Friday, October 15, 2021

The Bratva's Heir: A Dark Bratva Romance (Underworld Kings) by Jane Henry and Sophie Lark: Release Blitz + Review

 


Title: The Bratva's Heir: A Dark Bratva Romance

Series: Underworld Kings

Author(s): Jane Henry and Sophie Lark

Genre: Adult Mafia Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2021

Review Source: Ardent Prose




A stand-alone novel in the Underworld Kings series.


Prison’s a dark, bleak place.

But Clare brings me light.

My sweet little bird will be my ticket to freedom.

The first time I saw her, I had to have her.

From her big, dark eyes, to the curves she can’t conceal...

The way she can only hold my gaze so long.

The way she shivers every time I move inside these chains.

And most of all, the way she’ll bend the rules when I order her to...

I know a natural submissive when I see one.

Her degrees and titles don’t change who she is: a woman who will bend to my will.

She doesn’t know it yet, but Clare is mine.

Mine to train. Mine to protect. And mine to control…


This is a dark story. It’s an intense, edge-of-your-seat ride.

Constantine is supposed to be the next Bratava, but something goes wrong and he’s now fighting for his life, and in that fight, he stumbles across Claire and quite possibly love. Claire is a psychologist who doesn’t really know much about his world, but has a heart of gold and wants to help. What Claire finds when she agrees to help him, is danger as well as passion.

At first, these two are so opposite it isn’t funny. You think to yourself ‘how is this gonna work out?’ Pampered Princess and the dark King.

The world-building is phenomenal and the character arcs are done so well that by the end, you’re not sure how they’ve never been together before.

I love that Claire isn’t weak, she does right even when it’s scary and dangerous.

Constantine is alpha personified.

These two are so steamy and perfectly imperfect that you can’t help but fall in love with them.





In the Underworld Kings series .... 


Jane Henry 

USA Today bestselling author Jane Henry pens stern but loving alpha heroes, feisty heroines, and emotion-driven happily-ever-afters. She writes what she loves to read: kink with a tender touch. Jane is a hopeless romantic who lives on the East Coast with a houseful of children and her very own Prince Charming.

Connect with Jane at http://janehenryromance.com



Sophie Lark


Sophie lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain West. She writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts.

She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips. 




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La Famiglia (The Fated Series - Standalone) by H.L. Packer: Release Blitz + Review



Title: La Famiglia
Series: The Fated Series - standalone
Author: H.L Packer
Genre: High School Bully Romance
Release Date: October 12, 2021
Cover Design: Moore Funky Graphics



Elena
The Academy.
The most prestigious school around, with the biggest price tag to go with it.
It was a dream. Until it became a nightmare.
One moment. One person.
That’s all it took to bring my entire world crashing down around my ears.
A world I’m not sure I’ll be able to put back together.

Anton
Anger bubbles beneath the surface.
A constant simmering rage that can never be sated.
It’s been like this for a long time. For as long as I can remember.
And now she’s here. Under my feet and under my nose.
Poking the bear and kissing the damage.
But I don’t know how to reconcile the hatred with what it’s becoming.

The past is out to get us.
A ticking clock that neither of us can outrun.
Will we burn when the world crashes around us? Or will we rise like the Phoenix?

Talk about a roller coaster ride of emotions! La Famiglia is book 5 in the Fated series, although you wouldn’t know it if you started here. This is my first book by H.L. Packer and it flowed as if it was book 1 in the series. Very well written and you can tell that she did her research while writing this book. Real situations, real characters, and amazing backstories.

Anton has an intense hatred for Elena and she can’t figure out why. They were childhood friends until he disappeared and he no longer considered them friends. A scholarship landed Elena at the Academy and not coming from money, she feels so out of place. Thank God for Bria who she made quick friends and protector with. Anton wants her gone, but there is nothing he can do about it, but grin and bear it. The story unfolds and keeps you on edge, until that final cliffhanger. Ugh!!!! At least we have something to look forward to. Book 6, The Ties That Bind, comes to us early next year. Happy reading!!

Imagine having a secret friend as a child who one day disappears from your life and you have no clue why then many years later you run into said friend thinking you will never see him again only to find out he hates you. Meet Elena and Anton and that is their life.

Elena has received a scholarship to The Academy where she runs into Anton only to find out he hates her for unknown reasons, however, he still can not stop himself from the attraction he feels towards her and vice versa. They will run into so many secrets, lies, and enemies that you have to question who to trust and who's coming for us next. This story was so well written that I literally could not put it down and I definitely was not prepared for the ending that I read and the cliffhanger was a b***ch that made me wanna scream, I am so excited for the next book and again very well written story.



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Goodreads Review - “Oof.
Welcome to The Academy.
Anton and Elena... HOT DAMN!!
This book is amazing! Light on the bully and heavy on the mafia, this book was so addictive!”
Funkybooklover78 - “Can I just say Bravo Heather,
La Famiglia sucked me in from the first page..”
Goodreads Review - “This is such a brilliant read . 100% must read”

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H.L. Packer is, quite frankly, a busy bee.

An avid reader as a child, her love for all things written waned into adulthood, the excitement of real-life things taking over. But when her life slowed down as she finished her office job for maternity leave, her husband purchased her an e-reader, and that obsession was rekindled.

Quickly she went from reader to reviewer, and then from reviewer to blogger; street teams and promo tours galore. When she began collating her own book boxes over at Romance Readers Book Box UK and had the opportunity to include her own words and worlds, the characters began talking.

Those cheeky characters quickly found themselves written down on the page, and her first series was in progress.

When she is not coordinating her worlds, you can find her running around after her free-spirited three children, and husband, or tending to the dogs, bearded dragons, and snakes that also reside with them.

A break can be found soaking in a bubble bath or enjoying a glass of wine, often still with a book in her hand. 



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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Three Little Words by Madison Park: Release Blitz + Review



Title: Three Little Words
Author: Madison Park
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: October 13, 2021


While my crew at West End Prep is comprised of the ridiculously attractive and wealthy, I stand apart as filthy freaking rich.

My name is Preston Castillo, and I’m the leader of the West End Prep’s Elite. With senior year about to begin, my friends and I are looking forward to doing what we do best.

Partying.
Getting girls.
Spending boatloads of cash.

I get what I want when I want it. No questions asked. Sure, I’ve been known to be cold. Heartless. Cruel. But lately, Aubrey has managed to break through my icy facade. She’s one of the few girls in my inner circle and has been one of my closest friends since we were playdoh partners in crime in daycare.

Over the summer, we had a great time jet-setting off to Paris. But it was there I realized she wants to be more than friends. Knowing what’s at risk, I’m not ready to make a decision like this. But when fate steps in to deliver a cruel surprise, I’m left fearing there won’t be enough time to show her how much she truly means to me.

Will I whisper those three little words she wants to hear? Or will I break her heart and mine?

Welcome to West End Prep, where the elite run the school. One main man Preston Castillo, friend to Aubrey but a playboy through and through. Aubrey has known Preston since they were kids and who would have thought they would one day end up together. They have a chemistry that can not be denied, even if they try. Between the denial and the push and pull of these two will keep you turning the pages and finishing their story in one go. He loves his playboy status and absolutely does not do attachments or commitment, but Aubrey will be the girl to break down those walls and make it happen.






I survived the first week of school. I hitched a ride with Lawrence and Victoria every day. Mark headed to school by himself every morning and avoided me like the plague at home and in school. I still don’t know what’s really eating at him, but my twin superpowers tell me that he’s pissed off at my dad more than he misses him. I hear footsteps pass by my bedroom door and shout.
“Hey.”
“No,” Mark responds.
“Please?” I plead.
The doorknob turns and Mark is standing in the doorway with his shoulder resting against the doorframe.
“What?” he growls.
“I’m sorry.”
He crosses his arms against his chest, purses his lips and raises an eyebrow at me.
“Apology accepted.” He says giving me a wink. “I’m heading out. We’ll talk later, okay?”
I nod. He turns and walks out of the bedroom toward his room. My cell phone rings, and I grab it then lay on my bed.
“Hello.” I greet, placing the call on speakerphone.
“Hey, Bree, are you meeting us for brunch?” Addie asks.
“Oh, hey, Addie, yes. Where are we meeting?”
“Victoria said we’re meeting at The Blueridge Grill.”
“Got it. What time?”
“Eleven.”
“I only have an hour to get ready.”
“Tiffany insists that you dress to impress. There are always some cuties hanging out there.”
I huff and shake my head. Addie is talking about married men with wives and their children. Addie, real name Addison, is my dazzling redheaded bestie, with sky blue eyes that light up the night sky. She’s never dated a guy in our high school and only lusts after married men. She’s an old soul and loves eighties music. She refuses to let me give myself to just any guy at West End Prep. Yes. I’m a virgin. Our conversations over the phone at night are about setting up a website to sell my virginity to the highest bidder. She’s definitely not altogether, but she’s a really smart business person. She has men lined up for me. I’m not thrilled about her moral convictions, but she wouldn’t hurt a fly.
“It’s brunch, Addie, and, um, that’s your territory. Addie?”
“Yeah?”
“Can we talk for a minute, you know, like on a serious note?”
“Sure. What’s wrong?”
“You know I’m here for you if you ever need me, right? I mean, I get really nervous when you talk about all these men you’ve been with. I’m scared for you. I worry.”
“You don’t have to worry. If my mother doesn’t worry, why should you?”
“That’s just it, Addie, your mother’s not doing her job. I want to be there for you, but I just don’t know-how. I’m really afraid someone’s wife is going to hurt you.”
“I’ve had to fight off my mother’s boyfriends for years. Don’t worry so much, okay?”
“No, it’s not okay. I don’t want you to get hurt. Promise me you’ll stop dating older men and at least try to date some guys your own age.”
“Where is this coming from? Are you jealous?”
“Addie, don’t,” I clip. “Don’t do that. We’re friends and I love you.”
“Well, then I’m lucky someone loves me. Just look cute, okay? Try it. You might like it,” she insists.
Her voice cracks and my heart breaks. I change the subject to avoid hurting her feelings any more than I probably already have.
“Me? I always look impeccably cute, but you, I’m worried about you, you know that, right?”
Addie chuckles nervously.
“Yes, I know, but I’m smart, Bree. No strings attached, gifts and money and I don’t have to give my heart to anyone. Can’t beat that.”
“You have your own money. You don’t need anything from those married men.”
“I need peace of mind. I don’t get it at home, Bree. I’m ignored by my mother and chased by her boyfriends.” There is silence on the other end of the phone. I can hear her exhale and that’s my cue to stop talking. “Are you coming or not?”
“I’ll be there.” I end the call and throw my cell phone on the bed.
Now…to find something to wear is another story. I rummage through my closet, placing my fingers along each velvet hanger trying to find something to wear. I place my finger on a short, red maxi dress. Grabbing it, I place it on the hook on the back of my bedroom door. I smile for a moment and remember the red bathing suit I wore at the beach in Paris.
My toes were nestled in the warm sand as tiny pebbles slid in between them. Pres was in the water with the guys horsing around, making a fool out of himself. He jumped on Lawrence’s back, then lifted his hand in the air and waved at me. I give him a half-smile and he jumped off Lawrence’s back and ran toward me.
“Hey, are you okay?” he asks.
“Yeah. Are you having fun?”
His lips curved into a warm smile, then he scanned my body with his eyes.
“What are you doing?” I asked incredulously.
“I like red. It’s my favorite color, especially when it’s wrapped around your body.”
“Oh really?” I said flirtatiously. He leaned in, then grabbed me by the waist, lifted me up into his arms, and ran toward the water. “Pres, no!” I screamed wrapping my legs around his waist. “Please…” I begged. He stopped right at the edge of the water.
“If I let you go, will you get in the water with me?”
My eyes grew wide. He placed me down and glanced up at me. He knew I was about to run like hell. My instincts kicked in and I turned and ran away. He chased after me and I laughed until he grabbed me by the waist again, lifted me, and tossed me into the water with him. We laughed like we did when we used to play hide and seek in Central Park West.
My pulse races just thinking about him. I sit on the edge of my bed for a moment remembering our time together. Now, it’s back to basics, just friends, part of the crew, even though, it’s not what I want. He has an agenda this year and I’m not part of it. He didn’t even message me once when we got back from Paris. I was just Bree to him again and I guess that’s all I’ll ever be.



Madison Park is enjoying the second part of her life! She loves writing romance books and is passionate about all things love-related. Madison lives in Putnam County, New York with her youngest son. When she's not writing, you'll find Madison shopping for shoes and makeup! The addiction is real. Makeup is a must and pink lip gloss is her favorite! She never leaves home without it. You can find Madison on Facebook. She loves to interact with her readers so please reach out to her. She's currently making an Instagram, Goodreads and Twitter account. Stay tuned for more from Madison Park Books, Romance Author. Madison Park, Writing Stories from The Heart. 


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Dirty Bastard (Wet Dicks MC< Book One) by Echo Slater: Release Blitz + Review


Title: Dirty Bastard
Series: Wet Dicks MC #1
Author: Echo Slater
Genre: MC Romance/Age Gap/RomCom
Release Date: October 10, 2021


A rom-com with bikers? Oh, yeah.

Age-gap romances between feisty heroines and their possessive heroes? Uh-huh.
Insta-lust? You know it!

Mike “Mad Dog” Teller didn’t want a woman. His wild partying life with the Wet Dicks Motorcycle Club needed zero changes. He was a content man until meeting Cameo Sutton.

Though the sassy young woman puts the older man in his place, she’s only bluffing. Mad Dog is the sexiest bastard she’s ever seen. Of course, she can’t get enough of the tempting hunk.

Enjoy the ride as Mad Dog makes Cameo his woman!

Dirty Bastard is the first book in the Wet Dicks MC series and is only suited for readers 18+.

I really love MC books. Like really love. I always get them when I can.

I would call this MC light. If you don’t want all the cussing & dirty and well……reg MC life, this is definitely the book for you.

Now don’t get me wrong. The story is amazing. There are all the normal Alpha males and their women. There is dirty talk (for sure) & definitely some really hot scenes!!! For me it was just a bit lighter that most MC books I’ve read.

The writing though……wow!!! The words - the words are amazing!!! It’s so witty & funny. It’s so extremely well-written. And the story is amazing!!!

Highly Recommended!!!!