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Tease, by Sarah Bailey – A Book Review

At this point I automatically assume that anything Sarah Bailey writes is going to be golden. She’s never done me wrong yet, why would she start now?

I was privileged enough to get an advanced copy of the newest book in Bailey’s Villetti Chronicles series ahead of its release, and I have read it twice over since then because it was THAT GOOD. This is basically going to be known in my home library as “the book that got me through my bout with Covid”.

For more details about Tease, read on! I didn’t include spoilers in this review, so you’re safe to keep reading if you don’t want the deets.

The Cliff Notes

Title: Tease

Series: The Villetti Chronicles (#1.5)

Hashtags: #romance #dark #adult, #BDSM, #mafia

Content warnings: violence, death

Main Characters: Arlo and Rina

Ratings

My overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spicy/Heat Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Romance Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Tyrant – A Book Review

Is there anything more delicious than getting to read an ARC of the new book by one of your favourite authors? Buckle up, fellow readers, because I got to read Tyrant from Sarah Bailey and oooooh boy, it was good!

The standard ARC disclaimer goes here: I did receive a copy of this book for free with the caveat that I would then provide a review of said book. There was no guarantee or requirement for me to provide a positive review – I’m doing that just because I really liked it.

Also, there are some minor spoilers below. I’m not writing out whole paragraphs detailing the plot and the ending or anything, but I am going to reference a couple of quotes and a favourite scene or two. If you would rather go in completely spoiler-free, you may want to avoid my full review.

The Cliff Notes

Title: Tyrant

Series: A Villetti Chronicles Novel (#1)

Hashtags: #darkromance #kinkyromance #mafiaromance

Content warnings: Degradation kink, daddy kink, graphic violence, murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping. For more details, refer to the author’s website.

Main Characters: Zayn and Ari

Ratings

My overall rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Spicy/Heat Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Romance Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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From Fame to Ruin – A Book Review

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Jina Bazzar and asked if I would be willing to read a copy of her new book, From Fame to Ruin, in exchange for providing a review. Since I am a sucker for a new book, I happily agreed. I’m so very glad that I did, as this was a pretty great book for breaking my fall reading hibernation. There’s more info on the book below, along with my review, but first here’s a synopsis:

What if surviving a murder attempt, a heartbreak, and the loss of the family business wasn’t the hardest thing you ever faced?

Carol is the sole heir to a broken empire, Ricardo the newest celebrity in the rock world.
When they came together, their fire blazed. When their past caught up, they were left burned, scorched to the ground.

When a psychopath decides it’s payback time, Carol is faced with an impossible choice – save her son or sell her life.

Ricardo wants nothing to do with the woman who played him for a fool, but finds himself moored by circumstances, half truths, and memories of the past.
They say time can heal anything. So far, time’s brought nothing but complications.

The Cliff Notes

Title: From Fame to Ruin

Author: Jina S. Bazzar

Hashtags: #suspense #thriller #romance #rockstars #babydaddy #pastloves

Content warnings: Drug use, kidnapping, minor references to child abuse

Main Characters: Carol and Ricardo

Ratings

My overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spicy/Heat Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Romance Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Carnage – A Book Review

I just finished this book a couple of hours ago and not only did I have to immediately start the next entry in the series, but I had to talk about it. Here’s the book jacket info so you know what we’re talking about today:

They call us The Four Horsemen.
Four friends forged in fire and blood.
No one knows where we came from nor how we got our name.
Drake, Francis, West and I rule the financial industry like kings.
Gods in our own right.

We grew up with a fifth. A girl. Scarlett.
She was one of us until she was ripped away from her life. The only trace of her was dust in the wind.

One day she returned to the city and sought us out. Scarlett couldn’t remember who we’d been to her, but we recalled her all too well.

If she knew what was good for her, she would have never come back. The moment she stepped through the doors of Fortuity, it was the beginning of her end. And the start of our reign over the girl who wanted us dead.

The Cliff Notes

Title: Carnage

Series: The Four Horsemen #1

Hashtags: #darkromance #reverseharem #erotica #suspense #MFMMM #smuttok

Content warnings: Violence, dub-con, blood play, rough sex, BDSM

Main Characters: Prescott, Drake, West, Francis, and Scarlett

Ratings

My overall rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Spicy/Heat Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Romance Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Check out Harlequin Junkie’s Review of ‘Just One Chance’!

I’m a fan of the Harlequin Junkie blog, and I’m a fan of Carly Phillips. So when I saw that Harlequin Junkie had a review of the newest Carly Phillips book, I was all over that!

REVIEW: Just One Chance by Carly Phillips

The great thing about Carly Phillips’s stories is that they’re consistent. Some people will use the word ‘formulaic’ but I dislike that term when it comes to romance. All romance novels follow a certain formula – it’s a requirement for the genre. That doesn’t mean that an author can’t tell a compelling story within established boundaries. And Phillips does a great job with that.

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Murder by Numbers – A Book Review

Book review time! Today’s ARC review is for Murder by Numbers, the first in a new cosy mystery series by author Megan Mayfair. This book became available in wide release in September

Before we go on, please be aware that I received a free copy of this novel from Booksirens in exchange for providing an honest review.

Murder by Numbers – Lemon Tree Bay Mysteries Book One – Megan Mayfair

Goodreads rating: 4.39 stars / 70 ratings / 63 reviews

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My overall rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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Make You Stay – A Book Review

This week, let’s talk about Make You Stay, by M.L. Broome. It’s a single dad romance novel which was released a couple of weeks ago, and it’s definitely going into my re-readables shelf!

Before we go on, please be aware that I received a free copy of this novel from Booksirens in exchange for providing an honest review.

Make You Stay – M.L. Broome

Goodreads rating: 4.52 stars / 33 ratings / 23 reviews

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My overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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In a World Without Coffee – A Book Review

Book review time! Today’s discussion is about In a World Without Coffee, the first entry in a new paranormal/time-travel romance series written by Lydia Guleva. This book became available in wide release earlier this year.

Before we go on, please be aware that I received a free copy of this novel from Booksirens in exchange for providing an honest review.

In a World Without Coffee – Doctors Without Boundaries #1 – Lydia Guleva

Goodreads rating: 4.01 stars / 77 ratings / 36 reviews

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My overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Chasing Lies – A Book Review

Book review time! Today’s discussion is about Chasing Lies, book 3 in the Tangled Hearts series written by Sara Claridge. This book became available in wide release last month.

Before we go on, please be aware that I received a free copy of this novel from Booksirens in exchange for providing an honest review.

Chasing Lies – Tangled Hearts #3 – Sara Claridge

Goodreads rating: 4.44 stars / 9 ratings / 9 reviews

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My overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Weekend Arrangement – A Book Review

Book review time! Today’s discussion is about Weekend Arrangement, which was written by Sophie Penhaligon and is available in wide release as of today.

Before we go on, please be aware that I received a free copy of this novel from Booksprout in exchange for providing an honest review.

Weekend Arrangement – Sophie Penhaligon

Goodreads rating: 2.83 stars / 30 ratings / 27 reviews

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My overall rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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