Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Initiation (The 4 Horsemen, Book One) by Elena Monroe: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review

Title: The Initiation
Series: The 4 Horsemen, Book One
Author: Elena Monroe
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions

The seals have been revealed and God’s judgments on the earth is in. The Clave is here to deliver the news.


LA wasn’t home… just home for now.

Transplanted here to model I learned Hollywood isn’t where dreams survive the harsh reality of millions all sharing that same dream.

Executive assistant is who I am now.


Hollywood’s darling took a liking to me. One not easily ignored when they give you a taste of the high life.

I was supposed to give up hope and give in to LA’s bad reputation, but I had rules.

Well, just one: read the rules before you break them.

Unwilling to abandon all my morals, the filter came off my life to see the world I was one foot in was invitation only...


I’m not sure I was ever really Jason.
Whoever he was, was a distant memory now.
Grimm is who I am now.


I abandoned my birth name, companionship, happiness that wasn’t shaped like Xanax all because I was expected to be the kind of elite that pulls the strings.

Pull the strings but follow the rules.

No distractions.
No serious relationships.
Keep what we do secret.

Born into a rite I didn’t ask for, a society of puppeteers.

An invitation I marked not attending...

WOW!! This is one hell of a book!!! Hunger Games, House Of Cards & some hallmark romantic movie all rolled into one.

 Secret society that’s not really that secret and runs the world. 4 horsemen grown to take over, and run, the world. A few legit businesses. A family business mafia king’s would be proud to have.

I really hope there’s going to be 4 books. One for each of them. But this one is about Grimm. And I’m so glad it started with him. He’s got one foot in the family business and one out. He does a lot of bad shit. But he does some good too.

His non-secretary, Abigail, he only has because one of the other guys was going to fire her. And you don’t really get fired. U get dead. And he didn’t want that to happen to someone so innocent. He has this need to protect her. It’s making him crazy as to why. He’s not supposed to care.

How far will he go to protect her? How much has to happen before he will leave the family business? Can he even do that?

So well written and the characters are just amazing. So much depth and differences in them all.

Very Highly Recommend!!!!

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We were all related to monsters.

All heir to corrupt kingdoms.

Forced to uphold some delusion that we are doing God’s will by ridding the world of the bad people when we should be included in that kind of purge.

“It’s down to the right. There’s a bunker. That’s where they keep the sacrifices,” I was finally tired of wondering around when I knew exactly where to go.

I found them by mistake one year when I was ten, back when inviting your whole family was more common. They expected everyone to be present even if you weren’t wielding a musket and shooting real people down.

The four of us used to play hide and seek on the grounds just to keep ourselves entertained. I always had the best hiding places; this was our vacation home when it wasn’t being used for some ceremony the Clave hosted.

I was ten years old when I found people in cages in the bunker we were told to stay away from. They were all drugged, out of it like they were dreaming with their eyes open. I envied them. Dreaming with your eyes wide open seemed like the perfect antidote to life, too bad that kind of safety only came before you died.

It wasn’t until my first attendance I realized these people weren’t lucky at all. They were bait, aggression running wild, enemies of the Clave that we hunted for sport.

None of them were going to survive - the least we could do was let them dream with their eyes wide open.

Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character's name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories.

Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with her soon to be husband, reformed bad boy.

Find her on her social media through Twitter at @elenamonroe, Instagram at @elenamonroewrites, Facebook at @elenamonroewrites, and more! 

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King of Souls (Verona Legacy, Book Two) by L.A. Cotton: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway + Double Review

Title: King of Souls
Series: Verona Legacy, Book Two
Author: L.A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2020
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions

Arianne Capizola is living a lie.
Angry. Abandoned. Afraid.
She’d rather spend her days locked away on her father’s estate than with the guy who stole her innocence: her fiancĂ©.

Niccolò Marchetti is living a nightmare.
Broken. Banished. Betrayed.
He’d do anything to save the girl he loves, even if it means paying the ultimate price.

As the truth surround their legacies begins to unravel, everything they thought they knew shatters. But Nicco will do anything to protect the girl who taught him how to love, and she will risk it all to save the guy who stole her heart.

The clock is ticking as old and new enemies close in.

Only this time, their love might not be enough to save them.

**King of Souls is the second book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+

Be still my heart! This series is EVERYTHING! There’s love, angst, betrayal, drama and everything in between. When you’re a Mafioso that happens to fall in love with the enemy, war is sure to erupt. Add in the fact that you are betrothed to the vilest man of them all and you have King of Souls. One of the best angsty dark romances that you will read.

This is the second installment of the Verona Legacy and my goodness was it worth the wait. It is bittersweet because we get the ending that we have been waiting for, although it does mean that this duet is over. There is so much emotion throughout this book, so grab your tissues and get ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime. You will love each waking minute, trust me!

King of Souls is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, but will they live to tell the tale? Nico and Ari have sworn to love each other no matter what their families have to say. However, are there people within the ranks of both families willing to go the distance to keep them apart??? With more lies and deceit coming to light, it begs to wonder if they are safe within their own families.

If you love mystery, crime and a whole lot of love and steamy chemistry, this duet is definitely the one for you. L.A. Cotton never disappoints and always brings her characters to life on the pages and let me just say after reading this, you will all want a clone of Nico!!!!!

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 “Nicco!” Arianne clambered off the bed and rushed to my side.

“Wait.” I held up my other hand to stop her. A dark angry storm was raging through me. I wanted to hit something, to hurt and bleed.

I needed it.

Dark rivulets of blood seeped over my hand, but I barely felt it. I was too wired. Too hungry for the kill.

“Let me take a look at it.” Arianne stepped forward and I jerked back, like a caged animal being riled.

“Nicco, it’s me. It’s only me.” She had me cornered with no way out. My body trembled violently as I desperately tried to hold on to my frayed rope of control. 

“Nicco...” Arianne brushed the hair from my face. My head hung low, my shoulders hunched and tight. I wanted to kill him. I wanted to hunt him down and kill him with my bare hands.

“Come back to me.” She gently lifted my busted hand and inspected the damage. “It needs cleaning. Let me see what there is.” Arianne left me and went into the bathroom. When she came back, she had a small first aid kit. “I found it in the cabinet. Sit.” Her gaze went to the bed, but I remained rigid.

“I need to stand.”

“Okay. Hold still.” She worked in silence, cleaning me up and bandaging my hand. My pulse began to slow, the tightness in my chest easing.

It was her.

Her touch, her calmness.

“I’m sorry,” I choked out. 

Arianne took my face in her hands and looked right at me. God, I wanted to drown in the dark pools of honey. “Talk to me.”

“I want to kill him... I should have killed him.”

“So why didn’t you?”

It was the last thing I expected her to say, but I knew this wasn’t about her, it was about me.

“It’s not that simple,” I released a heavy sigh. “If I’d have killed him... it would start something we might not be able to finish. I can’t do that to the Family, to you.”

She nodded, dropping one of her hands to mine and lacing them together. “I hate Scott for what he did to me. I hate him so much that sometimes I wish you had done it.” Arianne took a shuddering breath. “But I want a life with you. I want a future. I can’t have that if you’re behind bars... or worse.”

“If he hurts you again, I can’t promise I won’t do it.”

Something flashed in her eyes, but before I could decipher it, Arianne kissed me. “I don’t want to talk any more, Nicco. I want you to love me. I want you to make me forget about the monsters.”

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Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Savage Kingdom (Sekten Duet, Book One) by C. Lymari: Release Blitz + Review

Title: Savage Kingdom
Series: Sekten Series
Author: C. Lymari
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 7, 2020

The Sekt does not forgive.
The Sekt does not forget.
Keeper of secrets and dealers of lies.
We bow to no king, nations, or men.
Crossing us is certain death.
• • • • • •
He was a mercenary, and I a slave.
He wanted to save me, but I liked the pain.
We stole, cheated, and lied. Through a savage kingdom, we found a divide.
He betrayed me, but so did I.
In this wicked game who will survive?

Author's Note: The Sekten Series is a dark romance series that needs to be read in order. It is intended for mature audiences since there is a lot of graphic content, and scenes that make you uncomfortable and it might not be suitable for you if you are easily triggered. Some books will be darker than others, but all are triggering none the less. This is a dark world, so read at your own discretion.
Let me just tell you that if you are unsure about this book, read the preface. It gave me chills. It made me want to dive in, more than anything else I needed to do that day.

Then I dove in. It was a slow build to the story. At one point, I honestly felt like there was no connect to the preface. However...it did get there. Be patient and kind while reading. Not all masterpieces show their full potential from the beginning. It’s a slow burn. An even slower build, but when it gets there, it’s fire. Full blown, out of control burn that leaves your ashes in a heap.

I feel that I would have had a greater love for this book if we didn’t go backwards at 30%. Maybe if we started in the past, I would have loved it more. It felt disconnected. However, the more I read, the better it got. You learn about the past regarding Gideon, Daphne and Bas. There’s a love story waiting to happen, but can it? The Sekt is Daphne’s life and she may not allow anything to come between that and her heart. Book two to release next month!!

Claudia lives in the Chicagoland suburbs, and when she’s not busy chasing after her adorable little spawn, she’s fighting with the characters in her head. After not being able to keep up with them, she decided enough was enough and wrote her first novel. C. Lymari writes both sweet and dark romances that will give you all the feels. Her other talents include binge watching shows on Netflix and eating all kinds of chips.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Reign (Sainthood Series, Book Three) by Siobhan Davis: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review

Title: Reign
Series: Sainthood Series, Book Three
Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: Dark Reverse Harem Romance
Publish Date: July 30, 2020

The thrilling final installment in The Sainthood series by USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis.

Everything changed after the attempt on my life, and now, I’m more determined than ever to crush my enemies until they lie in pieces at my feet.

Sinner believes he has pushed me into a corner, but he underestimates my thirst for revenge.

Nothing will stand in my way.

And I’m no longer in this alone. Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo have won my trust and my heart. Together, we are an unbreakable team and an unstoppable force.

Staying one step ahead of the game is critical to our success, so we’ve little choice but to partner with the most unlikely of allies. The situation is tense and fraught with danger, and it’s not just our lives at stake.

Everything rests on finding the evidence that links The Sainthood to Daphne Leydon’s kidnapping and murder, and we’re running out of time.

Sinner thinks war has already come to Lowell. But he has overlooked his deadliest enemy and the challenge that comes from within.

We won’t stop until he’s defeated and we have taken his crown.

Sinner is going down.

The perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. Siobhan never disappoints with twists, turns, and heat in her books and this one was no exception. The Sainthood will forever by one of my all time favorites. The unbelievable chemistry between Lo and her guys and her just all around bad ass made for amazing reading. While trying to be happy with her guys they had nothing but bad thrown their way. Wondering who was really on their side and who they could trust to bring down the man behind all the horrible stuff that had happened in their lives was not a walk in the park. When all the truths come to light and the traitors are brought out will The Sainthood boys and Lo really be able to bring Sinner down and live their happily ever after.... well when you have 4 head strong men and a badass girl like Lo what do you all think.

“I…I didn’t know.”
“Clearly.” I narrow my eyes to slits, slicing her with imaginary daggers before letting her go. “Next time you touch what belongs to me, I won’t be so charitable.” She gawks at me, her expression a mix of shocked disbelief and jealous anger. “Now fuck off before I change my mind and decide to make an example of you.”
Her nostrils flare and her eyes darken with pure venom as she scrambles to her feet. She looks two seconds away from lunging at me, so I pull my Strider from its sheath, tracing my finger along the sharp blade. “This isn’t an accessory.” I pin her with a deadly look. “And if you’re still here in three seconds, I’ll happily demonstrate just how skilled I am with a knife.”
Caz howls with laughter when she hightails it out of the cafeteria like she’s got a bee up her butt. Guess she’s not so dumb after all.
“That was cruel, Lo,” Sean says, joining the conversation for the first time.
“It was,” I admit, reclaiming my seat. “But it was necessary. The guys don’t have time to fend off hordes of drooling women. I’ve just resolved the issue.”
“That shit still turns me the fuck on,” Saint admits, making no effort to lower his voice.
“Want me to suck you off in the bathroom?” I coolly reply.
“Hell yeah,” Caz replies.
“She wasn’t offering to blow you,” Saint smugly retorts.
“And you got your rocks off in the bathroom at my house yesterday,” Galen interjects.
Emmett almost chokes on his soda. “Is that all you do?”
“Fuck?” Galen smirks, popping a brow.

“Pretty much,” I confess, grinning. “I’ve got four guys to please. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.”

I am a USA Today bestselling author and I write emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime!

My family will tell you I am little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. I can rarely
be found without my trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or my laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, I forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

I reside in the Garden County of Ireland with my husband and two sons. 

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