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Worship by Trilina Pucci–Review and Blog Tour

 

 

Title: Worship
Series: Sinful #2
Author: Trilina Pucci
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2019

Blurb:

 Book Two, in A Sinful Series, brings you an intense, taboo love story, and an even hotter ALPHA. Meet Luca King— broody, powerful and a man who’s never refused.

There are only two reasons a man falls to his knees: prayer and pussy.
And I sure as hell don’t pray.
But for this woman, I’d fall on my knees to worship every single, gorgeous part of her body.
And claim her as mine,
knowing I shouldn’t want to keep her.
Because we’re all wrong, too complicated, too explosive….too sinful.

I want what I can’t have.
But I’ll take it anyway because Gretchen Andrews has done the one thing my wife never could….she’s made me love her.

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 EXCERPT:

Luca’s hand pulls away from my chin, and he takes my glass, putting it on the table.

“How I see it is you need to stop assuming the worst and trust me to care for you, and the only way for us to do that is to make sure you get what you need, over and over, until you take it for granted.”

He’s talking about more than just sex, even though I love the “over and over” part. I didn’t trust him; I prolonged this moment as much as his stubbornness did. But I did it by way of mistrust, assuming he wouldn’t do what we both needed.

“So, you want to teach me a lesson in trust?”

The desire in my voice gives away my readiness.

He nods.

“I paid a helluva price almost losing you. What price should you pay for not trusting me? Huh?”

The tumbler he’s holding runs up my leg, and I can feel the coolness through my jeans. Luca leans close to my cheek and whispers, “Choose your fate. Do you want to be fucked or loved, Angel?”

I close my eyes, knowing they aren’t mutually exclusive, but for us, they have very specific meanings. He knows I need the connection between us, the aggression and anger we’ve both felt to play about in the sheets.

His breath is warm against my skin as he keeps whispering.

“Maybe we play your favorite game, Angel. I’ll hunt you…here.”

He brings the glass between my legs and runs it up, rolling it over where my clit is throbbing. My breath hitches.

“Do you trust me?” he asks seductively.

He sets his drink down and begins to gather my T-shirt, tugging it up.

I look around, worried about being caught.

“Luca, someone could catch us. The wall is all glass.”

The minute I say it, I know I failed my lesson. Luca doesn’t stop or change expression as he pulls my shirt up and over my head, leaving me exposed in just my bra.

“Take them off, or I will,” he directs in his deep gravel, indicating my jeans.

I’m not a submissive girl. But when he does this, gets sexually dominant, I feel understood. I’m a powerful woman, and I need a man who can handle me, break me, and make me feel devoured. Luca was made for me. He crosses his arms over his chest.

“The longer I wait, the longer you wait to come. Get ’em off,” he growls. Holy hell, I’m wet. Rough Luca is my favorite Luca.

I reach slowly for my button and pull it open, challenging his patience by lowering the zipper only a fraction.

“You know, I’m not wearing underwear,” I lie.

The thought of being fucked out here where someone could catch us makes me nervous, even if I’m supposed to trust him.

“When I pull off these jeans, everyone will see what’s yours…you sure you want to share?” My voice is a purr, and he bites his lip, gripping his bulge.

I know I’ve won. No fucking way is he willing to share me with prying eyes.

Right as I feel victorious, Luca shakes his head and says, “So fucking stubborn,” then grabs me by the waistband of my jeans and jerks me forward.

“Luca!” I yelp and laugh.

He pushes his hand down the front of my jeans, and I gasp, silenced. Grabbing my tiny lace G-string, along with the few hairs I have down below, he tugs me closer, and the sensation makes my pussy slick with need.

My back arches from being pulled forward.

“Little liar,” he whispers knowingly, and I whimper.

Pleasure grips my body as his hold tightens.

“You definitely need a lesson in trust. Maybe I’ll take it out on your ass or maybe in your ass. Here’s the game, baby: I catch you, I pick.”

His hand retreats as he takes a step away from me.

I’m breathless. My entire body is on fire. This man speaks to every filthy fucking piece of me.

“What’s the second choice? What if you don’t catch me?” I ask hungrily.

A slow smile grows on his gorgeous face. Luca takes out his phone from his pocket and presses a button, laughing to himself.

The light that glowed from inside the house begins to fade as heavy black shades roll down, and I hear a click as the door locks. He was never going to let me be seen. But now, I’m on my own.

 

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Author Bio

Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn’t making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.

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My Review:

I read, ‘Truth’ (book 1) and fell…hard! I, seriously, thought there was NO WAY Trilina could top my love for Dominic King and his relationship with Drew. You see, I loved every little thing about him. Enter ‘Worship’ hitting my kindle and I was thirstily drinking in every single word, nuance and hidden meaning. I admit to all, right here and right now, that I was wrong. Trilina topped Dom with my incredible love for not only Luca, but Gretchen as well.

‘Sexy Luca is hard to ignore, but this Luca, the one asking for the kind of kiss that’s filled with my heart, is the one I crave. So much so that I’m willing to make very poor choices.’

Luca is capital A, alpha, but with a soft, squishy center. He is wild, broody, demanding and untamed with a don’t give a d@mn attitude. He is in an incredibly unfortunate living situation that makes him mad, pissed and bitter. Up until the start of Worship there is one girl who brings him sheer happiness and gives his life meaning. Luca thought it would be just the two of them for the foreseeable future, until he met Gretchen.

Gretchen rocks as a heroine. She is feisty, a female version of an Alpha with a capital A, witty and does not take crap from anyone. She is a bad@ss!! Her friends are her everything and she firmly believes in the word family. In reading Gretchen’s story, we learn along with Gretchen, that the word family can take on many different meanings. For her, her friends are her family.

The collision of Luca and Gretchen is electric, awe-inspiring, sexy and exquisitely beautiful to watch. Fireworks is one way to describe them. Luca realizes that he has met his match in Gretchen and doesn’t want to let her go. What he doesn’t know is that she will be the one to bring him to his knees.

‘There are only two reasons for a man to be on his knees: prayer and pussy. And I sure as hell don’t pray.’

As phenomenal as they are together, Gretchen, has one thing that she lives by…

‘He belongs to me in so many ways, but I won’t play second fiddle either.’

What started as slightly taboo metamorphosed into something exquisite. They develop a true, deep hearted friendship with love and respect. The question is, will friendship be enough for Gretchen to trust him when he asks? Sometimes love and friendship, may not be enough.

As I mentioned before, I, adored Worship. I loved how Trilina portrayed Luca. From beginning to end, we see a transformation within himself with the realization of his love for Gretchen. They have a rather unique situation and it is extremely difficult as the reader to sit back and not root for them. I truly didn’t think I could love someone more than Dom, but Ms. Pucci completely won me over with Luca and Gretchen. Luca speaking Italian throughout the book, just cemented his status of new book boyfriend for me. I was so excited about this series after Truth, but now with the addition of Worship in the love column, I can’t wait for the next book.

Worship will have you all googly-eyed as you witness love from beginning to end. Worship is impeccably written with a strong, continuously moving storyline and a plot that could be taken straight from The Chicago Tribune or The Chicago Sun-Times. One thing I didn’t mention yet is Luca’s relationship with ‘his boys’. As powerful as these Italian boys are they will remind you of any other group of boys. They laugh, play cards, shoot the sh@t, smack talk in Italian and lust after the pretty girls (the men that are available). Truly a book not to be missed!! Kudos Trilina!!

‘This woman is part supermodel and full bada@@ wrapped around a wicked sense of humor and the truth. My truth.’

‘Love isn’t a lie–people are liars. Find someone to tell you the truth and you’ll find your soul mate.’

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Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas

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“I’ve done far worse than what I went to prison for.

She has no idea how bad this can get.”

Kill Switch, an all-new standalone dark romantic suspense by Penelope Douglas is live!

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WINTER

Sending him to prison was the worst thing I could’ve done. It didn’t matter that he did the crime or that I wished he was dead. Perhaps I thought I’d have time to disappear before he got out or he’d cool off in jail and be anything but the horror he was.

But I was wrong. Three years came and went too fast, and now he’s anything but calm. Prison only gave him time to plan.

And while I anticipated his vengeance, I didn’t expect this.

He doesn’t want to make me hurt. He wants to make everything hurt.

DAMON

First thing’s first. Get rid of her daddy. He told them I forced her. He told them his little girl was a victim, but I was a kid, too, and she wanted it just as much as I did.

Step two… Give her, her sister, and her mother nowhere to run and no fuel to escape. The Ashby women are alone now and desperate for a knight in shining armor.

But that’s not what’s coming.

No, it’s time I listened to my father and took control of my future. It’s time I showed them all—my family, her family, my friends—that I will never change and that I have no other ambition than to be the nightmare of their lives.

Starting with her.

She’ll be so scared, she won’t even be safe in her own head by the time I’m done with her. And the best part is I won’t have to break into her home to do it.

As the new man of the house I have all the keys.

Kill Switch is suitable for readers 18+. While it can be read as a stand-alone, all of the characters are developed throughout the series. The first two books, Corrupt and Hideaway, are now available through Kindle Unlimited!

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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.


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Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was in a book funk and couldn’t find that special book that would bring me out! I was recommended to take a chance and read Corrupt. I was so stinking happy that I took that chance to open the book and start reading.

Penelope Douglas is a new to me author and I’m ecstatic to have found her. If possible, Corrupt would receive 6 stars! Before I start reviewing, I will say, Michael Crist is mine!!

Let’s take a little trip to the ultra-exclusive town of Thunder Bay. You’ve heard that with power and money, you can rule the world. This is none truer that in Thunder Bay, where kids can get away with anything, thanks to their parents’ wealth and standing.

Erika Fane is in high school, living life as an adult instead of the high schooler she is. Her father passed away, which not only left a big hole in her life but crippled her mother to long term grieving (pills, alcohol, sleeping, etc.). Erika is taken in by her mother’s best friends’ family (Delia Crist). She is given her own room in their house, eats meals with them, and oh, yeah, she was raised to be the bride of their youngest son, Trevor. The problem with this whole scenario is that no one knows the real Erika. She paints the picture of the perfect daughter, student and individual. She is full of polite smiles, ‘yes, sir’ or ‘yes, please’ and does as she’s told. There was only one person who understood her, but she feared him and was secretly in love with, Trevor’s older brother, Michael.

“For the first time in my entire life, someone told me it was okay to want what I wanted. To get into messes and to dive in head-first. To have a little f@#king fun before I died.”

It all starts out with one Devil’s Night and The Four Horsemen (Michael Crist, Damon Torrance, Kai Mori, Will Grayson III). These four boys were graduates from Thunder Bay Prep and October 30th was Devil’s Night where pranks and hijinks rule the night. Erika has always wondered about Michael and his friends and the kind of stuff they get into on this night. So, she decided to tag along without anyone knowing.

“I wanted to get into a little trouble. I wanted to catch some rain, find something that made my heart pump again, and I wanted to know what it was like to not have anyone to grab onto.”

Penelope Douglas wrote her characters and storyline with such exquisite details that they popped off the paper/screen. I am a lover of a-holes and Michael is the leader of the pack. There are many twists and turns, that you won’t see what’s coming next, along with steaminess galore and Corrupt is full of mystery.

Forever fan of Penelope Douglas! Highly recommend this incredible book!

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Pretty Young Things by Ace Gray–Review

Pretty Young Things by Ace Gray is a monster. Ace is a new to me author and I’m so incredibly happy that I got to start my ‘Ace’ experience with this one. There are only a few that I know that could tackle seven different points of view over the span of 20 years. That’s right, 7 POV’s in 20 years. It was exquisitely written that I didn’t realize I was in a time warp while doing spin the bottle to determine the next character. Incredibly flawless.

I had to do a quick high school English refresh when I heard that this was based on The Count of Monte Cristo. For a quick recap of TCoMC, some of the major themes are: revenge, jealousy, manipulation, desire, greed and betrayal. PYT had all these themes in spades. Whether you were the betrayers or the betrayed, everyone is affected by the seven POV’s.

To simplify, I’m going to go through some of the major players. There were four teenage boys who were battling their own demons and for some reason or another felt isolated in this world. This foursome soon became a brotherhood, through the blood pact. They were ‘blood brothers. Now and forever’ and vowed to always have each other’s back. There’s Dante, Diego, Danger and Rousse. Each boy unique in personality and characteristics, but a love of surfing bringing them together. Soon they are adult age and Rousse had the ability to buy the house that they always congregated at. This brotherhood soon became roommates.

Next player is Mercy. She is a twenty-year-old who is incredibly unlucky. She lives in a trailer with a drunk daddy who likes to get a little grabby and a mother that ran away when she was young. There is something that happens in her life changing her unluckiness and allows her to meet Dante. Soon she is living with him and neither have been happier. Life is going right for these perfect partners and Dante had a job promotion. Nothing was ever going to change in this young couples’ life, because now everything seemed to fall into place so easily since they were together. As far as the other POV’s, I’m going to leave that a secret.

All is not what it seems in their young lives. There is a strain in this brotherhood that is starting, because of jealousy, greed and lust. Without knowing it, manipulation and betrayal are at play and if ‘The Brotherhood isn’t careful, vengeance will soon have your name on it.’

Pretty Young Things was nothing like I expected, but everything I wanted and more. Excuse me, Ace Gray, you have gained a lifelong fan. 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

Normally, I have ‘issues’ with time jump stories (especially flashbacks). However, I was so engrossed with every single detail and every single character, that it didn’t bother me. Yes, the book may sound overwhelming, but you get so drawn into their world, as if you were another character, that the next thing you know is that you’re at the end going ‘what did I just read’. For this sentiment alone, I give 5 ‘Have Mercy’ stars. Take a chance on Pretty Young Things and you won’t be disappointed.

‘Promise me forever, Dante Rogue.’

‘On every constellation in the sky.’

 

Boys of Brayshaw by Meagan Brandy–Review

 

Before I talk about the book, I just have to talk about the author for a second. Meagan Brandy, I don’t know you, but I LOVE you. Can we be secret friends and when you come up with anything genius, you send it my way? What have you done to me, girl?? You have magically created a world that I want to be transported to. I WANT to be a Bray girl with the ‘Boys of Brayshaw’. This is my first read from Ms. Brandy and I will happily go back for more!

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Raven (Rae) is a fiery and plucky seventeen-year-old from Stockton, CA. Rae, unfortunately, has been dealt a shit sandwich regarding her home situation and life. Her daddy was nonexistent, and her mom isn’t much better. Her mother has a certain ‘reputation’ around town and by default, Raven has acquired the same rep. Due to an incident at school, she is sent to live in a girls only home for troubled kids about to age out of the system. As with any situation in her life, Rae is sizing up the situation, because there is only one person she can count on, herself. Being moved to this new house means she will be attending a new high school, Brayshaw High. Raven is a loner and she’s ok with this and prefers it. She is feisty, tough, will NOT let anyone speak negatively of her and is ready to throw down. She’s a bada@@ and very perceptive to situations and the brothers, as well. I want to be Raven when I grow up (there’s still time for me to emulate, Ms. Raven).

The brothers…holy heck where do I start with them? Maddoc, Royce and Captain is a unit of brotherhood personified. Trust is something that comes very difficult for these three. They remind me of ‘The Three Musketeers’; ‘One for all and all for one’. To me, the boys were everything. They were rough, tough, distrustful, yet completely endearing. Meagan’s depiction of these boys and personalities was completely thought out and well written. Maddoc (sigh) is the leader of the group, Royce is the comedian and Captain is the silent killer. This brotherhood is fascinating to read about. Despite their rough and tumble exteriors, they really are human beings each longing for something inside.
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Kudos, Meagan Brandy, kudos! The Boys of Brayshaw is an incredible start to the series. In my mind, it’s a cross between Fallen Crest series by Tijan and The Elite Kings Club series by Amo Jones. Not a bad group of authors to be included in. There is more mystery, drama and plot twists than seen on Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, Monk and Hart to Hart combined. Sorry, there was a mystery marathon on Hallmark. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ I loved this story and can’t wait for book two.

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Disorderly by Hazel Grace–Review

Some words to define the word disorderly is disorder, irregular, unruly, turbulent, tumultuous and a breach of peace or public order. Disorderly by Hazel Grace is this and so much more. Wyatt and Nova only know attraction to each other and have no idea the chaos that will soon be coming their way.

As you’ve guessed, Disorderly is about Wyatt and Nova. Nova is a tortured soul, forever on the run, but she has one stable sidekick with her, Paige, her best friend. Nova and Paige have ended up in Tennessee. After working some long hard hours and saving every penny she could, she has finally opened her own bakery. She is expanding her business to include more wedding cakes and is currently working on a cake for a bridezilla when a little ‘snafu’ happens. To escape the wrath of Katherine, she takes off for the stairs in her apartment. Needing a quick distraction, she runs into Wyatt, literally. Being the gentleman that Wyatt is😉he helps her out of a jam.

Wyatt is a complicated, sullen man who has done whatever he needed to do to protect his family. He’s full of resentment, revenge and hate, until he finds one singular ray of light in his dismal world. Immediately, he is intrigued by Nova and the chemistry and lick of attraction that has affected them both. However, each has a complicated backstory and they don’t want to bring anyone into their chaotic life.

I don’t know if I can ever give enough information as to what this book is and how it will affect you. It’s hot, passionate, sad, angsty, dramatic, full of ‘oh no, they didn’t’ moments, rage inducing and just plain shock. There is a cliffhanger which only makes you go, ‘more, I need more now’! Despite all this, I was completely sucked into their world and couldn’t put it down. It was a page turner from beginning to end!!

Hazel has outdone herself with this beauty!! Wyatt is smoking, and Nova is off the charts beautiful person. When these two collide watch out for fireworks and earth shattering lust and desire! Each character individually has a spectacular backstory, but when these two come together…watch out!!

5 ‘Disorderly’ Stars

Baseball Lover by Rose Croft–Review

Let me start this off by saying, I LOVED John in the ‘High School Lover’. He had such an energetic, playful, mischievous, down to earth and flirtatious personality, it was hard not to like him from the beginning. I was secretly praying that John would get his own book and I’m ecstatic that he did.

Depending on where in the timeline of John and Rose’s story, will determine a couple different facets to Rose. Five years previous, Rose was on the top of the world. She was just finishing college and had a prosperous career to look forward to and then, BAM, tragedy strikes. Back in the present, Rose is working as a high school teacher. She has a best friend, Loren, who is dating her high school sweetheart, Andrew, but other than that she’s living her life of solitude. Rose is enigmatic, hurt, afraid to fall in love again and has walls built up high around her. All these personality quirks may come off as slightly bitchy, but she is trying to survive and not lose herself in the process of men, dating and love. She is a lovable woman with a great heart, she just portrays this prickly attitude to protect herself. She knows, however, that there is something different about John.

John and Rose as a couple didn’t happen overnight. It was beautifully written with a magnificent hero who was willing to do anything he could for the woman that he loved. John was truly a saint when it came to pursuing Rose. He is an unpretentious guy with the heart the size of Texas. When they finally were in a relationship, they had a whole different set of issues to work through. The biggest one being distance. John played baseball in Chicago, while Rose taught in Texas. Ms. Croft explores the issues of a long-distance relationship, not to mention when one person is in the limelight. Eventually, they work through their issues. What I love about them is that they were extremely supportive of each other.

Baseball Lover is a sports romance that is so much more than just sports and romance. There are moments of heated passion, emotional up and downs, personal growth, along with ‘oh no she didn’t’ frustration levels. I thoroughly, enjoyed, Baseball Lover. I was captivated from beginning to end.

5 stars