Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fakers by Lucy Lennox & May Archer Release Blitz

Brooks Johnson’s Words To Live By:

When returning to Licking Thicket, TN, for the first time in ten years to reunite with your nosy neighbors, heart-broken ex-girlfriend, and matchmaking mama who never quite believed you were gay, it’s best to bring a fake boyfriend as backup...

Just don’t be surprised when your ex-girlfriend does the same.

And when her incredibly hot fake boyfriend becomes the one island of calm in a sea of bovine-based insanity, it’s best to exercise caution… especially when he pushes you up against the rough barn wall to check you very thoroughly for splinters...

Just don’t be surprised if you fall head-over-hooves in love with him.

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I slunk down the hall like I was a kid again, afraid of being caught, and I snuck glances at the backyard out the window to make sure my mother and Ava weren’t coming… which was how I nearly ran into a person standing in the hall by the kitchen.

“Oh my God!” I said, grabbing the person—a man, definitely a man, though much less bulky than me—by the shoulders. “I’m so sorry. I was, ah… distracted.”

And if I hadn’t been before, I certainly was once I got a look at him. Holy shit.

“No, sorry, my bad,” the guy said. He straightened his black T-shirt and brushed an unruly mop of wavy, brown-gold hair away from his magnetic blue eyes. “I was distracted too.”

He motioned toward the pictures on the hallway wall—a collection of bovine-inspired artwork my mother had begun before I was born—and shook his head wordlessly. I felt my face heat.

“Ah. Yeah, it’s quite a theme, isn’t it?” I said. “Cows in flower crowns?”

“I can’t tell if it’s horrible, or wonderful, or both.”

“Both,” I decided. “Most things are.”

He turned to give me a quick, startled smile, and I realized belatedly that while he’d been staring at the wall, I’d been staring at him.

Honestly, there was a lot to look at. Besides the sexy, untamed hair, the man had sharp, intelligent eyes that looked like they missed nothing, high, rounded cheekbones, a scruffy jaw, and plush, pink lips, like a master sculptor had perfectly softened all his other features to balance the intensity of his eyes. His body was lithe, leanly muscled, and delightfully warm. He had a little silver hoop in his left ear, a freckle in the hollow of his throat, and a stack of bracelets up one wrist. He could’ve been anywhere from fifteen to thirty years old. I felt a pulse of awareness in my gut.

Please don’t be fifteen, please don’t be fifteen.

“Are you okay?” he asked, frowning at me in concern.

Damn it all, I was still staring.

“Yeah, no, totally. Just, um.” I cleared my throat. My mother’s art display was the last place on earth I’d expected to meet someone as striking as this. Why did this have to happen while I was a giant, sweaty mess? “Making sure you are.”

“Oh.” His expression cleared, and his lips twitched. Apparently, I was still staring at his lips. “I’m fine. Except that I stepped out of the bathroom down here and this cow started staring into my soul.”

I had to force myself to look away from him and focus on the cow painting, but when I did…

I laughed out loud. “It really is. That cow knows exactly what you’re thinking right now.”

The man gasped, and the sound went straight to my balls. “You think? In that case, that cow needs to mind her fucking business before she gets corrupted.” He looked me up and down, from my messy, sweaty hair to my sneakers, and I’d swear the smile he gave me was pure flirtation.

The smile I gave him in return sure as hell was.

This kind of thing never happened to me. Ever.

“Have you ever seen a real cow?” I asked, because I was the fucking king of suave conversation.

Jesus Christ, how had I ever managed to have sex with anyone?

“A real cow? Obviously,” the guy said, folding his arms over his chest. I couldn’t help but notice the defined muscles in his chest and arms. He was shorter than I was but definitely not scrawny. Fuck he was sexy. He smirked. “Don’t I look like a country boy?”

I laughed, feeling all the stress from the day start to fall away.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a joyful, silly romp and a perfect summer holiday read. Not just one, but two fake boyfriends, a bizarre small town that is almost a caricature of itself, and an annual festival celebrating cows – the story had me laughing from the start.

Ultimately, this book works because the silliness is offset by well developed, lovable characters whose complicated relationships are easy to invest in. The chemistry between Brooks and Mal is instant and their ill-advised romance is crazy hot. I love them both and I love the way Mal finds his place within Brooks’ family and community. The fake relationships in this story remind me of Shakespeare’s fake identity comedies and I love all the innuendos and the playful feel to this story.

The ‘returning to my hometown’ storyline isn’t a new one but it works better here than in most similar books. While Brooks does start the book with smug urban sneers aimed at the backwards town he remembers, I love that it’s actually Brooks who has to catch up with a town that has changed more than he has. As Mal points out, the town of Licking Thicket is in on the joke. This book is neither a tribute to white picket fence living or a critique of backwards small towns. It’s up to Brooks to understand that the town he wrote off at 18 has become an inclusive, welcoming, and forward thinking community.

This book was amazeballs! I laughed so much and had a perma-smile on my face. My husband would keep asking what I was smiling about. This whole little town, the festival, everything was just awesome. Brooks and Mal were so perfect together. These two authors wrote one hell of a book and I was on board from beginning to end. I felt like I was right there experiencing everything as it happened. I simply love this book and will add it to my list of books that will pick you up, make you laugh, and feel joy.

After enjoying creative writing as a child, Lucy didn’t write her first novel until she was over 40 years old. Her debut novel, Borrowing Blue, was published in the autumn of 2016. Lucy has an English Literature degree from Vanderbilt University, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the years and years of staying up all night reading tantalizing novels on her own. She has three children, plays tennis, and hates folding laundry. While her husband is no shmoopy romance hero, he is very good at math, cooks a mean lasagne, has gorgeous eyes, looks hot in his business clothes, and makes her laugh every single day.

Lucy hopes you enjoy sexy heroes as much as she does. Happy reading!

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May is an M/M author who lives in Boston. She spends her days raising three incredibly sarcastic children, finding inventive ways to drive her husband crazy, planning beach vacations, avoiding the gym, reading M/M romance, and occasionally writing it. She also writes MF romance as Maisy Archer.

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Just Like That by Cole McCade Blog Tour

Summer Hemlock never meant to come back to Omen, Massachusetts.

But with his mother in need of help, Summer has no choice but to return to his hometown, take up a teaching residency at the Albin Academy boarding school—and work directly under the man who made his teenage years miserable.

Professor Fox Iseya.

Forbidding, aloof, commanding: psychology instructor Iseya is a cipher who’s always fascinated and intimidated shy, anxious Summer. But that fascination turns into something more when the older man challenges Summer to be brave. What starts as a daily game to reward Summer with a kiss for every obstacle overcome turns passionate, and a professional relationship turns quickly personal.

Yet Iseya’s walls of grief may be too high for someone like Summer to climb… until Summer’s infectious warmth shows Fox everything he’s been missing in life.

Now both men must be brave enough to trust each other, to take that leap.

To find the love they’ve always needed…

Just like that.

In Just Like That, critically acclaimed author Cole McCade introduces us to Albin Academy: a private boys’ school where some of the world’s richest families send their problem children to learn discipline and maturity, out of the public eye.

Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories featuring beloved romance tropes, where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

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“Extinguisher first, then sand,” the voice ordered. “Dr. Liu, if you insist on getting in the way, at least make your¬self useful and remove anything else flammable from the vicinity of the blaze. Quickly, now. Keep your mouths covered.”

Summer’s entire body tingled, prickled, as if his skin had drawn too tight. That voice—that voice brought back too many memories. Afternoons in his psychology elec¬tive class, staring down at his textbook and doodling in his notebook and refusing to look up, to look at anyone, while that voice washed over him for an hour. Summer knew that voice almost better than the face attached to it, every inflection and cadence, the way it could command silence with a quiet word more effectively than any shout.

And how sometimes it seemed more expressive than the cold, withdrawn expression of the man he remembered, standing tall and stern in front of a class of boys who were all just a little bit afraid of him.

Summer had never been afraid, not really.

But he hadn’t had the courage to whisper to himself what he’d really felt, when he’d been a hopeless boy who’d done everything he could to be invisible.

Heart beating harder, he followed the sound of that voice to the open doorway of a smoke-filled room, the entire chemistry lab a haze of gray and black and crackling or¬ange; from what he could tell a table was…on fire? Or at least the substance inside a blackened beaker was on fire, belching out a seemingly never-ending, impossible billow of smoke and flame.

Several smaller fires burned throughout the room; it looked as though sparks had jumped to catch on notebooks, papers, books. Several indistinct shapes alternately sprayed the conflagration with fire extinguishers and doused it with little hand buckets of sand from the emergency kit in the corner of the room, everyone working clumsily one-handed while they held wet paper towels over their noses and mouths with the other.

And standing tall over them all—several teachers and older students, it looked like—was the one man Summer had returned to Omen to see.

Professor Iseya.

He stood head and shoulders above the rest, his broad-shouldered, leanly angular frame as proud as a battle stan¬dard, elegant in a trim white button-down tucked into dark gray slacks, suspenders striping in neat black lines down his chest. Behind slim glasses, his pale, sharply angled gray eyes flicked swiftly over the room, set in a narrow, graceful face that had only weathered with age into an ivory mask of quiet, aloof beauty.

The sleek slick of his ink-black hair was pulled back from his face as always—but as always, he could never quite keep the soft strands inside their tie, and several wisped free to frame his face, lay against his long, smooth neck, pour down his shoulders and back. He held a damp paper towel over his mouth, neatly folded into a square, and spoke through it to direct the frazzled-looking group with con¬summate calm, taking complete control of the situation.

And complete control of Summer, as Iseya’s gaze abruptly snapped to him, locking on him from across the room. “Why have you not evacuated?” Iseya demanded coldly, his words precise, inflected with a softly cultured accent. “Please vacate the premises until we’ve contained the blaze.”

Summer dropped his eyes immediately—habit, staring down at his feet. “Oh, um—I came to help,” he mumbled through the collar of his shirt.

A pause, then, “You’re not a student. Who are you?”

That shouldn’t sting.

But then it had been seven years, he’d only been in two of Iseya’s classes… and he’d changed, since he’d left Omen.

At least, he hoped he had.

That was why he’d run away, after all. To shake off the boy he’d been; to find himself in a big city like Baltimore, and maybe, just maybe…

Learn not to be so afraid.

But he almost couldn’t bring himself to speak, while the silence demanded an answer. “I’m not a student anymore,” he corrected, almost under his breath. “It’s… it’s me. Summer. Summer Hemlock. Your new TA.” He made himself look up, even if he didn’t raise his head, peeking at Iseya through the wreathing of smoke that made the man look like some strange and ghostly figure, this ethereal spirit swirled in mist and darkness. “Hi, Professor Iseya. Hi.”

Copyright © 2020 by Cole McCade

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Summer returns to his former boarding school to work as a teacher’s assist for his former psychology professor and teenage crush, Fox Iseya. I'm not often a fan to romance stories with large age gap but it really works here. Fox and Summer are night and day. Fox is stoic and controlled and Summer is a bundle of nerves and anxiety. But he is also brave. Although he feels his anxiety, he still goes head first into situations he fears. The men complement each other so well.

Just Like That is a lovely romance. The author's writing is beautifully descriptive, which I initially enjoyed but around the middle, the story slowed down a bit and I wanted less description about kisses and more getting on with the story. Luckily, the story picked up nicely and gave us a bit of drama.

This is one of those romance novels that very much focuses on the couple and other characters on come in as absolutely necessary. They work in a school, but we know very little about the other staff. Given this is the first book in a series, I would have liked to have learned a little more about the school and its inhabitants. Overall, I enjoyed Just Like That, it is a good romance and I look forward to reading more of this series.

Summer Hemlock has always been the shy, keep to yourself kind of guy. Especially when he was in Professor Fox Iseya's psychology class. Now he's back at Albin Academy, not as a student but as Professor Iseya's TA. Summer still finds Professor Iseya intimidating but now as an adult, Summer is a bit braver, especially when he's given a little push and some amazing incentive.

Summer and Fox's relationship was years in the making. Fox's wife died in a tragic accident and Fox has never been able to get over his grief, but with Summer giving him the push he needs, maybe he can finally find himself again.

This book wasn't bad but I didn't feel a connection at all with the characters. The writing was done well but it just wasn't my personal preference.

Cole McCade is a new-to-me author, and I felt the debut in a new series was the perfect chance to get a taste of the writing style, especially since I'm a fan of the tropes inside the pages.

Summer returns to an academy, this time as the TA for the professor he had a crush on when he was a student. Not only that, he's assisting the very professor he loved, a professor who is a widower, many years his senior, and is probably straight. They challenge one another, while fighting anxiety. Now, doesn't that sound like yummy deliciousness?

Just Like That was beautifully written, mature and intelligent, with a steady pace as the story unfolded. Now, doesn't that sound amazing as well? I think this is a case of where the writing style doesn't suit me as a reader. Can a novel be too intelligent?

There was a voice filled with flowery purple prose that was absolutely beautiful in the storytelling. However, this buried the story beneath the pretty, beneath the intellect, until it made it hard to connect with the characters. Reminiscent of classic novels, where you had to truly dig beneath all the words on the page to find the handful that meant anything, and this is being said by someone who enjoys historical fiction and has read the bulk majority of the classics.

I felt nothing but disconnected the entire time I was reading the novel.

I couldn't connect with Summer or Fox. What made it more difficult, there wasn't a firm divide when the characters switched narration. Since I could 'hear' the writer's voice the entire novel, and both Summer and Fox both sounded identical. With the large age-gap, the fact that Summer was a recent college graduate, yet he sounded exactly like the professor love interest that was ready to retire.

No matter how you pretty up the narration, it all starts to sound one-note. The plot itself was intriguing, but it was buried beneath over-description, purple prose, and rambling inner monologue.

It was easy for me to lose focus, knowing the couple would find their happily ever after together, I lost interest in the journey to get there. I kept thinking I would eventually fall into the story, but that never happened, even when I got to the end. I found myself skimming more and more as I waded through the novel.

While I'm sure there is a base of readers who will be delighted in Just Like That, I wasn't one of them. The writing style isn't to my tastes, so this will be the first and the last novel I'll read by this author.

Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in Seattle. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing contemporary romance and erotica that flirts with the edge of taboo—when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats.

He also writes genre-bending science fiction and fantasy tinged with a touch of horror and flavored by the influences of his multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual background as Xen. He wavers between calling himself bisexual, calling himself queer, and trying to figure out where “demi” fits into the whole mess—but no matter what word he uses he’s a staunch advocate of LGBTQIA and POC representation and visibility in genre fiction. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts.

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To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

Kate Bateman's To Catch an Earl continues her historical Regency Romance Bow Street Bachelors series.

Working undercover for London’s first official police force, the Bow Street Bachelors have an obligation to serve the city’s best interests—even while they’re falling for the city’s most alluring women…


Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and dedicated rake, never pictured himself as an agent of inquiry. But the thrill of investigation is a challenge he now embraces. When he’s asked to pursue the Nightjar, a notorious thief who is reclaiming France’s crown jewels, the case throws him into the path of the beautiful and equally elusive Emmy Danvers, reminding him of the only puzzle he’s never solved: the identity of the mysterious woman who once stole a kiss from him—and left him wanting so much more…


The daughter of a thief, Emmy learned long ago how to keep her secrets safeguarded—and, as the notorious Nightjar, her love for Alex Harland is one of them. With the determined earl hot on her trail—and making her hot under the collar—Emmy has no choice but to keep her distance. But when a moment’s danger threatens Emmy’s life as well as her name, will Alex finally discover that he’s followed every clue…to true love?

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Three Stars. If the novel had not been written so well, I would have rated the plot, execution, and flow two stars.

To Catch an Earl is the second installment in the Bow Street Bachelors series, and can easily be read independently of the series as a standalone with little to no confusion.

Emmy is a jewel thief, a legacy passed down from her late father, including her brother and grandmother. As the blurb states, she's been in love with Alex forever. To be honest, I didn't get Emmy, at all. Her love for Alex felt vapid, since she had never held a conversation with him, didn't know him from Adam, and only saw him from afar, so what was to love? Infatuation over his looks, perhaps? This one-dimensional issue continued throughout the novel for me, as none of Emmy's motivations made a lick of sense.

Alex was a more fully developed character for me, with his war injury of decreased sight. His inner monologues were longer than I expected, but it gave good insight into who Alex is as a man, which helped how I viewed those closest to him. Honorable, his job as a Bow Street Runner is important to him.

To be honest. I didn't understand the attraction between Emmy and Alex. It felt forced from the get-go, the reader told instead of shown. It wasn't the balance between opposites. I never felt it, which made the entire book fall flat for me. I wasn't invested, so the pages dragged for me.

Another major facet I didn't quite get – the thievery. Emmy and family continued to steal gems, forced by a blackmailer. It was the first piece on the blackmail list that would have been the ammunition to blackmail them, considering their father had passed away and they were innocents, so it's not like he could be dug up to swing from the hangman's noose. They didn't steal out of necessity. I realize it was to give an adventurous, exciting air to the novel, causing it to be a page-turner. For me, it just ended up feeling forced, like the author was trying too hard to make the readers believe in Emmy's baddassery. Feed the blackmailer or risk hanging over something with no proof, something you didn't commit, or steal for the blackmailer and actually swing from the gallows while caught in the act. Irrational. Ignorant. Scent distinctive, wear one-of-a-kind perfume during a theft, because Emmy was just begging to get caught. This also fell flat for me, because it was ludicrous, not exciting and spunky.

Another con for me, an overabundance of historical facts, read as if taken from a textbook. It didn't feel as if it was to set the scene or build the world around them, more like proving the author knew the facts. These facts were injected at odd times, dumped during meandering inner monologues, which pulled me from the story, since I felt as if I was being lectured.

I'd love to say this is on me, as if the writing style isn't to my tastes. Perhaps my mood was too depressive to enjoy this fun romp. Ordinarily I'd agree and say so, but the idea of the plot didn't hold up well to how it was executed.

I'm curious to see where the series goes. While I've enjoyed the author in the past, if the next is a bust for me as well, the writing style obviously doesn't suit with my reading tastes.

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Kate Bateman, (also writing as K.C. Bateman), is the #1 bestselling author of historical romances, including her RITA® nominated Renaissance romp, The Devil To Pay, and the novels in the Secrets & Spies series To Steal a Heart, A Raven’s Heart, and A Counterfeit Heart. When not writing novels that feature feisty, intelligent heroines and sexy, snarky heroes you want to both strangle and kiss, Kate works as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several popular TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Never Look Back by Mary Burton

Expect the unexpected in this gritty, tense, and page-turning mystery from New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute. While working the street, she narrowly avoids becoming a serial killer’s latest victim; as much as it pains her to admit, she needs backup.

Enter lone wolf FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey. Stonewalled by a lack of leads, he and Melina investigate a scene where a little girl has been found abandoned in a crashed vehicle. They open the trunk to reveal a horror show and quickly realize they’re dealing with two serial killers with very different MOs. The whole situation brings back memories for Melina—why does this particular case feel so connected to her painful past?

Before time runs out, Melina must catch not one but two serial killers, both ready to claim another victim—and both with their sights set on her.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller
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Melina Shepard loves her job. She has always known that she wants to be in law enforcement. Her childhood started out rocky, but she ended up with an amazing family. When a case baffles the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Melina decides to go undercover to try and figure out who is kidnapping and killing local woman. She's tenacious, smart, and cunning.

Jerrod Ramsey is on the hunt for a killer that nobody seems to know. When he runs into Melina and sees that their cases might be aligned, he offers his assistance. He wants to find the person behind his string of cases too.

As Ramsey and Shepard hunt for their two killers, can they truly see what's right in front of them? What is it about them? What is it about these killers? And the biggest question of all – how is Melina's past intertwined?

I absolutely couldn't put this book down. It kept me guessing, turning the pages well into the wee hours of the morning. It's fast-paced and very entertaining. I really enjoyed this.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six romance and suspense novels and five novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three miniature dachshunds.

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Pawn by T.M. Frazier Blog Tour

Born into hell. Baptism by betrayal.

His life revolves around violence.
My life is on the line.

I'm trapped both physically and emotionally. A pawn in a game I didn't know I was playing.

Until I met him.

Pike acts without emotion, but I know he feels something for me.
I see it in his eyes when he looks at me. I feel it when he's close.
I know it's real because I feel it too.

Lust. Desire.

It complicates everything.

I know that I'm part of Pike's plan for revenge.
He doesn't know he's part of mine.

Pawn is book two of The Pawn Duet. Pike is book one.

**A King Series Spin-Off**

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Pike bends me over the sink. I grip the edge to prevent falling face-first against the porcelain. I glance up at him through the mirror to where he's standing behind me, appraising my body with fierce heat in his fiery eyes. He molds his body against mine. I close my eyes at the sensation I've been dreaming about feeling since the last time I saw him. I relish in his scent, his heat.

"Open your eyes, Mic," he orders. "I want you to see this. To see us."

My only response is a whimper. I have no words.

Only need.

As ordered, I open my eyes.

Pike grazes the back of my neck with his lips. "I want to see your reaction in the mirror as you take my cock. I want you to see mine as I give it to you. I'm not just going to fuck you. This is a message. One I want you to hear loud and fucking clear so that there will be no more misunderstandings between us." He reaches between my legs under my skirt, cupping my pussy over my damp panties.

I push back against him with a loud groan. Pike holds me in place, pushing my panties down my legs before resuming his touch, this time against bare and soaking wet flesh.

He groans when he feels what's waiting for him. "This belongs to me." He wraps an arm around my shoulder, closing a hand over my throat, biting at my earlobe. His next words are both a statement and a warning, delivered while the shaft of his thick cock presses against the cleft of my ass.

"You. Belong. To. Me."

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

As clearly stated, this is book two of the duet – so if you have not read Pike, please stop reading this until you have... it will make no sense and probably spoil the whole experience! Okay, still here? Phew, thank goodness I have been able to put out that worry lurking in my mind from Pike! We are thrown straight back into the action, so if you need to, do go back and read the ending of Pike again, so that finally that cliffhanger can be resolved.

There is no doubt that this book does a great job of bringing us back off the ledge, and as well as giving us some very sexy interludes, more importantly, gives us the hearts and minds of Mickey and Pike. There is a real need for understanding, patience, and reflection – skills which neither are used to applying to themselves. For Mickey in particular, she has been running on revenge for so long, that it is devastating when there is no more to do. I thought that was so very beautifully and tragically written.

I really don't want to say much more, as I am certain it will be richer for you not knowing the details. I do, however, promise that there are some brilliant surprises, some disappointments, but also an outcome which gives hope and closure.

Thank you, T.M. Frazier, for continuing with a book whose themes were certainly viewed in a different light given the world we are living in in Spring/Summer 2020. I think you have done an amazing job with a difficult subject.

***3.75 Stars***

The second book in The Pawn Duet had a totally different feeling than the first. I will say that we were left with one heck of a cliffhanger, and this story FINALLY resolved it!

Mic and Pike are in the middle of a difficult situation, both trying to protect the other. Unfortunately, they aren't on the same page. Their quick, but intense romantic relationship is really going to be tested. The question is, who will survive?

I liked the speed of this story, it was so much more interesting than Pike. I liked the psychological aspect of the "organization" and the whole basis of it. I liked the tenacity of Pike, and the loyalty of Mic. I liked how the events of this book are able to assimilate into our current climate in the US.

I was slightly disappointed in the final showdown. I expected more from the final battle, so much buildup, so much to atone for, but it felt rushed.

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T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world.

T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy ‘wrong side of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines.

Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay.

She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she's not ready to wake up from this amazing dream.

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Fraud by Lily White Blog Tour

Eighth Circle.
Also known as Gabriel Dane.

He is a ray of sunshine that warms your heart with kind eyes and a dazzling smile.

Don’t let him fool you with that silver tongue or lure you in with a body that draws every woman’s eye. This man is fluent in deception and a devil who only offers pretty lies.

Gabriel is my old nemesis.
I'm the girl that always fought back.
He has every reason to hate me as much as I hate him.

Now that he found me, he’s determined to make me pay for our past.

Except, there are two small details Gabriel doesn’t know that will be his ultimate downfall:

There are no rules when it comes to our war.
And I've learned to lie just as good as him.

***Each novel in the series depicts a unique romance, but the plots through each book connect in one world. For the best experience, read the series in order.

Nine standalone novels.
Nine dangerous men.
Nine unrepentant sinners you’ll hate to love.

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This series NEEDS to be read in order, and I highly suggest starting that now if you haven't already!

The Antihero Inferno series has blown my mind, and I'm in love with each member – male and female – that I've read about so far.

I'm not going to get into what the Inferno is, but it is an interestingly dark group. I'm not going to regurgitate what happened in the first book, but I will say that I was left wanting Fraud's story!

Gabriel Dane, also known as Fraud, is the ultimate liar. He can draw you in and play any character that he needs to in order to get what he wants/needs. Fraud is the broken prince, the second in the Inferno hierarchy, and he knows how to extract anything from anyone. He met his match in Ivy way back in high-school, and she quickly became his nemesis.

Ivy is the pampered rich girl, the spoiled princess, and daughter of an elected politician. Ivy also made enemies of Fraud at a young age. No wilting flower, she doesn't fear Fraud as she should and instead gives it right back to him.

The dynamic between Fraud and Ivy was exciting from the get go. Learning of their past was interesting, their pranks on each other were awesome. Their banter was funny and sarcastic and always entertaining. This could be labeled as an enemies-to-lovers romance, but it's much more than that.

These characters are all well developed, they have their faults and their strengths. The more I learn about the Inferno, the more I need! This book goes beyond the romance, and that is what I absolutely love: the intrigue, the scandal, the underlying mystery. There weren’t any boring moments, and I need to know what happens next. So many questions needs answers!

Fraud is the second book in Antihero Inferno series. It picks up where Treachery left off. It cannot be read as a standalone. It should be read in the order that the author intended.

Gabriel Dane has a perfect smile, one you can't trust, he's an accomplished liar. Ivy has a history with the Inferno; one favor done and the Inferno has come to collect their payment. The witty war between these two was everything. I loved it. Laugh out loud antics and watching it happen is so worth it. A definite must read

This series is about nine different guys. This book is about Gabriel aka Fraud. Honestly, I liked Gabriel in the previous book but not so much in this one. I did love Ivy, she was awesome! She gave as good as she got. This book is enemies-to-lovers that really was just that. Ivy and Gabriel had passion and pranks, and totally fit the prince and princess titles.

Also Available in the Antihero Inferno Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Treachery Blog Tour.

***Treachery now INCLUDES the Treachery Prequel previously published. Click on the link for reviews.***

Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fraud (Antihero Inferno #2) by Lily White to read and review. Shannan received her copy via the author’s review team.