Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The idea of this meme is to answer three W questions, which are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? *Note. Click on the book’s title to check it on Goodreads.
So nothing has changed with my three month long reads as I’m still on page 23 of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. The same with A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer, still on page 254. Still 17% into the story of Alien Minds (Dimension Drift #1) by Christina Bauer. And still 25% in The Aviary (The Uncaged #1) by Emily Shore. There has been no progress made with these four books because I haven’t really been in the mood to read them and I have quite many ARCs to get trough, but I’ll try to finish at least couple of them soon.
During the weekend I started reading an ARC for a new YA fantasy romance series with one of my favourite magical beings – fae. At the moment I’m about 44% into Pixieland Diaries by Christina Bauer.
If you don’t like pixies, don’t read this diary.
If you don’t like loud-mouthed pixies who are really cool but sometimes get told they’re immature (for no reason), then definitely stop reading.
Oh, and if you’re His Awfulness The Elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, then you can kiss my butt. My hatred for you burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Thanks for getting me kicked out of Pixieland and exiled to attend some rando human high school on Earth. You’re the worst, even if you have a cute smile. And nice eyes. Your hair looks okay sometimes, too. But you’re still a creep and I loathe you.
And to everyone else: if you’ve read this far, then you better finish my entire diary.
My story is supernatural, whacked-out, and overall awesome.
Due to all this craziness happening around us and my anxiety levels spiking, I needed something to completely take my mind away from things and emerge myself in another place, so even though I have no time for rereads at the moment, I still decided that I had to reread one of my favourite dark mafia romance series of The Rossi Crime Family – Protect Me (The Rossi Crime Family #1) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (4.5 stars). Oh, I’m 60% in the story and I’m feeling so much better already.
Damon Rossi is a ruthless leader, and an even more ruthless man to my body, and heart. The moment I meet him I know he could kill me with nothing more than his hands. He controls the room, demands attention and when my brother is murdered for a debt he owes I’m forced into his protection. But that doesn’t mean he has to care about me.
Or pretend he values my life, which he doesn’t.
He’s a savage, over the top, and scary as hell, and even as I’m pushed further and further down the rabbit hole and into his dark dangerous world of criminals, thieves, and sex. I cling to him, knowing he’s the only one that can protect me from them all.
And yet when secrets are exposed, and lines are crossed Damon proves to me just how deep his protection for me goes… but his protection comes with a price that I cannot afford, and so I become his property making the chances of escaping this dark world slip further and further away from me.
Damon might protect me from his enemies but who’s to protect my heart from falling for him?
**This is book two in the Broken Heros Series. It contains a happily ever after and is a complete standalone. It contains dark themes such as dubious content, sexual themes, violence, and swearing. Do not read this book if you dislike antiheroes.*
*Note. These books are not perfect by any means, especially, female leads are way too naive in my opinion, however, I still loved each and every book in this series, and if you don’t mind male leads to be antiheroes and ruthless criminals, twisted and a bit unhealthy relationships, naive but strong females, insta-love and dark, suspenseful romance, and if you can handle triggering content then check out The Rossi Crime Family series or any other books by this author duo! Each of this books can be read as standalone, but I would recommend to read them in order for a higher enjoyment level.
First book in this series – Convict Me (The Rossi Crime Family #0.5) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman is for FREE HERE and here
Since last Wednesday’s WWW post I have only read three books 🤦♀️ So not that great of a reading week for me, however, one of the books did include 14 novellas. That should count for something, right? But let’s just get to them now.
The fist book that I read was an ARC of The Dark Kingdom Anthology (2.25 stars) with 14 dark contemporary romances and each a different fairy-tale/children’s story retelling. What can I say, overall I was disappointed as I expected so much more from this book, but I liked only 4 of the stories. I don’t want to delve on this read for long, just wanted to mention my favourite story – King by Raven Amor (4 stars), it was a very dark, triggering and emotionally charged motorcycle club romance and a hard to read but powerful retelling of Lion King. I’m glad I got to read a tale that made me feel so deeply. You can read my review for this anthology here.
In The Dark Kingdom, villains reign supreme.
Fourteen authors come together to turn your childhood stories into dark and sinful pleasures.
Step into a world where everything you loved just got a lot darker.
Where the line between love and taboo crosses without a second thought.
Are you prepared to enter The Dark Kingdom?
Join authors Alice La Roux, Anna Edwards, Brooke Summers, Gemini Jensen, Isabel Lucero, Karen Frances, Krissy V, Leah Negron, Logan Fox, P.T. Macias, Raven Amor, Samantha Fontien, Sean Azinsalt, and Taylor Porter as they take you on this dark and delicious journey through The Dark Kingdom.
Next on my list also was an ARC of a dark contemporary romance – Julius by Nicole Cypher (4.5 stars). Review is coming tomorrow, but as you can see, I liked it a lot. It was dark, twisted, suspenseful and emotionally charged, just what I needed.
They say success is the best revenge.
I say it isn’t enough.
I’ve spent the last twenty years building my empire, but I’ll never forget the gutters I had to crawl through to get here. Or the enemy who made it that way. Kevin Cryson, the man who destroyed my life. It isn’t enough to build my own empire if I can’t crush his.
Luckily, I’ve found his weak spot. The perfect lure in the form of a brown-eyed devil with chestnut hair and a deviant smile. The princess he never should’ve let leave the castle.
They say revenge makes people bitter.
I’ve never tasted anything so sweet.
*Julius is complete story with a guaranteed HEA and NO cliffhanger. It is set in the same world as the interconnected standalone series Darker Places, but the series is not necessary to read in order to enjoy Julius. This book is a dark romance, and thus contains dark subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.
And last but not least, as I said before in Currently Reading part, that a couple of nights ago my anxiety level spiked and I couldn’t sleep, so in the middle of night, around 3 or 4 AM, I just picked up one of my favourite dark mafia romances – the second book in The Rossi Crime Family series – Keep Me (The Rossi Crime Family #2) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (4.5 stars). I loved this one even more the second time around, I think that maybe this has become my favourite book in the series and pushed Protect Me to the second place. There was suspense, danger, darkness, twisted and unhealthy romance, cruel but loyal antihero, naive but strong heroine, a lot of emotions that made it into a captivating, addictive and chillingly dark read.
She was my enemy…
I was her new captor….
She was the enemy…a tiny little temptress of a woman that made my blood sing for vengeance. I should be punishing her…breaking her from the inside out after finding her in my father’s clutches.
But when I discover the truth that she is just as much as a victim of my father’s wrongdoings as I am I can’t follow through.
I know then that I can’t break my little mouse…not after she’s lured me in with her big blue doe eyes, and strawberry blonde hair, and those pink painted lips that beg to be kissed again, and again.
I don’t think things can get any better…but then she makes me an offer I can’t refuse… her body, her virginity, and her complete submission, and she wants only one thing in return: help finding her sister.
What she fails to realize is that even after helping her find her sister I can’t just let her go she knows too much, she’s become a liability…but I have a plan to make certain she’ll never leave or escape me.
A plan that involves me filling her womb with my filthy seed until I make certain a piece of myself stick, and then I’ll make her the Queen of the Rossi Empire by putting a ring on her finger.
**This is book three in the series but it can be read as a complete standalone. It is a full-length novel that contains NO-CLIFFHANGERS, NO CHEATING, and has a HEA. It is a dark mafia/crime romance and contains subject matter not suitable for all readers. If you don’t like alpha’s, possessive and controlling over their leading ladies then skip this one.**
Next I will have to read one of my ARCs…or maybe something entirely else, I never know what I’ll be in the mood for.
Tell me in comments – What books have you recently read, are currently reading or plan to read next? You can also share your WWW post link here in comments 😉
Lady of Bookland