump of trees. 
“Stay close,” he said in a hoarse whisper. 
Eden went over to the bushes and did what needed to be done before she rejoined him at the water’s edge. 
“Is it deep? I can swim. I’m just worried.” 
“Deep, yes. Safe.” He removed the gold leaf crown from his head and set it down in the grass. Then, without warning, he untied the strips of leather that held his loincloth on and dove into the pool. 
Eden had a brief but glorious glimpse of his muscled ass as he disappeared into the water. A cloud of mud circled around where he had vanished, sullying the pretty blue water. Eden waited for him to come up, wondering what he looked like beneath the layers of mud. But long seconds passed and he didn’t come up. 
Had something happened to him down there? She took off her hiking boots and socks before hastily wading into the water and diving under to search. 
Her heart thundered against her ribs as she dove beneath the surface, trying to find him. She opened her eyes, searching, but all she could see was a blue haze and white bubbles from the waterfall. She surged back up to the surface for air and then shrieked as something curled around her foot and pulled her back under. 
Water covered her head, and she reached down to claw at whatever had grabbed her leg, but it was already gone. She swam back up to the surface with visions of crocodiles and snakes in her head as she sucked in a lungful of air. The water beside her churned, and the wild man’s face appeared. He shook his head, and his long dark hair whipped around his face. He ducked below the water again and came back up, allowing Eden her first glimpse of his face unmarred by mud. 

My God. 
She couldn’t have guessed what lay beneath the heavy coats of mud. The chiseled features of a god matched his muscled form. There was a slight cleft in his chin, and the tan skin of his face made his blue eyes glow even more brilliantly. It was difficult to look away from his face. Dark shapes colored his shoulders. Tattoos? They looked tribal in design. She’d never been into tattoos before, but they only added to the mystique of this man. 
He swam slowly around her, his lips curved in a playful smile, then suddenly splashed water at her. Eden gasped and instinctively splashed back at him. He let out a deep, rich laugh that made her melt. They swam and played, not quite touching each other, but close enough that she was aware he was completely naked. Eventually her skin began to prune, and she realized that she was drenched in her only set of clothes. 
Now exhausted, she started to go back to the shore, but the man caught her hand and motioned for her to swim toward the falls. She followed him and blushed to the roots of her hair as he climbed out of the water and onto a small rock ledge, leaving nothing to the imagination. Then he vanished behind the waterfall. She gripped the smooth rocks at the base of the ledge and pulled herself up, finding it easier than she expected. Then she followed him behind the glass-like curtain of water. 
The cave behind the falls was deep and dark, and she could barely see the outline of the wild man ahead of her. 
“Wait! I can’t see.” Her voice echoed all around her despite the roar of the falls behind them. 
A warm hand caught hold of hers, and she was pulled deeper into the darkness before they stopped. Her feet touched something soft. Animal fur? She knelt and touched it. Yes, it was, but what kind she couldn’t tell. Hands touched her shoulders, pulling lightly at her clothes as though to remove them. 
“Wait . . . What?” 
“Too wet,” he said in a low voice. “Animal skins need to dry.” 
“Skins? Oh, my clothes.” She glanced around, not quite able to see him clearly. Maybe it would be okay to take off her clothes in the dark? Eden hesitated a second and then peeled off her clothes, even her panties. 
“Sit,” he urged, and she did, tucking her knees up to cover her body. 
“Hey, do you have a name?” she asked the tall, warm man sharing the darkness with her. 
“Thorne.” 
“Thorne? Just Thorne? No last name?” Eden tried to see his face as he knelt down beside her on the bed of furs. Her heart jumped in nervousness at what he might do next. 
“Son of Keza,” he added quietly. 
“Is Keza your father?” 
“Mother.” The word was spoken with a fierce tenderness. 
“Is she here? Does she live with you?” 
There was a long silence. “No. Thorne left. Thorne see them sometimes.” 
Eden nearly jumped when she felt a hand touch hers. Thorne stroked a fingertip over her knuckles, the gentle touch exploring and soothing rather than threatening. 
“Sleep,” he said in the mantle of darkness. “Thorne protect.” 
Eden knew she shouldn’t lie down in her undressed state, nor should she bury her face in the furs and start to rest. But the makeshift bed was soft against her bare body. It was only late afternoon, but she was indeed tired. She was a little cold, but Thorne soon wrapped the furs around her, and she could smell an inviting masculine scent clinging to them. His scent. Clean man and waterfall with a hint of mango. It was a scent she would dream of for the rest of her life, just as she knew she would dream of this wild forest god.
My thoughts 💭
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I really enjoyed this Tarzan retelling!Thorne and Eden’s chemistry is amazing. I enjoyed all the characters. The jungle demands vengeance for a wrong committed against it and Thorne was more than willing to help since the fool decided to touch what was his. This was a sweet but definitely steamy read! I was hooked from beginning to end, I definitely recommend.
AUTHOR BIO
Emma Castle has always loved reading but didn’t know she loved romance until she was enduring the trials of law school. She discovered the dark and sexy world of romance novels and since then has never looked back! She loves writing about sexy, alpha male heroes who know just how to seduce women even if they are a bit naughty about it. When Emma’s not writing, she may be obsessing over her favorite show Supernatural where she’s a total Team Dean Winchester kind of girl! Join Emma’s Private Reader Group “Emma Castle’s Crew” here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/429283600812685
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Review: Blood & Bones: Trip by Jeanne St. James

Length: 326 pages

Published: May 2, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Despite spilled blood and broken bones, from the ashes Blood Fury will once again rise.

Trip, son of the former president of the Blood Fury MC, is determined to resurrect his dead father’s destroyed club. It’ll be a long, difficult road as the new president attempts to rebuild the club from the cold ashes left behind.

Bad blood and bitter memories are only some of the obstacles Trip has to overcome. The local police department, Manning Grove PD, is another, since they don’t want to see their small town once again overrun by outlaw bikers.

Then there’s Stella, a local bar owner and a major distraction Trip doesn’t need, but can’t resist, even though she gives him every reason to. She’s tough, she’s broken, and the last thing she wants in her life is a man like him.

In the end, Trip has to decide if the war is worth fighting. And if Stella is the warrior he needs battling by his side.

Blood & Bones: Trip is the first book in the Blood Fury MC series. As always, this book has no cheating, no cliffhanger and has an HEA. While it’s recommended to read my Brothers in Blue series first, it’s not necessary.

My thoughts 💭

This was a good start to the series. Trip knows what he wants and he’s determined to have it. He wants to rebuild the MC to be better than it was. He needs to find folks willing to be a part of it. While on his mission he finds Stella. She was what he didn’t know he needed but once he had her in his sights he knew she needed to be by his side. Stella is just trying to take life one day at a time when Trip bulldozes his way into her life. They fit each other perfectly. I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Review: Inked In Lies by Giana Darling

Length: 474 pages

Published: July 31, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

He moved in next door.

Handsome as sin, older in a way that meant forbidden.

He had tattoos on his hands and wickedness tucked in his grin.

I was a goner as girl to a man they called Casanova for a reason. He would never love me, at least not the way I needed him to.

I tried to move on. But I couldn’t turn my back on him or The Fallen MC.

So when they needed me most, I offered the only thing of value I could use to help them.

My body.

And when helping them meant putting my life on the line, Nova had to decide just how much he was willing to do to get me out alive.

A standalone romance in The Fallen Men series.

My thoughts 💭

Nova and Lila gave me all the feels! I enjoyed reading their story! Lila has loved Nova forever but he’s kind of a jerk so he screws up but she loves the fool anyway. He should’ve definitely groveled but Nova is the sweetest! I absolutely love the Fallen family! I definitely recommend reading this!

Review: Neck-Romancer by Elizabeth Dunlap

Length: 248 pages

Published: October 31, 2019

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Goddess, a ghost is trying to kiss me. And I kinda want him to. Are you sleeping on the job again?

**Medium Burn Reverse Harem NA Paranormal Romance**
You think you’re having a bad day? Jaz Neck is suddenly being stalked by ghosts. 

She thought things were bad when she lost her magic and was ostracized by her so-called friends. As it turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg. 

After struggling to reclaim her magic, she makes herself even more of a freak by becoming the only necromancer in existence. Nothing like giving the bullies at Highborn Academy a fresh supply of ammunition to harass her with…  

The only upside to her spiraling social status is the shocking revelation that she’s been linked with three soulmates: a ghost, a lycan, and a warlock. But will their combined strength be enough to protect her from the dark forces rising?

My thoughts 💭

This was an interesting read. Jaz was funny I like her. Alec, Pierce and Gilbert were sweet and their chemistry with Jaz was hot! I enjoyed their banter! I enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the next book!