#SaleBlitz “Twisted Saga Boxset” by SR Jones

 

Available on sale now!

That’s 4 books for just 99c

Twisted Saga boxset by SR Jones.

Sale Blast: 2nd – 5th March

 

Buy the Boxset Today!

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For the first time, the entire Twisted Saga is available as a boxset anthology, featuring Cruel Promise, Dangerous Vow,

Savage Legacy, and Twisted Bond and it will be on sale for a short time only.

Genre: Dark Mafia Romance

#KindleUnlimited #TwistedSaga #SRJones #DarkMafia #Romance #Sale #Boxset #BareNakedWords

Blurb

 

“Dangerously hot … the beginnings of a fantastic voyage.”

When Beauty meets her Beast, he vows to protect her from everything … but himself.

Gio:

They call me the Italian Prince. I’m dark, dangerous, and filthy rich – and I always get what I want.
She will be no exception.
Amelia Marshall is the daughter of an old family friend. She’s sin wrapped in innocence, and a temptation I won’t resist.

Amelia:
Giovanni Bianchi is handsome, wealthy, and controlling. He has it all-except me.
When I took the opportunity to work for him as a librarian, I didn’t listen to the warnings.
Giovanni isn’t just powerful, he’s the Devil in disguise.

He thinks I’m weak. He sees me as prey.
I’m not done fighting, but Giovanni is playing for keeps…
And he won’t stop until he owns me.

This is a Dark Organized Crime re-telling of Beauty and the Beast; for that reason trigger warnings apply.

 

Meet the Author

Skye Jones is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling Author. She writes dark mafia and contemporary romance as SR Jones, and angsty paranormal romance as Skye.

https://skyejonesauthor.com/

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#ReleaseBlitz “Kelly (O’Sullivan Brothers Book 2)” by Rie Warren

 

Kelly (O’Sullivan Brothers Book 2) by Rie Warren

AVAILABLE NOW!

FREE IN KU

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BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/books/kelly-dark-irish-mafia-romance-o-sullivan-brothers-book-2-by-rie-warren.

Kelly is book 2 in the O’Sullivan Brothers Irish mafia series & can be read as a standalone

No cliffhangers. No cheating. Includes sizzling hot scenes.

Genre: Dark Irish Mafia Romance

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#Kelly #RieWarren #MafiaRomance #SizzlingHot #KindleUnlimited #FreeKU #BareNakedWords

BLURB

He’s the underboss in his mafia brotherhood, and women have no place in his world. As a good girl with an overprotective dad, she’s been warned against his kind time and again. But when her father’s corruption shatters her world, he all but forces her into the mafioso’s bed.

KELLY

I’m a busy friggin’ man and priority number one is destroying the south-of-the-border bastardos who’ve been dealing blow on our turf. Then I find out someone who’s supposed to be in our pocket is on the take with this rival cartel, and things go from bad to FUBAR.

That backstabbing jagoff owes me big. Unfortunately, the only thing he’s got to offer is the one thing I don’t want. His daughter. Now I’m fighting to keep control of our territory and I’ve got to babysit this beautiful, mouthy babe. I’ll keep Marlowe as collateral, and I’ll take what I want, when I want, whether she likes it or not.

MARLOWE

After my dad’s secrets and lies blow up in his face, he bargains with the only priceless gem he has . . . me. He practically gives me away to none other than Kelly O’Sullivan, a rough-talking mafia man he’s warned me about for years.

I’m infuriated I’ve been put in this dicey position. It’s my father who should pay the price for his double dealing, not me. It’s impossible. Kelly is impossible. He’s intimidating. Overbearing. Scary. Sexy. He dominates me from day one, taking a wrecking ball to my defenses and wreaking havoc with my desires.

I’m pretty sure I hate him. I definitely don’t trust him. But when the cartel makes it clear they want me too, what other choice do I have?

MEET THE AUTHOR

Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is an OG Amazon All Star author of Bad Boy books and MC romance. She delivers five-star sex, suspense, and the best banter around. Her stories are one hundred percent original, do not contain fluffy plots or virgin brides, and wring every last emotion from readers to leave them with a satisfied smile. Rie’s tough alpha males are never brought to heel, but are instead healed by the feisty femme fatale of their perfect match.
She grew up in Maine, went to college in Iowa (Iowa, what?), lived in Scotland, and married in Englishman. In true roundabout fashion, they came back to the States, settled in South Carolina’s lowcountry, putting down southern roots and pursuing their arty endeavors. Tale spinner and character diviner, Rie is a lover of sleep, wine, and rude memes often involving either Disney characters or Winnie the Pooh. She is raising two teen daughters along with an entire brain full of unruly characters.

Rough-talking alpha men? Rie has that on tap.
Stubborn sassy heroines? You bet.
Smoldering sex scenes that’ll set your Kindle on fire? Check, check, check.

Keep a fan handy, you’ll need it.

https://www.facebook.com/RieWarrenRomance

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https://www.instagram.com/riewarrenwrites/

 

#BookReview “Black Wedding (Beautifully Brutal Book 1)” by Emma Luna

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5/5 Stars!

My dad had a saying, “I can show you better than I can tell you,” and it’s perfect for Brianna O’Kennan and Liam Doughty. What begins as a hostage situation becomes a marriage of convenience… and a perfect match-up hotter than a five-alarm fire!

They enhance and support each other’s positive traits and flaws as Bree gets her a dream… a ruling position in the family business. Organized crime. While not a poor man, the marriage nets professional hitman, Liam, more money than he’d ever imagined. The big plus was it wasn’t money directly connected to his own dysfunctional mafia family.

When I learned Bree was only twenty years old, I almost eye-rolled myself into another dimension.  I wasn’t ready for a spoiled mafia princess who whined her way through the story and was TSTL.

But Bree smacked me with a reality check and made a believer and supporter out of me.  Like her family, I was quick to underestimate and judge her.  And I was wrong. Savvy and with the wisdom of someone twice her age, Brianna O’Kennan owns this story

Arguably the best assassin in the business, Liam’s name strikes fear at the mere mention. He’s good at killing, but what sets him apart is he doesn’t torture or kill because of some twisted inner need. Being a hitman allows him to be an independent contractor, free of the family he loathes, and free to decline permanent positions from organizations like the one run by Bree’s father, Vernon.

It’s Vernon’s refusal to pay for a contracted job that leads Liam to kidnap Bree. And it’s Bree’s contempt for her father’s attitude… and the fine print, that takes Liam and Bree from captor and hostage to a black wedding.

I love a story with a couple that doesn’t waste time on pettiness, whining, and battles between the sexes. I love a couple who knows what they want but aren’t afraid to want more.  Black Wedding delivers that couple. Their issues aren’t with each other, but the dangerous world they’re both a part of.

This well-written read isn’t a romantic comedy. It is truly a dark romance with several scenes that could be triggering to some readers. There is deceit, betrayal, blackmail, extortion, more kidnapping, murder, and sexual assault. Someone doesn’t want a female in a position of power and seeks to stop Bree from taking over. But they have no idea how strong and ruthless she is, or to what lengths Liam will go to protect her. I’m looking forward to  seeing how Liam and Bree deal with a few “loose ends” the next book, and of course, Kellan and Mia’s story!

Enjoy!

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Title: Black Wedding
Series: A Beautifully Brutal Book
Author: Emma Luna
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2021
Cover Design: Dazed Designs

 
If you thought the red wedding was bad, wait until you see the black wedding!

 

My name is Liam Doughty and I’m a hit man.
All I wanted was to get what I was owed. I carried out the hit as I was hired to do by Irish Mob boss, Vernon O’Keenan. It’s not my fault they found out too late that they had the wrong man. All I wanted was my money. I thought I could kidnap the Mafia Princess Brianna O’Keenan and get the ransom money. What I got was so much more!
Ruthless, feisty, and incredibly sexy, she’s far from the timid daddy’s girl I was expecting. Bree has her own agenda. She wants to dominate in a world ruled by men. I have no doubt she can do it, but she will need my help. Her family rules state only males can run the business. So, Bree proposes we get married. She gets to rule, and I get more money than I ever dreamed of.
Two dark, evil worlds collide when we agree to our black wedding. We will fight each others enemies and come out on top. But what happens if we develop real feelings and we realise our wedding wasn’t all that black?
Author Warning
Black Wedding is a dark mafia, kidnapping romance. Due to darker themes it is recommended for 18+ readers. This book features dark themes which may be a trigger for some people. If you would like more detail then please email emmalunaauthor@gmail.com.
Please note this book is set in the UK, and Emma is a British author, therefore the book features British spellings and phrases. Please keep this in mind.

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“Oh, Princess, not only can I say it, I can do it too. I was just trying to be polite with you, but I won’t hold back if you want the real me. So yes, what I’m asking is if the sack of shits you dated before could give you earth-shattering, toe-curling orgasms, whether they had finished first or not.” His voice has taken on a new gravely tone that sounds almost raspy. As he speaks, he practically growls. The sound of him talking about the mind-blowing orgasms he claims he can give has my ovaries clenching and my pussy starting to feel wet.

“Never…I’ve never had an orgasm given to me by someone else,” I whisper, hoping the ground will swallow me up. Instead, my admission rings through the air as though I shouted it.

“Fuck, you really have dated a lot of twatwaffles. I have no idea what will happen between us or if we will ever progress to a sexual relationship in our marriage, but I can fucking guarantee that you will come every time with me. I would make sure my tongue craves your taste, my fingers desperate to feel your pussy hungrily grip them for more, and my cock owning all your holes. I would make sure I learnt to play your body like a complex instrument, and only I know how to make you sing. You can rule in public, but I am always in charge when it comes to sex, and whether you want to or not, your body would bend to my will. I would own you.” The dirtiness of his words, the hard, sensual look on his face, and the short, sharp breathy moans he releases as he speaks tip me over the edge.

𝘌𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘓𝘶𝘯𝘢 2021

Releasing May 26, 2022
Emma Luna is an author and editor who lives in Cambridgeshire, UK, despite her heart still very much being Northern. She lives surrounded by her crazy family; her Mum, who is her best friend and biggest fan; her Dad who helps her remember to always laugh; her Grandparents and Brother who can never read what she writes and her long suffering man-child Boyfriend who she couldn’t live without (but don’t tell him that!).

In her spare time she likes to create new worlds and tell the stories of the characters that are constantly shouting in her head. She also loves falling into the worlds created by other authors and escaping for a while through reading.

When she’s not adulting or chasing her writing dream she loves dog-napping her Mums shih-tzu Hector, chilling curled up on the sofa with her Boyfriend binge watching the latest series or movie, drinking too much diet coke (it’s her drug of choice), buying too many novelty notebooks, and completing adult colouring books as a form of relaxation. Oh and she is a massive hardcore Harry Potter geek. Ravenclaw for life!

Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author – hope you enjoy and come back for more!

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#ReleaseBlitz “Black Wedding” by Emma Luna

Title: Black Wedding
Series: A Beautifully Brutal Book
Author: Emma Luna
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2021
Cover Design: Dazed Designs




If you thought the red wedding was bad, wait until you see the black wedding!

My name is Liam Doughty and I’m a hit man.
All I wanted was to get what I was owed. I carried out the hit as I was hired to do by Irish Mob boss, Vernon O’Keenan. It’s not my fault they found out too late that they had the wrong man. All I wanted was my money. I thought I could kidnap the Mafia Princess Brianna O’Keenan and get the ransom money. What I got was so much more!
Ruthless, feisty, and incredibly sexy, she’s far from the timid daddy’s girl I was expecting. Bree has her own agenda. She wants to dominate in a world ruled by men. I have no doubt she can do it, but she will need my help. Her family rules state only males can run the business. So, Bree proposes we get married. She gets to rule, and I get more money than I ever dreamed of.
Two dark, evil worlds collide when we agree to our black wedding. We will fight each others enemies and come out on top. But what happens if we develop real feelings and we realise our wedding wasn’t all that black?
Author Warning
Black Wedding is a dark mafia, kidnapping romance. Due to darker themes it is recommended for 18+ readers. This book features dark themes which may be a trigger for some people. If you would like more detail then please email emmalunaauthor@gmail.com.
Please note this book is set in the UK, and Emma is a British author, therefore the book features British spellings and phrases. Please keep this in mind.

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“Oh, Princess, not only can I say it, I can do it too. I was just trying to be polite with you, but I won’t hold back if you want the real me. So yes, what I’m asking is if the sack of shits you dated before could give you earth-shattering, toe-curling orgasms, whether they had finished first or not.” His voice has taken on a new gravely tone that sounds almost raspy. As he speaks, he practically growls. The sound of him talking about the mind-blowing orgasms he claims he can give has my ovaries clenching and my pussy starting to feel wet.

“Never…I’ve never had an orgasm given to me by someone else,” I whisper, hoping the ground will swallow me up. Instead, my admission rings through the air as though I shouted it.

“Fuck, you really have dated a lot of twatwaffles. I have no idea what will happen between us or if we will ever progress to a sexual relationship in our marriage, but I can fucking guarantee that you will come every time with me. I would make sure my tongue craves your taste, my fingers desperate to feel your pussy hungrily grip them for more, and my cock owning all your holes. I would make sure I learnt to play your body like a complex instrument, and only I know how to make you sing. You can rule in public, but I am always in charge when it comes to sex, and whether you want to or not, your body would bend to my will. I would own you.” The dirtiness of his words, the hard, sensual look on his face, and the short, sharp breathy moans he releases as he speaks tip me over the edge.

𝘌𝘮𝘮𝘢 𝘓𝘶𝘯𝘢 2021

Releasing May 26, 2022
Emma Luna is an author and editor who lives in Cambridgeshire, UK, despite her heart still very much being Northern. She lives surrounded by her crazy family; her Mum, who is her best friend and biggest fan; her Dad who helps her remember to always laugh; her Grandparents and Brother who can never read what she writes and her long suffering man-child Boyfriend who she couldn’t live without (but don’t tell him that!).

In her spare time she likes to create new worlds and tell the stories of the characters that are constantly shouting in her head. She also loves falling into the worlds created by other authors and escaping for a while through reading.

When she’s not adulting or chasing her writing dream she loves dog-napping her Mums shih-tzu Hector, chilling curled up on the sofa with her Boyfriend binge watching the latest series or movie, drinking too much diet coke (it’s her drug of choice), buying too many novelty notebooks, and completing adult colouring books as a form of relaxation. Oh and she is a massive hardcore Harry Potter geek. Ravenclaw for life!

Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author – hope you enjoy and come back for more!

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#ReleaseBlitz “Vow to Protect” by JL Beck & Monica Corwin

Vow to Protect

by USA Today Bestselling Author JL Beck & New York Time Bestselling Author Monica Corwin.

Book 1 of a new Dark Mafia Romance Duet

Genre: Dark Mafia Romance

#VowtoProtect #PromisetoKeep #JLBeck #MonicaCorwin #CoverReveal #Mafia #Romance

AVAILABLE NOW!

Book 1: Vow to Protect

Buy link for Vow to Protect: https://geni.us/vowtoprotect

Book 2: Promise to Keep – coming soon!

At First Sight (Prequel): https://geni.us/atfirstsightprequel

Blurb

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.

Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality I have to uphold.

To be gentle or kind is a weakness I cannot afford.

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.

She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.

Since my father’s death I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name and this woman has piqued my interest.

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

That is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.

**This is a dark forced marriage mafia romance, that ends on a cliffhanger. It contains dub-con/non-con as well as other scenes that may be triggering to some readers.**

 

Meet the Authors

 

J.L. Beck is a lover of words. She’s an international, and USA Today Best Selling author. She published her first romance novel in 2014, and has been writing ever since.

She’s also one half of the epic writing duo Beck and Hallman.

When she isn’t writing you can find her sitting with a cup of coffee, in a comfy chair, with a book in hand. She’s a mom (both kids and pups), wife, and introvert.

Learn more about her books here: https://www.bleedingheartromance.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJLBeck

 

Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters…lots and lots of typewriters.

You can find her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/monicacorwin, on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rosetyper9

If you want up to date information on releases be sure to follow her here on Amazon or you can join her newsletter: https://bit.ly/3jlEJ16

 

#CoverReveal “Black Wedding” by Emma Luna

Title: Black Wedding

Series: A Beautifully Brutal Book
Author: Emma Luna
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2021
Cover Design: Dazed Designs


If you thought the red wedding was bad, wait until you see the black wedding!

My name is Liam Doughty and I’m a hit man.

All I wanted was to get what I was owed. I carried out the hit as I was hired to do by Irish Mob boss, Vernon O’Keenan. It’s not my fault they found out too late that they had the wrong man. All I wanted was my money. I thought I could kidnap the Mafia Princess Brianna O’Keenan and get the ransom money. What I got was so much more!

Ruthless, feisty, and incredibly sexy, she’s far from the timid daddy’s girl I was expecting. Bree has her own agenda. She wants to dominate in a world ruled by men. I have no doubt she can do it, but she will need my help. Her family rules state only males can run the business. So, Bree proposes we get married. She gets to rule, and I get more money than I ever dreamed of.

Two dark, evil worlds collide when we agree to our black wedding. We will fight each others enemies and come out on top. But what happens if we develop real feelings and we realise our wedding wasn’t all that black?

Author Warning
Black Wedding is a dark mafia, kidnapping romance. Due to darker themes it is recommended for 18+ readers. This book features dark themes which may be a trigger for some people. If you would like more detail then please email emmalunaauthor@gmail.com.
Please note this book is set in the UK, and Emma is a British author, therefore the book features British spellings and phrases. Please keep this in mind.

$10 Amazon Gift Card ENTER HERE

Emma Luna is an author and editor who lives in Cambridgeshire, UK, despite her heart still very much being Northern. She lives surrounded by her crazy family; her Mum, who is her best friend and biggest fan; her Dad who helps her remember to always laugh; her Grandparents and Brother who can never read what she writes and her long suffering man-child Boyfriend who she couldn’t live without (but don’t tell him that!).

In her spare time she likes to create new worlds and tell the stories of the characters that are constantly shouting in her head. She also loves falling into the worlds created by other authors and escaping for a while through reading.

When she’s not adulting or chasing her writing dream she loves dog-napping her Mums shih-tzu Hector, chilling curled up on the sofa with her Boyfriend binge watching the latest series or movie, drinking too much diet coke (it’s her drug of choice), buying too many novelty notebooks, and completing adult colouring books as a form of relaxation. Oh and she is a massive hardcore Harry Potter geek. Ravenclaw for life!

Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author – hope you enjoy and come back for more!



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#ReleaseTour “Dark Prince Reigns” by Ruby Carter

 

Dark Prince Reigns by Ruby Carter

AVAILABLE NOW!

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Standalone: Book 1 in the Giordano Series

Genre: Dark Mafia Romance

#DarkPrinceReigns #RubyCarter #MafiaRomance #NewRelease #GiordanoSeries #BareNakedWords

 

Blurb:

“What’s worse than Hell? Only Satan himself… I have many names, but for most, I am the Dark Prince, or Satana. You can’t change fate, and this is my fate…”

Matteo Giordano is one of the heads of the Italian Camorra, and he holds formidable power at his fingertips and a collection of dark secrets to match. Surrounded by a wealth of money and influence, he is driven only by his constant need for more, shunning emotions and attachments to protect himself from weakness as he has done for decades. His cool and calculating exterior forms the prison his inner self is locked in, but it threatens to crack when he discovers that a single unrelenting force could hold the key…

“H.O.L.Y F.U.C.K! If sex and sin had a love child, this is the man—he has both by the bucketload!”

Captivated by the breath-taking sights of Naples, Talia Adams leaves behind her quiet life in Manchester, England, to embark on a girls’ trip that quickly becomes much more. After a twist of fate results in an encounter with the enigmatic Matteo Giordano, personalities clash, sparks fly, and she quickly finds herself drawn in by a very different kind of beauty than she left England looking for. When dark fire meets dynamite, an explosion of passion will expose truths that send both Talia and Matteo reeling and rock them to the core.

As Talia begins to fall for the Dark Prince, new threats loom and a difficult decision lies ahead. Will the right choice be made?

 

Meet Ruby

Hi I’m Ruby Carter…

I am new Author trying to find her feet as she starts her new and exciting journey…

I’m a loving, fun and happy go lucky girl that took a shot at writing.
After reading forever and a day, I decided to take the leap and have a go at it.

My first book Axe – Devils Reapers MC was a very personal and semi autobiographical book. It’s been an amazing experience already, I’ve completed the Devils Reapers MC series.

You can come and find me on Facebook under Ruby Carter, Twitter Ruby Carter Author and come and say hi!!! : )

Love and hugs,
Ruby ♥x

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruby-Carter/e/B01KE0X9LW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubycarterauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rubycarterauth1

 

#CoverReveal “Shadow Man: Grayson Duet Book One” by Catherine Wiltcher

**Cover Reveal**
SHADOW MAN: GRAYSON DUET BOOK ONE by Catherine Wiltcher
Release Date: 30th March 2020
Genre: Mafia/Cartel Romance 
Cover design by ME Kusel, Steamy Designs
Add to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2R96iOg
PRE-ORDER: Coming Soon / www.catherinewiltcher.com
FIND ME. BREAK ME. CONSUME ME.
HATE ME…
Shadow Man is the first book in a new duet from 
bestselling author Catherine Wiltcher’s dark and thrilling Santiago saga…
Synopsis

Cause and consequence are two words that haunt me.
When I was stolen, I learned to hate.
When he saved me, I learned to fear.
I ran from him, following a trail of the dead, 
from Miami all the way to Colombia.
Now I’ve fallen into darkness again, and he’s the only one I see.
But he’s a shadow man.
A bad man.
A soldier.
A killer.
The red right hand to the devil himself.
We’re a dirty contradiction: I’m the girl who can’t be touched, whom he refuses to set free.
We’re a dangerous obsession: There’s damage running deep in both of our souls.
Caught up in a cartel war I want no part of.
Trapped between love and hate.
One night will change everything…
For years, Joseph Grayson killed in the name of Dante Santiago.
Now, he kills for me.



Meet the Author


Catherine Wiltcher is a former TV producer and a self-confessed alpha addict. Her writing is best described as sinfully sexy, and her characters always fall hard and deep for one another. She is the author of the #1 bestselling cartel saga, the Santiago Trilogy, and she recently released her first contemporary romance with Entangled Publishing. 


She lives in the UK with her husband and two young daughters. If she were stranded on a desert island, she’d like a large pink gin to keep her company. Cillian Murphy wouldn’t be a bad shout either…


For book and blog updates, please visit www.catherinewiltcher.com


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#Review “Brutal & Raw (Beneventi Family One)” by Sonya Jesus

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4/5 Stars!

Brutal and Raw is not a read for the meek.

‘Dark’ doesn’t even begin to describe this story. It’s gross and gory and evil and so twisted, I believed someone lied and there was no way this is a romance.

But I kept reading. (What does that say about me?)

Breaker Beneventi is the new head of his Mafia family. There may be crime families that deal in drugs, prostitution, and extortion… but this isn’t one of those families. His family’s enterprise is evil… and has a human cost. This is how “Lyla Vaughn” aka 327 becomes one of his latest captives.

The story alternates between Breaker and Lyla’s POV, but regardless, I still found myself stopping mid-scene and asking myself, “What am I reading?”

And I kept reading.

There are no good guys in this story. Kidnappers, assassins, and butchers, oh my! I felt a few pangs of empathy here and there, but they were gone by the end of the scene.

What this story does have is two strong lead characters who truly are the sum of their experiences, and none of those experiences were good. Despite being the captive twice, Lyla has a core strength opposite of the weakness in Breaker, but neither of them considers themselves redeemable. They could be right. This isn’t your typical “Stockholm syndrome” romance.

The plot twists and reveals were like WHOA! Thought I had things figured out but NOPE! And no way was I ready for that ending.

Strong writing and well-developed characters helped to make this a one-sitting read for me. Will I read the next book? Don’t know—not sure if my heart can take it! However, I definitely recommend this read!

Enjoy!

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Title: Brutal & Raw
Series: Beneventi Family #1
Author: Sonya Jesus
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: January 23, 2020
Cover Design: Touch Creations

 

He wanted everything. He could have my nothings too.
 
My whole life, I’ve been running, living just under the radar. The day I arrived on the East Coast, looking for a new start, I found an end instead. One careless night landed me in the hands of a dark mafia boss, who wanted nothing more than to render me a number—to eviscerate my identity with his brutal mind game. 
 
327.
 
That’s what he called me. That’s all I was to him. 
 
At least at first, before Breaker Beneventi told me all his family secrets, trickled his way into my heart, and then ordered my death. He set me free, knowing the butcher would find me. 
 
Now, I’m the girl who escaped. The one with the power to destroy his organization. And he’s relentlessly searching for Lyla Vaughn all over the country, spilling the blood of innocents and losing his control. 
 
But he’s not going to find me. Because that’s not my name.
 
From Bestselling author Sonya Jesus comes “Brutal and Raw” a psychological thriller romance full of plot twists, interwoven with dark mafia romance.
 

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#ReleaseBlitz “Brutal & Raw (Beneventi Family One)” by Sonya Jesus

Title: Brutal & Raw
Series: Beneventi Family #1
Author: Sonya Jesus
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: January 23, 2020
Cover Design: Touch Creations

 

He wanted everything. He could have my nothings too.
 
My whole life, I’ve been running, living just under the radar. The day I arrived on the East Coast, looking for a new start, I found an end instead. One careless night landed me in the hands of a dark mafia boss, who wanted nothing more than to render me a number—to eviscerate my identity with his brutal mind game. 
 
327.
 
That’s what he called me. That’s all I was to him. 
 
At least at first, before Breaker Beneventi told me all his family secrets, trickled his way into my heart, and then ordered my death. He set me free, knowing the butcher would find me. 
 
Now, I’m the girl who escaped. The one with the power to destroy his organization. And he’s relentlessly searching for Lyla Vaughn all over the country, spilling the blood of innocents and losing his control. 
 
But he’s not going to find me. Because that’s not my name.
 
From Bestselling author Sonya Jesus comes “Brutal and Raw” a psychological thriller romance full of plot twists, interwoven with dark mafia romance.
 

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I drop down to my knees and crawl toward the ditch next to the field of untamed red poppies. The small twigs and pieces of wood scrape against my bleeding knees, fragments of dried leaves sticking to the moist wounds. Small stones pierce into the exposed flesh, making the softer ground even more unbearable than the concrete of The Farm’s barn.

I can’t go back there, I silently proclaim and hasten my pace. Fear drowns out the pain long enough for me to reach a small entrance. Wedging my naked body between the walls of dirt, I manage to squeeze myself in a hole barely large enough for a child. My bent legs press against my bruised breasts, stretching whatever skin is left of my scraped knees. In this tiny space, there’s no easing the pain. Everything hurts. Unmalleable tree roots dig into my back, scrubbing my skin raw as I fail to become invisible.

There’s no use.

If I stay like this, he’ll find me. The thought surfaces quickly, provoking my instincts. My bloody fingers scrape against the damp ground beneath my thighs, coating themselves with dirt. Damn it. It hasn’t rained in weeks…or months. I can’t remember.

I scamper to gather debris from outside the ditch and hide the opening. The dangling threads of dying roots and cobwebs aren’t enough to hide my red hair. I would’ve had better luck hiding amidst the fucking poppies.

There’s nowhere else to hide though, and it’s only a matter of time before—

A loud noise erupts through the forest.

My heart stills.

One Mississippi.

Two Mississippi.

Three … Echo.

Shit! He’s close. I can’t go back!

Panic erupts within me. Fighting through the agonizing sting of injured muscles to combat time amplifies the ingrained sound of the gunshot from moments ago, and the reflection of sound waves sync with the force of my heartbeat.

I focus on the rhythm as the blood surges through my veins. My heart pumps in increments of three followed by a missed beat. One, two, three … One, two, three … Breaker.

He’s the missing beat.

Even cowering in a hole in a desolate forest, bleeding from more places than I can count, I still think of Breaker Beneventi.

He killed every hope I had left—literal bullets through hearts of friends who now wait for me six feet underground—and then set his eyes on destroying me. Torture first, wicked and endless, until I begged for an end—an escape.

Mercy, or so I thought, until I realized human sentiments don’t exist in this place. Here, compassion from the soulless is simply another form of torture. He spared my life, only to slowly strip me of emotion and degrade what little of myself remained.

Which is not much.

Lyla, is just a word, a deadly keepsake of the girl who’s been reduced to a number. Three twenty-seven.

I gave Breaker Beneventi everything, my humanity included, and it’s all my fault… I chose the man who broke me.

I shut my eyes and wait…He can have my dignity too.

A warm stream of liquid dampens the ground and the soles of my feet. I dip my fingers into the urine-infused dirt and coat my hair with the cakey substance, blunting the brightness of its strands. The pungent smell of ammonia infiltrates my nostrils as I add a layer of stench and dirt to my skin. Bits of hair stick to my face and catch on the uplifted skin of my dried lips. My tongue darts out, moistening and easing the sting, but the taste of metal, piss, and desperation brings tears to my eyes.

Another loud sound whips through the wind.

My chest grips for air, but all I can think is…

One Mississippi.

The Butcher’s here.

 

 
Sonya’s a nerd—a cool nerd—who loves science, books, make-up and unicorns. She even has unicorn slippers and unicorn plushes adorn her office. It’s not an obsession (or so she says), it’s simply an ode to her imaginative side. Storytelling has been her passion since her youth, but her family believes it’s more than that.
 
Though she’s fun-loving, complex-minded, and heart-driven, her philosophy on life is quite simple: Shit happens. Keep going. 
 
When asked to elaborate, she said, “Believing in yourself is probably one of the hardest things to do, but look in the mirror. You’re still standing. That’s strength. Don’t underestimate yourself.”
 
Sonya also believes in fairytales and in the beautiful things a mind can conjure. She’s a firm believer in empowering the crazy fictional ideas, putting them down on paper, and letting them flourish into a story. 
 
“There’s so much potential in a dream… a thought… not exploring it seems like such a waste of something absolutely beautiful.”