ARC Review | Destructive King by Rachel Van Dyken

Pages: 32153927251._SY475_

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance, Mafia Romance

Publication Date: January 12th 2021

Publisher: Self published


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A mafia romance about love and loss by Rachel Van Dyken, the number-one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.

…When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
— Mary Elizabeth Fyre

“I’m sorry for your loss.” I would rather be tortured for an eternity than hear those damn words from one more person, as if Claire, my dead fiancé, was a cell phone or car keys.
How about, I’m sorry your life is over.
I’m sorry you want to die too.
I’m sorry you see her in your dreams and wake up only to relive the nightmare.
I’m supposed to be the strongest of them all. Ash Abandonato, ruler, assassin, made man, brother, friend—instead, I hurt everyone I touch in hopes that they’ll feel even a sliver of the pain that bears down on my shoulders.
I didn’t lose.
It was taken from me.
And it’s all her fault, Annie Smith.
I daydream about her death.
And then I close my eyes, and I see her soft smile. I feel her touch, her kiss—it was a mistake what we did that night, but I can’t take it back, and now she’s under my father’s protection—my protection.
My worst enemy.
The woman I’m the most attracted to.
I can’t decide if I want to strangle her or kiss her, and now that she’s stuck in my life, my only goal is to make her feel the same loss I do and destroy her in the process.
I’ll trick her with my touch.
Seduce her with my kiss.
And in the end, when my enemy is at her most vulnerable—I’ll bring down an entire Empire and continue my reign as King.
Bow down, I’ll say as I bring the Five Families to their knees.
Blood in.
Never out.

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Worst Books of 2020

Grab some tea because I feel like sharing my thoughts on the worst books I’ve read in 2020. These are the ones that I have high expectations but I’m tremendously disappointed by it. Please don’t hate me in case I’ve mentioned your favorite books. Some of the books have links that will direct you on my full reviews (in case you want to read them).

Here are the worst books I’ve read in 2020:

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Best Books I’ve Read in 2020

Hey everyone! It’s been a month since I have a blog post and I’m on overdue to share with you with my favorite books of 2020. Originally, I have 20 books on my list but I trimmed it down to 15 books then I’ll include my five favorite poetry collections. I have been busy with work and I’d rather spending my time sleeping.

Anyways, let’s jump in to poetry books before I proceed with the 15 novels and they’re not in ranking.

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Release Blitz: Layla by Colleen Hoover

“Surprising and emotionally tense, this paranormal romance is sure to entertain.” —Publishers Weekly

Layla, an all-new thrilling and “unputdownable” novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

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About Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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Romance Authors Whose Books I Haven’t Read Yet

I’ve been wanting to do this list for such a longtime and as years went by, I discovered a lot of romance authors through my friends and bloggers. Some of them have been recommended to me and I haven’t read their books. Most of them are long overdue and crossing my fingers I get to read them ASAP. 

I’m going to name top 10 romance authors (not in any particular order) on my list that has been on my radar for quite a while.

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Book Review | Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

22609610Pages: 370

Goodreads: 4.17 / 5 stars

My Rating: ★★★★ /  5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: March 3rd 2015

Publisher: Atria Books 


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Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

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Series Review | Tainted Hearts series (Books 1-5) by Lylah James


For my full reviews, kindly click the link to view:

The Mafia and His Angel part 1 – ★★★★ 

The Mafia and His Angel part 2 – ★★★★ 

The Mafia and His Angel part 3 – ★★★★ 


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Cold. Ruthless. Killer. I am respected and feared by all.

I wasn’t put on this earth to love or be loved. I was put here to wipe out every last member of the damn Abandonato mafia, to pay them back for my mother’s death.

When I find a strange girl hiding, beaten, under my bed, I don’t let her live out of compassion. She’s a trinket, my plaything.


I thought Alessio was only one more man who wanted to use me, hurt me, and throw me away. I don’t know what it is to trust anymore. I can’t find my heart under the pain.

Alessio found it. He touched it, and brought it alive again.

But if he discovers just how dangerous I am to him…I’ll lose my life.

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Exploring Tropes: Vengeance Romance

I’m back for another series of Exploring Tropes where I recommend books based on tropes and since it’s Halloween season, originally I’ll go for dark romance. However, I want to be more specific and I’ve chosen Vengeance / Revenge Romance. Either the hero / heroine wants to take revenge to other people, or takes revenge on one another. 

It’s difficult for readers to venture this because it will surely enrage you and question your morality. Also, some of these have problematic content toxic relationships) and trigger warnings such as violence, abuse, and revenge plots. It’s your discretion to jump into it and test your comfort zone. Here are the revenge romance books I’ve enjoyed: Continue reading “Exploring Tropes: Vengeance Romance”

Book Review | Famine by Laura Thalassa

49480530._SY475_Pages: 404

Goodreads Rating: 4.38 / 5 stars

My Rating: ★★★★ / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: October 1st 2020

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing, LLC


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They came to earth–Pestilence, War, Famine, Death–four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

Ana da Silva always assumed she’d die young, she just never expected it to be at the hands of Famine, the haunting immortal who once spared her life so many years ago. But if the horseman remembers her at all, he must not care, for when she comes face to face with him for the second time in her life, she’s stabbed and left for dead.

Only, she doesn’t quite die.

If there’s one thing Famine is good at, it’s cruelty. And how these blighted bastards deserve it. Try as he might, he can’t forget what they once did to him. But when Ana, a ghost from his past, corners him and promises pain for what he so recently did to her, she and her empty threats captivate him, and he decides to keep her around.

In spite of themselves, Ana and Famine are drawn to each other. But at the end of the day, the two are enemies. Nothing changes that. Not one kind act, not two. And definitely not a few steamy nights. But enemies or reluctant lovers, if they don’t stop themselves soon, heaven will.

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