UPDATES!!! WOW!! This was another awesome NEW RELEASE week!!! I’ve added many more books since this was originally posted on Tuesday — 7 new books in the “New Releases” section, and a few new books in the “Sales & Price Drops” section below that so be sure you check in case you missed any!! :)



Bait by M. Mabie

FUUUUUUUCKKKK!!!! Yes, I’m swearing. I need to. I recently finished this book and it put my heart through the wringer. I hated it. I loved it. I hated that I loved it. But I FELT so much for it!!! If you want pure, heart-wrenching, addictive ANGST, then throw your judgments out the window and read this book!!!

Click here to read my new spoiler-free review (includes a hidden spoiler link)


*** NEW RELEASES *** (updated list)

Rowdy by Jay CrownoverNew Release!!

Marked Men fans!! Rowdy is here!! — After the only girl he ever loved broke his heart, he wasn’t going to trust a woman again. But then his new co-worker brings back memories of the past he’s tried to forget… and she’s determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister!!

Series reading order: #1 Rule, #2 Jet, #3 Rome, #4 Nash, #5 Rowdy.


Beholden by Corinne MichaelsNew Release

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this complete 2-book series!! The first book has really high ratings and is on sale for a limited time, and the second (and final) book was just released!!

His training as a Navy SEAL never prepared him for the battle to win her heart. He’s different, honorable, and worth the chance…but he must prove it. If she gives him what’s left of her heart—will he protect it?


Sociopath by Lime CravenNew Release!!

OMG!! This sounds so DIFFERENT!!! (Standalone)

“I control a billion dollar fortune. I control the news. Give me five minutes and I’ll control you, too. If you could read my mind, you’d probably call me perverted. Unnatural. Manipulative. But I’ve learned to blend in, to be funny and charming. A predator in a designer suit…. I never meant for this to be a love story…”


Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlinNew Release!!

Well this sounds heart-wrenching!!!

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the love of his life engaged to his brother. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to win her back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.


Insidious by Aleatha RomigNew Release!!

“I play the role well. The grieving widow is new, but I can do it: shaking hands, sad smiles, even a tear or two when necessary. The acting isn’t new. I’ve been doing it my whole life. The truth is too painful to reveal, too upsetting for those around me. They don’t want to see who I truly am… They don’t want to know I’m a killer.” <---- WOAH!!

Standalone, dark erotic thriller.


By Way of Accident by Laura MillerNew Release!!

I love the sound of this! It’s a second chance romance with a twist.

Nine years ago, the hero fell in love with a girl… When the summer ended, she disappeared. Then a letter she left mysteriously appears and even though he has no idea where she is, he sets out to find her…

This is a standalone romance.


Unspoken by Brenda RothertNew Release!!

Oooh!! This second chance romance looks so good!!! The hero & heroine were once engaged but she broke it off, leaving them both in a lot of pain… After a year apart, they’re paired together on a work project and the pull between them is stronger than ever… giving them a second chance.

Standalone. No cheating, no triangle. HEA.


Surviving Us by Erin NoelleNew Release!!

This was described to me as a “sexy New Adult” romance about a whirlwind vacation romance that turns into a something much more serious.

“Two survivors. Two weeks… Death brought them together, but love will give them a reason to live.”

It’s a standalone romance.


Delinquents (Dusty #2) by Mary & Sarah ElizabethNew Release!!

This is the second book in this angsty and “rule-breaking” series!!

“His addiction bends rules and breaks deals, but the boy born for bliss isn’t going anywhere without a fight… She’s afraid to let go. He won’t let her.”

Reading order: #1 Dusty: Innocents (Review), #2 Dusty: Delinquents (NEW).


The Second Chance Hero by Jeannie MoonNew Release!!

Aww I love the sound of this!! The heroine is a combat nurse and after her fiancé dies in her arms in Afghanistan, she wants nothing more to do with men or the war. So she’s working as a nanny back home, when the hero, also a Marine, returns from deployment and remembers her from half a world away… and he’s determined to win her heart!

It appears to be a standalone.


Hansel: Part 1 by Ella JamesNew Release!!

This is Part 1 of a new contemporary erotic romance (NOT fantasy) serial. The author notes that no one in this story is related, but it is definitely crazy and dark!

“You have no idea who I am, or what my story is. Only one part is still true: I find him. He’s mine. I’ve still come here to claim him.”


Tease Me (Sole Regret #7) by Olivia CunningNew Release!!

A lead guitarist rock star who falls in love with his sweet, reserved rehab counselor and shows her how to satisfy her most forbidden fantasies…

This is a series of hot, erotic rock star romance novellas and it is recommended to read them in order. The first six in the series have been bundled together as seen here: Bundle #1-3, Bundle #4-6, New Release #7


After by Anna ToddNew Release!!

This was a originally a huge fanfiction series now has this publishing deal and a major movie deal. People seem to either love it or hate it.

The heroine is a good girl who runs into a guy in college who is tattooed, pierced, with a British accent and a bad attitude. He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear. Despite everything, she’s compelled to dig deeper and find the real guy hidden beneath his lies.


Dead Serious by CM StunchNew Release!!

Rock Star alert!! This is the latest book the series ➜ “I’m so in love with this chick. I’ll fight the f*cking world to see her safe, risk my life just to hear her sing one more time.”

This series should be read in order (the books have cliffhangers) but luckily several are out: #1 Real Ugly, #2 Get Bent, #3 Tough Luck, #4 Bad Day, #5 Born Wrong, #6 Dead Serious.


Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer ArmentroutNew Release!!

This is the second book in the highly-rated “Dark Elements” paranormal romance series. — Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss… And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

#0 Bitter Sweet Love, #1 White Hot Kiss, #2 Stone Cold Touch.


Forever Love by Megan Smith & Chelsea LandonNew Release!!

This is a sale bundle of 2 brand new books that have me really intrigued!! They have stories that are intertwined together “where love and loss can break you down, tear you apart, and even last forever…”

The sale is limited time only, after which the books will be separated and sold separately.


Fight For Her by JJ Knight$0.99 New Release!!

For four years, I’ve been punching and kicking my way through hundreds of unworthy MMA opponents. For four years, I’ve kept seeing her face. After a brutal cage match that sent me to the ER, Maddie took off across the country. Six months pregnant. I had to live with it. I had no choice. — But last night I got a phone call from my little girl, asking me to come to her fourth birthday party. And the moment I see her again, I know one thing is true. This ain’t over.


Conklin’s Corruption (#3) by Brooke PageNew Release!!

This is the final book in this trilogy so the series is complete. The story is about a woman who moved back to her hometown where she catches the eye of the “intriguingly mysterious” Tyler Conklin. He has hidden baggage, a lot of secrets, and this is their story.

#1 Conklin’s Blueprints, #2 Conklin’s Foundation, #3 Conklin’s Corruption.


Wild Addiction by Emma HartNew Release!!

With the release of this final book, the series is now complete!!

“I never could have imagined my temptation could become my addiction… His addiction feeds mine. Together we are dangerous. Destructive. Obsessive. Wild… He craves my body. I crave his heart.This is addiction.”

Reading order: Wild Attraction, Wild Temptation, Wild Addiction


Heartless: Episode 1 by Jenn Sterling$0.99 Sale!!

This is the first part of a new serial romance told over 3 episodes. The first episode is approximately a 90-minute read. Episode 2 will be out in a week. Episode 3 the week after that.

“No matter how much she tries to stay away from him, he’s not the kind of guy who lets something he wants walk out of his life. The question is, will she let him catch her, or will she chase him away for good?”


*** $0.99 SALES & PRICE DROPS ***

Wallbanger by Alice ClaytonSALE!! *squeeee*

O.M.G. WALLBANGER is ON SALE!!! You guys all HAVE to get this if you haven’t read it yet!!! It’s literally the most HILARIOUS (and sexy) book I’ve ever read!!! Sale price is $2.99 (reg. $7.99)!! This can be read as a standalone. 5 STARS!!!

“Now, you listen, mister.” I said, trying for a more adult tone. “I’m not going to spend every night listening to you try to crash your girl’s head through my wall with the force of your dick alone! No way, buddy.”


Beloved and Beholden$0.99 Sale & New Release!!

This 2-book series is now complete. The first book has really high ratings and is currently on sale for a limited time, and the second(and final) book was just released!!

His training as a Navy SEAL never prepared him for the battle to win her heart. He’s different, honorable, and worth the chance…but he must prove it. If she gives him what’s left of her heart—will he protect it?


Let Love Heal by Melissa Collins$0.99 Sale!!

This is on sale for a limited time!! — The heroine is determined not to show how broken she is on the inside. The hero is charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy but struggling to pick up the pieces of his broken family… and somehow they both have to help each other heal.

Can be read as a standalone.


Shattered Hearts Series by Cassia LeoSeries Sale!!

HUGE SALE!!! All the books in this highly-rated and sexy second chance rock star romance series are ON SALE for $2.99 each (reg. $4.99) for a limited time!! This includes the newly released series finale!!

These must be read in order & the series is complete: #0 Forever Ours, #1 Relentless, #2 Pieces of You, #3 Bring Me Home, #4 Abandaon, #5 Chasing Abby.


Finding Olivia and Chasing Olivia$0.99 Sale!!

“At the start of her sophomore year, she only has four things crossed off her Live List, but that’s all about to change thanks to a chance encounter with Trace Wentworth. She’s about to learn that there’s more to this reformed bad boy than just his looks… Trace can’t explain what it is that draws him to Olivia. All he knows is that he wants to get to know the girl with the sad smile but sparkle in her eyes.”

Both books are about the same couple.


Tempting Rowan by Micalea Smeltzer$0.99 Sale!!

“With an alcoholic mother, it’s been her responsibility to raise her younger siblings. At twenty-one she’s chained to a life she doesn’t want, but sees no alternative… He sees the pain behind her eyes. He wants nothing more than to make it disappear. To hold her. To love her. Except she keeps everyone at a safe distance. But he’s and determined. He’ll save this girl even if it costs him everything.”

Can be read as a standalone.


Saving Tatum by Micalea Smeltzer$0.99 Sale!!

Love is never easy—especially when the person you’re falling for is the person you blame for the worst event in your life. — “Jude Brooks is bad news. He’s the kind of guy that leaves behind a string of broken hearts and Tatum O’Connor is not about to be one of those girls, despite all of Jude’s advances… She’s hiding a pain that no one sees and holding on to a hurt that may never heal. Letting Jude into her heart could shatter her completely…” — Can be read as a standalone.


Escorted by Claire Kent$0.99 Sale!!

“She hired him to take her virginity… but now she wants even more.”

This heroine hasn’t had any personal luck at finding love so she “decides to take matters into her own hands [and] hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity” …

Can be read as a standalone.


Three Rivers by Chloe Barlow$0.99 Sale!!

This was just recommended to me by a reader who said it made her ugly cry!! I love emotional reads so I grabbed a copy! — It can be read as a standalone.

… after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up…


The Story of Never: Complete Series by CM StunichNew Release!!

BAD BOY ALERT!!! This complete trilogy that I really want to read is ON SALE now in a bundle for $4.99 (worth $8.97)!! It has a tattooed & pierced hero with a mysterious, very broken past but who is swoony, heart-melting and completely in love with his girl. Gah. I LOVE the sound of it!! *click*

This contains 3 full-length New Adult/Contemporary romance novels and 6 bonus short stories and never-before-read deleted scenes.


Love Realized by Melanie Codina$0.99 Sale!!

I love the sound of this book!!! — She’s owned his heart since the day he met her but after seeing her fall in love with his best friend, he locks away his deeper feelings for her and just remains a close friend. But when her marriage falls apart, he isn’t about to let her slip away again…

This is the first standalone in a series of standalones.


The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle$0.99 Sale!!

If you’re looking for a SEXY & SCARY read, I’m told that this rock star horror series by Karina Halle will do the trick. And, just in time for Halloween, it has a paranormal twist to it!

Sex, drugs, rock n’ roll… and monsters!!

#1 The Devil’s Metal, #2 The Devil’s Reprise.


Out Of Line: Boxed Set by Jen McLaughlinSeries Sale!!

This boxed set has 3 books for the price of 1!!

The hero is a Marine by day and surfer by night… ➜ “I always follow orders. My job, my life, depends on it. I thought this job would be easy, all the rules were made crystal clear, but when I met her, everything got muddy. She’s a rule I know I shouldn’t break… And even worse? I’m living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case… The truth will cost me everything.”


Lucky Stars by Kristen Ashley – $0.99 Sale!!

This is a complete standalone by KA (not part of a series) about a woman who wishes for the perfect man. I’ve read over 35 of KA’s books and loved them all. This is one of the only ones I haven’t read but the general feedback from readers seems to be that they wished they hadn’t waited so long to read this!

“I wish one day to find a man like in my books… he has to be hard and cold and maybe a little bit forbidding, a little bit bad with a broken heart I have to mend…”


Huge Series Sale by Kristen Ashley – $0.99 Series Sale!!

KA’s entire “Ghosts” series is on sale for $0.99 each. Regular price is $3.99 and these only go on sale once a year. Each book is a standalone about a different couple and they have HOT Alpha male heroes! — Penmort Castle, Somersgate House, Laceybourne Manor, Fairytale Come Alive, Lucky Stars.

“I want you so attached you can’t imagine a life without me. I don’t give a fuck if that’s selfish, that’s what I want because I already can’t imagine life without you.”



Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce Coming soon (Oct 28)!!

This is the highly-anticipated sequel to Night Owl (one of my top favorites ever!!) and I absolutely can’t wait for it!!!

Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens… until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.


Nocte by Courtney ColeComing soon (Nov 3)!!

WOW!!! This sounds fantastic!!! (This is Contemporary, NOT paranormal.)

“I love him. More than life, more than anything… He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me… Why? Because of a secret… A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.”


PULL by Claire WallisComing Soon (Nov 6)!!

I. Need. This. Book. — It’s the continuation of the story from PUSH and that book totally blew my mind. It was addictive, intense, different, sexy, thrilling…. Gah!! Loved it!! Reading order: #1 PUSH, #2 PULL (pre-order this!!).

He was calm, collected, & made her feel safe BUT he had a chilling past: his six previous girlfriends all disappeared without a trace. <--- EEP!!


After The Rain by Renee Carlino Coming soon (Nov 11)!!

I want this book so badly!!!! It’s a “deeply emotional” romance standalone about a woman, Avelina, who falls for a handsome cowboy and after a whirlwind romance settles into married life with him on their ranch until a freak accident brings everything to an end. Meanwhile, Nate Myers was intending to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar surgeon but his career is ruined by a malpractice suit and he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch where meets Avelina!!


Captivated by You by Sylvia Day Coming Soon (Nov 18)

GIDEON CROSS FANS!! The highly anticipated 4th Crossfire book will be out November 18th and you can now pre-order a Kindle copy or pre-order the paperback. It’s gorgeous!! — If you haven’t read them, click here for the first 3 books.

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.


Click here for last week’s new releases list!




Becoming Calder & Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan.

If you only get one set of books from this whole list, get these #1 Becoming Calder (Review) + #2 Finding Eden (Review). This 2-book series is just BREATHTAKING!!! Absolutely EPIC, unique, and unforgettable. Calder & Eden’s intense, passionate, forbidden love story captivated me and had my heart racing from the first word to the very last. 6 STARS!!!! — Click here for FAQs about the series.


Gravity by LD CedergreenNew Recommendation!!

*SOB* This was SUCH a good book! Those emotions just hit me SO strongly!!!! I honestly don’t know how to describe the story without it being misleading because there is a HUGE TWIST that changes EVERYTHING you know!! Like, really — woah!! I’ll admit that I actually knew the twist before I started and there’s hidden spoiler section in my review in case you want to know too. It’s totally unconventional but a really great story!! It started a little bit slow but the impact of the whole story on my heart was just… WOW!! — Read my Review.


Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward Recommendation

I loved this new book!! It hooked me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down til the end!! An angsty, unconventional love story and such a roller coaster!! — It’s a standalone romance. Read my Review :)

“You’re the only girl in the entire world that’s forbidden, and fuck me if that doesn’t make me want you more than anything.”


Ten Below Zero by Whitney BarbettiRecommendation!!

This was another winner! It’s about a college girl scarred by an attack who gets a text message one day from a wrong number… from a guy who changes her life. “His name is Everett. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel… But he’s dying. And he’s spending his final days truly living. He’s forcing me to heal. He completes me. And still, he’s dying.” — (PS: don’t be scared, this is NOT a tragic book. I promise. Read my Review)


Deacon (Unfinished Heroes) by Kristen Ashley Recommendation!!

ALPHA MALE FANS!! I loved this book!! A badass Alpha with a dark past, a strong heroine, and a gorgeous slow-burning love story in the Mountains. Another KA winner and definitely a new favorite!! (Read my Review) It can be read as a standalone, but here are all the books in the series: Knight, Creed, Raid, Deacon

“He looks at you like you’re the only reason he’s still breathing.”


Rules of Protection by Alison BlissRecommendatin!!

LMAO!! This book was hilarious!!! It was a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy between a sassy heroine in Witness Protection and the badass Special Agent assigned to protect her. But when the location of their safe house is compromised, he takes her with him deep in the Texas backwoods to hide…

The banter between these two had me smiling and laughing non-stop. If you’re looking for something FUN, this is it!!! — This is a standalone. Read my Review.


Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor Recommendation!!

I totally LOVED this book! The hero is an injured Navy SEAL vacationing on a beach who falls for a single mom there with her 4 little kids. There’s just something about a big, tough, Alpha man who accepts kids who are not his own into his life with complete openness that is utterly HEART-MELTING!!!

It’s the first standalone in a series of standalones (focusing on the hero and his brothers as they each fall in love). — Read my Review


Black Lies by Alessandra TorreRecommendation!! 5 STARS!!

HOLY WOW!!! This was the most BRILLIANT books I’ve ever read!! Please just TRUST ME and READ. THIS. BOOK.!!!! It’s such a complete love story. The twist is just WOAH. One of my favorites of the year. 5 STARS!!! (Read My Review)

“I will fight for this love. Lie for it. Steal for it. It is worthy of that. I love her completely. She returns the love wildly. This love is worth the unsaid truths. The hidden lies.”


Broken by Lauren LayneRecommendation!! Read my review.

SQUEE!! I loved this!! It was exactly the type of book I wanted now: FUN, SEXY, & HEART WRENCHING with kind of a unique modern-day “Beauty & The Beast” twist to it. It had a brooding, tormented & scarred hero (LOVE those!!) and a strong, sassy heroine who did NOT take any of his shit (LOVE that too!!). Definitely a winner!! And, it can be read as a standalone :D

A girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both…


Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace$0.99 Sale!! Recommendation!!

OMG!!! This is of my 5-STAR FAVORITES!! An absolutel must-read of the year! It’s one of the BEST books I’ve read and tells a gorgeous second-chance love story that made me laugh and cry and FEEL the story with all my heart. IT. WAS. INCREDIBLE. !!! Highly recommended for fans of The Sweet Gum Tree and for pretty much every single person who loves romance.

“I remember everything,” he whispered. (Read my review)


Losing Me, Finding You by Natalie Ward Recommendation!!

I read this book in one sitting recently and absolutely LOVED it!! Holy hell!!! The intensity of this love story was off the charts!!!! My heart was pounding from start to finish and this book was totally unique. Unlike anything else I’ve ever read. — The heroine wakes up every four years in a different city, with a different life, and no memory of her previous lives. Each time she has to figure out where she is, who she is, and has to find her way back to HIM. The man she loves and the man who loves her unconditionally. This is their story. Read my review.


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Book Review — Sociopath by Lime Craven

Book Review — Sociopath by Lime Craven

Let me explain the one thing that makes me different to you.
I have no conscience.

Woah. This book totally messed with my mind. Even now, as I write my review, I still have no idea what to think… But, without a doubt, it was very well written and downright FASCINATING.

This is a standalone dark romance (yes, there is a love story) and I’m not gonna lie that some parts made me very uncomfortable (it’s really not for the faint of heart!!) but I found myself SO curious about this guy and the way he looked at the world. Here’s a taste into the mind of Aeron Lore…

“I control a billion dollar fortune. I control the news. Give me five minutes and I’ll control you, too. If you could read my mind, you’d probably call me perverted. Unnatural. Manipulative. But I’ve learned to blend in, to be funny and charming. A predator in a designer suit.

I never meant for this to be a love story…

There’s no control here. And what do monsters like me do when control leaves the building?

We attack.”

It was a twisted mind fuck of a read! As per the title of the book, the hero was a sociopath and the entire book is told to us from his POV — as though you’re reading his mind and experiencing his every thought. His inner voice was just fascinating. I know I keep coming back to that word, but its the best one that fits.

“I don’t want to be a hero. Not unless it serves a purpose. I like the shadows better, where the dark things hide.”

This guy literally had no conscience… but I wouldn’t say he was a monster. He wasn’t evil, he was just… self-serving. He was highly intelligent — a self-made millionaire — with gorgeous body, a trustworthy face, kinky bedroom preferences, and a dark secret in his past that he went to great lengths to keep hidden. It was such an interesting balance. In so many cases, he showed a side of him that made you feel like he was caring, but when you saw the reason behind it — the cool logic — it made you second guess everything you were seeing and feeling. His own personal gain was the most important thing to him, but his purpose was never to hurt anyone maliciously. He just didn’t really care about them. Much.

“I got nothing. There’s just an empty space where my fucks ought to be.”

This isn’t really a heart-in-your-throat intense page turner. In fact, the pacing is generally slow, and it didn’t evoke any strong emotions from me, but I found it was more of a book that I just could not stop reading because I was just so intrigued by the story and this character and his unique view of the world.

The writing was the highlight of the book for me. I thought this author did a fantastic job of capturing this guy’s voice and making you genuinely believe in his character.

I will warn you though that there are some things in the book that will undoubtedly make some readers uncomfortable. The only reason that I “went along” with it was that it was all consensual. Both him and the heroine wanted what he did so I tried to be accepting even though it kinda made me cringe. There’s no rape or beating or anything. His kink is that he cuts her during sex — not gruesomely, just like a 1-inch cut somewhere — and the thing is that she liked it too. This was something they both enjoyed… and because of that, I tried to not judge even though it went way outside my comfort zone and kinda grossed me out.

Remember too that this is a love story. A deeply twisted love story, but it definitely is one. The question at the heart of it is — Can a sociopath fall in love? … Well, it seems they can. But, like with everything else about them, it’s in a very different way. And it takes a very special type of partner to be with them.

“Why aren’t you afraid of me?”

Honestly, I don’t think this book will be for everyone. Personally I really enjoyed it, and I loved the writing, but I know this isn’t a book that everyone will unanimously love. It’ll be up to each reader to decide for themselves. But if you’re a fan of darker romance and mind-fucky reads, and you’re in the mood for something really different, then definitely give this a try.

I have no idea what to rate it. That’s not a bad thing at all, so please don’t think that. It’s just that I find with some books that it too hard to label my feelings with a single number.

Standalone dark romance. No cheating, no triangle, some violence, some things that’ll be uncomfortable to read, but nothing non-consensual. HEA.

SOCIOPATH lime craven

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Book Review — Bait (Wake #1) by M. Mabie

Book Review — Bait (Wake #1) by M. Mabie

“For one night, I want to pretend like it’s me you’re promised to,” his thumb ran over my lips. “Mine to care for and adore. Say yes to ME. Even if it is only for tonight. Please?”

FUUUUUUUCKKKK!!!! Yes, I’m swearing. I need to. This book put my heart through the wringer. I hated it. I loved it. I hated that I loved it. But I just felt so much for it!!! Bottom line: If you want pure, heart-wrenching, addictive ANGST, then throw your judgments out the window and read this book!!!

I’m going to be honest, this was everything I hate reading about wrapped up in a book I didn’t want to stop reading. Ok. That’s a lie. I did stop. I actually started it a few days ago because OMG that blurb is amazing (see below), got to 15%, started feeling worried, so I went digging and found out what happened later in the book, freaked the HELL OUT, threw the book down and promised myself I’d never ever finish reading it… Six days later, I was STILL thinking about it in the back of my mind, so I picked it up again, wanting to read it JUST for my personal curiosity. But I couldn’t put it down this time and DAMMIT I KINDA LOVED IT. Even though I hated it. Gah. I don’t know what to think. Just read it. If you’re feeling brave… and want your heart shredded. But there’s a bit of hope given at the end. Yes, there’s cheating (a helluva lot of it). Yes, there’s a cliffhanger (their story is far from over). Yes, those are both the kinds of things that send me running for the hills. And yes, I still loved (hate-loved) the book.

He was trouble from the start, but I couldn’t resist.
[She was the best kind of trouble. The kind that was so wrong, it felt right.]

I’ve tried and failed to stay away from him.
[I’ve done everything in my power to make her mine and keep her.]

He’s almost impossible to say no to.
[She never tells me yes.]

We’re always fighting.
[When we’re not fighting, we’re… well… making up.]

He makes me laugh so hard.
[I miss her laugh the most.]

I’m a liar.
[She knows the truth, but won’t admit it.]

Sometimes, I wish I’d never met him.
[I wish we could meet all over again. I'd do better.]

His sweet girlfriend knows.
[The guy she’s with is a fool.]

I’ll never love anyone like I love him.
[She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.]

It was the wrong place.
[It was the wrong time.]

It should have been him.
[It will always be her.]

Emotionally, I would compare this book to Thoughtless. It is a different story, but puts your heart through the same kind of gut-wrenching angsty pain and also makes you experience similar frustrations. I think it’s safe to say that if you didn’t like Thoughtless, then this isn’t the book for you.

I want to explain the thing it was that made me go back to the book (other than just curiosity)… I think the “big issue” most people have with this story is with the heroine and with her inability to make the right choice and commit to being with the hero. And I feel like it took me a while to let that turn over in my mind but I came to a point where I kind of tried to stop judging her actions because I couldn’t change them and just tried to understand where she was coming from. Here’s the thing… She’d been with her boyfriend for years. They might not have had fairy tale love, but she did love him. He was a guaranteed, secure future. And throwing that all away for someone new who she didn’t know at all, who lived out of a suitcase, and who offered her an uncertain future would be a really terrifying situation for certain types of people. I’m not saying I agree with what she did, cuz I don’t. I think she took it too far. Way too far. But what I’m saying is that I got where she was coming from even though I hated her initial choices.

I think the whole point of her part of the story is a message about how, if you’re afraid to take a chance, that fear can actually destroy everything you’re working so hard to hold on to.

Casey was absolutely AMAZING. I promise you’ll fall in love with him (no matter how you feel about the story). He was just this totally swoon-worthy, wonderful guy who fell in love with a girl who was promised to someone else. It was totally heart-wrenching seeing just how much he loved her. And just how patient he was willing to be, and how much he was willing to sacrifice, along the road to making her his.

“She’d go back the next day and probably try to forget me. Probably try to forget we met at all. Well, fuck that. If I had anything to say about it, she wouldn’t ever forget me.”

Regardless of my rationalization, it fucking HURT to see two people who you knew in your heart belonged together … not be together. It was painful. I hated it. Even though I loved it. I just couldn’t stop caring. It even made me cry  — for some reason that damn line about the shed did me in. Boom. Tears!!

Ok, now about that cliffhanger… I’m going to be honest, I hear the word “cliffhanger” and it sets me running. But I wouldn’t personally say that the cliffhanger was the most brutal part of the story. It actually kinda gave hope in a way even though there’s still so much more to their story to tell. I’ll be honest, it didn’t make me mad. As far as “stopping” points for trilogy books go, this one made sense to me. And I’m still really glad I read the book now even though I’m desperately looking forward to the next one.

I know that for some of you, this is a really scary book to consider reading — it has a lot of “hard limits” in it — so for you guys, I’ve created a full plot explanation with spoilers. If you want to see that, click here.

My advice: If you’re going to read this, don’t try to judge it. This is a story about flawed, imperfect characters who make mistakes and often make the wrong choice. But this is also a story about two people who you just know are meant to be together and have such a strong love for each other that it makes it really hard not to care for them and root for them to find a way to be together. The trick is getting to a point where you accept that shit is going to happen, and you can’t stop it, and accepting that you love the characters and story enough to just go on this crazy ride with them — wherever that may lead.

So, like I said, if you want pure, heart-wrenching, addictive ANGST, then throw your judgments out the window and read this book!!!

Rating: 4.5 stars (hate-love stars)

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SIGNED GIVEAWAY & REVIEW — Losing Me Finding You by Natalie Ward

SIGNED GIVEAWAY & REVIEW — Losing Me Finding You by Natalie Ward


I love him. He loves me. But every four years, I lose myself. And every four years, I have to find him. This is our story.

I LOVED this book!! An intense, heart-pounding love story unlike any other I’ve ever read!

I stayed up til 4AM to finish this story. I read it in one sitting and could not put it down even for a minute. The idea of the story was just so unique and it grabbed me from the start so I just had to read it!

The 29th of February, the day I was born. 

When I wake up on this day, I’m in a different city, with a different life and no memory of the lives I had before this one. Today is the tenth time this has happened to me. The tenth time I’ve had to figure out where the hell I am. The tenth time I’ve had to try and work out who the hell I am. This is the tenth alteration of the person I am. Each of us has had different lives, different backgrounds and different families. But there’s always been one constant. 


He’s the reason I keep doing this. He’s the reason I spend four years searching. If I’m lucky, I’ll get the trigger and find him quickly and we can spend those four years together before I disappear again. If I’m not, we might get a year, a month or even just a day. Once we got nothing, but that was a choice. 

And every time it happens, he patiently waits for me. He says that every time I come back to him, it’s like falling in love with me all over again. I say that every time I come back, I fall even more in love with him than before. 

It scares me that one day I won’t be able to find him at all, because when that day comes, I’m not sure I’ll want to keep going. He is my strength, my protector, my one and only constant. 

I love him. 
He loves me. 
But every four years, I lose myself. 
And every four years, I have to find him. 
This is our story.

My heart was racing from start to finish!! It was pounding. My spine tingled. I had shivers running through me the whole time with the anticipation of finding out what would happen next. Every little hint, every new twist, every emotionally charged moment between them just added to my connection to the story.

I swear, I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough!

The story starts out when Evie and Ben are young children. Even back then, I loved how fiercely protective he was of her. They were just kids but you you could already feel his love for her and as the years went on, his love only got stronger. I just knew in my heart that they were meant to be together. For always.

“I promise I will always look after her.”
And somehow, I know he always will.

This is not what I would consider a paranormal story. I want to be very clear on that. There is no mystical or supernatural element ever mentioned. What happens to her simply happens. There is no explanation ever given and it’s never labelled, but more importantly, there is no reason for an explanation. I’ve thought about this a lot honestly and here’s the thing: If there was an explanation, it would make the story seem unbelievable because it would either be implausible in our real world (and therefore turn it into a paranormal story) or it would seem far fetched… and the thing is that this is a character-driven story. The point of the story is these characters’ lives and their intense, all-consuming love for each other. This is a story about how two people who are forever bound by love make things work in a seemingly impossible situation. The point is their love for each other, not discovering why this is happening to her. And personally, I think that’s a very important thing to remember. This is a love story.

“I love this man and every single thing he does for me, has ever done for me, ever since I was four years old.”

Every word of this story just flows. The writing is fluid and the plot is meticulously crafted so that the story is constantly moving forward with no slow spots at all. The intensity of the emotions just rolls off the page. I felt every word in my heart. The way this author wrote Evie and Ben’s connection and chemistry, the strength of their love, the struggle to regain memories, the impact when they all came slamming back, the missed encounters, the epic reunions, everything was so powerful. There were times when I was reading with tears in my eyes even though nothing sad was happening just because I cared so much and so desperately wanted them to be able to find a way to be together despite their impossible situation.

Minutes, seconds, days, years, this is a story of a never-ending love fighting against time. It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. It consumed me and took over my life. I loved every word. With most books, if even one scene makes me feel as much as this book made me feel in every scene, I’d consider it a winner. But this book was just a non-stop, heart-racing ride the whole way through.

“Hey, baby,” he says, his voice a whisper. “Miss me?”

There is no stupid drama. It might sound silly to say it but it’s a very important thing to me. The characters are human and do make mistakes (no cheating and no triangles, don’t worry) but their unwavering love for each other is what gets them through.

I loved how real this story felt. With the way that it was written, I honestly just accepted every situation as it was and was genuinely made to believe that these events really happened to this woman.

Some readers have asked me if the story is at all repetitive and the answer is NO. Not at all!! This is not a Groundhog Day scenario at all. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s always moving forward and changing. The author really did a fantastic job with the story development.

Ben Foster is guaranteed to melt your heart. The depth of his love for Evie was so powerful. He loved her unconditionally. His complete devotion to her and acceptance that no matter what, she was the love of his life was just gorgeous. Pure swoon. He protected her, fought for her, stood by her through everything. You knew he’d give anything for her and that there’d be no obstacle he wouldn’t face to be with her.

“I haven’t stopped loving you, Evie,” he whispers. “And no matter what happens or where you go, I won’t ever stop.”

I love the concept of a love so strong that no matter what, they keep finding each other over and over again. The idea that love is powerful enough to prevail over anything is the reason I love to read romance. I am so grateful to the author for stepping outside the box to give us this unconventional and incredibly beautiful book. It was unique, refreshing, thrilling, and this love story will stay in my heart forever.

“I’ll be here waiting for you,” he says, his eyes never leaving mine. “You just have to come find me, Evie.”

Rating: 4.5 — 5 stars. Standalone romance (HEA).



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SIGNED GIVEAWAY & REVIEW — Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

SIGNED GIVEAWAY & REVIEW — Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward


“I loved this girl, and I couldn’t do anything about it.” 

WOW!! I was hooked on this book from the moment I started it and I could not put it down until the end!! An angsty, unconventional love story and such a roller coaster! It was absolutely unputdownable.

When Greta’s stepbrother came to live with them during her senior year, she never expected him to be such a jerk, and she certainly never expected to feel so drawn to him. He was stunning. Gorgeous. Hot. Tattooed and pierced (yes, there!!) with bad habits and a bad attitude to match. And yet she sensed something behind his abrasive behaviour… something that showed her a vulnerability and hurt that she could see was eating away at him, and she was determined to get through to him one way or another.

He was rude, he lashed out with his words, paraded girls in front of her, and toyed with her emotions… and yet the next moment he was putting himself in harms way to protect her. One thing was certain: there was more to Elec  than met the eye.

Once they got past their initial differences, he made it still clear that there were some lines he would not cross. And once she got to know him it became clear that underneath all the anger that he showed the world was a guy with a very good heart who wanted her just as much as she wanted him.

“You’re the only girl in the entire world that’s forbidden, and fuck me if that doesn’t make me want you more than anything.”

But just when things were looking up, one night and one phone call changed everything. Forever. And just as quickly as he entered her life, he was gone again. And she didn’t see him again for seven years.

When a family tragedy brought them both back home, they were both shocked to see how some things (heartbreaking things) had changed so much and others hadn’t changed even one bit.

This is a sexy, angst-filled story of first love and forbidden desires. It’s a story with imperfect people who sometimes choose wrong. It’s a story with heart break and angst, but also with healing and growth. And most of all it’s a story of learning to follow your heart. Sometimes, you just have to listen to your heart.

“I want to be the only one to show you everything and to be the one you’ll always remember for the rest of your life.”


Oh my gosh, their reunion just punched me in the gut. Again. And again. And again. That little twist. My poor heart was just shredded. But at the same time, I understood what had happened. It made sense given the timeline… but it didn’t make it one but easier to read.

“I know I’m not supposed to care. But when it comes to you, what I’m supposed to be feeling has never seemed to matter.”

There are no good stopping points in this book and it keeps you desperate to find out what happens next. But especially from about 54% on til the end, I’m pretty sure I didn’t move once from my spot on the couch and just sat there madly flipping pages and devouring the story.

“I’m… fighting the urge to back you up against this wall and fuck you so hard that I’ll have to carry you back to your room.”

This is the kind of book where, once you start reading, you’ll want to cancel all your plans for the rest of the day so that you can just keep reading it. I loved the way the author incorporated both sides of the story. It was a very unique way to show the dual POV and I thought it really worked well for this. There was so much that I loved about the story but it also wasn’t perfect for me. There were some things (in the second half) that I might have wanted a little differently but they didn’t stop me from loving the story and there’s really no doubt that this book was completely unputdownable!!

If you want a sexy, unique, unconventional romance to fall in love with, try this one!!

Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone New Adult Romance.



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WOW!!! This week’s new release ROCK!!! Check them out… :D


Left Behind by Vi Keeland & Dylan ScottNew Release!!

Oooh!! This standalone sounds intriguing!! — Two stories so deeply intertwined, you’ll think you know how they intersect, but you’ll be wrong…

Falling in love with him wasn’t part of the plan. But he filled a void I never knew was possible to fill. He had to be my fate. My destiny. Until the day I finally found out who my sister was…and how twisted fate could be.


Beneath The Scars by Melanie MorelandNew Release!!

This standalone story is about two damaged characters… and a reader told me there’s a bit of a Beauty & the Beast twist to it.

The heroine is staying at a private beach house where she meets a reclusive artist with secrets. He just wants to be left alone. His paintings are his life. Until her. She brings up the painful memories of his past — and secrets — he’s hidden for years…


The Story of Never: Complete Series by CM StunichNew Release!!

BAD BOY ALERT!!! This complete trilogy that I really want to read is ON SALE now in a bundle for $4.99 (worth $8.97)!! It has a tattooed & pierced hero with a mysterious, very broken past but who is swoony, heart-melting and completely in love with his girl. Gah. I LOVE the sound of it!! *click*

This contains 3 full-length New Adult/Contemporary romance novels and 6 bonus short stories and never-before-read deleted scenes.


Collateral (Blood & Roses) by Callie HartNew Release!!

This is the final book in this VERY highly-rated Dark Romance series that has been recommended to me SO many times and is now complete!! YAY!!

“She wants me to help her, but I won’t. She wants me to save her sister, but I can’t. She wants me to be her hero, but I’m not a good man.”

#1 Deviant, #2 Fracture, #3 Burn, #4 Fallen, #5 Twisted, #6 Collateral.


Dethroning Crown by Lila FelixNew Release!!

LOL!!! This sounds fun!! The hero is an arrogant, injured soccer star in rehab. He’s now the new neighbour of the heroine and when his insanely loud music invades her life, she stomps over and who should open the door but a man whose good looks and charming smile knock her breathless. — How good looking? Just ask him. How charming? He’ll tell you that too. The king must be dethroned. And a small town girl who’s been through hell is just the one to do it.


The Goode Fight by Seth KingNew Release!!

WOAH. This blurb.

“I’m bad, but I don’t want to be bad anymore. I was doing pretty well at pretending to be good – until I met her… Nobody is safe. Especially her… Because the last girl I fell in love with is currently lying in Brentwood Cemetery.”

Eeep! Sounds good!


Mr. Beautiful by RK LilleyNew Release!!

This book just went live!! It says it’s a continuation of the scorching hot Up in the Air series (BDSM romance), told from the male point of view, with POVs from James, Stephan, Tristan, Frankie, and Akira.

This series should be read in order (one continuing story):
#1 In Flight, #2 Mile High, #3 Grounded, #4 Mr. Beautiful.


Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann RyanNew Release!!

Tattoo artist alert!! This tattooed hero is ready to settle down, but finding a man is the last thing on the heroine’s mind. Instead, she comes to him wanting to cover up her scars but is surprised to find a man that truly gets her — in more ways than one… Sounds good!!!

This is a standalone (first in a series of tattoo-themed standalones).


Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel by Sawyer Bennett New Release!!

Bad boy alert!!! The hero is a bad boy hockey star with a bad reputation to match who is forced to fix his public image through community service or ride the bench and ends up falling for his social worker!!

This is a standalone (the first in a series of hockey-themed standalones).


Finder Fees by Kelly GendronNew Release!!

Oooh!!! This hero is a bounty hunter… and he got the wrong girl!!

“When you find her, there are a few things you need to remember. She’s smart and manipulative. She knows how to protect herself. She’s beautiful and she’ll use it to her advantage. But the most important… is that she’s mine.”

It appears to be a standalone.


Ruin by CD ReissNew Release!!

He’s a killer. A beautiful, educated, violent badass.
She knows it. But doesn’t stop her from getting involved with him…
and wanting to protect him.

This is the second book in a Mafia Romance series. The books must be read in order: #1 Ruin, #2 Spin.


Blind Side of Love by Beth RinyuNew Release!!

One summer. One guy. One reckless act changed her world forever…

“He taught me that okay to fall in love. He taught me that giving my heart to someone completely was the most dangerous thing I could ever do…”

This is a standalone.


Remember Me by Lara Van HulzenNew Release!!

Oh gosh, this sounds good too!! A car accident lands the hero in the hospital with amnesia — he can’t remember his life. The heroine was left at the altar on her wedding day and moved to a new town to start over. But when her ex-fiancé shows up in the ER where she works with no memory of her, she must decide – tell him or let him remember on his own…

It’s the first book in the Men Of Honor series.


Hate: A Love Story by Laurel Ulen CurtisNew Release!!

“For me, the journey to love was absolutely agonizing. Love and Hate wrestled with my life day after day, year after year, and the only way to stop it was to let one of them win. Which one?

I fought to love harder. But I loathe my love story.”

It’s a standalone.


High Strung by T. GephartNew Release!!

Rock star alert!! The heroine was “willing to do anything to get back into the corporate world. Well, almost anything. Dan Evans, Rock Star was NOT one of those things. In fact she despised him. Apparently he didn’t get the memo.”

I’ve heard it’s really funny (a few people said hilarious even) and it’s the first of a series.


Covertly Strong by N.A. AlcornNew Release!!

This is a new romantic suspense novel with a military twist and it seems to be a second chance love story!! He’s a hot Navy SEAL and she’s a CIA agent. They haven’t seen each other in ten years but then he steps back into her life… He remembers. He knows. And he promised himself that he wouldn’t let her go. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock…

Can be read as a standalone.


Starter Wife by Moriah Densley$0.99 New Release!!

Teehee!!! This looks fun!

The hero is a prizefighter and the heroine is a polished ex-housewife. Her perfect life crumbled when her rich husband divorced her… But her new neighbor steps in to help. With his tattoos, motorcycle, dark past, and sexy southern manners, he’s the last person she expects to be her hero… but maybe they both just needed a second chance.


Smolder by Lacey WeatherfordNew Release!!

The hero of this rescues a famous woman from drowning and is suddenly thrown into the spotlight. He doesn’t want to be famous, be he does want her and wants to help her heal.

This book is a standalone spin-off of the main series listed here. It can be read alone but will contain spoilers for these 3 books: Crush, Smitten, Love.


Solo by Deborah BladonNew Release!!

The heroine is on the cusp of having her dream come true. She has landed a role in a Broadway musical and all of the hard work, dedication and devotion to her craft are finally paying off. Then her path crosses with Alec Hughes. He’s the investor backing the musical. He holds all the cards to Libby’s career in his hand and he wants only one thing to help her get her moment in the spotlight. He wants her.

This is a standalone.


SHIVER: 13 Sexy Tales of Humor and HorrorNew Release!!

Sale bundle for charity!!

A whole bunch of amazing authors including RS Grey, Penny Reid, Belle Aurora, L.H. Cosway, N.M. Silber, and more released a set of sexy and spooky Romantic Comedy stories in one big bundle!!!

***100% of the proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital! 1-Click it!***


The Remedy For Love by Bill RoorbachNew Release!!

Two people stranded in a secluded cabin together in the middle of a huge storm!! It’s described as a funny and sexy romantic thriller. The heroine is actually homeless and he tries to help her but gets stranded in the cabin too… “Who is this guy with his big idea that it’s she who needs rescuing?” As the snow keeps mounting, they’re forced to ride out the storm together. For better and for worse..



Coherent by Livia JamerlanNew Release!!

A tragic past. A forgotten week. A broken heart…
Addiction, Fear, A broken soul…

Will their love be enough to keep them together?

This is the second book in the series: #1 Collateral, #2 Coherent.


Hate: A Love Story by Laurel Ulen CurtisNew Release!!

This is a YA standalone by the authors of the Beautiful Bastard series.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. As Lucy begins to remember more of her life — and her death — neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap… But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…


The Beauty Series Boxed Set by Georgia Cates New bundle!!

This complete trilogy has been bundled together for $6.99 (worth $11.97). The story is about a wealthy winemaker and a musician who agree to a 3-month relationship while keeping their identities secret.

All three (full length) books are about the same couple and the story has a conclusion at the end of the trilogy.


Becoming Calder & Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan.

If you only get one set of books from this whole list, get these #1 Becoming Calder (Review) + #2 Finding Eden (Review). This 2-book series is just BREATHTAKING!!! Absolutely EPIC, unique, and unforgettable. Calder & Eden’s intense, passionate, forbidden love story captivated me and had my heart racing from the first word to the very last. 6 STARS!!!!

Click here for FAQs about the series.

“Calder kissed me in a way that made me believe I had not only always been his, but I would be his forever. In this life or any other. In his kiss was the promise that wherever he and I existed, we would belong to each other.”

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