Gunmetal Lily (Mafia Wars) by Rebecca Royce

This is the second book in a shared world series called Mafia Wars. Each book is a standalone.

I was sold to my enemies.

There was a deal made to keep the peace. War wasn’t good for business. But deals were broken all the time. What did these powerful families have as collateral? Their daughters. A decade earlier, they decided that we were expendable, that we could be sold in marriage to keep their dealings honest. I didn’t matter more than the security I could bring to the marketplace. I was twelve when they decided that, in ten years, I’d belong to the Hernandez family. Everyone knew what was coming for me. Everyone…except me.

I have no choices. The daughter of mobsters, I now belong to the Mexican Cartel. But even the terrible images those words evoke are nothing compared to what is coming for me. My new family will discover I am more than just a pawn in their chess game. I’m named after a flower, but I don’t wilt. I am determined to come out ahead in their Mafia Wars.

I loved this book. The characters were fantastic and the storyline was brilliant.

Lily was a brilliant character. She found out about the arranged marriage, like, a day before. Considering who some of the families were, it could have been a horrible situation, but I think she actually got lucky. She’s a strong character throughout and I loved her relationship with the three brothers.

Alejandro was a fantastic character. I loved him. Considering who he was, he was kind. He did everything to make Lily happy. I felt for him and his past, and I loved Lily’s reaction to it. It was brilliant watching their relationship develop. Watching him fall for her was probably the best part of this book for me.

Francisco and Javier were fantastic as well. I loved their loyalty to their brother. They were kind to Lily as well. I loved watching them fall for her and I loved the relationship develop between them.

The plot was good. Someone was betraying the family and ultimately, Lily paid the price. I loved the devotion her three men had and the lengths they went to for her. The ending was good and it was nice to see everyone happy. They ultimately did everything to make her the happiest she could be.

Overall, this book was a brilliant continuation the the Mafia Wars series. I loved the characters and the story.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5

Binding Rose (Mafia Wars) by Ivy Fox

This is the first book in a shared world series called Mafia Wars. Each book is a standalone.

I was sold to my enemies.

You would think that being forced into a loveless marriage to ensure an alliance would be unheard of in this day and age. And in most cases, you would be correct in that assumption.

But not for me.

A cartel princess has no vote on who she can or cannot marry—much less love.
Any decision in my life was forfeited just by being born into the most powerful Mexican cartel there is.

Still, it does sting that I’m to be hand-delivered to the Irish mob and marry into the Kelly family, who my own brother has coined to be nothing more than bloodthirsty savages.

They’re animals, Rosa. Filthy, unscrupulous, vicious animals.

Those were his exact words, yet he still followed our father’s orders to walk me down the aisle, making sure I didn’t run from my obligation.

As if that was even an option.

All my choices were stolen away from me the minute I became another pawn to be used and abused at the hands of evil men.

Which leaves me to question…

Can a rose blossom in the dark?
Or will I have to rely on my thorns to protect me against the fate that’s been bestowed upon me?

Only time will tell if I’ll survive this cursed life or become another lost soul in these cruel and merciless Mafia Wars.

I absolutely loved this book. The storyline was brilliant, the characters were great and the plot developed well.

The book sets the world and situation up well. We’re introduced to the Mafia Wars and the different families involved.

I absolutely loved Rosa. She was sold to the Kelly family as part of the treaty where she’s forced to marry Tiernen. She’s an incredibly strong character to put up with him. He was a right dick at the beginning, blaming her for something which wasn’t her fault. She was such a kind hearted person, but she knew what was like and what her role was.

Tiernen was a frustrating character, but I grew to love him. He despised her because of her family. He was forced into the marriage as much as she was. Just when they started to connect, he withdraws. From there on he was a right dick, especially when he brought Shay and Colin into the situation.

I loved Shay and Colin. They cared and looked out for Rosa and I loved the connection between them from the start. They were always going to fall for each other after the situation Tiernen put them in.

I loved how the plot developed. Tiernen had a fantastic development and seeing his POV only made you love him more by the end. He had to change and he did. The three of them were brilliant with Rosa by the end and there were definitely some hot moments at times. The ending was brilliant.

This book was a fantastic start and introduction to this shared world. The characters were fantastic and I’m intrigued to read the others. Even though they are all standalones, we met Tiernen’s sister before her own wedding as well as Rosa’s brother before his.

Overall, I loved this book and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Buttons and Lace by Penelope Sky

This is the first book in the Buttons series.

I owe him a debt.

A big one.

The payment can’t be settled with money or favors.

He only wants one thing.

Me.

Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he’ll let me go.

He’ll let me walk away.

But I have to earn every single one.

By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I’ve ever known.

This book was nothing like I expected, I enjoyed reading it and the characters were great. The plot was dark, but I enjoyed it

Pearl was a brilliant character. She was incredibly strong to endure what she did. She went through the worst, and yet she kept her fighting sprit. She is a survivor.

I loved Crow. He is by far not a great person, but in comparison to everyone else she’s faced, he is good. He was nice most of the time to her and did kind of save her. His intentions didn’t start out the best, but in the end, he wanted to care for her.

I loved the button concept. She could earn her freedom while he got what he wanted from her. She had the freedom to say no. I loved the internal battle she had with herself over it and her guilt for enjoying the sex with him. He made it good for her, ensureing her that he wasn’t Bones. The spark between them was brilliant. After the ending, I don’t think she’s going to want to leave.

Overall, this book was brilliant. The plot was great and I loved the characters. I would definitely recommend this book, although I would warn that it is dark. I’m looking forward to reading the next.

My rating: 5/5*

Lucifer’s Bride (Married To The Devil Book 1) by Skye Wilson and Roxie Ray

This is the first book in the Married to the Devil series.

I’ve made a deal with the devil . . .

Things that weren’t on my wedding planning to-do list:

  • Have a bachelorette party in Vegas. I’m a master’s student in classic literature, not a party girl.
  • Let my girlfriends convince me to go out anyway . . .
  • Get drunk. Too drunk.
  • Wake up married—to the wrong guy.

Now it’s my wedding day and I don’t remember marrying the sexy billionaire lying in the bed next to me or getting the tattoo on my arm. It doesn’t matter that he’s as hot as hell—I’m not about to go along with wedding vows I have no memory of.

But my new husband seems convinced we’re meant to be together. He tells me my life is in danger and I’m safest with him. That the fate of the world depends on it.

I say I need to leave. Now.

Then he kisses me, and his lips are like fire.

It’s one HELL of a kiss.

Looks like I’m not going anywhere after all. Or more likely, I’m headed straight to hell . . .

I loved reading this book. The characters were great and I enjoyed the storyline.

I absolutely loved Luke. For the devil, he was incredibly charming. I admired his devotion to Evie, although I guess he had known her for an eternity. Evie was also a good character. With no memory of marrying Luke, I understood why she lost her mind that morning. He was a sexy catch though and she should have accepted it a lot quicker than she did. I felt sorry for him, losing her so many times and then getting her back just for her to forget the entire night.

I like the storyline with Evie getting her memories back. I ultimately liked her accepting her marriage to Luke and discovering that she does indeed love him.

The banter between them was brilliant and I loved his sense of humour. Her friends were great too.

They were both pretty hot together. The devil may as well be a god in bed.

I liked the plot between Lucifer and hell, with the Angels. It’s quite nice for the Angels to be the bad guys. The ending leaves you intrigued to what will happen next since they are planning something.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Dirty Bad Wrong by Jade West

This is a standalone book.

They call him Masque.
I call him God.
The man I want to consume me, own me,
break me and corrupt me.
Yet I’ve never seen his face.
His body ripples like an Adonis, sculpted in steel and
dripping in sin. His flesh is inked with the mark of the
chimera – one body, two very different halves.
He plays hard.
He plays rough.
He has no limits.
He’s so fucking dirty bad wrong.
But I love him for it.

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Lydia Marsh is always the strong one. The girl who never breaks, and sure as hell never cries. She’s got it all – the perfect little life in cosy suburbia, with her perfectly nice boyfriend, and their perfectly sufficient sex life. She’s even got her perfect little career plan all wrapped up at Trial Run Software Group.
But when it all falls apart, and Lydia’s pretty, green eyes are fixed on a brutally sexual stranger – the man they call Masque – she comes to suspect that being strong isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
For now Lydia wants something she’s never wanted before…
And she wants Masque to give it to her.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and I liked the storyline.

It was exactly what it said on the tin. Dirty, bad and wrong. The scenes were hot, but so dirty. It was a whole new level of dirty.

I loved James. He was a complex character, but I loved his development. His relationship with Lydia was brilliant, and I loved how they met, and the revelation about Masque. I loved how it moved from casual to developing feelings. The duel POV was great, seeing them both face their fears and breaking down their barriers.

Bex was brilliant as well.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters, the dirty scenes and the great plot. I would definitely recommend this series, but it definitely isn’t for the faint hearted.

My rating: 5/5*

Steel Empire (Broken Cross Book 3) by Bri Blackwood

This is the third book in the Broken Cross series, and the last of Damien and Anais story.

Our bond is steel.

We began to rebuild what we had,

Because I’m determined to make things right.

Someone is out to ruin me,

And they’re using Anais to do it.

Danger threatened to take her from me forever.

But what they don’t know, 

Is when someone threatens what is mine,

There will be hell to pay

I enjoyed this book. It was a great ending to Damien and Anais’ story.

Damien and Anais were great characters. It was brilliant to see them both admit their true feelings for one another. The events at the beginning made them both realise the truth.

I think Damien in particular has had a brilliant character development. He really starts to open up to Anais in this book, and yet he is still the alpha at times. I’ve loved reading his story with Anais.

The storyline developed well and everything was all cleared up nicely. The plot complemented the character development well. The end was great and it also sets up well for Grace and Broderick’s story in the next book.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed reading this series and would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Scarred Empire (Broken Cross Book 2) by Bri Blackwood

This is the second book in the Broken Cross series.

She is scarred. 

When I stormed into her life, it was supposed to be temporary. 

Anais was supposed to be like the rest,

Then I became addicted.

My past caught up with me and she walked out before I could make her mine.

Tragedy strikes and I have no choice but to bring her back into my world.

In order to protect her, I convince her to wear my ring.

But I fear even I can’t protect her from the turmoil we’re about to face.

I loved the continuation of this story. The plot is great and the characters are brilliant.

Anais is a great character. She sticks up for herself and tried fighting back against Damien’s controlling ways, but ultimately, she realises that he hasn’t given her a choice once again. You kind of feel sorry for her.

Damien is fantastic, but he is also frustrating. He gives Anais no choice but to agree to be with him, which is definitely an arsehole move. She just wants to know that he actually wants her and he doesn’t show her that. I love his character development though and how he starts to see her more and realise what she needs. He starts listening. I really hope that he just opens up more and tells her how he really feels.

I like the plot and it’s development. Someone is messing with them and it’s not until right at the end that we find out more. It definitely surprised me and I’m certain that Damien is going to rain hell until he finds Anais.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Savage Empire (Broken Cross Book 1) by Bri Blackwood

This is the first book in the Broken Cross series.

He’s a savage

Damien Cross treats New York City as if it’s his personal playground.

He sees.

He touches.

He conquers.

He holds the fate of my family in his hands

And makes a deal with me I can’t refuse.

He’ll forgive my father’s debt if he can have something in exchange: me.

I promised myself I wouldn’t get addicted, but nothing is guaranteed when you make a deal with a savage.

Now this debt is my cross to bear.

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was good and I liked the characters.

I liked Anais. She was strong enough to deal with Damien’s shit and knew when to put her foot down, especially at the end. I think he needed that reality check. She wasn’t given any choice but to accept his demands.

I loved Damien even though he was an arsehole at times. He was growing to truly like her but his inability to face his demons cost him. I hope he opens up more to her.

I loved the tension and spark between them. Their bodies crave each other. I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship develop more.

The ending was very unexpected and I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

My rating: 5/5*

Make Me Lie (Rich Demons of Darkwood Book 1) by C.R. Jane and May Dawson

This is the first book in the Rich Demons of Darkwood series.

The world knows me as the Demon’s Daughter.
He’s a famous serial killer. And I may have been his accomplice.

But no one knows for sure except for me.

The dangerous, cruel men of the Sphinx secret society intend to uncover my secrets…and break me.

Stellan, my childhood crush who lost his sister to the Demon.

Cain, the boy with the face of an angel to who manipulation comes as easy as breathing;

Remington, the playboy soccer star full of secrets.

Pax, the dark psycho who hides behind his fists.

I hoped for a second chance at Darkwood University, only to have my dream ripped away the first time I kissed one of the handsome bastards.

They know who I am.

And they’re determined to make me pay.

They should have thought twice about who they were playing with.

Because I am the demon’s daughter. And just because they have the power, the connections, the faces and bodies of gods… do they really think they’ll win?

I wanted a new life, not a war.

But if they insist, we’ll see who ends up playing.

This book was brilliant. The storyline was great and the characters were fantastic.

I love Aurora. She is such a fantastic character. Strong, determined, and yet vulnerable, and you can’t help to feel sorry for her. She’s the victim of her fathers actions, and yet she’s being prosecuted for it.

The boys are great characters, although they are right arseholes. They’re hypocrites. They have their demons just as much as she does, and yet most of their actions are of their own doing. Aurora didn’t exactly have a choice when her father made her do the things he did. They treat her like a murderer, and yet they aren’t much better, especially Cain.

And yet I liked parts of them. There was moments when they treated her better and more like an equal. I think Pax and Remington were my favourites. They seemed far more understanding towards her at times. Stellan was just harsh. He’s struggling with the past and with who she is now Cain seemed to connect with her darkness because he has his own, but he was also a dick.

None of them seem to be able to accept that she didn’t do the things she was made to do willingly. They just see and believe the worst in her.

I enjoyed watching the interactions and development between them all. They all have a spark towards her no matter how much they want to hate each other. There were some pretty hot moments.

The ending was just brutal. It was uncalled for and I seriously hope that she gets her own back and makes them pay.

Overall, this book was brilliant and I would definitely recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

My rating: 5/5*

Storm’s Breath (Nullifier Book 1) by J.R Ford

Someone who didn’t know Pavel might mistake his heroic bravery for a death wish, and there’s no better place for either than the world’s first fully immersive game. Sure enough, the competitors are intimidating, and the monsters terrifying — though neither more so than blossoming friendships with two determined swordswomen.

Spurred by pure-hearted altruism alone, Pavel joins their quest to find the Storm’s Breath: an artifact that bestows magic powers — and real-world riches — upon the first player to find it. And with a ruthless mage on their heels, he’ll find plenty of opportunities for bravery.

This book was good, although I did start to struggle half way through. The characters and storyline were good.

Pavel was a good character although I did find him a little annoying at times. He wanted to be the hero and his heroism was tested at times. He was determined and it was interesting seeing him grow through the story. Just sometimes he annoyed me and i couldn’t even put my finger on why.

The world building was quite good. There was a good combination of human and non-humans. There was action and adventure and the other various characters were good.

I think the plot just took a little too long to get to the point for my liking. Sometimes I found myself wondering where I was being led to. It just felt a little slow at times which struggled to hold my interest.

Overall, it was a good role playing book which is a fun adventure. I think if you like role playing fantasy, you will enjoy this book.

My rating: 3/5*