Release Blitz | Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora

RawRebirthPages: 482
Goodreads Rating: 4.09 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance
Publication Date: January 2nd 2019
Publisher: Self-published
Summary: 
It had been six years since my world was turned upside down.
He exposed me to the darker side of life and I could never go back to the person I was.
I had been through more things the average person couldn’t even relate to.If I had the chance to go back and do things differently though?
Not a chance.I’d pick him a thousand times. A million times. For eternity.

I guess not much has changed.

My name is Alexa Ballentine, and I am still in love with my stalker.

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Available at other retailers soon

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Raw: Rebirth is one of my most anticipated series finale and it’s been a LONG wait. Even longer for others who’ve read this book in year 2014 and the previous book, Dirty, made us crave more for this (should I say DYING to get our hands on this book).  Before I proceed with my full review, I tried my best to make it as spoiler-free as possible and  I apologize in advance if I ever did unconsciously. I wrote what pops in my head and rave. I’ve warned you.

Things I tried not to do while reading Raw: Rebirth but FAILED:

  1. Scream
  2. Emotional
  3. Swoon
  4. Mad
  5. Stress out (both good and bad)

My hands shook from excitement as soon as I synchronize my eReader and saw this title and put down ALL my current reads. My oh my, this book drove me into a roller coaster of emotions and I was holding on to dear life. To think it’s tamer compared to the two previous books but Ms. Aurora maintained the intensity. It’s balanced and I love it. It’s also told in multiple point of views introducing us to new characters which added subplots. No worries because they’re still interconnected to each other and it doesn’t overshadowing the main plot.

The female characters dominated this book. Protagonist, antagonist, and side characters — the women shine in this. We have Lexi Ballantine. She has an exceptional character development since Raw. She’s braver, stronger and more resilient. I love how protective and loving she to all her love ones. She’s a fierce lioness. Molly Te Wiata. Her childhood may be awful but it taught her to be tougher. Rough on the edges but definitely a sweet young lady. Honestly, I want her as my sister. Lastly, Ling Nguyen. Why did I include the psychopath Dragon Queen? She’s a great anti-heroine no matter how screwed up she is, she fascinated and terrified me.

This dark romance just made me emotional.  How can I not? Twitch and Lexi had been through a lot  and all I want for them is happiness. They have an imperfect relationship. It made them vulnerable and emotionally scarred. Yet, fate did its job and everything has changed…for good. It’s a beautiful and rough journey worth taking.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the ending. We had a closure and no cliffhanger but I am hoping there’ll be either a spin-off series or a crossover. I see potential characters / couples and I’m curious about their story.

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Author Bio

Belle
Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under.

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her
scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of
Scandal and fell in love with romance.

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she
developed a natural love for dramatics and laughter. Only some years ago had
she discovered a new love.

Humorous romance novels.

So many authors had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet
feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a
screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until
recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the
words Chapter One. And she fell in love.

With words.

With writing.

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.



Belle
Aurora is a USA Today best-selling author.

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#Smutathon v. 2.0: TBR and Book Recommendations

#Smut

Yaaassss! Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and Riley @ Riley Marie are hosting Smutathon Round 2 this coming December 10th – 16th 2018. Check out their videos for the mechanics and categories. You have the choice to pick the 7th trope by voting here.  Though I might start on the last 2 days of the readathon and here’s my ambitious TBR:

  • Enemies to Lovers : Nero by Sarah Brianne
  • Friends with Benefits : Sincerely Carter by Whitney G.
  • Fake Relationship : Hitched by Kendall Ryan
  • Forbidden Romance : Twist Me by Anna Zaires
  • Slow burn Romance : Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger
  • Different Worlds : Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
  • Workplace Romance : Still by Kennedy Ryan (I’m continuing the series and I’m not ready for this series to end. This counts right because Bristol is Grip’s manager… haha) P.S. I hope this prompt wins.

Book Recommendations

I listed down books I recommend for each category and possible categories they might fit into. I hope this’ll help you and fellow readers for your #Smutathon TBR. I don’t want to elaborate much of these books’ synopsis because some of them are best to read blind.

Enemies to Lovers

  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt – This series reminds me of Meteor Garden / Hana Yori Dango. If you love that manga / tv series, you might love this. It’s loaded with drama. You’re not going to worry about the cliffhangers since it’s completed.
  • Hero by Samantha Young –  Aside from On Dublin Street, this is one of my favorites by Ms. Young. She’s great in writing angsty romances especially enemies to lovers. We have a feisty heroine and an asshole CEO. Lots of family drama and the sex scenes? Fiery and sexy. (It can also fit to workplace romance / friends with benefits — they’re quite frenemies in this book)
  • Bully by Penelope Douglas – A New Adult romance author who’s great in writing enemies to lovers is none other than Ms. Douglas. I devoured this book and I hope you’ll love Jared Trent and Tatum/Tate Brandt’s story. It’s really angsty.
  • Hot Asset by Lauren Layne – This is one of the books I finished in #Smutathon Round 1. Damn the sexual tension in this book is freaking good! I love the banters between the characters as well. It’s about an investment broker who’s been accused of insider tipping and a SEC investigator was assigned to monitor his activities.  (It can also fit on Forbidden Romance)
  • Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – For this one, you’re in for drama and angsty-filled story. Soraya and Graham’s sexual tension = LIT.  Ms. Keeland and Ms. Ward can balance the romance and drama.
  • Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey – It’s both hilarious and a bit annoying but it’s lighthearted. If you need a quick read, this one is great. (It can also fit for Workplace Romance)
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I don’t need to explain why you should read this right? Lucy and Josh will make you swoon. (It can also fit for Workplace Romance)

Friends with Benefits 

  • Bad Things by R.K. Lilley – This is a spin-off series for Up in the Air series but you can jump into this without reading that series. I find this hotter and sexier than James and Bianca’s story. Remind me to continue this series. 😉
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – I had a good ugly cry in this book. Colleen Hoover’s books are always emotional and a box of tissue must be ready.
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young – Here’s another Samantha Young entry. This one is my favorite book in the On Dublin Street series. I ship Nate and Liv so hard. It’s by far the best friends-with-benefits book I’ve read ever read.

Fake Relationship

  • The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon – My first Jessica Lemmon book didn’t disappoint. The succeeding books in the series gets better. (It can also fit for workplace romance.)
  • One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy – This is one of the quick reads I enjoyed years ago. It’s very lighthearted and cute.
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Another book I don’t have to explain why you should read it. I guarantee you, Stella and Michael’s story will make you swoon. Definitely one of my favorites of 2018.
  • The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken – I read this during Smutathon round 1. It’s not my favorite but the story is a guilty pleasure read. It’s rare I encountered books with a guy running a dating service. He’s a love guru who helps women to boost their confidence so their match will fall for them.

Forbidden Romance

  • Rush by Maya Banks – Brother’s best friend and Best friend’s younger sister? YES PLEASE. Maya Banks writes sexy erotica novels and this one has BDSM in it.
  • Priest by Sierra Simone – Sinfully seductive and kinky af. I do recommend this in audiobook because ZACHARY WEBBER’S VOICE IS EVERYTHING. You may want to bathe in holy water because Father Bell… 😉 bwahaha
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard – One of my all time favorite romance novels. SR’s writing is enticing and this book gave me butterflies. I swooned! I can’t recommend this book enough. You’ll appreciate it more if you’re familiar with The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. 😉 This is a student – teacher romance. (It can also fit for Slow Burn romance)
  • Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland – Here’s another student-teacher romance. This one isn’t as angsty as others and it’s really heartwarming. I recommend it.
  • Unteachable by Leah Raeder / Elliot Wake – This student-teacher romance is very underrated and I think people should read this one more. Love the angst and romance.

Slow Burn Romance 

  • Grip by Kennedy Ryan – I recently finished this book when Ari and Britt recommend this to me. Such a wonderfully written and eye-opening interracial romance. I was speechless. It’s a must read. Enough said. You must read the prequel first before you proceed to this.
  • Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven – An editor searching for a potential best selling author and she stumbles into a guy’s Instagram account a.k.a Professor Feelgood with poetic captions. All I’m gonna say is that the story is greatly executed and the poems in this book are beautiful and passionate. My feels! (It can also fit for enemies to lovers)
  • Kulti by Mariana Zapata – This is a pretty chunky book and is indeed a SLOW BURN romance. The characters didn’t get together until 70-80% of the book as far as I can remember. It’s about a female football player and her football legend idol becomes her coach. (It can also fit for forbidden romance or enemies to lovers)
  • Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry – Another interracial romance I loved. The story is emotional. Aside from romance, it’s also about forgiveness, grief, family and acceptance.
  • Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan – It’s one of those story you’ll slowly devour. The male protagonist is mute and he’s quite aloof with everyone. The romance was beautifully done and with the heroine’s patience, everything worked out. So good! I highly recommend.

Different Worlds 

  • Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – If it wasn’t for Marla Mei and Maria, I wouldn’t have discovered this book. I rarely read New Adult books outside contemporary romances and this post-apocalyptic book is surprisingly good.
  • Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski –  This underrated series was a roller coaster ride of plot twist. One of the best series of all time and I’m waiting for the 8th book. Trigger warning: Violence, gore, drugs
  • Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters – When it comes to dark romance, Ms. Pepper Winters is my go-to. Sometimes her books can be overwhelming but damn they’re all intense. Q & Tess are your unconventional couple. Trigger warning: Kidnapping, abuse, violence, BDSM.
  • Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts – This is one of the books I’ve read when I was new to dark romance. It really pushes me out of my comfort zone. It’s a gradual start but the series gets better. Trigger warning: Kidnapping, abuse, violence

Road Trip, Workplace Romance, One Night Stand

  • The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski – This is the only road trip book that pops out of my mind. Gaaaah! One of my favorite New Adult books of all time. You can never go wrong with Ms. Redmerski whether it’s contemporary or romantic/crime suspense.
  • Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – Originally, it’s a Twilight fan fiction (I remember reading that version). This one is SO ANGSTY and full of sexual tension. LOL. (It can also fit on enemies to lovers)
  • Egomaniac by Vi Keeland – This one is funny and sweet at the same time. It’s about a divorce lawyer and a marriage counselor who shared an office space. Then polar opposites attract.
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day – This should’ve been adapted into a movie than Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s twice better in terms of the plot, writing, romance and characters. Gideva forever! ❤
  • Lick by Kylie Scott – The mc married a rock star after her 21st birthday celebration. At first I wasn’t a fan of the heroine but her character development is good. This rock star romance was a great start for the series. I need to continue the series too.
  • Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren –  The second book in the Beautiful Bastard series. I find this better than the first book and Max Stella and Sara Dillon’s chemistry is great! (They’re also kinky. haha!)
  • Fight with Me by Kristen Proby  – This is the second book in With Me in Seattle series but you can read this as a standalone. Ms. Proby’s books are quick to read. You can finish this in one sitting.

My TBR changes depending on my mood. Are you guys participating #Smutathon? Let me know on the comments / link your post on your TBR! Have a wonderful week ahead everyone!

Beatrice

 

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

FoFPages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 4.08 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 9th 2018

Publisher: Berkley

Summary:

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A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….

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Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan

FWFListening Length: 5 hours 12 minutes

Goodreads Rating: 4.02 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 3rd 2018

Publisher: Self published

Narrated by: Andi Arndt & Zachary Webber

Summary:

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I’ve waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along.

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy.

But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn’t have a clue I’ve felt this way about her for years.

Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together.

I’m flirting with my forever…she just doesn’t know it yet.

This book is a sexy, slow-burning best-friends-to-lovers romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. Dive in, and get ready to melt for Cam!

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PH Blog Tour: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Pages: 336

Goodreads Rating: 4.04 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 5th 2018 (First published: May 30th 2018)

Publisher: Berkley

Summary:

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A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

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Cover Reveal: Betting on Him by Kelly Collins

Today we are thrilled to be revealing the cover for BETTING ON HIM by Kelly Collins. BETTING ON HIM is the first book in a brand new mafia romance series and will be published on October 15th!

 

About BETTING ON HIM

He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?

Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they’ll force a wedding with a nice Russian gangster girl. When he meets a feisty cocktail waitress, he thinks he’s found his way out.

Faye Tandy is desperately in debt and hard-pressed to find help. Alex’s offer of a phony marriage for a ton of cash couldn’t come at a better time and she’s happy to help him exit the criminal world. The fact that he’s tall, dark, and handsome is an attractive bonus. But when she discovers the Russians have a contract out on her head, she wonders if divorced and bankrupt would be a better choice than rich and dead…

As Faye’s fake feelings for Alex turn real, she’s terrified her trip to the altar might be her last. Will Alex and Faye’s throw of the dice succeed or will they lose the lawless game of love?

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About KELLY COLLINS

International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-eight years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces.

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#Smutathon Wrap-Up

After a week of read-a-thon. I knockout 4 tropes by reading 3 books. I didn’t finish my entry for love triangle and missed friends-to-lovers. It’s a fun and relaxing read-a-thon. Here are the books I’ve read:

 

  • Getting Schooled by Emma Chase (Second Chance Romance – 5 stars) – Classic Emma Chase. I swooned on this book. OMG. GARRETT DANIELS. Check out my full review here.
  • Hot Asset by Lauren Layne (Enemies to Lovers – 4 stars) – Great enemies to lovers book. I’m so entertained with the banters between Lara and Ian. I like Lauren Layne’s writing style. Check out my full review here.
  • Envy by Rachel Van Dyken (Stranded Together;Arranged Marriage – 4 stars) – I’m a sucker for Mafia Romances. This is another great installment on Eagle Elite series. Check out my review here.

Have you participated on Smut-A-Thon? What are the books you’ve read? Feel free to share it on the comments! Hands down to you if you managed to knockout all the tropes. 😛

Beatrice