Carnival Hill (The Harlequin Crew Book 3) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the third book in the Harlequin series.

I thought that I was broken before, but my damage never tasted as bitter as this.

The Harlequin boys are more than just a memory now. More than a daydream of our youth and an idea to cling onto.

They’re my greatest weakness and my biggest regret, but I’ve started to realise that coming back to Sunset Cove was always my fate.

My heart beats to the turn of the tide here. My skin only warms beneath this sun. And my soul will only ever be home on these streets and with the men who grew out of my memories.

But nothing is the same as I remember and the time for childish games is coming to an end.

I may want to pretend that the last ten years never happened, but the nightmare I lost myself in has followed me home and I can’t keep ignoring the things I once did to survive.

The question is, will my mistakes be the end of me and my boys? Will the choices I made then change everything now?
And will the life I never wanted steal away my only chance at the life I’m afraid to wish for?

Firstly, sometimes I really hate our celetrial authors.

I also love them because their ability to draw you into a story and connect you to characters is a darn gift.

I loved reading this book. The characters are brilliant, if not frustrating, and the story is great.

Rogue is brilliant, but her decision at the end was just pure stupid. She’s strong willed and determined, but I love how broken she really is inside.

The boys are great. I love JJ and Maverick. Seeing them together was brilliant in this book and I absolutely love the connection they have with Rogue.

Chase redeemed himself in this book. He definitely suffered enough and got way more than he deserved, but his experience has turned him into a better character. I loved seeing him and Rogue grow closer.

Fox is frustrating. I like him, and I love how possessive he is, but he is also unreasonable. You can’t control Rogue and he needs to realise that. He made stupid decisions, especially at the end and ultimately, it’s knd of his fault that Rogue did what she did.

Luther actually grew on me in this book which I never expected to happen. I enjoyed seeing a more humane side of him and seeing him face the mistakes he made.

Fucking Shawn.

Just fucking Shawn.

Jesus christ that man. I hate him. He is a psycho and I seriously hope he meets his end at some point.

The ending is painful and you two are seriously mean sometimes. I hope the boys realise the truth and save her from her stupid decision.

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

King of Diamonds (Vegas Underground Book 1) by Renne Rose

This is the first book in the Vegas Underground series, although it can be read as a standalone.

I WARNED HER.
I told her not to set foot in my casino again. I told her
to stay away. Because if I see her around my suite again,
I’ll claim her as my own.
And once I make her mine, I’m not gonna set her free.
I’m king of the Vegas underground and I take
what I want.

So she’d better run. Stay the hell away from my casino.
Or I’ll never let her go.

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

Sondra was a great character. I felt she was very down to earth, especially when Nico and Sondra first met.

Nico was great. Considering his family, he was actually quite decent. I loved seeing him fall for Sondra. They had a very clear spark between them and she was good for him. I loved watching their relationship develop to the point that he was willing to give up everything for her. The ending was great.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The characters and storyline were great.

My rating: 5/5*

Cruel Daddy (Boston Mafia Dons) by Bianca Cole

This is the first book in the Boston Mafia Dons series. It can be read on its own however.

Cruelty is his middle name, and I’m at his mercy. 


My father has kept me locked away in an ivory tower. 
I thought he wanted to protect me, but he only wanted to protect his asset. 
An untouched, sheltered mob princess is worth a lot of money to the right buyer.
 
My father’s greed means Sicily is no longer big enough for him. 
I’m shipped across the Atlantic to Boston to marry a man I’ve never met, whose reputation for cruelty reaches as far as the shores of Sicily. 

Milo Mazzeo is as dark as they come. 
He’s a ruthless don with no morals, and he’s about to become my husband. 
It’s clear from the moment we meet that we have nothing in common. 

Once we say I do, he tells me that I’m his possession.
I must do whatever he says. 
I’m nothing more than a slave to tend to his every whim and need. 
If he thinks I’m going to accept my fate without a fight, he is mistaken. 

I always expected to marry for love, but all I feel is hate toward this beautiful beast. 
They say there is a fine line between love and hate. 
Could the fire of hatred really twist into something more?

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

Aida was a good character. She was strong and she put up with a lot from Milo. Milo was good too, but he was cruel at the start.

I think the duel POV was brilliant because it was great to get inside of his head. It put a little understanding to his actions, although it didn’t justify the lengths he went to.

I enjoyed reading their relationship develop. It was forced up until the end, and I liked the way it changed and how it changed. It was great to see Milo’s barriers lower and acknowledge that his actions have been harsh.

I dropped a star because the daddy kink wasn’t to my taste, and I felt that Aida’s need to have him touching her shouldn’t have been as needy after how he was treating her.

Overall, it was a good story with good character development. I would recommend this book.

My rating: 4/5*

Dark Angel: The Angel Duet (Book1) A dark mafia romance (The London Ruthless Series) by Sadie Kincaid

This is the first book in The London Ruthless series.

I was never supposed to fall in love with Gabriel Sullivan. He has always been off limits in more ways than one.

But, for all the reasons we should be apart, there’s one that keeps drawing me back to him – he is the only man I’ve ever loved.
And every stolen glance, every smile, every brush of his fingertips, only make me want him more.

Samantha Donovan used to call me her angel, but the things I’d like to do to her make me feel like the devil.
I should stay away from her. For her sake and for mine. I’ve made it to the top of my game by being ruthless and calculated. A man with nothing to lose can act without consequence.
The problem is, I’m a man who takes what he wants, and I want her.
And I will have her at any cost.

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

Samantha was a great complex character. I loved her backstory. It made you connect with her more. She had been through so much in her life, but she had come out stronger.

Gabriel was brilliant. I absolutely loved him. He was a genuinely nice guy and I loved his understanding with Sam. They both jumped to conclusions too easily rather than talk to each other though. I loved watching their relationship develop. They were pretty hot together.

The storyline was good. I think Sam needed to trust Gabriel more, especially knowing what him and her dad were like. She should have trusted him with Jacksons threats.

Gabriel screwed up big time when they were on a break though. I just know that it will come back to bite him in the next book. The ending was far too happy for it not too.

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

My rating: 5/5*

Shattered Soul (Riverside Docks Crew Book 2)

The second book is the Riverside Docks Crew series is out now!

Claimed.
Shot.
Kidnapped.
Threatened.
Kidnapped again.
Tortured.

The Crew has taken everything from me. I’ve even lost the only family I had, and yet I’m still here.

Frankie Gomez staked his claim on me, but even he didn’t expect to develop feelings.

My shattered soul craves more though.
Frankie, Joe, Ash and Chris.
They all saved me. They all own a part of my broken soul.

The Crew may be thicker than blood, and Tiger might be the boss, but I’ve made my own gang with these men. And we’re going to rage war upon the Royal Gang for what they did.

The Riverside Docks Crew, the Downtown Bridge Crew and the Royal Gang might have been at war before, but they’ve seen nothing yet.

The war is only just beginning.

This is the second book in a reverse harem, dark romance series, featuring dark themes and gang violence.

Check out book one, Riverside Warrior here:

Dirty Dom (Valetti Crime Family Book 1) by Willow Winters

This is the first book in the Valetti Crime Family series, although this book can also be read as a standalone.

I’m not always proud of the man I am, but when you grow up in a crime family, there aren’t a lot of options.
I do what I have to do, and more than often, I crave it.

The power, the women, the money. All of it comes easy to me.
Until Becca walked into my office.

Everything about her was tempting. Her beautiful eyes that pierced into me, her body that was made for sin.
She came to pay off a debt, but I wanted more.
So I did what I’ve always done, I took what I wanted.

She’s a good girl who never should have walked through that door.
I never should have touched her, but now that I have, I can’t stop.

I’ll push her boundaries, she’ll cave to temptation.
We’ll both forget about the danger.
And that’s a mistake I can’t afford…

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

Becca was a good character. She’s having a hard time, and then stumbled into Dom while laying off her dead husbands debt. She’s a strong character and deals with everything well given the circumstances. She battles against her feelings towards Dom though.

Dom was brilliant. He’s got a dark family, but they’re also close. He knows he wants Becca from the start and he fights to get her. He saves her, and I love how hard he takes her rejection. I enjoyed the small insight to his family as well. It was nice to see a mob family so close.

I loved watching them come together, because ultimately, he gives everything up for her. I feel like they needed to be together. She needed someone strong to have her back and I feel that he needed something more in his life.

Overall, this book was a quick enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Wild Card (Advantage Play Book 1) by Kelsie Rae

This is the first book in the Advantage Play series, but it can also be read as a standalone.

Rule #1: Keep your head down and your eyes up. It makes you invisible. But not stupid.

I should’ve known I’d get caught counting cards, especially in a mob-owned casino. But I’m desperate. And desperate times call for desperate measures. Now I find myself in the basement beneath the casino with a bruise the size of Texas on my cheek and the promise that the head of the family, Kingston Romano, will be visiting me soon.

I’ve heard the rumors.

This is just the beginning.

I’m screwed.

Then I meet Kingston face to face. Sensing my desperation, he approaches me with a proposition to pay for my transgression. And I have no choice but to accept it.

What I’m not ready for, however, are the consequences that follow, putting me in the crosshairs of a war between the Romanos and a rival family, the Allegrettis.

As the cards are played and lives are threatened, I’m left with no choice. I need to pick a side and decide if I’m all in, or if I’ll be taken for all I’m worth.

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

Ace is a brilliant character. She’s feisty and strong. She’s had a rough past that has shaped her into the person she is. She’s screwing over the casinos on the way to her little plan of vengeance, and she gets caught by Kingston.

I loved Kingston. His fairly new to taking charge of his family. He’s a dark man, but Ace finds the light in him. He gets completely drawn in by Ace, and ultimately, they fall for each other.

It was brilliant to watch them grow together. They just work. She got him, to bring down his walls, and he made her do the same. They both hate the same man, but for different reason.

The story was brilliant. I loved how it revolved around poker, while using it to bring down the Allegrettis. I enjoyed how everything slowly pieced together, and then came together at the end. I also loved the connection with Gigi.

I think the difference POV chapters added to the story and gave a wider picture.

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

My rating: 5/5*