Thursday, May 23, 2019

Made for You by Anyta Sunday

Ben wants to find a new home.

Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parents’ death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all?

Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start.

But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is…

Jack wants an old home to fix.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig?

Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide.

But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines…

Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home –
– a home that might just be where their hearts lead them.

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Set in New Zealand, Made For You (Love & Family #2) is an MM gay romance featuring two guys at very different places in their lives – but both finding out they are looking for the same thing.
Can be read as a standalone.

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This was a sweet love story. I haven't read the first book, but I think I might just to see everything that Jack went through. I don't think it took anything away from the story having not read the first book. Jack and Ben were so good together and I loved Milo. I loved how Milo was in the entire story and not just an afterthought. These three scream what family really means.

This is a slow, sweet read that had me alternating between tears and laughter. It’s the story of Ben, a twenty-four-year-old whose life changes dramatically after the death of his parents. It is also the story of Jack, a teacher and contractor who befriends Ben when he most needs the support.

Ben’s initial parenting attempts had me laughing out loud. He’s completely out of his depth, resorting to bribery to manage Milo’s behaviour and subjecting them both to a diet of convenience store junk food. Ben’s twelve-year-old brother is fabulous – but he’d probably be a challenge for experienced parents. The brothers are brilliant together and I love that Jack sees the warmth between them and supports them without trying to change them.

The romance in this book moves very slowly. There’s a 15 year age gap between Ben and Jack and Jack is very aware of his professional boundaries as Milo’s teacher. At the start of the book, Ben seems very young. His crush on Jack is comical but he has to do some growing up before these two can work as a couple. This isn’t a sexy read – with Milo at the centre of Jack and Ben’s relationship from the start this is almost more of a family read than a romance. The focus is on Ben and Milo working through their grief and Ben growing into a life he never expected. There is romance in the small moments and a few grand gestures. The connection between Ben and Jack is sweet and I actually like that this book doesn’t quite conform to typical romance genre norms.

While I really loved this story, I do have a few reservations. The three main characters are beautifully developed but beyond Jack, Ben, and Milo, the other characters are disappointingly one dimensional. The mean older teacher lacks subtlety, as does the head teacher and her curmudgeonly uncle. Jack’s ex-boyfriend and Ben’s BFF are slightly more believable but neither really feels real. Without spoilers, some of the central conflict feels manufactured and exaggerated. But I finished this story smiling and I really loved Ben, Jack and Milo.

4 Slow-burn at its finest Stars

Made for You is the ultimate slow-burn romance, combined with May-December, with a slight forbidden vibe, making it an addictive page-turner.

Ben and Milo have been grieving the loss of their parents a year ago. In his early twenties, Ben is trying his hardest to raise his little brother, but the boy takes after him by being a little bit wild. Living in the small guesthouse on the back of the property, Ben hasn't dealt with his grief well enough to step foot back into the main house he shared with his parents. Floundering, barely keeping his head above water, Ben's confidence has taken a hit, unsure if he's raising his brother well enough, especially when Milo's teacher (who also had Ben in class) goes out of her way to hammer home how Ben is incapable of rearing Milo.

Sick of sharing a wall with his ex and the love of his life, Jack is looking for a new project – he lives in homes, renovates them, then sells. Jack is the woodwork teacher, finding precocious Milo to be entertaining, barely keeping a straight face when forcing the kids to behave during class. Until a chance meeting with Ben shows him how much the big and little brothers are alike.

The perfect solution, Jack moves into Ben and Milo's parents' house to renovate it for sale, which is a point of contention between the brothers, because Milo doesn't want to leave the memory of his parents behind...

What happens on the pages is a slow-burn crawl through a relationship they didn't realize they had, as Jack tries to keep Ben at arm's length. A fellow colleague warned Jack how falling under Ben's spell is the equivalent of preying on a young man when he is at his most vulnerable.

While hilarious, and a little bit sexy, the innocence of Ben, and the need of hope by Milo, drew me in as much as it did for Jack. Heartwarming interactions and dry wit are a delicious combo as the cast of characters banter with one another, added with the romantic tension of slow burn. The reader earns the happily ever after right along with the characters.

Heart-stopping slow burn.

Anyta is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Billionaire Boss Next Door by Max Monroe Blog Tour

My new boss has it all. In spades.

Gorgeous green eyes? Check.
Hard-and-sexy body? Check.
Intelligence? Check.
Success? A big fat billionaire… Check.

Too bad I haven’t started out on the best foot.

My big mouth has already turned him against me, and tempting good looks and success aside, Trent Turner is no peach either. He’s stubborn and thick-headed, and son of a fruitcake, he thinks he knows everything there is to know about the hotel business.

With him running the development of the new Vanderturn New Orleans Hotel and me doing the design, our work relationship is far too intimate for two people who absolutely despise one another.

But that’s not all.

See, he isn’t just my billionaire boss from hell. He’s my new neighbor, too.

Same city.
Same building.
Same floor.

Trent Turner is my billionaire boss next door.

Holy moly, let’s hope my career—and hormones—can survive.

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It only takes five minutes inside the hotel gym to realize why my original plan was to eat a hamburger in bed.

I do not got this.

I’m not good at working out, I’ve never been good at working out, and I’ll never be good at working out.

I don’t know what to do with the equipment, and it doesn’t know what to do with me.

Clearly, it’s been designed for people with half a foot more height and fifty percent more muscle, and even on the lowest of settings, I fumble my way through biceps curls like an uncoordinated inchworm.

I can barely reach the handles, so I have to kind of stoop to get in position, but the newly formed curve of my spine makes me have to arch and wiggle to complete the curl. If it weren’t for my kick-ass Metallica T-shirt, I might start to worry that I look foolish.

The ten-pound weight clanks as I drop it the inch and a half I managed to lift it in the first place, and I stand up to find a different machine. Surely there’s something in here I can operate without having a special license.

I find some kind of seated thing with weights on one end and a padded face rest on the other. I sit, lay my face down, and attempt to slide my legs underneath the weighted bar. But, it’s completely awkward and uncomfortable, and I start questioning what in the fuck this thing is even supposed to do.

Just before I give up completely, a throat clears deeply beside me, and I look up to see a far too muscular man staring down at me in confusion. “Uh… wow… I didn’t realize you could use it that way…”


I nearly ask him what he’s talking about, but his actions answer any and all questions I might have.

He sits down on the machine beside mine—an identical machine to mine—and it’s then I realize the face rest is not a face rest.

It’s a seat. For asses.

A seat for sweaty, workout asses.

Jesus Christ. I shudder and disentangle myself from the machine.

“You okay?” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-lost brother asks, but I just nod off his question and put some much-needed distance between us.

Also, I scrub my face with the hand towel I brought down from my room like it’s a fucking Brillo pad capable of removing the ball sweat that’s probably found itself a home in my pores.

Note to self: take one thousand scalding-hot showers tonight.

With a deep inhale, I try to regain some of the pride I lost back there by Mr. Muscles and peruse the room until I find a machine that’s labeled with instructional pictures to boot.

Hip. Abduction.

Do I need aliens to use this thing?

Against my better judgment, I study the pictures and peptalk myself into sitting down on the seat and swing my legs over to the inside of the knee pads.

No face-to-butt-sweat mistakes happening here, folks!

The weight is set on one hundred and fifty pounds from the person before me, and it makes me wonder if Thor is staying at this hideous hotel too.

I pull out the pin and put it on forty instead.

After a quick test push with my legs, the setting seems doable, so I take out my phone and start scrolling through it to set up some music to accompany me.

Yes. Yes. That’s exactly what I need. Some workout jams.

Of course, once I’m on it, I get distracted by Instagram, and five minutes go by before I realize I’m sitting on a machine, not a couch, and the purpose here is to do something other than lounge.

I glance up from my phone and scan the room, wondering slightly if anyone knows how long I’ve been sitting here. Mr. Muscles has moved on to a new machine, but a different guy across the room makes eye contact and smirks.


Normal human decency dictates he should let me off the hook and go about his day, but this fit, Adonis-looking, sweat-covered, brown-haired, green-eyed—good God, he’s attractive—man apparently has no manners.


His sleeveless white T-shirt clings to his tanned body as he strides my way, and his athletic shorts conform to a muscular set of thighs and ass.

I look everywhere but at him, fiddling with the machine as though I’m doing something productive, but he still doesn’t get the hint.

Raspy and firm, the clearing of his throat sounds right next to me.

I look up as innocently as I can manage and pull out my earbuds as though I had music playing.

“Um, hi,” I say with a cute little manufactured laugh. “I’ll be done in just a second.”

He laughs too, but his seems genuine and undeniably directed at me. “If you keep up your current pace, I think it’s going to be a little longer.”

“Excuse me?”

“Come on,” he says good-naturedly—the prick. “You’re just pretending to work out.”

Oh no, he did not just say that…

“I’m not pretending to work out,” I deny. “I’m just getting warmed up.”

He nods knowingly.

“And setting up my music,” I continue.

He hums.

“I’m just about to catch my stride.”

“Sure you are.” He calls bullshit with his smug, green as fuck eyes, and for the briefest of moments, they glance down at my chest and my legs before meeting my gaze again. “But there are people who would like to really use it, so if you’re done…”

What. The. Fuck.

Who does this guy think he is?

“Are you always this rude?” I question, and his green eyes lighten a bit.

“All right, you’re right. I’m really not trying to be a dick,” he says and runs a hand through his hair.

Should it really take that much effort not to be a dick?

“Let’s start over…” He pauses and pushes a small smile to his full, kissable lips. “How are you enjoying the hotel?”

Start over? How about let’s never have started at all?

Still annoyed, I don’t censor my answer. “It’s… swell.”

He laughs at first, but when I raise an eyebrow in contention, he frowns. “You don’t like it?” “Maybe ugly décor and a whole buttload of pretention are good for some people, but not for me.”

Ugly décor? Really?”

How can he be shocked by this? Anyone with eyes could see the design flaws here.

“Are you kidding? I feel like I’m in my ninety-year-old grandmother’s living room, except it’s a waking nightmare and I’m about to be eaten alive by the curtains.”

“I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s timeless.”

Normally, I’m not such a snob about design, nor do I make a point to make other people feel bad for their likes and dislikes, but for some reason, this handsome prick and his dickish attitude just bring it out in me.

Before I know it, I’m channeling Regina George.

“Well…” I pause and scrunch up my nose dramatically. “I’m sorry to break the news to you, but the design of this place looks like it was done by a blind rat. Gilded sailboat pictures and tapestries with oxen on them aren’t timeless. They’re old.”

His eyebrows pinch together, highlighting the otherwise perfect features of his face. Goddamn this ugly hotel for housing such perfect-looking humans.

“What did you say your name was again?”

Shit. Emory will absolutely murder me if she finds out I got into some kind of confrontational tête-à-tête with a random Romeo in the hotel gym.

Let’s also not forget this hotel gym is located inside a hotel that is owned by the company you’re about to interview with…

Shit. Yeah. I’d better cut and run while I can.

“I didn’t.” I jump up from the machine with the exact agility I’ve lacked during the rest of my workout and offer a saccharine smile. “But, hey, good news. Machine’s all yours.”

“Aren’t you going to wipe it down?” he asks as I walk toward the door, and I can’t help but turn around for my parting shot.

“Why?” I smirk at the pouty-lipped asshole. “After all, I was just pretending to work out.”

Because you know what dicks can do?

They can go fuck themselves and wipe down their own workout equipment, tight asses and chiseled jaws be damned.

Suck on that, workout Romeo.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Billionaire Boss Next Door was a cute, enemies-to-lovers romance that has just a little humor and a lot of snarky, sarcastic goodness.

Greer finds herself in a tough spot, financially, and is interviewing for an amazing job that would save her from ruin. Greer's story starts right off with a touch of crazy and a lot of laughs. She's awkward and snarky, a little cynical, and a lot jaded. Did I mention that I really like her? Thankfully, she has a best friend who's able to ground her and offer emotional support.

Trent Turner is in the opposite situation. He's the heir to a hotel empire, built by his father. He just so happens to be the man who's trying to get out from under his father's oppressive shadow by successfully finishing the project assigned to him. Trent is a bit self-righteous and condescending, he's equally snarky with a touch of rude, but all of that changes as we get to know him.

To be completely honest, I enjoyed the buildup! I liked the seething annoyance Trent has for Greer, I felt like it wasn't totally over the top. I enjoyed the part both of their friends played throughout the story. I did feel the chemistry between Greer and Trent, as it built, and was beyond ready for it to blow! I didn't laugh out loud, but I did smile at some of the one-liners. I wasn't rushing to finish the story to find out what happened next, I finished this story in one sitting because I genuinely liked it.

Max Monroe is new to me, but I will definitely check into more of their writing!

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Greer is a snarky, smart, witty woman who is also in severe financial straits with her company. When she has a chance of a lifetime to design a new hotel, she knows that she has to jump at it and do a fantastic job. Despite her best friend's interference in her life, Greer knows that Emory would do anything for her.

Trent is fighting his own destiny. He knows that he's destined to take over his dad's company, but also feels like nothing he ever does is worthy or good enough for his dad. He knows that unless he knocks this next project – a new hotel – out of the park, his dad is never going to let him run the company.

These two have a long, slow build that comes to a fantastic crescendo. I like that we got to see them at their best and worst. They both have a tinge of crazy in them and their craziness complements each other’s. They have great chemistry and their dance around their attraction is comical at times and steamy during others. You really got to see the characters grow into themselves and as a couple.

Their friends are hilarious in their own way and I can't wait to see where the next book will go.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
A quick review of The Billionaire Boss Next door.

It has all the elements an avid reader comes to expect in a Max & Monroe book

Thatcher Kelley? Check
Snarky female lead? Check
Rich, successful male lead? Check
Laugh out loud one-liners? Check
Smoking hot romance? Check

First of all, I just have to say, the introduction written by Thatch set the tone for the book. It was lighthearted, eloquent, and gave Thatch a forum in a book not about him. What's not to love?

I started reading this book while I was sitting in the hairdresser’s chair getting highlights. I know the hairdresser thought I was nuts because I would burst into laughter seemingly at random.

I can so relate to Greer, her snarkiness, her love of food, and how running late is something she just can't avoid. After she makes a bad first impression on her boss, she really tries, well, really is a too strong a word, to get back into his good graces.

Trent Turner, Jr. is the boss who's overseeing his father's newest hotel in New Orleans. Greer wouldn't have been his first choice as a designer on the project considering how she bashed the decor in the NYC flagship hotel.

As they get to know one another, they realize that the other isn't so bad. Greer has a penchant for saying the wrong things at the wrong time and Trent for hearing it. Once Trent realizes that Greer has a heart of gold and interior design skills above reproach, he realizes that he likes Greer. Not for anything other than who she is.

Trent's and Greer's friends are just as entertaining as they are. And if Cap is anything like Thatch, my oh my, I can't wait to read his book.

Keep them coming Max & Monroe, I can't wait to see what's next.

Max Monroe books are such fun – if you have never read one, well you are in for a treat with a great back catalogue to indulge... but feel free to start right here! Any fan will know just what I mean, and I have to say this one will have you wanting to read it in one sitting!

Greer has put her heart and soul into her interior design business, but is very close to financial failure, so when an amazing opportunity arises, nothing is going to stand in her way of success. She is appointed by Trent Turner Sr but turns out she will be working with the much less enthusiastic Trent Turner Jr... and we can guess just how their fabulous sarcastic banter is going to lead. Their interactions and conversations are just priceless, especially when she indulges in a 'burner' phone!

I loved how she behaved towards the team, and how her ambition was not selfish, but she recognised the value of the team... even the less than happy George. Her undercover steering was also fun to watch, and I was delighted that Trent Turner Jr had the good sense to both understand and acknowledge this. His growth was undoubtedly thanks to her persistence and caring about the job, as much as for him as a person. I felt that was beautifully written, and well secreted in amongst the wicked banter.

The combination of working together and also falling in love with each other, with all the demands that both roles required, gave us plenty of time to get to know them both and invest in the success of the venture and the relationship. Another hit for me!

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.

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Let Me Show You by Becca Seymour Blog Tour

When a veterinarian and a construction worker connect, it takes mishaps, mistakes, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex to show them they’re made for each other.

Dr. Carter Falon is content living a quiet life in a small town caring for his animal patients. That doesn't mean he's not looking for a distraction. After finding himself precariously wedged… naked and at the mercy of a drop-dead gorgeous construction worker, Carter hires his savior to renovate his home.

When Tanner Grady’s best friend and new niece needed him, he uprooted and relocated without a second thought. His life has since been centered on work and spending time with his family, but when he comes to the rescue of a cute vet, Tanner finds he's a lot more interested in the homeowner than the house he’s renovating.

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My eyes widened when they landed on his form. Damn, it wasn’t every day a client greeted me in the nude. Looking at the path between me and who I assumed to be Carter on the ground, I tried not to let my eyes linger for too long on his smooth expanse of skin. He was lightly toned, with a softness about him that was impossible to not notice, despite trying my hardest not to.

With a shake of my head, I calculated each step I took to get to his side. Once I made it safely to the top, the floorboards creaking under my booted feet, Carter angled himself to turn and look at me. Definitely pissed off and in pain, and perhaps a bit mortified too, a light blush covering his cheeks. His gaze roamed me from bottom to top before landing on my own. I quirked my brow in amusement and question while strategically ignoring how fucking pretty his brown eyes were. “So…?” I offered.

He sighed, and I watched in fascination as his Adam’s apple bobbed when he swallowed. “I rushed from the piece-of-crap shower when I heard the knock. My foot went through the board, and it’s stuck.” His pink cheeks turned crimson.

Unable to stay the small smile tugging at my lips, I grinned as I stepped closer. I took my time to get to him, wanting to help the guy out. The last thing he needed was me falling on my ass. Clearing my throat, I crouched down at his side, my focus now on his leg and foot.

The whole area was rotten and would need ripping out. But for the time being, I’d need to tear up the two surrounding boards to get his ankle free. “You have tried to get it out, right?” I felt like a jackass for asking, but it was always best to check first.

Carter huffed out a breath. “Yeah, I did. It’s wedged against something. I tried pulling it out, but it’s a no go. It’s tighter than a virgin ass.”

My gaze whipped to his. What the fuck? With lifted brows, I stared wide-eyed at him, drawing another blush from him.

“Shoot, sorry. That was inappropriate.” His eyes widened in horror. “I meant, it’s wedged. Erm. It’s just wedged tight, and—”

I grinned. “It’s all good. Give me a sec.” The poor guy looked like he wanted to join his foot in the space under the floorboards and curl over. He needed an out, and I needed to get some air in my lungs away from his intoxicating smell and firm thighs, which were impossible to ignore in such close proximity.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Carter is a vet and hires carpenter Tanner to do renovations on his home. This is a sweet romance and a bit hot too. I love seeing love stories between regular guys, so I really enjoyed their romance and the buildup to them getting together.

The one issue I had with the story is once the guys got together there wasn’t a lot else happening and the story kind of petered out. The only other drama comes from Carter dealing with workplace bullying but we hear about this second hand, and for the most part we don’t really experience it with Carter. I would have liked to have seen this more first hand.

On the whole though, I found this to be an easy-to-read and enjoyable romance.

This is a sweet love story between Carter and Tanner. There were lots of pages without dialogue, that is a huge pet peeve of mine, but I still enjoyed the story. There wasn't much angst, except for a little bit with Carter's co-worker Scott. The angst and drama with Scott was wrapped up too fast and too nice for my liking. I would have liked more information on why he was such a jerkface. Carter and Tanner were great together, but the story just seemed to drift. They got together halfway through the book and then nothing much happened. I will say Carter's mom is a riot!!! This was a fast, sweet weekend read.

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Slave Dance by Samantha Cayto

What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

Quiet and steadfast, Emil has remade himself from botanist to chef. Taking care of people is what he does best. He hates having to fight the war with Dracul, but his loyalty to his captain forces him to do no less. Unlike others of his species, he has formed no intimate bonds and has no intention of doing so. That way lies sadness. He takes his pleasure from feeding those he loves, content with his destiny. That is until he runs into an abused boy who needs more than a good meal.

All turning eighteen means to Jase is that now the man who he is forced to call Master can abuse him publicly. A victim of sex trafficking, Jase only knows one way of life-brutal submission to whichever man claims him. When his Master joins Club Lux, it’s more of the same until he finds himself in the hands of its strange chef.

Circumstances force Emil into a new and frightening role and Jase into the arms of a scary and unfathomable Master. Emil is worse than any man—or so Jase thinks, when Emil’s alien nature comes out. Jase wants to be a good slave and Emil frets about saving Jase from himself. While they try to find their way, a vicious crew member begins to terrorize Boston. Now Emil fights on two fronts—the scariest being that he will fail Jase.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of drug use, violence, and sexual abuse.

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Samantha Cayto is escapism at its best. When in the mood for something sultry, slightly naughty, and not too stressful, the author is my go-to.

Slave Dance is the third installment of the Alien Blood Wars series. I suggest reading the series in order. Not because it would be especially difficult to follow along, but simply because there is a thread weaving the titles together.

Emil is the cook at Lux, a specialized nightclub featuring BDSM, run by his family. Emil is a member of a group of aliens that landed on earth, who have since tried to acclimate into society as it evolves over time. They are blood-drinkers, who have the ability to reproduce in a way that most who read MM would call MPreg, but it has a different twist with the 'queen' of the hive and the ability to evolve in order to ensure they don't go extinct. The world-building develops over the series, but it's not too heavily laced in each book.

Connecting all the novels, Dracul, who disbanded from their 'family,' is stepping up his attacks on Boston. The suspenseful plot takes a slight backseat to the romance, angst, and steam.

Emil isn't one to be called master. He doesn't understand the concept, even though he lives in the club and cooks for their people.

Jase and his master show up at Lux. Jase just now reaching the age of maturity. At first, they all believe he is playing the role of slave not realizing it's Jase's reality.

The angst and tension revolves around kind and compassionate Emil taking an instant shine to the wounded Jase, who has all but accepted his fate as living a short life.

This novella manages to have a slow-burn vibe, because Emil and Jase's story builds over the pages, not diving straight into erotic territory. While smoldering, this is one of the least steamy novels I've read by this author. Not a criticism, just stating a fact.

Highly recommend this series and the author, especially most of the titles in her backlist for those looking for an escape, with taboo subject matter and a science fiction twist.

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Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.

She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and four dogs. Her children don't understand why they can't read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Slave Dance (Alien Blood Wars #3) by Samantha Cayto to read and review.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn!

Two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.

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I'm not going to lie, I was like a kid at Christmas when Kingsbane showed up on my Kindle! The Empirium series has totally taken me by surprise and I'm completely impressed by the story Claire Legrand has woven. The second book in the series has picked up where Furyborn left off. War is coming... The Emperor is coming!

We continue to follow the life and events of two women, connected by some circumstances. Only one can be the Sun Queen while the other the Blood Queen. By this book we know who is who, but we don't know WHY or HOW they choose their paths. Wonder no more...

Did I mention this is such a difficult review to write? I refuse to spoil anything, but I will say I am emotionally invested in all of these characters – the good, the bad, the ugly. Every single one of them have worked their way into my head. I am exhilarated yet anxious to find out what happens. Even though I know the general ending, I need to see how everything plays out. What exactly is victory? Who can possibly say they won?


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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey (although her heart will always live in her home state of Texas).

Her first novel is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of The Year of Shadows, a ghost story for middle grade readers; and Winterspell, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker. Some Kind of Happiness, her middle grade novel about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling, is a 2017 Edgar Award Nominee. Claire’s latest novel, Foxheart, is a classic fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is one of the four authors behind The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand to read and review.

Twisted by Aleatha Romig Release Blitz

The underworld of Chicago is far from forgiving. It’s a world where knowledge means power, power money, and money everything.
While I paid the ultimate price to have it all, it wasn’t my decision to give my life…
That doesn’t mean I ceased to exist, only to live.
Going where the job takes me and living in the shadows, with deadly accuracy I utilize the skills inherent to me, not knowing from where they came, not recalling what I’d lost.

And then I saw her.
Laurel Carlson.

I shouldn’t want her, desire her, or need her, yet with each sighting I know she is exactly what I have to have. Laurel has the ability to do what I thought was impossible. She sees what others don’t.
My gut tells me that it’s a deadly mistake to change my plans and open my world to her. My mind says she’ll be repulsed by my twisted existence.
None of that matters, because my body won’t take no for an answer.

I’ve made dangerous mistakes before.
This time, will the price be too high?

From New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a brand-new dark romance bringing us back to the same dangerous underworld as Secrets. You do not need to read the Web of Sin trilogy to get caught in this new and intriguing saga, Tangled Web.

Twisted is book one of the Tangled Web trilogy which will continue in Obsessed and conclude in Bound.
Have you been Aleatha’d?

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller, Romance
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Laurel is brilliant. She is also somewhat shy. When she is approached during a less than exiting fundraiser, despite the warning bells that this person is probably dangerous, Laurel's reaction is more carnal.

Kader is used to taking jobs and going on to the next one. However, this one... this one is different. He can't seem to figure out why it's different, but with a past that he can't quite remember, something in this job is nagging him.

It's fast paced and you're constantly left wondering where it's going. You want Kader to be good, but know that deep down, he's a trained killer. You also want Laurel to be more than just a naïve, brilliant nerd.

Without giving too much away, this is a great start to the new series. I am so excited to see where Romig will take us. The journey has started with a bang and I hope that it pulls us along, answering and creating questions in future books.

I knew when I first read the snippets of this story that I wanted to read it, no, I needed to read it. What I didn't know was that the story is more twisted than the title.

Kader is a man with no past, but he lives in the shadows. Does the job he is paid to do. But the job he is sent to do has him wondering what it is about her that has him second-guessing his assignment.

Laurel Carlson, along with another professor, is on the edge of a breakthrough that will change history. But things change quickly, and she doesn't know who she can trust but somehow, she feels she can trust Kader.

The chemistry between them simmers through each meeting they have. Will they burn in the end? Will she learn who he is and why he is there helping her? Can he accept that she sees him? Will he be able to complete his assignment?

If you are looking for a suspenseful story with a little romance, then you need to read this one. If you are a Romig fan, then you are going to love this one. If not, then you need to read this one and become a fan. She has a way of drawing you into a story and keeping you there until the rollercoaster ride is over or until the first book is over, leaving you wanting more and ready for book two, Obsessed, I need it now, please. *Have you been Aleatha’d yet?

3.5 stars

Twisted is the first book in Aleatha Romig's new series, Tangled Web. This series is set in the same world as the Web of Sin books. This book felt so different than any of Romig's works and I can't say exactly why. Something was just different, maybe it was the characters?

Laurel is a genius. I'd say she's an awfully naïve genius who is devising a revolutionary medication. Unfortunately, she is also the target of some not-so-good people that want her formulation. The problem is, in the tangled web, how is she to know who is good and who is evil? I want to like Laurel, but she is just so optimistic and trusting. I feel like she's one dimensional and she fell flat for me.

Now Kader is the total opposite from Laurel. He's experienced in the worst of people. He trusts no one and shares nothing. I know there's more to him, and I'm assuming his story will all come out eventually, but as of now, he's just another flat character.

While I can't say I love these characters, I can say I loved the premise of the story. The suspense is what drew me in, I want to know who the bad guy is. I need to know that there is more to both Laurel and Kader than we've been shown. I know Romig can, and probably will, blow my mind and for that reason, I will definitely trust in her to deliver some amazingness in the next installment.

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life!

Aleatha released her first novel, Consequences, in August of 2011. Consequences became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series Tales from the Dark Side, Insidious, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of Betrayal, the first of her five novel Infidelity series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books Into the Light and Away from the Dark were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with Plus One, followed by the sweet stand-alone, One Night.

Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America.  She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Twisted (Tangled Web #1) by Aleatha Romig to read and review for this tour. Mary received her review copy via the author’s ARC group.