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Violent Triumphs (White Monarch, book 3) by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Violent Triumphs
Series: White Monarch #3
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019

MY REVIEW

Blurb
The highly anticipated conclusion to the “emotional,
steamy, and dangerous” 
USA Today bestselling White
Monarch
 series.

I’ve become a queen to the forsaken, a leader to thieves, and the wife of a man
who instills fear in all who cross his path. He was the husband I didn’t want.
Now, I can’t fathom life without my king.

I should’ve been ready for anything. Like the caterpillar that feeds on poison
during metamorphosis, I was raised in the dangerous world of cartel crime. But
nothing could’ve prepared me for Cristiano de la Rosa, his brother’s poison, or
the Calavera cartel.

This is still a story about a love strong enough to topple households, unite
enemies, and divide brothers. Resilient enough to bring down those who would
try to destroy it . . . and selfless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But I was warned, and so were you. Death’s day always comes. This time, it will
find what was once a caterpillar is now a butterfly—and hell hath no fury like
the White Monarch.
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Author Bio
Jessica
Hawkins is a
USA Today bestselling
author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts
hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers
for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of
fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.
She writes
romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler
who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup.
She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook,
Instagram, and her mailing list.
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Violent Triumphs (White Monarch, book 3) by Jessica Hawkins

Violent Triumphs is the conclusion in the epic White Monarch series. Throughout this series, we have seen the tale of Natalia de la Cruz and Cristiano de la Rosa on their way to the penultimate ending in Violent Triumphs.

Violent Delight and Violent Ends had me flabbergasted, shocked, agitated, befuddled, enthralled, and longing for more. I seriously could not get enough of book 1 and 2. Violent Triumphs is straight up leaving me confused. Although, it’s fantastic to see Natalia step into her own as an adult and cartel queen, I feel like I was missing the ‘Bam’ or ‘punch’ that I have seen and felt through VD and VE. It also appeared to me like Violent Triumphs is two different books. The first half is very mellow and concentrates on Natalia and Cristiano’s relationship, with Natalia slowly beginning to realize who she is. The second half is the fast tempo, cartel setting that this series was built upon. The ending is… (I’ll leave you with that).

It all boils down to this. Can Jessica Hawkins write? Without a shadow of a doubt. Is she talented? Please, I wish I had even an eyelash amount of her talent. Would I recommend this series to anyone? I have and I will. Am I slightly disappointed at the ending? Just a smidge, but I firmly anticipate a re-read without having all the hype to soak up everything that happens in this book. I know because I was chomping at the bit to read the final book, that I set the bar high. Probably ridiculously high, so when it came time to read Violent Triumphs, I was already biased with the need to fulfill that high standard. Overall, Jessica Hawkins is an author not to miss. White Monarch is a series worth reading and re-reading and these characters are unforgettable.

Sacrifice by N. Isabelle Blanco–Release

Sacrifice BannerTitle: Sacrifice
Series: Sinister Fairy Tale Collection
Author: N. Isabelle Blanco
Release: November 7, 2019 (released early)
Genre: Dark Romance Fairy Tales
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46258935-sacrifice

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Blurb:
Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection and part of the Dark Paranormal Ryze Series, but can be read as a Standalone!

Megara

We all know the story.
How it ended.
He survived and conquered each task.
Became the hero of all heroes.
And in the end he became a legend.
What no one told you is that I was there. I was helping him . . . and when he ascended, I was left behind to rot.
Herakles never knew I sold my soul for his success—he didn’t need to. Had I been enough on my own, he would’ve chosen to stay.
Instead, he rose to full glory.
I was dragged straight to Hades.
Beaten.
Violated.
Broken.
Eventually, mutated.
I lost track of him for nearly three millennia, but I’ve found him.
I will kill him.
He chose to become a god; I was forced to become a nightmare.
Now it’s time for us to meet again.

Herakles

I abandoned my family mere moments before the Greek pantheon fell.
‘Till this day the whispers accuse me.
Had I been there, perhaps they could’ve been saved.
But I no longer gave a fuck.
Funny how vanity can blind a male to what really matters.
It took less than a year on Olympus before I began searching for her again.
I never found her.
Now, two-in-a-half-thousand years later, here I am.
Alone.
Empty.
An immortal ghost, simply getting by.
I should’ve never left her.
The only thing I had was hoping the last of her mortal days, wherever she ended up, were happy . . .
Joke’s on me.
A darkened, twisted version of my female returns, demanding my head for every one of my sins.
And she shall have it.
But first, I’m saving her from her curse.
I’ll sacrifice every ounce of my sanity left to free her . . . right before I let her end me once and for all.

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Author Bio:
N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I.Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.

That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.

Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.

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Venom (Sinister Fairy Tales Collection) by Dee Garcia
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Cold Queen (Sinister Fairy Tales Collection) by K Webster
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In Peace Lies Havoc by Amo Jones–Review

It seems that no matter what I read from Amo, she not only leaves me speechless, but craving more. She is single handedly a one-woman Mistress of Ceremonies in charge of her own little Midnight Mayhem crew.

“Welcome to Midnight Mayhem. We are not a circus, we are not a carnival, and the only thing that you should be afraid of losing tonight, is your sanity…”

I, seriously, thought that nothing could top my epic love of the ‘Elite Kings Club’, but I humbly admit, I was wrong. As much as I loved, Bishop, Nate, Brantley and the crew, the Brothers of Kiznitch have not so nicely pushed them off that trophy. The Brothers (Kingston, Killian, Keaton, and Kyrin) have marched into my heart and taken up residence.

When reading, sit back and enjoy. There are so many layers to this story, that you will still have layers to go through before you would finish pulling off the layers of an onion. IPLH is dark, it’s twisty, it’s shocking, it’s mesmerizing, and it’s so gloriously good, that you’ll question everything you think know about yourself and want more. I know I do!!
King is broody, mysterious, a walking talking dichotomy, that leaves no one unaffected if he crosses their path. He is a mesmerization that can make anybody due anything. What he can’t do is Dove. Just beware that King (and his brothers) will steal your heart and soul and make you wonder if you should start praying to a higher deity for absolution. They are that wickedly good.

Dove is the dark red-haired ballet dancing beauty. She can transform and entice you with her fluidity and ability draw you in while she dances. Dancing is life to her. She can work through anything, if she is able to dance and feel the music. Dove has a long and complicated backstory, which is what draws you in. Amo gives enough flashbacks, moments of déjà vu, and internal gut checks that keep you drawn to Dove wanting to figure her out.

“We’ll be back, Dovey. I’ll hear you when you speak. I’ll see you when you dance. I’ll always be watching you…”

As much as this story is about King and Dove, it also is about the rest of the brothers. Their introduction into your life is tantalizing, mystifying, and perplexing. I was drawn into them and their various personalities, that I want more and loved the strength of the foursome as one unit.

I don’t know how she does it, but Amo wrote IPLH in such a way that you felt you were experiencing the multiple levels of Mayhem as they happen. She starts you off thinking individually. What is happening right now and to whom. She then progresses to thinking grand scheme of the whole thing and who plays what part. Honestly, it’s freaking genius how she writes. You begin to pick up on little nuggets, but only because the MC herself, declares it’s time to reveal a little something. There are so many events and things in this book, that I feel as if I just got off a roller coaster that was also a tilt-a-whirl. Confused, shocked, bewildered, jaw dropping, and a book hangover from hades is me right now. Last point I want to make is, her writing is so crystal clear that I can visually picture what she is talking about. The big tent, the caravans, the acts😏 is incredibly hard to write, but Amo has exceeded my expectations with being able to ‘visually’ take me to these people, places, and things. I can’t wait to see where this storyline progresses.
Overall, In Peace Lies Havoc, is a phenomenal read. It will test your boundaries, question everything you know, and will take you on an incredible journey. IPLH is visually stunning, eloquently written, and sinfully sexy.

**Beware, this is a dark story. There are trigger warnings within the book.**

5 ‘Little Bird’ Stars (if able to give more, I would!)

Favorite quote of the book:

“I wouldn’t recommend this author, though. She drinks too much, procrastinates a lot, and is easily distracted.”

Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina–Release Blitz

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If you haven’t read the first book, Stay With Me, head over to Amazon to get your copy ASAP (available free on KU).

Ollie.
Forget everything you thought you knew. Hell, I don’t even know myself anymore. For seven months I’ve been gone only to come back to be tested in every way possible. They say keep your enemies close, and my demons welcomed me back with open arms. My downfall is a necessary evil. But Mia is my endgame.

Mia.
Seven months ago, Ollie surrendered to the darkness, abandoning me in the process. He stripped me of my walls only to leave me defenseless. Now he’s back, along with fresh new faces and obstacles standing in our way. He says trust no one. Not even him. How am I supposed to be strong for us both when I’m losing my grip?.

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My EWIG Review

Heartless Hero by Mary Catherine Gebhard–Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have mixed emotions on Heartless Hero, and I feel I’m going to be in the minority. Mary Catherine Gebhard is an incredible author who writes with such complexity and depth and Heartless Hero is a true testament to that writing. There was just something with the story that isn’t fully allowing me to dive into 5 stars.

Normally, I don’t have a lot of aversions to different tropes, so a dark bully romance didn’t bother me at all. The two main characters have left me feeling really perplexed. Theo is an emotional assassin, who had me reeling one minute to overly happy and sentimental the next minute. I liked Theo, but I had a hard time handling the split personality he displayed at times. Infuriating one minute and then endearing the next. How is a girl supposed to know what’s real and what isn’t, which leads us to Abigail.

Abigail, poor sweet Abigail. Despite having it all monetarily, she was the one character that needed something more than money could buy. Abigail’s mother, Tansy Crowne, is a narcissist to the core and the least likely person that should be a mother and a role model. Mr. Beryl Crowne is the third richest man in the world and Abigail’s grandfather. Beryl along with Tansy only care about one thing, money! In order to get it, they will do anything they have to in order to sustain the company. Unfortunately, Abi is stuck in the middle of this dysfunctional house. She is a girl with big dreams, never thinking she can obtain them, so she has settled into the role of doormat and black sheep.

The emotional battery of Theo’s whiplash still affects me, and I finished the book a few days ago. In all honesty, if you like dark romance reads with bullies (notice the plural there), Heartless Hero is one you should check out. Mary deserves 5 stars, but because of Theo’s emotional tennis match, I sadly give her 4.25 stars.

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Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina–Review

If you are looking for a book with emotional overload, Nicole Fiorina is your girl. I absolutely adored, Stay with Me. It was impactful, emotional, poignant, and thought-provoking. So, how do you top that? Easy, you let Ms. Fiorina write that second book in the trilogy, Even When I’m Gone. You see, words are just words, but somehow when Nicole gets her hands on them, they turn into thoughts, feelings and emotions. She leaves you reeling for days from her twist and turns and gut-wrenching scenarios.

As I mentioned before, EWIG is the second book in a non-standalone trilogy. It is the bulk of the trilogy, thus far. We start by seeing a different side to Ollie, which was heartbreaking to read, because I LOVE Ollie. In the meantime, we also see a different side to Mia, in response to this. The girl is stronger than the vibranium in Captain America’s shield. She must do something that hurts the two lovebirds now, but she is doing it for the betterment of their future. It is difficult to read about these two during this time, because you can feel the love between these two. They are Ollie and Mia, yet at the same time, they aren’t.

When I read SWM, I had never read anything like it. It was unique and took you on a spin of love and mental illness. EWIG continues this. It is exceptional and extraordinary. She really sucks you into these characters, so you feel as if you are part of the book yourself. There were times where I screamed, I cried, but ultimately, I loved every single thing of this book. Now the ending has me shook. I can not wait (even though I have too) for the conclusion of Ollie and Mia. I have my fingers crossed, holding my breath, and praying for a HEA for these two. Whichever way, Nicole decides to go with it, I know that I will love it, because Ms. Fiorina is an author not to be missed and her writing is out of this world.