Owned By A Sinner by Michelle Heard

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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All I want to do is look after my dad, so when I land the job of a lifetime that will take care of our expenses, I grab at the chance with both hands. Little do I know, the impossible will be expected of me.

Slowly my smile fades, and my laughter dies until all that’s left is the broken puppet my personal hell created.

Liam Byrne, the head of the Irish mafia, returns from a business trip, and I expect my hellish nightmare to increase ten-fold.

Brutal, merciless, and dangerous, Liam is feared by all – even the monster intent on killing my soul.

Turns out I was wrong.

The instant Liam notices what’s happening, he takes me under his wing, and even though he’s all sharp edges and threatening growls, I feel safe with him.

Little by little, my sunshine creeps through the cracks, and my laughter returns.

But can one monster really defeat another, or am I just a girl dreaming about the impossible?

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• MY REVIEW •


“Everything is different with you.”


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Yowza! Book two in the Sinners series was a siiiiizzling, butterflies-inducing romance! Beautifully written with an intriguing storyline and engaging characters. Whilst Taken By A Sinner (book one) was an explosive hate-to-love romance story, Owned By A Sinner was a mouth-watering instant attraction.

I am OBSESSED with Heard’s Mafiosos since The Saints series, and have been loving each and every one of the heroes within. Liam Byrne is rightfully amongst these group of men, but you immediately discover his unusual characteristics is what sets him apart from the rest. That, and the fact that he seems to have a well-managed balance of his two worlds— the seedy underworld and the world’s more civilized society.

Although a relatively quick full-length novel, I thought the world-building was rich and left open for possible expansion. There was a nice constant build-up throughout which paired well with the unpredictability of it all. An Irish Mafia romance with a kick! The romance can be considered insta-love but it doesn’t come off that way with how Liam’s and Kiara’s relationship developed. If you enjoy reading workplace romances, and/or age-gap romances in your mafia books, then I recommend you try this one on for size! 😉 It’s the second book in a series of standalones, so you can technically read this one without having read Taken By A Sinner first (although I highly recommend you read in publishing order for maximum experience).

Kiara didn’t stand out as much as Liam as I would’ve liked or was hoping for. She came off as a stereotypical damsel-in-distress. I would’ve loved to have seen her be a little bit wiser in her decisions and actions. Whilst she had a lot of naiveness to her, overall, she’s still a likable character. As the story progressed and certain situations became more intense, I ended up getting just as emotionally invested in Kiara as I did Liam. There’s a sweet innocence to their relationship that I found both endearing and refreshing in comparison to Heard’s previous mafia couples.

It’s told from dual points of view, along with relatable and hilariously realistic inner monologues that honestly couldn’t stop me from smiling. There are equal measures of romance and dark mafia elements, which I loved, and which Heard has delivered time and time again. She pushes the boundaries of the level of darkness she’s willing to put her characters through and their journey ends up becoming more in-depth and genuine because of it. Owned By A Sinner does contain sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers such as, strong sexual assault, blackmail, and graphic violence. Intended for readers 18+ only.

I was amazed by the excellent contrast of light and dark Heard has executed with this story. It switches back and forth from a light-hearted atmosphere to one of danger and suspense without it feeling stilted. From my past experiences I’ve always found her writing to be consistently gripping from the characters she introduces, to the solid plotlines, to the overall execution of the storytelling. Always effortless to follow and this was no different.

Other than Liam’s and Kiara’s budding romance, I was gripped by the cast of secondary characters who made quite grin-inducing impressions themselves. They were the perfect addition that not only added some of the entertainment value, but also supporting storylines that added dimension to the overall book.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down until I finished it. I thought it was an amazingly swoon-worthy second book to the series. It not only had me hooked from beginning to end but had me anticipating the next books to come. Despite the gritty world Kiara has been thrust into, Liam provided warmth, affection, and all-around safe haven that will ultimately melt your heart.

Gut-wrenching at times. Not going to lie, it’s a bit of tearjerker (at least for me). But by the end it will leave you with happy contentment! Also, an Irish Mafioso who’s described as looking like Charlie Hunnam?! Umm… yes please! 😍

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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

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Start The Sinner Series!

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Book One: Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard

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Where it all began — 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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His Rule by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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

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• MY REVIEW •


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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

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🌹 More from the exclusive world of The Society – IVI

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💀 The Society Trilogy by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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

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👑 Kingdom Fall by A. Zavarelli

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

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Devil’s Pawn Duet by Natasha Knight

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

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

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The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

My husband.

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• MY REVIEW •


“Perry Constantine looks at me as if I might be someone special.”


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Let’s cut straight to the chase— Ever since Perry was first introduced as Winston Constantine’s jovial younger brother in Stroke of Midnight, his story has been HIGHLY anticipated, and let me tell you… it was well worth the wait!

The intense build-up between Perry and Charlotte was palpable and had my tongue lolling out from complete excitement! 😍 This book was my introduction to Murphy’s writing, and it could not have been a more perfect start! Well-paced storytelling with tons of anticipation and unpredictability. With dual points of view, you see the interesting dynamic between these two protagonists and their impressions of one another. What I hadn’t expected but ultimately ended up loving the most was the humour weaved throughout Perry’s and Charlotte’s interactions. The second-guessing, the pre-judgements, and the banter were all entertaining to see, each conversation getting more and more giddy-inducing! In my opinion, it’s one of the main elements that made their story engaging from start to finish.

An arranged marriage with a gradual romantical development. Seeing Perry and Charlotte navigate through their emotions after the bombshell their families abruptly dropped on them with the expectancy to follow through no questions asked will have you instantly invested in their story.

I was hooked on both their character growth and their complex relationship, especially after getting to know each of their backstories. Perry Constantine is everything I thought he was and more! He’s definitely one striking Constantine. He oozes easy-going hero with sexy protective alpha vibes. He has both gentlemanly ways and cool confidence that makes him such an appealing character.

Charlotte’s genuine, down-to-earth personality easily won me over. I found her sense of stubbornness, rebellious tendencies, and desire for independence from her claustrophobic and overbearing family made me root for her to succeed.

Overall, a strong well-written plot, with vivid world-building that screamed wealth, exclusivity, and luxury. Discovering both protagonists to be such likable characters who together had incredibly titillating chemistry, there was never a dull moment. 😉

The Constantine clan along with a cast of secondary characters added extra dimension to their whirlwind arrangement. You may already be familiar with the Lancasters if you’ve read Things I Wanted To Say (But Never Did). If not, you may just find yourself curious to learn more about Charlotte’s family after reading this one.

✔ Billionaire Romance

✔ Arranged Marriage

✔ Fake Relationship

✔ Opposites Attract

✔ Forced Proximity

✔ Slow Burn

This book is the first in The Arranged Marriage trilogy and ends on a fairly reasonable cliffhanger. We’ve only scratched the surface of Perry’s and Charlotte’s story and with how things concluded, I am eagerly counting the days until the next book! Can easily be read in one sitting, it’s another unbelievably gripping addition to the Midnight Dynasty! An honest-to-goodness must-read romance story that I highly recommend!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Monica Murphy and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading The Reluctant Bride? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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More Midnight Dynasty reviews!

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🥿 Skyscraper Cinderella | Book One:

Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster

🖤 Dark Hearts Trilogy | Book One:

Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

🌹 Beast of Bishop’s Landing | Book One:

Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

🔥 Hellfire Club | Book One:

Wicked Idol by Becker Gray

Standalone Taboo Romance:

Lessons In Sin by Pam Godwin

🕊 Dark Dream Duet | Book One:

Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling

🎨 The Collector Trilogy | Book One:

Dark Reign by Amelia Wilde

Wonderland Trilogy | Book One:

King Of Spades by Alta Hensley

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

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Nightingale: Charity Anthology

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NIGHTINGALE is a romance anthology with over FIFTY original, never-before-seen stories from bestselling authors. 100% of the royalties will be donated to relief and human rights organizations working in Ukraine. NIGHTINGALE is only available for a limited time, so one-click your copy before it’s gone.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Katee Robert, Siobhan Davis, Robin Covington, Xio Axelrod, Vanessa Vale & Renee Rose, Terri E. Laine, Lucy Lennox, C. Hallman & J.L. Beck, Sara Ney, Willow Winters, Rebecca Yarros, Sienna Snow, Ana Huang, Willow Aster, Pepper Winters, Piper Rayne, Rebecca Zanetti, Honey Meyer, Alta Hensley & Livia Grant, Samantha Chase, Parker S. Huntington, T.K. Leigh, Kate Canterbary, Laura Thalassa, Carian Cole, Natasha Knight & Ashleigh Zavarelli, Rina Kent, Lauren Rowe, Rachel Van Dyken, Karla Sorensen, Claudia Burgoa, Kelsey Clayton, Helena Hunting, Aleatha Romig, K.A. Linde, Carly Phillips, Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss, Kelly Elliott, Brenda Rothert, A.L. Jackson, Jenika Snow, Katie Ashley, Amo Jones, Susan Stoker, Harloe Rae, L.B. Dunbar, Gina L. Maxwell, Tijan, Amelia Wilde, Skye Warren, Penny Reid, Susannah Nix, Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Dylan Allen, Kandi Steiner, Raine Miller, Toni Aleo, Natalie Wrye, Debra Anastasia, Brittney Sahin, Heidi McLaughlin, Melanie Moreland, Jay Crownover, Catherine Cowles, Roni Loren, Shantel Tessier, Aly Martinez, Julia Kent

All royalties from this project will be donated to relief and human rights organizations working in Ukraine. We aren’t affiliated or endorsed by these charities. We are simply authors who want to help.

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• MY REVIEW •

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📎 Please Note: My review is NOT for all the short stories included in the anthology. I read and reviewed the stories I wanted to read from this collection, and my overall rating is based off of them.

QUEENSIDE by SKYE WARREN

Genre: Contemporary Romance

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

An okay little novella but I think I would have definitely connected with the characters and their story more if I had read The Pawn first where they’re originally featured in. The setting of this story seemed somewhat like an added bonus scene because Avery and Gabriel are already a couple here and it’s evident they’ve been through a lot together. If you’re not familiar with these characters then I don’t think this particular story would appeal to you—at least not until you read The Pawn.

But the writing is effortless to follow and despite not knowing Avery’s and Gabriel’s history, I do see the connection and love between them.

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OLD MONEY by AMELIA WILDE

Genre: Contemporary/ Billionaire Romance

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐½

A bonus little scene of Mason and Charlotte from the Wealth Trilogy, and I thought it was an honest-to-goodness sweet addition to their happily ever after. I recommend you read Net Worth first to know how they first met and how far they’ve come in their relationship, but even if you read this novella first, I think it would only have you more intrigued in starting their story.

It may only be a chapter but it displayed Charlotte’s goodness and Mason’s protective alpha-hole-ness to a T! It left me smiling in happy contentment for the two of them and for what their future holds.

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HACKER IN LOVE by LAUREN ROWE

Genre: Contemporary Romance

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Loved it! Whilst I’m familiar with Rowe’s amazing romance books, I have yet to read The Josh & Kat Trilogy. And although this particular novella centres around two secondary characters; Hannah and Henn, they have made me all the more excited to read these books. I love the strong friendships included. In such a short length of time, Rowe has executed vivid world-building, especially from a reader who hasn’t read the initial books these characters are from. It’s well-paced storytelling, full of life, and has an overall bubbly happy atmosphere.

It’s a great little teaser for those new to Rowe’s writing. It sucked me right from the very beginning and I was immediately giddy for more! I can only hope Rowe ends up giving them their own full-length novel one of these days because after having reading Hannah’s and Henn’s epic first date, I’m already hooked on them as a couple! An adorable, wackadoo pair who you’re going to fall in love with!

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ROOM ENOUGH FOR TWO by SARA NEY

Genre: Contemporary Romance

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I want more! I’m ashamed to admit I have a handful of Ney’s books in my kindle but this gripping, too-short-of-story was my first official piece I’ve read of hers, and dammit I need more of Eva and Robert! The problem is, by the end, it didn’t exactly mention whether these lovable characters are from an upcoming new book or an already existing one, and now I’m shaking my fist in the air cursing the book gods for the injustice of it all. 😭😅 On the upside? I will absolutely not take Ney’s books for granted any longer!

A contemporary sports romance story with delightful light-hearted humor throughout. I adore the whole forced proximity theme going on here. Eva and Robert (aka Rocko) have found themselves renting out the same private little holiday home— Eva needing a bit of a vacation, and Robert needing a place to lay low until his sports career-changing decision hits the public eye. It’s a quick but saucy read, with strong chemistry between the protagonists. The secluded setting will transport you to their cozy little bubble and will have you cheesy-grinning at what is gradually developing between them. I reiterate: I want more!

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SWEET TEMPTATION by A. ZAVARELLI & NATASHA KNIGHT

Genre: Dark Romance

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

*singsong voice* Purrrrfection! 👏👏👏 This short story is the prelude to Zavarelli’s and Knight’s upcoming new trilogy set in the IVI world. If you’ve read The Society Trilogy, then you’ll be familiar with Mercedes De La Rosa and Lawson Montgomery (aka Judge). This little introduction to their story was perfection. It had completely intrigued and excited to start The Rite Trilogy! Their chemistry crackled right from the very beginning and the constant banter between them is already something I’m looking forward to seeing more. A little hate-to-love, a little forbidden, and it kicked off their romance story with a bang! A must read!

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Whilst I didn’t end up reading all the stories included in this collection, I did skim through all of them and realised the majority of the stories are connected to the author’s pre-existing books/series. Most of the authors and books mentioned I have not read, and I can’t help but think it might’ve been difficult for me (or for anyone else in the same boat) to connect or get invested in these short stories unless they knew the characters or their world prior to reading them.

The stories I had read were from authors I was already familiar with, and the stories and characters that did connect with a pre-existing or upcoming series I was already well aware of. It was the biggest factor in why I ended up reading only those stories.

Please keep in mind if you’re considering reading this anthology. It’s a great why to introduce you to some new-to-you authors but just know (with a couple of exceptions) these “never-before-seen” stories are interconnected to full-length novels— whether they be prologues, bonus scenes, or epilogues.

OVERALL RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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

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King Of Spades by Alta Hensley

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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Nick Hudson has a dangerous reputation.

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

Desperation makes me seek out a ruthlessly powerful billionaire.

I need protection.

He demands my virtue as payment.

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

With every twist and turn, I need more.

Except this is not a man to love.

This is a man to fear.

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

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• MY REVIEW •


“Ladies and gentlemen, sinners and saints…”


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Wonderland… Enter at own risk. 😉

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

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

🔔 Interested in reading King of Spades? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Amazon INTL  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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More Midnight Dynasty reviews!

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🥿 Skyscraper Cinderella | Book One:

Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster

🖤 Dark Hearts Trilogy | Book One:

Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

🌹 Beast of Bishop’s Landing | Book One:

Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

🔥 Hellfire Club | Book One:

Wicked Idol by Becker Gray

Standalone Taboo Romance:

Lessons In Sin by Pam Godwin

🕊 Dark Dream Duet | Book One:

Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling

🎨 The Collector Trilogy | Book One:

Dark Reign by Amelia Wilde

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

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Death Wish by K. Webster

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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!

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

📕 Start the Deception Duet! Triple Threat (Book One): Dangerous Press

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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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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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Broken Heir by Alison Aimes

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• BLURB •

What is the one thing a sinner can’t allow? Temptation.But Keira Sartin is all that and more. A walking, talking, wet dream, she calls to every cell in Alexi’s messed-up, rule-breaking soul.Except she’s forbidden. Addictive.A distraction he can’t afford. Not when his family is depending on him and redemption is finally within reach. Not when his mission hinges on making no waves and fulfilling his duty.Not when she’s the sister of his bride-to-be.What’s the one thing a troublemaker can’t afford? More trouble.But Alexi Skolov is all that and more. He’s beauty incarnate. Flesh and blood sin. Wild nights and dark pleasure. He’s also up to no good. Which means he’s not for her. Keira has her own objective to fulfill and he’ll only get in the way.He’s also promised to her sister.It should be easy for them both: just stay away. But running from temptation is hard. Avoiding trouble even harder—and sometimes it catches up to you, leaving you…breathless,begging,broken.Broken Heir: A Dark Fated-Mates Romance is the third book in the Ruthless Warlords series. It is a scorching HOT standalone, though it is recommended to read the series in order for greatest enjoyment.Broken Heir also has no cheating and a HEA is guaranteed. Get ready for a steamy ride you won’t be able to put down. 

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• MY REVIEW •

Oooh! Okay, I think Broken Heir is my favourite book from the Ruthless Warlords series (so far)! 😁😍 It’s a whole new spin on the Beauty and the Beast storyline… and I can tell you now, there’s more to the beast in this book! Alexi was quite a contradiction of a character that I quickly realized I couldn’t get enough of.

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This is the third book in the series and centres on the third brother. Whilst each Skolov sibling has their own story, each book needs to be read (in order) as there’s a continuous developing storyline in the background that concerns their family and ultimately interconnects the books.

It’s a relatively quick read with fast-paced storytelling, and told from dual POVs. But I must admit Alexi’s backstory and sharing his broken perspective of himself was one of the main highlights of the book for me. Ruthless King, the first book in the series was a great introduction to the world-building, and it only expanded with the addition of books that followed. Their world is vast, vivid, and oozes danger at every corner. It builds the image of the struggles the Skolovs had to (and still do) endure to ensure the survival and success of their family.

What I love about this series is although it’s heavily focused on each Skolov discovering their “fated mate”, it also has a strong familial focus, and Broken Heir only reiterated that fact as they band together to try and eliminate dangers that threaten their existence, now more than ever. The Skolovs have an interesting, and at times, entertaining dynamic. Their interactions tend to include light-hearted banter that puts some of the escalating tension at ease.

What makes this story distinctly different from the previous books is Alexi Skolov. He’s heavily seen as a volatile monster with no self-control. Whatever pre-conceived notions I had of him based off of the first two books was only one aspect of his character. There’s sensitivity, consideration, and strong protectiveness with this alpha hero in comparison to his two older brothers who were a lot more domineering with their heroines, that I found so refreshing. Seeing his personal growth alongside his developing emotions towards Keira had me swooning.

In my opinion, Alexi and Keira have the most engaging relationship out of all the couples. It might have been instant chemistry and a whirlwind romance completely unplanned but there’s no doubt that their connection is genuine and meaningful.

A lot of sweetness with a few steamy scenes in between. Alexi and Keira go through a rough journey of self-discovery and empowerment, whilst navigating through the uncertainty of their future.

It’s an action-packed, multi-layered story in a science-fiction setting. I would’ve loved more of the mafia aspect that the first two books of the series exhibited to be more present in this book, but all in all I was still very much gripped by Alexi’s haunting past and internal struggles in subduing his beastly side. That, along with the fierce and unwavering love he found with Keira.

A touching, heartbreaking, and complete guilty pleasure read. An amazing addition to the Ruthless Warlords series! It’s become my go-to whenever I’m in the mood for a little alien romance. 😁😉

Please note, although this is a sci-fi/ paranormal romance fiction, it does contain serious subject matters that may be offensive or triggering for some readers such as, domestic abuse, kidnapping and child abuse, trafficking, substance abuse, sexual harassment, graphic violence, and profanity. Intended for readers 18+ only. 

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Alison Aimes and Grey’s Promotions for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡

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

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More from the Ruthless Warlords series!

Book One: (Review Coming Soon!)
Book Two: Savage Prince by Alison Aimes

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Lifeline by Michelle Heard

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

I was her partner.

Her ride or die.

She was my lifeline.

My sanity.

Until I did the unspeakable.

The unforgivable.

I thought I was strong enough, but I was wrong.

I became the monster I was sent to take down.

Losing my lifeline… there’s no surviving without her.

This is an UNDERCOVER FBI DARK ROMANCE. Complete standalone.
WARNING: 18+ only. Please read responsibly. THIS NOVEL CONTAINS TRIGGERING CONTENT.

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• MY REVIEW •


“Wrapping my arms around him, I grip fistfuls of his shirt and hold onto him as if he’s my lifeline. He is.”


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This was a tough one to review, not because I didn’t like it— on the contrary, I was hooked! So much so I read it in one sitting! There were plenty of parts I ended up loving that’s still replaying in my mind as we speak.

But I’m not gonna sugarcoat this, it didn’t necessarily live-up to the expectation I had mentally prepared myself for before going in. Yes, this book has dark elements that can be triggering for some readers. Yes, it’s a suspenseful, crime romance, but if like me, and dark romance reads is your jam, then you may find this one average on the “dark romance” metre.

But what this story lacked in in-depth gritty, darkness, more than made up for in the romance department. I was gripped by the growing bond Daniel and JJ had. Not just romantically, but as partners in crime, and in their steadily developing friendship. There was an instant attraction between them that had me perking up with interest. Seeing them navigate their emotions for one another through dual POVs only made it that much more consuming to read through. 😍🤭 There’s an age-gap but with the dynamics that naturally formed between them, it works, and their relationship feels natural.

The cast of secondary characters all played vital roles in putting dimension into their world and added the support system both Daniel and JJ needed. There’s some strong camaraderie present that you tend to forget at times that not all these characters have the best of intentions. It’s a thought-provoking romance story that has you questioning right from wrong, and whether or not the actions (and reactions) of these characters are truly valid.

It’s relatively fast-paced storytelling, and as it progresses, the build-up increases and the atmosphere shifts to uneasiness and tension. You know just around the corner something big is about to unfold.

Because it was fast-paced, I did think some of the plot points concluded a little too abruptly especially since there was a nice, steady build-up at the beginning. There were a few minor moments that were a little anti-climactic for my liking, but nevertheless, it didn’t take anything away from my enjoying the book. As always, Michelle’s writing is effortless to follow, and you do immediately get attached to Daniel and JJ. They’re complex yet such likable characters.

I only discovered Michelle Heard and her books last year and after having read my first one, I immediately knew her books would be some of my favourite romance reads. Lifeline, like all her previous books is engaging, with intriguing characters, and an unpredictability to its storyline. It was its premise that initially had me wanting to read it, and it did not disappoint. Despite my wanting it be a little more dark and for a more extensive period of time, I was still thoroughly absorbed from start to finish and massively invested in seeing how Daniel’s and JJ’s story would play out.

What has me obsessed with Michelle’s dark romance books is whilst it has a sweet and swoon-worthy romance element, the storyline is weighty. The characters go through quite a journey and it’s nowhere near easy. Lifeline is definitely one of those books that could easily wreck you. It’s emotional, gut-wrenching, and mirrors real-life situations.

I haven’t read romantic crime fiction in years and this book was a great reminder that I need to read more of them in the future. The nail-biting intensity of what’s to come, along with the fist-clenching excitement of seeing a budding romance makes it doubly thrilling.

If you like dark-ish romances set in an underbelly crime world, then I recommend you give this one a go. It’s a standalone novel that can easily be read in one sitting. It has all the elements you can hope for in your reads— vivid world-building, a diverse cast of characters, a detailed, well-written plot, and desired character growth. I recommend it to fans of dark romance and/or romantic crime fiction.

There isn’t anything of Michelle Heard’s I haven’t read that I did not end up falling in love with. Lifeline is another winner, in my books. Daniel and JJ will linger with me for some time! 😊

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

🔔 Interested in reading Lifeline? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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More books by Michelle Heard!

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📚 The Saints Series by Michelle Heard

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📙 Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard


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The Words by A. Jade

⚠ This review contains minor teasers!

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— BLURB —

He was the talented bad boy everyone wanted.

I was the irrelevant geek everyone hated.

He was the sun…drawing all of us in.

I was a black hole…taking up space.

He was destined to be a star.

I was destined to remain an insignificant no one.

Until he made me believe I was special…

And then he destroyed me.

I never thought I’d see Phoenix Walker again after he broke my heart, but fate had other plans.

One tour. Eight weeks. Forty shows.

Countless opportunities to make him pay.

The world thought he was a God…

But I knew the truth.

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— MY REVIEW —


“There’s no one in the world like Phoenix Walker.”


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It’s official… I am a groupie! 😍🤭 I loved the hell of out of this book. Love, love, love! And for that reason alone, The Words has been added to my list of all-time favourite romance reads!

Lennon and Phoenix had their hooks in me and was never going to let me walk away from their intense rollercoaster of a relationship (not that I wanted to, anyways). The ups and downs, the swooniness and suspense. I knew the minute I started their story that I was in for one mammoth of a reading experience, and I was right! Ashley Jade did not disappoint in delivering such a multi-dimensional, emotionally investing storyline alongside a winning cast of characters!

My gosh. I’m still reeling.

I’m going to say it now, if you enjoy rock star romance books, you have got to add this one to your TBR. If you’re new to the romance sub-genre, this is the book to get you hooked! Besides the strong musical backdrop, it had an amazing balance of romance, friendship, and family written-in that made Lennon’s and Phoenix’s stories immensely in-depth and full of heart.

It has a handful of elements, some of which I don’t necessarily openly look for in my books, but when they’re unexpectedly included, it certainly has me perking up. If you like any of the elements below in your romance reads, it’s a good reason to give this one a try:

  • Rock star romance
  • Second-chance romance
  • Opposite sides of the tracks
  • Friends-to-Lovers
  • Hate-to-Love
  • A bad boy hero
  • A curvy, nerdy heroine
  • New Adult

Fair warning, I found this to be one emotional read that constantly had me either in near tears or downright already bawling my eyes out. And what got me with these snot-inducing moments was the unpredictability of certain scenes that totally causes your heart to skip a couple beats.

Ashley Jade certainly knows how to write! Both Lennon’s and Phoenix’s individual life stories will just about give you chest pains with how realistic and relatable their situations are. They’re two opposites that somehow have plenty in common— which they gradually discover the more time they spend together. I thought the pacing was *chef’s kiss* perfect as it felt like you’re getting to know these two intriguing protagonists right along with them in real time. Having dual POVs made their story all the more fleshed-out as we experience events through both their eyes, and see reasonings behind their actions.

The Words is more than a simple love story. It’s heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. It touches on so many real-life topics, some of which I must say are sensitive subject matters. Please note this book may be triggering for some readers. It contains domestic abuse, child abuse, substance abuse, and violence. It also broaches on bullying and the psychological effects it has on one’s own health. It also contains mature sexual content intended for readers 18+ only.

Ashley Jade as put a lot of detail in her characters and their world that it was effortless to get invested in them. I found myself so wrapped up in their lives that the majority of the time I was mirroring their emotions. Whether they were giddy with excitement, dying from embarrassment, or seething with rage.

This book was unputdownable! The world-building was unbelievably vivid, and I adored the character development. Lennon’s and Phoenix’s story spans four years starting from their final year of high school. It’s within their final weeks of school where their lives alter and ends up catapulting Lennon and Phoenix in an angsty and complex second chance of a lifetime.


“Lennon Michael is my biggest craving and my biggest regret.”


Their story could easily have been overly heavy and depressing, but Ashley Jade has brilliantly added some much needed comic relief throughout to break up some of the tension and distress these characters go through. The supporting characters are quite a cast, all with huge personalities of their own. You’re bound to fall for at least one of them… if not more. 😉

I’m not going to lie, there were a few minor things that played out within the storyline that I wasn’t a big fan of. I won’t go into detail as this is one story I highly recommend you to experience for yourself, but when it came time to rate this book I realized in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t change the fact that as a whole I enjoyed reading it and legit did not want it to end.

(P.S. That sneaky peek was all too cruel, Ashley. It was barely a teaser. I needs more!) 🤤😭

I should also mention, whilst this is a standalone novel, the ending of this book is not your conventional HEA where everything is wrapped-up and there’s no need for second-guessing. In my opinion, it was more of an open-ended HEA. This book was only the beginning of Lennon’s and Phoenix’s story; an introduction of sorts to their new life. It’s not the type of ending I’m normally accustomed to with standalone novels, but their story is unlike anything I’ve read before, and the ending of this book was fitting, especially after everything that happened between them.

These characters are flawed, slightly broken, with insecurities that you may or may not relate to, but nevertheless sympathize with. You get to witness such growth, maturity, and over time, acceptance. It’s an utterly soul-stealing journey, one that I am so happy to have not missed out on. It’s a must read!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Ashley Jade and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading The Words? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Kobo

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Want more Rock Star Romance reads?

I recommend…

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🎙🎸 The Hate/ Love Duet

Book One: Falling Out Of Hate With You by Lauren Rowe
Book Two: Falling Into Love With You by Lauren Rowe

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Want more books by Ashley Jade?

I recommend…

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Standalone NA/ Highschool Romance

📖 Hate Me by A. Jade

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