Lit Weekly Recap – 25 October 2021

Haunted New Orleans

26.10.2021

From author Rayvn Salvador comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans.

Remember, you must die.

Spurred on by her mother’s need for the family’s fifteen minutes of fame, jaded skeptic Hanlen Arbor returns to her hometown, the root of her past terror, only to be thrust into a new nightmare. Someone is murdering the good people of the city in a macabre scene of blood and ritual.

When Hanlen gets pulled into the mystery, she’s not prepared for what she finds or the dangers that await her in the bayou. And she’s certainly not ready for the handsome-as-sin man whom she’s forced to put her faith in.

Ghost hunter and Vodou Houngan Deveraux Glapion has seen a lot and dealt with more as the descendant of one of the most well-known people of New Orleans. When the intriguing and somewhat-broken caretaker of his TV show’s latest location comes to town, he’s thrown for a loop, the likes of which he’s never experienced before.

And that’s just the beginning. Because evil is afoot in New Orleans, and he may be the only one who can stop it—but only if he can get Hanlen to trust him and believe in things that most people think are merely ghost stories.

Shame on You Book 1

26.10.2021

From USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling romance author, W Winters, comes a provocative tale of a club designed for wealthy sinners. It’s a story crafted for those of us who crave the villain.

Not everyone knows about The Club, which is by design. The main floor entertains the elite. There are dim lights, stolen touches and the liquor flows to ensure the guests get exactly what they want. There are high profile clients, cuffs and collars, contracts and secrets in every corner.

But it’s what lies beneath these floors, down the spiral staircase, that intrigues me the most.

There’s a man who stays in the corner of the darkest rooms. In this world of sinful tastes, he is the ruler, the devil, the boss. Declan Cross.

I knew him once when times were different and the years have changed everything.

He makes me an offer, one that speaks to the very soul of my desire. One I can’t say no to and one that changes everything.

Tease Me Once is the beginning of a series. Prepare for everything seductive and beautifully dark.

Standalone

26.10.2021

A small-town romance about letting go of the past and learning to live in the moment.

Blue Baldwin takes no horse crap from anybody. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. She does take horse crap. Piles of it. The real kind that is––not the metaphorical one. It kind of goes with the job description when you run a large animal rescue. What she does not take, however, is crap from an entitled movie star who needs to reform his rotten image.

Unfortunately, the farm she manages is in trouble and if she doesn’t raise the cash to save it she’ll be homeless along with the precious animals who depend on her. So she’ll grin and bear the King of Hollywood Screw Ups, and the assistant, and the overprotective brother he brings along. I mean, she takes care of large animals for a living. Isn’t that basically the same thing?

Dark Dream #1

19.10.2021

He arrives all dressed in black. Diamond cufflinks. A watch on his tanned wrist that cost more than we would ever see in a lifetime of work. He carries a single red rose for my mother.

Months later, Tiernan Morelli lays red roses on my mother’s grave. That same day, he tells me that he is my new guardian.

I should have known from the very start that he had more in common with the thorns than the rose. Now I know the truth: I’m a pawn in his dangerous game of revenge. I was too young and naive. Now it’s too late to save myself from his clutches.

Now I belong to him.

Bainbridge University #2

27.10.2021

Unknown

Can I become the man they need me to be?

Knox

I learned early in life that love is an illusion– it’s a tool people use to get what they want. I never trusted anyone until I met the three guys that would become my best friends, my true family.

Aside from them, I’ve kept my guard up…until her.

The last week of our senior year in high school, I fell hard and fast for a girl I had no business wanting. We spent one incredible night together…and then, nothing. I awoke alone the next morning with no trace of her in my bed.

To say I’ve been fucking up my life ever since is an understatement. I come from chaos, so that’s what I’ll become. There was only one time I thought I had a shot at something better and…well, look how that turned out.

So, I’ll drink and fuck my way through college, and worry about the consequences later.

But unexpectedly, the woman I feel for turns back up in my life, and it turns out that our night together had consequences of its own.

Unknown is a full-length novel with a hot-mess hero, a feisty heroine, a secret baby and an HEA. It is the second inter-connected STANDALONE in the Bainbridge University Series and it follows Uncovered. For the best reader experience, they should be read in orderation.

Standalone

27.10.2021

Having the name Godric, strength has always been my only option.
I’ve taken on every unlawful labor with brawn and a side of madness, earning me the president patch on my cut.
I am unstoppable.
A force no one reckons with.
Until my uncle from a rival club discovers a weakness I didn’t even know I had.
Monet.
With beautiful honey eyes that remind me of my gold plated Magnum and resilience that has my focus only on her, betrayal erupts around us. Lost in a façade of love and lust, enemies slip into my circle.
No one can be trusted.
I’ll dig until every traitor is taken down.
Bury them all in the wake of my destruction.
I’ve always been the hero.
A god.
Now, the villain rises.

Hayden Family #4

28.10.2021

I’ve made a mess of things again. Not that anybody is surprised.
After I’m politely asked to withdraw from college for my antics, I return home to my family’s cattle ranch.
The sweeping views, the towering pine trees, and the whisper of the wind remind me I belong on this land. My heart is in the alpine air, my soul mixed into the soil.
All I’ve ever wanted is to run the ranch alongside my oldest brother, but my family refuses to see me as anything but a walking disaster.
If I’m going to show them what I’m capable of, I have to prove myself.
Lucky for me, I’m a Hayden through and through. I’ll dirty my hands in more ways than one.

That includes the man who showed up in town again after all these years. Sawyer Bennett. I’ve heard the stories about his family, and they don’t scare me. Our attraction is undeniable, and the best part? Sawyer looks at me with fresh eyes. When I’m with him, I get to be the woman I’m fighting to become.
And I’m learning just how much I want to be that woman.

But then I make the ultimate mistake: I utter the word perfect. I should’ve known better. There’s nowhere to go but down after that.
And down we go, until we hit rock bottom.
Sawyer unearths a long-buried secret, and challenges everything my brothers and I grew up believing.
Nobody is surprised I’ve brought disaster to our doorstep again, but it’s not over.
Because when it rains out on the ranch? It pours.

Carolina Comets #1

28-10.2021

I’m having the definition of a bad year.

Game Six loss costing my team the Cup? Check.
Getting arrested and ruining my image? Check.
Almost getting run over after my car breaks down? Oh, look—a hat trick.

My contract is up with the Carolina Comets this year, and I need to get it together if I want to stay with the team.

I need relaxation, not a relationship.

But when I’m scrolling on a dating app and stumble across the pretty girl who almost ran me over, I know I can’t let her walk away this time.

Harper is funny, smart, and doesn’t care about hockey.

I’m not supposed to be focusing on anything other than my career, yet I can’t get Harper off my mind.

I know I shouldn’t fall for her…but I think I already have.

PUCK SHY is a standalone hockey romantic comedy. It’s good, low angst fun with some hot hockey players.

Standalone

29.10.2021

Vasili Nikolaev.
Dangerous. Deadly. And most of all, devastating.

He’s the king of New Orleans.
Ruler of the Russian mafia and my best friend’s oldest, mouthwatering brother.

On Halloween night my last year in college, I gave him everything. My body. My heart. My soul.

He burned it all to the ground with the first ray of dawn.

Lessons learned. I’ve moved on. Now, five years later, I have a career I love, a boyfriend. But Vasili is back in my life again. A temptation I don’t need.

One thing is for certain. Nikolaev always settles the score.

He’ll destroy everything and everyone, including my boyfriend.

The question is… What is Vasili’s end game? Will he destroy me all over again or will I be the Phoenix rising from the ashes he left behind and take what I’ve always wanted? Him.

Dinero de Sangre #3

30-10.2021

In this twisted dark cartel romance, revenge and hate collide with the past…

Hunted by a dangerous enemy, Ada Pavalos is forced to place her faith—and her life—in the hands of the man who has been holding her captive in his own twisted bid for revenge.

But the truce they’ve forged between them is fragile, impeded by Ada’s struggle to trust where Domino’s loyalties lie—because what if the deadliest threat isn’t Jaguar after all?

What if it’s Domino who will destroy her in the end?

Dark Vows Duet #2

30.10.2021

He took everything from me, and he isn’t done yet.

Heath used me for his own dark agenda.

Now, I’m back with the man who wants to destroy me, with no chance of breaking free.

Abused, beaten and destroyed, I’m done running.

But I’ll be damned before I accept my fate.

Because I’m a Ferrell, and I’ll never stop fighting.

Even if it means destroying the man who once meant everything to me.

The Widow Maker is the second and final book of the Dark Vows duet. It is not a standalone book.

Rose’s Inferno #1)

31-10.2021

What would you do for your one true love? Would you do whatever you could to save them? Would you sell your soul if necessary? I did, and it was the biggest f*cking mistake of my life…

When faced with losing the love of her life, Rosalind King will do whatever necessary to save him. Even to go as far as to sell her soul. Adjusting to her new life in servitude of Hell, she must balance her human one as a medical examiner in Chicago. With a serial killer on the loose, Rose will stop at nothing to seek retribution for his victims. What she never expected to happen during this whole crazy ordeal was to fall for the demon who purchased her soul, or to be swept off her feet by a blast from the past.

Retribution is book 1 of a dark paranormal romance trilogy. The story of Rose is told over all 3 books, a HEA will not happen until the final book.

⚠ Warning: This book is meant for mature readers, 18+. Retribution is a dark romance and contains scenes and situations that may be upsetting for some readers. The series includes several triggers and sensitive material such as: killing, death, profanity, violence, and sexual assault. Please do not read if you are uncomfortable with any of the above. Thank you.

Standalone

31.10.2021

An emotional, angsty, second-chance romance from USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Siobhan Davis.

Once there was a boy, with messy blond hair, vibrant blue eyes, and the most dazzling smile, who helped to mend all the dark, broken pieces inside me.

Ryder made a bad situation better. Falling for him wasn’t just inevitable—it was the stars aligning and our souls connecting at the deepest level.

Plans were made, and for the first time ever, I had hope. I believed in the future we were going to build together.

Until he left, without even saying goodbye.

Years have passed, and though I have tried to move on, my heart still lingers on the boy who claimed it.

Now he’s back, saying he wants another chance.

And I’m terrified I’m not finished falling.

This book was previously published as Only Ever You. It has received a makeover and undergone a fresh round of proofreading, but the story has not changed.

Due to mature situations and some dark themes, this angst-filled romance is only recommended to readers aged eighteen and older. Some scenes may be triggering. Please read the note at the start of the book.