Review – Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters


Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If you want it, go for it. Take a risk. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering.”

I love to take risks…traveling to new places, trying new food, attempting new sports, living in different states and a country, and even reading books that push boundaries. The best feeling in the world is to get lost in a book where you’re transplanted, almost if by magic, to a new world. A world where you take flight to a new destination. I lived an adventure through Pepper Winters’ latest penned perfection: Crown of Lies. Crown of Lies is a thrilling, twisty, and turbulent tale of love laced with lies and hate that will steal your soul and render you breathless.

I dove into Crown of Lies, barely surfacing for a break, so drunk on this book while reading. I shut out the world while the light wrapped in dark world in Crown of Lies became my world. I was both a saint and a sinner as Crown of Lies BECAME ME. This story swiftly was my air…my ache…my anguish…my addiction…my ALL. I was quickly lost in Crown of Lies and did not want to be found…EVER. I already knew that this story was EVERYTHING.

Beautiful blonde and blue-eyed Noelle ‘Elle’ Charlston lived a fairy tale of a life with a caring father, powerful position as a young and wealthy CEO of her family’s retail company, and everything she’s ever wanted…everything except a man.

At just nineteen, a dark-eyed and dark-eyed stranger saves Elle’s life, a broken but beautiful man of no identity…nameless. 

“Did he understand what he’d done by saving me? A life for a life. He’d saved me. And I haven’t saved him.”

In one night, Elle’s life went from boring to an adventure.
In one night, she was saved.
In one night, she was free.
In one night, her life almost ended.
In one night, her life truly began. 

“I’m not letting you go, I’ve only just found you.”

“You don’t even know me.”

“I don’t have to know you. I feel you.”

Tears dripped down my face, this story hit my heart like a hurricane, a storm of sorrow and swoon. Words of power…passion…and possession invaded every part of me. Crown of Lies gripped me hard, gutting me. I FELT EVERYTHING.

This man, ‘Nameless,’ even they only had one night, he invades Elle’s thoughts…her dreams…her life. She wanted to be his savior like he was hers but that chance was snuffed out in one night, one night that changed Elle’s life forever. A man of mystery who in one night became her world.

Until another man claimed her, a man she loathed but for whom she lusted: Penn Everest. Tall…dark…handsome…deadly. 

“You sit here planning my future like you have control over me. What? You think you can make me fall in love with you? Get on my knees for you? Do whatever you tell me to, oh master? The flat-out disgusting nerve of you!”

“If you give me time, I’ll prove to you I can make you do all those things…and more.”


I loved how Elle is made of steel, this powerful CEO and one of the richest women in the world, won’t let anyone intimidate or control her…or so she thought. Penn Everest would not steal Elle’s soul as it was still searching for Nameless. Though Elle can’t deny the rush of heat that surges through her when Penn promises her pleasure.

That heat hit me hard. Oh did I feel the passion penetrate from the pages through me. 

“The same rush of pleasure I wanted Nameless to take now begged for a new master.”

Elle could not help but succumb to Penn’s desires, powerless to a powerful man. She’d give him her body but he’d never steal her soul or have her heart; those belonged to Nameless…though Penn would try to take it all…everything. 

“Oh, silly girl. The moment you said yes, all your choices became void. This is my game now.”


Oh Penn. So closed…cocky…crude…crass. I loathed him…I liked him. Hero and villain. Saint and sinner. Penn was a man of many layers. This man was a mystery I wanted to solve. I wanted more from him…needed more. THIS DARK HERO WAS MY DRUG…and I could not drink the dominant and delicious Penn enough. 

“He kissed me and then he kissed me. Each swipe of his tongue blasted through my decorum, dragging alive the sexual being who’d never been allowed to evolve.”

Penn and Elle’s kisses were molten lava that melted me from head to toe. I could not get enough of their cat-and-mouse games combined with combustible chemistry that smoldered and seduced me. 

“You don’t have a clue what you’re doing to me, don’t you? And I’m not going to tell you.”

Mr. Mystery is affected by Elle as she is by him though Penn won’t give her any truths. I wanted these truths too. I needed to unwrap Mr. Mystery and steal his secrets. THE SUSPENSE WAS KILLING ME!!!! 

“Nameless had been the hero. Penn was the anti-Christ. One saving, one damning. I knew which one I preferred.”

Nameless…Penn…both thieves in the night…stealing a piece of Elle. One reminds Elle of the other…both sinners and saviors. Though Penn is who invades Elle’s body, thoughts, and dreams now.

Penn and Elle are PURE PERFECTION together. The fusion of hot and cold perfectly blend into magic that melts like molten lava. You cannot help but feel their chemistry-clad connection, two powerful people powerless around each other. These characters captivated me, and I wanted to shake the secrets out of Penn and force him to fess up to Elle as she deserves the truth. She has given this mystery man so much of her and needs more. I NEEDED MORE TOO

“I couldn’t figure him out, and I desperately needed to if I was going to survive whatever he’d done to me. Because he had done something to me. He’d awakened me, and I could never go back to sleep.”

Crown of Lies awakened me with words that were my fire, flames that detonated me, demanding everything, daring me to catch fire too…and that I did. I burned for this book. I burned for these compassionate and complex characters with off-the-charts chemistry who were perfect together. I burned for more.

I felt every word I read in this pulse-pounding, UNPUTDOWNABLE, soul-searing story. Crown of Lies stole my breath in a book that bled beauty and angst, this book baring its soul to me and stealing my soul. The spellbinding, suspenseful, and spine-tingling Crown of Lies shook my soul, grabbed my gut, and hit my heart so hard that my emotions bled long after the story was over.

Crown of Lies is deliciously dark, passionately poignant, and mysteriously magical. Crown of Lies was MY RUSH. This story seduced my soul, so intense and intoxicating that I was indebted to every word…every page…every emotion that escaped, entangling around every part of me. Crown of Lies was MY CRACK! This story stole my soul like a thief in the night, and all I could do was submit to its power….its passion…its promise of more.

This book is over but I am still basking in UTTER BOOK BLISS. I’m still stuck in this soul-slashing story! My heart is still pounding out of my chest.

Pepper Winters outdid herself again! Just WOW!!! I LOVED THIS STORY SOOOO HARD! It may only be January, but I already know that Crown of Lies is a top January reads and a best book of 2017!

CROWN OF LIES OWNED EVERY PART OF ME. Crown of Lies is PURE GOLD! I want to wear this crown forever as I bask in the glow of a forever hangover!

“We’re all a little corrupt, doing our best to fit into a world that’s broken but still demands perfection…Thieves can become saints. Saints can become thieves.”

★★★★★ ‘but worth 10’ gut-gripping gold crowns


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“I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”

Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.

However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the boy who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.

Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the man her father believed was the perfect match. The man who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.
Including her.

Seduced and manipulated, Noelle lives two lives. The one everyone sees on the outside and the one no one sees on the inside. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she’d been and turn her into something else.

Until her past collides with her present.
And it’s her turn to lie.
To everyone…including herself.


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Review – It All Falls Down by M. Dauphin 

It All Falls Down by M. Dauphin 

4.5 hot & heavy stars!

Can I begin this review by saying.. OH MY PANTY BURNING HOTNESS. LOL. Seriously, It All Falls Down is crazy hot, like burny, burny hot. Max & Nora literally sizzle their way through this book. 

Connection is there. And it’s HOT.

Chemistry is there. And it’s HOT.

Tension is there. Annnnnnd it’s HOT! 

I kid you not, this is not a book you should read, unless you’re alone. TWO WORDS… Hotel Room. *wipes brow* 

Once we get past all the hotness talk though, what we have with It All Falls Down is an incredibly sweet, swoony, beautiful romance, that made my heart pitter patter on many occasions. 

Nora & Max are a stunning couple. His bad with her good mixed together perfectly. Despite the initial meet being a quick, hot ride, what transpires afterwards was a stroke of genius. M. Dauphin brings them back together so fluidly thus beginning that searing connection, that you cannot help but feel. 

My heart broke a little for these characters and mannnnn, I wanted to shake them, just to clear their vision but Dauphin does it in her own way, she paves their path back to one another perfectly and it was a joy to read.

It All Falls Down is a beautiful, breathtaking romance, that sizzles and burns and just leaves you with all those wonderful bookish feels!

He promised he’d never leave. He should have told me. I could have helped. Max came into my life when I didn’t need a man to define me. He didn’t push his way in… not really. He slowly, tirelessly, and patiently waited. He used that damn smile, day in and day out, and waited until I tumbled head over heels in love with him. 

My grandma always told me to watch out for the pretty boys. The ones that turn you to mush the first time you lay eyes on them. She never warned me about Maxwell Holzer. If there’s one thing in life I’ve always known, it’s that when something goes up, it will most certainly always come crashing down.


Review – Hard Boss by Luke Steel

Hard Boss by Luke Steel

Okay! LISTEN UP! First of all I must discuss this cover! Because OMG….THIS FREAKING COVER….

I mean, HOLY HOT ABS! THOSE HANDS! THAT WATCH! *shivers* If that doesn’t draw you to think book then, well, I don’t know what will? Oh… wait, maybe I do. 

Yep here’s another reason….


Hard Boss is a sexy, quick, dirty read that just took my breath away. Now, I’m not usually one for posting five star reviews on ‘shorter’ books. Why? I like my books with more meat in them, but this? 

Well this had meat, it had grit, it had a rawness, it had intensity, it had heart and it well and truly worked it’s way into mine. Luke Steel, where have you been? Hard Boss is an fantastic debut! 

From start to finish I swooned over Dominic and I must admit I got really hot for Dominic. I ADORED Lucy! She too was crazy hot. If high-fiving a character was a possibility, I’d high-five her! From their initial meet to their end they sizzled and popped with an intense, fiery connection. And despite the length of Hard Boss I never once felt rushed or disconnected, from the story or them. And had it been longer, I’d have loved it even more! 

Hard Boss is a dirty, delicious read. It’s HOT **fans self** and heartwarming. It’s passion and love. It’s everything, wrapped up in a mouth watering package. I loved it. Luke Steel…WRITE MORE. I NEED MORE!

I’m as hard as they come. No one can unravel me. And then SHE came along…

Lucy was supposed to be like every other assistant out there—quiet, skilled at predicting my needs, and definitely not a walking distraction. How can she make it so hard to focus on my work? I hate it.

And I hate how much I want her.

Worse, no matter how I try to scare her off with my crisp attitude, she stands up to me. Her backbone is turning me on as much as catching her bending over the desk, skirt stretched over her thighs.


She shouldn’t get close to me. No one should.

So why am I taking her to dinner?

And why am I tying her down to my bed, making her shiver and moan?

Lucy might ruin what’s left of my heart…

Unless I ruin her first.

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Review – The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken 

The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken 

The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken, is a sweet, modern twist on the classic tale Cinderella. I am a HUGE Disney fan and this story that Rachel has penned perfectly ticked many of my bookworm boxes. 

Brock & Jane were a brilliant pairing, both downtrodden and suffering from the impact of controlling, demanding family. These characters made me feel for them, smile and swoon. Once free from the clutches of the family, Brock and Jane really blossomed. It was a joy and pleasure to read.

My only downside of this book, and the reason for my four star rating is purely due to the book being in the 3rd person. I cannot say anything bad against the story or Rachel’s writing which was just WOW, as always. The 3rd person perspective stopped me from being totally connected to the characters. I missed some of the deeper  internal perspective we get from 1st person stories. I must say though, this is just MY personal preference/perspective. The story, the writing is GREAT.

Rachel, remains to be one of those authors whose books I love no matter what. And I do love this one. It’s a beautiful tale, of breaking free and doing things for yourself. 

The Bachelor Auction is a story you should curl up in a blanket with and fall in love with. Because you WILL.

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . .


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Review – Sexual Encounter by LK Collins



Dirty mouthed.
Sexy as sin.
All alpha.
Deliciously devious… but for all the right reasons.

Oh, Jett Jordan… you have slayed me, and it was so good! This was quick, dirty insta-love at it’s finest. Jett and Natalie are just… amazing.

Jett Jordan is a first class high end divorce attorney. He has seen the worst come out in people in his line of work. He’s experienced that pain in his own personal life. Never would he give his heart to someone only to have it trampled and crushed when things went south. Nothing could shake him… until Natalie Valero entered his office. She’s the wife of his client and from the moment he saw her, she shook him to his core. He would stop at nothing to have her. He wasn’t above dirty tricks, dirty tactics or dirty words in his quest to make her his.

Natalie has never met anyone like Jett. She has never been so moved, so turned on by someone. The instant attraction and the feeling of protection from him. She hadn’t felt this way… ever. Years spent in a horribly abusive marriage and now that husband was trying his best to railroad her and take away her most cherished memories. She never would have guessed that the handsome and alluring oppposing counsel would be so instrumental in changing the course of her life after her divorce.

This was such a fun, naughty read! Quick and sexy insta-love… one hot alpha and the woman who was his match on all levels. Natalie tilted Jett’s world on its axis, while Jett showed Natalie what a real relationship with him could look like. Swoony and satisfying… sexy and sinful. A great afternoon read!


Five Insta-Love Stars!




I’m not supposed to want Natalie Valero, not the way my body does, in every consumable way possible. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, I craved her like never before.

As I sit across the table from her, listening to all the disrespectful things her husband—my client—is saying to her, I can’t help wanting to protect her.
It makes me want to wipe her tears away.
To show her how a real man speaks.
The only way I’d ever make her cry is begging me for more.
But it’ll never happen.
Natalie is off limits to me; a line any lawyer knows you don’t cross.

But fuck does my cock want to.

Maybe just once—maybe…

Sexual Encounter is the first book in a three-book mini-series of standalone reads, all of which have an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger—just panty-melting hotness.

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LK Collins is the naughty alter ego for the husband-and-wife duo behind multiple bestselling and international bestselling novels. This real life couple is down right dirty in the bedroom, which bleeds through the pages of their steaming hot smut stories. While LK writes the books, Mr. Collins, the tattooed God himself, is the mastermind behind so much of the page turning sexiness.

If you are looking for a scorching hot read with chemistry so hot it jumps off the pages, then an LK novel is for you. From a number of standalones to series, their stories will make you blush, pant, and want to reread them once you’ve finished. The heroes are alpha, demanding, filthy talking men, that will do anything for their girl…or to get them.





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Review-Healing The Broken by K. Street

My rating is 5 out 5 stars

While reading this book, it was easy tof forget this is the authors debut book. She absolutely nailed it. I fell, and I fell hard. There was the perfect mix of angst, passion, heartbreak, hurt, and devotion. 

Healing The Broken is definitely a perfect title for this book. Ryann has a past that would tear even the strongest of people to their knees. She has been dealt blow after blow since she was a small child. There’s only one man whose ever made her feel safe. Cash loves this woman with such intensity but must break down her walls. He is determined to make her feel safe and secure in his arms.

The journey these two take is one that will consume you from the beginning to the end. Cash is definitely the perfect man. This is a book that you absolutely must read.

Strength is born during the moments that are meant to break us.

Monsters didn’t just exist in nightmares. 

They were real; they lived among us. As the sole witness to a brutal murder, Ryann Sinclair knew that better than anyone.

He’d been burned once, and Cashel Donovan swore it was the last time. 

Until Ryann Sinclair walked back into his life. 

She was fiercely protective of her heart, and he was hell-bent on protecting her. 

Never one to back down from a challenge, he was determined to break her.

Just so he could be the one to put her back together.







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Review – Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde



Oh, Carly and Erika! You two have done it again with BIG SHOT!

Wes Sinclair is arrogant, cocky… ridiculously confident in his abilities as a top notch realtor in Chicago. Untouchable in business. So incredibly sexy and could have any woman he wants. Well… almost any. The one woman he wants he knows is off limits no matter how much he wants to make her his. He has fought the attraction. He’s tried to distance himself. He knows that getting involved with his best friend’s little sister would ruin everything he and Connor have worked so hard for.

But Natalie Prescott is not going to make it easy.

She’s always been a nuisance to him. She’s always been “Connor’s little sister”. But Natalie has grown up and she wants to be seen as more. She’s just as valuable in real estate. She can be an asset to Wes’s business if given a chance to prove herself. But oh no! Wes won’t even give her the chance to prove herself – in business OR in bed. She’s always loved him. She’s always wanted him and now she’s going to have him.

Anything Wes can do, Natalie can do better. She can beat him at his own game and show Wes once and for all that she’s not to be underestimated. One bet between frenemies will change everything!

Wes and Natalie have so much red hot delicious chemistry! Years of fighting their mutual attraction, fears of what her brother will think and how he will react upon hearing about the change in their relationship and Wes’s insecurities after seeing his own parents relationship implode as a child make the love story between these two sizzle with passion and deepen with growing feelings. I rooted for them! I wanted Wes to finally get his act together and I cheered Natalie as she made some hard decisions.

This is another great beginning to another fantastic series by Carly and Erika. Sexy, sinful, laugh out loud moments! This was such a fun, flirty read… sensual and so seductive. Wes and Natalie prove that sometimes enemies make the best lovers. Fantastic, ladies!

Five Big Shot Stars!




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Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his prim and proper adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

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Review – Talk Dirty to Me by Lulu Wright



Talk Dirty to Me by Lulu Wright


Talk Dirty To Me, is a sinful, sexy and intense journey through past, present and future. Lulu Wright penned this novel with such truth and raw power that just fights to encase the reader. It took me longer than I’d have liked to finish this book, unfortunately life got in the way and delayed my progress, despite that though I was DESPERATE to get back into Rose and Mark’s world. To revel in the oozing sexual tension that just BURNS throughout this whole story.

In all honesty, I didn’t fully connect to Rose straight away, something about her just didn’t click, I can’t say what but it was there. But as the story progressed, Lulu did an amazing job at making Rose one kick ass, sassy, sexy character. Her snark and wit were hilarious and on multiple occasions I wanted to high five her for her one liners.

Being a Brit, I struggle with fully understanding Baseball, but if Mark Carrington is out there and real and offering baseball lessons then SIGN ME UP! This extraordinary man was written to perfection. From the first meeting, sparks started flying FOR ME, never mind between the characters. Mark was alpha, bad-boy, fit sportsman, all the things that tick all my boxes. As the story want on Mark turned out to be everything and more, underneath all that ruggedness was a sensational swoon worthy man that gave me butterflies.

What really stands out during Talk Dirty To Me, as I’ve mentioned was the undeniable connection Mark and Rose have, it’s believable and easy to follow. Despite the first half of the book sizzling with angsty sexual tension that connection only builds and builds. The added sports background, rock/alt music, and second chance romance aspects made this a book I couldn’t get enough of.

Talk Dirty to me was flawless, exciting, enjoyable and I fell in love with it all!




Mark Carrington already broke my heart once.

This sexy, temperamental playboy might dominate the major leagues, but there’s no way in hell I’m letting him play ball with my heart again.

Until I find myself facing him down every morning on our new radio show, and his undeniable hotness starts to break down my resistance–and almost erase all the memories of how he dumped me back in high school.

We’ve both grown up since then, and now Mark is even more gorgeous and infuriating than ever. But I can’t get away from him–not when my beloved alternative rock station depends on his sexy ass to avoid getting bought out by a greedy corporation.

But when he corners me in the production room to compliment my sexy radio voice and admire my David Bowie T-shirt, it’s all I can do to keep my clothes on and my hands off of him. So I don’t.

And the more I get to know him, the more I realize he’s hiding a big heart behind all that swagger. And the deeper we get, the deeper I fall.




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Review – Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine


Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Every once in a while, in the middle of our ordinary lives, love gives us a fairy tale.”

I’ve loved fairy tales since I was a little girl—from Cinderella to Beauty in the Beast to modern romances that feel like fairy tales. Fairy tales are just…SIGH…magical and mesmerizing. These magical stories transport me to a wonderful fantasy world that sometimes feels very raw and real. Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine is a feel-good, friends-to-lovers fairy tale of a romance dipped in suspense that will make your heart dance!

Royal Scandal enraptured and ensnared me from the start, this slow burn of a book with more sweetness than steam became my obsession. This fairy tale twisted itself around all of me. It did not let go; I did not let go. Royal Scandal with its sweet and spicy story along with a fusion of Southern sass and charming Brit demeanor was the magical mixture for a moving romance.

Crown Prince Colin Sinclair is tall, green-eyed, dark-haired, and handsome with a caring personality, delicious body and dirty-talking mouth. He puts his family first even over his love life. Until he stumbled upon the beautiful, red-haired and blue-eyed, Della Hughes, the caretaker and housekeeper of his new American estate of which he and his family fled from his British country under exile.

At just seventeen when he fled his country to America, Colin felt a connection to the fifteen year-old Della, a spark when she challenged him immediately.

“I feel as if I’ve found a kindred soul in her.”

Colin and Della became fast friends, though fighting the chemistry that loomed between them for ten long years. Ten years until Colin’s exile may be lifted if he claims a bride. To Colin, that would be heaven to finally get his hands on forbidden territory, jump out of that friend zone into more. 

“Della. My best friend. The woman of my dreams. Forever off-limits…until now.”

Colin has to convince Della to become his bride, to possibly toss friendship aside for more. Maybe Della wants Colin as much as he does her.

“My head is inundated with her image, of all the ways I want to have her. The hundreds of ways I want to kiss every inch of her body. Make her mine in every way possible.”


Oh was Colin Mr. Prince Charm-the-Panties off of me. Della is one lucky lady! I want to suddenly be the Cinderella to this perfect prince.

“We’re friends and friends don’t sleep together.”

Della will do anything for her best friend, Colin, including marrying him but in name only. Though their platonic plans become a challenge when the combustible chemistry surrounds them like the air they breathe.

“I don’t think I need to show you how hard I am for you…unless you don’t believe me and need to investigate for yourself.”

“I believe you.”

“Too bad because I would look forward to your inspection.”

Colin is royally endowed and his package may be as irresistible as his passion and charm for Della.

“He wants me and I want him, and there’s nothing to stop either of us.”


Della falls into the rabbit hole, completely smitten by the oh-so-persuasive Prince. The passion between that has built for ten years is about to burst, friendship caught on fire ready to blaze into an inferno. Feelings of more than friendship are forming, but Della is holding back, afraid that her happily-ever-after is not in the cards.

“Colin, don’t you get it? Stuff like this doesn’t happen in the real world. Happily ever afters for a maid and a prince—seriously? That’s Disney magic.”

Colin is hiding a secret or more that could be scandalous. Couple that with Della who doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters or fairy tales and this prince may have a tough time convincing his bride-in-name to become his forever princess.

“Are you saying you want this to be real?”

“It’s already real. I want this to be forever.”


Royal Scandal is a Cinderella tale where Prince Charming is as sweet as pie and his princess is all sass. This friends-to-lovers love story sank itself into me, sprinkling fairy dust over the pages, where I was covered in a delicious concoction of sweetness and smolder. This magical fairy tale melted me from head to toe.

I had love in my heart and stars in my eyes while devouring Royal Scandal. A dash of romance, a splash of suspense, and a heap of heart make this modern-day Cinderella story a must-read! So royally good!

★★★★ royally good stars


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Fairy tales do come true—and so do tabloid scandals! Bestselling author Marquita Valentine kicks off a juicy contemporary romance series with a novel about a prince whose best-laid plans go deliciously awry when he marries the maid next door.

Forced to flee to the United States with his siblings after their parents’ assassination, Crown Prince Colin Sinclair takes it upon himself to become the caretaker of his family while hiding out near Charlotte, North Carolina. But after a decade in hiding, the secret’s out and Parliament demands that Colin wed a princess of their choosing. Unwilling to play their game, Colin decides to marry an American instead, and he has the perfect candidate in mind.

As a home-service professional, Della Hughes doesn’t believe in storybook endings. But when her best friend and secret crush reveals that he’s a flesh-and-blood prince, she doesn’t know what to think. Still, she’ll do anything for Colin, including becoming his wife—in name only, of course. But when their plans to stay purely platonic go by the wayside, their fake honeymoon turns all too real. After a week of white-hot nights, Della can buythisbook.jpg



Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.


Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).

When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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Review – The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan


The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Meeting you was fate. Becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.”~Unknown

Books are like love. We get lost in them. We feel them. We experience them. We are under their spell. Kendall Ryan’s latest rom-com, The Room Mate, cast me under its spell where I had no choice but to succumb to this SINFULLY SEXY and SWOON-FILLED STORY.

Second-chance romances or ones where lovers were childhood friends are my love…my heart…my soul…my weakness; The Room Mate was my KRYPTONITE. This kryptonite was one I could not consume fast enough. I ate up this captivating and combustible story like chocolate cake. Oh was The Room Mate rich in EVERYTHING DELICIOUS!

I fell in INSTA-LOVE with The Room Mate, a friends-to-lovers romance with a potent potion of humor, heat, and heart. It didn’t take long for my body to blaze in burning heat as I alternated lighting up with lust and laughter like fire. The Room Mate was a forceful flame, the fire that ignited and intoxicated every part of me. This inferno, The Room Mate, smoldered from sex to soul. I was caught and claimed. I was smitten and seduced. I WAS ALL IN.

Cannon Roth…JUST WOW!!! That name alone?!? HOLY HOT!!! Add the hot name Cannon to the doctor profession and Doctor Roth is just as amazing! OH YES!!! This Cannon is sex-on-a-stick smoldering with his dark ‘bed head’ hair, piercing green eyes, an over 6’3” tall and muscular ‘Roman Statue’ body, deliciously dirty mouth, and sweetness in spades. Hot Cannon name + doctor + perfect looks + perfect personality = PURE PERFECTION! I LOVED THIS CANNON-BALL WHO IS MINE…MINE…MINE…MINE!!!

A difficult living situation has Cannon needing a place to say so when his sister suggests her best friend, Paige, who also happens to be Cannon’s childhood crush, he jumps on the opportunity and maybe it will end with him jumping her. From longtime friends to room-mates, Cannon is challenged to stay in the friend zone with the gorgeous, blonde, blue-eyed, and curvy Paige, his long-time friend, sister’s best friend, girl of his teenage fantasies, and now woman of his dreams.

“Are you here to lend a hand, princess?” “You can touch it if you want?”

The mouth on this Adonis of a man is a cannon indeed, so deliciously dirty and decadent. Cannon is the fire to Paige’s ice, and, for once, this cool and collected gal wouldn’t mind being reckless…getting burned. Burn is what I did…with every penetrating and passionate page.

“I wanted to sin. Wanted to push myself beyond the safe little bubble I lived inside day in and day out.”


After a string of psycho gals who fall in love after Cannon’s cannon fires into them, this gorgeous guy is convinced that he is the magic machine that make all women fall in love with the Cannon-ball. Paige doesn’t buy the spin he’s selling, but knows the anaconda he’s rockin’ is the real deal. She challenges Cannon to test out his tempting theory on her plus a few bites and blazes to the lady bits won’t hurt either.

“So you really believe that after sleeping with you one time, women fall in love with you?”

GAME. ON. Cannon is ready to fulfill his teenage fantasy who has suddenly come to life. Cannon was my fantasy come to life.

“His hot mouth fused over mine, kissing me deeply. He tasted of whiskey and desire.”


Oh how Cannon and Paige’s friendship is full of sparks that are ready to ignite into a firestorm. Their chemistry sizzled and was even more powerful since it’s mixed with friendship…spice and nice. Passion poured from pages to me, as I BURNED FOR THIS BOOK!

“When I f**k you with my tongue, there will be no holding back from either of us.”

The doctor is in…indeed! I smoldered, those involuntary thigh clenches in full swing! Dr. McDreamy delivers the goods…one big package that he works like a pro to deliver the big O. The Room Mate turned me into a minx!

“I’ve wanted you for ten years, Paige.”


Oh how this game was on fire! Sparks sprinkled with swoon and oh did I SWOON from Cannon’s sweet words!!!

“I love you, princess. Always have. Always will.”

I melted into a pool of goo all over the pages. Paige can’t let Cannon get closer because she can’t be responsible for ruining the doctor-in-training’s residency…his career…his life.

“He was the realest, best, brightest thing in my world, and I hated that we would never be more.”

Paige won’t be the one to hold the dreamy doctor-in-residency back from his dream though what she doesn’t realize is that she is Cannon’s dream.

“You want to know what I want, princess?”

“I want you like this, every day for the rest of my life.”


Oh did Dr. McDreamy’s words of sweetness and swoon shot stars in my eyes and butterflies in my belly. This man is the ultimate hero and one of my all-time favorites to blaze books. I left this story on a high, as words of smolder and swoon shot through me like a cannon, a high I did not want to leave.

The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan is FRIENDSHIP CAUGHT ON FIRE, a spellbinding story that burns from body to soul. Oh did I blaze and burn while my heart pounded with every page! This story not only melts with molten heat and drips with honey-coated sweetness, The Room Mate radiates with love and life! The Room Mate is a thigh-clenching, body-burning, and passion-penetrating romance but SO MUCH MORE. It’s a story about LIFE AND LIVING. It’s about taking that LEAP OF FAITH and LIVING FOR THE MOMENT. Oh did I live for this mesmerizing moment!

“Sometimes there are no second chances. It’s now or never.”

Kendall Ryan has written a love story that is LITERARY PERFECTION. The Room Mate is my new FAVORITE Kendall Ryan rom-com! The Room Mate is creative and captivating writing at its finest: fresh, fun, flirty, feel-worthy, and fabulous. I LOVED this tantalizing and tender tale so much! This second-chance, childhood friends-to-lovers romance was EVERYTHING! The Room Mate is a gem that shines bright, and I’m not done basking in the glow of this sparkly story full of sweetness and spice just yet.

4.5 heart-melting stars


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The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.


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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.