Life is changing fast for some of Blairwood’s hottest football players. With just two more months until the end of their junior year, Hayden, Nixon, and their friends decide to spend their spring break in Hawaii and enjoy the last moments they have as college students. Their lives might soon change forever, but the bond they made at Blairwood will last a lifetime and so will their love. But when one of the boys decides to propose on vacation, the group will find themselves organizing an impromptu wedding.
Kiss Me Forever is a novella in the Blairwood University series. Told from different points of view, you’ll get to see your favorite characters and find out what the future holds for them. To fully enjoy this novella, Kiss Me Forever has to be read in series order.
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.
Happy Release Day, B.B. Blaque! #RoyallyMalevolent is now live!
— BLURB —
They call me The Bishop. My slaves call me Your Excellency. The Royal Bastards and Malevolent MC call me when they need something taken care of that no one else can or will do. I’m the brother who is always there and asks nothing in return.
I’ve also been called a monster.
I’m a psychological sadist with a master’s degree who takes care of what I trained specifically for me—Calico and her beautiful submissive mind. Together with Sage, we are her Masters. I am always in control—the alpha. She married him, but I’m the one she’s addicted to. It’s been easy. I have no emotions, but she voiced hers, and I feel physically ill.
When she is threatened it causes a reaction I’ve never felt before. I call it a sickness. Kash says it’s love. I don’t buy into that, but I know for sure the threat will be neutralized. No one hurts my Pet and survives.
I wear Malevolent MC colors, but I’m basically a Royal Ba*tard too—Royally Malevolent. The only family I’ve ever considered since the Marines are the men in those two clubs. When someone is foolish enough to come after me and mine, they take it as personally as if I was blood.
I’ll deal with the sickness when I’m done.
Note from the author: Please be aware that this book contains emotional scenes that are intense and what some might call dark. The themes and H are also dark. He has a very intense and predatorial past that he’s grown from. Keep both ends of that spectrum in mind when deciding to read. There is a triad who live the BDSM life 24/7. There is unfiltered adult content, language, and situations. This character’s HEA has been begged for and my monster is finally getting it. The first feelings he’ll have since childhood are fear, r@ge, and love.
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?
Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.
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.
Natasha Knight is the USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Suspense and Dark Romance Novels. She has sold over a million books and is translated into six languages. She currently lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two daughters and when she’s not writing, she’s walking in the woods listening to a book, sitting in a corner reading or off exploring the world as often as she can get away.
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.
She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.
She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.
When I’m asked to do a favor for an employee and pick up her eighteen-year-old kid sister from high school, I don’t realize I’ll soon be up to my neck in trouble. Come to find out, she’s the lone witness to a murder by the Santorini crime family.
Now the mob wants her dead, and I’ve got to decide if I risk stepping up to help her.
This isn’t the MC’s business and getting involved could put a target on all our backs. The only problem is I’m her only hope.
The more time I spend with this chick, the more I’m starting to fall for her. And the more miles on the road we spend together, the more this shy girl with her OCD tendencies is turning into a take-no-prisoners badass.
Now I’m determined to save her in spite of the fact that the mob is doing everything it can to stop me.
If I have any chance of saving us both, I’ll have to outsmart them every step of the way.
Nicole James is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who loves writing about hot alpha men who’ll do anything for the women they love! Her stories are filled with struggle, conflict and real human emotion. She is the author of the Evil Dead MC series, the Brothers Ink Tattoo series and more.
Nicole loves to hear from her readers! You can contact her via e-mail, her website contact form or on her social media accounts.
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.
Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.
A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.
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.
— TEASER —
— EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT —
I wrap my arms around his neck as he pulls me into the office and closes the door behind him. Not bothering to deny his words, seeking his strength and command, I whisper, “I feel…”
I don’t know what else to say, how else to resist a man so able to shatter my every resistance. Everything about this is wrong. So very wrong. I’m his captive. Nothing more.
I run my fingertips up the center of his chest and then across to his upper arms. Desire floods through me as I touch him. Not attempting to strike him or push him away. No, I want to stroke his flesh, to feel his muscles flexing beneath my fingertips, each caress increasing the heat that swamps my senses.
He holds me still, lowering his head, kissing the side of my neck with parted lips. He seduces me not with force, but with gentleness. “Tell me to stop,” he commands. “I want to steal the kiss. I want to steal your body. I want to take what is mine.”
I shake my head. I’m not going to obey him on this. I don’t think I can survive if he pulls away again. I don’t want to risk him actually stopping if I say so. Not when my entire body is on fire with a need that has to be quenched.
“No.” It’s the only word I can barely whisper. Speech is conquered by sexual need. “You don’t have to take. I want to give.”
In one quick movement, Nick scoops me up into his arms and carries me to his desk. My body melts against the hardness of his chest, my tongue dancing with his in the depths of his mouth.
I need more, need to feel his skin against mine.
Hastily, I pull his jacket off, his shirt up over his head, and run my hands down his chest. I revel in how smooth and sleek his skin feels against my fingertips, each muscle clearly defined. Sexual attraction takes on a whole other meaning at that moment.
Nick moans as he kisses me deeper, guiding me onto the wood of the table below. With movements as graceful as a skilled craftsman, he removes my clothing, drawing the dress over my head and lowering my panties effortlessly. I shiver, not with cold, but with need. I moan when he removes my bra, his fingertips running over my breasts, each stroke a promise of what’s to come.
My entire body screams for his touch as he lowers his head and gives both of my nipples a kiss, his hands sliding down to slip beneath the curve of my ass. I lift my hips to ease the journey, my heart demanding he hurry, my soul aching for him to take me. To claim me as his.
Despite my whimpers, my pleas to plunge into me, to fill my empty pussy, he takes his time, my mind swirling as he places soft kisses over every inch of skin he’s exposed. Pleasure escalates with each touch and with every moment I lay beneath his weight, but it’s too slow.
“Now,” I demand. “I need you, now.” Reaching for him, I find my hands taken, my arms lifted above my head.
“You’re not running the show,” he says, guiding my hands to the sides of the desk. “Grab on and don’t let go.”
Not sure if the wood feels cold because I am so hot, so needy, I welcome the coolness as I wrap my fingers around the edge. The very act of obeying, of submission, causes my mind to rebel but only for the briefest moment as Nick settles over my body.
His entire being screams primal male, and my whole body shudders, my desire ratcheting higher. His thick thighs hug either side of my hips; his pants undone with his cock, standing straight out from his body, lying along my stomach, hard as a rod of steel, thick and heavy.
My mouth floods with saliva, the desire to lick up his shaft, has my tongue running along my bottom lip, and my hand moving to reach for the cock I so desperately need to taste.
“No,” he says, instantly reaching to capture my hand, guiding it back to the desk.
“But I want to touch you,” I nearly hiss in need.
“It’s not about what you want, it’s what you need,” he says.
Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling author of hot, dark and dirty romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author.
Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.
Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.
I’m an open box of passé photographs, snapped in chaste daylight, but filtered in sepia. I’m the past that he tried to forget, and he was the future I needed. When he left six years ago, I screamed for him every night. But then it all stopped. My screams were suddenly muffled by cruelty, and further coaxed by pain.
But he has come back. He’s not the cute big brother I had a furtive crush on, or the bad boy, rich brat that I hated to love.
He’s the ruthless vice president of Wolf Pack MC, and he doesn’t answer to Royce Kane anymore.
He answers to Sicko.
— MY REVIEW —
This was one hell of a ride! All kinds of trouble… and I’m still wrapping my head around what I’d just read. 🙉
After reading the blurb: Alright… I’m about to get into a hot MC romance.
After reading the first few chapters: Alright, okay… a little backstory to our hero/ heroine. Nothing sinister yet. Nice.
Reading the next few chapters after: What the hell?!! What just happened?? 😱
Double take galore! 😲😲😲
Since this sudden, unexpected, and shocking turn of events… the rest of the book felt like I was damn Alice down that rabbit hole.
I’ve read countless dark romances and MC romances, and tons with lots of twisted, gut-wrenching content, but I’ve never encountered one that has me completely disturbed, cringing with disgust and questioning nonstop at what exactly I was reading. But weirdly enough — I could not stop reading. These characters are masked in mystery, darkness, and answers that I so deeply needed in order to understand what the hell was happening.
‘Eyes Wide Shut’ meets ‘Taken’ meets Sons of Anarchy/ Mayans MC is what comes to mind when I was reading this book. It’s quite a combo.
There’s a lot of sensitive subject matters that may trigger some readers. Trafficking, rape, drug use, kidnapping and extreme violence, with continual mental and emotional abuse present. It also contains some BDSM. It’s definitely NOT for underage readers.
Props to Jones for writing something that exists all around the world but unfortunately is hardly spoken about in society unless it’s breaking news. Whilst Sicko is a fictional story, it does put awareness of situations similar to the ones broached in this book do happen in reality without a doubt.
These characters are psychologically damaged (and I think that’s putting it mildly). They use liquor and drugs as a crutch to get through what haunts them, and other times (especially with Jade) it’s just plain old snappy remarks to hide the truth. Despite knowing this is a work of fiction, my heart and sympathies go out to them for what they’ve been put through.
I initially thought I would be drawn to Royce (I do love me some bikers). But I ended up being more intrigued and invested in our heroine, Jade. She’s the focal point. I guess the cover should’ve clued me in! 🤦♀️
But with their lives drastically altered, the character growth is strong with this one!
Jones has created such an inky, perplexing world that’ll have you second-guessing anything and everything. I hadn’t expected mystery/ crime/ thriller and a whole bunch of game playing added into this dark MC romance. It added layer upon layer of world-building and gave different dimensions to these characters’ personas. You won’t know for sure which side of them is showing until it’s smack dab in front of you.
With darkness, there is also light. The steady playlist of songs throughout the book was 🙌 ahh… pure perfection! Not only did it set the mood for each scene, but it set this entire story’s atmosphere. It’s another added element to look forward to. (I grew up listening to a lot of the songs/ artists featured so it was a cool little throwback for me!)
Jade is unique as they come. She has a facade of coolness, nonchalance, and someone who you could never imagine to be corrupted. Yet she’s living in hell, daily — and what worried me on occasion whilst reading Sicko, was whether she liked all that darkness, or whether she’d been in that life for so long that she’d grown accustomed to it.
Royce, on the other hand was a tougher nut to crack. That is until he finally revealed some of his past… and from there things started to make some sense. But seeing how he was first introduced to how he is years later is surprising… yet not surprising. 🤔
I’m not going to sugarcoat this — So many things happen in this story. So many different sub-plots that somehow eventually work its way together, with a good handful of secondary characters that all have their own secrets and demons that I found overwhelming at times. Especially when trying to pinpoint how they all interconnect. There was one big plot point I figured out fairly early on into the story (unless you’ve already read the sample chapters of Sicko from the Love, Loyalty & Mayhem Anthology which pretty much spills the beans anyways). Luckily — a deluge of other unpredictable things that did pop up that completely blindsided me. So that certainly kept things interesting! 😜 Hehe.
This is a twisted, somewhat sick story. Jade and Royce’s love is beyond complicated and brutally hard. I mean — they are brother and sister (albeit foster siblings, but still). You won’t be swooning over their relationship. Yes, there’s moments where you’ll find yourself holding your breath. But for the most part, I think you’ll be looking at it with deep, almost probing eyes. Their relationship is an intense roller coaster.
And it won’t just be their relationship that you’ll scrutinize — it will also be the people they call family, and the consequences to all their actions. This story is a head trip (hence why I couldn’t put it down)! You forget that these protagonists are still relatively young, yet they’ve already lived such a demanding life.
If you’re looking for a stereotypical MC romance where there’s your bad ass alpha hero, and your gorgeous but tough-as-nails heroine with banter, hooking up, and comical relief from friends, then I don’t think this one is quite what you’re looking for. Whilst the MC and the brotherhood is present, it’s not the be all and end all of this story. Sicko comprises of so much more. It’s one of the more darker MC romances I’ve read. If you can handle the grit, then I say give this one a try!
Thank you to Amo Jones and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚
When I was seventeen, I fell in love. It was incredible, earth shattering, but most of all, it was heartbreaking. He walked away without an explanation. Without saying goodbye.
He was simply gone.
But five years later, I walk into a room and he’s there. He had been only hours away from me all these years. I often imagined how a reunion between us would be. Would I run into his arms, kiss him and tell him I still love him?
No, I slugged him.
I knew the day would come when I’d have to face Skylar. I made a decision years ago that I’ve always questioned. Always wondered if it was the right choice. I was torn between the woman lying in my bed and the best friend who was giving me the opportunity for a better life.
Skylar deserved better than me. I chose the Royal Bastards MC.
Now, she’s here, having been brought to the club for protection. Our reunion didn’t go as I imagined it would. There was no sweet embrace, no words even exchanged. She marched right up to me and punched me in the face.
I knew right then and there, I never stopped loving her. Thing is, the Royal Bastards have rules. I live and die by them. If I break them, I’m out. I’ll lose my patch and lose the family I have.
Is Skylar worth the risk?
• MY REVIEW •
Oooo-wee! Drama. Drama. Drama.
And I loved. every. damn. minute. of. it! 🤤🤭
Skylar has this steamy one-nighter with her brother’s best friend Jake (who she’s had a crush on since she first met the guy), only for both her brother Hunter and Jake to leave, never to return. No note. No goodbyes. Just radio silence.
Fast forward five years later to the present, where Skylar is unexpectedly thrown into a world of bikers, life and death situations, and losing what little independence she had. All because of secrets and lies that have been kept from her all these years.
This story starts you right off with intrigue, and immediately wanting to get to the bottom of where, why, and how Hunter and Jake could (and did) leave Skylar. Relatively well-paced story-telling all throughout, and told from dual perspectives. Despite the never ending drama, it was a cushy, enjoyable read that left me wanting the next installment really, really badly..
WHERE’S THE NEXT BOOK, DAMMIT!?!?!
*Calm, blue ocean… Calm, blue ocean…*
As much as I enjoyed reading this, there was also so many things I wanted more of, and questions I need answered. The ending left me feeling like a lost puppy. Like dude, really?! 🙈 All I can say without giving any spoilers away is…. there better be a book two in this Royal Bastards MC: Birmingham Chapter. Because… ugh. Answers, people!! 🥺
Like so many good MC romances I’ve read, this one has a nice balance of MC and romance. We have a club, club members — which are our secondary characters we want and need more of! I already have a few from this club I want to see have their own books. Hunter being numero uno! ☝
There’s a seriously complicated relationship going on between Hunter, Skylar and Jake, that had me really grasping at needing to see more. These guys have history. Hunter and Jake have been friends since they were teenagers… and Skylar being Hunter’s younger sister, was someone who always wanted to hang with them.
I know this story revolves around Skylar and Jake’s romance, but I couldn’t help it whilst I was reading this book, Hunter had my attention a smidge more. He has sacrificed so much of his life into protecting his family and has not once given up despite having one problem after another popping up. I think he deserves so much credit, definitely a lot more love, and to be honest… I think deserves a whole lot better, especially considering how this entire story unraveled. Now. I don’t agree with all his actions.. *cough* especially with a certain woman *cough* .. but that’s why I desperately need a sequel! 🙏
But moving on, moving on.
Let’s cut to the chase! Get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?
The story line itself was engaging. There’s a lot of different things happening but it was easy enough to follow. It didn’t feel overly done with too many issues going on at once, so that’s good. Oh, and there was something that did catch me off-guard, something I didn’t see coming — so points for unpredictability!
And secondary characters were definitely in attendance. There’s a good amount of club brothers, all with individual personality traits, with some a little more charming than others.. 😉😉
Although Skylar was uprooted from her life to be watched over by her brother and a half dozen or so MC members, it’s always cool to see another woman in the scene and befriending Skylar. I love me a good bromance and brotherhood, but I never wanna see a chick left to fend for herself… especially when there needs to be girl talk, giggles, and eye-candy to be drooled over, right??
There’s lots of potential for more stories to be told and for the world-building to expand if and when the author wants to.
I love the obvious chemistry the author has excellently written between Skylar and Jake, despite not having seen each other in years. There’s hate and regret there, but a very obvious heat still lingering between them that they can’t deny either. Always nice to see protectiveness, alpha-ism in MC romances (it’s always entertaining) and this one had it in bucket loads!
There’s some unresolved family issues between Skylar and Hunter and an obvious strain in their relationship from being apart for so many years with no contact. But their family dynamics is one of the things I liked about this book. Skylar can be the stereotypical bratty younger sister who doesn’t want to be bossed around by her big brother, yet stills sees him as someone to look up to. Hunter is fairly closed-off and keeps his true feelings to himself, but he’s very much an overprotective brother. There’s so much mystery surrounding him that I couldn’t get enough of the guy.
And let’s not forget Hunter and Jake’s friendship. Never been a fan of a chick getting in between guys’ brotherhood/ friendship.. even if she is family. Not gonna lie, I have mixed feelings about the things that were said and done, but it didn’t interfere with my liking of it overall so that’s a relief. Plus my need for the next book is strong, so… *shrugs* 🤗
As I said earlier, it ended with such a gaping hole of unanswered questions. Even if Leslie, decides to continue with more books, I would still liked to have seen an epilogue included in this one. I know with the majority of the MC romance books I’ve come across, characters still make appearances in sequels and relatively give the reader an update of how life has been like since their book, but Worth The Risk seemed like Skylar and Jake’s story was far from being sorted out completely. I can accept a HFN (aka Happy For Now) ending but it didn’t quite feel that way with this book either. It felt a little more up in the air… like there’s still things to overcome first before they get their true HEA. You know what I mean?
Nevertheless, it’s a very convincing start to a potentially juicy MC series. There’s already a decent amount of world-building introduced with the Royal Bastards MC: Birmingham Chapter. An atmosphere between the brothers has been placed and intriguing enough to want to see develop further. There are possible future plot lines that I would look forward to see play out. As far as MC romances go, this one although contains violence, was a little less suspenseful than most, less graphic and in my opinion mild in the dark, gritty romance factor. It’ll be a good one to start off with for a first timer of MC books.
All in all, if you’re looking for your next MC romance, or like your alpha males tatted and with bikes, then you’ll find this one satisfying! Lots of feels. There’s a couple of moments you’ll find yourself giggling over, and times that make you genuinely sad for these characters, and then there’s times you wanna rip some heads off from frustration. But hey, all in a good book, am I right?! 😜
Thank you J.L. Leslie and the entire Royal Bastards MC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡