Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Desperate Measures
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Wicked Villains #1
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon

Synopsis:
My Savior… Or My Ruin?

One night, and my entire life went up in flames. All because of him. Jafar. As my world burned down around me, he offered me a choice. Walk away with nothing but my freedom… Or rise to his challenge and win my fortune back.

I bargained.

I lost.

Now Jafar owns me, and even as my mind rails against his rules, my body loves the punishments he deals out when I break them.

But a gilded cage is still a prison, I’ll do anything to obtain my freedom.

Even betray the man I’m falling for.

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Review

I knew I was going to love this. And I did.

I am all about fairytale retellings. Especially new and different takes on them… and you don’t get much different than a story that completely flips the switch on the story of Aladdin.

In this version, Aladdin is the villain and Jafar is… well, I don’t know if I’d exactly call him a hero.

The story starts off with a bang. If you’re wondering what you are going to get while reading this book, you’ll understand within the first few pages.

Many times, I’m not a big fan of books that jump right into the middle of a relationship – especially a particularly steamy one – because it usually takes a while to invest in the relationship. However, within a short conversation, Katee Robert was able to establish the tension between Jafar in Jasmine – which set up the romance perfectly.

This book could have easily been too much. It could’ve been ridiculous, but it wasn’t. It was steamy. It was full of tension. It was full of swoon. And it had a fantastic ending.

Perhaps the best part was that the story came together within such a short amount of time. This book is well under 300 pages, but the story felt full and complete, but left me desperately wanting to continue in the series.


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Yes


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars

 

 

 

With Ties that Bind Series by Trisha Wolfe

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: With Ties that Bind Series
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
Synopsis:
Detective Ethan Quinn has questions. The Arlington Slasher case is closed, the UNSUB no longer a threat—but Quinn can’t quiet the suspicion he harbors toward his partner and the young, attractive ME. Not only does he loathe his uncertainty, he’s torn between doing his job and protecting his team.

Burying himself in cases no longer works. He’s restless. On edge. And tired of fighting his compulsions. Quinn has always viewed the law in black and white. Only now his world is swirling with a murky gray that threatens to devour him.

When lead medical examiner Avery Johnson careens toward a dangerous path, she pulls the unwitting detective into a dark web of deception and lust, triggered by a spree of recent killings.

Is this new player linked to the Bathory murders, or is it another copycat?

Time almost took Avery from him once before. As the clock ticks, Quinn will stop at nothing to protect her, refusing to let Avery become a victim again. Against his uncompromising logic, Quinn can’t deny his feelings. Avery forces him to acknowledge his darker desires, tempting his control—which weakens with every second he spends with the feisty ME as they hunt down the perpetrator threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Review

Quinn and Avery are no Colton and Sadie, but I enjoyed diving back into the world of Broken Bonds.

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With Visions of Red Series by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: With Visions of Red
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: With Visions of Red Books 1-3
Format: Kindle eBooks purchased from Amazon (Audiobook Purchased from Audible)

Synopsis:
Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

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Review

Excuse me while I pass out from the intensity of this series.

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Born, Madly (Darkly, Madly Duet #2) by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Madly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon

Synopsis:
Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

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Review

This was a twisted, dark, beautiful, and satisfying ending to this duology.

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Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly Duet #1) by Trisha Wolfe

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Darkly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon
 
Synopsis:

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other…to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

 

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Review

Whew… that was intense. And twisted. And dark. And somehow… beautiful. Grayson and London’s relationship has definite Joker/Harley Quinn vibes… if The Joker was a cross between Dexter and Hannibal.

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Beast by A. Zavarelli

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Beast (Twisted Ever Book 1) by A. Zavarelli

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales.

But then he took me.

And he taught me that life isn’t a fairytale.

He is scarred. Broken.

A dark and wild thing.

His beauty is violent and his words are cruel.

His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow.

He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.

He’s destroyed my life.

Tortured me.

And worse…

He’s trained me to beg for his affection.

This prison is a place where sunlight doesn’t reach.

He taught me that hate is born in darkness.

And then he taught me that sometimes love is too.

Full book details here.

Review

Beast was my first dark erotic romance and I wasn’t prepared. I’m not sure anyone could be entirely prepared for something that pushes (or downright annihilates) boundaries as much as this novel does, but, again, that’s coming from someone who is completely new to this genre. I found that I had to suspend reality quite a bit to really enjoy this novel. But once I did, I was able to really get into it.

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