Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Release Blitz, Excerpt & Review: THE RITUAL by Shantel Tessier


I will protect and own her.

The Ritual, an all-new dark college romance by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Shantel Tessier is available now!

The Chosen One

 I vow. You vow. We vow.

Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one.

People think growing up with money is freeing, but I promise you, it’s not. My entire life has been planned out for me. I never got the chance to do what I wanted until Ryat Alexander Archer came along and gave me an option for a better life. He offered me what no one else ever had—freedom.

I chose to be his. He made me believe that anyway, but it was just another lie. A way that the Lords manipulate you into doing what they want.

After being sucked into the dark, twisted world of the Lords, I embraced my new role and allowed Ryat to parade me around like the trophy I was to him. But like all things, what started out as a game soon became a fight for survival. And the only way out was death.


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The dark and mysterious cover is what lured me into taking a second look at this book.
The compelling blurb is what convinced me to read this book.
But unfortunately, that's where the intrigue ended for me.

I had a rollercoaster of emotions while reading this book and not in a good way. This story had SO MUCH potential, but it was just not done right IMO. I needed a deeper connection between the two lead characters and I'm not referring to the s*xual connection because there was plenty of that. The supposed suspense, was not really there. The supposed mystery, was not really there. The heroine had ZERO backbone and just went along with ANYTHING that was given to her. One minute she's complaining about having her whole life decided and controlled and how she wants to do something for herself, but then the next she gives COMPLETE CONTROL and TRUST over to essentially a complete stranger whom does unspeakable things to and with her. Umm...what? And don't even get me started on Ryat's God wasn't attractive. I went along with the unknown and craziness of the storyline until about 40% and then it started losing it for me.

This is NOT a romance. It's barely a relationship, at least not a healthy one. Are the characters perfect for each other...1000%...they are both off their kink/bdsm rockers and deserve each other, but I just didn't understand the appeal. Almost all of the s*x scenes were cringe-worthy at best and I got to the point where I skimmed over them. Idk if there's a term "consensual date r*pe", but this is basically it.

I've read plenty of books similar to this (secret society, possessive/alpha male, s*xually adventurous girl, etc etc), so idk if I'm just over this trope or what, but this book just didn't do it, which really bummed me out. I still love that cover though!

2.5 stars
Vivian πŸ’‹





Loyalty Freshman year at Barrington University I KNEEL IN the middle of the darkly lit room along with twenty other men. My hands are secured tightly behind my back with a pair of handcuffs. My shirt is torn, and blood drips from my busted lips. I’m panting, still trying to catch my breath while my heart beats like a drum in my chest. It’s hard to hear over the blood rushing in my ears, and I’m sweating profusely.

We were dragged out of our beds in the middle of the night to serve. Our freshman classes at Barrington University start in two weeks, but we already have to show our loyalty to the Lords.

“You will always have to prove yourself,”my father once told me. “You were each given a task,”the man calls out as he paces in front of us. His black combat boots slap against the concrete floor with each step, the sound echoing off the walls. “Kill or be killed. Now how many of you can fulfill it?”

“I can,” I state, lifting my head to stick my chin out in the warm and sticky air. Sweat covers my brow after the fight. It’s rigged. You are supposed to lose. The point is to wear you down. See just how much you have to give. How far you can go. I made sure to win mine. No matter what it took.

 He smirks down at me like I’m fucking joking. “Ryat. You seem so confident in yourself.”

“I know what I’m capable of handling,”I say through gritted teeth. I don’t like being second-guessed. We were each raised for this—to be a Lord.

Wealth got us here.

 Yet our determination will separate us by the time it’s over.

The man looks at the guy on my left and nods. The guy walks behind me and yanks me to stand by the back of my shirt. He undoes the cuffs, and I rip the shredded material up and over my head before dropping my hands to my sides when what I really want to do is rub my sore wrists.

Never show weakness. A Lord does not feel. He’s a machine.

The man steps up to me with a knife in hand. He holds it out handle first to me, his black eyes almost glowing with excitement. “Show us what you can do.”

Taking it from him, I walk over to the chair bolted to the floor. I yank the bloody sheet off the chair to reveal a man tied to it. His hands are cuffed behind his back, and his feet are spread wide and secured to the chair legs.

I’m not surprised I know him—he’s a Lord. Or was. The fact that he’s restrained tells me he’s not anymore. But that doesn’t change my orders.

Kill without questions.

 You want to be powerful? Then you realize you are a threat to those who want your position. In order to succeed, you don’t have to be stronger, just deadlier.

The man shakes his head, his brown eyes pleading with me to spare his life. Multiple layers of duct tape are placed over his mouth—those who spill secrets will be silenced. He thrashes in his chair.

Walking behind him, I look down at his cuffed wrists. He wears a ring on his right hand; it’s a circle with three horizontal lines across the middle. It stands for power.

 Not just anyone would know what it means, but I do. Because I wear the same one. Everyone in this room does. But just because you get one doesn’t mean you’ll keep it.

I reach down and grab his hand. He begins to shout behind the tape as he tries to fight me, but I remove the ring easily and walk back around to stand in front of him. “You don’t deserve this,”I say to him, placing it in my pocket. “You betrayed us, your brothers, yourself. The payment for that is death.”

When he throws his head back and screams into the tape, I press the knife to his neck, right below his jawline. His breathing fills the room, and his body strains, waiting for the first cut.

A Lord does not show mercy. Blood and tears are what we demand from those who betray us.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Release Blitz & Excerpt: NIGHTSHADE by Keri Lake


Title: Nightshade Author: Keri Lake Genre: Dark Gothic Paranormal Romance Release Date: October 29, 2021


My father called them messengers.

He once told me they walked among us, and that somewhere in this dark and godless city, there shined a faint sliver of hope. I had only to look for the signs.


Well, I’ve spent my whole life investigating the inexplicable, and all I've found are the unsettling vestiges of iniquity - the evidence of another world shrouded by the obscure. Purgatory to some, where depravity hides in shadows, and girls like me are little more than delicious bites of temptation. 


Others call it Nightshade. 


This peculiar place is where I first met the cold and callous recluse living in a decaying cliffside cathedral. Jericho Van Croix is the epitome of everything I’ve been told to fear. A raven-winged harbinger who wears intrigue like a warm black cloak. An enigma that I’m determined to unravel – even if it means getting closer than I should.


One touch is forbidden. Even so much as a kiss would be my demise. But the sin on his lips burns me up like a wild flame, and his growing infatuation weakens my resolve. 


Giving him what he wants, though, will mean no chance for redemption, or escape. What's worse is, the signs I’ve followed yet failed to see all these years begin to unmask a terrifying reality:


That falling may be my only saving grace.





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“It’s supposed to storm tonight. I’ve been told it’s dangerous up here when there’s lightning.” Hand in his, I let him guide me up the tower’s narrow, stone stairwell, lit only by the few flickering lamps that hung from the brackets on the wall.

Grip tightening as if I might try to get away, he glanced over his shoulder at me. “You’ve nothing to worry about.”

The stairwell opened up to beams and scaffolds, moving gears and the tired sounds they made. We hit a magnificent landing en route toward the bell at the tower's pinnacle, where the back end of the clock’s enormous hands ticked off the seconds in mocking. Counting down the end of innocence. I’d heard the vague rumors of the things that happened to girls in the bell tower. The utter depravity held mostly secret by its ancient walls.

“How can you be so sure?” I asked, stalling at a window, through which a cloud of lightning gave an ominous flicker over the black sea below. 

His firm hand gripped me possessively, and before I even realized he’d changed direction, he backed me into the wall. Capricious as the wind that rapped against the window, he fixed his attentions on me, the chilled stones at my back a reminder that there was no escaping him.

The gentle brush of his knuckles down my cheek belied the shadow of malice that slipped behind his otherwise cold, inscrutable eye. “Because I’m so unreasonably rapacious when it comes to you, Miss Ravenshaw, that not even a bolt of lightning should dare touch your skin without consequence.”

In that moment, the thunder seemed more distant, somehow, or perhaps it was the incessant thump of my heart drowning it out.

“You’re jealous of lightning?”

He leaned in closer, the delicious scent of bergamot and licorice as intoxicating as the warm absinthe still pulsing through my veins. His lips traced a featherlight path along my jaw. Teeth grazed my earlobe, breath hot against my neck, as he whispered, “I’m jealous of anything that occupies your mind so unremittingly when you’re with me.”


“Love was the only thing which had the power to transcend time and death."

You had me at Keri Lake. Seriously, I will read A N Y T H I N G this woman writes at this point, she is BEYOND gifted with words and a master at world and character development. πŸ–€⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I fell into Jericho and Farryn's story and did nothing but read for days. D A Y S. I lived and breathed this fantasy world and couldn't get enough. A gothic PRN fantasy with a delicious slow-burn love story that spans centuries. GAH, I can not get over how she wrote this story, with the past and present's like no other book I've read. Utterly all consuming and BRILLIANT! There's everything you can hope for in a PRN fantasy: fallen angels, Sentinels, Cambions, demons, sinners, parallel worlds, forbidden world, otherworldly s*x scenes (like fan yourself they're SO DAMN HOT)...I could go on and on about this book world, but truly in order to appreciate it, you must read it. I can not recommend this story enough!

600+ pages was not enough, so thankfully we're getting a book 2! I'm eternally changed by their love story. Everyone needs to read this gothic romance asap! One click today πŸ“–πŸ’Έ

“My love for you will never fade. Not even when this wretched world ceases to exist and the sun dies out to an everlasting darkness. My life, my soul. It is yours eternally.”
“And mine is yours.” 
I pressed my lips to his, sealing the vow in my heart.


Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.  When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing).  She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.




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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Release Blitz & Review: LESSONS IN SIN by Pam Godwin

LESSONS IN SIN by Pam Godwin is now live! 

There's no absolution for the things I've done.

But I found a way to control my impulses.

I became a priest.

As Father Magnus Falke, I suppress my cravings. As the headteacher of a Catholic boarding school, I'm never tempted by a student.

Until Tinsley Constantine.

The bratty princess challenges my rules and awakens my dark nature. With each punishment I lash upon her, I want more. In my classroom, private rectory, and bent over my altar, I want all of her.

One touch risks everything I stand for. My faith. My redemption. And even my life.

As if that could stop me. I need her pain, and her heart, and she needs my lessons in sin.


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Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.

I was a starved animal, freed from my cage, and she was the sin racing through my veins.

✔️ Student-teacher romance
✔️ Sexy priest romance
✔️ Age gap
✔️ Explosive sexual chemistry
✔️ It’s F-O-R-B-I-D-D-E-N

This was delightfully sinful!!! I've come to the conclusion that Pam Godwin can write anything she puts her mind to because personally, I don't care for HUGE age gaps, but this one, this one I LOVED. And I don't seek out priest romance storylines because not all authors can pull it off, but Pam did! It was SO DAMN GOOD!

Pam will make you a sinner with this story. This is a MUST read.

5 stars
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹

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New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.


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Monday, May 24, 2021

Release Blitz & Review: FOR LUCY by Jewel E Ann


For Lucy by Jewel E. Ann is now live! 

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann comes a novel so heartfelt and real it redefines the meaning of love.

I'm the wrong guy in the right place the night I steal Tatum Bradshaw from another man. When she mistakes me for her blind date, I decide she deserves a man who shows up on time ... like me. Emmett Riley, Mr. Punctual.

Once I confess my true identity and convince her I'm not a creep--just a thief--it's only a matter of time before my sexy smile and quick wit claim her heart, her hand in marriage, and the perfect life.

Unfortunately, perfection is an illusion, like the promises of our wedding vows. No one can prepare for the unimaginable--the heartbreaking exception to all the rules in life.

When thirty seconds destroys everything, I have to find a new existence and keep my promise to always love our daughter, Lucy, the most.

For Lucy, I will keep a secret, and I will watch my wife drift into the arms of another man.

Given the chance ... can I reclaim my wife and the pieces of our life?

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"There is nothing absolute about our lives. Who we are lies in the space between always and never." FOR LUCY was an unputdownable story. I read it in one day! Jewel excels at bringing all the feels with her stories and she does just that with FOR LUCY. Just read the blurb and you'll be able to anticipate the emotions that will come with this type of story, but nothing could truly prepare you for the emotional submersion that is in store. 99% of the book is told mostly from Emmett's (the male) POV, which was refreshing and different, we get a story about a marriage that goes through the unimageable. Something that will test the bond that seemed unbreakable. A love that seemed unconditional. I. FELT. THIS. BOOK. IN. MY. CORE. I don't even know where to begin with my emotions after reading this story. I feel like the my heart and mind was on a constant rollercoaster the entire time I was reading. Not once did I have a reprieve from it. Just be warned, if you read this book, have tissues close by. “Timing, accidental or not, is everything. Seconds matter.” Two things I would've liked more of while reading...I wish I would've gotten Tatum's POV some. There were several instances where I found myself VERY frustrated with her and her decisions, which made it difficult at times to relate to her. In the end, all of her decisions and emotions made sense, once everything was clarified, but I wish I could've gotten those explanations sooner or throughout the story in some small way. Secondly, I wanted MORE of their HEA. It all happened so fast at the end. Too fast for me. Especially after spending 75+% of the book with them not really being together. Other than these two personal things, I LOVED this book. Every book I read from Jewel I have been able to wholeheartedly recommend and I definitely can recommend this book. If you're looking for a second chance romance that will pack an emotional punch, with a heavy dose of heartache and an even bigger dose of an unbreakable love, then THIS is the story for you. 4 I've always been yours stars
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Meet  Jewel E. Ann

Jewel is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today best selling author a with a quirky sense of humor. When she's not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance. 
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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Release Blitz & Review: THE ISLE OF SIN AND SHADOWS by Keri Lake



Keri Lake

Release Date: March 1

In the Louisiana swamplands, ghost stories are as much a part of childhood as chasing fireflies and crawfishing. They never much scared me, though, nor the possibility of evil out to do me harm. Until the night I watched shadows come to life and butcher everything I loved.

With a stranger's help, I managed to escape to an isolated place miles north, and, in time, became my own ghost story. A cautionary tale for the locals. 

Nearly a decade passed, before I returned to my birthplace, in hopes of unearthing long-awaited answers. Instead, I found something I wasn't looking for. Someone. A remedy for my loneliness.

Or so I thought.

Turns out, Thierry Bergeron is no elixir. He's a deadly poison, cursed by the demons of his past, and feared by those who call him the elusive Rougarou of the bayou. A devious rogue, whose seductive whispers and rough hands haunt my dreams. The big bad wolf that defiles me without apology, or remorse. 

I should resist him, but I can't.

And when the shadows return to stake their claim on me, his darkness is the only safe place to hide.


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Keri Lake has cast some voodoo witch crafty sh*t on me with this story and I LOVED every minute of it!

"This island alone boasts more ghost stories than all of Louisiana combined. And I’m one of them."

WOW just...W O W. Words won't be enough to express my level of love for Thierry and Celeste's story. The level of detail, plot execution, and character development that Keri did was astounding. It was very obvious that she put a lot time and effort into creating this fictional world and characters. But that comes as no surprise. When it comes to Keri's writing, she excels at developing a book world. She can write anything she puts her mind to and she can write it well. She immerses the reading within the world that she creates. She breathes life into her words and gives her stories their own heartbeat. This story truly came alive while I was reading it! I could feel the history, the culture, the mystery, the fear, the relationships, the plot...everything was meticulously written and utterly addictive! She had my mind stretching with so many thoughts and questions with each chapter read. With her stories, it is always more than just another romance story, you get a multi-layered world with TONS of dimension. There's so much depth in her stories! And this dark gothic romance had SO MUCH depth! On top of this completely fictional world, Keri gives us an utterly painful and delicious slow burn. Oh but the burn is so worth it because once it's triggered, there's no holding it back! * fans self* Thierry and Celeste are everything together! I loved them!

"This unbearable ache inside of me has a name: Thierry Bergeron. He’s what I desire more than anything. The exquisite poison that’s sure to destroy my heart this time."

What I love about Keri's stories, aside from their extraordinary journey I know I'll go on, is I can NEVER predict what to expect or what direction she'll take me in. I'm always left on the edge of my seat wondering, filled with nervous energy and craving more of her words every time I have to set my kindle down. THE ISLE OF SIN AND SHADOWS had me doing just that. I was utterly addicted. This is definitely a story I will not soon forget! If you're in the mood for something completely different, something dark and eerie, something with supernatural vibes, something with superstitions and a cult plot, something that will have you checking under your bed before you go to sleep at night, then THIS is the story for you! And if this is your first time coming across Keri Lake, definitely give her writing a try. THE ISLE OF SIN AND SHADOWS show cases all that she can do as an author and then some.

Because ghost stories aren't meant to have happy endings. But mine did.

je suis fou de toi (I'm crazy about you) stars!


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Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.  When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing). She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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