Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Insiders by Tijan........ Review by Dawn

The Insiders is the first in a brand new, page-turning romance trilogy from New York Times bestseller, Tijan!

Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen—a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She finds out her father is actually billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She learns all this when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again. It’s a no-brainer.

After this, three things become clear for Bailey:

1. She’s living at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.

2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.

3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.

A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…


It has been a few years since I have read Tijan. Not for lack of publishing, but because I am not super into College-age romance. I saw this come up and read the blurb and was intrigued. 

I really enjoyed this story for the mystery and twists and turns. I will say Kash's secret-keeping was getting a little old and I was glad when it was revealed.  I really hated the discord between Peter and Baylie. I was so mad at him when he would not acknowledge her presence, let alone her existence. I was ready for that to blow up.

The instant bond with her secret siblings was the soft spot in the story and was very much needed. So much mystery and suspense needed a little laughter.

The Kash and Baylie dynamic I found very interesting. I wasn't sure how bad I wanted them together until he started in on people who were rude to her. I love a man who will not let someone be disrespected. His protective nature was fantastic and I totally loved those two together. 

I am very invested in these characters and am ready for more! 

The only thing that made this a 4 star read for me was the excessive detail when describing the houses and surroundings. I get it, they are the 1% super-wealthy, I did not need page after page of house and grounds descriptions.

The Insiders 



4 Clocks

book provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Mafia Prince by Vi Carter......... Review by Dawn


I’m the son of Liam O’Reagan, next in line to wear the crown.
And when I prove myself worthy, I will RULE over the Irish Mafia.
I don’t have time for distractions—much less time for a woman who has always been the bane of my existence.
When Maeve comes back into my life, I fight like hell to resist the pull she has on me.
An attraction that has only grown stronger with time.
But, when trouble lands her at my feet, I take the opportunity to have what I truly want.
I offer her a deal. I’ll help her, but the cost will be one night in my bed.
One night of submission.
One night to have her completely at my mercy.
If only I had known my battle with Maeve would start a war.


Jack is the only one who can help me.
Too bad, he hates me.
But I have no choice but to go to him.
It turns out, hate is a powerful motivator, and I just handed him a way to punish me.
He offers me his help—for a price. Everything in his world has a price.
One night in his bed.
He’s everything a woman would want, so this should be easy. Only, I’m a virgin, and he terrifies me.
I should run, but I won’t.
I can’t.
I just pray this one night doesn’t destroy us both. 


The story of Jack and Maeve had me very invested from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the push and pull between them. Jack, was going to have her one way or another, there was no stopping him when he had his mindset on what he wanted, and what he wanted most was Maeve. Family be damned, Jack was going to have her. 

 Maeve was always drawn to Jack and he was nothing but cruel to her as a child. Maeve was never going to measure up to Jack and he liked to remind her of that. The family dynamic and the events that play out when her Mom and brother fall deeper into trouble keep Maeve even more drawn and dependant on Jack and he is not one to miss an opportunity to take advantage of the situation. This all plays out among the Irish mob and its power struggle. 

I really enjoyed this and will definitely be back for the rest of the crew's books.

Mafia Prince 
Vi Carter 
4 clocks
Book provided by NetGalley for honest review

Monday, March 22, 2021

The Kings of Kearny by Navessa Allen............ Review by Dawn


Jakob Larson is going to be the death of me.

That’s what I think every time he strides into my bar.

The Kings of Kearny Motorcycle Club run this small Texas town, and Jakob is their chief enforcer.

The Viking, they call him. He’s a criminal. As dangerous as he is sexy. The kind of man who makes my inner cavewoman sit up and take notice.

Him big. Make strong babies. Bring home mammoth for dinner.

I’m ready to indulge her desires, but just for one night. Unfortunately, Jakob has other plans.

Someone in town is breaking one of the cardinal rules set by the leader of The Kings. And Jakob thinks they’re using my grandmother’s nursing home as a front for their illicit activities.

Now I’m neck-deep in trouble with him, and every time I think I’ve figured out what’s really going on, Jakob reveals another piece of the puzzle.

I need to figure out how far I’m willing to go to protect this town. How far I’m willing to go with Jakob.

Because if I fall for him, there’s no going back. No hope for a peaceful ending.

But Jakob is the kind of man who makes me think that peace is overrated, and descending into the darkness with him could lead to something even better than a Happily Ever After.


I am a very big fan of MC and am always looking for the next great MC read. I was so hoping this was going to be it but sadly this fell a little flat. I was a bit put off right from the start, the author seemed to have this need to use words that really had no place in the MC world when describing Jakob's appearance. The characters I never could connect 100%b with. Krista was not incredibly loveable except with her Grandmother. I mean, I get that she had just met Jakob, but he was so stiff and was a man of little words, but it made him seem so off-putting. They truly should have been a one-night stand at least that would explain the lack of chemistry. The drama seemed mild at best and I kept waiting on it to develop and sadly it didn't. It was almost there and I thought it was going that way and then it would just be over and done with it.

I liked the epilogue it had more emotion than the entire book. Gran was the best character followed closely by Jennifer. This will find the right audience and I am happy for the author.

The Kings of Kearny
Navessa Allen
3 Clocks

Book provided by NetGalley for honest review

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Custom Made by Chantal Fernando ..... Review by Dawn


Cameron Davies has the job she’s always wanted—designing custom motorcycles at Fast & Fury. No way is she going to screw this up. But when her wild, sexy one-night stand ends up being the shop’s new VIP client, her life is suddenly turned on its head.

Orion Stenton radiates power, danger, and, most of all, sex. His lavish lifestyle is fraught with dangers for Cam—and a far too intimate link to her past. She has to keep things professional, but it’s impossible to forget the feel of him or the way he whispers her name.

The connection between them demands far more than a quick fling. But when Cam’s past puts Orion in danger, she must face her demons if she’s going to save them both.

Dawn's Review

I liked Custom Built but I LOVE Custom Made! Cameron and Orion, I just thought we such a great match, and their chemistry just exploded right off the pages. Made was an improvement for me from the storyline in Built. Maybe it was that I sort of knew the characters and could connect with them better this time around? I am not sure but whatever it was it worked so well for me.

I thought it was particularly endearing that Orion was so close with his family and they would just show up unannounced and barge right in on Orion and Cam. I did get the giggles a few times when this happened. Also, the Knights were present and interwoven into the dynamic of Cameron and their need to look out for her, she was one of their own. I enjoyed that Orion didn't hide the fact that he had "questionable" business practices. That was refreshing, two characters being honest with one another. 
The plot twist, I did not see that coming... one could even say "the double plot twist." It was written really smart where it wasn't this overbearing subject that was not on every page. It was a crazy and twisted change in direction of the story, but it worked so well. 
What I enjoyed most was the fact that the author did not diminish the importance of Cameron's job and how she was a BOSS! Her work in a male-dominated field was never treated like she "slept her way up" or that she was there just because "she is pretty." Her skill was always on display in the words written and I beautifully crafted so that we understood that Cameron was definitely one of the team.
It should also be noted her success never came between them and caused problems, it was actually celebrated. That would have been such a disservice to these characters if that would have happened. 

I seriously enjoyed Custom Made and can not wait for the next one!!!

Custom Made 

Chantal Fernando


Book provided by NetGalley for honest review


Friday, February 12, 2021

Beginning Forever, book 3 in The Prince's Bride Series by JJ McAvoy

With the fairytale wedding now over and the reality of their new roles placed on their shoulders, can Gale and Odette survive the sea of politics, family secrets, and scandal that awaits them? Can they still be true to themselves and their hearts? The whole country...even the world is watching and not everyone is happy for them. Beginning Forever is an extended novel that follows the first year of their lives after The Prince Bride 2

Image result for heart clipartI was a little surprised that we were getting a book 3, surprised in the best way possible. What was intended to be a novella turned out to be a full-length book. 
I was so excited once I realized that this was going more towards King Gale, because Odette was sufficiently dragged in the PB 2 (which is one of my top reads of 2020.) This story is special because they both are super present and you really see how they are trying to truly be husband and wife first, King and Queen second much to the dismay of some of their family members. 
I enjoyed how we got to see glimpses of the "romantic" Gale, from his wooing days. This truly is a very romantic series and I love seeing an author being able to show her skills in different genres. 
The drama shows up and we get to see a couple work through secrets, unintentional betrayal, the highest of highs,  and possible devastation. Only to walk out on the other side hand in hand. 
I feel like this series is complete. I do not feel like anything was left open for additional books. Although, I would love to see Gale and Odette meet up with Dona and Gabriel at some sort of royal function. That would be an amazing tie in. 
I would recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a sweet but angsty romance. The perfect Valentine's weekend read! 

Books 1 & 2 Avaible NOW

JJ McAvoy Amazon page link listed below

5 Clocks 
Beginning Forever
book 3 The Prince's Bride Trilogy
JJ McAvoy

Monday, February 1, 2021


 Release Date: February 2

17 Exclusive ALL-NEW romance stories by bestselling authors about couples who defy convention and follow their hearts. These stories are all brand new and only available in this box set! 

Love is blind, but it’s never easy. 

A Book a Day Presents: Color Theory is a collection of stories about love that is determined not by the color of one’s skin, but by the connection of two hearts. They face challenges, but together they not only overcome—but soar. These couples know the color of one’s skin can’t determine who a person loves. 

Love is so much more.

This amazing anthology will only be available for a short time, and all the proceeds will go to the education of Black students.

Grab Your Copy Here!

Meet the Authors

A.M. Kusi


We’re Ash and Marcus Kusi, a wife-and-husband author team under the pen name A. M. Kusi. 
And enjoy writing romance novels that are inspired by our experiences as an interracial/multicultural couple.

Our novels are about strong women and the sexy heroes they fall in love with, are emotionally satisfying and always have a happy ending.

To learn more about A.M. Kusi, visit: https://amkusi.com/

Anne Welch

Anne grew up in a very small town in South Carolina, where as a kid, she always loved to read books, make people laugh and write songs. 

After having success in her home state she decided to pursue dreams of becoming a writer and moved to Nashville, TN. 

When she's not writing you can find her reading or searching for a husband. She loves spending time with her friends, nieces, nephews and her two fur babies. 

She enjoys making people laugh and loves hearing from her readers.

To learn more about Anne Welch, visit: https://www.annewelchauthor.com

Arden Aoide

Obstinate Insomniac, Introverted Anarchist, Juvenile Humorist, Anglophile, Red Lipstick Fetishist, Cat Herder, Lazy Housekeeper, Foodie, Philosopher, Mother, Lover, Compiler of Lists…

To learn more about Arden Aoide, visit: https://www.ardenaoide.com

Blair Babylon

"I'm passionate about books and literature. The best books are intense, enthralling stories that readers can get lost in for days. Books delve into what it means to be human and connect us to each other. Books allow us to live all our possible lives. Books open us to loving each other and the world more. I write intense, deeply imagined romance novels for serious readers because the world needs more love." ~~Blair Babylon

Blair Babylon is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. 

Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, suspenseful romance.


To learn more about Blair Babylon, visit: https://blairbabylon.com

CA Miconi

CA Miconi began reading at the age of five and has never stopped. 

Her childhood was filled with multiple readings of Gone With the Wind, the ultimate tragic romance. CA got her own HEA when she married her retired military hero, Gary, in 2010. 

She began her author services company, Lucky 13, in 2015, specializing in editing, proofreading, promoting, social media management, and administrative support. CA also hosts and sponsors author and reader events, never dreaming she would one day attend events as a signing author. 

When she’s not reading, writing, or working with authors, CA enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, boating, motorcycling, and cheering on her beloved Baltimore Ravens.


To learn more about Blair Babylon, visit: http://www.camiconiwrites.com

Danielle Pearl

Danielle Pearl is the Amazon and iBooks best selling author of the Something More series. 

She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who--luckily--doesn't mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. 

She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. 

She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary Romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation. 

To learn more about Danielle Pearl, visit: https://www.facebook.com/daniellepearlauthor/

Eden Butler

Eden Butler is a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and romantic suspense novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

When she's not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, reads, and spends too much time in her garden perfecting her green thumb while waiting for the next New Orleans Saints Superbowl win.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.

Please send help.

To learn more about Eden Butler, visit: https://www.edenbutler.com

Elizabeth Marx

Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. 

In her past incarnation she was an interior designer—not a decorator—which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. 

Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. 

Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.


Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.


To learn more about Elizabeth Marx, visit: http://elizabethmarxbooks.com

Janet A. Moto

I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. 

I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of stories I feel are worth writing about. 

I am a curious and proactive Author, interested in preserving the foundations set by classical literature by adapting them to modern themes and trends.

To learn more about Janet A. Moto, visit: https://authorjanetamota.wixsite.com/janetamota

Kenna Rey

Kenna Rey is a compassionate romantic. She is always dreaming up stories about love and fulfilling relationships. 

She writes a multitude of romantic genres and loves to write about powerful female friendships. In her obsession over the human dynamic, she leaves nothing to chance.

Kenna resides in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri with her high school sweetheart, a kiddo and three snuggly doggos. She loves to host get-togethers with family and friends, hiking, camping or riding roller coasters. She is also a big fan of anything chocolate.

To learn more about Kenna Rey, visit: https://www.kennarey.com/

Lori Ryan

Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance novels and romantic suspense novels. 

She lives with an extremely understanding husband, three wonderful children, and two mostly-behaved dogs in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Lori published her first romance novel in April of 2013 and has loved every bit of the crazy adventure this career has taken her on since then. 

She is a hybrid author, publishing both as an indie author and through SilverHart Publishing. She also has a new side hobby of creating coloring books for adults! Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. 

Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s romantic suspense books and thought it was one of the best romance novels you’ve read 😉 , please consider leaving a review with the retailer of your choice to help other readers find her work as well! It’s a tremendous honor to have her romance novels recommended to others or written up in reviews. Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!

To learn more about Lori Ryan, visit: https://loriryanromance.com/

M. Jane Colette

m jane colette writes tragedy for people who like to laugh, comedy for the melancholy, and erotica for men and women who like their fantasies real. 

She believes rules and hearts were made to be broken; ditto the constraints of genres. The result? 

“A whole new sub-genre of her own… social realist erotica that’s frenetic and complex and funny and very well observed.”


Also, smoking hot. Which is still the most important thing in erotica, romance… and, life?


A poster child Gemini, she is, most of the time, at least two people. Her left-brain persona sold out long ago. She wears severely-cut suits of black, blue and only that shade of green (“No, not that shade—have you seen the colour of my hair and eyes? Please. Let’s coordinate.”) and spends a lot of time in board rooms, offices, and “war rooms” (what a name!) 

parsing lies. It’s a living.


(But, oh, what a plethora of source material…)


Her right-brain persona longs to be an iconoclast and an artist. When nobody’s looking, she writes poetry.


To learn more about M. Jane Colette, visit: http://mjanecolette.com/

Piper Rayne

Piper Rayne is a USA Today Bestselling Author duo who write “heartwarming humor with a side of sizzle” about families, whether that be blood or found. 

They both have e-readers full of one-clickable books, they're married to husbands who drive them to drink, and they're both chauffeurs to their kids. 

Most of all, they love hot heroes and quirky heroines who make them laugh, and they hope you do, too!

To learn more about Piper Rayne, visit: http://www.PiperRayne.com/

Shannon Bruno

Like Ms. Perky says, "I've got deviants to see, and a novel to finish.

Author of non-mushy contemporary romance

To learn more about Shannon Bruno, visit: https://www.facebook.com/authorandwordnerd/

Sierra Hill

Sierra Hill wrote and published her first contemporary new adult romance in 2014 and has since published over 30 novels. 

She is a 2020 RONE Award-Winning author of Game Changer, as well as award-winning college sports series, Courting Love, and the twice award-finalist erotic ménage serial, Reckless – The Smoky Mountain Trio.

Sierra lives in the Seattle area with her husband of 25 years and their rescued German Shepherd. When not writing, she enjoys baking, reading and traveling to see her favorite alternative rock band, Pearl Jam.

To learn more about Sierra Hill, visit: https://www.sierrahillbooks.com

Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, Lilith (formerly known as Whore), 5,331 Miles, Miles Ahead, The Kingdoms of Sin series, and co-author of The End of Men series with Tarryn Fisher. 

Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. 

She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. 

She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. 

Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.

To learn more about Willow Aster, visit: http://www.willowaster.com

Carmen Cook

Carmen Cook grew up in Montana, riding horses and dreaming of life beyond the mountains. 

As soon as she could, she started traveling, heading across the country for college and backpacking through Europe before finally earning a fine arts degree and throwing down roots in the Pacific Northwest.  

It wasn’t long before her imagination started running away with her and she started writing.


To learn more about Carmen Cook, visit: https://www.carmencooknovels.com/

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NEW YEAR, NEW READS!!!! My latest 5 Clock Reads~ Featuring Tillie Cole and Giana Darling

Just wanted to pop in and give you a little update on just what I have read or am reading. I closed out 2020 with some super DARK books and OMG I loved every second of it.

The prequel The Fallen: Genesis is a MUST read before starting the series. It gives you insight into why The Fallen are the way they are and how they came to be. IT IS DARK, THIS IS YOUR WARNING. 

Book 1, Raphel, is just magical. The way the author writes and lays all this darkness out in front of you and you know it is wrong but at the same time, it is just beautiful.  Raphel is broken and knows that he can never be "fixed" or loved. He is in this for satisfying a need that calls to him like the greatest hunger. He also knows that doing what The Fallen does, helps make someone safe but still he must take a life to satisfy his hunger. 
I can absolutely do no justice to these stories. They are deliciously DARK and take you on a path you may not be prepared for, but it is so worth it. 


(A Deadly Virtues Prequel)


They told them they were evil.
They told them they were possessed by demons.
They told them that darkness ran in their veins.

Holy Innocents Home for Children is a haven for orphaned boys who have nothing and no one. The priests watch over them, educate them, raise them in the family of the church.

Except for some.

Seven of the orphans are no ordinary boys. They attract the attention of the priests for their acts of violence, of bloodlust. The priests realize these boys are drawn to the darkness.

And the priests are no ordinary priests. They are the Brethren, a secret sect who believe themselves on a divine mission to seek out evil in the boys in their care. Seek it out, and then drive it out.
The seven have fallen from God’s grace. And the Brethren will cleanse their blackened souls…

They are the Fallen. A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

For Raphael, sex and death are intertwined. Where there is one, there must be the other. He is a lust killer, luring his victims with the face of an angel and a body built for sin.

And Raphael lives to sin.

His newest mission takes him into the sadistic underworld of Boston’s secret sex clubs and puts him face to face with his greatest fantasy made flesh.

Maria is everything he’s ever dreamed of, the kill he’s always longed for. She’s not his target. And he knows he must resist. But the temptation is too strong…

Yet Raphael is not the only one with a mission. Maria is not quite what she seems. And as her secrets and Raphael’s unravel, Maria begins to question everything she thought she knew—about evil, about the place she calls home, and about the beautiful sinner she was sent to destroy.

The Fallen: Genesis a prequel novella in The Deadly Virtues Series and MUST be read before RAPHAEL (DV: book one).

Next up ringing in 2021 I started a new MC series by Giana Darling THE FALLEN MEN series and again this comes with a warning, IF YOU DO NOT LIKE AGE GAP, THESE ARE NOT FOR YOU. These stories are HOT and very well written. I read the first 3 really quickly and had to stop to actually work on another author's book. I am about to start book 4, After the Fall. There are 6 books out now, so this is a well-established series and I am LIVING FOR THESE BOOKS.

He was eighteen.
The heir to a notorious, criminal MC.
And my student.

There was no way I could get involved.
No way I could stay involved.
Then, no way I could get out alive.

I was a good girl.
I ate my vegetables, volunteered at the local autism center, and sat in the front pew of church every Sunday.
Then, I got cancer.
What the hell kind of reward was that for a boring life well lived?
I was a seventeen-year-old paradigm of virtue and I was tired of it.
So, when I finally ran into the man I'd been writing to since he saved my life as a little girl and he offered to show me the dark side of life before I left it for good, I said yes.
Only, I didn't know that Zeus Garro was the President of The Fallen MC and when you made a deal with a man who is worse than the devil, there was no going back...


They say one action doesn’t define you.
I killed a man. Stabbed him in the neck and licked the blood off my lips after I did it.
Still, one action doesn’t define you.
I could have called anyone. My father, the Prez of The Fallen MC, our family lawyer, my best friend, Lila, or my brother, King.
I didn’t.
Instead, I called Lionel Danner, the police officer renowned for taking down the Nightstalkers MC. The man who had been my father’s arch nemesis for decades. The man who hated everything I stood for. A man who had disappeared from my life without explanation three years ago.
I called him.
And maybe one action doesn’t define you, but killing a bad man and calling in the good changed my life and it sure as hell changed his.

Tillie Cole's 
The Deadly Virtues series 
Prequel and book  
5 Clocks!

Giana Darling 
The Fallen Men Series 
Books 1-3 
5 Clocks each