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Starlet by Cora Kenborn Release Blitz and ARC Review

 

 

Title: Starlet
A Sinister Fairy Tales Collection Standalone
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 25, 2020
Blurb
 
They call me America’s Sweetheart.
Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.
Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime.
I’m not any of those things.
He forced me into the spotlight.
The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine.
I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose.
And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.

They told me to preserve the legacy.
Be careful what you ask for. . .
You just might get it.

Author note: This book contains dark themes, graphic and
violent content, and sensitive subject matter that while essential to the
storyline may make some readers uncomfortable
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Excerpt
“Angel, I’m…” The word sorry is right there on my lips, but instead of
saying it, I slam them against hers before either of us can react. Angel’s
muffled protest is trapped between our mouths, and her palms fly to my chest as
if to push me away. Only she doesn’t. Her fingers curl into my shirt, those
sharp nails digging into my skin.
My control breaks. My hand dives into her hair, twisting it around my
fingers. We kiss harder, ignoring the fact we’re in a public parking lot. And
when she moans into my mouth, I lose it and push her against the car.
“Stop.” Angel breaks the kiss, her chest rising and falling with labored
breaths as she pulls away. Her fingers press against her swollen lips as if
they will somehow erase the feel of mine.
They won’t.
Because like it or not, when I want something, I get it. I wanted out of
this mess, so I made her an offer that would make history.
But now…
We’re going to rewrite it.
However, Angel has to be handled carefully, so I play the apologetic
asshole role with gusto. Stepping back, I rake a hand through my hair. “That
was out of line.”
She crosses her arms over her chest. “You think?”
Sighing, I press my thumb against my temple and throw out a final Hail
Mary. “Look, what do you have to lose? A crappy apartment and a worthless job?”
For some reason, that seems to get to her, and she relaxes the grip her
arms have on her chest. “What’s in it for you? And be straight with me this
time. No more of this half-answer crap. I want the truth.”
“A story.”
Angel raises her eyebrows and glares at me.
I roll my eyes. “And money. Look, I don’t care how much a man has,
five-hundred-k is five-hundred-k.” It’s the truth, something I didn’t mean to
throw out there, but my master plan is going down in flames pretty fast.
“That’s another half-answer,” she accuses, and then twists around to walk
away, but I catch her arm and spin her back around.
“Fine, you want the truth? You don’t get to where I am in life and not
step on a lot of toes along the way, sweetheart. Some were by accident, and
others were very much on purpose. Somebody didn’t like what he saw in the
mirror I shoved in front of his face and decided to take it out on my ass. If I
don’t get some cash flow soon, I’m going to lose everything.”
An awkward second of silence quickly turns into five. Then ten. Just as
I’m about to do something drastic like speak the name of a man who should never
be used as a bargaining tool, she sighs.
“Fine.”
Wait, what?
“Fine?”
“I know I’ll live to regret this, but I can’t argue that half a million
would change my life.”
“So, that’s a yes?” I ask, slowly. “You’ll do it?”
“Yes. Provided you guarantee the DNA test will prove I’m Alexandra
Romanov, you’ve got a deal.”
Author Bio
Cora
Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres
from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known
for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and
readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before
delivering a twisted happily ever after.
Cora
believes there’s nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on
his toes, and she draws inspiration from the strong country women who raised
her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a
generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot
Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
Oh, and
autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.

 

 



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I never thought that the retelling of Anastasia Romanov would have me so thrilled that I literally couldn’t put my copy down until after I read the Epilogue. And because I’m a 90s Disney baby and an avid fan of historical documentaries, this book got me so hooked the moment I learned that it’s a retelling of Anastasia. It was so captivating that it had me singing Journey to the Past in my head!

I loved how the story revolved around the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. It was really interesting how the author came up with a plot inspired by Anastasia. This dark retelling is the perfect homage to the story woven from the history of the real Romanovs.

Dominic and Angel had the perfect push-and-pull romance. As the story unravels, you cannot help but be totally invested in them. Dominic may appear to be a gruff con man, but underneath that hardened exterior, you will find the devotion of a man who will protect the one he loves. And Angel’s character was so enigmatic that you can’t help but sympathize and love her. Amidst all her traumatic secrets is a girl full of courage and grit.

I loved how each of the plotlines was so intricate that at the end of the day, even if you know when the biggest twists are going to be revealed, you can’t help but still be surprised at the unexpected turns.

This is one hell of a book from the Sinister Fairy Tale collection and it’s one of the best ones out there. I’ve read quite a few of them at by far I can definitely say that this belongs in at least the Top 3!

Rating: 5/5

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Friends with Benefits by Nicole Blanchard Release Blitz

Friends with Benefits

Friend Zone Series, #3
by Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: June 25, 2020
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon

Tripp Wilder is more than a friend…

..but Ember Stevens is determined not to make him a boyfriend. After a bad breakup, she prefers the sex without the strings and who better to teach her about NSA relationships than her love ’em and leave ’em neighbor, Tripp?

It’s the best of both worlds. She gets all the fun aspects of a relationship–the sex, the cuddling, the secrets in the dark–without all the obligations and resentment that go along with it.

Ember Stevens is everything he wants…

…but can’t have. Tripp lost his chance at a relationship with Ember years ago and has settled for being her BFF ever since. Now that she’s on the market again, he refuses to let his second chance with her pass him by.

Except she’s not interested in commitment.

Stuck between a rock and a hard-on, Tripp agrees to show Ember how to navigate the world of casual sex, but he’s determined to convince her that nothing can go wrong when a friendship comes with a guaranteed happy ending.

Also in the Series

About Nicole Blanchard

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their menagerie of animals.

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Andino + Haven: The Complete Duet by Bethany-Kris Release Blitz

ANDINO + HAVEN: THE COMPLETE DUET

by Bethany-Kris
Andino + Haven, #1-2 + Companion Novella
Publication Date: April 6, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime, Erotic Romance

SYNOPSIS

Heavy is the head that wears the crown …

Andino Marcello’s world is turned upside down when overnight he goes from capo to boss-in-waiting for the Marcello empire. Here, duty waits on no one and with it comes expectations he isn’t sure he can fulfill. At least, not in a way the mafia expects.

Every choice in this life has consequences.
Even if that choice is love.

The one thing Andino won’t budge on is having Haven Murphy at his side. No matter the cost, she will be his. Whether that means starting a war, hurting the person he loves the most, or changing the very foundation upon which the Marcello legacy was built.

For her, he will do it.

It’s the only vow he might be able to keep.

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Andino + Haven: The Complete Duet features the full-length novels Duty and Vow as well as the companion novella, One Last Time.

EXCLUSIVE RELEASE EXCERPT

“Five to one—Macey. Is that the fight in Vegas?”

The bookie nodded. “It is.”

“I heard those odds are actually one to five.”

A sly grin spread over Nathaniel’s lips. “You would be correct.”

“You’re purposely misleading a client?”

“I hate when he wastes my fucking time—minimum bet is actually three-hundred. Trust that in five minutes or so, he’ll call back with a proper apology, I’ll offer to halve the bet to five-hundred, and he’ll pay with the odds I told him to. He’ll lose, and it’ll be a good lesson for him about how to speak to me the next time he calls. And … he will call again. They always do.”

Yep.

And this right here was why Andino let Nathaniel get away with some of his shit. The guy knew what he was doing, and he did it extremely well.

“And don’t go starting shit with any of the fucking young ones in here, yeah?” Nathaniel said, nodding at the table where Andino had stolen the chair from. “I actually like this joint, Andi. I might want to come back.”

Andino laughed. “Yeah, I’ll try.”

The bookie only sighed.

“On your issue—the lawyer—I cleaned it up. I was able to retrieve seventy percent of the debt through other means.”

For the first time since Andino sat down, Nathaniel’s cool demeanor cracked as his gaze narrowed, and a scowl fettered over his mouth. “That so?”

“It is. It’s not like you to get mixed up with someone who can’t pay their debts. What happened there?”

“He developed a habit, I guess.”

“That all?”

Nathaniel sucked in air through his teeth. “Favor to a friend, maybe.”

Ah.

“That makes more sense,” Andino noted.

“Lesson learned.”

“You know the deal, huh?”

The bookie shrugged. “If you have to step in, and you don’t retrieve one-hundred percent of the debt, then my cut drops back to ten percent. Yeah, I got it, Andi.”

“You do good business, Nathaniel. Keep doing that.”

Nathaniel didn’t even seem to hear Andino—his attention was focused on something else over Andino’s shoulder, and the widening of his eyes before a low whistle split through his lips cut through the noise in the room.

“Damn, girl,” Nathaniel muttered appreciatively, “it’s been a hot minute since you danced, hasn’t it?”

What in the hell?

Turning to see what had the bookie distracted was probably Andino’s biggest mistake of the evening. He couldn’t afford to be off his game when he was doing business, even if it was with someone he trusted, but the second he saw her on the stage dancing, that’s exactly where Andino found himself.

Off balance.

Stunned.

And entirely stupid, too.

He hadn’t seen the woman since that day he walked Snaps in the park. And she certainly didn’t look like she did that day, either.

Then, she’d been wearing running clothes, with her blonde hair streaked in bright colors pulled up into a pony, and little makeup.

Tonight, she wore a black leather body suit that was made out of criss-crossed strips that covered her body from her ankles to her neck. The strips of leather strategically covered any part of her that someone might really want to see—but it still left enough to look at that there was nothing for the imagination to wonder about.

As she did a quick spin around the pole by using one hand to keep herself steady against the metal, he got a peek at how the strips of leather fell below the curves of her ass, and the G-string she wore under it. And the colorful spread of multi-colored stars tattooed across her back, and down her spine.

Jesus.

He suddenly found himself to be ridiculously interested in just how many stars he might be able to count on her body if given the chance.

Those patent black pumps on her feet had to be at least six inches tall, but every step she took made her body sway in the best fucking way possible.

She was soft curves.

Toned lines.

Creamy skin.

Covered in ink.

Black hair pin-straight down to her sexy-as-fuck ass.

The black hair was new.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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