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

 

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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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Alessio…

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.

Ayla…

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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Book Review | All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

all your perfPages: 305

Goodreads Rating: 4.28 / 5 stars

My Rating: ★★★★ / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: July 17th 2018

Publisher: Atria Books

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Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

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Book Review | Christmas in the City by L.J. Shen et al.

Pages: 325

Goodreads Rating: 3.87 / 5 stars

My Rating: ★★★.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: November 26th 2019

Publisher: Self published

 

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Twelve bestselling authors have come together to brighten your holiday with six ALL NEW co-written novels. Travel through six cities and fall in love with these enchanting love stories.

L.J. Shen & Helena Hunting
Just The Tip 
It’s not every day you meet a stranger who knows how to jingle your bells…

Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow
Baby it’s Cold Outside
My Christmas list did not include a broken heart, freezing temperatures, or my tree stuck in the door to my apartment building, but that’s what I got. Just when I thought Santa had failed me, I got something I never thought to ask for …

Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Kissmas in New York
It was just supposed to be a simple kiss with a stranger.  I’d done it to prove a point–that I hadn’t lost my sense of adventure. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Maybe I’d get something in my stocking after all this holiday season…

Sierra Simone & Kennedy Ryan
The Christmas Crown
Noelani, queen of Manaroa, has one mission on her diplomatic visit to the States: forge strategic alliances for her homeland. When she meets brooding security specialist Brock Grimsby, their unexpected alliance heats up the holiday. One night. No promises, but come Christmas, will either be able to walk away?

Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway
Songbird
Two lonely souls find companionship in Dublin for one magical night. Broderick Adams doesn’t mind his solitude, until she walks in. Ophelia Kelly sings to heal her heart, but has no idea he’s listening.

Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
EPIC
Jamie and Wes are having a blast living and working in Toronto. Until a scout for another team swoops in to make one of them an offer that might complicate the life they’ve built together.

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Books on my Pending Shelves

Work has been exhausting lately and slowed my reading. Mostly I prefer to sleep after work and whenever I’m reading, I didn’t realize I fell asleep. It’s also a pressure that I started many books that I lost in the mood for. I was overwhelmed and I have to put it down. 

Here are the books I put on my pending shelves, unsure when I’ll pick them again: 

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ARC Review: Scandalous Prince by Rachel Van Dyken

Scandalous PrincePages: 336

Goodreads Rating: 4.63 / 5 stars

My Rating: ★★★★.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance, Mafia Romance

Publication Date: September 22nd 2020

Publisher: Self published

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The Woods are Lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go, before I sleep —Robert Frost

I was born under fire and swore to protect her until my dying day, I just never knew that one day, I’d be the very monster I was protecting her from.
She didn’t know it was me.
She didn’t know that I had no choice and would do it again and again to save her.
I may as well have given her the mark on her finger.
The one that shows where her loyalty must lie.
Because we don’t sin in silence.
And eventually, you have to pay up what you owe.
My need to protect her turned into a lie to save her.
And when she found out—I turned in to the very monster I was trying to protect her from.
Watching Violet Abandonato walk out of my life was like a knife to the chest, a wound that refused to heal.
The bosses sent me to protect her, to watch over her even though I was the demon she fled.
We both carry scars.
But if all I can have is her hate for as long as I breathe.
I’ll take it.
Because at the end of the day, I should burn in Hell forever thinking Chase Abandonato’s perfect angel would pick me—over her perfect life.
“I broke you,” I confessed.
“The worst part… is that you liked it,” she snapped right back.

Welcome to the second generation of the mafia, may the best man or woman, be left standing.
May God bless our tainted souls.

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ARC Review: Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly

Fragile LongingPages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 3.59 / 5 stars

My Rating: ★★★.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance, Mafia Romance

Publication Date: September 28th 2020

Publisher: Self published

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Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
Too young.
Not blond.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.

Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants.
Power.
Respect.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Wounded pride.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.

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