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BOOK REVIEW: Bound By Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 1) by Cora Reilly

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Genre:

Romance // Erotic Romance // Suspense // New Adult // Contemporary Romance

Series:

Yes this book is the first book of the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. However, all books in this serious revolve around different characters within the same world. Therefore they can be read independently or as a series. It’s totally up to you.

Synopsis:

Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.
Now with eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.
Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. Luca might be one of the most sought after men in New York thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma that radiates power, but the society girls throwing themselves at him don’t know what Aria does: that the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.
In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.
The only way to escape the marriage to Luca would be to run away and leave everything she’s ever known behind but Aria can’t bear the thought of never seeing her family again.
Despite her fear, she decides to go through with the marriage; Aria has grown up among predators like Luca and knows that even most cold-hearted bastards have a heart and she has every intention of working her way into Luca’s.

Review:

Guys I am so excited to be diving into another series. I feel like every time I begin a new book I’m entering in a totally different world and I’m obsessed.

When I first saw the cover of Bound by Honor I was intrigued. Most new adult and erotic romance books have half naked people all over the cover, but this one didn’t have that so I though I’d look further. After reading the blurb I knew this series was going to be my new thing.

Since Bound by Honor is mafia based I was a little concerned that, that particular element of the story might be over done. You all know that there are those books out there that are just too much. I’m happy to say, that in my opinion, it wasn’t. I think Reilly did a fabulous job of tying all of the story’s elements together.

Something else that I found that I loved about Bound by Honor was the characters. I know that it could be said that Aria was a “poorly” written female lead because she was submissive, but that is something that I don’t necessarily agree with. I feel like Aria fit into her role, and she was written in a way that felt so real. That’s something that I adore; when characters are written just that good.

Like I had said before this book, because of the mafia theme, could’ve become very extra at the hands of a different writer. That being said I feel like Luca was very well written as well. I do with that I had gotten to know him a little more. Yes you get to know him, but you get to know Aria a lot more. With both of them being our main characters I feel like we should get to know them equally. Even with that being said I still fell like the characters were written well.

This being a erotic romance book there is sex, but because of the situation the characters are placed in the sex is not something that has been rushed. It was done in a way that contributed to the story. Descriptions all across the board were amazing, and I was never left to wonder.

Overall the book was very good, and I do plan on continuing the series. I’m giving it a four out of five stars which is pretty average on my scale. It was a really good story, but it didn’t blow me away.

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Book Review: Wicked Desires (The Kategan Alphas #3) by T.A. Grey

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Genre: Erotic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes this is the third book in The Kategan Alpha series. However, all books in this series can be read independently. If you would like to read my reviews on the first book in this series, The Mating Cycle, you can click here, and if you would like to read my review of the second book, Dark Awakening, you can here.

Synopsis

The sight of her happily mated brothers has Vera biting her nails in frustration. When the opportunity arises for her to get away from it all she takes it—with one catch—Jackson Marsh. Jackson Marsh has been a pain in her butt from the moment she laid eyes on him. And now to repair his broken trust with her brother Rome, Jackson has agreed to protect Vera as she goes into enemy territory to negotiate with the vampires.

However the change of scenery doesn’t do anything to help Vera’s mood for there was one thing she didn’t think about when she came up with her brilliant plan—seeing her ex vampire lover. Now with her ex vying for her affections again and Jackson sending her body and heart through a loop, Vera must decide what to do with her heart, which has never fully healed itself from the past. In the midst of all the chaos, a vampire clan is threatening to take Kategan land. Together Vera and Jackson must fight to save Kategan land while trying to save each other from falling in love.

Review

It’s really rare for me to find a series that I can continue this far with, and I’m glad to say that this is one of them. After reading Dark Awakening I had thought I had found my new favorite book, but I’m wrong again. This is totally my new favorite, for now at least.

Wicked Desires really stole my heart and made me realize why I love T.A. Grey’s writing. Grey never fails to create relatable characters that feel so real even when they aren’t.

In The Mating Cycle I first met Vera. She was the spunky, outspoken, sister of Vane, and I really didn’t care for her too much to be honest. However, my opinion of her has now changed completely. Upon reading you really get to know her. She’s controlling and guarded, but that’s only because that she had been hurt.

When I found out that Vera’s love interest was Jackson Marsh I have to say I was a little surprised. I mean there weren’t any other original characters to choose from, but I was still surprised. In a good way though. Jackson is different being that he is human and not a werewolf, however he and Vera share common issues. Which is why I think that they are perfect for each other.

Another thing I really liked was the newly introduced supernatural creatures. There are vampires now! Not to mention the fact that Vera’s previous lover was a vampire. I love the integration of new types of characters.

All in all I can say Im very happy with this book. I feel like with each book they get more and more immersive. Yeah there were a few typos, but I think those are going to be fixed across all books. T.A. Grey seems to have been revamping all of her books lately. I definitely plan on continuing this series, because I’m emotionally invested in it at this point. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Awakening (The Kategan Alphas #2) by T.A. Grey

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Genre: Eroctic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes, this is the second book it the series. However, these books do not need to be read in order as T.A. Grey focuses on different characters in each book. If you would like to see my review of the first book, The Mating Cycle, click here.

Synopsis

Once a vibrant woman, Alison Bennson suffered a terrible trauma in the past. When her past crashes back into her life, Alison must turn to the Kategans for help. Rome Kategan has been a haunting thought in her mind ever since she met the grinning rogue. If only she was the woman she used to be she could enjoy the sexy male, but instead she is haunted and fearful for the future.

Her past has emerged with vengeance and with one purpose in mind for Alison—death. Rome Kategan swears to protect Alison with a passionate determination that frightens Alison almost more than her past. Now, in the midst of danger, Rome must protect the woman he loves and convince her to be his mate.

Review

When I first began reading Dark Awakening  I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it more than I had liked The Mating Cycle. To me Sarina and Vane were the shit. However, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.

In The Mating Cycle as a reader we are given a glimpse of Alison Bennson as the best friend of Sarina. In the first book we were told that Alison has had a rough past, especially when it came to men, but in Dark Awakening we get to know her at a whole new level. Her passions show through just as much as the skeletons from her closet.

I feel like T.A. Grey deserves some pretty big props for writing this book. I say that because with each book her writing just keeps getting better, and the character development is on point. The pacing was perfect for me, and I didn’t feel like the characters were rushed into the decisions that they made. They did things at their own pace even when things got hot and heavy.

I know after I finish reading the next book I’m going to be eating my words, but I think this is my new favorite of the series. I just feel like Alison is so likable and relatable. She’s young, has a great personality, and major guy problems. I feel like any girl my age can relate to that, even if it isn’t to the same exact circumstances.

There are so many good things that I can say about Dark Awakening that I don’t want to mention the bad. But I have to. There was a small issue and one quite big one in my opinion.

The small issue was just the odd typo or misspelled word. It wasn’t something major, so it really didn’t bother me. There really weren’t that many of them.

However, the bigger issue was kind of a plot hole. If you aren’t one for any sort of spoilers I would skip this section of the review. Alison and Rome have sex a couple of times during her breeding cycle, and he cums inside of her. After this happens there was a brief moment in the book where pregnancy was brought up as a possibility, but it was only a couple of sentences. After that it was not brought up for the remainder of the book, but I believe that it really should’ve been discussed further. Personally I feel like it leaves a hole in the plot.

So all in all I did really love this book. I loved Alison and Rome, the were honestly perfect. I also loved getting to see the characters from the last book re appear again in this one. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really wish it could’ve been a 5 star book.

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Book Review: The CypressTrap by JC Gatlin

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Synopsis 

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog. 

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.

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Review

I have to say that I have become quite shy of free books for download on Amazon. That is only because of the fact that the more I have read, the less good books I have found. However, JC Gatlin has pleasantly surprised me with this captivating read.

Normally I don’t  read a lot of thrillers, or suspense, but I’m glad that I picked this one up. From the beginning I was sucked in. It was an interesting concept with the little rabbits foot being the point of the conflict throughout the whole story. Simple, cliche even, but I did like that bit.

It’s a story that keeps you interested, the kind where you want to keep turning the pages. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that recently I’ve been struggling with finding these gripping types of books.

Besides my own personal praise on the books entirety. I feel like the characters were good. Maybe they could’ve been fleshed out more, but they weren’t bad in my own opinion. But something that really got under my skin was that Owen kept saying “Dropp’n F.” Like what? Why? I understand that characters have quirks but that really just annoyed me more than anything else.

Overall I’d give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

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