Kiss Of Death Duet by L.P. Lovell

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Una

I’m an assassin of the Bratva, raised and trained to be strong, to be a cold killer. But even I have a weakness, and Nero Verdi will regret using it against me. He’s my enemy, so why do I get such a thrill when his fingers wrap around my throat? Why am I addicted to the brutality of his touch?

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They call her The Kiss of Death, and I have the one thing she wants above all else. She’s nothing more than a weapon, a ploy for power, and yet I find myself wanting to dance with death, to possess her. I crave the kiss of her blade just as much as her lips. And that might just get me killed.

A game of power. An obsession that would see the world burn at their feet. A bloodied king. A broken queen.

Kill me or kiss me?

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• MY REVIEW •


“Bacio della morte”

Kiss of death. It’s what the Italians call me.


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Fuck yes! 🙌🙌

L.P. Lovell as blown me away with the Kiss of Death duet! By far one of my favourite mafia romance stories to date! This is also my first book of Lovell’s and honestly, with how high a quality storytelling this one was… I will be sure to checkout out her backlist of books!

Kiss of Death was originally released as two separate books, but Lovell’s releasing this duet as one and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read it (especially after reading the blurb). Did you guys read the blurb?! The heroine is a fucking Bratva Assassin!! Like c’mon, hot sauce!! 🔥

I’m always reading at least one mafia book a month and this one had all the makings of an addictive read that you would without a doubt come back to time and time again.

  • A strong plotline you can easily get invested in
  • Well-developed characters
  • Vital backstory
  • Detailed world-building
  • Build-up and suspense
  • Plot twists and constant unpredictability
  • Chemistry between the hero/ heroine
  • Secondary characters that elevate an already exceptional story

So! If any of what I listed above appeals to your dark, romantic heart, then I think you’ll be happy with Una and Nero’s story. But I should mention whilst I was provided an ARC, as I mentioned earlier that the Kiss of Death duet has already been released as two separate books. Book one is Kill Me, and book two is Kiss Me. For the first time ever, Lovell has combined the two books into one (pictured above is the brand, spanking cover for it)! Buuuuuut… If you can’t wait for this release, go grab those books now! 😉


I’m the Capo of New York.

A beautiful woman with a homicidal streak has always been my weakness.


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Ok. Let’s get down and dirty and start off with Nero Verdi…

I tell ya, I’ve read countless stories of Made Men and they’ve all been described as powerful, intimidating, not-to-be-fucked-with mobsters… but I have to say Nero is one of a few that I actually think fitted the bill. He exudes confidence and strength and not once did I not believe that when he sets his mind to something that he wouldn’t succeed. Because he bloody well does! 🩸🩸

Nero may not necessarily have a moral compass, but what’s better than a twisted, bastard of a mobster who plays by his own rules to ensure he gets what and wants and rules all?

The only thing that confused me about Nero was his position in the Italian Mafia. On a couple of occasions he goes back and forth from being Capo and Underboss with him being Underboss for most of the story. Hmm. I’ve read quite a few mafia romances over the years, so correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Capo higher ranking than an Underboss? Because if that’s the case, why is Nero demoting himself to Underboss??? I just had to mention because it was niggling at me the entire time I was reading this book. 🤔

But I suppose either way, Nero rules and he has his soldiers to order around. Hehe.

Now. Did I mention how much I think the secondary characters in here not only made quite an impression on me, but they did a superb job in really elevating this world? 👏👏👏 There’s quite a span of secondary characters included and not once did it feel overwhelming or unnecessary seeing them. I’m not going to lie, some characters stood out more than others, and it wasn’t hard to get invested in them just as much as I did Nero and Una. Whether they are heroes, villains, or gray characters — you’ll get your fill here!


What will it be, Morte? Kill me or kiss me?


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I can’t rave about this duet more! One of the best mafia romances I’ve read. It’s absolutely filled with this dark, gripping world that’s so vivid and detailed, which effortlessly teleports you into each scene; each moment. The storytelling is slower-paced but in a good way where there’s a gradual build-up to each scene giving you a picture of the situation. Told from both Nero and Una’s points of view, it couldn’t have been more intense seeing things from both their perspectives (especially when concerns the other). Their lives are supposed to be worlds apart yet they have the same type of darkness surrounding that that ultimately keeps them connected to one another.

Their story gives an entirely new dimension to the enemies-to-lovers/ forbidden romance tropes. There’s this satisfying balance between Una and Nero where they’re both each others’ strength and weakness. Dark, mafia romances is kind of my bread and butter in the romance book department and what makes me love this one so much is the fact the Una stands out from the rest of the heroines you usually would encounter in these gritty stories. She literally kicks ass! She knows how to defend herself, she’s street smart, and she oozes (rightly so) confidence in her capabilities. What I adore the most is she’s not a damsel in distress. In a male dominated world, she’s favored and feared. It’s honestly refreshing to see a heroine who is empowering, and who is powered by her emotions despite being conditioned to lose all emotions and all things considered weaknesses such as love and family from her life.

Ugh. I strongly recommend, if you haven’t already, to grab this book and start reading! In my opinion, it has one of the best dark fictional worlds I’ve read, and one I will absolutely go back and visit!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

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

🔔 Interested in reading Kiss of Death? Grab your copy here: Amazon US |  Amazon UK |  Amazon CA |  Amazon AU


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

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Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

⚠ Warning: This review contains minor teasers

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The beast hides a dark secret in his past…

Leo Morelli is known as the Beast of Bishop’s Landing for his cruelty. He’ll get revenge on the Constantine family and make millions of dollars in the process. Even it means using an old man who dreams up wild inventions.

The beauty will sacrifice everything for her family…

Haley Constantine will do anything to protect her father. Even trade her body for his life. The college student must spend thirty days with the ruthless billionaire. He’ll make her earn her freedom in degrading ways, but in the end he needs her to set him free.

SECRET BEAST is a new full-length novel from USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde about revenge, family secrets, and the redeeming power of love.

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• MY REVIEW •

Annnnnnnnd that’s how you do a fucking Beauty and the Beast retelling! *mic drop!* 🎤

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“The Morellis are evil people. And more importantly, they hate Constantines.”


I’ve read dozens of Beauty and the Beast retellings and/or stories inspired by the classic tale, and I have to say Secret Beast is a quality story. I’m talking mint! *chef’s kiss* 👌 I devoured this book in one sitting and it left me wanting the next book right there and then! I don’t know how I’ll hold up if there’s a long wait for it! Ugh.

This is the first book in Amelia Wilde’s Beauty and the Beast trilogy set in the world of the Midnight Dynasty. It’s fast-paced storytelling and told from both Leo Morelli’s and Haley Constantine’s points of view. Leo has appeared in other books in this world and I had always assumed that he was just a straight up villain. Always. But after reading Secret Beast, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care if he’s a villain or not because I am team Leo Morello all the way! I’ve always favored complex gray characters, charming antagonists, and swoony villains… and it’s clear that my tastes have not changed! 😅

Leo is just the right amount of mystery, intimidation and darkness. Call me crazy but I’m a fan of his cruel words and snarky ways. I found it hella entertaining and in some ways charming. He’s like a classy villain. Where he can destroy you and still look spiffing hot at the same time!

If you want to read a story with an alluring yet broken leading man who draws you in with his broody personality and the secrets he holds behind his dark, piercing eyes — then Leo Morelli and the Secret Beast is your book!


“There’s nowhere to run from the Beast of Bishop’s Landing.”


Such amazing storytelling. Beautifully told, and captured my every attention doing so. It’s a relatively quick read but it still gives you the backstory between these two warring families and the intense atmosphere surrounding them. I enjoyed the world-building and the constant build-up between our protagonists. It felt like there was electricity in the air reading this book, and I swear the wintery season leaped off the pages because I found myself bundling up in blankets whilst reading the scandalous development between Leo and Haley (which BTW is for readers 18+ only)!

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Such likable lead characters and I am one hundred percent invested in their story! Haley made just as much of an impression as Leo did. She’s the softness to his hardness (no pun intended) 🤭 and I admire her determination and heart. Honestly… I couldn’t blame her for her rollercoaster of emotions. If it were any other heroine then I might have rolled my eyes but there’s something so engaging about Haley and her inner monologue throughout the book that you can’t help but want to befriend her.

Wilde has created such a character driven world and their interactions together is the main reason as to why I loved reading this book so much. You witness the gradual development between Leo and Haley and how their differences slowly but surely bond together. Such a guilty pleasure read and an enemies to lovers romance trope to boot?! Heaven!

I adored how Wilde has taken the classic tale and made it not only her own, but modern and refreshing, yet still incorporated all the elements we know and love so well. I’m talking about the bookish heroine… the beastly anti-hero… the entire trade. Then there’s the smaller details that are just as impactful such as the wolves, the staff, and of course the dress! 🙌🙌

Not to mention the handful of secondary characters who all played vital roles in helping make this an impressive story and getting you to be just as curious about their own personal stories. I’m already making a mental note of the next books in this world I want to get to next!

  • Strong plotline from start to finish
  • Gradual character growth
  • Constant suspense    
  • Vivid fictional world

“Leo is a Morelli and I’m a Constantine, and there can never be any kind of affection between us.”


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Would I recommend Secret Beast? Hell yes! Not only do I think it’s one of the finer modern retellings of Beauty and the Beast, it’s also an exceptionally addictive story. If you like enemies-to-lovers in your romances, with a little (or a lot) of raunchiness, then you need to add this to your reading list. Just be prepared for the cliffhanger at the end of the book!

A gripping, stomach-fluttering experience reading what is ultimately a love story between two opposites who discovered that they couldn’t be without the other. Ah swoon.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Amelia Wilde, Dangerous Press, and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading Secret Beast? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Kobo  |  Nook  |  Google Play

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Read my reviews for other Midnight Dynasty books!

👑 Cinderella Trilogy by K. Webster

Book One: Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster

Book Two: Prince Charming by K. Webster

🔥 Hellfire Club by Becker Gray

Book One: Wicked Idol by Becker Gray

Book Two: Callous Prince by Becker Gray


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

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I Thee Take by Natasha Knight

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Scarlett

Cristiano is my enemy. He’s also the only man with whom I’ve ever felt safe. Protected.

But I have to remember that he married me with one purpose in mind. Revenge. I would be the
bridge to his real enemies.

I can’t let myself forget that he isn’t the hero of this story. His hands are covered in blood. I saw that
with my own eyes.

Cristiano

I thought I knew Scarlett’s past, but I didn’t know anything.

I thought I knew the worst of monsters, but I hadn’t seen anything yet.

Sometimes you have to lie to yourself to survive.

Sometimes it’s those closest to you who will bury their knives in your back.

Too many times it’s the innocents who pay for your mistakes. For your refusal to see.

I can’t let Scarlett pay for mine.

But I may be too late to stop it.

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• MY REVIEW •

👏👏👏 Natasha Knight has done it again! Another mafia romance I’ll be adding to my list of faves! This story had the right balance of elements to ensure it captures your attention. What an amazing conclusion to what was an incredible smack-in-your face beginning!

  • A strong continuous storyline
  • Character development
  • Drama and suspense
  • A gritty world

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What I find I can’t seem to get enough of from Knight’s mafia romances is the strong family bonds she includes in her stories (specifically the brotherly love). In this case with Cristiano and Dante. These characters have been hardened by their horrific past and consumed by anger and vengeance, yet as strong as their hatred is of their enemies, it’s evident these brothers are still capable of love. It’s crazy swoony to see their protectiveness and their ride-or-die mentality for one another! Seriously… 🔥    

I Thee Take is a much slower pacing in comparison to With This Ring. Whilst that one had a lot of build-up between Scarlett and Cristiano and seeing the beginnings of their relationship, this book focuses on what brought them together in the first place. Both their pasts have come back to haunt them and as secrets slowly unravel and the bigger picture sets in, they realize they need each other more than ever to survive it all.

Our hero and heroine both have hard outer shells with soft centers, and they both seem to only show that vulnerability to each other. Their chemistry was sizzling from the start and I’m glad to see it hasn’t wavered in this book. Their relationship is one that only grows stronger the more they’re together.     

The storytelling may have slowed down in pace but it’s jam-packed full of action! The fight kicks up a level in this book and as it did I’m not gonna lie, I started to get more and more anxious at what the outcome could be. Lol. 😅🙈 

A rollercoaster ride of emotions. And I’m blaming the characters! Not only our protagonists but all the secondary characters that brilliantly played their roles in getting me emotionally invested. Knight has cleverly kept her characters’ cards close to their chest until that perfect “mic drop” moment. Yeah, some you could pick out of a lineup easily enough from the start but then there’s the ones that make you second guess things. 🤔😈

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Not only had I become invested in seeing Scarlett and Cristiano together, I quickly became attached to Dante (Cristiano’s brother) and Cerebus — that loveable fluffball!

There were also these moments in the book that had me fist pumping the air with such satisfaction that if people knew what that was about, they’ll probably think I’m all out psychotic. Haha. If you love some good old fashioned violence (think Taken and John Wick), then it’s another reason as to why this is a must read. 

The world-building is very cloak-and-dagger. It’s a gritty, hell on earth underworld they live in and the further the story develops, the more you feel transported into it right alongside these characters. If Knight hadn’t included some light-hearted moments throughout, this book could easily have been a much darker story.

Right amount of sin.

Right amount of raunchiness.       

This duet as a whole is one gripping, edge-of-your-seat story, and the only reason why I’m not rating this book as high as the first one is because I saw where this second half of the story was heading. If you’re new to Natasha Knight’s mafia romances, then I have no doubt that you would rate it a four and half (or even five stars), but I’ve read most of Knight’s mafia books… she has certain tells and a lot of her books have common elements, and this one was no different. So once they started cropping up, I knew where the story was heading from there on out. Don’t get me wrong I honestly don’t mind seeing the same types of plotlines in Knight’s books — hey, I wouldn’t be reading any more of her work if I didn’t, right? But it did take some of the surprise out of it.

But in saying that… there was one little thing Knight included in the end that did have me perking up with anticipation. I won’t spoil it for you guys, but if you’ve already heard the early buzz then you know what has me all giddy! *skips merrily* 😍😍 

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Scarlett and Cristiano’s story to bits. I couldn’t put it down and I was constantly on edge right alongside Scarlett and Cristiano as bombshell after bombshell dropped all around them. A thrilling mafia romance that’ll have you questioning anything and everything, narrowing your eyes at certain characters, clenching your fists when the situation calls for it, and more importantly… salivating at the angsty moments between Scarlett and Cristiano! Eeep.

A highly recommended dark read for my fellow mafia romance lovers. Just be aware before starting this duet that it contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as human trafficking, relatively graphic sexual assault and violence. Also remember that this is part two of a duet and you must read With This Ring first in order to read this one.         

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

🔔 Interested in reading I Thee Take? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Google Play

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Read my review for the first book in the duet!

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📕 With This Ring by Natasha Knight


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Keeping The Biker by Glenna Maynard

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You’re invited to attend the wedding of Alexa and Murder, Royal Bastards MC style.

They said we’d never last. He was a married man. Off limits.

Now after all these years Murder is mine till death do us part. I’ll do anything to keep my motorcycle man. For him I risked it all and now comes the reward. His ink branded on my skin and his ring on my finger. Today is the first day of our forever.

Please note for best enjoyment the Charleston, WV Royal Bastards MC books should be read in order of release.

  1. The Biker’s Kiss
  2. Lady & The Biker
  3. Tempting The Biker
  4. Keeping The Biker
  5. The Biker’s Lucky Charm
  6. Taken By The Biker

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• MY REVIEW •


“May have taken us twenty years to get here but we’re here.”


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Ugh. Anyone else who has had their heart crushed from reading Alexa and Murder’s story up to this point will be in agreement that this book was one big, happy sigh! What started out as a long, tedious, hell of a journey of a secret love and roads not taken finally receives a well-deserved HEA!

This is a novella, and whilst I would’ve loved a longer story, it still gave me so much feels! An adorable and lighthearted (for the most part, anyways) conclusion to what was initially a rollercoaster ride of a relationship between Murder and Lex! After reading it, I can honestly say that I am relieved that the angsty drama in their lives is officially done and dusted, and now they have the rest of their lives to look forward to. Nothing but good times ahead!

Trust me when I say once you reach Keeping The Biker, you will be giddy with happiness at seeing Alexa and Murder truly be together. It’ll be like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders at seeing all the road bumps and deterrents gradually cease to exist. I tell ya, it’s bloody satisfying to read! 🙌

What I also enjoyed seeing was the other characters in this series and seeing snippets of their lives. It has me eager to read what’s installed for them in future books… (looking at you Link and Pam)!

Short but sweet, and packs a punch! Dual points of view and well-paced storytelling. You’ll see just how much their relationship has developed and how much they’ve both grown and matured over the years. All her life Alexa has been put through the ringer, yet seeing her still standing strong as ever is one of the reasons why I find her such a fierce heroine. Murder, despite some of his actions throughout their journey has my unwavering support for the guy. These characters are so authentic in their emotions through their hardships that it’s hard not to like them. If anything, it makes you root for them even more.

You find with MC romances, you usually get the “Old Lady” and “Old Man” titles amongst the couples, but it’s refreshing to see a story where an MC member (and in this case a President, for that matter) to be the one pushing for a marriage with their partner. The amount of love Murder has for Alexa is evident within this story that it will legitimately make you swoon.

A good balance of romance and MC elements. Little bit of suspense with some moments I did not see coming. Always entertaining to see the dynamics between the brothers, but it’s also cool to see the family ties and friendships formed — especially amongst the women.

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I am lusting over this RBMC series of Maynard’s! The more books she adds into the series, the more you get sucked into their ever-expanding world. It’s amazing. I would abso-fucking-lutely recommend this to fellow dark/ MC romance readers. Just make sure you read from the beginning and not skip any to ensure you get the entire story!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Read more of my reviews of Glenna Maynard’s books!

The Biker’s Kiss by Glenna Maynard

Lady & The Biker by Glenna Maynard

Snow White & The Biker by Glenna Maynard

Tempting The Biker by Glenna Maynard


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Hope you’re all well! Happy reading guys, and as always, catch you in my next one! Xo

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Tales Of Darkness And Sin Anthology

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From 16 best selling authors comes seven never-before-released dark and forbidden co-written short stories with HEAs and sneak peeks of upcoming releases.

Tales of Darkness and Sin is only available for a limited time so get your copy now! Special Pre-Order price: $2.99!

Bestselling authors include:

Aleatha Romig, A. Zavarelli, Ashley Jade, Cora Reilly, Giana Darling, Isabella Starling, Jade West, K. Webster, Lucia Franco, Lylah James, Natasha Knight, Parker S. Huntington, Pepper Winters, Sam Mariano, Sierra Simone, Skye Warren.

All royalties from this anthology will benefit the National Women’s Law Center which represents a variety of issues from women’s rights to LGBTQIA issues. We aren’t affiliated or endorsed by these charities. We are simply authors who want to support an important cause. 

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Most (if not all) of these short stories were originally posted in the Queens of Darkness and Sin FB page, then this is the time to grab this baby! I had read a couple of these stories prior to this collection, so it was cool to be able to read the rest and be introduced to a few more new-to-me authors as well! 😊

Each one is hot romance story, definitely intended for 18+ readers only. Some have more sensitive subject matter than others that may be triggering for some readers.

Here are the short stories and introductions to new and upcoming books included in the anthology:

Sold to the Highest Bidder by Aleatha Romig and Skye Warren

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Genre: Erotica/ Dark Romance

An auction backdrop with the highest bidder romancing the woman he won. Some Dom/ Sub content included. Not my cup of tea but if you’re a fan of BDSM in your romance reads, this might be up your alley. Bratva (Russian Mafia) also features in the story.

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Stalker by A. Jade and A. Zavarelli

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Genre: Stalker/ Revenge Romance

From a couple of my favourite romance authors. An absolutely excellent collaboration in this dark, stalker romance. Loved it! It was deviously evil and oh-so freaking good! I love a good comeuppance when it comes to someone who truly deserves pain.. (it’s why I love the movie Taken) Hehe. 😈

Great backstory to help create the world-building between Zander and Violet. Short story but it was action-packed, raunchy, and there was a scene that surprisingly made me LOL in that evil-haha sort of way! Highly recommended read.

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Poised Hearts by Giana Darling and Parker S. Huntington

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mafia Romance

Wow. New-to-me-authors that blew me away with their short, but vivid mafia romance! Such world-building, with a character driven storyline. They made the whole enemies-to-lovers/ forbidden romance trope refreshing by having characters who connect in such an organic way. It’s gripping and didn’t read as a short story at all with the amount of detail and development that occurred. Slower paced and told from dual points of view. There’s a constant blanket of intrigue and suspense from beginning to end that makes this an exceptional dark/ mafia romance. Another great read from this collection!

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The Dirty Bargain by Lylah James and Cora Reilly

⭐⭐⭐½

Genre: Mafia Romance

A crossover between Lylah James’ and Cora Reilly’s mafia worlds. Can be read as a standalone. Killer and Talia are complete opposites and from opposing sides. An enemies-to-lovers romance.

It may be a short story but it’s suspenseful, packs a punch, and full of zing! 🔥

📕 Read my full review: The Dirty Bargain by Lylah James & Cora Reilly

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Mr. Foster by K. Webster and Sam Mariano

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Genre: Office Romance

This was such an adorably entertaining story between a boss and his intern. An age-gap romance that had me hooked. The contrast between the bright, optimistic young woman who lands a job with the successful, older man she’s had a crush on for years is a sight to see. If you enjoy age-gap/ taboo/ father’s best friend type romances then you’ll want to read this one. It’s upbeat, with light-hearted banter — a total guilty pleasure read.

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Not a Dirty Little Secret by Giana Darling and Sierra Simone

⭐⭐

Genre: MM/ Taboo Romance

A step-brothers, age-gap romance. The two started off on the wrong foot causing endless heated banter between quickly turns into secret sexual encounters. Set in a political backdrop yet raunchy. A relatable story for those who have or are struggling to come out with their sexuality. Younger step-brother Tobias is openly gay whilst Prime Minister, and much older step-brother James is reluctant, and unsure of going public… especially with what’s on the line for both Tobias and himself. It’s a story of love and acceptance.

Slower-paced and a little wordy for my liking though.

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Her Christmas Present by Jade West and Lucia Franco

⭐⭐⭐½

Genre: Taboo Romance

A contemporary student/ teacher, secret crush romance story that was entertaining to read. I found myself smirking at Lexi’s flirtatious ways towards her teacher. It’s not a trope I usually read a lot of but this one was fast-paced, anything but dull between Lexi and Mr. Vaughn, and it was during the Christmas holidays. Let the good times roll! This is a legit dirty, raunchy Christmas fling! 😜

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Forbidden Flaws by Pepper Winters

⭐⭐

Genre: Contemporary Romance

A one-night stand between two strangers who happen to stay in the same hotel. The story didn’t have enough dimension, lacked any real development between the characters, and was a little too far-fetched for my liking. A straight-up sex romp. But I know romance readers who will enjoy quick romance stories with this trope. Nothing against it, it just didn’t hold my attention.

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With This Ring by Natasha Knight

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Genre: Mafia Romance

This is the first book and an introduction to Natasha Knight’s newest mafia romance duet To Have and To Hold. An arranged marriage/ captor-captive romance between an Italian Made Man and a Cartel Princess.

I absolutely loved this book and the few chapters in this anthology will suck you into the story so fast, you’ll be wanting to grab the full novel right after! I highly recommend this one for avid mafia romance lovers! Cristiano and Scarlett are hot together! 🔥

📕 Read my full review: With This Ring by Natasha Knight

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Tyrant Stalker by Isabella Starling

⭐⭐⭐½

Genre: Stalker Romance

I am intrigued! This introduction to Isabella Starling’s upcoming release was my introduction to her and her writing. I liked it! 😄 It was dark, giving only snippets of the protagonists and what their deal was. The story was gripping right from the start when you’re first introduced to the scarred heroine, Dove.

From what I’ve read from these chapters, this book will be suspenseful and will keep you on your toes. I enjoy a dark read when the characters’ motives slowly reveals itself as the story develops, and this is one of those stories. Great world-building with a strong gloomy atmosphere present. Will need to check out the full novel!

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An amazing anthology perfect for fans of darker romance who are looking to expand their reading collection. It certainly introduced me to some new authors and looking forward to reading more of their work. Each one is only a few chapters long — some executed in creating world-building, character growth, and a hearty storyline within that short amount of time more than others. There’s a couple of which I wished were a little longer. But all in all a great collection. For a limited time only and I would take the opportunity to grab it whilst it’s available (and all proceeds are going to a good cause)!

OVERALL RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the participating authors and Social Butterfly PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested? Grab your copy here: Amazon |  Nook  |  Apple Books  |  Kobo


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Callous Prince by Becker Gray

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He’s arrogant.

Intolerable.

Cruel.

From the moment we exchanged our first glance, Lennox Lincoln-Ward has been out to destroy me. So I keep my head down at Pembroke Prep, and I stay out of the Hellfire Club’s way. Even so, Lennox finds me, seeks me out until he pins me in his beautiful, withering gaze—the same gaze that sends a chill down my spine and an undeniable tingle to other places.

Lennox is royalty with a dark past. One that I intend to investigate. I’ll find his secrets and expose every lie that rolls off his tongue. But getting close to Lennox has particular dangers—including his mouth, his golden eyes, and the brutally soft touch of his fingers.

I intend to unravel him, but in the end, I may be the one who comes apart, broken in the hands of a callous prince.

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• MY REVIEW •

The Hellfire Club is fast becoming an obsession of mine! Becker Gray may just be the author(s) who can drag me back into the world of high school drama, angst, and young love!


“Lennox Lincoln-Ward. A literal, actual prince. The most beautiful boy I’d ever seen. And also the worst. The meanest and the most heartless. Callous beyond belief.”


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Callous Prince is equally as entertaining, as deviously swoony, as gripping as Wicked Idol. First we were blessed with Keaton Constantine, now we have Lennox Lincoln-Ward! I mean… their cool sounding names alone… pheeew! 🔥🔥

If you love those drama-filled high school narratives — think Gossip Girls… Pretty Little Liars… Gilmore Girls, then you’ll enjoy this book and the series as a whole. There’s only two books so far but each one reads as if it’s an episode of a television show. Ahhh, if only The Hellfire Club was on the silver screen! 😍

It’s full of drama. The Hellfire Club is a fraternity of sorts, consisting of these preppy, well-connected young men, and a group of young girlfriends who seem to not only have history with these boys but have the power to rile them all up. And vice versa.

You’ll see banter — a little teasing, a little flirting, and a whole lot of game-playing.


“You can’t hide from me, Sloane. You’ve belonged to me since the day I saw you.”


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What I adore about Callous Prince (and even in the first book Wicked Idol) is that not only are you instantly fascinated by the relationship the main protagonists have with one another, but the secondary characters give you snippets of their complicated relationships too. It’s stereotypical girls versus boys with backstories that’s waiting to be revealed. I love the friendships both these groups have. I love the dynamics, their individually strong personalities, and what they bring into their respective parties. It’s effortless to be invested in these characters because they seem to have different sides to them that you can’t help but want to know about.

Based on the blurb and the title, I came into this book thinking Lennox would be the one to watch out for. What I hadn’t bargained on was Sloane. The unsuspecting casualty of Lennox’s bullying ways. These two are such likeable personalities. They may have their what-the-hell moments, but I think that’s what makes them all the more interesting. They’re not strait-laced people. They have a tendency to overthink… obsess… have misconceptions.

Usually in these bully romances, you find that there’s always a tormentor and a victim. But in this particular case, both Sloane and Lennox have the ability to be each other’s tormentor AND victim. Lennox may come off as the cool, unaffected prince, but he’s trouble by his history and can’t seem to move past it. Sloane on the other hand is just unlucky. Wrong place. Wrong time. Wrong family… At least to Lennox Lincoln-Ward.

Their problems are your somewhat typical adolescent issues heightened by the fact that they attend an elite school, high standards are to be expected, and that their families are some of the most well-known — So to say the least… pressures of teenage life for these guys are a little more on the elaborate side.

Sloane and Lennox have a push and pull relationship that sizzles. You have this arrogant, intimidating guy, and this strong-willed, determined girl going toe-to-toe. This may be set in a high school backdrop but these characters’ story and the content included, it definitely puts it in the mature YA/ NA reading category.


“I’ve always seen you clearly, Sloane Lauder.”


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Two thumbs up and a curtsy for the Callous Prince! Lennox and Sloane have satisfied a craving I didn’t know I had whenever reading contemporary romances. It’s charming as hell, with a relatively quick paced storytelling, and not a single dull moment in sight! It’s told in first person, dual points of view, and I can’t get enough of Sloane and Lennox’s inner monologue. Who doesn’t love a character who feels the need to argue with themselves!? Hehe.

I only wish the ending was a smidge longer. An extended epilogue would’ve gone a long way in making Sloane and Lennox’s story feel a little more fuller. Whilst I enjoyed reading about their conflicting emotions, seeing their zingy chemistry leap off the pages, and their adorable banter, I did feel like it was all snatched away from me before they really got to the grittiness of their twisted history.

Don’t get me wrong. I adored the ending. Sloane and Lennox left me happing sighing and when I look at this book in its entirety, this little issue I have with the ending is not really such a big deal. But hopefully we get to see more of them in future books.

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Callous Prince is a total guilty pleasure read. It made me smile all throughout, I was sucked in, invested, and I couldn’t put it down. In the end that’s all I could ever wish and hope for in my reads. I would absolutely recommend it and the series to friends who enjoy young love in their contemporary romances. A hate-to-love story that pulls at the heartstrings!

It’s the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you read Wicked Idol first to get the full experience of Pembroke Prep and the world of The Hellfire Club!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Becker Gray and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading Callous Prince? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

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— SYNOPSIS —

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

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— MY REVIEW —

The Sisters Grimm centers around four girls: Goldie, Bea, Liyana and Scarlet. They all have the ability to travel to Everwhere, and each have distinct powers that coincides with elements— e.g. earth, air, fire and  water. But over time they forget ever having possession of these gifts and by the time they’re all thirteen, not only have they lost their abilities, they can no longer remember how to travel to the magical world either.

Whilst all the girls are now seemingly living mundane lives, there are boys who have been trained as soldiers all their lives. And they’re coming out of the woodwork with the aim of hunting down and killing these girls by their 18th birthdays.. unless the girls accept evil fates.

Each girl in this book has their own quirks, traits and attitudes. But right off the bat, Goldie was the character I was instantly drawn to since the first page she was introduced in. And the further her story developed the more I realised the reason why I was drawn to her was because we are similar in a lot ways— (in personality, mannerisms, and at times the life situations).

These girls all have haunting stories. Some I found disturbing to a point. They were put in situations that they were forced into, or didn’t have the means to get out of it themselves. It’s saddening, and there were moments whilst I was reading their stories unravel that I was surprisingly taken aback by what I was actually reading.

There are multiple POVs in this book. Whilst I usually love that type of format— I have to admit there was just too many in this one that I found it a little overwhelming at times. I initially had to jot down each characters name and a short description of them on a post-it just so I could keep track of whose POV I was reading at the time.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it took a little while for me to sink into this fantasy. Whilst the world-building is exceptionally imaginative, detailed, and unique— I couldn’t get a grasp of it like I wanted to from the get-go because the beginning read as if it was already in the middle of the story. If that make sense. I was like Alice down the rabbit hole. The story also goes back and forth from past to present.

Alice_RabbitHoleIt’s almost as if I’m expected to have already known about Everwhere, and the key these young ladies play in it. It isn’t until you start getting further and further along into each of their lives does it start revealing what that world entails. There’s no doubt about it.. it’s complex.

One of the things I enjoyed and looked forward to throughout the book was Leo’s (one of the soldiers) POV because it was a refreshing break from the girls, and in my opinion a much needed contrast.

You just have to get past the initial hiccup at the beginning because the second half really gets action-packed once all is revealed and the girls come together. *Avengers Assemble!* 😛 But seriously.. It becomes fast-paced, effortless— and truly a fascinating read.   

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This story really highlights girl power, one’s fighting spirit, and sisterhood, wrapped up in a somewhat dark YA fantasy storyline.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/ 5

Thank you to Menna van Praag, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press, and Papercharm Book Marketing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review! 🙂

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The Sisters Grimm releasing February 6, 2020

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Infinity by Jus Accardo

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— BLURB —

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away… That’s taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

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— MY REVIEW —

This was surprising an enjoyable read. I borrowed from my local library after having read the blurb and I’m really glad I did because now I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series! 🙂

My thoughts on the characters:

Let’s start with Kori. She was a treat! No sarcasm here — I mean that in a good way! I’ve ready so many books with female leads who are tough, who have attitude, but who almost always irritates me at some point with their cockiness because they know how to fight and can take care of themselves. I mean… it’s cool that they’re independent ass-kicking chicks but what gets me is when they’re smug about it. Kori isn’t like that. She’s a realistic character. She’s an army brat (her dad is a General) and although she’s not interested in ever joining the military, her dad made sure she can at least defend herself in case of emergency —

Quite early on in the story there’s a part where Kori gets chased, dragged into an alley and attacked by Dylan (the antagonist in the story). At the time she didn’t know who he was and although she was scared out of her mind of this random guy trying to kill her, she knew that if she didn’t try to escape she’d be done for. Reading this part, reading her desperation to survive by kicking, scratching, trying to call out for help, anything really — it’s part of the book that just seemed so real to me… (I mean it’s the type of crime you hear and see on the news more and more these days, am I right?) There was no magical powers or epic weapons to help her out; it was gritty, intense and had me really imagining the scene. This was the scene that had me rooting for Kori. It was from this point on that I knew that Infinity was something I would enjoy reading.

Cade seems like a nice enough guy for the most part, I guess. To be honest when he wasn’t thinking about wanting to stop Dylan, he was pining for Kori (both of them).. but other than that I didn’t get much of a personality out of the guy. Maybe because they’re in a time sensitive mission I dunno… but it would’ve been nice to see more of what makes him tick. He always seemed like he was in soldier-mode. Kind of… umm… what’s the word?? Reserved..? *shrugs* 😅

And when he did show emotion, it was usually snippets of an angry temper! Talk about going from 0 to 100 in a split second.

Here’s the two personality traits Cade displayed:

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and then there’s Trait Number Two ↓

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It’s obvious from the beginning that he’s not the antagonist in this story and his actions throughout have meaning behind it. I couldn’t help but sympathize but I also couldn’t help think that the few occasions where he did go ballistic, Kori never thought to back away. There were occasions where she felt intimidated and realized that Cade was more similar to Dylan than originally thought but still kept confronting him. I don’t know.. if that was me, I would’ve kept my mouth shut, walked out of the room calmly and given him some time to cool off. Like sheesh girl, you don’t poke an angry bear no matter what!

But… whenever he and Kori found themselves awkwardly alone I couldn’t help but grin. They would start talking about his relationship with ‘his’ Kori and eventually start secretly think about kissing each other — I know it’s weird and confusing but it’s young love. Still cute! 😁

Ahhh! Okay, Noah next! He’s probably my fave character from the bunch! The stocky-built guy who stayed tight-lipped for most of the book (unless something really ticked him off) and who was ALWAYS eating! Bonus!! Love him! He was an onion all throughout, with each layer something new was revealed about him.

He has a unusual relationship with Kori. In his world, he was Kori’s older brother and they had a pretty close relationship…but in this dimension, Noah was never born and therefore Kori never had a brother. After what happened to his sister in his world, he tries to keep his distance from this Kori, but at the same time she’s trying to figure him out. So it’s sort of a push and pull dynamic. I love the gradual growth of their relationship and how deeply he really does care for Kori (for all the Koris).

He is THE sweetest guy! He really is. When everything gets revealed about why he acts the way he does and the ending… where Kori kind of sacrifices herself and says goodbye to him and he’s left speechless and his expression is one of wishing they could have more time together. Ugh! The feeeeeels!

Now. After having read this one, I wanted to know more about the series so I checked Goodreads and discovered the second book revolves around Noah and his life. Eeeeep! I can’t wait to read it! 😁

Aaaaaaand… then there’s Dylan. *Sigh* He’s a hot mess. A broody one at that!

He’s driven to CRAZY by a tragic accident. It was hard to completely hate the dude.. but it was also hard not to think of him as a nutjob what with all the stuff he did to get revenge and to try and get the love of his life back. I read that the third and upcoming book in the series centers around Dylan. I’m really curious to read more about his past before all the running around and murder sprees occurred. The way Cade and Noah talked about him and how they grew up together, he seemed like a genuinely caring guy who was full of love.

If you’ve watched The Vampire Diaries, Dylan reminds me of Damon. The guy who hides his pain by acting out, getting revenge and going on killing sprees. But deep down he’s a tortured soul.

I’m eager to see how this all ends for Dylan. The way Infinity concluded, it seemed like there was still some spark of good in him left but I can’t imagine the ending going any other way besides finally turning himself in.. or dying tragically (I think it maybe the latter).

Either way, Dylan gave this story the drive that kept it interesting and unpredictable. You can thank Dylan for the rollercoaster ride. If he makes it out of this alive, I strongly suggest he goes to therapy and anger management classes! Hell.. send him to a one of those friggin retreats! What can I say? I’m a sucker for villains, anti-heroes and morally gray characters! 😜

My thoughts on the storyline:

This was a relatively short book (about 300+ pages). It goes straight into explaining multiple worlds, multiple versions of people and why Kori is in danger fairly quickly but it doesn’t feel rushed. The story wasn’t lacking and didn’t drag on. Kori, Cade and Noah were in a time pressured mission and you can really feel that throughout the book. There was just enough backstory of Cade, Noah, Dylan and their version of Kori to give you an idea of how they’re all connected to one another. I thought it had the right amount of sci-fi, suspense and romance to keep you intrigued.

I recommend trying this one if you’re tipping your toes into the YA sci-fi genre and not completely ready for the full-on science fiction mumbo-jumbo-techie-jargon. I know I’m not, and this was written so well that you can follow Kori’s personal story as well as the without any confusion. This is my first Jus Accardo book but I’m looking forward to reading more of her books in the near future.

Ooh, annnnd if you’re like me.. romance is always a bonus (no matter what genre) and this one was.. yes.. complicated (what with the multiple Earths and multiple Koris and Cades) but still a nice young love story *cue the swooning!* 😄

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5


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The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling

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— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

These are wizarding world’s own version of fairy tales and folklore all in the one book. Some of which have been mentioned by Ron Weasley in the HP books. Each tale has additional notes added by Professor Dumbledore himself to help “muggles” understand some parts of the tale that only witches and wizards would know about.

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— MY REVIEW —

This review will be short and sweet.

This may be a little surprising (I know it was to me) but I haven’t read this book until now. Considering I think of myself as Harry Potter fan (I mean hello? My blog name alone!) I had never read it even though I had the book sitting on my shelf for ages…

But this is a great little book to have for any Harry Potter fan. If you’re a fan of reading any type of fairytale, folklore, myth, legend, whatever.. then will like reading the wizarding world’s version of them. I like how each story is short so it doesn’t drag on and get boring. I love the notes Professor Dumbledore provides for each one afterwards – it gives you a bit of an insight into his thoughts. Some were a little funny 😛

JK Rowling is a genius for writing Harry Potter and just plain brilliant for also making short stories in relation to it like Harry’s textbooks (Quidditch through the Ages/ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and now this. Like I said earlier.. it’s a great little addition to any HP collection.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

I’m glad I at least read it once. I probably won’t read it again (at least any time soon anyways). To be honest I had always just loved it displayed on my shelf next to the rest of my HP books 😀

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If you guys are interested in adding this to your book collection, I’ve added a link below to where you can buy it (with free shipping).

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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— MY REVIEW —

First book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. But don’t be fooled… this book is not like the Disney version.

Linh Mei (aka Cinder) is gutsy and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Yeah sure she has to deal with her stepmother guardian Adri and annoying stepsister Pearl on a day to day basis, having to deal with their rudeness, demands, repairs and everything in between all because she’s still underage and by law Adri is in “charge” of her. But that doesn’t stop her from planning ways to escape and to ensure she’ll never be found. I love how she talks back to them when she needs to stick up for herself or for her friends. Having the younger stepsister be close to Cinder is a nice change from the original story of “two” evil stepsisters.

I also love the fact that the setting is set in Asia. Although Cinder is also known as Linh Mei, I don’t actually think she is of Asian descent but Prince Kai might be. It’s refreshing to read stories based in Asia because I don’t see it enough. Stories I’ve read are usually set somewhere in America or Europe (if not in new a world).

Cinderella is my all time favourite fairytale (besides The Little Mermaid) so I had high hopes for this book. I was not disappointed. I love the fact that Cinder is no damsel in distress. If anything she’s the knight in shining armor (well part of her anyways like her arm and leg) hehe. 😜

After reading a few chapters I did have thoughts as to where the story would lead to and with no surprises by the end of the book I was correct. So yeah, I did find some predictability in the story but it doesn’t ruin it in any way. If you end up reading this book or have already read it and thought the same thing as me, I’m sure you would still have read it til the end to see if you were right. True?

I also have a minor problem with books ending in cliffhangers. Yes, I know this one is part of a series but I would have liked the ending to feel more wrapped up for this particular part of the story before reading the next one. It felt like watching a scene from a show on tv that had been abruptly cut off for a commercial before the scene could even end properly. If that makes sense? [Tip]: Unlike myself, make sure if you start this book that you already have the next at hand so you can read what happens next asap! (Im)patiently waiting for book 2 to be delivered! Grrrr!!

But besides nitpicking at these teeny tiny issues, I loved the book and cannot wait to read the next installment. I hear it just gets better and better. So with the four stars I’m giving Cinder, I guess the rest will be full ratings #hopeful

Ooohh! I almost forgot about Prince Kai. What can I say? He’s sweet, dreamy, caring… all the characteristics of a perfect (fictional) man! 😜

I love the effect he has on Cinder. It’s cute and I couldn’t help but let out a cheesy grin at the part where he asks her to go to the ball hehehe… 😄😄😄

If anything, I’d read the book just for the Cinder/ Kai interactions! 😉

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


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