Blog Tour: Rock King (Nothing But Trouble #1) by Tara Leigh


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Rock King (Nothing But Trouble #1) by Tara Leigh. Read on for my review of this book and some teaser images.

Title: Rock King
Author: Tara Leigh
Series: Nothing But Trouble #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance!

I’m not who you think I am.

Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that’s what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money – and women – than I know what to do with. But what you don’t see is the wreckage I’ve caused. The memories and pain I can’t escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold.

I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn’t work. It hurt me and – worse – it hurt my band. That’s the last thing I want to do, so I’m cleaning up my act… starting with Delaney Fraser.

Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice – Delaney is the perfect “girlfriend.” When I’m with her I don’t have to pretend. It’s like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that’s dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn’t actually exist. He’s a shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer.

And it’s impossible to love a lie, right?

My Review:
Rock King by Tara Leigh is the first book in her Nothing but Trouble series and it is sure to please readers who enjoy a well-written rock star romance with the usual themes. Shane is the tormented rock star who hires fake girlfriends to help keep him on the straight and narrow, and Delaney is the girl down on her luck who finally manages to catch a break. Our pair hit it off straight away but they both have their demons and fight the inevitable. True love wins out in the end. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and it fits well within the genre.

I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of this book as supplied by Inkslinger PR.

About the Author:
Tara Leigh writes steamy contemporary romance featuring tortured heroes worth lusting after and the women they didn’t know they needed. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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Review: Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Back Check
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Series: Aces Hockey #4
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports Romance
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Blurb:
The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

My Review:
Actual 4.5 stars.

I love a good sports romance and Back Check by Kelly Jamieson ticked all my boxes. This is a riveting second chances love story that packs plenty of emotional punch. Loved Tanner and Katelynn’s romance and it had me hooked from the first page until the last.

Tanner has pretty much given up on women after his disastrous marriage (and subsequent divorce) to a gold digger. Katelynn had been his college sweetheart and he thought she was the one but when he got signed for a New York team she refused to move with him and he forced himself to leave her in the past.

Katelynn has been engaged three times but always calls it off because she doesn’t love the guy enough. Tanner broke her heart in college when he left for NY. They had a heated row and he left and they never spoke again and she feels like he just ran away without facing up to the situation they were in, without giving her a real explanation.

Fate intervenes and they find themselves reconnecting when Lovey hires Katelynn as her replacement wedding planner. Very quickly our couple realize that they never got over one another and they rekindle their romance.

I loved this story! Loved how it didn’t take too long for them to get it on because the sizzling hot chemistry and soul-deep connection they shared continued to burn bright. How could any couple ignore that for long? Of course, the path of true love never runs smoothly, and Tanner lets her down again before recovering in spectacular fashion. That video, with his teammates cutting in, had me in stitches. It was beautiful and heartfelt and it gave me all the feels.

I really enjoy the worldbuilding in this series and love how we got to meet up with some of the other couples. I have only read Sidney and Jarod’s story (which I didn’t enjoy as much as this one) but I’m intrigued to read the earlier stories.

The balance between the hockey and romance was perfect, the banter was humorous and emotional, and the romance scenes were perfectly written. Tanner was swoony worthy in the extreme and I loved Katelynn’s independent career-woman streak. As an aside, Tanner’s dad was a total ass.

I loved that epilogue even if it was a little cheesy, but I love seeing our couples get their HEA.

Overall, this was a fantastic addition to the Aces Hockey series and one I would recommend if you enjoy well-written sports romance.
Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Blitz Audio Release: Just an Illusion – The B Side (The Illusion #2) by D. Kelly


Today is my stop during the book blitz to celebrate the audio release for Just an Illusion – The B Side (The Illusion #2) by D. Kelly! I really enjoyed this series, and it’s one I’m happy to personally recommend.

Title: Just an Illusion – The B Side
Author: D. Kelly
Series: The Illusion #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance

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Blurb:
Three life-altering months …

That’s how long it’s been since Amelia Greyson joined the Just an Illusion Tour with Bastards and Dangerous. She’s made new friends, embraced her past, and even found love.

Back on the road …

Following a tragic situation, Amelia is determined to hit the road, put her life in order, and finish the book she was hired to write. Mel’s not the only one affected by what happened; the men of BAD are all trying to move forward, not wanting the past to ruin the remainder of their farewell tour.

Brother vs Brother …

Tensions are high on the Weston brothers’ bus. As each brother settles into their role in Amelia’s life, secrets threaten to rip their relationship to shreds. Can Noah and Sawyer find a way to save the brotherly bond they share? Or will the woman of their dreams end up tearing them apart for good?

About the Author:
D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

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Review: Naughty or Nice: 6 Short & Sexy Holiday Reads by Jessie Logan

Title: Naughty or Nice: 6 Short & Sexy Holiday Reads
Author: Jessie Logan
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Satisfy your cravings with these 6 flirty, dirty, and decadently more-ish short Holiday treats.

Naughty or Nice (M/F)
When twelve days of Christmas giving doesn’t help Lily gain her co-worker’s attention, maybe an outrageously sexy gift will.

Just Like Santa (F/F)
A school teacher finds some scandalous holiday satisfaction with her student’s aunt and her willing friends.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (M/F)
Stranded in a blizzard with a younger man, what’s a red-blooded woman to do except turn up the heat?

Home For Christmas (M/F)
A poignant reunion between husband and wife with a surprise in store…

The Mysteries of Faith (F/F)
What happens when your best friend marries the man of her dreams, when only days ago she was in your bed?

Secret Santa (M/F)
Sophie’s Secret Santa gift has some unexpected and exciting consequences…the type of delicious consequences that’d see a girl permanently on Santa’s naughty list.

Pick up a copy today and ring in the Holidays with a…lusty moan.

***This book contains strong sexual content and language, and is intended for mature audiences only.***

My Review:
This was a super quick super fun read that is perfect for the holiday season.

Each story was really well written and it flowed beautifully. My favorite shorts were Naughty or Nice which is a dirty hook-up in the office next to the photocopier, lol. I also really enjoyed Baby, it’s Cold Outside. I had read the excerpt from this story on the Amazon page and it was that snippet that enticed me to download this book. Love the idea of a cougar enticing the boy (now man) she used to babysit! And there are some hot and steamy shower scenes, ROAR!!!!! And Secret Santa was great too with Sophie and Dean sneaking off to have their wicked way with one another. I’m not into F/F so I must admit I skipped those stories but the other stories are definitely worth reading.

A great holiday pick-me-up that will have you all hot and bothered and panting for more! I look forward to checking out more of this authors work in future.

Review: The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) by Donna Grant

Title: The Hero
Author: Donna Grant
Series: Sons of Texas #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. . . .

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…

My Review:
Donna Grant skillfully blends political espionage and second-chance romance in this thrilling read.

The cover and blurb attracted my attention immediately and I was delighted when I got the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

Owen and Natalie were high school sweethearts with their futures all mapped out. Until Owen dropped Natalie straight after graduation without a proper explanation. It’s been fourteen years since they last met one another and now fate has thrown them together in the midst of a crisis. It becomes clear that neither of them ever got over the other and that they are still crazy in love. Natalie tries to keep her distance to protect her heart while Owen realizes he made a terrible mistake in letting her go and he wants a do-over.

Owen is forced into the role of protector when Natalie’s job in the Russian Embassy drags her into the middle of an international biological warfare scandal. She faces up to things rather pragmatically and I enjoyed her character immensely. Owen was swoon-worthy in the extreme and who doesn’t love a hot, muscle-bound Navy-SEAL?

Owen’s family background is quite dysfunctional and none of the brothers have spoken in years. The situation involving their father brings them back together. Wyatt and Cullen seem to have interesting backstories too and I look forward to reading their books.

I thought the mix of political intrigue and romance was well balanced. There are times when Owen and Natalie get it on that seemed a bit ridiculous with the threat looming over them but it’s fiction so I just went with it. The romance scenes were well-written and I totally felt the strong connection between our couple and was rooting for them to get their HEA.

Donna is a great writer and the book flowed well – consistency was smooth.

In summary, this was a great read and a fab start to this interesting series. I look forward to reading The Protector next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review: All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard

Title: All The Ways You Saved Me
Author: Jamie Howard
Series: Love Unplugged #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

My Review:
Two tortured hearts find each other and forge a new path in life.

All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard is an emotional story that will tug your heartstrings and give you so many feels! It was a fantastic read jam-packed with complex, well-developed characters and the type of angsty, dramatic romance that I’m a sucker for!

Bianca has lived under her parents controlling ways for far too long. When her best friend dies, she takes it upon herself to finish her “bucket list of sorts” and thus begins a journey that brings her to Ian. Ian has been battling his own personal demons for the last two years and he has shut himself off from everyone and everything. This book explores the relationship between our two mains as they learn to open up to one another and fight for what they want in life.

At times this was very hard to read. Ian is a nice guy but he is so caught up in himself, and his problems, that he doesn’t see how his actions and his behavior are affecting Bianca. Bianca is used to toing the line, forgoing her own feelings in favor of others, and at the start, she did that with Ian too. However, as she became more independent and more determined to break out on her own, she faced up to the fact that he wasn’t meeting her needs and she called him out on it. I loved how strong she was to stay true to her convictions no matter how much she was hurting.

I loved how Ian’s story was gradually revealed, and how the pieces of the past fit together to bring us to this point in his life. It’s not that difficult to guess where the plot is going so I can’t say there were a ton of surprises, but it didn’t matter because this book was about so much more than that.

Although I struggled to get into the first few chapters, once I hit chapter four it all clicked and I devoured the rest super-fast! The writing and editing are great and the pace was consistent thereafter.

The emotional complexity and expertly-crafted characters are what made this book such a joy to read.

I was upset for Bianca after the wedding and disappointed in Ian that he took so long to explain things to her, but apart from that I have to say there is little I have to fault about this book.

Highly Recommended.

Actual Rating : 4.5 stars

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Teach Your Heart (Bounty Bay #3) by Tracey Alvarez

Title: Teach Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Bounty Bay #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Some lessons are harder to learn than others…

Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things. Then the arrival of his orphaned nieces and nephew for twelve weeks causes his workaholic life to plummet into chaos. Hiring the beautiful but unpredictable Gracie Cooper as a live-in nanny might just get him out of a tight spot…or it could seduce him into a reckless affair.

After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper has returned home to New Zealand. Her plans to hang out with her big brother change when Owen offers a perfect solution to her crippling university debt. In spite of her sexy-stick-in-the-mud boss, she’ll spend fun days playing in Bounty Bay’s sand and surf with three cute kids. At summer’s end she’ll follow the sun overseas again.

Gracie and Owen’s opposites-attract connection is so unexpected and powerful that their foundations are rocked. But some things aren’t easy to fix. Some past hurts can’t be run from forever. And the lessons they teach each other risk breaking their hearts.

My Review:
Every time I start a Tracey Alvarez book, I set aside plenty of time to read so that I can really savor the experience because I know it’s going to be an amazing read and Teach Your Heart was no exception. Tracey has a wonderful ability to create complex, multi-layered characters that dig their way into your heart and you can’t help rooting for them and praying they get their HEA. She also writes gorgeous romance and creates wonderful community-led settings and I always finish one of her books buzzing and chock-full of warm feels.

Owen is a workaholic who ends up having to take care of his two nephews and niece. Gracie is visiting her brother Glen and his fiancee, Savannah, and she ends up getting hired as a nanny to the kids. On the surface, both Owen and Gracie seem like polar opposites. She appears carefree and spirited and very easy going and laid back. He is quite stiff and set in his ways and initially came across as quite serious. However, as the story develops, and their relationship progresses we begin to see them in a slightly different light. Yes, they have those traits but they also have avoidance issues with neither of them facing up to problems choosing to flee (her) or bury their head in work (him) instead of tackling things head on.

The romance was sweet and sexy and I like the slow-burning nature of it.

There is a great cast of secondary characters, and I ADORED Charlie, William, and Morgan. You can tell Tracey is a mother because she writes very believable children’s characters. It was the same with book two in this series – I loved the kids and really warmed to them. In this book, their characters add so much to the story. Loved William and his HP obsession and some of Morgan’s carry-ons had me laughing. The House Rules were also hysterical. It’s this focus on the little details that really allows Tracey’s work to shine, that really make her books stand out from the crowd.

Things go a bit pear-shaped before they work out but it ended perfectly and that epilogue was AWW, so gorgeous, and now I’m in that happy-sad place because I loved it but I hate that it’s over.

Another fab read, Tracey – thanks so much!

In summary, this was an amazing read from an author who never fails to deliver. Thoroughly, Highly Recommended.

Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times Bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new forbidden love story…

JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.

PIKE

I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

My Review:
You guys, I just loved this so much. Knew from the blurb it would be my kind of read and it didn’t disappoint. Not dark like Pen’s other books but no less addictive. Loved Jordan and Pike and was rooting for them the entire time. Cole didn’t endear himself to me. At. All. A fantastic read and one I highly recommend. Love this author’s work.

Review: Hooked by Brenda Rothert

Title: Hooked
Author: Brenda Rothert
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.

Miranda: Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper. Then he starts flirting with me. Only I’m not flirting back . . . at least, I’m trying not to. Did I mention that he’s hockey’s hottest bad boy?

Jake: I’ve met the best woman at the worst possible time. Miranda is the fire to my ice—a sexy, charmingly candid spark who breaks down my walls and reminds me what it’s like to feel again. But I’m being forced to date my team owner’s daughter to keep my job, so I can’t be caught with Miranda. Still, we’re getting closer—until Miranda finds out about my “girlfriend.” And that’s not the only secret I’ve been keeping. But Miranda’s the one I want . . . even if she doesn’t believe me.

My Review:
A more authentic version of “Maid in Manhattan” set within a sexy sports world with fantastic character development and tons of “aww” moments, Hooked by Brenda Rothert is one of my new fav reads!

This is my third Rothert read and it didn’t fail to deliver. I’ve now come to associate this author with superb writing, complex characterization, and swoon-worthy heartwarming romance that ticks all the right boxes. Devoured it in less than twenty-four hours and that is always the sign of a great book.

I have so many good feels right now after reading this book.

Jake is a total ass at the start of this book and even though it was funny it was on the wrong side of funny. He was soooo into himself but as the story progressed and I witnessed his neurosis and how he needs control/structure to cope with stress, I knew there was more to this man than my initial impression. As the layers came away, and I understood what drove his behavior, my heart ached for him and I fell in love with him right along with Miranda.

Miranda is AWESOME. I loved her character. She wasn’t fazed by his wealth or his fame and she didn’t hesitate to call him out on his bullshit. She wouldn’t take his money either despite the fact that she didn’t have two pennies to rub together. She had her pride, tons of self-worth, and a strong work ethic, and I simply adored her. She never moaned about her lot in life; she just got on with things.

As they got closer and learned to trust one another, he gradually opened up to her and with her love and support was able to confront his demons and deal with them head-on.

Hailey was clearly in need of help and I’m glad she got it in the end. I kept waiting for that bombshell to drop and for things to go completely south and I adored how the author dealt with this part of the plot. It would have been very easy to go the angsty-dramatic path but, instead, she maintained character consistency and both dealt with the situation head-on and with maturity, and I could’ve cried. It was so refreshingly simple in the solution but perfect.

The sex scenes weren’t overly graphic but there was plenty of heat and the chemistry was believable.

I enjoy reading sports romances and sometimes authors can get overly descriptive with the sports angle which tends to pull me out of the story. Not this book. Brenda got the balance right.

The writing is exemplary as usual, with great editing and consistent pacing and it just flowed beautifully.

I do not have a single criticism of this book. I loved it completely. Now, I really want to check out her other hockey series!

In summary, this was a really uplifting positive love story and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to fans of well written contemporary sports romance.

The Warrior Princess: Cover Reveal

Today, I can finally share the cover and pre-order for The Warrior Princess with you! The Warrior Princess is the third book in my Paranormal Romance Reverse Harem series (Alinthia.) And it’s now available to pre-order on Amazon.

Massive thanks to Victoria Cooper for designing another amazing cover in this series.

“Brimming with intrigue, heartbreak, romance (times four), and all the hot I have come to expect from Siobhan’s alien worlds.” Jaymin Eve, USA Today bestselling author of the Curse of the Gods series.

The Warrior Princess (Alinthia #3)
The Warrior Princess (Alinthia #3)
by Siobhan Davis

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Reverse Harem
Age Category: Upper Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 30 August, 2018

Book Description:
She’ll tear the galaxy apart to save them…

Captured by a special, secret government agency, Alinthia is now facing another new reality—one where she’s separated from the four guys who have come to mean so much to her. But she has faith in Dane, Coop, Maddox, and Beck, and she refuses to give up hope.

Until she discovers General Arantu and his despicable daughter have imprisoned her protectors and time is running out to save them.

Desperate to escape the government’s clutches and rescue her loved ones, Alinthia finds unlikely allies in the strangest of places. With their help, she finally understands what is required to assume full control of her powers and fulfil her legacy.

However, the more she discovers about herself and her abilities, the more she understands how fragile the line is between good and evil, darkness and light, right and wrong.

Will she make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love, or are there some lines that can’t ever be crossed?

The third book in the captivating Alinthia series is intended for readers aged seventeen and older. This is upper YA/NA crossover reverse harem paranormal romance which gets steamier as the series develops.

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First two books in the series

The Lost SaviorThe Secret Heir