The Danger You Know by Lily White

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— BLURB —

You’ll judge me.
Hate me and tell me I’m wrong.
Refuse to see how my darkness is what she needs.

While I don’t particularly care about your feelings in the matter, and while I pursue her despite the wedding bells that rang for another, only I can see how she is drowning beneath mediocrity.

How many times must I remind her?
It can’t matter that I am the person who ruined her life.

The man who killed her father.
The constant shadow that watches her sleep.
The lover who prefers dirty alleyways to freshly laundered sheets

She’s mine. Always has been.
I’m the worst thing for her, yet I’m the only salvation she knows.

He had his chance to make her happy.
He failed.
He didn’t see how she was dying inside because he couldn’t know her.
Not like I know her.

I am her stalker.
Her protector.
And the only man that can bring her back to life.

** This book contains sensitive subject matter.

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— MY REVIEW —

I was not expecting that! Wtf!?! What had I signed up for? Just.. ugh.. fuuuuck!

Bloody good stuff! 👏 BLOODY. 👏 GOOD. 👏 STUFF!

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I’ve never read anything quite like it. It’s a unique, masterfully written romance that’s so deeply twisty that you never see what’s coming until it smacks you in the face. It’s downright sinful but oh so enthralling!

It’s only been a couple days since I finished it and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around what I had just read. I’m consistently reading romance books these days, and a lot of it’s some dark stuff but I don’t think I’ve come across a stalker romance (until now that is) — and lucky me my first one happened to be… *singsong voice* faaaaaabulous! 😊😍

Lily White was a new-to-me author but damn… if all her books had the same high quality world-building, character development and story line that holds up from start to finish like this one, then I can’t wait to read more of her work!

White set the tone and atmosphere right off the bat with an eerie, mysterious introduction of her main protagonists. Written in first person dual POVs, and told as if the character is conversing with the reader rather than just telling their story to be read afterwards — which made it all the more engaging, in my opinion.

The character growth and development was impressive to say the least. They were well executed — I can’t fault the way these characters have evolved over the span of the book. I should mention that Ari and Adeline’s story spans throughout several years. Starting from when Adeline was a teenager all the way to her twenties (around ten.. or almost ten years), and throughout that time you see how much Ari’s stalker tendencies (and I’m putting that mildly) have dramatically increased, whilst Adeline’s young, carefree adolescents slowly takes a back seat to adulthood.

Adeline is a unique character with an equally unique life that you get to discover in this book. It’s crazy, it’s hectic, and not at all how I imagined it could be like when I first discovered what makes her different.

You’ll see complications and consequences with each decision made (or should I say, not made?) by these characters. The what-ifs and secrets. Honestly, it’s like down the rabbit hole, you go!

“She doesn’t need a hero to swoop in and save her, she needs a villain who drags out the hero she has within herself.”

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I thought I was perfectly content with having just Ari and Adeline be the entire focus, but White adding a secondary character — and a friend, no less into the mix heightened my excitement for this story to unravel and added another side to Ari and Adeline’s behaviors that we probably would not have seen if it wasn’t for this character bringing it out in them. I won’t spoil it for you guys by mentioning their name, but I just want to put it out there that they were probably my fave character from the entire book! 😜 Not only were they a solid addition, a voice of reason, but they were also the comedic relief I didn’t know this book needed. The chemistry this friend has with Ari is too adorable and entertaining for words. I end up grinning at the thought of their interactions. I almost wished this book wasn’t a standalone just in the hopes of seeing this particular side character have their own book, but even though that’s wishful thinking, their appearance in this one was nevertheless satisfying.

I love a gritty, grey character who has trouble written all over them, but what makes these guys stand out just a smidge more from the crowd is their intelligence behind the darkness. These characters are smart, and calculating, and seem to always be two steps ahead of everyone else despite the anxiousness you feel when reading what they’re about to do next (and wondering if it’ll all turn to shit). Eeep.

As I said earlier, you don’t see what’s coming in this story until it’s right there in front of you. I can usually predict some things ahead of time when reading, but this one had me stumped. I was sure things were heading a particular direction just for me to be taken aback by it going a completely different route.

Plot twists! Plot twists! Plot twists!

“I have no plans to let her go. I’m not the hero in our story. Never have been. And you need to remember that.”

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Although a lot of things happen in the story, it was never overwhelmingly too much. It was a very well thought-out plot, with great pacing — and White ensuring things connected, had reason behind it, and wrapped up when needed. I always get a little weary with standalones because I almost always reach the end of the book with questions still left unanswered — that, or new ones pop up. But not in this case. Woohoo! Trust me, this one will leave you in happy contentment! 😊

But I should warn you that this book is graphic, and may trigger some readers with its content. There’s violence, abuse, drug use, and profanity. There are scenes in this that can be quite in your face horrific, not to mention some questionable actions taken. It’s definitely not for readers underage. Please be aware.

If you do take the plunge and read The Danger You Know (and I highly recommend you do) — you will be taken on such a roller coaster ride of epic emotional proportions. There is so much angst, drama, and heartbreak in it. So much push-and-pull, and hate-to-love.. and back to hate again that you’ll be second guessing your character loyalties at some point. Such an enjoyable read. It’ll keep you on your toes! 😉

“Even the ugliest of stories can be beautiful, and ours has been fucked from the beginning.”

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥.5/5

Thank you to Lily White and The Next Step PR for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! 💙

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— The Danger You Know by Lily White —

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Release Date: April 22

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Lily White

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Lily White is a bestselling author who likes to dabble on the dark side of romance. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and The Five. 

When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, and Because of Ellison (contemporary romance). 

Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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His by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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I’ve been in hiding for four years. On the run from the man in whose bed I once slept.

I saw something I shouldn’t have seen.

Took something I shouldn’t have taken.

And he’s just found me.

But it’s not just my safety I have to worry about. I have a little boy. His little boy. The secret baby of a Russian mobster.

He told me in no uncertain terms that I’m his. That we would be a family.

But his uncle still wants me dead and I know the man whose been hunting me is the only one who can keep us safe.

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• MY REVIEW •

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What an amazing conclusion to an unbelievably gruelling journey Lev and Kat had gone through! *phew!*

‘His’ kicks off right from the ending of ‘Mine’ (with that cliffhanger) and boy, was I already on high alert and on the edge of my seat wondering what the hell happened?!

In ‘Mine’, Lev and Kat were in a battle of trust, loyalty and survival. You’ll see in this one how far they’ve come and gone through in their relationship since. The dynamics have changed drastically between them from a push and pull to Lev having Kat put a lot of her faith in his hands to ensure not only her safety but of their child; Josh. Whilst that sounds like quite a domineering move on Lev’s part, it’s actually more over-protectiveness than anything else. With Lev’s dark unsettling past, he’s determined for history not to repeat itself… and it shows in his actions and drive to keep his family safe from the dangers of the mafia world he’s betrayed.

“You belong to me. I will take care of you. There’s nothing you can say or do that will make me let go of you.”

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I loved Lev in this book just because of how much his grown since he was first introduced to us in ‘Mine’. He went from a man who rarely showed his true emotions to one who exuded them at any chance he got. The guy has no shame in sharing his thoughts or feelings now that Kat and Josh are with him, and he’ll be damned if anyone fight him on it! He’s a character who has just the right amount of alpha, gentlemaness and family man side to him. Yes, he can be bossy, forward and yeah.. a little intimidating but it’s all in the Lev package (and if you can believe it, he is like this for good reason).

Just like Lev, Kat had quite a character development — bigger in fact. Having a child, being on the run and all the stress and pressure of keeping it together really showed in how much Kat has grown as a person. I almost forgot that she’s still quite young with the amount of troubling events she’s gone through in life. I guess it’s true what they say about having children.. (especially when you’ve barely reached adulthood) it’ll force you to grow up fast — at least in Kat’s case anyways. 

It’s hard not to sympathize with her. She was thrusted into Lev’s dangerous world and for the majority of the time, she had no real control or choice of actions. I’ve read quite a few dark reads and romances with characters who’ve survived ordeals and still keeps fighting — This duology (and Kat) is now included in that list. Katerina is one tough mudda! She goes through a lot in this story, and the strength she has is one of the reasons why she’s not your stereotypical heroine who backs down once a man steps into the picture. She hasn’t lost her opinions and despite knowing the likely outcome, she’s still prepared to take risks. Now.. I wasn’t a fan of all the risks she took but appreciated the fact that she wasn’t a weak ass heroine.

“He doesn’t expect me to be armed and dangerous. But I am.”

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‘Mine’ set a very well paced story which continued effortlessly into ‘His’. If anything this half of the story was a lot more intense, more action-packed, and filled with more uncertainty that it was hard to put down. The further you read on, the level of build-up intensifies to the point where you know a bomb is about to drop (despite the fact that you don’t know which particular one it might be because there’s so many directions the storyline could go). There is some predictability but there’s plot twists in the book that’ll have you overlooking that minor detail. I felt some things were a little anticlimactic or could’ve gone into more detail (but I think that’s more to do with the fact that I’m constantly reading dark, grimy romance books that I’m expecting long, drawn out scenes now. I’m twisted, I know lol) 🤭

But overall ‘His’ left me feeling happy and full of contentment. Other than one particular character from Mine who I thought might’ve been forgotten in this book but did make a last minute appearance.. (not going to lie my heart sang a little and wished there was more of him) 😊 it still wrapped up beautifully. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and ending to this mafia romance. No questions were left unanswered (at least not for me). You have one happy reader right here!

As I said in my review for Mine, if you’re a fan of Zavarelli’s Boston Underworld series, then this duet is not to be missed. It gives you similar suspenseful vibes in this one as you would’ve had reading about the Mafiosos in that series.

I’ll be real — there are some gritty scenes that may be a little graphic but I promise you it’s bearable for those who tend to be a little squeamish or not a fan of detailed violence. Knight and Zavarelli does a great job of keeping you on edge throughout the entire story with a few unexpected twists and turns that’ll have you gasping!

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Sad it’s come to an end but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The ending left me finally being able to breath easy and it was a deserving one for our beloved protagonists. Lev is now another fictional book boyfriend to add to the ever growing list! 😉 Knight and Zavarelli make quite a collab. Do I recommend this book? Uhhh.. hell yes!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you so much to A. Zavarelli, Natasha Knight & Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to be part of the blitz and for the advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading His? Grab your copy here: Amazon (Universal)  |  Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo

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One Moment Please by Amy Daws

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— BLURB —

That awkward moment when an ER doctor has to inform you that you’re pregnant… with his baby.

Three things Lynsey Jones knows about the hot doctor: he’s grouchy, an arrogant jerk, and strangely obsessed with pie.

Three things Dr. Dick knows: he doesn’t talk about his past, he doesn’t do relationships, and the crazy girl in the hospital cafeteria who ate a fistful of French silk pie…is annoyingly irresistible.

After a chance meetup at a bar and a heated cab ride together, things come to a head and now instead of hating each other, they’re horizontal in a bed.

Three months later, the weird cafeteria stalker who crept out of Dr. Dick’s house like a thief in the night, winds up as his patient in the ER after her Tinder date from hell.

Dr. Dick is prepared to keep it cool and professional. That is until her bloodwork reveals that she’s pregnant.

What really throws him for a loop…is that the surprise baby…is his.

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— MY REVIEW —

Helllllo….

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I usually say this at the end to wrap up my review but I’m going to say it now before anything else is said — this book must be read! I am recommending. I am elbowing. I am virtually holding this book in front of your face and telling you to read it! 📘

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of One Moment Please is the amount of times it made me tear up. I was constantly blinking back tears every few chapters. I was so emotional, I could have given Lynsey and her pregnant hormonal self a run for her money. Well almost, anyways. Lol.

Josh and Lynsey’s journey was of the Herculean scale. It was complicated from beginning to end that I almost wanted to throw in the towel at times for them — so they (and me) didn’t have to go through another heart-crushing moment! My gosh the issues they go through was frustrating, yet so very necessary. I have to give Lynsey mad props for being able to have the strength to go through all that drama.

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Amy Daws has created such complex, well developed characters. I admit whilst in the middle of reading this book I didn’t see the growth so easily at first, as nothing ever seemed resolved. But Lynsey, she pushed for more — not only in Josh, but in their relationship and that really opened my eyes to the amount of progress these two characters have made since they first met.

Josh is a difficult character. He’s set in his ways, constantly demanding and a hard shell to crack, but despite all that he’s a very appealing character. You can’t hate the guy. You can get irritated with him. But you can’t hate him.

For the majority of the book you don’t really see a lot of openness from Josh when it comes to his personal life. And when you do it comes out as snippets. He’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. With each little snippet he shares, you get a piece until you have a big enough image to figure out the rest of the puzzle — which in this instance is Josh’s entire reasoning behind his tough exterior and his detached behaviour towards Lynsey and the situation they’re in. He’s Dr. Dick for a reason.

Josh and Lynsey meet in an usual yet entertaining as hell kind of way. One Moment Please is a standalone (part of the Wait With Me series) with an initial enemies to lovers romance trope. They’re complete opposites in personality so that’s another element you can look forward to in this rom-com.

Whilst you have a somewhat unemotional character in Josh, the other half of this duo; Lynsey is nothing but feelings. She’s the light to Josh’s dark. Told from dual POVs — there’s no denying the contrast in their character traits. Put that with the very awkward situation they’re in… and you’ll have butting heads.

Daws always has a way of writing stories that touches on serious matters that’s both relatable and realistic but always adding light-heartedness into it to ease the heaviness of the subject. She has a way of making you feel like you’re going through it all right alongside the characters. Doesn’t matter if it’s a funny moment or a more somber one — her characters leap off the pages and it was no different with Josh and Lynsey. Even her secondary characters had so much personality, they make an impact even if they were only there for a brief time.

Shout out to Lynsey’s besties, Kate and Dean. They were a little bit in your face for my liking but I can appreciate the love and effort behind their behaviour. Kate is actually the heroine in Wait With Me (first book in the series) and after having only read One Moment Please so far, I’m eager than ever to read Kate’s book to see her in full Kate-dom. Now, I haven’t completely figured out my thoughts on Dean yet. It’s currently a love/hate thing. But I’m hoping to see more of him in the future.

Josh’s friend Max on the other hand I was vibing with the minute he was introduced. I’m a fan of any friend who doesn’t bullshit.. but yet who can totally ease your mind if need be. Josh had the perfect friend in Max for support.

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Overall this was an absolute dreamy read especially during this time where we’re all staying at home and looking for comfort reads. If you enjoy romance books that involve opposites unexpectedly thrown in together for a topsy-turvy roller coaster ride full of emotion, friendships, good food and life changing experiences, add this one to your TBR! It’s fairly well paced, with the first chapter kicking it off with a bang. You won’t be able to put it down.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Thank you to Amy Daws and her PA Julia Heudorf for the opportunity to be part of the blitz and for the advanced copy of One Moment Please!

🔔 Interested in reading One Moment Please? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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P.S. I’m inserting a picture of French Silk Pie. This particular pie plays a very important role in this book, and the entire time I was reading I was asking myself, “What is silk pie??”

If you’ve already read One Moment Please prior to my review, then you know the importance of this pie. And, if you were like me and didn’t know what it was or what it looked like, well here ya go folks. 

For those, who haven’t read the book yet — when you do come across the first moment this pie takes centre stage.. you won’t be wondering what it looks like anymore. You’re welcome! 😉😊

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— About The Author —


Amy Daws

Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance.

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— Binge The Wait With Me Series —

If you’re looking for laughs…this series of waiting room meet cutes is the perfect escape. Binge these standalones in Kindle Unlimited in preparation for April 9 release!

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— Wait With Me —

(Recently optioned for film by Passionflix)

When romance novelist, Kate Smith, finds her long lost writing mojo in the customer waiting area of a tire store, the complimentary coffee isn’t the only things that’s hot. But sexy mechanic, Miles Hudson, is just up for a friendly test-drive of her new book idea.

At least, that was the agreement…

Grab your copy here: Wait With Me (Amazon)


— Next In Line —

What happens when the cute mountain man you made out with in an ice fishing shack turns out to be your brother’s best friend?

Grab your copy here: Next In Line (Amazon)


— One Moment Please —

That awkward moment when an ER doctor has to inform you that you’re pregnant… with his baby.

 (Now available! Purchase link above!)


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Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli

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— BLURB —

Every royal has their dirty little secret. His was… me.

It should have been simple.

Go to the ball, meet the prince, and secure his patronage for my favorite charity.

But beneath the mask, the brooding beast of a man was not at all who I expected.

He was dark and intense and eerily quiet.

When I left, I could still feel the ghost of his touch branded into my skin.

He haunted my dreams, but I never expected to see him again.

Then he came for me.

And he took me.

And I learned that his darkness was a void I never could have conceived.

He’s the crown prince of Norway.

And, now, I’m his captive.

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— MY REVIEW —

I’m always up for a good fairy tale retelling (the darker the better) and this one did not disappoint! I love that Zavarelli used the Cinderella fairy tale to start her story off but you’ll come to find fairly early on that it turns into a completely new story on it’s own.

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I was getting a mixture of Ever After and Cinderella (live action), and Cenerentola (Italian version of Cinderella) vibes in this one, which I was loving BTW.

⚠ But before I go any further, I can’t stress enough that this is a full-blown adult adaptation of Cinderella. Definitely not for any reader under 18+ years of age. There’s some serious subjects matters included in the plot that may trigger some readers — violence, physical and sexual abuse, suicide and drugs. This book also contains minor BDSM.

I tend to steer clear of books that contain any sort of BDSM (just not my type of reads) but if you’re familiar with Zavarelli then you know she already has a couple of books with very minor amounts of it. So, in my case I already had a sense of what to expect when scenarios started going towards that direction. Zavarelli’s is minimal, it doesn’t cross the line to the heavy, bold, detailed BDSM like some other books.

So, if you’re a similar reader to me in regards to this type of content, then I’d like to assure you it doesn’t take anything away from the characters or the storyline. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s minor and it’s only one element of the story, not the centre of it 🙂

Now–regarding the storyline.. I thought it flowed really well. Zavarelli did a fantastic job of setting the scene and atmosphere of the book. I was already on the edge of my seat from the second Ella and Thorsen first set eyes on each other due to the fact the she’s already given us a good idea of what the leads’ personalities and attitudes are like from the start.

“There was something different about her, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. She smelled like sunshine and wildflowers. Freedom.”

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“When I looked into her eyes, I found myself getting lost there.”

There’s a case of mistaken identity and a smidge of hate to love romance in this one (which I always thought was one of the more juicier romance tropes) 😉 Cinderella is my favourite fairy tale ever since I was little. Now as an adult, fairy tales are still something I love to read (and watch), only difference is that the grittier versions are now my preference. This one ticked a lot of the boxes!

Ella and Thorsen are opposites who find common ground the further their relationship develops. Thorsen was already intrigued by her and despite his rude first impression towards Ella, she can’t deny her attraction to him either.

Stealing Cinderella is definitely one unique story. You still get the evil stepmother and sisters (oh boy, do you ever), the Prince (although you’ll never confuse this one with the Disney version), and that big, momentous ball scene! 👠

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But don’t get too comfortable because once midnight hits, this Cinderella takes on an unexpected turn you won’t see coming at all. There’s secrecy, betrayal, a lot of shocking moments and all-around heartbreak. I couldn’t stop the tears with this one. But then again should I even be surprised by that outcome when it comes to Zavarelli’s books? Uhhhhh no.

You’ll see some new secondary characters in this one that I think was a refreshing addition, taking this fairy tale to another level. The Prince here is not your typical charming royalty. You may even hate the jerk before you love him. He’s broken, and it shows! This rendition equally tells of the Prince’s story as much as Cinderella (or in this case, Ella’s) — with alternating POVs.

If I had to make a critique, I would’ve liked more details for certain things mentioned or discussed in the book. It didn’t delve deep enough, so any attempt at connecting with those scenes lacked a little for my liking. But overall, still a well-thoughtout story.

As warned at the beginning, this book delves into certain sensitive subjects that may trigger some readers. As the characters stories start unraveling bit by bit, you start to piece together their secrets.. not going to lie–it’s a difficult pill to swallow. But once you wrap you head around it, you cannot not know what happens next. It’s haunting, disturbing… and yes, sickening but it makes this story so much more than a simple fairy tale romance. The characters are well-developed, showing you how they’ve come to be the way they are now in this present time.

There’s a nice balance of light and dark within the storyline, which in my opinion is what makes Stealing Cinderella heart-breaking. There’s so much viciousness in it that when you get a little bit of goodness come through in some parts, you can’t help but release a breath you didn’t even realize you were holding onto.

“… You have to promise me that you’ll keep fighting. Even on your darkest days. Promise me…”           

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Putting the romance aside, this book also focuses a lot on family, the different dynamics, and the effects of how you treat others. The secondary characters really do play a big role in both Ella and Thorsen’s lives. You’ll see they hold a lot of power and influence. It shows how much a good support system can help one overcome a lot of hard and difficulties times.

Despite the darkness, Stealing Cinderella is also full of love, hope and healing.

And finally– set in modern day Europe, the backdrop will have you in wanderlust! 😍 I completely recommend this read! If enjoy dark romance, this is for you. If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, this is for you. It’s a standalone and includes a HEA!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you to A. Zavarelli, Candi Kane PR and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!


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