I don’t want to be someone’s dirty little secret. I know all too well what that feels like.
Guarding my heart means staying out of pro football player Brock Williams’s bed and out of the spotlight. But after all these years, he’s exactly like I remember, charming, determined, and used to getting what he wants. And what he wants now is me.
The chemistry between us is undeniable. And the guy I always saw as a player is now the one who makes my heart beat fast—the one who leaves dirty love notes on my pillow.
Oh, yeah… he also happens to be my brother’s best friend.
Hooking up with Joey is a bad idea, but that’s not going to stop me.
I remember the first time we met. Joey showed up at campus to visit her brother, and when she came walking out in that little yellow bikini, I stopped seeing her as my best friend’s little sister and saw her as someone I desired but could never have. It turns out I was wrong.
For now, it’s stolen moments and promises on paper… of all the things I’m going to do once I make her mine. Her brother might not forgive me, but she’s worth the risk. I can’t deny myself any longer.
I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines. It’s time to execute the play and show Joey how our story ends.
HOLY HOT BROTHERS BEST FRIEND’S ROMANCE Y’ALL!! I can’t even blame Joey for banging Brock, or Brock for banging Joey. Because these two were just all kinds of steamy and dreamy, forbidden/secret, forced proximity, sports romance deliciousness. A team trade and a recent not so pleasant experience has found both Brock and Joey both living with Caleb. It may have been a while since they had seen each other but suddenly Brock noticed Caleb’s little sister isn’t so little anymore. She is a gorgeous, sweet and oh so tempting grown woman now. He can’t help but to want to touch, taste and tease every part of her and she wants to let him.
I couldn’t get enough of this couple. Brock and Joey’s romantic journey is just the kind that gets me all hot and bothered, gives me heart flutters, and has me rip roarin’ through the pages from the first word to the very last syllable. Tell Me A Story was a unique take on the brother’s best friend trope with its flirty, fun and even a bit filthy banter by way of secret hidden messages and letters left for each other. But also it was during this time that they built this deep and strong connection with each other. Learning about what each other wanted in the future. I love the element of just how hard it was for these two to keep their hands to themselves. They tried, they really did. Their chemistry was just undeniable and palpable but they had this deeply emotional connection that was stronger and really took them both by surprise.
So well written it scorched up the pages and sucked me right into this storyline. A smoking hot and swoony sweet story that while has the element of “will they get caught by the brother/best friend” it is a low angst story without a lot of OM/OW drama. Truly Authors Kaylee Ryan and Lacey Black have such great writing chemistry the story flows flawlessly. Now I’m not sure if they just write the entire thing together or switch off chapters or if one takes one character’s POV and the other takes the others but either way I cannot tell which is which if they are.. So they definitely rocked it out all around in my opinion. I loved all the characters in this book. They were just “Chefs kiss 💋 ”The secondary ones as well. ( crossing my fingers for more from these character’s) Definitely pick up this and let Brock and Joey…Tell You Their Story!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylee Ryan has been crowned the Queen of Swoon by her readers. With nearly fifty romance books under her belt, she’s known for penning happily ever afters with heart. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand or hanging out with her family where she resides in her home state of Ohio.
USA Today Bestselling Author Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and three rowdy chickens.
This collection of short stories highlights strong characters meant to inspire the reader and remind them dreams should always be chased. Evil Queen is an annual celebration of women’s empowerment.
All proceeds from the sale of this year’s Evil Queen anthology will be donated to WriteGirl – a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization that “spotlights the power of a girl and her pen.”
2022 Evil Queen Featured Authors:
Amanda Cuff | Aubree Valentine | Cali Melle | Chasity Tarantino | Daisy Allen | Dee Lagasse | Ellie Isaacson | Georgana Roland | K Leigh | K. Peters | KF Hassall | Kandi Steiner | Kat Singleton | Kay Blake | M Leigh Morhaime | Malynda Schlegel | Mignon Mykel | Persephone Autumn | Renee Dyer | Savannah Stewart | Shannon O’Connor | Sutton Bishop | Tori Fox
Evil Queen Anthology is an amazing collection of unforgettably spicy short stories. With bold, sassy and strong heroines ready to be hard working, fierce and let nothing stand in her way of accomplishing her dreams. This charity anthology, with all its proceeds going to a truly amazing organization, is sure to inspire, embolden and lift other women up. Encouraging them through the power of the written word. These stories have characters you can’t help but to be drawn to. I will highlight a couple of my favorites but I recommend everyone grab this amazing collection to support this great cause and enjoy this remarkable collection.
Ember by Kandi Steiner
Ember gives us the short story of a chief stew on a charter yacht in the Mediterranean. She has worked her fanny off to get where she is at the lady in charge. While catering to the super rich and hot Ember finds herself at essentially a crossroads of sorts. She has been the one thus far to provide her charter guests will all the luxury and lavishness she can and now she is being offered a chance at being spoiled like that. But at the same time for a while Ember has been in a constant battle with the cook, Finn. Mr, hotter than anything coming out of his kitchen, Finn and Ember have been battling each other in some smexy tension filled banter for a while now and they just need to bang it out already. His whispers in her ear of the things he wants to do to her are hotter than anything he could possibly have cooking up on the stove. It is just the perfect short, but oh so explosive encounter!!
Camilla~ Cali Melle
Camilla is the short novella where we are introduced to Camilla Knight and Owen Hart. Camilla is a hard working single mom to a young, Hockey loving son, Logan Knight. ( who eventually grows up to be our Hero in Cross Checked Hearts. Wyncote Wolves #1) She has spent years working hard and building a successful business and now at twenty-nine is CEO of her own company. When a business meeting introduces her to Owen Hart, who is obviously attracted to her. She shares in that attraction but where Owen is upfront about it she is more uncomfortable and tries to put distance between them. Let’s just say his persistence pays off, and Camilla decides to give into what she really wants. I love how it literally goes from dinner to down and dirty so fast. YUMMY!! If you haven’t met the Wyncote Wolves Hockey series by Cali Melle you absolutely NEED to ASAP.
FOUR FLAMING FUN, FLIRTY, FEISTY, AND FIERCE STARS!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Crew Taylor is the picture of perfection, if gruff, grumpy, and prone to throw a punch is your type. Clearly, it’s mine or I wouldn’t be begging him to bite the bullet and claim my virginity as his own.
Sure, he’s a bit of a caveman, broody and bossy and oh so naughty, but that’s sort of the point.
He’s experienced, his heated hazel eyes promising sinful skills in seduction, and I want him to teach me all he knows.
Lesson by lesson.
Night after night.
He says he won’t allow me in his bed … but I wonder what it would take to get him to play in mine a bit?
OMG!😱 I freaking loved this story. 🥰 This is just the kind of story that is absolutely why I have one of the fastest one-click clicker fingers in the south. If Meagan Brandy writes I can almost guaran-damn-tee that It for sure is gonna be my jam. Crew and Davis just DID IT FOR ME! Off the charts explosive of course, but this kept just throwing my feels in a whirlwind. I wasn’t expecting that. I’m so used to the arrogant alpha holes in MB’s books that the broken bad boy trying to overcome the past really put a hurtin’ on this gal’s ticker. He melted me, made me swoon, made me pant. Everything about him just worked for me.
Davis was as sweet as candy and I loved how she felt about Crew. She was quirky and funny. 💗 Beyond beautiful both inside and out but with this innocence and radiance ☀️that people are drawn to. She truly had no clue of the attention she captured from the men around her. Probably partly because as long as she could remember she could only see one and one only and that was, Crew Taylor. After he left three years ago with no contact she decided that she had a issue that needed taken care of and he was the one she needed to take care of it. She just needed to convince him to help her out. Armed with all the pros and cons, can she get this grumpy new Crew to give in to her reasoning?
It was emotional, swoony, forbidden, hot, angsty, and unexpected. You can’t help but to fall in love with this couple. The banter, their history, the entire journey. Discovering all the twists and truth bombs, “kindle chuckin’ in a second of pure frustration” times, lip biting moments of angst. Plus a fantastic cast of secondary characters that I adore beyond measure. Here are just a few of the tasty morsels this genre smorgasbord will be bringing your way. 🍪🍭🍩🍬🍫
🔥Forbidden/ Childhood Foster brother
🖤Older Brother’s ex Best Friend
🥵Possessive AF Hero
🍭Twists and Surprises
The Deal Dilemma is a treat you do not want to miss. FIVE ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Crew and Davis together FOREVER Stars!
From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 44 Chapters About 4 Men (inspiration for the Netflix Original series Sex/Life) comes a dark mafia romance steeped in Irish folklore.
I can’t remember anymore if my grandfather’s eyes were blue or green, but I’ll never forget the way they wrinkled at the corners when he laughed at one of his own jokes. Or the way they sparkled with mischief when he told me tales about the magical creatures that dwelled in the forest behind his humble Irish sheep farm–shy fairies who liked to eat tea biscuits, cruel witches who liked to eat children, a moody lake spirit with a taste for expensive gifts.
As a child, I believed every fantastical word. But when he warned me about the mute boy who also lurked in those woods, the one the priest had declared to be the spawn of Satan himself, I refused to listen. Kellen wasn’t evil. He was kind, and beautiful, and special, and hurting. He was my friend. And with every summer I spent stolen away with him in those enchanted woods, he grew to become so much more.
But when I return to Glenshire as an adult, grieving and engaged to someone else, all those legends quickly morph into nightmares.
My grandfather had been right about everything, especially the boy.
If only I had listened.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Devil of Dublin is intended for mature audiences who enjoy extremely dark subject matter, high emotional intensity, explicit adult content, graphic violence, heart-pounding suspense, fairy-tale worthy love, and gorgeous Irish scenery. If that sounds like you, then welcome to Glenshire! If you’re unsure, please review the comprehensive content warning on my website before reading.
(an Irish actor seen on Game of Thrones, Vikings, Vikings Valhalla, & The Witcher)
Holy Flippin’ Four Leaf Clovers!🍀 Devil of Dublin has me DEAD. 💀Like put a fork in me I am absolutely D-O-N-E, done. This stand-alone, full length, dark mafia romance is a thrilling genre bending tale by the incredibly talented BB Easton. Told in dual POV this is a story that’s both unique and unforgettable. Gritty and gripping to its very core it will gut you. There is violence, darkness, suspense, beautiful Irish setting, and a mystical feel to it with some old Irish folklore. I wasn’t even sure quite what I was expecting going in but I can tell you whatever it was this book by far surpassed it, AND MORE. This book was everything I was looking for to break up the lighter sports romances, and romcoms I have been reading of late. Not that I don’t enjoy them, I do. But I’m a dark reader at heart. 🖤 (Because I’m naturally sunshiney IRL☀️). I’m really glad that Devil of Dublin was able to fully send me reeling deep down in the dark romance hole where I usually hang with the other disturbed folks like myself. 😈
Darby Collins goes to Ireland for the first time as a young child. Folklore sends her on a quest through the woods. While wandering she finds a boy named Kellan. Kellan definitely has some issues going on, but Darby sees something in him, and he in her. Over the years Darby visits and the two grow closer. She is light where he is dark. Although Intensely connected from the beginning, the summer visits come to a stop after a few years. After that these two both underwent some tragic and horrific things which had significant impacts on the people they became as adults.
When life brings them back into each other’s lives it is a crazy emotional ride. I loved these character’s. Their complexities, the depth to them. The things they went through, my god. It was raw and smacked you with blunt force. This book was dark mafia deliciousness and made me gasp as much as my heart raced. I was breathless with anticipation and then my heart melted over these characters. While the journey was not always pretty, that was for sure. It was necessary for them to go through it all to end up right where they did. And that my friends was where they were always meant to be. 🥰
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FIVE, Folklore and Forbidden First LoveSTARS!!
💭Overall Thoughts~WOW! Phenomenal. Unforgettable. BB Easton can write ANYTHING which is why she will always be a ONE CLICK AUTHOR! For Me ALWAYS.
⚠️TRIGGERS~This book has some content that could be disturbing to some readers. Since it is a Mafia romance it has Elements of Violence, childhood trauma, SA, attempted SA. If you would like more specific information feel free to PM me for more specific details.
🌶HEAT~ 🌶🌶🌶🌶 Deliciously Super Spicy
(explicit content. Mature Readers only)
🥰HEA/CLIFFY🧗♀️~ No Cliffy.HEA
The Rain Trilogy—a dark, immersive, end-of-the-world romance—was BB’s first work of fiction. Or at least, that’s what she thought when she wrote it in 2019. Then, 2020 hit, and all of her dystopian plot points started coming true. Hoping to fix everything, BB returned with a fun, feel-good romantic comedy called Group Therapy, but alas, the world is still on fire … and so is BB’s desire to write intense, us-against-the-world romances. Her next release,Devil of Dublin, is a dark Irish mafia romance steeped in folklore and family secrets.
Pieces of a Life, part one in an all new duet in the Life series by Jewel E. Ann is now live!
The summer before fourth grade, Colten Mosley moved into the house across the street from mine, and we became inseparable.
He played the piano and baseball. I had a penchant for dead things while at the same time imagining what it would be like to kiss Colten. We were filled with curiosity and overly active imaginations.
We were also forbidden to be more than friends. But that didn’t stop us.
Weeks before graduation, he annihilated my heart, and it’s been seventeen years since the day I knew I’d hate him forever.
Now he’s back in my life–a single dad and a homicide detective looking over my shoulder while I perform autopsies as one of Chicago’s most gifted forensic pathologists. Then fate throws us a curveball.
Colten saves my life, but he can’t erase the images that now keep me awake at night. And I can’t explain them.
Am I still the girl he’s always loved? Or nothing more than pieces of that life?
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Holy Cow my mind is a jumbled mess right now, and I love it! I’m convinced Jewel. E. Ann could write anything and I would devour it. Rom com, yep. Contemporary, absolutely. Romantic suspense, yes please. Her grocery list, all signs point to yes. Anything and everything. Her latest story, Pieces of a Life, book three in the Life series, is just another example of the magnificence of her writing. Her ability to get quickly immerse readers in the story never ceases to amaze me. I know from the very beginning I fell hard and fast for Colten and Josie and couldn’t wait to read their history leading up to present day that has brought these once childhood sweethearts back into each other’s lives. One wanting nothing more that to get back what they lost seventeen years ago. The other set on not giving in to the one that destroyed their heart all those years ago.
Detective Colten Mosley is fantastic at his job. That job brings him face to face with the one person he’s never really gotten over, the only person he has truly ever loved. Also the person whose heart he obliterated in senior year of high school. Josie Watts was his best friend growing up, until she was his everything. He has always known that given the chance he would never let her go again. No matter what.
Josephine Watts was a feisty and inquisitive girl when she was young. She definitely had unique interests. But she has always been unapologetically who she is. As she got older the dynamics between her and Colten changed and they became so much more. She thought they were planning a future together but apparently the only future he had in store for her was heartache.
Seventeen years later both are back in their home town both successful in their careers. Career fields that put them in contact with each other on the regular. Push and pull and old feelings resurface. Then an event noone could have expected. I was left breathless, warring with what is happening and what it means for the future for Colten and Josie. I am obsessed with this duet already and CANNOT WAIT for the conclusion.
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⭐️Star Rating~⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️~ Five, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the conclusion to this duet. STARS!!
💭Overall Thoughts~All the delicious back and forth you crave. This second chance, frenemies to lovers, romantic suspense, with a pinch on paranormal/psychic twist is unputdownable and addictive.I can’t get enough of Jewel E. Ann’s writing. Every book is going to instantly grab my attention and hold me prisoner ( lock me up, baby) from the first word to the last. I instantly one-click any of her releases. Her ability to transition from past to present, trope to trope and flawlessly from one characters POV to the other is so smooth and makes it so easy to just plow right on through. This is for sure one of myTOP DUETS of 2022!
⚠️TRIGGERS~This book has some content that could be disturbing to some readers. Elements of Childhood traumatic death, Death, Scientific specifics surrounding death.( Autopsies etc.) If you would like more specific information feel free to PM me for more specific details.
🌶HEAT~ 🌶🌶🌶🌶 Yummy, Hot, Spicy
🥰HEA/CLIFFY🧗♀️~Cliffy. Part one of a duet. Will not get resolution until book two in late September. (Not too far away)
Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author with a quirky sense of humor. When she’s not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.
I am absolutely destroyed at the moment. This book gutted me. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to get when I started. As this is A- my first read by this author so I’m unfamiliar with her style, which I am discovering is a tragedy in itself because OMG where has Author Brit Benson been in my life the last few years?! And B- because other than the blurb that TBH I read a while back when I signed up to read this, I went in blind not really knowing too much of what to expect. Which turned out to be the way to go anyway.
Blind is best y’all. My recommended way to go, always. Now, I had my assumptions based upon said blurb, but… You know what they say about assumptions and all! Blurb had me thinking “ okay, this is going to be the whole “good girl falls for an anti-hero that’s going to grow on us.” and I can totally get on board with a good ‘ol enemies to lovers any day of the week and twice on Sunday’s. I mean it was an enemies to lovers, and this book does take place in high school, but these were anything but your typical high school sweethearts. This book was unlike ANYTHING I have ever read. Original storyline with phenomenally written, flawed characters gave us an engaging and gripping story. A gritty and realness that is sure to leave you emotionally raw long after the cliffy at the end leaves you breathless. I know it did me.
From the very beginning I fell for Macon hook, line, and sinker. He’s so tantalizingly toxic, and I should be ashamed that I’m so twisted because I die harder for the toxic ones. But I’m not even a little ashamed. Yes, he was definitely cruel at times, he was messed up, he was for sure trouble with a capital T. But he was also misunderstood, he was damaged, he was broken, self destructive, hurt, and he was so much more than what people saw him for. It wasn’t just the way people saw him, it was the way he saw himself.
He just made me feel everything. I wanted to simultaneously hit him upside his head to knock some sense into him and pull him to me and just hug him and heal all his hurts. He broke my heart, he melted my heart, he made me hot. Holy Hot Hell 🔥🌶🔥🌶 did he ever make me hot. The ones with the bad egg rep y’all, I’m telling you. They just do it for me. What is wrong with me? In real life my hubby is as straight-laced as they come. Lol That’s probably why I like my fictional fellas fully fubar’d! (Not completely. I do want him redeemable)
Lennon is amazing. She’s got a heart of gold, she is who she is and she’s comfortable with herself. She is creative, a rule follower, and selfless friend. Honestly she gets the short end of the stick sometimes because with most of the people in her life she doesn’t stand up for herself…except with Macon. He seems to be the person in the world who can get her the most fired up. The way they verbally spar. He brings out this lively feisty spirited side to her that no one else sees. I can feel how she finds herself struggling with her feelings for him, it practically jumps off the pages. She is at war with everything. The things he does, the way he treats her, the things others have to say about the kind of person he is. It all weighs heavily on her mind.
But things start to happen and she finds herself around him more and more and she sees glimpses that there is so much more to him. All of these discoveries are breaking down her walls. However the more walls they tear down, the more life seems to throw back up in their way. I just connected with her character so deeply. The writer did such an amazing job I was so invested and emotional I had to take moments and remind myself that I wasn’t actually there. I didn’t need to throw down with anyone in real life to stand up for some injustice that was being done to my girl. I mean I could chuck my kindle, and almost did several times. I could cry, which I absolutely did. A lot. I could cuss, did that as well. But at the end of that chapter I pressed on. Until press on I could no more…and now we wait.
My angsty frustration level is at an all time high. The tension between them is palpable. I live for the kind of rush this book was giving me. This book is a catastrophic collision of every emotion under the sun. Past trauma, damaged hearts, addiction, forbidden love, secrets, mistakes, lies and betrayal rips through their lives. Told in dual alternating POV, book one in the Next Live Duet will leave you grasping the edge of your seat, tears in your eyes, wanting to IM the author immediately to demand book two, before I die of impatience. Can one actually die of impatience? I feel like I just might. But in all actuality this book is fantastic. While it is full of sensitive content. It is beautifully written, the parallels to real life make it tragically devastating especially given where it has left us at this point. I am also filled with a smidge of hope. Deep in my core I believe in true love and I believe these two are inevitable soul mates. But I think they ( and us readers) will be put through a gut-wrenching journey, the likes of one which we won’t recover from immediately( because these characters have already captured our hearts.)
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⭐️Star Rating~⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨~Six, I will probably never emotionally recover from this duet if book one is anything to go by, STARS!!
💭Overall Thoughts~ I am so happy I took a chance on this book and this new to me author as it will most definitely go down as one of my TOP READS of 2022! My only regret is that I am just now discovering this author’s work. I plan to quickly devour as much of her back list ASAP. I will be counting down the days until book two. I’m probably not ready for what Ms. Benson is going to do to my poor heart. But I can’t survive without knowing where we are going from here. I highly recommend EVERYONE take a chance on this author and The Love Of My Next Life. As for me… I will never be the same.
⚠️TRIGGERS~This book has some content that could be disturbing to some readers. Elements of child abuse, unaliving oneself, Death, addiction, mental illness. If you would like more specific information feel free to PM me for more specific details.
🌶 HEAT~ 🌶🌶🌶 Definitely Hot. Had tension and lots of great “Banter O’Hate.” The buildup was worth the wait. I can’t wait to see the spice level in book 2 since I imagine the them to be older in that book.
🥰 HEA/CLIFFY🧗♀️~HUGE CLIFFHANGER– This book is book ONE of TWO. You will not get a resolution to this couple’s story in this book. You will get a shocker and then an abrupt ending to keep you hanging! Thankfully book two is set to release in October 2022. Until then Happy Reading My Friends!
Meet Brit Benson
Brit Benson writes romance novels that are sassy, sexy, and sweet.
When she’s not dreaming up her next swoony book boyfriend and fierce book bestie, she’s reading.
When she’s not reading, she’s probably marathoning a Netflix series or wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles in Homegoods.
Brit currently resides somewhere near the Blue Ridge Parkway with her husband, daughters, and dogs.
To learn more about Brit and her books, visit here!
Holy Hot Hockey Pucksl!!🔥🔥 I am beyond obsessed with August and Poppy’s addictively sweet and unforgettable story. I am allured by August, and Poppy is just positively perfect. This is a steamy and dreamy second chance romance with all the feels. A must read surprise pregnancy/sports romance that’s hotter than H-E-double-hockey-sticks!! 🏒🏒
August is loving life, living his dream playing hockey for the Wyncote Wolves hoping it will lead to playing professionally one day. He lives, eats, and sleeps hockey and has no plans of letting anything get in the way of that. However, things just got complicated. Because when he runs into the hookup he hasn’t been able to get out of his head his thoughts about what matters most for his future just might start to look completely different. For months he searched for Poppy and now here she is in front of him with an obvious bun in her oven…and It’s pretty likely that August is the one that put that bun in Poppy’s oven.👶🏼
Then comes the sweet and swoony side of August and oh he just stole my heart. ♥️ This is a reformed playboy (with a heart of gold). Take note, I said play boy as opposed to Fork-boy. I always knew he was a good guy to his core. Even when he and Poppy were just hooking up, they were only hooking up with each other.
Oh my sweet Poppy. 🥺 My heart just hurt for all she’d been through. She knows how August feels about commitment and that is fine with her until she finds out her future is about to change in a big way. 🤰🏼She felt she couldn’t do that to August so she did the only thing she could think of, she ran. She knew she needed to confront the truth and tell August one day. But a few months passed and she would confront him whether she was ready or not when they happened upon each other. While it seems like August quickly wants to jump right into the deep end, Poppy just wants to tread lightly in the shallow end and guard her heart. But she sees the changes in August. He is going out of his way to prove to her what is most important to him and that is quickly crumbling the walls she’s put up. He wanted to take care of her.
Oh my heart! I legit ATE.IT.UP. He just made me melt. The way he went after what he wanted. His patience with her, he was smexy, sweet, and sensitive. He went from a non-committal guy to just the guy that knows how to love you wholly. Mind, heart and body. Unselfishly. WOW! Is my love for August obvious or what?! 🥰🥰
I can not get enough of this series. These Wyncote Wolves are everything. My hubby was never into hockey but boy do they have me wishing he was. Lol It’s just so aggressive and testosterone filled and HOTT!! Good GAH! What a great group of guys too. They are just amazingly written characters and I want ALL of their stories. So far in each book we get enough snippets of the ones with stories to come to be intrigued and anticipating the days until we get them. I love that they are all so aggressive and alpha when they need to be. I find myself binging hockey teams on TikTok and picking out I think who would be my who.
Deflected Hearts is told in dual POV ( my personal favorite) and is the second standalone book in the Wyncote Wolves series. I am in love with how Cali Melle’s writing just sucks you right into the story and I cannot get enough of her panty melting, heart stealing heroes and the strong willed and sassy heroines that bring these men to their knees. While you don’t have to read Cross Checked Hearts before reading this book I would definitely recommend checking out Logan and Isla’s story. It is a fantastic brother’s best friend’s romance as Isla is August’s sister and Logan is his best friend.
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⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️~FIVE!Falling Hard and FastSTARS!!
Love MesomeWYNCOTE WOLVES! This is a must read for all surprise pregnancy, sports/hockey, and second chance romance fans alike. Unforgettable characters, great storylines, and witty banter makes for a fun and engaging story that will grab you from start to finish.
🌶HEAT~🌶🌶🌶 Steamy,Sweet and Scrumptious.🔥
🥰HEA/CLIFFY🧗♀️~No Cliffy. Happy Ever After Perfection!!🥰♥️🥰
Y’ALL OMG!! 🙀 Where has Sara Cate been all my life and why in the diddly dang am I just now reading her?!🤷🏼♀️ Obviously this is something I plan to rectify ASAP. Not to worry. I have every intention of knocking her entire backlog out because I am absolutely NOT okay with the lingering feeling of FOMO if I don’t devour her whole dadgum lucious list. I will get on this really soon… well as soon as I get through beating my own fanny 👋🏻 for ignoring my shameless draws to her covers that I have been ogling for a minute. I mean HAVE YOU SEEN 👀 HER GORGEOUS COVERS? I have always noticed her covers and thought to myself “ I need to check her out.”
Okay, I’m gonna stop my depression over the fact that I hadn’t before now and focus on what’s really important. That I have jumped on the Sara Cate boat NOW and I am NOT getting off…err, Well actually that’s not entirely true. 😏 IYKYK
But really with this one book she has absolutely solidified her place as a one-click author for me. And everything about Mercy sums up exactly why that is!!
Oh help me Rhonda!🧨 LAWD UH MERCY,🧨 ‘ cuse me while I pant for Beau Grant. 🥵 Maggie and Beau’s story is an amazingly delicious reverse age gap/ best friend’s son/ domme, super steamy romance. 🔥 A journey about self discovery, personal growth and becoming secure in your own wants and needs, and finding your perfect person to discover all those with. Both had things they too had overcome but were tired of being defined by their pasts. I don’t think either could have possibly imagined the strength they would find in being around each other.
This book is overwhelmingly hot. I am absolutely a sucker for a good reverse age gap but Author Sara Cate kicked this up a notch by making her discover that underneath the phenomenally successful boss babe she was lurking a sleek and smexy Domme just waiting to be let loose on a willing submissive… But what happens when that waiting and willing sub turns out to be Beau Grant? The devastatingly handsome twenty-two year old son of her best friend and business partner, Emerson Grant. Not gonna give anything away. JUST READ THIS BOOK!
My Cr8zysockbookblock Wrap Up
⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨~ FIVE UNFORGETTABLY FILTHY STARS!! While this book is book four in the Salacious Players Club, it can be read as a stand alone. Like I mentioned previously this was my first book by this author. It did touch on the other couples in the series but I feel like I am still going to go back and read the other books because I loved this author’s writing so much. All of the four books in the series are in Kindle Unlimited so binge them, or at the very least…reverse age gaps fans go ahead and “ have MERCY” </b>
🌶HEAT~ 🌶🌶🌶🌶 Deliciously HOTT AND Super Spicy. Elements of K!nk and bondage. D/s relationship.
🥰HEA/CLIFFY🧗♀️~ No Cliffy. HEA. Last book in a four book series that follows a different couple in each book. Each book is a standalone with a guaranteed HEA. 🖤🔥🖤🔥
Salacious Players Club Series Books 1-3
Meet Sara Cate
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Let’s skip the boring About the Author bit where I tell you how I’m a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Arizona with her kids, husband, and dog and enjoys baking in my free time. Boring.
Instead, I’d like you to know I strive to be a taboo and forbidden romance author who dares to tell stories with heart-wrenching plot and toe-curling heat.
My passion in life is to normalize a reading experience that pushes boundaries and empowers women to own their sexuality. Things that trigger my soapbox rants are discrediting the romance industry or belittling its readers by calling it “trash.” You’ve been warned. I could quite literally go on for days.
I like to take risks and write from the heart. And I want nothing more than to be an author readers trust to deliver books that are steamy AF but with a strong storyline and well-rounded characters.
What is The Sara Cate Experience?
The Sara Cate Experience means being pulled into a story and escaping reality a little bit for romances that are as emotional as they are arousing. The feelings are strong and the steam is scorching. There is never one without the other because when sex and love come together, it’s fireworks.
To learn more about Sara and her books, visit here!
HOLY MIND CLICKETY- CLUCK MY FRIENDS!! This amazingly unforgettable story has got me so twisted and turned inside out. I legit had to sit back a while and just process my feelings on this one. Honestly, I’m still processing, still heavily feeling and quite tender and emotional still. This story was phenomenally incredible. I’m getting choked up because It was just truly remarkable. A brave and daring and non-traditional take on a dark and thrilling romance. Addicted from the first page this story is both chilling and eerie, but also emotional, original, steamy. A book that Is not soon to leave my head or the reeling it has my mind in, so trying to wrap my head around exactly how I am feeling so that I could even begin to convey this to others has been quite the chore, because the thing is… You know what they say about assuming?! Lol But alas, I went into this book assuming I was getting a certain type of story and to be honest, this was anything BUT the assumptions I had set up in my own head going in. ( To me this turned out to be a good thing)
Now without giving any spoilers away, let me just tell you what I did to myself here. Based on blurb alone here I jumped in thinking, m’kay so this is probably some type of prison pen pal love story. This is my first book by this author, but I have heard great things and she’s been on my TBR for awhile. So when this opportunity presented itself I scooped up the chance to read this sucker, and dove right in when the ARC appeared.
It certainly didn’t take long before I realized this book had this whole dark and eerie tone to it. BTW, I was absolutely here for it too! I was like yeah this is going to be more mysterious/suspenseful, probably some thriller action. I was excited to see how the dark romance was going to tie in. But as soon as the story got going I was just entranced y’all. I am talking about smokin’ hot scenes. Like hotter than a big ‘ol pan of biscuits and gravy right off the stove. The dirty talkin’, oh my word, the dirty talkin’. Put a fork in me because I was done. I mean our couple were just EVERYTHING I wanted them to be.
This story takes you on a journey and when you feel like you might be getting a grip on some of what’s going on, your world will be shattered, you will realize nothing is what It seemed and It’s better to just roll with the waves, instead of trying to swim against the current.
Now here is where reviews are mixed… Either you are happy with what the author did here, or it seems readers just can’t. ME, I happened to have absolutely LOVED what this author did with this book. When I started feeling like “ no, way.” “No you aren’t girl.” “You are, aren’t you?” I didn’t know how I felt about that, but when the book was all done. I sat back, with tears in my eyes, and all I could think was WOW! BRAVO! While this wasn’t what I went into this book expecting this to be, I was absolutely blown away by this story. By this author’s writing. Her ability to sweep me into this story. I went through all the emotions a person can feel while reading this story and am still after. Now, let’s talk about that ending. I know reference to a HEA has been mentioned. Does this story have a HEA? Well, no. Not in the traditional romance genre HEA. But In my opinion and for me, yes absolutely. I felt that the ending for me was as HEA. Without giving any spoilers for this book, these characters, and their journey, I think their ending is as happy an ever after as I hope mine would be in the same situation.
My Cr8zysockbookblock Wrap Up
Six, I will never be the same after this STARS!!
I am so happy I took a chance on this book as it will most definitely go down as one of my TOP READS of 2022! My only regret is that I am just now discovering this author’s work. I plan to quickly devour as much of her back list ASAP.
⚠️TRIGGERS-This book has some content that could be disturbing to some readers. Elements of DV, Miscarriage, Death. If you would like more specific information feel free to PM me for more specific details.
🌶HEAT~ 🌶🌶🌶🌶 Deliciously Super Spicy
🥰HEA/CLIFFY🧗♀️~ No Cliffy. HEA- Depends on who you ask and what that means to you. I say for me, Yes, it had one that made me feel HEA for them.
It’s raining as my husband’s casket is lowered into the hole in the ground. Raining hard, as if the sky itself is about to rip in half like my heart has. I stand motionless under an umbrella with the other mourners, listening to the priest drone on about resurrection and glory, blessings and suffering, redemption and the holy love of God. So many words, and all so meaningless. Everything is meaningless. There’s a Michael-shaped hole in my chest, and nothing matters anymore. That must be why I feel so numb. I’m empty. Grief has blown me apart, scattering my bones into a desert wasteland where they’ll bake in silence under a merciless sun for a thousand years. A woman behind me quietly weeps into her handkerchief. Sharon? Karen? A colleague of Michael’s who I met at a long-ago faculty party. One of those awful holiday work parties in a school auditorium where they serve cheap wine in plastic cups and people stand around making awkward small talk until they’re drunk enough to say what they really think about each other. Sharon or Karen behind me told Michael he was a prick at that party. I can’t remember why, but that’s probably why she’s crying now. When someone dies, you start counting all the ways you failed them. The priest makes the sign of the cross over his chest. He closes his Bible and steps back. I walk slowly forward, bend down to grasp a handful of soil from the pile to one side, then toss it onto the closed casket. The wet clump of dirt makes an ugly hollow sound when it lands on the gray lid of the coffin, an uncaring splat of finality. Then it slides off, leaving a smear of brown behind like a shit stain. Abruptly, I’m shaking with anger. I taste ashes and bitterness in my mouth. What a stupid ritual this is. Why do we even bother? It’s not like the dead can see us mourning them. They’re gone. A sudden gust of cold wind rattles the leaves in the trees. I turn and walk away through the rain, not looking back when someone softly sobs my name. I need to be alone with my grief. I’m not one of those people who likes to commiserate over a tragedy. Especially when the tragedy is my own. When I open the front door of the house, it takes a moment for me to register that I’m home. I have no recollection of the drive from the gravesite to here, though the blank spot in time doesn’t surprise me. Since the accident, I’ve been in a fog. It’s as if my brain is blanketed in thick clouds. I kick off my shoes and leave them under the console table in the foyer. Tossing my wool coat onto the back of a kitchen chair, I head to the fridge. I open the door and stand looking inside as rain drums against the windowpanes and I try to convince myself I’m hungry. I’m not. I know I should eat to keep my strength up, but I have no appetite for anything. I let the door swing shut and press my fingers against my throbbing temples. When I turn around, I notice the envelope on the table next to the fruit bowl. It sits by itself, a white rectangle with neat handwriting and a stamp that reads “LOVE” in red letters. I know for a fact it wasn’t there when I left. My first thought is that Fiona must’ve brought in the mail. Then I remember she cleans the house on Mondays. Today’s Sunday. So how did it get there? As I cross to the table and pick up the letter, a rumble of thunder rattles the windows. A sudden gust of wind whistles through the trees outside. The eerie feeling intensifies when I read the return address. Washington State Penitentiary. Frowning, I tear open the edge of the envelope and pull out the single sheet of white unlined paper inside. I unfold it and read aloud. “I’ll wait forever if I have to.” That’s it. There’s nothing else, except a signature scratched below the words. Dante. I flip the page over, but it’s blank on the other side. For a fleeting moment, I think the letter must be intended for Michael. That idea gets tossed aside when I realize it’s addressed to me. That’s my name right there on the front of the envelope, printed in neat block letters with blue pen. This Dante person, whoever he is, meant for me to receive this. But why? And what is he waiting for? Unsettled, I fold the letter into thirds, stuff it back into the envelope, and drop it on the table. Then I make sure all the doors and windows are locked. I draw the drapes and blinds against the wet gray afternoon, pour myself a glass of wine, then sit at the kitchen table, staring at the envelope with a strange feeling of foreboding. A feeling that something’s coming. And that whatever it is, it isn’t good.
About J.T. Geissinger J.T. Geissinger is a #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold over five million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a three-time nominee in both contemporary and paranormal romance for the RITA® Award, the highest distinction in romance fiction from the Romance Writers of America®. She is also a recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. She’s a Southern California native currently living in Nevada with her husband and rescue kitty, Zoe.
Everything they thought they knew is about to change.
In Chaos We Reign, an all-consuming dark romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Amo Jones is out now!
I was the trick that they could never play. She was the greatest game of all…
There was elegance that comes from being carved from the ashes of all the darkness that surrounds you in the world. You start as dust, and you end as dust. At least that’s what I always thought. Crowned Princess Mayhem all my life became old fast, and I found myself forging my iron crown with the blood of our enemies.
To The Brothers of Kiznitch, I was nothing but a little brat that always got my way. I was the sister none of them asked for, but they’d find themselves needing. He was no different. Loving Keaton Cicero was never going to be easy. There was evil within him that would never be accepted.
They thought their over-protectiveness had kept me safe all these years, but they were wrong. Everything they thought they knew, was about to burn around them. I wasn’t someone who needed protecting…
In Chaos We Reign can be read as a stand-alone, but it is recommended to read In Silence She Screams first to better understand some story points.
FABULOUSLY FLOORED!! 🤯 That is just one of the ways to describe how I’m feeling. This book, the ending to this unforgettably magnificent series has got me feeling all kinds of ways. I have always been one who would never turn down an Amo Jones book, but y’all, Y’ALL!! 🏻 I am blown away by the brilliance and talent this author poured out on the pages of In Chaos We Reign. Her ability to take me into this dark and ominous world she’s created. The eerie feelings of mystery, all the lies, and tons of secret twists and turns will keep you entranced and on the edge of your seat. 🙀This tale is deliciously dark and deviantly dirty. A twisted, gritty and gruesome tale, totally fitting for our Ice Princess, Cartier and her forbidden beau, Keaton. Their story as unique and tragically twisted as those before them is one of my favorites. The deep depravity and hidden lies behind these two. But the way they are when its just the two of them. OMG! I am not gonna give away anything more than that.
Amo concludes her Midnight Mayhem world in the way only she can. I do wish I had time to refresh my memories and reread all the other three books in the series again before reading ICWR. I think it would have made some things a bit clearer. I had to do some mind searching. lol Unpredictable, mesmerizing, explosive, alluring, and addictive! I will never forget this series. It is officially one of my all time favorites and one I will reread over and over again. I will warn you It is at times gruesome and graphic. If you have triggers I would recommend checking trigger warnings but If you are like me just jump right in and ENJOY!! All the stars for this phenomenally awesome series.⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️✨
Keep reading for a look inside In Chaos We Reign!
Chapter One Cartier Sixteen years old I remember the first time I realized my brother was crazy. I was twelve years old, and I watched him rip the meat off a man’s bones after he kidnapped me and locked me in an abandoned house to play dress-up. The man was a stranger, and even though our family business was risky, it had no connection with Midnight Mayhem or Kiznitch. Yet my glorious brother tore him to pieces with his bare hands and didn’t blink once. Tonight is just like then, only worse. Worse because this is someone I know, and it’s someone who tried to hurt me. Doors slam closed outside, and I stop pouring the cashmere pink bubbles into my bath. Reaching for my phone on the counter, I open Spotify and hit play on “OT” by Niykee Heaton before dipping my toe into the warm water. Bubbles spill onto the dark veined marble floors as I sink deeper beneath the water, closing my eyes in an attempt at scrubbing the night away. I don’t want Kyrin to hear me cry because I know it will only make him worse. I’ve handled this school since my parents dumped me in it when Kyrin threw a fit to keep me away from Mayhem, and I will continue to handle it when he goes back on the road. Right now, I need peace. I need to feel nothing. See nothing. Hear nothing. They say drowning is the most peaceful death, I can imagine why. After being suffocated from oxygen for minutes, you welcome the feeling of numbness. Like now. Void. Stuck between a realm of life and death, I could float and hold my breath until I simply… die. A hand is around my throat, pulling me out of my haze and I swipe water from my face angrily when I resurface. “What the fuck!” As soon as my eyes open, they land on Keaton, one of the four Brothers of Kiznitch. He and my brother have been inseparable since they were born—they all are—but Keaton isn’t like the rest of them. He is simply… different. My mouth closes as I take in his clothes. Blotches of blood litter his designer jeans, and when I finally look up at his face, I find mud and more blood all over his cheek and shirt. The Brothers of Kiznitch have all been my extended brothers, all of them except Keaton. He is nothing like a brother to me, and that’s largely because he has never treated me the same way the other Brothers have. He doesn’t seem pissed about my presence, but not that fond of it either. He has always just existed. For a long time anyway. But I don’t know if I’d call what we share a normal friendship. My stomach always twists anytime I catch him staring, and it’s become more frequent the older I get, but that doesn’t change the fact that we both fight. Fight probably more than any of the other brothers, Kyrin not included. “What the fuck, Keaton?” I glare up at him while leaning back against the curve of the bath, flicking my toe against the faucet to turn the hot water back on. I see him dip to a kneeling position out of the corner of my eye, when his fingers curl around my chin, forcing my face to his. I hold my breath when his eyes settle on mine. Keaton is the scariest of all The Brothers—to everyone but me. Darkness hovers over him everywhere he goes, and no matter what he does, he’ll never be rid of it. Torment swims beneath the surface of his god-like features, and it has always bothered me that I can never take it away. No one can. “Was there anyone else involved?” His voice is low enough to be a warning. I find myself losing my train of thought when I trace the edges of his naturally swollen lips. “No,” I whisper, only it comes out broken from the saliva forming in my throat. He stands back to his full height and kicks off his boots, tugging his shirt over his head from the back and throwing it onto a pile in the corner. “Keaton…” I warn. “If Kyrin—” “—don’t really give a fuck right now, Tigger.” I close my eyes and lean against the edge of the bath, listening as the clink of his belt falls to the floor before a long stretch of silence drifts between us. Just when I think he’s not going to do what he’s going to do, I feel his leg brush mine as he lowers himself into the bath opposite me. Keaton and I have kept each other at a distance, and most of the time I think I’m imagining the things I do. The long stares, brushes of hands, lingering touches. We fight as hard as we clearly care about one another, but it has always been clear. The lines have never been blurred. Until now.
Meet Amo Jones Amo Jones is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author whose books have been translated in multiple countries.
She resides in the tropics of Australia with her family, though she’s a born and bred Kiwi who more often than not, misses New Zealand.