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Title: Predator
Author: Michelle Horst
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: April 29, 2016
Blurb
All my life I’ve been hiding, until there is no corner on this god-forsaken earth left for me to hide. I have to pay for the sins of my father. No one with Ellison blood in their veins is allowed to live, and I am the last of my bloodline.I am kept in a container waiting for my death sentence to be carried out, when he comes. He is only known as ‘Predator’. No one knows who he works for, only that he leaves no one alive.

His every breath is filled with the last gasp of his dying prey.

But for some reason he doesn’t kill me.

I don’t know which is worse, the death sentence hanging over my head, or being at his mercy.

Review
I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release day promotions.

To be honest, I was expecting this book to be darker than it actually is. I mean, the blurb just basically painted so many dark scenarios for me. However, this book was more contemporary than dark. And it wasn’t a bad thing. For what it’s worth, I’ve read my fair share of dark reads, and I appreciate books that tread both contemporary and dark genres.

I haven’t read anything from this author before. And I’m glad that I got to read this book because I really liked it. Her characters were created in a solid, relatable way. Not relatable because the situations were realistic, but their personalities were relatable. I liked the heroine, and I enjoyed witnessing her development. I also liked the drama and emotion that this book had. All in all, I truly enjoyed it, and I’d definitely be checking out other books from Ms. Horst from now on.

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Excerpt

 

“Look at me, Cara,” and he waits until I do, “love is such a flawed thing. You can love someone but still leave them. What I feel for you goes way beyond that one word. I’m addicted to you. I feel protective of you. I breathe for you.” His eyes caress my face and follow the tears into my hair. “Love is really such a flawed word for what I feel. I live for you.”

 

 

Author Bio

Michelle Horst is from a small town in South Africa.

She’s been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for books, quotes and animals.

She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. 

Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey. A journey filled with joy, passion and heart stopping moments. Most of all, it’s filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers.

Thank you to each and every reader and for choosing to escape in one of my books.Michelle 😉 

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Title: VIKTOR
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 27, 2016
Blurb
Animal. Monster. Beast. That’s what they call Viktor Melikov, the man who hides in the dark … But even monsters need to be loved. The moment he sees the girl hired to dance for him, everything ceases to exist. It’s a feeling he’s unfamiliar with … and craves more than anything.Alexis Kidd sells her body. Not because she wants to, but because she needs to. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to support her family and survive.

Now she must dance for a man hiding behind a veil.
But when the urge to take a look grows too strong … Alexis gets more than she bargained for.
More than Viktor was willing to give.

Inspired by a fairytale, VIKTOR is a standalone Contemporary Romance by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Clarissa Wild.

 

Review
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release day promotions.

I’ve read other books from Clarissa Wild before, but I was really excited for this book because it’s a Beauty and the Beast type of romance, and if you know me, you’d know that it’s my favorite fairy tale and that I love a good Beauty And The Beast book because I always believe there’s just so many things you can take away from the fairy tale and from its retellings.

Viktor is a beast. When I say beast, it means he has physical disfigurements that make him ugly. And there were really heavy reasons for those scars that he has. Lexi, for all her beauty, is a prostitute. This story is a fairy tale, but it’s not. We don’t have a beautiful heroine who’s perfect and flawless. Lexi is flawed, broken, difficult. But it is because of both their imperfections that the story works so well.

I like how Ms. Wild throws in plot twists like there’s no tomorrow. I mean, I already know her techniques by now, but she still never fails to surprise me with those twists she adds into her stories. Viktor has dark elements, but it is all in all a good and solid contemporary romance novel that will give you a few hours of relief from reality, so you can lose yourself in a tale as old as time.

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“Why am I still here?” she whispers as my hand disappears into her panties.

“Because you want me. Because you can’t leave.” I slide my fingers between her slit. Her folds are already wet for me, even before I’ve laid a hand on her. I grin against her skin, finally understanding why I want her so much. She needs it rough … and rough is all I am.

“You used this against me, Lexi …” I whisper in her ear. “Used your pussy as a tool to get information.”

“It wasn’t just that …”

“Show it to me then.”

The nightgown falls down to the floor, exposing her naked body right in front of the open window. But with no one around, neither of us cares. I’m going for the kill.

“Make me believe the lie that’s us,” I say, rubbing her clit.

“It’s not a lie …” she murmurs, her breaths coming out in short gasps.

“You only say that because my hand is around your throat,” I say, dipping my finger into her pussy. She gasps out loud as I go deep and swirl around inside her. “Because I own this pussy.”

“Fuck …” she moans.

I groan and then pull away, releasing her from my grip entirely. A confused Alexis turns around and props herself against the windowsill, her eyes pleading with me as I walk backward. My cock is hard, but my desire to know where we stand is much more urgent. Her legs draw together and she clutches her body as another draft enters through the window, her nipples peaking from the cold.

I can’t help biting my lip as I watch her become befuddled while I sit down on the chair on the opposite end of the room.

“Go on then …” I say, rubbing my bottom lip with my index finger. “Carry on with the little show you had going in my workroom.”

She stares at me for a few seconds before leaning back. Her eyes glance over her shoulder to the opened window. I wonder if she’s thinking what I’m thinking. If she’s hesitating … trying to decide whether to run or stay … if she wants me more than her freedom.

But then her eyes settle on me as I zip down my pants and pull out my cock.There’s a gleam of desire in her eyes … one that makes me grab a hold of the base and say, “You want this? You can have it … after you show me you really want it.”

 

 

Author Bio

 

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker, Twenty-One (21), and Ultimate Sin. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Synopsis

Lucius Vinemont has spirited me away to a world of sugar cane and sun. There is nothing he cannot give me on his lavish Cuban plantation. Each gift seduces me, each touch seals my fate. There is no more talk of depraved competitions or his older brother – the one who’d stolen me, claimed me, and made me feel things I never should have. Even as Lucius works to make me forget Sinclair, my thoughts stray back to him, to the dark blue eyes that haunt my sweetest dreams and bitterest nightmares. Just like every dream, this one must end. Christmas will soon be here, and with it, the second trial of the Acquisition.

Review

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is probably a difficult review fopr me to write because I find it hard to talk about the book clearly without giving away much of the plot or the arc. However, what I can say it that I have started to really enjoy this trilogy. I read Counsellor maybe a week or two ago, and I haven’t been able to review it because the story just wasn’t finished yet. I’m not saying that the story is finished in this book. It’s just that there is more of it now for me to rate it and say something about it.

The story may sound impossible in real life, but who knows, right? For all we know, there really is a secret society of the most influential families who do the same things as the ones in this series. The main characters, especially the men were complex people. As a reader, you never could really know who to place your bet on. The femal protagonist is a very likable character. She is no simpering innocent, and that’s great because the things she has to go through require strength and courage, and the heroine was obviously made of those traits.

I can’t wait for the third installment. I want the heroine to triumph over everybody else, even the hero himself. Of course, I want a happy ending. As of now, I can’t imagine how Ms. Aaron will play out the rest of the story. That’s probably the main reason why I’m so excited for the next book to come out.

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Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.

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Life on the run with an assassin hasn’t been what Ranay thought it would be. In fact, parts of it more closely resemble a sex-fueled vacation—until duty calls. The FBI believe Charlie’s brother is working for a human trafficking ring, and Charlie is the only one who can bring him down.

Charlie fears Vincent has become a murderous monster like their father. He owes a mercy to the brother he remembers, the one who’d never want to be an uncontrollable killer. But Charlie has never had to kill someone he loves. Not even to save them from a dark, inherited curse.

Killing his brother might be enough to push him over the edge.

Enough to ruin everything he’s built with Ranay.

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As a bodyguard for the Vlasenko bratva, the very cruelest arm of the Russian mob, Vincent Gyres has seen and survived the worst the world has to offer. Former Special Forces, ex-CIA and a past inmate at Russia’s most brutal prison, he’s earned his reputation. They call him Ghost because he’s already dead inside.

Madison “Mads” Archer’s hatred for scumbags who traffic in human lives is personal—her sister was taken when the girls were just children. Now Madison’s on a joint FBI task force, deep undercover as a sex slave. It’s a small price to pay to see the Vlasenko bratva taken down.

A violent criminal like Vincent Gyres doesn’t make a trustworthy ally, regardless of his CIA background. But Mads will use anyone and anything to stop the taking of another innocent young girl’s life. Vincent’s invitation to her to play his submissive in order to get closer to the leader isn’t the problem. Trusting him, wanting him…loving him is.

Review

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved One Cut Deeper. Like a lot. I love how Ms. Burkhart took me on a thrilling ride. It wasn’t even about the BDSM. It wasn’t the hot, explicit sex scenes. It was the emotions that those scenes brought out. The knife play, the domination, the uncertainty, the suspense, the mystery, the action, and most of all, the romance. I loved how Charlie and Ranay established their relationship, and I love the things Charlie did for her, even if he was a lot scary and was a man she shouldn’t dabble with.

This book, though? It was twice as amazing. That’s probably because we don’t just have Ranay and Charlie and their norm-defying bond. We now also have Charlie’s brother, Vincent, and Madison. Vincent was working undercover for one of the most dangerous and crueles Russian bratva. Madison was and FBI agent who hated human trafficking with a passion. Their connection was in a way similar but still very different from Ranay and Charlie.

Both Gyres men were dominant to a point. But where one was a sadist, the other was a masochist. I couldn’t put the book down because I was very excited to know what happens to the brothers. I couldn’t wait to find out if there was a happy ending for either of them with their women. This was very thrilling and suspenseful. There was violence. There was sex, lots of it actually. But once again, it wasn’t about what was happening in the book that made it so riveting. It was the feelings that the author wanted you to feel with each scene. I truly loved this book. I can’t wait for more books from Ms. Burkhart.

Author

Joely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better. Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves.  Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast.  Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres with Joely on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

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Title: BIND ME (Capture Me, #2)

Author: Anna Zaires

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

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Blurb

He’s determined to break her.

For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

His obsession could destroy her.

She’s determined to escape.

For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Between The Sheets Promotions in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release promotions.

I’ve always loved Anna Zaire’s dark romance books. I first fell in love with her in her Twist Me trilogy. I think that was the first dark erotica that I really liked, and I looked forward to each installment until I got all three. Now, here we are with the second installment of that trilogy’s spin off. I loved the first installment, Capture Me, because the events coincided perfectly with the evens from the Twist Me trilogy. Also, that book introduced the heroine’s back story.

This book, though, is full on sex on almost every page. I’m not complaining, of course. But in this book, it showed how the relationship between the main characters became deeper mainly because of sex. But that wasn’t all. The hero obviously felt something more for the heroine. The same could be said for Yulia. It’s just sad that they were both fighting against their feelings too hard. It was understandable on Yulia’s part because she had someone important that could be used against her by her employers.

I cannot wait to read what’s next in their story. This spin off is truly riveting. I couldn’t stop reading it. When I got to the end, I was both thrilled and pissed off. Pissed off because now I have to wait to the next book. But I was also beyond thrilled because the story’s excitement just keeps escalating. I really like the way Ms. Zaires keeps her readers on their toes.

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She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him.

Now she will pay.

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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

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