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Not Your Mama’s Romance Books: Obsession, Painted Faces, Night Owl, Arsen

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Obsession: Darkness Falls by Ivory Quinn

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+ Favorite Quotes:
“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.”

“You’re a dangerous man, Gabriel Hallow.” She said quietly, after a moments thought. It was thrilling to have a conversation with someone so clearly intelligent, but his subversive ideas, especially when presented with such rational clarity, were speaking to some dark places inside that made her uncomfortable.
“Only to you kitten. I will persuade you to abandon yourself to me.”
“I’m a school teacher. I don’t do wild things. I don’t go out drinking or take risks. I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget who I am long enough to let go completely.”
He let out a low, rumbling chuckle that stirred her libido and she knew she was lost. “We’ll see kitten. We’ll see…”

Heat Rating: Nuclear
Kink Level: Intense = Hardcore sadomasochism
Genre: Modern Romance, BDSM, Erotica
Series: Part of a Seriesβ€”Darkness Falls

  1. Obsession: Amazon
  2. Redemption: Amazon

Kyleigh Jane Says:
Gabriel, the mysterious, tortured, enigmatic rock star- is darkness.

Noelle, the wholesome, kind, and gentle hearted school teacher- is light.

An incredibly dark, mesmerizing, emotional, provocative, intense, thought provoking, heartbreaking, devastating, disturbing, DARK story of domination, subversion/submission, and manipulation.

This is a shocking debut novel. I rarely become legitimately emotional reading a book. This one… slayed me. Prepare for a massive book hangover, even though the series is complete.
A journey through the darkest parts of the human psyche.[/box_light]

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Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

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+ Favorite Quotes:
“We all paint on a face to show the world. For some of us, that’s quite literal.”

“I love him because he makes me laugh when I don’t feel like laughing. I love him because he challenges my view of what a man is. I love him because I know I shouldn’t love him and that he’ll break my heart. I love him because he is a complete and total anomaly. I love him because I want to kill the sadness inside him more than I want anything else in the world.”

Heat Rating: Fire
Kink Level: Mild = Some power play
Genre: Modern Romance, Humor
Series: Standalone

Kyleigh Jane Says:
We find ourselves in Dublin, with the curvy, sassy, and divinely funny Freda (aka Fred). In comes new neighbor, Nicholas (aka Viv) who is charming, funny, dark, magnetic, and devastatingly handsome. Nicholas is a traveling cabaret performer, who, turns out, performs in drag, as Vivica Blue…

Ok ok ok, now wait a minute. He’s a drag queen?

Yes.

But I like strong, manly, alpha types who sweep women off their feet, and nail them to the wall…

OH MY GOD, I don’t know how, but somehow, SOME-FREAKING-HOW, Nicholas manages to be every MORE masculine than all the alphas out there. He oozes sex and sensuality. Nicholas is as straight as they come, and God is he sexy. Nicholas has become one of my absolute favorite leading men. I LOVE Nicholas. I LOVE Freda.

This book is so sexy, and so funny, and amazingly refreshing. In my top ten favorites of all time. Trust me, and take a chance on Painted Faces.[/box_light]

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Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy) by M. Pierce

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Favorite Quote:
“People do lead lives of quiet desperation, until something or someone comes along.”

Heat Rating: Molten
Kink Level: Medium = Dominance and submission
Genre: Modern Romance, BDSM, Erotica
Series: Part of a Seriesβ€”The Night Owl Trilogy

Kyleigh Jane Says:
So here’s me. I had just finished a book I had really enjoyed, and feeling a bit of a book hangover. What should I read now? Commence Amazon cruising. Hmmm Night Owl. Beautiful cover grabbed my attention. Blurb sounds intriguing. Let’s give this a shot. Ok, so first page… Ya got me. I’m in. This book took off, hauled back, slapped me in the face, gave it a little rub and a chuckle and slapped me again. A-MAZING. This is M. Pierce’s debut novel, and the first in the trilogy that everyone is wanting more of. It’s all very mysterious and sexy.

Note: The epilogue may send you in to fits of rage, so be prepared. But it’s totally worth it.

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Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher

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+ Favorite Quotes:
“Falling in love with someone is easy. It’s loving them when the newness has worn off, when life gets tough, when things get in the way, when physical passion is gone, that true love remains. When love can conquer all.”

“I loved the attention he paid to me and the way he made me feel. Alive. Happy. He made me forget. Ignorance is bliss, right? Well, knowledge is misery. And the truth hurts.”

“Life without love, without chasing your dreams, is nothing. It means nothing. It’s a sad fucking empty shell, Catherine. It’s so east to drown in darkness, to let it smother you, swallow you whole, to be blinded by it. But you gotta fight. You gotta fucking fight.”

Heat Rating: Nuclear
Genre: Modern Romance, Erotica
Series: Standalone

Kyleigh Jane Says:
This is not your casual read.
This is not the book to read if you are looking for your next romantic fix of feel goods.

This is for the hunters.
For the journey takers.
For those who love brilliant writing, authenticity, and brutal, gut wrenching honesty.
This isn’t a story, this is an experience.

Cathy is a wonderful woman with the perfect husband. Ben is incredible. Ben is everything. But life happens, and she becomes broken and lost and in her darkness, she turns to Arsen, an incredibly handsome young playboy.
Cathy is the anti heroine, because Cathy is real. Some will say that they “just couldnt like Cathy” or “hated her”, but I strongly disagree with that.

Bad decisions don’t make you a bad person, or make you unlovable. They make you real. They make you human. Cathy is one of the most authentic characters you will find. She could be you. She could be me.

I love Cathy. I love Ben. I love Arsen. Flaws and all.

This book will break you. It will hurt. It will make you think. There will be points where you just have to set the book down in your lap, and take a deep shaking breath. There will be points where you will just want to shake Cathy and say, “NO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING!???” but realize, that we as the reader have the benefit of perspective. We are able to see the whole picture, while Cathy, well, Cathy cant, or won’t.

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Not Your Mama's Romance Books Jan 24

Not Your Mama’s Romance Booksβ€”January 17:

  • Beyond Shame (Beyond, Book One) by Kit Rocha β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Ballad (A Novel) by Ashley Pullo β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • RAW by Belle Aurora β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

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