R E V I E W ➠ Barely Breathing by Erica Marselas


(A Keep Breathing Novel #1)

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RIVER

Buried deep under a mountain of lies, I’m struggling for air. My life, my choices are being dictated by my father.
I was forced to give up the man I love in order to protect him and now I must marry a man who I hate.
I thought I had found a way out.
I thought my time in this gilded cage was almost over.
Then one day Jaxson Holden walks back into my life, flipping it upside down.
He’s angry, I get it.
But he has no idea how much I have to lose—how much he has to lose with him coming back.
Now I need to find a way to hold on while I’m gasping for breath as my past and present collide.
Just keep breathing, River.
Just keep breathing.

RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2020

“I’ll always be here for you, Rivs. Helping you breathe.”

-Jaxson

Not my first read by the author but it is my first official review. I have been looking at this one for a while now and glad I got the chance to read and review it. This has a little bit of a dark feel to it, mystery, suspense, friends to and enemy to lovers, sizzling and dangerous. I enjoyed every scene in this, including the back glimpses.

River and Jaxson are a couple that will always be for one another, even if River sacrifices something that she debated for a while but in the end didn’t have a choice. Jaxson was out for revenge, when he learns the truth…both of them will have to find a way back to one another…if it’s not too late.

Rating: 4.5★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #1 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Doughn’t Let Me Go by Teagan Hunter



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It was just supposed to be one night.
No kissing. No feelings. A wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am tangle in the sheets and we go our own ways.
Only it’s a small town, and I was bound to run into the irresistible Porter Jones again.
I just didn’t expect it to be at my job interview…which he’s conducting.
Now the live-in nanny to his adorable seven-year-old daughter, I’m doing my best to avoid falling for his charms.
Except it’s much harder than either of us anticipated.
What’s a few romps between friends?
No kissing. No feelings. Just fun.
Sounds simple, right?
Right…

RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2020

“Tell me about it. All I wanted last night was some pizza.”
“And all you got was
a pizza this ass?”
Her face scrunches up. “I can’t believe you just said that. I can’t believe I slept with a person who would even think that.”
“You liked sleeping with me and you doughn’t regret it even though I just said something cheesy.

It’s been over twenty-hour hours since I last saw him but only a minute since I last thought about him.

-Dory

Not my first read by this author, she is one of my absolute favorites! I also have read Book 1 & 2 in this series, LOVED both of them!! Been excited about this one!! You know when you read Teagan that you will get to be like part of the story, she transforms you in it…and laughter…lot’s of laughter…oh and cursing hahaha! In this case you also get an amazing little girl who will win your heart over in just a page. Well, to be fair she won my heart over in Book #2!

Porter, the hero is funny, handsome, arrogant, broody, so sexy and a great man. You get a little glimpse of him in the previous book and that is why I was so excited for his story. He is a man that never had anyone stick…therefore when he uprooted his whole life to be closer to his friends he isn’t expecting to find a woman who gave him a night of his life and also an employee…..again!

Doris aka Dory (yes like the fish) is a young woman fighting in the big world. She has been having some bad luck until one night at her favorite pizza place she runs into a stranger, well not run more like she stared really hard at him until he called her out on it. One night. No feelings. No kissing under any circumstance. Just sex. And well a job, but not because of the sex I promise *smirk*

This is a story of two people who both don’t trust themselves but have a pull to one another that they consciously don’t ignore but still in the back of the mind, they know that this can only lead to heartbreak. I don’t want to give out to much, honestly it was such a fun read. I loved all of them and especially them three together. The daughter is probably one of my favorites in this series along with Porter, something about his grumpy-handsome-ness…and all! Just in love with all this, if you want lighthearted read with a lot of laughter, banter and romance (and also the sexy time, good gosh there is no disappointment here on that *sizzling*)

A MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #3 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Then You Happened by K. Bromberg



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Jack Sutton was the man I didn’t want to need.
His know-it-all attitude. His annoying suggestions. His outlook on life.
He was determined to help me while I had resolved to figure it out on my own.
But he taught me things I’d forgotten.
How to trust. How to believe in myself. Who I was.
The problem?
I went and fell in love with him.

Tatum Knox was the disaster I should have walked away from.
Her ruined reputation. Her failing business. Her chaotic life.
She hated me at first sight and yet intrigued me all at the same time.
I was only supposed to be there six months.
I was supposed to use that time to make amends for things I’d done wrong.
Instead I fell in love with her.

They say it’s better to have loved and lost, than not to have loved at all. Does that hold true when the love is based on a lie to begin with?

RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2020

Not my first read by author & I have read every single book she has put out. She is also on my top 5 favorite author’s as well as first reads many moons ago when I started reading romance. This book already started to kill me when the dedication was to: the broken ones!

Right off the bet you get ENEMY-TO, we have our heroine who is a woman that gave it all up to follow, and a hero who made a promise he intends to keep. These two meet by coincidence and soon learn that they may have a lot more in common then they thought. Their banter is straight on, there is a lot of anger from the heroine and a lot of heart and soul from the hero. Opposites clash in a story that will have you fighting along with them then it will hit you with a shock that you won’t ever see coming. And I mean it’s a TWIST of all twists. Aside from the beginning where it took me a little to warm up to the heroine (she a was little overly-arrogant and little prickly) The hero, ladies THE HERO hold on to your hearts because he will have it from page 1!! All in all, this story is a hard one, definitely for the lost as the dedication stated, and in the end I WAS IN LOVE with this!!

A MUST READ!!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Standalone
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Power Twist by Kennedy L. Mitchell



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With the campaign over, a new devious challenge awaits.
 
I thought the toughest part was behind us. Stupid me. Now I have to live with the consequences of winning, some that make me regret ever stepping foot in this city. Day one in office I learn of the president’s true plan, one so manipulative I can’t allow it to come to fruition. But with zero allies to call on, I’ll need to work with my enemies to stand a chance at stopping him.
 
At least I have Trey, even if our scorching-hot affair can only happen in secret. Until the best part of my new life makes his own deal with a devil, I’m forced to make a choice. I can’t have it all in this power game they’ve woven, and watching me flounder is just part of their sick fun. Or can I play the game, change the rules, and have everything in the end?
 
Too bad for me, luck has never been on my side. It’s sink or swim here in DC, and I’m the idiot wearing cement shoes to the party.

*Power Twist is the SECOND book in the five-book Power Play series offering more twists, turns and HEAT. Each book cannot be read as a standalone. All five books follow one main couple’s relationship as it grows through a five year time period. It’s suspenseful, steamy, and oh so unputdownable. If you’re a fan of Tiffany Snow, Meghan March, and Skye Warren then this series is for YOU!

RELEASE DATE: February 18, 2020

This pull, her smell, her voice–everything about her calls to me.

-Trey

Not my first read by the author and I am lucky enough to have already read Book #1 and have been hanging on this cliff for not too long, love love love anything Kennedy books so, let’s just say that I was stoked to receive Book #2 this early! I would like to say at this junction that KYLE needs to be killed off, pushed, ran over, eaten by sharks…any of those above. Sneaky, slimy little shits!

Randi our heroine keeps her head held high, after all she came this far, but she is not out of the woods yet, the worst has only become, from glares to talks behind back and much more. This book will test our heroine in the best ways possible…all while having to fight her own will and heart for Trey. It’s heart breaking and empowering this whole book, but I was reading fast trying to get to…well I don’t know not an end but somewhere to know what’s going to happen, when and who…the tight leash Randi is being held in all this…is EXPLOSIVE…there is only a woman can take so much! It’s a slow burn of all slow burns…painfully you will feel each with her. But this girl, this woman who has faught her whole life has some fight still left in her…Kyle she is coming for you.

This is a thriller I tell you, political romance never usually kept me interested until this series. The plot, the words, the characters, danger, suspense and romance…it’s a perfect combo. I will be hanging here again on the cliff, waiting for Book #3 because this one almost killed me….the ending will leave you guessing…

Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #2 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Saddler’s Secret by Nicole Rodrigues



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Gwendolyn James
The Georgia peach that’s man hating on what was supposed to be her bachelorette weekend, is the perfect solution for me. When your soon to be wife is caught in a compromising position with one of your employees, what’s a man to do? Fire her, fire him and take that honeymoon to Aruba by yourself. Cue Gwenny and our broken hearts, using paradise to soothe the pain, on the most unforgettable weekend of my life. Turns out I couldn’t forget it even if I tried. What happens in Aruba doesn’t always stay in Aruba.
Elijah Saddler
The man I didn’t plan for. My “bachelorette weekend” was supposed to consist of me drinking away my sorrows, hating anything with a penis, but sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. In walks suave and sexy and swept off my feet I go. Our hot weekend on the happiest island in the world left me a lifetime souvenir.
We come from two separate worlds but can we build a bridge, and make this new dynamic work, or are we doomed for it to burn to the ground?

RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2020

“Keep looking at me like that and I might take you up on that bathroom fuck,”

-Elijah

Not my first read by this author, and yes I have read all the previous books in this series! I am so happy to have the chance to read this early and get a glimpse of Elijah & Gwen’s story!! (BETA READING THIS) This is a story of a man who is lost after one of the worst things that can happen to a man. Starts of ‘real’ then hits you right away. Takes you far away into a beautiful place with two people who have the most amazing time in their life, just when everything seems to be falling apart, they found each other to keep whole.

I can’t say too much because ti will give out the whole book but I will say that there is a lot that’s going to happen and these same two people who once found each other, have to try and either find each other again or LIVE WITH letting one another go for the sake of a loved one. This has a lot of parts to it, it starts off with one way then turns into something sexy and beautiful…then it jumps a little ahead and then it’s a ride you won’t want to get off of! This book contains a lot of HEART!!

Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #4 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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SADDLER’S SERIES


R E V I E W ➠ Fries Before Guys by Lani Lynn Vale



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Sometimes people come into a person’s life and make their heart skip a beat.

Those people are called cops.

Well, one cop in particular.

A SWAT officer for the Kilgore Police Department, to be specific.

The first time Avery Flynn saw Derek Roberts, she was photographing him for the first annual Kilgore Police Department SWAT calendar. He was leaned back in his squad car, shirtless, and giving her a smile that was completely between them. A smile that hinted at what he wanted to do to her later.

When she scrounges up the courage to ask him out after the photoshoot, he laughs in her face.

Well, screw you, too, Mr. February.

***

Derek Roberts never really paid attention to the photographer.

She was a mousy girl who dressed like a twelve-year-old girl. Her tight leggings, extra baggy Star Trek t-shirt denoting her a Klingon captain, and her surprisingly clean Chucks didn’t leave much of an impression.

Now, the outfit that she was in weeks after he rebuffed her? Yeah, now that caught his attention.

Too bad that happens when he’s trying to save her from what’s sure to be death thanks to an unhinged native Texan who’s convinced she was the reason he lost his last chance at a million dollars.

When he tries to save her, she tells him she’d rather take a cattle prod to the forehead than go anywhere with him.

Challenge. Accepted. 

RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2020

I DON’T WANT TO BREAK YOU. I WANT TO FIX YOU.

-Derek

Not my first read by the author and I have read book #1 in this series as well! I want to explain myself before I start because, I love Lani’s book and book one in this series was actually really good (for me) this one unfortunately I wasn’t able to click with except just the fact of reading it. It’s not bad per-say but I think you have to have read her before to understand this type of writing. The hero is much older than the 19-year old heroine that’s still in high school.

Everything that could go wrong, went wrong for our heroine here. She lost her parents at a very young age and everything seemed to head downhill from there. When she runs into our hero, it’s her directing him to take his shirt off and pose by his cruiser. When she makes a bold move, the hero only laughs in her face and leaves. Forward a little bit of time, she runs into some trouble to which the hero is done and tired of running from…so GAME ON!

I have been debating on this one between 4 or 4.5 stars. I love Lani’s books and words and I always have a blast reading, but this one just didn’t do it FOR ME. I really couldn’t connect, that’s the only reason for my rating.

Rating: ★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #2 of Series
Recommended: ☑
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R E V I E W ➠ You’re The One by Layla Hagen



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Hot. Flirty. Romantic.
It all started as pretend…
My best friend, and one of the most powerful men in New York, needed my help.
Our first kiss was unexpected—but it still made my skin sizzle, my knees go weak.
The next one was in front of his tight-knit family. We had to be convincing. But it was so wicked hot, it almost convinced me too.
On our first night together, he told me that I had to keep us both in check, because he didn’t know how to keep the lines from blurring…
He touched me like I was precious, and held me close… barely stopping his fingers from pushing down the straps of my dress…
On our second night, our banter turned to flirting. Hunter—my best friend was now Hunter—the man. Intense. Alluring. Sexy as hell.
How was I supposed to not fall in love?

RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2020

“Know me so well, do you? What do you think I want?” “I think you want me to push and push until you have no choice but to give in.”

Not my first read by the author and this is stand-alone. I’ve read enough books by this author that I knew I’d enjoy it. This is a friends-to-lovers and an interesting one at that.

Hunter is a wealthy and successful man, a man that started from the bottom, a man that well hasn’t been paying attention to his work-visa. He has lived in the states since he was a baby but push forward many years and well, should have paid more attention because now he is in a pickle.
Josie is a successful lawyer who has always worked hard in her life. She is a woman that knows what she wants and speaks her mind, she is also the best friend of Hunter. These two, I have to say even at the beginning after the “arrangement” was accepted, lines were starting to blur, but neither one of them know of each other’s feelings. So naturally they both ignore it and move on as this was just another time together. It’s really sweet to watch them titter-totter around one another. Sadly one doesn’t believe in actual marriage while the other hopes to have it all, husband, house and 2.5 kids.

The only thing that bothered me was the climax. I wont lie but through out the whole build up, i had no indication something was coming until when it did, it just didn’t seem right for the action. i don’t want to give it away but it kind of brought me back a step, and i wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, that’s all I can say truthfully. Threw me off just a little.

Rating: ★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Standalone
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ That Secret Crush by Meghan Quinn



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What happens when your secret crush isn’t so secret anymore?
I’ve had feelings for Eve Roberts for as long as I can remember, but because she also happens to be the twin sister of my best friend, Eric, I’ve never acted on my feelings and long ago resigned myself to keeping my crush under wraps.
But after a terrible falling-out with Eric involving a failed restaurant venture and plenty of blame on both sides, I’m back in Port Snow without my best friend and without any direction. But can you guess who’s here? Eve. And my attraction to her is as strong as ever.
As old feelings rush back, Eve and I find ourselves pulled together, whether we like it or not. Lines are crossed, secrets are kept, and we soon discover that the difference between love and friendship may not be so black and white, after all.
Everyone wants that secret crush to love them back…but will I be ready when she does?

RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2020

Hopelessly optimistic would be the last way I’d describe you. More like sarcastically pessimistic.”

-Eve

Not my first read by the author and i have read the previous books in this series. loved every single one. that said, unfortunately this was not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong the story and words were fantastic because this authors knows how to write but the events, let me explain. I wont go into too much detail because i don’t want anyone to think I’m bashing anything, just simply not my taste in hero and heroine.

The hero is actually the oldest of the brothers. he is a man that had it all and lost everything including himself in one night. forwards years later he is now so low on himself that he doesn’t think he deserves anything. the heroine is actually the hero’s best friends little sister, therefore they have know each other since they were 10. she is someone who knows sacrifice and hard work, and always kept going even when times felt hard.  when lines get crossed as this is a brothers best friend and friends to lovers romance, thing heat up…you know what they say. if you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. now the reason i was not fond of the characters is because, although they are older in age their actions just didn’t vibe with me. the hero deflects his past and pain with humor and therefore this is a rom-com all on its own and its funny but its just a lot in some sections of the book. the heroine is touch and go 50/50 one minute i am on my toes but then she does something like forgive easy and lets him off the hook. one particular part that turned me off, was the indecisiveness, it was over baring for me. on both ends. i cant say much without giving out the book but that played a huge part to me.  all that said, these are my opinions and feelings. when i read i really read with the whole me and what kind of reader would i be if i didn’t voice the truth on those feelings while reading. i hope no one takes it the wrong way because i truly truly love this series, just this was a miss for me.

Rating: ★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #3 of Series
Recommended: ☑
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Getting Lucky Series

R E V I E W ➠ Just Getting Started by Kaylee Ryan & Lacey Black



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Gabby
My life isn’t exactly going as planned. I’m basically floating up a certain creek without a paddle. Desperately needing a new place to live, I receive an offer I can’t refuse, and you never look a gift horse in the mouth, right? Unless that particular mouth is connected to an uber sexy manwhore that makes me want to punch him in the face and then kiss him until I pass out from lack of oxygen. I must avoid him like the plague.
Chase
Gabby Connor; there is no request too small in my eyes. When I blurt out an offer I know she can’t refuse, I don’t think either one of us realize that our lives are about to change. Something else I didn’t comprehend, how hard it would be to keep my hands off of her, or my mouth, or my… you get the picture. It’s our time, no more hiding or waiting in the wings. I’m pulling out all the stops. I’m tired of being in the friend-zone. It’s time to take what I’ve always wanted.
But nothing is easy for us. Our road is full of twists and turns and a few surprises along the way. When push comes to shove and the cards are thrown on the table, can we navigate a new life, especially when we’re just getting started?

RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2020

I’d rather cover him in jelly and throw him in the lion enclosure at the zoo. Actually, that has merit.

-Gabby

“Oh, sweet Gabrielle, the things I can do with my mouth,”

-Chase

Not my first read by both authors and I have read the previous book in this series. Now, i was prepared for anything because book 1 was a doozer and i cried my little eyes out. This one took a different turn but equally heartfelt and exciting.

We have the hero Chase who has been friends and around the heroine Gabby for years. They actually work together and have a love/hate relationship at best. You bet your ass this is a enemy-to-lovers and a great one at that. Even though there were times i wanted to smack the heroine because booooooy was she stubborn, over the top stubborn. Just when things seemed to be headed in one direction, one night after a revelation…everything changes. And from then on, nothing is as it seems.

The surprises, the mystery, will all keep you on your toes. I cant say too much to give a lot out because this is very complex in the best way. I will say that, have tissue ready! You really cant go wrong with this series, i enjoyed the words and scenes, so pretty much all of it. You get both Pov’s and as things start off normal, they sure escalate fast. but don’t worry, you’ll like this escalation. 

Really heart-felt on this one, pull at the strings and all!

A MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Book #2 of Series
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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R E V I E W ➠ Inappropriate by Vi Keeland



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Terminated for inappropriate behavior.
I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.
Nine years. Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.
All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…
Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.
I didn’t think he’d actually respond.
I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.
Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.
Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.
But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.
It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.
Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
But sometimes it’s twice as fun.

RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2020

“Do you just want to sleep with me, or do you want to actually take me out?
Grant smiled.
“Yes.”

I’d been kissed before, kissed really well even, but no one had ever kissed the shit out of me. My mind was in a fog from it. He smiled and used his thumb to wipe my bottom lip. “God, I wanted to do that so badly all night.”

Not my first read by author and yes she is on my top 10 author’s and yes I have read every single book by her, all the series and standalone. I will say that I kind of wish this started a new series, would be ah-mah-zing.

This standalone snuck up on me & blew my mind!!!
It had banter, heart, passion and was very addicting!

Grant Lexington, where do I begin. CEO, powerful, in control, serious…a past that you will never guess and carrying the biggest guilt on his shoulders, along with the world. He deemed himself unable to love 7 years ago vowing to never repeat mistakes. Lie the blurb said, two wrongs never make a right, well fate is always a sneaky little thing. When he receives an angry email from one of his employee’s one night, he is intrigued and even cracked a smile but not enough to peruse it. BING.

Ireland Saint James is a woman who grew up without family, the one she had was everything to her. She also has worked for everything in her life, including this job she just got canned from all due to some innocent fun. Going over the email she wrote the night of a drunken fest, she cringes when she re-reads it. After some courage she decides that another email is a must follow, because well, she isn’t someone to give up that easy. A fighter. SENT. That should do it, at least if anything, she can’t say she didn’t try.

As I am always honest in my review’s I won’t lie and say that I was actually already expecting what will happen because I have read every single book by Vi and kind of felt familiar, as in her words and writing style. But boy was I jolted to reality when this took a turn for the best. What I enjoyed most is the way the hero and heroine were together, not your average boy and girl just felt…that’s it I FELT THEM if that makes sense. Their chemistry was insane and I will say this that this does not disappoint in the SEXY SCENES department, or DIRTY TALK!!! They go really well together and I know I will forever remember this book. Watch out for the few twists, have tissue ready because you’ll most definitely need it. Another AMAZING Standalone by Vi!!

TOP 2020 MUST READ!
Rating: ★★★★★
Romance: ♡♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Type: Standalone
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY!
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