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Nightfall #newrelease #romance #dragonshifter

Nightfall (Nightmare Dragons Book 2

Synopsis
Despite his beautiful, charming facade, Dare Lancaster is a walking abomination. Doomed to live in the shadows alone, Dare has survived on his hatred of humans and a desperate wish to find out more about who he is. Now there’s only one human who can help him do that, and though he tries to stay distant, he can’t help being possessive and protective, far greater than usual. And something inside him is waking up and saying, mine.

Sasha Harrington knows the dark secret of the Lancasters, ever since she was kidnapped by one of them but not harmed. When the monster whose lonely eyes she still thinks of shows up at her library, cocky and handsome and nothing like she remembers, she isn’t sure what to say. She knows she should run from him, until he offers her something she can’t turn down: help finding the love that has so far eluded her.

As Dare and Sasha travel deeper into the shifter underground, danger lurks around every corner. And as they work together, electric sparks quickly ignite into passionate flames. Soon, Dare is forced to face the truth about Sasha. He wants her, and he can’t possibly deserve her, as long as he has a monster inside.

Sasha Harrington has horrible taste in men. After her latest fiasco, she has sworn off relationships. But when a handsome man with striking features and a body made of rock-hard muscle wanders into her library, asking for her help, she starts getting ideas again. That is, until she finds out it’s Dare Lancaster, the same man who tried to kidnap her and her friend and who changes into an eight-foot tall monstrosity at midnight.

Dare Lancaster has only two goals in life: Keeping his and his brother’s identities as night-roving horrors secret, and tracking down the woman that made them and bringing her to justice. And with Sasha knowing what he is, Dare knows he needs to keep a close eye on her. Even if that means making a deal with the curvy librarian to aid her in return for assistance in something that only she can help him with.

But very quickly both lonely hearts find that keeping their hands to themselves is a more difficult prospect than imagined. And as much as Dare may think he’s helping, Sasha can’t help but see his overwhelming possessiveness as a sign of something more. And even though Dare knows he’s coming closer to the truth than ever before, he’s determined to do the right thing for someone else for the first time in his life. Even if it kills him.

Opinion
I was gifted this book in hopes I would provide an honest review.

I have been eagerly awaiting the receipt of this book because the first book in this series was so exciting to me. This series about nightmare dragons presents a different type of hero, and I am coming to terms with how much I love them.

We first meet Dare in the previous book when he kidnapped his brother’s mate. Of course, we know that all of his anger and angst is just because he is misunderstood and lonely.

He has been trying to navigate the world for the last hundred years and while he does it somewhat successfully, he has something missing. It is hard not to root for a guy that has not had it easy in life. Early on, I realized, for all of his bravado, this was a man who was lonely and did not want to put himself out there because he was scared of being vulnerable and rejected.

Sasha is always picking the wrong type of guy. I think it is because she has such a big heart and she is trying to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Most of all, she truly believes in the power of love. However, after her last horrible dating experience that ended up with her boyfriend at the time becoming nightmare dragon food (for good reason), she has decided to give relationships a break. And while she knows that Dare is emotionally unavailable and totally not the person for her, she cannot help but to be drawn to him. Even when he deliberately annoys her by calling her “snack”.

Sasha is rooting for love and looking for the good in Dare while he believes he does not deserve anyone as pure as Sasha. But several pushes from the right people and they both find what they are searching for in a HEA.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. Overall, I loved this book because of Dare’s protective nature with Sasha. He always came to her rescue, and in the end her love did the same for him.

Book details
Series: Nightmare Dragons
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 229 pages



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Midnight #nightmaredragons #romance

Midnight (Nightmare Dragons Book 1

Synopsis
Nathan Lancaster. Elusive billionaire. World-wide philanthropist. Monster.

From the moment he was born, Nathan knew he couldn’t let anyone know who, or what, he was, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to make his way in the world. And he’s fine alone, seriously. Until a curvy, persistent reporter steps up and turns his whole world upside down. She’s lighting up all the corners of his darkness and endangering the secrets he has always held so dear. So why can’t he imagine ever letting her go?

When journalist Lillian Goss discovers that the world’s most eligible bachelor might be a criminal, she isn’t afraid to get the scoop at all costs. Unlike the rest of the world, she isn’t dazzled by Nathan’s easy smile, scorching blue gaze, or notable philanthropy. She’s determined to expose his dark side, until she manages to get up close and finds Nathan altogether different than she thought. He’s even willing to grant an exclusive, if Lillian is willing to walk into the shadows that surround his life and heart.

The more Lillian gets to know Nathan, the more complicated her feelings get for a man who’s much lonelier than anyone knows. Yes, he has secrets, but he also is braver, and kinder, than she ever imagined. But as attraction burns hot between them, and an unknown stalker enters the picture, one questions arises for Lillian above all… Where does Nathan go after Midnight?

Midnight is the first book in the Nightmare Dragons series. These books contain intense themes, some dramatic violence, and tortured shifter heroes who might just make some people afraid of the dark.

Opinion
When this was released I was so stoked that Terry Bolyryder had a new book !!!!

I got an advanced copy to read and I am giving an honest review.

First, let me say that this book is darker than any in her previous series. Nathan has a monster in him. He is the thing that nightmares are made of. At midnight, he is compelled to change into the monster and “feed”. Sounds ominous.

I didn’t know if I was going to be rooting for him or not. His sweet side won me over. Plus, he does all he can to help people.

Lillian is a journalist who is determined to find the dirt about Nathan. She was so sure that he is evil that she is doggedly persistent in trying to find out more about him so she can write the investigative story of her career.

Nathan is trying to balance dealing with the monster inside of him and his budding feelings for Lillian. I could understand why Nathan was not more forthcoming. He did not exactly have the most nurturing upbringing. There was no point of reference for him to know what was love or family or even happiness. I felt sad for him because he did not have any hope of his situation getting any better. He was so drawn to Lillian that he chose to love, knowing that he would eventually lose her once she knew his secret.

At the same time, Lillian is dealing with the fact that she is a woman who does not like keeping secrets, but she is hugely attracted to man who has this secret life after midnight! Even with all that, Lillian seemed to be too bitter for me. But considering her past, I made allowances for her behavior. I am glad that she gave Nathan a chance because he deserved to be loved.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. Overall, I loved this book because of Nathan. He was a good guy trying to make the best of a bad situation.

Book details
Series: Nightmare Dragons
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 257 pages

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#Review : Badd Luck (Badd Brothers Book 5) #romance #twinsromance #bookaddict

Badd Luck

Synopsis
Two sets of gorgeous twins, a weekend alone together in a remote, picturesque, rural cabin with plenty of alcohol…what could possibly go wrong?

Figuring out the blurred lines and tangled mess of relationships grown out of a deep, lifelong friendship that is now somehow exploding with sexual chemistry…along with a very real subtext of something MORE? A four-way, multi-directional attraction between you and your twin and the other two twins who’ve been your best friends your whole life and are now suddenly sexy as hell and VERY into you, and your twin?

Can it be double the pleasure and double the fun, or is it just double the pain and double the heartache?

Opinion
There is a saying that you cannot have a home run all of the time. I feel that is true with this book. For the first 3 in the Badd Brothers series , there were strong male and female leads. There was realistic conflict and strong emotional situations. Loved them! (See my review of book 3 HERE )

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In the 4th book, it was good. A little too insta-love but fine.

With this book, number 5, it was confusing because it was about two sets of identical twins who KEEP CONFUSING who they are sleeping with! There is physical attraction from being scantily clad or sans clothing so much of the time. Plus, all of the drinking alcohol does not help the situation.

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If there is only a physical attraction, that seems to me that they probably should take a step back and pause the relationship. How can they feel that they have this deep connection, if they cannot even tell their significant other apart from their twin sibling?

In addition to that, the story was all over the place. Sometimes it felt like this story was just about Tate and Corin, but in other parts of the book, it felt like it was about all four of them. I was disappointed because the author did not do much to separate the twins. It is as if she treats them as a unit. And for them to hook up with a set a female twins. UGHHH !!! Even though I usually like friends-to-lovers romances, this did not do it for me.

This series has been so good! It probably was a good idea in her head, but the execution, not so much.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
PASS. The story line was so convoluted and awkward. However, if you feel like you cannot skip a book in a series, you might decide to BORROW.

Book details
Series: The Badd Brothers
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 384 pages


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Contract by Emma Alisyn #review #romance #bbw

Contract by Emma Alisyn

Synopsis
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Any publicity is good publicity, right? But when curvy Aiva, owner of Blooms In Yellow, starts a media ruckus outside her flower shop to increase business, the attention brings all the rats out of hiding.

Namely Daniel, her cousin and the loan shark who funded her startup. A loan shark tied to organized crime, who is a bit miffed when Aiva starts attracting attention. Like any good rat, he prefers to stay in the dark. The attention also attracts Leon Sudano, billionaire mogul and reformed crime lord. Of course the Sudanos, under his rule, are completely legitimate. And his interest in Aiviana is perfectly innocent…

…only it isn’t. He’s been watching Aiva for years, waiting patiently to make his first, and last, move. Because when Sudano plays, he plays for keeps. Aiva must balance her pride in being an independent woman business owner with her growing attraction for the sexy, powerful Leon, who showers her with gifts and attention… and steals her heart.

Opinion
This book had promised but then I thought about it too much and realize there were gaping holes in the plot.

Aiva borrowed money from her cousin with “old country” terms, meaning she would be an indentured servant if she defaulted. If Aiva’s family was so concerned with her, why would they allowing her to be low key sexual harassed by her cousin?

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Aiva took the “I’m an independent woman” routine to a ridiculous level. For 90% of the book, it seemed like she would rather drown instead of admitting she needed a life jacket.

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Leon offers Aiva a chance to pay her debt but his interest in her contract is not altruistic. He wants her to be his wife. He knows he needs to handle her outstanding debt or else it’s makes him look bad.

Leon was my favorite character and a real OG with how he handled things, but then my inner feminist balked at his “I choose you to have my babies” attitude. I know he was old school, but I wanted him to help her pay her bills for love and not just so he could get her pregnant.

However to his credit, he did let her come to him after she rebuffed his initial efforts.

Random side note: I don’t feel the book cover matches the story. I thought the book was going to be hotter than it was.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?

BORROW if you don’t have KU. At the time I bought,  it was 99 cents. At that price point, it was not going to break the bank. Now the price is $2.99. I will let you decide what you want to do.

Book details

Series: N/A

Heat Level: 🔥  🔥

Print Length: 93 pages

 

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#review Cade (MacKenzie Security) #bookaddict #amreading

Cade (MacKenzie Security Book 1) 

Synopsis
Cade MacKenzie is prepared to give his life to destroy the cartel that killed his lover, but the only way to draw them out is to present them with the perfect bait.

Bayleigh Scott has no idea who her new neighbor is, only that her body is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain, and the danger that surrounds him isn’t the deterrent she knows it should be.

More than fireworks explode between Cade and Bayleigh when she discovers the real reason he relentlessly pursued her, but by then it’s too late, because she’s already been drawn into a deadly game of desire, deception and revenge.

Opinion
I was excited about reading this book because I thought I would be able to identify. My hubby could be described as surly and I am bubbly. I wanted to read OUR story. We have a happy marriage, so I knew I happy ending is possible.

This was not that kind of story.

The start of the story was promising. When a job went wrong, Cade’s cover was blown and his girlfriend at the time was killed by a drug lord. I was still on board. He has angst, guilt, and grief as to why he cannot love another.
Enter Bayleigh. Her brother warns her to stay far away from Cade, but she ignores that to pursue a relationship with her surly neighbor.
She wants the forbidden fruit. OKAY. Still on board.

But then everything fizzled out. It was probably one the most predictable book ever with their insta-lust. If they were in the same room, they had no self-control to get it on.

There were (what I thought) gaping plot holes in the suspense/mystery. It seemed that Cade left himself vulnerable a lot of times. Plus, why did he start a relationship with Bayleigh when he knew the drug lord was capable of doing?

Most notable plot hole was at the end when there should have been a showdown between Cade and drug lord, the drug lord disappears. It was like a Bond movie where the villain is so confident the person is going to die, so he leaves. Am I to believe that? It is like the author did not know who to finish the scene and thought the readers could use their imagination and create their own ending.

By the end, I was soured on Cade and Bayleigh. Yea I get it. They like to have a lot of sex. But that is about all they do.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
PASS but BORROW if you like insta-lust stories. To me, the book had so much potential but did not deliver.

Book details
Series MacKenzie Security
Book length: 221 pages
Heat level: 🔥 🔥 🔥


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