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*

Scorned Princess (Crooked Paradise Book 1) by Eva Chance and Harlow King

This is the first book in the Crooked Paradise series.

Hell hath no fury…

I thought I was trading one evil for a lesser one. Marry a man I might eventually love, forge an alliance between his gang and my father’s, and get out from under Dad’s sadistic thumb.

Turns out my fiancé has other plans. Like slaughtering me and my entire family the night before the wedding.

I make it out alive, left with nothing but a thirst for vengeance. But if I want to crush the prick who betrayed me, I have to turn to the biggest pricks of them all.

Hot, cocky, and dangerous, Wylder Noble and his men rule Paradise Bend. Their help doesn’t come cheap. I’ve got to prove I’m strong enough to deserve it.

Whatever they throw at me, I can take it. No taunting words or scorching looks will break the wall around my heart.

They think I’m made of glass? I’m a girl of shards that can cut you to the bone.

Before this is over, someone’s going to bleed. And this time, it won’t be me.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great, the storyline was great and the plot developed well.

Mercy is a fantastic character. She witnesses absolutely hell and barely escapes with her life. She turns to the Nobles because she doesn’t have anywhere else to go. She’s strong, fierce, stubborn and determined. I loved her character. She puts up with a lot of shit by the boys, and yet there’s a connection between them all.

The four boys are good characters. Wylder is an interesting character. He’s naturally suspicious about her, and given his family and her family, you can understand it. He does treat her like shit though and some of the things he makes her do is just harsh. Kaige, Gideon and Rowan are also good, interesting characters. The spark between Mercy and Kaige is brilliant. Gideon seems like the quiet one although he was nice to her. She has a history with Rowan which has left things a little bitter. I’m intrigued to learn more about that. They’re all very different characters with very different personalities. I think the occasional POV chapter from the boys helps you to understand them more.

I think there was just the right amount of spark between Mercy and the boys. There’s clear tension between them all, but their bodies are also betraying their thoughts. I’m looking forward to seeing this develop.

The storyline is brilliant. Ultimately, Mercy wants revenge on Colt. She does everything to make them believe that she isn’t going to screw them over. I loved reading her solve they’re little murder case and I loved how it all turned out.

The ending is definitely a cliffhanger. Just when things looked to be on the up, that happened. I’m intrigued to find out whether the boys did screw her over or whether Colt just said that. It has definitely left me looking forward to the next book in the series.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are brilliant, the storyline is great and I’m looking forward to seeing how thing are going to develop.

I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Havoc at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys Book 1) by C. M. Stunich

This is the first book in The Havoc Boys series.

There’s one word you don’t utter at Prescott High, not unless you want them to own you.
H.A.V.O.C.
Hael, Aaron, Victor, Oscar, and Callum.

The Havoc Boys rule the hellhole we call Prescott High.
Once upon a time, they ruled me. For an entire year, I endured their shit.
But senior year is going to be different.

This year, I own them.
I’ve made a pact with the Havoc Boys to get the vengeance I deserve.
Their price? Me. At their beck and call, in their beds, a part of their gang.

Their girl.
A Havoc Girl.
Those dirty, rotten boys are going to get revenge against everyone that’s wronged me—everyone but themselves.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are great and the storyline was good.

Bernadette is a strong character. She’s been through some rough shit before and calls Havoc as a last resort. I think she’s right to not trust the boys, but there’s also obviously a undeniable spark there as well. I like how she handles everythings.

The boys all have different personalities alongside their problems. I think they’re all good characters. Vic is a bit of a arsehole. I think Oscar is as well. I like Aaron, Cal and Hael the most.

This book had a slow start, but it really picked up in the last third. I’m intrigued to see how the story develops in the next because of that ending.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Enraptured (The Devil and His Dove Book 2) by Jax Hart

This is the second book in The Devil and His Dove series.

I’m lost.
No longer the golden girl from California seeking a world of adventure. He pulled me into his dark underworld. I might have escaped, but he still has me enslaved, craving his dark, devilish touch and the pleasures of the world he introduced me to.
But he broke more than my boundaries.
He broke me.
I hate him… loathe him… can’t stop dreaming about my master– half wishing he’d find me and punish me like only he can.

Christos

My little dove ran.
But I will find her. No one escapes EL DIABLO. And when I do find my little dove, she will learn just how far I’ll go to keep her forever.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great, the storyline is good and it hit the feels.

Jessie is a great character. She is so strong willed to put up with what he makes her suffer through. I love her adamance to say no to him until he changed his tune.

Christos is a brilliant character. He’s very complex. He took things way too far in this book and was actually pretty cruel. When he realised how he truly felt about her, he changed how he treated her.

They both just needed to talk to each other more. He needed to open up and she needed him to listen. He needed to apologise for his behaviour. He was cruel and he deserved to be told no. She really has suffered more than anyone should.

I absolutely loved it when they were both on the same page, deciding that they loved eachother. They have a spark between them, and she does understand who he is. He actually has feelings towards her, and she really does bring out the best of him.

His actions at the end were a little gut wrenching. How could he do that to her? I can see his reasoning, but I think he’s wrong. I think her feeling are true. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and I seriously hope she find him. I really want them to both have a happy ending together.

I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Enslaved (The Devil & His Dove Book 1) by Jax Hart

This is the first book in The Devil and His Dove series.

My mother warned me about men like him. She also told me looks can be deceiving. Sure when I first saw him I thought he was just another gorgeous jerk cruising the Med on his mega-yacht. But he was so much more. He drew me into his world of pleasure and enslaved me before I could even ask for a safe word. I was a victim to his skilled seduction. All I wanted was him, nothing else mattered. I knew I had to escape before I completely succumbed to his every deep desire and lost every last piece of who I was.

I plotted. Waited. Executed. It was all a trap to catch her. The beauty of it was she thought she was coming to work on my yacht. She would work…in my master stateroom and on her knees. I wanted to break this beauty, make her beg and plead for me. But who trapped who? How did this woman turn it around and enslave me?

They call me “El Diablo” and Jessie Montgomery is about to find out exactly why. I stop at nothing to get what I want. No price is too high… no boundaries bind me. In my world, there are no safe words and nowhere to run where I won’t capture little birds trying to flee their masters.

I enjoyed reading this book. Jessie and Christos were great characters and the story was good and developed at a good pace. It was a very dark romance though.

Jessie is a great character. She’s strong willed. She defys him whenever she can until she started to understand him. I don’t blame her for running at the end though. He went too far. Way way too far.

Christos is a brilliant, complex character. He’s dark, heartless, ruthless, but there’s more too him underneath. Jessie brings the best of him out. He learns to feel because of her. His actions at the end were unnecessary and way too far. She done right by leaving him. I think he needs the time to think about things. I really hope that he listens to her in the next book, and I damn well hope he apologises for his disposable actions.

The storyline was good. Their relationship built up well before crumbling at the end. His world is very dark though and his dominant nature is pretty hefty. It wasn’t in Jessie’s nature to enter his world, but their became more. There’s far more to him that meets the eye and he’s a very complex character. I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop in the next book

I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Queen of Quarantine (Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep Book 4) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the 4th and final book in the Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep series.

Once upon a time I met four monsters and thought the world would come to an end at their hands.

But I was a fool.
Because I didn’t understand the bigger picture.
That the enemies I thought I knew would become the reason for my entire existence. My strength. My pain. My life. My love.

The big bad wolf has teeth and claws as sharp as iron, and the danger before my eyes is blinding. So blinding that I didn’t see the true danger lurking in the dark.

But now my eyes are wide open and I see it all.

Alone and afraid and running out of time, I’m not afraid of monsters anymore.

I’m counting on them to come for me.

Because if they don’t, this foolish girl might be lost forever in the dark.

‘I am the dark in the dead of night. Hear me roar!’

This series is an absolute masterpiece. I absolutely love the characters and the story is fantastic.

I love Tatum. She is so totally hardcore, and she really does become a savage queen in this book. She overcomes everything she’s put through, even when the world is taking the fight from her.

Nash Monroe is my favourite. He’s fantastic and I’ve loved him from the start. He fits in with the others perfectly, and I loved watching him truly become one of them in this book. Blake is the perfect golden boy, so nice and funny. Kyan is the broody beast who’s fantastic. Saint is the brains who is able to keep them all together. Compared to what he’s like at the beginning, he has become a brilliant person. I love all four of them and they’re all so different, yet great.

Their relationship with Tatum is fantastic. They all compliment her in different ways and the five of them together just works. I also loved the hotness when they were taking her together. It was great to read and Tatum’s a champ for navigating all four of them.

The storyline developed well with the virus, Kyans crazy family, and Saints dad. I think everything worked out well in the end. It was exciting and everything rounded up well. There was some touch and go moments for the characters and there was humour. I laughed and I shouted at them.

I love Naill. He’s absolutely brilliant and I loved seeing him in this book. I’m so happy that he’s getting his own series.

I also loved the sly additions of mentioning their other books. Sneaky and clever.

I’m glad that the time was taken to really explore the happy ending between them all. I think it was absolutely perfect in every way. Nothing was left out and it couldn’t have ended any better.

The last line made me laugh a hell of a lot. Absolutely priceless. 🦑

Overall, I have absolutely loved reading this series and it’s kind of sad that it’s over. The characters are fantastic and I feel like we’ve truly been on a journey and got to know them. The storyline has been absolutely fantastic, and the ending was pure perfection.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

P. S 🦑

The Professor by Serena Akeroyd

This is a standalone novel.

Forbidden fruit always tastes that much sweeter…

He was mean.

Cold. 

Beautiful. 

But somehow charming to everyone else. 

With Phoebe, his student? He was bitter and hard. 

Until… 

He was harder. Colder. Meaner

And she had no choice but to take everything he had to give. 

A desperate act, Phoebe’s tumble from grace, and a man waiting in the wings to watch her downfall. 

The Professor is no hero. No charming knight. He’s a predator stalking his prey, and Phoebe, a college student struggling to get by, just walked into his crosshairs because even monsters have needs… 

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great and the characters were great.

Phoebe was a brilliant character. Her background and circumstances automatically make you sympathetic towards her. I loved how determined she was to do right for Scottie, and her relationship with Mrs Linden was really sweet.

Nicholas was a complicated character, but I really liked him. What he did was wrong, and he was unnecessarily mean, but once you dig deeper into his reasonings, you can forgive him. He went through some really tough things which made him the way he was. He was aware of his problems and he tried changing for Phoebe. His love and commitment to her was admirable.

I loved their relationship in the end. He did save her in a way, but she also saved him. It was twisted, and it wasn’t exactly perfect given what he done, but they worked. They were a lovely couple and I loved the development. I loved the last few chapters, seeing the stages of their relationship develop, and I was really happy with how everything ended.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Liar (Madison Kate Book 2) by Tate James

This is the second book in the Madison Kate series.

“Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

The words scrawled on the back of my newest stalker mail makes my blood run cold. I have no idea if it’s the lie I know, or one that I don’t.

Since arriving back into Shadow Grove, I’ve been stalked, tormented, chased and almost killed. I’ve been lied to, repeatedly, by people I was growing to trust.

Liar.

That word haunts me. Someone knows more about my life than I do. Someone is taunting me with answers and teasing me with secrets. Am I desperate enough to fall for more deception?

Archer and his boys made a huge mistake when they lied to me. They thought they could play me but they’re about to learn that they’ve met their match.

No one stabs Madison Kate and gets away with it.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline is great, the plot develops at a good pace, and the characters are great.

Madison Kate is a great character. She’s strong, tough, sassy and doesn’t take any shit from anyone. She’s been through a lot, and goes through more. She makes it through everything, and you have to admire her determination to get by.

I love Kody and Steele in this book. Both of them developed well, and actually became more understanding of how Madison Kate feels. I loved how their relationships developed and the three of them together was hot.

Archer is an arsehole. I love the sexual tension between them, but he is still a dick. It was nice to see his family home at thanksgiving, and we got to learn a little more about his family. He just continues to act like a dick around Madison Kate though.

I enjoyed the storyline and the development with her attempted murder and stalker. Are they the same person or different? I like how the boys are protective of her, and they do save her life.

Madison Kate’s dad is a dickhead, especially after the revelation at the end. I do feel like theirs more to the story though.

I enjoyed the ending. It was action packed, and then with what happened to Madison Kate. I liked seeing her with Archer then, before they argued as usual. Then the revelation at the end was a shocker. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and finding out how that develops.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great and the characters are brilliant. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Sinners’ Playground (The Harlequin Crew Book 1) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the Harlequin Crew series.

Dead girls don’t feel pain.

But they like the taste of vengeance.

Maybe that’s why I came back to my hometown. Because it sure as hell wasn’t for the surf. But what else was I supposed to do when I found myself in Sunset Cove with twenty bucks to my name, the key to my enemies’ secrets hanging around my neck and a mouth full of grave dirt that wouldn’t wash clean?

I hate the Harlequin boys.

But this is the perfect opportunity to take what they owe me. Because once upon a time, they broke my heart, stole my life and sent me away from everything I’d ever known.

Fox, JJ, Chase and Maverick.

The four names tattooed onto my heart more permanently than any of the ink on my skin. They don’t just live in this town anymore, they rule it. And the view here may be beautiful, but the sun, sea and sand hide dark secrets.

The gangs.
The lies.
The violence.

It all lurks beneath a veil so thin that once you’ve seen through it, you can never close your eyes to the truth again.

But I don’t plan on closing my eyes. I have four devils set in my sights. And this dead girl no longer has anything to lose

This book was absolutely brilliant, like every other book these two write.

The characters are fantastic, the storyline is brilliant and the cliffhanger was just as painful as the other ones in all of their books.

Rogue is a fantastic character. In the ten years since the prequel novella, she has gone through so much stuff and come out a strong character. I love her.

The boys are great too. Their divided after what happened in the prequel. JJ is my favourite. He’s nice and fun, although his lifestyle and job isn’t particularly to my taste. Fox is ok too, however he is a possessive ass and isn’t giving Rogue what she needs. Chase had moments when he was ok, but at the end… What the hell, Chase? Maverick. What happened? Holy hell. He must have gone through some shit in prison to end up like that.

I love the way Rogue gets to know the boys again, as the men they are now. She has every right to hate them, but she also doesn’t know what they’ve been through with Luther.

I’m intrigued to see what Luther’s like now. He was an absolute dick, and by the sounds of it, he still is.

Shawn.

Bloody Shawn. It’s amazing how you can hate a character you’ve never met so much.

I loved the connection between his gang and the Harlequin’s, and yet they all don’t know it yet.

The ending. Christ, I didn’t see that coming. I had prepared myself for everything to go wrong, but it still managed to surprise me.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. I would definitely recommend reading this. I’d also recommend reading the prequel, Devil’s Pass, although it’s not necessary for reading this book. It’ll just give an idea of how everything went to shit in the ten years and why they hate each other.

My rating: 5/5*

The Golden Boys (Kings of Cypress Prep Book 1) by Rachel Jonas and Nikki Thorne

This is the first book in the King’s of Cypress Prep series.

West Golden—so easy to hate, yet so hard to resist.

Don’t let that pretty face of his fool you. He isn’t the boy next door, or the kind you trust with your heart. He’s the devil in designer jeans, with all the charm of a bona fide psycho.

Trust me.

He swears I did something to cross him before I even stepped foot inside Cypress Prep, but it’s a lie. No one knows better than me that I’m all out of chances. One more misstep and I can kiss my future goodbye, which means I can’t possibly be guilty of whatever he thinks I’ve done.

West marks me with a target anyway, and as this town’s football star, no one dares to go against him. His money, status, and the loyalty of his equally entitled brothers makes him seem untouchable. Only, I know better than that.

This false god isn’t infallible like he wants the world to believe. Whenever I stare into those devilish green eyes, I see it plain as day. The chink in his armor. His one and only weakness.

Me.

The King of Cypress Prep has finally met his match, and taking him down just became an inside job.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are great, the storyline is great and the plot developed well.

Blue is such a strong character. She has a lot to deal with at home, and then coming to this new school and dealing with everyone there just adds to her problems. She’s a fighter and gerts through everything thrown at her.

West is also a great character. I loved his nicer side, and even a bit of his dickish side, but at the end he was just pure savage. I loved the development between him and Blue. The tension between them is hot, and it was nice to see those walls drop at times, but the end. Savage. Just Savage.

Vin is an arsehole. I’m really intrigued to find out what went on between him and Blue, but damn West for believing what he was told. He just needed to ask Blue about it, but of course, he didn’t.

All of the other characters were great additions, except for Parker. She’s a bitch. Pandora was a great addition.

The storyline was great. There’s that underlying mystery surrounding the photos circumstances, and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about that.

I’m looking forward to the next book and I really hope Blue comes back fighting hard. West deserves some payback for that stunt at the end.

Overall, this was a great book and I’d definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*