• Romance

    Vow of Hell – Clara Elroy

    4/5 Stars. In this second City of Stars noel by Clara Elroy, Vow of Hell follows Saint and Aria in an arranged marriage. Where Saint, a former NFL player, is no stranger to the playboy lifestyle, Aria is reserved while she focuses on her career as a fashion influencer. With a rivalry between their company brands, and completely different lifestyles, Saint and Aria battle in their new forced relationship. Even with an agreement between them, the two struggle to find stay in the lines of healthy boundaries. Will they sacrifice their integrities and make the arrangement work? Y’all are about to find out. I was captivated by this book from…

  • Romance

    Hooked – Emily McIntire

    4/5 Stars. In this dark romance novel by Emily McIntire, Hooked isn’t your average re-telling of a fairytale. Following James (aka Hook) and Wendy, this novel will sweep you off your feet and twist your imagination into dark, delectable places. The sheltered, caring, heroine in the story, Wendy, is desperate to fly free after spending years under the wing of her successful father. After her mother’s passing, Wendy and her younger brother had to deal with years of absent parenting. Moving to a new town, working a new job and making new friends while still raising her brother almost entirely alone, Wendy is ready for a fresh start. When her…

  • Romance

    Hush Hush & Say Yes – Lucia Franco

    5/5 stars. In this award winning novel by Lucia Franco, Hush Hush follows Aubrey Abrams, a college student who struggles to afford day to day life. When her parents died, her Grammy took her in and raised her, and now Aubrey is on a mission to take back her life and care for Grammy the way that she deserves. When Aubrey’s bestie and roommate, Natalie, offers her a once in a lifetime opportunity that comes with quick cash, Aubrey puts aside her hesitations and does what she needs to do to support herself. With this new job comes a new set of rules: Don’t get attached to clients and don’t…

  • Romance

    Off Balance – Lucia Franco

    5/5 stars. Absence did not make the heart grow fonder. It made the heart ache for something that might never be.” -Lucia Franco, Dismount. In this 5 book series by Lucia Franco–Balance, Execution, Release, Twist and Dismount—Off Balance follows sixteen year old, Adrianna Rossi and her couch, Konstantin Kournakova (Kova) as they struggle to find balance between attraction and professionalism. Their relationship, while forbidden and taboo, is not predatory in any sense. I’ll go further with that after my quick break down. In book one, Adrianna turns seventeen fairly early on and begins working in Kova’s gym, World Cup, so that she can test Elite. Adrianna’s goal is to make…

  • Romance

    Controlling Assets – Shae Coon

    4/5 stars Controlling Assets by Shae Coon is the second interconnected standalone in the Marron House series. This novel follows the very successful Caleb Marron in his fight to take down his enemy, Talia Stone. In this spicy dark romance, Caleb and Talia try to fight their desires until it becomes clear that there’s something between them.  While this genre isn’t one that I typically read (I’m not the biggest fan of dark romance), I absolutely loved Shae’s style of writing. She was clear and concise in her diction, and every character really seemed to pop off the page. The family dynamic between Caleb, his sister, and his parents is one…

  • Romance

    Punk 57 – Penelope Douglas

    5/5 stars “Alone, Empty, Fraud, Shame, Fear, Close your eyes. There is nothing to see out here.” In this stand-alone enemies to lovers/friends to lovers romance by Penelope Douglas, Punk 57 follows Misha and Ryen, two childhood penpals who have never met in person. With their constant communication for years, Misha and Ryen Become best friends with one simple rule: we’ll never meet in person. They never look each other up, and they have no idea what the other looks like. That is, until, Misha runs into Ryen at a party and is instantly intrigued by everything that she is. When Misha switches schools and goes under a fake name,…

  • Contemporary,  Romance

    Vicious – L.J. Shen

    4/5 Stars “Be wise. Let your heart lead the way. And when you find someone who’s worth it—never let them go.” In this dark romance novel by L.J. Shen, Vicious follows Emilia and Vicious, two people from entirely different worlds who are crash each others worlds to pieces. Emilia’s attracted to Vicious but knows he’s just that– Vicious. Vicious, with a hard exterior and a hunger for hurting those around him, bullies Emilia like it’s his job, and when he forces her out of the state after they graduate high school, they never speak again. That is, until they meet again in New York at 28 years old. Ten years…