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Dark Protector by Celia Aaron: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

Blurb:

From the author of Blackwood comes a new mafia romance.

From the moment I saw her through the window of her flower shop, something other than darkness took root inside me. Charlie shone like a beacon in a world that had long since lost any light. But she was never meant for me, a man that killed without remorse and collected bounties drenched in blood.
I thought staying away would keep her safe, would shield her from me. I was wrong. Danger followed in my wake like death at a slaughter house. I protected her from the threats that circled like black buzzards, kept her safe with kill after kill.

But everything comes with a price, especially second chances for a man like me.

Killing for her was easy. It was living for her that turned out to be the hard part.

Author’s Note: This is a full-length romance novel. It’s not a super-dark read, no trigger warning. Explicit violence and hot sex included. HEA, no cheating. 

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* 4 stars *

I absolutely loved this book. It was action packed. It had great chemistry between the characters. There was a bit of humor. Lots of sexiness. 

Connor Mercer is a hit man. Charlie is a florist. Absolutely nothing in common. But that doesn’t deter Con from watching the beauty behind her shop window. Not until Charlie sees who Con truly is. Now Charlie is in danger and now more than ever Con has to protect her. Charlie can’t fight her attraction towards her dark protector. Fire is ignited and chemistry is undenied. These two will fight tooth and nails to be together. 
If you want a story of a florist and a hitman and want to know how that works out definitely read Dark Protector.
P.s. I need a story for Nate. I loved him. 
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Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ARC Review

Blurb:

EVEN THE BROKEN, THROUGH LOVE, CAN FIND GRACE…

Secrets never stay hidden.

The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart. 
Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined… with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope. 
Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the red-head from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.
As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.
Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

***NOT a standalone. MUST be read as part of The Hades Hangmen Series***


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* 5 Red & AK stars *

There are no amount of stars to rate this book. Tillie kills it. Every. Single. Time. The Hangmen series is my all time favorite mc series and just series overall. It’s like a tv show that you just hope never ends. And it makes me so happy that Tillie plans to continue it for as long. 

Now to the review. I’m going to try to make it as subtle as possible as to not spoil it. 

This series does have to be read in order. You don’t want to miss anything. 
I have been waiting for AK’s book ever since he was introduced. & when he first met Phebe I just knew there was definitely going to be a story there. What I didn’t know was that their story was going to be one of heartbreak, rawness, and of feeling lost. But just like every story in the end there is happiness. And I can say that I’m glad these two broken people were able to find each other and bring them something they never knew they would find. 
When Tillie writes a dark book, best believe it will be dark. At some points I was like “O.M.G. Like why??” But I love that she was able to truly make it as real as possible and make you feel the evil that was met. Like full on make you feel goosebumps. Truly a mastermind. 
There are so many secrets revealed as well as some more background on many characters. We even meet some new ones that you will hate with everything in your soul and others that will win you over easily. 
This book made me cry, angry, sad, laugh, yearn, and many more. Definitely an emotional roller coaster, but one that I would love to get on and on again. 
Hats off to Tilly. I will beg on my hands and knees for you to NEVER finish this series. This is like the holy grail for me. I can’t wait wait for the many more to come. 
If you have a chance to read this series do it. You will fall in love deeply. Even if it’s not for you just try it out. I promise it will be the best thing ever. (less)
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Riptide by Kathryn Nolan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ARC Review

Blurb:

Avery Dacosta never expected to find a protester in front of her office.
Especially not now, when she’s this close to achieving a professional milestone years in the making: building a luxury hotel on Playa Vieja, San Diego’s untouched beach paradise.
Finn Travis, local surfer and all-around nice guy, never expected to find himself the leader of Playa Vieja’s resistance. He’s more of a mellow tree-hugger than a radical activist. Except Avery’s hotel threatens to destroy the place he loves the most. For the first time in his life, Finn decides to use his charisma for more than just attracting his next fling.
Avery’s worked too hard to let a bongo-playing hippie like Finn shatter her perfect future. And his naive idealism grates on her every nerve.
She’s not alone in her loathing: Finn thinks Avery is a greedy, corporate robot.
As Avery and Finn crash together like waves against the shore, their debates become heated. Sexy. Dirty.
But the riptide of their attraction jeopardizes more than just their ideological values. Can Avery and Finn be together without giving up what they care about the most?

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* 5 sexy surfer stars *
After reading Cuffed by Kathryn Nolan I instantly fell in love with her. But after reading Riptide? Well, let’s just say I wanna marry her. With all jokes aside, I really do love this author. She is unique, amazingly talented, and I will literally read anything she writes forever.
I took my time reading Riptide because I didn’t want it to end. I knew this story would be unique and special in a way. I wanted to soak up everything and fall into Avery and Finn’s world. Which I did and didn’t want to leave it to be honest. Their story felt real and raw and was truly unique. Kathryn did an incredible job creating a setting and mood that made me want to listen to Bob Marley while laying on the beach feeling the wind that was creating the waves.
Avery Dacosta spends sleepless nights and stressful days working for the Bella View Hotel. Her goal is to score the promotion that will set her for life. The hotel chain is trying to set up a new one on Playa Vieja ,that by doing so, would bring tourists and money. But Avery will meet a challenge in the form of a broad shouldered, sexy, hippy/surfer named Finn Travis. Finn is definitely not happy with money-grubbing Avery trying to build a hotel in the place he forever considered his home. So, he decides to stand outside her workplace every day with his people to protest. This obviously grates Avery’s nerves. They obviously don’t like each other but what they don’t know is that they are more similar than different. Their relationship starts off with feelings of hate towards each other and arguments but will later be filled with undeniable chemistry and in the end choices will have to be made and ideas changed.
I loved both characters very much so. Avery was independent, strong, and smart mouthed. Definitely a challenge for Finn who is a sexy hippy, free minded, talented surfer. I didn’t know on whose side I wanted to be on because they both were just so right and passionate with their beliefs and arguments. I loved that. Their chemistry was also very unmistakable. I mean you could feel the angst from both characters. And when they gave in fireworks were exploded and magic was felt. Kathryn is a master of creating smutty scenes that will make you burn.
I can say that this book is my favorite up to date and a favorite of this year. I absolutely loved this story and give an A++. Please when this book releases do yourself a favor and read it. Do it. Do it. Do it.

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