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Mother May I: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson – My Review

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Title: Mother May I: A Novel

Author: Joshilyn Jackson

Release Date: April 6th 2021

Genre: Domestic Thrillers

The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Never Have I Ever returns with an even more addictive novel of domestic suspense in which a mother must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her child and the life she loves—an unforgettable tale of power, privilege, lies, revenge, and the choices we make, ones that transform our lives in unforeseen ways.

Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected that fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of.

Until the day she awakens and sees someone peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.

Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.

To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price.

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?

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I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts were good and twisted, which made my little black heart happy. Then on the other hand, some parts were just…not that good. I could see where the author wanted to go with it. There were some pretty good twists in there. One I didn’t see coming! Which had me saying OMG! Despite having one of twists that were really good, the rest sort of fell flat for me. I wanted to like this story more than I did. 

This is my first Joshlyn Jackson book and putting my feelings for this book aside, I will check out other works by her. Her writing is good and I enjoyed the story. I give this 3 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Chaotic Delusions: A Dark Erotic Short Story by Savvy Rose – My Review

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Title: Chaotic Delusions: A Dark Erotic Short Story

Author: Savvy Rose

Release Date: April 28th 2021

Genre: Lesbian Erotica

Devina, a girl with a dark past and unhealthy coping mechanisms, leads an unconventional lifestyle. What may seem dangerous to some, is down-right intoxicating to others.

Hyacinth, a sweet girl next door who devotes her time to her father and stressful job, generally spends her weekends shrouded in a purple haze and avoiding her boring husband.

A ‘chance encounter’ leaves Devina pining for Hyacinth, taking full advantage of Hyacinth’s unhappy marriage full of doubts.

Treading the line of betrayal lightly, the two explore their heated connection in secret.

The pair are quickly blinded by their own desires and Devina grows impatient with their twisted situation. Hyacinths reluctance to accept her true self pushes Devina over the edge and into a possessive mania that will forever change both of their lives.

Can Devina convince Hyacinth to stand by her side while she navigates a menacing illness or will Devina take both of them down with her thunderstorm of chaos?

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Oh Devina….

This series is quite addicting! In this book we get Dev’s point of view. So many chaotic thoughts. She’s sort of a survivor. I wanted to protect her! I like that she tries to be a better person. No one is perfect and she knows this, yet she still tries. I rooted for her all the way through! While there was a lot of emotional scenes, the heat factor was still there. Oh my! This book will definitely heat up your night! 

Dark and sexy, this book was everything I needed! Devoured it in one sitting! Unputdownable! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Wilted Petals: A Dark Erotic Short Story by Savvy Rose – My Review

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Title: Wilted Petals: A Dark Erotic Short Story

Author: Savvy Rose

Release Date: February 8th 2021

Genre: Lesbian Erotica

Hyacinth, a sweet girl next door who devotes her time to her father and stressful job, generally spends her weekends shrouded in a purple haze and avoiding her boring husband.

Enter Devina, a pathological liar who is
unable to accept her shrinks diagnosis, seeks Colorado’s many dispensaries for a homeopathic treatment.

A chance encounter leaves Devina pining for Hyacinth, taking full advantage of Hyacinth’s unhappy marriage full of doubts.

Treading the line of betrayal lightly, the two explore their heated connection in secret.

The pair are quickly blinded by their own desires and Devina grows impatient with their twisted situation. Hyacinths reluctance to accept her true self pushes Devina over the edge and into a possessive mania that will forever change both of their lives.

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I devoured this book in one sitting! It’s sexy and tantalizing. The chemistry between Cyn and Dev is HOT! Each of these characters have their own demons to deal with and that made me love them even more. 

This is a dark read which made my little black heart happy! I love me some dark. I enjoyed both the writing and the story telling style of the author. Savvy Rose is a new to me author and I’m already a huge fan! I can’t wait to read more! 

If you’re looking for that guilty pleasure read that will leave you wanting more, this book is for you! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Darkest Glare: A True Story of Murder, Blackmail, and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles by Chip Jacobs – My Review

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Title: The Darkest Glare: A True Story of Murder, Blackmail, and Real Estate Greed in 1979 Los Angeles

Author: Chip Jacobs

Release Date: March 9th 2021

Genre: True Crime

Late-seventies Los Angeles was rampant with killers and shady characters, but all the go-getters at Space Matters saw was possibility. Richard Kasparov was handsome and charismatic; his younger associate, Jerry Schneiderman, brilliant and nerdy. When the pair hired a veteran contractor to oversee construction, the space planning firm they operated out of a hip mansion in LA’s Miracle Mile district appeared poised to transform the boundless skyline into their jackpot.

After the promising team imploded, however, the orderly lines on their blueprints succumbed to treachery and secrets. To get even, one of the ex-partners launched a murder-for-profit corporation using, among other peculiar sorts, a bantam-sized epileptic with a deadeye shot and a cross-dressing sidekick. The hapless criminals required a comical number of attempts to execute their first target. Once they did, on a rainy night in the San Fernando Valley, the surviving founder of Space Matters was thrown into a pressure cooker existence out of a Coen Brothers movie. Threatened for money he didn’t have, he donned a disguise, survived a heart-pounding encounter at the La Brea Tar Pits, and relied on an ex-Israeli mercenary for protection. In the end, he had to outfox a glowering murderer, while asking if you can ever really know anyone in a town where dirty deals send men to their graves.

In The Darkest Glare, Chip Jacobs recounts a spectacular, noir-ish, true-crime saga from one of the deadliest eras in American history. You’ll never gaze out windows into the dark again.

Included as a bonus is an original true crime short from the same unhinged era. In “Paul & Chuck,” a flashy, crusading attorney wages war against the messianic leader of a bloodthirsty cult determined to teach the world to stay away.

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I love me some true crime. Love it! I was excited to read The Darkest Glare. I hadn’t heard of this case before and was very interested in learning more. The story read like a script. A script for a like television series. I kept seeing episodes in my head. The author has a different story telling style and it took me awhile to get used to it. A lot of information and people are thrown at you. At times I had trouble keeping track of who was who. I admit, the level of evilness that went into everything that occurred is disturbing. I appreciate the author’s attention to detail. I felt transported to a different time and era. 

The crimes committed were both senseless and disturbing. The author takes you from beginning to the very end. All those twists and turns made for a pretty good read. I give this 3 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon – My Review

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Title: The Drowning Kind

Author: Jennifer McMahon

Release Date: April 6th 2021

Genre: Ghost Fiction

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invited and The Winter People comes a chilling new novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Be careful what you wish for.

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

A haunting, twisty, and compulsively readable thrill ride from the author who Chris Bohjalian has dubbed the “literary descendant of Shirley Jackson,” The Drowning Kind is a modern-day ghost story that illuminates how the past, though sometimes forgotten, is never really far behind us.

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Wow! This book was full of surprises. It had me guessing at every turn. This story is both heartbreaking and mysterious. The mystery and unexplained wonders of the springs was one of my favorite parts. I loved the relationship between Jax and Lexie. No siblings are perfect but they truly did balance each other out. Some scenes gave me the chills and there’s plenty of twists you don’t see coming. That ending had me heading towards book hangover town. 

This is a new to me author. I really enjoyed her story telling style. The book is well written and full of descriptive scenes that really brought the story to life. I will be checking out her other books! If you’re looking for a read with a little mystery that gives you the chills, this book is for you! I highly recommend this book! I give it 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Spark and Ember (Beautiful Dark Beasts Book 2) by Melissa Sercia – My Review

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Title: Spark and Ember (Beautiful Dark Beasts Book 2)

Author: Melissa Sercia

Release Date: April 20th 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

When the hunters become the hunted, Arya Frost’s very existence hangs in the balance.

Shortly after becoming the Aether—a witch who can control all four elements—she is running for her life again.

The gods try to curse her, the witches attempt to steal her magic, and the darkness threatens to consume her, but Arya Frost cannot be defeated.

Now the fate of her kind is at risk of extinction.

With the Crescent coven leaders still missing, an ancient society of human hunters, Coven Seekers, has waged war on all witches.

With her love and only ally, the god Chaos, Arya will have to discover how to recover the only family she has left and find a way to stop the Coven Seekers.

But before she can find her friends, and deal with the fallout from the gods determined to keep Chaos from her, Arya will have to face the dark path ahead.

Danger and betrayers lurk behind every shadow, and not all roads lead to a happily ever after.

If you like Lisa Edmonds, Michael Anderle, Hailey Edwards, and Martha Carr, you’ll love this thrilling paranormal romance!

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To say I’ve been highly anticipating this book would be an understatement! The author did not let me down!

Arya’s mission has never been more important as this. Her friends are in danger and she must face every hurdle to save them. There are some fantastic twists in there and some familiar faces. There was one that had me yelling noooo. I love the mixture of mythology and fantasy. I got chills in some parts. A perfect mix of action and magic and some steam. Easily one of my favorite escape reads! That heat between Chaos and Arya…HOT! That ending! 

This was a fabulous read. Everything I hoped for and more! Miss Sercia keeps us readers on our toes and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I highly recommend this series! Do yourself a favor and grab them today! You won’t be disappointed. I give it 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Heart and Seek (The Legacy Book 4) by Luna Joya – My Review

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Title: Heart and Seek (The Legacy Book 4)

Author: Luna Joya

Release Date: March 23rd 2021

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Is their chance encounter a witchy second shot at love? Or just another score?

Ruby Donovan is a lot of things—paramedic, single mom, Legacy witch. The one title she never wanted? Senate heir. But that’s exactly what she’ll become unless she can find a loophole fast. It’s just her luck that the man who steps in to help her is the one who crushed her heart so many years ago. There’s no way she’ll give him a second chance to do that.

Treasure hunter Diego Benitas has no interest in witch politics. But he does have a significant interest in Ruby. He always has. Keeping her safe and helping her find what she’s looking for shouldn’t be too hard. Convincing her to let him into her heart again? That might be the toughest assignment he’s ever faced.

It’s not long before Ruby and Diego realize how much danger their search has stirred up—and just how much they need each other. With enemies closing in from all sides, can they survive long enough to find their way to happily ever after? Or will the odds keep them apart forever?

If you love Michelle M. Pillow, Abigail Owen, K.F. Breene, or K.M. Shea, check out this series that readers have described as a steamy Charmed meets Lucifier with witch sisters solving murder mysteries and finding true love.

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Slow burn. Sacrifice. True love.

Ruby and Diego. These two…all the feels! 

A pull and push between these two, made their passion even steamier! I love that there is history between them. It added more to their story and even more for them to lose. Everything was put on the line. One of the things I love about a Luna Joya book is that there’s a fantastic story along with those passionate moments between characters. I am fully invested in this series! These characters have become family. Secrets and lies are unraveled. Change coming and new possible future is ahead! There are some nail biting moments which had me at the edge of my seat. 

It’s always hard to choose which book is my favorite when it comes to this series. I love all of them but this book just got me right there….you know. In the feels! A huge fan of Luna Joya;s writing as well as her storytelling. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Imposter by Marin Montgomery – My Review

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Title: The Imposter

Author: Marin Montgomery

Release Date: March 9th 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

From the Amazon bestselling author of What We Forgot to Bury comes a twisted psychological tale of a mother and daughter’s mind-bending descent into the truth.

From the outside looking in, Sibley Sawyer has a perfect life. As a successful attorney, she’s worked hard to get to the top of her game—but when her personal and professional lives implode, Sibley looks for a way to turn the page.

Unable to shake the tragic circumstances that caused her to flee her rural Midwestern hometown, Sibley wants nothing more than to reunite with her estranged mother, Deborah, and bury their past tensions.

But as she reenters the life she left behind, she realizes her mother isn’t the same person she remembers, and she’s not the same daughter either.

As both women struggle to piece together a tangled web of deceit and lies, and the shocking circumstances that caused Sibley to leave in the first place, it becomes clear there are secrets rooted deeper than either mother or daughter could ever have imagined.

Can you really deceive your past and those around you?

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The blurb hooked me. Deceit, lies AND a painful past? Sign me up!

The story started off good. There was enough unexplained things happening that had me invested into the story. Oh Sibley…how I wanted to like you. I tried but you made it so hard. Deborah on the other hand, I just felt bad for her. Neither one were very likable. At times it felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere. Just rambling and wandering around. Then it found its way towards the end. Sort of. The ending was ok but I was expecting much more from this story that I felt let down. 

I felt like this story was missing something. It was an ok read and like I stated above, I expected more. Despite my feelings about this particular book, I will check out others by this author. I give this 3 stars. 


The Broken Realm: Kingdom of the White Sea Book 2 by Sarah M. Cradit – My Review

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Title: The Broken Realm: Kingdom of the White Sea Book 2

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Release Date: March 23rd 2021

Genre: Dark Fantasy

“The game has changed. The Broken Realm is passionate, deadly and polished. Get ready for a whirlwind of emotions.” – Laura Trujillo, The Literary Vixen

The treacherous, magical, seductive world of Kingdom of the White Sea, introduced by USA Todaybestselling fantasy author Sarah M. Cradit in The Kingless Crown, continues in this thrilling sequel, The Broken Realm.

The crown demanded everything. The kingdom will answer.

Chaos paints the White Kingdom. Missing children, dead nobles, and a daring escape have created an upheaval that threatens the future of the entire realm.

The lords and ladies are armed with a powerful secret weapon as they prepare to make a stand against the crown, but the resistance has plenty to overcome before they can claim triumph. The lord-less Westerlands prepares for war with the formidable Quinlanden Guard spreading their men and cruelty to every corner of their Reach. In the Easterlands, the sorcerer Mortain cultivates his ominous influence over the enslaved Saleen, a decisive threat he could unleash upon the kingdom with a snap of his finger.

To the kingdom, it appears as if these assaults on their freedom are cosigned by the crown. It seems only a matter of time before the king’s victory becomes total.

But from his isolated throne in Duncarrow, King Eoghan has discovered his authority is not absolute. There are other powers at play, as sinister as they are resilient. Those close to him curate the facts he is fed, keeping him tucked away in the dark while they issue orders in his name. As his control spirals, and opposing forces gain ground, the king’s fragile resolve turns to desperation.

Yet, across the kingdom, a quiet but powerful awakening of magic is taking place. One that began generations ago, on a cold night in Duncarrow…

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The game has changed. The Broken Realm is passionate, deadly and polished. Get ready for a whirlwind of emotions.

The spectacular follow up to The Kingless Crown, Sarah M. Cradit will dazzle readers and leave them wanting more! The phenomenal world she has created will transport you to a different realm and you won’t want to leave. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Sons of Sindicato by Cam Johns & Sonya Jesus – My Review

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Title: Sons of Sindicato

Author: Cam Johns & Sonya Jesus

Release Date: March 2nd 2021

Genre: Mafia Romance

I took back my strength… and kept going until I found my freedom.

When hope is held prisoner by a sicko in a suit, someone needs to tear him down. And that someone is me, Braelynn Shaw, attorney-at-law.

The woman who just committed murder. 

Granted, it was self-defense, but I kept going. Now, I’m on the other side of the law, and my only way out is the crime lord I defended last year, Seth Giordano. The bad boy defined by his mob ties and the one I fell in love with.

For me to come out unscathed, our secret relationship comes to light, and the ramifications come banging on my door. The Mafia doesn’t approve of me, the color of my skin, or my involvement with the son of the Sindicato.

Until we have a mutual enemy.

Sons of Sindicato is a gripping interracial love story between a straight-edge lawyer and the criminal who loves her. An addictive combination of dark romance, crime fiction, and suspense. This story is a standalone novella about the youngest son of the Sindicato.

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This book is sure to get your pulse racing! 

A perfect blend of action, passion and sexy. With a tad bit of revenge in there. I highly enjoyed the combined writing talents of Cam Johns and Sonya Jesus. Together they bring you a world where love is put to the test and the leading man steals your heart. This book will have you addicted and yearning for more! One click this unputdownable book today! I give it 5 stars! 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*