Wednesday, September 9, 2020

BULL: Kings of Mayhem MC #6 by Penny Dee....... Review by Dawn

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She could be the end of me


I lost my wife on a rainy night almost two decades ago.
Since then, my heart has been a barren wasteland.
It only knows love for family and the club.
And for revenge.
Then I meet Taylor and I know I’m doomed.
Because she’s everything I didn’t know I wanted.
Everything I’ve denied myself for years.
But my club is about to storm headfirst into a war and I can’t afford the distraction.
Yet I can’t get her out of my head.
We both say we’re not interested.
But we are both liars.

For years we’ve been running from my past.
My kid brother and me.
Hiding in the shadows.
Now we have a chance for a new life in a new town … far, far away from trouble.
I crave freedom and a quiet, simple life for us both.
The last thing I expect is to fall for the enigmatic biker king, Michael “Bull” Western.
He is magnificent.
White-hot and scorching.
With the touch of an angel and eyes of the devil.
He could be the love of my life.
But I have a secret.
A very big secret indeed …

Bull is book six in the Kings of Mayhem MC series


The passion, the roller coaster of emotions, the major PLOT Twist!!!!!
This lived up to everything that I wanted for the final book in the series.
I am so happy it ended on a high note and gave me the satisfaction that I wanted!!!!!
Bull and Taylor, had chemistry in spades. Individually they both had painful pasts and that made them even more enduring to me, yes I love the suffering. Together their banter was so on par, they had me laughing and swooning all at the same time! 
Will I miss this MC? Yes but I also know this author is going to do bigger things and I am 100% here for it!!!

5 Clocks for 
BULL (Kings of Mayhem #6)
Penny Dee 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Takeover: The Miles High Club by TL Swan......... Review by Dawn

The Takeover (The Miles High Club Book 2) by [T L Swan]

In bestselling author T L Swan’s second hot installment to the Miles High Club series, he’s sexy, rich, and her mortal enemy. Hate never felt so good.

I first met Tristan Miles at a meeting where he was trying to take over my late husband’s company.

He was powerful, arrogant, and infuriatingly gorgeous, and I hated him with every cell in my body. In the shock of the century, he called me three days later and asked me on a date.

I would rather die than date a man like him—though I do have to admit it was good for the ego. Turning him down was the highlight of my year.

Six months later, he was the guest speaker at a conference I attended in France.

Still arrogant and infuriating—but this time, surprisingly charming and witty.

When he looked at me, I got butterflies.

But I can’t go there.

He’s just a player in a hot suit, and I’m just a widow with three unruly sons.

I just need this conference to be over.

Because everybody knows that Tristan Miles always gets what he wants…and what he wants is me.

Dawn's Review

OK, so I am not sure exactly where to start with this story. The reason being is because I absolutely LOVED every word of this book! I laughed so much and felt so much during this ride . I wanted to side with Tristan Miles at times and then my heart would break for Claire Anderson and her boys. This book has it all, hilarious interactions, so much heart and angsty goodness all in one.

The banter between Tristan and Claire is nothing short of comedy gold! They give each other so much sass and crap, I was just eating it up. Claire's constant "the bastard," never gets old. While Tristan's constantly using "Anderson" at any given chance, was just brilliant.  You could see the chemistry building and never sure when it was going to become combustible , but you just KNEW it would be explosive! What could you possibly do to add fuel to an already explosive situation? Add 3 precocious boys, ages 18, 13 and 9!  The addition of the boys just added to the hilarity and heart of this story. Three boys who have lost their father 5 years prior and are trying to come to terms with this new man who has entered their lives. It makes you cry tears of joy from laughing and tears of pain for this family and the situation they are facing. 

I really can not find enough words to express just how much I enjoyed and loved getting to know these characters and experience a wonderful story . I am looking forward to reading so much more from this author.  

The Takeover


TL Swan

5 Clocks

 Honest review based on book provided by NetGalley

Lost and Found book 3 Tactical Solutions International ..............Review by Dawn

Lost and Found (Tactical Solutions International Book 3) by [Maggie Clare]

Dr. Lissa Morgan has had a crush on her best friend’s older brother since they were kids, but handsome, brooding Cam Taylor has never given her a second glance. When Cam unexpectedly shows up on Lissa’s doorstep bleeding and bruised, his personal life in shambles, things between them take a steamy turn.

After an incredible weekend with the sweet, sexy doctor, Cam realizes what he’s been missing. But he’s run from intimacy his whole life, sure he doesn’t deserve a woman like Lissa. He’s doing her a favor by walking away – or so he tells himself.
Frustrated and hurt by Cam’s distance, Lissa has no choice but to rely on his private security firm when an annoying admirer turns threatening. The more time Cam spends with Lissa, the faster his defenses crumble. When the disturbed stalker finally makes his move, Cam will do whatever it takes to save the woman who’s helped heal his wounded soul.

Lost and Found is the third book in the Tactical Solutions International series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Dawn's Review

To say Lissa Morgan's life has been hard would be an understatement. Losing her parents and surviving the crash that took them, is just one facet of her life. Committed to saving lives, Lissa is not a doctor and also a flight doctor.  After her parents death Lissa goes to live with her best friend Dani Taylor's family. 

Cam Taylor has always been dark and broody.  Never one to see a future with a wife and kids, something inside Cam is broken. Deciding to ask someone he doesn't love to marry him  seems like the right move.  When it is engagement party time Lissa and Cam are in the same room for the first time in a very long time. 

Lissa and Cam are electric! There is no denying the attraction and the underlying crush that Lissa has had for years is still present. 

They back and forth between Cam and Lissa is short lived , which is nice. As a stalker keeps taunting Lissa, Cam and his Tactical Solutions International buddies get involved and are determined to get to the bottom of this. 

For me I need this story to be longer (145 pages) I felt at times that this all just happened so fast. I will give the author a little leeway since they Cam and Lissa have known each other for a while. But man, I just need a little bit more of something. 

It was a pleasant read , just too short for my liking.  Will I be back for the rest of the guys stories, yes! 

Lost and Found book 3
Maggie Clare 
4 Clocks

Honest review based on book provided by NetGalley

The Price's Bride book 1 by JJ McAvoy........Review by Dawn

He is a spoiled playboy prince whose family is in desperate need of money.

She’s an American heiress who can only get her inheritance through marriage.

According to their families they are a perfect match.

According to each other, arranged marriages have no place in modern times and this could not possibly work.

But Prince Galahad “Gale” of Ersovia is bound by duty to obey the crown anyway.

Odette Wyntor doesn’t give a damn, she doesn’t want to get married.

Can he change her mind?

Can she even handle what it means to be royal, if he did?

The Prince’s Bride is Part 1 of a 2 part series.

Part 2 arrives a month later.

Dawn's Review

 Let me first say, I am not really a big YA/NA reader but I really enjoyed this story!!

The leading characters and supporting cast had me vested and I wanted more of each of them. 

Prince Galahad (Gale), is just everything you want him to be. A known playboy. The spare heir. The one no one takes seriously  The task set before him is one that throws his world upside down.... go get married to save the monarchy.

Odette Wyntor, is still mourning the death of her father when she finds out that to save her and her mothers fortune , Odette must get married.  This is the perfect set up for Gale and Odette, 

With Gale on board to save the his family , he must now get to Odette and get her on the same page. Which is easier said than done. 

I have read all of Miss McAvoy's  other books and I will have to say, this one is the most romantic of all her stories. The courting of Odette, is just swoon worthy. Gale, writes her amazing cards and sends flowers. He is impressed with her and is starting to develop feelings for Odette.  She on the other hand needs a little more coaxing. Odette has watched her father and mother fall apart and wants nothing to do with that kind of hurt. Steadfast that she is not going to even think about marring Gale, she does agree to at least "date" him. 

With romantic dates, hours spent talking  and a few stolen kisses, Odette is starting to soften towards Gale. 

Family dynamics change and both Gale and Odette are shook to their cores and things are set in motion that could make or break this new happy couple. Is it too much to take on for the couple? Is their new love and happiness enough to tackle what the world has just thrown at them? Questions to be answered in Book 2 due out this year. 

I am in it, I am there for the conclusion of the saga that is Prince Gale and Princess Odette. !!!

The Prince's Bride book 1

JJ McAvoy

5 Clocks 

Honest review based on book provided by NetGalley

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Shrink by Sophia Karlson ...... Review by Dawn

Apparently she’s a bit crazy.

Apparently he’s the shrink who will cure her.

Apparently they aren’t allowed to fall for each other at all…

Stacey Sinclair’s mother died in a gruesome car accident six years ago, and now everybody thinks she is finally losing it. Surely a few crazy actions on her part don’t justify her seeing a shrink for months on end?

For a psychologist, Dr Ivo Linder is too decent, too caring, and too handsome to get a glimpse of what really goes on in her head. Stacey’s unforeseen feelings towards him make her retaliate — she taunts him, never expecting to fall with him into forbidden lust.

As their attraction intensifies, the old adage stands: it doesn’t matter, as long as nobody finds out. But someone always finds out and when they do, will Stacey and Ivo risk everything to give their love a chance?

Dawn's Review

Well this sure wasn't exactly what I expected . I am still, about 4 days after finishing it, trying to decide how I feel. This is a story that has many ups but OH so many downs. This is a story that I can say is not a "feel good" story.  If you have triggers of abuse, suicide & parental death then tread lightly with this one. There is a great underlying love story but man you have to get through the hard stuff to see it. 
Stacey and Ivo, have an interesting dynamic and I was not sure how I felt at first about the doctor, patient thing but they do honestly try to fight their feelings. He is guanine in his bit to help Stacey and get her past the trauma's that keep here living in fear.  Once Ivo, finds how how Stacey copes, he begins the process of keeping her close so she is safe. But in doing so , his need and feelings for her amplify. 
This story is about overcoming your past trauma's to move on with your life and find that one thing that makes you incredibly happy. I do recommend this story but make sure you can handle the triggers. 

The Shrink
Sophia Karlson
4 Clocks
Honest Review based on book provided by 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Vendetti: A Capo Dei Capi Duet by Sapphire Knight...... Review by Dawn

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The Vendetti Empire

They're the Vendetti crime familia, the most powerful mafia name in New York...Matteo Vendetti is a man who gets what he wants. As heir to the Vendetti Empire and the capo dei capi's throne, he's only required to do one thing. He must get married to prove that he's matured and is stable enough to take over. The stipulation doesn't sound like much of a challenge until he realizes who his betrothed is. Violet's the Bottaro Princessa, not just a random woman he met by chance in another country. She's young—too young by his standards. She's headstrong—a problem for a dominant man like Matteo. She's desirable—the biggest issue of all. Before long, Matteo's questioning himself, wondering if Violet's really such a burden, or if just maybe, he's falling in love with something other than the Empire.

The Vendetti Queen

Violet Vendetti was the Bottaro princess-- was.She'd been betrothed to the Capo dei capi of New York, without ever knowing it.A deal made, is a deal kept, as far as the Vendetti Crime family is concerned. Nomatter that it was her father to plead for her safety offering up her hand in marriage amongst other promises. The Capo always comes to collect what is owed.Violet is swept away into a world she thought she knew, only to discover everythingisn't what it may seem. From family traditions to deals struck, she learns exactly whatit takes to be the Vendetti queen.

Dawn's Review

Ok, so I read a lot of Mafia books and I love this genre. I am super picky because I feel like I have read some of the very best Mafia Romances books written, so I feel like I can speak on this.  I really was getting into the first part of this duet The Vendetti Empire, I totally love Matteo and his super Alpha ways and his "boss" streak.  I enjoyed his brash confident attitude and the fear that he exudes.  But sadly that was about it.  I could not believe the fact that he was *SPOILER STOP READING NOW*  totally fine with keeping up the "family tradition" and sharing Violet, his soon to be wife with his brothers! I didn't even mind the meaning behind it. I thought it even made sense once it was explained. The wedding night he would share with his 6 brothers, one time . WELLLL, little virginal Violet, enjoyed having all the brothers, (insert eye roll,) she continued.  It eventually bothered Matteo, but he went right along with it... See that is my issue, this bad ass was "totes fine" with his brothers just taking his wife, UNTIL it bothered him and he realized he is the "Capo dei capi" aka "the Don, head boss," and he could just change the rules. 

I kept on reading Part 2 and did enjoy Violet coming into her role of Mafia Queen beside her husband, 
Right up until she escapes the home in the dead of New York winter. She ends up stranded on the side of the road and one of the brothers finds her and in the freezing cold. She is so grateful she lets him have sex with her.  I had an audible response to this and I believe it was " ugh, WHAT?" Of course Matteo see it because why would he not?  He is not happy and decides to strike a deal with his wife after he goes to save Violet's mother and she agrees to "whatever the deal is" without knowing the details. The deal is 
"no more sleeping with my bro's." She agrees, how kind of her.... I just could not after all of this. One brother is so pissed he leaves the family and goes to Chicago. 
It actually was pretty decent after the revolving door of brothers and Violet stop sleeping together. 

I had such a hard time at the sheer ridiculousness of the whole thing. AGAIN, this is my opinion and yours may be completely different and that is completely fine.  But for me this was a miss and gets 3 Clocks. 
Vendetti; A Capo Dei Capi Duet
Sapphire Knight
3 Clocks 

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Code of Silence and Titan (Dark King Series) by Shantel Tessier

Not a new author but a NEW to me author and I am HOOKED!!!! I have been told for a few years "you need to read Shantel Tessier." Well I finally did and dang GIRL can write! I am one who is not bothered by having to wait for the next book in a series to come out, BUT I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! I am all for Mafia stories so this was right up my alley. I loved this and devoured it all in one sitting and moved on to book 1 in the series Titan.
COS is a prequel of sorts and it sets the dynamic of this group of men and woman.  
Titan, surprised me, I thought for sure I would hate him and at times I did. But there were qualities in his need to protect that I loved so much. The shared longing that lingers between Titan and Emilee, is fire! They both want each other but the past, the present and future are holding them back. I LOVE this story because it takes you on so many HIGHS and LOWS. Your heart aches for Em and you just want to scream "HELP HER!" It is that good.
Now to wait for the next book and I am not one who waits so this is going to be torture for me!!!


Code of Silence: A Mafia Romance by [Shantel Tessier]Dangerous and feared.

Those words describe my future husband. Who just so happens to also be my ex-boyfriend.

It’s complicated. Two years ago, he broke my heart when he left me to do his father’s bidding. After months of crying, I finally accepted he was gone and wasn’t going to look back. That maybe he’d never loved me at all. I never wanted to see Luca again.

Now a cruel twist of fate has signed me over to him in a heartless deal. I’m his. He thinks he did me a favor, but I feel like I’ve been given a death sentence. He doesn't want to get married because he still loves me. No, he did it for money. More power.

I’m going to be a mafia wife. And there’s only one way out of it. Death.

But as it turns out, someone else doesn’t want me to marry the ruthless Luca Bianchi. And if he has his way, I’ll see that early grave.

Due to mature content and themes this book is recommended for readers aged eighteen and over. Code of Silence is an arranged marriage and a complete standalone. This novel may contain triggers.

Titan (Dark Kings Series Book 1) by [Shantel Tessier, Jenny Sims]
I know I have a black soul. Bloodshed and danger are what I live for.
A King is supposed to rule his Kingdom using any means necessary to demand respect.
I’m not a weak man… A King kneels to no one.
I’ve only ever cared about one other person in my life, but the thing is, she never belonged to me. And before I could tell her how I felt, she left.
Now she’s returned, needing someone to save her.
Emilee York was always meant to be mine, and I’ll see to it that happens. I always get what I want, even if that means I have to take it.
And she’s no different. She’ll be my queen, one way or the other.

When I left Sin City behind me, I had no plans to return. I avoided everyone, even my friends, to stay in my bubble. I’ve always been the kind to pull away and run when things get difficult.
But one phone call changed everything, and I was racing back. If only I had known what was waiting for me.
Titan reappeared like a ghost haunting me.
One look and I knew he recognized me. I never forgot him or what we shared. Those feelings that no one else knew existed between us.
I ignored them back then, but now they are more intense than ever.
“Get on your knees…” He demanded I kneel for him.
I tried to act like he didn’t affect me, but he knew. He remembered the way I reacted when he would touch me. And just like he was taught to do—he used my weaknesses against me.
He staked his claim, and I became his queen to use how he saw fit.
What makes it worse is that I crave him, and when I kneeled, it was willingly.
But was it for nothing? (less)

TITAN is the first book in the Dark Kings Series and can be read as a standalone. Due to mature content and themes this book is recommended for readers aged eighteen and over. This novel may contain triggers.
5 Clock reads for both