Twisted Emotions (Camorra Chronicles #2)

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Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.
Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.
A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

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This was my favourite book from the author since her first one, Bound by Honor. It pumped me up for the next in the series which is supposedly coming out in April 2019. Thankfully, I don’t have a long wait until then.

For a long time fans of Reilly, Twisted Emotions will feel like a throwback to her earlier style. Rather than a love match, Kiara Vitiello is forced to marry Nino Falcone in order to secure a period of peace between the Las Vegas and New York mafias.

Nino is a bit of a cold fish, much like the character Dante Cavallaro was in the second book. However, underneath that cold, calculating brain there is a simmering volcano of emotions, brewing from severe childhood trauma that he has yet to deal with. Slowly, Nino’s emotions break loose loose with Kiara, although he remains very emotionless in every other situation.

Twisted Emotions ended very abruptly, and I didn’t feel like the story built up to an explosive ending. It was a little bit anticlimactic other than the epilogue scene. However, that epilogue very clearly sets up the next book in the series – starring Remo – and I have a feeling that Nino and Kiara’s story will continue to unfold as secondary characters.

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2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge

You can read all about the Popsugar reading challenge here or head straight to the printable version here.

I started the Popsugar challenge last year, and personally, I prefer it to the Read Harder Challenge. The categories are more mainstream and tend to lend themselves to easier reads. I’m all for branching out of your comfort zone, but I don’t want my reading to feel like work either.

I am excited to take on this challenge. I’m looking forward to recording my books and trying to check off each part of the challenge.

Happy Reading!

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Read Harder Challenge 2019

2019 marks the 5th year of the Read Harder Challenge piloted by Book Riot. This challenge encourages readers to read outside of their bubble, exploring new genres, voices and points of view.

There are 24 challenges, creating the expectation that participants will read approximately one book every two weeks.

Many of the categories are chosen as a direct result – and rebuttal – of American politics.

You can download a PDF copy from their website.

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I have participated in this challenge for the last three years, but I am not planning to this year.

Are you going to take the challenge?

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Bound by Love (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #6)

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Nobody expected them to fall in love.
When Aria was given to Luca in marriage, people were sure he’d break her.
Aria feared the worst from a man like him.
A man without mercy.
But somehow she gained his love.
Love – a weakness a Capo like Luca shouldn’t risk.
When Aria betrays Luca by going behind his back for her family, she realizes too late that she might have lost what she’s fought so hard to get in the first place: Luca’s trust.
The trust of a man who never allowed himself to trust someone unconditionally before.
Can their love survive in a world of betrayal and death?

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Luca and Aria were the stars of the first book in this series, and now readers get to catch up with them again. Bound by Love takes place over approximately four years. It recaps many key events in previous books, telling the story from Luca and Aria’s perspectives this time around. While some aspects of this were really interesting, I grew bored during most of those moments.

From my perspective, the story really picked up when the author shared new material, but that is quite far into the book.

One thing that I really didn’t like about this book is how the author seems to be setting up war between Luca and Dante. While technically New York and Chicago have been at war for ages, NY and Las Vegas are not teaming up to take Dante’s circle down. This would be fine if the author hadn’t spent an entire book telling the romantic story between Dante and Valentina, but she did and I am just as emotionally invested in them as in Luca/Aria. Perhaps even more so.

I also detested that Aria kept making the same stupid mistakes time after time.

If you don’t mind revisiting old storylines, you will probably love this bad boy mafia romance that reads a little like a reunion. Otherwise, you might just want to wait for the next book to be released.

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Titles I am most excited for in 2019

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I apologize for not being the best blogger of late. Not a huge holiday fan so Christmas always gives me the blues. I am making serious efforts towards convincing my family not to celebrate it next year.

However, I LOVE new beginnings and fresh starts. New Years is the perfect opportunity 🙂

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If you are anything like me, you are not a patient book fan. I would do just about anything to get my greedy little paws on certain books early. These are the books I am most anxious to read in 2019.

Becoming by Michelle Obama – already released but I am on a waiting list at the library

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan – January 29, 2019

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis – March 12, 2019

Shadow Warrior by Christine Feehan – June 4, 2019

Forever Mine by Anna Zaires – 2019

Crow’s Row book 3 by Julie Hockley – 2019

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Which new books are you most excited for?

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A Little Submission (Collection)

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Together in one complete set, six historical Victorian romances from USA Today Bestselling author Zoe Blake.

Pleasure and pain are one in the era of Victorian romances. An essential collection from the author who has mastered the genre. USA Today Bestseller Zoe Blake is known for her explicit descriptions, creative chastisement and wickedly wanton love scenes.

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Zoe Blake is an author that I have mentioned on this blog before. She writes historical and contemporary erotica, largely focused on DD/lg or BDSM.

The titles in this collection are:

The Submission of Little Emmie

Disciplining the Maid

Penelope’s Punishment

Chosen to be His Little Angeline

The Duke’s Possession

Papa’s Little Pain Princess <this book contains aspects of sadism/masochism>

In the last couple of months I have been going through a really big kick of historical romance which is super unusual for me. I’m usually about about LEO and mafia romances. But sometimes we need to roll with the punches and broaden our horizons a little, amiright?!

This collection contains 6 historical novellas set in the 1800s of Britain. Each features a masterful male member of the aristocracy and the woman he “insta-love” falls for. They are definitely short enough to read one each evening before bed, and it is much cheaper to buy the collection on Amazon than purchase each book individually. Wish I had realized that a little sooner :/

Every story contains spanking scenes, and infantilism of a grown woman. Most of these brides have a nanny who disciplines them as well, but there is no sexual relations between the women. Check out the tag section of this post to find out more of the kink, and if this collection is right for you. I would have rated the books higher if they had been longer and a little more balanced between story and sexy times.

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Instant Family

downloadInstant Family is 2018 movie about a couple who adopts children through the foster system in California. This type of adoption is often referred to as “fost-adopt”.

Angie from This Gathered Nest featured the show on her channel a few weeks ago. She and her family are huge adoption advocates and I am super excited to share this film.

I saw it last night and it is sweet, funny and so so true. Although not a Christmas film, it is in theatres right now and I highly recommend you see it. It exemplifies many themes behind the true meaning of Christmas and will fill you with all the feels.

I really hope that this film inspires others to become involved in the foster care system. There are many more children than parents in the system, but there are lots of other ways you can also become connected. One example is working with local organizations to fund extracurricular activities, joining Big Brothers and Big Sisters, sponsoring a foster family for Christmas … the list is endless.

I really enjoyed this movie and it is one I would watch again without hesitation.

The trailer is available here.

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Leopard’s Run (Leopard People #10)

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He keeps his emotions on a tight leash, but she can see the desire burning in his eyes…

Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter who sees any newcomers as possible threats–and the petite blond barista who his sister-in-law, Evangeline, has hired to work in her bakery is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him.

Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard–and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her, and even though she knows she should keep her distance, every move he makes has her craving a taste…

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Leopard’s Run starts of super sexy and heated. There is plenty of tension between Ashe and Timur in the beginning. Especially during this interrogation scene between the two of them.

Ashe pressed her fingers to her eyes, covering them for a moment. When she took her hand away, the female leopard was gone. “I don’t understand what’s happening and you clearly do. Would you mind if we moved this inquisition to the living room?”

“Yes. You stay right where you are.”

The living room was all glass. Anyone could see in if those drapes were open. He had the feeling she planned to do just that. In the bedroom, she was trapped. She was also more vulnerable. Both of them knew it. He had the psychological advantage as long as she sat on the bed dressed in her skimpy, lacy pajamas and nothing else. That made him a dick as a man, but a very good bodyguard for his brother.

Feehan, Christine. Leopard’s Run (A Leopard Novel) (pp. 45-46). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

This book wasn’t everything that I expected it to be. Leopard’s Run begins with adrenaline but that petered out for me. I think I was expecting there to be more mixing between the couples, which barely occurred. They are family and see each other every day, so that surprised me.  Fyodor/Alonzo didn’t seem to have any interest in getting to know his new Sister-in-law, even though she is good friends with this wife and Fyodor cares very much for his brother.

Ashe also was a bit of an enigma. She recovers and forgives a little too easily after the interrogation scene in chapter three, which has a particularly violent moment between her and Timur. She acts like this is normal in her universe but it isn’t. She was raised to be a survivalist, but has never been in a real fight and was raised in an isolated cabin in the mountains. Timur has definitely proven that he is faster/tougher/stronger than she is in a violent (albeit controlled) manner, but Ashe has no problem trusting and lusting after him immediately following the scene.

My favourite part of this book was at the very end, in the first chapter excerpt of the next Torpedo Ink saga, Vengeance Road. It will be released in January 2019 and I cannot wait for it.

Overall, this book was off-key for me. There were parts that didn’t see to add up exactly. There is a note from the author in the start of the book, where she explains she had a very difficult time writing this one. That is definitely a publishing mistake in my opinion. It should have been at the end of the book or excluded altogether. When I read it, I felt like the author didn’t have confidence in her book and it may have coloured the story for me before I had even had a chance to read it 😦

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