The Ruthless Groom Teaser

The much anticipated sequel to The Reluctant Bride!

Get your first look at #TheRuthlessGroom! 💍

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— BLURB —

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

That pushed me right over the edge.

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

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

I won’t let anything tear us apart.

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

Watch me.

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— The Ruthless Groom by Monica Murphy —

The Arranged Marriage Trilogy (Book Two)

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


Monica Murphy

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

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

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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 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 Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Monica Murphy!

#TheReluctantBride is now live! 💍

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— BLURB —

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

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— TEASER —

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— The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy —

The Arranged Marriage (Book One)

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Release Date: April 19, 2022
Genre: Billionaire Romance/ Arranged Marriage
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(Audio Coming Soon!)

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Monica Murphy

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

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

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Death Wish by K. Webster

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• BLURB •

All I wanted is for my little sister Della to be safe and happy. And maybe, in brief stolen moments, I dreamed of a happy ending for myself with a brown-eyed man. That hope has turned into sharp, bright fear. There’s only survival now.

I’m the daughter of a controlling and cruel billionaire, so I understand about power. But I find myself fighting anyway. I find myself testing them.

I have claws and I bite. I’m not going down without a fight.

It’s like I have a death wish.

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• MY REVIEW •

The conclusion to the Deception Duet was nothing short of drama, eroticism, and fresh beginnings. If Triple Threat was a kiddie pool for reverse harem, then Death Wish was a doggy-paddle through the deep end. I was not prepared for the change of pacing or scenery, and although there were certain parts I enjoyed, I’ll admit I was still clutching my metaphorical pearls for a lot of this book too! 🙈😅


“Ours. Ours. Ours.”


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I loved the first book, and whilst this one didn’t live up to my expectations, I still recommend this duet as whole to fellow dark romance readers and fans of the Midnight Dynasty world.

But in saying that, if you’re not a fan, or you’re not familiar with what you can expect from a reverse harem romance, then in my opinion you may want to give this one a miss. It’s heavy on sexual content.

This duet contains sensitive subject matters that may be offensive or triggering for some readers, such as domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, violence and mature themes. Intended for readers 18+ only.

It’s a relatively quick full-length novel that you can easily read in one sitting. This is definitely one of those “it’s me, not you” type of books. I don’t think it’ll be for everyone’s taste. But I can say that I’ve read a few of Webster’s books and I always find her writing gets you intrigued right from the get-go. Considering the “terror triplets” are a pretty cruel villainous set of characters when they were first introduced with little to no chance of redemption, Webster has proven that some of the most devilish, most disturbing antagonists can still be loved. The Deception Duet is a prime example and by the end of this duet, you will be seeing these brothers in a more positive light.

I was happy to see the suspense and unpredictability that was built-up in Triple Threat continued onto this book. Other than their identical appearances, the brothers have plenty of things in common, but what proved to be an interesting dynamic are their differences, mostly when dealing with Landry. With multiple POVs, I ended looking forward to seeing the perspectives switch back and forth amongst them.

The initial premise of Triple Threat was what had me curious to see how the “Terror Triplets” would progress from villains to antiheroes. I loved the gradual story development, but in my opinion, it felt a little bit of a hit and miss in this second half. In my opinion it focused a lot more on Landry’s raunchy relationship with each brother more so than anything else. The serious matters that Landry and her younger sister had been forced into took a backseat to the smutty components of the book. The storyline wasn’t as in-depth as I would’ve liked, and the ending felt slightly abrupt.

The biggest thing (and probably the most surprising) is how much my preference changed from the first book to this one, and I think that has a lot to do with how each brothers’ character was developed, especially now that the setting has changed and we’ve set foot on their turf.

My favourite brother from the first book ended up relatively in the background in comparison to the other two, which I admittedly found disappointing. It’s quite obvious early-on that there’s one brother in particular who plays a bigger role and special connection with Landry. It wasn’t necessary a bad development— it was actually entertaining to see, but it didn’t necessarily come off fair for the other two.

Although seeing the complexity, contrast, and dynamics between these brothers was a major highlight. It was both interesting and at times amusing to see their brotherly banter and comradery.

Be on the lookout to see a few character crossovers from other books in the Midnight Dynasty. *waggles brows* 😉

Despite how the storyline played-out and eventually concluded, I’m still glad I took a chance on getting to know these brothers’ story since Skyscraper Cinderella (aka The Cinderella Trilogy). Death Wish wasn’t quite to my liking but nevertheless, Triple Threat is one of my favourite books from the Midnight Dynasty world, and why I would still recommend fellow romance readers to give their story a go.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you K. Webster and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

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🌺🐍 The Deception Duet!

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Book One: Triple Threat by K. Webster

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Introduction to the Terror Triplets…

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👑 Skyscraper Cinderella (The Cinderella Trilogy)

Book One: Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster
Book Two: Prince Charming by K. Webster
Book Three: The Glass Slipper by K. Webster

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

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Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

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

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

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

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

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

Greek God? Pretty much.

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

Two can play this game… Right?

STANDALONE: A Greek Mafia Romance full-length novel.

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

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• MY REVIEW •

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

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

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

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🏛 Start with The Saints Series!

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

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

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Devil’s Redemption by Natasha Knight

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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• BLURB •

Isabelle

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

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

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

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

I love his daughter.

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

Jericho

I have exactly what I want. Revenge.

Soon everything the Bishops have will be mine.

But it will cost me more than I bargained.

Isabelle Bishop hates me. As she should.

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

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

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• MY REVIEW •

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


“An angel for a devil.”


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

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

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

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

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

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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

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

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The Devil’s Pawn Duet!

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Book One: Devil’s Pawn by Natasha Knight

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💀🌹 More from the exclusive society— IVI! 

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The Society Trilogy by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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

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Standalone Romance: Kingdom Fall

(Alessio and Natalia)
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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Taken By A Sinner Teaser

Take a look at Michelle Heard’s next release!

Coming Soon! #TakenByASinner 🧡

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— BLURB —

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

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

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

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

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

Greek God? Pretty much.

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

Two can play this game… Right?

STANDALONE: A Greek Mafia Romance full-length novel.

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

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— Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard —

Sinners (Book One)

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

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Michelle Heard

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

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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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Beautiful Nightmare by Giana Darling

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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• BLURB •

Bianca has finally found her rightful place amid the powerful Constantines. But all is not what it seems in this glittering new world. And Tiernan Morelli refuses to give up her up…

BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE is the final book in the Dark Dream duet by USA Today bestselling author Giana Darling.

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• MY REVIEW •


“She was too good and I was too bad, but life wasn’t black and white, and somehow, together, we made more sense than we did separately. Night and day. Ice and fire. A matched set.”


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This was one emotional, drama-filled rollercoaster of an ending to the Dark Dream duet, let me tell ya! There are a lot of parts I enjoyed seeing play-out, but there were also a few that I felt it could’ve done without, or that it was just a smidge anti-climactic.

After the cliffhanger from Dangerous Temptation that left me itching to find out what happens to Bianca and Tiernan next, I had some relatively high expectations of Beautiful Nightmare. I was left with quite a handful of questions that I needed answers to, and a cast of supporting characters I wanted to see more of.

So, did this book deliver what I hoped it would?

Yes… and no.

Whilst there’s character growth from both protagonists with a progressive storyline, I can’t help but wonder if it could’ve been more in-depth? I just wasn’t as gripped with this book as I was with the first one. Maybe this is one instance where it’s more of an “it’s me, not you” situation because I just didn’t get the intensity and edge-of-your-seat vibe that would’ve otherwise had me effortlessly glued to the pages.

Tiernan Morelli is the outcast of his family who’s been tormented physically, emotionally, and mentally throughout his life, and seeing him turn his life around and finally come from behind the shadows of not only his father, but his siblings was one of those fist-pumping moments. But call me bloodthirsty, with how this story was progressing to a gradual build-up, I was expecting to see action-packed scenes that actually packed a wallop! In my opinion, it was a bit of a hit and miss at times.

But in saying that, the more the story proceeded, the more I was hooked on his character development and personal story. More so than Bianca’s— and I think that has a lot to do with her youthful, naïve character. There’s no doubt that Tiernan and Bianca have this intense yet fitting chemistry between them, but Bianca has a lot of adolescent rebelliousness to her that often than not got her into some deep shite. There’s drama, and then there’s eye-rolling drama. 😬🙄

This book ended up being one of those books where I was more interested in seeing the secondary characters. Tiernan and Bianca’s relationship was hot, but I’m not going lie, the brotherhood and camaraderie amongst Tiernan and The Gentlemen of Lion Court was the highlight for me. I love a band of misfits who form their own family, and these guys were just that! Add in the light-hearted comic relief of Bianca’s little brother into the fold, and the friendship within just elevated my reading experience!

With the exception of a few plotlines being a little more fast-paced resulting in abrupt conclusions, for the most part it’s relatively well-paced storytelling. There’s twists and turns, some more predictable than others, but not enough to put you off from continuing. Although it’s told from dual points of view, for a tortured-antihero-loving-reader like myself, Tiernan’s perspective is the one to lookout for. He’s a complicated character with a lot of struggles and battle scars, and getting an insight into his mentality is one of the more appealing aspects of this story.


“The heartless Tiernan Morelli has fallen.”


Side Note: I’ve read the majority of the books in the Midnight Dynasty and all the characters have similar views on their family dynamics with the head of their respective households being the main source of concern. Here’s a silly question— with all the resources, power, and energy these siblings have, why oh why haven’t Bryant Morelli and Caroline Constantine been “taken out” yet?!! 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ (Hmm. There goes my thirst for bloodshed rearing its ugly head again). Lol.

This book may not have held the same level of oomph Dangerous Temptation did, looking back at their story as whole (the entire duet) I’m still left contented. The expansion of the Midnight Dynasty world with the Constantines and the Morellis will always have me intrigued. The addition of Tiernan Morelli was an unexpected yet happy surprise. Not only did we get another swoon-worthy Morelli brother in our midst, but he added another layer and contrast to the entire Morelli clan. The world-building is ever-growing and I’m finding the more books are added, the more intricate the Midnight Dynasty world becomes.

I’m curious to see what the epilogue entails *as this review went live, the exclusive epilogue had yet to be released*. But in the meantime, I can proudly say I’ve ticked off “guardian/ward taboo romance” off my romance trope list! 🤭🙌

A contemporary, billionaire romance with an edge of just deserts! This duet is not to be missed if you’re working your way through the Midnight Dynasty books.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

Thank you to Giana Darling and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💛

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🕊 Read my reviews for the Dark Dream Duet!

Prequel: Bad Dream by Giana Darling

Book One: Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling


More Midnight Dynasty reviews!

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🥿 Cinderella Trilogy | Book One:

Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster

🖤 Hearts Trilogy | Book One:

Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

🌹 Beauty and the Beast Trilogy | 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

🎨 The Collector Trilogy | Book One:

Dark Reign by Amelia Wilde

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

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2021 Favourite Reads

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

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

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

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

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

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

So here we go!

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• Contemporary Romance •

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📖 Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe

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

📖 Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe

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

📖 The Hate Love Duet by Lauren Rowe

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

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

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

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📖 Brutal Blueblood by Becker Gray

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

📖 Sweet Devil by Becker Gray

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

📖 Till It Hurts by Cora Brent

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

📖 Lessons In Sin by Pam Godwin

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

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• MC Romance •

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

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

📖 Climbing The Ranks by Nicole James

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

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• Mafia Romance •

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📖 With This Ring by Natasha Knight

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

📖 Kiss Of Death Duet by L.P. Lovell

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

📖 Tears of Salvation by Michelle Heard

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

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

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

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📖 A Vow Of Lust & Fury by L.P. Lovell

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

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• Dark Romance •

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📖 Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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