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— BLURB —

  • Best Friends-to-Lovers
  • College Romance
  • Surprised Pregnancy
  • Virgin, Nerdy Hero
  • Party Girl Heroine
  • Forced Proximity
  • Roommates
  • Slow-Burn

Maddox has been in love with his best friend for as long as he can remember, but to Alyssa he’s always been just that, a friend. Now that they’re forced to live together, will she finally see what’s been there all along?

Full blurb coming soon.

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— TEASER —

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— Kiss To Belong by Anna B. Doe —

Blairwood University (Book Five)

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Release Date: March 18, 2022
Genre: College Romance/ Friends-to-Lovers
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Anna B. Doe

Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice.
When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood.
She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.

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Mine by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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She was never supposed to walk into my club.
But she did.

I shouldn’t have looked twice at her.
But I did.

The criminal underworld is no place for a girl like her.

One night with Katerina isn’t enough, but men like me can’t afford to be weak.
So, I tell her to leave me behind.

She does, but not before she sees something she shouldn’t.

When she goes into hiding, it’s my duty to hunt her down.
I have a job to do, and she needs to disappear for good.

But four years later, Kat isn’t alone anymore.
And the little boy right beside her looks just like me.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Can I just start off by saying how much I miss reading Zavarelli’s mafia romances!? And that Mine brought all of the emotions back in full force. I wasn’t expecting to see an old character from her Boston Underworld series in this book and the second the little 💡 flicked on in my head with the realisation of who it was, I tell ya… it was fun-fucking A!

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It almost felt like an extension of her series, or a spin off. So I’m telling you guys right off the bat — if you ❤ the Boston Underworld series, then I can guarantee Mine is a must read! Save the date. Set an alarm. Add to your TBR. Because this one will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

It’s a very well-paced storyline (if anything, I think it went by too quickly). There was so much suspense and build-up, it felt like I was plummeting down a massive roller coaster loop, with my stomach in my mouth. Kat and Lev had sparks coming out of the bazoo the instant they laid eyes on each other, and I was sitting there reading (and surely looking like a creeper) wanting to see their interactions. 😍😍

I’ve only discovered a handful of authors who can get me invested in not only their characters, but in their stories within the first few pages — where we barely know anything about the characters yet, or where the story is heading (other than what the blurb has already revealed).. yet Knight and Zavarelli did it with ease (and such finesse!) I can usually tell straight away whether or not I’m going to like a character, and that’s a big tell on whether or not I’m going to enjoy my current read.

Both Katerina and Levka came onto the scene quite mysteriously. So, naturally I was damn curious to see who they were.


If you’re a fan of “heroines” who are smart, has heart, struggling at life but who doesn’t throw in the towel; a kitty with claws, if you will  — then Kat (no pun intended) is your girl!

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“I let out a violent scream and fight.

I fight like this is the fight of my life because it is.” — Kat


If you’re a fan of “heroes” who tips the moral scale all the way to grey (maybe even black), who’s pure alpha, both a hunter and protector, knows what he wants in life, and who can picture an end game — then Lev is most definitely your man!

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“You are safe with me tonight.” — Lev


I haven’t read an intense, romantic suspense book in a while and my gosh this is one of those books you wish would be an introduction to a new series instead of just a duet. There’s always something about a really great mafia romance that you get so completely sucked into the world and wish it would never end.

Mine had all the right elements in it that not only made it one helluva mafia romance read, but also the type of book that’ll have you wanting to read over and over again. It was effortless, pure and simple. The way Lev and Kat’s world was able to pull me in immediately. There was enough details revealed to lure you in and keep you engaged, but not enough that you can predict what would happen next.

ZacEfron_CheckListIt ticked all the boxes for me. Not just within the mafia romance genre, but romance fiction as a whole.

  • Diverse range of characters ✔
  • Plot twists ✔
  • World-building ✔
  • Chemistry ✔
  • Leaves you hanging with questions ✔
  • Leaves you emotionally wrecked ✔
  • Strong candidate for book hangover status! ✔

Before writing this review I was contemplating whether to rate this book full star rating or a little less based on my reading preferences. I’m sure everyone has things they’re not necessarily a fan of seeing in books — whether it’s violence, profanity, certain character traits, kinky shit.. whatevs! And whilst there was a little something in this book I’m not usually big on, in no way did it ruin the storyline or characters for me. It wasn’t my favourite scene, I admit, but it wasn’t a big enough moment to warrant a lowered rating in my books.

🤐 Without giving away any spoilers, and I know this won’t make any sense to you folks, and for some of you guys, this detail may not even be an issue for you at all. If you’re a fan of the Boston Underworld series, then this particular scene won’t surprise you all.

I don’t want to put anyone off from reading this book because it’s frickin’ magnificent and I would recommend it to any reader who’s a fan of dark romance, but I know a few who’ve said to me that they found the Boston Underworld series a little too dark and graphic for their liking, and I figured I should add this: As I mentioned earlier, Mine brought back all the same feels I had when I read that series. But in saying that, I also think it was less dark and gritty, nowhere near as graphic, and if you’ve just started reading dark romances or thinking of taking the plunge, I think this is the perfect book to ease you in.

These two fierce authors have portrayed their Mafia world exceptionally. Brutal. Unforgiving. Swift. The world Lev is wrapped in since birth and the family he’s obliged to makes his story both saddening and frustrating.

As is Kat’s. You don’t realise the trauma she’s been through until she’s back in a similar deadly situation and needing to survive. But even more now that she has someone else depending on her.

Lev and Kat may come from different worlds, but they both have a lot in common. And that’s one of the reasons I couldn’t put this book down. The way they connected (even in such a short period of time), you can’t miss the way they just gravitate towards each other. Ugh.

BIG SWOONINESS!!        

Mine technically hasn’t been released yet, and I know I’m lucky to have scored an early copy but damn… I needs me His like yesterday!! The way this book ended made my heart drop. It’s so climactic and panic-ridden, that you won’t know what to do with yourself when you realize it’s over and will have to wait for book two to see what happens! 🤯

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I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed reading this book. Whilst Zavarelli is one of my holy-grail romance authors, Natasha Knight was a new-to-me author. But after having read this one and loved it to death… I’ll definitely be checking out Knight’s books as well! 🙌

Escapism at its best! (Even if it is to a dark and deadly mafia world)

Please note: As this is part of a duet, Mine ends on a cliffhanger. Readers 18+ only!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Natasha Knight, A. Zavarelli, and Candi Kane PR for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

🔔 Interested in reading Mine? Grab your copy here: Amazon (US)  |  Amazon (Universal Link)  |  Apple Books  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo

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📚 Read more of my reviews for A. Zavarelli’s books!

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

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Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

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— BLURB —

The first time Cassio met his fiancée, she called him ‘Sir’.

After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children, and someone who can warm his bed at night.

But in a traditional world as his, choosing your wife is duty not pleasure.

Rules have to be followed. Traditions heeded.

That’s how he ends up with a woman—a girl barely of age. She might not be what he and his children need, but she’s wicked lovely and a sweet temptation he can’t resist.

Giulia always knew she’d marry a man her father chose for her. Only she never expected to be given to someone much older. Suddenly she’s supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn’t even held a baby in her life.

Giulia quickly realizes that Cassio isn’t interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother always warned her that men of power like Cassio don’t tolerate insolence; yet, tired of being treated as a nanny and clueless child-bride, Giulia decides to fight for her vision of a happy family.

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— MY REVIEW —

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I ate this one up like I hadn’t eaten in months! A fucking phenomenal read! It’s crazy thinking about what I had just witnessed in this book. Despite it being a mafia romance, the story itself in the forefront is simply about a man in desperate need of care.

Yes, there’s blood, and death, and secrets (it wouldn’t be the Mafia world without these elements) — but Sweet Temptation lives up to its name. This was a sweet, tender, and overall tamer story in comparison to Cora’s previous mafia books. It centers around Cassio’s personal life and the impact Giulia has in it.

ChanningTatum_EwI haven’t read a lot of romance books where there’s a significant age gap, and the majority of the ones I have read I was never completely sold on because they seemed somewhat a smidge cringy..?

← (I don’t want to say “ew” but just know…)

But Cassio and Giulia’s pairing was just effortless. They had their awkward (and yet, oh-so-hilarious) first encounter that I think solidified them as a couple for me. From that moment on I was truly invested in seeing how their relationship would unfold.

And ohhhhhhh boy.. the button pushing was a highlight. I always enjoy when the heroine doesn’t back down from a challenge and this one was an absolute enjoyment to watch (or should I say read) play out.

“I gave you an order. I’m your husband and my word is law.”

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Polar opposites, yet somehow they balanced each other so well. Giulia is a likeable character. There is no way in hell you could dislike the chick. She’s got backbone, determination, and heart. Despite being raised in this world, she grew up to be a strong, independent individual with her own tastes and opinions. Other than her stubbornness, what I liked about her most is that she didn’t try and change herself to fit in, and she didn’t try to change Cassio either. She’s definitely now in my top 3 favourite heroines of Cora’s.

And Cassio…

“They were too eager marrying me off to the cruelest Underboss of the Famiglia.”

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is… dreamy. OMG. He. Is. Dreaaaaamy!

I’ve given up trying to put into order my fave Made Men because it’s just gonna get all screwed up anyways whenever Cora releases a new book. Before going into Sweet Temptation, I really didn’t have an opinion one way or another about Cassio. I’m all for alpha type males (like give em here!), but once in a while when you come across one who doesn’t need to flex their ego, and is simply a gentleman… you can’t help but wipe a little drool off your chin. That gentleman my friends, is Cassio!

If I could include every single quote and action of his that made me giddy in this review I would. There’s a lot of things I didn’t mention or discuss in this review for the sole purpose of not spoiling something you guys need to experience first hand. All I can say is make sure you have a day to spend reading this because I am 100% sure you will not put it down until you reach the last page.

And by that last page you will be feeling a sense of peace.

Sweet Temptation had the right amount of light and dark, humor and seriousness. I did NOT ugly cry reading this one.. buuuuut it doesn’t mean it didn’t punch me in the guts anyways. There were a lot of things in this book that had me taken aback. And a lot of people who were in desperate need of a good right hook!

But in all seriousness.. Did I miss the violence and more of the mafia side of things in this one? Not at all. It was a refreshing change to have the focus solely on the hero’s life outside of that brutality. You still get the gist of his role in it, the power he has, and his reputation amongst the people in their world (trust me), but the mafia aspect is toned-down.

In all honesty I was flipping back and forth from giving this one 4.5 to the full 5 stars. At the end of the day the reason why I ended up with my rating is because whilst this book had characters from Born in Blood, it is overall a standalone. And as a story all on its own, whether I had read or known about the series beforehand hadn’t mattered because I loved every minute of it! It was beautifully written, well-paced, giving us growth in the relationship with every new chapter. You can see the progress, the changes in the family dynamics, the gradual openness, love and care.

I’ve always thought Cora’s books had an array of story lines — each book, pairing, and situation a little different from the others, but after reading Sweet Temptation I saw a completely different side to her Mafia world. Cassio and Giulia’s almost seemed the most… normal? of relationships… lol (which is kinda funny considering what truths are revealed in the book) — but there was no game playing, no ulterior motives. Despite the hardships in their marriage, it was also a partnership! 😀 It oozes pure love and legit sets the bar for relationships in this fictional twisted, gritty world.

You don’t have to be fan or familiar with mafia romances to give this one a go. Being a fan of romance books is more than enough, and this one is a beauty. But please note, there’s a subject matter within that may trigger some readers.


RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5


P.S. I will never look at sunflowers again without thinking of Cassio and Giulia 😛

Thank you, Cora. Thank you. Hehe

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Thank you to Cora Reilly (and Emily Alice) for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!


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Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

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Release Date: March 10, 2020

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— About the Author —

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Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a  traditionally published author of young adult literature.

Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.


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Events Cora Reilly will be attending in 2020:

Apollycon, Washington DC, March 26th-29th [CANCELLED]
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Thank you for reading my review! If you’re interested in reading my reviews for Cora Reilly’s other books, by all means… 😀

And in case you missed it, the Born In Blood Mafia Chronicles are getting new covers! Check out the covers for the first two books: Born In Blood Series New Covers

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