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Legacy of Lies

Legacy of Lies (Legacy of Lies #1)
by Tara Leigh

Rating: ★★★★★
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I was heir to a throne built on lies, my crown forged from corruption.

Money. Status. Wealth. Power. My legacy.

Jolie Chapman. My love.

All of it—an elaborate illusion. I was stripped of everything I’d been raised to consider my birthright. Including my princess—who wasn’t mine, after all.

I’ve spent the past decade rebuilding my life, on my own terms. Now I’ve returned to Manhattan for redemption, too.

Jolie wasn’t supposed to be here. . . . And I wasn’t supposed to care.

Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice— Who am I kidding? I don’t believe in second chances anymore.

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Tara Leigh, a new to-me author, has astounded me with this series.

Legacy of Lies continues the epic love story between Jolie Chapman and Remington “Tripp” Montgomery III. It started as passionate, an envious fairytale, only to meet a tragic ending when they were both young. I loved the prequel, but beyond adored this sequel.

“You have to figure out a way to forgive the mistakes of the past so you can build a future together.”

Ten years have passed since Jolie and Tripp’s bitter and heart-wrenching separation. And both are returning to where it began – New York.

Being a fashion model was rewarding, but Jolie’s ready to settle down with a newfound jewellery business closer to her step-mother, Nina. Meanwhile, Tripp’s been earning his own wealth and status as a quiet partner to RiskTaker, a company dedicated to catching frauds and thieves. Now, he’s returning for redemption.

“Tell me, Jolie,” I growled, wishing my damn conscience would shut the fuck up. “Tell me you’ve missed this. Tell me you want this as much as I do. Tell me you want me. Tell me you want us.”

Tripp’s become a moodier and broodier asshole, making him irresistible and appealing. However, upon reuniting with Jolie that facade begins to crumble. Beneath the jaded man still remains someone flirtatious and caring.

And despite being filled with a burning combination of anger and heartache, the fiery passion beneath Jolie and Tripp hasn’t diminished once even as years disappeared. Neither moved on or settled with others and neither found themselves searching for something different.

While their hearts always belonged to each other, bittersweet reunions aren’t always easy, especially when mountains of hurt and deceit, layered with betrayal and anguish stand ahead. Legacy of Lies is an emotionally raw narrative filled with pain and sadness.

They possess an all-consuming love that teeters along the fine line of love and hate. It is difficult to resist, too easy to be drawn towards by its appeal. Jolie and Tripp are characters that’ll consume your thoughts, pull your heart towards their story.


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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ARC Review | Wicked Gentleman by Christy Pastore

Wicked Gentleman

by Christy Pastore

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SYNOPSIS

Stevie

My Fairy Godmother had a wicked sense of humor, of that I was certain.

The first time I met Jackson Hart, I was on all fours with my ass in the air.

At the time of our meet not so cute, I didn’t know that the handsome man with the most captivating blue eyes was the wealthy, charismatic, and hot as sin hotelier, oh and my new boss.

Well, technically he is my boss’s boss. Just skimming the company manual was maybe not the best idea.

But, I digress. Working at Hart Hotels & Spa was a temporary plan.

Now, that plan has changed. Jackson Hart not only wanted me in his bed and in his life, he wanted me working alongside him.

Some offers are too good to pass up.

Jackson

Premium scotch aged to perfection, making money before sunrise, nine holes of golf and interesting conversation. Those are the things most known about me. Toss in a leggy brunette or a stunning redhead at a society event for good measure and there’s a story to amuse the public. But, my story goes deeper—to the past that I left behind.

Sooner or later past and present collide. I never dreamed Stevie Brockman would be part of both.


REVIEW

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Wicked Gentleman is my first read by Christy Pastore.

I found myself drawn towards the cover. Even that blurb captured my attention, despite the wealthy businessman trope becoming an overused concept in romance. Sadly, the middle became flat, almost repetitive, slowly losing my interest in Jax and Stevie.

She was innocence and sin wrapped together and I had the desire to explore every facet of her being.

Jackson Hart is reinventing himself years after being driven away from Miami. With Hart Hotels & Spa, he has succeeded, with multiple expansions organised and wealth pouring in as testament to his determination and ambitions.

I didn’t find myself drawn towards Jax. While he is charming and romantic, he isn’t enigmatic or mysterious. Paired with a dirty mouth and suggestive words, Jax is wicked (sometimes), but it did not make me swoon. Not even once.

Despite her young age, Stevie isn’t a brat that whinges and whines, proclaiming “woe is me!” every chance she receives, because she carries deep-seated daddy issues. However, her personality was two-dimensional, awfully flat and hard to connect to in memorable ways.

He had the lips of the devil. And with one kiss, he melted every part of me—setting my soul on fire.

Oh the romance…

I couldn’t find enjoyment in it. Everything seemed to move quickly, but at the same time, not at all. Jax and Stevie could be passionate, with every encounter filled with steam, but it was the ordinary steam. No fanning and drowning myself in water happened here.

It seems my taste in romance keeps morphing and changing, because I cannot handle fluffy romance that appears to fall into a tiny, neat package. Give me intense sexual tension, grittiness, romance that burns steadily and beautifully.

In saying that, I appreciated the witty banter, Stevie’s independence and the first few introductory chapters really gripped me. But the cliche and common trope of wealthy businessman using his influence for poorer love interest died on me. I’m in a, “it’s not you, it’s me” situation.

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ARC Review | Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett

Filthy Gods

by R. Scarlett


SYNOPSIS

Prelude in the American Gods series.

Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them.

And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.

I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…

The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?

He just discovered it… and now he has all the power.


REVIEW

★★★★★

One of my favourite tropes ever is wealthy assholes. Someone who wears expensive suits, is domineering and all alpha. I also love enemies to lovers tropes. And Ms R. Scarlett did that with Filthy Gods. She delivered both tropes as well as Nathaniel Radcliffe.

I’M IN LOVE WITH NATHANIEL RADCLIFFE.

So much so, I’d die for a trilogy about him.

Before Ms Scarlett really announced American Gods, I was all over adding this series to Goodreads. Rich asshole? PLEASE. Sassy heroine? Done. I fell in love with Ms Scarlett’s writing after reading her other series, Blackest Gold. Her series, as well as her writing, also made me fall in love with the paranormal romance genre. I knew I would love her contemporary series.

Privileged Nathaniel Radcliffe is sinfully sexy and deliciously handsome. With utmost confidence, he commands debates with powerful words and his strong presence, making him a formidable enemy in heated discussions.

But he meets his match in Juliette Monroe.

Juliette isn’t as fortunate as everyone else at Yale. Having bounced from foster homes her entire life, as well as relying on government sponsorship to stay enrolled at Yale, Juliette is determined to create something amazing for herself.

Both headstrong and confident, Nathaniel and Juliette debate about every topic imaginable. But that heated contest also extends behind closed doors. When Nathaniel discovers Juliette’s secrets, he’s determined to conquer his match in wholly different and decadent ways.

I love that both characters are driven and determined, with strong aspirations and solid goals. Despite having grown up without wealth, Juliette isn’t easily intimidated or manipulated by everyone’s affluence, remaining true to herself. R. Scarlett did wonderfully creating a thrilling and riveting enemies to lovers story focused on America’s wealthy elite.


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