His Rule by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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• BLURB •

I live in a world where secrecy reigns.
A Society rooted in power, wealth, and long-held dynasties.
Where men are Kings, and women are pawns.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of escaping the shackles of my expectations.
But it can only ever be a dream.
I made a fatal mistake, and those shackles became a cage.
Now I’m trapped in a war with a man who controls my every move.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
My enemy, my tormentor, and my solace.
His words have the power to wound me.
His touch just might break me.
But this is his kingdom, and as long as I’m here I only have one choice.
I’ll play by his rules.

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• MY REVIEW •


“When Mercedes and I come together, it’s like fire and ice. A battle of wills. Two beasts with our jaws on each other’s jugulars. For one to win, the other must lose, but what will the cost be?”


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Give this book ALL the stars! It may be a little premature since this is only the first book in the trilogy, but I’m calling it anyways… this is the BEST, most intense story I’ve read within The Society! I have enjoyed all the previous books set in this world but I just emotionally connected with Mercedes’ and Judge’s unbelievably in-depth story on a whole deeper level!

It’s ironic how much of a non-fan I was of Mercedes in The Society Trilogy (where she was first introduced) only to come back around after reading His Rule to become my favourite heroine! 😅 A true testament of Knight’s and Zavarelli’s high quality storytelling to have who was once considered a devious antagonist become a complex, misunderstood protagonist you can’t helped but be emotionally invested in… and lowkey wanting to kick ass!

Whilst I had instantaneously adored Judge in The Society Trilogy, Mercedes however was a tough character to support. But seeing how much her character has evolved and finally knowing her backstory made me realize how quickly I may have prejudged her and assumed she was just another trouble-making side character. 🤦‍♀️

Other than his sense of dominance and power within The Society, very little is known of Judge as a character before this book, and when you finally learn about his story, you will swoon over him more so. He blows hot and cold, yet I found myself mirroring Mercedes as she navigates through her feelings.

A fast-paced, super action-packed storytelling that has so many twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of the book. It has an overall sense of mystery, danger, and thrill that only heightened the reading experience. I found the world-building so vivid and alluring that I wished I could transport to their world.

Knight and Zavarelli know how to write weighty, in-depth stories and this is another prime example of their honed skills. The secrecy lurking at what seems like every corner, the handful of seedy secondary characters that you can’t help but need to keep constant attention on, and the rollercoaster ride that Judge and Mercedes takes you on as they battle out the effects of their push-pull relationship is what makes His Rule a must read!

The chemistry between these two fierce characters was off the charts FIRE! The heated banter was entertaining and only increased my love for them as a couple. There’s such an appeal in the forbidden aspect of their relationship and as the story develops, the more you want to see their bond.

Just the dark, romantic suspense story I needed for the perfect escape. It has an amazing combination of elements I look for (and expect) in my dark romance reads. Yes, it’s ultimately a work of fiction, but a lot of the parts included are fairly realistic and relatable— from the complex family dynamics, to the bonds and friendships formed, to dealing with one’s own social standing. I love the many layers this story consisted of, with multiple subplots both in the foreground and background, it’s what made it such a gripping read. There’s an equal balance of romance, personal journey, and all-around suspense to keep the intensifying build-up that culminates to an epic cliffhanger. It’s safe to say this book left me in such a desperate state of needing book two!

Please note, this book does contain sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers such as, child abuse, domestic abuse, and graphic violence. It also contains strong sexual content. Intended for readers 18+ only.

However, if you have no triggers, and love any of the following romance tropes and genres, I highly recommend you add this one to your TBR.

  • Hate-to-Love
  • Forbidden Romance
  • Dark Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Brother’s Best Friend
  • Age Gap Romance

It’s not necessary to read The Society Trilogy first, but I still recommend you do so, or at least go back to it after reading this one as it introduces you to Judge and Mercedes, and how their intricate relationship began.

Knight and Zavarelli are THE dream romance writing team and in my honest opinion His Rule was beautifully executed. Mercedes’ and Judge’s story not only expanded the existing world-building but IVI have another striking couple added to their already impressive list.

All in all, it’s an unbelievably impressive start to The Rite Trilogy. I couldn’t fault it. It’ll definitely be a story I’ll go back and visit time and time again!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Natasha, Ashleigh, and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛

🔔 Interested in reading His Rule? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon INTL  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

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🌹 More from the exclusive world of The Society – IVI

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💀 The Society Trilogy by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

(Santiago De La Rosa and Ivy Moreno)
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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👑 Kingdom Fall by A. Zavarelli

(Alessio Scarcello and Natalia Cabrera)
Standalone Book: Kingdom Fall by A. Zavarelli

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Devil’s Pawn Duet by Natasha Knight

(Jericho St. James and Isabelle Bishop)
Book One: Devil’s Pawn by Natasha Knight
Book Two: Devil’s Redemption by Natasha Knight

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

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His Rule Teaser

Get the first look at Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli upcoming release!

Coming Soon! #HisRule

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— BLURB —

I live in a world where secrecy reigns.
A Society rooted in power, wealth, and long-held dynasties.
Where men are Kings, and women are pawns.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of escaping the shackles of my expectations.
But it can only ever be a dream.
I made a fatal mistake, and those shackles became a cage.
Now I’m trapped in a war with a man who controls my every move.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
My enemy, my tormentor, and my solace.
His words have the power to wound me.
His touch just might break me.
But this is his kingdom, and as long as I’m here I only have one choice.
I’ll play by his rules.

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— TEASER —

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— His Rule by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli —

The Rite Trilogy (Book One)

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Release Date: April 26, 2022
Genre: Dark Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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📣 Coming Next…

Book Two: Her Rebellion

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Book Three: Their Reign

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— ABOUT THE AUTHORS —


Natasha Knight

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Natasha Knight is the USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Suspense and Dark Romance Novels. She has sold over a million books and is translated into six languages. She currently lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two daughters and when she’s not writing, she’s walking in the woods listening to a book, sitting in a corner reading or off exploring the world as often as she can get away.

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A. Zavarelli

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A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.

She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.

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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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Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly

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• BLURB •

After two years of taking care of her heartbroken father, Evie needs a new start. Leaving the States and following her sister to Australia to work as the personal assistant of rugby star Xavier – The Beast – Stevens seems like the right kind of distraction.

Tall, muscled and devilishly handsome, Xavier is the lov’ em and leav’ em kind of guy. He never forgets a girl’s name because he never bothers to remember it in the first place.

Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself.

As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed.

But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job, and seeing him walk around his apartment half naked all the time isn’t helping either. Evie knows that giving in to her attraction will lead to heartbreak, but when Xavier starts treating her as more than just his assistant, resisting his charms seems like an impossible task.

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• MY REVIEW •

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What a charming read. I laughed a few times and had a few lip-trembling-teary-eyed moments too from a few scenes of the book. It’s was a nice quick sports romance that you could easily devour in a day or read in-between books.

Oh man, I think I’m so used to the darker side of contemporary romances that I’m actually thinking this book was a pretty tame read in comparison. Haha. Although definitely not YA (there are lots of mature sexual content/ scenes intended for readers 18+ only)!

In my opinion the pace was a little on the slower side but didn’t drag on. I know this is the first book in the series so I’m hoping the world-building will grow more-so in the following book. I would’ve liked more of the “sports” aspect in this sports romance… a game or two, or maybe more interaction with the team..? 🤔

I was imagining Xavier to be more “bloke-y”, a little more rough around the edges— especially for a rugby player. He’s not the most charming of heroes and he does a lot of questionable things throughout that makes you think if he’s a worthy hero. But despite all that, it didn’t exactly stop me from liking him as character overall (even if he is a player). 😬🙈 But I saw some redeemable qualities in him. The way he cared for Evie and the things he says to her to snap her out of her insecurities… *cue in 3,2,1… SWOOOOOOON!*

I found Evie to be such a relatively relatable character. We have similar personality traits that I actually found myself connecting with her instantly. I liked that Evie has the ability to be strong when she needs to be but also has a vulnerable, insecure side to her that makes her a down-to-earth genuine person. In my opinion, Cora’s a pro at creating characters who grow throughout the book (or series).

The build-up to Evie and Xavier getting together had my stomach fluttering the entire time. Buuuuut… I felt after 2/3 of the way events that transpired left me a little underwhelmed. I was waiting for something big and angsty to happen before I reached the ending but it never really happened (again, after having read darker romance, this felt soo… hmm… mild haha).

There’s certain side characters who I absolutely adore (and secretly hoping would be in future books), and then there’s certain characters that had me 🙄🙄 and almost wanting to scream “shut up! shut up! shut up!” lol —sorry for the vagueness but no spoilers here. 🤐

I thought it was a refreshing change of pace from Cora, and all in all, I enjoyed reading Only Work, No Play. Yes, it’s nothing like Cora’s mafia romance books but I liked that it was a lighter contemporary romance. A few issues here and there with how the story developed but it didn’t diminish Cora’s writing style. Whether it’d be dark or contemporary romance, it’s effortless to follow, the atmosphere in place, and the characters are intriguing to get to know.

If you like reading contemporary sports romance stories with alpha-hole heroes, then you might want to give this one a try!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

📎 Please Note: Only Work, No Play was released back in February 2019 when this review was posted. It was originally only posted on my Goodreads page but have now included it here on my blog.

Thank you Cora Reilly and Emily Alice for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

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More Contemporary Romance from Cora Reilly!

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King Of Spades Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Alta Hensley!

#KingOfSpades is now live! ♠💚

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Nick Hudson has a dangerous reputation.

That’s what I need if I’m going to survive.

Desperation makes me seek out a ruthlessly powerful billionaire.

I need protection.

He demands my virtue as payment.

I’m falling into a world of luxury and sin.

With every twist and turn, I need more.

Except this is not a man to love.

This is a man to fear.

His obsession grows. So does the threat, until I’m trapped in a world of depravity. I’ll need more than Nick’s strength to survive. I’m going to need his heart.

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— TEASER —

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I wrap my arms around his neck as he pulls me into the office and closes the door behind him. Not bothering to deny his words, seeking his strength and command, I whisper, “I feel…”

I don’t know what else to say, how else to resist a man so able to shatter my every resistance. Everything about this is wrong. So very wrong. I’m his captive. Nothing more.

I run my fingertips up the center of his chest and then across to his upper arms. Desire floods through me as I touch him. Not attempting to strike him or push him away. No, I want to stroke his flesh, to feel his muscles flexing beneath my fingertips, each caress increasing the heat that swamps my senses.

He holds me still, lowering his head, kissing the side of my neck with parted lips. He seduces me not with force, but with gentleness. “Tell me to stop,” he commands. “I want to steal the kiss. I want to steal your body. I want to take what is mine.”

I shake my head. I’m not going to obey him on this. I don’t think I can survive if he pulls away again. I don’t want to risk him actually stopping if I say so. Not when my entire body is on fire with a need that has to be quenched.

“No.” It’s the only word I can barely whisper. Speech is conquered by sexual need. “You don’t have to take. I want to give.”

In one quick movement, Nick scoops me up into his arms and carries me to his desk. My body melts against the hardness of his chest, my tongue dancing with his in the depths of his mouth.

I need more, need to feel his skin against mine.

Hastily, I pull his jacket off, his shirt up over his head, and run my hands down his chest. I revel in how smooth and sleek his skin feels against my fingertips, each muscle clearly defined. Sexual attraction takes on a whole other meaning at that moment.

Nick moans as he kisses me deeper, guiding me onto the wood of the table below. With movements as graceful as a skilled craftsman, he removes my clothing, drawing the dress over my head and lowering my panties effortlessly. I shiver, not with cold, but with need. I moan when he removes my bra, his fingertips running over my breasts, each stroke a promise of what’s to come.

My entire body screams for his touch as he lowers his head and gives both of my nipples a kiss, his hands sliding down to slip beneath the curve of my ass. I lift my hips to ease the journey, my heart demanding he hurry, my soul aching for him to take me. To claim me as his.

Despite my whimpers, my pleas to plunge into me, to fill my empty pussy, he takes his time, my mind swirling as he places soft kisses over every inch of skin he’s exposed. Pleasure escalates with each touch and with every moment I lay beneath his weight, but it’s too slow.

“Now,” I demand. “I need you, now.” Reaching for him, I find my hands taken, my arms lifted above my head.

“You’re not running the show,” he says, guiding my hands to the sides of the desk. “Grab on and don’t let go.”

Not sure if the wood feels cold because I am so hot, so needy, I welcome the coolness as I wrap my fingers around the edge. The very act of obeying, of submission, causes my mind to rebel but only for the briefest moment as Nick settles over my body.

His entire being screams primal male, and my whole body shudders, my desire ratcheting higher. His thick thighs hug either side of my hips; his pants undone with his cock, standing straight out from his body, lying along my stomach, hard as a rod of steel, thick and heavy.

My mouth floods with saliva, the desire to lick up his shaft, has my tongue running along my bottom lip, and my hand moving to reach for the cock I so desperately need to taste.

“No,” he says, instantly reaching to capture my hand, guiding it back to the desk.

“But I want to touch you,” I nearly hiss in need.

“It’s not about what you want, it’s what you need,” he says.

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— King Of Spades by Alta Hensley —

Wonderland Trilogy (Book One)

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Release Date: April 5, 2022
Genre: Billionaire Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Alta Hensley

Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling author of hot, dark and dirty romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author.

Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.

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King Of Spades by Alta Hensley

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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• BLURB •

Nick Hudson has a dangerous reputation.

That’s what I need if I’m going to survive.

Desperation makes me seek out a ruthlessly powerful billionaire.

I need protection.

He demands my virtue as payment.

I’m falling into a world of luxury and sin.

With every twist and turn, I need more.

Except this is not a man to love.

This is a man to fear.

His obsession grows. So does the threat, until I’m trapped in a world of depravity. I’ll need more than Nick’s strength to survive. I’m going to need his heart.

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• MY REVIEW •


“Ladies and gentlemen, sinners and saints…”


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This is my first book from Alta Hensley and it had me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and jumbled thoughts. I’m still trying to process it all. I’ve never been a big fan of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, but I have to hand it to Hensley for cleverly weaving significant features of it into a modern, twistedly erotic romance story of her own.

A balance of a strong storyline, unpredictability, and romantic elements is what usually has me hooked on a romance story from start to finish, but weirdly enough with this book, I ended up becoming more intrigued by the gradual development of the main plot more than the romance aspect going on between Nick and Lyriope. It’s rare that I get more absorbed and invested in the overall story progression than the protagonists connecting romantically in my romance reads. Whilst there’s plenty of hot and heavy scenes between Nick and Lyriope, I did struggle soaking it all in— and that’s more to do with my preferences with certain sexual content included in the romance books I read.

If you like elements of dom/sub in your erotic romances, then you might enjoy the vivid sexual content included in King Of Spades a lot more than I did. There’s some questionable con/non-con as well that wasn’t really to my liking, but I know a lot of dark romance readers who don’t bat an eye at these types of interactions between the leading characters. But if you have any hang-ups with any of these tropes, it’s probably best you give this one a miss.

What I did end up loving about this book was it definitely captured the essence of Alice in Wonderland, from the tea parties, to the Alice down the “rabbit hole”, to the constant unpredictability as the story developed. Hensley has created such world-building that consisted of magic and a sense of wonderment from beginning to end that had me completely enveloped. The way she fused Nick’s Wonderland into the already existing world of the Constantines and the Morellis, it not only expanded but added-in an entirely new dimension to their world.


“I love making rules. But I love consequences more.”


With the introduction of a few new secondary characters and appearances from existing ones from the Midnight Dynasty world it added another layer and a cool contrast amongst their interactions. I’m a fan of brotherhood and bromance, and there’s an entertaining yet endearing friendship in this story that not only unsuspectingly uplifts the mood but will have you giggling at times.

It’s a relatively quick read, with a steady but gradual build-up of the storytelling. It’s told from dual points of view and I found both protagonists fascinating the more their personal stories were shared. King of Spades is the first book in the Wonderland Trilogy, but I highly recommend you read The White Rabbit first. It’s the prologue and in my opinion a great introduction to not only their world but to the two leading characters who become intricately wrapped-up in each other’s lives. I also like that the prologue is somewhat of a teaser for readers new to Hensley, and what you can expect from her writing.

I know my rating may not necessarily reflect my overall experience of reading this book, but make no mistake I did enjoy it. The only reason why I hadn’t rated it higher is solely because I wasn’t a complete fan of the sexual content in this book. There’s a couple of scenes between Nick and Lyriope that I felt elevated their budding relationship and made their coupling credible, but there were plenty of parts that I felt didn’t necessarily add any further complexity to their relationship and was possibly intended more for readers who enjoy having a lot more raunchiness in their romance reads. As I mentioned earlier, its more about preferences. To each their own. ✌

Nevertheless, I would still recommend King of Spades. There’s plenty of romance readers out there who I have no doubt will love it. Anyone who loves an adult Alice in Wonderland inspired romance story, with a captor/captive, contractual agreement plotline will be intrigued by Nick’s and Lyriope’s unique arrangement and growing bond.

It’s a great introduction to Nick and Lyriope as new additions to the Midnight Dynasty world, and whilst there’s beginnings of character growth from both, I’m hoping to see a lot more in the next book. King of Spades is filled with suspense, danger, and desire… and with how the story unraveled and concluded, it leaves behind a sense of endless possibilities.

Wonderland… Enter at own risk. 😉

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

Thank you Alta Hensley and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚

🔔 Interested in reading King of Spades? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Amazon INTL  |  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

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King Of Spades Teaser

Coming Soon! #KingOfSpades

The next story in the Midnight Dynasty world!

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— BLURB —

Nick Hudson has a dangerous reputation.

That’s what I need if I’m going to survive.

Desperation makes me seek out a ruthlessly powerful billionaire.

I need protection.

He demands my virtue as payment.

I’m falling into a world of luxury and sin.

With every twist and turn, I need more.

Except this is not a man to love.

This is a man to fear.

His obsession grows. So does the threat, until I’m trapped in a world of depravity. I’ll need more than Nick’s strength to survive. I’m going to need his heart.

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— TEASER —

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— EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT —

I wrap my arms around his neck as he pulls me into the office and closes the door behind him. Not bothering to deny his words, seeking his strength and command, I whisper, “I feel…”

I don’t know what else to say, how else to resist a man so able to shatter my every resistance. Everything about this is wrong. So very wrong. I’m his captive. Nothing more.

I run my fingertips up the center of his chest and then across to his upper arms. Desire floods through me as I touch him. Not attempting to strike him or push him away. No, I want to stroke his flesh, to feel his muscles flexing beneath my fingertips, each caress increasing the heat that swamps my senses.

He holds me still, lowering his head, kissing the side of my neck with parted lips. He seduces me not with force, but with gentleness. “Tell me to stop,” he commands. “I want to steal the kiss. I want to steal your body. I want to take what is mine.”

I shake my head. I’m not going to obey him on this. I don’t think I can survive if he pulls away again. I don’t want to risk him actually stopping if I say so. Not when my entire body is on fire with a need that has to be quenched.

“No.” It’s the only word I can barely whisper. Speech is conquered by sexual need. “You don’t have to take. I want to give.”

In one quick movement, Nick scoops me up into his arms and carries me to his desk. My body melts against the hardness of his chest, my tongue dancing with his in the depths of his mouth.

I need more, need to feel his skin against mine.

Hastily, I pull his jacket off, his shirt up over his head, and run my hands down his chest. I revel in how smooth and sleek his skin feels against my fingertips, each muscle clearly defined. Sexual attraction takes on a whole other meaning at that moment.

Nick moans as he kisses me deeper, guiding me onto the wood of the table below. With movements as graceful as a skilled craftsman, he removes my clothing, drawing the dress over my head and lowering my panties effortlessly. I shiver, not with cold, but with need. I moan when he removes my bra, his fingertips running over my breasts, each stroke a promise of what’s to come.

My entire body screams for his touch as he lowers his head and gives both of my nipples a kiss, his hands sliding down to slip beneath the curve of my ass. I lift my hips to ease the journey, my heart demanding he hurry, my soul aching for him to take me. To claim me as his.

Despite my whimpers, my pleas to plunge into me, to fill my empty pussy, he takes his time, my mind swirling as he places soft kisses over every inch of skin he’s exposed. Pleasure escalates with each touch and with every moment I lay beneath his weight, but it’s too slow.

“Now,” I demand. “I need you, now.” Reaching for him, I find my hands taken, my arms lifted above my head.

“You’re not running the show,” he says, guiding my hands to the sides of the desk. “Grab on and don’t let go.”

Not sure if the wood feels cold because I am so hot, so needy, I welcome the coolness as I wrap my fingers around the edge. The very act of obeying, of submission, causes my mind to rebel but only for the briefest moment as Nick settles over my body.

His entire being screams primal male, and my whole body shudders, my desire ratcheting higher. His thick thighs hug either side of my hips; his pants undone with his cock, standing straight out from his body, lying along my stomach, hard as a rod of steel, thick and heavy.

My mouth floods with saliva, the desire to lick up his shaft, has my tongue running along my bottom lip, and my hand moving to reach for the cock I so desperately need to taste.

“No,” he says, instantly reaching to capture my hand, guiding it back to the desk.

“But I want to touch you,” I nearly hiss in need.

“It’s not about what you want, it’s what you need,” he says.

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— King Of Spades by Alta Hensley —

The Wonderland Trilogy (Book One)

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Release Date: April 5, 2022
Genre: Billionaire Romance
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Alta Hensley

Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling author of hot, dark and dirty romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author.

Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.

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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
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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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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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