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Cruel Sanctuary by Tara Leigh

Cruel Sanctuary (Wages of Sin #1)
by Tara Leigh

Rating: ★★★★★
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They say New York City is the Devil’s Playground.
They’re wrong.
This city belongs to me.
And so does Aislinn Granville.

She is a pampered politician’s daughter.
A decorative ornament, raised to smile and nod and do what she’s told.

Except… she doesn’t. Not with me. Ever.

In this city full of thugs and thieves, I’ve kept Aislinn safe.
From my enemies.
From me.

Until now.

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Weeks after devouring Cruel Sanctuary, I’m still floating within the clouds, unable to step away from this enthralling introduction with a clear conscience. Beautiful darkness and enrapturing suspense creeping through this wonderfully written narrative ensnares your attention, pulling you towards its gravity of jaw-dropping revelations and heart-stopping unexpectations. Aislinn and Damon’s sinfully decadent chemistry renders you breathless, totally captivated and utterly wanton.

Damon King might reign over Manhattan, but I will never bow to him.

Damon King is my newest obsession, an irresistible dangerous enigma with an imposing and conceited attitude that infuriates you, but also leaves your insides a confused mess of fluttering desire. I’m unable to resist the complexity buried underneath a ruthless anti-hero, one who exudes sweet corruption and merciless intentions, but carefully unfurls an unexpected compassionate side. Witnessing this emotionally detached man quietly obsess over Aislinn’s safety sends the heart soaring and belly fluttering with so many good feelings. Despite walking the fine line between right and wrong in precarious ways, Damon possesses a personally instilled code of honour, a sliver of goodness that balances the darkness inside.

Damon King is a ruthless bastard. A dark warrior with the soul of a savior.

I adore a fierce and feisty heroine with an inner strength that conflicts and coincides with the hero’s equally intense personality. Aislinn Granville astounded me—she’s carefully constructed walls around her heart, fortifying them whenever possible, but when those constructs begin to crumble she learns to embrace the darkness surrounding Damon. Her ability to maintain an open mind and caring heart, as well as remaining undeterred and resolute, despite her deeply ingrained ethics being continuously challenged by an infuriating hero is an admirable feat of strength.

After a lifetime of being the dutiful daughter, the good girl, minding my manners, I am intrigued by the darkness Damon has exposed me to. Tonight, I want to dance with the devil.

Aislinn and Damon’s connection bursts with hatred filled lust; a type of chemistry with an intensity that crackles seamlessly into a passion filled relationship as they open up to each other. I love this author’s writing—the poetic, almost fairytale-esque nature of it with a hint of darkness to balance the scattered sweet moments throughout. And she writes a brooding asshole so damn effortlessly, you can’t help but love him, even when he is insufferable!

Darkness is where I thrive. Dark minds. Dark rooms. Dark hearts. Except that my heart doesn’t feel so dark anymore. Aislinn has brought light into my life.

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Heart of the Devil by Meghan March

Heart of the Devil (Forge Trilogy #3)
by Meghan March

Rating: ★★★★
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It started as a game. She was nothing but my pawn.

But I was quick to see the error in my ways, and now she is everything I never knew I needed.

The value of a woman like India Baptiste is beyond measure.

But the problem with being a man like me? I’ve already screwed this up, and there’s no guarantee India will take me on for one last bet.

I’ll do whatever I have to do. Drop to my knees and offer her the only thing I have left. The one thing that’s only ever been hers—the heart of the devil.

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I’ve been obsessed with India and Jericho’s unconventional relationship since Deal with the Devil. From rushing emotions, thrilling intrigue and captivating romance, Meghan March wrapped up this outstanding trilogy beautifully and wonderfully. Of course it isn’t without heart-stopping, fist-clenching and jaw-dropping turns, or heartache that will shatter your resolve and heartwarming feelings that will leave butterflies in your stomach.

Jericho Forge doesn’t have a single clue what it’s like to be the center of someone’s world. He’s about to find out.

Jericho continues to be an irresistible character, making readers fall deeper and harder in love with this complex anti-hero. We’ve seen this character ruthless, dangerous and merciless; received glimpses when he is uncharacteristically sweet, but now witness the unexpected vulnerability that he only exposes to India. It is so satisfying seeing this seeming detached, larger than life anti-hero lay out his feelings for the woman he is obsessed with. Nothing can beat the Kraken!

Thrown into an apparent impossible situation, India doesn’t crumble under pressure. With an unwavering fierceness, undeniable profound loyalty and immeasurable affection, this admirable heroine is prepared to sacrifice everything to rescue her husband. And she does this with tireless strength and unhesitant resilience, the perfect attributes for the bold and charismatic woman whose strong-willed attitude matches Jericho’s.

She’s a siren, and I’m the sailor she’s trying to lure in. I’ve never wrecked a ship, but she could tempt me to do anything.

Unexpected surprises and unforeseen enemies made this a fast-paced, but exciting and riveting ending. I was desperate for Jericho and India to have more time together, but the limited moments they shared only made those scenes more precious and memorable. Full of teeth-gritting suspense, Heart of the Devil is sure to keep your interest piqued, heart aching and emotions soaring. I know with so much certainty I won’t be quitting Meghan March’s stories anytime soon!

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Luck of the Devil by Meghan March

Luck of the Devil (Forge Trilogy #2)
by Meghan March

Rating: ★★★★★
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My poker face has always been my greatest asset, along with my grit and determination. I was beholden to no one. Asked permission for nothing.

Then Jericho Forge took my life by storm.

I traded my freedom for something infinitely more precious, but I didn’t realize Forge was holding an unbeatable hand.

Now, all I have to do is survive the high-stakes game my life has become—with my heart intact.

But not falling in love with Forge will take the luck of the devil.


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I’m high on adrenaline and rushing emotions after finishing Luck of the Devil! Meghan March surprised me in so many ways. She increased the intensity between India and Jericho—the thrilling relationship and growing affection doesn’t wane, it escalates into something profound and heartwarming. Using a perfect combination of suspense, eroticism and fiery passion, Luck of the Devil will grab your attention, leaving you guessing and gasping at every unexpected twist, and swooning over this couple’s wonderfully heated connection.

“I might not be a good guy, but I’m not the fucking devil you want me to be either.”

While reading Meghan March, I’m quickly learning it isn’t worth guessing what’ll happen, but always expect the unexpected. It’s satisfying having your theories proven right, but the rush of excitement that comes barrelling towards you when you are wrong is intoxicating. Exhilarating. And makes the reading experience significantly more enjoyable!

“You’re not a means to an end anymore. You’re inside me. In my head. In the blood running through my fucking veins. If you go, you take all that with you, along with my fucking sanity.”

I never thought it would be possible to fall more in love with Jericho Forge, the enigmatic, unapologetically ruthless businessman that leaves every other anti-hero a whimpering mess. He is complex and multi-faceted, a character that we’ve seen merciless and possessive, but now have the pleasure of seeing uncharacteristically sweet. Newfound tender moments and earnest desire emerges from this surprising man, leaving you swooning and overwhelmed as he borrows himself deeper into your heart.

Despite his impressive nature and magnetism, Jericho doesn’t overshadow India. She’s just as sassy and fierce, but beneath the boldness is someone vulnerable. India is desperate to have independence, though her caring heart is warring with her head as it wants the devil. It only makes this heroine admirable. And very, very real.

“Where you go, I go. Even if it’s overboard.”

Luck of the Devil casts a different atmosphere, but that doesn’t make it less thrilling or exciting than Deal with the Devil. Meghan March exceeded my expectations by writing a sequel better than anticipated. It left me awed and desperate for the next installment. Prepare yourself—your wits and your emotions—because she doesn’t hold back!

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A Single Glance by Willow Winters

A Single Glance (Irresistible Attraction #1)
by Willow Winters

Rating: ★★★★
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I saw her from across the bar.

My bar. My city. Everything in that world belonged to me.
She stood out from the crowd like she was looking for someone to blame for her pain.

That night, I felt the depths of my mistakes. I felt my scars. With a single glance, I knew her touch would take it all away. I craved it more than anything.

I knew she would be a tempting, beautiful mistake.
One I would make again and again… even if it cost me everything.

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I haven’t read a full length novel by Willow Winters, only short stories and novellas, yet her writing has always grabbed my attention no matter the story’s length. She has this way of setting a captivating and thrilling atmosphere that will wrap itself around your mind, luring you towards a dark and eerie, though beautifully enthralling romance. A Single Glance is an intense romantic suspense narrative packed with an abundance of unexpected twists that will evoke an endless, unfathomable amount of heart-wrenching emotions.

“Sometimes the things that cause you pain can bring you so much pleasure.”

Bethany Fawn is in desperate need of finding answers, but her admirable and determined quest in search of justice only pushes her towards a darkened world of heartache and criminal activity. Jase Cross is an undeniable enigma; a man with an imposing attitude, wicked dark side and inescapable danger surrounding him and his brothers.

“I feel like my life is on the precipice of changing forever. And I don’t want to go back to the girl I was, but I don’t like where this is headed either. I don’t have answers, and I need answers.”

A Single Glance captured my attention straight away when I finished reading the intriguing blurb. Nowhere does it suggest this will be more than a standalone, or that it will conclude with a much dreaded cliffhanger. So, I figured no knowledge of Jase’s brothers is required, but that wasn’t apparent.

Being a reader who doesn’t know anything about the Cross brothers, I needed more background information to really appreciate the complexity of Bethany’s situation and understand her tumultuous relationship with Jenny. Details are vague and often difficult to follow the way, I imagine, is originally intended.

Regardless, Bethany and Jase have an intense chemistry, forbidden attraction and erotically charged encounters that made me want more of them. And the plot line is interesting enough to keep me reading.

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Deal with the Devil by Meghan March

Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy #1)
by Meghan March

Rating: ★★★★
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“You can put that man in a suit, but he’ll never be tame.”

One look at Jericho Forge and I knew the rumors were true. He was a predator, and he had set his sights on me.

I knew better than to bet more than I could afford to lose that night. I knew better than to bet myself. But desperation leads to bad decisions, and I thought there was no way I could lose. I was wrong.

Now I have no choice but to make a deal with the devil.




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I now understand why readers adore Meghan March. She writes captivating contemporary romance wonderfully; her heroes are dark, dangerous and enigmatic; and her heroines are sassy, witty and intelligent. Deal with the Devil, from untold secrets, unpredictable events and abrupt turns, will have your entire, undivided attention.

“What do you want?”
“From you? For $10 million? You should already know the answer to that. Every-fucking-thing.”

I love a good anti-hero—there’s something exciting and addicting about a ruthless, domineering man who will have this inevitable, unexplainable hold over your psyche. Jericho Forge is this and more; a mysterious man fuelled by vengeance and driven by justice. He’ll lure you into this glamorous world of money and power; pull you toward his magnetism and undeniable sexual prowess.

He’s a marauder, plundering just like the pirate I thought he was the first time I saw him. He takes without permission or apology. And I love it.

We don’t just have a devious, intimidating anti-hero—India Baptise is feisty, sassy and strong-willed; a heroine with an equally bold, strong personality and charisma that rivals Jericho’s. Despite being desperate and needing to achieve a seeming impossible goal, her fierce boldness and determination doesn’t waver whatsoever.

She’s not just a means to an end anymore. She’s mine. And I take care of my own.

Meghan March set the tone and pace for this titillating trilogy with Deal with the Devil. She tantalises readers with mind-blowing, unexpected turns, gripping suspense and twisted secrecy surrounding Jericho. I can’t find fault in Jericho and India’s explosive, heated chemistry, or with where this gripping narrative is heading.

Prepare yourself—you’ll be reeled in towards this intoxicating and maddening ride that is Jericho Forge.