Tuesday, October 31, 2023

With This Woman by Jodi Ellen Malpas Release Blitz

With This Woman. #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. Jodi Ellen Malpas. Now Available.

The Manor—the heartbeat of hedonism and pleasure, the place where Jesse Ward lost himself for years in women and alcohol, escaping his past—was his life. His everything. Until the day Ava O’Shea walked through the doors and Jesse discovered something else to live for.


Their love affair was passionate, intense, and all-consuming. She became his heaven. His escape. And eventually, his downfall. When Ava walked away from him, he was destroyed, even more broken than before.

But she’s come back, and Jesse vows never to lose her again.

Except Ava’s only scratched the surface of his broken soul, and as their relationship intensifies and their love deepens, Jesse’s pushed to the brink of insanity when his past creeps into his present and risks destroying everything.

They will never survive his truths, and Jesse will never survive losing Ava again.

So he’ll do anything to shield her from his dark, soul-destroying past.

Absolutely anything.

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She has questions, and she’s told herself she won’t submit until she has her answers. Which basically means we’re never having sex again.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ten years ago, I fell hard for Jesse and Ava's story. Getting Jesse's point of view is an eye-opener. This book continues from the first book, when Ava left Jesse after finding out what the Manor was. After a week of nothing from Jesse, and all his friends being worried, Ava helps them get in the penthouse, she is scared of what she finds.

We all know the story and how it ends, but seeing it through Jesse's eyes is so much more intense and heartbreaking too. He doesn't know what it feels like to love and be loved. He is scared of losing her or someone trying to take her away. His mind is always trying to think of ways to keep her tied to him.

I tried to savor this one, but I knew I needed to finish it and it was great getting back to visit with the Lord of the Manor. This story is intense, heartbreaking, scary at times, loving, fun, and all-around a great story. I cannot wait for more. I will be reading this over and over.

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M/F Romance, Hints of BDSM

This is the perspective of Jesse. It's almost an identical story as Ava's but told from the opposing side.

It's still a good story with the characters weaving their own way through the twisted and messy life. I really like that you can see how Jesse sees Ava through his own eyes. Yes, I know that he still is as possessive and controlling as ever, but you don't get to just see that side. You get to see the why behind it.

I like being the dual perspective. Jesse's friends are still the same, but you get to see them through Jesse's eyes and see him through theirs.

You won't be disappointed to see how Jesse sees the world. But if you're looking for something different than the original, you might be a little disappointed.



I’m not fixated. Maybe infatuated. Definitely not obsessed. I’m committed, that’s all. Committed to my reclamation. Committed to being everything Ava wants and needs.


Author Bio

JODI ELLEN MALPAS was born and raised in England, where she lives with her husband, boys, and Theo the Doberman. She is a self-professed daydreamer, and has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. Writing powerful love stories with addictive characters has become her passion—a passion she now shares with her devoted readers. She’s a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Sunday Times bestseller, and her work is published in over twenty-five languages across the world.

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I’ve no doubt I am looking at a woman who is in love. And when I look in the mirror, I am looking at a man who doesn’t deserve it.


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Monday, October 30, 2023

The Orc and the Manny by Chloe Archer

The Orc and the Manny. A Cozy M/M Monster Romance. Chloe Archer.

Welcome to Monsters Hollow, where love knows no bounds—even in a town full of monsters!


A confirmed bachelor, and a historian by training, I haven’t the faintest clue how to care for twin orclings when I unexpectedly become their guardian. I’d love to retreat into the comforting sanctuary of my study, surrounded by my books and papers, but first I need to hire someone to help me with the children. Someone who can teach me the ropes of this new role.

Thank the Light for the All-Species Specialized Employment Services! In my most dire hour of need, they find the perfect nanny—ahem, manny—to help me look after my young wards. Now I can finally get back to writing my history of orc folklore for a few hours a day.

Or so I thought.

Instead I find the captivating new man in my home far too distracting. Max is so much more than I had expected. I’ve never fallen for a human before, but I can’t get him out of my mind. Could he ever feel the same about an orc? Humans are usually too intimidated by our large size and outer appearance. Can Max look past my green skin and tusks to see a man with a heart that yearns for him? And if he does, when he learns the truth about the children will the danger on the horizon send him running?


Working with kids is totally my jam and I’m damn good at what I do. Just call me Maxy Frickin’ Poppins! When a new job prospect comes my way, I’m intrigued. A chance to move to Mystic Hollow (aka Monsters Hollow) to be a well-paid manny for two adorable orclings? Talk about a dream position. Sold! But when I lock eyes with the seriously sexy orc who’s their guardian—and my new de facto boss—for the first time, I’m a goner. Big, muscular, and green all over–he’s giving me full-on Hulk meets stern professor vibes—and I like it.

As I get to know him, over meals with the kids during the day and soft-spoken conversations about history at night, I soon realize there’s so much more to Targan than the gorgeous orc who keeps starring in all my naughtiest dreams. He’s quite possibly the kindest, gentlest man I’ve ever met. And he accepts and appreciates every part of me and my flamboyant, full-figured fabulousness. I just want to feed and take care of him—and find out if he’s so deliciously big everywhere. Before I know it, I’m dreaming of being part of a forever family with him and his adorable twins. But an unexpected threat looms in the shadows that could threaten the safety of us all…

The Orc and the Manny is a cozy, small town, M/M monster romance featuring a Hulkalicious silver fox orc professor who's better with books than kids, a flamboyant human manny with ALL the skills (think Nathan Lane in The Birdcage meets Mary Poppins), an age gap, a size difference, a three-headed hellhound and a feisty rescue Chihuahua, two adorable orcling twins, and copious amounts of orc… joy!


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“Well, Princess Peach, this is it.”

My sweet baby, a feisty rescue Chihuahua, gives a little yip of agreement and I scratch under her chin. She nuzzles me back with pleasure. Today she’s wearing a cute little pink shirt with the words “I’m a princess” spelled out in silver sequins.

Princess Peach had a hard life before I rescued her. I don't know all the details, but the shelter found evidence that she’d likely been used for breeding purposes in a far from humane situation. They believe she was abandoned on the streets when she was no longer able to provide new litters of puppies for whatever illegal operation had been going on.

After her tough life on the streets, I decided she deserves to always look as fabulous as she is. She may have a torn ear and be missing half of her teeth, but she’s beautiful through and through. I’ve matched our color scheme today by wearing a darling pink blouse with flowy pirate sleeves under my rainbow chiffon duster vest. The outfit is finished with a pair of shiny black leggings that hug my ample thighs and a sweet pair of purple ankle boots.

My foster mom would have been proud. I’m totally channeling my inner Stevie Nicks.

Adjusting my oversized purse—with everything a manny could ever need in a pinch—higher on my shoulder, I tuck Princess Peach gently under my arm and climb the steps to the front door of the enormous three-story Victorian. Painted gray with white and blue gingerbread lattice work, the home looks a bit tame for me, but I suppose I can see the classic appeal. It’s still an impressive old house even with the bland exterior and I can’t wait to get a peek inside.

After all, this is going to be our new home for the next little while, provided all goes well.

Pressing the doorbell button, I admire my freshly painted sparkly purple nails in the process. The fading twilight of evening starts to turn to darkness around me as I wait. It took me longer than I had planned to get here.

I hear the bell chime loudly within but get no response.

After several long moments, I ring it again. They are expecting me after all. Right?

Just when I’m about to press the bell a third time, the door slowly creaks open to reveal an orc with wispy white hair and stooped with age. He’s wearing a butler’s livery and shuffles to the side as if to bid me enter. I have a fraction of a moment to stare into the large entryway of the house before my brain has to process a whole lot of chaos all at once.

Two young orclings, presumably my charges, are headed my way as they chase each other. One of them is holding—is that an axe? Off to my left, I spy the intimidating but gorgeous gargoyle who interviewed me for the job—hello, sexy—but I stop breathing when I lay eyes on the man beside him.

This orc is not old and he’s hot like fire.

He’s rocking full-on Hulk meets stern professor vibes and I am so here for it.

Unfortunately, I also suspect he’s my new boss.

I don’t have more than that flicker of an instant to admire him because an enormous three-headed creature comes barreling straight toward me as the two little orclings it’s chasing deftly feint one direction and then swerve out of the way at the last second, leaving me to face my fate.

Talk about a trial by fire in my first few seconds on the job.

Also, why the heck did no one tell me there was a motherfreaking hellhound in this house!

On instinct, I tuck Princess Peach’s head carefully in my armpit so I can cover both her ears. She settles in, trusting me implicitly, as always. Then I lift the whistle around my neck and give it a sharp blow, bringing the hellhound to a whining, screeching halt a few inches in front of me.

Phew! That was a close call.

As tall as the enormous front entrance, the gigantic beast towers over me, tongues lolling out of its three heads, momentarily dazed and confused by the dog whistle I always carry with me. You’d be surprised how handy it is when my baby and I go on walks. There are too many idiots out there with no control over their unleashed dogs, and I sometimes have to protect my precious little angel.

I reposition Princess Peach in the crook of my arm where she settles happily and kiss the top of her soft little head, getting a lick of appreciation in return before I take a deep breath and call forth my most dominant voice to utter the order, “Sitz!

The hellhound cocks its three heads and looks at me confused.

Maybe he hasn’t learned German commands? That’s what my dog trainer taught me. Hmm…

Princess Peach snarls at him.

He immediately drops his rump to the floor with a ground-shaking thump.

I beam. “Platz!” I order next.

The hellhound cocks his three heads in the other direction, acting clueless.

My precious fur baby lets out a guttural growl and snaps out a warning.

The enormous beast lies in the down position, ears on each head flat, but all three tails wagging hopefully.

Gut,” I praise as I reach into my purse—so much classier than Mary Poppins’s carpet bag—to pull out a plastic baggie with my stash of dog biscuits, then pluck out a handful. I’m fairly certain they’re fine for a hellhound if my dog can eat them.

After all, I baked them myself.



Mr. Hulkalicious comes striding toward us, a scowl on his rugged, square-jawed face. “Hello, Daddy,” I whisper breathlessly to myself.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have never read a book by this author before, so I was going in blind. I absolutely loved Max from the moment we met him. He was just a ray of sunshine!! I smiled and just felt good while reading this story. Targan took a bit of time to warm up to, but I get where he's coming from. I liked the world building – it wasn't too much for me. I loved the kids and the dog/hellhound, sometimes kids don't work well in books depending on the author. To me, this was a great little story and I'm probably going to read the next book too.



A Hulkalicious silver fox orc professor who's better with books than kids meets a flamboyant human manny with ALL the skills (think Nathan Lane in The Birdcage meets Mary Poppins). The sparks—and other, ahem, things—fly!


Author Bio

Bringing Funny-Sexy Back. Chloe Archer.

CHLOE ARCHER writes M/M sci-fi and paranormal romcoms with laugh out loud humor because she’s all about bringing the funny-sexy back. Oh, yeah!

She currently calls Minnesota home, but has lived abroad in places like Montreal, Edinburgh, and Tokyo. She’s hoping to relocate to Scotland permanently one day if the stars align.

Chloe is a fur mama to two adorable Yorkies, Jasper and Teddy, and she loves them in a crazy dog mama kind of way. When she isn’t busy writing, she enjoys visiting friends and family, traveling, reading, binge watching movies and TV shows, and practicing her karaoke skills. She does a mean cover of Pat Benatar and Cher, or so she’s been told

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I am utterly mesmerized by Max MacLeod. He’s a colorful butterfly who’s all of a sudden flitted into my gray and rather lonely world and I can’t look away.


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Friday, October 27, 2023

The Score by Beth Bolden Release Blitz

Release Blitz. The Score by Beth Bolden. October 25 – 29.

Carter Maxwell knows he’s a screwup. Four teams in three seasons tells the story, as much as he wishes it didn’t.

But finally, he’s landed in a good place, where he likes the team and the team actually likes him. Even the Condors' current rebuilding mode suits him. There’s a new owner. New coach. New players. New rules.

But one rule hasn’t changed: don’t seduce your agent-appointed c*ckblocker.

Ian Parker agrees to live with Carter and keep him on the straight and narrow for one simple reason: Alec, the agent in charge of cleaning up Carter’s reputation, has promised him something Ian wants very, very badly.

Even more badly than Carter naked above him and below him and next to him.

A chance for Ian to become an agent.

But Ian didn’t take into account just how persuasive Carter is—or just how desperately he desires to be persuaded. Or how, while spending time with Carter, they’ll somehow stumble into a fake relationship that begins to feel all too real.

It doesn’t matter that Carter’s never fallen in love or that he’s never been in a real relationship. It doesn’t matter that Ian’s risking his future as an agent.

He’s determined to score the impossible and reform the bad boy—only after encouraging Carter to misbehave one last time. But this time, only with him.

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“Wait a sec,” Ian said, standing too, but reaching out and casually catching Carter’s arm. “I know this is going to be awkward, me being around all the time. I just wanted to acknowledge that, first off.”

“Is it?” Carter really hadn’t thought much about it; honestly, he’d been too busy trying to figure out how to get around rule number one.

“Well, yeah, in my experience it is. Most people who run into us together are going to want an explanation. Your friends. The players here. The coaches. The staff. Anyone you meet.”

“And what? I shouldn’t tell them why you’re really around?”

“I’m…” Ian hesitated again. “I know what my previous clients and I would do. We’d discuss ahead of time what role I’d be playing. Often, since I was in LA, they were well known, so it was easy to pass me off as a personal assistant or a friend. But here—”

“Nobody’s gonna have a personal assistant around them all the time,” Carter said. “Especially not me.”

Ian looked surprised again.

“What,” Carter retorted, “I’m not an idiot, okay.”

The frost in Ian’s expression melted a little more. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that you were.”

“You wouldn’t be the first,” Carter said wryly. “Why can’t we just tell people what you really are?”

“You’d be okay with that?”

Carter realized with a jolt that the person who was really worried about this wasn’t him, the way Ian was concerned about, but Ian himself.

Wasn’t that interesting?

“It’s hardly like people don’t know my reputation,” Carter said.

“Oh. Alright. Well, that’s your choice.”

“We can just say you’re my what… companion?”

“If that’s the word you want to use,” Ian said.

But as they walked out of the conference room, Carter couldn’t shake the feeling that Ian was the one who was preoccupied with not only what to call himself, but maybe even what kind of position he’d be occupying in Carter’s life.

As they walked down the hall, and Carter pushed the down elevator button, to take it to the lower level and the team cafeteria, Ian turned to him and said, “Well, you getting shut down by half the team is pretty good news for rule number one.”

Carter rolled his eyes. “Not when I could go to the Pirate’s Booty or any other bar or restaurant or coffee shop in the city and find someone to pick up in point five seconds.”

“Modest, much?”

“Listen, you wanted honesty, that’s the honest truth right there.” Carter had sex because it was easy, yes, and it also helped stem the tide of his temper. Maybe if sex had been harder for him to come by, he’d have found something else to use.

But sex was easy, for him, so sex it was.

Or at least it had been sex.

Carter mournfully poured one out for all the great sex he wasn’t going to be having in the next few months.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Score is the third book in the Charleston Condors series. It can be read as a standalone but reads so much better if you read in the order that the author intended.

Carter Maxwell has been on four teams within three seasons. He's a great football player, that's not the issue. The issue is his personal life and his ability to control his anger. When he realizes he needs to make a change if he wants to continue his career, the first thing he does is change his agent to Alec Mitchell. Alec is in L.A., Carter is in Charleston, that's not going to work. Alec needs someone there with him daily. Ian works as a sober companion in L.A. but wants to get into sports management. Alec and Ian come to a deal – if Ian is with Carter 24/7 to help him make better decisions, Alec will train him to essentially be him, the next great agent. Ian jumps at the chance. The one rule: don't sleep with Carter. Carter and his flirty ways make that almost impossible not to do.

I loved how Ian was patient with Carter and let him work his way through his issues in therapy and was there for him when no one else was. They say family is who you make it, not blood, and the team and Ian were just that for Carter. He needed to know he came first, and Ian made sure he knew for Ian he did. Such a sweet, sexy read. I absolutely love Beth Bolden's football reads. She can write football like no other. I am extremely sad there is only one more book in this series, but ecstatic we finally get Deacon and Grant's story.

If you don't ever read the bonus scenes linked in the back of the book, you don't want to miss this one!

This is the third book in the series – and whilst I think that you would understand more of the background to the Condors team and the players, I also think you could read this as a standalone and really enjoy it.

Carter was on the team last year, so even though he was not involved in any of the misbehaviour, he is worried about how he is seen, and does a great job of behaving like he cares not one jot about the world, or even really himself – other than staying on the team and playing his best. And he is good, of that he is very confident. In fact, he has just persuaded one of the very best agents to take him on. Alec agrees with one condition – he has a minder to ensure he follows the rules. Just wait till you read what they are!

Ian is the man who volunteers to keep Carter in line, as he wants a chance at being trained to be an agent by Alec. So they make a deal and... well, the rest is in the pages of this very enjoyable read. Never did Ian expect rule one to become a problem, and we get to enjoy the heat between him and Carter reach explosive levels. Alongside that passion, though, is the birth of a lovely, calm, and meaningful friendship. The two, hand-in-hand, make for a fun, sexy, and highly entertaining story.

There is a goodly amount of football, interaction with the other players, and some strong hints as to who will next feature in a Condors' book of their own – all of which makes for another great installment, enjoy!



Author Bio

Fun, Flirty & Fluffy Romance. Beth Bolden

A lifelong Pacific Northwester, BETH BOLDEN has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She has published over forty novels and novellas.

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Carter looked like the angel and the devil. He was every form of temptation Ian had ever experienced and more.


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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Sold by Ace Fawn Release Blitz

Release Blitz. Sold by Ace Fawn. October 26 – 28.

Sold. Collared. Owned.


Michael Kreed is a wealthy man with the world in the palm of his hand, and he’s looking for a new pet. What he craves comes in the form of Hunter, a young man with a gorgeous, lean body, an attitude, and a determination not to yield. Michael wants to keep Hunter unbroken, but is it worth pursuing a relationship with his new obsession?


Hunter’s life changes forever when he is sold at an auction to a sophisticated, handsome billionaire named Michael. Collared and made into his pet, Hunter resists his owner and craves to have his freedom and old life back. But is the new life that Michael is offering him better than the only one he’s ever known?

Content Warnings: This book contains explicit M/M sexual content and includes kidnapping, a human auction, involuntary collaring, spanking, chipping, restraints, and the use of a Taser. Reader discretion is advised.


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Michael moved in closer, and Hunter shut his eyes. The only two things he could focus on were Michael’s fresh cologne and the feel of the collar as Michael put it on around his neck.

Hunter opened his eyes when he sensed that Michael had moved away.

A small smile spread across Michael’s clean-shaven face as he observed Hunter with his piercing blue eyes. “That’s better. I knew a collar would look stunning on you.”

Hunter stared, horrified. Letting Michael put the collar around his neck was an act of submission. And Hunter hated it. He hated Michael for buying him and forcing him into something he didn’t want to be a part of. It was clear to Hunter by the way Michael had spoken to him that he was the type of man you didn’t say no to. The type of man that got whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.

That only fueled Hunter’s anger toward him.

But he was also confused. What did a man like Michael want from him?

Questions ran rampant in Hunter’s mind. His mouth was painfully dry, and he felt a headache coming on. The silence and those eyes on him, watching him… it was all too much.

“Where are you taking me?” Hunter finally managed to ask.

“To my home. I’m sure you will come to like it.”

Why did it matter whether Hunter liked it or not? He was being taken against his will.

“I want to know where exactly. I’m still in the States, right?” Hunter asked.

Michael’s gaze wandered over Hunter’s body before settling on his face, making Hunter’s skin grow hot.

“We are still on home soil, my dear pet,” Michael said, purring the last word and making Hunter’s stomach flutter with a mix of emotions. Disgust. Fear. Anger. It all balled into one and consumed his entire being, making his body tremble.

“You have a lot to learn, but that will all have to wait until we get home,” Michael said.

Just the state he was in—sold against his will, wearing a straitjacket, and forced into a collar—made Hunter realize that he was at the mercy of a complete stranger. Michael clearly was a wealthy man, and if he had money, then he surely had power.

It all proved that Hunter had no control over what happened to him next. What would Michael do to him? What would Michael make him do? The sheer realization of his predicament sent a spike of panic through his entire being. Feeling sick to his stomach, Hunter breathed harder. He felt like he was suffocating, and no matter how much air he tried to gulp in, it still wasn’t enough.

Hunter looked away and closed his eyes. Swallowed once, twice, but saliva refused to fill his parched mouth and throat. Fuck. Was he going to throw up?

“Calm down, Hunter. Breathe,” Michael said.

All Hunter could think about was what type of freaky shit awaited him. Was Michael going to make him his personal sex slave? Was he going to force him to star in porno films?

When a hand settled on his shoulder, Hunter startled and gasped for breath. He opened his eyes and stared at the man who had stolen his life from him.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

Sold is the first novel in the Rich Men series. Ace Fawn is a new-to-me author.

Keep in mind, this novel is set in today's time frame. It is not a dark fantasy world where those born into the darker society are mentally prepared for their fate. Hunter was taken off the street, trafficked, then sold at an auction. Michael is a wealthy man who purchased a person as a companion, more than in a moral gray area.

There was just something about the writing style that didn't hook me, where I struggled to remain interested. As someone who enjoys reading dark romance, I need deep emotions that are dictated by the human condition. While I appreciated the slow "breaking" of Hunter through psychological means, some spark was missing for me, where I found zero chemistry between them. For me, as maybe it was just a mood I was in.

There was an oddly warm and fuzzy vibe to what should be such a dark book. Michael was just too much, like he couldn't figure out why Hunter would be upset. Michael was just a great guy who wanted to love his pet.

The author was nonstop selling how amazing Michael was as a person. Since it wasn't written on the pages but played out nonstop in my head, Michael purchased a person in today's society, I had a hard time falling into the story, buying what was selling, when that is reprehensible behavior that was never once brought up in the novel itself. This created a divide for me, as I couldn't ship the romance between Michael and Hunter with such a huge gap in power. Michael showed such a deep denial in the fact that what he did was wrong. Not a single word of monologue that would explain this.

As I sit here, typing this up, I keep side-eyeing my Boston Terriers. Pet. With all the implications. The only difference, Hunter was a human being. Not a softening of the novel, as it was bizarrely warm and fuzzy, but some type of explanation as to why Michael validated his own actions. When Michael suggested freeing Hunter, he meant as to sell him to another. Offering to release someone who is a functioning human being back into society after such an autonomy-stealing traumatic event would have helped paint Michael in a better light, where Hunter had a real choice in staying with Michael. Hard to find the romance when one of the characters doesn't unabashedly see themselves as evil as his creator kept hammering how lovely Michael was.

Surface level emotions. A sentence here or there of backstory with no real foundation laid. It was hard to know the characters, hard to see why they would love each other, when they had zero personality traits and no chemistry.

While I did read Sold quickly, where I applauded some of the cerebral twisting, I won't be continuing further with this series because I needed more realistic, deeper emotions, along with realistic actions and reactions.

I have read several books with similar plots and really enjoyed them. This book fell short for me. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I felt zero chemistry between Michael and Hunter. If I ever read the word pet again, it'll be too soon, overusage on that word big time.



Author Bio

Ace Fawn

ACE FAWN writes sometimes dark and always steamy contemporary M/M romance featuring mafia and billionaires.

An avid reader of M/M romance, she loves books about D/s relationships, the enemies-to-lovers trope, and the forced proximity trope, and tends to involve these themes in her own writing.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Recalling My Demon by Colette Davison Release Blitz

Release Blitz. Recalling My Demon. Possessive Love by Colette Davison. October 19 – 25.

I'm told Nethermire House is haunted, but the truth is even stranger.

Nethermire is home to an eccentric 80-year-old and the young man she claims is her great-nephew.

Except he's not.

He's a demon.

Brin's chaotic, bratty ways draw me to him. When he calls me Daddy, I'm a goner. I want to protect him, take care of him, and call him mine.

But when he gets summoned to hell, our happiness is shattered.

Can I recall him to my side, or will I lose him forever?

Recalling My Demon is a standalone MM paranormal romance in the Possessive Love multi-author series. It has an age-gap relationship between a bratty demon who needs someone to love him more than he realises and an ex-priest who's now a Daddy.


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Recalling My Demon by Colette Davison

Book 12
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“Nurse Ian.” He raises his thick, dark brows a fraction, his eyes sparkling as he smirks. “Mo—Martha has told me all about you.” His voice is soft, light, and playful.

“You’re her grand-nephew?”

“Brin.” He flicks his gaze over me. “You are gorgeous.”

I take a half step back. “Uh—”

“I shouldn’t have said that, should I?” He runs his thumb over his bottom lip. “I’d apologise, except it’s true. Hm, you are one gorgeous man.”

So is he. I swallow, needing to maintain my composure and remain professional. “Martha is through here.” I gesture to the lounge.

“She likes that room. Have you seen the rest of the house? I could give you a tour.”

“No, I haven’t.”

Brin flounces into the house, kicks his boots off, and wanders into the lounge. I follow in his wake. He leans down to kiss his great-aunt on the forehead, grabs a cake off the plate, and sits in a chair with one leg looped over the arm. He peels the case away from the cake and takes a big bite. Crumbs drop onto his chin, so he flicks his tongue out to lick them off.

“Ian is here to do my welfare check,” Martha explains.

“I guessed.” Brin stares at me as he devours the rest of the cake.

I can’t take my eyes off him.

“Don’t let me stop you from doing your job. I love watching a man in uniform work.” He winks.

“You’ll have to forgive him. My grand-nephew is a terrible flirt,” Martha says.

I scrabble to get the blood pressure monitor out of my bag and kneel beside Martha.

“A man in uniform on his knees. Sexy.”

“Brin,” Martha says, her tone not as sharp and short as I’d expect for a true admonishment. “What? It’s true.”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

It took me a bit to get into this book. I instantly loved Brin, but didn't really like Ian right away. There were times that I had to skim the story because it was boring in parts. It was a short read, and the sexy times were good. I think if the supernatural element wasn't involved, I would have loved this book. That element just didn't work for me for some reason in this book, it seemed hokey to me.



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Colette Davison. Sweet. Sexy. Heartwarming.

COLETTE DAVISON’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Pine River by Tijan Release Blitz

She wasn’t going to survive Scout Raiden.

Pine River was supposed to be a new start for me.
And it was, especially attending school with my three overprotective cousins, who were the triplets at the top of the social hierarchy.
Except they weren’t alone there, and the first day when I came to school, I saw him.

Scout Raiden.
Tall. Lean. Tattooed. Mesmerizing.
He was a golden god with dark and piercing eyes—looking like he wanted to eat me up.

The feeling was mutual, and that was a problem.
It was lust-want-must have-loathing-hate all at once. I was affected.
And I couldn’t have that. No way.
Not after what I’d just left in Cedra Valley.

I didn’t care how much money his uncle had.
I didn’t care that it seemed every girl wanted him.
I didn’t care about his reputation as an up-and-coming fighter.
Or the promise of how those hands would make me feel.

What I did care about was staying as far away from Scout as possible.
Because the promise of his presence, the heat that was going to turn the light back on in my world, wasn’t a promise at all.
It was a threat.

I wasn’t going to survive Scout Raiden.

Author’s Note: Pine River is an enemies-with-benefits standalone that handles some serious life themes.


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I read Pine River in a single sitting, totally engrossed. Since this is a longer novel, that is saying something. With that being said, I found the ending rushed and anticlimactic. While there is a love-hate, enemies-to-lovers vibe, there truly isn't a basis for this. It adds some tension at the start, but there is no reason for the animosity from Scout's side, and an illogical yet understanding reason from Ramsay.

I do hope Tijan revisits Pine River with stories from the other characters. Not just the triplets but also the cast's parental units. I'm intrigued yet anticipatory for more. The characters were truly lifelike with 3D personalities that deserve their stories being told as well.

Ramsay and her mother just moved back to Pine River from Texas, escaping the pain of their recent past, while wishing to be near her mother's sister and her three triplet cousins. The strong connection and loyalty between Ramsay and her cousins were lovely yet fierce to experience, while also adding some much-needed levity to a very deep novel with a heavy emotional toll.

Scout doesn't let many in, recently moving to Pine River to live with his uncle. Aside from his best friend, along with befriending one of the triplets, Scout doesn't connect with many... until Ramsay crashes into his life.

Instead of opposite attracts, both Scout and Ramsay are hurt, barely healing, both fierce, with similar pessimistic and reserved personalities. If they like you, just know you earned their loyalty and respect.

Please note: Pine River contains flashes of domestic violence and acts of violence. While not currently on-scene, the small flashes are highly detailed and realistic, which may trigger some. As a result, PTSD is explored on the pages.

Pine River is deep in high school drama – some of which seemed unnecessary and didn't really add to the plot, but I was here for it!

Scout is the popular guy. The girls want him, and the boys want to be him. He's building a name for himself in the MMA world. Ramsay is the new girl in school, only knowing her cousins. She just wants to go through the motions and make it through but that doesn't happen once she hits Scout's radar. Scout and Ramsay have undeniable chemistry that starts at hate but leads to so much more. The drama surrounding them takes over at times. I wish we would have had more time together seeing that some of the drama seemed to take the forefront.

But I can say, Tijan can write high school romance like no one else. You find yourself falling so deep into the story, forgetting your reality, and before you know it, you've not moved for hours. That is some of the best reading you can do. I have hope we get to see more from the triplets, and this perhaps turns into a series. Fingers crossed for that!

Be prepared to lose time, lose yourself and fall deep into this one!



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TIJAN is a New York Times bestselling author who writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing after college, and once she started, she was hooked. She's written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, Ryan's Bed, Enemies, and others. She is currently writing many new books and series with an English cocker she adores.

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We were enemies. I needed to remember that.


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