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Savage Kingdom by C.Lymari–Review

There are times in your reading life where certain books just hit you between the solar plexus and knock the wind out of you. Savage Kingdom is just one of those books for me. It came out of nowhere just like those bulls in the Running of the Bulls. Before I even had a chance to commit to memory what I was reading I was chapters in and did not want to stop.

SK was haunting, ethereal, and take your breath away stunning. Considering the topic of the book, one might suggest that stunning is a questionable choice of words, but I will challenge you to read this dark, almost taboo, romance and see how you feel afterwards. What makes Savage Kingdom ‘stunning’?  It is how easily the wicked, the tempting, sorrowless not only stand and fight for themselves, but also others. The plot line, story line, and flow were melded so well, they just wrapped you up in all three in sheer perfection. The emotions are all forthright with an undercurrent of “the only one to truly have my back is me.”  This phenomenal storytelling is all due to the sheer mind of Claudia and her ability to encompass multiple personalities, situations, scenarios, and emotions.

We could defy time, but we could never defy death.

Gideon is the hero of this story, while Daphne is the heroine. Some may say, ‘are they heroes/heroines’? The answer is in fact, YES!! Are they your cotton candy, fluffy clouds, break out into musical about their hero status? Absolutely, not. If you thought so, this is not it.

Daphne is unlike any character I have read about before. She is vicious, mean, tough, almost heartless, yet I want her to find herself and her HEA. I’ve had girl crushes on other leading ladies before and Daphne has co-commandeered this spot. Daphne makes no exceptions, but blatantly admits that she is a monster, yet she is still somewhat lovable in her sad, hostile and unpleasant situation.

“Run petal, run as fast as you can, in the end, I will be there to capture you.”

Gideon was FIRM, HARD, and 🔥 as hell for me leading man. No matter the outcome of this book, Gideon is the bad boy that every good, little girl wants. Much to the chagrin of her parents.

I will HIGHLY RECOMMEND Savage Kingdom and If possible, I would give this kingdom, 10 ‘Savage’ stars. It is excellent and I feel that Claudia has found her niche.  I am eagerly awaiting SK’s follow up book, CC. After that ending, momma needs some answers! 😉😉

Starlet by Cora Kenborn–New Release and Review


Title: Starlet
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2020
From USA Today Bestselling Author Cora Kenborn comes a dark and twisted enemies to lovers retelling of Anastasia.
They call me America’s Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime.
I’m not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.
 
But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine.
I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.
 
They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.
 
**Please be aware this book contains dark themes and sensitive subject matter essential to the storyline that may bother some readers.**
 
Cora Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before delivering a twisted happily ever after.
 
Cora believes there’s nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on his toes, and she draws inspiration from the sassy country women who raised her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
 
Oh, and autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.
 

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Starlet by Cora Kenborn–Review

I have always been intrigued with historical ‘cold case’ files. For instance, the Black Dahlia and in this scenario, The Romanov empire and Anastasia. Going along those lines, Cora wrote a book that was accurate and researched yet gave it her own spin.

Overall, I loved the concept of this book and the seamless way that Ms. Kenborn weaved the true Romanov’s, Angel, and the final surprise. She wasn’t afraid to make this one her own. The added twists, turns, and whoa’s, will leave you second guessing everything.

Now, unfortunately, I do have something to mention that may be less popular. The pacing of the book felt off. The pace continued to flow even with the twists and turns. However, some of the early sections felt to drag for me. I read every single word of this book but found myself ‘speed reading’ in these couple of sections. Despite this, I would whole-heartedly read another book of hers. She seems like my kind of author.

4⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Rich Prick by Tijan–Review

5  🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋 Stars

Tijan is one of my ‘unicorn’ authors. I want to inhale every word that she puts in front of me. Her ‘Fallen Crest series’ is one of my ultimate favorites. Now, Rich Prick is about Blaise and Aspen, but there are ties back to Fallen Crest and her ‘Crew’ series. Blaise is Cross’ half-brother and Aspen is the little sister to Nate (remember ‘that’ Nate whose BF’s with Mason, but lives with Logan? Yep, that Nate). It is amazing how she seamlessly melds these different stories together.

For different reasons, Aspen and Blaise both have familial issues and they handle this ‘home’ situation differently. Aspen is the quiet, almost unforgettable character. All she wanted to do was finish her senior year the way she started it, quiet and invisible. She is secretly counting down to graduation, so she can move into the next phase of her life.
Now, the problem with wanting to remain invisible, is that someone, somewhere will see past that wallflower status and see the person. Aspen’s person was Blaise. He was able to look past her invisibility and see the real Aspen. The girl who did not want to say much, but internally had a worlds worth of feelings, thoughts, and emotions just waiting to get out.

For a high school senior, Blaise was a powerful and present character. He also had familial issues, but for completely different reasons. His form of communication and expressing himself is through his fists which have an incredibly short and easy to start wick. He is angry, for many different reasons, but notices early on that the one person who can calm his temper is Aspen. Like a flower growing towards the sunlight, Blaise finds himself gravitating to Aspen and wanting to spend his time with her.

I was completely invested into the three main relationships going on in this story. 1) Aspen’s personal story, 2) Blaise’ personal story, and finally, 3) their story together. Rich Prick makes me feel ALL the feels. From the multiple and sometimes sudden twists and turns, shocking jaw dropping moments, angst and drama, and hidden secrets that are slithering through the main characters like a 20-foot anaconda.

As I mentioned before, the Fallen Crest/Crew series were brilliant, but there is only one book that is semi equivalent to Rich Prick and that is Ryan’s Bed. I was ruined after finishing it with the hardest and heaviest book hangover to date. Well, Rich Prick, is right up that alley. When ‘the end’ was in sight I was panicked and scared. I did not want this beautiful story to end. The story with main characters who were so realistic I had to keep in mind, that they were pen and paper characters, not a true to life story. My heart is sad that it’s ending, but happy/ecstatic with the chance to have gotten to know them.

Rich Prick by Tijan–New Release

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A young adult/new adult standalone from Tijan!

Title: Rich Prick
Release date: June 15th, 2020

Sue’s Review for LLBB

Synopsis:

He walked into school on his first day and owned it.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re a prick, rich, and you’re best friends with the ruling school’s king.
Also didn’t hurt he’s drop dead gorgeous.

That’s all fine.
I mean, I have nothing to do with them.
I’m a loner, invisible, and that’s how I wanted it to be.

I was even proud of it, until I wasn’t.

Until I saw a girl kneel before him.
Until I couldn’t look away.
Until he caught me watching.

His name is Blaise Devroe. My name is Aspen Monson.
He only knew how to get, command, and demand attention. I knew how to do everything but that.
And this is our story.

*Rich Prick is a full 100k standalone.
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“You get off on watching? Is that your thing, or is it just my cock you like?”
I was heading to my car after school when I heard him.
My heart stopped, almost literally. If I looked down, it was likely the entire contents of my stomach would be at my feet.
He’d found me.
I looked up, and Blaise DeVroe stepped out from behind the truck parked next to Maisie. His hand was on her back end, and he waited there, in the shadows (thank God), his head tilted to the side.
He looked so good, so delicious. All hard edges and angles. That jawline. It could give me razor burn between my legs, and I’d climax just by breathing hard.
I saw the flare in his gaze and felt his edge. I had to rein in a bit of my inner weirdo.
I’d heard about what happened that morning. Hell, I’d witnessed it myself, but then I’d also heard all the whispering about it afterward. It spread through the school like wildfire. And what they were saying hadn’t been kind. Most bets were that Blaise was going to be kicked out of school. Others said Zeke was going to have him beat up. Still others thought Zeke could have him arrested. How that even made sense, I had no clue.
But I also saw those guys interact through the rest of the day as if nothing had happened. Zeke still smiled at Blaise, even if he seemed more cautious. Some people said there was a rift forming in school. But again, why did that even matter? We had a week and four days left to be here. Then it was summer.
“You talk?” His head cocked forward. There was a slight bark to his words.
I jumped, then gathered myself. “Oh. Um…”
Shoot. I bit down on my lip. What did I say here? Okay. I had nothing, so I guess honesty was the best policy. Besides this guy playing a major role in my schoolgirl fantasies, I couldn’t deny that I was a little scared of him right now. I’d always felt there was something more in him, a wild edge, but no one ever said anything. There’d been no rumors about it, until today.
Today, everyone had seen. Today, everyone was talking about it.
“I, uh…” Screw it. I shrugged. “It was live porn. What did you expect?”

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