The Ruthless Groom Teaser

The much anticipated sequel to The Reluctant Bride!

Get your first look at #TheRuthlessGroom! 💍

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— BLURB —

I didn’t plan to marry a reclusive heiress. Lucky for me, I find myself attracted to my beautiful new bride. Our arranged marriage connects two powerful companies. That we’re compatible between the sheets is a bonus, but I didn’t bargain on her ex showing up at the wedding reception uninvited.

That pushed me right over the edge.

I protect what’s mine, and Charlotte is now mine, whether she likes it or not. Our honeymoon is a disaster in paradise. I’m angry. She’s resentful. All those swirling emotions explode in the most physical ways.

But even as I’m drawn closer to my new wife, there’s still a threat looming out there. Seamus McTiernan is determined to destroy what we’ve created.

I won’t let anything tear us apart.

He has no idea who he’s dealing with. I will end him.

Watch me.

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— The Ruthless Groom by Monica Murphy —

The Arranged Marriage Trilogy (Book Two)

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Release Date: June 14, 2022
Genre: Billionaire Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.

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The Reluctant Bride Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Monica Murphy!

#TheReluctantBride is now live! 💍

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— BLURB —

Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.My husband.

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— TEASER —

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— The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy —

The Arranged Marriage (Book One)

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Release Date: April 19, 2022
Genre: Billionaire Romance/ Arranged Marriage
📚 Add to your TBR: Goodreads
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Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play
(Audio Coming Soon!)

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.

Follow Monica Murphy on social media!


The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

My husband.

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• MY REVIEW •


“Perry Constantine looks at me as if I might be someone special.”


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Let’s cut straight to the chase— Ever since Perry was first introduced as Winston Constantine’s jovial younger brother in Stroke of Midnight, his story has been HIGHLY anticipated, and let me tell you… it was well worth the wait!

The intense build-up between Perry and Charlotte was palpable and had my tongue lolling out from complete excitement! 😍 This book was my introduction to Murphy’s writing, and it could not have been a more perfect start! Well-paced storytelling with tons of anticipation and unpredictability. With dual points of view, you see the interesting dynamic between these two protagonists and their impressions of one another. What I hadn’t expected but ultimately ended up loving the most was the humour weaved throughout Perry’s and Charlotte’s interactions. The second-guessing, the pre-judgements, and the banter were all entertaining to see, each conversation getting more and more giddy-inducing! In my opinion, it’s one of the main elements that made their story engaging from start to finish.

An arranged marriage with a gradual romantical development. Seeing Perry and Charlotte navigate through their emotions after the bombshell their families abruptly dropped on them with the expectancy to follow through no questions asked will have you instantly invested in their story.

I was hooked on both their character growth and their complex relationship, especially after getting to know each of their backstories. Perry Constantine is everything I thought he was and more! He’s definitely one striking Constantine. He oozes easy-going hero with sexy protective alpha vibes. He has both gentlemanly ways and cool confidence that makes him such an appealing character.

Charlotte’s genuine, down-to-earth personality easily won me over. I found her sense of stubbornness, rebellious tendencies, and desire for independence from her claustrophobic and overbearing family made me root for her to succeed.

Overall, a strong well-written plot, with vivid world-building that screamed wealth, exclusivity, and luxury. Discovering both protagonists to be such likable characters who together had incredibly titillating chemistry, there was never a dull moment. 😉

The Constantine clan along with a cast of secondary characters added extra dimension to their whirlwind arrangement. You may already be familiar with the Lancasters if you’ve read Things I Wanted To Say (But Never Did). If not, you may just find yourself curious to learn more about Charlotte’s family after reading this one.

✔ Billionaire Romance

✔ Arranged Marriage

✔ Fake Relationship

✔ Opposites Attract

✔ Forced Proximity

✔ Slow Burn

This book is the first in The Arranged Marriage trilogy and ends on a fairly reasonable cliffhanger. We’ve only scratched the surface of Perry’s and Charlotte’s story and with how things concluded, I am eagerly counting the days until the next book! Can easily be read in one sitting, it’s another unbelievably gripping addition to the Midnight Dynasty! An honest-to-goodness must-read romance story that I highly recommend!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Monica Murphy and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading The Reluctant Bride? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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More Midnight Dynasty reviews!

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🥿 Skyscraper Cinderella | Book One:

Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster

🖤 Dark Hearts Trilogy | Book One:

Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

🌹 Beast of Bishop’s Landing | Book One:

Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

🔥 Hellfire Club | Book One:

Wicked Idol by Becker Gray

Standalone Taboo Romance:

Lessons In Sin by Pam Godwin

🕊 Dark Dream Duet | Book One:

Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling

🎨 The Collector Trilogy | Book One:

Dark Reign by Amelia Wilde

Wonderland Trilogy | Book One:

King Of Spades by Alta Hensley

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Taken By A Sinner Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Michelle Heard!

#TakenByASinner is officially here! 🧡

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— BLURB —

Drowning in the murky waters of the mafia, I’m determined to find a way out. I have my sights set on becoming a film producer and won’t let anything or anyone stand in my way.

Then my mother marries a retired Godfather, and I get the head of the Greek mafia as a stepbrother.

Nikolas Stathoulis is set on ruining my well-laid plans. His ruthless reputation has me running for the safety of my apartment.

But he’s always there. On campus. In my apartment. Expecting me to play by his rules.

If only I can ignore his godlike features and stop my heart from doing cartwheels at the sight of him.

Greek God? Pretty much.

But he’s rude, demanding, and hell-bent on making my life a misery.

Two can play this game… Right?

STANDALONE: A Greek Mafia Romance full-length novel.

WARNING: 18+ only. Please read responsibly. THIS NOVEL CONTAINS TRIGGERING CONTENT.

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— Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard —

Sinners (Book One)

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Release Date: March 28, 2022
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
📚 Add to your TBR: Goodreads
🔔 Grab your copy now!
Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Michelle Heard

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.

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Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

Drowning in the murky waters of the mafia, I’m determined to find a way out. I have my sights set on becoming a film producer and won’t let anything or anyone stand in my way.

Then my mother marries a retired Godfather, and I get the head of the Greek mafia as a stepbrother.

Nikolas Stathoulis is set on ruining my well-laid plans. His ruthless reputation has me running for the safety of my apartment.

But he’s always there. On campus. In my apartment. Expecting me to play by his rules.

If only I can ignore his godlike features and stop my heart from doing cartwheels at the sight of him.

Greek God? Pretty much.

But he’s rude, demanding, and hell-bent on making my life a misery.

Two can play this game… Right?

STANDALONE: A Greek Mafia Romance full-length novel.

WARNING: 18+ only. Please read responsibly. THIS NOVEL CONTAINS TRIGGERING CONTENT.

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• MY REVIEW •

💣 Aaaaaaand… the Sinners Series is officially off with a bang! I haven’t fangirled so hard for one of Heard’s Mafiosos since Alexei Koslov from The Saints Series! 🤤😍

This was one book I was anticipating and the second it hit my kindle I couldn’t start it fast enough! Finishing this book in one sitting is just one testament of how much the characters, storyline, and writing style sucked me into their world. It was that effing good!

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First off— Heard’s writing is so effortless to love. Each of the books I’ve read in the past all had a natural flow to them with constant developments in their storyline. Taken By A Sinner is no different. The protagonists are introduced in a way that leaves you hanging for more. There’s an immediate curiousity to them and how their story will unfold. One of the things I enjoyed about how this story was written-out was as the reader, I am simultaneously getting Tess’ and Nikolas’ backstories right alongside them, mirroring their thoughts and emotions, transporting me to their world. It made for a more heightened reading experience.

Two likable and very entertaining characters, yet what I loved most about Tess and Nikolas is their opposites built intensity in their relationship long before it turned romantic. They might have repeatedly clashed but at the same time they were inadvertently discovering more about each other that questioned their initial impressions. The constant challenges and mental stare-downs between the two were enough to keep me salivating for their interactions, but I must admit Nikolas’ unsuspecting, sometimes gasp-inducing actions alone had me completely absorbed by this book.


“What will this man do if I fall in love with him? Will he use it to control me? Will he break my heart?”


You have two multi-layered characters who have their own independence; separate lives, yet somehow when they’re together there’s an instantaneous feeling of wholeness—like they were truly meant for one another despite any difficulties or differences. Tess and Nikolas felt like a genuine valid pairing. That alone is a great indication to the quality of storytelling you can expect.

I applaud anyone who deliberately looks for slow-burn romance reads. Here’s another one to add to your TBR! (Although not as torturous as some others I’ve read in the past). 😜

It’s well-paced with continuous progression of not just their relationship but of the world they’re in. This new series is somewhat of a spin-off of The Saints Series— the same underworld (just expanded) and you’ll see crossovers of characters. You don’t necessarily need to have read The Saints Series before starting this one, but I highly recommend you do so as the world-building was introduced within those books.

I think Heard expanded the criminal organisation brilliantly by introducing new crime families/ territories, and added fresh faces to current ones that ultimately had me anticipating reading their upcoming stories. Not only are you getting an engaging hate-to-love romance story between Tess and Nikolas, there’s also a strong mafia element included throughout that not only cements Nikolas’ position as an alpha hero, but displays the dark side of their lives that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The cast of secondary characters undoubtedly had me perking up with just as much interest. They brought upon brotherhood, another set of dynamics, and light-hearted banter. Just knowing with a little patience that their own stories will be next has me excited for what’s to come with the rest of this series!

A balance of light and shade. Some readers may find the hardships and heartbreaking events these characters go through relatable. The first person, dual points of view will show you just how complex they are. But some may also find certain subject matters in this book triggering. Please note it contains severe case of bullying, shaming, and harassment causing mental, physical and emotional trauma. It also includes graphic violence and drug use. Mature themes within that are intended for readers 18+ only.

If you don’t mind a step-sibling pairing and an age-gap trope, those are included too. Nikolas and Tess are Greek and you’ll find time and again little Greek endearments and lines (translated of course for non-Greek speaking readers) that just added an extra layer of believability to these characters backgrounds and their interactions with one another. *Chef’s kiss*

Perfect elements of romance, action and suspense, and character growth that was topped off by a well-rounded storyline. Whilst you could easily see where the overall story would eventually lead to, there’s still some unpredictable plot points to ensure you won’t lose interest.

Overall, I found it a beautiful, uplifting, swoon-worthy love story! One that I would definitely recommend to fellow fans of mafia and dark romance books. It’s one of those love-conquers-all type of romances that left me truly happy sighing and shamelessly replaying certain parts of the book over and over in my mind, even days later. An eye-catching start to Heard’s new mafia series! Bring-on book two!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Michelle Heard and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡

🔔 Interested in reading Taken By A Sinner? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU

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🏛 Start with The Saints Series!

Books 1–4: The Saints Series by Michelle Heard
Book 5: Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Devil’s Redemption by Natasha Knight

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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• BLURB •

Isabelle

Just when I was beginning to trust my husband, he betrayed me.

Just when I thought I was falling in love he showed me the beast he truly is.

I understand his thirst for revenge. But I don’t want to play this game of pawn and puppet master.

No matter how his hands make my heart race and my body crave his devil’s touch, I won’t give in.

I love his daughter.

But I can’t let myself fall in love with her father.

Jericho

I have exactly what I want. Revenge.

Soon everything the Bishops have will be mine.

But it will cost me more than I bargained.

Isabelle Bishop hates me. As she should.

I know what I am. And now she does too.

But falling in love with my wife was never part of my plan.

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• MY REVIEW •

As more characters’ stories are told I am becoming more and more obsessed with the IVI world. Jericho’s and Isabelle’s story in the Devil’s Pawn Duet is a suspenseful and angsty addition to the exclusive secret society. It not only reveals the reasons behind the long-running feud between the St. James’ and the Bishops, but as the story unravels and a gradual development builds between Jericho and Isabelle, it prompts a melding of families, a rollercoaster of emotions, misguided trust, and a whole lot of raunchy romps!


“Just as she’s mine, so am I hers. We belong to one another. Until death do us part.”


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I found this book slowed in pacing from the first one. Whilst it wasn’t as gripping as the first half of the story, I was still very much invested in seeing how things would turn out, not just with their relationship, but with how the plot twists from Devil’s Pawn would unfold.

Please note, this is a continuous storyline, you must read Devil’s Pawn (book one) first before reading Devil’s Redemption. It also contains sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers such as, violence, child abuse, domestic abuse, suicide, and sexual assault. It also contains sexual content that borderlines con/non-con and minor BDSM. Intended for readers 18+ only. 

What I took away most from this book is the strong familial focus. The St. James family may be a complex bunch and each one scarred in their own way but they’re all resilient, and despite any disagreements, they’re always a united front. Besides the interesting dynamic between Jericho and Isabelle, seeing interactions and contrast amongst his family was just as equal a highlight to look forward to. It might sound a little unusual as this is ultimately a dark setting romance story, but his family (as complicated as they are) provided some light and uplifting breaks in between intense scenes.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t find Isabelle as likeable in this book as much as the first one. As the situation became more and more ominous, I found Isabelle’s mistrust and actions frustrating at times. Devil’s Redemption is Jericho’s second chance, an opportunity to break away from the cycle of his family’s tortured past, and his character growth is one main element that I ended gravitating towards (and rightfully so).

If you love tortured “alphaholes” whose character traits stem from heartbreak and a cruel backstory, then you need to meet Jericho St. James. You may not agree or sympathise with his behaviour at all times but you know where it’s stemming from, and that’s the beauty of his character— he still has redeemable qualities to him. Their feelings altered from hate to love throughout the course of their marriage, yet it’s Jericho who realises and embraces it first, despite the initial conflict between their families and his deep hatred of all the Bishops. Usually with the dark romance books I encounter, the heroine is the first to acknowledge her feelings, so I found it a refreshing change of atmosphere in this instance to see a bit of an emotional role reversal, per se.


“An angel for a devil.”


I would’ve loved a bit of more intensity and punchy suspense before the HEA but overall, it’s still an exciting read for avid fans of dark romances. As I mentioned earlier, this was an amazing addition to the IVI world that Knight (and Zavarelli) originally created and introduced with The Society Trilogy.

It’s very family-oriented with this book focusing a great deal on Jericho and Isabelle finding peace and learning to heal from their past.

Knight is masterful at writing dark romance stories with an enemies-to-lovers trope, that if you’ve read any of her previous work, you know that her characters always have zingy banter and hot chemistry between them right from their very first encounter. It’s what makes you instantly hooked on wanting to know their story. This one is no different!

It’s a must-read if you want to continue with the IVI world. Although this duet is a standalone story, I would still highly recommend you read The Society Trilogy first. It introduces you to their world, how their society operates, the familial and social standing within, and you’ll have a better understanding of the relationships of certain characters who make appearances in this duet.

A bittersweet conclusion to the Devil’s Pawn duet. It was tumultuous and at times heartbreaking but Jericho’s and Isabelle’s journey was undeniably heartfelt leaving me with happy contentment.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Natasha Knight and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! ❤

🔔 Interested in reading Devil’s Redemption? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU  | Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

🔔 Start the Devil’s Pawn Duet with book one! Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

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The Devil’s Pawn Duet!

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Book One: Devil’s Pawn by Natasha Knight

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💀🌹 More from the exclusive society— IVI! 

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The Society Trilogy by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

(Santiago and Ivy)
Book One: Requiem Of The Soul by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli
Book Two: Reparation Of Sin by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli
Book Three: Resurrection Of The Heart by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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Standalone Romance: Kingdom Fall

(Alessio and Natalia)
Kingdom Fall by A. Zavarelli

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Devil’s Pawn by Natasha Knight

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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• BLURB •

Isabelle

Jericho St. James hates my family.

Powerful, wealthy beyond belief, he is the most dangerous man I know.

And I belong to him.

He’s taken me from my home.

He plans to make me his wife.

And he’s made it very clear I’ll be sleeping in his bed.

But my beast has a secret.

His one weakness. One that makes hating him impossible.

He has a daughter.

And he’ll do anything to keep her safe.

Jericho

The Bishops stole what money cannot replace.

A life for a life. Now I’ll take one of theirs.

Isabelle is my pawn.

I will make her my wife.

I will bed her.

She will be mine in every way.

And once I take what I need from her, I will erase the Bishop family as if they never existed at all.

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• MY REVIEW •

If you ever find yourself in the middle of a tough reading slump that you can’t seem to beat… read a Natasha Knight book. It never fails! Devil’s Pawn is not only going into my list of books that can kill a hangover, it’s also going into my list of books that “killed it” and WILL give you a savage hangover! 😜


“Beauty and her devil.”


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The more the IVI world expands, the more I get addicted. First with Santiago De La Rosa’s story in The Society Trilogy, now we have Jericho St. James’ in this first book from the Devil’s Pawn duet. Ooo-wee! The antiheroes from this exclusive society… they almost make you forget with all the swooniness, charm, and sweetness they can easily dish up, that there’s darkness and vengeance looming.

The characters’ backstories are what will immediately grab your attention. The classic enemies-to-lovers romance trope that Isabelle’s and Jericho’s tumultuous, yet developing relationship is wrapped in honestly had me salivating to see their interactions. Knight had a beautiful and compelling way of taking the tale of Beauty and the Beast (that has been retold many a times before) and reworked it into an intricately vivid and devious love story. I love the scheming, the secrecy, and the second-guessing of emotions between Jericho and Isabelle. What was suppose to be a simple plan of revenge— an eye for an eye, becomes a complicated and entangled mess of feelings. Add in a cast of secondary characters putting their two cents in, a contrast of dynamics, more complexity… and the plot thickens. *waggles brows*

I thought it was well-paced storytelling, never a dull moment with constant developments not just with Jericho’s and Isabelle’s relationship, but also with Jericho’s initial plans of revenge. The world of the IVI is dark, gritty, and will keep you in suspense. With how the world building has been created, it feels like the possibilities are endless, especially with the amount of secondary characters introduced that’ll have you just as intrigued by as the protagonists.

Whilst I’m familiar (and know what to expect) with Knight’s dark romance stories, and couldn’t get enough of Devil’s Pawn… I should mention that if Knight is a new-to-you author, there’s a chance this story may not be for you, even if you enjoy reading dark romances. There’s sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers. Along with adult themes, it contains violence and attempted sexual assault. Please note, the storyline also involves degrading, humiliation, and debatable non-consensual acts. Intended for readers 18+ only.

I was hooked from the very first page to the very last. This is the first part of the duet, and I am honestly itching for the second book. Devil’s Pawn concludes on a massive (and cruel) cliffhanger that I am still reeling from. I have loved all the books I’ve read so far from Knight, and this was no exception. It had the perfect number of twists and turns, unpredictability, and jaw-dropping moments. Jericho St. James is an antihero with a delicious balance of devious behaviour and gentlemanly charm that draws you to him. Isabelle Bishop may be young but she’s a tough nut and has fighting spirit. Although there’s an age gap between the two, it’s hardly noticeable during their day to day interactions, unless it was specifically pointed out. There’s a genuineness in their chemistry and it’s honest-to-goodness smoking hot! 😜 I can only hope that this first book is just the beginning of Jericho’s and Isabelle’s character growth.


“Some things aren’t choices at all. Some are destiny. And my destiny is to ruin hers.”


I highly recommend this book to fellow dark romance readers who enjoy a devilish beauty and the beast inspired tale. It’s definitely a must read if you’ve already read and fallen in lust with The Society Trilogy and the exclusive world of the IVI set with its own rules and traditions that these characters live by.

I’ve always been a fan of books with an enemies-to-lovers trope, and Knight has written some of my all time favourites. Devil’s Pawn had a well-thought-out storyline, with a nice flow that was effortless to follow. The dual POVs not only provided each of the protagonists’ backstories in detail, but it also provided us readers a front row seat to the emotional rollercoaster Jericho and Isabelle experience whilst in each other’s company. Complete guilty pleasure read! I loved it and will undoubtedly read it over and over again until I can get my grabby hands on Devil’s Redemption!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Natasha Knight and Give Me Book PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Devil’s Pawn? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

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💀🌹 More from the exclusive society— IVI! 

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The Society Trilogy by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

Book One: Requiem Of The Soul by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli
Book Two: Reparation Of Sin by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli
Book Three: Resurrection Of The Heart by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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2021 Favourite Reads

Guess who’s back with another favourite reads post!?

Yep. Last year I posted a round-up of my favourite reads, and this year I decided to do it again! Could it be the start of a new tradition… Who knows? 😊

Ha! I thought 2020 was a tough year to get through. Sheesh. If I knew how sucky 2021 ended up being, I wouldn’t welcomed it with open arms. Lol.

But like I said last year and every year I’ve been reading… it’s always been my form of sanctuary and escapism. I’m your stereotypical introvert who prefers books to company. Who prefers a cozy night in with a swoon-worthy book and comfort food over late-night partying with outfits that’s all-too binding, uncomfortable shoes, and the stench of sweat in the air. 😅

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This year, I’ve compiled my top 12 favourite reads of the year. Ideally, I wanted one favourite book from every month but… some months had doubly amazing reads, whilst others had mediocre ones not completely worthy of this list.

Even though I had a few reading slumps along the way (nothing new), after compiling my top reads, I realized that the majority of the books were from new-to-me-authors, so despite a few hiccups along the road, this year introduced me to some incredible authors who’ve quickly become auto-buy authors!

So here we go!

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• Contemporary Romance •

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📖 Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe

(Small Town, Coming of Age, Sweet New Adult Romance)

📖 Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe

(Second-Chance, Sports Romance, Love Triangle, New Adult Romance)

📖 The Hate Love Duet by Lauren Rowe

(Hate-to-Love, Rockstar, New Adult Romance)

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*Not Pictured* (Honorable Mention):
📚 The Reed Rivers Trilogy by Lauren Rowe

(Age-Gap Romance, Friends-with-Benefits, Workplace Romance)

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📖 Brutal Blueblood by Becker Gray

(New Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers, Bully Romance, Academia Setting)

📖 Sweet Devil by Becker Gray

(New Adult, Hate-to-Love, Secret Crush, Academia Setting)

📖 Till It Hurts by Cora Brent

(Second-Chance Romance, First Love, Fake Relationship Trope)

📖 Lessons In Sin by Pam Godwin

(Taboo Romance, Forbidden, Secret Romance, Age-Gap, Academia Setting)

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• MC Romance •

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*Not Pictured* (Honorable Mentions):
📖 Saint by Nicole James

(MC Romance, Suspense, Marriage of Convenience, Age-Gap Romance)

📖 Climbing The Ranks by Nicole James

(MC Romance, Suspense, Whirlwind Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Mafia Romance •

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📖 With This Ring by Natasha Knight

(Dark Mafia, Suspense, Arranged Marriage, Enemies-to-Lovers)

📖 Kiss Of Death Duet by L.P. Lovell

(Suspense, Enemies-to-Lovers, Forbidden Romance, Russian Assassins/ Italian Mob)

📖 Tears of Salvation by Michelle Heard

(Enemies-to-Lovers, Suspense, Dark Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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*Not Pictured* (Honorable Mention):
📚 The Saints Series by Michelle Heart

(Suspense, Marriage of Convenience, Arranged Marriage, Opposites Attract, Assassins, Dark Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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📖 A Vow Of Lust & Fury by L.P. Lovell

(Dark Romance, Arranged Marriage, Age-Gap Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Dark Romance •

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📖 Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

(Beauty & The Beast Retelling, Suspense, Enemies-to-Lovers, Forbidden Romance, Captor/Captive Romance)

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Annnnnd… there you have it! Yes, I snuck in a few books that technically did not make it to my top 12 list but came a very close (hence the mentions)!

Like last year, if you want to see all my reads for the year, check out my Monthly Wrap-Ups. I posted my December one earlier and I wanna say I have reviews up for all the books I read this year… but sadly there’s some still waiting to be written. Sigh. But links are up for those available.

I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas (if you celebrate), and now enjoying the holidays (hopefully you have holidays)! I sincerely wish everyone a safe yet happy New Year’s Eve/ Day! 🎉

Thank you for the support you’ve all given me for my reviews and my book blog in general! I’m in awe of the amazing people I’ve met through this bookish community and the copious amounts of books I’ve discovered over time. I’m truly thankful for the friendships I’ve made. As well as the opportunities I’m fortunate enough to be a part of.

I truly hope 2021 will be a year of nothing but happiness, love, good health, and good fortune for us all!

Happy reading, and as always catch you in my next one! Xo

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A Vow Of Lust & Fury by L.P. Lovell

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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• BLURB •

My uncle is the boss of the Chicago Outfit, but there’s one man even he fears, Giovanni Guerra. And he just sold me to him —as his wife. For an alliance. For power.

The boss of the New York family is beautiful, and deadly, and he stokes a fire in me that might just destroy us both. Giovanni was sold a submissive little mafia princess, but he’s about to find out that I am no one’s pawn.

The only vow I make is one of lust and fury.

A Vow of Lust and Fury is part of the Underworld Kings Universe. A multi-author series of standalone books filled with mafia families waging war, danger and violence, arranged and forced marriages, angst, love, and everything in-between.

Light or dark, twisted or sweet, the Underworld Kings has something for every reader.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Eeep. This is a perfect example as to why I am obsessed with dark mafia romance reads containing broody, excessively intimidating alpha heroes! AVOLAF had all the elements I love from this genre.

The premise was what initially had me wanting to read this story. From the first chapter, the protagonists had me intrigued. As it progressed, the storyline kept me engaged. There’s constant build-up and suspense, a torturous slow-burn between Gio and Emilia, and on top of that, their enemies are practically at their doorstep. Ugh. It’s one savagely edgy dark romance! 😍😍


“A better man would look away. A better man would let her go, but she’d made a fatal error; she’d drawn my attention.”


The Kiss of Death duet was the story that introduced me to Lovell, and the dark, all-out gritty mafia world she had created. This book not only lives up to the high standard that that duet had set, but it was a pleasant surprise to see the characters from said duet crossover into Gio’s and Emilia’s story. It’s honest-to-goodness like going back and visiting one of my favourite bookish worlds and seeing the gang together again. 🙌

If you haven’t read the Kiss Of Death duet, I think AVOLAF is a great introduction to their world, and the tight-knit circle of friends within. Not only will you be invested in Gio’s and Emilia’s developing relationship, but the supporting cast included will have you wanting to know their story too! The strong familial bonds amongst Gio and his friends are just as equal a highlight as the addictive push-and-pull romance.

Despite the slow burn, the storytelling is relatively fast-paced and action-packed. Lovell has created an atmosphere of uneasiness and danger surrounding Emilia and you can’t help but feel the dread right along with her. The desperation Emilia exudes has you sympathising her and the situation she’s inevitably been forced into by the lack of options she’s been presented with.

Please note: This book contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as graphic violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Explicit mature content intended for readers 18+ only.

I always yearn for a strong, gutsy heroine in my reads as I find the majority never live up to the “fierce, independent heroine” tag they’re supposedly described to be. But Lovell doesn’t disappoint in providing one in Emilia. In a male dominated world, she may not be as physically powerful in comparison, but she’s not one to back down and take brutality either. It’s what makes her a likable character that earns both awe and respect. Her vulnerability is what makes her relatable and genuine, and quite a contrast to the confident, and overprotective men in her life.

Gio is your typical anti-hero who does some questionable things but within reason. It’s hard to turn your back on him — he’s merciless, calculating, danger personified, yet within their society’s Underbelly there’s also an ulterior motive to his power and reputation. I love grey characters and he’s one of a few within this world that I was instantly hooked on. He’s arrogant with a little bit of a cheeky side to him that’ll have you suppressing a giggle or two, not wanting to admit that his charm has gotten to you. 🙈🤭

A mafia romance with an arranged marriage/ forced proximity trope. It’s dramatic, angsty, and keeps you on your toes the entire time. It’s very character-driven and emotion-based. Told from dual POVs, Emilia and Gio are both fighting the sizzling chemistry between them, and as their relationship builds, the intensity only deepens. For lack of a better word, it’s hot! 🔥🔥🔥

As the plot thickens, you see a gradual shift in their relationship. It might seem small in the grand scheme of things but the scenes where they get snippets of each other’s characters when their defences are down only added more dimension and complements the dark and gritty side of their story.


“He was the key to my shackles, and it occurred to me that while I’d been trying to escape him to find freedom, perhaps he was that freedom.”


True to its genre, it has equal parts mafia to romance elements. The antagonists here are legit villains. Lovell has created a diverse range of characters, all of which evoke strong emotions out of you. The writing is high quality, with such vivid world-building that I couldn’t get enough of.

Read the books from the Underworld Kings, they say.

They’re all standalone dark, mafia romance books, they say.

Um well… 🤔😅

At the rate I was devouring this book, I was completely blindsided by this, and I know plenty who considers it to be a deal breaker, especially if there’s no warning in advance, so I have to mention that this book is NOT a standalone. It ends on a massive cliffhanger that had me 😩😭😭 and needing the sequel baaaadly!

But despite the savage ending that leaves you desperately hanging, I still absolutely, without a doubt recommend this book. Lovell has quickly risen to auto-buy author status and AVOLAF has fast become one of my favourite dark romances. I will read this one over and over again. It’s a must read!   

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you L.P. Lovell, the Underworld Kings team, and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading A Vow of Lust & Fury? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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👑💀 More reviews for the Underworld Kings!

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📷 Underworld Kings Website

Razor’s Edge by Mila Crawford

Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard

Marriage & Malice by Trisha Wolfe

Kingdom Fall by A. Zavarelli


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Marriage & Malice by Trisha Wolfe

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• BLURB •

Rapture, desire, need – the yearning for our passions is the reason we strive, the reason we breathe. I’ve devoted my entire existence to the pursuit of my passion for dance. Ballet is my escape from the dark underworld I was born in to. As a Carpella and the daughter of a made man, I’ve accepted certain traditions. Yet, having just been promoted to principal within a prestigious dance company, I’m so close to being free…

Until a devil with blood on his hands and an Irish curse inked into his skin tears into my world, now passion holds a whole new, sinister meaning. With ruination in his steel-blue eyes and me in his crosshairs, Lucian Cross traps me in his gilded cage and uses me to deliver his retribution.

Forced to sign a marriage contract to unite two warring families, my father traded my life to save his own. Now I’m bound to Lucian, owned by a monster who swore an oath of pain and suffering to the Carpellas.

Lucian’s passion is revenge.

And because my family destroyed what he loved, he’s vowed to destroy what I love. Every night he forces me to dance until my breaking point. He wants to condition me to loathe the very thing that once gave me hope.

I can’t let him break me, but the closer we get to the wedding date, the more entangled I become in his dangerous, tempting world, and I’m losing myself in this man.

His vow is my pain.

My vow is not to fall for the enemy.

But how can I dance with the devil himself and not be singled by his fire?

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• MY REVIEW •

I have never read a romance story with a slow-burn romance that tortured me as badly with how sluggish it developed than this book right here! My gosh, it was like a gradual teasing build-up that led to more teasing and a whole lot of sexual frustration and torture for both protagonists… and *cough cough* me. 🤦‍♀️😅 If you enjoy angsty, SLOOOOW slow-burn mafia romance reads, this story might just be for you!

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Trisha Wolfe is a new-to-me author and this was my introduction to her writing. Marriage & Malice sets a gritty almost squirm-inducing atmosphere right from the opening scene. I was instantly immersed, needing to know what’s to become of Violet and Lucian in this all-out mafia war and enemies-to-lovers story.

Italian mafia vs the Irish syndicate, and caught in the crossfire is Violet who spent most of her life outside of it, training as a ballerina. The premise of the two worlds merging was what initially had me interested in reading this story and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of seeing a nice balance of both elements. There’s an obvious dynamic between Violet and Lucian the minute they meet and it only intensifies the longer they’re in forced proximity.

I did enjoy the build-up to their relationship and the suspense surrounding them. I only wish it didn’t take as long to admit their feelings for one another, and because of that I felt like by the time they were in it for more than the initial arranged marriage and Lucian’s vengeance, the emotions they were feeling wasn’t as in-depth or believable as I was hoping for.

For the most part it was steady-paced storytelling, only occasionally slowing down in certain parts. It’s told from dual POVs and gives you excellent insight into both Violet’s and Lucian’s pasts. Their romance is undoubtedly steamy and their growing attraction for one another is one of the most tantalizing things you can expect to see.

Overall, it had suspense, some unpredictability, and the secondary characters helped create layers in the world-building. It’s a pretty grim and dark atmosphere throughout and putting aside the romance aspect of the story, it has subject matters that may be triggering for some readers. It contains attempted sexual assault, graphic violence, abuse/ torture.

Whilst both protagonists have some character growth, it’s Lucian, in my opinion who had the most development. The further you delve into the story the more you see the subtle changes in not only his demeanor but his mentality towards Violet as he struggles with keeping his revenge. It may be a love story (albeit a dark one), but Lucian is the central character here and the story revolves around his agenda.

As much as I like this book, I do however feel an epilogue is very much needed, whether or not Trisha decides to revisit this world in the future. The ending just didn’t feel complete for a story that’s supposedly a standalone and I was left wanting more for their HEA. 🤔

Nevertheless, I think it’s a great addition to the Underworld Kings. It certainly brings in the darkness, the world of Made Men, along with complexity, villainous characters, and ulterior motives one can hope for in a romantic suspense read. The scenes with Violet dancing were beautiful, and such a contrast to the death and violence that consumed a large portion of the storyline. Lucian is Irish and a real alpha-hole… but for good reason. Violet is thrust back into the world she was born into and discovers she has more grit in her than anyone (including herself) could’ve ever imagined.

If you enjoy reading hate-to-love romances with a dark mafia backdrop to them, give this one a read.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

Thank you Trisha Wolfe and the entire Underworld Kings team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

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💀 More reviews for the Underworld Kings! 👑

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📷 Underworld Kings Website

📖 Razor’s Edge by Mila Crawford

📖 Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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