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  • Secrets of the Wicked Viscount by Sadie Bosque

    Rating: 5 stars Title: Secrets of the Wicked Viscount Series: The Shadows #2 Author: Sadie Bosque Genre: Historical Romance My Review Secrets of the Wicked Viscount is the second book in Bosque’s The Shadows series and wow did I love it! I have to admit friends to lovers’ romances don’t usually interest me that much so I went in expecting a good story but not to fall in love with the story however Bosque exceeded all of my expectations! This story has pure beautiful romance, endearing impossible-not-to-love characters and a dark twisty tale full of intrigue and mystery sounded the mysterious Shadows and the criminal underbelly of the area. As I said, I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, a friends to lovers romance isn’t my preferred romance but Jarvis and Olivia drew me and I couldn’t help but just adore their friendship and watching their relationship and love bloom was so beautiful. Both characters were so endearing, Olivia with her insecurities and oddities that made her not fit in with society made me love her all the more and I wish more people would see her as the wonderful women she was. I really liked that she had spent years as a spintser and wasn’t constantly trying to fit in. Whilst she did try and learn to fit in, she ultimately stayed true to herself and what she needed. Jarvis was dashing and charming and his love of Olivia and all her quirks was so pure. I enjoyed his storyline of the shadows and I liked that whilst he was a bit of a vigilante hero it was still a historical romance at heart and these two storylines were woven together beautifully. As always Bosque’s writing was captivating and I have to say that when I started this book I was in the midst of a reading slump but this book has brought me right out of it! I couldn’t put it down and have to say I just immediately fell on the love with the characters. I enjoyed the mix of settings with the dark secret organisation and also the balls and classic settings for high society. I also liked that it followed up on book one so we still get all the same characters and a continuation of the other side stories – presumably setting up their own books. I can’t wait for book three, the ending chapter was quite the tease! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I would highly recommend for those of you historical romance readers who are looking for a beautiful pure love story, steam (loving those sexy scenes!) and a good dollop of daring dangerous criminal mystery! Synopsis A girl like no other. Miss Olivia Landen is decidedly on the shelf. Even though all her life she was ridiculed for being different, she is not ready to give up on her future just yet. Taking matters into her own hands, she determines to ensnare a husband and asks for help from the one man she trusts above all others—her dearest friend, Jarvis. A man playing a dangerous game. Jarvis, the Viscount St. John, can't remember a time when he hadn't loved Olivia. Because of the dangerous nature of his life, he has always kept her at arms length, and now, she thinks of him only as a good friend. When she requests his assistance in finding a husband, the very idea sends him to the edge of desperation. Passion is sweeter in the guise of night... When Olivia's life is put in danger, Jarvis does everything in his power to keep her safe and resolves, even more, that his life is not for her. However, Olivia's feelings start to change as she realizes that there's more to Jarvis than meets the eye. In the dead of the night, hidden in shadows, can their love prove stronger than even the darkest of secrets? Click here to go to the Goodreads page for this book!

  • Book Review: The Cruelest Mercy by Natalie Mae

    Rating: 5 Stars Title: The Cruelest Mercy Series: The Kinder Poison #2 Author: Natalie Mae Genre: YA Fantasy My Review - contains spoilers for Book 1. The Cruelest Mercy is the follow-on sequel to The Kinder Poison, and I have to say that The Kinder Poison completely took me by surprise and I absolutely adored the story and the characters, and it immediately became one of my favourites. This meant I had a lot of expectations for book 2 and it did not disappoint. Zahru was front and center and her hilariously relatable self and we had a very exciting plot to continue on from the ending of book 1. Kasta was back and entertaining and ever, I never knew where we stood with him and I was so conflicted on whether to believe him or not throughout the whole book which kept me on my toes and have me racing through dying to know where the story would go. There was a lot of morally grey goodness in this book, Zahru certainly spiraled into morally grey decision making which I loved, and I found her justifications were very authentic and believable. Zahru actually handled her stress a lot better than I would have and I really enjoyed seeing how she took on her new responsibilities. The lure of her new power was intoxicating and whilst she started to embody the worst traits of kasta she still was herself – Kasta is a blind spot for her I think, and she’d do anything to not be betrayed again by him. The angst of this was perfection *chef’s kiss*. Her banter with Kasta was excellent – my only complaint is that we didn’t get more of it – I would literally read a whole book of just them arguing hahaha. I also really appreciated that we got a lot more Han in this one as we get to see more of her crafty and wild self constantly doing crazy illegal things. The setting of the palace was perfect and a great change for book 1, and I really enjoyed seeing all the palace dynamics. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and that we got to see Kasta in a less panicked and desperate state and that we get Zahru becoming a different version of herself as she’s clearly traumatised from being stabbed in the heart, understandably. I devoured the story and couldn’t tear my eyes away from watching Zahru give in to the intoxicating lure of power, as she became increasingly more paranoid of betrayal whilst she plotted revenge. Overall an entertaining story full of morally grey decisions, paranoia, a complete shake-up of events for everyone in the palace, and a very unexpected ending. The writing style is one I love, it’s so easy to read and makes Zahru feel very relatable and like a normal person – you can’t help but love her. A great follow-on to book one and all the questions that The Kinder Poison left open were answered. The ending was very intense and did not end as I expected, I would love more time with Kasta and Zahru so I’m begging Natalie Mae for a third book - though the ending was mostly resolved I could easily see it lead on to another book. Ultimately, I love this series with all my heart so please read it and come chat with me about it! Synopsis After surviving the Crossing, Zahru has sworn off adventures. While crown prince Jet navigates the looming threat of war, she's content to simply figure out what the future holds for them. But they're dealt a devastating blow when prince Kasta returns with a shocking claim: he's the true winner of the Crossing and the rightful heir, and he bears the gods' mark as proof. Even more surprising--he's not the only one. Somehow, Zahru possesses the very same mark, giving her equal right to the throne. The last thing she wants is to rule beside her would-be executioner, but she can't let Orkena fall into his merciless hands. So Zahru, Jet, and their allies must race against the clock to find a way to stop Kasta, because once he's crowned, there's no telling what horrors he'll unleash to win the war. Zahru will do whatever it takes to keep Kasta from taking the throne...but to stop a villain, is she willing to become one herself?

  • Book Tour Stop: Gleam by Raven Kennedy

    Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for Gleam by Raven Kennedy hosted by MTMC Tours. Book 3 of this adult fantasy series continues in this epic story inspired by the myth of King Midas, fae, fated romance, and insurmountable greed. Title: Gleam Series: The Plated Prisoner #3 Author: Raven Kennedy Publication Date: May 31, 2021 Genres: Adult, Fantasy Purchase a copy: Amazon | Book Depository | Indiebound | Blackwell’s Add on Goodreads! The Plated Prisoner Series My Review Gleam is Book 3 in the Plated Prisoner series and it follows on immediately from where Glint left off. (See synopsis below) Auren has returned to Midas but she has now seen him for what he is, and is determined to be free, but plotting her escape must be done carefully. I adored seeing Auren finally see the truth and understand Midas cares only for what she can give him and not for her. I very much enjoyed her newfound determination to be freer, seeing her fight back was amazing and I just couldn’t get enough of her new defiant actions - it was everything I have been dying to see. We have the cliff-hanger of Rip revealing who exactly he is at the end of Glint so I was dying to see how Auren would react. The interactions of Slade and Auren throughout the book were excellent, I adored the enemies to lovers’ type storyline that continued to play out. Their banter, his softness for her, and her growing attraction were all beautifully done. We all know where this storyline was headed and Kennedy made every moment count, I just adored each scene with these two and loved their growth and watching their relationship develop. The love they clearly feel but can’t express or admit was perfect, full of angst and longing and pain but also so much happiness and trust. I loved everything about these two and how their story developed, and there were some incredibly sweet moments alongside some excellent steam! Alongside the romance storyline, the plot also had me hooked. Seeing Midas become the awful person we all know he is was like watching a car crash, I couldn’t tear my eyes away even though what was happening was awful! This all came to a pinnacle at the end, where so much happened. Wow, I won’t say too much but suffice to say it was epic and I finally got the moment I was praying would happen. The ending was a culmination of years of rage and suffering and Midas being his fully unrepentant horrific self, there were some major twists I wasn’t expecting, both of the heart-breaking and dramatic variety. The ending left us again with a cliff-hanger and am in dire need of Book 4! I cannot wait to see what will happen next and where the story will take them. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so I ended up stayed up all night reading it as I just couldn’t put it down! Slade and Auren were everything I wanted and more, the plot was compelling, the suspense of not knowing how or when things would go wrong (because of course, it was never going to be easy) and an explosive ending made for a highly addictive book. I can’t recommend it enough! My Fancast! This is such a beautiful world full of detailed characters who I just can't get enough of. This series is so addictive and I can't wait for the story to continue! Here are my fancast choices for some of our main characters.... Auren - Lily James Slade - Henry Cavill Malina - Margot Robbie Midas - Sam Claffin Rissa - Emeraude Toubia Digby - Mark Walberg Synopsis of Gleam, Book 3 in The Plated Prisoner Series "I don't choose him. Not anymore. I'm choosing me." King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His. The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out. ...Until you realize it’s about keeping you in. I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry. But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger. He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom. Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens. Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, it’ll be me setting the trap. …I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed. Please note: This is an adult fantasy series with dark elements that may be triggering, including Stockholm Syndrome and emotional manipulation, as well as explicit romance scenes. Read at your own discretion. INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway! Head over to my Instagram account to enter the tour giveaway where you can win your choice of any book in The Plated Prisoner series! Ends on September 25th, 2021. Winner will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account. ------- INTL Tour-wide Blog Giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter below to win kindle copies of all three books in The Plated Prisoner series!! Ends on September 25th, 2021. Winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter and contacted via email by MTMC Tours. About Raven Kennedy: Raven Kennedy writes in a range of genres, including fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, dark romance, and romcoms. Whether she makes you laugh or cry, she loves creating worlds and making characters you can root for. She is a California girl born and raised, drinker of tea, and lover of dark chocolate. When she's not writing, she can be found binge watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show, or with her nose stuck in a book. 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