Saturday, November 17, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - All That We Are by Melissa Toppen

Title: All That We Are
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 16, 2018 
Cover Design: Pear Perfect Creative Covers

They say everything happens for a reason- that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. For the longest time I didn’t think that was true. I had stumbled around in the dark for so many years that I didn’t think I would ever find my way out. But when I finally did, it came in the most unexpected way.

Miles Hollins had been my brother’s best friend for as long as I could remember. We didn’t like each other much growing up. Or rather, we couldn’t stand each other. But after ten years of being gone, a lot had changed.

He wasn’t the same boy I remembered. I wasn’t the same girl either. So much had happened. 

I moved away and got married.

Miles joined the military.

We both returned home broken in our own way.

I struggled to find my place in my new life. Miles struggled just to get through the day. But together we slowly began to heal. I quieted his demons and he gave me a sense of belonging. For a while that was enough.

But this is real life, and in real life nothing stays perfect forever. In real life not every story ends with a happily ever after. Sometimes the scars we carry are just too deep. 

I promised him I would fight. 

He promised me I would lose. 

I’ll do everything in my power to prove him wrong. Because it’s when you find the one thing you can’t live without, that you truly find yourself.

All That We Are is a standalone contemporary romance.

Another fantastic story from Melissa Toppen! We get two characters who have known each other for the better part of their lives, yet their relationship was always antagonistic, despite the connection between them that's Harlow's brother. Of course as it does, life events happen that can sometimes alter the very fabric of one's being, and the road you thought was a sure thing suddenly becomes a detour-slash-roadblock. I loved reading how the feelings evolved for Miles and Harlow after not being in contact with each other for a decade, although the events that have altered them weren't happy events. I found it easy to get wrapped up in this story and couldn't wait to see how everything would come about for these two.

Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. 
Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Mafia King (Royal Mafia Series #3) by Bella J.

Title: Mafia King
Series: Royal Mafia Series #3
Author: Bella J.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 13, 2018

Born and bred to rule, I embraced my place in our family with pride.
I was the leader. The boss. The king.
Fueled by my family’s need for revenge, I was on a bloody path toward vengeance. That’s when I found her—a filthy, weak, broken girl.
The mystery that surrounded her seduced me. Her secrets pulled me down to the deepest pits of hell, the demons of her past threatening to burn the empire I swore to protect.
Now the devil himself is knocking at my door, wanting his beautiful, broken girl back.
But she’s mine now. I claimed her. And anyone who dares to take her away from me will be completely, utterly, royally…

Oh my stars and garters, this book. This whole series so far has kept me glued to my iPad even more than I usually am (and that is a LOT!). I could not put this down until I got the end, and now I'm not sure what to do until the next book is released. I couldn't wait to get Antonio's story, and Bella J delivered the goods with this book. It's dark, raw, gritty, emotional and heartbreaking, but the best of the series (at least so far!)

As I walked into the room, Nessuno was still right there where I left her, on her knees, her forehead against the floor. The sight of her naked body posed in the purest form of submission brought flashbacks of the past to the forefront of my mind.

The adrenaline.

The lust.

The electric excitement of anticipation. 

The fucking control. It was all there, right at my goddamn feet, like an offering. A sacrifice for the caged beast within me.

For a few moments, I looked at her, watched as her back moved ever so slightly with every breath she took. The scars and marks on her body seemed illuminated under the light. The only things missing from the scene in front of me were chains…and me.

I pulled my hand down my face. After all this time fighting it, I now found myself in a position where my family’s only hope was for me to embrace my own depravity. My cross.

“Jesus,” I muttered under my breath before glancing down at Nessuno again. There was no other option but this.

I walked toward her and grabbed the chair, placing it in front of her. With a deep breath, I took a seat, my gaze still fixed on her naked back. Her scars. 

It was bittersweet, this moment. The moment when I was forced to stop fighting…and to unchain the darkness. Who would have thought the one thing that had the power to destroy me now had the power to give us all the answers we needed? 

Irony, you son of a bitch.

I reached out then stilled as my hand hovered over her. My chest ached, yet my blackened soul pulsed with exhilaration. My head screamed at me not to do this, but the curse of my nature pressed me further. 

And then my desperation for answers and vengeance gave me the final push I needed to fall over the edge.

I placed my hand on her head and felt her suck in a breath at the same time a wave of power crashed against my spine. For the first time in years, I allowed myself to feel what I had denied myself for so long—the lethal combination of control, power…and ecstasy. 

Like an owner to his pet, I stroked my fingers through her hair, one simple act which relayed one powerful message. I was taking ownership. Staking my claim.

Nessuno was now mine.

All the way from Cape Town, South Africa, Bella J lives for the days when she’s able to retreat to her writer’s cave where she can get lost in her little pretend world of romance, love, and insanely hot bad boys.

Bella J is a Hybrid Author with both Self-Published and Traditional Published work. Even though her novels range from drama, to comedy, to suspense, it's the dark, twisted side of romance she loves the most.