Belles & Mobsters: Luca by Eva Winners

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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Luca King.

The notorious playboy.

A master of one night stands. 

My constant shadow.

Wherever I went, he was always there. Until he wasn’t. One wild night at a masquerade party was all it took. I got pregnant, broke my engagement, and failed my family.

The worst part.

I had no idea who the father of my baby was. I had only one clue. A Prince Albert piercing. Not exactly a smoking gun.

My parents disowned me after I refused to marry the prospects they presented. It wasn’t my fault I became gun shy. The last four men I met ended up dead. It was safer to have this baby on my own.

Our world was a dangerous one. And without the protection of my family… I was running out of time.

So it left me with no choice but to disappear, leaving no trace of where I went.

That was until Luca King found me at my lowest.

Maybe I should have tried harder to stay hidden because he would surely be my destruction.



“I fell in love with a villain. A persistent villain.”


This was an oh-so sweet final book in the Belles & Mobsters series! To be honest, I hadn’t given much thought to Luca in the previous books other than the fact that he was Cassio’s brother and that he’d eventually be a protagonist with his own story. But after reading this book I’m glad I went into it relatively unaware of what his story would be about because it ended up being unputdownable!

What makes this story stand out from the previous books in the series is that there was a deep history between Luca and Margaret. It’s evident as the story developed and with how much their relationship evolved throughout the years. There’s a genuineness in their coupling that made their relationship more in-depth and believable. After a string of alpha-hole after alpha-hole of heroes within this series, I hadn’t expected anything different with this last one, but Winners presented a true blue sweetheart in Luca and he has become of one my favourites from this group of mobsters. He’s definitely one playboy you shouldn’t judge by appearance.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the developments between Luca and Margaret. If you like the hate-to-love romance trope with plenty of fiery banter involved, then I highly recommend you add this mafia romance to your TBR. Belles & Mobsters is a series of standalone stories so each one can be read individually and at any order. Please note, Luca contains sensitive subject matters that may be triggering or disturbing for some readers such as, violence, abuse, and trauma triggered by haunting events. It’s intended for readers 18+ only.

It’s well-paced, told from dual POVs, and constantly keeps you on edge. I loved that it was filled with unpredictability but didn’t distract from the main storyline developing between Luca and Margaret— if anything it heightened the suspense and their dramatic relationship.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect pairing from this series. They’re such a likable pair of strong-willed characters that kept me entertained, not only with their interactions but with their amusing inner dialogue throughout. Although there’s an age gap, it was hardly noticeable as their characters always seemed level in mindset. Their dynamics just worked with a distinct balance in roles between the two. There’s just enough possessiveness and resolve in Luca that makes him one desirable alpha hero. Margaret’s rebellious, but she’s also good-natured and passionate about a lot of things that matter to her.

This was a well-written, well-developed story, effortless to follow, and evokes a rollercoaster of emotions out of you. If you’re familiar with Winners’ books then you won’t be surprised in seeing a quirky character or two, and series crossovers. I haven’t read all of Winners’ backlist of books yet but there’s no denying there’s always a range of cleverly included appearances from her other dark/ mafia romances that has your curiosity piquing. The cast of characters in this series undoubtedly added comic relief, but more importantly they provided strong moral support for the MCs. I love seeing deep-set brotherhood and solid family dynamics, and just like the previous books in the series, this one had it in spades. It also had an amazing balance of raunchy romance and gritty mafia elements throughout that would thrill any fellow mafia romance reader.

All in all, it’s another gripping addition to the Belles & Mobsters series. It’s also a satisfying conclusion to the overall world Winners has vividly created. It does however leave certain things open for interpretation and a possibility for expansion. But this book had one HEA that was bittersweet but nevertheless, still had me completely and utterly sighing in happy contentment.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Eva Winners and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💗

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

🔔 Interested in starting the Belles & Mobsters series from the begining? Grab the books here:  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU


💀 Read my review for Belles & Mobsters: Sasha

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Book Six: Belles & Mobsters: Sasha by Eva Winners


🌹 More books by Eva Winners!

Kingpins Of The Syndicate

Prequel: Corrupted Pleasure by Eva Winners
Book One: Villainous Kingpin by Eva Winners


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By Fate I Conquer by Cora Reilly

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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Do you believe in love at first sight? In a love so strong and bright, it ignites you even in your darkest hours? Do you believe that somewhere in this world there’s someone who’s destined to be your other half? Your soulmate?

I didn’t.

Until I met her.

Greta Falcone.

The Camorra’s protected mafia princess. She’s forbidden to me.


My love for my family and my animals was all I needed. I never thought I’d fall in love. Until I met him.

Amo Vitiello. Future Capo of the Famiglia. Cruel and cold. The smiles that he has only for me quiet the chaos in my head.

What if you find your soulmate at the wrong time?

I knew the cruelest men, and yet nothing could ever be crueler than fate itself.



“You’re meant to be Capo.”

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“I’m also meant to love you.”

Would you take a leap of faith for the unknown? Would you sacrifice one love for another?

This story just about broke my heart. As much as I thought I was coming into it slightly prepared for some heartbreak, it was nowhere near enough what with the emotional onslaught that smacked me page after page. Reilly really pulled out the big guns with this one. I couldn’t stop reading even if I needed to. This may have been one of Reilly’s longer length novels, but it definitely didn’t read like one with the constant developments, nail-biting suspense, and jaw-dropping plot twists.

By Fate I Conquer is reminiscent of Bound by Honor and Twisted Pride combined. It brought about the gritty atmosphere, complexity, and well-developed narrative that initially had me falling in love with the Born In Blood Mafia Chronicles and The Camorra Chronicles alike, (and more specifically with my favourite Made Men of this world). It was the book I was so hoping and wishing Sins Of The Fathers had been from the get-go, but nevertheless Amo and Greta’s story was well worth the wait, and in my opinion breathe new life into the series.

Seeing the relationships, contrast and dynamics between certain characters was intriguing to say the least and in some cases devilishly amusing, leaving me with giddy excitement to see what Reilly has in store for future books.

I’ve seen how this world Reilly has created has divided readers in regards to the actions her characters have taken. I personally, had no issues with the events that transpired in both Remo (Twisted Pride) and Luca’s (Bound By Blood) books and the roads taken, and I didn’t have issues with Amo’s either. Reilly’s characters are flawed and complex. This story undoubtedly struggles with morality and you’re going to have to leave your moral compass at the door if there’s any chance of liking (and more importantly accepting) Amo and Greta’s story.

Having said that, in my opinion trigger warnings should be openly shared whether it contains spoilers or not. It would take a lot for me to be triggered by dark and/or sensitive content from a book I’m reading, but if I had any, I’d like to know ahead of time if a book I was considering reading had any that I might be opposed to. Out of respect for Reilly’s wishes I’m not sharing specific TW, but I will say this: By Fate I Conquer is graphic, probably more graphic, more detailed than any of Reilly’s past mafia books. The violence is disturbing, brutal, and can be traumatic for some readers. There’s a lot to unpack with this book, the violence is just one of many. Take caution if you’re squeamish.

This story is undoubtedly debatable and thought-provoking. It brings up real-life issues. I applaud Reilly for trying to add diversity to her characters and to their circumstances, however I’m on the fence about one particular turn of events. I initially liked the idea and thought it was a refreshing change of direction, but sadly it was short-lived, as Reilly reverted back to a predictable route that majority of her fanbase no doubt are favourably expecting.

In spite of everything, this book is hefty. I thoroughly enjoyed the backstories and the constant interactions amongst the cast of characters. There are bonds that I was all-in for and hope to see more of in upcoming books. The vast relationships presented and series crossovers alone made this an outstanding story to read through. Star-crossed lovers is a premise I’ll never tire of reading, and this was very much a modern-day Romeo & Juliet narrative. Amo and Greta have an interesting contrast of personalities that suited one another and I was immediately invested in seeing how things would progress. The saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” has never been truer than with the Falcones and the Vitiellos, and they certainly know how to evoke emotion out of you. The ratio of romance to dark mafia elements was well-balanced and honestly kept me on the edge of seat. The budding romance is swoon-worthy with tons of eroticism thrown in.

The world-building expanded tenfold with this book through the epic cast of characters that appeared. If you’re not familiar with the pre-existing characters from Reilly’s extensive mafia world, then you’ll probably feel overwhelmed by all the relationships and connections involved. I recommend checking out Reilly’s backlist of books to ensure you’re up-to-date (preferably before starting this one).

Overall, it’s well-paced storytelling and I enjoyed seeing it told from multiple POVs. Whilst I found particular scenes predictable, there were still plenty of surprises throughout that made it unputdownable. I only wish certain events that took place weren’t mentioned in passing. I’m curious to know all the gory details. But I’m in happy contentment that this story gave a sense of new beginnings and in some instances a sense of closure too. Although I still can’t wrap my mind around my favourite OG characters having gotten older, I’m chuffed to see their fiery dispositions are still very much alive and kicking. 🤭😜

Amo and Greta have come a long way from their days as littlies. Despite their dark and gritty surroundings, I have second-hand pride at seeing how well they’ve both turned out. I will definitely be reading this one time and time again, and I highly recommend fans of dark mafia romance books add it to their TBR!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Cora Reilly and Emily Alice for the opportunity to read an advance copy!

🔔 Interested in reading By Fate I Conquer? Grab your copy here: Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Barnes & Noble


Sins Of The Fathers

Book One: By Sin I Rise: Part One by Cora Reilly
Book Two: By Sin I Rise: Part Two by Cora Reilly
Book Three: By Virtue I Fall by Cora Reilly


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The Camorra Chronicles

Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly
Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly
Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly
Book Four: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly
Book Five: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly


Luca Vitiello by Cora Reilly
Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly
The Dirty Bargain by Lylah James & Cora Reilly
Bound By The Past by Cora Reilly
King Thrushbeard by Cora Reilly
Forbidden Delights by Cora Reilly
Bound By Blood Anthology by Cora Reilly
Not Meant To Be Broken by Cora Reilly
Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly


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Sweetest Awareness by M. A. Heard

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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With the impending war on our doorstep, I’m training harder than ever to become the woman I was always meant to be.

A warrior.

I’m faced with trials set out to break me, but I keep getting up and walking away stronger than before.

I quickly learn I’m not just fighting for freedom but for a world where women won’t be treated as breeders.

I’m fighting for the future of every woman.

I’m fighting to prove I’m not the coward I always thought I was.

I’m a leader.

Mostly, I’m the woman every man on this planet should fear.

Author’s Note: 18+ ONLY. This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.
CRUELEST OBLIVION is book #1 and needs to be read before reading SWEETEST AWARENESS which concludes the duet.



“I’ve always wondered if there’s more out there.”


This was a whirlwind conclusion to the Cruelest Oblivion Duet. It’s fast-paced, punchy, and dropped one shocking development after another. There was definitely a sense of urgency and desperation surrounding Jai, Chance, and their group of friends as they brace themselves for the inevitable all-out war heading their way.

Forget everything and everyone you’ve learned about and have even grown attached to in the first book. This conclusion will turn everything on its axis and you’ll find yourself trying to wrap your mind around the turn of events that take place.

The build-up of action and suspense in Cruelest Oblivion has carried over to Sweetest Awareness, along with the impressive individuals that were introduced.

I do feel that this second book was abrupt in comparison, with a lot to take in but finding very little time to do so. One of the main things I ended up loving in the first book was the diverse cast of characters and the dynamics within their group, and I’m glad to see it has only evolved since.

However, I am left with plenty of questions that I know I’ll probably never get the answers to. With how this part of the story developed the storytelling was slightly on the choppy side, and in my opinion certain developments needed to be more extensive. But in saying that, I loved that there were still some unpredictability with some of the twists that played out completely coming out of left field.

There’s a little spice here and there, enough to keep the romance element present, but its the growing relationships and their main objective in this world that’s become the main focal point of this book. As I mentioned in my review for Cruelest Oblivion, if you’re a fan of other dystopian worlds like Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, then I highly think you’ll enjoy the world Heard has created.

This is Heard’s debut into Dystopian fiction, and I truly hope she plans to venture back into the genre in the future. The world-building for this duet is vivid and leaves potential for expansion. Whilst I would’ve loved an epilogue, it still closes on a nice open-ended conclusion that left me in happy contentment.

Investing in these characters with their strong, individual personalities, and minor storylines developing in the background was easily done on my part. They’re flawed, emotionally-driven, and impulsive, yet they all have some lovable trait about them that had me rooting for their survival.

Heard had me returning to a genre I hadn’t read from in ages. It had an impressive premise that was well-executed overall in its storytelling. I love this duet! The writing was effortless to follow, kept me engaged from the first page to the last, and transported me to a captivating world. I highly recommend this duet to romance readers, even if you’re not big on Dystopian fiction. There’s plenty of action and suspense, strong friendships, and swoon-worthy romance that’ll keep you hooked!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Michelle Heard for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💜

🔔 Interested in reading the Cruelest Oblivion Duet? Grab your copy here:


🥀 Cruelest Oblivion Duet!


Book One: Cruelest Oblivion by M. A. Heard


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Owned By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Stolen By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Chosen By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Chosen By A Sinner by Michelle Heard


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Kiss To Shatter by Anna B. Doe

⚠ This review contain minor teasers!

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Prescott Wentworth is my brother’s best friend and teammate. We hate each other. But we also can’t keep our hands off each other.

The day I met the star wide receiver, he was acting like a grumpy ass, and I was so over big, bulky men messing with my life. He was gorgeous, with wide shoulders, a chiseled jaw hidden behind a week’s worth of scruff, and the meanest glare I’ve seen in my life. So what if he was injured during a game? At least he’s alive, not that he appreciates it.

Now it’s a new school year, but some things never change.

Like the sizzling tension between Prescott and me every time we’re in the same room. But the more we fight, the more I want to shut him up. With my mouth.

Then he sees me on a date with someone else, and something in him snaps.

The deal is simple: it’s just sex, and nobody can ever find out. Especially not my brother.

But then the demons from my past come back to haunt me. The darker they become, the more I need Prescott. And I’m beginning to feel like he needs me too.

Author’s Note: Although not a dark romance, this duet contains DARK THEMES! You can find the full list of trigger warnings (which can contain spoilers) on my webpage:



“I inhale her sweet scent—lavender mixed with sun and grass from hours spent on the field. She smells like home.”


Kiss To Shatter is a siren song. I need more. Jade and Prescott are two characters I had always thought would only play minor roles; secondary characters who helped create the world-building centring around a group of friends navigating through college, but after reading this book my mind is completely reeling at the fact that it was so not the case. Jade and Prescott’s personal stories are gritty, complex, and just as (if not more) thought-provoking as some of the previous books in Blairwood University.

There’s a lot to unpack with this first half of the duet, but it was attention-grabbing from start to finish that I’m now eagerly anticipating the next book. There’s a sweet balance between darkness and lightness within this story that kept me engaged. It could easily have been a heavy-set melancholic narrative but Doe carried comic relief amongst the cast of characters, witty banter, as well as uplifting moments all throughout.

It’s well-paced storytelling with dual POVs that heightened the MCs thought process and emotions, and incorporated internal monologue. I recommend readers interested in starting this duet to first look into the trigger warnings as Jade and Prescott’s story deals with a handful of sensitive subject matters.

As someone who has gone through a similar experience as Prescott, I found myself instantaneously connecting with his character and sympathising with his dilemma despite his prickly persona. Jade faces a completely different set of hurdles but they’re just as real life, genuine matters that plenty of people can relate to. Although I found her reckless personality a little frustrating at times, the reasoning behind her behaviour is understandable. They bring about an emotional journey that’s full of unpredictability and impulsive choices that set the course of their evolving relationship.

“That’s what we are. Completely destructive, but unable to stay away from one another.”

Jade and Prescott both have strong personalities that have a way of clashing yet meshing together at the same time. It’s a hate-to-love trope that builds in anticipation and leaves you pining for more.

It’s a hearty, character-driven storyline filled with angst and drama. It can be read as a standalone but I strongly recommend you start from the beginning of the series as characters and relationships are interconnected, and the world-building is extensive. It’s a New Adult/ College backdrop that easily toes the line into Adult Romance with the seriousness and mature themes included.

I loved it. It’s another gripping addition to Blairwood University. Each book in this series has consistently been a winning read. Doe’s writing is mighty, complex, and well-developed. The storylines always reflect real-life matters and contain striking characters that tend to leave lasting impressions. The group dynamics in this series is something I’ve come to look forward to seeing other than the MCs developing romance as there’s a genuine sense of friendship and support system. Kiss To Shatter is a quality contemporary romance that I’m happily recommending to fellow romance readers. It’s the type of read you can really hunker down and get lost in. I can’t wait for Kiss To Salvage!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Anna B. Doe for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading Kiss To Shatter? Grab your copy here: Universal Link  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon AU  |  Amazon CA


🏈🏒 Blairwood University Series ⛸🏀

Prequel: Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe
Book One: Kiss To Conquer by Anna B. Doe
Book Two: Kiss To Forget by Anna B. Doe
Book Three: Kiss To Defy by Anna B. Doe
Book Four: Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe
Book Five: Kiss To Belong by Anna B. Doe


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Broken Queen by Natasha Knight

⚠ This review contain minor teasers!

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Betrayal. Destruction. Truth. 

He says you can only rise up once you hit rock bottom.

Only be made whole once you’re fully broken.

I don’t know that there’s anything left to break.

Time is running out for me. Enemies are closing in at every turn.

But this time I won’t be alone.

One brother has vowed his protection. The other reaffirmed his hatred of me.

Yet they both want me.

But something dark is unraveling inside me.

An event too terrible clawing its way into my consciousness.

And even as things begin to change between us, it’s those memories that may undo us all.



“This is Dandelion. A little weird. Damaged. But ours. Ours.”

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What an emotional journey! Knight has a talent for putting her characters through the wringer. Ruined Kingdom was a strong introduction to not only Amadeo, Bastian, and Vittoria’s depraved world but to their devilishly complex love triangle. Broken Queen got bloody, it unearthed secrets, and more than ever, it cemented the trio’s bond.

After the cliffhanger that concluded the first book I couldn’t read this one fast enough, and I found that I read the majority of it with bated breath. It’s tense, dramatic, and was set in an overall murky atmosphere.

It’s a continual storyline therefore Ruined Kingdom must be read first in order to read this conclusion. It’s fast-paced, told from multiple POVs, and is constantly developing. The dark themes and content resumed in this book but if you’ve already read the first one, then you know what to expect going forward. If not, please note there are sensitive subject matter that some readers may find triggering, such as graphic violence, kidnapping, and sexual assault. It’s intended for readers 18+ only.

As I mentioned in my review for the first book in this duet, MFM romance is not in my usual wheelhouse of romance reads, but Knight undoubtedly hooked me in with her characters and their twisted, yet unmistakable connection.

“I know one thing more surely than I’ve ever know anything in my life. We were fated, the three of us…”

I liked the contrast and group dynamics between these three MCs. They each had differences in their character but all worked well together. It’s evident their stronger together than they are apart. And despite the brothers sharing a heroine, there’s genuineness within their unique relationship. Unlike some love triangles I’ve encountered in other romance stories, there wasn’t anything awkward or unconvincing about these brothers falling for the same woman. They all bring something worthy to the relationship and I found myself instantly invested in seeing their relationship evolve.

From the very beginning I gravitated towards one brother more than the other despite finding both to be such likable morally grey heroes, and this second half of the duet only cemented my love for said brother. I was drawn a smidge more to his parts of the story and his interactions, in my opinion, left lasting impressions.

There’s full character growth and backstory with each of the protagonists in this story. Amadeo, Bastian, and Vittoria come full circle that left me genuinely happy to see them secure their HEA. Yes, it’s unconventional, but I ran with it because it’s fictional, it’s swoon-inducing, and after having witnessed what they had gone through, they deserved a second chance and to find some contentment in their lives.

It’s another amazingly well-written dark, mafia romance story by Knight. She’s racked up so many of them that I love whenever I come across series crossovers. The appearances made here by certain characters was a giddy surprise! Their addition to the storyline was seamless, added extra dimension, but in no way stole the limelight from the MCs.

I enjoyed reading this story and highly recommend it to avid fans of Knight, fans of dark/ mafia romances, and for those who also enjoy the MFM romance trope. It’s brutal, at times unsettling, but balanced with a scorching, ravenous romance between enemies-turned-lovers.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

🔔 Interested in reading the Ruined Kingdom Duet? Grab your copy here:


👑 Start the Ruined Kingdom Duet!

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Book One: Ruined Kingdom by Natasha Knight


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The Devil’s Pawn Duet
Book One: Devil’s Pawn by Natasha Knight


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Cruelest Oblivion by M. A. Heard

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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Over the past four decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order.

Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.

When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices.

It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on?

I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity.

Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence.

Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me.

18+ ONLY. This book contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content.
CRUELEST OBLIVION is book #1 and ends on a cliffhanger. SWEETEST AWARENESS will conclude the duet.



“In the forbidden lands, there’s no good and bad, Jai. There are only those who are strong and those who are weak. The strong survive, and the weak die. It’s as simple as that.”

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OMG this book is perfection, with an absolute savage of a storyline and attention-grabbing characters. It was unputdownable! 🙌 Heard needs to write more dystopian fiction because she definitely has a knack for it.

If you like Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, and/or even Stephen King’s Under The Dome, then I truly think you would enjoy Cruelest Oblivion. Heard quickly cemented her own epically brutal dystopian world-building and I felt as if I was transported right alongside Jai as she navigated through some massive life-altering developments.

It’s fast-paced.

It’s thrilling.

It’s utterly addictive.

It’s a harsh world where survival instincts either need to kick in, and kick in fast, or find yourself an easy target during hunting season (which in this world, is all year round)! A very real sense of fear and anxiety permeated the air as I read this story, and I found myself rooting for a multitude of characters to make it out on the other side.

The plot twists and unpredictability added excitement, the romance element added giddiness, the action and suspense kept things on edge, but the one element that completely took me by surprise was the lightheartedness— the ongoing comical relief and the smile-inducing internal monologue added extra oomph to an already unbelievably satisfying read. It balanced out the heartache, emotional turmoil, and some of the shock factor from events that transpired.

Please heed the trigger warnings and don’t read this book if you can’t withstand graphic violence and sensitive content such as abuse and mental trauma. It’s definitely intended for readers 18+ only.

The world-building is vivid, multidimensional, and has what feels like infinite possibilities for expansion. I can’t believe this is only a duet. I finished this book with so many lingering questions and a love for not only the protagonists, but the secondary characters that made just as punchy an impression. From the morally grey characters, to the law-abiding ones, to ones that seemed black-hearted but who I’m secretly hoping have some redeemable qualities in them have all left me wanting to see more. It’s a story that was made for the screen. Heard’s writing is imaginative and effortless to follow that it instantly pulls you in. Whilst it does occasionally have dual POVs, most of the narrative is through Jai’s perspective, which in my opinion, sets an apprehensive vibe throughout the book and elevates the entire reading experience.

Although it concludes on a cliffhanger, it still had a sense of closure. A chapter of Jai’s journey comes to a close but in no way is it nearing the final end yet. It’s a less mean, less dramatic cliffhanger, which I appreciated. 🙏😅

It’s a solid recommendation from me. I think it’s perfect for fans of dystopian romance, and a must-try for readers who love Heard’s writing. It may be a different genre from her previous books but it still has elements that is so quintessentially Heard and her writing style. The premise delivers and then some! There’s tingly romance, a diverse cast of characters, and constant developments all in a world that’s gritty and divided.

It’s definitely one of my favourite reads of the year. I can’t wait to read Sweetest Awareness and see how this duet wraps-up!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

🔔 Interested in reading Cruelest Oblivion? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon AU  |  Amazon CA


🥀 More books by Michelle Heard!

Saints Series

The Saints Series by Michelle Heard
Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard

Standalone Dark Romance

Lifeline by Michelle Heard

Sinners Series

Taken By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Owned By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Stolen By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Chosen By A Sinner by Michelle Heard
Chosen By A Sinner by Michelle Heard


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Belles & Mobsters: Sasha by Eva Winners

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn



Sasha Nikolaev.

The unhinged mobster.

Satan’s spawn with pale blue eyes.

I made him a promise years ago. Granted, I only made it so he’d kiss me. But it was a promise made nonetheless. So I waited.

And waited some more.

He never came back to collect. So I moved on.

Never would I have ever thought I’d see him the day I walked down the aisle.

Except there he was, waiting for me in the pews.

Sasha Nikolaev.

When he snatched me in the middle of the ceremony, for the whole world to see, shit hit the fan.

He claimed I had a debt to pay.

My family promised retribution. My fiancé did the same.

And now, nothing will ever be the same.



“Baby, your initials have been carved into my heart for a long time.”


Sasha is a crazy, hella entertaining mofo and this story mirrored his character to a T! 🙌 He first caught my attention when I came across him in a series crossover (Kingpins Of The Syndicate). His cheeky and protective, yet somewhat unhinged personality had me curious to know more about his story.

This book was no holds barred. It had a gritty atmosphere from start to finish that set the entire mood as you delve into both Sasha and Branka’s entire history. It’s not for the fainthearted, with constant fear, brutality, and danger in the air.

Please note, it contains sensitive content that may be triggering for some readers such as, domestic abuse, child abuse, graphic violence, suicide, rape, drug use, and psychological torment— all resulting in one form or another of PTSD. It has dark themes and strong sexual content. It’s intended for readers 18+ only.

Sasha has three main elements within its story— familial dynamics, violence, and BDSM romance. The first two I’m accustomed to with the copious amounts of dark/ mafia and romantic suspense books I read. The latter not so much. BDSM is not in my usual wheelhouse of romance tropes and elements. I have nothing against this element, it’s just not for me, but in saying that and after seeing snippets of Sasha in previous books of Belles & Mobsters (and in the Kingpins Of The Syndicate series), Sasha wouldn’t be Sasha without some eroticism and kinky bedroom play. 🤷‍♀️😅

The world-building is vivid and extensive, and whilst it can technically be read as a standalone novel, the entire series is interconnected through its characters and the relationships they’ve formed. I recommend you start from the beginning to get the full experience of the Belles & Mobsters underworld and the connections amongst each family and territory.

Whilst I’m not completely up to snuff with this series yet, I have read enough of the books to see similarities within each one. All are relatively steady-paced storytelling. I do see occasional repetitiveness or previously mentioned details circle back around. This book is no different and a contributing factor to it being a little wordy. Although both Sasha and Branka’s backstories were both haunting and heart-wrenching to learn about, I metaphorically grasped the pages (of my ebook) whenever they interacted as their relationship was somewhat of cruel slow burn.

It’s a character-driven story full of sadness, anger, and retribution that gradually morphs into one of strength, healing, and happiness. Sasha and Branka are complex, damaged characters with their own ghosts and insecurities. Their character growth was interesting to see throughout and although there’s an age difference between the two it didn’t necessarily come across in their dynamic. Whilst they do have an unconventional relationship, it does work for them.

All in all, Sasha did not disappoint. He exceeded my expectations and then some! 😜 He’s a total alpha-hole and his lunacy will have your jaw-dropping in shock but in a good way. Sasha’s fierceness and all-guns-blazing attitude in achieving his HEA with Branka is a prime example of a possessive mobster in an all-out dark, mafia romance story! Sasha has intrigued me for the longest time, and after having read his story I’m left in happy contentment. His book is another great addition to the series, and now I can look forward to reading the next one.

After five books the cast of characters is vast and connections are more complex than ever, but rest assured once you settle in, juggling all the relationships and family trees will be a piece of cake. It’s not to be missed for readers who’ve been following the Belles & Mobsters series. I think fans of dark, mafia romance books will get a kick out of this one. It has equal parts romance and mafia elements. You can also look forward to seeing strong bonds and a contrast of personalities. It’s twisty, at times comical, and an all-around wild ride!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Eva Winners and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💗

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

💀🌹 Start the Belles & Mobsters series! Grab the books here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU


👑 More Books by Eva Winners!

The Kingpins Of The Syndicate
Prequel: Corrupted Pleasure by Eva Winners
Book One: Villainous Kingpin by Eva Winners


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A Vow Of Lust & Fury by L.P. Lovell

⚠ This review contain minor teasers!

Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn



My uncle is the boss of the Chicago Outfit, but there’s one man even he fears, Giovanni Guerra. And he just sold me to him —as his wife. For an alliance. For power.

The boss of the New York family is beautiful, and deadly, and he stokes a fire in me that might just destroy us both. Giovanni was sold a submissive little mafia princess, but he’s about to find out that I am no one’s pawn.

The only vow I make is one of lust and fury.

A Vow of Lust and Fury is part of the Underworld Kings Universe. A multi-author series of standalone books filled with mafia families waging war, danger and violence, arranged and forced marriages, angst, love, and everything in-between.

Light or dark, twisted or sweet, the Underworld Kings has something for every reader.




Eeep. This is a perfect example as to why I am obsessed with dark mafia romance reads containing broody, excessively intimidating alpha heroes! AVOLAF had all the elements I love from this genre.

The premise was what initially had me wanting to read this story. From the first chapter, the protagonists had me intrigued. As it progressed, the storyline kept me engaged. There’s constant build-up and suspense, a torturous slow-burn between Gio and Emilia, and on top of that, their enemies are practically at their doorstep. Ugh. It’s one savagely edgy dark romance! 😍😍

“A better man would look away. A better man would let her go, but she’d made a fatal error; she’d drawn my attention.”

The Kiss of Death duet was the story that introduced me to Lovell, and the dark, all-out gritty mafia world she had created. This book not only lives up to the high standard that that duet had set, but it was a pleasant surprise to see the characters from said duet crossover into Gio’s and Emilia’s story. It’s honest-to-goodness like going back and visiting one of my favourite bookish worlds and seeing the gang together again. 🙌

If you haven’t read the Kiss Of Death duet, I think AVOLAF is a great introduction to their world, and the tight-knit circle of friends within. Not only will you be invested in Gio’s and Emilia’s developing relationship, but the supporting cast included will have you wanting to know their story too! The strong familial bonds amongst Gio and his friends are just as equal a highlight as the addictive push-and-pull romance.

Despite the slow burn, the storytelling is relatively fast-paced and action-packed. Lovell has created an atmosphere of uneasiness and danger surrounding Emilia and you can’t help but feel the dread right along with her. The desperation Emilia exudes has you sympathising her and the situation she’s inevitably been forced into by the lack of options she’s been presented with.

Please note: This book contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as graphic violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Explicit mature content intended for readers 18+ only.

I always yearn for a strong, gutsy heroine in my reads as I find the majority never live up to the “fierce, independent heroine” tag they’re supposedly described to be. But Lovell doesn’t disappoint in providing one in Emilia. In a male dominated world, she may not be as physically powerful in comparison, but she’s not one to back down and take brutality either. It’s what makes her a likable character that earns both awe and respect. Her vulnerability is what makes her relatable and genuine, and quite a contrast to the confident, and overprotective men in her life.

Gio is your typical anti-hero who does some questionable things but within reason. It’s hard to turn your back on him — he’s merciless, calculating, danger personified, yet within their society’s Underbelly there’s also an ulterior motive to his power and reputation. I love grey characters and he’s one of a few within this world that I was instantly hooked on. He’s arrogant with a little bit of a cheeky side to him that’ll have you suppressing a giggle or two, not wanting to admit that his charm has gotten to you. 🙈🤭

A mafia romance with an arranged marriage/ forced proximity trope. It’s dramatic, angsty, and keeps you on your toes the entire time. It’s very character-driven and emotion-based. Told from dual POVs, Emilia and Gio are both fighting the sizzling chemistry between them, and as their relationship builds, the intensity only deepens. For lack of a better word, it’s hot! 🔥🔥🔥

As the plot thickens, you see a gradual shift in their relationship. It might seem small in the grand scheme of things but the scenes where they get snippets of each other’s characters when their defences are down only added more dimension and complements the dark and gritty side of their story.

“He was the key to my shackles, and it occurred to me that while I’d been trying to escape him to find freedom, perhaps he was that freedom.”

True to its genre, it has equal parts mafia to romance elements. The antagonists here are legit villains. Lovell has created a diverse range of characters, all of which evoke strong emotions out of you. The writing is high quality, with such vivid world-building that I couldn’t get enough of.

Read the books from the Underworld Kings, they say.

They’re all standalone dark, mafia romance books, they say.

Um well… 🤔😅

At the rate I was devouring this book, I was completely blindsided by this, and I know plenty who considers it to be a deal breaker, especially if there’s no warning in advance, so I have to mention that this book is NOT a standalone. It ends on a massive cliffhanger that had me 😩😭😭 and needing the sequel baaaadly!

But despite the savage ending that leaves you desperately hanging, I still absolutely, without a doubt recommend this book. Lovell has quickly risen to auto-buy author status and AVOLAF has fast become one of my favourite dark romances. I will read this one over and over again. It’s a must read!   

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

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

🔔 Interested in reading A Vow of Lust & Fury? Grab your copy here: Universal Link


👑💀 More reviews for the Underworld Kings!

📷 Underworld Kings Website

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Tears Of Salvation by Michelle Heard

Marriage & Malice by Trisha Wolfe

Kingdom Fall by A. Zavarelli


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Green by Nicole James

Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn



Can a face from my past change my future?

When an invitation shows up out of the blue, I’m reminded of a promise I made to a girl twenty years ago and suddenly my heart is pounding.

Do I dare keep it?

She’s the one girl that ever meant a damn to me, and the one girl that got away. She walked out of my life once and it devastated me. Now life is giving me another shot, but if she walks out on me a second time I don’t think I’ll survive it.

Second chances don’t come around very often. Not for a one-percent biker like me. There are no do-overs in the MC life. Not when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun. Not when you’re deciding whether to pull the trigger.

But love? Maybe for once the luck of the Irish will shine down on me and give me a second chance with the one girl I let slip through my fingers.

Living with regret is a hard pill to swallow.

Living with the same regret twice? Impossible.

Sometimes facing your past can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.



📎 Note: I originally read Green’s story in the Twisted Steel Anthology and this was my review. After the recent release of Green’s book (with the new content included), I reread it and have revised my review. 😊


I’m a huge fan of James’ Evil Dead MC series and this story was a much anticipated one from a very much loved character: Green!

And lemme tell you… it doesn’t disappoint in regards to making me swoon more-so over Green! His story was short and sweet, and shows a completely different side to him that I hadn’t expected (in a good way)! For those who aren’t familiar with this Evil Dead MC brother, Green is considered the guy who doesn’t really take himself or anything too seriously. He’s warm fuzzies and funny to boot but was never into wanting to settle down. Until of course… his story! 😉

He’s older now, most of his fellow MC brothers have settled down and started families of their own, and it’s made him really think about his future. Opportunities to get his life in order come through in the way of moving back into his childhood home, and receiving an invitation to his high school reunion. The possibility of seeing Sara, his old high school girlfriend in this reunion has him reminiscing their time together and how their relationship ended all those years ago. It’s given him the mindset that seeing her in this reunion and catching-up could be their second chance to reconnect romantically.

When I initially read Green’s story in the anthology, I was instantly hooked but felt it was too short and hoped that when the time came for James to release his own book that she would extend his story further. Well… wish granted! 🙏 James included extra scenes with Green and his fellow club brothers, making this MC-lite romance story just a smidge more balanced out with MC elements and romance. The scenes that take place also sets up future stories that I am giddy and raring to read!

It’s addictive and I couldn’t read it fast enough, but I also think there were certain developments between Green and Sara that could’ve been more in-depth. But knowing James’ characters tend to make appearances and crossovers throughout her books, I’m not too phased as there’s a high probability we’ll get to see more of Green and Sara in the future.

I’m not always a fan of flashbacks to the past in storylines as it can get a bit tedious and slow the pacing down but in this case the flashbacks provided in Green’s story elevated the moments and gave his relationship with Sara some complexity. Despite the length of the story being on the shorter side, James managed to get me effortlessly invested in Green’s and Sara’s relationship. I was already a big fan of Green but Sara’s a completely new character. In a short span, I already found myself liking her personality and overall presence.

I do adore the fact that they had history. It makes their relationship believable, especially with how quickly things progressed in the story. Although it’s been twenty years, I love that they were so in-sync with one another like no time had passed.

– MC Romance
– High School Sweethearts
– Second Chance Romance

This was more MC-lite in comparison to the previous books from James’ Evil Dead MC series. I didn’t necessarily mind it because it certainly sets it apart from the other brothers’ stories where theirs had more darker plotlines. Green’s and Sara’s definitely centred more on the romantic side of this MC romance story. I love the reconnecting/ second-chance aspect and that it was Green who ended up having this trope — it provided him with more dimension from his usual light-hearted, jokey side that I constantly saw throughout in the series. He was always the comic relief amongst the brothers in the MC and whenever he made an appearance in any of the books his scenes were instant LOL moments, so his story was much anticipated. Overall, I’m happy to say it lived up to what I hoped it would be. It’s swoon-worthy. We get to learn more about Green outside of the club, and we get to meet the chick who snagged Green’s heart. It held my complete attention from beginning to end! #TeamGreen #TeamIrish 🍀

A sweet and relatively short MC-lite romance story you can easily read in one sitting, and will have you happy sighing by the end. The world James has created and expanded never ceases to amaze me, and this story is a fab addition to her series! It’s a must-read for her fans, and more specifically avid fans of her Evil Dead MC series. It can technically be read as a standalone but your experience with Green and his club would be so much more heighted if you read the series from the beginning.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


💀 More reviews for the Evil Dead MC!


Books 1-10: Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James

Book 11: Wicked by Nicole James

Book 12: Shane (Review Coming Soon!)


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Clash Of The Nannies by Bella Jewel

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A nanny is what I am.I’m a good one, too.When I’m hired by a biker and his rich woman, I can’t say no.I can’t afford to say no.I’ve never worked for a biker before, and I certainly haven’t worked for one who is this damned moody and did I mention oh, so gorgeous?Still, here I am.I need the money.I need to escape my past.I need something, anything, to make the demons go away.What I didn’t sign up for was the rich bitch he decided to reproduce with.Not only does she hate me, but she’s from the most wealthy family in town.My days are now filled with country clubs, galas and dressing a baby in clothes I could never afford in my lifetime.Did I mention the other nannies?The stuck up ones?The ones who hate me?Yeah, there’s them.Lucky for me, I have him.A connection that’s undeniable.Only, he’s everything I shouldn’t want.A biker? Bad news.I’m their nanny, even worse.Yet, their relationship is toxic.A one night stand gone wrong.An attempt to make things right for a baby he didn’t know he even wanted.I’m not in the position to be in the middle of that…Yet, there’s something there…Something between us that’s undeniable.This isn’t going to end well…



A bittersweet ending to the Turf Wars series. I’ve enjoyed them all, as each one has been such entertaining reads. Clash of the Nannies is a secret/ nanny romance with a bit of a love triangle twist.

What made this book for me was Hugh. Aw swoon! 😍😍 He is probably the sweetest biker/ hero from the entire series, hands down! As the story progresses, you steadily see Hugh’s character growth from a biker with no commitments to becoming a responsible adult needing to take care of another human being.


Maggie is not your conventional nanny. She’s an opinionated heroine and she will put her two cents in for any situation. What made Maggie relatable to me is she’s a heroine of Asian descent—and to be more specific, one of a Filipino background. She represented some cultural diversity not just within this story but within the Turf Wars world, albeit she’s only partly Asian and her mixed heritage doesn’t play a huge part in her character, but it’s still a rarity (at least for me) to find a Filipino character in any of my reads, especially one who plays a main character.

The storyline also broaches on serious subject matters such as social standing, prejudices, and bullying. The experiences Maggie is confronted with are relatable, real-life situations, and although these topics are sensitive, especially for those who can relate, Jewel has written-in determined characters and has tried to keep the overall atmosphere as lighthearted to ensure it doesn’t become too dramatic or deflating.

Overall, another amusing rom-com with minimal MC elements in the background. Just like the previous books in the series, it was told solely from the heroine’s perspective. It’s a relatively short read with fast-paced storytelling, and because of that reason the conclusion ended quite abruptly with relatively quick resolutions (considering it’s the final book in the series). There are plot points that were left unanswered, and unexpected new ones introduced last minute that left me feeling a little taken aback. It was a lot to process in a short amount of time. 😱

I’m not a big fan of the ending, in general. Whilst bonds and friendships were constantly developing and expanding with each new book in the series, with this book it culminated with strong “end of an era” vibes that had me a little taken aback. As I mentioned earlier, it really is bittersweet.

However, putting the ending aside along with the quick resolutions, I did enjoy the growing friends-to-lovers relationship between Hugh and Maggie. It’s a nice change of pace from the enemies-to-lovers/ hate-to-love storylines from the previous books. It centres around Maggie’s day-to-day duties as a nanny in a high society environment. It has great balance of romance, family, and friendship within the storyline that I thought were real winning elements.

I recommend the entire series. Although it’s MC-lite, I honestly didn’t mind that the club was the background as it gave way to each of the hero’s personal life almost outside of it. You still get hot bikers without the dark MC elements. It’s a great series for readers who want to slowly transition into MC romance reads without having delve into the grittiness just yet.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

Thank you Bella Jewel and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading Clash of the Nannies? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo


🧁 More reviews for the Turf Wars!


Book One | Biker Schmiker by Bella Jewel
Book Two | Heart-On by Bella Jewel
Book Three | Pop Goes The Biker by Bella Jewel
Book Four | Tartlet by Bella Jewel


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