Friday Book Round-Up

I know that I have missed the Friday Round-Up over the past couple weeks and I apologize for that.  I traveled alone. . . with my rambunctious daughter who has special needs (it all went smoothly!) to St. Louis, Missouri to visit my family so I didn't have much time for reading or blogging.  It was a great to see everyone! I've included the books that I read last week (which weren't many) and this week.

Ellie was super excited to get on an airplane.  She kept asking for Baba and Papa


Dark NA-College Romance
The Elite Seven

The Elite Seven is a series of interconnecting dark college romances about a secret society where not everything is as it seems.  Each book is written by a different author.  Other than Amo Jones (Greed), I have never read any of these authors' works before.  So far I've read the first 3 books and I am hooked!  Note: these books are relatively short.  I was able to read them in about 1.5 -2 hours.

4 stars  Lust by Ker Dukey - Goodreads Review
4 stars  Pride by J.D. Hollyfield- Goodreads Review
4 stars  Wrath by Claire C. Riley - Goodreads Review
currently reading   Envy

ince 1942, The Elite Seven Society have created and guided influential leaders, molding the country into something better. This society was birthed by Malcom Benedict, II who wanted more for Americans. More wealth. More influence. More power. Some leaders have the skills, but not the influence, and that simply wasn’t fair according to Mr. Benedict. He invested his own money and time to construct a society that bred the best of the best, year after year.
SBut to be the best, you must be ruthless. Good leaders make sacrifices. Sometimes the sacrifices are hard, but the rewards are plentiful. Mr. Benedict made sure to indulge these leaders with their utmost desires. A devout Catholic himself, he designed a society that rewarded his leaders with the sins that were frowned upon. If they were giving up love and happiness and joy for the betterment of the country, they deserved something in its stead.
tial candidates. The university’s acting dean behaves
Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust. Choosing leaders for this society means that it takes intense focus. Only seven are to be selected, and the investments and time are showered upon the new seven chosen every four years. The predecessors of each group of seven choose people who fit the sin that will mold them into who they are needed to be in the future—what America needs them to be. This is after a detailed study of many pote
n as a liaison for the society bringing the college applicants to the predecessors so that the selection may begin. The society members who are going out will bring forth a candidate that the society votes on and approves.
ass their test, they are discreetly branded with the mark of the society, and are groomed through challenges during the course of their elite education to breed them into the influential people they were meant to be. Once in The Elite Seven, there is no getting out. The money and power are their reward. Should they choose to stray or break the rules, the society strips them of everything. Anything they once had will be removed. Opportu
After they are chosen, the initiates are given a token and an invitation to initiation. The initiation will be a test to their character and ability to do what’s right for the betterment of the society. Once the initiates
pnities will never arise. They will no longer have the support of the society. To this day, there have been no known occurrences of anyone from the society having to be banished. This elite group of people are what every young man and woman aspire to be a part of. While the group is a secret society, they are whispered about amongst the privileged folks in the country. Anyone who is anyone knows of the group and secretly hopes it’s their son or daughter who are selected, for good fortune is showered on the family for decades to come.


Second Chance Romance
Ache by S.M. Soto

5 stars I am not often at a loss for words, but this book.  Just wow. I didn't think anything would make me feel the way Siobhan Davis' Inseparable, but I was wrong.  This book is not like S.M. Soto's other books.  She is very nervous about this release because she knows it is not for everyone, but it is indeed a story that needs to be told.  Ache is a very beautiful, but emotionally heartbreaking book.  I can't even explain it, but it is a so well written and I found myself crying, but also experiencing hope.  Don't worry, there is a HEA.

Release Date: April 9, 2019


What happens when you fall for the boy next door?

Bea Norwood had the market on normal.
Drama free life? Check.
A single-mother who doubled as her confidant and partner in crime? Check.
A neighbor and best friend she trusted more than anyone? Check.
But that was until the day her mother remarried. The day that changed everything.

When her best friend's cousin, Liam Falcon, is sent to live with his aunt and uncle to clean up his act, Bea finds herself falling for the boy next door. With their hearts so infinitely entwined, Bea turns to Liam as her only escape from her new step-brother's daily torment at home. Bea thought their love could conquer anything. But she was wrong. Love was for fools, and she was the biggest fool of them all. When Liam left Lakeport, he took her heart with him, shattering the organ to pieces.

Six years later, Liam takes a trip back to Lakeport to visit his family, and to see HER.
His first love.
The girl who holds his heart.
The same girl who shattered it six years ago without looking back.

Liam is hell-bent on seeing Bea again after six years, but what he finds tears his heart in half. Bea Norwood is a shell of the girl he fell in love with. Underneath the baggy clothes, and pale skin, he knows she's still in there somewhere, he just needs to find her. 
Liam will stop at nothing to win his girl back, but sometimes, ignorance is bliss, and Liam isn't prepared for Bea's truth.

Warning: Contains themes of abuse. May cause triggers


Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Alpha's Promise by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors (#10)

3.5 Stars I know that many people who have received an ARC of this book already disagree with my star rating.  I love Rebecca Zanetti.  Her Dark Protector's series is one of my absolute favorite series of all time and y'all know how much I read. I love the interconnecting storylines in this series and I really liked Ivar and his story in Alpha's Promise.  In fact, I loved the secondary characters as well.  However, I struggled with Promise, the heroine.  I just could not connect to her at all.  I enjoyed the book, but it isn't my favorite.

Release Date: June 25, 2019


To hell and back . . .
Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom.  One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him.  To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that's way too soft.

Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it.   Her function is to think—and not feel—until she’s touched by a vampire who’s nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime . . .


Menage Romance
Wycked Trio by Wynne Roman
Series: Wycked Obsession (#4)

4.5 stars I am going to preface this with I am not a big fan of menage romances or those with MMF scenes.  So I guess you are wondering why I read this book?  It is because Wynne Roman is a one-click author for me.  This book ended up being  hot hot hot.  While the sex scenes are quite steamy, they are not over the top.  

Release Date: April 9, 2019

FREE in Kindle Unlimited


Arden Lowell 

Nothing in my life has gone right in a long time. Finding my boyfriend in bed with my sister? Check. Losing my job? Check. Now I've arrived at my cousin's destination wedding without a room. My luck starts to change when the groom's stepbrother offers to share his room with me. True Powell is a sweetheart--and he has a boyfriend. So why can't I stop thinking about him? 

True Powell 

I'm in love with Baz Calhoun, and he loves me. We've been together a while now, but something's missing. When I meet Arden Lowell at my brother’s wedding, I'm glad to help her out. When I get to know her, I discover she just might be exactly the woman we've been looking for. A threesome. A mΓ©nage a trois. A triad. 

Baz Calhoun 

I fought hard to embrace my identity as a gay man. Or bisexual, as my boyfriend True reminds me. That might be so, but I don't want to jeopardize who I am. When I meet Arden Lowell, I'm shaken. Everything suddenly looks different. How can I want her the same way I want True? Can the three of us find happiness . . . together?


Amnesia Second Chance Romance
Repeat by Kylie Scott

5 stars This standalone novel is rather unique - it is a second chance story where the heroine has amnesia. She suddenly shows up in her ex-boyfriend's tattoo parlor trying to piece together her missing memories.  The two of them have undeniable chemistry and I enjoyed watching how everything unfolded.  This book was also full of secrets, betrayal, and suspense! 

Release Date: April 9, 2019
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When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she's forced to start over. Now she has to figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before. 

Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can't seem to let her go again. 

Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?


NA-College Romantic Suspense
Claiming Forever by Tara Gallina
Series: The Forever Series (#3)

4.5 Stars  Tara Gallina is not only a new author to me, but she is a new author in general.   It isn't often that an author's first book grabs me immediately, but with this series. . . Claiming Forever is the 3rd book and conclusion to Sebastian and Ainsley's story.  It is a romance suspense among two older college students.  It is well written, has great characters, and is relatively low on angst.  The books are not super long and all 3 books are now available.

 FREE in Kindle Unlimited

First two books must be read first:

Risking Forever (#1)

Daring Forever (#2)


The final installment to the Forever Series—for now. 

It happened. I knew it would. I fell for him. The revelation didn't rise within me like an orange sun emerging from the ocean. This wake-up call was more of a slap to the face. And now that it's out, the silence from Sebastian has me wondering if I've lost my hearing. 
What did I expect, for him to love me back? He's made it clear since the beginning that can't happen. This is on me. Walking away would be the smart choice. I have dreams to follow, and a new life to start far away. 
If only I could take Sebastian with me. If only I could convince him the risk is worth the reward. If he knew he could escape his father without harm, he'd go. Not just for me but for himself. He may not love me, but he cares. I wouldn't have given myself to him, if I had thought otherwise. ~ Ainsley 

At twenty, Ainsley knows it’s time to follow her own dreams and not the future her that was planned for her—a future she never wanted. Losing her job couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Sebastian Gianni isn’t the ideal boss, but he has a position to fill and Ainsley is desperate. The sexy twenty-two-year-old comes from money, owns a successful business, and graduates from college in three months. He has his life together in a way Ainsley could only dream.
No wonder her best friend is obsessed with dating him. Even his ex-girlfriend is determined to get him back, although threatening him seems like the wrong approach. Ainsley would be a fool to fall for the guy, too. 
By no means, should she trust him. He has more secrets than anyone she knows, which makes her wonder if the mafia rumors about him are true. It doesn’t matter that he’s a good listener, and sweet and protective at times. That playful flirty side he shares with her alone means nothing. Right?
When a kiss turns into a secret romance neither can give up, Ainsley learns the truth about Sebastian’s corrupt family and why his ex-girlfriend won’t go away. A future together is near impossible and comes with a risk that could get them both killed—or give them everything they’ve ever wanted.

Genre - New adult college romance, app 160pgs ea. 
The Forever Series Collection
Risking Forever
Daring Forever
Claiming Forever
Sebastian – Risking Forever 

Claiming Forever is a serial novel and one of three installments in the Forever Series. The story is continuous and meant to be read in sequential order. 


Released This Week:

Cruel Sanctuary by Tara Leigh - Review + Giveaway
Claiming Forever by Tara Gallina - Review
The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart - Review
Dangerous Beauty by J.T. Geissinger - Review
Habits by Anna B. Doe - Review


Releasing Next Week:

The Unlucky Ones by Stacey Marie Brown - Review coming soon. . .