Lilac by BB Reid–Review

BB Reid is one of those authors that I know I can check out her repertoire and always find something to fit my mood. She just always seems to have ‘it’. Lilac is her first foray into the world of RH and sometimes you need to be careful in this world. I have read many RH and they are either good or bad. Now add in the fact that this RH revolves around a rock group and things could get spicey!

Lilac I found to be right along the middle at least in the beginning. For the first half of the book, the storyline and plot line, seemed to drag. I really hate to say this, but I found myself getting distracted quite easily. Around the midway mark, things started to pick up steam, and I do mean that literally. Braxton, Loren, Houston, and Jericho were hot. 🔥🔥🔥

Lilac is not as simple as rock stars, RH, and band members who were stuck with Braxton. There was depth to each character, stories that made them all unique, and hidden secrets one never expected to tell. The redeeming part is that through these trying times they grew together, overcame demons, and found comfortability with each other to have their own version of love and family.

Give BB and Lilac a chance. Despite some sluggishly slow times in the beginning, Lilac is a good read.

**4 Lilac Stars**

The Villain by LJ Shen–Cover Reveal

“A love story with teeth and claws. I dare you not to fall in love with Cillian Fitzpatrick.”
– Parker S. Huntington, USA Today Bestselling Author

The Villain, an all-new modern retelling of Hades and Persphone from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming December 17th, and we have the drop-dead sexy cover!

Cruel. Coldblooded. Hades in a Brioni suit.
Cillian Fitzpatrick has been dubbed every wicked thing on planet earth.
To the media, he is The Villain.
To me, he is the man who (reluctantly) saved my life.
Now I need him to do me another, small solid.
Bail me out of the mess my husband got me into.
What’s a hundred grand to one of the wealthiest men in America, anyway?
Only Cillian doesn’t hand out free favors.
The price for the money, it turns out, is my freedom.
Now I’m the eldest Fitzpatrick brother’s little toy.
To play, to mold, to break.
Too bad Cillian forgot one, tiny detail.
Persephone wasn’t only the goddess of spring; she was also the queen of death.
He thinks I’ll buckle under the weight of his mind games.
He is about to find out the most lethal poison is also the sweetest.

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Cover designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs
Model: George Alsford

About L.J. Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Beyond The Roses by Monica James–Review

Beyond the Roses was one of my most anticipated reads this year, yet, when it came time to sit down and read it, I was scared. I had heard all the hype and had read the blurb almost a million times and I wanted it. No, I needed this book in my life, but was afraid of what Monica is going to pull out of me. I finally found the courage to dig in after supplies were sufficiently stocked. You know the usuals, tissues, chocolate, and a drink, particularly a rum and soda.

BTR is everything you have ever hoped to achieve in writing/reading a book. The character development was beyond anything I have read. The storyline flowed from beginning to end with ease and Monica’s plotline was top notch. While reading, it was evident that she did her research and did this well, because the first tear fell at 5% (approximately).

These characters, Roman, Lola, Sadie, June, and others were gripping and real. I was so invested into these characters, that I was one of them. I could feel everything they were going through, everything they were experiencing and everything fearful of what might happen, because I have been there and could empathize. As I am sitting there bawling my eyes out, I still had hope that things would turn out well for the gang. The closer I got to ‘The End’, the more emotionally invested I had become. I felt my world splintering into a million pieces with the hope that I will be fixed at the end. Let me just say, I do not know if I will ever be ok again. Beyond the Roses, has set a new gold standard for future books. You know, those books that want to make you feel. The ones that stir up all kind of emotions. It has been three days since I read BtR and I am still shedding a few tears. Monica James has emotionally and spiritually changed me, and I am ok with that.

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As I mentioned earlier, Beyond the Roses revolves around Lola Van Allen and Dr. Roman Archibald. They develop a relationship that may be unconventional but is perfect for them. As time passes, they realized that they have found ‘their person’ that fills their heart perfectly. Two individuals who have become one.

Lola is a 25-year-old, who has decided to spend her summer at camp named Strawberry Fields, where she will be a camp counselor. Without going into detail, let me just say, that this is where she needs to be. Where she feels, she would be the most needed and wanted.

“Never underestimate your impact on the world. You just may be someone’s reason for living”.

Dr. Roman Archibald, (insert water works), is the staff physician at the camp, while working at a hospital as well. He feels that his life’s work is to work and keep himself busy. Out of everyone, he is the person that I found was the most emotionally invested. He had a horrible amount of weights on his shoulders and a wall eclipsed so high that even a pole jumper could not reach the top. Roman has his own individual story and it was delightful to see this big guy fall.

Beyond the Roses is so much more than an emotional dirty bomb that is thrown in your lap waiting to go off and fill your life with the emotions of the character/situation. It is about love. A rare love found in the most unconventional places. The acceptance of situations and surroundings, despair, sacrifice and most notably hope.

“I would rather live a day being loved by Roman, than live a lifetime without him by my side.”

I feel like I need to apologize. I feel and fear, that no matter what I write, it will never be enough to express the greatness and multitude of emotions that bounce off the pages when reading Beyond the Roses. I will reiterate, you will need Kleenex and something comforting to you, whether that be a blanket, a pet, or a special reading area. Monica James has not only hit this one out of the park, but she has also won the Super Bowl and effortlessly raised the Stanley cup above her head after winning. This one will truly stay with you and permanently take up residence within your soul!

“Lead with your heart…and you’ll find me. Always.”

This book is not for everyone and I get that I really do, but if there is one book that you should take a chance on, I believe, this is the one. Roman and Lola’s story is not one you would easily forget.

***PS…I really thought I was going to make it through this whole review without crying. WRONG! I read a passage I had highlighted and, BAM, instant crying.

Dead Man Walking by Giana Darling–Cover Reveal

Dead Man Walking, an all new dark and gritty MC romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Giana Darling, is coming December 4th and we have the incredible cover!

A killer. A criminal.
A psychopath.

The Irish enforcer for The Fallen Men MC is everything good girls are taught to stay away from.

Only, I found myself inexorably drawn into his dark gravitational pull. I wanted to know what it would be like to walk beside the human personification of Death and hold his hand, feel his kiss, and maybe even earn his undying love.

But Priest McKenna is older, cold as ice, and notoriously unfeeling.

So what are the odds that a dead man walking would come to life for little, insignificant me?

When a serial killer begins to target the women of Entrance, BC, and The Fallen suffers another terrible blow, Priest resolves to hunt down the killer himself.

And when the murderer sets his eyes on me?

My very own psychopath steps between me and certain death, thrusting us into an intimacy I prayed we would never recover from.

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Cover Designer: Qamber Designs
Photographer: Lane Dorsey
Model: Lane Dorsey

About Giana
Giana Darling is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Top 40 Amazon bestselling Canadian romance author who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone.

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Stroke of Midnight–Review

Reminiscent thoughts of Cinderella: two evil stepsisters who are rotten to the core, an evil stepmother whom is not very fond of her, goes to the ball with the help of a fairy godmother, the King is upset that the Prince is not married yet, Cinderella meeting the Prince, but has to run off, before they can get to know one another. Famously, leaving behind her glass slipper. (Insert the happiness/dreaminess of most young girls everywhere.)

Well, Ms. Webster is truly thoughtful. She did not want the adult woman to forget their younger dreams. So, she wrote Stroke of Midnight, a manual of sorts, a grown-up adult female guide to modern ‘Princes’. There are a lot of key principles replicated from the original telling of Cinderella, but with an adult twist. 😏💙

Ash Elliot and Winston Constantine are the lucky participants in ‘Stroke’ of Midnight’ and let us just say that Ash is getting a lot more than she was expecting. Winston Constantine is a handful and I whole heartedly agree to handle anything Ash cannot handle. Major problem for Ash, her new soon-to-be husband, wants only her, not anyone else, so she is stuck with him in this arranged marriage.

I admit, I am a Disney lover, but I will gladly take on Winston and this version. He’s filthy, wicked, dirty, sexy, kinky, and possessive. Ash, in a way, is a breath of fresh air. She gives off this pure, virginal, and sweet innocence and to a point she is. She is also, however, not afraid to stand up for herself. Ash, Cinderelliot, loves to push Winston’s buttons, whether it is to provoke him to slightly squabble back and forth, to show she still has a backbone and is a person, or for her own sexual gain. In any case, this sweet, innocent, kinky ‘princess’ is beginning to experience there is more to this world and a whole other side to her kinky prince!  

You’re going to ruin me.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because your lies feel like truth.”

The witty banter, out of this world sexual chemistry, and uncomfortable experiences are everything to this book. I freely admit, that during some parts of this book, it made me check my morals…(I’m checking, please hold)…Yep, morals were checked and thrown away at the door. Ms. Webster is a master at making you feel/experience not only what her characters go through but makes sure that she twists that proverbial knife in just a little bit more to keep you on the edge!

K. Webster did something special in intertwining an original Disney story with her writing and interactions with kink. To me, this was a fabulous book. The interaction between the two worlds (not even mentioning the ‘Terror Triplets’) was fabulous. This may not be for everyone, but it really is a romance book at its core. Last thing to Ms. Webster, December, ugh. December cannot come soon enough, lady!!😉❣❣