Unholy Union by Natasha Knight

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Circumstance put Cristina on my path.

Fate bound her to me.

Cristina and I share a common past. A single night that changed the course of our lives.

She asked me if I was a monster the night I met her.

I am.

She’s about to learn I’m her monster.

Because the countdown that began eight years ago has ended. Her time is up.

On the stroke of midnight, she’s mine.

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— MY REVIEW —

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Unholy Union is without a doubt… *singsong voice* AAAMAZING!!! 🙌🙌

It picks up straight from the ending of the prologue (Unholy: The Beginning), which by the way if you haven’t read yet, then I certainly urge you to. It’s free on Amazon (links down below). Unholy Union is set in the present day, eight years since Damian and Cristina first encountered each other. Eight years since a tragedy that changed both their lives forever… and the reason why they’re meeting again.

I could not get enough of this story. I loved the prologue, it completely captured my attention, that I knew without a doubt that I would love Unholy Union just as much. There was so much mystery and questions surrounding them that I couldn’t read this book fast enough. If you adore possessive, murderous alphas who tend to have a soft spot for their prey, then friend, this is the book for you! 🤭

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The story flowed effortlessly. Not a single bit of it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat. From the dangers that lurked at every corner, to the secondary characters that seem to have their own agenda, to the electrifying connection our protagonists have every time they’re in close vicinity. Suspense. Suspense. Suspense.

There’s also drama. Lots of DRAMA!

They go hand-in-hand with this story, and it’s one of the reasons I thoroughly enjoyed it. The world-building is phenomenal. Knight has created such a dark aura that cascaded in and around her characters, and it just kept building from there. They are twisted, damaged, and scarred in more ways than one.

Damian is a bit of an enigma. I couldn’t completely figure him out but the fact that he’s a complex character, makes his fascinating story just one of the reasons why this book was a worthy read. The haunted characters do seem to have the most interesting stories to share. I swooned over his possessiveness because it’s really more like over-protectiveness… layered with assholery to try and hide the obvious… that Cristina gets under his skin.

Cristina is definitely one I’m looking forward to seeing develop to her full potential in the next book. You get an idea of her personality, and after having met Damian again and finding out that she’s bound to him, you start seeing glimpses of the type of person she is. Regardless of her youth, she’s already quite a strong character. I’m not a fan of heroines who are doormats that can’t form a thought of their own. Thank the book gods that Cristina (despite the situation she’s been forced into), was written to have some sense, alert, and most importantly to be a fighter.

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It may be dark romance, but it has such a feel good quality about it. Pleasure read at its best. There’s consistent build-up all throughout, with something sinister always popping up that’ll keep your eyes glued to the pages. With a detailed fictional world such as this, it’s obvious that Knight has put time, effort and wicked imagination into it. It’s quality work. The backstory, the motive behind the characters’ decisions, the entire atmosphere set from start to finish. Add in secondary characters — all with their own schemes, and you’ve got a multifaceted world.

Not to mention the romance portion of this book. The sexual tension between Damian and Cristina is teasingly slow but thankfully not too painful. It’s just enough to keep you on tender hooks. I love the push and pull. I love their banter. I love that they can both come undone by the other but will never admit to it. I’m giddy just thinking about how perfectly matched they are.

You will absolutely LOVE Damian Di Santo. He may be an asshole 99% of the time but he knows how to charm his way into your good graces. Cristina definitely has a dilemma on her hands! 😈

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This is book one of a duet, so yes, it does end on a cliffhanger.. *whispers* a reaaaally gasp-filled cliffhanger! 🙊 I’m not gonna deny that I’m itching for book two, but I’m looking on the bright side, there’s not much of a big wait for Unholy Intent. So the wait is doable! 💪

It had so many of the elements I love seeing in my romance reads. A strong story line that actually leads to something. Relatively well paced. Hate to love romance trope. Consists of both character growth and a developing relationship. Some intrigue and unpredictability. And lastly, it left a cracker of a lasting impression! Overall, would I recommend this book? Yes. Yes, I absolutely would.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Thank you to Natasha Knight and to Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

Interested in Unholy Union? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books

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📖 Unholy: The Beginning by Natasha Knight


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Dark Fairy Tales Anthology

 Check out my reviews for each of the fairy tales included in this collection. Happy reading!  The book is now available, if you’re interested in reading it yourself. 

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In a castle adorned with gems, coated in gold, and dusted with luxury, the youngest of the Constantine Family will be introduced to the elite of New York. But the party isn’t all glamor. Villains lurk in dark corners, evil deals are struck, and starcrossed loves are born.

FAIRY TALES INCLUDED:

The Ugly Duckling by CJ Roberts
Beauty and the Beast by Willow Winters
Cinderella by Aleatha Romig
Little Red Riding Hood by Karina Halle
Jack & the Beanstalk by Marley Valentine
Snow White by T.M. Frazier
Rumplestiltskin by Celia Aaron
King Midas by Skye Warren
King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly
Princess and the Pea by Sierra Simone
Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

Attend the ball, wear a red cloak, lose your shoe, spin straw to gold, or fall prey to a witch. In these fairytale retellings from bestselling authors, you will find a prince, but you might choose your happily ever after with the beast.

DARK FAIRY TALES is a limited-time anthology of modern fairy tales containing all NEW novellas. Download your copy and tell a book-loving friend, because it won’t last long.

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— MY REVIEW —

This was one hell of a romance anthology (and it couldn’t have come at a better time with lock down still very much in place here in Australia)! Some of these authors are new-to-me, as well as some of the tales included, but they made such an impact in making me want to check out other books written! I only wish these stories were longer. I’ve had to settle for rereading them! 😅

King Midas by Skye Warren

RATING: ♥♥♥♥

🎵 “I’ve got the Midas touch. Everything I touch turns to gold…”

And boy, did Raoul Midas certainly do that! A rich, successful, and powerful man paying for an escort, but finds himself enamored by the young, beautiful, and innocent Anita. This romance trope has been done plenty of times, and I’ve read a handful of them in the past, but this one had me curious from the get-go what with Raoul’s affliction at being touched. Yet, if Raoul was to let anyone break this barrier he puts up, Anita would be the one. Loved the intrigue, their instant connection, and their little chats! 🥰

Rumpelstiltskin by Celia Aaron

RATING: ♥♥♥♥

One of the old time classics. I don’t think there’s a lot of people in the literary world who wouldn’t have heard of, or read this tale of shifty dealings with the one and only Rumpelstiltskin — or in this case, the name is Clark. To be honest, I haven’t read any retellings of it (it had never been one of my faves growing up), but this was such a good one to start off with, and if anyone was every looking for dark, swoony versions of it, I wouldn’t hesitate to mention this novella! 😍 It’s modern, very well written, and oh-so gripping!

The Princess and the Pea by Sierra Simone

RATING: ♥♥½

Meh. I think I stumbled into the middle of the story because I was lost for a good chunk of the first half. It reads like you’re familiar with the characters already and their situation from the get-go, but I felt like I was trying to play catch-up. This is a Dom/Sub, second chance romance with some BDSM. There are plenty of romance readers who enjoy this type of romance, it’s just never been a preference of mine. So for that reason, I couldn’t connect as much as I would’ve liked with this story.

The Little Red Riding Hood by Karina Halle

RATING: ♥♥♥½

👩‍🦰“My what big teeth you have.” 

Seduction, mystery and murder, oh my! Starts off with so much intrigue already, until it slowly unveils the truth and you realize that this is definitely a dark and bloody tale. An enjoyable novella, that manages to create world-building and development between Red and Wolf within a good story line in a short span.

The Ugly Duckling by CJ Roberts

RATING: ♥♥½

As much as I would’ve wanted to like this story, I just couldn’t connect with it as much as the others. It’s detailed and somewhat wordy, and for a novella it surprisingly dragged a little for my liking. It did have elements from the original classic, e.g. being a little bit different from the rest and finally having the courage to stand up for yourself, but other than that this was a whole new story. Contains F/F romance. There’s sensitive subject matter within that may trigger some readers.

Beauty and the Beast by Willow Winters

RATING: ♥♥♥♥

“It’s a tale as old as time, isn’t it?”

I’ve read quite a few Beauty and the Beast inspired stories and retellings, and I still can’t get enough of them. This was a deliciously, dark and sensual version. It kept a lot of the elements we all know so well from the classic but wonderfully written in a modern setting. So much spark and heat between Calum and Annabelle that I could not turn the pages fast enough to see how things would unravel between them. Such world-building and build-up between the hero/heroine from start to finish.

Jack & the Beanstalk by Marley Valentine

RATING: ♥♥♥

Damn. This was one of those fan-your-face type of romance read. 🙈 I honestly couldn’t picture a Jack and the Beanstalk retelling as an adult M/M romance (or any romance for that matter), yet lookey here! And this one’s full of betrayal, revenge, and unrelenting love. If you’re a fan of enemies to lovers/ hate to love romance tropes, like I do, you’ll enjoy this one.

King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

A tale I was not at all familiar with. Now? I am obsessed with the tale! Or maybe it’s just Cora’s version of it, who knows?! 😄 Arranged marriage. Hate-to-love romance trope. Some mystery. With very hot and heavy scenes between Jean and Peyton. This story had me wanting more!

📔 Read my full review: King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly

The Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

One of my fave tales growing up. This is a must read. I thoroughly adored Knight’s take on it. I couldn’t get enough of the anticipation and build-up, and chemistry between Salvatore and Lucia.  Knight’s dark mafia spin was a refreshing take, with the prince in this version being the villain. Enemies-to-lovers at it’s best! 😍😍

📔 Read my full review: The Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

Cinderella by Aleatha Romig

RATING: ♥♥♥

I thought this was an interesting take on one of my all time favourite fairy tales. Whilst it does have the main elements of the classic — like the shoes, the ball and evil stepsisters, it also has a lot of new elements that really make the story Romig’s own. She’s incorporated her book series (which I’m not familiar with) into this novella. It’s special-ops/ military type romance. If you like reading from that romance sub-genre, you’ll like this one.

Snow White by T.M. Frazier

RATING: ♥♥♥♥

Oooh. This was a deviously grimy read, and I didn’t expect anything less from Frazier. I’ve read quite a few dark versions of Snow White and this was probably one of the more twisted of the lot. It’s icky…yet not? 😅 All I can say, is if you’ve read quite a lot of dark romance books, and/ or familiar with Frazier’s style of romance, then the things that with these characters is nothing new to the world. Either way, I loved the intensity between Chase and Neve.

If you love dark versions of fairy tales, a modern retelling, and/ or stories inspired by them, then I think you’ll enjoy this anthology. There’s amazing romance authors included and their take on these classic tales are addictive that you won’t be able to put it down.

Whilst I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales, I admit some of these classics were unfamiliar to me, but after having read these ones, it’s completely made me fall in love with them. I highly recommend it.

Perfect to read in one sitting, or a couple at a time between your other reads.

OVERALL RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Thank you Skye Warren and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

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The Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

This is a mini review for Natasha Knight’s retelling of The Swan Princess that is included in the Dark Fairy Tales Anthology that’s releasing August 18! Happy reading! 😊

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In a castle adorned with gems, coated in gold, and dusted with luxury, the youngest of the Constantine Family will be introduced to the elite of New York. But the party isn’t all glamor. Villains lurk in dark corners, evil deals are struck, and starcrossed loves are born.

FAIRY TALES INCLUDED:

The Ugly Duckling by CJ Roberts
Beauty and the Beast by Willow Winters
Cinderella by Aleatha Romig
Little Red Riding Hood by Karina Halle
Jack & the Beanstalk by Marley Valentine
Snow White by T.M. Frazier
Rumplestiltskin by Celia Aaron
King Midas by Skye Warren
King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly
Princess and the Pea by Sierra Simone
Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

Attend the ball, wear a red cloak, lose your shoe, spin straw to gold, or fall prey to a witch. In these fairytale retellings from bestselling authors, you will find a prince, but you might choose your happily ever after with the beast.

DARK FAIRY TALES is a limited-time anthology of modern fairy tales containing all NEW novellas. Download your copy and tell a book-loving friend, because it won’t last long.

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— MY REVIEW —

Why, why, why had I not discovered Natasha Knight sooner??! Like, two years sooner?! 🙈 I’m kicking myself that I could’ve been reading her amazing Mafia romance books and drooling over her hot mafioso men for years! And now she has this amazing, swoon-worthy retelling?! 🤤😍

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I loved the tale of The Swan Princess growing up… *whispers* I even like the 90’s animated movie… “Odette!!!” 🦢

So I was immediately drawn to this one when I first saw which fairy tales would be included in the anthology. And man, it did not disappoint! It only made me want more… LOTS MORE! of the mysterious masked man who exuded power and danger, and the innocent young woman who wanted to escape her life for the night.

Intrigue, magic and secrets are what fills the air of this once in a lifetime masquerade ball. There’s no time to lose. This novella will have your eyes popping, and your mouth open, tongue lolled out because the heat goes from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds! 🔥🔥

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Sparks were immediate the moment our (anti) hero and heroine first interacted. I loved reading every minute of it. The Swan Princess in a Mafia setting? Umm, brilliant!

Although this was a novella (and a fairly quick one at that), the conclusion didn’t leave me with an unsatisfied feeling like I dreaded it would. On the contrary, it made me want to check out more of Natasha Knight’s books asap!

*hint hint* These characters may be old friends to you if you’re familiar with Natasha Knight’s books… 😉

Not only has Knight managed to create a refreshing and modern spin on this classic tale, but she’s managed to provide some world-building, a backstory between our two main protagonists, and keep the suspense and intrigue constant from start to finish. If you love a good enemies to lovers/ hate to love romance, it’s right here!

Although this book has an unbelievable bevy of romance authors and retellings, this story is definitely one of my faves. A must read! Especially for fans of dark/ mafia romances!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Thank you to Skye Warren, participating authors, and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

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📔 Dark Fairy Tales Anthology

📔 King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly


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King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly

This is a mini review for Cora Reilly’s retelling of King Thrushbeard that is included in the Dark Fairy Tales Anthology that’s releasing August 18! Happy reading! 😊

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In a castle adorned with gems, coated in gold, and dusted with luxury, the youngest of the Constantine Family will be introduced to the elite of New York. But the party isn’t all glamor. Villains lurk in dark corners, evil deals are struck, and starcrossed loves are born.

FAIRY TALES INCLUDED:

The Ugly Duckling by CJ Roberts
Beauty and the Beast by Willow Winters
Cinderella by Aleatha Romig
Little Red Riding Hood by Karina Halle
Jack & the Beanstalk by Marley Valentine
Snow White by T.M. Frazier
Rumplestiltskin by Celia Aaron
King Midas by Skye Warren
King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly
Princess and the Pea by Sierra Simone
Swan Princess by Natasha Knight

Attend the ball, wear a red cloak, lose your shoe, spin straw to gold, or fall prey to a witch. In these fairytale retellings from bestselling authors, you will find a prince, but you might choose your happily ever after with the beast.

DARK FAIRY TALES is a limited-time anthology of modern fairy tales containing all NEW novellas. Download your copy and tell a book-loving friend, because it won’t last long.

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— MY REVIEW —

Beard or no beard, I’ll have me one Peyton Chanler, please! 🤤😍

Novella that packs a punch! I have a love/ hate relationship with this novella. I loved every bit of it. Downside? It was too friggin’ short! 😭 Now I want (and possibly NEED) Cora to go back into this story and write a full-length novel. But then again, I liked that it went straight to the point — no slow burn romance here, nah-uh.

Short but sweet sultry! 🔥 I don’t know how Cora manages to introduce world-building, give a little backstory of the characters’ lives, have a strong, consistent storyline, and on top of that, ensure chemistry between our hero/ heroine… all within a short amount of time.

There’s intrigue and mystery.

Game playing.

A little hate to love romance trope.

Oh, and let’s not forget an arranged marriage.

And what fairy tale wouldn’t be complete and utterly magical without a lavish scene at a ball?! (FYI this particular scene is 100% explicit content. No underage readers allowed!)

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This anthology is a collection of retellings. Whilst I’m a fan of fairy tales, retellings and stories inspired by classic tales, King Thrushbeard was one I was actually unfamiliar with. After having read this novella, I googled the original tale. #sorrynotsorry

If you’re like me who doesn’t know King Thrushbeard, this modern retelling will have you wanting to read more (and wondering how you could’ve missed this fairy tale until now).

And, if you’ve read the original tale or familiar with it, I think this retelling will surely leave you satisfied. It’s beautifully written and visually captivating. It doesn’t stray too much away from the original tale (at least from what I’ve read on Google). With our heroine being prideful, and our hero wanting to teach her a little lesson. This novella, our heroine is one fire-y, opinionated redhead, and our hero Peyton although older, is no less ripped and rugged of a man sure of himself.

I haven’t read a lot of books (at least these days) were it’s told solely from only one of the protagonists. In this case, it’s all from Jean’s point of view. Although I would’ve loved to have had Peyton’s perspective as well (because who am I kidding? I need more Peyton), his thoughts and feelings were still very loud and clear where Jean was concerned.

My only critique is the ending concluded a little too abruptly for my liking (even with how promptly paced this story already was).

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If you enjoy reading about arrogant alphas, who adorns scruff, dimples, and who likes to constantly smirk — then King Thrushbeard (and this entire anthology) needs to be added to your TBR.

RATING: ♥♥½

Thank you to Cora and Emily for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of King Thrushbeard! 💗

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📔 The Swan Princess by Natasha Knight


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The Trouble With Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey

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CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!

I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.

Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.

Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.

YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?

KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.

CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.

By the way, he’s called Logan.

Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum romdum da-dum.

YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.

KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.

THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS is a hilarious romance about unlikely love found between a British preschool teacher and the professional quarterback who sweeps her off her feet.

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— MY REVIEW —

Huh. Who would’ve thunk it? Foosball. Foosball players. Hot stuff…?!

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Oh, no wait…

Scratch Foosball.

I meant football. Yes! Football players. Hot stuff…?! Um… yeah!

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If you’re looking for your next sports romance book that centers around two lead characters who are complete opposites, yet manage to get along so well that it’s almost sickeningly cute, then here it is, people. The Trouble With Quarterbacks is a fun, lighthearted standalone romance about the hot new, star quarterback and the young woman who’s got him all smitten that he’ll do just about anything to keep her from the trouble that slowly but surely follows a famous athlete.

To some this may be considered a fluff read. Something to read in between their more “serious” thought-provoking books. To others, this is their staple read that they cannot get enough of. Simple escapism from the day-to-day grind by reading something peppy and upbeat that has their moods boosting. Either way, it can’t be denied that Grey has got the romantic reads down pat.

She has a way of getting you engaged in the characters’ lives long before the romance kicks in. Her characters, one way or another have something relatable about them. Whether it’s their personality, the lives they live, or their thought process that’s eerily similar to yours, you’ll find yourself connecting with them on some level.

Add the meet-cute these protagonists experience that’ll no doubt have you ooh-ing and aah-ing, and bada-bing, bada-boom! — you have yourself a treat! 😊

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If you’ve read any of Grey’s previous books prior to this new release, then you know what you can expect from her books.

You usually have the quirky heroine — who usually is the one the babbles on and on, and tends to have the embarrassingly, slap-your-forehead type moments that’ll have you laughing despite the fact you probably shouldn’t. That would be Candace, in this case.

Then there’s the hero, (aka Logan) — who’s the hunky, male specimen with the Colgate commercial-worthy smile, and Adonis inspired body that has our adorable, chatterbox of a heroine swept off her feet.

Okay. I’m just gonna admit something I probably shouldn’t in an ARC review. But I cannot not be honest with you guys. Candace was a character that had me liking her bubbly, offbeat personality easily, and bonus points for her being a fellow shorty (yay for short people!) 👍 She’s relatable to the everyday, working class people, hustling to make ends meet, and the girl has no filter when it comes to the random things that pop into her head (especially when she’s with her friends). I could even almost forgive her British slang going in and out throughout the book too 😜 But the more she became comfortable in her growing relationship with Logan, the more she became too forward. She lost a bit of her respect (from me as a reader) the more she started throwing herself at him. It was cringe-y at times to say the least, which in my mind lost her appeal of being the cool, down to earth girl that I initially liked about her.

Logan was definitely the selling point in my opinion (besides the cute romance story line). He was a consistent swoon-worthy bugger. I loved everything about him. He’s the perfect mixture of gentleman and typical charming male when chicks are involved. But I adored his personality the most, and the fact that he knew what he wanted. I felt kind of bad for the way Candace treated him at times (not gonna lie — at times I was hissing at the book saying to no one in particular that he deserves better). He may be the new hot and happening quarterback of a winning NFL team but he has managed to stay grounded. He’s sensitive towards Candace’s feelings. He’s thoughtful, and best of all, if he was in the wrong, he has no shame in admitting it and apologizing! Who wouldn’t want an easygoing guy like that, I ask ya? If it wasn’t for his crazy, hectic, lime-lighted lifestyle, he would be one of the most simple, drama-free fictional book boyfriends I’ve ever come across.

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I enjoyed reading this adorable story, but it did fall a little flat for me halfway through. Once their relationship started to develop further, it almost felt like there was no more build-up. There were a few things that I would’ve loved to have seen with Logan like his family dynamics for one, that unfortunately was never a focal point in the story.

Whilst there were some very amusing secondary characters included in the form of both Candace’s roommates and Logan’s teammates, I wasn’t completely lusting after them or their side stories happening in the background. I thought Candace and her roommates were a hoot and a half at the beginning but slowly started becoming too much to bear.. *nervous laughter* … 😬🙄     

Honestly, if you can ignore the crazies in the background and concentrate on Logan and Candace’s relationship and seeing how things will unfold for the two, then it’ll be a much more effortless read. The instant chemistry between Candace and Logan is what’ll have you snuggling up in bed and not wanting to put the book down until you finish. The quirky interactions and laugh-out-loud moments these two share is a definite highlight to look out for. Especially early on when they were still in the flirtatious stage.

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There are some really hilariously winning parts in this book that I would most certainly will never tire of reading over and over again. One involving a pool and some shredding of clothes. Mmm. 😉😉

I can’t get enough of Grey’s romantic comedies. They always have an uplifting, lighthearted way of making you get into good spirits. Even if it’s only for the duration of the read. It’ll having you smiling, giggling, even cringing at some of the embarrassing things said and done by these loopy characters Grey has so expertly created.

I know Grey has written sports romance in the past, but the was the first one I had read of hers. I found it refreshing seeing one of her heroes be someone other than a boss in a corporate job (or be in a office environment per se).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you to R.S. Grey for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡

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His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

Standalone. Secret crush. Workplace romance.

Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey

Standalone. Hate-to-love. Workplace romance.

Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey

Standalone. Workplace romance. 

The Allure Of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey

Standalone. Romantic comedy. Hate-to-love. Workplace romance.

Love The One You Hate by R.S. Grey

Standalone. Enemies-to-lovers. Slow burn romance.



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Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

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— BLURB —

Can you ever truly leave the past behind in a house full of haunted souls?

Kiara always wanted a loving family she could take care of. She never thought she’d find it with the Falcones.

Nino and Kiara both lost part of themselves in their traumatic childhood. Together they’re trying to recover the missing pieces, but they aren’t the only broken souls in the Falcone mansion; Kiara fears that not all of them can be saved. Determined to protect her new family and the future of her dreams, she’s on a mission to help each of them in her own way, even if it means stacking up secrets.

Four brothers bound together by an unbreakable bond forged in their dark past. If one of them falls, will they all?

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— MY REVIEW —

Please note: Twisted Bonds coincides with Twisted Pride. This entire series is one, big continuous story. If you haven’t read Twisted Loyalties, Twisted Emotions and/or Twisted Pride — Read them first before diving into this beauty! 😉

Okay now…..

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Twisted Bonds. Did I love it?

Yes… and no. Okay, guys. Time for some real talk here for a quick second!

I loved that this next installment in Nino and Kiara’s lives coincided with the events in Twisted Pride so you get to see what they were dealing with whilst Remo was going all berserk on us! I was so wrapped up in this story all the way up to one particular scene that broke my heart, slapped me in the face, and made me cry. I was a little over 2/3 of the way and I kid you not I was thinking at this point that Twisted Bonds could not be more perfect.

Well…

I think I spoke too soon because literally the next chapter after the snot-fest I just had the story took a sharp turn I was not expecting. I was blindsided! And honestly I kiiiiiinda wish it didn’t happen. I know I’m going to be in the minority on this topic (and possibly be banished under a rock from here on out) because everyone loves a happy ending when it comes to the Falcones, especially Kiara these days (and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do too) but I don’t know how I feel about this turn of events. To me it seemed a little too convenient..? And I can only imagine trouble in the future.

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It’s really hard to share my thoughts fully without adding any spoilers in this review.. so I’ll just say this: I like Kiara. I do. I like that she’s soft spoken, timid, and full of love but I felt like a lot of her actions and reactions in this book were pushing my buttons. At first I could sympathize but I think it reached the point where I was waiting for Nino to.. I dunno… react back? Which is silly I know, because the dude is fresh out of those. But I was just waiting for.. something. I don’t know what that is but something was lacking.

The last third of the book had so many things happening all at once. It felt like everything was at rapid speed, problems left and right that needed to be dealt with, and here I was still trying to wrap my head around the newest development with the Falcones.

But hey, who doesn’t like a good roller coaster ride in their reads, amirite!? 😄

Despite my rambles, I do love Twisted Bonds. It doesn’t disappoint with copious amounts of family interactions and bonding. Those and the light-hearted, funny scenes were the highlights for me.

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I’ve said this quite a few times since Twisted Emotions but I adore the interactions between Kiara and Remo — and if you do too.. then you’re going to absolutely flip over some more Kiamo moments! ❤  *whispers* confession: I kinda, sorta ship them! Even though I love Nino!

I was also giddy to see snippets of certain things we all wondered about at one point or another but never thought we’d see (at least not anytime soon) were somewhat answered or touched on in this book. Yes, it’ll leave you hungry for more but it’s also just enough to satisfy any curiosity. 

Hmm. Is it just me or whenever you read a Cora Reilly book, once you finally get some answers more questions just pop up in its place?

One of the reasons why I can’t get enough of her writing. It always keeps you enthralled. It keeps you guessing, and most importantly keeps you wanting more! This was no exception.

And speaking of wanting more — Let’s talk about the ending, shall we?

It’s bittersweet. The way TB concludes I am already drooling over what’s to come in the next installments that I may just have to carry a bucket around my neck! Not gonna give specifics but… ahhhh Savio! Adamo! aaaaaand… *whispers* think Camorra/ Famiglia relations. 😊😊 I’m internally squealing in the inside with excitement for possible developments, whilst sweating on the outside with panic on what I know could possibly go wrong. Eeep.

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*breathes*

Now. I have to get this off my chest because I can’t take it anymore!

SAVIO.

FUCKING.

FALCONE!

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Just when I thought I was totally and completely happy with who I considered were my fave Made Men… BAM! Savio knocks me off my ass, picks me back up and totally gives me a shit eating grin that melted what little sanity I had left.

I can already hear Matteo sharpening his knives. Haha!

If you weren’t 100% on board the Savio Bull Ride…then I will personally guarantee you that by the end of Twisted Bonds, not only will you be online shopping for a cowboy hat, assless chaps and rope…you’ll be effing YEEHAW-ING all the way to the Twisted Hearts release!

But FYI: I call first dibs on Savio! 😝

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It’s hard not to read anything Savio says without highlighting it because I tell ya…that Falcone brother has a way with words. He clearly bathes himself in charm (with a sprinkling of sweetener on top)!

Ughhhhhh…..

*exhales*

Okay.. moving on, moving on. Without giving too much away, let’s wrap this review up! —

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Pace of the story? A little on the slow side. But when it comes to Nino and Kiara.. that shouldn’t be a surprise though, right? When it comes to their relationship, they’ve always taken it nice and steady. The pace does pick up later in the book.

What can you look forward to in Twisted Bonds? Flamingos (and an assortment of other creatures), banter, brotherhood, sisterhood, permanent markers, and booze!

Side characters? Well.. like I mentioned earlier, make sure you’re up to date with the series beforehand because you don’t want to be questioning who a character is in the middle of reading TB, or how the characters know one another.

Plot twists? C’mon. We’re talking about a Cora Reilly mafia book… do you even need to wonder? And same goes for the ending too 😉 Have tissues, chocolate, and a fluffy pillow at hand. Screw sleep!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how badly will this book leave you with a hangover? I’ll let you know once I can stop rereading it. 😛

I say this every time after reading a Cora Reilly book but that’s because it’s true.. This is another unbelievable installment in The Camorra Chronicles! You will go through a spectrum of feelings reading Twisted Bonds that will most certainly have you going a little… cray.

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This one’s a hit! In case I need to tell you guys — when August 28 comes around.. Go! Grab! Read! And remember: I got dibs on Savio! 😉

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you to Cora Reilly for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

Book Five: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly

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Alternate Endings by Brittany Anne

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— SYNOPSIS —

They both want to run, but they want each other more.

Charlotte was not living the life she’d dreamed of. Dead end job, tiny apartment, no family left, and forever trapped in the small town where she lost it all… that was her life, until the man she’d spent ten years working to forget walks in as if he’d never left. Owen ignites her like no one else, but can she really trust him again? Charlotte had been burned by him before, and she knows in her heart that she will not survive saying goodbye a second time…

When she looks at him, does she see the man she loved, or the man she left?

Owen worked hard to build a life for himself in the Navy, but ten years later, fate calls him back to the little town where he lost everything. When he sees the woman he’d spent a decade running from, he finds himself at war in his own mind. Sparks begin flying, and he finds the wall he built around his heart slowly crumbling down. He wants to forget the past, but he doesn’t know how to see beyond her betrayal… or trust that she won’t do it again.

Can true love really get a second chance, or was their romance always doomed to end in tragedy?

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— MY REVIEW —

ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for my honest review

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I thought it was a decent second chance romance that left me smiling in the end. There were things I liked, but not going to lie – there were a few things that happened that I had to roll my eyes at. All things considered it was an enjoyable read that just needed a few tweaks.

Although I couldn’t connect with either one of the lead characters as much as I would have liked, I still found myself not wanting to put it down 😀

I would’ve loved a more detailed backstory on Owen & Charlotte’s past relationship (or a little more than what was offered) at the beginning to better understand and sympathize with the pain they were both going through in the present – because I think that was a big part of why I couldn’t connect with either of them, or their story on a deeper level.

And although the author purposely leaves those details out so the more you read ahead, the more gets revealed about why their relationship ended.. unfortunately in my opinion it was the case of ‘too-little, too-late’ and by 2/3 of the way through when the reason for their split became apparent, the rest of the storyline became fairly predictable.

Owen is a likeable character. I felt like he had more character growth then Charlotte despite the fact the she’s the one adamant on having changed over the years.

I wish I felt the same way towards Charlotte as I did Owen. She was too indecisive, said one thing and did another, and couldn’t sum up courage to speak out – which got to the point where it was annoying. At first I understood her anxiety over having to relive memories from her past but it got to the point where she’d done it on multiple occasions throughout the book that by the time everything was all out in the open I was already not feeling her.. *sigh*

(FYI: Charlotte is not a bad person (or character). I think for me, it just came down to personality clashes. Others may find her completely sweet, and that’s cool!)

It also felt a lot of the time their story was on a constant loop, the same issues popping up and never getting resolved – or if some did, it miraculously went back to becoming a problem again. I thought their issues (well.. mostly Charlotte’s) were being blown out of proportion at times than they actually were. And I get that it’s all psychological and a big reason as to why she can’t help being the way she is now.. but it wasn’t any less sad to see how it was affecting their second chance at love.

Owen is trying to make amends and move on, but Charlotte’s constantly hesitating and resistant towards the idea.. and in all honestly the story probably would’ve ended a lot faster if it wasn’t for the repetitive push and pull between the two.

What I did like most about Alternate Endings was the idea of the story. Old flames who had their relationship end in a bad way unexpectedly meet again years later. I loved that there was initial hate flooding back in for both of them towards the other, but yet there was also lust.. (lots of lust!) and a still obvious attraction too.

The intimate scenes between Owen and Charlotte were the best parts in my opinion (don’t get dirty-minded lol) because it was the scenes I felt they had the most connection with one another emotionally. It was those moments that had me engaged and wanting to see what would happen next.

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Owen was the saving grace in my opinion. There were definite sweet moments and words said that made me swoon. No doubt. Despite his hardships, he handled things as best he could and was really considerate of Charlotte decisions, even if it resulted in them being apart. *cough cough* … And who doesn’t love a bit of alpha in their leading man?? Hehe

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RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

Overall it was a nice, effortless read you can finish in one sitting (or in a day, if you’re a slower reader like me) 😉 If you haven’t read second chance romances before, this is a good one to start off with to dip your toes into.

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

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SaveTheDateRelease Date: AUGUST 2, 2019

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