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June Wrap-Up & Mini-Reviews

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Savage Vandal by Heather Long

Emersyn Sharpe doesn’t belong in our world

In fact, the very last place she should be is with us. But someone is hurting her. We’ve all seen it.

We tried to ignore the warning signs. We tried to trust the people around her.

We tried to believe in her world.

Too late.

When she nearly died in front of us, we had to act.

We took her.

She doesn’t belong in our world, but I’ll be damned if someone lays a finger on her under my watch.

I’ll kill them first.

Now that she’s here… I don’t know if I can let her leave.

I’m Jasper Horan, anyone who tries to take her will have to go through me and my boys.

You’ve been warned.

SAVAGE VANDAL is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book one in the series. 

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Re-read. I love this series!

Trigger warnings: sexual assault; physical assault; brief description of familial abuse
Heat level: I don’t think there’s much, if any (if I remember correctly)
Rating: 4.5

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Vicious Rebel by Heather Long

My name is Emersyn Sharpe. Until a few months ago, I was the lead performer for a traveling show finishing up a contract. I had been beaten, but never broken.

Then they took me.

I didn’t belong in their world.

Still, they took me and I didn’t know why. They promised to protect me and to keep me safe, but they had to know I’d run.

They had to know.

Now my world and theirs might be on a collision course and as much as I didn’t belong in their world, I didn’t want mine to rain down on them.

Not on Jasper, the dictatorial jerk who kissed like he wanted to own me. Not on Rome, the tortured artist who protected me. Not on Kestrel, the liar with the soulful eyes and dedicated heart. Not on Liam, the bastard who loved his brother. Not on Vaughn, the beautiful man with the beautiful voice who made me want everything I shouldn’t. Not on Doc, the gifted physician who’d kept his promises to me.

I ran.

But I didn’t get far and now…now I don’t know what will happen next.

VICIOUS REBEL is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book two in the series.

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Re-read.

Trigger warnings: physical & sexual assault; inc*stual r*pe; familial abuse; gangs; death
Heat level: 🌶/🌶.5-ish
Rating: 5

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Ruthless Traitor by Heather Long

At the heart of it all was a secret and a lie.

A secret we didn’t tell her.

A lie we told ourselves.

Emersyn Sharpe is more than just the girl we watched over. She’s very much the woman who fits us.

The last thing we should have done was take her and the worst thing we did was keep her, but she needs us. I think, more than one of us—myself included—needs her.

The secret wasn’t ours to share and the lie?

I bought into the lie that keeping her was saving her. The lie that persuading her to trust us was needed. The lie that falling in love with her was as natural as breathing.

It didn’t matter if I wasn’t alone in falling into this trap. It mattered that when the trap closed, it put her on one side and us on the other.

Damn and we were so close too…

My name is Vaughn Westbrook and I’ll be damned if I give up now.

RUTHLESS TRAITOR is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book three in the series.

Blurb from StoryGraph.


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Trigger warnings: physical & sexual assault; inc*stual r*pe; familial abuse; gangs; death
Heat level: 🌶🌶.5-ish (I think)
Rating: 5

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Dirty Devil by Heather Long

Why do our secrets keep hurting us?

Why do our secrets keep coming back?

Why can’t our secrets just die?

Emersyn Sharpe was nothing like I expected and everything I could have ever dreamed of. She stayed and she changed everything. She put the guys in their place. She had fire and spunk, a ferociousness I wished I possessed.

Her darkness called to mine in a way that felt like home.

But hiding secrets is hard work and even the people who think they already know the worst, can’t be fully trusted. No matter how desperately you want it.

The truth may set you free, but the lies? They keep you bound so tight, you don’t even realize you’re trapped.

Milo coming home brought Liam back to us and Boo-boo fit right in. Everything was supposed to get better. So how did it get worse?

Why, why did she leave? Why couldn’t she have waited?

My name is Freddie Dunlap and I’m going to find her.

DIRTY DEVIL is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. The dark romance aspects of this tale continue. Please be aware some situations may be uncomfortable for readers. Trigger warnings can be found in the foreword should you require them. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book four in the series. 

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Trigger warnings: physical & sexual assault; inc*stual r*pe; familial abuse; gangs; death
Heat level: 🌶🌶.5-ish
Rating: 5

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Lover by Hattie Jude

Everything I thought I knew has been a lie.

Bishop, Wells, Ronan, and Abel no longer believe the worst about me,

And my nights are filled with love from each of them.

But my heart is broken in four pieces,

And I don’t even think they can put it back together.

I’m constantly looking over my shoulder…

Unsure of where to turn or who to believe.

All I know is that I’ve never felt more alone.

Lover is the third book in the Loxley Prep reverse harem series.

*This reverse harem romance contains foul language, sexual content, and parts may be triggering.*

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Great end to the series, I loved it! Abel quickly became my favorite. When that man falls, he falls hard, and omg, it was so amazing.

Trigger warnings: mentions of past abuse, both physical and sexual; kidnapping
Heat level: 🌶🌶🌶
Rating: 4.5

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Brutal Fighter by Heather Long

Broken dreams.

Broken lives.

Broken bird.

Our feelings for her were like wild animals finally freed from their cage. But my sparrow, she was the most brutal fighter of us all. She’d had to be.

The battles she’s survived, she’s done in silence and alone.

Not anymore.

Never again.

Milo let her go. Jasper took her. Vaughn sheltered her. Liam taught her. Rome connected with her. Doc pushed her away. Freddie went after her. All because we wanted what was best for her.

Me?

I was in this fight. Our promises might lie shattered in the debris of the life we’d thought she had, but we weren’t abandoning them or her.

Oh no, I would never leave her again.

My name is Kellan Traschel, I will be whatever she needs me to be. And if war is what must be waged, then hell was what we would rain down.

BRUTAL FIGHTER is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. The dark romance aspects of this tale continue. Please be aware some situations may be uncomfortable for readers. Trigger warnings can be found in the foreword should you require them. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book five in the series. 

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Trigger warnings: physical & sexual assault; inc*stual r*pe; familial abuse; gangs; death
Heat level: 🌶🌶🌶
Rating: 5

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Obsession by K. Loraine & Meg Anne

I rejected my fated mate and didn’t regret it for a second. Until now.

Shipped off to Ravenscroft University, a graduate school for the supernatural elite, I have a lot to live up to. As the heir to America’s most powerful pack, my life up to now has been spent in a gilded cage. But not for the reason you might think.

I was locked away, not to be protected, but because I was born broken. A disappointment to them all. A wolf who couldn’t shift.

This is supposed to be my fresh start, but my past won’t leave me alone. Not when he’s here. The arrogant wolf shifter who ruined my life after I turned him down seven years ago. Now, I’m a pariah, followed by the rumors my rejected mate has spread, hated by my classmates, isolated again.

From everyone but them.

A vampire prince.

A forbidden priest.

A powerful demigod.

A bully wolf.

I’m playing a dangerous game, and the rules say I can’t be with them. Then again, rules are made to be broken.

And when every moment spent with them brings me closer to finding my wolf, how can I stay away?

Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains an obsessive stalker, a foul-mouthed, inked and pierced werewolf, a naughty professor with a fondness for watching, a god of mischief, and plenty of heat. If you don’t like your books spicy, your men broody, built, and more bad than good, this is not the series for you. But if you do…read on, and welcome to The Mate Games.

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Trigger warnings: stalking (mild); bullying
Heat level: 🌶🌶
Rating: 4.5

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Rejection by K. Loraine & Meg Anne

I made my choice, and it wasn’t him. But Kingston Farrell won’t take no for an answer, and I’m not sure I want him to.

Noah gave me his mark, made me his, and vanished all in the same night. Kingston used that moment to claim me and bind me to him irrevocably. What he couldn’t know was by sealing our bond, he set something in motion none of us can stop.

He unlocked my wolf, freed her from her cage, and she wants nothing more than to make up for lost time by starting off with a bang…literally. His mark throws me straight into my first heat. My wolf mate can give me his knot, but I’m insatiable. I need more. I need them all.

My Norse demigod.

My royal vampire.

My fated wolf.

My tortured priest.

But we can’t afford the distraction. A war is brewing, and there’s no denying I’m at the center of it all. Not when girls who look just like me keep dying.

I thought I’d gotten rid of the target on my back, but when I find myself in a demon’s clutches I know it’s not over.

Something evil is coming. It’s stalking my dreams. Making me second guess everything. And with each new attack one question looms…

What if that evil is me?

Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains an obsessive stalker, a foul-mouthed, inked and pierced werewolf, a naughty professor with a fondness for watching, a god of mischief, and plenty of heat. If you don’t like your books spicy, your men broody, built, and more bad than good, this is not the series for you. But if you do…read on, and welcome to The Mate Games.

AUTHORS NOTES: Please refer to authors’ website for all tropes, tags, and CWs.

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Great books, despite ending with probably my least favorite trope ever (check the spoiler below). The description for book 3 has me both super excited to read it and absolutely terrified, lol. Anyway, I highly recommend these books for paranormal/reverse harem fans!!

Trigger warnings: bullying; self-harm;

Spoiler
surprise pregnancy

Heat level: 🌶🌶🌶
Rating: 4

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Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

They came to earth–Pestilence, War, Famine, Death–four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Blurb from Goodreads.


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Oh. My. Word. How did I wait so long to read this book?! After having a horrible book slump, I picked this one up on a whim and I absolutely devoured it. Fantastic start to a series and I completely understand why it’s so popular!

Trigger warnings: end of the world; violent and graphic deaths; illness; physical and emotional abuse
Heat level: 🌶🌶
Rating: 5

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Still Beating by Jennifer Hartmann

WARNING: This is a dark romance. This book contains subject matter that may be sensitive for some readers, including rape, as well as strong language and explicit sex. 18+ only. Please read responsibly.

When Cora attends her sister’s birthday party, she expects at most a hangover or a walk of shame. She doesn’t anticipate a stolen wallet, leaving her stranded and dependent on Dean—her arch nemesis and ultimate thorn in her side.

And she really doesn’t anticipate waking up in shackles in a madman’s basement.

To make matters worse, Dean shares the space in his own set of chains.

After fifteen years of teasing, insults, and practical jokes, the ultimate joke seems to be on them. The two people who always thought they’d end up killing each other must now work together if they want to survive.

But Cora and Dean have no idea their abductor has a plan for them. A plan that will alter the course of their relationship, blur the line between hate and love, and shackle them together with far more than just chains.

Blurb from Goodreads.


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…I still have no idea how to express my thoughts on this one. It was horrific and disturbing, yet hauntingly beautiful. The developing love story between the two main characters is so incredibly written and ugh, I love Dean so much. This is not a book for the faint of heart, so please, please read at your discretion if you have any issues with the TWs below.

Trigger warnings: abduction; held in captivity; r*pe; physical assault; death; emotional cheating; extreme angst
Heat level: 🌶🌶🌶
Rating: 4.5

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total read: 10

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