Monday, May 29, 2017

Release Blitz: Plight by KM Golland

Title: Plight
Author: K.M. Golland
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 29, 2017


Noun: a difficult, or otherwise unfortunate
Verb: pledge or solemnly promise. Be engaged to be

I promised
myself to a man. Well, technically, I promised myself to a boy. We were eight
years old. Neighbours. He gave me a Cheezel, pushed it onto my finger, and
asked me to marry him.
I ate the
I also
said, “Yes” but that we’d have to wait until we were thirty.
It was my
thirtieth birthday last week and now he’s calling in that promise.
Elliot Parker is insane if he thinks
that an out of the blue private Facebook message stipulating the binding law of
an oral contractual agreement is going to seal our twenty-two-year bullshit
I wonder if
he really does look like his profile picture, though.

3.5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Danielle Cunningham is one week past her thirtieth birthday. She is reminded of that fact when she receives a private Facebook message from Elliot Parker, an old friend she has not heard from in seventeen years. When they were kids, they were promised to each other, he put a Cheezel on her finger (think a cheese puff but shaped like a ring) and the deal was sealed. Now Elliot has come to collect.

Elliot Parker is insane if he thinks that a private Facebook message stipulation the binding law of an oral contractual agreement is going to seal our twenty-two year bullshit deal. In.Sane. 

Years have gone by. Years without a word from Elliot. 

We hadn’t so much as spoken to each other in seventeen years when he moved houses and we went our separate ways, so his message had come out of nowhere. 

There are lots of witty messages exchanged. It seems Elliot is a lawyer and is coming back home to work on a gardening project. When they were kids, a neighbor saved them from flash floods and a memorial garden was planted in his honor. However, over the years, it has been neglected and in danger of being filled in. He has gotten a stay from the courts to give the towns people a chance to clean it up and restore it to its original beauty. So he’s actually coming into town for a reason-not to marry Danielle!

The truth is Elliot has harbored feelings for Danielle since they were kids. It’s no hardship seeing her again. Sparks fly when they first lay eyes on each other after all these years. 

Except Danielle had never been the girl of my dreams, she’d been the girl of my reality, my best friend and that was even better. 

But the more time Danielle spends with Elliot, the more she realizes she has missed their friendship. She doesn’t want to cross over any lines and ruin things for them if it does not work out. Elliot doesn’t share those same concerns. 

I’d only ever waited for her-twenty-two years, in fact. 

How will Elliot get Danielle to see that they aren’t kids any longer, they are adults with adult feelings. Feelings that are genuine and should be given a chance to explore. 

No, I’m just saying that you can’t be friends after you’ve been lovers. It never works out. I don’t want us to not be friends, Elliot. Ever.”

Elliot is a resourceful guy who knows what he wants, but will he be able to make Danielle see what is right in front of her? 

”But you did give up,” I cried, letting it burst out of me.
“Yeah, I did, when I was a kid that didn’t know any better. But I’m an adult now, and I know that giving up on you was the single biggest regret of my life.”

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“I'm an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable
little people. I'm a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I'm also a
self confessed shoe-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and bridge-aholic.”

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland is a
best selling hybrid author, and a ranty, married mother of two with a very
healthy high heel obsession.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Release Blitz: Disgraced by Natasha Knight

Title: Disgraced
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2017


Disgrace: the condition of one fallen from grace.

She is my forbidden fruit. The one temptation I cannot resist.

The first night…

I rescued her from an attack in the seedy underground of New York City.

The second night…

She told me the first of many lies.

She thinks she can keep me out of her world, but she’s in over her head.
Watching her, being near her, it gives breath to something dark inside me.
Something primal and forbidden. Forbidden to me.

Because in six months, I’ll be an ordained priest.

And she complicates things.

She thinks she is my disgrace. Truth is, my fall had begun the moment I’d laid
eyes on her.


4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I loved this book.  If you have read Dishonorable, this is Damon and Lia's story. I could not wait to dive in and find out what was going on between them and how it would all end.  Would they somehow find their happiness together?

Lina was supposed to be in Chicago attending college but it wasn't where she wanted to be at that moment.  Honestly she wasn't really sure where she belonged.  She moved to New York in search of answers but did not tell anyone where she went.  

In six months Damon Armado will be ordained.  He has been sent to New York for some business regarding the seminary.  But the person that sent him also did so for other reasons, which Damon is not aware of at first.  Damon has been studying to become a priest.  And in six months that is exactly where he is supposed to be.  So why does it seem like he is holding something back?  Because he is all though unaware of exactly what that is.  It has been about four years since he has seen Lina but when he enters a club and hears the music being played on the piano, he knows without having to even look at the person playing, that it is her.  Lina is the last person that he ever expected to run into.  she is supposed to be in Chicago.  after talking to her he knows that she is in trouble in some way, but she refuses to bring him into it, making it harder for him to help her.  But he is determined to find out what is going on and will protect her at all costs, but her safety is not the only issue that these two have.  they both need to come to terms with what is really going on between them.  the connection that they both feel but are afraid to admit.  Nothing can happen between them no matter what they feel, or can it?

I love Damon.  This man is a complete alpha male who needs to be in control and dominate Lina in more ways than one.  Let me just say there is no way that Damon Armado could ever be a priest.  He is too dirty and sexy for that.  That's all I can really say.  This man had me from the beginning and even when he was being an ass I still loved him.  

Lina was the kind of girl who I really liked and admired in some ways.  She was certainly independent, I can say that much.  Her reasons for going to New York and keeping it a secret were certainly ones that I questioned.  But she went for a reason and she managed to protect herself until recently, when she found herself in even more danger.  

disgraced is raw and gritty and I loved it.  This book is everything that I would expect from Ms. Knight.  The shocking moments where you are so afraid to look at your Ipad and continue reading, for fear of what will happen to the alpha men who want to dominate there women, to the hot and sexy moments.  I loved it and cannot wait for Zach's story next.  At least I am hoping he is next.  

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USA Today Bestselling author Natasha Knight writes dark romance as well as spanking romance in a variety of genres including contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction and fantasy. She is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories forever searching in every story for that single most important element of love. All of her stories contain at least one kinky Alpha male, lots of dirty talk and a well deserved happily ever after.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Release Blitz: All the Way by M.Mabie

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"I was going to keep my word, but I was also keeping her."—Cord Taylor

A contemporary romance with a mouthy redhead and a sexy, charming hero. Swoon. Laugh. Fall in love.

I’m a man’s man. A bro. A pal. A dude. And I love women.

Am I a saint? Far from it.

Do I go out with a lot of women? You’re damn right.

I date them all. Shy. Loud. Too busy. Lonely. High maintenance. No confidence. No filter. Bad habits. Naive. Beautiful ones. Pretty ones—and believe me there is a difference, but that’s another soap box. Point is, I don’t discriminate.

What do I get out of it? Knowledge. I want to be prepared, adept, and ready.

I might find the perfect woman for me today or a few years from now, but I won’t stop until I do. Then when The One comes along, I’ll be ready to go the distance.

Ready to go all the way.

I’m Cord Taylor, and, lady of my dreams, I’m coming for you.

3. 5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Cord Taylor is a successful thirty-two-year-old entrepreneur, a lady’s man and does not suffer from any self- esteem issues. He loves woman, loves having sex with them and chalks it all up to gaining experience for when he meets the “One”.

I enjoy making women feel beautiful and special. Not for sex or to gain some reputation, but because-when it all boils down- I don’t ever want to miss out on her.
The One. 

Dana is sick of wasting her time on losers. She’s attracted to good looking bad boys, but those are the ones she should stay away from. She caught the guy she’d been dating for three months red handed. Cheating on her. She didn’t let him know she saw him, but he’s out of here. 

I might have technically broken things off with Cameron, the Last Official Ken Doll, but I was still wearing last night’s dress, and she knew it. 
Okay. Okay. I still slept with him. For old time’s sake. One for the road, as they say. 

Dana is looking for her sister Jodi at the coffee shop where she works. She’s on the phone complaining about why she can’t meet a guy who can give her what she wants when Cord, who owns the shop, overhears her. Dana is gorgeous and sassy and Cord wants her. But they have a little run in, and she takes off. It’s not long before Cord finds out who she is. His best friend Reuben is marrying Dana’s best friend Becca. They are both going to be in the wedding. But Reuben warns Cord off of Dana-Becca doesn’t need the drama and Cord goes through women like water. 

There’s sparks and chemistry and lust between these two-but things are kept on the down low. Is this all about hooking up or something more?

When I found the right girl, I’d always told myself I’d jump. Dive right in. That if it was right, I’d know. Then I’d do everything in my power to give her the best. That I’d be ready. I’d failed myself and Dana in the process.

I have to admit that I wasn’t crazy about either of these characters. Cord was too arrogant for me and Dana-I just never warmed up to her character. She wanted to meet a good, stable guy but she seemed to have a problem curbing her sexual impulses. But I am a huge fan of M. Mabie’s so I wouldn’t hesitate to read her next release. 

“I never said anything to you that I didn’t mean.”



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Review: Loving Jade by Roya Carmen

I never thought I’d be able to leave Michael, but I finally worked up the courage. I’m not sure where I’m heading but I feel safe here with the Riverstones. This place is lovely and serene. There is so much beauty and love here.

Yet, I still don’t feel free – I know Michael will find me. It’s just a matter of time.

Love is the last thing I’m looking for, but Flynn is such a beautiful man, inside and out. He makes me believe that I can be stronger, that I can be fierce. He believes he can fix me with equine therapy but he has no clue how much damage has been done.

Yet, somehow, he manages to get through to me. With patience, love and understanding, he slowly peels off the hard layers of self-doubt and fear that have held me captive all these years.

Just as I finally start to get stronger, Michael tracks me down and sends us all into turmoil, and threatens not only me but the family I’ve come to love.

3.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Flynn Riverstone is the brother of Amber and Ruby, whose stories were the first two in the Riverstone Series. He works hard for the family business and he is a licensed Equine Assisted Therapist. He works with horses, and helps clients of all ages with stress, traumas, disorders, depression-issues that are severely affecting the quality of their lives. He is fiercely protective of his family and wouldn’t mind settling down himself if the right girl came along.

Jade has been married to Michael for years. He’s immensely successful with his medical cannabis business. He showers Jade with clothing and shoes and jewelry. But Michael has a temper and Jade usually bears the brunt of it. Each time he hits her she tells herself it will be the last time. But of course it’s not. She’s afraid to leave and be on her own.

But then what?
Where will I go?
Who will I be?
Who will love me?
Who will take care of me?

When she finally has had enough, she turns to her aunt for help. That’s how she ends up in the same time as the Riverstone family.
Jade is like a skittish colt and Flynn immediately senses something is off in this girl that he finds himself attracted to-he’s had enough experience to know when someone is hiding pain. Flynn may have helped out so many others in the past, but can he help Jade to heal? Where do things stand with Jade and Michael, after all, he still is her husband.

“Flynn Riverstone,” he says simply. Not terse, not friendly, just matter-of –fact. But I’m glad to hear it-he’s the brother, the brother I know absolutely nothing about.

Loving Jade concludes the series about the Riverstone family. The ending of this one felt a little rushed to me. While I love a book with angst, this one had a dose of that but things were a little too sweet for me throughout most of the story. I like the hero to be a bit more alpha than Flynn. I have to admit that Amber surprised me and not in a good way. When things got tough, she suddenly became a different person. She had a family to worry about, but she had no problem kicking Jade to the curb. It may not have been her finest moment. Despite this, I can say overall, I did enjoy the series.

I shouldn’t need him so badly. I shouldn’t need anyone.
But I do.

Each story is intertwined with the lives of the three siblings. While they can be read as stand alones, it is better to read them in order, so you have a better understanding of the history of each of the characters and the choices they made. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms. Carmen has in store for us with her next book!

Only one question comes to mind as his sweet lips press against mine.

How did I ever get so lucky? 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cover Reveal: Forgetting You, Forgetting Me by Monica James

Series: Memories From Yesterday Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26th 2017
German Rights sold to: Heyne, Random House

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My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.
I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.
I had everything a girl could ever want.
But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”
I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.
As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Blog Tour: Cheater's Regret by Rachel Van Dyken


Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.
Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.
Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.
He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.
Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

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Review by Lisa Kane

 Not all cheaters are created equal.

We met Austin and Thatch in Avery and Lucas’ story-Cheaters (Curious Liaisons)  Thatch is a successful plastic surgeon up to his elbows in breasts and Austin is a student working on her MBA. What started out as a sex for fun relationship morphed into something more-right up until Austin found thatch’s lips attached to Avery’s sister. 

Why did Thatch cheat? When Austin calls him on it, he shatters what was left of her heart. 

And then after all the tears on my end, when I went to his apartment the next day and said I wanted to really try to make things work-he said no. and broke up with me. With Me. 

Now of course we readers know that Thatch must have a reason for what he did. He misses Austin but thinks he is doing what is best for her, but why? That’s the mystery that slowly is revealed throughout the story. 

I had a sinking feeling I was going to get burned. And this time, I was right. But I wasn’t just burned, I was wrecked, completely destroyed. 

So being a resourceful woman, Austin vows to extract revenge on Thatch. He in turn counters with moves every time she plots another embarrassing moment. Here’s where I started to wonder how two people could act so immature. I kept thinking that Austin had no real self-esteem. She was quasi stalking Thatch-he broke up, told you it was over and a month later you are still looking for ways to stay in his life. 

Maybe it was because no one had ever broken up with me before? Probably because I’d never had a serious relationship-until Thatch had given me a key. 

She comes up with a master plan-one that puts her in his life on a daily basis. 

But once the immature phase moved along, the story did flow for me.  Secrets long concealed are exposed and there were a few angsty moments. Keeping up with Avery and Lucas is a plus-I really loved their story and they are just as adorable in this one. 

I knew in that moment I would do anything for her. 

Give up everything. 


“You want to do this right now?” He was still whispering as he slowly extended his large perfect surgeon’s hands out to the spider, and suddenly, I realized how this would end.

The spider would bite him.

Thatch’s bite would get infected.

And he wouldn’t be able to do his job.

Or pay off his student loans.

Leaving him in debt.

On the street.



Thatch was going to die.

“Wait!” I slowly lowered my body to the floor. Fear pounded in my ears as I held out my hands and Charlie lumbered onto my palms. It tickled. It would be nice if I weren’t so terrified of spiders.

Shaking, I walked over to the bucket and gently set him inside, this time, right side up so Thatch could transport him later. Just as I pulled my hands away, something sharp dug into my skin.

“Mother fu—”

Thatch grabbed me just before I collapsed against the floor, hands shaking and pain searing through my right thumb.

Before I knew what was happening, Thatch was carrying me over to the couch. Soft pillows met my back as he grabbed my thumb and held it close to his face.

“Am I going to die?” I whimpered. “Because the Discovery Channel [PS1] said tarantula bites feel like bee stings—they’re liars from the pit of hell!”

Thatch narrowed his eyes at the puffy red mark and then slowly dropped my hand to my side. “You’ll live.”

“Well, that’s encouraging. Don’t I at least get a sticker? A sucker? For saving your life?”

“You?” He chuckled and joined me on the couch. “Saved my life by getting bit by a tarantula?”

“Keep up!” Talking was at least distracting me from the throbbing pain. At least it had dulled a bit, though the fact that I had spider venom in my hand made me cringe. “If it bit you, you wouldn’t be able to do your job.”

He seemed thoughtful. “You mean I’d finally get a vacation where I’m allowed to sleep for longer than three hours?”

“Well, when you put it that way,” I grumbled, and tried to cross my arm, then hissed as pain exploded down my hand.

He grabbed it again. “At least the venom is weak, it’s really just the puncture wound from the spider’s fangs that causes the swelling.”

“Well, that’s disappointing on so many levels. I save your life and I don’t even get to turn into Spider-Man.”

“Tough luck, maybe next time.” He winked.

It was nice.

Sitting with him on the couch.

My legs on his lap.

My eyes focused on his mouth.

Abort! Abort!

I quickly looked away but not fast enough—he caught me staring where I shouldn’t have been staring, and I felt like a complete loser for still lusting after him the way I was.

What was it about Thatch?

Other than everything?

He was brilliant. Hardworking. Gorgeous. And he fought spiders on behalf of a girl he’d dumped.

Damn it.

“This leads nowhere,” he said in a hollow voice. “You understand that, right?”

It was like he’d just handed me the world’s happiest balloon and then popped it with a giant needle.

I was utterly defeated and deflated.

Even though I knew going into this there was no hope of us getting back together, I’d officially turned into that sad, pathetic clinger.

I’d always made fun of “those girls.”

And now “that girl” stared back at me in my own stupid mirror.

I let out a long sigh and nodded slowly. “This is strictly business, Thatch. You know how important this class is to me, how important getting my MBA is to me.”

He looked away, his jaw clenched. “Parents still MIA for the most part?”

I nodded.

“And the reelection, I imagine your dad wants you to join his mayoral campaign again?”

A sick feeling grew in the pit of my stomach.

To my parents, I was a trophy. Something shiny and pretty they could trot out to gain votes from families who appreciated their having taken time out of their busy lives to sire a child.

Granted, I knew my parents loved me.

They just loved me in their own way—the only way they knew how.

“I have to graduate,” I stressed again. “The job market’s fierce out there, and an MBA will help with that. The sooner I graduate, the sooner I can start my own life away from all of this.” I lifted my hands into the air.

This just happened to be a mansion.

A huge mansion.

With three interconnected swimming pools.

A tennis court.

Two movie rooms.

And a bowling alley.

I think I’d prefer anything but this. If I could choose to live in a dump with my parents and we’d be a family or I could have a mansion and scarcely see them.

I’d choose the dump every time.

“I’ll do my best to help you.” He lifted my legs off his lap. “But first, we ride.”

I blushed. I couldn’t help it.

“You can’t do that anymore,” he whispered, his blue eyes piercing. “You can’t blush when I say things like that.”


He muttered a curse and walked away. I could have sworn he adjusted himself near the door, but I was too busy hiding behind the couch to fully commit to ogling him.

“Where’s your bike?” he called over his shoulder before turning around.

“In the garage. It’s kind of dark now, though, let’s ride tomorrow after work.” I totally said it without stuttering or blushing.

“Fine.” He looked exhausted.

“Don’t forget the spider.” I pointed at the bucket. “And don’t let it loose in nature. We can’t have that bastard procreating with another, smaller spider and creating zombie spider babies that take over the world.”

He just stared at me like I’d lost my mind.

And then shook his head as a smile played across his face. “You’re entertaining, I’ll give you that.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you.”

“It was meant to be one.”

We froze, both of us smiling at each other.

“Sleep,” I whispered. “You’ve got a busy day tomorrow.”

“Yup.” He gripped the bucket in one hand; the muscles in his forearm flexed. “Take some ibuprofen and ice the spider bite. If you feel any muscle weakness or tightness in your chest, let me know and I’ll prescribe you something.”

“Ah, the power of the pen.”

He rolled his eyes and waved with his free hand. “See you tomorrow morning at eight, Austin.” He hesitated in the doorway. “Be sure to wear something work-appropriate.”

“Oh, so you want me to wear a bike uniform?”

He flipped me off and quietly shut the door against my laughter.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Once Burned by Sam Mariano

Adrian Palmetto. 

Mine is a name known by every lowlife in Chicago. Mateo Morelli's right hand man: problem-solver, hit man, chief strategist, confidante—whatever he needs, I'm his guy. Kinda funny, since I hate the bastard. At least, that's what I've told myself over the last five years, serving a man I consider despicable—a man I once considered my closest friend. It's what I had to do, if I wanted Elise. And I wanted Elise more than I've ever wanted anything in my godforsaken life.

Thing is, I'm free now. I don't have to be Mateo's guy anymore. I paid the price for Elise's freedom and now I can start building a life with her. Only it's not that simple. Nothing ever is in this damn family. Elise carries emotional baggage from her own time served, and Mateo's in deep shit without me. 

You'd think I would've learned my lesson about the evils of Mateo's family at 8, when they ruined my life, or maybe even at 28, when they stole it. Now here I am, 33, faced with one final choice: do I escape this family once and for all, or do I dive back into the flames to save Mateo's ass one last time?

**Recommended for readers 18+ due to violence. Book 3 of 4 in the Morelli Family Saga. NOT a standalone. None of these are standalones. Start with Accidental Witness or suffer the consequences! (The consequence is that you'll be really confused. No one will murder you or anything. But I don't advise it.)**

4.5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

OMG!!! I don’t even know where to start with this review.  Once again Sam Mariano has managed to completely suck me in to the world of the Morelli family.  She has shocked me with the twists and turns and left me hanging in a big way.  Oh and the ending after the cliffy?  I am not even sure how to process that one.  I cannot get enough of this series.  With each book it gets better and better.  Just when you think you have things figured out and know how this will end, BAM!!.  Ms. Mariano manages to throw in yet another twist that will shock you.  This is Adrian’s story but don’t worry we still get to see plenty of the twisted man that we all hate to love so much. 

Adrian has been paying his dues to Mateo.  He gives him five years in exchange for his freedom and the woman that he has been pining over for the past five years.  Adrian is done with his “sentence” and now it is time for him to move on…..with Elise.  When they first move out, Adrian is so unsure how this will work between the two of them.  He knows how he feels about Elise, but he is no so sure if the feelings are mutual.  There is so much to still learn about each other, but there is also that one obstacle that always seems to get in the way; Mateo Morelli.   And believe me Mateo interferes in their lives in more way than one.  The constant reminder of how women, including Elise, tend to be enamored with Mateo no matter how much of an asshole he is.  And also despite how he feels about Mateo he cannot help but want to be there to help when things start getting worse.  Which leaves him with the decision as to whether or not he will go back to work for Mateo or live the free life he was hoping for with Elise. 

I don’t want to go into any more detail about the story line or how things go with Mateo or between Elise and Adrian. I will say that I for one loved them together.  Adrian knew what he wanted and he was willing to work for Mateo for five years to get it.  He would do anything to make Elise his, but this is not in the way one would think. He really cared for her and wanted to make her happy. He would do anything to protect her.  Unsure of her feelings and the fact that all she has ever known was living in the Mateo mansion.  So his patience with her showed in the way he took things at a slower pace where she was concerned.  But they were just so cute together.  We saw this dark, brooding sort of guy in Adrian with the last two books but I loved seeing a different side of him. 

While this book is Adrian’s and it is told from his POV, there is so much more to this story than him and Adrian’s romance.  Mateo is still very much a part of it, as is the rest of the crew.  This is after all the Morelli series.  There were moments that shocked me, twists that came that made me wonder how this story would even go.  At times making me so nervous that Ms. Mariano would go there and do the unexpected.  Even at the end I am still left hanging and questioning everything. And that is what I love about this series.  Expect the unexpected, hold onto your heart and your emotions and proceed with caution.  Because this series will take you on one heck of a ride and trust me I loved every minute of the drama and angst that I went through.  Now I need the final book to see how this will all end. 

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