Ghosted by J.M. Darhower

ghostedPages: 452

Goodreads Rating: 4.11 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 24th 2017

Publisher: Self published


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He’s a troubled young actor, Hollywood’s newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons.

She’s a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers.

A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn’t always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly.

When Kennedy Garfield met Jonathan Cunningham back in high school, she knew he had all the makings of a tragic hero. With stars in his eyes, and her heart on her sleeve, the pair ran away together to follow their dreams.

But dreams, sometimes, turn into nightmares.

Now, years later, the only thing they share is a daughter—one who has no idea her father plays her favorite superhero. But Jonathan is desperate to make amends, and at the top of his list is the woman who gave up everything for him and the little girl he hasn’t yet met.

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

WMPages: 385

Goodreads Rating: 3.85 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 3rd 2017

Publisher: Atria Books


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Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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Release Blitz: Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair


Title: Secret Lucidity
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: Student/Teacher Forbidden Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2018
This wasn’t
supposed to happen.
But it did.
This wasn’t
supposed to be my life.
But it was.
I was just a typical
girl, living a typical life. Nothing was out of the ordinary until tragedy
threw me into a turnstile I couldn’t see my way out of. That was, until him.
I never could’ve
imagined my heart falling the way it did. Hard, fast, and with unbounding beauty.
The only problem?
He was off limits.
But he became my
everything, and I became his, so we risked it all. It was only a matter of time
until I realized that our risk came with unimaginable consequences.
My name is Camellia
Hale and his is David Andrews, and this is our love story.


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New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K.
Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. Blair
tends to drift towards love stories that are deeply layered with emotional
angst. Give her a character and she will dig into their core to find what lies

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks
in peace and spending time with her friends and family. She’s a thinker, an artist,
a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


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Blog Tour: Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken

Pages: 448

Goodreads Rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark

Publication Date: February 20th 2018

Publisher: Self Published



All is lost.

I don’t recognize myself in the mirror anymore.

My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.

I’ve lost my soul.

She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.

Sixty lives are mine to take.

Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.

Sixty lives plus one more.


When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.

Only one person stands in the way.

She doesn’t realize I’ll kill her too.

I don’t own a heart.

And even if I did — I wouldn’t fall prey to its lies again.

I am Chase Abandonato.

Heir to a legacy of betrayal.

And I will kill them all.

Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.

A life for a life.

A soul for a soul.

Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Blood in. No out.


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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Royal Ruin: A Second Chance Royal Romance by Jessica Peterson

rrjpPages: 244

Goodreads Rating: 4.12 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 18th 2018

Publisher: Jessica Peterson Books


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SUBJECT: Engagement Contract (Marked Confidential)
From The Desk of His Royal Highness Prince Christopher

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:

• The engagement shall last ninety days
• Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
• Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S—You looked stunning tonight.

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The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

TMITBSPages: 437

Goodreads Rating: 4.18 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: December 19th 2017

Publisher: Argyle Press


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Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice – she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

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Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

MafiosaPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4.45 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 5th 2017

Publisher: Chicken House


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A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno

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My 20 Favorite Books/Series of 2017

To wrap up this year, here are my 20 books / series that stand out this year. Some of them are part of a series or written by the same authors. Re-read books won’t be counted and in case it’s a series, it will be counted as one. My list will be in ascending order.

  • (20) Legend by Katy Evans – After catching up on the Real series, it turns out Remington Tate isn’t my favorite. My heart goes to Maverick Cage! The story was simple, and both protagonists have great character developments than the rest of the leading couple. They truly stand out.
  • (19) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Light-hearted and cute. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Stephanie Perkins book and I miss it. I must say this one is more mature than the first two books.
  • (18) Royally Endowed by Emma Chase – My most anticipated finale of Royally series didn’t disappoint me. I’m so happy Royal bodyguard Logan St. James and Ellie Hammond FINALLY got together! I LIVE FOR THE SWOON WORTHY MOMENTS! I seriously devoured every page. I can’t wait for the spin-off series woot woot! ❤
  • (17) Reaper by A. Zavarelli – I recently binge read the Boston Underworld series and its second book was my favorite. It’s character driven and angst-y. I love Ronan and Sasha’s chemistry.
  • (16) The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry – Here’s to another series I binge read. The first book in the Elements series centers on grief. Tristan Cole and Elizabeth Cole lost someone in their life but gave another shot in love. They healed together and found happiness they deserved.
  • (15) Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland – Aside from the romance and awkward first encounter, I love the traveling part of this book. It’s so relaxing and enjoyable. The characters had so much fun on their adventure.
  • (14) Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – I’m weighing between this book and Playboy Pilot but I go for this one because it’s an enemies-to-lovers story and  Soraya Venedetta is sassy and fierce af! I love whenever she and Graham exchange some banters. It adds more sexual tension.
  • (13) Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle – I recently devour this rockstar romance series. Wethering the Storm is Jake Wethers and Trudy Bennett’s epilogue and their story brought me to tears. It’s sweet, touching and absolutely romantic.
  • (12) Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – An amazing and realistic portrayal of mental illness: Schizophrenia. The story is engaging and its lines are straightforward. Neal Shusterman is one of my new to me authors this year and I’m looking forward to read more of his books.
  • (11) Scarlet Scars duet (Menace & Grievous) by J.M. Darhower – This is Monster in His Eyes spin-off duet and it’s about Ignazio Vitale’s frenemy, Lorenzo Gambini. You got to love that man’s dark sense of humor and he made me swoon especially on Grievous.
  • (10) Hideaway by Penelope Douglas – Penelope Douglas explores on Dark Romance / Romantic Suspense and I’m glad to say it’s really impressive. Hideaway is the second book of the Devil’s Night series and it’s about my favorite Thunder Bay’s Four Horsemen Kai Mori and Banks. Their story is gritty and edgy as the first book but this is more plot driven.
  • (9) Made by J.M. Darhower – J.M. Darhower is one of the best authors who can write mafia novels and for me this is the best one she’d written. The story is about Corrado Moretti a.k.a The Kevlar Killer and Carmine DeMarco’s uncle.  It’s recommended to finish Sempre and Sempre Redemption first before jumping to this one to avoid spoilers. Minimal romance that is still swoony and more mafia life. I guarantee you the last page will make you cry. 😉
  • (8) Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry – Elliott and Jasmine’s story was beautiful and touching. Brittainy C. Cherry knows how to stir her readers emotions and I love the father figures in this book.
  • (7) The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry – Among the Elementals series, this is my favorite book. It’s a close call between this book and Behind the Bars. Both are emotional and fantastically written in different ways. The Silent Waters has a cute and serious moments. It reminds me of Flipped and The Sea of Tranquility. If enjoyed those books, you might enjoy this book.
  • (6) Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie – I’m speechless and emotional on Lily and Lo’s epilogue. It’s so fucking beautiful and I sobbed while listening to the audio book.  It was a long journey and I’m proud of them for battling their addictions. I love their character developments.
  • (5) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – An amazing office romance with glorious banters. Lucy and Josh will make you giggle and swoon at the same time.
  • (4) Warcross by Marie Lu – The story was thrilling and entertaining. The world building is incredible and I love the set of diverse characters. They’re all badass and I can’t wait to read its sequel next year! So good to be back reading Marie Lu’s novels since Legend trilogy.
  • (3) Sustained by Emma Chase – BEST. EMMA. CHASE. BOOK. HANDS. DOWN. Jake Becker just dethroned Drew Evans (sorry Drew!). Omg. Sustained is very swoon worthy. I love Jake. I love Chelsea. I LOVE THE MCQUAID KIDS. MY FAVORITE ADORABLE BABIES. HI REGAN!
  • (2) Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie – Connor Cobalt x Rose Calloway = FOREVER MY SHIP! ❤ Relationship goals. Married life goals. They conquered everything even at vulnerable moments. I can’t believe I’m done with their story. I don’t want it to be over!  (P.S.Top 2 and 3 are actually a battle of the best book husbands. Haha!)
  • (1) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – For the first time in two years(I think?), the crown is back on Young Adult Fiction! The TATBILB Finale held a special place in my heart and I’m incredibly satisfied with the ending. Thank you Jenny Han for not ripping my ship! ❤ ❤ ❤  I had a fantastic time writing my review too.

What are your favorite books this year? Let me know on the comments or you can leave the link of your post on your favorite books this year so I can check it out. Happy Holidays everyone! ❤


Saint by A. Zavarelli

SaintPages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: December 15th 2016

Publisher: Self-published



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When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by.

1. Know thy enemy
2. Be prepared to sacrifice.
3. Always wear good shoes

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos.
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way.

Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick.
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play.

Cross me, Mr. Brodrick?
You better cross your heart and hope to die.


I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster.
I’ve seen a few things in my day.
But I’ve never encountered anything like her.
She’s a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can’t resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees.
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild.
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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Ghost by A. Zavarelli

GhostPages: 288

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: August 25th 2016

Publisher: Self published


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I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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