Friday, September 17, 2021

Vik by Belle Aurora

 




Title: Vik
Series: Shot Callers #2
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: September 17, 2021


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Nastasia Leokov has loved her brother’s best friend since the very moment she met him. Understanding that she’ll never be anything more to Viktor Nikulin than a treasure to guard, Nas sensibly hides her feelings. But when she makes a brash decision to kiss him, everything changes.

That kiss. That hot, explosive, all-consuming kiss.
It haunts Vik. And suddenly, Nastasia Leokov isn’t just a teenage mob princess.
No.
She is his. Undeniably. Indisputably.

An unbreakable connection. A hidden relationship. A lifetime of firsts.
And yet, something is missing.
Nas desperately craves the one thing Vik has never offered her.

His heart.






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EXCERPT

I was tired. I was restless. I was irritated.
The trifecta of bitchiness.
So, when I saw him sitting at a table by himself, I stilled midstep, and my annoyance grew.
Seriously?
Why, God?
How dare he look so good when I could barely find matching shoes this morning.
He brought his espresso up to his lips as he read from the newspaper he held in his hands. I didn’t know why that got to me. Maybe because he looked so effortlessly relaxed, and my fragmented mind was being split in a flurry of puzzle pieces, none of which fit back into their original spaces.
My body rigid, my feet started moving, and they didn’t stop until I stood in front of him with a cold expression that could’ve set off the next big freeze. Before he even looked up at me, I hissed quietly, “This is my spot.”
Vik simply peered up at me with a furrowed brow. “No, it isn’t.”
Uh, excuse me? “Yes, it is. This is my spot. My café. You go get your own.”
And his grin had my heart racing with anger. “Firstly, I brought you here, so if we’re getting technical, you wouldn’t even know about this place if it weren’t for me.”
My neck flushed.
Oh, right. I’d forgotten about that.
Feeling stupid, I huffed out a short breath, threw up my hands, and said, “Fine. I’ll leave.”
As I turned to walk away, Vik’s hand shot out and gently but firmly circled my wrist. I twisted back to find his gaze had darkened some, and he uttered, “Stay.”
It wasn’t a plea nor a demand. I might’ve been delusional, but to my ears, it sounded like a wish.
My rigid stance loosened mildly.
Only one word out of his mouth, but I felt the caress of it all over.
I peered down at that hand. It held me firmly as his obsidian gaze locked me in. “I heard you’ve been spending time at Laredo’s. I know you’re smarter than to try to get the attention of a particular Frenchman, so I won’t warn you against it.” Those eyes sliced over the length of me. “You know better, don’t you, baby?”
Every fiber of my being screamed to sit and stay, but the insecure part of me told me to leave before we hurt each other. Against my better judgement, I sat opposite him, and because I often had trouble keeping my mouth shut, I said smugly, “Sounds like you might be jealous.”
The hand on my wrist flexed, and Vik held me down with his glacial gaze. “Wanna test that theory?”
My chest squeezed.
My ego was a petty bitch and hooted loudly, all for it. My heart thought nothing would be more romantic. But my brain, on the other hand, knew what Vik plus jealousy was capable of. And it wasn’t pretty.
Don’t get me wrong. I was never the target of his anger when he got like that. The men standing in his warpath, however, usually ended up with a split lip, a broken nose, or a concussion, or all three. And after it was all done and dusted, Vik would then take me home, take my mouth, and then take me roughly against the nearest surface, all while maintaining eye contact.
Ugh. It was so fucking hot.
The memory had my knees snapping together under that table, trying in vain to ignore the thrumming warmth that suddenly lit in my core.
Hmmm. Maybe we should test that theory after all.
No.
But—
Not a good idea.
My inner self pouted and called me a prude.
Not so smug anymore, I cleared my throat and asked, “What do you want from me, Vik?”
Refusing to let go, his thumb gently caressed the sensitive spot at my inner wrist, and without hesitation, he responded one word that shattered my resolve.
“Everything.”
The way he said it, with zero hesitation, had my heart aching. I wanted that too. If only the stakes were even. If only he had as much to lose as I did. My heart was on the line. I wasn’t sure if Vik even knew how to access his.






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4* REVIEW
By Stephanie

Let me start off by saying, if you haven't read Lev in awhile (or ever), definitely do a re-read. It has been 6 years since that book was released and you WILL need a refresher if you wish to remember certain characters. Not that this is a hardship because Lev is freaking amazing. 

"Sure, the scenic route took longer. But the view was absolutely incredible."

That pretty much sums up this story. 
I point it out, because some of the story may trigger you for them to "get on with it already". There is a lot of back and forth between Nas and Vik, almost like a slow burn, even though they had grown up together and been together a long time. Stick with it though, because Vik is well worth it. 

Regarding the woman friends in this book:
I don't think I really like the relationship between Nastasia and Anika. They're best friends of a sort, but it's sort of only when it's convenient. There is zero communication between them and I felt no connection between the two. 
Cora and Nastasia on the other hand... OMG what a riot! 
I think I would like Cora as a friend. 
Mina is like the cute little sister (in-law) that you just want to squeeze. I like how all of her relationships unfold with all the other girls in this story. 

Regarding Nas and the men in this book:
 I really think I like Nas's relationships with her cousins.  All the crap she gives Allesio, it's as good as brother/sister banter. Maybe better than, since her relationships with her brothers are pretty "strained" due to their upbringing, 
She is by no means afraid of her brothers, but her and Sasha's relationship is unique because he is such a tough guy. 

In the book you get both characters POV's, mainly Nastasia, but from time to time Vik's, and occasionally an Anika POV. Is this a precursor to the next book, mewonders??? I would definitely love a Cora and Alessio book. That man has some secrets and I think I can speak for a lot of Belle fans that we love a good Dark Hero! 

Anyways, if you love a story about childhood loves trying to get it together, dirty work, sarcasm and banter,  plot twists, second chances and sexy times..then this book is for you!







AUTHOR BIO


Belle Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under. 
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and laughter. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. 
Humorous romance novels.
So many authors had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.
With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.

Belle Aurora is a USA Today best-selling author.


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Friday, July 16, 2021

Kitty Kitty (Souls Chapel Revenants #5) by Lani Lynn Vale

 




Kitty Kitty

Souls Chapel Revenants MC Book 5

Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: June 29, 2021


About the Book


This is the story of a man falling in love with a woman.


A man that was supposed to be a role model, and a woman that was just barely twenty-one.


A man who should’ve known better, and a woman that didn’t know that she was destroying his career word by word, innocent touch by innocent touch, smile by smile, until it had already imploded.


The world collapses around Absinthe ‘Sin’ Solomon, and the only thing he can do is try not to take her down with him.


The moment the inevitable happens, and the gavel bangs signaling that he will spend the next nine years in prison for attempted murder, Sin tries to let go. But Blaise Mackenzie has never, not ever, been one to give up without a fight.


Her military career might be over, but her career as a prison guard is just about to get started.


And her favorite prisoner? A pissed-off older man, a drill sergeant dishonorably discharged from the Army that tells himself daily that the new ‘Kitty Kitty’ female prison guard is not for him.


After following him around for years, watching over him from afar in any way she can, Sin is released early. And the first person that he’s going to see? A stubborn little blonde-headed female that should’ve known better than to trust a man like him.



~REVIEW~

Book 5 in the Souls Chapel Revenants is just as amazing as the previous 4. I LOVE everything LLV writes and this series is another fantastic addition to her growing works of art. Prison, MC, Military, and Hardcore Alpha males make me so very happy and Absinthe and Blaise's story made me laugh, cry, and swoon.  The things we do for love will tell you all you need to know about a persons character and Sin has it in spades. The utter devotion from both Sin and Blaise is what great love stories are made of and I could not get enough. Keep em coming LLV. 5 stars



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About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.


When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.


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Monday, March 15, 2021

When the Storm Breaks - (Lost Stars #2) by Emery Rose

 

𝐖𝐇𝐄𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐌 𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐒, ðšð§ 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐬𝐭𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐄𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞




𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬.


Brody McCallister was only supposed to be a means to an end. My golden ticket to get me closer to what I really needed—a way to make peace with what I’d done when I was eighteen, dirt poor, and left to fend for myself.

I only had six weeks in the middle of a hectic world tour to do it.
So the last thing I needed was to fall for a cocky cowboy. A walking contradiction with a charming grin, a dirty mouth, and a gift for healing wild and broken things.

His life was in Texas.
Mine was on the road.
He guarded his privacy fiercely.
I was constantly hounded by paparazzi.

Everyone warned me it could never work, that ultimately I’d be forced to choose—my music career or him.
I didn’t listen. I fell for him anyway.
Hook, line, and proverbial sinker.

But Brody was hiding secrets.
And when the storm finally broke, it destroyed everything in its wake ... including us.



*My Review*

The hits keep coming from Emery Rose. So happy to get Brody’s story, what a great character he is, and then throw the little spitfire Shiloh into the mix and you have a romance lovers dream come true. Loyalty, devotion, humor and love tick all the boxes for me.  Cannot wait for more of the McCallister family.  5 stars



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Conjugal Visits (Souls Chapel Revenants MC Book 2) by Lani Lynn Vale

Conjugal Visits
Souls Chapel Revenants MC Book 2
Lani Lynn Vale




About the Book

Don’t ever, ever, ever go near that boy. Not unless you want to be a single mother at seventeen. That boy is Bad with a capital B.


The words that my father spoke to me when it came to Trouper Aoki didn’t scare me like they probably should.


In fact, they only made me intrigued all the more.


When it came to Troup, there was just no resisting fate when it came to the two of us.


Even at eighteen, when we went our separate ways with the promise to come back to each other once we were done pursuing our careers, I knew he would always be it for me.


And color me surprised when eight years after making that pact with Trouper, we were once again reunited. Only this time in an undercover FBI investigation—me, the FBI officer, and Troup call sign ‘State’ as a military liaison.


Trouble always finds him. You’d do better to run far, far away.


Truer words had never been spoken.


From the time Troup was a young boy, he’d been in some kind of trouble.


So it only goes to show when he winds up in the FBI investigation with none other than Beckham Spurlock, his high school sweetheart, things are bound to go wrong.


Only, he has no idea how wrong until things go bad. Really, really bad.


All it takes is saving her by hurting another for him to see the wrong side of a jail cell.


To make matters worse, he has to live the next fifteen years in prison knowing that his son will grow up without him. And the woman he loves will likely move on to a man that isn’t so much trouble.





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*My Review*

Yep, she’s done it yet again. A gozillion words under her belt and she still manages to create amazing stories that never lack originality. This second installment of SCRMC surpassed the first, and that shocks the hell out of me because I fell so hard for Lynn and Six. Troup is that boy that everyone secretly wants, but only one will ever have his heart. Beckham’s immediate and extended family would be a hard pill to swallow for anyone not within their inner circle. I literally wanted to kick Foster in his teeth a few times, but he eventually redeemed himself as per usual with many of LLV’s prior characters. This is yet another example of the power of love and strength between two kindred souls and the depths they will go to for their happily ever after. 5 stars



About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.


When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.


Website: http://www.lanilynnvale.com/

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