Kiss Me In The Dark Anthology

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— BLURB —

KISS ME IN THE DARK compiles a selection of deliciously dark chapters from bestselling romance authors with additional, never-before-seen content. We’re hoping to introduce new readers to our world and also give our loyal readers a chance to get lost in the stories they love with these bonus scenes. It’s only a taste, just three chapters each…but it’s enough for you to get addicted and want more.

It includes:
• Monica James—Bad Saint; bonus content is the first chapter of the upcoming release The Devil’s Crown—All the Pretty Things Trilogy spin-off.
• Aleatha Romig—Unconventional; bonus content is the prologue, an outside prospective on this stalker romance.
• Amo Jones—In Fury Lies Mischief; bonus content: Eli’s Transition.
Callie Hart—Deviant; bonus content is a brand-new short story featuring Zeth and some of the original Blood and Roses crew.
• Cora Reilly—Luca Vitiello; bonus content is the prologue and first chapter of the upcoming standalone Fragile Longing—an age-gap arranged marriage romance.
• Giana Darling––Enthralled; bonus content is a new chapter from hero Alexander Davenport’s POV.
• K Webster—This is War, Baby; bonus content is a new thrilling “training” chapter in the villainous Gabe’s POV with Baylee.
• Lili St. Germain—Vicious Prince; bonus content is the first chapter of the upcoming release Vengeful Queen—Book two in the Violent Kingdom Trilogy.
• Parker S. Huntington—Devious Lies; bonus content is a never-before-seen email from Nash to Emery.
• S.M. Soto—Deception and Chaos; bonus content is a never-before-seen chapter written from Creed’s POV.
• Willow Winters—A Kiss to Tell; bonus content is a never-before-seen chapter.

So come, sit, and enjoy a taste of the darkness…you just may like it.

ALL proceeds will be donated to:
NO KID HUNGRY
TLC FOR KIDS

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Please Note: This mini review is for Cora Reilly’s bonus content!



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— Luca Vitiello by Cora Reilly —

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I was born a monster. Cruelty ran in my veins like poison. It ran in the veins of every Vitiello man, passed on from father to son, an endless spiral of monstrosity. A born monster shaped into an even worse monster by my father’s blade and fists and harsh words. I was raised to become Capo, to rule without mercy, to dish out brutality without a second thought. Raised to break others. When Aria was given to me in marriage, everyone waited with baited breath to see how fast I’d break her like my father broke his women. How I’d crush her innocence and kindness with the force of my cruelty.Breaking her would have taken little effort. It came naturally to me.I was gladly the monster everyone feared. Until her. Author’s note: Bound By Honor in Luca’s POV.

— MY REVIEW —

** This mini review is for the bonus prologue only!

The prologue was a great little addition to Luca Vitiello. Although it’s bonus content, there’s nothing new within that those who’ve read the book are missing out on. It pretty much sums up what he has gone through to get to where he’s currently at at the present time, the lead up to his “new” life with Aria, and the things he has to constantly go through to keep his position, his power, and his family safe and secure. If you’ve read Bound by Honor and Luca Vitiello, and want just a little bit more, then this prologue is a nice add-on.

Read my full review!

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— Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly —

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Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
Too young.
Not blond.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.
Danilo is a man who’s used to get what he wants.
Power.
Respect.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Wounded pride.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.

— MY REVIEW —

** This mini review is for the chapter included in this book only! Please don’t read any further if you don’t want any teasers (especially with Fragile Longing still a month away) 

Before I start, if you’ve been contemplating whether or not to get Kiss Me In The Dark (specifically for Cora’s content), and wondering what is included from Fragile Longing… The prologue and the first chapter is what you’ll be getting. If you’re not too fussed with getting an early taste of the storyline, then I highly recommend you grab your copy now — plus all proceeds go to donations! 😊

👏 Okay! Time for the goss!

Although Fragile Longing is a standalone, I recommend you to have read Twisted Pride (from the Camorra Chronicles) first because it definitely coincides with the timeline from that book…. and it’ll give new readers a better scope of the relationship between Danilo, Sofia and Serafina.


“Always less. Never enough.”


We’re only given the first chapter but already I am liking Sofia. After how many books, I am still floored at how well Cora can write her characters in a way that really shows their age and the life they’ve lived so far. I love the innocence and naivety of her young heroines before all hell breaks loose and they’re pushed into a world of darkness, adulting, and unrequited love. Hehe.   

I initially wasn’t a big fan of romance reads that involve age gaps, but since reading Sweet Temptation, I’ve come to look forward to reading who else of Cora’s characters will be paired up. When I first read that Sofia would become Danilo’s end game, after Serafina was clearly… well not! I was already reeling at the possibility of it becoming another brilliant, yet complex story similar to Sweet Temptation where they really have to work at their relationship, and find a balance–especially with their age gaps.

And just like all of Cora’s previous books, I enjoy the fact that despite that they’re considered dark romances, there’s obvious lightheartedness and even humor sprinkled all throughout.


“Slowly I sat up and wiped my eyes. I hopped off my bed and checked my face in the mirror. My eyes were puffy and my nose red. Fina was a pretty crier. I was not.”


I shouldn’t have found this moment funny, but I did… maybe because I easily related, and maybe because the second I read it, this image popped into my head…

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All I know is Cora’s heroines are relatable in so many ways, and their feelings and attitudes towards things and situations are quite realistic, in particular to when they’re still in their youth and don’t necessarily keep their thoughts to themselves yet.

Great start to Fragile Longing! I can’t wait to read it in its entirety! Sofia is clearly living in her sister’s shadow so I can’t wait to see her when she reaches of age, and what Danilo’s reaction will be of her by then. Eeep! ❤

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SaveTheDateFragile Longing comes out August 26, 2020! 

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(Fragile Longing will go live on Amazon on release day!)


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

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The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook

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— SYNOPSIS —

Science would have us believe that we are nothing but cell upon cell. I disagree. We are made up of stories. The stories we hear from our mothers, the ones we tell our daughters. The tales we share with sisters and friends. The ones we never say out loud, but are heavy on our minds and run like a fever in our blood.

There are a multitude of great divides between us; race, religion, cultures, the way we dress, the languages we speak, but the stories we tell bridge us together in the universal tongue of smiles, tears, pain and laughter. They remind us that, as women, we’re all chasing similar fairytales.

This book is a call to celebrate the bridges, delight in our stories and to focus on the joy in our lives right now, rather than racing behind the happily-ever-after. That will come in it’s own time.

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— MY REVIEW —

A collection of poems about love, life, death. About staying positive and being strong. I love the simplicity of these poems and it’s not hard to understand the meanings and lessons behind them. The illustrations/ artwork included throughout the book were a surprising, yet an amazing bonus (and some of my faves pages to look at!)

Poems always have a way of making me contemplate about life. As a person who constantly suffers from depressive states where all I want to do is sleep the days away.. quotes, passages from a book, or certain poems have occasionally snapped me out of my dark funk. Words are powerful. I find they can be reminders, be advice, or can even give solace when I’m feeling isolated. And when I find a piece that I resonate with, they tend to stay with me.

Here are a few that I found from The Octopus Curse.

Funny things, words.

Pour them out in anger,

And they’re molten steel.

Blow them out a little,

And they’re the sharpest arrows,

Aimed to kill.

— ‘Shoot’

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I’ve got a soft corner for him,

She says,

I laugh and tell her

You’re nothing but soft corners

In fact, you give all the soft

To the world,

Leaving all the corners

For yourself.

Be kinder, I insist.

To you, for you.

— ‘Kinder’

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Most trees die when they’re submerged,

But with year after year of floods,

These trees have learnt to live

In the water.

Isn’t this proof?

That you can breathe

Even when you’re drowning?

That you can grow

Even if the rain comes,

Again and again?

And against all odds,

Every adversity and obstacle,

You can survive.

— ‘The Flooded Forest, Cambodia’

 

Although I didn’t connect with every single poem in this book, I could still appreciate the thought and meaning behind each one. There’s a diverse range in this collection for any poetry fan. I don’t often read a lot of poems, except for the occasional few included in some books I’ve read. But as I mentioned earlier, I did come away with a few faves — ‘Kinder’, ‘The Flooded Forest’, ‘Shoot’ and ‘Words’ to name a few.

Overall a beautiful, thought provoking collection. Read it all in one sitting.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you for the book, Salma. Congratulations on the release! 😀

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The Octopus Curse is available on ebook at Amazon. Hardcover edition available November 1st, 2019 (TODAY!!)

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I hope you guys liked the review! I know it’s a little different from my usual fantasy fiction or contemporary romance book reviews. But if you like poetry, then I hope this review has assisted you in discovering new poems to read, and given you a bit of a snippet into what you can look forward to from this collection.

As always, happy reading! Catch you in my next one! Xo

A Muggle’s Pop Obsession

Besides books, here is one of my other obsessions.

Funko pop vinyls.

Yep these cute little pop figures that’s crazed the world over.

I started collecting funkos 3 months ago (November 2015) and haven’t stopped since!

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This is one of my favourite pics of my Disney princesses (excluding Merida and Tiana) and I’m quite proud of this particular collection. They’re pure eye candy on my shelves.

I love fairytales and these are the perfect compliment to my Fairy Tale books.

[Quick Question]: Can you guys spot Pascal? 😛

My fave Princesses have always been Ariel (and she has the spunkiest Prince. Not the brightest but still adorable) and of course Cinderella. But looking at these cuties now, it’s hard to have preferences. But I know what some of you might me thinking… what about Belle? She’s the Princess who loves books etc etc… Well to be honest with you I didn’t really like the story of Beauty and the Beast until after I saw Bella e la Bestia (Italian) and La Belle et la Bête (French) movie versions. I guess I just wasn’t a huge fan of the Disney one. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the scene where Belle sees the Beast’s library and ever since then I’ve wanted a room just like it but overall it wasn’t my favourite Disney movie growing up.

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But see… I am a fan of Beauty and the Beast and I love Belle. I just didn’t love it as much as I do now.

Ok ok. Enough babble. Let’s just sit in front of our monitors and stare at these cuties for a few more minutes. Oh wait. I have the actual funkos on my shelf..I’ll stare at those ones. Byeee!! 🙂