Dark Romances That F*cked Up My Soul

Before I jumped into my post, I want to shoutout my good buddy Ari for pitching this idea (I swear she has more creative mojo than I do. I’m a lazy ass) and we both have similar taste in dark romance novels. Just a reminder to everyone who’s reading this post, all of these books are DARK ROMANCES/ ROMANCE THRILLERS. There are a lot of trigger warnings here such as abuse, kidnapping, sexual harassment/assault, drugs, violence, gore etc. (and other shits I don’t even want to mention). I just want to put it here because I don’t have any intention to hurt anyone or make you uncomfortable.

Self-awareness is a MUST prior reading these kinds of books. Enter at your own risk and all of these are fiction novels. I do not condone any of the things happened here and my morals are completely intact. Without further ado, here are the books / series that screwed my soul. Lmao.

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Exploring Tropes: Mafia Romance (2) // Mafia Romance Readathon TBR

Here I go again, recommending you with my favorite trope forever — MAFIA ROMANCE. I posted my first mafia romance recommendation years ago and if you’re interested to check it, click here.  Since I’ll be joining Mafia Romance Readathon this weekend ( hosted by Jenn @ The Book Refuge, Jess @ Peace Love Books , Jessen @ Jessen Reads Romance, Tori @ Novel Life, Tiffany @  neverlandpixy)

I thought I’ll come up with more list of mafia books / series that I enjoyed for the past two years. Of course, I’ll put the darkness level / trigger warnings because there’s a lot of themes here that might make you uncomfortable. 

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Smutathon Book Recommendations: Out of Your Comfort Zone [Dark Romances]

We’re down to my last batch of book recommendations and this one has a trigger warning. The books I’m about to share are all dark romances and this sub-genre isn’t for everyone. Expect subjects that will make you cringe like abuse, profanity, drugs, kidnapping and all the crazy dark shits I don’t even want to mention because it’s problematic. You’ll probably need a re-breather for these books.

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I warned you guys. These books are dark and twisted. Brace yourself and READ THESE BOOKS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Here are the books:

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Smutathon Book Recommendations: Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden Romance, Friends to Lovers and Vacation Romance

There are two weeks left before #Smutathon begins and I’m sharing my book recommendations. I did a book recommendation last round and you may check out my post (#Smutathon v. 2.0: TBR and Recommendations) since some of the categories are included for this round.

For my batch 1 of my recommendations, the categories included are the following:

  1. Enemies to Lovers
  2. Forbidden Romance
  3. Friends to Lovers
  4. Vacation Romance

I don’t want my post to be lengthy and I’ll just recommend five (5) books per category.  But feel free to ask me other books aside from the ones I listed. Without further ado, here are the books:

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Exploring Tropes: Mafia Romance

As promised, I’ll write a book recommendation based on tropes. I have a list of my top five romance tropes and you can check it out here. On my first Exploring Tropes, we’ll venture on Mafia Romance. Honestly, books that has this trope is thrilling and addictive. The romance is always explosive and I just love mafia men. You know I’m a sucker for bad boys. The heroines are feisty and call out their lover’s bullshit.

It’s understandable this isn’t for everyone as it has trigger warnings such as violence, profanity, kidnapping, drugs, abuse etc. Everything is not sugarcoated and admittedly some of them are problematic. It’s your discretion to read them. I’ll do my best to rank it according to its darkness level so you’ll have an idea what to expect or if you can handle the story. It’s a lengthy post so please bear with me. Here are the mafia books / series I enjoyed:

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Pinay Bookaholic Recommends: Young Adult Books (#1)

Hello everyone! So today I’ll be recommending Young Adult books. These are the YA books that I loved and I just want to share it to you guys. It’s quite challenging since YA have varieties. It can be a contemporary romance, paranormal, dystopia, post apocalyptic, Realistic Fiction etc.. 🙂 Here are some of my YA recommendations.

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

angelic romantic suspense trilogy in one volume!

“Kissed by an Angel”: Ivy and Tristan have the love of a lifetime–until Tristan dies in a car accident. Now Tristan returns as an angel, but Ivy is unable to feel his presence.

“The Power of Love”: Tristan has learned that the person responsible for the car crash is after Ivy. Can he cross the boundaries of life anddeath to warn Ivy that she is in trouble?

“Soulmates”: Tristan must rescue Ivy, but if he does so his mission will be finished and he will have to leave his true love forever.

Why read this book?

  • This is a paranormal romance book with a touch of mystery. I simply adore its story and if you are into Ghostly Angel books, you might like this. It’s romantic, touching and a tear jerker. So, grab some tissues. The writing style is great and easy to read. The mystery part is also good by the way.   (You can read my short review here )

What other readers thought of it?

  • “Kissed By An Angel is a good read for all of you who jump into the mysteries, murders, and somewhat magical events, kind of book….. It is full of twists that will make you never want to put it down. This book was very well written.” (Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ] via Goodreads)
  • “An amazing mix of a heartwarming story which could make you cry with a punch of intrigue and suspense would be the definition of this book.” (Ritu via Goodreads)

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

PCA fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Why read this book?

  • It’s one addictive contemporary romance and I ended up binge reading the trilogy (or I believe there’s a 4th book in this. YES). If you are looking for a book with a bad boy in it or if you enjoyed Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, I’m highly recommending this one.  (You can read my review here)

What other readers thought of it?

  • “A fantastic contemporary romance! I loved the relationship between Brittany and Alex, but I especially loved that the story wasn’t JUST about their romance–they each had their own conflicts and struggles in life. I thought they were both really well-developed characters, and I couldn’t help but root for them to get together.” (Kat O’Keeffe via Goodreads)
  • “ELECTRIC. DELICIOUS. TEMPTING.” (Maria via Goodreads)

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

FLIPPEDThe first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.

Why read this book?

  • You are probably sick of me blabbering this book over and over again. This is one of those underrated books that deserved better recognition than ever. Flipped, in my opinion is the true essence of YA Contemporary Romance. It’s so cute, realistic and adorable. How effortless it is to give me butterflies. Did you know I’ve watched the movie first before reading it? YEP. That’s how I discovered it’s based from a novel. Still, I loved them both. If you haven’t read this? You are missing out the good one. (You can read my review here

What other readers thought of it?

  • “This is the type of the book I’ll never get tired reading over and over again.” (Kristine via Goodreads)
  • “Flipped is really a heartwarming story about growing up and the cuteness and wholesomeness of young love.” (Karla from Reads and Thoughts )

Have you read these books? Feel free to comment and you can also leave your YA recommendations. 🙂


Pinay Bookaholic Recommends: New Adult Books (#1)

Hello everyone! So today, I want to recommend you some New Adult books that I enjoyed and loved. Spreading the love for NA books ❤ By the way, these books are recommended for 18+ years old.  Read responsibly!

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

AVWhen Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

Why read this book?
  • The story is simple yet beautifully written. If you are a fan of slow burn romance, then this book might be for you. Also, the characters in this book are strong and well-developed. (You can read my full review here)
What other readers thought of it?
  • Archer’s Voice isn’t like any other NA book I’ve read……I can babble all-day about this book and know it would still be not enough to describe how amazing my experience was while reading this because there’s so much more to this book that words can not describe that the heart can only understand.” (Ella from The Filipina Booknote)
  • It’s BEAUTIFUL. Exceptional. Superb. Amazing. Heartbreaking and unforgettable. A masterpiece. So very different from anything I have ever read. It deeply touched not just my heart but my soul…. Archer’s Voice is a must read novel.(Asser Hilario via Goodreads)

When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

wirOne night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.
I haven’t told anyone.
I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.
I’ve been hurt.
I’ve been saved.
And I’ve found hope.
I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


Why read this book?
  • This is one of the most heartbreaking / tear jerking books I’ve ever read. Only a few people talk about this book and I think it deserves to be recognized. If you are going to read this book: Grab some tissues. Lots of damn tissues! Also a pillow to hug. It’s that heartbreaking. Also let me say, one of the best NA books ever written. 😉 (You can read my full review here)
What other readers thought of it?
  • When It Rains is not just your average, flirtatious chick-lit NA Romance. It’s way stronger, deeper, and more emotional than you can ever imagine.” (Pearl from Pearl’s Book Journey)
  • “I started reading this book expecting a ‘light’ and cute romantic story… and I ended up (ugly!!) crying during the last 150 pages. Beautiful book, characters, memories…” (Melissa from In A Bookish World)

Bright Side by Kim Holden


Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Why read this book?

  • I’ve recently finished this book because this is the BookGirlfriends PH book of the month (October). This one is a good tear jerker as well and it’s indeed one of those stories that has less romance but there’s more to it. (You can read my full review here)

What other readers thought of it?

  • Bright Side isn’t just a story you read, it’s a story you live.(Christy via Goodreads)
  • “This story is full of some of the most beautiful characters I have ever read. So full of life and love. It is also one of the most touching, saddest stories I have read in a long time.” (Sara via Goodreads)

Have you read these books? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comments section! 🙂